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  1. I don't change a ball unless it's lost or badly damaged from a rock or cart path. I admit that in non-competitive rounds, I keep a clean version of the same ball in my pocket to putt with as I don't usually bring a towel onto the putting green. Yes, I think this is technically not legal, but I'm willing to make the compromise.
  2. A chip/bunt driver is absolutely my go-to fairway finder shot off the tee. For me, it's just easier and I much prefer this to a 3w, which I reserve pretty much exclusively for the fairway.
  3. So true. With all the courses in my having stopped putting out water jugs, my bag just got a lot heavier with the water I have to carry for 18 holes.
  4. Just take a look at how commonly push carts are now seen in collegiate competition - even at the very highest levels. If any players are suited for carrying, it'd be among the young and fit in the college ranks. Yet increasingly, they're opting to push. Less fatigue on the body means they're better set up to hit solid golf shots. Easy peasy.
  5. When doing a "push test" comparing my old cart with pneumatic tires to my new Caddytek 3 with the foam tires, the pneumatics definitely have lower rolling resistance. I actually wish the new carts would have a pneumatic tire option. While a bit more effort to keep aired up, they do roll better. But I understand that a lot of folks don't like dealing with inflating tires. For me, it's trivial as I have a compressor always ready to go. I'm also a fan of the Caddytek V3 cart - I have the non-swivel wheel version, however. Well designed, and I find it operationally easier than the Clicgear that I used for a while.
  6. TeeBrain


    Sounds like the two you were paired with never did grow out of their petty teenage years. Sad, really. On a humorous note regarding, shoes, I recently rushed to the golf course and as I was unloading my golf bag from the car, noticed I had forgotten my golf shoes and was still wearing my lawn-mowing shoes. They are horribly stained green, torn and have a hard, slippery tread. My playing partners, if they noticed, didn't mention a word about them. I was worried that I'd slip and end up on my rear end with every tee shot. Luckily, I managed to shoot a fairly respectable (for me) 77 that round.
  7. For me, nope. Never. I generally go by the rule to choose clothes for golf that I'd be just as comfortable wearing off the golf course. (Shoes, excepted, of course, though I do also have some spikeless shoes that are perfectly fine as off-course sneakers.)
  8. I tried yellow, and found that they were easier to track in a cloudy overcast sky, but harder to find in the grass - especially when it is sunny out and the yellow ball and the glare of the sun against the grass blades blend together so well the ball is almost camouflaged. Here in the western part of the country where I am, we have a lot more sun than cloudy overcast days, so white works better for me. I do play an orange or pink ball in the fall when fallen leaves litter the fairways. It is too bad there is not a tour-quality orange or pink ball out there at the moment.
  9. Lots of good suggestions above for picking the tees you generally play from. That said, I think it's valuable to play from varied tee boxes every once in a while. Sometimes I'll move up to a shorter set of tee boxes, and occasionally, I'll move back to the tips. I just recently played a round from the tips at a local course where I rarely do so, and it was a really fun, challenging experience. It forced me to focus hard to hit quality shots and I ended up scoring pretty decently (i.e. I shot the calculated course handicap for my 6-ish index). Good for working on skills that sometimes get neglected when you always play from the same tee boxes.
  10. Sure, I can buy that the high initial spin of a fresh wedge wears off rather quickly (call it 50, 75 or whatever # of rounds - your choice). That said, I also think that they settle into a very usable state after that stage and stay there for far longer. I guess I've just gotten used to playing wedges during their long middle-age years and that is fine for me. Sure they don't have that "new wedge" bite, but to say that they're not quite serviceable is a fallacy. And I'll reiterate what was stated above that Wishon says the biggest component of new wedge performance is the friction of the flats between the groove, with the actual grooves and their edges themselves playing a secondary role (in dry conditions). Wishon also says that one can sandblast a wedge to restore that like-new friction surface. I'll let in on a little secret: if you already have an air compressor, you can build a little sandblaster to do this job for under $5. It involves a soda bottle and an air gun nozzle and a few handfuls bit of ordinary play sand. Lookup DIY sandblaster on YouTube and you'll find a lot of examples all showing the basic setup.
  11. First, let me be perfectly clear here: I don't think there should be any change in equipment rules as a response to Tour pros hitting it farther then they ever have. I say let them continue as is. There's plenty of enough shots that aren't driver or wedge, and anybody who thinks the whole game is driver/wedge for the long hitters isn't paying attention. That said, as an interesting thought experiment, what would be the effect if driver loft was limited to be no lower than, say, 9 degrees? What would that do to BDC's tee shots? How much of an advantage would he have then? I assume he'd adjust his technique, but to what extent could he adapt and to what extent of an advantage would he maintain? Again, this is purely a theoretical, academic question. Though I don't like BDC's personality that much, I think he's actually provided a good reason to tune in. It's actually good for the game.
  12. I had went back to my set PW (MP-32) after playing a specialized Cleveland PW for a couple of years. I found I treat my PW pretty much as a "10-iron". While it's definitely a traditional loft (47deg), I only use it for 3/4 to full distance shots - just like most of my other irons. It's not a tool I use greenside very much at all. The rest of my wedges are 52/56/60.
  13. Driver: Ping G400 $200 3w: Cally XR $100 19* Hybrid: Adams anything $50 22* Hybrid: Adams anything $50 5-PW: Mizuno MP-32 $150 52/56/60: Something from Cleveland $150 ($50 each) Putter: Ping Anser $50 Bag: the best used ping Ping Hoofer I can find for $100 13 new Lamkin Crossline grips: $50 1 new SuperStroke putter grip: $20 Done. I think that's $920 - which leaves me $80 for some balls and a nice round at my favorite local course. I'm sure I could create the above for less, but for $1000, I'm sure I could do it without breaking a sweat. Sort of an interesting exercise because I just created a very close version of my own bag!
  14. In general, definitely yes. There's a reason most pitchers in pro baseball are tall. And I think you'd generally find a positive correlation between height and club distances on Tour (or just golfers in general.) Sort of like how a driver at 45" has potentially more club head speed than one at 43", longer arms can have a similar effect. But like you said, there are exceptions like Rory and Rickie - so it's not a hard and fast truth. They're gifted and probably have a lot of speed due to coordination, training, talent, and likely a healthy proportion of fast twitch muscle fibers. Your own distance sounds quite respectable, for sure. I'm also on the shorter side, and can honestly say I'm longer than average, but by no means would I consider myself "long".
  15. I agree with the suggestion for searching for some shafts on eBay either new or pulled out of another set. DG's are probably the most common shaft in the world, so there must be something out there. A quick search for "dynamic gold R300 wedge shaft" on ebay turns up a number of options right away.
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