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  1. I am not familiar with the arm lock technique. What is it about your putter, as is, that isn't suitable?
  2. It's that danged old Prandtl layer...sticks on there like white on rice.
  3. It was pretty standard Sunday buffet fare when I was growing up. My dad called it a battleship roast due to his time in the Navy. They were about two feet in diameter and there would be a guy, in a chef's outfit, carving off thin slices for you with a long serrated knife. Surrounding the massive joint were small, white, peeled and roasted potatoes...swimming in dark juice. That's about it.
  4. I didn't have any choice. Every adult male I came in contact with, in my Wonder Bread years, was nutty about golf. Often as not (after church) we hit the battleship roast buffet at the country club. Being somewhat competent, at golf, was a rite of passage. It has never occurred to me not to play golf.
  5. Kidding aside...if you want to take a divot, after impact, you have to move the bottom of your swing arc forward of the ball. One way to practice visualizing this concept is to place a small monetarily insignificant object in front of the golf ball and think about sending the penny, the peanut, the dried fig...whatever...down range while ignoring to ball. Another way is to think about making contact with the front, rather than the back, of the ball. The idea is that the ball is not the target object of your swing...it's just in the way and can be ignored.
  6. Piece of cake. Set up improperly...take the club back beyond parallel...pause to collect your thoughts...then swing as hard as you can while keeping your lower half frozen in place. Concentrate on a spot roughly two inches behind the ball and bring the club down as steep as you can. If you are successful in resisting the impulse to straighten up...this procedure will produce an outstanding divot. Good luck.
  7. Learning is a flight of imagination. Imagine a flight of stairs. Each step has both a height and a run. We cannot know either...except in retrospect. If the step is deep enough...we get bored. Why is this taking so long? Well it takes however long it does...doesn't it?
  8. The problem with shortening, or lengthening, a particular golf club is the lie angle of the club head itself. Grip any club halfway down the shaft and you will immediately recognize that something isn't right. This is less obvious at the margins...when a club can be off not so much that you notice, at address, but off none the less. In other words: The question is not "can I shorten a driver?" but rather "can this driver be shortened for this golfer?" Maybe so. Maybe, however, a 3 or 5 wood head would be a better candidate. Either will have a steeper lie angle than a "typical" driver and permit effective use with a shorter shaft.
  9. You can affect cosmetic repairs with nail polish. To prevent further wear...wrap tape around the portion of the shaft that contacts the top of the tube.
  10. It looks like some species of tip weight...although I have never seen one that shape before. There also appears to be some epoxy surrounding it. You can heat the shaft tip and knock them out with a rod, drill them out, or leave them in there. I would not bother trying to reuse them. Back in the day it was common practice to "swing weight" a set by adding weight to the shaft tip. That fooled the swing weight scale but did not, in my experience, improve the performance of the club. P.S. Before you reshaft...weigh the heads and check the bore depths. There may be some residual epoxy in the hosels.
  11. Shafts do not acquire memory. Nor do they wear out. Flex is a longitudinal measurement...not a lateral one. There is no such thing as a left-handed, or right-handed shaft. Carry on and don't worry about it.
  12. Your 7 wood head is, in all likelihood, heavier than your 3 wood head. The result of the union, between your 3 wood shaft and your 7 wood head, will be a longer club with more flex and a higher swing weight. Look up the trimming instructions for the shaft in question. Some wood shafts are "butt trim only". That is not usually the case but one never knows...until one does. That will give you a better idea what you are getting into. Also...weigh the heads. It is common practice, with tip-trimmed shafts, to trim an additional 1/2 inch from the tip for each 7 gram increase in head weight. At any rate...bon chance.
  13. I would enjoy playing with this club if (and only if) it argued with me. "Hal...let's have a 9 iron." "I'm sorry Dave...I can't do that." "Why the hell not?" "Data suggests a 7 iron. I have configured the club head thusly." "Thusly? Do computers say "Thusly "On occasions when it is appropriate...yes." "Well I think a 9 iron is appropriate in this situation." "The data suggests otherwise...sir."
  14. Piz

    Beginner Clubs

    When a beginner buys clubs they become beginner's clubs. Whether your first set costs 30 dollars or 3000 dollars; they are still beginner's clubs.
  15. I'm a retired carpenter. I have mildly arthritic hands...they get sore, and swollen, at the drop of a hat. I use mid-sized grips on everything except my sand wedge and putter...which have jumbo grips on them. Standard grips feel thin to me and while I can play with them it isn't a pleasant experience. As for swing speed: Back-weighting a club (ceteris paribus) will reduce, not increase, its swing weight. Grips are like shoes...comfort is paramount.
  16. Welcome. You may want to consider how many shots you have in your bag rather than how many clubs you have. A good place to start is the practice range. Have you got a 25, 50, 75, and 100 yard club? You likely have several that can accomplish that task. What about 150, 175, and 200? Fewer...I'm guessing. The point being: You can't carry enough clubs to cover every possible scenario but you can learn enough shots to make do with 14 or fewer. In fact...it is exceedingly rare for a golfer to use all 14 clubs in a single round.
  17. Pre-heating an oven to 350 degrees is over-rated. So is Kraft macaroni and cheese. "Over-rated" is a synonym for "known".
  18. Lost 2 and 1 after being up 2 at the turn. Nothing tragic, of course, and it could have gone the other way, but it didn't. I started out parring 5 of the first 6 holes...then hopped on the bogey train and never got off.
  19. The rules of golf only apply to three dimensions. When you go fourth dimension ( i.e. rupture the time/space continuum) I'm afraid it's queso indestructo.
  20. The shaft is the "imponderable medium" connecting the golfer to the club head. The more "ponderable" it is...the more one has to think about. That can be beneficial or otherwise.
  21. I'll swap out my sand wedge, once in a while, but I suspect that has more to do with my feelings regarding a recently treasonous implement than it does course conditions.
  22. Everyone already knows the secret to better golf: Positive Reassessment, Ancillary Contemplation, Temporal Insight, and Constructive Engagement.
  23. The secret to swinging a golf club has been discovered more times than Noah' Ark.
  24. I've had several sets of high handicap irons. They are the easiest to come by and available to anyone. Over the years...my high handicap irons have improved across the board. The same holds true for drivers, fairways, and hybrids. It is almost as if the clubs do not really matter.
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