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  1. djake

    Favorite alchoholic beverages

    On the course a nice cold beer at the most a second beer. But if I have anymore then I can forget about having any type of a decent score. In fact with every additional beer you can start to decrease the number of golf balls I have. At home I enjoy sipping on Scotch, preferably single malt but a nice blend is fine also. I enjoy the complexity and differences in flavor from one type to another. Highland Park 12, Highland Park Dark Origins, Talisker Distillers Edition, Bunnahabhain 12 and Cragganmore Distillers Edition - uffda sorta long list but a nice variety of flavors.
  2. djake

    Selecting a New Hybrid

    I have my Cobra F7+ Driver set with the 12 gram weight to the back, 9.5* if that matters, I consider this more of a neutral setting over a draw basis. To me this is a very square face, but you would know more. The Cobra F7 5W also feels very square, no offset. I tend to have issues when testing/hitting offset clubs. I actually have a harder time hitting then square on a consistent basis. Based off of last season, we still have snow on the ground in MN and currently getting more of the white crap as I write this my 5i was the 190 yard club for me, plus or minus 5 yards. My 5 wood was 210 plus depending on the situation. With roll out I can press it up to 240 thus I do not bag a 3 wood any longer. Side note: I really liked the Persimmon 3 woods, after going metal they stopped working for me. I would like to try the Tour Edge but I am not aware of anyone selling them in the Twin Cities. I really like the Recoil shafts! Would you go to a Recoil 110 for a hybrid? With the Mizuno CLK2018 in a 4 hybrid I should expect that to perform more like a 4i pertaining to distance with a bit more loft? The Cobra F8 4Hybrid would be hotter then the Mizuno CLK2018?? thus I should compare more the Cobra 5 Hybrid for a 4 iron replacement? @WUTiger great information, I always enjoy reading your posts.
  3. djake

    Selecting a New Hybrid

    After learning how to hit a hybrid my shot shape was a very consistent soft draw. That follows my iron play as well, a soft draw.
  4. djake

    Selecting a New Hybrid

    I tried to find that hybrid on the internet and I think it is just to old. Best I could see is it was from 2006. I offered to buy my son a new hybrid and trade just about anything with him for it, except my putter and Driver. I did offer to him the exact same Driver. The situation is he inherited the Hybrid from my father so it has a lot of sentimental value to him. Thank you for the advice, and I have been pretty much thinking option C: Going in open minded or as open as I can be. I do like the Cobra and Mizuno the best overall, but that maybe because I am currently enjoying those clubs now in my bag.
  5. The Wife has dictated that I need to return the stolen hybrid I have to my son this season. So I am off to get a new hybrid. Question(s) A) Should your hybrid match your irons, for example I hit Mizuno JPX 900 Forged (5i thru wedge) B) Should your hybrid match your fairway woods, for example I hit Cobra F7 (Driver, 5W) C) It doesn't matter, it's a Hybrid and unique from the rest of the club set Last season I finally learned how to hit a hybrid, before last season I only carried one to hit low punch shots under trees, out of trees and sometimes for a pitch and run. After learning to hit a hybrid it is now a very important club to me. I am looking to replace a 4 Hybrid. Last year my stolen 4 Hybrid was that 190 to 210ish yard club. I look forward to any and all insight I can get, this is one club in the bag that I have never really studied and thus know very little about it. Thank you
  6. djake

    Is the 5 wood dead?

    I carry a 5 wood and 4 hybrid. I dropped the 3 wood out of my bag as I seldom hit it during a season. If I do not want to hit my Driver off the tee the 5 wood gives me the extra control and not a lot of distance loss in comparison to the 3 wood. Plus it is easier for me to hit a 5 wood off the deck. Last year I finally figured out to hit a 4 hybrid and now really enjoy that club a lot. Using those two clubs fit gapping needs after my 5 iron. By dropping the 3 wood I am able to carry another wedge in my bag. Overall a better fit for me.
  7. I have a 2 nets that I use in the backyard currently and the family enjoys hitting balls with me. The 2nd net is set up to the right side to specifically catch wayward shots. My wife and kids can tend to do that from time to time, hit the neighbors house once. The 2nd net stopped that. I worked at a small town golf course for 6 years and built sand traps and such. While it would be great to have a sand trap I just do not want the ongoing maintenance that it takes to keep it nice. I really like your set up though
  8. Great project photos James, I would probably use Class 5 as it packs nice and stays in place. Your photos show just as I feared, a lot of work. Plus add in wheel barrow loads up and down a steep hill, I just cannot psych myself for this project as much as I would enjoy a back yard putting green. I may try some indoor outdoor carpet that I can roll up and roll down as a temporary trial. But that would have to be fairly small as if it were to rain on it it would become a wet nightmare.
  9. My wife wants me to put in our back yard a practice green built out of artificial turf. I am having a hard time taking out the natural grass to do it. Crazy, the one golf thing The Boss wants and I am being the road block.
  10. @adamgoodman thank you for starting this, I was looking at starting something like this and just did not get around to it. I wanted to hear from members what specific golf work outs they were doing so i could review them to add to my offseason program. Yes I do a strength and conditioning program that is 100% built around golf. Why, because a sport specific strength and conditioning will yield superior results then a general overall program. And you need not run out and get a gym membership or spend lots of money on a at home gym system. I add items as I went forward over time. With minimal expense. I started my strength and conditioning program last year because I was having to much muscle fatigue in the later holes of a round and this lead to poor shot making and higher scores plus more lost golf balls. I noticed in 2016 that around hole16 everything just started to fall apart, Driver swing would be the first to go and then everything else just followed. Add to the fact that I was starting to see my Driver swing speed eroding and it lit a fire in me to do something about it. I started to search on the internet for Golf specific strength sets and there is a lot of excellent information out there to study. I bought resistance bands and stretch cords, both items that I can pack and travel with to do my exercise program while on the road. I travel a lot for our company and consistency is important for gain. I rarely use free weights and when I do nothing over 5 pounds. I also added 3 golf training items and I enjoy using them as well, the Gold flex, Izzo Smooth Swing and Skilz tempo and golf trainer. The results from my Golf specific work out program during the off season last year; Driver Swing speed stopped dropping and went from 106 mph to 111 mph at age 54. Hitting out of that nasty rough was noticeably easier from a physical stand point No more late round muscle fatigue thus I was able to finish off a round of golf consistently thus driving my scoring down. I went from hitting a lifelong fade tand slice to straight with a draw. Negative I did pick up a massive sway over the winter that this site fixed but that I attribute that to a bad lesson that I got over the winter. I knew what he was teaching me was not right yet because it was a lesson I stuck with it, my mistake. I do run an off season work out that is a lot more strenuous then during the golf season. I found that I had to scale back to a maintenance program during the golf season I would just beat up my body to much. Sorry for the long reply, I am passionate about sports specific strength and conditioning. It will make a positive impact on your game. This year I want to add yoga.
  11. @Hacker James can you putt on that turf also? Sorry if someone asked that already, just now reading thru this from the beginning to the end. Really nice set up
  12. djake

    Increasing club head speed with ghost balls

    @Zeph I totally agree with you and I understand the statistics supporting this. When my Driver is on I score, that plain and simple. Last season i averaged 106 mph with the Driver but I was noticing a slight decline at age 54. I was told that I could not increase my club head speed and to get used to it. That did not sit well with me. So last off season I started to study everything I could regarding the Driver and how I could optimize that one club. I also started to study how I could increase my club head speed and I set out to build a off season series of work outs specifically targeting Golf. My goal was to get to 110 mph with the Driver and at a minimum to stop or slow the decay of swing speed due to age. Well I hit 111mph going into this season and then I got professionally fit for the Driver and my distance off the Tee is further then i have EVER had in my life, at age 54! Now going into this offseason I feel that I have 2 1/2 more months of additional work out time because I have a solid base to start my workouts with that last year i did not have. I plan on adding and subtracting to my work out program so that I keep the work outs fresh. At age 55 my goal for next season is 115 mph with the Driver. I want to add, taking the time to get professionally fit for the current Driver I have made a significant difference in combination to my work outs. How tight my dispersion with the new Driver is at a level that i would dream about with added distance. As well as for the first time in my life I can actually work a Driver. I get on a tee box and the level of confidence I have is at a all time high and it sure is fun. Since this topic was about a method increasing club head speed, yes find a method and work it. If you stick to it the work outs it will make a difference. I want to add that during the golf season I scale my work outs way back and go to a maintenance level. to heavy of a work out set while i am in the middle of the golf season actually hurts my game. I will also do a "taper" (for those who understand that term) before major golf outings or tournaments.
  13. djake

    Increasing club head speed with ghost balls

    yeah I know, I just got a kick out of your one word answer. It literally was a day brightener
  14. djake

    Best Shot of the Week

    Spirit Hollow Golf Course 18th hole Par 5 playing from the "Blacks" at 521 yards. I hit a very nice drive that left me 211 yards out from the pin (GPS Measured), I was in the first cut of rough and hit my 4 Hybrid, as soon as I connected with the ball I knew it was going to be special. I walked forward watching the ball come into the green with a small draw, it bounced twice and hit the pin! It left me 3' from the hole. I missed my putt for what would have been my third Eagle this year but did what I needed to do and left it on the lip for a tap in Birdie to secure the win in our team match play event. This was not only my best shot of the week but also my best shot of the year.
  15. djake

    Increasing club head speed with ghost balls

    @iacas that's it? "Nope" I mean now really, just that "Nope"

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