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Righty to Lefty

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  1. 250 on the LPGA tour would play all day but no way it would cut it on the PGA tour or any men's tour for that matter.
  2. In a nutshell...yes your distance is limited to your swing speed. Yes there are other factors such as finding the optimal strike location on your club face, adding length to the shaft or manipulating the club's parameters and such than can help to optimize things but you can only hit it so far at a given speed and there is no way around that. The solution that most don't want to address is to improve your body to try and recover lost performance and then maintain your level of fitness to shallow the loss of speed that we all will experience as we age. Speed is a gift that you are born with and you are either fast or you aren't but you can definitely try to recover lost speed and maintain it via improving your level of fitness as equipment isn't a magic bullet though it does have it's place when it comes to optimizing your speed.
  3. Matte Orange is my favorite color of golf ball to play as it is the easiest for me to see in flight and find in the rough. I wish Wilson Staff made their tour balls in matte orange and I would buy 100 dozen! I'm sure matte white is fine from a playability standpoint they just may pick up grass stains more easily.
  4. Cutting the tip and reinstalling the shaft will make the tip section even more stiff making it easier to bend stress the tip section whereas a graphite shaft's tip section is almost certainly softer than a steel shaft's and will handle it better. There is no way that you created that by hitting an iron exclusively off of a tee as that would never stress the shaft enough to bend the tip of the shaft like that. Also it has nothing to do with hitting the ball fat...it has to do with how you stress the shaft as it enters and exits the ground. When you hit off the ground the ground will give and tear away so it would take longer to bend the tip section like that but off a mat there is no give so you will stress the shaft because the mat doesn't give. Hitting a ball off a tee will not create the conditions to bend the tip section unless you are hitting golf balls that weigh WAYYY more than a regulation golf ball !
  5. Yup mats sitting on concrete were the culprit for sure as I did it to some C Tapers on multiple occasions before catching it. If the tip section of the shaft is a stiffer profile then it is just a matter of time before it will happen if you pressure the shaft enough through the strike. I only hit off of Real Feel mats or the ones that have the simulated rough on them as that same thing that is damaging your shafts is also damaging your body and I learned that lesson the hard way.
  6. In theory yes, but my guess is that Bubba has long fingers and prefers to have bigger grips so that the club feels more stable in his hands. He is also likely bottom hand dominant and thus he wants more grip in his bottom hand, whereas a player like Vijay, who is obviously top hand dominant, doesn't need the bottom hand built out as he barely has a hold of the club with his bottom hand at impact. Bubba would likely easily be able to transition to the Jumbomaxx non taper grips as this is basically what his current grips with all of the extra wraps mimic. In theory a thicker diameter grip will reduce the closure rate of the club but as others have said it can be easily overridden by stalling the body which is exactly what Bubba often does creating varying degrees of closure rate of the club, though the downside is that it will breed inconsistency as a side effect. I love Jumbomaxx non taper grips first and foremost because they fit in my hands better because they are bigger which creates more stability through the strike. Second because I am bottom hand dominant and thus I want as much purchase on the grip as possible and the non taper grips provide that. Technically the thicker grip will make you less " handsy" but it all depends on how your body reacts to this reduction in rotation and reacts to your ball flight. By that I mean if your closure rate is reduced and you begin to hit the ball left of your intended target line (right handed golfer) you will do one of two things. Either you will recalibrate your aim and put that shot on target (which I would suggest), or your will begin to stall the body to increase your closure rate to try to and square up the club face ( what Bubba does that will breed inconsistency). Since I knew I was levering the ball all I did was recalibrate my aim. This did put me through an adjustment phase but that was to be expected and over time I adapted.
  7. We've all been there and I used to be super emotional and hot headed on the course but you are right life tends to put things in perspective over time...you hope. My job takes me away from golf for 9 months out of the year and so I have learned to really enjoy the game during good or bad times as it can always be worse for sure.
  8. Fantastic information. I completely agree that he doesn't need to make any equipment changes and I completely agree that strike is boss first and foremost as proven by your chart provided. You are a wealth of knowledge for sure!
  9. You are not bringing power up from the ground very efficiently and so even though your swing motion may have improved, your power production is still very inefficient. This appears to be a good position a the top of your backswing but you have shifted your weight to your back foot as evidence by the inside of your trail foot coming off the ground. There should be a pressure shift but not much of a weight shift as a weight shift moves your swing center and that is generally not good as you want it to be as stable as possible. You also early extend which means that you are no longer pressuring the ground so you will lose all ability to lever the ball as you are not in a good power position entering impact. I great feeling entering impact is that you are trying to twist the ground apart with your feet. You also did not strike this ball out of the middle and you struck it off the toe as the face is wide open post impact. That alone will cost you 20 yards of carry. A video to understand weight shift vs. pressure shift: A video to help you learn how to lever against the ground better and not early extend:
  10. I wasn't going off that factor alone I was just wondering what his was to see if his launch angle was too high or too low and maybe robbing him of some optimal carry and roll out. But the info you provided is fantastic and better points us in the right direction and gets straight to the point so much appreciated on that. I think I was going to get to the same answer but it would have taken longer whereas this chart just goes straight to the answer. Thanks. R to L
  11. They look nice...I'm sure they are as good as any Mizuno offering.
  12. What is your angle of descent? If it is optimal which I think is in the low to mid 40's (correct me if I'm wrong) then there is a version of the Mizuno RB Tour golf ball that may bump up your spin so that you can keep everything else the same as you appear to be producing some good numbers and I'm sure your carry numbers are good. If your angle of descent numbers are slightly off then you could adjust loft on your driver but you should be able to find a remedy pretty quickly to bump up your spin and keep the ball in the air a lil longer. Best of luck in your testing.
  13. I am aware...I have someone that has the ability and the tools but lefty blanks that are heavy enough for what I am trying to accomplish are tough to come by. Thanks for the link. R to L
  14. Fantastic...please pretty please tell me where you got those blanks if possible. I only need GW through 8 iron but would buy a whole set if I had too.
  15. Will be interesting to see how they get along out there especially if the wind is up. 17 is a great hole...that is a great course for that matter.
  16. Els Club Dubai, UAE Abu Dhabi GC Yas Links Abu Dhabi, UAE Doha GC, Qatar Creekmoor GC Raymore, Missouri
  17. My goodness...I am reading about these initiation fees and such and I am blown away that those prices are even feasible. I thought the 7k I paid in the middle east was pricey and now I realize that it was peanuts and in the middle east the course often have floodlights that allow play from 5:15 am until 10 pm or even midnight on some courses and the facilities and course conditions are second to none. 350k initiation fee for Riviera...are you kidding me! I guess if you got it like that it is all relative I suppose.
  18. 1. City, State? Lenexa, Kansas 2. Handicap? 5.2 3. Current Irons? Cleveland 588 Altitude Irons 4. How would the Launcher XL Halo irons help your game? I play similar irons currently and these would be an upgrade to a newer model.
  19. Agreed...if they work they work and even if they didn't last as long as other grips it is what it is if you have to change them out every couple seasons or even every year in my opinion.
  20. Budgetgolf.com and they are having a 15% off sale and free shipping at the moment. https://www.budgetgolf.com/golf-mens-pants/#!|page|1|opp|30
  21. Total weight and swing weight are the two most important factors of a golf club in my opinion as they speak to the mind's eye and help you feel the club moving in space around you. I gradually added weight to my driver in 10 gram increments until I found my perfect fit...which occurred after I had added some 50 grams. At first it didn't even register on the swingweight scale but now that I play Jumbomaxx grips it swingweights at F9 along with all of my other clubs but I absolutely love the sledge hammer feel as it is exactly the reason why I loved wooden bats over aluminum ones when I played baseball. Your club's distribution of weight should "trick" you into hitting the ball inline with the CoG. This will create trust and efficiency in a given club and it is paramount to playing your best. I don't even question it anymore as I now just accept that I have to manipulate the specs of a club to fit what I want to feel and now I can set up a club very quickly as I know exactly what I want to feel in a club and my feel is personal to me and is likely not for anyone else and that is fine. Going from D3 to D6.2 isn't really a dramatic change but give it time and see if the feel of the club head stays with you as I found that initially when I added weight it felt dramatic...but then a few months later I was losing the sense of the club head and had to add more and retest. Eventually you hit the sweet spot though and then I made note of that spec and can recreate it on future clubs.
  22. Okay so you gotta put up a swing of you actually hitting a ball because everyone's swing motion looks pretty good until you introduce the golf ball into the equation. Just looking at your swing motion though you shift your weight quite a bit which moves your swing's center and this is not very efficient. A better way to go about it is for your pressure to shift but for your swing center to still remain relatively centered. Here is video explanation:
  23. I did this exact same thing to a set of C Tapers years ago and actually had KBS request a pic of it as they were very intrigued and have never seen it before. Apparently the tip section of the C Tapers is very stiff and I was just stressing them too much as I swing about the same speed as you do. I did switch to the KB Tour shafts and have had no such issues as the tip section is softer and stands up to the punishment that I put on a shaft. Right when I saw the club head I knew exactly what had happened to you. It was funny for me because before I noticed it my distances would start to run into each other and it became pretty funny when PW, 9 and 8 iron were going the same distance! I know that hitting off of bad range mats sitting on concrete definitely made things worse, on my clubs and my body, so I don't hit off of mats anymore ever.
  24. This about sums it up why I would never sign up to hit it poorly!
  25. So you are holding a grudge from a disagreement that we had in a thread from months ago that you chose to bring up in a completely different thread?!! SMH...moving on. I will go back and check and see if I told you that "you had no idea what you were talking about" as that is not likely what I said and if I did then I will apologize for that in advance, but you were still incorrect and you are more than welcome to message me out of this thread and we can discuss further rather than hijack someone else's thread and veer off topic because I shot 10 over.
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