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  1. EDIT: Please check above post for several updates that have been made which have addressed several of the comments and concerns raised later in this thread. Hello all, Over the last few weeks we have been receiving a variety of questions about the new forum testing feature and how it is working as well much more questions regarding its placement and so on. In this post I am going to do my best to guide/answer most of those questions to hopefully clear any confusion up that any member may have. I will also include some screenshots which will hopefully help with getting a good visual of where we are at and how to understand this change a little better. As always changes can be difficult and at times frustrating, however the end result of this change should provide great benefits to the site and assist in new members and guests to more easily able to find the product reviews and simplified ratings they want. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lets start with where reviews will be- All reviews will be housed in the testing opportunities section. However we will do our part in updating the titles to ensure everyone is aware of where each test stands and at what stage it is in. This will look like the following Stage 1- Testers Wanted: (item tbd) - This will be when the testing item is in the signup stage. There will be a banner up top notifying there is a test available for signup and the rest is pretty self explanatory. Stage 2- Sign Up Closed: (Item TBD) - We will change this within a day or so of when the sign up is closed to help prevent additional posts in the comments section saying pick me pick me! This will stay until we are ready to announce testers. Stage 3: Testers Announced: (Item TBD) - This we already have and is pretty self explanatory, but we will keep this title until we have heard back from all the selected testers and got the information we require. In general this will stay as is until our testers are ready to post their introduction post. Stage 4: Test In-Progress: (Item TBD) - Again this we have already started, but this will determine when a test is underway and will signal for all of us as members to ask our questions, get to know the testers and for the testers to have received their product and start putting it through its paces and given it the thorough review our membership so often provides. Stage 5: Official Review: (Item TBD) - This will be the final title for the test and will be changed once we have the official reviews from the testers. With all of this we will update the titles as frequently as possible and put them in the appropriate box so you can select them (apologies for those who don't use dark or night mode, but my eyes have a really hard time with a white screen so all screenshots are with nightmode and on computer. I can look to do mobile screenshots on request in a follow up post. The red box indicates the status (currently only open and closed options) will have added selections thus being able to only see open, in progress and so on. Here you are also able to search for specific reviews by product name, vendor or equipment type (ie drivers, putters and so on). I hope this makes sense to everyone and will assist in clearing any of the testing opportunities section confusion up. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now the reviews themselves. As some of you may have seen already there are two tabs when you click on the review. One for review and one for comments. At the top when you look at the test you will see a few notable things- avatars of all testers, highlights of star ratings and the initial testing post. I have highlighted the follow, testers, and star ratings which I will come back to in a minute... Just below from that there will be your reviews and comments- If you want to see reviews simply stay on the tab and scroll down. You'll be able to see all reviews right here. This is essentially what the old "placeholder" post was and is where we will see introductions, important updates, unboxing and final reviews for all of our testers. (currently working on like system for reviews as well) The comments section acts as the rest of the thread would normally be and is where we ask you to post any and all questions to the testers and where some smaller updates may be. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now to back to what I was going to talk about with the highlighted features above. Again before I dive into this I would suggest that if you have questions about why reviews are not showing up in the recent content tab that you check out @GolfSpy MPRthread on setting up a custom stream. This will help all of these tests to show up in your recent content so you don't miss a beat. There are also a few other ways to make sure you are able to keep up with the reviews. I have gone over one feature, but we have two other quick ways to make sure we don't miss any of the new content coming from the tests we want to follow, which most of us know and use already, but still worth mentioning for those who have not used or know about these features. One: Follow the thread! Simple easy and gives you notification on any new post or comment that comes up within the thread. I use this a LOT... it also means I have a good few notifications each morning, however it is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to ensure you are not missing anything you want to see even if you do not set up a new stream. Two: Follow a tester: Again one I use a lot as there are so many good members here and its nice to follow along with the content they post in. This is great because if there is a tester that is similar to you it will enable you to follow along specific to them and again not miss any relevant information within the test as well as any other threads they may post in. Example you follow me and you'll see a lot of Fantasy Golf content haha These are some easy ways to follow along and make sure you are able to keep up with the testing that is relevant to you and take part in the testing as you see fit. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Since this post has gone on just about long enough, again we as a Mod team are doing what we can to make this transition to the new system a little smoother and being a newer Mod team we are hard at work making sure tests are running on time and keeping everyone up to date as best as possible. With backorders and so on it has certainly been a tricky season, but we are excited for all the tests we have running as well as the tests that are coming! We hope that this helps clear some of the confusion up and will continue to work to streamline the testing section to make it easy and accessible for all. Thank you, Mod Team
    36 points
  2. One of my brothers had been dealing with severe depression and anxiety for a few years now, and he had gone to two treatment facilities recently to try and get some help. We thought he was going to turn the corner, but it got to be too much for him, so he took his own life today. Doctors and therapists tried everything, and nothing was working. Meds never got him even-keeled, and anxiety had taken over. Please, look after those who fall into depression and get them help as soon as possible. Growing-up, he was my hero. He leaves behind a special needs daughter and his wife. If you’re the prayerful type, please say a prayer for his soul, and one for his wife and daughter. Sad, sad day….
    34 points
  3. This one won’t be popular or anything…
    27 points
  4. As many of you know I am a huge Envroll putter fan. My ER2 has been customized and in the bag for years. Only recently did I move away from it as I have changed my putting posture and the ER2 at 34” just became too short for me and because the head was already a heavy 370g, extending the putter to 35” was out of the question. When Evnroll announced they had a custom putter program on the way, I knew that I’d be buying a new Evnroll through that program. Months went by since the announcement and nothing came to fruition. I sent Envroll social media messages right after Memorial Day inquiring about the CustomER program, but received no responses. I figured that the pandemic had delayed the program indefinitely so I went and tried a bunch of ERv models and bought an ER1v. Less than a week later they announced the official beginning of the program. I was bummed. I responded to their Instagram post that said I wanted a custom putter but unfortunately just bought an ER1v because I wasn’t getting any information about the program coming soon. Three days later, Evnroll messaged me on Instagram and asked me to email their customer support so they could see what they could do. After a few emails explaining my situation, Alan from Envroll proposed that I ship my putter to them and they would make me a custom putter and only charge me the cost of the custom options and return shipping. I was floored! I immediately got on the site and designed my putter. ER1v with no siteline and custom painfill! Alan even worked to expedite the build and my new putter was shipped to me in less than two weeks of them receiving the one I sent in! Just an amazing customer service experience from a great company and I now have a putter that will stay in the bag for a loooooong time. The putter rolls beautifully and the no site line really fits my eye and aim style.
    24 points
  5. PERSONAL RECORD!!!! After the first time since early spring that I didn't hit a golf ball in over a week, I really wasn't sure what to expect. But league tonight was as good a reason as any to get out - little did I know what I was in for!! 35 (!!!!! EVEN PAR !!!!!, net -5) FIR: 4/6 GIR: 6/9 Putts: 30 (3 1-putts, 6 2-putts) First hole started innocently enough - although I did 2 putt from a tricky ~50ft uphill then downhill first putt. Second hole is a downhill par 3, pin in the front at 152 yards. I hit a full PW and watched it fade back towards the hole...landed pin high and stuck about 2.5 feet from the pin for an easy bird. The next hole, another par 3, I hit the green and left a 15ft putt right in the jaws for a tap in par. On the 5th hole, I had a bit of a swinger from 13ft for bird - left this one short as well, and the line was probably 50/50 if it would have caught the hole with more speed. Another tap in par. The par 5 6th I hit a bomb of a drive, dead center fairway 316yds out. Left me with 184 to a back pin, with my stance kind of below the ball in a low spot in the fairway. Hit maybe my shot of the day, a towering 7 iron fade that stuck almost exactly pin high and held on to the top tier of a severe green, about 20 feet away. Left the eagle putt about 6 inches short, right on line. Tap in birdie! Par 4 15th is a nemesis hole for me. I leaked my 3 iron right into some trees, and tried to punch a low shot through a wide but short window I had. Hit a tree and got a very lucky break and it bounced right out to the fairway. Hit a tidy little 100yd wedge to about 20 feet, 2 putted for the first bogey of the day. Par 4 16th I hit a really nice 4 iron to the right side of the fairway. Downhill lie and wasn't sure what the wind was doing - on the previous hole it was dead into and this hole is in the same direction. Except the flag was saying it was all right to left, barely any hurt. I wasn't really confident in the shot, and ended up pulling it left of the green to a bunker that actually sits a good 3-4 feet above the green. I was in the back of the bunker with a downhill lie with almost no green to work with, and left the first shot in the bunker. Left a more even stance, and I missed holing it out to save par by about 2 inches. Tap in bogey to get me back to even. At this point, I'm definitely thinking about how I'm even par, but trying really hard not to let it affect my game. Not sure how successful I was My heart was definitely racing much more than it typically does! The 17th is 125 yard par 3, but the wind is always tricky. I thought there was more help than there was, and left it on the front fringe to a back pin. Chipped past the hole for a knee knocking 7 footer...dead center of the cup! On the 18th I snagged my 2 hybrid and let it rip before thinking too much about it - hit a gorgeous fade to the right center of the fairway, leaving me with 105yds to a front pin. I hit an abbreviated SW (typically 115 club), expecting it to get to the 105 number pretty reliably, and somehow launched it 125 yards. Adrenaline much? So I was left with a snaking 60 foot putt that I needed to get down in 2 to stay at even par for the first time ever. Hit the speed great, but left myself 4 or 5 feet to get the par. And let me tell you, that hole had a heck of a catch Soo pumped up!! I've never hit the ball for an entire 9 holes as well as I did tonight. The pulled wedge was really the only not great shot I had, then a couple decent ones and a lot of really good ones. I was rolling my putts on line super well, and lagged it great. I could probably do the woulda coulda shoulda game with some of the putts I left short, but I'm honestly way too pumped to let that sour my night!
    23 points
  6. I might catch some pushback here for being a party Kill. But I was talking to one of our young beverage cart drivers today. Shes 22 the nicest and sweetest young woman you can meet. Snd yes she is an attractive blonde. But doesn’t flaunt her looks in the way she dresses or acts. As I usually do I asked her how the group was she worked It was a 128 person fundraiser for a boating club. She kind rolled her eyes and said. It was Ok At first I thought maybe low tips as it’s is a bunch of guys who when they come into the bar are notoriously (frugal). I said, oh poor tippers huh? She said well that was expected. I then asked Did they behave themselves at least. She said it depends on what you mean behave and laughed. By now I was a bit worried I said Nobody put there hands on you or anything did they. She said, well yeah, just a few creepy hugs that they Insisted on and lingered a bit too long. I apologized and said I would speak to the leader of the group. She said, well yeah thats who it was. But don’t worry. I know it comes with the territory. But the comments were getting tiresome and by the end of the day more over the line. One example she gave me was a guy—-in his 70’s or so, holding out a hand of dollar bills and said, you get one of these for each button that comes undone I’m thinking. Really grandpa a whole dollar. What do you think this is Senior Day at the strip Club. She said there were more of those and guys taking pictures as she was getting drinks out of the cart (bending over) I mean really guys. I get it. I certainly don’t mind being waited on by a pretty woman with a nice personality. But never take it beyond just being friendly and classy to her and most of all thanking her for being out there with some drinks. Can’t these #**%^+ realize they probably have granddaughters like her. Shes just trying to do her job make a little money before she goes back to school. I know younger guys in their 20’s can be out of line aswell. But at least they are the same age and the creepiness factor isn’t as high. So just don’t be that guy! Please!
    22 points
  7. ... Well, I finally did it after so many inadvertent tries. 18 straight pars today. It was a little different as I tried to hit the middle of the green regardless of distance or pin location. And it was veeeeeeeery tempting to go right at several very accessible flags but I stuck to my middle of the green plan. ... What was a little amusing was the few times there was a flag right in the middle of the green and I could go right at it, I was like a 16yr old on a first date trying to negotiate the clasps on a cheerleaders bra. Just a little too excited and either pulled or pushed the shot a little leaving a longer putt than I should have had. But I did learn a few things. If you are swinging well, it is really pretty easy to hit the center of every green. Since there is so much room for error, I think it frees you up mentally to take good swings without worrying about short siding myself or being short/long. I have played many rounds mostly hitting to the center of the green but if there was a green light flag, I would always go right at the flag. So just smart golf and pick my spots to be aggressive. ... The other thing I learned is it is actually pretty dammed boring to hit every green if you aren't getting any short makable birdie putts. (I did miss 2 greens by a few feet and was able to putt both) There is something very intoxicating about hitting an iron right at a pin and pulling it off for a tap in birdie. No such intoxication hitting the ball exactly where you are aiming if it leaves a 15-30 foot putt again and again. I played with 2 young big hitters in their early 30's that thought I was the most boring golfer they had ever played with. LOL, I would have to agree with them and they both didn't break 90 but had several birdies and just missed out on an an eagle but also several "others" when their 300+ yd drives could not stay on the property. Maybe next round I go right at every flag regardless of where it is and see how much worse my score will be. At least it will be more fun...
    21 points
  8. YES! Very cool, thank you Titleist for giving MGS this opportunity. So awesome.
    20 points
  9. The unboxing video is finished - it has my initial thoughts of the irons and wedges, along with some glamour shots. Check it out!
    20 points
  10. Well look what arrived today ... (Ok maybe I added the question mark) Well then what awaits in the mystery box, the possibilities are endless. Ok it's a medium sized box so not endless but stick with me here. First we have..... Nice start thought about buying one of these. And next .... Oooo ahhh the platinum MSG putt out trainer. My putting practice just went to a whole new level of fancy. I mean the metal frame and rubber is really nice and let's just say heavy. Everything is looking good Thanks so much MSG this was a great prize. I would also like to thank my team, Jordan, Louis, Robert, John (yes first name basis when they win you something like this).
    19 points
  11. At 40 years young, I finally got my first ace while on vacation at a course up in Maine ... Toddy Brook Golf Course. Was 188 out from the pin at their par 3 6th hole ... hit my 4i and we watched it sail on a line with a slight fade towards the pin. It’s a kidney shaped green, with the pin just over a crest towards the back right of the green. My buddy Johnathan and I couldn’t see the ball go in from where we were ... but we did joke about it being a hole in one on the drive up. My buddy’s tee shot was well short of the green, so I dropped him off and drove on up ... grabbed my putter and walked on up to the green, only to not see my ball anywhere on the putting surface. Turned and walked back to the cart to grab my SW, then walked back to the green just as Johnathan was coming up as well ... I suddenly could sense that this might the one. Johnathan got to the hole first and looked into the cup, but made a reaction that made me feel as though he was f’n with me. My eyes came over the cup as I walked up and when I saw the ball ... I lost my collective mind. And not only that, I was so overwhelmed with emotion that I started crying. LOL I was keeled over with my hands on my knees just trying to compose myself ... was even more meaningful for my buddy plays with my dad’s old and original Callaway Big Bertha irons. My old man took his life 16 years ago this month and it made it all that much more special to have Johnathan there with me. A surreal experience and wonderful memory. How I absolutely love this maddening game of golf. Cheers y’all.
    19 points
  12. 39/41 for my personal best of 80!! Even better it was a club event 4th of July tournament. Played great with 35 putts. Short game and accuracy off the tee today were fantastic. Hit 50% of GIR and 3/4 par 3s. Put up one of the best net scores with my handicap of the tournament.
    19 points
  13. Surprise delivery after my bike ride this evening the gangs all here No idea why it’s posting the wedge picture upside down
    18 points
  14. I played like s**t tonight on league. I shot 49 for 9 holes. I don't want to use this as an excuse but, my head isn't in golf right now. I have to put my buddy of 14.5 years down on Friday. It's killing me.
    18 points
  15. Two nine-hole rounds this weekend due to outings. Saturday - 39 (+3) - 3/8 FIR - 5/9 GIR (1 birdie) - 17 Putts (2 3-putts, 4 2-putts, 3 1-putts) Solid round overall. Driver was not spectacular though and closed out the round with three-straight bogeys. Sunday - 36 (E) - 3/8 FIR - 6/9 GIR (1 birdie) - 15 Putts (6 2-putts, 3 1-putts) Much better driving round this morning. Putter and short game were both excellent as well, which allowed me to save a couple pars. Feeling pretty good about my swing at the moment!
    18 points
  16. I played early this morning in Galveston, TX and the mosquitos really killed the mood. We were in such a hurry to get through the round I didn't get many good shots of the maiden voyage with my new Cobra sticks. However, one mosquito did land on my ball just before I hit and this was the end result: I'll clean up some video and add some shots/round summary with the arccos. The wedges around the greens were the biggest surprise of the day. Just amazing feel and excellent spin control, even in the wet conditions.
    18 points
  17. personal record, will update my breaking 100 thread later with details 47/50 : 97!!
    18 points
  18. As most of you know, my ability to effectively hit a golf ball has gone downhill for quite some time. I've been posting a lot in the "What, How Did You Practice Today?" thread and honestly, haven't played much lately. It's time to throw some accountability into the mix, that why I'm starting this thread. Recently, I purchased the "No Turn Cast" from Monte Scheinblum and am working on developing a functional swing. I'm not saying this is the be all, end all as I'm looking to start lessons in a couple of months. Right now, my swing is a complete mess with results like this: Untitled - Sequence 01 10.mp4 That kind of result just takes some of the fun of of the game. I've got a lot to work on. Bad weight shift, steep shaft, alignment, hands coming off the grip, and a misinterpretation of lag are just a few things that need to be addressed. I plan on charting my progress here, starting with my first round in a month this coming weekend. I hope to chart practice sessions, post videos, and talk about my rounds here.
    17 points
  19. - 39/37 = 76 (+4) - 4/15 FIR - 11/18 GIR (2 birdies) - 32 Putts (15 2-putts, 2 1-putts, 1 chip-in par save) Practice starting to pay off as my ball striking is getting more consistent every round. Struggled on the opening few holes (including doubling the par 5 third) because my lower back wouldn't loosen up, but once I got walking a bit things went better. Still losing a handful of balls to the right with the driver when I revert back to ripping my shoulders open, but hit a bunch of really good ones today, too. Left a couple of putts right on the edge, and for the third time in the past couple weeks I chunked my pitch on No. 10 after a beautiful drive. The hole is in my head now!!! All around really fun round, though, and great to keep seeing progress.
    17 points
  20. Not really a problem, but this is a good place to put this, I guess. I just put my other "original" dog down this evening. I put my other buddy down in November. I had this one for 14.5 years. He was very tired and it was time. It feels so strange not to have him here. I adopted Moose (American Bulldog) a few days after putting the first one down. This is the first time I've ever had just one dog. My other two got me through a bad divorce and some other not so cool situations over the last 7.5 years. It's amazing how attached you become... and how much you love them. Moose and I will journey on together, and see what the future holds!
    17 points
  21. UPDATE: Okay everyone we and by we the developer has made some of the changes we requested and I am sure is working on more as I write this! To mark off the check list of requested items Photos bug, all comment photos appear at top of the page- FIXED Reactions (likes and such) for testers reviews - FIXED so please go like all their reviews! Signatures - Will show for testers in review at the moment - Partial FIX (honest question do we need them in the actual comment section) Mentions bug (brings to the bottom of review page not where mention or quote is) - Tested and FIXED Secondary Tab- What we have asked for is a separate review tab. After the testing is closed that comment tab will close as well. The review tab will then open up when we have announced testers. Showing in recent content - At the moment the streams "default" to not selecting the tests box, I am searching and trying to find the way it will default to all content and therefore show up without having to create stream or adjust any of that and this will then solve the issue where people who use recent content and it not showing up and missing out on it. Testing Opportunities header - This along with reviews header is something we are looking at as to how to reorganize it to make it simpler and more clear. Because the new testing runs separately it will be a bit different, but we will continue to brainstorm ideas and see some of these changes soon to just make it simply better. My Spelling and Grammer: TBD hehe If any of this is not showing for you please let me know.
    17 points
  22. I had probably one of the most fun tournaments I’ve ever played in today…..and that’s with absolute monsoon conditions for 6 holes. played at one of the premier courses around in Pinehills country club in Plymouth, MA. Was put on by C&W services which is a facilities group and they pulled all the stops. Unlimited range balls, fantastic breakfast lunch and dinner, great prizes and open bar all day, incredible. represented MGS well today was worried about it being cancelled, was light rain when I got there, had a great range session and we got to our starting hole 17 @ 9am. The sky’s absolutely opened up as soon as we teed off. It downpoured for about 6 holes. I went through 6 gloves and 5 towels lol. My rain jacket soaked through, which I didn’t think could be done. But if anyone is looking for rain shoes I put the UA HOVR shoes to the test today…..buy them I have dry feet. we pard 4 and birdied 2 of those 6 holes which was honestly extremely impressive IMO. My game was on and we had another guy similar handicap to me that is a really good player, other 2 drained some putts on those 6 for us that saved our butts. well sky’s cleared and the sun poked out. We proceeded to go 8 under after the first 6 with a completely clean card, 1 eagle and 8 birds. The course drained surprisingly and dried up a bit, and we finished dry as you can see below. irons and wedges were filthy today, tucked some close and put several wedges to tap in distance. No incredible drives but the short game worked for us. One frustrating part was I put closest to the pin hole to 3’ 2” which I found out would have won. There was a 12” written down on the card so I didn’t write it down, come to find out some moron wrote a porn stars name in……I didn’t catch the joke…..kid won it with a 4’ 6” ball…… all in all we came in second. Won 100$ and the course gave EVERYONE a free round good until next November for sticking out the rain! The group I played with was absolutely a blast, we drank, laughed and had a great day splashing the balls around. drained this 30’ for Bird! (Used all 3 of my shots)
    17 points
  23. my wife and i just booked our anniversary trip. our first anniversary last year was extremely low key due to covid, so this year we’re renting an RV and doing 10 days driving around the northeast. we went today to check the RV out…holy crap this thing is insane!! i’ve never seen an rv with a tailgate that folds down to become a fenced in outdoor seating patio…complete with a tv, mini fridge, and sound system here are a few pictures
    17 points
  24. 7.28.2021 Had a great day on the Thousand Islands Golf Club Lake Course and didn't realize just how well I was playing. The SwingU app I have used since 2014 dutifully recorded a 47 on the front 9 and then a 42 on the back 9 for a total 18 hole score of 89. The reality hit me like a hammer when I realized I broke through the 90 level for the first time ever! Totally awed and still hearing my son Patrick's words (as he was driving us back to the clubhouse just over a mile from the Lake Course 18th green, "did you score each hole as you always do?" to help me wrap my mind around it. And the answer was of course "yes" as the creature of habit I am. One birdie and one par, the rest single and double bogies. Awesome day, awesome weather, awesome spending it with my son, and awesome surprise after touching the 'close and save' feature on the app... I think I will keep playing golf lol
    16 points
  25. I got out for a scramble yesterday. Had a great time and knew going in, my group couldn't really contend. It was myself and a few buddies, who are 28 - 36 handicaps. It was still difficult for my competitive nature to be pushed back down. As you might imagine, 98% of the shots used were my own ball, but had a really good time. Was able to give a few tips here and there (when asked only) and saw some improvement from the guys I was playing with. Drove the ball the best I have all year. And many times, I had to hit a good drive or we wouldn't be in play so still was a little pressure on my ball. Unfortunately, most other aspects of my game were just mediocre. Did not really put any approaches closer than 12 feet all day. Most were 25 - 40 feet so we didn't make that many birdies. Finished at -7 par 63. Only two par 5's so definitely could have had a few more, but it was for a great cause and nice to be off work for a half day with some good buddies.
    16 points
  26. So ended up being lime? Couldnt believe it, doctor was surprised too. Had a fever and where his leg is swollen its not the ACL its below the knee which is "our heel" didnt realize that. Regardless antibiotics and some pain meds good to go in a few weeks, thank God, was seriously worried having to put him through a surgery.
    16 points
  27. So, played last Saturday, never got around to posting about it, but it finally happened guys... SEVENTY SEVEN That's right, made it with room to spare, and pretty consistent round to boot. 1 birdie, 1 double, 4 bogeys, the rest pars. 12/18 greens was the big reason, that and a good round driving the ball for distance. Putting was no three putts, but only 2 one putts. Star performer... my new CBX Hybrid. Bought it for par 3 usage and short 4 layups, our 208 yard par 3, nice high draw, 25 feet. Hole with water in front, bomb the thing 230 off the tee with a running draw. 16th I hit a bad drive, stuck under a tree 190 out, second shot punch almost to the green. It is the new best club in the bag? I don't know, but it's definitely not going anywhere soon. So yeah, the quest to break 80 for the first time in a while is over (no need to banner me, I used to do it on the reg when I wasn't a lawyer and could actually practice and play), now to the next step... break 75...
    16 points
  28. Very well said and what I was trying to get at. The forum reviews just feel like they becoming more article-like and less discussion thread based. I know there will be a tab for comments and discussion, but if they aren’t showing up in the unread section of someone’s feed without the person having to jump through hoops to add it to their custom feed then there is no doubt that there will be far less eyes on the review and a drop off in back and forth discussion throughout the testing process
    16 points
  29. Tournament 3: Portage Lake Golf Course, Houghton, MI I received the tee sheet from the tournament director last Friday. At that time, no one was signed up in Kirke's age division, so I had agreed to have Kirke move up in the 10-11 year olds. This would have been more reasonable than the last round, because they were setting tees at 2,100 yards for that age group, about 300 yards longer than Kirke's typically distance. Monday was another early morning; Kirke's tee time was schedule for 8:30 Eastern time. We live in the Central time zone, so that meant that, to make the two-hour drive with enough time for Kirke to get loose (he's always loose; he's 8), we left the house at 5am. I'm still yawning. But when we arrived Monday morning, we found that two boys had signed up in Kirke's age group. So he'd be able to play from 1,800 against kids his own age. Playing from a more reasonable set of tees than the last round, Kirke cruised to a tidy 3-over 39. Other than a double-bogey on a par 3 (he was tricked by a green that had a lot more slope than he was seeing), he played really, really well. The course closes with its two par 5s back to back; both were playing about 250 (which is relatively short for Kirke), and he birdied both. Cutting to the chase, here's his final putt for birdie: The leaderboard tells the story: he won here pretty comfortably: Once again, as the winners were announced, you can pick Kirke out of the lineup by finding the smallest kid On our way home, we stopped at Culver's for lunch and had to snap a quick picture with the sign of a neighboring store which was too perfect: Kirke's got two tournaments left in the UPGA Junior Tour, both the final week of July. I'll be out of town for those. The season-ending championship event is on August 16; the website says that the winners qualify to play at Michigan State for the Golf Association of Michigan Junior Invitational in September, although that may be only the older age divisions (I'm not sure).
    16 points
  30. New personal best again, and almost broke 90 47/45 with two of the last three holes having a water ball and an OB shank irons were amazingly on today. Greens were wicked fast. Will touch more in my breaking 90 thread. Also tested the new SIK. Worked well. Learned I needed to follow through more. Helped ball keep rolling just enough. here was the breakdown hole 1: hooked a hybrid drive almost into the range. Blind 6i punch out downhill on the green. Left birdie short and made par hole 2: faded drive into a fairway bunker. Hybrid out of the bunker topped. 7i in at 14ft. Missed. Birdie short and made par hole 3: driver almost Sliced OB but hit a tree. Punch out and then 54* to the green to 13ft. Missed the par and the ball hit the slope. 3 putt double hole 4: long par three. Sliced my hybrid. Bladed wedge. Pw chip rolled long 3 putt triple hole 5: shanked driver and ricochet farther back to the next holes fairway. Hybrid then super hybrid (shoulda just played the next hole backward instead of trying to get back in play). Then 6i on the green. Tough long putt, ended up three putting for triple. hole 6: double dog par 5. Great drive. 5i layup. PW from 120 I though was a tap in. Sadly was 20 ft. Birdie short. Par good hole 7: thinned an 8i but got on within 15 ft. Birdie missed made par hole 8: teed with super hybrid. Struck well but it drew behind a tree. Punch out not so good. Chip went long. Nearly holed the par but hit the slope past the hole. 3 putt double hole 9: pulled my drive into trees short and hit provisional. Found my original ball and played it. Punched out to where provisional drive was. 4i from 205 struck pure with a nice draw to 16ft of a pin tucked behind a bunker. Two putted for bogey hole 10: drive to the right rough. Hit 9i over a tree and just missed the green. It kinda kicked down a slope. Chipped up and had 17ft for par on a wicked slope from the fringe. Snuck it! hole 11: downhill par 3, just missed my pw and was pin high but right in the rough. Chipped to about 7ft and made par hole 12: nice drive to right rough. Had to try and punch a 5i to get under a branch and it caught the beach instead. 8i then struck beautifully to 9ft. Birdie hole 13: bladed a GW past the green. PW chip was a dud. Super long put for par, nearly made. Again fast greens, ball just hit a ridge past the hole. Two more putts, double. hole 14: SH tee ball dead straight 235. 54* pitch hit too solid to back of green. Soft chip was needed since hole was in middle of huge slope. Nearly holed it. 25ft par uphill just short. Bogey hole 15: slices drive to side of tree. 5i punch to 140 in the fairway. 9i flushed to green but back side. Downhill 35ft birdie just short by 3 inches. Par. hole 16: teed with super hybrid since fairway has a hill 240 out that feeds to a pond. Sliced the drive. On some hard pan with ball above feet to elevated green I had a window over a small tree. I toed a 7i and it drew and hit a brach on a tree and in the water. Finally lost my original ball. Drop and I just missed my pitch. Landed short and rolled down a slope a little. Chip rolled long. 26ft double just missed. Made a triple hole 17: Downhill par three. Hit 6i from 175 and hooked it 40yrds left. 58* pitch landed on green but hit a slope and rolled off away from hole. Chip to ten feet. Sadly two putted hole 18: new I was close to breaking 90. Shanked drive OB. Crushed my 3rd 278 to fairway. Then chucked a 3H , ugh. Got on with a nice pitch and two putter for a double. TL/DR: iron game saved my butt. Driving game was poor. Putted well despite fast greens. Short game never adjusted to green speed. Nearly broke 90. Had fun.
    16 points
  31. Got out for 18 this morning. All the rain we have had it was “wet” to say the least. Fog burned off about 6 holes in. 86 46/40. 3 doubles 9 Bogeys 5 pars 1 birdie (3 penalties all off the tee ) I came alive on the back 9. This course that’s typically what happens to me to, have always struggled on the front for whatever reason. I also did not get off the tee well and I really butchered about 4 115 or so yard approach shots that I’m chalking up to really wet conditions and being a smidge steep. best part of the day was around the green putting some <40 out within a couple feet and putting, 30 Putts, a lot due to leaving several approach shots on the fringe but only 1 3 putt and 7 1 putts. Can see how much rain we have had from how much washout the traps had (glad I didn’t get any in there today!)
    16 points
  32. Just arrived from MGS HQ. First off the packaging from Putt Out is first class then the customization with the MyGolfSpy logo on the device and box tskes it up even another notch. Let the fun and certainly frustration begin
    16 points
  33. The website for my small side business that is the reason for my Golf Industry badge, launched today.
    16 points
  34. Oh my. What a good box to come home to from vacation. These look awesome.
    16 points
  35. Almost embarrassed to admit, I’d never re-gripped a club before until tonight. Just put 13 Winn Dri-Tac’s on my wife’s sticks.
    16 points
  36. Played one of my favorite courses this morning, lots of water and forced carry over wet areas. Love it! Driver (TSi2) was on board and so were the irons, even hybrid was going where I aimed it. We picked this course because greens were aerated a couple weeks ago so they were pure. Shot +3 (39) with 1 Birdie. I found a couple Srixon “Soft Feel” balls in my bag and they were playing surprisingly well Doctor appointment tomorrow
    15 points
  37. The final major of the year is here, seems like they just got started! So it's time for one last chance at victory for golfers and for MGS Members. You Must be registered Forum Member and US Resident to officially claim your prize. Others can paly along for fun if they wish. Entry deadline is Wednesday July 14 at 11:00 PM EST The Mystery Box provided some fun and intrigue for the last one, so it's making a return appearance. MyGolfSPY CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOLF POOL LIKE NO OTHER MGS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP POOL -- for the -- 2021 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP HOW IT WORKS Everyone picks a team of 6 golfers. Add your best 4 of 6 golfers scores to form your team score. The best team score wins the pool. Cut golfers (and anyone who doesn’t finish 4 rounds) get 80 for any rounds not completed. Playoff holes do not count. HOW TO JOIN THE POOL Pick your team of golfers here: http://www.easyofficepools.com/join/?p=157751&e=whnb LIVE LEADERBOARD Follow the action live http://www.easyofficepools.com/leaderboard/?p=157751
    15 points
  38. Another Sunday on Cart electrical work. I received and installed the new switch - and now have power to the lights. But figured since I was going to be tearing up the dash why not go one step further and upgrade the headlights to LEDs. The current ones were so discolored you could hardly see anything at night. The LEDs are a huge upgrade from the old ones. Here's a before and after. Note tail/brake lights yet to be done. Before After
    15 points
  39. My son Grant played in his first junior golf event yesterday. I was a little disappointed in that they didn't keep score or treat it like a real tournament even though it was advertised as such. (I can't complain too much...I wasn't charged anything to enter him.) That said, Grant struck the ball really solidly...I was impressed with the distance he got on several drives. His putting needs some work, very wristy, but there will be time to get technical later. His interests are all over the place and has spent much more time playing baseball this year than golf, but at this age (7) I'm going to let him do everything and anything...be an athlete, specialize later. All the baseball definitely has helped him build up some speed and rotational power for sure.
    15 points
  40. So I had another 'doctor's appt' this afternoon as I was more concerned with the ball flight of the Cobra woods than I was about my TPS reports at work. It was a circus start to finish so hang tight with the story... I work in The Woodlands, TX and it's surrounded by a number of private courses. It's a tease. You think you have all these options but not really for the general public. I can usually find a way to hit balls at one of the courses if a buddy is available and this is where the fun started... First course: driving range closed due to total restructure of hitting deck and targets. Second Course: closed due to charity scramble. Third Course: range closed until 3pm on Wednesdays (I arrived at 1pm). Fourth Course: course closed in July for annual maintenance. Fifth Course...an absolute goat ranch. I won't say the name..but hey, they're open. I pull up into the parking lot and there's a whopping eight cars. Not a good sign given how packed courses are in the Houston area, even in the unbearable heat. Regardless, I grab my sticks and promise myself to enjoy the time out of the office and house. It's just after 1pm and the heat and humidity greet me immediately. I go into the 'pro shop' and two old gals assist me in purchasing two small buckets of the finest range balls I'v ever seen. One range ball actually still has a few dimples on it and another had what looked like a Callaway logo on it. When you're struggling to hit a straight ball with a certain club, 'eggs' are definitely NOT the best balls to straighten out that draw or cut. Here's what I was dealing with: The bermuda grass was sparse and the hitting area was sand based. I warmed up with four balls on the 56* wedge, three balls on the 8 iron (to reduce wear) and then moved to the utility, 5W, 3W and driver. Once again, mother nature sends her finest to interupt my practice session. At first, I thought maybe one of the lovely range balls exploded on contact, but turns out there was a catepillar infestation and one apparently made it's way onto the ball. I think there was so much sweat in my eyes to begin with, I didn't see it...regardless, more bug art on the copper MIMs. Utility iron was great. It sits a tad closed (in my opinion) in the STD setting but it launches great and no draw bias to it. Off the tee, it will be great for the long Par 3s or placement off the short Par 4s. I haven't hit it much on the course, but it does have a nice feel to it. The 3 & 5 woods were acting up but i think it's because I'm starting to stand just a hair away from the ball in a more 'driver' stance and playing for raw distance instead of control. The driver finally came around. I set it to STD (for optimal launch), 16g up front, 8g in the back, and actually setup with my hands a little higher. Ball after ball started down the inteded line and only a handful moved in a draw fashion. Now, this is different than what I'm used to so is this the player adjusting his swing to the equipment instead of the other way around? Well, yes. However, if that's what it takes to tame this driver, then so be it. This was the most consistent I've ever hit this club and that brought me some hope for the competition. Check out the strike pattern during today's range session: Last story...after a couple of drives, I was searching for my tee and noticed a tee in my area with a familiar logo. I picked it up and immediately started laughing...It was a Patrick Reed 'Team Reed' tee. Now, I know anyone could've picked it up at his course (Carlton Woods) and managed to drop it off at the goat ranch but I'm telling my golfing buddies he was out there and I have picture proof. Yeap, Patrick Reed, PGA's 2020 villian of the year, was hitting balls next to me and I grabbed one of his tees as proof. That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
    15 points
  41. 15 points
  42. - 39/39 = 78 (+6) - 4/15 FIR - 4/18 GIR (1 eagle!) - 26 Putts (9 2-putts, 8 1-putts, 1 eagle from the fairway) Wild. Round. Nasty conditions this morning. 15-20 MPH wind with 35 MPH gusts. Overcast and sprinkles. Thankfully the fairways were dry, but with the wind everything was an adventure. Managed a pretty solid front nine. Putter was great all round, chipping was pretty good also. Back nine started rough. Opened up with a double on 10 after being in the fairway 65 yards out. Chunked a pitch, left my next one short, chipped and two-putted. Bogied 11, 13 and 14. And then, my luck kicked in. No. 15 is a short par 4 at 274 yards. Blocked my 4 hybrid right all the way on to No. 5 green, but pin high to No. 15. Took my relief, pitched up and made par. No. 16 at 407 was playing dead into the wind. Smashed a driver but went left into trees, 160-ish out. Needing to get under the tree, pulled 6 iron, hit a perfect low runner up the hill that disappeared up onto the green. Got up there and didn't see my ball, figured it had run over. Couldn't find it. Check the hole - in the cup for eagle! Parred 17 and 18, hitting two good drives 260 dead into the wind and 289 downwind with the adrenaline. What a round! And as I came off it starting pouring rain, perfect timing. Still on a high. I don't have a hole-in-one, but a fairway eagle from 160 is pretty exhilarating.
    15 points
  43. I think the biggest problem is that it's not at all intuitive. It's like a secret hidden menu to find testing applications and reviews. Personally when I come to the forum, which whether I post or not is pretty much daily, I click the new content in the past 7 days and start scrolling through. Reviews and application don't show up here. I just tried going old school and pretending I was a new member. Scrolling through the menu's I see TESTERS WANTED, but nope, that's not actually where to apply. I see Official Forum Member Reviews, but nope, that's not actually where they are at. Can you guys see where all the confusion is coming in? Testing is such a huge part of this site and it's not at all intuitive on where to find the content. I get it, I did that job and there are many parts of it that are manual and suck. But if the new system is going to stick around there needs to be links from the main forum menu page that make it much easier to find. Not hidden behind a drop down menu and not buried after 17 pages of tester applications. Make it clean, make it front and center and make it easy to find. I know it's a new system and we will be patient, and this is just my .02 on how to make a few changes to make it easier for the membership to find the content. Keep up the great work guys and good luck!
    15 points
  44. Lived in the Phoenix area for over 25 years and just played TPC Stadium course for the 1st time. Shot a respectable 81 but was working the scramble like a short order cook! Driver was on a rope all day but I couldn't hit the greens to save my life. My buddy didn't quite get the help tiger did but nearly had the same shot.. Stadium hole #16.. I would have been boo'd Finally, I didn't make the same mistake that I made when I played Poppy Hills a couple weeks go. I got some schwag!
    15 points
  45. Just a kid and his dog
    15 points
  46. Got out for a last minute twilight round. Started off pretty rough but got it together on the back nine. Really started striking the ball well. Played the first 5 in +11 and the remaining 13 in +8. 50/41 = 91 (+19) 6/14 FIR (43%) 6/18 GIR (33%) 36 putts (4 3-putts, 10 2-putts, 4 1-putts) Highlight: Pretty sure it's my first round with 2 birdies. First was following a rough drive I hit a 145 9-iron from the end of the driving range over a line of trees to about 6 feet. Second was a "no pictures on scorecards" on the shortest par 4 on the course drop kicked my drive barely into the fairway, hit a mediocre knock down PW to the center of the green then sunk a 50 foot winding putt that probably would've gone 15 feet by if it hadn't hit the pin and dropped. Also came about a foot from dunking a hole in one.
    15 points
  47. one year ago today my dad and brother in law dragged me with them for my first ever round of golf. since then i’ve found this site, gotten fit for clubs, dropped my handicap down to 16, and shot a personal best 82 twice. so, thanks to them for dragging me to the course, and thanks to you all for making this place so awesome. here’s to whatever the next 30 years of golf brings! cheers!
    15 points
  48. Got out for a work gathering tonight, my new boss is out of texas as there was a little shuffling in rolls a few months back. He flew up beginning of the week and a few of us locally were able to get out to a go cart racing track and had some fun after work today. it was a breath of fresh air as our account is only 4 years old. We just renewed the contract and have a sense of normalcy, it was a fun way to get together, have some drinks and just have some fun with a new sense of work atmosphere. the go carts are electric and go about 40 mph, it was an absolute blast. Will have to upload some pictures later when I get them
    15 points
  49. We have been traveling the rust belt to attend a wedding, go to a game in Pittsburgh and see some friends. Sadly the Brewers lost but it was great to hit a new ballpark. Number 5 for Penelope. Where shall we go next season? It has to be fairly close to us as Penny can’t fly due to her shunt. PNC park is really nice BTW. I always forget how much better baseball is outside - and how boring it is to watch pitchers try to hit.
    14 points
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