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  1. 11 hours ago, Budweiser Guy said:

    It's all good. I have a few options. I'll be at the shop around 1030 in the a.m. I'll post what I buy. I'm sure I'll be fine with whatever irons I get. Irons have never been my problem. Just time for a change!

    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.


  2. 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.


  3. On 2/4/2016 at 4:56 PM, GordonRamsay said:

    This is how I chose my putter.


    I went to golfsmith and tried almost every brand, I literally had no budget.  I assumed that I would end up with a Scotty Cameron, but I could never get used to them.  The Ping Tomcat C felt the best in my hands.  It might not be the "best choice" for me, does what I want it to.



    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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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!


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