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  1. I advocate double bag straps as you can grip the whole bag properly with both hands as you spin it hammer-throw style and huck the whole thing into the lake. Single-strap bag staff bags and "cart bags" (gimme a break - probably in plaid), therefore, are for complete posers who have no bag-toss game.
  2. Apologies in advance for possibly changing the topic, but this has me wondering - among those who have steadily/consistently been in the low single digit index range (2-5?), how many have never broken par? I know par is highly dependent on course/slope rating, but ignoring that, anybody? I'm not talking about having a net differential of 0 or better, but actually breaking the scorecard par. It's sort of a mental milestone for many.
  3. Give up completely? Not really. I still ski bike and play tennis. But I have shifted time around and golf gets its fair share. Fly fishing has sort of tailed off dramatically, but I intend to rectify that as I still have evenings where I'm not doing anything else and could easily be on the stream. Maybe even tonight?
  4. Not trying to be the smartass here, but hitting wedges is easier because they're short and you're not typically swinging super hard, and the driver is easy because it has a huge clubface, which compensates for it being so long. At least this is true for my own swing. Irons are just more demanding, by their very nature.
  5. Interesting. I have what I'm 90% certain is a fake SS grip that is holding up well on its third season of use.
  6. I think the common wisdom is to avoid anything that will grind, sand, abrade or make the material come off in a particulate form. The dust is no bueno.
  7. I've always subscribed to the idea that warming up should be literally that - getting your body warmed and active in prep for doing it "for real". Static stretches, putting and chipping aren't going to accomplish this. A brisk walk from the far end of the parking lot is probably better than some static stretches.
  8. No plans to switch to leather as I like my regular rubber grips just fine. However... I am curious, what makes the leather so tacky? Are they treated in some way with something that gives them tackiness? I grew up with leather tennis grips and they were not tacky, though I do remember you could buy stuff to apply to make them tacky. The transition to synthetic grips in tennis was a huge step forward.
  9. One could easily argue that DG shafts are perfectly fine for many regular golfers. This was and is a very typical shaft for many clubsets and I'd guess that it's still the most popular shaft for clubsets targeting intermediate and above level players. (Anybody have data to confirm or debunk this guess?) The fact that regular golfers have played this shaft for decades proves that it's suited for the task. Are other offerings more optimized for certain subsets of golfers? Of course. But at what level of measurable difference?
  10. I'm still peeved over a purchase I made a few years ago for some "Q Star Tour Yellow Balls" - that's exactly how they were described in the online listing. I was thinking they were supposed to be "Q Star Tour" balls in "Yellow" (urethane 3pc). I was wrong. Turns out they were Q Star balls in "Tour Yellow" - i.e. 2pc surlyn. Punctuation matters. I've not tried the QSTs since. Yeah, I know, my problem, not theirs...
  11. I'm 100% with those above who posted that shaping shots in actual rounds of golf is highly overrated. There's a good number of top-level pros (DJ and Morikawa come to mind) who really stick to their primary shape the vast majority of the time. Even to the point of sticking to their stock fades on dogleg left holes. (As one who does the same, I admit it's somewhat gratifying to see this.) That said, I think it can be a valuable learning exercise to know what sort of strike leads to different shapes. The most valuable thing a golfer can learn is how to deliver the center of the clubf
  12. Those coming from stick and ball/puck sports often pickup up golf pretty easily. Especially if they took up those sports at a young age. I really think there is something to the "wiring" one obtains in learning certain physical activities early on. In tennis I can pretty easily identify the player who played a lot as a kid, even though they may currently be struggling with their game because of a lack of practice. You can still see it in how they move.
  13. Yup. Still have my 19* Halo. Very dependable club, see no reason to replace it.
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