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  1. I think that's the point; off the driver, the differences in distance among golf balls are marginal. The performance differences show up other places.
  2. Yes; the key words are "in general". Today's Golfer LOVED the ERC as a golf ball for amateurs ("everyday club golfers", in their words) who didn't want to spend top dollar for golf balls, with distance off the tee being one of the big reasons. I think the trade-off with the ERC is that the spin rate off a wedge was one of the lowest TG tested, approaching 900 rpms lower that the ProV1x, with dispersion that is average at best. I don't like the trade myself, which TG characterizes as adding 2 yds. off the driver and giving up the wedge spin, but I do understand the pr
  3. Which was one of MGS's main, though general, conclusions; a harder ball goes farther, and a softer ball is a shorter ball.
  4. This is a pretty good summary. Every ball manufacturer is looking for distance, right? So there is a combination of launch angle, spin rate, and dimple configuration that will give the longest carry and best overall distance, and the laws of both physics and the USGA provide the exact same limitations for all of them. There just isn't any way to get 20+ yards from a ball change, much less 30 or 40. To the OP, I'd be MUCH more curious about two things other than the ball you are using. One is your swing speed and distance, and the other is the driver you are using.
  5. Here are two links that might help. The first one is more basic, then the second one goes into some stuff I would LOVE to be able to do. But it'll give you the idea; movement thru the full range of motion (mobility), vs. static stretching.
  6. Forget about your swing speed; I think it's fair to say that independent testing data has shown all of that to be just marketing. I would urge you or anyone else to take a hard look at the Today's Golfer and the MGS tests from last year; those are about as exhaustive as one could hope for. There are differences in distance off the tee, but they are minimal, really, and probably not the best reason to pick (or reject) a particular ball. That said, I think Today's Golfer had the TP5-x as the longest ball off the tee, while MGS had the Snell MTB-x as the longest. We're a
  7. I know Ping doesn't tip their stock shafts. If you want to know what they do with somebody else's, just call them. I suspect they trim to the manufacturer's specs; I called about a Recoil iron shaft, and that was the case.
  8. Isn't the question HOW to swing faster? Doesn't the answer depend on WHY you aren't already swinging faster? Just saying "swing faster" isn't anymore meaningful that saying "Run faster" or "Throw harder" or "Jump higher". The issue for each of those is what is keeping a particular individual from doing that, and there is just not one simple answer to that.
  9. I'm 68, and I've been working out religiously for about 50 years now, including several years of "golf-specific" workouts, which have been great. That said, the answer to the OP question FOR ME was hip mobility stuff, with shoulder strength a mobility second. The first time I tried the 90-90 hip mobility exercise, I couldn't do it at all without my hands on the ground behind me, and I was cramping after just a couple of reps each way, which was stunning to me given my level of general fitness.
  10. For the sake of the discussion, rather than to just argue, I'll add this. The instructor you reference is correct, but that is NOT useful information. The true question for any player is to figure out what is keeping them from swinging faster, and that is often NOT simply a matter of doing some speed training. If, for instance, your mechanics are bad, you can do all the speed training that you want, and your speed on the golf course won't improve. Similarly, if mobility is an issue, which is often the case with senior golfers and especially with their hips, then speed training just won't w
  11. I putt face on with an F22; it's a GREAT putter. As to using it for armlock, I think the key factor would be the loft. Side saddle putters only have a degree or so of loft; I think armlock putters have more than conventional putter lofts. This is not an insignificant difference, IMO. Call Bobby Grace and talk to him about it. In addition being one of the best in the business, he's the nicest guy you'll ever talk to, and will build you pretty much anything you want built. He'll be able to answer questions like this with complete accuracy.
  12. If you read every post in the 100 pages, you wouldn't know anymore than you do now, and you'd have the same questions about your own situation. If anything, you'd be MORE confused because you'd read posts from guys who swear by the SSG protocols, guys who got nothing from the SSG protocols, guys that got hurt doing the SSG protocols, and everything in between. And, of course, you have NO idea how ANY of those guys was really going about the work other than their own retelling of it. Forget the sticks and the protocols for a moment, and just think of speed training as one aspect
  13. Since both Ballard and connection have been mentioned already, I will just say that connection of the right arm FOR BALLARD is pretty much the exact opposite of putting a glove or headcover under the right armpit and trying to keep it there during the backswing. "Connection" to Ballard was about maintaining an athletic motion, and NOT about keeping the right arm pinned to the body. He compares the motion of the right arm during the backswing to the motion an infielder makes when throwing a baseball; the right arm has to move to a powerful, loaded position, and that does NOT involv
  14. First of all, everybody that is an 8 sometimes plays like a 10 and sometimes like a 4. In fact, if your worst is like a 10, then you're doing pretty well! Second, asking a question like this is going to get a bunch of responses in which guys tell you what THEY use, and that may or may not have anything whatsoever to do with you. I think it is safe to say that in 2021 there are better options out there than a 3 iron, given that most OEM's don't make them anymore, but beyond that things become murky. I would urge you, if you aren't already, to keep some data on yourself
  15. This is a great post, and one that I think most PT's that work regularly with golfers would second. Most back pain in golfers isn't as much about the back, but something else, with a lack of mobility being an immediate suspect. For people who spend a lot of time sitting, the hips are the rotation center that loses mobility, which puts strain on the back during the swing. Stretching may (or may not) help, but mobility isn't really helped by the stretching that most people do, and mobility work will help a lot more. 90-90's for the hips, and thoracic spine openers are
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