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  1. RayG

    Ben Hogan irons

    These are mine- A bit biased but I love them. However, I've only been able to get in about 3 rounds in with them along with some range work. working on the swing at the same time, so it's taking a bit to fine tune them into my game. Now- as I mentioned on another forum, these are NOT your run of the mill GI or SGI clubs. The heads themselves are nearly 10% smaller than my previous set and missing the sweetspot is not your friend. If you tend to be off center a lot with GI/SGI clubs, these are NOT the clubs for you. While they stress their "progressive perimeter weighting" in their copy, they play like you would think blades play. Miss and it hurts accuracy and distance, there is very little if any 'correction'. But I will add that if you are a consistent sweet spot (generally) hitter, then you can play these- even as the hdcp goes up to low to mid teens, it can be done. And hitting the spot is like butter when done right. Lofts are not particularly strong, probably closer to a "retro loft" with a 34* 7 Iron. All other lofts are based on a 4* spread among the set. I played original Edges for many years, then a set of Ft. Worth Edges from several years back and was thrilled when they came back "without the middle man". I was able to actually afford a premium set without waiting a couple of years for prices to drop on a leftover set. Blade style technology hasn't really changed over the years so the tech will be sound for awhile. Again- if you are consistent- give their demo program a try and see if they are for you. Plus- they look gorgeous...
  2. RayG

    Par 3 opening hole

    I believe Montauk Down has a "Periscope" Hole. there is a tall periscope on the tee to see over the little hillock in front of the tee to see the fairway beyond.
  3. RayG

    Par 3 opening hole

    Since I can't seem to edit the post: I will add that it would take a flag about 100 feet high to work. The crest of the hill is only about 120 yards away and 40/50 feet above the tee. then the fairway drops off rather quicky towards the water on the left and the green, which is actually below the level of the tee box. Hole itself can play out to about 370 from the tips
  4. RayG

    Par 3 opening hole

    No, not a member and haven't played it in about 3 years. They may have done so since. OR, has I've seen on several courses- a bell you ring when you get out to a reasonable distance out over the crest of a hill. Usually about 300-320 yards.
  5. RayG

    Par 3 opening hole

    Glenbrook in Stroudsburg, PA used to open with a nasty Par 3 that was uphill and almost all carry. Then they swapped the nines and now the starting hole is a blind tee shot over a rather large hill to a fairway that slopes SEVERELY right to left- water at the bottom(left side) and woods and rough on the right. Someone has to drive to the top and make sure the fairway is clear, then drive back...
  6. RayG

    Is GoPro the Best for Recording Play?

    Yes, GoPro field of view is about 170*, even if you can zoom (some do) the quality would be poor. Even 20 yards back it would look like they are 100 yards away. As shown, a portable flexible tripod wrapped around the a pillar of the cart with an iPhone mount should be fine. And use Landscape mode please... In vertical mode you are giving away the available quality and resolution that the camera was designed for. You can even buy a small key fob bluetooth device to work the camera so you don't have to keep hitting the button on the phone and possibly move it out of position.
  7. RayG

    Top Golf

    Funny- I first heard of Top Golf while in Florida a few years ago (Tampa area). There was an article in the Paper announcing the project or recent opening (I can't remember) and there was a description given by one of the owners/managers on how it was for everybody. But that there would be 'zones' for different types of guests. The Top floor (3 tiers) would be for more exclusive/expensive parties and corporate type things, middle tier was for general use by the public- B'day parties, Bro-Stags and such. But the lower level would be for the 'real golfer'. A quieter area for actual practice with the ability to give yardage numbers and trackman info type of stuff. Has anyone come across this scenario at one of their locations?
  8. Have quite a few old clubs collected and inherited over the years. Including one of those grooveless Walter Hagen spoon shaped sand "wedge" things. Some niblicks and such from Scotland. Just haven't gone through to document them all. Not all are original since my mother used the sand spoon and had it re-gripped at some point. Maybe this thread will get me to fully go through the clubs.
  9. RayG

    What is your driver loft?

    9.5 on the M1... With the trailing weight set for 'mid-high'. SS is usually 103-106. I struggled with other drivers and an EXTREMELY high ball flight no matter what the settings. Current launch angle around 14-15* and spin rate is approx 2800
  10. Yes- I still have my Orlimar TriMetal in rotation when I think about it. I will sometimes bag it if I know I'm playing a course that has a lot of wind. I can sting it off the tee and gets lots of roll.
  11. RayG

    2019 Masters Lottery

    I'M GOING.... to be watching on TV as usual. Unless, I can squeeze access from work... (CBS) but that hasn't happened since 1992. And that was a lucky break. Need to start the brown nose campaign again...
  12. 4 DAYS... notice of shipment until arrival at door...
  13. RayG

    Would You Play A Tough Course?

    "tough course" could be any course, apparently. some days are tougher than others and nothing other than crying and beer will make it better
  14. I think if he's "stroking it" on the green, there are deeper issues involved...
  15. Hmmm, I hadn't expected this to turn into a complaint thread about slow play....

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