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    Padreruf got a reaction from cksurfdude in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf got a reaction from Vegan_Golfer_PNW in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf got a reaction from JerryB in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf got a reaction from Syks7 in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf got a reaction from cnosil in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf got a reaction from Kenny B in What/How Did You Practice Today?   
    Hit balls for the 2nd time since spinal fusion back surgery in April -- last week was the first.  Back and core are stronger due to 1 hour stretching and strengthening workouts every day.  However, I'm still not fully back...by a long shot.  Working with a ½ to ¾ swing length, swinging in rhythm and not forcing anything.  Gap wedge was about 10 yards shorter than before, but I anticipated that.  Just glad to hit and not feel pain...any suggestions out there as to how I should progress, let me hear it!!  I've rehabbed both shoulders before, but not a spine!!
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    Padreruf reacted to DiscipleofPenick in Should Fittings be Free?   
    I think fittings should be free, or at least highly discounted (>50%) IF the person buys a club. If I'm dropping $500+ on a Driver, or $1200+ on irons, that should save me roughly whatever a fitting will cost. FWIW the one fitting I've done was discounted almost to nothing because I bought the recommended driver that day. There are good places out here that already do this.
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    Padreruf reacted to ChitownM2 in Should Fittings be Free?   
    I see both sides of this argument. I agree with Adam that you should be able to go in and get a COMPETENT free fitting. That is something that is sorely lacking in the industry. When I go into a PGATSS or a Golf Galaxy and ask to hit a club, the guy helping me is usually clueless. He's just throwing me different options based on what I ask for or just trying random things without any real basis. On the other hand, I also think that if you want to go and get a TXG level fitting with hundreds of aftermarket shaft options then you are going to have to pay for that. The inventory needed to do elite level fitting costs a lot of money and essentially never ends as new equipment is always being released.  The return on investment just isn't going to be there based on selling clubs/equipment alone.  There needs to be some kind of happy medium where I can go and get a brand agnostic fitting from a competent fitter using the stock options that the manufacturer's supply in their fitting carts.  I'd also settle for paying up front for that and having the cost deducted from  the purchase price of whatever equipment I buy. 
     
    TXG's business model is not based entirely on selling clubs, it's based on selling fittings so Adam's argument that they would make more money doesn't necessarily hold up. At some point, the quality of fitting I would get from TXG if they expanded in size to meet the demand of free fittings would be the same as what I get at PGATSS, which is crap. There just simply aren't enough elite club fitters to do what Adam is proposing and it will never be feasible to solve all of the "industry" problems Adam describes.  He's talking about a perfect world scenario where there are enough competent people to do these fittings and that club sales support the salaries of all these fitters.  It just doesn't work that way, last I checked there are tons of golf businesses that can't even afford to stay afloat giving away the crappy fittings from people who have no idea what they are doing much less hire a competent fitter for each of them. 
    I'd like to know more about the retail scenario Adam described from his past where they were doing free fittings and saw a net increase in revenue.  In the short term, I can see exactly how it would work out like he said, but in the long term, I just can't see it working.  Once word gets around that you can go and get a free fitting from a real pro, I think they would get so overwhelmed it just wouldn't work.  
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    Padreruf got a reaction from GregGarner in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    Thanks...I had to laugh as I've had MRI's and CT scans lately -- dealing with a plasmacytoma on my L4 vertebrae.  I have another coming up in October so I may try and stick a sleeve in my pocket...who knows what that would do to those who read these things...
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    Padreruf got a reaction from Peaksy68 in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    Thanks...I had to laugh as I've had MRI's and CT scans lately -- dealing with a plasmacytoma on my L4 vertebrae.  I have another coming up in October so I may try and stick a sleeve in my pocket...who knows what that would do to those who read these things...
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    Padreruf reacted to HDTVMAN in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    Interesting! I personally like Srixon and play the Q-Star Tour, as my driver swing speed is low to mid-80's, so around 60 compression works for me. I used to play Z-Star but with my current speed no reason to pay more per dozen. Plus, Srixon promotions are usually the best.
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    Padreruf reacted to Peaksy68 in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    No helium in CT’s, that’s MRI. CT is really just fancy x-ray. The impact of helium shortages on MRI could be catastrophic somewhere down the road.
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    Padreruf reacted to Bob Pegram in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    I bought a couple dozen previous year Srixon Z-Star XVs and tested them in water with dissolved epsom salts. They barely float in that solution. I marked the top of each ball when it stopped spinning. When I re-spun each ball none of them came up to the same place twice. That means every one was extremely well balanced. Good quality balls. Long hitting off the tee and high spin around the greens too.
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    Padreruf reacted to Salvadori in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    This is Dr Olssen, Chief of Radiology.  I need to see you in my office first thing tomorrow morning.  Bring your keys and ID badge, if you would.  Thanks.
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    Padreruf reacted to Peaksy68 in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    Now for the probably over-hyped bonus.
     
    For a bit of fun I decided to throw some balls onto the CT Scanner. I was hoping that the CT would be able to demonstrate the cover and mantle layers.
    I didn't scan all 4 boxes as I thought that would be going a bit overboard. I only uploaded a few images, as they were representative. The scanner I used is capable of 0.3mm slices, and reconstructions in any plane but I thought it best to just provide a brief overview.
    The images are of Box 3



    The large imperfection in ball 10 is even more clearly shown. As a technical note, the black round the bright dot is most probably artefact from the high density, and not a "hole" in the outer core. I measured the density of the imperfection, and it is almost certain to be metallic.
     
    No balls were harmed during this procedure, and the likelihood of the balls glowing in the dark (despite Marvel comics and @PMookie's beliefs) is negligible
     
     
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    Padreruf reacted to Peaksy68 in Srixon Z Star XV 2021 X-Ray Results (and a bonus)   
    My recent purchase of 4 dozen Srixon Z Star XV's arrived yesterday, so it was time to get to work (actually get to playing around with my balls at work😅)
     
    I started by x-raying each box. I only performed 1 view of each ball, a dozen at a time.  I left the balls in their sleeves and boxes but removed the lid from the box. I tried to obtain sharp but not noisy images, so used a scatter reduction grid to tidy things up a bit.
     
    The density difference and thin layers made it impossible to visualise the skin from the mantle layer, but the combined outer 2 layers and the inner core are easily visualised.
    The normal radiographic rule is 2 views perpendicular to each other, which  I only applied to one sleeve. My rationale was that significantly non centred cores would likely be apparent on a single view, and small high density imperfections probably aren't very likely to cause problems when playing.  I did do a second view of one sleeve to determine (and demonstrate) if the high density imperfection was in the inner core or the outer core.
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

    I have marked box 1 balls 4 and 10, and box 4 ball 6 to keep them separate. I will play a couple of practice holes with them to see if I can determine any difference in playing characteristics.
     
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    Padreruf reacted to Tsecor in 2021 MGS Ball Test   
    me waiting for the ball test to be published.......

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    Padreruf reacted to ChuckZ in Handicap Appropriate Equipment-Ego vs Reality   
    Have not changed any of my clubs since I had surgery in February 2020.  Strange as it may seem, at 75 I still swing stiff D, F, H, and regular irons and wedges.  Have been fitted that way and it works for me.  Am currently playing to a 15 at the new muni, which is something unless you have not played it.  Kind of a hybrid Charleston Country Club and Yeamans Hall.  They shaved L5 which was pinching the nerve and affecting my ability to walk with my left leg.  Yes I use David Ayres.  I first met David when he did repair work at Edwin Watts over thirty years ago.  Helped him move into his new site here in Mount Pleasant.  Purchase all my Titleist equipment thru him.  I would go to him and see what he says.  My swing is around 93 and ball speed is 132 and with the new driver we were going 230 in his shop (TSi3).  My ball spin which is critical was 2000, which is awesome.  I really like my T300 Titleist irons.  I hit my 7 iron 150+ depending on my swing day.  I still have those four bad holes, which causes that 15 handicap.  I have a 10.0 driver, 917 15* fairway,  816 17* and 818 21* hybrid, T300 5-53* irons and a 58.12* Vokey wedge.  All clubs are Titleist.   All my shafts in my D, F, H are Fujikura Tour Speeder Pro or Tour Motore Speeder.  I love the feel and the performance.  I have also worked in the past with the Titleist Specialist/Fitter in this area.  Between David and Billy I get the best possible fittings possible.    
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    Padreruf got a reaction from revkev in Senior shaft suggestions   
    I am 70 and similar speed...back issues...went to a Sr. shaft but SHORTENED the shaft to 44 ½  -- started hitting it past all my younger buds and in the fairway.  Now, since back surgery I will not play until September...get properly fitted.
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    Padreruf got a reaction from BH43 in Senior shaft suggestions   
    I am 70 and similar speed...back issues...went to a Sr. shaft but SHORTENED the shaft to 44 ½  -- started hitting it past all my younger buds and in the fairway.  Now, since back surgery I will not play until September...get properly fitted.
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    Padreruf reacted to CarlH in Senior shaft suggestions   
    Pay little heed to the shaft's reported A/R/S/X designation.  Pay more attention to how well you hit it.  I'm 69 and play a Ping Alta Stiff shaft with a swing speed of 85-90ish.
     
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    Padreruf reacted to Glenmore5 in Senior shaft suggestions   
    Totally agree with other comments - I am 67yo and am using a Ping G400 Max reg with a shorter Ping Alta shaft.
    Never hit my driver sooo good - the shorter shaft gives me a chance to square up the club face easier than all those drivers that have gone before me.
    People need to understand that fitting is key component of the golf swing 
     
    DO IT and you'll be surprised - don't fall into the trap of listening to your buddies ie; get a senior shaft 
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    Padreruf reacted to -D-M-G- in Senior shaft suggestions   
    There is a Big Picture customer need here.  Golfers want an easier (and cheaper) way to buy a custom set of golf clubs.  Terminology, inconvenience and trust gets in the way.
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    Padreruf reacted to Fjd in Senior shaft suggestions   
    I am 79 yrs old with a driver swg spd of 79-82 mph.  I hit a Tour Edge EXS 220 driver with a Fujikura Air Speeder 40 shaft with an R flex.  This club/ shaft was recommended by MGS’s TrueGolfFit system.  It was and continues to be a great fit.  However, I have found that if I choke up approx. 1” I have more center hits on the club face.  Current driver length is 45 1/4” and I choke down to about 44” and the hits are definitely better.
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    Padreruf reacted to Clay5477 in Senior shaft suggestions   
    Well, I'm going to go in a completely different direction than the other answers. Mainly because I have the exact same Knuth driver.
    I had two different professionals hit it for me after I couldn't figure out why I hit it so badly. Both had the exact same answer for me:

    "This thing is a complete piece of s***. The head appears to be made from thin, cheap sheet metal. Throw it in the trash. Lesson learned."
    I wouldn't spend another dime on it, and I certainly wouldn't bother trying (and buying) different shafts. It will be more money down the toilet.
    I took mine to Goodwill.
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