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  1. On 3/28/2020 at 12:21 PM, tony@CIC said:

    @MattF, just did a google search and based on the latest info - there is no directive from the Governors's office to shut down golf courses. However, some counties such as Clark (Dayton,Oh) have decided that golf is non essential and closed down courses. So this might be the case where Windmill is located. You might check adjacent counties to see if courses are open. 


    19 hours ago, TMay23 said:

    Yep, Clark County Health Dept. closed them on Wednesday but was able to get on Thursday in Champaign County.

    I grew up playing in the Dayton area. Miss some of those courses.

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  2. Dynamic loft would provide much more detail regarding this. Static loft is pretty much irrelevant. 

    I want to know static loft to have a baseline. Dynamic loft is useless for comparison if you don’t know the static loft (ex. If two clubs average 15* of dynamic loft, but have 3* difference is static loft then that tells you something).

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  3. 2 minutes ago, ejgaudette said:

    Though it sounds like based on the article there was a "fit from stock" approach which means different testers were using different lofts and shafts so that might not work. Maybe a metric around the ration between static loft and launch angle might provide some useful information.

    That would work. Maybe just average all the lofts used and average all the launch angles to give the final ratio.

  4. 21 minutes ago, PMookie said:

    Donated $9 to MGS just for giggles.



    Not sure another 18 yards is possible with a stock shaft, and for the Mizuno to show “stiff shaft” with a 115 mph swing speed seems unlikely, but would be fun to see!

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    Seems like Mizuino should be #1 for you based off these numbers. I would be interested to know how the app comes up with the "best" fits.

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  5. 26 minutes ago, ejgaudette said:

    I agree that the percentages are a good change as it stops people from getting caught up in exact numbers and moves it to a relative conversation which is really what the test is all about, the comparisons between the drivers.

    I would prefer to see a comparison of static loft to launch angle instead. A couple of the drivers are 14% and 17% for launch which brings the average up and makes many other drivers seem very low launching when they might not be. Or at least a column of the average launch to compare the percentages against.

  6. 24 minutes ago, ballplayer002003 said:

    I see a lot of you are talking about courses being closed down, and I am all for staying away from people!  That being said, if they close down the courses, heading into the golf season, wont that destroy your course?  I mean, if the grounds guys can't get in and mow and put down the necessary fertilizers/chemicals won't the courses become weed infested and overgrown?  This could wipe out the season for a lot of places.  I know this is really the least of our worries but just food for thought.  What do you guys think?

    I know some of the courses around me are only closing to customers. A few of the staff are still working.

  7. On 3/15/2020 at 8:29 AM, Shankster said:

    Welcomed. Seems to be gaining traction in the UK to let dogs come out anyways. A well behaved dog, especially a service dog shouldn’t be a bother.

    I’d rather have 18 holes worth of dogs out there than 18 holes worth of Slim Shady blasting from carts.

    Agreed about the music. If someone wants to listen to music while they play that is fine, but i shouldn't hear it if I'm not in your group.

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  8. On 3/19/2020 at 7:20 PM, Jeff Desjardins said:

    Wilson staff D300 10.5 driver

    Callaway x2 hot 3 wood

    Callaway x2 hot 3 hybrid

    Wilson staff 4 fybrid

    Wilson Staff 4-gw D100 irons

    Callaway 56 degree wedge

    Titliest sm5 60 degree wedge

    Odyssey white ice 9 putter

    C130 cart bag



    Do I get to add a 15th club when I hit 50?

  9. 24 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

    Given that, I'd spend less time on short game practice, and instead work to improve weaknesses.  I'm not saying NO practice for short game and putting, but more maintenance level.

    I have found that when I do that (change the ratio of long game to short game practice time) my short game standards drop while my ball striking improves. Overall that leads to higher scores for me.

    My goal this year is to dedicate more time to the range and playing without decreasing the amount of time I spend on short game. We'll see what happens.

  10. 39 minutes ago, ballplayer002003 said:

    So the gov decided to shut the state down starting tomorrow until MAY 15th. The good news is that golf courses are exempt since they are considered outdoor activities that promote social distancing!!!

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    good news on the golf courses. courses are shutting down let and right in VA. still a few open tho.

  11. 5 minutes ago, DaveP043 said:

    So what part of your game is strongest, and what part is weakest?

    Putting and short game are the strongest.

    Distance and consistent iron play are the weakest. Iron play really struggles if I don't keep up on practice.

  12. I tested these last year. They looked too big to me and I could not get over that mental barrier to give them a far test. So, obviously they did not make it in the bag.

    A buddy of mine does play them though and he loves them. The extra spin in the wet seems to be holding up to the test of time if the eye test results are accurate.

  13. On 3/12/2020 at 8:23 AM, gobias07 said:

    Got fitted. Going to get a new 3 wood and hybrid.

    Fitted club specs 3 wood 14.5 degrees,carry 240-250, total 260. 3 Hybrid 19 degrees, carry 230-235, total 250.

    I wanted to demo the 4 hybrid at 21 degrees and the 5 hybrid at 24 degrees but there weren’t any. Based on these distances how much can I expect my distances to drop off going up to 21 and or the 24 degree hybrid? Do you think 19, 21, or 24 degrees would be better gapping for my longer clubs? My 4 iron loft is also 24 degrees and my carry is 190-200 yards 210 total with that club.

    Best answer is find a place where you can get fit properly. Often times golf galaxy and similar places have many loft option you can try to get an idea for gappring.

    I have a 21* and 25* 818H1 heads. They carry 208 and 196 for me. I tested a 19* head when I got fit for the 21* and it was carrying 3-4 yards further. My 4 iron is 24* and carries 192.

    Also think about how many hybrids you want to play. 1 or 2? If only 1, then the 19 is definitely going to far.

  14. I have played a scotty for over a decade. I think it is a great putter that feels fantastic, but i think a lot of it is mental also. All the "good" players used a scotty back in the day so I did the same. Now I've had it for so long and I putt so well that I wouldn't dare change. So any other putter has a near impossible standard to live up to for me.

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  15. On 5/28/2019 at 9:17 PM, LeftyRM7 said:


    In my endless quest to get better, I’ve noticed a trend in my game and practice. After struggling badly with long clubs, especially driver, I got fit for my driver in January. I’ve worked hard on my long game and I’ve seen massive improvement. Par 5’s have gone from my worst to my best holes most days. Lately I feel like I’m in a cycle between long and short clubs. I have a good round of the tee and hit most fairways but struggle to hit greens. So I’ll spend time on the range working on irons and wedges. Then like clockwork I go back to the course and struggle to get off the tee and find fairways but hit great approach shots, after dropping or punching out of the trees that is. Wondering if anyone else has got caught in this cycle and more importantly, how did you get out of it.



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    On 5/28/2019 at 9:49 PM, Shankster said:

    Welcome to my world. I focus too much of my time on 100 and in. Oddly enough, a lot of my approach shots are outside of that. Maybe I need to rethink my practice strategy.


    On 5/28/2019 at 10:19 PM, GB13 said:

    If anyone else comes up with a solution, please let me know immediately!! 


    On 5/28/2019 at 11:35 PM, robertson153 said:

    I think there has to be an equal amount of practice/range time on long and short game. I have yet to find that balance. I also struggle with getting off the tee, then with approach shots. In my mind I try to fix one thing and focus on that instead of my entire game. Maybe one of these days I’ll figure it out.

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    I was given a range system to follow over a decade ago by a trusted coach and I still use it. This is all after being properly warmed up. I can post my warm-up if anyone is interested.

    Divide the range session into 4 equal parts. I vary the order of the parts. Take breaks between parts. Treat every shot like you are playing it on the course. This system ensures I do not neglect part of my game and over focus on something else. I also do short game practice at least as much as I hit balls on the range, but not always both during one practice session. Parts 1-3 are easy to make competitive games out of and this really helps me focus during practice as well.

    Part 1 is full swings using at least half of your non-wedge/putter clubs (ex. driver, hybrid, 5 iron, 7 iron, 9 iron).

    Part 2 is for medium length pitches and full wedges which is 50-125 yards for me. Establish good gaps and practice them.

    Part 3 is for workability (high, low, draw, fade, hitting gaps between clubs). Push yourself to try new and difficult shots here (whatever that means to your skill level).

    Part 4 is for swing changes/mechanics. I like to focus on over exaggeration here.

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  16. 9 minutes ago, benkross said:

    Have you been for before? What was the biggest difference?

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    I have been fit for individual parts of my bag, but this was actually my first full bag fitting. It was obvious Ian knew what he was talking about and what he was doing. I like to know the why behind everything and Ian was able to answer every detailed physics/equipment question I had. Ian was great at getting me to turn it up a notch (I had been trying to guide some of my previous clubs instead of swinging freely) and take breaks at the right times even if I didn't want to. If you watch the recent TXG live driver bracket fitting for Matt you will see Ian talk about some of those tricks towards the end. It was like deja vu and I had no idea it was happening at the time.

    For driver, I was new to the changeable neck idea. I didn't play hardly any golf from 2010-2015 so I missed that revolution. Ian explained the relationship between loft, lie, and face angle which I had been doping wrong in my already misfit driver I had been using. He also explained the ideal launch conditions for my swing speed/ball flight preferences and how to line up my preferred feel in shaft to get those results. I also though I was getting way too much spin with my driver, but Ian was able to explain how I was only a little to high on spin and how that extra spin would actually benefit my game with my irons and wedges.

    For fairway wood, I'm not a great fairway wood player. I hit more balls with fairway woods during the first two days than with driver, irons, wedges, and putter combined. I must have tried over 20 heads/shaft combos. I wasn't' satisfied yet tho and this was the end of my scheduled two days with Ian. So, Ian asked if I could come back the next day before heading out of town. I did and he prep'd 2 other fitters to work with me for 20 mins. Then Ian came over when he was available and we finalized the fit (all of us together). This demonstrated again Ian's commitment to get the fit right. His experience also showed here as the other fitters were coming to the same or very similar recommendations as he did. Ian realized that my not so great fairway wood playing ability was causing me to doubt myself and the fit, but getting the reinforcement from other fitters helped me get over that mental barrier. 4 months on and I love my fairway wood. I could see myself keeping it for a long time. If Ian wouldn't have invited me back for that extra session then I wouldn't have bought the fairway wood and I'm sure I'd still have a fairway in the bag that I never hit because I have no confidence in it.

    For irons, I knew I needed more forgiveness than blades, but I love the look of blades (minimal offset, small top line, good feel). So, Ian gave me options in that category and explained that he could weaken the loft to take away some offset while simultaneously matching the loft of blades, but in a more forgiving head. He also put me in a 5.0 flex shaft when I'm stiff flex in everything else. He explained how this particular shaft would not flex too much due to my smooth tempo and getting the right weight was more important for my tempo which this shaft ended up being. Earlier I mentioned that he was getting me to turn it up a notch. Well here is where it paid off. He knew I would be swinging more freely and faster with better fit clubs so he encouraged me to do this in the fit. With that swing I preferred the MP-20 MMCs over the P760s when it was the other way around when I was still a little tentative and a few miles an hour slower. Now I'm so glad that happened because I am no longer having to feel like I'm guiding the club anymore. My iron lie fitting ended up being different than what my current clubs were. Ian had one of the other fitters bend my current set to that spec before I left. I was only going to have those clubs a few more weeks, but again Ian's goal was to give me the best tools possible for those few weeks until my new sticks arrived.

    For wedges, I tried a larger Ping head first and I wasn't liking it. I was all over the place with strike point and distances were wild. Ian's experience and ability to pick-up on my game/preferences led him to put a smaller head in next and I did much better. Not because the club was better, but because it was similar to what I used in the past and thus performed better for me. A less experienced fitter probably would have given me an even larger "more forgiving" head. We also discussed bounce a lot (my previous set was all mid bounce) and I even hit some shots off the concrete floor to test out the low bounce 60*.

    For putter, this is the best part of my game and my favorite club. I hit 8 puts and Ian broke down the details of each stroke via the data from his putting launch monitor. He then told me we should stop and I shouldn't waste time with other putters. His goal wasn't to sell me something, but rather to ensure I had the best tools. I left with even more confidence in my best club.

    I could go on and on and I'm probably forgetting things too.

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  17. 16 hours ago, benkross said:

    Great review. I too love Ian Fraser and TXG. I've done a NY Golf Center fitting and a Club Champion fitting. Was set on going to Toronto to get fit by Ian, but now your review is getting me thinking. 

    Agreed on the "great review" part.

    As for TXG - I was fit by Ian at TXG in Sep. It was awesome. Replaced everything, but my trusty putter. Wrote a bit about the clubs tested in the WITB forum. Well worth the time and money. Wish it was closer so I could go back more often for gapping sessions or tune-ups as needed.

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  18. On 1/9/2020 at 2:28 PM, fixyurdivot said:

    No Mizuno Demos here in Yuma so far.  Reading a bit more I see their is a MP20 (forged blade), MP20 MCC, and the MP20 HMB (hollow muscle back).  The HMB design/construction seems very similar to the i500's?  From the articles I've found thus far, I cannot tell what the construction is for the MCC - did you try these as well?

    I play the MP-20 MMCs. They feel great. Not as good as the blades, but still very good. Faster and more forgiving for sure, but I still retain some feedback and workability. The HMB definitely launches higher than the MMC or blades and it is easy to miss high on the club face if you are used to blades or small cavity backs. The HMB also looks much larger behind the ball.

    Details and technical specs here: https://www.mizunousa.com/product/golf-mp-20-mmc.do

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