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  1. My Caddytek is easily as good, and in some ways, better than my old Sun Mountain cart and the Clicgear I borrowed for the better part of a full season. Solid and convenient. I wouldn't hesitate to say it's not just good value for the money, but just plain good.
  2. Perhaps. But I've been hitting (and practicing) the bunt/chip driver for a couple of decades. I'm pretty darn comfortable with it and it is a reliable shot. Since I'm still working full time, I'm in a mode where I'd rather keep my existing habits in tune rather than introduce new variables with little upside.
  3. I was sort of anti-3w for a long time. It wasn't until I got a relatively newish (2016 Callaway) model that I found one that performed reliably for me. The older (early 2000s) models I had tried before just didn't get it done for me. I only use the 3w from the fairway. Off the tee, I much prefer to bunt my driver when I need a tee shot into a shorter/tighter target. The big head is just more forgiving. Even though I only use the 3w for par-5 approaches, it does prove to be pretty useful - potentially gaining me a stroke or more when the hole conditions are inviting enough to use it. So, low frequency of use, but generally it has high enough reward that it keeps a solid spot in my bag. This all said, I think it's a demanding club to hit - probably the most demanding in the bag for most golfers. For those that don't learn how to use it and practice it, I think it can wreck a round in a hurry. Just because the pros use a 3w as a "safe club" from the tee, that doesn't translate to those who haven't learned how to use it. Mishits are all-too-common as the shaft is the next to longest in the bag, and the clubface really isn't all that big. Hitting a clubface edge is a pretty common occurrence with these clubs for many players.
  4. Dave / Boulder, CO / USA Currently using a 80s era Anser, significantly weighted with lead. Most interested in the Tyne 3 as it seems a good transitional putter for one moving away from my traditional Anser. Of course, also very interested in the Anser 2, as it'd be great to see what has changed in that "reference" model.
  5. Sounds like a perfect subject for an MGS test.
  6. Wide foot guy here, too. More specifically, wide forefoot, narrow heels. While it's great to find a pair that fits well out of the box, I don't hesitate to stretch shoes to fit. I've been doing this all my adult life with various shoes - dress, athletic, golf, and especially ski boots. Devices like these are easily found and are pretty inexpensive: https://www.google.com/search?q=shoe+stretchers&oq=shoe+stretchers&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l7.5187j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 If the material needs to give a bit more, a quick spritz of iso alcohol before putting in the shoe stretchers can allow the material to relax even further. I've had this work with synthetic as well as natural materials (leather, canvas). Just another option to consider. It has worked very well for me over the years.
  7. I've never used a swivel wheel cart, so I can't comment on whether I would like it better or not. But I will say maneuverability has never been something I've ever even thought of with a cart. They always go where I push them without any sort of thought involved, so I guess that's good enough. The Caddytek 3 I bought fits in a space 16.3"x14.4"x28.15". That's pretty small. The space I need to fit it into is the "front trunk" of a small sports car - i.e. the trunk that is located where the engine is in most cars. This is an exceedingly small space compared to anything any other regular sedan/coupe/hatch will have. But the Caddytek fits in there perfectly, but just barely. If I had to guess, I would imagine they designed it explicitly to fit into these front trunks. One more note about the swivel version: it's a little over an inch longer at 29.3" when folded and that would definitely NOT fit into the trunk space of my car. I have barely 1/8" clearance as it is with the cart I have.
  8. Actually, it seems like they're available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/CaddyTek-Caddylite-EZ-V8-EZ-Fold/dp/B07DSXGLN5/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=caddytek%2B3&qid=1597590027&sr=8-2&th=1 The Amazon listing seems to change daily, if not hourly, depending on the stock available on hand from Caddytek. Be careful - that listing also shows "other sellers" who are marking it up above what Caddytek sells them for. But it seems like Caddytek is selling them at their regular $180-ish price. Good on them for not price gouging (though I know this cart has been available in the past from Costco for less, I think this is still a fair price for an excellent cart.)
  9. I have an older Sun Mountain which I use less these days as it doesn't fit in my car. Good cart, and I do like how its pneumatic tires roll easier than the foam tires on all of today's carts. I borrowed a Clicgear for the better part of a full season and it was nice and does fit in my car, but was somewhat finicky to setup and fold up. I then bought a Caddytek 3, which I like even better than the Clicgear. It's significantly easier to fold and unfold, and also fits in my car nicely. In the end, pushing a cart is far less fatiguing than carrying. Especially these days where I need to carry extra water since the courses aren't putting water jugs out due to COVID. If a cart is good enough for the young guns playing collegiate golf, it's good enough for me.
  10. The software migration is a minor issue. It's the nature of the discourse there that gets to me. Too much self importance, the refusal of many to accept that what others experience is real, and a real arrogance among a very vocal subset. No doubt there are a lot of great folks over there too, but the equipment, rules and technique preachers get harder to stomach as time goes on. I still read over there, as it simply has a higher volume of content than any other forum.
  11. I think it's a wholly imaginary thing that the game is not already significantly bifurcated. TV coverage exists to enough extent that it has had impact on rulings. There are always grounds changes (stands, TV gear, concessions, sponsor stuff) that affect how the course plays. Usually, there are fans around to trample rough and find lost balls. Frankly, they always have caddies giving them advice (yes, a small percentage of us non-pros get that, but really, that's a minority of golf play, if we're honest.) Each of those is a bigger deal and has a bigger impact on the real outcome of the game than score keeping. Effectively, I don't buy the argument that this is an aspect that makes the game that they play the same as it is for us. In more ways and in more significant ways than the scorecard, it's not. Having a pro DQd because of this when the technology and staffing already exists to make it go away is just silly. Stupid, really.
  12. Also glad you got to get both. But if I was forced to make a choice, it'd be driver 100 times out of a 100. Most of the distance gains you're getting on the irons isn't from technology, it's loft. Not much different than using the next stronger club in your old set. But, getting new sticks is a nice treat every once in a while so enjoy them.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.)
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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