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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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  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: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron flat-stick. The 62-year-old is teeing it up at the Senior PGA Championship from Oak Hill this week, and his putter has impressed our members, who in particular have praised the clean finish and sole shape of the flat-stick.

Here are what our members are saying about the putter, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • BearQ: “Clean. Love the sole.”
  • Bdmac79: “Looks similar to Tiger’s and Rickie’s with the neck placement. I would guess that he’s had it for a bit.”
  • mBiden2: “So fresh and so clean, clean!”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “What’s your bunker play set up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Tmiller72 who asks fellow members to share their bunker play set up. From loft and bounce, as well as discussing different scenarios, our members share and discuss their philosophy and different strategies for when they are in the sand.

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.

  • ChipNRun: “I use my 54/12 SW. I try to keep my weight even on both feet, so I don’t dig in too much. Also…If I need to get it up really quick, it’s the 60/10. If the sand is wet and hard-packed, I’ll pick it off the top with a PW.”
  • Evilduckhunter: “Short ones or short sided is the TM Hi Toe 60 10 with four way sole. Longer shots it’s the Cleveland RTX4 56 10 full grind. I did give the 56 some heel and trailing edge relief.”
  • Joelsim: “Mack Daddy 4 58* X Grind, weight 75% on front foot, clubface very open, full swing with lots of speed. For longer bunker shots, i.e. over 20 feet, I use a lower lofted club, which one depends on the distance. Same full stroke every time.”
  • PlayfromtheBrain: “Vokey 60.06 K-grind (low bounce). I enjoy using it anywhere from about 90 yards and in, though the sand is where the grind really proves its worth. The wide sole pretty much guarantees a decent or better out for me. It’s great around the green, and I have no problem opening it up for different shots. Definitely has inspired confidence. This type of grind demands near perfect contact, but there isn’t a more versatile wedge than one with a wide sole and lower bounce.

Entire Thread: “What’s your bunker play set up?”

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