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  1. 25 points
    Time for a job change! I gave my two-weeks notice last week, and will start my new job on the 22nd. I was covering 8 States for a company and the income wasn’t justifying being away from my family so much, so this new job will have me closer to home, with only a night or two out a week. The other days I’ll be home each evening. I’m very blessed, and SO thankful!!! I am looking forward to this new adventure!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  2. 24 points
    So here's the short of it. I'll try to check in later with more detail. I shot 86 that could've easily been 80. Doesn't matter what shots were left out there because that's always the case. Ended up tied for first and they sent us out for a playoff hole. I had a 20 footer for par that lipped out He made a 7 footer for par to win Second place is still really good and actually pays out. He earned it and he's a good dude so I'm happy for his win.
  3. 23 points
    Ping Long Game/Gap Testing - Stage 1 Hey MGS! I’m Josh, aka mr.hicksta, and like many others around here, I’m a golf junkie! I’m an active duty Navy officer and I have been playing golf for the 19+ years I’ve been serving. I'm extremely grateful to MGS and Ping for the opportunity to test some fantastic clubs and I'm excited to share the experience with the forum! Since fall of 2015 I have been able to practice and play consistently and my overall game is the best it has ever been as a result. Now it is certainly not perfect, but I feel like it is pretty well rounded given the amount of time I put into improving. On the course, I like to keep things light and try not to take this game so seriously despite my sometimes gruff exterior. I get hard on myself from time to time, but I aim to be a person that others would like to play with regularly and I feel like I’ve done a good job of that. As for this crazy game, I love it because it mirrors life in a lot of ways. I like to say you could play the same course for 10 days straight and it would be different every time! With my current setup I’ve tinkered with the driver and putter, but nothing else has changed. The FW spot is easily the most fluid spot in my bag and has been a source of frustration for years. My hybrid has been one of my most consistent clubs and my 4i is spotty. To give readers a better idea of my gapping at the top of my bag, check out the spreadsheet below that is from my ‘Golf Equipment’ tracker (#golfnerdalert). Club Loft Length Lie Offset Shaft Weight SW Torque Shaft Distances Cobra F9 Speedback 9º 45" 57.5º 70g D0 3.6 ACCRA TZ5 65 M4 250-290 Ping G410 3W 14.5º 43" 56.5º 76g D2 4 Tensei CK Blue 70 S 230-250 Ping G410 2H 18.5º 40.75" 57º 79g D2 3.1 Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 S 210-230 Ping G410 4 Crossover 23º 39.25" 59.9º 0.18 79g D2 3.1 Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 S 200-220 Epon AF-505 5i 25º 38" 61º 3.4 124g D3 1.5 Modus³ Tour130 S 190-200 Based on overall looks and the performance I’ve seen so far, I am a fan of the G410 lineup! Below are the blurbs directly from Ping on what each club brings to the table. Buzzwords and tech jargon aside, I can confirm that these faces are HOT, I’m finding all of them to be quite forgiving and I’m seeing distances I was not seeing with my old clubs. My current handicap is 11.5, trending to 11.3. I truly believe if my long game was more consistent I would easily be in the single digits, and I mention this because long term I’m hoping these clubs help me do just that! I’m not a high speed player, but I have an aggressive tempo (meathead issues). This video is my driver swing face on, which should give you an idea of how I move the ball around the course. With that beautiful swing, my typical ball flight is mid to high and my miss lately has been a nasty snap hook. I’d say my current strengths are above average distance off the tee, decent iron player and good putting. My weaknesses are inconsistency off the tee, and the constant struggle to avoid letting old swing habits creep in. As for my typical use of my long game clubs, I regularly use my FW and hybrid off the tee especially if it’s a tight fairway. For longer approaches, I gravitate to my hybrid even if it means I’ll be coming up short as it’s a club I’m very comfortable with. G410 FW: “Powered by a forged, maraging steel face, the G410 fairway woods are engineered to launch the ball easily and deliver faster ball speeds on a penetrating trajectory that maximizes distance. A shallower face and efficient CG placement elevate MOI for tighter dispersion.” My take - This FW is a forgiving distance machine! G410 Hybrid: “Our first-ever adjustable hybrid allows you to customize your ball flight eight different ways through more loft (+- 1.5˚) and lie combinations for consistently better results. Thinner and more flexible, the maraging-steel face generates faster ball speeds and higher launch so you carry trouble while hitting (and holding) more greens. A larger profile provides added stability and helps elevate MOI heel to toe.” My take - Added adjustability in an already pleasing shape makes this one of the most versatile hybrids available. G410 Crossover: “With a heavier tungsten toe weight for added forgiveness, a maraging-steel face for faster ball speed and max shot height, and a more compact and stable head, PING’s third Crossover family combines the precision and control of an iron with the speed and forgiveness of a hybrid.” My take - This club is forgiving, unlike most long irons! Oh and did I mention the face is hot? More on that later! And finally, here are some pics of these beautiful clubs courtesy of my talented wife! So what’s next? Between now and Stage 2, I plan on getting more time with my new long game setup, focusing on how they help my long game. I will also be posting about the fitting experience to include what all was discussed, how we determined this setup was right for me and more! Additionally, I’ll be getting some Trackman time and will post those results to give readers more detail on how the G410 FW/hybrid/Crossover line performs. Finally, and most importantly, I will be working to determine whether or not the G410 clubs will be in my bag long term. They’re in there without competition right now, but we’ll see what the numbers and on course performance have to say about that!
  4. 21 points
    Print is dead they say. Sure, maybe it’s on it’s way out, but BLUEPRINTS are definitely not dead. My mantra of aim small, miss small, and my self proclaimed “Modern Traditionalist” attitude came full circle with these clubs... seemingly built for me. A technicians blade. A tool for shaping, carving, flighting, and painting the sky with pin point accuracy. Many of you know that I prefer looking at small compact “traditional” looking clubs. I practice with an old Kroyden 2 Iron!! I have a Callaway mini driver for my “driver”, a Taylormade TS 3 Wood (size of a lot of hybrids), Taylormade JetSpeed 2 Hybrid, the Bridgestone Wedges, and a regular old PING Anser putter. For me that gives me confidence. If I’m starring down at a giant balloon I get nervous. I’ll likely add a recent gen driver soon, I am leaving too much distance in the bag, and I’m looking to ditch the 3 wood for a G410 2 Hybrid.... the 2 iron is a 235+ club for me with a stock swing. I don’t have anything against anyone that plays GI or SGI clubs, my father in law is a heck of a stick with some big old shovels. I feel I will play better with something smaller.... guess we will find out!! Wow.... You have no idea of the logistics we had to plan out for this test. I cannot thank MyGolfSpy and PING enough. They were put out for delivery 2 days early to my new house while I was still in Michigan. I had to send my real estate agent to pick them up so they weren’t stolen or worse (someone else hitting them before me!), she gladly helped out. Extra Starbucks card in the thank you note for her! I went for a fitting after being contacted, I made 10 good swings on the mat, it was the same day I had played Greywalls, my swing was waaaay off. It wasn’t pretty. This was my first official fitting, and after doing it I can’t recommend it enough for anyone getting into the game, or even those of us that were/are stuck in our old ways. We had to use an iBlade head because he didn’t have the BLUEPRINT fitting head in. He recommended one set up but I knew that wouldn’t work when my swing was on, but I noticed something while testing out the Project X LZ shaft that I really liked. The peak height was lower than the KBS Tour X and the TT X100. And I was about 4 yards longer and way closer to center. I went with the 6.0 because I absolutely loved the feel of it, and the results were top notch! Probably could have went with the 6.5’s with my swing speed, but I didn’t notice anything in it. I didn’t think to take a picture of my swing stats, but I remember seeing 3-5° down and neutral to 1° out to in, and in to out on the majority of the swings. I know I was coming in a little steep that day, because I was over compensating for my block... Stock Grips, loft, black lie code, and standard length make up the rest of the clubs. The align grips are midsize and I don’t even notice the alignment aid. ... When I opened the box there were 2-PW, so you guys will get to see some stingers! Either a proper one or one that really stings. Yes... it is a small 2 iron. To be honest the last time I played full time with a blade was many moons ago. My current gamers are the Taylormade RocketBladez Tour, but not for long... I’ve ordered a Glide 56° to complement these irons for the test. (Mini review to come on that) If I like the 56° I will add a 50°... Ok, let’s get into the bread and butter knives. Forged 8620 steel [emoji736] Minimal Offset [emoji736] Narrow Sole [emoji736] THIN Topline [emoji736] Short Blade Length [emoji736] Sure does, smell, look, and feel like a blade... aside from blinding chrome finish. The questions: Do they feel like a forged blade? Can I shape, and flight them? Are they forgiving on mishits? Do I lose any distance over my CB’s? How will the extra bounce work? How low can I go with the 2 iron? (Video to come) Can I play the beat golf I possibly can with these? A few more pics to tide you over: Fire away on questions!!!
  5. 20 points
    Sometime very soon, possibly by the time I even finish this post, we will hit the 80,000 member mark. That's quite an achievement. This forum has grown so much in the three years I've been here. Not just in member numbers, but in the participation levels of current members, the value everyone of you add to the forum with your posts! It's by far the most congenial and helpful golf forum out there, and I say that as someone who has spent time on all the other big ones. What @GolfSpy_X started here several years ago has grown into something I know he is very pleased with and is all behind making it grow even more. So thanks to the other 79,998 of you and let's welcome in number 80,000 with a big congratulations to everyone here!!
  6. 20 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Did you feel that? That small vibration that indicates that the Precision Pro NX9 HD rangefinder has locked on to its target? Who are the seven forum members that the NX9 has locked on for testing? @FromRightToLeft @Jbmullin @russtopherb @B.Boston @poprocksncoke @JonMUSC08 @perseveringgolfer And I'm excited to be joining in on this test as well. Congrats to these members, and we'll all be looking forward to seeing how the Precision Pro NX9 HD helps you take dead aim!
  7. 19 points
    Ping Long Game Gapping Testing/Review – Stage 1 By Kevin Loughran (RevKev) While I’m fairly well known to MGS forum members I realize that MGS member tests draw lots of outside readers, too. Welcome! We hope you appreciate these reviews and that you will stick around and become active participants at My Golf Spy both on the blog and in the forums. As for me, I am what my screen name says, a 62 year old Lutheran Minister serving as the Senior Pastor of a Church and School in St. Petersburg, FL. I’ve played golf since I was ten, becoming proficient as a young adult. Since that time I have consistently maintained a single digit handicap getting down as low as a 1 in my early to mid 50’s. Like many people I started losing distance at that time as a growing belly and aging joints kicked in. In fact when I was fit for driver a little over a year and a half ago my average SS clocked in at 84.5 down from a very consistent 93-95 throughout my 50’s. So I began a fitness program, dropped 45 lbs. and also was selected as a tester (I suppose I still am) for the SuperSpeed Golf speed training system through MGS. My average driver SS on the day that I took part in the club gapping process under review here was just a notch under 95. Quite a difference in just over a year. #Fitting matters! That has become a buzz phrase from Ping. Any of us who follow social media have seen the videos that document the different Ping equipment offerings in each category and how they might be used to fit a wide variety of players' needs. Throughout my time as an avid golfer I have always prided myself on being ahead of the curve in regards to equipment. While others wanted the shiniest blades in their bag, I was gaming Ping Eye 2’s. I was the first one at my club to bag three wedges, shifted from 3 wood to Adams Tight Lies, took out 2 iron, put in 5 wood, 3 iron, 7 wood and so on and so forth. Hybrids instead of long irons? Bring them on!!!! Oh yeah and always got fit, everything in my bag heading into this test, the G400 LST, Ping 30 irons, SCOR wedges and EVNRoll putter was custom fit except the three clubs from my longest iron, 6, to driver. “Surely I could handle that part of my bag myself and save a few bucks,” I thought, “after all these aren’t scoring clubs any way.” And that is Ping’s point. That this part of the bag is often overlooked and that for many golfers these are scoring clubs. Lacking the distance of a touring pro we need these clubs for shots between 150 and 200 yards and there is no reason for us to miss every green from those distances. So off I went to be fit. The deal for this test is that we must accept and game whatever our Ping fitter gave us, no substitutions. I went into my fitting, a pretty knowledgeable guy, in regards to the process. Also I had just come off of playing my best round in years, a one under par 70. During that round I had hit several good shots with the clubs that we would be replacing. None of the birdies that I made came because of them but I didn’t shoot myself in the foot with them either so they must have done their job, right? Well not exactly. I knew that I had a gapping issue between 6 iron and 5 hybrid and then between 5 hybrid and 4 hybrid. But it turns out the issue was one of trajectory more than actual gapping – I could get the total distance gaps right from 7 iron, 6 iron, 5 hybrid and 4 hybrid but only because the ground was firm in Florida from March to late May when I went for my test. In regards to carry there was only a 5 yard difference between 7 iron and 5 hybrid, 10 yards when 4 hybrid was added in - sure I was hitting it 190 then, but once the rain came? Not a chance. I was going to have a big problem with that part of my bag as soon as the rainy season began which it did a couple of weeks ago. The recommended replacement clubs were 5 wood, 7 wood and 9 wood with hybrid as an option to replace the 6 iron. (The fitter could take an iron out of our bag if he felt we were gaming one that was too long or he could put an iron in if that was his recommendation.) In my case he said it was a push at 6 iron so I could go either way if I really wanted a hybrid in the bag. As you can see all of my clubs arrived in short order. We were delayed because one of our testers lives in the part of the country impacted by flooding this spring. I’m extremely thankful that he and his family are okay and certainly hope that everyone reading this made it through that difficult time unscathed. For now it’s off to the range and the course to put these babies to the test. For more about the fitting process please go ahead and check that out below. You'll also see my new Ping woods unmasked there! Since I had gained so much club head speed my fitter was kind enough to check me out through the bag (minus putter.) Thanks to Ping and My Golf Spy for this great opportunity and thank you for reading. I will look forward to checking back with my results in a few months when stage 2 goes up. If there are any questions that you would like to ask or something in particular that you want me to test please feel free to ask. And away we go…..
  8. 19 points
    Un-bloody-conscious! I still can't believe it but I shot a 79! 57% FIR 33% GIR 30 putts.
  9. 18 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Here are the testers for the Wilson Profile Junior Clubs: Mya, age 4 (@SmoothG) Layla, age 7 (@deejaid) Parker, age 10 (@big_c_rodgers) Connor, age 12 (@chershey) Full announcement here. _____________________________ It’s a very Wilson week, and for good reason. Gary Woodland wins the US Open (62 total for Wilson), #SpyStaffSlam, D7 irons testers announced, and now, we’re about to do a test that has never been done before: Junior Clubs. Kids are the future and we should invest effort into giving them the best possible opportunity to succeed. Wilson’s line of Junior clubs covers all ages and we’re looking for representation from each age group to test and keepa set of Wilson Junior Clubs. Ages 13+: Profile SGI Teen Now, do we expect these juniors to write up reviews? Absolutely not. It’s hard enough to get them to do their homework! This is where you, the forum member, comes into play. We’re seeking sponsors willing to work through the review with their prospective future stars. This could be any parent, relative, neighbor, friend, teacher, etc that can guide our junior testers through the process and write the review on their behalf. The template will be shorter and simpler to make it easier on everyone but the work still needs to get done. This opportunity is open to both Boys and Girls, Right and Left handed residing in the US. The usual requirement of an active forum account with profile picture applies to the sponsor. To apply, post a comment to this thread containing the following information: 1. Your Name and Location 2. Junior’s Name and Age 3. Junior’s Current clubs 4. Junior’s Desired Set 5. Fun fact about your Junior To learn more about these sets, make your way over to the Wilson website HERE for the Junior sets or HERE for the Teen. Of course, Wilson.com will always be your primary resource for all Wilson products.
  10. 18 points
    Snell MTB-X Official Review Stage 1 Hello friends - Once again much thanks to MyGolfSpy and Snell for entrusting me to write a review, pretty excited about this one. Great group of testers! I’m sure you are all mostly aware of my back story by now, so I’ll leave that out. Why I love this game? Ultimate test of oneself, both physically and mentally. What region do I play out of? Currently in the process of moving, but I will be playing in Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland during this test. All types of different courses. How long have I been playing? Started in 1997, took a few years off (2002-2014, so more than a few) and really got back into it in 2014/15. I’m hooked, it’s the best game on earth. What does my ball have to do? Well, I am not an accurate driver, so I need it to perform on irons and wedges. I’m a high spin player. The low launch characteristics of this ball should suit my eye perfectly. Normal ball and Why? Switched to the BStone Tour B XS this year, but mostly the ProV1x before that. Wanted a softer ball, and it works for Tiger so what the heck? I picked the Bridgestone B330S up a few years ago, the feel, oddness of the dimples, and the controllability of it is top notch for me. Went to the V1x for all the same reasons besides the dimples. Really alternating between the BStone, V1, V1x, and the 2015 W/S FG Tours over the past few years, none of them float. Average Score? Mid to high 70’s, so far this year a bit on the high side of that and even into the 80’s, mostly because of stupid mistakes. Might be one of those years, but with more rounds comes working out more kinks. Ball Flight? I guess my stock flight is a high draw. Working back to the fade this year, all the cool kids hit fades, (BK, DJ, BW, GW, LT, Jack).... Various flights, another thing the MTB-X needs to handle — going sideways on purpose, some CTOL’s, JATO’s, RATO’s, and VTVL’s. (Pilot speak for types of take offs). No I’m not a pilot but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express once. Typical Miss? Big block... BIG... Super far right. Yep keep going. Almost there. Strengths of my game? Iron accuracy and get a wedge in my hand within 50 yards and that cup better be nervous, I look to hole everything in that range. (Rarely happens, but I’m always taking on the stick). First Impressions I’ve been wanting to try the Snell for a long time. Mostly because I hate paying $45+ a box for balls that might not float, find the trees, cart paths, etc. And since Mr. Snell helped develop some of the biggest names on the ball market... why not? I really enjoy the simplistic packaging, the matte blue is one of my favorite colors. It looks like something you’d get from a special op store. Plain looking with a surprise inside. Has their marketing blurb on the back. Not too flashy or carbon fiber added (because carbon fiber is fast). The ball itself has a nice logo that isn’t off putting at all, the alignment aid is useful too, I like how it is bold. I did notice that it had the seam like the Taylormade RBZ Urethane, and the Project (a) has, but it doesn’t bother me at all. It is inline with the alignment aid, just feels like the ball will be rounder on that seam if that makes any sense? A lot of wedge work will be done, so the cover will get a workout. I’ve been working on my long game so I’ll be testing that too. Added a few calf workouts so I can hit the high bomb. 3lb weights for the biceps too. I’m putting it head to head with the ProV1x, and the Tour B XS. Stay tuned... but a teaser for Stage 2, I like them quite a bit so far. Please check out the other testers reviews! Great group here!!
  11. 17 points
    I was selected as the 4th winner of the EXS Sweepstakes, so I won an EXS Driver!!! Pretty cool! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  12. 17 points
    Hey guys, been on a family vacation and haven’t been able to keep up. What’s the contest this week? Here’s some pics of my son and I golfing from vacation. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  13. 17 points
    I have always been fascinated by the science of golf, particularly the fitting aspects. I always wondered if my equipment was truly optimized for me and how I could ever figure out if it was. Over the last two years, I’ve dove head first into understanding more about golf equipment and the fitting process. My main source of information has been Ian Fraser and the Tour Experience Golf (TXG) youtube channel. Ian is a veteran of the golf industry who worked his way up in TaylorMade, then went onto work for True Spec golf, until Ian finally created TXG. TXG HQ is located in Toronto, Canada and is, alongside True Spec, one of the premier golf equipment fitters in the world. As Ian began to grow his youtube channel, I started interacting with him more, I became a Patreon Supporter to get additional access to him and his team outside of the youtube videos. I loved Ian’s approach to fitting and just how knowledgeable he was about everything. Our own Golfspy CG2 made the trek up to Toronto for a fitting he raved about the experience (and we got to watch most of it on the TXG youtube channel). I spoke to my wife and she agreed that for my 40th birthday (in 2024), we would go to Toronto and I could get a full bag fitting from Ian and I would be set on my equipment for a long long time. To hold me over until, I used things I learned from Ian, as well as direct recommendations from him, to build my current set. I felt like it was a good fit - but I still didn’t have that peace of mind from being properly fit from someone as knowledgeable as Ian. Well, it turns out I didn’t have to wait that long at all for a tour-quality fitting experience. I won the True Spec PGA Championship contest on Instagram, and with that came a free full bag fitting (everything but the putter) at a True Spec location of my choosing. The closest location to me is one of their flagship stores in New York City, so I called and made the appointment for June 7th. Knowing Ian had worked at True Spec, I contacted him and asked about what should expect and who I could potentially be fit by at the NYC location. He mentioned that he was good friends with one of their top fitters in NYC, Loren David. I contacted True Spec to ask who would be performing my fitting and they confirmed it was Loren. I was stoked. I knew that this would be one of the best golf experiences of my life. But it wasn’t one of the best - it was THE best. Fast forward to June 7th. I pack up my clubs, some sports drinks, and some trail mix and board the train for NYC. When I arrived at Penn Station, the weather was absolutely perfect so rather than get a cab, I walked to True Spec. I got some pretty funny looks as I traversed the concrete jungle with my Sun Mountain on my back, but being in New York there were far more interesting people walking around to take the attention away from me. I was going into this fitting with an open mind. I wasn't looking to replace anything in my bag just for the sake of getting something new. It was all about performance. When I arrived at True Spec, I took a deep breath and walked through the door. I was politely greeted by the receptionist and led to my hitting bay where I was told I could warm up until Loren arrived. When Loren arrived he introduced himself and we began small talk as he began setting up the GC Quad and his software. He asked about my game, my clubs, and what I hoped to get out everything today. I had to drop that I had been interacting with his good buddy Ian for almost two years now and what I had in my bag was in large part to the knowledge I gained from him. I mentioned that I had received the G410 Plus through MyGolfSpy and Loren said he knew Adam as well. Throughout the fitting, I learned that Loren knows just about EVERYBODY in the golf business. Ian Fraser, Adam Beach, Will Peoples, etc. If I named someone, Loren had a connection. We were also watching the ShopRite LPGA event on the TV during my fitting and Loren was rooting on some of his favorite players. I come to learn that he personally has fitted many of them since their high school and college days. We talked about Maria Fassi and her incredible swing and how he has worked with her for many years and thinks she will dominate the tour very soon. These types of conversations almost made me pinch myself. Here is a guy that fits professionals, top amateurs, celebrities and professionals from other sports (he fit former New York Yankee Mark Teixeira earlier in the week), and now he is going to fit me? Just crazy. So now, onto the good stuff - the actual fitting. Loren explained the process: we’d start with irons, then moving into gapping and the driver, and then finish with wedges. He asked if I had any preferences and I said that I was open to anything, but no Callaway products (that discussion is for another day). I hit my 6 irons enough so he could see my numbers and patterns and asked what I’d like out of my irons. I immediately answered “more consistency”. He agreed that I didn’t need any more distance and we would focus on precision and consistency. He went and grabbed 5 heads from the drawer and the Modus 120x shaft so we could start our fitting. We started with the Modus shaft in all of the heads because he knew I was familiar with how the shaft would feel throughout the swing, so it would help us identify which heads to focus on. The heads that he chose for me were the Srixon 785, Ping Blueprint, TaylorMade P760, Mizuno 919 Tour and Mizuno MP18 MMC. I started with the Srixon 785 and while it was good, it was very similar to the 765 and we just didn’t see anything that jumped out at us. The Ping Blueprint was next and man this was such a great looking and feeling iron - but boy was it small. I actually hit it pretty well, but it has such a sharp leading edge and the poor turf interaction was leading to inconsistent strikes. The Mizuno MMC put ups om great ballspeed numbers, but the slightly wider sole was not a good match for my extremely shallow angle of attack. We followed that up with the Mizuno 919 Tour and started seeing some much more consistent shots. Contact was better, and the 919 Tour advanced to the next round. The P760 had similar results, so it made it to the next round as well. Now that we were narrowed down to two heads, it was time to try some different shafts. Loren went to his irons shaft stash and brought back a Rifle 6.0, KBS $ Taper X, and an Oban CT 115 S and X. We tried every shaft in the 919 head first and it was pretty clear that the Oban shaft was going to be the one. I really loved the feel of the shaft and I could go after with without turning over left as much as with the other shafts. We tried the S flex as well, but while I seemed to get a bit more ballspeed with it, I lost some of the precision I had with the X flex. We then tried the P760 in the Oban shaft and the numbers just couldn’t match up with what I was putting out with the 919/Oban combination. Loren explained to me how Oban shafts were constructed, and their unique composition allowed for more precise weighting and frequencies (a club builders dream). They also allowed for more flex options. Oban offers an S, S+, X-, and X. Loren recommended that I go with the X- as it would give me the stability and precision I was seeing with the X, but a little more feel and ballspeed that I was seeing in the S. I was pretty damn excited. He took my final setup and went over to the loft/lie machine and bent the clubhead. I hit a few more shots and the consistency improved even more. He wen’t slightly flatter and stronger. Loren mentioned that because I have such a shallow delivery with the irons, he’d want to strengthen the lofts so that I would have 3 degree gaps in the long irons, 4 degree gaps in the mid irons, and 5 degree gaps in the scoring irons and wedges. After my fitting I was reading up on this and it turns out a lot of tour pros with shallower attack angles have their irons bent strong (Jason Day and Rory McIlroy to name a pair). Normally a customer would have hit driver next, but Loren wanted to see how the top of my bag progressed coming off the irons, so I hit my Srixon u65 Next. He commented that the 4 iron was an extremely situational club for me and he could see me benefiting from getting the 4ron in the 919 Tours, but then also sticking with the u65 4 iron and then swapping them out for one another depending on how my swing progressed (if I got a bit steeper) and how I wanted to utilize the 4 iron on a particular course (utility iron off the tee on shorter, tighter holes). The U65 was giving me good numbers across the board, so he felt comfortable sticking with that rather than going for a hybrid. The 212 carry also gave me a great yardage gap between my 5 iron and my hybrid. Speaking of the hybrid, when he pulled it out and handed to me, I said that this is truly the first hybrid I have had that I actually don’t dread hitting. I proceeded to absolutely pure six straight shots. Loren simply shook my head and said “there’s nothing we can do to give you a better club than that”. 147 MPH ball speed,14.6 launch, 3945 spin with 232 yards of carry. Baby draws. We switched out to the 3 wood next. I explained that I build the 3 wood and driver but putting everything I’ve learned about my swing and about fitting through Ian into these clubs and shafts. After 5 shots with my 3 wood, Loren said we would be wasting time and energy trying to find a better 3 wood for me. 153.2 MPH ball speed, 12.7 launch, 3489 spin, 249 yards of carry off the deck. Baby draws. With little time wasted, it was onto the big stick. As many of you have read in the forum review thread, I am in love with my Ping G410 Plus driver. I was curious to find out if what I thought I was seeing on the course was real. This was all about validation, and if it wasn’t validated. Well - after just 5 swings, we had validation. I was pumping out baby draw bombs with the G410 Plus. I went into the day thinking maybe I’d be better off with the LST head, or another driver altogether (Cobra F9 or TaylorMade M5 perhaps?) Well they didn’t even get a shot. Loren commented that he loved the Accra shaft I had in the G410 as I seemed to be timing it perfectly without much effort. When we looked at the data, all of the numbers were just about as optimal as you could get. 162.6 MPH ball speed, 14.3 launch, 1641 Spin, 298 yards of carry. Those are insane numbers for me. I knew I was seeing some bombs on the course, and these numbers validated why. We really liked this driver for me because while the spin was low, that was when I was hitting it slightly higher on the face so the spin would tend to drop naturally. If I tried to go to a lower spin driver, the spin would have been too low to provide a stable and consistent ball flight. This doesn’t mean I constantly carry it 298 (my normal carry is probably closer to 285 now), but my current driver gives me the perfect blend of forgiveness, spin, dispersion and ball speed, and the ability to really nuke one if I catch it right. Loren told me that I am in the less than 1% of people that he has fit that didn’t need even tweak the smallest setting on the driver or 3 wood. That was pretty cool to hear. He did mention that the swing weight on my driver was kind of heavy and I could shorten the driver to 44.75 to bring it down to 4.5, and that I wouldn’t really lose anything performance wise, but might gain a little more consistency. Once I got done admiring my driver numbers it was on to wedges. I mentioned that the wedge shafts I had were installed to match a previous set of irons I had, and I really felt that I was lacking in consistency with my wedges. We talked about different wedge shafts and adding more weight and he went and grabbed three wedge shafts: KBS 610 125, DG Tour Issue S400 and Modus 125 Wedge. With all of the wedge shafts I felt a much better weighting throughout the swing. The profile of the KBS didn’t really jive with me as it almost felt like I was swinging a sledgehammer - a little too heavy. The S400 felt better, but I just wasn’t timing it right and my ball speeds and carry distances were down. The Modus 125s were the perfect combination of weight and feel and really helped me deliver my club head more consistently. This was the one. Loren and I talked again about my shallow delivery, bounce, and lie angle and we settled on a 50 (bent to 49), 54, 60 (bent to 59) setup with slightly flatter than standard lie angles. The last thing we talked about was grips. At some point during my fitting I had mentioned that I have smaller hands, and while a standard grip feels great in my left hand, my bottom (right) hand always felt like I was having to really squeeze harder to get a good handle on the club. We walked over to one of the drawers and he pulled out the Tour Velvet Plus 4 grip and it just felt fantastic. I was able to put my right hand on the club much more naturally and with much less tension. Perfect. My head was spinning from all of the information shared with me throughout the day and I was probably grinning like an idiot the entire way home on the train. By the time I arrived home, I received my fitting summaries from Loren, as well as my fitting “prescription” and a full quote to have True Spec build everything for me. Loren was a class act from start to finish. He's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and his knowledge of the golf swing and attention to the detail during the fitting were more than I could have ever hoped for. It was truly a privilege to be fit by him. My wife and I went out to dinner that night and I walked her through my fitting and how it was the best golf experience of my life. She knew that if I ever god a proper fitting like this, my club-hoing days would be over. So that night we placed the order. Much to my surprised, I received an email from True Spec and FedEx on June 18th, less than 11 days after my fitting, that my clubs had been shipped. They arrived on Thursday, June 20th - less than two weeks after my fitting. Just unbelievable customer services right there. The presentation of the club in the True Spec box was top notch, just like the rest of the experience. I put my new clubs in my bag and just started at my entire setup. For the first time in my life, I had zero doubts about my equipment. No questions about fit. No worrying that I was leaving performance on the table. And I tell you what - it is a pretty incredible feeling. This fitting journey started with me learning more about my swing through my instructor, learning about equipment from MyGolfSpy, learning about the science of the swing and fitting through Ian Fraser at TXG, and culminated by getting fit by one of the top club fitters in the world in Loren David at True Spec NYC. I am truly grateful for everyone that played a part in getting my bag to where it is today. No more equipment excuses. It’s time to play some golf.
  14. 17 points
    LOL..That's great. You'll have to tell him how significant that is! Not to worry, if he's like many other 5 year olds, just give him his own smartphone and he'll catch Shankster in no time...
  15. 16 points
    Lot’s of new stuff! Also new Cally Rogue driver on the way In Florida this week on vacation [emoji1303][emoji631] Bag this week: Ping G400 Max Callaway XR16 4 Wood Callaway XR Steelhead Hybrids 3 - 5 Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons 6 - GW Cleveland CBX 50 Wedge Cleveland Sureout, 62 Wedge Evnroll ER5 Putter Coming SOON Callaway Rogue Driver! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. 16 points
    Shankster and PING Blueprint Irons---A Match Made in Heaven? Every so often we do a special review of a club on MGS. Usually it's when the OEM provides us with one set or one driver etc for review, it's not practical to open it up to over 500 to 1,000 applications and pick just one person. So when the Blueprint review was generously offered by PING with the stipulation it went to a member who was a true low single digit handicap, we discussed as a group who would be an ideal member to reach out to test these beauties. Honestly at least half a dozen names came to mind, but some of them were already involved in a testing or had just completed one. Then one name really jumped out at us, Shankster. Not just because he fit the handicap requirement, but if there is any one person on this site who is a more of a traditionalist and prefers the minimalist design in a club than Alan, we don't know who it is. When we reached out to Shankster, it took him about 1 minute to say yes, and that's only because he was recovering from the shock of being asked and making sure he wasn't being punked! We had to work through the timing of his move from Michigan to Maryland, but all that got sorted out. Not knowing exactly when today he'll get his post up, I'll leave you with a few of these.
  17. 16 points
    Shirt and hat showed up today. They look amazing and I couldn't be happier with what Puma picked for me. Will definitely be the shirt and hat I wear when I get back on the course. Thank you so much MGS and Puma! Sent from my Moto Z3 Play using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  18. 16 points
    For my 5000th post, I wanted to talk about Dads. My dad passed in 1976, I was 5, I do miss what could have been, but I will see him again someday. For anyone who’s father is alive, make sure you tell them how much you aprreciate and Love them, you never know how long you have. Here is a photo of my dad from his high school days. Also a photo of his headstone. I don’t get to visit very much since I am 12 hours away, but I try to make it a point to stop in when I go back to Michigan. This past week I was there and stopped in 2 times, it was a nice quiet rainy day, but it was good.
  19. 16 points
    Awfully quiet in the thread this week. Am I going to have to do everything myself? I already have an outfit picked out for my round on Thursday. I also found this old picture of @GolfSpy STUDque doing his best Rickie impression. Not too shabby!
  20. 16 points
    73 (par 73) 9/14 fir 14/18 gir 33 putts Couldn't make anything and had 2 3 putts but overall hit the ball well. And it is now official I am a scratch golfer! Official index is 0.3 the lowest it has ever been.
  21. 16 points
    69 9/14 fir 14/18 gir 30 putts One of the better ball striking rounds I have had. Even my misses were good. Dist to pin on gir was 21.4 ft. Dist on all approaches was 24.1 ft. I’ll take that all day everyday. Focusing on slow takeaway and making sure tempo is good during transition.
  22. 16 points
    Ping Long Game/Gap Testing - Fitting Once I received my local Ping reps info, I shot him a text and we quickly settled on a fitting time and location the Friday before Memorial Day. The fitting took place at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on the windward side of the island, and it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day for some golf. Here a pic of what some of that drive looks like! That side of the island gets a bit windy, so of course I was hitting limited flight range balls directly into about a 15 mph headwind, but it’s a good looking range as you can see here. I arrived around 1145ish, warmed up and we got down to business. Joey (the Ping rep) watched me hit shots for a bit and then took at look at what I had in my bag. He didn’t ask a lot of questions when he saw my setup, but I think seeing my setup combined with seeing me swing helped him establish a baseline of sorts. We talked about what the fitting was focused on and then we got going! Seeing how we had to go with the fitters recommendation regardless of any previous fitting data we had, I figured the process would be fairly straight forward, and it was. Joey setup the Trackman and we started testing some long game weapons! I got started with the Crossover, and based on the feel and dispersion alone, I knew I wanted one in my bag. None of the Crossovers he had stiff shafts, so I tested the one with a regular shaft. As such the ball flight was ridiculously high, but I knew with the correct shaft it would come down significantly. It was a leap of faith to a degree, but based on what I’ve seen so far, that leap has been rewarded! What was funny was comparing the Crossover to my 4i. Straight up, it was no contest. In fact, after hitting the Crossover, I seriously considering looking at a 5 Crossover as well, but that will have to wait for now! Next we got going with the hybrids. I told him my G400 3H had a special place in my heart and that I was expecting similar results from the G410 line especially from a comfort perspective. My intuition was correct, and the test G410 I got a long with best had the Ping Tour hybrid shaft. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but the G410 3H was at least 5 yards longer than my old setup and that was all I needed to see. We were about to move to FWs, but Joey asked me to give the G410 2H a few swings. His logic was that with the adjustability, it would fill the gap between FW and Crossover perfectly. I hadn’t even considered that, but he was 100% correct as 2H, played at 18.5, is what is in my bag now! Finally, we went through the FWs. Admittedly, I started to get nervous at this point because I struggle with FWs and have had a hard time finding one that has worked well for me on and off the tee. The first one I tested was a standard G410 3W with a Ping Tour 75 S shaft. No joke, I absolutely ripped the first one off the deck and that pretty much settled what was going in my bag. We tinkered around with a few more configurations, including a G410 5W and G410 3W LST, but nothing came close to what I saw and felt with the standard model. I tried the following shafts in all the clubs: Crossover - Alta CB Red, Hybrids - Ping Tour 85 S and EvenFlow Black 85HY 6.0, FWs - Ping Tour 75 S and EvenFlow Black 75 6.0. Based on that, I was all set to go with the Ping Tours, but Joey said he liked the ball flight and spin numbers he saw when I was hitting my old FW with the Tensei CK Pro Blue so he wanted me to get that shaft in the Crossover, hybrids and FW. While I could’ve easily gamed any of the Ping Tour shafts, I was happy he recommended a shaft I was even more comfortable with. Following the discussion about shafts, we quickly went through the grips, and settled on midsize Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360s (gold) on all the clubs. I gave Joey my contact info, then headed out to enjoy what ended up being a golf filled Memorial Day weekend! Joey wrapped things up by telling me I could expect to see my order in about a week and honestly I thought he was yanking my chain. But when I got CC’d on the order email the same day as the fitting, I knew he wasn’t playing around. I received the tracking the following Tuesday, and that Friday, the box you see below was on my porch! Right below that picture are the packing list along with the configuration tags for each club. As is usually the case with Ping, the clubs were built to spec and have performed nicely so far! I had been fit one time prior to this in September 2018, and overall it was a very straight forward process. Joey seemed most interested in making sure the clubs I tested were in a certain spin range, and he was able to get my dialed in quickly once we get near the desired range. I was very excited to get the clubs so quick and I did not waste any time getting them in my bag because new clubs need to be used, right? With one of the parameters of this testing being overall game improvement, I thought it was important to put them to use ASAP and the more I use them, the more impressed I am! In closing I would again like to thank MGS and Ping for the testing opportunity, and I hope this post gives everyone an idea of what the fitting process was like!
  23. 16 points
    From the second that I saw the announcement, “Ping Long Game Gapping Testing/Review”, I knew that this was not an ordinary opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed and appreciated every testing opportunity that I’ve been a part of through MGS. But this one? A Ping specialist sent just to fit me with properly gapped clubs between my longest iron and my Driver? How could I lose! Because of the additional step of the gapping test and the need to have it done by either a Ping area rep or certified fitter there was a lag in time between our selection and the actual fittings. In the long run that wait will prove valuable as it allowed me to compile stats from my old set up through my shot scope system. IMO comparing those stats, average yardage with each club as well as proximity to the hole or success rate when laying up will be the best possible comparison as to this test’s success. In the past I’ve generally used trackman sessions for such things but hitting balls into a net on trackman does not a golf score make. Hitting a 9 wood from 172 over a trap from the left side of the fairway on an approach or threading a five wood lay up between two fairway bunkers on 17 to set up a short pitch into the green with a match on the line, that’s what we are really testing here. It’s more than raw numbers for certain! After some back and forth my Ping fitter, Steve Bersch, arranged to drive over from Orlando, FL and meet me at 10 AM on the Tuesday after Memorial Day at Clearwater Country Club in Clearwater, FL about half an hour from my house (nearly two hours from his). Don’t let the name fool you. Clearwater CC is an old school family owned property originally designed in 1920 by Herbert Strong. It is open to the public and it’s most famous “member” is John Daly who regularly plays in the Friday skins game held there each week at noon. It was a very comfortable place to go for the fitting. Rather than the range which was being sodded, they had Steve take me to a par 3 fairway and hit over a grove of small trees onto the range. They also supplied us with nice clean (but slightly experienced) Pro VI’s and Pro VI x’s for test. Steve explained that Trackman has a feature that converts range ball flights to premium balls but he believed that the sound and feel of a similar premium ball to the one that I regularly use (Pro VIx) would yield the best possible results for accurate long game gapping. I mentioned in my Stage 1 review that I was coming off of a subpar round just two days prior to the fitting. After stretching and hitting a few balls it was easy enough to tell that I still had that swing (it’s deserted me again at the moment BTW). The first thing we did once I was warmed up was determine what my longest iron should be. Steve also agreed to make recommendations on irons and Driver for me if he felt a change were in order there. I hit 3 8 irons, 3 7 irons and 3 6 irons. He then had me alternate between 8 and 6 for a few shots and then hit my 5 hybrid. At this point he paused and said that 6 iron was the point where I started to lose trajectory. My distance gap was right between 7 and 6, low 140’s carry/152 total to 164 total for the 6 but my carry distance with the 6 was inconsistent and only one of the balls reached 80 feet high – the average height of my 7 and 8 irons. My 5 hybrid was even lower still and there was very little gap between it and 6 iron, 4 hybrid was a little better but out of kilter long because of lack of spin and ball flight. I went from 168 average total with 5 hybrid to 188 with 4 hybrid, something that I have been acutely aware of when playing. Armed with that data and having already noted my shallow AoA coupled with my average swing speed, (81 MPH with 6 iron) Steve handed me a 9 wood to test as a substitute for my 5 hybrid - bang, zoom, problem solved there, 2 balls that flew 80 feet high and carried 168 yards, 175 with the run out. 7 wood quickly followed with the same result approximately 12 yards farther. We then tried 6 hybrid to replace the 6 iron but there was not really much difference between the 2. I ended up with the hybrid anyway but that will be a battle to see which club wins out. I seem to hit the 6 iron pretty well on the course for real to be honest and the shot scope data bears me out. The last part of the Ping gapping test was to determine what wood would be my longest club before driver. I hit my current 3 wood very well off the tee and almost passably off the turf. But in the test with trees to carry it was easy to see that I didn’t hit it high enough. The trees really helped the testing process as I knew that there was an issue if I failed to carry them with a club. We tried a Ping G410 3 wood turned up first but the best I could muster there was 184 yards of carry and a 40 foot apex – it ran out pretty well but that’s not what we were looking for. So out came the 5 wood which I hit great. Apex of 75 feet, carry right around 190, run out to 205 plus. As long as we waited for the fitting the clubs arrived in a just a few days, exactly a week after the test in fact. Below are comparisons between what I had and what I was fit for. The G410 5 wood with an R flex Alta CB 65 red shaft (on all three woods) set to neutral (on all three woods) - this club replaces my 3 wood. The 7 wood replaces my 4 hybrid The 9 wood replaces my 5 hybrid. Please note that the lofts are extremely strong on these clubs 17.5,20.5 and 23.5 respectively. I got to the range two days later and have been working at it with each ever since even playing three nines and a full 18 yesterday with them in the bag. I'm now beginning to gather the data that will form the basis of my stage 2 review. I noted the strength of those lofts to one of the pros at my club. He was watching me hit 7 wood and couldn't believe how far I was hitting it. I touched 200 with it a couple of times in that session. Below is a reading from my voice caddy device for the 5 wood off the turf during a recent range session. I have a couple of 220 yard plus positional tee shots already with that club already according to my Shot Scope app. In closing, I would like to extend special thanks again not only to Ping and MGS for picking me but to my fitter Steve for taking time out of his week to drive over and fit me as well as Clearwater Country Club for allowing us to use their facility. I should note that Steve recommended that I keep my irons and current wedges. He did however claim that he could get me some yardage with a radical driver set up. I ordered the driver from Clearwater as a thank you for their hospitality – it was a full ten yards longer than mine and far straighter. I've tag along with the Ping G410 driver group to make comments on that club so head there if you want to read about that set up, it's as wild as the 9 wood! The questions have been great so far. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any others about the fitting, the gapping or the clubs. We will have great data to share from Shot Scope once its time for the Stage 2’s to hit. Until then its fairways and greens to all of you!
  24. 16 points
    A Challenge Laid Down So my fitting was a bit different than the rest of the groups. It was an actual full bag fitting. I made arrangements with PING to travel to their HQ and get fit for 14 PING Clubs. This was part of a challenge I took on from something Adam tweeted over the early spring. He said if you are playing 14 clubs all from the same OEM, then you most likely aren’t playing the 14 clubs best for your game. That is paraphrasing it a bit. But his message was that there would be at least one segment in your bag where you’d be not playing the equipment best for your game. I thought about this, as last year I mentioned to a few people that I almost went with a full PING bag as I felt they had one of the strongest lineups top to bottom. Then after reading Adam’s tweet, Challenge accepted. I told him what I had planned and he was all for it and said good luck. My Bag Prior to Fitting So here’s what I had in play prior to going to PING. Driver: PING G410 (I had ordered right after hitting it at the PGA Show) FW: Titleist 917 F2 18 degree, had been my money club from about 180 to 190 for almost two years. Hybrid: Titleist 816 H 19/23 degree-Same as the 917 but even a year longer. Irons: Rotated between Bridgestone JGR HF2 with Recoil shafts, and Srixon 585’s with Nippon Modus 105. Wedges: Vokey SM7 50/54/58 Putter Scotty Cameron X7M 35” in the bag for 3 years. Who is GolfSpy_CG2 So since I didn’t do a full stage 1 and for the benefit of the newer members, a few quick notes about me. · I’ve been a member here for 3 years, came onto the staff at the beginning of 2018 as a forum moderator along with GolfSpy_Studque · In December of 2018 Stud and I became Co-Forum Directors, both having total responsibility for the running of the forum. · My day job is Tournament Sales Director for a 36 hole municipal course in the Baltimore MD area. · It’s well documented on here, that I’m one of the biggest club ho’s on the site. Clubs sometimes don’t last in my bag before the box has found its way to the recycling bin · I rotate between going through irons faster than dog with a handout from the dinner table, to the ever elusive search for the magical driver. It’s fun I enjoy it and I was featured on a TXG fitting video last June with Ian Frasier where we talked and laughed about this. · I just turned 60 and play to a current handicap of ------- You’ll have to read that later as its part of this testing. · I’ve lost all the length in my game due age and some arthritis settling in from an accident a few years back. I hit it about 205 on average to 230 on a good drive. · My 7 iron is my 135 club. My Fitting Experience So with all that said, let’s get to the fitting. As I mentioned my fitting was a full bag and it started with the putter. I was lead into the PING putting lab where there was an elevated putting green which looked to be about 50 or 60 feet long and had cameras above, behind and to the side of it. I met Jeff my fitter and he had me get comfortable and take a few practice strokes with my putter toward a plate about 15 feet away. Once I felt comfortable he put the cameras on along with the PING putting analyzer. Putting is by far and away the strength of my game. I’ve just always had a very natural feel for it, and have tried several different styles to see what fit my eye before landing on this No. 7 style. I played it in my previous putter as well, a Odyssey Versa No. 7. It just sets up very well for me. Jeff said I did real well with that style, and was putting at the level of a +2 handicap. This was nice to hear but not surprising as I had won a putting contest a month earlier against a bunch of PGA Professionals at a Callaway event. He confirmed I had the right style putter with a bit of toe hang for my arc which was solidly on the line of slight to strong arc. He immediately put me in the PING Tyne 4, which pleased me as it’s one I had messed around with at the PGA Show and liked it very much. My results were almost exactly the same. The only thing he felt needed changing was to add 1* of loft as I had a slight forward tilt in my address position which took a bit of loft off. So putter was all settled in very short order. I then met James Lee one of the Master Fitters who has been at PING for almost 12 years I think he said. He has fit Pro’s to 36 handicaps, so he said not to worry, I would certainly fall somewhere in between. I grabbed a couple bottles of water and we headed out to the immaculate driving range. The same ones the PING pros use when they are being fit. I heard the infamous story of the fence at the end of the range which is a 320 yard carry, that it had to be raised another 30 feet because Bubba Watson would often fly the fence and hit into a city bus/police parking lot across the street. You hear how far those guys hit the ball, but to see something like that and imagine a drive flying into it, is something else. They joked they may need to raise again now that they have Cameron Champ coming in regularly. The fitting began with me hitting driver to get my distance on that, and it was about 205 to 210 on average. Next up was hitting the G410 6 and 7 irons. I hit the 6 iron about 145 on average, but was inconsistent with it, The 7 was pretty much spot on 135 to 138 each swing, so James determined that is where my irons would end. We went back to the top to find a club that would fit each distance starting at 190 to 195 and working down. He was pretty much able to lock In on the next distance for me with just one or sometimes two tries with a club. So I pretty quick order we wounded out the bag with the following. 190 to 195 yards-G410 SFT 3 wood at 17 degrees 180 to 185 yards-G410 SFT 7 wood 22 degrees 165 to 175 yards-G410 9 wood 23.5 degrees turned up 1 degree 155 to 160 yards –G410 5 hybrid 26 degrees 145 to 150 yards –G410 6 hybrid 30 degree G410 7-PW Glide 2.0 Stealth 50/54/58 Sigma 2 Tyne 4 35” So that conclude a good half day fitting at PING and to top it off as I was sitting in a little viewing areas where people can watch the range having a cold beverage to cool off, who happens to walk by and say hello and introduce himself….Mr. John A Solheim, the as if he needed introducing. For the non PING devotee’s John A is the son of Karsten Solheim who founded the company. He is currently the Chairman and CEO, and his son John K. Solheim is the President and runs most of the day to day operations. He sat down and I was treated to a nice 20 minute casual conversation about some of the early days and he asked how my fitting went. Such an unexpected treat. Having just exceed 1300 words, I’ll stop here for now, and come back later with details on how the clubs are playing.
  25. 16 points
    Ok boys. Package waiting for me on the porch in the dark. Feel like a kid at Christmas. Big thank you to Cobra/Puma for the opportunity to try out these shoes. As a podiatrist I make shoe recommendations every day so I will give you my professional assessment....and tomorrow I will give you my on course assessment. First, the shoes do run a little on the large size so make sure you try them out first as they are a little big, but I just put a pair of my bigger orthotics in the shoes, and they fit fine now. Second, the shoes do have torsional stability when you try to twist them side to side. Third, the forefoot only breaks....or bends at the appropriate spot where your foot would bend. Some shoes will bend at the midfoot level which is not going to be a comfortable shoe. Fourth, there is a rigid heel counter although it is a little on the small side so stability will be compromised a little bit. The fit is like a sock....and surprisingly....there is plenty of room in the forefoot area to accommodate my tailors bunions. Shoe seems to be very well cushioned. This shoe probably won’t work well for people with really flat feet....or who need a lot of stability in a shoe....if you are one of these people.....you know it! The insole is removable....really cheap shoes have the insole glued into place. The only exception to this rule is a well made dress shoe. The lasting appears as though it is quality. This is a good looking shoe.
  26. 16 points
    I foolishly agreed with those guys at one point in my life even though my pro back in Wisconsin started by asking what my goals were because if they were to play on the champions tour I needed to hit the gym. Through lessons, proper fitting and the ability to play/practice year round once we moved to Florida, I got myself all the way down from 5 to below a 2. At 55 I was extremely competitive as a senior player in a county of nearly a million people. But age an extra weight, lack of fitness and extra weight caught up with me. I drifted from the mid 160’s in my 20’s and 30’s to the mid 180’s in my 40’s (not bad - just a little paunch like most middle aged guys). Not enough extra weight to impact my swing or my game at that age. But as I moved to my late 50’s stuff started happening, fast - work became stressful, 185 became 195 and inching towards 200, 205, 210. Suddenly I had a heart issue (genetically predisposed to it) and even though that’s controlled through an ablation and medication I was on the verge of diabetes. On the golf course I lost 30 yards and my scores as ended accordingly. Frankly I only played golf for social reasons, the fun wasn’t in the game anymore, it was in spending time with friends. It was in one of those round after failing to carry a pond that I could hit a 5 wood over five years prior that a long time friend asked when the baby was due. That was late January of 2018. When I stepped on the scale at the start of my fitness program on February 4th I weighed 209 buck naked. My goal was to get back to 185. I got there by late April and didn’t stop. I got to my college playing weight 168 for my 62nd birthday in October and weighed 165 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so I’m maintaining. Had a physical two weeks ago and my doctor flipped out. She said I’m a totally different person than the last time that she saw me - blood work great, BP 110/68 vs 130/85, sitting heart rate 64 v 85. I told her I was working on moving the needle a tad lower to 162. She said great idea but not too much lower than that. Weighed in this morning at 161.9. Who cares about golf, fitness matters for life - any argument against it is foolish. You owe it to the people whom you love and yourself to stay as fit as possible. But since the question was about golf - I’ve regained 25 yards with driver, a full club plus with irons - my last four rounds I’ve shot 77,70,77 and was 2 under Sunday afternoon when the rains came. One of those rounds was competitive the others casual. I’m being accused of sandbagging i my leagues - I’m not - it just takes a bunch of 9 hoke rounds for the handicap to catch up - I was a 9 (for 18) in one league and a 7 in the other so getting 5 and 4 a side. It absolutely matters but golf is the least of a person’s worries. This from a guy who will be burying a non fit 59 year old on Saturday. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  27. 16 points
    At 50 and now at 68. Getting fit has made a HUGE difference in everything I do now. It won’t cure a crappy golf game however you will feel and look better trying [emoji1320] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  28. 15 points
    (4) TESTERS Wanted Cleveland RTX 4 Wedges If you do something once and it works well, then why not do it a second, third and now even a fourth time? Makes sense right? Well that must be what the club designers at Cleveland Golf think. A company that knows a thing or two about wedges, has stuck with a successful formula in the RTX line. Without changing the by now well known RTX name, Cleveland has certainly added what it feels are some enhancements to make the wedge even better than before. What are those changes and how do they perform? Well that's where four trusted forum members will come in, as they will be chosen to test, review and keep two wedges in the RTX 4 lineup. You will be able to choose which two lofts you would like to test and which of the three finishes you'd like. . How to Enter: It's Simple First and Foremost, DO NOT Quote This Post in Your Reply Per manufacturers request this testing is open to all US Residents In a post below list the following information. First Name/State Handicap Current Brand Wedges Played Your favorite type of wedge shot That's it. We'll be selecting the testers next week. So be sure and check back to see if you were selected
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    [emoji3590][emoji3590][emoji3590] I just can't get over this little girl[emoji3531][emoji3531][emoji3531] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
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    ... Ran across another teachable moment yesterday and figured it was a good one to share here. Played with a Chinese guy that I had been paired up with a few weeks ago and got paired up again. He is a great playing pard that really loves golf, is always happy and smiling and it was fun to join him again. We exchanged numbers so we can play again, but I digress and on to the tip. He was hitting his short irons pretty decent but the longer the club the more he struggled. The 14th is a short par 4 that is uphill and 300 from the tips. With a slight 5 mph tailwind at our backs Zach decided to hit driver but pushed it into waist high heather with zero chance of finding it, let alone playing it. I hit my 2 iron 245 leaving me a nice pitch to a middle pin. Zach was amazed I hit my 2 iron farther than his driver and asked how do you do that? I laughed and said years of playing but mostly it is because of my timing and tempo. I told him I try to swing my 2 iron identical to my PW and he didn't think that was possible. With nobody behind us I showed him by hitting a pw and then the 2 iron again asking Zach to just watch my arms and hands for their tempo. He saw I was not swinging my 2 iron harder or faster, just letting the loft and length of the club take care of the distance. ... I had Zach do the same thing but with a lesson twist. We picked out a spot on the fairway and I had him hit his pw to that spot. He was pretty close swinging with a good tempo and hitting a nice 90 yd shot. I had him take his 5 iron and look at the same spot and then attempt to hit that 5 iron to that same spot BUT imagine his 5 iron was his pw. I told him it is of the utmost importance that he truly imagine a pw in his hands. He took a similar swing to his pw and was shocked to see his 5 iron flying 60 yds past the spot and in the middle of the fairway. He said he never imagined he could swing a 5 iron so easy and have the ball go so far. I told him he didn't swing it "easy" he just didn't swing soooo hard that he lost his tempo and missed the center of the club. He hit a few good and a few bad longer clubs on the next 4 holes. I told him it won't change overnight but continue to think about swinging every club like his pw and he will slowly keep getting better. He was particularly impressive hitting his 3 hybrid a little left but over the green on a par 3 with a back pin at 171 so he flew it a good 180! He said that was the longest he ever hit that club. ... This is an excellent drill to do at the range or in a practice round. Pick a target and hit your short iron, then try and swing a longer club imagining it is still that short iron and try to hit the same spot with the same tempo. Keep going back and forth until you feel like you are swinging both clubs with a similar tempo. This works amazingly well with a driver too as long as you commit and attempt to swing with a short iron tempo. If you struggle with longer clubs, give this a try and let me know how it works for you!
  31. 15 points
    I had my first eagle from a fairway today. It was a 143 yard 8 iron. I shot 75 to end the round. If only these things would continue.
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    When is the honeymoon period supposed to end? Because it isn't. The G410 Plus is the real deal for me. My Smart distance on Arccos with the driver is 285. That means I can expect the G410 to give me a 285 yard drive on average. When I played on Wednesday I pulled driver 9 times and 5 of those drives went over 285 and another went 283 uphill. Two of those 5 were 300 yard drives. That's absurd for me. I'm averaging slightly more than one 300 yard drive per round. I've never been more confident with the driver in my hands.
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    I know the competitors aren't eligible for the weekly prizes but I couldn't help myself.
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    1. Altitude: I've designed a propietary device to measure the differences in altitude and the flight of golf balls. Results will be published soon. 2. Temperature: Searched on Golf Digest, the authority in all things related to science and golf. Unlike some websites Golf Digest accepts big company money so you know it has the best answers for everything! 3. Interaction with the ground: I thought really hard about this one and had a multitude of ways to answer your question. Then I found a picture of a golf ball in a drink glass and decided to post that instead.
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    He'll start to post when he learns to type
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    Ping Long Game Gapping Testing - Stage 1 First off I wanted to give a huge thank you to both MyGolfSpy and Ping for this opportunity! For those that don’t know me, my name is Josh and I live near Harrisburg, PA with my wife, twin girls, and black lab. I’m a special education teacher in a nearby district, and am currently looking at possible opportunities to move into an assistant principal role. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. Along with golf I’m big into Pittsburgh sports, photography and music. If you have any questions that pop up as you read, feel free to throw them my way! As far as golf goes, it’s not something I picked up until after college. I have a cousin who is big into golf, but other than that, nobody in my family was ever a golfer. I’d been to the driving range growing up and was a self proclaimed putt-putt king, but golf was not something I ever took seriously. Once I graduated college and got married, I woke up one day and told my wife I wanted a set of golf clubs. Bought a set of Adams RPM2 irons, found some hand me down woods and putter and I was hooked. This year marks my 7th year golfing (don't ask how many clubs I’ve owned during those 7 years…) and I kick myself often for not starting earlier! My favorite person to golf with has to be my father-in-law. We’ve gotten to golf some great spots, and it’s just an absolute blast. I play most of my rounds in the Harrisburg, York, Hershey area. I’m a member at a local course that is a 5 minute drive from my house, but also like to explore some of the other courses in the area. I’m not far from the Maryland border, and like to take the occasional day trip down there to golf with my cousin or fellow Spies! There are many reasons why I love the game of golf. I love the unique challenge that it presents, and I love how you can play the same golf course 100 times and each of those rounds are never the same. My current bag makeup prior to fitting. No real rhyme or reason to how I chose my setup. When it comes to my fairways, I carry a 3-wood and Heavenwood. Truth be told, the 3-wood never really comes out of the bag, and I have a lot more confidence with my Heavenwood, using it for anything between the 175-210 range. Current handicap is a 15.3. I tend to hover in the high 80’s to low 90’s, and much of that is dependent on my driver. I fight an over-the-top when I swing, which really makes the driver and fairways a challenge some rounds. My ball flight is one I’d describe as more mid, and my typical miss with woods is to the right (I’m right handed), and my miss with irons/wedges is left. I’ve worked a lot on building a consistent swing this year (feel free to check out the link to my swing thread here) but I still have a way to go. My tempo is definitely on the slower side, though that’s something I’ve focused on improving over the past few months. If I had to pick a strength to my game I’d say it would be my putting. I’m not a fantastic putter by any stretch of the imagination, but generally can avoid 3-putts during a round. My biggest weakness would have to be the top end of my bag. My driver is often hit or miss, and I’ve never been confident with the top half of my bag. Once I get to about my 6-iron I can manage, but never had high confidence in my woods/low irons. Up until this point I’d only carried fairway woods. In the past I’ve tinkered with hybrids but they’ve never stuck. Prior to my fitting I carried a 3-wood, Heavenwood and then 4-AW in irons. In terms of looks, I absolutely love the g410 line. I’ve come to love the look of the turbulators, and both fairways and hybrids set up well to the ball. Hybrids definitely have more of a closed look than I’m used to, but still provide confidence at address. With the new G410 line, their fairways have a CG that is a little more forward compared to the g400 line, with the goal of increasing stability and provide maximum forgiveness. A new forged face provides more flexing to increase ball speed and the new hosel provides 8 settings offering loft adjustments +/- 1.5*, and lie adjustment up to 3* flatter than standard. Hybrids have the same hosel, and a slightly larger head/shape. Ping also says the deeper tungsten weight helps to maximize forgiveness in the larger head. I’ve always been a fan of Ping. I’ve played a number of their drivers (i15, Anser, G30, G400, G410), but outside of the Anser line, have never played a Ping fairway or hybrid, but very excited to spend some time with the g410 line. Stay tuned for fitting results! As someone who lacks confidence with drivers, fairways, and long irons, I was really excited for this opportunity. The one thing that really intrigued me was whether or not I was playing the right setup (fairways vs hybrids, long irons vs hybrids). I’ve always liked to tinker, but a chance to find out what would work best for me had me really excited! My goal is to get these on the Skytrak for a bit, and I also have a set of Arccos sensors coming my way to help track my on course game. There are a few holes at my course that give me problems, and these clubs could very well help on certain holes! What determines whether these earn a spot in my bag is quite simple. I’m not looking for extra yardage. I’m looking for something that will give me the confidence from 175 and out.
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    Ping Long Game/Gap Testing - Stage 1 - Tyler What's up everyone? For those of you who don't know me, I'm Tyler. I am a 28 year old golf junkie from the Show-Me State of Missouri. I haven't been around golf my entire life, I actually just started playing about four or five years ago, and I've been an "off the shelf" kinda guy the entire time. I live in the small town of Belle, with a population of about 2,000... ish. Surprisingly, we do have a nice 9-hole course, which is only 3 minutes from my house, and makes it easy to go out whenever and play a round, practice putting, dial in clubs, or just hit some balls. When I saw the opportunity to not only test the new G410 line, but also get fitted, I threw my name in the hat without hesitation. I've always been interested in the fitting process and this was a perfect chance to see how it all works. I couldn't wait to get out there meet the fitter, hit balls, and see what was going to end up in my bag. Whenever I get the chance to play golf, I take it. If it's not blistering hot or raining, I'll be on the course. I consider myself competitive in nature, but when it comes to golf, I really just enjoy having a good time. It doesn't matter who I'm golfing with, I'm out there to have fun and meet new people who also have a passion for the game. The only real competing I'm doing is against myself. That's one reason why I love the game so much. You don't have to have a team to play with, you can go out and challenge yourself to score better than the time before. When I first started, I'd say 80% of the time I was golfing, I was playing solo. Over the years, my game has improved and I've become confident enough to golf with whoever. One of my favorite weekend activities is just getting a group of friends to go golf and enjoy a few cold ones while we're at it. There isn't much that tops that. I started out golfing with one of those Top Flite complete sets that you pick up from Dick's Sporting Goods, they weren't very pretty, but they certainly started the addiction. Since I've never been fit before, most of my club purchasing comes from the lovely reviews and tests here on MGS. As far as specs, I've always done static fittings, the typical height and wrist-to-floor measurements, as well as hand size for the grips. Right now my bag is made up of the following (new G410 clubs included): Ping G400 Max Ping G410 3W Ping G410 3 Crossover Ping G410 4 Crossover Ping i200 5-PW Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedges - 52, 56, 60 Taylormade TP Juno Black As you can see, most of my bag is made up of Ping. I love their products. I never really focused on the top of my bag, besides driver. Everything from 3w down to about a 4 or 5 iron was something I just didn't pay attention to, not sure why. But, that is another reason why I really wanted the opportunity to finally find some clubs to round out my bag. The clubs that got tossed out were a Callaway Rogue 3W and an old Adams hybrid that I couldn't hit for the life of me. I would hook the hybrid into oblivion and I always feared pulling it out, which is a characteristic a hybrid shouldn't carry. As for the 3W, that was a recent purchase, probably had it for 3 or so months. Since everything else was upgraded to stiff in my bag, I needed something to replace my old Callaway regular flex XR 3w. But, being the off the shelf guy that I am, I didn't consider getting fit for anything. So, needless to say, those two clubs were not really doing much good. So I had to toss 'em out. Right now I'm around a 10hdcp, constantly trying to break into the single digits. I would say my swing tempo has shifted from "ZOOM ZOOM!" to "Okay, let's actually focus on hitting the ball." I used to try and crush it with every shot, and my entire swing was very poor. At this time, I'm very content with how my swing is. My typical shot is a slight draw (which I never thought would ever happen). I'm currently struggling with a random pull that happens every so often and leaves me missing right. I think the biggest thing is alignment and grip, so I'm working on it every chance I get. The one area I can rely on though is my short game, and anything from around 130 in. I think this goes back to my tempo issues, and since I'm not having to hit it far, I don't swing hard, therefore allowing me to hit good shots. It's big mental thing. My weakness is really the area that I'm testing for. We have a par 5 at our local course and the second shot always requires a fairway wood or hybrid into the green and 9 times out of 10 I wouldn't make the green or I'd hook it OB. If these new clubs are anything like the past line (G400, i200) that I have in my bag, I know they're going to help me tremendously. Due to the flooding and tornadoes that was going on here, I was a bit behind everyone else when it came to getting fit and receiving the clubs, so I haven't put on quite as many miles but I can tell you this... I was able to hit the G410 Crossover for the first time yesterday and I am already in love. I stuck a shot about 4 feet from the pin from 180 yards or so out. Something I know I wouldn't have been able to do with my past hybrid or 3w. Not only did the shoot feel good, it sounded even better! So, what was I fit for? Well here are the deets: Ping G410 3W, Alta CB 65 Red Stiff, Orange grip, +3/4" Ping G410 3 Crossover, Alta CB 70 Red Stiff, Orange grip, Standard length Ping G410 4 Crossover, Alta CB 70 Red Stiff, Orange grip, Standard length Some of these photos posted below may be NSFW If you're anything like me, you not only pick a club because it can do good things for your scorecard, but also because it is appealing to the eye. The G410 line is just that. Look at those curves! We know that Ping is known for their Hyrdopearl Chrome finish when it come to irons and now their crossovers. The well-known finish helps reduce friction with the turf and improve launch and spin from the rough and wet grass. I don't know about you, but the rough and I are great friends and this Hyrdopearl finish is going to help when it comes to those wet, dewy mornings. The Crossover contains a tungsten toe weight which adds forgiveness and helps increase MOI. Like their irons, the club indicator is the same chrome like finish which make these look that much better! And from my experience with their i200 irons, that finish will last a very, very long time. They have tuned these Crossovers to actually look more like irons and less bulky like their predecessors. The forward CG promotes less shot bend and helps ensure those shots will be straight with stable trajectories. They have what is called a C300 maraging-steel face, which promotes that awesome sound I was speaking of earlier. Not only that, but it helps increase ball speed and distance! Now let's talk about their fairway woods. Again, they are using the same maraging steel face to promote better ball speed and easier launch which in turn maximizes your distance. Just what we want, right? The problem with my previous 3W was that I had a hard time getting it in the air. Most of my shots were look stinger-esque hooks, so we had to find something to help put the ball into orbit. Yep, turbulators are still a thing! These G410 fairway woods now have Trajectory Tuning 2.0, which now allows the user to adjust their fairway up to 8 different ways, including a 3 degrees flatter than standard lie to help optimize ball flight. I really like when clubs are adjustable. Yes, simplistic is nice in certain aspects, but being able to fine tune your club to your liking is an awesome addition. As a matter of fact, during the fitting we were going to test a different shaft in my previous 3w, but since it wasn't adjustable, that was not an option. I think someone should always opt for the adjustable clubs, to me it just makes sense. One thing most often overlooked in the golf game is shafts. We always want to look at clubs and what they can do, while sometimes not really thinking about the shaft. Just like in my G400, I was equipped with the Ping Alta CB Red shaft. I was hitting my driver so well that it was a no-brainer for my fitter. Told you, they deserve a NSFW tag. I plan to hit the course every chance I get in order to put these clubs through the wringer. Most of my testing will be done at my local course, as it is rarely busy and can sometimes feel like you own the place when there isn't anyone there... which is quite often. I'll be hitting a lot of balls into par 5s to see how well I can get them to land on the green and stop. As with my previous 3w, if I was able to reach the green, I had a lot of roll out. My fitter, Chris, made sure I was to get something that would help get the ball in the air and allow me to be on the dance floor with some birdie, or even eagle putts. As of right now I'm really enjoying these clubs. Could it be the honeymoon stage or could it be true love? We shall soon find out.
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    The Most Entertaining US Open This Decade It seems like we have all come to the consensus that the 2019 US Open was one of the best of all times. It really had it all this time. The best golfers in the world playing their best golf, a course that is iconic, punitive, yet still fair, and best of all, an outcome that kept us watching until that last player walked along the seaside on the 18th hole. As a whole, I think that we feel comfortable with Gary Woodland winning. He played great golf, with great composure, holding off a last day charge by the reigning king of majors, Brooks Koepka. Even though Rose faded a bit on Sunday, Brooks made enough shots to keep the pressure on Woodland, who ultimately shouldered it all with unflusterable confidence, securing his second best golf moment of 2019. Yes, I did say second best. His greatest achievement came earlier in the year in Arizona. Seriously, he’d need to win multiple majors to top his session with Amy at Waste Management this year. Regardless, Gary seems like a really good dude, and I truly enjoy seeing good things happen to good people. I’m not really writing this piece to talk about the outcome of the tournament. Lots of media outlets have already done that, and likely better than I ever could. Instead, I thought I would share my experiences while attending the US Open. I was fortunate enough to be granted a media badge for the event, and I thought that those of you who didn’t make the trip to Carmel would like to know what it was like to be there. So without further ado, I give you Dave’s Take on the 2019 US Open. The Fan Game Begins The Sunday Before While the main media and fan events start on Monday, it was actually possible to get on to the event site the Sunday before. While you couldn’t get out to check out the course, you could walk around the lodge and shops at Pebble Beach. If one of your golf goals is to enjoy a beer at the Tap Room, you can do that on Sunday, but not during the rest of the week as most of the facilities get converted into corporate suites. The big draw for many on that Sunday, myself included, was the official opening of the merchandise tent. The tent is massive. You’ve got clothing, artwork, hats, and other souvenir knick knacks that all sport the US Open logo. When we hit the shop about noon on Sunday, it was quite busy, but nothing like it would be later in the week. In many ways, this is the way to do it as far as shopping goes. On Sunday, you can park at the course, whereas the other days required you to be shuttled in from nearby Cal State Monterey University. If you buy your stuff Sunday, you can just take it home Sunday, removing the need to tote it around later in the week as you watch the golf. PRO TIP: There was a Merchandise Bag Check station where you could check your purchases while you hit the course to watch golf, picking them up later when you leave for the day. I believe this was a free service, but since I got my trinkets on Sunday, I didn’t use the bag check, and thus do not know for sure. For the record, I snagged a hat, poker chip, bag tag, and an amazing tartan pin flag designed by Seamus Golf for the US Open. Seamus had a nice little set-up in the tent, showcasing lots of their gear, and an anvil to get your metal items stamped at no extra cost. The ring of the anvil and hammer definitely attracted lots of folk to the area. Love how Seamus has grown over the past years. Again, sometimes good things happen to good people. Wife and I had lunch at The Bench, which would also be off limits to common folk for the week, but on Sunday we could sit on the patio with a lovely view of the back of the 18th grandstand. The view is definitely better on non-tournament weekends… Attending the Tournament Due to some family matters I needed to attend to, my wife and I departed the course on Sunday, and I was not able to return until the following Friday, with one day of the tournament already in the books. While I definitely missed out on some fun pre-tournament stuff, I like many of you, was able to keep up with the goings on through the US Open app. It was a serviceable app, but hopefully the people in charge of the 2020 majors apps take a look at the Masters app from this year. That app is hands down the best of the bunch so far. Busses to the Beach Attendees begin their day at the campus of Cal State University Monterey Bay where busses shuttle forty-five fan lots to the course. Ride time is about 30 minutes (though I did talk to someone who went in earlier in the week and the ride was closer to 60 minutes). He thought that the bus driver was likely lost when they drove by the same house for the third time. There have been some reports that Uber and Lyft cars caused some congestion and slowing as some fans went that route instead of the shuttle. Even with that, the bus system worked very well. The lines were long, but the USGA hired a ton of busses, so you basically walked through the serpentine ropes at a steady pace until you reached a bus. Never once did I wait for a bus to arrive. I was quite impressed with the scale of this bussing operation, especially after learning that they had a second system to bus the hordes of volunteers to a different parking location, and a third shuttle system for media. Be Prepared for Walking The walk from the bus to the course was not a short one, so bring some comfortable shoes. This becomes even more important as you will also likely be walking all over the place during the event. Your walk from the bus was surprisingly entertaining and informative. The USGA had set up lots of posters about past events, a graffiti wall to write your name on, a huge merchandise tent to drop dollars in, food and beer stations, and a big sign for your social media photos. Walking into the event felt like you were walking into an event. You quickly forgot the distance that you are covering. Back to walking the course. You know that you walk miles and miles when you play golf, but at a golf tournament, you’ll likely walk more as you cannot just cross the holes wherever you wish. Rarely are you going as the crow flies. Most of the time, it reminded me of walking around a buddy’s marker on the green, traveling sixty feet to cover six. You’ll hike from hole to hole, on adventures to find concessions and restrooms. Sometimes you'll be thwarted in your progress as the marshalls hold back the fans so that golfers can move along the course. You are going to walk, walk, and then walk some more. Unless you can show medical need, and then there are scooters available for rental. No golf boards though... I was quite satisfied with my choice of running shoes. You could go probably spike-less golf shoes too, but you will be walking on grass, dirt, uneven terrain, concrete, and asphalt. Sneakers were perfectly versatile, and though the weather was a bit damp, I experienced not a drop of shoe sop. It’s the US Open after all. Not like they water the course after Tuesday. Concessions are Expensive Though not unusual for any sporting events, you will get soaked in the wallet should you want to eat or drink. Beers are about $10, with burgers and such costing about the same. Lunch will probably set you back about $25. Should you want water, premium lunch offerings, and multiple beers, you are likely spending double that or more. Of course this is not a unique US Open thing. All sporting events, and every movie theater ever, mark up their concessions by about 500%, with the one exception being the Masters. As I drank my $10 Sculpin (12 oz.), I contemplated why we as consumers have let this happen. I would never, ever buy a six-pack of Michelob Ultra for $60 in a store, but loads of folk had them in hand as they strolled. Perhaps it’s a warming the frog situation, where gradual increases in price have got us to this point. I love beer, but I feel like I am reaching that backlash point where I say no, that’s too expensive. There is a rebellion waiting to happen in our stadiums and our theaters. At some point, we are going to push back against the mark-up, or maybe, we take the opine option, and just keep paying an extra $8 for the privilege of having a beer at a special location. Getting drunk on the course definitely required investing a weeks rent money to get that way. Be Prepared for Blue Room (Blues) Like the busses, the USGA again did a pretty good job with the number of porta-potties on the course. There were lines, but nothing too long. A key spectator goal is to find the ones that are stealthily placed. We found a batch of four that were never occupied, and thus still pretty clean. Some of the others were a little rough as animals with no aim had issues with trajectory. Do you want to get more women into the game of golf? Don’t piss on the seat in the blue room. Watching Golf at the Event Watching the golf at the US Open is not like watching it at home on TV. Don’t take that statement at negative, just that it is very different. If you’ve attended big venue sporting events, you know that this is true. The last time my Sacramento Kings made the playoffs, I had a seat in the very top row of the arena. I really couldn’t see much of the details on the court, but the eruptions of energy during the game were amazing, and only by attending can you experience that phenomenon. The thing about watching golf in person is that you need to accept that you won't see it all. It happens at a huge venue, making viewing what is going on from one place impossible. You’ll either need to move from spot to spot to follow the action of a few golfers, or camp out at one location to see the golfers at that one place as they roll through. Both strategies have their advantages and disadvantages, and both will differ from how you’d be watching at home. On Friday, my cohort began the day as wandering fans. We wanted to see the course, but were a bit lazy about it since we had attended the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 as well. That year, we walked the whole thing since none of us had ever been on the course before. I still need to play this beast at some point. Feel free to paypal me the $550 for greens fees. So we walked around, and paused to watch when golfers came through holes we were near. Landing areas off the tee are great spots to watch from (find them by looking for lots of divots). You’ll see the results from the tee, and get to watch the approach shots. Keep an eye on the tee sheet that they give you at the gate to know who will be coming through a hole next. We probably watched 14 holes as we wandered around that morning. At some point, we switched strategies and became hole campers. We walked by the 9th tee and saw lots of space at the rope, so we dropped our chairs and settled in to watch groups file through. This was a close up view of the players, and a great hole to watch tee shots as they needed to hit a big one on that silly long par 4. We watched for a while, and then decided to sit and wait for the Tigersurge. The Tigersurge One thing that you will not be able to experience from the comfort of your living room is the surge in fans when a popular player moves into a hole. Ricky, Jordan, and Phil all bring significant surges with them, but nothing like the Tigersurge. Remember, we were able to sit at the rope when we got to the 9th. Once we were getting close to Tiger Time, that tee box had the population of a small town. People follow Tiger all around the course, watching him hit all of his shots on all of the holes. For hole campers, it is an amazing site to see the Tigersurge roll in, and then depart after he hits his shot. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced anything like it in another venue. Maybe the crowd surge after an opening band finishes and the headliner approaches, but I think that’s still not quite the same. Hundreds, if not thousands of fans travel the course with Tiger. It’s a sight to see for sure. (A buddy grabbed that shot for me from his TV last Friday.) On Saturday, we camped out in a spot that we noticed on the way out the day before, just to the left of the green on the first hole. The first hole is not the sexiest hole at Pebble Beach by a long shot, but I think that lower status helped us to score prime real estate. We had a great spot to see where the tee shots landed, as well as approach shots and putting. It was fun to really get a feel for the green by watching so many players putt it. After a while, we would make predictions about what the results would be, and most were just about right. We knew which putts would be short, or low, and so on. Hole One was a fun green to watch because it was challenging. Lots of pars, and only five or so birdies from the whole group of cut makers. One three jack too. It was painful to watch doubles happen on the first hole of the day. Sitting by the first hole, we could also see that the rough was deadly. There were spots where players could still reach the green, but other landing zones were brutal. Rory had a rough go, and Xander had a lie so bad that he accused the marshal who found his ball of stepping on it. To me, this was a testament to the USGA and their minions of grounds crew members. Good shots were good, but if you got loose, it was penal. That’s how it should be. This was the anti-Chambers Bay execution. If you can’t hit fairways, your black number is not on the USGA this time around. In 2010, we camped out on the much more iconic 7th hole, but the spot where we sat back then were not accessible to fans this time around. Instead, there was a large grandstand to watch. The grandstands fill up early, and if you leave, you lose your spot. Again, it’s a different experience if you take that route. Lots and lots of people were out on that three hole stretch. Another reason that we avoided the 6-7-8 peninsula this time around was the weather. It was pretty cold on the course, and the wind off the point was icy. It was very grey all days, as the marine layer came in and stayed in. Once we got back home, it was interesting to see how they adjusted the color for television. It was much brighter on TV, and definitely didn’t speak to the cold grayness that we experienced in person. On Saturday, the temperature didn’t break 60 °F, with the wind making it feel colder than that. If I was going to pick my favorite venue to watch from, I’d probably pick my living room on Sunday afternoon. We were not able to stay for the last day, so I watched the drama unfold from the comfort of my couch. I really like having the ability to watch the leaders play the different holes and to see the build up as they head for the finish. That really is just not possible on the course. You’d need to be in two or three places at once to do so. If you want the Sunday drama, you probably need a television. It's so good to be there, but the cameras on each hole can tell a more complete story. Flipping the script, some of the experiences from the tournament can only be obtained at the course. Camping out so close to the players on the 9th, and watching them hit powerful drives was unreal, not to mention surfing the Tigersurge. You’ll never become an expert on a single hole by watching TV, but you can if you spend the day sitting by the green. Both of these situations were amazing, and different from TV golf, which is really the point of attending in person. Random Robbie One other thing that you’ll get to experience at the event are assholes. The vast majority of people are civil human beings, but there is something about golf that lets loose the lower brain functions in some. You’ll hear all of the mashed potatoes, bababooey, get in the hole, and other creative bullshit yelled when golfers hit their shots. We had some guys behind us that were actually rehearsing what they would say when Tiger hit his shot. Who knew that there were so many different inflections of Taco Cheese. This was like an hour before Tiger would hit that tee. While they were ultimately pretty annoying to be around, I couldn’t help but respect their dedication to their craft. It’s not just someone expressing spontaneous sentiment. These shouts are planned and practiced. Who knew? It was obvious that they were really enjoying the process. Good for them, and good for us, when they departed with the Tigersurge. Going Again in 2027? So the question that I reflected upon at the end of the week was would I be attending in 2027 when the US Open once again returns to Pebble Beach. Actually, I had previously planned to be in attendance at Torrey Pines in 2021. I feel like the answer is yes, but maybe it’s a cautious yes. Amazing things are witnessed when you attend, but you do miss the real ebb and flow of the tournament. It is a physically demanding event to attend, and don’t forget expensive. Still though, it would be pretty fun and memorable to spend Father’s Day in 2021 at Torrey with my then 21-year-old son. I think I'm down to go again, but I had better start saving the beer money now. If you have any questions, be sure to ask. I'm happy to expand on anything
  39. 15 points
    Hey GB13 there is a testing opportunity for a Wilson junior set. If you need a sponsor I’d be glad to do it. Just let me know? Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  40. 15 points
    Thank you MyGolfSpy and Wilson! Wow! I am overwhelmed with emotions - excited, thankful, humbled, nervous, anxious - this is awesome! Excited and thankful for the opportunity to contribute. I've learned so much from this site and others reviews and I'm humbled to be included in that group. Nervous because I want to do my best and live up to everyone's expectations. Anxious to get started - like now.
  41. 14 points
    First off, a big thank you to the folks at MGS and Precision Pro Golf for granting us the opportunity to test the NX9 HD slope range finder. I was in the market for a range finder and having one fall into my lap for free was a great surprise. Who am I and why golf? : I am a Dry side Superintendent (lumber mill) and married to an amazing wife who does not care how much I golf as long as I don’t ask her to, I am a father to 6 kids (blended Family) 3 boys and 3 girls, ages 17 to 10 and half of the year 3 of the kids are the same age, right now I have 3 13 year old’s. 4 of the 6 are all keen to golf and 2 of my 13-year-old boys make up my Saturday morning golf group. (all of us are lefties) I grew up playing every sport but golf, excelled in Rugby as a “big boned” kid and played for 25 years until my body finally told me enough. I had dabbled in golf in my early 20’s , it was never something I seen myself wanting to do more of or as something I was aiming to get better at but just another reason to be outside drinking beer on nice warm days. My home course where I’m a member is The Dunes Golf and Winter Club in Grande Prairie, AB Canada. I have become a serious golfer, I still have fun with it and really encourage my kids to play, but my mission is to keep improving, the more I improve the more I enjoy the game, the more I want to golf, it’s a vicious cycle. My clubs are always a work in progress I am always trying new clubs and tinkering , I currently am using the g410 plus driver and g410 3 wood, only constant has been the g700 irons , really can’t say enough good things about them, wedges I am 50/50 on and likely my next purchase and settled on the spider x putter. I switched to and committed to the snell mtb-x this year because soft is slow and I have been very happy with the results of switch from my old ball. I score low to mid 90’s right now, 2 yrs. ago I was a worm killing, ball topping machine and would card somewhere in the 120’s so I am happy with where I am at but also know I can get better. As you can see from the picture below the unboxing section my weakness as per the Arccos sensors is my approach shots and mis judging distance to the pins and leaving myself a monster first putt. I am currently mostly happy with how I am hitting all my clubs other than chipping/putting. Those are a continuous work in progress. The big test for me with the NX9 is to see if I can improve the short approach issue. will refer to again below but on to the unboxing. I am a bit of a tech geek so I was stoked to get the notice the package had arrived. THE UNBOXING Very well secured , bubble wrap to protect and provide me a few minute of fun popping the bubbles. Very nice presentation First look with the box cover removed Under the range finder itself , again very well protected and padded for shipping. Case is somewhat padded for protection. Inside the Case , hard to see. I am somewhat concerned about the long term durability of the carabiner, it seems a little light to be holding this to a bag over a long period of time, but easy upgrade. Using the Tragically Hip Fully Completely record as my back ground. Just over 5" long and 3.5" wide. On to the star of the Show. Some pics of the why we here: next to my mouse Next to my Pulp Fiction wallet .. reach in the bag and grab my … wanted to keep this out of the R rating so hid the stitching 3 inches tall 4 1/4 inches long Top view , green button is pretty much self explanatory , mode switches slope option on and off. What’s all in the box: First Impressions: well.. Impressed, (had a look at the precision pro website and the nx9 is sold out already so its a hot commodity) looks and feels durable. It’s very small, as you can see from the pic next to the mouse. I have bigger hands, so it took some getting used to. Tried shooting a few things around my office and the picture is super clear, took a bit of work to be steady and hit what I was aiming for.. that’s still a work in progress while I have been testing on course. I tried to take a picture through the scope and its not easy but will be part of my mission for stage 2. The Goal: I want to improve my scores, who doesn’t. I want to improve my approach game and not leave over 50% of my shots short as per my stats shared above. I want to compare what Arccos is telling me my club distances are vs the distance I get from the NX9 and also compare the Arccos distances from the flag to the nx9's measurements and the hopeful end result is that I am more informed and making a better club selection based on the data provided from both. I am curious to see how accurate my current information is. First GO: I have used the NX9 in multiple range sessions and discovered that the markers are not accurate, some are 7 yards shorter than posted. On course has been good, it does take work and patience to hold steady enough to hit the flag and not a tree 25 yards past it, I have done some initial comparisons between the two , but that will have to wait for stage 2. I have used for 3 rounds now and intend on testing more next week, no wife + no kids = lots of golf and putting the nx9 through its paces. Any questions or tests you want to see let me know and I will give it a go.
  42. 14 points
    Test results came in this morning from my biopsy a couple of days ago. Results were benign so don't have to go back for a couple of years
  43. 14 points
    Nothing yet, but I suddenly find myself in the possession of a a $399 gift card to 2nd Swing....let the fun begin!!
  44. 14 points
    Guys I finally did it!!! I put together a round that I am genuinely proud of. I was playing the way i knew i could play all along. FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, I SHOT UNDER PAR. Granted it was on nine holes i still felt unstoppable. I am so happy and my game is coming along. My short game was great and it really helped me out with some clutch putts. I also missed a four foot putt on the last hole for birdie but i am okay with it. Below is my scorecard. After the round, i treated myself by getting my clubs regripped.
  45. 14 points
    I'm off work this week due to summer shutdown, so it's my responsibility to make sure the wife has fresh coffee every morning. Saturday morning I got up, made coffee, and went to the golf course. My wife gets up just after the pot turns off and puts a cup in the microwave. Needless to say, she takes a sip and realizes she's made a mistake. She turned the warm coffee into liquid hot magma. I decided, being the good husband I am, to make sure this doesn't happen again. Sent from my SM-G955U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  46. 14 points
    So I knew my grandfather loved golf through stories and such passed down. He passed away when I was 12. My mom found some pictures of him while he was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1951. Some really cool pictures, he traveled to Japan on a ship, and back to California. He was a heck of a photographer. Served in the Korean War. Below photos, he’s the one not looking at the camera, and my grandma carrying a bag. Not sure if she was playing or caddying for him.
  47. 14 points
    Your making love to your wife and yell "get in the hole!". MDGolfHacker
  48. 14 points
    I did it!! Finally broke 80 after 2 years. It was a goal in 2018 that didn't quite come to fruition. Made 80 a bunch of times but couldn't quite "break on through to the other side" [emoji445]. Funny thing was that I didn't feel like I was playing all that spectacularly.. but consistency was the key. Also, I found a new go-to when 80 yds out, on in to about 25 yds away. Nice low bump n scoot with a PW. This shot was absolutely money and way more repeatable and controllable than going high with my 60°. Hits the green, takes a couple quick skips and then stops on a dime! the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  49. 14 points
    45 holes complete over the last two days. So far the 9 hole splits have been 42-36-40-39-37. The Cobra clubs are nothing if not consistent. After 5.5 official rounds with the new clubs I’m ready to call the new F9 Speedback the best driver that I’ve ever owned. My old 2017 GBB Epic Sub Zero was a rock solid club. Through very wet spring conditions I averaged 257 yards off the tee with a long drive of 301 (downhill, wind-aided). I hit the fairway about 52% of the time. So far the Cobra F9 Speedback has averaged 272 yards with a long of 295. Fairways hit comes in at only 41%, but that number has been steadily rising as I get used to the club. It's also reduced the number of big misses (especially push/slices) so most of the time I'm in a playable lie whether it's in the fairway or rough. As far as looks go this club is absolutely beautiful. I have complete confidence standing over any tee shot. My swing doesn't always match but I can definitely say it's me and not the club. Here are a few pics I took in my backyard during a light drizzle yesterday. I was going to take them later on the course but my playing partners are all about fast rounds and would give me too much crap if I stopped to take pictures.
  50. 14 points
    We interrupt this thread for an official announcement.... You want forgiveness You want distance You want power where you need it most You want control You want Wilson D7 and these -- 6 -- lucky golfers will be reviewing these irons for mygolfspy so give a hearty congratulations to these 2 ladies: @artful_golfer @GolfDorkette and these 4 gentlemen: @Steve2100 @JohnSmalls @GeekingGolf @Tarheelvolvo Looking forward to your thoughts testers! Good luck and hit 'em well.
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