Golf Club Reviews and Discussions
Good luck Don...it's been dry here the last week or so...but the weather is turning cooler...nice tomorrow (but I have to work!) near 80 but then back into the 70[s and 60's the rest of the week..
Golf is a game that can only be played...
My wife and I worked at a Food Bank on Saturday. We were on an assemble line packaging up Meals for the hungry. They get huge bags of dry food and we divided it up into plastic bags that will feed FOUR people. They were hoping to get 20,000 meals put together in 2 hours. We made them happy by doing 23,000 meals, a couple thousand more than they were hoping for. So I think we did pretty good job. There were 8 tables of ten workers each. The table I was working did 50 percent MORE bags of food than the others did. I have NO idea how we did that much more, but we didn't waste time, like some of the others did. We each worked fast enough to be AHEAD of the person that was before us in the assembly line, so the next person in the line NEVER had to wait to do their job. All in all it was a fun and rewarding day helping those in need. You never know when it could be you or I in need of a free meal, so it's nice to help others when you can.
Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.
Nice Don. We did that at work once, sending over a group of people for an afternoon to package food. it is gratifying.
Yes it was. It was pretty easy to do and it's a service to those not as fortunate as some of us. More people should make the effort to help when they can. Monday morning was my bi-monthly visit to my local Blood Bank. Every two months (that's as often as you are allowed to donate blood), I donated a pint of blood. Again, it's not hard to do and it might just save the life of someone you or I might know. It's pretty much pain free and they give you a small bottle of juice and a bag of cookies when you donate, so It's a win win as I see it.
my local supermarket gives you a free turkey if you spend a certain amount in the month leading up to Thanksgiving. You can donate it to the local organization that feeds the hungry in Trenton, and I usually do that. When you have more than you need, whether it be time or money or food, it's nice to give what you can.
It's not how...it's how many
That's a neat idea Aimee. I know my grocer is doing something where you can earn one with enough purchases, I'll see if they have a way you can donate it.
I went to my local Golfsmith for a Titleist fit day. I tried out a few of the new 915 drivers, but unfortunately my swing was terrible. For some odd reason I could NOT get comfortable and make a relaxed swing. I was nervous as hell for some reason and couldn't make a decent swing to save my life. Funny how hitting balls on a launch monitor can do that to me at times. NEVER get this way at the range, so it makes no sense. Total waste of my time and that of the Titleist rep as well.
The weather was great, sunny sky and high of 70 with little wind so it was a great day to hit the range. It's been a few weeks since my last session, so it was good to get back out there and hit some balls again. Hit more good shots than bad. I'd guess it would be fair to say I would have been happy with at least 80 % of my shots if I was on the course. Funny thing happened when I noticed an older guy next to me hitting some nasty Draws, or what might be called a HOOK.. I looked at his grip and it looked on the WEAK side, so that was NOT the cause of his big right to left ball flight. He was aiming well right of his target to compensate for his nasty ball flight, so at least he know how to compensate for his issues. As he was about to put his driver away I asked him how he liked his TaylorMade RBZ driver. He told me he was happy with it and he had adjusted it for More Loft as that was what he had been told to do to help with his Draw. That's when the FUN started. In as nice of a way as I could, I told him that adjusting his TM for more loft was NOT what he needed, but was in fact the Opposite of what he needed to do. After a few minutes of explaining it to him, I asked him if you was willing to try adjusting his driver to LESS loft to see if I was right and the person that told him more loft was wrong, and he agreed to give it a try. So I let him borrow my TM wrench and he re-set the shaft for less loft and gave it a try. He still setup way right of the target, so I was not too surprised when his first ball went well right, but with ONLY a few yards of a draw. I then asked him to setup Square to the target and try again. It was really nice to see his second ball fly OVER the target with NO draw at all. I preceded to work with him for about 20 balls and he was amazed to see his ball flight go from a nasty draw or Hook to a nice little fade or as often as not a Straight ball flight. Needless to say I now have a new Friend at the driving range. One that no longer will be listening to what the guy at his golf shop tells him about club adjustments. This gentleman is 79 years old and has been playing golf for over 65 years and was a 6 handicap when he was younger, so I was rewarding to be able to help him out with a few minutes of my time. As a reward I was able to have him tell me where my drives where landing, as I can't see well enough to see the ball land. He told me on one really nice drive of mine that the ball went right OVER the far flag and landed BEHIND the target green. According to the yardage info for that far green it's 256 yards to the Flag, and about 15 more to the back of the green. Going by this data we figured my ball landed about 270 yards out which is something I would be happy with more often than not. on the course. With some decent roll it might I think I could live with that EVERY time. His RGZ has a factory installed shaft, so I let him try my SnakeEyes 600 TC driver with an Aldila NVS S flex shaft that I Spine and FLO aligned. He was quite impressed with how well he was hitting my driver compared to his and will be calling me soon to get his driver re-shafted with a better shaft with proper alignment.
It's always a satisfying day, Don, when you can help out a stranger that has been struggling, whether due to poor advice or just bad habits. Two thumbs up to you!
even during a round...one of the guys we played with today had a wild and out of control swing...he was muttering about his fairway wood after topping it and sending it about 2"...he said "such a hard swing with so little result"...and I smiled and said that I observed that he picked up his head (I didn't tell him the 10 other things he was doing wrong, just the easiest one to fix) and suggested he hit again and focus on keeping his head down and watching the club hit the ball...and he nailed it. He was so happy.
Nice Aimee. Gorgeous here in the Carolina's today, high 50's low 60s but it felt great. No wind. Anyway, played about noon and played in 3hrs..for $10 off Golfnow, with a cart. Jeez, that's giving it away. Anyway planned to take it easy since I didn't want to push my back too much. Didn't really feel any trouble with it. for the rusty-ness of my swing with little play or practice, overall the round went well. Had 3 birdies which was surprising. 2 of them on Par 5's that were short enough I can get greenside in 2. Had a couple putts I screwed up or I could have gone a little lower.
the course has one Par 3 that I hate..over water the whole way and I always seem to screw up the tee shot. Today I made a good swing and hit the green Pin high and two putted for Par. YEAH!!!! It was like a birdie to me :)
Do you remember how long that par 3 you hate is? I don't mind all over water carry par 3's if the yardage is do able with an iron or high loft fairway wood. Longest Par 3 I can think of can play to 245 yards if the tee markers are BACK in the box and the flag is at the back of the green. According to the score card is says 220, but it's always more than that according to my Laser when I'm playing it.
it's not really long...I'd say from the back tees maybe 185. And that's a sea level 185...So it's not something you hit with a 9 or 8 I...depending on the wind which usually seems to be in your face and where the tees are, I've hit between a 7I and a 4Hybrid.
The other challenge of this green is that when you hit it, the thing slopes heavily from back to front. So unless you have an uphill putt, you get a lot of downhill sliders that tend to go 6-8 ft past the hole. So it's a tough hoe and Par to me is a good score.
AT 185 at sea level that should be a 6 iron or maybe a 7 if the wind is helping. 7 iron here in Denver is good for 180 carry, 6 would be 195. Around here most of the greens are really hard and fast, so getting the ball to stop close to where it lands is always a problem even with good Tour type balls. Landing the ball near the front of the greens around here is always the best option. Never what to go for the back of the green as you have ZERO chance of holding the green if you do that.
I really have to figure out what I'm doing right when I'm practicing and my swing speed goes way up. I was hitting balls with my driver and my speed was 104 or so. Then a little later I pulled out my 3 hybrid and I got my speed up to 110 a few times. Clearly this is NOT normal and I really would like to figure out WHY I can do this a few times each practice session. My best guess is that on those high speed swings I'm getting everything to work in the proper sequence and with perfect timing as well. Time to bring out my video recorder and have my wife or a friend video my swings so I can SEE myself in the video so I can figure this out. I got the same higher than normal swings with my 5 wood a few times also. LOVE to figure this out and find a way to do it all the time with all of my woods and the hybrid.
If you can do that AND control it, that would be great. Do you think the device is not reading those few swings accurately? That's a big jump to not be doing much different in your swing.
they appear to be accurate. I talked to the guys that make my Swing Speed Radar and they told me they have never had anyone report what I"m getting, and they believe the reading are correct. Going by how far I hit the ball on those rare high speed swings, it would appear that they are correct. Next time I hit balls I think I'll set the SSR to record buth my MPH as well as my Tempo Time. If my speed goes up and my tempo time goes down, that would pretty much comfirm it.
We got up to around 63 today, so I decided to heaf to the range and hit golf balls rather than sit at home and play on the computer. I got Scott's Cobra hybrid in late last night so I took it to the range to hit balls with it side by side with my Ping Rapture 18* 3 hybrid. The Ping is the ONLY hybrid I've ever hit well enough to buy, so it was a good test for the Cobra. Now I have to pull the shaft and do a Spine and FLO alignment on the shaft so I can re-install the shaft in the adapter properly. Then it's off the the range again to repeat the drill and see how it performs with the shaft properly aligned compared to the way it came from the factory.
Played yesterday....turned out to be a bit windy but the temperature was nice. Didn't shoot well. the course I played was one that can penalize poor shots and so when I didn't have a par, I was usually in trouble. A mountain course with lots of leaves still on the ground, anything that didn't stay in the fairway was usually lost. One thing I don't like about that course is there are a couple holes where you have to hit an exact type of tee shot. a 390 yard Par 4 to a downhill green surrounded by water..but the tee shot has to be a draw and the landing area is about 20 yards wide unless you land the ball about 175 yards from the TEE. So unless you hit the perfect tee shot, you're looking at a 200 yard downhill shot and can't miss left...to a small green. Anyway, there are a couple holes like that, one where from the back tee you can literally NOT hit a draw. You must hit a fade otherwise the ball will be in the woods. Anyway, didn't score well, but did hit some good shots and made a handfull of pars but a lot of bogeys.
Me and a work buddy decided on Mondays, if the weather is clear and above 50 we were going to walk 9 at a local course. Did that today and decided to hit the Ping driver I have which is set to fade. Since i was not able to hit one yesterday i decided to see if I could today. Did OK a couple times but the biggest challange was getting the ball to START where I intended. A couple times it started further right and then went more right LOL! Again, 3 or 4 pars and a few bogeys and a coupel doubles. But it was nice to be swinging the club.
but from these 2 rounds, I am seeing more things I have to work on consistency wise. Chunked chips, chips that release WAY past the hole, expecting a ball to grow left and it goes straight...Lots of consistency issues
went to the range on Saturday, it was mid-50's, sunny and no wind. Could definitely have played, but we had a lot of rain during the week and the course would have been sloppy. Besides, not "jonesing" for golf like I would be in February. Working on healing my tendonitis. Hit off a mat that had a more fuzzy section (like taller turf) rather than off the tight lie so I'd minimize the impact. Hit some really good iron shots when I stayed focused on that last part of the strike, the downward impact (and finished the swing). Didn't hit too many driver shots, I wanted to work the irons so I hit several balls with everything up to 6i. Finished on the grass near a target flag about 30 yards away hitting about 10 little half wedge shots with LW to get my distance feel back.
Well things have been up and down with the swing change. The focus of this "change" (not really a change since it's always been a problem that I get lazy with) is shoulder turn. I tend to get a little lazy and not make a full turn and the club gets behind me and with a closed face. So with the irons, it's not the odd of a feeling but with the driver it is. When I think too much I get the timing of the upper body and my arms and chest out of sync and things don't work well. When I'm in the zone, I hit the driver well. But it's not engrained yet. I almost need to NOT think about it. Like I said, irons I'm getting there with and have picked up a little distance, but the driver just "feels" akward as I swing...
Well have been to the range a lot over the last week. hitting a small to medium bucket. Just working on trying to swing without thinking about the new swing changes. Its getting easier. I think this weekend I'm going to video tape myself and play back the GG lesson videos and see if what I'm doing is in line with the changes I was supposed to be making. Some of the iron swings are really good. but then I get those crazy ones or the pulls. If you take out those swings, my scores would be good. Spent about 1/3 of a bucket today just trying to hit a wedge onto a green about 125 yards away. Now these are small greens, smaller then normal greens. But that seems like an easy task but its not. So I figure if I get to where I can do that 50-60% of the time, I'm in good shape. I think the average GIR for an 80's golfer is like 5-7. So if I can get to 8-10, that's pretty good. We'll see how it goes..
Been hitting the range routinely working on my swing. Went to day and hit a small bucket. Just a 9i. Had stretches where I'd hit 8 good solid shots in a row, then screw up and then hit 7 more good ones. So hopefully it's getting more in tune. We'll see. Playing Thursday and Friday if the weather holds out. Going to need more hot yoga too!
what is good on the range disappears for me on the course
haven't really had time for much practice lately and it shows
took a lesson on Saturday with the guy who took over for the gentleman who died suddently over the winter (hubby's preferred instructor), he seemed pretty solid. He has helped Michael a lot, so we bought a package of 4 prepaid lessons for him to use 3 and me to use 1 for my annual summer "tune up". My iron woes are because my swing has gotten way too flat and he's trying to get me into the 2 piece takeaway (think Inbee Park) which feels very unnatural. Also need to watch that I don't get too close to the ball, have to keep butt end of shaft hand width away from body. Need to set time aside to work on it at the range to make it flow better so I'm not actively thinking about it on the course, because that just creates terrible tempo. Ball going a little right (not a slice, just straight a yard or two) probably because not quite getting club squared with the new downswing. But ball flight is better, much higher.
That was the hard part for me Aimee. Trying to swing without thinking about 'where' my hands and body were. I still struggle with it. I was hitting it great off the tee a couple rounds ago when for some reason I started thinking to myself 'how do I swing the driver? " and that simple question took me off my game. I started looking at it and thinking too much. Gotta keep working until we can feel where it is and whenits right.
Thinking too much is poison for the golf swing. And so is trying to "aim" the shot actively rather than setting up properly and just swinging. Best swings with my driver are kind of cave-woman like, just "me swing hard"
Yeah...my dad and I were playing today and he hit an unusually bad chip for him and I asked him what happened....he said when he took the club back, he was planning to fly it to the hole, but in the middle of the downswing he decided to bump and run it, and as I said it was a really poor outcome..he was more frustrated that he let himself do that..
I've had a really hard time finding NICE weather during the week so I can get out to the range and get in some practice. Seems like every time I want to go hit balls it's so cloudy I can't see where the ball goes. Hard to tell If I hit a good straight shot when I can't see the ball flight at all. I WAS planning to going to the range tomorrow with a good friend of mine that is new to the game of golf, and help him with his setup and swing. Now the forecast is for heary rain most of the day, so that's not goingto work out. Same thing happened last week. Weather forecast was good a few days before my planned outing and then it changed as the day approached, and we had to cancel the range session. This is by FAR the most cloudy days that I can remember having since I started playing golf about 15 years ago. I'm used to sunny skies, not cloudy overcast ones. I guess I'm spoiled.
Don, wonder if any of those sunglasses that have the interchangable lens would help? One that can help you pick ou the ball on the background?