Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Scott, sorry that your rounds were kind of a drag. Funny how we can "know" how we should manage a hole, yet continue to blow it. I think there are just some days that your head just isn't in it fully. It was too cold to play in NJ this weekend, our first one missed. Both days the temps stayed in the 40's. Hoping for a rebound, we are looking at mid-50's later this week, which is more "normal". I do like to try to play through the end of November, usually the weather cooperates.
It's not how...it's how many
Thanks Aimee. I walked 9 holes Friday, was nice out..but windy and cooler so the ball wasn't trraveling far. Didn't really play for a postable 9 holes..was just going to different tee boxes to try and hit certain shots with my irons. I stuck to using the 'bow my left wrist on the take-away' and I was surprised how well I struck the ball. Very crisp, good ball flight. Struck 7I very well from the fairway on the 2nd hole. 4I off the tee on 4 was pure. Overall better day than expected.
Also tried the new PING driver...to see how it did and see if the beach golf rounds where it was a consistent fade was the case. Not really. Working on having a consistent take-away and not swaying, and had several shots that were basically straight. Did hit some fades, and not really any draws. Length was hard to compare given the cooler temps. Tried to hit the Callaway on the same te boxes but was having an OFF day with that driver. Never hit a good one to compare with. So I'll keep trying it. I tend to start the ball a little right of my intended target...whereas with irons that's left. So have some things to work on.
Golf is a game that can only be played...
It was about 65 yesterday so walked 9 holes working on the new swing and the new Ping G30 driver. Driver still seems a little longer but I imagine it's the shaft being an inch longer but it also could be fairways getting dormant and just getting more rollout. So not worrying about the length right now.
Iron-wise, I was pleased with most shots. Having nice ball contact and generally straight shots. Almost got to the green from 210 out on a Par 4 hitting my 4I. Usually frankly that club struck well can go about that distance, but into a slight breeze and cooler temps, I wasn't surprised to see if stop on the fringe. Was happy with the ball trajectory and line. The cooler temps are making it harder to just shot selection. seems like most irons are going about 5-10 yards shorter now. Came up short into a bunker on a 188 yard Par 3 using my 6I. Hit it well but only carried maybe 175 at best. Usually that club is pushing the 185 distance.
Managed one birdie, lipped out another when it horse-shoed with over half the ball dropping into the cup. But had a couple iron shots that I didn't catch flush and squirted out right.
Ping Driver did OK. Right now it's fading more than the Callaway so I'm working hard on alignment and playing for the fade. Hadn't introduced the new 'bowed wrist' on the driver swings yet but tried it a couple times yesterday. Several of those were good drives with surprising distance but a couple were bigger fades. Going to video myself today in the yard making a few swings just to see what it looks like.
Going to be somewhat mild this week so maybe I can get to the range. Pretty slammed at work so likely won't get out on the course till next week at best. Happy Thanksgiving All
Saturday round at Mercer Oaks West with our usual 3rd. Tee time 11:30, they had us start off the back 9 due to earlier frost issues (I guess the back 9 gets more sun?). We wound up walking off after the 16th hole (close to the road back to the parking lot) since our friend left (he had a family thing he had to get back for) and the 4some in front of us was playing slow, was getting a bit cloudy and cooling off, didn't feel like staying another half hour for 2 holes. Hubby and I had gone to the range on Friday, I hit my irons pretty well, but didn't carry that over to the round on Saturday. I suspect next year I am going to need to take some lessons in March to get this fixed. And Scott, I definitely saw 10 yards reduction in carry with temps in mid-50's. I shot 45 on the (back) 9, was likely tracking to similar for the (front) 9. The ground was still soft, we haven't had hard freeze yet, the greens were soft (plenty of ball marks) and a bit slow. The rough is getting a bit "clumpy" due to slowed growth, which presents some bad lies at times. It is supposed to be mid-50's again on Tuesday when I'm working from home (aside from a couple of meetings) so maybe I'll sneak to the range if time allows.
You may recall yesterday I said I had a couple drives that surprised me a little distance wise. Well today I decided to get out my swing analyzer and take 3 drivers and give some swings, to see if I saw anything consistent. I don't know how accurate the numbers are, but the device tends to be consistent. I didn't setup my radar I just used the analyzer which fits into the butt end of the grip. All shafts were"stif" flex though I know that pretty much doesn't mean anything. Started with the Ping and a little surprisingly, the numbers seemed low to me. High 90's. But I figured, first swings OK, we'll go on. Second I swung my Callaway..all numbers were higher than the Ping, tipping out at about 105 (again now this is less than 12 swings at this point and limited stretching). But most were in the 99-102 range. Then went with an old Cobra driver I had handy which had a fujikura shaft, and it was also higher than the Ping but not as high as the Callaway. Kept going back and forther between the 3 drivers...2 or 3 swings at a time. That pattern seemed to remain though I was reaching the low 100 MPH with the Ping by the time I finished. But the highest swing speeds were with the Callaway. Which BTW has the SHORTEST shaft in it. I had that one cut down when I installed it.
Now I'm wishing the drivers today used a standard shaft tip for those where they let you interchange the shafts. Would love to try the UST ProForce shaft from the Callaway in the Ping. I'd like to see if it's the shaft or the Ping clubhead.
I hope you get a chance to try your driver test again, but this time use both the swing analyzer AND your Swing Speed Radar unit at the same time. It would be interesting to see how the two units compare. I would think the the SSR would be the more accurate of the two units, but it would be fun to see what you get from each. And I agree with you on the shaft adapters. It would be nice if all of the OEM's used the same adapter and you could switch shafts from head to head. Would also be nice if the shaft adapters did NOT cost around $30 apiece, so it would be cheaper to try different shafts at less cost to the golfer. Most golf shops will NOT remove the adapters from a shaft, so you are forece to buy a new adapter each time you want to try a new shaft. Kind ot stinks if you ask me. One more reason I perfer to stick with the non adjustable driver models.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
looks like unless I sneak out during the week, last weekend was my last round of 2017. We were supposed to play today, temps had been forecasted for high of 52 with partly sunny skies in the afternoon...but when I got up it was very overcast. Checked the weather and things had changed...high 40's and cloudy all day is not my thing. Pity, because there was no wind today, it would have been OK. Washed all of the golf towels, bag moved to the basement.
Sorry to read aabout this being the end of your golf season Ainee. I hope you get a chance to try out your new Yokey SM6 lob wedge before Christmas and you can let us know what you think of it. Maybe a range session from a bunker if not a round of golf???
Was hoping I could get around in this weekend...They were calling earlier in the week for highs near 50....not it's highs in the upper 30s and possible early light snow. I guess that means I wont get to try out the new shaft I got for the Ping driver. ANd based on what I'm seeing on the long range forecast we wont hit above 40's for the next week or so.
May have to bust out the cart cover and heater sometime soon...I can't complain, it's been warmer this fall so that's OK.
4 inches of snow today...so no golf for awhile. And of course a buddy of mine in Az sends me the 10 day forecast there..sunny and mid 70s..
'm going to try to get out this weekend to hit smoe balls with the wife, and then try to get in a round next week with the wife at that golf course near me that is closing down December 17th. My wife perfers to play only 9 holes so we will see if we cna get in 9 holes next week as say goodbye to the course that President Ike used to play when he was in office and when he was a General in the Army.
Good luck Don. Hope you can get out. Going to be in the 50s here tomorrow but we still have snow everywhere..
played 18 yesterday .. Temps were mid low 50s up to mid 60s but we played early so didn't quite get that warm. Ehhhh-round. I was trying to work on swing changes and have not had any range time in a while. So what i would imagine I'd do in my mind as I visualized my shot didn't usually happen. Shot lik 84 with maybe half Pars but that was me putting well and saving Par. But had several bad shots. So have to find time to get to the range before it closes. Golf just takes work..especially when you're trying to change your swing.
Played 18 holes last Friday and 9 holes yesterday. Shot 84 on the 18 holes and was just practicing on the 9. Neither particularly great just working on my swing. Been looking at my videos and trying to get my wrists flat. 30 degrees today so not golf here. May get to 45 tomorrow so I may walk 9. I've got some nice layers now that keep me warmer and aren't too thick that they affect my swing. Not worried about scores so much right now. Just want to groove a drivers swing that is consistent and not over the top.
we have temps in the teens and 20's for another week, today it is snowing. No golf, or range time, any time soon.
Scott will have to play as a proxy.
we have temps in the teens and 20's for another week, today it is snowing. No golf, or range time, any time soon.
I wish it was that "cold" here. I feel like we've been transported to the Arctic Circle with lows pushing below zero most nights for over a week now and projected to stay there for another week! Tough to get excited about anything other than a holiday to a tropical island with a nice beach!
Well it's catching up with us this week. mostly low 30s all week. Someone was on our course the other day in shorts. WTF? it's less than 45 degrees! Oh well some people just HAVE to prove they can do it. Maybe they lost a bet. Or maybe his wife said he could go play if he wore shorts :)
Well got in 9 holes today. Probably all I'l get for the week. Overall happy with what I did. I've been working inside on my swing with a new grip and trying to get that flat wrist at the top of the backswing, and so I've been swinging inside during the winter with a 9I. And I was a little surprised today how well I hit some shots. Wasn't automatic per say but I hit a lot of solid drives and some nice solid irons. So we'll see how it goes. Between work and weather and heading to Vegas Friday, I won't likely play again for 2 weeks, assuming the weather holds up.
Copious amounts of rain today here...starting to end now and should be clear till the weekend...I was hoping to walk 9 Friday but not sure if that'll be doable or not. I keep swinging an iron indoors but I really am getting tired of the cold wet weather. Can't wait for warmer temps
Got in 9 Friday. Was nice out, but wet from all the rain. Overall happy with how I played. Piped my first drive straight down the fairway. hit a 65 yard wedge shot to about 4 ft. Missed the side hill birdie but made Par. Hit another good drive on the next hole. Chunked my next shot, first real iron shot. But striped the PW next, just pured it, to about 7 ft..again missed but made bogey. So started well but once I got in our washed out hard pan bunkers, it was not pretty. Couple times took 3 shots to get out because i was trying new ways of hitting those wet packed sand shots. But other than bunkers, things were OK. Swing fixes seem to be settling in. Woudl love to get to a warm spell and get some back to back rounds in. Or maybe 18 holes
First tournament is coming up in 2 weeks...if the weather holds up.
Played 18 Saturday in our first tournament of the year...easy day. Did OK...hit some good drivers, some OK irons and some great wedges. But chipping was terrible. nothing to chip off of and soft ground at that but still, I need to be better at that. So I'll work on that before the next event. Had 3 birdies and the positive thing was I was 2under on the Par 3s. best I've been on those in a long time.
You did better than Tiger on the par threes then. He had at least two double bogies and at least bogey on one par 3 hole alone. Not sure that he did for the week on all the par 3's but he didn't do good. Last I saw, he is wvy over par on the par 3's on tour in his careet. Most of his under par scoring comes on the par 5 and then the par 4's. but par 3's he's well over par.
Woohoo. I didn't realize I beat Tiger! It's been cooler and wet here...and today it's going to be 20 MPH winds. The weekend is sunny and high 50s but windy. So I may go walk 9 holes but I may not. Hard to know how much it's me or the wind when my ball starts turning left and right. I'll be traveling a lot the next 2 weeks so not too much time for golf unfortunately. Maybe once i get back things will be better weather wise. I have another tournament at my course on the 24
Scott may be the only one playing for a couple of weeks. We got almost a foot of heavy wet snow yesterday, lots of tree branches broke from the weight. The courses, even if it warmed up enough to melt everything, won't be playable for 2 weeks I would guess. Mud and tree pieces to clean up once it does melt. It is feeling like my first round won't happen until April at this rate.
Well.. we should have some weather coming up that lends itself to golf but...I am heading back to vegas for March Madness...and apparently I've screwed up my knee again. So I doubt I'll play any time soon. League starts in about 2 weeks so I hope I can rehab the knee a little. probably can't walk and will have to use a cart for awhile.
Don't feel bad Aimee, you aren't alone as we will be mid April here as well. It's snowing as I speak and has just been too cold this month to get anything growing even if the snow is melting about as fast as it comes.
It will probably work out pretty well for me as our closing event at curling is April 14 and I will be playing about 4x a week until then, so there really isn't much point to get thinking too seriously about golf just yet. That said, I have been swinging a club a bit and doing a bit of putting indoors just to get the muscles used to the motions so I can hopefully hit the ground running.
Happy first day of spring tomorrow, we are getting more snow
WE got about 5 inches of wet heavy snow on Sunday, so spring golf will have to wait a few days here in the Denver area. Forecast calls for a high of 72 on Thursday, so that will be nice. Today it's only 34 at noon, so not much plan for any outdoor stuff today.
Well we've been bouncing around sunny, then rainy, the cold/snowy. More wintery mix might come Wednesday. I have a tournament Saturday but I'll just have to wing it. Just got back from Las Vegas and won't have the weather or time to hit the range this week. Should be fun..ha!
Where is all the global warming??? It's got to warm up soon, right?