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  1. I agree that you should post a video in Member Swings under The Practice Range section. Hopefully you will get some good advice on how to improve your golf swing without aggravating your left knee. Since so much of the downswing requires ending with weight on your left, it will take some special talent to help you straighten things out and get you the most distance. I’m not sure if you can get a specific brace that will provide more support for your left knee. I also don’t know what PT/exercises you can do to strengthen the knee (muscles) so over time it can improve. Keep in mind that a good player or even some instructors may have no idea, or desire, to work through your knee issue. I partially tore a couple of rotator cuff tendons that really limited my left arm mobility. I talked to a local instructor if he could help and he told me to get surgery and then come and see him. So don’t feel slighted, that is just the way some people are; and I’ll never go back to him. John
  2. Years ago I used to demo tennis racquets. Select a couple of racquets, get them in the mail, play for a week and send them back. It was not that expensive and it let me try some racquets without having to buy first. I imagine other mfgs do the same, but I looked up Wilson (since you’ve been playing them) and they have a D7 5-7-PW Demo program for $10. It looks like a cheap way to test them out. Since around 2007, Wilson has come up with some nice, non-Walmart level, irons in their D, C, and F lines. John
  3. If you have access to a golf shop that has a good selection of used clubs and hitting bays, I would try some graphite senior irons. Take one of your Ping irons to compare. Callaway Big Bertha, Cleveland HiBore or search the internet for whatever has good reviews. Just go hit some irons. It can’t be that tough. Depending on what you want to invest, you can get fit and go new. You only need 6-PW/GW. Diablo Edge hybrids have a D0 swing weight, so do standard Ping G15 irons. My swag is that your Pings are off enough to cause you to take it outside your address. This does take you back to your original question. John
  4. Great career start for Wolff. I imagine swing coaches across America were hoping this wouldn’t happen so soon. At least there wasn’t a Wolff/DeChambeau playoff... lol! John
  5. I guess my only thought is... What are you doing differently between your straight hitting 5h, (or 3h), and your shanked 6i or 7i? i would think taking a few videos of your swing with different clubs might shed some light. I’m also not ruling out the possibility that the Pings are wrong, (length and/or lie), for your 5’6” height. John
  6. Based on your budget and location, used Wilson D200 or D300 Irons might be a good choice. I bought D300 irons (steel and graphite) for our sons and they are easy to hit. John
  7. Before getting too far ahead of yourself, take a look at the dot color of your G15 irons. For someone who can hit a driver and a Diablo 3 (19*), 4 (22*), and 5 (25*) straight, it just seems odd to shank the shorter shafted mid irons. Not saying it can’t happen, but based on your set makeup, you may have Pings (bought in 2011) don’t work for you, at least not anymore. The are no most forgiving irons. With your swing speed (100 yard 6 iron), you just need a GI/SGI you can control and gets the ball up at your swing speed. Since you can hit Diablo hybrids, that might be a place to start. They were SGI irons when released and a good used set has to be cheap. I can’t picture your gapping for your length, but the XROS have similar lofts as the Diablo Edge and are really easy to hit. John
  8. 2019 is shaping up to be one of the greatest feel good years in recent memory. So many stories behind the story. Comebacks and players almost on their last professional breath breaking through. The feel good has to start with Tiger winning the Masters. Nothing quite compares with what he was able to do. Seeing Phil win again at Pebble Beach. Gary Woodland's US Open and the Amy Bockerstette story. Chez Reavie after a 10 year drought. First time winners and Monday qualifiers/exempt Corey Connors, Max Homa, and Sung Kang. The facial expressions by Corey Connors' wife were priceless. And now final alternate Nate Lashley. If that doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will. Of course we also got a taste of Rory, DJ, and even Graeme McDowell. John
  9. I understand it is a UK/Europe thing. From what I gather, on some courses a push cart will be banned if it does not have studded tires. I have no info on arriving at this decision, but those are the rules. If you are in the US and disagree, travel over there and plead your case... lol. I'm in SoCal, so what do I know about winter conditions. As for the wheels, I'd have a separate winter set and make sure the sleeves won't come loose. Having wheel issues in the middle of a round just isn't worth saving a few bucks. John
  10. While strike doesn't rule all, I'm old enough to remember playing with old guys tearing up courses back in the 70's with well used equipment that no one here would want to play with. Before all the data there were a lot of golfers who could just play... like a stupid monkey, and not try to analyze everything little bit of data (there wasn't any to mess up their mind). Geez, just hit the thing. They did possessed 2 qualities that made them score so well... ball strike and course management. The latter was just as important if not more. What I take away from this is there are those who are obsessed with buying the latest or constantly upgrading their equipment to improve their game. But... if everyone had really good ball striking skills, there would never be another Teeless Driver or GX-7 commercial. That in itself is a plus. John
  11. When I get new clubs, I typically go to the range first to get a feel for them. That said, in 1985 I bought a set of Powerbilt metal woods and went straight from the store to the course; I didn't try them before I bought them. I still remember the drive on that first hole. I could not have hit it better. I don't remember any other first drive and I held onto those clubs long after they left my bag... always brought a smile to my face. John
  12. While not the same weight as a true golf ball, a lighter limited flight ball, such as the Brush-t (discontinued) or Almost Golf is easy on the wrists. There is very little feel from impact. I've never hit the Almost Golf balls, but I hit the Brush-t ones. They go 30%-40% in distance of a real golf ball. But you can hook, slice, chunk them just like the real thing. Since I'm more of a sweeper, (and I hit in different areas in the back of the school yard), I'll go down the the school behind us as hit a tube of them a number of times. It is really good for working on timing or just trying to smooth things out because if you rip it you may only get 5 more yards than a nice smooth swing. Hard to stroke the ego ripping that 3W 80 yards... lol. John
  13. I love Jack. At 66 he is someone I really looked up to and admired. Tiger is a better golfer. DJ is a better athlete than Jack due to the need to be physically athletic in today's game. He can out drive Jack in Jack's prime everyday of the week. That said, DJ with the 60's lifestyle may not have even won one major. With all of DJ's skills he really is a disappointment and just folds under pressure too often, or just doesn't show up. People forget that no one from the 60's can compete with today's athletes in any sport. I'd be surprised if there aren't a dozen or more of today's pros that could outdrive Jack with old equipment. John
  14. If your driver is a 12*/13* and your 6 iron is 27*, you have to figure out what gaps need to be filled. An 18*/19* FW will let you go with a 23* hybrid. You will lose some fairway distance over a 16*, but it might provide more utility. You will probably need a 4/5 hybrid regardless because your 6 iron may be lacking distance in more situations. I've dropped using a 3/4 wood and gone with a 19* fairway and it has worked for me. But I'm older and not long so a few yards don't matter. John
  15. A lot of years ago I tried the AP1's and really liked them. I know, a totally different iron. But I ended up with Wilson Ci irons and they felt very similar. Just for the sake of it, I looked up the Wilson forged iron, FG Tour V6 and there are reviews and a comparison to the 718 AP2. The FG 7 iron is 35* compared to 34* AP2. If you want weaker lofts, it might be worth looking into them. John
  16. It is impossible to do a true head to head, but there is no doubt Tiger is the GOAT. Will he be the GOAT 25/50 years from now? Impossible to say. It will be a future generation that will get to make that call. Just as the current generation gets to make this call. There will be a Tiger vs ??? discussion some day. One thing for sure is that in nearly every sport the athletes are getting bigger, stronger, faster and just plain better. Most of the greatest from days gone by concede that they would not be as dominant as when they competed. And it was interesting to hear Tiger describe how Koepka plays in yesterday's press conference. John
  17. A few years I happened to pick up a used Teardrop putter at a Play It Again Sports. Since then I've picked up a few more. I find them to be so smooth. Just wondering, is anyone else gaming one of these? John
  18. No disrespect, but Tiger shot his lowest final round in a major and lowest score over 54 holes. To get to -20 I guess he would have had to post a 64 on day 1 or maybe throw in a couple of 63's. Anyone in the field would have won posting a -20. John
  19. Don't get me wrong, for someone who had a tough time walking not to long ago it borders the miraculous what Tiger has done this past year. But he is 42 and there is no telling how long he will hold up. My observation has to do with not only the length but the overall fitness level of the top young players today. Tiger ushered in that fitness and a lot of his younger competition has been hitting the gym for years, unlike his older competition when he broke into the game. The John Daly era is gone. There are also fewer holes in the younger players' games. I'm hoping Tiger tears it up next year and wins a major and a few tournaments, but he is pretty much an old man at this stage of his career. It is great watching him back out there. John
  20. I did see he was ranked 47 for the Fedex Cup and now he is at 20. Pretty amazing based on where he was at the beginning of the year and the number of tournaments he has played. It is good to see him playing so well. At 42, and so many surgeries, he will have a tough time against the younger players who molded their power games after Tiger. He has kept not only his die hard fans, but I think he has converted a number of non-Tiger fans who are rooting for this version of Tiger against the world. John
  21. I went to the Callaway Center at their corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. Had a very nice young lady named Amy do my fitting. Ordered the clubs through her. Went to Phil's BBQ (not Mickelson) for lunch afterward. John
  22. I got fitted for my last set of irons. Normally I wouldn't have but I had a unique situation. I worked for Boeing for 30 years. Back in 2016 when Boeing was involved with the XR driver, the company offered Callaway gift cards to redeem points from awards that I had received over the years. I had accumulated 700 points I never redeemed so that meant $700 in Callaway gift cards. I originally planned to buy a set of Ping irons, but this changed my direction. I went to one of Callaway's performance centers and got fit, but I also opted for the Project X shaft in my XR OS irons. It was a great experience, especially walking out having spent $250 on a new set of irons. John
  23. I have not tried the Birdie Balls, but I've used the Brush-t limited flight Qolf balls. Unfortunately they are no longer available, but I did stock up on a box of 60 a few years ago. I think the Almost Golf practice balls are similar. I will scramble down the slope behind our house to the back of a school and hit 15 or so and then walk out, pick them up with a tube and hit them again. I think they go a little father than 1/3 depending on the club. Decent feedback but a lighter ball so not quite. But you can move them which is nice, except when you weren't attempting to do so... lol. John
  24. Not to start an argument... did you use tape/solvent or air? John
  25. Agree with others that an instructor can give you some direction. But when you are able to hit your driver fairly well, go and compare it with other drivers out there. Try used ones too. If you are only getting 5 yards or so more out of a better driver it probably won't be worth upgrading. But if a better driver (and better fit) gives you 20 more yards, that might be worth the upgrade since it will give you a shorter approach shot. John
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