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  1. 8 points
    Looks like it's tine to dust off this series of articles from Dec. 2014/Jan 2015 on the state of Wilson at that time. First articles I ever wrote for MGS. It gives you some background as to where Wilson was, how it got there, how bad the mid-2000's were and how it started a climb back to relevance. I'm working on an update to the story now...hope to get it published by the end of the year. Part 1: https://mygolfspy.com/how-the-wilson-staff-empire-crumbled/ Part 2: https://mygolfspy.com/rebuilding-wilson-golf/ Part 3: https://mygolfspy.com/so-what-now-wilson/ As for where the company stands today - won't give away too much but the biggest thing in my mind as back when these stories were written, very few people considered Wilson relevant in the world of premium golf equipment, and they were virtually nowhere when it came to discussions on any forum, not just our own. Today, 5 years later, they're most certainly relevant in the irons discussion - Wilson's irons are as good as anyone's, and Driver Vs. Driver did what it was supposed to do (it was never about the driver), get people talking about the brand. Their irons market share is around 3%, but this year they've outsold their projections for the Staff Model blades (which took about a month), and have their biggest success in years with the D7 irons and metal woods. They're looking at doing something new and different with putters, although they're not sure quite what yet (and if they are, they're not telling me), and have a few more releases coming up in the next month or so that should prove to be interesting. It's really, really hard for a Challenger Brand - be it Wilson, Srixon, Bridgestone, Honma, you name it - to grow substantially in market share. If Wilson has a 3% market share and experiences double digit growth every year for 5 years, where does that get it? Let's presume in 2014 they were a $120 million dollar company. 5 years of 10% growth would make it around a $180 to $200 million company - and most any company on the planet in a mature industry would LOVE 10% growth five years in a row - but think about what has to happen to achieve 10% growth year over year. In my travels I've seen a noticeable uptick in retail presence for Wilson. PGATour Superstore features the entire line, as do all the Worldwide Golf stores among others. The brand is definitely in a better place today than 5 years ago...and the new ownership has some definite ideas for growth, particularly in Asia. That's enough - I don't want to give up too much of the upcoming article!
  2. 7 points
    Spending the weekend in Manhattan with my wife and daughter...we had to bring the elf on the shelf [emoji4]
  3. 5 points
    Howdy Spies. I purchased a pair of these from DSG's about 10 years ago and they have worked out really well. In fact, I'm still wearing them now and they show little wear - slight yellowing of the rubber sole/edge from age and possibly chemicals used on courses is about it. My wife was looking at some puffy vests on-line and these popped up on sale. While my current pair would likely serve me for another few years, the sale price and the newer looked peaked my interest. The one thing I don't like about my current shoe is that they are a little to wide for me resulting in the laces being a bit long and the eyelets close together when cinched up. I'm not sure if these were a medium or wide fit and the label has long since worn off. Also, they are a size 13 partly for my slightly larger foot when younger and also because I lived in the PNW where cooler, wet play and thicker socks were common. Seeing this as an opportunity to help my wife out with the dreaded "what to get him for Christmas" question, we ordered a pair. Free shipping arrived in 2 days! I figured I'd do a quick review on these to help any others in the market for golf shoes and, hopefully, while their on such a great deal. Here is a picture of my current Walter Hagen's. Still quite serviceable, with only wear in the heel area. I have found these "nubby" spikes to work very well except on frosty grass. All my previous shoes had traditional metal spikes. I considered a pair when I purchased these that had the newer multi prong rubber spikes, but really liked the look of these more. As for heat comfort, I have found these to be just fine - plenty breathable and not causing excessive sweat issues. I would give these a 4.5/5 star rating with the only deduction being the too wide a fit... presuming these were a medium size to begin with? Here's what the new shoes look like. They have a bit more "sneaker" like design than the old versions. Also, they have a better "ortholite" insole. I find my old ones quite comfortable and I walk more than I ride. My quick assessment of the new ones are that they will be every bit as comfortable - perhaps more so. I did buy size 12 medium and the width is perfect with eyelet spacing when cinched up just right. I would say if you generally wear "wide fit", they are true to size and would suggest getting the wide. Both are the "HydroHalt" design which I would rate as quite good in damp conditions. Except for raining days or having to constantly slosh through standing puddles, my current shoes stay dry with no seepage through the soles. Whether the new model has the same results remains to be seen but with my rounds taking place in Arizona and southwest MT they won't get a severe test in this category. For those that play in really wet conditions, I don't think these are the best choice. The construction materials sure look the same, though I don't know for sure. Typically, manufactures use cheaper and thinner materials and the new stuff often does not wear as well as the old stuff - so time will tell. The "nubby spike" design appears nearly identical, which is great based on my prior experience. They have worn exceptionally well with plenty of time on non grass surfaces. I'm making my 4.5/5 star recommendation based off of my experience with the older model - but would be surprised if these don't get the same score. I just wanted to get this initial review out to the forum ASAP since they are on sale now. I will follow up later as I get some mileage on the new ones. Here is the link to the current sale (note higher price on other colors). https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/walter-hagen-mens-course-casual-golf-shoes-17whgmwhcrscslblkgsh/17whgmwhcrscslblkgsh?sku=18475980&camp=CSE:DSG__lia_pla-4582695750880020&msclkid=e9c3cd813baf1c385a82907038be45df&gclid=CJHS2OrsreYCFSClxQIdhIwD4w&gclsrc=ds
  4. 5 points
    Round #3 at my new home in the books. Conditions today were pretty windy with a near constant speed of 15~17 MPH and gusts over 20 MPH. I really didn't expect to play well and honestly wasn't even sure If I'd want to finish the round... Instead I went -1 through the first four holes before finally running into trouble! On the day, I shot a +13 85. Most of the damage was incurred on the back nine when I let myself get too aggressive. I am very happy overall though. The real gem of the round was Hole #13. It's a short Par 5 at 478 Yards (on the scorecard) and I haven't had to hit more than 7 iron into the green, but today it was my 50* wedge thanks to a helping wind! To top it all off, I was paired with two very nice gentlemen who are relatively new to golf. They were really fun to play with and it was a sober reminder of the journey I've been on to improve my game over the past six+ years. I was even able to give one of them a small tip that seemed to help him make better contact. He was struggling bad toward the end of the front nine, but came back with a par or two and even had a solid birdie chance on one hole. I hope to play with them again and help them on their golfing journey.
  5. 4 points
    I have found that if I am practicing my putting indoors, I usually use a 2 inch wide ruler and putt down the length of the ruler..no problems with face angle (well not as much anyway ) but when I am on the putting greens, face angle tends to be much more erratic. I find the Blast to be extremely helpful to diagnose those faults..finding solutions is not as easy, but I am working on it.!
  6. 4 points
    Not my best, but I was in a rush. Don’t hate! Terrible launch angle. Little high on the face and a little towards the toe. Interested to see how Bridgestone factors this in to the ball we are testing. Not far off from the trackman numbers I have from a recent fitting, pretty impressive from a video submission. If you haven’t used this tool on the Bridgestone website, I highly recommend it!
  7. 4 points
    My 2019 for golf was an uneventful one. Being hurt all year really put a damper on wanting to play or practice much. Did get to play with @MattF and @MaxEntropy which i always enjoy though. Now that I feel that I’m fully healed I’m ready to make my Tiger like come back. Planning on being in the gym to get stronger, practice much more this offseason and might even change the bag up a bit.
  8. 4 points
    So I picked up Arccos again during their Black Friday sale and logged my first round with it yesterday. Granted, yesterday was quite windy and required me to work the ball a lot more than I normally do, I was very surprised to see how my handicaps turned out. Driving: 8.5 Approach: 20.9 Chipping: 6.3 Putting: 9.7 This is the first time I can recall (with Arccos or Game Golf) that my chipping score was lower than driving AND putting. Though I'm sure it is somewhat of an anomaly - my struggles with driving and approach shots were heavily impacted by the wind - it is nice to have a fair indication of just how much my work on the short game has paid off! EDIT: To throw some numbers up for comparison, I still have one of my two sub 80 rounds saved on Arccos and my handicap breakdown on that particular day looks like this: Driving: +2.6 Approach: 16.5 Chipping: 30+ Putting: +0.1
  9. 4 points
    Wouldn’t do it. While the option may be tempting those experiences are what build the knowledge you have regarding feel, what mechanics work, and how to make adjustments to what is happening that particular day. I want to improve my game but that requires me to keep building on past experiences.
  10. 4 points
    Want to see what $300M+ in donations will do for a college football program? College football is slowly morphing into the very thing I dislike about pro football, baseball, and basketball.
  11. 4 points
    Knowing GSwag personally, I can tell you that you're WAY off base. "Common denominator"? No crap! These are HIS stories so obviously he would be the common denominator. What I can say about GSwag is while he is very forward with his opinions and he wears his heart on his sleeve, you also won't find a more passionate person about the game nor a more fun person to play with. It's one thing to tee it up on a random day and hack around... it's another to play in a sanctioned tournament and take 6 or more hours to play... especially in heat indexes over 100*. There is absolutely zero reason ANY round of golf should take more than 4 hours other than a complete lack of and total disrespect for the game, your playing companions, and other people on the course. I walked off during an Amateur event once because after hitting my shot OB and taking the appropriate drop, one guy in our group went ape s*** on me about how I was in violation of the rules, yada yada yada. Keep in mind this was the guy who brought his annoying ass "trophy" wife with him and she didn't shut up the entire day... she talked non-stop during everyone else's swing, she got out and wandered endlessly... she drank to an excessive amount. So after the 10th hole where my OB drop took place, I quietly grabbed my back and walked back in. I simply wasn't going to put up with him or her for the back 9. Funny thing is my cart partner (who was leading at the time) came in 2 holes later. He was done with them as well. Tournament promoter told us he had received previous complaints and this guy would be banned from future events. We never saw that clown again.
  12. 3 points
  13. 3 points
    There goes two sponsors and a career (such that it was)... pretty sad when you think about it.
  14. 3 points
    I'm out of touch.........I never knew they called it a "quick visit" [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    Gotta strengthen my bench for my deep playoff run or **checks notes** more likely first round bump from the playoffs. My Circus team isn't good hahah
  17. 3 points
    I’ve heard this term in the past. I hear it’s when weather is warm .
  18. 3 points
    That's exactly what I'm thinking. If I miss short four times a round and I can change that to two with no improvement in ball striking, that's a win for me. Thanks to OP for getting me thinking about this.
  19. 3 points
    My kids are in late middle and early high school. They don't want dear old dad around as much anymore. Especially my oldest, who is fiercely independent. Plus, they are off doing their own things. My youngest played a lot of afternoon rounds with me after school/work. After years of trying various things, my wife has found a hobby that she loves in photography. She often tags along with me and my daughter to snap nature shots. All in all, 2019 has been a personal success in terms of golf and quality of life. I don't imagine I will change very much in 2020. I think my family and I have found a recipe for happiness that we will ride until circumstances change. Which, as I think about it, may be any moment now given we are engulfed with two teenage girls!
  20. 2 points
    Damn this a great opportunity for those that don't use any sort of device currently. Wish I was eligible!
  21. 2 points
    Not to take anything away from how well the International team has played, cause they have been playing really good golf, but the American team should be embarrassed by their performance so far. Sent from my Pixel 2 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  22. 2 points
    Well, there ain't much history here, with this only being the 13th one. I like to factor in Ryder Cup stuff with something like this too, because I am quite sure last year's meltdown in France is fresh on the minds of most of the guys on this team, and they are not wanting a repeat of that crap show.
  23. 2 points
    Some great golf being played so far. Tiger telling JT to get his ball on the first hole was golden
  24. 2 points
    It sounds like my comment was misunderstood. I didn't intend for the "strategy" to be hit more GIRs, which I agree is abstract. However, GIR is the statistic most closely correlated to overall score unless you are an outlier who is around 50% GIR with a 20 cap and have an exceptionally poor short game which I have never seen. Obviously you can't take a golf lesson and tell the instructor you "want to work on your GIRs". The OP presented Shot Scope stats in post #1 and asked which statistic looked to be the weakest. GIR clearly stuck out and you could drill down into specifics by seeing a scoring average of +1.4 for par 4/5 compared to +1 on par 3. What is the difference? Multiple full swings on par 4/5 and the potential to hit more balls OB using longer clubs. The ensuing debate on long putts being worse than chipping really got away from this core issue. GIR will have the most impact on improving your score unless you are close to or at 50% already. You then have to self diagnose what is keeping you from achieving GIRs. That could be penalties off the tee, lack of distance, poor contact and control of approach shots or more likely - a mix of these factors and probably some course management mistakes. In my opinion, if you are basing your target score off bogey golf (which is also my target on whether I judge the round as good or bad) and believe you need 0 GIR to achieve that score then you are setting yourself up for difficulty and failure most often as it assumes no 3 putts and 1 chip per hole. The basic premise of golf is to allow for 2 putts per hole to achieve par after a GIR. You are playing a different game if you have no expectation of advancing the ball to the distance of the green (in regulation # of strokes) and are playing the wrong tees for your ability level. This is like when my buddies as a group of 15-25 caps want to play a set of tees at 6700 yards to avoid "hitting wedges into every green" and then struggle to break 90 (or sometimes 100 lol) when you could play 6000-6300 and have a chance to break 80 if you play well. I know which is more enjoyable for me...
  25. 2 points
    Congrats guys - looking forward to reading these reviews.
  26. 2 points
    Couldn't have said it better.... I do have a HIO, but it was to a slightly elevated green so I didn't see it go in. It was still a thrill to find the ball in the hole.
  27. 2 points
    Use cart mittens with hand warmers and take your hands out when you're ready to hit.
  28. 2 points
    Crazy, right? Two Sundays ago, I shoveled 6+ inches of heavy, wet snow. Yesterday there were several courses by me that were open. Rain today, and even the piles of snow where I shoveled are gone already!
  29. 2 points
    That giant rut keeping the ball on line to the hole doesn't hurt either.
  30. 2 points
    Huh? Scotty Cameron's entire Phantom line has both face balanced and toe hang putters for just about every model in the lineup. The Taylormade Spider comes in both face balanced and toe hang options. Odyssey makes aboth face balanced and toe hang putters. There are plenty of options for all types of strokes out there.
  31. 2 points
    Played again yesterday in a scramble. Played the TourX for 13 holes. Once again, was hitting the ball very high with mid to short irons. Especially into the wind. They would really balloon and come up quite short. After switching to my preferred ZStar the ball flight came right down into more normal heights. I also think the ZStar are better into the wind. I’ll continue to use them for casual rounds. The Maxfli are good balls, especially if you need a higher ball flight. Durability is good, on par with other urethane balls. Distance is also good but not tops for me. An especially good ball for the price, and I do appreciate Maxfli, DSG and MGS for the opportunity to try them out and report on them here.
  32. 2 points
    Putt well ! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  33. 2 points
    I've cut rounds short for the reasons mentioned above. Daylight, slow play, time, etc. I've had to cut one round short when I ran out of balls, that was a sad moment. But my most fond memory of cutting a round short occurred on a pleasant summer day in 2006. I was playing to a solid 23hdcp at the time, lots of power combined with no accuracy, good times. I Teed off on the Keystone Ranch course: 1 st hole is a straight away par 5, and a pure drive, a great 3wd, and a holed putt from probably ~20' and I walked off with an eagle. Maybe my first eagle ever. Hole 2, basically a parallel straight back par 4. I hit my second fairway in a row, my approach to about 2', tap in birdie. Hole 3, no idea, I walked off after 2. I was not about to ruin a eagle birdie start with 7 lost balls, 2 triple bogies and what ever else I was going to fumble that round. At a 23, I knew the math was strongly against me. It was like going to Vegas for a week and hitting a jackpot on the first day, you fly home. So, I walked off a course because of the best start to a round of my life.
  34. 2 points
    This is the one thing that shocked me the first time I hit Evnroll. It has a completely different sound and feel unlike any putter I've tried before. How many of you have tried hitting initially off the toe and heel compared to your gamer? Really putting that groove tech to the test.
  35. 2 points
    Both Alma Maters won their Conference Titles today!!!! Great day! Geaux Tigers!!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  36. 2 points
    Nobody is beating LSU this year. Nobody!
  37. 2 points
    I went back and looked at the post I left. I think it’s safe to say I owe @GSwag an apology. The best excuse I can give him is that sometimes the written word doesn’t always come off the way it was intended. A couple of well placed emojis or lols could’ve helped. That said, he did come off a bit, let’s say, edgy? But whatever, I shouldn’t have said anything. Either way I hope he sees this, and I think it’s pretty cool he has a friend like you to vouch for him.
  38. 2 points
    As I understand it based on new rules you can ground your club but not improve the lie. Is my understanding correct? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  39. 2 points
    No!!!! Being better chipping than putting makes no sense at all!! The only thing this tells you is that you need to improve your speed control with your putter. It is not good strategy to always play short. You need to create a shotgun approach with equal dispersion to your target. The flag is rarely your target!! Challenge: Play 18 holes or 9 it doesn't matter. Keep your normal score and then place a ball in the center of the green structure and keep score as if you hit the green in regulation. I guarantee your score will be better than you actual score. Let me know you results and your reflection on the drill. BTW - paper stats simply don't work. They only support what you want to believe versus an non-emotional, scientific evaluation of your skills when playing the game. Based on the information, you can then start to create practice plans that will have a positive impact on your performance. Everything else is hoping and hope is a bad strategy for improvement.
  40. 1 point
    The hits keep comin! Good luck, applicants
  41. 1 point
    The International team came to play. I think it would be nice if this competition was actually competitive through singles.
  42. 1 point
    I wouldn’t bet on anything, punters are really unpredictable.
  43. 1 point
    Shurmur cannot be gone fast enough. Simply does not know how to manage a game and make adjustments. Eagles had virtually no WRs the entire 2nd half and the Giants blew a 14 pt lead? Awful
  44. 1 point
    Now I realize that media pundits (Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd) will talk about nothing but the Dallas Cowboys, but have you ever seen a more pathetic division then this year's NFC East? In theory, a 6-9-1 team could win that division.
  45. 1 point
    If they lose and stay in they will get LSU or Clemson instead of OU which is a nightmare for them. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  46. 1 point
    ... At least your bunker play must be on fire!
  47. 1 point
    I'm looking at wedges. Either the new CBX-2 in a 46° and 50° with Recoil Smacwrap shafts or @GolfSub70 Satin 48° bent to 46° and 52° bent to 50° with Recoil 680 SC F4.
  48. 1 point
    This is SO true. While a missed putt will result in another stroke, a missed driver or hybrid shot has the potential of affecting MANY following shots.
  49. 1 point
    Too seriously. At my home course in Valdosta, there are Bulldog fans, and then everyone else. We had a member/guest last month, the same day as the Florida/Georgia game, and I asked one of the regulars if he would be playing in the member/guest, and he replied, "Nope. Going to the game." I've also discovered that Saturday football afternoons on my home course I can have the whole course to myself as the place is a ghost town after noon'ish. I have another friend who is a HUGE Georgia fan, and he just stops playing golf during football season altogether. He's either tailgating, preparing to tailgate, or watching the game, in no particular order. I just stopped asking him if he wanted to tee it up. But he's point blank told me that if he had to choose between Georgia football and anything else, Georgia football wins every time. He'll probably be buried in a UGA coffin.
  50. 1 point
    We have some injuries and one suspension (1st half) however we're going to get it one hell of a try. Gooooooooooo Dawgs!
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