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Bob Pegram

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  1. On 10/13/2021 at 10:27 AM, cnosil said:

    While the latest model may not be better, I think head design has a bigger influence than shaft.  From my experience the wrong head design can not be fixed with a different shaft.  Shaft is definitely important to help deliver the club properly but it won’t make a low spinning head have more spin. 

    That is especially true if the heel-toe weight distribution of two heads being compared is significantly different. Heel weighting closes the face and toe weighting opens it. Most modern heads have fairly low centers of gravity so a difference there would be rare. A few have a COG closer to the face which also makes the club play way differently. even with the same shaft. Weighting toward the face makes a driver swing feel more like an iron and tends to keep the face open longer.

  2. 51 minutes ago, labillyboy said:

    6 way staff bag always... plenty of room for all your clubs and few extra for practice days.

    Works great when riding or on a pull cart.  Normally a little lighter than a 14 way bag, plus love classic look of a Staff Bag. Much easier to get the clubs in and out of the bag as well.  Whenever I buy a new set of irons, I buy a new matching staff bag. The bags always last as long as the irons. 


    8 minutes ago, oldguy819 said:

    I own a Titliest cart bag with 15 holes with one being oversize for the putter.. I have 14 clubs and a ball retriever. There's a umbrella holder on the outside.  Laugh all you want about the ball retriever but I play premium balls and if I can recover it from within reach of shore....   I will.  Until I'm under contract with Titliest for a lifetime supply of Left Dash's, I'm fishing for them. 😏


    53 minutes ago, labillyboy said:

    6 way staff bag always... plenty of room for all your clubs and few extra for practice days.

    Works great when riding or on a pull cart.  Normally a little lighter than a 14 way bag, plus love classic look of a Staff Bag. Much easier to get the clubs in and out of the bag as well.  Whenever I buy a new set of irons, I buy a new matching staff bag. The bags always last as long as the irons. 

    I agree on having room for a few extra clubs (for experimenting on the range or course). Those who complain about grips getting tangled up just need to shake the bag and they all go to the bottom and come out smoothly.

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  3. On 12/6/2021 at 8:40 AM, BostonSal said:

    The bulbous, 460cc driver, particularly on an unweildy 46" shaft, has always been a nightmare for me.


    The basic problem is that you can't hit down and through it as with a normal fairway wood shot.

    The ball must be teed high, almost to the point of being a "ball above feet" sidehill lie from the tee.

    The ball must be placed more forward in the stance and be hit slightly on the upswing.

    You're almost standing in a different zipcode with the huge shaft.

    And finally, because the lie angle is adjusted to allow for droop with the long shaft, you have to address the ball with the club's toe pointing to the sky.


    I know that I can't be the first one to find all of these things disconcerting.

    I have to assume that others have faced the same concerns but found a way to overcome them.


    Now to be honest, using  a faiway wood / driving iron tandem off the tee doesn't really hurt me.

    I'm not playing from the tips at my age.

    The other geriatric seniors with whom I play aren't exactly bombing their drivers past my fairway wood tee shot.

    I'm rarely the guy hitting first from the fairway.


    Still, not hitting the driver is avoiding a part of the game that should be played.

    I try to hit driver on a couple of wide open holes.  Sometimes I find the ball and sometimes I don't.

    I can hit a big banana in either direction, but if I try to hit it straight, 

    I'm essentially letting the club choose the direction of the banana,


    If anybody out there ever found the driver to be a scorecard saboteur, 

    avoided hitting it,

    but then discovered a way to overcome it,

    I'm all ears.


    It just doesn't appear to be a normal golf shot to me.

    Swing that way at any other club and you get a dead top hitting the ball on the upswing.


    If youi like the feel of irons better than woods, find a driver head that is front weighted - with the weight toward the face. It will swing more like an iron. With certain swing styles it will be more accurate and will be easier to make center of the face contact. For those types of swings it can often hit the ball farther as well.




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  4. On 11/2/2021 at 12:58 PM, Shapotomous said:

    Some club and ball websites offer free fittings already.  Following the same thought process lessons should be free as well.

    2ndSwing credits the fitting charge toward equipment already.

    It is impossible to do a good clubfitting from a website. There isn't enough information collected to do a good job fitting the shaft(s), head(s), grip(s), length(s), shaft bend point(s), shaft torque, etc.  Posture, body proportions, swing style, and a lot other factos vary too much from golfer to golfer. As an example, my waist is significantly higher than on most guys my height. That raises my hands farther fromn the ground. A wrist to floor measurement doesn't take that into consideration, but it would be apparent after a SKILLFUL fitter watched me swing.

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  5. A factor most don't consider is the location of the center of gravity in the driver head. Most have a deep COG - way back away from the face. That is apparently easier to hit for most people. For some reason I don't know I hit drivers with the center of gravity close to the face much better - both straighter and farther. My guess is because it feels more lkike an iron, but nthat is just a guess. Finding a head with that COG narrows the possible choiices way down to a few. It also reduces my looking once I find a good one. My current gamer is from 2016. I spray the shots with a deep COG driver and hit the front COG ones straight - completely backwards from conventional advice.

  6. On 11/25/2021 at 9:33 AM, therod said:

    Hit a boatload of drivers. The first 5 or 6 were all very similar. I really liked the C721, but I had researched it and just wanted to like it to begin with. Then I hit a TSI3. And the ball went 20 more yards after I put the stock red ventus in it. Ball after ball went 20 more yards than anything else I hit. Going to have to be a wise eBay shopper to save money. Crazy expensive but crazy good.

    You got to heart of the matter. The head by itself is not the answer. The head and shaft combination is what works or doesn't. Thanks for mentioning the shaft.

  7. 23 hours ago, TvGuyJake said:

    Not sure if the lofts actually change; but you are just opening and closing the face of the driver. 

    Actually it is the opposite. The loft (face angle) in relation to the shaft can be changed however the sole won't be quite flat on the ground when the shaft is absolutely straight (not hands forward nor back at address). However, the face angle (draw/fade) cannot be changed. It is the relationship of the sole to the face angle when the sole is flat on the ground. The lie angle can be changed. In other words, when the shaft is straight (hands not forward nor back at address) it will be more vertical (more upright) when the head is in the 'draw' setting or less vertical (flatter) than neutral when in the fade setting. A more upright setting will promote a draw and vice versa, but you are not really changing the draw/fade-open/closed face angle.

    By the way, if your driver and/or fairways have changable weights in the heel/toe or front/back you can adjust how fast thye face will close near impact. Weight more towards the toe or more towards the face will keep the face open longer to prevent hooks. Weight more towards the heel or more towards the back of the head will close the face faster to prevent slices.

  8. I bought a couple dozen previous year Srixon Z-Star XVs and tested them in water with dissolved epsom salts. They barely float in that solution. I marked the top of each ball when it stopped spinning. When I re-spun each ball none of them came up to the same place twice. That means every one was extremely well balanced. Good quality balls. Long hitting off the tee and high spin around the greens too.

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  9. Keep hitting the 3 wood off the tee for the time being. Practice with the driver on the range. Figure out what is different about yoiur 3 wood swing and your driver swing. Copy your 3 wood swing with your driver. Stop trying to hit up on the ball with your driver. Instead, swing level with the ground through the ball. That usually leads to way more consistency. I have read that testing shows most tour pros swing level through the ball, not up on it. Swinging up on the ball makes it difficult to keep a consistent left wrist position at impact. It collapses and opens the face one time. The next time it rolls over and you hit it left. Swinging level through the ball should stop or minimize that.

  10. If you don't play enough to keep your golfing muscles in good condition & sufficient strength there is any easy solution. Get an old steel shafted wood, cut a hole in the end of the grip. Drop split shot (usually used for fishing) into the hole one at a time. Use a steel rod with a small enough diameter that it will go through the hole to the bottom of the shaft. Hold the head and ram each piece of split shot to the bottom of the shaft so it stays in place, then add another one. Keep adding them until it is heavy enough to be like lifting weights for golf - sort of like a leaded bat in baseball. Swing it only a few times the first day so you don't hurt yourself. Gradually increase the number of repetitions until you are swinging it 50 or more times each day. It takes only about 5 minutes in the driveway. I do 70 reps. It will force you to use your legs and body to initiate your downswing and to delay your wrist uncock. It also forces a full follow through. You will swing better, hit the ball farther and straighter. You will have enough strength to control the clubface.

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  11. I golfer has the opportunity of a lifetime. He gets to play St. Andrews. As it happens he struggle with bad shots. Toward the end of the round he says in that he wants to drown himself. The St. Andrews caddie says, "I don't think you could keep your head down that long."

    (Supposedly a true story).

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