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  1. 4 points
    Ok. Here is my mini review for all of you. I had previously had an inexpensive putting green in my basement. I won’t name any names. I loved it at first. Great roll, inexpensive, and you could roll it up if needed. Then...even with vacuuming it on a regular basis....it developed a groove right down the center and I couldn’t miss a putt even if I tried. Now normally I wouldn’t complain about this on a real golf course, but on my practice green where I am supposed to be hitting a line with every putt...this doesn’t provide much feedback. I figured this was like everything else in life....if you want a quality product that will hold up, then you have to spend some money. I looked at the greens which were featured on mygolfspy in a head to head comparison. I also wanted a green that I could chip onto that would still be portable and be able to be moved with minimal effort. So....after some internet research, I settled on the Little Murph from Truline Greens. Their customer service was great when I called with a question. The box arrived, I unrolled the green and was putting within five minutes. Surprisingly, it flattened out very easily. It gives a true roll and it is constructed of quality material. The only thing that I don’t like is that the last three feet of the green is uphill so they can place a “cup” into the green. The uphill thing isn’t a deal breaker though...it just feels different right now. I give this product an A and I would purchase it again. It is pricey, but I am hoping that it will last.
  2. 4 points
    Puked out a 95 in sloppy conditions. Lost 2 balls due to plugging and not finding them. And to top it off, the rough was close to or over 4"...but I was on the course, so there's that.
  3. 4 points
    They sound sooo bad in person. I just want to punch them in the mouth sometimes.
  4. 3 points
    So... why do I start very story with “so...”? So anyways, me and my buddy team up to play in the monthly club tourney. He’s a 4, and I’m a 5. We both shoot a 76 and were like 15 strokes away from the winners. They’re hi cappers, who seem to have a good round every time money’s on the line. so what’s the point of even playing in these events? The low cappers never win crap.there is no room for any bad shots period. You can shoot scratch on a tough track and still lose by 10. there needs to be a different process. I know it’s supposed to be “fair”, but it’s not fair for the low cappers. We never win. Even when we shoot well, it’s never even close.
  5. 3 points
    Humbling game today- played with our resident pro who hit the ball the way only pro's can. He has played in over 60 European tour events so he can play, but it was a different class of strike and course management. He 'easily' shot 4 under. I learned/picked up loads of good course management info and a few good tips to improve my inconsistent scrapping around lol Apart from his long game being on a different dimension to ours, his short game was exceptional, deadly chips and only 26 putts. It's another world and a game most of us are not familiar with. Just thought I'd share even though it's not about my game today.
  6. 3 points
    They arrive on Tuesday! I probably won't hit them for a while though while I build my baseline. If they were conventional I might but I don't want to get used to the one lengths and negatively skew my baseline switching back to my old gamers. I don't want anyone to have an excuse when I win this thing. It's gonna take so much willpower to ignore the new shiny things and keep going with my current clubs.
  7. 3 points
    Congrats@TSauer@revkev@PAgolfer2017 @mr.hicksta looking forward to hearing how this works out for y'all. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  8. 3 points
    Another unapologetic pitch for the Pit Barrel Cooker. The Traeger is quick and easy, but chicken or brisket off this thing is unreal.
  9. 3 points
    Maybe Cobra can send you 14 wedges, looks like that would benefit you most. Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  10. 3 points
    Here’s my submission. 2006 Precedent electric. High speed motor and controller, 6” lift, 23” tires on 10” wheels. We live in a golf car permissible community, so it gets a lot of non-golf use as well. Can u guess my alma mater.
  11. 2 points
    Congrats testers! I'm looking forward to the reviews. Sent using the MyGolfSpy mobile app
  12. 2 points
    Yup - that's one of the first things my fitter said. Even thought he was using new Bridgestone "practice" balls - the Trackman was set to normalize the data.
  13. 2 points
    The problem that I see with the Kirklands is that this is what they are - today - they will be something different after this supply runs out and then where are you at? I really think the Snell ball is the better play if you are after value - yes that ball costs more but it's going to be there. Think about it - you can eliminate a variable by just playing one ball - any ball. Good luck
  14. 2 points
    This is why most events should have both gross and Net winners.
  15. 2 points
    I had a strange round today. I started out with a par 5, in a greenside bunker in 2, chunked it, chipped up, and 3-putted for a smooth double. Next hole, I striped a drive, hit a wedge to 5 feet and missed the putt. Then I skulled a 7-iron into a bunker, left the first shot in the bunker, chunked the next one out, and got up and down for another double. Then came the triple- , tee shot in the woods, punch out, pull a 8 iron into the woods, chip over the green, chip up and two putt. Bogeyed the next to be 8-over after 5. Well, I played the last 13 in even to card a smooth 44-36-80 (+8). I don't really know what to think, I'm pretty happy with my turn-around and finish, (-2 in the last 3), but I just know it could have been so much lower, if I could have started better.
  16. 2 points
    I’m pretty sure you would get a tour card and membership at Augusta National for that.
  17. 2 points
    That's a great idea!! 14 one length wedges from 9* to 60*. Maybe someone should mention it to Bryson
  18. 2 points
    That is the best line yet and he’s not even in the competition. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  19. 2 points
    ... Perhaps I missed this info. I tried reading the comments but still came up empty. How many shots with each ball were tested? Did they hit the Maxfli Tour X one time with the driver? 10 times? 20 times? 100 times? Same with 7 iron and wedge. How many times did MGS's robot hit each ball with each club. If the Tour X had a 657 shot area after 10 balls because 1 of them was more off line than others, that number may change with 20 balls and radically change with 100 balls. Of course it could be the same as 1 out of 10 balls produced off line results, but it would be very informative to know how many balls were hit.
  20. 2 points
    I have a friend that has one of those golf boards. Cruises around like a skateboard. Not exactly walking, tho I have older Sun Mountain carts, but I haven't walked for a couple of years now. Maybe after this knee heals stronger, I might give it another go. Problem I have is that all my playing partners have carts. Hate being the only guy walking!
  21. 1 point
    My guess is what tiger himself has said and what’s been known around for golf forever but neither company would acknowledge and that being Nike balls were made by Bridgestone
  22. 1 point
    Now I remember why I’m not a competitive player... thats just brutal..
  23. 1 point
    Many thanks to all of you who have spent time in replying. Just to go over a few points, i'm early 30s, shoot 100 - 110 most rounds, and really my only real goal is to be able to hit the course and shoot 90 comfortably and feel confident on course too. Rather than that feeling of hitting a creamer of a shot, strutting up to the next shot and shanking the bugger into the trees!! So I went to a new golf establishment today and talked to some pros about coaching, so will give them a go. got some great indoor equipment and good levels of golf experiance. Very tempted to fork out 1000 bucks for a year improvement course too!!
  24. 1 point
    Happy Birthday! I picked up the D7 3 hybrid the other day and it is probably the easiest to hit hybrid I have ever hit. The stock steal shafts did nothing for me, the Recoil shaft peaked my interest then the KBS 105s have me in ponder mode. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  25. 1 point
    16.5”x20.5”x29.3” It's not the most compact but it's not a monster either. I believe all the CaddyTek's come with an umbrella and drink holder. Mine also has an attached cooler pocket like most bags.
  26. 1 point
    B's now up 3-2. Game 6 is going to be an all-out battle, that's for sure. And how about those 'Canes??????
  27. 1 point
    I've played in a lot of tournaments where they broke out the guys by HCP into A and B players (maybe for this reason). Maybe you could suggest to the tournament organizer to break it out in a way that makes sense for your club. Could also scale the money higher for low gross in the top tier.
  28. 1 point
    I also tend to stay away from those kind of events for that very reason. I've seen guys sandbag their scores to run their handicap up so when it comes to cash on the line they pull out their real game. When cash is on the line, it should be score vs score, no handicap! Chris
  29. 1 point
    This is why I don’t play in those events...,and I never play anyone for money unless it is straight up
  30. 1 point
    I'm really appreciating this thread. My irons were super sharp today, and the driver seems to be coming around. Added some good distance too. Thanks Shanks for posting this, seems to be helping.
  31. 1 point
    I us an app called technique its great to video tape and examine your swing.you can compare side by side with pro swings.start by comparing set ups ie hand position ball position what not and work back from there. The most important thingnfor distance other than ACTUALLY making a full shoulder turn over a full hip rotation is to make sure your left wrist(for righties) is atleast flat if not a la Ben Hogan and cupped down(knuckles down NOT up) at the top of your swing. It will feel very strange at first but you can not impact properly without this position. Hope it helps keep us informed of your progress
  32. 1 point
    You should have slapped em silly. I hate that crap. I don’t even care for the “get in the hole” when it is within reach. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  33. 1 point
    So I guess Callaway won't be providing products for MGS "Official Testing". My takeaway from the article = sour grapes. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  34. 1 point
    Spent 3 hours with a fitter the other day. After we got done with the club recommendations, we talked about the balls that would suit my slower swing speed none of which were Callaway's. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  35. 1 point
    I think it's good enough to warrant a test for anyone looking for a new driver. Sent from my Pixel 3 using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  36. 1 point
    What a great husband! 36 years ago my husband and I split the tasks of laundry and dishes. He chose laundry and still does it. We had to purchase a number of new clothes while he learned, but so what. All of our clothes are washed on gentle. When we needed a new washer and dryer, I chose to stay completely out of the decision process and he's happy with his laundry toys. And I'm immensely appreciative.
  37. 1 point
    Congrats and enjoy! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  38. 1 point
    Was able to get out twice this week; first scores I’ve posted since November. (Work & weather, don’t @ me...) Scoring was trash, but at least during the second round I started to feel like I was hitting some shots. Photo is from The Plantation Course, Edisto Island, SC Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Grats guys! Ill be interested in reading what you all think!
  41. 1 point
    This beauty arrived today! Vessel Player 2.0 14-way Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  42. 1 point
    On hole #2, I hit the best approach shot I've been able to execute in some time. I'm not sure how I did it, but It went straight at the flag and stopped after one bounce. For sure, I benefited from the wet conditions, but I'm still thrilled with this birdie.
  43. 1 point
    Hi All. First off, apologies that this is a lot later than I had intended, life sometimes has its ways of getting in the way, and it has done so to great effect over the last number of months. (Photos will be added to this post later) I need to say a huge Thank you to Skytrak golf for loaning me a unit for use in my Ben Hogan Ft. Worth review for this site previously, and this will now comprise my thoughts on the unit itself. I intend to stage this the same as we would for our other reviews, so there will be a Stage One introduction, a Stage Two with the full report and then some space for updated thoughts over time. So, without further delay: About me I have been playing golf for slowly coming on towards three years now. If you want a more thorough overview, then you can read it in my Ft. Worth Black review (here), which was also the initial spawn to this review. I am a self-taught golfer who wants to get as close to scratch (or beyond) as he can through a personal understanding of the game. I want to see if I can get myself there, ideally, so am intentionally working without a coach. I have a background in sports, while I have always worked in technical fields with a particular interest in knowing subjects inside out. This was one of the initial draws of golf for me. Golf is a sport, more than most, where performance can be improved significantly through the understanding of the physics and movements involved. You, a ball and a target, you have as much control over all of the input factors as you can in almost any sport, so learn the concept, learn the physics, and you should be pretty close to the game. Why a launch monitor Data. It really is that simple. You can improve over time just by hitting balls on a range. You can improve just by playing the game on a course. Ultimately, though, there will be a limit to how quickly you can improve and even just how far you can improve if you’re eye-balling everything or beholden to the elements and the effect of chance found of a golf course. To qualify that last statement, you can never control every element of a golf course: There is wind; you will get odd bounces; many courses the greens won’t run consistently. To this end, the aim should always be to minimise the random effects that are a factor in your game. As Tiger Woods once said, on tour everyone’s A-game is incredible, they don’t work much to improve their best, they work to minimise their miss, to bring their worst up as close as possible to their best. This applies equally to the amateur golfer, if not even more so. Many of us are capable of occasionally hitting the perfect shot, and we don’t need to be able to achieve much more than we are already capable of. What we need to do is get to the point where we can regularly perform at or near our best shots, rather than only seeing them occasionally. It’s all well and good focusing on improving your swing speed, for example, but if your club-face contact is still tremendously random, then you’re not getting the benefit. Who really wants one 300+ yard drive down the centre, followed by two of 215 yards and well off the fairway? What we should be aiming for is not adding 10 yards to your 7-iron, it’s reducing the radius of your 7-iron shot distribution and getting a consistent level of spin, so you know what the ball will do both in the air and when it lands. That is where we actually pick up our shots, knowing that our “bad” will still always have a chance of being recoverable and that our worst doesn’t come along too often. Types of launch monitor These days there are a lot of options in the launch monitor field, with a range of technologies and a wide variety of price ranges. The core technologies are optical or radar-based ball tracking. At the lower end of the market, price-wise, are options like the Opti-shot, which is not so much a “launch monitor” as a “launch conditions monitor” as it takes its reading from the club passing over an optical sensor rather than the ball. Also at this end of the market are radar-based systems like the Ernest Sports ES12/14 units, the Flightscope Mevo and the SwingCaddy SC series. These are not “equal” units, but they utilise similar technologies, short-range Doppler radar to watch the first meters of ball flight and use information such as the ball speed, the launch angle and the club (you have told the system) you used to calculate probable spin, carry and total distances. Most of these units should fall well into the potential budget of most amateur golfers and can certainly add some useful information for consistent practice, taking out some of the random factors and giving you consistent data to work against as you try to improve your game. At the top end of the market are units like the Trackman devices, using multiple Doppler radar inputs to watch the full flight of the ball from launch to landing and also the club through the swing. It still calculates ball spin, but the volume of input and the full flight of the ball give better data points to allow for significantly more accuracy than the products at the lower end of the market. There are also options like the Foresight GC2 and GCQuad, based on optical technologies. The GC2 with an HMT device added, and the GCQuad natively watch the ball at the point of contact, they see the launch speed of the ball, the launch angle and can read the spin rate of the ball at launch along with all of the club head data. With both sets of devices, you get all of the information you need to be able to fine-tune your swing, knowing what the ball did, what your club did at impact and giving you plenty of information on how to change impact to provide the result you want. There is a differentiation here in what you do get, though. The Trackman device should give you a very accurate recreation of what happened to your ball if you hit it down a full range, including the environmental effects on the ball. The GC devices will give you a recreation of what would happen to the ball in neutral conditions (or whatever conditions you have set for the system and software) regardless of external factors such as wind, but for this reason, the ball flight on screen and that you see in real life may not perfectly match. There is an argument to be made here that purely for practice purposes the optical device potentially holds an advantage as it eliminates external factors allowing you to ignore things like wind, which continually changes and to know the spin-rate recorded is real and not estimated. These devices, however, are costly, running into five-figures often even in reconditioned form. Incredible units, they are, but they are out of the budget of most amateurs and really belong in coaching bays of local professionals. Skytrak Skytrak holds the middle ground in the launch monitor space. An optical unit, offering the same approach to ball tracking as the Foresight GC units at a price far closer to an amateur’s budget. The Skytrak promises accurate launch data to give a full-flight representation with close to Premium unit accuracy for a fraction of the price, along with the ability to be used as a full gaming simulator. What Skytrak does not offer, that is available either as standard or an add-on to the premium units, is club-head data 1 What you should get is everything you need to be able to tune your practice towards achieving specific ball outcomes along with the option to create a home simulator to play full rounds of golf. The ability to focus your practice on specific outcomes should improve practice efficiency significantly There is one key point worth noting, however. Skytrak requires a subscription for all but the most fundamental aspects of the device, so if you want anything more than a straight driving range, there is a yearly cost associated. 1 With the addition of a SkyPro device, which straps to the shaft of your club, it is possible to add club data for a more complete dataset. First impressions The Skytrak unit comes in a very tidy, neat little box. To be honest, there isn’t a great deal to it, what you get are the Skytrak device itself and a charging cable. Additionally, you can have a protective case (included here) which has adjustable feet to change the height and levelling of the device and a stick on spirit level (which is quite useful for ensuring the thing is flat, so your data is accurate) It’s a little hard to judge the unit on first impressions. It’s a neat, small box. The plastic finish is possible a little “cheap” for what the unit costs, but at the same time we need to keep one eye on the fact that we’re paying for what is inside and if it matches up to its claims of accuracy then the unit is cheap compared to its very high-end competitors. Setup is simple: Charge the unit and download the app while you wait (this exists for Desktop computers, Android and iOS), then create yourself an account. Once the system is charged, you have the app and a valid login you’re headed to your hitting space. Get the unit parallel to your strike area, turn it on and pair it to your device. The Skytrak has a built-in Wifi hotspot that you can connect to with your device of choice for a direct connection, you can use a USB cable for a physical connection, or finally, you can join the device to your Wifi and then connect to the unit via your home/local network. Once the device is in place, turned on and you are connected to it you’re down to picking the mode you want to use and getting swinging, but I’ll leave the rest of this to the full review. The provided software looks very much like an app, it’s easy to navigate, and if you go for the full practice package, then there are some handy looking tools available to you. The first impressions overall are good. It would have been a boon for the unit to have a slightly more premium appearance for a device that costs more than a good laptop, but the setup and what is on offer as a unit can justify the price if it performs as promised. A first run through the software and some practice strokes are enough to entice further testing, so let’s take some time and put this thing through its paces.
  44. 1 point
    One of my favorite golf books is Fred Shoemaker's book, Extraordinary Golf. I highly recommend it. It presents a new paradigm in learning and appreciating golf. The first question asked in the book is, "Why do you play golf?" I think that same question is the heart of this thread. "The problem is that we confuse the goal of the game, which is scoring as low as possible (winning), with the purpose of the game, which we decide for ourselves." p. 31. This struck a chord with me. I really thought about my reasons for playing golf and it changed my outlook, enjoyment, frustration level, the way I interact with my playing partners, how I practice and appreciation for the game. I really though about the reasons for playing this crazy game. I discovered that the top reasons had little to do with my score: time spent with my good friends, being physically active, enjoying the outdoors, trips with my buddies, self discovery. Other reasons for playing are tied to skill development: learning, challenge, the game has to be experienced and can't be learned academically. The irony is that by letting go of a focus on swing and mechanics and traditional lessons, and moving to self discovery, experience, skill development and awareness of my own natural movements, my scores have dropped dramatically the last couple of years and I'm playing some of the best golf I have ever played. My swing has changed, without an instructor telling me what to do or me consciously trying to manipulate a change, but by increasing awareness. Anyway, for those on this thread who have tried the traditional lesson method for improvement and want a new way to approach golf, give Shoemaker a read. Chapter 3 is especially illuminating, where he talks about the Culture of Golfers. In the chapter, he discusses how to move from "fixation" (there is something wrong with my swing and I have to fix it) to awareness ("increased awareness allows the body's natural instincts to come into play, and these instincts make the swing more powerful and efficient. Awareness thus leads to improvement.)
  45. 1 point
    Okay.... I'll comment. I have never been fit for clubs. I have taken a few lessons. I have learned and tried to apply what I have learned from those lessons. I have never tried to change my swing. I'm 59 years old and soon to be 60. I have no desire to go through what it takes to change my swing. I'm a serious, casual golf fanatic...lol. I LOVE to play golf! I always have fun.... even if I get aggravated sometimes. I have come to terms with my age and ability at this age. I know for a fact I could be a better player with more lessons/fitting/practice............... I don't care! I work 10+ hours a day for at least half of the year. I have no time for lessons or getting fit (my excuse...lol). I play what I have.... and I have a good time doing so. Of course I would like to be a better player, but at almost 60 and shooting in the low 80's high 70's most of the time.............. I enjoy the game and the people I play with. To me, that is more important than being as good as I could possibly be.
  46. 1 point
    Wow nice work!! You need to get into so women's clubs if you go purely by the numbers. Did that club feel better than the others when you hit it? Oh and welcome to the forums
  47. 1 point
    An elderly, but hardy cattleman from Texas once told a young female neighbor that if she wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder on her oatmeal each morning. She did this religiously and lived to the age of 103. She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a 40 foot hole where the crematorium used to be...
  48. 1 point
    Well hello! Looks even better in person!! [emoji102] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  49. 1 point
    These came in the mail today! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  50. 1 point
    Josh, It's absolutely a fair point you're making. And I'd add this (that is a pretty uncontroversial opinion on this forum): even if you could buy exactly the club or ball that Rory or whoever is playing, that doesn't mean that it would have any value for your own game. But let me suggest a counterpoint. Car manufacturers spend a lot of money on professional auto racing. And yet we all recognize that there is almost nothing whatsoever "stock" about NASCAR. Nonetheless, winning at the highest level of racing (I'm thinking here of brands like Mercedes and Ferrari) help fortify the impression that these brands are capable of producing top-notch machines. I think something similar is not unreasonable with golf brands. Sure, I don't for a moment think I'm pulling Cameron Champ's PING driver off the shelf. But the fact that PING has engineered a club capable of doing that in his hands gives me some measure of confidence that their consumer products are well-designed.
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