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  1. I don’t have to… Dave Stockton already did! Seriously, it’s just a “losing the forest for the trees” thing. Of course, a difference between striking different dimples (or fractions of them) likely DOES cause variation from strike to strike. But the magnitude is also likely 10,000x less than hitting a small divot or into a 5 mph crosswind. It’s like a GM engineer worrying about bugs nonlinearly striking the windshield and causing drag. If you worry about that magnitude of thing then you’re also worried about the friction of your cartilage rubbing bone from strike to strike, and the MILLIONS of other things on that magnitude. Even Dave Pelz couldn’t sell that long of a book. He chose a thing and then he sold it as science. Science without common sense. That’s the same thing Bryson does. It should make all of us angry. 90% of Bryson’s improvement is getting beefier and adapting swing changes… i.e., the GM engineer choosing an engine that’s strong enough to overcome the bug strikes on the windshield… and also anything else of that magnitude.
  2. I don’t have to… Dave Stockton already did! Seriously, it’s just a “losing the forest for the trees” thing. Of course, a difference between striking different dimples (or fractions of them) likely DOES cause variation from strike to strike. But the magnitude is also likely 10,000x less than hitting a small divot or into a 5 mph crosswind. It’s like a GM engineer worrying about bugs nonlinearly striking the windshield and causing drag. If you worry about that magnitude of thing then you’re also worried about the friction of your cartilage rubbing bone from strike to strike, and the MILLIONS of other things on that magnitude. Even Dave Pelz couldn’t sell that long of a book. He chose a thing and then he sold it as science. Science without common sense. That’s the same thing Bryson does. It should make all of us angry. 90% of Bryson’s improvement is getting beefier and adapting swing changes… i.e., the GM engineer choosing an engine that’s strong enough to overcome the bug strikes on the windshield… and also anything else of that magnitude.
  3. I don’t have to… Dave Stockton already did! Seriously, it’s just a “losing the forest for the trees” thing. Of course, a difference between striking different dimples (or fractions of them) likely DOES cause variation from strike to strike. But the magnitude is also likely 10,000x less than hitting a small divot or into a 5 mph crosswind. It’s like a GM engineer worrying about bugs nonlinearly striking the windshield and causing drag. If you worry about that magnitude of thing then you’re also worried about the friction of your cartilage rubbing bone from strike to strike, and the MILLIONS of other things on that magnitude. Even Dave Pelz couldn’t sell that long of a book. He chose a thing and then he sold it as science. Science without common sense. That’s the same thing Bryson does. It should make all of us angry. 90% of Bryson’s improvement is getting beefier and adapting swing changes… i.e., the GM engineer choosing an engine that’s strong enough to overcome the bug strikes on the windshield… and also anything else of that magnitude.
  4. I’ll say it: Pelz pushes as much pseudoscience as Bryson. Pelz writes authoritatively with a ridiculous arrogance and people fall for it. Just because you say something with authority and in 350 pages doesn’t mean it’s better or more accurate than something written in crayon on 6 pages.
  5. This is incredible. I had no idea. I’ve literally been trying to remember which threads I’ve read and roughly where I stopped. Thank you!!!!!! Completely adds to my enjoyment.
  6. I’m far from the idiot yelling “get fit” in every thread (I’ve never been fit), but to act like there is no such thing as a draw bias is wrong. I went from M4 hybrids where I severely hooked every third shot (as in, lost golf ball hook) to the G410 (4) / G425 (5) where it’s never that severe, and more like every fifth shot. Maybe “draw / fade bias” is overblown, but getting a club you like and are comfortable with is important. Technically Indian, not the arrow still (I agree), but mechanical engineering is real … your swing is a machine and the club you choose to use is a seriously important cog.
  7. Yes. I forget how close Chattanooga is to Atlanta (and I’m a braves fan). But mountain golf is not a true assumption really… every course I’ve ever played in East Tennessee has been in a valley, some are even in lowlands alongside rivers. I actually want to play MORE mountain golf lol.
  8. Always fascinated why people move across the country and how they choose the location. Also curious why East Tennessee (Knoxville to Bristol) wasn’t considered - some sick golf that direction. I want to hear the story! With that said, (pending no family in either town) I’d consider the Chattanooga area over the Nashville area any day. I’ve lived in Nashville… no thanks.
  9. I just passed the one week mark and was met with serious temptation. I went to the practice range and was putting around with the old (I.e. brand new) Mizuno and ended up putting to the same hole as another guy. He lagged three closer than my three (he was even putting trash range balls for what it’s worth) so I started talking to him and he told me about the all new midlock Evnroll putter. I didn’t try it, though I know what I’ll try on September 27, 2022. This is how it happens… in your case a good deal, in my case new technology.
  10. TL;DR - I have committed myself to using the same putter, not even picking up another one, for a full year because I’m terrible at putting and often use which putter I’m using as an excuse for poor performance. —————— I am terrible at putting. I believe that my biggest impediment for trying to consistently break 90 is my four or more 3-putts a round (I’m an 18 Handicap). When I play a different course and green speeds change I take at least six 3-putts a round with a recent round including at least two 4-putts. I, like many people on here, use this forum to fill up time and combat boredom. I, like many people on here, am also not great at golf. I’m ok, not great and not awful, but I spend a lot of time learning about ridiculous differences in clubs that I have no business knowing. By blaming putters (I’m on putter #4 in the last two years), I switch putters too often and increase the variables of my stroke. For that reason, I am removing all putters from view except my single gamer (Mizuno M-Craft VI). I won’t even pick up another putter for a full year. When I want to putt inside on my putting mat, then I will go grab my primary putter from the car and not just use my “extra” putter that sits on the mat at all times. When I go to a store I’ll say “HELL NO” to rolling a Newport 2 or whatever jacked up monstrosity Odyssey has cooked up. I had great success “standardizing” on a golf ball (I buy used ProV1s) where I can always look down at the same ball and NEVER be able to blame the ball (“oh, that was a piece of trash noodle I found on the last hole… I bet that’s why I topped another drive.”). This is a “behavioral golf” trick that I’m trying - similar to saving more by using a 401k and never “seeing” my full income or by hiding sweets and bread in cabinets so that I don’t mindlessly snack on trash food. Wish me luck! Interested to know if anyone else has had success doing something similar. Cheers!
  11. Hated the Odyssey Double Wide for what it’s worth (but I’m terrible at putting)
  12. My man, thank you so much. I really love my irons, but I believe I love them because they’re heavy and stay “on plane” if that makes sense. Pretty heavy shafts, extra inch of length, etc. I was playing a 45g shaft prior in the driver and it felt like a feather. Thought about adding weight to the driver head even after switching to a 65g shaft and now I think I will. I’m a “feel” player with irons and full swing wedges… not a lot going on in my brain. Also, I am the exact player you’re describing who tries to “hit up” at the driver… and I always have a sensation that I’m lined up wrong. My primary miss is a “top” so it makes sense if I’m putting the ball too far forward that I’m coming up too much and essentially clipping the ball with the bottom of the face (or nearly the bottom of the club). Thank you again.
  13. I played Arcadia Bluffs this past weekend (absolutely unbelievable) as well as Stoatin Brae and Stonehedge South (both fun as well). I had a great time with ballstriking (excluding the driver) and a brutal weekend of putting (several four putts, many many three putts). My problem: while I have such an “image” of my iron swing (easy back and nice follow through) I feel like with the driver I look like Bryson with my arms out protruding in a really exposed, too unnatural setup (not sure how to explain it) and a serious inconsistency in hitting the ball. I have no “slot” or natural motion. I can’t picture how the in-to-out type swing would work with driver (I fight a slice and try for a draw) when you’re coming up into the ball with a positive angle of attack. It feels like when coming “up” I am finishing my swing and it’s heading back over my shoulder already for the follow through (ie, out to in). For what it’s worth, I love my irons with an extra inch of length in them… my driver is actually an inch shorter than average. I haven’t done any lie adjustment with the driver, but I feel like there is an idea there to make it feel more like my iron swing. I am not sure which way to set it (flatter or more upright?). Any other ideas or swing thoughts to try?
  14. I hate to say it, but is there a chance you’re the problem and not the club / shafts? 4 sets of irons is next level. I’m aware this suggestion is potentially blasphemy on this site.
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