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  1. I'm about a month or so in on 2 Rosemark grips on 2 different putters. Love them.
  2. It's funny to me reading the "chip with one club and master it" comments. I learned the opposite way - Master one motion and use every club in the bag. Essentially you groove your chipping swing and then the situation dictates what club you use. Look at three points (ball, edge of green, hole). Then figure out what club is your 1:1 ratio club. Every time the ratio changes, you change clubs. For example, you look at the distance between your ball and the edge of the green. Then look at the distance between the edge of the green and the hole. If they are the same, that's a 1:1 ratio. If the distance from the edge of the green to the hole is 2x the distance between your ball and the edge of the green, that's a 2:1 ratio (i.e you need more roll). For me, I would use a 45 degree PW for 1:1 and then if I'm at 2:1 it's a 9 iron and so on. BTW Ken Venturi taught me this.
  3. Depends on your swing though. Mine does not require much bounce...
  4. I just bought a couple Rosemark grips to give them a try out. I am immediately impressed with the quality and feel.
  5. I had some RTX's in my bag for awhile. They didn't perform consistently for me. I can't explain why, I just found myself sweeping completely under the ball at times with them.
  6. Yup, I have gone this route as well. Started about 3 years ago when I got a launch monitor at home, really started looking at my numbers, and realized I'm right on the LPGA averages up and down the board. I carry a regular 15 degree 3-wood and then it's 18 degree hybrid and 22 degree hybrid. No more 4 iron, 5 is the lowest in my bag. The 22 degree hybrid instantly became my favorite club. It's so easy to hit and even useful out of fairway bunkers. I also went lighter in my iron shafts, currently gaming TT XP95 stiff. Backed my wedges down from 50/56/60 to 50/54/58 as well. I tried the Steelfiber 95's and didn't like them. But I demo'd the 80's and loved them. Next iron set will probably be those. I've also recently picked up a 16 degree hybrid and on some courses I will swap out my 3-wood for it and carry 3 hybrids.
  7. I'm interested to hear opinions from people who have spent a significant amount of time with both wedges. I used to be a Vokey guy and I liked them. A few years ago I switched it up to see if I could get better results with something else. Tried Clevelands and Mizunos, felt I was better with Vokeys. Last year I went to Jaws MD5 as the last stop before going back to Vokeys. I do like the MD5's and I'm solid with them but am considering going back to Vokeys. At this point I am not sure if I was actually better with the Vokeys or if I'm just experiencing some nostalgia in my head.
  8. I'll echo what some others have said. Practice different shots with different clubs. Then you won't feel like you need 1 specialty club to hit only 1 specialty shot. Instead you'll have a bunch of different specialty shots with the clubs you already have in your bag. One shot I practice a lot on the range is hitting a low 9 iron that goes 70-85 yards. I find that to be useful to achieve GIR on par 5's when my second shot doesn't end up in the fairway. For me in this situation, the club I'm using depends on the distance I'm trying to achieve, how low I really need to keep the trajectory, and for how long. If I'm trying to hit the shot you described, I'm using my 18 degree hybrid or 5 iron and taking a 1/4 to 1/2 swing. But if I just need to get under one tree that's too close to get over, typically I'll club up 2 and hit a 3/4 shot with the ball back in my stance. It's not a specific club, it depends on the distance. For example, if I would normally hit a 9 iron without the tree being an issue, I would hit a 3/4 7 iron.
  9. abenjami

    2 ball ten

    Like I said, whatever works is the right answer, and it seems that is essentially what you are talking about with what feels good. The point I was making is that thick grips are designed to make it easier for most people to keep their wrists quiet. In your case, sure maybe it's easy for you to do that regardless of the grip size, but that doesn't somehow mean the science behind the product is wrong for the masses. Or maybe for you it's not really the size but the shape. Pistol grips come in thick and thin. Have you tried a thick pistol to compare to the thin pistol you are using now? Believe me though, I do understand feel. I have a face balanced blade and a 2 ball ten. I have a thin grip on the blade and a thick one on the mallet. I don't like the feel of the thick grip on the blade and putting a thin grip on the mallet causes me to close the face at impact.
  10. I did one. The fitter here was very knowledgeable and a great guy. I spent awhile hitting balls and I was having an off day striking the ball. He asked me if I was having a bad day and when I said yes, he rescheduled me to come back one day the following week, all for free. I didn't end up buying anything from True Spec but after spending several hours with the fitter I knew what I wanted to buy from somewhere else at a cheaper price. I would go back in a heartbeat. I also liked that I was hitting balls off the grass outdoors instead of indoors from a mat.
  11. I don't see why anyone would think it's acceptable for someone to play slow just because they are a better than average golfer. But when it comes to judging slow play, I think people need to look at the totality of someone's play. Me personally, I'm super fast off the tee and in the fairway, but much slower around the green. If you only watched me around the green, you might think I'm playing a bit slow but if you calculate the total time on any given hole that I'm taking vs. the other 3 people in my group, I'm usually the fastest one or close to it.
  12. That's the problem with many courses around here. Even if they actually have an official committee (or employee) who is supposed to carry that responsibility, it isn't performed. I'm not suggesting any significant alterations to the rules or anything. Just saying if you are playing a course where it's clearly not being managed, I don't have a problem with someone doing LC&P on a muddy day or taking free relief from something that is very obviously ground under repair that hasn't been marked because the course doesn't mark anything. It's becoming more and more of a problem with the game in general at public courses IMO. More and more services are being cut due to financial reasons to squeeze more profits.
  13. It sounds pretty bad from reading the OP. But I would make 100% sure before doing anything. Golf is a strange game. The level of (non) consistency for amateurs is all over the board, and the handicapping system is far from perfect. I have a good friend who is a legit 6. He has days you would call him a sandbagger and others where you'd be calling him a double-digit liar. I played in a multi-day tournament several years ago. One day was match play with handicaps. I was a 9 at the time and smoked my opponent 8 and 7. I was accused of sandbagging, to which I replied look at the scorecard. I shot an 82 which is very close to my handicap but your 95 or whatever was a terrible round by you. Also realize people deal with pressure differently. We all establish our handicaps mostly playing rounds that don't count. Some people play better in tournaments or when money is on the line, others play much worse. But here's a potential solution. Assuming you play with this guy frequently enough, save the scorecards for 10 or 20 rounds. Then plug those into a handicap calculator and tell him that's his new number.
  14. You seem to have a reading comprehension problem but ok.
  15. Where in the official rules of golf does it say music violates etiquette? I did see this though...
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