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    Fine-tuning the draw
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  1. Drawbacks on SGI irons: SGI clubs have more metal in the heads. With SGI, I can't tell just how I hit it a shot until I see the ball coming down. With GI iron, I can tell at impact what kind of shot I have. Also, stock SGI clubs tend to be paired with high-launch shafts. In short irons, the ball can balloon and cost you distance. An SGI head with mid-launch shaft can sometimes control for this. On a well struck shot, SGI irons have more range dispersion than GI or Players clubs. Working the ball: IF you understand how the golf swing works, you can hit a basic draw or fade with any golf club - even SGI. The limits you have with SGI irons is trying to flight the ball down. With the super-low center of gravity, it is difficult to hit lower shots. (Club designers suggest it works better for average golfer to take an extra club or two into the wind, rather than trying to flight the ball down). SGI irons have lots of offset. I'm a bit handsy in my swing, so a touch of GI offset is all I need. Fitters tend to put me into GI irons with lighter shafts.
  2. With Callaway at least, this is starting to change. Since backing off from the 2014 arms race with TM, Callaway is going more to a "run out" model on its product releases. Let's say a new model of irons is ready for manufacture. Callaway will let the comparable previous iron model start selling out before it launches the new model. If you want something other than a stock shaft, you may have trouble finding what you need from the discounted remnant sets. Or, if it got some quick trade-ins, you may find some variety on Callaway PreOwned. An exception is the standard Rogue long clubs. More of those seem to be available - clearance and preowned - than recent prior models.
  3. I suggest it would be difficult to come up with a set rule about tipping that covers all of golfdom. The rules for tipping depend both on local custom and the club's business model. In St. Louis area, the upscale private-equity clubs have strict rules on tipping. Most of them charge a set gratuity for food and services members or their guests receive. The tip is added onto the charge slips the members sign - no money actually changes hands in this genteel setting. At the end of the month, management divides up the accumulated gratuities among employees. In some clubs, the inside personnel get percentage gratuities and the outside personnel - the bag and cart crew - can accept cash tips. IF you're going to be a guest at such a club, see if you can access the guest's portal of the club's web page. This will give rules on dress code for different parts of the club grounds, and rules on tipping. At public courses, most of the tipping is food-and-beverage related. On semi-private courses, it's harder to guess the rules. At the club where I have a year-to-year membership, most of the tipping is cash related to food and beverage. Around Thanksgiving, the management sends out a request to both deeded and yearly members for contributions to the holiday fund for the for the hourly employees. As for course monitors, their employment status varies. Clubs hire monitors that match the club's style. I'm not sure an extra $5 is going to make them push the group ahead of you to play faster. In resort zones, the starters and rangers sometimes get tips because they put the bags on the carts. Also, your group might get to tee off a bit earlier with a tip - kind of like tipping the head waiter to get a better table.
  4. I prefer to wear shorts, but I will wear long trousers on a wild course with lots of sticker bushes.
  5. You need to do some practicing out on the course. At your home course, are there times during the week when the course is fairly empty? If so, go out and hit a 5i, 6i and 7i from different spots around the landing area. You may find the lie is slightly uphill or downhill, unlike the ideal flats of the range. Also, let's say you think you can hit a 9i over a tree to No. 7 green, from first cut of rough. See if you can really do it. It you can't, punch out to in front of green when this occurs - much better for score and mindset than tracking down ricochet shots in the forest. Use the range for mechanics. But, have drills where you step back, visualize each shot and take a stance before you hit it. You don't get much from machine-gunning twenty 6i shots in 5 minutes. If O-T-T is a persistent problem, take a lesson. It's not hard to clear up if the pro can spot your primary cause.
  6. Lead off with lessons. If you have a club or two that really hurt your swing, your instructor will tell you.
  7. Here's the specs on Uniflex shaft from the Callaway 2008 golf catalog: X20 irons: Uniflex 121-106 grams...midkick Big Bertha irons: Uniflex 111-101 grams...Low kick Uniflex came in as Firm flex, between Regular and Stiff. Designed to be an OK shaft for a wide range of golfers. In 2009 I switched out my irons for the first time in 14 years. I initially went with the X20 irons. I had tried both the BBs and the Ping G10 models, but both had high launch Uniflex shafts that caused the short irons to balloon. In Maltby MFP rating, the X20, BB and G10 all came in as Ultra Game Improvement. For me, the X20's midlaunch "U" had the best shaft of the three. You may find old TST threads where people disparage the Uniflex shafts. It depends on your goals. If you focus on your swing rather than endlessly swapping out clubs, the Uniflex may work fine for you.
  8. A cautionary warning, my friend: IF the little ol' ladies tee off nine minutes ahead of the guys, what do you want to bet the LOLs finish a half-hour ahead of the guys?
  9. @Double Mocha Man, Diece may be tour-bound, but the OP (Golfer6969) was considering multiple options. BTW, I met a couple of McKenzie Tour players down in Myrtle Beach this April. Had good conversation on bridge clubs - FWs / hybrids / long irons / driving irons. Made notes of their names, but can't find them on short notice As far as the tour goes, is there any way to track McKenzie circuit members? The online McK site is pretty lean on information.
  10. I'm a recently retired college business professor. Along the way, I have encountered college golfers from all NCAA and NAIA levels. For those interested in golf industry careers, including club pro, the two most reliable paths seem to be these: Attend a college that has a PGA-sanctioned Professional Golf Management program. The PGM programs are normally housed in the college's business school. You simultaneously pursue a business-related degree and PGM activities - including passing the PAT - leading to PGA membership and certification. Persons must be accepted into both the university and the PGM program. http://jobfinder.pga.org/helpwanted/empcenter/pgaandyou/universities.cfm? Work through an apprenticeship program in your local PGA section. This involves OJT while you complete PGA correspondence courses and prepare for your PAT. Apprentices often pursue a business degree at the same time. Assorted golf career colleges also exist. These are for-profit golf trade schools, tend to be very expensive, you normally don't earn an academic degree, and career placement help varies widely from place to place. What to do? Talk to people in the golf industry, see what path they took, and gain appreciation of the pluses and minuses of each path. For what it's worth: Quite a few successful club pros I know have degrees in either finance or marketing.
  11. For a long time, TM made OK wedges that were perceived as second tier. A couple of years ago I assembled a backup bag based around TM SLDR irons, 4i - AW. For higher wedges, I got good used deals on the Tour Preferred 56*/12 and the R Series Tour Grind/EF 60*/10. Both proved to be excellent wedges. Since the Milled Grind and Hi-Toes, it appears TM is making a push on their wedges. Still not where Vokey, Cleveland and Callaway are, but pressing ahead.
  12. I can handle clinking clubs. Just don't do something tacky like yelling "Fore" when I'm at the top of my backswing.
  13. Call me shallow, but I found the most interesting part of the article to be the description of the air blower-vacuum system under the Augusta National greens. Other than some 2019 tournament vignettes, the story mirrors past works about the culture of the Masters. The attempts at social and political commentary revisit the 2003 sparring match between reporter Martha Burk and Augusta National chairman Hootie Johnson over the club's then male-only membership policy. At any rate, the Nick Paumgarten piece likely scored points with the left-of-center readership of The New Yorker.
  14. A pro at a high-grade local public course has a reputation as a good clubfitter. He told me than when he fits and orders a set for a golfer, he always has it shipped to his shop. Then, he checks the loft and lie of the irons against factory specs. He said that for most OEMs, he finds two irons enough off of spec to require tweaking before he hands over the set to the golfer.
  15. One of my management professors gave us this warning about our professional careers: "Your enemies will try to portray you as being either weak, or devious or arrogant. if you can choose, be arrogant." TM entered 2014 as highly arrogant, until its near-implosion triggered by too many new models and missed spring shipping deadlines. Financial ripples of TM's 2014 troubles contributed to the demise of Sports Authority and Dick's decision to fire 500+ in-store PGA pros. In the aftermath, Adidas* unloaded TaylorMade (plus Adams and Ashford) to KPS Capital Partners in 2017. KPS has a reputation for taking over off-vector manufacturers and forcing them to focus on more efficient processes. This article suggests the sale will shake out to a more disciplined TM for the future: Five major takeaways from the TaylorMade sale - Golf Digest Back to your original question. TM makes good gear - as do most of the top OEMs. But, some people like you flaw them for being arrogant. Others like TM's hard-charging image. Overall, I suspect it's a wash.
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