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  1. I know, I should get fitted properly. With that out of the way, I am 60 and just went through my bag and stuck with stiff shafts. While I did not have a proper fitting, I did hit a few different shafts on the monitor, and my dispersion was better with stiff with insignificant differences in distance. I also know, "feel ain't real", but I just seem to have more control with stiff, and my irons especially go high enough.
  2. dbuck

    Favorite Golf Quotes

    Attributed to several folks including President Woodrow Wilson: "Golf is a difficult game of trying to hit an elusive ball into an even more elusive hole with implements ill-designed for the purpose" From Billy Graham: "The only time God doesn't answer my prayers is when I'm on the golf course" From the heavenly to the, er uh: "Sex and golf are two things you don't have to be particularly good at to enjoy"- could be Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, or Chi Chi-I can't remember
  3. dbuck

    Favorite Golf Quotes

    I read it from Lewis Grizzard, but he probably modified it from somewhere else: Playing St Andrews badly, and missing a shot with a club the caddie suggested, the player said, "You must be the worst caddie in the world!" To which the caddie responded, "That sir, would be to great a coincidence!"
  4. dbuck

    What are Your 2019 Golf Goals?

    1. Get Ghin index below 11. This is an unachieved goal from 2018. I started last year at 14.9 have been as low as 12.7 finished at 13. Secondary goals/strategies to reach goal 1: 2. Increase distance. I would like to add 10 yards to my drives and maybe a half club to my irons. Currently I am around 230-235 with the driver; my 150 iron is a 6. I would say these are 75% reliable. I am a 13, so I will have a few misses. I got a new driver in September, and our relationship is progressing nicely. It was initially a little shorter than the best shots with my previous club, but much more reliable, and the distance is coming back. It is better suited with a little more standard loft. My iron gaps are ok, really, but by improving strike which is my real goal, I think I will pick up a little more distance, and I so want to add a smidge of speed as well. I am a 60 year old 13 index, so I don't expect 300 yard drives and 180 yard 7 irons, but I think the above is realistic. 3. Lose 15 pounds and increase strength and flexibility. I have a modest home weight machine, and I just need to get back on it. I also need to do some flexibility exercises, and improve my diet. I think these efforts will give me a little more speed and distance. 4. Play and practice more. I currently play once a week fairly religiously. With work and family, twice a week is not really achievable, but maybe 5 times a month. Also, the driving range near me was closed down this season for upgrades, so maybe at least once a week to the range. I have made it to the putting green once a week most of the season, and will continue that as well. 5. Practice more during off -season. While I will have a few decent days between now and March-April, I will not likely play 18 holes more than 2-3 times. I want to make it to the range in the interim at least twice per month, so I can have a quicker start in the spring.
  5. dbuck

    Your First Car

    I learned to drive in my parents' cars; a 1966 Beetle, a 1966 Chrysler Newport slightly smaller than Texas, and a 1954-56? F100 that had a steering wheel the size of a ship's wheel, and had to be double clutched between first and second. They bought me my first actual car, a 1974 Dodge Charger- factory mag wheels, vinyl roof, 318 V8, air conditioning. It was brand new, and under $4K out the door. It had an AM radio, and later I added an under dash FM/8 track. I wish I still had it.
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    Goodbye Pro V1

    I hit some of the old Srixon Q-Stars and liked them. I like the Titleist AVX better. In all honestly, I probably could not tell the difference in my score, but balls are just as personal as any other equipment. I think I hit the AVX about a half club longer with my irons than anything I have tried. Your mileage may vary-that's why all brands are able to sell a few.
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    Are you a brand snob?

    My original post in this topic was a little off the mark, and before the poll was added, so I voted yes, and am reposting. I am a snob in that for a driver, fairway, hybrid, or irons, I would stick to a major brand, and I guess I have a preference toward Titleist, though I have no plans to trade my Callaway fairway anytime soon. In putters or wedges, I would use some of the boutique brands, though I am currently all Titleist in that area as well. My bag is a current Titleist stand, but that is because I won it in a scramble (or should I say, my partners won it for me!). My prior bag was a Titleist Staff Bag, but I picked it up at Goodwill for $20. I don't use the factory driver, fairway, or hybrid headcovers. I use knit headcovers that I had made. I currently use the AVX as my primary ball, but I have been meaning to try the Snell, and would have no problem using it if it worked for me. A side hobby is playing with vintage clubs, and I am less snobby there. I have tried some lesser known brands that were copies of well known classic clubs, as well as an assortment of odd putters. I do consider Wilson a major brand, and am glad to see them having somewhat of a resurgence. I like the looks of the new "players" irons they have introduced of late-the V6's and their new blades. My first set of decent clubs was the 1979 version of the Staff Tour Blade that was very prominent on the tour in their day.
  8. I need to find and read some of my old posts. I used to opine on the price of golf balls and say I had no need for a premium ball at my level. As others mentioned, I like the Wilson Duo, a very soft feeling ball and played a lot of Titleist DT SoLo. I also tried a dozen or so of the Supersoft, but never quite acquired an affinity for it. Last year sometime, Dicks had the Duo for around $9, and I think there are 5 dozen in my closet. Unfortunately , when the Titleist AVX came out, I tried it and have developed a serious addition thereto.
  9. I don't know how I missed this recently resurrected thread back in the day, but evidently I didn't post in it. I went for a few years recently playing most of my golf with vintage clubs, mostly Wilson or Hogan blades and various persimmon or laminate woods. I scored around 90 which is only slightly worse than my current handicap of 13, but I don't know if I still could. I have been focused on modern equipment for the past 18 months or so, and haven't been out with the old stuff. I have been watching some of those old Masters broadcasts that were recently released on YouTube, and it is giving me the "itch". I have hit a few yard balls with one of my persimmon drivers and a Hogan Apex PC 6 iron. When a nice day comes along, I may take some old friends out for a spin.
  10. dbuck

    Hybrid vs Long Iron

    I was a late adopter, getting my first hybrid around 5 years ago. I recently bought a new one in 21*. It is one of the most used clubs in my bag.
  11. Most traditional sets and "players" irons have a 5 iron around 27-28* since around the early 1990's. Back in the 70's a typical 5 iron was more like 30*. My current 5 iron is 24*(same as my old 4 iron), down to 43* in my PW. So, in terms of pure loft, yes to your original question. However, as Erik mentioned, the design and tech has changed so that these low lofted irons still launch higher. My Titleist AP1s perform pretty much as advertised (if I make a good pass, lol) letting this 60 year old get back some distance with reasonable control.
  12. My simple answer to your initial question would be "yes", at least in most cases, because of the design, grooves, weight distribution, etc. My choice like others have mentioned is to use the extended set through 53*. My first "specialty wedge" is 56*. I have a 52 Vokey but don't carry it, because I am more consistent distance wise with the 53* AP1 for full shots, but the Vokey was definitely more spinny.
  13. I use both gaps in my set, and am more comfortable that way as opposed to using specialty wedges for those gaps. My PW-G-G2 are 43-48-53. I am not good at full shots with specialty wedges. I carry 56 and 60 Vokeys, but am toying with the ideal of going to 1 specialty wedge.
  14. dbuck

    High handicapper club suggestions

    +1-I can't add to this advice. I will say that I love my AP1s, but again this is a very personal decision. Try several-get fitted if possible, and get what YOU like.
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    Recap Your 2018 Goals

    1. I did re-enroll in GHIN. My current handicap is 13.0. so I made it halfway to my goal. I have been as low as 12.9. I have improved my putting, and reduced 3 putts, and my lag putting is much better. I still have the occasional blow-up. For instance, Saturday on a 352 yard par 4. my drive was in the fairway, second shot pin-high in a greenside bunker. I proceeded to thin the sand shot into the water! Overall, my driving and iron shots are steadily improving. My GIR, and near GIR are improving. 2. This was accomplished and has contributed to better play. 3. I have not been able to accomplish this. I have come close a couple times, with the only sixes being bogeys on par 5's.

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