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  1. I got the T200s with the Tensei Blue shaft. I DID wait for the Pings! I waited three months for a hybrid, two months for two wedges, and watched a buddy wait three months for a set of 425 irons. I love Ping irons; I think I’ve had 9 sets since I started playing golf back in the days even before the Eye2. I also admire the company for taking employee safety so seriously; there is just so much to like about Ping. And if they come out with a better version of the i500 next year, with reasonable delivery windows, I’ll be back. But as I said, my fitter doesn’t even want to fit Pings right now b/c a three or four (or more!) delivery window is prohibitive.
  2. To an extent, I think is IS Ping. I did an iron fitting last week, and the guy I work with, who LOVES Ping, wasn't even interested in me hitting any Pings because the minimum delivery time is well after the first of the year. He said that a Ping plant overseas (Philippines?) has shut down, and thrown yet another wrench into Ping's situation. The result for me is that in the next couple of weeks, I'll have Titleist irons after 30+ years of ONLY Ping irons. I made a significant swing change two years ago, and I've waited as long as I could to do an iron fitting; would have loved to stay with Ping, but there is no end in sight for this.
  3. bluedot

    Mavrik Irons

    I did an iron fitting last week, and while I was warming up and with the Trackman on, there was a Mavrik 7 iron with a Recoil shaft just sitting there, so I hit it several times. I must say, it was absurdly long and VERY straight. I have no idea about lofts, etc, but it was REALLY easy to hit. I asked my fitter about them, and he said that the problem with them now is that Callaway won't customize them at all; I assume that means they are just selling out the existing stock.
  4. 1. Somehow or other, you need to track your putting via a strokes gained approach; the putts per round thing is one of the most deceptive stats in all of sports. A lot of people find that their putting isn't as bad as they thought, but whatever the case, it is a much better diagnostic tool. And I'd urge you to take a look at the stats about what Tour pros actually make from particular distances; you may be beating yourself up for missing putts that EVERYBODY misses. Tour pro are at around 8' before they get to a 50% make rate, and as someone has pointed out earlier in the thread, they are on perfect greens and practice ALL the time. (You might want to read that sentence again!) Great putting is more about three putt avoidance than anything else; NOBODY is making a lot of 15' putts. 2. You say that your "line reading is decent", but that your speed control isn't. So maybe start there by flipping the focus. Read the putt and commit to the line via a spot a few inches in front of the ball, then focus just on the speed all the way thru the stroke. The vast majority of three putts are from poor distance control and leaving yourself a three or four footer; if you get the speed right and the line wrong, you'll generally have a very short putt left. 3. To me, when you add that you sometimes push and sometimes pull, there is a red flag. Two way misses are most often a result of a long backswing and a pop stroke without a proper release down the line of the putt, and that also can play into the speed control issues. If your thought over the putt is to release down the line, your brain will process that and your backstroke will become shorter, allowing you to accelerate thru the ball; you'll put a better roll on it and it will hit and hold the intended line better. 4. There is a really good game called "30 for 30" that you might try. Start 30' from the hole, which is an average distance for an approach shot that ends in a GIR. You get 1 point for a two putt, two points for a two putt in which the first putt went past the hole, and three points for a made first putt. But you subtract THREE points for a three putt. The goal is to get to 30 points before you get to 30 putts. It doesn't take forever to do, and you can cut it to 10 for 10 or 20 for 20 (still using 30' putts, of course) as a warmup drill before you play to help lock in the speed of the greens. It's not only great for practicing speed control, but you are working on short putts and building confidence in the process. I was shown this game by a woman on the LPGA Tour, so it isn't just some hokey thing I made up. 5. Lastly, and most importantly, build a rock-solid stroke for putts from 4' and in by hitting a million of them in a "pristine" situation, whether that's a putting mat at your house (best) or a straight, flat putt on a practice green. Until you KNOW that you are making a good stroke on a straight, flat putt, then longer putts and breaking putts are just a distraction from the real problem. You won't make all of those in "real life" because greens aren't perfect and funny things happen, but you MUST know that it was the green and NOT your stroke. Good luck!
  5. Asked and answered. You should just stop; you contribute zero to a honest question about the golf swing. Read back over what you have written on this thread; your only goal is to show that you know more than Monte, or Dechambeau, or anybody else. It’s really, really tiresome, and sort of pathetic.
  6. We’d already talked about vertical forces; the others are where YOUR basketball “analogy” was so absurd. Grow up.
  7. The basketball analogy is even worse than super-flawed; it’s completely irrelevant. The golf swing is rotational and includes a weight shift, plus separation between the upper body and lower body, none of which is happening in jumping for a rebound. Great example of what happens when somebody wants everyone else to believe he’s the smartest guy in the room.
  8. I was told yesterday that an order placed NOW for G425 irons wouldn’t ship until December at the earliest, with January more likely.
  9. I think the answer depends on the parameters of the question. If you mean can a golfer in his 60's regain the speed he had in his 30's or 40's, the answer is no; Father Time is just relentless and undefeated. But if you mean can a golfer in his 60's maintain, and even regain, some mph's that he might have lost in the last decade, then yes; that CAN be done. There are a couple of ways, with equipment and technique being big ones IF that hasn't already been done. But golf-specific workouts are probably the piece that will help the most if the player in question already swings the club correctly and is using the proper equipment. What the workout should consist of depends largely on the individual and his deficiencies in strength and/or mobility, and if you're serious about regaining lost mph, then getting assessed by somebody who specializes in this is irreplaceable. Golf specific workouts don't look much like standard weight room workouts, with the exception of some common compound lifts, and they don't look ANYTHING like the golf swing. They're aimed at helping the golfer "separate" the upper body and lower body, at increased mobility, and so on. It's great stuff, or at least it has been for me at age 69.
  10. Hybrids are a little bit shorter and heavier; my 5 hybrid is 35 grams heavier than my 5 wood (both Ping and both with a 70g shaft, so I think most of the weight difference is in the head. I'll hit my 5 hybrid out of the rough, but only rarely anything longer than that unless the ball is really sitting up. But I don't even like to do that. I get better results with a 7 iron or less; better chance of getting the ball airborne, better misses, etc. Bermuda rough is a bear, and the rule of thumb is that if you're in it, get out of it. Anything beyond that is a bonus. Sometimes the best way to make 4 is not to make 6.
  11. Not an Odyssey, but a used Scotty Kombi. GREAT in the store, awful of the course. Too much loft for side saddle, IMO; everything was short and right.
  12. This is a tough ask if the rough is anything significant; a FW head is too light and too broad. FW heads tend to skate on Bermuda rough, and if you really hit down, they just don’t get thru the ball very well at all. Hit an iron if the ball is down, and a hybrid if it’s up; you’ll get better results.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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,
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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