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  1. Have any of you seniors on the site tried the Master Golf Senior Ball? I just got an email about it as I buy my gloves from them. It says it's really long off the tee (don't they all). My first thought was it's just more marketing hype or it's just another rock that's uncontrollable around the green. I just thought I'd see if anyone has tried it and if's any good. 

  2. I see where Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player received the Medal of Freedom yesterday. While they both deserve this honor, I hate that it happened at this time. Inevitably, this will pull them into the political arena. The events of this past week have put an indelible stain on our country. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, it was an embarrassment.  To see these two legends both of whom are great ambassadors of the game become part of the story is disturbing and sad. 

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  3. On 12/19/2020 at 8:41 PM, BIG STU said:

    My old man ran Paradise Valley I grew up in the white house when you come up the hill on 9. My friend who grew up on North Brevard is a member at Pine Island. His family were members at Carolina for 3 generations until they screwed up the Ross Design. I think all the old school courses are gone now except Sunset Hills. Hill Crest (we called Hell Crest) Oak Hills are gone too. Old Sharon Golf Club is gone too. Oh another old school course still around Revolution Park now named  Charles Sifford. 

    I actually like what they've done at Carolina Golf Club. You're right that some of the changes are not "Ross Like". The second hole's forced carry of the tee isn't something Ross would have done in my opinion. However, the rest of the holes play basically  the same as before except they're longer. Frankly. I think it's better than my course at MPCC. My son-in-law is a member at CGCC and he and his pals love the course. 

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  4. 3 hours ago, BIG STU said:

    Just noticed this you live in Charlotte---- I am proud to say I am a genuine born and bred product of North Charlotte and no it was different than NODA is today. I was out on the North 29 end which is Tryon Street now but my bud lived on North Brevard and I spent a lot of time there too. I tell people I am a graduate of UNC--- The University of North Charlotte @ Paradise Valley or Eastwood=== One has to be a native or long time resident of Charlotte to catch the last two


    I remember both Paradise Valley and Eastwood. I played at Crystal Springs back in the late 70s. It's a shame they're all gone as are Larkhaven and Pawtuckett.  We're actually losing many of the newer courses in the area such as Regent Park, Charlotte Golf Links and soon to be gone Ballantyne Resort. The country clubs are still strong, but public courses are giving way to home development. I joined Myers Park back in 1983. It was more affordable back then. Unfortunately, most of the private clubs are very expensive today.

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  5. On 12/15/2020 at 2:24 PM, BNewton51 said:

    I'm absolutely in love with them frankly!  These provide more feedback that most irons I've played, are softer than anything i've EVER played and they are surprisingly forgiving for a club that is essentially a blade.  I couldn't recommend them enough.  

    I did test out the 921.  They do both feel about the same frankly.  However, the spin numbers on the 919's is outrageous.  They are so high that it was frankly a bit unplayable to obtain any sort of distance with them.  Now, the lofts are different that's for sure but it's a huge difference.  At least in my swings and hitting experience.  

    BUT, like I always say, each swing is completely different so you may see different results.  I am just saying what I've experienced.  

    If you have any other specific questions on them, I'm more than happy to answer them. 


    I'll probably look at both. However it may be difficult to find 919s to demo. Our club only offers the current model in demos and fittings.  I'm also interested in looking at Hogan irons too. I played them for years as you might have guessed from my screen name. I think they'll send you a couple of clubs to try since they don't sell through retail or pro shops. 

    Anyway, we should get back on topic so as not to hijack this thread. 

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  6. 6 hours ago, BNewton51 said:

    I can't say I've given it any thought.  The difference in feel between iron sets would throw my game off.  Not a bad thing, obviously, if it works for any specific player.  Just not something I could consider.  Not to mention my OCD would kick in full bore and I'd never be able to get past the differences in two iron styles. 

    You're right. I had a problem with the two styles as well. I feel sure when Spring arrives I'll go back to the JPX 850 four, five and six.

    How do you like your 919s? I'm thinking it may be time to upgrade my irons in the next year or so.

  7. Well, the new set up is working pretty well and there isn't much of a distance gap between my TM M2 six iron and my JPX 850 forged seven iron. I'll stick with this through the Winter. Also, I've been playing a Callaway  SuperSoft ball instead of the Pro-V-1. The Cally is a little longer off the tee when it's cold and adjusting to the run out on chips hasn't been that hard. 

    I'm still curious if anyone else plays a split set of irons versus hybrids. 

  8. I'm 70 and play two or three times a week. My index is currently 9.5. My driver distance is between 190 and 210. I play a seven iron from around 135 yards. Over the last couple of years I've tried a lot of different balls. I've settled on the Titleist AVX except when it's cold. If the temp is below 60*  I play a Callaway SuperSoft. My suggestion would be to do your own test to see which ball works best for you.

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  9. Well, I had a little set back that will keep me from playing this week, but hope to be back mid-next week. When I return I'm going to try an experiment with my irons. Instead of switching over the entire set from my Mizuno JPX 850 forged to my Taylormade 2017 M2s I'm just going to change the 4,5 and 6 irons. I may have a gap since the M2s have stronger lofts, but maybe not. I'm hoping this will improve my long iron shots while the weather is cold. I'm still fine playing the 7-GW of the Mizunos. Does anyone else play a split set? I know a lot of people play hybrids for long irons. However, I've never met a hybrid I liked.

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  10. Well, it's almost Winter here in NC. I know you guys in the North have no sympathy for us in the South. However, it's time to go to my "Winter Bag". I'm replacing my Mizuno JPX 850 forged irons (4-GW) with my Taylormade 2017 M2 HL irons (4-AW). Since I'm not playing or practicing as much I find the M2s a little easier to play when it's colder. They don't feel as good as the Mizunos, but the stronger lofts help too. I did this last year and it worked fairly well. I'll play the same driver (Ping G400), fairways (Callaway Mavrik Max 3&5) and sand wedge (Cleveland CG15 56*). I'll also go with the Titleist AVX versus the ProV1. It seems to perform better for me when it's cold. As always my trusty Odyssey White Hot Tour putter will stay right where it's been for a decade.

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  11. 4 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

    The most notable difference is increased short game spin.  The first iteration was found lacking in this department and according to TXG testing it has noticeably improved with the 2nd gen ball. Otherwise it is still pretty much the same ball. 

    I've been playing the 2018 model and the lack of short game spin is my only complaint. I guess I'll get a dozen of the 2020 AVXs and see how they work. Thanks for the information.

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  12. I bought Callaway Mavrik Max three and five woods about six weeks ago and they've had a huge impact on my game. I'm 70 and I have lost a lot of distance due to age and injury. My new 18* five wood goes about 170 to 175 yards. My 22*  Mizuno JPX 850 forged four iron goes about 160 to 165. However,  the four flies fairly low. I'm thinking about adding a Callaway Mavrik Max 21* seven wood for a higher trajectory. I know some will say go with a 4 hybrid, but I've tried hybrids for years and they seem produce spectacular hooks a lot of the time.

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  13. I played Ben Hogan irons for years. I started with Apex Blades and then moved to Apex Edge Pros. Now I'm playing Mizuno JPX 850s. I am intrigued with these new Hogan clubs. At my age (70)I think the new Edges are what I need. I still play steel shafts, but graphite is probably not far down the road. I'll give the Hogans a look when I decide to change.

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  14. OK I started this thread so I guess I need to clarify. I don't have a problem with people who wear flat front pants or flat bill caps. If you like them then wear them. I have tried flat front pants and they are uncomfortable for me. I've never tried a flat bill cap, but my guess is I wouldn't be comfortable in one either. I know the standards of how people dress for golf have dropped over the years.  Cargo shorts, untucked shirt tails and flat bill or backward caps are all acceptable at a lot of public tracks. I'm sure it won't be long before private clubs have to loosen up on dress as well. Frankly, I don't care what one wears  long as they observe golf etiquette and play in 4 hours or less.  However, I'm going to continue to wear pleats, tuck in my collared shirt and curve the bill on my caps. 

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  15. I still have my old Golfcraft persimmon driver I played decades ago. I was told Golfcraft was a clubmaker that was bought by Titleist in the 70s or 80s. Frankly, I'm afraid to try it today fearing it might be damaged. However, I still remember the feeling of my trusty Golfcraft making solid contact with a balata Titleist.  




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  16. On 3/22/2018 at 8:49 PM, BigtazzGolf said:

    Any ball you find is a good back yard practice ball imo




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    You're probably right, but I find a lot of ProV1s at my club and they go in my bag unless they're scuffed or look like they've been there for awhile. 

    I bought a dozen Wilson balls three years ago because a friend recommended them. Cannot even remember the name but they were not very good around the greens.

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  17. 1 minute ago, PMookie said:

    Congrats. Did you do a fitting for it?

    Nope. I played my friend's 3W several  times during a round, did a little research and went to Dick's that night. It was a gamble for sure, but it worked. I actually bought my Ping G400 driver the same way. It has added about ten yards and is very accurate. I know fittings are great, but I tend to demo and then fit myself. 

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  18. After struggling with fairway woods off the deck for a couple of years I've found something that works (at least for me). A friend suggested I try his a few weeks ago and the results were amazing. The Mavrik Max fairways have a flat bottom which helps me make better contact off the turf and launch even the 15* very high. If you're inconsistent with your fairways I suggest you get a demo and give the Mavrik Max a try.

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  19. I've been struggling with playing a three wood (and sometimes a five wood) off the fairway for several years. I bought a four wood, but still struggled. I started playing my four iron unless my lie was perfect. A couple of weeks ago one of my golf buddies introduced me to the Callaway Mavrik Max. It was amazing. I immediately bought the three and the five. I think the success comes from the fact that the Cally is designed with a flat bottom. I'm a sweeper of my woods and the flat bottom really helps me. If you are a sweeper too I suggest you look for a fairway wood with a flat bottom . I'm sure there are many brands out there, but the Mavrik Max is a great place to start

  20. 6 hours ago, cnosil said:

    If you are changing clubs because you are searching for the holy grail of clubs, just stop, get a good fitting, and realize that you need instruction to get better. Sorry to be so direct, but buying equipment hoping to get better won’t help.

    While I totally agree that one cannot buy a game, I think one can improve by finding the right equipment for their style of play. I've been struggling with my fairway woods for some time. I even went to higher lofted 3 and 5 woods which helped, but didn't totally solve the problem.. Recently, a friend suggested I try his Callaway Mavrik Max 3 and 5 fairways. The results were quite amazing. I'm a sweeper and the flat bottom of the Mavriks works much better for my swing. I realize what works for me won't necessarily work for some one else.  Also, cnosil is correct that getting a proper fitting and lessons are very important too. Let's face it. If every new driver that is introduced every year will get one thirty more yards, we'd all be hitting it 600 yards. 

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  21. I too am a recovering golf clubaholic.  I promised myself 2020 would be different, but to no avail. So far I've bought a new driver and new fairway metals (3 and 5). However, my game is in a pretty good place right now and some of that is due to the new equipment. Here's hoping I'm set for awhile. Having said that, I still go to the equipment threads on all of these golf sites every day. 

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