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  1. allenc

    My Swing (billchao)

    Have you ever, instead of searching for backswing minutia and the like, just tried, you know, hitting it more off the heel? You swing looks fairly on plane and fast. Maybe just hone in on your natural athleticism, stretch your arms out more through impact, and trust it?
  2. allenc

    USGA Seeking Feedback on Distance "Issue"

    I took the survey. I feel like they were really bombarding me with different ways to get me to agree that "distance" is a problem in golf. I'm afraid many won't be able to stand up to the pressure.
  3. allenc

    11 Reasons You Stink at Golf

    What the hecking heck is that last sentence supposed to mean? That there is something wrong with the typical PW, GW, SW, LW? Should I carry 5 hybrids? Even if I chose to carry a short Sunday bag with just pitching wedge and sand wedge I should also have 3 hybrids in there!?!?! Sig Witb Driver, 1hybrid, 2hybrid, 3hybrid, 4hybrid, 5hybrid, 6hybrid, 7hybrid, 8hybrid, 9hybrid, 10hybrid, 11hybrid, SW, hybrid putter
  4. allenc

    Sand Wedge Still Common?

    A sand wedge is a traditional wedge is a sand wedge. Most higher lofted wedges have a decent amount of bounce, although pros are skillful enough to use a higher or lower bounce wedge out of the sand. If you are hitting sand first, then the only way you are "bouncing" off into the ball is if your sand is very hard. Otherwise it will go through the sand to some extent. If your sand is packed super hard then what the pros do doesn't really apply to you because their sand is usually excellent. If your sand is not hard, then you are just hitting too close to the ball (or maybe way too far behind). About 1 inch behind is the usual recommended amount.
  5. allenc

    New golfer looking for clubs

    I bought a Wilson box set for $2-300 when I first started. When I hit the ball well, it flew nicely and the clubs never broke. I think it turned out to be the right decision. If you get the Strata you will have all the clubs you need and they will be the right design for a beginner. If you buy used you will have to assemble a set piecemeal and probably not be experienced enough to do a good job. You might want to throw out your Stratas in a year or two for a nicer set, and they won’t have much resale value, but I still think you’ll be better if financially and they’ll work just fine.
  6. My hypothetical scheme would have the irons at one end of the spectrum a half inch different. But the gap differences would be negligible. I kind of rambled but my main point is they make such a big deal about a certain length of irons being so much better for your posture or swing or wherever. But wherever length you go with, most of your irons will be in a typical range anyway. So what’s the real story?
  7. I've gone through a few iron fittings in the past, read about them, and watched other people's videos of theirs. The one thing that is the oddest to me is the fitting for length. Here is how it usually works. There are 1/2" progressions between standard length irons. Usually something like 38.5" for a 4 iron down to 35.5 for wedge. Now a fitter measures my wrist to floor and sees it's a bit longer than normal. He hands me three 7 irons, one standard (37"), one 37.5" and one 36.5". My posture is better and I seem to hit it better with the long one. It all seems to add up to using +1/2" irons, right? I'm not so sure. I hit a 37.5 better than a 37. So what? If all my clubs were +1/2" my 8 iron would still be 37. And my 9 iron 36.5. Does that mean I won't be able to hit those? My longer irons will be longer. Will those lengths be better or worse? To me, if I need longer clubs, the only ones that really matter are the wedges, as those are the shortest irons in length. For all the other irons I will have some clubs of each length whether or not I use non standard length irons. For someone who needs shorter than standard the same would be true for their longest iron. It would only matter that that one be 1/2" short. So for me, who supposedly needs +1/2 inch irons, why not get the wedge +1/2" but the 4 iron standard length, with even gaps between each. Around 3/8". Especially since as shafts get longer it's harder to find the sweet spot. Is the reason that you need the length progressions to keep large enough distance gaps? I doubt 3/8" vs 1/2" would make much of a difference. My guess is that the way we do it now is just the easiest for the manufactures, not the best for the players. If they followed the above suggestion they would have to tweak them to non standard lie angles and have additional shaft measuring tools/settings. Finally, I believe just properly matching lie angle to length, and making sure your longest and shortest irons are not too long or short is what is important. It's funny, when I've attempted to bring any of this up to a fitter they would just look at me like a deer in headlights. Part of why I have never been much impressed with most fittings I've done. Thoughts?
  8. The newer hollow irons give you lots of game improvement properties in nice compact shapes. The three lines I can think of are the p790, Ap3, and i500. They're a bit more expensive than other irons though. Tons of other irons these day are also tweeners. The old "players" vs "game-improvement" is becoming an outdated dichotomy.
  9. allenc

    Mizuno's New JPX 919 Lineup

    In the 900s, the forged and hot metal had exactly the same lofts. It’s interesting that now they decided to separate them by 2 degrees in the longer clubs and 1 degree in shorter clubs. I tested the 900s and it did seem like the Hot Metals got up in the air quite a bit and the Forged not quite as much. So this might actually bring them to perform more similarly. However, I though that the fantastic launch and spin of the Hot Metals for a near super game improvement club was one of their strong points. If these lofts bring the flight down some that might not be the best for some players. I agree. And I would guess that the Forged play similar to the MMCs. The lofts will be exactly the same and other head specs are pretty similar. Should mostly depend on what kind of iron you want to look at or maybe feel. Between these, the Srixons, and the Pings it might be iron buying season. They are all in my wheelhouse.
  10. If your hands get sweaty, you’ll need a glove. No grip that I’ve found is good enough for a sweaty hand. It looks like the Karma Velour is a typical Tour Velvet so is will be firmer than the DriTac. The DriTac, which I’ve used, will be slightly better when moist but again, I don’t think it will be counteract sweaty hands well enough to be used without a glove.
  11. allenc

    Does anyone keep two scores, "coulda" and "did"?

    Sorry to break it to you, but just because you shoot some score with a bunch of mulligans does not mean you “coulda” shot that. We are all better than scratch if we get do overs on our bad ones.
  12. allenc

    What tee to play from?

    If you can't shoot in the 80s, move forward a set of tees. Repeat.
  13. allenc

    AP2 like irons

    Get the Rogue Pros. Some online reviewer said something negative about them? The most important reviewer loves them.
  14. allenc

    Rinky dinks (4-hybrid) question.

    Its either the Exotics 5 hybrid or the CBX 22*. If the club doesn't fit squarely between your 3 hybrid and your 5 iron then you probably want it a little closer to your 5 iron, right? So go with the Exotics 5.
  15. allenc

    My Fitting Experience

    Nice post @jas80s. I agree with your fitter that in many cases, if you’re a mediocre golfer, new clubs will not benefit you much. You didn’t mention what your old clubs are but, reading between the lines, I assume the fitter thought they were already a decent fit for you. If they were way off he may have been able to come up with something that performs better, not because of new technology but just from more appropriate specs. Drivers from 5-7 years ago are pretty similar to drivers today. In my opinion most of the advances in the last several years have been more options, more adjustability, better looks, and better feel. It’s hard not to falter under the onslaught of the golf club advertising machine but it really mostly is just marketing. And going against the grain here, that includes the “get fit” mantra — especially for average golfers. They might need some general equipment advice, but not a 2 hour trackman session.

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