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Equipment Change That Made A Significant Difference


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#61 ddetts

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:57 AM

Probably getting wedges that are both properly gapped for my yardages and have the correct bounce and grind for my swing and playing conditions. Second would probably be a properly fit putter.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 09:15 AM

Cutting my driver from 45.5 to 44.5 and getting a stiffer tip section. Gained 40 yards and I don't miss fairways too terribly anymore. I'm hoping my putter fitting this week will help improve my aim and consistency.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:44 PM

I haven't been able to play an actual round with it, but have gotten a couple range sessions indoors/outdoors in, and I can tell this M3 driver is going to make a ridiculous difference. Off the tee is the problem part of my game, and I can shoot anywhere from 70s-90 depending how the day is. Not a huge advocate for blowing bank accounts as soon as something comes out but I did it on the M4 5 wood, and on a hunch bought this driver....worth every single penny. IMO
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Irons: Nike Vapor Speed 2I w/ Fubuki  AX h400 TI x
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:13 PM

Odyssey 2Ball when they were 1st released and more recently An Odyssey V-line WHP.



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:18 PM


2 for me.

Finding the right driver fit.  Few years ago got a Titleist 913 D3 with Diamana D+ shaft and for the first time in my life I got comfortable off the tee with a driver.  It isnít always perfect, but usually playable and way more good drives than I had ever been used to.  Made a difference for sure.  

Getting forgiving but low offset irons.  Offset screws me up, it makes be set the clubhead closed and just  ever would feel right.  But I can definitely use some forgiveness and forgiveness and low offset rarely go together.  Finding irons that, I think, are the absolute best combination of those two things helped tremendously.

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Minimal: Titleist 913 D3 / Titleist 909 F2 / Miura CB57 4/6/8/P / Miura 55C / Byron DH89 / Mackenzie Ballistic Walker

Full: Titleist 913 D3 / Titleist 909 F2 / Bridgestone J40 DPCs 4-PW / Vokey 52 & 56 / Piretti 60 / Byron DH89 / SM2.5+

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:41 PM

SKLZ / Orange whip swing tempo trainer.  Finally learning, actually relearning the correct tempo to maximize lag and swing physics efficiency.  It has come and gone in and out of my game but not stayed consistently.  Being more of a range rat rather than getting actual golf rounds in didn't help conquering the tempo challenge when there is always another ball to hit and tend to get too quick in every way.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:16 PM

Push cart and laser range finder
I love golf

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 09:59 PM

Really only one -- left the game in about 1997 and came back 2008 still with my original Big Bertha.  Replaced that with a 460 cc driver.  THAT is a huge difference.

Irons-wise, the King Cobra Oversizes could still be in my bag and I'd not notice that much (if any) difference from the Ping i20's that replaced them.  Ditto the Big Bertha 3-wood versus the RBZ 3HL that replaced it.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:44 PM

Went to blades and became a world class ball striker before I even got them home. Oh, and my distance control is now tour worthy and I can flight them like a Pan Am stewardess.
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Callaway x2Hot Pro 2Deep 12.5° [Aldila Tour Green 75 S]
Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro F2 LE 15.5° [Aldila NV 2KXV Green 75 S]
Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 16.5° [UST ProForce V2 75 S]
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 12:23 AM

-Dropped down from X to S in all clubs.
-Went to graphite Recoils in irons.
-Switched to mallet putter.
-Picked up a MEVO this spring and am logging distance data.  I know the MEVO isn't perfect but when i'm looking at swing speed and distance for the most part it does the job.  I am able to use during practice, export data file when complete, upload to my data file and then update all tables.  With about 500 swings documented I have my MIN/MAX and AVG distances and they have held up to what I am seeing on the course.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 07:42 AM

Three major things which not only has really helped me improve, but has allowed to practice less because I know the equipment.  My last three rounds have been under par with little practice.
  • Laser range finder.  Probably the biggest.  Club selection now is much easier knowing the exact yardage.
  • Settling on a grind for my wedges.  I'm using JAWS CC and the 58* is a life saver.  The extra bounce, C Grind and blunted leading edge has made this the most versatile wedge for my game.  This is my 2nd year with them and I have a 52/58* pair as backup that I picked up last year for $80 total.  I have not had any issues with spin.
  • Srixon 745 irons.  The V-sole matches my swing perfectly.  I really hit down on my irons and these just take the perfect amount of grass without digging.  And they are extremely forgiving, especially on thin hits.  Easily the best set of irons I've ever had.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:56 AM

1.  Staying with one type of ball all the time.  I don't think ball type matters that much as long as you stay with a ball long enough to know what to expect on every shot.  
2.  Laser range finder.  Takes out all uncertainty.  
3.  Eliminating the 60 degree wedge and putting a 23* hybrid in the bag.   There's only one degree of difference between my 23* hybrid and my 4 iron but there's a lot of difference in distance and ball flight between the two.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:06 AM

fli-hi irons in 4-5-6.  I was never much a fan of hitting 4-5 iron, hit it low, these have changed my long\mid iron play significantly.

Pro Orange in the driver, never been so consistent off the tee.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:12 AM

1. Switching from stouter stiff to less stiff shafts = more distance

2. Switching from plumbers neck style putter to TM Spider mallet style putter = my misses I am generally at least getting a piece of the hole

3. Switching from 3 wood to 4 wood = gained confidence off the deck with the increased loft and gained about the same if not more distance than having 3 wood in the bag
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 09:16 AM

Switching to steelfiber from X100. For as much as I practice, having the long-term dampening has helped me last through the season and into the winter without the aches and pains I got with steel.

The higher ballflight for me with the 110cw was simultaneously a game changer.

And I’d also say the range finder purchase was key. I couldn’t imagine playing new or unfamiliar courses without it.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:03 AM

Getting a driver that wasn't a low spin, forward cog driver has reduced the surprised mishtis that will go miles offline.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:32 AM

Hmmmm....many rangefinder mentions, barely any gps mentions...maybe I bought the wrong gadget!

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Biggest change for me was moving to heavy putters. I can't putt with anything under like 375g.....i would bet that my make percentage on say, 5-7 footers, probably went up 10%
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:12 AM

Echoing others:

1. Range finder: I used to think I knew my distances and how to walk off yardage. The laser saves me at a minimum 2-3 shots per round where my perception was WAY off

2. Push Cart: my back and shoulders feel so much better, and fatigue on the back nine is much less a factor.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 01:29 PM

View Postbogey69, on 14 April 2018 - 10:32 AM, said:

Hmmmm....many rangefinder mentions, barely any gps mentions...maybe I bought the wrong gadget!


I went rangefinder because I had too many instances where GPS was drastically incorrect.  Not fun splashing your approach shot because you believe the GPS reading that turns out to be short by 20 yds.

My own list, in chrono order:

Going shorter, heavier, and stiffer in driver.  Bought a club with an unlabeled flex, an inch shorter than what I'd been using.  When I regripped it that winter, was surprised to see it was 2x and 100g+.  At that point, I quit believing the guys telling me I only needed stiff.

Second is switching to the Golden Rams.  All the commentary aside, I scored better with them, so in the bag they went.  They've not let me down, no matter how many times I tried to switch away from them.

Next is the laser rangefinder.  I'm another with less than ideal depth perception, the laser makes a huge difference when you're not near a yardage marker.  Or even when you are, and you learn how mismarked a course might be.  ;)

My push cart gets honorable mention, helping to save my back and shoulders.  :)

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:09 PM

From beer to vodka :derisive:

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:46 PM

View Postazkaevolution, on 13 April 2018 - 10:10 PM, said:

if you are playing the best you've ever played, why change it now?

1) a fitted bettinardi putter
2) embracing the 3 wood, and not fearing it because everyone says they hate them
3) same thing for the hybrid...embrace the hybrid, dont hate it.
4) correct grind wedges for my playing style
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:07 PM

Staff bag. It holds more s***, no pulling four clubs out at a time, material lasts longer than half a season, and fits in a cart better.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:20 PM

View PostAtrayn, on 11 April 2018 - 03:12 PM, said:

Switching to a pencil with an eraser... :pimp:
But is the eraser a "tour issue" model? :taunt:

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:22 PM

I've never fawned over any club...but a recent purchase of a 2013 used Callaway X Hot 4 H has been pretty magical.


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Posted 14 April 2018 - 11:55 PM

Interesting comments about range finders but I grew up the game playing with my eyes and senses along with doing math.

Biggest changes in my game over the last few years have been swing lessons/changes and a complete equipment over haul.

Biggest improvements in my game is the long and short game.

Learned how to hit a 3 wood off the tee and deck; good riddens to the band aid 4 wood.

Simplified my short game with 3 wedges despite the stronger lofts nowadays; 45* PW, 51* GW and 57* LW (my go to wedge for everything)

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:02 AM

Got fitted for a G400 Driver. This has been money. Best driver I have used.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:58 AM

Great topic!

The 3 equipment changes that have actually helped lower my score are;

1) SEEMORE putter fitting.  I really struggled with alignment and RST really helps me with that

2) Coughing up the requisite $300+ for the Tour AD BB7X that I was fitted to for my driver.  Not huge yardage gains, but huge increase in the number of fairways hit.

3) Vokey wedges with the appropriate grinds.  I love short game practice now!  I had a problem with my wedges digging and catching.  M-grind fixed that without swing mods.  I have lots of confidence around the greens now

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:51 AM

View Postthird-times-a-charm, on 14 April 2018 - 10:46 PM, said:

2) embracing the 3 wood, and not fearing it because everyone says they hate them
3) same thing for the hybrid...embrace the hybrid, dont hate it.

Good, good.... let the hate flow through you.   Discover the power of the dark side 3 wood.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:47 PM

View Postpinestreetgolf, on 15 April 2018 - 11:51 AM, said:

View Postthird-times-a-charm, on 14 April 2018 - 10:46 PM, said:

2) embracing the 3 wood, and not fearing it because everyone says they hate them
3) same thing for the hybrid...embrace the hybrid, dont hate it.

Good, good.... let the hate flow through you.   Discover the power of the dark side 3 wood.

Pine,

From what I've seen of your posts I know you like distance (as do I for a lot of good reasons).  But I've had 3 wood in the bag almost every year for the 13 years I've been playing golf and this year decided to try out a Rogue 4 wood.  I liked the smaller size of the 4 wood head vs. the 3 wood (front to back).  Not only this, but most importantly the 4 wood has done something the 3 wood hasn't.  The 4 wood has given me the confidence and consistency to strike the golf ball better from the deck than any fairway wood I've owned.  I can tell you from a distance stand point that the 4 wood on average has been just as long if not longer than 3 woods I have bagged in the past.  I know you like 3 woods and I am assuming it is because you in fact do hit a 3 wood with consistently off the deck, but isn't there players out there that can benefit more from bagging a 4 wood vs. 3 wood; like my case that I've found, consistancy of strikes from the deck and similar distance to a 3 wood?  I was understanding Matt Kuchar had only a 4 wood in the bag for quite some time.  I think the latest WITB shows he now has a Titleist 917 3 Wood set at +1 (16 degrees) so not quite a 4 wood anymore.  

The longest 3 wood I can remember hitting was 240 yards.  I'd say on average to better strikes I would normally hit 3 wood 220-235 in pretty neutral conditions.  When I played Thursday I hit the new 4 wood 235 off the tee and on the next hole 230 off the deck.  I guess my point is; I am comfortable with the look and performance of this 4 wood and it goes just as far as I normally would have hit a 3 wood previously if not further.  Curious if you think everyone should be gaming a 3 wood?

Callaway Rogue Draw Driver (10 Degrees) 9 Degree setup at +1, Neutral Setting - Aldila Synergy 50 (60 Grams) Stiff - Standard
Callaway Rogue 4 Wood (17 Degrees) - Aldila Synergy 60 (68 Grams) Stiff - Standard
Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees) and 4 Hybrid (21 Degrees) - Aldila Synergy 60 (75 Grams) Stiff - Standard
Titleist 718 AP3 5 Iron (25 Degrees) through PW (43 Degrees) and Wedge (48 Degrees) - AMT Black S300 - Standard
Titleist SM6 - 52 Degree F Grind 8 Degree Bounce - Project X 6.0 - Standard
Titleist SM6 - 56 Degree F Grind 14 Degree Bounce Standard - Project X 6.0 - Standard
2018 TaylorMade Spider Tour Red Sightline
Titleist AVX

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