Ok, even with Pebble Beach being as iconic as it is, I hate when there are trees and bunkers in the middle of the FW. Or even trees guarding the green such as the tree to the right at Pebbleís 18th. To me that shouts at tricked up golf. I donít like that personally. If you hit a good shot it should be rewarded. I know that you need to hit a good shot to avoid that stuff. But hitting the FW shouldnít be punished. On my day to day courses, one has a center of the fairway bunker (only comes into play into the wind but itís ALWAYS into the wind) and one has a very tall tree that isnít in the FW but blocks out the entire right 2/3ís of the FW for most golfers. Itís not a huge issue for me since I hit the ball extremely high, but Iím the only golfer Iíve played with that doesnít have to worry about it too much. I can elevate over it unless I have a bad lie or get too close to it. I still hate it as it often forces me to hit a shot I donít want to hit. Iíll have to hit a fade that starts out over water, which is a recipe for disaster.
Next musing, am I wrong about graphite iron shafts? Gary Woodland for sure out guns me, and heís got at least some of his irons in graphite. Including a short iron or wedge. Iíve always wrote them off. I know there are shafts that are appropriate for me, I just havenít gone down that road. Seeing GW play them, am I just being obstinate? I havenít met any that I like, but Iíd be willing to give them a go at this point.... If someone was willing to show me their virtue. Iím a fish out of water with them. The only ones Iíve ever swung with were WAY too light (not in flex but weight) for me. Seeing someone on tour that swings hard playing them, I know they build them to specs that would fit. I just donít know a damn thing about them and it would be hard to self fit myself into them, so I donít mess with them. I do know that I can play virtually any steel shaft between 105-120 gram. Maybe I need to find a graphite shaft in a similar weight? The ones Iíve tried I think have been way lighter and I just canít hit them. Iíve got an OG TaylorMade Burner Bubble 9i that in dozens of swings, Iíve yet to hit a ball decently with it. That was my barometer for graphite shafts in irons. Itís an evil club, one Iím not sure how to tame.