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  1. I will absolutely cop to that. If I've ever seen a claim, either in print or broadcast, from a golf ball manufacturer that a particular ball is "forgiving", then I don't remember it. Since golf equipment companies aren't shy about making extravagant claims for their products, I will choose to infer that this means there's just no such thing as a "forgiving" golf ball. If anything, it would seem to me that a firmer ball, which typically goes farther, and/or a higher spin ball would be "forgiving" because they would at least marginally overcome a swing that didn't generate either
  2. I don't think just a custom problem. My buddy finally got his G425 irons with the stock Alta senior flex shafts after an 83 day wait. EIGHTY THREE DAYS... My local Golf Galaxy also has plenty of G425 drivers with stock shafts, but not much else. One set of G425 irons on the wall; no Blueprints, no G710's, nothing.
  3. So here's what I was told by the head guy at Golf Galaxy yesterday. The i210 is going away for sure. There WILL be an i-series iron of some sort; the retailers are sort of assuming that it will be hollow head technology, so you could think of it as a i500 "update". He is still assuming a late summer release, BUT he thinks it won't be released until Ping's production capabilities are back to something approaching normal. I think everybody has been horrified by the delays with the G425's, and I think the retailers won't be happy with doing fittings and then seeing customers wait 10 weeks or
  4. I doubt there is anything on the market that I haven't tried; I've got them all. Tilley, Imperial, Shelta, Ahead, Coolibar, etc. I had a Nike I really liked, but it wasn't SPF rated, and I ended up doing some pretty serious pre-cancer treatments on my head, so now I don't buy ANYTHING that isn't rated SPF 50+. If that isn't on the tag, it means that either the company didn't submit it for testing, or that it didn't pass the test, and in either case, you need to steer clear. I haven't found any particular hat to be cooler, unfortunately. The Ahead Palmers and the Imperials are
  5. If your friend is hoping to use his current G30 shaft in a G425, changing out the adapter isn't a large expense.
  6. I'm curious. What do all of these balls that are so good in the wind do when the wind isn't blowing? Are they PERFECTLY straight then, or are they just "opposites" of other golf balls, and curve when there is no wind but fly straighter when there is wind?
  7. The answer to this depends wholly on the individual; it's impossible to generalize. And I don't think Dechambeau, or any other pro, are necessarily good guides; their technique is so good that they can often find a few MPH of swing speed safely. It's critical to remember that those guys are already swinging the club really, REALLY fast and with great control and technique; that is a very different scenario than what is faced by most of us. It's sort of like looking at the equipment of a Tour player and thinking that if he's using an X flex and hitting it far and straight, I should, too, whi
  8. Above all else, do NOT wash garments with a waterproofing treatment on the outside with regular detergent. As mentioned earlier, get the NikWax products, and wash the garments ONLY with that. They make a second product that also restores the coating, at least to some degree. Also as mentioned earlier, this doesn't have anything to do with GoreTex. A GoreTex jacket will still keep most, if not all, of the water from getting to you, even if the coating on the outer shell has degraded. But it doesn't help, and the garment will be heavier and not breathe as well.
  9. Careful with facts, arbeck! The belief in magical golf balls runs deep here. Cheap balls that are more forgiving, premium balls that perform worse for bad players, balls that are unaffected by wind, and so on. We are living in a physics-free zone.
  10. This discussion is EXACTLY what started Mark Broadie down the road to "strokes gained". On one hand, we all know that there is a very frequent statistical illusion to total putts for a single round; if I hit a lot of greens, I'll have more putts, and if I miss a lot of greens, I'll have fewer putts, with neither of those having much to do with how well I putted. On the other hand, we all know that if, over a lot of rounds, one guy averages 32 putts and another guy who hits a similar number of fairways and greens averages 35 putts, the first guy is almost certainly a be
  11. I hope so as well. FWIW, I'll repeat what I heard in April, though it is secondhand. Club pro with a Ping cart account was told by his Ping rep that there would be no i500 update/new version.
  12. Most scratch guys will be REALLY unhappy with a round where they hit 6 greens; I think 11 might be a realistic average. BUT there is a MUCH bigger difference in the quality of ball-striking between 6 and 11 GIR's than the 5 greens missed. On a day when you hit 12 greens, you are likely to be hitting the ball well, and your misses on the other 6 greens tend not to be very bad, and in a place where getting up and down is more than possible, especially for a player who understands course management and where to miss. By contrast, on the days when you hit only 6 greens, misses tend t
  13. If the comparison is going to be what happened to MacGregor, then the only companies that can be considered are Ping, Titleist, Callaway, and Taylormade. All the others that have been mentioned are small, though important, players in terms of total market share; MacGregor was dominant for decades. Go into a classic clubs market place, either brick and mortar or online. The vast majority of the woods, and a lot of the irons, will be MacGregor. There just wasn't anything on the market comparable to the MacGregor Eye-o-matic persimmon woods; they were the 800 lb gorilla of their da
  14. What happened to MacGregor happens to companies that are dominant in their market, but because of their size and dominance, aren't very nimble and also tend to assume they will always be dominant. The best analogy I can think of is General Motors, which was saved only by a government bail out because they were, quite literally, too big to fail. MacGregor didn't adapt to perimeter weighted irons, and they didn't adapt to metal woods. The game changed a lot faster than they did, and it was over in a hurry. Wilson would have been the same without parent company money and their cont
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