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  1. I agree and disagree here. On the one hand, the idea that hollow face construction or perimeter weighting somehow gives rise to freak flyer shots because of "hot-spots" is bogus. There is nothing inherent in those designs that make them less consistent for all players. On the other hand, for some players the characteristics common in these type of GI and SGI clubs may cause them to be less consistent than muscle back or players cavity designs. For instance, I have a relatively neutral delivery that results in a ball flight that is relatively high with moderate spin. A higher CG, which is common to most muscle backs, works best for me because it results in less delivered loft and higher spin, both of which lead to greater consistency for me. GI and SGI designs tend to have a much lower CG to help increase launch and manage excess spin. Well struck, this isn't as issue as the angle of descent from the higher launch keeps the ball from rolling out. But my typical mishit is a groove or two high, resulting in an increase in launch and decrease in spin. On a blade, my launch conditions were optimal enough that this isn't that big of a deal. But with SGI's where my launch conditions were already lower spin, I may see it dip low enough that I get that flyer effect, similar to what one can experience out of the rough.
  2. I did it this year with a 4 hybrid replacing my 3 iron. I matched everything down to the shaft, head-weights, loft, etc. It is as close to the same club as you can manage between a blade (MP68) and hybrid (ping G410). For me, it fills the same yardage gap but with much different launch dynamics. It has marginally higher ball speed, launch, and spin resulting in a shot that lands more softly. I’m actually not certain mishits end up any closer to the hole, but they definitely maintain distance far better - left/right dispersion higher, front back dispersion less. This makes it great for long par 3s or approaches to par 5s with a forced carry and trouble short or at the end of a long day when you aren’t putting as powerful a strike on the ball. Really shines out of the rough or a fairway bunker where the sole of a hybrid outpaces any iron. Less great on very windy days as it really does want to go very high naturally, even with a heavy stiff shaft. If you aren’t confident getting a 26° iron up in the air high enough to land softly, building a hybrid replacement is a great place to start! If that isn’t an issue and you’re just looking for a tighter dispersion circle, the answer may be more complicated.
  3. My three wood, MP Titanium. Fell out of favor about a year after I picked it up and I bought something else. It languished in my trunk for awhile until one day a buddy has his three wood cave during a practice round for a tournament, I remembered I had the the old Mizuno in the trunk and lent it to him. He asked the next day how much I wanted for it and I sold it to him for a princely sum - $1. 5 years later I was at his house and saw it in a bag full of old clubs in the corner. Pulled it out and set it down and fell back in love immediately. Bought it back for $1. Even eventually found a 5 wood to match and some matching shafts. Still haven’t found anything that I like even close to as much.
  4. TSi3 in C1 hosel setting with the rear weight removed and an equivalent amount of lead tape (8g standard) added way out towards the toe. Add a heavy/stiff shaft of your choice. If you’re turning that setup over too much, I don’t know what else to do.
  5. Unfortunately there is really on one option when it comes to finding the perfect fairway wood. These steps are tried and true and a guaranteed WRX solution: 1) Go to the store and see what heads are available in your rough loft range that you like the look of. Buy all of them. 2) based on past experience, pull together a list of 8-12 shafts that you think could be a good fit. Buy all of them. 3) put together a home workshop worthy of an OEM tour van (assuming you don’t have one already) 4) try every combination of the heads/shafts until you find one that works. 5) as soon as you find the one, stop testing and buy four more identical heads and three more shafts for backups. 6) change when have worn out the og and all replacement components (about 10-15 years) or repeat the process again with the next product cycle selling all your components from the previous rounds on classifieds for a loss. I’m afraid it’s the only way…
  6. Finding a fairway wood that works is the only real solution here. Don’t be afraid of spin so long as it’s consistent. I have a naturally high ball flight, but low loft hybrids still don’t give be enough easy height to hold a firm green from that range. I can do it with a 3 or 5 wood, but honestly, it’s such a low percentage shot unless there is no trouble I don’t ever really attempt it.
  7. Started as a junior and before I took a 7 year hiatus (picked up clubs at most 9 times in that 7 years) was a playing to a +2.5. Starting back up last spring, I had a few rounds in the 80s at the start, but pretty quickly got back down to low single digits. Took a few months from there to be back to <0.5. Currently back into the + range again (just) after playing about 3 times a month in 2021 and never practicing other than right before or after a round. Likewise, my uncle used to be an elite junior amateur (multiple state championships, some national titles, etc.) and he maybe plays every 18 months now. 30+ years later and he still shoots in the 70s every time. I think the hard part is putting in the work on the front end. You can easily be talking about thousands and thousands of hours of practice/play to get to scratch. On the other hand, I don't think it takes all that much to maintain that level of golf once you get there (baring some kind of injury, etc) so long as you have sufficient golf IQ, which you probably do if you got to scratch in the first place.
  8. I’ve already blown my golf money for the year, but damn someone get that hybrid with the thump, that thing looks hot
  9. Fair enough. I think DJ leans into the "don't care" persona as much as BDC leans into his pseudo-science.
  10. DJ cleans his grooves between practice wedge shots so he gets good readings on spin rates - anyone who does that also knows exactly what they’re playing and why.
  11. I let myself think about score prior in terms of shot selection and overall hole strategy. For example, “I’m 2 over and feel like I’m playing well enough to shoot even today. This is a hole that suits me and I feel really good about, so I’ll take an aggressive line off the tee and set myself up for a tight approach.” From there, I’ve set my strategy and can focus on executing the shot at hand. I’ve found that by letting myself address the question of score early, which no matter how hard I try is always in the back of mind, I am more easily able to focus on the task at hand, namely, hitting the next shot. My pre-shot routine isn’t as exacting as some prefer. I always pick my shot prior to putting on my glove and pulling the club. Then I make easy practice swings just feeling for length of the swing, tempo, and the shot shape I want to hit. Once I feel comfortable with my motion. I step from behind the ball into address, take a last look at the target, visualizing the shot, and then pull the trigger.
  12. Same. I spent years trying to ignore score, and it never worked for me. I would just get more and more frustrated as score kept intruding into my thought process. I've come to accept that I cannot ignore the score. I now allow myself to think about score, but I use it as a chance to focus myself on each individual shot. By not fighting those thoughts, I find that they less frequently pop into my head during the crucial moments right before and during my swing. Instead I am more focused on just feeling for the shot I selected prior to starting my pre-shot routine and executing that.
  13. Early this season I replaced my 3 iron with a hybrid. I was looking for something with a higher angle of descent but that would go the same yardage. I ended up building a ping 4 hybrid to exactly match the specs of my 3 iron. I used the same shaft, loft, lie, length, and head weight. Everything besides the head is same. Works for me.
  14. Best way to find out is to visit a good fitter and pick their brain or buy both and test back to back over multiple days to find out for yourself. Generally speaking, however, if you have a quicker tempo, I'd stick to the same flex but go up in weight. Likewise, if you have a smooth tempo but are finding things a bit loose, go up in flex but maintain the weight.
  15. 36" is as short as I feel comfortable over an iron, so I start there with my lob wedge and move up in 0.25" increments through the 9 iron and 0.50" increments up through the 4h/3i. 9i (45.5*) @ 36.75" PW (50*) @ 36.50" SW (55*) @ 36.25" LW (60*) @ 36.00"
  16. Is it one area of your game that seems to be the culprit? For instance, if you're losing strokes coming down the stretch off the tee and on the approach, that would indicate to me that it may be physical waning as much as anything mental. If it's putting, that seems more likely to be mental. Regardless, being in better shape and keeping energy levels up by staying hydrated and nourished (a few light, healthy snacks through the round) can never, ever hurt your game. It's something I am making a concerted effort to get in the habit of over this last season. Additionally, keeping good stats (strokes gained is the name of the game here) will take any guesswork out of what areas of your game need development. On the mental side, I have always struggled with being too analytical and overthinking things on the course. For a long time I listened to the common advice of "take it one shot at a time," "don't think about score," and "convince yourself you are the best" and failed miserably at accomplishing any of those. Now I've come to accept that's just not how I operate. I've found it best to let my natural thoughts run completely rampant and allow myself to overanalyze every shot. My only rule is that before I pull the club I have to come up with a plan for the remainder of the hole and feel good about that plan. Rather than trying to fight off thoughts about my score at the end of the day or my standing in a match, I allow those factors to influence my game plan (eg - "I'm at -2 and would really like to shoot in the 60s today, this is the last par 5 and my best chance at birdie, so I am going to take a more aggressive line off the tee."). I find that I end up far more committed and comfortable over the ball that way than when I try and ignore them as is the conventional wisdom.... I'm an absolute head-case on the course though, so take everything I say in the above paragraph with a whole bag of salt.
  17. ****! Sweet deal on those MP33s, irritated I missed out
  18. Drivers Titleist 910D3 Driver Taylormade R7 Superquad TP Fairways Mizuno MP Titanium fairways Irons Mizuno MP64 irons (just not the PW) Mizuno MP33 irons Adams MB2 Nike Forged blades Wedges Vokey 60E 2005 Vokey spin-milled 64* Putter mine
  19. Some of your more serious "golf clubs" do this (Champions Club in Houston and some of the more famous courses around NYC come to mind), but I have never heard of it at a "country club" and certainly not any semi-private course.
  20. I prefer a lighter putter to a heavier one and staying light with a long build is a challenge. Maybe this one is too light though, time will tell...
  21. 35.75" length 332g head-weight 486g total weight 6'4" with a pretty much straight back straight through stroke. Been playing around with adding ~20g to the head, but not sold on that yet.
  22. Seems a little off to me that he was able to roll in with his own GCQuad and Trackman and get that live feedback when his competitors did not have that same advantage. 391 is better than a lot of people have been doing, but he seems about 5-10 yards short of the longer hitters today. Very, very good for a PGA pro coming off a Ryder Cup win, probably not super impressive for a dedicated LD guy.
  23. I agree that in a match you should expect to have to putt everything in to the hole. Expecting anything over a few inches to be given is unreasonable. On the other hand, your comment I quoted above is pretty obnoxious. I’m very competitive and rarely give any putt over a foot in a tournament, but I definitely never would say that unless I was needling a very close friend in a friendly weekend match. Akin to watching someone hit it clearly OB and reminding them “you’ll need to re-tee that one.”
  24. I have yet to meet an elite player (college or pro) who can't shape the ball both directs. On the other hand, I know many great players who won't hit their non-dominant shape unless they are in deep trouble and have no other choice. Off the tee they prefer to lay back with a shorter club or take a slightly more indirect line than force their non-preferred shot off the tee. The know the shot that they are most confident in and take the path that best fits that shot rather than trying to match their shot shape to the hole. Take Bubba, for example. I can't recall ever seeing him hit anything other that variations of his big fade off the tee, but his recovery shot in the 2012 Masters proves he can work the ball left to right on demand. Another example is DJ, he won't hit anything but a fade off the tee because that is what he has his utmost confidence in. But he has stated on multiple occasions that he will work the ball right to left if the approach shot demands it. In a recent Golf Digest article he said that he works the ball right to left slightly with his wedges as a way to control trajectory and spin.
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