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  1. I typically begin warm up with half swing 7 irons until I feel comfortable (usually 5-7 shots) thinking about three things: * getting loose: priority #1, I’ve been sitting all day and am not the most flexible to begin with * tempo: I find it easier to groove a smooth tempo by not trying to hit to a certain number * hand path / start line: helps me feel the in/out path and see the lines my shots should be starting on An accidental benefit- I now have a repeatable 100/125 yrd 7 iron punch that I can move both ways, which is useful for a guy on the east coast with a wayward driver !
  2. - Have you hit a Ventus shaft yet? What model? Yes! Black 7X in my driver - What Ventus TX shaft do you want to win? Blue 8X - What club in your bag would a Ventus TX go in? A New 3 wood! Have had my OG Diamana Blue 95x in my 3woods for 11 years, and would love to finally upgrade!
  3. I don't think he's wearing an all-white ZG21, it's looked more to me like the EQT spiked: https://www.function18.com/collections/adidas/products/copy-of-adidas-eqt-golf-shoes-fw6256 Not sure I love the sole on those, but would to at least have the option to try them on in the US!
  4. Thanks! Any thoughts on heavier shafts or higher lofted woods? Even if they don't have to be in all 80 stores at the same time?
  5. It'd be helpful to provide a link with the question to who you do actually carry. Without it, somebody has to have already thought through this question, or have to do a bunch of work to figure it out. That said, what would be helpful to have some more options in 1) the heavier X flex shafts, and 2) fairway woods. When I went for my driver fitting and then refitting in 2 locations, and then used my trackman time at a third location, there was maybe 2-3 7X shafts, and none above that to try for fairway woods. And, at least in the first locations, there were zero 5 woods, so I was told I should hit a driving iron instead. I know you can't have everything in stock everywhere all the time, but if there are things that could be ordered for fittings (like a 7X Ventus Red or literally any 5 wood), that would be the more the merrier!
  6. To echo the last two posts: played two rounds in ZG21 in good socks with tabs (Bombas and Balega), and had no issue. However: 1) I was riding, lessening the rub on the heel 2) Midway though both rounds, the very padded tongue had packed out a bit, and I retied both shoes a bit tighter. Prior to that, had felt my feet slipping simply from being sweaty and looser then when I first tied them. So, 100% believe they could easily cause blisters, especially walking in less than ideal socks, and without maintaining the lace lightness throughout the round. For me though, I loved them- feels like a bit less cushion than Code Chaos / full boost, but the lighter weight and traction definitely made a difference.
  7. Just to get this thread back on track, as per the title of the thread... I asked for what others would do in the actual situation I had on weds. Literally zero people on this thread or message board either 1) care that I got an ace, or 2) care to know what your opinion of said ace was. So, are you in the, pretend it never happened camp? And, re: the idea kipping down the fairway and it making you laugh... good! Celebrating and acting ridiculous for a fun achievement are good and healthy things. I genuinely hope everyone has moments of unbridled joy in their life, and doesn't take themselves that seriously as to worry about the opinion of strangers. If it's more your thing to post cynical/ironic gifs on message boards and try to pick & somehow win message board battles, best of luck with that!
  8. Thank you for this piece of searing insight, about a game that is entirely regulated by the players words and honor system! You're entirely correct that third party proof doesn't exist, and for some things in golf, like a paper certificate from my regional PGA section, or establishing a handicap, that's crucial. For getting to have a special moment with my 77 yr old dad thanks to the magic of FaceTime, it's thankfully not!
  9. I'm usually in DC, but right now down in the South Outer Banks in NC. I was playing at a semi-private course called Star Hill. Super fun 27 hole track, the biggest challenge is usually the wind being sneaky above the pine trees. It can get a bit slow with the vacationers during the summer (and toasty when the sun goes up), so I just go out as a single right when they open- with a cart can get around 18 in <2 hours, back home by 9:30. Wish that was possible in DC!!
  10. Love this story, and you should count it! The unique thing to me about aces is that they aren't actually a real validator of actual golf skill or even a perfect shot most times, they're just rare... and in 99.9% of cases, lucky. I certainly didn't intend to back up an 8 iron towards the hole (and obviously wasn't intending it to land 18 inches from the hole)- I was just going trying to fade it into the middle of the green & have it land softly. I personally think the cheesiness of the story is what makes it awesome, and worth celebrating, especially in light of some of the folks who would apparently do nothing . TBH, I think anyone who thinks someone else's ace doesn't count(!) outside of the context of teasing a buddy, probably needs to think hard about why they care so much. Good bounces, bad bounces, random luck with the wind- it's all part of the game. Case in point: whenever I've seen a pro make one in a tournament, they always, always laugh and smile, versus the kind of intense celebrations after a made putt or something. That said, I fully expect to be teased by my buddies about it not counting, forever. That "*" is just too easy.
  11. So, got my first hole in one Weds morning. But, not only was I solo, I was the first out on the course, so didn’t even have anyone within three holes. I had always assumed I’d just scream to the guys on the next hole, but didn’t even have that option! So, I started FaceTiming from the tee box, to have somebody in the moment with me. First- best friend and golf buddy. No answer. Next- wife. No answer. Next- older brother. No answer. Finally- my dad, who would pick up a phone call from me or my brother in any circumstance. Gave him some context, flipped the camera around, and took off down the fairway on a jog. Got to the hole, flipped it around, and had as best a moment as we could manage! Wouldn’t change celebrating it on FT with him for the world. But it got me thinking- what would you do if you hit a solo ace??? And- 1) pic for proof. Ballmark past the hole, one hopped an 8 iron back in. 2) as a odd kicker: finished my round before the 19th hole even opened, so had to wait 15 minutes to find three guys to buy a random beer for. Literally had to ask them if it was cool for me to buy a round. Definitely the cheapest ace I’ve ever heard about.
  12. A bit more on the shoe, plus the non-limited colorways: https://news.adidas.com/golf/solarthon-footwear-inspired-by-longest-day-of-the-year/s/d5fd98d4-8900-4fce-a19d-9c98ebafe3cf The speckle on the boost is looking pretty good:
  13. Small PSA: Adidas.com is running a 30% off sale of full price items for the long weekend, so I just picked up the ZG21 for $126. I didn't see any golf shoes on sale to compound the discount, but still is better than any other deal for the ZG21 I've seen so far.
  14. Btw- here is the link to the full set of photos: https://www.amazon.com/adidas-Codechaos-Primeblue-Spikeless-Shoes/dp/B08NXBKMD8 I saw these IRL a month or two ago by accident when the adidas rep was bringing them by my local indy golf shop. In my memory, they look better IRL than they do in the pictures, but I’m excited to see what a non-knit version looks like. I also saw a more running shoe like boost shoe, and a knit spiked shoe but didn’t get names to look for early photos. Anybody have any info of either of those?
  15. I like my T20's, but can't say that I'm the pickiest about extreme grinds or head shape. Rather, the difference maker for me is the no-upcharge shaft and grip options. Adding a KBS shaft, MCC grip, custom stamping, and preferred swing weight is $276*, while the T20 stays at $149. I know budget and pricing is a personal thing and subjective, but double the price is double the price. * I realize you can order custom options from retail accounts like Global Golf @ $159 a wedge, but felt like direct from Titleist is the most relevant comparison. That's still $50 more per club for (what for me is) identical performance.
  16. Just giving you a hard time for trying to be clever on a message board . On this board, Club Champion heats people up like Patrick Reed putting in a bag full of autoflexes and becoming Nike’s head golf shoe designer at the same time. And more more seriously, there is a lot about their model that requires either a super informed consumer or a massive disposable income to feel good about the experience and outcome. So, I don’t know enough about the launch monitor landscape to agree/disagree with your POV, but I do think this thread as a whole is a shining example of many things someone should be aware of before pulling the trigger on a CC fitting.
  17. Bravo, sir! Your bit of cringe really added so much value to this discussion. It affirmed the indignance at CC’s business model, it ignored the guys trying and failing to level set on the reality of their business (like me), and it REALLY helped the poor guys who don’t have a lot of better choices and are trying to decide if they should spend their well earned money on an indoor fitting. I wish you well on your outdoor trackman and foresight endeavors, and look forward to your recap of how an outdoor, radar-based free fitting from a local guru with every possible shaft and OEM head totally changed your game. Thank you so much in advance! But, in an attempt to get this thread back to #shaftgate Another alternative to pay for their retail locations, inventory, and fitters would be to ramp up cost of fitting, and reduce cost of build to OEM and online discount rates. If they charged $400 for the driver fitting, but the rest was the same, are you all still convinced it’s a scam?
  18. Hey guys- As much as I love East Potomac, what are the best grass ranges near DC? And, do any of them have decent short games areas? I’m beating too many balls off the mats and rubber tees, and having real issues translating that to the course. Played Blue Mash yesterday, which has a great range and short game areas, but it’s a solid 45 minutes from my house in NW even in zero traffic. Is there anywhere open to the public within 30 minutes of DC? Thanks!
  19. 100% true- that's why nobody has to go there, or even order the clubs from them :). Still doesn't change the genuinely mundane reasons their model and prices are what they are!
  20. People love to get heated about CC, so I'm not looking to change anybody's mind... BUT, the premium CC is charging for is not fitting "magic", it's not even a superior fit, it's proximity, availability, and reliability, at scale. A quick check of their website shows 83 locations, all exclusively dedicated to fitting. They're presumably staffed by people with some actual qualifications and skill, and I'm guessing for the clientele they're in nicer parts of town in a reasonably nice shopping center or standalone building. Other club retailers 1) generally don't have those costs, and 2) have other revenue streams like retail, lessons, etc. What Club Champion is offering is a standalone bay with trackman near you, a fitter with most of the OEM products currently on the market that has a spot in the next few weeks, and build that's guaranteed to be at spec with lifetime work on the club to make sure it's in good shape. Demo Days, discount websites, big box retailers all have their benefits, but they don't have the cost structure of paying for all three at the same time, & without a subsidy of some kind. I've had mixed experiences with CC personally, and don't have the budget to pay the premium for everything I buy, but they're aboveboard with their pricing, stand behind the clubs they make (both build quality and fit), and offering a particular service that fits the market right now. That's not to say CC is a superior service or product to anything else, but the indignance at expecting them to offer the same services at the discount economics can just get out of control here.
  21. My 54 full swing is 105, and 58 is 90, and I smooth out my swing to knock 5 yards off both. (My full wedge swing is basically getting the club perpendicular to the ground, not much more). This may be an unpopular opinion, but I completely avoid shots btw ~30 yards and 85. There are just too many variables and I don’t have enough practice time to feel good about distance and spin control, when I know exactly how far the full swings go. So, I just don’t hit any tee shots that would give me a half swing number, or if I can’t reach, will lay up to 100 or 85 depending on what seems better. For those of you who do have 60 yard game plans, are you ending up there on purpose? Is it just driver on every par 4 and get it as close as possible?
  22. To me this is a binary question: is there space ahead for the faster group to play into, or not? If letting them play through just results in flipping the order of who is waiting on who, then I agree it's a fruitless exercise. But, not letting them play through because it "interrupts your round" is an attitude that on its surface is pretty close to get off my lawn. That said, this is an unpopular opinion thread, and if there were awards, I would 10000% nominate "other people should slow down their play for my enjoyment" as the most unpopular opinion of all time .
  23. I'm not! I'm hoping for a ~15 yd gap, with my old carry numbers being 175/190, but looks like the 921's will be a bit longer for both. I'm in DC, so the weather is just starting to get warm enough to get a good sense of what a typical number in reality will be. That said, here's the 7 iron from a week later (different trackman): fixed the steepness, got more used to the new shafts (went from C-Taper to $-Taper), and just got better contact. Didn't hit the 6 iron that session, but IRL it's been a model of consistency.
  24. I play a mixed set of 4-6 921F and 7-PW 921T. I went with the Mizuno recommendation of 1 degree week for the forged and 2 strong for the tour, which leaves 3-4 degrees of gaps throughout the set. So far the launch windows and yardages have been where I want them- but we'll see when things warm up. (They also match the stock lofts of the 850 Forged I was coming from). The question for me ultimately was where to split the set, either at the 5 or the 6. For a variety of reasons (some technical/objective, some totally subjective), split after the 6. Couldn't be happier- I'm not trying to do too much with the 4/5/6 other than hit the right yardage with a relatively straight shot, and I feel like I can do that with the forged without having to go fully after it every shot. For reference, here's some numbers from an indoor gapping session right after I received the set in Feb. Was getting a little steeper than I am typically, but good way to illustrate you can effectively combine the tour with the forged:
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