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ImaDuffer

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  1. Hard to argue with mlf16507. Although the design is cavity back with undercut cavity; not having progressive bounce as the loft increases makes it difficult for a high handicap slow swinger to get through the ball without taking getting hung up in the turf. My conclusion is; SL's are good clubs, well designed but better suited for middle and fast swing speeds, where hitting through and taking a divit is not occasionally, a painful experience. On another note, I am not so sure that having multiple swing planes is a handicap. I find that once you set up correctly for a specific club length, that the swing tends to stay on plane for that length. After all, hitting balls on the fairway with either club requires adjustments for different lies, elevations etc, no matter which clubs you play. Our brains are able to handle the many variations better than you might think. Also, with the SL's I still have three wedges, three hybrids, one wood and one driver that are all different lengths that I have to work with. Even with Dave Lake's 1-Iron clubs, you have at least three lengths to deal with, (the irons, the woods, and the driver). If it were only that simple, I would expect more than just two manufacturers of SL irons. SL's are logical, but then logic and fact are often not the same. As of the past week, I have returned to my Ping G5's and playing better already. But that's just me. Best to all.
  2. Brief follow up after a month (3 or 4 times a week). Over all as I described earlier, but now notice a definite disadvantage for a slow swinger like me. Mainly because they are not really game improvement in design, i.e. my Ping G5's. Particularly missed is the bounce in the wedge and "shorter irons". Not a real problem if you have an average or faster swing and can take a nice divit on decent turf. Also a smaller sweet spot, so-- less forgiving which translates to more uncomfortable strikes compared to the G5's. I am still using them to give it a fair testing. But I really wonder what the results would be if I took a good set of game improvement irons(i.e. G5's), removed the heads, and then somehow carefully made them the same weight as the 7 iron head. It would require a careful approach to removing weight on the 8,9,P, and adding weight on the 6 and 5. Around 30 gms off the P wedge head done in such a way as not to change the basic configuration, bounce and distribution of the remaining weight would be the challenge. Then shaft them up at 37 inches. Then I suspect it would eliminate my concerns above. At the least it would allow for a fair comparison. Unfortunately, I am not a club maker. Any ideas?
  3. Got the new Pinhawks June 13th. Have played them twice now and find them well balanced and easy to hit. Although described as having game improvement features, I would say they are intermediate in that regard. A bit smaller than my Ping G5s, and with smaller sweet spot. I was a bit concerned that the 50* P wedge would result in some lost of distance but find that the extra inch in length (I chose the 37"--7 iron-- length) results in only 3- 4 yards difference. At least that was my experience on the range. At the other end, the five iron seems to be about the same as my Ping 5 iron. When I get "grooved in" with them, I expect to be hitting them farther. Otherwise, I was pleased with the finish, and the spined Integra IDrive shafts are excellent. I will report back in a couple of months, which should be enough time to get it right. (I play 3 to 4 times a week). I am using Taylormade 3 and 4 hybids, Taylormade 5 wood, Callaway Great Big Bertha II 415+ driver. Thats it. I have a Taylormade 3 wood but can hit the hybrid easier and as far. Ping B64 putter with tungsten inserts. Current handicap 21 to 23. We shall see. Imaduffer
  4. The 1-Irons sold today. I ordered the Pinhawks today also at 37" with Integra Tour shafts. I am currently in love with my TaylorMade Hybrids 3,4,5,6. But will probably drop the 5 and 6 at first to see how I do with the Pinhawks. No sense in having single length irons if you are only going to use 4 of them. Will report on my new experiment this fall. It takes about a month or more to start getting consistent with sl irons. During which you cannot play standard irons (or you will never get your "uniswing"). You just have to suffer some higher scores until you are in the groove. Best.
  5. I had a fitting while taking lessons from Golf Tec here in Tulsa. Very good experience. Then have all the newest technical equipment and very skilled pro's. However, there are other excellent club fitters here also. Golf Tec has the advantage of being able to film your swing from several angles as well as doing the measurements, and the swing speed testing.
  6. Just put the 1 irons on eBay. Will include the steel shafts if wanted by the buyer. Chance to get 1-Irons cheap. I plan a set of Pinhawks at 37.5" and will use my Ping SW, LW. The Pinhawk wedge is 50*, so the 9 will serve as a wedge and the Pinhawk wedge will be more like U wedge. The SW and LW are only 4* separated, but close enough. Also, the Ping Wedges have the extra bounce needed for the tighter lies and traps. The SW and LW are 35.5". Meanwhile doing fine with my Ping irons for now. Why take the loss and then do it again with another club? Head design problem for me. the leading edges on the 1-Irons are more rounded and sharper than I am used to and tend to dig in on tight lies and sand. Hard for me then to use the wedges, esp. since they have so little bounce. My plan then is 3,4 Hybrid; 5,6,7,8,9,PW Pinhawk; SW,LW Ping. No U wedge needed to fill the gap. Comments?
  7. I have a set of 1-Irons, 5-LW. My wrist to floor measured 34", so the set came in 9 iron length. 36 inches. Also, they only come in non-stepped steel shafts with oversized grips as their standard set up. I am a low speed senior. Here is my review: Accuracy=definitely improved Distance (after 3 months of constant use)=about 8 yards shorter. Comfort=amazingly smooth for steel, but the added weight at 450 gm per club was a bit fatiguing. So at that point, I reshafted with grafaloy blue regular shafts which I spined first. Made the clubs about 1/4 inch longer, and did not add weight to the heads (they are 274 gm). Standard Winn Exel grips. Distance= regained most of distance, Accuracy= unchanged and excellent Weight= 385 gm They have standard bounce of 3* except for the SW which is 6*. Bottom line: They are definitely game improving on the short game but I can't get used to the longer irons. No doubt my slow swing is the culprit. Plan: They will be for sale, along with the steel shafts that were removed. Would make a good experiment for a hobby club builder to try out as graphite or convert to steel again. I can be reached at hlgaspar@mac.com if you are interested.
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