Wednesday, December 31, 2008


Ok, so I’ve been gone for a while. I’m not gonna bore you with the reasons…but I will catch you up on what’s transpired in my (golfing) life since then. Here goes…..

(1) TGC Amateur Tour National Championship (October) - A humbling experience. Note to self for 2009 – if you qualify again, try to play more than ONCE in the 5 weeks leading up to the event. Fun event, but a sad performance by yours truly. (Cool footnote – I met a fellow blogger, the author of “a twenty something’s golf blog” while I was walking to the scorer’s table. Tip of the hat to you Andrea and best wishes to you and your Mom).
(2)Switched drivers – After making fun of TaylorMade ( my driver of choice for 15 years) for pumping out FOUR different drivers in 2008, I switched from the Tour Burner to the R7 Limited…and as cliché as this sounds, I really like my new weapon. Altho it’s likely related to the kick a$$ Ozik Matrix Xcon shaft, I think I have finally found a combo that delivers the trajectory and distance combo I am looking for,
(3) Switched putters – I’ve been a Scotty Cameron fan for a long time – using various SC putters for the past 10 years or so. I was, however, torn between my affinity for Cameron flatsticks and my preference for mallet heads. The “red X” just did not do it for me, so I had been using various Newports for the last couple of years (1.5 and 2.5 – I like the flowing neck…). Enter the “Fastback” – I was even able to snag one of the SC custom made “heavy” versions, and it is SWEET.
(4) After years of struggling with weight transfer, hitting “the big ball (ground) before hitting the little ball(the white one)”, inconsistent iron play, and working with various coaches - I happened upon the “Stack and Tilt”. I’ve just started trying to use this, and don’t know if I will be able to do ALL that they two guys recommend – BUT, my early results are SUPER encouraging. Much better iron shots (even in the longer irons), crisp contact, and better distance. Stay tuned, as I will be doing an ongoing series of posts on my progress with the S&T.
(5) Switched golf balls – After playing ProV1x’s (and experimenting with TM Reds), I have settled on the Bridgestone Tour 330 – RX. Bottom line is that is supposed to offer all the spin/feel benefits of the “tour” balls (Pro V, TM Red and Black, Nike One, etc) but be better suited to amateur swing speeds (90-110). Again. My early results are super encouraging, especially off the driver where it is super straight with a nice trajectory.

So with 5 MAJOR changes in the last 90 days, you have probably guessed that I have high expectations for 2009, huh ? Well, you are right…..but that’s for another post.

Fairways and Greens,

1 comment:

Shades said...

I love the TM Red LDP ball, but if you want a good, lower priced ball, try the Bridgestone E5+. Good distance and spin with the same soft cover material as the Pro V1 and other higher end golf balls.