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skyryder

 
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    Florida/Hong Kong
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    Golf, Sailing, BBQ, Travel, Wine
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  • Swing Speed
    90 mph or less
  • Handicap
    14.2
  • Frequency of Play/Practice
    Multiple times per week
  • Biggest Strength
    Short Game
  • Biggest Weakness
    Driver/Off the Tee

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  1. Curious what are the feelings about buying “used” golf balls from someplace like Used Golf Balls website. My understanding is these are NOT refurbished balls ( a NO-NO) but I am thinking that maybe they are balls used on the range at professional or higher end amateur events or something similar. Any input is appreciated.
  2. I am looking forward to getting to use them on "real grass" as well. The season here is year round. The weather is not the issue, but playing in the summer with 32-35 deg C temps is brutal with the humidity. The real issue is access, especially for a single golfer. It is required to have a valid USGA/R&A handicap to access the booking system for the public courses and there are not many of them around. The private courses (at least some) do allow guests, but it will hit the wallet hard. With the border to China closed, my access to the courses I used to ride a train an hour to play ceased in 2020. I prefer to go to Thailand a few times a year for 3-4 day golf holidays, but plan to try Vietnam and Malaysia soon as well. I do get to play in a weekly indoor league, and it is a lot of fun, but limits the experience obviously.
  3. I was not satisfied with what I was doing with my clubs. My bag looked like a rummage sale and nothing seemed to work. I wasn't really unhappy with any particular item but some worked, some didn't and I didn't know where to start. I decided to not spend $400 on a club I didn't know would do any good and instead got a whole bag fitting at Club Champion. A couple of weeks before the fitting I sent a few Trackman reports the the person that was scheduled to do my fitting. As it turns out that was a really good thing to do. It kept things focused and was a good base level knowledge to begin from. A note, I asked him not to tell what shaft I was hitting or club model. I don't care what/who makes it, just want the best performance for my swing. To begin I hit a few 6 irons with my current club or one as close as possible (all iron fittings are done off the 6 iron until get to wedges). Then he started with changing shafts and hitting about 5-6 each and keeping the best three. After taking a few minutes to analyze the shaft performance (using Trackman) data we started with clubs on the shaft that performed best. All the shafts were graphite, again not at my request. I must have hit 6 different club types. I know one was the P790's. I know one was Ping, one Muria, one Murano, a Titleist and Callaway Apex 21. I am currently hitting the Rogue X that is about 4 years old. I didn't know which clubs were which until after I hit them. It turns out the Apex 21 were the best of the bunch, the shaft is a KBS TGI 80 shaft. The distance with the Apex was within a couple of yards of the Rogue, but the dispersion was much tighter with the KBS shaft and it wasn't close. I settled on a 6-A wedge. Then tried some wedges and found I like to the Callaway Jaws that I have the best. Changed which ones I will carry to 52, 56, 60 deg all with the KBS shaft and some lead tape to get the swing weights a little higher. Then moved to driver, same idea, shaft first, and decided on a new shaft called Brava. I will admit it came out of nowhere, I guess it is a recent addition to the market. It is amazing and felt good. I was using the Sub Zero Callaway 10.5 set to 11.5 and draw bias. Then hit about 6 different drivers. The new Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra (at my request) and the Ping 425 LST. The only one that made a real difference was the PIng and it again is dramatic. I picked up 4-5 mph clubhead speed, smash factor is constantly 1.45-1.49, the real change in numbers is the spin rate. It went from 3100's to 2000-2100 range. Carry yardage gained about 12-14 yards, and best of all I could find all but one shot I hit with the PIng, I really was amazed. It feels like hitting butter, smooth and sweet. We hit my 3 wood and decided to take it out of the bag. After a conversation about how I play and what my strategy is on the course decided to go with three hybrids. the Titleist TRi2 18, 21, 24 lofts and Fujikura Motore X hybrid shaft which covers me from about 190-225ish. If its' over 225, I will most likely lay up and hit a comfortable wedge to the green. By the time for the putter fitting I was just about spent, which really a good time to fit a putter, because if I could make anything then, when I am concentrating it should be really good. Rolled 5 or 6 putters and the EvenRoll 10 Outback Mallet worked the best, but the Odyssey 2-ball Tour Lined 11 was very close. It was a long day to be sure. I went to the shop in Charlottesville, VA and Aaron Tew was my fitter. I could not have asked for a better experience to be honest. He was knowledgable, professional and truly seemed invested in my fitting. How long it took didn't enter into the session. Never once pushed a brand or discussed buying clubs until we finished. Now when I got the build sheet and the price sheet, it was impressive. I would need to but the stock clubs and then the shafts, plus the build charge on all except the wedges which I already own. I asked about options and he was upfront with expectations. One good thing is if they build your clubs and the performance on the course doesn't match the hitting bay, they will work with you at no additional charge to make it right. Although I am sure you would pay for a new shaft. So I went back to Hong Kong to my club builder, he sourced all the shafts. The KBS were back ordered for a couple of weeks. I found a new Ping 425 HeadLST head on EBay (in Japan), and one of the guys who just buys new clubs had the TSi2 hybrids for sale at half retail. I bought two of them at the correct loft, and one that I adjusted one degree down to get to the loft I wanted. I have only hit the set twice at this writing. The driver makes me smile with every swing and the irons are performing like I hoped. I haven't bought the putter, but may request it as a Christmas gift. The hybrids are sweet and I have a lot of confidence or as much as you can have with a few swings. I will use some of the money I didn't spend on the real issue.....the person gripping the club and see if I can improve that part of the equation, which is usually the biggest issue. All in all it was the best money I have ever spent of golf equipment. I know $400 is not cheap, but now I know what should work best and wont be buying single clubs in hope of improving one area. If I find a set of used Apex irons, I would consider getting them and putting the KBS shafts in them. I did like the feel and look of the thinner top line.
  4. HAC, I'd probably give up my putter before I'd give up my Callaway "Heaven Wood". I am sure that my confidence in the club means a lot, but it is easy to hit and even if I miss it a little I can still find it. I've never used another brand, so can't really compare, but mine with an Adila shaft does the trick on a pretty consistent basis.
  5. I realize that this effort is full of potential issues, but here goes. I live in Hong Kong full time, which in the "before time" was actually not so bad from a golf perspective. I had easy access to some nice courses just across the border and a 3 day trip to Thailand, or Vietnam was not an issue at all. Last spring I bought a new set of Sub70 699 irons with steel shafts and I also have hit the TM P770/ 799 series. I love the look of all three, but I just can't seem to get the performance (at least distance) I get from my graphite shafts in the Rogue X irons I have been hitting the last 3 years or so. I have access to a very good club builder here in HK but he doesn't have a testing/fitting facility. I also have easy access to Foresight/ Trackman and a few other types of hitting bays to gather data. The only brick and mortar fitting operations I have found here have limited capability to test different shafts, especially for irons. My builder recommended finding a shaft I like or want to try and let him put it into a 7 or 8 iron and just hit it a while and see if it works. That sounds like a good plan, especially since actually being able to get on grass for the time being is out of reach. I have access to a lot of swing data and it seems pretty consistent across the different platforms, but am curious is anyone could suggest a website that may have a way to plug in some of the numbers and spit out a couple of shaft recommendations to take a look to try out. Thanks in advance for the feedback
  6. I purchased this putting mat last April and used it for about 4 weeks indoors. I accepted a job overseas, so it has turned into a permanent move. I bought the "private club" speed, which I think is about an 11 stimp. It also includes the shims to make you own breaks. I stored it in the original packaging and am asking $140 and that will include shipping (in the continental USA). TBH, the mat is in pristine condition and I think the original price is about $240+ with the shim package. I will also ship to Canada, but that will need a conversation. I will admit that I both enjoyed using the indoor mat, and found it helped my putting more than I expected. It was nice to be able to spend 20-30 minutes practicing without needing to go to a course. If interested, email is skyryder56@icloud.com
  7. I just wanted to say thank you for the information you posted last December about my request for RTJ info.  I was able to spend a week and played all the courses you recommended.  I played your home course first with two local guys that were preparing for a tournament of some kind.  They were wonderful to play with, but I was just trying to stay out of their way.  I really enjoyed Ross Bridge after I got over how tight the fairways were (lost two of my first three tee balls).  In fact that turned out to be a pretty good round for me.  I hit some good shots and was pleased with the effort.  It was a great week only one day of rain in April.  Ross Bridge......8000 yards, I thought it was a joke until this past weekend at Kiawah.

    I am hopeful I can return soon to try a few more offerings.  Again, thank you for your kindness and knowledge.

     

    Best,

    Rick

    1. Mtbryant01

      Mtbryant01

      I'm glad you enjoyed it! If you do return, try and venture over to the RTJ Capitol Hill in Montgomery, AL. That one has 3 great tracks that you can't go wrong with. 

  8. I actually took a sleeve of about 4 different balls to practice session at GolfTec to see which ball to use going forward. I hit shots with wedge, 8 iron, 7 wood, and driver. There was substantial difference between the TP5's that particular facility uses for routine practice and my personal brands I brought along. I know it may seem a little bit A-R (never was sure if that word is hyphenated or not), but I have narrowed it down to two selections. I am going to play a couple of rounds with each and try to make a decision on which one I "like" the best. I was also told that using personal balls in the sim can get expensive in a hurry because the constant hitting them at speed into the net/screen and them striking the floor on the rebound with some force takes its toll pretty quickly on the "real" golf balls.
  9. After listening to a couple of the recent NPG podcasts, I am curious if anyone has used their data obtained from a practice session in a Foresight Bay or Trackman when they went to get fitted. Or if you have used your data from Arcoss or SS on course info when you go to a fitting session. There seems to be a lot of discussion about how this is "the future" just wondering it "the future is now"? Next question, has anyone used or bought a club from one of these online sellers that will send you clubs to try and you can keep or return as you choose. I think at present it is mostly drivers, but I suspect it will grow. I know sub70 has a trail program for other clubs than the driver. TIA
  10. I am interested in getting one of the sticks to hold my iPhone to record swings on the range, just curious what people are using.
  11. I've been very, very fortunate to play a few of the courses (very few) mentioned hear, but for me it would be Augusta as well. I'd prefer not when it is set up for the tourney. I am sure I don't have the game to enjoy the round playing the same way those guys play it. Bandon Dunes looks amazing and its cool to hear the staff is great! If all goes close to plan, a few of the RTJ courses in Alabama will be scratched off the list this spring. I have to say that playing St. Andrews was a very cool event, even if my caddy was drunk the entire round. I really wanted to wrap my 5 wood around his neck on 17, but it did make the round memorable.......if not in a good way.
  12. I played that course in a Kansas/Colorado USGA event and I'd agree 100%. If you aren't in the short grass you are in jail! Honestly, even after missing the putts I never saw how the ball broke that direction on some of the holes.
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