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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.




    1. 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. 

  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. This is probably the easiest golf question for me. It was Bethpage Black. I was playing with a very good friend that was a former professional. He played it from the back after showing his +2 handicap card to the starter, needless to say I moved up a couple of tee boxes. I felt like it was an 18 hole dogfight, but managed to shoot 95 with an 18 handicap. I am sure had I not been with my friend, I would have never been allowed on the course. Fun day, he shot 78 which included a couple of 30 foot bombs and a chip in. Every time I see the pros play that course it gives me an appreciation for just how well they can play the game.
  13. skyryder


    Tried my first bake last week and what a disaster. I did a test later of the yeast I used and found out that is was dead or ineffective. I knew before I put it in the oven it was going to fail, but figured I had gotten this far, should at least give it a go.
  14. So, it has been a long time dream for me and my best friend to make a tour of the RTJ trail, but the old excuse "we will do it next year" kept creeping into the plan. This past winter he developed liver cancer and it looks like the best outcome for him is not going to include golf for a very long time if ever. We've had a number of long discussions about all the fun we have had including 22 consecutive member/guests with one runner up finish and other fun times on the course. He said to me that he would really like for me to go play a few of the RTJ courses and let him know how it goes and hopefully we will make it there "some day" So my question is directed at those who have played the courses and which ones they liked and why. Did you stay at the resort hotels when you could or somewhere else, and are there any you wished you had not played. I will be driving, as it is only about 6 hours from home. Planning to play 5 days, probably consecutive days, but a 3/1 off/2 days is an option as well. I will try to stay away from weekends and play Mon-Friday or afternoon on a Sunday to Friday with a break in the middle. Thanks in advance for all the input and if this is the incorrect forum, let me know and I will delete it or repost somewhere else. Happy Holidays and stay safe! Sky
  15. I truly appreciate the replies and input to my post. Thank you all!
  16. Ladies and Gents, I am interested in purchasing a putting mat for indoor practice mostly. I am curious if the Birdie Ball mats perform well on Tile floors or do all the joints in the individual tiles cause issues. Of course any other points, good or otherwise anyone has to offer is appreciated. TIA Ricky
  17. A few months ago I ordered a set of the Arccos club tags along with the GPS unit as a package. Shortly after that I received an email that they were back ordered and would be shipped in the order ordered, expected delivery was August/Sept time frame. Then got an email that they had started shipping the units. A couple of weeks ago, got another email that there was a "manufacturing" issue and would be further delayed. What I cannot understand is WHY they are still offering the product for sale, knowing full well they cannot fulfill those orders in the near future. It is maddening, plus my credit card has been charged. Yes, I know I can raise a stink and probably get my money back in short order, just wish I could understand what in this business practice seems okay.
  18. Ricky Palm Coast, Florida Normally, I have access to turf, but I have been looking into a mat to get better use of practice time, even if I only have 15-20 minutes. Better than wasting the time driving to the course. I had one made of astro turf about 10 years ago, it turned into a walking path. First choice of speed would be slow, but I would be pleased to try anyone of them.
  19. If you truly want to get the most for your money, I would look for a Club Champion or Tru Spec. They will have the most options as far as shaft selections/club heads. GolfTec only has three or four different club manufacturers and only the shafts that are offered as OEM for those clubs. While I like supporting my local pro, if they don't have a monitor or even better an indoor bay, you are really not giving yourself the best options for clubs/shaft combos available to you. As an outlier, I would also take a look at some of the Direct to Consumer companies, especially Sub70, they do a pretty good job of fitting their clubs to your needs.
  20. The first couple of trips to the range were not impressive, but I had reverted to some of the swing issues I had before the fitting. It is a different animal being outdoors and not on a launch monitor. The last two weeks have shown what the TPT shafts are capable of if they are the right fit. When I swing correctly and don't try to "grip it and rip it", I am realizing about 25-30 yards distance gained and a much better dispersal pattern and the ball flight is exactly what I want. Even the instructor went....."Damn"!! the other day during a playing lesson. The cool thing is that even with the "bad swings" I am getting 15 yards more distance than the stock shaft and what would have been trouble is now at worst first cut of rough.......most of the time. I still have enough "talent" to yank one off the planet or scream loudly "fore right" at exactly the worst possible moment, but hey it is golf. Hardest thing I've tried to do not including staying married.....LOL
  21. Ricky/ Palm Coast, Florida Callaway Jaws 54 or 56 deg.
  22. So I spend a lot of time in Hong Kong, and take lessons from the GolfTe facility there. I wanted to get fitted for a new driver shaft for my Epic Flash Sub Zero. Tried all they had, but the instructor recommended another facility that carried a wide range of shafts. Tested the Ventus, Tour ADT, Project X, with some decent results. Then the fitter asked me to try one more, it was a TPT red series. The results were amazing, I was "in love", hit two series the Hi and the Low version of the TPT 18. The Lo got the most distance, with very good dispersion, the high was about 2-3 yards less on average, but the dispersion looked the size of a nickel with ten shots. Even the toe, heel hits were better than the shaft I was playing. Then can the hammer.....when I asked about the price, I almost passed out. Absolutely love the performance and feel of the shaft, but at $500 a piece I had a very hard time getting over the hump. Went back the next day, intending to buy the Ventus, but wound up with the TPT. I don't "tinker" a lot and tend to keep clubs for a longer time than many, and I really like the guarantee that if the actual on course results are not what I saw on the machine, they will take the shafts back, or something like that. Waiting for customs to release my clubs, then I will see what happens in the "real world", my instructor was amazed at the difference the shaft made in my tee shots and the 3 wood on the shot monitor numbers.
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