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About Hoganman1

  • Birthday 01/26/1950

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  1. Hoganman1

    Titleist AVX

    Do any tour professionals on the various circuits play the Titleist AVX?
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  3. I live in Charlotte and years ago one of the topless bars here had a "golf tournament". I don't know anyone that attended, but there was a lot of public outrage. The public course where it was held suffered through a boycott and eventually closed. While I am pleased that golf now attracts a more diverse group than in the past, I'm hoping this these type of events are few and far between. We all want the game to start growing again, just not in this direction.
  4. I find it both interesting and sad that this golf resort has fallen on hard times. It once hosted a premier PGA Tour event and a WGC event. Now it is (or was ) hosting a drunken golf "dogfight" organized by a topless bar.
  5. Thanks for the input and my apologies to Shank Dawg for hijacking his thread. To answer his original question; I agree that online fittings do provide a starting point. Having a certified fitter is the best way to go. Also, an online fitting can confirm what the fitter recommends as happened with me.
  6. I had a driver shaft fitting two years ago by a certified club fitter. It was one of the best things I've ever done. Recently, I tried an online fitting tool just for fun and low and behold the exact same shaft was recommended. However, they also gave several more expensive options as well. My question is: could a 70 year old 10.5 handicapper that swings in the low 80s really benefit from a $200 shaft versus the $100 shaft I'm playing now? Like a lot of seniors I would gladly pay $100 to even $200 more for ten more yards on my tee shot.
  7. My index is 10.6. I usually play twice a week and I've just started practicing twice a week. My sessions last an hour and a half. I start on the range and work with odd numbered clubs one day and even numbered the second day for thirty minutes. I then go to our short game area to chip and pitch for thirty minutes. I finish on the putting green with thirty minutes of putts from various distances. Since starting this practice regime three weeks ago, I've noticed an immediate improvement in my scores. My golf hero was right "the answer is in the dirt".
  8. Has anyone tried this new ball? I saw an ad for a free sleeve. I started the process, but pulled up when they asked for my credit card to pay for shipping. Although it was only $1.00, I'm skeptical of "free offers" that require one to pay for shipping. There are so many scams out there now. I never volunteer my credit card info unless I know the seller. Anyway the ad has all the usual claims that the Calcutta is the longest, greatest ball ever. While I doubt these claims I am curious. I tried the Snell ball and it was pretty good. Also, I've read great reviews of the Kirkland ball from Costco and the Vice ball. I've been a Pro-V-1 player for years, but I'm always open to change.
  9. I think one issue is that if one wants to get fitted for clubs, they usually have to go with the current models. Maybe some independent club fitters do offer older models, but I haven't met one as yet. Our club has fitting sessions all season long with the popular OEMs. I've attended a Taylormade driver fitting and the only options were the M-5 and M-6. I've never had a fitting at Dick's but since they usually have some of last year's models in stock, they might do fittings for those clubs as well as the "latest and greatest". I do think it's important to have clubs that are properly fit. One less expensive way to do it is to pay for a fitting session and then buy the club (or clubs) from one of the many pre-owned sites online. I usually do this with drivers. Sometimes it takes awhile to find what you want, but it will save some bucks.
  10. My favorite putter grip is the Lamkin Deep Etch. I have been playing it for several years. However, many people like the SuperSoft grips. I tried one and it just didn't feel right to me. If you liked your old grip, I would replace it with the same style. It never hurts to experiment, but "if it ain't broke; don't fix it".
  11. I'm like most of the other posters. Most of my bag is used clubs bought online. My fairways and my sand wedge were new, but a previous year's model from Dick's. All of the sites mentioned previously are reliable. Global Golf, 3Balls and Taylormade Pre-Owned are all owned by Global Value Commerce. I think they're based in Raleigh NC.
  12. Have any of you on this site had a chance to compare these two balls? Their ads say "more speed". Does that translate into longer with the driver? I'm a senior with a slower swing speed, but I've found the '17 version works best for me in total performance. I've played several balls that are longer off the tee. However, they don't perform as well on and around the greens. I plan to give the '19 version a try when I run out of '17 balls. It's always nice to be able to gain a few more yards for us older players. What are your thoughts?
  13. I live in Charlotte and unfortunately, Dick's and Golf Galaxy are the only national retailers left. There is a locally owned business named Greater Golf Express. They have both new and preowned clubs and do excellent repairs (re-gripping, re-shafting, etc.) . Also, there is a driving range/learning center named Leatherman Golf that has a pretty good selection of clubs and a certified club fitter on staff. In addition to several private clubs, we have some very good semi-private and public courses that carry equipment as well. Several of my friends have used the Club Champion Fitting Center located here to purchase their equipment after going through their club fitting process. Good luck on your move and welcome to Charlotte. You'll enjoy playing golf here especially in the Spring and Fall and you will see some reasonably good golf days off and on during the Winter.
  14. I agree with those that say personal ball tests are the way to go. I was a Pro-V-1X guy for years, but this summer I tried the Snell MTB, the Callaway Chrome Soft X, and the TM TP5X. I found the TP5X was the beat overall for my game. I suggest anyone interested in changing balls give this method a try.
  15. I've just switched to the Taylormade TP5X. I tried several balls (Chrome Soft, Snell MTB, and the new Pro-v-1x) and the TP5X is longer and performs great around the greens. My swing speed is fairly low (mid 80s) but this ball works best for me. Buy a sleeve and give it a try.
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