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  1. I am demoing a Fourteen Golf HI877. It is pretty unusual and not at every proshop so I thought I would share the experience. Link to the website. HI877 I know the color is out there but I am looking to make the top of my bag more friendly. Right now I am playing Callaway Apex CF16 to 3 iron. I was never a fan of hybrids, I tend to hit up on the ball and I also tend to hook hybrids. I also don't like the feel of them. The hybrid I have liked the most is the Adam DHY. It looks like a bubble back club not a typical hybrid. In my case I think swing flaws cause me to gravitate away from typical hybrids. So I was sharing this with my fitter looking at the new utility irons and he said he really liked how the HI877 performed. He gave me one to demo. I am lucky enough to have a Foresight GC2 and HMT I can use. I have the 24 degree 877 and the numbers I was getting after a quick session gave me 5 iron distances. Which for me carries 175-180 so if I was to add them to the bag I might have to use the 21 degree to replace the 4 iron and 18 to replace the 3 iron. I like my 5 iron, it is one of my favorite clubs. I was able to take it out on the course and use it a little. I really like the feel of it. It feels like an iron which is what I like. I did hit a green that was significantly above me from 180 so that was a good sign and I layed up on a par 5 and hit it 220 from a fluffy rough lie (good lie) which was confusing so the jury is out on what distances I can expect but I really like the feel. If I like it I may get the 18 and 21. I can also send the fitter my numbers from the launch monitor so he can make adjustments. Standing over the ball the yellow does not bother me but I don't know that I want to be carrying that club around, I already think of it as the banana. I may bead blast the yellow off and paint it or leave it bare we will see. I'll report back as I get more information. I am playing Forest Dunes this weekend so I will use it more. Last night was league and I was a little hesitant to pull an unknown club.
  2. I’ve got a local indoor golf place with several bays that use Foresight GC2s.The owner (an instructor) told me he sets the altitude/elevation at 1200’ above sea level because it provides results comparable to what we’d normally have mid-summer in Chicago (which sits at about 600’ above sea level).I didn’t think much of it and proceeded to hit there a couple of times and the distances indicated were pretty spot on with my typical yardages. I was feeling good about the accuracy of the GC2 until my last session where I was getting about 10% less distance on every club. I asked the (different) guy who set me up if there was something wrong with that unit, and he said no. The owner overheard us and asked the guy if he changed the elevation setting. Upon checking, the elevation was at the default sea level setting. After it was changed to 1200’, I was back to normal distances. Does it seem right that a launch monitor would need to be set at 1200’ to return the same results that are had in the real world at 600’? Also, it’s been a long time since I’ve played in Florida, but is it accurate to estimate a 10% difference in distance from sea level to 600’ above?I found this on the Titleist website, and it seems to indicate the difference shouldn’t be that much:You can calculate the distance gain you will experience (compared to sea level) by multiplying the elevation (in feet) by .00116. For example, if you're playing in Reno, at 1 mile elevation (5,280 ft.) the increase is about 6% (5,280 x .00116 = 6.1248). If you normally drive the ball 250 yards at sea level, you will likely drive it 265 yards in Reno.Any knowledgeable insight from anyone?
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