From the Tips

We had a light turnout for golf, so Don convinced me to play all the way from the back at the black tees. It was a lot of fun. We got to play a lot of different shots and see the course from a different perspective. Helps that I scored well. 🙂

Tight driving alley from the black tee box on #6 at Sawmill Golf Club.

Dubai 2020

I’ve been back from a two week trip to Dubai for over a week, so it’s time I posted all of the photos and videos!

Coffee

I had my first flat white on the very first morning and fell in love with the drink. I also had plenty of other coffees.

Food

I always like to eat a variety of things when I travel.

Night Golf

Without a doubt, the coolest thing I did was play night golf.

I also have a video of me playing an entire par 3, which I posted several weeks ago. So  go check that out.

Desert Safari

Dune bashing as part of a desert safari was also a lot of fun!

Sights

Other views from the trip, including trips to the Dubai Miracle Garden and Burj Khalifa.

Mostly Gyms

Finally, some random other things.

The travel time and jet lag from a 9 hour time difference was pretty brutal, but it was well worth it. I’d definitely go back some day.

Playing #12 at Emirates Golf Club – The Faldo Course

Last night I played The Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai under the lights. It was incredible! At the turn, the couple I had been playing with called it a night because the back nine was backed up. I got behind a bunch of groups so had time for more photos and videos.

Hole #12 was playing 142 yards according to the GPS on the cart. I pulled out the W from the set of Pings I had rented, choked up to take something off it, and you can watch the result…

Stay South

We were lucky a line of storms stayed just south of us. I was +2 on the round here playing #14 so really didn’t want to leave the course. Bogeyed 4 of the last 5 holes to shoot a 78.

A New Driver Shaft

Last month I made a trip down to Carl’s Golfland for a driver fitting with a TaylorMade rep. It went well and I found something that I was consistently hitting well. I was fully prepared to buy a brand new M6 with the shaft I had hit the best. The rep said with my swing speed there is no way I can play a stock shaft off the shelf. Unfortunately (for them), they never put the recommendations in my account, even after I sent several messages.

One of my golf buddies runs a little business called STUD GOLF, doing club repairs and sales here in Saginaw. After talking to him about driver heads (which don’t change much over a few years), I decided to try replacing the shaft in my TaylorMade M2. After all, the shaft is what really matters, even though almost everyone gets geeked out by the newest driver heads on the market. Looking through TaylorMade’s customization options, I found what I thought was the shaft I had hit so well. It’s the Aldila ROGUE Silver 110 M.S.I 60 in a stiff flex and it turned out that Don had one in his shop. It even had the correct TaylorMade tip already on it, so it was an easy swap.

The ROGUE® Silver 110 M.S.I. has a stiff tip-section to provide a mid-to-low launch with low-spin.

After using it for a week and then choking down on it to test for even more consistency, I was blown away. So then I had the shaft shortened by a half inch. One other change I made from the club fitting was to adjust the M2 down from 10.5° to 9.75°, which is producing a better launch angle. This also slightly opens the face, which helps eliminate some of the hook misses (I rarely slice anymore). I’m bombing this thing well over 300 yards!

Over the last decade or so golf club manufacturers are changing everything so amateurs can hit it longer; everyone wants more distance. They keep lengthening driver shafts because it allows people to generate more club speed and hit it longer. The price you pay is consistency though. Length off the tee doesn’t do any good if it’s in the trees or in a pond. The pros on tour don’t even play drivers as long as what is being sold to amateurs. The pros are willing to give up some distance for accuracy to hit more fairways.

If you’re a little wild with a driver try choking down a half or full inch next time you play. The results may surprise you.

A Swing in the Right Direction

As a member of the Golf Association of Michigan, I get to post my scores in their USGA handicap system, which updates twice a month.

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So far it’s been one of those summers where my golf game feels like it’s close. Over the last few weeks I’ve been dialing things in, but a few bad shots each round really cost me. Here’s to hoping I can clean up those mistakes and get back to single digits like last October, especially with a good start by shooting 79 today.