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  1. 42 points
    Well for roughly 45 years, I've played this game, and heard lots of Hole In One stories, and have only witnessed 1 in all those years. Today, I witnessed a second one....that came from MY CLUB!! That's right my first ever Hole In One in our Thursday Morning League. Here's the specs: 145 yards back pin PING G410 6 hybrid (it was into the wind ) ProV1X #12 CG2 stamped Looked good the entire way landed just over the ridge and fed toward the flag, the actual hole is hidden due to the ridge, but when we got up there and I didn't see it on the green, I thought..."oh man it ran off the back!!) didn't see it anywhere in the fringe as i was walking to the green, so I took the obligatory look in the hole and there it was. I honestly don't remember what I said or did, but one of my playing partners said, he wishes he had a camera for the expression on my face! Pretty much shock and I didn't believe it. In the picture you'll see a Closest to the pin marker on the hole, it was a good shot in of itself about 10 feet to the right of the pin, I'm sure someone will be upset. So oh yeah, I mentioned two achievements. So that was just one very good hole of a very good round. I shot 39/43 for a personal best 82. Funny thing, the hole in one was not on the nine with the 39. Sadly that 43 was a result of two holes not being able to concentrate after the HIO, Taking a triple and double in 2 of the next three holes.
  2. 33 points
    Fingers sweaty. Butterflies in the stomach. Type type type type, click. Click type click. It's done. I've officially registered to play on the SoMD Amateur. Here we go over the top of this crazy roller coaster. Am I making too big of a deal about this? Definitely. But I'm going to do my best here to create some entertaining content for the rest of you. I play in a weekly league that gives a nice bit of drama but there's nothing like a stroke play event. The SoMD Amateur is the biggest of these events that comes to the local area. Last time I played was (I think) was 7 years ago. Every summer since, I've considered it and ultimately backed out for one reason or another. Between kids, jobs, the price, and realistic self-assessments, I just couldn't justify entry. This year, those things are balanced enough that I'M DOING IT! God, so nervous. Here's the deets: Location: Breton Bay Golf & Country Club - LINK Dates: 28-30 June Format: 54-hole Stroke Play, putt it all the way down play all the rules Divisions: Regular Flighted, plus Sr and Jr. Player Pool: 250-300 Golfers Last time I played, attrition got the best of me. I rarely play 2 days in a row, much less 3. I entered as a 15 and was placed in the 4th flight (championship + 5 total). Shooting 89, 92, 108 landed me in the middle of the pack of some 25-30 golfers in my flight. That year was also when I took the infamous 17 on a single hole READ HERE. This year, I'm entering as a 12 which may bump me into the 3rd or 2nd flight depending on entries. If I can shoot 3 rounds in the 80's and break 85 once, I'll be a happy camper. Leading up to the event, I'll add some posts for the practice plan, course management strategy, WITB, and whatever else comes up. Obviously, you won't get live streams during the rounds but I'll be sure to check in with some short recaps after each round and a overall wrap-up once it's done. For now, wish me luck
  3. 24 points
    Its Finallyyyyyy Timeeeee!!!!! Welcome everyone! The first thing I want to do it is thank MGS and Cobra for letting me be a part of this incredible challenge. Being a high handicapper, I wasn’t sure I’d get an opportunity like this but I know there others out there like me, so I’m hoping I can be of service to you. My name is Bradley, I’m 29 and I live just north of Atlanta. I’m married and we have two pups, one of which is my profile pic, and we have a 7 month old little girl who is my pride and joy. Warning: Adorable kid pic incoming: I’ve been golfing a year and a half or so now. My first round ever was at my in-laws Thanksgiving “Turkey Open” family scramble where I played for fun with my brother-in-law and father-in-law. It was a blast, I was terrible, but I had so much fun that I’ve never looked back. Here are my current gamer clubs: Driver: Cobra F7 - Aldila 2KNV Stiff shaft Irons: Taylormade Rocketbladez Stiff 4-PW Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 52º / 56º / 60º So hows my golf game? Yeah it’s okay, I try to not be too hard on myself being pretty new to the game but I am a perfectionist and I hate being bad at anything. I recently joined a club that is well known to be the hardest course in the immediate area. This was intentional because I want to be better at the game. I play the blues which sit at a 72.8 / 136 and 6,600 yards long. It’s probably way too tough for me. My first round I shot a 113, since then I’ve come back down and currently my average score is around a 102. I have yet to break 100 at my new course in a full 18 hole round. That being said its teaching me the premium of keeping the ball in play as the rough is extremely punishing on most holes and it forces me to play shots I never would have before. Here’s my baseline stats with my pre-cobra gamers. I am the epitome of the high handicapper golfer, inconsistent ball striking with some good shots sprinkled in. I 3 putt sometimes, sometimes I don’t. I hit a power slice when my Driver isn't working, but overall the biggest problem with my golf game is inconsistency with my irons. Pretty standard stuff and if you’re over an 18 handicap everything I am saying here probably resonates with you. Some more details: Driving wise, you can see my average dispersion is only 20 yards, but I have a big time two way miss, I’ve been holding back on the tee lately in an effort to hit fairways more and lose less balls. The problem is that gives me a 4 or 5 iron into alot of the greens. Here’s my usage chart on my clubs from arccos: You can see that leaving myself short off the tee means my 4 and 5 iron are used more than anything else. I almost never am in range to use a scoring club to get to the green reliably. Because of this, my approach stats show what I already know is the truth, I'm short alot... Short, short, short. Left and right aren’t nearly the issue here. Its thinning and chunking long irons that cause all the problems. As you can see a lot of my approach shots are 30 yards or more short of the green, which means I’m constantly hitting short pitches into the green and trying to save par. With my handicap I don’t mind missing greens, I expect it, the real problem is the distance I’m leaving everything short. It makes chipping or pitching anything close very difficult. The greens I play on are really fast, I know everyone says that, but they are the fastest I have played in my limited time golfing and pitching from 30+ yards often leaves me far away from the pin. If I’m greenside but off the fringe and I can’t putt it, I do fairly well. When I move the slider in, I’m averaging 6 to 8 ft from 15 yards and in on chipping, The problem is that only 11% of my baseline chips are inside 15 yards… Sand.... I’m a 22 handicap, the only beach I do well on has a chair and a cooler full of beer on it, not a golf ball. Seriously though, I leave sand shots short primarily, I’m always scared of sending them over the green or thinning them. Most of the time I can get out in one, but I do have the occasional 3-peat to get out of a high lipped trap. On to The Fun Part That was a lot, you guys still with me? I saved the best part for last. First let’s hit the high notes and walk through what my fitting revealed and the clubs I chose: The Bag: Driver: F9 9º Degree head, Evenflow White T1100 X Stiff Woods: 3/4 Wood, Evenflow White T1100 X Stiff Hybrid: 3 Hybrid, Aldila 2KNV Green X Stiff Irons: One Length F9’s 4-PW, Modus3 Tour 105’s Stiff Wedges: King Black Wedges in 50º / 54º / 58º Bag: Black / Black Stand Bag (I freaking love this thing) Fitting Overview: So I saw a cobra fitter, without going into too much detail. I swing hard and put a lot of torque on the butt of my clubs shaft. So he selected shafts for me that basically have no butt end and pretty much demanded that I go with X Stiff in all my woods and hybrids to prevent whipping and increase control. He also suggested that I go with a D4 swing weight on my irons, especially if I was going one length because of my size, he was concerned that I’d get too loose and wouldn’t be able to control the clubs if they weighed in at their stock D0 swing weight. My irons and wedges are also 1 inch longer than standard and the grips are like +4 wraps or something, which is an adjustment, but they do feel a lot better to hold. I also went with a 3 hybrid and a 3 wood. My 4 iron is typically right around 200 yards. So I need some extra distance to recover from poor tee shots or hit long 2nd shots into par 5’s. So I went with the 3 Hybrid hoping for a 215-235 club and a 3 wood for something just over that, 230 - 260 or so would be great. We have a few tight par 4’s that require a limited tee shot and a little more control than a driver usually gives me. So I’m hoping I can hit those fairways a little more consistently with these clubs. BUT WHY ONE LENGTHS?!?!?! I hear all of you screaming, I’m the only one length tester in this crew. Cobra swears these things work. They have a lot of tech in them to make them work. Progressive shaft weighting to make the same shaft work and gapping consistent, Wider soles in the 4-6 irons to help with launch and trajectory on top of all of the standard F9 features like Progressive Hosel lengths, E9 Pwrshell face, etc... You get it. You read everyone else’s intros too. What you really want to know is do these things work? Can a high handicapper like myself really be more consistent just because all of his irons are the same length. You’ve seen my approach stats, you know I need something to help me. I chose them because I want to eliminate some variables. I think too much as it is on the course. Take away ball position and swing changes due to shaft length and I think I can improve my consistency. I really feel like that is all that’s left in my game to take me from a 20+ index to a mid handicapper. Whats it gonna take for them to stay? My old set isn't exactly nice, but one thing I have with them is consistent gapping. My old wedges are great, I hit them well when I get to hit them, My driver might not be the most accurate, but when I have good days with it, I have really really good days. For the Cobras to hang around, what I really need to see is consistency throughout the bag. I need my driver dispersion to be tighter and preferably limited to a one way miss, I obviously need consistent contact with the One length irons, since thats kind of the point. The wedges have the most to live up too as the XW-1's I reviewed are very good, but the lower lofts have to help with gapping and consistency. It would be nice to be able to use that 58º reliably. I know, thats a lot to ask of the arrow, but I feel like I'm close to being a better golfer and I'm hoping these clubs can help mitigate some bad habits I have and get me shooting the scores that I feel like I should be. Lets make it rain with questions folks, especially with regards to the One Lengths, I'll do my best to answer everything I can.
  4. 21 points
    Well if you seen the title and thought "Oh great some other fool got a Hole In One, Lucky Bastard!!" you would be wrong. I didn't not get the ever elusive HIO. I did however just achieve the next best thing to it. That is right, 1000 posts on the greatest forum on the net! I would like to give a shoutout to @downlowkey for the stern advice in a thread I posted about some help with a putter. The advice was to make an effort to be more involved in this community. I am glad I listened as you all have become a second family to me and would be lost without you and this great place. Thanks for having me and here is to another 1000!
  5. 21 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
  6. 20 points
    So this is a really embarrassing story but it always makes me smile - even if the smile is while I'm hiding my red face! I have had the opportunity to attend several tour events, especially practice rounds for the PGA Championship, the now defunct NEC Championship, as well as others, and during those events I've had some really great conversations with players like Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Sergio García and others. These interactions are typically only a few minutes but I have found these players gracious and I have never been star struck although certainly excited. I'm sure many of you have had similar experiences while attending tour events; my experience is not unique nor am I special in that regard. But for whatever reason, when I met Paul Azinger, I completely fell apart and here's the story - enjoy [emoji28] I had been living in Palmetto, FL for several years working as an associate pastor of a church there when I accepted a position in Ohio. It was literally my last day in Florida and I was having lunch with my father at a really great little restaurant by the name of "Peaches" in Bradenton, FL. Peaches was always busy with a long line forming for seating every day during the lunch rush. We had just gotten our food when I noticed Paul Azinger waiting in line to be seated. Paul had always been a favorite of mine. His unique swing, his passionate play in Ryder Cups, the way he spoke his mind and his friendship with Payne Stewart. Payne Stewart is from Springfield, MO and that's where I was first on my own in college, it's where I met my wife and I really learned my game at Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield. So Springfield and Payne are important figures in my development. I was moving to Ohio in January of 1999 and Paul was back playing after beating his cancer diagnosis in 1993. 1993 was a big year for Paul: he held off Payne to win the Memorial and Greg Norman to win the PGA Championship and in December he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his right shoulder. But by 1999 he was back and playing well again and would even win again in 2000 at the Sony Open. I share all of this to simply say that I KNEW a lot about Paul and could have said any number of things to him when I met him but it wasn't to be. When I saw him standing in line I somehow was transformed into a child seeing a hero for the first time and I proceeded to make an idiot out of myself. I tell my dad, "Oh my gosh! That's Paul Azinger! I've got to go say hello." So I get up and as I'm walking towards him I'm thinking of all the things I could say to him (think Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on SNL): "Remember that time you beat Payne Stewart at the Memorial by holing out from the bunker? That was awesome. Remember that time when Payne smashed bananas in your loafers when you beat him at the Memorial? Remember when you beat Greg Norman at Inverness for your first major? That was awesome." All these thoughts were rushing through my head as I walked closer and closer to him. Suddenly I'm in front of him! He's looking expectingly at me and I'm staring awkwardly at him for what seems like minutes and I'm screaming to myself, "SAY SOMETHING!" And I blurt out:"Your Paul Azinger!" To which he replies,"Yep." This is not going well. He's looking around for some escape and I'm still standing right in front of him, sweating now, in full blown panic. I tell myself, "Come on, you can do better! You have all those facts to share - remember?" Suddenly, my mind is completely blank - I got nothing. Sensing my moment is passing, feeling my desperation and dread growing I declare with all the confidence I can muster, "I love golf!" With a look of compassion for the humiliated man in front of him, Paul smiled and said, "Yeah me too." I had the wherewithal to grab a take out menu in order to procure his autograph (which he graciously signed) and managed to slink back to my seat and finish my lunch. He was as kind and gracious as anyone could possibly be in that situation. I was humiliated and yet elated. I knew it was a moment I would never forget. In October of 1999, Payne Stewart tragically died in a plane crash and when I heard the news I cried and thought of Paul. In the days that followed Paul was in the news a lot because of his close friendship to Payne and how he handled himself made think all the more highly of him. He is a class act! This story is one my family enjoys so much because dad who is most always calm and collected and in control, was a total super fan one day in Bradenton, FL. I still have that take out menu signed by Paul Azinger and every time Paul is on the TV commentating my kids yell, "I love golf!" I sure do :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 20 points
    So here we are, after all of the waiting and intelligent discussions, at the start of the Cobra Connect Challenge 3!! When I threw my name in the hat I was in Ireland over indulging in everything really so I promptly forgot. Imagine my surprise when I saw all of the notifications and realized what happened Getting chosen for this made me feel like a King and I imagine the other four felt the same so here is a little song to show our feelings.... Some how I managed to be chosen to represent the rest of the world against the Americans, so obviously I'm feeling no pressure at all :). I really should thank Cobra and MGS for that but they know they made the right choice. I suppose I should tell you a little about me. My name is John and I'm 47 years old. I am a proud New Zealander who is lucky to live in a little slice of paradise called Christchurch. Yes we have had a few dark times recently but I was born and raised here so to me it will always be home. I have played golf for about 40 years and I have been a member of the Templeton Golf Club for 37 years. I was lucky enough to play there with my father, brother and nephew. Dads been gone for a long time now but I still feel his presence there. My nephew is too busy with his twenties to play at the moment but my brother and I frequent the fairways and bar as often as we can. Golf has been the one constant in my sporting life and that is why I love it. I have flirted with Rugby (compulsory in NZ), Rugby League (like Rugby but less players and less huddling in groups), Football (soccer to the Americans) etc etc but golf has always been there, like a jujitsu hug from my partner Sinead, warm and wonderful at first but causes excruciating pain as well. My handicap has been as low as 5.9 and is currently resting at 9.8. I've always been far too competitive but have relaxed over the past few years. Some of my most satisfying wins have been for just a beer (and man do I LOVE craft beer) but I have won a few trophies as well. I like to think I have a smooth swing and a moderate tempo. My 150 yard club is 9 iron (I can't believe it either) and I hit the ball high. I usually hit a draw and my miss can be anywhere.... Right enough of the preview, here is my baseline.... As you can see if I can hit the green it's going to be one or two putts but if I have to chip... lord have mercy!! I am working on it so watch this space. Now to the sexiness!! My current clubs are Driver Ping G400 LST 3 Wood Cobra F7 (13.5* bullet) 2 Iron Srixon ZU85 18* Irons Mizuno JPX900 Hotmetals Wedges Titlest Vokey SM6 50, 55 and 60* Putter Rife Two Bar Hybrid All lefty and no it's not the wrong side of the ball. We are far more elegant than you common and uncouth right handers (except for Bubba of course, he's just brutal to the ball). These clubs have been in my bag for a while and I have been happy with them but there's always room for new and shiny in my life. Speaking of new and shiny (warning terrible attempts at artistic photos ahead...) .. aren't they pretty!! So here is where I was going to tell the story of my fitting, how I worked for hours honing my club choices, what shafts I wanted, what lofts in my wedges and emerged with the perfect set for me but due to circumstances beyond my and Cobras control I couldn't get a fitting in time. So I went with what I knew and trusted. Well I set the driver at 10.5* and with a 44.5" Atmos TS Blue 6 stiff shaft 3 Wood Atmos Blue 7 Regular 3 Hybrid Atmos Blue 7 Regular conventional Conventional 4-pw True Temper XP95 R300, 2* upright and 1* weaker on the pw Conventional King Black 52, 56 and 60, 1* stronger on the 52, 2* upright, XP95 R300 shafts. The lofts are changed for gaping and the shafts are the same as I currently play or as close as I could get The big question is can they live up to the claims Cobra has made? Is the milled face of the driver and 3 wood truly faster? Do the rails on the 3 wood and hybrid really make the clubs easier to hit? Does the speedback design of the irons really make a difference? Could the wedges be sexier? So these clubs are going to have to work hard to stay in the bag. The driver will need to be long and straight, the three wood will need to at least equal the current model, the hybrid... well lets just say hybrids and I don't get along hence the 2 iron but it has a fighting chance, the irons will have to fly and be accurate and the wedges will have to do the same. But when it comes to the challenge... I am in pretty good form and intend to devastate my fellow competitors with my stellar play. There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth and my victory shall be glorious... or I shall suffer an ignominious defeat and slink home with my tail between my legs. Either way this is going to be a blast and we are all going to be champions!! LETS GET IT ON!!!!!
  8. 18 points
    *PREFACE* I wrote my complete intro a few days before our June 9th deadline. We were given the OK to put the new Cobra clubs in play starting on June 8th, and I used them for my course’s first “major” of the year. 36 hole net stroke play event played from 6400 yards. As a 7 handicap I shot 73-78 to shoot net -5 and win my flight by 11 shots. These clubs are good. Official Intro: Hello. My name is Bucky and I’m an alchol----wait, wrong forum. For some strange reason I’ve been chosen to compete in the most prestigious contest that MyGolfSpy has to offer. What were they thinking? In any case I owe a gigantic thank you to MGS and the Cobra team for putting this together for the 3rd year. To recycle a comment I made in the pre-chatter; it’s the Catalina Wine Mixer of MGS events. I know most of you aren’t all that interested in our personal back stories so I’ll be brief. Born in Wisconsin, learned the game from my older brother, been playing for close to 30 years now, lived in Minnesota for 10 years after college, back in Wisconsin for good now. If that’s not boring enough for you head over to the SuperSpeed forum page and check out my intro from last fall. It’s a real page turner. I have gone through fittings for pretty much every club in my bag. I had a Callaway Epic driver, PXG 3 wood (used of course!), Ping i25 hybrids, Titleist 714 AP2 irons, and Vokey wedges. My favorite clubs are probably my Ping hybrids. They are small and anti hook. Last year I started tracking more of my shots by hand so to use the Arccos system this spring was amazing. The only issues I had with it were missing a few tap in putts but they were easily added before I even got to the next tee box. Overall my swing is moderate tempo with a top swing speed in the 105-110 range. Here’s a video of me from the range earlier this week. My typical ball flight is medium height with misses to both sides of the fairway/green. I'm still working on my Phil Kwon Do Calves. While my USGA index is currently a 6.3 I’ve struggled this spring with extremely wet conditions and getting used to my new SuperSpeed enhanced swing. The long Wisconsin winters also wreak havoc on my game. My Arccos baseline rounds show that I'm an 8.8 handicap using my old clubs. My best rounds of the year always come in July, August, and September. I’ve been fighting a nasty slice this spring but may have made a correction earlier this week. Hopefully I’m finally over the winter rust and it’s not just a matter of me playing crappy golf. Here are my driving numbers with basically zero roll on the wet courses. Here are a few more boring stats before we get into the good stuff. I would say this is a pretty accurate representation of my game with a few too many doubles that usually go away as the conditions firm up and my swing becomes more fluid. Scoring breakdown and Putting stats/handicap. Greens in regulation show I leave my shots short too often. A lot of the greens at my home course slope back to front so it’s definitely beneficial to be below the hole. Chipping is pretty poor thanks to extremely thick and wet rough this spring and low skill level on my part. And now on to the 2019 Cobra lineup. Drumroll please! Cobra is all about speed this year. Heck, everything but the wedges have Speedback in their name! While the reason behind the SPEED is a little different for each club, essentially they all claim to be forgiving, long, and FAAAAAAASSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTT! I’m pretty sure I’ll be hitting 400 yard drives within 2 inches of my target line by the end of the summer. I’ve posted quite a few club pictures in the pre-chatter forum already, but I really love the look of these clubs and want to post more. Deal with it! The driver looks fantastic. I’m not a big fan of huge club head markings (turbulators), but Cobra toes the line perfectly blending functional aerodynamic improvements and standard club head shaping. I really like the matte grey top of the club that came with the white drivers. The fairway wood is basically a mini driver. I’ve hit some BOMBS with this off the tee. If I had to use one word to describe the hybrids it would be speed BIG. Compared to my old i25’s these are quite large. Bigger is always better, right? The irons are also on the large side of what I’m used to. I know I could use a little help here but these almost seem excessive. I’m most interested to see how super game improvement irons compare to my old AP2s (right side of the 2nd picture.) The wedges are gorgeous with the black on black look. As described in the pre-chatter they are basically ninjas. I can’t wait to take Bruce Lee, The Bride, and Haru (Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja) out on the course. I would show you a multitude of bag pictures but unfortunately I’m not currently gaming the bag with my new clubs. Upon seeing the awesome red/white/blue stand combo I selected my wife claimed it as her own. It’s replacing a black and yellow Acuity bag (Dick’s Sporting Goods store brand) that was over 10 years old. Vote for me; my wife stole my bag!!! I really struggled with the final part of my intro to the CobraConnectChallenge3. At first I had this elaborate “30 for 30” style story about how I was groomed from a child to win this entire challenge; complete with requisite jokes at the expense of my fellow competitors. There were some bad jokes like comparing Nunfa0’s New Zealand home to Middle Earth (lame), some mediocre jokes about Palvord sharing Detroit with Kid Rock (meh), and a decent one about Bryson giving a rough estimate of my chances of winning at 31.3593204852929039481%. Truth is none of that stuff is me. I play my best when I’m challenging the course instead of my foursome (or fivesome in this case). For all I know Bardle, Nunfa0, Palvord, and Robertson153 are amazing people both on and off the course. All I can control over the next 8+ weeks is how I present myself and how much time and effort I put into my game. With all of that being said I have four (FORE!) main questions going into this challenge: 1. The Cobra clubs are top notch across the board but can gaming a full bag of just one brand really beat my individually fit clubs from multiple companies? 2. Will the extra large hybrids be able to cut through the thick rough on my course and be more than just fairway finders off the tee? 3. Can the super game improvement aspect of the F9 Speedback irons really help improve my approach stats? I’m not looking for extra distance here; I want accuracy and consistency. 4. If I win the intro phase of the challenge will I really go full Rickie? It’s a good possibility!
  9. 18 points
    Finally able to get back to this thread. First off the course was just brutal and the hardest that I have ever played it. We arrived and knew the greens were punched but they still rolled great. After paying our fees we rolled a few putts and we were off. The starter even treated my out of town friends to some good old NY attitude by telling them to get their bags off the tee. I had a good laugh and should have warned them but it was worth it. View from the 1st tee White tees on the 2nd hole Championship tees are at the post 3rd hole from the white tees. Post is 109 yards behind the white tees 3rd green looking at the 4th tee 4th tee 7th tee 8th tee 14th tee Green side rough...brutal 15th tee 18th tee The day was a lot of fun and we played a hybrid of blue and white tees which I would guess would be around 6,800 yards. The rough was just penal and most shots were a punch out. I drew a marginal lie on 5 in the left rough and hit a 9 iron from 135 that may have been the shot of my life and it just got in the front of the green. The course was a lot tighter than normal and it was better to miss really big than to just miss. Getting into the trampled down fescue was a lot better than a foot off the fairway. Drive of the day was on 6 all the way down to the bottom of the hill leaving me 53 yards. Hit a nice wedge and pulled the birdie putt. From the 14th green all the way to the 18th tee is the hardest walk in golf and by the time I hit 18 I was gassed. Mediocre drive up the right side just into the heavy stuff. Miserable lie that I muscled out a wedge to the back left of the green. Rolled a 25 footer down and in to the applause of the few people sitting in the grandstand on 18. As I had said earlier this was a personal goal of mine to be able to play here and walk the course without any physical issues. Managed to do that and then play a tournament the next day so mission accomplished. Hope you guys enjoy the pics and let me know if you have any questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. 18 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
  11. 17 points
    Happy Father's Day Spies! My son and I at Ft Benning
  12. 17 points
    Do you remember when Baby Got Back and End of the Road topped the billboard charts? If so, then you will remember when Lynx irons won a couple Major Championships in the early 90's with Fred Couples and Erine Els, and that the cat symbol was one of the coolest logos in golf. If you don't remember those songs...well there is always google!!! LYNX disappeared from the mainstream for quite a while---you can read about LYNX announcing it's return to the US last year in this as usual great piece by John Barba The Cat is Back So what does this mean for the forum.....a great testing opportunity as usual. Lynx is providing 4 sets of the Prowler VT and 4 sets of the Black Cat irons for you to test, review and keep. Not sure which one fits your game, take a few moments and check them out on the website--at the time this was posted the site is undergoing some maintenance, but you should still be able to see which model interests you. Lynx Golf Four Prowler VT Sets To Be Tested Four Black Cat Sets To Be Tested HOW TO APPLY This testing is open to any right hand golfer who lives in the US or UK Follow the below instructions and please DO NOT quote this post when applying. Just created a new post Name/City State or City Country Handicap Current Iron Model Played Which would you like to test Prowler VT or Black Cat We'll be choosing the testers late next week, so check back to see if you have been chosen. Good Luck!! ========= A T T E N T I O N fellow spies... Congratulations to the following spies who will be testing these and a huge shout out to Lynx for being so generous with 8 sets of irons for our members to test! Black Cats: @knightsofnii @JimNantzsToast @kardboard.kid @daviddvm Prowler VT: @Jmikecpa @Judge Smails @blackngold_blood @azstu324 For the official post click here --> https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/31869-testers-wanted-8-lynx-black-cat-and-prowler-vt-irons/?do=findComment&comment=545520
  13. 17 points
    Ladies and gentlemen it’s finally here!! The Cobra Connect Challenge 3 has officially kicked off . It’s been a late spring here in central Kentucky, why is that relevant, my home course has Bermuda fairways which doesn’t become “playable” until late May early June. This year it’s the first week of June and they’re still not very good. Hopefully in the next few weeks they start filling in nice, hate to hit the new clubs off dirt. I’ve only been seriously playing the game for around 3 years. My swing and game in general are definitely a work in progress. I swing hard, hit it a long way, but generally don’t know where it’s gonna end up. The added distance didn’t really peak my interest in the Cobras, it was the promise of forgiveness. Obviously, like everyone else on this great forum, I’m in love with this game, well, more like a love hate relationship [emoji23]. So far this year I’ve shot 79, all the way to 93 [emoji51]. I guess you could call me a little inconsistent. My bag, before the Cobras, consist of Epic Flash driver, Adams 3 wood and 4 hybrid, Nike VrS forged 4-G, Callaway Mack Daddy forged 56* and 60* and my Scotty Cameron Circa 62. All my clubs were picked up used mostly off eBay. This is what Arccos said my handicap should be after 7-8 rounds. I don’t really understand it all because I shot 3 of my lowest scores ever during that period (18 hole 79, 18 hole 80, 9 hole 37). So not sure how all of that is calculated . But, I guess you can say it worked out, I can’t do anything but go up from here. We’ll see if after several rounds this Arccos levels out and becomes more accurate. This is my first swing with the HRZDUS Smoke 6.5 shaft (which I love). The first couple of shafts felt terrible, can’t remember what they were. Apparently they caused me to keep hitting them off the heel, didn’t realize how important shafts are until that moment. My swing speed with 7 iron during my fitting was 93mph and driver averaged 108, got one up to 113 (ended up being a big hook). My go to 150yd club is my PW, can always count on that trusty PW. I’ve always had a high ball flight throughout the entire bag, with the Cobras it’s no different. My typical miss is when I get lazy and start swaying instead of turning and dead pull it (left for me). If I had one strength it would have to be my distance. My entire game depends on how I’m driving the ball that day. If it’s bad, my entire game suffers, and if it’s good, I can shoot high 70s to low 80s. Mid 80s is my average with the occasional upper 80s low 90s. Official handicap at this moment is 12.2. I’m hoping the hype surrounding the F9s with “ultra forgiveness” is just what the doctor ordered. My first visual impression of the new clubs were just so so. Then once the fitter fixed me up with the right shaft, it took 3 tries, they started looking better. We decided to go with KBS Tour Flight 120 stiff in 4i-58*. With that combo it produced a nice mid-high ball flight with a great spin rate. It was my first ever fitting, so I can’t really say much about that, other than it was better than expected. The guy I had at Golf Headquaters in Louisville KY was very informative and seemed to want to help. Even after I said I wasn’t going to buy from them, they still were very helpful (maybe it was the MGS name drop). You can see how thick the top line is on this 4 iron, and how the “speedback” sticks out at address. But once I hit it, none of that mattered. Cobra says the F9s are made for mid cappers with high SS, so that’s a check and check. Claims of low center of gravity are supposed to help keep the face square through impact. With the long irons there’s a tungsten weight in the heel and toe that seemed to help me launch the ball high and straight. So maybe all the hype isn’t all BS, maybe some of it is actually true. I have had my Cobra F9s for about 3-4 weeks, had several range sessions (8-10) with around 8-10 full rounds. I’m still trying to figure out some of the clubs, mostly long irons. With the last lesson I had, the guy made a couple of tweaks to my grip and transition, now I’m playing a high fade. Which is fine by me, if I can depend on it. For this set to become my gamers they need to be consistently long, straight, and appeasing to my eye. So far I’m loving the yellow. Wether they will or not is going to be an 8 week adventure that all of you get to take with me. So might as well jump on board with Team 153 and join me in the victory circle. If anyone has any questions, something you’re wanting to see, or want me to try something, just ask it in this thread or PM me. Stay tuned for the biggest testing/review of the year!!
  14. 17 points
    Before we go any further, thank you MyGolfSpy and Cobra for this incredible opportunity. It's a privilege that I do not take lightly. My goal is to thoroughly test the set, provide honest feedback, and bring value to the forum along the way. Oh, and to @bardle, @Bucky CC, @Nunfa0, and @robertson153: ...a father took his son to a special place. This hallowed ground made many a grown man cry. It tested the limits of the English vocabulary as foul words were used as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and somehow, prepositions. The beauty of the place is known to pause heartbeats and make all manner of people stop in wonder and awe. This special place would teach the son the true meaning of pain, misery, and exercises in futlity. No, this wasn't my first Cleveland Browns game. It was the first time my dad took me golfing. When I was 12 years old, he took me to a Par 3 course to show me how chasing a little white ball around could provide years of joy and sorrow. I am forever grateful to my dad for introducing me to the game of golf. Golf has provided me with a way to make friends, stay connected with loved ones, and made me a better person. My true joy in golf comes from the people that I am able to play with. Being on the course with loved ones is the thing that I cherish most about this game. I never take for granted the times that I am able to tee it up with my wife @LadyJ87, dad, brothers, friends, and in-laws. I’m originally from Akron, OH and am a transplant to Michigan. I moved here to be with my wife, and do not regret that decision. She may, but there is a no return policy on her left ring finger. Ok. Enough of the mushy stuff. Onto the reason you all are here. And I know what you are all thinking. “What kind of a golfer is this lucky S.O.B.? Well. I used to think course management was what the Superintendent did. I never understood why all the magazines and instructors were telling golfers to learn about the job of a Superintendent to help them lower their scores. Thankfully, I’m slightly wiser and have been able to actually improve my game. The best description I have for my game is that I’m a hack with moments of brilliance. Fortunately, I’ve had more consistent moments of brilliance lately and that helped me move from a 19 handicap to a 13.4 throughout 2018. Last year, I broke 90 for the first time ever, and I did it twice! The scorecards are still hanging on our fridge, much to the chagrin of @LadyJ87. Currently, I am in the middle of a full on attempt to drop my handicap from a 14 to a 10. This has made me take the game more seriously than in the past and has forced me to find joy in the journey as my results are...mixed at best. My old setup for my clubs was: Driver: Callaway Rogue 10.5° 3 wood: TaylorMade Burner 15° Hybrid: Adams Red 18° Irons: Ping G30 4-PW Wedges: Titleist Vokey 52° degree Cleveland RTX 2.0 56° & 64° degree Most of these clubs ended up in my bag by being on sale, or in the “used” bin at the local golf shop. The exception of course being the Callaway Rogue. Using TrueGolfFit in the late fall of 2018, I was fit into the Callaway Rogue. I waited until I found the best deal, which happened to be this spring. I have only played a few rounds with it in my bag. My first few rounds of the year were with my old driver, a TaylorMade RBZ2, but all of my baseline rounds for the challenge were with the Rogue in the bag. My typical ball flight is a draw, with my miss being a push or slice left, with the occasional hook for good measure. My intended swing/ball flight: My push left miss: And my slice: I was fortunate enough to test the Arccos system in the fall of 2018, so my baseline stats are very indicative of my game: I am currently trending down in my overall Arccos handicap due to improvements in chipping and putting. I have spent quite some time at the beginning of this season practicing those parts of my game. However the worst parts of my game are driving and approach. My driving is...erratic to say the least. This dispersion chart shows every shot I have ever taken off the tee on a Par 4 or 5 using the Arccos system: Not all of these shots are with the driver as I have at times kept the big stick in the bag just to get a ball in play. My approach play is lackluster due to not being able to hit the green. Most of the shots that are coming up short are due to hitting the ball fat, or overestimating how far I’ll be able to actually hit the ball: My average distance for my clubs reflects data for the last 126 holes as I was establishing a baseline for the challenge: I am excited though by looking at this data, as painful as it is. I have glaring weaknesses that can be practiced, and a set of clubs custom fit to me to help me play my best golf. And now, the main event: I went through my first ever full bag fitting for this challenge, and was blown away by the subtle differences that a shaft makes to the ball flight and the consistency of your strike, Knowing that I was limited to specific club heads mad the fitting process faster as we only needed to dial in my length, lie, loft, and shaft. During my fitting, I was blown away with how easy it was for me to get the ball in the air with the F9's. Oh, and the face was: We settled on the following set up: Driver: 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff (-½”) Woods: 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue TS 7 Stiff 5/6 Wood - Atmos Blue TS 7 Stiff Irons: 5-GW - KBS C-Taper Lite Stiff (GW1° strong) Wedges: 52° 56° 60° - KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 Stiff All lengths, lies, and lofts are standard unless noted. The difference from my old set up to my new set up that I am most excited for is the addition of a 60° wedge and a Gap wedge. Having a club that is more versatile for me around the green in the 60° is intriguing as it opens up more shot types rather than one shot type only with the 64°. Also, being able to have a club between my PW and 52° I feel will help in the 110-125yd range. Those distances are where I felt I had to take something off of a PW swing or put a monster swing into a 52°. The most anticipated club for me in the bag is the driver. I have never gamed a 9° before. Also, having been fit for a shorter shaft should provide me more control on the course. I hope to be able to take the largest weakness in my game and turn it into a strength. I know that the new driver will not be a miracle cure for what ails my game off the tee, but I am excited to get to work knowing that the club is built for me. Throughout the challenge, I will be testing the clubs for consistency, predictability, and forgiveness. For the consistency and predictability pieces, I know that I am a major part of the equation when it comes to controlling these factors. I would like to feel comfortable that if I swing my normal swing, I will know that the ball will fly generally in the intended direction. When it comes to forgiveness, I want to find out how much or how little I am impacted by hits that are not on the exact center of the face. (and for me that is probably all of my hits) Cobra designed these clubs to provide “substantial improvements in ball speed, distance, and forgiveness.” I hope to find the limits of this forgiveness. Again, I am humbled to have been chosen for this challenge. I promise to work my tail off for you, the forum members to provide you with the best feedback and entertainment possible. Fire away with all of your questions, comments, and concerns. And, if you’re concerned for the well being of @bardle, @Bucky CC, @Nunfa0, or @robertson153, don’t worry. I’ll be as gentle as possible while I annihilate them for the next 9 weeks.
  15. 17 points
    We did it! We had to get up at 2AM and hike 20 minutes with bags on the back to get wait in line in the cold, wind and rain for 3 hours, but we made it!! Scratch the Old Course off the bucket list baby!! I’m glad we did it this way instead of winning the ballot, because it makes for a much better story (to be shared later) - but it was everything you’d want it to be. Here are some pix to hold you over... It was an awesome experience - shot an 83 with a triple on the front (damn bunkers!!) - and there was a 78 or 79 to be had. Bogeyed #1, pars on #11 and 18, bogeyed the road hole but nailed the middle of the fairway off the tee after busing one over the hotel - the caddy said it was “text-booook.” Playing Jubilee and New today. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. 16 points
    Had my first Hole in One and a personal best of 82. So yeah, played pretty well. Drove the ball well. 10/14 fairways. Solid approach for most part 8/18 GIR Wedge play was stellar. Of the greens I missed I probably was within 10 feet on 4 or 5 of them. Putting was solid but not spectacular 31 putts
  17. 16 points
    Best round in years for me. 33-37 - 70 I’m feeling really good tonight - really good - this used to be home of the LPGA’s St Pete Open, too. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  18. 15 points
    The boss finally decided it was time for us to play this course. We have a tee time on Friday at 10. I am yet to play this, but it is highly ranked in Michigan, and looks to be a brute. I am hoping to keep it under 80... Hole by hole after round photos and round recap will be posted. This is a bucket list course for me. It’s a premium price tag to what I’m used to paying so my expectations are high. Stay tuned...
  19. 15 points
    It's my happiness....every single day. I know I've posted it before... But I can't shake the feeling. [emoji3531] I love being a dad.... 2 months on Monday. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  20. 14 points
    While at my in-laws over the weekend my wife's uncle asked if I wanted some golf balls for the kids to hit in our backyard. Thinking he had a few left over in his bag he proceeded to come back with a 5 gallon bucket full of old and dirty golf balls. In addition to the requisite range balls there were some nice Topflight X-Outs, Magnas (bigger than your average ball!), Titleist Professional 90s, and some 20+ year old Hogan Edges. Those were all great but the one that really caught my eye was this: I don't know much about the ball but I see that @GolfSpy_X had one for sale in the forums back in 2011. Apparently it was given out as a playable sample during 2003 but never put into production. Definitely won't be hitting this beauty but I think I found my good luck charm for the rest of the contest!
  21. 14 points
    Placed my USS Arizona flag back out tonight in preparation for tomorrow's remembrance... June 6'th, 1944...75-years ago (yes, seventy-five frickin' years ago!!!) we embarked on what the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) at that time (Dwight David Eisenhower) called the "Greatest Crusade" to open up the "Second Front" and take the war directly to those f-ing Nazi bastards. Starting in Normandy, on through France and finally into the German heartland, this particular decisive and historical battle would ultimately end the brutal tyranny, slavery and genocide Europe and Russia endured during this dark time of rule by Hitler. The heroes who landed in France 75 years ago in order to do all these things shall not be forgotten...EVER. ALL of them... American, British, Canadian, Australian...I don't care...ALL heroes, and those who died that day and the days following (my Great Uncle included BTW...) deserve a day of recognition for their ultimate sacrifice...for all of us!!! Make no mistake...without them and what they accomplished that day, our freedoms we enjoy each and every day would simply not exist. I stand and salute them all. Join me.
  22. 14 points
    We did a ton this year but this has to be my favorite. My parents helped us build this in our family room.
  23. 14 points
    Wife and I had our 15th anniversary earlier this week. Asked her what she wanted to do for it and her response was "assuming Jamaica is out let's go to a nice golf course and have a steak dinner afterwards." Can't argue with that. Dropped the kids off with their aunt and uncle and headed out to a place that's switched between public and private a few times the last couple of years. Very nice course but it's a little too far away from any big city to draw in membership. Played great for 8 of the 9 holes on the front nine. Started out birdie, par, par, before crushing a 6 iron over the green on a par three and taking a 6. Back 9 we started drinking a bit more and prioritized fun over good scores. Ended up shooting a 39-44 for an 83. Here's a couple pics from the course. Nice downhilll par 4. #17 a 184 yard par 3. Pushed my tee shot to the farthest part of the right side of the green. Three putt bogey. View from the 18 tee back up the hill to the clubhouse. There were about 7 little waterfalls built into the stream. Finished with a nice Par. Mmm, beer. A little heavy for most golf rounds, but perfect when it's only 60 degrees out. My future home? Just off the #10 tee box, currently listed for $1.6M. Sliced a ball to make sure I didn't hit into their yard. It was a great day with some rock solid Cobra clubs.
  24. 14 points
    Guys, Haven’t forgotten about this and I will get pics and a recap up in a day or so. I had a tournament today at my club and was beat after the round yesterday. On a personal note I posted a bit about this but this weekend was a huge milestone for me. A year and a half ago I was pretty much physically unable to walk Bethpage Black, let alone play both days before my round there and then play the next day. I took it easy today and jumped in a cart but three of the last four rounds I have played I walked and just walking 18 was a pipe dream at one point. Above all my round at Bethpage Black was a validation of a personal journey that I started almost two years ago to lose weight and live life. This weekend of golf has proved that I have done that and I could not be happier. Yes I am still a lot over my ideal weight but I am physically a hell of a lot better off than i was a few years ago. Amazing how this crazy game weaves its way into your life. My son kept checking in on me yesterday on how I was playing. When I got home he asked me how I felt after the round? I told him tired but not sore and where is dinner? He gave me the biggest hug and told me he was proud of me and well for a big ol boy I may have shed a tear. He didn’t care what I shot but was proud of the fact that I took on the challenge physically and did it. Best way to end the round. Well, that and the birdie on 18 that I signed my ball and gave to a nice young lady in the bleachers behind the 18th green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. 14 points
    Well, after 715 days on the market, we got 2 offers on our house this morning, and after negotiations back and forth, we FINALLY got an acceptable offer. I'm heading south!
  26. 14 points
    All done. Closed with out a hitch. Got a nice note from the previous owners... made me cry actually. They’ve owned it for over 40 years, and the Gentlemen was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and the reason why they sold it. They thanked us, and wished us well on making our own memories at their beloved beach house. Plan is when we get situated to send some flowers to his wife, and a challenge coin with a picture of my entire family. Dang it. Someone must be chopping onions near by.
  27. 14 points
    Stage Two - Bettinardi SS38 Armlock - Official MGS Forum Review by downlowkey It has been roughly six weeks since our review team embarked on this Armlock putting odyssey. And like any proper odyssey, for me, it has been an epic of tribulation, triumph and ultimately - reflection. I believe putting, more so than any other aspect of the game, offers the greatest latitude for personal nuance. Essentially, there are myriad ways to get the job done. However, as it relates to statistical success, the caveat to increasing complexity is the necessity of a quiet mind. And internal tranquility in the face of a breaking downhill three footer is a rare quality amongst amateur golfers. As distance to the hole decreases, potential damage to the ego inversely increases. For example, the mere thought of missing a hypothetical 12 inch putt, causes me substantial anxiety. Whereas the reality of missing a string of 20 footers, while not ideal, does not result in an overwhelming existential crisis. What should be the simplest physical segment of playing golf can subsequently present the greatest internal struggle. I believe the prevailing reason golfers are quick to "give" three footers is that we really don't want to see our playing partners miss them. For those of us that believe all putts should be holed, this creates somewhat of a dilemma. Fortunately, the market inevitably introduces specialized equipment to address every conceivable dilemma facing golfers. That's admittedly a depressing putter review intro, but it frames a subject that lies at the heart of Armlock methodology. Specifically, can a putter be intentionally designed to normalize communication errors between the head and the hands? Well, that's what I aimed to determine over the past six weeks of intense testing (~10K reps on the practice green and 80 regulation holes). Looks (9 out of 10 points) I don't give a damn how a putter looks - evidenced by the veritable miniature alien spacecraft gamer under my employ for the past 15 years. That said, as mallets go, the svelte SS38 looks ready for both business and the ballroom. Nonetheless, because of the increased shaft lean, I think most golfers would benefit from more pronounced options in the visual reassurance department (see below). Sound & Feel (10 out of 10 points) Where I don't particularly care about the looks, feel is _everything_. And in my experience, sound is overwhelmingly a byproduct of "feel" - more specifically, soft feel presents quietly. The SS38 Armlock feels somewhere between soft and solid. Sound generated by this head is a muted pop - something akin to the crack of a distant rifle report. And the energy flowing through my hands is electric - not at all what I anticipated from a broom handle. The F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology) milled grooves turned this hard 303 Stainless Steel head into a big softie. Bettinardi got this one just right... for me anyway. Basic Characteristics (18 out of 20 points) I'm going to try my best to stay out of the technical weeds in this category mash-up of line accuracy, distance control, stability, forgiveness, etc. The foundation of Armlock methodology is limiting variability. And despite some solid physics watching your six, this style of putting feels like riding a tricyle after a lifetime of 2-wheeler freedom. Removing potential wrist coil and hand release is a fairly obvious design feature, but this system also addresses the oft overlooked lie angle axis. The consistency this system offers is notable. But it's not foolproof and when things go awry, saving the stroke with your hands is not really an option. Long story short, I learned a great deal about my prior tendencies over the past six weeks and making changes has been like trying to pick up a new language at 40 years old. Translation - it has been a lot of hard work and frustrating at times; but the process was also fun (and illuminative). As it stands today, my stroke is more compact with very little wasted motion. The result is more putts that start on line. With my regular gamer, I practiced deadweight pace (to make the hole effectively bigger) but I've become comfortable with a (+2 foot) pace and subconsciously select more exacting lines. Pace control inside 25 feet is automatic, and I'm confident that comfort radius will continue to increase with more experience. It's difficult speaking to heel/toe forgiveness when a putter always sends the ball straight out of the middle. The only mishit I occasionally experience is low on the face which results in negligible distance loss. And the longer handle should (in theory) resist twisting on off-center strikes more than regular length wands with identical MOI numbers. Regarding mechanics, any doubts I harbored about the Armlock style, have been replaced by faith. On-Course Performance (29 out of 30 points) In my neck of the woods (Colorado Front Range), we were on track to transition from harsh Spring straight into Fall, so I've been fortunate to sneak in (4+) rounds over the past month and a half. That's a pretty small data set to work with but I believe some tendencies have begun to emerge from the stats. Inside 10 feet I have only missed one putt - pretty incredible. The first couple weeks, my miss was always short on longer putts. But with more reps (and confidence), I've been rolling putts that look good for a very long time, from all over the place. Typing this out will surely break the spell - but I'm now 80 holes into the Armlock experience and have yet to 3-putt; with an average of 1.650 pph. Stats aside, the Armlock system has been a rock in windy conditions - it's appreciably more stable. The 2-point anchor (hands and forearm) have also translated to a much more consistent feeling setup. It has yet to be tested in a high pressure situation but this wand has outperformed all my expectations on the course thus far. Miscellaneous (7 out of 10 points) Let's talk headcovers. The finely crafted leatherwork and embroidery that arrives with the SS38 is a thing of beauty. But that's the only nice thing I have to say about it. If anyone from Bettinardi HQ happens to read this review, more than anything else, I hope your takeaway is this - It's.Too.Small. I knew immediately but hoped it might stretch to form with use. That has not been the case. And velcro? Ughhh. Using this noisy, ill fitting headcover sucks so much, I'm deducting 3% from the overall. This is pretty basic stuff - do better, Bettinardi! Play it or Trade it? (18 out of 20 points) I truly believe it would benefit every single beginner to hit their first putts with an Armlock. The motions it promotes _and_ prevents, pay dividends. I ran into @PokeForeLyfe at the course on Memorial Day and asked him to roll a few. Like most, his initial impression was "Looks closed, setup feels strange". Half a dozen 20 footers later he starts rolling one great putt after another, then cuts me open with the all important question, "Are you going to game it?". I took a deep breath, swallowed a lump in my throat and replied "Yeah, I think so". He stopped mid-stroke, stood up, looked me in the eye and said "With the way I've seen you putt, that's kinda hard to believe". I gotta tell you guys, it's hard for me to believe too. But I'm diving into the deep end on this one. I don't think the Armlock offers the magic to go low despite an off ball striking day, that my M5K occasionally produced. But on the other end of the spectrum, I think it's a reliable workhorse that will fundamentally improve my stats on the bad days when the hole suddenly appears to be the size of a thimble. This was a HUGE decision for me. Conclusion One of the consistently best putters I have ever witnessed was a full-time practice green hustler who concurrently shared the designation of most hideous stroke. He took the putter head straight outside on the way back, looped it way inside the line on the forward transition, finally pushing it back across the ball with a closed face at impact - but he did it exactly the same _every single time_. The man was a straight-up pickpocket on the moss. And on top of everything else, he got the job done with a ratty 50 cent garage sale putter, probably made from smelted automobiles. Applying deductive reasoning to the situation - a custom fit wand clearly wasn't the secret to his success, nor was it classically proficient technique. Lacking all the external hallmarks of a great putter, the only secret sauce left to ponder was his mind. I subsequently concluded that he must possess a supremely present mind. Over the past two decades, I have diligently practiced the intentional thought processes conducive to championship golf. But I'm not a robot. I still occasionally experience a crisis of confidence on the course. The Bettinardi SS38 Armlock not only gives me more confidence to execute, it physically handcuffs the demons. I cannot overstate the advantages of putting an Armlock in the hands of a beginner, to immediately put them on the track to success. In summary, the USGA got this one wrong - using an Armlock is cheating. Final Score: (91) *adjusted to 94 if headcover issues are addressed
  28. 13 points
    Happy Father’s Day all. Me and my son getting ready to win the Father Son at our club. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  29. 13 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! If you've never felt like this kid, I'm pretty sure you've never played golf seriously: (If you've ever acted like this kid, you might be taking it too seriously.) Improving putting is a great way to knock strokes off your handicap. And these five forum members are going to put a great package of items into use to see if they can see real improvement in their games: @Kanoito @HardcoreLooper @Peaksy68 @tommc23 @gaussman1 Guys, be looking for a message from me about getting this testing started! Everyone else, be watching to see if this is part of the answer for our putting problems!
  30. 13 points
    Play in a tournament every year sponsored by the Golfstyles Media Group called the Solstice Survival - a one day 54 hole stroke event. We tee off at 5:45AM and don't stop until the last putt is made on hole 54. I've only placed once quite a few years ago and that was only because I had a couple lucky breaks and because the event was shortened to 27 holes because of heavy, heavy rains that had transformed a few par fours into island greens. I played this year's Solstice tournament at Bulle Rock, a course that used to host the McDonald's LPGA tournament for a few years (https://bullerockgc.com/about-us-golf/). Forecast was for 90% rain on and off an heavy rains with thunderstorms in the afternoon. I brought the heavy duty rain gear, but it wasn't breathable and I get hot quickly so it was a constant dress and removal of the suit as the rains came and went. My game was on an uptick with some great play as of late, but yesterday, the game was hit and miss, adding that the greens were so quick that lags a lot of times went 6' past or more -made for an up and down round. We all got called back to the clubhouse as there were thunderstorms rolling through. 20-30 golfers had enough and packed it up but the course said we we're going back out. Up until the time we got called back to the club house it hadn't been cart path only even with some of the steady down pours because the course drained very well, but after the last biblical deluge, it because CPO the last 18. Bulle Rock is hilly, with thick rough so having it CPO made for a long last 18 holes out of the 54. Well, I had snowball's chance in hell for placing as I didn't think I played well so imagine my surprise when my name got called for this: Yep came in first net! I'll be buying Powerball ticket today MDGolfHacker
  31. 13 points
    “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you what you are” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Hrmm… I realize now that leading with a quote like @MaxEntropy only works if it’s something related to golf, not the late 90’s cultural phenomenon in the Bergman family house known as Iron Chef. So I guess I’ll continue with the general platitudes about thanking the MGS Community and Odyssey for the opportunity to test the brand new Stroke Lab line of putters from Odyssey Golf. For those of you who don’t know me or just want to stay here, below is the link to the review I put together last year for the Mizuno ST-180 Driver so you can get an idea of the man behind the account and my irreverent antics https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/24765-2018-official-forum-member-review-mizuno-st180-driver/?tab=comments#comment-443327 As an update, still dating that girl and now have a new job working as a family court attorney for legal aid. It’s put a crunch on my practice time, but I continue to play once a week and play pretty decently. My handicap has risen a half stroke this season to nearly 10, but I’m hanging on to that single digit cap by the skin of my teeth. So, let’s talk flat sticks, shall we. The first putter I ever bought myself was a Dunlop Hexcert milled putter with a urethane insert in a #9 style for $20 at a K-Mart in Fulton, NY. A few years later I landed one of my dream putters from Dick’s Sporting Goods, A Taylormade Nubbins M2 that I slapped a Lamkin Crossline on and used for the next two years. Then, I found my long-term relationship, the Nickent Pipe, and that relationship, save for a 2 month trial separation with the Taylormade Daddy Long Legs in 2016, has been going on since 2006. What do I love about my Pipe? Well, the visual alignment system of having a ball width alignment aid is awesome. The weird shape catches my eye, and after adding more lead tape to the bottom of it than is possibly advisable, the feel is awesome. Its specs? Standard loft, 34.5 inches, 72 degree lie angle. Current grip is a Flat Cat Fat, put on regular style, but it’s had a Fatso, Flatso, Flatso Mid, and a SS2 from Superstroke on it before. Also, it is nicknamed Mjolnir, as one must be worthy to wield it responsibly. It has been in my bag for my greatest golfing achievements and my greatest golfing failures. It has been mostly one of the best clubs in my bag over the past 13 years as one would expect since the relationship has lasted. But, much like the events of Thor:Ragnarok and the comics have shown, sometimes Mjolnir is broken or cannot be wielded and a new weapon has emerged. For me, this metaphor leads to this the Odyssey Stroke Lab line of putters. By now, you know the deal. A multimaterial shaft (if I had to guess it looks to be from Grafalloy and their BiMatrix shafts, since the shaft was called a BiMatrix on my receipt) allow Odyssey to add 10 grams to the head weight of the putter and thirty grams to the back end, creating a slight counterbalancing effect for stroke repetition. Add to that the White Hot Microhinge insert face and you have the classic soft feeling insert from Odyssey with roll enhancement technology. Now, you’re wondering by now that I haven’t talked about the fitting process I went through to arrive at my new flatstick. Well, the reason for that is simple, I think it’s important enough to discuss my fitting that much like my driver thread, I plan on making it into its own separate post outside of stage one. Why you may ask? Well, because I ended up getting fit into this. Yes, do not adjust your set. What you see here is indeed the Odyssey Stroke Lab One, the heel-toe weighted blade closest to the Newport and Anser. That’s right, the man who has only every used a mallet or mid-malletesque shape is now a card carrying member of blade putter nation. Also, worth noting that there were a lot of different grip choices, but the one on my Stroke Lab, the base pistol style grip, not oversized, no extra wraps, no nothing. Specs are as follows. 1 degree delofted from standard, 71 degree lie, 34 inches even. Obviously for me this is going to take some time getting used to, just look at how different the two look at address. And the feel with take some adjustment as well. The putts you are about to see were struck with the exact same ball, A Srixon Q-Star Tour, toward a nondescript spot on a putting green in Caughdenoy, NY. Admittedly it’s a very slight difference in sound and feel, but it does feel as if Stroke Lab is rolling sooner. Perhaps I’ll need to steal from @MaxEntropy again and get some slo-mo work on my ball rolling. So, how will I be looking for the review of this putter? Well, let’s start with the obvious, it’s gotta get the ball in and near the hole. I don’t have those fancy stat tracking things like others and honestly most of my time is going to be more on course testing than practice putting. Well, I’ll be tracking total putts per round, of which I already have two under my belt and also tracking 3 putts as well. I’ll probably be getting a Puttout trainer or resetting up my idoor putting trainer, the thing we all probably have got for one Christmas or another with the little bit of turf (4-6 feet and the cup on the slope). If you have any advice for drills or tests you want to see, don’t stay silent, let us know and we’ll do what’s possible. I look forward to taking you on this journey throughout the summer with @MaxEntropy @juspoole and @Apolloshowl. In the words of the chairman, Allez Cuisine!
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    Stage One – Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman, by MaxEntropy “You drive for show, but putt for dough!” - Bobby Locke I know we have debated the accuracy of that quote quite a bit on the forum, in one form or another. For my game as a mid- to high-teens handicap player, I lose a lot more strokes off the tee than any other aspect of the game…. BUT, that means I rely on my short game to keep bad rounds from getting really, REALLY bad. I could imagine that if I had more consistency with other aspects (i.e. driver), putting becomes more important to consistently lower scores. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I very much appreciate the opportunity from Odyssey and Mygolfspy to test one of the Stroke Lab putters – it is always an honor and a privilege to work on these. My name is Blake and I am a 51 year old research scientist living in Akron, OH. According to The Grint, my unofficial handicap currently sits at 16.3. I have been a member of Mygolfspy for two years. I originally signed up for a test I saw on Facebook and quickly found that I appreciated the atmosphere and overall knowledge here – so I stuck around and feel like I have learned a ton in the last two years and do my best to contribute to the community when I feel I have something of value to add. I am very fortunate to have been selected for two other tests in my time here: Snell MTB Red: Bridgestone Tour B JGR Full Bag: Rather than regurgitate my background here (especially since I have a tendency to get long-winded), please click on one of the above links – the Snell test is probably the most thorough since it was my first. As it stands right now, here is my current bag: “Driver”: Callaway Razr Fit 3W with a TourAD YSQ-ST 75 g 3W: Bridgestone Tour B JGR with a Recoil 460 ES 3H & 4H: Bridgestone Tour B JGR with Recoil 780 ES 5-GW: Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 with Modus3 Tour 105’s SW: Cleveland 588 “Rusty” (56*) LW: Callaway MD3 S grind (60*) Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Senita Yes, that is currently my old 3W in the Driver slot. I recently updated the Bridgestone review to indicate that I am just not getting along with the driver and believe it mostly to be a shaft issue – both launch and spin seem too high. The Callaway is the longer of the two 3W’s, but I seem to be more accurate with the Bridgestone and it is a bit easier to hit off the deck so have been playing it when the situation calls for it. Since the focus of this test is the putter, let’s talk putters…. I received a Golf Galaxy gift card for Christmas from some employees about 5 years ago and decided to spend it on a putter. I had been using an STX Sync Tour I had purchased on eBay around 2000-ish. Prior to the STX, I was playing a Ping Zing 2 that was given to me as a college graduation gift in 1991. I still have all the putters and periodically play around with them in my basement. A couple times last year, I took the STX out for league night just to mix things up as I was feeling uncomfortable over the ball and really struggled to start the ball on my intended line. I don’t think I putted any better or worse, but shaking things up helped get me out of the funk I was in. The competitors: Until I joined this place, I had no idea whether I wanted/needed a face-balanced putter, toe hang (or how much toe hang), or why I would want any of those things. When I bought the Ping, I spent a couple hours trying putters and it all came down to comfort and ability to make putts out of all the putters that were in the range I wanted to spend. I am also somewhat attracted to odd-shaped putters. It’s a personality defect, so don’t judge me After playing around with the Ping app this winter, it turns out I have a slight arc stroke and the label on the Ping shaft says it is for a slight arc. The Ping app also told me my tempo is pretty decent at nearly 2/1 back/forward. Here is a video of me making about a 15 foot putt…. I consider putting to be a strength for me and look forward to seeing whether the Stroke Lab can help even more. Over the last two seasons, I have averaged a steady 1.9 putts per hole and I am generally happy with anything at or under 2 putts per hole over the course of a round. This winter, I trimmed the Ping shaft to about 33.5” playing length (it was 35”) and changed to a SuperStroke Slim 3.0 instead of the stock grip. These two changes made things feel more natural and comfortable to me and after a little over 100 holes so far this season, I am averaging 1.6 putts per hole (1.6 versus 1.9 works out to 5 strokes over the course of 18 holes). I understand that much of our putting stats have to do with what happens before the putter even comes out of the bag and my chipping has been better this year, too. Even with better chipping, I have made more putts in the 10 – 20 foot range than normal. See the chart below from my current ShotScope stats: I wish I had this data for years prior, but I feel like 64% between 6-12 feet and 29% between 12-18 feet is pretty good and it has given me confidence when I stand over the ball that I have a good chance of sinking putts. I seem to be on a bit of a “hot” streak right now (and I hope it continues). As a general rule, I struggle with distance control once I get more than 25-ish feet away. Chances are about even that I’ll leave it 6 feet short or pound it 6 feet past. I could also benefit from taking the time to view the putt from more angles. In the interest of time, I rarely look at the putt from more than 2 sides. This week in our league, I perceived a putt as being uphill, knocked it way past the hole and when I got to the other side saw my first putt was actually downhill and I ended up 3-putting. In terms of faces, the Stroke Lab has the White Hot Microhinge face that everyone has heard about for a while now. My Ping also has a soft insert with horizontal grooves. The sound of the Stroke Lab is more muted, but pleasant and the sound from my current putter really sounds as if “Ping” were a noise. One thing I have always liked about the Ping was the sound is audibly different when you don’t hit the center (immediate feedback), but there does not seem to be much loss in distance. We will have to see if the same holds true for the Stroke Lab. According to TXG, when they were comparing the Stroke Lab to Stability shaft, the Stroke Lab seems primarily intended to achieve a more repeatable stroke through the redistribution of weight whereas the Stability shaft, being much heavier, should remain more stable and reduce twisting on off-center strikes. We've already seen on the MGS blog that, from a statistical perspective, the Stability shaft appears to provide little benefit, if any. When Mark Crossfield did some testing with a Stroke Lab putter, he said he could definitely “feel” a difference, but the SAM Putt Lab data didn’t really show a difference. So here is the question me and the others will be attempting to answer: is the technology in the shaft going to help amateurs like us improve our putting and be more consistent? Putter Fitting Note the slight difference in offset between the two putters (~half the shaft diameter). Due to time constraints and some travel I had to do for work at exactly the wrong time, neither of the two semi-local places which have SAM Putt Labs were an option to get my specs in on time, so I went through a putter fitting with the pro at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna, OH. They have a Trackman they use for putter fitting, so I was still able to learn a fair amount about my stroke and have faith that we made a good choice, but I would have loved the chance to get on the SAM. The fitting took place on their practice green with about a 15-foot putt that we moved around a bit, but it was generally a right-to-left breaking putt. The fitter watched while I hit a few putts with my Ping. After about 10 putts he asked me what my “miss” was. I confidently told him it was a pull. He looked at me a little funny and told me to hit a few more. When he showed me the screen of his iPad, I was somewhat shocked to see that I was occasionally starting the ball 2 – 3 degrees right of where I was aiming, so apparently my big, obvious miss is a pull, but my more “normal” and frequent miss is a push? That was news to me. Maybe I have been subconsciously adjusting to it and never knew. By now we had my baseline, so he pulled out a Ping putter with adjustable length and lie to get some static measurements. He had me get comfortable at address a few times to lock in and confirm settings which were 33 – 33.5” inches long, 1 degree upright. He then went and grabbed a bunch of Stroke Lab putters they have in stock. Here is what I tested: - 7 Double Bend and Slant Neck - Marxman Double Bend - V-Line Double Bend and Center Shaft - Tuttle Double Bend - Double Wide That makes seven different putters that were evaluated. In general, the face-balanced putters were best for me as the single putter with substantial toe hang was not closing fast enough, resulting in a larger miss to the right. Of the remaining six putters, the Marxman and the Tuttle were the two putters with which I was able to more consistently start the ball on my intended line. I really liked the three alignment lines on the Tuttle while the single, long line on the Marxman is similar to what I am using now. Ultimately, the Tuttle reminded me too much of the Ram Zebra, which I was never a fan of, leaving me with the Marxman. One very important additional piece of information came from the fitting – the loft of the putter. The fitter asked me if I struggle with distance control. My response was “how did you know?” Apparently, I have too much loft in my current putter (or, more precisely, my stroke gives it too much loft) so the ball spends way too much time skidding or bouncing rather than rolling, which can lead to distance issues. In the Trackman software, this was called roll percentage and is a percentage of the total putt distance where the ball is rolling as it should. I was told the roll distance should be 90 – 95% if I get the ball rolling properly, whereas I regularly had roll distances in the 75 – 80% range. He suggested that the microhinge face will help with this somewhat but said I should try to get the putter loft down by one degree since Odyssey would be building to my specs. From the spec sheet that shipped with the putter, it appears there were no changes made to the loft, but I can perceive that the ball is rolling earlier than with my Ping. Here are a couple slow-motion videos that illustrate the Stroke Lab getting the ball rolling more quickly with less bounce for identical putts. If you pause and go frame-by-frame and track the Titleist logo, the ball completes approximately a half revolution just past my left foot off the Stroke Lab and has only completed about ¼ rotation at nearly the same position off the Ping and requires a few more inches past my foot to get to a half revolution. Since the fitting was done at a golf course pro shop that did not have the inventory you might see at a Club Champion or similar, only 3 of the 7 putters were in the 33 – 34 inch range. All the rest were 35” which left me with a choice: choke down a bit to get to my comfort zone (possibly effecting the way the counterweight interacts with the stroke) or adjust my body to get my hands a little higher than I prefer. I tried both but preferred staying with my normal stance. This did have a noticeable impact on the way the putters felt, though, and it is probably no coincidence that the two finalists were also a good length for me. TL:DR Summary of Putter Fitting: I ordered a Stroke Lab Marxman at 33.5”, 1 degree upright, and -1 degree loft with a SuperStroke Slim 3.0 grip. The spec sheet that was sent with the putter makes no mention of loft, so I have my doubts about whether it was adjusted, but in my initial testing I can actually see the ball get rolling quicker with the Stroke Lab. I assume this is an effect of the face tech with the microhinges if the lofts are theoretically the same. Summary As of now, I have had the putter about a week and a half and have been to the practice green twice for about three hours, played 9 holes, and hit plenty of putts in my basement. (FYI – I once rigged my own stimp meter to measure the speed of the cheap carpet in my basement. It rolls about 15 – 18, so most of the time, I do the yardstick drill and I don’t worry about speed/distance.) The overall feel is similar and even with the weight redistributed by the lighter shaft, the balance points are nearly the same. I can’t wait to get into the actual testing portion of this review. As of now, my intention is for most of the testing to take place on the practice green where I will have the time to take thorough notes and make actual measurements to build some statistics and see if there are any significant differences between the two putters. My primary metrics will be hole out %, proximity after first putt, and 3-putt % over a variety of distances, slopes, and breaks. For the sake of consistency, all testing will be done with the same ball – Titleist NXT Tour S since I have a bunch of them that were purchased last year in preparation for a trip to Myrtle Beach. Of course, I will also be throwing this putter straight into my bag for league nights and any other rounds I play, so I will be posting any observations made during those times, too. If anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to let us know
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    Shot a 39/40: 79 today at Pebble Creek. In the bag: Wilson Triton 10.5 Driver w/Paderson Kinetix IMRT shaft, Cobra F8 3W, 5W, 3H, 5H, Hogan Ptx 6-PW, Hogan Tk 49*/53*/57* wedges and Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 putter. I had 13/14 FIRs, 10/18 GIRs & 34 putts. I only had 1 Double Bogie. My best round of the year.....so far! #CobraCONNECT using the new F8’s from Cobra Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    Sorry I didn't get these pics up yesterday, but my little one and I had a great time at the Pure Silk Championship at Kingsmill for the final round. Many thanks to fellow Spy @cnosil for the tickets, and for all the hard work he and his fellow volunteers did in putting on a great event. By the way, the LPGA players are awesome about signing, especially for kids. They are phenomenal ambassadors of the game. If you have an opportunity, go see them play. They are happy you came out.
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    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!
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    Testers Wanted (7) Anyone that has read or better yet tried one of the previous versions of the Precision Pro rangefinders knows a couple things for sure. The company is very customer oriented, responding to any manor of questions promptly and efficiently. It's very first iteration of range finders—nexus- was among the least expensive on the market, but didn't meet with a huge success. Enter the NX7 series, and it's award winning performance in Most Wanted testing, and Precision Pro had a winner on it's hand, a very reliable, accurate rangefinder priced in the $200 to $250 range, with many comprable competitors sellingn for $350 to $450. Precision Pro held it's own in the land of the established icon brands. So with a product firmly entrenched in the value category, Precision Pro is introducing the next level of rangefinder for company. The NX9 offers an HD display to an already quality product. To find out all the tech behind it, you can read The First Look articles published earlier this spring Precision Pro Nx9 First Look So we are offering seven US or members from anywhere in the world, the chance to test/review and keep a NX9 HD rangefinder. Golfspy_MPR will be riding shotgun along with the testers on this as you, write a very through review for the forum, and provide ongoing thoughts during the review period in the review thread. How To Apply Please provide the following information in a separate post----DO NOT QUOTE or COPY THIS POST! First Name/City of Residence. Do you currently use a rangefinder or GPS for distance measuring or rely on good old eyeballing! If you use a device what model and brand We'll be selecting the testers next week. Be sure to check back and see if you've been selected.
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    Happy Father’s Day Gentlemen! It’s a tough and rewarding job. Enjoy your kiddos today! Ours are heading off to a week of summer camp. I might sneak in a round later. But first coffee! PS: .... My oldest turns 13 today!! [emoji33]
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    lets open with the first 9 iron hit from 138, I thought it was going in.. so what are they you ask? MP 5’s, with MP25’s in the 3,4, and 5 iron. buttah. Enjoy the eye candy...
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    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Let's congratulate these forum members: @Kanoito @HardcoreLooper @Peaksy68 @tommc23 @gaussman1 Full announcement is found here. ______________________________________________________ 5 TESTERS WANTED Let's make practice fun again! Well even if you never found it fun before, you might after giving the PuttOUT system a go. It begins with the Pressure Putt Trainer. A very simple looking plastic ramp with a hole in it. Has to be easy right? Well give it a go and let us know. it in of itself would be enough practice for you. But PuttOUT has developed a full system, each of which could be used independently, but when combined make for very impressive and effective methods of practicing your putting. It can be used indoors with the PuttOUT mat, it is also very effective on the actual putting green with any combination of the mirror, gate and Pressure Putt. How To Apply This opportunity is open to any golfer who lives on the planet earth! We are looking for five dedicated forum members who will use the system and report back their honest thoughts in a full thorough and comprehensive review. Please provide the following info in a separate post below...DO NOT QUOTE this post. First Name/State or Country Handicap Have you ever used a putting training device before We'll be selecting the testers late next week, so be sure to check back to see if you've been selected.
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    Good Lord this thread is already going 99 mph... everyone chirping away, talking SmacWrap, posting every gif they’ve saved for the last 6 months, 2 southpaws? I love it.. Early prediction.. Bardle... I liked your swing in the sand, even though it wasn’t a successful shot. A billion index and that swing will cause havoc in no time. Fantastic bags for everyone. What’s not to like?
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    Stage 1: Odyssey Stroke Lab 7 Putter - Jamie Danbrook First of all I want to say another huge Thank You to MGS and Odyssey for this opportunity. I cannot wait to dive into this and give everyone a dedicated thorough review of the not only the putter itself, but a complete review on the Stroke Lab Shaft. I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Ping i210 review last year so I will link it here for my full introduction. However here are the quick hits to get anyone caught up who would rather stay in this thread. I work as an Ice Technician for curling clubs and curling events in Halifax Nova Scotia. We have some world class courses here many of which are not too far away. I have been golfing since I was a kid, but only in the last 6 or so years have I really gotten serious about playing. As for my golf game here is a Arccos screenshot that will tell you a lot. When it comes to my bag I will link another thread to show you how it’s changed over the years as well as some recent additions to the bag! (That update coming Monday June 10th) One more thread link for everyone is here which shows the last 4 putters I’ve had and goes into each a bit. That being said my current gamer is the Ping SIgma G Tyne 36” Standard Lie. This putter has been a dream for me and really changed my game over the last season. My putter from anywhere on a green and off the green has improved exponentially and with that my confidence. Since this is a review on putting and a putter I am going to solely focus on that. My putting is the best part of my game and the most reliable. For me I love putting, it is a lot like my work I would describe it as a an art and a science. There are some basic standards to putting, but reading the greens and deciding how you want to get there is up to you. For me I prefer to die the putt at the whole rather then run it way past. Although if it a straight up hill putt I am certainly more aggressive. As with a lot of amateurs I quite often miss short and low. I wouldn’t say I often miss high side as I will quite often read the break well, but not allow for the appropriate pace. Here are some putting stats from arccos which will help you read into my game a bit more. Admittedly this is where arccos I believe could do the most improvement in their system, but for the most part it is pretty darn good! This was over the course of close to 40 rounds. Now the Odyssey Stoke Lab 7 putter! I have to admit other then just trying in stores I’ve never owned a Odyssey putter or really been a huge fan of them. I did love the look of the EXO series, but never really fell in love with any of them to take the plunge. I found many of the White Hot faces get dirty and kinda grungy over time which didn’t really appeal to me. The Micro Hinge face was something that was intriguing, but I didn’t feel it would be a great improvement over what I currently had. The Fitting: Unfortunately I was not able to use either the Odyssey putting board, or Sam Lab or any other technology for my fitting, it was old school. However going in I figured I would be between 3 of the 10 models. Those being the Doublewide, V-Line and 7. First the feel of the Stroke Lab putters are unlike anything I have tried before. I did try some other models, but both the Doublewide and 7 worked very well for my stroke. However the 7 felt immensely more stable, maybe because I use a fanged putter already or because of the additional 10 grams it was the easy pick for me. I went with 35” as I don’t like to be overly hunched over and 1 degree flat to ensure the putter sits nice flat and square behind the ball. Last I went for their standard oversized grip. Odyssey has a ton of options and I tried both the pistol and oversized grip and for my hand placement I love the oversized grip. I would have loved the same Ping PP60 grip, but this is a great feeling grip that really suits the putter. The Tech: By know most of us know a lot of the tech that is in this, but I will break it down for everyone. In its most basic form the Odyssey Stroke Lab putters are a lighter counter balance putter. The multi material shaft has saved them 40 grams which has been redistributed to both ends of the putter. Most counter balance putters are really heavy as they are simply just adding weight. My Nike putter is a good example of that. As mentioned above this putter feels unlike anything I’ve ever used before and the weighting feels great, but different. Then we come to the face. They have taken their updated White Hot Micro Hinge Face and put it into the Stroke Lab series. It doesn’t look as micro hingey as the previous version, but more as there is just a difference in colour. Either way it does give soft muted feel that is responsive and does get the ball rolling pretty well! It is a much softer and quieter feel/sound then my Ping Tyne. With this test I want to try a few different things in order to really put it through its paces and give me a idea of how this putter really plays. First off lots of practice in the basement on those rainy days. Also unlike my i210 review where I played the same course a lot, I want to try a good variety of courses and therefore new and different greens. Playing the same course over and over is great, but knowing the greens I don’t believe it gives a true test for this new flat stick. Along the way you can follow my rounds (Arccos users) by following me Jamie Danbrook on Arccos. I will also be posting on instagram and twitter along the way. There will also be plenty of YouTube videos posted which you can see in the link below. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCBm4O7nk2D76f7s0bv5z1jA Last up is what this putter will have to do to earn and keep a spot in my bag. I’ve really grown fond of my Ping Tyne. It squares up well for me and regardless of the speed and slope of the green I have the utmost confidence in making a good putt. The difference of feel between the two putters are night and day and the Stroke Lab will have to gain that confidence in order to stay around. It will take time and practice which I am more then willing to put in to dial in my feel for it, but putts from inside 10 feet need to be good. That is huge as my approach game isn’t the best and I am just happy to get on the green and work on my 2 putt from there. Unlike irons and drivers there is no distance to be gained and the numbers are harder to measure to see if there is improvement, however with Arccos I will be able to see how my putting is trending and that will have a big influence on the outcome. If there is something you want to see or have questions please ask away! I/we will be happy to let you know how it is all going and answer any questions you have along the way! To sign off thank you for reading and following along. Please check out the other stage ones from @juspoole, @Berg Ryman and @MaxEntropy Thank you again to Odyssey and MGS for this incredible opportunity and I will see you in the first update!
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    Here’s what I was fit for when I went for my long game club fitting last week. Interestingly my fitter wanted me in the 12 turned down one verses the 10.5 up a half - That shaft has a wicked light so even though I have a the same loft on both - 11 degrees - I launch the 410 way higher. The ball flight is a hint of draw and ridiculously accurate. I should have taken a picture of the dispersion when I was fit was this a tight little circle all at the top end of my current gamers range. It’s not as if I’m longer with it, just consistently at the top end and straight. And I’m already averaging 70 percent of fairways hit with driver on shot scope. I may do the same thing Tuesday where I play the counting 9 with the old gamer and play this one on the back. Depends on whether or not I can practice again on Sunday. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  44. 12 points
    Current State of my Game Really wanted to do a course overview first but Arccos has a number of the tee boxes in weird places. I sent an email to help them get that straight. In the meantime, here's a baseline for where my game stands: First off, my gapping. There's no glaring gaps so I feel like I'm playing the correct set. I'm getting to the point where I'm feeling good about my yardages but there's still work to go to slim those ranges down. Invariably, there'll be wiggle room due to changing conditions. Thanks to the stats, I've focused much harder on driving and approach over the past 6 months and those overall numbers are trending downward. Two big areas I need to continue improving on is 1) accept risk off the tee and still deliver and 2) execute the easy shots from the fairway. BTW: Yes I entered the tourney as a 12 and yes Arccos shows me at 10.3. For those that use Arccos, you'll know that the overall HC tends to be a little lower than real life. Off the tee, I've got a nasty habit of trying to baby it into the fairway by taking less than driver. Testing the G410 Plus has inspired me to pull the big dog every chance I get and the results have been showing. My ball flight is a fade but I sometimes get in front and hook it wide left. While that fairway % isn't overly impressive, it's up quite a bit from this time last year. Thanks to advice here, I've been really trying to take more club coming into greens. For the most part, it's helped as I've raised my GIR by 3% but there's still a ways to go. Clubbing up and launching it into the woods is a big deterrent. In case it's not obvious, I'm pretty hot and cold in this stat. Not really from round to round, but DEFINITELY throughout a single round. I could hole out over a bunker then bunt one that barely gets onto the green with the pin 50ft away. IMO, club selection plays a key role here because I'm too quick to pull the 56* where a PW would be the better play. Sample size in Arccos for Sand is small so I'm gonna skip over that and go to putting. Quick BLUF is that I'm just as streaky from the sand as I am chipping. I never thought I was a good putter until Arccos told me I was. Funny how that worked because my confidence increased and made me even better. If I had to attribute it to anything, I'd put it on a putter test I did 2 years ago that really got me rolling smooth. Mid-spring I made a putter switch that drove my cap upwards with multiple 3-putts per round so I switched back and it's been coming back down. Generally speaking, this is my only stat that hovers in the "+" range; it's just a little higher now due to the failed experiment. Well there you have it. Here's the kind of player that I'll be taking to the tourney. Like many people in my HC bracket, streaky fits the description well. Here's hoping for a hot streak.
  45. 12 points
    Loved seeing my beautiful daughter head off to her senior prom last night! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 12 points
    Just spoke with my 98 year old Grandfather on the phone. A man I greatly admire. He served in the US Army 95th Infantry and was injured by a German mortar shell in France. He came home married my Grandmother , raised seven kids and owned his farm in PA for 60 years. It’s where I learned the game. Well, Grandpa still plays but said he didn’t today because he had multiple Memorial Day services to attend. He said he hopes to play in a scramble tomorrow. [emoji16] I thanked him for not just what he’s done for me in teaching me this game, but what he and his generation did for all of us. [emoji631] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 12 points
    Stage Two - Review of PING's G410 Plus Driver Again, THANKS SO MUCH to MGS for this opportunity! If there is a cooler golf program going on anywhere on the i-net, I haven't found it. Also a shout out and thank you to George at Desert Hills G.C. in Yuma, AZ, and Woody Spainhower (PGA) of Pureshot Golf in Bozeman, MT for their assistance. I really appreciate it guys! Looks (8 out of 10 points) As I stated in my Stage 1 review, to my eye, the G410 is very modest in appearance. As compared to say Callaway's Epic Flash and Cobra's F9 Speedback, the G410 kind of reminds me of the Ford Bullitt Mustang - minimal pinstriping, chrome, and badging. You know, that modest looking car that pulls up alongside the hot rod and then watches the hot rod vanish in the rearview mirror. It's not to say the G410 is dull in appearance, but that it's not among those on the rack that jumps out at you with bold colors and bling. From address, it has a very subdued silvery-black matte finish. The small raised "turbulator" ribs on the top of the crown are the only features that really stand out. I do like that, for a 455cc size head, it is a compact design and does not come close to the "turtle on a stick" look. The matte finish has actually grown on me since switching from my Razr-Fit which has a high gloss, deep black finish. The adjustable weight nests inside a slot running around the periphery and is not visible at address. It is a clean look and well designed. The forged face is likewise low key having typical V-shaped ball strike zone with alignment marks to each side. The modest amount of bling is on the sole plate where the chrome PING logo and G410 label are located. Sound & Feel (8 out of 10 points) The G410 ranks high in both sound and feel. Admittedly, I'm not one that is picky or pays much attention to how clubs sound. Perhaps that simply due to the fact that I have such a limited resume of clubs played. I find the sound of this driver to be acceptable and very similar to the handful of modern technology drivers I have tested in recent years. At some point, I should scout out a brand/model that sounds like a sledgehammer striking a Sequoia tree and one that sounds like ball peen hammer striking a garbage can lid - so I have a good reference . I place much more value on feel and find the G410 quite solid. I don't notice that much difference in feel be it a slight mishit or hitting dead center. Range Performance (19 out of 20 points) Much like that nondescript Mustang Bullitt, the G410 does all its talking on the track. Those who are getting to know me on the forum know by now that I am not a golf tech junkie. I always suspect the marketing folks as being 97% baloney. Combine that with the frugal side of me and you have a "hard sell" - the customer the sales guy/gal would prefer to pass on. My recent switch from a Callaway GBB Warbird (90's circa) driver to my Razr-Fit (2014 circa) driver definitely made a positive shift in my game. But, to be totally honest, I would in no way have considered buying a PING G410 thinking it would offer improvement commensurate with the investment. At the range during my fitting, I was immediately seeing a difference in ball flight - a bit lower, more piercing path. I followed this session up again with a head to head test against my Razr-Fit. I had no doubts that the G410 was a top shelf driver. It follows the extremely popular and highly rated G400 driver. My personal interest, and hopefully of interest to others who, like me, fall on the "show me, I'm from Missouri" side of buying decisions, is just how much better can a handful of years make in golf driver technology? Club Smash Factor Spin Ball Speed Club Speed Carry Distance Razr-Fit 1.47 2132 128 87 206 Driver 1.46 2203 130 89 209 1.46 2218 131 90 211 1.42 2394 128 90 206 1.47 2174 132 90 213 1.51 1978 133 88 215 1.48 2102 130 89 213 1.50 2096 129 90 212 1.46 2223 130 89 210 1.49 2138 131 90 214 1.47 2165.8 130.2 89.2 210.9 G410 Plus 1.52 1954 137 90 222 Driver 1.51 1978 133 88 218 1.47 2160 131 89 215 1.43 2386 132 92 213 1.51 1978 133 88 215 1.44 2404 133 93 215 1.52 1936 134 88 217 1.51 1978 133 88 215 1.46 2248 134 92 217 1.50 2042 135 90 219 1.49 2106.4 133.5 89.8 216.6 So the numbers show improvements across the board. Is an extra 6 yards of carry distance worth the price of admission? I wish the LM had total distance as well because I suspect the more piercing ball flight increased this data point even more. I followed this test up with a comparison at Pureshot Golf in Bozeman, MT. Woody Spainhower is my golf fitter and recently opened this very nice facility in June 2018. When I asked him if he would be willing to help out with this review, using his state-of-art launch monitor equipment, he said absolutely! Once again I chose to test the Callaway Razr-Fit to the PING G410 Plus. I know some suggest these reviews shouldn't necessarily focus on comparing the feature club to a competitor, but for me, it really helps make the review meaningful. I look at it this way; if I'm about to spend $500.00 on the latest technology driver, it needs to prove itself against my regular gamer. We started off with the Razr-Fit (which I hadn't hit for over two months now) and then switched to the G410. Worth noting is that we had just completed a second iron fitting exercise which lasted a good hour (more on that in another thread). But, to be sure, I was warmed up - perhaps even working on the bottom half of my tank. Oddly, I wasn't striking the G410 as well as I've been and Woody immediately asked what base loft and adjusted loft setting I had (9 degree nominal, set to 7.5 degree). He noticed that my spin rate and ball apex was too low. He adjusted it to the (+) setting, or 10 degree loft. That change got my spin rate into a range he liked and raised my ball height. MGS's 2019 Most Wanted Golf Swing (Don't blink or you'll miss it ) Initial data with G410 as I had it set and playing it: Woody Spainhower at PureShot Golf (pay no attention to the man at the controls ) My standard ball flight (yeah, don't I wish ) We also noted that the with the change in loft setting, my ball strike zone had shifted back towards center. The last thing I asked him about was the "sliding weight system" and whether they really work. I explained that I purposely chose the Plus model for the versatility of adjustment. Swings can/do change over time and I really like the pretty wide range of adjustability this driver offers. We switched from my "neutral" setting to "draw" and, indeed, we saw a slight shift (lessening) of my typical left to right fade. Shift in strike area On-Course Performance (40 out of 40 points) Well, I wouldn't have anticipated it, but the G410 proved even better on the course than it did on the range. I now have 14 rounds played using this driver and the results are very good. Both of my lowest scoring rounds in Yuma were with this club in the bag. I know it's not the reason for the scores, but in both rounds, the driver was working well. Still capable of slicing one into the canyon or duck hooking one into the creek - oh sure, absolutely. But much like I saw with the switch from the Great Big Bertha WB to the Razr-Fit, those are much less frequent and mishits change from slices to fades and hooks to draws... these modern drivers are just much more forgiving. I'm still making small adjustments with the club. Most recent has been lowering my tee height slightly. I found myself tending to hit a bit high a time or two a round and skying one straight but short. With today's ball flight analysis and loft and CG (neutral to draw) changes, I'm excited to see of even better course performance in is store! Play it or Trade it? (18 out of 20 points) So this is both an interesting and difficult question. Would I choose to pay $500.00 for the relatively marginal gains in ball flight data/performance? The answer is no. Now if the changes were on the scale of improvement the G410 and the Razr-Fit offer to what I'd been playing for the better part of 20 years - absolutely, and this would be a 20 out of 20 score. Actually, that's not true. I know exactly what I'm going to do. It's staying in the bag and is my new gamer driver unless it starts misbehaving badly at which time the Razr-Fit will be gassed and ready to go. Conclusion (Final 93 out of 100 points) The PING G410 Plus is everything as advertised. With a nice selection of no upcharge, high end shafts, it is, IMO, a top shelf competitor.  When I was shopping for a new driver in 2018, I tested TaylorMade, Cleveland, PING, Adams, Callaway, and Titleist - both current and prior year models. All had their pro's and con's but all did offer a significant shift in forgiveness - and most improved distance performance as well. I settled on the used Razr-Fit mostly by chance and have been really happy playing it since January 2018. On a whim, I stopped at a PING Demo while in Yuma, AZ and tested the G400... I hit it well and there was something about it I really liked. Had I not just purchased the RF, I would likely have pursued a G400. When I was selected to test the G410, I was thrilled. Everything I'd been reading suggested that this driver was an improvement over the G400 - with the added benefit of more adjustability. Based on my testing of this driver, I agree. Thanks for following along Spies. I hope I've done this review justice and you find the information helpful.
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