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About double_j

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  • Birthday 11/30/1974

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  1. Don't know what made me think about this but it may end up ruining games all over this board. On the backswing do you inhale, exhale, or hold your breath? How about when putting? :-\
  2. I'll play either the Penta or ProV1X. Both play similarly for me although I do think the titleist feels a touch better off the driver. Honestly though, it depends on the day...since I tend to have both in my bag I'll play whichever one feels luckiest. Generally, two or three bad holes and I'll change over to satisfy my superstitious side. All else equal, I'll default to the penta. Fewer people play tm balls and it reduces the chance that some schmuck will mistake mine for his.
  3. If there's anything that 16 years of Catholic schooling has instilled in me, it's that left handers are the tool of the devil.
  4. Nice. I also assume my clubs have been the root cause and just invested in a 15 degree 910F and a 19 degree 910H. Those should get me back on the right track!
  5. Your swing needs to be good enough to consistently hit the ball (or more importantly, to consistently result in the same errors) before custom fitted clubs will make a difference - they're not going to create miracles. That said, it's true that custom clubs won't necessarily encourage someone to get rid of their 'bad' habits but it doesn't really matter if they can still make the ball go where they want it to go. I'd take the ugliest flying elbow, chicken winging, reverse pivoting swing ever if it could still get me around the course at even par.
  6. It's always good to set high goals and to work your butt off to acheive them, but prepare for the reality that getting to the tour requires immense talent, mental fortitude and more than a bit of luck. Keep at it and you might get there but understand that somethings are just impossible to control. Take it one step at a time...find a pro you trust, devote all of your time to good practice, get yourself to right around scratch over the next year or so, and get yourself used to playing in serious tournament situations. Show well enough and you might attract the attention of some college
  7. I think it's been mentioned already, but don't forget that modern clubs (especially GI) are made to be more forgiving and to give the ball a higher ball flight, all else equal. Stronger lofts are just an offset to more optimal weighting and overall club & ball technology. But still, the standard rule hasn't changed - the lower the loft and the longer the club, the more difficult it will be to hit the club. It's pointless to try and compare your iron legnth to someone else's. The important thing is that you know what you need to hit to achieve a certain yardage. I have no use for a m
  8. More of a rant than a question. Finally getting to play again after a long winter. I didn't touch a club from October through March and have just been able to spend some quality time on the course in the past six weeks or so. I've played probably 8 or 9 rounds this season. I got my handicap down to a 7.8 last year but have been struggling to break 90 thus far. My best round so far was +15 but even that was pretty schizophrenic with a 47 front (+11) and 40 back (+4). Needless to say, the back half of that round was probably more luck than skill as the rest of my rounds so far h
  9. 2/10. Haven't played since late October. It's a bit surprsing, I thought I'd be jonesing a bit more but I've really been enjoying the break. I'm sure I would love a trip somewhere warm to play a couple of rounds but it's been so cold at home lately that thoughts of golf are nowhere to be found. It also helps that I hate practicing just for practicing's sake so I don't really think about golf unless there's the possibility of playing. Kind of like smoking during a long flight - it's much easier (for me) to ignore the craving to smoke when I know that there's absolutely zero cha
  10. I played for a while in normal sneakers while waiting for some blisters to heal and didn't notice a ton of difference provided the ground was dry. No comparison in the wet though, if for nothing else than the fact that golf shoes are usually treated to be waterproof. Heck, most of us probably let our softspikes wear down so much before replacing that we might as well be wearing sneakers. Similar to how most people treat the tires on their cars...
  11. Not knowing a course (including how the greens break) is probably worth between 5 and 10 strokes for me, all else equal.
  12. Or if you're not a complete math slouch, you can just take the yard length and subtract 10% for meters (or add 10% if converting meters to yards). The meter/yard conversion doesn't bother me too much (provided that you know which one the course is using), what kills me more are differences in measurement methods (e.g., middle of the green vs. front of the green). I played a course in France that used meter measurements to the front of the green but didn't know about the front of the green part until my second round there. I was having a heck of a time figuring out why my shots kept co
  13. I find Wu Tang to be overrated. They always seemed more about their image than actual talent. Dollar for dollar, I gotta go with Jay-Z as the greatest (who believes that Drake is the real deal, by the way).
  14. In this reply, I will suck all of the fun out of the original post. In the 20 years that have passed since most of these jokes have been 'written', great scientific minds were able to find the answers to these conundrums.
  15. I would guess the answer to be a big no. You might get more distance vs. one that's more than 3 or 4 generations old, or see a bit more forgiveness on marginal shots but it won't be straighter on the whole (no matter what the manufacturers tell you). I would say that the widespread availability of club fitting facilities has and will provide a much greater overall benefit than any advancement in clubhead technology to the average player. A 4 year old club that compensates and allows for your individual swing characteristics will do much more to 'fix' your drives than a brand new stick
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