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  1. Do you play a "winter ball"?

    It can be different for everyone, depending on their eyesight. A lot of players see yellow really well, but others are able to see orange better. Believe it or not, Bridgestone has some models in Japan that are available in 4 different colors of white!
  2. Do you play a "winter ball"?

    Basically, as the temperature gets colder, golf balls can harden and lose restitution which affects how far the ball will carry. Different models will react differently depending on the materials used in their manufacture. Wound balata balls were the most sensitive to temperature change, but the modern solid-core balls aren't affected nearly as much. The different resins and polymers used today are not as "temperature dependent" as the natural rubber used in balata balls.
  3. Do you play a "winter ball"?

    There are a lot of players who switch to a different ball in cold weather conditions. I used to get this question multiple times each day in the fall. Most guys are wanting a lower compression ball. I'm an advocate of playing the same ball year 'round. If a ball fits you properly, it will fit you in all conditions. Changing to a different color in the same model due to leaves or for visibility reasons is fine...same ball/different color.
  4. Home Practice Nets

    One thing I want to caution about hitting into a net... In the situations we're talking about, where the net is set up in a basement, man cave, garage, or even a small backyard, is not to attempt to create some space between your hitting mat and the net to try to "see the trajectory". That's when the net gets missed. Check out the pic in my original post with the 3 nets lined up...shots are hit from about 3 yards away from the net. Anything farther away than that really increases the chance for a miss. This creates an unusual situation...hitting a golf shot and not seeing the ball flight. For some people, it's an uncomfortable sensation. What I've seen happen many times is guys hitting shots that are uncharacteristic because it's easy to get lazy when you don't have to worry about where the ball goes. Players who normally hit a draw can quickly start hitting big slices and not know it. This is why I feel like some type of launch monitor is a good idea to be used in conjunction with a net on full shots. Otherwise you might be ingraining bad habits and not realize it.
  5. Yeah, according to Aldila, the trimming instructions are to tip them all 1", then butt-cut to the desired length. It's a little strange, because typically the tips are trimmed in 1/2" increments for fairway woods and hybrids, so my initial reaction would be to tip the 18.5* hybrid 1/2" instead of 1", but the website shows 1" for that one too (trim code F...)
  6. Home Practice Nets

    I have extensive experience with The Net Return, and other "homemade" and custom units found in various retail stores, so maybe I can provide some insight. It's surprising how hard it is to buy/build a hitting net that is durable and safe. We had a heavy duty cage that was built in one of the retail stores I managed, and we spent more time trying to repair holes in the netting with zip-ties than we did selling equipment! We had netting, backed by a heavy-duty tarp, backed by some type of blanket, and more netting...and balls kept finding their way through and were creating a hole in the sheet rock. It was a mess. The Net Return has been the only net that I have used that has held up to heavy use without falling apart. When I say heavy use, I'm talking about setting it up and breaking it down 5x per week for 9 months each year and being tossed in the back of a truck, and having thousands of shots hit into it, and even players with the highest swing speeds never hit a ball through the net. The model I used was the Pro Series: It was only used for driver shots...no irons, so I didn't have to worry about shanks. I never saw the net missed to the left or right, but I have seen shots hit over it. It was possible if a player teed the ball too high, or went underneath it and popped it off the top of the crown. If you're using it indoors with rubber tees, it shouldn't be a problem. The only other issue I had is if someone hit a shot that happened to impact the aluminum frame tubes where they connect to each other. It can dent the tubing and make it difficult to disassemble and set-up if that happens: If you absolutely cannot risk having a shot get loose in the house, my suggestion is to skip the less expensive options and spring for a really good net from the start. If you go with a cheaper model with plans to upgrade, you're walking a tightrope. It will be hard to justify paying for a more expensive net as long as the cheaper one is working, but your first sign that it needs to be replaced is when a shot eventually breaks through and causes damage. By then it's too late. If you were setting this up in a pasture and it didn't matter if shots went through, then that's fine. But if it's to be used in your home, and you want to make sure the net stops every shot, I suggest The Net Return. There is a reason it's more expensive.
  7. Pawn shop Mizuno MP33

    According to the USGA: "It is important to remember that most clubs in production prior to Jan. 1, 2010 were designed to comply with a different set of groove and punch mark specifications. Clubs that conformed to the rules that were in effect prior to Jan. 1, 2010 will continue to conform to the Rules of Golf until at least 2024, unless the Condition is in effect." As far as if Ping Eye 2 conform: "Yes, they have been grandfathered under USGA Rules. When playing in Europe or Asia and other regions not under the jurisdiction of the USGA, please contact The R&A. However, please check the conditions of competition for your event to ensure compliance (e.g., Ping Eye2 irons with square grooves that were manufactured prior to April 1990 are not permitted for play at all phases of the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships)."
  8. Pawn shop Mizuno MP33

    FYI everyone...irons made prior to 2010 are actually conforming for amateur play until 2024. They cannot be used on Tour, or in "elite" amateur events (U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and other similar tournaments), but for local events or your club championship for example these clubs can be legally used for almost 7 more years.
  9. I'm very "old school" when it comes to golf shoes, and I prefer a more traditional look. I don't think it ever got to the point of being a fetish, but I definitely went through a phase where I was a FootJoy Classics ho. I used to travel a lot for work, and I had an opportunity to check out golf shops in different cities, and if I saw a good looking pair of shoes I bought them. I could sort of justify it because I wore golf shoes to work, but it got to the point where I had twice as many golf shoes as street shoes. This allowed me to rotate them rather than wear the same pair everyday, which helped the lifespan. So I go with quality and quantity (I currently have 11 pair of FJ Classics, plus 1 pair Nike, 1 Etonics, 1 Dexter 1 Callaway) and use cedar shoe trees which I'm a big believer in. 2 pair are dedicated rain shoes, so although the others get regular use, it's in good conditions. I don't "baby" my shoes, but I do take care of them. I haven't bought any new golf shoes in at least 5 years, and I have some that are easily more than 10 years old that still have a lot of rounds left in them. My opinion is, whether you have 1 pair or 50 pair, get the best shoes you can afford. This is not an area to cut corners to save a few bucks. Yes, a good pair of shoes can be expensive, but they will almost always be more comfortable and last longer. Nothing sucks more than being on the course in cheap shoes that cause blisters or sore feet.
  10. 78-yard Par-3 at the Walker Cup

    This a refreshing change of pace. How long does that hole play normally?
  11. Can I cut my irons shorter ?

    Well, that's not exactly how Bryson did it. There is way more that goes into a single-length iron set than installing new shafts that are all the same length into a standard set of heads. Instead of struggling to hit 3 of his irons, it would probably increase it to 6 irons.
  12. If the net is a permanent fixture and isn't designed to be set-up and taken-down regularly, that would work. If you can't keep the net up all the time and have to break it down after each session I can make some suggestions that have worked well for me in the past. Laying several sandbags over the base will help keep it stable in windy conditions or if you're on a slight hill, or just for added stability. For a long time I used 4 bags of lead shotgun shot. They are small and don't take up much room, but carrying them got to be a pain after a while. The best method was purchasing a heavy-duty nylon or canvas strap and cutting it in 12-14" pieces. Took the straps to a luggage repair shop and had holes made at each end (a little smaller than a dime) with grommets in each hole. The straps are then laid over the base and secured with tent stakes. This worked the best (most of the time) because it was lightweight, quick to set up and remove, and kept the net very solid. The drawback was it couldn't be used when setting up on artificial turf or indoors (believe it or not I've done ball fittings in cart barns, conference rooms, merchandise tents, schools, maintenance barns...you name it!) so those situations the shot bags or sand bags work well.
  13. I live in Fort Worth TX, and between here and Dallas this area is home to a decent number of Tour players. I used to manage a golf shop in town that specialized in club building and repair, and that's where many of them came when they had an off week and needed work done, so I've become friends with these guys and had the chance to play with them many times. A player might be in the shop to have some drivers built for example, and we would finish them up before closing time and the pro would say "grab your gear...let's go hit these things!" So at 6 pm we'd head to a nearby course and play 9-holes before dark. Stuff like that. We might play at a private club or the muni down the street, One evening me and a couple guys from the shop were playing with Mark Brooks at my unofficial home course, which is a public facility that used to be part of the military base. Mark has been on tour since the early '80's, has made over 400 cuts on the regular Tour and has won 7 times, including a major. He's a pretty salty player. This particular night we weren't gambling or anything...just an informal 9 holes so Mark could test a few new clubs. I never saw him walk off a yardage for any approach shots, didn't throw any grass in the air to check the wind, and he never crouched down to read a single putt...and shot 30 (-6). And I'm riding in the same cart, grinding out a 39. This next story I didn't witness in person, but it was told to me by someone who did. A number of years ago Rory Sabatini moved from Dallas to Ft. Worth, and he joined one of the clubs that some other Tour players also belong to.It's a solid Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish design, so if you don't belong to Colonial or Shady Oaks, it's Mira Vista. A good friend of mine played with Rory shortly after he relocated to the area, and it was one of Rory's first few times playing the track. My buddy is a very good player, having played on a golf scholarship in college, and played well this day shooting 69...and got beat by 7. He shot 62 like it was a walk in the park.
  14. Upright or no?

    James, the one thing I would just keep in mind is I don't think the std lie angles on your Hogan irons are the same as your new Tour Edge sticks. So if you ordered them "1* upright", they will be 1* up from the EXi specs. The additional shaft length will also affect your lie angle. An extra 1/2" will make the irons play about another 1/2* more upright. They will not measure the additional 1/2*, but they will play like it. Depending on which version of the Edge irons you have, it looks like the EXi irons are between 1/2-1* more upright to start with, so with the additional 1.5* your new clubs will be around 2-2.5* more upright. This isn't cause for concern or anything, just something you should be aware of in the event additional adjustments need to be made, so you know the 2 sets of irons have different std specs. As someone else suggested, hitting them off of a lie board is a great way to check them. The Recoil shaft probably flexes differently than the shafts you've been using, so what's happening at impact will be a little different too. Getting a new set dialed in is half the fun though...!
  15. 4 woods have made a come-back, but one that doesn't get much action anymore is the old 6 wood...