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  • Birthday 03/26/1958

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  1. I have room for an additional wedge after putting a 7 wood in the bag. It replaced 2 clubs. I hit it 185 to 210 depending on how far I grip down. It took one range session and a couple of rounds to figure out how far down to grip to achieve the different distances.
  2. I approach it this way: The clubs that came with my set are my irons. Wedges are separate, specially designed short game clubs. I don't really care that the two highest lofted clubs that came with my set are labeled PW and GW. I am currently playing 2 "real wedges." So I go set GW, specialty SW and LW. This set up has 5 degree loft gaps. I am transitioning to 4 "real wedges." I drop the set GW and add wedges in 4 degree loft gaps. I prefer to have tighter yardage gaps at the bottom of my bag. I bought the wedges months ago, but haven't taken the time to get them dialed in. Now that the main golf season is over (the course plugged greens yesterday and pulled tee markers) I'll quit worrying about shooting my best score and start working on my building my game for winter in Florida. I'll end up with 5 clubs labeled as wedges, but the PW doesn't occupy space in my brain as a wedge, but as my highest lofted iron.
  3. I think we are living in a golden age of iron/club design. I've been playing golf on and off for over 50 years. There is more variety, options and choices today than anytime in the last 50 years. A player should be able to find clubs that match their game. I got a set of Ping Eye2s when they first came out. They were pretty radical clubs at the time. I had a friend on my university golf team refer to them as "hacker clubs." Today, they would be pretty standard cavity back clubs. Today we can still get full on muscle backs if we want. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there are sets that are basically a full set of hybrids. One can get almost anything in between. When I started playing, everyone played steel shafts. I remember when graphite first came on the scene--and all the early problems associated with them. (I also remember the short lived aluminum shaft.) I'm not sure which has had a greater impact on performance, club head design or shaft technology. Looking back on the changes, it seems to me that each "advancement" follows a similar, perhaps natural, pattern. A manufacturer will come out with a major design change that improves some players performance or enjoyment in the game. Other manufacturers will come out with similar designs, but tweak it. The manufactures experiment with variations to eliminate issues with the clubs until they all reach pretty much the same place. They end up with very similar performing clubs and the differences really come down to minor preferences, which may or may not be performance related. The Ping Eye led to the Ping Eye2. Searching for more forgiveness, Ping eventually moved on to the Ping Zing--really ugly but very forgiving. Ping then started working backward to smaller, more traditional heads that provided the forgiveness of the Zing. The manufacturers have been balancing feel with forgiveness for a long time. When thin faced irons first came out, they definitely performed differently, but some had hot spots (A hum, Rocketblades). Later versions tamed the hot spot issue and led to more consistency. The thin face later morphed into hollow, foam filled clubs. Drivers used to be wood. Anyone else remember those days? The Ping Eye 2 driver was wood, but the head was massive compared to other drivers of the day. When the first metal drivers came out, they were basically the same design and shape as the wooden versions and didn't really have any performance advantage. (The Pittsburg Persimmon) The big change came with the move to titanium. Drivers got bigger, shafts got longer and lighter and balls went farther. The manufacturers maxed out distance, but then turned to consistency across the face. They continue to play around with MOI, different face metals, carbon fiber, etc., but the changes in the last ten years or so have been minor compared to the changes that occurred in the 1990s when titanium completely replaced wood. So, how does all that fit with the OP? Some iron tech pretty much maxed out decades ago. The changes to muscle backed blades are subtle as best. To me, the biggest difference here is in shafts. Just about all manufactures offer a Ping Eye2 type cavity back. I don't see a lot of difference between a basic cavity back from ten years ago and one bought new. The changes are more tweaks than breakthroughs. Super game improvement irons have been refined and again not much real change year to year. Where I do see more significant change is in the "newer" categories of irons, albeit I haven't paid super close attention to some of them, such as the hybrid-like irons (Cleveland Launcher). The players distance irons seem to be moving from initial introduction to the tweaking stage. Single length irons and two or three length iron sets are early in development, so I expect some big changes here. Though, the move to two or three length sets seems to be flowing out of the single length concept. And non traditional club lengths (1/4 or 1/8 progression in shaft length) seems to be gaining traction. The progressive set and the combination sets are still being explored and it seems like more manufactures are offering combo sets so the player doesn't have to cobble together their own by combing two partial sets from the same manufacturer. If someone is comparing a cavity back form 5 or 10 years ago to new ones, I don't see major changes in performance.
  4. I cheer for three college teams: Iowa, Iowa State (when they are not playing Iowa) and whoever is playing Nebraska.
  5. Oh Happy Day. I'm a grandfather. My first grandchild, a boy, was born last night. Mom, dad and baby are doing well. We can't see the baby for a few days--no visitors in the hospital due to Covid. But we'll be making a road trip in a few days to hold the little bundle. It's even better than I imagined.
  6. https://www.instagram.com/wheelhouse_golf/ There are other black golf balls as well. Just google "black golf balls." Vo9lvic, snell, blackswing...
  7. First, I think scooterhd2's post above is brilliant. I was going to comment about using baseball imagery to help with your golf, but my post could never be as helpful as the one above. Second, you need to work on your awareness. As you state in your post, you go weeks or months with no problem, and then the issue shows up-- "but they always return and I don’t recognize what I am doing that causes the return." You need to dig down and find out what you are doing differently, and that starts with having awareness of what you are doing right most of the time. Most of us don't really change our swings that much day to day or week to week. Chances are you are setting up differently, but your perception is just enough off you are not aware of it. Check the basics: grip, alignment, posture, ball position.
  8. My warm up for a round or practice session starts with feet together drills, then left foot only and right foot only. Then I move on to hitting 5 shots with the same club--a chip, a short pitch, a long pitch, 3/4 shot and full shot. I vary the iron each day. All shots to a target and with easy tempo.
  9. Try varying your right hand grip to take pressure off your elbow. It's worth a try on the range to see if your present grip contributes to the problem. I had to move my right hand grip farther into my fingers to take pressure off the elbow. (I also picked up some yardage with the change.) Compression sleves, elbow braces etc. can help, but they don't fix the underlying problem. Strengthen and stretch your muscles. Google "Thera-Band". They are exercise bars that you twist--they are especially designed to help with golf/tennis elbow.
  10. Thanks for the info. On my "to play" list.
  11. I find two aspects of this situation interesting. 1. Cobra's response. I cannot remember a sponsor ever calling one of their fold "an eight year old" and stating he said something "so stupid." 2. Bryson has talked about his "brand" and how he has to protect his brand. What kind of a brand is he cultivating with his ridiculous feud with Brooks and lashing out at Cobra-- bitting the hand that feeds him. I'm glad Bryson is in the game. I tried single length irons a few years before I had ever heard of BAD. I liked the concept but hated the heads of the ones I tried. I hoped that some day a company would offer more of a players iron in single length. Cobra, Stirling and Edel, plus others, now offer much better single length irons, in large part, because of BAD. (I play Edel and played Cobra for a couple of years.) I would love to read BAD's contract with Cobra and see what provisions are in there regarding BAD's behavior.
  12. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about the Wisconsin courses. They are about a 10 hour drive for me. I loved Bandon and the way the courses were so similar to some of the courses in Scotland and Ireland. A weekend trip to Wisconsin would be a lot easier than a trip to the coast or across the pond. Wildhorse is only 4 hours away from me. I love playing the Sandhills but no longer have a contact to get me on. Hope you enjoy your trip.
  13. Some of the most "links like" courses I have played are in Nebraska, about as far from the sea as you can get.
  14. I am very content with what I consider the most important parts of golf. I have good friends that I play rounds with several times a week. We enjoy each others company, give each other a hard time, enjoy an after round of drinks and we encourage each other and celebrate successes together. I appreciate the opportunity to play regularly--that my health, marital situation (celebrating our 40th anniversary next month) and economic situation allow me the get out and spend time on the course. I enjoy the sun and wind and beauty of the course and seeing the wind life on and around the course. I am grateful for the clubs I belong to. They are not "high end" by any means, but are good, fun courses to play. I shoot low scores (for me) and high scores, but the score is always secondary to the time spent with others. I get as much enjoyment out of my friends' great shots as my own. My scores have improved a lot over the last few years. My bad rounds now are better than my good rounds a few years ago. I used to say that I would be happy if I could consistently play bogey golf or better. Well, I shoot better than that now, and it really doesn't matter all that much compared to the enjoyment of playing with friends and my wife and other couples.
  15. A friendly reminder not to mess with lightening: We had a small thunderstorm blow through yesterday. This tree took a direct hit. Some of the bark was blown into the middle of the fairway, about 30 yards from the tree. Glad I was safely inside when the storm came through.
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