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  1. I have the Classic driver and 3W, like them although sometimes I play my Cobra driver and fairway woods, depends on my mood. Given my handicap and continuing struggle with golf I need all the help I can get. I watched a Mark Crossfield review of the Cleveland HB Launcher irons and tried and like them, I bought a set, 4i thru gap wedge. I know they are not to everyone's liking, (hybrid design) but I hit them well. I find them easier to hit then my Pings but I do sacrifice a little distance, (they hit the ball high). I just club up when needed.
  2. I lent my Ping putter to a friend to try, he lost the head cover. I called Ping and they sent me a new one at no charge.
  3. 2 to 4 a round. Played a few weeks ago and was pulling everything left off the tee, lost 8! That is why I play cheap balls, Top Flite, Callaway Hex.
  4. At 68 and three back surgeries I don't think I'm going to become a better golfer so I stay with the Top Flites, sometime Costco has Callaway Hex really cheap, I play them too.
  5. On windy days the old adage stated above 'when breezy swing easy' applies. For me, on windy days, I leave the driver in the bag and go with a 3W because it keeps the ball flight lower, out of the wind for the most part, but that is me. I hit my 3W well so I don't lose that much yardage and I'm on the short grass. I am not afraid to club up, a lot in some cases, for my next shot. What bothers me the most is the sound of the wind in my ears, makes me not concentrate enough, very distracting, especially when putting . Maybe I should get ear plugs.
  6. My problem was a strong fade to the right, not a slice but close to it. I watched 'How to hit a driver" under Swing Thoughts on TST and it helped a lot. I even wrote out the instructions and read them before I play because my 68 year old brain can't remember anything.
  7. No, play it as it lies, league rules. Except we are allowed to move the ball if it end up in a divot.
  8. Under 'Swing Thoughts' there are a few videos which have helped me when I have been in your position. I particularly liked 'How To Hit A Driver', really helped me with addressing the ball which I took to my other clubs as well. Hang in there things will get better. Go to the range without any expectations and relax, don't get mad or upset if you miss a shot, have fun with it. We have all had periods where we felt like we never played before. I played a few weeks ago and lost 8 balls while driving, had to go to my 3W and still a lost a few more, everything was going left and I didn't know why, I wanted to quit and take up tennis but I stuck with it and it all worked itself out. I still only shoot in the nineties but I have fun.
  9. I agree, I have been hitting Cobra fairway woods and drivers for years. I fade the ball so I went with the Max series with the offset.
  10. If you are new to golf why would attempt to do this yourself? IMHO take the clubs to an experienced shop/person to have them done.
  11. How did that work out for you, i.e., the 2 hybrid versus the 3W?
  12. Having had three lower back surgeries I know a 'little' about it. Don't go to the gym especially if you have pain down the legs, (right or left). Go to a doctor and I recommend a neurosurgeon not an orthopedics doctor, (not that I want to hurt anyone feelings). Lower back pain can be caused by many things, you need to have it checked out. They will probably do an MRI if the pain is severe enough or doesn't go away. Seek help.
  13. In the league I played in, you were to play it as it lies, no moving the ball, no fluffing the lie. If you were caught it was a one stroke penalty, and everyone watched everyone else, (there was money on the line). I believe that is the only way to learn to play golf, for real. If you're behind a tree, chip out onto the fairway and take your lumps. The exception we made was if you ended up in a divot you could move the ball out.
  14. Played today with back pain, probably should have skipped the round but it was with the league and so..... Anyway, time for the ice and stretching. I will skip playing for a week or so and see how I feel. Luckily no pain down the legs, it is just a muscle/ligament problem I hope, but it did/does hurt.
  15. Over the years I have had three back surgeries and continue to fight lower back pain, (although much less since my last operation). For tightness and pain I use over the counter pain med and ice. I know a lot of people say heat but I can tell you that ice is the best, the colder the better. I fill a baggy with ice cube and put it straight on my back, 20 minutes a session. I also do the stretches explained above, yoga is good but take it easy. If you're getting pain down the leg, (right or left), see a neurosurgeon right away. I recommend a neurosurgeon versus and orthopedics doctor, IMHO. Be careful with prescription pain meds. After my second surgery I got a staph infection, six weeks on antibiotics, the pain was unbelievable. A pain management doctor put me on fentenal (spelling??), I was on it for over a year until I found relief by going to a chiropractor and using ice and stretching. Withdrawal off the pain meds was horrible, never again!
  16. I don't know if it counts but I play in a league where we play a best ball scramble. also we're over 65 year old so we play it forward. Had a straight out par 5, one of the guys hit a great tee shot down the middle, I hit a great 3W onto the green, ~20 feet from the hole. I putted and the ball went in for an eagle. But as I said it took a team effort to make it. I have never had an eagle playing stroke play in all my years of playing.
  17. As a newbie I'm surprised the instructor is talking to you about shafts, you need to get a swing going first before thinking about shafts, IMHO.
  18. I guess they are just sold on line because I never see the 3 or 4 piece ball in the Costco near me. They do carry the Callaway Hex ball at a nice price but I don't know anything about them. I bought two dozen, figured I would give them a try. With my handicap I can't really tell the difference in balls anyway, I just know I'm not paying $4 a ball. I had bought the Kirkland 4 piece ball before and played them, they were OK but I lost them all to the woods or water, some in the open rough.
  19. My bag is a Driver, 3W, 5W, 4 through 9 irons, 45*PW, 50*Gap, 56* and 58*SW and putter. I know the 56 and 58 a close in lofts but I use the 56 with thinner sole for pitching/chipping and the 58 with large sole for the sand. However I recently have been chipping with the 58, e.g., going over a green side trap. Starting to work out well. Note, all my irons are a hybrid design, easy for me to hit versus a blade.
  20. I would go to a someplace like Dicks Sporting Goods or your local Pro Shop for advise. Dicks sells beginner clubs that will last and wont break the bank. You can also look at used clubs. I would talk to a Pro and get some good ideas first, maybe a lesson or two before you go out a play.
  21. Played yesterday, on a long par 5, 165 out, hit a 5 iron put it within 4 feet of the hole. (No I'm not a long ball hitter anymore so this was really good for me). Didn't even feel the ball come off the club, nice a smooth.
  22. I feel your pain. My 58* is not good off of hard pan I therefore also carry a 56* with little sole to hit off of hard pan, works much better then the 58*.
  23. My Cobra 3W and 5W are my go to clubs, they have to be because I only drive the ball like 210. For some crazy reason, and don't ask me why, I have always been able to hit fairway woods really well. I see a lot of my buddies struggle with these clubs and I have noted a few things. On my backswing I slide the club back across the top of the grass about 4 inches, I want to hear it. I see most guys pick the club up off the grass. I don't look to crush the ball, I go more for a smooth tempo and let the club do it's job. Most guys I see swing out of their socks. I pick a spot on the back of the ball and stare at it not letting my head lift or lower during my swing. I don't know what my friends do but I have seen them actually miss the ball or hit six inches behind it. Set up for me is straight forward, ball just forward of the middle of my stance. I know when I'm in the rough I think about "digging the ball out" to make sure I don't top it. I'm not sure that alters my swing but it is something that goes through my head.
  24. I use the Callaway Sure Out 58* S wedge, looks the same as your Cleveland. For this shot I watched a Mark Crossfield YouTube video and learned to hit down on the ball with a very steep strike, i.e., hinge your wrists on the back swing, hand forward, (de-lofting the club), and let the club pop the ball up and out. I tried it this week and damned if it didn't work. You're right though, I need to practice that shot more,
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