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  1. I use both a compressor with an air gun and a solvent tub, it just depends what i am doing. I will say that you need to use a lot of solvent, no matter what it is. If you don't want to spend money on a solvent tank, use an aluminum turkey pan so you can catch and reclaim your solvent. I generally give the grip a good fill, plug both ends and slosh it around inside the grip. Then i dump it over the tape and slide the grip on. Generally, the grip will slide right on and seat properly. If it doesn't, grab your club by the head and push the grip against the floor to slide it all the way to the top, then turn it o er and straighten it out. More is more better with solvent.
  2. My back, foot and leg are full of titanium and surgical steel, so anything below 60 is generally a no go now. If it's damp, it's even worse and that includes the summer. I can honestly not even swing on days below 50 anymore and I used to love fall golf.
  3. Every Wednesday at a local driving range i have to try to get there before this girl's team from far away kenosha invades so i can get a lane. These girls are mostly abysmal and the coach does absolutely nothing but play on his ohone unless someone beckons him. Most of these girls are so uncoordinated that they cannot make contact at all and are just wasting space. They're either getting frustrated or they're screwing off with friends. A few seem to be good strikers and are there for serious reasons. I just find it frustrating that the coach is so apathetic. Maybe he cankot cut anyone and hopes some of them simply quit. They look rather young, so maybe they are freshmen. The boy's team that i see occasionally has some super talent as well as a few hacks, but the majority are pretty good. Now granted, where i lived in Illinois you grew up with a putter or a crosse in tour hand. Golf around my area is an old fart sport and i guess at 52 i have become that fart Kids now have it so good. When i was learning to golf in the late 70s, kids weren't allowed on most courses around my area. If tou wanted your kid to golf in most areas, you had to join a country club, which we did. SE Wisconsin is mostly rural and we have some killer golf courses. I wish that golf was given the priority that baseball, girl's softball, soccer and football were given. Honestly, i think golf is a great sport for kids. You wind up learning concentration, controlling your body and emotions and you walk. I also think golf is a good sport for underprivileged children. You don't need a set of taylormade clubs or the newest pings. You can get by with generic clubs and used clubs just fine. You can use the same 400 dollar set of used clubs and bag the entirety of high school, where your hockey gear is outgrown every season. Personally, I'd donate money, gear and instruction time if my local high school had a serious golf program. But they don't seem to give a crap about golf. But they sure like building sport facilities in a fairly low earning area and raising taxes so they can have the bragging rights to a beautiful sports complex, but then don't bother having decent training and coaching because the local teams are awful. A few weeks ago the girl's coach was actually helping one of the girls because she called him over. She couldn't hit the ball and when she did, she topped it. So he's telling her to do everything, except for the correct thing. She's holding the club at the very bottom of the grip for some ungodly reason and she's not getting her arms extended. I chime in and say she either needs to hold the club towards the butt of the club, or use longer clubs. She smiled and said thanks and I imagine her coach told her to ignore me because she continued to swing and hold the club in the exact same manner. Screw it, i give up. So basically ruin the enjoyment of the kid and probably have her walk away for good with a sour taste, or swallow your ego and take some damn advice. Jerkoff. It's sad because unlike a lot of those girls, she actually wanted to learn. Then there was the big baby huey farm boy who'd line up his drives, set his feet and than as soon as his backswing started, he'd toe tap like a baseball swing and move his left foot closer to the right foot. He had a ton of raw power, but he kept either missing the ball or not hit it cleanly and he'd wind up with a worm burner. I tried telling him to keep that foot on the ground and only move it at his follow through. Yeah, he knew what he was doing and said he was fine. Ok then haha. I always take advice when I'm struggling. Some people's kids...
  4. SE Wisconsin seems much cheaper than my old home in NE Illinois. Bristol oaks is 30 for 18 and a buggy and Brightondale which is a far nicer course by leaps is 27 with buggy. I grew up with 30 bucks being greens fees back in the 80s and 90s in NE Illinois. Of course, Illinois is a gougers hellhole.
  5. My goal this year is to finish 9 holes. I have popped in and out the past 3 years while I have been trying to rebuild my swing and stamina after breaking my back, heel and leg several years ago. It's still difficult to play 9 even on a cart once the pain sets in, but I am hoping a little cooler weather will aid in my finishing 9. Thanks to a few of you, my swing has improved and so has my repeatability. I even took my MP33s out of the shed
  6. I'm sure I have a sleeve or two of those still. I'll have to check my bags. I bet there are balls from the 80s in my grandfather's bag. I still have his clubs. Like hitting a bad with a croquet mallet. Spaulding executives. Not very good sticks at all, but sentimental. We need an old ball thread with pictures
  7. Thanks guys. I am super curious how new balls compare to these and the relics in my bag. I've gotten to the point where my swing is repeatable again and I'm hitting balls in clusters at the range. I may go to the pro shop at the range and grab a few sleeves and experiment in a few weeks. I'm pushing the ball out past 300 yards again, so I'm assuming the range balls are quite beat down compared to my Maxfli, Top flights and anything else in my bag that's still shiny. If I'm not getting any real appreciable distance gain from a new ball, I won't buy anything. I have almost 10 dozen balls NIB from the late 90s through 2000s and now 22 dozen new balls. I doubt I'll ever need to buy a new ball again. I say that knowing how I spend money like a drunk sailor on leave hahaa
  8. I have a few of those in my bags. Balls I was convinced were the ball and I protect them like a mother hen hahaha
  9. Hey. Just had a customer give me 22 dozen NIB balls and I know that while they are still virgins, they're not new. I don't know anything about new golf ball tech since I've been on the DL the past decade and still working through my back pain on the driving range. But, this fall I am hitting the course and was wondering about balls. First question is, I have balls in my bags that were all brand new 10-15 years ago. Should I scrap those, or use around hazards or are they OK for play. Then I guess that may sort of answer my second question. I was given boxes of Nike precision power distance straight and Nike precision Power soft and Nike precision TI velocity, Callaway warbird, Wilson Pro staff pro distance straight, Pro staff platinum, Top flight XL pure distance, Wilson black Jack and Maxfli xs tour. Any refresher on what's what and ball tech during my layup would be awesome
  10. Comparing Jack and Tiger is like comparing Jordan and LeBron or Mantle and Trout. Comparing eras is futile and great athletes and competitors are simply that, great. If there's a Mt Rushmore of greats, certain players deserve their spots, period. Jack, however was my favorite since I grew up in the 70s and there was a huge field of great golfers to chose from, many with larger than life personas. Tiger, like Jack changed the game for the better, but in different ways. Tiger brought the game to even more people than Daly did and got young people into the sport like no other before him and he did it by being great, not just the cool kid. If I had a Mt Rushmore of players I saw play in my life it would be Jack, Tiger, Phil and Arnie, with Hogan and Jones on it for pure legend.
  11. Thanks!! If we hit the eventual snag i will surely hit you up
  12. Excellent looking project. I have some old blades and a friend is going to help me put some new sticks on them
  13. Not on a course, but in my way. I spent six months at my parent's house in the keys remodeling it after Irma had it's way with our beachfront paradise. Knowing I'd be there awhile, I threw a bag of clubs in the truck and spent my free time smacking balls down the neighbor's six acre beach. Here's a few of the hazards. The croc is named duchess. Our neighbor is a little eccentric. 😊
  14. I leave my clubs in the car all summer and when I was laid up they lived in a hot AF garage. In the winter they lived in a drafty old garage so I saw a temp swing the past 25 years of -10f to 105f and none of my clubs were ever affected by temperature extremes. I broke one shaft on a 25 year old graphite driver and there's no way that was weather related. If i didn't carry clubs, i'd never play. A friend or the GF may call and ask if I'm willing to go out after work and I'm ready. If I had to go all the way home, it wastes too much time. Just like my guitars and tools, golf clubs are tools and should be used. I have thousands invested in tools, thousands in clubs and tens of thousands in instruments and while I don't abuse them, they're not queens. There's nothing better than heading home from work early and hitting the range. Since my divorce, I decided to bring the clubs inside and put them in the old coat room and it isn't due to extreme weather, it's the damn mildew growth in the garage attacking the leather and the other fabrics on the golf bags, gloves, grips and towels. I had to pitch all of my bags after they sat for years when I broke my back.
  15. I've always taken advice from people at the range well when there was a need for it. I've had guys offer me pointers when I'm blasting balls straight downrange and they're just busybodies, but when someone sees you're frustrated it's been welcome on my part. The only time I've ever offered any advice is when someone actually engaged me with either a question or a "I hate this game" quip. If I'm having one of my "off in the rhubarb" days I'd generally always accept someone's advice since I cannot see myself swing. Generally it's always best to keep it to yourself until they speak first, though. Prime example the other day this rather large man(I am a big MF'r and this guy was an avalanche waiting to happen) was having a hell of a time. I would only hit when he was teeing a new ball or wiping his dome off because I was watching him just flailing away in every aspect of his swing. Had he asked I would have told him what I saw him doing, but I also think due to his size he was having a difficult time with a fluid swing, so I would have been gentle with any advice.
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