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#235547 Lots of New Members!

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 21 November 2016 - 09:52 PM

Hey gang --

 

I'm sure everyone has noticed a nice influx of new, active members over the past several weeks.  This is awesome, and I want to thank all the new members for joining us and for being active, and I also want to thank all the Forum "Vets" for welcoming the new blood.  

 

We had an awesome year for member testing and other contests in 2016 - and we're planning on more of the same next year. As we say in Minnesota, it's gonna be a "hoot!"  Make sure y'all keep your eyes open...

 

Thanks for all you do here - new members, old members and occasional members help make this the most open, welcoming and fun golf forum on the web!

 

 




#330337 The Joy of Breaking 80

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 04 September 2017 - 02:12 AM

Played as a single at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Lakeville, MN today - one of the last times I'll play it before we move east. It's a fun course, always in great shape and well conditioned - not overly long but you do need to think your way through it.

 

Breaking 80 is really the Holy Grail for golfers - I guess it validates you as a playah. I can remember trying like hell to break 80 and how good it felt once it happened - so good that you wanted it again.  It's really hard to break 80 for the first time, but once you do, the floodgates open and you can do it more often, to the point that anything over 80 on y our home course feels like a lousy round. 

 

Anyway, I was paired up with another single - a kid (I call him a kid, he's 37) named Paul. Sometimes when you hook up with someone on the course you just know it's going to be a good day.

 

 Paul told me about how his family fled Cambodia and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge when he was only 4, and then lived in a refugee camp in Thailand until they were finally able to come to the US when he was about 7. We talked about parenthood and being married to German women (they forget NOTHING. They remember stuff that hasn't even happened yet!).  Anyway, Paul showed to be a pretty decent ball striker but told me he had never broken 80 - and that was his goal. He'd been close - 82 was the lowest - but you could tell is was something he wanted.

 

Paul finished the front 9 at 6 over par - so he had 2 strokes to play with (Crystal is a Par 71). He saved par on 9 with a great up and down, but he didn't like his chances. I told him to take it one shot at a time and you never know. 

 

On the back 9, Paul started par-par-birdie-birdie-birdie -- the first time he had ever had 2 birdies in a row, let alone 3! On the par 4 15th he flew his approach about 35 feet long and left his first putt about 7 feet short - and drained it to save par.  On 16 he hit driver (not a driver hole) and put it in the weeds of a creek that cut through the fairway. We found it and he did have a shot - and hit the thing about as hard as he could with a wedge and hit the green, leaving an uphill 30 footer. I could tell he started gripping the putter a little tighter because he left his first putt about 15 feet short. 

 

Well son of a gun if he didn't drain that one to save par.

 

Paul had a 3-putt bogey on 17 (again, a stranglehold on the putter) so when we got to 18 I mentioned it looked like he was gripping the putter a little tight. He hit a nice drive into the fairway and then his approach to about 18 feet, with a sidehill uphill putt.  Again, he left it about 7 feet short - he said he might have gripped it a little tight, and then drained that putt to save par - finishing the 9 at 2-under.

 

We waked off the green and he tallied up his score - an 80 shattering 76.

 

I've never seen a guy so happy with a score ever - he wanted me to sign the card and attest the score so he could show it to his buddies. Dude was walking on air!

 

And the thing is, I had almost as much fun watching Paul shoot his 76 as he did shooting it. What a great moment and it reminds me why this game is so much fun.  I told Paul about the forums and I hope he joins up. You guys would like him. 

 

There was one downside - he beat me by a stroke!  :angry:  :angry:




#273993 TESTERS ANNOUNCED: PING i200 Irons

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 24 April 2017 - 07:55 PM

(4) TESTERS WANTED

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PING i200 Irons
(Apply in this thread ONLY)

 

 

Yet another product review opportunity for you fellow MyGolfSpy'ers - and this one's a honey.

 

We have 4 sets of PING i200 irons that need testing and reviewing by our Community Forum. Do these things really deliver on PING's promise of distance, forgiveness, control and feel in a smaller, player-focused package? 

 

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We want you to tell us what you think!

 

Please apply ONLY in this Official Application Thread by telling us the following:

 

First Name

Home State/Province/Country

Current Handicap

Current Iron Set

 

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We'll be announcing the 4 testers next week, so please check back. And make sure to take a look around the forums and join in the discussion. It'll only help your chances of being selected!




#317133 Hit a HUGE milestone yesterday

Posted by scooducks on 20 July 2017 - 05:26 PM

I was able to get out of the office early yesterday for a late afternoon round with one of my best friends. We played golf in high school together, and he was always the number 1 guy, and I was number 2, but he was much better than I was. He went on to play D1 college golf for a couple of years, I stopped playing all together while I was in school. 

 

That being said, I have never been able to beat him, at least straight up. I've come within three or four strokes a few times, but never really a serious threat. 

 

Things have been clicking pretty well with my swing, putter has been a little cold, but all in all I've been getting around the course well and posting some decent scores.

 

Through 9 holes yesterday, we both came in at two over. I three putt 10 and 11 for bogeys, he pars both so I feel like he's starting to pull away. Getting up to the 12th tee I hit the worst tee shot of the day with my three wood, drop kicked it about 190 yards leaving me 200 yards to the pin from the middle of the fairway. I proceeded to hit an incredible 4 irons to about 8 feet and bury the birdie putt. From there I put the foot on the gas and was able to snag another birdie and made a few long putts for par. 

 

When we were tallying up the skins (I cleaned up, came away with $22), I noticed that I shot a 74, and my buddy shot a 75. I have told myself for years that I probably would never beat him straight up, but I got it done yesterday. Might go out and buy a green blazer to commemorate the round. 




#301083 TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Mizuno JPX 900 Irons

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 21 June 2017 - 03:54 AM

(4) Testers Wanted!!


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Mizuno JPX 900 Irons

 

The irons that tamed Erin Hills!

 

 

You know a Tour Pro likes his sticks when he plays them without a contract.

 

That's what Brooks Koepka did last weekend, gaming the MIzuno JPX 900 Tour irons while lapping the field at the US Open at Erin Hills because he likes them.  Mizzy is rightfully proud of its latest Major championship, and in the spirit of striking while the iron is still sizzling, we have an opportunity you can't refuse!

 

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TESTERS WANTED!

 

We're looking for four avid and ambitious golfers to test and review (and keep) a set of Mizuno's JPX 900 irons.  We have one set of the JPX 900 Hot Metal Irons (which tend as much toward Game Improvement as Mizuno gets), one set of the middle-of-the-bell-curve JPX 900 Forged, and TWO sets of Koepka's JPX 900 Tour irons, definitely aimed at the playah in all of us.

 

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HOW TO APPLY:

 

Here's what we need you to do --- 

 

1. Your first name and home state/province

2. Your current handicap

3. Your current set of irons

 

And....

 

4: Visit MIzuno's website (click here) and determine which JPX 900 iron set best fits your game!

 

Remember, you MUST apply in THIS THREAD ONLY!!  We'll announce the testers in this space next week. 

 

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#266331 Hey, I actually won one these Masters giveaways

Posted by JudgeSmails on 05 April 2017 - 06:02 PM

Mizuno was doing some trivia on their FB last night, happened to be logged in at the right time....

 

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#330983 Members Gone Missing?

Posted by jlukes on 06 September 2017 - 06:15 PM

Shankster - Haven't seen that guy post in like.... 5 minutes




#305719 Range trolls

Posted by Rusty1885 on 26 June 2017 - 10:27 PM

I went to hit some balls at the muni near my work this morning. I took 4 clubs with me in the mini bag. I was working on impact trying to get the proper shaft lean on my wedges. I lined up 5 balls and started on the line. It was a 9 o'clock swing on my Aw so I'm looking at 85-90 yards carry.

I was at the far end of the range away from the crowd. I got 2 jumbo buckets because I'm working on muscle memory and repetition I know I'll be hitting 'em fast.

There's an older guy who came and settled next to mine with a small bucket, no big deal. We had our pleasant greeting and I was back to my work. About 10 mins into it he stopped and just watch me. I was doing really well at this point my balls flew Med trajectory just like I wanted and it landed right over the 75 marker one on top of another.

Then he said, may I make a suggestion? I looked up. He then followed by, you should take full swing and hit it harder. Your head should move back a little bit on the back swing and weaken the grip. Hmmm! I politely said I'm working on something very specific thanks for the suggestion. He took it as an invitation to come over and proceeded to try to fix my grip. I said my grip is fine and please I just wanna to be left alone.

He went back to the stall and mumbled something, every now and then he'd stopped and look at me and said you should weaken your grip. I saw that by this time he had only a few balls left to hit so I just waited out. Soon he was done and gone.

But wait there's more, the saga continued.

The next guy showed up with his buddy sharing a stall, he apparently teaching his newbie buddy. They were kinda loud but I blocked it out. Soon the guy turned to me and said you should have wider stance and wider swing, the shaft should point at my chin at address, take the club more inside and finish high.

What?, I said I'm working on something specific, thanks. I could here him telling his friend about how I could never be a good golfer because of the flaw I have in my swing. I turn and ask what do you shoot, how is your short game? He said he's a good player with a plus 10 handicap and his short game is excellent.

I pulled out my laser and point at the 100 marker, I said 105. Hit it. He topped the first, skilled the second, pulled the third. I put 2 shots next to the pin and said thank you. We didn't speak again. WTF.


#253893 First Hole in One!

Posted by Rob Wedge on 24 February 2017 - 10:07 PM

First hole in one today witnessed by Mygolfspace members JLukes and PhillyGolfGuy! Mercer Oaks East, hole 16 130 yards out. Slam dunked with a PW! Felt great, even better having those 2 guys to witness it. 

 

 

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#310065 TESTERS ANNOUNCED: Bettinardi Queen B 9/Studio Stock 8 Putters

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 07 July 2017 - 02:50 AM

(4) TESTERS WANTED


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BETTINARDI QUEEN B 9
&

STUDIO STOCK 8 PUTTERS

 

 

There may have never been a better time to be a putter fanatic. Whether you love inserts or face milling, it's a buyer's paradise out there, with the smallest of boutique outfits to the largest of OEM's offering a wide variety blades, mallets and everything in between.

 

For the true milled face putter aficionado, however, there’s one name that’ll make you howl at the moon:
 

Bettinardi.

 

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TESTERS WANTED:

Bob Bettinardi has been setting the putter world on its ear since 1992, when he introduced  the very first one-piece CNC milled putter. Over the past quarter century, Bettinardi has earned a well-deserved reputation for crafting some of the sexiest flatsticks on the market, but is the beauty on skin deep? Is the style backed up with cup-seeking substance?

 

MyGolfSpy is looking for four of you to find out!

 

We need two of  you to test and review (and keep!) the Bettinardi Queen B 9, and two more to test and review (and also keep!) the Bettinardi Studio Stock 8.

 

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HOW TO APPLY:

 

​This one's a biggie, so please read and follow these instructions carefully...

 

In this thread, please tell us:

 

1. Your first name and your state/province/country

​2. Your current gamer

3. Custom fit - yes or no?

4. Preferred putter - Queen B 9 or Studio Stock 8 (click here to view)

 

 

We'll be announcing the testers in this thread next week. Good luck!

 

 



#286909 MGS testing opportunities

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 16 May 2017 - 09:35 PM

We try to social media the hell out of every one of these opportunities (is 'social media' a verb?) - but some things resonate more than others.  The Matrix shafts opportunity went pretty well for shafts - it moved the needle more than any other shaft testing we've done in the past couple of years.  It didn't get the same love or attention on social media because the day that went live was the day TaylorMade's sales was announced, so it just got lost in the shuffle.

 

We have a couple coming up in the next two weeks that are very interesting, but they probably won't create the same kind of buzz as PING or Callaway, but that's just the nature of the beast. We try to collect products across a pretty wide spectrum that we think will be of interest to our membership - sometimes we hit it, sometimes we miss it!




#283782 You're not Special?

Posted by PlaidJacket on 10 May 2017 - 03:35 PM

If you consider yourself a Millennial you might feel Triggered (LOL) by the following ----

 

Last night I was watching the golf channel and listening to a rather long discussion about the state of the game so to speak. Meaning golf in general. I know, we keep hearing this all the time. And, it's getting a little worn-out if you ask me. So basically last night the talkers were all worried about... get this; Millennials! I'm serious. Everyone seemed to agree except Chamblee somewhat that golf needs to change because Millennials are so unique and different. My goodness. I had no idea. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. It was as if a new species have settled on the planet and we must now accommodate them, change our ways, and perhaps most importantly change golf for them. What a bunch of horse$hit. Wikipedia defines this "cohort" as generally being born somewhere in the early 80's up to early 2000's. And again according to Wikipedia Millennials have increased familiarity with communications, media?, and digital technologies. Big Whoop. I could unravel those items easily but I'll save it. Still I suppose the Mills have quite a burden to bare and therefore they are special I guess.

 

From my narrow point of view I don't see the need to change golf to accommodate any group. Let alone Millennials. Or the elderly or baby boomers or some other X or Y generation. If you want to play and participate in the game welcome aboard. If not... have a nice day. You are not special or unique. The world doesn't revolve around you, me or anyone else.

Have a nice day. :)




#292202 TESTERS ANNOUNCED: Callaway GBB Epic Driver

Posted by GolfSpy Bones on 27 May 2017 - 01:06 AM

Congrats to our selected testers.

Mr Theooo
Fireinthehole
Judgesmails
stillnumber1

I will send you a PM shortly.


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#289623 This had to be done...

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 20 May 2017 - 03:44 PM

As a classic rocker, one doesn't visit London and not visit a particularly renowned street crossing...

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Took us all morning to walk there. It's been a hard day's night, but I feel fine.

And it was worth it [emoji41][emoji41]🇬[emoji1058]🇧


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#285319 Life comes at you pretty fast.

Posted by MmmmmmBuddy on 14 May 2017 - 03:00 PM

As many of you know, I have been a club fitter/Web Admin for one of the largest independently owned on course golf stores in the US for the past 14 years. I have loved my job, and was not looking for other employment.

However, an opportunity presented itself, and I am leaving my job to accept a position as the Head Golf Professional at a local Semi-Private golf club in the area. I will be pursuing my PGA Class A Membership over the next few years.
I am extremely excited to take on this opportunity. I will try to stay involved on the forum as time permits, but I suspect that my access to all of the cool, new equipment might be a little limited.

Let me get settled, and maybe we can set up some kind of a West Coast MGS event at my course. (Feels a little weird typing that).





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#268009 Considering a new putter

Posted by Badfish on 10 April 2017 - 05:48 PM

If I was averaging under 2 putts per hole with a petrified turd taped to a stick the last thing I would consider is changing my putter.




#227100 WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Get Fit Like a Pro - Win a Trip to Srixon/Cleveland with M...

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 20 September 2016 - 04:49 AM

Get Fit Like a Pro!

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Win a Trip To Srixon/Cleveland with MyGolfSpy!

 

A Tour-Level custom club fitting truly is the Holy Grail for any avid golfer. For most of us, however, it's only a pipe dream.

 

For two of you, however, that dream is about to become a reality.

 

MyGolfSpy, along with Srixon/Cleveland Golf, is looking for two lucky golfers to enjoy the same level of fitting experienced by top Tour Pros Graeme McDowell, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

 

We are giving away TWO all-expense-paid trips to Srixon/Cleveland headquarters in Huntington Beach, CA, for the golfer’s full monty: a full bag, driver-to-putter custom fitting from Srixon/Cleveland!

 

Oh yeah, you get to keep the whole shebang, too!

 

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The Details:

The two winners will each receive:

  • Round trip airfare to Southern California
  • 1 night hotel, meals
  • Tour level custom fitting for:
    • Srixon’s new Z65 series driver/FW/hybrids/irons
    • Cleveland’s new RTX-3 wedges
    • Cleveland’s new TFi/Huntington Beach putters
    • Srixon’s Z-Star Series golf balls
  • A Srixon Z-Four stand bag with your name on it
  • A “tech-talk” dinner meeting with Srixon/Cleveland club designers
  • A tour of the Srixon/Cleveland facility in Huntington Beach, CA
  • A round of golf with your new equipment
  • And a few surprises along the way!
     

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How To Enter:

In this thread, tell us the following:

  • Your name, home state or province and current handicap
  • The makeup of your dream Srixon/Cleveland bag from putter through driver.

Check out the Srixon website here

Check out the Cleveland website here

 

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We are truly psyched to be able to bring you this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be treated like a Tour Pro. Apply today – we’ll be announcing the winners October 7th!




#293463 Cleveland-Srixon #FitLikeAPro: 6 Month Report

Posted by GolfSpy MBP on 30 May 2017 - 05:18 PM

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Cleveland Srixon #FitLikeAPro: 6 Month Report

 

My journey to better began last November during the MyGolfSpy #FitLikeaPro Cleveland/Srixon experience at their headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. It was a whirlwind adventure over 2 days that involved full bag fittings, a tour of HQ, sit down dinners with all the people in the know from marketing to R&D and a few quality holes of golf.

 

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Yes, it's been 6 months since I visited California, but I didn't want to rush back and write something without putting legit playing time on these while still drunk on the Srixon koolaid. I did that after the TaylorMade #LoftUp trip to the Kingdom and learned my lesson, that driver and I were so such a mismatch it was straight up comnical. I've already taken a lot of flak and jabs (jokingly I hope) from buddies who see my social media and say I've become apart of the Srixon axis of evil hive collective taking over the internet, or I've been brainwashed by my free trip, but that's just not true and I can speak to that on two levels. First, I went to Cleveland/Srixon, so as MGS staffer I'm the guy with first hand knowledge of the product. If I had gone to PING, Callaway, or TaylorMade my social media and forum voice would be the same because that's the product I can actually attest to. Secondly, and this one's important: Cleveland/Srixon products flat out perform and I'll get into that more in-depth as we go on.

 

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When I arrived in Cali I was met by Eli Miller (Marketing Communications Manager) at the airport and whisked off to a little Mexican joint, there we hooked up with the rest of the MGSers and Noelle Zavaleta (Marketing Communications Associate). This was a non pretentious lunch and set the tone early as to who Cleveland/Srixon are: a company run by real everyday people just like you and me, who just want to tell you their story. Nothing about it felt forced or staged, they come across as genuine.

 

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The fitting experience was great. I spent the majority of it hanging out with Cleveland/Srixon marketing and PR gurus Eli and Noelle where I learned all the great details of the 2017 Z series lineup. I also learned that their staff are extremely​ knowledgeable and golf experienced outside their title roles as Eli fit me through the entire bag.

 

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So now 6 months removed from my tryst in Huntington Beach, the honeymoon is over and I feel I'm finally in a good place to speak to the product. I've got 2 solid months of golf in, which have started their typical way as they seem to annually for me. Month one my ball striking is lights out, can't miss a shot and short game is meh. Month two is a complete reversal where I'm between my old swing and new, but my short game is lights out and I'm still shooting around par. But all this is good, why? Because I can speak to how each product affects or helps my game during inconsistent struggles and when it's on.

 

So with that said let's take a look at Cleveland/Srixons 2017 lineup with what's in my bag.

 

 

Driver

 

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Srixon Z565 10.5* with Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 7 73g Stiff shaft

 

My impressions going into this was that Srixon is an iron and ball company and that drivers (woods) were just a product sku to fill out a full bag listing; I couldn't have been more wrong. The driver may actually be the shining star of the whole 2017 Srixon lineup, but don't just take it from me, there's a reason MyGolfSpy named the Z565 the 2017 Most Wanted driver and the Z765 rounded out the top 5 and I'll say it again--they flat out perform.

 

2017 Srixon drivers are powered by 3 new key technologies: a power wave sole, stretch flex cup face and lightweight crown.. Well R&D must be onto something because I've been not only smashing the cores out of balls, but hitting a lot of fairways at the same time.

 

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The unsung hero though might be the stock shaft offerings with 2017 Srixon drivers - the Miyazaki Kaula line. Here it pays to own a high end shaft company as Srixon do and because of this they can offer the Kaula to golfers in 4 profiles and 32 different configurations to find the best fit for each player.

 

Kaula models consist of:

KIRI - for players who need to increase distance with a higher launch.

MIZU - mid launch mid spin fitting a wide range of players who want maximum distance and control.

MIZORE - high-speed players who prefer a low-mid trajectory with low spin.

KORI - high-speed players who prefer a penetrating launch with low spin.

 

OK enough tech talk...

 

The Z565 has been as long as anything for me and it it's finding fairways. I think that speaks to its workability as much as the tech that keeps it from straying offline. I want to point out one thing good or bad - these drivers are loud, you know when you've smacked one and your group will tell they heard it. Probably my biggest takeaway from this driver is it's ability to produce minimal distance loss on miss-hit shots, yes I've hit some skanky drives this year and never find myself more than a club back of optimal distance.

 

My own performance aside, I've seen others with the same results. On the trip KCLeo (this guy's pure stick and can golf a ball) was fit to the Z765 and has long struggled to find an ideal low spin and workable combination. He was nutting the driver and if you follow his social media continues to to this day. SCC4380 (Steve) was fit into a Z565 9.5⁰ driver with a Miyazaki Kaula Mizore 6 S shaft and may have hit his career drive on our 6th hole, which I swear was somewhere in the 340 yard range.

 

So yes those are guys who joined me on the Srixon smchooz fest trip, what about the pure and unsullied masses? A good friend and member of my weekly foursome put his order in last week for a very similar setup to mine, he just couldn't get over how well I'm hitting it.

 

My takeaway from all this - Srixon is a driver company and should be on your list of drivers to try.

 

 

3 wood

 

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F65 3 15* wood with Miyazaki

 

Since my late 80's TaylorMade spoon, I haven't met a 3 wood I loved... A lot of that plays into look and comfortability at address . The Z F65 3 wood not only sits nice, but performs and feels like the Z series drivers. Not much more to say here, it works, but I’m sure I could hate it in a month just because it's a 3 wood.

 

 

Utility

 

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U65 2 utility iron with Nippon Modus3 120 S shaft

 

Want a hybrid that doesn't tend to flip over into hooks, enter the Srixon U65 utility series clubs. These things like to hold straight or baby cuts and they got everything covered in the distance department too. These are the perfect clubs for those who don't like the look of hybrids at address.

 

 

Irons

 

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Srixon Z565 4-5 & Z765 6-PW with Nippon Modus3 120 S shafts

 

V.T. Soles - that's the magic of these beauties. Designed to move through the ground easier and help tighten up shot dispersion. Translated: they make club go fast through the grass. You can be tired, lazy, hitting em fat and they still cut through the turf and minimize your miss-hits. Believe me I've seen it.

 

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The Z565 irons are compact for a cavity back not much bigger than the Z765, feel really smooth and offer quite a bit more playability than they suggest.  I went with these in the long irons because they just added a touch more confidence on long shots. Other than my semi-shovels RocketBladez  have I found it this easy to get long irons up in the air and and stop them near targets.

 

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Z765 in the mid and short irons were a no brainer. A Slimmer muscle cavity loaded with improvement technology that feel like butter. When you pure one these it feels as good as any irons on the market and I've hit the proclaimed kings: the Mizuno line.

 

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I was fit into the stock Nippon Modus3 120 option and it's a incredible pairing for a stock combo.

 

Oh and I should mention, Srixon irons tested really well at MyGolfSpy HQ too. https://www.mygolfspy.com/tested-2017-srixon-z-series-irons/

 

 

Wedges

 

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Cleveland RTX-3 Tour Raw V-MG sole with Nippon Modus3 120 S shafts 50*-54*-58*

 

These come in 3 grinds and like Srixon irons, feature Cleveland's extremely versatile V-Sole technology. I was fit to the V-MG which is a mid-range bounce and adapts nicely to the variable course conditions I experience in Pacific Northwest. The combinations of sole technologies combined with micro milling and laser milled face technologies have been noticeable when pulling off shots I haven't been able to make in years.

 

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As an example I had a 50 yard, half wedge pitch recently that that I could hear and feel I caught pure, "crisp and clean", however it flew 3 feet past the hole. Well to my shock and surprise I only had a 7 footer left. That ball literally one hopped and stopped dead.

 

Oh and there's a cool face balancing technology, a shortened hosel, some weight move around, resulting is more head stability and straighter shots. I'm not going to ramble anymore, here's a video explaining it all.

 

 

Shaft wise I was fitted to matching Modus3 shafts like my irons and I really like this combo. Not only have these wedges been a treat around the greens, but they play like irons on full shots. I've had wedges in the past that just felt limited in their abilities outside of 100 yards, either pop-up off the face or never seem to load properly. With the RTX-3 combo I'm able to flight trajectories, work them left and right, and step on them when I need that extra 4-5 yards.

 

I gotta  point out that I went with the raw finish and I'm curious to see if my OCD freaks out as the clean beauty starts to look more like a Jackson Pollock painting.

 

 

Putter

 

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I thought for sure I was going to be gaming the Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 this season. The HB series putters are all about wow factor forged feel and milling, plus incredible balance all for under $100. But then something happened...

 

On golf day I was informed they would not have a Huntington Beach available for me due to stock issues, so I was supplied with a TFi 2135 1.0. I had tested the TFi during fitting day and frankly, was not in love with the feel. You know though somethings are just fate, because I canned 3 putts over 20 feet in the first 6 holes we played, and then the epiphany; this putter is super easy to align, hard to get the ball started offline and the distance control is unreal.

 

So then Cleveland was awesome enough to ship me home both putters, and being me I got all excited when the Hunting Beach finished fourth in MyGolfSpy's Most Wanted Blade test. So I bag the HB for the first month of season and putting just ok. So the next round I put the TFi into play and finish with 24 putts... Same epiphany... and guess what's still in the bag to this day?

 

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I'm gonna go out and say it. I don't think you'll find a putter out there that performs better than any Cleveland for under $150. If you see these on sale I'd buy one as backup even if you didn't need it.

 

 

Balls

 

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Durability

 

Unless you hit a cart path (or two), or 7 trees, or a railway track, a 67 Buick, or any combination of the these, and trust me I can attest to all this; all of the Z Star lineup look pretty much brand new after a round.

 

 

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ZStar

 

Driver: Gets up a little, maybe on the high side of mid

Irons: same as driver

Wedges: suck back

Putter: very soft

 

I find the ball tends to drop out of the air faster with the Z for me on full shots, but they're by far my favorite from 100 yards and in. Spin control around the greens is just a touch above the other two balls and putter feel is amazing.

 

 

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Z Star XV

 

Driver: mid flight

Irons: mid

Wedges: hop and stop

Putter: soft

 

The XV is my preferred ball for the long game. Ball flight is a consistent mid flight and it just seems to stay in the air a little longer. Spin is great, I'm just not sucking them back like the Z, but maybe that's a good thing because they're stopping where I need them to.

 

 

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Q Star Tour

 

Driver: Gets up a little, maybe on the high side of mid

Irons: same as driver

Wedges: hop and stop

Putter: super soft

 

What a treat this ball was in our cold early spring. The Q Star is easy to compress thanks to its 75 compression, flies a mile and stops when you need them too. Around the greens these work like a tour ball checking when called upon and putter feel is exceptional.

 

The jury's still out on which will be my official gamer as I continue to tweak the swing, but honestly I could play any of the Z Star Tour balls and be pretty happy.

 

 

Bag

 

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Z4 Carry

 

This a lightweight carry bag, with ample storage, it's solid feeling and so far displays quite sturdy legs. It fits on both my carts with no issues and has a fairly minimal footprint in the trunk.

 

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The top is a 4-way design, which having come from 6, 14 and OGIO's Woode system (which I freekin loved) I didn't think I'd adjust. I actually have zero issues with the 4 way after having used it and with the angled dividers find it quite effective at keeping clubs apart from chatter. I asked Eli Miller why only 4 and he told me they were gunning for more of a player's style bag, which I think combined with the overall stature of the bag design is quite a nice touch.

 

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There's 2 velour lined valuable pockets, which being the social and photo guy I am, I absolutely love. There's the usual higher up one on the long pocket side you'll find on most bags, which is fairly deep and has enough space for wallet, keys etc. And then there's the cell pocket on the side of the ball pocket, which sits on a perfect angle when standing or on a cart. I was able to keep it open with my phone in it over the past few 18's for quick access for taking photos.

 

Finally completing the players bag touch is a removable ball pocket which is pretty standard for stitching purposes. Once again nice touch, because I need to sew the most important thing.

 

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The Z4 might be my new favorite thing after my driver cover.

 

 

 

The wrap

 

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It’s hard not to come across as a fanboy at the end of the day (somewhere GolfSpy X is rolling his eyes at me), but I’m going to have to say this; Cleveland Srixon may offer the most complete bag setup of all the OEM’s. From award winning drivers, right thru to more award winning putters, balls, wedges and hell even the bag, Cleveland Srixon makes it a hard case to argue against.




#255241 How did you get started in golf?

Posted by Liberty Ball Markers on 05 March 2017 - 01:53 AM

I recently had the opportunity to give a little bit back to the game, and it brought back a lot of good memories from when I started. I thought this might be a good place to share how we got hooked.

I was in high school - 1986. A good friend of mine lived on the country club, played on the school golf and tennis teams, and drove a nice car. I drove an old clunker, and grew up in an $8000 house. Not a typo - $8000.

So... Chad asked if I would like to learn to play. Of course, I had no equipment, nor any money to buy it. We were at his house at the time, and his Dad overheard. He said "we have a family membership at the country club - I'll tell Mike (the pro) to add you to it. I just got new clubs, so you can use my old ones. If you like 'em, keep 'em." They became my 1st set - Wilson FG 17 blades.

That weekend, Chad was going to take me to the course to play my 1st round of golf. I got to his house in jeans and a t-shirt (all I had). Again, his Dad chimed in "you'll need slacks and a collared shirt to play - gonna need shoes, gloves, and other stuff too." Before I could chime in with a response, he said "Chad, just take him to the pro shop and get a few outfits and some shoes - have Mike put it on my tab." I told him I couldn't afford all this stuff, and he said "it won't cost anything - they'll just put it on my tab."

So, we go do some shopping, and I spent the next 3 years posing as part of their family at the nicest course in town without paying a dime for any of it.

Needless to say, I was hooked, and would have never been able to start if they hadn't helped.

30 years later, after playing during my college years, quitting to raise kids, then getting right back to it, I finally have the chance to help the golf team at a local high school (mostly low-income kids who want to play but can't afford equipment). Being a putter ho, I've been able to build up some custom putters for them, and being a ball hunter, I've been able to donate about 1000 balls to practice with. Once they have a final team assembled next week, I'm going to make a personalized ball marker for each of them.


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#241066 Bubba 's got a brand new Ball!

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 14 December 2016 - 02:26 PM

I hope they make an Aqua colored one for him.

 

Then we can say there's something about an Aqua Volvik man.

 

 

I guess you have to be of a certain age....





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