Originally Posted by Fang66
Any amateur who can drive 300+ straight is putting some smoke on the ball that's for sure.
Srixon ZR-600 9.5 loft (440cc head) Tour Ad PT-6 Tip 9 Stiff shaft, I also have a TaylorMade Burner which is about 10/15 yards shorter but with the bigger head I hit it more consistently.
Last time I measured my swing speed yes it was around 117 but that was about 6 years ago and I doubt I swing consistently that fast these days. I think I'm hitting the ball just as far though because I'm getting a better launch angle and lower spin rate. I used to hit the driver with the ball positioned off my left heel, like with an old school driver. A couple of years ago I moved the ball to in front of my left toe and hit with a more ascending blow. I think that also helps deal with the soft fairways in Japan which don't roll out much (low or high ball flight) so you want to fly it as far as possible. In Australia the fairways tend to be harder and cut shorter so if you hit a low drive it will run like a scalded dog.
Let me know how the srixon balls go if you use them, I have a sleeve that some one gave me but I'm loving the Velocities.
Yeah, my SS was measured at 125.4 mph +/- 0.2 mph over 5 swings. Which was the fastest the guys on the monitor had ever seen a mid-high capper like me hit haha.
Swinging a Cleveland TL310, 8.5*, 440cc head with an open face. Shaft is an upgraded Miyazaki Kusala Black 61x Tour - X-Stiff and tipped 1/4 inch. The open face punishes me if I hit off center so I usually align for the left side of the fairway. Thankfully my natural slight draw helps to mitigate much of a slice if I do hit something closer to the toe.
My previous driver was very closed face and had only a stiff shaft. I was quite inconsistent due to over-flexing the shaft, despite the face. My brother hits it well, but his SS is closer to ~112 as he doesn't hit the range nearly as often as I do, despite him having an inch and 15 lbs of muscle on me.
It sounds like you're a fairly big guy Fang, to maintain such a high SS despite not playing much and getting on in your years. I hear you about that ball placement. I shift it and inch or two depending on what I want to do with the hole. I also change my finishing follow through height. I usually finish mid, but when I want more carry and height I finish a little higher and position the ball further forward.
Wind can be a factor as well.
I'm still on the lookout for a new putter and perhaps new bag if I can find a deal on either (not looking to spend $150 on a new bag...).
*edit* I'm honestly pretty happy with my game considering I only really got into golf May of last year. I'm thinking of signing up for a junior membership at the club back in my hometown (under 34 years of age). $500 for the 2013 season, only have to pay cart fee of $18, get preferred tee times, other discounts etc. Added bonus to play the rest of the 2012 season for only the cart fee as well, Normal round of golf is $61 on weekend/holidays. I'd only have to play 12 rounds between the rest of this season and all of next to break even. Easily do-able. I also get heavily discounted rates for friends if I bring a foursome.Edited by whiteslashasian - 7/30/12 at 5:00pm