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  1. I agree with this but with one adjustment. The coaches are usually deciding between kids with a difference of 0 to maybe 2 strokes. That's why attitude, personality, character, etc is so important unless you happen to be the next Tiger, DJ or Spieth. Academics are also important. College coaches really want kids that could gain admission without golf. Golf isn't like football where the coach gets practically unlimited academic exceptions. If you don't have the grades, you better be a player that will be one of the top 2 or 3 players on the team as the coach isn't going to want to waste an exception with admissions on a kid that might not impact the program. Better yet, be a kid that can get academic money to free up some of the golf scholarship money for other players.
  2. The top 3 ranked AJGA Boys have tournament scoring 70.x. Most of the kids in the top 100 have a scoring average of between 70.x and 72.x. It's not like college coaches are deciding between a kid that has a scoring average of 70 and one that has a 75 scoring average. The coaches are looking at groups of kids that are probably within a 0 to 1 shot of each other on the stat sheet. That's why it's so important to differentiate yourself by having a great attitude and a great academic record. What coach wants to deal with a temperamental kid when there a bunch of other kids in the country that can play a similar level of golf but will be a better team member?
  3. 4 of the top 10 AJGA ranked boys have tournament rounds in the 80's this season. Texas, Auburn, UVA commits and 1 underclassman.
  4. I've heard the same. WD over scores is a bad look. WD and a coach may think you quit when things aren't going your way. Post an embarrassing score and follow it up with a solid bounce back score and it shows that you have some resilience. Ideally, you can manage your score card on an off day but these are juniors and many aren't quite there yet. I've heard a lot of different thing from different coaches but what's universal is that they all want character and consistent attitude. If you're a quitter or lack composure, that's a major turnoff.
  5. If you carry often or ever, you may have an issue with the Fuse 4. It's poorly balanced to the point that the clubs almost fall out when you carry regardless of how you adjust the straps. My son has a Players 4 and I have a Players 4 StaDry. I'm very pleased with my bag. Very comfortable to carry and well balanced. Storage layout is good and just the right amount unless you really like to load your bag up. If you carry a lot of gear, you may want to move up to the Players 4 Plus. The StaDry looks to be pretty durable so far. The standard Players 4 has average to below average durability. The internal dividers ripped out of the bottom of my son's bag after 9 months of use. He's using his bag 4 or 5 days a week though. If you play a lot of golf and want your bag to last more than a season or two, I'd take a look at a Hoofer Lite.
  6. I used them for a half of a season and I was a bit underwhelmed. The feel very dry and don't have a lot of 'grab' to them......not enough traction in the cord and zero tack in the rubber. I washed them, brushed them, sanded them and couldn't get them quite right. They did work well the few times I played in light rain but in dry conditions or even in summer sweat conditions they were only so so. Similar to the S-Tech, the durability was below average. While it's similar in style to the Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord, the GP is a far better grip in my opinion.
  7. I don't have any spec sheets to offer. You are correct/ I agree with you on the measurement meaning. The larger the face progression, the smaller the offset.
  8. I see juniors in their early teens shooting a wide range of scores. I attribute it to their mental and emotional capacity at their stage in the game. It's more common for me though to see the outlier high scores than it is the low score. For example, a kid shoots most of his rounds in the low to mid 70's but will card an 88 from time to time. That's usually 1 or 2 things going wrong and the kid not being able to mentally and emotionally manage their way out of it to salvage the round.
  9. Not sure if I'm interpreting your post correctly but when I refer to reverse offset I'm talking about the set progression (reverse progressive offset) where the offset/face progression increases as you move from the long irons to the short irons. This is/was common in many Japanese designs (Mizuno, Miura, Bridgestone, etc). I believe the concept is based on the ball position changes from long to short irons. As the irons get shorter and the ball moves closer to the center of your stance, the offset allows for a more natural set up with the hands more forward of the ball than you would have with a longer iron positioned further forward in your stance. Face progression and offset aren't an opposite measurement. Offset is measured from the leading side of the hosel to the leading edge where face progression is measured from the centerline of the hosel/shaft to the leading edge. Some designers prefer the face progression measurement as the offset measurement doesn't account for the potential difference in hosel thickness from one design to another.
  10. Some players perceive a louder, higher pitched driver as being more powerful/hotter. Ernie Els liked a louder driver and currently, Hideki likes a louder driver. I've always preferred a softer feel, quieter sound off the driver face but like a firmer feel and louder sound off the putter. Ping has had a mix of drivers. The G400 had a muted sound but the G400 Max was really loud. Their Max drivers are generally their loudest models. Going back a bit the G10 was a very soft feeling and sounding driver, my favorite Ping driver ever.
  11. The MP-29's are pretty unique in that they have a reverse progressive offset and headsize. The heads get more offset and bigger as they move from the long irons to the short irons. The soles are also very flat, not camber which is uncommon these days. Those were characteristics of many Japanese designs for decades. The MP-37 was probably the last Mizuno irons with such a design. Of recent years or current, the MB 101 is probably the closest in sole, face progression and head size. For the shaft, the KBS Tour in an R+ flex will give you similar flex and profile. The big difference being the weight design. The KBS is constant weight while the Rifle is descending weight (lighter in the short irons and heavier in the long). You can still get the FCM Rifle shafts from PFC dealers though.
  12. I played the prior generation T100 and currently play the Apex Pro 21. I've also hit the MIM and the current T100 and T100S. I found the Apex to be slightly more forgiving, followed by the Cobra, then Titleist. The differences are pretty subtle. The Cobra and Titleist are very similar designs but I give the Cobra the advantage in forgiveness due to it's sole width and camber. The Titleist has the thinnest sole of the bunch and requires a little more precision than the Apex and MIM. The Cobra and Titleist are a match for distance at the same loft. The T100S will be a couple yards longer and the T100 a couple shorter. The Apex gave me similar distance to the T100S but were easier to hit in the long irons and flew a little higher. All 3 feel solid although slightly different. You can tell by feel that the Apex are hollow if you catch one out on the toe by are very soft out of the middle. To my eye, the T100(S) look the most blade like, followed by the MIM, then Apex although they all look great behind the ball. If you want the most blade like appearance and a high level of feedback and consistency, I'd look put the MIM up against the non S T100. If distance is a priority without dropping too much spin, Apex Pro 21. If distance and lower spin is important, T100S.
  13. Tour V is pretty much the opposite of the LZ. The LZ is soft in the middle moving into a stiff tip. The Tour V is very stiff in the middle moving into a medium tip (softer than the LZ). The Tour V can feel very stiff if your transition and swing speed doesn't stress the shaft. The Tour V is a fairly unique profile, somewhat similar to the Modus 130 but in a lighter weight. Good fit for an aggressive swinger, with a lot of lag and delofting at impact.
  14. To have an 18* launch angle and spin that low you need to be hitting up on the ball with a lot of forward shaft lean. That's close to impossible with an iron off the ground. Alternatively, you could be hitting the ball extremely high on the face, which could be possible off of a mat, but your ball speed is pretty good for what would be a pretty drastic contact location on the face.
  15. If not for the groove rule and availability, I'd still be playing Cleveland 588 RTG's. I currently play Callaway MD5's and think they're great but I still prefer the 588's. I guess there's only so much that can be done with a traditional wedge designs. My favorite putter is still a bronze Scottsdale Anser although I have been putting with a counterbalanced Odyssey Tank 7 this season to see if all of that extra stability offers any measurable advantage. I like the putter but the jury is still out. For the OP, you won't find a lasting solution exclusively in the putter rack. Putting is a relative strength of my game and has been for most of the 35+ years I've played. I, however, totally lost my putting 15 or so years ago. I read Utley's book, the Art of Putting, and decided to fully commit to it. I got my putter fit to the stroke I was working on and just worked at it. I'm not saying that Utley is your answer, but I believe that you need to settle on a basic technique, get a putter that fits you and the technique and just grind it out. Many struggling putters can't break out of it long term because they just keep throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks....putters, grips, posture, stroke, etc. You see that all the way up to the PGA Tour. The best putters however all stick to a consistent combination of technique and equipment. The specifics vary from player to player as there are many ways to get the ball in the hole but they all perfect their own way.
  16. I played the 1st gen T100 for a couple season and have hit the new T100. Both versions are fantastic I ended up going with the Apex Pro 21 over the new T100 and it was the right decision for me. The Apex Pro's are more forgiving outside of the center, in the mid and long irons in particular. The combination of sole width and bounce also fits my swing and neutral to soft ground conditions better. They resist digging more so than the T100's which require a little more precision. The Apex give more a little more distance and play better in the wind for my game as the spin rates are lower than with the T100's. I generally spin the ball a lot off the irons and I also like a high spinning ball for my short game so that made the Apex Pro an ideal match. As I'm approaching 50 and losing a little speed, the Pro's give me the little bit extra. For a strong player in their prime though, the T100 is hard to beat.
  17. You can bend the Callaway wedge at least 3* before you potentially damage the finish. As far as actually breaking the club, I wouldn't worry about it unless you want to go beyond 4*. I bent Vokey's 6* for someone performing a Bryson DeChambeau experiment with no issue.
  18. I think Jones makes a good quality product but I didn't like the classic stand bag. As mentioned above, the side pockets aren't very useful. The bag is set up for left or right shoulder carry and has the same side pocket set up on each side. Putting anything in the small side pocket that ends up against your back makes for an uncomfortable carrying experience. The zippers alone occasionally digging into your back are bad enough. The single strap is well padded but too slippery. The balance of the bag while carrying is average at best. I like the idea of a simple, compact, basic bag but this was a fail for me. I switched to a Titleist Players 4 StaDry which as been excellent. Other bags to consider are the Carbon or Craz-E Lite if you really think you will do some walking. The Hoofer Lite is still the king of the carry bags in my opinion for quality, functionality, durability and comfort.
  19. G425SFT or original SIM Max D for specific draw drivers. They look neutral at address but work very well as intended. The spin on the draw drivers does tend to be on the higher side which can impact distance. For a non-draw specific driver that controls spin reasonable well, the Epic Speed is great. I've hit most of the major drivers on the market this year and the Speed was the easiest for me to draw. Looks and feels great too.
  20. Not trying to rain on this parade but the Tensei CK White 60x weighs in at 69 grams and the Smoke Black 70 6.0 weighs in at 68 grams.
  21. When using range balls, Trackman needs to be set for Normalization mode and have the correct ball conversion setting for accurate data. Something is definitely off with those readings. I assume peak heights 30 yards, not degrees as noted. At 30 yards peak height and 8200 rpm or even 7000 rpm, your descent angle would be roughly 10* higher than the reading you saw.
  22. You can typically get the full range from TT, PX, Nippon, KBS, etc but Callaway is only listing what is currently available.
  23. If you play your hybrid more like an iron, go with the 3. If you want a hybrid to perform like a fairway wood replacement, go with the 2. In addition to the larger head size, the 2 has more face bulge and roll where the face of the 3 is relatively flat.
  24. Looks aside, if you want a little more forgiveness and/or play primarily full shots the gap set gap wedge is a good choice. For most players, it will launch a little higher and spin a little less than the Vokey. If you like to flight your gap wedge, play partial shots or simply need/want more spin, the Vokey is will give you more versatility.
  25. As others have mentioned, the transition from set wedge to specialty wedge may not be linear based on the lofts and distances. I'd definitely hit the PW, set GW and the 50* wedge with the ball you play and see how far they fly.
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