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  1. Not sure if it is the same in the States(although I am sure it must be), but the shops here in South Africa are pulling out all the stops for Christmas. They have been for a couple of weeks already. Doesn't create the right atmosphere around Christmas, and this post is probably leaning towards that same vein. So while Christmas is about much, much more than just presents, it is still fun to both give, and receive presents. I have been out of the golfing loop for a bit, and was wondering what new goodies have come out that might look good in a stocking, or even in a large box under the
  2. I still don't get enough time to play, but my long game is coming along nicely, and my shorter irons are much more consistent. I am now playing better than ever from tee to green. Around the green is where the big work lies ahead. But it is very tough to sharpen the short game with everything that is going on right now. I did get a new putter about two weeks ago. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get to a putting green yet. Crying shame. Anyway, hope to get a couple of rounds under the belt over the next two months, as the holiday season is approaching.
  3. Hi guys Haven't been around for a while, but thought I should give an update. I managed to go with the Rocketbladez full set (4i-PW) on the advice of a few forum members, notably RevKev. And they have not disappointed. I am hitting greens from FAR(by no means hitting them regularly, but before I wasn't even close), and my confidence is much higher than it ever was with the MP-53s. One thing that I am still not used to, is hitting the ball off center, and the ball still ending up where I was aiming. The last round I played, it happened twice that I said "That one's short" after hit
  4. I have placed my order for the remainder of the set. But there is a lead time of 4-6 weeks. That sucks.
  5. Thanks, revkev. Super Tuna got me thinking the other day, and I have since got a quote for the rest of the set. Just need to make sure of shaft choice, then I'm gonna part with the hard earned cash. My number one priority is to start shooting in the 80s. So loyalty/affinity to a specific brand should count for nothing right now. I have a JPX 800 six iron that I have been hitting at the range. From my limited experience with the JPX club at the range, I am not convinced that it is as forgiving as the Rocketbladez for myself. I'm not too worried about the distance, the forgiveness is
  6. Thanks, wbealsd! I think my ballstriking is kind of consistent enough for now. The short game has deteriorated a little bit, and it will definitely be a big focus over the next few weeks.
  7. My plan over the next few weeks will be to practice plenty of short game, found some good drills\practice plans. And as for full swing practice, I'll try to play rather than go to the range. The more I play, the more comfortable I get on the course.
  8. Thanks, apprenti23. I like to think that my technique for chipping is pretty solid, but I will give this one a go next time I'm at the short game area.
  9. Thanks, Richard. My chipping technique is very much a Y-drill, while I could perhaps work harder on a L-drill type of action for my pitch shots. But the "drills" I referred to is more of a practice plan, than a drill to ingrain a specific technique. These drills in a nutshell are as follows: The chipping drill Chipping to a bag towel from about 5 feet, with the aim of landing the ball on the towel. Place a smaller item, like a tee, or a credit card in the middle of the towel to really focus on. Aim is to land 3 in a row on the towel. Move back to 6 feet, 7 feet etc as you mana
  10. Nice review, RoverRick. I can see these guys making a few bucks off of a number of golfers. In Mythbusters speak, am I correct in assuming you'd call this a Plausible at the moment? Or do you reckon it is Busted?
  11. Super Tuna, when you put it that way I sound a little off my rocker to not be considering the short irons. I think right now I am not struggling too much with my MP53 7i-PW. So while the forgiveness would be welcome, it is hard to justify the $399 or so it would cost to get the 7i-PW. That is probably the single biggest reason at this very moment. I probably won't get the AW though, as I really love my MP-R12 GW (52*). It will leave a bit of a gap between my PW and GW, so I will probably have to make a plan to fix that gap if I go that route. I will say that I love the forgiveness of t
  12. I was just looking for some short game practice plans, and came across this thread. Couple of drills in here that look great. Definitely gonna give them a go!
  13. I played 18 holes yesterday, and I still use the 4i off the tee. Hit 6 FIR's, which doesn't sound great by any stretch of the imagination. But this was on a day where my ballstriking wasn't what it could have been. I missed a couple of fairways, but none of these were deep in the woods. And on my poor strikes, the ball still went 160yds easily, and pretty accurate for such a poor strike. Didn't have too many shots with the 5i, I recall one that I bladed into a greenside bunker. This was from about 180yds out, and I still reached the greenside bunker. With my old 5i, this wouldn't have
  14. I played 18 yesterday, and while the long game was pretty good, the short game was terrible. My shot of the day, was actually when I hit an extra ball playing out of the rough. So the shot wasn't part of my round. But it was a big eureka moment for me. On a par 4 of around 370 yards, I hit my 4i off the tee, and ended in the left rough. There was a whole bunch of trees between me and the green, so I had no line to the green. My playing partner gave me some unsolicited, but much appreciated advice on how to draw the ball around the trees. I was about 160yards out going to a green wi
  15. I played 18 holes yesterday at my local course. This is actually my best score at this course. My best round at this moment is 97, which I have shot at two other courses. The difference this time round is that I felt I played pretty poorly, especially around the greens, to shoot 98. Whereas the two rounds of 97, I felt I was playing quite well to make that score. After yesterday's round, I am even more confident than before that my sub 90 round isn't too far off. The long game was working reasonably well, the 4i off the tee was doing its job. I even had some pretty poor strikes, bu
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