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  1. Honestly, the biggest issue I am having with the newer clubs, and I think this is a problem with all newer iron sets, is the gapping. As I mentioned in my last post, I really only use a 4, 5, 7, PW, GW from the set. Realize manufacturers need to make sure the newest model "goes farther" and "flies straighter," but that creates a new conundrum for the average golfer. In fact, I read this article last night and found myself nodding along quite frequently: https://golfweek.com/2019/09/24/new-irons-can-create-a-tricky-gapping-problem/ It created a void sub 135yds for me that I had to fill with additional wedges. Now, I don't mind hitting my 4i 235yds+ every time, but it does require an adjustment period where I have to test and learn each iron's capabilities, weaknesses, and distances on a course, not just the range. With that said, the clubs have performed well for me and I have greatly enjoyed testing them out. The only other issue I can think of is that I have started to put a little too much of a draw on my shots with the perimeter weighting correcting my swing. Again, this is more about my swing than the club, but it is an adjustment period that needs to be taken into consideration if someone were to purchase these irons. Certainly not something that can't be overcome, but good feedback for prospective buyers all the same.
  2. Haha, my size has it's advantages sometimes Also, check that link I posted talking about Mass vs. Rotational swing types. Might be a good idea to look at changing your swing up with your new, slimmer self. Keep in mind that Rory can hit the ball farther than Dustin, yet is a good 7" shorter and much less mass.
  3. Like @artful_golfer, I wanted to give a weekly update too. I played front 9 last Friday as well and had a special guest! Round went pretty well and shot a 40 after a great chip-in for birdie to end the round! I found myself using the 4i to tee off a lot since it was consistently 235yds+, as I mentioned in an earlier post. Best shot was a 247yd bomber with my 4i that I got all of and felt it in the club with the Reakt tech giving pretty good feedback in my hands. Besides the 4i, I only used the 7i, PW and GW, which I thought was odd for me, but the extra length is providing some new challenges while I am still adjusting. Wedge play has been way up too, which is great considering how well the PW and GW have performed for me! Really liking these clubs overall, although I might leave the 6,8,9 at home, haha.
  4. Honestly, teeing off with the 4i and cranking it 235yds+ fairly consistently has been favorite shot Outside of that, I had a great shot that put me 5ft to pin from 135yds out with the GW!
  5. Yep, I've always done squats, deadlift, bench, and shoulder press as my "main 4." Maybe I should look at the overspeed piece and some more explosive movements. I was talking to our gym director/head trainer this morning and he gave me a few explosive types exercises to work on swing speed. One was using a big rubber band secured down low and with arms down low and rotated body to the right, you then explode up and out, swinging the arms from low-right to high-left (like a golf swing follow-thru) and rotating hips and torso to get that explosive power. Also started reading a lot about the "hip hinge" and working on movements that add weight/power to that motion (aka: deadlift, among others). Would think Kettle bell swings would also be a good movement to add back into rotation since that's an explosive hip-hinge movement that also works shoulder strength. The last thing that I don't think @edingc or @THEZIPR23 mentioned was flexibility. Does Mike advocate for yoga/pilates work mixed into weight training? Going to look at adding that into my mix as well to stave off injury and keep all joints and ligaments loose! EDIT: Ha, just saw this article in my feed and I definitely fall into the "body mass" category @ 6'4" 235, but good to keep in mind for those that want to lose weight... https://www.golf.com/instruction/fitness/2019/09/23/two-different-kinds-of-golf-swings-fitness/
  6. This is a very interesting topic and one I've been focusing on more, now that I'm getting out to the course or range more frequently. For those that don't want to buy a program, but are comfortable in a gym, what tips would you give? What targeted muscle groups might you focus on more so than others? Any lessons you have learned so far without going into specifics of the program? For me, personally, I've stepped away from pure muscle growth for the sake of bulking up (eg: bicep curls and bench press), and started to do more core related exercises - cable routines with twists that breakdown a swing and strengthen my abs, obliques, shoulders, hips, glutes, and lower back. I've noticed it's helped fatigue over the course of a round so far. Look forward to your feedback!
  7. When it rains, it pours...wedges! So after reading through this and thinking about my gaps sub 130yds (current full-swing GW @ 48*), I went and bought a couple Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges @ 54.12 and 58.10 to compliment my PW & GW. However, upon mentioning this to a couple buddies, I was also forcibly donated a Cleveland CG11 52*, a Cleveland RTX3 56*, and another Ping Zing 2 @ 60*. So now i'm overrun with wedges and need to figure out which is best for my game. After playing a round last Friday with the Ping's I'm really liking the feel, turf interaction, and grip/spin they create. Still need to get them dialed in a bit at the driving range to understand their capabilities better. I'll give the others a try too and see what range they offer with a shot scope. Speaking of new wedges - what are your guys thoughts on matching shafts to irons? Right now I have KBVS Tour 105 stiff +1" on my irons and feel like the wedges make me hunch over more than normal, given the extra length in the irons. Once I find the right setup, should I get them reshafted? Is that overkill?
  8. That's why I enjoy Westwood - more central location to me (I'm in near west end), amazing pool, gym, dining, etc... Plus Tennis if I want to pick that up AND I get access to 3 great courses in the area as if I were a member there - including bringing a guest along! The "home" course is RCC since the two clubs have had a long relationship. Had to double check the list and looks like Two Rivers, Brandermill, Princess Ann, Cavalier, and Birkdale are also full reciprocation - eg: I can call and schedule a tee time and bring a guest.
  9. I know me I'm a member at Westwood and we have reciprocity with a bunch of local clubs. Those three are just the closest. Think we also have reciprocity with a bunch down near Williamsburg, but I can't remember which ones off the top of my head.
  10. Mulligans out at Bogey's sports park. If you ever need anything, talk to Matt and Jay and they'll work with you to find the right club/bag at the right price. Really great guys, friendly, knowledgeable, and will always give you they best deal they can.
  11. Well, as long as you don't mind helping me search for balls in the woods occasionally, I'll play with ya Just played Federal Club yesterday and had a grand time. Also play RCC, Jefferson Lakeside, and a few other haunts that aren't dirt tracks. Hit me up if you're interested.
  12. Tried a new course, The Federal Club, this afternoon and the weather was amazing. Only had time for front 9, though - rated a 9 HDCP. - 40 (+4) - 3/7 FIR - 2/9 GIR - 13 putts (4 2-putts, 5 1-putt, and 1 chip-in for a bird on #9!) Most importantly, though, is that I brought my 6yr old daughter along for the first time and she had a blast! Let her hit in the fairway and chip around the green and she stayed interested for 6 of 9 holes...lost her a bit to a coloring book for 3 holes, but I consider it a win overall. She told me she wants to go back again, so we have a future golfer on our hands! Regarding the course, it was in good shape with decently fast greens given the dry conditions we've had lately in central VA. Also, first time with my new Ping wedges, so I think I could have shot even better now that I know the front 9 and have a better handle on my wedge game. Looking forward to trying it again soon.
  13. JS Smith, VA Driver 120mph Srixon Q-Star Tour Tour X, but open to either. Also, this would be a great way to test my new wedges!
  14. One thing that might be overlooked with an instructor is that they may have other students who have old gear you could pickup for a good deal and the instructor would know what your game needs. So perhaps Student A has ill-fitting clubs, but they might be great for you; instructor recommends new clubs for Student A and then they facilitate a sale of old clubs to you. This is actually what happened to me year ago, so it's worth a shot. Also, before buying clubs, a lesson is good to get an idea of what type of club you even need. There are so many choices out there, it's a bit like hunting for a needle in a haystack and since your budget is lower, a bad purchase could only set you back further. So, that's a long winded way to say - "Get Some Lessons!"
  15. So remember my Ping bag I purchased...I couldn't let the Anser putter be the only Ping club in my bag - just didn't feel right. Had a bunch of Amazon gift cards and found a great deal on a couple of Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges! Also, shout out to greatergolfexpress.com for their incredibly fast shipping - seriously. I placed the order Tuesday and they were at my door Wednesday night
  16. Since I got a new Ping Hoofer bag, been eyeing some Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth wedges to fill out my new lineup with the D7's i'm currently testing. Right now the D7's have wedges @ 43* and 48*, so think a 54* and 58* might be the ticket for sub-130yds shots...
  17. Any fellow spies in the Mid-Atlantic area plan on attending this event? I'm caddying the Pro-Am on Wednesday, if anyone is playing. Also, I might be able to get my hands on some cheap, or even free tickets, so message me. This year, on Friday, Chase Rice is also having a concert on the grounds, which should be a fun time! Admission to concert included in Friday tournament ticket. Past two years have been great weather and exciting finishes, including a playoff the first year and an eagle putt by Bernhard to win the second year! Check out details here
  18. Picked up this beauty on Sunday from the local shop. They were having a sale on 2019 bags and the price was too good to resist. $160 for a brand new Ping Hoofer, I mean comeon! Now i just need one of them G400 or 410 drivers to complete the "look"...you know, in case anyone has one lying around they don't need or use
  19. Didn't have time for a full round this past week, so I hit the range instead and decided to do some comparisons between the D7's, R11's, and DCI's in my bag - also had a special guest appearance by a last gen D300 from W/S to compare to the newer D7's. For the data analyzers, check the link below. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VAmCTdUzoEuKVd5bcShOowHTM_MM7jq0mS7RhtsW6bw/edit?usp=sharing My notes from the sessions: - Still hitting the D7 better than the other two, so it's showing how newer tech can really improve your game - Straighter ball flight, albeit higher than the DCI's, but that's kind of a given - More consistent ball flight and placement with D7's and really think this has to do with the perimeter weighting of the clubs that improve forgiveness - Based on the numbers, I'm getting more distance, higher spin, and higher "smash" factor - aka: connecting with the ball better than my old gamers. Bit of an interesting observation. - Spin is looking great for the wedges, but maybe less so for the higher irons when you want a bit more distance. However, given that this club is targeted to players who might have trouble with ball flight, I understand the trade-off and since I have more distance than the other two clubs anyway, I can live with it. Hoping to play a round this week sometime to see how the stroke gains have been impacted and if they are staying consistent from last time. Also, the shop at the range was having a bag sale, and since the last time I bought a bag was ~1998, I figured why the heck not. New clubs need a new bag, right? I mean $160 for this beauty...comeon, it's a no brainer! Now to just get a Ping G400 or G410 driver.... anyone want to donate to the cause?
  20. It was a bit of a pleasingly odd mix. The smoke from the scotch, the sweetness from bourbon, and it mellowed out with the Port Cask finish. Need to try it a few more times to get a better idea of the complexity. Never had stranahans, though, so I'll keep an eye out to try it.
  21. Was just gifted this today, my birthday, and about to pour a few for the evening.
  22. Hey @MattF, thanks! Heading out to the links shortly, so wish me straight shots and short putts
  23. When I went to busch garden's this summer, I had a great time riding all the roller coasters. The climbs up the big hills, the near vertical drops, the stomach bending twists and loops, even saw a guy barf on one ride - thankfully I was on the ground as a spectator. This pales in comparison to being an AB owner...
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