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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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. 

  6. 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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  7. Just now, Tsmithjr9 said:

    Why does no one go look for their Pro Vs????????

    Take Dead Aim

    There are a lot of spoiled rich kids at my club. They don't care because Mommy and Daddy will buy them another dozen.

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  8. 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.

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. We just had a family weekend at Lake Lure NC. I didn't even take my clubs, but I played "soccer golf" with two of my granddaughters. We played on the nine hole Donald Ross designed course that' was built nearly 100 years ago. It was in very poor condition, but the layout is amazing. It's only 2925 yards from the tips. However, I'm sure it plays longer due to the elevation changes. I hope to take my sticks the next time and give it a go. I love Donald Ross courses. As I said, it was in very poor shape, but I'm willing to overlook that just to play another Ross design.

  15. I retired almost five years ago. I play a lot of of golf, but there are many others things I enjoy doing like reading, watching movies and working in my yard. I also enjoy spending time with my six grandkids. I worried that I wouldn't be able to adjust, but like a lot of you; I wonder how I found the time to actually work before I retired. 

  16. I was having trouble with my three wood off the deck until I tried my friend's Callaway Mavrik Max. I actually hit it better that the Taylormade 2017 M2 three high launch (16.5*). So i bought the three and the five. I've only played twice but my success rate was very high. As we move into cooler weather I'll have more fairway woods into our long par fours. Hopefully, they continue to perform well.

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  17. I had to make some changes after trying my friend's new fairway woods. I traded the TM 2017 M2 three and five for Callaway Mavirk Max three and five woods. I also swapped out my Odyssey White Hot Tour #1 putter for an old White Steel #1 I had in my garage. The Mizuno JPX 850 irons, the Ping G400 driver and the Cleveland CG 15 56* are still in the bag (for now). 


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  18. 2 hours ago, cnosil said:

    First suggestion would have been 4 wood but you are already doing that.

    You didn’t specify what you in inconsistency is, but you best option is practice and learning technique. Sweeping the ball is fine and will work for fairway woods.

    My issue is occasionally cold topping the shot. Of course, I can usually recover except when there is a forced carry. Also, downhill lies are a problem. I think you're right. "It's not the arrow; it's the archer". I just need to work harder at the range and hit my four iron until I can fix it.

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  19. I really struggle with fairway woods off the deck. It's the weakest part of my game. I'm not very long off the tee and my group plays a 6250 yard set of tees. There are several par fours where I need a fairway wood for my approach. I know it's probably my technique in that I have always been a sweeper. I'm fine when I tee up the ball but very inconsistent off the grass. I know that today's fairways are different and one is supposed to hit down on the ball. Some even recommend taking a divot. I currently play a TM 2017 M2 16.5* HL Three and an 18* Five. I plan to start working at the range to improve my technique , but I wonder if there are other brands of fairways out there that might help me.

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  20. 1 hour ago, TR1PTIK said:

    I like playing courses with tree lined fairways - it helps me pick a line and is appropriately penalizing when I don't execute while still allowing me to locate my golf ball most of the time.

    That said, trees can be detrimental to a course as they require resources to sustain themselves just like the turf we play on. They can cause bare spots or damage portions of the course by blocking sunlight and - in the case of any fruit or nut bearing trees - by dropping debris on the course. Another consideration about tree removal is the root structure of various trees which can wreak havoc on an irrigation network or make it difficult to route new irrigation where needed.

    One thing I've seen in favor of native grass areas is that they provide a natural habitat for various insects and animals including (in some cases) pollinators.

    I'm no expert on any of this or have any experience as a course superintendent, but these are things that I can readily identify as a complete outsider with only a little knowledge on the subject of course design and maintenance. Just my 2 cents.

    Your opinion matters whether you are an architect or not. You bring up some good points. I just prefer having tree lined fairways on parkland courses. Olympia Fields is a good example. The two best players in the field were only four under par while -30 won the week before. Did the trees make that big of a difference? Probably not, but they were a factor for sure.

    As far as the "native grass areas" are concerned, they cause slow play at our course. There is a native area about 180 to 200 yards out on the right side of our first fairway. Guess where a large percentage of our members hit their first drive. A lost ball on the first hole will surely create a back-up resulting in a 4+ hour round.  

  21. Myrtle Beach is a golf Disney World. There are many great courses most of which have been named here. I used to go twice a year. I now play most of my seaside golf in Charleston.  I would never try to talk you out of going to Myrtle Beach, but Charleston has some great tracks too.

  22. There's a trend I see more and more these days. Courses seem to be removing trees and adding long fescue grass to some of our classic old courses. I'm not a fan of this. The course I play here in Charlotte was a Donald Ross re-design of an AJ Tillinghouse course. It's been re-modeled several times and I feel sure Mr. Ross wouldn't recognize it. We've had several "architects of record" and the current one apparently hates trees. Our superintendent is fabulous and keeps the place in tip top condition so it's still fun to play, but I miss the trees and really don't like the thigh high native areas. Most of the old timers like  me agree. The younger members we have are mostly recreational   golfers. Give them good greens and a cooler full of beer and they're happy. I know nothing is going to change, but. thanks for letting me vent. What are your thoughts?

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  23. On 8/18/2020 at 10:42 AM, Mtbryant01 said:

    I just looked him up, the country club he is the head pro at is about 10 minutes from my house. That's a good place to be at, he'll thrive there.

    It is a small world. Hope he does well. He's an East Carolina grad. I told him he was moving to Crimson Tide country and he might have to retire his ECU Pirate golf shirts.

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