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  1. I find it both interesting and sad that this golf resort has fallen on hard times. It once hosted a premier PGA Tour event and a WGC event. Now it is (or was ) hosting a drunken golf "dogfight" organized by a topless bar. 

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  2. Thanks for the input and my apologies to Shank Dawg for hijacking his thread. To answer his original question; I agree that online fittings do provide a starting point. Having a certified fitter is the best way to go. Also, an online fitting can confirm what the fitter recommends as happened with me.

  3. I had a driver shaft fitting two years ago by a certified club fitter. It was one of the best things I've ever done. Recently, I tried an online fitting tool just for fun and low and behold the exact same shaft was recommended. However, they also gave several more expensive options as well. My question is: could a 70 year old 10.5 handicapper that swings in the low 80s really benefit from a $200 shaft versus the $100 shaft I'm playing now? Like a lot of seniors I would gladly pay $100 to even $200 more for ten more yards on my tee shot. 

  4. My index is 10.6. I usually play twice a week and I've just started practicing twice a week. My sessions last an hour and a half. I start on the range and work with odd numbered clubs one day and even numbered the second day for thirty minutes. I then go to our short game area to chip and pitch for thirty minutes. I finish on the putting green with thirty minutes of putts from various distances. Since starting this practice regime three weeks ago, I've noticed an immediate improvement in my scores. My golf hero was right "the answer is in the dirt".

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  5. Has anyone tried this new ball? I saw an ad for a free sleeve. I started the process, but pulled up when they asked for my credit card to pay for shipping. Although it was only $1.00, I'm skeptical of "free offers" that require one to pay for shipping. There are so many scams out there now. I never volunteer my credit card info unless I know the seller.

    Anyway the ad has all the usual claims that the Calcutta is the longest, greatest ball ever. While I doubt these claims I am curious. I tried the Snell ball and it was pretty good. Also, I've read great reviews of the Kirkland ball from Costco and the Vice ball. I've been a Pro-V-1 player for years, but I'm always open to change.

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  6. I think one issue is that if one wants to get fitted for clubs, they usually have to go with the current models. Maybe some independent club fitters do offer older models, but I haven't met one as yet. Our club has fitting sessions all season long with the popular OEMs. I've attended a Taylormade driver fitting and the only options were the M-5 and M-6. I've never had a fitting at Dick's but since they usually have some of last year's models in stock, they might do fittings for those clubs as well as the "latest and greatest". 

    I do think it's important to have clubs that are properly fit. One less expensive way to do it is to pay for a fitting session and then buy the club (or clubs) from one of the many pre-owned sites online. I usually do this with drivers. Sometimes it takes awhile to find what you want, but it will save some bucks.

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  7. My favorite putter grip is the Lamkin Deep Etch. I have been playing it for several years. However, many people like the SuperSoft grips. I tried one and it just didn't feel right to me. If you liked your old grip, I would replace it with the same style. It never hurts to experiment, but "if it ain't broke; don't fix it".

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  8. I'm like most of the other posters. Most of my bag is used clubs bought online. My fairways and my sand wedge were new, but a previous year's model from Dick's. All of the sites mentioned previously are reliable. Global Golf, 3Balls and Taylormade Pre-Owned are all owned by Global Value Commerce. I think they're based in Raleigh NC. 

  9. Have any of you on this site had a chance to compare these two balls? Their ads say "more speed". Does that translate into longer with the driver? I'm a senior with a slower swing speed, but I've found the '17 version works best for me in total performance. I've played several balls that are longer off the tee. However, they don't perform as well on and around the greens. I plan to give the '19 version a try when I run out of '17 balls.  It's always nice to be able to gain a few more yards for us older players. What are your thoughts?

  10. I've been a Titliest Pro-V-1 player for years, but I decided to try some different balls this summer. I'm 67 and my swing speed has diminished due to age and arthritis. I was looking for a few more yards off the tee without giving up too much short game control.I tried the Snell MTB, the Callaway Chrome Soft, and the Taylormade TP5X. I was really surprised what I found. The TP5X was much longer even with my 80-85 mph swing speed. It also performed really well on and around the greens. I'm tempted to try the Chrome Soft X, but I'm going to stick with the TP5X for the foreseeable future. If you're not married to a ball right now I suggest you give it a try.



  11. I'm trying to get more height from my three wood. It's a Callaway GBB. I kicked up the loft, but I think the 65 gram shaft may be a little heavy for me. I'm 67 and I have some neck issues that have slowed my swing speed to about 85mph. I have a GBB Heavenwood with the 65R ProLaunch set a 20* and it launches OK, but the three wood flight is pretty low. 

  12. I have a 60 gram Fujikura Vista Pro shaft in regular flex from an old driver.It's 45" in length. My first question is can I cut it down to 42" to fit my three wood without adding weight? My second question is: I now have a 65R Graffaloy ProLaunch Blue shaft in my three wood. Will the cut down Vistra Pro be light enough to make a difference?

  13. I've been a Pro-V-1 or Pro-V-1X player for years, but I've been trying some new balls this summer. I played the Snell MTB for a couple of months and found it very similar to the Pro-V-1X. Currently, I'm trying the TM TP5X. It seems to be a little longer off the tee and performs pretty well around the greens. My next test will be the TP5. I also plan to try the Callaway Chrome Soft. I'll post again once my "test" is finished.

  14. I played at 6100 yards and I shot 87. I actually scored better on the back nine. My front was 45 and 42 on the back.

    I doubled 18. My drive was so close to the creek i had to backhand it back into the fairway and then I three putted.

    The beer wasn't quite as good after that finish.

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  15. My buddies and I always pick three players: who we think will win; our sentimental favorite; and our "dark horse".

    I'm picking Rory to win, Kuch is my sentimental favorite, and John Rahm is my "dark horse". I played Quail about six weeks ago and hitting fairways is a must plus the new greens are treacherous. Having said that someone will probably shoot 61.

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  16. Who knows what is going on here. I'm sure there's a good reason (at least in Rory's mind). I am a little surprised at the timing. Rory has two wins at Quail Hollow and the course record. That tells me that JP must have done a good job back then. One would think Rory has a slight advantage going into next week. It just seems like the wrong time to be "breaking in" a new caddie.

  17. Thanks for the welcome posts. I love the fact that we're from all over the map. Getting perspectives from the Midwest and the Pacific Coast is really nice. I hope you all will tune in next week and post your impressions of how we do hosting our first major in Charlotte. I was fortunate enough to play Quail Hollow about six weeks ago and it kicked my butt. That being said someone will probably shoot 61. Like the ad says "These Guys are Good!"

  18. Hello everyone; I'm Hoganman. I just joined a couple of days ago. I'm 67 and have been playing this great game for 50+ years. I live in Charlotte and until our course closed to redo the greens I played at least three times a week. This summer has been kind of a bummer, but I've been able to play at some other clubs off and on. 

    I found this forum while on another golf forum (GEA). I look forward to reading and responding to all the different posts that are here. 

    Until a recent injury I was a single digit player. That coupled with the effects of father time has somewhat diminished my game, but I still love the game and I'm always looking to improve. Here's hoping the "magic" tip will appear on one of these posts.

    Regards to all,


    Driver - 10.5* Callaway XR 16

    Fairways - 16* and 20* Callaway Great Big Berthas

    Irons - 4 - GW Mizuno JPX 850 Forged

    Wedge - 56* Cleveland GC 15

    Putter - Odyssey White Hot Tour


    Ball - Taylormade TP5X or Snell MTB 

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  19. I've been a Titleist Pro-V1  guy ever since they were introduced, but I've been experimenting of late. I've played the Snell MTB and the Taylormade TP5X so far. I like them both around the greens.  Interestingly, even though I'm a senior with a slower swing speed (85+ mph) I've been getting more distance off the tee with the TP5X. I've bought a dozen of the TM TP5s to try next. I also plan on trying the Callaway Chrome Soft and CSX too. Chipping and putting are my strengths so I like a urethane tour type ball. However,  as I get older more distance from the tee will help too. My plan is to settle on one ball in the next month or so.

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