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  1. Best ever golf reading (non-instruction) - A Course Called Ireland (Tom Coyne) - over many months he walks the perimeter of Ireland playing popular links courses as well as some hidden gems; local color & people (fantastic) - The Match (Mark Frost) an epic Pro’s (Hogan & Nelson) vs Amateurs (Venturi & Ward) match at Cypress Point in the ‘50’s; plus personal history of those 4
  2. I got a free fitting at a local Mizuno fitting day & no requirement to buy clubs - comments: - their Swing DNA Shaft Optimizer tool provided data about swing speed, tempo, lie, shaft kick & club release ….for my swing - I was all over the face that day which I attribute to fitting shafts grips too small to accommodate my arthritis. Yet the data was quite consistent, which is what matters - I tried 2 different heads and three “stock” shaft recommendations were suggested for each (No upcharge) My final $.02 - see TXG & other YouTube videos regarding Mizuno tool. It works and is designed for “big box” & independent small shops to provide 90+% of fitting expertise that CC, TourSpec, TXG, etc. provide - but - at little or no cost. - a competent “big box” or independent fitter could probably take your Mizuno swing data & recommended head/shaft info & match to a similar head from your preferred OEM Good Luck !!
  3. A local fitter (Raleigh, NC) yesterday had the 923 HM, HM Pro & Hi Fli - or was it Hi Launch ? - fitting heads: - slight price increase - said 921 HM & HMP are sold out - said HM Forged would likely be sold out soon
  4. I live nearby in Montgomery Country and will add my $.02: - this time of year it is truly hot & humid (extra glove, water needed) All courses mentioned are well-known & very good but “off the radar” + great value are: Elks Club: Donald Ross design now owned by Mid-Pines / Pine Needles folks Foxfire: last weekend course was in as good shape as anywhere here except bunkers were pebbly (needed sand) Did I mention it’s bloody hot & humid ??
  5. Wow - 90 days/12 weeks lead time !!! My JPX 921 HM Pro/Forged order took exactly 8 weeks but ordered in early March - comments; — KBS shafts were long LT back then — GolfPride was back ordered 2 million pcs. (all customers, fitters, shops, etc) per TXG -- a local fitter told me Mizuno moved to a new plant to increase production but is short-staffed (like many plants) and Amazon moved into the old plant and took some employees — I’m not skilled enough to detect a degree off in lie & loft but given others QC issues @ assembly I will have them checked
  6. Remember it’s hard to duplicate on-course playing conditions for objective testing/comparison as temp, wind, humidity, your swing feels, etc. can vary day to day & week to week. The sound at impact will be realistic vs indoor/launch monitor testing in my opinion. I’ve read that expert club builders can tune sound by adding “hot melt” through driver hosel….. Assuming you’re not playing from tips & 150 yd & in game is basically sound, then 80’s scores indicate to me a couple more fairways & bit of mid/long iron help could get you to upper 70’s (my $.02) As for your iron woes, you could consider 1) a higher spinning ball or 2) a combo set (or both) Spending more money, a shaft change is an option (softer, lower kick point, softer tip, etc) Good luck !
  7. If you have already fit your ball to your irons as recommended by the knowledgeable folks at MGS & TXG, then take a couple of sleeves of that ball to your driver fitting. -- Many driver heads have loft & weight adjustability & most brands have good selection of shafts for “tweaking” ball flight parameters to your ball. You can also pay a modest / major shaft “upcharge” for minimal gain (law of diminishing returns) — don’t expect huge distance gains unless you have a rather old driver as max distance has been controlled by USGA/R&A via driver face COR specs (based on robot testing) — you CAN expect less loss of distance from mis-hits as brands have expanded “sweet spot” in driver but still not exceeded COR limits There of plenty of driver tests & reviews at MGS (multiple category winners) & TXG (Mizuno & Tour Edge were 2021 bracket finalists.) Besides objective testing & ball flight data, you may want the “look” at your set- up to provide confidence and the sound / feel at impact to be satisfying. Good luck in your testing & fitting !
  8. Have seen “wet” testing to simulate wet grass, morning dew, light rain/drizzle, etc. that indicate one can easily lose 40% of normal dry condition spin when ball, club or both are wet. The 2 wedges that retained most spin were Ping Glide & Mizuno T22 due to some extra milling or texturing on the club face.
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