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I have not found the loft markings a problem.  I use a bag with 14 slots, so each iron has its own spot.  At first I found myself thinking "I am 150 from the green so I need my 7 iron, which is now my 36."  Pretty soon I just switched over to "I need my 36 for this shot."  In one way. the loft markings are easier than my old set.  Defending on which clubs I was using, I either had two 7 irons or 2 nine irons.  I played a combination set and my Mizuno and TM 7 irons were 4 degrees apart.

 

I play with the same group of guys and know their equipment to some extent.  We occasionally ask what club we used.  Before the switch, I had to adjust.  "I hit my TM7, which is really a 6."  Now I just tell them the loft and let them figure out how that relates to their set.    

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That's really odd, because I was a shitty bunker player (never any practice) until I got the SCORs with the v-sole.  Now I have no trouble getting out of bunkers.  I may not get as close as you pros, but if I can get out and have a reasonable putt, I'm happy.  I will never go back to my vokeys or Ping wedges.

 

My issue with them is technique. I play high bounce wedges and like to make a strong pass with a big thump....only works for me with 10 plus degrees of bounce. I just have to get more comfortable with a more square faced shot of of the bunker and I will be fine. Just have not got there yet.

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I'm starting to spray my new Hogans foul-pole to foul-pole a little bit.  The UST Recoil 660s feel perfect, but they might be a little tip soft for me.  As I get comfortable with the new clubs, I may be--and I'm just speculating, here--swinging them a little harder.  The Aldila  NVPro 105s on my previous irons were starting to feel a little firm for me, but I was still launching reasonably well with them. 

 

I'm not rushing into any decisions.  I could conceivable re-shaft to Aldilas and need a softer, lighter shaft next year.  

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Great discussion here, sorry I missed it in real time. Here's a couple of observations:

 

1. I'm using the Mashie-Niblick line, love it!

 

2. The lofts shouldn't be an issue although it would imagine they take a bit of getting used to. Since I bag 4 SCORs (but none a 7 or for years ago) I had to adjust and can easily translate for other golfers if they want to know what I hit. If Jason Day's GW is a 46 I don't fell badly about mine being a 48. When I get a bit older I'll just call the 44 my GW.

 

3. It took me a while to get used to the V sole. I almost gave up on it, now I'd never go back with my wedges, it's ridiculously efficient and versatile, at least for my swing.

 

4. If you want bounce open the blade, you'll be shocked at how much is there, it's very deceptive. I've gone from an horrific bunker player to average bordering on good.

 

5. T's blog post and comments in another thread have convinced me that the 44 will remain my strongest club in this line. While I'm not in love with my other irons I just don't have the type of game to play these clubs. Golf should be fun, not work. I have a day job, I go through two week periods where I can't find time to even hit a shot, I need mid and long irons that mitigate against that rust so that the game remains fun.

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That's really odd, because I was a shitty bunker player (never any practice) until I got the SCORs with the v-sole.  Now I have no trouble getting out of bunkers.  I may not get as close as you pros, but if I can get out and have a reasonable putt, I'm happy.  I will never go back to my vokeys or Ping wedges.  

 

 

I'll second this. I've never gotten out of a bunker with so much ease as the SCORs. Other than that though it's pretty much on par with everything else I have played.

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Shot another round in the 70's this past weekend with them, a 79 to be exact.  I had many many opportunities to score, but my putter was like a serpent in my hands.  I haven't putted well for about a month and a half now for some reason... Haven't made a putt outside 8 feet in a while.  That 79, realistically could've been a 73-74 had I made a few 10-12 footers (some were birdies, 1 turned into a 3 putt bogey).

That's gonna be it for my golf for the forseeable future though.  We've got an outage at work starting this Saturday and we go on 7/12's.

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That's gonna be it for my golf for the forseeable future though.  We've got an outage at work starting this Saturday and we go on 7/12's.

 

Sorry to hear of your weekend dilema.  However, OT means for funds for more golf stuff :)

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Sorry to hear of your weekend dilema. However, OT means for funds for more golf stuff :)

My next check will have 50 hours and if we stay on it for the 3 weeks they say, the next one will have 88 hours on it
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Wooo Hoo!

 

My busy season is April & May.  Since I am salaried, I do not get OT.  That said, I work much OT during this period so I get an hour of Comp Time for every hour worked M-F after 9 hours plus all hours worked on the weekend.  This year, I earned 18.5 days(148 hours) of Comp Time. That's almost 2 paychecks.  Since my slow time is the Summer, I usually take off for vacations & golf outings through September.  I have to use all the comp time by Sept 30th.

 

Back to the Hogans......I am thinking that they will stay in your bag for the forseeable future.

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I'm already close to 500 hours OT this year. This will soar past that # lol.

 

I'm sure the hogans will get usage after all this. I may order some different wedge lofts though. Just to get closer to what I'm used to in the sand and around the greens

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It's always a mixed bag with OT, isn't it Rookie.  We have new labor laws pertaining to OT and we've had to make our administrative assistants and custodian hourly.  I'm happy for them, particularly the custodian, because frankly I think that we abused them in the past.  Having written that I'm wondering when someone will make a labor law or any law that protects me. 

 

Supposedly I make too much money to qualify for anything.  It's a reasonable living but not anything that anyone here would consider outrageous or the type of money that would make it easy to provide for a wife (what stays at home to attend to our daughter's educational needs) and child.  In order to earn that living I'm on call 24/7 nearly every day of the year.  I regularly work a 60 hour week many of those hours being high stress - lots of life issues for parishioners and staff members.  My compensation is about half the norm for other people with my level of education/experience and responsibility - a good comparison would be the Principal of a larger Public High School.

 

On the plus side there are a lot of generous parishioners so I do at times have perks to offset the lack of income (Last year's gift of a van was huge).

 

So I'm happy for Rookie but on a pity pot today for myself (I don't do well when I start working at 6:30 AM after logging a 13 hour work day the day before.)

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It's always a mixed bag with OT, isn't it Rookie. We have new labor laws pertaining to OT and we've had to make our administrative assistants and custodian hourly. I'm happy for them, particularly the custodian, because frankly I think that we abused them in the past. Having written that I'm wondering when someone will make a labor law or any law that protects me.

 

Supposedly I make too much money to qualify for anything. It's a reasonable living but not anything that anyone here would consider outrageous or the type of money that would make it easy to provide for a wife (what stays at home to attend to our daughter's educational needs) and child. In order to earn that living I'm on call 24/7 nearly every day of the year. I regularly work a 60 hour week many of those hours being high stress - lots of life issues for parishioners and staff members. My compensation is about half the norm for other people with my level of education/experience and responsibility - a good comparison would be the Principal of a larger Public High School.

 

On the plus side there are a lot of generous parishioners so I do at times have perks to offset the lack of income (Last year's gift of a van was huge).

 

So I'm happy for Rookie but on a pity pot today for myself (I don't do well when I start working at 6:30 AM after logging a 13 hour work day the day before.)

Don't pity me lol. The OT pays well at time and a half plus we get a dollar per hour (minimum, sometimes there's a multiplier depending on the company's performance) of OT worked on our bonus as well. I've already got LaMont working on a new putter and I'll likely replace the grips on these with BestGrips after an experiment to see if I could get them to midsize.

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The pity pot is for me Rookie - I'm happy for you - that's why it's a mixed bag - you make more money and at your stage of life I'm guessing that's a blessing - but of course you have less time because of it.

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The pity pot is for me Rookie - I'm happy for you - that's why it's a mixed bag - you make more money and at your stage of life I'm guessing that's a blessing - but of course you have less time because of it.

Your boss must be really tough to work for........ B)

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:)  My boss is fine, it's his intermediaries that are running me ragged.

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The FW15s have settled into the status where they're just my clubs and I don't think about them anymore.  The TK15s seem to be a little troublesome, although I'm sure that it's entirely in my head. 

 

All of the TK15s have pretty much the same sole grind as the irons, but I've gotten accustomed to a certain look in my wedges--the wedges that I'd typically use.   

 

Pitching wedges have fairly wide, flat, soles with little radius and little camber.  Sand irons have a very curved leading edge to part the sand with minimal resistance.  Lob wedges have very narrow soles with a complete absence of bounce.  

 

That's what I've gotten used to, but the Hogan TK15s are basically 10, 11, and 12-irons, all with the same Reid-Lockhart type sole that the FW15s have.. 

 

If I could turn off the distractions in my head, the TK15s are perfectly good wedges.  Because they don't look right, they give me an invalid excuse to miss-hit them.  My brain keeps looking for dull gray, stainless steel wedges that each have a unique sole to go with the loft.

 

It's nonsense, but I've got to convince my brain of that, and at my age, my brain is not what it was.

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I'm already close to 500 hours OT this year. This will soar past that # lol.

 

 

 

I lost track of my OT for the year, but if I had to guess I normally work 90+ hours a week at 38 weeks so far this year.......I just need a new career!

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I usually have 500+ hrs. of overtime every year. I only work 40 hrs. a week for 3 months out of the year. From September through April/May I'm usually clocking no less than 50 hrs. a week, and usually more like 60-65.... and sometimes more.

 

That's the trade show business.  :wacko:

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Three things are now official:

 

1. I'm an aging recreational player who's no longer good enough to play with shiny, chromed blades.

 

2. The irons that are about to join the others decorating the perimeter of my man cave, joining a circle that begins with 1959 PowerBilt Citations, recently cost me $168 each.

 

3. I should be shot, and who's to say that I won't be?

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