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  1. So I haven't been pleased with my putting lately. It just seems like I have been fighting it on the backswing, and that is throwing me off. So I thought I would pull out a bunch of putters. like many people have and weigh them and see what the balance turned out to be. This is not scientific since I am using a Taylormade Monza IB Spider as the baseline weight and using a digital scale. I realize this only gives me overall static weight of the putter and not the head weight. I'm just guessing at that since they all have small pistol grips. The IB weighed 537gr and has a spec of 350gr headweight. It has a slight toe balance. 1930's Burke 15oz, 90* toe balance (Found in my parent's garage as a kid and actually used it a long time ago because I thought it was cool). 1985 Taylormade TPA V 488gr 17-1/4oz, guess 300gr HW slight toe (First real putter that I used for a long time... Nevada Bob's). 1990's Teradrops TD-xx 504/508 17-3/4oz, guess 315/320gr HW slight toe (Drank the roll face kool-aid a few years ago, they do roll nice). 2008 Adams Mallet 523gr 18-1/2oz, guess 335gr HW face balance (Got this after wife took my IB, I loved this putter before Jim Jones got a hold of me... back in the bag). I have others, the 80's are around the same weight (slight toe, except one that is about 80*) and I have a Teardrop RFD that is "toe up" by 30* and is almost 19-1/2oz-360gr HW. It is super stable... but boy I hate that one. I realize that my list is really low budget and most people wouldn't be caught dead with any of them. But this was kind of an exercise in looking back at the years and also have some baseline for me. I don't buy a lot, but I realize that I've picked up too much of the same that isn't working, at least for my current setup. John
  2. Since you are asking... probably now... especially if you bought that driver new. If you plan to keep your new driver for a number of years, do it right, research new and recent drivers, hit a lot of them, and get fit. 10 years from now the difference is negligible. John
  3. You say your swing looks just as fast as 100mph swings on video, but that might be an overall view of it. You might be just as fast for most of the downswing, but in reality the speed at impact is slower because you’re not accelerating through the ball. It would be interesting to see what your speed is without the ball. I’m not an instructor so I don’t know if this is a good test or not, but if it is faster, you should be able to make adjustments that will increase you speed at impact. John
  4. You’ll probably get as many suggestions as there are posts. I would think you would be hard pressed to get a poor quality putter for $200. But you should know why you don’t like your current putter... weight, balance (face, toe), sight lines, feel off face, insert or no insert, etc. If you can figure out what you really don’t like about it, you won’t just get a shiny object that you will eventually disdain just as much. It might even be you just hate to look at it, or just don’t like it. Every now and then I’ll try a SeeMore. I have yet to buy one, but for a SBST it seems to help to steady my stroke. If you are buying new and find one, come back in a couple days and see if it feels the same. Maybe bring in your putter to compare. The mind plays funny games. John
  5. Obviously there is no most forgiving driver. No one even knows your current driver and what you don’t like about it. I mean I’ve had a few Ping drivers and feel they are pretty forgiving, but if your current driver is a Ping, that may not help you much. Things like swing speed, your typical miss, need to launch higher/lower, etc. As the video above shows, there is not that much difference over the past 5 years so you can find something used pretty easily for under $200. John
  6. True, but his bank account might be doing better, at least from his earnings playing golf. John
  7. ... a clarification to the above is that maybe the launch angle is in fact lower with a stronger loft but the apex is probably very close and with less spin giving more carry. For the sake of argument, maybe try the Apex 16 and Apex 16 Pros? John
  8. My understanding is that it has to do with launch angle and not distance. If a Mfg can achieve a certain launch angle it is a 7 iron, regardless of the actual club loft or the added distance. Some of the extreme sets may not adhere to this, I don’t know. And as already noted, with thinner faces and all sorts of trampoline effects built into distance clubs, dispersion may not be as good. But, it might be worth your while to look into clubs newer than 2007 as technology has improved since then. There are any number of really good condition used clubs that are a few years old that will cost you a lot less. Do some research, hit some used clubs that fit your game and go from there. The only issue with longer irons, is that game improvement might work better for you than players irons, but it may mean getting a look you don’t care for, but they might give you an easier launch and more forgiveness. John
  9. I used a G30 SFT for a while and passed it on to our son. He still uses it and loves it. I played a Ping G driver and there was really no difference. I play Cobra now. FWIW, our son decided to keep the G30 over the G. John
  10. The part I’m wondering, per the article above, is if it not a part but put in place by tournament organizers, is it possible that some tournaments allow different balls to be played? Or has it become pretty much a standard at all PGA tournaments? I can see how a particular golfer, say a DeChambeau, might want to use a different ball based on his “scientific” analysis of distance, trajectory, flag location, spin, etc., etc., etc. But that process would only add a couple additional minutes to tee off. John
  11. Can’t disagree with Lemieux. And you of all people can appreciate that a good number of those points came as he played through pain. Despite his stellar career, it still is a what could have been. John
  12. Actually that should probably include... or anyone else. To me it is an honest assessment of a head-to-head in their primes, (And I realize a lot of stats are trying to do just that). But Jack was from my era and there is no way Jack, in his prime, could consistently beat Tiger, in his prime; Tiger wins the majority of them. And I think Jack would feel the same way. Take Gretzky, no one would ever think he would be displaced as the greatest of all time, but I can see a time when Crosby could do just that. Regardless of the numbers, every sport is getting bigger, faster, and better. And there is no way Gretzky puts up the same numbers in this era. And, at the risk of being sacrilegious, I can see someone displacing Tiger as the greatest, regardless of the numbers. It might even be 12 > 15 > 18. I don’t, but that’s sports and no era has a monopoly on who future generations crown. John
  13. I don’t care about Hogan. I just threw his name out as a what might have been. He lost 3 years to the war and overcome even more medical issues than Tiger without 21st century medical procedures. But his resume does not stack up. At almost 7000 posts there has not been a single post, not one valid argument, that supports Jack being a greater golfer than Tiger. Tiger is greater than Jack. Jack’s strength of field will never be stronger. But strength of field is always increasing, so who knows who the subjects of a future thread will be. That is actually the best part of this. All the words will disappear and eventually become irrelevant. John
  14. Not really. It is actually a thread to show why Jack is not comparable to Tiger. John
  15. Actually this thread is about Tiger and Jack, I only brought up Hogan because of the wins by era and his comeback. And I never saw Hogan play. For this generation, and looking back, Tiger is the greatest. I like Jack more, but I think Tiger is better, especially with his comeback. But no one should be deluded that 75-100 years from now there won’t be another player that will the the real GOAT in the mind of that generation. Generations root for their guy/gal as the greatest, and they will have their stats to back up their position. When we are all dead, no one will care about someone who played at the turn of the century. Life moves on, celebrate the now and let it go. John
  16. It was a miracle that Hogan could even walk after the head-on collision. He couldn’t play many tournaments after his accident due to his injuries and was in pretty much constant pain. I’m not saying Hogan would get to 18 majors, but as much as we applaud Tiger for his masters win, he wasn’t exactly scraped off the pavement. Also when talking about the different eras, where would Tiger be with mid-20th century medical technology in getting him back on the course. John
  17. Of course it was easier to win tournaments years ago. In 1945 alone Byron Nelson won 18 tournaments, but congrats to Rory, and won $63k. It was, and to some extent still is, a rich man’s sport. But there is more access today and, someone with talent is able to play college golf and potentially find a career somewhere in golf. It is a multiple billion dollar industry. I know this is about Tiger and Jack, but one does have to wonder how many Hogan would have won if that Greyhound bus was never on that road. His success after the accident might dwarf what everyone else has accomplished. John
  18. And you seem to have inherited those same traits. I am very happy that your daughter is doing so well with golf. It is hard to describe how rewarding it is to share a pastime with your children. Congratulations! John
  19. Unfortunately the real moral of the story is that your daughter has a well involved and knowledgable father who will encourage her and give her advice so she can enjoy the game as much as possible. But it still has to be fun for her. When our twin boys were 11 they saw my old surfboards in the rafters. For the next 10 years we got out as much as we could and shared waves together. Our garage became the ding repair shop for their friends and we would shuttle everyone to the beach at least once a week. Ironically both have ended up in Arizona, but dearly miss the ocean and we try to get out, they’re in their 30’s and I’m 68, whenever they come out. I think there are still over 20 boards in our garage. But when they were 10, they got boxed golf sets for Christmas. We would take them to the pitch and putt. They have never become as proficient as they did at surfing, but we get out and play at least one round whenever we get together. They have obviously moved on from those boxed set clubs, but they play because they are able to do it well enough to enjoy it and have had someone there to play with and encourage them... to make it fun. I’m not advocating no fittings or lessons, but for someone starting out, and they have the athletic ability (a person has to have some physical ability to do any sport), having someone there to help them through is probably more important. John
  20. Since this thread started on 2010, I don’t think the term overrated is even relevant anymore. I’m pretty sure he’ll get into the HOF with his current resume. His FedEx cup and European wins will help. If he gets to 25 PGA wins and the career GS, it’s a slam dunk... no pun intended. John
  21. I’m thinking some plastic surgery, a few pounds, and longer hair and he’ll come back looking like John Daly. John
  22. Very classy looking trolley. I will say that the console seems a bit lacking for today’s market. Spent many years with 2 wheel pull carts where I stuffed everything in the bag. My current cart has a closed console and I have come to really like the convenience. i can see where umbrella and cup holders could be pretty easily added accessory (clamped or whatever). John
  23. HCP: Getting to explore parts of the course usually reserved for facilities people. HCB: Having to use GPS to get back. John
  24. The game has changed over the years. I don’t follow Zac Blair, but the Zac Blair’s of the world need to hit the right place on nearly every fairway, have an impeccable iron game, and drain every putt. That is the only way to mitigate the 50 yard gap. It may sound harsh, but if he can’t do that, who really cares if he gets penalized more? There are a lot of 90mph right handed pitchers in college that will never be signed. Once upon a time 90mph was a pretty big deal, that is no longer the case. No one is making a case for them. John
  25. I dunno. Even Koepka says fairways are overrated. In 2018 there were over 50 players averaging 300 yards. For pros, I don’t think 300 yards is such a big deal. As for shorter hitters... if they can’t hit the fairways, maybe they need to re-evaluate if their game can compete. Short and crooked isn’t a good recipe for success. Not sure where the name Zac Blair came from, but Zach Johnson has both length and age going against him. But I have to give him props as he has probably maximized his results. John
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