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  1. If Sunday pins are supposed to be the hardest, what do you guys think about the idea of a tournament in which Thursday has every hole cut on the easiest location of the green, then progressing to Sunday, where every green has a Sunday pin? In the tournaments I've seen, not all holes use Sunday pins on the actual Sunday of a tournament. Some holes you see Sunday pins on Thursday, and some on Friday or Saturday. Why not do all Sunday pins on Sunday?
  2. Yes, but the dude I was paired up with last week was so happy when he hit is pitching wedge 155 yards. I had to take a picture of the actual club in his bag immediately after the superb shot. Made him feel like a stud when I had to use my old 6 iron to get on the green. He had no short game, so no wonder I beat him by 14 shots, but when I grow younger I want to hit my pitching wedge as long as him!
  3. Are we talking about the geezer tees? These are the markers that are between the ladies' tees (most likely red) and the standard men's tees (most likely white). The new PC-era calls them the forward tees and the middle tees. The question asks a specific age. Of course there are guys here at 67 who can tee it up on the back tees, but those guys are exceptions. For latitude purposes, I suggest that the minimum age to play the geezer tees would be when the golfer starts receiving Social Security benefits, so that can be anywhere from 62 to 70.
  4. Look what I found in the trash can on the golf course today. Some dude broke his driver and threw it in the trash. When I picked it up, I remember very well the sound that driver makes at impact: like hitting the ball with a trash can lid. Of all the drivers I've come across in the past twenty years, this one and there is a Cobra driver head that sounds absolutely horrendous at impact. The Cobra is second worse compared to the Sumo2 trash can lid. Maybe the disgruntled golfer got sick of hearing the sound of his driver and broke it off, but I suspect that he had lousy fundamentals. As they say, a poor carpenter always blames his tools. I remember KJ Choi playing this driver way back when it was released, and I'm sure he played some good golf with this trash can lid. He obviously doesn't play it anymore, so maybe he was disgusted with the sound as well. Here is the vital question: if a golfer drives the ball well with it, why chuck it because of the sound it makes? The sound a driver makes should have the least important consideration, if any, when selecting a driver. Maybe the sound interferes with the golfer's swing because he may anticipate hearing the giggles from his playing partners after hitting one solidly. If you want to be a stud on the tee to impress your buddies with audibly pleasing drives, play persimmon, but you will lose more of your bets because your opponents will blow past your drives and will have 8 irons in versus your 4 and 5 irons. If you want to entertain your buddies, go ahead and play the Sumo2. I forgot to mention the Callaway ERC II nonconforming driver, which makes a BOINK! sound when you catch it in the middle--really, it does make that kind of sound! However, if the Total Driving statistic is most important to you, why not just pick the best driver regardless of the sound it makes?
  5. Well here is my report of the regular shafts. After making my initial post I went to the local muni and I did not play so well. The clubs felt a tiny bit lighter due to the lighter shafts, but after swinging S300's for the past thirty years I found that at impact I had a harder time finding the middle of the club face. I did not notice much difference in trajectory or spin, either. I hit only a few shots solidly, and the rest of them were mishits either on just about every part of the face except the middle and the hosel--thank God I didn't hit any shanks. I scored about the same thanks to my short game and putting, but I hit about half the greens I normally do, and my distance control was inferior and generally toward missing short since I lost distance from mishitting. After about twelve holes I was disgusted with the clubs. Prior to the round I reckoned that I would gain a little distance because the R flex shafts would kick a little more at impact, but I found that I was noticeably mishitting a lot of shots. Maybe because I was releasing for S300 shafts? For now I will go back to good old S300's, but I wonder about what will happen when I get much older, and I mean true geezer Ebenezer? Conventional wisdom says they should move to more whippy shafts. Based on what I'm reading here, with some guys swinging regulars, and people saying "it depends on how you load the shaft," etc., I have no idea what's right. At some point in time the shaft will have to be more flexible because I don't think I will ever see a guy like Jackie Burke swinging X100's.
  6. I just bought an old set of Daiwa Unipowers for cheap. I did some research and found that they were released about 1986. The shafts are Unipower shafts, but to me they look like regular shafts because they look just a touch narrower than the standard S300's I play. I am quite sure they are regular shafts. Today I will go tee it up with these clubs and let you know what I think of them. The last time I played regular shafts was way back in 1988 when my mom bought me a box Wilson set (Wilson Aggressor Square Grooves) from Costco that had regular shafts. I think I used them for about a year before I sold them to a guy I met on the golf course who liked them. I wanted pro line clubs and with stiff shafts, so I bought two sets of Wilson Staffs (FG-17 and 1989 Staff model) both with Wilson Dynamic S shafts, then traded them in for Golden Rams with FM 6.5 shafts, which are stiff, and those clubs I had played for 17 years. I am 52 now, and being a new geezer I am curious to the benefits of playing regular-flex shafts. To me this is the first time playing regular shafts; I don't count my Costco set because I was just hacking around and I didn't know what what I was doing back then. Now I have a good swing, and swinging S300's for the past 30+ years I will go give regular shafts a try. Will the difference, if any, be noticeable? I will report back after the round.
  7. Yes, without a doubt the Ryder Cup is the most exciting event in golf by far. Why? It is because this an event where people cheer a player missing a putt. I can get downright dirty sometimes, with a guy spitting in Monty's face, Patrick Reed hushing the French crowd. If only Bryan Cox were a golfer and he would give double flipoffs to the crowds.... Americans all running all over Ollie's line in Brookline, the Meltdown at Medinah, Phil and Sergio's most fabled singles match at Hazeltine which they both halved shooting in the mid-60's. Bernhard Langer's most pressure-packed putt in the history of Golf (a putt to win or lose the Cup in 1991). What else? Poulter's four win matches in a row, Nicolas Colsaerts going something like 11 under on his own ball. Quite honestly, I think sometimes Ryder Cup achievements are better than winning a major or two. The best example is 1989, in the Sunday Singles match between Christy O'Connor Jr. and Fred Couples. I would trade two majors for that 2-iron shot over the water to four feet to beat Couples. Whom do we have to thank for all this Ryder Cup excitement? Jack Nicklaus, of course. He was the one who wrote the letter suggesting that Great Britain & Ireland expand to Europe to make it more competitive, and thanks to him we have Seve and Jose, and Bernhard and their winning points to make it more competitive. I think before that GB&I won the Cup only thrice? Prior to 1980 the Ryder Cup was a silly exhibition because the Americans almost always won. To make things exciting, it is necessary for Americans to lose. What good is competing if the winners have been predetermined? I discussed this in a separate thread, that the reason why the Presidents Cup sucks is because the format favors the Americans. If I were head of the PGA, I would make things more competitive to use the exact same format as Ryder Cup (28 matches, eight on Friday, eight on Saturday, and twelve on Sunday) so the International Team can hide their weaknesses. What's the point of watching Presidents Cup when we know the Americans will win? The Internationals won it only once (1997), and both teams shared it in 2003.
  8. I would also add here that in Golf My Way, Jack specified his average distances with each club, and he stated that the pitching wedge was for up to 100 yards, and the sand wedge was for up to 85 yards. The book was released in 1972, so no way was his pitching wedge 48 degrees; it had to be 52 degrees if the maximum distance was 100 yards. That is my maximum distance with 52 degrees.
  9. I have several Titleist sets, including the original DCI Black and the DCI-B irons, both of which were released in 1994. Both have lofts stamped on the sole of each club. The pitching wedges are both 48 degrees.
  10. Gosh, and I thought that there was an industry standard to a PW loft. I have a set of 1982 Golden Ram Vibration Matched irons, and that pitching wedge is certainly not 48 degrees because it does not go as far. I'm guessing it is at least 50 degrees. By the time I started playing golf 31 years ago, the standard PW loft was 48 degrees, or at least that is what I remember.
  11. I once had a conversation with Steve Pate. We were talking about the industry jacking up lengths and lofts. I told him that when I started golf (1990), the pitching wedge was 48 degrees. He told me that when he played for UCLA, the pitching wedge was 52 degrees. I remember back in about 1994 that when Cobra released their King Cobra Oversize irons, they also released, to the best of my recollection, the first "Gap Wedge." In my prime, my pitching wedge had an average distance of about 115 and the sand wedge 85, so this was indeed a gap, and I correctly estimated that the gap was for 52 degrees, which is the old-school pitching wedge Steve told me about. For those of you guys who may remember: when did the pitching wedge bump down to 48 degrees, and who was responsible for starting that trend? This is not a debate about the industry gradually strengthening lofts and lengths, as it was a popular thread I started years ago. I am curious to when the first bump was.
  12. Yes, you develop skills by practicing after your round to correct the mistakes you made during the round. It is far better to correct those mistakes while the shots were fresh in your mind. However, we are social creatures and we all want to go to the bar after the round instead of working on our games; that's why we don't play golf for a living. Those who practice after the round are loners and low-handicappers. If I play by myself I will do that, but if I am with friends never.
  13. Before the round of golf, you indeed warm up, but you never over-do it. This is how Jack Nicklaus prepares for a round of golf. When I first get up in the morning, I'm trying to prepare myself for that first tee shot, the most important shot of the day, to get off to a good start. How do I prepare myself, to get myself in the right frame of mind? I get up at least two and a half hours before I play in the morning, a little later than that if I play in the afternoon. I get up in the morning, go have breakfast. I try to get to the golf course about an hour and a half before I play. I want to make sure that I am relaxed, not rushing. I want to get my mind on what I'm doing. I go to the practice tee about 45-50 minutes before I tee off. I hit balls for about 25 minutes. I go to the putting green. I hit a few putts: hit a few long putts, hit a few short putts. Then I hit a few chips. Then about 6-8 minutes before I start I go to the first tee. I want to make sure that I have plenty of time to get there. I count my clubs to make sure that I have fourteen clubs. I make sure that everything is settled, make sure that everything I want is ready. Then I'm relaxed and I have a minute to take a couple breaths, relax, think about that tee shot. When it is my turn to play, I tee the ball up, and say OK, I'm ready to play. I've taken my game from the practice tee to the first tee, now let's show it. Get up, do my routine behind the ball. Take a couple practice swings because it has been about twenty minutes since I last hit balls, and then I'm ready to go. Concentrate, focus on what I want to do. This is probably the most important shot of the day, to get off in the right frame of mind. Focus on that, make up my mind on what I'm going to do, and then do it. This is the routine I use, and it has always worked for me. Give it a try.
  14. I don't see the connection between heavier head weight, insert material and ball cover. What about older putters with inserts like this one? It was released in the early 1960's and looks like it has a balata insert.
  15. I cannot see why Tour players would trend toward heavier heads, given that the fast greens they play on. Playing on A4 bent grass with speeds well over 12, I cannot see how they can get better distance control with a heavier head than with lighter or medium weight. Tiger in most of his career made more clutch putts than all those guys, yet his putter head weighs 326 grams. Lighter heads on faster greens make far more sense.
  16. Thanks for specifying the head weight. This is what I observed through the years. Odyssey 2-Ball was launched and everyone had to have one. Then the other companies tried to make better mallets and you saw all kinds of mallets. Then for some reason, the putter heads got heavier. Maybe this was due to the popularity of mallets?
  17. I have nearly twenty putters, and as long as they are all the same length (33.5") and the head weight is the standard 330 grams, I putt equally well with any of them, regardless of price. I once played a match against a guy with a full bag of shiny new PXG's and I had a mixed bag with an old Adams driver, Callaway 3 and 4 woods, some cheap Spaldings I got for $20, Spalding wedges, and a Ping Kushin putter I got for $10. My whole bag cost less than one of his clubs, and I closed him out 5&4. I attest that no matter how much your putter costs, there is no substitute for long hours on a practice green.
  18. I think what caused the trend of heavier putter heads was the Odyssey 2-Ball putter back in 2001. It started the heavy-head trend because it also started the mallet trend, and mallets tend to be heavier than "blade" (Anser-style putters fall into that category, much to my chagrin) putters?
  19. The satin finish is absolutely gorgeous and worth using iron covers, but as mentioned earlier it makes sense to use them while traveling or using on a bumpy course with a cart. Usually when I do the latter I play with some cheap castings.
  20. Iron covers are definitely accessories a hacker would use. That was a popular thread I started long ago. Whenever I come across someone who insists on using them, I ask, "Do you intend to sell them?" Even if that is the case, what is the point of having immaculate backs when the faces are worn out?
  21. If I will leave myself more 4-, 5- and 6-footers for my second putt, I will definitely grind it down! For now the club is sitting on my rack and I may give it another try. Maybe the first day I used it I just had a bad day.
  22. I remember Heavy Putter back in 2005. Those putters were stupid heavy. Maybe they started the trend? Were putter heads prior to 2005 about 330 grams?
  23. Yes, but the question is this: who was responsible for putters to trend toward heavy? Scotty?
  24. This is more of a rant. I consider myself a pretty good putter, with a true average of about one three-putt per round. In my prime, I used to three-putt once every two rounds. The key to my good putting was superb distance control on the first putt. I have fifteen putters, all of which are relatively old. I have a bunch of Pings, a couple Never Compromise putters, and most of my putters are pretty much Anser-style putters. The industry refers to them as "blade putters," but to call my Anser 3 a blade putter when I have a couple George Low Wizard 600's is inaccurate. One thing they all have in common is that the head weights are all about 330 grams, which I assume was standard at the time. I liked the Titleist Scotty Cameron California series putters, so I decided to buy a first-generation Monterey (honey finish) and I gave it a try. It had 15-gram weights and I thought it felt good on the practice green, but after playing a round with it and three-putting twice with it, I began to question what was wrong. I thought that maybe a heavier head would help steady the stroke on the second putt, so I bought another Monterey (the second-generation sea mist) with 20-gram weights and gave that a try. I was only excited up until the first green playing a tournament with it, and after three-putting four times I concluded that a heavier head was detrimental to my stroke. For the second round of the tournament I set aside the Monterey and I put in my trusty Anser 3 putter and my distance control was back and I did not three-putt that round. I ended up selling both Monterey putters at a slight loss for both, but glad to get rid of them, and to this day I do not have sellers remorse. Just last week I played with an old-school Titleist Dead Center putter I bought online for just $20 and I didn't three-putt at all, so I am convinced that head weight is fundamental to distance control. On a whim I bought a Ping 50th Anniversary (1959-2009) Anser putter. It looked cool, so I wanted to give it a try. I played a casual round and three-putted twice. My distance control was not so good, and looking up the specs online, I found that the putter has a head weight of 350 grams. Right now the club is sitting on the rack and I am on the fence to using it, so I may end up selling it soon, though to me it is too sexy to let go. I might take it to my clubmaker and have him grind out 20 grams. Why has the industry moved away from 330 grams to heavier? People want faster greens, but heavier heads seem detrimental to good putting on greens running at 10 or higher. I thought that for fast greens you should use lighter putters, and for slower use heavier; I follow Jack's advice and stick to a medium-weight (330g) putter. However, I suppose that 350 grams is the new medium? Maybe the fault is mine for sticking with 330 grams, that maybe I should start getting used to heavier heads, but the adage, If it ain't broken don't fix it holds very true to me. I don't want to start practicing with 350 grams when I can putt well enough with 330, and I fear that practicing with the former will wreck my stroke. I have not been in the market for a new putter, but for those of you who are familiar with today's high-end putters, I ask if you also notice the trend for heavier heads. Also, I ask if you can putter better with today's heavier heads than yesterday's lighter heads.
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