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  1. When I was 12 years old and starting to hit it decently, my pro told me to move it up, tee it high and hit up on it. That was nearly 40 years ago. Positive AoA completely changed my driving, and I was using a Powerbilt persimmon head with a 43 inch shaft. It transformed my tee ball and from there I started to get really good. Don't think it's that new, but back then may have been controversial. When the Bertha came out, the payoff got huge, but it still works with balata and persimmon. Maybe my teacher was just nuts back then.
  2. Looks like the 4 month waiting time for Ping custom is not accurate. I ordered 2 custom Glide Pro's 8 days ago, and voila, they're here. Custom shafts, custom lengths. Yummy IMG_0445.HEIC
  3. I play this shaft in all my woods. I bought up all that I could find 2.5 years ago when I discovered how great of a shaft they are for me. Even got a few from the UK. I only have 2 left and cannot find more. For me, it's the best shaft ever made. As stated already, it's a soft-mid shaft that is the opposite of boardy. I play them in a 6.5 flex and I love the loading feel. Not soft mind you, but active. Have no idea why they were not continued, but if I recall correctly they were all small batch. What I don't understand is why that bend profile isn't more popular. Go figure
  4. Monte is the kind of coach I like. Practical, not pushing a method, and extremely applicable. Lifelong player here, 1 handicap, and still refining. NTC has really opened my eyes on some things, and it's really helped my consistency. I'm not a fan of position instruction, but Monte's approach is easier for me to practice. It's really helped to sync my torso with my arms, something I've always struggled with. I've included the Watson Hanger into my NTC work. I also am not a fan of training aids generally, but getting into the proper 7-8 o'clock wrist position is helped by the hanger. More importantly, it really sets my wrists for impact. I haven't had this much improvement in my ball striking since college and I'm extremely excited at the moment. Not sure Monte would approve a a wrist-setting device in his NTC approach, but for me it's been like peanut butter and chocolate. YMMV.
  5. This research is spot on in my experience, and a great help to putter fitters (what few there are). Over the past 3 years I’ve been dissecting my own approach to putting and putters and have found a lot of similar things. I did this to “own” my own putting stroke and to better diagnose issues when I putt poorly. I’m a lifetime golfer, college player, and still a low handicap player. My barriers to really playing well have always been related to putting. I’ve been a decent putter generally, never great, and sometimes terrible. I’ve been consistently mediocre for some time – I eliminated the really bad days, but really good days are few and far between. I’ve worked with a putter sim (GC Quad and ExPutt) and on actual greens to come to these thoughts, and for me little here is only my perception. It’s based on my own, albeit amateur, data. Here is what I think I can corroborate: Each putter will require changes to how one has stroked the ball with their previous gamer. I think this is the reason finding “that putter” is so difficult. I also think that’s one of the reasons Anser-style putters are so popular. Putter weighting and impact dynamics are completely different with each different style putter. Anser-style putters have differences in dynamics across manufacturers, but the deviation is not large. If one likes a Scotty Newport, then a Carbon, Ping or Bettinardi Anser will perform similarly all things being equal. Assuming a plumber’s neck here. Minor differences in toe hang make little difference in my experience, but flow neck or no hosel do make impact dynamics different. YMMV. High MOI putters tend to feel more solid and stable, but impact dynamics can be crazy. Like the original poster, the farther back the CG the more toe-side misses go haywire. Gear effect in putters is rarely discussed, and they don’t help getting the ball on line. Maybe with a driver, not with a putter My experience tells me that one should find a putter that fits their eye, has a comfortable weight, has the right length for setup, and most importantly, allows them to line up to the hole. Then hit at least 1000 putts to work out the putter’s idiosyncrasies. THEN determine if it’ll work long term. Static aim IMO has a huge impact to stroke dynamics and when off can create autonomic compensations in stroke. The body will try to fix things to roll the ball straight without one consciously knowing it. Any folks here have out-to-in loops in their strokes? I certainly did and I see it all the time. I believe it’s an auto-compensation to get the ball online. Face rotation with relation to path is almost never a good thing. Building a stroke that arcs but where the face is 90* to the path helps, along with correct static aim, will mostly correct autonomic compensations. However, how one’s “feels” to keep the putter square to path are very different from putter to putter. Sometimes you feel like you’re hooding the face on the backswing. Other times you feel like you are rolling the face open to do so. Either way, each putter requires work to figure out the “feels” that make the stroke work. In my journey, I worked with 5 different putter types for the entire 3 years: Anser-style with plumbers’ neck (Scotty and Ping Dale Anser), mid-mallet with plumbers’ neck (Ping Arna and Cleveland), face-balanced mallet (Spyder and Ping Fetch), a face balanced Anser/Mallet hybrid (Bettinardi SS7), and finally a Mizuno M Craft 3. Not exhaustive in any way, but a decent cross section of putter types I think. Each putter requires significantly different dynamics to roll it straight. In general, toe hang requires more of an effort to keep the blade from opening in relation to path, and often requires a rolling release. Also, a two-way miss is more pervasive as a result Blade-style face-balanced putters for me require more of a right hand release in the stroke to eliminate right misses. But once dialed in they are very accurate (M Craft 3 in this scenario) Face-balanced deep mallets feel great and for me are easy to align, but any toe-side miss is like a duck-hook All in all I think the research the original poster shared is terrific and shouldn’t be ignored. All of us who’ve struggled with the flatstick could learn a ton about how putters themselves actually have a ton to do with how we putt, given our individual tendencies. However, one shops for putters, I think the following may help some: All things equal, buy a putter with the CG as close as possible to the face (amen to the Snowman) Toe hang seems to be best at 45* or under to help keep the stroke square to path (Snowman again) Face balanced putters with CG at the face can be very accurate assuming one can aim at the hole at address I believe that one needs to hit at least 1000 putts with a particular putter to work out the idiosyncrasies and dial in one’s stroke. Finding a putter that you love after 10 putts or so is likely to disappoint you over time. The notion that it's the archer, not the bow isn't so clear in my research. It's often both.... Putting well is so challenging, but maybe as much attention to putting mechanics and dynamics as one puts into their swing would make us all better putters. Who knows, I’m an eternal optimist. (Also, I’m gaming the Bettinardi SS 7. But the Mizuno is fantastic too. The rest have gone the way of eBay) Greg
  6. I've had mine for about 3 weeks but have only played with the cart twice. Thanks to the previous posters, I was prepared for the quirks. The unit came undamaged and I wrapped the handles with tennis racket over wraps to protect the rubber. Didn't want them to disintegrate like the OP mentioned. As far as the operation of the cart has gone, I'd say I'm pretty happy with it. Unlike others, using the remote has been really easy and I've had no issues. Follow mode is terrific, although the path the cart takes is not unlike a drunk guy following you around. The issues I've had are on steep hills in remote mode. If it pops a wheelie up a hill it will stop completely. I've found using power assist up such hills works just fine though. We all know that Foresight has horrific customer services, so I'm hoping my issues stay at a minimum. I'm also a GC2 owner and have had all sorts of disappointments with Foresight support. I'd hope they read these forums and get their act together going forward, especially since they're selling very expensive machines. All in all I'm very happy with the cart. I love walking and the Forecaddy makes it a joy. Good luck to those that take the plunge!
  7. HMBs are so underrated. I have a full set, for 8 months now, and gonna keep 'em for a long time. So good - gorgeous pics!
  8. I wouldn't make this list, as subjective as it is, without Trevino. Late 60's through the 70's he was universally regarded as the best ball striker on tour. Don't think anyone was close, certainly not Watson, Nicklaus or Miller during that time. Miller had a great 3 year streak, but Trevino was better IMO, and for much longer. I grew up on Trevino's home course in El Paso and all us kids watched him whenever we could. So I'm probably biased. Greg
  9. as much as I think a lot of what Pelz has taught is not helpful, I DO think that his clock concept with wedges is outstanding. I work all the time on 9:00. 10:30 and full wedges, with all my wedges. It make me way tighter and confident with distances, and has made me a really good wedge player. I use the clock concept with pitches, chips and putts as well. Makes the game so much simpler for me. It doesn't reduce the need for feel, but I think trajectory is where artistry is both underrated and crucial. Just my 2 cents.
  10. I really like Jordan, and also think he was really good for the game. When I watched him in 2014-2017, I remember saying to myself that making every putt like he did at the time was not a recipe for longevity. I wasn't thinking he was a bad ball striker, but he was shorter than average and not that tight with his irons. Chickens were gonna come roost, and they did. And now he's a way worse ball striker. His good putting as of late isn't going to save him anymore, and with age he'll putt worse. If history is any guide that is. IMO he'll have to do a Stenson/Faldo and rebuild his entire swing if he will ever contend consistently again. His motion is bad and was always bad, but youth, confidence and putting made him great. Those days are over and will not return. Sad for me as I think he's a stellar golf ambassador, but nonetheless true. If he stays with McCormick and stays with the terrible motion he has he'll never get better. And his confidence will drop and his putting will get bad. My hope is that he figures it out 'cuz i like the kid. Now, I did say back in the day that Shawn Bradley would be better than Shaq in the NBA. So, obviously, I could be wrong. Greg
  11. Live View Pro - https://liveviewsports.com/product/lvpro/?gclid=CjwKCAjwjqT5BRAPEiwAJlBuBWJlkKkSJ3E9o3g3hZnS7Tl3eDNhfRfpzBwp7n3MjxJclArUV9UhIRoCjZMQAvD_BwE Best video help I've used. I take it everywhere, work though positions and posture on the range with my iPad or phone, and record videos using their software. Really nice and not THAT expensive (not cheap though). Wish I had something like this years ago. Greg
  12. Thanks for posting these pics. I'm looking at getting one as well. When you get it out and about let us know what you think and if it's worth the $2k. Pricey, but guess it's up to us to keep the industry healthy:) Greg
  13. Have had them since the release, with LZ 6.5 shafts. Coming from MP-18s with X100s. A very fine set of irons that aren't all that GI, but with some help when you need it. I have the full set, 3-pw. Long irons are very nice with a slight distance edge over the 18's. 3 iron is about 7 or 8 yards longer, the 4 iron about 5 yards farther. The rest are very similar to MP18s-solid spin, no long squirters, and easy to dial in. Turf interaction (for me) is no different practically than Mizuno blades. I will likely game these for some time, as I tend to do with Mizunos. Gamed MP-32s for 12 years and expect the same with these. My favorite things about them are that the short irons play like traditional short clubs. In short, I love them and they are fine clubs that don't distract my eye at address. I think 'zuno hit a home run with these clubs.
  14. I played those Standards in the mid '80's. Such great, but unforgiving blades. Softest forgings ever - wore out the grooves on all the short clubs. Would really be kismet if they were somehow related to those weird Apex irons given that I was an Apex player both prior and after the Standards. Keep us updated!
  15. I too play the LZ 6.5. When they started to drop in price I bought all I could because I figured PX would never bring it back. I think it's the best shaft for me (ever) and totally unique in feel. I purchased a TS4 with the HZRDUS smoke yellow 6.5 from the factory. IMO, the yellow feels stiffer with less mid kick than the LZ. The profiles are similar, but they don't feel the same to me. I went right back to the LZ in the TS4, and this set up is a complete cannon. Nice mid kick and low spin rocket launcher. BTW, the TS4 doesn't get near the love it deserves. YMMV.
  16. Finally got my Fetch that I ordered in late January. I've been gaming a Sigma 2 Fetch at 36" since last summer. Such a great putter. The Heppler version is terrific - seems less prone to off-center twisting (though the Sigma version was fine as it was), the feel is way better than the Sigma, and it looks so much better. I had the PP60 grip on the Sigma, have the PP59 on the Heppler. They do not perform exactly the same, the weight distribution seems different enough to effect dynamics just a little. With the Sigma, my miss tended to be .5 degree left. Hepper, .8 right. So I have some dialing in to do, but Ping did great with this line. The Fetch makes a nice sound with either model, but the Heppler sounds more like vintage Pings from the early '70s. "PING" in other words. Very happy.
  17. never seen a set of Apex's with PITCHING WEDGE instead of EQUALIZER. Weird.
  18. This totally dates me. And I tend to hold on to them like a bad marriage. Wilson 1200 Hogan Medallion Palmer The Standard '73 Hogan Apex Titleist DCI Mizuno MP32 Titleist AP2 Mizuno MP18 Mizuno HMB
  19. A Golf Tournament, on Fox. Brilliant. I watch Joe Buck-announced games with the sound off anyway, why should golf be any different?
  20. I love them, only have one pair and trying to get more but stock is very low. The comments on the soles picking up everything is totally true. Literally EVERYTHING gets in the spikes, like static cling. But the fit, comfort and looks are top notch. I'll keep gaming them assuming they get some more stock in.
  21. Pinehurst 2 is a great course if you're a good player. It's a real challenge and one of my favs. I played with a 12 handicap and he must have shot 100. With a little wind that course can be brutal. But worth every penny, especially if you get a caddie.
  22. Monte is spot on here. There are times when a positive AOA can be useful (wide open par 5 for example). I'm 114 driver speed and have a hard time with direction swinging up, and I don't have 40 hours a week to perfect it. -1 AOA is a fairway finder for me and I only lose 10-15 yards. I've shot my very best rounds with a squeeze cut driver. I've hit my longest drives the other way around, and while always fun, I've never played my best rounds that way.
  23. Phil was better for the game. Faldo was a better golfer with less longevity and he just missed the equipment revolution. Faldo was also ice, can't say that about Phil. Though Phil is definitely more entertaining, especially on 18 at Winged Foot :)
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