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  1. Just like any other course, it depends on the course and the price - value.
  2. I buy a carbonated mineral water, mix it cold with filtered from the fridge, (the fraction of carbonated to non-carbonated is up to your tastebuds) and squeeze some lime into the glass - it's my water cocktail and is very refreshing and cold (no ice) - makes water interesting and doable all day long.
  3. How many wedges

    I consider the 50, 55, 59 as clubs that are used for 3/4 shots and around the green, with the 55 and 59 as specialty wedges.
  4. Body vs Arm Swing

    I am also of the camp that arms are the biggest contributor to power. But the body sets up that power. For example, I have a feel of not pulling my arms down from the top, so as to give my feet/knees, hips and chest more time to open before the arms come powering down - I guess that's the whip action of which you hear. I recently gained 10 yards on my irons working on opening and not pulling the club down - but still using the arms - still talking with my guy about this... But the arms come down so fast that they can "outrace"? the body (and you lose the "whip"), so I am giving the body more time to open up. Interesting stuff.
  5. Maltby Playability Factor

    MPF does not account for turf interaction, so it's theoretically in part as to the playability of a clubhead. My suggestion - hit what fits your game - I like my clubs to work on my not so great days - I don't buy clubs for my best days. Demo, hit outside on grass, get some numbers, take your time.
  6. Ditching 3w for 5w

    I did play a Callaway XR16 5 wd at 17 degrees - nice club - wanted more ease and versatility off the deck although I enjoyed it off deck and tee. But a forum gave me the new Callaway Steelhead XR Fwy to keep and review to generate discussion, and it was the 5 wd. Fell in love. The deep face is great off the tee, it's 18 degrees and 42.5 inche, and it was giving me great distance with a piercing yet high mid to high flight and was consistent. So ... I said why not try a 3 wd? I don't like to go 43 in, so at 42.5 in and 15 loft. I am more aggressive at impact now with confidence. Off the tee, it goes 220 carry on best contact. Was getting similar results off deck with a mid to high mid flight - I was happily surprised. Will spend more time with this traditional 3, 5 setup. 5 will be more consistent and will stay in bag, but it also depend on the course that day and the set of tees I'm playing. The battle may be between the 7 wd and my 22 hybrid. Good luck. Steelheads ...
  7. weight shift trigger

    Yes, that is my point. Thx.
  8. weight shift trigger

    Okay - my opinion, but many people are not acquainted with using the word "pressure" because in golf we've traditionally used "weight." Yes, I pressure the foot into the ground. I don't know the answer but when B&P were saying "weight," did they mean "pressure?" I like the word "pressure" and the way it is described here and in the video helped open eyes when this vid was presented. Agreed, it points at the ball, but I feared saying "point the knee at the ball. I think that creates a different motion. During the swing, the knee flexes inwards, I believe, although it points at the ball. At least that is the way my instructor explained it to me...
  9. Adjust lie on woods and hybrids?

    Adjustable fairways and hybrids may have a setting - for a more upright lie angle. For example Callaway's "D" setting is more upright. Hybrids for Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz also has a lie setting for adjustment. Best to check with the OEM for non adjustable clubs.
  10. weight shift trigger

    Alignment stick in belt loops to let you see what hips are doing in terms of turning. In general, many golfers do not make a real or sufficient turn in the backswing, and don't open enough in the downswing. Hint: you must open the hips and chest before the arms come swinging down - sequencing Get an iPad or SmartPhone and get someone to video you on range.
  11. weight shift trigger

    Hope the Grant Waite/Pressure video helps clear this up. I know the S&T people tell you that the weight moves forward during the backswing, but the data shows it does not. I have talked with a couple of instructors who once taught S&T, who have talked with Bennett/Plummer but I don't think as of yet, B&P admit what the data and pressure plates show. From talking with another instructor, he says to paraphrase - Sure S&T works with pros for a short duration, and then they plateau and go downhill. Now B&P may have changed their instruction, but here on TST, Erik and Mike have discussed that the pressure moves back and then forward as shown in the Dave Wedzick/Erik vid with Suzanne Petersen and Grant Waite. Good luck.
  12. weight shift trigger

    You don't want it to point at the ball during the backswing - I'll say it flexes back. I don't want to say too much for fear of saying the wrong thing. But yes, on the downswing the left knee will rotate externally but you don't want the right leg to "Cave" or you'll end up in a dead position. Notice Grant Waite in second vid posted above. The golf swing is tough - in general, it starts from the ground up, and then the backswing starts from the ground up. Notice the connection between arms and body. Find a good instructor, which is tough, or they do have online instruction here with Evolver.
  13. weight shift trigger

    I'd find a good PGA Professional/Instructor or clinics to start off. Golf swing is tough - Quick sum is that you need efficient movement and too many of us, including me, had and have built up so many inefficiencies or extraneous movements with no instruction/poor instruction that is tough to get rid of once you perform the inefficient movements for so long. I think the swing can be described as essentially a series of patterns performed in a specific sequence - sequencing is a priority. Did not answer the question as to weight shift - notice how the right hip is higher than the left at the top of the backswing. I use the ground pressure (pressing feet into ground) and external rotation of the left knee to get to the left side. If you look at Grant he is externally rotating that front knee - so I try to separate the knees at first in the downswing, and then pressure the front foot into the ground. Sometimes, you'll run into too much side bend (severe spine angle bend - symptom is head going backwards) on the downswing while trying to get to the front, and you're dead. Another vid of Grant Waite. Good model.
  14. weight shift trigger

    Question the "lie" of the rear foot and weight - I think TST came out with facts about pressure and how it shifts during the swing with this video. If it's about pressure/weight, then the rear foot gets the majority of the pressure at the top of the backswing before pressure shifts to the front foot. So if you are pressuring more weight into the front foot during the backswing, you are on the incorrect path. Dave and the stats in the video show you. How to get to the front foot? Look at Grant's motion. Erik and Mike can explain it best. See Grant Waite at 8:20 in a vid that was published in TST a few years ago.
  15. Ping G400 Driver on the way

    Haven't read the entire discussison, but The G400 with the Alta Shaft comes in at 45.75; the G400 with the Ping Tour 65 or 75 comes in at 45.25 in. according to the Ping Website. With the Tour 75, they tip it an inch. I think they are going for a swingweight of D3 in the G400. From various sources for which I can't vouch -- I did have the Alta Shafts at my demo on a Trackman, and I understand Ping designed that shaft and is havng it manufactured by a non-OEM manufacturer. Ping is in charge of that shaft. The Ping Tour shaft in previous versions was described as made by UST - Chrome Elements designed to feel like a GD DI6, and generally gets great reviews. I have the Epic 10.5, playing at 9.5 in a Tensei CK Blue 50 and have had the Ping G400 at 9 degrees for about 4 outside demo sessions in a TPT shaft (Swiss based company using robotics). I am getting it beat into me to launch the driver, similar to what Erik and Mike show you in vids on TST. I really like that Ping/TPT combo, but the shaft retails at $700 with a lifetime warranty. They are coming out with new models this year - interesting concept if you want to look at www.tptgolf.com That combo is very consistent, stable, smooth and the Ping seems to twist less in the hands than Epic on off-center hits. Distance is similar for me. I would go with the Ping for consistency. We are fortunate to play in an era of great equipment.