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I use the Golf Pride New Decade Multi. Corded on top, but molded rubber on bottom. They are great. About 8 bucks a piece. Wipe them off after every round with a damp towel and then spray them with a light coat of fan belt conditioner. (bought at Autozone for about 5 bucks). Keeps them soft and tacky. I've had mine on for about 10 months and they are just like new, although if you buy the white ones, they will look dirty.
I used to play with a guy that wanted to walk, but we forced him to get a cart if he wanted to play with us. And the courses I play never ask walkers to pair with riders, with most not even allowing walkers unless the course is wide open.
I havent met a person yet that can walk as fast as a golf cart and if you think you are keeping up with a group in a cart- you most likely arent. The group is most likely slowing down for you. Think about it- if a foursome of walkers teed off in front of you and you are in a foursome with two carts, how long until you caught up to them and would be asking to play through? One hole? Two holes?
As far as exercise is concerned, I'm in good shape and dont use golf as a main form of exercise. If a person wants to do this, then more power to you. But dont subject the rest of the group to slow play.
I only played Pro V1x until I tried NXT Tour. They are great and I dont know if I'd go back to the Pro V1x. For me, they fly lower off the driver, roll like crazy and are just as soft off the irons. They are a little harder off the putter. Titleist has a winner with these.
I'm in Miami and have been attending clinics at Jim McLean's academy here. One of the students there suggested buying McLean's Building Block Approach DVD. It's an 8 DVD set which breaks the full swing down into eight steps. (sounds more complicated than it is). It is excellent. Gives tons of advice on all aspects of the swing. Not over technical at all. Also give lots of good drills for each step. Best 50 bucks I ever spent. I've been to his academy when he was there teaching and the DVD is virtually the same as an in person lesson (except you dont have to pay $500.00 per hour).
I agree with the above poster in that a great deal of swing flaws are created by errors in the backswing and top of the swing from which most golfers cannot recover.
Get lessons from a PGA pro. Most have group lessons or you can buy a block of 5 lessons and go back every other week. And definitely get yourself on video so you can see yourself versus a pro swing. Agree with the poster above about a pro swing. I went to a Nationwide event a couple months back and I go to Doral every year. When you see the pros swing up close, they barely swing.
Over the last two months, I've been dedicated to the Pelz 3x4 system and it has worked wonders. I have a 44deg PW, a 48, 52 and 56. With these four clubs and three different backswings, I get about 10 different distances ranging from 23-87 yards. The key is to get the distances precise. I went to my local course that has a wide open pitching area and was able to use my GPS to get the distances. I was not hitting to a green, but just an open area. For each club and backswing, I would hit 20 crisp shots. You take away the five longest and the five shortest and you can see the average of the remaining 10. Then just write them all down. I'd say I hit about 500 shots over three weeks just getting the distances right. Pelz says to just write the three different distances on the club shaft, but I just typed them up and taped it to the back of my GPS.
Once you have these base distances down, you have to be ready to adjust them again slightly for the course. (tighter fairways, elevated greens, release after hitting the greens, etc.) But once you get the distances down, the rest is easy. I just look at the GPS to get the distance, flip it over and look at my chart as to what club and backswing. There is nothing better than getting ready for a wedge shot knowing that you are not going to be wrong on your distances. It helps your approaches on par 5's, and long par 4's where you dont get on in regulation. I'm up and down more. We all know the short game is the key to posting lower scores. The ten or so hours I spent to practice this part of my game did lots more for me than hitting buckets at the range. And when i do go to the range to practice or warm up before a round, I hit at least 50% of my practice shots to these 25-80 yard distances.
I feel your pain. Went through the same thing this summer. Was playing my best golf ever and was striking the ball really well. Then slowly it went away. Bad shot here and there turned into bad shots on the same hole. Bad holes turned to bad sides. Bad sides into bad rounds, even on courses I scored well on. It was ugly. Turned into a major case of the shanks. It was so demoralizing. When I went to the range, I would take the far right bay so no one would see how bad I was shanking. After trying to fix it on my own, I called a PGA pro who I had taken lessons with in the past few years and responsible for shaving 20 strokes off my game. He knows my game and swing. I setup a lesson and he had me back on track in about a half hour. The funny thing about it was that he treated me like I was a beginning golfer. He recorded my swing on his iphone and then showed me how bad it was. I couldnt believe it. (poor alignment, severe inside takeaway and clubpath, weight on toes, and lots of other things that most beginners have issues with)
So basically I was ordered back to "golf kindergarten" and made to golf with training wheels on. I had to setup an alignment station, was only allowed to hit a seven iron, hit it no more than 100 yards and only off a tee out for about 300+ balls over the course of a week or two. He even told me to play a practice round by playing only with the seven iron off the tee and teeing up my second shot in the fairway with the same seven iron. I couldnt use any other club unless I was within 100 yards. This was not what I wanted to hear, but I did it. Slowly but surely it came back and I'm back to my normal game and even hitting it better now. In short, having the shanks was a horrible experience, but it did help my game later on. I'm convinced that when your game suffers a severe decline, you (or your buddies) shouldnt try to figure it out. Go to a PGA pro and listen to everything they tell you, even if it is sending you back to "golf kindergarten." And by all means, never go too long without seeing your swing on video.
Anyway, good luck with your game and you'll get it going again.