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  1. dbuck

    Sand Wedge Still Common?

    The short answer is that the "sand wedge" is still in use but not as common as it used to be. More wedges now are identified by the loft, grind, and amount of bounce. The traditional "sand wedge" is still available though as a 54-58 degree club with generous 10-14 degrees of bounce and what is known as a full grind. In a Vokey for instance, the K grind is similar to what we would think of as a "Sand Wedge". I most often use a 56 degree Vokey with 10 degrees of bounce and the S or Stricker grind. It is similar to a fairway or F grind with just a little taken off the trailing edge which allows for a little manipulation around the green. If was in fluffy sand a lot, I might opt for more bounce and a wider sole grind.
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    What driver brand do you use?

    Callaway Rogue. Backup is my old Titleist 915.
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    Stay with the clubs I've got or ??

    I agree with this. I am 60 and still use steel in my irons. There are other reasons to use graphite that have more bearing than age alone. If you have arthritis, or steel causes pain, graphite can be easier on the joints. More important, though, is to find a flex profile that fits your swing, after you take a couple lessons and it is more developed. This may or may not be a graphite shaft.
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    I Thought I Would Be Shooting in the 90s by Now...

    All he said, especially the part about you swinging out of your shoes to keep up with your friend. This likely caused a lunge and head bob which produced the tops. It happens to all of us. 1. Get a lesson Yeah, Bubba says he is self taught, but you aren't Bubba. What you think you are doing is not what you are doing. The ball flight always tells the truth. 2. Small successes. 3. Patience, perseverance, and reasonable expectations. We all have bad days. I have been playing almost 50 years and I have days where the club just feels weird in my hands. 4. Buy "Lowest Score Wins" 5. Make sure you have fresh grips on your clubs.
  5. I love my AP1's. They will look al little clunky to you compared to your DCI's. Once you get used to them though, the DCIs won't come back out of the closet. The AP2 and AP3s are less clunky and still more forgiving than the DCIs. As others have mentioned, the Mizuno JPX 900 and 919 lines are also very good.
  6. dbuck

    Anyone play a seven wood?

    I use a 21* hybrid with a slightly larger head.
  7. dbuck

    Four Kinds of Golf Rounds

  8. I liked Patch's post. I will add that you make friends in golf the same way you make friends anywhere else. Don't overthink it. While I do enjoy playing with friends, I enjoy golf just as much playing alone.
  9. The face is open to the target, but square to the swing path. If it weren't, your shots would curve, not fly straight. So you are swinging in to out with an open face,(open to the target, square to the swing path) or you are simply lined up to the right, assuming you are right handed.
  10. Welcome to the forum. Your number one choice was more or less the correct answer, and really the only one that matters. If your shots are all going right, you should fix that first. No club will fix that. I would suggest a lesson from a qualified instructor. If your shots are truly flying straight but offline, it could be as simple as alignment or grip. Getting fit is not necessarily expensive, as long as you don't select an exotic shaft or spec. Many qualified fitting centers will comp the fitting process if you purchase from them. Getting the proper length and lie from the manufacturer is often no charge or minimal. The things that really generate upcharges are shafts and grips. Game improvement or more forgiving player style irons are easier to hit more consistently, though you still need to make a good pass to have a good shot. What they do through technology is to make it easier to get the ball in the air, and you lose less distance with a less than perfect strike.
  11. I have a similar handicap, and I love my Titleist AP1s. They are bigger, but you don't notice it as much unless you have them right next to the AP3 or AP2. I will elaborate on the Titleist line a bit, as I am more familiar with them, but all of the major brands have similar ranges. Titleist has 6 lines, T-MB, MB, CB, AP2, AP3, and AP1. You can see their website for a detailed description. I think the ones that would interest you most are the AP lines. The MB and CB are really for better players, and the T-MB more of a specialty club. They are blade style, but hollow body. A lot of professionals use the longest irons as driving irons, but they do in fact make a complete set. The AP1 is the most forgiving, and is in the game improvement category. The AP3 sits between the AP1 and AP2, and has a good deal of forgiveness, but looks a little more player iron visually from the top. The AP2 is a forged players iron used by many tour players, but still has some of the technology of the AP1 and AP3. Loft wise of the 3 AP's, the AP1 is strongest, the AP2 the weakest, and the AP3 is in the middle. The AP1 is approximately a full club stronger than the AP2 through the set, and the AP3 roughly splits the difference. Just based on your handicap and the fact that you are younger and stronger than me, I could see you gravitating toward the AP3. They are a couple hundred higher for the set than the AP1s. Current street price is around $999 for AP1 4-GW; $1,199 for the AP3. The new Mizuno JPX 919 series has a similar relationship: 3 sets that are GI, forgiving player style, and better player style. While I do love my AP1s, I am not necessarily hawking Titleist; all of the major brands have similar ranges.
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    Wilson woods

    I couldn't find it on the internet either. It is a laminated maple club. The following is pure guess, but should be close. Estimated date late 1960s-early 1970s It looks like department store/sporting goods line as opposed to a pro shop line-Wilson made both Although you may see some on ebay or elsewhere priced higher, it is worth around $3-6.
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    Golf Ball ...Help

    If you are a rank beginner, using the second hand balls (not lake balls) works fine as you might discover which one you like. As your swing becomes more consistent, you will want to start using the same ball all the time so that you have consistent feel and distance from shot to shot.
  14. For persimmon woods, I have found that modern Titleist DT Truesofts, as well as ProV1s work just fine, as do Wilson Duos.
  15. Wilson Duo. Not super cheap but you can probably find for 15-20/ dozen. Very soft. I bought some last year models at Dicks around December 17 for $7/dozen.

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