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  1. I was given the opportunity of testing the TA Impact II, the slightly larger blade putter. I may be less inclined to make a big deal of appearance. After all, most of my current clubs were used. I tend to consider condition and suitability for my game more than original look. Still, this club looked good. Blade and shaft were black, as well as the grip. Alignments were clearly marked. In short, I give this this weapon a full 10 points in looks and style. As with any new club in my bag, it was going to take a while to get used to the feel of this putter. My gamer has a sound I am very used to, after 5 years of use. The TA sound was, to my ear, a tad softer. More like tapping on a full pot of water as opposed to any empty one. This implies as well that I spend a lot of time listening to my putter. I really do not, though I have many do. Not listening for sound may sound a bit off to many who are aware I was a conductor of orchestras and choirs as well as a classical singer. I respond more to the tactile when golfing. The TA did not produce any real distraction for me through sound no matter where on the face I struck the ball. In terms of the basic feel of the club, I spent a lot of time hitting and mis-hitting the blade in first day I tested it out. The feel of the Impact II was disorienting at the start. The basic sense was that it was heavier than my gamer and oddly balanced. This took a full three weeks of use to get to a sense of “I know this club and what I want to do”. I even spent an hour with a golf pro to see if I may need to radically change any of my putting the stroke. We ended up focusing more with stance and body straightening than anything else. Soon the TA felt better in terms of balance and I was not having the same impression of clunky, heavy and awkward. So, for these considerations I’ll assign a solid 8 points. As I spent time on the course and putting mat, I became quite a bit more accurate in all the fundamental aspect of using this putter, except repeatable accuracy of distance greater than 20’ mainly to operator error. I was able to readily aim the ball using within the markings on the club. The nice aspect of the club is it sent the ball in the direction I hit it, good or bad. All was solid with my stroke after I adapted to the club. I did have to change the stance to allow to keep more of the blade on the ground, lest I hit on the heel. I am far from 100% comfortable with the TA II. If this had been my choice for a putter when I rebuilt my set in 2014 I could see it as a gamer. I will continue to mix it in from time to time when the heat of Phoenix allows me to play again. Usability I would give 16 points. While it fits my game, still not a perfect natural one. Total Points 34 out of 40. One last comment: the price point makes this at great choice for many of us.
  2. Got out early today so heat not a major factor during the round. 87 total with 24 putts. My chipping was solid so only a handful of first putts over 20'. While I am getting used to the soft face, today was a mix of long and short. Never frustrated by the TA2 itself, More a sense of my overthinking of putting in general.
  3. Only 9 today, the heat here in PHX nears unbearable. 81º at first tee, 97º when I teed off on the last hole. Despite this famously dry heat, glad only played 9. I was very happy with the 43. It was also the first time felt the TA played as well, if not slightly better than my usual gamer. As a result of what others have said, I focused on keeping the blade flatter. Almost no hits going left. Not sure if this adjustment was related to the fact that I overshot the hole by >6' once. (Started with 50+ yards). I am developing a real touch. Only 15 putts for this go around.
  4. Finished my 2nd full 18 using the TA 2. The results were well within my 38-40 average putts. I am really getting not only getting used to this putter, but, now am pleased with the results.. I have noticed when properly owned up, I get the line I was trying to obtain. No problems with the < 6', I have the ability to sink most. >6', still have the propensity to hit too long
  5. Played a 9 hole round to see how I might approach more situational putting then simply mat or practice green. I shot alone to spectacular 45 with 24 putts. The three putts were often the aftermath from very poor chips leaving me with 30+ feet to make. Two of the first taps were left well short of the hole. When I attempted to compensate on one, I passed the hole by about 7'. after rimming it out. Hitting on line was less of a problem. I am getting much better with the over all feel of this club. Poor taps were often simple operator error. Still have not fallen in love with the Impact II. I wold call it a very good choice.
  6. I picked the Impact 2 because it seemed like the between mallet and blade. So far, it feels that way. As mine is different, the TA grip may take a tad more adjusting to. I have club shafts in many colors, I will admit the black fits ok. Spent a few hours at a practice green, and, I am still adjusting to the feel to the club in terms of distance. Have left some short but more long. They seem true in terms of aim; just have not adjusted to the speed feel. Markings at top of club are good. Of the just under 70 taken, I marked 30 as good for a short tap in and 8 as sunk. The remaining saw more 3+ feet long than 2+ feet short.
  7. MY TOYS! As I wrote earlier, since 1974, I have used only 3 putters. Each took some time to adjust to the size, weight and touch. I was able to get comfortable and learned to exploit them in my game. The old friend, my Canadian Club 1974-1985 I did not play golf at all from 1984 - 2015 My current gamer 2015 - present And now, the Tommy Armour, I am testing
  8. Hello, Mark here. This is my first review not dealing with golf balls. I have not really focused on putters for some time. Putting, in my game, has been a the most positive part of my game since I started playing when LBJ was President. I very rarely go beyond 34 putts per round. For a good many years, I played with a rather generic bullseye style weapon. I was primarily focused on reading greens. I did move away from the bullseye when I was gifted a putter, it was made by or copied from the Acushnet style of 1975. In truth, is was part of a display at my father-in-law’s liquor store because he had a large display of Canadian Club Whiskey. I used that one for decades. As it was lighter than my first putter, touch and speed added to my putting skills. Finally, when I returned to the game after not playing for 20+ years, as I was rebuilding my clubs, I actually went in for a putter fitting. I settled on a Ping mallet. I do like the results, but have begun to wonder about playing a blade again. As a retired individual, Price is a strong consideration, so most Scotty C. putters are not on the list. In regards to this testing, I practiced on my testing sights to see what is both possible and predictable with the two putters I still have available. The TA putter will be referenced to my established ones. I will use the ball I always use, Bridgestone e12. First full round scheduled for this week.
  9. I was given the opportunity of testing the TA Impact II, the slightly larger blade putter. I may be less inclined to make a big deal of appearance. After all, most of my current clubs were used. I tend to consider condition and suitability for my game more than original look. Still, this club looked good. Blade and shaft were black, as well as the grip. Alignments were clearly marked. In short, I give this this weapon a full 10 points in looks and style. As with any new club in my bag, it was going to take a while to get used to the feel of this putter. My gamer has a sound I am very used to, after 5 years of use. The TA sound was, to my ear, a tad softer. More like tapping on a full pot of water as opposed to any empty one. This implies as well that I spend a lot of time listening to my putter. I really do not, though I have many do. Not listening for sound may sound a bit off to many who are aware I was a conductor of orchestras and choirs as well as a classical singer. I respond more to the tactile when golfing. The TA did not produce any real distraction for me through sound no matter where on the face I struck the ball. In terms of the basic feel of the club, I spent a lot of time hitting and mis-hitting the blade in first day I tested it out. The feel of the Impact II was disorienting at the start. The basic sense was that it was heavier than my gamer and oddly balanced. This took a full three weeks of use to get to a sense of “I know this club and what I want to do”. I even spent an hour with a golf pro to see if I needed to radically change any of my putting stroke. We ended up focusing more with stance and body straightening than anything else. Soon the TA felt better in terms of balance and I was quickly not having the same impression of clunky, heavy and awkward. So, for these considerations I’ll assign a solid 8 points. After I'd spent a good amount of time on the course and putting mat, I became quite a bit more accurate in all the fundamental aspect of using this putter, though repeatable accuracy of distance greater than 20’ remains mainly to operator error. I was able to readily aim the ball using the markings on the club. The nice aspect of the club is it sent the ball in the direction I hit it, good or bad. All was solid with my stroke after I adapted to the club. I did have to change the stance to allow to keep more of the blade on the ground, lest I hit on the heel. I am far from 100% comfortable with the TA II. If this had been my choice for a putter when I rebuilt my set in 2014 I could see it as a gamer. I will continue to mix it in from time to time when the heat of Phoenix allows me to play again. Usability I would give 17 points. While it fits my game, still not a perfect natural one. Total Points 35 out of 40. One last comment: the price point makes this at great choice for many of us. This ends my review!
  10. Mark Gooodyear, AZ Ping Mallet More than Willing to try any but #3 is themes interest
  11. Mark, Goodyear AZ iPhone 11 outdoors and indoors wit net and without
  12. Finally back doing the golf thing. Without going into a lot of detail, I lost strength in the legs for almost any activity, including standing and balance. After impressive work done by my primary care physician. cardiologist, and great physical therapists, all is in order for doing "golf activities". First re-pairs were adding a stent to a locked artery and doing a LOT of physical therapy. THEN it was decided to put a Watchman in me and all has been cleared in terms of activity. So far I can chip and putt and lightly swing my Orange Whip®. So I did a little of each. Results were "OK" for now. All showed severe rust; but, I expected that. Great to be back!
  13. Finally back doing the golf thing. Without going into a lot of detail, I lost strength in the legs for almost any activity, including standing and balance. After impressive work done by my primary care physician. cardiologist, and great physical therapists, all is in order for doing "golf activities". So far I can chip and putT and lightly swing my Orange Whip®. So I did a little of each. Results were "OK" for now. All showed severe rust; but, I expected that. Great to be back!
  14. I am FINALLY returning to golf after a 6 month absence due to severe injury, so obviously this would help greatly! Mark Goodyear AZ I have not used a net is a few decades, now I have used a launch monitor at a local range; do not own one
  15. No, did not stop my interest in Golf or this forum. Rather my body decided not to want to play I was forced to stop golf 8 hours after my last 18. For reasons still neither fully explained or understood, my body decided to go from a slightly higher blood pressure to a very low one. Not related in any way to Covid16. As a result, balance was not possible and for over a 4 week period I cold not stand without getting very dizzy, even moving my lower body was quite the challenge. A combination of re-doing my medications from before to now have me well on the way. Therapy 3x a week, combibnations with new drugs and my own stubbornness have me standing, no dizziness, ability to work on some mild golf related exercises. As compared to a week earlier, I am a new person. All medical indications, including my cardiologist, are pointing to a more than possible return to golfing by Labor Day. No promises just doable. I won't give weekly updates, but, thanks for understanding!
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