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Forum Thread of the Day: “If you are a 10 handicap with declining length, what clubs do you buy?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from tsecor – a 10 handicapper who has noticed in the past couple of years that he has begun to lose some distance. Our members give their views on how tsecor can solve this issue, ranging from new club suggestions to a possible shaft change.

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.

  • agolf1: “I’d play Ping G410 like irons. However, you could also try lighter shafts in the more players’ clubs if your strike is still pretty good. Regardless, at some point, a low lofted iron may need to go if the speed isn’t there.”
  • Lepatrique: “Definitely go get fitted because swing tendencies (speed, attack angle, spin rate, etc.) will result in different answers. I carry a 6ir around 190-195 and based on my fitting (3 weeks ago) I found the Srixons – Both the 785 and z forged – went much longer than anything else I hit (holding shaft constant). They spun less and generated a lot of ball speed. 10-15 yards more distance on 6ir. Others – Mizuno 919 tour, mp18, Miura mc501, Apex pro, taylormade 730 – were all right in my typical distance. I passed on the srixons because they actually didn’t spin enough.”
  • 2putttom: “There’s not much help for getting older and losing distance, however, after struggling for two seasons I bagged Srixon 7 series and regained what yardage I had lost over the last five years.”
  • morgan18/19: “You are on the right track with a shaft change, and/or optimization. Keep everything else (flex pattern, swing weight, length, etc.) the same, but drop 10-15 grams from the shafts in your long irons. Good chance you will gain some carry distance, and hit better shots at the end of a round.”

Entire Thread: “If you are a 10 handicap with declining length, what clubs do you buy?”

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  4. kev

    Jun 18, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    i wouldn’t buy clubs. the best way to regain whatever distance you had most likely relates to fitness and flexibility. i lost lots of distance because i’ve gotten overweight by 25 pounds. with that weight gain i lost lots of flexibility. i’ve gone on a exercise program doing medium weights strengthening, stretching, swimming…..i’ve gotten few of the distance i lost back. the other lost yardages lost is from not enough shaft lean. i’ve got in a rut of going up on the ball. once i fix that i should be back to default mode.

  5. Handicapped Handicap

    Jun 16, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Grab a longer club and when someone asks what you hit always reply with “sand wedge”

  6. Rich

    Jun 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    You play the clubs your clubfitter fits you for, based on your personal swing characteristics.

  7. that way

    Jun 9, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Go get custom fit and custom built… Duh.

  8. Jim

    Jun 9, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Most major club producers are offering distance irons. I suggest picking the heads you like the looks of then demoing those heads with both steel and graphite shafts to see which irons perform the best. An y good club fitter should be able to let you do this, and if you buy the clubs, the fitting is free. Some of these distance irons are Callaway RogueX, Titleist AP3, Ping G700, etc.

  9. SoonerSlim

    Jun 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Most of the major club manufacturers are producing a club that is designed with lower lofts for greater distance. For example, Callaway has the Rogue X, Titlelist the AP3, and Ping the G700s. I suggest two things for buying new clubs: First, if you’re like me, pick the club heads you like the looks of, then demo all of them to see which gives you the best performance. Try to demo them with both steel and graphite shafts. You can usually do this with an accomplished fitter, and it you buy the clubs, then the fitting is free.

  10. Matthew Hill

    Jun 9, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Doesn’t anyone realize today’s lofts on clubs are average 2 clubs stronger. pw were always 48 degrees now callaway etc are 41 degrees. Duh! anyone should should hit today’s club longer. Simple reason to upgrade.

  11. Howard Clark

    Jun 9, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Move up to the correct tee so the height you’re generating with your approach matches what the architect intended when he built the hole. Or continue trying to run a 4 iron onto an elevated green that calls for an 8 iron approach. But as a fellow competitor says, “But my ego!!” He used to be a 1. My answer is, “Doesn’t your ego come into play when you shoot 82???”

  12. Jim Lynch

    Jun 9, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I grabbed back 8-10 yards per club and picked up slightly higher trajectory by swapping out my KBS shafts for Aerotech Steelfiber 110’s in my Ping S55’s. Plus, I can beat more balls and not have sore wrists anymore. Yeah, for me it’s probably time for an upgraded head, too, like i210, i500 or Apex Pro but I don’t think you have to overhaul yourself to a game improvement head just yet.

  13. DC

    Jun 8, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    The Srixon players are full of it. 10 handicap and losing distance and you use a players club to gain distance? What am I missing other than your lies? Who vets these BS answers? Get a softer shorter shaft like your useless dong and slice it into the high grass circle jerk where your other “gamers” are making facial shots.

  14. Jack Nash

    Jun 8, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    If you’re a 10 & rising you don’t buy Tour irons. Something like JPX Hot Metal is more like it. If you’re losing distance these are your best bets.

    • James Pickett

      Jun 26, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      I bought a 4-pw set of jpx 900 hot metals with xp95 stiff soft stepped 2x. I carry the 8 iron 150. I mix in the 9,pw,gw in forged with xp105 for windy days. I carry the 4 iron around 195-200 and it’s just stupid how long these clubs are and I’m 50 years old. Technology in shafts and club heads are impressive compared to 10 years ago. The price is high as well though. You’re comment nailed it.

  15. Ben

    Jun 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I switched to hybrids with graphite shafts. I play a 2 through 6 hybrid. They are much easier to hit both from the fairway and in the rough. They seem to get plenty of carry, high launch and stop on the greens. I don’t care what the number is on the club just if it gets there or not. I am 70 years old and this really works of me. I play PXG hybrids which were a little costly (although I got them through the PXG for Heros program). I am a 8 handicap and play a course that is 6800 yards long. Give them a try. I think you’ll be surprised. Good luck

  16. Bob Jones

    Jun 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I bought a rocket-propelled driver.

  17. Bill

    Jun 8, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Don’t be too proud to move up to the next tee. No shame in it.

    • Peter McGill

      Jun 8, 2019 at 8:03 pm

      They let you do that in the comp? Super!

  18. Steve

    Jun 8, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I gained 20 yds from callaway rogue x’s and improved distribution

  19. Q

    Jun 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Hit the gym, get a trainer, get stronger, it’s never too late
    Stretch more
    Walk more

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Golf Avenue Find of the Day: Nike T60 fairway wood

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At GolfWRX, we have partnered with Golf Avenue to offer our readers additional value on trade-ins, as well as discounts on used clubs, because if there is anything golf gear heads love, it’s tinkering and testing—both new and old equipment.

Golf Avenue is one of the largest online retailers for used clubs, and with that, there are lots of great deals, and fun clubs to be found, and since we like gear just as much as you—we’re doing some digging for you.

The find of the day – Nike T60 5 Wood

The key feature of the T60 fairways wood is a 60-gram tungsten plug on the sole to lower the center of gravity, increase launch, and boost forgiveness. This particular club has outstanding project potential since the head is in great shape, and it is currently shafted with a stock Nike “ladies” flex.

You can find this club for purchase now at Golf Avenue: Nike T60 Fairway Wood.

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Bettinardi unveils limited-run BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter

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Bettinardi has unveiled its third limited-run putter of 2020: the BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter.

The flat-stick, of which there are just 300 pieces worldwide, is milled to 362 grams from 303 Stainless Steel and features original Honeycomb face milling and a multi-color 6061 Aluminum pocket insert for an 80’s feel.

 

The BB1-Wide “Totally 80’s” putter contains a Tour Blast finish and features a “Betti Boombox” engraved along the sole, geometric shapes on the heel of the face, and “Bettinardi” along the inner neck

The putter is hand-painted in a hot pink, blue, orange, and white color scheme, and comes paired with a custom matching Lamkin SINK Fit grip and Made in USA headcover.

Putter Specs:

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The new limited-run putter costs $750 and will be available at select Bettinardi specialty dealers worldwide and online at Bettinardi.com on July 16th, 2020 at 10 am CDT in The Hive.

 

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: “KiwiNick”

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to kick things off with one of our early submissions:

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: KiwiNick

Handicap (per profile): 5

KiwiNick WITB

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 65 X

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 75X

5-wood: Callaway XR16 Pro (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 765 TS

Utility Iron: Callaway X Forged UT (21-degrees bent to 22-degrees with 4i shaft length) 
Shaft: Project X Rifle 6.0

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW) 
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.0

Wedges: Callaway MD5 (50-10)*, MD4 (54-06)**, PM Grind (58-12)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S200

*(“Wasn’t a fan of the W grind so gave it a custom C grind in my garage”)

**(“56/08 bent to 54/06 for the tight lies on my home links course: Paraparaumu GC, NZ”)

Putter: Odyssey O Works 7S

Golf Ball: Srixon Z Star XV

Putter Grip: Lamkin

Grips: Lamkin Midsize Tour Velvet

From KiwiNick

“It’s taken me nearly two years to land on a #witb that feels fairly permanent. I sometimes add a 2H (Apex 19, 18*) when it’s really blowing outside as the 5W can lose a little distance off the tee into the breeze.

One of my favorite clubs is the 58* PM Grind. I’ve never played with a wedge that was so good from dry sand and mid – deep rough. If you haven’t tried one, you need to demo it. Phil is on to something with these wedges.

The other revelation has been the Tensei Blue AV X flex shafts. I fight a draw that can turn into a low spin hook if my strike heads to the toe. The Tensei Blue is so linear in the way it loads and unloads that I can swing at 110-115mph and have more than enough to make the shaft work. The combo in driver and 3w (which is used 95% as a tee club) has lifted my ‘fairways found’ stats dramatically!”

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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