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#211 swizbeatz

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:05 AM

Interesting first competitive round.  As expected it wasnít as easy to keep up the swing changes I worked on over the winter, at the same time my ball turned much less right to left and came in steep enough to hold most greens which is huge.  Speaking of, some of the worst greens Iíve ever played on.  Makes me happy both my home courses are running smooth and 12, the crap spring weíve had hasnít hurt them but venturing out for the first time to a public track was eye opening.  Iíd have asked for my $ back after seeing the putting green if I had a choice.  

That said, Team play match and everyone plays the same course.  Got to play with a well known senior am, guy was a model of consistency and should have shot his age.  Inside 12 feet on all 9 holes of the front, 16 greens total only missing the two longest holes on the back a touch short.  Very impressive.  

Shot -1 71, felt like a got screwed a few times by aeration holes on chips, ball would do wacky stuff like bounce straight up in the air or uphill.  Hit 15 greens, bogied all 3 I missed.  Struggled with the driver on the front, reverted back to sliding in front of it and hitting a smother hook.  Couple layup holes on the front though and hybrid/5 wood were much better.  Got pumped up at the turn, was 3 down to the senior who shot 33, and didnít miss a drive on the back.  

Played the Max with IZ 6x, will probably go back to the LS for a week or two going forward.  Jumped on Trackman during a Callaway demo day, Max was spinning 2800, LS was 2400, Rogue SZ was amazing actually at high ball speeds and 2200 spin.  Saw some of the same numbers with the Max that drove me to Ping LS versions starting with the G30, high launch, little high spin, way to high peak height and descent angle which kills roll out.  

G400 5 wood is awesome.  IZ 7x, just picked up those shafts, didnít miss it during the match yesterday ending with hitting it to ~40 feet on the last to clinch the back 9 for me.

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 07:22 PM

Been a solid start to the season, shooting par or under way more often than any year in the past including some away courses and tournaments.  I have a high on the year of a 78, away best ball pro-am which I took a couple doubles hitting driver on tight holes with OB because it was 2 BB of 4.  I've been in the 60's 4 of my last 8 rounds and haven't shot over even par so far in my clubs mens league.  Qualified for our state senior/mid am with a member at my club, they take 2 of 44 teams from 3 different sites so in September we will be one of 6 teams vying for the trophy.  We shot -2 in the best ball morning and +2 on a tough course in alternate shot which tied for low in the field in the alternate portion, then won a 5 hole playoff late in the day to claim second and qualify.  Finished 3rd in my area tournament of champions shooting 74/71, basically everyone locally who won a CC or qualified for a state or usga event.  

Had a shot at my home course record the other day, shot 66 with 8 birdies and a double on a par 3 to miss tying it by 1.  I left a 3 footer for birdie short, and lipped out 2 from 6-8 feet.  I got it to -6 thru 16 and then missed 15 footers on the last two, neither of the straight variety.  I'm basically flagging every shot from 60-110 and not missing fairways off the tee, its definitely a lot of fun.  

My bag hasn't changed much which is a recurring theme over the last few years.  I'm looking at a ping hybrid to make the top end all ping but hate the fact they aren't adjustable which makes the stock shaft the only thing I've been able to hit.  Currently gaming a Rogue 125 in a 9* g400 Max instead of the LS, never driven the ball better.  Not a permanent change, the IZ just had the epoxy fail on the tip.  

I'll add the g400 5 wood continues to be a game changer.  Its the best addition to my bag in 3-4 years for sure.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 09:55 AM

All I really need to figure out is the 4 iron spot in my bag.  Totally open to suggestions.  I need something that flies 200-205 and goes as high as possible.  I'm killing myself by making good swings from that yardage and getting nothing out of it.  I switch back and forth between my 302 4 iron and a UDI with a 100 gram MCI shaft, neither go high enough or spin.  I tried the 22* g400 hybrid but it goes just as far as my 20* 816 hybrid that I have no desire to get rid of.  I might try the g400 5 hybrid at 25* but pretty much already did that for a year and wasn't that happy either.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:02 AM

 swizbeatz, on 12 June 2018 - 09:55 AM, said:

All I really need to figure out is the 4 iron spot in my bag.  Totally open to suggestions.  I need something that flies 200-205 and goes as high as possible.  I'm killing myself by making good swings from that yardage and getting nothing out of it.  I switch back and forth between my 302 4 iron and a UDI with a 100 gram MCI shaft, neither go high enough or spin.  I tried the 22* g400 hybrid but it goes just as far as my 20* 816 hybrid that I have no desire to get rid of.  I might try the g400 5 hybrid at 25* but pretty much already did that for a year and wasn't that happy either.

That's a hard spot for me as well. It seems like I really like hitting my 3 and 5 iron and always end up shying away from the 4. What about finding an old 23 or 24 degree 816 hybrid? You could probably pick one up cheap somewhere.
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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:49 AM

 TheKrushh, on 12 June 2018 - 11:02 AM, said:

 swizbeatz, on 12 June 2018 - 09:55 AM, said:

All I really need to figure out is the 4 iron spot in my bag.  Totally open to suggestions.  I need something that flies 200-205 and goes as high as possible.  I'm killing myself by making good swings from that yardage and getting nothing out of it.  I switch back and forth between my 302 4 iron and a UDI with a 100 gram MCI shaft, neither go high enough or spin.  I tried the 22* g400 hybrid but it goes just as far as my 20* 816 hybrid that I have no desire to get rid of.  I might try the g400 5 hybrid at 25* but pretty much already did that for a year and wasn't that happy either.

That's a hard spot for me as well. It seems like I really like hitting my 3 and 5 iron and always end up shying away from the 4. What about finding an old 23 or 24 degree 816 hybrid? You could probably pick one up cheap somewhere.


I'm gonna look around, I think due to how low I tend to hit the ball I actually have a 27* sitting around somewhere.  I played it all of last year but then tended to whimp out on par 3's that called for it knowing the miss could be worse.  The 23 or 24 probably ends up going too far.  We have a perfect elevated green 200 yard par 3 to test this stuff on, I just need to spend an hour out there one of these days.  Its glaring during my leagues and club events that are played one up, I tend to have that yardage on a couple par 5's that have elevated greens.  Besides par 3's on longer courses I don't have that yardage in a ton.

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 02:17 PM

Your next club after driver is 5 wood, right? Would a higher lofted fairway be a possibility? I see Ping has a G400 9 wood that has 23.5* of loft and can be adjusted to 24.5. If it went too far, you could theoretically take a little length off of it to dial it in, or even pop a steel shaft into it. In my experience, fairways have less of a tendency to go left, and with steel, it might even have a little more control. Kind of an off-the wall suggestion, but it might work.
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Posted 18 June 2018 - 06:42 PM

That’s a good idea with the 9 wood. What about a g400 4 iron or a crossover?
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Posted 21 June 2018 - 05:11 AM

I just got a 816 hybrid 23 degrees cut to my four iron length 38.75 (MP18 +1/2 inch) and it's perfect.  Higher flight, softer landing, more forgiving, and similar distance.  Great hybrids.  I also have a 21 degree H1 @ D1 - 20 degrees.  The gaps work well for me.
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Posted 21 June 2018 - 10:17 AM

 beluga99, on 21 June 2018 - 05:11 AM, said:

I just got a 816 hybrid 23 degrees cut to my four iron length 38.75 (MP18 +1/2 inch) and it's perfect.  Higher flight, softer landing, more forgiving, and similar distance.  Great hybrids.  I also have a 21 degree H1 @ D1 - 20 degrees.  The gaps work well for me.

Thatís what Iíve been playing since making that post, so far Iím happy with it again.  I just need to hit the ball higher, watching a round of our state Am this week itís just crazy how high most of the better players hit it.
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Posted 28 June 2018 - 01:52 PM

If you start looking again, these might be something to look at:
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The addition of 5 iron loft might give you what you're looking for.

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 11:50 AM

Solid year, won my CC for the third year in a row by 10.  Nothing in the bag has changed besides I purchased the Max head I was demo'ing.  Still playing a 27* hybrid instead of a 4 iron for now, plan on trying a couple driving irons in that spot.  Haven't really been able to go low recently which sucks, I never shoot in the 80's including tournament rounds though which has been nice.  All in all another 1-2 shot improvement from the year prior, if I can repeat that again next year I should stick in the +2 range and be able to better compete in state Am events.  Unfortunately we did not play very well in the partner event we qualified for but it was still cool to be one of 6 teams out of ~120 to make the finals.  I've only got 1-2 tournaments left this year and then just messing around until winter hits, hopefully be playing well into December like some of the past years.  

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