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  1. Not wanting to change bounce makes sense if you are comfortable with what you have. The only other thing I would be aware of is the likely difference in ball speed you get in the AP2s vs a Vokey of the same loft. Dropping one degree while also changing head types may result in more than one degree of yardage. For me, I have a much bigger gap between my PW and GW than my GW and SW despite only one extra degree of loft difference just because the head design of the AP3 PW is so much different than the rest of my wedges (though, admittedly, the 712 AP2s would be much closer than the AP3s).
  2. I don't have an answer to your specific question as I haven't played with a speciality PW, but while that may solve your current problem, wouldn't that likely just create a similar gapping issue between your 9i and PW? Depending on what your gaps look like on either side, have you considered bending your PW one degree weak and your 52 to 51? Or a couple degrees on either club?
  3. I've been able to just use my bag as a tripod of sorts. I have a stand bag with a 14-way divider, so I just stand my phone on the dividers and lean it against the club in that slot and it works fine for me. It takes a little bit of maneuvering, but it does the job for now.
  4. I ask myself this question a couple times every round lol. But I love the social aspect, being able to get together with friends, regardless of skill level. I love being outside and the competitive aspect, even if it's just with myself. I love the never-ending quest for improvement and the way that a terrible day can be salvaged on the 18th hole.
  5. Mine was yesterday morning on the first shot of the day. 313-yard straight away par 4 with the only danger being a fairway bunker and a couple scattered trees, both at about 240, so it's a nice opener to get the swing going. Hit one of the straightest drives I've ever had and landed it just in front of the green where it rolled about 15 feet past the hole. Proceeded to knock down the downhill right-to-left putt for just my second eagle ever and first on a par 4.
  6. This is very similar to my experience, as well. I went from the KBS Tour V90s, which were only 90g, in my last irons to the Project X 6.5s, which are 125g, in my current (fitted) irons. It made a huge difference for me not just in feel, but performance. I've also found when playing around with my friends' drivers, I have much more success with a heavier shaft in a softer flex than I play than I do with a lighter shaft in the same flex. I've seen similar results with my friends at similar swing speeds, as well.
  7. Driver has been about as good as I can ever remember it being. A little bit shorter than it has been in the past, but way more consistent and with much less curve on the ball. On the flip side, my short irons have been up and down and my mid/long irons have been horrible.
  8. Around Grand Rapids, MI, I would say prices start around $20 to walk 18 and then can go up into the $60-70 range. Tons of options, though, depending on what you are looking for.
  9. This is a great spot and Amazon has a pretty good selection, as well, just be sure to read the reviews on the quality of the balls. Depending on where you live, I've had a ton of success with Facebook marketplace and get my used balls almost exclusively through that now. There are a bunch of people in my area who walk courses and then sell the balls, and there are always photos included so you can be sure you aren't getting cart path balls and you can check them out before buying to avoid water logged balls, too.
  10. Yeah, as others have said, I would definitely make sure I ran it by everyone else before I invited someone to a tee time, especially if they are a new golfer. That said, I wouldn't make a big deal out of it this time. Just focus on your game, enjoy the round, and try not to let it bother you.
  11. My body does not like trying to shorten up, so it's definitely going to take a while to get comfortable with this. Even after going through a few minutes of slow motion backswings to try and get a feel for the length of backswing I want, as soon as I go to hit a ball, I revert back to the old habits. Even with the feel (not real) of a 3/4 swing, you can see how much turn I am still getting. I've started to incorporate the drills from the COVID practice plan (specifically day 3 and day 20), so the process continues.
  12. I think it's certainly a factor that should be considered, but certainly would be more overrated than underrated. If you are hitting your irons in a tight dispersion circle, getting good peak height, and have an appropriate angle of descent, spin is really only a major factor if it's extreme in either direction. Even then, changing golf balls can make a big difference without changing anything else with your iron set.
  13. This is far more likely to be a swing issue than anything to do with changing balls. A couple hundred RPMs of spin off the driver isn't going to turn a drive where you "love the distance and accuracy" into a slice that you can't control. This. Especially if you are generally shooting around 100, you will probably have a lot more success getting comfortable consistently playing a little chip and run around the green rather than trying to nip the ball perfectly for a hop and stop kind of shot. Your misses will be a lot more acceptable and your good shots won't be any worse for the most part.
  14. I voted for 95 degrees. I generally like to walk, so anything more than that starts making it more of a slog than enjoyable. If it's relatively humid, that number probably drops a bit more. In a cart, I'd be more likely to play in warmer weather.
  15. I find this guy also loves to practice his 30 footers across the line of someone else's putt in an attempt to clog up a third hole at the same time.
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