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    Golfing (shocking, I know), cooking, reading, and spending time with my puppies.

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    101-110 mph
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  1. As a parent to a toddler, any free time is precious and fleeting. So I don't necessarily appreciate one over the other, I just change my approach to my round accordingly (e.g., walking 9 vs. riding 18, my wife getting to go out for a manicure in return or a girls' brunch, etc. ).
  2. Sorry for being late to the party, but I think you might be targeting the wrong clubs. Your 3W is 15 degrees and your 5iron is 22 degrees. So you might instead want to be looking at 5 woods and 3 hybrids, something that's falling into that 18-19 degree territory. From there, as others have said, it probably is going to come down to what your goals are. Do you play a bunch of courses? Or do you play one/a select few. From that answer, what are you needing the gap to do? Give you a consistent 220ish high shot? Or something where you probably need it to be lower and a bit hotter?
  3. Luck, but there's an old saying that luck is often found at the crossroads of preparation and execution. So I'd say developing skill helps give you better chances to put yourself in a position to get lucky.
  4. Honestly, the one thing that's throwing me off is the blade's arrow alignment. You have the long line but then finish up with an arrow? Maybe I missed the ability to have other alignment options, but that at least worries me a bit since it's something I don't see often with putters and would have to learn. Otherwise, I absolutely love the look of the blade.
  5. I've never actually thought of that. My odyssey has a line marker, so I've never felt like I've had issues lining up my putter. In doing my ball set up, I pick a point a foot or so in front of my ball that's along my chosen path. I then try to have a consistent line going from the back of my putter mark through the line on my putter, through the line on my ball, and to that point on the ground. But if you have a dot instead or nothing, that becomes a lot harder.
  6. I think a lot of it might have to do with confidence and controlling what you can to remove as many variables as possible. I mentioned in a different thread how one of the drills I do for putting is to help me be confident that I'm going to putt straight no matter what so that all I have to do is focus on my read and distance. I think cleaning the ball would be along the same lines, where I'm able to adjust throughout the round to my reads and distance because I'm confident it's not me pulling a putt or the golf ball being the issue.
  7. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the ruler drill yet. By a cheap flat metal yardstick from home depot/lowes/local hardware store. Hit a ball from one end of it off the other end without it falling off to the side. Absolute magic in terms of giving yourself confidence that you're hitting the ball straight. For me, that helps me be comfortable focusing on my green reads and distance control without having to worry I'll push or pull my putt.
  8. I play Kirklands. The price helps me be less conscious of losing balls, which in turn helps me play a bit more confident and consistent. I also don't mind the spin and can still get more than enough distance off the tee when I'm hitting well.
  9. Yep. And the issue is entirely unique to you. I struggled off the tee all year until the past round where I hurt my knee right before the round. Made sure to overemphasize keeping my knees a bit more stable and voila, driver's fixed. OP, this might be one of the times where a quick one or two-time lesson/checkup with a pro would help. $50 to $100 might be worth fixing your yips off the tee and being a little bit happier with the results in your round.
  10. 48, 52 and 58. I'm comfortable with partial wedge shots (yay clock system!) so I try to keep myself from over thinking by having fewer clubs.
  11. You're not good enough to worry about that. The friend who told me this then sat me down and showed me PGA averages. He also reminded me that I don't play for a living. Now, I'm far better about taking the positives from each hole and round. And funny enough, the moment I stopped being so serious, I started playing more consistently.
  12. This I'd the right answer. If you know your yardage, break down the holes in advance. Heck, write thr game plan down on an index card and bring it with. Then based on that, figure out the clubs that let you hit the most shots possible, or are close enough that you can make it work with bump and rubs, partial shots, etc. For me on my home course, that would probably be 3 hybrid or 5 iron, 8 iron, 48 degree. Mainly cause I've done no putter rounds before and there's a lot of high rough. For others I've seen 6, 9 and putter because they hit longer and are playing the course in controlled chunks.
  13. I mean, it looks like you're relatively lucky in that, while some of the numbers have changed, there are at least a number of similar lofts. 21 degrees: Ping 3 vs. Cal 5 24: Ping 4 vs. Cal 6 27: Ping 5 vs. Cal 7 Ping 6 (30) vs. Cal 8 (31.5) Ping 7 alone Ping 8 (37) vs. Cal 9 (36) 41: Ping 9 vs. Cal. PW 46: Ping PW vs. Cal AW Based on lies alone, let alone all the other factors going into the clubs (lie, length, etc.), it makes sense there's a large gap between your 9s when the Callaway is lofted stronger than your old 8. As for the time to wrap your head around it, that comes down to how comfortable you are separating from your old clubs, going and getting a distance session (or a few) in, and just trusting your new distances. For me, I have to have a note card that I write the general idea of how far I'm hitting that day before a round. For others, one range session and you're good.
  14. Its a trap! OP is obviously trying to get people eliminated from the Stitch bag testing selection pool. Joking aside, it comes down to the course. In Utah, there are a lot of mountain style courses. Walking them is just not a pleasant experience and leaves you aching and dying. If I'm playing a flatter course in Salt Lake, I tend to walk and just enjoy the little bit more thinking time between shots.
  15. Honestly, it's a combo of actively putting ego aside, talking through the issues out loud, and then saying the positives out loud as well in greater volume. E.g, yesterday I played a new course for the first time that was very difficult. Because of work stress and baby stress, I didn't get to practice or get enough sleep all week. And thanks to a last minute work call and lots of fires, I didn't get to warm up and was on my phone between shots for the first few holes. Needless to say, I did poorly. Even worse, I was getting embarrased in front of my friends, which was tanking my play even more. So....I started talking to myself. I told myself I was setting my expectations too high for a brand new tough course playing long with no practice when I'm already a bogey golfer that struggles off the tee. I then thanked my friends for taking the time to enjoy a gorgeous day at a beautiful course with me, shifted the conversation to sports and my friend's new baby, and made sure I was praising them for playing great golf. For the back 9, I grabbed a beer and moved up to the shorter tees so I was only hitting my hybrid that I was far more comfortable with. Proceeded to shoot much better, score a few birdies, and enjoy myself far more.
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