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  1. Location and Age - Eau Claire, WI - 49 Current Driver SS - 107 (after a long winter, was 115+ at my last club fitting) Rate your fitness level: above average Affirmation that you will see the entire program through: I will definitely see the entire program through, needing to report back on the results will be added motivation (not that that is needed!). Thanks for the opportunity!
  2. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I ended up ordering the Cobra F9 (for $229, I don't mind using last year's model for $200 less than the current version that may or may not be any better). It's supposed to get here on Friday, and golf courses here are opening the same day. Unfortunately, driving ranges are not allowed to open, so it will be tough to get a feel for it, and league starts on Monday. It looks like I'll be sticking with the RBZ Stage 2 for a little longer, unless the F9 manages to impress me in a very limited sample. Also, it's supposed to be under 50 degrees here Friday and Saturday. I don't think I want to try hitting a new driver when it's that cold. I play softball and most high-tech bats recommend not using them in colder temperatures and will void their warranty if you do. Does anyone have any experience with the "Cobra Connect"/ARCCOS app? Is this a gimmick, or is it worthwhile? Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'll post a followup once I have a chance to play it for a little while. Thanks, Mick
  3. Can I get at Veteran and Broke 70 badge. I also donated, so I need to get the donor badge, I have the PayPal receipt number, but is that what I need to DM a moderator with to get that badge, or is there another form of verification that is needed? Thanks! Mick
  4. First Name: Mick City/State or Country: Eau Claire, Wisconsin Driver Swing Speed: 118 MPH Handicap: 7.8
  5. Any suggestions for wedges to replace my ancient Cleveland 588 RTGs? Probably going from 52/56/60 to 50/54/? Should I get the AP2 gap wedge to go with the rest of the irons, or something else? Thinking maybe Vokeys? Obviously, I haven't been in the wedge market for almost 30 years! I haven't played competetively since the late 90s and the grooves on the old 588 RTGs might not even be legal anymore! Thanks, Mick
  6. I can attest that it's true for the Titleist balls. I think I need to move to a warmer climate!
  7. Here's the scorecard for Ko'olau now. I'm pretty sure it's not the same as it was back in the mid 90s. Back then they advertised that it was built to be the toughest course in the world and that the slope rating on the card was the maximum allowed 155 (at that time, not sure if that's still true), but it was actually higher, but I don't remember the number. I think it's changed owners several times since then and I think they tamed it a little bit, but ti still looks like a beast! Thanks, Mick
  8. Thanks for the input! I'll keep that in mind. Thanks, Mick
  9. I talking about $300 for the driver, don't know if/when I'll replace the fairway/hybrids. I just ended up with 3 of the RBZs because I really liked the driver and found a good deal on the RBZ 3 and 4. Back when I was playing tournaments, I played an old TM Burner Plus (I think it was 7 or 8 degrees), and a TM Tour Spoon (13 deg), then the 2-pw DTRs, and my Cleveland 588 RTGs. That was my most successful setup. As you can tell, it's been hard for me to move too far away from that lineup. I tried a few other iron sets (Tommy Armour 855s - yuck!, Maxfli Revolution - meh, Cleveland CG1 - thought I was better than I really was at that time!, but loved the AP2s), I tried lots of drivers (Callawat Big Bertha War Bird (loved that one!), TM Burner Bubble 2, Great Big Bertha, Cleveland Launcher, and a couple more Clevelands, then back to TM for the RBZ 2 (I bought a Big Bertha at the same time (2014?), but liked the RBZ and sold the BB without ever really playing it). Right now, I'm considering the Ping G400/410?, Cobra F8/9?, and Titleist TS2/3?....I really need to find a place to swing them side by side now. I don't think that will be happening for a while yet, still time to gather more input! Thanks for all the suggestions so far!! Thanks, Mick
  10. If you look closely (but even then you might not be able to tell), I did take the plastic off the pitching wedge and hit it around the yard (the third full shot I hit with it hit the mailbox (my target) on the fly from 125 yards). Haven't been able to get out on the course with them yet. This virus stuff sucks! Can't wait to get out and hit the rest! I was planning to upgrade to the AP2 720 when they came out, but Titleist had other ideas. I decided to go with the last of the AP2s instead of going to the new T-series. Not sure if I would have gone with the T100 (or T100s), or the T200. This way, I didn't have to choose. I also wanted to stick with forged irons, and I wasn't sure if the T200s were forged at the time. I got a decent deal since I was buying the 718s in 2020, so that helped a little. Now I have more in the budget for the rest of the upgrades. I probably should replace the DTR 2-iron, but it has some sentimental value (and I know I can hit it down the middle 240-250 when I need it...confidence is a big factor!). Thanks, Mick
  11. I'm fine playing previous years and used clubs, but I got burned by some fakes from China a while (10 years) back. Any recommendations for spotting/avoiding fakes, or is this not as much of a problem anymore?
  12. I've never played a Ping driver. I've used Taylor Made, Callaway, and Cleveland. I'm thinking I might try a Ping or Titleist this time! Thanks!
  13. I found that my ProV1 and V1x didn't perform as well after being exposed to extreme cold. They just felt "dead" after they sat in -20 garage, and never felt the same again. Lesson learned, don't leave them in the garage all winter. The ones that were in the basement didn't react the same way. Just found it interesting and thought I'd throw it out there.
  14. Looking forward to trying this soon! I've bounced around between V1, V1x, and AVX. I usually get them personalized, so I have to pick one for each season. Last year was AVX, year before was V1x, year before that was V1. This year I probably need to buy a sleeve of each and play them side-by-side to figure it out!
  15. Any recommendations for best value under $300 these days? I've been using my TaylorMade Rocketballs Stage 2 long enough! My swing speed is 118, and I'm trying to keep it on the course! Forgiveness/straightness is more important than length/distance. Thanks, Mick
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