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About SoutheastLefty

  • Birthday 11/24/1989

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  1. Hey MGS community, I'm Kevin, started posting here as I began to take my golf game seriously this spring! I've well documented my commitment to improving my golf game this year. Despite living in Arlington, VA, I leaned into range sessions well before true golf weather arrived. Thank god for heated bays at the range! From finally getting fit for clubs (drivers and fairways) to documenting how my new kit in addition to lessons has improved my game off the tee, I've made a lot of progress so far, with my calculated handicap (not USGA official) of 15.5, down from 19 this spring. Wha
  2. No doubt. Especially in my last round, it was clear that my putting was what stopped me from scoring lower. 1 GIR 4 putt and 2 3 putts. Ouch. The greens are starting to speed up here in the D.C area now that the monsoon is over and it's heating up.
  3. Hey all, apologies for the delay in posting on-course thoughts! I've played 2.5 rounds since I got to the range with the club, and results are overall very positive. Typical disclaimer applies: I've continued to take lessons since getting the club. As a result, these improvements are not only driven by the fitted driver, but also continuing to invest lessons and practice time into my game. First, some quick aggregate stats: Round Scores: 41 (9 Hole twilight), 87, 87 Driving Stats (31 tee shots with the Rogue Driver): Left: 5 (16%, -17 percentage points from previous 33% average)
  4. Great feedback. I think my approach here will be to play the 5W a bit and see where I get with that club before getting fit for the 3W. Currently, my old 5W is a club I'm very comfortable with, so I'm not worried about not hitting that club well. But I hear you on the 3W. TXG also just did a video on this, where they speak to a similar line of thought. Based on this timely video and your advice, I'm going to get comfortable with my 5W and Driver and see if there's really a gap there. As you suspect, I think I may get more value by eliminating a longer iron with a hybrid on the lower
  5. I appreciate your insights, no need for the attitude. I'm new to golf, 3 or 4 years into this, and my first time going through a fitting (that was painful to begin with), so no need to be belittling. You're telling me a fitter doesn't have a 45.5, 45, 44.5, 44 set of demo driver shafts? Obviously not for building, but don't they all have different lengths to actually properly "fit" you into them? The one I went to had the universal adapter to plug any shaft onto any head to demo and test. Not sure what it's called (I'm new to this), but how would you otherwise get fit for length? Guessing
  6. Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure why you think butt trimming after the fact is such an awful thing? When you cut down that's irreversible. Hitting 60+ shots in a driver fitting indoors only is a much smaller sample size than me playing standard length at my range and on the course for a few weeks. Easy enough to simulate a shorter shaft by marking the 1/2 inch increments on the driver, not perfect, but certainly doable. Taking that feedback from real-world outdoor play will allow the fitter and I to make a better informed decision. Frankly the fact that he was willing to off
  7. All, My first impressions of my new driver are now posted over in the member review section! Not shockingly, I'm really impressed. Another update on the fitting experience. When I picked up my driver I also took the time to continue my fit for fairway woods. My current Fairway Clubs: Taylormade R11S 3W- Stock Shaft Regular Stiffness Taylormade R11S 5W- Stock Shaft Regular Stiffness We stuck with the Rogue lineup and tested the standard as well as Sub Zero heads. Unfortunately, since these are not adjustable clubs, it was harder to really test the full shaft
  8. Great question and something we chatted a lot about in my fitting. I haven't measured, but that's the "stock" length from Callaway, so since we didn't order it cut down from stock I assume that's what it's playing. We talked a little about cutting down to 45, but our thought was that it's easier to properly trim down if needed versus putting it back, so I'm going to play it for a bit and if needed, take it back to have it butt trimmed down.
  9. After three different fitting sessions and waiting 2 weeks for delivery, I finally got my hands on my new driver! The specs: Left Handed Callaway Rogue Draw, 10.5* Project X Hzrdus Yellow 76G, 6.0 Stock Shaft Length (45.5 inches) Stock Grip (GolfPride NewDec Platinum) For a recap of how I ended up with this club, read my full fitting experience here. First Impressions: I was only able to hit the driving range this weekend (thanks so much, rainy DC weather), but my first session with this club was truly impressive. With the heavier shaft and much stiffer profile than my
  10. Yes! I actually found that out from my first fitting attempt. So this is definitely exasperating the issue. The challenge with adding the loft is that my launch angle gets a bit out of control. So while it'd help keep it in play, I'd lose additional distance. Also worth noting that the slice is my miss, not my typical ballfight, and only liable for 2-3 of them a round. Thanks Topline. And definitely agree, as I mentioned in the OP, that this is not the "solution" to the swing. Rather, I am simply not comfortable with the club. Too light, using the adjustments to try and m
  11. Thanks all! Got the call that the club is in. Can't wait to pick it up. Expect a first impressions review by the end of the weekend!
  12. Thanks! I'm from Virginia but spent 8 years in Columbia, SC and Charlotte.
  13. I hear you. Maybe I'm not quite explaining this right. If the 12* was the right fit for me, I absolutely would play it! It got laughs after looking at the data and result of the shots. Towering, over spinny drives that lost more distance that just didn't fit my swing. The laugh was much more a "well no wonder why that's your miss" and "why would you ever play a 12* cranked down to 10.5 to manage ball flight, only to open the club face and thus exasperate the left miss?". It was not "12* is for seniors, HA!". TLDR; I played it because it was on 2ndswing as the cheapest R15 available.
  14. Thanks Golfspy Rob! Definitely a bummer about Club Champion and agreed. Fitting should be about your swing today. Unfortunately CC's experience turned into "here's why we can't optimally fit you". Golfdom definitely doesn't fit in the typical "retailer" category. Super informative, no pressure of putting me in a particular brand, and took the time to find what worked AND offered for me to come back another time to complete the rest of my fitting I paid for. Thanks for the encouraging words jaskanski! Lots of lessons learned through this process. I'm excited to continue working to a
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