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  1. taxgolf

    Srixon makes irons?

    I have had the idea that I need(ed) more help to play the golf course. I play with Yamaha's, forged Endo steel, woth Nippon 950 shaft. I struggle with the i5. I do get the ball up in the air. I got those irons playing off 24 hcp. Now i play 12.5. But my swing has evolved. So I got the feeling my beloved Yamaha's do not match my swing anymore. Better yet, the shaft do not fit my swing. I experienced a Mizuno fitting. I have to say, all the fuzz about the Mizuno irons as the best feeling ever, I think it is a market hype. But that's me. I made an appointment with a fitting studio. Testing, hitting and Trackman measuring. Testing different shafts. Tested the Mizu JPX 900. Light clubheadm but some how a bit dead. Fitter handed me a club, said, don't look just hit. Picked up roughly 8-10 yards consistently. even bad shots produced a more stable yet further and better ball flight. Lower. Shorter shaft than what I carry in my old clubs, Project X PXI. It was a Srixon Z565. Compared to my old irons, the Srixons were better after we compared the numbers. The look of the irons is very, very clean. I hate those chunky irons, but these baby's sure look nice. I felt they have a better sound, look and feel than the Mizu, but that's just me. Very peronal I guess. I will have them in the bag within 3 weeks!! Very exited.
  2. It is late in the evening here in the Netherlands. Might be a sentimental fool here. I have met Andy and Mike, spent a day with them, and I loved it. I admire(d) them for a lot. I started playing golf and I had no clue whatsoever. You can not compare golf in Holland with golf in the USA, so I won't even begin. When I started playing golf, an ex-colleague of mine told me about a local teacher. See him, he supposed to be good. I couldn't hit a ball consistently. That teacher had a systematic approach, different from so many teachers in Holland. I took some lessons on a regular basis with him. He gave me drills, and I practised, as much as I could. Sadly, if I could (and yet: can) make it to the Driving Range once a week, I had a good week. Still, my iron play improved tremendously, better, quickly. If I must judge my game, I would say my iron play is the most solid piece of my game. I never practiced with the driver, and yet, every time I went to the course, My game would hold up. But, the most inconsistent part of my game, is.... my driver. Somehow, it is not consistent enough. Sure, I have rounds were that thing is on song. But to me, it is not consistent. I do accept, with my HCP (12.5), I will have a mishit. I do have that with my irions. As long it is comparable with my irons, I am ok with that. One sad piece of it, is that I can not allign correctly on the T-box. Tried everything. I just don't see it. I just don't. I get distracted on the T-box if that box is on a different angle than the meandering fairway. I used to think that I hit pushes all the time, but mostly it was due to incorrect alignment. Furthermore, I do feel somehow, I do not have the proper driver. I have a Callaway 3w, black series with the light bassara shaft. I hit that thing blindly. Feels so natural. I need that with my driver. Should resolve with a planned fitting. I heared the hip slide and the argument that it will result in a hanging upper body, as stated above, To me, that is nonsense. You have to practise. I had and entered a lot of discussions in which people told me that I moved my weight to the right or from times to times hung my upper body back. It took me some time to see and acknowledge, 1) that I didn't put enough effort in the practise, 2) appearently, my body was fighting against it, 3) I didn't execute it as I should. I made a call for my self to 'let it/S&T go', let my body dictate the swing. Why fight it when you can go with the flow? And, I have to admit, I watched a lot of other clips from teachers (5sk, J. Mayo, G. Gankas, to name a few). I even had a lesson from the great Mayo. So I wondered what it would bring. I let the focus of 'weight left' etc. go. The funny part of it all: I am swinging more centered than I ever did. Consistent. Consistent with irons, hybride and 3w. Now I need that for the driver. So, where does it leave me? I do think that there is a risk of a hanging upper body. Yet, I see tons of golfers whom would benefit from the systematic approach. I am sure I still have some elements in my swing which could be labeled as S&T. But I think I departured S&T a bit. But don't we all? Or should we call it 'evolve'? I hope so. Good night, I am going to watch The Presidents cup matches and turn in.
  3. taxgolf

    Mizuno MP 18 Irons

    Played yesterday with the wedges. They really 'bite' the bal. Loved it.
  4. taxgolf

    Mizuno MP 18 Irons

    I had a fitting session for 1,5 hour, with the Mizuno truck and that swing DNA system. I had to hit . a few shots (3x3) with the dna. Then started first with the JPX 900. KBS shaft and Nippon modus. Track man behind me. Than we swithed to the MP- 18MB. I loved the compact head. The KBS (brushed shaft) i liked. The project X was no good for me. The numbers wth the Nippon were top notch. Unfortunately, didn't get the numbers.emailed to me. Nice ballfllight. I tried to hit a bad shot with the MB, but to my surprise, I hit it flush. Real sotf feeling iron. Could be two things. It was my day at that time of the year where everything clicked (ahum), or those irons are really good... I would have no hesitation to put a PW-I5 in the bag. I found them really easy to hit! I always felt that blades are way to much for me, a few steps out of my league. When I read reviews of the MP18 blades, they are meant for HCP 5 or lower. I play 12.5 HCP I really wonder if that is true. The I hit shots with the SC. Lovely iron, same result with respect to the shaft. Nippon would be it. So much better. The sales rep would have no hesitation to let me play with a full set of blades, but recommended I5-I7 MP 18SC, I8-PW for the blades. Nippon Modus. I ordered 2 wedges, T7. What a wedge, I was amazed with the control and spin I generated. I immediately felt comfortable over the ball. Couldn't hit a bad shot. Of course, ths was on the DR and not over 18 holes... He recommended standerd length and lie. Which is different from my current set, 0,5 longer, 1 up. My innitial question would be if that might be correct. But would it make it such a difference? Another question, can TM give some info about a recommended shaft length? Or do you measure that differently? Hit a few shots with the Mizuno driver, don;t know the shaft, it was sitff. I got tired a bit. I had decent avarge numbers, carry 215 - 220 yards, total distance 235 - 240. Sales rep told me that I easily could add up 10% extra because we hit with an average type of driving range ball. So that would mean seomthing around the 255 yards in total. Nice for me, loved the sound of the driver, very pleasant at set up, hit the same ball flight. I would love to have a bit more distance, but I think if I hit the fairways with a distance of 240-250, I would be more than enough in a position to score!
  5. taxgolf

    Over-Stating the Value of a Playing Lesson

    Interesting topic. I was a S&T student, but drifted aeay from that a bit. Really liked the teacher, but could not find the time to take a lesson, practise and get back to check if the info and practise gave results. When I got the time, i wanted to play. Got some injuries and could only pratice small motions like putting or chipping. Last year I got a lesson from Trackmanmaestro when he was in Holland. Spent the afternoon talking with him. Had the time of my life!! He set me in positions which felt very, very uncomfortable at first but I was hitting draws within 15 minutes. Since then, I never sliced a ball and never looked back. I now take lessons from a teacher who also spend the day with trackmanmaestro that day and who knows what to do in general, more specific with my swing (he filmed it, was there the whole lesson). I take a lesson, get 2 drills, practise, come back within 6-8 weeks. And we compare and talk about the progress. I do not mind the practise, might even more like it than playing itself! Within my possibillity's, trying tonget better! The impact sound off a well struck ball, it is amazing!! It changed my position on lessons.
  6. taxgolf


    They filmed me, but unfortunately I only have it on my app and somehow I can not copy paste it. But whenever I am on film, I want to quit golf. Horrible
  7. Mr Mayo came to Holland. I was very fortunate to finally meet him and very lucky to book a lesson. To sum it up. It was impressive, learningfull, in no time he had me hitting draws. First, he set my body. It felt very umcomfortable at first, but after a few moments I got used to it. Feet flared, handle up like throwing a frisbee. At first it felt very strange but after a while, i started drawing. Amazing. My left knee is strechting to quickly I must work at that amd as soon as I got that undet control, i start ripping it. The sound of impact became different, more oof a thumpb. I have practised now for a few weeks. I am not totally familar, but I can control my curvature more and more. Played 2 rounds, committing to the new swing sonto speak. I draw the ball now, sometimes even hooling it. I hook it when i straighten my knee to soon in the downswing. When I keep my flex longer. It draws. I gained distance and I know noe bettet what my clubface is doing. I was very impressed with Joe. After me, he helped a semi pro player. I never ever seen someone before who became a better player within one hour under the guidence of a top coach. Player ne and he found his mojo. Joe is an absolute tip top pro with tons of knowledge. I felt fortunate to have met him
  8. I have a question, watching the Scotish Open. Picture this (right handed player). You are in the fairway, let's say an I7 to the green, to make it easy, flag a bit right of center. I know there are a lot more factors, like what is on the right side of the green, where do I miss it, what shot do you normally play etc. But for argument sake, lets leave that out. The wind is blowing accross the fairway, perpendicular. You have the choice for 2 type of shots. A fade or a draw. My question: what do you play? What is the safest option? If I hit a fade, I want to let the ball turning in the wind, back to the flag. But if the wind catches on, I might up hitting a push. Vice versa with the draw. I want to start it right of the flag, which means the ball will start into the wind, but if the wind takes on, I might just end up with a ball way left of the flag. Does a ball turn into the wind? Or do you always play into wind? Do I hit a fade or a draw? Or is the answer simply: it depends? I was just wondering and couldn't find an answer for myself. I saw Mcdonald hitting a shot and he looked discusted with the outcome. I coulnd't see the type of shot he hit.
  9. Mixed feelings about this one. What struck me when I started to play golf, that everyone seemed genuinely interested, willing, to help you with the best intentiones. That is something to cherish. At some point I felt the need also to give some free advice, when you see someone falling back or whatever. But I never did it. Somehow, indeed it is feeling a bit like 'hey, I am better than you'. But more, I think I know a bit about a swing, but the reality is that I am not a teacher. So I shouldn't act like one. Ofcourse I see no problem in an exchange of drills etc. Like when you are around the practise chipping area and someone ask you what you are working on.
  10. taxgolf

    Best Shot of the Week

    I played a course for the first time. On a par three, the flag was about 172 yards. With a wind blowing in the face. I was in doubt what to do, so I picked my five iron and gripped down somewhat. I hit my shot and the ball stopped at 170 yards, nearly a hole in one. Lucky it didn't drop, because the clubhouse was full. Somehow, my best shot was a difficult hole. Small fairway, left oob, right a big pond. Dogleg to the right. I hit a decent drive in the heavy wind, around 235 yards. Accross the water to the pin was around 195 yards. Sensible thing was playing around the water, lay up with your 3rd shot. I decided to go for it, reward a good drive. I hit a stinger fade, landed right of the green, shot a soft flop an tapped in for par. Best hole I played this year.

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