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Adam C

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  1. My guess is that this was done by someone at home who probably didn't know what they were doing and decided to add length by ramming a wood dowel into the shaft. Is it the best way to do this, no. But does it work to add length, yes.
  2. No real difference between the two. If they are both new then the grooves are good. The Titleist online fitting tool is pretty good. These are the basic rules on the bounce/grind stuff. Higher bounce is good for steeper angle of attack (deep divot). Also good for fluffier lies, both in sand and grass as it keeps the wedge from digging down too far. Low bounces are opposite that. Shallow angle of attack with little divot, tight lies, hard fairways, and shallow filled bunkers. Most golfers are better off with more bounce. Grind is important if you are using the wedge with an open face to hit flop shots etc. Can also be helpful on uneven lies. That being said, the more you grind off the bottom of the club, the less forgiving it will be.
  3. Second that. Game improvement. There are a lot of brands now that offer a more compact GI iron, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist, etc. They are more expensive but give you a nice combination of forgiveness and classic looks. They are going to have lower lofts and you will definitely hit them further that 18 year old Adams so just be prepared. Don't buy clubs for where you think you will be a year from now. Buy them for now. Good luck.
  4. Having fit many golfers over many years, all I can say is you should never try to fit your swing into a certain club. It should be the club fitting into your swing and tendencies. This is my opinion but if you can't get out on the course and realistically break 80 on any given day, clubs in that 588 category are not what you need regardless of how much you like the look. Clubs with this design are made to hit it low with maximum workability. In other words short and crooked unless you have the consistent swing to use them. You also won't be able to find blades with larger offset numbers. They just aren't made. People would ask all the time if they are going to "grow out of" the game improvement clubs, and unless you grow out of wanting to hit the ball high and straight the answer is no. If you get yourself down to that 8 handicap and are hitting the GI irons too high or want to move then (ball flight) more easily then at that point I would look at the more players style irons. All that being said you probably should at the least go for a basic fitting and see if you need longer clubs, possible more upright, and bigger grips, which I would guess you would based on your height. Adding some length will usually run you around $7-$8 per club plus cost of grip. You probably won't be able to bend those RACs very much if I remember correctly, the are pretty brittle, but just the length adjustment will help the lie angle.
  5. Fitting is never a bad idea. Definitely look at graphite. First it will give you more distance with lighter weights. Second it dampens out more vibration which is always good for any sort of golf related pain. More flexible shaft will help close the face at impact if you are losing the ball to the right. Flex usually does little to actually help with distance other than squaring the face easier. It might give you a little more height but hard to say without knowing your swing. The stock graphite shafts in the type of clubs you are looking at (hybrid sets) should all have the launch characteristics you are looking for regardless of brand.
  6. It's old. Pretty sure it is from mid/late 90s based on that design. Under $10.
  7. These two are probably going to be pretty similar. The stock Alta is high launch, counterbalanced, not sure of the torque but would guess it's around 4.3. Aldila NVS is an older shaft but also higher launch with similar torque (assuming you are comparing similar weights). Only real difference I think would be the counterbalancing in the Alta, so swing weights might be different (again assuming you are comparing similar weights).
  8. The heads won't be much different. Doubt if you would even see 5 yards just comparing the heads. Biggest difference is the shafts. That Speeder is 80 grams, low torque, low launch. The two Mitsus are both going to launch higher. Usually the lighter will launch higher, if everything else is equal. Of the three, the Tensei probably splits the difference between the other two. All this is to say that the 818 is only going to be "better" if that shaft fits your swing better.
  9. I can't speak specifically about cutting down a longer counterbalanced putter but I have used a Heavy Putter which was a thing about 13 years ago. Basically a very heavy head and shaft, face balanced putter. I also have modified several putters with weight plugs, tungsten powder, and lead tape. What I would say about all of them was I liked them much more on slower greens then faster. Also liked them more on shorter putts (inside 10 feet). That being said, I always end up going back to a more traditional weighting.
  10. Does it have the shaft band still? That could help.
  11. The OEMs are always looking for a way to get more distance out of clubs, and beyond flexing face technology, the other option is going lighter. Lighter shafts should give more distance but it will depend on the golfer. There are cases where that heavier S300 gives more distance but that assumes you possess the power to use it. I would say most golfers will be best fit in something in the 110-115g weight. I realize this is a generalization but runs pretty true in my experience. Everything else being equal the heavier shaft should offer more consistency, and launch lower with lower spin. This of course is not always what happens with a given golfer but is what you would usually expect. The other reason why the shafts are lighter now is that they can be. That is to say that until recently lighter steel shafts were less reliable and consistent than heavy ones. Now shaft manufacturers can make lighter steel just as consistent as the heavy steel. My recommendation is reshaft one or two clubs only with a lighter shaft. Maybe the 110 version of DG if you like the S300. Make sure whoever does it keeps the old shafts and returns them. If you like the new shafts, finish off the set. If not, just pull them and go back to the old ones. That is what I would do if you want to keep your current sticks.
  12. I would recommend against the blades. More forgiving is always better, and there is nothing forgiving in those 18s. If you are not hitting the center of the club, you will see significant distance and direction loss. At the very least I would look at the cavity version of the 18s if you are set on going that direction. But again they will offer minimal help. Those pure blades are meant for low single digit handicappers and stronger golfers looking to control trajectory and work the ball.
  13. Take your driver with you and hit it against some current stuff on a launch monitor. See what the differences are (ball speed, launch angle, spin). It could be the shaft but hard to say without knowing the specs on each shaft you reference. Doesn't sound like you ever really hit the Ping well so it probably makes sense to look to other brands. Other thought, when they cut down the Ping did they add weight to the head. That inch you cut off would drop the swing weight at least 5 points. Might want to check the swing weight and see if it's too light. I think the standard R7 came in at D2.
  14. That's not true at all. Even within the confines of CoR and size limits, there are different ways to design a driver to perform differently. Forgiveness and minimizing ball speed loss on off-center hits is a huge part of club design. Placement of the CoG will change the characteristics of the club. Even within a single lineup, companies can put out different heads aimed towards different types of golfers. I should not have said no difference, I agree with that much. I should have said almost meaningless difference. Lets look at a couple numbers. In the USGA / R&A 2017 distance report, a sample of average male golfers showed a distance of 208 yards in 2016 and this represented an increase of 8 yards over a 21 year period. I could not find any more information on the sample size or demographic of these golfers. Found a Golf Digest article showing driving distance for 6 or better handicaps has increased from 234 to 236 from 1996 to 2017. Now 21 or higher handicappers saw an increase from 165 to 188 over the same time. 23 yards over 21 years. In case you were wondering PGA tour numbers were 26.6 yard increase over that time. Of course what I said was referencing changes since 2004 in clubs. So below is a driving distance graph from that previously mentioned 2017 report. Looks like the PGA tour average has gone up about 7 yards since 2003, LPGA and Champions about 5 yards. 7 yards over 14 years. If you look at the larger chart going back further you will see larger increases leading up to 2003 where it levels off more. Also below is one more chart from Arccos, again from a Golf Digest article showing driver distances by handicap for the last 4 years. Hmmm. Newer always better? So I will stand by my original statement. If you are on tour or can't break 100 then your 2004 Callaway Big Bertha or Taylormade 580 might be costing you around 7 yards. For those in between, it's probably less. Call it 5 yards over 15 years (a foot a year)! CoG movement, face design changes, moveable weights, adjustable hoses, carbon composites, paint jobs = 1 foot a year.
  15. Distance is primarily a factor of ball speed. And ball speed is a result of club head speed and solid impact (ie Smash Factor). Spin rate and launch angle will influence it, but not nearly as much as speed. The only way the manufacturers are going to get you any more speed is by making the club lighter and or longer. The industry will continue to put out new equipment but the driver itself is basically no different since they maxed out COR and head size. Everything now is just bells, whistles, and paint colors. Not to mention that the huge differences they advertise requires tour level speeds and will be much smaller for recreational players. At this point with technology, the most we can hope for is keeping the distance we have as we get older.
  16. Would try some Mizuno JPX, if you want great feeling, forged players clubs, that stop short of pure blades. I have always preferred Mizuno feel to that of Titleist, but it's all personal. I would say however that having worked in the business for many years and having fit many golfers of all skills, nobody ever returns clubs with the complaint that they are too easy to hit. Also I wouldn't be so concerned about cast vs forged. If you like the look and feel, who cares. Most people don't realize that all those Titleist Vokey and Cleveland wedges aren't forged, they're cast.
  17. Totally agree with billchao. Manufacturers were not just down lofting in an attempt to show distance gains. These stronger lofts are not new. Ever since game improvement and super game improvement irons came to market (ie Callaway Big Berthas, etc), lofts have been dropped to counter act more forgiving designs. With improvements in computer design, casting, forging, and multi material composites, the irons launch higher now across the board. Lighter club weights and a better understanding of shaft flex also help. It should also be noted that with the GI irons that are being discussed here, at this point many either don't offer a 3 iron or are not purchased by choice. Most golfers and especially the higher handicappers have replaced the long irons with hybrids or woods. So the fact that the 4 iron loft is now 3 iron probably provides a better distance gap from those hybrids or woods which in general fly consistently higher and further than the iron equivalent.
  18. Last piece of advise. Go do a launch monitor, but make sure it's outdoor on real grass. Fitting wedges off indoor mats is worthless or close to it. Turf interaction is so important with all wedges but most of all with higher lofts.
  19. I think those 900s come with Nippon 105 stock but would assume the DGs would be a stock option also. That being said you might want to look at a sub 130 gram shaft option if you are thinking about going down a flex. DG also comes in lighter options (120 and 105) along with AMT options which are good if you need long iron launch help, if you want to stay with True Temper. I know Mizuno is about to release the update to those 900s so you can probably get better prices now and still get the full custom fitting.
  20. I am with you that every five years is not necessary really with irons or woods. Woods hit their max years ago with COR and CC limits, after that the differences are much much smaller. Keep making them lighter, add some bells and whistles, that's about all they are changing. Irons even less so, especially with players clubs where game improvement tech is not used or to a lesser degree. That being said your clubs are pretty old. Not sure if you have ever reshafted them but that would be a definite in my book if you plan on keeping them. If you decide to change them the new irons out there do offer greater distance and forgiveness from where you are at. And remember since manufacturers put out new irons basically every year, you can often find better prices on previous models. Not sure what your fitting specs are but you could buy a year or two old model new and just have them adjusted. If you need longer shafts then maybe look at new current model since that is a bigger expense and I never recommend shaft extensions if avoidable. Best thing to do is go hit some new stuff side by side with your old sticks on a launch monitor and see for yourself what the difference is.
  21. 46 is 135, 52 is 110, and 57 is 90. That being said I rarely go after the 52 or 57 and would rather take the lower loft with a cut off swing for control and less spin.
  22. I think 6 is fine. I carry 3 wedges 46,52,57 basically 6 each. Just remember the more loft on that wedge, the harder you have to swing to move the ball forward and the smaller the margin for error. Everyone is different but my belief is use the lowest loft you can get away with on any particular green side shot, especially for higher handicappers. Miss a little with a 52 degree and the result will still be in the ballpark, miss a little with a 62, and the ball might go 12 inches or 50 yards. Best of luck.
  23. Those Burner shafts were probably lighter and higher launching compared to PX. Also I have found as a general rule Titleist irons are going to launch lower across the board even in the more forgiving models.
  24. Maybe start out getting the specs checked, loft and lie, etc. If they are all going the same distance that might be a part of the problem. Length and swing weight also maybe. Is the ball flight low or high with the new sticks? Not sure what burner irons you are coming from but the weights may be very different from the new ones. Without seeing the clubs or your swing, that would be my suggestion to start. Also make sure you are giving the new clubs a chance. If the weights etc, are different you may just need time getting used to them.
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