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drb1956

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  1. I thought about the Q-Star, not tour. Says it spins better around the greens, because of the cover. Not urethane, but better than low price 2 piece offerings. Might have to try it..
  2. Depends on what type of courses you play. If they are lush, with sugar sand, play standard bounce on every wedge. If you play hardpan, like I do here in the Midwest, and most courses don't have sugar sand, play low bounce wedges, like I have. My sand is a 54*, with a 12 bounce, whereas standard bounce is 14. My lob is low, as is my gap wedge. I play all these public courses, and the sand traps actually have pea gravel mixed in the sand..Pisses me off, ruins a wedge over time. I TRY harder to stay out of bunkers!
  3. I would add a 50* gap wedge, not a 52*, only because your PW is 44*, gapping 6*, not 8*, which is a lot. Having a 56* sand, I would go for a 60*, or 62*, for your lob, to keep your gapping consistent at 6*.
  4. I pretty much have that with the ball I am playing currently-TopFlite Hammer Control yellow. Good distance, fairway finder for me, have great control with chips and pitches. This ball has nice manners around the green.My CBX2's love this ball! I read these threads, and everyone says, or tells me I should be playing a better ball, for greenside's sake. Got to get down the fairway to get to the green. So far, this is my way down there. Been playing fairly well with this ball. My gamer for now...
  5. Been playing a 2 piece distance ball, and have for quite a few years. The reason is, when I do play a 3 piece, I struggle off the tee. I can't seem to keep it in the fairway, and I end up losing a lot because of spin. Now I know all golf balls spin, and hittng a slice is the worst spin you can have. So, I don't slice but maybe once every couple of rounds, usually when I get a little tired, or just sloppy play. I can keep a 2 piece in the fairway just about the whole round, but when it comes to 3 piece orbs, it's a different story. Seems like every other hole, I'm in the right rough, or launch one off into the trees never to be found. Most have good distance, but spin off into ball purgatory. Yeah, I hit a fairway a couple of times, but just not consistent to play one regularly. Even for as soft as the TM Tour Response is, lost 9 balls in like 4 rounds. I have played 8+ rounds with my latest 2 piece choice, and have lost only 2 sleeves, mostly to water hazards, and a few bad drives. So, with all that, which 3 piece should I try? Never played the Cally ERC, or even the TopFlite Gamer, or any of the Maxfli Tour offerings. Not playing ProV's. I have tried those, and are like hitting a rock for me. Great around the greens, just no distance for me, as my swing speed is only 80 mph, off of a sim. I am 65, high 20+ capper been playing 24 years. Any suggestions are much appreciated!!
  6. It's kind of like this in golf-If you feel that replacing something in your game is the right approach, then just do it. If you feel that you are giving up something with the shafts you have now, and it is really bugging you, fix it. This game is heavy on the mental side of things, and the way you feel about your equipment is a big part of your game. Go get fitted for shafts, ie Club Champion, or the like, if you can afford to do that. I am the same way about my equipment, clubs, ball, anything in my bag. I look at my bag, my arsenal of tools to use to conquer a course, and I have to feel good about my choices, and trust every club, or my current ball, in that bag. If you have doubts about your equipment, it will follow you on the course, as you will be overthinking, or questioning every decision you make there. Get your clubs checked by a certified fitter if you can, and you can try other shafts, to see if you are leaving anything on the table. It will clear the doubt...
  7. Good luck! I have been in 2 piece mode for a long time. I have tried 3 piece balls. Love them around the green, but they don't like me off the tee. So, I'm playing a 2 piece that has pretty good manners around the green, and stays in the fairway most of my round. Does what I need it to do for my game at this point. I try from time to time, but usually go back to my 2 piece. It is my gamer for this year..TopFlite Hammer Control yellow...
  8. Had this happen to me about 10 years ago. I used to score in the mid 90's, pretty consistently. All of the sudden I could not hit the side of a barn. 110 became my favorite number for quite a few years. My game is just now coming around where I can break 100. Even had GolfTec look at my swing. Had a little hitch, but nothing that would make me play that way. Golf is a funny game. Take David Duval-He and Tiger were 1-2 in the world. All of the sudden, David could not play at the level he was at. Withdrew from the game. Why! Nobody knows why this happens. It's like getting the yips for the whole game, not just the putter. It's funny too, that the harder you try, the worse it gets! I took a break from the game toward the end of one season, and stayed away after the start of the next season. I played toward the end of the season, like Sept., Oct.,but it really was not that good. Started out ok, but the more I played, the worse it got. Did not play for almost a year. I would go to the range, trying to figure out what I was doing. Started playing regularly about 3 years ago, and it has not been bad. I have broken 100 a few times, and this year has been a great year for me to play. I have all new clubs, and now a new ball, and my game is coming around. Sometimes, I guess we need a break...
  9. No. Really never tried any Bridgestone balls. Am I missing something??
  10. Fun is the reason I play. Sure, I play to score well, but it must be fun as well. I don't make a living with this game. It is for recreation. It can be an expensive hobby, just clubs alone. Add in greens fees, balls, lessons, accessories, lunch, beer, and any travel costs if you plan a trip. So, it is for the memories that we make, the comeraderie of friends and family, as we swing our way through the golf course of life. So, now as I stand on the 18th tee of life before retirement, I can see the clubhouse, thinking about how my life will change when I retire, hoping that my good health will continue, so I can continue to play this great game of tradition, rules, and etiquette, along with the ups and downs of the emotions that come with it. Above all, having fun while playing, and living...
  11. I have a set of their "Reva" hybrid irons in my bag. Quality is very good, and they play just as well. 3rd season with them, and no problems.
  12. Game is coming around, and at 65, lessons not coming anytime soon. Playing a 2 piece I can control off the tee, after having tried a handful of 3 piece balls. Around the green, this ball will check, with rollout. Very controllable, leaving good distance for putts. Game is coming around, scores dropping. Will continue to play this ball for the season, 4 boxes invested.
  13. Gotta tell you, my current 3 wood is playing like a rock star lately!! Don't know what, or why, but it is doing exactly what I need it to do. Been thinking of upgrading, but now, not so sure. Getting down the fairway on a par 5 has become a lot easier as of late, and longer par 3's(185-200), are reachable with this club. A lot of it was me, as I often would struggle with this club, but now, plays like a new club in the bag. Going to hang on to it for the season, and will be reevaluating my bag at the end of the year. Playing a new ball last 5 rounds, and scores have been dropping. Might just be a combination of me, the club, and the ball, all FIT in the puzzle! Just ridin' it out...
  14. Bought a Carbite ZH Polar Balanced putter in 2000, and just recently went through my bag to update, including putter. I have a Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11c, which is center shafted, and I really like it. Never played a center shafted putter, but have toyed with the idea from time to time. My accuracy is better, distance control is good, but neither was an issue with my old putter. Just thought was due for an upgrade after 20+ years. I cut both putters from 33" to 29", and installed SuperStroke 2.0 grips on them, with the Cleveland having the counterbalance weight option(25g) in the grip end. Ball starts smoothly, with no hopping, and starts rolling quickly. The face is milled with a substantial omnidirectional knurled face, which I think helps the ball start rolling sooner. Good feel, and I know right away if I made a good stroke with this putter. Will be in my bag for some time to come...
  15. I have tried a few stiff shafts, and they feel like I am swinging a 2x4 My SS is only 80 mph., regular flex keeps me on the fairway. Feel IS important to me! Can't play clubs that don't have a certain feel, no matter what they do for me. Feel is SO subjective to each individual. Play what YOU like...
  16. Not yet retired, but close at 65, and I play a Ping g410 SFT, set at 9.5*, with 43.5" 65g regular flex shaft, driving around 235 max, averaging 210-220 most of the time, figured by using my Garmin S10. Been launching pretty high as of late, so adjusting down to the 9* setting, and switching back to the 43.5" 55g reg. flex stock shaft to see if I can pick up some yardage. I have tried a lower tee height, just not consistent. My swing speed is only 80 mph., as it has been all of my playing time. I have been told that I should play a senior flex, but I feel it would be too whippy for me. Does your SS warant you playing a stiff? You could get more yardage playing a regular flex shaft, IF you are not swinging over 90 mph. Possibly get on a simulator, if available, to try a different shaft flex. I know stiffs help with direction, but can inhibit distance if you don't have a faster swing speed. My .02...
  17. So, again, a thread left to go off in thread pugatory..I guess we get bored easily...
  18. I have set of Golfsmith P2's, that I quit playing years ago. The way the clubmakers that took the course used to talk about P2's, I would have thought that they would be a collector item going forward. I am looking to sell them, and they are complete with Golfsmith grips, but, so far no takers. Yeah, I never took the course, but put together a few clubs with components from Golfsmith. I used to get the component catalog in the mail. I also have in my bag, Snake Eyes Viper #3(18*), #4(21*) hybrids, which I put together myself. Holding up well, as they were my first clubs with weighted tech, which you could switch out weights on the back of the clubhead, to adjust your flight (draw,fade,neutral). Still works well today. I have not looked into component companies since, and just buy OEM over the counter, or from lesser known club companies. GigaGolf is in my bag, but not sure if they sell components, but sure offer choices when selecting clubs to purchase. Check the internet for sources...
  19. How about some feedback on the Srixon Q-Star, which is a premium 2 piece ball. Anybody play this ball? Driving, irons, wedges, putting..Would like to know what the members think??
  20. Played Sunday at a little, short(6000 yds). I lost 2 balls, both to water hazards. My driving took a couple if holes to find the fairway, but then it was a good thing. Approach shots were not always on the green, as most were pin high left, or right of the green. Chips and pitches were pretty good if I may say so! Good distance control, hitting the landing area I wanted, with nice rollout, leaving a lot of 3-4 foot putts, and of course, burning the edge on over half of them. Very encouraged by my recent rounds, and this 2 piece ball is a big part of my sucess on the course. TopFlite Hammer Control yellow! This is my gamer for the season!!
  21. Never played the Fifty, but played with guys that did. I have played the Cally SS, or Maxfli Softfli, and they are good balls for those struggling to keep it in the fairway. Been trying to play any 3 piece ball, but end up losing them off the tee. So, I play what works, and lately the TF Hammer Control, is doing it for me. Good distance, and all the rest is under "control" with this ball. Look forward to playing with this ball. Have not played well in the past few years, but now, scores are coming down. Does what I need it to do!! Have fun, advance the ball...
  22. Ok, on the ionomer. I play mostly ionomer balls anyway. Would be like a TF Gamer then. Lets see how I'm playing. The TF HC's I'm playing are really doing it for me! Great off the tee, great approach spin, and hop and stop with the wedges. My CBX2's love this ball, as they perform well..Advance the ball!!
  23. Let's see how this season goes. I have been interested in the E12, as its cover is pretty similar to the Hammer Control, with dimple in dimple. And with a urethane cover, might just work for me, if I can keep it in the fairway. Maybe toward the end of the season, I might pick up a box, just to try. I have 4 boxes of HC's for the season, let's see how my play progresses, as I am playing better with this ball.
  24. I loved the Aeroburner Pro. Good, straight distance off the tee, great approach hop and stop, chips and pitches checked up. Putting was smooth. Tried the Tour Response, not for me.
  25. My parents were drinkers. The bar was a main focal point for my dad. Hung out with him from time to time growing up, and learned a lot about life, and people. I like my beer, but it is not my main focus. My parents never owned anything, house, new cars, new furniture Everything we had was second hand, or given to us. Not saying my parents did a bad job of raising us, as I have a sense of responsibility that they instilled in me. I have worked hard, have a great family, house, new cars, good friends. I guess I knew how I didn't want it to be for my kids. I did not want the same for them as I had it growing up. Food stamps, behind on rent, low on food, even had electricity shut off one summer for lack of money to pay the bill. Made sure my children did NOT have to experience any of that. Nice to hear that your dad beat it. Good luck to him! Many never do. Beer is for my enjoyment, after the round.
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