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  1. Stock 757 in Still is too soft and stock 757 is X is too much. I got a brand new uncut shaft. How much do I need to tip the shaft to make it stiff-and-a-half? This will be going into a Titleist 915 adapter. TIA.
  2. I know that I responded earlier with a 905 and currently the D4, but I think that more people would like the 915 if they had better shafts in them. I use Speeder 757 that I have moved from 910, 913 and 915 and the 915 is better than the other two. I have the same shaft in the 905S (well, the older one) and the 915 is better... but the 905s with the 757 is better than the 915 with the diamana that came in it.
  3. When a good baseball player wants to add more power, they work on legs, curls and forearms. The more you curl, the more that you can stabilize the tricep - they need to be in balance. I don't understand how anybody who ever excelled in any sport where arms were of use could even argue that curls were not that important. ...anyway, this is all off point. OP - you should be able to get this stuff done in 15 minutes once or twice a week in your garage. Get 5, or so, exercises, do them, wait 3 minutes in-between and to 3 sets. If you are taking much longer than 15-20 minutes, then you are doing too much or going too slow. If you are really loving it in a few months, then add in a few more exercises and maybe another time a week. I can do pushups, curls, deadlifts, crunches, shoulder lifts (3 different ways) and forearm rolls done in about 14 minutes and the family never knew that I was gone. The hardest part will be figuring out how much weight to lift, but anything (even too light) is better than nothing. You cannot do this wrong as long as you listen to your body and don't try and lift way too much and pull something - form is better than too much weight. You should feel and see results in a few weeks. You can tweak from there.
  4. If you can afford them, the selectable dumbells are nice - will save you money in the long haul rather than buying every single one up to 50 lbs. 3x of anything at 8 or 10 reps should be fine. Start easy - you should be sore for a day or two at first, but this should go away in a few weeks. You don't want to work too hard the first few times that you are so sore that you want to quit. Once you get to where you are not as sore, then step up the weight so that you can barely finish the last set of 8 or 10 on your third set. Use the full range of motion and don't cheat with form. If you decide to work shoulders, use very little weight and make sure that your form is good. This is really helpful to strengthen your major and minor muscles to prevent rotator cuff and labrum injuries. There are literally dozens of exercises that you can do for them, but just pick a few that are different and do them well. I would get to where you can at least do 3x sets of 20-25 pushups and not really feel it. Most fit people can do this with ease. This is about the only exercise where I would do more than 8-10 reps. If you have a bench and can bench press, then 3x sets of 8-10 with more weight is fine. Get a 18" length of broomstick with a rope and a 1 gallon milk jug of water and do forearm rolls until you cannot anymore - of course a real one is fine too :) . Do this last. This will finish off your workout in nice fashion. When I was a serious baseball player, we would do these every night - even on off nights - until they burned. This will really polish up your forearms and shoulders and add all kinds of power and control.
  5. Lots of bad assumptions here. Baseball players have long and powerful swings just like good golfers and do not lose their mobility. They don't just do yoga and stretch, but they get stronger too. Nobody is saying that lifting weights like Mr Universe is a good thing for anybody, let alone a golfer, but you need to get stronger if you want dynamic power and the ability to consistently control something moving 100ish MPH. It is probably a good idea to stop short of having to buy belts, gloves, andro or even a gym membership, but not at least doing pushups, some arm exercises with a few dumbells, situps/core stuff and some basic leg exercises is missing an opportunity for health and a better golf game. Getting strong does not have to make you less flexible and mobile - it can if you don't do it right, but it does not have to. People don't juice like they used to, which was a big problem with mobility. There is enough info out there with NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, etc workouts where those guys get REALLY strong and lose no flexibility that can be used for examples. Of course, you can also build this kind of strength by hitting 1000 balls a day like some of the pros do... but you can wreck your back and shoulders just as easily doing this if you are not strong enough. ...and don't forget the wrist rolls - super important that few people actually do.
  6. You can go a long way just going into your garage with some situps/crunches, deadlifts, lunges, pushups, bent over rows and curls. Most importantly, do your forearm rolls and don't forget to stretch. If you can have shoulder issues, then "thumbs down shoulder raise" will help your stability muscles - these are very common in baseball and can give you a lot of power. Bicep is necessary to stabilize the elbow with any swing or throw so that the wrist can work - baseball players and golfers who neglect them will have elbow damage and/or never get any dynamic kind of speed or control. If you just swing with your right hand and use your left hand to feel your bicep, you can feel it come into work when you start to use your wrist. Super important.
  7. 905S with the Speeder 757. Current D4 is nice too with same type of ball flight, high bounce and then lots of roll.
  8. If you can hit the 681 2 (or 3), then you can hit the TMB. The sole is a bit wider (like every club made since then), but it is weighted better than the 681 with a larger sweet spot. The 2 irons since the 681 can swept a bit more since they will respond with a hit a line or two down from center. The middle-weighted 681 always needed to be driven down into the ball more for me to get the ball up a bit on the face. My 2-iron progression went from 681 (as well) to a 660 which was about half of a step better with a bit lower COG and bit larger sweet spot - not a ton better, but better. The current CB 2 iron is about 1 step better than the 660 with the same distance but a bit larger sweetspot - about 1.5 steps better than the 681. The TMB is even another step of forgiveness from the CB for me - so 2 to 2.5 steps better than the 681. The TMB is not as long for me as the CB, but the sweet spot was even larger. If you still even remotely like the 681 2 iron, then you will like this club, IMO.
  9. I extensively tried the TMB and the CB 2 iron - settled on the CB 2-iron... It hit more like a traditional 2 iron with about 243-247 carry and about 2-3 yards of roll after hitting a green. The TMB was a bit more like a hybrid with less distance, more spin and more roll out like around 5-6 yards - I would consider it a iron-hybrid, hybrid. I can hit a 2-iron in the center with good swing speed, so I don't need the forgiveness or lower center of gravity that the TMB has. I have 2, 3 and 4 in CB and 5-P in MB all with KBS S stepped a bit. My advice would be this - if you have the game to flush a 2 iron, then get the CB. If you need a bit of forgiveness, then the TMB is more iron-like than a hybrid and will play a bit more like a lower iron. The shaft selection is up to you, of course.
  10. jda

    2 iron head

    Titleist 681 or MP 33 are nice and soft and offer a 2 iron.
  11. Cannot go wrong with most Mizuno or Hogan Apex. The 680, 670 and 660 line from Titleist are very good too... along with 681. The 695s play really nice, but firm. Most of the others listed are softer feeling. I would go after the MP33s myself.
  12. jda

    Hybrids...

    When I fought the hooks I had to get stiffer shafts - from stiff to x. I suggest that you evaluate the shafts before the club. Has your swing gotten stronger, faster?
  13. [quote name='3putt4par2' timestamp='1286168306' post='2726989'] well technically thats illegal to post scores with those..I ALWAYS use a good ball I feel that i can trust it to stop or spin and get great distance. Just me i guess [/quote] The practice balls are legal and considered a logo ball. The x-outs are illegal.
  14. I am better for playing them too. Well done.
  15. If you have the gumption to do this, it will also build strength. I used to just take my 2 onto the range and hit 100+ balls with it. Forearms would sometimes shake when I was done. Distance is huge with more strength, but so is getting balls out of the rough with consistency. If you feel confident to hit a 3 iron into a green from 200+, then this is a drill for you. I can show you a 2 iron with a raw-metal worn spot like most blades have on the 8, 9 and P. It is neat. While you are at it, you should have at least 2 swing with the 2/3 iron: 1). sweeping swing with long, pointing-at-target driving wrist turnover for carry and roll for fairway and tee shots, and 2). attacking, downward wrist turnover for height, spin and stopping ability. When you are hitting 100+ balls with the same club, you need something else to practice for some variety. After a while, you get to where you can stop a 2 iron in about 8-12 feet from 230 yards on a green rolling 10 or 11 (with blades mind you which I think are eons easier to spin) and use the same club for a 220 yard shot with 20 yards of roll. Basically one swing like your driver and another swing like your 9 iron. When I did this, I found that I was not playing stiff enough shafts in my irons. If you are striking the ball well with wide dispersion, then this could be your issue. This is not as noticeable on the short irons where the shafts don't bed as much.
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