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

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  1. M1 vs M2 fairway woods

    In looking at FWs, at least try a 3W.HL (TM stuff) or a 4W. Many golfers hit a 4W more reliably - and sometimes longer - than a 3W. If a 4W worked, you might also add either a 3H or a 4H to give yourself more long-range options. You have an 8.7 HDCP, so this mix might help you more.
  2. M1 vs M2 fairway woods

    You would just have to hit them side-by-side to find out. Depends on whether you want adjustability. Would this be a single FW you would carry? Your Bagboy array lists no current FW. Is the TAaron 25*H your longest club other than your driver? Years ago I did a side-by-side with the Callaway FW offerings, the adjustable RazrFit and the solid-state RazorX Blacks. I couldn't really tell much difference between them. I didn't buy FWs that season, but looking back the RazrXs would have been nice.
  3. Lie angle advice

    This would be a lie angle issue. Your irons are too flat in lie. You want clubs fit for your dynamic lie angle, or the lie angle at impact. Simply resting the club on the ground as you grip it won't tell you much. The club shaft tends to bow on downswing, and have varying degrees of toedown (club lie flattening). TST's @mvmac blog has step-by-step instructions on using the Sharpie Test to measure for lie angle. The below diagram shows to effects of too upright, proper and too flat lie angles:
  4. My brother is 5-foot-10 and has a 34" sleeve length. The Ping fitter told him "golf clubs are made for guys like you." Main adjustment he got was non-stock shafts in his driver and hybrid. Also, the old-time pre-1990s clubfitters could look at a person's swing and get a good idea of what they needed. Remember, sole tape to check lie angle and hard-hosel test irons (you couldn't take a wrench and swap out shafts) were available. Clubfitters for decades have known about the principles of flighting shafts. Many pre-1990 clubfitters would softstep the shafts of 2i and 3i without telling their customers. Today, the PX flighted shafts have a lightly softer flex in long irons to help with launch, and a slightly firmer flex in short irons to prevent ballooning. PX sends these shafts all tipped and ready to go, fitter just has to insert and butt-trim to length. The old clubfitters could take a stock True Temper shaft and adjust it to A through X flexes just by initial tip trimming. But, this took more time and craft skill. If an old-time clubfitter was working with you for the first time, it would take more time due to trial and error. Today, a properly trained fitter can move much faster with you by using launch monitors. And, although pre-1990 skilled clubfitters had acquired quite a bit of scientific expertise, golfers saw clubfitting as more an art - you were going to see Merlin who could wave his wand and help you put your driver shots back in the fairway. Pre-1990 golfers didn't read about launch monitors, angle of attack, and the 15 varieties of True Temper steel shafts for irons. So, clubfitters got to deal with clients who had less mental clutter. By mental clutter, I mean a vague understanding of the fitting process, and enough sensory tidbits from golf hardware ads to know what they thought they wanted - but not what they needed.
  5. Help choosing irons

    Hint... Hint, hint... Glad to hear it! And welcome to TST.
  6. Iron help

    I would say play out your return season with the 2008 AP1 irons until you get your swing back. Continue to try other irons along the way just to see what's out there. Then, decide for 2019 what irons you want.
  7. A decently fitted set? For starters, one that won't hurt your game. You want one for the swing you have right now, not the one you hope to have in 2019. Specifics: Heads that give you confidence when you look down at them; and, heads that have proper loft gapping for you. A shaft that is proper flex and length for you, and fits your swing tempo (deals w/ heavier vs. lighter) Proper head-shaft combination in that the two work together Proper grips, both for thickness and feel/preferred texture Dynamic lie angle fits, especially for irons, so that you get square hits when you strike the ball Gap analysis, to determine where in set you should switch from numbered irons to hybrids (looks like your fitter has already done this) Launch monitors can help you thin down the choices. But at the end, it's probably either club A or club B - go with the one you trust the most.
  8. It's all a matter of how good a fitter you can find. Of the two best fitters I know, one is at GG and the second runs a small non-chain shop with his partner. Some people use Club Champion for the 60th birthday self-present to get refitted for the final golfing stretch. Club Champ is more upscale, but it depends in part on how much $$ you have. Key thing is to find a fitter who will listen to you and whom you trust. Also consider GolfTEC, a place that blends detailed tech-assisted lessons with clubfitting. A decently fitted set will lessen the equipment wobbles in your swing and likely will trim a few strokes. After that, it's up to you to get lessons and practice properly to lower your score more.
  9. Fitting Dilemma

    I have through several fittings through the years. Sometimes the stock shafts give me excellent numbers, and other times the stock just doesn't work at all. Other times the shaft that gave me better numbers was a no-upcharge or small up-charge option. I have 97-gram shafts in my irons. The stock shaft for my Callaway MD3 PW and SW was the KBS Tour-V which weighs 125 grams and is S+ flex. I paid $10 a club to have factory put in lighter and friendlier KBS Tour R-flex (110 grams). I'm a believer that each golfer should find his or her shaft zone. Shafts in your zone are the ones that often get recommended at different fittings. I often have the KBS Tour 90, the lighter NS Pros or AT 2.0 (Ping) giving me the best numbers.
  10. NJ, you would need to go to a good fitter who can explain key launch monitor data points to you. Here is a PDF that explains the basics of Launch Monitor metrics. I'm not schooled enough on launch monitors to teach others how to use one.
  11. Too bad. Sounds like you found the wrong GG - the one near my house has solid fitters. That aside, a good fitter would give you data from multiple shafts in a fitting. As far as flex goes, 98 MPH would be within the stiff shaft range for driver. The Project X will be more robust, especially since it is heavier, and may be harder to handle. Launch monitor data would give you a hint on whether PX or Aldila would be better. Sorry, but I can't really help you much from the little info you gave us. A fitter can help you more. How long have you been playing? Have you had any lessons?
  12. Long term goals and progress- part III

    Congrats on the second child! Does this mean you will switch your avatar to a picture of the little caddie holding the tiny caddie?
  13. Shirley and I did a quick Friday trip to the St. Louis Golf Expo at St. Charles Convention Center. My brother Sam drove in from Jefferson City and joined us. This year I basically popped in without my usual pre-study of new stuff; just a busy spring overall. Here's what I saw: Rogue Iron Testing Got to try all three versions of the Rogue irons. Here are the head and shaft combos. Note: My impressions are strictly based on feel and eyesight view of launch. None of the hitting stations had launch monitors. Rogue X was iron model used for the GolfTEC swing analysis. The 6i had the KBS Max 90 shaft - rather odd looking with the Rogue sky blue colored label, not a touch of KBS red. The club felt smooth, but the shaft was just too light - I had to almost baby it so as to not overswing. I would like to try it with a heavier shaft. Rogue (standard) felt better. Head has moderate but not glaring offset. The 6i with XP95 stepless felt smooth and lively, similar to the feel of a KBS Tour 90. I got good launch with it, and a lighter stiff was easy to handle. I next tried a 7i with the PX LZ 105 shaft. This felt borderline harsh, although not as robust as the PX 5.0 shafts I had formerly in my X20 Tours. Don't know if the lighter LZ would work better once my swing was in shape. Rogue Pro with felt best. Head had very modest offset, which helps me due to my handsy swing. XP105 stepless felt lively and solid; was really surprised how well a stiff felt. It launched just as high as the Rogue combos. If I got the Pro version, I would need some launch monitor comparisons on possible shafts. I would also like to try these with Recoil shafts. Callaway rep said the tests would tell if I needed Rogue Pro heads throughout, maybe with 4i and 5i softstepped, or I would be better with same shaft flex, but standard Rogue heads for 4i and 5i. TE Hybrid Doesn't Turn Left? Tour Edge rep Dave Jacobs, AKA "Jake", made the Expo again this year. He's trying to convert me to a TE bag, as I sometimes play the XRail FWs (see below). The discussion shifted to @onthehunt526's search for bridge clubs in his annual bag rework. Jake said OTH would really like the CBX hybrid. These were designed with input from the Champion's Tour, and are engineered to tease out left misses (you can play a draw, but the head design reportedly works against unwanted left, a major fear of OTH). These new TE hybrids have taken a page from revived Hogans. CBX heads come in 16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20°, and 22°. Jake also reminded me that CBX FWs were winning distance contests against competitors. And the CBX FWs and hybrids are fixed loft. TE decided that the 25 gram weight of the adjustment cogs was throwing off the clubhead dynamics. At PGA Show 2016, XXIO had announced a move to all non-adjustable woods and drivers, going instead with a set matrix of shafts and heads. TM Twist TaylorMade was in a strange undercover posture. No tent, just bags and test clubs between the Callaway and Ping canopies. I got a look at the M4 driver with the twist face to correct mishits. Holding the head in my hand, I could see the different look of the face. I didn't bother to hit it - the less loft on low left and the extra high toe loft would make my miss patterns even worse. My brother Sam had already been fitted for the M4-D version driver. At the expo, he decided to buy the M2 3W.HL (17°) to replace his historic bubbleshafted TM Burner 3W and 5W. Even second-gen M1 and M2 FWs are getting price cuts now. Hope everyone had a good Groundhog Day. Later!
  14. When the 2018 St. Louis Golf Expo took place this weekend, a primary sponsor was absent. After years as a primary Expo exhibitor, BJC Healthcare declined. A replacement healthcare sponsor SSM Health Medical Group stepped in, via a pathway that runs through a local distillery. St. Louis Distillery operates a couple of miles from the Convention Center, and its owner Bill Schoer decided to sign on as an Expo sponsor. In conversations, the expo organizers lamented that they had lost major health sponsor BJC. Well, it just so happens Schoer has a day job as an MD with SSM Health: he is SSM director of orthopedics and specializes in knee replacements. So, Schoer was able to talk SSM into signing on as the healthcare sponsor. Thus, while his distillery crew promoted Cardinal Sin Artisan Vodka at a midway booth, Schoer presented a Friday class to golfers on knee replacements and general knee care. In the presentation, he addressed the stresses golf puts on the knee, and the importance of monitoring knee problems closely to ensure proper treatment. Three of Schoer's SSM colleagues also made Expo presentations. Sports Medicine outreach director Katie Smith and Dr. Cody Ballard discussed golfer's elbow, and physical therapist Drew Lollar discussed golf fitness issues.
  15. Wearing a Wedding Ring while Playing

    I used to leave my wedding ring at home when I went to the field in the military. This was a safety measure so you didn't hook the ring on vehicle parts or equipment and half rip your finger off. Back then, I also took my ring off when I played golf. Several years ago, I just started leaving my ring on when I play. I use a Bionic Stablegrip glove which has more cushioning than most, so it hasn't been a problem recently.
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