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  1. 3 points
    They're He-eere!!!! Arrived this morning and we were at the driving range/course within the hour. Initially warming up it took me a few swings to get the feel for the setup and takeaway with the different lie angle. I got out on the course and first hole was a GIR with the U-wedge from about 115. From there it was still a bit of feeling them out but by the time I got to the back 9 I was really comfortable making aggressive full swings. I'm still adjusting my eye to these at setup with the slightly large club head and a little more offset. It took backing off a couple of shots and verifying the club face was square to the target line and then building my setup from there. Then just believing the setup was square and swinging through. Ball flight was not noticeably higher than the Hogan or Mizuno sets I'm comparing. My misses today were mostly just hangers out to the right, and only one of my trademark monster hooks. I was able to sneak that quick warm-up and round in before work so it was a quick first effort. I'll have a chance to give them a more detailed workout later in the week.
  2. 2 points
    Four rounds and 912 putts later (152 with each putter), we have final results! Let's break this chart down a bit. The way the scoring works is this: there are three different events. In each event, the highest score that any putter achieved becomes the top score; everything else is calculated as a percentage of that number. So (for instance) if the highest score in one category is a 10, then a putter that scored a 7 would receive a 70%. Each event counts as 33% of the final score, so that if one putter scored the highest in all three categories, it would be rated 99%. With that, the standings are: Odyssey EXO Indy: 95.2% [TIE] Frontline Elevado, TaylorMade Spider Tour: 94.8% Evnroll Tour Stroke Trainer: 94.2% Odyssey Stroke Lab 1: 79.1% MLA XDream: 74.8% There's a clear gap between the top four and the bottom two. In a way, I suppose I'm not totally stunned that the Stroke Lab 1 didn't rank higher: I haven't gamed a simple Anser-style blade in years. I've used a double-wide Nike (now owned by @downlowkey) and an Odyssey Toe Up 1, but not a standard blade. The Stroke Lab 1 performed the worst in the 18 putts drill, where I'm just trying to make putts. That isn't a great sign for its fit for me. As for the MLA: it's just not meant to be. I've owned it for several years. I would think that the alignment tech and the Flat Cat would make it almost a training-aid, but something about it has never clicked with me. I'm likely going to go list it in the classifieds section here, hoping that it will find a better fit in its next life. Of the top four, the Tour Stroke Trainer has the most interesting results. By far, it was the putter with the greatest success in the gate drill, putting up an above average score in every single round. In addition, I kept track of the miss tendency with each putter in the gate drill, and the Evnroll not only made the most, but the misses didn't show a prevailing tendency to pulls, which was rare: However, the Evnroll TST performed poorly at actually making putts, finishing below average in both in the 18 putt drill and the 4' PuttOut drill. This mirrored my (admittedly limited) experience that I had with it on the course: I struggled with short putts for some reason. My intention is to keep the Evnroll around and use it as a training aid, hoping that I can use it with the gate, switching back and forth between it and the putter I'm gaming to improve the ability to start my gamer on my intended line. The Cleveland Elevado Frontline finished strong, climbing in the rankings in the final round. I really like the alignment on the Frontline: a simple line on the topline of the putter (with the 2135 feature). As I said in a prior post, I might have to tinker with this putter a bit more. Putting the Flat Cat Slim on here wasn't the best idea, as it is far too light. I am likely to end up building another DIY Stroke Lab shaft for this with a heavy grip (perhaps another Gravity Grip). The Spider and the EXO Indy were at the top of the leaderboard the entire tournament. I bought the Spider last winter, and I'm not sure if it's ever seen the course yet. The Indy was my main putter last season, and I do wonder if that was a factor in my results here. Even so, having put it up against all these putters and seeing it come out on top is truly confidence-building. It isn't the same as getting a full fitting, but I can go to the course knowing that this is a putter that does work for me. So what's next? My plan is now to focus on putting practice with the EXO Indy, using (as mentioned) the Evnroll as part of my practice to improve my start line control with the Indy. I'll spend some time in the next week or so creating a series of drills specifically designed primarily to improve (rather than to simply measure) my putting. I'll continue to post here about my progress, and then early into to next season to see if (after the snow melts) the work pays off on the actual course.
  3. 2 points
    Yes just a lipoma (glob of fat). I got to see it. Pretty quick and painless but I can't use my left arm strenuously for a few weeks. No lipoma pics attached
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    I picked up a 52/56/60 set of Vokey clones from Diamond Tour Golf a few weeks ago, with the intention of possibly using them as my wedges next season. At $35 delivered for the three heads, I figured it to be a cheap experiment for me to try. The heads are 431 stainless steel, and while not ugly, aren't gorgeous either. They're boring, and the branding/font used screams clone to me. I'm a fan of the "oil can" or "gun blue" finishing that can be used on carbon steel wedges, stainless however does not have option. So, I decided to give tempering a try to bring out some dark straw, blue and purple colors. First, what the wedges looked like from DTG. I removed the paint fill with some CitriStrip and acetone, and then using latex gloves gave them a final acetone wipe to remove any oily residue before torching. I have a propane weed torch from Harbor Freight that I use for weeding our driveway and also searing steaks post-sous vide. HF claims the torch can reach over 3,000 degrees, and since stainless takes a lot of heat to temper, it was my choice for this work. I have a smaller propane torch, but I would have been heating each head for a long time (target temperature for blue/purple color on stainless is VERY high). Please note: Be careful. I managed to complete this without burning my house down, but I am not responsible for whatever happens if you choose to (literally) play with fire. I setup on my concrete driveway placing the head on a brick so that the driveway wouldn't bear the brunt of the heat. Basically, I blasted away for several minutes until I got the color I wanted and them dumped the heads in a snowbank to cool rapidly. I recommend a long screwdriver or bolt to turn the heads and to transport them to their cooling destination. I almost started an oven mitt on fire because the heads were so hot. Anyway, I'm excited with how they turned out! I certainly didn't have perfect prep work and it shows, but I like the uniqueness of each head. In dim light they are dark straw/bronze color, and in the sunlight they have a lot of blue and purple highlights that are gorgeous. I haven't decided if I want to do new paint fill on them, or leave them empty. But, all in all, this was a fun experiment. I personally think they look a lot better than before.
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    Its been cold here, very little golf for me, but I'll be headed to Pinehurst for 9 days, leaving Friday. I should have plenty of time to do some serious evaluation, on what are normally very true Champion Bermuda greens. I can't wait!
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    I golfer has the opportunity of a lifetime. He gets to play St. Andrews. As it happens he struggle with bad shots. Toward the end of the round he says in that he wants to drown himself. The St. Andrews caddie says, "I don't think you could keep your head down that long." (Supposedly a true story).
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    Nope not just you. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. 1 point
    Good for Poulter... I wish this would happen more often rather than less.... FURTHERMORE, it would be nice if the PGA policed it themselves and had people removed rather than having the players have to request it. There is NO ROOM in the game for this pathetic and childish behavior. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/ian-poulter-has-confrontation-ejects-fan-after-screaming-get-in-the-bunker-at-wgc-fedex-st-jude Ian Poulter turned in a four-under 66 on Thursday, four shots off Jon Rahm's lead at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Unfortunately that performance was overshadowed by a confrontation with a fan on the final hole at TPC Southwind. “It is a shame, I hope we can control it more going forward and it gets stamped out, because it is not needed in the game of golf," Poulter said of the incident. The problem began when Poutler, just off the 18th fairway, struck his approach shot. As the ball was in the air, according to Poulter, a fan yelled, "Get in the bunker!" Poulter, 43, immediately shot back, "Really, you deserve to be here do you?" Poulter then motioned to security to remove the fan in question from the course.
  10. 1 point
    I’m so waiting for these fairways to dry - I couldn’t believe how wet it was in Port St Lucie. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    My wife and I spent a week in Hawaii: 2 days on Oahu and 5 on Kaua'i. We had the best times. Our concierge screwed up an activity for us so we snuck over to Poipu Bay CC for 9 holes. 9 holes and rentals for 2 was quite spendy. But the course was beautiful and in incredible shape. The view between 9,16,17 is breathtaking. I got the premium rental set: Titleist TS2 driver and 3w, 918 h fairway 21°, 5-aw AP3, Vokey SM7 52 and 56°, Scotty Cameron mallet putter. These clubs worked excellent. Given time to gauge my distances, I probably would have shot 3-4 lower. The irons worked great, a bit less soft feel than my Lynx irons but smashed straight and long. And dead ctr shots felt good. My wife got Cleveland Launchers which had the Launcher HB irons. They definitely seemed easier for her to hit.
  12. 1 point
    Glad to see they finally arrived. That's a nice looking bag you've got there. Go out, have fun, and we can't wait to see how they work out for you! Sent from my SM-G955U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  13. 1 point
    Does not sound fun. Get well soon.
  14. 1 point
    Well not to get too graphic here. Let's just say it wasn't on any joint, back, neck or heart. But nonetheless less a very sensitive area
  15. 1 point
    A father, son and grandson went to the country club for their weekly round of golf. Just as they reached the first tee, a beautiful young blonde woman carrying her bag of clubs approached them. She explained that the member who brought her to the club for a round of golf had an emergency that called him away and asked the trio whether she could join them. Naturally, the guys all agreed. Smiling, the blonde thanked them and said, 'Look, fellows, I work in a topless bar as a dancer, so nothing shocks me anymore. If any of you want to smoke cigars, have a beer, bet, swear, tell off-color stories or do anything that you normally do when playing a round together, go ahead. But, I enjoy playing golf, consider myself pretty good at it, so don't try to coach me on how to play my shots.' With that the guys agreed to relax and invited her to drive first. All eyes were fastened on her shapely behind as she bent to place her ball on the tee. She then took her driver and hit the ball 270 yards down the middle, right in front of the green. The father's mouth was agape. 'That was beautiful,' he said. The blonde put her driver away and said, 'I really didn't get into it, and I faded it a little.' After the three guys hit their drives and their second shots, the blonde took out an eight iron and lofted the ball within five feet of the hole. (She was closest to the pin.) The son said, 'Damn, lady, you played that perfectly.' The blonde frowned and said, 'It was a little weak, but even an easy seven would have been too much club. I've left a tricky little putt.' She then tapped in the five-footer for a birdie. Having the honors, she drove first on the second hole, knocked the heck out of the ball, and it landed nearly 300 yards away smack in the middle of the fairway. For the rest of the round the statuesque blonde continued to amaze the guys, quietly and methodically shooting for par or less on every hole. When they arrived at the 18th green, the blonde was three under par, and had a very nasty 12-foot putt on an undulating green for a par. She turned to the three guys and said, 'I really want to thank you all for not acting like a bunch of chauvinists and telling me what club to use or how to play a shot, but I need this putt for a 69 and I'd really like to break 70 on this course. If any one of you can tell me how to make par on this hole I'll take him back to my apartment, pour some 35-year-old Single Malt Strath Mill Scotch in him, fix him a steak dinner and then show him a very good time the rest of the night.' The yuppie son jumped at the thought! He strolled across the green, carefully eyeing the line of the putt and finally said, 'Honey, aim about 6 inches to the right of the hole and hit it firm. It will get over that little hump and break right into the cup.' The father knelt down and sighted the putt using his putter as a plumb. 'Don't listen to the kid, darlin', you want to hit it softly 10 inches to the right and let it run left down that little hogback, so it falls into the cup.' The old gray-haired grandfather walked over to the blonde's ball, picked it up and handed it to her and said, 'That's a gimme, sweetheart’. The blonde smiled and said, 'Your car or mine?' OLD AGE AND TREACHERY WILL OVERCOME YOUTH AND SKILL EVERY TIME.
  16. 1 point
    They look great! And good tip on the screwdriver/bolt - I could definitely see myself burning a hole through an oven mitt had I not read that warning. Any residual scorching on the driveway or did the brick do a good job taking the brunt of the heat?
  17. 1 point
    Beautiful morning for golf, 51’ & Tee Time, SUNNY and minimal wind. 43, low irons were awesome, getting used to new driver and putted horrible. Missed some putts that shouted made. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    Congratulations!! You survived it[emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. 1 point
    The 5-6 irons need a bit more work but the 7-Gap are really working out. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  20. 1 point
    There is a lot of both involved. You just have to put yourself in the best situation possible and hope for the best. You'll see a trend over the years of who continually makes the playoffs and who doesn't.
  21. 1 point
    74 10/14 Fir 12/18 Gir 32 Putts Drove down to play Hunter Ranch in Paso Robles to celebrate what would have been my Dad's 72 birthday. Prefect day, 83* with very little wind. Struggled a little bit on the front sans a perfect 3 shot eagle. Hit it well on the back nine. It was one of those rounds where it felt like I didn't play great but upon reflection it was pretty solid.
  22. 1 point
    Yeah, I understand that the cultures are different, and like I said, I have no problem as long as each team has the same opportunity to break the rules. I'm a little hesitant to encourage pitchers to throw fastballs up and in to hitters expecting curves, the game is already dangerous enough. Interesting to me, I did google baseball sign stealing rules, and came up with this, from February: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/02/20/mlb-aims-crack-down-games-tradition-sign-stealing/ I know the current "scandal" relates to 2017, and apparently their procedures at that time weren't against these rules, although they did violate the existing rules at that time.
  23. 1 point
    I like that one also. Would be my pick of the blades!
  24. 1 point
    I think what they were saying is that for a putt that is a specific distance from a dead-center stroke (I think it was 1 inch off-center), the angular offline-ness would be 2/3 of that when using a specific rear-weighted mallet. Then the advertising geniuses took that data and said it would make 15-footers be as make-able as 10-footers. But you're right, relatively few 15-footers really get made. As you said in an earlier post, you not only have to hit your line, but the speed has to be perfect, the putt has to be read properly for that speed, and you have to get a little lucky with the natural imperfections in the green.
  25. 1 point
    To me, when I read the stuff closely, they're saying that on a putt that is struck certain distance off-center, the path resulting path is closer to the intended line than with certain rear-weighted mallet putters. But we don't hit every putt off-center, most of us probably hit a majority of our putts pretty close to the center of the putter. There's not much to gain on those center strokes. That doesn't mean I won't be intentionally hitting some off-center putts to see how the Frontline behaves. Its just that even if the claims is accurate when viewed in full detail, we may not all see the same level of improvement.
  26. 1 point
    Cypress Creek Golf Club - Public - 1101 Cypress Village Blvd, Ruskin FL Date Played: 11 Nov 2019, $$ ($40) https://cypresscreekgolfclub.com/ Cypress Creek Golf Club is a public course just a few miles south of the Tampa Bay area in Ruskin, also referred to as the Sun City area. There are several other semi-private courses in the area associated with retirement village properties. Opened in 1989 it continues to be one of the more fun and challenging courses in the area. With 5 sets of tees to choose from it's easy to find a yardage you'll be comfortable with. The course was designed around the natural cypress wetlands of the area. There are plenty of water features to navigate around as well as trees and some naturally rolling terrain. You'll also face some creatively challenging shorter holes. All in all there is a good variety of challenges in the design. The greens are mostly elevated and drain well in the wet season. They do trend toward the small size but for the most part from anything on the white tees and forward you won't be hitting many long iron approaches. Course Conditions: As a public course that is rarely crowded I'd call the course conditions better than average. With the various sets of tees, the tee area wear rarely seems excessive. The fairways were in great condition. There is Bermuda rough lining the fairways that can be deep enough to challenge without being penal. The condition of the greens was good, in general, but there were a few with some small worn spots and bare edges. They did receive shots well, and rolled true with moderate speed. Like many public courses, the condition of the bunkers was a bit inconsistent but they were very playable. Practice Areas: Adjacent to the clubhouse is a small full swing range that has hitting mats as well as turf (mats only on our play day due to over-seeding of the turf), with room for 6-8 players to use without feeling crowded. There are no target flags on the range, but it is deep enough for a full bag warm-up or practice. The practice green is somewhat small, and uses replaceable target flags in lieu of cut-in holes. It matches the course conditions in both speed and undulation so is a good warm up option. There is no dedicated short game area, but the range and putting green are sufficient to handle the normal level of traffic. Course Employees: Everyone we encountered on this visit was exceptionally nice. All the clubhouse operators are friendly and welcoming. The course is seldom crowded, so there is typically not a ranger on the course. Unfortunately that also means rarely a beverage cart. The bar/grill is pretty big compared to the other clubhouse facilities and the folks in there are always engaging. Overall Impression: Though it can play tough from the longer tees, and the amount of water can be intimidating, Cypress Creek is a lot of fun to play. It is rarely overcrowded and they offer lots of incentives and discount rates throughout the year. They do offer reduced rates for military as well. The course conditions shouldn't leave you complaining. Keeping in mind it is a low traffic public course. If you are planning to be in the area, Cypress Creek is worth the short drive from Tampa and is a definite recommend.
  27. 1 point
    This is the first year I've really done much in the way of consistent putting practice, and tracking progress, and I have been so surprised at how streaky I can be. I'll line up and feel like there's no way I could miss if I wanted to for 5-10 putts in a row, then something will get a little shaky and I'll feel like there's nothing I can do to roll one on line. I know my putting is nothing remarkable, and my stroke has a ways to go in the way of consistency. But I also wonder how much of putting is the confidence you have standing over the putt as well.
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    OK I made my selections and here they are along with history Macgregor IM-5 Ironmaster--- got it around 1972 or so--- A friend of mine named Kenny gave it to me. Kenny is the man who instilled the Love of Macgregor clubs in me. Of course the putter is named "Kenny Ping Anser 1974 vintage. One of 2 original Ping Anser demos in my old man's shop Ping Zing 2 around 1990 vintage or so. That is the one I did the story on and posted on here. Trust me that thing ha earned it's keep and I won a lot of money in big money Calcutta matches and on the mini Tours Scotty Cameron Santa Fe--- Traced it down to 1987 vintage or so. Found on the scrap pile at work really really rusty. I posted it on here. And trust me it is still rough and rusty. Has a name among players in this area as "That Rusty SOB Scotty" yep it has done pretty well Now my last one is far from new but new to me because I found it last week. Vintage unknown ( I am in the process of tracking it down) Otey Crisman Calamity Jane style with a genuine hickory shaft and leather wrap grip. Those are mine I picked some of them because of their past story----- I have over 100 putters and I think the most recent ones Vintage wise may be a Nike Method 003 and a Yes! Dianna
  31. 1 point
    An old farmer in Georgia had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, basketball court, etc. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end of the pond. One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!" The old man replied, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim or make you get out of the pond naked." "I'm here to feed the alligator."
  32. 1 point
    Why didn't I learn this 50 yrs ago.
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    As time goes on I like Ian more and more. The guy is an awesome teammate and plays with a great fire. He treats the kids great and is overall just a fun and entertaining player. I know he’s been his own worst enemy with some of his twitter posts but let’s not forget those without sin cast the first stone. The fans in golf are becoming dumber and dumber by the day. We need more of this from the players. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  35. 1 point
    I loathe being in agreement with Poulter on pretty much anything... but I'm with him on this one. It's just ridiculous. To me, it's one thing to be in a crowd of thousands so far away from a player that it's unlikely they'll hear anything you say or yell out. It's entirely another thing to be in a quiet crowd next to a golfer and yell out something stupid and insulting. It's reached the point of ridiculousness. Buying a ticket to a PGA event (or any other sporting event, really) doesn't buy you the right to act like an idiot. Yes, Poulter has certainly brought some of this on himself, but let's face it - every single golfer on tour deals with this garbage. I do think that there needs to be more calling out of it by both players and fans who are tiring of having some yahoo scream in their ear as soon as a shot is hit (or worse, during the swing itself).
  36. 1 point
    The opposing teams field goal kicker missing, receiver dropping the ball, basketball player missing a shot, soccer player missing the goal, baseball player striking out, golfer not getting a birdie because it will hurt my fantasy team, etc. While I don’t think telling out at a golf tournament is appropriate the world of sports is defined by people succeeding and failing at their job. Fans for one team root for the other team to fail. Kind of the nature of competition in both professional and amateur ranks.
  37. 1 point
    Maybe it's just me, but I think hoping someone will fail no matter what job they're doing is low class.
  38. 1 point
    No doubt about it...Ian makes himself a target and you make a good point Dave, but in this example I'd say the fan crossed the line. Funny, I don't recall watching any European tour events where Americans are called out. Maybe they don't pick up the audio or I'm not paying close enough attention.
  39. 1 point
    I think you both are exaggerating... slightly. In my world this is common
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