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DrMJG

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  1. 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!
  2. It has been quit the while since my last post. There reason I did not post had nothing to do with this review, ball, forum, or anything such as that this product. Regarding this product, it exceeded both the promo stuff from Bridgestone, their evaluation of my swing, and my expectations The switch to Tour B from the e12 I was using is a good one. Drives: average 10 yards Irons 6-9 yards from 6 and 7 Hybrids aout 10 ALL showed improvement in accuracy, loft and result such as wedges. This will be the choice in my golf future! As to me: 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. 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. Not related in any way to Covid16. 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!
  3. Prior to getting VERY solid with the hybrids, I used the 6i a lot. Used it a quite often last round due to Ionger first rough on a moist course. So it drew my mind in practice. My hybrids are solid so is my 7i and wedges. We always seem to second guess our play at my level.
  4. Today I focused on my 6, 7 and 8 irons. These, along with my hybrids, are the clubs I use most in my rounds. I know, that is a major revelation. Lately, my inconsistent club is the 6. I get good loft, ball speed and distance is not bad; but divergence from the target has widened in both directions. Today I even had a few topped shots. So, tomorrow through Sunday I will be figuring out were I am off in my routine. I do have a routine that has been very predictable and productive. Not sure why only the 6i is not doing well. Maybe, I need to not use it for a few days before a re-examination. O well, the course I am playing on Friday is playable without touching the 6.
  5. Final report is on the way. Here is a short summation. I am an older player with a slower swing and ball speed; so when we did our video, Bridgestone recommended I play their e12. I already play that as my gamer. So the best option for me to test was the RX. I cannot really express my surprise and even shock at how much this particular ball has helped my game: cleaner straighter drives, more consistency with my group of irons and my hybrids, and, finally, the spin needed on chips and pitches. No, all my mediocre skills were not miraculously improved. I may change to this ball. I have loved Bridgestone spheres since I returned to golf after a 2 decade period. The confidence I have come to expect with their balls was re-confirmed. Heck, I even tried to mash one ball using non-golf methods with no luck. One ball I played for over 34 holes (would have finished the round with it until I sent it swimming). Considering I have 2 boxes of e12 and a few sleeves of e6 in the trunk of the car, it will be a few months before this retired person needs to resupply. When that time comes, I will be sure to get some RX. They will not make me senior tour ready, but this month, I have found good results and good fun in the Tour RX.
  6. On my return to golf, I had to almost most start over in terms of grip. It seems I started a it too weak, so my coach ad me go to a some hard grip and THEN move to a somewhat more neutral grip. It as worked fine these past three years. Too hard of a grip also tires my hands quite a lot as I have major arthritis in my right hand.
  7. I try to do the same thing: lower hands and lower start to backswing. Voice it in my head for every shot! One of these days it may turn into automatic. muscle memory!
  8. Question for us all: How well the ball you were sent to try out match you and/or your game, regardless of what you usually play or in comparison to other spheres? Did the Bridgestone ball fit for this evaluation do well by you? Mine, the RX not only was a good fit, I was very pleasantly surprised.
  9. Report post New round today was nowhere as good a the other day, and, given my usual problems with this course, it was still somewhat better than usual. Course 73.2/128 Score 92, 39 putts (left way too many way too long when I hit the green). Only 17 GIR, Not as many FIR as well. Two balls sent swimming and one shot into the trees past a green. So penalties plus the most lost balls for the year. In reality, most shots that were "off" were just enough off to make playing the round seem greatly unplanned. 7i usually short, and 6i usually a bit long. All the penalties would not have existed with no more than 5-8 yards less oomph. Mostly operator error, who may have tried too hard in terms of trying for yards. Still, perhaps the best round at this course for me and we did not play forward tees this time. Perhaps I am complaining too much as I came in second in my foursomes. Hard to accept a very mediocre round after a great one! More next week!
  10. New round today was nowhere as good a the other day, and, given my usual problems with this course, it was still somewhat better than usual. Course 73.2/128 Score 92, 39 putts (left way too many way too long when I hit the green). Only 17 GIR, Not as many FIR as well. Two balls sent swimming and one shot into the trees past a green. So penalties plus the most lost balls for the year. In reality, most shots that were "off" were just enough off to make playing the round seem greatly unplanned. 7i usually short, and 6i usually a bit long. All the penalties would not have existed with no more than 5-8 yards less oomph. Mostly operator error, who may have tried too hard in terms of trying for yards. Still, perhaps the best round at this course for me and we did not play forward tees this time. Perhaps I am complaining too much as I came in second in my foursomes. Hard to accept a very mediocre round after a great one! More next week!
  11. As with many here on the Bridgestone White Box Review, the sound is different from what I have played and it has taken a bit of time to adjust. I do like it, especially while putting; sounds solid and sure. In my pitch and chip practice this week, I have fallen in love with my new found ability to hold the greens. Sorry my beloved Bridgestone e12, you now may be replaced! I have even had a ball or two spin nicely back. This has never been a strong skill of mine. I was never able to create enough spin to do that well. The bite has even forced me to keep my ball mark repair tool at the ready. I new demand for my game! I will be playing a familiar course tomorrow with many challenges for my skills: longer yardage, narrower fairways, lots of sand, water, and greens with quite a bit of roll. Last time I played this course, I felt happy to just hit under triple digits. I do not expect to do as well as I did earlier this week, but will again allow me to see how this ball will help an old geezer such as me.
  12. Played 18 with only my white ball stash. Played whole round with same ball. Simply put: the best round I have played in close to 3 decades! Played men's forward tees 5310 yards. TOTAL SCORE: 78!! NO penalties, NO 6's, 11 pars, 2 fairway sand traps that did not affect scores at all 30 putts, 85% fairways off the tee. HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOT Handicap: 16.6 RED65.10/105 305 425 310 135 320 315 330 85 445 2670 360 370 140 450 360 105 150 265 440 2640 5310 Course Hdcp: 10 PAR 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 3 3 4 5 35 71 INDEX 13 11 3 15 9 7 5 17 1 6 2 14 12 10 18 8 16 4 HCP NET My Score 4 5 4 3 5 5 4 4 4 39 4 5 3 5 5 4 3 5 5 39 78 10. 68 I am NOT crazy enough to claim the ball was the cause to my best score since the late 1980s. however... Drives were longer than ever: 210-235 on all driver uses, and well centered in terms of line. Some of that must be the result of comfort with my PING G410+ driver. I have only had it for just over 2 months. Still every time better results. Perhaps a solid combination of both additions. The greatest improvement was in the way the ball bit on wedges and chips. I think I had saved 4-6 strokes on that alone. Add a few lucky breaks, good putting and no penalties, I am ecstatic. It is fair to add that as this was the first time playing the RX on course; it had to have a solid contribution .
  13. I am reporting here some white box RX results. ball Speed 130 launch angle 21º Average distance 210 deviation 6 yards
  14. Simply put, the best round I have played in close to 3 decades! Played men's forward tees 5310 yards. TOTAL SCORE: 78!! NO penalties, NO 6's, 11 pars, 2 fairway sand traps that did not affect scores at all 30 putts, 85% fairways off the tee, HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOT Handicap: 16.6 RED65.10/105 305 425 310 135 320 315 330 85 445 2670 360 370 140 450 360 105 150 265 440 2640 5310 Course Hdcp: 10 PAR 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 3 3 4 5 35 71 INDEX 13 11 3 15 9 7 5 17 1 6 2 14 12 10 18 8 16 4 HCP NET My Score 4 5 4 3 5 5 4 4 4 39 4 5 3 5 5 4 3 5 5 39 78 10. 68
  15. I spent today with driver in hand to get some numbers. I took smacks with e12, current RX and with white box RX. I am reporting here the average white box RX results for 50 shots Club Speed 100 Ball Speed 138 Spin 2810 Launch angle 15º Carry Yard 208 Total Yard 227 To be honest, some to the results were sent lower because of a few of my inconsistencies. Still, if I would have those average numbers in a round, I would be very well pleased. What pleased me the most was a deviation only 5' from line. My tendency to pull a it beyond fade was really minimal. My sometimes thin shots left no marks or smudges Will be tested with a round soon.
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