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  1. In all the years that I have played golf (i.e. mid 1980's), I have discovered that everyone is unique when it comes to putting. Everyone has their own special grip, their own special stance, their own special swing tempo, etc...etc... I have my prized, custom made, generic/component mallet putter, 35" long, and resembles an old Odyssey Rossie II mallet putter with the black polymer insert. Anyway, I use a slightly bizarre putting grip, slightly upright stance, and it just works for me. I'll try to describe it when you look at the photo below, that I just took in my living room, while practicing putting across the carpet. Anyone ever seen a putting grip like mine? Right hand: Right thumb centered on grip, covering up the "Crown" logo of Titleist/Scotty Cameron Baby T putter grip. Right fingers naturally curl around the grip. Left hand: Left thumb centered on grip and tightly nestled into fleshy part of right hand palm. Left index finger, as odd as it looks, the left index finger points down the shaft, resting on top of the right hand fingers. Left fingers (middle, ring, pinky) naturally curl around the grip.
  2. Old used putters...

    Wow, there's a blast from the past.... I remember the Ram Zebra mallet putter! A golf buddy had one years and years ago. If I remember also, I think he put a piece of lead tape along the bottom edge to give it a little more heft.
  3. Wearing a Wedding Ring while Playing

    I have to keep playing with it on... It won't come off after 32 years of marriage and 15-20 pounds heavier!!
  4. I saw a thread about the ball position or something like that in regards to bunker shots. I wanted to take a little time, if possible, to discuss the #1 all time, best tip, best advice, best lesson, you ever had regarding getting out of the bunker the first time... For me personally, I struggled with bunker shots for years and years. Last summer I remember chatting with one of the drummers/percussionists in the Shriners "Million Dollar Band" here in town (I currently play 2nd chair trumpet). He too is a golfer and is also in the Shriners "ACCA Swingers" golf club. Anyway, one thing led to another and we were talking golf, and I casually mentioned that I always had troubles getting out of the bunker. I've been so tempted to just grab the ball and toss it out or kick it out when nobody was looking! He told me (since we're both Freemasons as well as Shriners), "Getting out of a bunker is easy... We all know 'Brother' George Washington on the dollar bill, right? Well, practice this next time you're at a range with a sand trap bunker...." Imagine a dollar bill underneath the golf ball. The ball is covering George Washington's picture. Now, we don't want to hit "Brother George" do we? That would be against our Masonic obligation! What you do is hit the dollar bill out from underneath him. (in other words, hit about 2" behind the ball, while the sand wedge clubface is open, and it will slide underneath the ball). Long story short - I thought about what he said, and tried it out last year at one of the local driving ranges where they have natural grass tees and a practice bunker way off to the side. I tossed an old Pinnacle ball in the trap and shifted my heels of my golf shoes down a bit. Thought long and hard about what he said, used my 58° sand wedge while imagining a dollar bill under the ball, and WHACK! --- I hit it right out of the trap with a descending blow, just like the pros do! It works!!! What do you think of this method?
  5. My brother-in-law did something similar a number of years ago, but a little opposite of the above quote... I forget what driver he had or had made from one of those component online companies, but he screwed up with the main specs - mainly the graphite shaft. He could hit his normal (but old) driver without a problem... The plain component, knockoff, whatever, driver was a disaster for him. Nice clubhead design from what I remember, but the shaft was totally wrong. He would slice it off into the trees every single time. No matter what... No matter what hole... No matter what tee box... CRAZY!
  6. Thanks... That's what I was wondering with Senior shafts. I had concern that if a regular everyday guy swung a driver with a senior shaft, and went up to roughly 92-93 mph swing speed, the club would be whipping all over the place from way too much force. Lord only knows the direction the ball would take!
  7. It sure is! Hundreds upon hundreds of types of clubs out there with even more varieties of shafts... I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to go onto sites like Diamond Tour Golf, Giga Golf, Pine Meadow, etc... and have them make me a generic, knockoff, Driver - but yet tailored to my personal specs. If it turns out to be a POS, well... lesson learned. Anyone ever do this, or am starting to lose my mind? LOL...
  8. As you might have seen in the other forum, The Grill Room, yesterday was my birthday and I hit 57 years old. It got me curious about my swing speed, tempo, etc... and am just curious if anyone has toyed with the idea of dropping down to a Senior shaft vs Regular shaft vs Stiff shaft, or whatever. Driver swing speed: 88 mph 90 mph 89 mph 92 mph 94 mph (if I really crank down on it with everything I got) Avg is around an even 90 mph according to the machines at Golf Galaxy. I was wondering about ordering one of those cheap knockoff/component drivers from Diamond Tour or Giga Golf or whatever online internet golf outlet store. Just a basic, no frills driver, but yet with a Senior shaft instead of a Regular or Stiff shaft. You know, just something cheap to test out and see if it would be worth it to keep for years... I'm just a regular buy, nothing fancy, 6'0" 210 lbs (still need to lose a few pounds) and currently have a 45.5" Ping G10 driver, standard length, standard lie, etc... What do you think? Anyone ever play around with different shafts in a driver?
  9. Happy Birthday Thread!

    Thank you... Yeah, I hit 57 yesterday 4/10. Or, as I joked to my wife yesterday: Me: Wow, I'm 57? Hey, let's add the two numbers together. 5+7=12. How about if I act like a 12 year old boy? Wife (not missing a beat): You already do! Gee, thanks, honey... Feel the love... LOL...
  10. What Do You Do for a Living?

    Hmmm... 1) US Coast Guard, Yeoman First Class (E-6), and I retired after a very nice career. To be honest (all veterans would understand), I got a little tired of trying and trying and trying to make Chief (E-7), so as the saying goes, I threw in the towel and retired anyway. 2) Unix systems administrator and then a database administrator. <disclaimer> I don't want to say anything wrong, but as you have all heard the horror stories of I.T. guys from back in the day... I too fell victim to the widespread "I.T. downsizing / job went overseas" scenario. I tried and tried to get back into I.T. and was viewed as too old, too outdated, a dinosaur, etc... </disclaimer> 3) Which leads me to my present job: I thumbed my nose at the I.T. industry, took a complete 180° turn, and got my CDL class B. I went to the county public schools, and became a school bus driver. It's a steady job and the hours are great. It's not for everyone - having to put up with 62 rambunctious elementary school kids on a bus - but it's a job and the benefits package makes it worth it. The pay is not great, and is a SERIOUS financial difference, coming from the I.T. industry, as you could imagine! But with a little juggling, refi the house, pay this off, pay that off, etc... we're doing okay...
  11. Finally introducing myself

    Welcome to the forum! This is a great place. Lots and lots of knowledgeable people on here! Massachusetts? I did a back-to-back tour of duty in the mid/late 80's in the US Coast Guard, stationed right downtown Boston, MA. Lived in off-base housing near Dedham (12 miles as the crow flies - but yet it took you a good HOUR in commuter traffic!!! )
  12. Golf Club Fit for a Beginner

    Good morning, Liam, Welcome to the forum! I too am a newcomer to The Sand Trap forum. It's a great place from what I have seen so far! As far as your friend suggesting getting yourself fit and setup for clubs, that is EXCELLENT advice! If you have a golf shop in town that has one of those indoor ranges, you could try out several clubs, and see the difference between regular shafts and stiff shafts versus swing speed. Buying used clubs is also a good idea, as long as they match you. You *DON'T* want too long a club or too short a club, as that will greatly affect your swing. Also, stay away from department stores (if they even carry golf clubs anymore) like WalMart, Target, etc... I am sure others on here (way more knowledgeable and experienced than me) will chime in with advice to also help you out. I wish you the best! Butch
  13. Good morning, Just thinking about my clubs, assorted models of clubs over the years, and quickly realized that, yeah... My set of Pings are OLD, but I still love how they feel. Iron set = Ping i3+ from 2003. Standard length, standard lie, black dot, regular factory steel shaft. FW = Ping i3 in 3W and 5W. Standard length, standard lie, black dot, regular factory graphite shaft. Driver = Used Ping G10 from Golfsmith / Golf Galaxy a few years ago, after my beloved Ping Si3 snapped off at the hosel, as was deemed irreparable. (My current G10 is also Standard length, standard lie, 10.5° face, but with a stiff factory graphite shaft). Extras/Substitutes: Ping Rapture 21° Hybrid took the place of the i3+ 3 iron. Same as before, standard length, lie, but the Hybrid has an Aldila VS Proto graphite shaft. Ping S59 gap wedge, 52°, same as before, standard length, black dot, factory steel shaft, etc... Precision Touch 5808 SW, 58°... Found this a number of years ago in a golf store (2nd Swing?) and had it ever since. Standard length, lie, etc... Putter = Homemade/component/copycat mallet putter, that a friend of my old nextdoor neighbor made me back in the day. It's a knockoff of the famous Odyssey Rossie II mallet and is just a real sweet putter. Standard length (34"), standard lie, etc... Now... With all of that said, I am wondering if anyone else still uses 15 year old clubs? I love my i3+ irons and can cleanly hit them a majority of the time from all sorts of lies. I'm just a basic, regular guy, 6'0" and 210 lbs (need to lose weight!), 90 mph swing speed, and in a few days I'll be 57 years old. I've always been on that cusp on needing a stiff shaft or a regular shaft, which is why I bought the Ping G10 with the factory TFC 129D stiff shaft. Some days, I can't hit it long and other days, I'll blast it off the tee out 250+ yards. Question: Should I consider upgrading my clubs and get with the times, or just keep on playing the old Ping i3+ set? Opinions? Suggestions?
  14. Since I am a newcomer to this forum, I wanted to share with you a rather funny You Tube video that I just made... I was out running errands, and decided to stop in that used sporting goods place here in town called "Play It Again Sports" (you might have one in your town too). They have everything in there... You name it, they got it. Some stuff is complete junk and beat all to heck, some stuff is really good, you just never know... Anyway, I stumbled upon an old Odyssey Dual Force putter for only $9.95 and is was almost spooky - I swear, that old putter spoke to me and said, "...a little up to the right... Over... There you go, you found me! Buy me, clean me up, and give me new life!" So, as you can tell, it came home with me! Ha ha ha... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpICvh8bAXY It will accompany my highly prized, custom made/component mallet putter that I've had for probably 15 or so years and will NEVER get rid of. It is a generic component of the Odyssey Rossie II mallet putter that a friend of my old former next-door neighbor made for me back in the day. I soon got creative in MS Word using that "Word Art" template thingamajig on my computer, and made a nametag of my name printed on glossy photo paper, cut out to fit, and I used my wife's hot glue gun and glued it in place. So, with all that said... I have a question for all the seasoned veteran golfers on here. How many putters do you own?
  15. butchammon


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