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  1. Hello Big Stu! After further reading, I learned that Ben Hogan did the same thing as you! Hard to argue with that. East Texas
  2. Hello Rob, First of all, congratulations on creating such a beautiful shoe. I wish you great success! My situation is rather unique. I suffered an injury/surgery to my foot in the last several years. Though the “problem” has been removed, it has affected my needs in a shoe design. Over the past three years, I've spent most of my time either bare-footed or in a “house shoe”. All of this has more or less “shaped” my feet to where I need a wide toe-box and a low arch. You mentioned these characteristics earlier in this thread as being part of your design. Perfect so far. Can you tell me if the toe-box also offers good vertical spacing and/or soft leather uppers over the toe-box? Also, do you have any information you can release pertaining to which stores will be carrying your line of shoes? I am very interested in trying these out – not just for golf but for everyday use! Hoping to hear back from you.......
  3. My final thoughts on this subject. First of all – “Mr Fedora” – as I see it, you "were" rude. Supporting your bold “statement” by claiming a video/TV program as proof demonstrates a very narrow mind. Try thinking “outside the box” or whatever term you want to use for “unconventional thought”. When I first saw the show, I thought it was an infomercial! I found it interesting, but arbitrary. In other words, it failed to explore other uses of a weighted club. Also, I am a new member of MGS just trying to initiate some friendly discussion with some personal observations. My opinions meant nothing – it was the article by Jim McLean about one of golf's greatest players, Vijay Singh ( winner of The Masters and 2 PGA Championships) that lent veracity to my post. I did not expect an encompassing comment such as “All lies” from one of this forum's more prolific posters. Not very friendly. As to your thinking....”Don't be so gullible McFly!” For the unambiguous, cultivated “Mr Man”, ever hear of Charles Atlas? No? Yes? You somehow remind me of him (dynamic tension ring a bell?). So many questions and food for thought......where to begin? Should I tell you where I live so you can come down here and crush me? What the heck....I live in Athens – about 100 or so miles southeast of you. I hope you are enjoying life in Plano. By the way, Plano is not typical of Texas – the rest of us are married to our sisters and carry guns/beer wherever we go. Incidentally, thank you for your “brilliantly worded” compliment.....my editor would be pleased,.....I think? Your statement....... “weighted clubs can be used for swing plane use as a drill as it is light when its on plane and heavy when its off. makes sense fine, but dont over do it thinking your gonna build muscles” is quite similar to my statement about my High School Golf Coach... “He claimed that it would help us to identify the point of highest efficiency in our swing....in other words – the groove”. I think we see eye-to-eye there. As for the rest of the problems you address – I, too, agree. That is my main objective I hope to gain. You might call it my goal.
  4. My, how opinions (theories?) change. Did you know that doctors once believed smoking was good for you? They even recommended that some patients take it up. And no, I don't smoke.....but I'm using this example to make a point. There are always differing opinions and ideas. Back when I was on the golf team in High School, our coach had us practice swinging with “weighted clubs”. He claimed that it would help us to identify the point of highest efficiency in our swing....in other words – the groove. He also advised us to stay away from weightlifting claiming that it would mess up our swings and touch Granted, this was back in the mid-seventies....the generation that brought us Disco for crying out loud. But I remember swinging one or two of those “donuts” every day. Of course baseball players used similar donuts for warming-up......(now, they have steroids..), so the concept had merit. I have continued to use them in some form or another (that “Accent” club looks like it has possibilities...I'll have to try it out!) for nearly 40 years. I did stop using them prior to a round of golf after reading somewhere that they mess up your tempo/timing, and I agree with that philosophy. Nevertheless, I still occasionally see somebody swinging away with them before teeing it up. For myself, I usually go with what works for me after much trial and error. Recently, I came across this article in Golf Digest (April 2010) titled “10 Rules For Surviving Winter Breaks, Slumps & Other Game-Changers” by Jim McLean and Guy Yocum. In it, Rule #8 is titled “Beat Age With A Weighted Club”. In it, they cite Vijay Singh's workout routine and the results. One sentence in particular claims, “A weighted club is the best practice device invented.” It was only after reading this article that I got me another donut for practice. I do not wish any disrespect to anybody with differing opinions. Especially to those of you who write with such conviction. (Manavs? You are extremely knowledgeable in this and other matters dealing with health, fitness and mechanics of the golf swing. Do you have a degree in Kinesiology?) This is simply intended to be something to think about. By the way “Mr Fedora”, where I come from, its considered very rude to call someone a “liar”.
  5. Just curious...... I find it surprising that there is no mention of weighted clubs such as the ones made by Momentus, or even the simple little “Donut Weights” that you slip onto your club. The Donuts used to be very popular, but I had a heck of a time finding any recently...finally found some on eBay for less than $10 shipped. I still use these for practice swings like when I'm at work and have a little time or maybe late at night in the back yard. Even for warming up prior to playing a round. I picked up a “used demo” Momentus Power Hitter, which you go out and actually hit balls with, from a local golf store for $20 (regularly $129). The jury is still out on this one, but it seems logical in theory. Recently read an article in a golf magazine stating that Vijay Singh uses weighted clubs to exercise with on a routine basis. Claimed that weighted clubs are what have kept him competitive for so long. I'm sure there are other products of a similar nature available. I would value your thoughts on this subject.
  6. I should also mention that I still use an interlocking grip, which should explain how the blisters formed where they did. I will check out the Lamkins...Thank You. Seems I've noticed a number of pros playing that grip. You mentioned using the mid-size....The tour wraps I just went to war with are mid-size. Has that affected how you "release the club" during your swing?
  7. Your right....they are the 2G model....check it out here http://www.golfpride.com/Grips/Default.aspx?cat=noncord&grip=tourwrap First of all, I guess I didn't provide all the information.....the blisters formed from my right hand moving around slightly. I had addressed the problem with my thumb by taping it up before practicing....the blisters formed towards the bottom of my right hand, at the base of the two smallest fingers. I had some old tour wraps that had a whole different texture. That's what I thought I was getting. The pro at my regular golf course has told me he'll work with me to find the right grip. It was my fault when I told him to grip all my clubs with the Tour Wrap, not knowing they changed the compostion of the grips. Should have done some research first. I also just discovered, on the link above, that the grips were designed for players with medium swing speeds. I (still) have a fast swing speed.
  8. Well, its enlightening to discover that I am not alone in finding fault with these particular grips. Nevertheless, I went back to the driving range this past weekend with an assortment of clubs with the “new grips” and some I had without “new grips”, along with tape, bandages and baby powder – determined to find my game with my clubs and “those grips”. Here is what I learned..... 1. I have a light grip with my right hand ( I am right-handed), which allows the club to move around somewhat during my swing. Not much, but enough. 2. There are several places on my hand that can't be taped up. 3. Life's too short to “fight” with the grips on your clubs. They should be comfortable and confidence inspiring. 4. For the price of a few green fees, carts, meals, etc., I can have new grips installed that will allow for me to play the way I always have. Grips that provide feel and touch so that I can work the ball and play that little draw that I always have. 5. I have no interest in learning how to play again so that my swing can be adapted to suit the grips on my clubs. I haven't had blisters on my right hand like this since I first started playing – and that was mostly with leather grips (my first set was bought one or two clubs at a time from an Army/Navy surplus store over 40 years ago). 6. Its time to acknowledge my stupidity on purchasing these grips. I'll know better next time. 7. So I'm off to be fitted to some new grips – again. These grips may well suit most golfers....but not me. Any suggestions? Anyone had experience with Winn or Lamkin? Or should I try another model of Golf Pride (mounted backwards)?
  9. Hello Everyone on MGS! I go by the name of Rick,...unless I'm in trouble. Then it's RICHARD! Been playing golf for around 43 years. At this particular time in my life, I'm recovering from an injury/surgery to my foot. Recovery has been difficult. Alas, the “carrot hanging from the stick” is getting back to playing golf. I decided that golf would be better therapy then the physical kind. So far, so good! I live in a small town in East Texas (bet that was a real mystery) and run a water treatment system. Married...no kids. Got a Father who is 80 years young and still plays golf most every day.....hope I'm as lucky. I've spent a lot of time recently on the driving range trying to find my game of old. Surprisingly, it never really left. I just can't walk the next day. But I can't stay away from golf. So I'll be back on the driving range again today. I can see light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't a train! Can 18 holes be far away? This is a fantastic Forum! Kudos to the management!
  10. Thank You, everybody, for your advice. I'm afraid that I'll have to just "suck it up and tough it out" for the time being. Its one of those choices that seemed like the thing to do at the time. I will take some of your suggestions, with a few of my own, and just tinker with them (the grips)for a while. Who knows, I may in time learn to like them. Incidently, I'm not some kind of monster.....just 6'4" 220. And I might mention that my clubs do indeed have midsize (+1/16) grips and also have 1" longer shafts. Thank you again!
  11. I had some Tour Wraps many moons ago...they were a different texture...very soft. Right now, I'm trying to avoid the "next time". Change is difficult the older we get. I'm still playing a 20 year old set of irons (Hogan Apex), but have moved on to newer technology woods (Ping G10). Guess I'm just stubborn.
  12. Greetings! I need some advice. I recently had new grips mounted on my clubs - "Golf Pride Tour Wraps". First of all, they are very sticky.....too sticky actually. Any ideas about how I can remove some of this tackiness...besides sandpaper? The second problem is that the "Golf Pride" logo is cut fairly deep into the rubber at the base of the grip, which happens to be exactly where I place my right hand thumb. The effect on my thumb after hitting a hundred or so balls has not been kind....blisters, etc. I don't have a tight grip, but I do have large hands. I've been having to use tape on my thumb,...not good. The thought occurred to me to fill in the cavity with some silicon glue....not sure how it would hold up over time. Any suggestions? I really don't want to have more new grips installed $$......but it could come to that.
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