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  1. Sorry that I am late but weather has not been our friend with the tropical storm season upon us on the east coast. I love the look and feel of the ERV2 but the grip that I asked for was a 104c and the sent a 140c which as you see is much bigger and does not set well in my fingers. Does it affect the performance? Our greens are fast for a much used municipal golf course, running normally around 11 and having around 65K plus rounds a year. Lots of thumbprints, redans, bowls, undulations and fast greens. A renovation with Seth Raynor type greens and bunkers. . Round 1-10ft 11-30ft 31-50ft 51+ft (to understand the below numbers, 1/2 would be one two putt) 1 #/putts 5/1 7/2 1/2 1/2 1/3 1/3 1/4 33 putts 2 #/putts 3/1 1/1 1/2 1/2 1/2 6/2 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/4 35 putts 3 #/putts 3/1 5/2 1/2 1/2 2/2 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/3 1/4 37 putts 4 #/putts 4/1 5/2 1/2 1/2 4/2 1/4 30 putts As you can see with my play, my number of putts increased from day one as I tested the product, until the last day. Day one the greens had been punched three days prior and were slow and the putter worked fairly well and as they sped up the number of putts did increase some. It is heavy which would be great for those playing on slower greens running in the 8-10 range. The loft on this putter is set at 4* which is for slower greens. Of the 135 putts made 96 of them were within the 1-30 foot range. As you can see the three/four putts are bolded and there the same in the under 30 feet as in the over thirty feet. That is my reason for saying that this putter is better suited for slower or flatter greens. As a former auditor numbers and statistics are there for interpretation. Me I like to know how it feels, lines up and putts. If you hit the ball outside the milled area, you will definitely hear and feel it. Something I am not accustomed to. A real shocker the first time I played with it. It lines up nicely but the weight is a bit much for me. I am used to a lighter putter and think that the head and the grip on this putter have added a bit of weight to a great shaft. I would mind having one of these shafts in one of my Scotty Cameron putters to test. I am a big fan of Fujikura products and all my metals have their shafts in them. I feel that the best test for any product is on the course. My group laughs at me as I walk off the distances as line up my putts and one asked me one day what I was doing when I was gathering the data. I most likely will have one more when I return to play next week. I like to give every product every chance. Cheers.
  2. Personally I do not see a need to add another club. If you count the number of clubs you use during a round I bet you do not use every club in the bag. Most golfers have their favorites. Look at the pros, most are hitting drivers and wedges on the par fours and reaching the par fives with an iron on their second shot. How many of them use 14 clubs. Some do even carry a true three wood. I say master the fourteen that you have and manage you shots effectively on the course. I found an interesting article from Golf Digest regarding the origin of the 14 club rule: Why do we have the 14 club rule? "Which often leads golfers to ask, “OK, but why a limit and why 14?” As with most rules that involve equipment, advancing technology was one of the culprits. For years players were content to go into battle armed with a relatively slim array of hickory-shafted weapons. That changed when the steel shaft was universally approved for use in 1929 (the USGA had approved its use earlier but it took some time for the R&A to get on board). Some golfers were torn, not sure they wanted to go to steel because they were unfamiliar with how those clubs would react, but not wanting to pass on potentially better equipment. The solution for many became to have a bag that incorporated both hickory and steel clubs, sending the number of sticks in the bag soaring. (mixed bag by today's standards but with unlimited clubs. This comment is mine and not theirs) Good news for players. Bad news for the caddies. Those poor bastards often ended up lugging two bags instead of one—and caddies back then weren’t making the kind of scratch they do now. Lawson Little was perhaps the most infamous offender, as the winner of the 1934 and 1935 U.S. and British Amateurs often had 30 clubs at his disposal. Some players went with a set of right-handed and left-handed clubs and a survey at the 1935 U.S. Open showed the average number of clubs in a contestant’s bag was 18. At this point, the USGA and R&A had seen enough. Just as with today in which the governing bodies are fretting about the role of technology in the game, the rules makers back then were afraid that such a large number of clubs would make skill less prominent. Additionally, it provided an advantage for well-to-do golfers who had the wherewithal to purchase more clubs than their less-fortunate brethren. In 1936 the USGA and R&A adopted the 14-club limit with it going into effect in 1938. It has been in effect since. Oh, and why 14? No one really knows, although it has been surmised that most common set makeup at the time was four woods, nine irons and a putter. You don’t even need a calculator to know that’s 14 bats." I feel that 14 is adequate and let's keep the more skill in the game.
  3. ChuckZ

    LEFT DOT!!

    Picked up a dozen yesterday. Will put them in play week after next. Am testing a couple of sleeves of test balls next week. 3s and 4s.
  4. Like everything else in life. It it something that makes them happy and it is their choice. If they can afford it, I say go for it. Not hurting anyone. I do not collect golf clubs. Only art, better investment than the stock market. Really nice to look at and it gains in value every day. Makes me smile as I walk thru my house. If you are going to collect, collect in something that increases in value. With respect to all. CZ
  5. Have always been a public course person. When I started playing in 1984 started at Patriots Point Links in Mt Pleasant. Actually had a membership there for a few years there and they told us they wanted to cater more to the tourists and they were canceling memberships, so we left and went across the river to Charleston and the local Municipal and have been there ever since. I enjoy the freedom of playing at a public course. I am a passholder at the Muni which gets me a discount on greens fees and I play in a senior men's league there. They have remodeled the course. A complete renovation last year in the style of Seth Raynor from the 20's. A real tough course when it comes to the bunkers and the greens. The greens run rather fast for a muni, on the average around 11 and they can get them faster. A very popular course with 60K plus rounds a year. No worries for us because we have a standing tee time at 8am. Home of the City of Charleston Amateur Championship Tournaments; Men, Women, Senior Men, Senior Women, Four Ball, Mixed and Junior. Like the new carts they have purchased with the renovation, when you go where you should not, they shut down.
  6. I stock up in the spring with custom (#8 w/ Blue "Z") Prov1s when Titleist has their buy three get four dozen. Great deal. Purchase them thru my local Titleist account. Also pick up some at golf events during the year with certificates or SWAG.
  7. Great idea, but I am one in favor of going to a shop that specializes in fittings. In particular where they are experienced and are certified. My fitter has 30 years experience and is certified with all the major brands. This ensures that I get the right shaft and head. Hitting a number of different clubs is great, but the shaft is the driving force. You have to get on TrackMan. Those numbers mean a lot. Personally I love the new TSi fairways. I am hitting my Titleist TSi2 16.5* farther and more accurately that my previous 917F 15*. Just my two cents worth. It has the POW and WOW factors. If PGA Stores will let you hit a number of different shafts and use their Trackman then go for it. The course I play at does fittings for one brand only and not one I play.
  8. At 75, when I have issues with any part of my game, I still go see my teaching pro. Within a few minutes he normally can figure it out and after a small bucket of balls or less I am in the middle of the fairway. We have four teaching pros at our course and I can get help from any of them when needed. I play with a teaching pro and he is there when I need him. My usual problems with my driver is about position over the ball and tempo. My driver is a Titleist TSi3 set at 10.75* and has a Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S shaft and when hit solidly eats the middle of the fairways. I use both during my rounds of play, my TSi3D and my TSi2F. All depending on the length of the hole. Alignment, position of the ball, tempo are the three things that my teacher looks at for me. With respect and good luck.
  9. Love that Anser putter. A real classic. The core of most putters today. If it is ever looking for a new home, let me know.
  10. I signed up walked a few with my wife in our neighborhood and was notified that I won one of the golf bags. Should be here in a couple of months.
  11. My two cents worth. I have two fitters that I trust completely. Both are certified and have over 25 years experience; one is a Titleist Product Specialist and the other by numerous manufacturers. I trust them, I explain to them the results that I am looking for and let them do their job. Both use Trackman and provide all the numbers that are needed to give me the best fitting in matching the right shafts and heads. By knowing this upfront, there are no surprises or seconding guessing. I learned from two bad fittings prior to getting with these guys many years ago. Why two? Both are in high demand and whichever I can get an appointment with. I would go back and talk with the fitter and explain that you are satisfied and explain why.
  12. Me personally, I believe in researching as much as possible to support any theories regarding cause and effect. Here is an interesting article from the Mayo Clinic regarding this subject. Answers all the who, what, where and why. I think you will find it a very interesting read. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/golfers-elbow/symptoms-causes/syc-20372868
  13. Going to a certified club fitter is your answer. I always do whenever I look to upgrade. I upgraded this year, recently from a Titleist 917D 11.25* with a Fujikura Speed Tour 64 Shaft to a Titleist TSi3D 10.75* with a Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S Shaft. I picked up abut ten additional yards, but the accuracy is off the charts. By going to my fitter and getting the right combination my ball goes straight and long. Ball speed is in the low nineties, handicap 15. I like Titleist drivers and always use a Titleist certified fitter. I will be 75 on September 10, and this club makes golf more fun for me. I also picked up the TSi2 fairway 16.5* and it is actually longer and more accurate that my 917f 15*. Might suggest looking at the TSi lineup and Fujikura makes some really great shafts.
  14. Might add, I will be 75 in a few weeks, play three days a week, play steels shafts with my irons and have no issues with golf/tennis elbow anymore. We hit off matts on our driving range Monday - Thursday due to the number of people using the range, which can have an impact on your elbows at times if you are pounding balls.
  15. Had that problem a number of years ago. Made a few changes. Started wearing Sabona magnetic bracelets, went to GolfPride midsize grips and adjusted my grip on the clubs. The grip adjustment most likely helped the most, but a still wearing the bracelets. Have not had any issues since I did this. I was griping the clubs improperly causing the index finger to over grip the club thereby putting stress on the nerve that runs to the elbow. Was griping the club in the palm of my hand rather than my fingers. Might check with a pro and see if your grip is the issue. I tried a number of gimmicks that you wear on the forearm and they DID NOT HELP.
  16. Am a Prov1 guy, after being fitted for them based on my golf game. Like the feel and performance. Have tried the Prov1x, AVX and Tour Speed.
  17. There is a Club Champion is our area but have never used them. There are are also a couple of certified fitters in our area that have over 25 years each fitting that I use and trust, one specifically for Titleist and the other who is certified for numerous brands. A buddy of mine approached me the other day in the parking lot at the local muni where we play and showed me his new clubs. Was bragging about them and how much he had invested in them. Said he had been fitted at Club Champion and his total investment was $5500.00. My only response was WOW. Not much I could say. He is a low single digit player and asked if we were playing in the men's senior invitational at the air base this year. He is the defending champion and love playing with him. Could not believe the cost of the fitting and the clubs. Guess it is all about choices and deep pockets. As to big box brick and mortar, never use them. Too much turnover.
  18. Am a amateur, play in senior amateur tournaments in my area, 15.3 handicapper, 75 years old, and play only one brand. Have been fitted by the product specialist from Titleist and found what works best for me. Had four holes in one with Titleist irons. Most recent in January. It is working and no need to change or mix it.
  19. Interesting subject. Started late in life in 1985. Will give it a try and never played anything with the Nike brand on it. Bought a pair of their golf shoes and one of their shirts way back when and both fell apart. Felt rest of their golf stuff was junk also. Drivers; Taylormade, Dynacraft, Callaway, Adams, Wilson Staff, Mizuno, Ping, Titleist. Woods; Taylormade, Dynacraft, Callaway, Ping, Nickent, Cobra, Titleist Hybrids: Adams, Nickent, Cobra, Titleist. Irons: Wilson Staff, Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Wilson Staff, Titleist. Putters: Bulls Eye, Ping, Callaway (numerous), Scotty Cameron. Balls played: Top Flite, Callaway, Taylormade, Srixon, Bridgestone, Wilson staff, Ultra, all the Titleist balls. As of Thursday: TSi3D 10.75, TSi2F 16.5, 818h 18.0, 816h 21.0, T300 5-53W, SM7 58.12D, Scotty Newport 2 Notchback, Prov1. All my equipment is now from the Acushnet family including shoes and apparel (FJ).....I find these brands work best for me in comfort, performance, and feel.
  20. Have played most brands on the market: Ping, Callaway, Wilson Staff, Taylormade, Mizuno, Adams and finally settled on Titleist clubs a number of years ago. This is my current setup as of yesterday with the addition of my new driver. It is also about getting the correct shafts during your fitting. My driver is a monster. Driver - Titleist TSi3 10.75* Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S Fairway - Titleist TSi2F 16.5* Fujikura Motore Tour 84 Speeder Hybrid - Titleist 816h1 18* Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8 HD Hybrid - Titleist 818h 21* Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8 HD Irons - Titleist T300 5-53W True Temper AMT Red 107g-95gm R300 Wedges - Vokey SM7 58.12D Nippon NS Pro 950 GH R Putter - Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback 2016 35"
  21. Would love to be a tester of the new T300 clubs. I love my current T300s but love to see what the next generation has to offer for us seniors.
  22. Correction on that fairway, it is a TSi2, not a 3.....and am actually getting more yardage with the 16.5* then I did with my 917f 15*, and with better accuracy, using same shaft.
  23. That was until my new driver came in today. Titleist TSi3, Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S shaft. The shaft that I ordered was no longer in stock and I had to settle for this one. This is of course a much better shaft. Cannot wait to hit it tomorrow. I was using a head that the dealer I bought the club from on my old Fujikura shaft until my new one was built and arrived. Nice surprise. The world is good.
  24. Driver - Titleist TSi3 10.75* Fujikura Tour Speeder Pro 64 Shaft Fairway - Titleist TSi3F 16.5* Fujikura Motore Tour 84 Speeder Shaft Hybrid - Titleist 816h1 18* Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8 HD Shaft - 818h 21* Fujikura Motore Speeder 8.8 HD Shaft Irons - Titleist T300 5-53W True Temper AMT Red 107g-95gm R300 Wedges - Vokey SM7 58.12D Nippon NS Pro 950 GH R Putter - 2017 Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2 Notchback 35" Chrome Ball - Titleist Prov1 #8 Bag - Titleist Tour Midsize (Black/Black) Glove - FootJoy Shoes - FootJoy Apparel - FootJoy Grips - GolfPride MCC Plus4 and SNSR 104 Midsize Putter
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