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  1. 16 points
    Arrived....... Just three days before the Club Championship......so I gotta wait until next week to put them in the bag. But I cheated.....went out yesterday evening and played in the Wednesday Night Shootout..,,just 9 holes, but it was fun! As expected, the irons are 1/2 club longer and fly higher! #CobraCONNECT using the King Cobra F8’s. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. 14 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Congrats to our 5 testers @azstu324 @dlow206 @goaliewales14 @revkev @Rtracymog Official announcement and testing thread here!
  3. 13 points
    I went in thinking M Craft 2 or 3 in White Satin or Black Ended up with this beauty. The pictures truly do not do the blue justice
  4. 13 points
    I know sticking to one brand goes against the MGS way, but I really enjoy it. I'm from Chicago and it's fun celebrating a classic brand based out of my city that really makes great stuff. They lack the credit they deserve and I don't mind the fact that just about all of it can be found at a great price. So here's what I'm working with: Driver: Wilson Cortex 9.5* with Graphite Design G-60 Red X-stiff Fairway: Wilson FG Tour F5 17* with Axivcore Black X-stiff (at 16*) Hybrid: Wilson M3 21* with Aldila Phenom 85 Stiff (at 20*) Utility: Wilson V4 Utility 4 iron with Aldila Green 105S Irons: Wilson FG Tour V6 5-GW, S300 AMT Wedges: Wilson PMP 55, 59 KBS Hi-rev 2.0 Putter: Wilson Staff 8802 milled Next moves: Wilson Staff Model Wedges once I can get them in custom shafts. The stock are too light. I also need the new utility but haven’t been able to test it yet. Also, my bag is from Shapland Bags. They're an up and coming name in the golf industry that everyone needs to check out. Their bags are phenomenal. Let me know what you think! Thanks, Peter
  5. 12 points
    I'm so sorry Foz but I have to..... Four Floridian Golf Spies played together the week after Christmas. The round was a blast, the golf so so - on the back nine we were followed for several holes by a family of deer. On 17 they crossed the fairway and each of us grabbed our phones to take pictures. Three of us had already hit our tee balls. I hopped in the cart waiting for Foz to hit and he jumped in the cart next to me. I said, "Aren't you going to hit?" He said, "I did already." I said, "Oh I didn't see you where did you go?" "Right down the middle." The other Spies in our group couldn't recall him hitting either, he started to drive off towards his "ball" and suddenly stopped. He had been so distracted by the deer that he had forgotten to hit and was remembering one of the other drives as being his - In his defense he had taken his driver out and put it away when he grabbed his phone. Still it was a riot I've seen lots of funny things on the golf course but this one is still fresh in my memory banks.
  6. 12 points
    For those of you who know anything about me, you'd know that I've got a flavor for eclectic, off the beaten path, not so mainstream equipment. One might also interpret that as NOT 2020, NOT gigantic name brand, and definitely NOT high-dollar. Well the answer would be yes to both. It's not often that I'm able to get my lean budget, mint clubs, and new "ish" tech to all play nice in the sandbox together. I know Wilson is a little better known brand but like Bridgestone, it's just not a name many would go to a their first pick. I've wanted to own a set of W/S sticks for a while. Well for a very lean $125 I picked up these beauts. I honestly can't see how these were played with for more than three rounds. They're in demo quality with just very light scuffing on the face of a few the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  7. 11 points
    77 today. 5 straight rounds in the 70s dating back to November. I guess those lessons and practice are paying off!
  8. 11 points
    Got on course today for the first time since late October, got out with the new T300. Bit of rust on the first hole, but bounced back nicely with the first birdie of the year on the 2nd hole. 128 yard par 3, 9 iron to about 12 feet left of the hole, and rolled the putt in Ended up with a 42 for 9 holes, and narrowly missed my 2nd birdie of the year on the par 5 7th. Overall was pretty happy with the way the irons went, a few lose drives. Putter was pretty solid as well. Guess I'll keep the irons for a couple weeks
  9. 11 points
    10.5 SIM Max Roger Dunn gave me $328 for the flash, it was hard to say no. With the credit I had, I paid $130 out of pocket. Tracking down a "real" Ventus to put in it and test, but if I can't get one the stock non velocore Ventus actually felt really nice!
  10. 11 points
    This will be interesting... stepping out of my comfort zone....
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  12. 11 points
    Everyone is buying new stuff. I want new stuff!
  13. 10 points
    This is an idea I first heard about from the guys at No Laying Up and just today Andrew Jensen posted a YouTube video on it. I'm proposing a MyGolfSpy Birdie Every Hole on Your Home Course Challenge for the 2020 season! The challenge is simple: during the course of the year, you have to record a birdie on each hole at your home course. (I suppose it doesn't have to be your home course: if you visit a new track and shoot a 54, that would count as well.) Start posting now with a summary of the challenge in front of you. What's the layout of your course? What holes are the easy birdies, and which are the holes you're least likely to birdie? And to make sure no one's left out, there are two side categories: The Par Every Hole at Your Home Course Challenge (PEHaYHC) The Birdie Every Hole Except the Par 5s Which You Have to Eagle Challenge (BEHEP5WYHtE) Let us know which category you're entering, and let's see who can get it done this season! EDIT: I've whipped up a simple scoreboard to keep track of the birdies as they roll in! Use your forum name, pick your category (pars, birdies, or birdie/eagles), and put an "x" in the box when you accomplish your goal for each hole: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1P9-C6rS1vIO44rYbPDqQgLlTxGxYQtsQHAs31t1j_sU/edit?usp=sharing
  14. 10 points
    Hello everyone, So, last weekend was the 2020 Turning Stone Golf Show at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. This was part demo day, part trade show on a super small and mostly Central and Western NY scale. I attended along with my girlfriend and below I've added just some grouping of thoughts on each brand and company I talked to that day. Just so everyone is aware, I did hit the majority of demo tents on site in the Golf Dome, but I was primarily looking for Fairway Woods, Irons, and Wedges as Driver and Putter are safe in my bag for at least a couple more seasons. TITLEIST So, let's start with the first company on the range and the first group I talked to. Titleist always has a golf ball guy here and this year was no exception. I talked to him about the MGS Test, said he wasn't surprised when he saw the results and was confident in the Pro v1 and X against the new 2020 stuff from Bridgestone and Callaway. I asked how adding yellow had helped sales and he said it makes up a decent amount and has allowed players who like that color to come 'home' to Titleist top end balls. He then hooked me up with 2 trial sleeves of Prov1X and we moved on. The demo tent was our next stop with Titleist and I was concerned about hitting two things. T300 and SM8. Let's start with SM8. If you've hit a Vokey, you know what it feels like and SM8 hits and ticks all those boxes. I didn't get to hit SM7 because I wasn't looking for wedges last year, but that D grind in 58 could end up in the bag easy. T300 was a solid iron, what you'd expect from Titleist. I personally don't think it may end up as one of my final attempts at a fitting option, but you could do worse. ODYSSEY So, I know I wasn't going to talk about putters, but Odyssey was broken away from Callaway at this event and since I reviewed last year's Stroke Lab putters for the forum I figured I'd roll the new ones. First things first, I asked the Rep if the face was firmer on the 2020 Stroke Lab and he said yes and admittedly it was. If you read our review thread we all liked the idea of the shaft, but the insert was just too soft for most of us, so that's not a problem this year. What did surprise me is that when I asked about Triple Track he told me early sales he was seeing showed it might not be the gangbusters idea people are making it out to be. The rep conceded that it's an acquired taste and it's really for people who like that long extended sight line or use a line on the ball for aiming. Comparing that to the cool all black 2020 Stroke Lab makes it an interesting sell to a buyer. I guess this is an interesting thing to keep an eye out for. CLEVELAND/SRIXON Launcher, Launcher, Launcher. There was no club I was more excited to hit this weekend than the Launcher HB Turbo Iron, and I can tell you it lived up to my expectations. It does exactly what you expect it to, gets that ball up there and it's easy to hit. Will definitely be in consideration for iron set status, perhaps as a combo with the UHX irons which I enjoyed as well. I also hit the RTX4 and CBX2 and I have to say, right now CBX 2 is the frontrunner for my Gap wedge this year and maybe also my 54 if I carry 4 wedges (PW, 50, 54, 58). It's just so easy to hit and won't punish you on not great strikes. It just makes sense as a solid blending club in my opinion to the bladed specialty wedge. COBRA I love Cobra, I love their commitment to One Length, but since I think I'm going away from One Length into back to traditional length although maybe in super game or game improvement heads, I focused here on the SZ fairway woods. They are rocket powered and those rails do help inspire confidence even if they don't have perfect functionality on course. I feel like I can give it my absolute all and not be concerned. If you're the type who doesn't carry a driver or is looking for a bomber off the tee, the Big Tour is one you have to try. The regular SZ and the Tour are both great and I could easily see myself bagging the standard as a 3 wood and the tour version as a 5. It's Cobra, you're know they're going to perform and the SZ line is no different, highly recommended. TAYLORMADE Interesting tactic here by TM, since they knew people were wanting to test the new SIM line, they had like a butcher system where you took a number and waited for your number so you could try. It gave you chance to test other things while you waited was I found to be greatly appreciated. Again here, I was looking at FW's and Wedges. Let's start with MG2 wedges. They're... ok. Admittedly I wasn't blown away by them in any aspect but they're good and fine. Solid if unspectacular. Then it was time to SIM fairway wood with V-Steel. You put V-Steel on a fairway on you're bringing back a lot of memories and good feelings for alot of golfers, myself included. Is it a worthy successor? Yes, it is. It's a slightly less muted version of some of the other sole interaction tech, but it does inspire confidence. The Titanium faced version is crazy long, but crazy expensive and for me that may take it out of consideration, but regular old SIM is a monster as well. Worth the test for sure. PING Quick stop with Ping. Hit the G710 and it's a Ping Game Improvement Iron. Easy to hit, easy to flight when necessary and a cool look with that black finish. May take the testing set when I go for a fitting, but may need further opportunities to hit it in stores and what not. The other thing I was interested in was Glide 3.0. After the wedge test and thinking about how I play in early morning with dew and sometimes less ideal weather in the northeast, that Hydropearl finish was something I wanted to maybe invest in. I tried the 58* in both a regular and Eye 2 style and I'm not sure which I liked more. Admittedly, High Toe wedges haven't really been my thing, but the Eye 2 was easy to hit those little half shots. The question is, in all honesty, will I have the time for the necessary practice to optimize the Eye 2 over the standard wedge and that's a tough question for me to answer right now. WILSON STAFF For Wilson Staff it was all about Launch Pad and D7 Forged. I wanna start with D7 Forged, which is a solid looking and performing club. It sits in that GI/PD type space and feels really nice, especially on well struck shots. Again, it likely won't make my final testing pool because I'm looking for max forgiveness, but if you're looking at a solid GI iron that will feel better than just about any other, you can't go wrong here. Now Launch Pad. I really wanted to like the FyBrid club because I remember the original version that found its way into Padraig Harrington's bag. The offset though just turns it into a hook machine for me and that really bummed me out because I could see it blending perfectly with my current 4 wood going from 16.5 to 19.5 then into 4 iron. The irons are... how to put this delicately, an acquired visual taste? Reminder this is coming from someone who is looking to get a set like Launcher HB Turbo or Launch Pad, but the visual is a tough one to get over. Easy to hit though. MIZUNO Had to hit the new irons and the old irons after they tested so well in the MGS testing last year. I focused on the HMB's and the 919 Hot Metals. Both really solid performers, the 919 Hot Metals will probably make the final round of testing for my fitting as the 'normal' looking irons but I could get better performance out of the HMB's, if I have the time and ability to practice as much as I used to. Sadly that's a reality in deciding what is going to go in my bag and if I can't commit to working through and working harder to get similar performance, I'm taking the easier to hit iron. CALLAWAY So, Mavrik. It's Orange on bottom and designed with AI. As a Fairway wood, the Mavrik falt out performs. It will make the testing pool for me when I go do a fitting. I've always liked Callaway Fairway Woods and still kick myself over trading in my old X2Hot 13.5 three wood as that thing was a weapon from everywhere. The newer Mavrik has solid feel, great flight, and a solid look. Much Like I mentioned about with the Cobra FW's, I could see myself in a regular Mavrik 3 wood and a sub zero 5 wood. I also got to hit the new Jaws wedges. Much like the TaylorMade MG2 they were fine. It's hard hitting off mats in a dome to get real ideas but they were good without an obvious flaw. TOUR EDGE I'm closing with Tour Edge because they were the company I walked away from demo day most impressed with. First, let's talk about HL4. Folks, those Ironwoods are the real deal. They are the absolute front-runners to be the new irons in my bag and I'll tell you why. They performed equal to Launcher and Launch Pad, with a weaker loft, 7 iron lofts at Launcher HB and Launch Pad were 30, Ironwood was 32. Two, the ability to blend when with the HL4 hybrid or cavity back brings interesting set makeup into play. Lastly, price. It's a factor! And if I can get similar performance out of a club at $529 for a set of 7 instead of $699 or $799, that's a huge consideration. Also, I wanna quick talk about the Exotics 220 line with the Diamond Face thing. The rep gave me a 3 wood after I told him I played the CB4 Tour. I had one shot and I turned and looked at my girlfriend with a huge smile on my face and openly laughing. It's that good guys, it's stupid easy to hit and goes like a rocket. It will be in testing for the FW's in the bag. I have nothing but great things to say about it. IN CLOSING So that's my experience with the Turning Stone Golf Show. Always fun to hit up demo day and maybe next year I'll remember to tell my girlfriend to bring the camera to get you some pictures. I'm open to any questions and discussion about anything I may have missed or any further questions you may have abut my opinions.
  15. 10 points
    82 (42/40, 81 adjusted) 6/14 FIR 8/18 GIR 34 putts (20/14) with three 3 jacks Easily my best round of the year even with a ridiculous blow up hole (8) on #4 and I didn’t have a driver. My TM SIM 3W was an absolute weapon most of the day and a slight tweak in my setup resulted in my best ball striking day of the year so far. I changed my putting grip as well so that made for an interesting day, but I adjusted nicely on the back 9. Given the way I had been playing the beginning of this year, I’m definitely encouraged! This was a saucy 58° from 59 yards that set me up for my second birdie of the day!
  16. 9 points
    Got only my second round of the year in today. The weather hasn't been cooperating on the weekends and from all the rain lately, the first hole was still a lake. The starter recommended I hit from the ladies tee, and being the manly man I am, decided to not listen to him. I can clear that, usually my ball ends up around the two trees on the left, so if I move up one tee, I'll be good. I proceeded to hit an 85 yard bomb that ended up just in front of the next set of tees. I followed that bad boy up with a 30 yard 3 wood to another area surrounded by water. I can feel your jealousy as you're reading this. In all seriousness, I should have listened. Knowledge of the course on a daily basis is his forte and not mine. Ahh....pride, you destroy empires and rounds of golf. 7 On a par 4 7 I hit another bomb on the third hole that went 124 before deciding to go to a longer tee. I've restarted SuperSpeed training and the last time I did I kept popping balls up, but now I'm hitting up more on the ball and the shorter tee is causing me to top my drives. The driver started behaving after that and I played decent. Still got a lot of work to do in order to get where I want, but overall I was happy with my round. 50 3/7 fairways No greens in regulation 18 putts Sent from my SM-N975U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  17. 9 points
    I'm partial to the "What have you bought lately?" and "How'd you play?" threads. A lot of the same regulars in there. And, while I won't name names, there are a few particular members who seem to always say they're not in the market for anything, only to come back about a page later with some new gear to post about... The SuperSpeed thread is great, as is @GolfSpy MPR's road to single digits thread. It was the inspiration for my own thread of a similar goal. I've noticed more than few threads being brought back from the dead lately. Always makes me chuckle when there's a new response on a thread that's five or more years old.
  18. 9 points
    Back with the training again today. It was definitely a day of mixed feelings. The good news: after taking the entire summer off I finally matched my top green club speed again. I was also within 1mph of my best blue and red swings. And the bad news. After 507 days of training together I regret to inform everyone that my SwingSpeed Radar is no longer with us. The next swing after 144mph I tried to give it one last gargantuan effort to set an all time personal best. Unfortunately this is what happened: If I had to predict I would say that my swing that broke the radar was otherwordly. The device decided that rather than show me such a massive speed it would crack it's own screen to save me from myself and the massive ego that would follow. Thank you old friend.
  19. 9 points
    For those who don't know what a SLDR-C looks like, here's a picture. I've heard, not sure where exactly, that with an after market shaft they are perhaps the greatest driver ever made.
  20. 9 points
    I'm a little partial to the Cobra Connect Challenge II, myself.
  21. 8 points
    Some say that the golf shaft is the engine of the swing.... But we know, from reading master clubmaker Tom Wishon, that the engine is YOU and if we want to use a car analogy the shaft is actually the transmission. With that being said join me in congratulating our 5 testers of the new 2020 Fujikura Motore X shaft @azstu324 @dlow206 @goaliewales14 @revkev @Rtracymog Let's see how well they use the new Motore X shaft to transmit the energy from their engine to the clubhead and send the ball speeding straight and fast!
  22. 8 points
    ... There is no need for any testing because the reasons for playing any given iron are different for almost all golfers. Play the most forgiving irons you can effectively play. We just don't see golfers attempting to play an x-flex in their driver hoping it will increase their club head speed because they got away with swinging a r-flex at 95 with decent results but the x-flex will make them practice more and force them to increase their swing speed. Nor do we see anyone going back to a 250cc driver head because it will force them to make better contact, something they are lazy about with their 460cc driver and swing more recklessly. Yet we hear players doing exactly that with irons. ... Then there is the mental hurdle of some thinking a MB is the mark of a good player, or at least a thin top line, thin soled, minimally perimeter weighted iron. All of a players focus should be on improving their swing or technique or conditioning or mental approach to holes. Playing a more demanding iron should really not even be on the list. That said, there are those that are convinced playing a more demanding iron will improve their play so perhaps there is doubt using their GI's because maybe they are holding them back? In that case their attitude is holding them back so they need to at least give more demanding irons a try and find out for themselves. ... It is really very simple. If you are talented enough to hit the center or very close to the center on every swing, play whatever looks and feel best to you and gives you the best results. If you miss the center a little every now and then, play an iron that minimizes the effect of those mishits. The more you miss the center, the more forgiving iron you should play. Of course there are trajectory and spin consideration too. If you hit a sole weighted club too high or a higher cg iron too low and if you hit an iron with too much or not enough spin, you need to find what maximizes your overall needs. But the bottom line is, it is different for every player and results of testing would basically be irrelevant to each individual.
  23. 8 points
    Didn’t even keep score today but man was it good to get out!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. 8 points
    86 with 3 doubles 8/14 FiR 8/18 GiR 36 putts with 3 3-jacks Aside from almost jarring one from 110 on the 5th hole, I played pretty poorly. Mostly just inconsistent -- need to straighten out my swing with driver. Struggled with pace on the greens as well. Wish I could blame the 20mph wind and crappy greens but it was mostly me. On to the next one!
  25. 8 points
    I guess I'll just post my first impressions in this thread instead of making another thread with the same subject matter. My driver swing is still kinda in the dumps, but I will say that SIM Max is very good on all parts of the face. Call it forgiveness, or whatever you want to call it, but I'm not hitting the middle and it's still keeping my average distance better than Flash was. High off the face is launching high with lower spin, but still moving forward enough to where you can still be successful. The middle of the club is no different from any other drivers I've played in the last 4 or so years dating back to the OG Epic. More work definitely needed, but I like the way it frames the ball. Initially I felt like it looked like it sat closed, but after playing it today it looks square. The sound and feel off the face is great though, definitely more carbon-sounding than Flash, but not completely dead. Excited to run it through the paces!
  26. 8 points
    Putting was off a bit, tee shots and approach shots were good. Short game was decent. Started off with a pull hook but got that straightened out after a few holes. Got lots of bunker practice as I was in 11 during the round; didn’t get up and down many times resulting in bogeys and doubles. Overall happy with ball striking, couldn’t figure out how to score and had too many doubles. Just one of those days.
  27. 8 points
    MPR is a living legend with all of his DIY threads, his single digit charge, and the time he gets to spend with Kirke. Cobra Connects are just a blast to be a part of and have been awesome. If you look deep enough, the original introduction threads are classics. If I recall correctly, @GolfSpy MBP set a new standard. @PMookie just left a nice reminder in his Valentine's Day message, the jokes thread is a must read. While I am certainly biased, I am a fan of the Hard Rock Challenge. @PING Apologist #9 had his calling card with the safety equipment. There are some pretty great stories of guys trading in their ProVs for Callaway HX Hots, Top Flites, Pinnacles for a round or two of misery.
  28. 8 points
    +7 front -2 back - for a 76 the hands higher on the backswing move is starting to produce some really nice shots
  29. 8 points
    I'm pretty partial to the Cobra Connect Challenge threads. Also, I really enjoy the thread, or maybe a better term is autobiography of @GolfSpy MPR working to lower his handciap: MPR: The Single Digit Project: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/29673-mpr-the-single-digit-project/
  30. 8 points
    The Review 2/18/20 Bridgestone Tour B RXS Golf Ball – Official MGS Forum Review by Mr. 82 Intro I am a 52 year old, 5 handicap golfer who has been playing golf about 45 years, or basically for most of my life. I average about 235 off of the tee, and 8 GIR per round. I hit about 75% of my fairways, and my average score is around 80. I generate 95 mph clubhead speed and can work the ball left to right, or right to left, and currently swing pretty flat producing a right to left draw most of the time off of the tee. The Personal Questions What region do you play out of? I live in Tallahassee, FL, and play most of my golf at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, GA How long have you been golfing? Since I was 7 years old, or 45 years. What do you NEED your ball to do for you? I like a ball that has a softer feel, and has good distance, and has a cover that won't shred after just a few holes. Durability in a ball is important to me, because I tend to keep the same ball in play for at least 18 holes, if not longer, as I rarely lose golf balls. The Golf Questions What ball do you normally play and how did you choose it? Srixon Z Star until recently, mostly because of price. I bought these balls for $19.95 a dozen, and they are rated similar in comparison to a ProV1, so that is why I play them. However, because I tend to accumulate multiple balls per round that I find on the course, I can often be found playing whatever I happen to find on the course at any given time. Handicap? 5. I average around 80 strokes per round. Typical ball flight? I have a low ball flight, with a right to left draw. Typical miss? Can either be a hook left, or a push right. More misses left than right lately. Strengths/weaknesses of your game? Strength is consistency in keeping the ball in play, in minimizing bad misses. Weakness is mostly mental, and a lack of distance to compete with scratch golfers who can reach par 5s in two. If I focus and block out distractions I can flirt with even par. First Impressions I really had no preconceived notions heading into this test, so I didn't have any expectations. The balls arrived as you see above, and look as good as any other ball fresh off the production line. I simply put these balls into play the first weekend I got them, and continued to play them for as many rounds as I could. My initial impressions after a few rounds were simply that the ball held up really well, as I could easily play 36 holes with the same ball without losing the cover to minor imperfections, and that I wouldn't need many of these balls, as I simply kept them in play. As compared to my Srixon Z Stars that I had playing I honestly didn't notice much of a difference, with the one exception being more spin around the greens on wedge shots from 100 yards in. Grading Looks & Durability (15 out of 15 points) Describe the following: Appearance of the ball is similar to all recent Bridgestone offerings with a large B, and a blue number for the ball. The alignment line on the side of the ball is simplistic and does not detract from the ball or distract while playing it. Short term/long term durability - this ball lasts longer than most balls I have played. I can typically get a ProV1 to go maybe 18 holes before it's done, but these Bridgestone balls were still holding up after even 72 holes of play. As long as you keep it into play it will probably last as long as you want to play it. You'll probably lose one before wearing it out honestly. Other unique details The alignment line is simplistic and non-distracting while serving it's purpose. I used it on the greens, and it did it's job. Very bright white cover was good and the dimples were the Bridgestone staple with the pattern we've seen from Bridgestone for years. How does it compare to other balls, beyond being round and white? The selling point for this ball is the durability honestly. Compared to my Srixon Z Star I honestly could not tell much of a difference. The only difference to me was more spin on shots into greens with a wedge from 100 yards or so, as this ball had a lot of spin on those type of shots. Describe (and show) the condition after hitting cart path, hitting an obstruction (tree, etc), a full wedge/iron shots, and a full round.Balls with a red dot had been played 18 holes. Balls with a blue dot had been played for at least 36 holes. Wear and tear after even 2 rounds was minimal. Typical scuffing on a cart path does occur, but I actually had several balls hit the cart path and not have a mark. I hit several trees without noticing a discernible difference. Honestly though, if you hit a cart path or concrete, any ball will scuff and probably have to be taken out of play. But this ball is as durable as any ball I have ever played. Sound & Feel (15 out of 15 points) Describe how the product sounds and feels This is a softer ball, and feels about the same as the Srixon Z Star. Soft feel on all shots, and around the green. This ball is softer then a Titleist ProV1, and I cannot penetrate the cover with my nails. It's firm enough to withstand pretty much anything, but still gives you that soft feel on all shots. Do the sound and feel impact your performance in a noticeable way? Sound and feel were not distracting at all to me, as it played the same as the Srixon. How does the sound cause you to react? I didn't react at all, as it felt just like my Srixon. If anything I was very comfortable with the sound it produced. Describe the difference in sound and feel depending on the club used from driver down to putter. The sound the ball produced was very soft on everything from driver, irons, wedges and putter. On-Course Performance (35 out of 40 points) Off the Tee – The ball provides similar distance to my Srixon Z Star, but I can also say that when I tested it against the Titleist AVX, the AVX went further on average. Approach – I liked the trajectory of these Bridgestone balls, as they flew high enough to hold on almost any iron shot. There is plenty of spin on full iron shots to hold greens. Ball Flight – The ball flight was very consistent, and I could control trajectory based on the shot I wanted to hit. We get a lot of wind at Kinderlou, and this ball was consistent even with a 20 mph wind in your face. Distance control was not an issue and I felt confident hitting this ball with any club. Around the Green – This ball performed very well around the greens. Wedge shots when struck right, would hit and spin back. Bump and run shots would stop and roll out just like I wanted it to. I did manage to hole 2 or 3 pitch shots with this ball over the course of testing, so this was a big positive for this ball. Putting – The alignment line on this ball was adequate for the job. I didn't find it negative honestly, as it serves it's purpose. Distance on putts was consistent with the ball, and any errors were due to the person hitting the putts. What factors were you pleased with? Durability on this ball stood out the most. What factors did you find lacking? Distance off of the tee was a bit shorter compared to the Titleist AVX from time to time, but it wasn't enough to be a major negative. Bottom line: did it help improve your scores? I started the year as a 7.3 handicap and am now currently a 5.3 index. Whether you can attribute my drop in handicap to this ball I really don't know, as my game typically comes and goes. But the numbers speak for themselves I think. Miscellaneous (7 out of 10 points) I'm a low frills kind of guy, and my purchasing patterns mostly are dependent on price. I've looked online and see where this ball retails for $44.99 a dozen, and there are some websites offering it for $34.99. I typically stay away from paying this much for a dozen balls, so I probably wouldn't spend that much on these. And at that price point, if I had the same price on the Titleist AVX, I'd probably buy the AVX. A small side note that our review balls took longer then anticipated for them to arrive, and we really never received an explanation, so communication with Bridgestone was limited at best. Perhaps this is a negative, but typically I don't have a reason to speak to a manufacturer about golf balls. Game Bag or Shag Bag? (15 out of 20 points) Shag Bag - I've put this ball into play for a few tournaments, and our weekly dog fight multiple times. I've played fairly well with this ball, and I've had a few stinker rounds as well. I've won a few bucks in side bets with buddies with this ball as well. But when you stack this ball up to the Titleist AVX I'd choose the AVX over this ball, purely for my own personal preference, and feeling that the AVX just seems to go further, and is just fine around the greens for me. Conclusion Bridgestone has a very strong offering in the Bridgestone B RXS. I have a swing speed of around 95 mph, and this ball matches up to that for me very well. It outperformed the Srixon Z Star around the greens, but was beaten out by the Titleist AVX on distance off of the tee. And if you are looking for serious spin on approach shots from 100 yards and in, this is your ball, as it has some serious zip on it when hit correctly on those shots. If you want a VERY durable ball that will hold up for at least 18-36 holes, this is your ball. Final Score: 87 out of 100
  31. 7 points
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nlu-podcast-episode-282-peter-kostis/id880837011?i=1000466022413 You can read Geoff Shackelford's blog about this as well at https://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2020/2/18/kostis-the-pga-tour-doesnt-give-a-rats-ass-about-the-quality-of-the-telecast-they-dont-care-about-the-quality-of-the-viewer-experience with the best quote from his interview being...Kostis: "The PGA Tour doesn't give a rat’s ass about the quality of the telecast. They don’t care about the quality of the viewer experience." Go to 45 minutes in this interview for Kostis' take on Patrick "Cheater" Reed. "I've followed Patrick Reed 4 or 5 times when it was obvious he was improving his lie. He'd put 3 or 4 clubs behind the ball in what was originally a sand wedge shot, where he eventually hit 3 wood. It was so blatant at times that when he was done doing what he was doing I could easily see the Callaway logo on the ball." I'm paraphrasing what he said, but man, if anyone has any doubts that Patrick Reed was a full fledged cheater, I think it's safe to say we can put that doubt to bed.
  32. 7 points
    I've been around here for a long, long time - forum wise - I remember when MBP made his first appearance - it was during our Tour Staff Contest - he wrote a paragraph about being a Yeti Hunter that was an absolute riot. Sadly or in my case gladly the contest had nothing really to do with the quality of our submissions and everything to do with our ability to drum up support on facebook - I had over 1,000 facebook friends at the time - we had someone who was a lurker who had more - he and I finished first and second but Dan's was far and away the best entry. I started a thread called, "Which club would you use" about having my golf bag by my bed side table when hearing what I thought was someone breaking into my house - that one had some serious legs and hysterical replies in it. The idea was which club you would grab to defend yourself with. I went of SW. We've had lots of great informational threads (any time T would way in was the best) as well as too many fun ones to really even begin to name this one or that one the best.
  33. 7 points
    Happy birthday @HighFade! Hope you have a great day! Happy birthday to me! I will have a great day...I'm not working today and currently have a beer in the brew kettle. Going out for dinner tonight. PS: I waited as long as possible to post this...
  34. 7 points
    Wow, thank you for picking me. I will be representing all of the high handicappers who miss the sweetspot more often than not. Can't wait to see if this helps add ballspeed with good dispersion.
  35. 7 points
    Day 2 Club Championship——-much better. Putter decided to work today. Started in 9th place and finished in 3rd! Two triples and a birdie..... 39/46:85 Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  36. 7 points
    I’d like to enter. 34.5” 2 ball with super stroke 1.0 grip. Thank you.
  37. 7 points
    Got a solid 1.5 hours of short game practice today. It was freezing but I managed. These were some 30 yard 2 hop checkers down wind! Love that big first hop I get with these on the finesse shots, the a grab on bounce two with very minimal roll out. These were from 40, same thing, a nice big first bounce then stop. I would expect a touch more roll out on an actual green, or perhaps some backspin. These were about 15 feet high 56° into the wind. Here we have some 50 yard shots, same deal, flighted down... took me a while to dial up the 50 yard shot, I ended up switching to the 52° because they started to get caught up in the wind with the 56°, but I could flight them nicely with the 52° as well. Dispersion in the picture is from the 56°, just not where I’d like it, but wind definitely had a factor. I also hit all sorts of touch shots around the green, flops, low crispy ones. I actually backed up a high spinner 20 yard shot. Haven’t had that shot in my bag for a good while, and this is with severely worn out wedges
  38. 7 points
    40% off at the Ecco store .... final cost $123 shipped to my door.
  39. 7 points
    Yep. Thats the one i have....well one of the ones. Ha Great price on it by the way As fsr as name on the bag. Im not sure i would put mine on a staff bag. But i have this one and i always get a lot of compliments on it.
  40. 7 points
    ... I have said over and over again, I do not understand why anyone would try and learn the most difficult game to play and make it even harder on themselves. This will probably be on my tombstone: Every golfer should play the most forgiving clubs they can effectively play. ... The only reason not to play SGI irons is your game has progressed to where the trajectory, spin and accuracy is better with a less forgiving club that allows you to hit shots that get you closer to the pin. Hitting the ball high and straight is by far the best way to learn the game and for many the best way to play the game. Properly sequencing your swing, returning the head to the ball with a repeatable face angle and hitting the ball on the same spot on the iron face is difficult for single digit players and damm near impossible for beginners and high index golfers. So positive feedback is essential for most beginners and the most forgiving clubs will give you the best chance of hitting positive shots. ... Once you become more proficient with your swing and face contact, you may find controlling your trajectory is better with a GI or even a Players Iron. You may find a lower trajectory is more conducive to hitting the ball closer to the pin and a variety of conditions. Then again, you may already have a good trajectory and the ability to move the ball to an effective degree with SGI irons. I played with a Club Champion from NJ that played the most forgiving irons Ping offered. He said he played a tree lined course with little to no wind. But playing with us in Texas, he really struggled in the constant strong winds and hard fast fairways because he did not flight his ball or hit shots with less spin. But back home in NJ he had no such problems and won his CC Mens Tournament many times with SGI ions. ... Attempting to hit much more demanding clubs because they will fine tune your focus and stop you from making reckless swings is a mental problem, not a training aid. Of course much about golf is a mental problem, so if this works for you then obviously you should do exactly that. But for the vast majority, hitting better shots with better swings is the best way to improve and you can do that with a full set of hybrids. So learn to play the game with the most forgiving irons you can play. Then IF you need to change irons to facilitate improvement in ball flight and spin, try a more demanding iron to see if it is beneficial for your game.
  41. 7 points
    SuperSpeed is in a class by itself. It's like the Energizer bunny...
  42. 7 points
    I've read all of your posts and all the replies. The answer is simply...NO, forgiving clubs will NOT stymie your improving. Simple as that.
  43. 7 points
  44. 7 points
    Ive been on light duty at work for 5 weeks and counting. Hurt my left shoulder at work and was convinced I had a torn rotator cuff. Ultrasound showed no rotator cuff tear which Im very thankful for. It did show some damage to the bicep tendon, and according to my doc,I got very lucky as this is much easier to solve.
  45. 7 points
    Here's a great example with T knowledge bombs, and also a fun thread to read... Operation beat SLDR is the thread and knowledge bombs start around page 5 Here and again Here and keep going Here, Yup, more Here too. Actually you all should just read the whole thread, it's pure gold
  46. 6 points
    HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! I've had my G700s in the bag since July 2018, when I tested them for the forum. I won't say that they've revolutionized my game; if my game has strengths, they are my iron play and putting, because I can practice those at home. But the G700s offered some advantages over the clubs they replaced (a set of Adams XTD Tour irons): about a club more distance and a bunch of distance forgiveness on less-than-perfect strikes. But literally for years, I've been intrigued by the concept of single-length irons. I'm not sure that there's a single club category that does more to appeal to my inner gear nerd. I've never had the opportunity to test them; as I've mentioned too often here, I'm not near anywhere where fitting and testing are available. But thanks to @GolfSpy Stroker, a longstanding dream about to be realized: he shipped me his set of Wishon Sterling Single Length Irons! (That in itself is a story; he shipped the clubs two weeks ago, they disappeared for a bit in the USPS system, and they should finally arrive tomorrow.) (Also need to shout out @Berg Ryman, who discussed doing the same thing, but Stroker beat him to it. So many quality guys on this forum!) What I find fascinating about single length is the combination of offsetting pros and cons: PRO: consistent length and setup logically suggests more consistent ball striking PRO: short long irons should definitely help in finding the center of the face CON: short long irons should also diminish ball speed, decrease spin, and lower trajectory, none of which is good PRO: but if I'm hitting the center more regularly, that increases ball speed, and the consistency might offset the drawbacks CON: on short irons/wedges, lengthening the shaft should decrease consistency in finding the center of the face PRO: but maybe it won't, if I have a consistent swing with a single length PRO: short irons and wedges will launch higher and with much more spin, theoretically increasing control But I now have a chance to move my thoughts on single length from theory to actual practice. In the weeks ahead (we likely still have two months until golf begins here), I plan to SkyTrak my G700s and these Sterlings thoroughly. Not only will I be looking at distances, but launch/descent angles, peak height, spin, and especially the dispersion circles. I'll be able to do SkyTrak skills assessments with each set, and see which one gives me a better estimated handicap. I'm really looking forward to this experiment, and I'll definitely be keeping everyone informed!
  47. 6 points
    Pretty sure you can still enter if you hurry.
  48. 6 points
    You just had to buy something, I call a lack of self control Seriously though, I hope you flush it.
  49. 6 points
    Really solid round, best I’ve played in a long time. Conditions were strange, very fine misty rain for most of the day along with blustery wind. My whole game was solid. 12/14 fairways, 12 GIR, no 3 putts and shaved the hole lots of times. 2 birdies, 5 bogeys and the rest pars. Course management and concentration were both better than normal. Getting the report in early as we got around in 3.5 hours (as a 3) would have been even quicker but we ran into the back end of the field for the last few holes.
  50. 6 points
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