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  1. I get that, but what I’m saying is, I’ve seen no correlation between shaft length and strike. I mean people can struggle with striking any club regardless of length. Getting fit trumps all and strike is always king! Like I said, if it works for you then great!
  2. I’ve never got the short driver bit. If I’m struggling with it, I just go to my 3 wood. I mean it’s the same concept but you still have the ability to use it when you’re striking it well. Also I’ve never fixed a bad day with the driver by choking up on it. Just my two cents. Going back to the Indian/arrow, I’d rather not tweak on my arrows too much and instead work on the Indian! At the end of the day it’s about finding what works for you. All the talk about equipment and what’s best for a certain handicap/swing/speed/fault is just talk until you try it and find what works for you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I was intrigued when I heard about the SuperSpeed golf sticks and system. After reading enough reviews and success stories I decided to make my own and give it a try. After getting fit for my driver in January in an effort to strengthen my biggest weakness I felt like this was a good next step. The project itself wasn’t a big deal for me since I have a full fab shop at my disposal at work. I have literally nothing invested in them but a few lunch breaks. I used a piece of 1.5” aluminum round stock from the scrap bin to make the weight. I had an old Wilson driver that wasn’t ever going to be used so I just stole the shaft from that. I liked the idea of adding weights to a single club rather than making and having to carry around 3 separate clubs. I just weighed the shaft and made the first(main) weight get it to the 255-260 gram range and then made a 30 and 50 gram weight to add. I drilled and tapped them and epoxied the main weight to the shaft. I know most people don’t have the luxury of a full fab shop so I won’t go into any more detail, let me know if you’d like me to though. I’ve seen a bit of discussion on the length and weight specifics but I don’t personally believe it’s that exact of a science. My weights aren’t exact and the length isn’t a full 45”. I think ballparking the specs is ok. The results come from putting in the work and doing the protocols. Just my opinion. Now for my early results. I’ve been doing the level 1 protocols for almost a month and have already noticed changes. Back in January when I got fit, my club head speed average was at 91.6. I actually gained a few mph during my fitting from my old gamer. That was on trackman. The day before I started the protocols I averaged 94.8 using my Zepp sensor on the range. After a week of protocols I averaged only 95.7 again with my Zepp on the range. I was disappointed after reading about all the big initial jumps but I figured I just needed time. Later that week I played a round and that’s when I started noticing changes. First I was erratic with my driver, really bad, I hit 1 fairway with it. I just wrote that off as a bad day off the tee. The other thing that stood out is I started missing shots long. It really messed up my round but I knew I just had to make a few adjustments to my game and I’d be better than I was. Now after my third week, I spent a lot of time grinding on my driver swing, I averaged 97.5 on the range. I went to play yesterday not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. My grinding paid off and I was able to hit most fairways and see some added distance. I was consistently a club longer throughout my bag. Shots that used to be layups were now green lights to go for it. Admittedly I am an aggressive player so this was nice for me to have the tools to back it up. I shot my personal best, 90. I’m happy with the early progress I’ve seen and can’t wait to see where else this process takes me. I’ll give another update in a few weeks. I hope my experience helps someone out there wanting to try building their own or just on the fence about the system itself. Let me know if you have any questions or comments, I always like hearing others opinions and suggestions. On another note, I had been thinking about getting a launch monitor to help my consistency with distance and this project was just the push I needed. I just bought a swing caddie SC100. So the money I saved on the SuperSpeed system I put into a launch monitor. I hope this will give me better info on my distances as well as track my consistency and speed as it progresses. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I believe the Indian is always the biggest variable by a wide margin. That’s not to say equipment doesn’t matter, but if you’re not doing your part, none of it really matters in the end. Equipment can help and make you better, no doubt, but you are in control of that equipment. As far as the ball goes, I loved the ball test. I feel like it gives me more information than I had before to pick a ball that lines up with my needs. I think the best thing an average weekend warrior like myself, and most people, can do is pick a ball they like and stick with it. You get used to it’s tendencies, good and bad, so you know what to expect. Nothing worse than hitting a good shot and being left scratching your head trying to figure out why it didn’t react the way you thought. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I wouldn't recommend a zepp for measuring swing speed. It needs ball contact to get a decent read, not good on practice swings. I tried using mine and would get huge differences in speed from one swing to the next, some over 10mph. Zepp is good for swing plane and tempo training.
  6. I recently had a driver fitting at Club Champion in nearby Charlotte, NC. My driving has been the weakness of my game since I started really playing about 2 years ago. I’m around a 20 handicap on the brink of breaking 90. I’ve seen a lot of debate on players at my level getting fit and if it’s worth it, but I’m really into the tech/numbers and really wanted the experience for myself. I had been gaming a Cobra HS9 that a friend gave me so an upgrade was coming anyways. I’ve played many rounds with it doing nothing more than taking up space in my bag. My first dilemma was where to go. Long story short, I ultimately settled on Club Champion because of the amount of options. Being left handed, I need all the help I can get in that department. It also helped that at that time they were running their winter promotions so it was $100. I was beyond excited to go through the process. When the day finally came I was actually making progress with my driver and felt I was in a good place to get fit. My fitter was Rob Gallagher, he seemed very intelligent and informative. Right away he asked me about my goals and wanted to be up front about the cost and asked if I wanted to stick with generic shaft options to keep the cost down or go for the “best fit” and figure out the money later. Of course I went for the “best fit”. He had me warm up starting with some wedge shots. I had never used Trackman so I was keeping an eye on the distances for each club so I had an idea of what to really expect from the driver. After I was warmed up he had me make a few driver swings as my baseline, after about 5 swings he stopped me. He asked me if I was holding back a little to keep it in the fairway, which I was, then told me to “let it rip a bit”. Which I did. Oddly enough I was driving the ball better than I ever had. I think it had something to do with the environment indoors, no pressure. I started creeping over 90 mph clubhead speed and he said “now we’re gettimg somewhere”. We went over some numbers and found that I was ballooning badly, too much spin, and I was spraying shots left and right. Right away he put me in an Epic Flash, probably because my entire bag is Callaway and green, and they didn’t have the head on the top of my list(F9) in lefty. I loved the look/sound/feel. I was surprised right away he went with a stiff shaft, something I thought was for better players with faster swing speeds, but he pointed out that I was in between regular and stiff speed wise, plus it would be something I could grow into. I went through about 7 shafts until he got a good read on what I liked and needed. I was surprised how some of them could change my shot shape pretty dramatically. After narrowing it down to 2 I liked we settled on a Slay 65 stiff. Next he ran me through what lefty heads they had(M6, 0811, TS3). I didn’t like the M6, the feel was off and the sound was worse. I did like the TS3 but not enough to pick it over the Epic. The PXG I assumed was out of my price range but I did like it as well. By the time we were done I had made about 75 driver swings. My dispersion was much tighter, and I had picked up a little over 30 yards. Some of this was due to a few tweaks he had made to my setup, some of it was equipment. Which ultimately is what I paid for, the information, the instruction, and the recommendations. It’s so much more than just demoing clubs. Next we went over the cost, which I was dreading, knowing I couldn’t stomach dropping a load of cash on 1 club. Out the door it was going to be over $800. I told him I couldn’t do that and he offered a better option. He pulled up Callaway’s site and picked a stock shaft option that was comparable. It saves me the $260 for the shaft and my marriage, lol. Worst case scenario, I don’t like it, and I end up buying the upgraded shaft for the same price, and end up with another shaft. Seems like a no brainner to me. The final, and most important, part to my experience, results! I was dying to hit the course after my fitting, so I played the next day. I was eager to see if what I saw on Trackman translated to the course. I was worried that i wouldn’t see the same on the course with my old gamer because I really had hit the ball so much better than usual the day before. I was shocked when I started knocking them down the fairway, better and longer than I had before. I knew then I had made the right decision. I know some people will ask, why I got fit for one shaft then bought another? I get it, but the way I see it, I’m getting a serious upgrade from what I had. On a scale of 1 - 10(1 being my old driver, 10 being my fitted driver) I’m getting a 9. That little extra isn’t worth $260 to me right now. It took about 3 weeks to get my new Epic Flash. I have had some range time and a few rounds on it now and I can say that I love it! Even though I’m still not as consistent as I’d like to be, I know it’s the Indian and not the arrow. When I am swinging it well, it is definitely longer, and straiter. Biggest difference I can tell is the feel is so much better. The ball flight is ridiculous, no more high spinners dropping out of the air. All in all, I’m very pleased with the entire experience. I highly recommended anyone who is serious about getting better give it a shot. The whole experience is cool and like I said, it’s not just about trying out and buying clubs, it’s somewhat of a lesson and for me just the chance to see the data on trackman is worth the price. I can’t tell you how much I learned in a short period of time. I guess it does hinge on getting the right fitter, but I was lucky in that department. I hope this helps anyone out there on the fence about fitting. I’d love to hear anybody’s input or questions!
  7. Ryan - NC 20 HDCP - 90 MPH LH Epic Flash 9° Tensei AV Blue 65 Stiff Dying to try a G410 SFT. Recently fitted for the Callaway but disappointed that they didn’t have a Ping in lefty.
  8. After finding myself here on a regular basis I figured I’d go ahead and join. Picked up the game about 2 years ago and now I’m addicted. Can’t get enough! Love what MGS does for the game!
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