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HDTVMAN

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  1. Ben / St. Louis I use both a Rangefinder and GPS Watch Nikon Cool Shot 40i w/Slope & Garmin Approach S20 Watch
  2. Ben Missouri 12 Just fitted this week at Bettinardi's Studio B for a Queen B #6. This putting practice system would be perfect timing! I have a putter mirror and a "Train Your Aim", which is a cross that snaps on to the shaft just above the putter head.
  3. HDTVMAN

    Fittings

    I would rank club fitting: Putter-Irons/Wedges-Driver. Putting is half your game, and if you have the wrong putter (length, lie, loft, balance) you'll never improve your game. I like the SAM system, but I believe being fit on "real" grass is a must! Irons and wedges need to have the correct shaft in length and weight, plus the correct lie. Driver's need the right loft and shaft in length and weights. Plus, don't forget the correct grip size and a comfortable grip.
  4. That is such a great question. I'm a fitter, retired, and work for a "big box" golf retailer for fun, but it was important that I knew what I was doing. The store has ZERO training, and I spent my own money traveling to So CA and visiting several club manufacturers, a putting manufacturer, and a shaft manufacturer to learn about fitting and how to do it right! The general manager at my store is only interested in the sale, not the process...he couldn't care less and that is a shame! Believe it or not, our store is on the 100 best fitters list because of the sales volume, not quality of fitting, and McDonald hamburger employees are paid more than us! You need to ask the fitter what his background is and has he been trained directly by manufacturers, not on-line. If not, go to someone else. He may have been hired as a "body" with zero training, which is what so many companies, including mine, actually do! Pretty sad!
  5. I'd go back to Club Champion. There is a big performance difference between the Epic and Epic Flash, with the Flash seeming to have a tighter dispersion. Shafts can drive you crazy and you just have to go to the manufacturers websites for the specs. Titleist, for example, offers the Kuro, Tensi, Smoke, & Even-Flow as standard on the TS models, and I listed these from highest trajectory/spin/weight to lowest/heaviest. You just need to hit the shafts with your driver on the same monitor with the same balls and compare the results.
  6. A friend manages one of the CC's and it is definitely worth it.
  7. As a fitter, I've basically thrown every conceivable training aid and putting system into the dumpster. My suggestion is to try putters either at demo days or a pro shop where they have a REAL GRASS green. Hit everything...mallets, blades, face up, slight arc, heavy arc, different lengths, different grips...until you find a putter you're comfortable holding and swinging. Take an hour or two, not 5 minutes! And a $500 putter is not necessarily better than a $100 or pre-owned model. Years ago I bought an Odyssey #8 White Hot center shaft at a pro shop, made 12 straight putts & it went in my bag. Today, I couldn't make a putt with it if the hole was 12" in diameter. Swings change, bodies change, everything changes and you have to find that perfect putter. Sometimes even a new grip with an older putter changes everything. I currently have an older Odyssey DF Rossie Blade with a new mid-size grip in the bag and the ball seems to be finding the bottom of the cup, at least for now! There is no right or wrong in putting or the equipment, it's just finding your match. Good Luck!
  8. I work for a major golf retailer and we accept trades. What we don't know are the specs. Are they short or long, upright or flat. Forged clubs can always be adjusted up to a certain degree, cast we don't recommend bending unless they are sent to the manufacturer. You can always lengthen or shorten clubs, $12-$15 with new grips/club, and $6 if you change the lie/club. That's an additional $160 for 8 irons! Plus, are the shafts light (95g) or heavy (120g)? If Golf Discount gives you a 30 day money back (cash) guarantee, give them a try. Otherwise, if you can't afford to buy new and be fitted, wait until a set becomes available at your local shop. Remember, new clubs on the rack are usually neutral and standard length. Get fitted! You'll play better and have more fun.
  9. Thanks for the info. We'll be there first week of Sept before seeding. Just a group of 20 friends (mostly seniors) from around the country, handicaps all over the place, just playing for fun.
  10. All I can say is that I enjoy buying new equipment more than playing! I truly believe that the problem is the putter, not the puttee!
  11. Our group is going to Scottsdale early September. We are scheduled to play the following courses: Talking Stick...Rancho Manana...GC of Estrella...Dove Valley Ranch...Point Lookout Mountain We want to drop one and play the TPC Stadium. Any comments on the courses scheduled and which would you drop to play TPC. Thanks!
  12. Sky Mountain (played twice) and Sand Hollow. Sky Mountain has gorgeous scenery, with Sand Hollow's front 9 with light elevations, until you reach #10...just beautiful. Either one highly worth it...and rates very reasonable.
  13. Ben Missouri Odyssey Original Rossie Mallet (36", 2° loft, 72° lie, Super Stroke Pistol GTR 2.0 Grip, Face Balanced) Strength (so far this year!) (I play 3x/week, 12 handicap)
  14. Ben-Missouri 100+ Rounds/yr (3 rounds/week x 9mos) Facebook 12 Handicap - 86 mph swing speed Ping G700 Recoil F3 (5-AW), Callaway PM Grind Recoil F3 54°/58°, Ping G400MAX 10.5°, Ping G410 5-Wood, 4 & 5 Hybrids (All Regular Flex & Midsize Grips) Cobra F9 One-Length Graphite (5-GW), King Black One-Length Wedges 56° & 60°, (ALL IRONS 1° UP), Fastback Driver (HZRDUS Smoke -1"), 5-Wood (-1/2"), 4 & 5 Hybrids (All Regular Flex & Midsize Grips), Cobra Cart Bag.
  15. Get on CallawayGolfPreowned.com and sign up for their emails. They run great sales, sometimes 40% off or BOGO, and their "Like New" column are generally new overstock product. It's definitely best to be fit with new product, but if too expensive, look into last years models and you'll save a lot. Try to buy locally so you can hit the club(s) before making a purchase.
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