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  1. Local course was brutal today with firm but just watered greens and 25mph wind gusts. Kept it together and shot 79. Had some absolute bombs with the new (to me) SiM Max. Had 2 330y+, one 375y and I put one in the green side bunker on the 414 yard par 4. Only reason the scores weren’t lower was the putting. I watched balls stop at the hole then roll 14 feet down the slope. My buddies shot in the 90s, and I only kept it low-ish by overpowering the holes where I had wind help.
  2. One of my favorite sayings I’ve heard (don’t know who said it first, so I’m stealing it a bit) is that golf boils down to 4 strokes. The last stroke is generally less than a foot or two on every hole, but is so simple most people don’t need to spend time practicing it. Being proficient at shots 1 and 2 will keep big scores off your card, but being a master at shot 3 is what puts small numbers on the card. You need to assess your strengths and weaknesses based on this criteria. If you have a basic proficiency with the game, then determine where you’re losing strokes. If you are taking lots of doubles and triples, spend more time practicing the long game. If you’re close to a single handicap and keeping the ball in play with your first two shots, spend a very large portion of your practice on that third shot: long putts, chips, pitches, full wedges, etc.
  3. If you are trying to develop feel on the greens and not submitting the score for handicap purposes, go for it! Typically I’d recommend playing every shot with your “game ball” so you got used to the feel and how the ball reacts on the course; however, I can understand the pain of losing ProV1s. As far as the rules for an “official round”, you may change the ball to whatever you please when taking relief e.g. after hitting into a hazard or losing a ball. However, when you are just marking the spot of the ball (such as on the green) changing the ball is against the rules unless it is visibly damaged in the course of play.
  4. I’ve actually seen range balls fly farther than normal because they come out at a high launch (no gear force from compression) with no drag (low spin), basically hitting moon balls like a long drive competition. When it’s that cold though you are probably going to hit low knuckle balls. Either way definitely not good for measuring anything other than strike, path, and clubhead speed. On days like that I work mostly on short game with my game ball, or strike drills trying to hit different areas of the face.
  5. Bought a new SiM Max 9 degree with a "made-for" Ventus Blue 6X, that'll I'll probably upgrade later; however, I hit 9/14 FIR with 302 yards total distance in my last round, so it might stay.
  6. Hands down my favorites are TXG and Alex Etches. TXG has the highest production value of the group, Matt destroys the ball and Ian is brilliant. Alex has good insights, but is absolutely hilarious. I'm not a huge Rick Shiels fan, IMO he likes clubs that fit his swing and nothing else. Mark Crossfield is good, but doesn't have the production value of TXG.
  7. I play a ProV1X because of the control it provides on and around the greens, and you know you are getting a quality ball with each one you pull out of the box. I like my ball to stop right where I hit it with my short irons, no excessive bounces forward or spin backwards. I therefore have to build my driver setup around a high spin ball, which I’m currently in the process of. Right now I’m leaning towards a SIM Max adjusted to 8.5 degrees and a Fujikura Speeder TR in a 661X. Has the right combination of feel in the shaft for my swing, and I launch ProV1X around 12 degrees with 2000RPMs. My swing speed hovers around 111-112 with max velocity swings around 116-117 when I need to reach for another gear.
  8. Hit it hard, go find it and hit it again. -Arnold Palmer
  9. Predictable shape, predictable carry, and correct side of the fairway for an easy approach shot it a great drive. A good drive is either predictable carry and one of the other two. An ok drive is just one of the above, and a bad drive is where none are executed.
  10. You’re grip has to match your swing. In my opinion swing plane faults start with grip problems that make the independent arm movements conflict each other. Personally, I have small hands and just use an overlap grip because it’s comfortable.
  11. Yea I’m thinking dual purpose, move a little mass there and provide a hot melt port. I did some reading and it looks like the CBX was supposed to be a low spin distance machine. I would expect a slight bias to a drawing ballflight if you want to win the distance race.
  12. Hmm unfortunately I don’t have an answer for that. It looks like there is a weight in the heel to promote a draw in the CBX, and they moved some weight away from the middle with the carbon fiber. I think that those changes will made the CBX prone to a right to left ballflight and a more forgiving, higher launch. Something I do not want at all in my hybrid. I also think the bottom contouring is better on the EXS Pro. With that in mind, I would say they’re geared to completely different swing needs.
  13. Had an amazing recovery shot again with this hybrid. Under a little tree about 15 yards back of the green on hardpan. Hit a limited backswing jabby punch shot. Rolled through the rough, up the bank and stopped about 3 feet away from the pin. Easy par. Just the way it’s drawn up. Seriously though, it’s just easy to hit.
  14. Anywhere in the Palm Springs Area is awesome this time of year, as long as you can deal with the heat. I paid $59 to play PGA West!
  15. Been there with the doubles for no reason. Sorry to hear about the heat! Take it easy out there. I played in 120+ yesterday. Drove from shady spot to shady spot, only took one practice swing maximum, and had a gallon of water with me. Still came home and slept it off. Wife’s car said 138 after being parked in the desert sun all day.
  16. I have tried a handful of new balls from Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway, Taylormade, and RZN. I keep coming back to Srixon XVs based on personal performance, and MGS testing. They spin as much as you want, they’re long, and they’re durable for much less than ProV1. But, being a golf junkie I bought 2 sleeves of Tour Speeds yesterday, so I’ll give them a shot soon.
  17. Looks fine to me. Lots of variables like mentioned above. If you really want to compare to pros, they typically hit it a few grooves lower. I myself have a very shallow impact for the most part, and struggle with a thin impact. Creates a ton of spin though. Every once in awhile I hit that one that comes out 10 feet high, but stops on the second bounce. Those can be very nervous shots in the air.
  18. Some pictures from yesterday at Stadium. Meant to upload these but by the time I got home I was very tired
  19. Shot an 83 today, still working on a swing change. Wouldn’t normally be proud of an 83 necessarily on its own, but today I played PGA WEST Stadium course from the back-most tee placement today. While not the 7300 yard beast it can be, I controlled the ball for the most part and almost broke 80 the first time ever playing the course, if it weren’t for a double-double finish after a birdie on 16. Yes, the water ate a golf ball on Alcatraz island green from 165 yards. Man that green is SMALL.
  20. Not well at all. Nothing really went wrong, it just didn’t go right. But I had a fundamental change in my swing this week with my coach, we finally think we got to the root cause of some timing problems. So I’m basically focusing on that feel every shot, and not really worried so much that they’re flying offline. I did get the feeling right a few times today, and left my buddies jaws on the floor. Like a stinger 3 hybrid that went 256 down the middle, followed by a 52 degree wedge from 122 to the flag that hit, bounced once, and spun back to 3 feet.
  21. Yep, ran it out from under some trees about 40 yards to 12 feet just the other day! Very easy to bump because it doesn’t drag through the turf.
  22. Yep exactly what I see. You can get the club on it, even with a thicker sole, but you need to play it well short of target. Also it flies straight for me out of those lies.
  23. I’ve been using the Pro from all sorts of weird situations recently. I’ve been in a small slump. It’s very a very tidy chipper. I have noticed it flies low out of thick rough, anybody else see that?
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