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  1. 9 hours ago, Tiftaaft said:

    My story was very similar, but I have about 10 years on you.  3 years ago, I told myself that I wanted to lose 50 lbs by my 50th (about 10 months away at the time).  Same story growing up... snowballing weight gain from my youth - even though I was very active in sports through high school.  Then marriage and kids... and I was out of control weight wise. 

    Anyway, I used MyFitnessPal to track my daily caloric intake and met my original goal, and said... ok, 50 more by 50, then 50 more by 50.  Unfortunately, I focused mostly on caloric reduction and lost muscle... so now I'm in the process of being more active and doing weight training to build strength and muscle back.  Getting back into golf this year has helped me be more active, and due to my body mass change, and muscle loss... I've had to essentially re-learn the swing... but it has been a good and challenging journey.  

    Best of luck to your quest to enjoy your 40's in a different way than you did your 30's.  

    Now... about that 6 handicap.... and the inference in the profile pic... that is what I want to learn about!!!  

    I'm officially a 5 as of today... and down 10 lbs over the month... so doing well on both fronts...

    I think there is a lot of overlap between diet strategy and golf strategy... set yourself up for success, don't let one bad decision derail you, and keep grinding... the second you give up, your score and your weight both blow up... it's all about staying focused, even if the past hasn't gone the way you want. 

    On improving diet and golf, everyone is different and needs different things... some people just don't know anything about nutrition, and some just need better habits to build self control... i do well when there isn't much junk in the house... buying a new grill and experimenting with smoked meats hasn't been great for my diet, but it's mostly dinner, so I can make up for it by eating less during the day... Caloric reduction is the ONLY way to succeed...

    Golf Fitness stuff has been fun too! 

  2. I've now officially lost all the balls... interestingly, I was playing my last 4 today and damaged the cover... I much preferred it to the 3... 

    Sadly, I fixed my driver swing about 4 holes later... would have been nice to get some reps in with my best swings, but such is life... I stand by my overall reviews. The 3 were fine for me, the 4 were better... 

    I should really get on a launch monitor and look at my spin numbers, though.

  3. 7 hours ago, Mackdaddy9 said:

    The #4 ball is not for me.  Maybe the fast swing speed guys will like it better?  I gave one to a pair of friends to try because they swing in the 115 range with a driver.  We play again on Tuesday and I will get their feedback then. 

    I'm definitely thinking the 4 does better with higher swing speeds... I really liked it as a ball and I'm around 115 with a driver.

  4. Ok, so apparently I didn't set up the launch monitor correctly to record the data on my session in the hitting bay today... oh well. It wasn't that remarkable! My spin numbers were a touch higher with the 3 ball with irons and hybrids... not a ton of difference, though... Honestly, variance would be enough to explain the difference. I also can't hit driver in my hitting bay as it's too small for me to swing driver (I'm tall and have a long finish)

    I took the two balls out to my least favorite 433 par 4 and banged some drivers (I only had 2 of each for reasons)... on the first hole the #3 went slight farther, the 2 4s were well struck and right next to each other and the last #3 found it's way barely OB... My misses have CONSISTENTLY been bigger with the 3 ball, but I don't have enough reps in to really conclude it's the ball and not just me being a 6 handicap. The three drivers were all inside the 150 marker, so 280+ which I'm perfectly happy with. 

    Hit some pitching wedges at a green (I should have moved closer... I was pushing it!) hit on with one of each... the 4 spun slightly more, but I was happy with the results of both balls...

    On the next hole, I crushed 3 drives into the fairway and had a hot pull left that was in bounds and closest to the pin (but in the rough)... I knocked some 50 yard wedges at the pin, and the #4 stopped closest, but the spin generated seemed about equal. 

    Overall, I think I like the 4 better... It might just be luck based, but I've seemed to hit better shots with it and gotten away with misses more... I'm going to play the 4 tomorrow during my round and then the 3 the next time I play and see if I notice any difference over 18 holes.

  5. 9 hours ago, ChitownM2 said:

    What was the actual result of your fitting?  In the end, it doesn't really matter what the fitter's initial guess on shaft was or what the optimizer said, it only matters what the final recommendation ended up being.  Were you happy with the results you saw with the shaft you were fit into?

    Also, someone else should chime in but a 175 carry with a 77 mph swing speed on a 7 iron seems off.  I have a 100mph driver swing speed and my 7 iron speed is around 80-82 and all of those distance charts out there have a max carry of around 155 for my 7 iron which is about right if I strike it well.  Either you've got something crazy going on with your ball flight to get an extra 20 yards with a slower swing speed or, more likely, something is way off with the skytrak. 



    Ha, I was wondering the same thing… I’m at around 96 mph with my 7 iron and 180-190 with my 7… my ball flight isn’t phenomenal, so I was wondering if maybe he just has a really low launch or something?

    in terms of the actual fitting… trust but verify. Hit a 7 iron with the r300, s300, s400 and x100… see if you can feel a difference and then figure out which has the better dispersion and acceptable distance numbers… I went off just numbers and didn’t love the results… my last fitting was a blend of numbers and feel… and if my Clubs ever arrive, hopefully I like them.

  6. 2 hours ago, MattF said:

    It will help but you don't have to eliminate it. Moderation is the key and it has to be included in your calorie count. I'm a homebrewer and regularly have a few beers on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays and I have been able to maintain my weight loss. But, whatever works for you is the way to go.

    I stopped drinking about 18 months ago due to a number of factors... It's not necessary to stop drinking for weight loss, but it sure does help... 

  7. Im a chronic dieter / fat kid… have always gone on diets for a couple weeks and then slowly fallen off of them… hoping to build better habits this time around.

    mostly, my goal is to stay busy during the day, as when I’m idle, I eat.

    tracking calories in my fitness pal, working out with fit for golf… and just trying to stay active during the day… we will see how this one goes.

    i hit 40 next month, and I’d like to spent my 40s in better shape than I did my 30s… I’ve completely eliminated alcohol, so that should help!

  8. 1 hour ago, bonvivantva said:

    You're already driving the ball far enough to dangerous from the white tees.

    He’s 37 and swinging the club 89 mph… I’m out of shape and 39 and swing over 110… it’s not apples to apples, obviously, and I have some huge genetic advantages (mostly long forearms) but anyone in their 30s-40s should be trying to get over 100 unless they have physical limitations. 

    Short of going really crazy, it shouldn’t kill your dispersion… and some people do better when they are just swinging for the fences… 

    ive gotten back in weightlifting for golf with the hope it helps my overall health, while also helping my swing (speed, stamina, control and flexibility)… 

    the speed training route is fine, but probably more perilous. Adding strength and building fast twitch muscle and then working on INTENTION can be a huge net positive on the tee box. 

  9. 15 minutes ago, ZMendle10 said:

    Overall I don't see too much a difference between the two golf balls. I no longer think they are the exact same golf ball like I initially did and I would change my theory to they are very similar off the putter. The low spin of the full wedge for the Titleist 4 might cause me some concern if I just look at the data but I did take them out to the course and there is more than enough spin. I did feel that Titleist 3 was much softer especially off the wedges as well. 


    Very well researched and written! I agree with all of it from a performance standpoint as well… I really like the launch of the 4 off the driver, even if it isn’t a ton different than the 3… 

    the 4 definitely spun less for me, but enough to get the job done.

  10. 7 hours ago, greggarner said:

    I've made the same comment about the #3 ball. I want to know what it is so I can game it. (For my game, though, the #4 ball is garbage and I'm not even going to finish the sleeve.)

    I'll take your remaining #4 balls... My MIL finally took the kids, and I snuck up to the course to hit some shots... 

    I didn't really warm up, as it was late and the range was closed... started with an 8 iron into a par 3... #4 flew a little farther but both were decent swings... the #3 seemed to move more on me...

    Drive on a par 5, once again the #3 curved more... it did on every drive but the last one... and the last drive it didn't carry a bunker I usually carry... The 4 I was 3/3 on fairways hit and it felt good... Liked then spin into the greens, and both behaved just fine on shorter chip shots... I can tell the diffference between a rock and a marshmallow... but I'm talking the actual objects... most golf balls feel the same, with the old school "distance" balls feeling hard to me... these balls both felt fine off the putter.

    Over the course of 4 holes, where I hit both balls side by side, I consistently had better results with the 4 ball... that might just be blind luck... but I liked it... My drive on a par 5 went farther then I've ever hit a drive, which is weird as the wind is usually behind me, but was still... I hit the #4 farther on every hole, but it was also always in the fairway, so it had an advantage...

    I'm traditionally a high spin player, but have been actively working to get my spin down... I'm hoping to get into the simulator at my club and do a durability test / spin test... Ideally, I'll have my new irons next week and can start dialing in their distances and I'll see how they like the Titleist balls.

  11. 8 hours ago, Thin2win said:

    I have a JB 56 and a 286 52, I equally love them both. I tried I few other wedges this year and went right back to sub 70

    Yeah, I went 286 54 and low bounce jb 58… it’s a solid combination that gets things done around the green for me…

    I shot a 75 with 11 GIR and 4 bogeys… the wedges gave me makeable par putts all day long.

  12. 4 hours ago, RobotDoctor said:

    I had a session with the club fitter at my home course on the trackman and tested the Taylormade 300 Mini driver (11.5°).  I tried it with the stock shaft (stiff flex, 43.75") and had the best results at 2 degrees strong (9.5).  Trackman produced driver distances at nearly 275 yards (245 yard carry), swing speed at 97-99 mph and smash factor averaging at 150.  I then tried my Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S (45") from my M3 driver in the 300 Mini driver at 11.5° and had results not as good as the 300 Mini with the stock shaft.  Trackman produced driver distances at nearly 275 - 280 yards (245 yard carry), swing speed at 100 mph and smash factor averaging at 143.  I had the best results with the Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S driver shaft they had in stock for demos.  I tried the setting one setting stronger than standard, so 10.8°.  Trackman produced driver distances at nearly 290 yards (260 yard carry), just over 100mph swing speed and smash factor averaging at 150.  I was also able to hit some decent draws and fades with the 300 Mini that is difficult to do with the M3.  My shot dispersion with the Ventus Blue 5S shaft was the tightest of all the combinations averaging 10 yards of center, shading to the left of center).  I couldn't have hit this better.  My M3 with the Tour AD DI 6S shaft was producing swing speed around 98-99mph, smash factor around 142-143 and distance around 280 yards (245-250 yards carry).  I would be interested in seeing how the Ventus Blue 5S would perform in my M3 but as it is the TM 300 Mini with Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S at 45" has been ordered.  This is a driver replacement, not a club to fit in between the driver and 3 wood or 3 wood replacement.


    The trackman numbers don't lie. I have come to believe that the Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S shaft is more than my old body can maximize.  Now I question whether this shaft is the right fit for me and may part with them (but that is another story).  Not only was the 300 Mini within 10 yards of my current driver (M3) it was about 10 yards longer.  I am playing a round tomorrow and will see if I can borrow the demo club with the Ventus Blue 5S shaft.  I may set the driver to 10.2° (2 clicks stronger) when I try the demo driver to see how it performs. 

    Those are awesome numbers… that’s a ton of roll! Hope it works for you… I’m hoping to try one soon.

  13. On 7/12/2021 at 8:51 PM, jlukes said:

    No way in hell I’m touching my Mizuno/obans.  

    If it it was as simple as putting a new driver adapter on, maybe. My Mizunos fit me like a glove and I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize those. 

    I’m going to be doing my best to give as much feedback about the MIMs as possible in with the build cobra sent me. If anything, it will provide everyone with a reminder to never sacrifice your fitting results because a certain shaft is back ordered. 

    Oh man… I’ve been gaming a hobbled together set of irons for a year (bought used beads, was going to buy shafts, but they needed parallel tips, so i used pulls from the club pro)… hit my preferred shafts last night at a srixon fitting and immediately ordered them… get the right shaft! It’s important!

  14. 2 hours ago, greggarner said:

    I'm excited to see how these work out for you. I was late to the game on this thread, but in reading just your first post I was ready to comment, TRY SRIXON. I was gaming Ping i210s (mentioned in the Titleist ball thread) and was getting stupidly high launch and if I played any sort of spinny ball, I lost ridiculous amounts of distance. (Bonus though, that I could hit 3i into any green and it would stop within 2 yards) The ZX7s have flattened my flight while still getting a good overall peak height and they've dropped my spin enough that I'm not constantly wondering how I can make it work with an ionomer ball. True story, I gave a serious look at the Tour Response ball because they're so low-spin off irons, but I was losing too much distance off the tee. With the ZX7s, I no longer need to worry about that. 🙂

    That’s awesome… I’m really excited and think the srixons are going to be a good fit… I had planned on trying everything, but hit these well enough that I was comfortable just pulling the trigger…

    it will be interesting to see how they game when I get the whole set. Went 5-gw.

    ive always played low spin balls for driver reasons, but my swing is getting more in to out and flattening out, so I might be able to play something more spinny.

  15. 17 hours ago, Inferno2ss said:
    Just got my new irons in today, shout out to D'Lance in Denver CO for getting me fit into the right clubs. 

    Srixon ZX7 4 thru PW with True Temper Rifle 6.0 shafts +.5

    Ping Glide 3.0 wedges 60, 56, and 52 degrees

    Ping G410 17-degree and 19-degree hybrids with Fujikura Golf Pro Series 2.0 7S shafts

    Sm 2 Driver 9.0 with HZRDUS Smoke Green 70g 6.0

    Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle putter with oversized grip





    Nice! I just pulled the trigger on the ZX5. Liked the 7s alot too.

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