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

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  1. Ping tinkered with stronger lofts in the 1980s. Stronger lofts emerged in the 1980s with Ping when Karsten started producing perimeter-weighted irons: the good news was they got the ball up a lot better than blades of the era. The bad news was they flew about a half-club shorter than the blades. Sensing that golfers didn't want to hit the ball shorter, Ping strengthened the iron lofts about 2 degrees to hold the line against distance loss. But golf marketing went overboard on this, and started the arms race toward the 200-yd. 7 iron. The last few years, clubhead designs with polymer inserts and flexing faces that launch the ball higher link to stronger lofts, again, to maximize both launch angle and distance.
  2. Best thing to do would be go for a fitting. See what the numbers say, and how each feels to you. I hope my sig line doesn't seem confusing. For the past few years, I have been playing both Callaway and Tour Edge. My last three drivers have been Callaways. The past two seasons, the Exotics XRails and the Callaway Alpha 815s have been competing for the FW slots. And, my last iron set before the Exotics CB Pro Tungstens were Calla X20 Tours. Although I really like the Callaway wedges now in my bag, somehow I have an Exotics 46, 50 and 58 leaning against the wall at home.
  3. No. The QB pairing is a curious mix: #10 Ta'Amu Jordan (6-2 | 221 lbs). from U. of Mississippi (Ole' Miss) #4 Nick Fitzgerald (6-5 | 227 lbs.) from Mississippi State The two started against each other twice in their annual Egg Bowl. In 2017, Fitzgerald went down with a leg injury in the first quarter, and Jordan hit for two long TB passes in the second half to spark a 31-28 upset of 16th ranked MS State. In 2018, Fitzgerald and crew struck back for a 35-3 trouncing of Ole' Miss. Styles: In 2018, Fitzgerald passed for 1767 yards (51% completion) for 16 TD and 9 Ints. Also rushed for 1121 yards and 13 TD, 5.1 YPC average. In 2018, Jordan passed for 3918 yards (62% completions) for 19 TD and 8 Int. / Also rushed for 342 yards and 6 TD, a 2.9 YPC average. ================ This year Jordan has been a better rusher than in college, and is a solid overall QB. Fitzgerald comes in on short yardage, either pounding it ahead or flipping a play-action from the Wildcat. Curiously, the BattleHawks offense reminds me of an SEC team: Power running and zone reads, mixed with play-action and screen passes. In case you're wondering... I'm a Mizzou Tiger fan!
  4. Went to the St. Louis BattleHawks XFL home opener on Sunday. Among the things you can't bring into the stadium: air horns and selfie sticks. (BattleHawks defeated NY Guardians 29-9!!!).
  5. lefty, Are you trying to convince me or yourself? I have a slight potassium deficiency, and without some sports drink at the turn, I tend to get crampy on the back nine. I draw upon 50 years of golfing and caddying for my statement. (After a multi-decade layoff from caddying, I caddied at a hot summer LPGA tournament in 2017). If you want water only, go for it. Just stay out of my way when I snag a bottle of PowerAde from the passing beverage cart.
  6. MyGolfSpy has an interesting piece on Tommy Armour golf clubs. It covers before, during, and after the 845 irons surge of 1987-1994, and recent efforts of Dick's to return it to respectable brand status. The Story of an Icon: The Tommy Armour 845s | MyGolfSpy The original Tommy Armour 845s was the ulimate one-hot wonder. It was a household name, but ultimately led to Tommy Armour's demise.
  7. I drink extra water the night before, and take a potassium pill in AM. If it's a two-day tournament, I drink no alcohol between rounds. On course, I start off with water from my blue reusable bottle. On the back, I drink some GatorAde or PowerAde, and eat a Cliff bar at the turn. Without the sports drink, I risk getting crampy in legs and forearms. Don't tell me to eat bananas, they give me an upset stomach. And, your framing of golf as not strenuous exercise is highly misleading. It may not be as strenuous as weightlifting, but it is sustained exercise over several hours. I work with a marathon runner, and he says athletes need electrolyte replenishment for sustained exercise over two hours, as sustained water-only flushes electrolytes from system and can lead to cramps.
  8. I have heard of some courses requiring people to wear closed shoes out of risk management. Wearing shoes supposedly protects people from fertilizer burns or absorption of chemicals if the foot has a cut.
  9. I went with single focal-length (distance) polarized lenses. My first set was basic tinted which didn't always work well. I had times on cloudy, rainy days or early evening in summer when I had trouble seeing the last few holes. Polarized adjust, basic tint doesn't.
  10. You are correct, Shindig! The online ad mentions (Headcover included) for the D, FW and H.
  11. I am going into my ninth season with some sort of 4W + 7W combo. The 7W goes about 190 yards: it is great out of rough, the fairway, and off the tee for longish par 3 holes. I also use a 4H that goes about 180-185, but launches lower. Some pros who use the 7W: Jason Dufner carries a 21° Titleist 915F Keith Mitchell carries a 21° Titleist TS2. Scott Stallings carries a 21° Titleist 917F2. Stallings said this in a Sept 2019 Golf Digest article (p. 36): "My 7 wood is a more versatile than a utility iron. I can hit it high or low, and the height on full shots into par 5s is so helpful, especially when you're coming in from 240 to 260 yards. I've found a utility 2- or 3-iron doesn't stop very well from that distance." Tommy Fleetwood, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman also use a 7W on occasion.
  12. A long time ago, I hit a tee shot and snapped the steel shaft of my driver about 6 inches above the hosel. I got it reshafted with a True Temper tipped for S-flex - same as original shaft. But just for fun, I had the clubsmith butt-trim the shaft for 46", about 2.5" longer than standard. Good news and bad news. The good news was that I could hit that shaftier persimmon driver a long way, about 270 yards on solid hits. The bad news was about a third of my tee shots went a long way into the woods, in some cases requiring me to chip sideways back to the fairway. After two months of fun and fizzle, I had the clubsmith trim the shaft back to 43.5". I found a lot more fairways the following season. Takeaway: longer shaft better for distance, shorter shaft easier to control. Challenge is to find the happy medium.
  13. This would be more for mid to high HDCP golfers, and players who struggle with ball height. Some players do better with long irons or driving irons, especially if they have high clubhead speed. Final test: do hybrid and iron side-by-side and see which works best. Also, Michael is talking about traditional hybrids, not iron replacement hybrids (matched to an iron set). Revisit our 2016 thread for details:
  14. Ralph Maltby recommends that golfers have variety in their wedge bounce. If most wedges are medium bounce, have a high bouncer to increase shot options.
  15. With a 43.5* PW and a 49* AW, next could be a 54* or a 56*. You would need to see what the yardage gap is between PW and AW, for both full and partial shots. Then a 54* or a 56* might fill the gap. Will you hit full shots with your SW? Some golfers do, others don't. Make sure first of all that the SW gets you out of the sand. As David noted, LWs can be rather difficult to hit for many golfers. Unless you have the lob gift and can do wonderful things with it, you might wait a season to put it into your bag. LW is rather odd club, and takes a lot of work to master it. Any chance you can hit some wedges off real turf at early demo days? JC, you mentioned you had trouble getting spin on the ball. This could result from the type of ball you have (distance balls harder to spin), or how you hit the ball. You might get a short-game lesson if you haven't had one. I played golf for 20 years before I got my first short-game lesson, and learned a lot.
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