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Forum Thread of the Day: “Senior looking to conquer long par-4s and par-5s”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jjfcpa who is a senior golfer looking to conquer lengthy par-4s and par-5s. Typically coming up “10-30 yards short on those long par 4s,” jjfcpa reached out to fellow members who have been offering their advice and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • CayMan7: “No matter how old you are, everyone can use an extra 20 yards off the tee. I’m 66 and found that by far, the best thing I can do is be sure I have a good amount of lag in my swing. It is much more powerful to throw the club at the ball than push it; like casting a fishing line. I see guys my age with little to no lag, and they hit the ball 200 yards at best, while I’m out there at 240. It is the best thing you can do to gain distance.”
  • Popeye64: “First off I’ll say right off the bat you are not playing with enough loft on your driver. If you are only getting 200 yards out of your driver, you are not generating enough clubhead speed to have a 10.5 be effective. If you have not been fit for a driver do your self a favor. If somehow that is your optimum loft then you are playing the hole with the wrong mindset. I think you will have better success playing the long par 4s as a Par 5. Play your second shot to a distance where you can play a full shot into the green. 30 or 40 yards short can be no man’s land. 60-70 yards with a sand wedge??? I don’t know your game, but I would assume if you can swallow some pride and play the hole strategically, you will score a lot better.”
  • mcs4: “You’re welcome to play whichever tees you like, but IMO if you want to stick with the longer tees your better approach is to really dial in your positional game by playing the long par 4’s as three-shot holes and dialing in a wedge distance or two to rely upon for that third shot. It sounds as though adding 10+ yards to both your driver and 3w would still have you counting on a lot of maxed out 3w shots into the green to reach 400+ yard par 4s in two, which is probably not going to be a recipe for great scoring.”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Rascal

    May 14, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    It’s kinda sad really, but at some point you must concede to reality. Looks like the forum members succeeded in convincing him to do just that so good on them!

  2. T

    May 14, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Move up to the ladies tee

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Jason Day splits with Steve Williams after two months”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day concerns the split between Jason Day and caddie Steve Williams. The pair have decided to part ways after working together for two months, with Day describing their relationship as “a disconnect of old school and new school”, and our members have been discussing the split and giving their thoughts on the brief collaboration.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • jimb6golf: “Bottom line the caddie doesn’t make the player. The player controls how he plays and that includes practice, etc. to getting better. JD has a few younger kids and probably can’t practice as much as he’d like and combining that with injuries he’s just not as good as he once was. All understandable. If he wants to get better, then he needs to recommit to the game and maybe even get his original caddie/ coach back on the bag. The others at the top of the ranking are all fully committed to the game and getting physically ready to play, but it takes a lot of time, and it’s hard to do with a family I would imagine.”
  • QuigleyDU: “So can we chalk Steve up as overrated now??”
  • wkuo3: “Jason needs to be healthy again ( if that’s possible) before he could return to the winning form. He can do well on the Tour with any caddy if, he is healthy. This sport wears on you at the competitive level, next to American football. Recreational play is fine if not done excessively.”
  • munichop: “Without a healthy back he will never regain the form he once had. He is another example of what I believe is the biggest legacy of Tiger’s career- the shortening of golf careers due to the all-out commitment to bomb and gouge golf. Certain guys will last longer than others, but in general, the bodies will wear out sooner from the speeds these guys generate.”

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