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  1. Yup, played with them for years. My first pair were from the Montgomery Ward catalog. Went out to play my first round in them. Made it to about the 5th hole and the spikes felt like they were going into my feet. Barely made it to the 9th. Tossed the shoes in the trash as soon as I got home. Moving forward, wore metal until forced to go soft-spikes a few years later. Aside from the ease of cleaning, don't miss metal at all.
  2. Unfortunately, the 716 AP1 PW will probably go further than your current PW. My AP1 PW goes almost as far as my AP2 9i. That's why I went 4-W1 to replace my 3-PW 712 AP2s. Also, I've always pitched and chipped with my Vokeys around the greens. However, I tried the W1 just to see what it would do and, if I'm being totally honest, I'm getting much better results than I ever had with my BV 52*. I don't know if it's due to the clubhead design, shaft or the combination. But, I seem to be able to execute the shot closer to what I envisioned beforehand. Play it back in my stance, the ball will
  3. Perhaps. It really depends on the distance gaps you're getting. In my case, I have a driver, 3W, 4-W1, 52, 56 and putter. So, that's only 13 clubs. Since my low-end is set, I have space for a 19* hybrid that'll slot between my 3W and 4i.
  4. I had similar concerns because I have a BV 52* GW and 56* SW that are integrated with my set of 712 AP2s. In those, I had 3-PW, but when I ordered my 716 AP1s, I went 4-GW (W1). Fortunately, it turned out great. I hit the W1 as far as my AP2 PW and so on.
  5. My $.02, get 'em. I went from 690.mb - 735cm - 712 AP2 and the 716 AP1 are "legit". I was able to hit some knock-down shots in addition to low draws from underneath trees. Stock shots are a little higher than I'm used to, but nothing ballooning. Also, I knew by feel, where I missed the strike on the clubface, high, low and toe. For some reason, I have a harder time feeling heel shots with irons, but that's been consistent with all my irons over the years. Overall, I'm very impressed with these clubs. I was hesitant moving from forged clubs fitted with DGS300 because that's what
  6. Congrats. I, too, just got my set of 716 AP1 with XP90 S300. Played 27 holes with them so far and I like them. Can't say I love them just yet. I think the biggest issue is going from DGS300 (130gms) in my 712 AP2 to the XP90 S300 (97gms) in these. So, I'm having some timing and feel differences to overcome.
  7. IMO, proper golf shoes are a necessity. However, what is deemed "proper" varies greatly. Suffice to say, if you're happy with what you're using, then that's all that matters. For me, I prefer stability over all else, so I wear FJ Icons. Sure, they can be a tad bit on the rigid side, but I have a tendency to hit shots into places that aren't on the course map, so it helps to have shoes that perform like military boots.
  8. As others have stated, it's not uncommon for some golfers to play by a different set of "standards". Suffice to say, the vast majority of us that frequent this site are pretty serious about getting better while playing by the proper rules of golf. At the end of the day, IMO, the whole idea of playing golf is to have fun and to enjoy yourself. I have no delusions that I will ever be good enough to be on the tour, any tour. So be it. The challenge for me has always been to become the best that I can be while enjoying myself. So, I work with my instructor and I practice and play as my sched
  9. Your 122-125 (driver) SS puts you in rarified company. So, maybe the "beasts" on this site can make some suggestions. If not, my suggestion would be to call the rep you worked with and explain your (financial) concerns. I'm sure he'll be able to suggest some options. You can also contact a facility that has a Titleist fitting cart and go through a series of trials and errors to find some no-additional-cost shafts that would give you similar numbers that you got with the Oban and Rombax. As far as the difference between the 915 and 913, there's some videos out where they isolated the
  10. I've used denatured alcohol without any problems.
  11. I would've loved to have kept the golf balls from my memorable holes. Unfortunately, in my efforts to extend that success by continuing to play those particular balls, they met with an untimely demise =(.
  12. +1. I tinkered with lasers and GPSs and I found that I'm more comfortable with GPS-type rangefinders. Either system will give you distance, so that's neither here nor there. However, I like GPS because it provides me with a topographical view of the hole. With that information, I can quickly determine where the safe areas are on layups and where the "fat" part of the greens really are. So, for me, the GPS gives me not just distance, but equally important, an idea of where I should aim. I just bought a Garmin G6 and I really like it.
  13. IMO, it's very difficult to improve by doing nothing. As the old saying goes; the definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results. Unless your equipment is totally trashed or totally ill-fitted, the greatest improvement will be realized by improving the swing. Suffice to say, if you had $5.50 in your pocket, the swing is the dollars and the equipment is the cents, if that makes sense. Therefore, do I recommend a transition to blades (for the OP)? No. Primarily because it doesn't sound like he has the time to work on improving his swing, so I don't think h
  14. That Prolaunch Red shaft seems to run about $50. So, if worse comes to worse, it won't cost you an arm and a leg to buy a new one if the clubmaker/repairer is unable to salvage the shaft out of your 909. The bad news is that the adapter sleeve for the Titleist surefit system runs about $75. Also, while not 100% sure, I think the fitter that works on my clubs said that there's different tips depending if you have a driver/FW or hybrid. So, make sure whoever works on your club orders the correct adapter. I tested my 9.5* 910D2 head and a 9.5* 913D2 head with my current shaft (Fujikura
  15. Because that's what all "Geep" owners would do. Better be careful of what you post on this thread. His uncle may pay you $50 so you take back what you wrote...
  16. Well, my birthday (the big five-oh) was just last month, so I pulled the trigger on a new bag, 712 AP2s, SC California 1.5 and Garmin G6. Considered a 913, but decided instead to reshaft my new Vokeys with S300s (came stock with S200s). Because of the above, my Chistmas list is pretty short. In fact, it has just one item: It's not gonna happen by this Christmas. Maybe by the next one. Maybe never. Nonetheless, how does this relate to golf? Simple. You gotta get to the golf course somehow...
  17. The same. The reason I know this is because I have days where I do lose that many. Sure, it sucks, but c'est la vie.
  18. According the Johnny Miller(isms), you had a wood moment at the range. Wood = works only one day. Sounds to me like you're flipping now.
  19. What performance attributes are you looking for in a new set of clubs that your current set of clubs aren't able to provide?
  20. I don't doubt that you've hit some drives that traveled 300 yards. However, you have to understand that there's a difference between having a swing that is capable of producing a 300 yard drive versus playing in conditions that result in a 300 yard drive. IMO, after viewing your swing, the 300 yard drives you hit were because of the latter. I'll give you an example of what I mean. My average good drive is about 275. However, if I consider all my drives, that average drops to about 250. As such, I do not possess a swing that is capable of producing 300 yard drives yet, today,
  21. I find FJs overall to fit true to size. Unfortunately, there's no real standard in the shoe fitting world. The reason for this is because the last (the form that is used to build the shoe) greatly influences the fit of the shoe. The type/design of the lasts can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and sometimes can vary in different product lines within the same manufacturer. The net result is varying fits amongst shoes with the same numerical size designation. If you don't feel any pinching or heel slippage, then they're probably ok. If you're concerned that they may be too big, you c
  22. Don't sell yourself short, you posted some great scores and unless you own that dog from the Traveler's Insurance commercials, that was "all you". Congrats and it looks like all the hard work you put in is starting to pay some dividends. Keep on truckin'.
  23. There's been some great debates as to which to practice more, long-game or short-game (I'll put putting is a separate category). While there's more than one way to "skin a cat"--sorry for the analogy to all the PETA supporters out there, confusion stems from the interpretation of what construes the long-game. The association is that it's just about hitting the longer clubs (driver, woods, etc). It's not. Long-game is anything that involves a full swing. So, a full swing SW that goes 90 yards or a full swing LW that goes 75 yards, can be considered part of the long-game. The reason
  24. To OP-- We're all pretty hardcore golfers on this site, so when it comes to abiding by the rules of golf, "you're either pregnant or not". There are no mitigating cicumstances. Understandably, you may have played under some "revised' rules before because you may not have known what the correct rules were. However, once you've learned what the correct rules are, then you should abide by them. If you choose not to, which is fine by me, then you forfeit the right to complain about "cheaters". Also, don't bother to quote a handicap index or even a score because they have no merit.
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