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  1. Change irons very rarely. Changed drivers and wedges like socks for years and years. Stopped changing drivers when fitted for a TM Rocketballz many moons ago. Have finally stopped searching for nervana with wedges. Wearing my current Clevelands out but will likely game them until they explode. "My name is Reason. It's been 610 days since I bought a wedge". But the Ping zing 2i putter -- they will bury me with that relic. Got to be 25 years old. It's the Indian not the arrow anytime things go wonky. When it's good, it's really good. Leading temptresses have come along. Like that TM Spider. There's a new one out there that's got curb appeal: https://sikgolf.com/pages/technology But I don't see the putter changing at this point. As said in the past, "This is my Rifle." Lol Two interesting things - sorta kinda related. Heaven knows I'm no expert in MOI, spring-faces, adjustability trade-offs, yadda. But I do find it interesting that smaller heads I've tried (as in my G15 5-metal) generally out perform larger ones I've tried. Secondly, you've mentioned over the years you're pretty convinced a lower torque shaft is better for you. Here's why I agree. In fact I tend to believe most anyone needs lower torque. (As in less twisting potential to be clear). He who very gradually/gentltly squares-up the clubface would most likely not lose anything with a lower-torque shaft. He who releases it with any form of "snap" through the releases has plenty to lose until/unless he's gaming a lower torque shaft. So if that's true, who would benefit from a more "twisty" shaft? No one? I "think" we'd all agree, one shaft maker's stiff is another's regular flex. I can only assume there are similar variations in "high" versus "low" kick-points, and... torque. Don't have the chops to proclaim the engineering challenges in producing all the variables in concert. Clueless. Does getting less stiffness automatically increase torque? Beats me!
  2. Guitar playing - Finger picker and sometimes flat-picker here. While that's how I go about it but... I'm not that good at either style but at least it passes as music. The primary reason behind banging my head against the same guitar playing wall is a) I own a horrendously bad singing voice and b) got no buds to play tunes with. So if I want to play, and not sing, alone, the options are narrow. The bad singing voice is no exaggeration. There's no shyness about it. There's unabashed embarrassment about it literally being a coyote ugly, upsetting event. Imagine a person trying to sing while being tased with the business end of a lightning rod.
  3. To give you a little quick heads-up, old Reason here thrives on a swing video. OK some might say a swingaholic. Alright I admit it. An insufferable geek -- with that one "alleged" charge Involving an axe. Hey, the man said something about my take on the grip so I had to do it. wink-wink-nudge-nudge You know of all the swings viewed and studied, one of my favorites is Jackie Burke. He's much shorter in stature than most of us but whacked it so solidly. A couple of more years and he makes it to his 100th b'day.
  4. Stu - That's committing to the shot if I've ever heard it. Probably the best player I've made rounds with was an incredible putter. One day I asked him to give me one thing that might help me putt better. His answer - "Easy question. I don't think I'm going to make it. I know I will." Asked if that set him up for disappointment. He said, "Only when I catch myself doubting it." Many times over the years Jack Nicklaus has been asked about his putting style and mechanics. As often as not he leads with saying "You first have to believe you can make it." Fella, Rad, Scomacer, Jad... Thank you for such meaningful sharing. This may sound strange, but I absolutely love hearing other golfers say right out loud how they experience golf. Some things just aren't easy to find words for. Golf is one of them. Thank you! Q - You, my man may just be the modern king of keeping it real! Fella, I was transported by the story of the good ol' days when it was a game. When distance took a back seat to shot making. Playing with the buds all day. Wearing out a VHS tape, channeling the inner Seve. Good stuff right there Fella. Really good stuff. Scomacer - Promise me/us you'll carry two putters out there for at least a round or two. Would love hearing how that goes.
  5. Here's some potentially interesting putting talk amongst friends. I tend to believe WAY too much emphasis is placed on straight-back-straight-through, versus inside-and-down-the-line, in-out-back in, yadda yadda. We we can prove it's not that big of a deal in about two minutes. Drop a ball and do your best to keep the putter face square while literally cutting across the ball on a 45° path. Did you miss it by 45°? No! You'll miss it but not by that much. But if you purposefully struck it with the face out of square to the target line, even slightly so, the result is a big miss, regardless of path. So if a little more or a little less arc works... go for it. Make a figure 8 loop if you like. By itself it is minimally impactful on the outcome. Whatever helps get the face square to the target line during the strike... much bigger deal. One doesn't have to significantly alter the other. So, one less thing to over-think IMHO. I do tend to belive there's something to be said for exploring ways to reduce the hop-skid born of a putter's loft, less than optimal ball placement, and possibly executing with zero forward shaft lean. That Morse Code series of dots and dashes seen on the morning dew right after contact is (IMO) a signal your feel for distance/speed control "may" suffer more than need be. Food for thought. As to reading greens, evidently there are "line" putters and there are "spot" putters. Then there are those who are primarily one with slight tendencies toward the other (if that makes sense). The true line putter see a line all the way from ball to cup without much if any targets in between. This guy sees a line and rolls it on that line. i'm more of a spot putter. I may see a line from the hole to the ball initially, but there is "something" that invariably jumps out at me. Might be the apex of a breaking putt. Might be a spot well before the hole for down-hill down grain shots. Maybe a spot three feet past the cup for an uphiller. Whatever it may happen to be, I normally putt to a spot... to the extent I sometimes ignore the hole. Lol. There's probably two dozen putting related questions that probably have great answers but tend to plague us all at least twice per round: * Why is a putt for bogey or worse almost always so much more makable than the same putt for birdie or better? * When you first walk on to the green, what happens between your first instinct about making it -- and actually putting execution to do so? In other words what might you do between that first impression and actually stroking it that's good or not so good? What if there's quite a wait whilst others putt? *. What constitutes a useful pre-shot routine on the green versus all brands of walking about, dry swings, joking with buddies, that helps or hurts the result? *. Take yourself out of the equation. What do really strong putters you've played with tend to have in common? What about lesser performers? What do they tend to have in common? *. Should we turn off the brain and just hit the ball? *. Why do we follow a putt that comes up miserably short by blowing the next one by, and vice versa?
  6. These are things I personally believe about putting and putters. Because I say so doesn't remotely mean it's how everyone else should see it. I'm capable of being wrong. As to all theories about face-balanced versus toe-hang... and what is "supposed" to go with what type of stoke... I give that stuff a qualified "maybe". Have seen it too many times. The stroke doesn't match the putter type and yet he's a very good putter. Have seen (and been) a below average putter when the equipment "matched" the stroke. It's tougher for me to say there are absolute do's and dont's on this front. The "fit" of a putter to the golfer. Here's my worthless take. The eyes need to be above and parallel to the target line first and foremost. What happens after that is up to the individual. For me the grip goes thru life-lines (palms) which lines up the shaft and forearms as seen DTL. My elbows are softly bent and held in closer to the sides of the belly. The trail hand is lower and therefore so is the trail shoulder. So bottom line, each of us grips it "some how". For me, the length and lie angle of the putter is "good" when my eyes are right up over the target line given how I grip it and address it. The static weight of the putter (to me) is kind of a big deal. I sort of crave a smaller pistol grip handle with some lead weight on the back of the putter head. Trial and error as to how I relate x weight to y handle but it turns out in my case it helps me anticipate the feel of the upcoming stroke. Is that all self induced crapola? Maybe so -- lol. But it's my crapola so I have no problem owning it. As to goose necks, plumbers necks... I personally struggle a little bit more when the hosel and shaft all run straight up out of the heel but that's just me I suppose. So by way of firtting, my pea brain says it about the length that matches your eye-line and setup posture. The lie angle is tied to how the arms hang. Static weight, any added weight(s) and handle style are best born thru trial and error. Hosel and head style and such... those things are very much a function of whatever the golfer believes in and intrinsically trusts.
  7. This will be a feeble swing at catching up on 6/8 pages worth. Courses I personally prefer (muni or otherwise). Tough holes here and there don't bother me but I prefer a balance of tougher and less difficult holes. Not a fan of excessive moguls and bumps randomly sprinkled around where good shots end up being penalized. So yea, I like me some D Ross just like you guys. A trip to St. Andrews is on the bucket list. Snow - Haven't (yet) seen anything but light frost here. On days when temps would create snow... clear skies. The airport has more snow removal equipment than anything within 60 miles due north of it. But we've seen enough rain to float grandma's casket. Critters - Love just about all nature has to offer. Love the pics! But any bug of any kind that might decide to sting, bite, host on me, barf on my picnic... those little suckers have got to go. Let the bats eat cheeseburgers - They'll figure it out. Miami's axe's and gigs... ATTA BOY! from a fellow guitarist. Equipment changes and snake oil: If we each gained 10 more yards and 50% more accuracy every time it's been promised over the years, by now we'd all be disappointed with anything above eagle on any US Open course. And to boot we'd need no more than 3 or 4 clubs to do it. That said, I'll go as far as agreeing today's ball curves less off-course. Today's production driver head is not a function of which part of the tree it came from. Today's shafts are light years more customizable to the individual swing. Even the grips are easier to suit to the individual player. But I struggle with the notion anything needs to be rolled back in the rule book. This is a very hard game. I'm sorry if records are broken using the latest "stuff". (My stuff is far from the latest/greatest - FWIW). Interesting that you can still count on two hands those who've shot a competitive round in the 50's. Let people play whatever blows their skirt up! OGA all the way! Radro - great story about Cobi! More to come on putters and putting.
  8. Well he was seen spinning rock band platters at WKRP. If you wax or duct tape it all off, you risk losing that distinguished big star quality. Think of the Bond and Shakespeare roles you won't get! The Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards. And what would become of all that lavender juice?
  9. I'm very certain of that Radro. Right back at you! And btw, my acute intermuscular leg cramposis has manifested in gross face contact multi-flightus.
  10. Unfinished business: Have sorta-kinda wanted to explain bowing out of WRX for a year or so. Sorta-kinda would just assume not. It's a long tale with the arms of an octopus. The compromise lands in a way that sums it up, albeit far from the whole nine. A PGA professional taught me for 30 years. Also a friend. A best friend. He took ill from lung cancer and succumbed to it a few months ago. He was of an age and stage in his life where he owned and operated a really nice practice facility. Myself, my wife, and a handful of his friends ran the business as he declined -- His widow and that same group still do so. Most of us also have other employment. None of us would have it any other way. Meanwhile, I've lost count of how many times my 92 year-old mom has come back from death's door. Tonight, a betting man would give her a month. (But she always rebounds - just less so each time). She's two states away. There's more, but would prefer leaving it this way.... Many have expressed what it is for them that makes the Grille, the Grille. Those here on day one, and those who've since joined are generally seeking scales that tip toward sincere fellowship while tipping away from snarky condescension. Boring, cheesy stuff to those who prefer it otherwise. And that's okay. It's a simple choice. We're not better, smarter, or holier. We're making a very simple choice every time we pull up a seat. You should all be very proud how well you've sustained that notion. During my time away, I was dragging around a lot of emotion. This really isn't the very best place for that (IMO). But I asked for my seat to be kept warm when it all started, and you did just that. I owe all of you you for that. Am remiss in directly addressing each of you meaningfully. But please know... I so admire your art, your humor, your incredible pics, your posts, and most of all your endless and sincere fellowship.
  11. Its so hard to imagine golf without Trevino in it. Anyone on display publically is subject to haters. Inescapable. LT certainly trots a lot out there for the eye-rolling cynics to feast on. But I personally love it. The wit, wisdom, confidence.... He gets me hanging on every word. One thing worth watching in any/all videos of his full swing is his lead hip. Here we all were just chatting about how foot/knee work gets the hips to respond. Check out Trevino's lead side hip from transition to his finish. Few if any golfers absolutely drive that lead butt cheek straight back behind themselves that aggressively. It would get most of us "stuck" if we tried. They're out there, but very few come close to doing what he does on this front. The quintessential "trap push-fade" swinger. He always sets up ball more forward, does the foot dance till it's a little back in his stance, pulls the trigger, then from the top he blows that lead hip back like a cannon shot. One of a kind guy guy with a one of a kind swing.
  12. Names Sixty could consider at age 70: * Dottheeyeguy * Cyndee'smentor * Grillestergus * Sixtysomeping Names Sixty might want to pass on: * Iseedeadpeople * discolives4ever * flyswaterstew ------------------- This vid is somber. Radro's news is anything but. That said it's good, solid, beautifully performed music. It begins and ends with scenes of a tower where many years ago, things could have turned out much worse. Interesting sometimes how music, a little good old fashioned faith, and what could have been all come together. This one's for you Radro.
  13. Interesting stuff. Sometimes, the focus on one wrist is best managed through focus not on it, but the opposite wrist. If the lead wrist is cupped at the top for example, one fix is let it go for a ride and intentionally cup the trail wrist. Another approach can be to pay more attention to where the trail elbow lands at the top. Not lecturing or hoping to change a living soul here. Just sharing I've found there are times when trying to get one body part doing this or that has proven frustrating for me, too. There were cases when I got the desired result by turning focus elsewhere. Personally, I can't hit a bull in bottom with a bass fiddle applying a cupped lead wrist. Bowed, I can do but find I need so much body turn through the strike it tires out my back. It's harder for me to work the ball left to right when bowed. Above all what I keep my sights on along these lines is seen in a straight down-the-line mirror or video. I know my grip is about right when the back of my lead hand is dead parallel to the leading edge of the clubface at the top. Flat lead wrist, the toe hangs at about 45°. Bowed wrist... shut at the top. Cupped, and I'm doomed. Bass fiddles are playing a Yoko Ono song.
  14. Totally understood and respected. As Snead himself said, "What works for me may or may not work for you." i didn't go there, but for many really good ball strikers, the hand path bottoms out more off the trail thigh, and actually rises a bit through the lead front pocket. But they hit ball-first meaning clubhead path has a low point as much as a foot past the low point of the hands and handle. How? Delayed release of that shaft/lead arm angle, good shoulder turn plane, not protracting the lead shoulder from address through the release are big factors. But for such golfers, the mini-squat gets all of that working WITH a great angle of attack, and WITHOUT hitting it fat or thin. Many who do this don't even realize it, and it seems many of those don't even want to understand it... which is AOK since it brings its own unique brand of feel stuff, so they don't even need to understand it. Anyway, it's not everyone's "thing" for sure. We all do what we do, however we do it, and no one has to be right or wrong so long as we're out there whacking at it!
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