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  1. Very possible. A few years have passed since the first time I took mine off, so I can't remember whether it needed heat the first time.
  2. Pry it out using a little pick or something in one of the screw holes. It'll come out, but it won't just fall out. I have a stack of washers jammed in the cavity of mine, so it pops off a little easier than most after the screws come out.
  3. As long as I can shoot in the low 80s with a $800 set of 2-5 year old equipment, I don't see much reason to pay retail. That goes for balls too, I play used Srixons from ebay for 50 cents/ball rather than $2.50/ball retail. I make up for cost with volume. There's a pretty steady stream of used putters flowing through my garage.
  4. For driver and irons, you likely won't see a difference from 10 years ago at those swing speeds. You may be able to find a flex and length combo that help with forgiveness or help increase center-strikes, but high performance features don't seem to help as much at slower swing speeds. I'd say that the biggest difference is the improvement in hybrids and "tweener" clubs. For someone who has lost distance, a club like the Cobra F6 Baffler or Callaway super hybrid could be a game-changer. May want to look for a set with hybrids 4-6, then irons 7-p. Graphite shafts may also help with softening the impact if that aggrivates his shoulder at all.
  5. I loved my G15's, but after I went away from them, I tried to come back and the offset was a killer for me. Also tried the Tour Edge iron-woods, but no luck there either. Went even further back to the G10's, and settled in on the G30 which has been very solidly in my bag for the last year. Lots of fond memories with the G15's. If I could get past the offset I'd probably give them another shot at making the bag.
  6. I know it's not personal "good news", but I was really happy to see Tony Finau win this week. He seems like one of the most down to earth guys on the tour.
  7. I was fortunate enough to live near two golf stores that closed (first a Golf Galaxy, then a Golfsmith... then another Golf Galaxy opened up about a block from the old one). Each time one closed, I bought a bunch of their repair supplies. Adapters, ferrules, tool boxes, epoxy guns, tape, solvent, tools, swingweight scale, rulers, shims, etc. Also bought the Golfworks club repair bible for a couple bucks and spent some time reading it when I was starting the hobby. I agree with lots of the things stated before... especially about Harbor freight being a great source for tools you want to keep in your golf kit (like hook blades, sanding stuff, pipe cutter, drill bits, pipe cleaners). The two big missing pieces in my tool setup are a belt sander and a loft/lie machine. For shaft extraction, I made one from a Harbor Freight can crusher a few years ago and it's still going strong. Instructions are posted somewhere deep in the guts of the forum.
  8. In about a month I'll be moving to a house that has a small (8x8) storage/workshop area built outside with no air conditioning or insulation. I'm in the Houston area and the workshop is on the back of the house with full afternoon sun, so it'll be an oven in there. My plan is to add a small portable A/C unit so that I can cool it down a little when I need to work in there, but that'll likely only be running for an hour or two per week. The room has a small window built into the door that I'll cover to help keep the temps down slightly. Is there any concern keeping normal club-making supplies in that environment? The supplies won't get direct sunlight, but temps of 100+ and Houston humidity (90+%) are expected. Should that be a concern for things like epoxy, tape, rubber (grips), ferrules? What about power tools (grinder, dremel, heat gun)? Should I avoid keeping spare clubs in that room? In my current house I keep that stuff in the garage, which gets hot, but has better venting and gets some cooling from the house. I'm planning to find a place inside for things like propane torches, paints, and jugs of solvent, but would prefer to keep as much of my clubmaking stuff in the workshop area as possible. Thanks!
  9. I recently added a 16 year old to mine... I added what you saved . But I'm not her Uber driver anymore, so life is still good.
  10. The house we're buying has small workshop already built and I'm super excited. Just enough room for my workbench, tool/supply cabinet, and a couple bags of spare clubs. The rest of the house belongs to the family, but I finally have my own evil laboratory. Good luck getting the swing dialed in and congrats on the new pup!
  11. The last couple years have been tough, so I thought a good-news thread might lift people's spirits. For me, I got a promotion last year, have two good kids who have good heads on their shoulders, and we just had our offer accepted for my wife's dream house. If you have anything great going on in life, please feel free to share.
  12. My set was only single length 4-pw, so I was already playing normal length wedges. The only change was my PW.
  13. I carry a PW at wedge length rather than my iron length. So my 9i is at 7i length, and my PW is at SW length. Gives me the ability to have more control on chips/pitches and a good mental separation between "full swing" clubs and "partial swing" clubs.
  14. 1" shorter means it's playing more upright than designed. Maybe your irons need to have their lie adjusted. Probably won't affect driver though.
  15. My hybrid is my favorite club. The course I play most has multiple doglegs where 250+ runs through the fairway. Can't use driver, and a great 4w can also be too much. 225-240 from my 19* hybrid is perfect. Also great for punch outs, hard/thin conditions, soft conditions, runners to get into position down the fairway without risking trouble, ability to keep it low on windy days, etc. I think the initial value proposition was flawed by equating the utility of the hybrid to the similarly lofted iron. There is a huge difference in versatility in my opinion. I still wouldn't pay $250 for one. While they're infinitely useful, they are also relatively simple tools that I don't use for maximizing distance, so I don't chase the latest tech. A good $75 used hybrid will always be welcome in my bag. If you want a money pit, exotic shafts are like adding a swimming pool to your home. If you use it and love it, it's worth the money... but you'll rarely see a dime in return on investment when you sell.
  16. Hybrid if the lie is reasonable or for hard pan. If the grass is gnarly, then something like a delofted 6i to gouge it out and keep it low. In a normal round my hybrid gets about as many shots as my driver or wedges, so sometimes I'll hit a whole bucket of range balls to simulate different hybrid shots. Tee shots, fairway shots, bare lies, punches/runners (with draw and fade), full shots flighted low/high, etc.
  17. SS Flatso 3.0 right now. Wrists are nice and calm, so far so good.
  18. Bought an Axis 1 Joey, and found out that all I really needed was a different grip on my old putter.
  19. Agree... I set mine to the flat setting and never looked back. It even has a shaft flex that shouldn't fit me but it works so well that I'm not touching it. It definitely looks perfect behind the ball.
  20. Not sure it's a holy grail, but I love the Ping Anser 4w. I have similar driver speed (maybe a touch less), and my 4w is great for 240-250yds, 260 if I step on it. I'm not a fan of looking down at turbulators so my next fairway might be a G425, but I'm in no rush to change the Anser.
  21. Agree completely! It's so hard to get good putting data, especially on-course. I hate to admit how many putters I own that are great at one aspect of putting (alignment, feel, smooth roll, distance control, short putting), but horrible at another. I think it would be much easier to get adoption for new putter designs or technologies if it was easier to see the small differences. It's pretty amazing that putters like the DF2.1 is getting so much attention via word-of-mouth. I think the idea of Odyssey to make their toe-up line was pretty interesting, but they depend on sales numbers that are too high for such a new and different technology. It would be nice to see those more traditional-looking designs come from a smaller brand that doesn't need to sell quite as many units to keep the model alive.
  22. I've been wondering about this also. I've been on a long journey to reduce the variables in my putting, and these seem to remove a ton of variables. If I'm hitting my line without my body/arms doing anything weird during the swing, then the only variable I have to account for is speed, which seems like it would allow for a ton of improvement. I'm just starting to dabble with the "no torque" putters. I demoed the DF 2.1, but actually liked the Axis 1 Tour-HM mallet better. I tracked down a dirt cheap Axis 1 Joey a couple days ago, so I'm planning to give that a few rounds before I pull the trigger on a Tour-HM.
  23. Ping Anser 4w on the flat setting has been in the bag for a year or so now. Before that, nothing was able to stick in that spot. I may look at an upgrade now that the G425 fairways have the turbulators removed, but I'd be more than happy to play the Anser 4w for a very long time.
  24. I'm sure it has been addressed somewhere in the pages of this thread, but how much goodness would I be sacrificing if I chose the blade rather than the 2.1?
  25. I liked it because it constrained my club-hoing tendencies. Once I looked at all the offerings from "my" brand, I could make a pretty easy decision about what to buy or not. Now that I'm back to multiple brands in the bag, the number of options is too large. Luckily, I'm really happy with my overall setup so there's not as much of a desire to try/buy everything on the market right now.
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