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Alf. S

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About Alf. S

  • Birthday 01/05/1961

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    West Lothian, UK
  • Interests
    Retired Microelectronics executive. Avid golfer, follower of football (soccer). Qualified level 4 SYFA football coach and Level 1 PGA Golf coach. Objective, liberal views and member of the Scottish National Party (SNP)

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  • Age
    60 and over
  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
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  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
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    Short Game
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  1. Just off the course and that is my 3rd round with the Star Grips installed and so far I'm quietly impressed. The last 2 rounds I've been playing in the wet. Last Tuesday by the time we got to the 17th my club grips and towel were wet through so it wasn't a surprise that I was having issues with slippage. I think even with cord grips I would have been struggling. Today it started to rain at the 14th but I had my FJ all weather gloves with me so again by the 17th grips were wet but with the all weather gloves I still had a good grip. So much so that at the last my 8i tee shot pitched 6" from the hole rolled out to 4' and I holed for birdie.
  2. Get yourself an electric trolley. Used one for the last 15 years and never looked back. Really saves the back and allows you to carry as much as you need in any conditions. There is also very little difference in calorie burn between electric trolley and carrying. Big plus on walking is you can walk the line your ball took, so if you don't have a perspective on distance travelled you have a better chance of finding. It also gives you a good view of your next shot if you approach it from the line of your next shot.
  3. Ended up buying a new compressor. Convinced myself that this was the future for me. With 3 golfers in the house and me doing the re-gripping, I also like to experiment with grips and try new grips out so justified the $150.
  4. The green grips are on the Callaway Epic Woods and hybrids, I picked the green grips to match the black and green heads and headcovers and also the Fujikura green and white shafts. Also matched my old Dritac that came off. My 5-AW Iron are Srixon Z565 so no real preference on colour but red does match my 2 summer cart bags which are Callaway red and black and Srixon White, red and black. I was originally going to match my wedges in with my irons but Star Grips sent me 6 extra grips of different colours. After I gripped my Callaway MD5 60° wedge with a blue one which matched the head design colour I realised this would've been better but only having one blue grip I opted for the vivid orange and pink for the 52° and 56°
  5. I have always used tape and solvent but for the test moved to air. My experience is based on only the last 4 days I know some people have left the double side tape on but for me my thoughts were no. The big advantage of using air is that it is easier to remove and re-grip. Leaving the residue tape will make this a lot harder. On my first grip I tried to re-grip with the tape still on and gave up, it was still too tacky I then re-gripped it without any tape which was OK I usual re-grip with 2 layers of tape on a std grip but on a recent measurement it was indicating mid-size so that is what I have used I ended up using 1 layer of masking tape and slight wetting it with solvent, this gave me the easiest process to mount the grips If you have to take the double sided tape off, use a head gun or hair dryer to heat the tape and it strips off really easy.
  6. All clubs gripped and Arccos sensors installed ready to go. First time using air, first club I re-gripped without any tape. Started the set by using masking tape and just wetting the tip of the grip with solvent to get it started, by the time I'd finish I was rubbing a little solvent on the masking tape for the length of it then slipping the grip on. This was much easier and gave me a little more lubrication to manoeuvre the grip for alignment.
  7. This is a funny to some but sad to me story. I have a wide selection of Scottish Malts that I keep in the drinks cabinet. I'm not a connoisseur but I know a bit, been through several distillery tours in my time. If I opened a bottle I would try and keep half of it so that I could offer guests a wider selection. At the peak I probably had the best part of 40 bottles. Recently my wife decided she would tidy out the cabinet and asked me to finish a few bottles which I duly did. Laphroaig 12, Bunnahabhain 12, Balvenie 10, .... I finished off around 8 bottles in 3 weeks. One of them was this bottle of Highland Park I had received it as a present and thought it was just a nice Malt so I duly did what I was told, finished it and threw the bottle out. The day after It occured to me that the case was a bit strange so I goggled. To my horror I read what I just drank Did think it was better than the 18 year old but £1425 better. If I had known this I would have sold it.
  8. Gripped my first club, 60° Callaway MD5 Wedge that I don't use and used one of the spare (blue)grips. Tried doing it by keeping the tape on but was having problems so stripped the tape. I felt a little uneasy that it didn't feel that it went all the way on but no movement on the butt so seems good. With the weather deteriorating over the next few days it will give me a good run at re-gripping the full set.
  9. Bit the bullet, compressor ordered and on its way. Should be here tomorrow.
  10. Grips arrived today. With a surprise extras. 5 green, 9 red, air gun and a selection of other colour grips. Orange and pink grips are really vivid and vibrant. Still not sure if I will invest in a compressor for this, $140 for a low end mains powered one???
  11. A few years ago I went away with a group to Portugal to play golf. My wife was the only non-golfer. In the same hotel were a group of 10 from Glasgow. Every day we would leave for golf in the morning and my wife would laze by the pool. After a couple of days she got talking to 2 older gentlemen who hadn't gone golfing she asked "Do you not golf?" "No, haven't for years, but I haven't told my wife!" For 5 years he had pretended to play golf every Wednesday and Saturday, he would put his clubs in the car and disappear to the golf club for 6 hours. On the holiday he packed his clubs and then left them at his pals house, then continued on holiday without them for a week. Could you do this for a month never mind 5 years? Or maybe she knew and just pretended knowing it made him happy.
  12. I usually do my main clubs every year, prior to the start of the season. Wedges, specifically my 56' might get gripped a couple of times, depending on wear.
  13. Be installing them myself. Never used air before, so going to have to get a compressor but still going to do a couple with tape and solvent to ensure they are durable during the re-gripping process.
  14. The Review March 2024 Star Grips – Official MGS Forum Review by Alf. S Intro- I’m a 63-year-old retiree based out of the West Lothian Golf Club in the central belt of Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Below is the short 18th looking over the Firth of Forth into Fife I’ve always loved golf from my early days watching The Open, The Masters and The Ryder Cup on TV to playing the game. From historical documentaries, my memory has been re-written to what my first memory of watching golf was but Tom Weiskopf at Troon in 1973 does stand out. I also remember being really annoyed that Americans' won all the time especially Tom Watson. I kidded myself and anyone I played with that from my teenage years until I got my first official handicap in my 40s that I could play off 18. But now after 20 years of competitive golf and some hard work I achieved a handicap of 5. I’m not a natural player but find a way to get it done. I play on average 3-4 rounds a week; weekly competition, Senior League, bounce game with friends and I’ll try and get a couple of rounds by myself when the course is quiet. What I’ll be looking at For me the feel of the grip is the most important, I like a nice soft feel to the grip. On the course I like to look good, and I like my clubs and my bag to look good, the aesthetics of the grips is important, I have chosen 4 green grips these will be for my woods and hybrids which are Callaway Epics with green heads and head covers and 9 red for my irons that will match more to my bag colours I’ll also be looking at the durability of the grips and looking to use air for the first time to re-grip but will also grip a couple with the more traditional tape and solvent. If they align easily This test has come at exactly the right time for me, I usually regrip my clubs at the start of a new season and sometimes my wedges twice. I am always looking to try out new grips and what they will give me. At the moment I’m mainly using Lamkin Crossline on my Irons, Crossline 1150 on my Wedges and Winn Dritac on my Woods and Hybrids. My expectations are that the Sidewinder 360 grips will stay on my clubs for the season and be my new Gamer. First Impressions (9 out of 10) The grips arrived packaged securely. Star Grips sent me an extra green grip and a selection of the other colours they support. In the box were: Nine red grips Five green grips One of each; orange, pink, blue, white, grey and black Installation Gun As the product name states the grips are 360° which means that there is no logo or alignment pattern on the grip. The 360° grips were originally developed to support adjustable hosels on woods and hybrids, with no alignment markings when the hosel was adjusted the grip still looks the same to the player. The only orientation indicator is on the butt and some subtle alignment nicks. The 2nd picture below also shows the grip identification as mid-size with the M and D either side of the alignment nick. The butt design is moulded to make the air gun snuggly marry into the grip The grips are slightly tacky and are sturdy to touch. The colours are vibrant and eye catching especially the orange and pink. My current grips are Lamkin Crossline standard size and I notice immediately that the Star Grip mid-size were significantly heavier; 49 grams compare to 68 grams. Comparing it to the Lamkin Mid-Size spec the grips are around 8 grams heavier. If you are swing weight sensitive then be careful. The grip weights also vary across the colours and specifications are shown below I am very proficient at using tape and solvent to regrip my clubs but with Star Grips pushing tapeless re-gripping and some pressure from my peer group at the club I decide to get myself a compressor and use the installation gun provided. I decide to try one of the spare grips on my MD5 60° wedge which is not in my bag at the moment. On the Star Grip website, it shows a guy taking 15 seconds to remove and regrip using the tapeless method, for a first timer like me this is wildly optimistic. For a first go I decided to take any existing tape completely off, I then cleaned the shaft with solvent and mounted it in the vice. The gun easily mounted on to the compressor pipe with the quick release fittings making a good seal. I just used the standard 6 bar setting and was ready to go. Some videos recommend dipping the neck of the grip in solvent, which I did. I also measured and marked the shaft to where the grip should slide to. With the club held in a vice I gingerly slid the grip on, then more aggressively. I did find it a bit of a fight for the last inch but made it successfully, Then out for a quick swing and feel, success. The grip was secure, feel was good and after a bit of apprehension on swing weight that too felt fine. For my first attempt it took approximately five minutes to regrip the club. ... Onward to the full set and beyond.
  15. GPS?? I think Google Maps is now better. The road from Glasgow to Campbeltown should be down the A83 (aka Rest and Be Thankful") but I know they have had loads of landslide and are planning to build a tunnel to avoid road closures, Even with it open it is still a long road. As for Ardrossan to Edinburgh, just wow. Why it would take you there, it is 10 minutes from the M77 then 25 minutes to the M8. I grew up just North of Ardrossan and played quite a few course down that way.
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