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  1. 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 area
  2. 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.
  3. I hope you can make it to a Masters, an Open Championship and a US Open too. Assuming I do in fact make it to St. Andrews in 2022 my Fan Slam will have taken 52 years to complete. Keep trying. Hopefully, your quest will go faster than mine. PS One of our assistant pros just got a head pro job in Birmingham. I'm not sure which club, but his name is Elliott Jones. He's a great guy and a good teacher.
  4. As I've said before, two majors gets you into my imaginary Fan Hall of Fame. I hope you do make it to The Masters. It's really special and quite a different experience. My dream is to play there, but I'm 70; so that window may already be closed. I've actually played all the other courses that have hosted majors I've attended. Also, I was fortunate enough to play The Old Course where they'll host the 2022 Open Championship. As I said in my op, we've paid our first installment on attending at St. Andrews. Hopefully, it will happen as planned.
  5. My apologies. I thought this post would "catch fire" and be a fun exercise. Obviously, I miscalculated.
  6. Practice rounds certainly count. Also, your geographic location makes it tougher to get to The Masters. I haven't been in five years. Back in the 70s and 80s you could show up at the gate Monday through Wednesday, give them five to ten bucks and you were in for the day. Tiger changed all that. Now there's a lottery every year. I got practice round tickets through the lottery every year for the first few years, but it's much harder now. Scalpers have a field day in that they can get almost whatever they want for practice round tickets. Tournament tickets are very closely monitored and the comm
  7. Do any of you have a career golf fan Grand Slam? Meaning have you attended at least one each of the four major championships. I've attended all but The Open. I've been to four US Opens (one at Oakland Hills in Michigan and three at Pinehurst here in NC). I've seen three PGAs (one at Atlanta Athletic Club, one at Kiawah and one here in Charlotte at Quail Hollow). I've lost count of Masters I've attended but it's over 20. My first Masters was in 1970. It was relatively easy to get tickets up until the late 90s and Augusta is only three hours away. My future plans include another PGA next Spring
  8. Driver- Ping G400 Fairways- Taylormade 2017 M2 Three, Five and Seven (21* five high launch) Irons- Mizuno
  9. Hello Fellow Spies. I'm not new to the site, but this the first time I've posted to this thread. I usually go to other threads to read and comment. I've been playing for 55 years. I didn't really take it seriously until around 1975 when I was in my mid 20s. I live in Charlotte and play at Myers Park Club. I joined there in 1983. My current index is 8.9 thanks to some recent good rounds. I usually fluctuate between 9 and 12 from Summer to Winter. I truly love the game and play two or three times a week year round. I've been retired for five years. Golf is my main hobby along with gardening, rea
  10. I was fitted for a set of JPX 580 forged five years ago. I really liked them. In 2016 I suffered a pinched nerve in my neck and a torn right rotator cuff. I convinced myself that I needed to switch to "super game improvement" irons to compensate for the injuries and my age. Maybe that helped then, but my health has improved and I've gone back to the Mizunos. My game has almost instantly improved. Like many of you, I'm sold on Mizuno. While I'm happy with the 850 forged, I will take a look at the newer models.
  11. I'm a fan of whatever works best for you. For instance, my 4 iron and my 7 wood go about the same distance, but the 4 iron trajectory is much lower. I used to think I should take one of them out of the bag. I do the sometimes if I walk and carry my bag, but I prefer having both so when I ride they're both in the bag.
  12. Hoganman1

    AVX vs PRO V1

    I haven't tried the 2020 AVX as yet. If it spins more on and around the green better that the 2019 version maybe I should try a sleeve. I think the 2019 version of the AVX is the longest off the tee of the three for me. I just couldn't get used to how "jumpy" it was on chips and some putts.
  13. I used to be an 8802 guy. I putted with an original 8813 for years. Back in the late 70s I won a Ping Anser. I tried it and never switched back to the 8802 style. A Scotty Newport (which actually copied the Anser) followed from the mid 80s until around 2008. I then bought an Odyssey White Hot Tour #1 because it looked like the Scotty/Anser but had an insert. It's still in my bag today. Putting is the strongest part of my game and though I occasionally try other putters they all look like my original Anser.
  14. I do not use social media unless you count golf site forums and TCM's discussion forum. I know; "OK Boomer"! People tell me I'm missing out on staying connected with old friends and family, but I just cannot make myself join. I'm retired and have plenty of time. I would just rather spend my time playing golf, working in my yard, reading or watching TV. All of the people I really care about have my email address and my iphone number. I'm fine with communicating using those two methods. No offence to those who like social media. It just doesn't appeal to me.
  15. Hoganman1

    AVX vs PRO V1

    I tried the AVX when they first were introduced last year. Like many here I think they were longer off the tee, but harder to stop when chipping. I switched to the Pro-V-1X and have been playing it all year. Recently I found a Pro-V-1, played a couple of rounds with it and I think I like it better. It's longer than the "X" off the tee and performs better than the AVX around the green. I have a couple of dozen of the "X" and hope Dick's will let me trade them for Pro-V-1s.
  16. Why are Scotty Cameron putters so much more expensive that other top brands? I actually own an older model, but don't use it anymore. I cannot remember what I paid, but I'm sure I bought it preowned. I know they are good putters, but I don't think they are that much better than Odyssey or Ping. Maybe it's "golf snob" appeal or the fact a lot of tour players use them. I've even noticed that SC grips are around 50 or 60 bucks. The one on my putter was made by Golf Pride. One can buy the same grip for $8.50 without Scotty Cameron's name.
  17. I've made a few changes since I first posted. I now carry a driver, three wood, five wood, 4 through PW irons, sand wedge and a putter. Still just twelve clubs. Our club is allowing carts now, but I still walk unless it's really hot. It looks like summer is here in NC so I'll probably ride more often. However, I'm playing pretty well right now so I doubt if I make any equipment changes any time soon.
  18. I guess I should have checked "other" too. While most of my bag is Taylormade, my driver is a Ping, my putter is a Odyssey and my SW is a Cleveland. I'm not really brand loyal. I've just learned through a lot of trial and error what clubs work best for me. Here's my bag: Driver-Ping G400, Fairways-Taylormade 2017 M2 3HL and 5HL, Irons-Taylormade 2017 M2 4-GW, SW Cleveland CG15 and Putter-Odyssey White Hot Tour. My ball is a Titleist Pro-V-1X.
  19. I guess you're right. This site probably isn't for me. I drive a Toyota Higlander
  20. Yes. I recently went back to a Ping G25 driver I bought used in 2015. I think Ping introduced this model in 2013 or 2014. I've been trying different drivers for the last five years with only moderate success. I've tried the 2015 version of the GBB, the XR16 and the Rogue from Callaway as well as the 2017 M2 and the M6 from Taylormade. They were all just OK. I've also tried different shafts in each of the aforementioned clubs, but really didn't noticed a big difference. I'm a senior and my swing speed is declining. I kept thinking I could buy 20 more yards. I realize now if I make a good swi
  21. I doubt if I'll bite on this. I think my search for more distance through commerce is over. I've had four or five drivers in the last four years and I'm back playing a G25 from 2015. It's as long as any of the newer models I've tried and it finds the fairway 90% of the time.
  22. I had settled in on the Pro-v-1X, but the AVX is longer off the tee for me. I put a lot of spin on the ball due to a descending driver swing. I've tried to fix it but at 70 yrs. old, it keeps coming back. I really like the "X" around the green and off the putter, but I'm going to try the AVX again. Ten more yards off the tee can make a big difference .
  23. Well, I guess I got my answer. Zero responses in three days sends a message . Apparently, no one on the forum has tried this club. I did a little research and it appears it's just a strong three wood that looks similar to the old Orlimar fairways from several years ago. I'm guessing it won't catch fire. Frankly, the bright red clubhead wasn't appealing to me.
  24. Hoganman1

    7 woods

    I too play a 7 wood. It's actually a Taylormade '17 M2 High Launch 5, but it's 21*. I've just always had problems with hybrids. It fits nicely between my 18* 5 wood and my 5 Iron.
  25. Has anyone tried this club? I usually don't pay attention to the commercials on Golf Channel for these types of clubs. The Perfect Club, the Stand Up By Itself Putter and the Square Strike Chipper all seem to come and go. However, I played with a guy at my club recently and he had a Vixa V12. I don't know how far he normally hits a conventional driver, but he was getting it out there pretty well. I'm a senior (70) and I'm always looking for a few more yards off the tee. I think this guy is maybe in his mid 60s and he was the longest in the group off the tee with this club. I see that it has a
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