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  1. 39 points
    When it comes to PING many things come to mind, quality, engineering, performance and irons are among the first things most people will think of. And with the release earlier this year of the G410 irons, PING has hit on each one of those characteristics. Following the huge success of the G400 irons, PING has hit a home run with the striking black and red colors of this iron, as well as a being a bit more streamlined in all the right places. PING has achieved the rare feat of providing an iron that has a profile appealing to even the most discerning of golfers, but yet still offering the forgiveness and help that higher handicaps look for. We are looking for three forum members to join staff member Golfspy_Stroker in testing, reviewing and keeping a set of these G410's built to their custom specs. Testing will require a nearly two month commitment of putting the irons in play on the course, at the range and providing ongoing commentary in the forum thorough out the process. As an extra bonus to the irons, the selected testers will have the option to choose Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips equipped with Arccos. The clubs will come with a 99 day free trial to arccos. After that the tester would be responsible for paying for the subscription in order to continue it. It will be a great way to add data to your review. PING has opened this testing to all golfers regardless of country of residence. All you have to do to be eligible for the testing is follow the below instructions. In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name/State or Country of residence Handicap Current irons in Play The carry distance of the your 7 iron That's it. Good luck to everybody We'll be selecting the testers within the next 10 to 14 days, so check back to see if you've been selected! =========================================================================================== YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE.... Please join me in congratulating these members selected from a very large and diverse applicant pool: @ballplayer002003 @GregB135 @Rickp Official announcement here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/33112-testers-wanted-3-ping-g410-irons/?do=findComment&comment=571106
  2. 27 points
    The Masters provided some excellent drama for us all. Tiger's first win in 11 years was a momentous occasion that was felt worldwide. Aside from the greater golf public, three special Golf Spies especially benefited as the first winners of #SpyStaffSlam of the season. Thanks to some improvements in the process, we're now able to release the full scoring spreadsheet for each to view their own ranking. I encourage anyone interested to download a copy to mine the data for interesting stats and charts. The link has been posted in The Masters thread, but here it is again: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RRiDBlLOeOQpB9jIKbyNsXvDbfW6qzXq-5l7Q-9izhw/edit?usp=sharing Before we get into announcements, here's some quick stats: 1150 Entries total making this year's Masters the largest #SpyStaffSlam yet. The Chalk picks of Rory, Kuchar, Poulter, Kisner, ZJ did quite poorly as a group but were pulled up as Kisner rose above the chalk curse by being a perfect in his Tier. As a group, Chalk finished at #608 on the leaderboard. Technically, "None" was the most popular pick for Tier 5. Apparently, reading is not fundamental. The Anti Chalk picks didn't fare any better; however, as they finished at #903 A perfect team would've been: Tiger, Xander, Webb, Oleson/Kisner, and Harding. Our winner had 4/5 correct!!! Speaking of winners, here's your honorable mention: 10) @TrippleBogie757 with $3,036,632 9) @curtis majeran with $3,050,571 8. @tbs0001 with $3,053,880 7) @dead aim with $3,144,591 6) @Sucina with $3,262,031 5) @David.lomberk with $3,361,311 4) @D_Golfer with $3,361,311 The margin was slim with a mere $300k separating these guys from 10-4. One different pick could've made the different and there was certainly room for improvement since 5 of these guys had invalid/none for Tier 5. Missed it by that much! Now, onto the prizes: 3rd/2nd actually came to a TIE!!! Both @GreasedUpStingers and @daviddvm picked the exact same team: Tiger, Xander, Cantlay, Kisner, Bjerregard for a total of $3,455,090. NOT ONLY THAT. Both spies picked -13 as the winning score. Equally close, equally PERFECT. You guys must be like soul mates or something. Wilson, being awesome as they are, has decided to give each of you both the 2nd and 3rd prizes: a D7 driver and a dozen golf balls of your choice. WOWZA. After the commotion of the co-runner ups has settled, time to announce our grand prize. With 4/5 perfect picks, our winner of ANY Wilson Staff Irons is: @Big Moody Winning Team: Tiger, Xander, Webb, Kisner, Mitchell for a total of $3,484,270 Congrats to the prize winners! Be on the lookout for a PM from me for fulfillment. If you didn't win, I hope you enjoyed the event. See you back at the PGA!!
  3. 27 points
    Continuing the great fun from last year's contest, Wilson Staff is back with MyGolfSpy for the 2019 edition of #SpyStaffSlam. Be sure to watch each Major this year with MyGolfSpy and Wilson Staff for an opportunity to win prizes. First up, The Masters. Just like last year, some BIG prizes are on the line: 1st Prize: CUSTOM SET OF ANY WILSON STAFF IRONS (FG Tour V6, C300, C300 Forged, D7) 2nd Prize: WILSON D7 DRIVER 3rd Prize: DOZEN OF ANY WILSON BALL (Duo Pro/Soft/Soft Spin/Optix, 50 Elite or Zip) How to Enter: The players participating in The Masters have been broken out into 5 Tiers Log in via desktop or mobile to select your players in Tiers 1-4 using the poll provided (won't work in-app) Reply to this thread with your selection for Tier 5 (anyone not in Tiers 1-4) AND your prediction for the winning score (tiebreaker). Watch and comment along with the rest of MGS in THE OFFICIAL MASTERS THREAD Winning entry will be whomever that has the most total prize money won amongst the 5 players Deadline to enter is 5:00am EST on Thursday, April 11, 2019 Use that hashtag! The winners will be announced during the week following The Masters.
  4. 22 points
    I've been inspired by two recent threads: @jlukes's swing overhaul, and @revkev's thread comparing lessons and fitting vs. self-teaching and off-the-rack clubs (these are both great threads that, if you haven't, you should go read and keep up with). To begin, I'm nowhere in jluke's class as a player. I'm a mid/high handicap player, floating right around 15. But I think I can get better. As I commented in revkev's thread, I have no objections to getting lessons and getting a fitting. I'd love to do both of those. My chief obstacle is location. I don't have an actual driving range within an hour of my home. There are no full golf stores (as far as I know) within two hours of where I live. There is a really good golf coach at a course that's an hour away, and he also does fittings. He would absolutely be my first choice, but signing up for regular lessons with a two-hour round-trip commute: the time and cost add up in a hurry. I tried to get together with him to get fitted for my G700 irons that I reviewed for MGS last summer, but we couldn't get our schedules to align. So consider me another test case for revkev's question. I'm aiming to answer the question, "How much improvement can be gained with off-the-rack clubs and self-teaching?" Here's the starting point: This is my Game Golf summary of my rounds from this past July and August, set in contrast with a 5-handicap. What immediately jumps out is that I'm loosing a ton of strokes to a single-digit off the tee and in my short game. There is certainly room for improvement in ball-striking and putting, but the low-hanging fruit is in the other categories. Why am I so bad off the tee? It's not because I spray it all over; I hit an ordinary number of fairways. It's because I hardly hit it out of my own shadow. Do you see that last column? That's embarrassing. So, my first plan is to continue the SuperSpeed training that I've been doing for a couple of months now. I've seen significant speed gains already, but because I have no way to get to a course or a range before spring (late April at best here), I'm anxious to see how the speed with translate. I'm also working on a meaningful swing overhaul, with a lot of similarities to what jlukes is describing in his thread. Here's a screen cap of a swing in my backyard from a couple of years ago: Like jlukes, I have a tendency to have a pronounced forward sway through the swing, which essentially forces me to catch up with a flip at the bottom. The early extension is visible in this video I took for the G700 review. For my part, I'm pretty sure the answer is found in wrist angles, with a corresponding emphasis on rotation and staying behind the ball. These are the moves I'm working on now. I'm also working through the content from Adam Young's The Strike Plan. I'm a big fan of Adam's work, especially the notion of turning strike into a practiced skill. How am I going to measure progress until I'm on the course? Technology! I have just recently purchased a SkyTrak, which I got for a very good price. I also have a good camera that wirelessly connects to my tablet, allowing me to look at my swing in real time. And finally, I have a Zepp swing monitor. My intention is to use my garage as a pretty high-tech self-coaching bay. The SkyTrak is going to be a big part of tightening up my short game as well. One of the built-in features is the Dave Pelz-esque wedge matrix: it allows you to chart your wedges distances for full, 3/4, 1/2, and 1/4 swings for each of the wedges in your bag. My hope is to dial these in with practice this winter, giving me much greater ability to knock shots within 100 yards to makeable putting distances. My goal for this season is ambitious. I want to drop from being ~15 handicap to somewhere in the single digits. But I believe that I have the tools that I need to accomplish this goal. And I have a community here for the support, which is also a key component. I'll be using this thread to keep everyone posted on my progress.
  5. 22 points
    First off... brr. It was 36° by the time I made it to the demo day. Misting with the occasional snow squalls, it’s May tomorrow gosh darn it. There were: Titleist, Taylormade, Tour Exotics, Srixon/Cleveland, Cobra, PING, and Callaway. First stop was the Srixon tent. Had the guy fit a KBS Tour into the Z Forged. He said I was the first guy to ask for it all day. First impressions were meh, but after a few warm ups (yes I warmed up out of the car with a blade) I got to liking the club. Good stuff from Srixon. I bounced down to the Taylormade shack after that and tried a GAPR 3 iron. Not what I was expecting, but it plays less offset looking than I’ve seen in photos. I then looked out of the corner of my eye and saw a kid hitting these... [emoji7][emoji7][emoji7] I waited for 10 minutes in line for him to finish up hitting them. He cleaned them off and I took them for a ride. First impressions here... not a $2000 set of blades. They look good but felt or performed no better then the Srixon’s. Hit about 40 shots, extremely workable. They are nice for sure, if I could spend the 2K I’d probably do it. Hit the Mini Driver thingy... my goodness what a crunchy crack sound... love that thing. Moved on to PING... tried one swing with the i500 and put it back. Tried the G400 2 crossover... 2 swings. The Glide Stealth wedges are legit, best shaped wedge of the day. Skipped down to Callaway, grabbed the Apex MB, two swipes with a Modus 105 shaft and I put it back, and never came back to the Callaway tent. The rep was a real nice guy. [emoji849] Stopped at the Cobra shed... the guy remembered me from 2 years ago. Hit the MIM wedge. Feel department this wedge gets 100/100... the F9 driver is deadly. Love the sound, look, and overall build. All the way back to Srixon. Tried the Cleveland wedges... too tinty sounding (bummer). Tried the 745’s, wonderful feeling club. Next up was Tour Exotics. I grabbed the CBX blade 8 iron since it was the only blade he had. I’m sold. Best feeling club I’ve ever hit. Tried the ironwood 3 thing... rocket launcher.... can’t understand why this brand doesn’t get more attention. Saved Titleist for last. Shafted up the MB for me. No thanks. A bit on the small side comparatively to the other blades. TMB 2 iron was the club of the day. I wouldn’t need a 3 wood with that thing. I ended up trying the AP3, not for me. We tried a few shafts and the bone stock TT X100 was the best fit out about 8 we tried. Went back to the Srixon, and Tour Exotics tents and tried everything again. After a semi fitting with the titleist rep if I were buying clubs today I would have walked out with. Cobra F9 9° (white) Titleist TMB 2 iron Tour Exotics 3-AW Cobra MIM 56, 60 Taylormade Spider X Navy Blue Thanks for reading. If you want more detail on blades I can get more in depth. I hit them all several times.
  6. 21 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!
  7. 20 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
  8. 20 points
    Winners announced! First, let me extend our thanks to Bridgestone Golf again for sponsoring our prizes for our Playoff Picks contest! The new format added a lot of interesting volatility to this year's FedEx Cup playoff. Our scoring format, which placed emphasis on a player charging up the leaderboard from his starting position, added even more. @GolfSpy STUDque's spreadsheet has processed all the numbers and the results are in! The highest scoring TOUR players for our contest were: Tier 1 Rory McIlroy, 127 Patrick Reed, 112 Justin Thomas, 105 Xander Schauffele, 104 Tier 2 Abraham Ancer, 116 Louis Oosthuizen, 100 Tier 3 Harold Varner III, 135 (he moved up 64 places in the FedEx standings!) The winning teams in our contest really stood out from the pack. Fourth place, and honorable mention, goes to @artful_golfer, who racked up 486 points with her roster of Brooks, Xander, JB, Jordan, HV3, and Brandon Grace. The top teams, however, had 539, 547, and 554 points. Who were these savants who foresaw the big moves in the playoffs? In THIRD PLACE: @Kenny B, who had Rory, JT, Horschel, Louis, Cameron Smith, and HV3. In SECOND PLACE: @Golfsam52, whose team consisted of Brooks, Paul Casey, Louis, Nate Lashley, HV3, and Joaquin Neimann. And our big winner, in FIRST PLACE: @Go Horns!, who choose Brooks, Xander, Andrew Putnam, Lucas Glover, HV3, and Joaquin Neimann. (It looks like picking HV3 was a prudent strategy!) As a reminder, Kenny B will be receiving three dozen Bridgestone Tour B balls. Golfsam52 has won a Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedge. And Go Horns! will be adding a Bridgestone Tour B JGR driver to his bag! Congratulations to you all, and thanks again to Bridgestone and to all who participated!
  9. 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!
  10. 20 points
    How good can a $299 Driver be? How much technology can a company offer for that price? TourEdge's EXS driver was recently named My Golf Spy's Most Wanted Driver in Value. A $299 price for a driver is enough to get anyone's attention. But upon a closer look, you see a great looking driver that offers a lot of the same technology offered in much higher priced offerings, such as Roll Face technology, adjustable hosel and interchangeable weights just to name a few. So as we often do, we are turning to three of our members who we know will provide a well informed and written account of the driver and what it did for them. The chosen testers will get a driver to their specs to review and keep. How to be chosen: Open to all US Residents who play Right-handed Please follow the instructions below exactly. First Name/State of Residence Current Drive specs Model/loft/shaft/Flex Your handicap and driver swing speed, and do your regularly use any sort of LM for data collection Have you played a Tour Edge driver before, and what was your experience. We'll pick our testers sometime next week, so check back and good luck. ------------------------------------------------- Testers announced! @03trdblack, @ZJBogey2, @Badams69 will be putting this beauty to the test. Announcement below...
  11. 20 points
    As I alluded to in the 2019 Golf Objectives thread, here goes: Got a HELL of a deal for golf for the next 2 years. Windmill Lakes in Ravenna, OH is running a deal for a limited number of memberships at $200 for 2 years unlimited golf, just pay $15 cart fee for 18 or $7.50 for 9. Play any time during the week and on weekends and holidays play after 11am. So, I'm now committed to playing at least once on the weekends once the season starts. Looks like I'll be buying a push cart. Chanin asked my last night if I wanted to do it and I initially said no, my reason is it's playing the same course (a tough one) all the time. BUT, after thinking it over last night and this morning I went for it as it now commits me to playing at least once per week (and more time permitting) while costing me pennies. No more hunting for deals, just book a tee time 3 days in advance and play.
  12. 19 points
    I've been looking forward to this for some time: it is my 1,000th post on MyGolfSpy! When I first came to these forums, I certainly never would have guessed that I'd end up as part of the staff. But I found myself totally on board with the mission of main MyGolfSpy site, and in the forum, I found guys who get it. We share a fascination with the game, its history, its equipment, and with figuring out what actually works. Once I realize what a great community existed here, it was easy for me to want to do my part to help out and keep it going. With 1,000 posts, I'm not even in the top 100 for most content of all time. I think @Shankster has 1,000 posts every couple of months. But I'm glad to have found this place, and look forward to the conversations for the next several thousand posts.
  13. 18 points
    PROWLER VT Never ever start a review without first giving credit where credit’s due.. A very sincere thank you to both MGS and Lynx Golf for allowing the 8 of us to take part in what could possibly be considered an historical resurgence in golf. Anybody reading this has to have some level of interest, knowledge, nostalgia, recollection, or whatever you wanna call it regarding Lynx golf clubs. When Lynx was in its prime circa early 90’s, I was a teenager. Needless to say, golf to me in my teenage years was just a game unfortunately. Even in my oblivious innocence, I still knew about Lynx Golf. Me and my game in a nutshell.. except I’m allergic to nuts.. So maybe me in a taco shell.. MMMmmm tacos I’ve been playing this game since about the age of 12. I’m completely self-taught with only the help of the University of YouTube. I’ve got a nearly savant-like obsession with all things golf. Before I got married and started a family, my attention was divided between multiple extreme sports and semi-dangerous hobbies like dirt bike racing, snowboarding, and Muay Thai (Thai Kickboxing). I’ve pretty much packed all of those things up and golf is what keeps me sane.. well sort of. If you happen to watch any YouTube instructionals, Mark Crossfield, Rick Shiels, Me and My Golf, and Chris Ryan are my personal instructors in my living room after 8 pm when the kiddos are out cold. Most days I’ll shoot mid to low 80’s on most of my par 72 home courses. I live in Chandler, AZ (PHX area) where it’s not uncommon to have a good 10 home courses in regular circulation. Just recently, I’ve been able to break through a barrier that I’ve been stuck at for a couple of years and shoot into the high 70’s. I don’t have an established handicap but I’m thinking that maybe late 2019 I’ll start holding myself to a higher standard and register. I would say that my typical ball flight is pretty high but with distance. I’ve got a decent understanding of ball compression and hip-core-shoulder rotation. @Golfspy_CG2 can attest that I’ve got no problem getting the ball up in the air. I’m not really horrible at any particular golf skill.. but I’m not particularly great at any of them either. I’m definitely not content with my game and probably never will be. It’s just how I am. My typical miss is a left pull with both my driver and irons. If I have to say that I have a strength, it would probably be my wedge play from about 120 yds on in. Additionally, I do feel that when my driver’s firing, I’m pretty OK there too. My irons are seldomly hot or cold.. they’re usually about lukewarm. I think that maintaining consistency is my biggest area for improvement. I’ve been told that my swing tempo is rather smooth. I might be what some golf commentators would call “sneaky long”. By the video, you wouldn’t think that my avg. driver swing speed is around 112 mph. All that aside, my biggest objective this year is to improve in consistency and control. My go-to club for 145-150 yds is my 9i @ a traditional 42*. I’ll pretty much golf with whoever can go. I’m a pretty easy going fella that just likes good company. For years, my dad’s probably been my most consistent golf buddy but over the past year he’s had some physical limitations rear their ugly heads. He’s recently however undergone a very successful hip replacement surgery. Tomorrow (7/27/19) in fact will mark the first golf outing in about a year for us and I’m about as excited as anyone could be to see my pops get back on the course. We’re only playing 9 holes at an exec but it’s a huge step in the right direction and I’m jazzed about it. WIMB Driver: Cobra F8+ with / UST Proforce V2 Black Cobra Amp 4 wood / UST Elements Chrome UDI: Dynacraft 18* / UST Proforce V2 Irons 4 - GW: Maltby DBM / Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH (S) Honma 48* Wedge Wedges: Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 56*, 60* Putter: Cleveland HB #11 / Superstroke Flatso 3.0 Current Irons My whole life, I’ve been somewhat of a non-traditional traditionalist.. wait.. what?? I like classic, clean, and simple things.. but I also like to wander off the beaten path to get to where I’m going. I play a set of irons designed by a guy named Ralph Maltby (no relation to Roger Maltbie). You’ll find me blubbering about how much I love the clubs all over MGS. The club model is called the DBM which is a nod to the actual process of pigmenting the steel black. It’s a very clean and basic looking cavity back soft-forged club. I would say that it falls on the “better player’s” side of the fence but doesn’t limit itself to just single digit shooters. I feel that I can play the club well even with my abundance of inconsistencies. As you can see, the heel to toe profile is maybe just a tad longer than the VT but with a much slimmer top line. The graphite black pigment is actually implanted into the steel and wears very well. Family I’m married to a wonderful woman (Amber) who only does her best to try and understand this sickness that so many of us share in this underworld of golf. We just turned over 9 years of marriage in June. We have 2 little ones. Kaylen is almost 7. She accompanies me to executive courses and enjoys putting. She hasn’t picked up the game completely yet but by her own request, we’ll be getting her started in the junior league this year. My little guy Logan is not quite 2. He’s definitely my dude. He somehow has an acute understanding that daddy’s golf clubs may as well be his younger sibling and my 3rd child. Whenever the clubs are out, he can’t help but try to snatch one, and in the event that he gets ahold of one, take cover!. I look forward to the day when I can get both of my kids out on the golf course. My wife Amber looks forward to that day as well. Enough about me I was chosen to review the Lynx Prowler VT. This has been a rather interesting group to be a part of up to this point. The interesting part is that we’re reviewing sets of clubs that come from a company that hasn’t really been a presence in golf for quite some time. Research material has been slim to almost non-existent to say the least. The only opinions that any of us can have up to this point is based on what we see in the few pictures available on the web. The Lynx web site has been about 50% functional and the amount of detailed marketing on these clubs has been.. well let’s just say scarce. From my understanding, Lynx’s intent over the next couple of years is to creep slowly back into the industry and eventually settle themselves back amongst the giants in due time. This is why this particular opportunity to me is so interesting and unique. As a testing group, we’re not just simply reviewing another version of a club that already existed from a familiar company that has an established presence. Were reviewing clubs that have no predecessors and from essentially a brand new company. Sure, past Lynx models have shared the same names (Black Cat/Prowler), but this is still new territory for Lynx with these particular tech-infused designs, and in a space that that they haven’t been a part of for so long. Will their claimed technical features be ahead, on par, or behind what today’s OEM’s are doing? it’s presumed that these reviews should have some very important and influential eyes tuning in. Delivery/Unboxing Unlike my counterparts, I was lucky to have the box show up relatively unscathed. The packaging left a bit to be desired. Being that the sticks were shipped from across the pond, I might have expected some foam separation or something just a bit more robust as I've seen in so many other reviews. Instead, the clubs were simply protected with crumpled up packing paper. The individual heads were shrink-wrapped in plastic so there didn't really appear to be any issues with shipping wear. Looks The Prowler VT’s define “classic” appearance. As you can see, they are clean, simplistic, and just everything that hundreds of years of golf history and present-day tech can put into 1 single club. The heel to toe profile is actually a tad more compact than I was expecting and I absolutely love that! Top line is a bit thicker than what I’m used to but with the compact profile, it doesn’t put me off in the slightest. Offset is next to nothing and uniform throughout the set (another plus). 8-PW are a little more rounded in shape which does make the clubs look slightly bigger but not out of place with the rest of the set. 3-7 are just perfect in every way. Tech & Stuff The Lynx VT is a hollow design similar to the Ping i5 and Titleist T-MB. As the name suggests, the face is a “Variable Thickness” construction. Both the leading edge and top sections of the face are thicker than the center to help add extra support on off-center hits and for better positioning of MOI (moment of intertia) therefore adding an extra element of forgiveness. The club is a 2-piece construction with what is rumored to be a 1020 soft forged face combined with a cast body. As you can see in the pictures, the face also has a bit of texture. It will be interesting to see how that texture interacts with the ball. From the tech specs that I could find, the lofts are about 3* stronger than what I’m used to playing so distance and gapping will definitely be talking points. The clubs come standard with some nice KBS Tour 90 Shafts. In waiting for the clubs to arrive, I had a chance to demo the shaft in a Titleist T-MB. The shaft itself feels very smooth and seemed to be very consistent. Height was maybe even a bit more than I’m used to but time will tell how these clubs perform with this shaft. Testing Objective I’m really not interested getting any more distance out of these clubs. My hopes throughout this testing are that I’ll be able to improve my consistency by possibly slowing things down just a little. If I’m able to maintain my current distance per club while finding the center of the face more often, I’ll be a very happy man. Ultimately the questions to be answered through this entire segment will be: Is the Cat really back? Is it ready to be a fierce predator again? Or is it merely a domesticated house cat with only bits and pieces of its original DNA? Teaser At this point we’ve had the clubs for about a week. Would anybody guess that most or each of us at minimum have had the clubs to the range and/or played a round or 2.. Bet your boots we have.. There’s something special to be said for the top end of the set..
  14. 18 points
    After long last, late last week I finally took delivery of something very, very special that I'd like to share with you all. Way back about 8-9 months ago, I was futzing around on-line one Friday and got a notice that MGS was "going live" with a "closest-to-the-pin" contest on their YouTube channel. Curious, I tuned in to watch Adam and crew at MGS HQ preparing to see who could get closest to the hole on the simulated floating green (#14) at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. They were asking viewers to participate and submit their guesses for the closest shots in order to win some prizes. I believed I simply typed in 5' and sat back to watch the fun. I really didn't pay too close attention to the successful shots, but more enjoyed watching these guys make their attempts in a variety of ways. A few days later, I get an email from Adam stating that I had indeed won the grand prize...A custom wedge from the Wedge Wizard himself!!! I was absolutely floored! Not long after, I was in contact with Jacob (the Wiz) and we discussed model, options, design and all the good stuff that goes along with a "blank check" like this opportunity and off we went. Long story short, and after some unforeseen delays and hiccups, this is what I was presented with... She's a PING Glide Forged and as you can see in 60* with 8* of effective bounce. Her transmission is an Alta CB 83g graphite mid-launch shaft paired up with a Dyla Wedge grip making for a D5 swing weight. Jacob actually included a nice hat & tee shirt from his shop as well which are super cool! Wall hanger? NO. I actually swapped out my Glide 2.0 58* with it because I just had to play with it yesterday and what can I say...She is AWESOME! Butter smooth and did everything a hacker like me could ask of it. I had a bunker shot facing me after my tee shot came up short at the par-3 8th. My ball was lying on the flat and with a fairly clean lie, but the bunker was below the hole with a pretty sizable lip on it that is kind of like a hump. I only had maybe 20' to the pin and some green to work with behind it should it go long. I lined up and reminded myself to follow-through and actually executed the shot correctly. The ball popped up, landed just beyond the lip and rolled out to about 5' away from the cup. Made the par. Made a few other shots with it that were just off the green and wow did she ever perform! Are you reading about the next Seve or Phillip? Heck no! But what a club!!! Thank-you so much to @golfspy X, MGS and Jacob "The Wedge Wizard" himself for making this happen and giving me a unique and truly awesome stick! For curious (or the sick), below is a link to Jacob's website. He does fantastic work and is one Hell of nice fella to work with if you are looking for custom work. Cheers all and thanks for viewing! https://wedgewizard.com/
  15. 18 points
    Some impressive first rounds on the North Course yesterday it will be fun to watch. Oh and this happened. Shook Tigers had Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. 18 points
    Bah, humbug. Not falling for it. It’s a great place of tight knit folks. I was looking on another website and they had 15 pages of, “Oh, boy! I can’t wait to see the new Epic Flash! Oh, boy! Can’t wait until we can post more info!” Give me a break. You want to be involved in threads with OEM fanboys that PURPOSELY never post a REAL review? Man, there is PLENTY of fluff out there for folks that just want activity. But, I’ll bet good money that folks who think we’re “dying” will be posting within 10 minutes once testing opportunities hit after the PGA Show! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  17. 17 points
    Lot’s of new stuff! Also new Cally Rogue driver on the way In Florida this week on vacation [emoji1303][emoji631] Bag this week: Ping G400 Max Callaway XR16 4 Wood Callaway XR Steelhead Hybrids 3 - 5 Tommy Armour Atomic Max Irons 6 - GW Cleveland CBX 50 Wedge Cleveland Sureout, 62 Wedge Evnroll ER5 Putter Coming SOON Callaway Rogue Driver! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  18. 17 points
    Yeah so this just happened today. My best round ever !! And even had two putts that lipped out. Very well could have been 73. It was one of those days where driver was great and putter was spot on, irons where their usual. Now that I know it’s possible, it’s really gonna suck when I head back to mid and upper 80s [emoji17]. But I’m going to stay optimistic and say it’s 70s from here on out [emoji16].
  19. 17 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.
  20. 16 points
    Stage 1 Personal Questions: The black cat likes the Black Cats!^ Hey everyone, my name is Alex, and I am extremely excited to be chosen as a tester for MGS and Lynx! Growing up in Maryland, I played lacrosse and hockey (ice and roller) 6-7 days a week on various club and school teams – and probably played golf once or twice a year in high school. I started getting much more into golf in college, where I was able to play all the time for low low student prices. That was about 6 years ago, and I’ve been doing my best to play weekly (weather permitting) ever since. I am currently playing in the Richmond, VA area, and just joined Meadowbrook CC south of the city. About a year ago I started to become more serious about my game, had a few lessons, and am starting to figure out some swing troubles I have had since way back when. Generally I am the type of golfer who will have a great day driving the ball, but miss-hit everything else OR vice-versa. The classic “woods, irons, and putter: pick 2 to hit well” situation. My favorite thing about golf is how frustrating it is, and how rewarding it is to figure something out, make a tweak, and see the results right in front of you. The competition doesn’t hurt either. Golf Questions: My handicap hovers between 13-16. My typical miss is currently changing, as I have been taking some lessons. BUT my biggest issue is swing path. I have an over the top out-to-in path that I am trying to correct. So slices to the right or pulls to the left were commonplace. Now my typical miss is either a pure slice where I let myself go back to the old swing, or an overcorrected hook/draw. I’ll pull out a 7 iron to hit a 150 yard shot, my ball flight is typically high, maybe mid/high. I’m beginning to realize the strength in my game is actually mental toughness. I am just now seeing how one bad shot will DESTROY the entirety of most of my friend’s games – for sure not the case for me. My weakness has always been consistency. My irons have been pretty interesting in the past few years. I own Adams Idea Pro Black Forged cb2 irons, and Cobra King F8 irons. Both kind of just fell into my lap with really great deals. I had never been fit for clubs before this experience. When I was selected to be a tester for the Black Cats, I went to Mulligans Golf Shop in the Richmond area (http://mulligansgolfshopva.com/) I would highly recommend seeing Matt there – super nice guy, very knowledgeable, and has all the newest equipment (I want to go check out the Mizuno line he has). Matt hooked me up to the Mizuno Shaft Optimizer, had me take a bunch of swings, and it spit out a bunch of statistics to his iPad where we talked through shaft options, flex profiles, lie adjustments, everything. I took those details to Lynx for my order. Typical Driver SS: 100-105 Iron/shaft specs: KBS Stiff shafts 1* upright +.25" First Impressions (I had the 8 and 9 irons mixed up in these pictures^) These pictures are to show the "black" color, set against a black visor 7 iron Foam port, 7 iron^ According to their website, the Black Cats are hollow body, foam filled irons (similar to the Taylormade p-790 and Ping G500?). Generally, these irons are supposed to have more of a players-iron shape, game-improvement iron forgiveness, and the foam is supposed to improve feedback and feel. This type of iron is something I’ve had my eye on for a while, and I think this would be perfect for a player of my skill level. My current Cobra King F8 irons are a little lacking in feel. The 5-7 irons are hollow body (non filled), and it pretty much feels like nothing if you hit it perfectly, and like you hit a rock if you miss-hit. So I’ll be looking for any kind of “feel” property that may come through with the foam filling (I’ll be able to compare this to my forged Adams irons). I was a little irritated they did not provide the gap wedge I requested. so I am still using the gap wedge from my Cobra set. After reviewing what the irons are “supposed to be” and looking them over (playing a few rounds with them) – here is what I’ll be especially looking for: The lofts of the Black Cats are much more “traditional” and similar to my old Adams Irons. Will I lose any distance? Maybe gain some? The grooves seem very shallow compared to my Cobra irons, will I be able to spin the irons similarly? Any impact at all? If these irons can be more forgiving (go similar distance on thin/fat/toe/heel shots) AND go at least similar distance when compared to the cobras, they will be the new irons in my bag! My testing will be conducted mostly on the course, and at the First Tee of Richmond. Hopefully I can get down to the MGS HQ and use some of their launch monitors to get some real data. I look forward to this process, and let me know if you have any other questions for me, I’d love to give my insight wherever possible.
  21. 16 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..
  22. 16 points
    I foolishly agreed with those guys at one point in my life even though my pro back in Wisconsin started by asking what my goals were because if they were to play on the champions tour I needed to hit the gym. Through lessons, proper fitting and the ability to play/practice year round once we moved to Florida, I got myself all the way down from 5 to below a 2. At 55 I was extremely competitive as a senior player in a county of nearly a million people. But age an extra weight, lack of fitness and extra weight caught up with me. I drifted from the mid 160’s in my 20’s and 30’s to the mid 180’s in my 40’s (not bad - just a little paunch like most middle aged guys). Not enough extra weight to impact my swing or my game at that age. But as I moved to my late 50’s stuff started happening, fast - work became stressful, 185 became 195 and inching towards 200, 205, 210. Suddenly I had a heart issue (genetically predisposed to it) and even though that’s controlled through an ablation and medication I was on the verge of diabetes. On the golf course I lost 30 yards and my scores as ended accordingly. Frankly I only played golf for social reasons, the fun wasn’t in the game anymore, it was in spending time with friends. It was in one of those round after failing to carry a pond that I could hit a 5 wood over five years prior that a long time friend asked when the baby was due. That was late January of 2018. When I stepped on the scale at the start of my fitness program on February 4th I weighed 209 buck naked. My goal was to get back to 185. I got there by late April and didn’t stop. I got to my college playing weight 168 for my 62nd birthday in October and weighed 165 on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter so I’m maintaining. Had a physical two weeks ago and my doctor flipped out. She said I’m a totally different person than the last time that she saw me - blood work great, BP 110/68 vs 130/85, sitting heart rate 64 v 85. I told her I was working on moving the needle a tad lower to 162. She said great idea but not too much lower than that. Weighed in this morning at 161.9. Who cares about golf, fitness matters for life - any argument against it is foolish. You owe it to the people whom you love and yourself to stay as fit as possible. But since the question was about golf - I’ve regained 25 yards with driver, a full club plus with irons - my last four rounds I’ve shot 77,70,77 and was 2 under Sunday afternoon when the rains came. One of those rounds was competitive the others casual. I’m being accused of sandbagging i my leagues - I’m not - it just takes a bunch of 9 hoke rounds for the handicap to catch up - I was a 9 (for 18) in one league and a 7 in the other so getting 5 and 4 a side. It absolutely matters but golf is the least of a person’s worries. This from a guy who will be burying a non fit 59 year old on Saturday. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  23. 16 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
  24. 16 points
    Round Recap - April 6th Best weather of the year thus far in New Jersey on Saturday. Temps hit the low 60s, it was sunny and there was no wind. Perfect day to get out and play 18 with the G410 I played with my brother in law, who is a former assistant pro and we hit our clubs similar distances. On the first hole, BIL teed it up first. We were playing from the blues and it was a short Par 4 playing 337. He hit a beautiful baby draw right down the middle. Put the pressure right on me. I followed his up with a baby draw of my own. The drives looked similar from the tee, but when we got up to the balls they were definitely different - I was 25 yards passed him! My first drive ended up going 307 yards (GPS measured). The Ping G410 made its presence known early. As the round continued I was continuously impressed with the G410. What really stood out to me was performance on low-face hits. There were a few that I didn't quite catch, but ended up much further than I expected. Another thing that really stood out was the fact that I didn't miss the left once all day. I pulled the G410 10 times and I hit the fairway 5 times. The times that I did miss the fairway I actually missed the fairway right! Some of this was me being used to over draws and aiming right to compensate. I had the G410 set to fade and in the flat position so it is set up to be anti-left and things definitely played out that way. If things continue like this over the next few rounds, I might have to move to a slightly more neutral setup to see how that changes things. As I mentioned in my shaft testing post above, I would have no problem gaming the Ping Tour shaft as my full time shaft. I was long, I was hitting fairways, and my misses where always in fantastic shape. It is nice when a driver gives you confidence like this. That being said, I cannot wait to game the G410 Plus with the Accra TZ5. Based on what I saw in my fitting, it the shaft really is an ideal fit for me and will fully unlock the performance of the G410 Plus.
  25. 16 points
    Here is one of my #MGSTrickShot entries. I had other ideas, but Koby kept getting in the way, so I figured I'd give him some camera time.
  26. 16 points
    A congregant gives us a time share on the beach for the week between Christmas and New Years. Here’s my view! Every year we grill brats New Years Eve and ring it in with friends from the area and folks that we see each year here. They come from around the world. Last year was the coldest year ever. This evening it’s 78 and that weather is supposed to hold through this middle of next week. This beach is 20 minutes from my house and the same or less from my club. It’s not lavish but it has the Gulf, a heated pool, hot tub, grills, friends and memories. What more could a person want. You guys are all invited for New Years Eve. The fireworks are spectacular. So are the brats. I lived in Wisconsin once, after all. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  27. 15 points
    Speak for yourself! You all can now refer to me as Dr. STUDque
  28. 15 points
    I think, I should just pencil in -5 right now and save the aggravation of doing the math.
  29. 15 points
    1. Altitude: I've designed a propietary device to measure the differences in altitude and the flight of golf balls. Results will be published soon. 2. Temperature: Searched on Golf Digest, the authority in all things related to science and golf. Unlike some websites Golf Digest accepts big company money so you know it has the best answers for everything! 3. Interaction with the ground: I thought really hard about this one and had a multitude of ways to answer your question. Then I found a picture of a golf ball in a drink glass and decided to post that instead.
  30. 15 points
    He'll start to post when he learns to type
  31. 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
  32. 15 points
    We've got a MyGolfSpy Madness NCAA Basketball bracket up on ESPN again. What will the winner win? Well, thanks to Cleveland Golf, the winner will walk away with a custom Huntington Beach SOFT putter. You get to customize the specs and personalize the model of your choice with the colors of your choice. Let us know what you will build when your bracket smashes the competition! Get in the action now: Link to Group: LINK Group: 2019 MyGolfSpy Madness Password: mygolfspy
  33. 15 points
    No baseball. No Softball. No Sh**! "Learn it. Know it. Live it....Time to hit the range..!! After my normal warm-up, I started in with my nemesis...Driver. Actually had some decent hits, but then realized..."Hey! You're trying to be too precise!" "Wind-up, be loose and let go dummy!" Started feeling it and got some Mojo working on a perfect wind-less night. The shots just started coming and I began to hit the center of the face and began to just whip some of them off... 230... 230... 264...251....242.....241...….258...…...270........! YES!!!!! I then pulled my G400 and un-corked several with it too...217...228...229...221...208...242...248...254 I can honestly say I've never had a driver shot go more than 240 before...EVER! My new-found grip along with a proper hip-flip has shown me something...distance.... and with both clubs! This battle for supremacy is ON!!! I finally had the chance to actually compare my two drivers side-by-side for real and took full advantage of it. Tonight's conclusion? For once I am confident that I've gathered some valuable and tangible data that is easy to disseminate.The G410 was a true monster and I felt that it easily won the night in performance over my G400. I gave everything I had to the 400, but it just couldn't seem to keep up. I've never...EVER recorded a shot of 270 before, and yet there it was! The difference in average? 230 vs. 248!! This 410 has some real pop and so far, it appears to be holding up to PING's claims of being "better". I'm drinking the Cool-Aid now... More to come fellow spies. Cheers all!
  34. 15 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
  35. 15 points
    Since we're doing unpopular opinions, I'll state this one more strongly than I am fully convinced of: every Tour event should follow Augusta's policy of disallowing all phones on the premises. There's something sad (in my opinion) about a gallery of people behind a golfer, who are there in person, who nonetheless experience the whole event looking at the screen in their hand because they need to take video of the whole thing.
  36. 15 points
    As most of you know, a week ago the store ran a sale for members of the community. I have had my eyes on one of the golf towels for a while and decided to make the purchase. So today, I'm sitting at work when I receive an email letting me know that there was a mix up on the website and that the towels were out of stock, but they were willing to send me either a mallet or blade putter cover for no extra charge. I just wanted to take an opportunity to highlight the excellent customer service from Harry Nodwell and the folks here at MyGolfSpy. Thank you! Sent from my SM-G955U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  37. 15 points
    This thread is one of the reasons I love this group of people - you guys really care about this forum and all on your own have formed a true community. @jaskanski - I appreciate your sentiments. This time of year almost always slows down, but it's important to remember back to about 4 years ago - that was a truly slow time for the Forum, but with the help of members who really cared, we got back on the right path. We're still true to our mission - to be the most open, honest and friendly place for real golfers to connect - an online 19th hole. Some other comments - yes, testing opportunities drive membership and yes, most of those people only come around when there's a testing opportunity. Trust me, the moderators know who the real players are and who are the ones just looking for free stuff - it's almost comical going through the applications and seeing names that you only see in applications. They may have 60 to 70 posts, but a little digging shows they're ALL applications. It's simple - be an active member of the community and you're likely to be chosen, basically because we know we can trust you. Also, this forum is almost always a "high road" type of group. We did have to ban a couple of troublemakers this year (my first bans - it was a rush!), but when alleged adults resort to the "Yeah, but what about what HE said" defense, it's time to act (seriously, I last had that discussion with my kids when they were about 8!). As adults, we all get that we're responsible for what we think, say and do and unacceptable behavior is always our own responsibility - again, that's why this community is different. We all have people here we gravitate towards, and there are people on the forum we just don't mesh with, but as long as we're respectful, we're good. One last thing - kudos to Stud, CG2, Stroker and MPR. You guys don't know how lucky you are to have these four guys running the show. They're doing a ton to help keep this forum on the path to continuous improvement, and you'll see the results of their work throughout 2019. These guys get it, and I'm confident they'll realize our goal of hitting 100,000 members. Happy New Year everyone, and here's to an awesome 2019 here at MyGolfSpy!
  38. 15 points
    It's the offseason in more than half of the country. Most companies are waiting another month before releasing their new stuff for us to talk about. MGS isn't all rah rah about certain oems to the point where people simply post about stuff to just try to get into events or get free stuff.
  39. 15 points
    If we wanted the Tester badge to match the official Donor badge, here's an attempt:
  40. 15 points
    OFFICIAL MGS TRUE GOLF FIT AND U-TRY REVIEW Stage One - by GB13 First off, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to MGS putting this together and another thank you to CG2 for dealing Global Golf and putting up with me in the PM thread. Who am I? Well, y'all know me as GB13 but others may know me as Grayson. As most of y'all know, I am 15 years old. I played my first round when I was about 5 years old and have been hooked ever since. I have lived in Minnesota for all of my life and hopefully will be heading south soon. Golf is a perfect game for me to be addicted to. Since I am a perfectionist, it gives me a constant challenge to be better. There is NO perfecting golf. I love trying to improve and "perfect" what I can. I am also super competitive and golf gives me a place where I can appropriately channel that competitiveness. It allows me to be competitive with myself or with others. I can always try to beat my low score, hit 8 fairways etc. I would describe myself as an avid golfer. I play upwards of 70 rounds a year with range time on the days I don't play a round. My goal is to play golf in college and maybe even play professionally. Honestly, it probably won't happen, but hey, we can all dream, right? My Game If you asked me to describe my game in one word, it would be: inconsistent. I currently play off a dropping 4 handicap. If you play with me twice, one day I'd shoot 71 and you'd say I was a sandbagger and the next day I'd shoot 84 and you'd say I have a glory handicap. For me, my scoring goes back to my driving. I have a really solid approach, chipping, and putting game. It all boils down to how I played off the tee. If I hit fairways I score well, if I don't, I score poorly, it is that simple. My bag makeup is as follows: Taylormade Aeroburner 3W Mizuno MP MMC FLI-HI 2 iron Ping I200 4-PW Ping Glide 52° and 58° Ping Sigma G B60 Taylormade Aeroburner 9.5° Driver Stock Matrix Speed-Rulz 50 Stiff I am not happy with my current driver. The only reason I purchased it was because it was deeply discounted. I wasn't fit for it and I didn't really know what a fitting was when I purchased it. My driver was the next thing on the hot seat before I got picked for this testing. My driver swing speed is 108mph and I have a fairly quick tempo. A 48 gram made-for pool noodle does NOT work for my swing. IMG_0329.MOV When on a Launch Monitor, my spin numbers are over 3,500 RPM so I have a ballooning ball flight with the driver. I also have a sneaking suspicion that if I put my driver on a loft machine, it would be much higher lofted than the stated loft. Due to my spin numbers being so high, I am a very inaccurate driver and don't get the distance I should with my swing speed. My average distance is around 250 with great shots going 280+. Averaging out my rounds this year, I hit 5.2/14 fairways. I miss slightly more frequently to the right but the two way miss is still very much in play. I usually try to play a fairly straight ball that falls a yard to the right. I have developed that shot after reading a MGS blog article that said, "missing fairways to the left are 0.2 strokes more penal". Therefore, I play to have a right miss. Now, with the background information out of the way, we can move on to the fun parts. True Golf Fit (Read the following in your best informercial pitch voice) You can gain 15 yards and hit 10% more fairways instantly!!! But wait there's more, it's only $7!!! That's what True Golf Fit (TGF) promises. Is it for real? We're going to find out. The entire experience with TGF went about as smooth as butter. We were able to go through the TGF process the day after the testers were announced. Creating an account is as simple as your email and a password. NO tricks, NO unwarranted requests for personal information, NO gimmicks. After creating an account, we went through the fitting. The fitting is simply 4 questions about your golf game. The 4 questions are: Q: What is you handicap? Possible answers: 0-40 Q: What is your Swing Speed? A: Slow, Medium Slow, Medium, Medium Fast, Fast or Expert Mode Q: What is you Angle of Attack? A: Down, Up, or Level or Expert mode Q: What is your Swing Tempo? A: Slow, Medium, Quick Expert mode gives you the option to put in your exact swing metrics if you have them. e.g. 108 Swing Speed and +1.5 AOA instead of Medium Fast and Up. In theory this gives you a more personalized and specialized fitting. For each question, there is a nifty 30 second video of Adam explaining each question and defining the answers. One quick critique here, I wish the videos told you how to figure out each swing metric, as opposed just explaining the definitions. While the AOA and Tempo videos do a great job of describing what AOA and Tempo is, they don't describe how to measure your AOA or Tempo. For my metrics I entere:, 4 handicap 108 Swing Speed (Expert Mode) +1 AOA (Expert Mode) Quick Tempo While I didn't get these verified by a launch monitor, I am fairly certain these numbers are accurate. I was able to use a few charts for my swing speed. I was also able to extrapolate my AOA and Tempo from a few slow-mo videos. After "matching my unique swing dynamics", it fit me for... drumroll please... Best Fit: Wilson Staff C300 Great Fit: Ping G400 Max I was really surprised when I got my results. I had never considered either of those 2 drivers. Honestly, if I took a blind guess, I would have picked the M3 or G400 LST. I knew I needed lower spin and was a decent ball striker. I had never really considered Wilson Staff drivers. I always thought they lagged behind other drivers in technology. When I hear Wilson Staff, I think great player's irons not cutting edge drivers. I also found it interesting that based on Tony's Most Forgiving Driver article, the two drivers it recommended were the MOST and LEAST forgiving drivers. Also looking at the COG charts that Tony provides the Ping and Wilson Staff are wildly different. The PING is low and back while the C300 is high and forward. It seems interesting that 2 vastly different drivers can be the best performing for one person. Personally, I love the concept of TGF. The idea that you can have a reasonable idea of the best performing golf club after 4 simple questions is revolutionary. TGF does a great job of removing any bias that you might take into a traditional fitting. If I went into a fitting thinking that the C300 lagged behind in technology, I wouldn't want to hit it as well as a driver I thought was a good fit and that could very easily skew the results. As time passes, it would be great to see lofts or maybe even shafts added. It doesn't have to be all of the 10,000 custom aftermarket combinations, just which stock shaft and flex is the best. I know Adam doesn't want to add them yet because he doesn't have a large enough sample size and I respect that. It certainly shows his dedication to the consumer. All in all, I think TGF is a great service that is still in its infancy. It will be interesting to watch TGF grow throughout the next few years. I certainly believe that TGF could be THE next big step in fitting technology. So far, my early results are extremely promising. Global Golf U-Try Experience Well, if the TGF experience went as smooth as butter, the Global Golf U-Try experience went about as smooth as a rocky mountainside. I'll get into that later. In theory, the U-Try program is good for the consumer, and good for Global Golf. For the consumer, it gives them a chance to try any club for 14 days in real on course situations for $25, before they decide to shell out their hard earned cash. If you like it, keep it, they'll charge you for the full purchase price. If you don't, send it back and you only pay for the trial. For Global Golf, if you keep it, they sell a club to a client who might normally go to Golf Galaxy. If you send it back, they can sell it in top of the line used condition for $50 off, but let's be honest, we are all golfers, how many send back a shiny, new toy. After we completed the TGF process we ran into some *difficulties* with Global Golf. It took about a month and way too much of CG2's time to coerce Global Golf to ship out our clubs without us giving them a credit card number. While we didn't have a traditional ordering process with Global Golf, we did find out that instead of charging you $25, they put a hold on your card for the full purchase price. Then if you send the club back, they'll refund your card the full purchase price minus the $25. I understand why they have this practice in place, but it makes Global Golf's advertisements seem a little misleading. In all fairness, this is a unique situation that Global Golf doesn't deal with all the time, but if this is how their customer service treats people REVIEWING their company, I doubt they treat regular customers well. Again, with a regular ordering process, you may not have to deal with customer service, but if you have something go wrong in the ordering process, I wouldn't trust Global Golf to rectify the situation. One other critique, the shaft selections are very limited. While Global Golf has a plentiful array of heads, for the C300, the only shaft options were a Fujikura Speeder Pro 58 Senior or Stiff flex. I do think as their business/U-Try program grows they will be adding more shafts. Now that we have covered the issues, the clubs Global Golf shipped were brand new, in plastic, complete with tool and headcover. I was actually impressed with the promptness of delivery and the club being complete. It looked what like you would buy directly from Wilson. Overall, the U-Try program is a great idea. I think that with improved customer service and greater club selection Global Golf could have a real home run. However, even if they have the exact club you wanted, without adequate customer service, I would most likely advise you to hold off on the U-Try program. I know this seems like a very negative review of Global Golf but I am just trying to give y'all my honest opinion. I really appreciate MGS giving us a place where we can be honest during our reviews. This is my first review for MGS so if anyone has any feedback, please let me know. Also, if you have anything you specifically want me to test, just let me know and I will do my best. We will be giving updates as we progress in the review process so check back frequently for updates.
  41. 14 points
    Is it too late for a WITB post ? I know these are typically added at the start of the season rather than the end but my bag transitioned a few times this year and I think I've finally got a good set that will last me for a while (haha!) .... But seriously: I had a full bag fitting a couple weeks ago and tested a bunch of stuff and I was convinced that this equipment is going to be the best fit for me for at least 5-6 years..... so I guess my club ho days are over for now. (not sure if that makes me or ) The only thing that stayed in the bag is the hybrid and FW wood...even the bag itself changed! -------------------------- Here goes: BAG --- Sun Mountain C130 PUTTER --- Ping Sigma 2 ZB2 set to 34.25" WEDGES --- Titleist SM5 50 degree, SM6 54 degree, SM6 58 degree - stock wedge shafts IRONS --- Ping g410 4-U wedge, Project X LZ 6.0 shafts, Arccos GP Tour Velvet grips HYBRID --- Titleist 816 H1 set at 20 degrees, Diamana M+ 60 stiff shaft 3/FW WOOD --- Cobra King F7 (blue), Fujikara Pro 65R shaft DRIVER --- TaylorMade M5, Tensei Orange 66 stiff shaft BALL --- Bridgestone Tour B X <sidenote - I realize this is 15 clubs... the UW and SM5 are both 50 degrees and I'll swap them in/out based on various factors> (the terrier head cover is over a SKLZ gold flex warm up club) Now I hope the New England winter holds off long enough to let me get everything out on the course a few times !!
  42. 14 points
    Played ok today, getting used to my physical limitations, after a poor round last week. My last round was awful, probably pre determined by a few things,, a good score prior, a network hack at work, and, sadly finding out that a member of my club that I had a great relationship with had died just as I was walking off the practice green. I shed a few tears with his brother, who is also a great bloke. My game was garbage, but sometimes golf comes second. This week I decided to pay a bit of a tribute to my mate. He was the opposite of me in dress sense, but very similar in attitude. I gave him the nickname of "Fifty", short for Fifty Shades of Gray, as he always managed to wear multiple shades of gray, with actual colour rarely getting a run. Our sense of golf fashion couldn't be further apart. Happily I played pretty well. Had 11 over playing off 10, with a triple and 2 doubles. Putted well, and drove it solidly. A couple of awful 95 yard sand wedges cost me a bit. Great weather and great company made for a really enjoyable day. Catching up with my late mate's brother after my round was a great finish to the day. R.I.P. Garry.
  43. 14 points
    A bit of an informal introduction to myself, my name is Chris and I’m from the upstate of SC. Most of my golf is also played in this area. I lurked MGS for a while, reading site news and user reviews, then finally made the plunge to become a member and donor back in January because I believe in the mission this site pushes. I’ve played golf for most of my life, but never more than 2-3 rounds, most of which were scramble tournaments and never practiced except for visiting the range the week before. I just relied on athletic ability alone and could manage to keep my game in the bogey golf range. About 1 1/2 years ago, I decided that I needed a new hobby, stepping out of competitive archery. Since I could already hit a golf ball fairly strong, figured I’d try golf out. I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials and would spend many hours on the range, trying to get the right “feels” for what I was after. That got me pretty consistent mid 80 rounds, occasional breaking 80 but also not being able to break 90 some days. I knew I had more in the tank and I wanted more. I found a great coach based on the recommendation of my director at work (Todd Ellison @ TGM Golf Academy in Easley, SC) and started taking lessons over the past winter. That’s helped get me to where I am now, though I’m still not where I want to be. But, those of you with young children know, time is a very valuable thing and something more precious that a shot or two off a score card. This is me and my oldest daughter, my youngest will start the First Tee program this fall and I’ll have both of my minions on the golf course with me. In my game though, wedges and scoring irons are where I place the most emphasis during my range practice sessions. Depending on the length of the hole, potential trouble, etc… I’ll pick a target number off the tee and hit the club to get me where I want to be, whether it’s driver, 3w, or an iron. I’ve spent a lot of time on the range this past year, dialing in distances from <150, but really focusing on <125 as that is my goal for most par 4s in our area. Working on swings from 9-3, chest to chest, shoulder to shoulder, and ear to ear. I stumbled on this video on Youtube one day… …and took the thoughts to the range. It’s not perfect and is still a work in progress, but what a game changer this has been for me in learning to control my distances. I love the wedge game in golf. I have always loved to watch Phil Mickelson play and his manipulation of the ball around the green. When I see a video of Phil offering short game advice, I listen intently. Mmmmhmmm fresh grooves!! We all know that golf is an incredible challenge, but it’s also a great way to meet other people. Both of these are my top two reasons why I play this game. I love the fact that I’ll never beat it and will constantly be striving to get better, but I’ve also made some really good friends. Anyhow, on to the meat of why you’re all here. In my bag, you’ll find… Taylormade M3 8.5 with Project X Evenflow White 75 6.5 Callaway Rogue 15* 3w with Project X Evenflow Black 75 6.5 Srixon Z965 3-P irons with Nippon C10 X Prototype shafts Titleist SM7 50.08 F (bent 1* weak) / 56.08 M / SM6 58.12 K with DG S400 shafts Odyssey Black Series #3 I broke down this season and purchased new wedges. I had noticed that I wasn’t getting near the spin on my wedges and knew it was time. It was a night and day difference with the consistency in flight and holding on the greens. My Vokeys are only a few months old, so hopefully the testing with the RTX 4 wedges will be able to provide some interesting comparisons. I don’t have a huge gap difference in the last two wedges, but the main reason for this, for me, varying turf conditions and having versatility around the greens, whether chipping from the fairway, playing out of compacted or fluffy bunkers, tight lies, and early morning water run-off mushy lies. I have 100% confidence in that 58K grind from a greenside bunker, which is going to be interesting to see how the RTX4 58 Mid grind will compare. It doesn’t mean I always execute the shot, but I believe I can and that’s over half the battle. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve worked hard on my game since the beginning of this year. I’ve worked my handicap down to where my current trend is a 4.4. Scoring for me really depends on how my driver cooperates and I’m getting off the tee. If I can get off the tee and keep the ball between the stakes, it’s going to be a pretty good scoring day. I’ve always been a pretty good scrambler and would say it’s a strength to my game. I would describe my tempo as moderate to quick with an average swing speed with my driver 113.6 and 7 iron 93.2 mph from my last TrackMan session. When I reach 100 yards, I’m grabbing my gap wedge and swinging my smooth shoulder to shoulder swing. I can flight this shot high or low depending on the conditions, but my favorite is a lower trajectory, knock down that hops one time and stops on the green. It’s a swing feel that I’ve really grooved in since winter. My typical ball flight is a fade. I chased trying to change my swing to work a draw, but I found the fade more consistent and easier to control. My biggest miss with a driver is when I leave the face too open relative to my club path and hit a high, go nowhere, slice. With my short game, my biggest miss is usually a blocked out, push to the right. The strength of my game is definitely from 150 yards in to the green. I have confidence that from that range, I’m going to be able to give myself a decent look at birdie. My biggest weakness has nothing to do with my swing, but my ability to keep focused for a full 18 holes. ***INITITAL IMPRESSIONS*** Now to the dessert… So with this testing opportunity, I opted to go with 52 and 58 mid grinds. A good friend of mine, who’s also my club builder, asked what I thought and the best description I can give is they are a match made in heaven with my Srixon irons, especially the 52*. The mid sole grind fits as if they’re a direct extension from irons. The turf interaction is amazing. If I miss slightly fat, I don’t lose much at all as they just don’t dig into the dirt. I love a black finish on wedges as it helps reduce glare from the sun. I will say though, I prefer the look of the flat black finish of my Vokeys vs the satin black finish on the RTX4, but the finish on the RTX4 wedges after two 18 hole rounds and three 9 hole rounds show no wear, except for some sand nicks on the face, but that’s going to happen. The RTX4 wedges frame the ball well and are pleasing to the eye at address. I haven’t had a chance to hit these wedges on a launch monitor yet to compare them to my Vokeys, but from my on course testing they definitely seem to spin more than my Vokeys did brand new. With my Vokeys, on controlled swing shots from 50-100 yards, the best I ever got was the one hop stop and even a couple feet worth of roll out on some shorter shots where they weren’t picked as clean. With the RTX4, that roll out has disappeared and on the longer range shots with each wedge, the ball will pull back to near the initial contact point on the green. I hope to get on a monitor at some point so I can have some definitive numbers. The biggest difference though that I have noticed thus far is bunker play between the Vokey 56M and 58K grinds vs the RTX4 58 Mid. The Mid grind plays almost between these two. In the past, if the bunker was compacted or shallow, I’d grab my 56M. If it is soft and deeper sand, I’d grab the 58K. I’ve found that the RTX4 58 Mid is workable in both situations, but it’s not near as consistent in soft/deeper sand. It does tend to get caught up in those bunkers a bit more, but does fine in a bunker that’s shallow or compacted. There was one instance I was in a bunker where the sand was moderate, not super soft, but not compacted either. I opened the face on the RTX4 58 Mid, and tried to launch the ball up high because the green was elevated about 6 foot from the base of the bunker and the pin was short-sided. I’ve never had this happen before, but the wedge cut a ½” gash in the cover of my Srixon that went down beyond the urethane cover. I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I got rather aggravated in the heat of the moment and slung the ball in the woods after the hole because it was on the first hole and a brand new ball. I’ll try to duplicate it again during my next practice opportunity to see if it was a one off thing or if this may be a problem with the combo. It hasn’t happened since, but I’ve not had any other shots where I was trying to pull off that type shot. Maybe it was just the super fresh grooves on the wedge which is where I lean towards being the cause. One last thought, so far there are things that I prefer with each wedge vs the other. I’ll expand on that more in the stage two portion of my review, but my initial thoughts are that you can’t go wrong with either one. The versatility in stock grind options from Vokey are what really separates them from the pack in my opinion, but the Cleveland RTX4 lineup is more than able to hold it’s own. Also, you can’t go wrong with a DG Tour Issue S400 as the stock option! It is a nit-pick complaint, but I do prefer solid black ferrules rather than the white rings. Please feel free to ask any questions or things you’d like to know!! Thanks again MGS and Cleveland for this opportunity.
  44. 14 points
    First, let me say THANK YOU to MyGolfSpy and Wilson Staff for this opportunity! Also thank you to my wife for helping get some great photos! My name is Gabe and I’m the proud dad to my daughter Mya. As any proud parent would do, I'll start with a photo. Mya is four years old and is at the very beginning stages of being introduced to golf. She has tagged along in the cart with mom and I for nine holes and attempted to hit balls in the yard or basement. Mya’s “beginner set” was a toy: One of the ranges nearby really tries to involve kids into the game of golf. They have a mini putt course and cut down clubs that are available for kids to use free of charge. The first time I took Mya to use the kids putting course, she turned to me and said “Dad, these clubs are my size, can I take them home?” It was then that I started to look into purchasing a set of real clubs for my daughter and wouldn’t you know it, just a few weeks later Mya was selected to review these clubs for Wilson! The other really cool thing about all this was the timing because these clubs arrived the day before Mya’s birthday. What a great gift! Mya really enjoys bringing her own clubs to the putting course. Just a few quick thoughts about me. I’m 34 and began playing golf in the late 90’s during the Tiger Boom. My plan is to just share my love for golf with Mya and hope that she develops a passion for it, as I have. I don’t plan to teach anything technical to Mya about the golf swing, I just want her to enjoy herself. The only thing I’ve corrected her on is hand position because she instinctively grabbed the club cross handed. While playing nine holes I like to let Mya putt when we reach each green. As she improves I’ll put balls on fringe and let her chip and putt while incrementally moving back until she tees off from about 25 yards, then 50, 100 etc until she can consistently hit full shots. Between rounds we will practice at the range and putting course and for a special treat we’ll hit Top Golf which was what first excited Mya about the game! This set was the Wilson Profile JGI Junior - Size Small. Mya was coming from a plastic set, so needless to say these clubs are a gigantic upgrade. Right out of the box I can tell these clubs are quality. The heads are heavy and you can really feel the weight of the club. Here are pictures from many angles, let me know if there is anything else you would like to see. Assuming this is a quality product (which all first impressions would indicate), this product should last Mya 4-5 years until she outgrows it. Mya currently falls into the low end of the recommendations at 43” tall. I’ve always viewed Wilson as a budget option and while budget may be accurate in terms of price, the quality is every bit as good as the leaders in the industry. Our main testing goals with this product is to determine the quality of the clubs (i.e. how they hold up to frequent use) and how easy they are to hit for the suggested age group. We will be testing by frequently hitting balls with all clubs and see how Mya gets better over time with practice. I will be tracking progress as Mya goes from hitting putts to getting the ball airborne with the iron and wedge. This has been her first time actually hitting real golf balls and some were airborne. So far so good! I’m very much looking forward to helping Mya test these clubs and reporting back to the community. As every parent knows spending quality time with your child creates such special memories and getting to do it on the course is just a cherry on top. Please let me know if you have any specific questions and I'll do frequent updates on Mya’s progress. I’m eager to start this journey and I hope that those following along will benefit from our sharing this experience. Stay tuned...
  45. 14 points
    To each their own as they say, but if I ever get to the point I'm floating golf balls in a salt bath, my wife will most surely take my clubs away .
  46. 14 points
    Hello! This is my first review on the site and since I recently purchased one of the new Hogan Equalizer Sand Wedges (56) I thought it was the perfect item to try reviewing. I have had it now for two weeks and have played 4 rounds with it. I decided to purchase it for two main reasons: 1) I have always loved Hogan products and my Apex SW wasn't really doing it for me. 2) I appreciate this companies approach in lowering the cost by being factory direct. The downside of that of course is that I didn't try it before I bought it but I believe they have a good return policy. The wedge cost $105-USD plus shipping. I live in Canada and received it in about 10 days. It was very well packed and arrived in perfect condition. I ordered it with the recoil shaft, reg flex to match the rest of my irons. There was no up-charge for that which was nice. I got it in chrome but it is also available in black. You can also get it in a variety of lie and lofts to fit your swing. I got it in Standard/Standard. Unfortunately you can't get any different types of grinds at this point, and I did ask. Guys, I love the look of this club! They did a great job on the design front and you can tell they care about what they do, it's not just talk. In these two pictures below you can see there are some dings already on the club from moving in my bag. The folks at Hogan do include a warning that the type of steel they are using is very soft and will ding easily. They were correct and I think that in a few months this club will look pretty beaten up. They suggest iron head covers lol. Noooooooo.... Performance: I am currently learning golf again left handed due to a bad back injury (it's easier on my back swinging left) however I am hitting some good shots and this club has been performing great. Maybe better than all my other clubs. The feel is just fantastic (like butta) and I have an easy time judging distance. Out of the sand it worked well also, although I haven't been in many traps yet. They do not give you any options for grips, you have to take the Lamkin they give you although you can get it over-sized or standard which is nice. It looks fantastic (love the "Hogan" logo) but I can't stand this type of grip. I use Winn Excel Wraps which are totally different but to each their own on that. I'll be replacing it tomorrow. Value: Excellent! My other top wedge choice was a Callaway Mack Daddy that would have cost me almost exactly double of what I paid for this Hogan, even after shipping. Overall I give this wedge an 8.5/10 - It doesn't get a 10/10 because of the lack of grip and bounce/grind options and also the fact that it is not going to look very good in a year or two. You get that feel though so very worth it to me!
  47. 14 points
    Snell MTB-X Testing July 2019 Let me be the first to say the women in the Wedgie household will be glad when this testing is over. My son and I on the other hand hope it never ends. “Mom, dad said he is holding his balls”. “Mom, dad said he is taking pictures of his balls”. “Mom, dad said he is soaking his balls”. It’s nuts! Although the behind the scenes work I’ve done around the house has been pretty funny, I am really excited to be a serious tester for the Snell Golf MTB-X golf balls. The way I see it golf balls are the easiest equipment change a golfer can make to impact scoring. Finding the right ball for you is the hard part. Will the Snell MTB-X be the ball for me? Thank you to MGS and Snell Golf for the opportunity to find out and hopefully help others decide as well. Prior to the MGS ball test this is an opportunity I never would have applied for. First off I like to go to Dick’s Sporting Goods and buy golf balls. You can’t do that with Snell. I also didn’t think I had the game to play a tour level ball. The local Mizuno rep even told me never to play a ball with an X on the end because I didn’t swing fast enough and would lose the benefits of higher compression balls. The biggest reason I would not apply in the past is I like softer balls. Last year I mostly gamed the Wilson Duo Soft or Top Flite D2 Feel+. Do not knock the D2 Feel if you haven’t played it. Prices are nice as well on these balls but that isn’t a deciding factor for me. I live in New England with my wife of 19 years and 14 year old boy/girl twins and fortunately my career affords me the luxury of year round golf through work travel. Our season here is usually late March – November and in the winter I schedule work trips to warmer climates to get a few rounds in. Last year I was able to get my index to its lowest ever at 8.3 mostly because I joined a club and got to play more than I ever have before. This year after a winter bump to 10.6 my index sits at 8.9 as of this writing. In January I visited True Spec Golf in Boston to see if they could kick my Cleveland Launcher HB irons out of my bag, they could not. What I did gain is more knowledge of my swing which I hope someone reading can relate to. My driver swing speed average is 94 MPH and tops out at 97. My 6 iron is a hair over 82 MPH with an angle of attack at -3.5 degrees and an out-to-in swing path of 1.1 degrees. The downward angle of attack and out-to-in impacts my driver as well which jacks up my spin and kills my distance. Since True Spec couldn’t convince me I needed new irons I decided I would make a ball change at the beginning of the year. The Wilson Duo Professional was my ball of choice. Using my Garmin Approach S60 watch to measure my drives with this ball I averaged 222 yards off the tee in 6 rounds of golf. Not seeing much change from before I went back to the Wilson Duo Soft again for several rounds then the MGS ball test came out. Once I read that a dozen times I purchased 2 dozen Srixon Z Stars and made that my gamer. I really like this ball and you can read more about it here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/31881-me-and-my-z-star/#comments The ball is legendary in my mind but am I leaving some distance on the table? With the Z Star I average 227 yards off the tee with a long of 257 and I’m hitting 60% of fairways, 31% GIR and averaging 1.7 putts per hole. Is Dean Snell the answer to my distance issues? No, it’s my swing! But he seems to think so. FOR GOLFERS LOOKING FOR A HIGH-PERFORMANCE GOLF BALL, THE MTB-X IS OUR LATEST 3 PIECE DESIGN OFFERING: Superior Distance - new smaller core offers low driver spin & faster speeds. Higher Iron Spin - a thicker, firmer mantle layer for increased mid and short iron approach shots. Refined Aerodynamics - low lift, low drag for controlled ball flight to reduce "ballooning" and offer great performance in the wind. Firmer Feel - firmer, thicker mantle layer provides high spin and firmer feel than our MTB Black model. (85-90 Compression Range) Excellent Short Game Performance - MTB-X features our CAST urethane cover for excellent control, feel, & durability. Conforms to USGA standards and are legal for tournament play. Here is what the MTB-X is up against with me. I work for a Swiss company that makes our own products. Our quality is second to none in what we do and if I am going to pay more than $20 for a dozen golf balls they better perform and they better last. Can a company based in Massachusetts import balls from Asia and meet the quality of Bridgestone, Srixon or Titleist that do everything in house? We are going to find out since they just arrived. The packaging is a nice matte blue with minimal swag. The back lists the benefits with simple bullet points and there is a brief bio on Dean Snell. There are no claims of 6% straighter, 2% longer or 8% more durable which I like because usually there is never any reference point for these claims. Inside the outer packaging each sleeve of 3 balls comes in a matching matte blue box which has no cutout to see the actual balls, logos, dimples, nothing! It’s not a big deal I’m just used to seeing at least part of a ball without taking them out of the sleeve. After dumping the balls out I inspected the logo. The nice clean Snell logo is perfect in terms of size. The next thing I noticed was the seam around the ball. I have never seen a seam on a golf ball as visible as this one. After looking at all 12 balls they were all the same in regards to the visible seam. I also noticed the alignment aid on the ball ran in-line with the seam on every ball I looked at. My first thought is they are trying to hide the seam. My second thought was am I supposed to use the seam like the patent pending Maxfli Center of Gravity Balanced Technology and use the seam to line up putts and drives? Upon further inspection I noticed one ball has a slight indention in it almost like someone took a finger nail and pressed it into the side of the ball. Another ball had some greenish residue like toothpaste on it. I was not able to scrape it off with my fingernail so there it sits. Maybe they dried the ball on something green but who knows? Lastly I noticed each ball had at minimum several very small bumps like paint drips that shouldn’t be there. Unfortunately I don’t have a camera good enough to take photos. Are these some of the reasons they were very good and not excellent in the MGS test? Is this why they had a few fly so far offline in testing? All this has made me the guy I didn’t want to be and that is the guy who does this. I will share the results in my final review along with answering any questions you have along the way. Please feel free to ask any questions or if there is any specific testing you would like to see. This should be fun!
  48. 14 points
    So some very good news and some expensive news. Today was the first time the weather improved enough that my wife wanted to play golf. After about 14 holes she says to me "I have never seen you drive the ball so straight - that Ping Driver is really nice" Then about two holes later she reminds me " you know I've been wanting a new driver for quite some time". Huh ho. $$$$$$$$$$$ Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  49. 14 points
    In Phoenix for a couple days and got a chance to play a sporty little excutive course with AZSTU324 today. Great time and to say my first experience with desert golf was an adventure would be accurate. Stu has one powerful move and hits the ball higher than anybody I've ever seen. And long too!!
  50. 14 points
    I want you guys/gals to take a look at three 4-woods I recently received from one of our forum members you all know; deejaid. I don't recall how our conversation started but I think it had to do with The First Tee program I've started here where I live. I do recall mentioning to deejaid that most if not all of our kids probably have never seen a golf club made out of Wood and that they'd flip and get a kick out of seeing one. Let alone actually hitting a real wood. deejaid said he'd send me one for the kids to try. Well, I thanked him and expected to get and old beater he had laying around. Boy was I wrong. Last week I received a box and inside were three Orlimar 4-woods deejaid had (professionally) refinished and returned to new condition. I was stunned!! deejaid had included three beautifully restored clubs in three different lengths to fit a variety of kids depending on their height. The persimmon heads look brand new. He installed new shafts, grips, and whipping. My photos barely do justice to how beautiful these clubs look. I contacted deejaid and told him, "I can't let the kids hit these." as they'd be scuffed up and ruined immediately. Then I had a thought. I'm going to have the sole plates engraved with our First Tee Chapter name and eventually present them to the kids as a special award for various achievements they've earned. Would that be cool or what?!! I think so and I think the kids will appreciate them as much as I do. Thanks again deejaid and thank you for your generosity. As a side note I've also learned from deejaid that he's started a business recently to restore old clubs like these and perhaps more importantly; to spark interest in once again playing clubs from days past. I'm certainly interested in perhaps putting a fairway "Wood" in my bag. I'm sure deejaid can tell all of us more about these types of clubs and how he does what he does and how they might just fit into our game. Be advised.... if you get one (and I think you should) you're going to want to show it off. Me? I'd like to get out there and actually play one. Anyone care to join me or deejaid?


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