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  1. Ben Hogan BHB2-X is no offset and the shaft is a bit more towards the heel than a Bullseye putter. Not sure if I’d call it heel shafted though. Head is typical Anser/Newport shape. Great putter.
  2. I love the 56/08M for shots around the green (chips, pitches, flops) but for 1/2, 3/4 and full swing shots from the fairway, I am much better with the 56/14F, especially when it’s soft or wet. With the M my distance and trajectory control on those shots isn’t as precise, and every now and then I will completely flub one. I think the only thing I really lose around the green with the F is the ability to lay it open for a flop shot off a tight lie, which I probably shouldn’t attempt anyway, but I certainly find the M to just kind of slide under the ball better on little touch shots. I do have a 60/14K but really only use it for sand and heavy rough. To answer your question, without a comparison to the S grind, I have less confidence in my M grind on longer shots, especially in soft conditions, but more confidence that it’s the right club for me around the green. So pick your poison I suppose.
  3. Who did you use to change your insert? Looking for somebody to do the same on a Ping putter that I love everything but the insert on.
  4. My P790s have similar lofts down to a 45* PW, which I mainly use for full swing shots. Below that I really use two “gap” wedges, Vokey 50/12F and a 56/8M. I use both for chipping around the green and they each cover the 110-75 and <75 yard ranges on approach shots with 3/4 and 1/2 swings. Then I have a 60/14K which I use almost exclusively from bunkers, so I call that my SW even though it’s LW loft. If I have to hit a flop or pitch with extra height I will pick between the 56* laid open or the 60* depending on the lie, usually defaulting to the 56*.
  5. Looks like he uses a Ping Piper H putter.
  6. Ping 1A or Ray Cook M1 have sweet spots that are trampolines compared to modern day putters. Perfect for you because they were made back when greens were all as shaggy as the ones you’re describing.
  7. I’m 6’1” but have really short arms and so play irons that are 1” over standard length. Fitter actually wanted to put me in even longer clubs than that but I resisted. Best thing I ever did for my tee game was cut my driver (913K) down from 45” to 44”. Did not add any weight. And It just feels better. Improved accuracy and improved average distance because I am almost always hitting it in the center of the face. When I got fit for a new driver (TSi3) earlier this year the fitter insisted I start at standard length (45.5”) saying I need the swing weight to control the face. Sure I will catch one here and there and it’s great but on the whole it just feels sluggish now at that length. I have way more heel and toe misses and have a harder time turning the ball over. I gave it a couple months but ultimately swapped the new head onto the old shortened shaft and have never looked back. Thinking of cutting down the new shaft but I am happy with results as is so not in a real rush to do so. The results have me seriously considering cutting a half inch off my irons. I have no trouble hitting a 36” pitching wedge so I don’t know why I wouldn’t be able to hit a 36.5” 9 iron. I would expect that I’d have more confidence over a 4 iron if it was 5 iron length. I don’t think the distance lost (if any) would be that big of a deal, and I fully expect to gain distance in the mid/long irons because I’d be flushing them more. so do it.
  8. My 2.0 is supposed to arrive tomorrow.
  9. For the longest time I went 50 gap / 54 sand / 58 low bounce lob, but came to a few realizations: - 90% of the time I was in a bunker I was short sided and needed more loft than the 54 but more bounce than the 58. - I chip best with my 50 or a short iron, and am better off putting anything and everything from the fringe or fairway. - I preferred to hit almost every pitch from 90 yards and in with my 54, varying swing length but usually sticking to a square face. However, the 54 was a little too strong for pitches inside 50 yards, so I would be forced to use my 58 a few times a round for finesse pitch shots. - I had zero distance control on full swings with the 58, so I never used it for that. - while I was pretty good at laying the face of my 58 open and hitting flop shots, I almost never truly needed this shot. so when I bought new wedges this year I decided to switch it up a bit. I kept the 50 and swapped the 54 for a 56, both F grind. And I replaced the 58 with a 60/K/14 that is almost exclusively a bunker club, and a really awesome one at that. I don’t even practice pitches or chips with the 60 and would only hit a flop shot if I had enough grass to get under it. As a result of moving to the 56 my short range pitching game has really improved. High/low, dead/spinny im comfortable hitting a variety of shots with this club, but I’m also not tempted to try to muscle one with it to cover the gap between that and the 50. On those tweeners I’m better off controlling both distance and direction with a shorter swing using my 50. So now I basically carry two gap wedges and a high lofted sand wedge. this combination really makes me stronger in an area of my game that I was already good at (30-110 yards) and limits my choices to my highest percentage options in areas that I need to improve (around the greens), and most importantly, avoid catastrophic mistakes. my favorite on course joke is now reserved for my playing partners: “I don’t always hit my sand wedge 150 yards, but when I do it’s from a greenside bunker.”
  10. I don't have the data like in your example but I feel like I am currently confronting a very similar choice. For the last two years I have been using a Ping Scottsdale Shea H with a heavy Golf Pride Jumbo Crown grip. I love the shape (heel shafted mid mallet, half shaft offset), color (black), and sight line (white line on the flange centered between the heel and toe), and these qualities all help me set up on line. The weight of the head and large grip produces a nice smooth stroke and and I feel like I will get the ball started on line 100% of the time. The putter is also so heavy I don't ever feel nervy over an important short putt, and I have made enough of them that I feel confident from inside 15' and automatic from inside 5'. However, I absolutely hate the soft and mushy insert on this putter. I think this plus the weight and jumbo grip hurt me with distance control on longer putts. Every now and then I will be on fire from all over the green, but just as often I embarrass myself in the 25-40' range. When I go out and mess around with a lightweight Cleveland Designed By my distance control on long putts is instantly better, but I am not nearly as confident on the shorter putts. So enter my newest toy, a Rife Vault .002 Major. Same color, shape and sight line as the Ping, with less weight and a smaller grip (Ping P58 midsize cord). And the kicker is those sweet, sweet Rife grooves. I am committed to giving this putter a shot over the Ping, and my theory is that more hands in my stroke and a clickier feel is going to improve my distance control. But I'll be damned if I didn't miss a sliding 3' birdie putt on a hole I haven't birdied in 2 years in the first round I played with it. Anyways, I think I just have to stick with it and really work on my short/mid range putting to get that smoothness and confidence with the new Rife. If that fails I will look into maybe an aftermarket insert modification on the Ping, or just keep buying every heel shafted putter I see on eBay until I find the magic stick that can replace it. Rant over. I will now head to the garage and drill 4 footers on the mat until bedtime.
  11. Does the Ray Cook M-1 count in this discussion? It doesn’t have the flanged back but it’s still a heel shafted mid mallet. Acushnet made a bullseye putter with this head shape but the shaft came in just inside of the heel. I’m not sure who was the first to flange the back in order to keep the weight low. Before Cameron had the Del Mar he made a line of putters for Mizuno that included the M400 in this style. I currently use a Ping Scottsdale Shea H. I love this shape and have a decent sized collection of different makes and models, but I have come to learn that for me the sight line has to be centered instead of closer to the heel. I’d probably even like it towards the toe but never found one like that. I also like about a half shaft offset, but not more. These two factors render my JAT completely unused despite it being the prettiest and best feeling one in my collection.
  12. I hit driver off every par 4 and par 5 tee, 3W off the deck on three par 5s (usually laying back with 5W or 4 hybrid on the fourth to avoid trouble), and have at least six shots into greens on long par 3s and 4s that require either 5W, 4 hybrid, or 5 iron. I could hit one of those all six times or a combination a couple times each. Depending on the day I may also have a couple either 6/7/8 irons on mid length holes but sometimes those are PW and 9 irons depending on tee, pin, and wind.
  13. I have the 60/14 K to go along with my 50/12 F and 56/14 F but I only really hit the 60* from bunkers, heavy rough and chips that require loft for some reason. The 56* is my primary “gap” wedge for pitches in the 30-100 yard range, and I usually chip with the 50*.
  14. I go 3W, 19* 5W strengthened to 18* and a shorter-shafted 19* hybrid weakened to 20.5*, which replaces my 4i. The hybrid can go just as far as the 5W into the wind or rolling out in the fairway, but is easier to work or hit a little harder/softer into par 3s. Down wind the 5W flies forever but goes really high and lands soft. I hit driver off the tee almost exclusively. Pull the 3W from the fairway when I need as much distance as possible with plenty of room to miss, and the 5W or hybrid if I want to advance it more conservatively or have a long approach.
  15. I like my Nike Mod 90. The head is long and it has good square lines with a very shallow flange. Weights on the ends seem to make it very stable. But I absolutely love the Yes Olivia.
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