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  1. I would suggest that the WRXers who post the WITB segments pay more attention to hardware than those who don't. The WRXers with stable bags are probably less likely to post a WITB in sig area. Other factors include aging. I'm 70, and I've made several changes the past decade have been to lighten shafts to try to recapture distance, or get a friendlier clubhead to help launch. The senior group I played with does a lot of changeover for high-launch drivers, 3W for 5W, and finally dumping 30-year old Titleist DCI 2i and 3i for hybrids. Also, I go re
  2. This became a big debate as more players started going to four wedges. I was in the 60+ age group at the time, and a couple of friends who were much better players handled it this way: Drop the 4i Bend 5i a degree strong Bend 3i a degree weak / or / just keep 3i the same loft. (Their iron models were several years old, and not as loft-jacked as current models.) That way, they could keep the 5W and 3i, which had decidedly different trajectories. Circa 2015 during the Hogan resurrection circa 2015, Hogan clubs offered all possible iron lofts from 21°
  3. A couple of things to check: On the 5W, choke down a half inch and see if that makes the sweeping hooks disappear. If the shaft is a bit too long for your stance, you may be rocking the head back on the heel at address. This would increase chances of a closed clubface at impact. Find out the fairway-hybrid crossover point for you. Personally, I have always been able to hit a 18-19-degree 5W longer than a 19-degree 3H. In part, the 5W shaft is longer. For me, the crossover point is 7W-3H. In an earlier bag set-up, I carried a 7W in warm weather and 3H Nov through Feb. 7W was bet
  4. One thing that can help struggling golfers is understanding the role of strength, mobility and power in their swing. Mobility is range of motion of body parts. Strength is the ability to produce muscular force. Power is the ability to exert maximal force in as short a time as possible...(i.e., speed) You mentioned that you are overweight, and feel you have the swing speed of a senior golfer. Many younger golfers have trouble with swing speed if they have jobs where they sit a lot. In all seriousness, they develop very strong thighs, but often have weak hip muscles and low
  5. Since 2012, I have been using some combination of 4W + 7W. Models have changed a couple of times, but 4+7 is constant. I have only average distance, so my 4i got refitted with a lighter graphite hybrid shaft. It now makes a great driving iron for tight holes. Can you get a lower shot out of your 4i if needed? As for 7W vs. long irons, PGA Tour's Scott Stallings said this in a Sept 2019 Golf Digest article (p. 36): "My 7 wood is a more versatile than a utility iron. I can hit it high or low, and the height on full shots into par 5s is so helpful, especially w
  6. WRXers, If you revisit the original thread panel, you will see that I have changed the title wording from "Fourth Groove Law" to axiom. As Phlash noted, 4G is not scientific enough to be a law. I did some surface searching into scientific method realm, and axiom comes close to what we're talking about. An axiom is "a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted or self evidently true." In our case, accepted would be the closest fit. Lots of people in golfdom talk "fourth groove" as ideal impact point. This would capture Stuart's
  7. Did you break your clubhead or your shaft? If shaft, you could get it reshafted. If it's the clubhead, depending on model, we might be able to replace it with a demo 7i. As for splitting sets, clubfitters say irons with a loft of over 40* don't get much benefit from cavity-back head designs. Some iron models came with mixed heads... TM had face slots in the longer irons (SLDR, RS family, 4i-7i / 2017 M2, 4i-8i) but more traditional solid cavities in shorter irons and wedges.
  8. It's not just Callaway. American Express messed me up. Got an e-mail notice of a penalty charge for a late payment. Problem was, we still get paper monthly bills, and we never received one for December. We explained what had happened to AmEx, and paid it over the phone. They removed the late fee. Then, this weekend, we got the bill - dated Dec. 11 - in the US mail. Things are glitchy all over.
  9. !!! Only 12 clubs? You are beyond normal, you are outstanding! In fact, The Most Interesting WRXer wants to treat you to golf at Pebble Beach. Let him know your preferred day... Stay thirsty, my friend!
  10. R, sorry for my misread. Again, good luck finding a solution.
  11. You have sustained significant injuries which limit your mobility. If possible, contact a hospital with an orthopedic-sports medicine section. The doctors and physical therapists can do a motion analysis and see what moves you can make without further injuring yourself. A related pathway uses the Titleist Performance Institute. A TPI team would consist of a medical professional and a golf pro. The med sider would give you movement assessment, and a panel of exercise routines to help you strengthen or stabilize body parts. Next, the golf pro helps you adjust your swing f
  12. The SM8 is entering Year 2, so I'm not sure how much $$ you can get for the SM7 wedges. I'd go ahead and bend them and use them up.
  13. In past I tested a set of TM SLDR irons. I was hitting the ball well, but had some left misses. I looked at my address using the crease in a sidewalk, and sure enough, I was setting up about 2 degrees closed. I had to retrain the eye to set up what looked a bit open in order to get it square. As others have said, another thing to look at is lie angle. If it's a bit flat, this could encourage rightward drift.
  14. I have been bothered by an arthritic right hip the past few years. It gets tight near the end of the round. Eventually I may get a hip replacement. I had therapy on the hip a few months ago, and the PT is an avid golfer. He said that older golfers who swing clubs that are too heavy not only mess with their tempo - they can also cause cumulative trauma injury to the body. @philsRHman, this may be a similar situation for you recovering from an injury. Consider graphite iron shafts during your recovery, as others have mentioned.
  15. I have been interested in golf club design and ideal impact characteristics for years. One item that keeps popping up is what I will call the Fourth Groove Law. In a dozen or so articles from fitters and instructors, the expert says that iron shots tend to fly truest if you have center impact on the horizontal fourth groove. And, articles on face impact decals for irons generally have diagrams with center circle in vicinity of fourth groove. Nobody ever talks about the fifth or third groove being ideal. Does anybody know the origin of or research behind the 4G.L?
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