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Mr. Desmond

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    Encinitas at Sunset
  • Birthday 01/11/1956

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    N. TX, SC, FL

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  1. Mr. Desmond

    Is a lower body swing key essential

    Well, that Skill Code was about working the ball, not the mechanics of the downswing. 90% of my work at the range is sequencing the downswing, getting off the back, bumping the hips, getting onto the front foot, and opening the hips and turning the chest ... so yes ...
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    New Ping i500 Irons, Lost Distance

    If you're referring to my post, I hit the i210, i500 and Mizuno 900F off the outside range at the same time in not the best fitting shafts - both Pings were 80g CFS shafts, while the Mizuno was steel - PX 5.5. Then I hit the JPX919F with a fitted shaft, the i210 and i500 with the Recoil 780 SmacWrap on the sim. But not my first rodeo - I'ma ho' of the first degree.
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    Gender neutral restroom - NYC

    I would only say - 'Restroom" I guess gender neutral clarifies boys or girls - or maybe those terms are not politically correct. Speaking of which, saw a blurb on Vice News about Gender Neutrals - they are trying to eliminate all reference to "his" "her" "he" "she" Guess I am getting old and older ... or these kids are living in a fantasy world ... or I'm living in the past. As we say in Texas, "It just ain't right."
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    Snell Golf Ball Deal

    I think the original MTB may spin better around the greens than MTB Black for me. In 2018, I've played the MTB Red, MTB Black, ProV1X and Chrome Soft - I'm in with the CS as a great all around ball for my game. Distance and greenside spin, and that feel thing. Good luck! I like the Snell Black - just need more greenside spin. It rolls. CS hits, spins, stops. Writing note to Dean 'cause I want to buy them.
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    5 wood vs 3 hybrid

    Depends on how you hit them - the 5 wood has a bigger profile in the rough, and as a result, a hybrid is usually easier to get up and out from the deeper stuff. The HY also has a shorter shaft - I play a 5 wd at 42 inches and some HY 3 are 40.5. Does that affect consistency? Maybe. Maybe not. The 5 wood at 18 degrees or so will give you more distance (generally) and flight higher. When both are fit, I find more consistency with the 5 wood. Bigger head is more forgiving off tee and fairway and not shabby out of not too deep rough - depends on the footprint. I find lower lofted hybrids are tougher re consistency, and I don't play any hybrid under 20 - a Rogue 4HY is as low as I'll go because it's not a high spinner and need more shaft help to launch - it's my heavy wind day hybrid. You've just got to hit both because I found that people take to both fwys and hybrids differently. Another odd factor is that I thought a D2 swingweight would work well for me - but my best long club is the 5 wood at D0. So I changed my other fairways to D0. Funny game, and it affects all of us differently as to club selection.
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    New Ping i500 Irons, Lost Distance

    OP, Ping makes great irons - I like both the i500 and i210, but I ended up with the Mizuno 919F because the fit - the head and shaft - PX LZ Tour 90 Graphite - seems a good fit. I was getting more distance than the i210 in graphite, although with power specs, I would recapture some yardage if I had sufficient spin. I like the i500s bit thought the 919 would give me consistency, forgiveness, and almost as much distance. The equipment is so good these days - it's just what works for you in getting fit and whether it meets what you need in an iron.
  7. Senior flex - typically, it's tough for those with senior flex to get enough height/carry with a 3 wd unless it's use is as a second driver. I'd look at a 5 wd, forget the 4i, get a high launching 4H. BUT start playing and see how the bag works - if the 4 and 5i are not getting enough height and consistency, consider hybrids or even a 7 or 9 wd. As to the LW, depends on your short game, wedge fitting and technique. Most ams play too little bounce in their wedges - get fit after more work on the swing. Good luck!
  8. No accuracy problems with the SC200 - mph is a little higher than Trackman by a couple of mph. It sometimes will miss a ball, I'll reposiiton and it will take the reading. Sometimes, I must thurn the unit off, then on. But otherwise, it's fine for its purpose. It's a useful tool for feedback. I understand they are developing something to compete with Mevo.
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    PING Glide 2 Stealth Wedges

    Almost 5.5 months with the Glides 2.0 Stealth in 50 SS, 56 ES and 60 SS - it's a good combo for me. The ES is excellent out of bunkers, rough, tight lies, chipping as is the 60 SS - holed a LW from below the green from the rough just two weeks ago. It just pops up nice and soft. Open, square - it doesn't matter - leadng edge stays low - excellent! Most versatile wedges I've owned, and I've owned a lot of different wedge OEM's. As to the 50, for me, a 50 is a 50 - I could do my iron set 50 and be fine. But my irons are graphite and I prefer heavier steel in the 50 for chipping around greens. It offers more stability on shorter shots. The Pings can get up in the air but you can flight them. My only wish is - I want Ping to offer the Nippon Pro Modus 3 Wedge 115 in this head - although the AMT 2.0 may be in cooperation with Nippon - I wish it flighted a bit lower. Ping does not discount and if they are going to be proud, I would like more shaft choices designed for wedges - Nippon. Feel? Excellent in 8620 steel. Such a big improvement over stainless. Grinds? They work. As to wear, yes the black does wear off on the sole first - but it is more of a dull raw that blends in well with the black. The face will wear where hit, but it is the most durable black I've played, and I've played a lot of black wedges. But I need white paintfill for loft for easier ID. Hope this helps. As to the Glide Forged, the grind appears to be between the SS and TS? Grind - less bounce - 8 on the LW. If I were playing a links course, it may work. Price? $199, which is $60 more than 2.0 Stealth. Only a slightly smaller head and no cavity - tungsten on toe moves COG to center, which helps. Good looking wedge - but only useful, I expect, if you come in shallow or neutral.
  10. Oh my ... someone is drinking Kool-Aid.
  11. Mr. Desmond

    Anyone Just Accept Their Swing?

    Nope - not retired, 2 yrs ago at 60, I started my swing change. Take lessons, have a course 5 minutes away with a great range. Overall game has improved and still putting it all together. Don't wait too long because it is a process.
  12. Why not stick to one instructor's advice and spend time at the range with video, training aids or other feedback until your confidence returns? When you play, don't keep score until your swing is ready.
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    Broke my driver shaft...

    Change shaft, depending on how much you like the head. What's your preferred weight and flex - mid launch/mid spin? I've got several driver shafts sitting around - Tensei Blue 50 R and S, Isawa Red 55 S, VA Slay 55 R But they have Callaway tips - they're easy to replace.
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    TPM - A Great Putting Training Aid

    After 6 weeks, this aid has transformed my putting. My forearms are not tight on to my sides, and my stroke is more of left shoulder down, right shoulder up (rocking). It is a freer stroke, and the data shows less arc, which is what I wanted.
  15. If one could actually move the weights without an Act of Congress or with loctite remover, they'd be helpful - asked my clubmaker about it, and he said, "Jerry, that is a PITA." So if you have a permanent swing fault where you always hit on toe, or let's say, the heel, better tell them upfront. When they first came out, I think it was more status -- you'd see guys with PXG entire bags and the PXG bag -- but now, with Gen 1 on sale and the novelty wearing off, I believe it's more "do they fit my game" along with, yes, some sort of status - but that "look at me" stuff has lessened. I've always hidden mine under a big towel. And yes, people would look. Not so much any longer. Are they worth $400 per iron? Not to me. I'll be selling mine soon after 3 years. But the hybrids? The hybrids are great with the right shaft.

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