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  1. So I was thinking along these lines as most of my double digit friends have issues with longer clubs and get really anxious which compounds the problem. When the trust leaves the tempo goes to hell and the likelihood of you hitting the center of the clubface with a longer shaft is compromised. Given you have average swing speed, hitting a modern 5 iron is very doable. I agree with this as well especially with a 3 iron. Hybrids are a bit more reliable for mid caps and definitely more versatile from tee, fairway, rough, and fairway bunkers.
  2. Looking at your backswing position, you have some real opportunity to improve dramatically in short time with some proper instruction. Once you get a reliable and semi-consistent swing you are fine to get some alterations that will enhance the playability of your equipment.
  3. So today was a total surprise. I didn't sleep well and was out early to meet my group a county north to play a friendly track that is very receptive at 6400 yards and rated at 70.5/127. The driving range was closed so I chipped, putted, and hit 5 balls into the "driving net" they had set up by the bag drop. Feeling a little tired, I decided to concentrate on my swing keys and to not try to kill it. The first key is set up and making sure my right hip is even with my right instep. I had been getting it even with the outside edge of my foot which led to a slide of the hips, instead of a hip turn. The second key was just starting with my elbows feeling closer together and more connected which syncs my upper body and gets me on plane. The 1st hole is 380 and I hit a nice easy drive and have 135 and hit 9 to 10 feet and make the putt for birdie 1. I make my way around the front in similar fashion with 3 bogies (one 3 jack) and 5 pars for 38. I notice the relaxed tempo is making the ball contact center of the face so I am going to do my best to keep it going. The 10th hole is a shortish hole and hit driver, lob wedge to 15 feet and birdie 2. A couple of pars follow (one a big-time scramble) and I am thinking lets just avoid the big numbers. A sloppy bogey follows and then on the par 3 at 172 into the wind I balloon a 6 which hits the bunker. Hard as a rock, I thin it over the green, chip it to 8 feet, and make the putt for bogey, phew. The next hole I pull it behind a tree, punch out and take my medicine with bogey. With 3 to play, I know I can post a great number if I keep it together and follow with a solid par on 16. The 17th is a par 5 and I push it, get blocked by some trees and punch it to 150. I hit a crisp 8 and have a 20 footer downhill that somehow pours in for birdie number 3. On to 18 where the fairway runs out on the right 260 out, but if you have guts you take it left and take your chances. I grabbed the driver, gripped down and hit a 240 yard bunt which left a 155 yard 8 iron over water that I put 15 feet for an easy 2 putt and a 37. Holy cow, I shot a legit 75 because I kept my head and smoothed it all day. What a great feeling to have a handful of rounds under my belt and to post a real number!
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    So let's get right to it. I have probably played 10 rounds this year since the "comeback". Now lets just say there has been some good, some bad, but not too much ugly. The worst score was an 88 and last month on a trip to Orange National I posted between 80 and 86 for six rounds averaging one birdie per round (fill in the blanks with doubles and maybe a trip or two). Since the trip I have seen my old coach and shot some video and most of my issues start right at set-up. Its the simple things that if neglected can do you in before you even finish your backswing. A little work pays off along with a lot of short game practice. Yesterday was a bit of a break through with a solid 77 based on some great tempo (keeping everything in sync) and keeping my head together. After a double by hitting a bomb into the lone palm tree in the middle of the fairway, I went on a string of pars and on the par 5 9th hit driver-hybrid to the fringe only to 3 putt par and a 40. I laugh it off and on 10 hit 9 iron to 3 feet for birdie. I keep my head with pars and a few bogeys and then on the par 5 18th hit a lob wedge to 4 feet to make another birdie and close the back with 37 (77). Solid performance from 6500 yards and felt very encouraged as I was using new irons and wedges. So let's talk about the new line-up in clubs. I was playing the Titleist 735 cms (cavity/blade combo) with the DGS300s since 2007 along with some custom Vokey SM4 TVD 54/60M wedges. The key of this set-up is that I bent the irons weak so that I could play 48-54-60. The 60 was becoming a problem child so I rethought my wedges after a friend gave me a new 50 degree SM6 and it got me thinking about 46-50-54-60. I did a Titleist wedge fitting and found that the 58/10 was more my speed (so much better from all lies and bunker) so I got a SM7 demo club hardly used for a song and rethought the set-up. In the meantime, I pulled the trigger on some 718 AP2s that have the AMT white S300s in them 4-pw. The AMTs are the same profile as the DGs they just get progressively lighter as they go into the lower irons which make them a little easier to launch. Since I hit them half a club longer it was easy to ditch the 3 iron and add the 50 in there as a gapper. I ended up horse trading some items and got the closeout SM7s in 50/8, 54/10 to complement the 58/10 all in S200s. So far the irons and wedges are a solid set-up with the predictability of the DG family. Now the Razr Fit TA set at 9.5 is solid but its so 2013. The numbers I post are 240 carry but a little high. So my fitter friend sets up a few clubs for me and I really like the Cobra closeout F9. I just ordered it in the adjustable 9 degree variety with an PX Even Flow white 6.0 (I couldn't demo the F9 with the shaft I wanted because of Covid lack of inventory but the shaft was insane with a different head). My Octane Tour 3 wood is still a solid 225 carry and the Idea Pro fills in reliably between the 3 wood and the 4 iron for great spacing. I really need to wait until the F9 comes in and I work it out before I go any further. Lastly, there is the Scotty Cameron and its not going anywhere! Stay tuned!
  5. For those of you joining on the new blog format, I started this thread 10 years ago (see link above for 12 pages) and chronicled my path to getting back down to 4.5 index being a weekend warrior. It was my way of capturing the lessons I learned and the golf I played. Stay tuned (or not) and I will chronicle the next chapter from equipment, practice, rounds and general golf thoughts.
  6. So let's get right to it. I have probably played 10 rounds this year since the "comeback". Now lets just say there has been some good, some bad, but not too much ugly. The worst score was an 88 and last month on a trip to Orange National I posted between 80 and 86 for six rounds averaging one birdie per round (fill in the blanks with doubles and maybe a trip or two). Since the trip I have seen my old coach and shot some video and most of my issues start right at set-up. Its the simple things that if neglected can do you in before you even finish your backswing. A little work pays off along with a lot of short game practice. Yesterday was a bit of a break through with a solid 77 based on some great tempo (keeping everything in sync) and keeping my head together. After a double by hitting a bomb into the lone palm tree in the middle of the fairway, I went on a string of pars and on the par 5 9th hit driver-hybrid to the fringe only to 3 putt par and a 40. I laugh it off and on 10 hit 9 iron to 3 feet for birdie. I keep my head with pars and a few bogeys and then on the par 5 18th hit a lob wedge to 4 feet to make another birdie and close the back with 37 (77). Solid performance from 6500 yards and felt very encouraged as I was using new irons and wedges. So let's talk about the new line-up in clubs. I was playing the Titleist 735 cms (cavity/blade combo) with the DGS300s since 2007 along with some custom Vokey SM4 TVD 54/60M wedges. The key of this set-up is that I bent the irons weak so that I could play 48-54-60. The 60 was becoming a problem child so I rethought my wedges after a friend gave me a new 50 degree SM6 and it got me thinking about 46-50-54-60. I did a Titleist wedge fitting and found that the 58/10 was more my speed (so much better from all lies and bunker) so I got a SM7 demo club hardly used for a song and rethought the set-up. In the meantime, I pulled the trigger on some 718 AP2s that have the AMT white S300s in them 4-pw. The AMTs are the same profile as the DGs they just get progressively lighter as they go into the lower irons which make them a little easier to launch. Since I hit them half a club longer it was easy to ditch the 3 iron and add the 50 in there as a gapper. I ended up horse trading some items and got the closeout SM7s in 50/8, 54/10 to complement the 58/10 all in S200s. So far the irons and wedges are a solid set-up while the predictability of the DG family. Now the Razr Fit TA set at 9.5 is solid but its so 2013. The numbers I post are 240 carry but a little high. So my fitter friend sets up a few clubs for me and I really like the Cobra closeout F9. I just ordered it in the adjustable 9 degree variety with an PX Even Flow white 6.0 (I couldn't demo the F9 with the shaft I wanted because of Covid lack of inventory but the shaft was insane with a different head). My Octane Tour 3 wood is still a solid 225 carry and the Idea Pro fills in reliably between the 3 wood and the 4 iron for great spacing. I really need to wait until the F9 comes in and I work it out before I go any further. Lastly, there is the Scotty Cameron and its not going anywhere! Stay tuned!
  7. So it's time to revive this thread. After a layoff due to a detached retina and some life getting in the way of golf, I picked up the sticks a few months ago to get back to the game I love. I started earlier this year just to get into the groove when Covid shut it all down so I had to restart 6 weeks ago. I am getting serious about my commitment so let's get this going! For those of you joining on page 12, I started this thread 10 years ago and chronicled my path to getting back down to 4.5 index being a weekend warrior. It was my way of capturing the lessons I learned and the golf I played. Stay tuned (or not) and I will chronicle the next chapter from equipment, practice, rounds and general golf thoughts. Let's Go!
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  9. Hey Sand Trappers, I've been lurking for a while on the forum while getting my game back on track. Soooooo, I decided to get active again in the community. It was about 10 years ago that I started my Tourspoon Blog which chronicled my first return to the game and getting back down to 4.5 handicap. Well a lot of life has happened since then and now I am in a great position to get back on the path and see what I can do. After a few practice sessions and a couple of rounds, I posted a 77 yesterday which just sparked some major excitement in this new chapter! Anyway, glad to see some old members still here and ready to interact with some new players. So without further ado, Let's Go! TourSpoon
  10. I always pick up clubs, headcovers, towels, etc that may be left behind or have fallen off of a cart. It's just the right thing to do. If the owner is not in front, then it goes to the cart guy at the end of the round to put into the lost and found.
  11. I have had umbilical hernia surgery twice. It is a much less painful recovery than a hernia in your groin. I could play golf with it and like Phil, I just pushed it when it popped out.
  12. I think that 5g on the grip can alter sw by 1 point. Maybe some of our more technical friends can "weigh" in.
  13. I would ask why you are asking? If you are not having any specific issues why fix what is not broken? I never paid much attention to bounce until I got beyond my pw. I play M grind Vokey TVDs which are 54/10 and 60/8. I find they have enough bounce, except in rare super soft conditions, but I adapt to the lie and make it work. My wedges have a very versatile grind that works for the way I play.
  14. I am debating between 5-6-7 iron but would probably go with the 7 iron just for the extra loft around the greens and bunkers.
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