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  1. My highest score this year is a 91. It could have been worse as I actually had one birdie. My best so far is 76. I had one double bogie but three birdies.
  2. We have a condo in Clermont and I play Kings Ridge quite often. It's not terribly challenging, but has some great holes and is usually in excellent shape. The course directly across Hwy. 27 is Legends. It closed a few years ago, but will re-open soon. It was a great course before closing and hopefully will be good again. It was still closed two weeks ago when we were there so I didn't get to see it. I hope to get back and play it in the Fall.
  3. I played Ben Hogan irons for years. In the 80s and 90s my bag was full of Apex blades. I switched to Apex Edge Pros in the 2000s and stayed with those until 2015 when I switched to Mizunos JPX 850s. At age 71 I decided it was time to go with graphite shafts. I demoed several brands. In May I decided to research the new Ben Hogan Company. After some research I took a leap of faith and ordered a set of their recently released Edge EX irons. Maybe it's just "new club" talent or a "honeymoon period" but I love them. They are game improvement irons with the feel of the forged sets I played so well
  4. Until last week I was playing an Odyssey White Hot Tour putter I bought in '09. Finally I decided to change and used my Father's Day gift cards to get a Ping Sigma 2 Anser. After three rounds I'm averaging 31 putts per round. I really like it so far.
  5. I totally agree. I've had a couple of driver/shaft fittings and they were either inside or off mats. Unfortunately, I think you're right. Trial and error is the best way to find the correct shaft. I used to always try to demo a driver/shaft before I bought. Surprisingly, I bought my current driver (a Ping G400 with an Alta CB 55R shaft) right off the rack at Dick's. I gained a few yards and rarely miss a fairway. The fact that it's clearly the best driver for me was nothing more than blind dumb luck. I feel sure I won't be changing until the head falls off the shaft. I hope you are lucky too.
  6. After playing an Odyssey White Hot Tour since they were introduced in 2009. I've finally changed. I bought a Ping Sigma II Anser last week. So far, I love it. After three rounds I've averaged 31 putts per round. I'm old and short off the tee so I have to chip and putt well to break 80. Here's hoping I can keep or even lower my putts per round average.
  7. I've been at Myers Park since 1983. It's changed a lot over the years, but it's still fun to play. I used to play the 6600 yard tees until I turned 65. Since then my group plays at 6250. At age 71 I'll be moving up to 6000 yards before long. I've played Pine Island several times. It's fun too. I haven't played at or around Myrtle Beach in over a decade. We have a condo in Charleston and I play most of my away rounds down there. You guys are lucky as there are many great courses at the beach. Tidewater was my favorite, but I understand there are several newer tracks that are as good if n
  8. I really like them so far. I've only played four rounds with them, three of which were in Florida. I've actually ordered a 56* Equalizer II sand wedge to match my new 50*. I'm playing my home course back in Charlotte on the 4th. Here's hoping I continue to improve as I get more comfortable with them. Thanks for asking.
  9. My best was probably my only hole-in-one back in 1998. I was playing a Ping Eye2 five iron over a lake on a 175 yard par three. Also, I was playing a balata Titleist. So that tells you how long ago it was. Last summer I holed a 135 yard eight iron for an eagle on a 500 yard par five. I played a Mizuno JPX forged club and used a Titleist ProV1. It was special because I was playing with my son.
  10. Check out the new Ben Hogan Edge EX. I just ordered a set as they are very similar to the BH Apex Edge Pros I played for years until my son got them.
  11. Obviously, I'm showing my age here. I started playing at age 13 in 1963 at a small town nine hole course. I've been told Golfcraft was a small company that was later purchased by Acushnet/Titleist because they made great persimmon woods. This old boy still sits in a corner of my den.
  12. Me too. Can you imagine having to wait nearly two and a half hours before playing a crucial putt. I figured it was just a matter of time before the Korean men started winning regularly on the PGA Tour. The women have been excelling for years. Also, I'm very impressed with how humble and respectful the Asian players are. I noticed Lee bowed to K.J. before he hugged him. Everyone should remember Matsuyama's caddie bowing to the 18th hole after he removed the flag at Augusta. I know some will disagree, but I think they're great for the game.
  13. I fell into the same trap. I retired five years ago and fully expected to get better. When it didn't happen immediately I started tinkering with my swing and trying different equipment. Finally, I realized that I wasn't playing golf. I was playing "golf swing". Once I started focusing on playing shots I know I can play and getting the ball in the hole my game got better. Someone once said a birdie made with a sliced tee shot and a topped approach beats a par made by Tiger Woods. Sure, I would love to swing like Adam Scott. However, occasionally breaking 80 and taking a few bucks off my buddies
  14. I live and play in Charlotte and we've had several windy days recently. We has 35mph gusts one day. If you watched The Wells Fargo Championship you saw some of that especially on Friday afternoon. I'm sure I've probably played in worse wind conditions than the one mentioned above, but that day is fresh in my mind. A couple of groups ahead of us quit due to the wind.
  15. Great idea. I might just give that a try.
  16. I bought a Ping G400 driver off the rack last May after playing a few drives with my buddy's club. It was a huge risk, but it has changed my game dramatically. I play Mizuno JPX irons and Callaway Mavrik Max fairways. While I've been tempted to try a Callaway driver, I've managed to resist. If I change anytime soon (which is doubtful) I'll probably go with the Ping G425.
  17. I think you're right. The graphite shafts are both too light and too flexible for my swing right now. My pro just confirmed that for me. Luckily I kept my steel shafted set. I'll be playing them until I age into the graphites. Unfortunately, that may be sooner that I might hope.
  18. Thanks. You're right. I think it's a weight problem. I feel like once I work with these shafts I'll be more comfortable with them.
  19. Well, it is confusing. I haven't had much experience with graphite shafted irons. I only bought these irons because I thought they would play similar to my JPX 850s with steel shafts. So far, that hasn't been the case. Of course I haven't played them off normal fairways. We're still playing dormant Bermuda that is usually both thin and wet here in Charlotte. I'll give them another look when our course finally comes back from Winter. Thanks to all that tried to answer my question.
  20. I also play a 7w versus a 3 hybrid. Unfortunately, at age 71 mine doesn't go 210, but I still like it. I've never been able to play hybrids. I still carry a four iron and the 7w fits nicely between it and my 5w. All my buddies play hybrids. One guy carriers four hybrids, but they're not for everyone. I think you're smart to play the 7w. They're not just for old guys like me anymore. It seems to work pretty well for Dustin Johnson.
  21. That's what I thought, but there is an "R" on the shafts and the description on the site where I bought them said regular. I've looked all over the web and cannot find the answer. One thing I did learn is apparently Mizuno no longer offers this particular shaft in their irons. If they are in fact senior flex, I may just put them in my garage until I age into them.
  22. Can anyone help me identify this shaft? I just bought a used set of Mixuno JPX 900 irons (4-GW). I thought I was getting a regular graphite shaft. The shafts are True Temper Project X LZ 4.5 R 70g. Are they regular or senior flex? Their web site doesn't list them. I haven't played them but a few times, but so far I'm not thrilled with their performance. I've been playing JPX 850 with steel XP 95 R300 shafts. They work fine. However, I'm 71 with a torn rotator cuff and thought switching to graphite might help with the wear and tear.
  23. While the drive across the lake was impressive, I was more impressed with the bomb putt he made for par late in the round. The announcers had already given him a bogey. I was pulling for Westwood but Bryson's ability to hang in there and get the win says a lot.
  24. I would love to see Westwood win. I'm also pulling for Spieth or Rory. As usual it will come down to whomever putts well.
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