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  1. The photos below illustrate some differences between a 1983 Ben Hogan radial 5 iron and a 2015 Mizuno JPX 850. According to specs I found online, the stock Hogan sizes were no shorter than the Mizuno, but I have two Hogan 5 irons, both the same length and both .75" shorter than the Mizuno 5 iron. In fact, my Mizuno 6i is longer than the Hogan 5i's. As far as lofts, the Hogans were supposedly much weaker. Just by eyeballing the two, that looks to be the case, but I can't tell how much. (I didn't take any pictures of the lofts) The club heads of the Mizunos are giant compared to the '83 Radials, as are the top lines. What I find interesting is how wide the center of the sole is on these old Hogan clubs when compared to the modern GI. I don't know very much about club head design, but I don't think this is/was typical of blades. I'm not even going to try to BS my way through physics, but I can safely say that because the design tapers at the toe, you'll know it when you hit a toe shot on a 30° day with these clubs. So here's a club that is 30 years older than a modern GI club. It has a much smaller head, a weaker loft, a shorter shaft and a very limited sweet spot. I average just below 100 on short courses and obviously am not a very good ball striker. Yet, I can hit these clubs - as long as my swing is on. In terms of club length and loft, this Hogan 5i matches up closer to my 6i Mizuno. I can get every bit as much loft on my shots with this old club. As far as distance, I hit several shots this afternoon that reached my 6i distance of 150 yds and a couple that exceeded it by 10-15 yds. Along with those, I hit a couple less than 120 yds and at least one shank. As others have said, the GI's are all about the off-center shots. On the Mizunos, there isn't that much of a difference in distance between a pured shot and one that feels horrible. On the Radials, it's night and day.
  2. Does anyone else feel like this discussion should take place in another topic?
  3. Sorry Doug, I wasn't even thinking along those lines when I asked how the game was coming along. It was just a general question. I haven't been out on the course since November so I'm always envious of those of you down south. Nice practice setup by the way.
  4. My opinion is that any time we can reduce swing thoughts or simplify what can be a complicated process, we've likely made the process easier to execute. While I don't know enough about the golf swing to agree or disagree, if the thought is helping you hit the ball better it sounds like good advice. Assuming you've been able to get out to the course, how's the game coming along?
  5. I hope you don't mind me asking questions on your swing thread, but how difficult of a transition was it for you? Were you able to achieve the goal fairly quickly while practicing from on the mat but more difficult a change to apply when ball flight became part of the equation? I ask because I've found the transition extremely difficult. Nice work on the changes. FWIW, it's impressive that someone with such a low handicap works so hard to get even better.
  6. Welcome to the site @HistoricCityPark.
  7. @Blackjack Don, I feel your pain in regards to all the thoughts and information. You have a bad or practice session and you start thinking about how to fix it. So you start trying different things to fix your seemingly inability to make decent contact on a regular basis. Or, things are going well for several shots in a row when you abruptly start hitting low slices to the right. So you wonder, are they shanks or am I leaving the face wide open. You might start wondering about something unrelated to the priority piece... The only advice I can give is to listen to the guys above (even if I have problems following the advice myself). Also, don't expect improvement to last without constantly working on it. Look at Mike's swing thread. The guy shoots near scratch and he still works like hell to maintain improvement. Same with those guys who shoot in the low teens. Have faith that working on the priority piece will help. While practicing it, don't allow poor shot results to screw with your focus. As far as encouragement, understand that your hand-eye coordination is improving everyday. At some point, the priority work will pay off. That doesn't mean you will master it and suddenly drop 5 strokes, only that it has gotten to the point where something else will need more work. I'm a bit of a hypocrite because I fail to follow the advice above. I don't suck at golf, I suck at proper practice.
  8. Welcome @Largobuc. I'm an ex-Floridian (St. Pete) and started the game at around 50 as well (don't know about you, but I kick myself for not learning this game as a kid). Lots of good information and conversation here.
  9. Exercise and save money. I don't understand those who believe walking a course isn't good exercise. On average, my scores may be a bit better when I ride, not that much better.
  10. Just browsing through all the 3D software, I get the impression many are intended for specific fields such as electrical, architecture, modeling, animation, parts engineering... I'll take your advice on setting up a profile. I agree that learning the software is the relatively easy part. The far more difficult part is knowing the trade or profession the drawing will be use for. I'm not going to learn that from watching YouTube videos. I'll give SketchUp another look as I definitely fall into the hobbyist category. Anytime I've had any sort of project (recently rebuilt steps for my deck), I've found having it planned out helps tremendously. I've always used Illustrator in the past for this, but only because it's what I use every day. Just as a real-world exercise, I actually drew a part that my brother-in-law needs to mill out of aluminum for the company he and I work for (he often machines his own replacement or custom parts). I first did the 2D multi-view sketch in Illustrator to establish the angles, dimensions, positioning of holes and threads, etc. Because I had that drawing for reference, when it came time to create the 3D model it went really well... only took a few hours.
  11. You're right. I mistakenly thought it was Solidworks.
  12. I'm not sure if they are one of the high-end developers, but Autodesk seems to make some decent software. I have next to no experience though.
  13. This is what I've found as well. I got a kick out of your description of the YouTube videos and how easy the experts make it look. I'll have to check and see if it runs on a Mac. I think Maya had to run on a Windows partition back in the day. I might look into this or even take an online class. Have considered working towards some type of certification, but that would be down the road, if at all. At least you're using it for a purpose. Haven't sent anything to a printer yet. It's amazing how affordable that technology seems to be. I'd print at least one piece. I think a lot of this stems from just feeling that I haven't pushed myself to learn as many things as I could have in my life. Funny how things change once you approach a certain age. Anyway, there is a feeling of accomplishment when/if you can push through the difficulty and end up learning something new. It's not like I'm ever going to become proficient - as in career-wise. But it might turn into a cool hobby. Of course, all this changes once the golf courses open.
  14. Thanks Don.
  15. A few years ago I played around with Maya which I believe is a Solidworks application. There was just something that made it feel like it would be impossible for me to learn. I've heard Solidworks is considered by many to be the industry standard - for mechanical engineering anyway. But from what I've read online, the "best 3D software" is often contested. This time around, it's been a little easier. But it isn't anything I'll be able to master.