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  1. I think there are a couple reasons for this trend... One reason is because heads are getting lighter and shafts are getting lighter because "a lighter club can be swung faster than a heavier club." True enough, but when heads are under 200g and shafts are less than 50g, some length is needed to keep the swingweight up. The other reason is perception. I'm willing to bet that if Joe Average Consumer went to his local golf store to buy a new driver, and one rack had 46" drivers and the rack next to it had 44" drivers, the longer clubs would sell at least 5:1, just because they are longer. I have no data to back this up whatsoever, but the mentality that "bigger is better" has an ugly cousin named "longer is better". It's just a theory, but I think there is some validity to it.
  2. The difference in distance will be a little different for everyone...there are a lot of variables involved, so it's difficult to say. Typically, due to the difference in the design of the heads and shaft length and weight, a hybrid will hit the ball longer than an iron of the same loft. Some guys think having 2 clubs with the same loft would be a disadvantage, but this isn't necessarily true. At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter what the lofts are, as long as your distance gaps are correct. Two clubs with the same loft and a 12-15 yd difference is better than two clubs that are 3* apart but go the same distance! You will probably need to re-chart all of your yardages anyway...the RSi1 irons have pretty strong lofts and long shafts compared to most other iron sets, so there is a good chance you will hit them a little longer than your previous clubs. If the 5 iron and hybrid don't have enough of a distance gap, you could have the 5 iron bent a little weaker (about 1*) which might give you 3-4 more yards of separation.
  3. I wouldn't mind seeing some other tournament where they put a limited flight ball in play, but not our National Championship...it's too important of an event to be experimenting with stuff like that.
  4. Nicklaus did pretty well there with a mediocre short game. He was a great putter, but his wedge play and sand shots were not on the same level as the rest of his game.
  5. It's fascinating how some athletes perform when faced with a personal crisis. Ben Crenshaw winning in '95 after Harvey Penick passed, or Brett Favre having a career game the day after losing his father...we all hope for nothing but the best for Jason's mom, but it wouldn't surprise me if she made him play, and he plays well.
  6. "If Tiger is reading this...." Ha!! Yeah, he usually checks out the classified ads in the back of Golf Digest for good deals, so if anyone needs to get in touch with him, this is a good way to do it.
  7. I agree Rat...sounds like you've been familiar with B-Stone stuff for quite a while! The j33 drivers continue to have a cult following among guys who like low-spin heads, and believe it or not, I still play the j33 irons and j40 driver. I'll put their stuff up against anything on the market.
  8. Age: 50 Height: 5'11" Where are you from: Madison, WI. Currently living in Ft. Worth, TX. How Long have you been Playing: 40 years Best Score: 69 Favorite club in the bag: All except the putter Golf Books / DVD's that have helped you: Hogan's 5 Fundamentals, Nick Faldo's Golf Course, LSW Where do you play: Wherever there is a tee box and even some places where there isn't. Best courses you've played so far: Colonial C.C., Shady Oaks (Ft. Worth) Cordillera Ranch (Boerne, TX), Austin C.C. (Austin TX), Carlton Woods (The Woodlands, TX), Inverness Club (Toledo, OH), Oak Hills C.C. (San Antonio) Metairie C.C. (Metairie, LA) Things you enjoy most about golf: Hitting good shots Goals for 2017: Learn how to putt
  9. My pleasure!
  10. Ah...ok, I see what you're saying....
  11. The Tour staff will sometimes test prototype versions of golf balls for product development, but generally they play the same version that is available at retail. They make pink B330-RX just for Paula Creamer, but other than the color of the cover, it's the same ball. The "Tour B" logo was initially only available to staff players on the regular Tour (not Champions or LPGA) but that has now been made available to the public. Players on staff in Japan play some different versions that are not available in the U.S., but they are over there. At one time when it was still Precept Golf, they did make models that were not available to the public Personally, the ball I prefer is the B330-RX. I have been able to test almost all of the balls on the market (the mainstream models) and I can honestly say it fits me better than any other ball. I continue to play it even though I no longer work for the company. Something most people would probably be surprised about is how big Bridgestone Golf is in Japan, and they have been making golf balls since 1935. In the U.S. they are much smaller than TaylorMade, Callaway and Titleist and not as well-known (despite bouncing between #2 and #3 in golf ball sales), but they are the biggest producer of balls in Japan. They are bigger in Japan than Titleist is in the U.S. They have Bridgestone Golf stores...as in golf stores that only sell Bridgestone products: You'll notice on the top of the display case is the product catalog for Japan, which is open about half-way...it's pretty thick. It's around 113 pages. They offer shirts, pants, shorts, outerwear, 17 types of socks, 8 different belts, 3-4 colors ea, 6 types of umbrellas, 2-3 colors ea, shoes, mittens, and drivers in every flavor: A lot of people don't even realize Bridgestone makes clubs!
  12. I wasn't involved with engineering or R&D (although it's still interesting to me)...believe it or not I was actually part of the marketing dept. My job was mostly answering consumer questions and education, so I really enjoyed it. There are some positions that aren't golf related like the credit dept, I.T., shipping and receiving, logistics and things of that nature, but other positions are highly specialized and require a lot of knowledge and experience. There are many different areas like most big companies.
  13. I was an equipment tech with Bridgestone for almost 10 years. They did some restructuring and my position was eliminated late last year. Great company, great people.
  14. With short irons and wedges, the amount of loft and spin generated, along with a shorter shaft makes them easier to hit straight. Perimeter weighting has a little bit of an effect, and will usually create a little higher trajectory, but as irons get longer the benefits are more apparent. The MP5 and MP25 have almost the exact same specs with just a couple slight differences, so they will make a great combo set.
  15. I used to get the question several times each month "how do I cut a golf ball in half?" I always suggested not attempting it, because if you guys knew some of the ways people try to do it, you'd cringe! They try to use bandsaws, circular saws, hatchets, pocket knives, drills...whatever they happen to have, and it's just a recipe for disaster and losing fingers. The method used in the video @nevets88 posted is actually a good way to do it, if you're thinking about it. This is a quick vid of me using a manual pipe cutter to cut one in half: IMG_2011 (1).MOV