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  1. 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. 

  2. On 7/29/2022 at 8:52 AM, GolfSpy_THV said:

    Good starting point would be any of the ones the blog tested last year: https://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-fairway-wood/

    Also, keep hearing great things about Sub 70 and the new Cobra LTDx FW's. Would be worth making a trip to a qualified fitter and see what works best for your game. 

    Let us know what you end up picking!

    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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

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  5. 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. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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!!

  8. 8 hours ago, rd1959 said:

    I'm going through the same thing right now, trying out different "spinnier" 3 pc. urethane balls but, I keep going back to my trusty Fifty Elite. It does everything I want it to do.

    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...

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  9. 10 hours ago, russtopherb said:

    E12 Contact is 3 piece ionomer, I prefer it over the HC. Great performance, straight off the tee, decent spin into the greens. Not tour level but not garbage rock ball level either. 

    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!!

  10. On 7/26/2022 at 11:17 PM, chisag said:

    ... Fun topic! Obviously there is no right or wrong answers BUT if you are looking to get better at this game and are willing to put in the time to improve, you really should be playing a urethane covered tour ball. You can hit every kind of shot with one. Learn to play different trajectories, different spin around the green and make a ball stop on a dime when you need it to and most importantly learn how to completely control your shots. That said, there are plenty of golfers that just want to play golf and enjoy the day.

    ... Ionomer covers used to be a good tweener bargain but with DTC urethane balls costing is the same, although the Ionomer is more durable than urethane so there is that to consider.  If you tend to hit trees and cart paths and prefer the durability of a surlyn ball there is certainly nothing wrong with that. If you tend to lose a lot of balls and want the cheapest ones you can lose, nothing wrong with that either. In the end it is your game and your choice. But the one universal piece of advice I would give is play the same ball so you know how your short game will perform. Sure some of you may blade, chunk or have no idea where your chip/pitch is going much of the time but when you do hit one well, you will know you hit a good shot with a lot of roll using a Velocity or a more controlled roll with spin using a Urethane ball. Whether it is a Bridgestone e12, Srixon Q Star or a ProV1 pick one ball and stick with it. 

    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. 

  11. On 8/28/2021 at 7:31 PM, storm319 said:

    No longer made but my favorite ionomer ball was the Taylormade Aeroburner Pro (and it’s predecessor the Burner TP LDP). By far the closest to TPU of any ionomer blends I have tried, unfortunately Taylomade’s subsequent offerings have been noticeably firmer. 

    With that said, most players would benefit from a multilayer urethane ball over any ionomer offering.

    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.

  12. 53 minutes ago, silver & black said:

    I grew up with an alcoholic family on my dad's side. It eventually got my dad too. He beat it with our help (mom, brother, me). I do drink, but since I lived with it my whole life, I know not to abuse it. Even so, I still put it aside at times because I feel it could get out of hand and bite me too.

    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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  13. On 7/23/2022 at 6:36 PM, GolfSpy_THV said:

    Back in my younger days and I wasn’t fitted for anything - cause i had no real money and everything was a hand-me-down - i used to tee off with a 3w and could crush that thing. 

    now i have a fitted driver, but a huge gap from 285 (driver) to 220/225 (4i) so probably going to pickup a 3w or 5w soon…after a fitting, of course! 

    Back in 98', when I started playing, could not hit a wood to save my life. Actually, I had bought a driving iron, and it wasn't much better. Worked on using woods, driver, at the range. Found a Cleveland 2 iron, and it was pretty good! I could hit that club 180~200 yards off the tee. Now, I love my 3 wood. It's a Callaway Diablo Octane 15*, non-tour, with reg. flex shaft. If I have bad drive, I can make up a lot of distance with this club. Thought about replacing my current 3 wood, with something that has tech(adjustable hosel, replaceable shaft),but it plays so good for me lately, maybe not! A lot of the newer 3's do not have a "tall" face, and that is forgivness in off-center strikes. I will go try a few choices, taking my old 3 for comparison, baseline..Any thoughts on 3 woods that I should try??

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  14. Where are all the players of 2 piece balls? Gotta be more than what has already posted? Lets keep this thread going! I am not embarrassed to say I play a non-tour ball. It's just where my game is at right now. I have tried to play "better" balls. Did not work out. I can't keep them in the fairway. I will possibly revisit some of the balls to try again at a later date, as they update them from time to time. My game could possibly dictate that I need to do that, at that time. Right now, I am having a blast with the 2 piece ball I am playing right now.. Anybody else??

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  15. On 7/27/2022 at 4:15 PM, chisag said:


    ... Well, I'll just throw this out there. You should be able to find an instructor that may be able to show you some bad habits you don't want to engrain. Just be up front first lesson and tell him you aren't interested in dedicating yourself to a new swing and just want to make sure you aren't doing anything detrimental to your future golf. Or of course not and Just Have Fun and Advance the Ball.  😇

    It's a good thought, just to have maybe Golftec "evaluate" my swing. Maybe just to correct one swing flaw that I might be doing. No rebuilding! Right now, having too much fun playing, new ball and all! Advance the ball!🏌‍♂️

  16. 7 hours ago, GaDawg said:

    Never too late to take a couple of lessons.

    Maybe when I retire, and have more me time. Right now, not so much. I would not have time to dedicate to learning whatever new swing thought, or whatever mechanics I need to change. Right now, I just keep it simple. Have fun! Advance the ball!!

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  17. 14 minutes ago, ChitownM2 said:

    You must be playing a ton of golf then.  Personally, I only have ~5 hours a week to dedicate to golf so I choose to spend those on the course knowing full well that is the reason I've been stuck at a 20 cap forever.  

    Not playing a ton, but have about 8-9 rounds in since early May. More than in prior years. Not going to be doing lessons at this late date in my life(65). I'm a 25+cap and falling...will level out at 20 or so~. So, just going to enjoy what I am doing now. Play when I can...

  18. So, now where were we? 2 piece balls-who is playing them? Why? What do you like about the ball? What don't you like? Not about the deals on better balls! We are talking 2 piece orbs! Gotta be a bunch of us on this site! If you play it, own it! 

  19. I get it, too! The main reason I don't play a "better"ball, is because I can't keep it in the fairway. I am now playing what is "working" at this time. It just happens to be a 2 piece value ball. I will play this ball for as long as it is working for me. I have had the most enjoyable last 4 rounds of golf I have played in quite a while. This will be "status quo" until I feel it is necessary to make a move to a "better" ball. Been playing since 1998, and I have a good sense of my game. I don't aspire to be a low hdcp. player, I just want it to be enjoyable. I appreciate all the advice, but I am comfortable with my decision. When learning the game in the first few years, I put in a lot of time at the range, and then tried to play every weekend. By my 5th year, I was scoring in the upper 80's-lower 90's, all by playing 2 piece balls. A lot of them, harder than I am playing now. I made them work then. I lost my game along the way, and not playing regularly did not help. Changed equipment, trying different balls, 3 piece included. 110 got to be a regular number for me. Had Golftec look at my swing, and found a fault nobody that I play with saw. I was swaying off the ball. Fixed that, and my game was coming back. All new clubs in the bag in the last 3 years, and now this ball, that is really helping me play better. So, my game is looking up. I am trying to play more, but family stuff comes first. Have tried a handful of "better" balls, old favorites, and now the TopFlite Hammer Control yellow. Sticking with what works, until I think I need to change. Not about money totally, but not going to throw it away either. I'm in the fairway more with this ball than any other as of late. Tour Response was the last 3 piece I tried, and loved it around the green, not so much off the tee. To much spin off the driver, was losing distance, losing balls. So, for now, this is it. TopFlite Hammer Control is my ball!

  20. 15 hours ago, chisag said:


    ... I wish it was a good story or a moral decision but I haven't had a drink since my jr year in college when I had alcohol poisoning twice. Young and really dumb. Decided to take a break after being sick for a few days and just never started again. 

    Good for you, man! Some people can't recognize when they have a problem with alcohol. Your situation could have resulted in your death. Nothing to sneeze at. Been around alcoholics all my life(65), and you just can't talk any sense to a drunk. I wish you all the luck in your future!! I still tilt a few now and then. I don't think I have a problem with it. I can' t handle as much as I used to. So, I don't try to get there, I like to have fun when I drink. Usually save the beer for after the round...

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  21. You don't drink? No wonder you can afford to play a new ball every round. No, really, just kidding! I would imagine the desert can be pretty rough on all the equipment, not just the balls. If that is your golf mojo, more power to you! Yeah, one of these days, I might try a "tour" like ball again. But, I am playing well for using a 2 piece ball. And the short game is not suffering for it! You gotta take it as it comes, and go with it...

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  22. Went to a garage sale in the neighorhood some 10 years ago, and the old guy running it notices that I'm checking a golf bag full clubs, with a few old TM Burner woods. "You look like a golfer to me" he says. I said that I play. We had a 15 minute conversation about different courses in the area, while I looking at everything he has. It was geting late on a Sunday afternoon, and he says he was getting ready to close up. I pulled a ball retriever from the bag, and I say "How much for this" and he says that he really doesn't play all that much, and then he says "tell you what, just take the whole bag, as it might end up in the trash". My daughter was with me, and she was getting antsy to go after all the gabbing, so I said "thats fine". Wished him good night as I loaded the bag in the trunk. So, got home, unloaded the bag, and started going thru it. First was the ball retriever-it was old style with rectangular cage of three pieces of loose metal. Still using it! About 3 Burner Fairway metals in this bag. Found an old rusty Vokey wedge. Going to clean it up one of these days. So, then there is the bag itself. It is a Bennington. Never heard of it before. Looked it up on the web- they are high end bags. Not all leather, but plenty of it on the bag. And the zippers are high quality. Full length dividers, 14 way top. This bag is older, but similar online on their site go for $300, and they go up from there. My Snake Eyes bag was getting a little thin in places, so I am still using the Bennington. The zippers are all intact, and work well. No tears anywhere, and the top dividers holding up well. Also has a putter tube down the side, and that is the only real wear on this bag. My SuperStroke 2.0 is just a hair snug, but fits ok. I look at bags, buy I really like this one. Most of the clubs went to the thrift store, but I am still using these pieces today. I always look when we go to garage sales for golf stuff. This one guy had hickory clubs that were a little rough. I just wanted them to put on the wall, but he wanted way more than I wanted to pay. I might find them one day...

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  23. I start with a sleeve in the ball holder. I could lose a few of them! Or none. I hold on to the sleeve, so I can put them back in, when done. If I lose some, the loose balls go in my golf bag when done, to be USED the next time I play. As long as there are no pieces missing, or heavy scuffing, I will play that ball next time out. 

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