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  1. 2022 has come and gone and it was an interesting year for the forum. We had a lot going on and a lot of changes throughout the year. Not only did we have the pleasure of adding a few new mods to our team, but we also had a lot of new people join the forum. Before getting into the awards here are a few stats for everyone to know! This has turned more into a recap and thanks/recognition vs awards... we will work on award names for 2023. New Registrations on the forum - 4881 Members who had content reacted to - 2321 Members who reacted to content - 1144 New Topics - 3932 Number of Posts - 63,448 Images uploaded to the Gallery - 118 Community Markers - 178 Tests - 18 Test Comments - 3,467 (on the new now old platform) Total Reviews - 39 (again on the new now old platform) Total Reactions Given - 176,715! Most Searched Item: Sub70 @GolfSub70 Most Marker Reviews goes to @GolfSpy_BOS Most Posts in 2022 goes to @Kenny B Most Reacted to Content (non staff announcements) @chisag Maxfli Tour Post with 40+ Reactions! This was closely followed by @azstu324 Otto Phlex Thread which had over 30+ Reactions! Third was a thread that will live on forever in the 2018 Odyssey O Works Giveaway with 30 Reactions! Some other noteworthy threads that should be recognized are of course the LIV Thread. This thing racked up thousands (2543 and counting) of comments and I don't believe will ever stop. However we had some other notable content worth recognizing @inner_game_coach had a career low post which gathered a great amount of reactions here: Also in one of our last AMA Matt Blois made a great video for us: Not to be outdone @PMookie journey to Ping was also a significant topic which you can find in the link below Then there are several threads which may have not made reactions list, but have been community highlights. One being the MGS Virtual Tournaments being led by @Golfspy_TCB! If you haven't seen them you can find all the details below and join in the fun! https://forum.mygolfspy.com/forum/104-mgs-virtual-golf-tournaments/ Also as this is the off season we have had some great threads which have kept us going in the winter months for those of us who are not lucky enough to play all year. A headliner for this is @ejgaudette MGS Off-Season Speed Challenge thread! Now that much of that has been covered we get to some of the thread/pm acknowledgements! @Yellow Ball gets a shout out for providing much comedic relief... which is often needed! Thank you and we expect more of the same in 2023! Of course we can't just recognize just Yellow Ball, @The Hat Must also be recognized for being a sense of joy and laughs on the forum. Thank you and keep it going! A special shoutout to all who attended, organized and participated in the MGS Regional Outing! Lets hope this year is even bigger and better! @edingc and his Work In Progress deserves a shoutout as one of the best Game Improvement threads. There are so many others we can recognize and truly I could go on and on so I will tag a few others and I truly apologize if I miss a few. we have so many incredible members it is impossible to name everyone. @cnosil @DaveP043 @GregGarner @Getoffmylawn (new Fantasy Football winner) @EasyPutter @BIG STU @tommc23 @tony@CIC @MattF @Lacassem @MattWillGolf @Berg Ryman @sirchunksalot @Bang60 @Samsonite @THEZIPR23 @TylorJudd @fixyurdivot @cksurfdude @Rickp @JerryB @Tom the Golf Nut @revkev @GolfSpy Barbajo @Samsonite @blackngold_blood @RickyBobby_PR @RollingGreens @silver & black @Jnoble89 @Siamese Moose And so so so many more! I also want to shout out our mod team @GolfSpy_BOS, @Golfspy_CG2, @GolfSpy MPR, @Golfspy_TCB and @Golfspy_Lukes for all the work they have done this past year and so. This site wouldn't be the same without you all and the work you guys do is amazing! Again I am sorry if I missed your name and if I did you can send me a PM telling me so! Thank you all for making 2022 a special (different) kind of year and one that will certainly be one to remember! Now onto 2023! (ps as I see members I forget I am trying to add them in as I feel bad that I am so forgetful often with names and such!)
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  2. Okay all here are the divisions as it stands right now. We have room to add more spots, but for now we have 6 divisions with either 12 or 13 players. Your League Manager will create the league and send out the invite to you via PM. Then simply click on the link and join up! First Division (Golfspy APH Division) - FULL @GolfSpy_APH @sirchunksalot @RCGolf @Samsonite @Jim Shaw @Bucky CC @Mixtape Master @kelpie @Pvicary @Ben Stubbs @KDeuce @Fairwayguy2 @cciciora13 @Getoffmylawn @ArizonaLogan Second Division (Fixyurdivot Division) - FULL @fixyurdivot @EasyPutter @Parshooter36 @DiscipleofPenick @Eisen @Undershooter @homerun3 @DanDan @Eric Jansen @Mark OBrien @StateOfMyArt @Thomasnoble79 @Berg Ryman @Hobert @climberboy2000 Third Division (Splatt Division) - (1 Spot Left) @Splatt @RollingGreens @Play18 @TylorJudd @Placasse61 @Jpkiser @bgsurick @Bizekidz007 @3piece @Dbroyles11 @Sparkey67 @fredsharky @xOldBenKenobiX @MichaelC_81 Fourth Division (Golfspy_TCB Division) - 2 Spots Left @Golfspy_TCB @Lacassem @cnosil @Jnoble89 @Golfspy_CG2 @NoHalfsteppin @djogolfs @J-Sizzle @DeBartola_B @stuka44 @DWellbrock @carter18 @David Leighton Reid Fifth Division (Blackngold_blood Division) - 2 Spots Left @blackngold_blood @ejgaudette @Vegan_Golfer_PNW @daviddvm @poprocksncoke @griffwatt @jstone @DJ Matt @Durrell @tucker_jct @550025KV @Dodgersfan33 @Albatrass Sixth Division (Golfspy_BOS Division) - 2 Spots Left @GolfSpy_BOS @fozcycle @DannyDips @drb_golfreak @KenBender @Mikr @Digiburdie @JudgeSmails @BMDubya @lacou19 @Delhump22 @Dragon3 @billdcatt40 There are still spots open and if you are still interested please let us know and we can add you to one of the divisions!
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  3. My Christmas Birthday present from SWMBO has arrived….
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  4. ... I was playing Papago the first year I moved to Phoenix. Didn't know anyone and got paired up with others every tee time. On the first tee the starter says you will be playing with these gentlemen and the first guy about 6'3" and 250lbs of solid muscle says "Hi, my names Desmond ..." and I finished with "Desmond Clark, nice to meet you". He smiled a little sideways and said "You are from Chicago I take it?" I replied I was and he went on the say "No offense Sam, but I prefer not to talk about the Bears and just focus on my golf". Admittedly I was a little disappointed but I of course respected his wishes. ... Halfway through the front 9 he asked me what I did for a living and when I told him he asked the question most ask "In anything I would know?" So I mentioned a few things and when I said The Dark Knight his eyes lit up and he just about screamed "That's my favorite movie!!!" and then showed me some photos of his movie room with cut outs and posters from the movie. "Oh man I gotta ask, what was it like working with Christopher Nolan and ..." I help up my hand and stopped him right there, smiled saying ""No offense Desmond, but I prefer not to talk about The Dark Knight and just focus on golf". He had a good laugh and said touche'. ... Then I made a deal with him and said if he would just give me the inside scoop on Jay Cutler I would be happy to talk about the movie. So we satiated each other's inquiries and just had a great day. Desmond was new to golf and hit the ball a TON! but rarely straight. Just a super nice guy, his love for the game was obvious and it was one of my favorite rounds on golf course.
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  5. In coordination with our PGA Tour threads that will be coming out this year we are going to run a pick'em series once again. However we are running it slightly different to last year and will hopefully get more full time engagement on these! We are triple confirming the platform we will use, however believe we have one set up. The Pick'em league site we are looking at using is free, however only up to 15 people. So we are going to make several divisions with the same settings. Depending on how many we get involved will depend on the divisions. When will it start? We are looking at a kickoff for Pebble Beach in a few weeks time to allow us to get everything settled sorted and organized. How does it work? Each week go in set your lineup of 5 golfers who are playing in the field. The standings works by money earned totals. The Catch? We are finalizing this, however you will only be able to select golfers limited times. No running back the same 5 guys week over week. However we will make it a generous amount (thinking between 8-10) and this way you have a bit more flexibility, but also a bit more strategy as well. The Prize? This is still tbd on what we can get, last year we were able to provide the winner with a testing opportunity. While we cannot guarantee that we will have something for the year long winner. This will be for the Series total (best of all the divisions), maybe if we are lucky we can get something for the division champs as well. How do you sign up? Well we are going to get interest first, so if you are interested post in this thread and let us know that you want to join. When we have everything finalized we will get everyone split into divisions and then send you a PM for your league invite. Cost: Nothing - just if you are joining please try to make an effort to update your picks weekly. It normally takes about 40 seconds to do. As for the normal fantasy league, that is still TBD however we should have more info on that in the coming week or so. So stay tuned!
    15 points
  6. One last follow up for this as we look to give a few other shoutouts. A list of members who gave the most reactions! Thank you all of course, but a special shoutout to both @sirchunksalot and @cksurfdude for being the most generous of the generous bunch haha! An impressive 13,000 plus reactions given to members. Just wow!
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  7. ... Secret spy got this footage from CG2's garage from just last Saturdays deliveries!!!
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  8. Me trying to remember who everyone was before their handle switch to abbreviations
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  9. Appreciate the call out! Here's hoping my Work In Progress thread can be updated in 2023 with some sub-5 handicap news. For real though, my golf game is only where it is today because of the forums and the folks on here specifically. When I did my first test on here back in 2019 with @yungkory, @sirchunksalot and @THEZIPR23, I was quite "green" but have loved my time here since. During my range session this morning I kept remarking to myself how far my game has come since that test. The forums have given me a wonderful hobby and for that I'm forever thankful. Big thanks to all of the mods for the mostly thankless work you do! Looking forward to 2023.
    15 points
  10. Well, I see what thread is the leader in the clubhouse for most reacted to thread of 2023 Seriously great recap and jog down memory lane of some of the hightlights for the year. Others have given him well deserved shoutouts and I'll add one more. I will say something maybe I shouldn't but it's the truth, and at Christmas time you tell the truth (ok two weeks late) But it's not far stretched at all to say @GolfSpy_APH may have litteraly saved this forum from becoming irrelavant. During my I don't know maybe 5 years now as as either a MOD or Director, Jamie reached out to me countless times offering to help in any way he could on the forum. He was persisent and showed he truly cared. So when change was made this past spring/summer and he was officially given the leadership role of the forum, it wasn't in the greatest of placess. But he had a plan and quickly rallied a great group of MODS in @GolfSpy_BOS @GolfSpy MPR and brought on @Golfspy_Lukes and @Golfspy_TCB and they have taken his plan and added their own thoughts and really turned the forum into the best place it's been in several years. I can tell you how hard Jamie has worked behind the scenese on things, but it wouldn't do it justice. He works on this forum when the rest of us are asleep Ok, long enough rambling, but just wanted to thank him and again as I have said for my 7 years here...Thanks to every single member...You guys make this place rock!
    15 points
  11. And 9. Forgetting to put the cleats back in your golf shoes like this guy did.
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  12. The wife and children went to a basketball game today. What is a guy supposed to do? I know run down to the Country Club and become a member then scramble back home and work on my man cave / game room. Become a member at the club. Compete Simulator Set Up. Had some good progress today, Net, screen, hitting platform all in place. Man Cave work. Logo ball racks and balls are up. My wife's Mako was mounted. Posters are up. Golf Backdrop is up. Just have 1 or 2 trips to the dump to clear out some more crap.
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  13. I can't really say too much that already has been said, but I do want to give a shoutout and thank you to the moderator team for working hard to breathe new life into the forum. I'm not going to lie, there was a time I was really concerned we were in a downfall. As someone who loves this community, it was depressing to feel like this wonderful community was gasping for air. You guys and the great members here have breathed new life into the forum, and for that I am truly thankful. I'm looking forward to what 2023 has to offer and am excited for the future.
    14 points
  14. This is a great list! I love seeing a whole bunch of old and new on this list! Thank you to everyone who made this list for your contributions to the community, they do not go unnoticed by the mod team! Without the awesome members we have this forum would not be what it is, so Thank you! And I’d be remiss If I didn’t mention @GolfSpy_APH here. I have no doubt that this forum will grow and continue to be the best place on the internet for our forum members. Thanks for your leadership on the mod team! Onward to 2023!
    14 points
  15. Picked them up today after work. Brand new still in the wrapper. Except the 7-iron that I hit the other day. It’s always a special feeling taking the wrappers off new clubs. I almost broke down and bought a ZX5 LS off WRX and I still might. Local guys say he hopes to have his in hand next week to demo otherwise I would have already sent PayPal lol.
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  16. My father didn't start playing golf until he retired and we enjoyed several rounds of golf together before he died. During one round, on a par 3, my father's tee ball went into some trees right of the green and completely out of sight from the green. His second shot ricocheted off several tree limbs and came to rest just off the green. Since he couldn't see me, I picked up his ball and placed it right next to the hole and congratulated him on a great shot. He was so excited, I didn't have the heart to confess what I had done. For several years, up until his death, he loved telling the story of the impossible shot.
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  17. Callway Paradym Fiting at 2nd Swing Golf with Kevn Kraft---Yout Tube Star of the 2nd Swing Chaannel! The Stock Photo will have to do for now. I will obviosuly post in hand photos when I get it and get it on course. So since we were set on Paradym all we had to do was determine which head and shaft. It started out a lot like my session on Thursday I was hitting my driver all over the face and damn near missing the face on a couple...ha But mde solid contact on a couple good enough tto show us a base to compare it to. Now most of you know I have no ego shame in my game, it is what it is. So I don't miind sharing numbers that would get me laughed off the site at WRX...ha But they are real numbers sorry to say, and I know there are probably a good handful of guys here who might relate to these numbers...we should start a support group! So maybe it will help them. Now one thing, I've seen in the past. Trackman reads swing speed lower than and GC Quad or Mevo. And that was true today. Last week most of my swings were in the 83-84 range, with a couple low at 79 and one or two at 86. But 83-84 is what I'd say I was most at. Trackman today read almost al lof them at 78 and a few at 79. So 5 mph or so slower. Man as if I didn't already swing slow enough...ha I wont' bore you with thoughts on each shaft, the two best are shown bleo. We tried both the X and the standard head. He quickly decided he liked the Standard for me over the X. The draw bias inthe X wasn't giving me any more draw than the standard in the draw settting, so he said why not keep the option of moving that back to neutral if you ever need to. Next were shafts, We tried-everyhting in R flex Tensei Blue 55g HZRDUS Black 50 G (he said a brand ew option in 50g for them) Aldila Ascent 40G Adila Synergy 50g Cyper 45G Current Titleist HZRDUZ Black Gen 4 50g Aldila Ascent 40g Dispersion Chart The two that were best were the Aldila Ascent 40g and HZRDUZ Black 50g Both had the same swing speed 78.7 vs 78.9 Both ball speed of 117 and both had smash factor AVERAGE of 1049 I had one at 148 on each the others were all 1.49 or 1.50. Both these shafts just felt very good to me, like I was able to really swing them well. The difference was in spin, the HZRDUS had an average of 2822 spin and he Ascent 2425, so while they both carried 181 the Aldila had total average of 207 yards to 203 for the HZRDUS. Not a huge difference, but my two longest were with the Aldila 213 and 211 So certainly not numbers that are going to scare any of my opponents But the gains over the TSR were pretty signifcant, I was hititng it at max balls speeds of 108 and total distance of 174.....YIKES...again that was with hitting it all ove rthe face..actually mostly it was very high toe...prtty consistent out there from what we saw on each strike. The Aldila brought me back a bit towards the middle, stil favored slightly toward the toe, but not near as much as the 1.49 indicates. So gains over the Titleist were 38 yeards, but I wouldn't say that was all the club, a lot had to do with my swing. Honesty I should have gone back and asked to hit the Titleist again at the end, to see if I was a bit more warmed up. Now the ugly part. His fitting is complete with video from two angles and all the club path etc. My swing, I know I've always been a very OTT swing, at times I can control it to maybe -6 or 7 degrees Out to In. But today every swing with every club was around -12* out to in. I did a decent job closing the club at impact, to turn it into a decent size fade insteead of a slice. But I need to get that down the the -4 or -5 range at highest and I'll gain some big yards back. So the end reuslt is a Paradym Standard with the Aldlia shaft in 9.0 lfoted up 1 degree and set in the draw setting is on order. Actual release date is February 23rd. Not sure if I'll get it sooner or later. But I'm anxious either way.
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  18. ... Well evidently you inspired me Rick. After far too many 73-75's and 18 pars with my Forged Tecs, my MIM Tours looked so ashamed by their recent apathy ... so I put them back in the bag and shot my age from the Silver tees. Granted the driver and putter were really the hero's but the MIMs put me inside 2 feet twice and they were a real treat today. Sitting right beside my ball mark, hoping forward a foot then spinning back the same amount. I really love those things.
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  19. This was a struly special little forum community to stumble upon. So many great minds with great knowledge and passion for golf. This is an easy place to find what you're looking for and that which you are not! Happy new year to all members!
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  20. I am considering this a golf related purchase because I am taking my clubs wherever our towing adventures go! Be pretty cool as the kids get older to and we get to several different states to be able to hit a ton of different courses when "glamping"
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  21. I know we all try to say that any club that can help us has an equal shot of making our bag. But lets cut through the bullshit. We all know that isn't true. This doesn't mean you think that other clubs suck compared to the brands you like, it just means you know you have an internal bias that will push you into the brands you like if all things are equal during a fitting Call it what you want Bias Allegiance Fanboyism Preference We all have them Well this thread is where you can admit it without getting any crap. You don't need a scientific or tangible reason. This is about admitting our internal biases in a safe space
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  22. The delivery of the three wood is scheduled for Saturday. Well of course I have a tee time scheduled for Saturday. What this really means is my wife will accept delivery because you know it will show up while I'm golfing. What this also means.................. busted.
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  23. We have a few new members to a new part of our Forum Staff. Before I let all of you know what the Forum Leaders is all about, please welcome @GolfSpy_BNG and @GolfSpy_SAM! They are joining us as new Forum Leaders and will be working with us for what we hope to the one of the biggest seasons for the MGS Forum. Okay, so what is a Forum Leader? As stated above, we hope that 2023 will be one of the biggest years for the forum in some time. From new members joining, new projects to improve the forum, lots of member tests, MGS Virtual Tour getting bigger and the list goes on and on. As a Mod Team we recognized that we may need some extra help in various areas. Both Mark and Matt (not SAM hehe) have stepped up and will take on different areas of the forum to make sure nothing is missed and we are able to bring our community an excellent experience! Our Forum Leaders are an extension of the Mod Team and will help us with daily mod duties as well as work with us to help guide the Forum down the right path as we grow and explore various areas. The Forum Leaders are also those who aspire to one day become full fledged mods down the line. So for those interested feel free to reach out! I will let both BNG and SAM do their own little intros following this, but as a quick reference here is where they will be starting. @GolfSpy_BNG will be working on improving and making a bigger and better BST platform. We have some really exciting things in the works for this and BNG will be leading the charge with this allowing us to grow this section of the forum and giving it things no other golf forum has, while still keeping it a simple flowing experience for all. @GolfSpy_SAM will be aiding us in Content Creation and various other areas of the forum while bringing his signature humor to the group and the forum. We are really exciting to have these guys be part of our team and for those eagle eyed members you may have already spotted there was going to be a change with them by way of their name tag color!
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  24. Ok, finally have some time to play this one too. I'm going to take this as my biases per equipment type versus brand, but I'll probably touch on a few brands along the way which would apply to all categories. I'm also being a little over-the-top as nothing would be impossible to overcome, but in a perfect world... General Bias: Aesthetics/Logos I have strong preferences. The Tour Edge logo, and some of their designs, look cheap to me. Brands like sub70 have great products, but if the logo/finishing isn't up to par I initially think of them as a lesser product (sub70 may be a bad example, as I do kind of dig their industrial vibe). The small details matter to me, I guess "bag appeal" so paint finishing and fonts can go a long way towards my initial impressions. Drivers/Fairways: I tend to stick with the big OEMs and Cobra. But have been developing a bias that TM is way more fade biased for me. Maybe its "Twist Face" not working for me or their internal GC not agreeing with me... Callaway seems to be the best for me right now. So they'll get first pass. As mentioned before... Tour Edge could have the best performance, I'm still going to have trouble bagging a club that looks like it sold at Walmart. Hybrids: If your name isn't Titleist or Ping you need not apply. Unless you're adjustable or can be flattened. I love my hybrids... except when they whisper "hook" in my ear. So flat lies and more player profiles is what I go for. Irons: Ok so here is a big one.... if the name of your iron set is the same as your driver for the year... you're out. I don't want Stealth or Paradym irons. I want Mizuno Pro 225, or Taylormade P770, or Ping i230, or Callaway Apex, or Titleist T100s.... you get the point. I would prefer that my irons be a stand alone family, not something designed to coordinate a release with a driver (even though I'm sure that's not actuallly the case and OEMs are just taking advantage of the branding across a whole line). For some reason, it comes of cheap to me. While we're at it... I prefer the model number approach to clubs (TSR3, G410, etc versus names like Epic, Stealth, Rogue, etc. Wedges: Give me a Vokey, Vokey, and Vokey. Players profiles are where it's at... in a darker or copper finish. PING has a chance... if performance and feel are there... Cleveland has an uphill battle, as does Cobra, but the shapes are good. Putters: Milled faces all day long. I tend to not like insert putters. It's a feel thing. I'm sure there are exceptions, but speaking in general biases... don't talk to me if you're not a milled face. I am a believer in EVNROLL's face tech. Balls: I play Titleist ProV1x.... I'm not really sure I need to go expand upon that any further... So some sarcasm and exaggerations aside... those are my biases towards gear!
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  25. Apparently, we are headed to western Washington in April so my wife can play golf. She received this invitation... The Home Course is cooperatively owned and operated by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association and Washington Golf (WA Golf). We played this course once back in 2008, one day before she had an L5-S1 fusion at Virginia Mason Medical Center. She played horribly! Maybe she can get some redemption! I'm apparently her caddie.
    12 points
  26. Cobra outdid themselves. These are beautiful. Their whole iron line is so underrated. I hate release season. I've rebuilt my bag in my head way too many times already. Paradym driver and 3W, KING Tours or MKIIs, RTX 6s. Just take my money!
    12 points
  27. First day of the year, I got my first ever hole in one. Knew it was on a good line, but have horrible depth perception and didn't see where it landed. As we approached the green I only saw three out of four balls. The only ball on the green was hit by someone else. I looked behind me, was I short and it plugged short of the green? Finally realized there was a ball mark about a foot from the cup. I walked over to the cup and my ball was sitting in the bottom.
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  28. I burned my hand pretty bad a few days ago trying to pick up a 400° sautéing pan out of the oven so that my one year old son wasn’t able to touch it, he came out of nowhere like a rogue spider. Made it through a couple days without any blistering. felt terrible yesterday, but was able to get some special cream from work for burns. Skin doesn’t feel too bad today, no blisters. Hopefully I can start swinging again in a few days versus a few weeks on the positive side though it doesn’t feel to be any long-term damage and my son was safe.
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  29. If I were to tell myself I could play a round of golf in January in Massachusetts (outside of cape cod) I would have called Myself a dang liar! Well did just that today. 50* and pretty foggy but was a very mild day and course was in decent shape. Pretty accurate round (pulled 1 out of a waterlogged sand trap and rolled a few out of puddles in the fairway) but besides that was a really smooth round and so much better than my previous few outdoors. Thank goodness 81 with 10 Bogeys, 7 pars and a birdie! Take that all day and twice on Sunday in January!
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  30. ... I have seen several good golf forums come and go. I have to imagine controlling negativity while allowing enough freedom for personal opinion posting is a very difficult line to maintain. It always seems a few snarky posters can drag a forum down. But you and the other mods have managed to make this a true community and I love being a member here. Thanks!
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  31. Great post Jamie. And I got a shout-out...I finally feel like a bonafide spy instead of a newb! I'll echo several others in thanking you for your leadership here, as well as our other mods. Looking forward to a great 2023!
    12 points
  32. This will be a fun continuous annual thread (that I am sure will get some content during the year). Cheers to 2023
    12 points
  33. Picked up my Stealth DHY 4h today at the pro shop; paid all cash, off SWMBO's radar... Then went and played, and never had a shot that called for it, so I hit one scabbed Pro V1 from the range after the round...flushed it; solid little cut. Looking forward to having this in the bag this season.
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  34. And it just keeps getting better! a second Fed Ex truck pulled up with a delivery for someone else in the family. My wife yelled out that there was a Fed Ex truck delivering. I said, well it's not for me! All true!
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  35. Best day today on Day 11 of our two week trip to Phoenix. Decently warm and sunshine; 65º. This was the second time we played Palmbrook CC in Sun City. I like the layout of this course and it's better grass to hit out of compared to others we played. Shot 42/38 = 80 with my first birdie of 2023 on th short par 3 #11 over water to a back left pin... little 9i draw to 3 feet and finally made a putt!! I had a few stoopid mistakes that hurt me getting in the 70's. Only one double though!
    11 points
  36. A month ago I was pretty intent on going into 2023 with 2 iron setups—-yes ONLY 2–Gasp and maybe adding 1 driver to my current 2 Drivers. I know everyone is thinking my account has been hacked. Ha. But alas what happens. Launch season happens! And I’m inundated with OEM press release and videos and every YT’er under the sun is putting out reviews. And there I am looking at least at 3-4 drivers I HAVE to try. And a push from fellow mod @GolfSpy_BOSMay have factored in as well So for all those who wonder why companies spend so much in marketing. Just read that previous paragraph again. I’m such an easy mark. Just as a reminder. I ended the season with the TSR 2 in play after okaying the TSi1 most of the season. Yes some others came and went. But they were in play 90% of my rounds. So what driver will be on the menu? Well in no particular order PING G430-Dleivery expected this week Callaway Paradym-Read My Fitting Post for Paradym Titleist TSR1 -Currently on Order dlievery date TBD Cobra Aero Jet -TBD Stealth 2-Delivery TBD also likely but not confirmed yet Srixon ZX5
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  37. Well, not exactly in the vein of the bodily functions stories above, so I may be out of place... but one of my most memorable experiences on the golf course came back in the early 80's. I grew up just down the road from one of two municipal courses (at the time) in my hometown. I spent as much of my time there as I could and got to know the owner, and the pro very well. I was in my early teens, and wasn't a great golfer by any means, but I carried myself well on the course. One afternoon, after using the chipping area and enjoying an order of fries from the club house, I asked if the course was open enough that I could walk on and play. The pro said... tell you what, there is a twosome in the parking lot bringing their cart around, and if you want to join me, I"m going to play along with them. Now... I was a little intimidated... two strangers and the pro wasn't my idea of a leisurely round of golf... but I had played enough with the pro to put me at a little ease - though I always felt like I was trying to perform for him when I was that age... I must have hesitated, because he said... "come on... you'll be fine... just play your game and do your best to keep up with us". He was really a great guy and a mentor to me over the years. Anyway - we walk out to the first tee, and around the corner of the clubhouse comes our playing partners... in a custom red, white and blue, star spangled golf cart - and pulls up to the tee box. My pro said, Tim, I would like you to meet Mr. Evel Knievel. I don't remember hardly anything about that round from a shot making or scoring perspective... but I can tell you that Mr. Knievel and his buddy were very patient with me - and very competitive with each other (and the pro). I wasn't involved (thank goodness... I would still be paying the debt) in the wagers.... but I am sure I had never seen that much green in one place before in my life. At the end of 9, they shook my hand, retired to the bar to settle all their bets, and I walked home on a cloud.
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  38. Gonna push back a little here. In the main, most people think of themselves as more or less impervious to advertising. But this strikes me as implausible; perhaps advertising doesn't work and major corporations throw away a huge chunk of their annual budgets for no reason, but I doubt it. Now, that's not to say that all advertising is equally effective on everyone; if you have no social media accounts, major OEM payments to "influencers" (that word still makes my skin crawl) really would have no effect on you. But advertising is, for the most part, rarely about specific claims. It's about your impression of a brand and its credibility. When you walk into a store, you have certain impressions of virtually all the brands there. And those that you don't have an impression about already—well, that itself is an impression. Most of us start with a level of skepticism about a brand we've never heard of, especially when making what is for most of us a fairly big-ticket purchase. Zooming out a bit: OEMs using social media people as endorsers makes a ton of sense, I think. Think of the golf channels on YouTube you watch regularly, or maybe the podcasts you listen to. You have a more "real" (fake) relationship with those characters than most of us have with most Tour players. In my own case, I feel like if I ran into Mark Crossfield or the Chasing Scratch guys at an airport, I'd have a ton of stuff I could talk with them about. Although neither Mark nor Mike and Eli know it, they and I have already spent hours and hours together. We have old jokes, inside bits, etc. To be sure (and now we're getting into sociology, etc.): this is a fake relationship. But when Titleist took on Mike and Eli, it felt like they were doing something for the whole Chasing Scratch "community." Obviously, this kind of thing has more weight with certain social media personalities and their audiences than with others. But broadly, I'm guessing that in my own case, I feely more warmly about Titleist because of what they've done with CS than because of Jordan and JT.
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  39. In 2004, I was playing golf with some guys I didn't know well. They invited me to their club (Great Oaks in Floyd, VA), which was memorable to say the least. Playing #14, a military jet flying just above treetop height passed directly overhead. The plane was in obvious distress. Dark gray/black smoke billowing out of sputtering engines. Shortly after passing overhead, we could see two people eject from the plane and parachutes deploy. A few seconds later, we could hear the crash followed by a huge plume of fire and smoke rising over the tree canopy. https://www.hmpgloballearningnetwork.com/site/emsworld/news/10341287/f-15-crashes-virginia-two-pilots-unhurt Two years later, I was playing my home club for the first time as a guest. The head pro and a couple of longtime members were showing me around as I was prepared to purchase my stock and become a member. Again, a low flying military plane tops over the ridge from behind. That sudden jolt of noise and ground rumbling beneath your feet is off-putting to say the least. A guy in the group ahead of us fell to the ground on the 14th green clutching his chest. The sudden scare had given him a heart attack. He didn't survive. In 2017, my daughter and I were just beginning our day together playing the 1st hole of my home club when a helicopter landed on the 1st green as we are standing in the 1st fairway. The EMT's leap from the chopper with backboard in hand, load up a guy on the 2nd tee box, and lift off. He had suffered a heart attack a few weeks prior. Against doctors recommendation, he was back on the golf course, smoking and drinking as if nothing had happened. He didn't survive the second heart attack. Pretty sure I posted a picture of the helicopter landing on here in another thread when it happened. Hard to say these are the "best" but they are certainly the most memorable. I have an issue with aircraft on the golf course!!!
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  40. As "The World's Most Interesting Man" once said, "I don't always hit a sand wedge 150 yards, but when I do it's from a greenside bunker!"
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  41. Gratuitous photo post Foot spray on clubs I took a trip out to the range today and hit a small bucket of balls. The weather was a bit cool this morning and I had to go later, plus I had to vacuum out the wife's car to get it ready for inspection. I started off with a few partial shots with the 56° aiming at some discolorations in the grass. I have a tendency to hit a bit left with wedges, and I had good contact with a little of my left bias. Contact on the first shot was good. Here's the pattern after 3 shots. Moved on to some partial shots with my set GW, this has become one of my favorite clubs in the bag. I'm just a touch heel biased, I did hit one of the toe after the photo just to see if I could. First shot Pattern Next up, 8 iron. I hit some good playable shots with it near the target. First shot. Pattern after a few. I pulled the 6 iron next, and this is where I'm starting to see some inconsistencies with strike and more dispersion. I was also hitting some blocks with it and know what area of the bag I really need to focus on. First shot. Pattern (it's not pretty) I could see the inconsistencies when I moved up to 5W, only 1/3 shots was playable. I did hit the first one out of the center. The other 2, not so much. I finished off hitting some drivers. I was happy seeing some shots a little lower of the face than normal and it was nice to actually pick a couple off the tee. I usually have to chase them after every shot and it seems like I'm starting to figure out how to not have an extreme AOA on the down side. First shot A few more. It was a fun day and I'm starting to feel like my game is going the right direction. I'll have to play to see where I'm at, but it was fun getting out and hitting some balls.
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  42. Little over 40 degrees here in NJ today and I haven't touched a club in two months while I rested my ailing wrist. My dad called me Saturday and asked if I wanted to play on Monday and I said sure , why not. Got some swings on some frozen range mats before the round and went to the first tee with zero expectations Was 6 over through 7, then rattled off 3 straight birdies. Ended up shooting +5 75. The swing felt great. The short game felt great. The putting felt as good as it could given the shaggy winter greens. But man, it felt good to get out there We were paired with a great dude named Ryan and we talked about golf courses and local golf. Great company and I hope he will be joining the forum soon!
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  43. I won around $1,200 in my fantasy football league this year. That’s my second win in a row after a 2nd place finish so 3 years cashing in a row. It’s a keeper league, my roster is about to go caput and I had to trade my number one pick next year to bolster my receiving corps. At any rate I will have them keep my $175 buy in and tithe my winnings to Damar’s charity. After that I have around $875. My wife reaffirmed that those winnings are mine to use for golf equipment. How would you spend that max money? BTW this is how I’ve ended up with new drivers the last three years.
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  44. I played my first 18 hole round yesterday and it wasn't pretty. Front nine... 3 doubles and a bogey for a 44. Back nine... 2 doubles and 2 bogeys for a 41. Smooth 85. It was 39º slight breeze and... oh yeah... rain. Not sure why I even went to the course. 8 days until Phoenix!!!
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  45. Settled into the new home. Joined a Country Club last week and managed to get out and play 9 today. Having not played in six weeks showed. Also playing an unknown course by myself wasn't smart either. Definitely a very different type of course than what I'm used to playing. I was warned that the greens were small and not to be long into any green by the Pro. Thank goodness it was colder (48 and overcast) The jacket took off a few yards, so I wasn't long. But I checked out every green and looked over the back side. He was right, tough shots trying to comeback. Greens were slower but with small greens and the amount of undulations they had was probably a good thing. But I left all my chips and putts short. I"m just not used to the green speed yet. I'll get it though. I played bogey golf which was ok considering. But it was good to get out. I can't wait to start testing the Cobalt laser range finder. This will absolutely come in handy on this course. I did have a few guys stop and ask about the Motocaddy. One or two said they never saw such a thing before. One said he saw one on The Price is Right tv show recently.
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  46. What a totally awesome wrap-up to 2022! TBH 2022 was a royal PITA for a lot of us with employment (mortgage industry for me), and health, both physical and mental. The MGS forum was much cheaper and I'd dare say as productive as therapy would have been. Thank you all for being my lean-to when things weren't so great in my non-golf life. Can't wait to see what 2023 has in store.
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  47. Have to say I've enjoyed this blog more than I can express in words, every day it's my highlight I look fwd to checking if there's something for me to read. My best day I had 14 highlights, cheers to all MGS members who posted and please post lots more. THANKS SO MUCH GUY'S...
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  48. Couldn't be more thrilled about how Christmas turned out. Got a golf shirt and a couple of gift cards plus a putting mat and driving mat in addition to the balls and shoes:
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