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Alf. S

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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. 26 minutes ago, StrokerAce said:

    how did you come up with your color scheme?

    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°   

  4. On 3/26/2024 at 4:31 AM, Gusset said:

    I've got a dozen mid-sized Star Grips that are supposed to show up tomorrow, including the installation gun. I removed the grips off a few clubs in preparation, and it brought up a question: does anyone know how the air installation works when the leftover tape from the previous traditional grip installation is still somewhat tacky? How about removing a Star Grip after installing over tacky tape?

    I had been hoping to avoid the mess and raw skin that in my experience is always an after-effect of cleaning off the old tape. I suppose I could just put a layer of masking tape over the leftover tacky grip tape.

    Anyone have any experience to provide answers to this one?

    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. 

    1. 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.
    2. On my first grip I tried to re-grip with the tape still on and gave up, it was still too tacky
      1. I then re-gripped it without any tape which was OK
    3. 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
    4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.


  7. 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. 


  8. 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.


  9. The Review March 2024

    Star Grips – Official MGS Forum Review by Alf. S


    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.


    To be continued.....................

  10. 4 hours ago, ILMgolfnut said:

    Getting to Campbeltown was an adventure. So was getting from Ardrossan to EDI, for the same reason: Weird GPS from Arnold Clark. Heading south, it sent me down a C road which was closed for construction,  but by the time I realized it, it was 25 miles back to an alternate route. I wound up over at Oban, which is right on the A816 south to Kintyre, but GPS STILL wanted me to go back down that closed road. What should have been a 3.5 hour drive wound up taking 6 hours. Then after I got off the ferry at Ardrossan, I was trying to get to the M8, when GPS suddenly commanded me to take an immediate left. Unfortunately, I complied The road it put me on was a single-lane cattle path, completely mud after Storm Ciaran, which near its end was blocked by a cattle gate. If I had gotten stuck in the mud, or if that gate had been locked, I would have been screwed. Fortunately, neither one happened, I got back on an actual road and finally got to Edinburgh.


    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.

  11. 2 minutes ago, ILMgolfnut said:

    I was there last year and played, in order, Eden Course, Old Course, Cruden Bay, Dornoch, Brora, Fortrose, Machrihanish and Shiskine in 15 days.

    That's quite a bit of travelling, especially on the country roads down to Campbelltown, did you go there via Shiskine. Last time at Shiskine, we liked it so much we kept going and played it twice (24 holes) 

    Know the Inverness area well, we have friends who have a cottage in Nairn and have played a few of the courses around there. I'm sure you'll have a great time

  12. Just now, ILMgolfnut said:

    Is this the course you posted the pic above? Very nice. I like quirky courses with par 64, or par 42 like Shiskine. Just realized that four months from today I'll be landing at Inverness for my 9 days in the Highlands.

    The photo is the 3rd green.

    We have a Winter and a Summer layout for the course, mainly due to 6 of the low lying holes getting too soft. At the moment we are playing Winter. A lot of par 3s but they are all card wreckers. 

    In the summer it goes up to a par 71 and 6200 yds. 

    I would offer you a round when you were over but Inverness is 3 hours away, what courses are you playing?

  13. Date 03/05/2024
    Course Name West Lothian Golf Club (kinglass)
    Gross Score 63
    Course Handicap 0
    Gross Strokes over/under par -1
    Net Score to Par -1
    Net Score 63
    Net Birdies or better 8
    Longest Drive 290

    Well I found my forte. If only I could putt. GIR is a bit distorted since 3 of the 4 misses were on the fringe and within 20' and the fairway misses were all shots where I had just run off the short grass.


  14. Date 03/02/2024
    Course Name West Lothian Golf Club (kinglass)
    Gross Score 76
    Course Handicap 8
    Gross Strokes over/under par 12
    Net Score to Par 4
    Net Score 68
    Net Birdies or better 2
    Longest Drive 218
    SIM Round?

    Last round of the week.

    Seems to be a common pattern emerging and I think it could be fitness. Start well, hit the 6th hole which is a real tough walk up hill, then go on the bogey trail for the next few holes and struggle to get my game back on the back 9. Today 1 over after 5, then 5 over at the turn to 12 over finish.



  15. 1 minute ago, cnosil said:


    What are you considering "heel hang"?   most putters are face balanced or have toe hang (toe drops toward the ground when balanced).  Heel hang is when the heel drops toward the ground.     The Sik Pro-C has about 45* toe hang.  

    Heel Hang => If you balance the shaft on your finger the toe rises higher than the toe.

    This is the spec, although I haven't tried it in the flesh


    I'm away to check directly with SIK

  16. I'm in the market for a heel hang putter anybody use one and would you recommend it.

    I'm using a MacGregor MacTec that has the classic Odyssey No 7 head shape and find it a bit heavy. 

    The SIK Pro C looks like the favorite at the moment



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