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In Topic: Choking up on all clubs - Kim and Garcia

24 September 2008 - 01:47 AM

My swing weights are all D8/9 so possibly the choke down is just making them more manageable for me with my elbow issues(I go in for elbow surgery tomorrow). Maybe when I'm back to strength I might find the choking down makes the clubs feel too light. Regardless the choke down, and up a club, shot for approaches when between clubs will be staying as part of my game. I've peppered so many pins, compared to my usual game, that I now find myself looking to club up and choke down at any given opportunity. As with any aspect of golf you can only know what works for you by experimentation, we're all different.

In Topic: Ryder Cup talk

22 September 2008 - 11:42 PM

Well I've got to say congrats to the USA, was one of the better RC's I've seen. Course set up, whilst being brutal for my level of golf, seemed fair to all concerned and allowed for some good scoring. Is anyone else in awe of the putting, from both sides, for the week? I don't think I've ever seen so many monster putts, that mattered, holed. For me this was the big diffrence, really felt the US had the edge in this area. Player of the week for me was Kenny Perry, 48 years old, reckoned it was his last hurrah in the RC, on home turf so desperate to perform well. What, I SAY WHAT, a final round, I believe it was 7 birdies and 1 eagle when he won his match. That is just awesome and I really felt good for him. Europe were beaten by the better team/team spirit on the week and that says a lot for how the US have turned around their team attitude. Felt it was very apt that Furyk made the winning putt, just reward for his years of consistency at the very highest level. Only one question, do any of you think the absence of Tiger was actually beneficial to the US side?

In Topic: Choking up on all clubs - Kim and Garcia

22 September 2008 - 11:31 PM

I play all my irons and a rescue club at 1 inch over standard, my driver is the Cobra L4 with the stock shaft, so quite long as well. Over the last 3 weeks I've been experimenting with choking down a bit and I've found:- accuracy goes up confidence goes up so I seem to be hitting longer you need to be aware of your setup, I found I needed to focus on staying down to the shot more choking right down, ie near enough on the metal, makes for a great knock down shot when you're between clubs I think I may have had a tendency to hold the club too near the butt anyway. Looking at some pics I see a lot of guys have more of the butt showing above the grip than I had. Since doing this I've played 6 rounds of golf, I'm a 10 handicap. I've broken 80 for 5 of the rounds with 75 being the best. It may be just in the mind but it's been my best ball striking for a long while.

In Topic: Greg Norman a Study in Disaster

31 July 2008 - 03:53 AM

I'm in the camp that feels this cannot be compared to Normans earlier career. What he achieved, at 53, was quite remarkable and he genuinely had a chance. What I'd like to add is with regard to his age, he did actually seem to get tired on day 4. I know he's an exceptional physical specimen but, regardless of how well maintained you are, at 53 the stamina is just lacking. I watched all of the coverage of rounds 3 and 4 and didn't see any evidence of Norman choking. What I did see in the final round were shots that were just coming up short and some good looking putts that wouldn't drop. The slightly ragged parts of Normans game on the Sunday looked just like what I'd expect to see from someone suffering from a bit of fatigue. Adrenalin can only take you so far, there is a good reason most seniors events are only 54 holes. I've played several links courses in those conditions or worse and it is the most tiring golf I've ever played. There is no opportunity to relax, every shot requires maximum focus and the battering from the wind just drains you. Choke from Norman?...I don't think so....all I see is one heck of an achievement.

In Topic: Anyone play a 5W or 7W at 3W Length?

23 June 2008 - 05:28 AM

I've never owned a 3 wood I was comfortable with off the deck, never great with a 4/5 wood either. However I have all of my irons 1 inch longer than standard, this makes them 3-4 degrees upright. I bought a TM Rescue TP at 19 degrees with the same S300 shaft as my irons and also at 1 inch longer. That was about 4 years ago and that is the only club I've carried between driver and 3 iron ever since. Just remember that it will feel pretty heavy to swing so trial and error is important. But it should be pretty cheap to experiment with an old rescue head and some steel shafts.