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  1. I talked with a club builder in Dallas who re-gripped a set for Cowboys defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones. His hands were so big when he held a rocks glass you couldn't see it. He played Golf Pride Victory Jumbo grips with 10 extra wraps of tape.
  2. No, new shafts don't have a break-in period like a pair of shoes or something like that...the way it plays now is how it will play.
  3. This is an important aspect that is invaluable. Keeping stats on your round can be a real eye-opener. The key is to be specific. Here is what I mean... A lot of guys will record fairways hit, greens in regulation, number of putts and maybe up-and-downs. It's a start, but doesn't paint a picture. I'm going to make a suggestion that will show your weaknesses and can be done quickly without holding up play. This is what I do. I use the scorecard to keep track of the four main areas I mentioned before, but with one important difference. You will notice on fairways and GIR the dots. When a fairway is missed, I put a dot to indicate if it was missed to the right or left. For GIR, I note every approach whether it hit the green or not. A "1" is a green hit, a "0" is a miss. The dot is where the shot landed. So hole 1 was a hit green front/center. Hole 2 was missed short/left. Hole 3 missed mid/left. Hole 4 short/left, etc. What this shows is not just that Joe missed 3 fairways, but he missed 2 to the left, 1 to the right. He missed 6 greens, all to the left, 4 of those were short/left. Now a picture is starting to emerge. If he din't plot where the misses are, all he knows is he missed 6 greens. He might figure he need to practice his irons more. But again, that's too vague. He needs to know what is it about his irons that needs improvement. By knowing that he is consistently missing shots to the left, he can pinpoint what to work on. Maybe he is lining up to the left and didn't realize it. Maybe his lie angles are too upright. We can also see most of his misses were short, and the 3 greens he did hit the ball was on the front portion of the green. We can figure that there were at least a couple holes with back pin locations and several with pins somewhere in the middle, but 7 approach shots were short or front edge. Yes, it could be because there were some front hole locations, but there is a definite pattern. Is it due to underclubbing? Is it poor contact? At least now he knows what to work on when he practices. If the stat just shows missed greens, hitting an extra bucket of balls with his irons won't help if it's an alignment issue but he doesn't realize it. All of these markings can be done in between shots and takes very little time. Don't try to remember it and fill it in after the round, but save the analysis for when you're done. *The character and incidents portrayed in this answer are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (like the author), should be inferred. In other words, I am not Joe Golfer.
  4. You've got a good looking swing..very solid. Hopefully I can provide some insight that will help. To answer your main question, no, I don't know of any company that makes irons that upright or who can bend irons that upright. You mentioned that hitting shots off a lie board indicates your clubs are too flat, but I'm curious as to what happens on the course or when hitting shots off the turf. Do you lose your iron shots to the right, or do you hit them pretty straight? The comment about your spin becoming excessive with longer clubs caught my attention. First, it's good that you noticed this and realize the importance of having the correct spin. But in my experience increasing the length of your irons .5" or 1" isn't going to increase your clubhead speed that much and cause shots to spin noticeably more. I think there is other reasons why you experienced too much spin. There is a possibility that your shafts are too soft. This can result in higher spin rates, especially if it's longer than standard length, and it will also cause the club to "toe down" during your downswing (also known as "toe droop") which would will make them appear to be too flat as well. This is a driver, but the concept is the same. I think it's important to mention that if you are playing standard length shafts because that's what fits you properly, then that's great. Don't change. If you are playing standard length shafts to keep your spin down, I would suggest considering some changes. If your irons were 1" longer for example, they will play an additional 1* more upright. They won't measure more upright, but they will play more upright. If my hunch is correct, and your current shafts are too soft, a stiffer flex will eliminate some of the toe drop, so add that to a longer shaft and your clubs will play 2* more upright without having to bend them! The spin issue could be corrected a number of ways...again, shaft flex might be the root of this whole thing, and a stiffer flex will reduce the spin a bit, a lower spinning shaft, a lower spinning ball...all these things contribute to your spin rate. Plus let's face it..you are a tall guy. Tall guys tend to have upright swings which usually produce more spin. And you're a tall guy with a very upright swing, so it doesn't surprise me that it's an issue. The good news is there are several options that will help. Hopefully this makes sense, but if you have any questions please let me know!
  5. I agree with Pepper...it's important to practice AND play. The range is great for working on your swing and the basic fundamentals which is important, but you can't learn to score on the range. This is why both aspects are important. If you only play and don't spend time on the range it's easy to slip into bad habits. Plus you can hit way more balls in 5 hours on the range than 5 hours on the course. I think a mix of both is best.
  6. Simply cutting down the 4 and 5 iron to the length of your 7 iron and re-gripping won't really work. The 4 and 5 iron heads are much lighter than your 7 iron head, so as you mentioned the swingweight has changed considerably. It will take a lot of lead tape to get the swingweight back up to where it was. The lie angles are another aspect you were wondering about. Yes, the lie angles should be adjusted to match your 7 iron. If you left the clubs as-is, they will be almost un-hittable. I know you have taken them to the range and have hit some shots that were good, but next time you are on the course and have an approach shot in the 160-180 yd range, try hitting your 4 or 5 iron and see what happens. The combination of the swingweight being so light and the lie angle so flat will have a huge effect. The other thing a lot of people forget about is the shafts. This will be more visually noticeable if you play shafts with steps, but it applies to all shafts. The first step on your 4 iron shaft (from the top of the hosel to the first step at the tip end) is longer than your 5 iron. The 5 iron should be 1/2" lower, and each iron after that will be 1/2" lower until you get to the 9 iron and wedges which are the same usually. This is because the 4 iron head is lighter than the 5 iron, so for the shafts to have the same flex throughout the set they get stiffer from the long irons to the short irons. When the butt end is cut to the 7 iron length and the swingweight is increased the result will be like having a 7 iron head on a 4 iron shaft (and a 7 iron head on a 5 iron shaft). They will probably play pretty soft. But if you leave them the way they are, they will play too stiff. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you need me to clarify anything.
  7. I managed a retail golf shop in Ft. Worth that specialized in repair and custom club work. We did work for all the Tour players who lived in the area...some more than others. I got to know them on a personal level and became good friends with several of them and played golf or went out to dinner with the wives, which I enjoy. They have all been very cool and exceptionally generous. I have received tour issued/prototype clubs, shoes, clothing, a travel cover and other items, but one situation stands out...not because it was a fun experience, but because of what was involved. I was working one afternoon and got bit by something...not sure if it was a spider or some other insect. It didn't hurt, but I had an allergic reaction to it and my face started to swell up and I was breaking out in a rash. Mark Brooks was there that day, and he was the one who noticed I was breaking out (I didn't even realize it at first) and suggested I go to the E.R. Mark isn't known as one of the friendliest guys on Tour, and if he doesn't know you he can seem "less than approachable", but he is actually a good guy. I couldn't tell you how many times I would be helping a customer in the retail area who saw Mark in the back of the store working on his clubs and ask "Is that Mark Brooks? Do you think I could get an autograph for my kid?" and when I went to let him know a customer requested an autograph he would drop whatever he was doing immediately and go out and meet them and sign autographs. Anyway, I'm a mess with a bumpy red rash and my eyes were swelling shut, but I thought I could drive myself and get there before I lost all vision or succumbed to the effects of the bite...you know how us guys are..."I'll be fine. I got this. I'll be back to finish my shift". Mark didn't think that was a good idea, and said he'd drive me to the hospital. I thought he was going to drive me there and drop me off, but when we got there he came inside with me. Anyone who's been to the E.R. knows it can be an all-day sucker...there is a lot of waiting around, and that day it was busy. It was 3 hours before I got to an exam room, and about another hour from there until I was released. He waited for me the whole time and then drove me home. I mean, I couldn't stand being there, and I was the patient! It's a whip sitting there with a room full of sick/hurt/bleeding people all afternoon, but he insisted on staying and I thought that was pretty cool. Thanks Brooksie.
  8. Just noticed and tried to delete!
  9. sorry, wrong thread!
  10. What was your most positive experience involving a Tour player? Can be anyone from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour or European Tour.
  11. I agree that it can slow down play when guys can't get the line where they want it. But look at it this way...if some players have a difficult time aiming the line on their ball correctly, what are the chances that their putter is lined up correctly if they don't use a line on the ball? I'll admit this has happened to me...I place the ball on the green just in front of my ball marker and if it's a right edge putt for example I position the line to point at the right edge, but when I back up and check it, it's pointed almost a ball outside the cup! Or when I have the line aimed perfectly, when I address the ball and get in my stance it looks wrong. So I'm one of those guys who has a perception problem sometimes and things look different from behind the line of the putt vs standing over the line of the putt, and the line or sidestamp does help me from slipping into my old tendencies, but I can do it efficiently to where it doesn't hold up the pace of play.
  12. Ping Eye2s are not considered cutting edge by today's standards, but I remember when they came out and back then they were completely different from anything else. They were radical, very expensive and people either loved them or hated them. I really believe another thing they did to emphasize the physics Buckeye is to make them ugly. I'm not joking. Think about it...back then irons were sleek blades that were chromed and made to be appealing. The Eye2s were none of those things...they didn't even try to make them look good! But I think this was intentional. People had to figure that a club that ugly and that expensive must have some engineering built in. Even people who loved them thought they were ugly, so it's impressive that they were able to get consumers to look past that. And what backs up this theory is the model that replaced the Eye2s (Ping Zing) was even uglier! They actually pre-sold 5,000 sets sight-unseen...the reps hadn't even seen a picture of them! It was "You can`t see it, we don`t know anything about it and we don`t know when you can get it. How many do you want?"
  13. I'm not bagging on the test you saw on Youtube or what he was attempting to show, because I do think it's interesting, but there is just no good way to do it. Clubs and balls have evolved together, so the modern ball works well with modern clubs. But when you start mixing different eras like hitting a modern ball with a persimmon driver it doesn't really provide an accurate representation of the difference between wood and titanium clubs. But it's not that he did it wrong...any comparison will run into similar issues. A perfect example is the 1 irons you mentioned. And yes, the balls Nicklaus and Hogan used were much shorter than current models, but the same reason why they were "restricted flight" is the same reason they were able to use a 1 iron in the first place...spin! 1 irons are extinct now and 2 irons are not far behind. Why? Certainly if almost every Tour player in the '50s, '60s, '70s and even '80s carried a 1 iron, a modern Tour player should have the skill to hit one, right? But the reason manufacturers no longer make 1 irons and nobody carries them is because they simply do not work with the modern ball. Balls back in the day spun about twice as much as the balls we use now, and that spin was needed to get a 1 iron in the air. But like I mentioned earlier, clubs and balls evolved kind of hand-in-hand, and a lot of the changes happened after better methods of testing were developed. Nobody knew what their spin rates were 30+ years ago...not even Tour pros. They didn't even know how important the amount of spin was! But as computerized testing and analyzing methods became available a lot was learned about ball flight. Manufacturers realized the ball was very inefficient and the spin needed to be reduced, and club design had to change to accommodate that. TaylorMade developing the Rescue club isn't what killed long irons...they were already on the way out. The Rescue is the club that was made to take their place. It all evolves together.
  14. I never use a line on long lag-type putts. If I'm going through a phase where I'm not getting my putts started on line, I might use it on putts in the 5-15' range, but mainly I use it on putts inside of about 5'. Sometimes I draw a line on my ball, or I use the sidestamp.
  15. A lot of those devices like the Check-Go are designed so as the ball spins it will spin around the heaviest part of the ball, which is the seam. So a ball with a seam will spin the same if you do it multiple times. A seamless ball doesn't have a heavy spot and will be different every time. That type of ball is more consistent. This guy uses a line