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  1. Irons came in today. They look awesome. The company did excellent work. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I'm sure you guys are right, but the mind is a powerful thing. Doing my research after the fact, the irons run strong so we may need to gap them. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  2. I just joined after reading an article MGS did on Snell balls, trying them, and really liking them. This website will definitely influence my future purchases. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  3. Happened to me too the first time. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  4. TL;DR: I am moving to the reflective face Callaway Apex CF16 from the more traditional "players' cavity" Mizuno MP62. What downsides should I expect form this move? I am very concerned about the decreased playability due to the sole width, distance inconsistency on similarly hit shots, and trajectory control. I think I've become a victim of the modern equipment marketing machine due to my desire to improve my game and unreasonable love of quantifiable results. I ordered a set of Callaway Apex CF16 irons, and, in my typical fashion, have started doing a lot of research after the fact. I am now concerned about going to a reflective face iron for the first time after a life of blades or forged "players' cavity" irons. This all started when I got fitted for new irons. I've started playing a lot of golf and thought it may be time to see what type of equipment would fit me best. I was totally open to whatever clubs showed me the best results as the only thing I care about now is playing better. I wasn't going to be a delusional former-good-golfer who refused to move on with his golf life gracefully. I was going to look at the data and make the right decision objectively. I honestly had a great experience and felt really good about everything when I left, but this is a fairly big change for me. The fitting began with a discussion about my game, my goals, and what I was looking for. Then we hit some shots with my 6 iron to get a baseline. My numbers looked about right to me as far as distance and direction were concerned. My smash factor (SF) was coming in between 1.38-1.42 with the average of 1.41. My fitter was concerned about my launch angle and spin rate, both of which he felt were a little high. He then fitted me for shaft with more tip stiffness and doing that brought those numbers down. I felt pretty good about everything, but my fitter told me that I was hitting the ball too close to the heal, and I definitely needed game improvements irons due to my low SF. I was skeptical, but I was there with an open mind and he was the expert. Over the next hour or so, we went through several models of game improvement irons and compared the results. We looked almost exclusively at the SF, ball speed, launch angle, spin, and distance. Looking back, this was really unusual for me since I have almost zero desire to hit my 6 iron over 185. I am not long, but I hit it far enough. I am more concerned with my gaps than how far I hit my irons. Regardless, we kept coming back to the Apex CF165s, which were thick but not terrible and felt great. I consistently hit these the farthest and had an average SF of 1.49 with them. Finally, to humor me, my fitter measured a few swings with the MP5s and Miura CB501s (really wanted to try the MB 001s, but was sufficiently entrenched in my hacker-hole and ashamed even ask about them) but since the SFs were well under 1.5, I was lead to believe that I wasn't hitting them solid. At the end of the fitting, we ordered the Apex irons and I was on my way. I texted some of my buddies and told them how bad of a ball striker I really was and how they were about to see big changes in my game soon. They laughed and called me a cheater and explained that my money and time would be better spent on the range. They are right, but that's not the way we went about it that day. Later that evening, I got a trackman report and poured over the data. and eventually I noticed that while I added distance, the dispersion pattern was actually closer with my MP62s. I started thinking about how that could be so close if I wasn't hitting it solid. If I wasn't making good contact, I would think there would be more inconsistency but maybe I am just consistently bad. Then I looked into the physics of SF and discovered that my initial numbers weren't that bad at all, you just have less energy transfer with higher lofted clubs, resulting in a lower SF, which makes total sense when you actually think about it. The clubs have been ordered, and I am still excited about them because I did enjoy them and numbers looked good, but I am worried that these benefits of the reflective face and higher energy transfer will come at a price. My biggest concerns are unexpected fliers from the fairway after a seemingly normal hit ball, not being able to flight the ball higher or lower as easily, and playing out of various lies with the thicker sole (also related to flighting the ball). I am hoping that I am just paranoid and these are antiquated or totally unfounded fears, but if nothing else, this may make for a good discussion. I would appreciate any insight or thoughts you guys might have on the subject. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  5. First you need to get good, sharp stamps, like these: http://stamps.youngbrosstampworks.com/viewitems/hand-cut-hand-stamps/letter-sets-hand-cut-hand-stamps? Then cover the area you want to stamp with tape and draw out where you want the letters. Secure the club on a hard surface. I use the metal anvil on my vice. I also use double sided tape on the face to keep the club from slipping. Then hammer the stamps into the club a couple of times. I think most people use a regular hammer, but I like a light sledge hammer. Since it has more mass, it takes less force from me to drive the stamp into the club giving me less of an opportunity to screw up. Finally add your paint fill and clean the outside up with fingernail polish remover. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  6. 43.5" with a heavy shaft and a lot of lead tape. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  7. I like Rick Reilly, but the criticism of him I've heard is that he is a mediocre writer who shrouds his work in witty pop culture analogies. Basically, that he's a one trick pony and between Rick And Bill Simmons everyone is already seen the trick. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  8. Matt -- Texas 5 I've recently started playing golf seriously again and would like to try this training aid to see if it can promote a hands forward impact position that would lead to greater control, more solid contact, greater ball compression, and as a result greater consistency.
  9. Bud Sweat and Tees: https://www.amazon.com/Bud-Sweat-Tees-Rich-Beems/dp/0743249003 Golf is Not a Game of Perfect: https://www.amazon.com/Golf-Not-Game-Perfect-Rotella-ebook/dp/B000SEJ2GG Greg Norman's Instant Lessons: https://www.amazon.com/Greg-Normans-Instant-Lessons-Hundred/dp/0671884255 Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  10. That's funny. I wouldn't think it would hurt shooting with a shotgun that much. I could see how you would have to shoot a rifle left handed, but when I'm shooting with a shotgun, I keep both eyes open and don't necessarily aim as I would with a rifle or pistol. Do you close an eye when you shoot? Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  11. And having the bowed wrist is causing the aggravation? Because thinking about it, I definitely do that. I've had issues with both golfer's elbow and tennis elbow in both arms. I've also had some similar sorneess just below my knees. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  12. I had really bad tennis elbow several years ago and only got relief after I quit playing for about 18 months. I thought about surgery but after talking to my doctor wanted to do everything I could to get relief before I went that route. I recently started having issues again after lifting weights regularly for several months. I've started using the Theraband Flexbar (http://www.thera-band.com/store/products.php?ProductID=20) after I read this NYT article: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/phys-ed-an-easy-fix-for-tennis-elbow/?_r=0 I just got the bar last week and everything I've read says it takes about 10-14 days to start working. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  13. I have fairly similar stats with my driver, and I loved the SLDR and used it for a few years. But I recently traded it in on the M1 with a kuro kage 80 X at 43.5" and I am really glad I did. Even after cutting the shaft down, I picked up 15-20 yards, and the club feels awesome. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  14. I look at the ball. I will look at the hole sometimes when I am practicing, and I tend to putt fine that way, but I have always had good results looking at the ball and concentrating on the relative position of the hole in my mind. One thing that does help me is "listening for the ball to go in" or taking a moment to consciously look at the ground below where the ball was after its gone. I think this helps me stay down and putt through the ball instead of moving my head and shoulders and pulling the ball. I recently heard an interesting method for reading greens and putting, which advocated looking at the most likely entry point of the hole and watching that spot while you putt. I did it on the putting green for a while one afternoon and putted a lot better than I would have thought I would. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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