Popular Post Berg Ryman Posted September 1, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted September 1, 2022 Hello, it's me. Yes, the quester of putters, the commissioner of your fantasy leagues, and weirdly enough, someone deemed responsible enough to lead a group excursion at a fantastic golf resort in Maryland. In the midst of this introduction, I have a confession to make. I think I might have the short game yips. Now, Webster defines the word 'yips' as "a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete (such as a golfer) in the performance of a crucial action". Most golfers will know it as a crippling affliction that can take one of the strongest parts of your game and make it crumble. For me, that's been my chipping. For whatever reason after making the switch to my current Taylor Made wedges, whenever I have shots around the green which felt simple to me, I've been completely paralyzed over them. We're talking the shortest possible swings, chips from off the green, the low checker, the chunk and run type shot. This has even extended to my typical bump and run shots with my 8 iron, leading to near whiffs and shanks of bump and runs. Simply put, if it isn't a flop type shot right now around the green, it's a 50/50 proposition at best it gets pulled off. For someone who has prided himself on his ability to scramble well and was a strength of my game for so long, this has really hurt me. Somehow I've managed to continue to play well due to bettering my iron play but on holes where I don't hit greens, what was once a routine up or down for par or at worst, a bogey has become the potential for double bogey or worse. I've worked a bit on some technique stuff but admittedly due to work and time spend with my wife, I don't have the time I once had to really drill down and dig it out of the dirt in the way I could have in my younger days, so I looked to technology to help. Enter this... That's right, I knuckled under and after reading how @Golfspy_Lukes (congrats on the promotion big guy) was getting on with his ChipR, a thread you should check out right here, I decided maybe this was the cure to my woes and I ordered myself as one of three new wedges, the Smart Sole 4.0 C! Set at a nice 42* of loft with a lie angle of 66* and a length of 34" with a Tour Issue Dynamic Golf Spinner (same shaft in all the wedges I ordered from Cleveland), it will get it's first test tonight in the final league night of our season. Nothing like the proverbial fire for this frying pan. So what do I hope to do. Well, I'll admit as we reach into September, my season doesn't have much longer to go. I've got probably 6 weeks left, maybe less if my local state park doesn't stop booking tournaments to get rounds in and I want to see ow this club performs. In youtube videos it has shown to be quite more versatile than around just greens to I'm intrigued to see how it may work when I go down to just PW, 49* and 55* for those shots maybe where the 58* or 60* was the play in the past. But the biggest test is going to be around the greens. Early carpet swings seem simple enough as it's about the same length as my putter and not as flat as any other wedge in the bag. I do hope you'll enjoy the next few weeks of this. I can't promise pictures or regular updates like if I had a full summer of review, so thing of this more as an experiment... and maybe we all learn a little about ourselves along the way. GolfSpy_APH, tommc23, MattF and 12 others 14 1 Quote In a Hoofer Lite bag ST180, 10.5, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S Epic Flash Sub Zero, 15*, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S CBX119 18* Hybrid, Project X Evenflow Blue, 6.0 JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro 4-P, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex CBX Zipcore 50* (bent to *49) and RTX Zipcore Tour Rack 54* (bent to *55), DG 115 Spinner, Tour Issue Smart Sole 4.0 C, DG 115 Spinner, Tour Issue SIK Golf Flo-C Z-Star XV Divide Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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