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  1. Do not comment on my thread before you know the fact. Our State requires face masks to be worn at all times, indoor or outdoor in all public places , where human contact occurs . If you believe being outdoor changes anything for the spread of the Virus, please read all published articles of what is a Virus and how this COVID-19 is being spread. Mandate of how and where to wear a facemask is not cast in iron. Use your knowledge and exercise caution. People like you are exactly why the spread of COVID-19 is not under control in this country. There is no way of eradicating the Virus, but we need to slow the spreading down as much as we could, to buy time, to find ways to help those vulnerable to this Virus. Same as the influenza, some will get it and recover and some will get seriously ill. Our State used to waive the mandated immunization for school aged children, for whatever the god's given right they believed they have, until the recent outbreak of measles, returning after it disappeared for decades. Allowing the freedom of the minority sector, jeopardized everyone else. We also believe in extending the extra help to the needy, the kindness had been abused and mistaken as a weakness so every radical group use our cities as a proving ground for their squeaky wheel demand. Ever wonder why the residents from the most advanced country on Earth are required to be quarantined when travel to other countries ? Because we're so smart, we know our rights and refused to do the necessary to stop the spread of the COVID-19.
  2. Sensible and responsible people would try to protect everyone else, especially it'll be such a small effort to just put on a facemask. I had seen no one else wearing a facemask today at the driving range ( except myself and a couple of Korean golfers ). Most of my family members work at hospitals, thank goodness outside of the ICU. So I was reminded everyday of the importance of wearing a facemask. In the beginning of the pandemic ( late last year), I sort of argue with wife and my kids that even the N-95 will not block out the Virus since the Virus will go through even the ceramic ( one of most dense material available ), but they told me the facemask is to protect the others from possible transmission from I. That I can not argue, and obey the wishes of my family before the mandated face mask wearing in public places. I can't risk of getting in aargument or possible physical confrontation or even worse, the possibility of getting shot at by trying to say something to all those not wearing face masks in public, BTW it's still mandated by the State and all other places like Costco, Walmart, Mom and Pop stores..... al required face mask on premise. Why golf course and driving range should be different ? I know each stall is 6' + apart , however, people'll breathe in and exhale deeper when they exercise. And I heard someone coughing although just for a brief moment, way down the other side of the range. I'l probably not returning to the driving range nor the golf course for this season, All the sunny forecast in the next week or two....... I'll clean up the garage corner and see if I need to change shafts or put up a few clubs for sale.... That's another thing, shipping cost had skyrocket since last year after the President had a talk with Jeff Bezos. Now I realized why the meeting did not have a pleasant ending. I have no idea why in general it's so difficult for people to follow direction from the authority. No golf for me and hope just this season.
  3. I went to the local driving range which is attached with Muni golf course. I had not set foot on the golf course since early March. Our State is under the ordinance of facemasks in all public places. I saw golfers wearing facemasks inside the proshop and everyone was observing the safe distance and following the direction of moving around by the taped arrows on the floor. Outside on the driving rang, no one, I mean no one had the facemask on. I get it, because it was kind of awkward to hit range balls wearing the facemask. But I saw no one was wearing facemasks while golfing and they walk in groups, joking laughing as if nothing . I saw one of the guy I know walking down the 10th fairway while I was leaving the driving range. I know, his wife has Lupus, plus she has asthma and other immune deficiency illness. He did not wear mask , looked happy to be out with buddies in a sunny day on the golf course. I can relate to the need to get outside and get away from everything for 4-5 hours. But obviously, he does not understand how virus is transmitted. This pandemic is beyond politics, beyond all other concerns in life. Some just don;t get it. There is no immune built up for the Virus, because it's mutating. Like the influenza. we learned and understand about the influenza somewhat, which we know each year there be different virus attacking the population. Same with this COVID-19. It's with us and will return each season. As the same like the influenza, some of us will recover from the Virus and some will not. Those can recover from the virus attack should protect those vulnerable. Strong should help and protect the weak, isn't that's how it works ? I would take the inconvenience if that act could help others. The other friend I contacted said no golf of unnecessary outing for him since his parent is moving in with them for a few weeks after the knee surgery. Now, that's a loving and considerate son. In crisis, it'll expose the good and the bad. Keep your eyes open and remember what you witness. These experience is the same as playing a round of golf with friends to know them better.
  4. Length and mass do matter, just as important, if one knows how to swing; time of staying afloat.. One can taste the first shot of vodka, but everything taste about the same after the 2nd, 3rd..... as long as it keeps coming.
  5. Why not try put the golf ball an inch or two back in the stance ? Think elongate the bottom of the swing a bit more toward the target. Experiment the ball position to find the optimal spot to suit your want and need. Yes, the shaft is important and so is the golf ball. That will keep you busy for awhile.
  6. Agree, it ultimately rest on the player's shoulders for reach of a rule. Even if the onsite rule official gave the incorrect interpretation of the rules, the player will still be responsible for the action taken. I'm with you on that she's been in the similar situation more than her share, it seemed. For her best of interests, learn the rules or get a caddy who will have a clue or advise to have the official take a second look. Whether the penalty matters or not, she needs to get on track so it won't happen as often. What if the one shot penalty matters in the outcome of a major ? She's not a young lady anymore. Should make the most of the remaining years.
  7. Theoretically, the shorter the length, the thicker the shaft, the heavier the weight of a shaft will feel a stiffer flex. When you need to play an iron length 1" shorter than the standard , you may wish to explore at least one flex softer than what you used to ( or been fitted for at standard length ). Typical graphite shaft length in the irons is 1" longer than the steel counterpart. Cutting 1 " off across the board is never a good idea. You're not looking for uniform staggered length across a set of iron at 1/2" - 3/8" between each. The best way will take more effort but you should target a distance and trim the shaft according to the desired gap between the clubs. Usually 10-15 yards between the clubs but in your case going shorter and more flexible, you might consider 7/8 - 10 yards gap between each of the clubs. Your total package should not be taken from a spreadsheet , built with only static measurement. If you have time, it should be built one club at a time with loft/lie angle considered with the length of the shaft to achieve the target total carried distance/ apex angle. Besides the equipment side, have a knowledgeable instructor take a closer look at your golf game. Approach it from both the golfer and the equipment sides, to achieve the maximum result you as an individual.could. There is no short answer to solve your issue of lack of distance. If there is such an easy way, this game will never be as attractive to so many throughout the history.
  8. Talked to a few friends who are still running quite a bit of golf clubs through their shops. Most of them agreed that the light weight construction of the modern golf equipment was the main culprit for the equipment failure. The golfers these days are stronger, many of them are not eh typical golfers from just a few decades ago. Before we'd picture mostly retired folks, those not in their top physical shape in the sport of golf. These days, many golfers cross over from other sports, young, strong and fit. The promotion of lighter, faster, more distance had been going on for quite awhile now and reached the limit of what we could do with the available material within the conforming limit set by the USGA. Lighter thinner construction in the golf shafts ( steel or graphite ) used/abused by stronger golfers = more premature equipment failure . The engineers designed the $500 drivers knew all of these, therefore , part of the price we pay for the new driver had the failure rate numbered in for return and replacement. Same thing with the automobile industry, they figured in the rate of failure, sometimes even worse when they figured in the rate of accident from the design and the payoff rate from settlement. We asked , why then not build a better vehicle ? Because the price tag will be out of reach by most of the consumers if they build the best possible product, and those products might be around for decades because of superior quality which is not good for the OEM because they want to sell you another one, very soon in the future.
  9. From a golfer who had accumulated close to a dozen and a half set of irons over the 4 decades, yes, I constantly go back to another set and then another set........ Issue is not the head design, the differences in the total static weight from different sets often takes some time to get back into the grooves of golf swing. They have similar rated flex and swing weights but because of the different shaft weight which produced different total static weight which will need some necessary changes to the timing and the retheme of my golf swing. When I was younger, it'll be a day on the driving range or a round of golf to get the feel back from a different set of irons. Apex 4 was rated a stiff flex from the OEM but it is a lighter shaft than the TTDG S300/S400. Funny thing is, distance lost was common, even switching from a heavier shaft back to a lighter shaft. Theoretically, it should produce more distance when going from a heavier shaft to a lighter shaft. However, not the case with sets from the same era, so the lofts were similar, not to be blamed for the change in the distance. The weight played a big part of how I accelerate through the impact, probable was the reason why there was the variance of distance going from one set to another.
  10. Time is changing, like decades ago I'd laugh and dismiss the idea of selling bottled tab water. Who knew ! However, I do worry about digital currency. Especially about the ways it was transferred and the way they store the information. There are ways to intercept the transmission. The mobile units ( Square,,, and the likes ) can be easily intercepted and the information copied to some deep cyber space to be sold. Better than robbing the bank physically. These information then lumped together and sold as a package. Sure, institutions have ways to combat the stolen id issue but still losing at billions each year. We the consumers will be at the short end of the stick to pay for all the lost digital currency even if our own accounts were not touched. Let's not go into this too far. The subject of more places using digital currency only during this CPVID-19 outbreak had help the financial institution to convert more consumer into using the cards instead of hard currency. I used to carry some cash with me to be used in places I didn't trust using credit cards. Just too much trouble going through my statement with these small exchange of $10 or less. We checked our financial statement each and every period religiously, because lots of the stolen amount were reported as small and insignificant ( but they'll add up fast enough ). we even had the merchants charged multiple times for the same service /goods. These are the reasons why I don't like to use credit for every transaction.
  11. Decade ago, every bank had the counting and sorting machine for their customer. Just bring in the coins and they'll credit the count right back into your account. These days. only a few local credit union banks has the counting and sorting machine. On top of all the work to sort and count the coins and wrap them up...... the warping paper tubes are not free. Did you search online for the cost of the sorting paper tubes ? Sure, bank will give you a few if, you ask for the wrapper, and they're very stingy of giving them out by asking how many do you need ?? I don;t see the hard currency going out of circulation in my lifetime. Digital currency is easier to manage and track, but, what if there is a glitch on the internet storing and retrieving ? It's all possible you know. It can be a software issue, can be an attack to the system, can be as simple as a large scale power outage. Anyway.....I don't have enough in the kitty pot to worry about.
  12. Nationwide coin shortage. No bank give free coin counting service so no one bothered to bring back the change. I had a big jar of coins sitting under the kitchen counter. Love to put it back into circulation, just too much hassle counting and package them to bring to the bank. The services like CoinStar is worse than one armed bandit You have to bring the coins to their machine and pay them 11% and get a gift card...........
  13. BTW, would someone who had a chance to game these sets for awhile , please, give us some feedback and post photos of your set ?
  14. I agree, the price point is very attractive, as the line has blurred into getting the components and put them together. I wonder of they'll ship components to the hobbyist instead of assembled set. I'm sure someone would take that choice if the price point is meaningfully different. My personal preference is a blank head with only the numbers on the sole nothing in the cavity except for moving the weight around. A plan functioning tool is more beautiful in my eyes than something with fancy decorative design or promotional logo. Pretty certain those design in the cavity was presented by the factory designer as a free feature which to make the total package more attractive. We'll see, some golfers might like those patterns, just like some had stamped and pint filled lots of stuff on their putters and wedges. Not my cup of tea. But there is an idea if that blank looking head is available to the public with lower cost. Some of us will take up on it.
  15. I'd missed that part, didn't have time to review all of the content. That would my guess also, since even the OEM are shipping the components from China to be assembled here. I know the major manufacturing and factories were gradually moving from the SE China to inland because of the increased wages, increased overhead had brought up the total cost of manufacturing, so the factories moved their equipments inland. Next step would be moving to Vietnam, like some of the factories already done so. Know a few shafts were made in Vietnam now. Whether Vietnam or other countries could take over completely, that will leave to be seen. The economic revolution had its costs. Fair wages, insurance , labor union ( Right ? ), and recent years the income tax ( Ha, they should have the income tax there long ago since they had moved from a State welfare system to Western capitalism ( ish) system ). Anyway, no surprise there. The issue will be consistency in the supply line and the stability of the pricing. Not sure if the practice of sub-contract to supporting contractors to meet the volume demand still true. Used to be everything will be forged/cast in the primary factory with the best equipment available then, later batch will be sub contracted out to smaller factories all around their country to maintain the competitive low cost. thus the quality control will suffer.
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