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  1. I have a Bag Boy Quad Cart. Seat attached. The single best golf related purchase ever. That is a pretty neat contraption for those carrying their clubs. Might need to look into that for Bandon trips.
  2. Pep is right about the Left Dash vs. AVX. You can still get a solid result with a less than perfect shot.
  3. That is why I ask relative to what we define as low compression. I do agree with you to a certain extent that on the high end balls (AVX vs. Prov1X) we are splitting hairs, especially at the 85-90 swing speeds. In the test by MGS, there is only 1 MPH difference in ball speed between the AVX and the ProV1X. Likewise with spin. Yes there is spin differences, but it is not like the AVX is a ball that has spin characteristics like a Pinnacle. When you get on the 100 plus end, it seems that the data is pretty clear that one should favor a firmer ball. The ori
  4. That is why I ask relative to what we define as low compression. I do agree with you to a certain extent that on the high end balls (AVX vs. Prov1X) we are splitting hairs, especially at the 85-90 swing speeds. In the test by MGS, there is only 1 MPH difference in ball speed between the AVX and the ProV1X. Likewise with spin. Yes there is spin differences, but it is not like the AVX is a ball that has spin characteristics like a Pinnacle. When you get on the 100 plus end, it seems that the data is pretty clear that one should favor a firmer ball. The ori
  5. Is there any data on this claim? I guess we should establish what exactly one means by "soft".
  6. This. Had this discussion with a playing partner a few days ago. I told him the 2021 ProV1 feels like you are hitting a water logged ball. It is not hard feeling like a Left Dash, but rather it feels "heavy". I think it is the worst tour ball I have played in a very long time. Feels like hot garbage, has no pop to it, and doesn't particularly stand out in the short-game.
  7. "Trouble compressing it" really does not exist. The whole myth of swing speed and compression has pretty much been disproven. As others have said, you are not likely to improve much upon the Maxfli Tour. Your only option is the X versions that have been suggested. They might help you get the ball up on approach shots and if you can't get the X versions to hold bite on short chips or pitches, than you are out of luck. You might want to try the Titleist AVX if you can get your hands on the newer version. For some golfers, it has a little extra pop to it and you might find it doe
  8. I have a long time buddy I have played with for over 20 years. He should easily be a 4 or 5 handicap, always talks about getting better, goes to the range, plays a couple times a week, but DOES almost everything in the book to self-sabotage. And by self-sabotage it is all "low hanging" fruit. His regular life is a bit chaotic by his own doing and so is his golf game. You are correct, I think he purposely tries to self-sabotage his golf game so he doesn't have to think about other things, yet still maintain his comfort zone of constant low-level anxiety. He could cut 5 or 6 str
  9. Reading through this thread and reviewing my playing groups, I am convinced that very few golfers really want to get better.
  10. Our main local pro shop, part of the Edwin Watts chain, looks like it is having a going out of business sale. Half of the store is empty.
  11. Reading through your posts, it seems to me your issue is more a "course" management problem than a golfing problem and some of the problems you are having could be mitigated by employing a few common "veteran" strategies. Play with the dew sweepers, get to know the pro shop folks, etc. Most importantly which solves all your problems is to find a reliable 4 to 6 playing partners. Fill the foursome. Problem solved. Sadly, many courses are run by idiots. These courses should be avoided. There a couple in my area and we never, ever play them. Luckily we have options.
  12. YES! YES! YES! My soul brother. I had this very discussion with a pal the other day. The consistently worst area of the overwhelming majority of ams game is pitching and chipping inside 75 yds. And I am not talking hacks, I am talking guys that can shoot high 70s to mid-80s. I play with two guys, solid players, who literally can't use a gap or sand wedge around the green. Watching somebody use a 7 iron to pitch and run through the rough to a short-sided pin is excruciating. As Obee said, I too have a couple of guys who said "eff it" and putt everything,
  13. Tom Wishon has talked endlessly about this. Shorter drivers, properly weighted with the proper shaft and with the correct loft. Most who struggle would drastically improve with a basic fitting.
  14. I play with 3 different rotating groups of single to mid- double digit players. I also make several golf trips a year and play many rounds with random players when my wife travels for work. I also make a couple trips to my dad's retirement community each year where the golfer's are mostly 65 to 85. The driver, is by far the most consistent and easiest club that nearly everybody hits decent. By far, the primary group that struggles with the driver is the bro crew that is out there once a week trying to smash it as far as they can for bragging rights.
  15. This is hilarious. I play with a rotation of about 8 or 9 different guys. Not a single one of them have heard of Broadie, let alone read his book.
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