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  1. 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...


  2. 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.


  3. 14 hours ago, Hugh Jars said:
    Made my first sub 90 round at my local course yesterday adopting my course management tactics.
    On the hardest hole, a long dogleg right par 5 with trouble off the tee, I favoured my 2 iron off the tee, hit it straight and just aimed to get on the green in four, which I was successful at to make a 6.

    Congrats on breaking 90.  Even more congrats on hitting a 2 iron.  Wow!


  4. 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.


    Edit added:  You would probably be better off taking some lessons.

  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 3 hours ago, Hugh Jars said:

    So not being able to get out of a bunker for 3 or 4 strokes, skimming and chunking chips, having no clue how to play within 100 yards and little confidence to make putts inside 5 feet, yet alone lagging putts to that distance doesn't matter. Mate you are clueless.

    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.


  8. 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.



  9. 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.



  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 1 hour ago, iacas said:

    I feel like maybe you didn't watch the video.

    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.


  15. The problem with no bad shots is that golf is a sport that is scored.  It is like tennis where there is some reckoning of how well someone has played the game.  In some ways, if you don’t score, it’s practice; which can sometimes be more enjoyable.

    But if you bury an overhead into the net and lose a game, it is a bad shot.  I’m not suggesting that getting angry when sailing a drive into the trees is good response, but a person should be disappointed if he/she cards an 11.

    There are a ton of intense non-scoring sports out there that can be super rewarding and also teach perseverance.


  16. My point was, if you win the Tour Championship by being the low shot score you won’t have face a ration of... the next year if you won because of the negative strokes given at the onset.

    If that were the case, you’ll probably be asked how many strokes do you need to be spotted every time you tee it up at a tournament.

    I’m guessing that if Koepka had won by a stroke over McIlroy, Rory would not have been too happy to have out shot Brooks and lost; regardless of why the format was established.


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