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  1. georgep

    PGA Tour Players are Whiny Spoiled Babies?

    With the absolute nature of the phrasing, I have to vote no. While I think there are definitely occasions when a pro (some more than others) might be whiny and act like a bratty child, I certainly don't think you can say they all are or even most on a given day. Plus, how many of us don't sometimes get whiny when the golf gods have seemingly forsaken us? I'm not proud of it, but I have had a few golf tantrums on a course that would not have played well had their been a TV camera documenting my theatrics. Now, are they spoiled? The kind of money that can be made by merely making cuts and not even sniffing the leaderboard? The perks from tourneys? The endorsement deals? Heck yes, they are spoiled! But many of them realize that and do a lot of good with that privilege, as well. Plus, most have worked hard to get where they are. It's pretty easy for any of us to sometimes forget just how good we actually have it.
  2. Unless they have it hidden in there somehow, the Surefit CG does not appear to be part of the TS2, but it looks like there is at least one weight port (I wonder if it will be player adjustable or factory/fitter set). The TS3 clearly retains the CG weight tube in the design.
  3. I always drive by Deer Ridge and think it looks like fun. Unfortunately, I'm tied up three weekends in a row starting with the 22nd. Depending on where it lands, I may be able to make it.
  4. georgep

    Rogue X Question

    It depends on whether it’s important to you to have a the ability to easily work the ball, and that you like the appearance/offset at address. There are better-player distance options out there as well. Take a look at the Rogue Pro, Titleist AP3, or TaylorMade M3. All have reduced offset, somewhat smaller heads and more workability. You can read my review of the AP3 on TST: https://thesandtrap.com/b/clubs/titleist_718_ap3_irons_review. More distance is great, but assuming you make pretty consistent contact (at a 7, that would be my guess) you also need consistent distance or you’re going to be pitching back on from behind many greens.
  5. Titleist Thursdays are another good option for getting fit and a pretty cool (and free) service. Here in Central Ohio, they start up again at Kinsale (Powell) in mid-May. Check out the Titleist website for more.
  6. I've also had a love/hate relationship with hybrids for some time now. Their ability to handle so-so lies is a major boon, but their right-to-left bias creates problems for me. The hook has been my usual miss with all clubs, and hybrids exacerbate this. In previous models, the Titleist SureFit hosel helped with this tendency, but the hook still crept back in at all the worst times. When I first hit the 818, the SureFit CG (i.e., fade/draw stick) helped produce a slight fade on my stock swing. That's a very useful shape for approach shots into greens. The H1 clubhead is a little wider from front to back than the H2, but is still far trimmer than many hybrids on the market today. I carry one fairway wood, so the 21 degree H2 will serve as a transitional club between a 4-wood and my irons. Here's a feature that won't impact play, but the white Titleist 818 headcover is sharp!
  7. georgep

    Golf Club Fit for a Beginner

    Hi Liam! Welcome to TST and to golf. Your club pro friend gives good advice. But a few more things to consider: How much have you played so far? It's tough to jump into a $3K investment without being sure you like the sport. What are your goals for golf? Are you primarily in it for competitive, social or business reasons (I'd normally add exercise, but it sounds like you have that aspect covered already)? If you're in it to compete at some level or for business, you may want to spend a little more than if you're it it purely for social reasons. Roughly, judging by your height and weight, standard loft, lie, and length are going to be in the ballpark for you. So while I always recommend getting fit, depending on your commitment level right now, you might get more mileage out of the same or less money by buying off the shelf or used and getting some lessons from your club pro friend or another qualified instructor. Starting with good fundamentals will put you ahead of the curve for future improvement. I hope you find years of enjoyment on the course and on the site! Good luck and keep us posted.
  8. I saw an Epic die over a tee marker earlier this year (an expensive demonstration of frustration, happily not mine), not that I suspect that's what happened here... In his defense, the perpetrator thought we was hitting a wooden branch cut into a tee marker (which would have been a little more forgiving), but it was cast metal in the shape of a branch. The Epic had a visible crack but lasted another few holes before it began twisting on the shaft (a result of the adhesive losing its grip... which is common from heel slams). As long as you don't plan to play in any competitions, play it as long as you want or it will go.
  9. I strongly prefer spikeless to spiked shoes... much more comfortable, no hotspots from the spike ports, and you can wear them to the course or home or whatever. They also make great yardwork shoes when they get too worn for golf. Not all spikeless shoes are created equally when it comes to conditions, however. More and sharper "spikelets" create better grippage for dewy or wet conditions, particularly when they are fairly new. Flatter bottoms are more comfortable for to/from-course wear and dry conditions. While I have a pair of spiked shoes that I keep for really sloppy conditions, frankly it's more about their waterproof qualities than grip. The only time I ever have any difficulty with footing is when it's extremely soft and muddy.
  10. georgep

    Using 8 clubs this year

    I play a full bag, but as a kid I played all even-numbered irons (because my uncle split an old set into two to spread the wealth). Your yardage gaps are larger of course, but playing this way will teach you to "take a little off" certain shots. More recently, I've played a number of 3-4 clubs and a putter, and even one club, challenge rounds. It is remarkable how well you can get around the course with less than 14 clubs. You're handicapping yourself, to be sure, but if enjoyment is your primary motivation on the course... why not go lighter? There's no need to over think it. Just take every other club (plus any you just don't want to leave behind) and see how that goes. If you play one course routinely, you may find that you need a certain distance more often, but you can always adjust.
  11. I've been playing the AP3s for a few months. I have an 8.3 index, for what that's worth (doesn't really tell you how I play, just how many). They do a great job of rescuing your bad shots while still allowing you to work the ball when that's needed. Unlike some players distance irons, these have been consistent for distance (ie., good contact/swing produces XXX yards, +/- a predictable number). I've only hit the Rogue Pro into a net, so I can't really compare the two. My full review on the AP3s will be up on the blog very soon..
  12. georgep

    JPX900 Hot Metal Corrosion

    Here’s are the faces of a used JPX 900 Hot Metal P and 9-iron that have many more rounds on them than the OP’s appear to and they have no deep scratches or rust. There’s dirt in the grooves but that’s about it. I pulled these off the used rack at the shop.
  13. georgep

    JPX900 Hot Metal Corrosion

    The shop I work in sells a ton of Mizuno products. I’m surprised by both the scratches and rust you’re seeing and the response from Mizuno. We’ve always had great customer support. And my JPX 900 Tours with nearly a full season of play still look almost new. If you’re playing in sandy soil, you might get some surface scratches but they shouldn’t be deep enough to rust. Something is wrong here.
  14. This thing is going to be fun and add some data verification to range sessions. Super simple to go from box to first use. Can’t wait to dig deeper. Also glad to see my 200+ mph ball speed with a 6-iron displayed! OK so this was clearly an erroneous result... cause not clear. There was a lot going on, and several Mevos in close proximity. The three other readings could have been drivers hit from the next mat over.
  15. Ten Mevos are on their way to me. Copy and paste this list and add your name (in @mention form please) to the list where there's an "open" listed. local sale @saevel25 @iSank @Vinsk @bills80 @georgep open open open open

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