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  1. 16 points
    Arrived....... Just three days before the Club Championship......so I gotta wait until next week to put them in the bag. But I cheated.....went out yesterday evening and played in the Wednesday Night Shootout..,,just 9 holes, but it was fun! As expected, the irons are 1/2 club longer and fly higher! #CobraCONNECT using the King Cobra F8’s. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. 12 points
    I know sticking to one brand goes against the MGS way, but I really enjoy it. I'm from Chicago and it's fun celebrating a classic brand based out of my city that really makes great stuff. They lack the credit they deserve and I don't mind the fact that just about all of it can be found at a great price. So here's what I'm working with: Driver: Wilson Cortex 9.5* with Graphite Design G-60 Red X-stiff Fairway: Wilson FG Tour F5 17* with Axivcore Black X-stiff (at 16*) Hybrid: Wilson M3 21* with Aldila Phenom 85 Stiff (at 20*) Utility: Wilson V4 Utility 4 iron with Aldila Green 105S Irons: Wilson FG Tour V6 5-GW, S300 AMT Wedges: Wilson PMP 55, 59 KBS Hi-rev 2.0 Putter: Wilson Staff 8802 milled Next moves: Wilson Staff Model Wedges once I can get them in custom shafts. The stock are too light. I also need the new utility but haven’t been able to test it yet. Also, my bag is from Shapland Bags. They're an up and coming name in the golf industry that everyone needs to check out. Their bags are phenomenal. Let me know what you think! Thanks, Peter
  3. 11 points
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  5. 11 points
    This belongs in the Happy Thread:
  6. 11 points
    i posted these in a KBS Thread I started. But they belong here just as well. A combo I have been working on putting together for a while, had to buy the irons first then send them out to KBS for the shafts. Titleist T300 5-GW standard length and li KBS TGI 80 R flex
  7. 10 points
    10.5 SIM Max Roger Dunn gave me $328 for the flash, it was hard to say no. With the credit I had, I paid $130 out of pocket. Tracking down a "real" Ventus to put in it and test, but if I can't get one the stock non velocore Ventus actually felt really nice!
  8. 10 points
    Pretty quick. Maybe a 2 day build. Then 4-5 days shipping. So definitely less than 2 weeks. Then sent out for the shaft install. Here's a couple more pics taken outside today ....just because
  9. 9 points
    This will be interesting... stepping out of my comfort zone....
  10. 9 points
    So sitting here in NW PA watching it snow outside, drinking a little Buffalo Trace, I might as well spell out my equipment for 2020. I'm not going to spec out each individual club but just a basic coverage of what I have and have on the way. 1. All clubs are Regular Flex. 2. Driver is a Ping G400 Max. I play 9 degrees. 3. 3 Wood is a Ping G400 Stretch. Love this Club. 4. 2 Hybrids. A Ping G400 3i and a Cleveland 2009 Launcher 4i that I cannot, no matter how hard I try ever hit a bad shot with. This launcher is consistently 210 yards from just about anywhere. Whenever I have a bad lie in the rough or wherever, this is the club I go to..I know...makes no sense but it works. 5. Irons - Ping G700 5i-9i, PW, GW, SW, and I have a Gide 58 degree Eye Sole Lob Wedge that I love. I have a Ping Glide 3 60 degree Standard Sole on order to replace the Glide but we'll see...like the Hybrid Launcher, the 58 degree Glide is a can't miss club. All of the G700s are Green Dot. 6. Grips. I have used the Golf Pride CP2 Wrap Midsize grips the last 2 years and really like them. Prior to that I had used Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G Midsize for about 15 years and loved those. Note: 3 years ago, I was having consistency problems off the tee quite often so I decided to try Step Tees. They have worked wonders for the Driver. I bought the JP Lan 3 1/4" wooden Step tees off Amazon. A little expensive, about $8 for 100 and they usually only last one swing but they have greatly improved my game. last year I bought 500 and ran out mid August. This year I bought 800 (see picture). I also use 1" and 1 1/4" step tees for the iron/hybrid shots. 7. Balls - Unfortunately, here is NW PA, the ground is wet in April, May and into June causing a lot of plugs and lost balls. Last year I saw a sale at Dicks for Maxfli StraightFli balls, $10 a dozen if you buy 3 dozen. I figured at that price they would make good mud balls until the courses dried out. I ended up playing them most of the summer. They actually have good distance and feel for a cheap ball. Yes, a Pro V has a little more distance and is better for the short game but at $10 a dozen, the StraightFlis were darn good. 8. Bag - I have used a Ping Traverse the last 2 years and it is a very good bag. I'm looking at a Ping Pioneer for this year if I can get a good price. 9. Putter - Cleveland Huntington Beach Soft For now that's it....have a great golf season Spies....
  11. 9 points
    Back with the training again today. It was definitely a day of mixed feelings. The good news: after taking the entire summer off I finally matched my top green club speed again. I was also within 1mph of my best blue and red swings. And the bad news. After 507 days of training together I regret to inform everyone that my SwingSpeed Radar is no longer with us. The next swing after 144mph I tried to give it one last gargantuan effort to set an all time personal best. Unfortunately this is what happened: If I had to predict I would say that my swing that broke the radar was otherwordly. The device decided that rather than show me such a massive speed it would crack it's own screen to save me from myself and the massive ego that would follow. Thank you old friend.
  12. 9 points
    For those who don't know what a SLDR-C looks like, here's a picture. I've heard, not sure where exactly, that with an after market shaft they are perhaps the greatest driver ever made.
  13. 9 points
    Final report is on the way. Here is a short summation. I am an older player with a slower swing and ball speed; so when we did our video, Bridgestone recommended I play their e12. I already play that as my gamer. So the best option for me to test was the RX. I cannot really express my surprise and even shock at how much this particular ball has helped my game: cleaner straighter drives, more consistency with my group of irons and my hybrids, and, finally, the spin needed on chips and pitches. No, all my mediocre skills were not miraculously improved. I may change to this ball. I have loved Bridgestone spheres since I returned to golf after a 2 decade period. The confidence I have come to expect with their balls was re-confirmed. Heck, I even tried to mash one ball using non-golf methods with no luck. One ball I played for over 34 holes (would have finished the round with it until I sent it swimming). Considering I have 2 boxes of e12 and a few sleeves of e6 in the trunk of the car, it will be a few months before this retired person needs to resupply. When that time comes, I will be sure to get some RX. They will not make me senior tour ready, but this month, I have found good results and good fun in the Tour RX.
  14. 9 points
    Does it count if I break 80 on a par 71 course? 79 7/14 FiR 8/18 GiR 34 putts Still struggling with driver consistency, 3 of those hit fairways were with fairway metals or my 4i. Might just need something new to look at down by the ball
  15. 9 points
    ... azstu mi amigo, this has been a pet peeve of mine ever since my teaching days. I'll start by saying OEM's offer drivers with longer shafts so robots can hit them farther and they can claim they are the longest. I have posted this many times but an additional 1" will certainly gain a few yards if struck in the center, but for every 1/4" you miss the center you lose 5 to 7 yards. In practical terms that means if you add 1" to the length of your driver and hit it perfectly you will gain maybe 10-15 yards. But missing the center by 1", and we all have hit it an inch or more toward the toe or heel, you can lose 20-28 yards! Keep in mind even the best drivers on tour still miss the center and Am's miss the center with regularity. So for the vast majority of players, a shorter shaft will be straighter but also consistently longer than a shaft at 45.5" or longer and most OEMs are at 45.75 and that is just way too long for the majority of people that play golf. ... Many also find they swing a shorter shaft faster as well. Remember persimmon driver were 43" long. Why didn't they make them longer? Because missing the center of a persimmon driver lost even more distance (and direction) than todays bigger, more forgiving drivers. I would also add that some get fitted or use a LM and find they hit a longer shafted driver farther. Standing in one spot and grooving a swing is quite different than playing a hole and only hitting their driver once, or twice if the first is OB. Add to that it doesn't matter where the ball goes in a fitting or on a LM so there is a freedom to your swing but standing on the tee with bunkers, water, trees, fences and OB certainly can change anyone's freedom swinging a driver. ... Of course there are stronger, bigger/taller players that can effectively swing a 45.5" driver and hit the center as much as a shorter driver and reap the reward of longer drives.. There have also been distance challenged seniors and women that have played a longer driver (up to 48") and swinging with a smooth controlled swing, they too hit the center and hit it longer. But they are the exception. We all different and have to find what works best for our individual ability and skill, but if most of the best players in the world are using drivers 45" and shorter, why would an Am play one longer? I have had many conversations with VP's of Engineering or just the guys doing the work in the field testing players and every single one of them think 45.5" is too long for the majority of people playing golf. I complained in my reviews for years that stock drivers were too long and I don't wanna give myself callouses patting myself on the back but 3 years ago the VP off Engineering for Cobra greeted me at the PGA Show with "Sam, you are gonna be happy this year. We are offering a 44.5" Tour Length Driver!" From Tom Wishon: It’s time to be blunt. The standard driver length of 45.5 to 46.5 inches offered by the majority of golf club companies is too long for the majority of golfers and will prevent at least 80% of all golfers from achieving their maximum potential for distance and accuracy. For men with an average to fast tempo who have an outside/in swing path, 44” should be the absolute maximum length; for women, 42.5” to 43” should be the limit. There’s a very good reason the average driver length on the US PGA Tour since 2005 has been 44.5” and not 45.5” to 46.5”.
  16. 8 points
    For those of you who know anything about me, you'd know that I've got a flavor for eclectic, off the beaten path, not so mainstream equipment. One might also interpret that as NOT 2020, NOT gigantic name brand, and definitely NOT high-dollar. Well the answer would be yes to both. It's not often that I'm able to get my lean budget, mint clubs, and new "ish" tech to all play nice in the sandbox together. I know Wilson is a little better known brand but like Bridgestone, it's just not a name many would go to a their first pick. I've wanted to own a set of W/S sticks for a while. Well for a very lean $125 I picked up these beauts. I honestly can't see how these were played with for more than three rounds. They're in demo quality with just very light scuffing on the face of a few the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  17. 8 points
    There must be something to this practice thing I hear all about. Not bad for February. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 8 points
    I missed the entire fantasy football draft. Ended up with 5 QBs on the bench. One starting RB out for the season and my second starting RB was a backup. That being said I finished a hair under .500 for the season but was in the playoff hunt all year. Towards the end my team was pretty good. Point is a lot can change and in this format hang in there.
  19. 8 points
    When testing on an unknown launch monitor always compare your current driver to the ones you are testing.
  20. 8 points
    I can’t remember the last time I did one of these but rest assured my bag itself and mostly everything in it has changed. So to kick off 2020, here’s a WITB: Sunday bag edition. Jones Collegiate Bag circa ~2000 Driver: Ping G400, Aldila RIP Alpha Hybrid: Nike Covert 2.0, Kuro Kage Black Irons: Wilson D7, DG AMT Wedge: Ping Glide ES 56* Putter: Evnroll ER2 All of these are considerably skilled at losing Bridgestone BXS, Skycaddie SX400 tells me how far it is to the hazards.
  21. 8 points
    Anyone know how to get 2+ years of clubfitting experience in 30 minutes? Asking for a friend
  22. 8 points
    The hipster kids love the retro gear. If Acushnet is trying to reach them, this is what they need to bring back: They were still making this nonsense in the mid 80s when I started playing. Lousy balls, but the double numbers and the script were totally cool. Give me a porkpie hat, an Original Penguin shirt, some skinny jeans, a half-set of blades and a couple sleeves of these things and I'd be so f***ing cool. Except that I'm not.
  23. 8 points
    As an addendum to that round we got paired with 2 guys. One of them had heard about MGS when I mentioned us on 9. When i told him I was a part of the Ping long game test he flipped out. He had to watch every time I hit the 9 or 7 wood. I blew him away with his well I could hit those little woods. We had winds gusting to as much as 33 mph during the round - I carved those bad boys all over the place with it or against it and end the EVENRoll rolled just as we reviewed it. My speed on tough greens and brutal conditions was spot on. :) I really did us proud - he’s going to apply for some tests going forward and hop on the forums. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. 7 points
    40% off at the Ecco store .... final cost $123 shipped to my door.
  25. 7 points
    ... I have said over and over again, I do not understand why anyone would try and learn the most difficult game to play and make it even harder on themselves. This will probably be on my tombstone: Every golfer should play the most forgiving clubs they can effectively play. ... The only reason not to play SGI irons is your game has progressed to where the trajectory, spin and accuracy is better with a less forgiving club that allows you to hit shots that get you closer to the pin. Hitting the ball high and straight is by far the best way to learn the game and for many the best way to play the game. Properly sequencing your swing, returning the head to the ball with a repeatable face angle and hitting the ball on the same spot on the iron face is difficult for single digit players and damm near impossible for beginners and high index golfers. So positive feedback is essential for most beginners and the most forgiving clubs will give you the best chance of hitting positive shots. ... Once you become more proficient with your swing and face contact, you may find controlling your trajectory is better with a GI or even a Players Iron. You may find a lower trajectory is more conducive to hitting the ball closer to the pin and a variety of conditions. Then again, you may already have a good trajectory and the ability to move the ball to an effective degree with SGI irons. I played with a Club Champion from NJ that played the most forgiving irons Ping offered. He said he played a tree lined course with little to no wind. But playing with us in Texas, he really struggled in the constant strong winds and hard fast fairways because he did not flight his ball or hit shots with less spin. But back home in NJ he had no such problems and won his CC Mens Tournament many times with SGI ions. ... Attempting to hit much more demanding clubs because they will fine tune your focus and stop you from making reckless swings is a mental problem, not a training aid. Of course much about golf is a mental problem, so if this works for you then obviously you should do exactly that. But for the vast majority, hitting better shots with better swings is the best way to improve and you can do that with a full set of hybrids. So learn to play the game with the most forgiving irons you can play. Then IF you need to change irons to facilitate improvement in ball flight and spin, try a more demanding iron to see if it is beneficial for your game.
  26. 7 points
    I've read all of your posts and all the replies. The answer is simply...NO, forgiving clubs will NOT stymie your improving. Simple as that.
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  28. 7 points
    Ive been on light duty at work for 5 weeks and counting. Hurt my left shoulder at work and was convinced I had a torn rotator cuff. Ultrasound showed no rotator cuff tear which Im very thankful for. It did show some damage to the bicep tendon, and according to my doc,I got very lucky as this is much easier to solve.
  29. 7 points
    I'm a little partial to the Cobra Connect Challenge II, myself.
  30. 7 points
    Since it’s a rare rainy day here in San Diego, I decided to do some wet ball / wet wedge testing from 25 - 35 yards. I will be comparing 2 B XS against 2 TP5 balls. The wedge used is a fairly new Milled Grind 2 Raw 54 degree. As you can see they are pretty close in distance. From 35 yards. The feel was soft from both balls and I could not tell the difference between the two I also did some putting practice drills and once again found them to be equal in feel and roll. So far I’m really liking this ball. I’m playing a round tomorrow so I will have another 18 holes of data and feedback to post my final thoughts. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  31. 7 points
    Second day in a row I was able to get to the range to hit two large buckets. By the end I was able to figure out some issues and start flushing everything I was hitting! It’s a good feeling leaving the range with confidence. Rain is expected for the next five days, so I have no idea the next time I’ll get to even touch my clubs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  32. 7 points
    I cut my G400 max down to 44.25 from 45.75. I experimented by choking down to see what might work best. I figured the worst case was to just add an extension if it didn’t work. I cut it down myself and didn’t add any weight to bring back the S.W. to the original. I could always buy a heavier weight to replace then current weight. Results: I hit the center more, better dispersion, no lost distance and the club feels fine.
  33. 7 points
    How about a shorter shaft with larger Turbulators? LOL
  34. 6 points
    Yep. Thats the one i have....well one of the ones. Ha Great price on it by the way As fsr as name on the bag. Im not sure i would put mine on a staff bag. But i have this one and i always get a lot of compliments on it.
  35. 6 points
    Cobra f9 driver|3wood|3H. 4-Aw cb/mb combo 54/58 ping glide 3.0 wedges. Ping sigma tune 2 putter. Game ball is tp5x
  36. 6 points
    +7 front -2 back - for a 76 the hands higher on the backswing move is starting to produce some really nice shots
  37. 6 points
    Couldn't resist these new FJ light weight spikeless shoes. they feel REALLY good. Also bought of bunch of new MCC+4 grips. Will start installing them next week. Spring has got to be around the corner...maybe. FYI I need to expand my shoe rack.
  38. 6 points
    This is the SLDR’s SLDR. The SLDR-ier-est of them all. If you try to tell me different, you don’t know SLDR.
  39. 6 points
    So should I start an over/under thread on golf electronic devices?
  40. 6 points
    Wow..just wow! Thanks to @hckymeyer for nominating this thread as one of the most memorable...Well I think I want to thank him...ha But he sure nailed it. The BobCat/Tony back and forth will forever be MGS legendary stuff. Imagine some random internet dude telling one of the most respected Golf Equipment Writes in the business that he is clueless. Glad I had finished my coffee by then. Then to see it was resurrected by Studque two years later, and quietly went away....until today that is.. My actually biggest takeaway from the thread....going back 4 years I found it quite amazing how many drivers were brought up and raved about SLDR, Cobra LTD F6,, XR16, Big Bertha, G30 and others. And how rarely if every do I see any of those in bags now days. Probably the only one of the bunch would be the G30. This is an equipment forum and it goes to show, we do love trying and buying new and shiny!"
  41. 6 points
    WELL, I found out that I have been doing something right!! Saw this on TV today.
  42. 6 points
    This is one of many videos coming, when I finish my final review, but see if you can tell the difference in sound that the ball makes upon contact with the putter face. I hit a Titleist ProV1 first, then the Bridgestone B RXS, then a Srixon Z Star, and then a Titleist AVX. My apologies for the limited audio quality, as it's just the iphone speaker on the other end of the putting green on a tripod. I will probably do the test outdoors on a real putting green, and place the camera behind me for better audio quality, and try the same test that way outdoors.
  43. 6 points
    I think you are potentially correct. The wider sole helps mitigate your problem. The wide sole may have a negative effect for someone else. That is why generally we recommend fitting even for poor golfers since the clubs can help compensate for what you are doing in your swing. I think a better statement is that properly fitted clubs can help a golfer play mediocre golfer with a flawed swing. That said every golfer has a flawed swing.
  44. 6 points
    I’ve consistently averaged lost 2-3 balls per round for years, sometimes more, sometimes less. In the past 4 rounds, I lost 1 ball! I don’t really know why though I’m hitting a little straighter, I’ve dialed back my swing a little. And it’s winter so the rough has thinned out, making it easier to find balls (not snakes) - undoubtedly a factor. I just bought 4 dozen Snell MTB’s, and my wife says that may now be a lifetime supply. OTOH, I’ve worn out 2 balls in the past 4 rounds with a couple scuffs. Nice problem, while it lasts.
  45. 6 points
    My game is turning more consistent in the past few weeks. I'm starting to work my way around a golf course better without the big numbers or double bogeys, and draining about 50 feet in putts on the last two holes for back to back birdies to close out this 9 hole round at even par really left me very encouraged with the state of my game right now.
  46. 6 points
    ... I guess I am past the thinking stage. One more week of PT for my herniated disc then off to Phoenix for the next 3 months! It has been a brutal 2.5 months but I feel really good again, other than a little leg numbness that keeps getting better everyday. Cobra Xtreme and Speedzone 5 wood heads arrived today and I do believe my bag is set for 2020. Cobra Xtreme 9* Tour Length driver ... Tensei Orange shaft Cobra Speedzone 5 wood ... Atmos Blue TS shaft TaylorMade UDi TP 2 iron ... KKage 80hy shaft GAPR Mid #4 ... KBS 80 hy shaft 2019 P790 4-pw ... Steelfiber 95 shafts SM6 53* F Grind ... Recoil 110 shaft SM7 D Grind/SM5 M Grind ... Recoil 110 shafts Bobby Grace 6550 Putter ... I will also take my P760's with Recoil Prototype 95's and Z Forged with Modus 120's.
  47. 6 points
    We might be able to get you a "Broke 83" badge if you want....
  48. 6 points
    And it begins again... on a different one. I thoroughly dislike boats. On a Happy Thought, I diagnosed the problem in 7 minutes.
  49. 6 points
    Like others have said this does come up a lot. I have tried all lengths from 43.5" to standard 45.5". As a short man (5'7") I have found that reducing the length to 44.25" (this seems to be my sweet spot) and going with a lighter 50g shaft, I not only hit the sweet spot more I also kept my swing speed the same. I also added weight to the head until I consistently hit the sweet spot. For me this all adds up to more yards with better consistency. Best of both worlds. Sent from my Moto Z3 Play using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  50. 6 points
    Generally a shorter shaft will have less swing speed than a longer shaft. Now the fact that it may lead to better control and center face contact, could show an increase in distance.
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