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  1. I only had a couple of instructors, but I would like to find one to tweak a few things. My perception, right or wrong, is that instructors think of themselves as chemists. As already pointed out, look at how many different swing styles there have been to choose from. And if you want to base it purely on results, Golf My Way should be flying off the shelves. In most hand-eye skill sports, the participant shows up for lessons with any number of deficiencies, physical or otherwise. He or she also shows up with a perception to achieve of a level of success. Some people just want to hit it in the air and in the fairway. In my mind, right or wrong, an instructor should evaluate what the person brings to the table and makes adjustments to maximize the success that person is looking for. It should not be a one size fits all, or a scientific secret formula that can be applied to everyone. This goes beyond just golf, I see it in a lot of sports. There is this stepford approach that everyone does it a certain way. Then someone comes along with a lot of talent and an unorthodox approach and dominates the sport and that becomes the new way to do things. John
  2. Over 40 years ago my brother made a statement... golf is easy, all you have to do is return the club back to where it started. He also said it doesn't really matter what you in between as long as you take it away straight an bring it back straight. He stopped playing golf a long time ago, and I really don't put that much stock in what he said, but I have carried that around with me since then and I do bring it to mind when there is just too much unnecessary swing clutter going on in my brain. I really do believe that most people cause the greatest harm to themselves because they approach the golf swing the same way Bob Hope approached the gunfight in The Paleface. John
  3. I've been using the Callaway 3-Pack from Costco. Hard to beat the deal. John
  4. Since I tweaked my shoulder and had to shorten my backswing, I've had to re-build my swing. My motto has been to simplify things. Things are still inwork, but there are a few basic principles I have tried to employ. Ground the club... I've thrown out all of my hands forward, shaft tilt, and all that stuff. The club will tell you where everything should be. I'm still working of ball placement that obviously has an impact. Grip... Went from interlocking 40+ years ago to a Vardon to a slight overlap of the index finger. For me it is kind of just grabbing the club. People go on and on about grips, but after years of playing tennis, I've found that it is merely a fallout of a person's stroke. Compared to split second decisions on changing grips forehand/backhand, golf is pretty simple. Just find one that is comfortable and works and don't think about it. Tweak it strong or weak as necessary. I understand the value of posture, spine blah, blah, blah, but for me it is just using a natural and comfortable posture and arm setup that allows me to, at times, replicate the same swing over and over. For me the key is being able to replicate the swing. The things I am actively thinking/worrying about when I play are ball placement (for now), knee bend, head behind the ball, keeping weight on the inside of my back foot, and a very slight pre/initial (hip turn). With a shortened backswing, I can easily over turn the hip or, more likely, not at all and that causes a sway, so I need to control my hip. That is becoming the single most important thing for me. John
  5. Not trying to sound pessimistic, but this is who you need to be before you start. I'm not saying you won't improve some, but in my many years of life, whether golf or some other sport, there are just those that are born with a physical and mental ability. I almost equate golf to being a virtuoso musician. John
  6. This is really good stuff. If everyone plays shorter and the greens are set up easier, everyone gets around the course faster. John
  7. I didn't vote because I'm a little on the fence. I don't want to just dumb things down just to make them easier. But here is the reality... at 64 and with partially torn rotator cuff tendons I do well if I can hit 200 yards. There is not enough hard work that will ever get me long enough. If anyone wants to talk really hard work we can discuss a few other sports. I play from forward tees, but on some courses I've played, the differences in tee boxes won't make up for a 50 yard difference in driver and a 20-25 yard difference in irons. Typically there won't be a 75 yard difference on every driving hole. That may even translate to a 100 yard difference on par 5's. There's a lot of talk about tee box placement, but I'm not sure how much effort is made to really figure out the right box placement on a lot of courses. I still go out and have fun and I'm not complaining, (actually there is less pressure knowing that on some holes a bogey is doing well for me), but the discussion isn't quite as cut and dry as it may appear. John
  8. Are you sure it is just not rust from not playing and you had a bad week? If those are typical results and you are playing to a 7, none of those results get you there. You're a good golfer. I'm willing to bet you are just thinking too much about what happened this last week. John
  9. I have never been able to hit a hybrid very well. Tried a bunch but none stuck. I have stopped trying to hit a 4i and needed to fill the gap between my 19* 5w and my 25* 5i. What I have did was replace my 4i with a 7w and I couldn't be happier. For some reason it is one of those clubs that just feels right to me and I can take a little off or add some with generally good results every time. Never thought I'd be carrying one, but I'm sold on it. John
  10. As long as the current distances were the same (150 yard par 5, 425 par 5, etc.) and I just got and extra strokes to make par, I'd play a Par 90 course. John
  11. I'm not sure about current irons having too much distance. I agree that in the 70's and 80's a 3 iron was around 23*/24* and today that can be a 4i to 5i and with the M2 being 25* even that is close. It is all relative and gaps can be adjusted, especially with high lofted wedges. What I do find amazing is all those golfers who played so many rounds back then without ever using a hybrid. Think about that one for a while. No whining about not being able to hit a 23* or 25* long iron. Even I never thought twice about hitting a 3i and I was never a great striker. In all fairness, I have since joined the ranks of the sniveling wimpy golfers in that I use a 22* 7W, but I still marvel at how the previous generation just went about their business playing the game. John
  12. i would think that the swing is the exactly same whether it is a 5i or a 7i... or on the first tee or the 18th. As I have grown older I find myself trying to use the same swing for every club, with a very slight variation with the driver and fairways. I have found that as the round wears on and I tire, my swing will start to suffer, there is merit on a single swing approach. John
  13. I will second the advice to take a group lessons to at least go some of the basics down. You can get some basic information off the internet, but the school district/parks and recreation or even a local junior college suggestion above is great. Also, too much advice is the kiss of death. That said I will offer one piece of advice... keep you hip from moving backwards on your back swing. It may mean putting weight on the inside of your back foot, but if you sway when you take the club back, you will never get back to where you started and will hit behind the ball. And start off at par 3 courses. John
  14. I'm 64 and had a chance to play with our son yesterday at a local course that is dominated with seniors. For the most part, they seem really nice, having a great time, and I enjoy their company. It is not an executive course, but it certainly isn't long. Now I have a bum shoulder and I can only drive it around 200 yards... it is what it is. I hit from the middle tees. I have recently discovered how much more fun it is to play without having to strain to reach longer holes. My only beef yesterday as to see "seniors" (quite a bit older than I), hitting from the back tees. I know that even I am out driving them by a bunch, but here they are trying to reach 175 yards par 3's with their driver when they should be playing it down at 160 yards. And it wasn't just one group. It seemed like they were all playing form those tees. So my question is... what's up with this back tee mentality? Do they really think no one notices? John
  15. While this is more of a guess, I'm thinking that your Cobra knockoffs had more offset than the Callaways. I'm sure there is some flaw in your swing, that is keeping you from getting square, either path or placement. But everyone has a flaw in his/her swing. You probably just have to figure out the correct ball placement and setup for your swing. Might have to move away slightly or move the ball up in your stance. As others have said, get your 7i dialed in and then go from there. I think you will be fine. Believe it or not, there was a time many years ago when an ancient people roamed the earth and they actually purchased golf clubs without hitting them and without millions of dollars in technology to assist them if getting that perfect set. People adjusted to the clubs... sometimes good and sometimes not so good. I don't want to go back to those days, but I am more inclined to agree with ppine is that we all have crappy swings to some degree and we just have to figure out how to get what we can out of a decent set of clubs. John
  16. This is pretty crazy because just yesterday I went to the range and started tweaking things and decided to try the same left neutral/right strong grip and was amazed at how things improved. Now I realize that one trip to the range doesn't confirm success, but I am optimistic. In a nutshell, Since I hurt my left shoulder, and also gotten old, I have found that my shortened back swing requires a really good turn and lower body movement to get the club head square, especially with the driver. When all things come together it's fine, but far too often I just can't get the club head square especially as I tire out. So I have been moving the ball up in my stance moving my hands forward to compensate, a stronger left hand, and essentially de-lofting the club. All of this resulted in hit or miss and overall less than consistent results. So yesterday I tried what the OP has suggested ( I didn't even know about this thread). Here is a picture I found online that is similar, except my left may be more neutral... This grip does a bunch of good things for me. Since only the right hand is strong it doesn't overpower the left and cause a pull or hook. But at the same time keeps me from scooping (???) at the ball and rotating the wrists wrong way (?) and opening up the club face with a late release (correct terminology ?), especially when I try to swing hard. I don't know if I explained that correctly, but I can feel it when I swing. I can now ground the club and use the natural sit of the club and I don't have to put my hands so far ahead of the club head that causes the de-lofting due to a more severe shaft tilt. This also helps to get the ball up. I usually do pretty well at keeping my right elbow in, but a strong right hand, it almost ensures that I won't chicken wing my right elbow. So far it works great with my driver and fairway woods. It also seems to help with my longer irons. It remains to be seen how well it works with my short irons especially under 100 yards, as I tend to play them a little more open and this grip may not work as well for that, but we'll see. John
  17. No problem wanting to buy new clubs. It is tougher for me to just walk in and hit a few and then buy. I usually need to go back at least a few times to re-affirm that the first time wasn't a fluke. My only thoughts on this is when you say you are inconsistent with your driver and want to shape shots. The two may be related and caused by where you end up with your drive. But by all means, buy what you like, there is a lot of merit in the mental side of things that give you confidence in your clubs. John
  18. For my slower swing speed, I use Top Flite D2+ Feel and it seems to work quite well. I have been using a lower compression ball for a number of years. Not sure how much the Dimple in the Dimple does, but when I can get 2 boxes of 15 balls on sale for $25, it is pretty easy decision. Nike PD Soft is interesting because it has changed over the years. My understanding is that Nike golf balls used to, and maybe still are, made by Bridgestone. Originally the PD's had 432 dimples and in my opinion, were suspiciously similar in specs to Bridgestone's Precept McLady. I still have a bunch of boxes of McLady's, (I bought them at $6 a box), that I am starting to go through. Since when I first played Nike PD balls in 2008, they have gone the more prevalent lower dimple 314/332 route. My son who still plays them says they are not the same, as in not as good, but I'm sure that is just preference. John
  19. That's typically how I do it except I usually go to Roger Dunn and check out used putters. However, a number of years ago I went through those steps and ended up with a new Taylormade IB Spider. Played around with the weights, but coming from an old TPA V, I just couldn't get used to the feel of the insert. So I happened to be in Play-It-Again sports and saw this Adams Tite Lies mallet for $10. Started to roll a few on the industrial carpet and it felt really good. Looked almost new and I figured how bad could it be for 10 bucks. I ended up giving the Spider to my wife and I can't get this thing out of my bag. I like the stability of the mallet. I know a lot of people agonize over putters, and I understand there is definitely value in getting fit for one, I tend to think a lot of it is mental and whether a person has confidence in it. Actually being able to read greens better is probably of more value to me. John
  20. Although I have a few titanium plates and screws here and there, the only limitation that has caused me to change my game and equipment are partially torn rotator cuff tendons from clipping a tree on my bike. It is not really a big deal, I can't take a full swing and need softer flex shafts, but I use nuclear powered heads to make up the difference. John
  21. After decades of never being fit, I decided to go to the Callaway Performance Center and do it right for my soon to be retired set. I knew that my current set was not right for me, but I muddled through. I tried a lot of clubs before I even showed up so I at least had a little idea. My biggest concern was getting the right length and lie in a club that would suit my ever diminishing swing speed. It was a great experience and they were not pushing me to buy anything from them, it was more... here are our recommendations. Of course the recommendations were their clubs. Some of what you say depends on where you are on the food chain and realistic expectations. Life and golf has become increasingly more enjoyable for me with the less likelihood to be KOM. YMMV. John
  22. I haven't been here very long, but my advice... make the drive. Not every week, but drive those 40 miles and play one of those easier courses and compare your game today with the last time you played there. I would bet you will have a different appreciation for your improvement. 35 years ago we lived fairly close to a county course that had an 18 hole course and also a 9 hole par 34. Whenever I was really struggling I'd head out to that 9 hole and it would really help. Nothing like wide flat fairways with reachable greens and little trouble to re-establish a positive outlook on the game. FWIW... I'm about 50 miles away from that course today, but I have made the trek on occasion. John
  23. As mentioned, Jack Nicklaus has been a proponent of limited the flight of golf balls since the mid 80's (the Cayman ball and golf course). After doing a little research, it seems that the flight is limited by reducing the weight of the ball. If this is his recommendati0on, it won't work because the elements we play in (wind) will wreak havoc on any semblance the flight of a lighter ball. It would be impossible to hit into the wind and without enough weight you couldn't even hit a bump and run. I think that is what submarined it the first time around. John
  24. I'm in the depends category. If the was a choice between playing and not playing, or tearing out an existing course for condos or scaling it back for limited flight, I'd play them. I could see them being course dependent. I have hit decent limited flight plastic balls while they are not a close substitute for a real golf ball, I can wile away an hour or so with an 8-PW at the back of a school yard hitting them a hundred yards or less without worrying about hurting anything or anyone. It would be interesting to see manufacturers being forced to sell limited flight golf clubs. Will we start to see advertisements like... "Our clubs hit 10 yards shorter than..," or "Lofts Booby Jones would play." ...not a chance! John
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