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cac
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NEW 2nd hand club to me

Bought myself an early christmas pressie. Taylormade SLDR 12 deg driver.

read alot about it and all the good things would seem to help my swing. Only £60 so not going to break the bank if it dont work.

I was a bit aprehensive as a golfing pal ttold me this week he had the same driver a while ago and couldnt hit a thing with it. Doh.

I took it up the range today and 1st impessions very good. I started off with 5 balls from my normal driver to warm up. I know it should be PW then 9 the 8 etc etc but this session was just to test out the new driver. I then just started to launch them up the middle of the range. Great noise and great flight. Very hard to judge the distance but looks good. I hit a total of 40 balls with the SLDR and was very immpressed. I tweeked the Draw and fade slider bar just to see the effect and it did seem to work. My version has 2 sliders and I had it set with both weights furthest apart. of the 40 shots i had only 1 was what I would call a bad shot. about 30 were what I would call good/ great. 

Cant wait to get on the golfcourse to see the real distances. Would be happy with a 10-15yd gain which looks possible. The range has hard balls, Uphill range and was raining so not the best of conditions. 4.5/ 5.  Very happy CAC.

DON
Depending on your launch

Depending on your launch angle and spin rate, you could gain some distance with your new 12* driver just by hit the ball on a high ball flight. I know that when I went from a 10.5* driver to a 12* driver I picked up about 25 yards over night. It's all about gettting the best launch angle and spin for your swing. I also gained a good bit of distance when I went from using a 3-1/4" tee to a 4" tee with a driver. Again it was about hitting the ball higher with less back spin to get the most from my swing speed. Everybody is different, but there is a good reason that the Long Drive guys use 4" tees in competition, which is the lingest tee you can use and still be legal.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

cac
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I now have another TM SLDR 14

I now have another TM SLDR 14 deg with a regular shaft, £50. So between the 2 I have a loft range of 10.5 degree to 15.5 degree and 2 shaft option of reg and stiff. I will be going to the club for an hour session on trackman with a fitter. This costs £25 for an hour. I will be looking at all the numbers with different lofts, shafts etc and see what the computer prints out. CAC.

cac handed Geordie.

DON
You will have a LOT of

You will have a LOT of options to play with now with two lofts and two shafts to switch around. Should be a good test to see what works best for you. Let us know how it goes. I hope you find that the shaft that gives you the most distance also give you the most fairways hit during this test.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

cac
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Took my new cub out for a

Took my new cub out for a round overall pretty good. Worst drive of the day was off the 1st in the fog and it went about 160 yd to the left rough ended up with bogie. The weather was cold and damp. The fairways were soft and lots of worm casts on. Had lots of drives pretty straight and over (just ) 200 yds. If when the spring / summer comes I get 10% increase in flight and 10-15 yd more roll ill be getting around  230 +yd on a good drive.

My 2nd driver came today but alas was the S version of the SLDR. The loft is fixed ( not a problem ) but this means I wont be able to interchange the stiff and regular shafts. Will still try as many options as I can. CAC.

 

cac handed Geordie.

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Good luck Cac.  I agree with

Good luck Cac.  I agree with Don...higher loft and launch angle may give you more distance, especially in the soft conditions.  I'm still wanting to find something for myself for the holidays golf related but just haven't come across it yet..almost bought a couple used Hybrids to replace my 2008/2009 models but didn't quite find what I was looking for.  Might poke around again tonight...The shaft is the most key thing for me..making sure not to get one too heavy..

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DON
ne balls for your new driver??

I saw a reposrt on a new golf ball from of all places Costco. It's a Kirkland brand of ball and from what I saw in the report it look like a GREAT ball especially for the price. Cost is $30 for TWO dozen balls. It's a four piece ball and when they compared it to the ProV1 ball, it was 9 yards longer with the driver with 300 less RPM of spin. With the irons it got the same distance and spin. With the wedge it got the same distance and MORE spin, so it should be really good around the greens. MORE distance with the driver, and MORE spin off the wedges for less the 1/3 the price of the ProV1. Hard to beat that combinnation.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Sold OUT twice

When this ball first came out and got a great review online, they sold out of them. Now they have sold out again after being bacik in stock on Dec. 20th. Sold out in less than 2 hours from what I read. Not bad for a ball from Costco that no one had heard of before a few weeks ago.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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Last month I was the

Last month I was the successful bidder on a very nice set of Ben Hogan Apex Plus irons with the Apex 3 shaft.  These were made in 1999.  This set was in very good condition for a forged set of irons of that vintage.  There was no browning on the faces and little in the way of knicks or dings, just your usual bag chatter.

I had my first opportunity to hit a few balls with them yesterday.  I was pleasantly surprised with the results for such a blade like iron; straight and consistent for yardage.  Feel was the same as pretty much any other iron I've hit.  I'm still waiting for the "butter" feeling that is supposed to accompany a flushed hit with a forged head.  At any rate, these seem to be another very playable set of irons (as the vast majority of good quality golf clubs are) that can be had at an affordable price -- I paid $99 for my set -- a little Hogan mystique for a fraction of the price of new ones.

This is the third set of "vintage" irons that I will put into rotation along with an array of woods from the 1970's through to the 2000's.  There is more variability I find in the woods than there is in your choice of iron, wedge or putter as all can be equally effective.  There's definitely an advantage with modern era woods with the newer designs -- mid 2000's and later -- being longer and easier to launch.  No surprise there I suppose.