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  1. A quick follow up in case anyone is interested. Not that I'm an expert or anything, but perhaps this is the perspective of a beginning golfer. I have gotten some new clubs, and have learned a bit... Before talking about the irons, I'll mention the woods: If you remember my original post, I said I was playing Strata clubs. I have gotten some really sweet deals on ebay for TM Aeroburners (D, 3, 3h, 4h), and even got an original TM Rescue 25 degree (for $6!). Yes, these make a tremendous difference. I thought it might have to do with just getting better, but I brought out my origin
  2. Hi iacas, I guess I'm asking anyone doing the SPS. I suppose I should not have implied no rotation. But certainly, it is less rotation than a conventional swing. From what I understand, that is by design so that there are less moving parts. Todd Graves explains it by saying when you open your front foot by 30 degrees, it limits what your hips can do. So, you are more likely to return to a square face at impact. I guess Mo Norman got more power by his slight lunge forward. But my ultimate question is whether the SPS is designed to sacrifice distance for accuracy.
  3. just curious. While I think you can keep the ball straight, without hip rotation, don't you lose distance? It might be just fine - short and straight beats long and in the rough, I suppose. But, it seems all the power is in his arms, and if you can put your hips into the swing, won't it go longer?
  4. onthehunt526: I used to live in Ithaca a bunch of years ago. Loved it there. I hadn’t picked up golf yet, but always parked next to the Robert Trent Jones course when I worked at Cornell. I can’t wait to get back for a visit and play a few courses up there.
  5. Just as a follow-up, I went ahead and bought the 7h from Monarch. Best move I’ve made in months. I normally shoot around 45–47 when I play nine holes. With the hybrid I am now in the 40-43 range. Any shot between 135 - 150, and I pull out the 7h. I’m usually on the green. Sometimes, from 180 I’ll use it and that will get me around 30 yards from the pin so I can use my PW to get it close to putt. sometimes, even try to play a shot to be within 150 yards now. from 120, I think I am comfortable with my 9i, and the PW is likely better as an iron for more control. The next few tim
  6. Carl3, thanks for the thoughts. I had a bad round with some shanks a few weeks ago with my 7i, and from then on, I've been terrified of shanking the ball ever since. So, guess what I do? Yep, I shank it more!! Using some foot powder, I discovered that I'm not hitting off the hosel but rather hitting off the toe, and having the club turn in my hand. So, I grip harder, tell myself don't shank it, don't shank it, and then go ahead and shank it. I do think the better option is to hit the irons better. But like bkuehn 1952, I feel like I can hit a hybrid with my eyes closed and in
  7. I’m wondering if people have an opinion on this. I hit my driver, fairway wood, and 3 and 5 hybrids really well. I mean, really well – straight every time. I also hit my pitching wedge quite well. My problem is hitting my 6,7, 8, and 9 irons. When I hit them well, it sounds, feels, and looks beautiful. But, in doing some analysis I am finding that I am only getting clean hits around 75% of the time. The other 25% are worm burners, fats, hooks, and slices. In fact, from 150 yards away, I rarely hit the green with my 7-iron. I like to say I can hit long, or I can hit straight, but
  8. Carl3, that's really cool, and helpful. Now, I see that the original 1995 Big Bertha has a MPF of 1111, and the 2019 Bertha has a MPF of 924. I can't believe that a 25 year old club technology would have a better index than a 2 year old club. Am I reading the chart correctly?
  9. Wow, there's a lot to unpack here. yes. I apologize if I dumped an entire truck on everyone I hope that wasn't rude of me, not completely sure of the forum etiquette. Thank you for your thoughtful response. Also thanks to Adam C. Great insights. My kids bought me a Callaway XR 6 iron with a graphite shaft for Christmas off of ebay. I don't particularly like the graphite shaft. It is too light. It almost feels like its not there. Someone told me until your swing gets more consistent, it is often hard for a beginner to know where the club is on the downswing. So, a li
  10. New golfer here, and I haven't really gotten a straight answer on this question regarding what makes one iron better than another. Now, after hitting a Strata driver vs. a Mavrik driver, I totally get it. Wow, what a difference. But, what about an iron from Strata or Top Flite 9, or even a clone from gigagolf or Integra (or any iron for that matter) vs. a Callaway x18 or x20, or even a newer Mavrik. The Callaway guy I asked these questions to almost seemed to be offended, and started arguing with me. But really, all I want is an education as to what makes it different. Now, keep in mind,
  11. Thanks to both Adam C and ncates00. Those comments are really helpful - albeit opposite Actually, If I'm hearing you right, Adam C, you aren't saying that a set of 2006 Berthas are going to lower my score, but rather be more durable and perhaps more consistent. Do I have that correct?
  12. I purchased a Strata starter set, and it has served me well. In fact, I really love the clubs, but am ready to graduate to something better. Many people say to just buy some good clubs (Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping) off of eBay. I get it, I get it - the Strata set was only $150 (including the bag!), and came with D,3W,5H,6-PW. So, you are getting an entire set and the bag for the cost of a single Callaway iron. Obviously, the quality of a Callaway XR must be better. But, with technology always improving, even for clones, do you think that a 2019 Strata set (or even Top Flite) has enou
  13. As a newbie who is just starting to break 90, I can offer the following advice: 1. I think the driver shot is most important, because: a. it's the largest club in the bag, with the largest sweet spot. You should be able to hit it, just a controlled swing. DON'T TRY TO KILL IT!! b. if you aren't trying to kill it, even a nice, controlled swing with the driver will likely go 180-200 yards. No way for a beginner to get that distance with a 6 iron (at least not me!). You are likely getting 30-40 yards beyond your 6 iron with the driver. If you slice it (moderate slice,
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