Winter Projects

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scomac
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Winter Projects

Dealing with my ailing back which has curtailed a lot of my golf activities over the past year has got me thinking about making some equipment adjustments to help make the game a bit easier to play for me.

Of all the clubs in the bag it seems that the short clubs are the most demanding on my back due to the necessary posture and bending.  It is particularly noticeable with putting and using  a standard length putter.  When playing a couple of games of putt-putt last summer I noticed no such issues, but a I had asked for a long putter and was provided with one to use.

I have an older TM Rossa mallet here that was previously converted to a belly putter and then back again following the anchoring ban.  (Should have just left it as is...)  I've ordered an extension for the shaft and one of the SuperStroke putter grips with a counter weight included.  The plan is to extend the putter out to 37" (from the current 34.5") which will allow me to use a much more upright posture to putt with.  I have a couple of sets of weights for the putter head that will allow me to weight the club properly to perform as intended.  I'll likely play around a bit with the length before deciding on the finished length if a little longer or shorter might be preferrable.

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In addition to the putter project, I picked up a new in plastic Cleveland Smart Sole 2.0 "C" wedge on clearout.  I got one of these for my wife a few years back and it has been the best money I ever spent on equipment for her as she now has some ability around the greens versus none beforehand.

My hope is that this will simplify the short game to a more putter like action and I will extend it out to play at 36" for comfort. 

Hopefully these changes will allow me to practice a bit more comfortably and maintain some semblemence of a game around the greens as I try and learn a new golf swing that is more friendly to my back.

Aimee
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Swing

probably the most challenging thing when swinging with some pain is to not think about the pain...you wind up changing your swing to avoid the pain. Keep the muscles warm and loose (K tape can help with support) and try to stay relaxed!

It's not how...it's how many

scomac
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Completed the putter build

Completed the putter build today.  Went with the previously decided upon 37" length after doing a bit of dry fit testing at both 36" and 38".

I'll say this much; it's tough on the back trying to adjust that grip up and down the shaft when dry fitted.  It's tight even without tape!  I used solvent for lubircation and even that didn't seem to make much difference as I found myself having to work the grip up or down with a twisting motion.  When I finally settled on the length it was a bit of a performance to get the grip square to the face top to bottom.  That also took a fair bit of fiddling.  One thing is for certain the grip isn't going anywhere now!

Balance is quite good and there's no tendency to get wristy with the stroke with the big grip.  It holds the line of the putt beautifully, much better than the previous set-up with a mid-sized pistol grip.  The acid test will be out on the course, but so far this looks to be extremely promising.

DON
IF you ever do this again,

IF you ever do this again, you might want to use an air compressor if you have access to one. You just blow air into the hole on the end of the grip, and the pressure will enlarge the girp enough so you can easily more the grip around on the shaft. Then after you know what length you wnat, you can use the compressor to remove the grip, and then install the grip tape and use solvent to install the grip how you want it. With the solvent wetting the tape, it's easy to align the grip to the putter face top to bottom. Solvent alone doesn't do much, but with the solvbent wet tape, it's much easier. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

scomac
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DON,

DON,

The problem was in the grip that I installed; a Super Stroke Counter Core 2.0  You can't really use air effectively with these grips for a couple of reasons.  They're made of expanded foam so they don't stretch as easily as rubber or synthetic and the counterweight screws into the butt end of the grip making the hole about the size of a dime rather than a pencil lead.

You are right that once I taped the shaft and used lots of solvent it went on better than just a wetted shaft.

DON
Thank you for the feedback on

Thank you for the feedback on those grips, it will be good to know that about them should I ever use one on a putter. For me, I much prefer the old standard size putter grips for my own use. The larger ones are okay, but I don't see any benefit of them and they just make the putter heavier and that makes my bog heavier and at my age that's not a positive at all. Best of luck with the new putter and let us know how it works out for you when you get a chance to try it on the greens. SPRING is here now so it shouldn't be too long before the weather gees warm and golf is back in season for you up there in the northern half of the world.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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i'm not much of a fan of the

i'm not much of a fan of the Super Stroke grips either, not the big ones.  I know some people love them...guess it's what you get used too.  But I like a standard putter grip./

Sco, how's the back?

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scomac
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Sco, how's the back?

Sco, how's the back?

I have good days and I have bad days.  Right now we're in the midst of a string of rainy days with cool to cold temperatures, so it's not the best, but I've been worse.  Trying to get a bit of yard work knocked off so that I can begin to think about golf again.

I've been out swinging a club  a bit on a couple of occasions, but have yet to play or hit the range.  I'm waiting for warmer weather.

Not sure how much golf i'm going to get in this season anyway as I'm going to be constrained for time.  We're working at selling our house and moving this summer (hopefully), so that will likely end up being the priority.