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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Seamus and Stitch are the two I have had good results with for myself, my wife and as gifts for friends.
  11. I agree with Pandaman. She toned down the testosterone and golf industry insider elements a bit and got everyone to contribute. The “free fittings” show of No Putts Given was the worst episode by far in my opinion and revealed a few things about MyGolfSpy that I found troubling. Sorry to hear that Miranda is no longer involved. Wish her the best in her future endeavors.
  12. Got my Bag Boy Quad XL last week and have walked three nine hole rounds so far and loved it. I was happy that I played pretty well while walking and felt good. Worked up a sweat even in the colder weather we’ve had this past week. Was definitely tired and sore afterwards though. Trying to get in shape for a twice postponed golf trip to Ireland and Scotland scheduled for Mid June. We will be walking every day. I have requested a caddy each day so at least that will lighten the load a bit. I want to enjoy my golf trip and hopefully play well so have embarked on a golf fitness program which includes walking twice a week with the push cart. Will build up from 9 hole rounds to 18 hole round over the next few months to build up my stamina.
  13. In our Men’s Group the 7 wood has been the most popular addition to people’s golf bag over the last two years. I added a never used older model Tour Edge XCG7 21 degree 7 wood to my bag a little over a year ago and it is by far the easiest fairway wood to hit off of the deck that I’ve ever had and decent off the tee as well. According to Arccos with 285 rounds captured now and 20,800 shots the Smart Distance of my 7 wood is 209 yards and the Smart Range is 199-211 yards. I also added a Taylormade SIM TI 19 deg. 5 wood that is lofted down to 17.5 deg. Arccos Smart Distance is 224 yards and Smart Range is 214-226. The 5 wood is definitely better off the tee than the fairway. My confidence in the 7 wood taking on a long carry is much higher than using the 5 wood. The 5 wood trajectory is much lower. I would say I hit the 7 wood well about 8 out of 10 times and the 5 wood maybe 5 out of 10. The higher lofted fairway woods have really helped my long game. Better trajectory, more carry distance and similar total distance to the clubs they replaced. I also have a Tour Edge EXS 21 degree 4 utility Iron. Great off the tee, but nothing but low bullets from the fairway. A wonderful club if you have to hit a low runner under trees or into wind. But fairly one dimensional.
  14. Some players like a slightly softer flex shaft in their wedges for finesse shots around the green and to produce high floaty soft landing shots from the fairway. The KBS 610 shaft is not the shaft for that type of player. The KBS 610 shaft is for the player that wants a stiff and stable shaft that will allow the player to drive their full swing wedge shots in to the green with a penetrating trajectory that will then one hop and stop. If you play in an area with strong winds or you struggle with wedge shafts that spin too much than the KBS 610 just might be a contender for you. The KBS 610 wedge shaft is similar to the KBS Tour-V shaft but designed to have an even flatter trajectory. Both have a fairly soft tip to still impart spin. Tight dispersion is another aspect of these shafts. I have played the Tour-V wedge shafts the last few years and really like them. I have a set of three 610 shafts that I’ll be putting into a new set of Corey Paul Wedge heads. Both are great around the greens and feel stable but still provide one hop and stop spin. If you like to hit more of a knockdown shot with your wedges than the Tour-V or 610 shafts will be a great fit. Both shafts are pretty stiff, no whippy feeling, but they retain the lively KBS feel and are fairly light at 120 grams for the 610 Stiff flex and 125 grams for the Tour V wedge and you need some speed to get the most out of them. The Dynamic Gold S400 shafts are heavier at 132 grams and have always felt boardy to me.
  15. Just ordered a push cart.
  16. Switched to SuperStroke Traxion Wrap Midsize grips on all my clubs this past year. Like the fact that they are light for their size which doesn’t mess up swing weights like the Midsize Golfpride MCC+4 align grips that I was using before. They can be oriented in any direction, have a classic look and are very soft and tacky. The only drawbacks are that they can get slick when wet or in the summer when hands are sweaty. The tan grips show dirt fairly quickly. Now using the black grips. Had tried the Traxion Tour grips before the Traxion Wraps and liked them a lot, had an alignment feature, very soft and tacky, but they weren’t very durable.
  17. A 4 or 5 club event is a lot of fun and our Men’s Group does it usually once a year. It is often surprising that the scores are very similar to when people use their full bag set-up. For me it is always Driver and putter, plus my around the green club which is usually a lob wedge. These are the clubs you use the most in an average round of golf. Then I base my remaining club on what I need to hit for the par 3s, based on whatever tee box you are playing from. In my case that would mean my 5 hybrid. In a five club event I would probably then put in either an 8 or 9 iron. Good luck in your event.
  18. It sounds like you have either a swingweight or a shaft bend profile issue if you can’t feel where the club head is during your swing. If it is a swingweight issue and the head feels too light you can either add lead tape as a quick fix or use heavier screw in weights if the driver head has that capability until you get to the point where you can feel the head. It could be a shaft issue. Either the new shafts you are trying are more counterbalanced causing the head to feel light or the bend profile and/or stiffness you are accustomed to is different than the shafts you’ve been trying causing a different shaft loading sensation making it difficult for you to time your swing and release. Getting the specs off of your current driver is a good starting point to compare against. Length, lie angle, loft, swing weight, head weight, shaft weight, shaft stiffness, shaft bend point and/or EI curve if available. Good luck in your search for a new driver.
  19. I purchase Bridgestone Tour BRX balls in the Spring when they offer the buy 3 dozen get 1 free deal. Last year I bought 9 dozen and got three free. Got 2 more dozen with pro shop credit from tournament winnings. Got five dozen left. If I run out before the next sale I will play the Maxfli Tour CG or CG X.
  20. Tour Edge is teasing new product announcements in February on their social media.
  21. The first driver I got professionally fit for was a Ping G30 LST model that replaced a Taylormade R11 that I always struggled to hit consistently. Over the next few years, seduced by the latest and greatest, I tried subsequent new model drivers and they just couldn’t improve on the performance of the G30. The only bad thing about the G30 was that it was loud. It wasn’t until the Ping G410 LST came along that I switched because it delivered better performance. I did not try just Ping drivers I also tried Titleist, Taylormade, Callaway, Tour Edge and Cobra as well. A couple of months ago I went for a driver fitting with the intention of trying some different shafts in my current driver. They didn’t have the G410 LST so I tried the newer G425 LST, the Taylormade SIM2, the Callaway Epic and a few others and I did not find one that performed better than my 10.5 degree G410 LST with the Alta CB shaft. So I decided to do some experimenting on my own by trying some different shafts with my current driver. My swing speed is right at 100 MPH. All the shafts are Stiff flex and have similar weights around 60 grams except the KBS at 70 grams. The shafts are: an Oban Kiyoshi HB, Aldila Xtorsion Copper, KBS TD, and a Grafalloy Prolaunch Blue Supercharged. All of these shafts are also counterbalanced like my stock Alta CB except for the KBS shaft. I bought some Ping 410 adapters to go with the shafts. The KBS shaft was purchased for a fairway wood experiment but it had the Ping tip on it already so I tried it too, but it was not a good fit for me with my driver. As part of the driver experiment a few different screw in weights were purchased so that I could try lighter and heavier weights in different configurations to obtain different swing weights. I ended up switching to the Grafalloy shaft with a lighter screw in weight than standard and with the adjustable hosel loft setting turned down 1 degree because that is what performed the best for me. Slightly higher ball speed, better launch, decent spin, more carry and greater total distance while giving me equal dispersion. A bonus is that it is also the least expensive shaft of the bunch! In researching the Grafalloy shaft I discovered that the Handcrafted Project X LZ has a similar EI bend profile but was made of higher end materials and since I have one Ping adapter left I have bought a shaft off of EBay to try as well. I believe the comparable current model shaft with a similar butt stiff, soft mid, stiff tip shaft bend profile and also counterbalanced would be the Project X Hazrdus Smoke RDX Blue. My total outlay for the shafts are less than I would have spent on a new driver and now that I’ve narrowed it down I will likely sell off the shafts that didn’t fit me the best to recoup some of my costs to put towards something else. You may be able to achieve similar results by optimizing your current driver.
  22. I now have 281 rounds and 20.5K shots captured with Arccos despite only using it about half the time I play. More recently I’ve found the club yardages to be extremely helpful as I’ve changed irons and wedges a few times since using the system and the smart distance and smart range feature is very nice. I’ve been working on increasing driver distance this past year and the usage statistics are also helpful to see if I’m getting results. The new golf ball feature will be used to compare a couple golf balls this year as well.
  23. I live 67 miles North of the Florida Border in Georgia and am one of the principal owners of the Sapelo Hammock Golf Club in Shellman Bluff, GA. Any of y’all that want to play it with me as my guest I would be happy to host you. Let me know what is convenient for you. Let’s get a foursome together if we can.
  24. Yes, the slope and rating of our course, Sapelo Hammock Golf Club, make it difficult to get your index down to scratch. When the handicap system changed last year it really messed with the Course handicap at our course. The slope and rating at our course is not as high as it should be in my opinion. The course yardage and lack of bunkers hurts the rating despite there being many forced carries over water and marsh. We are at Sea Level also with very tight Bermuda fairways and the ball does not seem to fly as far as places with some elevation. When I travel to our home in Wisconsin in the summer I am generally a 1/2 to full club longer there. When visiting my Mother in Arizona the yardage gains are even greater. It is a frequent topic of conversation on the porch with drink in hand. With a 4.7 GHIN index, my course handicap is 3 from the Blue Tees, 6225 yards, 70.4/126 rating/slope. From the White tees at 5808 yards my course handicap is a 1. When I play in inter-club competitions as part of the South East Georgia Seniors, I frequently am playing as a plus handicap because they play from the senior tees.
  25. My 2021 goals: 1. Have 10 rounds of par or better. Actual: 7 rounds of 72 & 8 rounds below par including 2 rounds of 68 tying my personal best. 2. Maintain Handicap below 5. Handicap got as low as 3.2 at the end of June at which time I decided to move back a set of tees. Finished year at 4.7 from the longer tees. 3. Increase clubhead speed and driver distance. Gained 12 yards on average driver distance in 2021 according to Arccos data. My 2022 goals: 1. Fitness & weight loss focus in preparation for 6/2022 trip to Ireland & Scotland. 2. Formulate plan to get down to Scratch. Areas of Focus: 1. Improve Approach Game. Par 3 tee shots and Fairway shots. 2. Continue to make gains on Driver Distance. 3. Leverage strength of short game, putting & Driving accuracy. 4. Work with coach to implement plan.
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