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Richie3Jack

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  1. I have a great deal of respect for Tom and his knowledge. Problem is that much of the technology has changed since he has retired and the years before he retired he wasn't really doing a lot of research (or it didn't seem like it) other than the Sterling Single Length irons which were really designed by Jaacob Bowden and Tom helped out with. His 919THI driver was excellent. At one time it was about as great of a driver head as you could find. High MOI head with a classic shape. Kind of a better version to the Ping G400 Max as it didn't launch and spin as high as the G400 Max but was as forgiving (I own the 425Max and it's not as forgiving, but spins less and launches lower than the G400 Max). I did have problems with the face of the 919THI cracking after about 18 months of use. I was hitting a lot of balls with the driver back then, but almost on cue, the face would crack on 18 months. They would always replace the head free of charge and apologize. However when they went to the longer hosel in the 919THI to help with flattening out the lie angle if you choose to do so, it completely changed the CoG of the head. The head felt completely different to me. Very tinny, sounded different and didn't perform nearly as well. I had a friend measure the CoG on the GolfMechanix CoG machine and he said it had the CoG the highest up on the face and the closest to the heel of any driver they had measured. I didn't have the old models of the 919THI to give my friend to measure, but I firmly believe that the long neck design altered the CoG and it changed the club's CoG. And it went from being arguably the best driver head on the market to being a head more suited for hackers. I had Tom's 555M blades. Some of the best blades I had ever hit. Unfortunately I hit so many balls with them the grooves were shot on a few of the irons and he discontinued making the model. It's a shame because I think he really had a great design there. His 929 fairway woods were excellent. I just tend to have misses towards the toe and the 929 weren't as forgiving off the toe as I hoped. But I could hit some bombs with the 929 fairway metals. I had the 575MMC irons. Some of the best feeling irons you'll find on the market, but the low bounce angles combined with the grind just didn't suit me. Others could like it. I did like his S2S steel iron shafts. His graphite shafts just didn't work for me. Tom was anti-'jacking up the lofts' with the irons. He preferred to keep driver shafts under 45 inches long. I am a believer that the MOI matching is something that is very much in the right direction and is far superior to swingweight and swingweight matching. However, I think it needs to be researched further as to how much MOI matching alters launch and spin. My gut tells me there is something better out there with regards to the heft of the club and fitting that for the golfer to improve performance. Unfortunately Tom is the only one who had the cajones, brains and determination to help come out with MOI matching. He's retired now and none of the other manufacturers are going to look into it anytime soon. 3JACK
  2. Current Handicap: +0.6 What the Hogan name means to me: The ultimate in quality, precision and class in golf. It starts with Mr. Hogan's swing and goes thru everything he did from his classic dress style to his signature and eventually to his equipment. Mr. Hogan was very proud of his name and what it stood for, so you knew that when his name was attached to the equipment, it was a guarantee that the customer would be provided with the finest quality and precision that equipment has to offer. 3JACK
  3. I've done a handful of putter fittings. One was based on SAM Puttlab data. Another one was based on the amount of skid. I've done 2 Edel putter fittings, one for a standard putter and the other for a belly putter. To me, the Edel putter fitting is the best of them all. The Edel fittings first focus on the aim bias of the golfer. Do you aim right or left of the target? Do you aim low or high (vertically)? The Edel fitting cart comes with a bunch of different head shapes. Then they systematically go thru the different hosel designs along with the different alignment lines and sight dots to find what you aim best. It's a pretty extensive process because they want to make sure you can aim consistently at the cup. I have a right aim bias tendency. So to counter that they started to use more offset and put the alignment lines in the flange. From there, they go to the counterweighting portion. They train their fitters to understand what type of stroke you employ and how much counterweight to use. It is the best putter fitting process going today, IMO. 3JACK
  4. It's probably not that important. Wedges have higher loft and higher spin loft, so the ball's spin axis cannot tilt as much. However, we do know that for every 1 cm of forward shaft deflection, that will close the face angle by about 0.7 degrees and add about 0.7 degrees of loft (credit Dr. Sasho MacKenzie). Depends on what you're looking for. Most golfers are looking for a more penetrating flight and therefore I believe the weight *after* the shaft has been trimmed is key. Most wedge shafts I've seen weigh around 108 grams *after* trimming. That means a higher % of the club's mass is in the head which means higher launch and higher spin. So if you want a more penetrating flight, you'll probably need a heavy shaft with more of the weight towards the tip section of the shaft. 3JACK
  5. When I click on 'View New Content' it does not show any new posts. Been this way for about a month. 3JACK
  6. My 60* Edel Wedge. My Wishon 919THI driver. Although I may change the shaft out. My 'Gonzo Wood.' 3JACK
  7. Here's what a 'balanced' set of irons would look like: 3JACK
  8. Here's the major problem I see with fitting with just 1 club. Below is a set of swingweight matched irons and the weights of the different components (head, shaft and grip) This is the typical way the irons are built. The shafts have descending weights because as they get shorter, the club gets lighter. Conversely, the heads are built with ascending weights. As we see, the % of shaft+grip weight to head weight changes. With the 3-iron, the % is much higher than say the Pitching Wedge. That means with 3-iron has a higher concentration of its mass in the shaft than the PW. The 3-iron already has a low loft, so more mass in the shaft will cause the ball to launch even lower. Conversely, with the PW, the mass is more concentrated towards the head. The PW already has a high enough loft and doesn't need that extra launch and spin rate. So if we are fitting with a 6-iron, a good fitter will find the right shaft for the golfer. Not only bend profile wise, but weight wise. However, they are only finding the right shaft weight for that 6-iron. When we move further away from the 6-iron, the concentration of the club's mass dramatically changes. 3JACK
  9. I believe it is one of the downfalls of fitting for irons. Since you're fitting with 1 club, odds are that club will end up being your 'best club in the bag.' Either that or the club next to (i.e. fitted with a 6-iron and your 7-iron or 5-iron becomes your best club in the bag). If you subscribe to MOI matching and balancing your irons, you start to see the flaw in this type of fitting. The long irons have a higher concentration of its mass in the shaft, causing the ball to launch even lower and spin less. The short irons have a higher concentration of its mass in the head, causing the ball to launch even higher and spin more. I believe if golfers did a fitting using only a 3-iron, they would find that they would be fitted for lighter shafts. Conversely, if they did a fitting using only a 9-iorn, they would be fitted for heavier shafts. 3JACK
  10. Took a lesson on Saturday and then played Metrowest on Sunday: 10/14 FWY 8/18 GIR 29 putts 39-36=75 (+3) Metrowest really screws me up because they have some odd angles to hit off the tee and for the first 6 holes I hit it worse than I have in the last 2 months. Had some issues with a low, tumbling draw. Finally fixed those on #13. Hit a lot of good irons shots, but my driving was so bad early on that I couldn't hit it very well. Did hit the driver great off the deck. Booming one to 20 yards from the green on #7, then a nice one off the deck on #10 and #14. Putted the best I've putted in a couple of months, so the lesson helped there. 3JACK
  11. Nippon Modus 3 shafts Figuring out the entire Opti-Lock and Opti-Vibe installation TrueLinks indoor putting green. Get a Scratch Golf Custom wedge. Looking for a 52* wedge that has high bounce and is designed more like a 56* head. 3JACK
  12. Hit a good shot out of a fairway bunker on a par-5 to 70 yards in the middle of the fairway. I get up there and my ball is in a divot with a little bit of mud on it. I said 'to hell with it' and hit the ball out of the divot. I had been struggling from difficult lies, so I figured I would try and hit it. Hit it flush, spun about 3 feet to the right and into the hole for an eagle. 3JACK
  13. Just stay out of my way... or you'll pay! LISTEN to what I say! 3JACK
  14. I grew up in NY and saw some pretty crazy things on the golf course. But, none of these were at private courses like Piedmont CC (used to live near Piedmont when I lived in Atlanta). One of the courses had an annual tournament for the Prison workers and a friend of mine got so drunk that he played the last hole naked, then walked right into the bar and continued to drink at the bar, buck naked. One time another friend of mine and I were playing in a tournament for charity and it was a big drinking fest. Between the gazillion blood Mary's and jolly ranchers he was scarfing down, he ended up vomiting all over the 18th green. I guess on some level I can understand the nakedness and the vomiting. I don't understand purposely urinating on a green. YR
  15. Yes, on a 3-putt. He hit every fairway and missed only 1 green. He had 13 birdie putts inside 20 feet and made 10 of them. He also holed out from about 100 yards on #15 for eagle. The average score for the round, when you take out Furyk's score was 72.3. The second lowest score for the day was a 65. On #8, his 17th hole...a par-5, he found the greenside bunker on his 2nd shot. He got a bad lie from the bunker and could only put his shot to 17 feet. This could have easily been a 57. 3JACK
  16. Lived in the city of Syracuse until I was 10 years old. I was playing sports at a very early age. Because I was a tall child, I would get into the older tee ball and baseball leagues. I pretty much played just about every sport you could think of by 10 years old. Baseball, football, basketball, bowling, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, etc. About once a year my dad would take my sister and I to the golf course. But, my main love was baseball. I was a very natural baseball player and to top it off I would play baseball (or some form of stick ball or whiffle ball) with my friends all day. When they went home, I would start throwing tennis balls and racquet balls at a cement block wall that I made a pitching target out of. Anyway, we moved when I was 10 years old and it was completely different in the suburbs. I would get home from school and look to play something, anything. And almost all of the kids in the area would just go home after school, watch TV and do homework. I also didn't have a cement wall to pitch against. Meanwhile we were about a mile from a golf course. However, you could not take a straight line to the course so it was really more like 3-4 miles to walk there. Eventually my dad took me out there and I really liked the game. I liked the idea that your success is dependent upon you. The year before my little league team lost a heartbreaking playoff game where I threw a 3-hitter and had a HR and double. I also started to notice that in team sports, all it takes is for one lousy coach to make the game not fun. And you had to worry about his judgment. For instance, when I was in high school our basketball coach also coached the soccer team. And he was one of those types that believed that soccer players were the best athletes in the world. Thus, I had two friends of mine that were good soccer players, but their athletic abilities and skill sets just didn't translate into basketball. Yet, the coach would always try to insert them into the lineup. With golf, I knew that the only judge was your score. Anyway, from there I spent the same effort and passion into golf that I spent into baseball. The only difference was that I was not a natural golfer. About a year into playing the game I remember we were at baseball practice for Little League and some of the kids on the team also played golf. One of my teammates, Kris, was supposed to be this super talented golfer. Then there was another kid named Sean that was supposed to be the prodigy. In my first junior tournament I didn't know what to expect...and then I won the thing. From there I was hooked. Golf was a safe haven where I didn't have to worry about teammates affecting our success. And I didn't have to worry about coaches with agendas or just plain ineptitude determining who would and would not play. 3JACK
  17. I honestly think you could have just gone to a chiropractor. Have him put some electric stimulation on the area and rest it for 2-3 weeks. 3JACK
  18. I think there is a misconception about 'forgiveness' in equipment and it starts with the misconceptions towards the 'sweetspot.' People tend to think the sweetspot is an area. With the irons, the myth is that it's about the size of a nickel (or so). The reality is that the sweetspot is the size of a needle point. The closer you are to that needle point, the higher the MOI of the head is. And just as big of a myth is that they think Tour players hit the sweetspot all of the time. They actually miss it fairly frequently. Musclebacks provide a more penetrating ball flight. Cavity backs assist with a higher ball flight. That's why I play with CB's in my 3-6 irons and MB's in my 7-PW. I have a bunch of sets, some that are all MB. I mis-hit shots all of the time and still have no problem hitting those shots fairly close to the hole. In the end, I think there are a lot of golfers that are a 10 handicap or less that could hit MB's better than CB's in the long run. A lot of it depends on how serious about the game they are and if they practice. 3JACK
  19. I got this once back in 2009. I was sleeping on my left shoulder and then down the road I got this intense pain on my scapula and I had to quit mid-round because it hurt so much as was impossible to swing the club. For me, I just rested it for about 2-3 weeks until the pain went away. YR
  20. I don't think 5 yards is enough for either Golfer A or Golfer B to tell a difference. I think we need to look at it more from a 10-15 yard perspective because that means the golfer will be using 1 less club. In that scenario, I think Golfer B (hitting it 280 to 295 yards) would feel a larger difference because Golfer A will still have long approach shots. Golfer B is now making those long par-4's shorter and making those long par-5's reachable in two shots. Where I think Golfer A (short hitter) would see the difference is if his distance *precision* improves. If he's removing those terrible drives that only go about 150 yards and is now getting a tighter distance dispersion. 3JACK
  21. Going to the gym can help some people. Now we are seeing more studies showing how the golfer's ability to use the ground helps with generating more club head speed. So more explosive legs can theoretically push off the ground with more force and generate more club head speed. When we think of a few of our longer hitters on Tour over the years, Nicklaus...Woodland...Bubba....Dustin.....all had legitimate basketball experience. Guys that generated big-time club head speed like Tiger and Mac O'Grady were avid runners. However, all of it is for not if one cannot incorporate the mechanics to use the ground more. For example, a former teacher of mine named Ted Fort worked with a guy who played college football and was a champion downhill skier. They went to TPI to test him out and TPI said he tested extremely well by them. But, he could only generate 85 mph of club head speed with the driver. Eventually they worked on his swing enough and got him clocked near 120 mph. In fact, he was clocked once at 119 mph with a 5-iron, which obscene. But if you really want to improve your game I recommend understanding the D-Plane, the low point, vertical/horizontal gear effect and how it changes the ball's flight and the geometry of a circle. Those are 'laws' that don't change and can't be argued. The rest is theory, application and trying to convey the point to the golfer so they can understand and execute. But if you know those 'laws', one can always understand what is going on at impact and get started in a good direction of what needs to happen in order to hopefully improve their results. 3JACK
  22. I would have a player development academy. Having great minds in different fields like biomechanics, statistics, neuroscience, psychology, fitness, nutrition, club fitting, club design, etc. I would develop a 'one stop shop' for golfers and it would be customized to each player's ability. In our spare time, we would research all different facets of the game and use 'build upon thinking' process in order to come up with the best conclusions that satisfy all different fields involved with the game. 3JACK
  23. You're going to rotate your wrists in the downswing to some degree. However, it's not what produces an accurate draw towards the target. If you're hitting a draw that starts to the 'push side' of the golfer (i.e. out to the right for a right handed golfer) and draws back to the target; the clubface HAS to be *open* to some degree with relation to the target, at impact. All purposely rolling the wrists over creates is a greater likelihood the that the clubface will be close at impact...which is actually needed for a fade that starts to the pull side and fades back to the target. Also, all things being equal a draw does not go further than a fade. The rotating of the wrists is a power source. It's one of the many ways we generate more club head speed. But if you don't rotate the wrists, the face will be wide open and impact and you will almost be assured to miss the shot well to the right. 3JACK
  24. Wilson 8802: Bought one on my 15th birthday with my own hard earned money and was making everything with it. It had the old leather wrap grip and there was something about that particular putter where the weight was just perfect for me. I can honestly say I went an entire summer without missing a putt inside 5 feet with that putter. It was flat out incredible. Then somebody stole it out of my bag one day as I went to eat some lunch. Every other 8802 I tried just didn't have it. PING B61: I wasn't quite as good with this as the 8802, but I would make a ton of putts with it. The hosel was more towards the end. What's funny is that my Edel has a similar design to the B61, which indicates to me that the B61 just fitted my aim well. Maxfli Tad Moore: I had a special design that was given to me and this looked like a cross between the B61 and a Newport model. It was a real pretty putter and I drained everything with it. I traded it in for a Mizuno Scotty Cameron and putted well with that. Not sure what happened to that Mizuno Scotty Cameron. Wish I still had them both as they would be worth a few hundred dollars a piece. 3JACK
  25. I bought a portable $100 air compressor from Home Depot. I think it goes up to 240 psi, but I never use it for that. Works like a charm. 3JACK
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