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About Hoganman1

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Hoganman1

    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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nope. I would regret not playing Turnberry and maybe Doral, but I have to stick to my principles.
  11. Hoganman1

    Closed Courses You Formerly Played

    The nine hole course I where I learned to play in the mid 60s (Fairfield Country Club in Winnsboro SC) closed about four years ago. There are eight near Charlotte NC, where I now live, that have closed in the last decade. Also, there are four or five in Central Florida, where I vacation twice a year, that have closed in the last five or six years. I hope this trend ends soon. I belong to a club that is very stable, but I enjoy playing good public tracts from time to time. I guess this is happening due to some over-building in the 90s and a decline in overall golf participation brought on by the recession.
  12. Hoganman1

    Do you use a rangefinder?

    I guess if they quit marking sprinkler heads and eliminate the 200, 150, and 100 yard markers I'll have to look at getting a range finder. My brother-in-law is a 2 hdcp retired college golf coach and he swears by this Garmin. I'm sure they help, but someone in my group usually has one so I probably won't buy one until I have to do so.
  13. I have three as well: The Ocean Course at Kiawah, Mission Inn-El Campeon (near Orlando) and Musgrove Mill (near Spartanburg, SC).
  14. Hoganman1

    Do you use a rangefinder?

    I'm not really a gadget guy. I don't even carry my phone on the course. I still look at sprinkler heads, assess where the flag is, factor in the wind and go. Interestingly, when I check with a playing partner that has a range finder, I'm never more than two or three yards off. However, I do understand why people use them.
  15. Hoganman1

    Pro-V-1X vs TP5X vs Chrome Soft X

    Thanks for all your input. I think I'm going to stay with the TP5X for now. It sounds like if I try a Callaway ball I should go with the regular Chrome Soft instead of the CSX.

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