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  1. The Hook Meister

    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    I voted for Jack. He was on top one hell of a lot longer than tiger. He has 18 majors, more than tiger. There has been very little or no drama off the course on Jack. Jack is the man.
  2. The Hook Meister

    First time on the course

    Congrats on your first round and your birdie.
  3. Maric771

    First time on the course

    Well I finally did it. After months of lessons and trips to the driving range I finally got up the nerve to go to a golf course. By chance I stumbled on a women's "new to golf group". Non-competitive and very supportive group. I had a great time and can't wait for the next outing. It was a par 3 course that I'm sure many of you would sneer at, but for a first round it was great. I even got a birdie!
  4. shanksalot

    Do I need a 60 degree wedge?

    I carried a 60* for awhile and found I did not use it all that much. I can open up my 56* if I need a little more height. I have only 12 clubs in my bag after I took out the 60* and my 3 wood that I no longer could hit consistently. If it does not work I take it out and put it away. In my estimation if you have a 58* you really do not need a 60*.
  5. Yes. You can't change the loft of the driver (it's fixed to the clubhead) by adjusting the hosel. What it does is change the angle the shaft goes into the head, which causes your club to be open or closed, which you would then rotate to square, effectively changing the loft. This video is a bit lengthy, but it explains how it works.
  6. HJJ003

    Do I need a 60 degree wedge?

    I love my 60 degree. It is my primary choice around the greens unless a very specific situation calls for something different. I am starting to get pretty proficient at using it for high pitches and even chips that run.
  7. Yes. Increasing loft will have the head closed and may not even increase it a full degree. Decreasing loft opens the face. I've found that adjustment does gives you a higher or lower flight, so it does what it's supposed to do. If you adjust the grip on a closed face, that's a good question. Seems as if you are opening it. I don't like to adjust a driver more than 1 degree either way.
  8. Used to Be a 3

    My Swing (Used to Be a 3)

    Hey thanks! Yes, dreaming of getting back to the 3.5, but also wanting, perhaps the dreamer in me, to one day get to scratch. Silly hopes, tried to do it for 15 years when young and strong and couldn't. If it weren't for foolish hope, though, who would ever play this crazy game anyway?
  9. bm85

    My Swing (Used to Be a 3)

    For accurate proper advice on your swing, I'd recommend posting a swing video with a ball.
  10. JonMA1

    Why the hurry?

    Not that this topic is anything new, but these are a couple of observations I've made in the last couple years. 1. Skill has less to do with it - other than the obvious... more strokes, lost balls. (When on a busy course, we don't spend much time looking for balls in the woods.) 2. Different folks have different definitions of ready golf or reasonable pace of play, but I suspect there are few on this forum who would purposely lallygag the way some folks do. 3. The duration of my solo rounds vary greatly for whatever reasons. But I can always increase my pace when I need to. My playing partner for most of 2017 is at least as poor a golfer as I am, but he plays fast. As a twosome, we regularly play 3 hr rounds (I walk, he rides), about the same as when I play solo. We "push" one another and two sets of eyes can actually speed things up. When I play with my son, our rounds tend to take a little longer than 3 hrs. When I've played in foursomes, those rounds are rarely under 4 hours. I don't know why... just more opportunities arise to slow the group down. But I can't worry about or control others, only myself. I have taken almost 4 hours for a solo round on an empty course, but have also walked 36 holes in 5 hours on an equally empty course. I can play fast when there is a need or desire to, but as long as I'm not holding others up, those two things aren't always present. Slower golf doesn't piss me off, people purposely screwing off does. There's a difference and you can tell when slow golfers are at least making an effort to play at a good pace. It doesn't matter that some foursomes regularly play 18 holes in 3 hrs. While that's impressive and takes not only desire, but coordination and skill with the entire group, it's not a standard that everyone has to - or will ever - conform to. On the other hand, holding up an entire busy course by playing slowly because you wan't to stop and smell the roses, or play grab-ass, or because it's your prerogative, is inconsiderate (not saying anyone here does that, but I have been behind those guys). Especially when there is no effort to let others play through. Seems like there should be a reasonable standard deviation between fast and slow, though I don't think it would solve much.
  11. ZANDER1994

    Time to buy new clubs?

    I walked into Golf Galaxy today and explained what I've written here to an older gentleman. I brought my Maxfli 7 iron and 5 wood. After watching a couple hits with my Maxli's he told me my irons were too short and handed me a Callaway Steelhead 7 iron with 1" extended shaft. My 7 iron swing speed was 90mph so he recommended stiff shafts. Maxfli 7 iron reg flex: 180 avg carry, pretty unpredictable fade/draw. Callaway 7 iron steelhead stiff flex: 205 avg carry, consistent 5 yard draw. I was ecstatic but when I wanted to compare the Callaways to other irons I was told they didn't carry any other irons with 1" extended shaft. Everything else I hit felt like crap without that extension, and I know it was the extension that made the difference because he put a Ping head on a .5 extended shaft for me and I hit it just as well as the Callaways. I told him I'd search for extended 1" stiff irons online. We then moved on to a few woods. I hit a couple before finding a Taylor Made R15 5-Wood stiff shaft they had on clearance. Average carry distance was 255 and straight as an arrow and it just felt perfect. After less than 10 swings with it I walked up to the register and paid. So now I know I am in the market for 1" extended stiff shaft irons and I couldn't be happier. Any additional suggestions are appreciated!
  12. Shooting29

    Why the hurry?

    I've explained how it's done. Continue in your bubble that we must be running, not conversing, frantic and only focused on ourselves.
  13. tristanhilton85

    Original Great Big Bertha

    While I don't see the need to rush out and buy a new driver every few years, I definitely think that you would greatly benefit for a more "modern" driver. The used section of your local golf shop or rockbottomgolf.com as @NM Golf suggested are great places to start. You can get something with A LOT more forgiveness for not that much money.
  14. billchao

    Original Great Big Bertha

    You can find previous generation models or used drivers within your budget and they'll still be an upgrade over your Great Big Bertha. Technology has improved a lot in the last 25 years or so. There are a few articles out there of people comparing old drivers to modern ones, here's one: https://mygolfspy.com/callaway-epic-vs-biggest-big-bertha/
  15. Pardner

    Original Great Big Bertha

    I started playing again 4 or 5 years ago after an 8 year hiatus. Like you, I showed up with a GBB. The first club I replaced was the driver, and I have no regrets for that. I'm onto my second driver now and I can't tell you the last time I popped a ball up with my Ping G30, just doesn't happen. In addition, off center hits just don't punish you as bad. I'd seriously consider getting some of the newer technology if I were you ... imho.
  16. NM Golf

    Original Great Big Bertha

    Well I played the GBB just like everyone else did about 18 years ago. I've been through about 9 drivers since then (plus 3 houses, 4 cars, and 1 wife). I think you will find the technological advances in drivers in the past two decades to be tremendous. Forgiveness alone between what you are hitting and a modern driver will be night and day. Not to mention if you fight a slice, the technology in modern drivers made to help straighten ball flight will be a huge help to your game. In short, yes you should switch to a driver produced in the past 5 years. There are many good ones out there that can be found in your price range. Look on rockbottomgolf.com, they have great deals on new and used drivers. Hope that helps
  17. iacas

    Mark Crossfield vs. Taylormade

    His reviews will be late, though. No. As someone with my fair share of free stuff… it takes a LOT of work to write a solid review. A lot. It disrupts your normal game as you have to swap out your "gamer" for this club or clubs, you have to test it on launch monitors, you have to play with it in different conditions, take photos/film video, and then you have to compile all of that into several thousand words of writing (or a lengthy video). If you value your time at minimum wage, it's often cheaper to just buy the clubs you want.
  18. David in FL

    Mark Crossfield vs. Taylormade

    2 thoughts. 1. TM doesn't do themselves any favors by refusing to provide Crossfield with product to review. 2. By "signing" with Titleist, Crossfield damages the perception of his impartiality in the reviews he conducts.
  19. nevets88

    Fowler Playing With Untucked Shirt

  20. I tried something similar once. She was a well seasoned bikini babe working on her tan out by her pool. I hit a really good ball. Just didn't see where it went. Later after a cup of coffee.......never mind.
  21. iacas

    Do I need a 60 degree wedge?

    Jack also wasn't exactly known for his short game.
  22. David in FL

    When Did You Sell Out?

    Nothing that I can think of.
  23. jbishop15

    Jack vs. Tiger: Who's the Greatest Golfer?

    I think a lot of people, myself included, with disagree with the idea that it's an "entirely emotional hypothesis". It's not an easy discussion, certainly, not does either side lack evidence for their point of view, but exclusively emotional it certainly is not.
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