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  1. I personally find that Ping consistently has among the best irons for game improvement players, although I would push for one of the "G" lines. They may seem big when you pick them up but I find "the shovel" is more hidden at address than one would think. I know that I was concerned that they were too big when I was looking, but I tried out something like 15 irons and Ping was by far the best for me. The Ping "I" line looks fabulous, but IMO they aren't game improvement, or they are game improvement only for better mid-handicaps. Titleist also look incredible for game improvement irons. From my experience they are more forgiving than Ping "I" but less than Ping "G", but man do they look good - probably what I would consider with Ping if I were buying new irons today. My rule of thumb is that most players need more forgiveness, not less.
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    Anyone Use Cobra F8 Driver?

    No but I use an F7 and have F7 FW and hybrids as well. I don't think they changed much except the weighting system.
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    Can't Seem To Get Better...

    So if you are hitting 7 fairways and playing 5900 yards, providing you are getting at least 200+ on your drives, needing to move up tees wouldn't seem to be your solution. From what you've said, 3 GIR's and 3 pars, 36 putts, 21 over par - you had at least 5 or 6 DB+. It's about your short game. I'd suggest that you start measuring GIR's +1 and work on your pitching / chipping to insure that you get on the green +1. I don't know all of the stats, but in general, to break 90 most players are going to have to have 2-3 scramble pars. It's also going to be hard to break 90 with that many DB's but improving your GIR+1 should help that.
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    Can't Seem To Get Better...

    How many GIR's did you have and more importantly, how many GIRs +1 did you have?
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    Can't Seem To Get Better...

    I can only relate to my own experience, but when I was trying to break 90 I read a stat, I hope I remember correctly, that players who shoot 90 average 4 GIRs and 2 scramble pars. I had the GIRs but not the scrambles. As fate would have it, I had a month where work was very busy and I didn't have time for a 4 hour round. But I was able to squeeze in a large bucket at the range 2 times a week. I did nothing for those sessions except chip and hit wedge shots, everything was less than a full swing (110 yards at the time), never tried to hit the same yardage or target more than twice in a row. Did wonders for my game. Extra benefit was that this also improved my full swing/long game. When you have confidence that if you miss the green, you will hit the green with the next shot, you swing better knowing a miss isn't deadly. Same thing with bad drives - having confidence that I can punch out to a wedge distance and then hit the green for a bogey or potential scramble takes a lot of pressure off approach shots.
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    Can't Seem To Get Better...

    I'm probably weak on advice but I can offer encouragement that it can happen. After I had been playing a few years I went through a long period where I was stuck between a 10 and 11 handicap. I really wanted to be a "9" so I could say I was single digits. So matter how much I practiced or improved I was always between 10 and 11. I distinctly remember one day leaving the course totally pissed off and saying to my wife, "I know I'm better in every phase of the game but my scores don't change." My next round was a very good one and I mysteriously went from a 10-11 to an "8" in about 10 rounds. What changed, don't really know other than confidence and experience. Not to sound trite but my standard advice is if you are trying to break 100 work on your swing and if you are trying to break 90 work on your short game (somewhere IMO in the mid-80's it becomes more complicated). But I highly recommend keeping stats on your rounds to see where you are losing strokes and what to work on most. Really just something simple like: 3 putts from closer than 35 feet, greens missed chipping, greens missed pitching (50 yards and in), greens missed with wedges, greens missed with short irons, long iron errors (penalties or failure to advance ball to chip or pitch), and driving errors (drives that prevent a GIR due to penalties or pitch outs). I still do a form of this today.
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    Break 80: The 6-6-6 Concept

    One trick I used to use - I often played a par 71 course where, IMO, 5 of the toughest holes were in the first 7. So I used a handicap system to keep track of how I was doing versus my goal of 79. The real point was that this kept me from being discouraged if I was +3 after 4 or +4 after 5, because based upon the toughest holes I might be only 1 stroke behind what I needed to shoot 79. Worked for me.
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    Break 80: The 6-6-6 Concept

    You certainly can break 80 this way but if you want to do it consistently you are going to need more GIRs, probably more than 8 and a 25-35% scrambling percentage is more realistic over a longer term unless you develop an elite short game. Of course anything is possible - I once shot 81 with 2 DBs and only 1 GIR but that clearly was an unusual round. You may want to google "How to break 80 in 6 weeks." Okay, really dumb title - when I first read the article I was in the mid-upper 80's and thought "how stupid." But as my game improved I learned that while 6 weeks is pretty unrealistic, I think the 6 steps to break 80 are pretty valid for most players.
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    Does anyone keep two scores, "coulda" and "did"?

    I didn't replay shots but I used to keep statistics for every round which showed my score and the big mistakes - these could be mishits, miss clubs, or mental errors - and I recorded them by type of shot be it chip, putt, drive, etc. What I was looking for was insight into what errors I could eliminate in order to improve. So I might shoot 80 but have 6 "opportunities." I figured my potential was to cut the big misses in half. I stopped doing this when I started using Shot by Shot - basically does it for me. Peter Kostis wrote an article a few years back about doing some mid-year tests for your game. One test was to basically play a 2 ball scramble with yourself - playing the better shot helps you understand your potential and build confidence. Another test he had was to play two shots for any short game shot - if the 2nd ball is consistently better, then your short game needs work. The third was to play the scramble but worst shot - I've heard that pros do this - it helps you to work on recovery shots. I've really only done the short game version and then only for a few holes.
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