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  1. Actually Make that All Great Things-- After almost 4 years of serving as Moderator, Forum Director and Staff Admin. It's unfortunately come time that I need to re prioritize my time commitments. I'm stepping away from my day to day activities/duties of Forum Director and taking on more of advisory role and doing some odds and ends things to help out the moderators and of course @GolfSpy_THV and @GolfSpy MPR as they continue to lead the forum. I've taken on the responsibility of overseeing another course in our portfolio and it's going to require a lot more of my time and attention.
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  2. I've been talking about it all year... it was my goal for this year!! After yesterday's round of 85 that was probably my worst ball striking round in recent memory, I didn't think it would happen today. I started the front nine pretty well; always a good sign, but so often hopes are dashed. Par, Par, Bogey, Par Par. Then on the par 5 #6, I hit a poor drive but it ended up in the fairway just short of a bunker... Lucky! 2nd shot was a good 3H that put me in a 9i range of a back left pin; hit it pin high right. My birdie putt was 10 feet slightly downhill with 2 foot break, most
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  3. On the heels of @Golfspy_CG2 stepping down from his excellent moderator duties, we are fortunate to have a well regarded member join our moderator team. This member has been around the MGS forums for some time and is always lending a hand, posting thoughtful and thorough content, and destroyed more than a few dreams of a Golden Ticket with his excellent fantasy teams. Without further ado, I want to introduce @GolfSpy_APH - formerly ApolloShow! Welcome to the team, we're glad to have you!
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  4. For those who don't know: there are some Forum tests we do that are arranged by the MGS blog. But there are others that are initiated from the Forum staff—and as long as I've been a mod, it has been Rob whose contacts and relationships have opened doors for us to get some amazing gear into your guys' hands for testing. That's not easily replaced. Rob, it's been fun working with you. In the two years I've been a mod, you've probably gone through at least 3 full bag overhauls. May there be many more for you!
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  5. It's US Open week, and what a great one this should be. Tiger isn't able to return to the site of his phenomenal 2008 win, but there are storylines aplenty. And it seems Torrey Pines never seems to disappoint. We have our standard tiered pick contests running this week. But just like the winner of the tournament, the prize is unknown. At least for a bit longer. That will only add to the excitement of the week as things unfold! Click the link below to enter and feel free to comment in the thread on how your team is progressing or falling completely apart. T
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  6. All, After a lengthy process - far too lengthy, and that's on me...regular job has been crushing me lately - we have decided on a new Mod and Content hunter. First, I wanted to thank all of the great applicants we had. There are truly some amazing individuals we have in our membership and reading over the applications was really impressive - the accomplishments, accolades, and skills that are possessed by our membership is what makes MGS such a special place! Second, this was a REALLY hard decisions and ultimately the current Mods and myself had to take a hard look at our curren
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  8. TOURNAMENT RECAP Upper Peninsula Golf Association Junior Tour Event 1: Marquette Country Club I've been looking forward to this event since I saw the UPGA Junior Tour calendar, based not a little on Andy Johnson's (of The Fried Egg) breakdown of the history and architecture of the Marquette Country Club. Side note: the UPGA Junior Tour does things right: $20, free bag of balls for the range, and lunch. Kirke and I arrived an hour or so before his 11:00am tee time. That meant we had to leave about 6:30am, to account not only for the 2.5 hour drive but also the time zone chan
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  9. So the first pieces to my Cobra RADSPEED One Length and unofficial CC5 participant showed up today.
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  10. Siren alert time again! - 37/35 = 72 (E) - 9/15 FIR - 15/18 GIR (1 birdie) - 33 Putts (16 2-putts, 1 1-putt, 1 chip-in) All I told myself this morning on the way to the course was to be mindful and focus. I mentioned after my last round I was mentally out of it, so I was determined to not let that happen again. Irons were fantastic, driver was ok but didn't kill my score and my distance control with the putter was great. I got a little taller with my putting stance and that really helped me regain the touch I lost on Saturday. Came up two rolls short of a
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  11. Thanks for all the warm wishes everyone! Intro I’ll keep this brief. I’m husband, father, tenured college professor, and, of course, a golf fanatic. My kids (son 7, daughter 5 and a half) keep me busy and my wife is my best friend. I’m a very detail-oriented person who loves to set goals, achieve goals, set new goals, repeat. I am honored to be a part of the MGS forum moderator team. When I joined the forum a few years ago, I was immediately cognizant of how this forum was different from all the other golf forums I’d been a part of in the past. I didn’t see nons
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  12. I had a very cryptic email and meeting invite from my Regional director on Wednesday that included my Senior facilities manager and said "Need to discuss a sensitive subject, please allocate some time to discuss". The director is new and I have not had my 1 on 1 meeting with him yet so I was a little concerned on what this sensitive subject was. Little background I took a position with my current company on a leap of faith, my previous job was great and had a fantastic retirement as it was a state job. But I was in school at the time which I graduated last year and I knew I was not going
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  13. As most of you know, in December I mentioned I was going to have a 2021 driver shootout with some of the major models of 2021 being involved. It wouldn't be anything like Most Wanted Testing, but just my thoughts on the drivers I was trying out for the year. And again as most know, I got a very bad case of COVID and ended up in the hospital. Over the past several months I've continued my recovery and just in the past couple weeks have been getting out to practice and play. As a result of a lot of lost strength and weight, I'm not sure how helpful my info will be, but I'll go ahead and
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  14. ... Now that we are in the off season and the prices are dropping at premium Phoenix courses, I figured it was a good time to add a 3 wood. Sim2 Max with a Tensei Raw Blue shaft was the best performing fairway wood for me at my last fitting. Problem was it would be mid to late July to arrive if I ordered one. I normally don't buy new from Ebay as I prefer to support brick and mortar but this one popped up with my exact specs so I jumped on it. As you can see I clearly needed it!
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  15. To borrow a line from an obnoxious TV commercial! As background I never win anything. My success with lottery tickets, raffles etc, is I'm better off just tearing up dollar bills - it keeps my expectations low. However FJ just changed that. Last week I was notified I won in their 'When FJ Wins, You Win" contest. A new pair of Shoes and a glove - retail value $222.00 . They even overnighted the stuff to me.
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  16. Back to back competitions. Back to back first place finishes: Kirke is through Local qualifying and on to the Sub-Regional round!
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  17. Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the support and look forward to maybe seeing the other side of the forum for a while. as wise man once told me...looking at you Barbs..”These (staff positions) aren’t forever jobs, at some point real life will come calling and you’ll have to answer” But it’s been a great ride. Now.......Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get picked as a winner for these free club tests
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  18. Was able to get out yesterday and play in a Scramble. The "ringers" for our group didn't show, so my one son a 14HCP and me a 16HCP played 2 shots every hole. We managed to shoot an 3v3n par 72. Haven't been out playing in over a month, as I torn something in my forearm, and couldn't even use my arm to pick up items, let alone swing a club. Used the 3I a number of times. That is one fine club. Even with my limited strength I was still getting 180 yards out of it. Had to show off the nice Gap Wedge shot into 18.
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  19. The difference: used golf balls get used again. Toilet paper, gas, and ammo don't work so well second hand.
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  20. Full writeup to come (probably tomorrow, when I've gotten a night's sleep), but the short version: Kirke shot a really solid round of golf and claimed his first ever tournament championship!
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  21. SWMBO wanted to stroll through Walmart today as she wanted to show me a new grill. So, begrudgingly I said okay. Thursday is her day to choose what we do. The Walmart is in the midst of a major remodel. I came across this picture… so I said something to an employee and they said the bag was $270 but if I took a pic and went to Customer Service they would honor the $128 price on the sign. I really didn’t need a new bag but my Cobra Ultralight is now 4 years old and fading, so I carried the bag to Customer Service, and, sure enough, they sold it to me for $128! Very nice bag, lightweight
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  22. I earned a new badge today, Par 5 on in two......almost made the eagle putt, but did get the comeback 3 footer for a birdie. Shot a 40/47:87 at Pebble Creek.
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  23. Played very well today...
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  24. I want to start out by thanking @Tom the Golf Nut for reaching out to me a while back and arranging a chance for us to meet up and play a little golf while we were at it. It was a great time and a round I'll remember for a long time. We played at Dead Horse Lake in Knoxville, which was a beautiful course with diabolical greens. I can honestly say, I've never had a putt roll at least halfway back to me. The first couple of holes were eye openers and really had me questioning my ability to putt the ball. I should have known on the practice green when I hit a downhill putt and had it
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  25. Well, I shot my age... 74. See post on that topic for details. The best ball striking round I have ever had. I shot 36 (-1) on the front and 38 (+3) on the back with a double at the last. One thing that was different today; I put a sleeve of the Original Kirkland Signature balls in play. I still have a dozen. I hit 10 of 13 fairways with my new Callaway Epic Max driver, and I was longer than my 6 year old Bridgestone driver. Only one drive was a problem; in the left fairway bunker on #18 that cost me a double. I hit 9/18 GIR, which is about twice the number I usually
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  26. Round got rained out today so I went to the PGASS and Dick’s to find Jackson a new set since his driver snapped and he’s due for an upgrade. we also replaced the driver on the old set and Grady now owns those!
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  27. Well progress. I had a better showing in my 2nd round of the year. 92 44/48 on Thursday in the men’s league. That’s an improvement of 17 shots Should easily have been at least an 88 except for back/back holes that ai took triples on as a result of lack of focus. Big difference was off the tee. 11/14 fairways and the three I missed were literally a combined distance of about six feet. Just in the first cut of rough. Also putted very well. Approach to the green is where I still can make some strides. A couple poor 7 and 8 iron shots cost me. But some solid wedges an
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  28. I went to Nevada Bob’s in Jackson, MS, today to do my Edel Swing Match System (SMS) wedge fitting. Tony Bishop, the owner, did my putter fittings, and is highly recommended by Edel. We did the fitting inside in one of his three bays, using TrackMan. One of the things Tony talked about right away was the biomechanics of my build. In doing the Edel wedge fitting it’s important to look at lengths of the arm: wrist to elbow vs elbow to shoulder and see which is longer. My elbow to wrist is longer, so I’m naturally going to have a steeper swing. Someone with a longer elbow to shoulder would general
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  29. - 35/38 = 73 (+1) - 4/15 FIR - 11/18 GIR (4 birdies) - 29 Putts (1 3-putt, 9 2-putts, 8 1-putts) Scott Fawcett is not wrong when he says winning/playing well is about as much luck as anything else! I had a lesson yesterday and got sorted out and hit the ball excellently with everything today, but of the four birdies, I'd say only one I would have expected to go in. Birdied Nos. 1, 3, 9 and 10 and was actually -2 heading to 13. Bogeyed 13 after blocking my tee shot just a bit too far right and then having a "two chip" (DECADE term), and then had a bad three-putt bogey from 30 f
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  30. ... After missing most fairways and greens and dealing with lightening fast putting surfaces with a smooth 77 yesterday at Camelback Padre with not a single birdie til the 18th (and I had to chip in from 20 yds off the green) I had a nice comeback today . I posted in the play correct tee thread about playing a combo or building your own and I did just that today at the Raven. 6722 is just too long for me with #3 a 459 par 4 in lush conditions with little Rolla nd into a gentle breeze. Ironically I thought I had a birdie as I reached the 443 yd slightly uphill in 2 with a 4 iron and cozied u
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  31. Went to the shop today and rolled just about every putter available, including the new Cobra 3D printed putters New Pings felt soft, almost too soft off the face. The insert they are using, combined with the grooves on the insert was a very pleasing sound and feel, but it was overly soft for me. Rolled the Mizuno M Craft V and VI and really surprised how much I liked the face balanced VI. However the heel to toe length was just too short for my liking. Rolled the 3D printed putters from Cobra and I loved how they swung. Felt like they swung themselves. What I didn't like was
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  32. Thanks @GolfSpy_THV! I am really looking forward to this opportunity and taking on a new role within the community of the MGS Forum. Also very appreciative of the staff in trusting me to take on this role. I, as a most all of us can agree, are sad to see @Golfspy_CG2 stepping back, but am also very excited for his new opportunity and as he said this is not a forever position. He has been so key in how this forum has evolved over the last number of years and cannot thank him enough for all he is done. There will be no replacing him, plain and simple. That being said I am really excit
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  33. Played one of my best rounds ever and my lowest 9 hole score ever. Shot a 44 on the front 9. That included birdieing the 9th hole when I was thinking about the chance for my lowest 9 hole score. Back 9 wasn't as good, but still decent. Overall score was a 95. Had a lesson yesterday, really only thing change that was made during the lesson was grip. That really helped out today quite a bit.
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  34. I got my first ever 7 wood today, an Epic Flash from CPO in like new condition for $150. It looks brand new, but the head sits a little strange at setup... the face seems to have a bulged shape to it? I picked up a Titleist 4 wood two months ago that is still wrapped in plastic, so I’ll have a new top of the bag combo Saturday. I’ve gone 3 wood, 3&4 hybrid for as long as I can remember, so I’m curious to see how this 4W 7W works out. I honestly have no idea how they’ll play or whether one or both will end up staying in the bag. It should be a fun experiment though. Speaking of exp
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  35. The first one that does, will be ousted from the competition faster than a 7 handed guy at a gentleman's club! FTR, I knew these were coming for over a month now and already had the conversation with Cobra anticipating such a request. They are a limited edition, not even available for your friendly neighborhood Staff Admin
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  36. Had a hectic week. Tuesday played Gullane No2 (Scottish Open Venue), 14 over main damage done on 3 holes with a triple (lost ball) and 2 doubles (not taking punishment) being in the rough Wednesday played Gullane No3 getting better but 8 over with again a triple with lost ball and 2 doubles Today Played the Old Course St Andrews for the 1st time, the course was in great nick and we had really good weather enjoyed it didn't score well. High/Low lights. No 7 Rolled back into the Shell bunker on 7. Which is the size of a small green and has an 8 feet face which I was up agai
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  37. So now that we finally made it public I can let the cat out of the bag. I accepted an EVP role in VA with my same company heading up all development, finance and most of our operating departments. More travel and longer hours during the week but I essentially just report to myself. The good thing is well this is what I have done for the last decade, downside is my office moves to Richmond and I live in Williamsburg. Looking forward to the new adventure and trying to navigate the VA political scene. I am sure they will absolutely love a blunt and brash dude from NY in the south. Other plus is I
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  38. Grandpa twice in the last 8 weeks. Wyatt, born here in USA, and Aleksi, born in Queensland, Australia. If you couldn't tell from the state of origin attire.
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  39. - 40/41 = 81 (+9) - 4/15 FIR - 5/18 GIR (1 birdie) - 29 Putts (11 2-putts, 7 1-putts) Another densely foggy morning which was tough to work with. I couldn't see my tee shots land all day and was only able to see greens for my approach by about No. 17. Wasted a fantastic day with the putter due to my driver all of a sudden going left on me today. It had been going right for the past three weeks! Hooked two balls OB left on the back nine. All but one other of my drivers today went left. On the plus side I was making much better contact with the ball and had two drives out over 28
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  40. Edel wedges, unreal man, in the best possible way. I have a fair amount to say so I will write up an unofficial review of the fitting and the wedges.
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  41. @MaxEntropy It was a warm but windy day in the northern reaches of Bellingham. @gavinski91 paced the green, tested the wind, felt the grain of the grass. This was after all, his first potential eagle. 10 minutes prior he had no idea this moment was about to arrive. He was in the midst of the CCC#3 use every club in your bag before you could use the same one again challenge. He had strategized for this upcoming par 5 and had driver available. A well hit tee shot with a helping wind gave him a real opportunity at reaching in 2. An opportunity that he quickly seized with a well
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  42. I got a package today. I'm guessing you can tell what it is by the address in the upper left hand corner. It's nicer than the photo and is really going to look good covering my driver.
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  43. Remind me never to hit into you. I don’t know what would be worse, actually hitting into you, or needing to walk another hundred yards back from the tee to get my ball after it sails over my head.
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  44. Played this morning with @rbsiedsc at Stone Creek in Oregon City.... Course was is in primo condition, firm and fast, and wearther here in the PNW is perfect. I shot an 87 but it felt much better. Had a lot putts that could have gone in on another day. Either way it was a great first time outting with another spy!
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  45. Pretty good day on the course today; started off a bit rainy with temps in the low 50s but cleared up after a few holes. 44/39: 83 9 FW, 6 GIR, 30 Putts. Ball striking was solid; the lesson from a few weeks ago really seems to be paying off. Round was actually better than the score indicates. 1 birdie, 4 bogies, double, and a sextuple. Yep, took a 10 on one of the holes. Tee shot was in the long stuff, three to get back into the fairway, then pull hooked the next shot into more deep stuff, three more to get on the green and a 2 putt for a smooth 10. Eage
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  46. My brothers and their wives surprised me with a lesson package at the Brian Jacobs golf academy. I have never ever had formal lessons so the nervous / excited / anxious all inhabit my mind right now. Can't wait to schedule these and get going.
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  47. I didn't buy it; my wife bought me a Garmin Approach S62 golf watch for my birthday. I might be too old for it; it sure is dang, high-falutin,' complicated for this old geezer. Took me 2 hours just to get the watch part working and paired with my phone!! I think I'm going to like the convenience on the course though. First test run this Saturday.
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  48. anyone ever bring a wedge and some balls to the beach? the baby is asleep on my wife, she’s reading a book, and i’m sitting here thinking i could get an easy hour of sand practice in if i had just brought my wedge.
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  49. Really happy with the way I played today, and not even just because I shot a +4 76 50% FiR 44% GiR 29 Putts Most pleased with not making anything worse than bogey!
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  50. Intro Hey everyone. Great to be chosen for another review. My name is Randy and I reside in the great PNW of Oregon. (Hit me up if you live near the PDX metro) I recently have tried to become a serious golfer but having a 2 year old bundle of joy and unlimited hiking opportunities makes golf a lower priority; so call me a serious weekend warrior, handicap of 30 but improving every time out (Arccos has me at 25 now). This is my second MGS test and I am very excited to have this opportunity on this putter. For the last two years I gamed two mallet putters. A Taylormade Corza ghost and
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