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  1. I agree with you regarding the incidents and who tends to break these modern clubs. I think it is especially bad for the naturally faster swinger that doesn't always hit the middle. What use to take thousands of hits by even very fast players, or a few hundred by the LD pro's, now can take only a few hundred hits to do by a moderately fast player.
  2. My range balls feel pretty harsh. Hard covers no doubt. They are Pinnacle Practice yellow range balls. I will occasionally hit a worn out ProV1 or something similar and feels completely different. 1 feels like hitting a cue ball, the other like a rubber superball (relatively speaking).
  3. For sure the high end club makers stand by their clubs, although from my experience, Callaway has gone above and beyond expectations at least for me. Taylormade not as much. While it is great that these manufacturers will usually replace your club with no hassel when it breaks, it sure does stink to have a driver or fairway wood you really like and have it replaced with one you don't because they don't make the original anymore. It also makes the used market a little more sketchy imo. I am afraid to buy modern drivers even very lightly used. On more than one occasion, I have received what
  4. Hey thanks for the well wishes and your thoughts. I am definitely keeping my eyes open for another R9 Superdeep, might even go for a SLDR. Neither are forgiving though so I might have to take a look at the ones you mentioned. I am just tired of broken drivers and fairway woods. I will probably rock the R9 fairway woods again after my current Epic 5 wood replacement dies, which will be soon I am sure.
  5. Thank you for your reply. So we are both crazy conspiracy theorists maybe lol. My tinfoil hat is right next to me I have had the carbon crowned Callaway drivers and fairways fail on me, but always the face. Sent a driver back to Callaway preowned, got the replacement, sold it to a friend because I didn't have much faith in it (and I couldn't hit it that great anyway). It has made me gun shy of buying anything carbon crowned again. Because of this, I primarily purchased Krank, thinking they were going to last much longer. To my dismay they have not and they are full titanium.
  6. Thanks for the response. I have heard quite a lot about TM problems too, part of what has made me gun shy to buy one off second hand market unless its in really great shape. I do put head covers on my clubs yes. They don't take any abuse other than hitting a ball. I even make sure any sand is brushed off a ball before I hit it on the range. I also only hit my fairway woods off tees on the range so I don't get sand damage. Basically sandblast the face doing that. (R9s I never did that and they are still going strong). I have been told it is because I don't always hit the midd
  7. I know this is a long intro, but please read so you get full context before firing from the hip. I would appreciate an honest discussion here. The first clubs I ever bought new were Taylormade back in 2009. I had an R9 Superdeep driver, and R9 fairway woods. I used to hit a TON of range balls back then. I had a membership at my local course/practice range and worked on my swing at the range 2-3 times a week. That driver lasted about 2.5 years before it cracked. It hit thousands of range balls, and I definitely used all of the face back then. The fairway woods were hit a lot
  8. I agree with you. I like a lot of their videos but for my mind, they aren't careful enough with how they present their findings too often. I found that turf video bothersome but for another example, they did a test with a 20+ year old wound ball and presented it as fact without mentioning its age, and no doubt, significant elastic degradation. I think they noticed that it was smaller but didn't seem to realize that it wasn't supposed to be smaller. Wound balls tend to shrink over time. They also did a cold golf ball test and that bothered me too. Sorry, had to get my TXG rant in after yo
  9. @SirFuego posted a good chart that I suspect is pretty close to accurate. If I understood correctly, the clubhead speed in that chart would be what a typical (not out of your shoes) swing would register on like a trackman or something. I used to post in here more and one of the things I discovered was that quite a few people could match their swing speed for their red club as measured by SSR with their driver (so if you swung the red club 130 by swinging as hard as possible, you should in theory be able to swing your driver 130 all out when measured by a trackman or flightscope). I think th
  10. Nice chart, I find it pretty agreeable. Do you happen to have a link to the webinar. I would like to watch it.
  11. Swing like you are trying to destroy something. Don't think about the golf swing, just swing like you have to obliterate and shatter something where the golf ball would normally be. PRO TIP, make sure it isn't the SSR that you obliterate.
  12. Thought I would try and summarize what Dave said in his article as concisely as I can so for those that can get overwhelmed by technical discussions, can more easily extract useful information. This is my interpretation, feel free to correct me if you feel I misinterpreted something. -Grip force required is effected by how fast you swing, weight of your club, length of your club, type and condition of grip you use, glove or no glove usage, condition of glove, and taper of the golf grip. -It seems most of the grip force required is exerted by the lead hand of the swing (left hand for righties,
  13. Didn't read other responses, but here is my take. 1) Swinging fast means efficient and relaxed. The radar helps you see that trying to swing hard tenses you up and makes you slow down, swinging relaxed and efficient will show you higher speeds with regularity. I learned how to swing fast with the help of radar, it sort of naturally showed me what worked and what didn't for speed. 2) The speed sticks can cause injury, more so than just wailing on a bunch of balls at the range with your driver imo. The reason being, your body is absorbing all of the recoil of the swing, no energy is transfe
  14. Yeah, that whole article Dave did just focuses on one piece of the entire swing puzzle. It does answer many questions I think and at the very least, shows that grip strength is important in so far as maintaining a relaxed swing at a given swing speed. Monte certainly has well above average hand strength which is an asset and allows him to be more efficient and accurate since he doesn't need to tense up to effectively control and hang on to the club, even at the speeds he produces. As a result of this endeavor, I am switching my grips to a larger size with a more consistent performance in ho
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