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  1. 33 points
    I feel compelled to weigh in from the MGS perspective so I'll do my best to address your concerns. You don't have to take my word for it but please consider these with an open mind. Here we go: Allowing Ads from small/medium companies: Yes, ad dollars are accepted from these companies, but that's only after MGS vets their product and deems it to be of high quality. There's a lot of products that get denied sponsorship because they just don't pass the smell test. You'd see these companies highly ranked in tests regardless if they were sponsors. Bias for the little guys through test results: Advertising on the site is completely removed from the tests. Most Wanted could be written by a robot with zero emotional connection because there's a straight line from the data to the results. Tests may change from year to test but that objective is to increase the quality of the test. All things must improve over time and Most Wanted is no different. Glaring (or not) reviews: The MGS Blog has long been out of the game of writing reviews. They may do feature pieces on new technology but the reviews can be found here, on the forum, conducted by real people. We can only put clubs in the hands of real people if a company offers up product. We ask every OEM, every year, and run the tests that we receive commitments from. No Scotty reviews means no Scotties have been submitted (as much as our members would love it). Forum Review Integrity: Any agreement we make comes with the caveat that good reviews are not guaranteed. We've lost sponsors before at the hands of poor performing member reviews. So be it. If there's one thing we promise, it's an unbiased opinion and that will not be compromised. Political Affiliation: Please don't Your final statement is an aggressive agreement with our philosophy. The data indicates tendencies of key attributes over large sample sizes but does not dictate what's best for you. Every player is different. The large data size or individual reviews should be considered a starting point, not a finish line. Eric, I would like to sincerely thank you for voicing your concerns on our site. Open discussion is key to education. I hope my response sufficiently addressed your apprehensions about MyGolfSpy. If you have any other questions or concerns, fire away and we'll be happy to respond.
  2. 22 points
    First off... brr. It was 36° by the time I made it to the demo day. Misting with the occasional snow squalls, it’s May tomorrow gosh darn it. There were: Titleist, Taylormade, Tour Exotics, Srixon/Cleveland, Cobra, PING, and Callaway. First stop was the Srixon tent. Had the guy fit a KBS Tour into the Z Forged. He said I was the first guy to ask for it all day. First impressions were meh, but after a few warm ups (yes I warmed up out of the car with a blade) I got to liking the club. Good stuff from Srixon. I bounced down to the Taylormade shack after that and tried a GAPR 3 iron. Not what I was expecting, but it plays less offset looking than I’ve seen in photos. I then looked out of the corner of my eye and saw a kid hitting these... [emoji7][emoji7][emoji7] I waited for 10 minutes in line for him to finish up hitting them. He cleaned them off and I took them for a ride. First impressions here... not a $2000 set of blades. They look good but felt or performed no better then the Srixon’s. Hit about 40 shots, extremely workable. They are nice for sure, if I could spend the 2K I’d probably do it. Hit the Mini Driver thingy... my goodness what a crunchy crack sound... love that thing. Moved on to PING... tried one swing with the i500 and put it back. Tried the G400 2 crossover... 2 swings. The Glide Stealth wedges are legit, best shaped wedge of the day. Skipped down to Callaway, grabbed the Apex MB, two swipes with a Modus 105 shaft and I put it back, and never came back to the Callaway tent. The rep was a real nice guy. [emoji849] Stopped at the Cobra shed... the guy remembered me from 2 years ago. Hit the MIM wedge. Feel department this wedge gets 100/100... the F9 driver is deadly. Love the sound, look, and overall build. All the way back to Srixon. Tried the Cleveland wedges... too tinty sounding (bummer). Tried the 745’s, wonderful feeling club. Next up was Tour Exotics. I grabbed the CBX blade 8 iron since it was the only blade he had. I’m sold. Best feeling club I’ve ever hit. Tried the ironwood 3 thing... rocket launcher.... can’t understand why this brand doesn’t get more attention. Saved Titleist for last. Shafted up the MB for me. No thanks. A bit on the small side comparatively to the other blades. TMB 2 iron was the club of the day. I wouldn’t need a 3 wood with that thing. I ended up trying the AP3, not for me. We tried a few shafts and the bone stock TT X100 was the best fit out about 8 we tried. Went back to the Srixon, and Tour Exotics tents and tried everything again. After a semi fitting with the titleist rep if I were buying clubs today I would have walked out with. Cobra F9 9° (white) Titleist TMB 2 iron Tour Exotics 3-AW Cobra MIM 56, 60 Taylormade Spider X Navy Blue Thanks for reading. If you want more detail on blades I can get more in depth. I hit them all several times.
  3. 20 points
    After this years most wanted driver testing, there should be no question MGS testing is unbiased. Callaway chose not to participate and still ended up as the most wanted driver in the test. That to me says more about the people behind MGS that who is allowed or not allowed to advertise. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. 19 points
    Just noticed I crept over the 2000 mark today (hence the play on words title) Have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed being a contributor to this great forum. Great Staff, Great members and civil chat. Here's to the next 2000
  5. 19 points
    I'm not sure why you thought the MGS forum would be a great place to air your grievances with MGS, but I'll bite. First off, the only time I've heard MGS talk about being unbiased is in regard to their testing - which is proven year after year. Who they choose to support via ad space is their own choice and their reasoning is well stated. They probably haven't written glowing reviews of Scotty Cameron because they proved - in a test - that a counterfeit product could outperform them. If that's what the data says, who am I to disagree (and I play a SC putter). Also, if you care to actually look up the product page for the TA Impact #3 you'll find the following points are highlighted "6061 Aluminum Face Insert delivers optimal speed and sound for more reliable feedback" "Elastomer insert behind the face provides enhanced feel and response on every putt" "Precision milling across the entire face allows for consistent contact and roll" While not significant, I would personally consider any effort made to boost performance (objective or subjective) on the face as "face tech". Perhaps, MGS has referred to this putter or others like it as lacking technology but I couldn't tell you for sure without obsessively combing through articles and tests to verify. If that is the case, that would be an error on their part, but not necessarily a huge one since TA isn't trying to sell face tech like some other brands. On your last - completely unrelated and needless - point. I'll simply refer you to the forum's Moral Codes page. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/guidelines/ At the end of the day, we're all adults (well most of us - and I mean that literally, not as an insult) and can form our own opinions. I don't think we'd be here supporting the MGS team and helping the MGS community as a whole grow if we did not agree (at least in general terms) with what MGS does or how they go about doing it. It's really that simple.
  6. 19 points
    Well it's time to fill the the Gap in this thread with some Testers. Join the four testers who join me in filling the gap between the last iron we hit effectively and driver. As mentioned in the original post these testers will be fit by a local PING Rep or a Top PING fitter in their area, to insure they get the best possible fitting. So let's get on men! @revkev @TSauer @PAgolfer2017 @mr.hicksta You all will be getting a PM from me later today with some information that I will need right away and wilth more instructions....But in the meantime, I'll just leave you with this #FITTINGMATTERS
  7. 19 points
    I’m glad I traveled to Dallas today. If my wife knew I spent the day looking at balls, reading about balls and talking to dudes about balls she’d leave me. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  8. 18 points
    This what it’s like to have the Penny experience at the ballpark. And it’s leave big at the inning long visit from Rays color guy and former MLB player Orestes Destrada. My buddy asked him if he really knew us and he said, “oh yeah, I see Pastor and Penny here often. Penny is my favorite baseball fan.” We watched Tommy Pham hit a GS with him 445 feet. It’s harder to hit a 400 ft HR than dunk a basketball. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. 17 points
    Got a chance to ride my local course with the course manage this past week, and we're getting close to opening day here, finally. The local news posted on Facebook this week that winter officially ended this week, as the ground is no longer covered in snow. Before this latest melt, we have consecutive ground cover of snow for 165 straight days. The greens weathered the winter quite well, the snow is almost entirely gone, and the fairways are mush. Two out of three ain't too bad. So with opening day approaching, I thought it would be a good time to post the clubs that'll be in the bag for the first round of the season. The driver is new for me for this year: a Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, 10.5°, with an Evenflow Blue stiff shaft. I've only had a chance to hit this once at range, but I've been impressed so far that for me, it just refuses to go left. I'm hoping to be able to aim down the left side of fairways all season and not fear the hook. Returning at fairway wood is a Callaway X2Hot 4 wood. Took the advice of one of the YouTube club channels and realized that I likely just don't have enough speed to get the best use out of a 15° wood. This one is at 17°, and last season was the closest I've ever been to being really comfortable with a fairway wood. My hybrid is a Callaway XR Pro at 20°. In my game improvement thread, I posted about taking four clubs from my basement that were candidates for this slot and letting them compete head-to-head on the SkyTrak. The Callaway ended up offering the best combination of distance and hook avoidance, so in the bag it goes (despite my disliking its pingy sound). The irons return from last year's MGS testing: the PING G700s. Yep, they're giant shovels. Yep, I'd like to think I'm the kind of ball-striker that doesn't need a SGI iron. And I might not need the extra help. But after using them for a few months last summer, I'm pretty reluctant to give that help up. The wedges are a couple of Callaways: an MD3 at 54° and a PM Grind at 58°. The PM Grind for me is a "when needed" club; otherwise, almost all my short game shots are with the 54°. Making it's debut in the bag for this season is my Evnroll Tour Stroke Trainer. I bought this a couple of months ago, and I've gotten really comfortable with it on my basement green. But no putter in my bag should get too comfortable. I plan to play most of my rounds with the Tour Stroke, but my Evnroll ER6, TaylorMade Tour Spider Platinum, Cleveland Satin 2135 Elevado, Odyssey Toe Up, and MLA Tour XDream will all likely see a round or two this summer. I'm not in @GolfSpy Dave's class, but I like putters. For headcovers, the FW and hybrid get some faux-vintage Callaways. The Tour Stroke has its stock cover, with the "It's Legal" script. And the big dog proudly wears the MyGolfSpy headcover. My go to ball this year is the prior model Srixon Q-Star Tour. Bought 100 of these used on eBay. Everything gets toted around in my Callaway Org 14 bag, riding on a Sun Mountain Reflex pushcart. Rounds are obsessively tracked with Game Golf.
  10. 16 points
    Before we all go jumping all over Eric and bashing him to virtual oblivion let's remember.... we are an inclusive forum that allows everyone to post their opinion without retribution --- always keep in mind, it's just an opinion, not a personal attack (as moderators we do our best to allow a wide, wide berth but when it comes to personal attacks that's where we feel the need to jump in; we have a very good self-policing group) --- we ARE a very welcoming and accommodating community that allows folks to state things that may be controversial....it reminds me of when I was in the Marines; I didn't just fight for the rights of those who believed in the flag and everything it stood for, I also did for those that didn't and wanted to express their opinions. that's what makes us so great here -- we welcome differing opinions -- with open arms, and we can participate in a debate without flaming someone or making it personal. Stud did a great job addressing his concerns and answering his questions. Let's continue to be great, spies, and let's welcome @Eric Cartmenez to the forum and invite him to read some of the other threads and continue to participate in some of the other discussions. Fairways and greens!
  11. 16 points
    Welcome to the forum sir, enjoy your stay, however brief or long it may be.
  12. 16 points
    Ping G410 Plus Driver - Stage 2 Review - jlukes It has been a great 6 weeks testing the G410 Plus driver. Over the testing period, I have played about 12 rounds of golf and had about 14 range sessions. I tested the G410 in every weight setting and every hosel setting. I tried to hit draws, fades, cuts, hooks, high bombs, low bullets and everything in between. I was able to get G410 on trackman and purchased the Arccos system that I had in play for the last few rounds. I made it a point to make this the most thorough club testing I have ever done. I hope that my fellow forum members enjoyed following along as I posted regular updates and answered questions throughout the testing process. I always enjoy forum testing for MGS, but this one was my favorite by far simply because of how much work I put into. Now onto the scoring... Looks Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to how their golf clubs look. For me, the G410 Plus is a knockout. I always thought Ping turbulators were gimmicky, but I never spent any time with a Ping driver to really form a real opinion. Now that I have spent a ton of time with them, I love them. Yes, they provide some sort of aerodynamic properties, but where they really shine for me is how well they work as an alignment aid. The shape and size of the turbulators do such a great job of framing the ball. I have never had a easier driver to line up. I also have to say that I am glad that Ping decided to invert the Dragonfly Crown and “hide” it under the hood this go around. The combination of the turbulators and dragonfly crown on the G400 was a bit much for me, but G410 has a much cleaner look. The paint job is a beautiful matte dark grey and it is such a great finish to look at (and there are no glare issues). The red, black and silver color scheme is simple and clean on the underside of the club, and the implementation of the weight ports/track does not take away from the aesthetics of the club at all. Another thing that is often overlooked, but plays a huge role in how the club looks at address, is the size of the adjustable hosel. Ping has the cleanest implementation of an adjustable hosel in the industry. When looking down at the club, it is barely noticeable. The shaft seems as if it transitions seamlessly into the head. Just a small detail, but it really completes the look of the G410. Score: 10 (out of 10 points) Sound & Feel Having played composite-crowned drivers over the last 6+ years, it was definitely adjustment when I first started hitting the Ping G410. Heck, I wasn’t even sure I liked it. It isn't a bad sound like the Nike SQ, it was just very different. There is definitely a tingy-ness to the sound rather than the “thwack” you get with a composite driver. The more I hit it, the more my hearing adjusted to the sound and it became more and more pleasing. It is definitely a distinctly “Ping” sound, but it is a good sound. Feel is often linked to sound, but for me, the G410 felt softer than it sounded. That might not make sense to some people, but I feel that sometimes people associate loud with harsh, but that is not the case here. The G410 feels explosive. Stability is also a strength of the G410 as I found the feel of the sweet spot to be rather large. If you followed along with my regular updates, you would know that I don’t always find the center of the face. The feel and sound does differ a bit off low-face and heel-side hits, resulting in a more “thwacky” sound when compared to center and even toe strikes. For me, the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha was my favorite feeling/sounding driver ever. It felt explosive and had an intoxicating smooth sound at impact. How does the G410 compare? All I can say it is different. At first I was slightly turned off, but like one of those deep album tracks from your favorite band, it grows on you over time. The sound never once impacted how I would swing or my confidence in the club. Is it my favorite sounding driver of all time now? Honestly, it likely isn’t in my Top 3, but it still sounds good and feels even better. If I could separate the sound and feel scores, it would be 3 out of 5 for sound and 5 out of 5 for feel. Score: 8 (out of 10 points) Basic Characteristics Now that we have the vanity stuff out of the way, it is time to get into the nuts and bolts of the review. Performance. From the moment I had my initial fitting, I knew that the G410 was going to be something special. I have struggled with over-draws for much of the last 36 months and with the Flat hosel setting and weight in the fade position, I was actually able to hit baby fades. That is just not something I felt I could pull off with my current (and soon after getting the G410 on the course, previous) gamer. After I got the G410, I went to Club Champion to get some Trackman numbers as well as test shafts. I posted full details of that experience right here. What I saw on Trackman were ball speeds in the low to mid 160s and carry distances that were in the 270s and occasionally touching 280+. Those are lifetime best numbers for me all around. I was really really happy with everything I saw on trackman and couldn’t wait to hit some balls outside to see real ball fights. I spent a lot of time at the range for this review (twist my arm) and the more I hit the G410, the more I am impressed with it. I find the G410 to be low/mid spin and very easy to launch. The ball gets up fast and then flattens out for a very appealing flight. As I mentioned above, I tested just about every combination of adjustments the G410 had to offer and I found them all to make a noticeable difference. Loft down to open the face, flatten the lie, and put the weight in the toe and you’ll notice a drastic difference in flight than when you loft up to close the face, neutral lie, and weight in the heel. I played around with the settings to find an ideal setting for me and I have just about settled on the weight in the neutral position with the hosel set to the big minus sign to open up the face. This setting gives me a desirable baby draw with my standard swing and gives me the ability to hit a power fade if the situation calls for it. In terms of accuracy, the G410 puts out what you put in. I didn’t find any issues where a ball didn’t react in a way that wasn’t dictated by the strike. The ball flew where the face to bath relationship says it should have flown and that is really all you can ask for in any golf club. When it comes to forgiveness, I found the G410 Plus as stable and forgiving as any driver I have ever tried. Where the the G410 really impressed me was on ball speed retention on low face hits. Yes, I saw lower launch and higher spin on low face shots, but the ball speed retention was so good that the distance losses were more than acceptable. Heel and toe hits also produced above average results and I can’t think of one instance where I lost more distance or was more offline than I expected. Where I think the G410 really shined for me was the distance category, and more specifically, the consistent distances I was seeing. The G400 Max was an extremely forgiving driver, but it didn’t produce the best ball speed numbers. I feel as if the G410 Plus kept the stability of the G400 Max and added in ball speeds that allows it to compete with every driver on the market. Is it the longest driver on the market? No. It isn’t. However, that isn’t because of a lack of ball speed, it is because the G410 isn’t a super low spin head. I demoed drivers like the M5, Epic Flash SZ, and TS3 and while all 3 drivers would give me slightly longer drives on well-struck shots, they penalized me more on off-center hits more. As someone whose miss is a hook, super low spin can spell disaster on a mishit because it leads to ugly quacking duck hooks. While the G410 will never save me from a truly awful swing, I know that there is a greater margin for error. That greater margin of error allows me to swing more freely, resulting in faster swings and better drives. When on the range, I felt like I was in cruise control with the G410 in my hand. But we all know what really matters is how it performs on the course. Score: 19 (out of 20 points) On-Course Performance So as many of you know, I undertook a big swing change this offseason, which is still in progress. However this review isn’t a review of my swing or my struggles - it is a review of the performance of a driver. On the course, the Ping G410 Plus was everything I could want in a driver. Stable, forgiving, and long. I played about a dozen rounds over the last 6 weeks, most of them at my home courses, and I had drives that left me yardages into greens that I’ve never had before. Irons into Par 5’s where I am normally hitting at least a hybrid. Sand wedges instead of PW. Mid Irons instead of long irons. No matter the hole, the G410 gave me great results. I have only begun using the Arccos tracking system, but it has already showed me some great data. Even on poor shots, my drives are still going 250 yards, which is a true testament to how good the G410 is. I had two rounds where a really struggled with my swing, but even then the G410 produced relatively great results. I mentioned above that I seemed to get good results off strikes low on the face while at the range. That proved true on the course as shots where I felt like a nearly missed the face entirely still traveled 250 yards, or about 88% of my average distance. My fairways hit have been around 40%, but that number is more indicative of my swing struggles than the club itself. For me to be carrying drives in the 270s consistently is really something else. Unfortunately I don’t have any hard data to show what my tee game was before the G410, but I know my max carry was in the low to mid 260s and I needed some good roll out to 300. Now I am seeing my really good drives carry almost 280 and even with the wet conditions we’ve had in the North East I have seen several drives crack 290. On dry days (but before I had Arccos), I had several drives go over 320 yards (measured with GPS watch). That is just absurd for me. I cannot wait to get out of this wet spring and hit some summer fairways with this bomber to see what new parts of the course I can explore. While my scores may not have improved yet, mainly due to the swing changes and iron play being worked on, I have no doubt that the added distance and consistency will eventually lead to lower scores. All of the strokes gained data that MGS publishes shows that distance is king. Hitting longer drives, leading to shorter approach shots, which in turn lead to closer proximity to the hole, is the single most efficient way to improving scoring. Seeing what the G410 has done over such a short period of time, even while I go through the growing pains of implementing my swing changes on the course, makes me believe that the G410 will absolutely be leading me to lower scores. I will continue to update this thread as my time with the G410 continues to show just that. I mentioned in my Stage 1 that I had never gamed a Ping club before. I always had a perception of Ping that wasn’t quite favorable: I thought they were weird and gimmicky. Testing the G410 shattered that perception for me and made me really gain a appreciation for the Ping engineering team and what they look to accomplish when they create a club. I gained so much respect for Ping that I even tried out the G410 fairway wood at a local multi-vendor demo day and to my surprise the G410 LST 14.5* beat out every fairway wood on the market for me and earned a spot in my bag. So I went from no Ping clubs in my bag ever, to two Ping Clubs in the top of my bag. I won’t lie - Ping firmly has my attention and I will be giving their clubs a shot at earning any spot in my bag going forward. The G410 Plus is a great step forward from the G400 series. At the time of this review, the LST head has just been announced and I can definitely say that while I want to try it, I am not sure how good of a fit it will be for me. I really enjoy the stability and predictability of the G410 Plus and wouldn’t want to sacrifice any of that for a few extra yards. I really don’t see anything I would change in future iterations. If they Ping engineers could fine tune the sound a bit more, it would appeal a bit more to the masses, but that is really the only major improvement I could see them making. From the adjustable hosel and the movable weight, to the way the turbulators frame the ball, the G410’s feature set all serves a purpose. I love that Ping fine tuned their hosel to add flat lie setting for better players, and the weight ports absolutely influence the closure rate of the head. I hope Ping sticks with the adjustable weights and I wonder if they are already looking at what else they could possible do with them. We know they will never add adjustability if it means sacrificing weight placement and performance, so I am not sure how much more they can tweak this design. It would be cool if they could offer a front/back weight tuning similar to the Cobra F9, but I am not sure they’d be able to do so while maintaining the weight distribution they desire. Score: 29 (out of 30 points) Miscellaneous I have always heard how customer-service oriented Ping was, and this testing proved it. We received our drivers extremely fast and mine came to the exact spec that I ordered. The packaging was more than acceptable from a protection standpoint. Another thing I wanted to call out is the cost of additional weights. I wanted to experiment with a slightly different swing weight in both the G410 driver and the LST 3W I purchased. The price of the weights are noticeably cheaper than competitors’ weights. The Ping driver and FW weights retail for $18 and $13 respectively. In comparison, Cobra F9 Weights are $25. Titleist TS2 weights are $25. Just a great price point from Ping. In MGS’s write-up of the Ping G410, they mentioned that Ping redesigned the headcover to be a bit heavier so it would would not blow away in the wind. While I normally use my own personal headcover for my drive, I did bring the Ping headcover to several range sessions and rounds and can confirm that it definitely doesn’t blow around as easily as other headcovers. Not something that would make or break the driver, but just a pretty cool detail from Ping. Score: 10 (out of 10 points) Play it or Trade it? Considering the G410 Plus knocked my Titleist TS3 driver out of the bag in less than two weeks, it should be no surprise that is is now my full-time gamer. I truly believe that the Ping G410 maximizes my overall tee game and my game is better for it. The LST version of this head does intrigue me. Did Ping simply create a lower spin version of the G410 plus, maintaining the stability and consistency of the G410, but in a lower spin? If so, that head could potentially change my tune. I did win a full bag fitting from True Spec Golf, so it is only a matter of time until I find out just how good of a fit the G410 is for me. Until then, it isn’t going anywhere. I believe the G410, due to all of its adjustability, will fit an extremely wide range of golfers. We already see tour players using the G410, and there is no doubt that 20+ handicaps could game the G410 as well. Throw in the SFT and LST heads and Ping has created a line of drivers that literally fits every golfer. I believe the $499 price point is right in line with where it should be. $500 is the going rate for a new premium driver, and that is just a fact of life. The G410 is the total package and is appropriately priced. Can someone find a used driver from 2017 or 2018 that performs close to the G410 for less money? Of course they could. But if someone is looking for a new driver in 2019, the G410 should absolutely be at the top of the list to try. Score: 19 (out of 20 points) Conclusion So if you’ve made it through the entire review and reached the conclusion, you already know what I am going to say here. If you have skipped to the conclusion with hopes of getting a quick recap, you’re in luck. The Ping G410 Plus driver is simply the most well balanced driver I have ever gamed. It gives me great ball speeds and fantastic stability that result the best drives that I have ever hit. Throw in the adjustable hosel and weight ports and you have a driver that can be customized to fit just about any golfer. A driver should give you confidence the moment you pull it from the bag, remove the headcover and set it down behind the ball and for me the Ping G410 Plus does just that. I am excited to have the G410 Plus as my driver moving forward and will continue to post updates throughout this thread as the season progresses. Final Score: 95 out of 100 points
  13. 15 points
    Managed to get the win today!! Couldn’t be any happier. I shot 73-70-73-72 to win by 1 shot. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. 15 points
    I’m just going to throw this out there as an interlude. This is a ridiculously comprehensive test that many of us will utilize for our own benefit. Consider a donation for the effort. I’m not just saying this to sound all holier than thou. I’m sending something today because I believe in the mission these guys have established. Carry on with your day... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. 15 points
    I think it could be just you
  16. 15 points
    Welcome to Stage 2 of my review of the Ping SFT! Unlike other reviews, stories or articles, I’m going to give you my conclusion first and then tell you why. Am I happy with the 410 SFT – NO I’m not. I am THRILLED with it! There is nothing I don’t like about it. https://vimeo.com/337165176 So, a bit of background, for those of you that didn’t read my stage 1. I started my driver experience a few years ago with a G20 which was the result of my Club’s fitting day. That driver went through literally tens of thousands of hits on both the driving range and the course. Many hits later and coupled with lessons, I still had a nagging slice. Even more lessons later (I’m a slow learner), combined with a GBB which has lots of opportunities to eliminate the slice with an adjustable hosel and a sliding weight, the result was now a push fade. Oh and in between I had a lesson with a recommendation to use a stronger grip. Yup that takes care of the push fade and moves it into the pull hook category. This is great - I now know that I can “work” the ball. Too bad I can only do it by accident! But wait, after reading many tomes on shaft’s, with my low to mid 80’s SS I figured out that I needed a senior flex shaft. So now out goes the Hzrdus X Green stock shaft and in comes an Aldilla senior flex. Yes, I know that I need some expert advice – but that’s the commonsense thing you do only after things don’t work out – right? Ok, so here I am – late winter 2019 at the driving range with the Aldilla shaft in that GBB and they are mostly pull hooks. Not getting much distance but then it is winter = very cold and old range balls. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. And now a marvelous opportunity comes along from MGS to be a tester for the 410. (Note Mod’s have I told you how much I like you ). What’s not to like after all it’s always the arrow not the Indian right? This time I decide to go to a real fitter – too bad he’s booked until May 1st. So, with SS in hand I go to the Ping site and follow their onsite fitting tool. The result is a 410 SFT with a Soft Flex (aka Senior), standard length shaft. Ok, I was good with that so off goes the spec to Golfspy Stroker. Order me up a SFT, standard length CB-55 shaft with the Jumbo GP Velvet Grip. Talk about speedy customer service – it only took a few days to arrive. Opps sorry Stroker did I forget to mention I’m a lefty - no problem Ping’s superior customer service came through, as they overnighted the new lefty SRT to me. So on to the evaluation: Let’s start with looks: Score = 9 out of 10 Perhaps it’s because I spent so much time with a beaten-up G20, I’m very comfortable with the matte finish. But then it’s not something I pay attention to as I’m standing over the ball. Overall pretty standard Ping driver look with the “Turbulors” on top but with a striking series of red stripes on the bottom. As reported in my Stage 1, the stripes look good enough that you don’t want to put a cover over them. The only thing better would be if they had red flames instead of stripes on the bottom. The cover is a nice upgrade from previous years, incorporating the Ping 410 logo with red stripes and it slips on and off easily. I’m glad they did away with the old “sock” type of covers from years ago that were more difficult to take on and off. Sound and Feel: Score = 9 out of 10 Before I got to the fitter, I had a chance to use the driver both at a range and on the course. I also took my GBB along on several occasions as a comparison. I quickly realized that even without the fitter dialing it in for me this club was going straighter than my GBB and my G20. The one thing I really didn’t like about my GBB (outside of the pull hooks) was the sound – more dull than the sharp crisp sound I had with my G20. The sound of the SFT is a bit clunkier if you hit it off the toe but overall a much better sound experience. I can tell, without looking up how I hit the ball – which as a side note helps me keep my head down. I am hitting - the ball well. Is it the SFT or am I getting better? Not sure and who cares . Basic Characteristics: Score = 18 out of 20 Thankfully, it’s now May 1st, so onto the fitter and none too soon because a big complaint is that I’m not getting the distance that I thought I would. This is my first real fitting session (I’m not counting Club fitting days) and initially it was a bit unusual because I’m hitting in front of an audience (a few “guests had stopped by). The result is I’m spraying the ball all over the place (see Trackman graph below). Very Embarrassing! Finally, they leave, and I calm down and I’m driving the ball relatively straight. The first thing the fitter said to me is ‘you’re going to really make me work for this aren’t you’. He then proceeds to put me into a Ping 400 Max and Ping 410 Plus as a comparison to make sure I didn’t make a mistake ordering the SFT vs. the Plus. Neither 400 or 410 Plus worked well for me and then he puts me into a Regular Flex CB-55 shaft on the SFT and I immediately pick up 14 yards of carry at 2 mph less of SS and a close dispersion. He also stated that because of my swing (which he termed “violent”), I need a slightly shorter shaft, so for $72 I ordered a 45 1/4” Regular Flex and as a result I should expect slightly more yardage gain. Obviously, I need continued work on my swing especially on the “Attack Angle”, but the following trackman graph is very telling. I only included the SR Flex shaft = dark green, the regular flex shaft = turquoise and final loft adjustment to the regular flex shaft = brown. I didn’t include the other combinations as they weren’t relevant and would make the graph tougher to read. Additionally, there is a fair amount of dot overlap – however, the turquoise and brown dots are still representative. Obviously, the (somewhat faint) horizontal line represents center line and yardages. The brown dots were the result of the SFT set at 6* loft, which is what I’m sticking with since those drives are closest to the center 0 yds to approximately 15 yds right (draw). Again, based on the numbers: Attack Angle, Face Angle, etc. I still have some work to do on my swing. However, regardless of the that, I am still more consistent and longer with the R Flex than I was with the SR Flex. And longer than my GBB and G20. Note: My on-course results are averaging 200 + yds. My score of 18/20 is based on the following; The sound: it’s more of a thwack vs. a thud of the GBB. Since not quite as crisp as my G20, but still nice. Trajectory is high – but then that’s the result of both the shaft and the loft adjustments by the fitter and it’s working for me. Accuracy: If I had to give marks for just this as a category it’d be 20/20. It is right on the money. I am nailing the fairways right down the middle or close to it! Adjustability: It’s currently dialed in by the fitter for optimization. Could I easily adjust it? Of course, but why would I want to since the fitter has it dialed in. However, keep in mind that the SFT doesn’t have a sliding weight, on the other hand I don’t think I need one. On-Course Performance: Score = 40 out of 40 I don’t have access to ARCCOS or another measuring device so I’m including 2 pic’s of the GPS app for our course. As a point of reference, this hole #10 at our Club is a 462 yd par 5,– so the first night with the new R Flex shorter shaft, I drove it approx. 207 yds smack dab in the middle of the fairway. (A special note to Mods reading this, I’d like to be an Official Tester for ARCCOS . This SRT, especially for high handicappers like myself, makes one want to do a happy dance! This driver inspires my confidence and as a result I’m scoring better – that says it all! I have a high level of confidence that when I walk up to the tee I’m going to launch the ball straight and high. At this point, with really less than a month in (because of the shaft change), I would advise Ping not to change a thing when it comes to the actual club. Let me say this again: this SFT is straighter and longer than my GBB and G20. I see more GIR’s in my future. On the other hand, I do feel that the online fitting tool steered me to the wrong shaft – the Senior Flex vs. a Regular Flex (cut down). I’m now even more convinced of the importance of a real fitting – not just a fitting day at the course or a casual tryout in a big box store. Play it or Trade it? Score 20 out of 20 You’ll have to pry this driver out of my hands before you get it back! I won’t even let my men’s league partner (who’s also a lefty) try it. I’m not going to give it up for anything! Overall Score 96 out of 100
  17. 14 points
    The bag is set. For all of 2019. That's right. I'm locked in. G410 Plus Ping 9* Accra TZ5 65 M5 G410 LST 14.5* Accra TZ5 75 M5 818 H2 19* Fujikura ATMOS HB TS 8X U65 23* Paderson Kinetixx IMRT X z765 5-PW Nippon Modus3 120X Vokey SM7 50.08 F - 54.10 S - 60.12 D ER2 - customized at The Golf Garage Z-STAR XV
  18. 14 points
    Crazy round that I was so proud of the mental toughness I showed. I was just off on the front 9 and had a talk with myself on 10 and made a turn around. I shot 41-32 today. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. 14 points
    My urologist was FINALLY able to get my kidney stone out! Woo-HOO! Never felt pain that bad! Good gracious. Ouch! Two trips to the ER, and two tries to grab it and it finally is out. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  20. 14 points
    That's what sets MGS apart from other forums... before we discredit him, we'll just give him the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, I believe most MGS are smart enough and won't swayed by such statements.
  21. 14 points
    Well you don't have to go away either. We're an all-inclusive and respectful community. You'll never catch us trying to push someone out. Ever. There's a lot of fantastic conversations going on at all times. Take a look around and jump in!
  22. 14 points
    Can confirm, the confidence is high with this club. I've been in a funk for a few years where I just can't swing freely with the driver which is an absolute shame. Now, I'm having a lot of fun letting it rip.
  23. 14 points
    I cannot say this loud or strongly enough.... If you haven't yet, scan the comments at the end of the article and look for those where Tony responded. He has some fantastic responses to fair and legitimate questions. Well worth your time. WELL worth it.
  24. 14 points
    So some very good news and some expensive news. Today was the first time the weather improved enough that my wife wanted to play golf. After about 14 holes she says to me "I have never seen you drive the ball so straight - that Ping Driver is really nice" Then about two holes later she reminds me " you know I've been wanting a new driver for quite some time". Huh ho. $$$$$$$$$$$ Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  25. 13 points
    Day 1 of the Armed Forces Championship Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  26. 13 points
    Played well today I shot -1 with a double. I am now T-2 with 2 round so to go. The top 6 players make the team. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  27. 13 points
    So, after I left work yesterday, my Sub 70 50* wedge in Satin finish arrived. Got to open it today and I'll be taking it to the range later this afternoon. I didn't recall seeing any in hand pics of the satin wedge on this thread, only the raw finish. I'll say, I'm impressed. More updates to come after the range session.
  28. 13 points
    Yeah unfortunately I didn’t take any more pictures, I was too caught up in the moment. [emoji23][emoji23] Forgot to add though, I got hit in the thigh with a topped driver from the guy next to me... that was interesting.
  29. 13 points
    I love data and I'm glad the MGS crew gave us all of theirs! I'm also a fan of trying to use the data to draw my own conclusions; when my conclusions are corroborated by the MGS crew it's better than me going into my spreadsheets with preconceived notions. Biases: I used the Pro Plus in the first half of '18 and V1x's in the second half. I'm a huge Tiger fan so I'm partial to the Bridgestone as well, though I do enjoy looking down at the clean cursive "Titleist" on the ball. I play Mizuno clubs and used a Mizuno baseball glove since high school and it's been 10 years with that glove still playing softball, so I do like their products. Lastly, my game is steadily improving from never breaking 100 last year at this time to shooting sub-90s in the hardest course in the area now with a career low of 81. I smash the ball, over 115 MPH swing speed (improved from 116 to 121 thanks to the Super Speed sticks and documented my progress in that thread)--- but the problem is it doesn't go straight. I fight a major slice and use mostly 3W off the tee because I can still get it out there around 265+. My ball flight is getting to be much more consistent (draw) and my touch around the green is improving. I love the way the V1x's feel off the putter and around the green. "They Say" you should start around the green and work back when testing balls, so I'm hesitant to switch from the V1x--- but I'm not doing my due diligence if I'm not running the numbers myself and testing a few others. So here's what I did: I took all the balls I'd consider (tour balls from Bridgestone, Titleist, Snell, Srixon, & Vice) and found Z-Scores in each category I deemed important for each phase of the game. I then weighted each component that was tested and got a final Z-Score (real quick Z-Score primer: 0 is average. +1 is better than 66% of the comp. +2 is better than 95% of the comp. Minuses are inverse.). For the driver I weighted distance the most, dispersion the second most, etc. For the wedges I didn't weight distance at all, weighted shot area and offline pretty heavily--- though I did weigh the STDev of the distance (I don't care how far the wedges go, as long as they go the same distance every time). I'd be more than happy to go as in depth on my weightings if you guys want to get into the minutia but I'll try and keep it a bit less granular for post one... Driver: (the final column on the right is 'Distance 50%, Offline 25%, and spin 25%'. I left launch out of the calculation because if something is long and straight I don't really care if it's high or low launch). Numbers at the bottom, top is average, bottom is STDEV. Driver Carry Offline Launch Spin zCarry zOff zLAng zSpin Grade Snell MTB-X 289 8.6 12.3 2206 2.24 -0.66 0.27 0.57 1.09 Bridgestone Tour BX 286 3.4 12.4 2171 1.34 0.67 1.08 0.90 1.06 Srixon Qstar Tour 283 1.7 12.3 2129 0.44 1.11 0.27 1.29 0.82 Titelist Pro V1x 282 4 12.3 2254 0.14 0.52 0.27 0.13 0.23 Bridgestone Tour B RX 282 7.9 12.3 2163 0.14 -0.48 0.27 0.98 0.19 Titelist Pro V1 281 5.1 12.4 2240 -0.16 0.24 1.08 0.26 0.04 Srixon Zstar 281 3 12.2 2307 -0.16 0.78 -0.54 -0.37 0.02 Vice Pro 279 0.5 12.3 2270 -0.76 1.41 0.27 -0.02 -0.03 Snell MTB Black 280 5.4 12.3 2205 -0.46 0.16 0.27 0.58 -0.04 Bridgestone Tour B XS 282 6.4 12.1 2367 0.14 -0.09 -1.35 -0.93 -0.18 Mizuno RB Tour 285 11.2 12.1 2460 1.04 -1.32 -1.35 -1.80 -0.25 Bridgestone Tour B RXS 278 0.6 12.4 2331 -1.06 1.39 1.08 -0.59 -0.33 Srixon Zstar XV 281 12.5 12.4 2248 -0.16 -1.65 1.08 0.18 -0.44 Vice Pro Plus 276 9.1 12.2 2171 -1.66 -0.78 -0.54 0.90 -0.80 Mizuno RB Tour X 278 11.1 12 2492 -1.06 -1.30 -2.16 -2.09 -1.37 281.5 6.03 12.2 2267.6 3.33 3.91 0.12 107.1 Takeaways & Questions: If you don't care about anything but distance, the Snell MTB-X is the no brainier, but that strong negative grade in zOff gives me hesitation (Offline pretty significantly more than the other top-tier driving balls). The BStone Tour BX and the QStar Tour would be the balls I'd play if I only did this analysis on driver. The Titleist and the other Bridgestone right behind were good to see. There seem to be 5-6 balls that are a clear notch or two above the rest---but as everyone and their mother says regarding fittings, focus on the wedges and irons. 7 Iron 7 Iron Carry Carry STD Offline Offline STD Shot Area Langle Spin Carry Carry STD Offline Offline STD Shot Area Langle Spin Srixon Zstar XV 195.7 0.81 2.49 3.02 31 16.7 5985 -0.33 1.86 2.08 -0.21 1.04 -0.71 0.52 0.83 Titelist Pro V1x 197.3 1.41 5.48 2.07 37 16.7 6022 0.24 1.15 -0.16 0.68 0.93 -0.71 0.60 0.57 Bridgestone Tour B RXS 203.4 2.65 4.37 1.41 47 17.5 4994 2.38 -0.32 0.67 1.29 0.74 1.62 -1.74 0.50 Bridgestone Tour B XS 193.8 3.07 4.49 0.81 31 16.6 6000 -0.99 -0.82 0.58 1.85 1.04 -1.00 0.55 0.37 Mizuno RB Tour X 193.8 1.69 5.76 2.21 47 16.7 6365 -0.99 0.82 -0.36 0.55 0.74 -0.71 1.39 0.36 Srixon Zstar 196 1.12 7.38 1.98 28 17 5634 -0.22 1.49 -1.58 0.76 1.10 0.17 -0.28 0.21 Vice Pro 196.9 2.06 5.76 2.13 55 17 5619 0.10 0.38 -0.36 0.62 0.59 0.17 -0.31 0.17 Mizuno RB Tour 192.5 2.25 5.45 2.28 65 16.5 6423 -1.45 0.15 -0.13 0.48 0.41 -1.29 1.52 0.16 Vice Pro Plus 196.9 2.65 6.14 2.67 89 17.1 5510 0.10 -0.32 -0.65 0.12 -0.04 0.46 -0.56 -0.23 Srixon Qstar Tour 199.7 2.79 2.55 4.18 147 17.6 5045 1.08 -0.49 2.03 -1.29 -1.12 1.92 -1.62 -0.23 Snell MTB-X 194 2.06 6.48 4.01 104 16.6 6134 -0.92 0.38 -0.90 -1.13 -0.32 -1.00 0.86 -0.34 Titelist Pro V1 196.3 3.25 6.16 3.34 137 16.85 5968 -0.11 -1.04 -0.66 -0.51 -0.93 -0.27 0.48 -0.46 Bridgestone Tour B RX 200.6 2.93 5.07 4.39 162 17.4 5188 1.40 -0.66 0.15 -1.49 -1.40 1.33 -1.30 -0.55 Snell MTB Black 196.1 3.27 5.69 3.64 150 17.1 5691 -0.19 -1.06 -0.31 -0.79 -1.18 0.46 -0.15 -0.61 Bridgestone Tour B X 196.4 3.65 5.81 3.79 173 16.8 5773 -0.08 -1.51 -0.40 -0.93 -1.60 -0.42 0.04 -0.75 196.63 2.38 5.27 2.80 86.87 16.94 5756.73 2.84 0.84 1.34 1.07 53.68 0.34 438.65 Takeaways: I weighted six categories equally for the 7-iron test: Carry, Carry STDEV, Offline, Offline STD, Shot Area, Spin. So if you think about it, it's 2/6 distance, 3/6 accuracy, and 1/6 spin. Maybe I underrated spin a tad, and when re-adjusting it to make spin more important, nothing unexpected happened: The Mizuno balls jumped up to .57 and .44, the BStone Tour RXS dropped from .5 to .07. Frankly, I wasn't totally sure what I'm 'looking for' with regards to a longish iron like this. For me, a 7-iron is 175 yards so there isn't really too much to conclude regarding this. Good to see the V1x grade well. The Bridgestone Tour B X with the lowest ranking grade is a surprise after it was the best non-Snell driving ball. The dispersion grades on the Tour BX were all very positive with the driver but very low with the 7-iron. But the overall dispersion offline with the driver was 3.4 yards and with the 7-iron it's only 3.79. So the dispersion is similar, its just that the average dispersion with the driver is way above 3.4 while the 7-iron dispersion average is below. Interesting none-the-less. Wedges: Wedges Spin Spin STD Carry STD Offline Offline STD Shot Area Spin Spn STD Cry STD Offline Off STD Area Vice Pro Plus 8993 77 4 0.07 9.3 11 -0.92 0.60 0.70 1.67 0.45 0.68 0.53 Titelist Pro V1 9519 44 4.5 0.29 8 28 0.63 1.11 0.49 0.73 0.73 -0.63 0.51 Bridgestone Tour B X 9523 58 4 0.3 12.1 17 0.64 0.89 0.70 0.68 -0.14 0.22 0.50 Titelist Pro V1x 9524 63 3.7 0.52 8.2 20 0.65 0.81 0.82 -0.26 0.69 -0.01 0.45 Snell MTB Black 9294 72 4.7 0.45 9 6 -0.03 0.67 0.41 0.04 0.52 1.07 0.45 Bridgestone Tour B XS 9364 58 8.8 0.52 5 8 0.18 0.89 -1.23 -0.26 1.37 0.91 0.31 Mizuno RB Tour X 9887 125 5.8 0.55 12 13 1.71 -0.15 -0.03 -0.39 -0.12 0.53 0.26 Srixon Zstar 9341 168 1.5 0.62 8 24 0.11 -0.81 1.70 -0.69 0.73 -0.32 0.12 Vice Pro 9147 104 5.8 0.59 7.6 10 -0.46 0.18 -0.03 -0.56 0.82 0.76 0.12 Bridgestone Tour B RX 8886 86 3.8 0.12 10.9 36 -1.23 0.46 0.78 1.46 0.11 -1.24 0.06 Snell MTB-X 9641 103 5.5 0.58 21.5 12 0.99 0.20 0.09 -0.52 -2.15 0.61 -0.13 Bridgestone Tour B RXS 8754 143 7.4 0.36 15.3 14 -1.62 -0.42 -0.67 0.42 -0.83 0.45 -0.44 Srixon Zstar XV 9421 138 7.5 0.47 9.5 54 0.34 -0.35 -0.71 -0.05 0.41 -2.63 -0.50 Mizuno RB Tour 9554 263 11.6 0.39 15 32 0.73 -2.28 -2.35 0.30 -0.76 -0.93 -0.88 Srixon Qstar Tour 8718 232 7.4 1.05 20 13 -1.72 -1.80 -0.67 -2.54 -1.83 0.53 -1.34 9304.4 115.6 5.7 0.5 11.4 19.9 340.1 64.6 2.5 0.2 4.7 13.0 Takeaways: I just did an equal-weighting of the six factors here, which brings it to accuracy in 4/6 (carry STD, offline, offline STD, and shot area) and spin in 2/6 (spin and spin STD, though you could argue spin STD is more in the accuracy category. Regardless, the Vice Pro Plus graded out very well---but had one of the worst spin ratings. I should have probably weighted spin much higher as the accuracy numbers were so close together. There were 4 balls that graded very well in the spin category without any severe negatives: ProV1, V1x, BStone Tour B, and Mizuno Tour X. The Mizuno Tour X had the highest spin but graded out slightly negative in aggregate of the rest of the accuracy categories. The three others all had near-identical spin numbers (the V1 was the most consistent spinner) and the highest overall grade aside from the Vice Pro Plus. Questions: Before I go into the final table (an aggregate of all three shots) I'd like to pose this question: *How would you weight each category for each swing? Meaning, would you keep the wedges at a 6-category average? Or would you raise the spin weighting to, say, 50% and then you have 50% spin and 50% accuracy? With the driver, is distance way more important than accuracy? Should i have 75% distance and 25% accuracy? Or maybe only 25% distance? I'm not expecting the weightings to change the overall findings too much, but I'd be happy to run different numbers. Final Table (fourth column is a 40/20/40 weighting, the last column is 33% each): Ball Driver 7-Iron Wedge 40/20/40 33 Bridgestone Tour BX 1.06 0.37 0.31 0.62 0.58 Titelist Pro V1x 0.23 0.57 0.45 0.39 0.42 Snell MTB-X 1.10 -0.34 -0.13 0.32 0.21 Titelist Pro V1 0.04 -0.46 0.51 0.13 0.03 Srixon Zstar 0.02 0.21 0.12 0.10 0.12 Vice Pro -0.03 0.17 0.12 0.07 0.08 Snell MTB Black -0.04 -0.61 0.45 0.04 -0.07 Bridgestone Tour B RX 0.19 -0.55 0.06 -0.01 -0.10 Bridgestone Tour B XS -0.19 -0.75 0.50 -0.02 -0.15 Vice Pro Plus -0.80 -0.23 0.53 -0.15 -0.17 Bridgestone Tour B RXS -0.33 0.50 -0.44 -0.21 -0.09 Srixon Zstar XV -0.45 0.83 -0.50 -0.21 -0.04 Srixon Qstar Tour 0.82 -0.23 -1.34 -0.25 -0.25 Mizuno RB Tour X -1.38 0.36 0.26 -0.38 -0.25 Mizuno RB Tour -0.26 0.16 -0.88 -0.42 -0.33 So we went over some of the potential issues within each category but generally speaking, however you weight these, good driving balls will grade good and bad driving balls will grade poor. Lets not overcomplicate things too much... Takeaways: The Bridgestone Tour BX has 'won' the competition! Right? Well, maybe. When the Snell guy comes out and says that all tour balls are good off the tee and we should be focusing on 100 yards and in, it's important to take note---especially considering Snell had the longest ball. When I miss-hit a drive, whether it's a V1x, a Bridgestone, a Snell or a tennis ball, it's missing 50 yards right. Period. So I put a lot more weighting into the non-driving stats. Because I value the iron and wedge play more, if I had to only use this data to make a decision... I'd probably be sticking with the V1x. Throughout every category across all shots it only has two slight negative grades (nothing worse than a -.3). The Tour BX had the highest iron carry standard deviation---which means the distance on iron shots is the least consistent of any ball. This is a major issue. It also had a pretty strong negative grade in the 'offline' category which means not only is there distance variance but there's side to side variance culminating in a shot area grade of -1.6, the worst of any ball. That's a major red flag. The other balls that will have me giving them a bit of consideration are polar opposites of each other: The Snell MTB-X and the Mizuno RB Tour X. One is the longest ball off the tee with negative iron and wedge grades (Snell). The other is a short ball off the tee with all kinds of inconsistencies (offline more than any ball but 2 with the least consistent launch angle and the least consistent spin numbers) but is a very accurate iron ball and is the highest-spinning wedge ball. I'm probably more interested in the Mizuno than the Snell but they both are intriguing. Lastly, aside from the Bridgestone BX and the Pro V1x, the Srizon ZStar is the only ball to grade positively in all three categories. The issue is it grades worse than the V1x in pretty much every single way. It's slightly shorter and less consistent on the tee (though slightly more accurate), slightly shorter and a good bit less accurate as a 7-iron (with less spin), and although it does have a more consistent carry distance it spins way less and is offline way more in the wedge play. In conclusion, my numbers backed up the MGS test pretty consistently. If I had to apply these balls to the grading scale MGS used it would look like this: Excellent: Pro V1x - simply no faults. The only one that can say that. Very good (would be excellent if not for one decent to significant sized fault): BStone Tour BX (7-iron accuracy is dead last), Srixson ZStar (7-iron accuracy is bad, wedge accuracy is below-average without plus spin) Intriguing (Some major faults but so good in other areas, I'd consider giving them a shot): Mizuno RB Tour (The spiniest ball in both the 7-iron and wedge category by a wide margin, very accurate with the 7-iron ... but its significantly the worst driving ball (tied for second shortest carry (though a low launch angle helps but that's offset by more spin) and very poor accuracy grades in the driver category. The ProV1 is also a quality ball but I know from prior testing I'm V1x >V1 so I didn't focus too much on the V1. Hopefully a few people got thru this long-winded post and got something out of it. Is there anything else you guys would want me to take a look at regarding different weightings or adding any other balls? Cheers!
  30. 13 points
    Region 8 (NINE states) Floor Champion, 2nd on Beam, 7th All Around!!! So proud of her!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  31. 12 points
    After some talk in the chipping threads, and some interest in my style of “chipitching” I am going to make some YouTube videos and try to talk you guys through it. If you like it use, if you don’t... don’t. Not saying I am a master short game guy, or a teaching pro, but it’s a free country and I feel like showing you some easy tips to get the ball to dance on the floor from 40 yards and in. Maybe out to 100 yards eventually. First video will be from the fringe. I’ll post links to the videos when I load them. If you have any requests feel free to ask. I’ll do my best at explaining or tying them. I’m not a pro so I can’t guarantee the outcome. Cheers!
  32. 12 points
    It's that time again Spies! Time to choose our testers of the very popular and highly reviewed Snell MTB-X ball. If you don't know much about Mr. Snell you should check out his bio - if there is one guy on this planet who knows golf balls, it's Dean Snell - https://www.snellgolf.com/pages/about-dean-snell So.... join me in congratulating these 10(!) spies who will be testing the MTB-X ball: @Wedgie @newballcoach @GC70 @DaveP043 @Shankster @tehuti @KevinE @josmi15 @gchester33 @Brjpool Will they by "Happy" with what they see? After they drive it yards past their playing partners will they casually shrug? We're all looking forward to it! Good luck gents ... can't wait to hear how it goes. I'll be sending you a PM shortly.
  33. 12 points
    Go ahead and mark old Plaid down. I'll be there. BTW... I' require a private jet round trip, comped VIP-luxury accommodations along with full meal and bar tab at the Ritz-Carlton Cherokee Lake, a Bentley rental for my nightly gallivanting around, a 15 yo kid to carry my bag each day, and a $100,000 appearance fee paid in advance. Any tournament winnings are yours!! Looking forward to it Teddy.
  34. 12 points
    Got the clear to close. I’ll be a proud new owner of a house I won’t live in for 2 months on Friday. Woo!
  35. 12 points
    Testers Chosen! @Reesedw @pulledabill @ChasingScratch @golfertrb Join me in congratulating these four members and looking forward to their evaluation of the Srixon Z-Stars! ___________________________________________ Unless you’ve been living under a rock—and by that we don’t mean a Top Flite 2000—the past two weeks, you have no doubt seen the results of the most detailed in-depth ball study ever conducted published by My Golf Spy last week. Read it Here So were you able to determine what ball might be best for you out of the results? Well MGS along with Srixon is going to give four My Golf Spy Forum members a chance to test two of the top performers of the study themselves and see what their results show. Testers Wanted Srixon has gained great ground in the balls wars over the last five years. Increasing its presence on professional tours across the world, and making its way into the bags of everyday golfers, by way of Srixon’s very popular ball demo days at green grass shops. Offering two models the Z Star and Z Star XV you will get one dozen of each to play and practice with and report back to the forum with your findings. The Z Star is in its 6th generation and provides maximum green-side spin for unmatched control and stopping power. It’s 3-piece construction gives players complete tour performance tee to green. While the Z Star XV also in its 6th generation is a premium 4-piece ball that provides maximum distance and gives players complete tour performance tee to green. How to Apply As you know, MyGolfSpy takes its product testing very seriously. All of our reader reviews are published in our Community Forum (click here to read some Insert Review Link). We expect a lot from our reviewers – writing a thorough, detailed and honest review is a full two-month commitment, requiring extensive putting green and on-course work as well as participation in the Forum itself to answer questions and discuss product performance with other golfers. That means to be a potential reviewer you must be a registered member of the MyGolfSpy Community Forum, where you’ll find thousands of like-minded golfers from all over the world anxious to talk about golf equipment. Please follow the following instructions exactly in order to be considered. Please DO NOT Quote this post when applying, doing so may disqualify your entry. Honoring the OEM request this testing is available to any US Resident. First Name/State Handicap/Swing Speed Current Ball Played Have you previously played the Z Star or XV That's it, we'll be selecting our testers next week, so check back to see if you've been selected for the opportunity to conduit your own Srixon Ball Test.
  36. 12 points
    Still sick of the stupid hecklers. Punk A$$ kids yelling you shoulda choked and stuff while he was walking to the scoring hut. People are stupid and have zero respect. One of the main reasons I will never take my children to any large sporting event.
  37. 12 points
    Two great weeks coming up. Next week is my annual volunteer week at LPGA stop formerly known as the Kingsmill Championship now known as the Pure Silk Championship. Will once again be a walking scorer. Always enjoy scoring the pro-am; some good conversation with a couple of LPGA players and some great amateurs. Last year I scored with a group of Cameron fanatics who had all kinds of Circle T and limited edition stuff. As a putter junkie it was fun looking at all their stuff. The following week I will attend my daughters high school graduation. Excited for her and everything she has accomplished.
  38. 12 points
    Yesterday I managed to get my first round of 2019 in Montana at Madison Meadows (Ennis, MT). While still coughing quite a bit and feeling a bit tired, the weather was just too inviting not to give it a go. The course was near deserted allowing me to play a 2 ball game. Here were the results. The dots indicate drives in the fairway - or close enough on a few that the first cut presented no disadvantage. The front 9 was played with my driver in the same lie/loft and neutral position I'd been using while in Yuma. For the back 9, I switched the moveable weight to the draw position. The split box numbers were drive lengths for ball 1 and 2 on selected holes based on my Voice Buddy. I really did not notice that much difference between the "neutral" and "draw" positions. Most of my contact marks on the front 9 were mid/high towards the toe. The marks in draw position were pretty similar - certainly not a definite shift. I still plan to do another iron fitting soon and my fitter has offered to help with this review by capturing some ball flight data. I think this will be much more telling than what I can assess out on the course. Hole 6 is the #1 and #2 handicap depending on the tee box. I play this course from white, then blue tees. The hole, a Z-shape, is really a challenge unless you can carry the ball a healthy 230 yards to clear the draw (canyon) and OB (fly the hill just right of the small shack). Add to that, if you don't have a right to left ball flight and really drill it, you hit through the fairway and into a hazard. It's a love/hate hole design! Most players simply hit up the right side (fairway left of the house) with driver or 3w taking the long, precision drive out of the way. Hole #6 Blue Tee I normally opt for the right side but Driver X has given me some added confidence and we're in test mode.... so bombs away! On the front 9, both drives from white cleared the corner, and found the small saddle area on the fairway (mid point in photo). While happy with getting there, it was really not a great position for the second shot as it leaves one down in a swale and completely blind to the rest of the fairway. I managed a birdie on ball 2 with a lucky 30 ft chip in! For some of you big bombers, this would be a fun hole. For me, I'm playing up the right side from here on unless there is a healthy tailwind . Here's a few more pictures from the course. Hole #5's Blind Tee Shot (Blue tee is about 20 ft higher, behind and to the right) Looking back to Hole #6 tee (Madison Range in background) Hole #5 green The G410 continues to feel good to me and adding confidence to my drives. I only had one drive that faded to any appreciable extent. Most were pretty straight with just a whisker of right to left movement. I'll try and get another round in at Beaverhead GC next week and perhaps repeat the neutral vs. draw change and see if it shows us something. Thanks for following along!
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    A couple of pretty things arrived today 🥰
  41. 12 points
    MGS was also rotating balls within 2 dozen and if there were big manufacturing inconsistencies such as compression, with 60's and 80's in the same box, this could affect the results too. I believe the overall numbers are a combination of performance and quality control. This all plays back into the idea that the next ball you are pulling out of your bag could be the exact same model, but perform grossly different.
  42. 12 points
    My wife has been in the photographic business for over 40 years. While she is an excellent photographer, she doesn't like photographing anything that talks back at her. She actually prefers being a "lab rat" and has owned her own photo lab for 22 years. Today she told me that she is selling the business. Ten years ago she got a call from a local school district that they wanted her to take over for a H.S. photography teacher that quit 2 weeks before school started. It was at an alternative H.S. She taught in the mornings and ran her business in the afternoons. After the first two weeks of teaching, she decided to run her classroom as a business where the students were her employees and their grade was their paycheck. She got them to dress better, learn how to interact with others professionally, and encouraged them to strive to be better. The kids loved it. Based on what she did in the classroom, she started a non-profit foundation to teach kids employability skills because when she took over that classroom, they all needed it. Doing all three things were too much, so she gave up the teaching after 5 years. Now that she is selling the photo lab, she can focus on the non-profit. Much of what she does is speak to local charitable organizations about grants, as well as to local businesses to support her program through job-shadowing opportunities while kids complete her program.
  43. 12 points
    Yesterday I crossed a barrier of sorts.... after many trials and tribulations I managed shoot a round in the 70's ... 79 to be exact. (had been stuck on 80, 81, 82 for what seemed like forever) It was a fall-like day in New England.... low 50's on/off drizzle and I bought a tee time from golfnow earlier in the week when the weather looked halfway decent. Figured a day playing golf in light rain is better than not... so I went. (it was only 20.49 so I figured even if I got in a few holes it'd be worth it) Nobody in the parking lot; tee time came with a cart; short warm up and I was off by myself around 10am. After I finished my first 18 around 12:45 there was still nobody in front of me so I kept right on going. Played 36 consecutive holes in about 5 and 1/2 hours. Only caught folks twice but they let me play through. Played whites first time and then the blues and ended 40/39 both times. Course was soggy but not sopping wet; greens were aerated a few days ago and still had a lot of sand. In some ways that helped, esp on long putts but on the flip side the putts didn't break how you read them. A few things that helped me break the proverbial "80 ceiling".... - I started using the Grint app on my phone to enter my scores instead of the scorecard; this helps me mentally as I don't add things up and start overthinking it. I let the app tell me my final score and just play the holes and try to score the best on each individual hole vs. I have to birdie/par this one... - I read an article by Adam Young and in it he does a good job of pointing out that the range is where you practice and the course is where you play (duh!), but what he was getting at is that there is a time-and-place for thinking about all your body positions and all that stuff and on the course you just need to execute. So this time I really tried to just focus on hitting the ball to the target and play "dirty golf" (what he calls it when you don't really worry about how you 'look' but instead focus on doing the task) - persistence/practice/keeping the ball in play/chipping; I can't overestimate the importance of practicing chipping - especially with different clubs... saved me several times. So, Max Homa and I both had something in common on Sunday, we both had breakthroughs of a sort, only his bank account is a lot bigger than mine today. I stole this from a podcast he did in the past describing how he kept plugging away at it...My advice if this is something you're working on - keep going, keep fighting the good fight, believe it or not you're making progress and it will happen...don't stop...ever.
  44. 12 points
    ... Started playing golf in Phoenix 1/10 and played almost every day thru 5/2. I didn't play 15 days out of 121 due to weather or my wife being here and us doing other things. I needed the break. 107 rounds of golf and I am so darned TIRED! Mostly mentally but my body can definitely use a break. It was great though and I enjoyed every minute away from wind chills, gray skies and snow. Packing today and leaving tomorrow so arriving in Chicago Monday night after a 3 day rive. Saved my last round yesterday for the kind scenic course I won't be playing back in the Midwest. Peace! (mic drop)
  45. 12 points
    First of all I joined because there is no judging I’ve been told. I’m a high handicaper -16.8- with only Low 90’s swing speed. I am a 300lb disabled USMC veteran and recently retired inner city high school teacher. I now have more time to practice and play. Clubs are hard to fit for me. I’m using Bridgetone J15’s. Irons 4-W with NS Pro shafts Driver is the J815 with a Fubuki graphite Flex-S shaft 10.5° Also the Bridgestone J15F 3W same Fubuki shaft 15° And a J15HY 5 W 23° withsame Fubuki shaft. BTW I lost the hearcover to my 5w and would love to get a replacement one. Any suggestions? I’ve tried Ebay and Amazon. Putter is an Odyssey Backstrike Blade with SuperStroke grip. It’s an older model but I was “fitted” for it at one of the big box store chains. I like it but the ball doesn’t go in the hole so I think it’s broken. Bag is a nice Bridgestone Tour Bag engraved with the name of a Golf Reality show I was cast member. Thnx for reading.
  46. 11 points
    Finally! Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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    God bless my youngest on her communion day. Daddy needs a beer or twelve. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  48. 11 points
    Mothers Day this Sunday. Still have my mom at 81, although you can tell things are turning. It's also her Birthday Saturday. So if you are fortunate enough to have them, give them an extra squeeze this weekend.
  49. 11 points
    Had a two separate interviews today and yesterday. Both seemed to go well but we’ll see if I move onto the next stage. Either way it was good experience but hopeful for the next step! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  50. 11 points
    I thought the Blue was to denote guys who are online but wishing they were out playing.
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