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  1. I've always liked Tour Edge equipment. I've had drivers, irons, putters, and of course their fairway woods and hybrids. First Name / State of Residence - Tim/Arizona Handicap - 12 Current Hybrid in Play - Adams or Wilson, depending on the set being played that day. What is the most important thing to you in a hybrid - Playability, launch angle, and distance.
  2. I've used alignment aids off and on. Currently "on", as it likely doesn't hurt. I'd use this opportunity to conduct a "designed experiment" using a statistically significant number of putts both with and without the alignment aid, and look at the difference in performance. Probably do it on both straight and breaking putts and from two different lengths. The theory is that it becomes more beneficial on longer putts, as shorter ones don't require the alignment precision of longer ones. Probably need to estimate directional variation from the hole rather than simply counting "makes and misses" to get away from the attribute nature of that data and provide a better view into directional capability, as opposed to leaving a putt short and counting it as a miss even though direction was good (which all the alignment aid can help). Current handicap is 12. Location is Phoenix AZ area. Current line method is a Sharpie line or an existing ball feature (logo, factory supplied alignment aid, etc.). Ball choice would be ProV1x Personalization would be "Hitnhunt".
  3. Tim, Chandler, AZ Handicap 12 Current model played: Various. Bridgestone J40, Hogan FTX, Wilson D100 Wish to test the Pro Combo set
  4. I'd think any good shaft fitting would do the trick. From a shaft fitting perspective, there's likely not much to choose from with a different brand head on the end of the stick (Hogan vs. Mizuno). If a set is very strong lofted, a softer shaft might gain some launch angle, but a shaft fitting in general would provide the answers, I'd think. Personally, I use both clubhead speed as well as shaft loading. Shaft loading reveals tempo and transition from backswing to downswing, while clubhead speed would factor into things like "toe droop" during the swing. If the shaft gets too soft, and the toe drops excessively during a full swing (requiring a more upright lie angle), half swings can end up with too upright a lie angle. I generally choke up a little on the half swings to restore the dynamic lie angle at the lower velocities.
  5. The new combo set with the Ptx long irons and the Icon short irons look just spectacular. The only thing an old fella like me would prefer is the option to have the UiHi in both the 4 and 5, rather than just the 4, as is shown on the website as the combo set option.
  6. Agreed. I just don't have enough speed to hit a deep faced fairway wood off the deck with sufficient launch angle. Off the tee, a deep face would be better for sure, but off the deck, I need a shallow face. Since I would primarily play the fairway off the deck, that's where I go. I'll typically just choke down on the driver if I need more control. Most of the drivers have such an upright lie angle these days that choking down gets it to a more reasonable lie anyway.
  7. Hitnhunt

    Hidden Gems

    A vote for Enger Park golf course in Duluth, Minnesota. Built in the 20's. Not overly long, but plays longer. Lake Superior not only provides a nice backdrop, but contributes to humidity such that the ball doesn't go as far. And if you look carefully, you'll find a spot in the middle of the parking lot about 3 feet square that's the only flat spot on the property. Duluth is built right on the big lake, and is essentially a big hill, with Enger Park near the top of the hill, so wind can be tricky. No houses anywhere on the course, which is mostly carved out of the forest. Only drawback is the course conditions can be dependent on the weather, which in Duluth has more variety than most places. When it's really dry, things can suffer. When it's really wet, things can suffer even more. But when it's right, the course is fantastic, bent greens are very soft and quick, and with all the slopes they will definitely get your attention.
  8. Seems like everyone gets fitted, it's just a matter of how. Some go to a place that does fitting, spend the money, and have "the answer". Others just keep buying and trying different clubs. I use the latter method. Part of the vagueness of this is that people's swings change rather frequently. Jack Nicklaus said when he went to the course, the first thing he did on the range was find out which swing he brought with him that day. For someone of lesser skills (meaning just about everybody) the changes from day to day or week to week might be more dramatic although not as recognized by the swinger. I'm a particularly bad example, being over 60 and having some health issues. Some days, I feel pretty good and can handle a stiff shaft and have enough clubhead speed to hit player's clubs pretty well. Other days I don't feel very good and regular or senior flex is what I need to get some trajectory and some consistency in feel. I know it's counter to many thoughts of generating consistency by playing with such a variety of equipment, but my "conditions" change often enough and widely enough to warrant some fine tuning of the equipment for how things are going. One thing to be cautious of is whether or not the fitter has a vested interest in the result of their fitting. Even independent fitters might have agreements with club manufacturers or shaft manufacturers that offer incentives on their products. Sometimes an individual fitter working in a larger store might have a "staff" position with a certain manufacturer, and have a tendency (intentional or otherwise) of promoting certain products. Just be aware and take information with a grain of salt and let the data do the talking.
  9. There seem no end of theories as to the best way to do this. Personally, when I try to help friends with fitting, I use both club speed and shaft loading in combination. I've got one of those swingspeed gizmos that have the little sliding weight inside that shows the clubhead speed. Comparing it to what I get off a simulator in a local PGA Tour Superstore, the values are quite comparable. I also have one of the ancient TrueTemper Determinators, which also uses a sliding weight to determine shaft loading and transition tempo. I've seen stores using ball speed rather than club speed, but that's very affected by clubface contact quality, and so can add an extra variable to the equation that doesn't need to be there. That's just how I typically do it. Once we get someone in the ballpark, I've got no shortage of clubs they can try at the local range so they can judge feel and we can get a picture of trajectory as well. Some people are heavily influenced by feel, and a softer shaft frequently fills that bill. Others are more mechanical in their swing, don't rely on feel much, and a stiffer shaft can remove some inconsistency.
  10. Hitnhunt

    Shorter Shafts??

    I've done shorter driver lengths for people (and myself) as mentioned here. And as mentioned typically find better control, with minimal to no loss of distance as the center of the clubface is found more consistently. Finally convinced my brother to go this route, and now he's hitting it past me. He's thrilled, I'm disappointed. Love working with the adjustable heads that have all the various weight options, so we can try different swingweights once we get the length in the ballpark. As a side benefit to better contact, increasing the weight of the head results in higher MOI and a more forgiving club as well.
  11. Hitnhunt

    Evenflow anyone?

    To be honest, I tried one in a Ping Anser head and I wasn't very happy with it. It was one of the super light 45 gram 5.5 flex versions that came from a TaylorMade driver. Put the Ping adapter on it. But, I'm just not very consistent with it. Might be me and the shaft might just be too light for good feel during the swing, but that's the only experience I have with them.
  12. Agree with others that it's very situational. Depends on the lie, uphill or downhill on the green, how I'm feeling that day (and THAT becomes more of an issue with every passing year!), grain of the fringe (or longer grass if I miss the fringe), etc. Putt with an iron or hybrid, pitch sometimes, just depends on what I think I can get close at the time.
  13. A little of both finding and working for it. I keep an eye out in thrift stores for what might be usable parts. Finding old TaylorMade or other clubs with Titanium shafts isn't too tough. Pull the Ti shaft, throw the head away, put a more modern head on it (typically higher loft at an overall length of around 43.5 to 44 inches) and when others try this "fairway finder", it's typically sold almost immediately. Not only do you have a nice club that most people will actually hit better than their newer offerings, but they frequently play better as a result, and their enthusiasm can bring more people into the game. Wins all around.
  14. I prefer the range finder. As some others have said, I use it to look at a number of items around the target. Bunkers, hills, things I want to avoid, so I can plan out a safe strategy. I'll look at a front bunker, a back bunker, and see how deep the green is so I know whether I have a better chance of sticking it between them or playing to a more open part of the green. It's just hard for me to visualize how that strategy would work looking at a GPS or something.
  15. Side saddle putting has been around since Sam Snead. K.J. Choi tried it on tour, and so did Gary McCord. DeChambeau was the latest to try it. USGA wasn't fond of it, and kept saying his putter was nonconforming. Nowadays it seems to be called Face On putting as it's more manly I guess. I've used this method off and on for 20 years now. I just like trying new things, and switch back and forth depending on the mood of the day. I've got a half dozen or so different models of different lengths and styles. Ping B90's work well, and I've got some that were specifically made for this method, such as the Pendy. During my youth, I never played much golf (I'm from northern Minnesota, where the golf season is only 3 months long and it rains for half of that) but did a lot of bowling and slow pitch softball pitching. Pretty much the same stroke, just underhand roll the ball to the hole. Doesn't take a whole lot of practice to become almost automatic out to 6-8 feet. You do need a putter with a very upright lie angle to clear your leg on the backstroke, like the chest length putters, and then you can cut it to any length you like. Anyway, just curious how many others had tried it and what they thought.
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