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  • Birthday 08/20/1962

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    Golf, wake surfing, Pickleball

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    60 and over
  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
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    Multiple times per week
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  1. Good info this is the weakest part of my game.
  2. Ive always used wedges in 58 and 54 then used iron set wedge for A and PW since I just used the 58 and 54 around the green and full shots with A and PW. I’ve recently put a Vokey 50 in the bag and suddenly it’s my favorite for chipping and I’m thinking of adding a Vokey of Cleveland RX6 PW. They are slightly less forgiving but I like their versatility around the green esp for chipping.
  3. Oakley Golf Prizm for me. Tried others and either they let light in around the outside which bothers me, or cheap ones seam to distort. My eyes are more sensitive now and unless it’s raining I play with my Oakleys.
  4. Cut plus 1 high score 77 Cant wait to watch how the new par 3 challenges the players.
  5. If Im playing a competitive round its aways a new ball. If its a casual round I will play a ball until it has a significant scuff or cut. I don’t keep track of how long.
  6. Ive been a Taylormade iron guy for a while now. Not mentioned but I think were one of the best game improvement in their day, were the Burners. I got fitted for those when I couldn’t break 100 and they took me to the low 80’s. Then I went to Tour Preferred MC, they were a bit too much for me so I then went with the Tour Preferred CB’s. Great Irons but still had to hit them consistent which was a weak area of my game. Wrist and elbow injuries kept me from practicing enough to improve my ball striking. Then came the 790’s and I dropped to single digit hp. I’ve have the first edition and my iron game has improved so much. I’m tempted to go with something smaller (player and ego driven) and since other manufacturers have seen the light there are a lot of players distance irons to choose from. My golf coach has told me to never let anyone take the 790’s out of my bag.
  7. I can see why some hate Royal Hawaiian but I found it so unique and beautiful I think its a must play at least once. The course conditions aren’t great and you are going to lose balls that are hit well and some holes are just a crazy layout but you do feel like you're in Jurassic Park and that was very fun. Just leave golf expectations home and go there for fun with a bunch of crappy balls.
  8. I used to be spike in wet and spikeless summer conditions. I started wearing some Code chaos spikeless in the winter and I found them to have as good as traction as spiked esp. after getting the spikes clogged with grass. No issues with grass sticking to the spikeless. My only complaint was the Code chaos heals on the inside wore out in 1/3 of a season. I sent them in for warranty but was told that was normal. They are the only shoes to have ever worn out so fast. The traction bottom was still like new.
  9. I recently received my Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 putter after a fitting at Club Champion and wanted to share and see how it compares to others putter fittings. I’m a single digit handicap but my Arccos shows I was giving up 3.3 strokes a round compared to my 5 hdc goal strokes gained. I bought the All Sport putting mat and Putt Out mirror and gate and found my path was consistently out to in. After spending quite a bit trying different setups and grips styles ( sent from pencil grip back to conventional) I decided it was time to get fit to see if the putter type was the issue. I went to Club Champion as they have a large assortment of putter brands and styles and the technology to evaluate my issues. Once I signed up they had me fill out a pre-fit questionnaire online to help them understand my game and goals. I set up the appointment online with the fitter I choose from reading reviews which was about 2 week wait in March. When I arrived they had me use my putter on the SAM PuttLab. On this day I had a slight arc and an open face. Conner gave me a couple of putters at a time to try and just asked me how they felt. If I didn’t like them he put them aside. If I liked them he kept them close. We did this with maybe a dozen putters trying blades and mallets. I quickly knew mallets were going to stay. We then tried different toe hang and face balanced putters in several brands. I also intermixed my putter into the mix. We were able to quickly narrow it down to 2. They weren’t amazing better than my gamer but they were consistently slightly better. I ended up choosing the Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 with slight toe hang with narrow grip and 35 inch shaft. The shaft is longer than I need and I was choking up but since I was putting well decided to leave everything as is. Club Champion will adjust the shaft and grip later if I desire which I probably will. It took about a month to get the club. The first time I used it I was consistently short and no more accurate than my old gamer. I went back to the mirror and gate and made some set up adjustments and started to see some improvement. I’ve now had it for 2 months and have gone improved my putting strokes gained by just over 3 strokes in the past 15 rounds from my previous 15 rounds. So either the putter or the combination of putter and practice are finally making a dent. My putts within 10 feet have made the biggest improvement. I paid $125 for the fitting. I didn’t have to buy the putter through them, there was no pressure of any kind. I could have bought it cheaper through my golf club but thought being able to bring it back for adjustments from the person that fit me was worth the extra coin. Hope this helps if some one is looking at a similar decision and hope we all can shave another stroke off the handicap.
  10. I bought the Putt Out pressure putt trainer over a year ago and just didn’t use it much. I didn’t have an indoor mat and found outside I’d rather not carry it around. I bought the Allsport mat a year ago and use it a lot. It returns all balls and is about 9 feet long with the last foot uphill. It can be hard to keep the mat flat near the uphill part, balls often careen off as the carpet lifts on the edges. I did buy the Putt out mirror and gate system and use it indoors and just use tees on the course. Ive found from these that I need to work on consistent set up and that my path and face angle are more often off than on. My putting is starting to improve but I recently got fit at club champion for a toe hang Scotty C Phantom X 5.5 which I think has helped to from my old face balanced Ping. Overall I’d buy the Allsport mat and Puttout mirror and gate setup but skip the Pressure putt trainer. But I still think its good but redundant for my setup. Anything that will encourage you to practice good technique is always good.
  11. Hi everyone. I’ve been a member for years but recently retired and have more time to do more than scan the new reviews. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? I’ve been playing for a bout 20 years. I picked it up after breaking my leg and no longer being able to continue my love of wakeboarding on the Willamette river. My handicap is a 7.1 but I can hit in the 90’s as often as the 70’s. I should probably emphasize course management more. What do you love about golf? Its competitive with yourself or others. It feeds the fire when my body can’t respond to most other sports. I get to spend time with friends and occasionally family and courses are aways so beautiful everywhere I go. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I love the tests and reviews of gear and equipment. I love the specs and analysis of things and can’t get enough of that. Where are you from? What is your home course? I live in the Portland Oregon area and am a member at The Reserve and Vineyards but also play often at Langdon Farms. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? Well it is so beautiful and green here with a moderate climate and the best summers in the world. It does get a bit soggy in the winter but it is still playable 12 months a year. What do you do for a living? I was a dentist but recently retired. I would love it if my handicap drops now. How’d you pick your user name? I used to play Taylormade Tour Preferred CB irons and I am a picker seldom leaving a divot. Luckily I found the 790’s more forgiving and my iron game benefited from the tech.
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