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  1. I say play what you like... like what you play! You might just swap out the shaft for something more suited to you now, then you can still swing them as it sounds like you like them and can hit them good. Most new irons are ugly with flashy badges and other gimmicks on them. I have and play old Ping Eye 2's, Ping ISI's, Mizuno MP 67's and sometimes when I want to torture myself an old set of Wilson Dyna powered blades.
  2. That is by far the most rude thing anyone has ever said to me on this site and was absolutely uncalled for. The person who finished dead last in the 2017 US Open was former Masters champion Danny Willet (1 PGA tour victory and 4 international victories), who withdrew after the first round. Other golfers who finished in the bottom 10 of the 2017 US Open: Wesley Bryan (95th in the OWGR, 1 PGA tour victory) Billy Horschel (91st in the OWGR, 4 PGA tour victories) Jason Day (14th in the OWGR, 11 PGA tour victories) All of those golfers are good enough to have been in contention in the 1962 US Open. Going by what @rehmwa said for finishing last, in 2017 US Open, that was HaoTong Li, who finished 3rd in the 2017 Open Championship, has 3 international victories, and recently finished T32 at the 2018 Masters. Easily good enough to have been in contention in the 1962 US Open.
  3. Congrats! Is this more due to the quantity of time you've spent practising this year or how you've practised? One last addition to my previous one - I've actually now gone and shot a really nice round at a really nice course: +4 at Royal St George's. Still lots to work on, but I've got a lot of trust in my game at the moment, which is making a huge difference.
  4. https://www.yahoo.com/newsroom/vibes/golf/zurich-classic-feature-first-tee-55ie8fh?soc_src=newsroom&soc_trk=com.apple.UIKit.activity.CopyToPasteboard&.tsrc=newsroom Ok. This could get funny, annoying, time-wasting, awesome....what say you?
  5. I get the sense that after the Master's everyone has a massive golf hangover and the RBC Heritage is the golf equivalent of a buddy putting a beer under your nose hoping to get you to throw up. However, my wife is leaving town Sunday morning so I can watch the final round uninterrupted. Not too many BIG names in the field. World #1 DJ will be teeing it up, as well as Kuchar and Snedeker (my personal favorites), The Hat, and part-time private eye, William McGirt are playing as well.
  6. Yeah those kinds of stories hit home. I’ve got no business being as bitter as I am about my shanks. But it reminds me of a funny joke: Guy gets paired up with a player who has a partially amputated left arm and a prosthetic right leg. He actually goes around hitting the ball damn nicely. The guy is making sure he doesn’t complain at all as he can only imagine how hard it must be for the disabled guy. At the 14th hole our guy hits his first shank. Remaining calm and cheerful, the shanks riddle his game for the rest of the round. All the while not saying a word. The round ends they head to the bar when the disabled guy says, ‘Hey I know those guys over there do you mind if I head over there..it was great playing with you.’ Our guy says sure no problem..I enjoyed it as well. 10 minutes later our guy calls over the waitress and says, ‘ I’d like to send over a drink to my friend there...that amazing guy with the prosthetic leg who just played a great round of golf..” Waitress says, ‘Oh...well...ok..that’s funny because he just sent me over to bring you a beer...he says you have such amazing composure and can’t imagine how hard it must be for you.” lol. Golf is hard.
  7. Another avenue would be to see if you can trade in your Ping and pick up another used OEM driver with a senior shaft. I don't know what kind of stores u have near u. I'm lucky where I live their is a Golfers Warehouse with tons of used equipment. Try sites like 3ballsgolf and Globalgolf for used equipment. Used OEM will be a little more than a new component but at least itll be traceable if you need to. senior shaft...go for it.
  8. I have probably around 10 putters including some cheap zinc putters I purchased when I first started playing years ago, they are junk. But I have Ping and Odessey putters that I have gotten over the years, never really found one that I liked. Last year for some unknown reason I purchased a Piretti Teramo 365G semi mallet putter on line having never hit it. Turns out to be the best putter I have ever had, I use it all the time now. Just a lucky buy, for me. I don't recommend buying one on-line having never hit it though.
  9. Friend of mine has a knockoff Taylor Made and he hits it just fine, sometimes better than his Ping. The club was made by Monark golf. He is using a regular shaft. I myself am 66 and have had three back surgeries, probably about the same swing speed as yours. My drives carry around 200 +/- and I'm using a Cobra with a regular shaft. I've been on launch monitors and the guy at the store(s) always recommends a regular flex. I know little about kick points and all the rest which I'm sure people will weigh in on. Good luck on your search and let us know what you decide to do.
  10. So you had some free time on your hands, and writing this post is how you used it. Hmmm. I think that says a lot about you. Mostly though, it shows you are not nearly as amusing or clever as you think you are. .
  11. Challenge accepted.....(give me a bit to think something up)
  12. I already want to change it to 'Live under par..k benches'
  13. Yeah I just got my second practice session in yesterday and reviewed the quickie pitching video. I'm pretty much the same from the grass now. Just needed a few "resets" that I forgot over the winter break - I was only playing/practicing 4 times from November till yesterday. What helped me most was - quick hinge, pivot turn and repeatedly telling myself that I don't need power for these shots as they are very short, so only tempo is important. I'm pretty confident that I'll drop my HCP from 31 to way below 20 this season. My goal is somewhere around 15, but I don't know if I'll find enough time to play enough tournaments to drop.
  14. b101

    My Swing (b101)

    Another one for @RandallT Just had my last round of an amazing few weeks - I recently turned 30 and so arranged to play a few nice courses (on top of l'Hardelot and le Touquet, I've just played Prince's, Swinley Forest and finished up today with Royal St George's). It helps that, bar Swinley, I played them all pretty well for me, with the highlight the round at St George's today, where I shot 74 (+4) with two birdies. First up, the pictures/videos, then I'll do a little bit of reflection on where my game is currently and the plan from here on into summer: Swinley: Prince's: St George's (bad day for photography...): Hardest up and down attempt I've had in a long while (you can see the ball on the left) - didn't quite manage it. Round at St George's: www.gamegolf.com/player/benpage101/round/2080294 This is what happens when I'm feeling comfortable in a round (and the rough is kind!) - I went round by myself, didn't overthink things and just played solid golf. Drove relatively well, but nowhere near as well as I can, approach play was ok, but still had a couple of really poor strikes, putted pretty well and wedge game was fine, if unspectacular. What I am appreciating about my game at the moment is that it's predictable. I'm playing more of a fade than I'd like and it's clear from the videos that I'm cutting across the ball way too much, but it's repeatable and I'm very able to just aim up the left and watch the ball curve back to safety. The main improvements recently have been hitting the 3 wood or hybrid well off the deck and three putt avoidance. Ironically, my two best shots with 3 wood and hybrid both ended up in trouble - the hybrid led to that ridiculous short-sided pitch as it just stayed bullet straight when I thought it would turn and my 3 wood on the 13th found a green-side bunker as it just found the run-off on the green. But, these are shots I was topping about a week and a half ago, so it's nice to have found something... Putting-wise, it's been the change in tempo and really committing to that on the course that has made the difference. The feel of extra long backstroke and slow through impact has helped slow the stroke down and get rid of those jabby sort of motions that are costing me. Still not holing as much as I'd like inside of 10 feet, but I think that will come the more I become accustomed to a change in setup. Game Golf - comparison with 5 handicap: Shows that I'm not as far off as I think I am and, oddly, that the one area of my game that I think is weakest (approach play) is actually a strength. I think this may be skewed slightly by my driver play, as I often have wedges into holes, but I'm really not hitting 8 iron - hybrid well at the moment. I do want to make my play from 150-175 yards a real focus when I'm on the range, as I think this is where I am giving up shots - I know my GIR % is good, but it could be excellent if I hit more from around 150 or at least always put myself in nGIR situations.
  15. This week, I took my first lesson. It was a phenomenal experience. I chose this specific instructor because he is one of the top 100 club fitters in the country. He identified my largest flaw immediately (outside-in swing path) and my lack of a proper follow through and had me performing a drill to rectify those flaws. The drill: He held a swimming noodle behind me while I swung and asked me to hit the noodle in my back-swing and miss it on my down-swing and wanted me to focus on my body position on my finish. He actually got me hitting a few draws instead of my signature slice. During my session, I was hitting my 8-iron and pelting the 150-yard marker. That was a 5-iron shot for me before the lesson. I have recreated the drill in my garage and practice it daily... Can't wait for my next round on Friday! I had a fear that getting fitted and having my irons bent could have been a mistake, and it would have as the results were a 4* lie adjustment. I even asked my instructor about getting fitted and he told me to learn how to hit first.
  16. 1998, titleist 981SL w/graphite stiffs. D5. Now that I am 70 I am considering Callaway rogue x graphite in regular as well as Ping g400, graphite, regular stiffness.
  17. My father and I have a common collection of putters that I keep in my garage. I haven't counted them in a while, but there must be more than 20 of them.
  18. I think I have 7 or 8, but only the Odyssey in my sig is in play. I have an old Wilson that I have used off and on for over 35 years. I will never get rid of it, but it is on reserve status. If I get back into vintage golf, it will go in the bag.
  19. I went through most of my bag last year; prior to that I had some really old stuff in it. I am still using some Callaway hybrids from about 2005.
  20. Don't like it. "These guys are good" was great, though. Where do you go from there?
  21. I think the slogan is good, although like @klineka I first read it with a long i. I think the trailer is terrible. The editing seemed really immature, as if someone's 13 year old kid did it, and the excessive use of emojis was really obnoxious. Live as in living. They're saying that you should live your life "under par." Three people confused over the pronunciation means, to my not-a-marketing-person's mind, that it's not a good slogan.
  22. Everybody who accepts 18>14 must then say that Walter Hagen is better than Ben Hogan 11>9, or Hagen is better than Tom Watson 11>8. I bet they would try to validate that Hogan and Watson is better than Hagen with the same arguments that we use to say Tiger is better than Jack. They just want the double standard.
  23. No wonder we have such a stellar record .
  24. James, before we get into this, I've got two degrees in the sciences and know my way around. That said, two things are still relevant: Golf is not the place, when speaking to general audiences, for formulas, math, etc. It's often much better to simplify and give the results and not the rest. This is a topic about a book espousing a swing theory, and this is - AFAIK - a small part of that. I haven't read the books, and I try not to post too much in what I view as "someone else's topic" much. So I'll try to be brief here (though my "brief" is longer than other people's "brief" ). That said… @dennyjones got it: The video, which as I was typing this response up you found, demonstrates that without moving the hips or even turning the torso much at all, Dave was able to achieve about 75% of the swing speed just by moving his arms. Now, before I get into this too far, two things: First, yes, "moving his arms" involved some muscles in the shoulder, chest, and back. Second, the swing still "uses the ground" but the GRF that people were talking about quite heavily at the time were the vertical GRF. This video demonstrates how little vertical GRF contribute. A third, bonus thing: we filmed several swings using the high-end system at Penn State with Dr. Mike Duffy some years ago, and we conducted a number of further tests that further removed even the shear or horizontal ground forces (though nobody's ever really debated swinging on a slick sheet of ice). But at any rate, we got further data and numbers from that which helped both of us. No, I'm not talking about the "hips move the arms." If that was the case I could make the assertion that the left knee is responsible for 90% of the swing speed or something like that. The point of our tests was to essentially isolate parts. No, I mean the arms mostly, with a little bit (moving the arms) across the chest. But a lot of the arm motion is due to the triceps, biceps, and the muscles that control your wrists, your elbow bend. What Dave and I are saying (have said) is that if you could freeze every part of the body and the golfer could ONLY move the arms (from the shoulders down), that movement creates a significant portion of the clubhead speed. I'm not at all interested in "feels." I'm interested in what actually happens. The hips move pretty slowly, and they also peak in their speed around impact. Rory's swing can even be shown to be stalled or moving backward at impact during some of his swings. And conservation of angular momentum doesn't really apply, because the body is not a closed system - we have muscles that can continue to add energy to the system. No. I started playing golf much later than a lot of people, and when I started has little relevance to the thousands of hours I've spent studying the golf swing so that I can understand it and ultimately teach it to the best of my ability. But also, "no," I'm not adding a tiny bit of arm movement to "eke out" every last inch (??) of speed. Not even close. The opposite is closer to true. I'm not interested in discussing feels. Some feels will work with some golfers. Sometimes the opposite feel is what a golfer needs. Feel ain't real. I'm interested in what's real. If that's what he means, he's wrong: those muscles fire in all good golf swings, whether the golfer "feels" it or not. Yep. Accurate enough, though again, the video wasn't built to talk about this, but vertical GRF. It's not, because the ground is inert, and only "acts" by being acted upon. That's still using "the arms." The wrists are part of the arms by the definition we've established - the shoulders downward (or outward) and the motion relative to the rest of the body. Though you're being vague with "high," I disagree. Every good golf swing uses the arms, and they are NOT just passive like ropes or poles attaching the shoulders to the clubhead. The arms, among other things: The lead arm moves across your chest and back. The trail arm bends at the elbow. Both arms rotate slightly. Both wrists hinge/cock/flex/extend. That's the source of a lot of power - the motion of the arms. Not much hip movement there. No -40° to +40°. Very, very little torso turn there (what you see is exaggerated by the retraction/rounding of the trail/lead shoulders). What you do see there are the bullet points listed above. The main point remains the same: the arms are actively firing, the muscles are causing motion, and it's anything but "effortless." The arms contribute a significant amount of clubhead speed.
  25. I'm 72. I have a Callaway with Sr Project X and a Nike with a Tensei Reg. I hit both equally well, but both play a bit more like a soft-stepped Regular. And each have different launch characteristics. I gave up on stiff shafts at age 65 AND in my search, discovered that few shafts really live up to the labelled flex (read Tom Wishon's articles on this?). They are either a little stiffer or softer. MUST test as you are doing but with different shafts. But the search sure is fun, isn't it? Best, - Marv
  26. Exactly. The Mark McCormack-created "Big Three" of Arnie, Jack, and Gary each won two British Opens during the years 1959-1970, with only a handful of Americans in the fields. It probably wasn't until the 90's that most of the world's best players showed up for all four majors. European golf was so devastated by WWII that the British Open wasn't even considered a major (except by players from the British Empire) during the 50's, before Arnie revived it and the Wide World of Sports started hyping it. And I can prove it. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AtlQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=O9AMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5796%2C6443962 Anybody who doesn't want to click on a blind link, I don't blame you, but you'll miss out, because there is a picture of Elvira Snodgrass at the bottom of the page. Hubba hubba. But briefly, it's the April 9, 1951 sports page of an Ohio newspaper containing an article about Ben Hogan's win in the Masters that weekend. The headline is, "Masters Victory Gives Hogan All of Golf's Major Trophies." Right, everybody knows Hogan won the pro Grand Slam. Except that he won the British Open in 1953. And that was the first time he played it. He had never played it when the paper said he had won all of golf's majors. So the headline is saying there are only three pro majors. Sometimes headlines don't actually reflect what their article says, but this isn't one of those times. The article says the same thing. It says if Hogan wanted to retire right now, he could check through his collection of titles and find not one of major importance missing. This is a small-town paper, because the big ones are behind pay walls, but it's a nationally syndicated article from the AP. Assuming they have their top reporter cover the Masters, the article was written by arguably the most important sports reporter in the US, since there was no Sports Illustrated at the time. And it's not like European sports were ignored in general. Right above the Masters article that dismisses the British Open as a non-event, there's an article about the Davis Cup --- the US vs Europe in amateur tennis. And right below it (but above the picture of Elvira Snodgrass) is an article mentioning the European featherweight champ in boxing. It's just a fact --- the majors weren't the MAJORS until the 80's at the earliest. As @Turtleback showed with Hale Irwin, probably not even then. And I honestly don't understand why this is even controversial. Nobody has any problem saying Vardon played against weaker competition than Jack. But the exact same factors -- smaller talent pool, smaller fields, fewer international competitors, and swing theory and technology changes that helped good players more than great players --- that make it obvious that it was easier to win in Vardon's day, also apply when comparing the Jack era to the Tiger era.
  27. I'm not so sure. I saw Jack's whole career, as a complete golf fanatic - Golf Digest subscription from about the age of 10 (1965) and everything. Far more importantly I lived through the golf era in which he amassed his accomplishments and therefore know how much different, and easier it was than what we saw with Tiger. And I've read a lot of golf history from before Jack's era. I think it is folks whose primary personal memory of Jack is the '86 Masters who have a false, rose-colored glasses, romantic view of his career. And younger folks don't even realize that the 'majors' that so much hangs on NOW had nothing like that cachet until near the end of Jack's career. I mentioned it already, but as late as the 80s a 3-time US Open winner, now in the HOF - Hale Irwin - only played the British Open TWICE in the whole decade. So Jack's major record looks far more impressive to them than an objective evaluation would merit. They do not realize with ALL of those tough guys Jack had to compete against who are always touted based on the number of majors won, their major records look far more impressive than an objective evaluation would merit. Truth be told, Phil Mickelson has a very strong claim to the #3 spot after Tiger and Jack precisely because HIS majors were 'real' majors, in that he had to beat substantially all of the best players in the world and that is true for virtually NONE of the majors that prop up the records of Arnie and Gary and Lee and Tom, etc al, whose records are then used to prop up Jack's record. It is easy and glib and facile but intellectually lazy to accord all majors equal value. So while there is a generational aspect to it, it isn't all that simple. The stereotype of the crusty old guy who tenaciously holds onto Jack for sentimental reasons (touting 2nd place finishes is a dead giveaway) exists, but is hardly universal. And sadly there is a small element (smaller than when Tiger first turned pro, thank goodness) that has disliked him from the start because of his suntan. But a lot of us older johnnies remember what the 60s, 70s, and 80s were really like, in golf, and how much easier it was back then for the good and the great than it has become.
  28. Welcome to TST @TheToolMan. Great first post. Thanks for sharing.
  29. I keep a journal that has info on how set up for different shots. An example is how to up for a down hill lie, or any other shot that is not the norm for me. I have had it for over 40 years. Still add stuff to this day. I found it tough to remember everything about the swing, so I started writing stuff down. My journal also contains information on what the causes are for bad shots, what to look for in my swing, and how to fix it, while on the course. I also keep club yardages for up hill, down hill, and level shots. Against the wind, cross winds, and with the wind. Just about anything that will help me, I write down. Back when I was da pretty decent golfer, it came in handy from time to time. Now days, I might look at it 2 or 3 times a year, which is usually when I add something to it.
  30. https://superspeedgolf.com/product/superspeed-golf-training-system-mens-radar-bundle/ref/iacas/
  31. Think of it this way, Augusta National doesn't have an official rating and slope (the club won't allow the USGA to do it), but unofficially it's 78.1/137 And Patrick Reed shot -15 on that monster in windy and rainy conditions. As a +1 handicap I don't know if I could break 80 on a sunny day with no wind. Those friggin guys are GOOD! https://www.golfdigest.com/story/how-tough-augusta-knuth
  32. Before you decide on a graphite shaft, try an Arotech steelfiber shaft.
  33. Ok. 1. I have more than one, hole in one. I have shot par numerous times, about 3 decades ago. I have also won 3 short game tournaments, and 2, 3 club tournaments. I suppose I could brag about those accomplishments, but I am not really a good braggart. 2. Don't really need any one's help pumping me up. I have a great family. (see #4) 3 On a positive note, I play in alot of charity tournaments. Even put together a few tournies for juvenile diabetes. Pretty proud about that. 4. My Grand Children keep me pumped up. I am quite proud of all 6 of them. I'm just an easy going old dude, who knows what my priorities are. Complaining about others is not in my wheel house. As for my golf game, it's all mine. Some days are just better than others.
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    • No. That’s not what I meant to show. I’m saying @iacas and many others on this site don’t just throw claim out there and that’s that. There’s reasoning to it and discussion along with some data showing results. You stated earlier he was ‘biased’ being an instructor. He’s not. Well, he’s biased to facts, data and science. If you say ‘you’re wrong’ you better have factual reasons to base your arguments. Jim doesn’t.    My point from early on was this: We already have the conventional swing style producing the highest level golf. We have people making money ( some a living)  off long drives and they hit up on the ball. If Jim is going to claim the conventional teachings are wrong and his is better, it’s his responsibility to prove this. If he’s going to say one can achieve pro level golf with his swing, that’s his responsibility to prove. It’s not @iacas’s or any other instructor’s responsibility to prove it isn’t. There aren’t tour level golfers with this swing. None. Or at least Jim hasn’t shown any. And there is no data showing the numbers that this swing is every bit if not more powerful than the conventional swing method. Again, that’s Jim’s responsibility to prove.
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