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  1. 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.



  2. 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.



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  3. 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.

  4. 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.



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  5. 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. 


  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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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  9. When I was playing the Titleist AP3 irons I had 5 wedges in the bag.  The set PW was 43 degrees. The set gap wedge was 48 degrees and then I had a 52, 56 & 60.  My new set of irons has a PW at 46 degrees and I’m now playing a 50, 54 & 58 set of wedges. My 9 iron has 42 degrees in the new set and not surprisingly it goes about the same distance as my old pitching wedge.  

    My 6 iron has 30 degrees compared to the AP3 7 iron at 31 degrees.  Then I have a 6 hybrid at 28 degrees and a 5 hybrid at 25 degrees followed by my 7 wood at 21 and 5 wood adjusted down to 17.  I do sometimes substitute a 22 degree 4 utility iron for the 5 hybrid as they go about the same distance but have different trajectories.

  10. This week I was paired with a guy in our Men’s Group that just retired and after our round he asked me for some advice.

    He was observing me hit shots as we played and he wanted to know how I was able to get the ball to hit the green and stop on my short chips and pitches.

    After our round we went to the chipping practice area.  We had a discussion about what clubs to use around the green and why.  I showed him several different ways to chip. Then we talked about the importance of the golf ball. I asked him what golf ball he was playing.  He said that he played whatever he found or whatever was inexpensive because he loses a lot of balls.  This led to a conversation about using the same brand and model ball all the time so that you get familiar with how it reacts from tee to green and in a variety of different situations.  We discussed, I demonstrated and had him chip with different balls to experience how a premium urethane ball reacted vs. an inexpensive two piece ball.  He saw the difference in how the ball checked up and rolled out less.

    I shared with him that I practice putting and chipping with the same ball instead of using range balls.

    Our conversation and impromptu lesson really opened his eyes to the fact that not all golf balls are the same.

    We talked about how to test a ball starting on the green and working back to the tee.

    It is my opinion that the majority of golfers don’t know how to evaluate a ball to fit themself and are unaware of the different attributes to look for and compare other than cost and feel to narrow it down.

    The members of this forum and the audience of the My Golf Spy blog are probably way above average in dedication, interest and proficiency.  Yet even this audience is still learning the importance of the golf ball because of the lack of technical information that is available from each manufacturer and the lack of opportunity for brand agnostic ball fittings in general.

    Thanks for the efforts with the Ball Lab and the Ball tests.  It is a definite help and a step in the right direction.

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  11. Tour Edge Exotics have worked well for me for fairway woods and hybrids.  Love the way they look, feel and sound.  Hot off the face.

    I have a Taylormade SIM Ti 5 wood in the bag now and do not like how it looks, feels or sounds, but I can’t argue with the performance so it stays in the bag.

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  12. The same thing happened to me when I put a set of AP3 irons in the bag a few years ago.  The stronger lofts caused me to play 5 wedges because my PW was 43, the gap wedge was 48 so I added a 52,56 & 60.  The top end of my bag was creating problems too because they were all running together.  I needed a higher trajectory with more carry distance.  Ended up taking my 4, 5 & 6 iron out of the bag and replacing them with a 21 degree 7 wood, 25 degree 5 hybrid and a 28 degree 6 hybrid.  

    Recently I put in a new set of irons that have a PW with 46 degrees of loft and I switched my wedges to a 50, 54 & 58.   Now Playing a 30 degree 6 iron down to PW and still using the 7 wood, 5 & 6 hybrids.  I have a 19 degree 5 wood lofted down to 17 that I use mainly off the tee and a 10.5 degree Driver lofted down to 9.5.

  13. In the last year I’ve switched from relatively new Players distance irons (Titleist AP3) to forged cavity back irons (Corey Paul) to forged blades (also Corey Paul).  

    What I’ve learned is that loft has been the biggest determiner of distance. My current 9 iron and my old Pitching wedge have very similar lofts and they go pretty much the same distance.

    The shafts I’m using now are heavier steel 120 g stiff vs the previous steel 110 g stiff and the ball is not curving as much while giving me the trajectory that I want.

    I bought the AP3s new after having been fitted for them in 2018.  They had about 700 rounds played and are still in very good shape albeit a little dinged up.

    The Corey Paul forged cavity backs felt better, have very clean lines but the top line was a little boxy and I just did not like the shape of the pitching wedge.  The transition from the hosel to the face also made it appear that there was more offset than actually what was measured.  

    Despite hitting them well I had the chance to put together a set of Corey Paul minimalist blades and am glad that I did because they are everything I had hoped they would be.  Love the way they look, feel and perform so far and expect I will be playing them for awhile.

    So, when is it the right time to get a new set of irons?  

    Lots of possible answers based on performance, feel, confidence, economics, etc.

    In general though I would say get a new set when the current set is not allowing you to achieve whatever your goals are in playing golf whether that be carry distance, peak height, trajectory and shot shape, landing angle and spin, dispersion, feel, looks, lower scores, or status.

    Best wishes to you in finding a set of irons that tick all of the boxes!  


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  14. Like Micah above, when I was playing the Titleist AP3 irons I had to add a wedge.  The PW loft in the AP3 iron set is 43 degrees.  The gap wedge is 48 deg.  So I played a 52, 56 & 60 and it worked well.

    If you want your ego stroked, that is a good set-up because when people ask what you hit you can say PW when they are hitting 8 or 9 iron.  That is about the only benefit though, because at the top end the clubs all ran together and I had trouble with the 4, 5 & 6 irons.  

    I now am playing somewhat more traditional lofts.  My current PW is 46 degrees.  I am now playing 50, 54 & 58 degree wedges.  My current 6 iron has about the same loft as my old 7 iron.

    I’m playing 6-PW, I also have a 5 & 6 hybrid, a 7W & 4W, driver and putter.  I substitute a 4 utility iron for the 5 hybrid depending on conditions and course.  It is humorous though when people ask me why I have a 6 iron and a 6 hybrid?  The 6 iron is 30 degrees and the 6 hybrid is 28 degrees.  The 6 iron has a 120gram stiff steel shaft and the 6 hybrid has a 60 gram stiff graphite shaft.  The 6 hybrid goes ten yards further with a much higher trajectory and a slight fade.  The 5 hybrid has an 80 gram stiff graphite shaft.  It goes 15 yards further than the 6 hybrid but with less spin, a slight draw and a lower more penetrating trajectory.  Different tools for different shots.

    The moral to the story is play what gives you the best and most consistent yardage gaps.  As long as the clubs do what you want them to do by delivering the trajectory, landing angle and spin needed and you have confidence in them, then it shouldn’t matter what number it says on the bottom.   The same with shafts.  There is no standard for iron numbering or shaft rating.  

    The advice that Gareth Raflewski gave the TXG guys about wedge selection and yardages for less than a full swing is pretty much the same as outlined in Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible.

    Depending on your unique launch angle, spin and carry distance you may need or want a different combinations of ball, shaft and head combination than someone else to achieve the same objective.

    Tinkering is OK as long as it gives you the results you are looking for.  

    Play what works for you!



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  15. Just added a set of Corey Paul minimalist muscle back blades in the bag to go with the set of Corey Paul wedges I’ve been playing.

    Bought a used set of heads and paired them with a set of used shaft pulls, KBS $-Taper 120 stiff shafts, and BB & F Delores shorty ferrules.  SuperStroke Traxion Wrap black midsize grips round them out.  Playing to a D-3 swingweight.

    Pro-Soft vibration dampening inserts smooth everything out.

    Super soft Fujimoto forgings bent to my loft and lie specs.  Very traditional lofts.

    Loving them so far..








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  16. Unfortunately I’ve found more clubs that didn’t work than those that did.

    In the last two years I’ve done a lot of tinkering with my clubs and bag line-up to try and eke out every bit of performance in pursuit to getting down to scratch.

    It has revealed to me some Eureka moments.

    First, Arccos Golf sensors really helped me to identify clubs that I wasn’t using or were inconsistent performers.  They also helped me to understand my yardage gapping and what holes needed to be filled.

    Second, The addition of a BGT Stability Tour shaft in my Odyssey O-Works Black #7 putter and a SuperStroke Traxion Tour 3.0 grip with a 75 gram CounterCore weight has helped me shave an average of two strokes per round since going in the bag.

    Finding new old stock!  In my case a Tour Edge XCG7 21 degree 7 wood and XCG7 28 degree 6 hybrid, both with the Fujikura Fuel Red 60 stiff shaft.  They have become very useful clubs and are significantly more reliable than what they replaced.

    Corey Paul wedges with KBS Tour-V stiff wedge shafts have replaced my Vokey SM7s and I love them, especially around the green.

    Lastly, I’ve discovered that the every year or two introduction of new clubs promised to be longer, straighter and be more forgiving is pretty much a load of crap.  Having been seduced by that line of thinking for years, I’ve solidly joined the camp of finding what works for you and sticking with it regardless of it’s pedigree, age or popularity.

    As long as what you have allows you to fill out your yardage gaps and you are reasonably confident that if you put a decent swing on that they will deliver then keep them in the bag.

    When you lose confidence in a club for whatever reason it is time for it to go to a new home.

  17. My current putter is the O-Works Black #7 with a BGT Stability Tour shaft and a SuperStroke Traxion Tour 3.0 grip with a 75 gram CounterCore counterbalance weight. 

    The face insert is the original micro hinge design.

    I like it so much that I have an identical back up putter to practice with at home.

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  18. Has anyone else found the website and forum taking increasingly longer to load and navigate?

    The frequency of ads and pop ups seem to have caused things to get slow and buggy.  Interrupting typing and causing inadvertent crashes for me.

    I’m finding it to be a less satisfying experience for navigating and reading the content and finding myself getting frustrated and moving on to other sources more often.

    It is a shame, but I’m getting increasingly disappointed with the user experience.


  19. Haven’t found the best ever driver shaft for me yet.  Still looking.

    The Ping Alta CB Red 55 Stiff in my G410 LST 10.5 degree head has been very good.  It is pretty accurate and gives me a decent trajectory with pretty good distance, but it seems like when I really go after one it is not as stable as needed.  Ping also puts out very little data about it’s proprietary shafts.  Would love to see full specs and an EI curve for this shaft.

    My driver swing speed is right at 100 MPH and generally I launch the ball lower than optimum with more spin than optimum too despite hitting the ball center or just above center on the face as confirmed by use of foot powder spray.  Angle of attack is very slightly negative, -0.2, and club path and face angle are good.  Head is set at 12.0 degrees and adjustable weight is in the center position.  Have tried lofting down but launch angle and trajectory aren’t as good.

    It has been hard to find a High Launching and Low Spinning driver shaft with enough tip stiffness and low enough torque.  When I find one that launches high it often spins up or has too high torque or not enough tip stiffness and I hit high hooks. 


    The Ping head is also heavier than most driver heads which tends to lead to high swing weight with standard length shafts.  With the Ping Alta 55 Red CB stiff the swing weight is D8.

    Have been testing this week a couple of recent used shaft purchases that I just put Ping Adapters on.  Both have some aspect of counter balancing like the Alta.  The first is an Aldila Xtorsion Copper 60 Stiff.  The second is an Oban Kiyoshi HB 55 Stiff.

    Have taken all three to the range alternating after ten or so shots.  Have played one round with each and haven’t been able to decide yet which one is the winner.  They all feel good and perform pretty well.  The Aldila seems to be the most stable and generally just goes straight no matter how hard I swing.  The Oban is more sensitive to tee height, have to tee it higher to get good results.  The Ping Alta rewards a smooth swing.  

    Either would work, which is different for me.  Usually I have an immediate good or bad reaction to a shaft.

    Next step is to get their swing weight and make tweaks as needed and then hit them all with a launch monitor and get swing speed, ball speed, launch angle and spin numbers.

    Had a driver fitting last week and tried a number of shafts and a few newer driver heads which was a disappointment as nothing could beat what I’ve got now, that is why I’m tinkering on my own again.

    Any other suggested shafts would be appreciated.

  20. I have only used the screw in sensors, but I like them because of their portability from club to club.  I am replacing grips once or twice per season and have changed irons, wedges and other clubs since getting the Arccos sensors.  If you play golf infrequently or change grips every few years then the grips with built in sensors might be preferable.

    The Link is far superior in my experience in capturing shots compared to having your phone in your pocket.

  21. After using the system for a over a year I now have 257 rounds captured by Arccos, 18,700 shots.

    What the Arccos system has allowed me to do is get a much clearer picture of my golf game.

    What does having a better understanding of your golf game give you?

    1.  Now I know realistically how far my clubs go.  I make better club choice selections and hit more greens.

    2. Now I know how often I use certain clubs.  I have made changes to my bag based on this.  There were yardage gaps.  A couple clubs needed to have their lofts tweaked.  A couple clubs weren’t being used because I didn’t have confidence in them or they were a poor fit for me and for the course I normally play and were replaced.

    3. Knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are and where my lost strokes come from has redefined how I practice and play.  I spent the last year reading Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible and Putting Bible and putting the new knowledge in to play based on what Arccos showed me I needed to work on.  Putting and Chipping are now my two greatest strengths.

    4. Post round reviews and looking at the online dashboard really shows what your tendencies are after a short while of using the sensors.

    5.  The Caddie feature is great to use when playing unfamiliar courses or to map out your strategy for playing a course that you want to play better on.

    Any type of effort you put into capturing information about your game will give you good insights.  What I like about the Arccos system is that it is the easiest system I’ve used so far and the insights have been the most actionable for me.

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