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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

 Anything new in the bag? As much as I am a gear junkie in skiing, I haven't changed a club in 4+ years. I am looking forward to hitting the range in the next couple of days...I even put my clubs in the car. 

post #2 of 22

yeah, pretty much changed my whole bag last year, except for my putter & the bag itself :

Ping Eye2 -> Mizuno MP60 irons, 4-PW

Ping Eye2 wedges -> Vokey wedges 52.08 (bent to 51.07), 56.12 (bent to 55.11), 58.08)

3,4 iron, 5 wood -> 20, 23 degree Mizuno CLK hybrids

new driver:  Titleist 907D2, Proforce V2 shaft

balls:  Bridgestone 330s (ran out of U-Tri Tours)

 

Oh, and I added a little girl's putter/wedge for my daughter so she can come out with me...

 

post #3 of 22

Put a Winn oversize grip on my TM Daytona putter and lengthened back to 35".  Just trying to quiet my hands on the short ones. 

post #4 of 22

Figured it was time to purchase some decent irons so i got some leftover 2005 callaway x-18's 3-pw

Last yrs purchase was Red hot chilly pepper diablo driver and 3 wood"dont use driver anymore since i can hit 3w 220 and straight"

post #5 of 22

I got Cleveland CG-14 60 degree lob wedge just for fun. It's been fun. Zippity doo dah.

 

Am playing around with different balls this year: trying 2009 Bridgestone B330S, 2009 Pro V1, Srixon Z star and Top Flite D2-Straight

post #6 of 22

The good news. I have a Titleist 909D Comp driver with an Aldila Vodoo shaft waiting for me in the shop along with a Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter. My coach and I went through 2 Trackman fitting sessions to focus in on the driver and shaft then confirm everything in the second session. Great launch angle with lower rpms. The bad news I won't be playing birthday golf in Denver on Monday-so maybe we'll ski instead.

post #7 of 22

I need a Burner TP.... and a 30-hour day!

post #8 of 22

I have been looking at getting a Burner but am not sure the difference between the Burner and the Burner TP?

I hit a regular Burner last summer a couple of times and got great results.

post #9 of 22

 $ .  Actually the Burner TP has a more pro-oriented shaft (read-- harder to get the ball up in the air), with a resulting slightly lower ball flight and therefore less distance for a slower swing speed. It also has, I believe, either a slightly open or a square clubface, whereas the Burner has a slightly closed.  We are talking very slightly closed, but the low handicappers and folks who release the club well don't necessarily want extra help that turns a draw into a hook.  The bottom line is, whatever you hit well is what you want. I am playing an R580 now, so I am not speaking from true experience, just some minimal demo time on the range...

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

I hit a bucket today (yesterday)...I need to put my clubs up for sale, they are useless and have forgotten everything they learned last year.  

post #11 of 22

I was thinking the same thing. I took the clubs out after a mt bike ride and found myself putting most of them in time out for bad behaviour.

 

I'll see if they've learned their lesson after I take them out of time out.

post #12 of 22

Struggling with the new driver I picked up this year. It's a Callaway FTi 9 degree neutral with a Regular flex graphite shaft.

 

I'm not getting the length I was earlier and suspect it's because the low flight with wet ground conditions isn't giving me the role I'm looking for. Because of the low flight, I'm hitting it straighter but sometimes a full club or even two is needed for second shots.

 

I'm going to put it up till we get dry conditions and bring out the 460 10 degree.

 

My putting is saving my ass right now. I'm dropping puts in from all over. My Oddessy twinn is coming into it's own. I picked one up last year late and almost put it away. But, I stuck with it and now it's on fire. I only hope it stays that way.

 

I'm also using Bridgestone balls now. More because I like the way they feel on the greens. Switching from Titeliests wasn't easy and I'm not completely sold yet but for the price difference, I'm liking them.

post #13 of 22

Preface this with a grain of salt.... I am not an expert but an amateur equipment junkie. Where do you play and how far do you CARRY your driver?  If your swing speed/driver carry puts you in a regular flex shaft then a 9 degree loft may be too low for your swing speed (unless Callaway measures their loft differently), and you will always lose distance unless you routinely play rockhard fairways with a lot of wind and are really looking to keep the ball down and run it. Also beware of thinking it is straighter-- the same club in a 10 degree will have less sidespin and go straighter.  Your 9 degree may only be staying in the fairway because it isn't rolling as far with the ground conditions.  Of course, this is all theory.  Plenty of people have two drivers. Use one for the days you play the links or prairie courses in the wind to keep it down and roll it extra, and the other for the days you play the parkland manicured courses for a little more carry and control.  As long as you are confident on the tee, it really doesn't matter....

post #14 of 22

The course conditions can be a cause but as a PGA Teaching Professional the fact yardage has decreased raises a couple of red flags. Were your previous good drives the same lower trajectory? Where are you hitting the ball on the club face (sprinkle a little talcum powder on the face and see where the impact point is)? Has anything changed in your swing or with you physically. What is the normal trajectory on your other clubs (allowing for the differences of loft)? Have they changed? Have you made a small but significant change in where the ball is positioned? Potentially the ball could be a factor too.

 

It is tough to really diagnose anything over the web but those were a few thoughts for your consideration. It sounds like you are hitting the ball low on the clubface where the modern drivers have a much higher sweetspot.

post #15 of 22

Understood mike. I still have and use my 10 degree 460 which right now I'm hitting fairly consistant. The course I play mostly in two leagues gets rock hard in the Summer and by using the 9 degree, I'm looking to get more roll. Years ago, I used a Taylormade 7 degree, so this isn't new to me. Problem is right now i'm not hitting the 9 square. Not consistantly anyhow. when I do, yardage is in the range I'm looking for. When I don't, I just have to club down some. No big deal plus I'm keeping it in play more. Another factor also, the temps have been cool and the humidity dry so the ball isn't jumping. You know like it does on those hot Summer days. Could also be the ball. I'm going to try the new Srixon soft and see how it goes.

post #16 of 22

Well all my clubs are better than me but I look like I can play that is what is important!!

post #17 of 22

Got this link in an email today and thought of you Lars.

http://www.globalgolf.com/gallery/promotion/-/ptid--1/iron-set/discount-golf-clubs.aspx?plow=10&phigh=200&ply=1&dxt=2&gd=1&utm_source=email-gg&utm_campaign=Under200Drivers042109&utm_term=MainImg&utm_medium=email

 

Not that you need a new driver, just thought of you.

 

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Originally Posted by Lars View Post

Struggling with the new driver I picked up this year. It's a Callaway FTi 9 degree neutral with a Regular flex graphite shaft.

 

I'm not getting the length I was earlier and suspect it's because the low flight with wet ground conditions isn't giving me the role I'm looking for. Because of the low flight, I'm hitting it straighter but sometimes a full club or even two is needed for second shots.

 

I'm going to put it up till we get dry conditions and bring out the 460 10 degree.

 

My putting is saving my ass right now. I'm dropping puts in from all over. My Oddessy twinn is coming into it's own. I picked one up last year late and almost put it away. But, I stuck with it and now it's on fire. I only hope it stays that way.

 

I'm also using Bridgestone balls now. More because I like the way they feel on the greens. Switching from Titeliests wasn't easy and I'm not completely sold yet but for the price difference, I'm liking them.

 

post #18 of 22

Nice to  know special people are thinking of me. Thanks

 

(even after my fishing trip with the helmet threads)

 

Actually, my driver, the Callaway FTi, rregular price $499, was purchased at the Callaway pre-owned website for $139. Couldn't even tell it had been used, looked new to me.

 

i highly recommend the website.

post #19 of 22

At the end of last season I replaced my old Cleveland Classic sand wedge with an identical new one.  The grooves were so worn on the old one that I had trouble getting backspin.  I used it at the end of last season and the difference was very noticeable.  My 2009 season is going to have to wait until the cast comes off.  On the other hand this is the latest I've gone without a single three-putt or double bogey!

 

 

 


Edited by patmoore - 4/21/2009 at 08:15 pm GMT
post #20 of 22

Most important piece of equipment I have carries the bag.  Have a bit of a problem wonder if it is normal? 

 

Started back into the gym with more concentration on upper body and core strength.  Can not ski best swing golf clubs.  Am knocking the cover off, at least a club longer, but find myself pulling more shots, especially with the driver. 

 

Is that normal as upper body strength increases, or do I just have a new bad habit to cure?

 

Help!

post #21 of 22

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

I was thinking the same thing. I took the clubs out after a mt bike ride and found myself putting most of them in time out for bad behaviour.

 

I'll see if they've learned their lesson after I take them out of time out.

Wow, its been a couple weeks since I posted this, and today was the first day that the weather has cooperated with my free time to get an actual round of golf.

 

Got 18 holes in today, and though the wind was brutal, and I was fairly rusty,  I didn't do so bad.  I've got the bug and can't wait to get back out there!

post #22 of 22

The increased upper body strength could lead to being a little impatient at the top and getting after the ball a little quickly causing pulls. Patience is a virtue; remember your downswing actually starts with the lower body.

 

I would also check alignment (have somebody watch from behind), it is very easy to get a little open and not realize it creating an out to in swing path. Your swing path will generally follow the alignment of your shoulders.

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