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  1. I've been thinking about buying a SIM2 driver. Yesterday our pro found an old demo for me to try. It was good, but really no better than my Ping G400. I think despite all the hype  new OEM offerings aren't much better that the older models for the average player. They've pushed the technology as far as the USGA and the Royal & Ancient will allow. Maybe some people are able to gain thirty more yards with the "latest and greatest" offering, but I never have. Granted at 72 I'm fighting the calendar and my swing speed diminishes every year. If you are able to gain substantial yardage off the tee by trading your 2021 model driver for the 2022 model, I'm thrilled for you. I've just come to realize I have to be content with  getting it out there close to 200 yards in the fairway. 

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  2. I want to buy four Lamkin Midsize Z5 grips, but cannot find them anywhere (including Lamkin's web site). I'm thinking they've dropped that model from their line. If so, does anyone know which of their new models closely resembles the Z5 midsize? Thanks!

  3. On 2/7/2021 at 8:12 AM, Shapotomous said:

    Nice looking bag!  I've been playing the 900 Forged for a year and don't plan to change anytime soon.  Which graphite shafts do you have in them? 

    I don't see any Hogans in that bag...you'll have to change your user name to MizzyMan!  😆

    I'm making a change soon, Shapotomous. I ordered a set of Ben Hogan Edge EX irons with Recoil shafts. They should be in the bag soon. I'll post another photo once they're here.

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  4. I just ordered a set of the new EDGE EX irons. All the reviews I've read have been very positive and they are so similar to the Apex Edge Pros I played for years. I thought about waiting for the demo program, but decided to proceed with my purchase. I got the Recoil graphite shafts as my teacher suggested that would really help with my joint pain. Has anyone out there had a chance to try these? If so, please share your thoughts.

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  5. On 5/17/2021 at 9:32 AM, ChitownM2 said:

    Reply back and let us know what you find out in your range session!

    Well, I practiced and then played with the Mizunos. They're clearly better for my game. I think it was both the swingweight and the offset of the Mavriks that was hurting my ball striking. I'll probably keep the Mavriks as a back up or see if I can sell them. They're good clubs. They just don't fit my game as well as the JPX 850s. Thanks to all that weighed in on my post. 

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  6. 17 hours ago, ChitownM2 said:

    Could be a lot of different things.  As mentioned above, the offset could be a problem or the shafts just may not be right for you. 

    Another possibility is the swingweight is just not ideal for you.  You said the Mavriks feel heavy.  Based on the stock specs, the swingweights are about the same 850 vs Mavrik max, but you said the mizunos have XP95 which was lighter than the stock Xp115 meaning the swingweight of your clubs would be lower  than the stock specs.  You've probably also re-gripped since they were new and it's very possible you put on a heavier grip (mid-size or MCC, etc) which would also decrease the swingweight of your old clubs.  The swingweight difference could have a huge effect on your ball striking which you also mentioned was inconsistent.

    I'd head to the range with both sets of clubs and some foot spray or impact decals and see where you are hitting the ball on the face. 

    Another possibility is the length of the clubs.  In the never ending search for distance, the Mavrik 7 iron is 3/8" longer than the 850 forged 7 iron so that could be another factor in your ball striking inconsistency.  Again, the range and some foot spray would probably be very telling.


    Thanks so much for your response. You're right, I did re-grip with midsize grips. It probably is a swingweight issue. I'm going to take your advice and head to the range with some spray powder. 

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  7. I have been playing the Mizunos for about six years after a fitting by one of our pros. I like them, but as I age (turned 71 back in January) I decided to try some SGI irons. I found a set of the Mavriks on sale and have be playing them since early April. Save one round of 76 a few weeks ago, I haven't seen much of an improvement. I just cannot seem to get comfortable with the Callaways. They feel heavy to me and my ball striking is not consistent. I thought the SGIs would be easier to play and help with my bad swings. I've practiced a lot with the Callys, and have hit them well at times. However, cannot seem to achieve that same level of consistency on the course. Has anyone else out there had a similar experience while experimenting? I'm going to go back to the Mizunos the next time I play and see if it is, in fact;  "the arrow and not the archer". Thanks in advance for any advice you care to share. 

  8. I had been struggling with fairway metals for quite some time. Most of it was a swing flaw that I've been able to correct. However, some of my recent success is because of  the Callaway Mavrik Max 3,5 and 7 I bought a few months ago. I know the Mavriks are on their way out (like the Rogues) because they've dropped the price but I really like them. They've been very forgiving off dormant wet fairways this Winter. I have a Ping G400 driver and was searching for G400 fairways until I tried a friend's Mavrik 3 Metal. I bought both the 3 and 5 the very next day and added the 7 with my Christmas gift card. I'm very happy with their performance.

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  9. On 2/26/2021 at 1:44 PM, Thin2win said:

    I switched to Mid-size a few years ago, and I'm happy with that change. Much less wrist pain, and less tendency to pull the ball left. 

    Also, I wear a Cadet-M glove, so on all the grip size charts I should use an undersized. The feel and club awareness come back after a few rounds, just takes a little getting used to. 

    I too use mid-size grips and wear cadet medium gloves. I just like the feel. Whenever I buy a new club I always have it re-gripped to Golf Pride Tour Wrap Mid-Size. I know they have newer styles now, but I like that the Tour Wraps are very tacky. When they get older I just scrub them with Dawn and an old tooth brush to re-furbish them.

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  10. This guy is an enigma to me. It's clear he isn't well liked by fans or other tour players. Also, many think he is really loose with the rules of golf. However, one cannot deny he is very talented and nothing seems to phase him.  I think that in the game of golf once someone has been labeled as a cheater it's almost the kiss of death for their career. This does not seem to be the case in most other sports, business and of course politics where disregard for rules and norms is actually sometimes praised.  Golfers are held to a higher standard and personal integrity is just as important as a good putting stroke. While I do question Reed's behavior with regard to the rules, I am impressed with his play. Sometimes I actually find myself pulling for him.  I felt the same way about Colin Montgomerie for different reasons. No one ever questioned Monty's integrity, but there was a time when many American golf fans clearly pulled against him. The fact that he didn't seem to care impressed me. Maybe it's the same with Reed.  I like watching him play simply because everyone else hates him and he just ignores them and keeps winning. 


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  11. Well I just did a ball fitting and it turns out the ProV1 is actually the best ball for me. I'll probably keep playing the AVX until I run out this Winter, but my next purchase will be ProV1s. 

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  12. 8 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

    The new release won’t hit retail until at least late jan 2022. Titleist balls like their clubs are on 2 year cycles and they tend to release them at the beginning of the year.

    the current ball was released in January 2020.

    Thanks for responding. If I run out of AVXs and cannot find any more, I can always go back to the ProV1. 

  13. I was a confirmed walker for decades. I really enjoyed it. However, father time finally caught up with me. I played football in my youth and my knees are not what they used to be. I started riding last summer during the hot weather and discovered I actually play and score better using a cart. I may try to go back to walking and carrying this Spring because I still feel guilty taking a cart. Our course offers pull (or push) trolleys but we have a lot of hills and valleys so the trolleys can be hard to manage. Also, we don't have access to caddies as we did years ago. To those of you who walk and carry, keep doing it as long as you can. I still believe that is how the game was meant to be played. 

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  14. 16 hours ago, golfinnut said:

    No they aren't.  They are getting ready to send out the new prototypes very soon.  I just entered a contest earlier to be sent the prototype ball for testing.  I would look for it to hit stores in the spring/summer.  

    So it sounds like there might be a lag in delivery. I guess I can get the previous model from a source other than Dick's until the 2021 version hits the stores. Thanks for the info. 

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  15. Is Titleist going to drop the AVX? My local Dick's does not have any and their web site only offers the 2020 version at  a discount. I chatted online with a guy on the Titleist web site and he said " The AVX is one of our premium balls and we have plenty if you want to order a dozen". He did not say whether or not they were keeping the ball in their line-up. Maybe it's just my local Dick's decided not carry them, but I'm curious as to if anyone has heard anything about the ball.

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  16. I love Mizuno irons too. I was a Hogan guy for years. I switched in 2015 to JPX 850 Forged. I recently decided to go with graphite shafts (I'm 71) and luckily found a used set of JPX 900s. I'm only three rounds in and it's Winter, but I think I'm going to like them as well. 

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  17. Speaking of Legends in Clermont, do any of you remember Palisades? It closed in late 2015. While it wasn't always in good shape the layout was great. Also, it was right across Lake Minneola from my vacation condo. I think it opened in the mid 90s. It was supposed to be an exclusive private club. The recession changed all that and I think it struggled for most of it's twenty year  existence. Anyway, I played it two or three times a year and still miss it. I really wish someone would buy and restore it, but I doubt that's going to happen. The same applies to Sugarloaf Mountain. However, SM only lasted for five or six years and was in the middle of nowhere. 

    Still I'm glad Legends is coming back and really hope they'll be successful. 

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