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  1. I think 9 is a max minimalist number too. With 7 being the sweet spot. 7 is the half set. Ironically getting from 9 to 7 is a big jump! But if you’re comfortable at 7 then going to 5 can feel pretty easy.
  2. I’m enjoying this discussion. I think gravity is a fine thing to think about when swinging. Why? The smoothest and most balanced swings seem to at least begin at the same rate that gravity would start the swing. Swinging too fast or too slow is something people can see. What are you seeing? A natural speed of things, and gravity may be that guide. Of course there are lots of things as well like leverage, timing, and force...
  3. Different clubs do different things. I remember I was so looking forward to the Ping Zing 2 iron to be released. The flange was like sharp and I simply couldn’t take the club back without it snagging on the ground. I’ve never had a club like my Wilson Staffs snag on the ground. If the hover thing doesn’t work (I’ve tried and it doesn’t work for me), maybe look for a smoother rear flange.
  4. I’m out! Went back to an old TaylorMade RBZ driver. Threw in an old Callaway Steelhead 4+. Went back to Wilson Staff irons. Even put in a Cleveland SW. The only club in my bag today that was listed in January is the putter. I don’t know why I even think I have a chance on this game! LOL. Could we do a month of March bag challenge? I wouldn’t make that one either! Ha.
  5. It’s a good idea to tune your bag to the course you’re playing. If you end up playing a course where you need a 60, put it in your bag for the day. Maybe you won’t need another club at that course. I’d say that most of us who use 4/6/8/PW vs. 3H/5/7/9 do so because of the course we play and the par 3s on said course. The goal of minimalist play is to enjoy the round with fewer clubs, sometimes even more thought goes into such bags than a bag of 14...
  6. I think you learn lots of things. A main one is that most of the shots are with driver/wedge/putter. That's 3 clubs. Add a couple more for the fairway shots and you're good. Also, you learn that perfection is not needed to play good golf. And lastly, it really is a nice break to carry a short bag from the garage to the car, the car to the shop, the shop to the course, and everywhere on the course. For those of you wondering if you should try it, track your rounds. If you're not hitting a club at least (what?) like 5 times in a round, why carry it?
  7. When I add for tournaments, I try not to add many. My minimal bag is usually:Driver 4 wood 4,6,8,PW 56 Putter For tournaments/club/cash play I will may toss in the 5,7,9 irons. None of these adds seem to make a difference in my score, after all the driver, putter, and SW are always there:) I mainly will add so my partner(s) don’t think I don’t care...
  8. I've tried lots of things. For me a 5-wood and a hybrid just go too high and I feel like I loose touch with how the ball will fly. So I just go with a 3-iron. The 3-iron is not a great gap filler, but it does shine on the tee if the hole is short and narrow. Other times I've added a 4-wood. Sometimes the 4-wood is the only fairway wood, but usually it is a steel shaft paired with a strong 3, so the gap(s) are lessened and shifted. At the end of the day, for my game I just avoid the temptations to hit hero shots from the long gaps. If I end up in this spot I figure out a way to advance the ball
  9. I think it is almost easier to play with a minimalist bag on these types of trips. Why? Lots of carting the clubs around and they're much easier to manage everywhere else besides the course. Also, on unfamiliar courses you never really know the yardages you'll get, so it's always kind of a guessing game. For me anyway, these trips are not about scores shot, it's about being there. I agree with the previous poster, if the trip was with a group of fellas that were all about the gambling, then I'd have to consider the full bag...
  10. Weight balance and tilt. For me when (not if) I fall into what you're doing I do two things. First I enjoy playing cut for awhile. Second I have to get back to the back foot and lean that way as well. I get sloppy when I tend to get my eyes closer to over the ball but the ball is forward in my stance and the tilt is out of whack. Go way back to basic address position fundamentals and then swing within yourself. You may also be taking the club back a little inside, but we can't see that without video...
  11. When the ground is wet I wouldn't use a bag that will just lead to wet grips. The MacKenzie has never let water through, but it is not a realistic choice for most golfers. I'd go with a small stand bag. Or the quiver with the short legs. As a kid (before stand bags) some folks made a simple "X" stand out of a couple of pieces of wood. I never had one, but thought the idea super clever...
  12. I've got a 23 year old MacKenzie Walker canvas Jacobsen model that I've been trying to replace for years. Recently I've tried the Jones Players model and a few lightweight carry bags (Callaway, TaylorMade) but can't find anything better...
  13. If not wanting a 3-wood, I'd keep it the same. Actually I'd ditch the LW and go with 10 clubs...
  14. So... LOL! Sounds like it will be three putters over 60 years. You can maybe pick up a Scotty for a reasonable price. Of course, while one can get Ping Ansers and Taylormade putters for good prices, they certainly are not "cheap"...
  15. I used to always go from my PW to a 54 degree and end my bag there. I have always felt that the 54 was important for that 100 yard shot, but in reality, I don't get that shot all that often, and I many times wish I had a better tool directly around the green. Also I used to carry a strong 3 wood instead of a driver as I felt I wanted a wood for off the fairway. But again, a 4i would be fine most every time. So still 7 clubs, but stretching from driver to SW. Driver,4i,6i,8i,PW,SW, Putter.
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