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  1. My bag is all over the place. Mizzy irons, Ping hybrids and putter, Titleist Driver and fairway, Vokey wedges. I used to be all Titleist but in the past like 5 years have sort of let the clubs pick me as my game improved, and as a result my game improved. If that makes sense. If I did have to only play one brand I'd go Ping.
  2. After a lifetime of playing a 3 wood, like most do, I am considering dropping it. About 5 years ago I started with replacing my 5 wood with a 3 hybrid. Then my 4 iron with a 4 hybrid. In the past year have found myself preferring to hit my 3 hybrid over my 3 wood in almost all instances more and more often. I played a 2 day tournament this weekend and didn't hit my 3 wood once. At every shot where I could have hit either 3 wood or 3 hybrid I just felt the most confident I'd hit the hybrid well. I may have gained a few yards with the 3 wood, but being straight has it's advantages. Particularly in tournaments. If you've made that change, what's your thoughts having some time with it? I suspect I'd change out my 915F2 for a Ping 17 degree. Essentially playing 2 iron - PW, wedges and a driver.
  3. Not range stuff, but prepping your gear. Do you clean your clubs, clean out your bag, mark some balls? I generally set out the clothes I plan to wear so I don't have to monkey around too much in the morning. I mark up a fresh sleeve of balls. Remove any unnecessary junk from my bag to keep it light. And gather up a little pile of snacks for my bag. And then just try to get a good night of sleep! I almost never clean my irons or anything like that. I have a superstition about that. I clean the grooves as I play. Wipe then down as needed. But I've always felt cleaning all my clubs before a round is bad luck. With a little dirt on em they seem more ready for battle! :) How about you?
  4. To be within plausible reason I would say a 12 and had a freak day. 17 is a miracle. Even a 10 HC, to shoot a 77 in a tournament is 276 to 1 odds.
  5. I think it's pretty much universally understood that anyone who plays and has a high handcap can shoot in the vicinity of 90 on a random day when their slices don't go behind trees, their thin shots actually roll out 200 years, they don't completely chunk one all day, avoid losing a ball or an OB and make 1 or 2 putts. But to shoot 5 over takes more than luck. Every coach I have ever worked with has told me it's far easier to take a 25 to 15 than it is to take a 10 to a 5. The places to shave strokes becomes narrower and narrower.
  6. ACTUALLY....true story. I took a group of golfers from my club to a pro-am: a 25, a 19, and a 12. The 19 thinned his 3rd shot on a par 5 (you guessed it...it went in for a 3, net 1) A few holes later, short par 4....he drove the front fringe of the green, the pin is at least 70' at the back of the green..... Walloped his putt, and you guessed it again....hits the pin and drops for a 2....net 1. Now, I played with these guys for over 2 years, and recorded all their scores when they played on their home course, where I was Asst Pro, and they were as honest as the day is long. Forget the fact that the 19...the guy with 2 net 1's.....shot about about 95 that day....including his 2 miracle shots....we were called cheats and liars for the rest of the year. So....it does happen, and I happened to be a witness to it that day. Imagine...the 2 birdies that I shot on those 2 holes didn't even count towards our team score! but....it doesn't happen week in and week out I hear you. But you say he still shot a 95. People don't shoot 5 over by accident. Just my 2 cents. Takes more than a couple wildly lucky shots to shoot 5 over. In tournament play no less.
  7. I sent that chart to the tournament director. 37,000 to 1 odds. Pft. I'm sure I'm not the only guy grumbling. I fluctuate between 14 and 16. When I was at 14 I shot my best round ever, non tournament 81. That's only 4 strokes below my HC. Odds on that according to that chart are 87 to one. Well, I've played far more than 87 rounds. So that's well within reason. I've shot 83 twice. If I was at 15 when I shot those that's only 43 to 1. I have yet to have a day when things just "go my way" and I shoot 75 in a tournament. Much less when my HC was at 17. I haven't been a 17 since I started. Anyways, I try to tell myself I don't play in the club tournaments to win. That I play for fun. But part of the fun is thinking that I could shoot a rare, (but reasonable considering my history and posted scores) 82 and be in the top 10 every once in a blue moon. My best tournament score was 86 so far. I felt so good after that round. I was super proud of myself for keeping my head together and coming in under 90 on a long course. But when I see BS like that it pretty much just bums me out.
  8. There are about 4 guys in my men's club that always seem to shoot miracle rounds in tournaments and take big $ in the games. I've only been in the club for about 3 years. I only play about 4 a year. But I see all the results of all the tourney's because they send them out to the members. After this past weeks tournament I wrote the club and told them these handful of guys who claim to be 17 and 18 HCs that seem to have their "best round all year" in tournaments only need to be put on notice. And that I'm not paying into side games anymore until it's addressed. Just this last week we had a dude who has posted scores over 100 on his HC in the past handful of rounds he's posted, then shoots 77 in the tournament. Just a few weeks back he shot 104! And another guy with similar posted scores over 100, an 18 HC shoots 81. The are among a group of guys it seems to be a trend with. I've played with these guys because I'm a 15, so we go out in the same groups and I post ALL my scores, so I know I'm a legit 15. And these dudes are not being honest. Ruins it for everybody else.
  9. It would not make sense to not work into a net if it requires magnetic dots for spin. My main questions are what is going to actually make this better, and therefore worth the extra money over the SC200. I've had one finger on the buy button for the SC200 for about 8 weeks, since I put together my backyard mat/net practice set up. But I saw the talk of the Mevo at the same time so I've held off awaiting info. The SC200 isn't going anywhere. But I do want to know if the Mevo is better, or offers more information that is actually useful. I also want to know how the app works. In the end I hope that it's fast and easy. What I don't want is to spend more time screwing with a gadget than working on my swing. I'm sure most have similar questions. I'm not willing to pre-order blind though. I will wait for a real demo.
  10. That's what I figured seeing the USB port on the side. I'm glad it's small. I recently bought a mat and net for my yard and have really been enjoying working on my swing at home with my iPhone camera as reference. I was going to order a SC200 but decided to wait for this to release. Looks like people are chomping at the bit and some are getting ruffled because it's not yet released. Comes with the territory for new products. I've been checking around myself. Hoping it hits air soon. Look forward to adding it to my set up, assuming it works as advertised.
  11. test of Time?!?! It's 2 years old. They JUST released its replacement. Like you couldn't have even upgraded to a new titleist until a month ago. 2 years, 4 months. Which with my O.C.D. and A.D.D., is an eternity. In that time I've had 2 or 4 drivers and at least 4 sets of irons. And switched out all my wedges when the SM6's came out. Nothing is safe in my bag.
  12. It's interesting how many people, myself included get attached to a fairway metal or hybrid as much as people get attached to a putter. That ever important second shot, or go to shot off the tee...
  13. Its unlikely to be the clubs. Its much more likely you are getting better. You can't hit shots that far without a center-face strike, and on a center-face strike most clubs are identical (both are the maximum of the legal limit). It is outside of the center where we usually see clubs that are "longer" than other clubs. For example, they all hit right at the limit when hit by a testing robot. When I started getting significantly better this started happening to me. You will start hitting more and more like that until you have to adjust your distance and your planning. It can be a frustrating process. From April to June-ish of this year I had no idea how far my irons would go. If i got forward completely and hit down, they'd go X and if I scooped like I used to they'd go X-20. Its very unlikely this is your equipment. Just my opinion, but congrats on the improvement! Typically golf improvement shows up as "random" shots that, if the golfer keeps at it, become less and less random. Just my opinion though. Nothing to do with equipment with those massive differences in the numbers. 7 yards? sure. 25 with a 5 iron? no way thats just the irons. Its you. Good work, IMO. I did spend the fall of last year working hard to improve my irons. My iron play has improved significantly and my distance has increased along with it. Yesterday I had a proper fitting session and found that the Ping G's I've been playing are 2 degrees upright (which I was unaware of) and contributing to left misses. They adjusted to standard lie and immediately I started hitting it straighter with more consistent dispersion. We found that the occasional rocket from the Ping G's was partial to shots where I turned it over a little too much resulting in a lower, and slightly offline left trajectory. Once the lie was adjusted those shots seemed to stop. Everything felt more square at address to my body and eye. So I guess I just stopped reacting to what I didn't know. Interesting stuff. After that I hit the Mizuno JPX-900 Hot Metals and fell in love with them. Same performance as the Ping G for me, but no question a better sound and feel. Looking down at each side by side, the confidence level for the GI player like me was identical to my eye. On the 5 iron, the help out of the back from set up visually looks identical. But side to side, overall the Mizuno looks far sharper. So I ordered a set! The M2 driver is still a ongoing process. When I bought it I was in a bit of a slump with my driver as I had dedicated about 6 months to iron work. So it's likely I'm just finding my rhythm again. It's got a great sound and feel, and when I catch it like I want, it really performs. I hit several in the 250 range yesterday, which is my sweet spot and where I want to hit it. Love golf.
  14. Mines my Titleist 915f 3 wood. I still love the sound, feel, and flight so it's standing the test of time like a champ. How about you?
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