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  1. What people may not realize is that wiping down clubs is just one small service that the outside staff provides. Depending on the club/facilities, they also manage the bag drop and parking, manage/clean carts, pick balls and maintain the practice range, keep the area clean and free of trash, keep water and ice coolers filled on the course, manage/start the first tee, marshal, meet and greet guests, clean restrooms, help load and replenish the beverage carts, provide daily course insight, etc... At many clubs, they’re the group that players interact with the most, and are an integral part of your overall experience. Given the long hours, hard work, and often uncomfortable conditions, keeping a good outside team can be a challenge. Paying them adequately helps. You can do that by paying more in a base pay/wage (which is ultimately funded by members/players anyway), or by individual tips. I prefer to tip. In that way, I also have a bit of a say in ensuring that exceptional service is recognized, and mediocre is not.
  2. Welcome to TST. Glad to have you here. My phone seems to want to recommend WRX articles to me, and most of the time when I read the article, I'm left wondering what I read. One habit: counting putts isn't a great way to measure how good of a putter you are, because it's partly a function of that, but also a function of how many greens you hit and how you respond to a missed green. A 3-putt from 50' is very different from a 3-putt from 10'. Where was your starting point, relative to the pin, on each green? It might be useful to calculate how many strokes someone of average putting ability for your handicap would take, and use that as a baseline to determine if today was or wasn't a good putting round. That having been said ... there probably aren't that many rounds with good, or even acceptable, putting where there were 42 putts, short of the ball being placed on each green adversarially. So yes, your putting is a glaring weakness, and spending some time improving it is worth doing. It's my big weakness too, by the way, so I hope we can improve together. When you get some time, sit and read the following two threads from TST's instructional content. If you don't have time to read through every page, click through and look at what the instructors are saying. First, fundamentals of putting: Second, probably one of the best of the myth-busting instructional threads is this one: Realizing that I need to not accelerate through it helped me quite a bit. I had the "accelerate into it" stuck in my head for years. Now, for the "I can't read greens" part, is there an AimPoint clinic or instructor near you? Ultimately, that's going to be the big game changer for a lot of people on that fundamental.
  3. I'm not usually allowed on the type of course that has golf club cleaner boys.
  4. billchao

    2019 Newport Cup

    Maybe we can come up with a special badge for @Pretzel. Something that looks like this:
  5. At Royal Portrush. GOOOOOOOOOOOO TIGER!!!! John Daly denied the cart and withdraws. Good riddance.
  6. I got the chance to play the course today. The rough is by far the hardest part of it all. The green were running faster than a municipal course, but they're super smooth and were overall manageable. They had some interesting shapes and features, but again nothing unmanageable. They were pretty firm, but you could just land most approach shots 5 yards shorter than you otherwise would and you'd be fine. The length was certainly long, but there was only one par 4 I had trouble reaching in regulation and only because I had a 20 mph headwind (it was #18, the hardest hole on the course throughout the tournament). It was windier than during the tournament, which certainly added to the challenge, but again you can account for that easy enough. The rough though, that was something else. It was deep enough that balls hit could be lost without a large search effort. It was thick too, enough so that the first time my ball settled down deep I ended up hearing my back and shoulder pop when I made contact with the ball because the club just plain stopped. I was hitting a 6-iron out of it about as hard as I could and the clubhead legitimately never made it back out of the grass during the swing. Missing the fairway meant you were most likely going to have to scramble to get up and down because a GIR was unlikely. This is the only time I've legitimately thought it better to be even 20 yards (or more, in this case the rough was worth nearly 50 yards) further away in the fairway than being closer and in the rough. It was fun overall though, and the greens are honestly the best part. They roll perfectly smooth and true, and it made putting a ton of fun all day long. Once you got used to the rough you could start hitting chips and pitch shots again without chunking them, but it just required some adjustment since you had to drop the clubhead onto the back of the ball much more steeply.
  7. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the scorers for the TPC Colorado Championship this weekend, and figured I could create a thread to share some of the thoughts and experiences from the event as it progresses. Some of the notable players in this particular tournament include David Duval, who is prepping for the Open Championship next weekend here in Colorado, and Graham Delaet. David Duval's choice of event might seem surprising as a warm up for an Open Championship, but it actually makes reasonable sense considering the course setup is more similar than you might think to Dunluce Links. As an example, the 3rd hole of TPC Colorado (395 yard par 4) is a near perfect copy of the 385 yard 5th hole at Dunluce, a dogleg left with a reachable green but trouble to carry between the tee and green. The only real differences between the two are the trouble to carry off the tee (Dunluce has thick native grass where TPC Colorado has a lake) and that TPC Colorado has additional pot bunkers in the fairway. Most importantly is the fact that the event will take place in the plains of northern Colorado, where the morning winds usually start at 10-15 mph and often pick up to 30 mph or more in the afternoon. The gusty wind conditions make for excellent practice. I'll be starting out scoring for the first afternoon tee time from hole one tomorrow at 12:20, for those of you wanting to stalk me on TV from home. The scoring system is pretty intuitive, and it's actually all handled with a phone app nowadays. Funny enough, when the switch was made to smartphones in 2017 it initially caused some issues with marshals because they would be telling scorers to put their phones away! You go through 3 screens, the player selection, the club/lie selection, and the lie details. Player selection is obvious, tap the correct player. Lie/club selection is the most complicated, since it asks what type of club (driver, wood, or iron) the player is hitting for tee shots and instead asks for the lie (rough, fairway, fringe, green, bunker, etc.) if it's not the first shot of the hole. Finally the lie details screen just has you select the appropriate description for the player's stance (ball above feet, downhill lie, level, etc.) and the quality of the lie (is the ball sitting pretty or is it buried). It pretty much walks you through collecting all the data they have scorers collect in a surprisingly intuitive fashion, and when you're done advancing through those 3 screens (player selection, club/lie selection, and lie details) you just tap the big "Shot Hit" button to record the stroke. Penalty strokes are assessed automatically (hazards and other penalties are an option in the second "lie selection" screen), so it really is surprisingly simple considering all the data they're collecting for later use. The best part of it, however, is that your responsibility as a scorer is to watch every shot up close and in person to confirm they really happened and are counted correctly. This means you've got, quite literally, the best "seat" in the house for the tournament since you're inside the ropes watching every shot from right next to the players and caddies. Other perks include the ability to play the course for free later, which should be also be fun. I've been lucky enough to play it once before already for free, but unfortunately the day I got to play was only 7 days after I had broken a rib so I'm definitely excited to play it again while healthy (without needing to pay the exorbitant green fee to do so). Overall I'm looking forwards to it, it should be a fun week!
  8. Down to a 2.7 thanks to some good tournament scores recently. In fact 9 of the 10 scores that count for my handicap have the tournament "T" beside them.
  9. Why? Teeing up gives you a perfect lie - it's an advantage. I'd tee up all my approach shots if the rules allowed me to. You can flip with or without taking a divot. I'm not going to get into a discussion about flipping without seeing your swing and knowing whether you do it or not. I'm just pointing out that using the word "scooping" implies flipping. The term more commonly used for hitting the ball without taking a divot is picking.
  10. This question brings to mind a word problem from a Tom Robbins novel. "If a chicken and a half can lay an egg and a half in a day and a half...how long would it take a monkey with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?"
  11. First time breaking 80. View this round on GAME GOLF Also my best ever strokes gained approach : -0.96, which I take to mean .96 strokes better than a scratch player. Yes, I hit it well today, 11 GIR, plus 4 near-GIR.
  12. Tipping is going out of control in the US. Am I supposed to tip the security guard at my club too so he will lift the gate faster for me to drive thru? I never got tipped for doing my job that I was paid to do.
  13. Never trust a man who wears a speedo and stays up until midnight posting on a golf forum.😁
  14. I wear nothing but a speedo and high top golf shoes. And I feel marvelous.
  15. It is very common on links courses in particular. The R&A include it on their hardcard from this year. They didn't in 2017
  16. Here are pictures of the battery powered shop fan (Ridgid from Home Depot) that I rigged up to my push cart. It has threads on the bottom to mount on a tripod. I drilled a hole in the cover and use a knurl head bolt to hold it on. I also cut some hard foam wedges that are Velcro to the bottom on each side to keep it from wobbling.A full battery charge will get me a full round on just below max speed. I've got quite a few positive comments from folks on the course and it really really helps on hot days.
  17. Seconding. They'll play well. When you go through them, we can talk about modern balls. Snell are pretty popular on this forum, and with good reason, but "balls you already have" are a pretty good set as you re-acclimate to golf.
  18. I wouldn’t worry about playing those balls. You may get some over zealous responders who will say it will be a huge effect since they’re old...I don’t buy it. Have fun and keep some for shag balls and play the others out.
  19. @David in FL is right, the handicap manual hasn't changed since that decision was introduced. The quoted portion may be a local Handicap Committee's procedure. If so, it would be similar to a Committee using an unauthorized local rule, it runs contrary to published USGA rules. Can you remember where you found it? For future reference, you can get to the USGA Handicap Manual here: https://www.usga.org/handicapping/handicap-manual.html#!rule-14367 The Handicap Manual also outlines the requirements for scores to be considered Tournament rounds in the Definitions. Some, but maybe not all, match play scores would qualify.
  20. To generalize, most "experts" in any field will tend to look to cure a specific issue using their own area of expertise. A surgeon might give you different advice than an internal medicine doc. A pro who is primarily interested in clubfitting is likely to look at fixing a problem with a new club, a pro more interested in teaching is more likely to look at a swing change to improve the same issue. Obviously there are exceptions to my generalization. As a 8 or 9 handicapper, there's no doubt that your swing can improve, whether you want to do the work to make that happen or not. There's also a chance that you can improve your driving using a different shaft. Its certainly easier to simply buy a club, but its quite possible that the pros that you are complaining about are giving you the best possible advice.
  21. Ended up going to Miles of Golf yesterday and doing one of the fitting sessions. I live on the south side of downtown, so it is about the same time for me to get down there as it is to get over to beavercreek. They had a great selection of clubs and options, especially for a lefty. Ended up getting AP3's. Should be receiving them in two weeks. Cant wait!
  22. Had some more fun today as the second scorer for the 4th to final group. One of the players in my group, Harry Higgs, was tied for the lead at a point with a 5' putt on 16 to take him to 15 under par. He ended up at only 13 under, but it was still fun to be right up close with all that kind of action. The course itself, TPC Colorado, was nice enough to give all of us scorers some gift cards to the PGA Superstore, which was a nice touch. I enjoy the course, but I've also been able to play it once before coming here to score. It is somewhat straightforward, but like you said it's the greens that make things interesting. 2 is a tough one if the pin is in the back, because you have to land it just right in the gully in the middle of the green to get it up onto the back shelf without going off the back or coming back to the center of the green. 5's green is pretty safe to go for, but it can be tricky if you end up in the bail out area to the left since it's nearly 15 feet below the green. 6 is another green where small misses can turn into big ones, but at least those are usually happening on your tee shot. 8 is just super narrow and long. 11 has some interesting contours, but nothing too tricky. 12 has a bit of a bowl in the front left, and then a second one in the back right. 14 has a tough to reach back shelf, just because it's hard to get up there without going long (which is the worst place to be). 15, like you mentioned, is just crazy. You've got the upper shelf along the left and back right, with a lower shelf on the front right corner, and a drop off of nearly 25 feet down to the collection area with a STEEP hill on the front and right side of the green. The trick to 15, if you want to stop anything on it, is to hit a draw (for a right handed player) onto that lower shelf in the front right corner or hit a fade that lands short of the green and just behind the bunker on the left side of the green. Either works, but it's definitely tricky. 16 was fun to watch all week, because there are so many spots for the pin to go that let you feed the ball towards the hole. Today's pin location was on the far right and the ridge running straight behind the bunker allowed several players to hit it to within inches by coming back off that sideways ridge. The front left pin location can let you stick it right next to the hole, but if you land it short by even a yard or two you're straight off the false front. The back left pin position is great if you hit a wedge shot low that will roll out a little ways, and the drop is of course the most dramatic part of the hole (it's got probably a 100' or more drop from tee to green over only 140 yards). The toughest green all week though, by far, was 17. IT was playing hard as a rock, and that made the pin positions on the right side of the green behind the bunker really tough. Balls that landed in the middle of the green still had a chance of bouncing/rolling up and off the back if the players didn't hit their shots high enough or with enough spin. What wasn't straightforward but also wasn't very obvious was the rough. It didn't look too bad even when you were seeing it in person, but it was THICK. It was thick enough that over the course of the week I found two balls by accident just from walking in the rough, and there were several searches of 1-3 minutes for balls in my group that ended up being found within 10 feet of the edge of the fairway. Dawie van der Walt, another of the players that tied for 3rd this week, on Thursday was one of those people with a buried ball that we had to search for a while to find. This guy is huge and strong to boot, and he still struggled to hit the ball further than about 75 yards from that stuff when it sat down deep. Overall though it was just immaculate. I heard multiple comments from players that the greens were some of the best they'd ever played on, and a common sentiment was that it was a better course than most of the ones that they got to play on the Web.com/Korn Ferry tour. They definitely thought that a PGA event would likely come to play there if the course stayed in as good of shape and was fully developed (clubhouse finished, bathrooms built, etc.). It was a course, however, that most players didn't particularly like when they first saw it and it was really on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when the sentiment seemed to be turning around once the players had kind of figured the course out some more. What I'm really looking forwards to is the 11:30 tee time I have to play a round there tomorrow, the first of the day while everything is still in tournament conditions. Apparently they are planning to try and keep the same conditions from the tournament (green speeds and rough length) for the rest of the year at the course, but we'll see how long that lasts once members are regularly playing it.
  23. You’ve got nice stuff. Keep in mind the irons today aren’t just ‘lofted stronger’. Changes to perimeter weighting, MOI, all that stuff has given some irons some improvements regarding trajectory and distance. They didn’t just say, ‘oh what the hell let’s stick a 7 on this 6i.’ The only way you’ll really know if you’ll get some true benefit is to hit your clubs vs a new iron(s) you like and see what you get. But hey, getting new irons is awesome and always a damn good time!
  24. I find this to be completely inaccurate. In fact I find it to be the complete opposite. Jack’s days were about feels and feels alone. For some reason, perhaps nostalgia mixed with a little stubbornness, people think declaring teachings that have scientifically been debunked by some of the great players and teachers is golf blasphemy. It isn’t. Science is based on data, statistics and research. Hardly any of those were included in Jack’s teachings. It doesn’t belittle him he just went with what he thought he was doing. Religion is a set of beliefs with no facts or science to back it. It’s faith and feelings. This is the opposite of science. @iacas is a golf instructor and a scientist. He’s interested in what great golfers actually did or do. Not what they think or say they did or do. Why people want to argue with that is beyond me. Facts don’t care about feelings.
  25. I'm a DIY guy. I don't like "service" of any kind. I hate valet. I don't have cleaning ladies. I repair my own cars. I went to a upper tier public and the kid grabs my bag off the cart and starts cleaning my clubs. I am a crank, but I tipped him $10. But I was not happy about it. The next time, I made sure to drive my cart directly to my car and put my clubs away.
  26. @Shindig Fair question about why quit at 600. No particular reason, just tired of having to write about my practices... and wondering have I posted today or not, so I do not lose my "Clock Badge". AND want to invest these few minutes in something else. I may post on occasion, if I have particular insights, or things I think might have value for others. And of course, ANYONE on this thread who wants to ask me questions about drills, practice routines, etc are welcome to PM me. Thanks for asking.
  27. A couple quick things I forgot to mention at the end of yesterday but wanted to share: The scoring devices are all Galaxy S5's, and unfortunately some of them have limited battery life. We were instructed to put them into standby mode as much as possible to prevent them from dying mid-round, but over the radio you could still hear about several that did die. The PGA should probably update their scoring devices. The scoring app is actually an entirely web-based application. It can be run in a fullscreen mode or just in a normal browser mode. The two things above led to some wonky behavior where you'd have to wait 30-90 seconds to enter shots after waking up the device if the scoring app was set to full screen mode. If you left it in the normal browser mode it operated smoothly and seamlessly upon wakeup though. Definitely could use some work or just updated devices.
  28. Yeah keep an open mind when testing. The data will speak for itself and feel/sound is very subjective so just go with whatever you like best. The i500's actually only have a forged face that is welded onto a cast hollow body, so don't pigeonhole yourself with the whole forged/non-forged thing. Forging is just a manufacturing process and in fact, a lot of people mistakenly think Vokey wedges are forged when they're cast. Feel comes down to the material used and the geometry. A lot of the heads out there (even the players-ish ones) are multi-material and if a club has even one forged component, the OEM is guaranteed to place a nice big "FORGED" stamp on the head for marketing purposes. Traditional single piece forgings are basically limited to players cavity backs and bladed irons. Best of luck with the testing.
  29. Welcome my friend! I’m always here to help with those who have transitioned from one group to the other. Yes, there are only two types of golfers: Those who haven’t shanked and those who will. I’ve been a long time member in great standings, life time achievement if you will. I must second the advice from @boogielicious. He gives excellent advice and can find the humor in this devastating illness that I can only hope is very temporary for you. I must go now as I’m getting my hosels refinished. Cheers.
  30. duh, the customers. but now you don't have to worry about tipping, the employee doesn't have to worry either, they know their contract, everybody wins. Tipping is a dumb concept. Also, you aren't subsidizing the less generous member experience. You don't have to worry about petty employees giving preferential treatment. etc etc etc. When you tip, you are trying to reward good performance. That implies the converse is true (even if people deny that aspect). So, if you don't tip, you should expect crappy performance? Good thing we don't tip doctors and engineers.
  31. Mabye I should get tipped for fixing an extra ball mark on the green.
  32. I don't consider him a "cheapskate" - it's just the expectation the club itself sets and the employee is following along. Other than that, I align 100% with that. Don't grab my stuf, I didn't ask you to clean them. I usually have to be quick to say, leave them, I clean my own. But I don't pay for it unless I asked for it up front. I don't like "tip jars" either in stores, it's a classless 'hint'. However, my personal experience has been the employee asking me first if I want him to clean my clubs - I'm good with that. I get to say "no, thanks. I do my own". Aside, I personally hate the concept of tipping, though I will, and have worked for tips. The business should pay people for the job up front - the contract should be clear. I shouldn't be the person resonsible for setting expectations for their employees. The business is reponsible for their product, that includes the service. Tipping has turned into an entitlement - it's meanlingless today. That said, it's the world we live in. there, I stopped the sentence at the correct spot.... 😛 as the customer - acknowedging exceptional service is easy - let the management know. Ditto for crappy service.
  33. via Imgflip Meme Generator My issue is that it's a service I don't need and did not ask for. My clubs are clean. It feels like a FORCED money grab to this cheapskate
  34. I was a ranger at a local course down here in Florida for a number of years. I think I only got tipped once in all that time. The job started out as a volunteer job with free golf and half price food and beverages. Then, one day, I got called in the office and told that Uncle Sam wanted his share of taxes on that compensation, so in order to figure it all out, I got minimum wage to boot, along with the free golf and half price meals. Not bad for riding around in a cart all day and being nice to people.
  35. I was of the old school "poke and lift" pitch mark repairer but have reformed my ways having seen the OP video and learning to do it correctly. It is easy and quick and makes the ball mark virtually disappear. I also passed a link to the video on to my friend who also now uses it to repair ball marks. One of the golf courses I played recently had the same instruction on a sticker in their carts. I always try to leave the course in better shape than I found it and I'm glad to have learned this tip. Thanks.
  36. I don't see it that way. I'm just calmly sharing my opinions, which is what he asked for with the first sentence in the OP. It would be. And he doesn't claim the swing is for everyone, but… it's not what I'm saying, either. I'm saying that his advice - in that video - is just "swing to the right." Well, cool. If the golf swing was that simple, just tell people things like "make your low point 4" past the front edge of the golf ball" or "swing faster" or "line the shaft up with your left shoulder at impact" or "get your hips about 40° open at impact." The fact is most people can't "swing to the right." Their forearms rotate, or their left wrist is cupped, or they do ten other things that "prevent" them from being able to "swing out to the right" or "along this stick here." So that's why I shared my opinion: the video doesn't really say much. Still glad his videos helped @Bo the Golfer, and maybe he doesn't want to give too much away in the free videos, but…
  37. Welcome back to TST. You are pretty limited since you won't be able to test clubs before buying. I golf with a 65 year old guy that just changed out several of his irons for hybrids and loves them. I don't think you can go wrong adding hybrids to your bag. Since you don't compete, a set of SGI (super game improvement) irons may work best for you. Technology in clubs has changed significantly in the last 10 years. You don't have to rush out and buy the latest/greatest clubs. Clubs a couple of years old are much cheaper and will work very well. Good luck.
  38. Rule #1 for interacting on the internet... Never read emotion in what someone else types. Rule #2 Never ask for advice or opinion unless you REALLY want it. Rule #3 Never offer up advice or an opinion unless it is asked for. Be prepared for said the asker to get upset when you don’t agree with them. Rule #4 Never post when intoxicated These are my rules of course.
  39. You roll the clubface closed at a very high rate through impact. Make swings where you stop short of a full finish with your body rotated through and your hands rotated less.
  40. Golf is in decline. I say the answer is in marketing (I'm a marketing consultant). What do your local courses do to encourage participation? Do they ever reach out to the community? Host events? Offer incentives to first timers to come to a free clinic? Do the courses we play at recognize and appreciate our patronage? Have you ever received so much as a "thank you" card or birthday greeting with an offer for a discounted or even free round? How about programs to encourage you to bring others to the game? Golf courses are small businesses. And like most small businesses that see their sales falling off, they do nothing proactive or, God forbid, aggressive to change the situation. They blame the market and the "kids these days". I say nonsense. Get the message out. Educate the public about the virtues of golf. Kill the "fuddy duddy" image. Get off your butts (course owners) and DO something. If you need help, let me know... Oh, and another thing: what kind of "customer service" do you receive at the courses you play? I rank my experiences between Indifferent and Appalling. No greeting by the cart attendants, curt pro shop staff, a bombardment of signs telling me what I can't do, surly starters, ill-tempered rangers... I constantly ask myself, "I paid (insert fee here) for this?" Just recently, I was playing by myself and was accosted by a ranger telling me to "pick up the pace", then demanded to see my receipt as if I just stole the cart and tried playing for free. There was no one in front of or behind me, and I play there frequently. Not once have I been greeted with "Good to see you again!" or anything like it.
  41. If you have a couple of your own that are a little beat up, hit them and see if the same effect happens. Also, check wind direction from the local weather and figure out if it is coming over the trees.
  42. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I could walk, carry my clubs and play 54 holes without much of an issue. Now that I am in my 70s, when our group goes to Myrtle Beach each year, a group of us will play 36 holes usually 4 out of 8 days riding in carts. I am the oldest guy in the group that does this. I am ok afterwards. Good enough to go take a shower and then go out to eat. Get up the next day and do it all over again. 😃 The last time I actually played 54 holes in same day, I was 64 and we were riding in carts on a hilly golf course. Still did not bother me all that much. We did it 2 days in a row. It was fun.
  43. DaveP043

    2019 Newport Cup

    I'd anticipate that the Committee would have the authority to adjust such a blatantly bogus handicap to something more appropriate, like scratch.
  44. And add to it, slow defenders. They go for the big, but slower types. If your sweeper can't match their striker, you will get burned every time. Dunn and the other backs could match almost every forward and mid-fielder stride for stride in this WC. FWIW, I always had one of my fastest players at sweeper and at least one of my fullbacks be very fast and very physical. Other teams can't get by you. You have to check your ego if you are fast and play as a back. But you will win a lot of games as we did. The US Women's Team was much deeper than the other teams. England, The Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, Norway etc. had very good players, but the bench for the US would have started on any other team. They also play great team soccer and stick to the plan. That is trusting their coaches big time. They pick when to be aggressive against teams that are vulnerable, but played back against teams that didn't like having the ball. Terrific team approach. US Men are too arrogant and not nearly as talented and always deviate from the plan.
  45. He should’ve tried to hit it..then he’d been guaranteed not to.
  46. I am... well, nevermind how old I am, but I've been playing for 23 years. I have only hit one birdie. I tee'd off on #18 and the stupid thing swooped down right into the path of my ball. It made that par 5 very long. Stupid bird.
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    • I have a few of those in my bags. Balls I was convinced were the ball and I protect them like a mother hen hahaha
    • Hello! Thanks for always answering my beginner queries lol! Yes, green dot was the static fitting done by myself with the chart. I guess in reality this may vary!   EDIT: Plus, a pro I visited the other day to change my grips told me I didn't need to bend the irons because of the lie angle, that the lie angle was ok. He also told me those were sort of crappy, but that's a different story lol
    • Hello there! Was your ‘green dot’ fitting just a static read? If so, it’s really just guesstimate as to what will fit you best. Ping i3-O can be bent to 2 color codes I believe. But for now I would focus more on developing good mechanics and then dive into a fitting. Cheers!

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