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  1. This actually makes a lot of sense. I rarely see videos of my swing (this was my first time videoing myself in the past year), but now that I look at it more I definitely see where I'm moving my hips towards the ball on the downswing (thereby changing my leg to spine angle). Just tried a few practice swings in the apartment, and it feels so much different to keep the hips back; really frees up the arms to swing naturally instead of being stuck at the right hip. I'll work on that and potentially post a follow up vid. Thanks for the feedback!
  2. 100% agree. Vokey SM6 58-12 K grind is absolutely money out of the sand, and around the green in general. I got mine about a year about and it honestly has made world of difference in my chipping and greenside bunker game. Tbh probably the biggest equipment-related improvement I have experienced.
  3. I've been Playing Golf for: ~3 yrs My current handicap index or average score is: 11.4 My typical ball flight is: high fade The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: chunk, and slice where my divot points way left of target line Videos: I'm hitting a pitching wedge. In this swing I'm purposefully trying to exaggerate an in to out swing path in order to hit a draw. As you may or may not see by the ball flight, I failed at this.
  4. IMHO, I think the newer models aren't nearly as nice as the older models in terms of looks, feel, etc.
  5. Driver: Titleist 917d2 w/ Diamana xstiff shaft ~270-280 yds 3 Wood: Ping G30 w/ Matrix Ozik xstiff shaft ~230-250 yds 4-9 irons: Ping I E1 w/ stiff shafts ~215 yds for 4 iron down to 150 yds for 9 iron Wedges: Vokey SM6 (46,52,58 degree) ~135yds, 120yds, 100yds< Putter: Either Ping Anser 4 or Scotty Newport Studio Stainless Ball: Any premium ball I can get my hands on for cheap (ProV1/x, TP5/x, Chromesoft, etc.)
  6. Yes I 100% agree hence why I mentioned right after that I'm not trying to make a statement on the quality of Taylormade products..... Just a personal preference, that's all. You don't need to agree with my thinking, nor do I think that my opinion holds more weight than others. As do most people, sometimes when buying somethings I take into account not only the quality of the product, but also how the brand itself appeals to me. Case in point: big beer marketing. Most people in a blind taste test wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Bud light, Coors light, and Miller light. However, there are tons of people who (subconsciously or not) prefer one over the others, hence why alcohol marketing (or brand marketing in general) is so crucial for the year by year success of these companies. I'm not saying it's rational in any sense, all I'm trying to do is state my opinion on how TM marketing doesn't appeal to me personally, and was curious to see if others shared the same sentiment.
  7. I've been slowly getting into golf and building up my bag (replacing hand-me-downs) over the past 2-3 years. As such, I'm always on the lookout for clubs and balls, usually previous years models in order to save money. From my experience, Taylormade seems hell bent on aggressive marketing and sponsorship- more so than any other golf brand. For example, it's downright comical to watch Rory Mcilroy, Jon Rahm, and Jason Day recite prepared, pre-rehearsed lines about how much better Taylormade TP5 balls, and wedges are compared to the competition. There are many additional examples of this that all seem like shameless plugs to me, and make me want to avoid Taylormade equipment by any means. Obviously most golf brands (and businesses in general) have similar marketing strategies, but it just seems like Taylormade is a little more aggressive and shameless compared to the rest. I'm not trying to say that Taylormade equipment is any better or worse compared to other brands. I'm just curious to see if anyone else shares my opinion that Taylormade's marketing has the opposite effect on them.
  8. I'm currently in the market for a new driver (buying used), and am looking at the Titleist line in specific. A couple of days ago I hit up my local Dick's and was swinging with the new Titleist TS2 (9.5*, Project X Evenflow 65g white). Absolutely loved it, was getting great spin numbers, ball speed, and launch angle. However, because I'm not an extremely serious golfer (and just frugal in general), I wouldn't be able to justify with myself ponying up $500 for a new TS2. My original budget for a new used driver was $200, but now I'm thinking that I may increase that in order to get a used TS2. However, I'm also curious about the previous Titleist driver, the 917 D2, since it would be significantly cheaper to buy. I might end up just going for the 917 D2, w/ same specs and shaft. My question for people who hit Titleist drivers: How similar are the 917 D2 and TS2? Is the TS2 a massive improvement over the 917 d2? If so, would it justify paying 2-3 times as much for it (~$100 for used 917d2, ~$250 for used TS2)?
  9. So I recently found out about The Sand Trap and am now deciding to post about my current golf situation. Here's an extremely brief summary of my golf game: I started golfing around 4 years ago (playing 5-7 rounds a year), but have just started to get a lot more serious about the game over the past year (played 27 rounds the past 12 months). As a result, my estimated handicap has gone from 30+ when I first started, to ~11 as of now (working on getting an official handicap). The driver I'm currently using is a Taylormade R15 regular flex that my dad gave me 3 yrs ago. Some days I can consistently hit a nice fade with the driver, but most days I am either hooking left or trying to compensate too much and slicing right. In addition, I've noticed that I get way too much spin on my drives, evidenced by the ball flying up way to high and dropping near vertical when it reaches the ground. I can never hit the damn thing consistently. Interestingly enough, I recently demo'd an M6 driver w/ extra stiff shaft while playing 18, and absolutely loved it (hitting slight fades, my natural ball flight). My base specs for driver swing are: ~110mpg swing speed, ~260yd carry. Given the above information, what would be the best used driver + shaft flex that I should go with? Obviously if I wanted to spend $500, I would just go with the M6. However, I'm not serious enough of a golfer/play enough to justify dropping that kind of dough on one club. My budget would be under $200 (preferably under $150), and I've been looking at sites such as ebay, 2nd swing, and rock bottom golf.
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