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About Hoganman1

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  1. Hoganman1

    What Has Happened to Golf?

    It's fun for us old guys to reminisce about the old days of golf. The feel of a balata ball, leather grips, metal spikes, and persimmon woods. Remember golf shoes with kilts over the laces and Sansabelt polyester pants? I remember golf carts with only one wheel on the front. Heck, I even carried a 1 iron back in the 70s ( though I rarely got it airborne). Yes, it's a very different game now, but it's still here. My heart goes out to those of you who can no longer play. I fear I'll be in your ranks much sooner that I would like. Until then like Jack Lemmon's character in BAGGER VANCE, I will play on. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
  2. Hoganman1

    A *Serious* Loss of Distance!

    I'm 68 and I've lost distance too. I've started lifting light weights and doing stretching exercises. I also have gone to a senior flex shaft, added loft to my driver, and I play the Titliest AVX which doesn't spin as much as the Pro-v-1. I've gotten back a few yards, but it's clear Father Time is winning. I'll probably move up a set of tees (6250 to 6000) when I turn 70. I'm just happy to still be playing at this age.
  3. I agree with most of the other respondents. Once you put yourself out-there you'll meet some of the nicest people on the planet. Golfers are almost always courteous and friendly. You will be in a regular group before you know it and you will find you can continue to play well into your late 70s or early 80s (if your body will let you). I think it's the greatest game ever invented.
  4. Hoganman1

    Clubs You're Most Likely to Replace Before Next Season?

    I'm probably going to replace my Callaway XR16 with a Rogue. I'm planning on using the same shaft as it will fit both heads. I'm trying to decide if I want the Standard Rogue or the Draw Rogue. My club has demos and I'm going to play a round with each before I decide to buy. Do any of you currently play the Rogue?
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    I Think Its Time for Lessons

    I'm thinking about going to GolfTec. Several of my friends go there and they seem to like it and they are improving. Apparently, they do a complete evaluation with video of one's swing and then come up with a plan of action. My main problem is with the full swing. My short game is pretty good and putting is the strength of my game. I just need to become a better ball striker. Has anyone else tried GolfTec?
  6. Hoganman1

    Maintaining a Steady Head

    I have a problem with this too. I try to stare at the back of the ball while turning my left shoulder under my chin. As I've gotten older it seems harder to keep doing this consistently. I've been playing for 50+ years and used to do this automatically. I have some neck and shoulder pain which limits my flexibility. Like a lot of older players, I've lost distance. I think maybe my head moves up and back when I "lunge" at the ball rather than swinging freely. I've been trying to work this out on my own, but I'm thinking of maybe going to GolfTec for some help.
  7. Hoganman1

    What tee to play from?

    I'm 68 and have lost distance due to age and injury. My drives are from 190 to 210. I play tees that are about 6250 and I do have a lot of three woods into some of the par fours. If it's really wet and when it gets colder I plan to play a hybrid tee combo that is 6000.
  8. I think so. I've been playing for 50+ years and up until the Spring of '17 my hdcp was 9 . Then all hell broke loose with my body. I started having neck and head pain from a deteriorating disk AND I tore my right rotator cuff. I struggled for the rest of the year into 2018 and my hdcp soared to 14 . Finally I got some relief from the pain through PT and NSAIDs, found a swing I can repeat, and I'm back on track. I'm now at 12 and hoping to get down to 10 before Winter.
  9. Hoganman1

    What Drills does everyone recommend?

    I recommend hitting shots with your feet together. I start my pre-round warm-up and every practice session doing this drill. It helps your balance and will improve your ball striking.
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    Opinions on PxG or Mizuno....

    I'd go with the Mizunos if you cannot get fit for the PXGs. I bought new irons three years ago and really wanted to get the new Hogans, but I couldn't find a fitter that offered Hogan. As you can see by my forum name I've played Hogans for decades. My son is actually playing my old set of Apex Edge Pros and I still have my Apex blades from the 90s. However, getting fit by a certified fitter is very important. I love my Mizunos now and think they're just as good as the Hogans. I haven't paid much attention to PXG. Are they not offered by most club fitters?
  11. My putter is an Odyssey White Hot Tour that is ten years old. However, I realize it's a puppy after reading the other posts.
  12. Hoganman1

    Standard Loft versus Effective Loft

    Like I said, most fitters won't fit you for preowned clubs. Dick's is still selling new 2017 M2 drivers so I may be able to get fitted there.
  13. Hoganman1

    Standard Loft versus Effective Loft

    I've been playing my Cally XR16 10.5* at +2 with great results. If I were to buy a new driver should I buy a 12* or get another 10.5* and adjust it to +2 (or 12.5*)? I realize I should consult a fitter, but I'm looking at going pre-owned and most fitters only fit for current models. By the way, I'm looking at the 2017 Taylormade M2.
  14. Hoganman1

    Music on the Course - When did this become a thing?

    I'm not a fan of music on the golf course, but I'm old. I understand that today some people like being close to their electronic devices for music, books on audible, or for business purposes. One of the many things I like about golf is being outdoors and communing with nature. Unless it very hot I walk and carry my bag. I don't have a range finder nor do I take my cell phone. However, if one prefers taking a cart with music and a cooler full of beer that's fine with me. As long as they don't disturb other groups or expect me to play with them.
  15. I too picked 13 as my favorite and 7 as my least favorite. I've been there probably 25 times since 1970 and remember when 7 was both shorter and tighter. I understand they had to add length because of how far the pros drive the ball now, but I think having a drivable par four would be interesting.

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