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  1. If I lived anywhere near Ohio, I would go to Jim. Great guy, knowledgeable, and helpful.
  2. One of the things I was doing to try to break through was to play from ~6,000 yards. I figured if I could shoot a good number from there, it would inspire me to do so from more normal tees.
  3. Broke 70 for the 1st time Saturday after playing 39 years. Starting really working on my game and trying to break this barrier last spring. Herniated a disc in my neck which kept me out for 3 months, but finally got it done. I have a post about it on here somewhere.
  4. So, I have been playing on and off for 39 years. I have been capable of shooting in the 70s for probably 36 of them. I used to be a terrible putter, had a terrible temper, and really struggled to shoot below 75. About 15 years ago, I decided to get my short game better and get my temper under control. I finally broke par for the first time in 2009 (39-32-71). Now, at age 50, I regularly shoot under 75. My quest for the last year plus has been to finally break 70. I have had a 70, numerous 71s, 72s, and 73s. Everyone I played with was shocked I had never broken 70. I have had all the pieces physically, but for whatever reason, I just couldn't get over the hump (mentally). I just couldn't put it all together. Until....today. I finally did it. I easily could have shot 67, as I lipped out short putts on 9 and 10. Recently, I had several rounds where I was rolling along through 11 or 12 holes and then would fall apart. I bobbled today on 13 and 14, but kept going. I hit one fat out of a fairway bunker on 14, then knocked it 6 inches away for par from 50 yards. I think I knew then, it might be the day. I actually missed a 15 footer for birdie on 18 just right for 68. Best thing was, it was in a friendly money game and I finished T2 (paid top 2 spots), and won a skin. So stoked!
  5. Played there a number of times with customers when I lived in the Memphis area. My sales territory was west TN. Had several customers who were members there.
  6. How long have you been playing golf? 39 years on and off. What’s your handicap or normal score? Scratch to 1 What do you love about golf? Not sure, but I do love the challenge of it. I also enjoy building/tweaking my own equipment. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Not really sure, I stumbled onto this a few years ago, probably looking for equipment reviews. Do you already know any other Spies? Not sure, probably. Where are you from? Born in Charleston, SC, but raised in Wheaton, MD What is your home course? Dont have one, but probably would choose Southampton golf club in St Augustine/St Johns. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? Best: comfortable to play year round. Worst: often wet, lots of afternoon showers spring into fall. Also, why do all of the driving ranges stop selling balls by 6? This is Florida and it is hot! What do you do for a living? Business owner- software consulting for manufacturers How’d you pick your user name? Easy, my 1st 2 initials and last name.
  7. Definitely should be able to. As long as the tip is .335". I would highly doubt that club was .350".
  8. That is interesting. Probably 10 years ago I stopped taking practice strokes. I was struggling with speed control. I noticed that I didn't struggle with it on the putting green, only on the course. So, I decided to stop taking them on the course and it forced me to really focus on feel. I am a better putter now than ever. However, what you said makes sense. I might try it on the practice green. Maybe one of each instead of two. My issue is one or two bad shots a round that I compound that kill me. It is almost never putting that I feel holds me back. There are a number of pros who don't take one. Dave Stockton was a big proponent of not taking one. So, it certainly isn't unprecedented.
  9. This is what got me down those last few strokes (2-5 a round it feels like). Making 6 to 10 foot par putts can be round savers. I would add work a lot on start line. I use a gate drill with a few tees a little more than a ball width apart and a foot in front of the ball and putt through them to a tee about a foot beyond that. I try to hit the target tee while missing the gate tees 10 times in a row before I start putting. Then, I know my start line is good. In putting, if my start line is always good, and my speed control is good, it just comes down to read. I have eliminated 2 of 3 variables. Avoiding big numbers is huge. I am still struggling with that. If you look at my handicap card, I am shooting between 73 and 81 for my last 20 scores. When I shoot 78 to 81, always penalty strokes and doubles in there. Usually, it is a tee shot or two that is poorly planned or executed.
  10. Awesome job! I have been following Jeff from Athlean-X. I bought one of his programs, mostly for other exercises. His ab app is great. 5 to 8 minutes and you are done. I do that several times a week, along with pilates. I do strength training 3 to 4 times a week at home. Keep it up!
  11. Not trying to be a smart alec here, but have you looked at mechanics? That should also be in play. The reason I ask is that I was really struggling like this off the tee last year, regardless of club. I also had some poor equipment fits as well that contributed. However, a perfect club cannot overcome a really bad swing or even just a bad setup. My biggest struggle is a stall of the hips and hands and arms try to square the club. It can lead to some really, really bad misses. It is not the club's fault. I also spend a ton of time on the range on an alignment stick so I know what good alignment looks like. The more offline I line up, the worsemy misses get. What is your swing speed with driver? Tempo? What flex shafts are you playing in your longer clubs? What is your handicap? Typical miss?
  12. Hey everyone, I have been meaning to do these reviews for a while and finally took the time to show them. I have been playing a number of Xcaliber shafts for at least a year and have been playing Robin's shafts for several years, even back to when he owned AXE. Here are my unfiltered thoughts on the Avalon 6, Avalon i9, and several of the Pro series shafts. As an update, I did put Modus 120's in my 4 iron and 2 iron to replace the i9 shafts, because I felt that they were too light and I think I am right based on the first range session with each. In summary, these are great shafts and certainly worth a try!
  13. The biggest issue with the DBM finish in that in makes the club almost impossible to adjust without breaking it. I play my irons and wedges 2° to 3° flat and almost none of them should be bent that much. You might be able to get away with it, but likely not. I love the finish, but they are just a hard no for me.
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