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First driving range session of the year
« on: January 07, 2007, 07:39:41 AM »

I've been on the lookout for a new driver, since I gave my best one away, last year. For a couple of years, I had been using a Dynacraft Copperhead Tour 11 driver with a Grafalloy AMP stiff flex shaft, and it was a great fit for me. I also wanted to make some swing changes considering my older, more decrepit body. I used to make a 3/4, or so swing, with a quick tempo and transition. This worked well, but I wanted smooth things out. Also, a wrist injury, in the fall of 2005 took a long time to heal.
So, last year, I decided to change to a reg flex shaft, and figured I might as well try a new club. 
 
Anyway, last year was pretty much a disaster. I had a few decent rounds, but many were less than stellar. First of all, I was switching drivers every other week. I had a few to choose from. I tried the Dynacraft driver, but with the swing I was now using didn't do anything good. I found myself hitting many short, sort of right, puffballs, and when I tried for more distance, it got worse. It took most of the year to figure out the problem. After videotaping my swing, and comparing it to the previous years swings, I noticed that the best swings involved a shorter backswing. As I reached for more power, my left elbow would break down and the club would get layed off at the top. I could not recover by the time I reached impact and the club head would be wide open. Just about the time I figured it out, in September, I started a new job. That was the end of my golf, for the year.
Last week, I picked up an Adams RPM 460 Draw driver with a Prolaunch Blue Reg flex shaft. I tried the Stiff, but it seemed to clunky for me. The reg felt nice. The club seemed to hit straight, on the monitor, unless I felt myself reaching back too far. The amount of fade/slice was minimal, so I bought it.
So, yesterday afternoon, I took it, my #4 Hybrid, an 8 and 9 iron from 2005, some Dynacraft 325Ls, and last years 8-iron, a Raven cavity back. The older irons have a stiff shaft, while the newer club has a reg shaft. I began very slowly, since I hadn't done this in a while. It was cold and damp, but there were heaters in the stalls. The range uses limited distance balls, and the balls were in pretty poor shape, to boot, so I didn't figure to be hitting the fences. As I loosened up, I went from the 9-iron to the Raven 8-iron. Ball flight was very nice, high, and pretty much on target. Distance was acceptable for the conditions. I tried the 325L 8-iron, but the grip was pretty slick and I was gripping it too tightly. I graduated to the hybrid which took a few hits before I got the effect I was looking for, and then it hit straight and long. I figured it ws time for the driver. The one thing about the Adams is the shallower than normal face for a 460 cc driver. It took a few tries to find a tee that was the proper height. When I finally did, the effect was awesome. Straight, on target, shots. Aside from a couple of low hooks, the ball flight was a pleasing height without and balooning. Then I hit a shot where I felt I made a rather ugly swing and cut across the ball. I expected a big slice, but the ball went straight with just a bit of a fade. I could see the ball move to the right, but no more than 10 feet before it straightened out.
Then, as the daylight was dimming, I was no longer able to follow the ball. I finished up with some short irons, and left pretty satisfied.
Sorry for the length of this post.
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Re: First driving range session of the year
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007, 10:46:20 AM »

Sounds like a good and successful range session  Smiley

As the weather gets warmer and your body starts to reacclimatize to swinging a golf club, you may well find the Prolaunch to start spraying a bit.  There's nothing wrong with have a club speced for wet/cold conditions and one for dry/warm where runout becomes more important. 

January is a good month to ho  Shocked
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Re: First driving range session of the year
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 10:47:58 AM »

Good to hear that you're on to something.  I never liked the ProLaunch that much, but I think our swings are probably pretty different.  Cool
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Re: First driving range session of the year
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007, 11:29:36 AM »

I've heard good and bad about the Prolaunch. Those that like it think it' spretty stable. Others have the opposite opinion. We'll see as time goes on. I was really thinking of the PL 75 rather than the 65, but that's what came with the club. I expect that by spring I will be experimenting more. I moved recently and my clubmaking tools are stored in the back of a storage shed. Good planning, on my part.  Roll Eyes Oops
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Re: First driving range session of the year
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2007, 12:44:25 PM »

glad to see somebody likes the  PL  indeed.  i can't hit that thing at all


good luck!
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