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  1. Good idea. Right now all I care about is adding distance, and of course I still want to hit it where I want it to go... within reason. John
  2. The key really is to take lessons. Find someone you would be comfortable with that can teach you a correct grip and a basic swing. Decades ago a rite of passage was going from a Par 3 course to full 18 hole course. Sadly, a lot of those short muni’s are gone. But it is still the best place for a beginner to learn the game and have success. Heck, as kids some of our best results were from tee shots that rolled to the green. There is still an environment of having to chip and make that putt to score. The reality of playing golf on a full size course is being able to swing hard enough under control to get the ball down the fairway. Our daughter-in-law doesn’t play golf but has a natural ability to swing hard. When we go to the range and she actually connects with it, the ball flies. I’ve encouraged her to take lessons to transform that power into a golf swing. An instructor can tell you what to work on, but more importantly what you can expect from your game as you move forward. John
  3. Congrats on getting your irons setup for you. I think it is great to be able to play those old Wilson irons well. The good news is Wilson has really stepped up over the past 10 years or so, so if you want to stay with Wilson they do make some nice clubs. Their FG series might be a modern equivalent. For now keep hitting what you’ve got, John
  4. I’ve been working on getting more inside and eliminating as much as I can of an outside-in swing, which creeps in as I swing harder. Overall I’m a lot more consistent, but I have lost distance, especially with my longer clubs. Based on your post, I decided to loosen my right elbow a bit on the range. Didn’t work very well until I backed a little further away from the ball. Not tucking the elbow felt pretty natural and I had enough room to bring the club down and not out. Now tomorrow might be a different story, but for now... John
  5. I assume you meant 43-46-50-54-58. I’m not sure how well the gapping between 43 and 46 is working. Personally I’d go 43-48 (which is pretty typical of gapping including Titleist) instead of the 46 and 50 wedges. Only you know how necessary each wedge that you carry. Since there isn’t a Voley 53 available, you’ll have to decide if a 52 and open up if necessary or 54 and close if necessary. You’ll need to decide if you are truly gapped at 10 yards (full swing?) and playing that way, or are you adjusting your swing to get the distance for each situation. “Traditional” lofts at one time were a 9 iron was 45, PW a 50, and a SW was 55/56. Generally a 5 degree difference. Obviously you can mix your wedges to suit the course. I generally play 48-54 and a 60, but I will use a 58 if it makes more sense, even if the gap is technically off. John
  6. Congrats on breaking 90. Even more congrats on hitting a 2 iron. Wow! John
  7. 70sSanO

    club fitting

    I’d just use the chart to find out if the clubs are in the range for you. Your only concern would be if you got something way off. If they are, get rid of them and get something closer. After all, you are just starting and they’re used, I wouldn’t sweat it if they’re close. John Edit added: You would probably be better off taking some lessons.
  8. 70sSanO

    club fitting

    You can do a static fitting using the Ping color chart. It won’t help you with shaft flex, but at lest you’ll know it the lie and length is close. John
  9. I love my 60. For me, once you get the right bounce you just hit it. I use it for most greenside bunkers, and it is great for those 50 yard below the green shots. It is not a club I can back off a lot. John
  10. When I mention selling more baseball and softball bats, I was a bit serious. Mizuno is a world wide sporting goods manufacturer. Even though they are a corporation they don’t answer to a parent company, unlike some other manufacturers. They were not an apparel company that added equipment at a later date. If Mizuno makes less margin on certain items it’s their prerogative, not some investment company looking over their shoulder screaming shareholder value. John
  11. Does anyone here have any leg length discrepancy that uses AimPoint? Mine is not severe. I never notice it in everyday life. One leg is slightly shorter, I think less than 1/2”, but it causes me to run an EVA insole in one of my cycling shoes. Only sport that needs it. Just wondering if anyone knows if this will impact how well the system works. John
  12. So I guess you didn’t try any draw biased drivers during your fitting? If that would have helped and made a sale, I would think the fitter would have gone that route. It sounds like you are getting too inside... inside-out swing, push-slice, no rotating club head. Draw bias is supposed to “help” to reduce a slice, usually from an out to in swing. If you are not going to work on your swing, get the most adjustable driver you hit pretty well so you can move the weighting as things evolve. John
  13. And to think my younger brother used to say... “Golf is easy, just bring the club back to where it started.” John
  14. My guess is that Mizuno sells a ton more baseball and softball bats than Taylormade. John
  15. What really bothers me is that at my age and with a bad shoulder my drives are around 200 yards. If I was able to hit my drives 240m/260yds I would do whatever I needed to fix my swing to pick up the extra yardage. If you spent half the effort on that rather than on this post, you wouldn’t be asking about breaking 90. But to follow your approach, play Par 3 courses with 70m-120m holes. You have to be able to shoot par, actually a 26 over 9 holes. This is basically what you are professing with 2 (3 on par 5’s) 180m shots and a wedge. Going to a range helps to groove a swing, but nothing works like having to stop a ball in the right spot on a green. Those 2 putts might be tougher than on a practice green. And you can’t get any bogeys and you need one birdie. If you can do this consistently, then leave yourself 100m on a regulation course and play it like a Par 3. If you are never able to consistently shoot 26, you won’t ever consistently break 90. It’s pretty simple stuff. John
  16. Go find a 3500m/4000m course and play your fairway/hybrid off the tee and then a shorter iron into the green, plus shorter Par3 holes, and see how you do. Hitting some greens in regulation, or just slightly missing them, gives a chance at some birdies and definitely pars. This will give you a great perspective on the importance of getting as far down the “fairway” as you can. John
  17. Learn to hit your driver as far as you can and as straight as you can. Length trumps everything else. John
  18. I’m just curious if you have worked with an instructor to develop your putting stroke, or is it one that you put together and if it’s been in a state of flux. Some days everything clicks for me and other days I seem to have no clue. Hopefully when, and not if, I get serious enough about my putting, I’ll get some expert advice on my stroke, ball position, weight distribution, etc. I’m not trying to talk you out of a new putter (Lord knows the only thing a golfer needs more than a new driver is a new putter) and not getting fit for one. Just wondering if it is an aim issue or your stroke won’t let you hit where you aim. John
  19. If you are just going to buy a modern (460) driver and those are your only choices, the Taylormade will give you a couple degrees of loft adjustability. There is no way anyone can say if you will hit it straighter, but over the past almost 20 years of technology, I can’t imagine you hitting it worse. Personally, if you are going to continue going forward with your current slice swing, you may want to check out a Cobra F Max. It is light, offset, and heel weighted. It isn’t adjustable, but it launches high and a 10.5 would probably work. Probably find one on eBay for around $100. Since you’re just rolling the dice, it is might be better suited for a slower swing speed. John
  20. The T100 5i is 27*; the T200 5i is 24*. Since your issue with the RSI1 5i (23*) is height, you probably won’t do much better with a T200 5i (24*). But with technology advancements the T200 might be easier to hit. These days I can’t hit a 23*/24* iron even though I could hit a 3 iron years ago. If you get T100 irons, you’ll probably lose some of the GI properties of your RSI1 irons so the T100 irons might be more difficult to hit, especially with a longer shaft length of the 5i. It is impossible to say without you trying the T100’s. John
  21. My main issue with Erik Anders’ video was that his “favorite” hole “ever” was when he shot an 11. This is not putting a bad round or hole out of your mind, or focusing on the good. This is a conscious effort to recall shooting an 11 as his favorite as some badge of courage for persevering. Maybe Erik A never got a participation trophy when he was a kid. It had been a while since I shot double digits on a hole until Friday when I shot a 10. It really sucked. It is funny that I thought of this thread and I could never imagine anything favorite about that hole. On Saturday, I got a birdie on a 210 yard Par 3, ended up 18” from the cup. I also birdied another hole with a chip in from 40 feet. I will recall those moments. I agree that people should have a good perspective when things don’t go well or as planned; whether it is golf or anything else. But it is not no bad shots, no bad investments, no bad news from the doctor, etc. if there is no bad, there is no rising above it. John
  22. I’m not an instructor and not a good golfer. In recent years I have been fighting coming over the top. After I hurt my left shoulder, I compensated with a bigger turn and was leading my downswing with my right shoulder. I know exactly what it feels like to not release the club and hit a high fade. I stumbled upon a video, but I’m having a tough time linking to it with my phone. It is by Jim Roy and it addresses coming over the top. I’m not saying it will solve anything, I can’t even say if it is good instruction, but the lightbulb went on when I realized that turning my right shoulder and trying to “hit” at the ball was the kiss of death. There are a few drills that have helped me to bring my arms down and not out. My swing thought has been to swing through the ball and not hit at the ball. When I shift my weight and swing down and through I just naturally release the club. I can feel it happening, but I’m not doing anything to cause it to happen. John
  23. I actually did watch the video. It has been a couple days so I may have forgotten a few points. I do recall how he said he used to react with sulking or being upset or quiet if he played bad. The one point I do recall was his favorite hole is when he scored an 11 because he persevered and completed it and did not give up. The problem is there really are bad shots. I have hit a lot of them. And the reality is that with golf you can’t play great defense to stop your opponent, or just out hustle your opponent to overcome a bad day or a superior player. If you are stinking it up the only relief is putting together some “good” shots. While I enjoy golf, it isn’t a smell the roses type of sport, at least for me. There are others that fit that bill. If I play reasonably well, it is a lot more enjoyable than if I am having a really bad round. It is like building a cabinet, if you are constantly hitting your thumb with a hammer, there will come a point when you put the hammer down for a while. John
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