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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. 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,
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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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