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  1. And the USGA is worried about equipment being too long…. What would the harm be to move the white tee to the red tee and add a red tee under 450? Unless of course super seniors and average women “play too slow” and this to discourage them from playing. Seriously, in 20 years the 10 year olds will be primary players and today’s seniors will be eating rice cereal at a home. If the USGA wants to grow the game and not focused on television revenue, they should focus on the millions that would do better with shorter tee options. One of the last times my wife golfed, we played a vintage course with the 500 yard red tee par 5. Picking up after a snowman and not yet on the green helped drive her away. I had to search out courses with 5200-5400 yard forward tees. Not as easy as it should be. Conversely, any woman driving over 220 yards should move back. My favorite scramble is having a woman on the crew that can out drive me and on the forward tees.
  2. Consider working with course owner to set a hybrid course. Red tees for par 4’s over 350 yards and par 5’s over 440 yards. As well as par 3’s over 150-160 yards.
  3. Tail wagging the dog. Say the pros are restricted to 350 cc drivers. What are the chances the OEM will continue to develop or even market a non-conforming 460 cc head? There will be no bifurcation. Anyone think TP5 or Pro-V will have a longer edition for amateurs? Wouldn’t not mowing fairways so tight and using USGA (4 inches minimum) rough be worth a try? Adjust green side bunkers so the risk of dropping a second shot in the bunker on a par 5 is worse than coming up 20 yards short? Only need to do this at tournament level courses. Far better than impacting millions of golfers became of a thousand top tier golfers.
  4. Course management can help. Everybody likes the big stick but maybe not every time. With a 280 drive, maybe there are narrow fairways and hazards starting at 265 through 290. If you lose or get an unplayable 50% of the time, then maybe go to a club you can hit 230-250 in the fairway. It might ensure a GIR+1, but that beats a double or triple due to a poor drive. GIR+1 for 14 par 4’s, and hitting par 5’s in regulation and a par 3 will still let you have a half dozen 3 putts and still flirting with 90. Play the hole backwards. If you suck at 30-50 yards out, layup from 60-90 yards. Also remember that you won’t always match your one-time best distance with a club. If you come up short more often than not, expect your clubs to hit their average distance. Swinging 100% can have its own set of issues.
  5. I’ll go along with why the ball speed was higher. Also note the launch angle 20+and spin at 5K rpm. If this was a SW, ok. The Xstiff was at ideal launch conditions for a driver. Just more evidence of why getting fit even helps the average golfer.
  6. Being LH, I gravitated to Ping and Titleist for full line options. I can’t even find a LH Wilson or Tour Edge to try, let alone get fit. Other DTC companies are a problem as I am, unfortunately, not the average player to use stock options. Even flow putters are intriguing but I don’t live in Southern California.
  7. As long as golf is viewed as an elite sport , municipal courses are a target as they are not for “everyone”. So that will force golfers to join private clubs. Hence, it is a self fulfilling prophecy. 1st tee can’t change that perspective fast enough.
  8. Thanks for the replies. I was fitted for a Scotty 7.5, with a SAM and length to get eyes over the ball. I can control speed and I know when I hit off center. Just not confident even with a single line on the mallet that I'm aiming correctly. No Putts Given gives high marks to Evenflow, but apparently only fit in San Diego and I'd like to see if it is any help on alignment. Jerry Kelly won last week with a 2 ball Odyssey. He is Srixon/Cleveland contract and the 2 ball is recent. Might give the T version (mild toe hang to match the Scotty) a try. Hard part is finding a LH in any length at any store.
  9. I will carry 2 putters - one LH/one RH. Above the hole, I see the line better when setting up above the ball. Will also use iron 48 for full shots and a 50 wedge for partial swings. Otherwise a LH golfer. Common thread being LH?
  10. I’m under 90 mph squeezing out 200+ yards. In the ProV world, the higher launch and slightly more spin of the X gives me more yards than softer feel balls. I’ve tried the Tour Maxfli and the Tour X version. I’m not impressed with the Tour but the X has resulted in 4 of my 5 longest drives this year. The cover scuffs easily but is a suitable alternative on non-competition days. Also not available in amber. So much for ya got to compress the ball to boom the ball. Your “window” is the best criteria for which ball to use. Higher swing speeds may be hurt by softer balls and lower swing speed players may not see benefit to give up on a soft feel.
  11. Currently game a SC mallet with mild toe hang (7.5). The single yellow line is difficult for my eyes to line up with my expected line. The putter was fitted with cameras and vest. Included was instructions for stroke length and getting eyes over the ball. My worst number was setup for line. Speed is not an issue. I’m aware of pushes and pulls, but some good strokes are a little off. Now that more options for mallets with some toe hang are available, is the 2ball proven to be helpful to line up putts, more so than just visual lines? The Chromesoft ball with 3 lines is not a starter. I am way more comfortable with a Pro-V1x getting into putting range from the tee.
  12. WiTerp50

    Maxfli Tour

    I’m a Pro-V1x guy and play them in tournaments. After the review and that I’m now retired, I got the 4 dozen pack for a Benjamin. I can’t distinguish a difference between X’s other than the Pro-V cover is more durable. …But they both sink in water at the same rate and the Tour-X is half the cost. i also got a dozen Tour in yellow. Underwhelmed. The yellow cover chips easier and I definitely find I’m losing distance even compared to the Pro-V1. The 4 dozen Tour-X will help bridge the season w/o the Titleist 4-4-3 deal this year.
  13. Interesting trial method. Sounds like you are a 15+ hcp. A little deeper selection and you might have looked at the TSi-2 instead of the -3. The clue would be how well you hit the 425 Max. The Stealth is a good choice (hard for a Titleist guy to say..) but at that price looking at a PXG gen 5 would be comparable. The 0211 is a good value option. The downside to your method is not optimizing the shaft. I’m sure Miz would agree. Remember when PXG was an outrageous price??
  14. It is not an absolute that the compression difference in tour quality balls translate to shorter distances with not as high compression. You’d need to go through a ball fitting to find the best ball for you. Besides the comparable Z-Star balls, there is now a lower spin ZX ball analogous to the left dash Pro-V1x. There are enough tour pros with swing speeds over 110 using either the V or the X to not say the compression difference is a key factor in distance. May the best ball win.
  15. Great, new drivers are expensive. Based on the sound, there is no reason to think the counterfeit will almost be the same. Plenty of y-tube videos that compare an original and a counterfeit. The accuracy and other characteristics are far off. Buying an actual used club is a better option.
  16. USGA, no. But the OEMs have teams to find If the buyer on a resell files a complaint, the seller may get a visit.
  17. The downside is if the results are not as expected, the actual OEM gets the black eye. In the off chance he goes to trade for a newer model, to be told then it is trash will also be a disappointment to him.
  18. Remember when we thought PXG pricing was outrageous? Even XXIO is now becoming reasonable.
  19. There’s always the option to pay $75 to get fit, starting with your current setup so you know if a better combo or even a small swing tweak will help. Then, you can find a new combo that works and walk away. In 2 years the price will come down and buy it used. I’m. Titleist guy, and yes, not cheap. Other choices are Tour Edge, Cleveland, and the PXG 0211 series. All closer to $400 than $600. Just don’t go near “the rack”. Seniors are not the average player. Even lofts can vary, let alone shafts, so - get fit with a launch monitor.
  20. You can order a Scotty to those specifications. I haven’t seen the price for the 2022 but $400 is “better” than $750. Odyssey and others can also be custom specified for well under $500. LA Gear (Bryson’s choice) is more like a full grand - but the variable loft face is unique. Putters are uniquely individual. But the correctly fitted putter can be used (ask Tiger) for years. With rare exception a putter is used on every hole. Any reason to invest less in the right putter than in a driver??
  21. There are online videos. I tried to dye Pro-Vs, wasn’t happy with the results. I wouldn’t try them in competition as a “foreign agent” has been applied to the ball. But for a Saturday sawbuck, have fun. There is a Maxflight Tour that had a price of $25 a dozen. Has a better rating than the Kirkland. Might try those for charity scrambles where I would take the risky shot I wouldn’t take in competition.
  22. G15 driver. My first new driver. Probably should have spent all the money on subsequent drivers on lessons.
  23. Best analysis. If someone wants the sexy new driver, go for it. But get fit with an expert, not at a demo day. For fun, Mark Crossfield compared an original Big Bertha to a Stealth. At one level, comparing a $60 dollar driver to a $600 didn’t gain enough for the value. But for forgiveness and feel, that’s hard to quantify. TM and Callie update annually. After Jail Break became Jail Broke in the first year, I’d wait for the second year for the Stealthier model. The collapsed heads were replaced but I don’t want to pay to be r&d
  24. For this year, might be best to stock up. I’ve always stocked up on Pro V’s with the 4-4-3 deal. That’s $150 for 4 dozen. Yellow became hard to find late last year. There are far more reports that that deal won’t happen this year due to demand and inventory. With Foremost now partnered with TM, all DTC balls but Snell have to find a new vendor. I wouldn’t bet that Snell won’t have inventory issues. I’d consider the other major brands, but there is no worthwhile savings to bother. It was tempting to look at the Maxfli Tour box of 4 dozen for $100 at Christmas. The 2021 version was well rated in the MSG reviews.
  25. There is now a yellow Maxfli Tour. Xmas pricing @2 for $60, in store and direct.
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