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Righty to Lefty

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  1. Another option from the guys who have likely hit everything:
  2. I guess if I was trying to play multiple rounds in one day I would care about the time it took to play but I don't get it unless you are trying to squeeze a round in before work or something. We had a guy in our group that was always timing us and bitching and moaning about our round taking 4:30 to 5 hours (4 ball with about $100 bucks on the line per player) and then after the round was over it wasn't like he had somewhere to go...he would literally sit there and talk with us for an hour after the round was over and hit range balls. As someone who is caged in overseas for work 9 months of the year I don't care how long it takes to play because I am soaking in every second of it because I know that my days on the course are numbered before I have to go back to work. Sure I get it that there is rhythm to a round and that players should be ready to play when it is their turn but the time that it takes to play a round is of no concern to me at this stage of my golf life. Also anyone that becomes accustomed to playing rounds that fast is certainly going to suffer if they play tournaments because it is for sure going to be a 6 hour round and so that person would be losing their mind if a round takes 3 times longer.
  3. First step if you are hitting it too high and with too much spin is to simply lower the loft. I had to go down to a 5 degree long drive head to get the ball into my desired shot window and I still hit it in a medium high trajectory window. If you are looking for a more economical club head that I can vouch for are good I would go with an Alpha driver head as they are available in 6 degrees, aren't terribly expensive ($179 to $200), and are sold as a club head only. Matter of fact that is only loft that they have left: https://www.alphagolfclubs.com/collections/drivers/products/c830-2-plasma-driver Best of luck on your search.
  4. You will probably want to look at drivers in the 440 cc range that are also deep faced as this type of driver often has a smaller foot print.
  5. I literally laughed out loud when I read this!! Fantastic!! This thread has opened my eyes to the golf underworld that I haven't experienced in years because I have had the same two sets of irons form 10 and 7 years respectively and only change out woods after I have caved the face in on them because of thousands of strikes. I will say that for me the most important things for me was finding my total weight and swing weight preferences as this meant that I could basically spec up any club and make it suit my needs. I keep my two iron sets because they taught me so much about what I like in a club and so now I have a combo set of LH Miura cavity backs and Cleveland 588 Altitude irons and they can't be more polar opposites on the visual appeal scale but they are fit for me and suit my needs and if I was blindfolded I couldn't tell you the difference between the two because I have weighted them up to match my desired spec. I will also hotmelt a driver, fairway wood, or hybrid into submission also to make them work also! Before I learned about what I truly like in a golf club I would have been apart of the madness for sure and would have been running through sets of clubs like it's going out of style, but I have found golf equipment stability and only change when a club structurally fails but that is boring so you guys keep it going and reporting back as it was funny to read!
  6. What I mean is that the club weight can remain constant yet various swing weights can be accomplished.
  7. You can play whatever swing weight you prefer as this is basically a measure of how the weight is distributed along the club but the effort required to move it is the same regardless of the swing weight at any given total weight. Looks like you are finding your optimal fit though so congrats on that no doubt.
  8. Never even though to own my own golf cart...what was the experience like for you? What are the pros and cons would you say?
  9. Me either...I think the best way is to make them into a Youtube vid and then embed that.
  10. I used to be in this same boat until I broke it down and realized that it is no different than hitting any other club being hit off the ground, and if it is being hit off a tee then it is no different than any club being hit off of a tee. A common thing that I hear that I utterly reject is the thought that the fairway wood is to be swept off the turf. The fairway wood is to be hit down on just like an iron is off the ground it's just the build of the club with the shaft being inline with the club face means that the AoA will be shallow. The low point of the swing arc is still a few inches in front of the ball just like an iron when being hit off the ground. When being hit off of a tee you have the option to hit up or down on the shot and the low point should be adjusted accordingly and be a few inches in front of the ball if you intend to hit down on the ball and a few inches behind the ball if you intend to hit up on the ball. Where you set the low point is very important to know prior to hitting a given shot and once this concept is understood then hitting a fairway wood becomes no different than hitting any other club. This is coming from someone that used to despise hitting fairway woods! This is a video that I made for one of my friends that explains the basic concept of setting the low point: And this is me working through the concept. I literally touch the ground out in front of the ball where my low point is being set and try to stay stacked over that point. I feel like I am hammering down on the ball like an iron shot but the result is a shallow and very heavily levered golf shot. This was an important concept for me to learn and I went from hating fairway woods to loving them and making it a weapon in my bag. If I can do it then anybody can!!
  11. I have had my two ball tank in the bag for 7 years now and it will still be in the bag 10 years from now as it took me so long to put my trust in it and get it fitted right that I refuse to go through that process again unless that putter is head over heels better than what I have. I used to be scared to even change the grip as I thought it would mess up the putter. I now get it when I saw Jordan Speith with a grip on his putter that had been on there so long that you couldn't even tell that it was a super stroke grip anymore!! I keep my clubs until I beat the face off of them and this putter will be no different (gonna take a while to do that!)"
  12. Short game is easier to fix and over time the longer hitter will always have the advantage, though the better short game can win on any given day. It took Cantlay having one of the single best putting days in the history of golf to overcome DeChambeau's distance advantage. That simply isn't going to happen day in and day out and DeChambeau over time would have the advantage. With diligence and persistence you can develop a good short game but you are not going to find 40 yards of distance unless you unlock performance that you already had the capability to do which exactly what DeChambeau did to accomplish his distance gains. We are not all created equal and some people are faster than others and no matter how bad you want to be fast, there is a governor on just how fast and given athlete can be.
  13. Anything from Mini driver down to 6 iron depending on the hole's setup.
  14. For most people this means nothing as Iraq will never register on their golf radar but as someone that has spent 16 years in the region this is a big deal. I will play this course one day for the sheer fact that I have spent so much time here and I have always said that with the weather here they need to stop fighting and disagreeing and start building golf courses! Also for the record an American citizen can already travel to Erbil, Iraq and get a visa on arrival and the threat level is not as elevated as it is perceived to be via the media. Go ahead Iraq and keep progressing forward! https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/construction-continues-on-iraqs-first-golf-course
  15. I never understood how a club can be judged simply on looks alone without even hitting it first. I could care less how a club looks visually as long as it speaks to my "mind's eye" which is way more important than a club that is visually appealing but the athlete can't reliably square it up and lever it. When I saw the design I was thinking to myself " I bet they disguised the hosel so that the lil lump can't be seen at address and so I went and found a pic and sure enough: From address it looks like any other club so most are basically saying they don't like the way the clubs look while sitting in the bag. Also if you are looking at, and are distracted by the clubhead while you are preparing to hit a shot then you should rethink your golf strategy. If the CoG speaks to your mind's eye this is infinitely more important than the visual appearance of the club as this will allow you to create repeatable heavily levered shots and develop club face control which is the most important factor of a golf club in my opinion. In my opinion before you even hit a club the first thing you should do is close your eyes and swing it and see if you can truly feel the club's CoG moving around you in space. Then before you hit a full speed shot, hit a full range of motion shot....but do it as slowly as possible and see if you can lever the ball even at slow speed. If you do this then you should begin to ramp up the speed and if you lose the connection with the club head at any speed then move on to a different club or understand that you will have to adjust the club's playing characteristics (swing weight and total weight) to suit your needs. I play a combo a set of Miura LH cavity backs and Cleveland 588 altitude irons and they are literally polar opposites on the visual appeal scale yet I have fit them to my needs and if I was blind folded I literally could not tell you which is which as feel wise they feel the exact same because I matched their specs during the fitting process. Of course to each his/her own but I would imagine they knew when they released the clubs that they better perform because they weren't going to win any beauty contests!
  16. Yeah if you wear those with joggers then you are going to be a walking photo op!! In the winter I mainly wear my rain pants with thermals underneath because the wind doesn't cut through them so I'd lean that route if I was you and save the joggers for warmer weather!! I am picturing that right now and that would be hilarious!! The boots are fantastic and well worth it and they clean up so easy and the wind doesn't cut through them either but my feet are never burning up in them either. They can get away with it...but I doubt you can!!
  17. Agreed...First things first is learn how to hit each club with leverage and and speed and energize the ball. Then learn to put it on target while developing short game and putting as you go as they are not so important until your level of competency increases as early on way more shots will be lost prior to getting inside the short game and putting distance.
  18. Did you try a 5 wood or 4 wood at a 3 wood, or even 2 wood length say like 43 or 43.5 inches? That might be another option also that will work.
  19. Easily the best combo Winter / Rain shoe I've ever worn. They look clunky but are way lighter than they look yet your feet stay warm in them and they clean up so easy.
  20. Well I'm goin to assume that you have the speed to hit it that far so you are for sure going to need something likely in the 14 -15 ish degree range with a very low center of gravity. The way I accomplished this was to find Callaway 815 Bertha Alpha fairway wood and change out the 2 gram weight with a 30 gram one. Yes that means that I had two 30 gram weights in it but it put most of the weight at the bottom of the club and it made it very high launching which is exactly what I wanted. I hit it right in the yardage window that you are looking to fill off the deck and so if you don't mind the extra weight and total weight that is an option. This option worked best for me because all of the other options had their downfalls. I had a 14 degree Callaway XR Pro fairway wood but it has a deeper face and spins in the low 2,000's so it is more of a driver replacement as it produced a flatter trajectory and doesn't land soft into the green. I also have some shallow faced Adams Tight lies fairway woods that launch very high but they spin too much so they fall short of the carry distance that I was looking to fill. You are going to have to experiment to find that right combo of distance and enough launch to land soft but it is doable so long as you have enough swing speed available.
  21. How far downhill was the hole? Hitting a 9 iron 153 yards is actually doable on a flat lie let alone a downhill one. What was the actual yardage of the hole accounting for the slope of the downhill because that takes away from the 153 yards you say the hole was. If the hole was 10 or 15 yards downhill then the actual yardage is about 137 to 143 yards. No need to bend your clubs so long as you have proper gapping between each club. How far do you expect to hit a nine iron?
  22. Anytime I wear white I pretty much walk in the house and immediately get them in the washing machine after spot cleaning any stains or the inside of the collar and such. Like others have said the shelf life of a white golf clothes is not very long as it is a matter of time before they get a stain on them that you can't get out. I have stopped buying white polos unless it is a shirt that I intend to wear off the course because it is just so much easier to deal with any color other than white. I do have white TW shoes that I have kept looking new for a a couple years but that is because I clean them immediately after every time that I wear them without fail. I guess that is one good thing that I learned from the military when we had to shine our boots everyday only to have them get scuffed up again the next day!
  23. Same here....that would be quite funny to mess around and buy the exact same club twice! This is the life of a left...if you like a club..you betta buy an identical backup when they go on sale or you will never find it ever again. I mainly do this in with clubs that I put a lot of stress on such as woods and fairway woods as I eventually cave the face in on em. Never had to do this with irons, hybrids, I have two Callaway 1.5 mini drivers left over that will eventually play and I also have clubs that I fear won't be made such as lefty Edel wedges or Callaway XR long drive heads which my intuition was correct!
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