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  1. I played a round recently with someone who claimed to be a low single capper and who also played with a set of Miura blades, and well I can honestly say that the Miuras were not some magical, mythical, amazing clubs that left me wowed. The guy played like crap despite playing with Miuras (who knows if he was really a low single capper, I thought he was more like a 12 or so capper), so what is the point that i'm trying to make? The point is, there is not "greatest of all" set of clubs. The Miuras obviously didn't elevate this guy's game.......sure he could have had a bad day, but he could have just as easily have had a bad day with any other set of clubs. Ultimately, your golf game will be determined by YOU more so than what clubs you are using.

  2. Me thinks playing in a tournament as an amateur where your livelihood didn't depend on how well you did versus playing in the same tournament as a pro where your future and livelihood depending on how well you did will result in two different outcomes.  I believe that part of why he played so well as an amateur is there is lowered expectations and you can just go out and play.  Playing as a pro, expectations are higher, and if you don't play well you don't get paid well and if you don't get paid well, you don't get your tour card or keep it.  This difference in psychology is a factor not to be discounted.

  3. Originally Posted by Chas

    I think that HH knows more about Tiger's attitude towards receiving putting advice than you do Erik.  I don't think it's even close.

    Just because HH says something is so, does not make it so.  Especially when the guy is still trying to cash in on his former relationship with Tiger.

  4. If you've regripped with what you would normally play with and that hasn't alleviated the problem, I would also get the SW's checked.  Since you bought them off CL, the previous owner might have gotten them SW'ed heavier, much heavier than you might be used to playing with and that could lead to quicker fatigue, even in the hands.

  5. Originally Posted by Yukari

    I guess people with HCI around 10 are all having the same mental issue.

    I finally started to ignore bad shots about a month ago.  It's not easy as they creep up once in a while.  But I did notice a HUGE improvement in my consistency as my scores in 90's have virtually disappeared!  (Knock on wood...)

    Now I try to put a good swing on each shot and forget about what happened or will happen.

    "Mental issues" on the course is for all golfers regardless of handicap level. Yes, and even the tour pros.

  6. Nick Kokonas,

    While I eagerly await for my pre-order to get shipped out to me, I went ahead and downloaded the just released iphone Swingbyte app last night and have a few comments, actually more like areas of improvement particularly around the setup golfer/clubs process.  I would appreciate it if you could pass these suggestions onto the developers:

    1)  Wrist to ground does not have half inch intervals, only full inch intervals.  For example, if i'm a 34.5" wrist to floor, i'm only able to select 34 or 35 in your user setup screen.  In a real world fittings, wrist to floor is done in half inch intervals so there is value to it (i.e. check Mizuno, Ping, etc. etc. fitting charts).  You really should be able to specify this measuremet in half inch intervals and any swing data analysis/algorithms within the app should be tweaked to allow for this.

    2)  In the Edit Clubs setup screen, the Lie measurement for Drivers that you can select maxes out at 54*.  Come on, seriously?  This is a stupid oversight, considering that the "standard" lie for all off the shelf drivers out there exceeds 54*.  For example, Titleist 910 drivers standard lie is 58.5*, Ping G20 is 58*, and so on and so on.  Was this app NOT tested with a Driver?  If so, how could this have passed QA?  Why not make this a numerical field instead of a field with pre-selected values?  Whatever number is specified here is simply plugged into whatever swing data analysis algorithms you have running so i'm puzzled as to why you took this approach.

    3)  In the same Edit Clubs setup screen, the Flex field only has the "main" flexes, i.e. Regular, Stiff, X-Stiff.  This poses a few problems:

    a)  You need to have in between flexes, i.e. S+ for example.  The target market for your Swingbyte device is really for the more "serious" hard-core golfer types and that target market is    likely to have shafts that are soft-stepped, hard-stepped, etc. etc.  I myself play with C-Taper shafts in S+ flex in my irons.  What am I to specify in this field?

    b)  As you probably know one shaft maker's S is not equal to another shaft maker's S.  For example, the C-Tapers are considered "stiffer" than other shafts so the C-Taper S+ for example plays closer to an X than a S as compared to Dynamic Gold shafts for example.  But a C-Taper S is definitely stouter than a DG S300.  However, I know this, because i'm an equipment junkie, but you should help in taking the guess work out for those who might not.

    4)  App is buggy..........since logging in this morning, even though I only setup and specified a few clubs, overnight the app seemed to have created several new Driver clubs in my bag, as well as multiple 1 irons all the way down through the bag.

    5)  Speaking of buggy, app also seemed to have lost my user settings, i.e. date of birth, height, weight, wtf measurements, etc.

    6)  Allow for portrait mode!!!  Right now, app seems forced into Landscape mode.

    Please forward the above to the right people and i'm sure i'll find more issues once I receive the unit and begin playing with it.


  7. I was watching the replay of the final round of the 2000 Players Championship last night and the 17th hole was playing to 145 or so with Tiger hitting a PW (slightly short of the putting surface) and Hal Sutton hitting a 9i I believe.

  8. Originally Posted by wolfsburg2

    LAtely I've been mixing between hitting a fairway wood or long iron or laying up to a comfortable wedge distance. I am certain it's almost a wash stroke wise but I feel way more comfortable hitting 7I, gap wedge from 250 out that I am hitting 3w/half wedge. I hit my 7i pure 90% of the time on a position shot and feel great with my 52* in my hands from 100-115 yards out. I am not consistent with my FW woods but like others have said, sometimes you have a clean look, no hazards, no wind etc. Thats the time to put a smooth swing on your wood.

    If you're hitting your 7i pure 90% of the time as a 28 handicap, time to update your handicap?  :)

  9. To maximize your scoring potential in this exact situation, in this exact round, on this hole, then yes you need to go the route of the layup.  However, if you want to look beyond the immediate score, and look towards your "future" scoring potential, you need to get comfortable with your 3 wood.  Seriously, if you really want to improve you need to learn how to hit the 3 wood, and in order to do that, you need to practice and play with it.  Not trying to knock your abilities but just thinking back on my past experiences, but at around the 20 cap level I would say that in general when laying up, one's ability to string together two well struck shots, even if they are both short irons is probably just slightly more favorable than you just being able to hit the 3 wood as far and straight as possible one time to advance the ball without knocking it into trouble. And the more you put the 3 wood into play, the more comfortable you'll feel with it, and the more you will be able to get the ball closer to the hole in a single shot.

  10. If he doesn't get his health and his act together?

    He last won at the Shell Houston Open in April 2010 which would give him a 2 year exemption on the PGA Tour right?  That basically means that in 2012 he would have to place within the top 125 of the money list to retain full status on the PGA Tour for next year?  And so far this year he's played 9 events, made the cut only twice, and has only banked $33K to date.  Is he in serious danger of losing his card?

  11. Originally Posted by Valleygolfer

    Wow, it is safe to say I know how he feels lol



    Yeah saw it yesterday on TV and the only thought I had was that he's not a very bright guy. If anything he should have snapped the club that he was using to hack himself from one bunker to another and out of the rough.  That's the one he should have broken if anything  :)  Not the putter which seemed to have been working for him.

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  12. Originally Posted by kpaulhus

    When I played in October the 17th was 105 yards

    That short? Was that from the furthest back non championship tee, i.e. Blue tees?  I think the one episode of the Haney project where they had the chef Mario and his friend play the 17th hole, both of them used a 7i.  I'm sure they're not long hitters, but hard to believe they would be using a 7i for a 100 yard shot even if they suck.

  13. Hey Captainslow, i'm around your age and same handicap and live in Hudson County as well (West New York) and am always looking for people within the same ability level to play with.  Would love to expand my network of playing partners so hopefully we can meet up on a local course someday.

  14. Happens to us all.  My suggestions as follows:

    1)  Take a week off from golf, meaning don't pick up a club and don't think about it

    2)  When you get back to the range after a week, as suggested by others, start with punch shots, 3/4 swings, etc. and work up to a full swing

    3)  For me, when I get into a weird groove and begin "shanking" it with irons, i've either started standing too close to the ball for whatever reason and/or have gotten to far inside and flat on my backswing.

  15. Originally Posted by x129

    On another golf site, one of the swingbyte developers posted and said basically above 90mph, you need to tell the program a bit more information (shaft flex) in order to be accurate. He claimed that swing speed was +-2mph of a radar system. Who knows what the reality is. The other thing to remember is that this is a clubhead monitoring system while trackman can monitor the ball.  If they quote you something like distance, you will have to remember that is just a guess and not a measured quantity.

    I've been following Swingbyte's progress since I caught wind of it over a year ago, and they used post screenshots comparing data from Swingbyte against #'s from a trackman and they were pretty close together.  Curious that they've since taken those screenshot comparisons off their site a while back.  But yes, I 've also read from another site where one of the founders of swingbyte is responding to questions said that you could customize specific input data to the system in regards to shaft length and flex and their mathematical "algorithms" would then do calculations to make the data output more accurate.  I suspect at some point in time as this device and smartphone app is improved on, that they will ultimately generate a database of specific shaft brands and flexes to select from and at that point all you do is customize your shaft length per club and simply select that club as the point of reference on which to base maeasurements off of. In either case, am really exciting about how this device pans out in real life.

    The other factor to consider is that they claim the attached device weighs in under an ounce (so i suspect it'll be like .9 ounces or something on the higher end of an ounce).............and even assuming best case scenario, the device weighs half an ounce, that would still be about 14 additional grams right below the grip and that would reduce the clubs swing weight by a factor 3 SW points.  I.e. D4 to a D1 which is a decent change in swing weight.  I'm sure some will argue the usefulness and impact of SW, but I'm sure that some would feel an overall difference in a change of 3 SW points and I wonder how that could impact the swing. Now if the device is closer to an ounce that's almost a change of 5-6 SW points which i'm sure most would be able to feel that kind of a difference in SW.

  16. Originally Posted by iacas

    Is your handicap index really 36?

    Driver: 285

    3W: 245

    Hybrid: 220

    3I: 200

    4I: 190

    5I: 180

    6I: 170

    7I: 160

    8I: 150

    9I: 135

    PW: 120

    SW/LW: Dunno*

    Putter: Hopefully no more than four or five feet.

    * I never hit full shots with these clubs. I think my lob wedge goes about 70 yards on a full swing, but I have rarely needed to hit it full. Sand wedge is about 90, I think, full swing.

    Hi Iacas, considering that this thread got resurrected and that your original reply is almost 7 years old and i'm sure you've improved by leaps and bounds since then, if you've found your overall distances have changed/improved and if so what they might be now?

  17. Originally Posted by carpediem4300

    Really? I tried every tempo of swing i could coupled with every grip pressure, and still the 7i maxed out at 120 when its normally atleast 165 with an easy swing

    My drives where either push sliced or ballooned 100 yards,......its ridiculous how up and down my game is

    Ive got a society match on saturday and my games in tatters,......it surely cant this damn hard to groive a consistent swing? I dont even care if i miss slightly left or right so long as i get nice contact and hit the club the distance i chose it for,....gunna be taking a 5i from 130 yards in at this bloody rate

    Yes, it is that hard to groove a consistent swing..........and you can be a single capper and have days where you not only feel like a 25 capper but also post a score like one.  Even the pros can post a score below par one day and then a 80 the next (mcilroy in the 2011 masters, posted a 65 in the first round and a 80 in the final).  In fact plenty of examples abound.  The point is, this is something that we all will struggle with no matter our skill level.  Just hang in there.  Also, sometimes, it's good to take a week or two off not playing and just recharge.  I know it certainly helps me when my mind and my swing gets in a funky place and i've posted some of my lowest scores following the self imposed time off from the course and range.

    By the way, your impact position as a 23 capper looks great, certainly much better than how mine looked when I was at that same level!!!

  18. Originally Posted by iacas

    The word around the PGA show was that once you got above 85 MPH the data got really shaky.

    I've got one on pre-order and can't wait.  As for "shaky" data, can't be any worse than some of the large retail box stores' "fitting" systems that claim i carry my driver 320 yards whereas on the course its no where near that number.  Point being, i'm not expecting a $150 portable trackman but something to measure "relative progress" as in seeing my club head speed increase, my swing path improve, etc. I don't care if this device says i'm swinging the big stick on average at 120 mph when in fact i'm really swinging on average 110 mph as long as it works well enough to tell me that my average club head speed has increased, regardless of whether or not the actual #'s are off.  More importantly, I love the 3d rendering of the swing and that's what intrigues me the most, for it to be accurate enough to capture my swing plane and let me know immediately how much to the inside or ott I was in any given swing. Not to mention, this is something that you can use indoors during the winter with foam balls and still get some useful feedback. And well, the icing on the cake is if this device turns out to be complete garbage, there is a 30 day no questions asked return policy  :)

  19. My biggest pet peeve is when playing with someone who's obviously not having fun on the course (usually the over analytical hyper-competitive weekend golfer who can't understand why he's hit bad shot after bad shot) and their joykill attitude makes it that much harder for you to enjoy your time on the course.

  20. My gf and I are staying in Atlanta (extremely cheap for nice hotels like the hilton, sheraton, etc.) and will be making the 2.5+ hour drive early Monday morning to go to the practice round. Didn't even bother trying to find lodging in or near Augusta. Besides, my gf has never been to Atlanta, so figured for the other days we are down there, we can do some sightseeing. With that said, if I had tickets for more than one day, I definitely wouldn't be making that 5+ hour roundtrip on multiple days and would have tried to find lodging in or around Augusta.

  21. I highly doubt most of you with such negative comments on Tiger's life would be able to have your life held up under a microscope and have any "outsider" walk away thinking you're an awesome person, especially if all of the "negative" things you do are the ones that are summarized on the daily news reels. There's more coverage of the negative things tiger does and says on and off the course than there is about his foundation, the thousands of children his foundation has helped, the millions of $$$ that's he raised for charities, etc. etc. Its a sad commentary on the society that we live in, that by focusing on the bad of a celebrity's life that this brings in ratings and sells newspapers. Of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but seriously, unless you have walked in his shoes and lived in that fishbowl of his life..................you really should just zip it.

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