Today I spent putting together the first authorized complete set for a student including 3 beautiful 1950’s Mac 925W Tommy Armour Persimmons and a set of Wilson Staff Fluid Feel’s complete with a 1 iron right through PW with a vintage R20 SW and a new prototype ABS putter which some of you know are under development.
This led me to a golf retail store to pick up some fresh new taper tipped X100 DG steel driver shafts to be retro fitted into the classic heads, and a new box of lead tape to do any fine tuning tomorrow.
I watched a guy named Steve, a senior player making some nice swings and contact into the net and he was using the launch monitor so I learned a bit today about that.
The salesman escorted me to bay #2 and I told him I wanted to start by hitting persimmon to find out where my swing was at… he gave me a really odd look!!!
Given I was just dressed in jeans and a sweater and hadn’t shaved for two days, he asked me if I knew what kind of shafts I played… and I said “X” shafts.
He didn’t like that answer too much and said… “oh, those are way too stiff for you”.
He of course hadn’t seen me hit a ball yet.
He showed me how I needed to just hit the reset button, and line up the line on the ball facing the camera on the ground.
I asked for a lower tee with my persimmon, because the tee on the mat was so high it was like hitting a trick shot.
He gave me another odd look then came back with a smaller rubber tee.
First swing clocked 108 mph with my 43 inch 14 ounce persimmon. He said… “let’s have you hit another one” I think he thought we had a bad reading
Second swing 107 mph.
He said, "well that’s some pretty good swing speed there, but your launch angle is only 9.5… you need to get the ball up because you are losing distance!
So I said… how about this… and clocked one at 110, and at 15.3 launch angle. “that’s a heck of a strike with that old thing” he said.
Then came the sales pitch… we need to get you into some modern gear. We need to lower your spin rate, and increase your launch angle and all this other stuff. He showed me around some of the frying pans, and I suggested he pick one out.
He handed me a Taylor Made “something”.
Now back to the giant tee.
First swing 117 mph “but it’s going left” he said…
I asked him if that was because the toe was so far up in the air… another blank look.
Then he said… “can you swing a bit more upright, your almost hitting the pole behind you”.
I told him I had read Hogan’s 5 lessons and Ben said to swing around your body.
Next swing 115.
He said… “well, that’s tour speed there”. The computer said the ball would have gone 290.
I told him I’m not sure I want to hit the ball that far… the course I play is only 6400. Another weird look…
I bought 5 shafts and two rolls of lead tape.