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drb1956

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  1. I failed to mention which 2 piece offering I play. TopFlite Hammer Control in yellow is my gamer for this season. I was playing Maxfli Softfli in matte green last year, along with Cally SS. I did start this year with Pinnacle Rush, but switched after blowing thru the 15 balls in 4 rounds. Good ball if you want to be "out" there! A little firmer for the shots around the green. The HC is a breath of fresh air around the greens. Checks up, with some rollout. Has decent distance off the tee, and approach shots from 150 are not really a problem. With the higher launch, decent spin, landing on a green is not bad, unless it's hard like a ping pong table. Second coming of the D2 Feel...
  2. If you just go online, you will find what you are looking for. There are plenty of ads selling MacGregor clubs. I have seen on average $150 for a decent looking set. YMMV! Maybe collectors may be interested, if you have certain models? I am not an expert in this area. Do your research...
  3. How many of us out there play 2 piece balls? I constantly see on this website, MGS, the number of people that play "TOUR" style balls, for any myriad of reasons. Some folks play them just because some tour pro plays them, your buddy plays them, you want the best you can get, or it's a mindset. Anyway, this is NOT about them! This is about the everyday, high handicap(or not), does not want to spend $50 a dozen, loses at least 2-3 balls a round, doesn't play every weekend, or even twice a month golfer. So, how many of you out there have a 2 piece ball in your bag? From the cheapest offerings in WalMart, DTC, or anything in the big box stores, as long as it is "2 PIECE". Soft, distance, rock hard, x-outs, gloss, matte, color. Whatever you play! Let's hear from you! WE probably make up 75-80% of the golf ball market!?
  4. My swing is basically homemade. I taught myself the game, watching the pros on TV, reading golf magazines, spending a LOT of time on the range, with a lesson or two thrown in. Used to slice driver and woods something awful when I started. Never really had a "fast" swing, as my swing speed has been measured at only about 80 mph, but have been told I have nice "tempo" back to front. I have been complimented many times on my swing, and that it doesn't look labored, or that I'm trying to do something unorthodox. I just wish I could be "more" consistent, especially out of the tee box. My swing has gotten a lot shorter these days, due to age(65), and arthritis, limiting turn at the top of my backswing. So, I make it work. Stretching helps, but I just play with what I have, using whatever tech I think helps me get some distance on the ball. I can carry my driver on average 220-230 on good days, partly because I play a 2 piece distance ball, as I have a hard time playing 3 piece offerings that spin too much for me off the tee. My swing feels natural, and I stay within myself, never trying to "get one out there" for distance sake. Laying up because of hazards is what I do, instead of hitting the "trouble" shot if I were to go for it, adding strokes to the scorecard. Staying in the fairway is my mantra! It took me quite a few years to develope a good, working wedge game, especially greenside chips. Playing "smart" golf keeps the score down, and I don't lose as many golfballs.
  5. As you get heavier, the shafts tend to get "firmer". I use a 65g vs. a 55g, both in regular flex, on my driver, to keep my back swing from getting too fast. Also, heavier does give more "control", to keep you in the fairway. The stock shaft was a 55g, but it felt a little whippy, and I was flying it all over the fairway. With the 65g, I feel in control. Might be losing a few yards, but in the fairway more. I go back to the 55g from time to time, just to remind myself of what I have. Been flighting the ball pretty high lately, and thinking of adjusting my driver down to 9.5*,(10.5* turned to 10* currently) and puting the 55g back in to see if ball flight lowers, but will carry more. Just some fidgeting to clear my mind of the variables...
  6. I have a Ping g410 SFT. I love it. Spend a lot of time in the fairway. Thought about the 3 wood to match. Now, I would have to buy the g425 SFT 3 wood, if I decide to switch from my Cally Diablo Octane 3 wood. Still deciding...
  7. I go to the range only if I haven't played in the last week. Not a big deal if I don't make it there. Takes me a few holes to warm up. I am in reasonably good shape for my age(65). I just try to keep it in the fairway. Short game takes a few holes too. Putting I figure out as I go...
  8. That is what I think! If I carry my driver 230, I could reasonably expect my 3 wood to carry 195-200 yards. Ok, with that being said, you DO want "gapping" in your set. I might have some overlap in my irons, but the rest of my bag should have real distance gaps, that I can rely on. Like I said, if you can hit your 3 wood as far as your driver, why have a driver? A 3 wood is a much more versatile club! And I totally agree with your last paragraph! Advance the ball, and "stay within yourself". Well said!! And my birth year is in my screen name....
  9. Off the tee, most folks can hit a 3 wood, but off the deck, not so much. Took me awhile, but I figured out you can't play it off the deck like it's on the tee. I see guys topping off the deck all the time! Then they complain they "can't hit it off the deck", and next time they need distance on a par 5, they play a long iron. You MUST play it like a long/middle iron, and back it up in your stance, and don't try to kill it. The ball needs to be near the bottom of your swing arc. Take a controlled swing toward your target, and you might find you will be in a good place for your next shot. my .02...
  10. In-laws lived in Wisconsin before they passed. Played some fairly nice local courses, like Mound View, outside of Friendship-Adams area. And one of my favorites is Holiday Lodge, which is a "resort" style place, with motel rooms, A-frames you can rent, and camping and RV area. Reasonable pricing on golf w/cart, at least years ago. Have not been in a while. Never played Koehler. Have not been up to play since the brother in law moved to another state, namely South Carolina, which has some really nice local tracks, and very reasonably priced. Not like here in the Chicago area, where everywhere you go now, is over $50 a round. Everyone is playing twilight to get a better rate. The Forest Preseve District of my county is over $60 for prime time weekends. Sorry if this is off topic. Anyway, was thinking of replacing my aging 3 wood(Cally Diablo Octane), with something with tech adjustability. As I said in an earlier blog, it was working for me really well last Saturday, so I will play a few more rounds to see if I need to make that move. My bag is pretty much set, with new driver, irons, wedges, and putter, that I have upgraded over the last 2 seasons. I see a lot of you guys dropping the 3 wood for a 5 wood. I have 18, 21 degree Snake Eyes Viper hybrids to replace 5w, and 3 iron. I built these with components that could be had from Golfsmith. Put them together myself. They have weighted tech on them. First clubs I ever owned to have this tech. Set up for slight draw. Launch nice with a medium-low piercing flight. Not planning on replace these anytime soon. Lets see how my 3 wood does if I play this weekend...
  11. I did the same thing. I changed my putter just to change, as I was updating my bag. I have a Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11c, as in center shafted. I like the omnidirectional knurled face. No insert on this face. Center shafting helps keep speed under control, being that I get instant feedback on my stroke. Squaring the face is not too big a problem. I have a 25g counter balanced shaft weight in a SuperStroke Traxion 2.0 grip. And, it's easy on the eyes. Will be in my bag for some time to come...
  12. Yeah, we ALL want the green in 2! I agree, you have to stay within yourself, in control. If you have a 3rd into the green, if you are in control, you WILL be in a better place to execute the shot you want, versus swinging for the fences, and end up somewhere you have to make a difficult 3rd shot. Just take it as it comes. We play this game for fun. Some folks let their "golf ego" get the best of them. I have been there, and learned hard lessons. I play as I can, with the limits my body gives me, especially at my age. Advance the ball, and ENJOY!!
  13. This is very true! Maybe we should learn to hit the driver off the deck. If you are hiiting your 3 as far as your driver, why bother with a driver? If I'm 230 with driver, I would probably expect 195-200 with my 3, on a well struck shot. That's just me! I have tried numerous times to hit driver off the deck-learning curve!! Not so good! This past Saturday my 3 wood performed like a rock star!! Covered a lot of ground for me. Thought about replacing it-now I'm not sure...
  14. I agree 100% with this! We as a group, can offer advice as to what we have tried, and whether it worked or not. We go to the big box stores, to try, or buy, but we don't know the persons background in this game that is trying to help us. And I feel like I'm being rushed to make a decision. Sales based no less! If you are looking to buy a club, or clubs, I would find a "qualified" fitter, that you feel comfortable with. YOU are the only one that knows what you need, or how it is supposed to feel, to fit your game. It is not only about distance, but how accurate you can be, swing after swing. Good luck!!
  15. I love my 3 wood, especially off the deck! I'm playing a Callaway Diablo Octane 3 wood(15*, reg. shaft). This is the non tour version. I can get distance off the deck, with a good swing. I like the "tall" face of this club. Not many fairways have that feature, which makes them hard to use. I can get it up from longer rough. That's why it is still in my bag after all these years. I've upgraded my driver(Ping g410 SFT) 2 seasons ago, and have been thinking about my 3. Played a decent round over last weekend, and my 3 wood was a rock star, so now I'm not sure. I like the tech, with the loft adjustment, and that you can switch shafts, provided you have them set up with the hosel tips. Will be checking out fairways whenever I go to Dicks, or PGA...
  16. I have the S10. I just want distances to the greens. It has a feature for bunkers, but I rarely use it. I want it simple! I was using a phone app, but every shot I had to pull out the phone. Hassle! I love it! Tee off, get to the ball, look at the watch, distance to the middle is shown on top slightly larger, than to the back, on the bottom is distance to the front. Easy to read, quick! Once I turn it on, I get it to locate the course, which can take a few minutes. After that I never have to touch the watch. It knows what hole I am on. At the end of the round, I end round. Done! It can be worn as a watch when not playing. Comes with a charger, and special charging cord. Does what I want it to do...
  17. I'm of the camp that doesn't want to pay heavy money($3-4) for golfballs. A $1 a ball is a good price. Previously played the Maxfli Softfli, and Callaway SuperSoft. My game is not that good(25+hdcp at 65 years old))to justify the cost. So, I play the TopFlite Hammer Control Yellow. Have 4 rounds with this ball, and I am really impressed with this ball, as it plays really well. Good distance for me(80 mph swing speed)off the tee. Great manners around the greens. It's not a ProV, but my CBX2's(50,54,58) love this ball. The Dimple in Dimple cover works well with my wedges, and I can get it to check on the green, with some rollout. I allow for the runout, so distance control is critical. Not going to back up, but it will check. Feels good off the putter. This ball is the second coming of the D2 Feel. I have stocked up(4 boxes), and this ball is my gamer for this season. My game is looking better already! All of the Chicago area stores do not have any inventory of the Hammer Control Yellow. Limited inventory on the Hammer Distance. Somebody IS playing THIS ball....
  18. When I started playing golf in 98, I bought a pair of FJ DryJoy athletics. Nice shoe, reasonably priced, lasted about 5-6 years, and my feet stared getting wet from dew on fairways, seams started to give. Bought the FJ Contours. That shoe was like putting on a pair of slippers the first time, but gave great support. Wore them until 2 seasons ago, when the insert for one of the cleats let loose when trying to change the cleats. Well, not good. Ended up Super Glueing the insert, along with cleat in that shoe. Wore them for a couple of rounds, bought a new pair of FJ Originals. Wanted another pair of Contours, but they were discontinued. So, the Original is a dress type shoe, as I don't like the athletic type shoes they now have, with the mesh tops and all. Want my feet to be dry on wet fairways, and my feet to stay clean. That mesh lets in dust, right through my socks, not to mention getting wet. Very comfortable shoe. No real break-in to mention. Going to buy another pair soon, before they discontinue this model. I should have shoes enough well into retirement...
  19. I too, had a bout of plantars. Very painful, as I am a local truck driver, in and out of tractor, up and down dock ladders, or stairs. I bought a pair of Dr. Scholls. They work well for me with my high arches. I now have them in every pair of shoes I own, including my new Footjoy Originals. At 65, I only walk 9 holes, if the course is not busy, and if I play 18, I'm riding. I feel in balance in my swing with these. In my work shoes, which are steel toed, and heavy, my feet are great all day! My knees don't ache near the end of the day at work anymore, since Dr. Scholls. I guess they just work for my feet. Can't say I ever tried the brands you mentioned, but for me, Dr. Scholls are great!
  20. Bought new wedges 2 years ago, with a 46* PW from set, added a 52*( bent from 50*), then a 58*. Could never get my "imagination" to make up the shot I needed. Bought a 54*, had the "52" bent back to 50*(twice over 9 months), and my short game is much better. Don't have to worry if I over compensating for the gap, and trying to get the shot I wanted. The bending twice is because the metal will creep back to where is was bent. So, 46*, 50*, 54*, 58*-pitch thru lob wedges...
  21. This makes me think of whatever happened to the putter "thought" they used to teach so fervently-"eyes over the ball". I watch ams and pros alike that are no where near this setup. Especially a lot of pros. Their putters are longer, and their eyes are no where near being over the ball, and then they miss right. Played with a guy yesterday that consistently missed right most of the round, and I mentioned to him about choking down just a inch or so, he tried it, and putts started to drop. My putter is 29", and I'm 5'8", short legs. Cut down my putter from 33". Cut my last putter to the same length. Look at Phil Mickelson, and how short his putter is for a taller fellow. I was missing a lot of putts right during a practice session when I bought my first putter(Carbite ZH " Polar Balanced"), I starting choking down, marking grip with a pencil, at the length where my upper hand was. When I started being consistent with direction toward the hole, I cut to that length with a new grip. Played like that for 22 years. Cut my new Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft 11c(center shafted). I'm not a single hdcp. player by any means, but when I miss a putt, it's really close, or I just misread the putt. Thoughts anyone??
  22. My final determination of what ball I will be gaming is how well it works around the greens. Could have tons of distance, but what good is it if you can't get close to the hole, or even to keep it on the green? I have said before about high handicappers that use 3-5 piece balls, just to lose them off the tee, and that great spin that is supposed to help you around the green, rears it ugly head off the tee. Can get a little expensive, to say the least! Been down that route. Playing a 2 piece with good distance, and has really nice manners around the green...
  23. CNOSIL, I appreciate your reply. I am kinda looking for more performance, as I kind of did the same with my putter. I just wanted to update, as I was playing with a 20 year old putter. Not that it was bad, but just wanted to try something new. Recently updated my entire bag, sans a few clubs that are relevant to me. Have a PING g410 SFT driver, which is great. Spend a lot more time in the fairway with this driver. Possibly get the matching g410 3 wood, or step up to the g425, which is supposed to be better yet. Was looking at Cobra Radspeed fairway, and would like to swing that club on a simulator. So much tech, and need to do my homework. I will take my Diablo to the sim when I am ready to pull the trigger. I will watch for the MGS MOST WANTED Fairway testing...
  24. I am still gaming a Callaway Diablo Octane 3 wood. It is a great club! I have updated my bag over the last 2 years, and am thinking of replacing my 3 wood with something newer. I had the matching driver, but replaced that with a Ping G410 SFT. I worry that the newer woods won't have the taller face of the Diablo, which I really like. Anyone have a recommendation? Should I replace with a Ping G425 SFT 3 wood? Anything Callaway offers that has the taller face? Thanks in advance for any ideas!!
  25. I have a set of their Reva "hybrid irons". I like them. They look real good, and are of good quality. And they are about half the price of the Cleveland Laucher Halo clubs. I have had no issues in last 2 seasons playing about 12-13 rounds. They feel good in the swing, and for me with my 80 mph swing speed, they work well. Get's the ball up from just about any lie. Don't need to swing hard, or fast to get good distance. I am a high handicapper, but with these, its going to drop. You do need to buy the covers they offer on the site, to keep them from getting chipped up. They fit better in a larger cart bag, with individual spaces for each club. Took about a week to get them 2 years ago, and you have your choice of shafts, grips, length, some are upcharges, some are standard. Will be in my bag for awhile. I get some good looks on the course with people I play with...
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