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post #1681 of 1892
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

^ This is true across almost all sets these days vs. sets from the 80's and previous

That is definitely true. Most tour players are doing what, 48* PW now. A lot of SGI's and even some of the mid handicapper clubs are in the 45* area. A PW from 30 years ago was like what, 48* or even 50*
post #1682 of 1892
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

That is definitely true. Most tour players are doing what, 48* PW now. A lot of SGI's and even some of the mid handicapper clubs are in the 45* area. A PW from 30 years ago was like what, 48* or even 50*

And balls fly so much farther now too...

It is definitely annoying to think about how many courses in the Northeast are now littered with "short" holes that would have been much more challenging and interesting with older technology.
post #1683 of 1892
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Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

And balls fly so much farther now too...

It is definitely annoying to think about how many courses in the Northeast are now littered with "short" holes that would have been much more challenging and interesting with older technology.

My home course was designed in 1921 by a rather famous course architect, though renovated a few times and slightly changed. Back in the day it was a monster course, today it's tiny. Only 6300 from the tips.
post #1684 of 1892
last weekend, we got our tails kicked by friend's 15 yo son ...6600+ tees (CR of 134). kid shot a 72 with a triple bogey...16GIR, 12/14 FW...amazing short game and ball striking...It was a fun day...happy weekend and great golfing!
post #1685 of 1892
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

With optimum launch angle and spin 275 is about 110 ~ 115 swing speed. That's very very doable for a young athletic guy, I'm getting on for 47 and I can get her up to 120ish, rarely flush the ball at those speeds though. A throttled back swing at 105ish will get me 240 ~ 250 yards carry. Last year I drove through the green of a 360 yard par 4, hit the front bunker and skipped through the green ended up in the back bunker. From the normal landing area to the green is a pretty steep down hill but the peak of the hill is 260~270 and I flew that easily. Thing was I just wanted to send it down the middle, so I just relaxed and made good contact, I guess not trying to smash the ball at all actually allowed me to swing more freely.
last time I had my speed measured was 4-5 yrs ago @ 103-106. I can definitely say it has slowed a little since. To your point, easier swing leads to better results. At mid 40's, I am in fairly good shape but not athletic. I don;t play as much as I use to (30+ rounds of amateur tournament golf) so my on course feel are off and tend to get into too much technical/swing thoughts, lots of pull hooks lately baldy[1].gif my short game is keeping me sane....
post #1686 of 1892
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Originally Posted by Thanks SF (a new me) View Post

last time I had my speed measured was 4-5 yrs ago @ 103-106. I can definitely say it has slowed a little since. To your point, easier swing leads to better results. At mid 40's, I am in fairly good shape but not athletic. I don;t play as much as I use to (30+ rounds of amateur tournament golf) so my on course feel are off and tend to get into too much technical/swing thoughts, lots of pull hooks lately baldy[1].gif my short game is keeping me sane....

Better a 7 iron from the fairway than a 9 iron from the trees. (unless your first name is Seve of course) Swing speed over 100 you are easily capable of scoring well.
post #1687 of 1892
I just ordered some custom headcovers to replace an old friend. IMO the best there is, classic
post #1688 of 1892
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Originally Posted by Thanks SF (a new me) View Post

I just ordered some custom headcovers to replace an old friend. IMO the best there is, classic

Jan Craig are quality headcovers.
post #1689 of 1892
Very uncharacteristically, I've played twice in the past week, and will play again this weekend. If I play three rounds in a year these days it's a lot.

Yesterday, I played probably the nicest course in this area (Caves Valley CC) at a corporate shindig; got to play 2.5 holes with Zach Johnson. Pretty amazing to see how the ball just explodes when a pro hits it, great flight, almost boring though in its simple consistency. Two of our holes were driver holes, I bombed my first one right down the middle, pretty much a 98th %ile drive for me, and then he took a shortcut over the bunker that probably would have been in play for him were we not playing the whites and ended up probably 30 yards ahead of me. The next hole I hit another great one, miraculously again in the middle of the fairway, and he outdrove me by another 20 yards again.

It was a different story on the third hole we played (he only teed off with our group there, then waited on the tee box for the next group), a 185-yard par 3 he hit to about 8 feet. I hit so far left I even missed the bunker.

He was a very, very nice guy. Personable and fun.

This weekend I will probably play an executive course in my in-law's retiree-heavy community. It will probably be the biggest delta between quality of courses played consecutively you could achieve.
post #1690 of 1892
Nice, I saw the pic and figured it to be some kind of corporate or charity event. Sounds like you really got a hold of a few tee shots when it counted, but still got smoked haha. Don't feel bad, there's a good reason he's a Major winner and we aren't.

Similarly, I have a client charity golf event up in Plymouth Mass at Pinehills next Monday. I'm not sure if we're playing the Jones or Nicklaus course. I hit a course with my brother a few weekends ago and played very well. I'm going to play with my buddies this weekend too, so hopefully I'm in good shape for the event.
post #1691 of 1892
2nd round back after the broken ribs, 1st one was unmentionably bad, shot an 85 which included a quadruple bogey and 2 triple bogeys, for the rest of the round I played very well, for me.

I actually hit the driver better than I have in a long time, straight and long. On the first I hit it too straight and long. Shortish par 4 dogleg right, the landing zone is 240 to 280 from the pin, so I thought OK just ease it up there with a bit of a fade 'll give me a wedge to the green, but I smashed it straight through the landing zone and over a 30 foot high embankment and onto the cart path at the top. Both my playing partners in unison when "What the faaarrrr" and the starter, an old Japanese woman went "ehhhhhhh nandeshoooo" (ehhhhh whaaaaaa). I then drilled almost every drive a good 20/30 yards further than I normally do, (except the quadruple where I snap hooked it OB). On the 18th, a long open flat par 5 I drove 354 yards by GPS, and I wasn't even swinging that hard.

Very happy and hopefully on the way to breaking 80.

I've also vowed to not buy any clubs this year.
post #1692 of 1892
I'm starting to face the reality that i might not ever be able to play again. The stitches were just taken out of my partially amputated right middle finger yesterday and I've got a lot of dysesthetic pain. Hopefully it will fade with time, but I'm not terribly confident that it's every going to improve enough that the rubbing of the grip during the swing or the feeling at impact won't cause problems. Only time will tell...
post #1693 of 1892

Here's to breaking 80 and staying in good health.

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post #1694 of 1892
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Originally Posted by hopkins_student View Post

I'm starting to face the reality that i might not ever be able to play again. The stitches were just taken out of my partially amputated right middle finger yesterday and I've got a lot of dysesthetic pain. Hopefully it will fade with time, but I'm not terribly confident that it's every going to improve enough that the rubbing of the grip during the swing or the feeling at impact won't cause problems. Only time will tell...

Only time will tell, but be optimistic.
post #1695 of 1892
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Originally Posted by PhiPsi32 View Post

Here's to breaking 80 and staying in good health.
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