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WUTiger last won the day on November 13 2016

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

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  1. Not to be a copycat, I do this too. I've smoothed out my swing the past year or so, but I'm still a bit iffy on ball striking. Probably once a round, I'll hit an approach shot thin and hot, and run it the last 50 yards up onto the green. I sometimes do this in scrambles, and end up with my grounder being the shot that sets up our birdie putt.
  2. Dick's owns GG. Recently, Dick's adopted a new plan: embed GG operations as autonomous stores within larger Dick's facilities when possible. Cost benefit: just one lease payment. For a long time, the company would locate separate DSG and GG stores in the same neighborhood. Here's the Dick's local plan: Dick's + GG in StL Dick's likely is pairing the D + GG ads so consumers link the two together.
  3. JW, You would be an excellent candidate for a swing analysis by Titleist Performance Insititute (TPI). I got evaluated in summer of 2011. The analysis team includes a PGA golf pro and a wellness professional (physical therapist, athletic trainer, or maybe a chiropractor). The wellness rep will take 29 movement measurements related to your golf swing (i.e., hip flexion, shoulder turn and flexibility). Then the rep will compute your fitness HDCP, and give you a workout routine to strengthen/increase flexibility in different body parts. My analysis revealed a swing body severely out of balance: PGA-Tour caliber on nine motions, woefully substandard on another eight. The PGA pro takes a look at your swing, and should focus more on motion ranges/limits than the average pro. You are really into the detail movements of the swing. I think you would really enjoy TPI, and I sense you are dedicated enough to follow through on the training. After a year in TPI, my golf pro moved 60 miles away and the chiropractor dropped out of the program. Also, the TPI exercises got so complex you almost needed a trainer/coach to show you how to do them. I still use some of the more basic exercises for my flexibility. IF you don't want to go the TPI route, a fitness trainer that specializes in golfers could also help you. Along with a physical analysis, you could help improve by opening a Member Swings thread here in TST. Don't know if you already do this.
  4. DJ, a couple of things to consider: You are trying a finesse greenside shot with a long-shafted club. Even if you choke down, it's a long shaft - probably 5" longer than your putter. One thing you can do is stand a little more upright - like for a putt - this will smooth out your stroke and give you better control. Some people find it helpful to bend the left and right elbows slightly at address to increase the pendulum motion. Caution: not everyone likes this adjustment. Realize that you need a bit of green to work with on this shot. If you have small greens, or a short-sided shot where you only have 10 feet to go from fringe to cup, you may have trouble with too hot a shot. Remember to use both hands to sweep the shot motion back and forth. Also, you need to use it a few times to get used to it. To practice a semi-odd shot like this, go out on a slow day and play three or four holes. At each green, hit about dozen 4H chips from different spots to get used to various looks for the shot. Let us know how things work out on the 4H chip.
  5. I teach on the college level, and I'm plagued with losing most of May and August. May is all the final reports and graduation activities, this can lead to three-week lull. Early August has an out-of-town conference, then meetings because our semester starts 3rd week of August. I get a late push after Labor Day. I can't seem to avoid these two speed bumps to my seasons.
  6. July 21 Got a blue TaylorMade 5.0 stand bag on clearance for $99. Since I tested the SLDR irons in 2014, I have located several TM clubs at low or no cost, and decided to create a back-up bag (and, as my wife says, free up domestic wall space). ------------------------------------------------------------ Practiced chipping with 7i for 10 minutes. Have decided to go with stance adjustment with both feet angled forward. Am getting a lower take away and follow-through, helps with consistency of roll out.
  7. The WTF measurement is just a starting point for a decent fitting, not the total item. The shaft length works with the lie angle to ensure the golfer can make square hits and hit the ball the intended direction. If the clubhead lie is too upright, the golfer tends to miss to the left because that's the way the leading edge faces. If the clubhead lie is too flat, the golfer tends to miss to the right, because that's the way the leading edge faces. (See Callaway link below.) Also, adding a half-inch length to the shaft makes the club's lie one degree more upright; trimming a half-inch makes the club's lie a degree flatter. For details, see the Callaway* link, Adjusting the Lie Angle. Edit used to add Callaway link.
  8. I have a pretty good sense of whether I'm tracking to break 90. I'll check at the turn, but then mainly focus on the hole in play.
  9. On days when I don't break 90, there's usually a couple of holes where I split the fairway with a solid drive and ended up with a double bogie. Your approaches are part of your full swing. You need to chart your problem areas. Are you going for the pin all the time, and getting shortsided a lot? Do your have double chips or double pitches out of certain lies? For second phase, I would work on a stock chip-and-run and a stock greenside pitch shot that can get you in close enough for a chance at one-putt. A teaching pro who worked with me was Missouri Valley low putts leader his junior year of college. He said he was an OK putter, but really good with chips and pitches so he had a lot of 5-foot putts or less to salvage par. So... if your can get your approaches near the green, and get up and down 50% of the time from near-miss approaches, this would get you to the low 80s. Third phase would be to get your yardages dialed in on your partial wedges (30-90 yards or so).
  10. July 20 Another 100°+ day outdoors. Practiced 3, 5 and 10-foot putts indoors for 10 minutes. Laid down an alignment stock along the line, helped me visualize the path.
  11. I have tried the XRs at various expos and demo days. They were OK, but I would prefer Steelheads or the 2015 Apex Forged (I've found a couple of sets in shops) if I got new irons. That said, I know two people who play the XR irons - one is about 50 and the other about 65. Both of them like the XRs and hit them quite well. (The 65-year-old has an 8 HDCP). If you don't like the XRs, send them back to CPO. If you don't trust a set of irons, likely they won't work for you.
  12. The G400 LST is the low-spin version of the latest Ping driver family. The LST is similar to the G30 LSTec and G LS.Tec drivers - you need some clubhead speed to get this one to launch properly, and it appears you do. The upgrade shaft which your fitter suggested is in the Mitsubishi New Generation - Series W shafts: made for low launch and low spin, and evidently guaranteeing Mitsu some nice $$ along the way. NewG - Series W shaft...stiff / 64 grams / high kick-point (low launch) / torque = 3.2 (below average = less twisting) The two Ping stock shafts you mention: Alta CB55 shaft... Stiff / 59 grams / mid-launch Ping Tour 65 shaft...Stiff / 61 grams / low-mid launch Also consider Tour 65 XS / 66 grams / low launch The Mitsu is tad heavier, launches lower. Of the two Ping shafts, it depends on which one works best for you. We don't have any data from the NewG/W to work with, nor any from the two Ping shafts. You would need to do a side-by-side comparison of the three on the launch monitor. Remember, you don't want too much of a good thing. Most of the stiff shafts in the G400 driver zone are not low launch. You don't want to spend money on a hot new driver you can only get airborne on good swing days. Again, launch monitor - and your budget - will give you details to help you decide. For a field test, you might find a golf club that rents out Ping clubs, and rent a set with a LST and try it out on the course. P.S. What did the fitter say when you told him $400 for an upcharge was too much?
  13. A shaft with a higher flex point, similar to kick point, will launch the ball lower than a shaft with a low flex point. A low flex point - closer to tip of shaft - tends to flip the ball up into the air more, while a high flex point will give a smoother, more even power release. Many shaft comparison charts have quit mentioning flex/kick, and simply describe the trajectory (TRAJ) of the shot: low, mid or high, or sometimes combinations of these three. That's easier to understand for most people. But shaft ratings have gotten a lot more complex than just weight, flex and kickpoint. More complex systems: Maltby Playability Factor (MPF) (Speeder example below includes MPF rating) Mizuno Shaft Optimizer Miyazaki International Flex Code (IFC) While low-launch shafts tend to be stiffer, there are comparative exceptions. Within shaft models, you have launch variations according to flex. For the Fuji Speeder Evolution II 569 wood shaft: R-flex has MPF of 3B3M and mid TRAJ S-flex has MPF of 4B2M and low-mid TRAJ
  14. Last season, I was still playing the Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W, which had a V-sole from front to back. The 7W was 21* loft, and the V-sole really blew through the rough (similar to some FWs that have parallel rails on the sole). My hybrid has a flat sole with some rear recess. One current Alpha 815 FW is set at 19* (more 5W), and has a sole weighting system. I have the light weight forward and the heavy weight in back, which increases the degree of ball launch. Plus, the 5W (and the 7W) have a deeper face than the hybrid, a bigger margin of error in the rough. If I uploft the shorter 815 from 19* to 20*, it will be pretty close to a 7W. My 4H tends to launch a bit lower than the 5W or 7W, which is fine on a shot into wind.
  15. I don't like to play for $$ with strangers. Did this several years ago in Oklahoma. It was supposed to be a $5 Nassau, and $3 skins with carry-overs. Between auto-presses and me not winning a single skin, I ended up losing $55. If I had blundered into something like this in Las Vegas, I could have lost $555. If I know people, it's different. In our Senior group, it's a $5 buy-in per person: This covers team best ball (modified Stableford), and skins; and, if we have four or five groups, we'll add in low putts and low net. A few $$ and a lot of braggin' rights change hands. Most of the other people I play with - including my brother - we just go out and play. If somebody wants a small bet, that's OK. But, golf is fun even without betting.