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  1. The mystery deepens. I looked at the test for high swing speeds. According to the data, the Ping has the lowest shot area in that test.
  2. After looking at the data again and the comments, I am concerned about this test. The data does not match the awards. The guys are not responding to the questions on the test, like they do on most tests. According to the data, the Sirxon Z585 is the driver with the lowest shot area: 1818. The number for the Sixron for shot area is the one listed above for the Ping which received the award for the most forgiving driving. Something in the test or awards is not adding up. As I mentioned above, none of the shot areas in the data match those in the award section. What other factors are they considering? While I am no fan of Taylormade, it was noted that the M6 has the best score in yards from center. To me, this is an important measure of forgiveness in a driver. Again, to me, dispersion near to far isn't much of a problem when hitting driver, but side to side can be.
  3. Something I can't figure out... The shot area numbers in the graphic and in the chart don't match. TM6: Graphic, 2140; Chart, 2050. Ping G410 SFT: Graphic, 1818: Chart, 2077. TA Atomic: Graphic, 2,1242; Chart 2057. (I get there is a typo here, but the typo isn't really near the number in the chart. Any ideas why the difference?
  4. A few days ago I ordered a used XXIO driver from 3Balls Golf. The club is one generation old. A new driver costs $649. I picked this one up for $202, including tax and shipping. I never would have tried XXIO at retail prices. I was a bit reluctant to order the club--if something seems to good be be true.... Anyway, the club arrived today, three days sooner than promised when ordering. The club is in better shape than advertised. Based on one order, I have to say 3Ballls exceeded my expectations.
  5. A word of caution to people who are thinking of getting Tour Tempo or buying into this approach: This is a gateway drug. Once you try it and see improvement, you'll start to question the whole "If I get my swing mechanics perfect I'll be able to play good golf" paradigm. Once you realize that concentrating on things like balance, tension, and tempo leads to better mechanics and ball striking faster than working on positions, you'll start down a very dark path--one you can never come back from. You'll start reading Adam Young and trying things like working on skills with differential and variability practice instead of hitting 100 seven irons trying to perfect your position at the top of the backswing. You'll explore the Vision54 books and start leaning about commitment and playing golf without swing thoughts or fear. You may start doing doing things like throwing clubs drills, perpetual motion drills and feet together drills. You may hit rock bottom: you'll discover Fred Shoemaker and his writings on awareness. (Gasp.) Of course, your improvement will be faster than trying for the perfect mechanics. You'll save a lot of money as the number of swing lessons you'l need will go down, and you'll know how to incorporate the change the pro wants you to make faster than you do now. But, there is a very dark side. You may have to face difficult questions like "Why do I play golf?", "What's the point of it all?", and "Why is the game worth playing?" You've been warned. Proceed with caution.
  6. I have bought several clubs from Callaway Preowned. The site lists the specs of the clubs and a condition rating. The condition has always been better than listed. The site has clubs other than Callaway.
  7. In no particular order Royal Dornoch Royal County Down Royal Portrush Kingsbarn Old Course North Berwick Muirfield Sand Hills Pacific Dunes Bandon dunes
  8. what jumbo winn grips are you using?

    1. alfriday101


      I use the Winn Dri-tac Oversize.  




      They weigh 50 grams each, about the same as a regular grip.  

  9. I am rereading Extraordinary Putting, by Fred Shoemaker. It one way, it is a follow up book to Extraordinary Golf as it explores the concepts in the first book and expands upon them. While the second book is about putting, it applies to the entire golf game. If the approach in Extraordinary Golf resonates with you, be sure to read Extraordinary Putting as well.
  10. MattF is spot on with this comment. Sorry I couldn't find the studies to reference, but the up shot was that size had little or no effect on ball flight. Ping is the company that did the study. But, the factor that did influence ball flight was grip weight. Bigger grips tend to weigh more than standard grips. The extra weight changes the swing characteristics of the club. Also, Golf magazine did a small study a few years ago that showed most golfers were playing the wrong size grip, but the study didn't control for weight. So the whole issue is kind of a mess. I spent a couple of months experimenting with grips a few years ago. I tried the jumbomax grips and really liked the size, but they weigh two or three times what a regular grip weighs. I played with them for a year or so on an older set. When I put them on my single length clubs, it felt like the head disappeared. I had no feeling for the club head. I heard a pod cast with Bryson's club builder and he said swing weight and changes don't really matter. Well, they do for me. YMMV. Here is what I finally settled on, given that I liked the weight of my standard grips: I found grips that weighed the same in medium, large and jumbo. I put one of each on my 3 wedges, 8,7 and 6 iron and then driver, old driver and 3-wood. I practiced with them for a few weeks and found that the jumbo worked best for me. I put the jumbo grips on all my clubs and have never looked back. The Winn jumbo grips are not as big around as the Jumbomax grips. I just grabbed a ruler and measured, and my longest finger is 3 1/2 inches long--if that is relevant.
  11. One of my favorite golf books is Fred Shoemaker's book, Extraordinary Golf. I highly recommend it. It presents a new paradigm in learning and appreciating golf. The first question asked in the book is, "Why do you play golf?" I think that same question is the heart of this thread. "The problem is that we confuse the goal of the game, which is scoring as low as possible (winning), with the purpose of the game, which we decide for ourselves." p. 31. This struck a chord with me. I really thought about my reasons for playing golf and it changed my outlook, enjoyment, frustration level, the way I interact with my playing partners, how I practice and appreciation for the game. I really though about the reasons for playing this crazy game. I discovered that the top reasons had little to do with my score: time spent with my good friends, being physically active, enjoying the outdoors, trips with my buddies, self discovery. Other reasons for playing are tied to skill development: learning, challenge, the game has to be experienced and can't be learned academically. The irony is that by letting go of a focus on swing and mechanics and traditional lessons, and moving to self discovery, experience, skill development and awareness of my own natural movements, my scores have dropped dramatically the last couple of years and I'm playing some of the best golf I have ever played. My swing has changed, without an instructor telling me what to do or me consciously trying to manipulate a change, but by increasing awareness. Anyway, for those on this thread who have tried the traditional lesson method for improvement and want a new way to approach golf, give Shoemaker a read. Chapter 3 is especially illuminating, where he talks about the Culture of Golfers. In the chapter, he discusses how to move from "fixation" (there is something wrong with my swing and I have to fix it) to awareness ("increased awareness allows the body's natural instincts to come into play, and these instincts make the swing more powerful and efficient. Awareness thus leads to improvement.)
  12. I stated earlier that feel and a system are not mutually exclusive. I stand by that statement. I know how far I hit each of my wedges (and 9, 8 and 7 irons) on 1/4, half, 3/4 and full swings. Now, my 1/4 swing may not be 1/4, but it is what I feel is a 1/4 swing and, most importantly, it is reasonably repeatable swing after swing, hole after hole. The distances I hit my shots is based on a flat, good lie. Basically, these are distances I found and practiced on the range. Since I know these distances, I don't have to think about technique or mechanics when playing. I have the information--which is simply a starting point for play on the course. (As an aside, practicing all four shots with each club is a great skill building exercise and an excellent way to improve ball striking). Here is how it works on the course. Suppose the pin is toward the back of slightly elevated green, which slopes back to front. The front of the green is 40 yards away, the pin is 55 yards away. (I do tend to measure the distances as I've found that architects are very good at fooling the eye of the golfer, at least this golfer.) When I approach the ball, I"ll survey the green, my lie, the slope, the wind, etc. Information gathering. I'll usually laser the pin and possibly the front of the green. I'll then decide on the shot I want to hit--high, low, or medium, little run out, a lot of run out, etc. Most of the time, it will be a straight forward pitch--carry the ball half way between the front of the green and pin and let the ball roll to the pin. The shot I want to hit determines which club I will use. I pick the spot where I want to land the ball. So, in our example, I want to hit the ball 45 to 50 yards in the air and let it roll out. For my 55 degree wedge, that is a bit more than a half swing. I have my starting point. The thinking, or mechanical side now shuts down. Feel takes over. I will stand behind the ball and envision the shot, looking at the target. When envisioning the shot, I will swing the club a bit back and forth in my right hand. I will feel the way the club moves through the grass, the wind, all the factors that go into actually hitting the shots. I'm not analyzing, just feeling and anticipating. I call this priming the pump. When my feel matches my intent, I'll step in and hit the shot. By this point, there is no thought of "half swing" or anything mechanical. (That took a lot longer to explain than it takes to actually do on the course.)
  13. I don't think that being a feel player and having a system are mutually exclusive.
  14. https://clubandresortbusiness.com/bandon-dunes-to-unveil-bally-bandon-sheep-ranch-in-2020/ Another article on the 6th course at Bandon. I visited Bandon last September for a week. My group played all 5 of the existing courses twice and the Dunes course three times. They were working on the Sheep Ranch; you could see the work when playing Old McDonald. I would love to go back for a week again. It was a great experience. It's as close to links golf as you can get in the US. The big advantage is the travel time from the midwest and no jet lag. it is expensive, but about 1/2 to 2/3 the price of a trip to Scotland or Ireland. And once you are at the resort, there is no driving. I am the DD for our trips overseas, so this was a big advantage to me. I still prefer Scotland or Ireland, but Bandon is a very close third. It is great for a guys trip. The property for the Sheep Ranch looks exciting and there will be many hole along the cliffs: "The many holes along the cliffs will be the big attraction for Bally Bandon Sheep Ranch. The new course will include a mile-long stretch overlooking the beach and ocean and nine of the holes will be along the cliff—more than at the resort’s three exiting oceanside courses combined, The World reported."
  15. I prefer white painted tees. They leave a small mark on the bottom of the club so I can check contact position v. feel when in question.
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