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  1. Because you invited commentary and based upon your post about choking, inconsistency, and blow up holes, I offer this: Your problem is not physical. Your problem is not your swing other than you may no longer be swinging the club and instead trying to achieve positions within the swing. So, you may have screwed up your natural motion. That particular affliction, if it exists with your swing, is likely temporary. Your problem is emotional/mental and your expectations. You are trying too damn hard. Take one week off of the simulator or picking up a club. Then, go play. Swing the club, hard, and without thought to score or how the swing should feel. Go back to the simulator to play little games in trying to achieve a specific shot or to simply relax. You will play better and will stop "choking" as you put it. Eventually, you will be back to your old, reliable 12 handicap self, and you can go lower if you focus on the enjoyment of the game versus the outcome. The preceding advice worked for me so that's why I posted. I hope it is helpful advice and I hope it doesn't sound harsh. At one point, I spent about a year in the same purgatory as you and when I stopped obsessing over my progress, stopped having swing thoughts, stopped worrying about my score, stopped being frustrated, I played pretty darn well.
  2. I think "encouraging" statements could be misconstrued by the singles despite your group's good intent. These early departing singles might feel belittled or perhaps outclassed and overmatched given the circumstances of their poor play and accompanying comments? Sort of how well meant, but unsolicited, advice can be taken? An experiment in which no one in your group comments on the singles' poor shots and conversation is restricted to either idle chit chat or compliments on good shots might be a good test?
  3. The Intercontinental Clement and Monterey Plaza on Cannery Row are okay. The Portola Plaza downtown is okay as well. The Hyatt on top of the hill outside of town is alright. There are many lower grade hotels in the Monterey area as well. Many rental homes are available in Monterey and a fewer number in Pacific Grove. Pacific Grove passed an ordinance a couple of years ago limiting short term rentals in parts of town. Re: Playing Harding Park. Be wary of the traffic. SF and Monterey are not that close and Bay Area traffic is awful. Like another poster mentioned, consider Poppy Hills, Bayonet, or Black Horse, although Pasatiempo is worth the drive.
  4. Honestly, all of these OEMs make really good clubs and each company's offerings have adherents and aficionados but here is my tongue in cheek take: Callaway- Good clubs in the entire range,i.e., woods, irons, wedges, putters (Odyssey) albeit with stupid names. Ugliest pitching and approach wedges of all time in their game improvement offerings. Cleveland-Great wedges but a strong showing for value and performance in other clubs in the game improvement arena. Cobra- Good clubs in the entire range with even stupider names than Callaway. A company that wants to take risks to differentiate itself, e.g., one length irons, weird composite materials in top lines, strange ports in drivers, etc. They live on the razor's edge. Mizuno- Anything made by Mizuno is of high quality and guaranteed to be in a range of unforgiving to less forgiving than the other OEMs. Even their golf ball is unforgiving. Mizuno fans bleed blue; true die-hards. PING- It used to be all about the irons and putters. Now it's woods, and deservedly so, but if you can't be successful with a Ping G series iron you should take up tennis. Good clubs throughout the range. Their credo that they are an engineering company which makes golf clubs is an apt description. PXG-Barf, just, barf. Pat Perez as a staff player sums this company up; all Vegas like sizzle all the time. (Seriously, nothing against Perez and everything against Bob Parsons. He single handedly led to the advent of the $500 driver and exorbitant pricing industry wide. No one makes clubs like PXG, except everyone.) Srixon- Somewhat under the radar. Irons are on par with Mizuno regarding quality and forgiveness. (The ZX4 model is a dressed up Cleveland GI model). Few play their woods but they actually are tremendous performers. TaylorMade- Good clubs throughout the range. Better names than Callaway. Woods are very popular and are very long but have a toy like feel. Frequent ill fated "innovations", e.g., the SLDR drivers, Truss putters, etc. Titleist- Good at copying others' innovations including putters and wedges and then selling for inflated prices. Great golf balls though. Tour Edge- The Ping alternative for senior golfers. Strong value in well made products. Wilson- Two steps forward and one step back, year after year, mostly because they can't design a driver which anyone wants to play. Their irons are good but not anything special.
  5. I’m 6’2” and I prefer 35”. I have used a 34” with good results. I’ve heard the correct length affects the golfer’s eye line and thus accuracy but I didn’t notice a difference between the 34” and 35” as far as holing putts or misses. For me, the hosel type and grip seemed to be stronger factors regarding success.
  6. The Nike VRS Covert 2.0 irons were stamped with "2.0" on the hosel, the word: "Nexcor" lightly engraved on the faces, True Temper Dynalite 105 shafts, and white Golf Pride Tour Wrap2G grips. I owned these irons for a few years. After the 2.0 release, Nike released the VRS Covert X irons. However, those irons had a uniflex shaft, black grips, "Nexcor" was not printed on the face, and if I recall correctly, the "2.0" was not present on the hosel. Those sets retailed for $299 so they were an entry level set. However, the X model standard lofts and shaft lengths were identical to the 2.0 model. Regarding your irons, if you don't see "Nexcor" printed on the face, you definitely have the "X" model. I know this because I remember comparing my irons to the X model on display at the golf store. Check out the close up photo in this article regarding the Nexcor face stamp for the 2.0 irons. The X models don't have this stamp: https://www.golfalot.com/equipment-news/nike-vrs-covert-2-irons-2715.aspx This Nike press release also shows the Nexcor face stamping for the 2.0 irons: https://news.nike.com/news/go-longer-with-nike-s-new-vrs-covert-2-0-irons Also here's and old TGW.com advert. for X irons which don't have the 2.0 stamping. https://www.tgw.com/nike-mens-covert-x-irons In looking at your E Bay photos, it's hard to discern but the set doesn't look like it has the Dynalite 105 shaft band. It looks like the E Bay set is an X model.
  7. I understand and appreciate your good intention but I think people will ask if they want help with the rules. There is a risk of bruised feelings and resentment when offering any unsolicited advice even with the best delivery.
  8. This is absolutely true. There is no one on Tour who "can't putt"; of course some Tour players putt better than their peers but they all consistently putt way better than non Tour players or they wouldn't stay on Tour. I also have a friend who unsuccessfully tried to get through the old Q School and who unsuccessfully hung around on the European Tour for a couple of years. My friend, after getting his amateur status back, has played in US Amateurs and most recently, the US Senior Open. So, he was and is pretty good. But not good enough to make a living at golf because he can't putt at a Tour level.
  9. Heresy! Your GolfWrx membership is revoked! Seriously, good luck and I hope your putting improves! I own a bunch of putters but I only play one, sometimes two, a year. I know it’s dumb to own multiple putters but that’s just how I am.
  10. There are too many great players to narrow it down to just one: Nicklaus, Woods, Snead, Nelson, Johnny Miller in his prime, Trevino, Hogan; the list goes on and on. But I think two guys had absolute mastery of the ball for brief periods of time: Hogan in ‘53 and Woods in 2000.
  11. Well, I'd say you answered your own question.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
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