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Hoyoymac

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  1. When I play with someone I don’t know I look carefully at their bag, their clubs, their clothes, shoes, everything. Especially if they want to have a bet! I’m an equipment nerd and like working on and building clubs. If I see lead tape or BB&F ferrules I know the guy is either a great player or a tinkerer like me. My clubs frequently bring questions since they have no markings on them.
  2. Next time you are in the area let me know. I’m a member at Sapelo Hammock Golf Club and would be happy to play with you as my guest when you are here.
  3. I’ve tried it and found it to be a good tool to identify some balls that I wouldn’t have maybe considered otherwise. Swing speed with Driver is 103 MPH and my attack angle with driver is slightly negative so I tend to fight spin. I have found that the Bridgestone Tour BRX works pretty well for me, like it’s feel and how it checks up around the green. It has been my gamer for several generations now. The MaxFli Tour came up as a top match and I have been using that ball along with my previous gamer now. The Maxfli is about 1/3rd less expensive, gives me a little more carry distance and is slightly firmer than the Bridgestone Tour BRX. I tend to use the MaxFli Tour more in the summer when temperatures are warmer and the course conditions are softer and the BridgestoneTour BRX when temperatures get cooler. I don’t like a large difference in firmness because it changes the sound and feel off of my putter. I really don’t like a hard ball that produces a loud click.
  4. Over the last ten years as my skill improved and my golf game got better my specifications changed as a result of my club delivery changing and I went from game improvement irons to players distance irons to forged cavity backs and now playing Japanese forged muscle backs. I went from a super game improvement cast iron design with 90 gram Regular shafts all the way to a Forged Muscle back with 120 gram Stiff shaft. So what did I observe along the way? There were obvious changes in offset, blade length, top line thickness, sole width and turf interaction based on the club design and the needs of those who they are designed for. Here are the three main differences to me between cast and forged clubs. The first is the ease of bending forged clubs for loft and lie changes. The true forged clubs are softer and easier to bend than the cast clubs. This also means that I have to check the lofts and lies more often with my forged irons to make sure they haven’t changed. The second is the reduction in front to back dispersion and consistency of spin that I get from the forged irons. The cast clubs, whether it was their design or materials, give me the odd flier that would go 10-15 yards longer than expected about 1 out every 8 shots. The third is the sound and feel. With the same shafts, I find that the cast clubs produce a louder and clickier sound at impact to my ears. I also find that the forged clubs produce a softer feel on well struck shots and I’m more able to tell where I hit the ball on the face by feel. I love my forged blades and wedges and have played the best golf of my life while using them. But, I could get used to playing with any club if they performed better!
  5. Put the new BGT ZNE shaft into play yesterday and was very pleased with the results. Got up and down 80% of the time. Shot 75, good for low gross. Won two skins and tied for second in the points game. Chipping and pitching with it was outstanding, but I did not have any chances to use a full swing with it as I kept being either a little too close or a little too far for that yardage. My feeling after using the shaft during a full round is how precise it is. Will play another round with it today.
  6. Swing weight with the BGT ZNE shaft was good. No adjustments were needed when used with the SuperStroke Traxion Wrap Midsize grip which is light for its size. The overall balance of the club was excellent as well. Will be putting it into play today for 18 holes of golf with our Men’s Golf Association points game.
  7. The Corey Paul wedge heads are very nice. Great shaping. Traditional blade style. Soft forgings. Raw steel. Very versatile sole grind. Easy to bend. Great feel. I highly recommend them!
  8. Built up a lob wedge this week with a BGT ZNE 130g shaft and a Corey Paul wedge head. Took it to the practice chipping area and went through my shag bag filled with 50 Bridgestone Tour BRX balls three times. Put it up against another Corey Paul lob wedge built up with a KBS Tour V 125g stiff wedge shaft that also has a ProSoft vibration dampener installed. Grips were the same SuperStroke Traxion wrap black midsize. Also compared it to a cobra King Snakebite 58 with a stock KBS Hi Rev 2.0 Stiff shaft. All three wedges have similar lofts, bounce, length, lie angle and sole grinds. On the Chipping green the performance was good for all three. Not a lot of difference except for the contact spot on the face of the wedge with the BGT ZNE shaft was noticeably smaller and more consistent. The feel of the BGT ZNE shafted wedge was very stable, balanced and contact felt crisp while also being very smooth and was my first choice based on feel. The KBS Tour V shafted wedge with the Pro Soft insert was a close second. The Cobra wedge had a bit firmer feel overall compared to the other two but performed very well. Next I went to the adjacent range and started to hit partial swing pitch shots. This is where the BGT ZNE shaft started to show itself. Consistency of start line, front to back and side to side dispersion was better. Full swing shots were even better. I definitely felt like my start lines were better and I was just knocking down the pins with the BGT ZNE shafted wedge. Overall I was encouraged. I will take it out to the course again next week for another practice round and then give it a trial by fire on the course.
  9. The KBS Tour Lite shafts are the replacement of the previously available Tour 90 shafts. The new KBS Tour Lite 95 is essentially the same as the older Tour 90 Regular, the Tour Lite 100 is analogous to the Tour 90 Stiff and the new Tour LIte 105 is more like an X-Stiff Tour 90 if that stiffness had been available. They all have the same bend profile and very smooth feel that KBS is known for. As the weight goes up the stiffness goes up.
  10. Wedge shafts are an underrated aspect of fitting and golfer performance. Getting fit for your wedges and having the clubs built to your preferences and specifications will make a difference in your short game performance. Why? Some people like and perform better with the same shafts as in their irons which is not always an option. Some prefer and perform better with less stiff shafts in their wedges. Some prefer and perform better with heavier and or stiffer shafts in their wedges. It depends a lot on how you use your wedges. The design and construction of the wedge head, as well as the weight and weight placement of the wedge heads can also make a big difference. What your swing tendencies are and how you deliver the club to the ball at impact is crucial to factor in too. Some golfers are trying to get a higher ball flight or more spin with their wedges, others might want a lower trajectory or less spin. The courses and area you play in might have a bearing in what wedge head and wedge shaft performs best for you too. You might need different wedges for different types of course or time of the year. Regardless of what you think or what a manufacturer might suggest, the only way to find out what works best for you is to get something built up and then try it on the course. Whenever testing wedges it is always preferable to use your gamer ball to do so. Once you find out what works best for you making the investment in the correct shafts is a good deal as you can always pull off a worn wedge head and install your preferred shafts into their replacements. Best wishes to you as you dial in your wedges to give you your best performance.
  11. I agree with Ricky Bobby. Here are some additional thoughts: The entire build of the driver can influence how a golfer swings the club and delivers the head to the ball at impact. The overall weight of the club and its swing weight, the grip size and weight, addition of a counterweight, the shaft weight, flex, bend profile, resistance to twisting and length combined with the head and its weight, weight distribution, MOI, center of gravity, loft and lie all create a system that elicits a response from the golfer. Can you tell where the head is as you swing the club? Does the club allow you to hit the ball in the center of the club face repeatably? The shaft is an integral part of the equation and can certainly make a difference. Some fitting companies believe that a fitting should start with the shaft. Some fitters believe that the head is most important. The grip is often an afterthought which in my opinion is a mistake. If you demo a club with a standard grip and then order it with a midsize or jumbo grip the overall weight will change and the swing weight will also likely change. The ball flight might change as well. Will the club you are fit to match the club that is delivered? Variations in manufacturing and build tolerances can sometimes make a noticeable difference. Ideally you would be fit to a club and then leave with that club that day. Even when fit for a club the best thing a golfer can do is take a club out for a few rounds of golf and then decide if the club performs well enough to inspire the confidence you need to keep it in the bag. The 30 day & 90 day playability guarantees that some companies offer is a real benefit in this regard. While we are talking about fitting, buying a set of irons based on demoing one golf club, usually a 6 or 7 iron from the set, is another bad practice in the golf industry. There is nothing wrong with trying different shafts and clubs. If you don’t have confidence in a club try something else. Maybe you’ll find something that gives you better results. Once you find a club that works reliably and inspires confidence don’t get rid of it.
  12. Just put my 4th BGT Stability Tour shaft into a putter last week. All DIY installs. Easy to do. The wedge shafts are very interesting to me. I would put it in to the one or two wedges that you use most around the green. For me that would be my 58, followed by my 54. Both are full swing clubs too.
  13. Still here. Sorry to have missed this. Just got back from a golf trip. If you’re still around, would be happy to have you be my guest and play with me.
  14. My top two choices: Most interesting is White Oak, North of Jacksonville. Not sure how easy it will be for a single to play. I’ve only played there as part of a group. The golf is only part of the interest though. San Jose Country Club is another interesting and old club right in Jacksonville.
  15. Are you looking for just public courses? Most exclusive? Most interesting? Most fun? Best for an event? Best for a single to play? Best for a buddies trip? Whatcha looking for?
  16. When I played my set of Titleist AP3 irons the PW was at 43 deg and the set GW was 48. I then played a 52, 56 & 60. Took my 4 iron out of the bag to make room for the 5th wedge. My current set of irons has a 46 deg PW and then I have a 50, 54 & 58.
  17. Most of the guys I play with are just not that serious about their game, their equipment or trying to improve as much as I am. There are only two other guys I know that are using Arccos. They also are observant and see what is working for other people and then try to adopt those same best practices. They started using Arccos after seeing how it had helped me. They are also the two golfers in our Men’s group that have improved the most in the last couple of years. The three of us duke it out every week for the low gross prize now.
  18. Wedge shafts can make a difference. Like most shaft manufacturers, KBS makes a variety of wedge shafts in different weights, stiffness and bend profiles to accommodate a broad spectrum of golfers. Just like in any other type of golf club what your swing characteristics and playing preferences are will determine what type of wedge shaft is the best fit. Some players need help to launch the ball in the air or to get additional spin. Some players are trying to flight the ball lower or reduce spin. Some need a little help in increasing distance. KBS has designed their different shafts to help achieve the ideal launch and spin characteristics based on your needs. For example, the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 shaft is a wedge shaft designed to assist the player in getting the ball up in the air and increasing spin. If you want your wedge shots to fly a little higher or spin a little more than this is a good option. Maybe you play on a course with very firm and elevated greens that require a high shot with lots of spin to hold the greens. This shaft could help. On the other end of the spectrum if you are trying to hit a lower trajectory wedge shot or you create too much spin then something like the KBS 610 wedge shaft would be the one for you. Maybe you play a course that is very open with lots of wind and you need to hit a low trajectory shot that will be less affected by the wind but still give you one hop and stop performance. Or perhaps you generate so much height and spin that you are ripping the balls back off the green and you want to tame the spin. This shaft could help. Some golfers like a slightly lighter and less stiff shaft for their wedges that they mainly use around the green. Some prefer a heavier and stiffer shaft. Some prefer the exact same shaft as in their irons. All of these are really just fitting variables or preference options to meet the needs of the full spectrum of golfers. I play the KBS $-Taper 120 Stiff shafts in my irons but prefer the slightly heavier, stiffer and lower launching KBS Tour V Wedge 125g Stiff shaft in my wedges. This combination gives me the best combination of feel and performance for my game. Hopefully you will find your best fit too.
  19. Congratulations on your success in reducing your handicap. I am pursuing a similar goal. My handicap is at 3.1 today. Below I will share some of what I’m doing as it may be relevant to you too. Despite being fit for just about every club in my bag over the last two years I have been making changes to my bag makeup too for similar reasons. Using Arccos sensors and their App to capture data on my clubs gave me very valuable information as to where to focus my attention. Their new strokes gained per club feature will be even more useful. If you have any clubs that you don’t have complete confidence in and consequently use very little then they need to go. If your yardage gaps are not being adequately met you might need to consider some changes or perhaps reevaluate the lofts and tweak them to fix the gapping issue. If you find that your miss with certain clubs is different than the rest of your set you might want to look at the lie angle and adjust it. I have found the most success in improving my handicap by focusing my practice on chipping and putting. Do not underestimate the importance of your choice of golf ball. If you are not currently using the same ball all the time then you should start. You should invest in a shag bag and 4 dozen of your gamer ball to do all of your chipping and putting practice with. You also should use your gamer ball when getting fit for any new clubs to make sure they perform with your ball. If you want more distance than you may also need to assess your strength, fitness and mobility/range of motion. I have gained 5% in swing speed in the last year after starting a golf specific fitness program and emphasizing stretching more than in the past. Changing shafts can and will have an impact on trajectory, distance, spin, shot shape and direction. In my case I found that I needed to go heavier and stiffer. Generally lighter and less stiff will increase launch, peak height and spin. Lighter may increase club head speed and distance. It could effect dispersion as well. If you feel that your KBS C-Taper iron shafts are just more work to get the output you want, but you otherwise like them, consider a change to C-Taper Lite. If you want more spin and height then look at $-Taper or Tour shafts. There are light versions of those as well. They also make the TGI graphite shafts if you want to go that route. Course management and the mental component of golf can also contribute to avoiding the big numbers. Lots of books and programs in this area. As my handicap has gotten lower I am finding that avoiding double bogeys and three putts help me more than making more birdies. It is getting harder as I go lower. There is just very little room for error. Being relaxed yet also focused and committed to the shot is imperative yet seemingly contradictory. Next week I have a lesson with an instructor that works with elite players. I am going to be working with him to create a 6 month improvement plan. If you are not working with an instructor that is experienced with teaching and coaching players at your level that would be an important next step to find one. It has taken me several coaches to find one that is a good fit and is capable of helping me.
  20. I play KBS $-Taper 120g Stiff shafts in my irons and KBS Tour V Wedge 125g Stiff+ in my wedges and love them. Used to play KBS Tour shafts and Tour V shafts in previous iron sets but the $-Taper is giving me a better combination of launch and spin for where my game is now. Also have a set of irons with C-Taper 125g Stiff+ shafts and although playable are definitely more work and have a flatter trajectory.
  21. Over the last two years I’ve made significant changes to my club make-up as a result of Arccos Data. Most recently I replaced my 6 hybrid with a 5 iron. Arccos data was showing that my GIR statistics with the 6 hybrid were low. The 6 hybrid was only capable of hitting very high floaty shots. These type of shots were highly susceptible to wind blowing them offline or coming up short. It was the only cub in my bag where misses were predominately to the right. The 5 iron is more versatile for me. I can still hit it high off the tee to hold a par 3 green, but I can also hit low shots to flight it down if there is wind. It is much better for the occasional punch shot under trees that the 6 hybrid wasn’t capable of.
  22. Got to say that the new episode of No Putts Given was kind of a dud. Very amateurish, the information wasn’t fresh and the format was lackluster. If this is New & Improved then I’m not impressed. Sorry to say but you guys can and should do better.
  23. The Tour Edge Hot Launch clubs have been a great choice for a broad range of amateur golfers for the reasons you have already stated. Many club fitters have liked and recommended them for their relatively high performance and good value. One area that Tour Edge does not get enough credit for is their golf shaft pairings. Across their product lines they have done a good job of pairing the shaft to the intended club user. The Hot launch shafts and now the C522 & E522 product line have been designed to be light, high launching and relatively high torque. A great combination for the person with an average or slightly lower swing speed that also fights a slice. By contrast the Exotics lineup tends to predominately use shafts that are often stiffer and heavier than other companies’ lines and provided better performance for higher swing speed players that were looking to avoid a hook. Their hybrids have been especially anti-hook. The downside in the past was that the Hot Launch clubs didn’t always look, sound or feel as good as some of the more premium products including the company’s own Exotics line. The company has made a significant commitment recently in offering competitive performance, cosmetics, sound and feel while retaining the other attributes of their products across the board. The Hot Launch products really have gotten a big boost. So too has the Exotics line which only a few years ago used to be a niche super premium product but has now joined the Hot Launch line as a very good value compared to the mainstream products. Very similar to the transformation that is underway at PXG. Unlike PXG, and some of the other club manufacturers, Tour Edge has a very complete product line from beginner box sets to good value midrange products for the average amateur all the way up to high performance professional golfer quality clubs. Glad to see them get some love these days.
  24. I’m a digger and hit down on everything. Loft is my friend. Ditched the 3 wood/5 wood combo a few years ago. Now playing a 5 wood/7 wood combo. Much happier. Higher launch, more carry, same total distance.
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