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  1. 5 points
    I’m unimpressed by the article - he defeats his own argument by demonstrating that he has perfectly playable reasonably priced equipment. Additionally he lives in Milwaukee. Their system of municipal courses that provide affordable high quality golf for its residents is well known. Included among those courses is a former Tour venue, Brown Deer Park. I know Shankster is trying to equate cost with performance - it’s not necessarily the case my friend nor is that why people buy new equipment every year or two. They do it because it makes them feel good that they can. My grandfather used to buy a new, fully loaded Caddy every year. Why? Because he could and because he had once come over on a boat and grew up too poor to eat more than a meal a day. During the depression he worked three jobs. One turned out really great for him post war to retirement so every year he bought a Caddy and bought 50 yard seats to the Super Bowl. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. 5 points
    I am interested in hitting more of these 2019 drivers as this seems to be the year of the driver. All I can say is those of you that are interested in the Cobra F9, it seems to be a the real deal. Today i tested: Bridgestone, Cobra, Wilson, and Cleveland. For me they all performed about the same regarding distance. Interesting that during the fitting process we determined I needed to lower my launch angle to optimize, but couldn't hit the center of the face enough to get consistent launch angle. I was impressed with my swing speed to start the testing season.....average was in the 109 range; that is up about 9 MPH from where I started last year. Also tried the PXG, it was sitting there and I couldn't just ignore the club, it was asking to be hit. I will be interested in what the number crunching comes up with as a recommendation. Session 2 will be Thursday. I don't know why, but I am really excited about testing this year. Putter selection looks nice as well; although, I wish there was an Odyssey Stroke Lab or Toulon in the mix. The equipment junkie in me wants to try that shaft; especially if I can see the results on the GC Quad.
  3. 5 points
    Shot a 39/44:83 today using my garage stored 10 year old PowerBilt Air Force Ones, remember the ones that were nitrogen filled instead of using internal supports. I was “getting away” from 8 months of Arccos tech just to clear my head and Wow! They still have the punch. I putted horrible, having a 30’ shot at Eagle on a Par 5, ending with a Par. Missed three shots at Birdie, settling for Par or Bogey. That said, I set up the old clubs with Arccos 360 sensors tonight and will play them for a month to see what happens. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  4. 4 points
    @Kenny B. He did reply very nicely to my message. Thanking me for the link but still insisting golf is dying and rising cost in all aspects is a reason. I said at least at my course in our region we don't see that. But encouraged him to write a more in-depth piece from all angels, OEM's, courses, consumers and TV Networks. Something along the lines youd see from John or Tony
  5. 4 points
    As GolfSpy T often points out, there is absolutely NO data to support the idea that equipment costs influence participation. None. It's a convenient, albeit flawed argument to make, but correlation isn't causation. And, as T correctly points out, the existence of a PXG doesn't mean a lower-priced alternative is wiped off the board. Jeff from Hireko Golf told me last year that loft-for-loft and shaft-for-shaft, a lower priced version of a Hireko model will perform so close to a "name brand" iron that most of us non-professionals (and non-plus handicaps) couldn't tell the difference. And seriously, I want to learn more about Sub 70, started by Diamond Golf's owners. Stuff looks pretty sweet at a nice looking price.
  6. 3 points
    http://www.morningread.com/features/20286b8d-0ed8-453b-b1d0-ec5578c12b7f Oh great....Another story in a mainstream publication that golf club prices are too high. There's no doubt they have risen over the past ten and even five years as Van Sickle says. But he spends much of the article complaining that prices are too high, and golf participation is dying, which is another argument in of itself. I'll continue to beat the drum, of golf is as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. If you buy a set of brand new irons--or OK maybe two----alright----three sets each year, and take destination trips to places like Pinehurst, Bandon or even Scotland, then yes it's going to cost a fair amount of money. But if you're perfectly content playing a driver and/or irons that are several models old, chances are you're not going to be giving up too many yards or fairways to your extravagant friends. There are many great daily fee municipal courses, where you can play a round of golf for less than the cost of a meal and beer at Outback--I should know, i work at one---golf course that is---not an Outback! We by nature on this forum are equipment junkies, and I know many of you who have said they will never pay $500 or even $300 for a new driver, and be very content, and I know a few who will think that the newest $500 driver just has to be better than that $500 driver you just bought 3 months ago--I may or may not be looking in a mirror when I say that I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts, are you more in line agreeing with the Author or have a different take.
  7. 3 points
    Just once I wish I could sleep as peacefully as a dog ....
  8. 3 points
    Chauffeur that won't take you to any golf stores or golf courses?
  9. 3 points
    Yep. For example during today's driver testing we went through several of the drivers to pick shafts and loft to try and optimize my launch conditions. Didn't help me hit the center of the clubface but that isn't a club problem.
  10. 3 points
    Every tester is fit with the option that gives him the most optimal results.
  11. 3 points
    I was going to put the epic Sub zero in the bag for my upcoming golfing trip, but with this I think I may throw the ping g400 back in. Considering how many consumers don't get fit and buy off the rack I don't see how that argument holds true.
  12. 2 points
    I received a smartline ball marker for Christmas and have tried it a couple of times and personally believe it does have some benefits. Of course there are some caveats to that claim. What is the smartline ball marker? It is a ball marker that will help you line up your ball based on what percent the green slopes. If you look at the picture below, the red line points straight at the hole, the white lines directly to the right and left of the red line are for 1% slope, the second set of white lines for 3%, and the black line between is for 2% slopes. I have self taught myself Aimpoint so I kind of use the slope percentage in my putting approach. The hardest part for me if figuring out were the line on my ball should point when I pick the aim point in the distance. The ball mark solves that by bringing that line closer to my ball. Part of what this marker does is confirm my read and gives me confidence that the line on my ball is lined up correctly. Obviously, it doesn't help with speed, but I find that I am keeping the ball above the hole which improves the chance of making the putts. I think the biggest benefit is on those 3% slope putts since it is hard to convince yourself that the ball really needs to start that far out. If you purchase you receive the marker, printed instructions, carrying bag, and a code that will allow you to access some instructional and practice videos. The biggest negative is that if you don't use a line on your ball or use a spot in front of your ball it would be very difficult to line up your ball properly. Also, while I generally use a larger ball marker this one is bigger that the one I previously used. Cost: $20. Probably a bit expensive even with the free shipping and the videos. For someone not familiar with how Aimpoint works or wants some ideas on how to compensate for multiple breakers the videos aren't bad. The marker itself is high quality and heavy; It is something you will have to carry in a pocket since it isn't magnetic. Overall, it is a simple to use aid that can be used during your round; it is USGA legal. Even if you don't subscribe to the Aimpoint approach but used a line on your ball it it a handy tool to get your ball lined up correctly. While it won't fix technique or help with speed control I think it can provide some benefits on the green. I would rank it as an 8/10 and would recommend it for someone that does use a line on the ball. While the cost is a drawback in my mind, I have spend $20 on golf stuff that was far less useful. This product will stay in my bag since it fits into my approach for putting. Product website: https://smartlineputting.com Can be purchased via Amazon if you would prefer that route: Amazon Link
  13. 2 points
    Lost about 15 pounds through some exercise and diet. I think increased leg strength helped build a more solid base to let me generate some more speed. Haven't played any more of less golf that last year at this time so it has to be the improved fitness.
  14. 2 points
    I can't do it at all. I've been measured on pressure plates and just don't generate power that way. But I'm a very rotational swinger with kind of a side-on release and the vertical thrust is simply not part of how I move. At least, not effectively haha. Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  15. 2 points
    First level 3 protocol in the books. Given that it bumps us to 4 reps from 3 in each round it’s sort of like running the Belmont after the Kentucky Derby [emoji237] I realize that those doing the originals nap protocols make a bigger jump still to 5 reps at some point. That had to be a real shock to the system. I hammered the step backs dominant but wow we’re the non-dominant is new rough - which way do I go?[emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. 2 points
    Not a scoring milestone, but .. hit most of the fairways in a 9-hole round and .. importantly for me .. that included a few solid shots with a driver (and - a rental set driver, no less)! Looking forward to reporting more good news as this season progresses.
  17. 2 points
    Interesting if the reason for Callaway not participating is 100% accurate. One would assume that Callaway therefore won't be selling any equipment without the purchaser first going through a fitting process. I'm certain that that will never happen, and that they are using an excuse rather than a reason (just like me about my poor play)
  18. 2 points
    Got the first 9-hole round of 2019 in yesterday; wife and I were down in Florida for a long weekend (attended a 2-day clinic given by Teresa and Sue of Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures; off-topic but VERY HIGHLY recommended - especially for couples, eg. guys who want to get their wives some non-competitive/non-threatening yet super-high quality instruction). I'm feeling like this season is going to be a year of really good golfing progress! So even playing with basic rental clubs (Strata) I was hitting fairways and hitting most of my second and approach shots decently. Not awesome but all playable. Very few wasted shots. One fairway missed was a 6i into a dogleg right that I didn't hit "fully" and it faded a bit and brushed the tree on the inside of the dogleg and fell under it. Only other missed fairway was with driver - into the morning sun and all carry across water on a dogleg left- and I just i-dunno-what with the first shot and pulled it low-left right into the drink.... Re-tee'ed shot was not spot-on but pretty darn good into the fairway across the water. Had a few other solid driver tee shots so feeling good about playing that club this season. The two Par 3s I hit straight online but short both times. Chipping around the greens was ok; the rental set had a 56 vs the 54 or 58 I carry. Putting was decent but distance control on the first putts was not great. Can't really blame that one on the rental clubs, though! Overall looking forward to happy - and successful - golfing this year!
  19. 2 points
    Another BirdieBall fan here! Have a dual-speed 4x12 (also bought on sale) out in the garage - which slopes slightly "down" towards the outer door, so I have the fast side oriented "downhill", and so the slow side going "uphill", to accentuate the effect. I use it mainly to practice putting speed in either direction from varying distances (have another standard putting mat in the basement to practice starting the ball on-line). I'll also occasionally work on small chips off a mat above the downhill side; ie. onto a downslope (yes - it's tough!) My dopey Lab - who thinks anything you put down on the floor is automatically his to lie on, like Romeo's Duke :-) - snuck out into the garage when I'd walked inside to get something and did that digging thing on my BirdieBall....... so now I have what are like large spike marks in front of the downhill hole...... Hey, makes it more realistic, right?
  20. 2 points
    Limped home to an 88 on Sunday and my handicap keeps trending higher as I kick out good scores from summer. I am finally trying to address my flipping & leaning back tendency on my downswing that leads to epic, hole-killing hooks, and the results just haven't been there yet. Early in the round my newer swing thoughts are working, but my setup/positioning is bad, for example I pured my 7 iron approach on the first hole but instead of my normal pronounced draw, this one started right of the target and just eased back a bit. A great ball flight that I would be ecstatic to use consistently, but missed the green because I aimed there, not trusting the new swing yet (and didn't get up & down). Then as the round goes on old tendencies come up and I start missing left again. #dreadedtwowaymiss GHIN has moved up from 5.7 this summer to trending 8.6. I need to fix this issue in 2019 because once I have kids the number of rounds I play will be dropping substantially and I'll have no hope, but man is it frustrating in the meantime...
  21. 2 points
    Good for Padraig! Seems a nice bloke.
  22. 2 points
    I believe if I remember correctly and GSBarba can correct me if I'm wrong, but the reason for declining last year from what I read online from Harry was they felt the product needed to be fit to the actual tester to give it's true performance. Which on the surface sounds fine, but every other OEM that sends in drivers is doing so without it being fit. They have a wide selection of shafts at MGS HQ and using club conex they are able to put just about any head on any shaft. And most of the testers have been through enough testings to know what works best for them shaft wise. So as Vincent Gambini in My Cousin Vinny would say....The testimony doesn't hold water!
  23. 2 points
    Here we go: Shotscope Leaderboard for MGS now available
  24. 2 points
    LOL. Last year I wrote into the MorningRead Inbox about an article that Van Sickle wrote (forgot the topic), but in the next article he wrote, he referred to me as "an internet troll"; not by name mind you!
  25. 2 points
    I agree with Tony--and as a result you as well--we see it at course, the only thing that slows down our number of rounds is the weather. We had historically high record rainfalls last year in this region, and even at that surpassed the previous years rounds played. it's been that trend for several years. Added to that, even though we aren't a real high volume sales course in equipment, we have also had year over year increases in equipment sales the past three years. Sure we don't stock PXG, but I bet if we were to carry a couple of it's $585 drivers, i know we would sell them--and no I'm not counting myself in that But I guess it's--the Van Sickle piece--is an easy article to write when you're deadline is coming up and you're stuck on ideas.
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