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  1. I LOVE the C130S, fwiw. I'm in a similar situation; I walk with a Clicgear most of the time, but there are a lot of tournament rounds where I have to ride, plus I want a stand for the driveway, the parking lot, and the range. It's a great bag, like all the Sun Mt. stuff, and has the size of a cart bag plus the stand.
  2. I don't think I've ever seen any irons marketed that way. I think more offset would perhaps be the closest thing? In general, you'd be talking about GI or SGI irons, and those are probably more about ease of launch and forgiveness rather than any draw bias. The real answer is probably not a particular club, but a head/shaft combo that YOU can draw consistently. But I think most teaching pros would say that the answer to slicing irons probably isn't a "draw bias" iron.
  3. Absolutely correct on all points. I think golf specific workouts are all going to include squats, and typically it will be a back squat because you can add speed and power thru more weight that way. But you're dead on about the potential back issue, which is where a professional spending time to work with you on proper form is so valuable. One good way to mitigate the knee issue is to use a bench or jumping platform to limit how far down you can go.
  4. I'll take a shot at this. First of all, a workout routine for golf is going to include some stuff that is basic to ALL workouts; bench press, dead lifts, squats, etc. After that, there will be exercises that is aimed at rotation, speed, and separation between the lower and upper body; medicine ball work, cable pulls from a split stance to keep the lower body still while the upper body rotates and vice versa, and a lot of core work. Most of the workout will be "super sets", where you follow a heavier weight lift like a squat, with a medicine ball throw that uses the legs and glutes for a few reps with speed. But the key to this, at least to me at age 69, is getting evaluated by somebody who REALLY knows their business to find out what your deficiencies are. So in my case, I had to address a loss of mobility (NOT flexibility!) in my hips, which I continue to do almost daily, as well as part of EVERY workout. Since you're a doctor, I think the analogy of the prescription and the cure being specific to the the disease is spot on; what benefits one golfer won't do much for another. Likewise, a lot of stuff that is part of a standard weight room session might make you feel better, look better, etc, but it won't do a thing for your golf swing. If you're already working with fitness professionals and seeing swing speed gains after only a month, then you already way down the right road. I'd urge you to stay with them, and continue to periodically get reassessed; I'm sure they'll tweak your workouts as your body changes. I think the bottom line for seniors regarding workouts is twofold. First, there is a mountain of data about the value of resistance training in general to slow the aging process. But I'd add this; any senior golfer who says that their workouts aren't helping their golf game is doing the wrong workout. Working out is just like every other challenging endeavor; a lot of people substitute the words, "I don't need to...", when they really mean, "I don't want to...". As to your lower back stiffness, I get that 100%. I was a HS teacher for 39 years, and stood on tile floors all day every day. That said, I think the golf folks will tell you that most lower back issues in golfers are really about other things, often hip mobility issues that force us to use our lumbar spine to throw our upper body out of the way of our arms to complete the swing because our hips can't clear in sequence. Your hips, shoulders, and thoracic spine are meant to rotate; your lumbar spine really isn't, and if it has to, there is trouble ahead. All of that SHOULD get better as your body gets better, but it can take awhile for your swing to change, even after your body has.
  5. I'm 69 and still trying to play all the competitive golf I can; lifelong athlete, and always fit. I have the Trackman printouts from my last four driver fittings, going back to 2010 when I was 58, and the swing speed decline was fairly consistent from 2010 to 2014 to 2018. In other words, there wasn't a "moment". But there is good news to this, too; in my most recent fitting in August of this year, I had actually regained about 3 mph, and I'm now able to get back to well over 90 mph for the first time in several years. That's good for about 25 yards, and for seniors, that's gold. I have found it to be interesting and fun and productive to fight the aging process on multiple fronts, and I think there are possibilities out there for most of us; that's one of the really unique and wonderful things about golf. The trick is figuring out which ones to pursue and how to do that. So I'll offer these, and I'm borrowing heavily from the golf-specific training folks that I work with: 1. Equipment. If you haven't worked with a good fitter, do so asap. How much there is to gain depends on how long ago you were last fitted, if you were, but a lot of times a good fitter can wring out some yards, either by speed or by spin or by launch angle. 2. Technique. I did a full rebuild from the ground up in late 2018 because I had lost enough hand speed so that I just could "save" a bad swing anymore, at least doing what I had been doing. It was a very demanding process; I didn't play even a hole for over a month, and didn't play competitively for nearly 4 months but it was worth it. 3. Golf specific fitness training, with strength, flexibility, and mobility being parts of the total picture. For a HUGE number of seniors, the big issue isn't flexibility or strength; it's mobility, especially in the hips. A lot of that is from the aging process itself, and it's aggravated by too much sitting. Golf specific workouts don't look anything like either a standard weight room session, or the golf swing, but a well-designed workout built to address your own deficiencies has multiple upsides; less soreness, fewer injuries, and in a lot of cases, more speed. I have worked out for 50 years; I changed my workouts almost three years ago to try to help my golf swing. I'll summarize my experience with these workouts this way; when I was 39, I could swing FAST without trying to swing fast, or even think about swinging fast. At 69, I have to both try to and think about swinging fast, but getting my body in condition to do so has allowed me to swing faster while swing well. My best advice in all of this? Find a way to enjoy the hunt for ways to mitigate the aging process. Golf is unique that way, and thank goodness for that. All of my other sports are long gone, never to return, but there's an opportunity almost every day in golf. And that's cool!
  6. A very common architectural "trick" is to have mounding behind the green that slopes in one direction, with the break of the green going in the other. The eye is drawn to the big slope of the mound, and has trouble picking up the smaller, opposite slope of the green. Fazio does this a LOT, perhaps because he tends to build greens with less contour anyway. You'll see the same thing on roads if you bike; the surrounding terrain will make the stretch you are riding appear to be uphill (or down), but your legs and your gear shifting tells you what is really happening,
  7. The percentage of people that can plumb bob correctly is smaller by far than the number of people that plumb bob. And the percentage of people that know what they're looking at even IF they plumb bob correctly, is smaller still.
  8. This is a tough call; I know really good putters who ALWAYS look from the other side, and really good putters that NEVER do. FWIW, I think it may be much more important to stand on the low side of the line and closer to the hole to get a feel for break AT the hole; beyond the hole matters less at least to me. When I misread, it's more often about not seeing a slope late in the line but before the hole; it's rarely about something after the hole.
  9. I have a Ping boonie, and it both looks and fits great; you're right about the brim size, too. I will add this note, though; that hat is NOT UPF rated, and that for me is a deal breaker; I wear it around the yard or when I'm walking the dog, but never on the golf course for four or five hours. I love Ping stuff in general, but it is disappointing to me that they didn't get this done. There have been discussion here on other threads over the years about how much that rating does or does not matter, but I can't think of a reason that I would buy a "sun protection" garment of ANY type, hat or otherwise, that a manufacturer wouldn't get UPF rated.
  10. At one time, I believe that the T.P. Mills folks had bought up all of the shafts of this type that were still out there, and I don't believe anybody is manufacturing them anymore. The T.P. Mills facility is located in Alabama, and a friend actually dropped off his Cash-in on the way to the beach, and picked up it on the way back when he needed it reshafted. If you are looking for a shaft, you might give them a call first; they might also have info about refinishing in general for those putters.
  11. This isn't exactly correct; there is NOT a "one ball" rule unless a tournament committee chooses to adopt it, and that is almost never done except at the highest levels of amateur golf and for professional tournaments. Often, rule sheets will say "The one ball rule is not in effect", but that's really sort of unnecessary, because it is NOT normally the rule anyway. In all other cases, all that you are required to do is play the ball you teed off with for an entire hole; you can change in between holes as many times as you like. This includes not only a different ball, but even a different brand, so if you want to use Titleist on odd numbered holes and Bridgestone on even numbers, go for it.
  12. I believe at one point, a couple of teaching pros who taught Kelley’s system bought the rights to all of it, book included, from his widow. That was years ago; no idea what’s happened to it since. I think that golfers who commit to a good teacher who teaches Kelley’s methods develop really good swings. But it can be a relatively long process; it isn’t a “Let’s work with what you have” approach to golf. It is a comprehensive method in the truest sense.
  13. I assume it's out of print, and therefore "rare" and more expensive. That said, I have a LOT of golf books, including instruction books, and this one might be the one I got the least out of. I'm sure Kelley knew what he was talking about; I doubt anybody else ever did from reading that book.
  14. I’ve seen the Bells on eBay for years; never seen one in person.
  15. The L2 is a unique thing, even in the relatively small world of side saddle putters. The whole idea of side saddle, at least to me, is that I’m in a position and making a motion just as I would be if I were rolling a ball. My “release point” for that isn’t beside me; it’s out in front so that my eyes are behind the ball looking down the line. I like the guy’s machine, but I’m not sure what that machine has to do with my body, since it doesn’t have eyes. Still, I would consider buying one of his putters anyway; I’ve bought side saddle putters that I was pretty sure I’d never game. I like collecting them, I’m supporting the craft, and his price is very reasonable. But the L2 side saddle putter has 4* of loft, which I do NOT understand, especially given that his other two putters, both conventional, have 3*. I’m guessing that the ball position of his method must dictate that much loft, but it makes it useless to me. I’ve tried putting with that much loft (a Scotty Kombi) and it just doesn’t work. I guess the message is that there are lots of ways to skin the cat; the trick is to find the right one. BTW, the GP video was shot on the 13th green at Duke, where PR Dionne, the owner of GP, plays regularly. There is a little colony of guys at Duke who putt side saddle because of PR, and they used to stock his putters in the pro shop. Back in 2015 when I decided to try side saddle, that was the only place around to try it without a purchase; I putted for about 30 minutes on the Duke practice green and bought a GP. I only used it for about a month, but it was a simple way to get started.
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