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On 9/23/2021 at 4:30 AM, BIG STU said:

SOP for me I only carry 12 leaves me room on some courses to put a speciality club in like on the top end a 1 or 2 iron and on the bottom end a speciality wedge like a Hogan Sure out if the traps have fine fluffy sand. My home course most of the time I can play with 7 clubs as long as I have my 7 wood among those clubs. For me just depends on the course and wind conditions. Lots of times on courses with forced carry approaches I will slip the 9 wood in for those 150 160 shots because I can hit it higher than I can a 5 or 6 iron. 12 clubs as SOP for me leaves a lot of room for certain courses to modify my set up. I have also been known to slip a persimmon driver in for some lay up Par 4s or long ( over 200 yards) Par 3s and I have been known to hit a persimmon driver off the deck at times

Because I play the vast majority of my golf on our own club's course, my bag doesn't fluctuate as much as Stu's, although it probably would if I got around a bit more as I may have in days past.

A constant 14 can work if you're on one track.

 

I only coordinate ten clubs as the loft progression of a set, anyway.

Four clubs--the driver, driving iron, greenside finesse wedge, and putter--

are shot-specific, add-on utility clubs.

They could be dropped into any set other than the one that they're in.

They don't have to be synched, loftwise, with anything else.

 

I'm not one who goes with set loft/distance progressions from driver to lob wedge.

I don't play that way.  I'm ok with special clubs for specific shots.

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, BostonSal said:

Because I play the vast majority of my golf on our own club's course, my bag doesn't fluctuate as much as Stu's, although it probably would if I got around a bit more as I may have in days past.

A constant 14 can work if you're on one track.

 

I only coordinate ten clubs as the loft progression of a set, anyway.

Four clubs--the driver, driving iron, greenside finesse wedge, and putter--

are shot-specific, add-on utility clubs.

They could be dropped into any set other than the one that they're in.

They don't have to be synched, loftwise, with anything else.

 

I'm not one who goes with set loft/distance progressions from driver to lob wedge.

I don't play that way.  I'm ok with special clubs for specific shots.

 

 

 

Yeah you are about like me only my SOP is 12 clubs--- Most of my clubs I can hit a variety of shots with--- I do not go by loft or gap either--- yeah for me the clubs that would go with any set would be the 7 wood wedges and putter. But then again if playing strictly vintage I can throw in a persimmon 5 wood which is basically the same loft as the metal 7 wood. Vintage for me is an alltogether different ball game-- The fun for me there is not the score but hitting different clubs I have not hit before or hitting old clubs I have not hit in a while. My options and combinations there are endless. But for now all my persimmon and steel shaft play is on hold due to the nerve issues in my back combined with cold weather

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On 9/17/2021 at 3:36 PM, Calvo90 said:

Lefty 7 iron in otherwise righty bag for those nasty shots by the tree or from under the bush. 

I was thinking along the same lines although I'd probably go with a 5i to keep it a bit lower. The other option would be a 5th wedge - same loft as the sand wedge but with a different grind for shots from out of the sand.

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1 hour ago, LoneWolfMuskoka said:

I was thinking along the same lines although I'd probably go with a 5i to keep it a bit lower. The other option would be a 5th wedge - same loft as the sand wedge but with a different grind for shots from out of the sand.

Depends on the course and what you want to set up. I may have been a little misleading in previous posts--- My 12 standard clubs I carry is for my home course which I play most of the time. I think I have only played 3 courses besides my home course in the last two years. now when I played the minis etc I had a bunch of different set ups depending on the course and conditions. I have been known even in recent years to sneak the persimmon driver in for a hole that I can drive the metal driver through the fairway and can not clear the bend of the dog leg on. On some courses I have been known to pack like 2-56* wedges with different bounces even different brands. Back in the day when I could really hit a ball I did not carry FWs in the summer off of lush grass. My persimmon driver was usually around 10* and I could if I had to hit it off the deck. I also carried a 1 iron I could hit off a tee or off the deck. The oddity was I carried a little laminate 6 wood that I could hit several different shots with. I have always done odd stuff in the normal way of doing things. You just have to experiment with what works for you

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1 hour ago, BIG STU said:

Yeah you are about like me only my SOP is 12 clubs--- Most of my clubs I can hit a variety of shots with--- I do not go by loft or gap either--- yeah for me the clubs that would go with any set would be the 7 wood wedges and putter. But then again if playing strictly vintage I can throw in a persimmon 5 wood which is basically the same loft as the metal 7 wood. Vintage for me is an alltogether different ball game-- The fun for me there is not the score but hitting different clubs I have not hit before or hitting old clubs I have not hit in a while. My options and combinations there are endless. But for now all my persimmon and steel shaft play is on hold due to the nerve issues in my back combined with cold weather

Steel shaft issues aside,

and I know for a fact that such issues are real,

I find hitting vintage clubs very very much like hitting modern clubs.

 

Flight trajectory may (will) be different, but not being as much of a "feel" player as you may be,

hitting the ball is more of a bio-mechanical technical process with me--

very quickly remember how to do it and then do it--

so my main reason for not playing my older clubs

is that the grips are all dried out!  (That's a real thing too.)

 

 

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13 hours ago, BostonSal said:

Steel shaft issues aside,

and I know for a fact that such issues are real,

I find hitting vintage clubs very very much like hitting modern clubs.

 

Flight trajectory may (will) be different, but not being as much of a "feel" player as you may be,

hitting the ball is more of a bio-mechanical technical process with me--

very quickly remember how to do it and then do it--

so my main reason for not playing my older clubs

is that the grips are all dried out!  (That's a real thing too.)

 

 

With dried out grips I do one of 2 things--- I use cheaper grips and put them on with air--- If I end up not being able to hit them I can use the air and take the grip back off and use on another club. Another alternative is wrap the old grips with gauze type athletic tape to try them out and see. I have been blessed in the fact at my old job I found a lot of clubs and sometimes if the clubs were some kind of modern POS clone I would pull the grips with solvent and air especially if they are Tour Wraps. Those are easy to pull. You would be amazed the clubs that have been junked that in fact the grips were worth more than the club itself. Nothing at all wrong with being technical if that is what you want to do and it fits your style. LOL I bet I have some grips especially Tour Wraps that have been on and off clubs 20 times or more

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On 12/24/2021 at 6:39 AM, BIG STU said:

With dried out grips I do one of 2 things--- I use cheaper grips and put them on with air--- If I end up not being able to hit them I can use the air and take the grip back off and use on another club. Another alternative is wrap the old grips with gauze type athletic tape to try them out and see. I have been blessed in the fact at my old job I found a lot of clubs and sometimes if the clubs were some kind of modern POS clone I would pull the grips with solvent and air especially if they are Tour Wraps. Those are easy to pull. You would be amazed the clubs that have been junked that in fact the grips were worth more than the club itself. Nothing at all wrong with being technical if that is what you want to do and it fits your style. LOL I bet I have some grips especially Tour Wraps that have been on and off clubs 20 times or more

I'm not a DIY guy.

Every time I need to regrip, I pay through the nose at our pro shop.

I only play with GP Tour Wraps or Winn Excels because I don't wear a glove and only a wrap-type grip feels right in my hands.  

Still, I should have acquired some of your skills when I was younger. 

I was never burdened, I guess, with excessive Calvinist work ethic.

That's why I'm not burdened with excessive money. ☹️

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On 12/24/2021 at 6:39 AM, BIG STU said:

.......I have some grips especially Tour Wraps that have been on and off clubs 20 times or more

Tour Wraps last longer than any other grip I have ever used.....when I need to replace the composites my irons came with they are getting tour wraps.  

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11 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

Tour Wraps last longer than any other grip I have ever used.....when I need to replace the composites my irons came with they are getting tour wraps.  

Yep they are the most durable grip I have ever seen than maybe perhaps the old Crown Cords. Yeah The Tour Wraps if they seem to get slick all you gotta do is clean with mild soap and water and dry them. 

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On 12/23/2021 at 5:04 PM, BIG STU said:

Depends on the course and what you want to set up. I may have been a little misleading in previous posts--- My 12 standard clubs I carry is for my home course which I play most of the time. I think I have only played 3 courses besides my home course in the last two years. now when I played the minis etc I had a bunch of different set ups depending on the course and conditions. ... I have always done odd stuff in the normal way of doing things. You just have to experiment with what works for you

Most of the courses I play here in Muskoka are tree-lined and pretty similar with respect to the conditions. That's why I'd go with a lower lofted club for the lefty. I'd have to practice it a lot though.

Sand is the most variable condition here - even within one course - ranging from hard packed to mud to soft, fluffy sand. Makes wedge choice tricky for a high handicapper like me 8=) Sometimes I just hit a pitching wedge out of the sand so that I don't bounce too much and hit thin.

It would be fun to have the budget and time to play and practice with more types of clubs. Maybe when I'm retired I'll be able to experiment as much as I would like. Just a few years (hopefully) to get there!

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