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Addicted2Golf

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  1. Excellent points Addicted -- I think our common ground here is that no matter what you choose to play, it should be an informed decision - what do you want from the game, how much work, time and money are you willing to invest, what's your idea of fun and what equipment will help you get there? And so much of this freakin' game is mental that you really need to like what you're holding in your hands.

     

     

    Yep, agreed. Well said.

  2. Will respectfully agree and disagree - let's call it potato-potahato...

     

    For me the jump from G-15's to MP-59's - with a set of Hogan Apex Plus irons in the middle -- has been a fun challenge. Enjoying the clubs very much and my swing -and entire game - is improving with work and practice. I wouldn't call it a "struggle." It's not like I was nailing everything in sight with the G-15's and not hitting a thing with the MP-59's. The objective may be to get the little white ball in the hole - but for me it's also to have as much fun as possible while doing it - and the challenge of the game is a huge part of having fun. :D

     

    Can't speak for anyone else - although I think anyone who plays the game should use whatever clubs make them happy. If a 20 handicapper likes playing with blades, it's his business. If a scratch golfer has fun with K-15's, go get 'em!

     

    You're right - it's a free country. Nobody is going to tell anyone what equipment they have to play (unless of course you're a pro under contract to an OEM and even then it's a negotiation). I just get concerned when inexperienced golfers or young players come onto this forum, read this stuff, and think it's generally a good idea. I think golf is such a hard game that many that try it ultimately get frustrated and quit which in the end hurts the sport and impacts all of us. That's where I am coming from on this topic.

  3. Not that simple.

     

    Change for the sake of change is fun as long as you can afford it. However, when you are intent on making a score, familiar clubs are the better choice. Skill and performance comes from the player, not the club. The club design can make some aspects of the swing easier or more comfortable but that can only be appreciated when you already have the swing and can make an intelligent choice and can feel the difference. It's not magic.

     

     

    Shambles

     

    Couldn't agree more. I play with a friend who games almost an entire set of hybrids. He kicks my ass on a frequent basis. The objective is to put the little white ball in the hole. You don't get style points on your card for playing blades. The game is hard enough. IMHO, "growing into a set" that you're struggling to score with and costing strokes in the process is not playing smart golf.

  4. My problem with the E5 is it's very spinny off the driver too since it's intended to promote higher ball flight...

     

    I didn't find that to be true, but they were a bit clicky off the putter, which bothered me to the point where I probably don't play them again. They were damn long off the tee though. Among the longest I've tried. I might need to give the E6 another shot.

  5. I hate when golf instructors take a "one size fits all" approach to instruction. Not every golf swing looks the same and not all golfers look the same. Older golfers have physical limitations that young golfers do not.

     

    Also, don't shower me with ten things to work on. Work on one specific aspect or maybe a couple and let's fix that. Hopefully something that can result in a measurable improvement to my game (yes, I know it's a process and you want me to sign up for ten lessons). Then we can move onto something else. Nobody is going to be successful thinking about 10 swing thoughts over a golf ball and a student isn't going to stick with it if they get frustrated out of the gate.

     

    Recognize that there are mechanics and feel golfers out there. I'm a feel golfer. I have to feel the positions. Video doesn't help me unless used in the right way. Others are different.

     

    Oh, and quit putting up Ernie Freaking Els to compare against my swing on video. Yes, I know I'm tall. Aren't there any other tall golfers worth a damn out there? No? Then maybe I should quit right now. The odds are against me.

     

    Phew, I feel better now. Thanks Matt. LOL.

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    That's why, even though my feelings regarding Sabbatini mirror T's, he obviously has a different side to him, which it's my guess, based on comments by Tiger's extended family, he does not have..It's a shame really, because at the end of the day, when the rush of victory, competing & cheers have faded, it's got to be a little empty when ya look around you...Nomatter how beautiful the ho is who's looking back at ya...Fairways & Greens 4ever....

     

    OK, so he likes kids. I still think he secretly hates dogs and old people. B)

     

    Seriously though, that's a great story and definitely shows a different side of him. Nobody accused the guy of being a monster... and you'd have to be just that to ignore the dying wish of a small child with bone cancer.

  7. I was recently diagnosed with a condition which my doctor thought could be cancer. It ended up not being that, but my whole life and any future experiences I had hoped to have flashed before my eyes. April and part of May was a tough time.

     

    Going through something like that and getting a reprieve makes you think about things differently. Nothing upsets me or causes "fear" on the golf course anymore and if I start to feel that way, perspective kicks in and quickly squelches it. Golf has become much more enjoyable as a result and my playing partners have commented on how "level headed" I am in the face of adversity. If they only knew.

     

    I wouldn't recommend my path to enlightenment but thought I would share in the event that it would set off a light bulb for some people.

  8. Prime example Jmiller. It's been a while since I've taken a proper drop. Until recently, I was just tossing the ball in the general vicinity and continuing play. A couple of weeks ago, my ball rested against a chain link fence. I took an unplayable. I took out my driver and measured two club lengths no closer to the hole, which should have moved me far enough away to get a full back swing - right?

     

    Wrong. Problem is I measured too far back at a angle and the drop ended up too close to the fence. I ended up double bogeying the hole. I learned a good lesson, but would have hated to do that during a tournament.

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    I don't expect much from a free app. A simple "we are looking into implementing this feature" or "we do not intend to implement this feature" would have sufficed. Guess I'll be sticking with GolfShot...

     

    Yeah, but the problem is the app isn't normally free.

  10. Well, I've spent some more time with the GolfLogix app for Android and I have to say it's a mixed bag. Once I got used to the controls, the functionality is quite good. I like the scorecard feature a lot. It's easy to use and you control what information you want to track during the round, which is a nice feature. I've found the GPS data to be accurate and being able to get yardage to any point on the golf course is a real stroke saver.

     

    With that said, I don't think I will continue to use GolfLogix until they fix it's major flaw - battery drain.

     

    I've followed the tips by powering off my display except when I need it but I've yet to get even close to finishing a round without my phone dying. Yesterday, I went on the course with a 70% charge and made it only 9 holes. And considering I have the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx, which has the largest 4G smartphone battery on the planet, that doesn't bode well for users with lesser equipment.

     

    Yes, I didn't fully charge my phone before the round but I submit how many people walk onto the golf course with a full charge on their phone? Probably not many. And what if I want to play one than one round in a day? Yeah, good luck with that (even on a full charge).

     

    In comparison, I've used another app that I purchased off the Android Market (now Google Play) for $5 that gives me many of the same GPS features and I've never had an issue finishing a round with it. I've even been able to make calls to people afterward. Go figure. :huh:

  11. I've opted for a weaker lofted 3-wood or 15.5 degrees. For me, it's good balance between the trajectory I need up here in windy Chicagoland and the distance to maintain the proper gaps in my longer clubs.

     

    The only reason I'd go with a 4-wood is if I didn't want to carry a 15* and 19* club to put an extra wedge in the bag (like a 64*).

     

    But, I'd be lying if I said my 3-wood is my favorite club in the bag. ;)

  12. I found myself watching the final round of the Memorial yesterday with mixed emotions. Does Tiger raise the excitement level of any tournament when he plays well? Yes, he's a dynamic player capable of amazing feats on the golf course. Was I rooting for him down the stretch? Well, that's more complicated. He was head-to-head with Rory Sabbatini, one of the biggest a$$hats on tour, so I guess from that perspective I wanted Tiger to win. But, if he had been in contention with Mickelson or one of the young up-and-coming players, then I wouldn't have been pulling for him.

     

    In the spirit of full disclosure, I've never been a huge fan of Tiger. He's always struck me as the model for Don Johnson's character in Tin Cup, "Whatever you think of me, you should know he hates old people, children, and dogs." I also have always disliked Steve Williams and since Tiger employed him for so long.... well... that told me everything I needed to know about the player. So, when Tiger's indiscretions surfaced, I wasn't all that surprised. It just confirmed what I had suspected about the man off the course.

     

    Anyway, I'm interested to hear if many of you feel the same way. Tiger's rise from the ashes is good for golf. Does that mean we have to root for him or is it ok to dislike the player even to the point of rooting against him but still have admiration for what he brings to the game?

  13. I think what works against Phil is many believe, given his talent, that he's under achieved in his career. But, to R.P. Jacobs II's point, Phil would probably have another 10-15 tour victories and possibly several more majors if Tiger wasn't prowling during the same era. Phil has had a record five second place finishes in the U.S. Open alone.

     

    BTW, the fact that Nicklaus had 19 second place finishes in Majors (27 times in the top three) is just mind boggling. He's on a different tier than everyone else on the list... even if Tiger had broken his major wins record, IMO he'd still be a distant second.

     

    Anyway, back to Phil... I agree with most in this thread that major victories will ultimately seal his place among the elite (like Hogan). I think one more Masters and at least two U.S. Open/PGA victories will do it. I don't see Phil ever winning the Open Championship. His game isn't really suited for it.

  14. Not every OEM offers exactly the same lofts, nor are all clubs the same length. While it's an imperfect system, given the role accuracy plays in our tests, we think it's mostly going to come out in the proverbial wash.

     

    That is real world since as golfers we all have to demo clubs with those same differences and then make a choice between them. I think the average golfer just hits a club and doesn't pick up on things the OEM's do to tweak performance, often at the expense of something else - for example, lengthening shafts and reducing loft to optimize distance. I guess that is your point on it coming out in the wash. That "something else" is often loss of accuracy and forgiveness.

     

    Anyway, as others have mentioned, looking forward to reading the reviews. As I mentioned in another post, I consider the fairway wood to be the "Aquaman of golf clubs". Hope springs eternal that one of these days I'll find one that I have confidence in.

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