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  1. I picked up a used Ping putter and after regripping it and cleaning it up a wee bit I took only that club out to the practice putting green and only tried to sink 10 foot putts. It was a great lesson on speed control and after about 1.5 hours the putts actually started to go in or rim out. I took it to the course the next time out and was very pleased with the speed control and felt like anything under 10 feet could be sunk. It's still in the bag.
  2. After a layoff of about 1 1/2 years due to a couple of surgeries I am back out on the courses banging away. I used to be a single digit handy but now after the surgeries and the piling on of the years find that distance control with the irons is a wee bit of a struggle. I'm back in the gym getting stronger and working on flexibility in the hips and shoulders with PT but have a real challenge pulling the correct iron. The quality of contact is getting better, chipping is very solid and putting hasn't been better, but those irons??? If I have a 150 yard approach to the center of the green and the flag is in the center I have to reflect on the previous 2-3 approach shots to check on the quality of the shot. If things are clicking along just right then it's a the same club selection as it was two years ago (same irons) If things aren't being pure then I need to add the next longer irons. Sure enough it seems like if I try to jump on a 8 iron it ends up short and if I smooth a 7 iron in there it's back back and over the green. It's like a lottery on which club to pull.. I know that more practice is part of the answer but any suggestions or tips would be swell.
  3. I've looked at the loft on some of the new offerings and wondered about the same thing as the OP. Then......just remember the new sets of the 5-PW are really the same as the old sets of 4-9 irons....simple. The number on the club is now immaterial and if we are thinking that I really nuked that 8 irons farther than I have ever hit one before the reality is that you really hit the equivalent of your old 7 iron. I've played some "weak" lofted irons over the years (Mizuno blades) and have been asked by guys in my group after a shot what club I hit. I'm sure they are thinking all 8 irons are mostly the same. I've started answering this question by responding that I hit my 165 club or my 150 club or..... There may come a time when the clubs only have the loft on them...no numbers??? Naw too much of a marketing ploy.
  4. My Orthopedic doc was kind to me post surgery and renewed my pain meds for me to take during PT. Helped some but first Physical Therapist was a wee bit crazy and not productive for me. Second one was much better. Don't be concerned about changing if things are not working out for you. I also learned how pain management in the hospital can be a real variable. First surgery was with a spinal clock and femoral nerve block followed by great nursing care and pain well under control. Second surgery in same hospital but different Anesthesia Doc, he missed on the femoral block and the nursing care turned a day and night into a pure hell pain wise. Today the everyday pain level is 0 where pre surgery it would between a 2-4 depending on the day and after playing a round of golf pre surgery, there would be fluid in both knees. Now just trying to get back the golf swing. Good luck to all facing a knee replacement.
  5. I had two knee replacements 2 1/2 years ago for my 3rd and 4th knee surgery. First two were many many years ago and were meniscus removals. That shot that spring and summer golf season as they were 2.5 months apart. Next year was followed by a hernia repair in April and that will slow down your swing speed. So now relearning the use of legs and hips and rotation somewhat successfully but still searching after about 2 plus years without golf. PT is a brutal experience.
  6. I went this year with SM7 wedges in 46*, 56 bent to 54* and a 60* and have been pleased with the new wedges. Newer grooves and a wee bit softer shaft as I did not reshaft these wedges to the X100 I had in my older wedge set up. I have a 8* gap and a 6* gap and find that those seem to fit my swing speed and skill set for now, however everyone needs to find out that zone for themselves. It could be that those who advocate for a 4* gap ........are the ones selling the wedges !
  7. Nothing wrong with the head.......just the lad hitting it. I've hit some bombs with it last year but not connecting with it now. I changed out the heads to the M4 head and went to the driving range today and found some consistency in this setup. The swing is still an ongoing project after 3 surgeries and some recovery time off. Things were coming together at the end and I think the forgiveness of the M4 head is the way to go for now. I used to be a stick with a 4 handy................... but not so much anymore. I'll find it eventually and just need to muck around with the equipment in the search.
  8. I just played this week with the M5 head and ended the round still searching. I put the M4 head back on the driver shaft and it will be the next to have a try out. If it doesn't make the team then the M3 will be tried.
  9. I'm still searching out the right driver head from the 3 mentioned above and am asking for your experience with these. Looking at control, distance, "feel", sound, forgiveness and overall performance. Any input welcomed by this new bee
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