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  1. After winning closest to the pin @ a Member-Guest Tournament (where I was the guest of one of my golf students); I won a gift from their pro shop. The gift turned out to be a new set of Cleveland Halo XL irons. I took them home and wondered what I would ever do with them. I have been teaching golf for over 45 years, and played to a scratch handicap, for a majority of that time. Being older now, I managed to remain in the mid-single digits, as distance waned and other strengths slowly diminished. What the 'heck', I decided to take this weird looking monstrosities out on the golf course. How could I ever play with a club that looked so large and so different? Boy was I ever "shocked", when these hybrid irons almost hit themselves. I was immediately hitting the ball higher, than I had in a decade, and about a club and a half farther. I didn't notice how they looked, but I did notice how they played. The Cleveland Halo XL irons are a legitimate golf club. As a matter of fact, I haven't played my other so called forged 'players' irons since. I have shared this revelation with many of my students, particularly the ones over 50, and they are now also enjoying the ease of these golf clubs. I actually find conventional golf clubs, so much more of an effort to hit, that why bother. I committed 100% to the Cleveland Halo XL irons, and have not ever looked back. This is a testimonial to anyone looking to simply enjoy hitting the ball higher and farther than whatever iron they are currently playing. Ultimately, I believe that clubs like the Halo's are the way of the future. Almost every manufacturer has come out with a more hybrid type set of irons. I have now tried them all, and believe that the Halo's are the best of the lot. Trust me, no one was as surprised as I was to have discovered the Cleveland Halo XL hybrid irons. Who knew that a 158yd 7 iron on a par 3, @ a Member-Guest tournament, hit to 5'8' from the pin, would earn me a brand new set of these irons. Fortunately for me, my swing held up, and I did in fact win 'closest to the pin', with that shot. Only to discover a more fun way to play. My iron play has never been better. I only wish I had irons like this in my bag, so much earlier in my golfing career. Oops, they could've found their way in sooner, since their technology has just arrived in the last few years. I am certain that these Cleveland Halo XL irons, will extend not only my golfing career, but also keep my handicap in the single digit range. Not bad for a senior golfer over 70. Means, that I can still keep 'bragging' about my golf game, probably into my 80's, where I will still be shooting in the 70's ... lol
  2. GolfTec = GolfWreck. Why would anyone take a golf lesson indoors, when ball flight is too artificial to see or learn from. It's like taking a swimming lesson on dry land, and not actually in the water. Hogan said that the "ball" was the teacher. Hit it--watch it--follow it--find it. The do it again. Your instructor is being told by the computer, which by the way, @ most GolfTec's are already obsolete, what you are doing wrong. They simply compare your angles to the averages of the top players. Anyone can do that. The value of the teacher is to fix or correct those issues. There's a re reason that they "Up-sell" you packages of lessons in advance,it's because, a majority of their students would not show up for the next one, except they already paid for it. I guess if you think it was beneficial, then it was. I'd be curious to find out if there will be any real improvement after your 5 sessions are completed; or will 'Joey' try to up-sell you more pre-paid sessions. I talk to guys all the time that do not ever complete all of their sessions. That's why you can't give your lessons to someone else. Like I said: "GolfTec = GolfWreck"....
  3. Club Champion is notorious for "up-selling" clubs and shafts (that's their intention). As a teaching professional, for over 45 years, and having taken many students for club fittings; it all comes down to money. It's yours, but they want it ... lol To be perfectly frank, I have NEVER seen any perceptible, noticeable, or actual significant improvement, after many of my students, opened their wallets and emptied on Club Champion's counter. Hogan, Nicklaus, Player, Watson, etc ... didn't play with exotic equipment, and their accomplishments speak for themselves. If you'll sleep better at night thinking you're going to magically play better with all of this exotic equipment in your bag, then good luck. You'd be better served spending your money on playing more, practicing more, and finding the rtight Coach to guide your golf odyssey. Study the game. LET THE GAME TEACH YOU! There, I spoke my piece. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I'll bet you that Callaway offers some upgraded in stock shaft additions, that are 90% less expensive (and will get the job done for you). I mean, I'm 73, and play with all stock, off the wall equipment, and still manage to be a single digit golfer. Go figure ... lol
  4. I have been teaching golf for almost 50 years, and in the very beginning of this "club fitting" frenzy, I actually brought quite a few of my students, for personalized fittings. What did I see? Actually what I saw was NO SIGNIFICANT improvement in any of their golf swings, or their golf scores. My ultimate conclusion to any 'non-tour' golfer, is DO NOT waste your money on these fittings. All that you'll end up with, is a huge bill. BTW: a Tour golfer would get fitted for free, anyways ... lol Like they say ... "it's the Indian, not the arrow". It couldn't be more clear than that expression. So don't waste your money on these custom fitting, they're a huge waste of resources, and all of the so-called club fitters, are just "up selling you on these exotic shafts and clubs". All you need to know about buying a putter, is what type of stroke do your produce, i.e. full-arc, half-arc, straight, etc. Once you've figured that out, then you'll know what type of putter to purchase. And I promise you, that it won't be a $750 dollar custom made over priced exotic tour type brand. As it is, the cost of so-called brand name putter has crept up to the $200-$300 dollar range. I make plenty of putts with my 20 year old Ping Beryllium Karsten TR B60. (I will say that you have to like the cosmetics of your putter, but that is entirely personal). The putter helps, but your putting stroke is what really matters. Just ask Ben Crenshaw, as he says (in the "Art of Putting"), putting is 90% feel, and the remaining 10%, is 100% feel ... lol. Don't be fooled and charmed into a huge investment of time and resources, for an experience, that most likely with not significantly improve your golf. Now I'm certain all of the golfers that have spent their cash on these custom fitting, will probably 'disagree' with my opinion (but it's an educated opinion), to rationalize and justify the expense of their own custom fitting. Save your money, and just spend more time on the putting green!!! Oz, has spoken ... lol
  5. Best way to putt ever! I used a long putter for over 20 years. It took me from a 14 hcp., to a 2 hcp. I make every short putt (literally, from 8 feet in), and I have learned to control my lag putting distances. I found it so much easier on my back, since I could actually just stand up and putt. Changing the rules about "anchoring" the putter, was an incredible step backwards in the game and rules of golf. A lot more players, especially beginners, would have found the long putter a much more effective way to putt. I don't adhere 100% to the non-anchoring aspect, but I am not on the PGA tour, or playing USGA sanctioned tournaments. I am simply enjoying the game of golf, since I have alleviated the problems normally associated with missing short putts by using the long putter.
  6. I was given a pair of SQAIRZ golf shoes for Xmas, by one of my grateful students. I must admit, from the first round I ever played in them, they have made my closet full of expensive golf shoes, basically obsolete. TO BEGIN WITH, THEY ARE SIMPLY MORE COMFORTABLE, AND I AM LESS FATIGUED AFTER WEARING THEM DURING A ROUND OF GOLF. THEY ARE DEFINITELY MORE STABLE, WHICH I EXPERIENCED IMMEDIATELY. AND ODDLY ENOUGH THEY KEEP ME SUPER QUIET WHILE PUTTING, SO I NOTICED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THAT PART OF MY GAME, ALSO. THE SQUARZ TOE DESIGN HAS ME FINISHING MY TURN SO COMPLETELY, THAT I END UP ON THE SQUARE TOE DESIGN, IN A PERFECTLY BALANCED FINSIH, EVRY SHOT. My only problem with the shoes, is that I have only one pair in black. NOW, I must re-coordinate all of my golf outfits, to accommodate wearing black shoes ... lol Now I am bound to have to get a white pair of SQAIRZ, so I can wear the remainder of golf outfits in my closet ... lol In all of my 60 years of playing and teaching golf, I have never attributed the slightest improvement coming from my golf shoes. Now I can! Try a pair of SQAIRZ, and you will see what I am raving about.
  7. The "long" putter is by far the best way to put. Why do you think they changed the rules about using them, and not being able to 'anchor' them to your upper body. The "long" putter, cultivates the best notion of a pendulum stroke. I should know, I used the "long" putter for 25 years, and it was by far the best way to put. Use the 'claw' type grip in your right hand on the lower grip. It will further stabilize the putter face. Everyone thinks that they are a much better putter, than they actually are. Forget the double anchoring rule, unless you play in sanctioned tournaments, and just putt with it, Bernard Langer style. Personally I would choose a mallet type long putter, as it will help with the longer lag type putts. My final thoughts about the "long" putter, is that it makes the putts magically half their actually length. A 10 footer will feel like a 5 footer. A 20 footer, like a 10 footer, etc, etc. You will definitely enjoy the way a long putter feels and especially how much smoother it rools the ball. And you will especially enjoy draining more putts!
  8. Kirkland gofl balls are pices of #$%$! They\re hard as rocks, and if your swing speed is about 185mph, then you might be able to compress one of them. Ypu should have gotten either a slice of pizze or a hot dog at Costco instead of those Kirkland golf balls.
  9. The Callaway Mac Daddy CB wedges, are by far one of the easiest, if not the easiest, 'cavity back' wedges to hit. If you're playing cavity back irons, then I would continue to play the Mac Daddy CB. I took my own advice and switched to the Mac Daddy CB wedges (50*/56*/60*) and couldn't be happier with their consistency and forgiveness. I'm 73, and still play to an 8 hcp. I play graphite irons, but prefer the feel and resonance of steel shafts in my wedges. Muscle back wedges are definitely more precise, but also require the proficiency in your golf swing to extract that higher performance. Golf is tough enough, so why complicate things more. You should check with Callaway and see if they can refurbish the groves, and make your wedges, as good as new again.
  10. Hybrids were theoretically created because fairway woods were seemingly more difficult to hit. And in most cases this is true. However in my experience the 21*-22* #4 hybrids, were never that beneficial or easier to hit. A 7 wood is a very utilitarian club. Often times on sketchy lies it is easier to hit a solid 7 wood, rather than a 3 or a 5 wood. If you want to take a look at the new Cleveland Halo XL 7 fairway wood. For 30-40% less in price, they make a very easy to launch and solid hitting fairway wood. My vote: #5 hybrid YES #4 hybrid NO. 7 fairway wood, a big YES. Often times just a 3HL (16.5*) 3 wood, and a 21* 7 wood, are all you need.
  11. Name Gary Haykin Location Los Angeles, CA Current Putter Ping B60 Which Impact model you want to test #3
  12. Gary Haykin Los Angeles, CA 8 hcp Size: 9 As a senior golfer, I really enjoy walking with my new push cart while I play 18 holes of golf 2 to 3 times a week. I need a comfortable and supportive golf shoe, that offer stability, with a little style. I would love to test out your golf shoe, and offer some feedback. Thanks fof rthe opportunity.
  13. Gary /Los Angeles Current Wedge: Wilson PMB Appeal of Cleveland Wedge" The shape of Cleveland wedges makes hem easy to play. They are easy to align, and give you a sense that you are going to hi a good shot, before you hit it.
  14. Gary Haykin -- Los Angeles, CA United States Ping B-60 I would like to test the Piper C. I think the Mallet type head, plus the centeer shafted hosel, suit my eye the best. I have always used Ping putters, for their dependability and cosmetics. The Piper C would offer me both. Ping putters are surgically precise, and putting is the strongest suit of my game. I would not entrust that aspect, of my golf game, to any other brand than Ping. They incorporate all of the technology that make a putter great. I could not think of laying golf, without a Ping putter in my bag.
  15. First Name/City State/Country: Gary Haykin -- Los Angeles,CA -United States Current Putter in Use: Ping B-60 Check out all the models (see them here), and tell us which one interests you and why? I would like to try the Ping Center Shafted Putter. I feel that it would provide little or no torgue on the putter face, thus preventing any miss hits. I have always used a Ping putter because of their feel and design. I also prefer a mallet style putter. The combination of the center shaft, and the mallet type head, would provide both the cosmetics and technology, that I would prefer in my putter. would gladly test the new Ping center shafted style putter, and putt it into my bag.
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