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  1. My MGI Navigator has the same - an axle position for the wheel to rotate freely, if the battery fails for whatever reason. Another thing I found was that bug repellant spray can be sprayed onto the axle, if pushing is difficult or squeaky - it makes a good emergency lubricant!
  2. I am a confirmed walker. I have a good set-up, with a battery-powered, remote controlled MGI ZIP Navigator that gets me around easily - even 36 holes between charges. I find walking helps keep me fit, and also gives me good "thinking time" as I walk to my next shot. Cheaper than a cart, but I'd walk rather than ride any day!
  3. Yes, I too have been playing with the Australian Vets, which is run well with a region or town hosting events during most weeks. Organised on a state-by-state basis for both men and women, there are usually competition rounds on the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays, with a two or three round overall tournament plus a lovely get-together dinner on the Thursday evening, or an extravagant lunch after the Friday round. There is often a group of caravan couples touring as they travel, following the trail from one tournament to the next. It's fantastic for us retirees, and a great way for my wife and me to see country Australia while getting in some golf! In fact, my profile pic shows me with the Neville Reid Memorial Trophy for winning the overall event at Tocumwal, NSW a few years ago - that was a week to remember!
  4. I'm still supporting the team that first grabbed my attention when I started watching the NFL way back, when they had this exciting new quarterback from Notre Dame! Joe Montana helped us win four Superbowls, and I'm still following the San Francisco 49ers today - as we surge toward our sixth win at the Big Dance! GO NINERS!
  5. I just want to change that Xmas song to: On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love golfed with me: Twelve greens in regulation, eleven good bounces, ten fairways found! Nine straight drives, eight big putts dropping Seven wedges spinning, six putts breaking, And five new Pings! "Fore!" calling golfers, three sand saves, two chip-ins And a par after that drive hit a pear tree!
  6. Ben Hogan Apex Redlines from 1988. I have a set - 1-iron right through to E-wedge - with new Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grips and the original Hogan steel 4 "stiff " shafts. Magic clubs!
  7. Just the three, but that Ping is NEVER leaving my bag! Callaway: Epic Flash Driver, 3-wood [1.5 Mini] Mizuno: MP Titanium 5-wood, 3-iron Hi-Fli, 5-PW MP-18 MMC, Wedges T-7 52*, 56*, 60* {sometimes 52*+58*+64*] Ping: putter Darby (for 25 years)
  8. I'm a higher marker than you, so I wouldn't presume to give you advice, except to say that when I have tried to fix a problem myself, and failed, I book a lesson or two with a reliable teaching pro. Good luck!
  9. I had a teammate in Junior Rep golf who used an old bullseye putter so that he could putt left- or right-handed with it. He reckoned that it was easier to hole putts that broke towards his feet rather than putts sliding away, particularly short-range putts. So on putts breaking to the left, he putted right-handed - on putts breaking right, he putted left-handed. He did well enough to turn pro, had some minor tour success and now is head pro at a leading Australian golf course!
  10. I have two regular gaming sets, plus multiple other iron sets plus persimmon woods and all sorts of wedges. "A mad golf club collector" as my wife puts it! For both of my gamer sets, I know the lofts, lengths, swing weights and distances of each club. As one poster said, this helps me move between sets, and also with hired sets when travelling, so I know roughly how far club each is going to go - because that's the single most important thing.... How far will I hit this club?
  11. I'm hearing you! My longest iron is 5-iron nowadays.
  12. I have played "player's irons" since I was a Junior [48 years!], and play off a handicap now of 5-7 [mostly]. I really like the feel and look of bladed clubs, and enjoy the challenge of controlling ball flight & spin. I've tried the bigger cavities, but they usually have a lot of offset, do not suit my eye and feel clunky - I like that feeling of a quality blade hit from the sweet spot! My handicap has been no different either way, so I play the type of clubs I like to play - blades. A few golfing friends tried playing blades - some liked them, some didn't, but one hit 3 shanks out of 4 and walked away muttering unrepeatables! Basically, I think the vast majority of golfers should play what gives them most enjoyment on the golf course. For you that may be the PXG 0211s, for me it's a quality blade!
  13. PXG 0211 ST $1,700 on a discount retailer website here in Australia, while the PXG GEN4 0311 P Irons are $3,600. [All in Aussie Dollars]. Yep - cheap as chips! Hogan Icons = $1,224 I'll take the Icons anyday!
  14. I would hate to see a situation where PXG [super expensive clubs] thrives, while a maker of highest quality, but cheaper clubs goes bust - such as the Ben Hogan clubs.
  15. I always carry at least one high lofted wedge, currently two - a 64* and a 58*, which I turn to fairly often during a round when that shot & club make sense. The 58* is good for full shots from 80yds, the 64* from 65yds. With greenside shots, I always try the most straightforward option. So I'll putt or play a 7-iron runner from the fringe, but when you're down a steep bank or in a deep pot, that 64* can work minor miracles!
  16. I am definitely thinking of upgrading my old reliable Mizuno MP-68s for a set of new Mizuno Pro 221s. The simply look fantastic, and I reckon they will feel & play fantastic as well! P.S. I wonder if I need a new set of Mizuno MP-22 wedges as well???
  17. I am often facing greenside shots from deep bunkers, or from thick, sticky rough coming up an embankment to a short-sided pin - so it's very useful there - plus it suits me for manufacturing shots in that 30-40-50 yard range. And I can get excellent stop +/- backspin on the ball at its full range of about 65 yards. My floppy is a quality Mizuno MP-R12 64* wedge with 5* bounce, with a really nice balance and weight to it. I think getting a high quality mega-floppy wedge is important if you're going to put one in your competition bag. I know its not for everyone, and a mishit can put a smile on your ball's face, but I really like it, and practice with it a fair bit - so for me, its a very useful "emergency!" specialty club.
  18. Why exempt putters? They should really be limited to just 36"!
  19. Lofts??? You guys need to try a 64* Mega-Lobby Wedge! Simply amazing what you can do with that much loft!!!!
  20. Three for me - Mizuno, PING and Callaway: Callaway Epic Flash Driver 12* Callaway 1.5 Mini-driver 14* (set to 16*) Mizuno MP Titanium 5-Wood 18* Mizuno MP-18 Fli-Hi 22* Mizuno MP-68 blades 5-PW Mizuno T7 ion-blue wedges selected from [loft/bounce] 52/9, 54/12, 56/14, 58/8 & 60/6 Mizuno MP R12 64*/5* PING Darby-i putter 34"
  21. I am currently playing 4 wedges in my bag. Starting with my Mizuno MP-68 set Pitching wedge 47*, plus Mizuno T7 52* loft/9* bounce, T7 58*/8* and MP R-12 64*/5* wedges. On a shorter course, sometimes I will swap out a fairway wood, or long iron, plus the T7 58*, for my Mizuno T7 56*/14* and T7 60*/6* wedges so there are less yardage gaps, but generally I am happy with the 6* gaps which give me about 15-16 yard gaps on a full swing. I've learnt to play 'in-betweener' wedge shots with firm 3/4 swings while gripping down the shaft about 1", so the gaps are manageable. Having four wedges with such varied lofts & bounces gives me plenty of options and versatility around the greens - the 64* lob lets me go at some crazy shots, and that's a lot of fun! P.S. A 43* wedge, Berg Ryman? That's my 9-iron!
  22. I thought he had a 64* wedge in his bag???
  23. I have a rotator cuff injury as well. I had nasty, sharp left shoulder pain when lifting my arm straight out, away from my body, starting at about a 45* away from the hip. Avoiding that motion, it was okay, mostly. No definite injury, it just hurt more & more from about June. Like dhartmann34 above, I could still play golf, but it would ache after the game, like it was bruised. And it was starting to affect my swing & scores. Saw my doctor & xrays showed normal bones with no arthritis, but an ultrasound showed a complete tear of the Supraspinatus component of my Rotator cuff tendons. The shoulder specialist recommended surgical repair - just one hour of keyhole surgery - which he did yesterday (October 4th). Wow - does it ache today! The real problem is recovery time, slower than grass growing! Six weeks in a sling, with minimal movement - can't even drive (a car!), then six weeks of low stress mobilisation & physio, then another six weeks of strengthening physio - IF EVERYTHING GOES RIGHT. Hoping to get back on the course sometime in February, but until then, I am an armchair expert on golf!
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