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  1. I will join the choir and say keep using the PINGs for now. If your driver is 6 or more years old, you could probably benefit from a newer one, but I would still start with the old one. I don't know about your age or game level, but hybrids and fairways have also had some improvements in the last 5-6 years. If yours are less than 10 years old, though, I would still start with them and get some good instruction to start off on the right foot.
  2. I used the same putter with only occasional breaks for over 30 years, and would still use it were it not illegal. I could change the grip, but it is the original leather grip, and I will just leave it as is. Over the last couple years I have tried several, and was seriously considering getting fitted for an Edel this year, but toward the end of last season ran across the Scotty I am currently using. So far, we are getting along well, so if the relationship continues to be amicable, I won't change for a while.
  3. dbuck

    First Time Out

    Last Friday, I ventured out for the first time, albeit in a shamble. A buddy/neighbor called and invited me to a benefit scramble. I hadn't hit a real golf shot since November, so I went to the range early, hit a bucket, and putted for about 30 minutes. I left the course, had lunch, went home and changed clothes, and returned in time to hit the range again for a warm up. I was pleasantly surprised, especially with my iron play. I can tell I've had another birthday, as I was a bit stiff after the round. I need to drop my winter fat, and that will help a bit, hopefully. How are the rest of you coming out of hibernation?
  4. Glad you are getting new grips. As much as you play, you should probably change every two years at the least. I am 61, and bought steel shafts last year. I like my Titleist 818AP1's. The lofts are hot, but they fly high and stop ok. A friend has the Mizuno JPX 900's and he likes them. The JPX's got an upgrade for this year, and they the line included a cast and two forged offerings.
  5. My guess on those is forged, but I honestly do not know for sure. The fact that they are stainless sort of makes me think cast. A quality laminate is more durable that persimmon, but a lot of laminates back in the day were not quality, and even quality ones were not taken care of as well as persimmon. I have some PING Eye2 laminates that while I shunned them when they were new, I find them great now. Probably the easiest wooden clubs to hit I've ever used. Don't pay more than a few bucks for either, unless they have some provenance to a famous player, person, or event. There are basically 2 generations of persimmon; those from the 50's and 60's, and those from the late 70's early 80's. The 70's and 80's saw a resurgence of persimmon as manufacturers began basically making repros of the 20 year old clubs that professionals were still using, and Japanese investors were paying $500 for.(We think prices are high now) A very few of the first generation have some collector value, those of the second have none without provenance. A true new in the box item will bring a premium, but its not truly collectible at this point. Some websites will charge a lot more than they are worth; spend time haunting Goodwill and the like and you will find nice specimens for $5-10 per club. Check out Dave Wood's website; he does some detailed restorations.
  6. There have been changes since 2008. I am using a 15 degree Callaway Rogue 3 wood, and the face is hotter and more forgiving. Shafts have changed a bit as well. I bit the bullet, and went through my whole bag over the last 18 months. I am 61, and though I haven't gained a ton of distance, the new sticks have me where I was 10-15 years ago, and with much less effort.
  7. I love that style of putter. I have putted with one most of my life. Tom Slighter used to offer one, but I don't see it on his website; you might contact him. Start cruising Goodwill and other thrifts, and you will eventually come across a good example.
  8. I think it's a great looking putter. Clean lines.
  9. I can't help you. I just thinned down to 6 bags not counting my gamer. I am not in as bad of a shape as you; I only have three extra sets, but I have about 25-30 pieces of persimmon, and like most folks, a bag of putters. Nothing is more useless than a bag of putters. I do have empathy for you, and am sorry for your impending loss.
  10. As others have said, heat is more the enemy than cold. It is probably fine.
  11. I have yelled "be right" or something along those lines. I do own iron covers. I don't carry a brush, but I do carry a white towel with one end wet(just like the pros, LOL). I think I may have a few other golf nerd habits that aren't on the list, and I won't bring them up here.
  12. I went through my whole bag last year, really starting in the late summer/fall of 17 and finishing in the fall of 18, replacing everything. It was the first time I had done that in 25 years actually. I had changed drivers a few times, and the odd club here and there, but had the same irons since 1992. I don't see any major changes for the next few years unless I have some physical changes, but I will probably pay a little more attention to replacing wedges. Hindsight is 20/20 so they say. Looking back, I would say that for the last few years, every 5-6 years or so would have maybe produce a significant change assuming your skills were constant. If your skills are the same or better, if you haven't changed in 10 years, your equipment may be holding you back, if nothing else because the availability of quality of fitting is so much better.
  13. Nicklaus, Woods, Player, Hogan - all have a career slam. Not in order but Woods and Nicklaus have TRIPLE slams to put that in perspective. I could certainly argue Arnie or Bobby Jones instead of Player or Hogan.
  14. dbuck

    Tee or No Tee?

    I tee it up on every tee.
  15. Neither fits me directly. I am not a pro, and could care less what they hit, though I enjoy watching them. I am a 60 year old 13 handicap. I usually have more bogeys than anything else. I usually have a few pars, and birdie or two and a double or two on every round. I like to play from tees that are around 6000-6500 yards and par 72 with a mix of lengths for par 4's and 3's. This gives me a chance to hit most every club in my bag. I like to have at least one par 5 that gives me a chance to reach in two. Most often, I play from the regular mens tees, occasionally from the senior tees. If I played the senior tees on my most frequent courses, I would be hitting wedge on most par 4's. On the course I play most often, clubs for the par 3's are usually include hybrid, 5 iron, 6 iron, 7 iron, 8 iron, or 9 iron, depending on where the tee and hole are set- and the setup usually includes hitting at least 4 of those clubs. Generally, on every non par 3, I am trying to advance the ball toward the hole as far as possible on every shot, and hit or be near the fairway on every tee shot. Occasionally, strategy may dictate something else. For instance, there is a par 5 I play frequently, where I may hit 2 layups to allow for a level shot with a favorite club for my third. I would rather have a smooth 8 iron from a level lie, than a partial wedge from a hanging lie over water.
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