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GREAT write up!!!View attachment 31408 View attachment 31409 First day out on the range with the new bag of clubs.
I decided to pay a visit to Hank Haney’s Golf Ranch at Vista Ridge and it is a nice facility for a morning of practice. Range ball prices are reasonable and the range itself is all turf with bag stands, benches, and places to wash your clubs. There is about 100 yards of water to carry with a series of tiny floating islands to work on your short game. The islands are only 2 to 3 feet in diameter so it is quite a challenge to land on them. There are also two chipping greens and a putting green to work with, but as I forgot to bring any of my own balls to work with, I bypassed that experience today. A nice practice facility that is only a couple of miles down the street makes it just about perfect.
The goal today was work every club in the bag and hit about 10 balls per club to get get a feel for each club and a general idea of the distance each would travel. I started with my PSi gap wedge and worked my up the irons through the 4 iron. The short irons were money and relatively similar to my RSi irons. I had some issues with the 6 iron as I started to get a bit tired so I took a quick break for a drink of water before getting into the 5 iron. 5 iron went well, but my first attempt at hitting a 4 iron in probably 15 years was predictably an uneven experience. There is some work to be done there. All in all, Iike the PSi irons and was pleasantly surprised by the KBS C Taper 105 shafts. They have an amazing feel and I had no issues launching the ball through the entire set. I did bring my lie board, but decided to leave that for another day. By the time I thought about bringing it out, my swing was starting to fall off with the 6 iron and I wanted to spend some time with the long end of the bag.
TEE CBX 18* was money, as expected. Tour Edge hybrids and fairways are second to none. TEE EX10 4W, money. Long, straight, with a nice soft landing. The perfect fairway wood. What else is there to say?
TM M1 460 Driver. Needed a higher tee to see how it will perform. Every strike I had was low on the face.
TM M3 460 Driver. Money. Even with the low tee height, what a wonderful driver to hit. The strikes were mid to low on the face, but it was launching really well. (Twistface at work?). When I shifted the weights from stock position to the far aft positions, there was a noticeable increase in launch height. This driver will probably end up in the Florida bag.
All in all, a pretty good day at the range. The only negative was the fact FedEx was a little late this morning and delivered my Cleveland wedges while I at was at the range rather than before.
The second day slump.
Returned to the range for a medium bucket and some putting green time today. Per the usual, the second day slump arrived as my tempo was all out of whack as I struggled across the board. It’s a mental thing for sure because not much has changed in less than 24 hours. Instead of taking my time and hitting one shot at a time, my brain was looking forward to the next shot. Brain was getting in the way, so to speak. Once I slowed things down a bit the magic slowly started to return.
I will not judge the new wedges just yet, as they got caught up in the mental maelstrom that was my range session today. I hit quite a few nice 54* shots before the cranial winds picked up so it was not a total loss.
I did manage to get the 7 iron on the lie board once the storm had passed. The mark was pretty much centered on the tape, maybe a hair towards the toe side of center. May end up leaving them standard lie, for now, unless I start seeing a trend to the right.
A little bit of an experiment on the top end of the bag. I was getting similar numbers from my 18* hybrid and my 4W on my Garmin Approach G80 yesterday, so I pulled the 4W in favor of a TEE CB Pro Ltd. 14.5* 3W to see if I could generate a better distance gap. So far, so good. I also put one of my Adams Idea Super 9031 hybrids, 20*, into the bag to see how it performed. It may be coming back into the main bag if the 4 iron does not behave.
The putting green was aerated recently, so it was a bit bumpy for my putting practice. Loving the Cleveland Rho, so far, as it is fairly similar to the Smart Square putter I was using in Florida the past few years. Good distance control and easy to align. The ball rolled pretty much where I aimed it to go, misses left and right were misreads rather than poor alignment. It’s keeping its place in the bag.