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WUTiger last won the day on November 13 2016

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About WUTiger

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    Fine-tuning the draw
  • Birthday 11/02/1950

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  1. Sept. 21 Stopped at course after work. Practiced 8i chip shots and up-and-downs (chip and putter) for 15 minutes. On chip shots, I have bad habit of focusing on cup rather than the desired landing point along way to cup. Still had some mental error chips despite today's focus.
  2. Two putters ago, I used a Ping Pal for about 5 seasons. I e-mailed a photo of the head to Ping, and they said it was from circa 1973 - and authentic. Ping said it had an older numbering pattern, and they couldn't tell me the exact year. I used the Pal for a couple of years, then had it adjusted. The head was heavy, and I could putt out of inch-deep greenside rough with it. But, I had trouble on long-distance putts. I eventually switched to a custom-fit Ping B60 from a Christmas raffle, and have since moved on to the Slotline (see sig line).
  3. Choosing the correct irons

    RP, are you a 28 HDCP then? I'm confused as to how you could hit your irons fairly well, but have a 28 HDCP and beat low handicappers.
  4. Choosing the correct irons

    If you're recovering from surgeries, you might get a Titleist Performance Institute swing analysis. Two people do the analysis: a PGA golf pro, and someone from the medical professions (athletic trainer or chiropractor). You get analyzed on 29 different body movements. Then, the trainer/chiro gets you 18 workouts designed to shore up your movement weaknesses, and the golf pro helps you adjust your swing to compensate for the limiting effects of past injuries. see: http://www.mytpi.com/
  5. Sept. 20 Busy day before and at work. using office door as a mirror, practiced and checked takeaway, top position, and then hip kick to make sure hands don't get ahead of everything. Got in 5 minutes. Will be at work until 10 PM.
  6. Choosing the correct irons

    Uhh, these guys you are destroying, what scores do they usually shoot? You have a 28 HDCP, yet you hit the sweet spot consistently on your irons? I would suggest that if you dumped the blades and went to GI irons, you might improve enough eventually to threaten 90. @satchmodog, it's time to try out some newer irons on the launch monitor and see which shaft/head combo works best for you. Don't be afraid of GI clubs... some former college golfers I know switched from blades to cavities because they can't practice enough anymore to get the benefits of blades, which require a very pure swing.
  7. Which steel shaft to use in a hybrid

    As @PaddyMac suggests, the uniform feel would pay off. Go AWT if undecided.
  8. Lost the love

    Are other life events and demands starting to encroach on golf? If so, you might want to take a break, take care of distractions, and then start again in the spring. Most of the seniors I play golf with are retired. Frank, my unofficial life coach, says work interferes too much lately with my golf. He thinks I should retire! (But, I need a bit more savings first). I set aside golf a couple of times in my life. Once for nine months, the other for about two years. I knew I was going to be busy, and couldn't work on my game, so to avoid frustration I put the clubs away awhile.
  9. Sept. 19 Watched a Hogan method video for 10 minutes on palms up, palms down action in the golf swing. Gave interesting ideas on hand-loading and waiter's tray position preceding downswing motion: It reminds me of the diagonal sweet spot video which Erik and Dave did for 5SK series.
  10. Best Used 3 Wood under $50

    Good start. I've seen these second-generation Tight Lies for $29. (First version came in late 1990s). Most popular model is 16*. Callaway Preowned has some Hawkeye Titanium and Warbird FWs from circa 2000 for under $50. I stumbled upon 3-5-7-9 woods in Hawkeye, bought them for heritage purposes, and can say they fly pretty good.(I play Calla 815 Alpha FWs from 2015). Callaway X FWs (2008) cost under $50; you'll have to hunt the used club bins, and the shaft was a bit heavy, but give 'em a try if the store has some sort of return policy. The Tour Edge XRails and Exotics FWs a few years old can be had for under $100 (originally $250+), but under $50 is hard to find unless they're really beat up. I played two different TE FW set-ups since 2002.
  11. If you didn't notice it, don't worry about it. With your driving distance, a slightly heavier shaft would prevent wild shots. Again, with your driver distance you have good clubhead speed, so you should be fine (and, you have played before). Heavier shafts and stronger flexes give trouble to those with lower swing speeds, but you should be able to compress the ball enough to get good launch from this iron. I think you're on the right track! Have fun, and keep us posted on your progress.
  12. Welcome to TST! Good to hear you have the chance to increase your golf play. As for your clubs... Cobra F6 irons ended up in the Game Improvement category; given how far you hit the ball you should be OK with them. F6 reviews noted the irons have slightly different head designs up and down the line, to meet the demands of long irons vs. short irons. Cobra drivers and long clubs have a good reputation. I especially liked their FlyZ driver from a couple of years back, one of my top three favorites at the time. I play a FlyZ 4 hybrid, it's usually my go-to club for longer approaches and tight tee shots on evil short par 4s. Be aware that the Cobra long clubs have slightly heavier shafts than average; so if you're on the line between one flex and another, probably go with the gentler flex. But, test this out on the launch monitor and find out for sure. Note: Pick up a sand wedge if possible; doesn't have to be new, just decent grooves. As for winter lessons: if you can find an indoor lesson place with a good pro, you can get a jump on next year. Although hitting off of mats is not ideal, it's better than nothing. You can sense if the shot was a little fat on contact. If a golf shop is deserted on a winter's day, sometimes you can rent a half hour on the launch monitor and hit some balls. The shop can give you an idea of when hitting stall dead time will be. Where in Pennsylvania do you live? The head TST guy Erik operates out of Erie.
  13. Tournament prep, 1 week

    One tip: Don't overdo practice the day before the first round. You want to be fresh on tee No. 1.
  14. Impact of lessons....

    I experienced this down in Oklahoma circa 2000. I found a capable pro, but we didn't get along very well. I played at a course connected to a military base, and sought lessons from the very popular head golf pro. He had won the course's teen club championship 15 years before, got his PGA card, and later returned home as head pro. He gave me a short-game lesson which which helped greatly, showed me different things you can do with a wedge. (I relied too much on 8i chip and run.) I use the lesson notes to this day. But, things got rocky after that first lesson. He became rude and snippy during our sessions, asked why I showed up late, when I wasn't: He had given me an appointment card at lesson set-up, and I arrived early so I could warm up. Possibly the problem was guilt by association. I was a Marine reserve officer, and he had begun having problems with the base senior officers. A new commander had come in a year before, and the Army brass started treating him really shabbily (he was no longer allowed to go to the officer's club, had less say-so over course financial matters, and had to referee an emerging feud between golfing Army retirees and the new commander over fee increases). I saw the play by play. The tennis-buff base commander had dispossessed this head pro. I continued to play there, but sought lessons elsewhere.
  15. Tee box etiquette

    Nothing wrong with gently asking people to move. I personally try to stand about 5 paces to the right, and maybe slightly behind, a person who is hitting. This is the old rule of thumb for were a caddy should move the bag once his golfer has taken his club. A left-hander always makes things interesting. In local Amateur circuit tournaments, I've had playing partners that were very touchy about where others stand.