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  1. Holy smokes! Those shoes are as wide as his body. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  2. I tinkered around with an old set of irons. I liked the concept of hitting a 3 iron with the accuracy of a 7 iron. I do not, however, like the idea of hitting a wedge with the accuracy of a 7 iron. So I decided to create a set of Single(ish) Length Irons. I left the 7-P standard and cut down and bent the 3-6 to 7 iron specs. My swing weights were not the same through the set and have considered adjusting that BUT I also bought an extra 5-6 iron (because it was $10 for both) and left these standard so I could compare. My thought was that since the clubs were lighter than standard, I might actually be able to swing them faster and coupled with better contact they travel farther. Sadly, I have not had this happen. I hit the standard 6 iron about 3-5 yards farther than the shorter one. The 5 iron is almost a full club shorter. I was documenting this and was planning on posting a thread about the Single-ish Length Irons, but lost interest. These heads have more offset than I like, which is why they were in the garage for the last 10 years in the first place, and I have been spending my limited golfing time working on other things. However, I will point out that I only hit these a few times and have not given them a true chance to be better. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  3. I just reread what I wrote at 3 am and, unsurprisingly, I didn’t finish my thought. “Creating the Tour Experience” to me means that these are the tees you play if you want the “Tour Experience” menacing you need to hit every shot, maybe nit perfect, but really well. They are focused on golf only. If you want to have a fun round and chat with buddies, play shorter. What I really like about it is that it reinforces the TRUE reason for having different tees. NOT based on age or sex but how far you normally hit certain clubs. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  4. I like the idea of using iron distance to find the correct tee. At first I thought the numbers weren’t quite right but if you look at the title is says “Creating a Tour Experience.” I have the Mobitee app that has a digital caddie. I can track my shots etc. but I can also move my aim and strategize round, see how far I have left after hitting a certain club off the tee. I just tried hitting a full 5 iron off the tees. I would have 3&4 irons into all but 2 par 4’s. Now, having said that, I have no difficulty (in theory) of reaching the greens in regulation when I play the tees suggested in this chart. I say theoretically because that is provided I hit good shots. This week I need to play the pale green tees, (which my course doesn’t have) but the three previous weeks the blues were no problem. This also doesn’t take into account the question of what is a 5 iron. Is it a 27° 38.5” club or a 24° 39” club? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  5. Focus on direction off the tee not distance. Focus on distance control to the green. Focus on distance with the putter. The Hippocratic Oath of club and shot selection. “First, do no harm.” The easiest way to lower a handicap is to avoid big numbers, not by trying to make eagles. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  6. I bought a set of Ben Hogan CFT’s with graphite shafts in 2004 (or so) but didn’t really like them. That was sort of the start of my experimenting with shafts. Probably over 100 different combos of head types and shafts but had pretty much stuck with 5 iron and below steel and graphite above. I switched to graphite in all my irons this year because of a severe elbow injury last year. After I was finally able to make full swings (8 months later) I noticed that after the round, the impact with the ground would cause swelling for a couple of days. I’ve had Project X PXv 6.0 in my Mizzy MP FLI HI 3&4 irons for quite some time and would have to say they were my favorites based on launch, spin, control, etc., so, I install these in all my irons several weeks ago. They had the added benefit of being cheap because the are “old”. I am happy with the graphite iron shafts. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  7. I have also done this to good effect. Lately, I have found that my problems with the 3 Wood are actually caused by me over swinging. But that is not an issue limited to just that club. This is actually not a new discovery, it is simply that now I am getting better about doing something about it. Oh yeah! I think I prefer none adjustable FW’s and hybrids. I have switched to 909H because of this. I grew weary of having the mud and junk getting stuck in the hosel and grooves on the bottom. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  8. I let a guy hit my driver one time and he sliced one over the club house and broke the window of my car. Does that count? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  9. I hit my 3 Wood 257 yards and to 3 feet. Okay, I hit a 3 Wood once that far and also another time it stopped 3’ from the hole in the past 30 years. However, I bet if I had tracked every 3 wood shot my actual yardage would be about the same as a 5 or 6 iron, and my dispersion area would be roughly the size of Lichtenstein or some other small European country. As an 18 handicapper, if you are too far from the green to reach with a 5 Wood, a much easier to hit club, you would be better off hitting a 7 iron (or favorite club) and wedge. Off the tee, the 5W loft will still give you almost as much distance and be far easier to hit. BUT I admit I was intrigued with the mini drivers that came out a few years ago. This lead me to create what I call my Midi-Driver. This is a TM R9 Super Deep 10.5° set at 12° on a Motors F1 3 Wood shaft 42”. This head is 430cc but with a super deep face, hence the name, and a much smaller looking body. The loft and forgiveness of the head and shorter shaft make this a fairway finder. I hit 19/21 fairways last weekend when I used this. (I don’t want to talk about my next shots) but I still had the driver to hit on the more forgiving holes. I can’t hit it off the deck but I tracked my statistics and KNOW that if I HAVE TO HIT A 3W to the green, then I probably should not hit a 3W. I also own several and will probably take my 917F to range this weekend (I still dream of recreating the 3’ eagle putt) but probably won’t have it in the bag for the money rounds. This is not the advice you wanted. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  10. I can’t keep the mud and dirty out of the hosel hole for the wrench on my 3 Wood. The last thing I want is to have to dig it out after every shot. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  11. That would be my Frankeniron. A Mizuno MP FLI HI 18° 2 Iron on a 3 Wood Shaft. Project X PXv 42”. Regular Flex. When I’m hitting the ball well, I can swing hard and this has better height and spin than 3 woods for me. When I’m not hitting it that well, I can make a slower swing and it flies lower with little spin and runs. Both swings tend to be down the middle. I have recently changed all my iron shafts to the PXv in 6.0 flex, mainly because of an elbow injury. I need the shock absorption of graphite. I use the MP FLI Hi 3&4 and the rest are MP64. I pull hybrids left, and fairway woods go straight, but I tend to not make consistently good contact. I played with a guy one time who said “I hit my 3 Wood 250 yards.” I thought “yeah, 1 in 10 shots roll out to 245 which is close enough to 250. But most go 200.” That is also my fairwood game. Therefore, the “Frankeniron.” Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  12. I’ve played several rounds this year with the pin in. Basically it has not hurt the good putts. It may have helped on some mediocre putts and the bad putts, well, a 4x4 sticking in the hole wouldn’t have mattered. Of course the guys I play with were totally opposed to it at the start of each round, but usually by the end of the round they are giving it a try. As for their results, see first paragraph. I did have one putt that hit the stick but didn’t go in. However, it was a pretty steep side hill putt, the ball was diving and hit the lower lip. While it hit the flag, I doubt it would have gone in anyway. It was not a very good putt, and I never got it high enough. We had a debate about it, but were 50/50 on it making any difference. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  13. Way too much attention is paid to the putting “stroke”. I focus on the target, which is now the flagstick that I have left in the hole. I stand behind the ball and imagine the ball rolling towards the hole and where it would end up if I rolled it straight at the hole. Then I move left or right, looking down the line, imagining how the ball will break. Once that is determined, I line putter head perpendicular to that line and from that point on it’s all about speed. Total focus on getting the ball to the hole and hitting the flag and dropping in the hole. I have noticed that sometimes I use a straight putting stroke with a 10 finger grip. Sometimes I may have a gap between my hands. Sometimes I have a short popping stroke with a conventional overlapping grip. And sometimes it is a longer more flowing stroke. The reason for this variety is because I don’t pay any attention to the grip or the stroke. Good putting is starting the ball on the proper line and the proper speed. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  14. I’m leaving it in all the time. Why? Because my goal now on the putting green is to hit the flag stick. This is causing me to aim dead center of the cup, although that does not mean it is a direct line to where I standing. The argument that hitting the stick can cause it to ricochet out of the hole and end up very far away is a bit asinine to me. If you hit the flag hard enough for it to bounce more than a couple of feet away, there was no way it was going to stop near the hole anyway. If you hit the flag with a putt and it bounces 20’ then it probably better it did because without the flag your next shot was probably going to be a pitch back on the green. I’ve played 3 rounds so far this year (yeah I know you’re jealous) and have left it in every putt. Every time I have hit the flag (and I have putted very well) it has gone in the hole. I have played with 10 different guys and every one of them were adamant about not leaving the flag in at the start of the round. Some even scoffed and acted “put out” because I was putting it back in the hole. By the end of the round most have stated they were going to try it, and many of them had left it in at least once. Although, other than me, none have totally embraced this. Overall, I can say that it has improved my putting because it changed my focus. I look at the hole while making the stroke, but I have been burning the edges of late. These last few rounds I didn’t burn many edges, and I attribute that to aiming to hit the flag stick with the ball. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  15. WEB Griffin. Although he is getting on in years and his son, William E Butterworth IV has been writing with (for) him for many years. They are not as good as WEB’s books of 10 years ago and before but getting better. There have been many times when I considered responding in the “What are you listening to?” thread with the name of a recorded book I am listening to. You see, I listen to one for about 12 hours a day. I only watch TV on weekends and that’s usually either golf tournaments or whatever my wife has recorded for us to watch. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  16. On my 49th birthday I noticed that I had a full head of hair compared to my contemporaries. So I would flaunt that by not cutting my hair for the next year and have a ponytail on my 50th birthday. Luckily, we celebrated my 50th a few days early, and I was able to get that mop cut off on my birthday. Now 4 1/2 years later, I have my hair cut to 1/4” because otherwise my hair is too thin on top, and it looks like the start of a combover. And if you think your swing speed has gone down now, just add a major injury along with the age. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  17. I drove a golf cart through a floor to ceiling window of the club house once. Doesn’t that count as a really bad drive? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  18. And the new battery was delivered by the weekend. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  19. Dang the luck. I was in Kennesaw on Thursday and Friday. Would have said hello. Welcome to the forums. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  20. Most likely [emoji765]. Money and marketing. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  21. I have always been partial to partial shots. (Hehe) I practice the 1/4-1/2-3/4 wedge regularly. This year because it injury, until last week, 3/4 was my full pain-free swing. This has benefited my game because instead of hitting a 7 iron into a green, I make a 3/4 5 Iron swing. My GIR’s are way up as is my proximity to the hole especially on the par 5’s and 3’s. I have expanded that practice even to my long irons, and I attribute my decent play with fellow MGSpy’s in Houston last month to this. Unfortunately, I have been making 3/4 swings with the driver also and the par 4’s have kicked my butt. So the key thing I have proven to myself is that all the irons are not about distance but distance control and direction. Just because you are “8 Iron” distance doesn’t mean you have to hit an 8 Iron. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  22. The shaft/head combo make tons of difference but it is something that is individualized. Three years ago I hit a friends Callaway Great Big Bertha Alpha 816 Double Black Diamond (if name length directly correlates to drive length this is a winner) on a MRC Fubuki Zeta Tour Shaft. It was much longer for me than any other driver. However, I was only playing a couple of times a month and soon quit golf altogether. I wanted to try this combo when I returned this year and bought the driver with a different shaft and bought the shaft that fit my SLDR. I didn’t like the shaft nor did I like the driver. Then I got hurt in May and was not able to make full swings until last week. I finally put this combo together and after my 18 holes on Sunday I played this combo and another shaft against my SLDR/C Kua combo that has been my gamer for almost 5 years. The Alpha/Zeta combo FOR ME really was 13-15 yards longer than the others and they were within 2 yards either way from each other. I hit 3 tee shots off 10 tees and kept switching the shafts in the Alpha. Eventually, I stopped and just hit the Alpha/Zeta. This is the reason so many of us say go get fit. Miyazaki has a 4 digit number on their shafts that denotes stiffness in 4 quarters of the shaft. It would be awesome if all shaft manufacturers used this system. Having said that, it still would not tell you the shaft/head combo that’s best for you. Several years ago I did a comparison of all the KBS shafts and ma have included some DG and PX shafts. But that was just my opinion and honestly don’t know if my opinion has changed since then. I went with DG XP 90’s in the Mizuno JPX Ez Forged I tested because they were the best distance for me. However, they were ultimately not the best scoring for me and currently use in my Mizuno MP64’s C Taper 120g in my 8-p and C Taper Lite in my 6-7 and a Proforce V2 in my 5 Iron and Project X PXv in my 2-4 Hi Fli. This came about by trial and error and me wanting certain feel and distances out of my irons and most importantly which shafts provided me with the best score. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  23. Update on the NX7 PRO. It has been almost flawlessly since I have had it. The only issue was one time it would not pickup the flag on one hole, never happened before or since. I gave up but it performed flawlessly again on the next hole. No idea what the issue was. Then yesterday I noticed the battery was down to 1/4. Today I went on and filled out the form for the free battery replacement. 3 hours later, I received an email saying that a new battery had shipped. Pretty awesome if you ask me. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  24. For 1 year he played with the big boys. But that’s it. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  25. Yes, but never hit hard. The closest I ever came to an injury was our 6th hole is a blind tee shot. I was playing the 7th hole and after a less than perfect drive, I hit my second from the middle of the 6th fairway. I was “posing” after my swing when a tee shot from the 6th tee struck the shaft of my club between my left ear and my hands. Well, more like clipped the shaft because the ball continued on several yards. Other than almost needing a change of underwear no damage was done. The lesson here is try to stay in the proper fairway to reduce the chance of this happening. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
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