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  1. Well, I'd say you answered your own question.
  2. Trial and error, although I can putt with either face balanced putters or putters with small amounts of toe hang. I'm currently in a small toe hang phase but my face balanced stable is eagerly awaiting the call for "Next Putter Up". The only putter style I'm really poor with is heel shafted.
  3. I don’t know for certain on the age for decline but I’m getting close to 60. I had a couple of years off with knee surgeries and some other stuff too. I’m still pretty strong but I feel like my club head speed is way down compared to before the surgeries. I don’t know if it’s due to the knee surgeries or age? Or both? But you know what? I will just move up a tee. Ha ha. And later I will be playing the local retired guys course at about 5000 yards. I’m playing until I can’t move!
  4. You know your gear! I don't think I would buy them either but if I was in the market for a GI to SGI iron, it appears Cleveland does a nice job in making a decent shaped and decent looking iron for the category.
  5. Yep, you're looking at least $ 30,000 initiation and about $1000/mo plus food and beverage for a nice, but average, club. This excludes Club Corp types of clubs. But some clubs which were previously tied to home ownership are beginning to offer memberships to non home owners.
  6. Funny comment but I think you did say something important. The optimal shaft weight for your swing is crucial.
  7. I previously enjoyed buying and trading in drivers, irons, and putters but I've mostly stopped and now I focus mostly on used clubs. Driver-$300 (Definitely buying used drivers or two year old models on clearance at this price point). Irons-$1200 (I try to keep it lower. I don't like used irons too much because many irons are custom fit and sometimes its hard to match up. But I only go through an iron search about every five years or so.) Putter-$300. ( I did buy a Cameron at $400 this year but I had a gift certificate. ) Now, if I could get a driver that gave me 30 extra yards- $2000. Ha ha!
  8. First, to be assured of a spot on the team, play better and automatically qualify. If you don't automatically qualify, then it's up in the air. You might be picked or you might not. Reed should quit whining. Why is Reed surprised that he was not picked? No one on Tour likes him. He's also (arguably) a cheater. I guess he thought his Captain America schtick would make him a shoe-in?
  9. Unfortunately, you didn't like the feel of the Titleist 300. For a sweeper, I think they are great irons. Very easy to hit. I don't think the words, "Mizuno", accompanied by, "forgiving", should ever be uttered. Seriously, you can get away with the Mizuno JPX series in sweeping the ball. The ZX5s are a great iron. I don't think they are an ideal iron for sweepers unless sweeping means you are always taking a small divot. The V sole doesn't seem to work for some sweepers.
  10. I don't care other than standard size and .60 core although I like Tour Velvets the best.
  11. Congratulations! As far as 5500 yards, I say a 67 is a 67 and that is darn good and even more impressive at age 67! You are executing some shots to get that score! I hope to emulate you someday. Got a few years to go though.
  12. I think the Mizuno M Crafts are really good putters. As far as rolling them, I apologize for any confusion; I did not use their wide blade version (M Craft IV). I have used both the M Craft II (essentially an Anser/Newport) and the M Craft III (half mallet). The M Crafts are made of carbon steel. I am not really into the "feel" of putters, other than not liking inserts. I think some golfers are a lot more sensitive to feel than I am as carbon steel or stainless steel is just steel to me; I don't have a preference. I pretty much putt the same with either material. The face milling is finely done. (Note: The TM is cast from stainless steel and then is surface milled with an insert added. The Mizuno is forged from carbon steel then milled.) The putter is fairly heavy in its stock configuration. It's got a weighty feel and heft to it. The stock grip is great. It fits my hand well. It's the Lamkin Deep Etched cord. If you are interested in re-sale, a Bettinardi or Scotty, of course, is the best choice but the overall finish and quality of the M Craft is comparable to Bettinardis and Scottys. Both Mizunos I used performed well on short putts and on lag putts. I think putting and preferences on putters is individualized and what works for me may not work for others. But, I think most people would agree the Mizuno putters look and feel like high quality clubs.
  13. I had the TM Del Monte 7 for a brief time. I don't have the Bettinardi in a wide blade but I've had other wide blade putters like the Odyssey 1W and Evenroll ER2. Here are my impressions: I rolled it fine in the store. On the course, my results were also fine. However, it felt light. I didn't weigh it but it felt lighter to me than most of today's putters. Second, the stock grip compares poorly to the Lamkin Deep Etched often found on Bettinardis or other putters. The TM grip felt thin. It was reminiscent of putter grips from the 70's and 80's. Also, the grip is ugly. I am not a fan of inserts but actually the insert felt fine. The ball rolled off the face predictably and perhaps with a little less velocity than a solid face putter. To gauge my comment, I usually play with a Kombi S, an Anser, a Newport, an old B60, or a Mizuno M Craft. I bought a 35" but it actually measured 34 1/2". So, I guess poor quality control at TM? Overall, it is serviceable putter. But it didn't feel like or look like a quality putter. The way it felt in my hand, or the heft of it, coupled with the grip led me to return it.
  14. I don't think I would've laughed but I can see how it could happen.
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