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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

  8. 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 swing and get solid contact with the old Ping I can get it out there between 190 and 210 and in the fairway. Clearly that's not long enough to play a 6800 to 7000 yard course, but I can still be competitive from 6000 to 6250 if I chip and putt well.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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 .

  11. 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.

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  12. 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 very small shallow head and 14.5 degrees of loft. He offered to let me try it, but I declined due to social distancing. I'm just curious as to who has tried it and what they think.

  13. 14 hours ago, GB13 said:

    As someone who plays as a single quite frequently, I feel my answer varies widely based on who I’m paired with. By nature, I’m a fairly quiet person and if I’m paired up with someone else who is quiet, it’s mainly just pleasantries and not much else. And I’m happy with that. 

    As for the social people? I usually find one of two types. (Painting with a broad brush here.) People who chatter incessantly and boast about themselves, and people who want to have a good time with good conversations. With the first type, I’m not very chatty, just the occasional, polite, “Very interesting.” With the second type, I’ll be much more friendly and chat back and forth, inject some good natured trash talk etc... 

    So for me, it depends. I’ll gladly be quiet, and I’ll gladly have a good time with it, I just kinda go with what everyone else wants. 

    I think you're absolutely right. I've encountered both types and much prefer the second type too. 

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  14. Seems like a pretty good cross section of answers. Some people don't mind a lot of chatter during a round and others, like me, prefer less talk..I think this is why I enjoy sometimes playing alone. It's hard to do at my club because we have a lot of members for a club with only one eighteen hole course.  I guess I'll just have to learn to tune out the talkers when I play. Here's hoping "good shot" or "great birdie" is what they're saying most of the time.

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  15. Over the last few weeks our club has gone to the "walk and carry only" rule. During this time I've been playing with some new people. I've found most of them to be very nice, but some are extremely chatty during the round. I'm starting to find it very distracting. I try to be friendly when meeting new people, but sometimes I feel like I'm being interviewed while playing.I used to be a pretty good player and had a single digit handicap for two decades. Now I have to work hard to concentrate on every shot to shoot in the low 80s. Age and injury has taken it's toll, but I still love to play. Maybe I'm just becoming a grumpy old man. It's  just I don't like to talk much during a round of golf. I get that some people are more social than me. They're just being nice by showing interest in my family, my previous career and my history. However, I wish they would save all that for after the round. Maybe the fact that we cannot congregate for a beer or drink after the round is causing this to occur. Anyway, this isn't that big of a deal. I just wondered if anyone else feels this way. Maybe I've been a jerk all along and am just now noticing.

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  16. After several rounds I've found my drives tend to go left with the heavier head weight. I'm going back to the 3.5g weight that came in the club. My guess is dropping the head weight by 4.5g will make the swing weight around D1.  

    Now, I promise to stop boring you guys with this because I know you're sick of hearing about it.

  17. I'm still playing golf as our club is open for play if you walk and carry your bag. Our city just went on lock down, but golf is still OK. They are going to close the range and putting green which I don't really understand but that starts tomorrow. I'm kind of a loner so I really don't miss a lot of social contact. I do however, miss seeing my kids and grandkids. I've  been watching a lot of TV. Netflix, Prime and the premium channels have been great. I've also enjoyed reading books, magazines and stories of interest on the Internet. I really hate that all sports have been canceled. Spring is my favorite time of year and unfortunately we've lost this one. Here's hoping things improve soon, but I'm afraid this will continue for months. I hope you all stay safe and healthy. This too will pass.

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  18. 2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

    So it’s actually 2017 vs 2019. Titleist releases balls on the odd years. The difference you will probably see is that 2019 will spin less than 2017. Also may see some improved speed

    Got it.


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  19. I think I finally settled on a ball to play year round. My "on course" tests show the Titleist Pro-V1X is best all round ball for my game even though I'm a senior player. My question is how different is the newest version (2020) of the "X" from the 2018 version?

  20. Well I finally was able to get my driver weighed. I bought an 8 gram weight from GolfWorks and replaced the stock weight in my M6. The swing weight is D3.8 with the 45" NVS shaft. I've only been able to play twice since I made the change, but I think it's going to work just fine. Once the weather gets warmer and drier, I fully expect to gain maybe ten yards off the tee.

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  21. 49 minutes ago, chisag said:

    ... I don't think anyone should ever carry a golf bag unless they are getting paid as a caddie. Just my opinion of course but I would never join a club that would not let me use an electric push cart as that is the way I play golf 95% of the time considering it the best of all worlds. Resort or mountain courses are the exception. 

    This rule is in affect due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, I used to walk and carry all the time. There were many years where I only had maybe ten rounds out of 100 where i took a cart. Now I usually walk nine and ride nine if it's really hot. Once we get through this pandemic I'll probably continue to walk and carry whenever my body let's me.

  22. Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to continue to play golf during this virus outbreak. Our club currently allows rounds as long as you walk and carry your bag. As a 70 year old senior with arthritis, walking and carrying isn't as easy as it once was. Therefore I have temporarily removed several clubs from my bag to make it lighter. I now carry a driver, a four wood and  a seven wood. My irons are a five iron to pitching wedge, a sand wedge and a putter. Also, I have only six balls and a few tees in the pockets. I've found basically removing three clubs helps a lot with the weight so I can go 18 holes.   Are you making changes to your bag?

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