OP, Isn't it true though, that the "average joe" isn't really playing these longer courses? Sure, there's a bunch of new courses that are well over the 7,000 yard mark, but the majority of courses are still your average length muni. My home course is 6,800 yards and was built back in 1981 and no lengthening has ocurred. Every guy at my club has a brand new Ping G5 and they still can't play. There are tons of old courses here in Orlando that are still at 6,500 yards, more than there are over 7,000. In fact, our longest public course is 7,400 yards from the tips, but the next tees up cut off about 500 yards total, making it play like a normal old course. It would seem that the "longer course syndrome" really doesn't impact the majority of players, although it certainly must have an impact. But the condition of these courses and quality of the greens and turf in general should make up for the few extra yards to some degree compared to golf 20 or 30 years ago.
No, you are correct. But if you remember, by the 4th hole there my left hip was numb and I hit nothing but draws off every tee but two. I've really tried to get more control of my ball flight and not rely on hitting a hard release draw every time and in doing so, a lot of shots now turn into weak wipes. To me, it feels like the clubface is lagging behind too much if I don't really release it and I'm wanting to get away from that for accuracy's sake. Yes, it will definitely cost me yardage, but my iron play has gotten so good I can get by. My new 3 wood feels completely different. The smaller head resists twisting far more than the "bobble head" driver I have (440 cc) and the bore through gives it a really stable feeling, even on mishits. Although, admittedly, the head is so small that I've yet to miss the center by more than an 1/8 of an inch. If nothing else, I certainly focus more with that club! In my secret personal opinion, after seeeing all the super high speed video out there and realizing how violent a collision the driver goes through with the ball at impact and how much twisting and bending occurs before the ball leaves the face, ESPECIALLY on mishits, that I feel the massive heads on drivers and switch to graphite is a big reason not much has really improved on that end of the game. This applies most directly to golfers with higher swing speeds. The graphite shaft can't resist the twisting that occurs at impact nearly as well as steel. As they say, making a low torque graphite shaft is very expensive. But steel is inherently low torque at around 1.5* I believe. To get a graphite shaft with that low torque would cost you about $500 for some exotic Japanese shaft. Anyhow, it's a very worthwhile debate and discussion and will only have a more clear answer with experience, so that's why I'm putting together this test driver and will let you guys know the test results. Your Members Vault dollars in action!
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Scoring Avg. 72.92, GIR 65%, FIR 65.71%, Putts 30.38