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Alf. S

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  1. 4 competition rounds into the new season and I thought I would give an update on the Floki. I used the Floki for most of the Winter on slow greens. As followers of my retirement posts will know that after an enforced break in January my game in general and putting stats have gone a bit South. This resulted in me swapping around my putter collection to try and get some consistency back. Across the putters my stroke doesn't change much but the one thing I did determine was when using my old Rossa Daytona I could hear a difference in off centre hits that I couldn't with the Floki. On videoing the stroke I was definitely hitting the ball out of the heel, especially on longer putts. Changed the ball position to more forward in my strance and left arm more neutral this resulted in me hitting the ball better. Back to the Floki with the new setup and putted a little better on Saturday with 34 putts. My chipping is not helping me at the moment, duffed chips left me with some horror putts which gave me 2 x 3 putts. With very little early season growth the greens are not running at their best either. On the putter itself after putting on sanded greens over winter and hitting over 30 balls a round the finish is holding up well, there are a few minor scratches on the bottom but not really noticeable unless closely scrutinised. The head cover is also still in good condition and holding up well, although I did use a old cover part of the time in the close season. Is it still my Gamer? Just, my confidence is low at the moment so it nay get swapped out, time will tell.
  2. How crazy is WHS? My 81 got me a cut to h/c of 5.3.
  3. Thought I would give a retirement update since I have posted on this thread since November. The Winter off season was a bit frustrating, up until Xmas I carried on my good form then the snow came and didn't play golf for about 4 weeks. When I started back it was like a different game, my consistency had gone throughout my game and instead of averaging around 6 over a round I was hitting 10 to 15 over. This is now carried over into the start of the new season and I'm working hard on the course and practice areas to trying and get it back. 1. Driving: the high cut is back, I don't think I'm hitting thru the ball and transferring my weight onto the front foot. I have a short 3/4 backswing and noticed on Sat if i lengthen this helped with the weight transfer and ball striking. I need to work on this by the time I got to 14 the cut came back. 2: Long approach shot: My 3w and hybrids are working well; still can have the occasional cut but not destructive. 3. Mid approach: I had started hitting at the ball rather than thru the ball and this had lost me distance and consistency, recently changed this with a shallower take away and this has helped. Main issue now is occasionally I get stuck on the inside which causes a push. 4: Short approach: I'm struggling a bit with gapping on full shots with PW thru to 56' wedge but in recent weeks I have started using half shots from 9i to 56' (100 to 60yds) which has helped. 5. Chipping: This was really strong last year but has been the most troublesome part of my game at the start of this. I'm practicing really hard but not getting any better, practises goes well but when I get on the course I seem to choke on shots. The conditions of the course don't help, if you get on a path from green to tee, your left with an iffy lie, we've had very little growth yet so I'm hoping that the fringes will lush up. 6. Putting: Like the chipping pretty frustrating, I'm finding it hard to get any consistency and I'm chopping and changing putter to try and get comfortable. At the moment I'm 36 putts average per round compared to 32 last year. Like the fringes the greens are still quite bumpy and the chipping is not helping with longer proximity to the hole. Saturday tried an new setup up with the putter more forward in my stance and this seems to have helped 34 putts with 2 x 3 putts which were both 60' 1st putts from mishit chips. I have been lucky so far that my handicap has not gone up due to my my 1st counter being 10th out of 20, with 4 rounds down I have 6 to get a couple of good scores recorded. Need to get back to my pre-shot mantra GAS. Grip, Address, Shoulders. Got a few key rounds coming up 1st game of the Senior League on Thursday and then the week after it is the Scottish Medal East finals so want to equipe myself well in these.
  4. Matchplay qualifiers yesterday and today. Played yesterday and had a mare of a round. Since the start of the season I've been struggling with club head speed and hitting the ball fat. A fortnight ago I changed my setup opening my stance slightly and this initially resulted in better strikes and more consistency but I would get the occasional socket rocket and a drive coming off the heel. Yesterday it all fell apart, heels, thins, shanks, pulls, slices, duffed chips. Had an adventurous 11 on the 4th: Drive pulled off the heel into the woods, rechocies back into fairway. (in my head, take punishment and play to middle of fairway) 3w push and fade into bushes right. Penalty drop back 30 yds Pull 3w left into trees PW I can get it over the trees, hits them square on after I thin the shot Punch out under the trees catches the bank of the ditch but stays out 40 yd pitch caught heavy and rolls off the front Chip caught heavy rolls off front Chip caught heavy and just stays on Putt lips hole In the hole My playing partner usefully pointed out that I had just used all my strokes on the one hole. Out in 47 back in 41 for 88, net 82. Decided not to play in the other qualifier today, may spend some time on the range.
  5. I've been mostly a Cleveland Wedge player for the last 15 years but looking for a change. Anyone play with the Callaway MD5 JAWS Wedges? If so what is your feedback? TIA Alf
  6. I find it hard to part with any club that I've played well with and is part of my golfing development. For putters I occasionally have a clear out and immediately regret it. When my Gamer stops working, I think back to the magical round I had with the Scotty Squareback and get it out only for it to be banished 2 rounds later. Likewise the Odyssey MetalX, Odyssey Tank, Odyssey 2 ball, Rossa Monza, Rossa Monza Corza, Rossa Monza Daytona, GEL Blade, TM SpiderX. I had an old brass milled blade that I had used 20 years ago that would come out every so often. I sold it to a friend and I'm really tempted to buy it back.
  7. End of the Winter season on Saturday and the opening day of the Summer course 77 net 72 for a win and outride win of our Winter trophy the CLAG (Colin, Lindsay, Alf, Graham),
  8. Feels like Spring has sprung in Scotland
  9. In Scotland we run at GMT and BST. when I was working I always thought being 400 miles north of London and further north than Montreal we should have our own time zone. Sunrise is currently 6:26 and sunset 6:22, if we were already on BST I would have time for a full round after work.
  10. I did the PING Heppler review last year and it got me to re-evaluate my stroke an setup. The putter is adjustable from 34 to 36" and I noticed that my setup had me gripping low on the grip, I adjusted the grip down to 34" and couldn't use it I assume due to the swingweight changes. But after trying videos and focusing on swing thoughts I came to the conclusion that getting a repetitive setup and very little swing thoughts is the way to go for me.
  11. So Scotland is a small country but in terms of courses is about 550. I would guess I've played about 200 and probably never will get to to play them all. Some are just too remote. From Shetland in the North to the Isle of Harris in the West. I do have my clubs with me most of the time but I think you would need to dedicate 5-10 years to do it. Here's a link to a guy how did over the space of nearly 40 years https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/733464/Golf-fanatic-plays-round-all-Scotlands-558-public-courses#:~:text=GOLF-MAD Laurie Skuodas has,of Scotland's 558 public courses.
  12. I use an electric Powakaddy trolley, in the UK they have become pretty much the norm for golfers. I would say about 70% of club players use them. On the iron covers I’ve used forged irons for years and they are all heavily dinged, I go thru phases of using them but in the end it is usually the fuss of taking them on and off when playing makes me put them away. I actually like the look. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  13. Not sure about the iron covers either, the only last for about half a round then get fed up taking them on and off or lose one then I put away for another year.
  14. Don't ride but electric trolley is a must.
  15. 4 weeks to go before the new season so bought myself a new bag. Had looked at the Callaway Org 15 but settled for the Srixon Tour cart bag. Seen here in all its glory. Iron covers too much?
  16. I've had mine for about a year and last week was at the driving range in a bay with a small 3 foot partition and the Mevo was getting triggered by intermittently by the guy next to me, data was totally rubbish and spoiled my session. This is the 1st time I've noticed this.
  17. Snow gone in Scotland hopefully for the Winter. Big thaw this week means course open for 18 holes for the 1st time in 3 weeks but lots of stormy weather coming in from the Atlantic, hopefully avoiding the course leaving in open for the 1st competitive golf at the weekend. Played the 18 today, dry but gusting up to 25mph, my driving was abysmal to start with and started double, bogey, double, par, double. 7 over after 5 then fished 8 over for the remaining 13. Really rusty but happy with the finish.
  18. With COVID lockdown we can only play in 2 balls at the moment but the course has been open only 5 days since Christmas. Heavy snowfall this week course closed again. Thaw due to start tomorrow so hopefully course might re-open by the end of the week.
  19. I agree with the putting comment Without the Arccos Link I found the putting data almost useless. Because it relies on the GPS on your phone and the maps being used don't accurately identify the green edge you could end up trying to set flag and Arccos thought you were off the green. I was trying to use the Siri shortcut "set flag" and would end up getting annoyed and annoying playing partners. So then you resort to hand editing the flag position which changes the distance of your 1st putt so you manually change the putt distance. Meanwhile your playing partners are halfway up the next fairway. The GPS and map inaccuracies are also the reason Arccos misses bunker shots, you could be sitting right in the middle of the bunker and it still records your shot as being a chip. SS is one click on the watch and the pin position is record without issue.
  20. I've used both extensively and my short answer: Shotscope hardware is better, good data analytics and better price. Arccos data analytics is better but without buying the link is not as accurate which drives the price higher. ps I don't like or use the Caddie function
  21. All my wedges are the same length 36" which is the stock length of my PW this was mainly because I felt the 56 and 60 were too short and I felt uncomfortable over the ball. This of courses adds maybe about 5 yds onto a full shot with the clubs. Are these custom or Cobra clubs? 39" is about the length of a 5i! Your club head speed will be 10 to 15 mph faster for a full swing this will add quite a bit off distance to the wedges. My main concern would be to get them gapped correctly. Couple of other points. Swing weight should be fairly consistent across the set but normally the wedges have a higher SW to give you more feel around the green. My Z565s are D2 and my 56' wedge is D5 this is something to consider. Also there are some grip manufacturers (Lamkin) that do longer grips for wedges. It is normally only 1/2" but can help to grip down for chipping.
  22. I'm perfectly happy with the gapping on the irons and they are pretty much get ~10 yds between them , like I said I was fitted for them, then the gapping was checked once I played with them for a while and hence the decision to strengthen the AW. I've played with 52, 56 and 60 degree wedges for the last 15 years and looking back may have always had the issue. I probably been kidding myself on that I hit them 110 and 100yds, this is probably the top of the range. The reason I went for the AW in the Z565s was because from PW to 52 was 20 yds (or more). When fitted for the Z565s the difference between the other shafts and the NS Pro was marked and I put this down to the difference in weight 91g c.f. 130g for DG and 101g for KBS Having tried the old 52 RTX with the Dynamic gold Wedge shaft vs the 52 RTX 3 with the Modus shaft there seems to be a difference that I'm putting down to the shaft of a couple of yards hence the call for advice.
  23. In Scotland at the moment we are in lockdown due to COVID so travel is limited and fitting sessions are not allowed at the moment and probably until mid March. We are allowed on the range and to play in 2 balls only so the data I have been pulling is from the range with my Flightscope Mevo. I would rather be settled with my bag for the new season so waiting for a fitting session might cut it fine. I'm a tinkerer and I do have a spare set of wedges in my garage.
  24. The AW has been strengthened to 48' to get it to gap to the PW.
  25. With a full shot with the 52 I'm looking to get 110yds and 100yds for the 56. Currently i get about 102yds with the 52 and 95yds with the 56. Don't really chip with the 52, mostly 56 round the green and from sand. I have a 60 with the same shaft but only comes out when the greens are quick. The problem I have is that I pretty well gapped down to 120yds and I also have 3/4 shots that covers 90 to 60yds. I can hit a 3/4 9i 100yds but it is a lot flatter trajectory. If I really stand on the wedges I can get the yardages but this can result in a pull. Bottom line is I'm not getting in the scoring zone with 110yds to 90yds shots. I'm thinking about either using the lighter Modus shaft or NS Pro 850GH into the 52 and see if I get better performance. If this is a stupid idea or someone has better advice then I'm open to suggestions,
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