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  1. Perhaps 20 years ago I began experimenting with lofts and lengths of clubs, so I could create a bag where I had even gaps between all my clubs. I created a matrix or spreadsheet where I could adjust the length or loft of a club and determine how far it should go based on the same swing input. (Yes, this totally ignores club head design, launch angles , etc., but it was the genesis of my current bag that seems to finally accomplish this.) The base swing is a 52° 35.5” Gap Wedge and “my 100 yard” swing. I also have an “85 yard” and a “60 yard” swing. I could hit this club farther but didn’t have much control so that was the “base” swing and club. The advantage of this is before the round all I have to do is “groove” the “100 yard swing”. Then all I have to make is 100 yard swings with different clubs. That swing with my 3 iron will go 210 yards and I can fade or draw and control the spin. I mentioned the “85 yard swing”. This is my flag hunting swing. I also think of it as “3/4 swing” but it’s really more than that. I have a shorter backswing and stop when my lead arm is parallel with the ground and shoulders turned 3/4 and accelerate through the ball. My 33° 7 iron will go just 135 yards vs 158 but dead straight. This is the swing I use on most approach shots lately. Similarly I have the “60 yard” or 1/2 swing. Same basic swing but stop the backswing club parallel with the ground and shoulders about 45°. I mainly use this with wedges but also when I need to flight down an approach shot or need more accuracy. But my point here REALLY should be that I do not make the “110 yard swing.” Other than the set up differences, ball forward on the tee etc, I should still just make the 100 yard swing max with any club. This point was driven home just yesterday morning. I was over-swinging and spraying the ball all over the course the first 8 holes. Then on the 9th, a par 3, I thought “85 yard swing” and made par. But still had a 48 on the front 9. I continued the 100 and 85 yard swing thoughts and shot a 35 on the back. Played the front 9 again and shot 39. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  2. Okay, I’ll chime in. I went with a more forgiving iron when I returned last year to playing. While I tried out several newer models I already owned some Ben Hogan CFT’s I bought new in 2004(or thereabouts). I needed graphite shafts because of an elbow injury and installed these on Project X PXv 6.0. For those that don’t know the CFT was a forged stainless body iron with a compressed forged titanium face. Other than weaker lofts than the newer clubs, these are quite forgiving and have a very hot face. But as I was getting more rust knocked off my game, I found that while this type of club is great for full swings, the delicate shots around the greens are more problematic. The ball came off with a pop and lots of spin. So I broke out the old Scor wedges and soon replace my PW (or E in Hoganese) with a Scor 46. Then the 9 iron with a Scor 42. This soon proved to be very advantageous for my short game. So much so that I replaced my 6-PW with Hogan Ft Worth 15’s. I now have the CFT 3-5 and Ft Worth 15’s in 29-33-37-41-45. And will replace my 50-55-60 Scors with TK15’s when the time arises. I may replace the CFT’s with Ft Worth HI’s, but currently there is no need. I have played Mizuno MP FLI HI’s for years in the 2-3-4 irons. The old Hogan CFT long irons are higher, longer, and more spin. Basically they are the same lofts just have the numbers 3-4-5 on them. The bladed Ft Worth 15’s feel scalpels to me while the others feel like an axe. Inside say 170 yards I want to feel like I have the scalpel to cut down the flag. Outside that, I want an axe for forgiveness. Even more importantly is when I miss the green I want those different scalpels so I can control the flight to roll and the distance the ball travels on the chips. I’m a firm believer in “The Rule of 12”. (Pace from the flag to the ball and the ball to a pace on the green. Total 16 steps to flag and 4 to the green, then 16/4=4. 12-4 is 8. Read the green like a putt and pick a spot where you have to land the ball and focus just on how hard to hit it to get to that spot. If it is just 2 steps to the green and 16 to the flag it is a 6 iron.) Blades to me are also more reliable on the partial shots. I injured my shoulder and elbow last year and could only make 3/4 swings. My accuracy greatly improved by making just partial swings. I can make full swings now, but rarely make more than a 3/4 swing inside 175. Sure, 1 time today I was in the deep rough and would have benefited from a more forgiving club, but I may also have caught a flier and gone in the lake. As it was, I had club I felt more comfortable using around the green. If I would have hit a straighter drive I wouldn’t have needed more forgiveness. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
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  5. I am thrilled that a thread I started lead to a reply by someone that helped your game. I’ve never been a great driver, but these last few weeks I have been. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  6. I didn’t have a slicing problem. It was more of a getting out of sync and making poor (not strong enough of a word) contact. I could move the ball back and make great contact, but doing that with a driver does not lead to long, high drives. So I set up and focus on a point 6-8” directly behind the ball and let ‘er rip. I’m sure that subconsciously I’m adjusting my body to the left but it seems to be working. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  7. Right now my “go to shot” is take 1 more club and think “smooth”. I’m hitting it very straight. It’s only when I try to max my distance that I start pulling it 40 yards left. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  8. I downloaded a free app called Swing Profile. You can speed it up x4 or slow it down 1/4 and also freeze frame. It only does like 240 frames per second but that’s plenty. And since it was free it was well worth the money. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  9. Thanks for the input. I was given a cigar holder that looks like a 2 iron by Barbajo several years ago when we played together. (He played and I chopped weeds.) it turns out it is perfect for holding a cell phone. (I may include a pic next weekend when I get back home. I really did consider trying to change more of my swing but I realize that any time I got in a pressure situation I would probably revert back. Also, I realized I was nearly paralyzed with swing thoughts. Now it’s decide how to setup, then feel like I’m rolling the right elbow under while making a full turn, pull the butt of the club through first and hit the ball. Then find the ball. Then repeat. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  10. This is my first new thread in quite a while, but it will cover many months of hard work. First a brief review. I played almost everyday for 5 years and got down to below a 1 handicap, briefly, before migrating to a 3-5. Then my play was reduced to just weekends, then just Sundays, then once a month, then no golf for almost 2 years. I returned to the game, and the forum, last year and totally sucked at golf. After about a week, I was just getting into the swing of things when I was in an accident dislocating my shoulder, breaking a rib and an elbow. I was not able to make full swings until this January, but was able to play fairly well with just 3/4 swings. Now, because of work, I can only play golf on Sundays and then practice on Mondays. This is not exactly ideal, but that’s the way it is. So I travel, get home late Saturday night, go play Sunday morning (okay, 36 holes so all day). Then work on my swing on Mondays. I have always focused on the short game so even with poor driving and tee shots I can score better than I look like I deserve. I’ve been trying to become a better driver of the ball, but didn’t have much success. My irons have been very straight also, and since irons are about accuracy and distance control not simply distance this has not been a problem. To get more power with the driver I have worked on 4 different full golf swings over the years. They were: The Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, Square to Square Method, the C-Motion, and a Steve Stricker like swing where I had less wrist set and shorter swing. This was in addition to what I’ll call the FBOS Method. (Fat boy over swing.) This last one is my natural swing that I learned 40 years ago before we had YouTube. The FBOS is simply turn back as far as you can, and swing forward, and hit the ball from the inside, hard. Well, 3 weeks ago, I downloaded a Swing Profile App. This will automatically start to record your swing when it senses movement. The most astonishing thing happened. I videoed my 4 “new” swings. It turned out that after the first 12” of backswing they were all the same. The FBOS. This was very disheartening at first. All that work and I was simply doing the same old things. Then I decided I was not going to lose enough weight to become 30 years younger and look like Rory and drive like him, so why not just look at my FBOS and see what needs to be fixed. Yes, I was bending the left elbow, yes I was over rotating, yes, I was coming too far inside, yes, ..... I was and am doing lots of stuff wrong, but that wasn’t the problem. It was that the right elbow was going away from my body in the backswing. I would have bet anything that it was NOT doing this but the video did not lie. So I spent the week working on rotating the right arm to keep the elbow in and pointed more to the ball and the feeling pulling the handle through the ball. The next weekend I drove the ball very well and witnessed a marked increase in accuracy and distance. I continued to work on this throughout the week, keep in mind that I have to do this without clubs or hitting a ball. Yesterday morning, I arrived at the range before the round and warmed up with some irons, but when I got to the driver I set up with driver square in the middle of my stance but the ball off my left toe. The club head was 6-8” behind the ball. I then made the same swing with the driver I had been using to flush my irons. The oddest thing happened. I hit the driver straighter, higher, and longer than ever before. Even when I was a low single digit handicapper, I hit the driver low. A bullet that went half the height of everyone else’s but 210-230 carry with 50 yards of roll. I have heard “just let the ball get in the way of the club head” thousands of times but it wasn’t until yesterday that I truly did this. So THE MORAL OF THE STORY, and thanks for reading these ramblings to this point, is download a Swing Profile App and video your swing. Fix your major fault and then make a good swing. Focus on the swing and let the ball get in the way. I played 36 holes the last 2 Sundays. Out of eight 9 hole rounds five have been in the 30’s with a 37 on the first back 9 yesterday and a 42 as the highest. Anyone use a video and find your faults? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  11. Rick-Texas Current Handicap 10 Vokey SM6 or Mizuno MP T5 1/2 swing hop and stop pitches are my favorite. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  12. I look just about every week on eBay at the Tel3 putters. I really want a Santa Fe or a Newport 1.5, although I’ve never seen the 1.5. However, I don’t want one at the prices they have them. I certainly don’t want one at this price. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  13. Okay. I went out and got a scorecard because the one online is an old one and does not include last year’s additions. I also wrote my scores on it. I played at Sulphur Springs Country Club. Par 72 and they claim a 71.0/119 rating. Last month in a tournament my cap was a 12.3. I’ve been playing much better but early Sunday my 30-70 yard shots (usually my forte) cost me several extra stokes. This is the 18th hole. Do not miss to the right EVER! And do not miss right twice. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. I got to play 9 holes yesterday with a Bridgestone E7. Actually played 18 first with a ProV1x and shot 42-42. My handicap was up to 12 but trending back down. With the E7 I knew it wouldn’t spin so played it to the front of the greens. I was just 2 over going into the final hole, but tee shot in the water, approach shot in the water, and an 8 on the final hole so another 42. No pics. Intended to take them after the round, but I only had 2 and therefore none to even finish the hole. I can tell you it was not the ball’s fault. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. Actually, my swing must already be just like Brooks Koepka’s because neither of us are concerned with fairway bunkers 290 yards from the tee. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  16. Full swing it sounds like a 1/4 swing practice swing and I then over compensate. Putts sound like I just tap them and they go 6’ by or I try to compensate for that and am 6’ short. Mizuno touts “The Feel of Sound” it is so true. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  17. I went out to do this Sunday before the US Open. I was playing well, then my hearing aid batteries died. You may think, “Big deal, why does that matter?” It matters because at least for me, the sudden loss of hearing completely throws off my timing with the full swing and distance control with the putter. Also, when I first got my hearing aids I had the similar problems. So, I bogeyed 1, parred 2 & 3, birdied 4, then my hearing aids quit in the middle of the number 5 fairway. I went on to a 42. I rarely ever 3 putt, but had four 3 putts on top of a number of other bad shots. It was not an honest assessment of the rock hard balls. So, I will give this another shot and I will make sure I have extra batteries. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  18. Of course I want to drive the ball like Rory, hit irons like Tiger, wedges like Phil, and putt like Spieth. But I have to pick 1. And I have. I actually have picked a golfer to emulate. That is ......... Steve Stricker. I’m too old to try to be a bomber, but decent length in the fairway, distance control with irons and wedges and good putting will win on the weekends. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  19. What was very un-US Open like about this US Open was that the USGA did not screw up the course. The weather is usually a factor at The Open, but the USGA is what the golfers have to battle at the US Open. The USGA was not a factor because they set the course up right. No players were bitching and no one can rightfully say that good shots were not rewarded and bad shot were not penalized. In the past few years even good shots were sometimes penalized. Kudos to the USGA (for a change). Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  20. I was a tester for the NX7 Pro. I can’t imagine this could be better. Very fast and accurate and Precision Pro customer service is awesome. I’m on my third battery already. Better for your game than new drivers or irons. Good Luck. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  21. Beautiful. Nuff said. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  22. I don’t use a line. I don’t even look at the ball.. I focus on the putter face and the speed. The ball is just in the way. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  23. I’m in for this. This was so much fun last year. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  24. My best swing of the day was when I swung my hand and turned off the alarm, thus oversleeping and not having time to get cash to bet on my game. I played my best round in 3 years yesterday and would have bet heavily. Instead, lacking the cash to pay bets, I abstained and proceeded to spray balls all over the course. Short game and putter kept me from being embarrassed but I would have lost all the money. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  25. Rick Sulphur Springs, TX 95 and 8 3 Wood 15°, Ping I20 20°, Mizuno MP FLI HI 20° (2010) Right Hand Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
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