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  1. Stuart, apologies if I misinterpreted your intentions. Honestly, I give up and account closed.
  2. Your DNA suggests you have sufficient speed aggression and power to at least have tried the stronger options. The fly in the ointment is your comment on Project X (“They’ve felt boardy to me over the years“). This is what Stuart was highlighting. Since you have already made your choice of Project X 6.5 then be reassured, that the engineering difference between 6.5 and 7.0 is minimal.
  3. >“My 6 iron swing speed is ~100mph, and I am pretty steep (frequency take big divots). From a stiffness profile standpoint (butt, mid section, tip, etc) is there anything to consider for a steep swinging player? My miss consistently Is an over-draw / sometimes double cross. I also tend to hit irons pretty high and straight (I don’t work the ball too much). I’m in my late 20s and have been playing with MP60 project x6.0 since I was 15. They’ve felt boardy to me over the years hence why I wanted to give DGx100 a try. I’m scared that leaving project X is a mistake because I will miss the stability. I hit the shaft optimizer today and swung the different irons outdoors. Looking for guidance on my numbers. I will say I liked the feel of project x the best (straighter, more consistent ball flight). Do the metrics support that this decision is okay? Head Speed - 105.67 Tempo - 8.0 Toe Down - 5.33 Kick Angle - 6.67 >Release Factor - 3.0” I don’t post much anymore because I have become a bit disillusioned by the whole custom fitting scene at the minute. I perhaps see more usefulness in the Optimiser than most, although in your case Mizuno don’t stock shafts strong enough to support the DNA numbers you obtained. The recommendations are the strongest shafts in the fitting cart (Dynamic Gold X100, C Taper X, $ Taper X (because it’s 130 grams) Project X 6.5). Even an exotic Tour Issue X100 hard stepped (@$50 per club up charge) Your DNA shows your swing to be fast, aggressive with significant shaft deflection. The reality is all the candidate shaft options that are suitable for your needs will be extremely strong throughout their length negating any concerns regarding coping with a steep angle of decent. The exception being the well documented issues with KBS shaft tips. The reality is your DNA is stronger than the options in the fitting cart, suggesting Dynamic Gold X7 or Project X 7.0 as suitable starting options. Naturally this is where your feel preference comes into the situation. I am surprised that Club Champion couldn’t put a shaft in your hand that bettered a Project X 6.0. Hope you find something you like.
  4. OP, here are three cheap ideas to perhaps improve the excess spin issue. You are a skilled golfer, learn / practice managing the spin by controlling delivered speed (club up and reduce speed)Try a lower spin golf ball (Srixon XV, Titleist AVX even mid price balls like the Q Star)Strengthen the lofts a couple of degrees, this will flatten the land angle and knock off some spin.
  5. Why not buy him a lesson / iron gapping session. While there is merit in many of the models / combinations mentioned, if your dad’s current iron impact dynamics, present very little dynamic loft (which is likely) then a new iron set won’t solve the issue. Understanding the reason for the low iron flight, might be a quick and cost effective solution.
  6. Not to dampen what hopefully will be an enjoyable and beneficial experience, big box store ‘fittings’ can be somewhat limited. They can turn into a simple club testing session. Like I say, hopefully this won’t be the case. Regarding your expectations, I would expect equipment that will help you hit better shots more often, increasing your enjoyment of the game. Strike consistency is critical so bring a can of spray foot powder and if the fitter doesn’t mention or have the technology to measure strike, use the foot spray. If you have a favourite golf ball, bring a couple of sleeves. Bring your own clubs, your golf shoes and a glove (if you use one). Place the emphasis on consistency and dispersion, yes distance is important but not the be all. Get your budget set early on and limit your testing to a small collection of suitable models. Your own feel and personal preference is critically important. Don’t get bogged down with specific ball / club data, it’s ranges and tendencies that matter. If possible get the fitter to send you the launch monitor data, so you can relax during the session and review the data at a later time. You should have a good idea of your current game, the shots that cause you the main problems on your regular course. Explain them to your fitter along with your ultimate ambition for your game. There is plenty more to consider but make sure you get fit to the swing you play with, not your long drive swing. Here are a couple of videos that relate to the subject.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nMruk-3eOnAhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G7LGlJNMuC8 Hope that helps.
  7. The skills you engrained in your early years are still available to you, you just need to tap into the unconscious competence skill level you sill possess. Select the shot, visualise the shot, trust then execute. Try playing once a month with golfer’s significantly lower handicap than your current handicap, this will give you the freedom and permission to play to a high level again. Groups of golfers can be a strange dynamic, often there is a comfort zone of both score and commonality of handicap, you might be picking up mid teen handicap thinking / bad habits, without even realising it.
  8. Skycaddie SkyPro swing analyser (discontinued but still a few around) is a useful practice aid. It has a function called groove mode which allows you to set a target window on a swing parameter (backswing length being one of the parameters) then rewards you with positive feedback when you get it right and alerts you when you get it wrong. Each groove set comprises of ten swings, so it’s a nice way to practice. You still need to be mindful that you hit the target with structure (not just an arm over run in this case), I use Skypro in conjunction with the RightAngle 2, which ensures the backswing length is a result of a better turn.
  9. You might find this video provides a different perspective on the hip movement ( ).I certainly found the concept makes not invading the space on the down swing, so much easier. I haven’t had the opportunity to test the change on course but I am looking forward to it soon.
  10. Mizuno 200x is specifically designed for the lighter equals faster philosophy (whether this works or not, the jury is out). Essentially everything is lighter, head, shaft, grip. The balance point of the shaft, along with the lighter stock grip keeps the swing weight scale reasonably happy (a couple of points down on normal). The ST200s, 197g plus the adaptor is fairly standard.
  11. You can actually buy colour matched touch up paint (https://www.golfpaint.com/paint-and-items/taylormade/tm-sims-2020-clubs/) to repair the chip. For a stop gap can also use a mild car abrasive, an approximate car paint (even felt pen or tipex) and car filler polish to hide the damage from your eye.
  12. Surprisingly, they have just added driver shaft recommendations along with ball ‘fitting’ to the latest release of the software. Unfortunately I have lost my source for firsthand information. Based on a few trial runs it looks like the iron DNA, is simply extrapolated onto the driver shaft recommendations. This is flawed in many ways, so of little benefit. The software does contain the EI profiles (traditionally these are only measured for the S flex then extrapolated for the others, so not 100%) so once again interesting since they have a wider range of exotic (expensive) offerings this year.
  13. There are two articles (http://www.golfwrx.com/579526/dangers-of-overspeed-training-revealed-how-to-protect-yourself/) that provide a more realistic incite to over speed training. The articles are really an advert for par4success a golf fitness provider, although the company in question, did champion the recommendation of training with just one (middle weight) superspeed stick, which is a methodology that a few on the superspeed thread, have had success with. (https://par4success.com/articles/are-you-using-overspeed-correctly) I personally didn’t have any success with superspeed (my base driver speed is much lower than yours). The superspeed protocols also caused / exaggerated, several swing faults (early extension, lateral sway) that I am really struggling to eliminate.from my swing. Ultimately, over speed training probably has a benefit but it has to come after the correct changes in mobility, strength and technique. I don’t believe buying Superspeed and following the protocols will result in a sustainable increase in club head speed. If you are still keen to try it for yourself then the swing speed golf, training aid might be a less expensive way for you to explore over speed training because it’s one club with 3 weights. The middle 150 gram weight might be a little light for one stick over speed training though. Don’t forget swing speed radar is also essential, further adding to the investment. Best of luck.
  14. Just to add that the 125 is the big brother of the 105, Nippon’s take on Project X. The 120 is Nippon’s take on the Dynamic Gold profile. Looks like Mizuno have added the 125 in S and X to their up charge options (~$25 per club).
  15. 5 degree loft gap is likely messing with your yardage gapping, JPX 919 pro’s are easy enough to move, so you should get more useable distance gaps and spin by weakening the lofts. (5 - GW) 25, 28, 32,36, 40, 45, 50. (Mizuno class this as ‘modern’ lofts)
  16. Diamana D+ or D+ LTD 60 S should be in the ballpark. They were / are an option with a lot of the manufacturers so should be a few around. This is Mitsubishi Chemical’s B division shaft (still high quality) they retailed below $200 so don’t get caught by this year’s version D LTD and the Tiger effect. The original Whiteboard, Ahina and DF are also valid, just a little harder to find at the right price.
  17. Understood, I was just looking for more information before commenting. Cobra F6 is a driver with only one starting loft option (9.5) then relying on the loft sleeve for all other options. This isn’t the best option for obtaining higher loft. The stock Tie Matrix Red Tie 60Q4A 53 gram has a very curious bend profile with a soft butt and tip and a strong middle. It certainly isn’t a typical “senior” flex shaft. If it was possible I’d suggest trying a Rogue 13.5 with the aldila quaranta just to see if spin robustness improves any. What’s his numbers like with your driver, any more consistent? Just as an aside, I played with a 83 year old who pretty much never missed the sweet spot. He did play off 1 at his lowest!
  18. What is strike location / consistency like? What is his AoA? Finally what is the delivered (dynamic) loft?
  19. >Would lighter iron shafts help? (Currently playing the DG 105 stiff.) IMO the answer is no, you won’t be able to reduce shaft weight to the point you gain significantly in clubhead speed, while maintaining accuracy. It’s a super easy experiment to try for yourself, find a Callaway fitting cart and try the Catalyst 5.5 graphite and compare the results with your DG 105’s Profiles are different but it will show if lighter is faster. >Are there quality lighter stiff shafts? Absolutely, although they aren’t generally available or affordable from the main OEM’s. (Steelfiber FC is now available from Callaway and the KBS TGi is a PXG option if you can handle the cost) The Catalyst mentioned above for example more or less matches your DG for strength and weighs ~70 grams. Your best bet, is to look at your gapping and use hybrids / fairway woods to boost ball speed where appropriate. Giving the swing a check over would be worth it as well, you never know there might be some simple aggravating your loss of swing speed. P.S I have never reached your handicap standard but I match your age and I’ve been trying to buy back distance for years without success.
  20. Mizuno PFS App is downloadable from the Apple app store. They might have regional variations regards to registration.
  21. The EI profiles in the Mizuno PFS software (historically measured using a S flex 6 iron length) suggests the AMT White S300 is a smidge softer than the DG 120 S 300. The shaft data on Golf Shaft Reviews (AMT White S300 and DG 120 S400 measured in this case, subscription required to view) supports this information. Are you considering replacing AMT White S 300’s in your 4 and 5 irons with hard stepped DG 120 S300?
  22. I am not saying PM is the cure all product the hype suggests (way too early in my exposure to it) but the fact PM makes work harder for you to get the top of the backswing you are trying to achieve, should only be a good thing. When you take PM away, hitting the right position should feel much easier.
  23. CT shafts are very different in construction terms to the vast majority of steel shafts on the market due to the fact they are extruded not seam welded. I anticipate this is what gives them their distinctive feel. They are made for oban by Shimada. A quick scan of the EI data on the CT100 suggests the following might be somewhat similar, unfortunately nothing matches the combination of EI and mass. Slightly Heavier Shimada Tour Lite, Nippon Modus 105 (soft stepping these will help reduce the weight a little) Same Weight slightly different profile. Nippon NS Pro 950 H Neo (very latest version of this popular shaft) Slightly Lighter Nippon NS Pro 850 The Nippon Modus 105 and the older version of the NS Pro 950 are in many fitting carts, so you might be able to find and test these.
  24. I realise this is a major purchase decision and very difficult to balance performance versus cost. I understand the Mevo+ is probably not in your consideration but it bundles a very comprehensive package of features specifically targeted at the golf enthusiast rather than the golf professional (where the Xi tour and GC2 live) For the more modest outlay you could get up and running for a few years then wait and watch for future developments in this area (which I am sure will come) I have an Flightscope Xi which I have really enjoyed (I only use it on the practice range) although I have always missed the spin, launch angle and height data points. Mevo+ offers these at a cheaper price point than I originally paid for the Xi (I realise it’s a firmware restricted Xi Tour) I received a 2020 brochure from my supplier that has me considering the Mevo+ (No this isn’t a veiled attempt at selling my Xi, so no PM’s) The blurb reads ”Mevo+ adds to the power of Mevo with more performance features, more data parameters, gamification and simulation. Mevo+ is a launch monitor that uses 3D Doppler tracking radar technology to provide 16 valuable data parameters for ultimate game improvement and entertainment. Practice smarter with pre-designed FlightScope Skills Combines or create your own customized challenges to compete against family, friends, and players around the world. Mevo+ includes ownership of 5 golf courses, 17 practice ranges and a darts mini game with no additional licence fee.” You can see the data parameter list by scrolling down on this web page (https://www.flightscopemevo.co.uk/) It also has parameter target setting (launch angle for example) so green when in range, red when not. This is another feature the Xi series doesn’t have. Hope this is helpful and doesn’t confuse the situation even further.
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