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  1. Sounds like you are on your own. The BD did both build mass and as heavily on technique as well. Titleist has a TPI website open to the public to peruse what their experts recommend for exercise to improve muscles used in a golf swing. There are TPI certified instructors around the country if a trip to Oceanside TPI (physical training only if Titleist clubs aren’t on your timeline). But some professional advice to avoid injury can’t hurt.
  2. Agree with this summary - it is a different technique than a gap wedge. Without skill, blading and riding too high on the face will make for alarming results as an infrequently used club. The reputation is earned but a skilled golfer can use it effectively.
  3. Granted, this was posted 7 months ago. “Is it worth it?” CC will charge $134 fitting fee. A new shaft not named Ping will likely run north of $125. But CC will only fit to a new head and charge you for the shaft. Even if they waive the fee it will be north of $600 for a new club. Going elsewhere for a shaft will likely run over $150, potentially over $300. So the CC fee and the shaft will be around $300. And you won’t know if the CC shaft recommendation will still be optimal in the previous edition you own. Or find a pro shop that fits Ping. Throw out the fitting fee for a G425 purchase and that will be $500 and then minus $225 trade in for the G410 and the net will be $275. It will either perform better than the G410, or you spent $75 to confirm the current is a keeper. Once you get into the nether world of multiple shafts, price can lose objectivity. So upgrading to get an optimal shaft is not crazy.
  4. Not until you mount them in your man cave.
  5. Like others, both my personal vehicles were subject to a bag test to qualify. When I travel with my club glove travel bag I like to rent a Nissan Altima. The bag w/clubs fit left to right. The Sentra will do the same on a diagonal line. Parking at hotels in poorly lit lots, I prefer not to temp anyone by having exposed clubs on display. Malibu is/was another choice.
  6. Even at TPI they would recommend the S200 and discuss your preferences from there. For wedges normally used for full swings, they would agree with the same shaft as your irons. They feel the heavier shaft for partial swings provides better touch. Even with light weight graphite iron shafts, I do like the S200 in wedges I rarely use for full shots. Still just a personal decision.
  7. It isn’t just component material. Callie likely has X capacity and demand may have outstripped that. Stores have stock but personal orders are closed. I’ve had difficulty finding Velocity in white and Pro V1x in yellow. The joy of a surge in golf combined with production issues during a pandemic.
  8. I continue to use the Pro V1x with the yellow option. I buy the 3 - get 1 free. That’s 3 dollars a ball. In a pinch they are always available. Srixon offers better deals on Z-Star. Once other urethane balls get to 30-35 a dozen nor enough reason to switch. I like the Titleist Tour Speed, but at $39.99 a dozen and not in the loyalty 4-4-3 package, I’ll stick with the X.
  9. Responding to the original question - Around March, Srixon, Callaway, TM, and Titleist will offer a buy 2 or 3, get 1 more free. At times, Srixon has had a buy 2 get 3 for Father's Day. Some large online/retail stores will offer X-outs/Practice Pro-V products for $29.99 to $39.99 a dozen on occasion. These are primarily minor blemishes and beat any ball that has bounced off a tree/cart path. After that, they are at list price at $45 to $50 a dozen plus sales tax and shipping. The price for the latest development for pro golfers with the R&D spread across the amateur market. The other alternative are the Direct To Consumer companies. Based solely on Dave Snell's reputation for prior work for Titleist and TM, my recommendation is a Snell ball in quantity to keep the price under $30/dozen. Kirkland from Costco is a good value. The covers have a reputation for not holding up well. But if you lose more than 1 ball a round, you can make up for it with $1.25 a piece and put the unpretty balls in the shag bag.
  10. Some drive a Lexus, some a Toyota. A single digit player may find the investment to pay $1000 for a driver worthwhile to go for a state championship. Validating a shaft on a 3 year old driver is not worth $200 in my mind. You can find a good pro shop with outdoor fittings that will do the same with a Trackman. Likely starting at $75 with some discount for either fitting, shaft, or new driver. A stock 425 shaft should fit a 400 at a lower price than a custom selection In any event, it is worth finding a shop with a fitter you can (learn to) trust. Being over 70 and LH, there is nothing I can buy off the rack that is even close. Worth paying $75-150 for a professional checkup.
  11. Actually, I doubt if there are 2 dozen PGA Tour players with all one bag. All the head covers may be the same brand, but look under the cover. Like Phil currently using the TM mini-driver/2 wood. Wedges are pretty often mix and match as well. W/O sponsorship in the Olympics, Rory was using a Scotty putter. Bernard Langer is now in Tour Edge commercials, but still is banging a Ping driver (as of the AmFam tournament).
  12. Agree. In WI, we only missed April and May. The courses only become really playable in later May. Several private clubs then had waiting lists. We have one public driving range with heated bays. They had to add a scannable code outside the building to check the wait times. Too often the times ran out past an hour. Last year was crazy for access times.
  13. Many sites get Callie, TM, and at Titleist fitters on site for fittings. With shot trackers, they can tell you if your loft and shaft are optimal for launch and spin. Adding an empiric shaft change could easily do nothing to change the result. A local fitter can charge you for a fitting and recommend a fix/shaft for your gamer, a swing change, or a newer alternative. Something like a used Ping 400 as alternative to a 425 fitting, same shaft/loft. But if $$$ is part of your equation, picking a new shaft is closer to gambling. You don’t want to have to try a 2nd, or 3rd shaft to be cost-effective.
  14. A chipper is a high loft club that you don’t have to learn on how to open the face on a wedge. Works well as a basic club in rough or bunker shots. Not as flexible but unless you learn how to open the face and use the bounce to slide under the ball, a standard wedge is not used to full advantage. Better and aspiring better golfers don’t rate chippers well. In any event, short game skills need to be developed for better scoring. One doesn’t need to be as good as Phil M. but being able to have high and low shots into the green improves scoring. Chippers only develop low runners.
  15. Putters are personal. Aging doesn’t impact the selection like what happens with a driver. Toe hang to match your swing can be an important variable in consistently stroking on your intended line Notice the number of mallet styles now with toe hang and not just face balanced. Cory Pavin still uses a bullseye, Tiger, Jordan, and Steve Stricker have used the same putter for most of their careers. Dustin is back to his Spider that he rose to #1 this week at the Open. Yes, I have a $450 SC Mallet, but it may well be the last putter I ever have. We have gained mutual respect for each other. I asked responsibly when a putt fails. It wasn’t the putter’s fault. Unlike driver that can go to the time out corner.
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