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PirateJim

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  1. Is golf for the upper class? Is fishing for the upper class? All you really need to go fishing is a branch and some thin string with a bent pin and a worm, though a cane pole and J hook are usually considered bare minimum. On the other end are folks in the 80 foot Vikings trolling for marlin in some of the more exotic fishin' holes of the planet. With golf there are plenty of people that get in a round a week on the local municipal goat farm with some old sticks they got at a garage sale down the road and they have fun. Then you have Augusta and other clubs that aspire to attain that leve
  2. The answer as to whether you should change out your irons may depend on what you are currently playing with. A high handicap player is best served playing clubs that fall into or are very near what people call Super Game Improvement class, i.e. very forgiving and as easy to hit straight shots with as possible. Getting yourself into some easy to hit clubs isn't really buying a game (IMO), and golf is hard enough even with pretty easy to hit clubs in your bag. One other thought; your swing does not improve because your handicap goes down. It is the other way around, your handicap goes down b
  3. Most off-the-rack men's clubs seem to be aimed at the 5'11" - 6' crowd. You may have better luck finding used clubs that fit by looking at women's clubs, but you may find the shafts are not stiff enough. Not all women's clubs are pink or overtly feminine, though some certainly are. Another good option, if you want to go with used clubs, would be hunting around for a club repair shop and discussing your plans with them, they may be able to help guide you in which shafts to look for to make modification easier. You didn't indicate any sort of budget constraints, but for new clubs I wou
  4. When I voted yes I was mostly thinking about how high I set the tee. However, when I think about it I try to set the ball so I don't hit my identification marks to keep them from needing to be redone after every round.
  5. I do not believe that drinking helps your physical ability to play golf in any real way. That said, I pretty much always grab a can of beer before heading to the first tee, and that is often on top of one I've had with lunch. (I'm mostly an afternoon golfer. :-) I'm a 200+ pounder with 12-pack abs, so with some food in my stomach I can soak up a couple of light beers without getting that much of a buzz. It seems to brighten my attitude.
  6. Okay, I'll take a shot at a couple of suggestions. First, hit the driving range. I have been down the top/chunk trail. For me, part of it is thinking about swing mechanics on the course, that is why you need to spend some more time on the range so you can focus on direction and distance on the course. And,again this is for me, but I suspect others would be well served by focusing on the front side of the ball at address instead of the back. This really helps me avoid the chunks, and yet I gravitate toward looking at the butt end of the ball. Chipping/pitching is a lot about feel. Some p
  7. I guess "over confidence" is a matter of both perspective and thus perception. I said it can be a problem because I equate it with questionable decisions like hitting a poor drive and trying to make up for it by carrying the too far out water hazard with a slammed three wood off a tight lie. That said, making smart decisions about the next shoot and then committing to them completely is a very good thing, IMO.
  8. For the past year (since I took golf up again) I've been carrying four, PW - 45* GW - 50* SW - 54* LW - 58-60* (experimenting with various clubs) I'm currently leaning very heavily toward adding another wedge to tighten the low end gaps (44, 48, 52, 56, 60) and leaving either my 7 or 4 wood out depending on the course, 4 mostly probably. I currently seem to appreciate shorter putts on most holes more than shorter approach shots on a few par 5s.
  9. I'm not sure where you are, so you may have more or less options easily available, but here are a couple of thoughts. First, if you are already pretty set on what kind of clubs you are itching for, go to the manufacturer's web site and look for a list of authorized fitters. These will likely range from golf courses, driving ranges and small retail stores that have a limited fitting bag, up to elaborate "performance center" type operations that are often associated with resorts, and golf schools like David Ledbetter's. I think most of them have fitters that are in between the two extre
  10. I was swinging a 6 iron at Golfsmith yesterday and the monitor said 86. I only noticed really because it jumped out at me as being high, I'm usually closer to 80, so I expect the gizmo was out of calibration or something. There was no reason for that club to have been swinging that much faster than my usual. I do NOT have the swing speed of a pro and blissfully never will.
  11. Really. Remember, the topic at hand is breaking 100. On a 430 yard par 4 a 200 yard drive into the fairway with a nice open view in front of you leaves you 230 out. You pull a 6 iron because you hit it pretty well and knock it 150 yards straight toward the green. Now you're still 80 yards out, but that's a pretty comfortable wedge shot, even for short hitters. So you plunk it into the center of the green because you know that it is best at this point in your game development to aim at the fat part of the green. Two putts later you have a 5. That's bogey golf, and that's knocking o
  12. Yep, trying to hit it too hard certainly messes me up worse than trying to hit it smooth and easy. Once you are hitting 'em fairly straight, you can work on adding back power until things start coming apart again. About 230 seems to be my rough average. I wish I could boom it 280, but I can't. Unless you play a really long course, or are too macho in your tee selection, 230 in the fairway is a good step toward most greens. This is solid advice. If you have the option where you play, establish an official handicap, otherwise, at least figure out what you
  13. Well... having seen none of them, and knowing nothing of your skills or how you approach wedge play, it is a bit hard to guess. But assuming they aren't TOO vintage, I'd go with the two Callaways, mostly because I think a 54 and a 58 is more useful up close than a 54 alone, particularly if you have been getting along okay with the 60. If you can, look at the condition of the grips and make sure they shafts are intact. New grips would set you back the cost of the clubs, and a bent or badly rusted shaft pretty much makes them garbage. If you could hit them before buying, that would be nice.
  14. I use a Mid-Slim 2.0 and love it a lot. I would suggest you wrap your hands around some examples to see what feels best. I re-grip most of my clubs myself, but completely agree with having the Super Stroke (or any putter grip with a flat on the front for that matter) put on by someone that is good at it. I take a grip on most of my clubs by looking at the face, not the grip, but a putter grip needs to be on square. A lot of places that sell those grips have someone competent to do the install (it ain't rocket science, but it takes a skill). They should also be able double check the s
  15. The current answer is one. If you are reading this the day I post it, the set makeup in my signature should reflect that I'm currently carrying a 23* hybrid in place of the 4i and a 7 wood in place of a 3i. Tomorrow it may change again. I don't seem to hit my 4i appreciably farther than my 5, probably because deficiencies in my skills, so the hybrid fills the gap better. Sadly, if I am not careful about keeping a pretty steep swing with it, I will hit some unexpected hooks that always really hack me off and the club will fall out of the bag for a while.
  16. Whether you will benefit from "players" clubs depends a lot of the quality of your ball striking. If you hit them pure pretty much all the time they should help with consistency (so I'm told). If, like me, you don't always find the center of the face, they may do more harm than good. The offset question should be easily answered from the specs on the manufacturer's web sites. A different offset might help you. Lighter shafts should increase club head speed and thus add a little distance, but if you are looking at players clubs you probably aren't looking for longest anyway. Some th
  17. I have been playing G20s for a bit over a year now and am currently thinking I'll probably be using them for 2014 as well. I was just getting back into golf when I bought them and I got 4 - LW because I didn't have much idea what other wedges I'd pick at that point. The 58* lob wedge, 12* bounce, works just fine for me and became my go-to club around the green. I agree a 58 is easier to hit than a 60. Around July/August I started being annoyed by the very wide sole both because it limited options for fanning the face open as has been noted, and because the shape of the cavity back sole fla
  18. First, while I won't argue your lessons a year and a half ago didn't help, I would strongly suggets that you consider taking more (and or trying Evolver as suggested, I personally just prefer a pro on the range). There is no shame in taking lessons, it helps most people. Why do I suggest this? [QUOTE](1) My drives only reach 180-200 yards on a decent strike off the tee. (2) I'm finding it difficult to strike a wood off the ground. I'm also finding it difficult to hit 3/4 iron. I can't get any height on them whatsoever. [/QUOTE] Now, honestly, even if you only hit the ball 200 off the tee,
  19. I have ignored this thread too long! What will I shoot tomorrow? Nothing, zero, zip, nada! The forecast is for 48 as a HIGH. Nope, I am staying home and figuring out how to get the AC into heat mode. The next few days look rainy, but it should be back near 80 on Friday, and hopefully my score will be similar. ;-)
  20. I had been watching the new Apex irons early release testing and then the advertising with growing enthusiasm. Man, they looked sweet in the pictures, and not having been a long-time Hogan Apex fan I wasn't offended by the name. Last Friday I made the trek to the Edwin Watts store up the road a bit with the aim of finally getting my hands on the clubs and giving them a try. Honestly, I'm not sure what it is about them in the "flesh" but as I handled them all the excitement just faded away. In the end, I stuck them back on the rack and walked out without even giving one a swing. They
  21. Like so many things in golf, there isn't a simple black and white correct answer. For me, it was to learn to use my lob wedge for everything to begin with. Why? Because, there are times when you will have to use what I call a "pitch" shot (a fairly high shot, that lands not far from the target and doesn't roll out a lot.) For example, when you are close to the green, and the pin is close to you on the green, but there is an inconveniently placed sand trap in between. You really just can't do the "bump and run" type "chip" from that spot. And the shot is actually pretty similar if you are
  22. I don't care for the stripe on the driver, but at least it probably IS useful for alignment, unlike the garish graphics on some other drivers. The (pictures of) the irons look real nice to me. Clean and pretty classic. There is a family resemblance to the S55, which can't be bad. I had to throw in the caveat because I just came from Edwin Watts getting my first look at the Callaway Apex irons that I had been pretty excited to get hold of. Something about them turned me off so completely when I got 'em in my hand I didn't even bother trying one out. Pitty, they look good in pictures
  23. The big boom in golf course expansion seems to have come to a grinding halt, so there may be more club pros and retiring mini-tour players looking for a permanent home than there are new openings. If you are a good teacher and have a real understanding of swing mechanics and a knack for communication that in ways that work for lots of different people you might make a living as a teaching pro if you can find an assistant pro slot. But from watching my local pro, I bet the job is pretty boring really. You'll get a few real dedicated golfers that listen, practice and improve, but you w
  24. I think playing regularly helps, but I am also a firm believer that spending time on the range is an important piece of the puzzle. For me, the range is the place to think about swing mechanics. That is my personal definition of practicing with purpose I suppose. The golf course (again, for me) is NOT the place to think about swing mechanics. This means that on the range I really think about my swing plane, how I'm hinging my wrists, how I'm shifting my weight and what that feels like as I make my backswing and start the downswing. I do try to always have a proper target, but don't
  25. Okay, I admit that I am taking a guess at this. But my guess is that something "triggers" the swing speed calculation and that it is likely detection of the ball moving. It would make sense to me that the impact of hitting a whiffle would slow the club down fractionally less than hitting a heavier real ball and that could account for the difference. Does the swing speed radar gizmo work with no ball there? And if so, what does it say?
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