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  1. After reading Into the Wild, it makes me wonder how much indoctrination took place at Emory to get a kid wander North America like Caine from Kung Fu and die in a broke-down VW Microbus fresh out of graduation.
  2. We finally get to see a little leg on these forums--nice.
  3. I had OSD in junior high when I got heavy into basketball, and it stayed with me through early HS until I stopped growing. Looking back, it went away when I decided to drop football going into my junior year of HS. Maybe my body just needed a break from playing three sports? My knees were tender to the touch back then, and that came back later in college playing large doses of pickup games without proper stretching--I wore the aforementioned knee strap (plus they were cool because Glenn Rice used to rock it) and it helped a lot.
  4. That is the exact setup. You can find that same setup $50-60 cheaper on eBay or sometimes even an online golf outlet like 2nd Swing or Global Golf. For firmer shafts to accommodate a low-mid 89s swing , @darter79 and others may be able chime in with more knowledge than I have. I have limited knowledge about the Epic Flash driver, but I believe the Star is the head most comparable to the TS1.
  5. eBay, but the TS1 driver did come with an AirSpeeder R2. With some patience, Ive been able to snag Air Speeders and Bassara Lite shafts for around $40 shipped to my door. Sometimes they come with the adapter I need, sometimes I have one, or have to buy an aftermarket off Amazon Prime. With an 8 yo boy and a 10 yo girl, I’m lucky to have an ecosystem that can get extended use out of this hose products… or even steal from the other’s bag on occasion.
  6. My 10 yo daughter is about the same size and weight as your daughter, swing speed lives in the low 70s and spikes to 74—also bogie golfer from 2,000+ yds. She had been in the TS3-60 graphite irons for about 10 months. She’s on the cusp of needing either steel shafts or ladies graphite (she’s snapped two shafts) at this point. Her SM7 wedges have Tensei red senior shafts, which she has grown into a little over the last year. She recently swapped the F9 junior driver out for a Titileist TS1, which is about 9g lighter and as forgiving (IMO) as the F9 was. In switching to the Titleist, we swapped out a lighter/more flexible Air Speeder R3 for the slightly heavier/firmer Air Speeder R2. F9 ladies fairway wood was also swapped out for a Titleist TS2. An F9 Speedback and Speedzone hybrid have been in her bag for some time, which weren’t necessarily a big upgrade over her old Prodi G hybrid, but a big upgrade over the USKG UL hybrid. While being long certainly helps, hitting greens in regulation is crucial. Not three-putting also crucial. Work on these two things, because your daughter already has the natural length to break 40. These better kids we play from Palm Beach and Orlando are throwing darts with their wedges and low irons. Combine that with 160+ drives and it’s lethal at 2,000 yards.
  7. My sister turned down SEC and Big East scholarships to pitch and instead played at the local juco for a year before going to a DII in South Florida--all to stay close to her HS boyfriend. She set the school record for wins and strikeouts her first year, but was eventually asked not to come back for her senior year because she such a hot mess (same boyfriend was the worst kind of bad news). The fastpitch softball culture soured me so hard that I knew if I ever had a daughter she would not be going that route. The more that I saw of travel baseball in FL the more I knew my son would also not be going down that path, as well.
  8. Yeah man, I'm just glad junior golf isn't like D1 gymnastics. My buddy's daughter had to commit to a school after her 9th grade year or else she would have been gambling for a spot down the road to open up.
  9. That's a fantastic guess. Believe it or not, high school kids actually listen to sometimes when given advice about the social aspect of high school. About a decade ago, a local standout offensive lineman on the local HS football team was down on himself about his lack of luck with the ladies. This same kid was being recruited by several top academic schools for football and was possibly one of the best kids I have ever been around with a great family. I told him that his friends who were in serious relationships in HS (and even having babies) were doing it wrong. Once you hit college the reset button gets pressed, and then it gets pressed again after you leave college. We kept in touch, and ended up going to an Ivy League school for football, getting a really nice job with a monster corporation, and his father told me the other night he's expecting he'll get accepted to Notre Dame Law for the fall. This is just one kid who took one piece of advice from a confidant, but yes, there are kids out there who do take advice. This forum, IMO, is a great place for golf parents to throw around information, ideas and even the occasional joke about junior golf. This place is no different than other forums I've been a part of for the last 15 or so years which range from 2+2 forums to photography on the net. Just like those aforementioned forums, there are brags, bad beat sob stories, reviews of products/places, shared experiences and even simple fellowship that extends to being friends outside of this forum. Are there bad posters here? Sure. Are there posters here who should charge for their input and information? Probably, and maybe they do IRL. Whatever happened to you or your child that caused you to be this cynical about junior golf/HS golf, I'm sorry that happened. High school sports are many different things to many different people, no doubt.
  10. They need perspective, that's all. Cars and girls cost mad CREAM and are a poor long-term investment as a teen. I would love to get dropped off at the course for nine hours, just me, just one day this year.
  11. Lots of truth in what you said, just adding my .02... Time--These days, most any sport you play in HS is going to take a significant amount of time. By the time I got to varsity, playing basketball and baseball took up a huge chunk of my time from October-July every year and that was three decades ago. In a good weather state like FL/TX/CA/AZ HS baseball or football takes up a massive amount of time because the weather is almost always warm enough to practice outside. 7-on-7 and summer ball are intense and very scouted in these places. Cost--Thank goodness basketball is still fairly cheap for all those with the desire and talent to play. Yes, shoes/shorts/socks/duffels/gas money to drive to AAU tourneys/hotels aren't cheap--but it is still cheaper than most sports. Like baseball. Baseball gloves ($150-$400), bats ($$$), Catching equipment ($$$), a few pair of batting gloves, bat bag, cleats, attire and travel team costs/travel expenses can add up in a hurry. Difficulty--Depending on which state or region you play in, the level of jr high an high school sports can be very high. Maybe apples and oranges, but going through two-a-day football practice takes a certain amount of mental fortitude not every kid is willing to give. To the credit of kids everywhere, though, there are hundreds of teams out there with dozens of kids on their teams who were willing to put in the massive time and mental investment into playing quarterback, center, MIKE, spur, safety, etc... All these positions take lots of internal coaching, team and individual camps as well to coach kids up. That's not even mentioning the strength and speed conditioning that happens in the off-season. Fellowship--Certain personalities are definitely attracted to certain sports. Having friends that play your best sports is certainly a major factor, no doubt about it. I can say that in FL (I didn't grow up here) a lot of the kids I see playing golf throughout the state have friends they play with--often a few times per week. There is a group of half a dozen girls in the 7-9 age group, and half a dozen more in the 10-12 age group who play together in Palm Beach County and are all friends (maybe some are frienamies, who knows?) off-course. Times have changed a little, and golf has become social at a younger age. Even the local HS team (which is very good and deep) has a core of kids that all play together year-round. Fun--I agree with everything you said, though @leezer99did say once that golf is no longer fun at 13 (I know he's half-kidding, but there's truth to how serious it can become as well).
  12. The Big Break was the vehicle for a local pro to break into the LPGA about a decade ago, as she won and has been on and off the tour since. She was a 2xDII AA at a DII program that won the NC her senior year. With one top-10 and a top-20 to her name, she's had what many would consider a good run--especially after having a child a few years back. Being married to a head pro at a club, all of her family's eggs weren't in one basket--so that has to take quite a bit of financial pressure off, as well as having a few sponsors. She's giving my daughter lessons right now on short game and the mental aspect of golf (situational, club selection, and other mental aspects needed for when I can't be on her bag) and I couldn't be more happy about that. Whether she decides to have another child or hit the tour again, her reputation in this region is very good and her opportunities should be plenty when she stops competing. To me, turning pro in golf is akin to many other ventures--playing minor league baseball as a late draftee or undrafted free agent, leaving your job to play professional poker full-time, leaving DA's office to open your own practice as a trial lawyer--that involve gambling on yourself to have the skill, desire, health and luck to be successful.
  13. I’ve seen some pretty good Tallahassee-area HS players in these, but I will default to your knowledge here. OP never told us what level of competition he was looking for, nor did he tell us what part of FL he was in—just trying to cover bases for people who forget about north FL.
  14. I'd like to add Red Hills Junior Tour to this if you are in northern FL (Jacksonville/Tallahassee). They play some nice venues and the prices are reasonable. The fields are hit and miss, but there should be some talent for your boys to compete against at their ages.
  15. The Grand Bassara is much more expensive than the Bassara Lite, FYI. I have found them under $40 shipped in the past, but here's one for $54. But I don't think you can go wrong with either the Flynn or R3, either. My son and daughter are both in the TS1 head, son with the Air Speeder R3 setup. A pretty good shaft for under-70 swing speed, good combo for sure. I'm lucky to be able to hand down a lot of clubs from my daughter to my son, but of course, it's not always doable. If it's not irons, it's a putter, driver shaft, a bag, and on and on.
  16. It sounds like she has come full-circle, and that's fantastic. You never know what is going to cause that "inception" moment with kids, and for me, especially in my daughter (her and my son are wired completely different)--but that she was that inspired after camp was a revelation. Wanting to fight my varsity baseball coach was my inspiration, as I trained on our X-country team's running routine from the middle of that season through the start of the school year... and then found my way to the only indoor, commercial batting cages in the Detroit area that had a machine that threw 90 about 45 minutes from my house. I spent a small fortune in gas and on the machines (squeezing it in after basketball practice and my job delivering pizzas) there to finance my revenge on that coach and have a nice senior year. 30 years later, I know now that my motivation was primitive and immature--and really, a year too late to get noticed enough--but it did teach me that those of us with average tools can come close to our ceiling with motivation, repetition and commitment. It sounds pretty Vision Quest, but then again so does hitting 200-300 balls in 40 degree weather--inject some of that into my daughter's veins!
  17. Little guy swings hard--very impressive! The air speeder 35 r3 has spent time in both my son and daughter's bags, woods and drivers. My son was using a Flynn shaft in his driver most recently until I needed it for my daughter's TS3 7i (sorry, kid!), and it was a nice fit for his 64-67 mph swing. The 35 r3 is in his driver now, and he hits it roughly the same with no noticeable difference in distance or dispersion. Both my son and daughter hit the r3 shaft higher than other shafts they have used, FWIW. I really think the Bassara Lite was a marginally better shaft than either of these two, with better dispersion. I probably shouldn't have sold it with his F9 driver, but it did fetch me more money in the resale. All three of these shafts were better than the stock Cobra jr shafts for both kids.
  18. I thought this chart was interesting enough to snag a decently-priced ER2 off eBay to give it a try. This putter did feel amazing both times I've tried it out in shops.
  19. 102-105 IIRC AoA hurts her smash a bit
  20. TM Kalea Ultralight and Callaway Mavrik Max W Lite are both C2 swing weight. Speaking of Cobra, the Cobra tent was at our club today with Trackman--what are the odds? We tried out the following: F-Max Airspeed 15* and 11.5* (Maybe?) driver with adila 40 shaft Radspeed 10.5 driver with Cobra jr 41" shaft Radspeed 21*h (4h?) with Recoil shaft Radspeed ladies 7i with Recoil shaft -She topped out at 138 carry with the 11.5* Airspeed driver, 142 carry with Radspeed, and 144 carry with her own TS1 10.5*(Airspeeder R2 40) -Shot apex with Radspeed 10.5 was possibly the most ideal according to fitter, but TS1 lead in total yardage topping out 167. Her AoA is too steep, but different convo. -Radspeed 21* hybrid shots resembled her Speedzone 7h shots in the way it sounded off the club and behaved, which is a good thing. --7i shots were inconsistent, best of the three shots carried 98 but she didn't get it all. Showed me she was not ready for ladies clubs quite yet, though small sample size. I had an 11-month old and my 8 yo son with me, so we didn't get the most out of the experience for sure. These ladies offerings from Cobra seemed strong, though I would love to see her hit them head-to-head vs Ping and Titleist offerings for sure.
  21. What is her driver swing speed or typical drive? My daughter is also 10, and just a little shorter at 58"/93 lbs. She is playing USKG TS3-60" with graphite shafts right now, but with a SS in the low 70s could transition to either steel in USKG or ladies shafts on her irons soon. Driver, woods, hybrids and wedges are all adult clubs with either ladies or senior shafts. There are some who feel that you can get away with a USKG or Flynn driver until 12 or so, but of course that is swing speed dependent. At 10 and if she is swinging 70+ you may want to think about ladies driver and woods, maybe hybrids as well although the Ping Prodi G is a fantastic hybrid for this age. I say put off ladies irons until she is consistently swinging mid-70s. Finally, don't buy anything new because you'll need to buy more clubs in a year or so. Girls grow like weeds from 8-12. We have a few similar threads where many longtime posters have shared experiences and opinions--it might be worth your time to check it out.
  22. Just snagged a TS2 16.5* yesterday for cheap to put in the daughter's bag, so I got my fix in. No plans to do anything to it but cut it down a little and regrip, though! I think last year wore me out.
  23. My 10 yo daughter has broken through two TS3-60 shafts over the last four months--a 7i at the grip and 8i toward the club head. Her driver SS sits in the low 70s, occasionally spiking to 74+. To be fair, we bought these irons used and the girl who had them before her swung perhaps a little harder then (even harder now) when we acquired them in March, so maybe those graphite shafts can only take being swung at those speeds for so long? I hope she has another 6 months in them before she needs to move on from these irons, because spending big for adult clubs, and having to cut them down and/or reshaft them does not excite me in the least. Perhaps not coincidentally, the girl who had my daughter's irons before her went to T-200 irons with notable success. I have never swung these clubs, but I gave some with a senior flex shaft a waggle a few weeks back and I can see them as being a natural to transition to from the TS-3 in club shape, weight and certainly the better tech. That price tag, though, is brutal. I have no concerns about her being able to handle an adult shaft right now, as she has them in her everything but her irons. When my son gets his TS3-57 irons/wedge set next month, I'm definitely interested in seeing how he handles the switch from graphite to steel. He only swings in the high 60s. I recently took him out of his Flynn Velocity irons because they are just too light--and now he's swinging a Cobra King Junior 7i and 9i that are a little too heavy for him (I don't recommend these clubs, but it's a stopgap that we had in the garage from two years ago). The Prodi G PW, 52 and 56 he has are ideal IMO for him at this point in time, as is his Prodi G FW and hybrid. I never bought the irons because I didn't find the right deal, but looking back I should have just bit the bullet. T
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