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Aimee
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range

hit the range after work Monday since temp's and humidity were comfortable...medium bucket
hit all of my irons up to 5, only a couple of poor shots mostly due to tempo
had a clear shot at a yardage marker so I could hit my 4h vs the 3h and it definitely seems to be really close in distance with a better trajectory, so I may just take the 3h out of the bag for the next round...hard to let it go, I've had that club a long time and it's still good, it's just redundant now. Frankly I like the way the head looks just a little more than the newer 4h, but I'm looking for results.

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Aimee
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went to the range late afternoon yesterday, we are having a run of moderate temps/low humidity so I'm taking advantage while it lasts. Frustrating to hit the ball so well at the range when I still have "yips" on the course with the irons. Need to do some mental strength training to recover confidence (probably swinging with anxiety on the course, screwing up tempo, etc). I did work on something from my last lesson, to release the club a little earlier, and I noticed a marked difference in the height on my shots. Obviously it allows me to hit downward better, putting more spin on the ball.
Have to really focus on bringing the range swing on to the course. I could be shooting low 80's pretty often, considering I can shoot mid/high 80's with current screw ups.

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Scott Rushing
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Been hitting the range too.

Been hitting the range too. Trying to get a handle on the driver. Had someone record a few shots on the phone with it and once again, looking at yourself from that perspective, you can see somethings you don't normally see. I have a 3 day tournament starting today - today was a wash out due to rain (also expected all weekend!!!) so I was hoping to find something that I could trust to get me through.

And I did for the most part. it's funny, if I grab my old driver and just setup and swing without thinking too much, it does pretty good. It's when I start thinking too much about 5 or 6 aspects of the setup that usually something goes wrong.

Oh well, in theory I tee off early tomorrow morning on my home course...so we'll see how I do.

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Scott Rushing
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First time hitting balls in

First time hitting balls in over a week, and it looked like it too. Between a stiff back and poor mechanics, things looked pretty ugly. Slowly got the feel back and started hitting some good irons. Only hit a 7 and 8I and the driver. Whew, have to go back tomorrow for sure.

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Scott Rushing
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Golf is a strange game.

Golf is a strange game..Yesterday I couldn't hardly hit a ball straight. Tonight, I ran by the range just before closure and hit a small bucket. First few were bad - again - then I tried to get back to basic sound swing principles like grip and shoulder turn. Funny, I started hitting the ball very well. Especially the driver. laced 5 or 6 in a row. I guess sometimes we get into a bad habit without realizing it. Oh well, we'll see what works tomorrow, as it could be something completely different LOL!

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So it's funny, I hit the

So it's funny, I hit the range today for a quick 30 minutes of hitting, took the driver and a 7I. Hit the 7I mostly, just trying to stay loose and swing the club on path and all. And it's funny because I hit none of the shots today as poorly as I was hitting Sunday morning. I actually only tried to hit 2 drives, and both were solid shots, and I was thinking, "where was that Sunday?????".

There's this one thing I try and I keep coming back to it, when hitting my irons, where I set the club inside the ball about half a ball at address, where when I swing, i feel like I have to really get full extension on my arms in order to 'go get the ball'. When I do that, AND do it right, man I hit some SOLID iron shots. Dead center of the club face, nice high ball flight. Just feels great. The problem is I'm 50% at hitting it that way. And the misses are pretty bad. I mean not terrible but if I were trying to carry a hazard, I'd be in trouble. A lot of my normal shots , I'm coming off the toe side of the clubface and not flushing them, which forces me to lose distance and have inconsistent ball flight and direction. So I'm trying to work on solid contact with the irons. I may work on this idea over the winter and see if I can find some consistency with it.

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It is a strange game, Scott!

It is a strange game, Scott! I've really been struggling with my woods of late. I can't seem to hit anything straight to save my soul, yet my iron and wedge game has been money.

I took to hitting a few drivers yesterday, bringing out my old TM, to see if I could figure out what was going on. The first few shots were the same old, same old only worse; high slices about 50 yd. off line. I tried slowing down my take-away and shortening up my back swing. I tried altering my set-up. About the best I was getting was a pull cut, but still short. As a last resort, I started to attempt to cut the amount of rotation and swing more down the line than around and boom! I killed one. I hadn't seen that shot in six weeks!

I hit a couple more; not as long, but the were nice and straight. All the talk about flatter swing planes and swinging around your body is highly dependent upon flexibility. For those of us who are older and struggle with flexibility issues, a steeper swing plane may well be a necessity in order to keep the club going down the path long enough for consistency. I hope to get out for a few holes on Friday to see if this has merit.

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Interesting Sco. Glad you

Interesting Sco. Glad you might have found something. I've been playing with a steeper swing plane myself and really trying to keep the club head going back and through more on the target line. Seems to work when I can do it.. Hopefully it'll hold up next week.

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scomac
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Practice, in practice

After hitting only two fairways during a game last week using my Callaway gamer driver I was at whit's end. Following up on the practice session alluded to above, I threw the old TM driver in the bag figuring it couldn't possibly be any worse.

Playing at an exclusive links course today I hit 7 of 7 on the front and 5 of 7 on the back. I also had tamed the curve on my hybrids and my fairway. My wood play was clearly the best it has been in a very long time. I'm still not sure what it was that worked other than reverting to an old set-up at address I used to use. The flip side was the my iron and full shot wedge play were just not at the level I have become accustomed to. In fact, it was pretty poor in comparison. I should have realized when I was warming up on the range and not getting a divot that something was up. If only I could get my game firing on all cylinders I would feel as though I'm playing with one hand behind my back.

scomac
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Practice, in practice

After hitting only two fairways during a game last week using my Callaway gamer driver I was at whit's end. Following up on the practice session alluded to above, I threw the old TM driver in the bag figuring it couldn't possibly be any worse.

Playing at an exclusive links course today I hit 7 of 7 on the front and 5 of 7 on the back. I also had tamed the curve on my hybrids and my fairway. My wood play was clearly the best it has been in a very long time. I'm still not sure what it was that worked other than reverting to an old set-up at address I used to use. The flip side was the my iron and full shot wedge play were just not at the level I have become accustomed to. In fact, it was pretty poor in comparison. I should have realized when I was warming up on the range and not getting a divot that something was up. If only I could get my game firing on all cylinders I would feel as though I'm playing with one hand behind my back.

scomac
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Practice, in practice

After hitting only two fairways during a game last week using my Callaway gamer driver I was at whit's end. Following up on the practice session alluded to above, I threw the old TM driver in the bag figuring it couldn't possibly be any worse.

Playing at an exclusive links course today I hit 7 of 7 on the front and 5 of 7 on the back. I also had tamed the curve on my hybrids and my fairway. My wood play was clearly the best it has been in a very long time. I'm still not sure what it was that worked other than reverting to an old set-up at address I used to use. The flip side was the my iron and full shot wedge play were just not at the level I have become accustomed to. In fact, it was pretty poor in comparison. I should have realized when I was warming up on the range and not getting a divot that something was up. If only I could get my game firing on all cylinders I would feel as though I'm playing with one hand behind my back.

DON
I had a decent range session yesterday

I got in the third practice session of the year yesterday. With all the issues with my eyes, ii has not been a good year for golf. I got a chance to hit all 3 of the Launcher Comp fairway woods I recently picked up off E-bay. They did okay with NO signs of any defects in the composite heads. Now I just have to pull the shafts and install some that I really like. Can't complain too much about my session as I hit more decent shots than bad ones. Still need to video my swing so I can figure out how I manage to swing a 5 wood at 113 MPH a few times, when my average is more like 97 to 99 MPH. It has to be a matter of getting everything just Perfect in terms of timing and proper sequence of my swing. As hard as I TRY to make the same swing each time, every once in awhile my speed jumps up anywhere from 8 to 16 MPH over my norm. Would love to figure it out so I could do it all of the time, not just once in awhile. The guy next to me at the range told me a few of my hits with the 5 wood were Much longer than the others and I was getting around 250 yards or so on those good hits. I sure would love to do that all the time. I might have to get my wife to video my swing and try to figure out where the extra speed comes from.
I also go a chance to try a 50 gram L flex shaft in a 11.5* TaylorMade R9 driver. I got the shaft pretty cheap so it might find a home in a driver for my wife. I can't tell you how "Terrible" that driver felt at impact with the ultra light L flax shaft. I could feel the head twist and vibrate on impact. I switched out the L flex shaft for a 75 gram Motore Speeder S flex model and it was so much better, so much more SOLID feeling club. I'll have to let my wife hit it with the 50 gram L flex shaft before I can figure out what to do with the L flex shaft. The 11.5* R9 head will find a home for sure, can't say what the fate of the L flex shaft might be.

Don

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Aimee
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TM shaft

Don, the standard TM L flex shaft is terrible, that is why I put a custom shaft in my R9 driver head.

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DON
TM L flex shaft

The one I got is a Fujikura Motore 50. It is grey on the bottom half and an off white at the top. Says TaylorMade and R9 is repeated in the back ground of the off white section. Is this the same L flex shaft you had to replaced? When I got the shaft I was thinking it was an "Upgrade" shaft from TM, not the standard issue shaft they normally come with. I could very well be wrong on this of course. I got the shaft with the tip adapter and the factory grip in really good condition. so I don't have much in it. Maybe $10 more than what the tip adapters cost. If my wife hates it I'm not out enough to worry about it. Worse case is I pull the tip adapter and use it for a better shaft in one of the R9 heads I picked up. Thanks for your input on your shaft and I'd love to know if it was the same shaft as the one I have. Let me know when you get a chance.

Don

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DON
Posting Pictures

I need to talk to Scott about how to post pictures in the forums. Would make thinks easier if I could take a photo of the shaft I have and post it on the site and let Aimee see exactly what I have so she would be better able to tell if it's the same shaft she had.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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shaft

not sure, but will look in basement to see if I kept the old shaft. It may be the same one, since I seem to remember the shaft being a "name" brand. It was like a board, no "pop" in it.

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DON
Thanks Aimee

Thank you . Would it help if I sent you a photo on the L flex shaft I have? Happy to do so if it would help.

Don

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Scott Rushing
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Don,

Don,

in terms of posting photos, just above the top of this window when you're editing your response, the first little "icon" there is an insert/edit image button. The easiest way to get an image in the post is to find one on the web (say by doing a google search) and when you find the image on some site, right click on it and Right-Click on that image and choose the "Copy Image Location". Then when you click the button above, you PASTE that link into the first box. Then in the last box, put some sort of name of what it is. You can also adjust the size if you need to to make it fit better.

That's the easiest way..

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DON
NOT seeing what you are it seems

Two things I'm not seeing that you seem to be seeing. First is that when I found a photo of the shaft, when I right click on it, I do NOT have Copy Image Location option. I only have COPY as an option. Second is that I do NOT see any option on this site at allows me to "EDIT my posts. I do not have the option of editing my posts, something you seem to be able to do at will. Not sure why you do and I don't.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Photos on site

Thanks Scott. I'll have see if I can find a photo of the L flex shaft in question and try to post it in my next post. Wish me luck.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Link to photo

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LADIES-TAYLORMADE-R9-FUJIKURA-MOTORE-50-DRIVER-S...

this is what the L flex shaft I picked up looks like.

Don

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Aimee
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Motore shaft

Don, I'm pretty sure that is the one that came with my club. Didn't like it, I was expecting to really like it and it just felt unresponsive. I much prefer the aftermarket custom shaft that I put on. All I can say is let your wife play with it a couple of rounds and come to her own conclusion, you know that the same shaft doesn't work the same for two people.

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DON
Thanks Aimee

Thanks Amiee. I'll do a Spine and FLO alignment on the TM shaft and install it to play as stiff as it can and see how it works for her. When I got it and when I tried it it was installed in the shaft adapter how ever they installed it with no consideration of the Spine or FLO of the shaft. Now that I think of it. I'll let Lynn try the shaft AS IS and then I'll pull the adapter so I can do the Spine and FLO alignment on the shaft and then let her try it again after it's been properly aligned. It will make for a fun and interesting test.
The aftermarket Fujikura Motore shafts are excellent top quality shafts, so I'm hoping this TM version is at least a half way decent shaft. I'll also do a FLO test on the shaft as it came and see what I find out.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Aimee
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Shaft install

Don, I don't think you should set it as STIFF as possible, that was the problem I found, it played too stiff.

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DON
Stiff or Soft

My wife has a swing speed around 75 with her driver, so L flex is a little on the soft side for her. I've been using L flex shafts in her clubs so far but I'm thinking A flex would be a better fit. This is why I'm thinking of installing the TM 50 gram L flex to play as stiff as possible, which would make it play close to an A flex, rather than on the soft side of L flex. An if it did play too stiff set up that way, I can always rotate the shaft using the shaft adapter to get it to play as soft as possible. That's the one nice thing about the TM drivers, you can change how stiff the shaft plays once the Spine and FLO alignment is done and it's installed in the adapter. I can install the shaft to play as stiff as possible in the Neutral setting and to play softer in the R or L setting. It's easy enough to do once I locate the spine of the shaft and do the FLO alignment

Don

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Aimee
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flex

Don, that shaft might not be L flex, unless you got a different one than I did. When I bought mine it was Taylormade M flex which is men's senior flex (what others may call "A" flex). The custom shaft I installed (Fujikura Sakura Sport) is supposed to flex between L and A flex, and it's very nice. The standard "women's" flex is too soft for my swing also.

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Scott Rushing
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Defintely getting cooler and

Defintely getting cooler and wetter here in the Carolinas. Hit the range Thursday but it was a windy day so that made it a little tough to judge how things where going. Hit what I thought were some good shots. Haven't played in about 2 weeks and it's looking like I probably won't play for at least another one. Doing a little traveling this week, most likely minus the clubs. May try to arrange another quick jaunt down to the beach and play a couple days..but will let it dry out first :)

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Aimee
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shaft-edited comment

I see on the photo you linked to that the shaft is shown in "L" flex, so being as I felt it played a bit stiffer in the "M" flex, maybe try it in the neutral flex position first, the shaft adapter will change the face angle/loft I think so you want to find the loft that she wants to maintain, then set the "flex" how she likes it, you don't want to fiddle with that it will change trajectory.

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DON
Thanks Aimee. the shaft I

Thanks Aimee. the shaft I picked up say L flex on it, so it seems it's NOT the same shaft you had in your club. After I do a FLO test on the shaft as it is now in the adapter. I'll pull it and re-install it with the Spine down the target line, which will make the shaft play as stiff as it can. I'll set the adapter to the Neutral setting when I install the shaft in the adapter. The R9 I would use for Lynn would be an 11* loft, so that should be a good fit to start with. Her current driver is 13* if I'm not wrong. Could be 15* as I know I built her a 15* driver at one point, not sure if she is using that one or another one I built for her later.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Cancelled my range session for today.

It was supposed to be SUNNY and warm today, so I had planned to go to the driving range and work on my swing today. Turns out the sky is very cloudy and I hate to hit balls on cloudy days as it makes it very hard to SEE the dumb ball in the air. Blue sky the white ball stands out, Grey sky it's next to impossible to see the ball. So today I'm staying home and playing with the dogs instead. Maybe next week will be sunny and warm. Weekend forecast is for sunny and high in the low to mid 80's. so that will be nice. Unfortunately my wife has plans for my time this weekend, so not golf in my weekend plans.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.