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Everything posted by revkev

  1. First off 250 is well above average for distance - about the average distance of a scratch golfer and longer than the average LPGA player who would have very little difficulty breaking par from 6700. Having written that it’s not the same. Your course will have different course ratings from each set of tees which will give you an indication of the difference - I’m guessing it will be about a stroke and a half. To add to the confusion you could play 2 different courses where the 6300 yard courses is rated more difficult than the 6700 yard one but that’s not what you are asking. It’s not cheating, there’s a rating from each set of tees - unless you are planning to play in those tournaments or you play in some sort of group that plays the longer ones play the shorter ones and enjoy it. There’s nothing here that let me move up a set at 60. I got to move up at 55 and was very competitive for a few years after that. But at 63 I’m not - those youngster hit it too far for me - I still have nearly 2 years for my next move up. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. I just snagged one of the OP's recent post to comment. Originally lofts were tweaked by touring pros in the 80's (at least if my memory serves correctly) for gapping purposes. This actually started because guys (Seve, Tom Kite) wanted to have a more lofted wedge in their bag, took out say a 4 iron and strengthened some stuff like 5,6,7 to fill the gap. Then guys like Greg Norman came along and because they were having issues with launching the ball too high, with too much spin (balata) they strengthened all of their lofts and added their extra wedge between PW and SW. At that point there was a general industry standard but it started to erode as OEMs noticed all sorts of opportunities for club making (some marketing, some game improvement - I don't pretend to be prescient that I might know what was going through their minds). However and here is my answer to the OP - this was nothing new. A number of years back when we were having this debate Golf Spy Barbajo produced a number of golf ads from the 1940's and 50's that marketed for guess what? Distance irons - Hogan, Wilson, big names associated with classic quality marketed to the public that they could hit those irons farther than their competitors. I sympathize with those who have trouble properly gapping - that's why you need to trusted fitter who's willing to stick with you until you have the gaps right. It's also why I've become convinced that you need a good tracking program to be sure you've got the gapping right. I know this is a big deal to some people to me it's not - so long as I know how far that I hit each one of the clubs in my bag and with what type of ball flight I'm good to go. Appealing to golfer's egos is nothing new though.
  3. I would still ask if you had the data to back what you’re writing - Golf is a funny game, it may seem like you are more accurate from 140 than from 80 because your expectation is so much greater from 80. It could be though that your proximity to the hole is in fact better at 80. Having a shot tracking system of some sort will help make your practice and course strategy better. It will answer the questions that you are asking. For example if you are hitting 80 percent of your fairways at 290 yards and shooting in the high 70’s you have a significant flaw somewhere else. The general rule is the closer you can safely hit it to your target the lower the score you will shoot. If that’s not happening you are either taking too many penalties (including hitting it in the trees or fescue) or your wedge game needs work, Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. If you’re looking to shoot par you should check your stats to see if reality matches perception. What is your actual proximity to the hole with your 60 vs your 8 iron? Are you as consistent and accurate with the club that leaves you 140 as the driver that leaves you 80? I know that I’ve wasted plenty of shots in my life because I thought something that turned out to be wrong. Yes in answer to your original question. I’ve often played a hole backwards in my mind. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. I have two fiends that have bought Ping G410 max drivers this season. Also a friend who used tru fit to buy his driver. One of the Pros at my club is doing SuperSpeed. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. I didn’t quite know how to title this one. About a month ago I went for what I thought was going to be an hour long lesson. As I was warming up on our back range I kept hitting 9 iron after 9 iron 30 feet right of where I was trying to aim - the shots were well struck but no matter what I did they went right. My teacher arrived just as I was letting out an exasperated cry after yet another shot. “Hit one and I will stand behind you to check your alignment.” I hit one, same result. Here’s what he saw. My feet were aligned straight at my target but my shoulders were aiming on the line my ball was starting. Further my back foot was flared out making it difficult for me to get aligned properly and creating some other issues. I guess this happened either because I had gained so much weight or during my weight loss. Even there way he had me square the back foot and hit a few shots - while it felt uncomfortable there was no longer a need for a lesson. Since that day the old Rev has returned, consistent solid hit strikes through the bag with just a touch of draw, lots of them. I’m writing this as a reminder that sometimes it’s the simple things and it’s important to periodically check your fundamentals, grip, set up, alignment, posture. That often needs a second set of eyes but it can make a works of difference. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. I’m a 2 by his definition but the deeper dive is that I don’t play enough competitive rounds to really improve - hoping to change that in the upcoming year. Lots of wisdom in this piece. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  8. Shot scope requires wearing a watch but no phone. It has several different options including a shot tracking only option. I’ve been please with it. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. I should state that my “bias” comes because I’ve gamed something before and it worked. I’ve had lots of fittings but only one where everything was on the table and that only for driver. It was a surprising result but I played very good golf with that driver. So what my “bias” does is it gives me a starting point - since there is plenty of good stuff out there I rarely get past two brands before I find what works. It’s actually much bigger news that an OEM is making something that’s NG tha something that’s high quality. IMO that was the huge news from the ball test. A top OEM is producing a sub standard ball that is negatively impacting people’s performance. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. And this week it’s on grainy tiff eagle, last week it was on Poa and next week, bent. :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. You and I are in solidarity in regards to Palmer courses. Even though it’s a beautiful property I’m even meh about Bayhill. For real Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. Chipping and putting yesterday Full shots today Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. He’s a plus 2 and 8 years my junior - enough said. :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. I’ve found through time that Ping and Mizuno Drivers work best for my swing (must be their design theory). I start with them and rarely stray although the R11s that I won through MGS and SLDR have had stints in my bag - long but not forgiving enough for me. I’m a Ping guy with fairways and irons - I’ve strayed plenty but end up here always. Terry Kober for wedges - whatever he is calling his wedge at the moment, that’s what’s in my bag. Mallet carefully fitted putter - this club never changes - the one my EVENRoll Er 5 replaced was in 10 years. It’s been in 3 now with no plans to come out. Pro VIx type of ball - it stays in the whole season, too. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. Just what the lovely Laura said when I told her he would be her ring bearer if she had her wedding here. [emoji141] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. This little guy was fiercely guarding the 17th fairway. Didn’t stop me from splitting it and having a great look at birdie. :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  17. Sadly I played great - why? Because I was testing golf balls. At least two balls a hole and often 3 on the front nine. On the back I played 2. I was 2 over on one of the balls that I played throughout the round. I was one over whenever I played my gamer but did not play it on every hole. Wish I had Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  18. Milwaukee :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. Good to hear - helps to confirm my hopeful! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  20. Very good post - Many times that guy/gal will stop playing golf altogether - we have one of them just getting back into the game for fun after taking a number of years off - he played at Florida - he said it’s hard to wrap his mind around the thought that playing golf can be fun. That’s sad. :( Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  21. Hopeful Like so many age and demands of life have robbed me of what was once a solidly consistent golf game. I was the most boring player you ever wanted to see play for a long time - tee ball in the fairway, approach on or around the green, next shot by the hole, putt it in, par, move on. Very few birdies, fewer doubles, lots of rounds under 75. Then it went away Now I’ve gained back a good deal of yardage through SuperSpeed training and of late have gotten some consistency back through a set up change. Sadly the competitive part of my season has ended so this will have to wait until Spring to truly test. However I am able to practice and play through the winter so I’m... hopeful! :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  22. Van update - we have tentative approval on a loan!!! It’s been over a month now but it finally looks as if Penny will have a permanent set of wheels again. I’ve been so afraid to jinks things that I haven’t transferred the Sirius Radio yet. :) Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  23. Well this is the first time that my trainer hasn’t totally shut me down when I’ve asked about a supplement. Of course she said to talk to my doctor first. I think I’m going to try this. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. So wanted to hit long shots today but I needed to do short game stuff as part of a testing opportunity - in theory today was my day off but in reality two very sick people plus the ongoing Penny Van saga made that impossible. Practice was fun, a fellow school grandfather was working on his short game. He’s a very strong player - we tried to match shots and also see who could get up and down the most. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  25. 1. Lightning 2. Extremely heavy rain but in Florida that’s generally going to be accompanied by lightning. 3. Some sort of significant injury - 4. Extreme pace of play - but that’s usually in conjunction with an injury - I will generally endure unless my back gets so tight that I can’t loosen it. 5. Darkness with no chance of any light for more than a hole. The last time that I came off the course was after 9 two years ago - it had started to rain and one of the rangers met us in the fairway to tell us it was only going to get worse. It’s pretty rare for me to quit in the middle of a round. I don’t play enough as it is. :( Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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