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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 In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying!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. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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..
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 15 points
    Speak for yourself! You all can now refer to me as Dr. STUDque
  15. 15 points
    I think, I should just pencil in -5 right now and save the aggravation of doing the math.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 14 points
    2019 wasn't ideal for me on the golf department. Handicap essentially remained unchanged. I didn't practice anywhere near enough to get better. And I didn't play in any tournaments. And it was a bit rough in the personal life as well as my wife was diagnosed with skin cancer (thankfully it's been removed and all looks good), my mother in law was diagnosed with liver cancer, and my grandma was diagnosed with throat cancer. Cancer can suck it... But I will say the birth of our little daughter has been the gift that keeps on giving. I love her so unbelievably much. And the start of my new business venture has done alright so far, and I'm hoping it takes off after the holidays. Life is a lot of ups and downs...and no matter your situation, things sometimes come hard and fast. But I've learned you do your best, and move on the best you can. I'm welcoming 2020 with open arms and an open mind with both my golf game and life in general. I'm planning a more focused practice/playing schedule and time with family. And of course putting my heart and soul into a business I believe in more than anything. Here's to a great 2020 for all. [emoji3531] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  22. 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 !!
  23. 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.
  24. 14 points
    Soft balls, hard heads.... Hmm. Time to call a urologist!!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  25. 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 .
  26. 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!
  27. 14 points
    Good stuff guys. To answer the question about if you should “test” CBD products, I’d have to say a big “no”. I’ve worked in the medical field for years, and drug testing is an extensive process that requires thousands of enrollees, a TON of money, and research departments that y’all don’t have. On average, from idea, to testing, to market, it takes a drug over 10 years to make it to the general public. A couple guys taking CBD drops wouldn’t qualify as a legit study. Anyway, just my $.02. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  28. 14 points
    My oldest daughter was doing a study abroad program in Paris. She flew back yesterday through JFK. Arrived in New York to find that pretty much every flight to get her to Cleveland was canceled and that her only option was to hang out at JFK for about 25 hours. She asked about a hotel for the night and the Delta agent said, "oh sorry, we don't do that any more." She tried to get comfortable on the tile floor in the ticketing area. I checked Google and said hmmm, I can make it to JFK and back in about 14 hours and hit the road. Left my house at 9 pm last night, hit JFK at 4 am, arrived back home about 12 hours before her flight would have landed in Cleveland. I'm really tired but it was worth it to have the 7 hours in the car to hear all the stories of her time in France with zero interruptions.
  29. 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
  30. 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!!
  31. 14 points
    (3) TESTERS ANNOUNCED: 2019 Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges Fresh off surprising success in the darling forum test of 2018, Bridgestone is back for more with the Tour B XW-1 line of wedges. Underrated? I think not. In early February, MyGolfSpy ran an article on the blog giving you a sneak peek at Bridgestone's latest offering. The new XW-1 is a premium Japanese 1020 forging (the 2017 model was 1025), and features three loft specific sole grinds (the 2017 models only had one grind) and something called Biting Rail Milled grooves for more spin. “It’s a new micro-milling pattern,” says Zack Kupperbusch, Golf Club Marketing Manager for Bridgestone. “If you rub your finger across the face, you can feel in-between each groove the parallel mills that go across the face. They’re kind of like protruding teeth to keep the ball on the face a little longer to increase spin.” ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Please join with me and congratulate these 3 fine gentleman: @hartrick11 @SteddyGolf @TR1PTIK Congrats spies, I'll be sending a PM your way soon. Our community is looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these and can't wait for your test results!
  32. 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?
  33. 13 points
    I bought the Eyeline Golf Impact Ball Liner after seeing an ad on Facebook, and I wanted to make sure I did a quick review for everyone here on the forums. I consider myself to be an above average putter. I two-putt more often than not, and recently with an improved chipping game I’m seeing many more one-putt holes. It’s not uncommon, however, for me to have two or three three-putts over 18 holes, especially if the greens are pretty speedy. GAME Golf actually places my putting strokes gained around that of a 15-20 handicapper, although because of the finicky pin system I’m not 100 percent confident in those numbers. Statistically, in my worst round this year I averaged 2.11 putts per hole; my best round 1.56 putts per hole. The Eyeline Impact Ball Liner made its way onto my radar after the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. The winner, Nick Lashley, was featured on Eyeline’s Instagram page because he is also a user of the Impact Ball Liner. I already was using the ball’s alignment aid for putting at the beginning of the year. After reading about Maxfli centering their alignment aid on the ball’s center of gravity, I purchased a Check-Go Pro, which I started using on all of my golf balls. I now use the Eyeline Impact Ball Liner in tandem with the Check-Go Pro. Using the Check-Go Pro, I mark the ball’s center of gravity using a washable marker. I then align the Impact Ball Liner along that line, and mark with a permanent marker. The remaining washable marker is easily wiped off with a damp cloth. Eyeline (and Hank Haney, the endorser of the product) claim the squared line will aid in making short putts, as the putter face is more easily-aligned to the desired start line at address. At $14.95 delivered for a three-pack, I figured it was worth a shot. Even if the line shaved one stroke a round, it would be well worth it. Initial Thoughts I’ve been playing with Eyeline-marked balls for 54 holes now, two 18 hole rounds and two nine hole rounds. During this stretch, I averaged 1.83 putts per hole. GAME Golf actually says statistically I am now a worse putter than earlier in the season. I’m not so sure about that. I love having the perpendicular line for alignment. It makes it much easier to place your ball with the center of gravity/alignment line on your intended line. Combined with the sightline on my TaylorMade Spider Tour Red, it’s now very easy to feel confident the face is matching the desired start line. Surprisingly, I am most enjoying the additional marking when teeing off. It’s awesome to have the line to better align my driver and irons from the tee box. I hit 6-of-7 fairways during a nine-hole round last week with my driver, and I believe the Impact Ball Liner is a huge reason for that. It is very nice to pick a target, align the line to that target and just make a good swing. It frees me up from having to find a divot or other item on the tee box to which to align my clubface. As far as negatives go, I wish these were sold in packs of two instead of three. I can see keeping a spare around, but I doubt I’ll ever use the third. I will probably end up giving it to my brother-in-law if he is interested. Also, the included marker is fatter than a Sharpie and a little more “wet,” if that makes sense. I marked my first few balls with the included marker, but realized it was bleeding under the cutouts and leaving smudges on the ball. The included marker also seemed to be easily rubbed off on the course. The second set of balls I did with a Sharpie and didn’t have issues with smudging or with the lines easily wearing. All in all, I find the additional marking to be very helpful to my game. I never used to be a big fan of heavy marks on my golf balls, but I think these marks in particular are going to help my score. I suppose if someone was handy with 3D printing these would be pretty simple to make. But for less than half of a box of premium balls, I think the price of the Impact Ball Liner is well worth it.
  34. 13 points
    So this happened today... [emoji1787] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  35. 13 points
    Thanks guys I am back--- LOL not a junkyard computer even though I will admit I did try a couple of junkers. Got a brand new Dell like the old one that lasted 12 years also got a brand new wireless modem. In other news the old pick up in the Avatar went out in a blaze of knocking and smoke but did bring me home one last time. In fact the old laptop went out in smoke too as in Zaaap but the screen was colorful kinda like a acid trip in the 60s. Actually loaded up the old pick up in one of our dumpsters from work and threw the old lap top inside
  36. 13 points
    Had credit at Roger Dunn so I scooped it up to test on the course. It rolls really well in their practice area, but so do a lot of others. Still have $110 in credit left over. Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  37. 13 points
    So here we are, I’ve been lucky enough to have been picked for another product review and I couldn’t be happier! Many thanks to MGS and Precision Pro for this fantastic opportunity. My quick background refresher - I picked up golf roughly 6 years ago after my doc told me my knee could no longer handle running or skating. No more 5ks or roller hockey meant I needed to find another sport to play to stay active, and so golf it was! Some friends of mine had picked up the game a few years prior, so I was happy to join them out on the course. Before that, my golfing experience consisted of “caddying” for my father & grandfather when I was younger, which was really just me walking the treeline looking for balls, then hitting a few shots when the ranger wasn’t around. I also golfed in a few scrambles which were more of an opportunity to drink with my buddies than actually, y’know, PLAY GOLF. My one and only scramble win, thanks to our single-digit cap buddy on the right! With my work schedule and family commitments, I usually play around 20-25 rounds per year total. My season usually slows down drastically in mid-September when marching band season starts, as I am a chaperone & prop parent for our town’s back to back to back national champion band. Both of my kids have been involved for 6 years now and I have a blast helping out. National champions the last 3 years in a row!! My son is also a golfer, having joined PGA Junior 3 years ago, and is now in his last year of playing 13u. I gladly give up my time on the course to walk with him during his matches. Golf is a great bond between the two of us (along with drumming and music) and we commonly hit local Par 3 courses along with the short game area of our local muni where we challenge each other during chipping and putting games. My dad will often join us, bringing 3 generations of the family out on the course together. My grandfather, at 91, had to finally stop playing a few years ago; he called me when he was 87 to brag about still being able to shoot his age and to laugh at me for shooting high 90’s-low 100’s. So golf has definitely been a big thing in my family. Me and my son right before he decided to grow 6 inches in about 8 months! When I’m able to get out on the course, I enjoy the quiet of being out in nature. When I was younger I grew up on 20 acres of wooded land out in western Massachusetts just off of the Connecticut border, so being out on the course reminds me a lot of the walks I would take as a kid, just exploring the woods & world around me. I’m currently carrying a cap of 21, mostly due to lack of playing recently. My bag reflects that of a higher handicapper - SGI irons in the Wilson/Staff D300, forgiving F6 driver set to 11.5*, and a Heavenwood that gets way more use than my hybrid. Being selected to review the PrecisionPro NX9 HD Slope is actually something I’m really excited about when it comes to my game - some swing solidifications over the past year have both increased my distance across the board, and have added a little more consistency. I feel that having a true distance device, rather than an app or GPS watch, will allow me to really dial in my distances and truly know what club I should be pulling in different situations. Up to now I’ve either been using a Bushnell Neo+ watch (outdated and a battery life that barely lasts 18 holes) or an iPhone app (FunGolf GPS or 18Birdies) to get distances out on the course. Both have their advantages and disadvantages: Watch: Pros - Easy to use, get distances quickly Cons - No hazard distances, not good on doglegs Apps: Pros - See full hole layout, enter scores and stats while also getting distances Cons - constantly taking phone out, manually changing holes, draining battery, takes a lot longer Notice that neither of the above options provides slope, some that’s something new for me to hopefully take advantage of. A few things I’ll be looking at while using the PrecisionPro NX9 HD Slope are how quickly I can get distances, how easy will it be to use out on the course, and do I feel that my game has improved as a result of using it. First impressions The NX9 arrived on my doorstep in a plain brown box that was just wider than the actual Precision Pro box itself. I was kind of surprised by how small the box was, however it’s well constructed and sturdy with a lot of great graphics that clearly demonstrate what the NX9 is capable of. The NX9 itself is right on top when you open the box, nestled in foam with a foam underlayer on the top inside of the box for protection. My first impression when I pulled it out was “Wow this is really small and light”. It fits in my hand just fine, and the buttons on the top of the rangefinder to change modes and lock onto what you’re targeting are large and easy to find. The case is also very light however it feels very sturdy. I particularly like the stretchy material inside the case that only allows you to partially open it, which will also help prevent the NX9 from potentially slipping out of the case. Given that I’ve never owned a rangefinder before, I’m not sure if other cases are built the same way. In any event (I almost went with “in any CASE” but decided that was a bit too on the nose) I really like that feature. To show just how small the NX9 is, here it is next to my iPhone 7 as well as the instructions booklet and registration postcard. It really is small, almost to the point where I might be a bit nervous about it out on the course. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Precision Pro devices so I highly doubt there will be any issues, but it was a minor impression that I got. Speaking of impressions, as a marketing manager I immediately noticed the typo in the instruction booklet right towards the beginning. Not sure what a “magnent” is, but it’s nothing that’s in the NX9 next to the magnet. Yeah it’s a very minor thing and has absolutely NOTHING to do with the performance of the NX9, but like I said - it’s a first impression sort of thing. I took the NX9 out on my deck and was easily able to change the mode to slope, and the measurement from meters to yards while I lasered various things in my yard and my neighbor’s yard. To see how easy it was to use, I had my 13 year old son try it out. I didn’t give him any instructions at all and within 10 seconds he was giving me distances to the neighbor’s pool, the tree at the edge of our property, etc. He kept exclaiming how cool it was to feel the jolt when the distance locked on, which felt like it was almost immediate. I've already taken the NX9 out on the course as well as to a few local ranges to see how it performs. One of the ranges only had a few yards difference from what the sign said and what the NX9 lasered, and I'll honestly chalk that up to where I was standing on the course. Another range, however... yikes. I'm never trusting those signs again! On the course, so far I've found that you need to laser your target at least 2-3 times to ensure you have an accurate reading. More than once the laser picked up the trees behind the flag even when the target was centered right on it. Maybe that's due to how small the device is and how steadily I was holding it, or perhaps it's a potential concern over accuracy. As far as distance accuracy, the NX9 was almost dead on with my Bushnell Neo+ watch, and within a yard or two of the 18 Birdies & FunGolf GPS apps that I commonly use. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to toss them in the thread and I’ll be happy to answer! Thanks for reading everyone!!
  38. 13 points
    Poor picture quality. But I didn’t want to make you wait. I’ll get one on grass ASAP.
  39. 13 points
    Ok we're getting close. Off travel, one week left. Time for a WITB. My signature is up to date but this post is for you, the person from the future where my signature may not be accurate. I have a very MyGolfSpy setup and not just because I'm on the staff but because these are great clubs: Driver: Ping G410+ @jlukes @tony@CIC @PING Apologist #9 and @fixyurdivot have already turned in superb reviews for this awesome driver. I'll turn in my thoughts after the tournament once it's had a trial by fire. 3/4 FW & Hy: Cobra F7 It wasn't part of the official challenge, but I dipped my toe into Cobra products with the hybrid after seeing how utterly awesome the drivers were. I was a member at the time and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge just like many of you enjoyed #2 and are current enjoying #3 running right now. After success with the hybrid, I invested in the FW and now carry 2 Cobra clubs in my bag and they're ROCKETS. Irons: Ping i500 I tested these last summer alongside @Kanoito @Har in the Hat @Mr_Theoo And @GC70. Across the review and interwebs, thoughts were decidedly mixed but I found these irons to be a great fit for my game. Distance control and ball flight have been much more consistent since making the switch. Wedges: Hogan Equalizers These babies were tested last spring by @KCLeo12 @ddryan @tommc23 and @GeekingGolf. Unfortunately, they didn't make GG's bag but he made them available to me to keep them in the community. The 52,56,60 were part of the review but I'm just playing the 52,56 to try and simplify my short game. For me, the wedges have been absolute magic around the green allowing me to hit shots I've never pulled off before. Like Joe, I had trouble with full shots for a while so I adjusted the length/lie and now feel like I can hit these from anywhere. Putter: MLA Tour Classic When I joined the site, this were the first product review that totally enamored me. Great example of how MyGolfSpy brings opportunities that just don't exist anywhere else. @Jmikecpa let me borrow his X-Dream for a spell and that demo period was enough for me to decide the MLA concept was for real. I got the Tour Classic since it was a model that fit me a little better. I've bounced this against other putters and I keep coming back so I'm going to embrace it. The big area of concern is the shortish putts since the head is pretty heavy but I think the P2 grips they started adding is making a difference. Balls: TBD I've been bad in this respect. A ho, if you will. I've got like every ball on the market right now and need to pick one. Just one. This whole summer, I don't think I've played the same ball in back to back rounds. Sorry @JohnSmalls, I won't be taking this opportunity to enter the HRC 2019 . Let's start with the low hanging fruit, I'm not taking the following balls into the tournament based on qty, fit, or familiarity: NXT, Z Star, Duo Pro, Elixr, and Snell Red, Snell X, Snell Black This leaves me with: Chrome Soft, TP5x, B330S, V1x to choose between. I'm conflicted here because I shot my best round ever last year with a Truvis I found on the course, I'm more explosive off the tee and better around the green with the X balls, and I keep the Bstone in play better than the rest but without some of the upside. Decisions decisions. I'm leaning towards V1x for overall performance but may sneak a Truvis or two into the bag as slump busters if things start to go sideways. Other than a new set of kicks, no new stuff is coming into this tournament. I feel really good about my setup to the point that any bad shots should be blamed on the Indian instead of the Arrow.
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    Well I had a great time at the fitting, and at the end of the day the Scotty will stay! (With some modifications) After I first warmed up we got hooked up to the TOMI machine and Steve had me roll some putts with my current set up. The good news was my face at impact was dead nuts square. 0 degrees average, with one putt being open .4 degrees and one be closed .4 degrees. My path however, was significantly in to out, and my backstroke to forward stroke was quite loopy. (I forgot to save pictures of the output, but will add them later if I can). After we finished with the baseline, he reviewed those results and what they mean and went over what the next step would be. He was going to hand me putters, not tell me how they were different in some cases, and have me putt again. Some would be what he thought would work well, others what wouldn’t work well so we could validate the results. We changed length, lie, weight, counter weight, head style, toe flow, offset, everything you can think of really. As we went on we would noticed some patterns and started to hone in on good results for me. At the end we determined a few things and Steve presented a few options for me: 1. I putt best with medium toe flow and a full offset. This lends itself to the ANSER style Scotty Newport I have, as well as a few other PING models that ended up being options in the end. I also liked on PING mallet model, the TYNE I believe, but left the face on that open with both the double bend and slant neck. 2. My gamer was too long. I was on the right track though! I had purchased my Scotty at 33 inches, which was the shortest I could find and felt good. Just dropping down to 32.5 got my path in a significantly better place, without altering my face at impact. 3. My gamer was too upright (which I was expecting as all my irons were flattened). We settled in on going 3-4 degrees flat to 67 degrees. This made a huge impact in set up for me. It felt much more natural. We also decided 3 degrees of loft worked best for my stroke pattern and normal greens I play. 4. I prefer firm pistol style grips. The super stroke style it too soft for me, and I prefer to get a lot of feedback. I also like having my top hand full, but don’t need a large bottom grip. I have a pistolero on my scotty, but also liked both the GolfPride Contour and Contour Pro in 104cc. I’d consider getting one of those when I need to replace the pistolero. 5. I prefer a deep milled face. (With some exceptions). I HATED the sound/feel of the new Scotty Newport 2 with the insert. It sounded very clicky and that surprised me. Most inserts felt a little mushy, and I lost a little sense of distance control. One insert that I did like, and would consider playing is the PING Sigma 2 line. This had a great feel. Maybe it was a combo of the insert and face tech they use. 6. This one was by far the most eye opening. We put a 90 gram counter balance weight on.... WOW. My stroke became MUCH more consistent and smoother. It felt like an entirely different game. My back and through strokes started matching with little to no looping. It felt great. I was sold! After this was finished, I was presented with a few options. Since all of the putters I liked in the fitting were close in style and head-weight to my Newport we could get one of those, or modify my Newport to those new specs. Since I liked the feel of my Newport the most we went with that. He was able to save my grip, which was great since they were out of stock on Pistoleros (They will only ship 2 at a time to the shop apparently). He adjusted the lie, cut a half inch off, and installed the 90 gram counter weight. After that we lined back up for some putts so he could check the lie and make sure we had it nailed. The following is no exaggeration. I took 5 of the smoothest feeling effortless putts of my life. All hit center cup, and I was grinning from ear to ear! So, if you read all this and you’re still on the fence about the benefit of getting yourself fit for your putter, GO RIGHT NOW AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. It will be worth your time just for the confidence you’ll gain while staring down that 6 footer to win your match. Also can’t recommend the guys at Spargo enough. Steve was great to work with and talk to. He’ll explains everything each step of the way and they don’t roll the cost of fittings into club purchases, so there is no pressure to purchase there. That’s all guys! GO GET FIT! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  42. 12 points
    Visit to the KBS Experience was well a experience. The place is just off the charts! They welcome you (well at least they did for me...ha) with an offer of a local draft beer from their tap, which I'd actually made from a KBS shaft! Everything is covered here, retail store with some cool accessories and apparel, two full size launch monitors for fittings and a full shop for custom builds. They have drawers and drawers of club heads from every OEM and just about any configuration you might want to try. i got to try any choice of club with any shaft so i tried the Titleist T300 with the new graphite TGI 70 shaft Man it felt good and gave me some good numbers. It will most definitely be my next KBS shaft. I've tried many of them over the years, Tour 90, Tour V, and C-Taper Lite. But I've had my eye on this TGI for a while. It did not disappoint, and it comes in varying weights. Be sure to go to the KBS site https://kbsgolfshafts.com/ and try out the Fit System link to see what shaft might fit you. The staff is very excited about the new TD driver shaft Phil who plays a full bag of KBS is testing it and is expected to go with it Some new technology coming in the Putter shafts in early 2020 is pretty awesome as well, I took a couple failed pics of this, but will try and get my hands on some professional pics of it from them. Here's a look around the store, with a pretty cool golf cart greeting you outside!
  43. 12 points
    Well, here's my True Spec fitting result... no changes for the moment. I know, I know, rather uneventful. Jason at the Bend Oregon True Spec was simply awesome!! Very knowledgeable! We had a lot of great discussions and I learned quite a lot. We started a look at my bag, checking the driver(s)... yes, I had two of them, 3W, hybrids, and irons. I'm happy with my Ping Sigma G Doon putter and my Callaway PM Grind wedges so we didn't look at those. Jason checked the length, loft and lie angles, swingweight, and shaft frequency. After stretching and warming up, the first club we looked at was my 6i. I'm playing the SGI Bridgestone JGR Hybrid Forged irons with the Nippon Zelos 8 steel shaft. According to Bridgestone, the 6i is 24º loft but Jason measured it on his Mitchell machine at 26º. Jason had me take 3 swings with my 6i to set the baseline on the Trackman. Now my 6i is a club that I hit between 0-2 times a round. It took me 5 shots before I had 3 good ones. Jason selected maybe 8-10 different brand/head combinations (I didn't count) with a shaft that he felt would be beneficial for me that was similar to what I have. However, it was graphite. Some felt bad, some felt good, some were shorter carry, some were the same as my 6i, and the Trackman verified my "feels". Nothing gave me a significantly better ball speed than my club. My issue is my swing; I don't generate enough spin. One club really, really felt good on all 3 swings I made with it... Mizuno HMB MP20. Very tight grouping, but shorter distance than my 6i since the Mizuno has 2º more loft and the shaft Jason had was shorter. I could generate a little higher spin rate which I need. I loved the feel of that club, just not enough of a difference to justify spending money on it. However, if I ever switch, I will certainly have the HMB MP-20 at the top of my list. Next came the driver(s). I play a Wilson D300 with the Aldila Rogue 60R shaft most of the time. When it's windy, I'll swap it out for my shorter Bridgestone JGR with the Aldila NV 2KXV Orange shaft. I had similar results with both drivers. None of the drivers selected by Jason outperformed mine. A few months ago I put my old TaylorMade RBZ 3W in my bag with good results. Dang that's hot!! I toasted one just as far as my drivers. I had been using a Wilson D300 2H. I like that club too, and it has added benefit of being good out of the rough. I also use a D300 4H as the next club up from my 6i. They all fit my game pretty well, and to quote Jason in his summary... "Your shafts in your drivers and 3 wood are relatively on the higher end of Reg, almost to Stiff. The irons are the correct lie/loft and the shafts are long and soft. Not a bad combination for what you're trying to achieve!" That's saying nicely that with my swing speed... I'm doing about as well I I can. Softer shafts in the drivers I tested didn't help and dispersion was worse. So, all of my arrows are fine, I need to fix the Indian. My wrist, which has been bothering me for the last several months, is getting better. Back to the SuperSpeed training!!
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    Penny, my wife, the lovely Laura and I went to the Rays/Indians game tonight. Great baseball, fun time and an ex Brewer, Jesus Aguilar, hit an HR. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    My 13yo has no idea about #finditcutit or MGS, but I came home to find this yesterday. He decided to experiment in his downtime after taking the Titleist ball plant tour. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  46. 12 points
    SPIN CONTROL and a HOLEOUT CHIP SHOT! Did that get your attention?! Before I start writing about the Cleveland RTX 4 wedges, I first need to acknowledge Cleveland Golf for supplying the RTX 4 wedges and to MyGolfSpy for making the testing opportunity available! My past story can be found here: from the testing I did for the 2018 Cobra Connect Challenge. The current wedges in my bag consist of the Cobra One Length wedges in 52* and 58* lofts. Not much has changed since last year. My game can be hot one week and colder than ice the next. I have never been a strong wedge player since I’ve never been one of those guys that could hop and stop an approach or control the roll out on a chip, but with the short time I’ve spent with the Cleveland RTX 4’s, I can already tell this will be changing! I play to an approximate handicap of a 12 or 13 with a medium fast take away and a quick return to impact on the ball. Lately, I’ve been using a gap wedge for 100 yard approaches but started to use the sand wedge for those shots if needed. My typical miss for wedges are, well a shank. I didn’t want to type that word for fear it might spread – HA HA HA! Hopefully, the Cleveland RTX 4 wedges will help me in an area where I have never been particularly good at - approach and chip shots. First impressions are important, whether meeting people or unboxing wedges. Cleveland packaged the wedges for maximum protection of the heads and the shafts. There wasn’t a scratch or imperfection on the wedge heads, shafts or grips! The wedges look nice and clean with little to distract at address or looking at the back. When I picked up the RTX 4’s, the first thing I noticed was the heavier weight of the wedges. I ordered the 52* and 56* lofts and the default weights are D4 and D5 respectively while my previous Cobra F8 One length wedges had D1 swing weights. I won’t go in depth about the technology Cleveland Golf packs into the RTX 4 wedges. You can find that information here: https://www.clevelandgolf.com/us/rtx4-wedges.html I didn’t think that RTX4 would be any different than the myriad of wedges that I’ve played before…from the original Titleist SM wedges to the Nike VR wedges. Boy, was I wrong about that! The 4th generation of the rotex face is incredible! It generated more spin to the point I could actually see the backspin on the ball on chips! I was able to generate spin whether from the fairway or deeper rough! On only my second hole using the wedge, I was able to control the chip from 10 yards out, land it where I was aiming and hole out for a birdie! More to come in my stage 2 report, but suffice to say, I’m pretty impressed so far with how the RTX 4 wedges are performing. If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask me! A few more photos of the Cleveland RTX 4:
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    Before I start, I just want to thank the moderators, Cobra, and Arccos for putting this together. I've done my best to live up to their expectations and I truly can't say enough about how well put together this challenge was and how thankful I am to have been chosen to represent the forum. A big thank you to my other competitors as well for keeping things interesting and providing some really incredible reviews of the equipment. Of course, I have to thank my teammate @Wedgie for supporting me no matter what! I started this thread with some baseline numbers that were pretty representative of how I was playing: I ended up improving in a pretty big way and came out to a 19.7 overall handicap, here are the rest of the numbers: I'm VERY happy with my improvement. I'm sure no one here is surprised that the only stat that did not improve is my driving...I just can't figure it out. I'm beginning to think its a forgiveness thing and that I just do not have a consistent enough swing to make it work with this driver. I've tried everything possible. Higher loft, lower loft, draw setting, weight front and back, nothing seems to give me any kind of consistency or confidence. Other than that, I love every single club in the bag and of course, the bag itself. There was so much hype about the one lengths being problematic or not giving me good distance, short irons being too long, etc... I am here to tell you that is all a load of crap. They work, they just work. I've shown you distance, and accuracy. Checking my stats in Arccos now against my baseline stats: My long iron GIR % is up 10.3% (175 yds - 230 yds) My short iron GIR % is up 3.4% But my % of misses short of the green has dropped 26.6%!!! Wedge GIR % is up 31.2%!!! (inside 135 yards) Suffice it to say I am in love with the wedge and irons. I kinda like hitting those 275 yard bombs with the 3 wood too. Pretty good improvement to have not taken a lesson. Also this improvement is only over 13 rounds. Which is a pretty typical amount for me over an 8 week period. Its actually more than I would normally get by about 5 rounds. Here are my personal bests: My favorite is the 0 eagles achievement, kinda mean but also funny...I think... Again I just want to thank all the forum members for participating and keeping this thread alive, without you guys we would have been all kinds of bored talking to each other. I sincerely hope you've all enjoyed putting up with me and my sometimes ranting / lengthy reviews. Please continue to ask questions...in the meantime I'll continue to outdrive people with my 5 iron (Who needs that stupid driver anyway).
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    You can tell I’m a It I’m a bit of patriot from my golf bag [emoji631] I lOVE my country! [emoji631][emoji173]️[emoji631][emoji173]️ Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    Wow not sure I deserve it but I will take a win. Compared to all the others mine was a big swing and miss! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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    Wow. What a day! Valhalla was incredible. From the customer service, to the carts, to the course, it was top-notch! Everything was first class. Our host was a former Tour Rep for Powerbilt golf back in the 80s and 90s! He’s been inside the ropes with players at every major, and worked the Tour for many years. He’s single, 71, and can still hit a drive 250! Just a super nice man, a very good golfer, and a great host. The other 2 in our group were my buddy from childhood, a PGA Pro at Gibson Bay in Richmond, KY, and his Assistant who was a D2 All-American golfer. Sean, the Asst Pro, and I decided to ride together and played one tee up from the tips, so it was just shy of 7,000 yards. I wanted ALMOST the full experience! [emoji23] When I sat down in the cart the first time, I thought the seat felt a little different... The seats were super plush, like in an Escalade, and it turned-out all of the carts were that plush. Sheesh... The course was amazing.... The rough was around four inches long of Kentucky Bluegrass. If one went beyond that, there was heather.... I got to experience that twice. The whole round long, when we’d get to certain holes, Mr. Armbruster, or Jason, my childhood friend, would say, “You remember when Tiger made a putt, and went running after it, pointing at it the hole way? That was THIS hole.” Or, “Remember when JB Holmes bombed his drive in the Ryder Cup, and the place went nuts for how far he hit it? That was this hole, and he cleared that bunker!” It was crazy to know those shots and realize I was in the same spot they happened! I played well for stretches, but got on the bogey-train for a good stretch of holes. We had a one-hour rain/lightning delay just as we hit the 12th. That ended-up costing me some money because I bought another shirt and poker chip... I had already bought a hat and polo! [emoji23] I also took the opportunity to take a bunch of pictures around the clubhouse. My favorite was the board with all of the scores from each day of the 2008 Ryder Cup. So cool. I ended-up shooting 88 (42/46). My driver cost me 6 shots, all pushes, three were lost, the other three cost me to have to just punch-out from the rough or heather. I actually putted very well, and Aimpoint had my reads dead-on. I left 7 putts short, inside a foot... The greens were perfect, of course, but not super fast. The lies in the fairway were a little bit tight, and I had numerous shots with slight sidehill lies, thinning all of them, but there wasn’t a blade out of place, and the fore Caddie took care of any bunkers we hit from, all of our fairway divots, and all divots on the green. That dude WORKED, and it was over 90* until it rained! It was an amazing day, and I’ll never forget it. I looked-up the Top 100 courses in the US, and Valhalla sits at 89........ I’m not quite sure that there are 88 better courses. No way. From 1996-2008, they had a Major or the Ryder Cup every four years. That’s pretty stout! I’m very happy I can say I played there. Now I want to go back and watch highlights of Tiger’s PGA Championship there, and the Ryder Cup!!! I took a ton of pics, so here you go. FYI, in most of the pics you’ll see Jason and Mr Armbruster in their tee box. I took the pics from where Sean and I teed off, except on a par 3 on the back... I hate I missed that pic! Up on a ridge, 210 to the pin. Breath-taking... I forgot my phone in the cart. Tee shot, split fairway. shot into the green The par 3 I missed the pic of from our tee was up above this green. 18 tee Looking back down 18 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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