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  1. I just came across this video randomly. Amazing how far they hit the ball back then, and with steel shafts and persimmon heads. It is good to see young Freddie, Fuzzy, Lonnie, Payne, and other guys I grew up watching.
  2. Red is indeed a mystery. Even a bright red ball is hard to see when the ball is in flight. Conceptually, you think that because it is a bright color you should be able to see it fly, but on a golf course it is very difficult for us to see the flight of the ball. Maybe a lot of us have red-green color blindness? Blue I can easily understand: the sky is blue, so the blue ball blends with the sky and you lose the ball's initial vector, so your eyes cannot anticipate where it is headed to before they focus on the next region. I think that the colors that are hard to spot
  3. I have seen many golf ball colors, and some are harder to watch the flight than other. To me, the best color is white, as I have the best lucking finding that one as it flies. Yellow is not bad, but some other colors I cannot see fly. Of course, dark green would be the hardest to find, but who makes them anyway? Just today I was playing with a lady who used purple balls, and they were hard to spot. Bright red I also have trouble seeing, and I also saw a glossed black ball from Ping. Which color ball is the worst for you?
  4. A quick update on my Langert set. I did not like the Hogan Apex Plus irons (2-6) because of the horrid offset on the 2 and 3 irons, so I sold them off and now I bought some Wilson Staff RM Tour irons (2-6) to replace them. The irons have no offset, and now I am happy with this partial Langert set. They're great clubs.
  5. I don't fully understand you. I have eighteen sets of golf clubs on my club rack, all of which are from the last millennium. The newest, "modern" iron I have is a Cleveland TA2 3 iron I just have lying around. I addressed a ball and looked down on the face, and with a square face it does appear that my hands are ahead of the ball, as they are supposed to. However, when I set my hands equal to or behind the ball, the leading edge is still square, but the hosel does appear bent or awkward. I think that the key is to look at the hosel itself and not the shaft?
  6. Why is the 1973 Apex classified along with the 1972 model? The 1972 is unlike the 73-78.
  7. This is perplexing. I was out on the golf course and checked out some sand wedges in my buddies' bags. I usually like to check the bounce of the sand wedge, but for the two sand wedges I saw today, they bring up the issue of how bounce is measured in the first place. One sand wedge is a Titleist Bob Vokey with 56 degrees of loft and 10 degrees of bounce. The bounce looked much like what I would expect from ten degrees of bounce. The next sand wedge is a Cleveland with 56 degrees of loft and 11 degrees of bounce. However, when looking at the bounce, it looked huge! To me it looks like at
  8. I have not been having much luck recently with the last few sets of ferrules I have ordered. The very first set of ferrules I ordered was very tight, and tight enough that I had to use a ferrule block to install them. Another set were on loosely that they moved up and down the shaft with ease. The last set I ordered were somewhere in between: they moved up and down the shaft with a little pressure. I am sure I ordered the correct size ferrule: .355" inner diameter for a .355" taper tip. For the loose-fitting ones I resorted to coating the insides with shafting epoxy to keep them there. D
  9. I use a club measurement rack, which I bought from Golf Works. The toughest part of determining length is the precise starting point, which is very difficult to determine with a radiused sole. I measure from that point to the top corner of the grip.
  10. I admit that I am very picky about my equipment, especially when it comes to lengths. I am proud to say that all my sets have perfect half-inch progressions. Not only have I extended 1/8", I have also trimmed and extended 1/16" for several clubs. How do I trim off 1/16"? That is another story. My demand for this exact precision stems from the years of buying used sets online. More often than not, the sets come in with horrid deviations from proper specs. I often wonder, did chimpanzees measure and trim these clubs? One set in came in so bad that every club needed to be trimm
  11. I am about to extend a 7 iron 1/8" and I am wondering about the extension. About 2" of the extension goes into the shaft before I measure and cut. After cutting, would that 2" create a problem because the weight of the extension would change the dynamics of the club?
  12. Today I will prep the shaft tips and start putting on the shims, and before applying them I will clip off the shims halfway--or maybe a third of the way? If this hack works, why are the shims so long in the first place?
  13. I just removed those plugs from the hosels. It took a lot of elbow grease, butane torch, an awl and a shaft reamer tool to get those damn plugs out. I basically heated them up with my butane microtorch, broke up the plastic plugs with my awl, and in some cases had to manually scrape out the plastic just like my dental hygenist does when scraping the tartar off my teeth. The next step before shafting with the shims is to clean out the hosels with acetone. This is off topic, but what is the best way to clean out the hosel with acetone? I know I cannot pour the acetone into the ho
  14. Here is a recent development. As I was cleaning out my hosels I noticed a plug at the bottom. The plugs look like they are made of plastic. I cannot tell if they were either bonded in there, or if the manufacturer placed them there. Should I try to bore them out? I think these little rods may get in the way of the shim, and the shaft will not go in all the way. However, the shims I bought all have a small hole in the center, so maybe I can force the shaft in there with the shim so the plug forces through the shim? Also, here is a dumb question. The brass shim has two sides,
  15. I will install the shafts starting with the AP2 4 iron shaft on the Daiwa 3 iron, and I will trim them down 1/2" to the old standard. How will that half inch affect the dynamics of the shaft?
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