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  1. 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.”
  2. 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
  3. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    Sounds like the start of a beautiful relationship!
  4. Jordy Savannah, GA Ping G410 LST 6 97 MPH TSi3
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Got mine in the mail this week. Was waiting for me when I got home from a little golf trip to Santee, SC. Looking forward to trying it out.
  10. I’ve been fighting similar problems for years. Finally found the solution for me this year. My solution: Tour Edge XCG7 21 degree 7 wood for off the fairway and a shaft change in my Tour Edge EX10 16.5 degree 4 wood to match the 7 wood has made all the difference. The shaft is the Fujikura Fuel 60 Stiff. The 4 wood is great off the tee, still low from the fairway. Also changed my Titleist 818 H1 21 degree hybrid with the Mitsubishi Tensei Blue to the Titleist 818H1 25 degree with Tensei Red stiff shaft. These changes have given me higher launch, more carry and equal or greater distance. I’m not afraid to try a long shot with a carry over a hazard anymore where before I always would lay up. Bought all of the clubs as new old stock and cost less than $150 with shipping, tax and new head covers.
  11. Not very many graphite wedge shafts available. Paderson Kinetixx is a nice one. Otherwise get the 8 iron graphite shaft from whatever set he likes and cut it to length for the wedge you are trying to create.
  12. The CBX 119 was the better player line of clubs from Tour Edge before the EXS Pro line took over that role. The CBX line is a compact clean looking design that featured a hot titanium face to deliver low spin and a penetrating ball flight for more distance. Despite being a better players hybrid it has a good amount of forgiveness. With very little offset it is more of an anti hook hybrid.
  13. Industry estimates are that only 10-15% of all golfers even carry a handicap. The average golfer is generally happy if they break 100. Roughly 2% of all golfers break 80. The handicap statistics are thus heavily skewed to people that are very committed to the game, play frequently and perhaps competitively and would be more likely composed of better than average players.
  14. The Tour Edge CBX 119 forged and the CBX blade irons are both Japanese S25 steel forgings that are CNC milled in the USA. The 119 is a cavity back and the blade is just that. The CBX line is being retired and the EXS Pro line is taking their place. The EXS Pro Blade is very similar to the CBX blade just with different graphics. The new EXS Pro Cavity looks more like the EXS Blade then the CBX 119. I expect fairly soon you will be able to buy new old stock CBX 119 forged irons at a significant discount. They would be a good choice and a good value for better players looking for a bit more forgiveness than a true blade. It is highly unlikely that Phil Mickelson will be leaving Callaway anytime soon to represent Tour Edge. I’ve got two Tour Edge fairway woods in the bag and they are generally known for their fairway woods performance. Lately they’ve been getting some good press for their Drivers. Their irons have always been strong lofted distance machines. But, it looks like with their growing presence on the Champions Tour they are pursuing better players irons again. Their Hot Launch and Bazooka lines have been staples for independent golf shops’ ability to offer good performance at value prices to a broad range of amateur golfers. In general their clubs have been under rated as they don’t have the marketing or manufacturing might that the bigger companies possess. They have however been very innovative on the materials side of golf club technology and pretty nimble as a smaller company. Their putters have always been good performers too. Offering decent performance at bargain prices. The fit and finish of their putters hasn’t always been the best but it has been improving. Their new Wingman putter is getting some attention lately. It is good to see Tour Edge clubs getting some well deserved attention. Their Exotics line used to be a super premium and expensive product line. They’ve adjusted their pricing and their philosophy of providing performance at a value price as the rest of the industry has raised their prices. It is serving them well at the moment. Don’t be afraid to try their products, you might be pleasantly surprised at how good they are.
  15. Are you just talking about better Player’s and Player’s distance irons? Those segments while growing are probably the smaller segments of the iron market. Doesn’t Taylormade also have the SIM Iron line besides the P Series? Titleist has expanded their line some with the T series compared to the AP line: T100, T100S, T200, T300 & T400 & the CB & MB. Dropping the TMB but still offering their CNCPT line. Mizuno has now overhauled all of their MP & JPX lines. What about Callaway with it’s three distinct lines: Apex, Maverick and Big Bertha irons? Lots going on in the iron market this year.
  16. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    Played with an older friend today and since we were playing as a twosome, I decided to play the senior tees with him as we were sharing a cart. Instead of hitting driver, I hit my 7 wood all day so that I would be roughly in the same spot as I would be if I had hit driver from the Men’s tees. The difference was that I was in the fairway 10/14 times which led to me being on the green in regulation 69% of the time today. Shot about the same score as usual despite not putting very well and missing three short birdie chances. The 7 wood is such a good club for amateurs. Glad to see it getting some attention lately in a few blog and magazine articles.
  17. Well, it doesn’t look like there is a whole lot of interest. Those of you that would like to play, my offer stands. I will accommodate you individually or as a small group, because it doesn’t look like there is enough participation to get a large group event going. As far as dates go, it is completely flexible. You tell me what works best for you or when you will be in the neighborhood and we’ll make it work.
  18. Guess I need to sweeten the pot and make it super clear. If you want to play golf for FREE at a course rated one of the top 25 in the country both for Pace of Play & Friendliest Staff by Golf Advisor let me know.
  19. Hoyoymac

    7 woods

    It has been several months since I started this thread and what a difference a few months make. I’ve made a number of changes to my bag since the end of April. Some of these changes I posted about earlier, but there have been more changes since then. First I put in a Tour Edge XCG7 seven wood. Next I added a Titleist 818 H1 25 degree hybrid with the Tensei Red shaft. Changed the shaft in my Tour Edge EX 10 4 wood & Ping G410 LST 9.5 driver to the same shaft in the 7 wood, the Fujikura Fuel 60 gram stiff flex. Took out of the bag my Titleist TMB 4 iron and the 818 H1 21 degree hybrid. More recently I have replaced my Titleist Vokey SM7 56 & 60 10S wedges because they were well worn with Corey Paul 52, 56 & 60 wedge heads that I built into clubs with KBS Tour V wedge shafts, the same shafts as in my Titleist AP3 irons. Took out my TItleist AP3 5 iron. Also changed the shaft of my Odyssey O-works #7 putter to a Stability Tour shaft. These changes have been enormously helpful to my game. My distance gapping from Driver all the way down has improved. Gained the height and carry I was looking to improve in the 200 yard segment of my bag. According to my Arccos the 4 wood smart distance is 223 yards, the 7 wood is 209 yards, the 25 degree hybrid is 191 yards. My Arccos driving, approach, chipping and putting handicaps have all improved. Best of all my GHIN index went from an 8.5 to a 4.9, my lowest ever and allowed me to reach my goal for the year of getting it down to a five. I’ve had my lowest round ever, 71, three times this year too. I now have 14 clubs in my bag that I have confidence in for the first time ever and they all serve a defined purpose. There is still some overlap with my 6, 7 & 8 irons where the gaps kind of run together more so than with the other clubs, so I’m considering strengthening the 6 & 7 lofts a bit, perhaps one degree, and maybe weaken the 8 by a degree. Thank you to all of you that have offered me advice based on your own experience, encouragement and support through this process. Before this I had never really tinkered with my clubs, relying exclusively on fitters to advise me in the past. Without a doubt, getting fit definitely helped me. It was time though for me to take responsibility and get more involved with my bag makeup and experiment to fine tune things to improve the fit even more. The support of the forum and what I learned from it’s members gave me the confidence to try different clubs, buy clubs on line, buy second hand clubs, change shafts, and build a set of wedges. None of which I had done before. Just received my Blast Golf Swing & Stroke club sensor yesterday. Hopefully that & the accompanying app will help me as I take the next steps along my golfing journey. Thank you again and best wishes for success to all of you on your own golfing journey.
  20. Well, I bit the bullet and dropped the 5 iron out of the bag for now and replaced the 54 & 60 Vokey SM7 wedges with a set of Corey Paul 52, 56, & 60 wedge heads that I built with KBS Tour V wedge shafts and SuperStroke Traxion tour grips. Put Prosoft inserts in the shafts too and BB&F ferrules. Extremely happy with the changes! My gapping issue on the low end of the bag has been eliminated. The touch around the greens is awesome. Still figuring out all of my full swing distances & partial swing distances, but so far they have really worked well. Yesterday for example, playing with the Men’s Group, I tied my low round. Hit 11 of 18 GIR and got up and down 5 of 7 on the ones I missed.
  21. Well, I guess my club building skills need some work. The 56 head came loose while playing a couple of days ago. Easy fix though, removed the epoxy, sanded everything again, cleaned everything up real well and then epoxied the head back on. Played Sunday and today and no worries. I think I must not have mixed the first batch of epoxy well enough, because it was kind of rubbery. This time it is very hard. These wedges have just been dynamite around the greens. Still figuring out the full swing yardages. I’ve had at least one chip-in per round so far and several close calls besides. Loving the performance and the looks. Will be bidding on some more to build for friends.
  22. As one of the principal owners of the Sapelo Hammock Golf Club In Shellman Bluff, GA I am interested in hosting a group of Spies to play at the course. Depending on how many are interested will determine the type of event, dates, cost, format, etc. if you are interested please reply. Let me know how many will be joining you, whether you prefer a weekday or weekend to play and what format you would prefer. Once I get some responses I will propose a date with details of the event based on the wishes of the group. For example, if it is just a few guys then you can play with me as my guests. But, if the group is very large I’ll close down the course for the group and we’ll have some kind of tournament & a meal. Looking forward to meeting you guys and getting to know some of you better.
  23. Put them in play yesterday. Stuck a sixty in tight and made birdie. The next hole with the same club chipped in for another birdie. 39 front, 38 back. No doubles, no three putts. Used the wedges a bunch yesterday since I missed a a lot of greens. Really like them, they will be staying in the bag.
  24. Forgot to mention that I put Prosoft vibration dampening shaft inserts in them too.
  25. Recently I was able to purchase a set of Corey Paul Functional Art wedge heads on EBay. The wedge heads are forged of 1025 steel in a raw brushed black finish with some minimal stamping and understated paint fill. They are 52, 56 and 60 degree heads. This is my first time building clubs by myself. Decided to pair the wedge heads with some BB&F ferrules, KBS Tour V wedge shafts and SuperStroke Traxion tour grips. Kept the color scheme of black, red, white and silver throughout. Very happy with the way they turned out and I’m excited to take them to the course tomorrow to try them out.
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