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  1. Shot an 87 today. Have had a string in the 80's just lately and ball striking has improved. 3w is now my go to club off all the par 5's and most of the 4's. At some point I am sure I will start using more drivers again but the miss is just too costly right now. My short game has improved and so has my putting but our club has these plastic rings in the top of all the holes and as a result, anything on the edge always rolls away so that doesn't help. Anyway index is down to 16.3 again.
  2. I recently tried a new driver at a demo day and was shocked to see 293 on the trackman. I went and grabbed my own driver and it was over 270 which is close to what I actually hit it when well struck. I guess new technology does count for something. Swing speed was 105 and we were close to sea level. No, I didn't buy it because it will just be 20yds further in the woods, lol. I saw similar improvements with newer woods and irons too. I did look up the specs for the newer irons and see that the manufacturer has given them stronger lofts for the new model.
  3. I was sorting my gear today and realized I don't go through nowhere near the number of gloves I used to. Also my fingers don't have callouses and are quite soft. I used to tape my fingers all the time because they would get calloused/blistered and sore and I would go through a lot of gloves over my 5 month season. Now I play just about year round (only missed 6 weeks this year)3-4 times a week plus usually hit up to hundred on the range before I go out, every time. I also usually have one good practice session a week where I work on short game and putting, then hit around 200 balls on the range so it's not like I don't play much. So, is my grip too light/firm ? Should I have callouses / What about all you guys that play regularly ?.
  4. I went to a Callaway demo a week back and tried the CF19. I have been playing the CF16's for 3 yrs and absolutely love them. I noticed they hit longer than mine by about 15-20yds (7i). Could be an expensive demo. Also hit 3w longer, driver longer, hybrid longer. My only issue is it could be 20yds further in the woods with the driver, lol
  5. Thank you guys for the interesting/helpful comments. I will have to try a heavier shaft when I get chance. I have a tough time trying to slow my tempo but today I thought I would have a determined effort at the range. My worst shots are always when I get too quick. I found that when I consciously try and make my swing a little shorter and tempo a little smoother, that the ball seems to fly much more accurately at my intended target. And seems to travel about the same distance too. I have a game tomorrow, so will try and be focused on a smoother tempo with a little slower transition and see if it helps
  6. I've only been golfing for 10 yrs. I have good days where I shoot low 80's and crappy days where I am in the 90's. If I could hit the ball the same every day, I would be in the 80's a lot more and have a lower hcap but I'm just not there yet. I have had my speed checked and with my quick tempo I have been told continually that I need to use stiff shafts, which I also hit a lot better and like the feel of. I have also got my grips sized correctly, so what else is involved ?
  7. My irons are Callaway Apex CF16 with the steel X95 stiff shafts and 4 iron is my longest and is pretty consistent. My old 3 hybrid was a Ping G30(19') with the Ping stiff shaft but my miss was a hook, so I replaced it with a Callaway Apex 3 hybrid (20') with a Kurokage 80Hy stiff shaft that I hit well and it doesn't hook but I can hit a little draw or fade. My 3w is also a Ping G30 (14.5' adjustable) with the Ping stiff shaft and my miss is a hook
  8. I hit both my 4 iron and 3 hybrid well but I start getting a liitle hooky with my 3w and driver. I am hoping that the 18 deg driving iron will be longer than the 3 (20 deg) hybrid. I find my 3 hybrid goes about the same as a 5w.
  9. GP MCC+4 here also. I tried the Aligns but wasn't impressed so went back to reg MCC+4. I play in all weather and like some cord. I clean them regularly but replace them every year. You get one new one and soon realize how badly they need replacing, a little wear but mostly due to hardness and slippery after a year for me. I played over 150 posted rounds last year, plus numerous practice sessions and some scrambles
  10. I looked on their site and was thinking I might just order one but I was a bit overwhelmed with the shaft choices. There are lots to choose from. I tried an old driving iron in a store the other day but it was too low at 13 degrees. Thanks for the input.
  11. I use the 3 wood for 215 - 225 and can get it out close to as much as 240 on a real solid strike at sea level. I am thinking the iron may just be more consistent as my miss with the 3w is a hook and frequently lost. It is a 220-240 club that I am looking for.
  12. Guys talking doesn't bother me, there were always people talking when I learned to play. I do keep quiet when guys are taking their shot and putting though. I like to be sociable and chat back and forth. I did play with one guy where you couldn't even be in his view when you were standing still. He would make comments about a bright red windshirt I had being distracting, so I made sure to wear it whenever I was playing in his group or with him.
  13. Shot 90 off the blue on Sunday and just left driver in the bag but then went out Monday and my 3w was the happy hooker all day so had my worst round of the year and almost made 100. Hard to believe I can go from my usual mid to high 80's so badly off track. I think I have to seriously consider not using the driver and 3 wood, as they are so penalizing when I miss.
  14. Wondering how many are playing a driving iron instead of their 3w or driver. I hit my irons well out to about 185yds (4) and rarely get into trouble with them, except when I lose focus and don't aim properly. I recently added a Callaway Apex 3 hybrid and I also hit that well and consistent to 195-205yds. Where I seem to get into trouble is driver and 3w. When I am hitting them well it's great but those 2 clubs seem to make or break my rounds. When I miss, it is usually a hook and due to the distances (220+) they are gone and hurt my scores. I am considering adding a driving iron (2?) and wonder if anyone else has similar issues. I did try a TM gapr lo, which I hit well, when I bought my hybrid but thought the hybrid would be more versatile so went with that. I am primarily looking for distance off the tee on narrow par 4's and par 5's, as well as long 2nd and approach shots over 200yds and my swing speed is 105 with driver. I have stiff steel shafts in my irons and stiff graphite in the hybrid, 3w and driver. I haven't been able to find anyone with one I can try or a demo so I may see if I can find a demo day this spring nearby, or else try and find something used to try. I did see some new ones advertised from Dynacraft that are inexpensive and could be worth a try but I am a little confused with shaft options and knowing whether I would be better with steel or graphite. Any recommendations and experiences would be appreciated.
  15. Haven't updated for the last few rounds. Playing terrible, can't hit my driver which is usually one of my best clubs, shooting several rounds in the 90's and my index has climbed to 17. Frustrated.
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