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  1. The Orange Whip swing trainer has been a great tool for me to warm-up before my round and to help with swing sequencing and tempo. Very often now before my round when I go to get it out of the bag one of my playing partners is already using it. It works and it is easy to use. I also have the Light speed and have found that it has helped me to gain more distance off the tee if you do the drills that they’ve created for it. A few months ago I bought the Power peel package and enrolled in their GFX online fitness program. It has really helped me over the last 6 weeks. I have gained mobility, strength and distance through the program. Just recently I bought the Orange Whip wedge and putter and have just started to use them. I can see already that they will be beneficial. In fact I can say that the Orange Whip products are probably the best training aids I’ve ever purchased and combined with their GFX fitness program the best thing I’ve done this year for my game. My GHIN handicap index is 4.9 as of this morning and I’m trying hard this year to get that down further.
  2. My gamer is the Bridgestone Tour BRX ball which is decently long. But the E12 speed is consistently a club longer. Haven’t tried the new E12 Contact. The E12 speed though really runs out on both chips and putts too.
  3. Just picked up a used Rapsodo MLM yesterday from a friend. Looking forward to getting it set-up and using it for range sessions with my wedges.
  4. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    I had such good results with the Fujikura Fuel Red shaft that I had to try it in my driver and was able to get the shaft for about $50. When I put the Fujikura Fuel Red shaft in my driver what I found was that the extra length of the shaft and the slightly lighter weight of the club head made it play stiffer than it did in the fairway woods. Also the Alta shaft is counter balanced and so there was a swing weight difference as well. I played around with the head weight by getting both lighter and heavier weights to replace the standard adjustable weight and also did some experimenting with shaft length and found that after a lot of trial and error I couldn’t improve on what I already had. The new Fujikura Ventus Velocore Red shaft is very intriguing to me, but I’m not in a hurry right now to try it because I’ve been hitting my driver pretty well. The $300 price tag is also a bit of a deterrent too.
  5. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    It is coming up on the one year anniversary of my original post and thought I should give an update. A year ago I was really struggling with the top end of my bag, especially with my fairway woods, hybrids and long irons. First and foremost, thanks again to everyone who encouraged me to make some changes, tinker with my clubs and consider buying older and even second hand clubs. All of which I had never done before and in retrospect definitely should have. The Tour Edge XCG7 21 degree 7 wood is still in the bag and it is now my go to club for any long fairway shot of 200 yards or more. It is also great off the tee when I need a 215 yard shot. As mentioned in a previous update, I replaced the shaft in my Tour Edge EX10 16.5 degree 4 wood to the same shaft in the 7 wood, the Fujikura Fuel Red 60 gram Stiff and it has been a night and day difference. The 4 wood is a monster off the tee and is longer than the 7 wood, almost driver length distance, and easier to hit a draw with. The 7 wood though is much easier to hit off of the fairway and from tight lies. I took out my Titleist AP3 6 iron since my last update and replaced it with a Tour Edge XCG7 28 degree hybrid with the Fujikura Red 60 Stiff hybrid shaft. It was also bought as new old stock. It is the first hybrid that does not want to go left on me without any adjustments. It launches the ball super high and the ball lands softly without a lot of rollout. It is now my 175 yard full swing club and is great for long par 3’s or when the wind is in my face and I need a little extra oomph than the 7 iron can provide. After experimenting with the Fujikura Fuel Red 60 gram stiff shaft in my Ping G410 LST 10.5 degree driver I have gone back to the Alta CB 55 Red Stiff shaft because I get more distance with the standard shaft and similar dispersion. Everything else in my bag has stayed the same. Due to Covid 19 I played more golf in the last year than ever before. I have 215 scores entered into the GHIN system in the last 12 months and that doesn’t include everything because of scramble events, alternate shot events, and team match play events. I have played a lot. I reached several personal bests since I started this post. I shot my two lowest rounds ever, a 68 and 69. I got my handicap index down to its lowest ever last fall, 3.9, although it has creeped up some over the winter. My average scores have also continued to improve to its lowest ever. My lows have gotten lower and my high scores have gotten lower too. It would not have happened if I hadn’t started it all by adding the 7 wood to my bag! So, even if you are a good player, if any of you reading this are struggling to get the ball into the air with a fairway wood or long iron then you may want to try a 7 wood. For me, It made all the difference in the world. Best wishes to everyone for a great golf season and for continued success on the course.
  6. Why do people collect stamps, coins, comic books, artwork, dolls, matchbooks, postcards, baseball cards, cars, shoes, cast iron pans, antiques, furniture, civil war memorabilia, Native American artifacts, old fishing rods and reels. You name it and there is probably someone somewhere that collects it. I believe that the reason people collect certain things is that it brings them some kind of joy, triggers nostalgia, and fills a hole in their life in some way that helps them to focus their attention intently on one aspect for a while. Could be it is their hobby. Maybe they are just hoarders or indiscriminate collectors. Perhaps they are serial collectors, meaning they collect one type of thing for a while before moving on to another category, etc. It could be they were very deprived early in life and after achieving some level of financial success they are making up for earlier deprivations. Maybe it is their business or they see the items as investments to be traded at a later date. Whatever the reason I am glad that there are some people out there that value and cherish these things. It preserves these items and encourages the artistry, craftsmanship and innovation of those that produce them. The only time I don’t like collectors is when they are bidding against me on the same item on EBay.
  7. A few months ago I started this thread as a review for 2020. At that time I made a prediction that the best purchase for 2021 would be the Orange Whip swing trainer and Lightspeed trainer. Well I was right, sort of. About 6 weeks ago a representative from Orange Whip reached out to me via email and offered an opportunity to purchase their Power Peel package at a significant discount. I accepted their offer and bought the Power Peel package and enrolled in the company’s free trial of their GFX training program. When the free trial period ended I eagerly paid for an annual subscription to the GFX programs as I was seeing and feeling results very quickly in my strength, flexibility and mobility both on and off the course. Now the results are even better. I have gained an average of 17 yards in Driver distance according to my Arccos statistics since I started the program. I’ve gone from an average Driver smart distance of 235 yards to 252 yards. My smart Range is now 244-267 yards. It is early in the year, but I’m calling my best purchase of 2021 right now, the Orange Whip Swing Trainer and the Power Peel Package. I just ordered their putter and wedge trainers because I have become a believer in their products and am looking forward to getting the rest of their range of products to test.
  8. As far as I know Brandt Snedecker is the first PGA player to put the Tour Edge C721 driver in the bag during his first two rounds of the Players Championship.
  9. Stocking up for the season. I ordered 9 dozen of the Tour BRX yesterday, getting 3 more dozen free. Free shipping with promo code. Free personalization, with Boom Shaka Laka printed in red lettering.
  10. Fairway woods are generally much easier to hit off of the tee than the fairway. If your primary use of a fairway wood is off of a tee as a Driver replacement, than one with a deep face, less loft, and perhaps smaller front to back will deliver better ball speed and reduce spin. For one used mainly off the deck, a shallower face, more loft and more weight in the rear of the club will help to get the ball into the air and provide enough spin to keep the ball in the air and land softer on the greens. A better option for many amateurs with swing speeds under 100 MPH would be a 4 or 5 wood instead of a 3 wood to get more carry distance, more launch and probably about the same total distance. The 7 wood is like magic for many people. If you’ve never tried one I would encourage you to do so. Dustin Johnson put one in his bag last year and has enjoyed a lot of success with it ever since. Higher swing speed players might need less loft to get their ideal launch conditions if they have a naturally high ball flight to begin with. In general fairway woods are some of the toughest clubs to hit well for most golfers and when you find one that works it tends to stay in the bag for a long time. I have probably replaced my fairway woods more than any other clubs trying to find ones that work. This past year I finally settled on a couple that are likely to stay in the bag. I’m using a Tour Edge EX 10 16.5 deg. 4 wood with a Fujikura Fuel Red 60 S shaft and a Tour Edge XCG7 21 deg. 7 wood with the same shaft. The 4 wood has a deeper face and is a weapon off the tee and the 7 wood has a shallow face, very stretched back with high volume, that allows me to hit the ball with more carry and easier to launch from the fairway. The 7 wood is my 205-215 yard club. I only hit my 4 wood from the fairway when I have no hazards to carry because it launches low and runs like a scalded dog. Best wishes to you as you search for your “Unicorn/Holy Grail”.
  11. I have played the KBS Tour V shafts for the past three years in Titleist AP3 irons. I’m 53 and our swing speeds are similar and my swing is similarly steep. I’m a digger, but generally hit the ball first and then the ground. The KBS Tour V produces a lower flight than many other KBS shafts and with lower spin. It appears to be designed to reduce dispersion and help counter a hook. The Tour V is fairly stiff for a lightweight shaft due to the larger outside diameter of the shaft being carried further down along the shaft and having a more stable tip section. I’ve recently put the KBS Tour V wedge shaft into play as well. Very smooth shafts for their weight. The C-Taper lite shafts will have a higher trajectory and be somewhat heavier in the R & S flexes and lighter in the X stiff than the Tour V. The Tour V shaft was used by Phil Mickelson in his irons when he won the Open Championship. Good luck with whatever iron and shaft combo that you put into play.
  12. The new TourEdge Exotics C721 line has been unveiled and is available for sale 2/15/21. Interested to see the new lineup in person. There is already one review on YouTube from 2ndswing that was pretty encouraging. Looks like they are returning to their roots and pushing the envelope with materials and design after a couple of years of somewhat copycat drivers. The recent introduction of their C521 & E521 lineup brings their Hot launch line and their Exotics line closer together too. The new C721 could be the driver that Bernhard Langer will be playing as he has recently signed on to a full bag deal with TourEdge after having played some of their clubs for a while as a free agent. Bernhard Langer had a very eclectic mix of older clubs in his bag prior to now from 7 or 8 different club manufacturers. I have used some of their clubs for the past 5 years and have three Tour Edge clubs in my bag right now; an EX10 16.5 degree 4 wood, an XCG7 21 degree 7 wood and XCG7 28 degree 6 hybrid. This past year I have played around with a number of their drivers as well but haven’t found the right combination of shaft and driver head that gives me the launch, spin, trajectory, sound and feel to replace my Ping G410 LST 10.5 yet. 2021 is turning out to be a big year for new Driver introductions. What is your reaction to the new TourEdge club introductions and to Bernhard Langer joining their Pro Staff?
  13. Last year I revamped my wedges to improve my yardage gapping. My Titleist AP3 set has a 43 degree PW and a 48 degree gap wedge. I had been playing Vokey SM7 54 & 60 that had a custom sole grind to provide more heel relief, but after over 400 rounds and having grooves sharpened once already the Vokeys were ready to be replaced. My solution was to build up a set of Corey Paul wedges in 52, 56 & 60 to replace the Vokeys and have found it to have really helped me to reduce the times that I am in between clubs for specific yardages. The feel and performance of the Corey Paul wedges around the green is excellent. They also are good to look at and have a certain cool factor that I appreciate. Since switching to the Corey Paul wedges I’ve become sort of a collector of his wedge heads and have started building wedges for my golf partners. I’ve also picked up a couple sets of his cavity back irons off of EBay and will probably put them in play when my current set wears a bit more. So my advice is to evaluate your current bag set-up and see if there are any clubs on the top end that you really either don’t hit very often or have lost confidence in and take it out in favor of another wedge. Don’t be afraid to try some different wedges if you can too. You just might be surprised as I was to find an alternative that performs better for you.
  14. As a result of the worldwide Covid19 pandemic this year many people had a disruption in their lives. My life was upended in a number of ways too. The highlight of the year though for me and many others was that the sport of golf provided a welcome respite. There is no doubt that I played and practiced more this year than any other prior year. Having more time to dedicate to the game of golf and also more time at home allowed me to do several things that contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the game and for my performance to improve. Ultimately resulting in reaching my goals for the year which were to reduce my handicap below 5, break par and break 70. All of which were achieved. It has been said that you can’t buy a new swing or golf game, yet there are lots of people making equipment purchases seeking to do just that. Looking back over the past year and forward to the next I was reviewing all of the things that I did that made a contribution. There were also numerous golf related purchases this past year and that got me thinking about what was the single best golf related purchase that did make the biggest contribution to my game? Many of the purchases were guided by MyGolfSpy’s reviews. Here is a list of some of my golf related purchases this year: Putt-Out putting trainer & practice mirror with gates Big Moss Putting Matt Breakthrough Golf Technologies Stability Tour Shaft Blast Golf swing analyzer Superstroke Traxion Midsize Tour grips Superstroke Traxion Tour 3.0 putter grip Superstroke Counter balance putter grip weights Corey Paul 52, 56 & 60 Wedge heads Tour Edge XCG7 7wood & 28 degree Hybrid with Fujikura Fuel Stiff shaft Fujikura Fuel Red stiff shaft for my Tour Edge EX 10 4 wood Titleist 818 H1 25 degree hybrid with Mitsubishi Tensei Red shaft New Titleist Cart 15 bag Dave Pelz’s books - The Putting Bible & The Short Game Bible Arccos Caddie Sensors & Link Orange Whip Swing Trainer and Lightspeed Check Go Pro ball spinner Dave Pelz O-ball mask, elevated string line, putter impact tape 8 dozen Bridgestone recovered Tour BRX golf balls to practice chipping & putting with the ball I game. The Original Shag Bag Grip replacement and club building supplies from Golfworks and BB&F. Galway Bay rain pants and jacket. Antigua performance polo shirts Titleist golf caps Footjoy rain gloves Footjoy rain vest Ecco Biom 3 spikeless golf shoes Footjoy professional spikeless golf shoes Stretchy belts for golfing Wilson Staff Tour gloves Wilson Staff winter gloves Stitch golf bag & accessories for a set of Corey Paul forged prototype irons Martini Tees Golf lessons from my local Teaching Professional I’m sure I’ve missed some. So what made the biggest difference in my opinion? The Arccos Caddie grip sensors and App provided me with knowledge about my game that guided most everything else. The club gapping information and statistics pointed me to the equipment changes to consider and the areas of my game that I needed to focus on. That information led me to the Dave Pelz’s books which gave me more knowledge and understanding of what to do and how to do it to get better. Most of the purchases followed after that. The best part of the Arccos Caddie grip sensor purchase was that I got them for free as a result of their promotion with Ping for those who had bought qualifying Ping clubs recently. The reason I hadn’t bought the Arccos system prior to that was that I wasn’t convinced that they worked, was unsure if they were convenient to use, and I thought they were expensive. If I knew how much of an impact they would have had on my game I would have gladly paid for them. What purchase did you make in 2020 that made the biggest difference in your game? The most recent purchase I’ve made, and based on my immediate results, my prediction for 2021 is that the one that I think will make the biggest difference in the coming year is the Orange Whip Trainer and the Lightspeed trainer bought as their Distance Duo package. What is your prediction for next year?
  15. I have a Bushnell V4 range finder without slope and love it. Also use Arccos for statistics, club tracking. The caddie feature on Arccos is a benefit when playing an unfamiliar course for the first time. Used to use Golflogix phone app for GPS and Shot tracking but it was cumbersome. Have found inconsistencies with most GPS systems and course maps due to course renovations, etc. Range finder is quicker and easier. The benefit of GPS is when clubbing for a shot based on the middle or back yardage of a green since most amateurs’ misses are short.
  16. I live about 90 miles north of Jacksonville. Would be happy to play with you down there, up here or somewhere in between. Doesn’t seem like too many folks on the forum live close to us. My wife’s cousin lives near Amelia Island and I go down there to play with him pretty often.
  17. I bought the Orange Whip Distance Duo instead of the SuperSpeed sticks. Had a coupon for 15% off and free shipping, no sales tax, so about $155. A friend had the Orange Whip and I really liked it when using it to warm up before a round. Have been watching all of the YouTube videos to learn what the drills are and how to do them. Right now Arccos is telling me that my Driver Smart range is 222-239 yards. After reviewing my driving stats for the last 10 rounds my longest drives are in the 250-260 range and my bad ones are in the 200-215 range. An average drive is about 230. I’m very goal oriented, retired, soon to be 53 years old and my current GHIN handicap is 4.1. I had 158 rounds in 2019 with an average score of 81.8. So far this year I’ve got 190 rounds in and my average score for 2020 is 79.1. My scoring average for the last 20 rounds is 76.5. My driver technique is definitely a hindrance as I tend to be wristy on the take away, bend my left elbow in the backswing and cast the club on the downswing. The Orange Whip right away seems to help me improve my tempo and my technique. When warming up with it I can feel my back getting a nice stretch and see that it frees up my turn. Will update this thread periodically as I do the drills and get some more experience with them.
  18. Just received my Orange Whip Duo set of the Original and the Lightspeed. Will be starting on the drills soon and hope to gain some distance over the winter since my Arccos caddie is telling me that I’m losing strokes because of my driver distance. The work I did earlier in the year has paid off. My handicap is at the lowest point it has ever been, had my two lowest rounds of my life recently, a 68 and a 69. I’ve achieved my goals this year of getting below a five handicap and breaking 70. My goal for next year is to figure out how to get down to scratch.
  19. Some people really struggle with chipping and putting despite the fact that they are the shortest swings and require very little physical strength or athletic ability. The frustration of a missed chip or putt is often magnified because many people think chipping and putting is inherently easier than the full swing so there isn’t the same emphasis on learning good technique or practicing. I have witnessed a number of people struggle so much with the mental pressure of chipping and putting that they develop a physical flinch which is commonly called “The Yips”. Since more strokes in a round of golf are made on and around the green than anywhere else it is my contention that if you want to improve your handicap quickly, then working on chipping and putting will lead to a faster result than anything else. Chipping is my most improved skill over the last few years and the part of the game that I now have the most confidence in. After struggling for years with a lack of confidence around the greens and experimenting with different clubs and methods, I was lucky enough to have a lesson from a veteran teaching pro who showed me an old school method of chipping that really clicked. My wedge set-up includes a 48, 52, 56 & 60 wedges. The clubs I use the most around the green are my 60 & 56. The method I was taught was to put the ball in line with my back foot with a stance fairly open to the target and my weight forward towards the target. Then I deloft the wedge by moving my hands toward my front thigh which puts a lot of forward shaft lean in the stroke and then close the club face by rotating the shaft slightly before regripping the club. I then make a simple back and through stroke with little to no wrist action and an emphasis on an equal or longer follow through than backswing. I keep my hands well forward of the club head throughout the swing. The face of the club hits the ball with a descending blow and pops the ball slightly in the air, up and over the fringe, then rolls to the hole usually checking up after the first or second bounce. Imagine the feeling of pulling the handle forward with your hands toward the target instead of trying to push the handle forward. Earlier this year I read Dave Pelz’s Short Game Bible and he teaches a very similar technique but explains the theory and technique much more thoroughly. I strongly recommend his book. To get the ball to fly higher and stop more quickly don’t lean the shaft forward as much and take a slightly longer swing. I use the same swing on most chip shots and just change clubs to get more distance and roll out. The common mistakes I see from my playing partners are: 1. Taking too big of a back swing and then decelerating coming into the ball. 2. Using too much hand and wrist action and trying to help the ball into the air. 3. Trying to fly the ball all the way to the hole. 4. Having the bulk of their weight on the back foot instead of the front foot. The results from these mistakes tend to be inconsistent distance with lots of duffs and skulls. The best golfer I play with putts from off the green almost every time. He is unbelievably good at judging the required pace. He does this because he doesn’t have confidence in his chipping. He calls me “Mr. Chips” because from the same place I will chip most every time now because I don’t have confidence in putting from off the green. So, use what works best for you. If putting from off the green with a putter or a hybrid or fairway wood works better for you then do that. If a specialized chipping club like the Square Strike club works better then use that. If a 7 iron works better then use that. The goal is the fewest strokes to get the ball in the hole. As my friend says, “The good thing about the game of golf is that the score card doesn’t record how you got the ball into the hole, just the result. There aren’t any places on the scorecard for pictures, so don’t worry about how you look getting the ball into the hole.”
  20. I play Titleist AP3 irons and like them very much. It is what worked best for me after trying irons from Taylormade, Mizuno, Callaway, Srixon, and Cobra. I’ve got a Ping Driver, Tour Edge 4 and 7 wood, Titleist Hybrid and Irons and an Odyssey putter. Use what works best for you. Limiting yourself to one brand or even one line within one brand may not give you the best results. I would also try multiple shafts as well in different flex and weight. Lie angle and length of club are also important for consistent performance. Looks, sound and feel as well as the grip are also important to consider. Don’t be afraid to try used or new but not current model clubs too. Getting fit right is a great starting point, but it should include both a static and a dynamic component, ideally hitting balls outside to see ball flight and with a launch monitor to capture launch, spin data and club gapping. Getting fit by hitting just a 6 or 7 iron might not lead to consistent results from 4 iron to Pitching wedge. Too often 6 or 7 iron is the only demo club available to hit. Best wishes to you in your journey to find the right set-up
  21. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    Sounds like the start of a beautiful relationship!
  22. In regards to shaft/club unicorns and the fitting conundrum. Based on my own experience of being fit multiple times over the years; a fitting is based on how you were swinging on that particular day. It may have been a good swing day or a bad swing day. How a shaft, or club/head/shaft/grip combo performs long term over a season is a different thing altogether. There is certainly room for both tinkering and fitting. Professional golfers have the benefit of launch monitors, tour vans, club fitters, swing coaches, and yet once they find a shaft/head/grip combo that they like and works for them consistently are reluctant to make too many changes. If they are not getting the consistent results they need or want they change quickly. The best way to tell if you have confidence in a club/shaft/grip combo Is how often you use the club. If there is a club in your bag that you rarely reach for anymore I would suggest you change it out to something that performs better and more consistently. Once you find a shaft/grip combo that works well, copying it to your other clubs is a good idea. The shaft that has worked well for me in my fairway woods is the Fujikura Fuel shaft. Trying it now in my driver too.
  23. Last year when getting fitted for my driver, I had a chance to hit both of the CNCPT irons that were available at that time. They looked good, felt really good, went a long way and were very consistent with dispersion. The new CNCPT 2 irons are a very tempting successor to my current AP3s.
  24. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    The best indicator of success for a new golf club in the bag is the frequency of use. If you reach for the club often it can only mean that the performance is good enough and consistent enough to inspire confidence. The more confidence you have in a club the more you use it. Glad to hear that your new Tour Edge EXS 7 wood is giving you that sense of confidence. Once you find a golf club that inspires confidence, and through many experiences with it, the club proves that it does what you need it to while inspiring trust that it will deliver consistently, then it tends to stay in the bag a long time. Look into most players bags and the clubs that tend to be the oldest are the tweener clubs (fairway woods, hybrids, long irons) and putters. It is hard to find one that works and once you find a good one that works for you it is very hard to let it go. More clubs get exchanged from lack of use than from overuse. With limited spots in the lineup, once you lose confidence in a club and stop using it, won’t be long before a change is made.
  25. Was lucky enough to win on EBay with a very low bid a set of 4-PW Corey Paul Cavity back irons that were made into clubs with KBS C-taper S+ Shafts. Only the 6 iron had been hit before I got them. Have played with them twice and they are nice. Bought a Stitch carry bag for them as they are some keepers for sure. Paired them up with a set of Corey Paul wedges in 51,55 & 59. Now what to put in the bag on the top end? Gotta go through some old sets and pull out a few old favorites. Maybe a hybrid, a 5 wood, driver and putter.
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