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  1. Kind of hard to describe something that is relative to one's strength and familiarity with hand tools. One person's "hard" could be another's "fairly easy" etc. You just don't want to overtighten and strip anything. I have used a regular torx head screwdriver before. If you are concerned about it at all, I'd bring the wrench to a golf store and compare it to theirs.
  2. Yep, blow dart, wrist rocket, common river rock found in parking lot landscape... Or how about not doing anything if you need an equalizer to confront the thief? That argument is so silly I can't stop laughing. If the reason you carry a gun, bat or lack of confidence is for anything but self defense when your safety is threatened it's time to rethink why you do it. I would never leave my house thinking you know what someone might steal my clubs today and maybe I'll catch them so I better I better grab a weapon. I don't keep a bat in my car. I do own a small EDC knife that's handy for opening those pesky products covered in space grade plastic. Couple times I had to pull it on obnoxious twine at Home Depot. Oops I forgot I do have a Leatherman in my glove box, and a tactical flashlight.
  3. I have several tactics for getting my golf gloves through a sweaty round: I carry a bunch, and swap them out as necessary. I don't wear a glove unless I'm hitting a shot. I wipe my hand off when I go to put my glove on. I carry my glove rather than putting it in my pocket when I'm walking up the fairway (if possible). When I putt, I place the glove on top of my bag with my putter cover (to avoid putting it in my pocket). Basically, the goal is to allow them to air out as much as possible.
  4. When I went to "traditional" lofts changing irons earlier this year it meant bringing a 3 iron in so I dropped the 58 and 54 is my most lofted wedge. I don't miss the 58 and I really only used it because it was that or pare down to 13 clubs, which I did when I walked. I am not often looking at full swing shots with wedges so their gap is meaningless to me. From 100 in it's anything from 8 iron to most lofted wedge. From 50 in it's typically some variation of a flighted pitch to a specific area of the green, rare to fly it to a flag. In the sand I've never had one club to get out. Anything longer than 5-10 yards usually means opening up a 50 or more and hitting it hard to get it to the green
  5. Well, I did it! Been taking hacks at golf courses for 20 years, started actually practicing 7 weeks ago, and I finally mother-effing broke 100 yesterday. Shot 96 at a course I had only played one time before about 8 years ago. This was easily the most consistent I've ever hit the ball into the greens (8 GIRs) and my driving was as good as it has been all season. The biggest thing with the driver was deciding to stop trying to be perfect on the tee. Meaning, I wasn't concerning myself with how I thought I should be ideally hitting the club, instead, I just hit it the way I naturally hit it right now, played the "power fade" aimed out over the left side of the fairway, and mostly kept it in play. I was still inconsistent off the tee with a few pop ups and pulled shots, but for the most part, I stayed out of trouble. The even better news is that I shot 96 and my short game was terrible. I had a couple duffs in sand traps and from the rough around the greens. Plus, of my 8 GIRs, I 3-putted 5 of them and it wasn't always the lag putt that was the problem. I missed a few 3 footers that you just can't miss. So, I've still got plenty of strokes to remove from my score once I actually start to work on shots around the green. To this point, all of my practice has focused full swings with the irons and driver. So, needless to say, I'm really excited about this. I think i'm just going to play the rest of the season with the same practice focus. Might be time to start a "member swing" thread for my driver. And in the off-season, the focus will shift to the short game. Unfortunately, it might be a few weeks before I'm able to get out for 18 again, but I can't wait to get out there and try to do this again.
  6. The incident in the OP doesn't sway my opinion on gun control one way or the other. Isolated incident in which some angry, old white dude should lose his right to carry indefinitely, but nothing that makes me believe that every gun carrier needs to be affected or restricted due to this incident. The John Wayne comments from some of y'all however, do make me think that gun laws need to be seriously revisited. The fact that some of you...ahem...more extreme individuals are actually permitted to carry is frightening indeed. And before there is an uproar, let me be clear that I have no issue with most of you who carry as your comments seemed to be well balanced and rational. Some others...not so much. It's seems pretty obvious to me that your right to bear arms should be dependant upon on your ability to not lose your shit when you're pissed off.
  7. It doesn't matter the the partners are playing stroke play or match play, they may still choose which ball to play first if one of the team's balls is the ball that is away. See Rule 30 and 31. The key is that they are partners and as such they can assist each other in other ways with advice and strategy decisions, etc. If they choose to play the nearer ball, then they still have the honor for the next play. The prohibition is for individual play so that a player may not assist another competitor just because he happens to be a friend, or he has a wager on the competitor, etc. This stipulation only applies in stroke play if there appears to be collusion between the players. If playing our of turn is just incidental or to save time, there is no penalty.
  8. Depends on the lie. Off the tee, it's a topped driver. From the fairway, it's a chunky 8-iron. From a greenside bunker, it's a bladed sand wedge.
  9. I had four yesterday three par 3's and one par 4.Unfortunately too many doubles and trebles.
  10. I don't know about Wishon, but I recently bought the JPX 850 forged. I'm a 15 handicap and they are plenty forgiving with great feel. Highly recommend.
  11. I would wait, the JPX 900 line will be released shortly so you can find savings on the JPX 850 or you might want to take a look at the JPX 900 lineup. I wouldn't go with Wishon, while I'm sure they are nice clubs, they won't have any resale value if you decide you don't like them.
  12. I cannot chime in on the 850 but I have been hitting the 825 pro forged for a couple years now and I will say they are absolutely amazing. They play very long (with some higher lofts, the PW is 45 degrees) but are super forgiving. I got fitted for them, which I would recommend fully if you are going to drop the money on solid clubs. I must have hit 12 different irons and these were by far the most consistent. I have no experience with Wishon
  13. I wonder the same thing about all of my clubs. at 5'-6' (if I stretch a little), shaft length is probably a bit too long for me and my shoulders tend to shrug.
  14. I would stick with the 115. I have the 95 in my AP1 and at times they feel a little light. The 115 is a very good shaft. High launch without being to light or whippy. I use the stiff BTW.
  15. It's nonsensical to boil it down to one on one.
  16. When I started back last year with some lessons my instructor asked me what I was working on so I showed him the impact position I was trying to hit. He watched a few swings and said that I had that position just fine but that the rest of the swing needed some work. I learned that day that getting hung up on one position is not the way to go as hitting these positions is the result of executing proper fundamentals with the correct balance and tempo. In fact, my biggest issue was swinging in balance and when I was able to work that out a lot of other things worked out on their own. It's easy to put the cart in front of the horse so to speak which is why having solid instruction is so important. The golf swing is a fluid motion with everything being connected and it happens in a fraction of a second with a clubhead traveling at 100 mph. My point is that many times these desired positions are the result of something else done well and not necessarily the cause. Good thread!
  17. Pardon the interruption for a brief public service announcement. In no way is what I teach, or what any good golf instructor teaches, "position golf." It's a trap fallen into by a lot of golfers, particularly those teaching themselves, and I hope to explain it away here so that this will not not affect you. Position golf is defined as "making someone hit a series of positions under the premise that doing so will create a perfect golf swing." Video cameras have made it easy to record and play back our swings at 200+ frames per second, highlighting every flaw and every little twitch and sway and wobble in our swings. We can say that we're slightly across the line at P4, we can see that we've flipped the club at impact, we can see that our head has risen 1.7 inches on the backswing, etc. And many of you have heard me say things like "at P5 your left arm is too far out" and such. Here's the thing... every good golf swing hits certain positions within a (perhaps surprisingly) fairly wide range. No good (right-handed full) golf swing has a flat right wrist at impact, for example. There are lots of other things no good swing has or every good swing has, and while they can be distilled as "positions," I view them merely as checkpoints through which we pass . You cannot learn to hit positions. It's basically impossible to do and still maintain anything resembling an effective golf swing. Do not get obsessed with the positions you hit in your golf swing. What matters? The things that create the positions. It's a subtle but important variation. Someone I know describes The Golfing Machine as "learning feels from mechanics." The book describes the proper mechanics and asks that you, the machine, program yourself with the appropriate feels to recreate the mechanics. Know the checkpoints (and they vary somewhat for everyone), but know how you need to feel in order to achieve them. I view "position golf" as similar. Say you're having trouble with your transition, from P3 to P5. TGM would tell you what you needed to do and, with a mirror or camera, you could put yourself in those positions, but what you should be doing at those times is paying attention to your body to see what feels it's providing to you. What does it feel like you're doing? That's the important thing. "Position golf" is trying to connect a series of static positions. A golf swing is a connected series of feelings (many or most of which become ingrained over time - I'm not preaching 27 swing thoughts!) that are unique to you and which dynamically result in checkpoints being passed through during your motion. Simply put, the golf swing - and any feelings you generate - are dynamic - position golf is static. We "pass through" checkpoints, we don't "hit" positions.
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