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  1. You can get an SLDR mini for around $120. It beats $400 for "The Original One".
  2. Here's a interesting question @chile have you considered a Mini-Driver? They were kind of a fad when Taylormade released the SLDR and Aeroburner lines, I believe Callaway made a Bertha Mini as well. Taylormade even released the "Original One" Mini Driver for the 40th Anniversary of the original Pittsburgh Persimmon from 1979. (I think of they marketed them as Fairway Drivers, they would have sold more). So my suggestion: Either one try a Mini-Driver (I'd go with the SLDR or Aeroburner generation if you're just curious), or go with a shorter driver, just make sure you have a professional do it, unless you really know and understand what you are doing.
  3. Now this may be in the wrong section so forgive me. I was watching a video Michael Breed did on YouTube which is below. (Just the first part) He is advocating for us golfers to get a hybrid that is the same number as your longest iron. So for example, if your longest iron is a 5-iron, you should carry a 5-hybrid for gapping purposes (That's what I take out of it.) So at what point does this become impractical? I know that the tour pros that carry hybrids, usually don't go 4-iron to 4-hybrid, because the gapping doesn't make sense at that point. It would seem to me that if you were going to do this, you'd have to drop a club somewhere else. (Or go to 4-wood, instead of 3-wood). My question is: Should what Michael is saying be heeded by most golfers, or is it more meant for middle to high handicaps? As promised here is the video:
  4. I think as you said @WUTiger some of the consideration is whether you will be hitting full shots with your sand wedge. Some can and do, so just won't. I'm going to make a strange suggestion, get a 56° or 58° wedge with the most bounce you can find. That will help you get out of bunkers and trouble. The bounce is what keeps the wedge from digging in the sand. As far as the difficulty with spin. As @WUTiger had stated a short game lesson may be in order. (Note: that is how I learned to shorten my full swing, which was why I hit fat wedge shots before, my swing was too long and I was getting stuck on my right side, now I turn through, but that's a different thread entirely)
  5. I'm actually going to pick up the HB or HB Soft myself. The good thing @Double Drops is Cleveland will customize it for you, meaning if you need a flat or upright lie they'll do it, if you need a longer than 35" putter they'll do it in 1/2" increments and for $140 you can't go wrong. Hell, if you want custom paint fill it's only $10 extra.
  6. Seems a little suspicious there. I've heard of people hitting their driver 40 yards farther than their 3-wood, but 60 yards?! I call BS. I hit my driver 30-40 yards further than my 4-wood. But then again I don't exactly hit my 4-wood correctly (as a matter of fact I almost never hit it for that reason.)
  7. Ping had that issue with the original Eye2 as well (no wonder I hit those things nearly nowhere). @downbylaw11 the lofts have gotten much stronger in the Super Game Improvement iron category. The Rogue X and Epic Forged irons both have 27° 7-irons. Your Callaway X-Forged irons fall into the Player's Cavity category, where most 7-irons these days are between 32° and 34°. (Some are still 35°). Most of the difference has mainly been because most irons launch higher than they used to. Yes more loft will be forgiving (there's a great video on YouTube about D-Plane). That being said there is absolutely nothing wrong with playing weaker/retro lofts. What some of these golfers who hit 7-iron into a 180 yard par-3 won't tell you, is that 7-iron is an SGI club with 27° of loft, and you knock your 31° 6-iron closer to the hole than their 7-iron, because more loft will usually, have a smaller shot-zone than less loft does. My issues with the SGI irons these days isn't the loft being 5-8° stronger than what I usually play, it's two things, distance control and gapping. @WUTiger will be surprised to know I've actually become a Srixon convert of all things. But I digress. I played M6 irons at the beginning of this season before settling back to my Exotics blades and eventually to the Srixon's I have now (I haven't updated my signature in a while). I'm a decent player (especially since shortening my swing). But I still need forgiveness. My blades though retro lofted weren't doing the trick. I needed something with more forgiveness so I went to the M6... Which was way too chunky for me. I hated the tight loft GAPPING at the top and the wide gaps at the bottom. My blades had 3° in the long irons and 5-PW are 4° down to my 47° PW. Then I realized I need some forgiveness but still wanted distance control and decent GAPPING. So I tried a few clubs. And picked up a set of Srixon Z565 irons (they're the 2017 model). Yes there are only 2° gaps between the 3,4,and 5 iron, then 3° to the 6-iron, 4° 7-9, 5° to the PW and 6° to the AW. But the funny thing was even with the goofy loft set-up, the distance gaps are consistent. Sorry for only being tangiently related there but the point is simple. Who really cares how far you hit each club as long as YOU know how far they go. Whether your 7-iron is 34° and carries 155, or your 7-iron carry 180 and is 27°. My 7-iron is 31° and carries 185 yards. (That's not internet mark-up either). So in conclusion, if you know your distances it matters not what number is stamped on the bottom of the club. P.S. get some hybrids or utility irons, even if they're a little older.
  8. My signature doesn't reflect WITB right now so bare with: Driver: 265 (carry and getting longer) 4-wood: 220 (shit I don't hit this the best) 4-iron: 208 5-iron: 195 6-iron: 182 7-iron: 170 8-iron: 157 9-iron: 145 PW: 133 GW: 120 SW + LW who knows maybe up to 100 yards with the 56° and never more than 50 yards with the 60° I only really use my 60° out of the sand so I don't really know. Putter: I guess on the green. But I suppose I could pull an Eddie Pepperell on a 150-yard par-three... I've never tried it, I've seen some putters at the Re-Use Center that maybe you could try that with. But the newer putters, it seems like you'd snap a weld trying that.
  9. I agree on the fact public high school golf coaches are nothing more than van drivers. When I was in high school, my team had a fairly good coach, he was genuinely around a 3 handicap, so he was a really good player. The one really nice thing I will say about him, is his got me to harness my power at that time. I was stupid long in high school. (I'm talking legitimately tour pro long at the time, 300 yards off the tee was nothing, but I was very wild) He got me to harness that power down to about 70-80% effort and I was still long, but I was a lot more accurate. We had this one par-three at our home course that was 157 yards and played about 40 feet downhill. I went to reach for my pitching wedge and he reached in my bag and handed me an 8-iron. He looked at me and said, "I'll bet you can hit it closer with this 8-iron than you have been with your pitching wedge." I proceeded to knock it to a foot. I was of the Tiger generation where we all saw Tiger hitting Driver, pitching wedge into 15 at Augusta, thinking we have to do it to, except we duff it in the water.
  10. As I stated in the how many hybrids do you carry thread, I brought some old clubs out of storage and am having a laugh playing them for a bit. This is the set-up: Nickent 4DX Evolver Driver 10.5° just a stock SR3 Stiff in this. Nickent 4DX 4-wood and 3-hybrid with UST Proforce V2 Stiff Shaft. Nickent 3DX Genex 4-hybrid Standard Nickent Stiff Shaft. Snake Eyes 685X Forged irons (5-PW) I do have the 3 and 4 iron Project X High Launch 6.0 soft stepped to 5.8. Snake Eyes 675W wedges 52°, 56°, and 60° with same shafts as irons. Yes C-Groove Penny at 35". I guess my question is this have any of you taken your older clubs to the course for a chuckle? I'd love to read some stories about it.
  11. That's funny because I found myself doing the same thing until I played the Exotics CBX. I'm currently not playing it as I pulled a couple older Nickent hybrids out of storage and dusted them off. I need to update my signature but I'm played a Nickent 4DX 3 hybrid and Genex 4-hybrid. I went back to some equipment that worked in the past. I will being starting a thread on that in the coming days.
  12. Damn straight. Everyone talks about the whole lead tape, hot melt to get the swingweight up... Amateurs... I have a 45" Ping G driver that when I hit it well I crush it. When I don't it's in the shit. I also have an Exotics EX 10 driver at 44". I didn't just get the shaft cut when I ordered it, I had Tour Edge install lead plugs into the tip end of the shaft. The result, the tip plugs bring my swingweight up to D2. Which is my swingweight in all my Exotics clubs driver to pitching wedge. If you're going to do it yourself, you would need to use lead tape or hot melt. Another option is to get a 44" shaft via Golfworks and Cobra adapter and some lead weight plugs and do it yourself. I highly recommend getting the components and having a professional do it though. Or you can just choke down and save some money.
  13. Nothing wrong with trying to hit a 2-iron even at a 17 handicap. As stated before it takes serious clubhead speed to hit a 2-iron. The general rule of thumb is if you can't hit your driver 270 yards in the air, dump the 2-iron, less than 250 yards dump the 3-iron, and so on. I am able to hit a 2 and 3-iron with decent results, I just choose not to.
  14. You can't polish a turd but I'll try. I can actually name several sports that use a handicap system for competitive play. As @Double Mocha Man stated Horse Racing is one. Bowling is probably the one that is most a kin to golf's handicap system. Bowling's is a stupid easy to figure out too. You take the difference from 200 and your USBC certified league average and you get 90% of that only in whole pins. Pool is another game where a beginner can take on a pro if your an average stick at pool. You'd have to win say 4 games in a series of 8-ball games where a pro would need 9.
  15. I disagree with the premise you are trying. The handicap system is in place so that golfers off all skill levels CAN compete with one another. Obviously there are sandbaggers and people with vanity handicaps, but these are outliers. And the handicap committee is there to identify these outliers. When a player who normally has a course handicap of 22. And plays in 3 handicap tournaments and posts rounds in the mid 80s. The committee will automatically lower their handicap. In short the handicap system has checks and balances.
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