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WUTiger last won the day on November 13 2016

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  1. JS must have had a late tee-off time. As of 2:55 PM CDT (Chicago zone), he is Even Par after 4 holes.
  2. I'm a little confused by your post. If your current driver configuration gives you drives > 270 and 115 MPH clubhead speed, why do you want to change it? Also, I looked up the specs in my old Golfworks catalog on the 2009 edition of your Aldila NVS 65 wood series shaft. In stiff, it is a 68-gram 4B2M code shaft (for stronger golfer, balances distance and control, medium launch and no hook-slice correction). This is a robust shaft, but not as harsh as an XS whatever. The catalog page notes that the NVS 75 can also be used in fairway woods, or drivers. So, the 2009 NVS was a wood shaft for drivers or FWs. (Ten years ago, not all graphite shaft makers made separate driver and FW shafts. That's still the case. (Circa 2008, Callaway used the Fuji Fit-On E360 shaft as stock on both its Hyper X Tour driver and its X Tour FWs). As you suggested to yourself (see blue lettering above), get used to it. You're doing fine with your current driver.
  3. Just got an e-mail this evening about a Ben Hogan Golf Equipment sales exclusive in a weeklong preferred customer program. It seems BH is gearing up again, and is offering its available stock iron sets, wedges and hybrids for half price or less. No custom orders, just what they have on hand. You can get a Hogan stand bag for $83. The actual BH ordering web site is misfiring tonight, so no details.
  4. Playing in our school benefit scramble. We're facing a double-dogleg par 5... creek on right and crossing fairway about 150 yards from green. _______/-------0 The tee is up - hole only about 450 yards long. Charlie hits a low draw that lands at the turn, starts bouncing, and skips over to the left rough, about 300 yards in all! But, a tree branch is hanging low between us and the green. I punch a 4i under the branches and roll it up to the rough short left of the terraced green. We all hit dumpy pitches, and I'm first to putt from 35 feet away. I run the putt up and over the terrace, straight into the cup, and we salvage birdie. ------------------------------- Runner-up shot: It's the hole-in-one for car par 3, No. 17. It's 217 yards long - more than last year - and uphill into a cross wind. I put my driver shot into the left center of the green. (scramble 2-putt rule from 65 feet away, so we get a par).
  5. @Single Length Irons Guy has a TST blog on this topic. In the blog, I commented on my demo day test experiences with Cobra ONE offerings. I also inserted specs info for the irons and stock shafts.
  6. As has often been noted on TST, PGA tour golfers are amazing animals! They have balance and coordination well beyond what most of us have. The last year or two, I had tried to improve my swing footwork. Mainly what I accomplished - as shown on slow-motion camera - was to shift the weight to my toes and often lose my balance at the top. Also, I got a severe roll sprain of the right ankle a couple of years ago. Although it has healed, it's not as strong as the left. I wear an elastic ankle sleeve for extra support; it prevents ankle wobble as I get tired late in the rounds. With the ankle support and weight back on my heels/butt out, I'm getting better balance and step-through on my downswing. My driver has become the most reliable club in the bag (now if I could just get the FWs to behave...). I'm 66 years old now, and I do best if I keep my swing in balance. Many seniors these days have added balance-enhancement exercises to their workouts. The balance starts to fade as one ages.
  7. I went to a demo day last Friday, and Cobra had a tent there. I initially tried out their F7 hybrids (I have a single FlyZ 4H) to compare the shafts and lofts. The rep also had some single length irons there: The rep had the F7 ONE model in both Fuji Pro 63i graphite and TT King F7 steel shafts, both in R-flex. Both test sets had 5, 7, 9 and GW. For the Forged ONE, Cobra had a single 4i in FST FLT 120 Stiff. I started with the 7i and hit all four irons in the graphite. The ball jumped off the turf with all four lofts. The 5i struggled to keep up with my normal 5i distance, despite stronger loft. Although the graphite shaft was somewhat light, it felt well balanced. The ball went higher than I would like. I then hit the same shots with the proprietary steel shaft. It weighed 107 grams, but not unusually heavy. Again, the ball jumped off the turf. I especially liked how well the GW jumped the ball with just a quarter swing. I then tried the Forged 4i with the 120 gram FST FLT (flighted) shaft. I hit about shots. Two were solid, three were fairly low, and three were weak, pushy fades. The shaft was just too robust for me. (Note: Cobra does not recommend the ONE length 4i unless you have driver clubhead speed of 95 MPH.) A 20 MPH headwind kicked up as the reps were starting to shut down. I tried the steel-shafted R-flex F7 ONE 5i into the wind, and it didn't go quite as far. The 9i, on the other hand, just flat hit the wind wall and went about as far as the GW had flown in stiller breeze. If I got them, I would need a shaft that would bring down the ball flight a bit. Maybe the Dynamic Gold SL (104 grams)? I would say that the single-length are more than a fad. It's a matter of identifying the early adopters of the technology. I would suspect that the irons will gain early inroads with both younger golfers, and frustrated senior golfers. (Younger golfers, if underemployed, may be short on funds.)
  8. My experience with shirtless golf didn't lead to a reprimand, but it didn't last long. Both times I tried shirtless, I had major swing problems because I couldn't feel the tug of my clothing on my torso.
  9. Not knowing anything about your swing or your HDCP index,or the type of courses you play on, it's hard to give useful advice.
  10. No. 16 at The Orchards in Belleville, IL. This was a short par 4 that ran through the low part of the course, with a creek to the right of the fairway that bent around in front of the green. It used to get really soggy after a day of rain. I hit a nice high iron off the tee, and saw it hit with a splash in the fairway. I took the cart down the path next to the ball (cartpath only), got out, and sank up to my ankle in mud one step off the cart path. Basically, the hole was unplayable, and my ball was not visible above the surface of the fairway - it was embedded in the mud. At the clubhouse, the pro told us to take a bogie for a score. Since then, the course spent big $$ to raise the fairway, install drainage tiles under it, and increase the water capacity of the creek.
  11. Wrist-to-floor is only a starting point for fitting. Your posture and swing motion help determine ideal dot color and shaft length.
  12. General comparison on Vapors, assuming the same shaft in each club: Vapor Fly tends to launch the ball higher and hold better line, the Vapor Fly Pro tends to launch lower and fly longer (assuming one has high clubhead speed). Diamana S+ 60 BlueBoard is: R flex: 64 grams, 5.4* torque, with a slice control bias, mid-launch. S flex: 64 grams, 4.5* torque, mid-launch. With 85 MPH clubhead speed, probably you would want Vapor Fly with R-flex. If you're becoming serious about golf, get a driver fitting: Base your decision on a combination of Trackman numbers and feel, not what strangers tell you online. I tried both VF models at a Nike tour van fitting in Spring 2015, but don't remember much about them. (They didn't make my short list for further testing). Covert is a bit older; I'll let others comment on that pair.
  13. A couple of suggestions... First, playing on the Golfweek circuit costs a little bit of money, and it means you're getting more involved in the game. With this commitment, have you had any lessons recently? If you could find a good instructor, possibly some swing changes and adjustments could help you become more competitive. Second, after a couple of lessons and some stabilization work, get a fitting. This will help you find what you need in clubs: shaft type, clubheads and lie angle, grip thickness, etc. A fitter can help you more if you have somewhat stable (not necessarily perfect) swing. Go to upcoming demo days and test out different drivers and irons. Then, make a short list of ones you liked and share it with a fitter. As for my set-up, it works for me but might not work for you. It took me about two years of tweaks and testing to get my current mix. For clubs, most everyone uses putter, driver, irons and wedges. One critical area in rebuilding your bag is the bridge clubs: 3W or 4W? Hybrids or high-loft FWs? What is the longest numbered iron you can hit with good results?
  14. So, what kind of game does the 20-ish HDCP player have? If the player can hit the ball fairly straight, and realizes that bogies are the order of the day, he might come in about 110 or so. This assumes not very many three putts or double-chips on the day. Note, however, that the hypothetical bogey golfer is expected to hit 200 yard drives and decent 170-yd. approach shots. On a 480-yd. par 4, he could still have a 9-iron left to the green after two average shots. So, our 20-ish would have to play very good golf to bogie the long par 4. Miss a shot, a double-bogie... get into trouble... who knows? Our 20-ish might be able to save a few strokes by playing the par 3 holes as short par 4s, assuming there's no brutal carries over water or jungle valleys. The number of long forced carries would be critical. Another factor might be endurance. Getting out of deep rough could injure someone who fails to wedge back to the fairway.
  15. I had my first epoxy failure circa 1979. It was No. 6 at Columbia CC (MO), a 150-yard par 3 over water. I hit my tee shot, felt a wobbly shaft and heard a whirring sound, and saw the clubhead hit the water about 12 feet from the edge of the pond. (The ball ended up 10 yards short and left of the green, but over the water.) My partner and I triangulated the approximate point of the clubhead with club shafts. A ball-salvage crew was working the lake about 100 yards to our left, and we asked them to retrieve the head. They went right to the area, and mucked around in the mud about two feet under the water. But, they couldn't find the clubhead. It was a MacGregor MT 7i, and was also the club I chipped with back then. More recently, I got a set of irons reshafted, but had exoxy problems with about half of them. I had another outfit remove and reglue all the heads, but had problems there too; that shop did a second reglue at no charge, and it has worked out fine. On the original reshaft, I wish I had asked a clubfitter I know if I could have used his work station at 8 AM and just done it all myself. Another problem in our area: a lot of the veteran clubsmiths have retired, and not all the new guys know what they're doing. One insidious epoxy problem comes when the shaft tip does not seat tightly in the hosel. An epoxy bead forms around the top of the hosel and keeps the head on, but the head turns a degree or two upon impact. I would hit what felt like a solid 5i, but it would squirrel off short right. At the end of the round, I gripped the 5i using the grip alignment lines, and found the face was about 3* more open than it should be. This really destroys confidence in one's irons. Did I swing poorly, or did the clubface shift on impact?