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  1. Nothing compares with the magnitude of cheating over an entire season, including the playoffs, resulting in winning the World Series. I could envision someone incorporating electronics that go undetected. Not exactly the Rodney Dangerfield putter, but some unfair advantage. However, if someone was able to cheat throughout the season, end up number one and win the Tour Championship/Fedex Cup there would be more than a slap on the wrist. John
  2. Not to take this in a different direction, but this is something I had read about with the new handicap system. Shorter hitters that play forward tees are penalized. Not that you are hitting from forward tees, however if you are playing no better but your handicap dropped based on how it is now calculated, you got sc#%$ed. John
  3. Since you have a Sky Trak simulator, I would hit shots and get an idea what is going on. I’m not sure of the features, but if you can get club head path and orientation at impact, it might give you the reason why you are going left and right. Club head speed, launch angle, etc. might help to determine if your distances are where they should be or there is something else that is impacting getting the most from each shot. This isn’t a fix for being inconsistent, but it is something you might want to discuss with a pro going into lessons. John
  4. I’m not a club designer, but it would seem that the wider the sole that contacts the ground the more adverse a significant increase in bounce would be. For a wide sole sure-out wedge shape, that trailing edge of the sole has got to impact the height of the leading edge a whole bunch. Apart from playing it off my back foot, I can’t imagine a shot off a tighter lie. John
  5. Fair enough. Especially since they offered to bend the club and increase the bounce by 7*. Not sure what they were thinking. I would have returned it also. John
  6. Depends. If you went back to the same person who sold and bent it, and remembered the transaction that’s fine. If you took it back and expect every one of the 20-25 employees at the store to know the history, that’s not too cool; especially since the club is now a piece of junk. John
  7. Why not? I don't know how many people here that would actually bag that Strata. And there are a lot of golfers that wouldn't think twice about dropping $500 on the latest high tech aerodynamic driver that will give them a 0.2mph increase in swing speed and a good 6 inches more carry. Do the research and hit some used drivers and find one that will work better; or at least you feel better about. If you are hitting the Strata straight, you can probably hit another driver just as straight; and if you pick up some yardage, good for you. Now if it's an old Top Flite Strata driver, then anything else will be better. John
  8. Thanks everyone for letting me indulge in this thread. I recently got a high ankle sprain so I haven't been able to hit much less play. Looking up stats and stuff, and posting, has been a bit of therapy for me. John
  9. You’re right. Jordan actually played well on Thursday and Friday. The weekend was his downfall. I should have resisted the cheap shot made only for effect. Added: I had read, right or wrong, that his endorsements for 2019 were around $30m. John
  10. To really put this in perspective... Jordan Spieth made $30m last year. That’s a ton of money to play on Thursday and Friday... lol. I’ve seen his robotic Club Champion commercial and that has to be one of the worst ever. At least Rickie is entertaining: John
  11. Maybe so. Rory complains about not getting paid his due. He doesn’t seem to have an issue with only getting $300m from Nike and Taylormade. I kinda think the 100th ranked player doesn’t quite have the same endorsements. That’s where the real money is made. Tiger Woods has earned $120m playing golf. His total earnings are a billion dollars. John
  12. This was already brought up. But, as a point of reference, there isn’t much difference between the top golfers subsidizing the tour and the big market major sports franchises subsidizing the small market/low revenue teams. When the Canadiens are making $100m and the Coyotes are losing $15m, who do you suppose helps the league the most in terms of a getting a better broadcasting contract? And to add insult to injury, how many snowbirds are helping low revenue sun belt teams? John
  13. I’ll also add that Rory has lost the entire concept of all spots today when he talks about a transition from a competitive tour to entertainment with TV and people coming to watch, to getting back to where it was. A lot of work was spent decades ago to bring golf to TV. You can’t separate the TV aspect from the reward. Without TV presenting golf as entertainment, Tiger is just on page 7 of the sports section with some still photos. And the words better than most, better than most, better than most, seem to lose a bit in print. John
  14. Fair enough. I’m don’t have a solution. I.don’t have the stats, but the top players do not seem to be in the top 25 each week. There is a lot of parity out there these days. And some of the excitement are watching the young players. Some of it sounds like professional tennis. The men’s side is so boring, especially the majors. The same top 3 have won 90% of the grand slam tournaments for more than a decade. They may be great but I’m tired of watching, now, mid to late 30 somethings. The women’s side is so wide open that the majors are really interesting. i think it really comes down to growing interest in the sport. Obviously Tiger drives the bus, but I’m not sure watching the same top players is going to help; especially when their game is off. The young guns need to take over and develop a following. And I don’t know if a golf version of World Team Tennis will be any more successful and draw viewers. In the end it is all about how many are willing to give up their weekend to watch. That has always been a stumbling block for the sport. If you work you play on the weekends and people who don’t play golf rarely watch, outside of Tiger. John
  15. I understand the comparison, but it really comes down to viewers and TV money. MLB, NBA and NFL are each getting billions per year to broadcast their games You also have team owners that typically are not dependent on a team’s success for their livelihood. A case can be made for NHL contracts especially in the 40 point players. If a player has a breakout year there is no $20m-$30m/year contract waiting. It is unfortunate, but while we watch $5m 30 second Super Bowl commercials tomorrow, the winner of the Waste Mgmt will only get about 8 seconds worth. John
  16. At the risk of prolonging this, but I can’t resist, a few years from now I can almost hear the commercial. ...with all I have achieved in the game, I would be missing something if I wasn’t able to call myself a Premier League champion. John
  17. Bill, This is the video I watched years ago that explained it. Thanks for posting it. John
  18. Here is my understanding, hopefully correct and maybe simpler. In reality an adjustable hosel doesn’t change the loft of a driver. What it really does is open or close the face. It is still the same loft. As Adam C noted above, when you turn the driver to face the target, you will with increase the face angle, or loft, (clockwise), or decrease the face angle, or loft, (counter-clockwise). Because of how the shaft comes out of the head, this allows you to square the head to change the face angle. John
  19. If I can recall correctly, that Deep Red 2 driver is a high launching forgiving driver that is probably aimed at a higher handicap. Have you hit the Nike Vapor Fly Pro? It launches lower with lower spin. Probably superior in every way to your Wilson if you have the swing and speed to take advantage of it. So if it performs well for you it’s a small investment for a good driver. John
  20. I found this statement by Rory a little bit puzzling: ”... you know, reward the top players the way they should be, I guess.” Then again, $15M just does not go as far as it used to. John
  21. If the G2 works, then I’d use it. I was surprised to see that the G2 head weighs only 193 grams. Typically around 200 grams is kinda a run of the mill weight. Of course the older shaft is probably heavier, but it seems to suit your swing. Straight and long is a desirable result. Probably the biggest advancement over the past 10 years or so is the adjustable hosel. Unfortunately, the marketing would lead you to believe there are enough adjustments to offset a bad swing, which isn’t reality. The best thing about an adjustable hosel is being able to set the driver up for different playing conditions. The other stuff has been thinning out the face and using more carbon fiber on the head to lighten the driver head weight back to your fixed hosel G2... lol. John
  22. Unless your Titleist clubs have ladies shafts, I wouldn’t recommend them. You can probably find the same era in irons pretty cheap in a regular flex graphite. Something like a Taylormade R7 or Ping G10. Heck, you could probably get some Taylormade Rac OS or Callaway X-14’s and be fine. You can search Google for Golf Digest hotlist by year that will give you an idea on game improvement irons that you might want to look at. John
  23. I use graphite in my sand but steel in my lob. But, I generally use my 58/60 LW from the bunkers. I like the same feel for the sand wedge when I’m just playing it like a short(er) iron. if it were primarily using it from sand, I’d probably go steel. John
  24. It could be a lot of things, but as a beginner, I’m thinking you are moving your weight too much to your right side causing your body to sway. If you are getting your hips outside of your right foot you’ll never make it back to the ball. A full length mirror is great to see what is going on. Note where your head is at address and then where it is at the top of your backswing. If it has moved back a few inches you’re toast. You need to steady your body and just rotate your arms around it. A half swing, or slightly more, is a good place to start. Swinging back and forth with a shorter swing may help to get the feel of transitioning the weight from the right to the left to the right, etc. without swaying your body. John
  25. Could be coming over the top. Might be the turn is throwing the club out and then you just finish left. If it is going straight left, your path and your club face are aligned. John
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