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  1. I just bought three but I could always use another!!
  2. I might misunderstand, but I thought that part of the reason that GI club lofts are lower is because the extreme perimeter weighting creates a higher flight for the same loft, so strong lofts are required to prevent ballooning. Is this not correct?
  3. Right. A hassle for one round, but pretty easy for a weekend stay (at least compared to NYC). Before COVID it could take you an hour to get from Manhattan to midtown. My friend says he is using his car a lot more than he did in prior years simply because traffic in the city is down dramatically.
  4. It probably does make me weird. There have been shafts like the TT Tri Gold and Ping Constant Weight and others that varied the shaft specs throughout the set of irons but they've never been as popular as normal shafts. I most definitely expect different things from my "scoring" clubs and my "distance" clubs. For the 4/5/6 I am most concerned with consistency of distance from the widest variety of lies. For 7 and less I want to have more control. For me it's logical to use different shafts to get those results (though I use different club heads as well).
  5. When it comes to creating combo sets the focus is always on the heads and adjusting the lofts to match up. I'm surprised more folks don't want to have different *shafts* in their distance clubs vs. their scoring clubs. I play stiff flex shafts in my shorter irons and regular flex in my long irons. To me the softer shafts provide the extra measure of distance forgiveness I need in those clubs. I can make a balanced, controlled swing and still launch the ball higher and land it softer. I must be an odd duck because even the manufacturers that have embraced mixed sets don
  6. Interesting. It is a bit remote, depending on one's perception of such things. My friend is a national member who spends most of his time in NYC. He considers the drive from Hartsfield up to Ball Ground to be no big deal but his frame of reference is driving from NYC out to the nearest accessible public golf courses or clubs where his friends belong.
  7. All true of course! But a lot of people seem to get emotional leaping to the defense of "real blades" when they should really be talking about "non-cavity muscle backs" for instance. You can say that ZX-7's and T100's are most certainly not blades, which they aren't, but if you point to a different iron with just as much weight in the sole as "definitely blades" you're making an argument that you'd lose if the other side was being argued by Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer. As a 10-12 handicapper I know for a fact that I couldn't play real blades, but I could manage with what passes for blad
  8. Double-check your stance and setup to make sure that hasn't drifted from what was working for you before. A simple change, like flaring out your toes, can change how your lower body moves and loads.
  9. To be fair almost every "blade" being discussed in this thread is actually a muscle-back design, right? No one manufactures actual "blades" anymore. It would be torture to play those. The designs that everyone calls "blades" today were the "game improvement" irons of the 70's and early 80's. It doesn't matter either way to me, but as long as people want to dissect what is or isn't a blade, we should be honest and say that none of them are truly blades at all. These things...these are blades!
  10. I kind of went through the same thing a couple seasons ago and I can tell you what helped me out. I bought a TaylorMade SLDR 14* Mini Driver and used that as my tee club for an entire season. That club was such an automatic fairway finder for me that I rarely missed the fairway at all, and normally my ball was only about 20 yards short of my partners (assuming they hit the fairway, which they often didn't). I focused on the rest of my game as I re-learned the short game shots that had gotten rusty during the years I didn't play. Using the Mini Driver allowed me to quic
  11. We humans have always loved heroes with relatable flaws. It is definitely weird how someone's image gets set in stone and is so hard to change in the public perception. The very best reading of JD's career would be that he had immense talent that he mostly squandered, preferring to feed his appetites for food, beer, women, cigs and all that. That's the very best reading of his lifelong body of work, but most people see him more favorably than that. It does seem like he's been a great father to Little John and they appear to have a great relationship which is fun to see.
  12. Might do that. Sounds like you don’t believe the Ventus could be a good fit. I worked great for me on Friday. Perfect ball flight, IMO.
  13. Some perspective here from his oldest daughter. Sounds like they had a troubled relationship, but maybe for some good reasons. https://golf.com/news/the-other-arnold-palmers-daughter-reflects-on-the-chasm-between-the-brand-and-the-man/
  14. There’s gotta be at least one living artist who is great at it. Easy enough to hire that person. It’s not like there’s tremendous demand for bronze statues. They’ll fit you in!
  15. Agree that the lionizing gets way out of hand. Kobe Bryant may be the worst example. During his lifetime he was recognized as an incredible player, but one who certainly had his issues. Difficult teammate, prima donna, and of course the off-court accusations. Since he died so tragically, you only ever hear over-the-top positive accolades. No perspective on him as a complex human being. Just “great player, great teammate, great father,” etc. as if those of us who were alive during his entire career should just forget anything negative.
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