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  1. Pleased to report that I did not choke last night. In fact, I almost forgot it was a competitive round, and just concentrated on each shot individually. Unfortunately, it appears my partner needed this thread worse than I did, as he shot one of the worst rounds I'd seen him shoot. His driving is normally the best part of his game, and last night he was duck-hooking everything. Not that I scored magnificently - shot +1 from handicap. Just one of those rounds where the putts lip and don't fall, an approach sits on a tree root, I end up with 60' lag putts, etc. It was nice to be unphased by this, and the squeezing the putter idea certainly helped. Thanks for the ideas, though. I was fortunate not to have any really bad shots that I needed to recover from, and it was just a matter of not getting too tight on tricky putts.
  2. Problem solved - Sportchek is clearing out the Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin series for $99 skinny Canadian dollars. Although I had challenges choosing between the Elevado and the Rho, the Elevado is likely closer to my Odyssey Sabertooth. I picked the Rho as has more centred mass, which was what I was aiming for. For the price, this should be a pretty low risk experiment. I may also avoid some of the issues @MattM97 identified, and that I did experience with an old Mizuno Bettinardi A-02 I used to own. Plus the variable milling looks like a pretty neat idea.
  3. Hi all, For the second year, my partner and I are competing for our league championship, and I'd like to not choke like last year. Unfortunately my concern has been exacerbated by the wild inconsistency in my game the last few weeks. I've swing between (vs handicap over 9 holes) +1, -5, +7, and 0. It also seems to be strongly tied to mental momentum and confidence. When I'm stroking the ball nice, putting well, and getting up and down in 2, I'm great! Or I make a bad shot, then the wheels fall off, my stroke goes out of sync, and nothing seems to go right. This happened in last year's final - my putt for par on the first hole hit an unseen bump, and lipped out. Wheels fell off early, especially when the other guys (who were genuine sandbaggers) were playing well. I started to press, got tight, and lost all flow from my game. Sad part is that I've added a lot of mental resilience to my game over the last 20 years. However, my ability to shrug off a bad shot and follow it with a good shot seems to dissipate when the "stakes" are ratcheted up. Welcome the thoughts from those who've found way to get their head to treat a competitive round just like any other.
  4. Thanks @Fellaheen51 yes it's been a while. Golf has been a 9-hole per week league excursion over the past three years, and a site change had me locked out until the mods helped me fix it. Oddly enough, my partner and I made it to League finals last year, and are in the semis next week, despite my golfing less. Mind you, my five year rolling league handicap has risen from 6 to 12, reflecting this lack of golf. Do like the look of the Odyssey 7 and it's variants - however, I wonder what advantage this would give me over my Sabertooth. Certainly the ST has weight out farther, and likely a higher MOI. Toe hang could be a concern, as I'm a fairly consistent SBST putter. My "bad" misses have really come from asking a face balanced putter to do something it wasn't designed to do, or I had a bad read. Toe hang putters occasionally cause me to pull putts. Appreciate the suggestion, and we'll see if I'm brave enough to change putters in the semis. Mind you, some of my best rounds come from new clubs, as I think it causes more focus, and better expectations (at least for one round).
  5. Hi all, Have been fighting with the heavy greens at my home course, and had a question about mallets. For background, I typically switch between two putters based on the course. For fast, slick greens, I have an Odyssey White Ice Sabertooth, which allows for gentle, non-twisty rolling. For heavy greens, I have a Ping Lil' B cut down to 34" - a heavy blade, center shafted putter for torquing the ball. Since my home course has been very heavy this year, I've struggled with both putters. To get the Sabertooth to roll the ball hard enough, my putter swing completely disintegrates. The Ping does in with less effort, but can more easily twist offline. Question I had would be if a "solid" mallet with more weight directly behind the ball would allow the best of both worlds. The extra mass would allow a smoother SBST swing than the Odyssey, yet have better MOI than the Ping. Style I'm thinking of is the something like the Spider Mini. Welcome the thoughts of others.
  6. Hello all GolfWRX friends - long time no see. As I may have mentioned last year, golf has been pretty low on the priority list, so I spend less time on sites like GolfWRX, and frankly, less time golfing due to other life priorities. This is also helpful, as I stop purchasing clubs, and only think about golf when I am golfing. That being said, I wandered back in to see how my old friends were doing, and to provide an update on my graphite experiment. So last year, I shot maybe 25 x 9 hole rounds, and a handful of 18 hole rounds. For almost the entire season, I played the bag in my sig, with the odd switch out for the putter. For maybe 5 of the 9 hole rounds, I played my Mizuno bag, and I played zero vintage rounds last year. Game was as expected, with the odd good round interspersed with mediocrity and the odd bad round. However, sticking with a set for the entire year was of value, as I really got a total feel for the Titleists with the graphite shafts, was able to groove my swing to them, and decide on if these or a more modern version would become my long-term gamers. The positives: - Lighter clubs equals less fatigue - Muted shafts equals less elbow pain - Reg flex shafts equals less knee pain from torque - 95g graphite shafts equals better swing tempo The negatives: - I miss the feel of loading the club - Mishits are just never as informative as with steel shafts - The clubs were incredibly difficult to work. As a "feel" golfer, I am ascribing this issue to the feedback-output-feedback loop not working - Trajectory wasn't as high as I've managed from other specific steel shafts and clubs - Face contact was less consistent, as the position of everything was just not as much "there" with the graphite I only realized how much I missed the feedback when playing the Mizunos, where I could feel the head at all times, and feel the shaft load. Plus the feedback during the round allowed me to make setup changes, something that is more important as we age; some days the muscles are not as loose, or the back is a little tighter and it affects our swing. Net result is that I am going to be getting rid of the graphite shafted Titleists, and going back to steel shafts, for now. Despite some niggling aches and pains from golfing, what has been highlighted to me is the following: - No more D3 swingweight S300 shafted clubs for me; a lighter swingweight is needed for the left knee - Don't go to graphite full time until I really need to. Like maybe when I'm retired and golfing 90 holes a week. At 9 or 18 or 27 holes a week, my body can still take the abuse of steel shafts, as long as the clubs are not too heavy - Try a different shaft than the GAT 95 when I try graphite again - Look for some vibration reducing ideas - already switching to softer midsize grips on my clubs - I simply need "feel" in my game; if golf was more mechanical for me, I'd probably like the graphite more I still have the Mizunos, but do also have a set of Ping Zing red dots that I picked up used - been a fan of this ugly old design since I had an old frankenshafted set, and they may be enjoyable to play as my playing time remains limited. Lightweight Ping irons and I have typically gotten along well.
  7. Good to hear your experience too, istache. Further follow up - I took the MP-60 with the Nippon 950 to the driving range after regripping last weekend. There is no doubt in my mind that even a smooth shaft such as this simply transfers more impact forces on the joints (especially the wrists and hands) compared to graphite. Although the lightweight steel is very nice, I certainly felt the fact I hit a large bucket of balls for two days afterwards. Then went out and played 9 on Wednesday using the Titleists, and did not have the same experience. On one shot, I had the ball lying in the deep rough, and went waaaaay under it with a 5i, hitting the ball extremely high on the club face. The vibrations I felt through the graphite would have been cripplingly hand-numbing if I was using steel. So the graphite does what the graphite is supposed to do. Good show. Seemed to struggle a bit with my aim, but was playing a course with extremely small and excessively undulating greens, and the putter did me no favors. Off to a more challenging course next Tuesday, and I'm thinking the Titleists are going to stay in the bag for now.....
  8. Nice to see you too Bucky, though we do need to remember this section isn't only about aging clubs - it's also about ageing golfers. As we get older, finding enjoyment in the game is the most important thing; that enjoyment can come from hitting vintage blades, or from not aching after a round. Doing a little of both never hurt anyone, either. However, my "play one modern set consistently" project from last year just didn't work out. As a blade player at heart, GI irons simply didn't work. They seem to introduce accuracy and distance control issues that a player's CB do not seem to have. And the clubs were too bloody heavy. I almost burst out loud reading Fella's post above. For experiment's sake (and because Global Golf gave me almost $130 for my Ping Eye 2 and SW) I ordered a used set of MP-60, specifically because they came with the Nippon Pro 950 shaft in them. It is cited as being a steel alternative to graphite. Played them for 18 yesterday, and found them much less abusive than any other steel shafts I've ever used. Even the S flex has a nice whip to it, and they launch super high for a picker. Plus the lighter weight was a little easier overall versus my past clubs. I see what others mean about the Mizuno feel as well. Just a lovely, smooth, pured blade sort of feel. Plus the MP-60 can be worked a bit more than the Titleists - hit an honest to God fade with them yesterday, something I've struggled with in the past. So I'll second Fella's recommendation to try a club with 950s on them as well. I think I've also now created an issue for myself by having two lovely, workable, age-appropriate sets of irons available. And Bucky, I'm with you on the wedges. I use a 3h as a 5W so I can carry that extra wedge.
  9. Word. Word. In my varied business career, there are two companies I'd rather never deal with again, Costco and Wal-Mart - each has a different angle on how they crush suppliers, transport companies, or pretty much anyone part of their supply chain. Just on this alone, I'm on Titleist's side. Titleist is one of the few steady companies that has weathered the rise and fall and rise and fall of golf, a company that invests money in R&D and the PGA Tour, and who makes very good products for golfers. Sure, boring to some. Understated and classy to those of us who are more traditionally minded. Nice to see a company with a bit of financial wherewithal stand up to one of retail's true big bullies, a bully who has decided to go whizz in their sandbox, and attack their single most successful and profitable product.
  10. Gentlemen, Nice to hear from you all. Just to provide a little more feedback - so the grips were shot on the irons (too bad as I like WInn PCIs) but Global Golf was nice enough to give me a reasonable credit on them. So this weekend, I gave them a wrap of Gorilla Tape, then blew on a set of Black Widow Edge I had around. The Gorilla tape builds them up a bit, plus also provides slightly more shock absorption. Didn't want to glue them on in case I decide to add a softer grip in the near future. Interesting side note was that after removing the grips, I could see the shafts had been Pure'd, though also interesting that the labels were not always at the "12 o'clock" position. Whatever, I'm not that good. So the weekend went as follows: - Shoot 9 on Thursday - Go to the range on Saturday, and hit a big bucket of balls (~125 balls), doing 1/2 iron shots, and 1/2 driver/hybrid shots - Go golfing on Sunday, and play 18 Very pleased to report how I do not have the typical hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder soreness I would have typically felt after engaging in the above itinerary. In fact, I feel so good, I could go golf another 18 if I wanted to today. Quite the change from using steel, where the clubs start feeling heavy around hole 14, the driver swing starts getting sloppy, and I feel the various aches the next day. That being said, there have been some cons, these being the lack of feedback, and the difficulty in grooving a new swing path. Moreso than with steel, the clubhead tends to wander a bit when the speed is ramped up or down, and I found myself hitting more toe hits than usual, likely as I'm moving the head in a little more on my draw swing. That being said, the swing issue isn't apparent by feel - you have to look at the clubface to see exactly where the mishit was. This will take some getting used to. But overall, the three 9's I've played with the clubs have been 36, 38, and 40 - a decent collection of rounds compared to my year to date average of 42 with the Cobras. When the only difference between the rounds is putting, and you're no more than 5' off the green even when you miss a GIR, things are going well. If someone is thinking of making this change, note that the GAT shafts do play stiffer than flex. Mine are an R, and they remind me of the feel of the ZZ lite S flex in my Eye2s. And on one final note, I am disappointed I have never owned Titleist clubs before this. The 755 have a very traditional look and size, yet are very forgiving of off-centre hits. Although I cannot move the ball equivalently to to how I would with blades, I can still hit a decent draw. The 909D2 is fantastic - I can work the ball both ways with it, and it's lower launch with lower spin turns my 220 yd drives into 240 yd drives; second shots were often from places I was unfamiliar with making second shots from. The 909F2 at 15.5* launches better than any 3W I've ever owned, period, full stop. The "Made for Titleist" Blueboard shaft in an "S" flex is perfect for us "tweeners"; plays firmer than an R, but softer than an S, with a great high launch. And the 909H is a slightly squared, solid feeling hybrid, with minimal offset. Again, easy to work, has the very good "For Titleist" blueboard, and is devoid of the directional problems created by too much offset. So at the current time, no more ho'ing for me. Though I may keep my eyes open for another set of 755 as the ones I bought had been well played before they got to me.
  11. Hey all, Received the Titleist 755 yesterday and am able to give a quick review. If we have any traditional blade players looking for a little more forgiveness, you could do a lot worse than these. First thing I noticed after taking them out of the box was how small the heads were. This looks great at address, where the smaller heads and lack of excessive offset look like a traditional blade. They are surprisingly forgiving of mishits - although you do lose some distance, they still keep the ball in play. Mishits are more heard by the sound they make off the face (clunk) vs a well-struck ball (a blade-like "crack") The 4i is excellent - used it three times during the round, and found it very hittable. 3i stayed in the garage. With the GAD 95 shafts, dispersion was very low, and trajectory was reasonably high. As a low ball hitter, this was an important feature for me. The graphite shafts are different. They certainly mute the feel of a mishit ball, and don't give the feedback you get from steel. They also don't hurt or sting on a mishit ball, something I found very welcome. However, they do feel very "steel" in how they flex, and their overall weight. I was hoping they'd be around a C9 or D1 with the graphite, but they "feel" like D2, same weight for the clubs with steel. Grips on them were Winn PCI cords that were in poor repair - some softer midsize grips will be going on soon. Hit 5 GIR, missed the other four by a combined total of 8 yards, and tied my best 9 ever at +1. Could have been my first at-par 9 ever, except for yanking a 4 foot par putt on one hole. Had a feeling I'd regret that one. Also lipped out three birdie attempts. Grrr. Initial feedback is promising - we'll see how they are once I get them regripped.
  12. Late reply - I've had Avon Chamois on a set of Eye2s for almost five years now, and they are still good grips. I don't own any Golf Pride grips that have made it to five years with hardening/slickening. I'd say it's worth a flyer. Despite their reputation, I've often been disappointed with Golf Pride grips, and have had better luck with both Lamkin (best) and Winn (not bad).
  13. Really, looks are secondary to me, as long as the irons aren't all gaudy/toy looking. The red chip on the 755 is a fairly minor annoyance, and notihng compared to the garish colours and designs of most other irons (Rocketballz anyone)? Main thing is they have a reasonable top line, minimal offset, a traditional squared shape, the ability to work a ball, and the ability to launch high. Heck my Hogan Plus 1 Bounce Sole irons are positively garish with three different paintfill colours.
  14. Well, thanks for the suggestions all. Based on the GAT suggestion above, I cancelled my order for the Mizzy T-Zoid T3, and instead ordered a set of Titleist 755 with the GAT 95 shaft in R flex from Global Golf. Sounds like the 755 was designed specifically for me - a good mid-handicapper club, with some feel and control, yet also high-launching. Of course, since I need to pay for shipping to Canada already, I threw in a a few extra Titlist clubs (909D, 909 3W, 909 3H) to round out the set. Amazing that a modern club with a Mitsubishi Blue Board shaft in it can be picked up for under $25 (even if the shaft is a "made for"). Not sure I'm ready to retire my Jeff Sheets MacGregor VIP wedges yet. And of course, I now blew my <$150 budget, but as we've all learned in life, it's sometimes better to spend a bit more to get the "right" thing. Thanks for the feedback all - I'll report back once I get the clubs and have an opportunity to hit them.
  15. Thanks for more good feedback, gents. Fella, I'm keeping the budget at <$150 for now to test proof of concept. My only other experience with graphite shafted irons was miserable, a set of Nickent with UST SR2 shafts in them. Boardy, no feedback, and full of dispersion issues. That being said, although I appreciate the Ping suggestion, I hit the Eye 2s at the range today. I decided that despite their effectiveness, the aesthetics and offset are a little too much for me. And I will be "investing" in a good fit set over the next few years, but not quite yet. Randy, good to see you as well. And no, I try not to be pedantic about the clubs I play. Going vintage a few years back was a great way for me to recapture love for the game. Unfortunately, my resistance to change is based more on pridefully fighting the vargarities of ageing, not an absolutism on club selection. Bunny man, I'm not opposed to playing graphite shafted blades, but my current play frequency does not do the blades (or myself) justice. My only blade round this year was at Alan's suggestion (thanks, Alan) and it was poor and frustrating. Thanks again to all the posters who also suggested recoils as well. When I'm ready to spend a little more, this will be the first option I look at.
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