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#376787 (5) Testers ANNOUNCED: Cobra Connect Challenge II - The Full Bag Edition

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 22 March 2018 - 02:28 AM

(5) Testers Announced:
Cobra Connect Challenge II


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The Full Bag Edition

 

 

Please read this one carefully gang, as it's a BIGGIE!!! And it's more than just a club review - it's a season long experiment in golf improvement.

 

Welcome to MyGolfSpy's 2nd annual Cobra Connect Challenge - and we're making it bigger and better than ever.  We're looking for FIVE of you to spend the rest of the golf season with a full bag - yes, a full bag - of Cobra's KING F8 gear equipped with the ARCCOS-powered Cobra Connect System.

 

We'll outfit you with a complete set of Cobra F8's, from driver, fairway and hybrids to irons and wedges - all customized to your specs - as well as MyGolfSpy's newly crowned Most Wanted Stand Bag, the Cobra Ultralight. Your job? Spend the season with your Cobra gear and use the Cobra Connect system to analyze your game, focus your practice and see how much you can improve.

 

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Year Long Competition

 

Our 5 testers will spend the season competing against each other for some great prizes provided by Cobra-Puma, and all you have to do is what you'd do anyway - play golf and work to shoot lower scores. 

 

To start, Cobra will send you a full ARCCOS 360 set for use with your current gamers. You'll spend a month setting a performance baseline, and once you get your new Cobra gear, you'll spend the rest of the year playing, tracking your data and discussing your journey here in the MyGolfSpy Forum and on Social Media. 

 

This is gonna be, as they say, a hoot!


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How To Apply:

 

This review opportunity is open to any golfer in the U.S. or Canada, so in this thread - please tell us the following:

 

1. Your first name and home state or province

 

2. Your current set makeup

 

3. Your current handicap

 

4. Your goals for the 2018 golf season

 

Again, the commitment on your part is to game your new Cobra gear for the remainder of the season and share your journey both here in the MyGolfSpy Forum and on Social Media. 

 

Good luck to all, and we'll be announcing our 5 testers right here next week!

 

Thank you to everyone that applied, this was a very tough challenge to narrow it down to just five. If you weren't selected for this testing, you won't have to wait long.  Another great one will be announced in the next couple days!!   We keep it rollin on MGS

 

Congratulations:  And follow all their progress on the social media outlets below:

 

Hardcore Looper Follow at FB: mike.eovino Twiter: @meovino IG: hardcorelooper

Joyzee10

Fozcycle  Follow at: FB: Foster Atteberry, Twitter: @fozcycle, Instagram: fozcycle

MDGolfHacker Follow at: FB:MD golf hacker Twitter: @mdgolfhacker IG: mdgolfhacker 

Reesedw

 

You all will be receiving a PM very shortly with the next step!   We are confident you're going to knock this challenge out of the park, and we can't wait to follow along with your progress.




#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:




#402367 Web site is so convoluted to enter contest ?

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 30 April 2018 - 01:38 AM

Why do you make your web site so convoluted to enter the contest?

 

Hi Lance - thanks for joining MGS and thanks for contributing to the forums! 

 

I see you applied to be a tester for the Hogan Equalizer wedges - I appreciate your question and wish you luck. From what I understand they're awesome wedges and will be fun for our testers to work with and review. 

 

I do want to make sure you understand there's a difference between a contest and a club review opportunity. Community Forum Review opportunities are not considered contests or giveaways by MGS - it's an opportunity for our forum members to become actual club reviewers. We give our testers a detailed template and ask them to go through a rigorous two-month program and give the products a good going over, and then write a thoughtful, detailed and - most importantly - honest review. 

 

It's a lot of work, and it's not for everyone. Since we require our testers to participate in the forums, answer questions from other readers from all over the world and share their thoughts during their testing process, we establish specific review threads within our forum. Following directions, being able - and willing - to learn and navigate the forum and to be part of the community are all attributes we look for in our club testers. 

 

So as you can see, it's not really a contest or a giveaway. We do plenty of those on the blog and on social media. Those are easy to sign up for. But for club review opportunities, we do ask a lot. We want to do right by the OEM's who provide us with the equipment for you guys to review, and we want to do right by our Forum members, who've come to expect detailed and honest reviews from their peers. 

 

Hope this helps answer your question and again, thanks for being part of MGS!




#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!

 

 




#404058 O M G ! I won!

Posted by Sluggo42 on 04 May 2018 - 12:39 AM

And it arrived today!
2018 “Most Wanted Driver”

That’s right! A brand new, custom shaft (X-Torsion 63gram) 10°
Ping G400 LST beastie

It actually took a few days for the reality to sink in after that wonderful email from MyGolfSpy!

Then an email from a Ping rep telling me to go to Roger Dunn and get a proper fitting.

Really difficult to express my gratitude for this amazing blast from totally out of the blue. I mean really, getting the most wanted driver dropped into your lap outta nowhere?
It’s like a 10 year old getting the Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas!
MyGolfSpy rocks!
Thank you!!

After trying anout 5 different shafts and settings, the above settings arrived.

Needless to say, it’s going to go out first thing tomorrow morning.
I’ll definately be reporting in tomorrow afternoon.

Never ending thanks to MyGolfSpy, without a doubt, the best golf site on earth, and probably the universe too.


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#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!




#403666 Time to Quit

Posted by ole gray on 03 May 2018 - 01:43 AM

Have you ever come to a peaceful conclusion that it's time to quite something? Drinking, smoking, eating too much, over spending, gambling, etc.  I'm 67 years old and a little voice in my head said it's time to put alcohol to rest. It's been a long and more often than not bumpy road however this gig is over.  Anything really hard to do in your world has to be a 100 percent all in by you.   Why am I posting this on a golf forum?  Because there might be someone who is close to coming to that same closure I did. Trust me it's like a light came on and the decision was easy.   My body, my mind, and my health wants a break. The time is now......  This is going to be a damn good 2018!




#373345 MGS store..What's up?

Posted by GolfSpy_X on 09 March 2018 - 08:39 PM

So....here is the deal with the store.

 

I never wanted to focus on selling gear. I love designing it but never thought our site would do it. Just didn;t want people thinking we were trying to get money out of them.

 

FAST FORWARD TO LAST YEAR:

 

I really do love designing and we get so many requests for gear I said screw it and designed up some stuff and threw together a quick store.

 

But it wasn't good enough.  If I was going to do it I wanted to really do it right. So, I took the store down from main site (Can still find it but it ain't easy).

 

 

FAST FORWARD TO THIS YEAR:

The gear needed to be better, so now it is.  Top of the line quality from covers to divot tools and much more coming.  Also there will be a first class store on the site in the weeks to come.  Will be ready around the time of the Masters ;)

 

I hope you guys like it.




#373318 My Golf Spy HQ Visit

Posted by GolfSpy Rob on 09 March 2018 - 07:22 PM

So for almost two years now, I've been trying to arrange a trip to or time to stop at MGS HQ in Yorktown.  I get down that way about once a year but so far had not been able to coordinate the time on any of my trips. 

 

Well the stars aligned this week!  I was in Williamsburg for a company annual conference.   It wrapped up on Wednesday night, and before heading home on Thursday, i traded in attending the A-10 Basketball tournament in DC for some time at MGS HQ.

 

Adam had previously told me to just stop in anytime I was there, and CNosil who does the Most Wanted Testing there at least a cople times a week, told me the same, just drop in.

 

So here's a recap (I don't know if it'll  be short or long yet :D )

 

I walked in and immediately put my foot in my mouth by mistaking Harry for Adam, I have met Adam before, but they both have a similar build, and Adam was wearing the MGS Hat when I met him, as was Harry yesterday and it was from across the facility about 1,000 yards away...Ok in reality maybe 100 feet.   But it only took a few steps and Harry cheerfully greeting me with a Cheers before I relaized my mistake...Off to a great start...ha

 

After explaining to Harry who I was and the purpose of the stop in, actually I wasn't sure of my purpose other than to say hello and see whatever they would liet me see...whcih as it turns out was pretty much anything I wanted to!

 

Harry stopped some work he was doing, and walked me through the entire Most Wanted Testing steps and protocols, they were in the process of finishing up driver testing as well as some putter testings, and had just begun the Standbag testing.     He showed me each of the 27 or so drivers that are being tested, the too many to count putters and probably 15 or so stand bags.    

 

The Drivers were all neatly arranged in staff bags along a wall next to one of the hitting bay.  They have two full sized hitting bays much like you'd find in any major OEM or Club Champion type facility.   Equipped with Foresight GC Quads and so cool MGS Logo'd Bridgetstone balls.  

 

There was a very large putting green with an immaculate service, after all the Most Wanted testing is taking place on it, so it has to be of the highest standards, along the edge were putters all lined up and around the perimeter were all the stand bags being tested.    I asked Harry how they test a bag, and I think the answer is best left for one of them to answer as i don't want to misrepresent it in any way.   But there are so many aspects to a bag they test that I take for granted.   Again this is the Most Wanted Testing, so of course it would be more in-depth than you would even think.

 

Around this time two of the testers came in, one to test four drivers he had yet to test and one to test putters.  I watched each for a bit, they really seemed to enjoy what they were doing, and also took great care to make sure they were following the protocols.     It was really neat to see how one particular driver didn't' work too well for this tester but the other three all did very well.   

 

Sam arrived after a morning appointment and when I introduced myself, he was genuinely pleased to meet me.  Sam is the type of person, you are instantly drawn to after about 30 seconds of talking to him.  He has such a great personality and enthusiasm for both this job and golf.   Both he and Harry played college golf for a nearby university.     You may have read on Twitter today is Sams 2-year anniversary of working there, and he told me the story yesterday  of how it came to be.   Really so simple as Adam reaching out to the coach of the university saying he was looking for someone to test clubs for him, the coach knew Sam was looking for a job, and sent him over.   Sam was wondering if it was part time, for free or if he was going to have to pay...LOL    He was thrilled to come on board.   

 

Both he and Harry told me they felt like they knew a good bit about clubs.  Until they met Adam that was.  Both couldn't say enough about how much they have learned working with Adam and Tony, and their passions are contagious.   

 

Matt (the newest employee, I believe) who is doing a lot of the video and social media posting you have or will see, came in and went straight to work on setting up some elaborate settings for a video he's getting ready to do.   So didn't interrupt him as well...ha

 

So we talked more about everything Sam and Harry do there, and I was quite impressed and a bit envious as I looked and literally saw clubs from wall to wall.  Sam offered me the chance to grab any club I wanted to try out.   I was still feeling the results of 3 straight days of playing in cold weather and the after effects of the awards celebration the night before, and told him I appreciate it but I'm good.  
 

Sam and I talked a lot about the forum, even though he's not very active on here, he''s see's a lot of it.   He told me about a lot of content ideas they have coming up...if even half of what we talked about happens, there are going to be some very cool things coming down the pike for MGS in 2018.   One thing they will be podcasts, a couple of them  dropped this week,  if you haven't listened to either of them give them a go.   This is the link to the one with Tony and GoalieWales about their experience at Tour Striker Golf Academy in December.   it's almost an hour long but it's a great listen and goes quickly.    https://soundcloud.c...wales-interview

 

Also the Spy vs. Spy with Tony and Adam discussing the Distance "problem" is so good and I PROMISE you, you will learn something from it.  https://soundcloud.c...ep-1-spy-vs-spy

 

So after taking up almost two full hours of their time, I felt I didn't want to be the guest who overstayed his welcome, although may have already occurred.  Sam said he wasn't going to let me leave empty handed, so he and Harry disappeared behind the magic curtain and came back with a handful of MGS Goodness!!  I was very appreciative, and look how cool these are.    The T-Shirts, Balls, patches and stickers are all first class!!   I'll definitely be saving one of these sleeves of balls, but can't wait to put the other sleeve in play and have people ask about the logo.

 

So if you're ever in the Yorktown, VA area, I encourage to reach out to them and drop in.  They will be genuinely happy to see any forum members.  

 

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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




#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. 




#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.


#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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#406524 TESTERS ANNOUNCED: Shot Scope V2 GPS Watch with Automated Performance Tracking

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 11 May 2018 - 03:10 AM

(4) TESTERS WANTED

 

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Shot Scope V2 GPS Watch with

Automated Performance Tracking

 

 

There are two clear leaders in the golf data tracking game. For those who don't mind carrying your phone with you during a round, ARCCOS is the clear market leader. For those who'd rather just play golf, the Scottish company Shot Scope is tracker of choice.

 

And if you're a part of the second part, this review opportunity is for you!

 

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TESTERS WANTED:

 

We're looking for four avid golfers to test, review and keep Shot Scope's new V2 GPS Watch with Automated Performance Tracking. Shot Scope's patented ClubSense technology automatically knows when you hit the ball and which club you used, and stores all that info for you. You don't have to tag or mess with your phone. You just play golf. 

 

And with Shot Scope's new online Performance Package,  you can view your stats and decide which part of your game you'll brag on and which you'll keep to yourself.

 

The good news is if you live and play golf anywhere on the planet Earth, you're eligible to apply!

 

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How To Apply:

 

You forum vets know - and you new members need to know - how much work is involved in being a MyGolfSpy product tester. We'll expect you to dedicate a full two months to using Shot Scope on the course and learning how to use the data is provides, and you'll write a detailed, thorough and - most importantly - honest review for your fellow Forum members. 

 

To do that, you'll first have to be a member in good standing of the MyGolfSpy Community Forum (click here if you need to sign up). Next, in this thread - and ONLY IN THIS THREAD - you'll need to tell us the following:

 

First name

Home State/Province/Country

​Do you use performance tracking?

Do you use a GPS watch?

Which ones?

 

​That's pretty much it. We'll be announcing the four testers next week in this thread, so make sure to check back. 

 

Good luck!




#402842 Official Forum Member Review - PING G400 Drivers

Posted by revkev on 01 May 2018 - 02:37 AM

​Ping G400 LST  

Driver Review

​Rev. Kevin R Loughran

 

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Like any golfer selected by My Golf Spy to review a product, I was excited when I saw THAT email in my in box.  The Ping G400 LST had just been declared the winner of the MGS Most wanted driver contest for 2018 and soon it would be in my bag, out with me on the range and on the first tee!  Wow!  Thank you Ping and My Golf Spy for this opportunity.  

 

Of course I didn't just jump into golf yesterday.  I've been playing the game for nearly 50 years since a good friend of mine returned from a year with his family, spent in Scotland.  We had some old, sawed off clubs that we would sneak off into the field with and soon that turned into occasional excursions to the course.  As my playing career evolved it was clear that golf would be a distraction from my true loves, baseball and trumpet playing.  The latter two consumed my teenage years. 

 

But always I would return to golf and once my baseball playing days ended I started to play in earnest.  My game was honed on a little nine hole muni in the summer of 1978, between my junior and senior year of college.  I played every day after work from June through September and purchased my first real set of clubs, Tommy Armor persimmon woods, Ram tour grind irons, Wilson Staff sand wedge and a mallet putter of some sort.

 

As a player I quickly got down to a mid-single digit handicap and had some local success making it to the match play portion of the Ithaca City Golf Championship (Upstate NY) by firing a 74 in the qualifying round.  Throughout adulthood I was able to keep my game at about that level. Work, family situation and health would limit practice and playing time but when I had the time to play and particularly once I moved to Florida I could always make myself competitive on a local level and was even able to get my handicap index down below 1 as recently as 5 years ago.  

 

Like many players, particularly who started off in baseball, my game transitioned from power to accuracy and as I aged even finesse.  I gained a significant amount of weight in my late 50's into my early 60's (I'm currently 61) and this effected my flexibility and created a significant loss of distance.  As I applied for this test I found that my driver swing speed had fallen from 95 seven years ago to 85 today.  I am currently in a fitness program through my work health insurance plan and have lost 20 lbs. over the past 2 and a half months.  

 

 

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As you can see from the photo above I can now make a full swing and better golf, perhaps from mid to low single digit again, is on the horizon.  

 

My current bag is carefully crafted to assist me in playing the best golf.  It takes into account what numerous fitters and my teaching pro have observed.  My swing is consistent with good players, I have a shallow attack angle from the insider that when working produces a slight medium high draw through the bag.  

 

 

Driver:  Ping G30

FW:      SLDR 3 HL (Turned up 1)

Hybrid: SLDRs 22,25

Irons:    Ping G30 6-PW  Aerotech Volant 500 

W's:      SCOR 48,52,56,60  Genius 7

P:         EVNRoll ER 5

Ball:     Titleist Pro V1x  (RevKev)

 

 

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The first thing that one notices about the G400 line (other than the Max) is that the head is slightly smaller than the 460 cc heads that have become standard.  Ping's claim is that this package creates a better aesthetic and sound (feel).  Additionally the LST is touted as producing lower spin for improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and increased distance.  

 

Of course we've all been reading those claims for years.  In fact I went for a driver fitting two years ago, tried numerous drivers and was unable to find a combination that bettered my G30 at that time.  This testing included three other driver brands plus the Ping G.  The big question here will be has four years and some more significant design changes produced the results that Ping is claiming for a player like me?

 

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One last word before signing off until next time.

 

When we applied for the test we were invited to try Ping's nFlight Web fitting tool.  Like many,I tried the tool more than once and I found that with a small tweak - changing my handicap from 6 to 5 (depending on where I play that actually happens based on my index of 4.9) caused the recommendation to change from the Ping G400 to the G400 LST.  From trying my friend's G30 LST and also from a recent Titleist ball fitting I know that I need to get my spin rate down a bit while keeping my launch angle up and so I went with the LST on my application.  

 

I want to keep this test as close to what would be the norm for the average person walking into a store or ordering a driver online.  The shaft that I'm using is the stock Alta CB 55 in R flex.  Nearly every fitting that I've gone to has recommended a bit shorter than standard shaft in driver.  After consulting with the Pros at my club I ordered 45" which is 3/4 inch off the stock 45.75".  By ordering the shaft that way Ping was able to maintain the listed D4 swing weight.  Something for anyone to consider, at least as cutting it down afterwards will reduce that swing weight two or more points.

 

For now it's off to the course.  I'll be back in about a month and we'll see how the Ping G400 LST works for a golfer like me.  Older, still a good player but looking to hang on or even grab a few more years of glory.  Between now and then please feel free to use this thread to ask questions and I'll try to answer them in Stage 2, if not before!

 

 

 

 




#384629 TESTERS ANNOUNCED: PING G400 Drivers

Posted by GolfSpy Barbajo on 02 April 2018 - 01:45 PM

(4) TESTERS WANTED


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PING G400 Driver Lineup

 

 

10,071 shots over 245 hours.

 

That’s how many and how long it took for MyGolfSpy to crown the PING G400 LST the Most Wanted Driver of 2018.

 

And not for nuthin’, PING’s G400, G400 Max and G400 SFT were also top performing bombers.

 

There were an awful lot of outstanding performers in this year’s Most Wanted testing, which tells us one thing – while there may not be one driver out there that’s best for everyone, there is one driver out there that’s best for you. And with four drivers finishing in the top half of our testing, there’s a decent chance a PING driver may, in fact, work for you.

 

But let’s put that premise to the test, shall we?

 

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TESTERS WANTED!

Back in school, whether it was math or science class, they always wanted you to check your work. Well, that’s what we want you guys to help us out with. We’re looking for four of you to test and review (and keep) a PING G400 driver – whichever one you feel best fits your game.

 

It could be the low-spinning, Most Wanted champ G400 LST, or it could be the ultra-forgiving and Tour-proven G400 Max, or the standard G400 or the G400 SFT – it’s your call. Whichever one it is, we want you to give it a thorough going over and let us know how it performs – for YOU.

 

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HOW TO APPLY:

First, head over the PING website (click here), and determine which of the four G400 models best fits your game using PING's nFlight online fitting tool.

 

Then, in this thread - and ONLY in this thread - tell us the following:

 

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

​2. Your current handicap and driver swing speed

3. Your current driver

4. The PING G400 model you'd like to review

 

Pretty straightforward!

 

Good luck, and we'll be announcing the testers in this forum early next week!

 

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#330963 Too Many "Like"s?!?

Posted by cksurfdude on 06 September 2017 - 05:11 PM

So when I read or post in MGS I predominantly use the app on my smartphone. Recently, I've noticed a few times that after going back to a thread to read newer posts .. posts that I read before and clicked "Like" on were _not_ showing the "Like" icon 'on', or highlighted.

 

Thought it was a problem with the app software until today when i saw this.....

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So -- sorry to all of you whom posts I've tried to "Like"!

(guess the forum software is telling me to NOT be so friendly)

:-) 




#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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#116337 How Forum Testers Will Be Chosen (do not apply within)

Posted by GolfSpy T on 30 September 2013 - 06:22 PM

As the MyGolfSpy Forum has grown, so too have the opportunities for our Community Members to test and review golf equipment for the other members of our forum. To date, the reviews our community members have produced have been of the highest quality.

You have followed our template. You have done an amazing job working with our staff to keep things organized, and you have stayed true to the MyGolfSpy tradition of proving objective and honest reviews.

We have not asked you to be cheerleaders blasting away on Twitter of Facebook to sing the praises of MyGolfSpy of the golf companies whose products you have reviewed. We have asked only that you call it like you see it – good, bad, or otherwise, and you have done exactly that.

Unfortunately that hasn’t been good enough. As our community has grown so has the in-fighting, snipping, and to call it what it is, the aura of self-entitlement. Our forum is not as tight and friendly as it once was. Much to our dismay, it’s becoming more like every place else.

After much discussion, GolfSpy X and I have decided that if growth means tolerating obnoxious behavior, spiteful comments, and any of the other silly business that comes from people who generally don’t know 10% of what they think they do, and worse yet, means we get pulled away from the important things we’re working on to grow the site in order to settle petty disputes between adults acting like toddlers, then quite frankly, we’re content to chase a few readers away and grow more slowly if it trade-off is we don’t have to deal with any more nonsense.

At the heart of some of the issues is our forum testing program. With every selection there are inevitably behind the scenes grumblings about who deserved to be selected and wasn’t, and whose entry was better than another’s. It’s tedious. It’s unnecessary. And it ends today.

Beginning with the next round of equipment (ETA early November, if not sooner), we will no longer be putting up posts asking for volunteers to test and review equipment for the MyGolfSpy Forum. There will be no questions to answer, no photos to post, no requests for specifications. All participants for future forum testing opportunities will be chosen by the MyGolfSpy staff.

How Equipment Testers Are Chosen

There are four basic critera/considerations we look at when we choose our testers:

1. Donors – There’s no behind the scenes BS. When we say we don’t take advertising from big golf companies, we mean it. We don’t take so much as a dime. The consequences of that are that we have to rely on our readers for support…and truthfully, as much of it as we can possibly get. Moving forward, we’re going to be more overt about supporting those of you who support us. A minimum percentage of all product (25%-50% depending on quantity – guaranteed) will be set aside for MyGolfSpy donors.

2. Quality Content – The best way to ensure quality is to rely on people who have provided quality in the past. Well-written, humorous, or thought-provoking posts will go a long way towards you being selected. Photos are an important part of any review as well. We’re going to give priority to guys who have proven they can produce quality photos.

3. Participation – In the past we’ve used review opportunities to try and grow the forum. That’s over. I’m not saying 100+ posts are required, but I can damn sure promise you we’re not giving away anything to somebody whose only contribution to your community is a “pick me, pick me, I want this” post. If somebody wants to participate in our community review process, he needs to participate in a more general sense.

4. No Douchebags – The foundation of our moral code is that we…every last one of us…treat each other…every last one of us…with respect. Civility is the new buzzword. I don’t expect you to agree with everything I say, or agree with everything that everyone else says, but there are polite ways to have conversations, and polite ways to have disagreements without resorting to name-calling, and other childish behaviors that have inevitably, and unfortunately become a part of every online community.

It’s insidious behavior, and I’m no longer willing to reward even a little of it. We’re not going to start pulling down posts or anything like that, but I can promise you this: all community testing opportunities will be reserved for those who carry themselves with class and treat others with respect – always.

How to Let Us Know You Want to Test

If you are interested in being a MyGolfSpy Equipment Tester, there are a few things you can do to signal your interest in being selected.

1. Update your signature to include the following info:

a. Iron specs (flex, length/lie)

b. Driver specs (loft/flex)

c. Dexterity (right or left-handed)

d. Where You Live

e. Your handicap or average 18 hole score

2. Make sure your content includes the occasional picture. We have to know you can take quality photos.
3. Conduct yourself with class and treat others with respect – Always.


Allotments, and terms (USA vs. Worldwide, Left-handed vs. RH only, stock vs. custom, limited lofts, etc.) vary wildly from opportunity to opportunity, so providing as much info as you can will help us find qualified testers.



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