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  1. I have been practicing in my yard(s) since I was a kid. Originally with wiffle balls on our 1/4 acre lot and today with dense foam/sponge rubber balls or "Almost Golf" balls in my 1 acre backyard. To this day I actually blame my father for my flippy swing. Whenever he would see me take a proper divot he would yell at me out the window that I was "digging up the grass". He had slaved away for months trying to create a decent lawn after we moved into our house and he didn't want his kid constantly putting divots into it. He used to make me prop up the wiffle ball on top of the grass and have me sweep it off the ground and that's the way my swing developed. These days, even before the virus situation, I actually prefer to experiment with swing changes in private in my yard then at a range to see if; (a) the changes actually work and (b) to groove my swing if they do. I always keep a bucket with a mix of topsoil and grass seed handy and sprinkle some of it down afterwards on the divots I've made.
  2. I've been thinking about this question a lot. The Garden State is not my idea of paradise...or a garden either, for that matter. But based on the places I've visited, #1 would be South Florida, whether east or west coast I'm not yet sure and #1a would be the Scottsdale, Arizona area. My problem is I have a wife who doesn't play golf so she would need other diversions and has also complained that Florida is "too humid" and Arizona is "too grey and brown". (Sigh!) Also to be considered; South Florida has hurricanes every now and then. Arizona has, I dunno, snakes? Scorpions? Dust Storms? I could see us becoming snowbirds. The other issue is the grandchildren. They're all relatively close by and in the "cute and adorable" age range therefore we would want to remain close to them so the change of venue will wait until they've reached the "teenage and obnoxious" years.
  3. Not including the T300 irons a month ago, a hat the other day from Golf Galaxy just before the store closed down for the duration. It's a Taylor Made fitted hat, originally $30, marked down, 50% then another 75% at the register. It fits my head perfectly. Now all I need to do is venture outside and play.
  4. It's not this particular virus that worries me...it's the one in the future that could be even more deadly. COVID-19 is a novel virus, meaning this is the first time it's infected humans so there is no immunity that anyone on the planet has. My late father, who was born in 1914, told me about his vague memories as a small child of something similar, the Spanish Flu, that had three distinct mutations starting in 1918. It was the H1N1 virus that no one had any immunity to either and It was actually the 2nd wave that killed millions. It was estimated that 1/3 of the world's population of 1.5 billion at the time became infected with 50 million deaths. Hopefully, the epidemiologists and other pharmaceutical researchers here in the 21st century can come up with something to combat this but this is just not going to go away as the weather gets warmer and anyone who thinks so is, as Prof. Harold Hill said, "is closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge and are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table (substitute the word "virus") in your community. And so we have trouble my friends, trouble right here." (Meredith Wilson - The Music Man)
  5. I didn't answer the poll questions because I felt the choices are a bit silly. My fitting didn't gain me yards (the stronger lofts did that) or get me a tighter dispersion (working on my swing did that.) What it did do was determine what lie angle (standard) and club length (+1/4") were correct for me. I had already decided that I wanted to switch to graphite shafts because my old steel shafts were just feeling heavy, especially towards the end of a round. (Getting old, I guess.) I also wasn't sure if my clubhead speed had slowed down to the point where I needed to go back to regular shafts. (Not yet it hasn't.) I don't necessarily think that a full blown Club Champion-type fitting is suitable for everyone. I've noticed that CC, in particular, appears to make more money on switching out the manufacturer's recommended selection of shafts with ridiculously expensive ones, increasing the final cost (and their profit) by a crazy amount as the price of the clubs themselves is controlled by the manufacturer. A friend of mine showed me a quote from Club Champion for set of irons where the upcharge on the shafts exceeded the cost of the clubs themselves. I told him if he bought clubs from them he was nuts. A free fitting at a Golf Galaxy or PGA Superstore (assuming you buy your clubs there) with the tried and true lie board and face impact tape analysis, along with some Trackman analysis will serve the average golfer like me just fine. (That also assumes the fitter knows what he's doing.) I've also noticed that Mizuno now has a new gizmo that puts some kind of sensor on a 7-iron and connects via bluetooth to an Ipad. After three swings it recommends several shafts with specs that you can then test. Pretty interesting way to do a fitting.
  6. One of the wedges, depending on the conditions anticpated on that particular day.
  7. When taking lessons , how do you inform him/her about dealing with your specific issues and what do you do if he/she goes off on a tangent and doesn’t address the problem directly? An Example: A local instructor in my area is well regarded and I decided to go to him to deal with a specific issue I’ve been having and have been unable to solve on my own. (Early release – poor compression - the result of an old bicycle injury, since healed). At my first meeting he asked what my situation was. I told him and then he had me hit a few balls with a 7-iron. All’s well and good at that point. I also mentioned to him that I had a series of 3 lessons with an instructor last year and all he had me do was hit short pitch shots over and over and I wanted to address the problem more directly, that I felt that my problem was the result of an improper transition at the top, too much forward hip movement and not enough rotation at the bottom and I wanted to attack those aspects of the swing more directly. He then adjusted my setup and proceeded to give me a series of different drills; short back & forth swipes at a rubber tee, hitting balls with my feet together, short ice hockey-like wrist shots, all of which are not working, at least after two one hour lessons. At two bucks a minute I just don’t feel I’m getting very much bang for the buck. Maybe I’m just impatient. (For what it’s worth I posted a video of my swing in the “Member Swings” section a few years ago and I haven’t updated it because there hasn’t been one damn thing that’s changed, despite working very hard at it.) He’s a nice guy and he’s very enthusiastic and encouraging – having me send videos of my practice and him responding that he’s seeing “dynamic progress” whatever that means. But the bottom line is there’s been no improvement and I’m probably going to try to work things out on my own or find another instructor. I realize there’s no one adjustment or magic fix but maybe I should be more direct with what I want? How long do you wait when taking lessons before you disengage with one teacher and look for another?
  8. Clicgear 3.5 owners: Is it my imagination but does the golf bag sit considerably more upright than with other pushcarts? I know with my crappy, but still functional pushcart the bag is really kind of at a 45° angle and to my eye with the Clicgear, looks like it's more like it's around 60°. Am I right or wrong about that?
  9. To whomever it was who thought I was condescending to my particular "Fred" I say, Yes, I was...so what? The guy deserved a lot worse. Maybe if the golf course rangers had been a bit more on the ball I wouldn't have had to say anything but the one who was circulating that particular day typically does and says nothing so I felt I had to take matters into my own hands. Also, maybe if "Fred" hadn't been sucking down his second beer of the morning I would have been a lot nicer but regardless, I believe my solution worked out. The main point I was trying to make was that like many others, it's my contention that riders and walkers can mix well or not mix but whether they do or don't has nothing to do with if they're riding or walking. It has to do do with whether or not a golfer understands what the concept of "Keeping up with the Pace of Play" actually means and makes an effort to do so.
  10. For the coming season I removed the 2 & 3 irons and 4 rescue; added a 4 hybrid, 56° and 60° wedges. I may have left myself with a gap somewhere around 210-220 yds but I'm getting older, not hitting driver as far as I used to so maybe the 3 wood will work in that range We'll see.
  11. As others have said this has nothing to do with walkers and riders not mixing well. This exact scenario (along with the beer) has happened to me several times over the years and I can say that what we have here with Fred and the O.P. was simply a failure to communicate. Here's what did with my "Fred.". Early on, as soon as it became apparent that the group ahead was leaving us in their dust I spoke directly to Fred and said, "Fred, my boy, we're really not having a good time playing with you because you're playing way too slow for us. If you don't mind we're going to just play to a pace that's comfortable for us. You paid your money so you certainly have a right to play at a pace that's comfortable for you, so we're just going to move on ahead. OK?" Then the other guy I was with, who was fuming, and I picked up and we moved directly onto the next tee and teed off immediately which created instant space between us and Fred and that was that. We left Fred in our wake and never saw him again. Problem solved.
  12. I don't know who Charlie Rymer is but his quote sounds like something an effete snob (to coin an old, old phrase) would say, someone who has spent his entire life at a country club and never tried to play at a public golf course.A dope. I realize he's talking about "private golf", but he's still a dope because even at private clubs there are regular foursomes who have played together for years and so for the new member who's not part of a regular group struggling to squeeze in 9 holes after work, what's he supposed to do?
  13. I have an M3 and have just today tested the SIM, the Callaway Mavrik and a Ping G410 (as well as the M6 last year) in a Golf Galaxy hitting bay. As I said about the M6 last year, getting an extra 5 yards isn't worth $500, at least to me. I got pretty much the same results with all of them...both distance and dispersion. (I get less spin with the M3 for some reason, maybe because I have the weights adjusted just right.) YMMV
  14. The third shot on a par 5 after two good shots that leave me with anywhere from 20 to 50 yards from the hole. All that's left is to get pitch shot up close for a chance for a birdie and then I either: Hit a chunk that goes into the pond or a trap guarding the front of the green or..... Over or under cook the pitch shot leaving me with a longish approach putt. Either one of these drives me insane.
  15. Never mind. I answered my own question. The answer is NO because the tip diameters are different. Tour Burner/Diamana - .350" M2/Fujukura - .335"
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