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Confessions 12 --- Exploding Heads

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#3151 DeNinny

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 06:53 PM

Oh man Porky Piggy that is a beautiful putter.  LMAO I bet Matt J will be leaving snail trails on his chair when he sees that.

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 07:03 PM

View PostDeNinny, on 01 October 2017 - 06:53 PM, said:

Oh man Porky Piggy that is a beautiful putter.  LMAO I bet Matt J will be leaving snail trails on his chair when he sees that.

Man she rolls the ball some nice, and it sets up so nicely behind the ball. I’ve been living room putting all day, I think it’s gone bump out my Studio Stainless. I didn’t expect to like it this much at all :)
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 06:58 PM

Hey fellas. I just wanted to check in with yíall. Safe and sound here. I will update shortly. Just got home from an awesome time
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Posted 02 October 2017 - 09:05 PM

Canít wait to hear all about your trip PJ!!

I found some nail polish today that seems pretty close, yeah, I brought my putter into the pharmacy with me to compare Colors in person lol. I stripped the paint from the circles tonight and tried the first run, I think it will work. I just need to put in on thin enough to get the translucent look of the original paint, itís a little too thick right now and so,etching got into on the the circles. Round two will be tomorrow, not bad for a test run though. I actually didnít mind the way it looked with empty circles either honestly. :)

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

We got a round in today. It was over a week from my previous round and for me a week is a really, really long time away from golf during the season.

With little expectations considering my recent bad form, the sub 50 temps and multiple layers of clothes on, I was just happy to be out there and grabbed the driver on the first tee. Needless to say, I hooked it OB. Then pushed my 3 iron right but both of us lost it in the bright clouds. We didn't find it so no score on the first hole. Then on the second hole I almost made an ace. Hit a nice draw 2-3 feet past the pin, less than a foot right of the pin, then the ball rolled back and towards the hole but missed it by inches leaving me with a four-foot uphill putt.

I bogeyed 3rd and 8 through then but otherwise I made pars until the 13th where I hit a good drive to the fairway to a blind landing area but we never found the ball, it must've embedded in the wet fairway. After another no score I parred the final 5 holes.

12 pars, 4 bogeys and 2 no scores and all I did was concentrate on the shoulder turn in the back swing and especially on the downswing. I did miss a club or two in distance but as I kept clubbing up, there was no issues except for one time when all the distance happened to come back and I flew the green. But width-wise even that one was pretty much on the money.

Just too bad I couldn't make any of the birdie putts, all the putts had a bit too much or just slightly too little break leaving me with plenty of tap-ins and the only time I missed the green on a par 3, the chip shot hit the pin but wouldn't drop.

I have a gut feeling I'm going out again tomorrow as I have nothing scheduled and there's only light rain in the forecast. :D

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 10:56 PM

Nice score Pigs!  I like that era of the selects a lot.  If I could ever find any Newports with no sight aids I'd definitely own one.

Glad to hear the rotator cuff is better Ninja!

Pappa I expect a full report ASAP.  And stay away from those tables!

Halebopp glad to hear you're still getting some golf in.  I'm sure the days are starting to seem short up your way.

I've really improved my ball striking lately.  Huge focus on getting to the top and shallowing properly.  Have finally started to break my biggest miss, the pull.  Actually more coming to grips with it as a tendency and play with it a little when I can and avoid it when I can't.

Going to clear a bunch of stuff out on eBay soon.  Want a set of Miura wedges with steelfibers for a little consistency in my set.  Probably going to buy a cheap set used and refurb them.  Restore to raw with new grooves and ported to add weight, then I might grind and finish them myself.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:08 AM

Always wanted one, just pulled the trigger...


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:52 AM

 Matt J, on 07 October 2017 - 02:08 AM, said:

Always wanted one, just pulled the trigger...


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Thanks Matt, their one of my favourite too. Iíve got two strips of lead tape over the sight line now actually lol, I donít care for them either. Iíve got them covered on my Studio Stainless as well.

Nice score yourself man!! Does it have the sound slot? Iíve been looking at those lately too!! I donít know if I want a Dalehead or an Anser yet though, I like both. Nice stick Bro :)

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:59 AM

Thanks Pigems.  It is beached, so yes to the sound slot.  I used to putt with a beached Ray Cook mallet.  Still have it.   So I'm curious to try it in a plumbers neck blade.  Was already thinking I'll load it up with lead tape.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 05:05 AM

 Matt J, on 07 October 2017 - 04:59 AM, said:

Thanks Pigems.  It is beached, so yes to the sound slot.  I used to putt with a beached Ray Cook mallet.  Still have it.   So I'm curious to try it in a plumbers neck blade.  Was already thinking I'll load it up with lead tape.

Nice!! I’ve been wanting to try something with a sound slot, they seem to be fairly popular and I’ve never really tried one. At first glance I didn’t realize it was a Dalehead, I like it even more now. The lead tape works pretty well, it’s to bad the don’t make Brass coloured Lead tape for your Ping, regular with work though :)

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 05:23 AM

It's pretty beat up, but no plan to restore.  I'm getting more used to patina and chatter.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 05:41 AM

View PostMatt J, on 07 October 2017 - 05:23 AM, said:

It's pretty beat up, but no plan to restore.  I'm getting more used to patina and chatter.

I like chattered, patinad, beat up clubs, itís just character in my books, battle scars even. I like cleanish faces but the rest can be beat and Iím cool with it, I like to think of them as clubs that are battle tested veterans that can be truly trusted instead rookies on their first tour of duty :)

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:19 AM

2nd on that trip report, Mr. PJ.     Been working on iron vs driver swings.   Some transition hip bump, low point with irons, and more tilt with driver - and I have developed a bit of a spiny shoulders at times so feeling more closed in transition.     Took yesterday off from golf since we had an all day member guest so the club was booked.   Playing today, but with Nate coming right over us in the next couple of days, we look to get somewhere around 4-5 inches of rain starting tonight through next Thursday - we need it since we've had but .25 inches in a month with highs in the 80s (but low humidity, yes).    

So I cut the grass yesterday morning then was going to go work out.    Few days ago my wife was sewing some things on our commercial embroidery machine - she took a short cut since she was rushed - she didn't trace the design before starting - yep, the presser foot/needle hit the hoop - these things are designed to break a little plastic part called a reciprocator so as not to bend any/all of the needle rods etc - she thought our tool chest was in Charleston with our other machine - and I knew we had some spares in it - she paid $26 to have one shipped - so after mowing, she said can you help me change it out - well hadn't done this since 2002 - started at 11:00 - finished at 5:00 - should have taken about an hour - you have to take the front of the machine's head off to get to the part - easy peasy - putting it back on not so much - did it about 4-5 times - once we had it slightly misaligned and I did a thread trim - and the needle hit the needle plate instead of going into the little hole - that took an hour to fix and fortunately didn't break the reciprocator again - oh, and in looking in our cabinets we found the tool chest with 2 reciprocators,  ha.

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:19 PM

Hey guys.

Trip to Vegas was awesome. Two rounds of golf with a group of awesome guys from THP and a group of awesome people from Wilson golf. Got to hit some pretty freaking awesome gear. New irons are pretty nice so far. Different than my 100s but not in a bad way.

The course was really nice. Never played desert golf before haha. A whole new challenge thatís for sure. Didnít gamble too much as I only have luck at card games at home when nothing is on the line haha. Plus I think I had enough fortune of calling it an early night Sunday with everything that happened. Canít really talk about equipment I used due to NDA but come January Iíll be able to fill you in more.

Hopefully all is well for yíall and those who can still play golf are having a good last hurrah before winter.
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 09:30 AM

PJ, glad you had a good trip and got home safe. Thatís some crazy stuff that happened down there.

MJ, a little lead tape can fix just about anything. No more sight lines :)











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Posted 08 October 2017 - 03:13 PM

I confess I just bought a 4-PW set of Mizuno JPX EZ Forgeds, the orange 2014 models. It might take a while before I get my hands on them though as the seller lives close to my brother so he just drops them off there. Hopefully I'll be seeing my brother before Christmas. :D

They have the XP105 S300 shafts and it might be they're completely unplayable for me but on the other hand those might work in the autumn and spring when the swing isn't really there.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 05:04 PM

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Hey guys.

Trip to Vegas was awesome. Two rounds of golf with a group of awesome guys from THP and a group of awesome people from Wilson golf. Got to hit some pretty freaking awesome gear. New irons are pretty nice so far. Different than my 100s but not in a bad way.

The course was really nice. Never played desert golf before haha. A whole new challenge that’s for sure. Didn’t gamble too much as I only have luck at card games at home when nothing is on the line haha. Plus I think I had enough fortune of calling it an early night Sunday with everything that happened. Can’t really talk about equipment I used due to NDA but come January I’ll be able to fill you in more.

Hopefully all is well for y’all and those who can still play golf are having a good last hurrah before winter.
So what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas?   Lol

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:25 PM

Sorta for now haha.

I can say they do feel quite nice. The flight is a little higher with what seems like lower spin.Spec wise I cannot say anything.

PLaying wise in Vegas, I didnt play my best. I was coming in with some great rounds under my belt. I mean I dropped from 14.5 to a 12 in about a a month or month and a half. Just really couldn't get much going except from within 100 which I did very well at (at least I felt so haha). The wilson guys were super nice and genuine. I really hope to keep in touch with them. Even met the president Tim Clark. Really funny guy with a ton of good stories. Unfortunately Vegas got me Saturday night and I had some issues with memory after a certain point haha...... :eyeroll:

I'll be able to talk the ball I played with in two days which will be nice haha
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 07:19 PM

Wife won an award at work, so they sent us to Portland.  I woke up early Friday and drove up to Tacoma to play Chambers Bay.  Awesome golf course IMO.  Got a second round in at a little private Chandler Egan, Tualatin CC on Saturday morning, enjoyed it, too.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 04:42 AM

Cool stuff that you got to play Chambers Bay MJ, Iíve played it at the simulator before. How was it in real life??

I scored a sweet deal on a set of 710 AP2ís 4-Pw w/ S300ís on Friday after work, I tried out the 7 iron in place of my CB 7i at the simulator yesterday. They hit the ball high and feel pretty nice. More testing is needed though. I did shoot my best round in a while at the simulator which was cool. I do play 15í gimmies For sim golf though as I donít much care for simulated short putting, but 66 is never a bad score :)







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Posted 16 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

I thought Chambers Bay to be as interesting, pretty, and challenging as any course I've ever played.  It would fit in nicely at Bandon Dunes Resort and it's less expensive.  You guys know that I'm a little of a geek when it comes to golf and architecture.  I've played a lot of RTJ Jr. golf courses and he's not my favorite architect.  But, I'd have to say he did an amazing job at Chambers.  Doak and Kidd built a little more of a "traditional" links course at Bandon (those are the two I've played, BD and OM) - overall I think they are both superior designs especially for that area of the coast.

When I'm looking at a golf course like CB, I think there are two big components as far as the topography.  You have the macro, how the architect routes the course with the big contours in the land.  Typically on the coast you assume the property drops elevation towards the water, but there is always a big ridge where the dunes have accumulated sand and grown brush right up at the edge of the highest water line from thousands of years of high tides and big storms washing the seaward side away and the wind replacing the erosion.  So in essence you have a valley with two big ridges with the coastal side being lower than the landward side.  Then you have the micro, how the architect shaped the fairways, green complexes, slope of the greens, bunkering, and waste areas.

I think RTJ Jr. did an excellent job on the macro, but I've never been a huge fan of his micro.  I think it would play a little tricked up with wind and weather.  But, we had a fabulous day, with minimal wind, lots of sunshine and no rain.  It rained hard the day before I got there, but that might produce the best scoring conditions as the greens were receptive and the fairways were fast, but not ridiculous.  IMO, there's just too much unnecessary slope in the fairways and greens.  I don't know if he does it assuming that in a hundred years it will be mellowed out by maintenance and weather or if he just likes to make it super challenging in case of events like the Open.

The greens were a non-factor for me.  There's a lot of mold and fungus growing in places.  But, generally, they were true for a links course.  They certainly aren't Oakmont, never will be.  The super is working very hard at rectifying the damage done to prepare for the Open.  I think in 3 to 5 years the greens will be as good as any links on the west coast.  But, getting thatched / think healthy poa greens is a long ongoing process that takes years of proper maintenance.  As recently witnessed at Pebble Beach, that doesn't insure a great roll especially when maintenance is preparing for an event and intentionally letting them get slow and bumpy.

I made two putts for birdie outside of 10 or 12 feet and that's more than I can say for Pebble.  Both birdies at PB were either chipped in or a gimme.

In general, I had a heckuva time at Chambers.  Used the 5 hybrid a lot from around the green with both good and bad results.  Hit some great shots and hit some poor ones.  Ironically, I played amazingly well from the waste.  I only hit two tee balls into the waste areas and put both of them within 15 feet of the cup.  Made one and missed one.  I drove the ball very well for me, probably hit 10 or 12 fairways, but got some horrendous bounces coming into the greens.  Mostly from not knowing where to aim, but also hit the front and spun a couple back off the green and they roll 25 to 75 yards away from the pin.  From the first shot on the practice range it was clear that you had to shape a shot with the contours of the course.  That is what I go for, so I applaud RTJ Jr. for putting the range on a hilly and neat piece of the property vs. Bandon where they were trying to accommodate 4 or 5 courses worth of players and it's just a big flat driving range.

I'd very much say that Chambers Bay is a "don't miss" opportunity.  I think Pebble pays off over a lifetime of watching the AT&T and Majors being played there, but CB was a more fun, more pure, and better golfing experience for me for much less than half the price of admission.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:25 PM

Good score on the AP2's, Pigems!

A lot of guys preferred those to the 716's.

Went to get fit at a fitting center when I was in Portland.  Still not exactly sure what I think.  Good news was I was swinging driver about 105, which is quite a bit faster than I thought.

Went out and hit that Anser tonight on the putting green.  Wish I had bought it about 8 putters ago.  I was on fire with it.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

View PostMatt J, on 16 October 2017 - 07:25 PM, said:

Good score on the AP2's, Pigems!

A lot of guys preferred those to the 716's.

Went to get fit at a fitting center when I was in Portland.  Still not exactly sure what I think.  Good news was I was swinging driver about 105, which is quite a bit faster than I thought.

Went out and hit that Anser tonight on the putting green.  Wish I had bought it about 8 putters ago.  I was on fire with it.


Great write up on CB, sounds like it would be a great place to play golf. Glad to hear you liked the Anser as well, now I want one even more haha. It’s gotta be beached though, and Dalehead I think.


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Posted 16 October 2017 - 10:38 PM

Just a driver fitting.  Epic Sub Zero in 10.5 which they don't even make lefty, haha.  Fit for a club that doesn't exist.

I'm going to try the 9 degree with a few of my shafts and see if I can make it work.  Might hot melt it as I play that Covert at E0 pretty well.

Got one on order from eBay with a shaft that's too stiff, might have to send it to Hammer.

Tried to call Hammer today and then checked the time... It was 4 AM in Guam, oops.  Hope his ringer was off!

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:01 PM

New obsession, driver head weight.  I see a hot melt gun in my future.  New wedge shafts arrived, waiting on refurbed heads from Tiger Nick in Ohio.  Will update with pics when I get them back!


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Posted 19 October 2017 - 08:11 PM

I played a round of sim golf tonight, my son took me for my Birthday. Funny part was I tied my best simulator round ever, we play on 15í gimmies at the simulator both to make it more fun and because I donít like simulated short putting. Anyways, shot a simulated 33/29 for a 62(-10). The ten birdies werenít ALL gimmies either, I did actually sink 2 of them from over 20í and a 25 footer for par. It was a good night and I used the AP2ís tonight too, I really like them. Iím gonna have to tune them up now, new grips, -1/2Ē and flattened a little bit in the short irons. These are keepers for sure :)

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:39 PM

Happy Birthday Pigems!

Got a photo of my wedges today from Tiger Nick before they went in the mail.  Assuming they look as good in person I'm going to sub these into play and send him my gamers.  Got a set of Steelfiber i110's in S that are sitting waiting for for these heads.

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View PostMatt J, on 20 October 2017 - 03:39 PM, said:

Happy Birthday Pigems!

Got a photo of my wedges today from Tiger Nick before they went in the mail.  Assuming they look as good in person I'm going to sub these into play and send him my gamers.  Got a set of Steelfiber i110's in S that are sitting waiting for for these heads.

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Thanks MJ!! Those wedges looks awesome Bro!! I love the finish :)

Check out the cake I got :D

Played another round of sim golf tonight and manic was over with, back to normal lol. Fired off a 38/36 for 72 tonight, off part was I hit my irons like shat. Didnít hit anything particularly great but specially shat iron play. And this is after spewing out the AP2ís last night too. Turns out they were 1* upright of stock Titleist Lie angles, so a 65* Pw, I have been playing 1* flat or Titleist stock for a while now. But I hit the APís great the first round with the upright lies and like crap tonight. The pushed shot came back like I get with my CBís. Itís got me thinking maybe flat isnít the answer for me, hmmm. They definitely bend easily like a forged iron too, I didnít expect that. Thought theyíd be harder to bend.

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