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  1. Callaway Epic Star driver and 3 wood, plus Rogue X irons and a V-Line putter. I recently got these and I need to start looking for clubs to fill in the distance gaps between the 6 iron, (at about 175 yards), up to the 3 wood, (at aboout 210 yards)... The irons were also lengthened and backweighted by me. They are extended 2 inches and have 60 grams of lead in the extenders. All of them swing C3.
  2. I agree, but at the same time, I'm sure the individual marketing departments are looking at every single detail, including the connector, to make some point why their brand is better. I might burn the connector out of the regular flex shaft so I can use the senior flex. I have no doubt which is better for me, but otherwise, I wouldn't risk messing up a shaft. I do have a heat gun, so as opposed to a torch, I could probably just burn one hand instead of both.
  3. I've had the same problem, even within the Amp Cell line. I have one Amp Cell driver with 6 adjustments on the hosel. I bought a second Amp Cell driver to get the senior flex shaft cheaper than buying the shaft would be, but when it arrived, the 2 connectors are very different. The second driver had an open, closed and neutral setting, nothing else. If you get into the newer Cobra drivers, you will find there are some that you can swap from model to model, but I know what you are going to say... and I agree... The Amp Cell feels so much better than anything Cobra has made since then.
  4. We'll just have to agree to disagree, based on nothing more than it's interesting to you, but not to me. You have every right do be interested in the details for cause and effect, but in the end, we both know our equipment choices will be based on the end result.
  5. THAT'S EXACTLY MY POINT!!! Why should we confuse ourselves with esoterica? Let the fitter prove his or her worth by messing with what might affect spin numbers in a positive way. Look for results and focus on nothing else.
  6. Honestly, no offense intended to anyone here, but why do spin numbers really matter? I'm interested in an end result, not the biproduct stats of hitting balls. I know we are inundated with numbers in golf these days, measurements we hear about on the tours and in the computerized booths, but really? If I want to choose a new driver and I hit one longer and straighter, those end numbers are more important, because they, and only they, express what I'm hoping to accomplish. Sure, the fitter might have messed with the settings on the driver in ways that positively affected the spin, but why should I be concerned as long as the result is what I'm looking for?
  7. Agreed on all points, but further to all... As to lofts... We all know why the gap wedge had to be invented, because club makers wanted to fake technology to make clubs hit the ball farther by doing little but reducing the loft. As I've gone through the past 20 years, from 50 to 70, I've gone from hitting stiff shafts to senior shafts. I've gone from hitting a 3/4 8 iron 150 yards to needing a fairly full 6 iron. One thing that has helped though is my recent turn to Cobra One Length irons. Because I'm very tall, mine are modified to be 2" longer and back weighted to C4, (I love that, like plastic explosive), and I've regained a good amount of distance with the short irons. Those irons have lofts to accommodate their lengths with the long irons stronger and the short irons weaker, but the long irons are still much stronger loft increases than the short irons loft decreases. And PGA rough... A number of years ago, I played the Blue Course at Doral the day after the tournament was over. Fairways there are pretty wide, but anything into the rough was nearly impossible to find, even though it had been trampled down a bit by 6 days of crowds. I felt lucky to survive And let's not overlook PGA Tour green speeds. I played Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, California when my daughter lived there. The slope of the greens and stimp meter speed, which I guess had to over 12 and they were like nothing I ever saw. I hit 10 fairways, 12 greens, then 3 and 4 putted my way to a 99. Fortunately, in both cases, it's been enough years to look back on each round fondly, with a lot less pain than there once was.
  8. About 12 years ago, I had a fitting for a set of Ping irons. The fitter went through the prescribed routine, fitting me for irons 2" extra long and 2* upright with stiff shafts at that time. While that fitting might have been technically correct, what he never took into account were certain subjective things like my advanced age and the nearly constant heat and humidity where I live in Miami, Florida. I complained while hitting balls in the booth that the swingweight felt too heavy for me to manage, but he kept making excuses that swingweight didn't matter. He also said Ping could reduce the swingweight by removing weights behind the medallion on the back of the club. The irons arrived with an E6 swingweight and I refused them. I currently use irons that are 2" extra long, but they have been back weighted to C4. Why Ping couldn't have done that is beyond me. My point is, there's a lot more than the technical aspects of a fitting.
  9. I don't know about that... I have friends in Kirkwood who lived elsewhere and near retirement, moved back. Personally, I love St. Louis. The Sheldon Concert Hall is one of the most perfect acoustic rooms in the country and I've seen some incredible artists there. A friend runs Jazz On The Bistro down the block... Other than the cold weather, it's one of my favorite places to visit friends.
  10. Killian Greens runs through homes. In the past, they've had a problem with homeowners having company and their parties overflowing onto the golf course, leaving trash around and occasionally damaging a green. They also have had people simply walk onto the course from the street and drink or have picnics during the night. They leave trash too. They did have one homeowner that called the police when she saw someone about to build a campfire on the course. The course is owned by one individual, thus it's private property, regardless that he runs it like a public golf course for the sake of people who wish to play there. They recently built a fence around the whole course. There will be gates at points where you have to cross a neighborhood street to get from one part of the course to another. They will be opened early in the mornings when they put out pins and locked at night. It should be interesting to see whether it stops the problems.
  11. The only golf related item on my bucket list is to return to Louisville, Kentucky, where I grew up, and play a few of the courses I grew up on. I do want to go to the Golf Hall of Fame and I suppose I'd like to play there, but it doesn't hold as much importance in my mind. Playing famous courses across this country holds no interest of real consequence for me.
  12. At the 2 courses where I play most, the forward tees were placed long after the courses existed and they don't help much. You might save 10 yards on some holes, but on holes where there are hazards to play short of, the tees aren't far enough forward to let you hit over those hazards, so you don't do anything but hit less club off the tee and have the same shot to the green. On average, I'm the longest hitter in my group, so we've never found any benefit to moving up to forward tees. When we've traveled somewhere to play a different course, it's another story. My point is, it varies from course to course and is based pretty much on nothing but design.
  13. One of my buddies uses a set of Cleveland irons that are pretty much a hybrid design all the way through the set. A cousin of mine has something similar, but I don't known what brand. they are both happy with them. Putting together a set of irons and trying to fit a hybrid into the set is another matter. I don't know anyone who simply bought a 4 hybrid to replace the missing 4 iron in a set like mine that starts with the 5 iron. Like most people, I'll hit that 4 hybrid a lot farther than a 4 iron made to match the set. The point is, your concern about such a small difference in the loft might be what you need to keep the gaps between your clubs. The good news is, hitting balls to figure it out is fun!
  14. I can only conclude my swing is highly inconsistent these days. No matter what loft I use, I seem to hit the ball the same distance with the same trajectory. I don't know why. I see more differences with various shaft stiffness than anything, but not loft.
  15. Somewhat allied and at the same time an aside to the subject... I was playing in a match play tournament a few years ago when I hit a ball into what appeared to be the middle of the fairway. We never found it and since I had no reason to have hit a provisional, I had to go back to the tee. Since the group behind us wasn't part of the tournament, they were upset as hell that i didn't just drop a ball and get the hell out of their way. I didn't comment except to suggest they consider learning the rules. I got upset and I feel like it cost me that match. Of course, around here, there are a lot of guys who start drinking early in the morning when they play. Usually they are good targets for this thread.
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