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funkyjudge

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  • Birthday March 26

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  • Location
    Langhorne (Bucks County), PA
  • Interests
    Besides golf — MUSIC (as a player and listener) .... I play bass guitar and sing in three bands and do some recording sessions.
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  • Age
    60 and over
  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
  • Handicap
    14.3
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
  • Player Type
    Competitive
  • Biggest Strength
    Short Game
  • Biggest Weakness
    Driver/Off the Tee
  • Fitted for Clubs
    Yes

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  1. I probably know that other “forum golfer”.
  2. I have one of those 2nd-generation ProForce V2 shafts in a driver and another heavier one in a 4-wood.
  3. Sam, you are not referring to the SWIX shafts, are you? Edit: I see that someone has already answered your question, and it’s the Phoenixx shaft. There was one classic shaft that I absolutely loved, and I still have one sitting in my shop unused but it would be far too stiff for me these days. That is the Innovative UFO 2.2 shaft. I think that those shafts weighed between 83 and 88 grams, depending on flex, which would be very heavy for use in a driver head by today’s standards. I actually used a UFO 2.2 shaft (stiff flex) at full bore depth in a Titleist 975D and a 983K driver.
  4. As one response here has alluded to, many adjustable drivers not only make the lie angles more upright, they also close the face angle when you adjust the adapter to the “draw” setting. Adapters that have “higher” and “lower” loft settings (e.g. TaylorMade and Sub 70 Golf) usually adjust the lie angle and face angle in conjunction with the loft. The higher you adjust the loft, the more upright the lie and more closed the face angle, and the lower you adjust the loft the flatter the lie angle and the more open the face angle. The exception to this is with those adapters with multiple cogs, such as Callaway and Krank Golf.
  5. MATRIX OZIK TP6HDe was my all-time favorite (I also used and really liked the TP7HDe in a driver for about two years and still have a couple of them in adapters). My current favorite driver shaft is the Fujikura Ventus Blue TR with VeloCore. I like the smooth feel of the standard Verntus Blue with a stiffer tip section which is closer to the Ventus Black and the Ventus Blue TR gives me this.
  6. I was always a SteelFiber fan, but once I was introduced to the KBS TGI shafts by Kim Braly at the PGA Merchandise Show a few years ago, I have been a huge fan of them. I think that they are the most consistent composite iron shafts that I have ever played.
  7. Sam, which KBS TGI shafts did you get in those Forged TEC irons? I have been playing the TGI 80 (stiff) shafts in my last three sets of irons and I love them!
  8. Just got back from 7 days in Myrtle Beach and although I had a lot of bad shots, I had one great shot and several very good ones. On Tuesday, May 3, we played the Legends Heathland course (we played all of the Legends properties, including the Heritage Club and Oyster Bay), and at Heathland I was absolutely on fire, particularly on our first nine, which was actually the back nine. I shot 38 on this nine on my way to a disappointing 84, but it was the 17th hole, a par-3 that plays as long as 217 yards, but was 181 yards from the tees that we played (I think that it was playing quite a bit shorter than that because it's a slightly uphill hole and I played a 7-iron to a back and slightly right pin position. I nuked that 7-iron directly at the pin, and it looked awfully good to all four of us in my foursome (we couldn't see the surface of the green or the lower half of the flagstick from the tee box). When we got to the green, my ball was sitting just 4" right of the cup, and my pitch mark was only about 18" short of the hole. I won both a CTP and a skin on the hole on my way to a total of $175 in winnings that day (a big chunk of the $240 to $260 that I won over the course of five competition rounds). I have never had a hole-in-one, but I now have been inside of 18" four times, three of which were inside of a foot. At 73 years old, I'm hoping that there's still at least one ace in my golfing future, since I have had everything else including an albatross in 1993, and more than three dozen eagles on par 5s and more than a few eagles on par-4 holes. If I can hole-out from the fairway and even from the rough from as far away as 165 yards, there's no reason that I shouldn't have at least one ace by now -- and I almost forgot, I have also hit the flagstick twice on short (less than 300 yard) par 4 holes, both of which resulted in eagles.
  9. Amen, Sam! At age 73, and following cancer surgery and a subsequent pair of infections from that surgery, I have lost significant distance with all of my clubs over the past couple years. I was already on a serious distance slide prior to the cancer diagnosis close to 5 years ago, and it continues to worsen. I still play to a handicap index in the 11 to 14 range, and am extremely competitive with players of all ages and handicaps — AS LONG AS I PLAY FROM THE CORRECT TEES FOR MY GAME. Since my average drive goes about 225-230 yards (a really good one might go 245-255, with a bit of wind assistance and firm fairways, but a poor drive could just as easily run-out to 210 yards), I select whatever tees will give a total 18-hole distance of 5,500-5,900 yards. I hit a 7-iron about 142 yards (carry only), and once I have more than 170-175 yards, I have to hit a hybrid. It’s not fun to have to hit a perfect 4-wood (I don’t carry a 3-wood) to reach a par-4 … and that is after hitting a very good drive, so I would rather be playing lots of 330 to 385 yard par-4s, with the occasional 300-yarder and the very rare 400-yarder. Your comments about being realistic regarding a golfer’s AVERAGE distances with each club (not that career-best shot that you hit with that club 2 years ago), and also playing for the occasional long miss — and getting the ball to pin-high with virtually every approach shot — are also spot-on. I almost always take the longer club if I am in-between clubs and I make sure that I easily clear any hazards that are short of the hole, not just barely clear them or force myself to hit an absolutely pure shot to get there. What I consider my “130 yard club” is not the one that I have to flush to hit that distance, but the one that might go 135 (or even 137) on a perfect hit. If I hit it a little fat, I am still going to get 120+ yards out of it, and that’s not likely to leave me with anything worse than a 30-35 foot putt.
  10. Dean Snell of Snell Golf worked for both Titleist and TaylorMade Golf for many years and his name is on the patents for several TaylorMade ball models (TP Red, TP Black, Penta and Lethal), as well as the Titleist ProV1 balls. Snell MTB and MTB-X golf balls are three and four-piece premium balls was cast thermoset Urethane covers and have been very highly rated in a variety of golf ball tests over the last several years. Just do a search and you will find plenty of reviews, test data and articles about Snell golf balls.
  11. My wife and I will be there in July (I am actually playing Royal Liverpool and Royal Birkdale before heading to Scotland for rounds at Troon and The Ailsa Course at Turnberry). Following that, we have tickets for the Saturday and Sunday rounds at The 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.
  12. Same thing goes for the Mitsubishi MMT graphite/titanium composite shafts. I had a set of them soft-stepped to play between an R and S flex (they were the MMT 90s, which actually weigh 98 grams prior to trimming), and they seemed VERY stiff, so I put them on a frequency meter and found out that they were actually closer to an X flex. I also had a customer come to me (I'm a long-time professional clubfitter) and he had a set of Mitsubishi MMT 70 R-flex shafts that he was complaining about not being able to get any "kick" or distance out of (they were in a set of PXG irons, BTW). Upon measurement, these "R-flex" shafts were actually almost dead-on at S-flex with the grips on, which means that they were actually likely playing to a "tour stiff" flex. No wonder he couldn't get any distance with the irons with his 78 MPH 6-iron clubhead speed. I swapped-out those shafts for a set of KBS TGI 70-R graphite shafts and he's now loving the 0211 irons!
  13. Very good irons! I owned a set, but found them to be no better than Tour Edge Exotics C721/E721, New Level MODB-1 or Sub 70 699/699 Pro irons ( certainly comparable, but not “better”). In addition, there are very few shaft choices (only Elevate 95 steel and Mitsubishi MMT70 shafts in R-flex and the MMTs were a significant up charge when I got mine in 2021, but that may have changed). i personally find Sub 70 and Tour Edge to be MUCH more customer-friendly than PXG, as well.
  14. I have the Bag Boy QuadXL; it’s very well built and durable, but I still wish that I had gone with a three-wheeler!
  15. I’m with you after having used a 4-wheel push cart for about three years. The 4-wheel cart in both less maneuverable and more bulky than 3-wheel carts. The only advantage to having this Bag Boy 4-wheel cart is that I also have one of their cart bags (I had the bag before I got the cart). The bag fits perfectly on the cart and even “locks in” on the top ring of the cart. However, since I have switched to lighter weight stand bags (a Sun Mountain from Snell Golf and a Stitch ultra-compact SL-2 stand bag), so now having this cart makes little sense.
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