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  1. One game that we always like to play with mixed handicaps is a 2 man game called "Hi Lo". You play your own ball and use your regular score. For each hole your carts best/lo score is compared to the other cart and your teams worst/hi score is compared. So on each hole you can earn 0, 1 or 2 points. Cart with most points win, tie breakers are point on hardest hole (then 2nd, 3rd, etc).
  2. Played yesterday. I went up 1 club instead of 2 and focussed on 2 things: slowing down swing/transition and finishing to the hole (too many pull/hooks). I didn't play great but I feel like I finally was able to smooth out a lot of my swings. I was really trying hard not to care about anything other than those 2 things. That includes the scorecard and distances. Irons and hybrids (clubbed up) went pretty well. In fact I'd say that I got more distance from my hybrid (solid strikes). Irons were shorter but straighter (except that one pure'd 8 iron that flew a green). Driver was goofy (couldn
  3. Same here. BTW, thanks for your review of Cleveland launcher HB irons. Been reading that thread lately (it's 20 pages!) and really appreciate the work you and Wedgie put in to test those sticks.
  4. I use a Cleveland Smartsole 3 "C" wedge. Between the big head with lots of bounce and the shorter more upright shaft, I hit that thing great. Some days I'll use it from 120 yards in. A good friend who had one previously and only used it to bump and run around the greens played with me one day and said "you need a whole bag of those". Ironically, the last month or so the one place I can't seem to use it well is around the greens (i.e. it's main purpose). I have been looking really hard at the Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Irons, however, because they would be pretty close to having a bag full of
  5. First, I do think the new driver is longer, but not that much longer (like 5-10 yards) . Of course I hit that G15 for 10 years so there may be some selective memory there (with me remembering lots of long drives and forgetting the shorter ones). I think most drivers are similar in distance when hit right. I do think the new driver is longer on mishits (i.e. most of my shots lately). I'm the opposite of your friend in that I fight a hook this past year (grip/swing changes). I feel like the G410 is helping me (except for a pull hook....no game improvement tech can save that). I think the co
  6. Thanks. I've tried a version of #1 lately "1, 2, wait, swing". Sometimes it works, sometimes I forget to use it, sometimes the wait gets skipped. Sounds like I need to be a little more diligent on that front. I may need to get rid of the 'wait' swing thought, however because I find myself hitting 'wait', kinda slowing or stopping before the end of my back swing and then jerking back/forward with a quick transition. I've done #2 in the past when my driver gets inaccurate. Haven't really tried it lately. Usually I think of using #2 when my driver path gets goofy moreso than the tempo
  7. Interesting idea. I'm willing to try it. I have played rounds in the past where I've gone up a club and it worked out well. My concern is that my most common miss right now is long and left but I think some of that is from being overly aggressive so clubbing up x 2 might help with that.
  8. For quite a while, I've been working on slowing down my back swing. I've always assumed that my tempo was bad because I'm just too quick back. A couple of weeks ago when I went for a driver fitting, I told a friend of mine that I had hit enough balls to know that my swing speed was about 93. His response was "yeah, but did you tell the guy that it's 93 back and 93 forward". As I've been playing more, I've been doing a better job (sometimes) of slowing down my backswing and trying to smooth things out. Where I'm currently failing is in transition. No matter how much I slow down my back swi
  9. Great topic. I've kind of gone full circle on this. Used to play white back in the day when that was about all you could find. Then I found the NXT Tour S in Yellow. That was my go to ball for years. I did buy some Orange Volvik Vivids along the way. Now that the NXT Tour S isn't made, I've just been playing whatever. Not long ago I bought some QStar Tours (white). Still have a sleeve of those left. My wife bought me a box of Maxfli straightfli (white) and have 1/2 of those left. Last week I bought Snell MTB-X (white). Can't wait to play them next. I hope I can find a goto ball to stick
  10. I hope to play Wednesday and hit the ball well enough to have answers. In my case I am looking for hook reduction. The new club seems straighter with the settings I have right now. I think I need to drop the loft to get more distance. I played last week but had one of those days where I couldn't hit a club in my bag, new or old. Really frustrating when trying see what your shiny new toy can do!
  11. After playing with it and hitting it pretty well, I think that once I get adjusted to it I'm going to be very happy. I really don't care all that much about distance, I'm going to gain some from this club which is good. But more importantly I really liked the dispersion...hitting more fairways will pay off.
  12. revkev, I did use the setting to flatten the lie angle and I think it did help. I think I'm going to really like this G410. I'm playing again Wednesday and will either leave it where it is or use the f-1 setting to go down 1 degree (just to see how that does, really). This whole work thing I'm having to do Mon-Fri is really getting in the way of my golf though....otherwise I'd have spent this morning at the range trying lots of different settings Thanks!
  13. I didn't make it to the range yesterday. Spectrum was coming to the house between 1 and 2 to try and fix my internet connection. Poor guy ended up being here 6 hours so I didn't make it to the range. I played 18 this morning, however. I took a guess at a good setup and did two things: moved the hozel from 0-neutral to 0-flat, moved the weight on the back from Neutral to Fade. Both of these changes are to promote a straighter ball flight by reducing draw (plus I'm only 5'7" tall so I figured the flat lie could fit me well). After playing out of the fairway all day I have to say I'
  14. Thanks for that, lets me know my concerns weren't just buyers remorse.
  15. Now that I bought the club, I will absolutely take the time to methodically test the various settings to find what works best for me. After having played with the club I'm feeling better about it.
  16. It's good for me to hear you say that guys should watch LPGA players. I've felt that way for years but didn't know it was a somewhat common opinion. A good drive for me is around 230, really good one 250, occasional OMG's 280. If you ask me I'll tell you I'm a 230. I actually gained some this year with a grip change so that 230 might be a little short but I prefer modesty and realism over anything else. I have a buddy that will tend to quote the "occasional OMG" number and I just shake my head. I'll never play like a PGA tour but I would love to play around like an LPGA player. Heck at 5
  17. I'm right handed, I rotated my left hand clockwise so my left thumb wasn't right down the shaft (that was the issue with the injury and pain). Then I separated my hands a bit. My interlock now interlocks at the last joint of the finger instead of the first all they way down by the hand. That seems to have moved the club more into the fingers of my right hand. I suspect that the issue is that my old grip wasn't very good and the injury caused me to accidentally improve it. I do have an issue with my miss being long and left and that I need to open the club face a bit to cut down on the hoo
  18. I hurt my left thumb earlier this year. I had to change my grip so that it wouldn't just keep getting worse. After tinkering with my grip, I gained yardage on all my clubs. Basically, I am now hitting one club shorter across the board. My 7 iron now does the distance my 6 iron used to, 8 like the 7, etc.
  19. Thanks. Looking at these numbers is new to me. And I hadn't really thought about that 9* not really being 9. When I bought that Ping, I saw it in a Golfsmith, noticed the 9* loft and knowing that I hit the ball high thought I'd give it a try. Bought it used and never looked back (plus it matched the G15 irons I had at the time). I later added a G15 4-wood that I love and still have in my bag. This time, since I'm playing more, I figured getting fitted would be a better path but I have my doubts. Knowing that I can lower the loft without closing the face makes me more comfortable.
  20. Right now the price of the new G400 has dropped down to $250. I hit two used ones in GG last week: $229
  21. Thanks for the responses, really helps put these numbers in perspective for me. I actually really like watching LPGA players play because I feel like they are closer in distance and style of play to me (they are a little longer) and I can relate to their games. For instance the women hit hybrids more than the PGA players and use them more like I would. If aoa is angle of attack and it's the same as 'decent angle' then I can tell you that the stats I have from the other day when I hit it was an average of 36. I freely admit that the 12 could be just fine for me and I just need to ge
  22. I don't remember the peak height, I'm confident it wasn't near 100. The launch angle was in the 18's. I actually tend to hit the ball pretty high and actually prefer it that way. I don't need line drives, I'm just concerned that I'll trade too much height for distance. One other note, when I hit a few other drivers earlier this week (and did take a picture of the LM data), my average peak height was 28 yards (84').
  23. I failed to take a picture of the LM in the fitting area. I do know that my swing speed on that LM yesterday was on average about 92. The spin rates were about 3000, I think the launch angle was 18.5. Total distance was in the 245 range. Using these numbers is fairly new to me but after hitting a bunch of times with the LM lately I was thinking that a lower launch angle and something closer to 2000rpm in spin would be better. Thanks for the responses, I have the face to loft adjustment backwards. This is actually good news for me since my miss if left. If I keep the driver I can dro
  24. My driver shaft broke recently. Since I've been playing the same driver for a long time I figured I'd but a new one instead of putting a new shaft in my old driver. The old driver is a Ping G15 it had 9 degrees of loft and a stock stiff shaft (TFC149). Pretty standard Ping stuff, bought it about 10 years ago, used and it's been a great stick for me. The last couple of weeks, I've hit quite a few different drivers. Since the local Golf Galaxy has lots of used drivers, it's easy to hit lots different boom sticks. Basically after hitting a bunch of sticks, I felt like I was all over the
  25. I must have jinxed myself....my G15 broke (shaft snapped about an inch up from the hosel). Now I have a decision to make: re-shaft the G15 or get something newer. I'm leaning towards newer..surely 10 years of technology will make a difference even for pretty bad golfer!
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