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  1. I just went to our local Club Champion to be fit for shafts for the Wilson D7 test. I'll do a more thorough write-up of the fitting as a part of the testing thread but some quick observations: 1. I made it clear that I wasn't buying anything from them but the fitting. 2. I let them know that I was only looking at the no-upcharge shafts, and I came in with a list. 3. I let them know that we'd only be hitting the D7's, because this is what I'll be testing. 4. The fitter (Mason Wolf) was great, but I knew him by reputation, so I wasn't worried about the fitting I'd get. 5. Yes, we only hit the 6 iron. I don't think that's great, but I wasn't so worried as I knew that I'm getting the D7's. I seem to recall that's all I hit when I had my Cobra F8 "fitting" two years ago at Golf Galaxy. 6. He spent the full 90 minutes on just one head and a smaller universe of shafts. 7. They're going to do a spec check on the build that I get from Wilson and adjust lofts and lies to the specs they came up with for me. My build for the D7 Forged, 4-PW, with Recoil 110s would be about $1,600. It's definitely spendy. But I couldn't have been more impressed with the job they did with the fitting, operating under the constraints I put on them. Full disclosure, I was going to go to a local place for the fitting, but they couldn't get me in soon enough.
  2. As my instructor reminds me, feel is not real. He then reminds me that if wrong feels right, then right is going to feel wrong.
  3. Progress report: August 1 - Taught all morning at First Tee and hit about 30 balls after teaching. -70 swings for the day; -70 swings total August 2 - Played with my daughter. -65 swings for the day; -135 swings total August 3 - 55 no-club swings in the house (outer bands of Isaias arriving in central VA); -45 swings for the day; -180 swings total August 4 - 55 weighted ball swings; 55 no-club swings; +10 swings for the day; -170 swings total August 5 - 15 weighted ball swings; 15 no-ball swings; 30 shots hit; -40 swings for the day; -210 swings total August 6 - 50 pitch shots; 30 weighted ball swings; 10 no-ball swings; 20 no-club swings; +10 swings for the day; -200 swings total August 7 - Played 9 holes - 20 swings; 20 weighted ball swings; 10 no-ball swings; 10 no-club swings; -40 swings for the day; -240 swings total August 8 - Wilson D7 iron fitting - 60 swings; -40 swings for the day; -280 swings total
  4. FWIW, I'll be at CC tomorrow, getting a fitting for the D7 Forged. I explained what I needed, and they're more than happy to oblige.
  5. My little sister swiped my A2000 for high school and college softball. She was always the better ball player.
  6. We don't go on golf vacations as a family, but we always do try to play at least once, and play someplace nice. Asheville isn't really known for a ton of great golf, but the course at the Grove Park Inn sounded like it was one of the nicer places to play in the area, and it was priced as such. I paid $140 a piece for my older daughter and myself and another $55 for the younger one. So it was a bit of an investment, but considering they play so much golf at the local First Tee course (the younger one is a participant, the older one is a camp counselor for the summer, and I'm a volunteer coach) for next to nothing, I wanted to splurge. The GPI is an old Donald Ross course, and I'm a sucker for DR. The design was fairly classic Ross, pushed up greens and good use of the movement of the land. Being in the mountains, there were plenty of hills and valleys to be traversed, with a couple of really great tees perched on hilltops. I love the feeling of being able to hit the ball forever down the hill off the tee. Another DR speciality, the approach off a downhill lie to an uphill green, comes into play a couple of times. The 18th there is a great example of it; after a chunky drive I had 180 into that green off a pretty steep downhill lie and punched a little 6 iron onto the front of the green. Unlike most of the DR courses I've played, this place was very squishy, but that was really due to the amount of rain they'd gotten recently. They also grew the rough around the greens rather than shaving down the banks, so balls that missed the greens stayed close by. You don't usually get that on a Ross course, but it makes things much easier on the resort guests. The greens are huge and full of slopes. Lots of double-breaking putts. The backdrop is gorgeous. It's hard to make an ugly golf course with those mountains in the background. And you get lots of long looks to mountains in the distance. The girls both had a wonderful time, and I was thrilled to get to treat them to it. Is it really a $140/round golf course? That's tough to say. If it were anywhere else and I'd played by myself, I'd probably say no. I liked it, but I've definitely played better courses. But with the girls and the mountains, I wouldn't have traded it for anything. If you can catch a GolfNow Hot Deal (we needed to play early to have the rest of the day for eating and shopping), it's worth it.
  7. HardcoreLooper

    Grove Park Inn

    Ouch! I was famous for putting off papers until the last minute as well. Especially after a long night on Saturday and then lifeguarding on Sundays. Brought it on myself, I guess.
  8. HardcoreLooper

    Grove Park Inn

    Some pictures from last week's round at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC
  9. Rob, thanks to you and all the mods for everything you do to make this the greatest forum on the internet. We're lucky to have you here!
  10. Thank you to Wilson and thank you to MGS. It's an honor to be a part of this group. Legends, and legends in the making. So many questions to answer. Will the D7's unseat the F8's? Will I get below a 6.0 again? Will I go graphite or steel? Will my daughter try to swipe these out of my bag? Will I get another big-box fitting? Stay tuned...
  11. Progress report: August 1 - Taught all morning at First Tee and hit about 30 balls after teaching. -70 swings for the day; -70 swings total August 2 - Played with my daughter. -65 swings for the day; -135 swings total August 3 - 55 no-club swings in the house (outer bands of Isaias arriving in central VA); -45 swings for the day; -180 swings total August 4 - 55 weighted ball swings; 55 no-club swings; +10 swings for the day; -170 swings total August 5 - 15 weighted ball swings; 15 no-ball swings; 30 shots hit; -40 swings for the day; -210 swings total
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