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  1. 20 points
    Well I wasn't here to watch it play out, but Week 3 sure seemed like an interesting one. Hope you guys enjoyed the challenge. Here's how our testers' CCNet scores finished up: @B.Boston - 71 @daviddvm - 68 @edingc - 79.1 @GB13 - 71.3 @Headhammer - 73.4 It was a tightly contested week. Although I know our competitors could do better, they're collectively SPANKING you challengers. Step your game up! I'm not going to finalize the members challenge yet because I want to give @HeathS16 @toehold57 and @yungkory a chance to give me the data I need. You guys have until 6pm EST tomorrow or else you're counted out of this drawing. Updating the chart for weeks 2 and 3. @B.Boston is leading the way with stellar consistency while @daviddvm moves his way up thanks to the win leaving @Headhammer and @GB13 locked for third. @edingc we know you've got the social game, but it's time to start living up to that handicap! Week 4 - Woods and Wedges a.k.a Bash it like Bryson Competitors: Our competitors will be playing only woods and wedges this week and will be scored by the CCNet formula. This will give our guys a chance to try the outer edges of the bag they so badly missed last week. Time to feel what it's like to be Bryson out there bludgeoning golf courses. As usual, the competitors will decide which tees they play to maximize their chance of success. Let's get it on! Fans: I know you guys can do better, so let's see it. To enter this week's drawing, challenge a competitor at the Bryson Bash style. Beat them, and gain 2 additional entries (total possible of 3). This week's drawing will be for a pair of Puma Golf Shoes. One Caveat, you must challenge a different competitor than you challenged last week. Key Definitions: Woods: Any Driver, FW, Hy Wedges: Higher loft than standard PW
  2. 20 points
    Allow me to introduce the newest Riley: Christiana Hope! Born this morning around 4:45. Mother and baby are well. She is our fifth child, so we're starting to shop for larger vehicles now. No word yet on whether she prefers forged or cast irons, mallet or blade putters, or whether she roots for Bryson or Brooks. I'll keep y'all posted when she starts indicating her positions.
  3. 18 points
    #MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect KING MIM Black Wedge Review - edingc, a.k.a. #TeamCalvesLikePhil Cobra updated its KING MIM wedge with a matte QPQ finish for 2020, providing what it calls a “tour preferred” look. MIM, which stands for Metal Injection Molding, enables Cobra to produce their softest feel and excellent consistency from wedge-to-wedge on the production line. Originally selected to test the older KING Black wedges, Cobra upgraded my selections to the KING MIM Black, with no complaints from me, of course! I ordered 54 and 58 degree wedges, three degrees flat, in Cobra’s “versatile” grind with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts to match my SpeedZone irons. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, the 54 degree wedge arrived last week and I’ve only played one round with it in the bag. As such, my experience with the 58 degree KING MIM Black wedge is largely the basis for this review. Looks - 5/5 Stars Gorgeous! There is not much more to say about the looks of the MIM Black wedges. They are not-too-big and not-too-small, the black finish is superb and the white and yellow accents scream “Cobra” without being obnoxious. The combination of the matte, stepless C-Taper Lite shaft and the head is . The matte black finish has been durable so far, and wears to a lighter gray color. I don’t have any long-term concerns about it at this point, although I’m a fan of a worn look on wedges anyway. Sound & Feel - 4/5 Stars These wedges have a nice solid feel. I’m not sure if I’d classify them as the softest feeling club I’ve ever hit, but, they are softer than any of the cast specialty wedges I have played over the past few years. My best description of the sound is a click, not a thwack. No issues with that whatsoever. Basic Characteristics - 5/5 Stars I’m glad I went with the versatile grind. The grind has proven to live up to its name. I have had no issues rolling the face open (Cobra's signature scalloped back helps keep the leading edge low) and hitting high, soft pitches/flops from varying lies. The leading edge is slightly rounded/blunted, which I prefer because it feels “chunk proof,” especially around the green when chipping. I’ve had issues with sharper leading edges digging/grabbing on soggy fringe in the past, but I have had no issues with these wedges. The versatile grind feels like the perfect amount of bounce for any shot I’ve had to hit so far - bunker, fairway, rough, fringe. Love, love, love it. On Course Performance - 5/5 Stars I’ve hit numerous impressive shots with the KING MIM Black wedges on course. Being able to effectively use the 58 degree wedge in the 50-105 yard range has been really helpful to my short game. A good example of this happened a few weeks ago when I played a local links style course. I had several opportunities around the green to chip, flop and pitch, and the 58 performed wonderfully. After my tee shot on No. 6, I had about 105 yards to a back pin placed on the top tier of the green. This hole is short, but you cannot be on the wrong tier of the green if you want to have any chance to make your putt. I felt like I could dial up the 58 and hit a hard, low shot that would one-hop and stop on the tier. And I hit the shot I imagined perfectly, leaving me with a reasonable chance at birdie. This is one of many good shots I’ve hit with these wedges. As a result, my chipping and sand game have improved since my baseline rounds. Miscellaneous - 4.5/5 Stars I have two small issues with the wedges and both are easy fixes. The Cobra custom shop stuck the wrong KBS label on the shaft of the 58 degree wedge (regular C-Taper X label and not the C-Taper Lite X label). Based on the weight and feel the shaft is the same as what is in my irons and 54 wedge. This is not a big deal as I can request the correct label from KBS directly. Personally, I struggle with face alignment with black wedges. I would prefer for the bottom groove to be painted white like the SpeedZone irons, and now that I’ve completed this review I will make that change. This is entirely my preference. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars To be honest, I never previously paid much attention to my wedges and how they fit into my game. A travesty, in retrospect, as wedges are used so often during a round of golf. I feel like my short game has improved significantly since putting the Cobra KING MIM Black wedges in the bag. I have loads of confidence with the 58 degree around the green and with full and partial swings, something I didn’t have previously with my most lofted wedge. I may make one small change. After spending time on the range and looking at FlightScope Mevo numbers, the distance between my gap wedge and the 54 degree wedge is a little wide. I think bending the 54 to 53 degrees would help to close that without negative effect. There is no doubt these wedges will be staying in the bag until they are worn out. Overall Score - 4.5/5 Stars Cobra wedges may not have the reputation of some other OEMs, but wow, the KING MIM Black wedges are fantastic! They are thoroughly impressive. The combination of a seemingly durable and attractive QPQ black finish and outstanding performance makes them a huge winner and must try in my opinion.
  4. 15 points
    My long waited "package" arrived today from Cobra. Hmmm wonder what it could be? I couldn't open it fast enough to make sure they were all there and not damaged in transit Yep all there and so gorgeous. These are too nice to take to the course. Maybe I'll just put them on a special club organizer in the garage Btw you may have read a thread about a month ago on my trip to the fitter. These beauties beat out Ping, Callaway, Titleist + others for both distance and dispersion. The only close second were the D-7's. The specs are 1* weaker, 1* flat, and Recoil shafts. I also ordered them with MCC Plus 4 midsize and of course they came with Arccos sensors. Guess I'll have to invest in Link. I did run out to the range today to hit a few balls and boy are they nice and smooth. The graphite on the top line is a nice touch and adds to the look of these irons. The real test will be tomorrow night's men's league match play. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  5. 15 points
    Well done @B.Boston!!! Look what came today!! These are sick! Thanks Puma!!
  6. 15 points
    Alright here is an update for my challengers or potential challengers this week ( @goaliewales14, @yungkory, @TCUFrog, @HeathS16, @sirchunksalot, and @Peaksy68) I hope that you can all get out for a W&W round and I think I've set a good target for you: Shot a 75 from the White/Blue tees. Slope 114, rating 66.9. I think Arccos is WAY overstating my driving today considering I ended up in a penalty area on 2 and otherwise had a lot of balls in the right rough. I think it's purely based on the fact that I was so close to the hole that the driving handicap is that low. I probably also could have gone OB on both approach shots on the par 5. Both went left along the tree line but got fortunate bounces as the whole hole slopes to the right at that point. But one of them definitely hit a tree and bounced out. I did set some new personal bests in the #CCC4 challenge this round too with 10 pars, 5 bogeys, 0 three putts, and I finished the 18 in a not quite @edingc fast 2 hours and 57 minutes. Best of luck out there, let's see some low numbers! #cuetheduckboats
  7. 15 points
    I'll lead with the scorecard as the front nine was the best I've ever recorded (1-over 37). Back nine obviously wasn't ideal, but given the challenge I'm very ecstatic about the score. Best round with the SpeedZone stuff in the bag so far! This is a fantastic weekly challenge! Irons only was good, if a little frustrating with the lack of lofted wedges, but only having longer clubs and wedges makes for quite the conundrum on several holes. Lots of thinking and lots of good opportunities to score for me since I drove the ball well today. I may have been a bit lucky - we got a heavy rainstorm last night and the course was soaked. (Above is the bunker, err... casual water hazard, on No. 2). This meant no roll with the driver, but on the beneficial side of things, it meant I could run a lot of balls along the ground with my 17 degree hybrid and get them to stop. I hit and parred both par 3s on the front with choked-up and lightly hit 2 hybrid off the tee, and was able to hit a few greens with the hybrid later in the round also. Hit a lot of quality drives and, wow, did I miss my wedges last week! Combined with some pretty good putting and this was probably the best round I've played all year here. I made three mistakes that cost me four shots: Pulled my drive left OB in the trees on No. 14. This hurt because I had just birdied No. 13 for the first time this year and, in my fit of confidence, opted to pull driver when I should have pulled hybrid. After hitting my second drive into the left rough on No. 14, I pulled my gap wedge when I really needed about 165-170 yards for a usable layup. Complete loss of brain function. While I hit a really nice gap wedge, it only went 130 yards and left me no choice but to hit a hybrid from 160 over water. I gave it my best effort but ended up about 20 yards past the green in some nasty rough, where I had to chip back onto the green and two-putt to escape with a triple bogey. On No. 16 I pushed my drive just right, but knew it should be OK from the tee box. I looked, and looked and looked for the ball but could not find it for minutes. Frustrated, I was just about to head back to the tee box when I saw the ball just hiding in a patch of thick grass next to a tree. For whatever reason, I thought trying to hit the 2 hybrid with no ability to take a back swing was a good idea, and I open-faced it into a pine tree about 15 yards in front of me. Thankfully, I was able to get it back out to the fairway with my next shot, but I should have just hit a wedge to the middle of the fairway in the first place. I also had back-to-back three putts on No. 11 and No. 12 that didn't feel good. Blemishes on an otherwise fantastic day with the Spider. Birdied No. 1 also after hitting my drive just into the left rough and sticking my 58 degree wedge to almost tap-in range. Lots of personal bests in Arccos for this one!
  8. 14 points
    When I joined a little over two years ago, I never imagined is reach this number of comments so fast. I appreciate each of you for putting up with my ramblings and for the welcoming atmosphere you have all created here. I look forward to getting on every day and hearing your stories and you all make it a fun place to discuss this game we all love.
  9. 14 points
    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to finish 18 holes today, but it wouldn't have mattered because I wasn't going to beat @edingc anyways. Started out strong at 1-under after 3 holes, then went bogey, bogey, bogey, TRIPLE, and I was pretty over the whole thing. Triple came on a 160y par 3 that I knew was going to be awkward. Played a choke-down, half 4hybrid and it did not turn out well. For your viewing pleasure: Pitched on the upslope of the bunker and kicked right into the crap. Epic fail! I was running out of sunlight and they took the flags out of the cups so I just called it after 12. Sadly, going to have to concede my challenge against Cody because it's IMPOSSIBLE to get a damn tee time on this island. Probably wasn't going to win anyways, he put up a good number! Team #chickencalves loses Also, made a Bryson par on the first hole My 2nd shot was from the ladies tee box on the 18th hole, haha! Probably shouldn't have tried this challenge when you have a case of the
  10. 14 points
    Not sure if this qualifies as happy since it is certainly anxiety-inducing.... but we put an offer in on a house and it was recently accepted. Now we are scrambling to prep our house for photos, open house, etc. We are moving 3.2 miles - from the suburbs into town. Shortest move ever.... but that doesn't make it any easier; absolutely despise moving.
  11. 14 points
    My wife, independent of my influence, has decided that our first vacation after the pandemic is over (who knows when this will be), is to Toronto. She wants to see Niagara Falls. I didn't tell her about the part about me going to TXG for a fitting...
  12. 14 points
    B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge 4 Review – Forged Tec Irons Edition Already onto week 3 of the competition and our second weekly review! This week’s challenge is all about iron play so its fitting that this week’s review is on the Forged Tec Irons! I am including my thoughts on all of the Forged Tec irons including the GW even though I won’t be using that during the Irons Only rounds. I was chosen to compete this year with the Forged Tec irons. I was originally fit into the Nippon Modus 120X shafts but they were unavailable at the time of build, as were the C-Taper Lite X I could have gone with (Cody got the last set of those it seems!) so mine were built with the ProjectX LZ 6.5 shafts. I had at least hit those before in Mark’s P790’s and liked the way they felt. I built my set trying to maintain tighter gaps as I play a 5-wood as my longest club outside of the driver. That meant going 5-GW in these Forged Tec irons, along with 3 MIM Black wedges, a Speedzone 4-Hybrid, and the aforementioned Speedzone 5-wood. Looks – 4/5 Stars The Forged Tec irons look sharp. Largely finished in a smooth Satin they lean Modern and Technologically Advanced versus a more traditional Chrome finish. There is a nice polished detail along the perimeter of the back of the iron to give the finish a little depth. At first I thought this polished area would be to help blend and shrink the top line, but I don’t think it really comes into play at all. Speaking of the top line, I would say these are on the thin side of moderate. Same goes to the offset. Overall They have a bit more than my old AP2’s in both departments. Down at address they look powerful and forgiving. I can’t comment on the 4 iron since I don’t have one, but that back of the 5 iron is not visible past the top line when I address the ball. So far the finish is holing up very well, with some wear on the dark gray finish of the face, but minimal wear and scratching otherwise, which surprised me. I would prefer these in a more traditional chrome finish as I think over several seasons that would hold up better, but these are so well finished I almost don’t care. I will say the bladed profile of the hollow body design looks awesome in the bag and is better than even the players cavity of the AP2. Something about those clean lines just looks flat out awesome. 8 Iron and 5 Iron Comparison: Sound & Feel - 5/5 Stars The Cobra Forged Tec sound and feel solid. On the higher pitched side due to the hollow nature of the clubs, But solid. Pure struck shots give a satisfying thud and I haven’t had a shot yet that I couldn’t tell you where I struck it. Whatever it is they used to make these hollow irons feel as solid as they do is working wonders. I’ve hit a few off the toe that I should would feel a lot worse than they did. I wasn’t so sure on these right away as they’re a big change in weight from my old AP2s but I quickly grew to really enjoy the sound, feel, and feedback I was getting. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars These have been playing great for me. I was fit at my usual specs of -1/2 and 2 flat. I knew I was moving up in weight on the shaft, and felt that was due anyway with the evolution of my swing. I will not complain about that as all with the on-course performance I am seeing from the Cobra KING Forged Tec Irons. I’ll just comment here that on top of the added shaft weight, it seems the heads themselves are heavier than what I had before. Now my old set was MOI matched which leads to lower swing weight and total weight at the long end of the bag, but even comparing my 8 iron with Mark’s P790 in the same shaft, both with Arccos (his a screw in sensor) mine was 7-8 grams heavier. The sole width is a little greater than the AP2’s I was using and it also appears that these have more bounce. I am finding that I have greater feel for where the club head is and turf interaction has been stellar. On Course Performance – 5/5 Stars I am loving these irons on course. At the start of the competition I was worried that the jacked lofts and stiffer shafts were going to lead to my hitting the ball low on my already lower trajectory. Particularly in the long irons. Boy was I wrong. These appear to be hitting all of the windows I’d expect (maybe even a touch higher flight than my AP2s) and as an added benefit my flight tends to be a slight draw vs a slight fade. I like this because it’s always been easier for me to work the ball left to right than right to left, so If my ‘neutral swing’ can be a little more draw biased to start I’ll take it. I’m not going to jump into going 7 vs 7 of my old clubs since the lofts are different. I’ll say these are flying where I would expect them too for the loft, but in a higher window than I was expecting. I also want to add and that I have not experienced any “hot” shots that fly significantly further than expected. If I’ve overshot a green so far with them it’s because I took too much club or didn’t account for the wind or slope appropriately. I’ve nearly had a hole-in-one on a bad strike and have had a significant increase in birdie looks on par 3s. I can recall 5 or 6 shots with these irons (including a towering 8 iron that moved back 10-15 inches from the pitch mark) that have been pin high. A quick look at my scoring from the baseline period and my performance to-date shows it all. More Birdies, Less Bogey or worse. It’s hard to argue with that! Miscellaneous – 4/5 Stars I’m going to dock one point here because the grip on the PW is about 30 degrees out of alignment, and I wish they had used a more traditional chrome finish on the sole and face. But those are just my preferences really. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars Play it 110%. These are some seriously good irons if you are in the market you owe yourself to give them a swing. Even if I look into the Modus 120X after the competition it will be in these heads. And if the performance holds as it has been its going to be difficult for me to justify a change. I’ll be looking at the data and feel of the two side by side before making a decision there. But I may have stumbled into something that fits really well for me with the PX LZ 6.5 shafts KING Forged Tec Irons Overall Rating - 4/5 Stars TL;DR? Want to know if the Cobra KING Forged Tec Irons are the real deal? · Drop Dead Sexy blade profile with consistent distance and forgiveness built into the design? · Solid sound and feel that is sublime when on center and lets you know where your misses are without hurting your feeling about it? · More Birdies, Less Bogies? · Staying in the Bag? · #cuetheduckboats
  13. 14 points
    Wow. Just wow. Had the 3rd tee time off the box today at Pebble Beach. With expectations at an all time high, I was completely blown away by Pebble Beach. All you golf architecture junkies can complain about the small greens or the quirkiness of the inland holes, but there is not a better walk in golf than holes 4-11 of Pebble Beach. While not my best round, I shot an 85 with a triple and 2 doubles. We tee off tomorrow at 6:30 am again and I’ll look to exact my revenge to shoot a lower score. See below for some of the stunning photos. Let me know if anyone wants a full resolution for a zoom background to make your coworkers jealous. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. 13 points
    Well, weather and a very sore elbow are going to conspire to me only getting in one round for this week's challenge. On the bright side I shot my lowest score in the last 10-years, on the down side that score puts me in last place this week! While this was the challenge I had the most concern with, it actually turned out be one of the most enjoyable! I took a lesson on Wednesday to get some help with the woods and the shots that I would need to hit this week and it paid off. My strategy was to get to 185 yards for the SpeedZone 4 hybrid or inside 115 yards for the gap wedge and was able to execute that plan mostly on purpose, sometimes by accident I played from the same tees I played the iron challenge, and shot 4 strokes better. I hit 2 of the par 3's with a choke down 4 hybrid cutting it into the hole to slow its roll. Thanks coach! Learning to cut the hybrids into the hole really helped me get a better feel for the clubs and I hit them on a few of the short par 4's with excellent results I again had 2 birdies this round. That make 3 consecutive rounds with the Cobra SpeedZone woods in the bag that I've accomplished that feat! Never have had 3 consecutive rounds with even 1 birdie before.
  15. 13 points
    I just finished my round for the woods and wedges challenge and here's the gory details. Shot 46/51 for a 97 at Chatata Valley in Cleveland TN. I played the white tees which have a ratings of 70.1/124. Hit 8/14 fairways, 4/18 greens, and had a total of 35 putts. The putter was solid for me with 4 one putts and only 3 three putts. I almost had the wheels come off on my nemesis 10th hole, shooting an 8 after driving the ball short and left along a tree lined creek. I then attempted to take a 5 wood over a tree that it promptly hit. I then topped a 5 hybrid trying to be cute and attempting a low punch out under some branches, topped a SW before finally hitting the wedge on the green. I was really comfortable playing without irons and chose the whites knowing I could leave myself 150+ out for most of my second shots. I did hit a couple of situations where I had to play some half hybrid shots and they were awkward. I also blew up on the 18th hole, shooting 9 after losing my tee shot right. I also hit a punch hybrid into the green that hit the NO CARTS sign. I had a fun time doing this challenge and thanks to @B.Boston for playing along. A highlight of the day came on 17. I hit a 3 wood from the tee and left myself 170 yards to the pin. Hit 5 wood over the right edge of the darker green pine on the left to about 18 feet. I missed the birdie by about 2 feet, but still made par. Almost forgot, my current handicap according to Arccos is a lousy 21.6. Thanks to the Mods for putting this challenge together, I had a great time.
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  17. 13 points
    Here is my entry: I moved up 1 set of tees so the same course I played last week at 6400 was around 6250 today. Slope of 67.7/105 My handicap is 9.1 This challenge was especially difficult for me because I had to trust the worst club in my bag: My driver. Much to my surprise I had one of the best days with the big stick this season. Averaged over 260 off the tee with a long of 327! I did leave myself some tough shots a couple of times but overall today was a day where there were some birdie chances that I just flat out missed. I am going to take that as a positive even though I am a bit disappointed with the score of 80. I should shoot better from tees that are a bit closer but I am just happy I kept the ball on the course because that is NOT my MO. I am not super confident that this will hold up @B.Boston I kind of have a feeling you might go pretty low this week but I have no opportunity to better this score so good luck and play well! PS I also had a pretty awesome caddy with me
  18. 13 points
    Called in some reinforcement for the final few weeks of the challenge: (Truthfully, these are warranty replacements. But Puma still makes a nice looking shoe!)
  19. 13 points
    OK here we go with the Irons only member challenges. The late entries tipped the scores allowing our fans to steal a tie from the jaws of defeat settling on a 5-5 score: @edingc was challenged the most with 4 times and only managed 1 win out of those. @daviddvm paid the smackdown on both the competitors and challengers with a 2-0 mark. @B.Boston 1-1 in his challenges. @GB13 wasn't picked on nearly as much as expected but won his only battle. Finally @Headhammer was challenged once and lost that battle. Should also give kudos to @Lacassem for shooting the low fan round this week. On to next week! Looking forward to the Bryson Bashing results. And here we go with this week's wheel spin. If you won your match, your weight is 3. If not, the weight is 1: Congrats on your new Puma gear! Send me an IM and I'll get your order details.
  20. 13 points
    Fell getting out of bed last night (a combination of a few drinks and a dog where she should not have been). Hit my head hard on the end table. I got up and went to work but really had a nasty headache by noon. It was then that I realized that I had a nasty knot on my temple. Went to the walk in clinic, they sent me to the ER for a CT scan. Nothing serious but the doctor believes that I have a concussion. My wife told me that I was definitely knocked out. So a couple of days of bed rest for me. I’m on some pretty good meds - at least my head and neck have stopped hurting Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  21. 13 points
    I'm an unrepentant putter buyer. Over the years, I've been able to fit myself into a style of putter that works well for me, but I can't ever see myself settling on a single putter for the rest of my life. I just find putters too interesting. This year has been a very, very solid putting season for me. (I've gone on a dive into my putting stats starting with this post.) Last winter, I bought an Odyssey Stroke Lab R-Ball Slant Neck. I'm definitely a mallet guy, and with a pull being my most problematic miss, a bit of toe hang helps slow the rotation of the face. I also love the R-Ball alignment setup: not only does it help me set up on the proper line, but I use it during the stroke as well. Often, my image during my stroke is to imagine the rear ball passing through the "gate" of the alignment lines. That encourages the "held off" feel I want when I'm putting (I don't release the head). So why would I buy another putter? [insert maniacal laughter, because let's admit it, we're all a bit nuts here] I have one objection to this putter: the sound is awful. High-pitching tingy noises annoy me in golf clubs. I know this is a nice putter, but that sound feels cheap to me. I can deal with it, but I certainly don't prefer it. So the question: can I get the benefits of the R-Ball without the obnoxious noise? My go to putter last year was an Odyssey EXO Indianapolis Slant. We had some good times together, especially after I built a DIY Stroke Lab shaft for it with a Gravity Grip. It's a nice putter. Might see the course again sometime. The only thing it lacks is the alignment features of the R-Ball. But what about this? This is the EXO Seven Mini Slant. I've had a Seven before and loved it; it's a head shape I already know I get along with. The Seven Mini, though, has that bar across the back. Anyone else seeing that the void space in the putter head creates an effect very similar to the R-Ball? I thought so too. So now it was time to find a deal. The logical starting place was Callaway Pre-owned. Having learned a lesson before, I not only checked CPO's own website, but also their listings on eBay and Amazon. Turns out that right now, the Amazon listing was the cheapest, at $133. That's OK, but we can probably beat that, right? So I scoured eBay for other sellers (nada). I bounced around to the various discount retailers (RBG, Dallas, Global, Hurricane). Nothing so far. Then I hit 2nd Swing. BOOM! Their highest condition rating (9.5; mint) was going for $115. Adding tax, free shipping, we're up in the low $120s. One more step: search for coupon codes. I found a $20 off $100 code that worked. Final price: $100.69 shipped. [I'm so glad this forum exists. Where else can you tell a story like this and find anyone who cares?]
  22. 13 points
    Pretty much sums up my performance so far...
  23. 13 points
    This feels biased against the west coast! I just got home and cleaned up after filling in for @yungkory against @B.Boston! I came in as a reliever, and let’s just say this... Here’s the scorecard. Here’s the bag. HC 13.1 Played the whites, 70.5/124. I think that works out to a net 70, though I could be wrong. Credit where credit is due...I spend a lot of time with these two lovelies!
  24. 13 points
    Anyone else try astrophotography? I took some nice star pics up at lake in Maine. Thought you guys might enjoy them. a 20 minute exposure: a 15 minute exposure at a lower ISO: a 15 second exposure at a higher ISO: and this one at the tail end of sunset with the Big Dipper visible. Also 15 seconds but a much lower ISO
  25. 12 points
    Thanks man, I’m so stoked. And to make it even better, this was waiting for me when I got home! Thanks MGS and Cobra/Puma golf, this challenge is awesome!
  26. 12 points
    Alright, I’m not sure if it’s the competitor in me, the Bryson grips, or the massive amount of time I practice chipping and putting, but this competition has got my game on fire! I broke 80 for the first time today! 76! Sooooo fired up! Never could have imagined my first round in the 70’s would come with just woods and wedges. Bryson grips are awesome btw. Definitely worth a try. I had one yank but otherwise it was mostly gentle fades or draws. Driver handicap was below 0 for the first time ever in Arccos. Handicap certainly went down today, but pre round was a 13.1. Played the whites today, 67.1/118. On cloud nine! Let’s see what you got @GB13!
  27. 12 points
    TEAM HAMMER COBRA WEDGE REVIEW After discussing how I use my wedges with the lead fitter at Cobra, the suggestion was to select the 54* MIM Wedge with the versatile grind & the 60* MIM Wedge with the widelow grind. It was a bit surprised that many of us received the same wedges with the same grinds considering our varying skill levels. In the event you were unaware, MIM stands for Metal Injection Molding, a process Cobra uses to create a club that is said to have more even grain structure that leads to a softer feel than cast or forged wedges. I’ve always had a challenge hitting specialty wedges consistently and played a 56* wedge with a traditional club shape for years, until I discovered the Callaway PM Grind wedge. The Callaway totally changed my view & confidence in the short game. I feel confident hitting every shot in the book with the Callaway and putting it away for this competition was my biggest trepidation. ON-COURSE PERFORMANCE: I’ve had a lot of duffs with the 60* from around the green and I’ve also left a couple balls in the sand, something I’ve not done with the PM grind since I’ve owned it. My distance has been all over the board with the 60* and I think the weighting of the club is what throws off my ability to develop any type of touch with the club. Looking at the wear pattern on the MIM 60* shows the area from the 1st to the 9th groove getting the most action, while my PM wedge shows wear in the 1st-4th groove. From that I deduce that I am hitting the MIM higher on the face than the PM wedge. What does that mean? Hell, if I know. Here is a comparison of my PM wedge and the MIM 60. I’ve only had the 54 for a week and only have 1 short practice session and one round in with it so I don’t think it’s really fair to pass judgement on it yet. LOOKS: I like the design aesthetic of the MIMs, they are very attractive wedges. The black color with KING snake branding and the MIM logo looks great in the bag. Badging & branding aside, to my eye they look chunky and that visual becomes very mental when I am trying to pick the ball off a tight lie or to get the under the ball in the bunker. In addition, my PM grind’s grooves go all the way to the edge of the club, while the Cobra grooves follow a more traditional pattern, again this probably more mental than a functional advantage. SOUND & FEEL: The MIM wedges feel heavy to me and, in fact, they are a D5 while my PM is a D4. That weight difference feels like it is all in the head, while the Callaway feels like the weight is more evenly distributed throughout the club. Does the MIM process make the wedges feel softer than my Callaway wedge? No, actually my Callaway wedge feels much softer than the Cobras. The ball also sounds less clunky coming off the PM than the Cobras. Again, I’ll caveat that by saying I’ve swung the PM wedge for years and I’ve only had the MIMs for a few weeks. MISCELANEOUS: I don’t like the look of grooved ellipse on the back of the club. For me, it makes the club look chunkier and impacts my mental picture of being able to get the club through tight lies. As you can see on the 60*, the black face is showing a lot of wear for so little use with the club. PLAY OR TRADE: I think there is an opportunity to keep the 54* wedge in my bag. I just need to spend some practice time to understand where I can and can’t use it. My guess is full or half swing shots are going to be the primary use. I’m going to have to trade the 60* and return the PM grind back to the bag when the competition is over. I just feel so much confidence with the Callaway from any lie and situation. OVERAL COBRA MIM WEDGE RANK: I don’t think the MIMs are bad wedges by any means, they are certainly exceptionally well crafted, rather I just don’t believe my game is good enough to leverage the design of this club. I once heard someone say that the PM wedge is like cheating, well golf is hard and I need every advantage I can get.
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    This has been the hardest year for me to gauge my game since I began playing about 20 years ago. First an elbow injury that put me on the shelf for 6-7 weeks, and the entire the entire covid situation limited both my play and practice. The biggest factor however was just not being able to concentrate or even enjoy the few rounds I did get to play because my mom had gotten really sick just after the holidays. I live 700 miles away from my family, and I was back and forth for weeks at a time trying to do what I could to help her, and be of assistance to my two sisters. God finally took her 2 weeks ago, and yesterday was the first day I felt up to posting again. I’m stuck up here on Long Island until Sunday because of the quarantine travel ban thing between SC and NY without my clubs, because I had no desire to bring them or play. Each day I feel a little better, and am just starting to feel an urge to really start playing again when I get back home. I’ll probably dive in head first, playing even more than I normally would, just in an attempt to keep my mind occupied. Why am I telling all of you this? In a way it’s to thank you. This place is wonderful, and I appreciate the friendly way everyone here interacts with others. So many other sites are very different. I told you I hadn’t posted in a while, but I can’t tell you how many nights the last few weeks I’ve read this thread and the what are you buying one. They helped take my mind off things and even gave me a few smiles during a very hard time. Thanks for that.
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    My new wedge actually came in last Thursday night but I couldn't play with it until we adjusted the shaft length. My husband helped me and we trimmed it down 1" Friday night. It took until today for me to figure out how to put my video snippets together and edit it all. We don't have fancy club equipment or special clamps to hold clubs but we made it work. If you're interested in how we did it, my video is below. We ran out of daylight before we finished so I couldn't show you installing a new grip with the air compressor - it wasn't as easy as the how-to YouTube videos make it. A couple of times the grip just flew off with a loud pop.
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    ... I played with two guys and what I thought was an ingenious idea. They converted a Baby Jogger Stroller into a push cart for their clubs! Looked like they rolled great and the guys said they were pretty light.
  31. 12 points
    B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge 4 Review – MIM Black Wedge Edition As we head into week 4 of #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 we get our Woods & Wedges back and it’s time for the irons to take a rest. That also means it is time for another review and this week it will be the second W of the W&W Challenge – The Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges! Right around the same time as the #CCC4 challengers were announced Cobra announced the new MIM Black wedges and some new grind options as well. At first, I was bummed that the grind options were not available in the Chrome MIM but it appeared they were once we ordered so I asked for a 52.12 Classic, 56.10 Versatile, and 60.04 Wide Low Wedges. Cobra ended up sending me those wedged but in the new MIM Black! Now I have always played a different finish wedge (copper, gold, Slate Blue, etc) so the MIM black do suit my eye, but I was worried about durability. Speaking of suiting my eye, let’s get into the ratings! Looks – 5/5 Stars Much like the Forged Tec Irons the MIM Black Wedges look sharp. Fonts and logos match and blend well with the Forged Tec even with the Black finish they look like a cohesive set. Down at address it would be difficult for me to tell you which was the MIM and which was my Vokey’s SM7, which is a huge compliment to Cobra. These wedges look classic while also offering some effective grind options and technological innovation. In the bag these wedges are drool worthy. My only concern is with the finish. I’m just not sure it will be durable enough to stay looking good long enough, which is why I originally wanted the Chrome finished MIM wedges. Sound & Feel - 5/5 Stars The Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges sound and feel incredible. I have enjoyed them from basically the first hit on the course. Coming from SM7s I’ll say these feel a touch softer, and a touch deeper in sound (to my ear anyway). I’m not sure how much greater of a compliment I can give them outside of saying they’re easily as good as the SM7’s for me. Full shots are solid, but I think I enjoy the touch shots even more with these wedges. One thing I hate with a delicate chip, pitch, or flop around the green is a wedge that feels hot or springy. It is one of the reasons I had switched to a three-specialty wedge setup this year as I did not really enjoy the AP2 GW around the green. These wedges feel solid and soft and the ball comes off the face so nicely with spin and control. With the three grinds I can pick a wedge based on the lie and feel confident that I can knock it close. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars The Cobra KING MIM Black wedges were immediately comfortable in my hands. I would normally have been fit to my usual -1/2 and 2* flat but we decided to go -3/4 here since I’m playing both the Forged Tec GW and a 52* which would have been the same length. Not that it would have made much of a difference either way since the length change is only ¼ of an inch by that point anyway, but I am sold on the feel when these are in my hand, and it might just help me dig down a little less. I was fit into the Nippon Modus Wedge 125 but had to swap to the KBS Wedge .610 as a second option. Both shafts have performed well for me in fittings, but it’s a little awkward from a total weight perspective as my irons are 125g shafts and these are 120g. The Forged Tec GW is the heaviest club in the bag for me; All three wedges are lighter. It hasn’t been a problem on the course, but it is noticeable in my hands. On Course Performance – 5/5 Stars As of the beginning of this week I have used the 52, 56, and 60 degree wedge 18, 11, and 18 times respectively. I immediately saw good results from the MIM Black wedges as they have been doing everything I’ve expected. My Chipping and Sand handicap are down from the baseline period, and I’ve had many more easy tap-ins than I can remember. Previously I was using my LW more as it was high bounce and comfortable (SM7 D Grind) but this Low bounce (4*) but wide sole has been used a little more carefully. I’ve still used it a lot, but the 52* is becoming a favorite club in my bag. I enjoy using it on approach shots from 115 all the way down to 70 or 80 yards. And the 56 has felt nice as well. Because of this I rarely take a full swing with the 60 and it shows in my yardages. But I also have put most of those tight to the cup! Miscellaneous – 3/5 Stars Here’s the only negative thing I can say about the MIM Black wedges. I could have put this in the Looks section, but I think it’s really a separate topic when it comes to the durability of the finish. The photos here are of my 60* wedge after my first bunker shot with it in this video: Hardly anything unusual about it and the finish was worn right off where I contacted the ball. Surprisingly the sole has held up well, but I can see these faces getting beat up quickly. Oddly enough when the club is at address the wear spot is less noticeable. Here’s a quick video showing what I mean: Either way, as much as I love the contract of dark finishes on wedges, I’d prefer something more durable. Then again, maybe it serves as a gentle reminder that wedges should be replaced more often than other clubs. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars These seem like they have staying power in my bag. Like the irons, I may consider a shaft update to the Modus Wedge 125 since they’re affordable and will give me a little weight back, but these are really good wedges that feel awesome, especially around the green. KING MIM Black Wedge Overall Rating - 4/5 Stars TL;DR? Want to know if the Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges are the real deal? · Classic wedge shape that rivals the aesthetics of the #1 wedge on tour? · Soft, solid sound and feel that allows stress free chipping and pitching to the hole? · Usable grinds to allow different shot making options? · Staying in the Bag? · #cuetheduckboats
  32. 12 points
    Got out to the Range yesterday. Did a little Chipping and hit some Full shots.. Here it is compared the the Cobra King Black wedge both are in 58* Mid Bounce/Versatile.. It Seems to be slightly longer than the Cobra, whether that is do to the Arccos in the butt of the grip I'm not sure.. It Looks So great behind the ball Just instill confidence.. Here is the Strike pattern after 25 balls on the Range. A little high and towards the toe. the one thing i did notice was weight, the Cleveland had the feel of more weight at the club head than the Cobra. Strikes Felt Solid, and the ball flight was slightly higher, Can't wait to see how that looks once I get on the course. Chipping, I noticed i was more consistent on dispersion, for about 20 yrds i had 3 of 4 within 3 ft of each other with the Cobra the dispersion was about 10 ft. from the same distance.. While Chipping I did notice a little more clicky sound off the Cleveland, not really off putting Just noticable.. More to come Stay tuned..
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    Spent all of lunch break beating balls with the woods and wedges. Ready to go!
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    RU seeing the same pattern I'm seeing? Also, if you ever want to know which line at checkout will be the slowest, or which slot machine will eat your coinage the fastest... Apparently my "maximus rotation" strategy is flawed . But this week could be the week. #TeamCalvesLikePhil finds that 6th gear and out runs the field. Come on Edin... time for your best Collin Morikawa impression .
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    It seems like an appropriate time of year for this... I’m taking the kid to school! @GB13, let’s do this!
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    No. Based on the definitions, your set is fine. No to this as well. The breakup is only for guys that can’t play a continuous 18. For example, play the front on Tuesday and the back on Friday. That counts. PREFERABLY you’re just submitting an 18 hole round. Play as many as you want, just submit the best. PS if you guys aren’t sure which score on which course slope/rating is best for the CCNet, just shoot it my way and I’ll run it through the formula for you. Sorry. Some things get missed in the shuffle of vacations. HEY EVERYONE, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT: HAMMER WON WEEK 2 - FIR/GIR BURGERS
  37. 12 points
    I was up early this morning for a round at a new-to-me course. After spending the last number of weeks grooving my swing to rock-hard fairways and very dry conditions, I arrived to a very wet, soft course and was in lots of trouble early on in the round. My ball-striking was up-and-down: lots of chunks, topped balls, and pulled shots, but every now and then an absolute gem of a shot. The inconsistency meant that I couldn't string together multiple good shots, and ended the day with only one GIR. I didn't miss my driver much though, in large part because my hybrid, when I was connecting, was going for miles. This tee shot on the 16th was the best-of-the-best (note that I typically drive the ball 250 yards). I also unloaded a few shots with my long irons, like this 5 iron (usually a 180-yard club for me, but it was in the wet rough and I really went after it). Unfortunately those shots were few and far between, and I got myself into trouble far too often, ending the round with 7 penalty strokes. Ended up with 103 strokes, for a net 84. (20.8 handicap, 68.6/120 rating/slope) So @edingc it's your lucky day, with the way my day went your score was pretty much safe from the time I hit the first green!
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    It has been amazing seeing my soon to be fiance grow with this game since she first started her women's league/lessons only 3-4 months ago. She is hitting the ball consistently straight with about 80-100 yards most shots and I can tell how much she is enjoying it. She is absolutely addicted and even said today that she is having so much fun playing (more than she initially thought). I'm so happy that we will have this game to play with each-other for many years ahead.
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    Less photos to share this morning from Pebble. Put the phone up and tried to focus on hitting some good shots. Played really well and finished with an 81. Could’ve played the Par 5s better today, but was too aggressive because let’s be honest this will probably be the last time I get to play Pebble so why not. Had a nice chip in on the par 3 12th from the right side of the green. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  40. 11 points
    OK guys. It's official. The platform we'll be using this year is.........myfantasyleague.com or MFL for short. In addition to a desktop version, they have an app in both app stores. Why the change? Well in short, Fantrax wasn't willing to offer a free premium league to us anymore. So, with all the issues we've been experiencing, we made the decision that if we've got to pay, it'll be for a good one. (You can thank Adam for covering this at MGS' expense). MFL seems to be well established in the arena for deeper and more advanced leagues. Yahoo, ESPN, etc just couldn't accommodate our league without splitting everyone up. We're still working on the actual league setup so we'll communicate those decisions/votes when the time comes. In the meantime, watch your inboxes for invitations to the league coming from MFL. Only a few weeks left to go before the season gets going so please get your team activated with urgency.
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    "soon to be fiance" Hmm . . . how do you know she will say yes?
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    On Range Brief August 12th 2020 Made it to the range today, and I must say I am glad I did. The weather ahead looks absolutely terrible. At address this club gives confidence, the shape is right in the middle of the other two PW’s I am comparing it against. But compare to my Glide wedges, this this is a butter knife. Distance Had a little headwind today, probably around 5-8mph at times. Nothing too breezy. The distance is right on par with a set wedge, with range balls I was carrying them all around 135-140 yards. Again, the dispersion shinned here; I have been hitting little draws (1-2 yards) with the irons and wedge as of late. Not hitting intentional fades or any shot shape for that matter unless absolutely necessary. These were all pretty tight. Forgiveness Yep, it has it! I caught one super fat and up near where the Zipcore wording is, I would have been shaken off the course with the BP wedge with a shot there. It still carried a good distance. I also caught one on groove one at the bottom, definitely could tell that I thinned it, but it held up its end of the deal and made the distance, just at a much lower trajectory. Odds and Ends The SW is much lighter than the other two PW’s, or maybe the whole club is lighter. This throws me off significantly, as I lose the club in the middle of my backswing. I think this is why the S word showed up last week on the short game area. I may have to re-shaft this with something a bit stouter and huskier. A plus for this wedge is sticking to their guns, that black ferrule with the two white rings is so classic, and so Cleveland it looks perfect. I have always enjoyed that ferrule; it’s the small things.
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    Played my best ever round today. Shot a 91, I left a bunch of shots out there and could have easily broke 90. First 9 was great bogey or par on nearly every hole the back 9 was not a lot of shots worse only 5 worse but it was a lot slower. The pace was great on the front the back I stood around a lot and I was walking in 92° heat. I also had to take my shoes off due to having socks tear and that caused my heels to blister. Taking shoes off caused me to lose 10 yards or so on every club which made scoring tougher. It was a good birthday though and shooting my best round made it a good day.
  44. 11 points
    Alright @B.Boston here's hopefully my first attempt at this. I'd love to get another shot at this if the weather holds off! Definitely wasn't the round I was looking for with this challenge. The round got off to a horrible start. The guy they paired me with lost 5+ balls in almost 3-4 holes. Then when I finally get into some bit of a rhythm, the group in front of us picked up my ball and I had to take the penalty stroke and re-tee I did make a huge 4th shot to end up 2 inches from holing out from 50 yards to get up and down for bogey. The course itself was in great shape! I did move up a set of tees, but don't think Pete Dye wanted people to take part in this challenge. I ended up taking a lot of driving irons off the tee just to try to have some forgiveness in terms of fairway width. I kept getting into trouble trying to drive the greens. If I was just a bit off, I would end up OB. My best drive came on 17. The tee shot is 100% over water. I ended up just in front of those bunkers in the back right. All-in-all I ended up with an 88. I'm a 14 handicap. The course and slope rating is 65.1/107.
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    Just a movie night for cousins. Drive in style.
  46. 11 points
    Ugh. Not happy. I sent my Srixon z785 7-PW back to Srixon for repair on June 26th since a couple of the faces had small cracks in them. Srixon obliged by putting brand new heads on my shafts! Stoked! They sent the irons back to my buddy, Jason, PGA Pro in KY who originally ordered them for me, and who started the repair request for me. Now, Srixon was cool with me shipping them directly to them, but didn’t do the same on the return. Jason sent them back to me July 17. They show in Louisville on July 22. After that, nothing...... I’ve started a “lost package” case, and never heard back from USPS within their 48 hour investigation window. I called them again yesterday and they say it will be escalated. In the meantime, I found out that Jason only insured them for $50................... I’ve emailed the Srixon rep that handled the repair in-house, hoping they can help in some way if USPS can’t find the clubs. I have no idea if USPS pays me for them, and even how much if they’ve lost them, and if they just give me $50 from the insurance. Then it will get dicey with my buddy trying to get him to cover the rest. Anyway. Not happy. We’ll see what happens, but I sure am hoping I get the clubs, or paid the value.
  47. 11 points
    Testing went so well with the Tour edge EXS pro, I had to buy another one. They are that good.... Sent from my LG-H931 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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    And to clarify, I "loved" your post not because I'm delighting in your struggles, but because I'm genuinely sympathizing. That's the first time I've played "old guy golf," playing the ball low on the ground over and over. I'm not planning to do that again anytime soon.
  49. 11 points
    Not sure how many of you all follow cobra golf on Instagram, but there was quite a bit of MGS and #CCC4 representation on their ‘Saturday Snakes’ story yesterday: Our very own @Golfspy_CG2 with his Pars and Stripes Speedzone. @Headhammer’s Speedzone Iron post (no Lexi this time...boo!). @GB13’s highlight of the Forged Tec Irons. and yours truly out on the course for my second Irons Only round. Apologies if I missed any other members in there rocking Cobra Gear!
  50. 11 points
    Put together another nice 9 holes today. Shot 37 (+1) Was striping the driver leaving PW/ 52 deg into greens a couple of times. I started out really hot with a 52 deg wedge placed to 1 ft on the first hole for birdie. I unfortunately gave it back on the next hole after not getting up and down for the bunker (too good to be true) LOL. My only blemish besides that was a 3 putt on #7 because I ran the first putt too far by. I was able to tame the island green for par this round compared to the double bogey I has last week. All in all a fun round with my fiance and parents and can't wait to do it again!
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