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  1. I would be partial to courses we regularly see on TV. And if picking a US destination, there are lots of great courses everywhere so try not to ignore flyover country.
  2. As a current Wilson irons player I look forward to the article. I'm not sure what their growth plans are, but I would think they don't necessarily have to aim to be the top selling golf brand again; just a profitable one. I've never hit any irons like the Launch Pad. I don't have issue getting the ball airborne so I'm not really the target golfer. I'd still like to have a go with a set.
  3. Both manufacturers are running a sale through 12/24/19 on their respective website. If you've been wanting to pick one up, now is a good time. Shot Scope = $119 (Reg. $159) Arccos = $199.99 (Reg. $249.99)
  4. I just pulled the trigger on a Shot Scope. Both systems have their pros/cons. I thought the ability to "tag" the hole-location was a big advantage and I didn't really want to rely on my phone either. The Caddie feature would be nice but wasn't the main reason I wanted a tracking system. I haven't used it yet so I can't speak to what I think of its functionality. FYI - Shot Scope V2 is on sale through 12/24/19 for $119 vs. regularly $159.
  5. This is a good point. I believe the Shots Gained data support the idea that approach play is slightly more correlated to lower scores than putting. Both are quite important obviously. I guess it depends on which part of your game you feel is weaker and what your practice goals are that determine your focus. With limited time, maybe that's smart. It's easier to get in a quick putting/chipping practice session. And if 21 putts per round is your average there's plenty of gains to make there. Good luck!
  6. I use these. They have grip pads on the palms and are a nice stretchy material that's snug but very comfortable. I usually use a regular golf glove plus one of these but sometimes use both. I don't play in winter weather per se, but I do go out in cooler spring/fall weather (down into the 40s). They make a great pair of everyday gloves off the golf course too.
  7. I will average the Front/Mid yardage off the GPS (free phone app) and pick the club that carries at least that far or if the middle is right on my yardage for a club, I start there. If I can tell the pin is really far back or forward, then I definitely hit it with my rangefinder and adjust if needed. Many times I use the rangefinder anyway but not 100% of the time. At this point, I go through the usual checklist: wind, lie, uphill/downhill, where's the trouble/hazard, etc., then change clubs if needed. My tendency is to miss right/left of the green rather than short/long which is probably how this routine evolved. I'll also add that courses in my area generally have back to front sloped greens so going long is usually worse. Past the green, there's usually a downslope and just beyond that is often bushes and/or trees. If you fly it over the green, you get a big kick forward and end up 30yds over the green chipping back through a shrubbery to a green sloping away from you. No thanks.
  8. I play a set of Wilson C200s. It took less than a small bucket of balls at the range to get used to the topline of those clubs. After two seasons with the clubs, I just don't notice it anymore. I'm more focused on the shot I'm playing. I understand how aesthetics are really important to some and if you're that concerned with the look, then yeah you probably won't like it. That's ok. But for most people, I'd bet you'd be used to it very quick.
  9. Allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment. Wouldn't it be worth spending a little extra on new balls to avoid this sort of thing? In my opinion it is. That way you only need to worry about quality control at the factory. I understand the desire to save money on golf balls by buying used/refurbished especially if you lose them really fast (we've all had THOSE rounds). I've done bought refurbished ProV1s from Walmart a couple times. I played a few rounds with them but just use them for short game practice now. Stocking up during good sales like the buy 3 get one free sales that have become a mainstay still gets you a pretty good price all things considered. Those are my thoughts.
  10. I've been switching between two sets of irons this year. I have Wilson C200 irons I play most of the time. I really like the idea of the one-length irons so I bought a cheap knock-off set from Gigagolf. I've played full rounds with the one-lengths, full rounds with the Wilsons, and I've even mixed & matched some one-lengths, some Wilsons. I haven't settled on a specific mix just yet. So I guess I am doing the two sets of irons thing partly to test out how each one plays but also partly to satisfy that urge to buy new shiny new toys!
  11. Here's what I've been doing to get a sense of green speed that day. Find a fairly flat spot on the practice green. Even a slight up/down hill isn't a problem and may even help. I take a fairly narrow stance putting so you may need to adjust how you do this slightly. Hit a putt taking the putter back so the putter face is even with the inside of my right foot and count how many paces that putt goes. Hit another putt from there with the same method back in the direction of where you started and count how many paces that putt went. Average the two numbers. Repeat steps 1-3 except this time take the putter back so the putter face is even with the outside of my right foot. If you play a course often and use the same spot on the putting green you will start to get a sense of an "average" for that course. Any huge variance from this "average" will immediately stick out. I realize this isn't an exact method (stop typing!) but it has helped me with pacing. For example, if my short putt (inside of right foot) went 5 paces and I have a putt in my round that is about 5 paces, I pretty much know how to hit this putt. Hope that helps.
  12. Understandable. Offer to get him a couple of U-Try demo sets at globalgolf or any of the other demo programs out there. It would make a nice Christmas present! Once he hits newer clubs maybe that will sway his opinion. Or, if cost is a big concern for him then go for knock off clubs like Gigagolf. They even "customize" their clubs with an online fitting tool if you can't convince him to go get a fitting much less new clubs.
  13. Good article. Aligning one's expectations with the reality of your situation would help a lot of people get more enjoyment out of the game IMO. I am pretty much a Scenario #2 but I will call myself a 1.75. I play once or twice a week. I have some time to practice but don't put that much actual practice in. Golf isn't my only hobby/interest and you have to balance the whole time & money thing. I've began replacing driving range trips with a quick nine at a local executive course (par 32) as "practice" time. I find I get more out of it, its more fun, and walking is great exercise. I will still practice short game occasionally. I may never become a scratch golfer that way but it's the process of playing that I enjoy the most. If I can keep double-bogey or worse off my card and make an occasional birdie, I have a great time!
  14. Wow, that's the best price on the Q-Star Tour 2 I've seen yet. That price is good through Nov. 23rd too! In addition, both GG and DSG are selling the 2017 Z-Star for $24.99/dz.
  15. It sounds like you may need to hit the reset button. I would guess no matter what you try you're just not going to be consistent, confident, or happy with the current club. Continue to work on your swing as you mentioned. Go for another fitting (different fitter?), and be sure to hit your 80% swings. If you have to write it on a post-it note and stick it to your forehead to remind you not to over swing then do so! Trade the old one for credit to offset some of the cost. It sucks having to spend even more money on another driver but all you can do is chalk it up to one of those "mistake" purchases we have all made. I think you'll be happier for it.
  16. They look great. I liked the F9 One Length irons when I had a demo set. I will have to try these as well.
  17. I've been using a TM Original One Mini Driver for a couple months now. It was a bit of an indulgence as I didn't plan to spend that much but the 20% off coupon helped. When I address the ball with a 45.5" driver, the ball feels like it's a mile and a half away from me. When I address the ball with my Mini Driver, it feels like it's the "right" distance from me. Maybe it's a mental thing but I am way more comfortable with it at address and therefore more confident with this driver. It hasn't been a silver bullet. Make a terrible swing and the ball still ends up in the next zip code over. I actually enjoy hitting this driver though. Sometimes that can be more important.
  18. I carry a 2 hybrid, a TM Rescue 11 TP. Std loft is 16 but I have it turned to its lowest loft setting at the moment. It's currently used in place of my 3wood. I originally bought it as a long approach option for par 5s or long par 4s. However, I found that I really liked using it off the tee as well when less then driver was needed. For that reason, it has displaced my 3wood for most of this year.
  19. I'm quite intrigued by the Halo 2 hybrid in 16*. I carry a TM Rescue 11 TP 2 Hybrid also in 16*. Since that club is several years old at this point, it would be interesting to see how it compares. The UHX irons are interesting too. I thought it weird at first the hollow-body goes down to the 7 iron but with stronger lofts nowadays I suppose it makes some sense. I do like that Cleveland will give the option of buying the 3 thru 5 as individual clubs. Personally, I think they look pretty good too. It looks like Global Golf U Try is going to get more of my money!
  20. All good points and I generally agree. I'm not inclined to use a DI that's why I suggested hybrids and/or (cheaper) used clubs earlier. But I think it's a slight disservice to a high handicapper to state just take lessons and get better. IMO, that doesn't offer much advice. Although true, it's a blanket answer that applies to almost any situation/question. Maybe a DI will work for him or swinging one might help him hone in his driver/FW swing. I don't know, I can't say for sure. Anyway, I'll get off my soap box and put the issue to bed. I look forward to hearing an update from JohnBarry on his progress.
  21. Allow me to play devil's advocate for a minute. Why can't the OP do both? Take some lessons, but in the mean time find some DI that he can hit better off the tee. While the "take lessons" advice has its merit, IMO there is something to be said for how comfortable you feel swinging a certain club.
  22. I hope Tiger doesn't pick himself. Something about the team captain picking himself to play just doesn't sit right with me. However, I'm not really a fan of team golf events so it's not going to change the amount I watch.
  23. TPC Sawgrass would have my vote. The Players is my favorite tournament to watch after The Masters so it's at the top of my bucket list. There are a lot of great courses all over the place, but for a special trip I would be partial to courses you get to see on TV.
  24. I like some of the mental game tips that Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott give in their books.
  25. http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/the-one-move-every-pro-makes-anybody-can-do-it—but-most-of-us-dont/ar-AAGmiOY Saw this article a few days ago on MSN. It's about shoulder turn but it's not the usual "just make a better shoulder turn" article we've all read a bunch of times. I've been out twice since reading this and by the second round noticed I'm making a little bit better ball contact. I enjoyed it and thought others might as well.
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