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Grasper Parsnip

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  1. Aimpoint express is a sure fire way to improve any average golfers putting very quickly. 2 lessons with the teaching pro was enough for me to understand how to get a quick and legal read of any green, anywhere for ever more. Then putting speed is all you need to worry about and that can be worked out via a stimpmeter reading or if you know your local course. If you miss a putt on the high side break of the hole and get the speed of the putt correct then the ball gets closer to the hole as it dies out with speed.
  2. I just got a 13 degree wishon driver 919 thi built at 44 inch long, used from ebay, I had a similar problem to you in the fact I struggled to find the fairway with a driver, mine was 9 degrees and cut to 44" but I felt that I had to go after it to get the ball flying high and although I hit it 260 to 270 yards 5 out of 10 I found trouble. I took the new 13 degree Wishon driver to the range today and hit half a bucket with it just to test it. I did not go after it, I just hit within myself and all I can say is that almost all the shots would find the fairway of a golf corse easily on a golf course, they carried the 200meter marker but they were range balls so distance is subjective but the driver was easier for me to control and the extra loft made it extra forgiving on dispersion. It is ok hitting it longer but longer into the rough is useless. On Monday I will take it to trackman and go after it and then I will have some good numbers that I can work with. The initial testing is very promising. 250 yards in the fairway will do me everytime.
  3. I do not know what loft of driver you are using but if it is aroud 10 degrees, you could try going up to 13 degrees loft, then you wouldnt feel as though you had to hit up on the ball as much. Maybe also use a shorter shaft in the driver too, 44" or even 43", you would have to add some weight to the driver head to keep the swingweight as you are used to. I am sure that the club pro would only be too happy to help you with any alterations.
  4. I had a lesson with a pro on trackman and we tried a few different balls to see performance, it turned out for me that the pro v1x had most ball speed and distance of the balls we tried but Srixon ad333 was a very close 2nd in distance only by a yard or 2 with driver and spun great for me aroud the greens too. That being said I have yet to try the Taylormade TP5 and TP5x but I can not justify the cost due to the good performace in all departments of the ball I am using. I like the price and the performance and the feel off the putter face of the Srixon ad333 as well and I believe that this ball is probably a good choice for most mid to high hcp golfers that do not want to splash out for premium balls.
  5. Who rattled YOUR cage? This thread is not all about you and your opinions, any way YOU said " "But in the recent action, the Ruling Bodies ARE looking at a trend towards longer drivers, and ARE taking an action to limit further distance increases at the top levels of golf. The rule will impact an extremely small percentage of those top players, but it will eliminate one mechanism for distance increases in the future." I never claimed that anyone was trying to reign back driving distances YOU did but if the governing body wants to shorten driver length from tees, then this is what they are at least seemingly trying to do, at least to a few Pros and to any future pros that may want to go down this 48 inch avenue. I said if they wanted to limit driving distances they could simply change the costruction of the modern golf ball. Most pros hit drivers lengths at 45" or less, much shorter than those being sold to the average golfer as standard as the Pros are smart and want to hit fairways and not chip out from trees for their 2nd shot or take 3 off the tee. Taking 2 inches off a driver length will not be noticable to lower distance off the tee and will actually make the big hitters that use such a driver more accurate. In the not too distant past they lengthened courses to stop Daly, Tiger etc and just played into their hands by making it less competetive for the big hitters and harder for the skilfull shorter hitters. Soon enough thanks to Bryson leading the way and showing what is possible in golf we will have a new generation of golfers who train like Bryson and they will continue to hit further and further, though Height, Muscles, Flexibility and Technique. whether the ruling bodies or YOU or me like it or not.
  6. Once again the more players that put the hard work in and beef up etc like Bryson has, they will hit the ball further and further and more of them wil do it. Knocking 2 inches off a driver length will not stop that.
  7. The best way to reign back distance on drives is to change the rules on golf ball design, knocking 2 inches of a driver length will simply make Bryson more accurate in the fairways, any distance loss to Bryson would be neglibile. He has worked very very hard on his swing, its speed and his flexibilty and balance, along with his club and shaft selections and putting technique. Ever lengthening golf courses simply plays more and more into the hands of the big hitters.
  8. That is a beautiful putter, I like the way that the shaft goes into the hosel to keep the hands just forwrd of the face at address.
  9. The legendary Wilson 8802 forged blade, Ping Anser, Yes putters, Victoria Mallet for me but they all get the bal rolling well. No particular order. I havent tried the new Cobra putters with the SIK variable loft faces but I think they could be the next big thing as anything that promotes consistency and roll in a putting stroke has to help. If you look back to the early 1990s at the putting averages on tour, they were as good then as they are now and todays golfers get to play on better greens. Green reading and Putting stroke are in my opinion far more important than what actual brand of putter you use. The money spent on putters due to excess marketing and hype would be better spent on green reading and putting lessons for most golfers but each to their own.
  10. I got my one length Wishon EQ1 NX irons on Sunday, so this morning I had planned a quick trip to the range to try them out. It was pouring with rain so I decided to just test the one length 5 iron agaist my own 5 iron and the one length PW, in between showers. I was amazed as firstly I had not hit a golf club for over 3 years until 2 weeks ago I had 1 hour on trackman with an 8 iron to check my swing speed I hit these One length irons very well right out of the gate and the one length 5 iron out performed my normal length 5 iron. I struggled to find the centre of my own 5 iron but I pured a few for the test purposes. The Wishon one length was more forgiving than my own 5 iro and I found it much easier to hit the centre of the club, the height of the ball flight from one length iron was not noticeably different than from the height of my variable length 5 iron and the distance was at least the same maybe 5 yards longer carry. The PW was very easy to hit too, my concern was would the longer shaft in the PW seem odd but it didnt. The ball flew a bit higher with the PW one length than with my own variable length PW but if aything the 1 length PW went a little further too. These are great clubs and it wil be great fun playing them, although with these irons you would normally hit the ball from the same position as you would an 8 iron for every club, 5 to SW, you can move the ball back for a lower flight or forward for a higher flight and you can still grip down to change ball flight too, so it will be fun experimentig with them. I am going to book the trackman for 1 hour to dial these irons in and to check the distance gapping, I am very happty with the quality and the look of these clubs and anyone considering One length Irons. I would certainly recommend these Tom Wishon WQ1 NX irons as all being the same weight and having the same lie angles and all being made to the same swingweight, it makes it easier for practice purposes as if you can hit one club, then you can hit them all.
  11. I reckon your putters will work as well as any well balanced putter out there and for a fraction of the price the big companies charge for them. Too much is being made of modern putters as it depends on the users skill and practice rather than the actual putter in itself. Good roll is a great help though. I have a Yes putter and this puts great roll on the ball, equally as wel as any other modern putter being overhyped i recent years. You only have to look at the AVG Putting stats as far back as the 1990s on the PGA tour to see that the best putters on tour have not improved in spite of manufacturers keep telling us that this putter is an improvement on last yeas model etc. Every year we are told that putters are getting better and better. if that was really the case then soon they will putt the ball in the hole for us by themselves if we believed that. Tour Pros could putt with a bit of garden hose tied to a broom handle and there is nothing wrong with these modern putters and they get paid to play them so many do as they work just as well as the old ones. To put things into perspective Ben Crenshaw back in 1994 got the same kind of puting average with his old Wilson Blade as the best putters in the world do now with the ever changing modern putters and every year after the average putting stats are very very similar, right up until this year. For me the only interesting thing in modern putters is the varied loft face on the SIK putters and now incorporated in some new Cobra putters. This will promote the same kind of strike and roll no matter if your stroke is not perfect everytime. Time will tell if this improves the top putters on the various pro tours putting stats since the early 1990s as no other putters have so far.
  12. Tiger Shark had quarter inch gaps instead of half inch gaps in their irons in 80s but 1986 Tommy Armour made a set of true one length irons but there were gapping issues. The short irons went long while the long irons went short. Modern Technology has sorted this out provided you can swing fast enough with the one length longer irons upto 4 iron in some sets although 5 iron is propably the max for most club golfers. There are however hybrids and Fairway woods that can take the place of the 3,4, 5 irons that will perform for slower swingers.
  13. There are differences between different maufacturers of One length irons in the way that they are built. Bryson is playing Cobra Forged One length irons but all his are bent to a lie angle of about 72 or 73 degrees on every club, because Bryson is a real talent and he is built different. The standard lie angles on the Cobra forged oe legth that they sell to us vary between 64.5 degrees for the 4 iron to 61.5 degree for the Pw, Gw etc, I believe that the hosel sizes on these irons vary too as do the launch points in their shafts, Hi launch for their long irons and low launch for their short irons.. The Cobra Graphite is standard 7 iron length and has a swingweight of c9 which is around the same swing weight of the old Ping eye 2 irons. The steel version of the Cobra one length is a D2 swing weight off the rack. For me one length should mean that every lie angle is the same just as every swing weight is the same as well as the club length so I have gone with the Tom Wishon EQ1 NW single length Iron heads 5 to SW inc GW so altogether 8 x iron heads and I have built them to the 8 iron length of 36.5". Tip trim for 8 iron then Butt cut shaft to 36.5" The heads weigh 275G or there abouts so I added 5 grams or so of Tungsten putty to the heads to make them all 280g then added the Stepless shafts that I like and the Mid size grips to get a swing weight of D2 for each iron. They are all the same Length, Lie and swingweight so in the dark you would not know which club you were holding. The thing is that before I took up this venture I went to a place that had Trackman, I had never used it Before and checked my swingspeed with my old Ping Eye 2 8 iron and it was 84 MPH or over. This gave me the confidence to build to 8 Iron length as that ought to be more than enough speed to launch the one length 5 iron. Testing at the range and distance gap testing will begin next week. I have not bent them at all as the standard Lie angle of 63 degrees seems to sit correctly at address for me, Time will tell. Lol.
  14. I hadnt played golf for almost 4 years but had been thinking about building a set of Irons to my specifications, Last week I decided to give it another go and build a set. I have always liked the Idea of single length irons but to me they should all be the same head weight and the same Lie in this case 63 degrees, unlike the Cobras. I just bought a set of Tom Wishon EQ1 NX... 5 to SW club heads and I have taken them to the clubmaker here where we have cut the stepless shafts, as I like the look of them, tip trim to 8 iron, then base cut to 36.5". We then added tungsten putty to make all of the heads exactly 280g as they are standard at 275g each with a 63 Degree lie angle but there is a 3 gram dispersion allowance in the quality control of the head weights when you get them although most were spot on at 275g. We added between 5g and 8G to each of the 8 club heads to get to 280 grams exactly. When we built the first one with the right grip we got a swingweight of roughly D3, I was aiming for anything between D1 to D3 providing they were all exactly the same swingweight. after allowing for putting 2 wraps of tape on the lower part of the grips to cut the amount of taper on the grips. First before I began this venture I tested my swingspeed on trackman with my old 8 iron which measures 36.5 Inches in length and it was between 84 and 86 MPH so that should be good enough to get a decent result with the 5 iron 1 length 24 degree Iron. The clubs will be totally finished by Tuesday 2nd Nov so weather permitting I will take them to the range for a thorough distance gap test, I expect them to perform really well, even if I dont, lol. Time will tell
  15. Yes, due to the grooves on the face being a different loft from top to bottom on the putters face it alters the length of the putting stroke required to get the ball roling, quicker rolling means more distance. I meant to add that Putting stroke length and distance putted works on a players tempo, slower even tempo means slower longer stroke to get a similar distance to a faster through stroke style. Forgive me but I just got distracted with something more important while posting last night. My tempo works out that if I take the putter back 8 inches, then with my tempo of 442 twice as fast coming through than taking away, the ball goes approx 10 feet on a normal green. 12" take away gives me 20 feet and 16" gives me 30 feet. I would think that this distance gapping on a putt would change by a foot two which could be crucial, depending on the type of putter I were using and how heavy it was and how quickly it rolled off the face. For the record I use an old Yes victoria putter mallet style but I was interested in the ball roll from the face technology of the Sik multi loft faces. IMO Why would anyone bother to post anything that wasnt constructive to this conversation or is it that we can only talk about the Edel brand putters which are fine putters too ?
  16. The Sik Putter face technology is obviously the furthest forward thinking, Now Cobra Due to Bryson have adopted their face technology on their putters and their MOI 3d printed putters must be the best tech out there for MOI forgiveness and for roll as physics says it must be. Bryson is pushing the bounderies as he uses the Sik putter with armlock but everyone could benefit from the Sik design face that has been incorporated by Cobra that gives extra forgiveness no matter where on the face you actualy strike the ball. The computer read outs do not lie.
  17. I have had issues with my Driver it is 45" long Taylormade R7 quad HT with a stiff shaft and although I hit it well sometimes other times I can take it away too far on the inside and get a hook or a draw when I do not want one. I was thinking like you about cutting it down an Inch or even an inch and a half after working on the range with it for an hour or so gripping down that distance on the grip. According to the specs on the taylormade website it swings at D3 and the grip weighs 51g so for every 1/4 inch I cut off the butt end of the graphite shaft that is 1.5 swing weights. so cutting of 1 inch is lessening the driver by 6 swing weights. The interesting thing that I found out was that to add the swing weight back to the driver, every 2 grams added to the head is 1 swing weight but every 4 grams taken off the grip is also 1 swing weight added back. i will game it gripping down over 9 holes this Friday and if I decide to go through with cutting it to 44" from 45" all I need to do is put a 25g light weight grip on it instead of the 50g grip that is on it now and the 25g I save at the butt end should put the swingweight back to D3 again. Did you add any weight to the Driver head when you cut it? if not can you notice a difference in the swing weight?
  18. I usually play some Ping Eye 2s from the 1980s and alternate with some Slazenger Seve Ballesteros SB 02 forged blades from a similar era and I love both sets. For years I have had set of Pat Simmons Tiger Shark Great white irons in the wardrobe that needed re gripping. I bought them off ebay back in 2004 as I loved the gill type design on the backs of the clubs. With all the talk of one length irons etc I remembered that the Tiger sharks go up in 1/4 inch increments rather than the standard 1/2 inch increments so that means that the 3 iron is the same length as an old style 5 iron at just 37.5" I re-gripped them with some cheap Orange grips and gamed them last Friday over 9 holes with the Pro and they were awesome, I hit them all solid and accurate never duffed a shot and it was only a practice round on the par 36 championship course but I carded a 7 over after a couple of unlucky putts that stopped an inch short of the hole lol. I have just taken an aim point lesson and bought a used see more putter from the Bay and I will game them again this coming Friday. I do not have an handicap as I am not a club member but I have been playing for 6 months and trying to get better after a brief stint of a year or so in the game in the early 90s and the same again in 2004. My favourite club is the 5 iron but I like all the shorter clubs for accuracy around the green so these old Tiger sharks are perfect. I do not seem to lose any distance from the 3 iron in the forged blades or the Ping eye 2s and the 3 iron Tiger shark club is more accurate as you would expect from a 37.5 length Club. I do not understand how they never caught on back then.
  19. The only difference is that the modern ball gives much more distance, percentage wise with club head speed than the old ball ever did, so the big hitters are glven more of an advantage today than they ever were in the past and there are more of them. Big hitters will always have advantage of a club or 2 less in to the green in any era but the modern ball has also forced many courses to be lengthened and this is against the shorter hitters too. For example on tour in 1980 there were 170 golfers all within 20 yards of each other off the tee and only 6 golfers on the PGA tour were longer than that. In 2011 there were 81 golfers within 20 yards of each other off the tee and 105 were longer than that. So a higher number of golfers are hitting the modern ball much further than well over half the field. Many good courses have been reduced to almost pitch and putt status and putting contests, scoring is not dramatically improving due to many modern golfers not having the skill of the greats from the past at working the ball, left, Right, High, Low etc. I think if the ball was dialed back for the pros, the shorter hitters although still shorter, would not be as far behind in distance as they are today and all the golfers would be making their approach shots with longer clubs than they are right now and it would be more exiting for the viewer. The balls could be left well alone for amateur golfers. This is my opinion but the stats do point to more speed off the club face with the modern ball and more hang time than the balls of the past and it seems there are no limits or less limits compared to the balls of yesteryear. Of course the 6 longest hitters had a slight advantage back in 1980 but the rest of the PGA tour were within 20 yards of each other because the old ball had a limit to the distance it could travel, unlike the modern ball.
  20. I may be wrong but I think that I read somewhere that the modern ball goes nuts with distance when hit extra hard by the big hitting Tour pros with the modern equipment, I think that the really big hitters gain a lot more out of the modern ball than the shorter hitters on tour and a dial back in ball distance would actually make it a more level playing field and negate some of the advantage that bigger hitters have in the modern game.. Accuracy and then distance from the tee should be what wins much of the time on all mature courses and if you make courses longer and longer to try and thwart big hitters then you play into the bigger hitters hands more and more. Big hitters if they are straight will always have some advantage but being able to shape the ball all ways should be more important, I think if the ball were dialed back in distance then we would see a few different players at the top.
  21. I have been gaming the Titleist PTS Wound balls from around 10 years ago as I had a draw full and hadnt played since then when I took up Golf seriously 3 months ago, . I read somewhere the other day that as they were wound balls they only had a 4 or 5 year lifespan so I may or may not be losing distance with them. I am not sure if thats the case but they are responsive around the greens, I have been in a time warp it seems and I do not understand the difference in the modern balls, I have heard good things about the srixon ad 333 balls from other golfers but I have never really given serious thought to what ball I am using. Obviously even the balls I have (if they have deteriorated inside) are longer than the old Balata style balls but are the modern 4 or even 5 piece balls longer and easily controlled around the greens? What ball do you guys recommend as decent for distance and good around the greens and cheap at the price?
  22. I think it would make things more interesting on the Tour if the players were coming in to the greens with 3 or 4 irons on long par 4s instead of 9 irons and PWs. The ball could be left alone for amateur golfers. The way things are going many golf courses are really nothing but pitch and putt courses for Tour pros with the modern ball and Modern equipment. I remember it all starting when John Daly destroyed the immature course at Crooked stick. Golf courses will keep getting longer and longer which then plays into the hands of the big hitters even more so. It just shows how skillful the ball strikers of yesteryear really were when you look at some of the scores they made and the shots they took on. We have guys today who have won majors that cannot even consistently work a ball left and right and can not hold a candle to the skill of working a ball as the Golfers like Jack or Hogan or Trevino, Chi Chi rodriguez , Floyd etc Golf is still a great game to watch but I feel there are a few guys on many courses on tour that take the dangers out of play off the tee and a wayward shot is not punishing them as it should. Jack was a stickler in his course design that you should have to play 3 good shots to get a par on a par 3 or 4 on a par 4 etc. you had to play a great shot to get a birdie. Nowadays a Tour golfer can hit his tee shot wayward and still get a birdie due to the modern clubs and balls taking the serious dangers out of play and the many courses cannot be changed too much as there is not enough real estate to lengthen them any more. Whatever will be will be but either way golf will still be a great game to watch and play.
  23. I believe lessons and practice the correct way are the only way to go, I personally do not have a lot of money to spend on golf but I am trying to get the most out of it that I can. I have 2 sets of clubs that I game, my main set are old Ping Eye 2s 3 iron to SW with the ZZ lite shafts and my practice set that I will game sometimes are some Slazenger Seve Ballesteros forged blades sb-02 with tiny heads 3 Iron to Pw I think that modern game improvement clubs have become so easy to hit that you do not get the correct feedback to work on your swing as even half hit shots go a fair way straight. With the old blades I know instantly as my fingers are ringing, lol. I am not a fan of fitting for beginners as I see too many hackers fit into upright lies to try and get them to stop slicing the ball as much but the club then locks them into a swing that could do with flattening out. Lessons from a good teaching pro in my opinion is the best way to spend my spare money and practice what drills the Pro givse me. I am lucky to have a championship course over the road from my apartment so I get down there 3 or 4 times a week. I try to play 9 holes with the pro once a week along with 2 other players that are learning like me.
  24. Hi Mdumble21 and Kanoito yes the weather is great and there are plenty of really well maintained golf courses here in the Algarve region of Portugal,, not that I have played them yet, lol. I actually learned to swing a club back in 1991 in the UK as I had a few lessons but then hardly ever played since, I have had around 20 rounds of golf mostly in the UK over the last 25 years. 3 months or so I decided to try and get useful at the game so I have been working on my game with a good coach here and practicing as often as I can. . Australia and Germany are awesome countries too, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Australia but I have relatives living there and I have been to Germany a couple of times once working but once to the Munich Otoberfest which was great fun.
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