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Donn lost in San Diego

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  1. I putt cross handed but a regular length putter. I use face balanced mallets, especially a 2016 era Cameron Futura X with the rear criss-cross wings and 15 gram weights in each wing. I place my left hand partly on the grip but the index finger is on the shaft going straight down. It took a while for me to figure out what works regards where to put the left hand. The finger on the shaft provides me more sense of direction, not twisting, keeping it straight. I look at the target on putts longer than about 7 feet. On the short ones, my mind is locked into making contact straight, not on any arc. I focus on a pretty slow motion and total concentration all the way thru on the short ones. On the long ones, my main focus is speed to accomplish the range and whatever break/curve I want. Sometimes I follow thru by continuing the swing slowly all the way up to shoulder height. Sounds looks funny, but it works for me, to be smooth. Good luck. I live near Evnroll, in San Diego coast, but for now I stick with the Cameron. I might make an appointment to go to Evnroll when I have extra $$$ but I love my Futura. It took a lot of practice on the short ones to keep it straight though.
  2. Shaft is more important than head, more important than latest bestest newest. I'm 67. Hit a drive 230. I went to PXG last yr for a fitting and got an A flex, lite flex and mere 40 gram weight, Evenflow riptide shaft on the 0211 driver. It was better less offline than the Recoil lite flex F2 shaft in a Callaway Epic. And it had a very sensitive feel , as if I could tell where the clubhead was throught the swing. But I play between injuries and haven't hit balls with it yet. 2 surgeries and and hip flexor. Now working 6 days a week. Practicing with medium clubs for now, driver hopefully in a fw weeks. I suggest a few lessons before buying Get a good swing going.
  3. would like to hear back now from the author angry birdies to find out what you've done so far.
  4. Golf is after all SUPPOSED to be FUN. Loose as a goose. When I feel myself tightening I think of the Three Stooges, who I grew up with in the 50s and 60s. And I think of being a slingshot, a rubber band. Good for you. (I hope todays kids get a full measure of the Stooges and Daffy duck.)
  5. Where did the originator, stuka44, go? At this point it's just a bunch of other people chatting away.
  6. I am not sure yr question, but, in practices in stores or on practice greens, I have hit putts with a variety of face balanced putters with pretty good results. Including Toulon, TM Spyder 72, some Ping, some Cleveland. I feel comfortable with them. I stick for now with Musty wood mallet and a 7 yr old Cameron Futura X. When I get healthy enough to actually play some 18s I will probably use the heavier Cameron. I have considered adding weight thru the shaft to the Musty for more stability on shorts, but for now I have been practicing stabilizing my 5 ft range. I am more likley to twist the shaft on a short than on a long putt. And when I feel like dropping $4 or $5 biggies, maybe get a fitting from Guerin Rife at Evnroll, a mere few miles from home.
  7. if you can handle them, try reading the pelz and or harmon books . Or . . . I sound like a broken record: Jan 2015 cover story on Golf mag was Jordan Spieth 5 tips to go low. I took the putting tips. I putt cross handed. Face balanced putters. very litttle arc. arm and shoulder, not wrist. Sometimes I follow thru all the way where my putter is is raised up to shoulder height. Putts where I can't see the hole out of the corner of my eye, I look at the hole, not the ball, and putt "blind". It takes a lot of practice. The index finger of the front, low, hand is on the shaft. Long putts are easy to stroke, short ones take a strong focus to not turn the putter at all and hit precisely where you aim. I can't brag about putts per round due to age and injuries, I only finalized where to place the front hand recently. But I love it. I can use almost any face balanced putter. Shaft length and lie angle are the pieces of the puzzle where a fitter at any retail store can help.
  8. Get a chipper. Like the old Don Martin Up - n - In or Stan Thompson Closup. I prefer the Don Martin, flat face about 6 iron loft on a putter length shaft.
  9. 40 or 50 replies in a month. I like the look of a old Adams that I picked up cheap on Ebay. Then before surgery, I got fitted for a PXG 0211 but havent hit it yet, in A flex, the Evenflow Rptide light shaft felt like magic in the fitting. I no longer think PXG is just a big mouth guy with too much money. I see a lot of lady pros play PXG, and PXG I am pretty sure does not pay anybody.
  10. Nobody can tell u. All clubs these days are well made and engineered. Is your swing decent? Lessons? What feels comfortable when u hit it in real turf, not just a mat?
  11. I think . . . heavier weight improves accuracy on my short putts but I putt cross handed and very little arc, a face balanced big heavy Scotty Futura X and a lighter Musty wood mallet. The Musty being lighter, I don't control it as well on short putts. But putting is so individual, your height, weight, length of arms, legs, waste, neck, curve of neck, etc. Try a buncha, and PRACTICE a lot.
  12. Not Billy Horschel white, but I have 2 pair cottons that are almost white and one golf polyester shorts. I have a bright green and a bright peach-cream color. $2 or $5 from the closeout racks at TJ Maxx.
  13. I don't have a lot of exper but 4 years ago I got fitted for an 8 9 wedge in a forged. I was hoping the fitter would put me into Mizuno with their GFF process but I got Ping I 500. Now I know it is not a total forge, it is a forged face welded to a cast highly engineered body. I love them, in between injuries. I added a 6 iron a year later ( I have a Apex 7 iron that works) and might add a 4 or 5 if I start playing more. I am in S Diego, just a fw miles from the HQ of Callaway, Cobra, TM, Titleist, and Honma, and Torrey Pines, so my fitter location is au courant as they say in French.
  14. A place called The Iron Factory in Ariz refurbishes irons. re makes the grooves and he also makes Kronus wedges. I have not used them but their customer response look legit good.
  15. can someone point me to the one about the gal trying to board the bus in a tight skirt with a zipper?
  16. Way back in 2015 Spieth was on the cover of Golf Mag (Go Low! 5 secrets) Jan 2015 with Michael Chwasky, and touted cross handed. I have spent more time injured than playing, but I could practice putting, so, I put in some time working on the technique. You might try: Grab a few face-balanced putters, any brands will do. Different shaft shapes or lengths. Spend some time getting used to a straighter, less arc, stroke, with a cross hand, front hand low. My front hand is half on the grip, the index finger straight down on the shaft and is a sensitive guide for where you movement is going. It takes time. No guarantee but I love it, especially on long putts, I look at my target, not at the ball. Practice. A lot. I have a Cameron Futura X, a Dave Musty wood mallet, and I also practice with a super cheap one called Precise that was part of a $100 ish Kmart set. I donated the clubs and kept the putter because it is face balanced. This was also after reading those 300 pages books by Harmon and Pelz. I am now recovering from thumb surgery on my rt thumb (rt handed) for basal joint arthritis and learning more about the stroke / grip as my thumb is not fully functional yet. I didn't plan on learning something new post-surgery but there it is. My surgeon is at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Yes, Torrey. I don't play there yet. Maybe if I get 12 - 18 months golf un-interrupted by stuff. G'luck.
  17. Guerin Rife is the inventor of the original 2 ball style, I think. Evnroll is his newest company and I have only used one a little time in a retail store and they are top notch. he does not pay pro golfers to use them tho. If you can get a fitting, do it. I use a wood Dave Musty and will eventually get a fitted either a new Musty or an Evnroll since I live a few miles from Evnroll HQ in SDiego area. Learn about shaft length, shapes, lie angles, weight, etc. before you get fitted and then go for it. Musty is in the LA area, Bellflower, and he also offers fittings by appointment. every Musty is hand made custom job. he is a cabinetmaker and golfer.
  18. Dave Musty makes hi quality wood putters. All hand made to order. Usually some avail on ebay but each one started out in life as a hand made unique order. you can visit his website mustyputters is a .net Choose from several shapes, and everything is up to you. Regular glossy finish wood is around $250. fancier and logos etc can add more $. I have one that I accidentally picked up at a flea market. It was part of a take-it or leave-it pkg of 6 clubs the person was selling. when I finally tried the Musty after ignoring it for a few weeks, I was surprised, it is not a decor piece, it is a real putter. Dave is a hi skilled cabinet maker and a golfer. I also have a Scotty Futura X with the double wing counterweights. I practice with both but use the Musty more and plan eventually to order a custom job, shaft/angle/lie/weight. G luck.
  19. Famous football coach Tom Landry of Dallas Cowboys used positive image motivation, telling his kicker you are going to put it right thru the middle. Or you are going to make the first down. Personally, be glad you are alive and healthy and playing. Look at each putt as a chance to show yourself how good you are. Get fitted, work as Nicklaus says, and another personal but unprovable, I think urethane rolls better than 2 piece surlyn/ionomer.
  20. I think I remember that the distance dropoff of range balls decreases with shorter distance. Driver, range balls might be 15 yrds shorter, but on little wedges, only 1 or 2 yrds at most???? And yes, I never use range balls when chipping & putting. Ug. I do have some new 2 piece and some nearly new urethanes, and I use both to test my touch on different clubs on chips n putts.
  21. Big sale for sure. Ends Aug 31 or Labor Day. The 0211 regular forged irons are $89, the Dual Core DC irons are $79. If I were playing stuff i didn't already have fitted for me, I would go PXG. I did get a driver last year.
  22. I have just skimmed some of the entries so I may be repeating others. Take some lessons is my first bullheaded mistake I put off. I have physical issues so I waited but I realized I should have found a good teacher for me many years earlier. Take a lesson, an intro 1/2 hour, the freebie 15 minute, whatever, and if you don't feel good about the match, try another teacher. I took about 4 or 5 one-time lessons over several years before I found a person I was willing to pay for a 6 lesson package. Should have done it way sooner. And FWIW, use urethane not surlyn/ionomer balls. Yea they cost more. You can afford to play? Buy clubs? Buy range buckets? You can afford to play a $30 or even $40 per-dozen ball. Putt cross handed. Takes a bit of practice but the sooner, the better. If you can find it go back to the January 2015 Golf magazine, Go Low 5 secrets by Jordan Spieth. If there are any pro events near you, sign up to volunteer or go as a spectator. even if just on Wednesday practice pro-am day. It's a gas. I vol at LPGA tourney in San Diego on the Arnold Palmer designed Aviara course. And attended the U.S. Open practice day at Olympic Club in SF back in 1998.
  23. Did I miss it, or did the whole tournament go by and neither NBC nor Golf Channel or anyone from FedEx EVER mention Danny Thomas who founded the St. Jude Childrens Hospital? Bad form. bad lack of etiquette in my view.
  24. The real flex in your hands is a combo of the flex along different segments of the shaft, the torque (twist), and they all act in your swing. A slow hesitate swing like Hideki M or Sonjae Im, very slow transition from backswing to downswing, is very different than someone like Matt Fitzpatrick or DJ or I think Cameron Young. They swing as if there is a disease or a bug on the club head and they have to flick it off at the top of the swing. So when the top middle and bottom 1/3 of the shaft flexes is different from me to you, no matter what the head speed is at impact.
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