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  1. After a lousy round a couple weeks ago I decided to do a little digging into my Game Golf stats to see if I couldn't improve my score. I went from a 52 on a nice day to a 47 on a windy day at one of the tougher courses in Michigan. I've compiled my notes for my next round on the same 9 I scored a 52 on to see if I can't improve my round. Below are my notes. Let me know what other techniques you are using to analyze a course. Thanks in advance. May you enjoy your next round more than your last. Course notes Hawk Hollow 1-9 1. 365yds - The ideal tee shot is to the left-center of the fairway. From here, a second shot at the center of the green will avoid the bunkers that guard the left and right front of the green. Note the pin position before hitting your second shot, as this is a long green and front or rear pins require careful club selection. D, 6I 2. 280yds - Broad bunkers frame the right side of the fairway, requiring a tee shot to the left-center. A short iron approach shot to an undulating green will leave most players with an interesting and challenging putt for birdie. 5I, 8I 3. 141yds - Playing over a large lake that frames the hole on the front, left and back sides, an accurate tee shot is mandatory. This large, two-tiered green, protected on the right by two pot bunkers yields birdies only to the bravest of players. 7I or 6I 4. 468yds - A slight fade off the tee provides the best angle for your second shot. Use the two small trees on the top right of the hill as a target. Longer hitters can reach this green in two, but a well-placed pot bunker in front of the green and a steep slope just off the back edge can be costly if you miss. D, 3H, GW (If drive over 210 adjust) 5. 482yds - best birdie opportunity midway through this nine. Water protects the drive on the right and a large bunker in the right front of the green challenges shots that come up short. This very wide, shallow green requires careful club selection on your approach. 4W, 5I, 9I 6. 313yds - A robust fade from the tee will take yards off this hole and can produce an easy wedge shot to the two-tiered green. Three sizeable bunkers guard green short right and left, birdie hole. 3H, 7I 7. 132yds - best played to center of a large green protected by a broad and deep water hazard in front and to the right. Note the wind direction on this hole before setting up for your tee shots. 7I to center of green 8. 337yds - Water will challenge longer hitters with a tee shot to the right. Played with a lay-up shot to the 150 yard full shot into a wide, undulating green protected by a grass bunker in front and framed by trees. 3H, 5I 9. 360yds - Challenging par four requires a booming drive to clear the lake that protects the left two-thirds of the fairway. Shorter hitters can opt for a shot up the narrow right side, but will compromise their angle into this very deep, elevated green with bunkers protecting front right and left. Number nine yields few birdies and stands as one of the most challenging holes at Hawk Hollow. 5I, 7I, GW or 3H, 3H forward box Club Use: D - 1 Swing 4W - 1 Swing 3H - 3+ Swings 5I - 4 Swings 6I - 2 Swings 7I - 4 Swings 8I - 0 9I - 1 Swings PW - GW - 2 Swings SW - Clubs selected using Game Golf Stats including errors right, left, short, and long, and average distance. Distances measured in Google Earth. Notes saved on OneNote and synced to phone. Course descriptions are taken from HawkHallow.com.
  2. Thanks everyone for sharing these links and jokes. What a great community.
  3. I'm sort of a buy and hold guy that looks for the max function so resale isn't really a big deal fo me. I don't plan on selling and buying the next greatest club next year, or anytime soon. But I hear you about re-selling. I actually looked at Wishon on Ebay and you can find them pretty cheap. I thought about getting it there, but want it fitted to me.
  4. Update: I went back to the Wishon fitter and decided to try to have 775 3 hybrid made because he gave me the fitting fee towards a club. Boy am I glad I did. It hits beautifully. I'm guessing the one he loaned me to try was just a little too long, hence the missed shots. Either way I'm happy with the hybrid. On average, I'm hitting it about 15 yards further than my old hybrid. I'm thinking about having the Wishon 2 wood made now, particularly because I don't have that club that'll get me on par 5's in 2 strokes. When I did hit the borrowed 929HS Wishon 3 wood, I was hitting it 220, about 20 yards further than my current 3 wood.
  5. I thought I might revive an old thread. As it's getting colder here in Michigan and my bow is out, I am wondering if anyone here that uses the Optishot has a routine for improvement over the winter. I used it to fairly good results tuning in my irons. My hybrids and woods aren't too accurate, but it's a wonderful way to practice all winter. Does anyone have any routines they suggest or use? I'll post a pic of my mancave/optishot in a future post.
  6. Reporting back after my first league experience. WOW! What a blast. First off, I didn't realize how casual playing with family and friends can be. Our league was golf rules with the exception of the winter rule of rolling the ball. Everyone did it. The other big one was no mulligans. When I play with family, it's almost all mulligans for some. I was okay with no mulligans. I missed a couple weeks for work and it sucked. It took some time to get back in the groove and I didn't get to play as much. The guys are the best part. Seniors, even though I'm only 42, we had a great time. All nice guys. Did we win? Not the first or second half of the league, but we won the fun night scramble at the end. Crazy enough after my skins and winning the fun night, I only ended up playing a couple hundred bucks for 16 weeks of golf and the the fun night. What a deal. The other side that I'm so grateful for is I learned a lot about playing a little more seriously. Not that I'm a club pro like some of you guys, but I'd never competed week in and week out against another guy. It definitely made me concentrate a little more. And the game golf helped with my practice plan. Maybe over the winter I'll plan the course out using my stats to see if I can come up with a game plan for playing it. Or, I'll just Optishot all winter to stay loose.
  7. 52 wedge and swing verticle to verticle with the only thought being turn my belly button toward the hole. Maybe it's a buddha shot?
  8. UPDATE: Before league play I was able to go to the range and hit a 100 balls. They were flying pretty true, but I am one of those range guys. I can hit fades, draws, etc. at the range. I get on the course and find it more difficult. So I'm hitting them pretty good at the range. Even the 5 iron. the 4 not so much. I look down and see one ball left and forgot I have a new gap wedge. It's 50 degrees. Most of the clubs I noticed played about 5 yards further than my current clubs. But the grouping was MUCH tighter. I didn't try any fades or draws because I was short on time. fThe gap was a good hit, but I wasn't too sure the distance. Guessing from the other clubs distances it would be about 90 to 100 yards. I also tried a Wishon 3 hybrid 775 I believe. It was pretty good when I could hit it. But half were good, half bad. I just need more than 10 balls to get use to it. But again, I was limited on time. On to the course. First shot after drive was an 85 yard approach. here comes the gap wedge. Stuck it 12 feet from the cup. First thing I noticed, the height on the approach stopped the ball at 90 yards. So the distance was right with less roll. Just like the trackman showed at Golfsmith. Second hole, hit a great 6 iron layup out of the rough giving me another approach. Stuck it again for par on a par 5. Third hole, approach from 150, stuck a 6 just right and short on a VERY tough approach shot. And that's my story. Sure I had some miss hits when I was thinking how incredible I was playing. But to cap it off I stuck a 90 gap wedge again, for a 24 inch birdie put on #8 par 3. Conclusion: the clubs are all they are billed to be. They are forgiving, yet accurate and have a great approach that allowed me to hold greens. All the hype I heard,.... was not really hype. These clubs rock. Now I'm sure I'll have a bad round (heck check out the 9 I got) and question things at some point, but for now, I'm on cloud nine. Ciao!~
  9. When he rang them up they were $100 less than they showed online and on the rack. I'm guessing they are getting rid of stock in preparation for the 900s. They'll probably drop them 1st thing September to what he gave them to me for. I'm a relatively high handicapper too. I just check my Game Golf and saw that I've had a few rounds this year in 90s. Friday was one, but I was playing with a client (add a stroke or two for nerves) and testing those other clubs so add a few strokes just for that. But the 850 Forged felt great.
  10. Went today to Golfsmith and was fitted for the JPX 850 Forged. Just as I suspected I was a regular flex 115 tru-temper. No lie adjustment either. The tape was clean. I figured it would be because I usually set up around the club. The main difference was that the club length was 1/2 inch longer than my current clubs, so I had about a half inch to an inch showing when I gripped. The feel was awesome. I was getting slight more distance with a much closer shot dispersion than my current irons. Miss hits gave good feedback and pure stokes were apparent by that buttery feel everyone talks about. I've been demo-ing the Wishon 771csi irons for a week. They also had the buttery feeling when hit well. And I played a few times with them too. I played 3 times with them and hit the range twice. They felt great too but the Mizuno's were a little easier to hit. We'll see how things turn out at the last league round tomorrow. It's the placement round for the league fun night scramble. I'll be at the range beforehand trying to figure out distances. Thanks everyone for the all the comments. It's nice to have people to bounce ideas off of.
  11. Thanks everyone. I'm leaning towards the JPX 850s. As a frugal guy I also was thinking 850 because the 900 were coming out and I thought I might save with people trying to get rid of their stock of 850s. As for getting fitted. I went to this fitter that sells mostly Wishon. He can sell the others, but sort of leads everyone towards Wishon. His conclusion with the irons was that I was pretty much standard length and loft. He recommended 95 grams if I was replacing the shaft on my old clubs to take the weight down. They're really a heavy clubhead. So 115 might work with the 850s.
  12. Excellent review Scott. Thanks for sharing. I think I need to find a set somewhere locally that I can demo. I'm also finding them a little less expensive on Ebay than originally. I think it's cause the 900 come out next month. The local guy recommended 95 weight shafts. Any thoughts? Does Mizuno offer something less than 115?
  13. A local fitter sells Wishon and suggested these max forgiving cavity back irons. I've heard great things about Wishon here. I also like Mizuno JPX 850 forged. Any thoughts on the two?
  14. PeteK, After a year playing with them, are you still happy with your purchase? I'm actually at the same cross roads. A local fitter sells Wishon and let me borrow a deep cavity back forgiveness 7 iron. It hits beautifully. But it's $100/iron. I hit the Mizuno jpx in spring and loved it too. I can get the jpx 850 forged on eBay with the same weight club shaft for roughly $50 a club. There was no suggested club alterations. Thoughts?
  15. There's a good fitter around here that I went to for the Driver fitting in spring. I can see now that that was a little early due to not having my swing grooved yet. I was WAAY over the top. Now i'm just over the top. LOL. Anyway, They offer a gap fitting. See http://www.milesofgolf.com/club-fitting/club-fitting-ann-arbor/maxx-gap-fitting1/. I'm thinking that my old clubs might not be as long as say a pair of Adams, which I hear have better lofts to let you hit farther. My thought is a combo of lesson and fitting. I think I could use from a little wisdom on alignment, grip, swing confirmation or correction followed by something a little more up-to-date with clubs. Although I was thinking clubs at the end of season for a better deal. Am I delusional to think that clubs will help and I should focus on lessons. FYI, there is a club secret , I hear from league players that work at my course, that one of the lesser expensive pros is really good at fixing/correcting swings. "He's the guy." He doesn't teach you new swing, he fixes what you have. Thoughts on clubs versus lesson? Any experience with the decision?
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