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  1. I started at fourteen and this would have been my sixtieth season (1961-2020). I've only belonged to my club since the 2002 season, however. That and retirement increased my frequency of play...until this year.
  2. I play 18 holes, riding, at our club. I play 9 holes, walking, on the nine hole pitch and putt course on which I practice. I haven't played any holes since last October, though. I'm calling 2020 golf an even money bet at this point. The Northeast is still body bag city, "curve flattening" not withstanding.
  3. I'll take up two of my fourteen spots to overlap two 200 yard clubs. A long iron to hit wind cheating, hot landing line drives at landing areas on tight driving holes. I don't hit driver at tight landing areas. A well lofted wood for high, vertically descending shots that leave deep ball marks to repair on the green. They're both important shots so I want both clubs. One won't do both jobs. Even if it creates a distance gap elsewhere in the set.
  4. In 1980, an LPGA Tour player hit me right between the shoulder blades with her drive. It didn't even leave a mark--not like getting shot by the Hampton Beach Police in 1964. Certainly much better than being hit by the ball on its way up, right? Plus I kept her in play. She made her par.
  5. pozzit created a post about "jacked lofts," and I offered my opinions on the subject that "pozzit" introduced. You disagree with my opinions and I disagree with yours. I made my observations with no mention of you, however. You wanted to make a personal thing out of it, and you also attribute whining to me where no whining took place. Perhaps you might subject yourself to more specificity in your remarks rather than saying Potato, Pahtato after insulting me without cause.
  6. Chi, I do buy the clubs. I have new clubs that haven't seen green grass yet because of the pandemic. The totally incorrect numbers are stamped on the soles, and I know and understand that I have to live it. It didn't stop me from buying the clubs, and there wasn't a single word in my post that would suggest that it would. Maybe you could read it again. What I did say was that the OEM excuses for it are totally BS, and I only said it because I know for a fact that it's true. You're an actor, Chi. That's great, and art is important. My job required understanding what specific language meant, recognizing BS when I saw it, and I was really, really good at it.
  7. Did the moderator delete my post? I don't understand the objection.
  8. There is no pushback against the technology. None at all that I can see. The pushback is against the cosmetic stamping. They could have today's high tech models exactly as they are, but with the numbers stamped correctly. They choose not to, and you're right, we either go along with it or we play obsolete gear or we don't play at all. That doesn't mean we have to buy the phony explanations from the OEMs, though. I know from personal experience, not mere opinion, that it's all BS. If you took up the game right in the middle of all this jacking, you probably have no reason to care--I understand that. The actual fact remains, however, that it's vanity lofts, pure and simple, not science. The science is there for sure, but independent of it.
  9. I'm guessing that my user name is fairly self-explanatory.
  10. Golf clothes cost what the market will bear, just like everything else, and people will pay a lot for apparel with their club's logo on it. As expensive as they are, I don't run into a lot of wealthy club pros. They don't seem to be gouging anybody. They're just making a living.
  11. Mr. Sanders was probably the snappiest dresser on the course in those days. He had pastel colorerd shoes to match his outfits, and a great sense of humor..
  12. This simply isn't true from my experience. There was never a more sole weighted club than the late seventies Spalding Executive. It was extremely sole weighted to have synergy with the rock hard Top Flite which was a line drive missile with regular blades. The lofts were almost still 1950s lofts but just a little bit jacked: 20º 2-iron 23º 3-iron 26º 4-iron 30º 5-iron 34º 6-iron 38º 7-iron 42º 8-iron 46º 9-iron 50º pitching wedge and a big gap to the 58º sand wedge. They were as low CG as any club made today, and there was no loss of distance whatsoever. They were howitzers. Players under social security age simply don't have the perspective to see what's happened with loft jacking because they began playing in the middle of it. Its here. There's nothing we can do about it. But don't believe the phony tech reasons, because it's all marketing, not tech. The tech is there for sure, but the sole stampings are cosmetic and marketing inspired. Clubs still play according to their lofts, not their sole numbers.
  13. I'm mostly watching cable news and my blood pressure is through the roof because of it.
  14. I make sure that my pension and social security checks get direct deposited every month. Actually, my wife does that. Other than walking the dog and cooking, I pretty much manage to do nothing at all...especially with the club closed.
  15. The northeast is carpet bombed with Covid 19. The bluer an area looks on an electoral map, the brighter red it looks on a Covid 19 map. It has nothing to do with politics, of course; it has to do with density of population. I'm not kidding, it's body bag city over here. My club is closed, course and club alike, but I have to be honest. There's no way I'd play under these conditions. At my age, I'm fine with dying in my sleep, but I'd rather not die on a ventilator. I remember the big polio epidemic in the early fifties when I was a very young child. Seeing a picture of an iron lung, as they used in those days, used to keep me from sleeping at night. At least I'm still sleeping OK, and I'm still getting outdoors to walk the dog.
  16. I'm sure that you're right. I'm just not really exposed to it.
  17. I am very uncomfortable with downloading and streaming having replaced hard media like LPs and CDs. Fortunately, it doesn't matter. Sinatra is dead. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie are dead. Miles Davis and John Coltrane are dead. Luciano Pavarotti is dead. Aretha, Otis, and Wilson are all dead. Dr. John and BB King are dead. I have every record I'd ever want anyway. And I hardly play any of them anymore. I should, though.
  18. Pretty soon, I won't be able to remember what playing was like. I play with pretty much the same people, at the same place, all the time, and while my group never shuts up, I'm sure that there are others who stay more focused. At a club, birds of a feather tend to flock together, particularly in non organized, casual play. But right now, I'm trying to maintain hope that we'll ever play again.
  19. Despite it's small market share today, Wilson, with the demise of Spalding and MacGregor, predates all the other major manufacturers--Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Ping, TaylorMade--even Titleist--by a long, long margin. It differs from all of these I just mentioned because like Mizuno, it's a general sporting goods company, not just a golf company. Younger players probably don't realize just how big Wilson was in golf just a few decades ago. Back when there were fair trade laws, pro line equipment could only be sold at green grass pro shops, and only at full manufacturer's listed price. A golf professional would lose his franchise to sell a brand if he discounted them before the model was replaced with something else. During this period, however, when pro line clubs were only sold in golf course pro shops, there were "store models" as well that could be sold in sporting goods stores and department stores and were not "fair traded." Wilson, a major player in pro line clubs, was by far the biggest manufacturer of store line clubs. I believe that the Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge was the biggest selling model golf club of all time. Now pro line clubs are not fair traded, are sold in stores, and the line between pro line clubs and store clubs has been blurred. They're all store line clubs now. And Wilson, once a giant, .seems to be on the margin of surviving as a golf company. I never thought I'd see MacGregor or Spalding go, but they did.
  20. In configuring a set, I prioritize having the club I want for every specific shot OVER having even gaps at every distance. I have loft overlaps like a driving iron and fairway wood of nearly the same loft so I have both the specific shots that I want. I just choke down if I'm in between clubs, because having the kind of club that I want is more important. This probably influences the way I play, but I HAVE to have a very low bounce wedge for finesse shots, and I also like a wedge with a very curved leading edge specifically for greenside bunkers.
  21. Bounce isn't my friend when it doesn't let me get the leading edge all the way down on a soft shot. A shallow angle of attack leaves the leading edge hitting high on the ball when you have too much bounce. You need a steep angle of attack to get the leading edge down and that's not the shot that your playing. How does a shallow angle of attack allow the club to dig? The ball is forward in your stance so your swing has leveled out; it's almost like hitting a driver off the deck. I learned the shot in 1978 when the lob wedge was first introduced, and the shot as I learned then specifically called for a minimal bounce wedge. The ball lands as if it were a parachute, steeply vertical. You'll notice that Vokey and Cleveland both offer very low bounce sixties for those who play the shot that I'm talking about. The RTX4 still offers a very low bounce 58, but Vokey dropped it going from the SM7 to the SM8.
  22. Patience. The time will come when your wife is thrilled for you to go to the club and give her some time to herself. Especially after you retire.
  23. A high or even medium bounce 60º can't be hit from forward in the stance as one would want to play a high, vertically landing shot. You have to keep hands forward with high bounce from a tight lie, and that's not the shot that you're playing. Keep the bounce at 3 or 4º and suddenly the sixty lob isn't so hard to hit.
  24. I have a brand new 2-PW set which, thanks to the pandemic, hasn't seen green grass yet. The only difference is that instead of stamping it 2-PW, Titleist stamped it as a 4-iron to Gap Wedge II set. Apologists for the gradual loft jacking that's taken place over the last forty years will talk about different weight distribution and designed "launch windows." Well, my set is stamped two full clubs off, and deigned launch windows have less than nothing to do with it. At least off of my swing, clubs still play exactly to their actual loft. My 20-53º set may be a 4-GWII in 2020 speak, but except for a little new tech thrown in, it's little different from a 1965 2-PW set., One small difference is that the new 2-iron with a "4" stamped on its sole is a little less difficult to launch than a 1965 2-iron thanks to that tech. I can't do anything about the modern club number / loft correlations; that's how they like to do it now, and realistically, it's just a cosmetic and marketing matter. Actually, one thing that I did do is make it even more exactly like a 1965 2-PW set. I ordered the numbered irons ½" long and 2º flat. I ordered the so called pitching wedge (actually an 8-iron) ¼" long and 1½º flat. I ordered the two gap wedges (48 and 53), which are actually a 9-iron and a pitching wedge, the standard 35½" length and 1º flat. So stampings not withstanding, I do still have a 2-iron to use off the tee on tight driving holes.
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