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  1. A lot of interesting comments on this subject! Thanks for all the feedback. I see I’m not the only one. Problem is, I’m just not ready mentally to give up the driver (even though I have lately!) I think I’m going to take Bear1’s advice and try to fix my driver issues with a lesson or two.
  2. Very interesting putters! However, with the Swiss franc almost on an equal par with the US dollar (at least for now) they are right up there in price with the elite US putters. It would be difficult to commit to buying one without a 30-day guarantee with free return shipping. That said, I love the idea that disabled people are employed. Regarding "other" golf product companies, I just today added a Founders Club 21-degree 7-wood to my bag replacing my 4-iron. It's brand new, directly from Founders. I'll put it in play tomorrow for the first time. Many folks are not familiar with Founders Clubs but they had a good following and reputation 20-30 years ago. In fact, my brother played Founders woods for years and loved them. You can buy individual woods, sets of woods, sets of irons, and complete sets all for short money. They also have golf bags and other accessories. (foundersclub.com)
  3. Also you didn't mention how you arrived at the driver head and shaft combo you currently have. I forgot to mention, my brother-in-law works for Titleist so I got my driver new from the factory with their “regular” shaft for half price. 🫢 Never tried getting fitted or experimenting with different shafts. Something to look into! Thanks!
  4. Tony, the operative phrase is.. “when I catch it just right.” AND I need the roll! Great point about working out. I’ve slacked off a lot these day. Need to get back on schedule. Nice choice on your new driver!
  5. Bobbers, I had the same issue. So I just drop the ball behind the tee markers and hit off the deck. That’s why they call it golf — all the other 4-letter were taken!
  6. Bobbers, I had the same issue. So I just drop the ball behind the tee markers and hit off the deck. That’s why they call it golf — all the other 4-letter were taken!
  7. Like many, I struggle with consistency hitting my driver (Titleist TSi2 (2019??)). At 76, I hit it around 200-230 when I catch it just right. I play at least twice a week; problem is, I never know who’s going to show up each round - the ball striker or the slicer! So this week I retired my driver and used only my Cleveland Launcher 5-wood off the tee. I’ll admit, I hit it only around 180-200 yards, BUT, it was on a rope right down the middle! Every time! On many holes I had to use it again for my 2nd shot but I was either on the green or very close. It was one of my best rounds ever! Now I’m wondering if I’ll ever go back to a driver. I’ve been very pig-headed about this for decades so it was a big deal for me! It was an eye-opening experience. Of the courses I play, I might consider the big D occasionally for the carry, but it could be a 3-wood instead! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks - if you kick him hard enough!
  8. PRODUCT CONFIGURATION Forged Tec X Stock Set Forged Right Hand steel regular I chose these irons because I still need a little more forgiveness and at my age need a little more distance. Tom / Quincy, MA Currently playing Cleveland Tour Launchers Hdcp: 15 I agree to participate in discussions on the forum.
  9. I always my Tilly or my wide brim Panama hat on the course during the summer. I can drench the Tilly in cold water and then wear it, whereas the Panama couldn't handle all the water. But it does have a really nice brim that keeps the sun off and is great when there's a nice sea breeze.
  10. burnsie

    Maxfli Tour

    Not sure what's happening with Maxfli Tours and Tour Xs, but the prices have jumped considerably. I just went to Amazon and searched for Maxfli golf balls. They seem to be pushing SoftFli, and StraightFli, and U Fli, but Tour had only one hit and it was for $45/dz. I could eventually find Tour X but also for $45/dz. Out of curiosity I checked with PGA Superstores and Golfers Warehouse in the Boston area and they don't even carry Maxfli! I did find a local Dick's Sporting Goods that purportedly has them in stock now and on sale for 2 boxes at $60. From what I can see, that's a great deal and the only game in town!
  11. Well, we're gonna find out! I just bought a 46" GP Face-on putter from Patrice Dionne because my back just can't take bending over to putt. It took a long time to make such a radical decision, but I'm committed to putting this way for the upcoming season. Living in the Boston area, I hope to get on a real putting green within the next few weeks; but if putting on my bedroom carpet is any indication, I think I'm going to like it. It does take a little getting used to because it different than anything else I've done in golf. I get my line from directly behind the ball, then move to the left one step and facing the hole. (It's not legal to putt by straddling the ball, but putting from the side and facing the hole is totally legal.) Then it's just a simple pendulum swing along my line. I'm sure it'll take practice to get my distances down but it's very comfortable on my back. Let's see what the year brings!
  12. Tom Quincy, MA Hdcp: 16 SS: 83 No hybrid in my bag right now Looking to add an 19* to fill in between my 5-wood and my 4-iron , would love to try the Tour Edge Hit a used one at a golf store and loved it! And, I’m a big Scott McCarron fan!
  13. Tom Burns. Massachusetts Playing a Titleist 915 D2 10.5* loft stock shaft with regular flex Handicap is 16-18. Season just getting underway. Swing speed is 87. I have not played a Tour Edge driver but I recently hit a Tour Edge 3-hybrid and was very impressed. I do not use a LM but did just buy a Shot Scope V2 and will be using it for the first time this Sunday
  14. Tom Burns Massachusetts HDCP 18 Titleist D2 915 Swing speed 87 Epic Flash Sub Zero
  15. Tom Burns Massachusetts HDCP 18 Swing speed 91 Titleist D2 915 Ping G410 SFT
  16. So now that we know the first three, who will be the final pick?? I'm hearing a lot of chatter that Tony Finau is a shoe-in, however, Kinsner and his incredible putting gets my vote. I'm a big Kuch fan but the reality is, he just hasn't earned it this time around.
  17. Has anyone taken advantage of the new PXG Gen1 offer? You can "get fitted" online and they will build you a custom set for $175 per club. A 4-W set would cost $1225. This is a pretty attractive price when you compare to the latest offerings from other club companies. The question is, is it worth the gamble? I went through their online fitting process several times changing the variables each time. Their algorithm consistently recommended their PXG-0311XF clubs. They also consistently recommended a shorter shaft (-1/2 inch) and a -1 degree lie. This all seems to make a lot of sense to me. The problem is, custom clubs are not returnable! You buy 'em, you own 'em. I'm looking at new Ping i700s and I'm being lured by this PXG deal. Anyone else looking into this offer? Burnsie
  18. I tried TGF, but I'm not confident in its results. Maybe because I'm not confident in the answers to the ambiguous questions that are used to spit out a result. Then I discovered the videos that help you answer the questions. So first attempt, I put in data I thought was "about right." I used a 15 handicap, medium swing speed, level AoA, and medium tempo. It then goes through its "big data" analysis and pops out a TM M3 or M4. So I mull this over for awhile. I got rid of my TM Superfast in 2017 because the shaft was too long and I couldn't control it. I replaced it with a Titleist D2 917 and have been enjoying it a lot. Now I look at this result (and the videos) a little more realistically and figure out, my bi-weekly golf scores come in around 86-92, so my wishful thinking handicap is probably 18ish (because I don't maintain an official one). My average drive flys straight about 200+/- yards, so my swing speed is probably slow rather than medium (I discount the occasional 230-250 as outliers). I have no idea what my Angle of Attack is, but I assume level because my drives climb at a slight angle. However, if I put the ball a little further forward I can get better elevation but have to adjust my aim more to the right to compensate. Although it looks prettier, I'm not so sure it gives me much better distance. Finally, I have to guess at tempo. It's definitely not slow, I'd like to think it's medium, but I can't rule out quick. So for now, I'll have to assume medium. It's time to update my answers to take into account reality. I decide to re-enter my stats, and at the cost of another $7, (this is starting to get expensive! ), and NOW my perfect driver is a Ping G400 with 14+ yards and miniscule accuray improvement, OR, a Cobra FMAX with only 3+ yards and 14+% improvement in accuracy! Ohhh, what to do??? Maybe I should pay the $100 for a professional fitter to figure out the right answers to these ambiguous questions so I can spend yet another $7 to find out my perfect driver! I wonder if this "big data" approach will work for irons some day.
  19. Tom Massachusetts Handicap 15 Currently playing TaylorMade 2009 Burners with standard shaft Regular flex i500
  20. Haha! LOL! I actually have an original Alien wedge in my bag right now. In one of the forums someone was talking about the latest “sure shot” sand wedges being hyped today on TGC. Somehow, the old Alien became part of the thread. It reminded me that I still had mine in the old club mausoleum in my basement. So I went down and pulled it out, put a new grip on it, and brought it to the practice area of the local golf course along with a shag bag of balls. Holy cow! Turns out I could hit it pretty well! Out of the short rough I could drop it consistently near a target 60 yards away. Then I tried a few swings in the sand and all of a sudden my 60-degree Callaway was on the bench. Can't guarantee it will stay in my bag all season, but it's earning its keep right now! 😂
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