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  • Birthday 09/17/1955

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  1. About 2 months ago I picked up a used XXIO X Black driver with their version of a stiff shaft on Ebay and after changing the grip I put it into play. I'm a 65 year old 4 handicap with about 92-95 mph swing speed. I have to say this is best feeling and best performing driver I have owned since my Wilson Staff Strata-bloc driver from high school. Extremely easy to swing and very fast. I then picked up the 3 wood and it has even been better. I've not really missed a 3 wood shot since I got it. It has made the par 5's play much easier. If you are older and losing club head speed these are definitely worth considering. I'm now considering an 18 degree hybrid. the only drawback is that the stock grips are ridiculously thin. I change those immediately..
  2. I have a MGI Zip Navigator AT that I bought at Costco. I have about 30 rounds with it and I love it. My only complaint is how it handles uphill grades. It pops wheelies frequently and will occasionally tip over backwards. I've extended the Wheelie bar and that helps some. I play on a hilly WV golf course so there is no avoiding some hill climbs. I've thought about adding some ballast weight to the bottom of my golf bag. Has anyone else had this problem and how did you improve it?
  3. I've recently acquired a Ping Glide 3.0 SS 54 sand wedge to replace my TM High-toe 54 and it is a huge improvement. It maybe the best wedge I have ever owned. It seems very easy to hit pitch and chip shots with it. Now I am thinking about replacing my TM High-toe 60 degree wedge which is my primary wedge for bunkers. I like the Eye2 design but the SS 54 really impresses me. Have any of you played both the Eye2 grind and the SS grind and give me some idea about how they compare? I know the old 1980's eye2 wedge was great out of bunkers. Which is better from bunkers and which is more versatile for lob shots and heavy rough? Thoughts?
  4. After 3 competitive rounds where I putted really terrible and fought the yips every time, I decided to commit to putting left handed. I've now played 3 rounds where I putted left handed. There is no question that it is better for me. I shot 73 this afternoon in which I two putted a number of long putts and made a nice number of par putts. It is interesting that there is no yipping at so far. My dominant eye is my left eye and it seems like I don't peek as much while I hit the ball. The most important thing is that I seem to hit the sweet spot of the putter way more often which makes distance control much easier. I use a line on the ball to aim as it still is more difficult to pick a line from the left side. So far, so good.
  5. I just acquired an MGI Navigator electric cart and I am looking for a bag that has 14 or 15 dividers but isn't nearly as large as my c130 cart bag. I got it 4-5 years ago and don't use it much because of it's size. I guess I am looking for a smaller and lighter bag that works well on the Navigator but can handle small Jumbomax grips. Thoughts and suggestions?
  6. My wife bought one of these and I decided to give it a try yesterday. The putter is pretty crappy itself and I don't like the feel at all, but the concept is not a gimmick. It took no more time to line it up that any other putter. The idea that it would slow up play is a canard. I ended up with one of my better putting days in quite a while. I actually made some birdie putts outside of 5 feet for a change. I'm giving this putter back to my wife but have decided to order a Bloodline mallet which is the same concept but clearly is of higher quality and better design. Whether I can get used to the different feel is another matter.
  7. I am naturally left-handed. The only thing I do right-handed is golf. I think my dad read that Ben Hogan was left-handed so he decided to have me play from the right. I have always been an exceptionally mediocre putter bordering on the truly awful. This weekend I played with a guy who was naturally right handed but had switched to left handed for putting. Definitely putted better than I did. I dug out an old left handed putter (given to me by a pro who had switched to left-handed) and I do putt better with it, at least on carpet. The target looks weird, but If I use an alignment line and stick with that I should be ok. I've always had a strange stroke right handed where the putter goes immediately to the outside and loops back to the inside for the downstroke. I notice that when putting left-handed, the putter goes straight back or a little to the inside. Has anyone else made this transition? How did it go. How long did it take to get comfortable. Have you putted well in competition?
  8. I've been playing golf for 50 years, but after all of this time, my wife is just now taking up the game. The good news is that she plays with the ladies and has fun, but she really struggles with making good contact with the ball. She is tall and quite strong, so club head speed isn't an issue. I have noticed that women sometimes struggle hitting down on the ball and she is in that category. She tops most of her shots. You can see her trying to lift the ball into the air. If she tees the ball really high, she is more likely to make solid contact. Any suggestions for getting her to not lift up or retain her spine angle that I could pass on to her? If she could just make solid contact more often, she would enjoy the game more. Thanks.
  9. It was for two reasons, I wanted to see if would decrease the hooks that I occasionally get. It has but I still hit a few. More importantly, I have tennis and golfers elbow on both arms as well as arthritis in the hands and I switched to see if it would help with that. It has definitely helped. I am currently a 3 handicap, so yes I shoot in the seventies most of the time. The goal is to shoot in the 60's at least once this year. It is worth trying on the range with your extra club. Maybe trying the different sizes that they send with the trial package. They felt huge initially but I got used to them extremely quickly. Now they feel normal.
  10. I had been playing MCC+4 midsize, but re-gripped my all clubs about 15 rounds ago with Jumbomax small Pro grips after a trial period with one club. Aside from getting a few random strange or negative comments, the experiment has been a success so far. I've dropped about 1-2 strokes per round average since the change including multiple competition rounds. The random low 80s round has not happened since the change over. I hit more solid shots and less of the hooks that were score killers. I do think it is worth trying out. I've looked at other brands Jumbo sized grips as I am always concerned about supply issues. The only real negative it getting them in and out of the bag. I might have to go with a large one.
  11. I broke down and bought the blade. I have an old Scotty Art of Putting blade without any alignment lines and I figured it looked close enough but with alignment aides to it to give it a try. First the bad news. The fit and finish on this is pretty disappointing. The head looks cast and the paint and paint fill remind me of a Walmart putter. It also has a strange grip which feels like foam and has an opposite taper with the lower portion of the grip larger than the butt. The good news is that it puts a really good roll on the ball. I have just practiced with it, but there is little bouncing and the ball seems to go where I am aiming it. Deliberate heel and toe hits do seem to maintain distance and perhaps a bit a correction. Alignment aides are useful, except for a very slight paint blemish. Before I try it in a real round of golf, I'll need to get rid of the grip. I have real mixed feelings about the club so far. Part of me feels ripped off and stupid for buying an infomercial club. On the other hand it does align well and the roll is nice. In the end, I'd putt with a "Hello Kitty" pink plastic putter, if it helped me make for 4 foot putts. We'll see.
  12. Nevin Wilson, Southside WV How Often do you Practice Putting and How Long? 30 minutes per week How many 3 putts do you average per round? 2-4 What interests you most about Exputt from what you have seen or read? It would transform the putting practice I do at home on a carpet from mindless repetition to real putting practice.
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