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Hoyoymac

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  1. Had one DOA sensor, one fall apart completely, another stop working. Customer service has been great to work with and replaced them all for free in about a week. Got them as part of the PING promotion after I got my G410 LST driver. The diagnostics have made a big difference for me and pointed out areas to work on and clubs to tweak. My handicap has come down 25% from 8 to 6 since really diving into the dashboard.
  2. Arccos is telling me the opposite. After some recent changes on the top end of my bag my gaps have tightened with one exception. My 5 iron is a club that is not being used much now and it has a lot of distance overlap with the 6 iron. Also, I seem to have a gap on the low end of my bag. Seriously considering going from 4 to 5 wedges to tighten things up and dropping the 5 iron.
  3. Jordy, Savannah, GA practice 2Xs/week indoors & 3Xs/wk outdoors 15-30 minutes per session minimum. 1.9 three putts per round according to Arccos, 1502 putts recorded. I’m very interested in the face angle and club path data. After reading Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible recently, adopting his techniques and creating an indoor putting practice area with a Big Moss Competitor V2 putting mat based on the mygolfspy review my putting has improved significantly. My current Arccos putting handicap is a plus 3.6 and looking to drive it even lower. My overall handicap on Arccos is now the lowest ever at 5.2. The forum and support from its members has made a meaningful difference in my bag makeup too. Would love to be chosen for this testing opportunity.
  4. Just got the rangefinder accessory a couple of weeks ago after a playing partner had one. Put it on my Bushnell Tour V. Works great.
  5. A couple of months ago I installed a Stability Tour shaft in my Odyssey O Works black #7 putter and at the same time put a 75g Superstroke Countercore weight in the new Traxion Tour 3.0 grip. I’ve also been tinkering around with the sole weights as well to keep the swingweight from changing to drastically. It has made a big difference in the feel and smoothness of my putting stroke. I had moved to left hand low putting several years ago to quiet my hands. What I saw before my recent changes to the putter was a slight looping, almost a figure eight move on my takeaway and delivery at impact. The counterbalancing has dramatically improved my takeaway and reduced the looping/rerouting. It feels like my hands are much quieter now and my swing is more pendulum like. I’ve been putting better than ever since the changes. Glad I listened to the guys on the forum about not being afraid to tinker with my clubs. Best wishes for success as you fine tune and dial in your putter.
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    The new Handicap system has made a dramatic impact on course handicaps in our area. At my home course with an 8 GHIN Index the course handicap from the tees that I regularly play used to be a 10. Now with the changes, the new course handicap from the same tees with the same 8 index is a 5. From the forward tees, the adjustment is even larger. In my opinion, a person’s handicap index and the course handicap calculator is not a particularly good indicator of which tees someone should be playing.
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    In our men’s group this question comes up from time to time. We’ve tried to get away from an arbitrary age or handicap/skill level equation. The consensus is it doesn’t really matter what tees you hit from as long as that is where your handicap is established from. If you play from a tee box other than where your handicap is established then an adjustment is made depending on whether you’re moving up or back. Our pro has encouraged everyone to enjoy the game and believes that people will have more fun if they can reach the greens in regulation, dependent of course on hitting good shots, and not consider it an age thing but more of an ability test. If you can’t reach the 150 yard marker from the tee then you should consider moving up a set of tees. If you are inside of the 100 yard marker from the tee then you should consider moving back a set. This also helps figure out where to play on unfamiliar courses. Course design and location can make a big difference in tee selection as well. On my home course there is a subtle rise in many of the fairways that causes tee shots from the blue or black tees to hit into the backside of the hill reducing roll out and causing the course to play longer than the stated yardage. The same player from the white or gold tees will find their tee shot land on the backside of the rise and get a big kick forward adding to the roll out causing the course to player shorter. Our course also has forced carries over water or marsh on three of the par 3s. As you move back the carry distance increases substantially and leads to many more lost balls and penalties for errant shots. Since we are at sea level with a fair amount of humidity, carry distances are lower than in an arid climate at higher elevation. In Arizona where my Mother lives, when I play there I have to move back at least a set of tees or take 1 to 2 clubs less on every shot compared to home. Yesterday I played 18 with my friends and we played from the back tees. Afterwards my wife wanted to play 9 and so I played from the forward tees with her and never took the driver out of the bag, teeing off with irons or hybrids to try and match my normal landing areas. Sometimes I’ll play up a set of tees with my Father in law and I find that if you don’t adjust club selection off the tee, then trouble off the tee comes into play more often. While hitting the ball a long way is an advantage, regardless of which tees you use, most of the shots are still within 100 yards and on the green. If you can’t chip and putt you’ll still struggle to score well.
  8. Reviewing my Arccos caddie dashboard this morning. 20 rounds captured in the six weeks since I’ve installed the Stability shaft into my Odyssey O-Works Black #7 putter. My Putting Handicap has improved by 1.6 strokes. My Arccos Handicap and my GHIN index are also now the lowest of the year. All other stats remained pretty much the same, except for Driver Stats which got a little worse. The putter has been bailing me out. I’m convinced that the Stability shaft has contributed to my improved performance.
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    The Fujikura Fuel 60 S shaft in the Tour Edge XCG7 7 wood that I’ve been using has been such a great fit for me that I ordered what I believe to be the same shaft for my Exotics EX 10 4 wood. Just installed it on Wednesday and put it into play yesterday. It appears promising so far.
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    The success I’m having with my new 7 wood has not gone unnoticed. This week one of my regular foursome just put in his bag a Callaway Epic 7 wood and my Father in law is trying out a Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood.
  11. Was only using it 2 or 3 times a round max. No confidence because I couldn’t get a 3 wood in the air from the fairway. Had a 4 or 5 wood for awhile, not much better. Just added a 7 wood with 21 deg.of loft. I finally found what I needed. Loft is my friend. I de loft everything with a good amount of forward shaft lean. As a result my ball flight is on the low side. I tend to swing from the inside out, wrap the club face around the ball and hit a draw. I combined a high launching Stiff shaft to the 7 wood and am having my Eureka! moment.
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    Just a quick update. I have 37 on course swings with the 7 wood captured by Arccos and 19 with the 5 Hybrid. I have used both more than that but I don’t always use the Arccos app when I’m playing. The 7 wood’s smart distance is 216 yards. The 5 hybrid smart distance is 190 yards. My existing 4 hybrid fits nicely between them. Been using the 7 wood more off of the tee than I expected. It is a bit longer off of the tee, 223 smart distance, but a better choice on some holes where driver can bring trouble into play. I am extremely happy with both. The 7 wood is by far the best club purchase I’ve made as far as combined value and performance. The 5 hybrid is not far behind in the value/performance measure. The difference is the 7 wood is practically point and shoot reliable. Thanks to all of you that encouraged me to experiment a bit. It has paid off.
  13. Got my Odyssey #7 collection together and have started the head to head comparisons. The three putters are the Odyssey O-Works Black #7 with the Stability Tour shaft and 75 gram counter core weight in the Superstroke Traction Tour midslim 3.0 grip. The Odyssey Toulon Las Vegas with Strokelab shaft. The final putter is the Odyssey Metal-X Milled #7 with the standard steel shaft. All are the double bend shaft face balanced versions. I will check the swing weights on all three next week. Shaft lengths all the same at 35. Will probably have to change the pistol grips out on two of the putters. The head sizes are noticeably different .
  14. Well, I have had the Stability Tour putter shaft in play for about two weeks now. Yesterday’ round according to Arccos Caddie contained 5 personal bests. My lowest all time Handicap, 7 ups & downs, 9 one putts, Tied for fewest 3 putts with 0, Fewest putts per round with 27. Not the best driving and approach shot day, but the putter saved my bacon! The new Stability shaft and other putter modifications seem to be helping.
  15. Just won my bids last night on EBay for a Toulon Las Vegas double bend with the Stroke Lab shaft and an Odyssey Milled Metal X #7 with the steel shaft. Within a week I should be able to give some feedback on the difference between the feel and performance of the BGT Stability Tour shaft with the O works Black #7 head and the new Toulon Las Vegas head with Stroke Lab Shaft compared to the Milled Metal X #7 with the steel shaft.
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    After several rounds of golf, the 7 wood and the 5 hybrid have proven to be superior to the 4 wood and 4 iron that I’ve had in the bag up until now. Arccos is telling me that my smart distance with both clubs is equal to or better than the other clubs, the difference is that I get much more height and better carry. I have been extremely pleased with both.
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    Played with my wife and her 82 year old dad this afternoon. I played from the red tees with them and left the driver in the bag. Teed off mostly with the new 25 degree hybrid and the 7 wood even though they were longer than really necessary. The first two tee shots were big, low hooks with the new hybrid. On the third tee I adjusted the hybrid from the neutral A1 setting to the B4 setting which adds 2 degrees of loft and promotes a fade. Also took out the neutral surefit weight and replaced it with the 14 gram weight in the fade setting. Hit a nice high draw. On the next hole I opened the club face a bit at address and hit a nice high straight ball. 195 yards into the wind. I used the 7 wood off of the tee on the next hole, a par 5, for a beautiful straight ball with just a hint of draw, followed by 7 iron. The rest of the round continued in similar fashion. Love the new clubs! They are both keepers and will stay in the bag. If I find in the future that I’m fighting a hook with the hybrid I’ll put on a bigger grip. So what to take out of the bag? The Titleist TMB 4 iron is out of the bag and on the bench. Now I’ve got to decide whether to bench my Tour Edge Exotics EX10 4 wood, which is great off the tee but hard for me to hit from the deck or my Titleist 818 H1 21 deg. Hybrid. I’ll give it some thought and make up my mind in the next week after I play with these clubs a bit more. But right now I’m leaning towards taking the 4 wood out.
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    My misses with hybrids tend also to be left. The reason I like the Titleist 818H1 Hybrid is because you can adjust the hosel and also the internal weight to favor a fade/reduce a hook. The new 7 wood has already proven itself to be a friend. Arccos smart distance is listed as 218 yards. I will be continuing to work with it so that I can really build my confidence with it. I shot a 74 yesterday and the 7 wood helped me to do that on some of the par 5s. Some other changes to clubs in the past couple of weeks also made a difference. A slighter smaller grip installed Friday night on my driver helped me to release the club and turn over the ball a little better. Hit 9 of 14 fairways and of the misses 4 to the left. Before I was having a two way miss. After the first three left misses, I moved the sliding weight from the draw setting to the neutral setting and it was near automatic after that. 12/18 Greens in Regulation, a personal best for the year. 50% up and down on the chips. My one real blemish was a lip out for a three putt. Getting comfortable with the new Stability Tour shaft in my Odyssey O-Works black #7. New Super Stroke Traxion Tour 3.0 grip and a 75 gram counter core weight. Reduced the head weight by 10 grams to bring the swingweight down. Much easier to control the head now for longer putts. Using a cross handed modified wrist lock grip like Soren Kjeldsen uses on short putts has really made putts under 5 feet much less stressful. The 25 deg. Hybrid I hope will give me a higher launch than the 21 I have now because of the Tensei Red shaft vs. the Tensei Blue in the 21 and of course the increase in loft. Once I know how it performs I’ll figure out what club to take out of the bag. I’ve never been much of a tinkerer before, but I’ve been enjoying the process of trying to figure out what works for me and why and then making the slight adjustments to really fine tune things and dial it in.
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    Another delivery today. My new to me Titleist 818H 25 deg. hybrid with the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Red 60 R flex shaft. Again looks brand new and the head cover is brand new. Will put it in play tomorrow!
  20. Look what came in the mail today! My Big Moss V2 Competitor putting mat. It is set up in my man cave now. Also pictured are my new Putt out practice mirror and Puttout Pressure putt trainer.
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    Took my new club to the range and was very happy. Took it to the course and used it four times today, all with good effect. It’s early I know, but this could be the beginning of something for me. Still got lots to learn about how and when to hit the club for different situations and how far it will normally carry. Waiting on the 5 hybrid to arrive either today or Monday. Pretty excited so far. Yeah, it has a few more marks on it too from my range session. But, now it feels like it is mine.
  22. Location - Savannah, GA area Current Bag - Titleist Cart 14 What I look for in a bag - My preference is for a bag with enough dividers for all of my clubs and a dedicated putter slot. Most of my rounds are played with a cart so I prefer a cart style bag. I like a specific pocket for golf balls, another pocket for tees, ball markers, and my divot tool, a pocket for keys, change and cash, a pocket for gloves and a towel, a pocket for a vest or jacket. I like a ring or two to hold a towel to clean my clubs, a club brush and for my rangefinder case. A dedicated slot or pocket for an umbrella. A slot for an extra pencil. I like lots of pockets. My playing partners tease me, because every time we pass a trash can I ask everyone if they have any trash. Can’t stand a messy cart or bag. A rain cover or snap on hood is nice for traveling, but I hardly ever use it otherwise. An insulated pocket or waterproof slot is nice to hold bug spray, sun screen or a drink. I also like a bag to be able to be personalized with my golf club’s name and logo on one pocket panel and my name on another. A few sturdy handles on top and on the side. A strap that has hardware that is removable and/or replaceable or stout enough not to break. A loop or handle to slide a cart strap through. Reinforcements along the place where the bag rubs on the cart so that the bag does not wear at that point. Finally a UV protected color fast dyed fabric so that it won’t fade in the sun or rain and colors that won’t get dirty or dingy. Thanks for considering me for the test. A picture of my current bag is attached.
  23. Here’s what my new Stability Tour putter shaft looks like fitted to my Odyssey O-works 7 black.
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    Look what came in the mail today! This beauty looks brand new. There is one tiny little ding on the very edge of the crown that looks like a manufacturing issue because there is paint over it. Other than that if this club was hit more than 3 times I would be surprised. The head cover is brand new as far as I can tell. $56.15 for the club and head cover including tax and shipping. I’m excited to hit it tomorrow!
  25. Practiced a little with the putter before my round today. They top dressed the greens at my course yesterday with sand and then rolled them. They were a bit inconsistent. Had three birdies and one 3 putt bogey plus a couple of nice par saves with the putter today. Several observations: The stiffness of the shaft is very apparent. Feels very stable and no wobble. The swingweight change due to the 75 gram Counter Core weight is also apparent. The head feels lighter and you can feel the weight in your hands more. I found my putter stroke was more consistent with less jerkiness at the start of the swing. On the few long putts, those over 20 feet, the results were by and large better than usual even with the inconsistent green speeds. I did miss a few putts too. You still have to read the putt and get the speed right. It’s too early to say how much the changes have helped, but I would say for sure it didn’t hurt my putting. My buddies were really “raining on my parade” before the round. They got quieter after I took their money on the side bets and birdie pool.
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