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  1. I would love to have Lefty and a Broke 80 badges added to my profile. Thanks.
  2. Absolutely. This past year, I bought a new driver. Going to a TaylorMade demo day at my club, I learned I could hit a 9 degree driver much further than my 10.5 degree driver - reduced spin, rolled further, etc I went to a couple of other demo days at my club. Talked a good bit with the pro who does fittings, demoed on the course virtually every 9 degree demo driver the club has (since I am lef handed, the options were fewer). Knocked things down to a couple of drivers and had the pro look at me on the range with both of them. Last thing I did near the end of the process was change shafts. Ended up with the Sim 2 driver in my signature. What was neat is that while I got this done by mid-May, given Covid, it took until sometime in August to actually get the driver. In the meantime, the club let me keep using the demo when I played so it was sort of if I had the new club. Won some money in our Tuesday senior events (prizes are in shop credits). Since there are about 85 members of the senior group and only about 30 or so actually play each week, most of the regulars make money each year from the group (annual dues ($35 a year) all go to the prizes). So, by the time the driver came in, I had over $100 in shop credit and so the driver got cheaper!!!!
  3. My view is that the best way to economize on equipment is to figure out what club is best for you and then to keep using it for several years. My sense is that the people pissing away the most money are the ones trying to find a bargain, then not liking it and buying a new bargain every year or two.
  4. Doesn't Titleist say that better quality golf balls make a bigger difference to high handicap golfers than to low handicap ones?
  5. HAC

    Is Maxfli DTC?

    I recently got two dozen 2021 Maxflis for $40. Dick's had the $60 deal for two dozen you describe and sent me a $20 coupon so $40 for two dozen urethane golf balls that got excellent reviews from MGS. I went to the store to pick it up. Would it have counted more as direct to consumer if I had ordered it from their website and had it shipped to me? Isn't the key QPR not the method in which I get it?
  6. I mean an actual in person golf ball fitting. If so, where and did you find it helpful?
  7. Not anymore. So-called resale price maintenance used to be per se illegal but now such agreements are analyzed under a rule of reason. Opinion of the Court : Leegin Creative Leather Products, Inc. v. PSKS, Inc., dba Kay's Kloset...Kay's Shoes (justice.gov)
  8. I stopped playing a 3 wood several years ago because I hit my 5 wood just as far and way more consistently. Before you give up on fairway woods, try a 4 or 5 wood and compare them to the 18 or 19 degree hybrids. See which you like best.
  9. You probably need lessons more than a session with a launch monitor.
  10. My 3 wood is in a closet at home and no longer in my bag. You likely need a faster swing speed to get a three wood up in the air and don't have one. I hit my 5 wood much better than my 3 wood.
  11. One of our pros was out there when I was getting fitted for the driver, so he was part of the process. I played a round with the driver a couple of days later (my club has demos, although a lot fewer for lefties like me) and drove the ball significantly longer and as straight or straighter than my current driver. When (if? see below) I get the club, I will schedule a session with one of our pros to tweak the club, if necessary for me. I have not ordered the club yet. I demoed a Titleist driver today (did not like it as much although it was better than my current driver) and will go to another brand fitting a week from Friday when the Callaway rep comes.
  12. I am 65 years old. I played some golf when I was young, but did not play very much for over 30 years (working, kids) until I restarted about 5-6 years ago. I bought a new driver then, a Ping G driver with a regular shaft and 10.5 degrees of loft. I have liked the driver and when I first got it I hit the ball about 190-200 with it. With lessons and more play, I now typically hit the ball about 220-230 (and longer or shorter depending on wind, slope, weather, etc.). Pretty happy. But, I need a new five wood and so have been going to demo days at my club with different vendors trying out five woods. Since I replaced my older irons, hybrids and wedges a couple of years ago, the driver is the second oldest club in my bag. So, I have also been trying drivers to see if there was any difference. So, last Friday, TaylorMade came to the club and I scheduled a fitting. Liked the five wood a lot and may get it - will be trying Callaway in a week and a half when they come and then will make a decision. Then, we tried drivers. I hit the Sim2 Max and then the Sim 2 and liked them. Felt comfortable with the shaft (Ventus Blue 5). A little better than my current driver but the fitter was not satisfied. He felt I was hitting the ball too high and had too much spin - my one complaint with my Ping has been that I don't get that much roll. He gives me a Sim 2 with 9 degrees of loft. Never in a million years would have thought of going to a driver with 9 degrees of loft at my age. Huge change. Really loved it. Demoed it yesterday on my course, and on my first use of it (3rd hole, par five), I didn't hit it solidly and thought I hit it about 200 yards - I am left handed so it was in the left rough. Looked in the rough at about 200-210 and could not find the ball. Kept looking and I found it at about 238 distance from the tee (distance based on golf cart GPS). The rest of the day I saw drive lengths much further than I typically hit the ball. On the 14th hole, a par five, I rarely hit the ball more than 220 because of a hill in the landing area. Hit it past the hill, about 250. I am so excited. I will try drivers when the Callaway guy comes to confirm preference, but am so excited about this driver it is hard to wait a week and a half to order it. I cannot imagine a computer looking at my current data and coming to the conclusion by the few questions they typically ask that what I need is a 9 degree. Hasn't happened so far with any website I have tried, including that of TaylorMade!!! Glad I found a person who wanted to dig a bit deeper. IMHO, we are not close to a replacing a good fitter.
  13. Why does golf need changes? The biggest crowd reactions I saw on Saturday and Sunday were when Bryson drove the ball over the water on the par 5. People went wild from this. What is next? Deadening baseballs so that there are fewer home runs? Changing the football so no more bombs? Making the long shot in basketball count for 1 point rather than 3? Bryson was not born hitting the ball further than everyone else. If others want to hit the ball as far as he does, let them do the work. We need to get rid of the fun police.
  14. One reason I am going back is I had my pro look at my grip and it looked like the third picture. I do not tend to slice the ball, but I have to swing harder than I might like with my irons to get the ball straight.
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