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  1. Thanks, all! I'll definitely spend some time this evening checking out some options in Bend. Any/all other suggestions welcomed and appreciated, too!
  2. Thanks for these recommendations. I'll check them out. I guess I should open the kimono a bit more... He and I are both YouTubers and planning on making content together. As beautiful as Bandon, Pebble et. al are, there's loads of content out there at those places. We'd love to showcase some lesser known courses. Not necessarily obscure courses or anything, but just not the same exact hit list we all know about and see all the time.
  3. Hi All, A friend of mine is visiting the US for the first time this Summer. He's hoping to play lots of golf during his stay. He's more interested in playing hidden gems than household name courses. I'm in Vancouver, Canada and am hoping to go on a 2-3 week trip with him in Washington/Oregon/Northern California. I'm hoping for any recommendations of some great courses. Thanks in advance!
  4. Snuck in 18 today and got to try the HMBs. I thought they felt fantastic. It was amazing to see just how high they launched the ball (I have NS Pro 950GH R flex shafts). A night and day difference from my JPX 900s with Aerotech Steelfiber stiff shafts. It actually seemed like they were launching *too* high, which is (again) making me think that I could/should bend them a degree or two strong. I'm still waiting to get out on Trackman with my club pro so we can decide. Sidebar: I've always been skeptical when reading about the supposed different characteristics of club heads/shafts. I mean, sure, an x-stiff staff is going to play different than a ladies flex. And sure, muscle backs are going to be very different than super game improvement clubs. But I was dubious when reading about the supposed difference between similar-ish clubs/shafts. My experience with the HMBs has changed my mind. They just launch the ball in a TOTALLY different way than my JPXes with Steelfiber stiffs. The peak height of my 5 iron shots today were peaking at the same height as my 8 iron with my last set. It was really interesting to see.
  5. Thanks! I actually previously played a 27 degree hybrid (as a 170 club instead of a 5 iron). But the miss with it was a scary hook and I fell out of love with it. I think psychologically when I looked down on a hybrid with that much loft, something in my brain would make me put a different swing on it. I started hitting the 5 iron decently enough that I put it back in the bag. If I wasn't such a head case with the 27° hybrid I'd still be playing it. The breakdown you listed makes sense, but I'm not sure whether I'll continue playing the strong lofts. In the set of HMBs I just picked up, the 7 iron is 32°, the 6 iron is 28°, and the 5 iron is 25°. The higher lofted 5 wood is an interesting idea, as it may indeed allow me to come into greens from 200 with more stopping power than my hybrid. My 16.5° wood and my 19° hybrid are already close-ish in distance, but I do like having the option of playing either one when I'm ~200 out, as some lies suit my eye for either club. Maybe I'll give a 5 wood a whack and see how/whether I like it.
  6. Interesting point. I decided to schedule a Trackman session with my club pro with so that we can let the numbers dictate what we do rather than my half-cocked theories. With regards to your question, it's difficult to answer. A former pattern of mine was to flip at the ball, so if anything I suffered from having too *much* height on my short irons. I seemed to work that out, and today I think the ball flight on my 9/PW is reasonable. With that said, sometimes I notice these two clubs merging a bit distance-wise.
  7. This is sound advice, thanks. I'm a total head case when it comes to this distance stuff for reasons I'll explain. And yes, I know the solution is to get lessons/practice, but frankly I hate practicing equally as much as I LOVE playing, so I just don't think it's in me to go the lesson/practice route. For context, here's an overview of my very strange game. I'm in Vancouver, Canada and finished the 2020 season at a 5.4 HC, though I usually hover between 6-8. I have an exceptionally tidy short game, but my full swing is garbage and my distances are pathetic. My driver swing speed is ~94-99. I don't know my iron swing speeds. Here's a breakdown of my distances here at sea level (winter distance in brackets): Driver 11.25°: 235-250 (225) 4 Wood 16.5° - 220 (210) 3 Hybrid 19° - 200 (190) 4 Hybrid 22° - 185 (175) 5 Iron 22° - 170 (160) 6 Iron 25° - 160 (150) 7 Iron 29° - 145 (140) 8 Iron 33° - 130 (125) 9 Iron 38° - 120 (110) PW 43° - 110 (100) These iron lofts are all 2° stronger than the stock lofts on my JPX 900s. But I have them mated with Aerotech Steelfiber i95 stiff flex shafts, which I understand are too stiff for me and may be negatively impacting my already putrid distances. Anyway, I play my course from the Blues in the Summer (6,700 yards) and whites in the winter (6,300 yards). I really struggle on our 400+ yard Par 4s, often hitting long irons or hybrids into our *exceptionally small* greens. I only average 7-8 GIRs so really rely on getting up/down a ton and playing our (5) Par 5s at even or under par. I'm stubbornly trying to tweak around with equipment instead of doing the smart thing and actually improving at golf
  8. Thanks for all of the feedback. I spoke with the Pro at my club and I think for now I'll just adjust the lie angles. As soon as our grass range re-opens (probably late-March) we'll do some more testing and determine if we want to adjust lofts.
  9. ^^ Thanks. I understand based on some research that from a physics standpoint the irons can be bent as described. I'm curious about potential negative effects of doing this that may not occur to me. I learned (thanks to B. Easy) that this will add offset which I'm ok with. I'm also curious whether the bounce will be so negatively impacted as to make this a bad idea. Also, with driver, for instance, I know that reducing loft actually opens the face slightly (counter intuitively). Is this the case with irons as well? Are there other implications I'm unaware of?
  10. Hi all, This evening I purchased a used set (5-PW) of Mizuno HMBs. I'm coming from JPX 900 Forged. My spec is 2° flat. In a quest to cheat my way to a bit more distance with the JPXes, I had them bent 2° strong, as well. I am wondering whether to bend the HMBs strong as well, and if so, by how much. The HMBs are lofted 1° weaker than the stock lofts on the 900s, so to "even" the lofts I'd have to bend them 3° strong. I'm not hugely worried about this from a launch perspective (900s launched quite low from the factory, and I had them paired with a shaft that was too stiff for me, but nonetheless my distance, spin, etc. with them was game-able). I am, however, curious about whether adjusting lofts by this degree (in combination with the adjustment to the lie) will cause major problems with regards to bounce...or other things I'm not knowledgable enough to even know about Any help would be much appreciated!
  11. Took time off after recovering from surgery. Recorded 245 rounds in 2019, plus another ~20-30 unrecordable rounds (scrambles, etc.).
  12. All time best differential: Score: 74 Differential: 2.0 Birdies: 2 Pars: 12 Bogeys: 4 Dbls+: 0 FIRs: 12/14 GIRs: 12/18 Scrambles: 3/6 Putts: 31 All time worst differential: Score: 93 Differential: 22.8 Birdies: 3 Pars: 3 Bogeys: 4 Dbls: 4 Trips: 4 FIRs: 7/14 GIRs: 3/18 Scrambles: 2/15 Putts: 31
  13. Best - My first ever properly fitted club - a Titleist TS2 driver w/ a Hzrdus Smoke 5.5 shaft (C3 setting, so up to 11.25° loft and slightly upright). I really should go do a full fitting for every club in my bag. Worst - I bought a Scotty Phantom 5.5 on a whim. It's 34" and otherwise standard setup. My old putter is a 33" Futura 5.5m 1° flat and it's the best club in my bag. Was pulling absolutely everything with the Phantom and switched back to the Futura.
  14. asofine


    Cheers :) What kind of yardage gains did you get from the stronger lofted irons? I'd be curious to see the breakdown of distances per club in your bags relative to mine. I've been really eager to conduct this experiment and would love some reference data, especially from somebody whose bag makeup and distances are similar to mine!
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