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  1. The day is finally here! I picked up my new irons Friday afternoon. It’s fairly ironic that the last round with my old irons was my best round ever, by a ways. It’s fair to say, it could be years before I break that, but I’m up to the challenge! Had a good range session today and first round coming tomorrow! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Going used it’s hard to beat callaway preowned. They run deals all the time as well, might even get new clubs that were overstock or demos. Plus you know you’re getting the real deal, I’m always afraid of buying off of a private seller and getting a copy cat club. As far as a specific model, I wouldn’t know where to start. Find something you like the look of and give it a shot. Maybe similar model to your woods, or irons. I’m a big fan of the one length cobras, anything f7 or newer I’ve heard nothing but great things about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Agreed! After a few 90s and 91s at the home course there is definitely some baggage i carry around. I really wanted it to happen there. I have a similar course to the one I played yesterday about 20 minutes from the house but I’ve never played there, partly because I didn’t want to play an easy course to break 90. I really think me never seeing the place, having no expectations or preconceived ideas just cleared my head and let me just play my game. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve been playing for 3 years next month, and have been shooting mid 90s for the last year and a half. Playing and practicing on a weekly basis, grinding to get better. Yesterday I played my home course and had a rough day, and shot 99. Today I met a friend of mine at a course neither of us had ever seen before for a round, not expecting much. I ended up shattering 90, shooting 84, 6 better than I ever had before, but I feel weird about it because I feel like I played and easy course to do so. Here’s the numbers; Home course: 70.1/126 6028 New course: 68.1/119 5951 The fairways were fairly rough and hard and tee shots would roll out forever. For reference, I hit a 190 club from 230 out and it took a big bounce and rolled through the fringe across the green and stopped about 3 yards off the back of the green. I think I only hit driver 4 times because of how much roll I was getting. Also the par 3s were short, longest being 155, which is the shortest at my home course. The greens on the other hand were slightly slower than I’m used to but very soft. My home courses greens are very hard. I rarely have to repair a ball mark, and I usually play short on approaches to account for the roll out. Today I felt like I could fire away and know it would sit. Also, they used pool noodles on the flagsticks, whereas my course uses pvc in the cup. I say that because the pvc makes it harder to hole a put while the noodle let me fire away feeling like I couldn’t hit it too hard. All in all, I learned a lot today, not just about different course setups, but about my game. I know I did play well but it still feels weird. Is that normal? Did I cheat the system? Am I playing tougher courses and being too hard on myself? Can anyone relate? Feedback greatly appreciated! On a side note, I have to thank everyone out there I’ve interacted with on this forum. This place and all of the people that make it up have definitely helped me elevate my game. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Couldn’t agree more, you make some great points. I just broke 90 today, after playing for about 3 years. After playing terrible yesterday and shooting 99. Been hovering in the low to mid 90s for a year and a half. I try to get short game practice, range time and play once a week. I made one of my goals for the year to play 9 holes more instead of range time. I just feel I get more out of it than wacking a bucket of balls and I don’t feel as much pressure to score for whatever reason like I do when playing 18. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. After much debate, I finally gave in a bought a hybrid to see how they work for me. I’ve had a pretty big hole in my bag between my irons and woods and I’ve all but given up on my 5 wood. I planned on getting fit for hybrids/woods later this year but decided to give a hybrid a try since I’ve never even swung one. After some searching and digging through last years Most Wanted Hybrid test, I landed on the F9 One length. I like the idea of one length in longer clubs, not really interested in a 7 iron length PW though. Anyway, with them marked down and Dicks having one of their 20% off sales, I got one for $140 shipped, hard to pass it up. It showed up this week and before even getting to the range I loved the feel just swinging it. Felt very smooth and controlled, right away i feel like it gave me confidence. I went with the 24° and got lucky that it seems to fit nicely behind my 5 iron. On the range it felt awesome. I did have to work a little bit to keep it from going right. I’ve been fighting a little bit of a pull draw lately anyways so it just magnified that issue. On the other side of that, at worst I was able to make it a slight push the other way so I can work with that. I fight a 2 way miss with my woods and this makes me feel like I won’t miss left so I can let it fly with a big draw or control it a bit to straighten it out and not worry too much about sending it into the next fairway left. Next I decided to take it to the putting area and do some chipping with it vs my 54° wedge. I typically use my 54° for bump & runs and tend to come up short. I’ve tried irons but have a hard time judging speed and tended to run them well by the hole. I was pleasantly surprised with my hybrid around the green so I added that shot to my arsenal. I was dying to get it on the course by the time I left. I got to play yesterday and it lived up to the hype and exceeded my expectations. I knew i had a hole in my bag that was hurting my scores but I didn’t realize how much one club could change the way I play... - 2 of 3 fairways on tee shots - 3 of 4 fairways on positional shots - 2 of 2 chips within 6 feet The biggest reason I wanted to fill the gap is my club has a short par 4 with a narrow 90° fairway that falls right in my gap. What should be an easy hole has been rough for me trying to murder a 5 iron or knock a bit of yardage off my 3 or 5 wood. Problem solved. I didn't realize how much easier it would make par 5s. I found myself 20 yards closer to the green after my second shots, never thought about how much of a game changer that is. Par 5 scoring was best it’s been all year. Also saved me on a longer par 4 after my drive clipped a tree and dropped 100 yards in front of the tee. Knocked it out of some deeper rough to center fairway about 85 yards from the green. Ended up knocking my wedge center green and sank the putt. Never would have had a chance to get myself in that position with an iron. Lastly, from around the green I knocked 2 chips close and almost holed one of them as it rolled by the high side of the hole to about 2 feet by. Needless to say, I didn’t know what I was missing. I can’t wait to see how it changes my game over the next few weeks as I wait for my COVID19 delayed irons to arrive. I know this won’t be a big revelation for a lot of people but there has to be people like myself out there on the fence or missing out on the wonderful world of hybrids. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. After seeing this I scheduled a virtual lesson for today. Logged on 15 minutes before my time slot to find the coach had already logged out and loaded a video to my account 30 minutes before as if I had missed my lesson. This is the second time I’ve tried to give GOLFTEC a chance and again, they’ve failed miserably. Anybody else have a similar experience? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Here is the view from the tee... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Lincolnton, NC Maxfli Honors stand bag Unfortunately price has driven my bag purchase but I’m happy with my current bag all things considered, didn’t expect it to last a few years but it is going strong! Only thing I’d like to have is a cooler compartment. I like to walk and need plenty of cold water! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I got my driver about a year ago, I love it. I was a terrible driver of the ball, I played many rounds without a driver. Still have bad days but much more manageable. I also did a putter fitting and found out I had a good putter for my stroke, he just made length, loft, lie adjustments and added a weight to the end of the shaft. I noticed a difference right away on course as I was rolling the ball much better. As for my irons...I’m still waiting on them. I got fit the week before NC went on lockdown, by time I ordered them mizuno was shut down. No real time frame on when I’ll get them. They did take 10% off for me because of the situation so that was nice. I’m still not crazy about indoor only fitting but for me this was somewhere to start. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. For me it is hole #4 at my club. Short par 4 that offers endless options from distance standpoint at 295 yards from the whites. Very narrow alley from the tees to the fairway so starting line is crucial. Favors a left to right ball flight but depends on what club and where you want to land for your approach. Short left in the fairway is the best flat landing area, just left of the cart path is a good miss. Fairway slopes left to right and their is a tree short right of the green that can cause issues if you miss right. Then on the approach, you have a deep bunker short and a green with a false front, sloping left to right. I love this hole because it really makes you think about so many things. My current strategy is draw a 5i off the tee. At worst I block it and end up in the left rough with a 9i into the green. Usually have GW from the fairway. For a while I played 3w off the tee to over by the cart path left, leaving a nice little pitch and taking the bunker somewhat out of play. Not much room for error there though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I would highly suggest splitting up your fittings due to the amount of swings needed to get good data. I feel like a full bag fitting at one time is just too much for anyone. As a lefty I feel your pain with club availability, that’s why I went with a big company like club champion. I would definitely verify before booking anything to see what they have available in lefty, terrible feeling when you get there and they don’t have the club you’re dying to try. I have done individual fittings every few months so I’m not dumping a few grand at one time. Through club champion once you spend $1000 over a 12 month period you get discounts on fittings and use of the hitting bays among other perks. If you do it right you can save money. You have to be honest about your budget at the beginning so you don’t get fit for something you won’t buy. I got fit for my Epic Flash driver with stock available upgrade shafts so I didn’t pay a dime over MSRP. I just bought my irons through them as well and actually paid less than I would have directly from mizuno. All assuming you’re planning on buying new current model equipment. Going used you can save a ton of money but it’s harder to get fit and find what you’re looking for. I can see myself going back for a hybrid/wood fitting but wedges I’d like something outside in real conditions, on course. Hopefully in my ramblings here is something that helps you. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Yes, my thoughts exactly. They do me no good if my fitter doesn’t have them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks for the post! I have the same exact problem with my XR16 3 wood. I’ve noticed it creeping out for a few months now. Good information to have. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 1. Phil - As a lefty, he’s always been my favorite golfer and seems like he would be a blast to play with. 2. Brett Favre - I’m a lifelong Packer fan, and he’s always been my favorite athlete. 3. Michael Jordan - I’m not a basketball guy but I could watch him play all day, not a bad golfer either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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