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  1. As nearly all of you know we have had some changes to the forum this year and it has had its ups and downs, however I am happy with the progress we have made so far... key being so far. First I want to start of by saying I know the changes haven't been accepted by all, but I continue to get PM's and the like about the site and how we can adapt and improve it these messages are important and always taken into consideration. Before going any further I expect conversation in this thread to be productive. I am more then willing to listen to suggestions as well provide feedback as to why things are what they are, however if this just turns into constant complaining then well.... lets just hope it doesn't come to that. We all want to see the site grow and do well so lets keep comments in a productive manner. Also we know about ads... there have been a lot of discussion on it already and we have sent messages out to the powers to be and hopefully at somepoint we will have a permanent fix for that. Headed into the off season we will continue to take a look at everything and how to improve on what has been implemented and what is dated and should be improved on. A few highlighted features that have been added this year are as follows - New testing platform - AMA!! - Thank you @GolfSpy_TCG - User Groups - @tony@CIC with a great suggestion that has been used a fair bit within shotscope and arccos and will likely see growth with more devices coming out. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/forum/91-mgs-user-groups/ Keep in mind the Forum is always evolving, we have had several features come and go and the site continues to grow. A few more things to keep in mind before you comment - You can always PM me privately to discuss a specific topic. Trust me you would not be the first nor the last and again I am happy to discuss a situation or topic that may be on your mind. - The testing section will continue to be worked on. We recognize it isn't perfect and want to continue to improve with it. That being said I know it is signifcantly better then when first launched and based on traffic reviews are getting a lot more attention. - Added to the testing section we will be revising and adapting some of the procedural processes to steam line the reviews on the frontend and backend. This includes some work on the templates for reviews and more. Part of this will be to keep things a bit more consistent across all reviews. Including the new star rating system which is there. - We have had a big change over this year with the mods (myself being new included) and there was a pretty steep learning curve to start off. Added in this with a near record number of tests so far and Covid delays/issues it has been a trying season to say the least. We are very appreciative of all the testers and feel for all those who have had to wait or are still waiting for their equipment to come to test. Okay I think that is all for the moment. I will be trying to respond to as much of these as quickly as possible and watching/reading all the comments, but feel free to tag me in it so I get to notification if its overly important that you feel it needs to be read. Last last point, please please fill out the poll as it helps us get an idea for use within the forum and we may send out a survey later on via email for everyone to fill out, but this is the start for now.
    29 points
  2. Thank you to Rob for doing the AMA. The response was spot on what I was hoping to learn from him! He spoiled us with 30 minutes of great content. Rob joins us from the great state of Maryland where he is the Tournament Sales Director for a 36-hole Troon Golf Course. For those of you who have been around for a few years also know Rob as one of our esteemed Forum Directors for our very own MyGolfSpy Forum previously (still Golfspy_CG2). A couple important highlights from his career: Rob is the reason we have a lot of the cool stuff to test on our forum as he is our point of contact with many of the major OEMs on the forum (so please give him a warm welcome to the AMA)! He’s worked as the Sales Director at the Compass Pointe Golf Courses 6 years. Rob is heavily involved in the club fitting process and can speak to anything golf outing, sales and course management in general. Before beginning his career in golf, he worked at Hilton Hotels for 26 years in sales and as a General Manager. In the winter, Rob is a college basketball reporter for a local Baltimore radio station, so you could say he’s somewhat of an ‘insider’ in more than just golf. Please give him a warm welcome to the Ask Me Anything!
    27 points
  3. I’ve been meaning to do a WITB this year, but by the time I got around to taking pics, some new boxes showed up..and well you know But after a lot of trial and and actually not much error I have arrived at the setup that will take me through the rest of the year. Driver: Titleist TSi1 9.0 Aldila Ascent 40g R FW: Titleist TSi2 16.5 GD IZ6 60 G Hybrid Titleist TSi1 20 & 23 Aldila 80G Iron 2021 Titleist T300 5-P MCA Red 65g R Wedge: Vokey SM8 50.10F 54.12D 58.12D Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 35” Yep, I know what they say about having an all 1 OEM bag. That you are hurting yourself somewhere if you do. Well that may ultimately be true. But I also feel If you are confident and like what’s in your bag, that is just as Important and possibly more so than any technical difference. So this is what I’m rolling with. One substitution that could be made. I have a U505 coming that could replace the 16.5 Fairway wood.
    25 points
  4. Are you ready? It's time for the.... Unofficial Condensed Cobra Connect Fan Challenge This will be a 2-part combined net score challenge. I'll get to all the rules in a bit, but first of all, let's talk about what you're all really here for. The prizes! Similar to past Cobra Connect events, there is no guarantee that you'll win a prize, but the better you do in the challenge the better your odds. The main prize is a Just Bomb It driver cover from Crown Golf! Everyone who beats me has a chance at winning it. But since that's such a difficult thing to do, if you don't beat me but you're in the top 5 you still have a chance! If you don't manage either of those feats, you still have a chance at the random draw prize for all contestants - the matching ball marker. If you follow me on Instagram you get a free bonus entry. Plus there's one last chance to win a prize with the side challenge. In honor of my 190+ yard 7-iron during my demo (seriously, the Radspeed irons are ridiculous), the side challenge will be to see who can hit the longest 7-iron (either off the tee or on an approach) in a round during the challenge. In recognition of that extra scoop of ball speed, the prize will be the Two Screams ball marker. Since I can already hear the old guy who still plays his MacGregor blades from the 80s taking a break from yelling at the kids on his lawn and complaining about jacked lofts, here's the more specific rules about the 7-iron: There are none! I don't care if you take your 7-iron, bend it 10 degrees strong, stick a long-drive shaft on it, and tee the ball up 3 inches in the air. As long as it's a conforming club and it has a 7 stamped on the sole, it's a 7-iron for the purposes of this challenge. And if you do go the franken-club route, I want to see pictures! Now it's time for the main challenge details. I said that this would be a 2-part challenge, but fortunately for those of you with real jobs who can't just go play golf every day, each part of the challenge is only 9 holes. That means you could theoretically complete the entire challenge in a single round of golf, and then get back to filling out those TPS reports on time. The first 9-hole challenge is that old Bryson classic, the Bomb and Gouge. You can only use Driver, fairway woods, hybrids, and wedges. And yes, that includes the wedges that came with your iron set. Unless you play Honmas and instead have a 10 and 11 iron, in which case tough cookies. You should have known this would happen when you bought them. You can take as many attempts at this as you want, and just submit your best 9. Want to play a full 18 like this and see if the front or back 9 is better? Do it! Want to sneak onto the golf course at night after it's closed and play the back 9 on repeat until 3 am? Go for it! (For legal reasons that was a joke) However, this isn't Winged Foot - you won't win here just because you can drive the ball 380 yards (I'm looking at you, @Chip Strokes). You'll also need some of that 2016-Rickie-esque Iron Mojo. That's right, for the second 9 holes of this challenge, you can only use your irons. I'll even allow driving irons, because it would be too cruel to force @jlukes to play with just his irons. And your set wedges to boot, since they were a part of your iron orders. (Yes, I'm only making that rule because I have 2 set wedges. If you don't like the rules, send all your hatemail to @Thin2win) Again, you can have multiple attempts. I'm not going to be the one to point out that your relationship is suffering because you spend 53 hours a week at the golf course - it's up to you to decide if a $2700/month alimony payment is worth it for a new driver headcover (and of course the glory that comes with winning the challenge). Once you have your best 9 holes from each part of the challenge, post them up in this thread! Make sure that your post includes the following information: Your handicap Your Bomb and Gouge score Your Iron Mojo score The par, slope and course rating of the course where you achieved your scores (if your 9-hole scores came from 2 different courses, submit the average. If you can't figure out how to calculate an average, I don't think I can trust you to count high enough to submit an accurate score) Your longest 7-iron shot, with a picture of your shot-tracking GPS as evidence (the GolfShot app is free and has this capability if you don't have something you're already using) You have until midnight PST on October 18 to submit your scores. My fellow Cobra Connect competitors are welcome (some might say required) to submit scores, but they are ineligible to win prizes. You just got $2400 in free golf clubs, quit your whining! Oh, and one last thing. Since this isn't an official MGS competition, MGS staff and forum mods are welcome to participate as well! And if Adam Beach has a problem with that, he can take me out to dinner and thank me for all the nice publicity I'm generating for him. Good luck everyone!
    19 points
  5. I want to send a special thank you to @Tom the Golf Nut for hosting me today at his golf course. We've been talking about getting together again, and he messaged me saying the weather was going to be beautiful. I made the trip to NE Tennessee and had a great time playing a beautiful course. I didn't keep score, and that was the plan. Getting a practice round in with Tom was both fun and educational. We spent time after the round on his course's chipping green and he helped work on my short game. I will say that the course boasted one of my favorite tee shots of all time, a tight, hilly par 5 that requires pin point accuracy to get off of. I don't have that in my arsenal, but it was so pretty to look at. I can't say I played my best, but it was fun just going around the course with Tom and talking golf and life. I told him he's my lucky charm, as each of the rounds we've played together I've had the only two chip ins I've had this year. After the round, Tom was kind enough to set me up with his local pro for my first ever lesson! A couple of tweaks to set-up and initiating the downswing and he had me hitting better shots than I've seen all year. I'll cover this on more detail on my swing quest thread. Tom, thank you again for having me up. Watching you maneuver a course is a master class in golf strategy.
    18 points
  6. Finally was able to get out with @ncwoz again to take advantage of fall rates at Diamond Springs, which is one of my favorite courses despite a decent car ride. Playing with Nate is a humbling experience. Pictured above is his tee shot on the par 5 No. 8 hole. It's 515 yards from the tips where we played from. I hit my drive 299 yards to the center of the fairway and Nate's tee shot was 25 yards in front of me. I think he hit 8 iron into the green. Anyway, we had a lot of fun despite our tee time being delayed almost an hour and then a 5:15 round. We played a match that ended up coming down to the wire, and I scored pretty well despite really fighting my iron swing for a good part of the day. - 88 / 86 ESC (+16) - 10/18 FIR - 8/18 GIR (2 birdies) - 34 Putts (2 3 putts, 13 2-putts, 2 1-putts and 1 chip-in putt from the fringe) We got paired with a random twosome for the first nine holes and they ended up having a friendly side bet on our match, which made for some good humor on the course. Unfortunately due to how long the round was taking they had to leave at the turn. As far as the match? Nate and I were neck-and-neck throughout the round, with each of us having a two-hole lead at one point and the other clawing back. Nate really played well down the stretch, hitting a few clutch shots to stay in it. I choked with a three-putt on No. 17 to give Nate a hole lead heading to 18, but I went hybrid, gap wedge to 10 feet and two-putted for par to win No. 18 and halve the match. It was my first time ever playing match play with anyone and I'm definitely eager to do it again.
    17 points
  7. Beautiful sunny day and my wife had booked an 8:30 tee time 10 days ago, of course not knowing that the temp was going to be 42º. First round of this fall wearing long pants; sorry, @fixyurdivot I'm just a wuss! Beware the wounded golfer!! I hurt my shoulder somehow about 3 weeks ago and trimming bushes didn't make it feel any better. Then this last week while practicing my full Monte backswing, I pulled a muscle above my left hip. THEN while walking 18 holes for the first time this year, I did something to my left hip. I almost didn't play. I talked myself into playing from the White tees because I can't make my usual full swing. Bogeyed the 1st hole, probably the second easiest hole on the course... always a good start. But a bounce back birdie on #2. On #5 I tried to thread a shot between two trees and just nicked one; ended up with a bogey, but after that I was on "cruise control", and I wasn't really tracking my score. My wife keeps the scorecard, and she didn't say anything the entire round. Thank You!! Shot 38 (+1) on the front nine. On the back nine I successfully went for the drivable par 4 #14 since I was playing the White tees; missed the eagle putt, but tap-in birdie. THEN... on my nemesis hole, the par 5 #18, I hit an OK drive into the wind, then tried to knock down a 7i under the branches of the tree at the dogleg. Kept it too low and hit the upslope of a grass mound. Now I had a 138 yards into the wind to a front pin with 127 yards to carry the massive bunker. I hit it 126 yards... next to the lip of the bunker; green is 5 feet above the sand, I can just see the bottom of the flagstick. I was moaning and groaning to my wife about always being by the lip on this bunker. When I hit the bunker shot with my 60º, I knew it was good; landed left of the pin, kicked right a little and dropped in for my 3rd birdie of the day!!! Shot 33 (-2) on the back nine for a 71 and my lowest round ever at our course... 3 shots under my age!!
    17 points
  8. The weatherman goofed and I took advantage of the short break in the cold front heading through the area to squeeze a round in yesterday. My wife thought I was nuts heading out in shorts with temp at 48F . I played Beaverhead GC in Dillon. As I usually do, I called ahead to see what tee times look like - "pretty much wide open". Unfortunately, the gal that answered the phone (not the usual guy) did not mention that they had just plugged/aeriated all the fairways. Worse, is that it rained before they could get the little doo-doo's picked up. Oh well, we solider on. I played my usual 2 ball format, this time a yellow AVX vs. Tour Speed I had found the other day. I walked on either side of the fairway as much as possible to limit the rough ride and, because it was damp and a bit mucky, employed the local lift and place rule. My game was firing on all cylinders and, in particular, my aim on approach shots. 3 birdies, one DB, and one 3 putt. The final tally was AVX 40/44 and Tour Speed 38/41. I don't know much about the Tour Speed and where it fits Titleist's family of balls, but it was consistently a little longer off the tee. It's performance on the greens (divot to rollout) was near identical to the AVX. I think next time out I'm going to test the Tour Speed against the Tour Soft or Velocity. We see lots of kudo's to PING's Hydropearl finish and, having played the G410's for a couple seasons, they do look and work great. I can say that the "satin finish" on the ZX5's do a very good job mimicking that performance as the front nine was definitely wet. Lastly, they have turned off the irrigation ditches and that drains the pond on #5 par 3... leaving a seasons worth of booty looking at you as you walk buy. I tried to ignore them, I really did .
    17 points
  9. I wanted to give an update on my mother-in-law, as the past week or so there hasn't been much of a change in her condition and really nothing to tell. She's finally cleared of Covid and her MRSA is under control. She's doing well enough that they transferred her to a rehab facility last night. She's still got a long road ahead of her, but at least this is a positive. It's going to take a while to get her back up and walking as she's been bed ridden for a month and a half. My wife said she talked to her today and today was the first time Cindy really realized how bad of a shape she's been in. Honestly, she's been pretty disoriented and confused, telling some wild stories. I've gotta say, she's got am imagination. I appreciate all the support and encouragement as my family has been going through a lot. You all are awesome! I'll continue to update as things progress, I just wanted to share she's finally out of the hospital.
    17 points
  10. I’m starting to put a few good rounds back to back again…. I played with a very big travel group (82 men 12 women) yesterday at Litchfield CC. It was week one of a 4 week net stroke play tournament where you get to throw out your worst round of the four. I shot a 85 net 69 from the just under 6200 yard white tees, which placed me in 7th(!!!!) place out of the 94 players. The funny thing is it could’ve been better. I won’t bore you with the details, but my short game continues to cost me strokes, even with the most basic of shots around the green. I was very happy with how I played though, and was shocked to see some of the scores players better than me put up. You have no idea how you place until everyone is finished however, because players are assigned to one of four different tee boxes based on their ability. The course has a lot of doglegs and water. It also had very slow greens. Add to that the Bermuda rough is thick and deep this time of year and it was a very hard course for the higher caps no matter which tee they played. As for the better players, those same factors hurt them also, as they have no room for error in a low net tournament. I think I was in the sweet-spot as far as strokes(I asked to be moved back one tee to get a couple more), and just happened to have a good day compared to the others who got around the same as me. We’ll see what happens next week in round two at a neighboring Pawleys Island course, but I’m thinking only about 20 of us have a realistic chance at winning this thing. Yesterday was a great start, I just hope I keep playing the way I’ve been lately.
    16 points
  11. Shot my lowest round ever 2.5 weeks ago with 71. Today I blew past that with my first ever sub 70 round. Only bogey on the day was the 17th hole where I blocked a par 3 tee shot terribly right (nerves got to me). Pitch shot coming back burned the edge but I missed the 10 footer for par and settled for bogey. Feels like I lost the perfect game but still pitched a no-hitter. Awesome day.
    16 points
  12. Finally broke into the 70s yesterday with a 77
    16 points
  13. Played Old Edwards today in Highlands, NC on vacation. Gorgeous course but also probably the hardest I’ve ever played. No forgiveness off the tee which did not help my horrible driving today. Shot 95 52/43 hitting 3 fairways (I’m averaging around 50% right now) and only 2 greens. Had 12 penalties!!! Actually hit irons/wedges well today besides a couple of shots, but most were on in 3 because of bad drives. Really fun day though with perfect weather after two rainy days and some incredible views these pictures will not do justice. I also was paired up with a former college golfer who could rip it. Was hitting 3 wood 275 easy. Had a nice 3 driving iron he could pummel as well which helped a lot on this course. Was fun to watch him play and pick his brain also.
    16 points
  14. Mentioned this in a. Earlier post of a few things I bought this week. This was the first one to arrive. Going to give the blade style a try again. Two putting sessions with it today went very well. Hopefully my league doesn’t get rained out tomorrow. I’ll put it in play.
    16 points
  15. How about this one from today? Confirmed the distance on Google Maps: a shot just under 270 yards (with a definite downslope), to within a foot of the cup. No ace, but my first regulation eagle!
    15 points
  16. 1) 7.8'x13' Premium Golf Screen 2) 80' 1" EMT tubing 3) Package Foam Pipe insulation 4) 60 qty 6" bungee balls 5) Country Club Elite Hitting mat 6) Fittings from A1tarps 7) 100 qty 1'x1' sound titles 8. Optoma GT1080HDR short throw projector w/ceiling mount 9) Foresight GC3 with premium course pack 10) ceiling mounted hanging curtains to you know, stop bad things from bad shots. 11) 1 qty Wendy's Frosty
    15 points
  17. My wife wanted new FW and hybrids to replace her TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 clubs. So, we bought these today... Great deal!! $480 + shipping and tax for 7i through SW. They will be build in a few days and FedEX shipping should take another 4 days. KaBoom Baby! I told her that she couldn't get new woods until she finds out how far she hits her longest iron. With much, much lighter shafts than her Men's senior flex TaylorMade Burner XD irons, she may be adding a 6i, but at least she will have an idea what her first hybrid should be.
    15 points
  18. Yesterday I had a great round: 4 birdies, 8 pars and NO double bogeys! LOL However I did have a 3 putt
    15 points
  19. Titleist irons were a little different because Titleist needed everything asap to get the irons to the testers for launch. So that was a bit of abnormal circumstances. This is how it works in general: Test is Announced published (usually a Thursday/Friday) and left open for roughly 1 week. Test closes and we have our "short list" made for selection within a day or so of Sign Up Closure. Mods provide feedback on short list over the next few days and after agreement we announce. - Depending on the test short lists are easier or harder to do and certain requirements have to be met from the OEM. So from Signup Closure to Announce is usually 4-6 days or about 2 weeks from when the test is first posted. As you all know we have jobs and real life outside of MGS so sometimes schedules can be a bit harder to coordinate as we need at least 3 of us to agree on all the selected testers to ensure we are not playing any bias or missing out on any good candidates that would be good for selection. Following that a PM is sent to all the testers asking them to accept the test and get any info we need to send off for them to get the product... if fittings are involved this takes a bit more time.
    15 points
  20. I understand and appreciate what you guys are trying to do. My biggest complaint is that the testing forum was not tested/debugged nearly enough before going live and there wasn't near enough education for the members. I don't have the stats you guys have, but I would suggest there was a huge decrease in engagement. I was part of the Callaway Epic test - there are three pages of comments. The most recent analogous test under the old system would be the TSi drivers last year with 44 (!!!!) pages of comments. If the new method was intended to drive engagement, it failed miserably (nevermind the wonky behavior that continues). I'll leave the ads and the brutal effect on user experience alone, as you guys are at least trying to address it. My preference is to view from the main page, but have been forced to use recent content on my phone because of the terrible user experience. I shouldn't have to change my preferred method.
    15 points
  21. I was selected for the nippon driver shaft testing i holed out from more than 40 yards a few times this year I broke 80!! And I’m basically playing the best golf of my life oh and me and my wife had a baby boy!!
    15 points
  22. I have a brag, this weekend I completed my year long goal of breaking 80!!! Since my swing changes started a year ago I have gone up 6 points. literally on the tee box of hole 1, my pro gave me a quick tip to feel in my swing and it really helped. This weekend my handicap went down a full stroke. On Saturday I ran into a buzz saw match where I shot my best and @crbishopshot his personal best of 75. It was a great weekend for my confidence. Saturday's Round 79 FIR 8/14 GIR 7/18 Putts 29 Shot 38 on the back!! Sunday's Round 83 FIR 8/14 GIR 6/18 Putts 34 My ball striking really improved with the tip pre round Saturday, but I also mentally changed to where I am just trying to get it on the green. Then with my chipping and pitching I was trying to hit it past the hole, and I stopped coming up short. Sunday I wasn't as diligent with these mindsets and it shows in GIR and putts, I went at pins I shouldn't have and missed the greens, and with my chips I was trying to get it close instead of just getting it on and past the hole and came up well short. These were my best two rounds by far, but I still have some things I need to improve.
    15 points
  23. Update to CC5 It is with some sadness that I have to do this update as the competition this year has had to be cancelled. Due to delays in equipment arriving to the testers and our now shortened days for parts of the country and world it is not possible to run full proper competition. We had adjusted and made amendments to it back a month or so ago hoping to get 4 or 5 good weeks worth of competition, but sadly with a few still missing clubs it just isn't possible. That being said our testers will be putting up full bag reviews of all their clubs over the next little while in the original testing thread as well as updating some of their thoughts and such here in the pre chatter thread. The competitors already have been informed of this and are of course disappointed they weren't able to participate in a full CC5 event, but we appreciate all their efforts in keeping everyone informed and updated with how their clubs have been working over the last while. Sadly with delays we just weren't really able to get off the ground. This has also not been the only test which has been effected and as we have seen in some other threads many many manufacturers are having these same issues. This all being said thank you again to the competitors, thank you to Cobra for providing this opportunity and of course MGS for their support in providing the community with these testing opportunities. With that stay tuned for more reviews on the clubs some of which will be dropping this week!.
    15 points
  24. This is something i built for my business and not personal use but am proud of the build and wanted to share. It was my idea, lets see if anyone buys it.
    15 points
  25. Just got back out on the course over the weekend after an accident with a golf cart put me on the DL for nearly two weeks... Like an idiot, i was trying to reach over and unhook the passenger side clasp for the windscreen while driving down the cart path, instead of just waiting for 15sec when i would have stopped by the green on a par3. Being the fat ass that i am, my stomach caught the wheel which suddenly made the cart do a 90 to the left. I got thrown out of the cart and landed on the path with basically all my 300lbs onto my left elbow. But it was my arm's impact into the left side of my ribs that caused the real problem. Some very painfully sore ribs but thankfully i didn't actually break any. Could'nt hardly sleep the first couple nights. All in all though, I was extremely lucky to walk away with just a few cuts on my elbow and some bruised ribs. I guess all those years of drinking a lot of milk finally paid off...
    14 points
  26. dude i’m trying to enjoy my time on the golf course. what kind of crap is this?!
    14 points
  27. I wish I could bottle up fall golf season and play in this weather all year. Dropped off my daughter at school and walked 9 on an empty course. 45 minutes later I was 2 over after hitting 7 greens. Good driving, good putting, nothing great but man it was a nice stroll.
    14 points
  28. A slightly amusing story, and reflective of why I am a member of the CHA. The club builder who is building my set of T300 irons (they wouldn't let me buy the component heads) called me today to say they were starting to build my set but they were out of stock of a Nippon 950gh wedge shaft and asked what I wanted to do. I told them that I had an extra uncut Nippon 950gh wedge shaft and that i would bring it down to them right away. Problem solved.
    14 points
  29. PLAYOFFS This was mentioned in the early season discussions but I wanted to put this out there as definitive since I finally got around to putting together the bracket. Top 16 in each division will play in the playoffs..top 4 in each receive a first round bye. We'll be following this manual (outside of Fantrax) bracket: And to the money aspect, here's what the final payouts will look like: Total Money Collected: $580 Less Fantrax Fee: $580 Fantrax waived fee for this season only. We kept the $10 entry because 1)we had already collected from a number of players 2)bigger payouts this year without the fee eating it up and 3)we'll have to pay next year anyway so may as well get used to it. Miss Playoffs or get eliminated in the first round: $0 As voted on by the league Make it to Round 2, Semifinals: Refund $10 entry fee First round byes automatically qualify for this as a minimum Finish 4th in the Super Bowl: $100 Finish 3rd in the Super Bowl: $150 Finish 2nd in the Super Bowl: $200 Win Super Bowl: $10 entry + MGS Golden Ticket + FF Champ Badge Golden Ticket is a free selection into any of the Official MGS Tests for 2022 Champ can defer prize to 2nd place (or further) in lieu of $$ payout IF the recipient accepts the trade Worth playing for? Good Luck!
    14 points
  30. Thanks for the hard work @GolfSpy_APH and mods! Some growing pains, sure... but I think you guys have us headed in a good direction. And I agree with @bens197 it does seem like we've got a good amount of new members going the party, which is great news! As long as they aren't Bills fans like he is.
    14 points
  31. @GolfSpy_APH, good update/thread. A few recommendations: Provide next steps after you and the other mods have had a chance to digest the feedback. As to site improvements, I would recommend that polls have a close date and disappear after that date. The current poll; scotty vs ping gold vault has been up for several weeks and maybe even months. This makes the site look a bit stale. Lastly the push emails 'Forum Digest' provide little to no value to me, not sure about anyone else. Thanks again for the ongoing communication!
    14 points
  32. With our Indian Summer quickly waning and a cold front with rain and chance of snow heading our way, I played 27 holes, 2 ball yesterday at Madison Meadows. This time of year, many of the seasonal residents have left and the locals turn their attention to hunting, so courses are generally wide open. Fall colors seemingly appeared overnight and there are lots of crunchy, blowing leaves on the ground - making it tough to see balls. I started off with a yellow MTB Black and white CS. Front 9 scores were 43 (MTB)/40 (CS). Ball striking was solid but putting just felt off. I switched the CS out for a Q-Star for the next 9 and those scores were 44 (MTB)/43 (Q-star). The wind picked up quite a bit early into the second 9, blowing steady at 10+ mph. I usually don't mind wind but for some reason it seemed to be getting to me - especially on the greens with leaves blowing/moving around. For the last 9, I played a BS RX330 and a green Velocity. Madison Meadows is quite a goat track and I was really feeling the climb form #4 on. On #6 par 5 I had hit both balls within a few feet of each other, leaving 3rd shots of ~128 yards to the uphill green but both on a side/downhill lie. I shanked the first and then the other . It really pissed me off so I threw down another ball and... yup... shanked it to. Being a stubborn German and quick to anger Irish, I threw down another ball, and another, and another, finally putting attempt #7 on the green. I'd love to have had a video clip of myself and the spicy audio with it. I mean it was nuts... I simply couldn't will myself to stay down on the frigging ball . Maybe I was more tired than I thought? Clearly I need to practice this shot condition . So at #7 (the summit), I hit two good drives but both into the newly added fairway that is a completely different grass and cut. I suspect they'll start cutting it shorter next season once fully established but it's weird to hit from. I hit both approaches right at the flag but short and into the trap. I gutted the first over the back of the green, right up against a tree trunk (had to take an unplayable) and barely got the second onto the thick rough apron. This resulted in a double and my only triple. The highlight of the round was reaching #9 par 5 in two (wind helping) as I've never done that before. The 5w landed a couple feet from the pin and checked up leaving a 12 foot eagle attempt which came up just short. The final score 45 (BS)/42 (Velocity). One added bonus was that the irrigation canals had all been shut down which leaves orphaned balls exposed... 22 of them to be exact, 6 of which were like new V1's
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  33. Played more rounds this year than I have in the past. Handicap moved down to 3.0 last week (shot 88 this week ). Changed every club in my bag except one, and will be changing balls to the Srixon Z Star next season. Was once again part of the Vision Pilot Program testing a variety of balls for the Australian company, was selected by another forum as a winner of the new Cobra hybrid, wrote here a number of times about my fitting experiences with Edel putters and wedges, my “sledgehammer” driver, and helped with some information for@GolfSpy Barbajo’s articles on the Honma Fitting Experience, even providing some pics for the write-ups from my time in the fittings. Thankfully I live in the South so I can keep playing for a couple more months and maybe add to this list.
    14 points
  34. My season highlights: Dropped my handicap from a 2.0 to a .6 this season. Birdied every hole on my course for the first time in the same season. Shot an all par round this season. Had 9 rounds in the 60's this season. That's an all time high for me, usually I'm lucky to get 2 a season. I was selected for the Maxfli's ball testing. Got to play with two other spies this year. This was my best season ever and it's not over yet. I get about 11 out of 12 months to play.
    14 points
  35. Played a 3 day tournament over in Hot Springs Arkansas, first I will say, what a set of stunning courses in the area. First round at the Granada course, Favorite course in the rotation, elevation changes, fast bend grass greens , stunning views. If you get a chance to play there, you won't be disappointed. Second was the Cortez Course, more tree line course, not as much elevation changes, tons of dog legs very few straight holes. Third round is my second favorite course of the rotation, stunning views, seems like every hole was an elevated green, fast bend grass, lengthy one of the bunch. Had a rough start on this one but settle in. Here are some views: "
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  36. My course's Ryder Cup event is complete. And I'm part of the winning team That's the short version. Slightly longer version... My teammate in foursomes and fourball was the buddy who talked me into joining Men's Club. Our hdcps were 9.5 and 10. Our opponents were two gents who are 10.x handicaps. They tried to arrange handicaps such that all matches could be played gross, no hdcp. We won in foursomes 3&2, shooting even par over the 7 holes of our match; one birdie, one bogey. I felt pretty good about our birdie, I hit an 81 yard wedge third shot to 2 feet on the par 5 4th hole. In Fourball, we won 2&1. We won the first two holes (10 & 11) with pars, but lost 12 and 13, the latter by both of us hitting into the water and making triple. Tied 14, but I made birdie on 15 and we both parred the 200+ yard par 3 16th to go two up. All four of us made a complete mess of the par 4 17th, the match ending when all four of us made double bogey. Ugh. In Singles, my opponent and I each took a 1 up lead at some point, only to give it back on the next hole. We were tied thru #7. We both made par on #8, both hit questionable tee shots on #9 (431 yd par 4) leaving us attempting to get up and down from 140 yds (him) or 70 yds (me). He hit to 25 feet past the front pin, I skulled my wedge 20 yds over the green. I was very proud of hitting a pw back, to five feet. He hit to about 2.5 feet. I made my putt and conceded his for a half point. Was briefly compared to Nicklaus for that concession. I'm sure Jack will awake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, not knowing how grievously he was insulted in Minnesota on the third of October. LOL With 20 man teams, there were 40 pts at stake. We won 23.5 to 16.5. Yay us!
    14 points
  37. I played ok. My driver was working today. My putter was sort of working but lots of lip outs. Aerated greens were tough though. Once again my irons were spotty. My shot of the day was on 18. 250 yard drive ended up in the left rough. My longest drive ever. The course was fantastic. My first time playing at Green Lakes State Park. Saturday morning 18 holes with a cart, $35. The best value golf. The undulations.
    14 points
  38. I got up to play a round with @Tom the Golf Nut today and he set me up with the PGA pro at his course, Bob Ward. Bob was great, we started out talking about my game and questioned me on what I was looking to improve in my game. I explained to him that I have a problem with shifting to my lead side causing lots of chunks with my irons and topping fairway woods. He watched me swing for a while and told me it wasn't as bad as I was thinking and set me up with a couple of drills. We started out with me trying to hit a ball and lift my right foot on the follow through. Well, I'll just say my coordination isn't that great. The next drill Bob wanted me to do was to feel like I was pulling the club through with my left shoulder and not pushing the club with my right arm. That was it, I started hitting better shots than I had all round. He also wanted me to get the shaft pointing up to the sky a bit more and the combination was money. We moved on to fairway woods where he marveled at my ability to consistently up the ball. A little change in set-up position and getting the shaft of the club aligned with my left arm worked wonders. Driver was all about shoulder tilt at address mixed with the other drills and I was hitting nice draws. Tom then took me to the chipping green and had me working on using my set gap wedge and 52 on greenside chips. He showed me the technique he uses and offered advice on landing spot. I had plenty of good opportunities at thinking most of them with one putt. We worked on both uphill and downhill chips, where Tom chipped one closer than any I'd hit. I then proceeded to hit one that had a chance to go in, but hit his ball and sunk it. I'll be working on this in the coming weeks and seeing how it'll work out. Right now I'm feeling more confident than I have in a long time.
    14 points
  39. ... With all the shipping horror stories, lack of inventory and shortage of employees it is nice to post a good example. Not only did my 58* LB MG3 wedge arrive a few days early, Taylor Made got everything right. 58* LB with a Nippon 950GH shaft, TM stock grip in box and 2* up. Actual measurements with my Mitchel LL machine: loft at 57.5* which could easily be the difference in LL machines and Lie 66*. Installed my Lamkin ST Hybrid grip this morning and looking forward to playing it this afternoon. This is as close to a perfect order as I have ever received.
    14 points
  40. Had a buddies weekend to celebrate each of us turning 65 this year. Played great on Friday and shot 72 - best round of the year actually. We played in a large charity scramble on Saturday - tons of fun - nice swag - we had a side bet with the pro at my buddies club - we needed to break 67 or make 7 birdies. I hit a beautiful 5 wood on our first hole - a 190 yard par 3 to about 20 feet and bang first putter knocks it in. I hit a great drive to 100 out and a good wedge to 15 feet and boom second putter knocks it in. That was the last time that I was heard from for the next 9 holes - so frustrating - too much to drink the night before and they had some sort of booze give away on every other hole at this outing. But as a team we kept. Then as quickly as it left, I found it again, striped one down the middle on a par 5 and someone put it on the front edge - birdie to get to 6 under. Dogleg left around a pond and I flew some trees on the corner leaving us 70 in, wedge on, birdie. We used my drive on 6 of the last 7 holes. Shot a respectable 8 under after a lovely 6 hours on the course - went home and slept for three hours before the poker game…. That ended up with a double or nothing bet with the pro who played cards with us - our scramble team from the senior tees verses him from the men’s tees and he got to play two balls - but we got 3 call backs. Match play We closed him out on 15! Great weekend, good, bad and ugly golf, tons of fun. I’m up at 430 this morning because my body aches all over - I could use a recovery day but it’s back to work for me. The course we played the Saturday round on is one I haven’t played in a while. It really reminded me of how much distance you loose with age. They had everyone play from a set of tees shorter than I would normally have played from in former years. On most holes that meant we were driving it where I used to drive it from much farther back. Oh well, at least I’m upright and can still play.
    13 points
  41. As the season winds down for many in colder areas and we start to get jealous of all those who are able to golf year round I wanted to ask and hear some stories about what everyones highlights were for the season? This of course can range from watching the tour, playing or your own game highlights, MGS highlights from testing to simply joining the site and anything else for this golfing season! For me the breakdown of highlights is pretty easy... my golf season this year on a playing side was low which was expected, but I made up for it by watching more golf then I have ever in my life before. I had a great run at the MGS Fantasy Golf League with a 2nd place regular season finish and a top 10 finish after the playoffs. This for me was a huge highlight as it gave me the chance get to know some of you through trade talks and the weekly highlights posts. Of course the other big MGS highlight was becoming a mod, which has been a great privilege and again another great way to get to know a lot of you more and to contribute to the site which has already given me so much. So in short MGS has definitely been my golfing highlight and all that surrounds MGS. I have got a new net for training and practice and my folks brought my backup set form Canada so all my clubs are now here in Switzerland. It has been a unusual golf season for me, but still one I really enjoyed and looking forward to welcoming a new member to the family in February who will hopefully take a liking to golf like I have.
    13 points
  42. Sorry for the late reply, I've been off work today and been running around with my wife. Thank you MyGolfSpy and Odyssey/Callaway for the honor of testing the Odyssey 2 Ball Putter in the White Hot line. It's a face balanced beauty that feels so good when you roll one. I was able to get down to DSG today and hit a couple of quick putts with it and sunk both of them. I also picked up a new SuperStroke grip that I'll be using after giving the stock grip a go. I would post a picture of it, but I left it in the car that my sister-in-law just took off in. I'm really excited to get the chance to see if this blast from the past has still got it. Edit: I realized I forgot to mention mine will also be coming with the Stroke Lab shaft, I guess I was so excited to reply that I forgot that little detail. I also got the grip out of the car and took some photos.
    13 points
  43. Not as well as Friday but killed the back 9. Shot a 47/38 85. The greens are healing nicely but they're now shaggy and really slow so judging speed is hard.
    13 points
  44. Shot a pretty tidy 43/40 83. Should have been lower but 2 lost balls on #7 killed that. Putting was weird because they aerated the greens on Wednesday and Thursday but I did manage 30 putts.
    13 points
  45. My Mum's husband looks to have had a small stroke and is in hospital. Mum's beside herself because Sydney is still on lock down until Monday, so she can't go anywhere, even the hospital and it's her birthday.
    13 points
  46. Thursday 9 was pretty good. I putted REALLY well. I made everything inside 6' and two putted the rest. Still struggling with irons. I feel lost standing over the ball and it's all in my head. I have this idea of what I want to do and a lot of my issues stem from trying to create a more connected swing through impact. It sounds like it should work but execution is brutal. There is a part of me that thinks I should just return to what's comfortable.
    13 points
  47. Somehow I injured my right shoulder early this last week, then aggravated it by trimming bushes. I played today and couldn't get my driver working on the front nine. Shot 45 (+8). Bad hits hurt, so I kept saying to myself "Don't do that!" Well, that doesn't work. On #10 I just put a smooth swing on it, and best drive so far... par. Same on #11... par. Game started to come around, mostly because my short game improved. I did have another poor drive on #16, but saved par with a close pitch shot. Bogeyed #18 after a decent drive. Shot 36 (+1) for an 81 for this wounded golfer.
    13 points
  48. So right when I’m thinking I’ve got this game by the tail, along comes a round where I literally stink, and can’t seem to even hit the stoopid ball. i putted ok, but who cares when your already 4 or 5 strokes in… It’s just odd how this game will slap you silly sometimes, ain’t it?
    13 points
  49. Apple product that Pete’s you track things that you just lose. https://www.apple.com/airtag/ you could put them in your cars
    13 points
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