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  1. 42 points
    Well for roughly 45 years, I've played this game, and heard lots of Hole In One stories, and have only witnessed 1 in all those years. Today, I witnessed a second one....that came from MY CLUB!! That's right my first ever Hole In One in our Thursday Morning League. Here's the specs: 145 yards back pin PING G410 6 hybrid (it was into the wind ) ProV1X #12 CG2 stamped Looked good the entire way landed just over the ridge and fed toward the flag, the actual hole is hidden due to the ridge, but when we got up there and I didn't see it on the green, I thought..."oh man it ran off the back!!) didn't see it anywhere in the fringe as i was walking to the green, so I took the obligatory look in the hole and there it was. I honestly don't remember what I said or did, but one of my playing partners said, he wishes he had a camera for the expression on my face! Pretty much shock and I didn't believe it. In the picture you'll see a Closest to the pin marker on the hole, it was a good shot in of itself about 10 feet to the right of the pin, I'm sure someone will be upset. So oh yeah, I mentioned two achievements. So that was just one very good hole of a very good round. I shot 39/43 for a personal best 82. Funny thing, the hole in one was not on the nine with the 39. Sadly that 43 was a result of two holes not being able to concentrate after the HIO, Taking a triple and double in 2 of the next three holes.
  2. 34 points
    Fingers sweaty. Butterflies in the stomach. Type type type type, click. Click type click. It's done. I've officially registered to play on the SoMD Amateur. Here we go over the top of this crazy roller coaster. Am I making too big of a deal about this? Definitely. But I'm going to do my best here to create some entertaining content for the rest of you. I play in a weekly league that gives a nice bit of drama but there's nothing like a stroke play event. The SoMD Amateur is the biggest of these events that comes to the local area. Last time I played was (I think) was 7 years ago. Every summer since, I've considered it and ultimately backed out for one reason or another. Between kids, jobs, the price, and realistic self-assessments, I just couldn't justify entry. This year, those things are balanced enough that I'M DOING IT! God, so nervous. Here's the deets: Location: Breton Bay Golf & Country Club - LINK Dates: 28-30 June Format: 54-hole Stroke Play, putt it all the way down play all the rules Divisions: Regular Flighted, plus Sr and Jr. Player Pool: 250-300 Golfers Last time I played, attrition got the best of me. I rarely play 2 days in a row, much less 3. I entered as a 15 and was placed in the 4th flight (championship + 5 total). Shooting 89, 92, 108 landed me in the middle of the pack of some 25-30 golfers in my flight. That year was also when I took the infamous 17 on a single hole READ HERE. This year, I'm entering as a 12 which may bump me into the 3rd or 2nd flight depending on entries. If I can shoot 3 rounds in the 80's and break 85 once, I'll be a happy camper. Leading up to the event, I'll add some posts for the practice plan, course management strategy, WITB, and whatever else comes up. Obviously, you won't get live streams during the rounds but I'll be sure to check in with some short recaps after each round and a overall wrap-up once it's done. For now, wish me luck
  3. 24 points
    Its Finallyyyyyy Timeeeee!!!!! Welcome everyone! The first thing I want to do it is thank MGS and Cobra for letting me be a part of this incredible challenge. Being a high handicapper, I wasn’t sure I’d get an opportunity like this but I know there others out there like me, so I’m hoping I can be of service to you. My name is Bradley, I’m 29 and I live just north of Atlanta. I’m married and we have two pups, one of which is my profile pic, and we have a 7 month old little girl who is my pride and joy. Warning: Adorable kid pic incoming: I’ve been golfing a year and a half or so now. My first round ever was at my in-laws Thanksgiving “Turkey Open” family scramble where I played for fun with my brother-in-law and father-in-law. It was a blast, I was terrible, but I had so much fun that I’ve never looked back. Here are my current gamer clubs: Driver: Cobra F7 - Aldila 2KNV Stiff shaft Irons: Taylormade Rocketbladez Stiff 4-PW Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 52º / 56º / 60º So hows my golf game? Yeah it’s okay, I try to not be too hard on myself being pretty new to the game but I am a perfectionist and I hate being bad at anything. I recently joined a club that is well known to be the hardest course in the immediate area. This was intentional because I want to be better at the game. I play the blues which sit at a 72.8 / 136 and 6,600 yards long. It’s probably way too tough for me. My first round I shot a 113, since then I’ve come back down and currently my average score is around a 102. I have yet to break 100 at my new course in a full 18 hole round. That being said its teaching me the premium of keeping the ball in play as the rough is extremely punishing on most holes and it forces me to play shots I never would have before. Here’s my baseline stats with my pre-cobra gamers. I am the epitome of the high handicapper golfer, inconsistent ball striking with some good shots sprinkled in. I 3 putt sometimes, sometimes I don’t. I hit a power slice when my Driver isn't working, but overall the biggest problem with my golf game is inconsistency with my irons. Pretty standard stuff and if you’re over an 18 handicap everything I am saying here probably resonates with you. Some more details: Driving wise, you can see my average dispersion is only 20 yards, but I have a big time two way miss, I’ve been holding back on the tee lately in an effort to hit fairways more and lose less balls. The problem is that gives me a 4 or 5 iron into alot of the greens. Here’s my usage chart on my clubs from arccos: You can see that leaving myself short off the tee means my 4 and 5 iron are used more than anything else. I almost never am in range to use a scoring club to get to the green reliably. Because of this, my approach stats show what I already know is the truth, I'm short alot... Short, short, short. Left and right aren’t nearly the issue here. Its thinning and chunking long irons that cause all the problems. As you can see a lot of my approach shots are 30 yards or more short of the green, which means I’m constantly hitting short pitches into the green and trying to save par. With my handicap I don’t mind missing greens, I expect it, the real problem is the distance I’m leaving everything short. It makes chipping or pitching anything close very difficult. The greens I play on are really fast, I know everyone says that, but they are the fastest I have played in my limited time golfing and pitching from 30+ yards often leaves me far away from the pin. If I’m greenside but off the fringe and I can’t putt it, I do fairly well. When I move the slider in, I’m averaging 6 to 8 ft from 15 yards and in on chipping, The problem is that only 11% of my baseline chips are inside 15 yards… Sand.... I’m a 22 handicap, the only beach I do well on has a chair and a cooler full of beer on it, not a golf ball. Seriously though, I leave sand shots short primarily, I’m always scared of sending them over the green or thinning them. Most of the time I can get out in one, but I do have the occasional 3-peat to get out of a high lipped trap. On to The Fun Part That was a lot, you guys still with me? I saved the best part for last. First let’s hit the high notes and walk through what my fitting revealed and the clubs I chose: The Bag: Driver: F9 9º Degree head, Evenflow White T1100 X Stiff Woods: 3/4 Wood, Evenflow White T1100 X Stiff Hybrid: 3 Hybrid, Aldila 2KNV Green X Stiff Irons: One Length F9’s 4-PW, Modus3 Tour 105’s Stiff Wedges: King Black Wedges in 50º / 54º / 58º Bag: Black / Black Stand Bag (I freaking love this thing) Fitting Overview: So I saw a cobra fitter, without going into too much detail. I swing hard and put a lot of torque on the butt of my clubs shaft. So he selected shafts for me that basically have no butt end and pretty much demanded that I go with X Stiff in all my woods and hybrids to prevent whipping and increase control. He also suggested that I go with a D4 swing weight on my irons, especially if I was going one length because of my size, he was concerned that I’d get too loose and wouldn’t be able to control the clubs if they weighed in at their stock D0 swing weight. My irons and wedges are also 1 inch longer than standard and the grips are like +4 wraps or something, which is an adjustment, but they do feel a lot better to hold. I also went with a 3 hybrid and a 3 wood. My 4 iron is typically right around 200 yards. So I need some extra distance to recover from poor tee shots or hit long 2nd shots into par 5’s. So I went with the 3 Hybrid hoping for a 215-235 club and a 3 wood for something just over that, 230 - 260 or so would be great. We have a few tight par 4’s that require a limited tee shot and a little more control than a driver usually gives me. So I’m hoping I can hit those fairways a little more consistently with these clubs. BUT WHY ONE LENGTHS?!?!?! I hear all of you screaming, I’m the only one length tester in this crew. Cobra swears these things work. They have a lot of tech in them to make them work. Progressive shaft weighting to make the same shaft work and gapping consistent, Wider soles in the 4-6 irons to help with launch and trajectory on top of all of the standard F9 features like Progressive Hosel lengths, E9 Pwrshell face, etc... You get it. You read everyone else’s intros too. What you really want to know is do these things work? Can a high handicapper like myself really be more consistent just because all of his irons are the same length. You’ve seen my approach stats, you know I need something to help me. I chose them because I want to eliminate some variables. I think too much as it is on the course. Take away ball position and swing changes due to shaft length and I think I can improve my consistency. I really feel like that is all that’s left in my game to take me from a 20+ index to a mid handicapper. Whats it gonna take for them to stay? My old set isn't exactly nice, but one thing I have with them is consistent gapping. My old wedges are great, I hit them well when I get to hit them, My driver might not be the most accurate, but when I have good days with it, I have really really good days. For the Cobras to hang around, what I really need to see is consistency throughout the bag. I need my driver dispersion to be tighter and preferably limited to a one way miss, I obviously need consistent contact with the One length irons, since thats kind of the point. The wedges have the most to live up too as the XW-1's I reviewed are very good, but the lower lofts have to help with gapping and consistency. It would be nice to be able to use that 58º reliably. I know, thats a lot to ask of the arrow, but I feel like I'm close to being a better golfer and I'm hoping these clubs can help mitigate some bad habits I have and get me shooting the scores that I feel like I should be. Lets make it rain with questions folks, especially with regards to the One Lengths, I'll do my best to answer everything I can.
  4. 21 points
    Well if you seen the title and thought "Oh great some other fool got a Hole In One, Lucky Bastard!!" you would be wrong. I didn't not get the ever elusive HIO. I did however just achieve the next best thing to it. That is right, 1000 posts on the greatest forum on the net! I would like to give a shoutout to @downlowkey for the stern advice in a thread I posted about some help with a putter. The advice was to make an effort to be more involved in this community. I am glad I listened as you all have become a second family to me and would be lost without you and this great place. Thanks for having me and here is to another 1000!
  5. 21 points
    So here we are, after all of the waiting and intelligent discussions, at the start of the Cobra Connect Challenge 3!! When I threw my name in the hat I was in Ireland over indulging in everything really so I promptly forgot. Imagine my surprise when I saw all of the notifications and realized what happened Getting chosen for this made me feel like a King and I imagine the other four felt the same so here is a little song to show our feelings.... Some how I managed to be chosen to represent the rest of the world against the Americans, so obviously I'm feeling no pressure at all :). I really should thank Cobra and MGS for that but they know they made the right choice. I suppose I should tell you a little about me. My name is John and I'm 47 years old. I am a proud New Zealander who is lucky to live in a little slice of paradise called Christchurch. Yes we have had a few dark times recently but I was born and raised here so to me it will always be home. I have played golf for about 40 years and I have been a member of the Templeton Golf Club for 37 years. I was lucky enough to play there with my father, brother and nephew. Dads been gone for a long time now but I still feel his presence there. My nephew is too busy with his twenties to play at the moment but my brother and I frequent the fairways and bar as often as we can. Golf has been the one constant in my sporting life and that is why I love it. I have flirted with Rugby (compulsory in NZ), Rugby League (like Rugby but less players and less huddling in groups), Football (soccer to the Americans) etc etc but golf has always been there, like a jujitsu hug from my partner Sinead, warm and wonderful at first but causes excruciating pain as well. My handicap has been as low as 5.9 and is currently resting at 9.8. I've always been far too competitive but have relaxed over the past few years. Some of my most satisfying wins have been for just a beer (and man do I LOVE craft beer) but I have won a few trophies as well. I like to think I have a smooth swing and a moderate tempo. My 150 yard club is 9 iron (I can't believe it either) and I hit the ball high. I usually hit a draw and my miss can be anywhere.... Right enough of the preview, here is my baseline.... As you can see if I can hit the green it's going to be one or two putts but if I have to chip... lord have mercy!! I am working on it so watch this space. Now to the sexiness!! My current clubs are Driver Ping G400 LST 3 Wood Cobra F7 (13.5* bullet) 2 Iron Srixon ZU85 18* Irons Mizuno JPX900 Hotmetals Wedges Titlest Vokey SM6 50, 55 and 60* Putter Rife Two Bar Hybrid All lefty and no it's not the wrong side of the ball. We are far more elegant than you common and uncouth right handers (except for Bubba of course, he's just brutal to the ball). These clubs have been in my bag for a while and I have been happy with them but there's always room for new and shiny in my life. Speaking of new and shiny (warning terrible attempts at artistic photos ahead...) .. aren't they pretty!! So here is where I was going to tell the story of my fitting, how I worked for hours honing my club choices, what shafts I wanted, what lofts in my wedges and emerged with the perfect set for me but due to circumstances beyond my and Cobras control I couldn't get a fitting in time. So I went with what I knew and trusted. Well I set the driver at 10.5* and with a 44.5" Atmos TS Blue 6 stiff shaft 3 Wood Atmos Blue 7 Regular 3 Hybrid Atmos Blue 7 Regular conventional Conventional 4-pw True Temper XP95 R300, 2* upright and 1* weaker on the pw Conventional King Black 52, 56 and 60, 1* stronger on the 52, 2* upright, XP95 R300 shafts. The lofts are changed for gaping and the shafts are the same as I currently play or as close as I could get The big question is can they live up to the claims Cobra has made? Is the milled face of the driver and 3 wood truly faster? Do the rails on the 3 wood and hybrid really make the clubs easier to hit? Does the speedback design of the irons really make a difference? Could the wedges be sexier? So these clubs are going to have to work hard to stay in the bag. The driver will need to be long and straight, the three wood will need to at least equal the current model, the hybrid... well lets just say hybrids and I don't get along hence the 2 iron but it has a fighting chance, the irons will have to fly and be accurate and the wedges will have to do the same. But when it comes to the challenge... I am in pretty good form and intend to devastate my fellow competitors with my stellar play. There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth and my victory shall be glorious... or I shall suffer an ignominious defeat and slink home with my tail between my legs. Either way this is going to be a blast and we are all going to be champions!! LETS GET IT ON!!!!!
  6. 20 points
    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Who are the seven forum users that the NX9 has locked on for testing? @FromRightToLeft @Jbmullin @russtopherb @B.Boston @poprocksncoke @JonMUSC08 @perseveringgolfer @GolfSpy MPR Full announcement found here. Testers Wanted (7) Anyone that has read or better yet tried one of the previous versions of the Precision Pro rangefinders knows a couple things for sure. The company is very customer oriented, responding to any manor of questions promptly and efficiently. It's very first iteration of range finders—nexus- was among the least expensive on the market, but didn't meet with a huge success. Enter the NX7 series, and it's award winning performance in Most Wanted testing, and Precision Pro had a winner on it's hand, a very reliable, accurate rangefinder priced in the $200 to $250 range, with many comprable competitors sellingn for $350 to $450. Precision Pro held it's own in the land of the established icon brands. So with a product firmly entrenched in the value category, Precision Pro is introducing the next level of rangefinder for company. The NX9 offers an HD display to an already quality product. To find out all the tech behind it, you can read The First Look articles published earlier this spring Precision Pro Nx9 First Look So we are offering seven US or members from anywhere in the world, the chance to test/review and keep a NX9 HD rangefinder. Golfspy_MPR will be riding shotgun along with the testers on this as you, write a very through review for the forum, and provide ongoing thoughts during the review period in the review thread. How To Apply Please provide the following information in a separate post----DO NOT QUOTE or COPY THIS POST! First Name/City of Residence. Do you currently use a rangefinder or GPS for distance measuring or rely on good old eyeballing! If you use a device what model and brand We'll be selecting the testers next week. Be sure to check back and see if you've been selected.
  7. 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!
  8. 20 points
    So this is a really embarrassing story but it always makes me smile - even if the smile is while I'm hiding my red face! I have had the opportunity to attend several tour events, especially practice rounds for the PGA Championship, the now defunct NEC Championship, as well as others, and during those events I've had some really great conversations with players like Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Sergio García and others. These interactions are typically only a few minutes but I have found these players gracious and I have never been star struck although certainly excited. I'm sure many of you have had similar experiences while attending tour events; my experience is not unique nor am I special in that regard. But for whatever reason, when I met Paul Azinger, I completely fell apart and here's the story - enjoy [emoji28] I had been living in Palmetto, FL for several years working as an associate pastor of a church there when I accepted a position in Ohio. It was literally my last day in Florida and I was having lunch with my father at a really great little restaurant by the name of "Peaches" in Bradenton, FL. Peaches was always busy with a long line forming for seating every day during the lunch rush. We had just gotten our food when I noticed Paul Azinger waiting in line to be seated. Paul had always been a favorite of mine. His unique swing, his passionate play in Ryder Cups, the way he spoke his mind and his friendship with Payne Stewart. Payne Stewart is from Springfield, MO and that's where I was first on my own in college, it's where I met my wife and I really learned my game at Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield. So Springfield and Payne are important figures in my development. I was moving to Ohio in January of 1999 and Paul was back playing after beating his cancer diagnosis in 1993. 1993 was a big year for Paul: he held off Payne to win the Memorial and Greg Norman to win the PGA Championship and in December he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his right shoulder. But by 1999 he was back and playing well again and would even win again in 2000 at the Sony Open. I share all of this to simply say that I KNEW a lot about Paul and could have said any number of things to him when I met him but it wasn't to be. When I saw him standing in line I somehow was transformed into a child seeing a hero for the first time and I proceeded to make an idiot out of myself. I tell my dad, "Oh my gosh! That's Paul Azinger! I've got to go say hello." So I get up and as I'm walking towards him I'm thinking of all the things I could say to him (think Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on SNL): "Remember that time you beat Payne Stewart at the Memorial by holing out from the bunker? That was awesome. Remember that time when Payne smashed bananas in your loafers when you beat him at the Memorial? Remember when you beat Greg Norman at Inverness for your first major? That was awesome." All these thoughts were rushing through my head as I walked closer and closer to him. Suddenly I'm in front of him! He's looking expectingly at me and I'm staring awkwardly at him for what seems like minutes and I'm screaming to myself, "SAY SOMETHING!" And I blurt out:"Your Paul Azinger!" To which he replies,"Yep." This is not going well. He's looking around for some escape and I'm still standing right in front of him, sweating now, in full blown panic. I tell myself, "Come on, you can do better! You have all those facts to share - remember?" Suddenly, my mind is completely blank - I got nothing. Sensing my moment is passing, feeling my desperation and dread growing I declare with all the confidence I can muster, "I love golf!" With a look of compassion for the humiliated man in front of him, Paul smiled and said, "Yeah me too." I had the wherewithal to grab a take out menu in order to procure his autograph (which he graciously signed) and managed to slink back to my seat and finish my lunch. He was as kind and gracious as anyone could possibly be in that situation. I was humiliated and yet elated. I knew it was a moment I would never forget. In October of 1999, Payne Stewart tragically died in a plane crash and when I heard the news I cried and thought of Paul. In the days that followed Paul was in the news a lot because of his close friendship to Payne and how he handled himself made think all the more highly of him. He is a class act! This story is one my family enjoys so much because dad who is most always calm and collected and in control, was a total super fan one day in Bradenton, FL. I still have that take out menu signed by Paul Azinger and every time Paul is on the TV commentating my kids yell, "I love golf!" I sure do :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 19 points
    *PREFACE* I wrote my complete intro a few days before our June 9th deadline. We were given the OK to put the new Cobra clubs in play starting on June 8th, and I used them for my course’s first “major” of the year. 36 hole net stroke play event played from 6400 yards. As a 7 handicap I shot 73-78 to shoot net -5 and win my flight by 11 shots. These clubs are good. Official Intro: Hello. My name is Bucky and I’m an alchol----wait, wrong forum. For some strange reason I’ve been chosen to compete in the most prestigious contest that MyGolfSpy has to offer. What were they thinking? In any case I owe a gigantic thank you to MGS and the Cobra team for putting this together for the 3rd year. To recycle a comment I made in the pre-chatter; it’s the Catalina Wine Mixer of MGS events. I know most of you aren’t all that interested in our personal back stories so I’ll be brief. Born in Wisconsin, learned the game from my older brother, been playing for close to 30 years now, lived in Minnesota for 10 years after college, back in Wisconsin for good now. If that’s not boring enough for you head over to the SuperSpeed forum page and check out my intro from last fall. It’s a real page turner. I have gone through fittings for pretty much every club in my bag. I had a Callaway Epic driver, PXG 3 wood (used of course!), Ping i25 hybrids, Titleist 714 AP2 irons, and Vokey wedges. My favorite clubs are probably my Ping hybrids. They are small and anti hook. Last year I started tracking more of my shots by hand so to use the Arccos system this spring was amazing. The only issues I had with it were missing a few tap in putts but they were easily added before I even got to the next tee box. Overall my swing is moderate tempo with a top swing speed in the 105-110 range. Here’s a video of me from the range earlier this week. My typical ball flight is medium height with misses to both sides of the fairway/green. I'm still working on my Phil Kwon Do Calves. While my USGA index is currently a 6.3 I’ve struggled this spring with extremely wet conditions and getting used to my new SuperSpeed enhanced swing. The long Wisconsin winters also wreak havoc on my game. My Arccos baseline rounds show that I'm an 8.8 handicap using my old clubs. My best rounds of the year always come in July, August, and September. I’ve been fighting a nasty slice this spring but may have made a correction earlier this week. Hopefully I’m finally over the winter rust and it’s not just a matter of me playing crappy golf. Here are my driving numbers with basically zero roll on the wet courses. Here are a few more boring stats before we get into the good stuff. I would say this is a pretty accurate representation of my game with a few too many doubles that usually go away as the conditions firm up and my swing becomes more fluid. Scoring breakdown and Putting stats/handicap. Greens in regulation show I leave my shots short too often. A lot of the greens at my home course slope back to front so it’s definitely beneficial to be below the hole. Chipping is pretty poor thanks to extremely thick and wet rough this spring and low skill level on my part. And now on to the 2019 Cobra lineup. Drumroll please! Cobra is all about speed this year. Heck, everything but the wedges have Speedback in their name! While the reason behind the SPEED is a little different for each club, essentially they all claim to be forgiving, long, and FAAAAAAASSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTTTTTT! I’m pretty sure I’ll be hitting 400 yard drives within 2 inches of my target line by the end of the summer. I’ve posted quite a few club pictures in the pre-chatter forum already, but I really love the look of these clubs and want to post more. Deal with it! The driver looks fantastic. I’m not a big fan of huge club head markings (turbulators), but Cobra toes the line perfectly blending functional aerodynamic improvements and standard club head shaping. I really like the matte grey top of the club that came with the white drivers. The fairway wood is basically a mini driver. I’ve hit some BOMBS with this off the tee. If I had to use one word to describe the hybrids it would be speed BIG. Compared to my old i25’s these are quite large. Bigger is always better, right? The irons are also on the large side of what I’m used to. I know I could use a little help here but these almost seem excessive. I’m most interested to see how super game improvement irons compare to my old AP2s (right side of the 2nd picture.) The wedges are gorgeous with the black on black look. As described in the pre-chatter they are basically ninjas. I can’t wait to take Bruce Lee, The Bride, and Haru (Chris Farley in Beverly Hills Ninja) out on the course. I would show you a multitude of bag pictures but unfortunately I’m not currently gaming the bag with my new clubs. Upon seeing the awesome red/white/blue stand combo I selected my wife claimed it as her own. It’s replacing a black and yellow Acuity bag (Dick’s Sporting Goods store brand) that was over 10 years old. Vote for me; my wife stole my bag!!! I really struggled with the final part of my intro to the CobraConnectChallenge3. At first I had this elaborate “30 for 30” style story about how I was groomed from a child to win this entire challenge; complete with requisite jokes at the expense of my fellow competitors. There were some bad jokes like comparing Nunfa0’s New Zealand home to Middle Earth (lame), some mediocre jokes about Palvord sharing Detroit with Kid Rock (meh), and a decent one about Bryson giving a rough estimate of my chances of winning at 31.3593204852929039481%. Truth is none of that stuff is me. I play my best when I’m challenging the course instead of my foursome (or fivesome in this case). For all I know Bardle, Nunfa0, Palvord, and Robertson153 are amazing people both on and off the course. All I can control over the next 8+ weeks is how I present myself and how much time and effort I put into my game. With all of that being said I have four (FORE!) main questions going into this challenge: 1. The Cobra clubs are top notch across the board but can gaming a full bag of just one brand really beat my individually fit clubs from multiple companies? 2. Will the extra large hybrids be able to cut through the thick rough on my course and be more than just fairway finders off the tee? 3. Can the super game improvement aspect of the F9 Speedback irons really help improve my approach stats? I’m not looking for extra distance here; I want accuracy and consistency. 4. If I win the intro phase of the challenge will I really go full Rickie? It’s a good possibility!
  10. 18 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!!
  11. 18 points
    Un-bloody-conscious! I still can't believe it but I shot a 79! 57% FIR 33% GIR 30 putts.
  12. 18 points
    Happy Father's Day Spies! My son and I at Ft Benning
  13. 18 points
    Do you remember when Baby Got Back and End of the Road topped the billboard charts? If so, then you will remember when Lynx irons won a couple Major Championships in the early 90's with Fred Couples and Erine Els, and that the cat symbol was one of the coolest logos in golf. If you don't remember those songs...well there is always google!!! LYNX disappeared from the mainstream for quite a while---you can read about LYNX announcing it's return to the US last year in this as usual great piece by John Barba The Cat is Back So what does this mean for the forum.....a great testing opportunity as usual. Lynx is providing 4 sets of the Prowler VT and 4 sets of the Black Cat irons for you to test, review and keep. Not sure which one fits your game, take a few moments and check them out on the website--at the time this was posted the site is undergoing some maintenance, but you should still be able to see which model interests you. Lynx Golf Four Prowler VT Sets To Be Tested Four Black Cat Sets To Be Tested HOW TO APPLY This testing is open to any right hand golfer who lives in the US or UK Follow the below instructions and please DO NOT quote this post when applying. Just created a new post Name/City State or City Country Handicap Current Iron Model Played Which would you like to test Prowler VT or Black Cat We'll be choosing the testers late next week, so check back to see if you have been chosen. Good Luck!! ========= A T T E N T I O N fellow spies... Congratulations to the following spies who will be testing these and a huge shout out to Lynx for being so generous with 8 sets of irons for our members to test! Black Cats: @knightsofnii @JimNantzsToast @kardboard.kid @daviddvm Prowler VT: @Jmikecpa @Judge Smails @blackngold_blood @azstu324 For the official post click here --> https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/31869-testers-wanted-8-lynx-black-cat-and-prowler-vt-irons/?do=findComment&comment=545520
  14. 18 points
    Finally able to get back to this thread. First off the course was just brutal and the hardest that I have ever played it. We arrived and knew the greens were punched but they still rolled great. After paying our fees we rolled a few putts and we were off. The starter even treated my out of town friends to some good old NY attitude by telling them to get their bags off the tee. I had a good laugh and should have warned them but it was worth it. View from the 1st tee White tees on the 2nd hole Championship tees are at the post 3rd hole from the white tees. Post is 109 yards behind the white tees 3rd green looking at the 4th tee 4th tee 7th tee 8th tee 14th tee Green side rough...brutal 15th tee 18th tee The day was a lot of fun and we played a hybrid of blue and white tees which I would guess would be around 6,800 yards. The rough was just penal and most shots were a punch out. I drew a marginal lie on 5 in the left rough and hit a 9 iron from 135 that may have been the shot of my life and it just got in the front of the green. The course was a lot tighter than normal and it was better to miss really big than to just miss. Getting into the trampled down fescue was a lot better than a foot off the fairway. Drive of the day was on 6 all the way down to the bottom of the hill leaving me 53 yards. Hit a nice wedge and pulled the birdie putt. From the 14th green all the way to the 18th tee is the hardest walk in golf and by the time I hit 18 I was gassed. Mediocre drive up the right side just into the heavy stuff. Miserable lie that I muscled out a wedge to the back left of the green. Rolled a 25 footer down and in to the applause of the few people sitting in the grandstand on 18. As I had said earlier this was a personal goal of mine to be able to play here and walk the course without any physical issues. Managed to do that and then play a tournament the next day so mission accomplished. Hope you guys enjoy the pics and let me know if you have any questions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 17 points
    Ladies and gentlemen it’s finally here!! The Cobra Connect Challenge 3 has officially kicked off . It’s been a late spring here in central Kentucky, why is that relevant, my home course has Bermuda fairways which doesn’t become “playable” until late May early June. This year it’s the first week of June and they’re still not very good. Hopefully in the next few weeks they start filling in nice, hate to hit the new clubs off dirt. I’ve only been seriously playing the game for around 3 years. My swing and game in general are definitely a work in progress. I swing hard, hit it a long way, but generally don’t know where it’s gonna end up. The added distance didn’t really peak my interest in the Cobras, it was the promise of forgiveness. Obviously, like everyone else on this great forum, I’m in love with this game, well, more like a love hate relationship [emoji23]. So far this year I’ve shot 79, all the way to 93 [emoji51]. I guess you could call me a little inconsistent. My bag, before the Cobras, consist of Epic Flash driver, Adams 3 wood and 4 hybrid, Nike VrS forged 4-G, Callaway Mack Daddy forged 56* and 60* and my Scotty Cameron Circa 62. All my clubs were picked up used mostly off eBay. This is what Arccos said my handicap should be after 7-8 rounds. I don’t really understand it all because I shot 3 of my lowest scores ever during that period (18 hole 79, 18 hole 80, 9 hole 37). So not sure how all of that is calculated . But, I guess you can say it worked out, I can’t do anything but go up from here. We’ll see if after several rounds this Arccos levels out and becomes more accurate. This is my first swing with the HRZDUS Smoke 6.5 shaft (which I love). The first couple of shafts felt terrible, can’t remember what they were. Apparently they caused me to keep hitting them off the heel, didn’t realize how important shafts are until that moment. My swing speed with 7 iron during my fitting was 93mph and driver averaged 108, got one up to 113 (ended up being a big hook). My go to 150yd club is my PW, can always count on that trusty PW. I’ve always had a high ball flight throughout the entire bag, with the Cobras it’s no different. My typical miss is when I get lazy and start swaying instead of turning and dead pull it (left for me). If I had one strength it would have to be my distance. My entire game depends on how I’m driving the ball that day. If it’s bad, my entire game suffers, and if it’s good, I can shoot high 70s to low 80s. Mid 80s is my average with the occasional upper 80s low 90s. Official handicap at this moment is 12.2. I’m hoping the hype surrounding the F9s with “ultra forgiveness” is just what the doctor ordered. My first visual impression of the new clubs were just so so. Then once the fitter fixed me up with the right shaft, it took 3 tries, they started looking better. We decided to go with KBS Tour Flight 120 stiff in 4i-58*. With that combo it produced a nice mid-high ball flight with a great spin rate. It was my first ever fitting, so I can’t really say much about that, other than it was better than expected. The guy I had at Golf Headquaters in Louisville KY was very informative and seemed to want to help. Even after I said I wasn’t going to buy from them, they still were very helpful (maybe it was the MGS name drop). You can see how thick the top line is on this 4 iron, and how the “speedback” sticks out at address. But once I hit it, none of that mattered. Cobra says the F9s are made for mid cappers with high SS, so that’s a check and check. Claims of low center of gravity are supposed to help keep the face square through impact. With the long irons there’s a tungsten weight in the heel and toe that seemed to help me launch the ball high and straight. So maybe all the hype isn’t all BS, maybe some of it is actually true. I have had my Cobra F9s for about 3-4 weeks, had several range sessions (8-10) with around 8-10 full rounds. I’m still trying to figure out some of the clubs, mostly long irons. With the last lesson I had, the guy made a couple of tweaks to my grip and transition, now I’m playing a high fade. Which is fine by me, if I can depend on it. For this set to become my gamers they need to be consistently long, straight, and appeasing to my eye. So far I’m loving the yellow. Wether they will or not is going to be an 8 week adventure that all of you get to take with me. So might as well jump on board with Team 153 and join me in the victory circle. If anyone has any questions, something you’re wanting to see, or want me to try something, just ask it in this thread or PM me. Stay tuned for the biggest testing/review of the year!!
  16. 17 points
    Before we go any further, thank you MyGolfSpy and Cobra for this incredible opportunity. It's a privilege that I do not take lightly. My goal is to thoroughly test the set, provide honest feedback, and bring value to the forum along the way. Oh, and to @bardle, @Bucky CC, @Nunfa0, and @robertson153: ...a father took his son to a special place. This hallowed ground made many a grown man cry. It tested the limits of the English vocabulary as foul words were used as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and somehow, prepositions. The beauty of the place is known to pause heartbeats and make all manner of people stop in wonder and awe. This special place would teach the son the true meaning of pain, misery, and exercises in futlity. No, this wasn't my first Cleveland Browns game. It was the first time my dad took me golfing. When I was 12 years old, he took me to a Par 3 course to show me how chasing a little white ball around could provide years of joy and sorrow. I am forever grateful to my dad for introducing me to the game of golf. Golf has provided me with a way to make friends, stay connected with loved ones, and made me a better person. My true joy in golf comes from the people that I am able to play with. Being on the course with loved ones is the thing that I cherish most about this game. I never take for granted the times that I am able to tee it up with my wife @LadyJ87, dad, brothers, friends, and in-laws. I’m originally from Akron, OH and am a transplant to Michigan. I moved here to be with my wife, and do not regret that decision. She may, but there is a no return policy on her left ring finger. Ok. Enough of the mushy stuff. Onto the reason you all are here. And I know what you are all thinking. “What kind of a golfer is this lucky S.O.B.? Well. I used to think course management was what the Superintendent did. I never understood why all the magazines and instructors were telling golfers to learn about the job of a Superintendent to help them lower their scores. Thankfully, I’m slightly wiser and have been able to actually improve my game. The best description I have for my game is that I’m a hack with moments of brilliance. Fortunately, I’ve had more consistent moments of brilliance lately and that helped me move from a 19 handicap to a 13.4 throughout 2018. Last year, I broke 90 for the first time ever, and I did it twice! The scorecards are still hanging on our fridge, much to the chagrin of @LadyJ87. Currently, I am in the middle of a full on attempt to drop my handicap from a 14 to a 10. This has made me take the game more seriously than in the past and has forced me to find joy in the journey as my results are...mixed at best. My old setup for my clubs was: Driver: Callaway Rogue 10.5° 3 wood: TaylorMade Burner 15° Hybrid: Adams Red 18° Irons: Ping G30 4-PW Wedges: Titleist Vokey 52° degree Cleveland RTX 2.0 56° & 64° degree Most of these clubs ended up in my bag by being on sale, or in the “used” bin at the local golf shop. The exception of course being the Callaway Rogue. Using TrueGolfFit in the late fall of 2018, I was fit into the Callaway Rogue. I waited until I found the best deal, which happened to be this spring. I have only played a few rounds with it in my bag. My first few rounds of the year were with my old driver, a TaylorMade RBZ2, but all of my baseline rounds for the challenge were with the Rogue in the bag. My typical ball flight is a draw, with my miss being a push or slice left, with the occasional hook for good measure. My intended swing/ball flight: My push left miss: And my slice: I was fortunate enough to test the Arccos system in the fall of 2018, so my baseline stats are very indicative of my game: I am currently trending down in my overall Arccos handicap due to improvements in chipping and putting. I have spent quite some time at the beginning of this season practicing those parts of my game. However the worst parts of my game are driving and approach. My driving is...erratic to say the least. This dispersion chart shows every shot I have ever taken off the tee on a Par 4 or 5 using the Arccos system: Not all of these shots are with the driver as I have at times kept the big stick in the bag just to get a ball in play. My approach play is lackluster due to not being able to hit the green. Most of the shots that are coming up short are due to hitting the ball fat, or overestimating how far I’ll be able to actually hit the ball: My average distance for my clubs reflects data for the last 126 holes as I was establishing a baseline for the challenge: I am excited though by looking at this data, as painful as it is. I have glaring weaknesses that can be practiced, and a set of clubs custom fit to me to help me play my best golf. And now, the main event: I went through my first ever full bag fitting for this challenge, and was blown away by the subtle differences that a shaft makes to the ball flight and the consistency of your strike, Knowing that I was limited to specific club heads mad the fitting process faster as we only needed to dial in my length, lie, loft, and shaft. During my fitting, I was blown away with how easy it was for me to get the ball in the air with the F9's. Oh, and the face was: We settled on the following set up: Driver: 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff (-½”) Woods: 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue TS 7 Stiff 5/6 Wood - Atmos Blue TS 7 Stiff Irons: 5-GW - KBS C-Taper Lite Stiff (GW1° strong) Wedges: 52° 56° 60° - KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 Stiff All lengths, lies, and lofts are standard unless noted. The difference from my old set up to my new set up that I am most excited for is the addition of a 60° wedge and a Gap wedge. Having a club that is more versatile for me around the green in the 60° is intriguing as it opens up more shot types rather than one shot type only with the 64°. Also, being able to have a club between my PW and 52° I feel will help in the 110-125yd range. Those distances are where I felt I had to take something off of a PW swing or put a monster swing into a 52°. The most anticipated club for me in the bag is the driver. I have never gamed a 9° before. Also, having been fit for a shorter shaft should provide me more control on the course. I hope to be able to take the largest weakness in my game and turn it into a strength. I know that the new driver will not be a miracle cure for what ails my game off the tee, but I am excited to get to work knowing that the club is built for me. Throughout the challenge, I will be testing the clubs for consistency, predictability, and forgiveness. For the consistency and predictability pieces, I know that I am a major part of the equation when it comes to controlling these factors. I would like to feel comfortable that if I swing my normal swing, I will know that the ball will fly generally in the intended direction. When it comes to forgiveness, I want to find out how much or how little I am impacted by hits that are not on the exact center of the face. (and for me that is probably all of my hits) Cobra designed these clubs to provide “substantial improvements in ball speed, distance, and forgiveness.” I hope to find the limits of this forgiveness. Again, I am humbled to have been chosen for this challenge. I promise to work my tail off for you, the forum members to provide you with the best feedback and entertainment possible. Fire away with all of your questions, comments, and concerns. And, if you’re concerned for the well being of @bardle, @Bucky CC, @Nunfa0, or @robertson153, don’t worry. I’ll be as gentle as possible while I annihilate them for the next 9 weeks.
  17. 17 points
    We did it! We had to get up at 2AM and hike 20 minutes with bags on the back to get wait in line in the cold, wind and rain for 3 hours, but we made it!! Scratch the Old Course off the bucket list baby!! I’m glad we did it this way instead of winning the ballot, because it makes for a much better story (to be shared later) - but it was everything you’d want it to be. Here are some pix to hold you over... It was an awesome experience - shot an 83 with a triple on the front (damn bunkers!!) - and there was a 78 or 79 to be had. Bogeyed #1, pars on #11 and 18, bogeyed the road hole but nailed the middle of the fairway off the tee after busing one over the hotel - the caddy said it was “text-booook.” Playing Jubilee and New today. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  18. 16 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.
  19. 16 points
    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.
  20. 16 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...
  21. 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.
  22. 16 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!!
  23. 16 points
    Had my first Hole in One and a personal best of 82. So yeah, played pretty well. Drove the ball well. 10/14 fairways. Solid approach for most part 8/18 GIR Wedge play was stellar. Of the greens I missed I probably was within 10 feet on 4 or 5 of them. Putting was solid but not spectacular 31 putts
  24. 16 points
    Best round in years for me. 33-37 - 70 I’m feeling really good tonight - really good - this used to be home of the LPGA’s St Pete Open, too. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  25. 15 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.
  26. 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
  27. 15 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
    While at my in-laws over the weekend my wife's uncle asked if I wanted some golf balls for the kids to hit in our backyard. Thinking he had a few left over in his bag he proceeded to come back with a 5 gallon bucket full of old and dirty golf balls. In addition to the requisite range balls there were some nice Topflight X-Outs, Magnas (bigger than your average ball!), Titleist Professional 90s, and some 20+ year old Hogan Edges. Those were all great but the one that really caught my eye was this: I don't know much about the ball but I see that @GolfSpy_X had one for sale in the forums back in 2011. Apparently it was given out as a playable sample during 2003 but never put into production. Definitely won't be hitting this beauty but I think I found my good luck charm for the rest of the contest!
  29. 15 points
    The boss finally decided it was time for us to play this course. We have a tee time on Friday at 10. I am yet to play this, but it is highly ranked in Michigan, and looks to be a brute. I am hoping to keep it under 80... Hole by hole after round photos and round recap will be posted. This is a bucket list course for me. It’s a premium price tag to what I’m used to paying so my expectations are high. Stay tuned...
  30. 15 points
    It's my happiness....every single day. I know I've posted it before... But I can't shake the feeling. [emoji3531] I love being a dad.... 2 months on Monday. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  31. 14 points
    Sorry I’m late posting, been on call this weekend and it’s been one of those weekends. Before I got the Cobra f9 I gamed the Epic Flash, so I’m comparing, arguably, the two hottest drivers out. Here’s the stats from the Epic As you can see it was plenty long, but, my ball thought it was in the military, left right left right. The Cobra is also plenty long but just a fraction shorter on dead centered hits. I will take a few less yards all day long with added consistency. So far the Cobra has produced fairly straight ball flights, which I love. The misses though have been very wide misses. Don’t know if that is the driver or myself, time will tell. Only got one round in this week due to weather, rained every stupid day. But for that one round I hit 8-14 fairways. . My course has a lot of doglegs, almost every par 4, so the ones I missed were due to hitting it to far for that particular line (ain’t that something to complain about[emoji16]). I have to say I like the look of my Epic better at address. to me it’s just a cleaner look. I went with the HZRDUS smoke 6.5 low spin, and I gotta say it’s the best feeling shaft I’ve ever hit. The speed back part of the driver, where they claim so much forgiveness due to low center of gravity, is odd looking, but you can’t see it unless you look at it from behind. This driver makes a different sound than I’m used to. It’s almost like a “pop” sound, compared to the Flash that has a more “thud” sound. As for now I don’t see the Epic going back in the bag once this is over, but anything can happen. I do wish on the bottom they would’ve went all yellow instead of the red just think it would’ve looked better. Overall I give the F9 a 8.5, so far. Before this is over I’m hoping it’s a 10. My rating is purely based on results, no looks or sound factored in. Maybe next week the weather cooperates a little better so I can gather more data. I do have a two day tournament this coming up weekend. They make the course as hard as possible, so the whole bag will definitely get a workout. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  32. 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..
  33. 14 points
    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
  34. 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.
  35. 14 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 14 points
    Happy Father’s Day all. Me and my son getting ready to win the Father Son at our club. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 14 points
    Ok, I’ll fill you guys in on my secret. I don’t think she’s on here... if she is, she’s a better spy than me. My original proposal was terrible, we were in a huge fight and I just threw the ring at her from across the room and said blanking marry me. So, I am going to get the kids to help me make it right, and on the 5th night, 1 day for each kid to give little cues... I’m going to “go for a run” around sunset and have the kids lure their mom to the beach where I’ll be waiting. Then hopefully we can plan our vow renewal ceremony right on our beach. She’s wanted a beach wedding for ever with her dress cut shorter.... Perfect chance!
  39. 14 points
    Play in a tournament every year sponsored by the Golfstyles Media Group called the Solstice Survival - a one day 54 hole stroke event. We tee off at 5:45AM and don't stop until the last putt is made on hole 54. I've only placed once quite a few years ago and that was only because I had a couple lucky breaks and because the event was shortened to 27 holes because of heavy, heavy rains that had transformed a few par fours into island greens. I played this year's Solstice tournament at Bulle Rock, a course that used to host the McDonald's LPGA tournament for a few years (https://bullerockgc.com/about-us-golf/). Forecast was for 90% rain on and off an heavy rains with thunderstorms in the afternoon. I brought the heavy duty rain gear, but it wasn't breathable and I get hot quickly so it was a constant dress and removal of the suit as the rains came and went. My game was on an uptick with some great play as of late, but yesterday, the game was hit and miss, adding that the greens were so quick that lags a lot of times went 6' past or more -made for an up and down round. We all got called back to the clubhouse as there were thunderstorms rolling through. 20-30 golfers had enough and packed it up but the course said we we're going back out. Up until the time we got called back to the club house it hadn't been cart path only even with some of the steady down pours because the course drained very well, but after the last biblical deluge, it because CPO the last 18. Bulle Rock is hilly, with thick rough so having it CPO made for a long last 18 holes out of the 54. Well, I had snowball's chance in hell for placing as I didn't think I played well so imagine my surprise when my name got called for this: Yep came in first net! I'll be buying Powerball ticket today MDGolfHacker
  40. 14 points
    Placed my USS Arizona flag back out tonight in preparation for tomorrow's remembrance... June 6'th, 1944...75-years ago (yes, seventy-five frickin' years ago!!!) we embarked on what the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) at that time (Dwight David Eisenhower) called the "Greatest Crusade" to open up the "Second Front" and take the war directly to those f-ing Nazi bastards. Starting in Normandy, on through France and finally into the German heartland, this particular decisive and historical battle would ultimately end the brutal tyranny, slavery and genocide Europe and Russia endured during this dark time of rule by Hitler. The heroes who landed in France 75 years ago in order to do all these things shall not be forgotten...EVER. ALL of them... American, British, Canadian, Australian...I don't care...ALL heroes, and those who died that day and the days following (my Great Uncle included BTW...) deserve a day of recognition for their ultimate sacrifice...for all of us!!! Make no mistake...without them and what they accomplished that day, our freedoms we enjoy each and every day would simply not exist. I stand and salute them all. Join me.
  41. 14 points
    We did a ton this year but this has to be my favorite. My parents helped us build this in our family room.
  42. 14 points
    Wife and I had our 15th anniversary earlier this week. Asked her what she wanted to do for it and her response was "assuming Jamaica is out let's go to a nice golf course and have a steak dinner afterwards." Can't argue with that. Dropped the kids off with their aunt and uncle and headed out to a place that's switched between public and private a few times the last couple of years. Very nice course but it's a little too far away from any big city to draw in membership. Played great for 8 of the 9 holes on the front nine. Started out birdie, par, par, before crushing a 6 iron over the green on a par three and taking a 6. Back 9 we started drinking a bit more and prioritized fun over good scores. Ended up shooting a 39-44 for an 83. Here's a couple pics from the course. Nice downhilll par 4. #17 a 184 yard par 3. Pushed my tee shot to the farthest part of the right side of the green. Three putt bogey. View from the 18 tee back up the hill to the clubhouse. There were about 7 little waterfalls built into the stream. Finished with a nice Par. Mmm, beer. A little heavy for most golf rounds, but perfect when it's only 60 degrees out. My future home? Just off the #10 tee box, currently listed for $1.6M. Sliced a ball to make sure I didn't hit into their yard. It was a great day with some rock solid Cobra clubs.
  43. 14 points
    Guys, Haven’t forgotten about this and I will get pics and a recap up in a day or so. I had a tournament today at my club and was beat after the round yesterday. On a personal note I posted a bit about this but this weekend was a huge milestone for me. A year and a half ago I was pretty much physically unable to walk Bethpage Black, let alone play both days before my round there and then play the next day. I took it easy today and jumped in a cart but three of the last four rounds I have played I walked and just walking 18 was a pipe dream at one point. Above all my round at Bethpage Black was a validation of a personal journey that I started almost two years ago to lose weight and live life. This weekend of golf has proved that I have done that and I could not be happier. Yes I am still a lot over my ideal weight but I am physically a hell of a lot better off than i was a few years ago. Amazing how this crazy game weaves its way into your life. My son kept checking in on me yesterday on how I was playing. When I got home he asked me how I felt after the round? I told him tired but not sore and where is dinner? He gave me the biggest hug and told me he was proud of me and well for a big ol boy I may have shed a tear. He didn’t care what I shot but was proud of the fact that I took on the challenge physically and did it. Best way to end the round. Well, that and the birdie on 18 that I signed my ball and gave to a nice young lady in the bleachers behind the 18th green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  44. 14 points
    Well, after 715 days on the market, we got 2 offers on our house this morning, and after negotiations back and forth, we FINALLY got an acceptable offer. I'm heading south!
  45. 14 points
    Stage Two - Bettinardi SS38 Armlock - Official MGS Forum Review by downlowkey It has been roughly six weeks since our review team embarked on this Armlock putting odyssey. And like any proper odyssey, for me, it has been an epic of tribulation, triumph and ultimately - reflection. I believe putting, more so than any other aspect of the game, offers the greatest latitude for personal nuance. Essentially, there are myriad ways to get the job done. However, as it relates to statistical success, the caveat to increasing complexity is the necessity of a quiet mind. And internal tranquility in the face of a breaking downhill three footer is a rare quality amongst amateur golfers. As distance to the hole decreases, potential damage to the ego inversely increases. For example, the mere thought of missing a hypothetical 12 inch putt, causes me substantial anxiety. Whereas the reality of missing a string of 20 footers, while not ideal, does not result in an overwhelming existential crisis. What should be the simplest physical segment of playing golf can subsequently present the greatest internal struggle. I believe the prevailing reason golfers are quick to "give" three footers is that we really don't want to see our playing partners miss them. For those of us that believe all putts should be holed, this creates somewhat of a dilemma. Fortunately, the market inevitably introduces specialized equipment to address every conceivable dilemma facing golfers. That's admittedly a depressing putter review intro, but it frames a subject that lies at the heart of Armlock methodology. Specifically, can a putter be intentionally designed to normalize communication errors between the head and the hands? Well, that's what I aimed to determine over the past six weeks of intense testing (~10K reps on the practice green and 80 regulation holes). Looks (9 out of 10 points) I don't give a damn how a putter looks - evidenced by the veritable miniature alien spacecraft gamer under my employ for the past 15 years. That said, as mallets go, the svelte SS38 looks ready for both business and the ballroom. Nonetheless, because of the increased shaft lean, I think most golfers would benefit from more pronounced options in the visual reassurance department (see below). Sound & Feel (10 out of 10 points) Where I don't particularly care about the looks, feel is _everything_. And in my experience, sound is overwhelmingly a byproduct of "feel" - more specifically, soft feel presents quietly. The SS38 Armlock feels somewhere between soft and solid. Sound generated by this head is a muted pop - something akin to the crack of a distant rifle report. And the energy flowing through my hands is electric - not at all what I anticipated from a broom handle. The F.I.T. (Feel Impact Technology) milled grooves turned this hard 303 Stainless Steel head into a big softie. Bettinardi got this one just right... for me anyway. Basic Characteristics (18 out of 20 points) I'm going to try my best to stay out of the technical weeds in this category mash-up of line accuracy, distance control, stability, forgiveness, etc. The foundation of Armlock methodology is limiting variability. And despite some solid physics watching your six, this style of putting feels like riding a tricyle after a lifetime of 2-wheeler freedom. Removing potential wrist coil and hand release is a fairly obvious design feature, but this system also addresses the oft overlooked lie angle axis. The consistency this system offers is notable. But it's not foolproof and when things go awry, saving the stroke with your hands is not really an option. Long story short, I learned a great deal about my prior tendencies over the past six weeks and making changes has been like trying to pick up a new language at 40 years old. Translation - it has been a lot of hard work and frustrating at times; but the process was also fun (and illuminative). As it stands today, my stroke is more compact with very little wasted motion. The result is more putts that start on line. With my regular gamer, I practiced deadweight pace (to make the hole effectively bigger) but I've become comfortable with a (+2 foot) pace and subconsciously select more exacting lines. Pace control inside 25 feet is automatic, and I'm confident that comfort radius will continue to increase with more experience. It's difficult speaking to heel/toe forgiveness when a putter always sends the ball straight out of the middle. The only mishit I occasionally experience is low on the face which results in negligible distance loss. And the longer handle should (in theory) resist twisting on off-center strikes more than regular length wands with identical MOI numbers. Regarding mechanics, any doubts I harbored about the Armlock style, have been replaced by faith. On-Course Performance (29 out of 30 points) In my neck of the woods (Colorado Front Range), we were on track to transition from harsh Spring straight into Fall, so I've been fortunate to sneak in (4+) rounds over the past month and a half. That's a pretty small data set to work with but I believe some tendencies have begun to emerge from the stats. Inside 10 feet I have only missed one putt - pretty incredible. The first couple weeks, my miss was always short on longer putts. But with more reps (and confidence), I've been rolling putts that look good for a very long time, from all over the place. Typing this out will surely break the spell - but I'm now 80 holes into the Armlock experience and have yet to 3-putt; with an average of 1.650 pph. Stats aside, the Armlock system has been a rock in windy conditions - it's appreciably more stable. The 2-point anchor (hands and forearm) have also translated to a much more consistent feeling setup. It has yet to be tested in a high pressure situation but this wand has outperformed all my expectations on the course thus far. Miscellaneous (7 out of 10 points) Let's talk headcovers. The finely crafted leatherwork and embroidery that arrives with the SS38 is a thing of beauty. But that's the only nice thing I have to say about it. If anyone from Bettinardi HQ happens to read this review, more than anything else, I hope your takeaway is this - It's.Too.Small. I knew immediately but hoped it might stretch to form with use. That has not been the case. And velcro? Ughhh. Using this noisy, ill fitting headcover sucks so much, I'm deducting 3% from the overall. This is pretty basic stuff - do better, Bettinardi! Play it or Trade it? (18 out of 20 points) I truly believe it would benefit every single beginner to hit their first putts with an Armlock. The motions it promotes _and_ prevents, pay dividends. I ran into @PokeForeLyfe at the course on Memorial Day and asked him to roll a few. Like most, his initial impression was "Looks closed, setup feels strange". Half a dozen 20 footers later he starts rolling one great putt after another, then cuts me open with the all important question, "Are you going to game it?". I took a deep breath, swallowed a lump in my throat and replied "Yeah, I think so". He stopped mid-stroke, stood up, looked me in the eye and said "With the way I've seen you putt, that's kinda hard to believe". I gotta tell you guys, it's hard for me to believe too. But I'm diving into the deep end on this one. I don't think the Armlock offers the magic to go low despite an off ball striking day, that my M5K occasionally produced. But on the other end of the spectrum, I think it's a reliable workhorse that will fundamentally improve my stats on the bad days when the hole suddenly appears to be the size of a thimble. This was a HUGE decision for me. Conclusion One of the consistently best putters I have ever witnessed was a full-time practice green hustler who concurrently shared the designation of most hideous stroke. He took the putter head straight outside on the way back, looped it way inside the line on the forward transition, finally pushing it back across the ball with a closed face at impact - but he did it exactly the same _every single time_. The man was a straight-up pickpocket on the moss. And on top of everything else, he got the job done with a ratty 50 cent garage sale putter, probably made from smelted automobiles. Applying deductive reasoning to the situation - a custom fit wand clearly wasn't the secret to his success, nor was it classically proficient technique. Lacking all the external hallmarks of a great putter, the only secret sauce left to ponder was his mind. I subsequently concluded that he must possess a supremely present mind. Over the past two decades, I have diligently practiced the intentional thought processes conducive to championship golf. But I'm not a robot. I still occasionally experience a crisis of confidence on the course. The Bettinardi SS38 Armlock not only gives me more confidence to execute, it physically handcuffs the demons. I cannot overstate the advantages of putting an Armlock in the hands of a beginner, to immediately put them on the track to success. In summary, the USGA got this one wrong - using an Armlock is cheating. Final Score: (91) *adjusted to 94 if headcover issues are addressed
  46. 13 points
    And that's a wrap for my Fairways hit week. Here's how it all went: Thursday: 14 of 21 Friday: 7 of 14 Saturday: 7 of 14 Sunday: 3 of 7 Total fairways for the week comes in at 31 hits out of 56 chances for a percentage of 55.4%. While today was my worst fairway percentage it was also my best round. All four of my misses were in good spots and I ended up hitting 8 of 9 greens in regulation and shot 35. I've been on a hot streak lately and hope it doesn't stop anytime soon.
  47. 13 points
    - 42/44 = 86 (+14) - 3/15 FIR - 3/18 GIR - 30 Putts It wasn't until I got home and looked at GAME Golf stats that I realized this was my best 18 ever on my home course. Generally, today was a pretty positive day. My chipping and putting were excellent, and they saved me a ton of strokes. It was my fewest putts per hole ever today, too. I really, really struggled to hit the fairway with the driver. Some were pretty good and just off the fairway, but there were a few holes where I just lost the ball so far right. Not entirely sure why it was happening, but there were a couple holes that I played from the adjacent fairways. This cost me any chances I had to convert for birdies. On the plus side, a lot of my drives were 230+, which goes a long ways to lowering my scores, even if the second shot is a punch toward the green. I hit several good punch shots today that got me within spitting distance of the greens. Major bummer of the day was a quadruple bogey on No. 14, the only par 5 on the back. Hit my drive way right into the trees, two four iron punches needed just to get it back to the fairway with 220 to the green. Should have laid up and taken my medicine, but I got greedy and laced a 3 wood into the pond in front of the green. Take away that nine and my round gets even better for me.
  48. 13 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
  49. 13 points
    Happy Father’s Day Gentlemen! It’s a tough and rewarding job. Enjoy your kiddos today! Ours are heading off to a week of summer camp. I might sneak in a round later. But first coffee! PS: .... My oldest turns 13 today!! [emoji33]
  50. 13 points
    Stage One – Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman, by MaxEntropy “You drive for show, but putt for dough!” - Bobby Locke I know we have debated the accuracy of that quote quite a bit on the forum, in one form or another. For my game as a mid- to high-teens handicap player, I lose a lot more strokes off the tee than any other aspect of the game…. BUT, that means I rely on my short game to keep bad rounds from getting really, REALLY bad. I could imagine that if I had more consistency with other aspects (i.e. driver), putting becomes more important to consistently lower scores. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I very much appreciate the opportunity from Odyssey and Mygolfspy to test one of the Stroke Lab putters – it is always an honor and a privilege to work on these. My name is Blake and I am a 51 year old research scientist living in Akron, OH. According to The Grint, my unofficial handicap currently sits at 16.3. I have been a member of Mygolfspy for two years. I originally signed up for a test I saw on Facebook and quickly found that I appreciated the atmosphere and overall knowledge here – so I stuck around and feel like I have learned a ton in the last two years and do my best to contribute to the community when I feel I have something of value to add. I am very fortunate to have been selected for two other tests in my time here: Snell MTB Red: Bridgestone Tour B JGR Full Bag: Rather than regurgitate my background here (especially since I have a tendency to get long-winded), please click on one of the above links – the Snell test is probably the most thorough since it was my first. As it stands right now, here is my current bag: “Driver”: Callaway Razr Fit 3W with a TourAD YSQ-ST 75 g 3W: Bridgestone Tour B JGR with a Recoil 460 ES 3H & 4H: Bridgestone Tour B JGR with Recoil 780 ES 5-GW: Bridgestone Tour B JGR HF2 with Modus3 Tour 105’s SW: Cleveland 588 “Rusty” (56*) LW: Callaway MD3 S grind (60*) Putter: Ping Scottsdale TR Senita Yes, that is currently my old 3W in the Driver slot. I recently updated the Bridgestone review to indicate that I am just not getting along with the driver and believe it mostly to be a shaft issue – both launch and spin seem too high. The Callaway is the longer of the two 3W’s, but I seem to be more accurate with the Bridgestone and it is a bit easier to hit off the deck so have been playing it when the situation calls for it. Since the focus of this test is the putter, let’s talk putters…. I received a Golf Galaxy gift card for Christmas from some employees about 5 years ago and decided to spend it on a putter. I had been using an STX Sync Tour I had purchased on eBay around 2000-ish. Prior to the STX, I was playing a Ping Zing 2 that was given to me as a college graduation gift in 1991. I still have all the putters and periodically play around with them in my basement. A couple times last year, I took the STX out for league night just to mix things up as I was feeling uncomfortable over the ball and really struggled to start the ball on my intended line. I don’t think I putted any better or worse, but shaking things up helped get me out of the funk I was in. The competitors: Until I joined this place, I had no idea whether I wanted/needed a face-balanced putter, toe hang (or how much toe hang), or why I would want any of those things. When I bought the Ping, I spent a couple hours trying putters and it all came down to comfort and ability to make putts out of all the putters that were in the range I wanted to spend. I am also somewhat attracted to odd-shaped putters. It’s a personality defect, so don’t judge me After playing around with the Ping app this winter, it turns out I have a slight arc stroke and the label on the Ping shaft says it is for a slight arc. The Ping app also told me my tempo is pretty decent at nearly 2/1 back/forward. Here is a video of me making about a 15 foot putt…. I consider putting to be a strength for me and look forward to seeing whether the Stroke Lab can help even more. Over the last two seasons, I have averaged a steady 1.9 putts per hole and I am generally happy with anything at or under 2 putts per hole over the course of a round. This winter, I trimmed the Ping shaft to about 33.5” playing length (it was 35”) and changed to a SuperStroke Slim 3.0 instead of the stock grip. These two changes made things feel more natural and comfortable to me and after a little over 100 holes so far this season, I am averaging 1.6 putts per hole (1.6 versus 1.9 works out to 5 strokes over the course of 18 holes). I understand that much of our putting stats have to do with what happens before the putter even comes out of the bag and my chipping has been better this year, too. Even with better chipping, I have made more putts in the 10 – 20 foot range than normal. See the chart below from my current ShotScope stats: I wish I had this data for years prior, but I feel like 64% between 6-12 feet and 29% between 12-18 feet is pretty good and it has given me confidence when I stand over the ball that I have a good chance of sinking putts. I seem to be on a bit of a “hot” streak right now (and I hope it continues). As a general rule, I struggle with distance control once I get more than 25-ish feet away. Chances are about even that I’ll leave it 6 feet short or pound it 6 feet past. I could also benefit from taking the time to view the putt from more angles. In the interest of time, I rarely look at the putt from more than 2 sides. This week in our league, I perceived a putt as being uphill, knocked it way past the hole and when I got to the other side saw my first putt was actually downhill and I ended up 3-putting. In terms of faces, the Stroke Lab has the White Hot Microhinge face that everyone has heard about for a while now. My Ping also has a soft insert with horizontal grooves. The sound of the Stroke Lab is more muted, but pleasant and the sound from my current putter really sounds as if “Ping” were a noise. One thing I have always liked about the Ping was the sound is audibly different when you don’t hit the center (immediate feedback), but there does not seem to be much loss in distance. We will have to see if the same holds true for the Stroke Lab. According to TXG, when they were comparing the Stroke Lab to Stability shaft, the Stroke Lab seems primarily intended to achieve a more repeatable stroke through the redistribution of weight whereas the Stability shaft, being much heavier, should remain more stable and reduce twisting on off-center strikes. We've already seen on the MGS blog that, from a statistical perspective, the Stability shaft appears to provide little benefit, if any. When Mark Crossfield did some testing with a Stroke Lab putter, he said he could definitely “feel” a difference, but the SAM Putt Lab data didn’t really show a difference. So here is the question me and the others will be attempting to answer: is the technology in the shaft going to help amateurs like us improve our putting and be more consistent? Putter Fitting Note the slight difference in offset between the two putters (~half the shaft diameter). Due to time constraints and some travel I had to do for work at exactly the wrong time, neither of the two semi-local places which have SAM Putt Labs were an option to get my specs in on time, so I went through a putter fitting with the pro at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna, OH. They have a Trackman they use for putter fitting, so I was still able to learn a fair amount about my stroke and have faith that we made a good choice, but I would have loved the chance to get on the SAM. The fitting took place on their practice green with about a 15-foot putt that we moved around a bit, but it was generally a right-to-left breaking putt. The fitter watched while I hit a few putts with my Ping. After about 10 putts he asked me what my “miss” was. I confidently told him it was a pull. He looked at me a little funny and told me to hit a few more. When he showed me the screen of his iPad, I was somewhat shocked to see that I was occasionally starting the ball 2 – 3 degrees right of where I was aiming, so apparently my big, obvious miss is a pull, but my more “normal” and frequent miss is a push? That was news to me. Maybe I have been subconsciously adjusting to it and never knew. By now we had my baseline, so he pulled out a Ping putter with adjustable length and lie to get some static measurements. He had me get comfortable at address a few times to lock in and confirm settings which were 33 – 33.5” inches long, 1 degree upright. He then went and grabbed a bunch of Stroke Lab putters they have in stock. Here is what I tested: - 7 Double Bend and Slant Neck - Marxman Double Bend - V-Line Double Bend and Center Shaft - Tuttle Double Bend - Double Wide That makes seven different putters that were evaluated. In general, the face-balanced putters were best for me as the single putter with substantial toe hang was not closing fast enough, resulting in a larger miss to the right. Of the remaining six putters, the Marxman and the Tuttle were the two putters with which I was able to more consistently start the ball on my intended line. I really liked the three alignment lines on the Tuttle while the single, long line on the Marxman is similar to what I am using now. Ultimately, the Tuttle reminded me too much of the Ram Zebra, which I was never a fan of, leaving me with the Marxman. One very important additional piece of information came from the fitting – the loft of the putter. The fitter asked me if I struggle with distance control. My response was “how did you know?” Apparently, I have too much loft in my current putter (or, more precisely, my stroke gives it too much loft) so the ball spends way too much time skidding or bouncing rather than rolling, which can lead to distance issues. In the Trackman software, this was called roll percentage and is a percentage of the total putt distance where the ball is rolling as it should. I was told the roll distance should be 90 – 95% if I get the ball rolling properly, whereas I regularly had roll distances in the 75 – 80% range. He suggested that the microhinge face will help with this somewhat but said I should try to get the putter loft down by one degree since Odyssey would be building to my specs. From the spec sheet that shipped with the putter, it appears there were no changes made to the loft, but I can perceive that the ball is rolling earlier than with my Ping. Here are a couple slow-motion videos that illustrate the Stroke Lab getting the ball rolling more quickly with less bounce for identical putts. If you pause and go frame-by-frame and track the Titleist logo, the ball completes approximately a half revolution just past my left foot off the Stroke Lab and has only completed about ¼ rotation at nearly the same position off the Ping and requires a few more inches past my foot to get to a half revolution. Since the fitting was done at a golf course pro shop that did not have the inventory you might see at a Club Champion or similar, only 3 of the 7 putters were in the 33 – 34 inch range. All the rest were 35” which left me with a choice: choke down a bit to get to my comfort zone (possibly effecting the way the counterweight interacts with the stroke) or adjust my body to get my hands a little higher than I prefer. I tried both but preferred staying with my normal stance. This did have a noticeable impact on the way the putters felt, though, and it is probably no coincidence that the two finalists were also a good length for me. TL:DR Summary of Putter Fitting: I ordered a Stroke Lab Marxman at 33.5”, 1 degree upright, and -1 degree loft with a SuperStroke Slim 3.0 grip. The spec sheet that was sent with the putter makes no mention of loft, so I have my doubts about whether it was adjusted, but in my initial testing I can actually see the ball get rolling quicker with the Stroke Lab. I assume this is an effect of the face tech with the microhinges if the lofts are theoretically the same. Summary As of now, I have had the putter about a week and a half and have been to the practice green twice for about three hours, played 9 holes, and hit plenty of putts in my basement. (FYI – I once rigged my own stimp meter to measure the speed of the cheap carpet in my basement. It rolls about 15 – 18, so most of the time, I do the yardstick drill and I don’t worry about speed/distance.) The overall feel is similar and even with the weight redistributed by the lighter shaft, the balance points are nearly the same. I can’t wait to get into the actual testing portion of this review. As of now, my intention is for most of the testing to take place on the practice green where I will have the time to take thorough notes and make actual measurements to build some statistics and see if there are any significant differences between the two putters. My primary metrics will be hole out %, proximity after first putt, and 3-putt % over a variety of distances, slopes, and breaks. For the sake of consistency, all testing will be done with the same ball – Titleist NXT Tour S since I have a bunch of them that were purchased last year in preparation for a trip to Myrtle Beach. Of course, I will also be throwing this putter straight into my bag for league nights and any other rounds I play, so I will be posting any observations made during those times, too. If anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to let us know
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