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    New old guy from Alabama

    I am 72 years old and have been playing golf for about 30 years. The best I ever shot was in the mid 80s. A couple of years ago I had a lamanectomy surgery on my back L4/L5. It worked for a couple of months and then the docs wanted to do more surgery below at the L5/S1. I opted not to do the surgery in favor of pain management. I really did not think I would ever play again because I could not hit my irons down and through because of the bending.With the help of low dose medication prescription I could hit my driver and 3 wood so an ole pro suggested I loose the irons and go with all fairway woods. I never heard of such a thing. What the heck would I use for a wedge. Well the answer is a 19 wood. I had a set custom made and I am enjoying the sport again. The only draw back is the "sand trap" Without the ability to bend over and swing down and though with sufficient force to get the ball out of the sand. I am severely handicapped. I tried to use my cobra sand wedge and it was not pleasant. So I remember about 10 years ago I (like some others) bought the Alien Wedge (gimmick club) but it is heaver and not as much force is required to get the ball out of the sand. Ray Cook now sells the Alien so I ordered one. I was wondering what you folks thought about extending the shaft of the alien to keep from bending over so much. Hey, I changed my whole game anyway. I know you can really screw the swing weight of a club by extending the shaft too much. Any thoughts or experience with something like this. Thanks for listening and any advice will be appreciated other than quit. ha ha

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    Welcome and I say give it a shot. If you use a light graphite shaft and counter balance it you should be able to build something usable for the sand.
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    nice intro, I am glad to read that you are still playing with a complete set of woods that surely beats not playing at all to me. I think your idea to extend the Alien SW is a good idea and it should work. Also do you use a pick up tool to pick up your golf ball from the hole, I have a buddy that uses one an it saves him from bending over except when he needs to tee the ball, he likes it so much he wants to pick up every ones ball for them.

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    Welcome aboard fellow old coot! Glad to have you and hope you enjoy the site. The alien wedge with the extension should work but if it doesn't, you can always reshaft it back to where it was and sell or gift it.
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    Welcome and what a great first post. It's great you found a way to continue to play and enjoy the game.

    I'm with the others in trying to lengthen the wedge. Nothing to lose right.
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