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golfercraig

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  1. Another update. Back to the r11s. I love that head. I feel like David Toms. I used to fit him. He consistently left 10-15 yards in the bag. But he liked the launch window of his gamer. that's how I feel. I hit the GBB farther. I love the flight of r11s. It's still in the bag. never thought I'd replace what I had. All in all, it's turned out pretty good.
  2. So----the GBB is great with the Paderson. Now to get it into an M1.
  3. "swing smoothly?" I am unfamiliar with that concept...
  4. Updated with a surprise ending... http://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/13186-forum-member-review-paderson-shafts/?p=157721
  5. Looks like I'm last. I'll have mine up tonight. I wanted to give this thing a real review, and not some bullshit THP review. Played it on about 2 dozen courses, under all conditions. It does not measure up on Trackman, but narrows the gap in the real world.
  6. OK, it's about time to post the full review. Here is a small snapshot. I currently use either an Oban v430 tour proto, or a GD P9003x in my 12* R11s. I am a very low ball hitter. I've been playing at 45.25 for about a decade. After reading about the stability of this shaft (in an x-flex) I decided to play this at 44.5. So, not a true apples to apples, but close. I've stayed off the Trackman, as I refuse to use it until I've p,aged the shaft. Here are my initial thoughts. The BIIIIIG misses associated with my game are gone. I'm the worst 1 hdcp driver of the golf ball on the planet. If it's forward, and on the planet, I consider it a win. I certainly still miss, and totally still miss both ways, but the misses are smaller. My wife commented yesterday and today that I seemed to be straighter. Length? Don't really see a difference. At least not enough to jump out at me. I'll get it on Trackman after another 36 holes or so. If it continues to drop dispersion by 1/4 or more, it stays. I don't need longer. I need 2 more fairways per round. If I can put an iron on it in the fairway I'm going to shoot low scores. 68 yesterday, 73 this morning. I haven't tried to jump on it for an extra 5 yards. I will next round. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it so far. Hoping it's not honeymoon.
  7. This became a one time review, as opposed to review and follow-up. WIfe has cancer. Didn't play much. End of shitty part of the review... Back to the review. I said I'd give it a full run. I played it at 44.75" in a 12* R11s. Normal shaft is a Oban Tour Proto, 44.75", X-flex. Read to the end. This review changed as of 7:15 this morning. I am the worst driving 1hdcp player in the world. SS averages 110-115. I'll hit drives in places you can't believe, and in a bad way. I want straighter. I have a violent transition. There is nothing flowing or leisurely or "hey, nice tempo" in my swing. I hate LM's. I want to play golf--not a video game. Especially of the LM in indoors. A waste of time. And I say that as a guy who fit and built for tour pros. Trackman indoors is a complete and utter waste of time. Thankfully, my buddy brought his with me to the range. All balls were ProV1X, fresh from the box. Oban, 10 hits. SS avg-113. Launch angle-14*. Spin-3100. Average carry--268. Those numbers indicate I was missing the sweet spot. Smash factor too low. But pretty normal for me. Paderson, 10 hits. SS-112. Launch angle-14*. SPin-2800. Average carry--273. Again. Not exactly maxing out smash factor. Like I said--I hate the LM. WHo cares what the numbers are. I know on the course how it's behaving. I loved it. My misses were brought closer together. It actually seemed to be a little shorter in the real world, but that was OK. Loved it. Had some low rounds with it. Was very happy. Then it happened. I couldn't hit it on the planet. The misses were the same as before. BIIIIG misses when I missed. THIS was what I expected. I knew I had been perfectly fit into the old driver. There was no way a different shaft could make a huge difference for me. I had access to every shaft available, and the resources to test them, for 15 years. I wasn't leaving yards on the table. I then lost confidence in it. But I played it anyway. Played it on a couple dozen different courses. Didn't switch, even though I wanted to. I hate commenting on feel. Hate it. It's so subjective. But I swear I hated the feel. When I didn't make perfect contact the shaft felt "wobbly." Now you know why I hate "feel." You can't possibly know what I mean, and I cant describe it better. But it felt wobbly. Decided after being reminded last week that I was late to the review that I was taking it out of the bag. About a week ago a wood designer who is a friend of mine at a major OEM sent me a text and said that they were in trouble, that he had just tested the best driver head they had ever tested---but it wasn't their driver. We talked about it, and I told him I had this shaft that I had been testing (he reads the site here, and reads all the info posted here after I told him we were testing it.) At his urging, I got a tip from the other OEM, and pulled the TM tip and put the new one on. 7:15 this morning, my home club. It was a bit chilly, and very wet (lots of dew.) 10.5* Great Big Bertha driver. I played 2 drives off of every tee. The 10.5 demo from the club with a Rogue 60X, and my own 10.5 GBB with the Paderson in it (having contacts in the biz has it's advantages...). Holy hell. The shaft GLOWED WITH FANTASTIC WONDERFULNESS. After 9 holes I went to the trunk and got my R11s. I was hitting the Paderson consistently 8-15 yards farther than the Rogue. In places I have NEVER been on a course I play very often. Like I said--my home club. It was 8-15 yards farther than my R11s. I know I hate the LM, but I have to see the numbers and see whats causing it. I'd say it's head only--but head to same head it was much longer. The "wobbliness" was gone. There is no way I'll take this combo out of the bag. None. Measurably straighter and measurably longer is a combo I can't ignore. I was set to come on here and not be excited at all. It's just a shaft in the R11s. Nothing at all special. My opinion may have changed today. I will keep this updated.
  8. I would love nothing more than to have some real world info on this shaft--but this stupid snow precludes it from happening. I was happy to get the box, unhappy with the forecast! Shaft certainly looks good. My 9 year old son asked if he could have it in his Callaway driver. I laughed. If distinctive looks was one of the goals, they achieved that. I, however, am the sole remaining "I could not care less what it looks like" guys I know. Need some melt, and fast. This will be tested against an Oban Tour Proto v430 x-flex, and a Graphite Design P9003x. Love them both. It's going to have to be damn good to jump into the rotation! Gotta say, fingers crossed!
  9. Nothing would make me happier than having course impressions. Nothing. But, ice. So no dice. Still. I'm going crazy
  10. So, what's your definition of a good basketball player?
  11. What I've noticed most often is that the good golfer will consciously make a swing change if he doesn't like the ball flight of the driver you have given him. I play a 12* R11s. Love it. When I hit something else that is lower lofted, I will absolutely change the AoA to make the ballflight look better to my eye. It's not the right thing to do. It is actually harmful to the fit. But almost every 2 hdcp or better that I fit does it.
  12. Snow/ice can kiss by butt. I'm about to go freaking crazy. And no end in sight. I had to take "unboxing" pics in the dam living room. I hate this...
  13. Got mine on Monday. Been a busy week. Wife had her second surgery this week. I haven't even opened the box yet. WIll open, take pics, then go to my guy to get a TP tip put on--then hit the LM this week. Cannot wait!! I need the distraction!
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