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  1. JohnSmalls

    How'd you play?

    *Disclaimer: I am happy with bogey golf. Driver was bombing it but 3 bogeys was the best that came of it. 1 FIR, 0 greenies, one ball OB, 4-three putts and a 53 on the front nine later and I’m reminded of why it’s called golf for my worst scoring round of the summer. My irons hit snap hooks allllll day long out of the middle of the clubface. And wedges were carrying10-15 yards long. Funniest bit, I didn’t lose my ball until the 9th tee shot. . But the best part is, I got to play golf today.
    10 points
  2. THEZIPR23

    How'd you play?

    72 ( par 71) 9/14 fir 10/18 gir 29 putts Played in a team match play event today at a course that I’ve only played a handful of times. I knew going in that making a lot of pars would give me a good chance to win. (He was +3 so I was getting 5 shots). 3 bogies and 2 birdies. First hole I hit 9 iron from 160 (normal 150 club) over green in the water. Took drop and made 15 footer to tie. Knew the ball was going to fly today as it was 107 but that was crazy. Next bogey was a stupid missed putt from 3 1/2 feet for a 3 putt. Two holes later I hit it OB off tee and made bogey to tie again. I love getting strokes. . 2 birdies were both of the 2 putt variety. Played whole match from behind but turned it around to 2 up lead with 2 to go. Made a good up and down on last hole to secure the win. Team didn’t fare very well though. Overall very happy with round. First time I have used putter in any competition and other than the one gaffe it was money all day.
    9 points
  3. THEZIPR23

    How'd you play?

    Did you go to sleep? I find that every time I sleep I wake up with a new swing.
    9 points
  4. 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:
    8 points
  5. MaxEntropy

    How'd you play?

    I am in complete agreement with this statement - it's kind of a matter of pride to GET to fix a divot that I created. It makes me wonder why muni greens have so many divots. Apparently others don't feel the same way we do.
    7 points
  6. Intro First off, have to say thank you to MGS and Cleveland for trusting me to test and review these new wedges. I have been golfing since I was about 12 years old (I’m 34 now) but up until about 3 years ago never put a lot of time or effort in to it. I would say I’ve been an avid golfer for 3 years. I live in southwest Pennsylvania and if anyone has played here you know how rarely you get to hit off a flat lie due to the hills! I am excited to test these out because wedges are not only one of my stronger parts to my game but also one of my favorites to hit with. My friends always laugh when we get paired up with people and I get to within 50 yards because they know as bad as I can be off the tee that I will make up many strokes there! Currently my bag is made up of Ping G30 driver, woods, hybrids, Titleist AP1 718’s, Scotty Golo 5 and the Cleveland CBX wedges 52* and 56* wedges. I picked the same lofts to be able to compare directly to what I am used to and good with. I got fitted for everything but the Scotty (I just wanted a Scotty). My handicap is my ability to get off the tee in to the fairway, well really my handicap is roughly 17, per the Swing U app (used to be Swing x Swing). I have a faster swing tempo, however when it comes to my wedges, it’s a very deliberate slower tempo to focus on impact. Distance isn’t an issue for me as the 52* club is my go-to 100 yd shot. Typical ball flight is left to right, mid trajectory and when I miss it is a bad slice. I have always been a Cleveland wedge guy, way back to the CG14 that were later deemed illegal. First Impressions The highlights of the upgraded wedges Cleveland promotes are: Tour Zip Grooves - Sharper, deeper grooves slice through grass, sand and water for more consistent spin on every shot. More Durable Laser Milling - Longer-lasting laser milling brings face roughness right to the conforming limit for more friction and more spin on all shots. Centerd Rotex Face Milling - Milling that’s in-line with your strike pattern increases backspin on all full, pitch, and chip shots. Progressive Feel Balancing Technology - New Muscle shaping on the back of each loft progressively adjusts the center of gravity on both the vertical and horizontal axes, enhancing feel and distance control, even when you don't strike the face center. What does this mean to me? Well it sounds like the little bit of spin I can currently put on the ball will be increased and the face will last much longer. I would be interested in the durability over long term because I don’t play enough that the durability will be put to the test in the short time for this review. Usually get new wedges 3 years or so. Hopefully the feel balancing will mean fewer crazy mishits or blading the wedge off the fairway. The specs I picked most closely match what I have now in the CBX version, same lofts, shafts and grips. I am hoping that this newer upgraded version will allow me to have better control around the greens. My first impressions when I opened the box is these things are sturdy. Personally, I like a heavier wedge, feels like I have more control, and these meet my needs! The balance on them is great, they grooves feel deep and sharp. Really digging the look of the black satin. If you’re someone who needs things to look perfect don’t go with the black satin, it finger prints very easy. (Not a big deal to me but I know there are some people out there like that.) I have played a few rounds so far and am liking what I am seeing. My plan to test is to put them in the bag and see how they score. I also plan on going to the local range that has a green and chipping on to them. I really want to see how these compare to the original CBX that I am lights out with from 50 and in.
    7 points
  7. Was also able to play around with the wedges more yesterday, absolutely in love! I have always been good with my wedges, but these I've able to drop shots in and stick a lot better. The 56* is perfect for that off the green drop it between the pin that's 5 feet in. I am seeing a little loss in distance from the CBX gen 1 wedges I normally use. Its nominal, may 8-15 yds. The impact picture is from a slowmo video of the club hitting the ball! The picture with the ball mark on the green was from about 70 out with the 56*, I was actually able to put a lot of backspin on it.
    6 points
  8. Not sure how many of you saw this, but what a great story! Alexis Belton, a former student where I taught back in 2007, won the latest event, but not with her own clothes on her back, not with her own shoes, gloves, or even her DRIVER! Yep! Her flights got messed-up and she had to catch a ride to the location, getting in at 4am, with nothing but the clothes on her back. The WLD Tour contestants all got together and scraped-up clothes and items for her to wear during the competition. When Belton got to the finals, Phyllis Meti, the other finalist, let Alexis borrow one of her Tour Edge EXS drivers to compete in the last stage. Alexis is not sponsored by Tour Edge.... Alexis ends-up BEATING Meti by TWO yards with Meti’s driver!!!! Holy cow! What a STORY! Everyone came together, they took care of a fellow competitor, and she ended-up winning with someone else’s driver. Just awesome!!!! Great story! Competing is one thing, but caring for others and helping them compete as well was great to see! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    6 points
  9. A bit of an informal introduction to myself, my name is Chris and I’m from the upstate of SC. Most of my golf is also played in this area. I lurked MGS for a while, reading site news and user reviews, then finally made the plunge to become a member and donor back in January because I believe in the mission this site pushes. I’ve played golf for most of my life, but never more than 2-3 rounds, most of which were scramble tournaments and never practiced except for visiting the range the week before. I just relied on athletic ability alone and could manage to keep my game in the bogey golf range. About 1 1/2 years ago, I decided that I needed a new hobby, stepping out of competitive archery. Since I could already hit a golf ball fairly strong, figured I’d try golf out. I watched a lot of YouTube tutorials and would spend many hours on the range, trying to get the right “feels” for what I was after. That got me pretty consistent mid 80 rounds, occasional breaking 80 but also not being able to break 90 some days. I knew I had more in the tank and I wanted more. I found a great coach based on the recommendation of my director at work (Todd Ellison @ TGM Golf Academy in Easley, SC) and started taking lessons over the past winter. That’s helped get me to where I am now, though I’m still not where I want to be. But, those of you with young children know, time is a very valuable thing and something more precious that a shot or two off a score card. This is me and my oldest daughter, my youngest will start the First Tee program this fall and I’ll have both of my minions on the golf course with me. In my game though, wedges and scoring irons are where I place the most emphasis during my range practice sessions. Depending on the length of the hole, potential trouble, etc… I’ll pick a target number off the tee and hit the club to get me where I want to be, whether it’s driver, 3w, or an iron. I’ve spent a lot of time on the range this past year, dialing in distances from <150, but really focusing on <125 as that is my goal for most par 4s in our area. Working on swings from 9-3, chest to chest, shoulder to shoulder, and ear to ear. I stumbled on this video on Youtube one day… …and took the thoughts to the range. It’s not perfect and is still a work in progress, but what a game changer this has been for me in learning to control my distances. I love the wedge game in golf. I have always loved to watch Phil Mickelson play and his manipulation of the ball around the green. When I see a video of Phil offering short game advice, I listen intently. Mmmmhmmm fresh grooves!! We all know that golf is an incredible challenge, but it’s also a great way to meet other people. Both of these are my top two reasons why I play this game. I love the fact that I’ll never beat it and will constantly be striving to get better, but I’ve also made some really good friends. Anyhow, on to the meat of why you’re all here. In my bag, you’ll find… Taylormade M3 8.5 with Project X Evenflow White 75 6.5 Callaway Rogue 15* 3w with Project X Evenflow Black 75 6.5 Srixon Z965 3-P irons with Nippon C10 X Prototype shafts Titleist SM7 50.08 F (bent 1* weak) / 56.08 M / SM6 58.12 K with DG S400 shafts Odyssey Black Series #3 I broke down this season and purchased new wedges. I had noticed that I wasn’t getting near the spin on my wedges and knew it was time. It was a night and day difference with the consistency in flight and holding on the greens. My Vokeys are only a few months old, so hopefully the testing with the RTX 4 wedges will be able to provide some interesting comparisons. I don’t have a huge gap difference in the last two wedges, but the main reason for this, for me, varying turf conditions and having versatility around the greens, whether chipping from the fairway, playing out of compacted or fluffy bunkers, tight lies, and early morning water run-off mushy lies. I have 100% confidence in that 58K grind from a greenside bunker, which is going to be interesting to see how the RTX4 58 Mid grind will compare. It doesn’t mean I always execute the shot, but I believe I can and that’s over half the battle. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve worked hard on my game since the beginning of this year. I’ve worked my handicap down to where my current trend is a 4.4. Scoring for me really depends on how my driver cooperates and I’m getting off the tee. If I can get off the tee and keep the ball between the stakes, it’s going to be a pretty good scoring day. I’ve always been a pretty good scrambler and would say it’s a strength to my game. I would describe my tempo as moderate to quick with an average swing speed with my driver 113.6 and 7 iron 93.2 mph from my last TrackMan session. When I reach 100 yards, I’m grabbing my gap wedge and swinging my smooth shoulder to shoulder swing. I can flight this shot high or low depending on the conditions, but my favorite is a lower trajectory, knock down that hops one time and stops on the green. It’s a swing feel that I’ve really grooved in since winter. My typical ball flight is a fade. I chased trying to change my swing to work a draw, but I found the fade more consistent and easier to control. My biggest miss with a driver is when I leave the face too open relative to my club path and hit a high, go nowhere, slice. With my short game, my biggest miss is usually a blocked out, push to the right. The strength of my game is definitely from 150 yards in to the green. I have confidence that from that range, I’m going to be able to give myself a decent look at birdie. My biggest weakness has nothing to do with my swing, but my ability to keep focused for a full 18 holes. ***INITITAL IMPRESSIONS*** Now to the dessert… So with this testing opportunity, I opted to go with 52 and 58 mid grinds. A good friend of mine, who’s also my club builder, asked what I thought and the best description I can give is they are a match made in heaven with my Srixon irons, especially the 52*. The mid sole grind fits as if they’re a direct extension from irons. The turf interaction is amazing. If I miss slightly fat, I don’t lose much at all as they just don’t dig into the dirt. I love a black finish on wedges as it helps reduce glare from the sun. I will say though, I prefer the look of the flat black finish of my Vokeys vs the satin black finish on the RTX4, but the finish on the RTX4 wedges after two 18 hole rounds and three 9 hole rounds show no wear, except for some sand nicks on the face, but that’s going to happen. The RTX4 wedges frame the ball well and are pleasing to the eye at address. I haven’t had a chance to hit these wedges on a launch monitor yet to compare them to my Vokeys, but from my on course testing they definitely seem to spin more than my Vokeys did brand new. With my Vokeys, on controlled swing shots from 50-100 yards, the best I ever got was the one hop stop and even a couple feet worth of roll out on some shorter shots where they weren’t picked as clean. With the RTX4, that roll out has disappeared and on the longer range shots with each wedge, the ball will pull back to near the initial contact point on the green. I hope to get on a monitor at some point so I can have some definitive numbers. The biggest difference though that I have noticed thus far is bunker play between the Vokey 56M and 58K grinds vs the RTX4 58 Mid. The Mid grind plays almost between these two. In the past, if the bunker was compacted or shallow, I’d grab my 56M. If it is soft and deeper sand, I’d grab the 58K. I’ve found that the RTX4 58 Mid is workable in both situations, but it’s not near as consistent in soft/deeper sand. It does tend to get caught up in those bunkers a bit more, but does fine in a bunker that’s shallow or compacted. There was one instance I was in a bunker where the sand was moderate, not super soft, but not compacted either. I opened the face on the RTX4 58 Mid, and tried to launch the ball up high because the green was elevated about 6 foot from the base of the bunker and the pin was short-sided. I’ve never had this happen before, but the wedge cut a ½” gash in the cover of my Srixon that went down beyond the urethane cover. I wish I would have taken a picture of it, but I got rather aggravated in the heat of the moment and slung the ball in the woods after the hole because it was on the first hole and a brand new ball. I’ll try to duplicate it again during my next practice opportunity to see if it was a one off thing or if this may be a problem with the combo. It hasn’t happened since, but I’ve not had any other shots where I was trying to pull off that type shot. Maybe it was just the super fresh grooves on the wedge which is where I lean towards being the cause. One last thought, so far there are things that I prefer with each wedge vs the other. I’ll expand on that more in the stage two portion of my review, but my initial thoughts are that you can’t go wrong with either one. The versatility in stock grind options from Vokey are what really separates them from the pack in my opinion, but the Cleveland RTX4 lineup is more than able to hold it’s own. Also, you can’t go wrong with a DG Tour Issue S400 as the stock option! It is a nit-pick complaint, but I do prefer solid black ferrules rather than the white rings. Please feel free to ask any questions or things you’d like to know!! Thanks again MGS and Cleveland for this opportunity.
    6 points
  10. It’s RTX 4 Review Day!!! Introduction: First, a huge thank you to MGS and Cleveland for this amazing opportunity to take part in this review! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Mike. This year marks 30 years of age and my 6th year of golfing. Over those 6 years, I’ve completely became a huge golf nerd! I’m blessed to have an amazing wife, and a corporate accounting job that lets me fuel the obsession. This opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time for me. This season I’ve really been exploring if my wedges are set up correctly in terms of gapping and the course conditions in Indiana. One of the biggest things I noticed was that I have a 100-yard problem. I have to take a lot off of my 50* set gap wedge to hit that distance, and my 56* maxes out at 90ish-yards. It’s to the point where I’ll take less than driver off the tee to make sure to avoid that 100-yard distance. To determine if my wedges are set up for the course conditions, I’ve been exploring my grinds. I am currently gaming the Ping Glide 2.0 WS wedges. This grind is made for diggers and soft conditions. While I can be known for taking a good divot, a lot of the courses I play are hard and fast. This is extremely true for the bunkers as well! I’ve been struggling with blading out of bunkers and always thinking it’s my swing rather than the bounce. Current Wedges: As I mentioned, I’m currently playing the Ping Glide 2.0 WS wedges in a 56* and 60*. I bought these wedges in 2017 after going through a wedge fitting through a local course. This was before I reviewed Martin Chuck’s Tour Striker Academy, so my swing needed serious help as you may have read. The fitter suggested going with a wedge that has a lot of bounce to help me fight the chunk and trying to get out of the bunkers. He didn’t care on the brand, just as long as I had a lot of bounce. After hitting the Glide 2.0’s in thick rough, I knew those were the ones! Fast forward to a few weeks ago, a local pro shop was kind enough to lend me a demo Glide 2.0 wedge of the TS (low bounce option) grid to compare to my WS. The bounce difference….6* vs. 14*. We figured let’s play the extremes to see what I really like/need. The first few hits with the TS grind and I realized this is what I’ve been missing! These are all things I took into consideration when selecting the RTX 4 wedges. RTX 4 Wedges: If you haven’t read the MGS article on these wedges, you definitely need to check it out! https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-cleveland-rtx-4-wedges/ To recap that article, what’s new about the RTX 4 wedges over RTX 3? First, as you’d imagine, there’s a focus on getting more spin. What did they do to give you that spin? The other difference between the generations, and I believe more significant difference, is offering grinds with these wedges. With the RTX 3 wedges, all of the wedges had the v-sole. You can see below that the bounce just determined the position of the V. The RTX 4 wedges offer 4 different grinds, full, mid, low, and xlow. I think this makes them extremely more versatile in their offerings. We saw a similar trend with the Bridgestone wedges in an earlier review this year. They moved from a 1 grind option to 3 in their new wedges. I’ll be testing the “Mid” grind in the 54* and the “Xlow” grind in the 58*. What are each of those grinds meant to do? The “Mid” Grind: This grind would compare very closely to the RTX 3 wedges by having the V-Shaped sole. This is Cleveland’s all-around wedge grind. At 54*, this is the only option in terms of grind. I would have loved to see the “Low” grind in this wedge to cater more towards firmer conditions. I’m assuming that Cleveland believes that this degree of wedge will be used for primarily for approach shots into the greens rather than around the green. When looking at the options provided by Vokey and Ping at this degree, 1 grind seems a bit limiting. The “Xlow” Grind: If I had to choose a favorite before we started this review, this would be the grind. This grind has 3* of bounce. This grind is designed for extremely tight lies and hard conditions. My favorite wedge shot is to lay the face wide open and flop it. This grind should give me the ability to do that off of any lie. First Impressions: So I may have been watching my home security cameras all day at work until I say these clubs delivered…at last the FedEx guy comes!! Rushing home from work, I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning just waiting to tear into this box to see what’s inside. It doesn’t matter if you know what’s in there, you still can’t wait to see it. That anticipation didn’t disappoint by any means! See for yourself! These wedges look amazing! From the shine of the tour satin finish to the grooves laid into the toe of the club. Just looking at them makes you want to go out and swing them! I do have to say that I did a few practice swings and I noticed these feel heavier than Ping Glide 2.0’s. That is something I actually really love with my clubs. It allows me to keep track of the club head better during my swing. I can’t wait to get this review underway! What do I really need out of a wedge? Ability to open the face Flop it like it's hot! Distance control/trajectory Play off hard surfaces Both bunkers and fairways Confidence to get out of ROUGH Of course, stopping power Luckily, I have a great short game area at a nearby course that’ll be doing a lot of initial testing before I take them out on the course. Let the testing begin!!!
    6 points
  11. Brian A

    How'd you play?

    Was having an awesome round, we were first group on after a 2 hour lightning delay so had no one in front of us. We finished the front 9 in 1:10 and I was +5, on hole 11 we caught a group and it took us 2:30 to play the last 8 holes. Finished with an 88... The back 9 is where I usually score low. Missed a Hole in 1 by this much. I put my foot next to the hole and the ball was at the back of my instep.
    5 points
  12. Needed to post this here as well as on Twitter, because @jlukes deserves public thanks for his kindness to Kirke:
    5 points
  13. MomoMan83

    How'd you play?

    Apparently not. When I went to check in I noticed a sign on the counter asking players to repair at least 2 divots when they reach the greens. I forgot all about it while I was playing, but I did fix my own at least. All the guys I play with fix their own divots too, and one guy fixes one every time whether it's his or not.
    5 points
  14. JohnSmalls

    Pics from the course

    Found this pearl on the course today. This is the closest I’ve gotten to Augusta National in my life
    5 points
  15. My dad just had this lie in our league match:
    5 points
  16. robertson153

    Random Thread

    I’ve thought about not posting this, but I’m pretty proud of it, so here we go. Several years ago my home course was county ran, it was in bad financial shape, and getting ready to close for good. Several members, businessmen, and investors bought it. They divided out 100 shares for people to buy. At the time I wasn’t interested in buying one, wasn’t that interested in golf in general. They have 7 board of directors and 5 on the oversight committee. Recently I was asked if I would be interested in buying a share, I was, so I did. The next month one of the board members resigned, guess who was asked to join the board! So now not only do I own 1/100 of my course, I get to vote on everything. My actual title is “Clubhouse Director” so anything that needs to be done, or happens at the clubhouse, goes through me. Sorry if it sounds like I’m bragging, I kinda am, I’m just so excited. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
    5 points
  17. won my quarter final club singles matchplay today by 6&5, sounds good but you know that game where you play badly but your opponent plays worse? and we're both single figs. Nice to win but I'd rather win by playing well as opposed to my opponent 'falling on his sword'............but I suppose I've also been there many times.
    5 points
  18. Nothing yet.... True Spec is offering FREE full bag fittings at a few locations so I have an appointment on 8/30 for a fitting.
    4 points
  19. MomoMan83

    How'd you play?

    Last night was my weekly 9 hole, co-worker scramble. We don't actually competing or anything, just out there to have fun. My driving was the highlight hitting 3 of the 6 fairways and another drive being fairway distance but just drifted a bit into the trees. I almost made it the whole round using the same ball until I hooked my drive on #8 into the woods. I just recently graduated myself from playing Wilson Duo Softs to urethane covered balls and I have definitely noticed a difference. I hit an 8 iron on a par 3 drive, and it hit the green and bounced about a foot and stopped. The Duo probably would have hit and rolled near the back of the green. I should have clubbed up to the 7 iron as I was still quite a bit short of the hole, but anytime I get to use my divot tool is a bonus.
    4 points
  20. THEZIPR23

    How'd you play?

    New revision was yesterday and I went up to a 2. The 5 strokes is most I have probably ever received.
    4 points
  21. So I mentioned in my opening post here that the NX9 HD would be replacing a very cheap, generic laser range finder. Going in, I honestly wasn't sure how much difference there really would be between the sub-$100 device and the more expensive device. There is a difference. And it's not just the obvious one: the slope feature. Yesterday, I got word that my NX9 HD was needed at the MGS home office, so I boxed it up and sent it away. <sniffle> So for my league match last night, I pulled out the old range finder. Yikes. Lots of yikeses. The accuracy was fine on a clear shot; I have a hunch that that part of the tech is pretty universal across all the range finders. But actually shooting the flag? What a pain! I know that from time to time, we who are using the NX9 will note that it doesn't always grab the flag on the first try, especially in tricky conditions (rain or lots of trees). But the cheap rangefinder really struggles, to the point that on certain shots, getting the yardage almost adds more doubt into your plan than it removes. After one round, I already miss my NX9, and am eagerly awaiting its return.
    4 points
  22. Rickp

    Got Problems?

    Was that pic of me?[emoji16] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
    4 points
  23. Robocop on his day off maybe?
    4 points
  24. CarlH

    Got Problems?

    I have to chuckle at the arm band posts. I recall seeing an older guy (than me!) with an pressure band on both elbows and knee sleeves on both knees out playing golf. Hey! If it works.....
    4 points
  25. russtopherb

    Got Problems?

    Thanks for the link, I appreciate it! On the good side - my co-worker gave me his arm band to use for a bit of the day yesterday and it made a big difference. So I bought one at CVS (and got a mile long receipt!) and wore it last night while I had to cut a number of PVC pipes and use a drill for a few hours. This morning I'm still a bit sore but it's nowhere close to what it was yesterday. I'm hopeful that a few days of the band plus ibuprofin will help. Not touching the clubs for at least a week.
    4 points
  26. nice win- it's strange reading that a 1 handicapper is receiving FIVE shots p.s shouldn't it be 4 shots? oops!
    4 points
  27. I went out and did quick session in the the short game area. Here's a quick video of a ~20 yard pitch shot. I tried to get it to hit as close to the camera as possible.
    4 points
  28. Golfspy_CG2

    How'd you play?

    How can I simply forget how to swing a golf club in less than 12 hours. Followed up last nights decent league 9 hole round, with a very disappointing 94 today, from tees that were roughly 300 yards closer. Two of my strengths this year, driver accuracy and wedge play seemed to take the day off after working the night shift last night. After a par/bogey start I went Double from 115 yards out, then Triple from 105 yards out. it was mostly up and down from there. We did putt on freshly aerated greens--Tuesday--for the front nine, so that didn't help much, but it certainly isn't to be blamed for the poor wedge play. One silver lining I guess I can take away, is that as my handicap is dropping is that I now consider 94 a "disappointing" round for me. where as at the beginning of he year, I was happy with a 94.
    4 points
  29. CarlH

    How'd you play?

    Senior scramble today. I hit my irons good today. Not sure how I was putting as we had a string of 8 or so holes where I never had to putt. We shot 11 under gross (and had a bogie and made a par on one of the par 5 holes). Only had one eagle putt and we missed that one. Still gun shy with my driver, but hit the hybrids well (my 3 hybrid was the shot that setup the eagle putt (15 feet or so).
    3 points
  30. tommc23

    Random Thread

    It was demolished by 14 firefighters good luck with left overs
    3 points
  31. Rickp

    How'd you play?

    When I walk onto a green my Divot Tool is ready to go wether it’s mine or anyone else’s. I hate unfixed divots !! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
    3 points
  32. Forsgate CC, NJ: Palmer Course
    3 points
  33. MomoMan83

    How'd you play?

    That last sentence is the key. A bad day on the course is better than a good day at the office.
    3 points
  34. tony@CIC

    Random Thread

    We humbly request free samples
    3 points
  35. tony@CIC

    Random Thread

    And for those of us (many decades ago) who had to read George Orwell's book 1984 .....we thought the things in the book were outrageous. They're pretty sublime compared to what goes on today.
    3 points
  36. I'm sorry but the replacement irons may need to stay in the bag for me. Today I played the back tees from my course in preparation for the club championship this weekend. The round went extremely well and shot a rock solid 75 from the back tees (around 6700 yards) at my home course. I love my Cobra driver, fairway, hybrids, and wedges, but I think I'm sold on the Mizuno JPX 919 Forged irons. With today's 75 I also am trending to my lowest handicap ever; down to a 4.6. 90% of the credit goes to the amazing Cobra lineup with a special shout out to Evnroll putters and Mizuno irons. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    3 points
  37. Hello everyone. New member here. I haven’t played a round of golf in 14 seasons. Not because of marriage or a job.Just got fed up with the elitist crap that golf is mostly about.Was an extremely avid golfer for 20 plus years before that.One day I just had enough of the a holes that play this game and walked away. Slowly getting back into it and found this site researching equipment. Please be patient with my posts since I’ve been away from this game for so long. thanks for letting me join. Dan
    3 points
  38. revkev

    How'd you play?

    Sometimes it seems as if a different person has invaded my body - I think that’s how. [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
    3 points
  39. hartrick11

    How'd you play?

    I hear ya! Just gotta keep the short memory and the longer term trend in the right direction, but man is it testing on some days. My last two rounds have been a 77 and then 89. Working shots in both directions and firing at pins one day, and two-way misses and 4 tee shots OB a few days later. WTF! Two rounds coming up this weekend though, so on to the next...
    3 points
  40. chisag

    How'd you play?

    ... First rule of competition: Find a way to win. Congrats and good luck the rest of the way!
    3 points
  41. PMookie

    Got Problems?

    My Crohn’s/IBS situation is ridiculous. I can’t find ANYTHING bland enough, or “gluten-free” enough, etc, that doesn’t mess up my gut. Every day, some kind of pain or discomfort. Ridiculous. Dr has no answers.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    3 points
  42. Here's some numbers from my sim sesh. The distances surprised me, and the spin rates seem low, but when I did driver, spin was 3xxx to low 4xxx, so who knows. I cant say whether the numbers are right, but we can compare their differences so here they are PW: AMP Cell Pro wins for flag hunting, but the Black Cat is not far behind. C300 wins outright distance but less accurate and less stopping power. 7i: it looks like C300 wins out, especially in distance. The Black Cat here is not bad though, and look at that 2nd shot! I recall the feel of that shot being incredible. But, a 30yd spread when trying to attack flags is a bit of concern. Call that one a flier or maybe just the perfect shot? Duno. With 5i, I think it comes down to whether I want the ball to stop or to run. The Cat hits the brakes harder, the wilson is LONG. Not far off from my fairways and hybrids! Like I said, these numbers seem a little amped. Speaking of AMPs, it was fun to try the Rickie Fowler ish clubs again the 7i was just a pinch too much muscle, I didn't swing the 5i, but I recall the 5 and 6 actually being more forgiving than the 7-8. Different cavity. Anyway, I included the MB irons to see how spin rates and launch characteristics would compare. I still need a loft/lie check. I'll visit a closer store for that and maybe see about putting these up against some other hollow forged clubs.
    3 points
  43. I’ve been combating injuries for a few years now. I don’t want to sound like Tiger, but it is taking a toll on me. In my attempt to prolong my golfing “career” I’ve made a decision to try a different swing. I’m not going full Bryson. More to come, but my preliminary attempts have been interesting.
    2 points
  44. I am 62 and been playing golf since I was in my early 20's. I currently carry an 11 handicap. My user name comes from my college nickname. My home course is Cougar Canyon in the little town of Myrtle Creek, OR. The best part of Southern Oregon golf is the beautiful days one after the other in the summer. The worst part is golfing in the mud in the winter (no roll and you can lose a ball in the middle of the fairway.). I love the personal challenge of golf. Every round seems to teach me something, even if it is something I need to relearn. I like that I am competing against myself. I came to MyGolfSpy because I appreciate the fact that it isn't commercialized like so many other sites are.
    2 points
  45. Got a new Wynn Jumbo Lite, which is the lightened version of the jumbo Odyssey grip. That'll go on tonite. I almossst pulled the trigger on a new Tommy Armour putter. I wanted to see what the fuss was about with the Impact No. 3, didn't like it at first. I liked this TA instead, which had this neat added feature:
    2 points
  46. Rickp

    How'd you play?

    Bacon Boys 9 canceled today. Started raining at 5:00am and not supposed to stop until Saturday morning. Swell....... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
    2 points
  47. Got Arccos!! First time out with it and my game went kaput. Still managed 3 pars in a row and a 246 yd drive :). None of these numbers will mean much for a bit though. Things like hitting into wind or uphill dont seem to be accounted for, and my putter grip has a damn magnet on the end Oh well, sorry John Daly, time to retire the Loudmouth grip Maybe I'll just get that TA putter Anyway, stoked to see what this app can do for my game and for this review.
    2 points
  48. MattF

    Random Thread

    Congratulations! As for my random thing, with the handicap revision out yesterday, mine dropped from 16.2 to 15.7.
    2 points
  49. A single lady friend of mine was going to play a round with a single male. He showed up with iron covers. She left him standing on the tee box. Seriously...friends don't let friends sport iron covers!
    2 points
  50. Ping Long Game Gapping Review Stage 2 By: Kevin Loughran (RevKev) Introduction As I closed out my Stage One review I stated that my primary criteria for this test was going to be the data and most specifically on course live round data that compares gapping and proximity to the hole from my Shot Scope system between the 3 wood, 4 hybrid and 5 hybrid that my expert Ping fitter replaced with the Ping G410 5 wood, 7 wood and 9 wood back at the start of this review period in late May. As a reminder each one of these fairway woods came with stock graphite regular shafts and they were each set at neutral. It should be noted that the fitter was going for certain launch and maximum height numbers, once those were obtained we didn’t push farther. As a bonus he did the same with driver and there we ended up with a non-stock shaft, 12 degree loft, down one degree and the weight shifted to fade. I included that last fact to demonstrate that he took the fitting seriously, the neural settings were not the easy way out, they were the best fit for my game. This test was not without its difficulties. Course conditions change dramatically in Florida from May when we started, to August as I’m writing. While they improve up North, they tend to deteriorate here. Courses are wet making it difficult to mow. Ranges were often closed particularly recently and several rounds or practice sessions were rained out. Rough goes from almost non-existent to long and snarly and two of the coursew that I regularly play have aerated their greens twice during this time period. (Of course that had little impact on the test but it speaks to the changes in course conditions that I have experienced throughout this test.) A special thank you to my home course the Bayou Club for allowing me to use their range and at times course to prepare for the main portions of this test. They even allowed me to bring my daughter Penelope out on the course where she watched as I hit a number of 170 yard 9 woods to the green on the par 3 third hole. Preparing for the main part of the test I wore the range out hitting my woods from a variety of lies. Looks By now you’ve seen plenty of pictures of these clubs. They look just fine to my eye, classic for a metal wood, although I must say that the 9 and 7 wood have a larger head than the hybrids they replaced or would replace for most golfers. That does take some getting used to and many of my playing companions have noticed the size of the heads. On a positive note, the dark color is particularly useful in killing the glare from the Florida sun. I will take one off for the larger head and give them a 9 out of 10 for looks. Sound and Feel Neither of these are areas of great concern for me although I know they are for many golfers. While much has been made out of the sound of the G410 driver line the same may not be said of the fairways. They are muted and certainly there is enough feedback to know where the ball was struck on the club face although there could be a tad more IMO. Again I will give them a 9/10. Basic Considerations I found it easy to learn how to hit these clubs. In fact I had them in the bag for the second nine of a league round the day they arrived. Like most leagues we play nine holes that count but many of us go on to play the next nine. I had little trouble hitting the 7 and 9 wood although it took me a while to warm up to the 5 particularly off the tee (if I have even warmed to it as yet.) After that round I spent a good deal of time working with these on the range for the next few weeks. I wanted to see how the 9 wood compared to the 6 iron (my longest iron) for distance on the range and a couple of practice rounds at the local par 3 course where I hit multiple shots on some of the longer holes. Those three balls were hit with 7 wood, 9 wood and 6 iron from 183, 168 and 162 respectively. The 9 wood is the deeper ball almost blending in on the back fringe. Given those yardages it should be. Honestly it looked good in the air and you will see below that the gapping has been pretty well spaced between 6 iron, 9 wood, 7 wood and 5 wood through the 8 rounds of play that I used for this test. Far better than with the clubs that I had in the bag prior beyond a doubt. I also quickly saw that the 9 wood and 7 wood work well out of the rough so long as I don’t ask them to do too much and they are money out of fairway traps as their leading edge glides rather than digging and they launch high. I’m giving them a solid 18/20 here. On the Course This is really what the test was all about. I should note that each of the 18’s that I played with these clubs saw scores in the 70’s and that my handicap index has dropped during the summer from 6.0 to 4.3. But to be fair I’ve also picked up some yardage this year over the past three or four through another MGS test (see the SuperSpeed thread) and my fitness is greatly improved. Still a look at the chart below shows that the clubs are performing as advertised. At 8 rounds the 9 wood number is being skewed by a shot that went over 200 yards. I thought the wind was into across right to left. When we got to the green it was clearly down and right to left. I flew the green with that one and went down a steep bank over the back. As I noted earlier, these woods launch high but I have also been able to flight them lower when needed, even the 9 wood. Notice too on the chart below the performance averages for the 3 wood, H22 and H25 that I used to have in my bag. The 5w, 7w, 9w replaced those three clubs. The data for the H22 is being skewed because I was new to the Shot Scope system with it and hit a couple of punch outs that I didn't mark as positional shots. Regardless the gapping there was very poor and would have gotten worse once I started playing in wet conditions with those clubs. I essentially carry 6 iron, 5 hybrid and 4 hybrid the same distance just with differing ball flights. The superiority of my fitter's recommendation to what I was using is easy to see by this chart. It is also apparent in the proximity to the pin and average strokes taken with each club from start to finish on the shots that they were used even though that data is not provided here. Here's the skewed 9 w, I'm proud of the scrambling par off that one: The two little woods are particularly helpful on any number of par threes that I play requiring high soft shots over hazards from 170 to 190. Also wetter conditions have led to longer shots into many of the greens bringing these clubs frequently into play on par 4's or for position on par 5's. Where as I would have to play safe by shooting at the corner of the green with hybrid before I can now go for the middle of the green or even the pin. They have actually made the 16th hole at my club, 168 to 180 all carry to a two tiered green over a Bayou, a fun and almost automatic shot. My one complaint is that I have yet to find consistency with the 5 wood off the tee. Since it is my longest fairway wood and a needed resource off the tee on short par 4’s I’ve got a gap or issue there between it and driver. I will write a bit more about that in the Play or Trade section. After two months I’ve decided to put my 3 wood back in for those shots, keep the 5 wood for use from the fairway, I’m far more consistent than 3 wood there. I will reduce the number of wedges that I carry by putting in a 58 in place of my beloved 60. The jury is out on that move for certain but in wet conditions I can get away with the 58 around the green. On course performance - 27/30 Miscellaneous This one is a no brainer. The clubs and the story behind them are fun. I’ve told anyone who would listen about this test and they are particularly interested when they see how good I am with the 9 and 7 woods. I recently won a closest to the pin and skin with a 7 wood from 178 into the wind in league good for $122. Everyone wanted to know what I hit there. To put it into perspective the better player in league all hit 4 iron or hybrid with no one getting anywhere near where I ended up. The pin was tight to the left side over a bunker. I would have had to bail out to a safe spot with 4 hybrid, instead I had some mad money in my pocket. Miscellaneous 10/10 Play or Trade For now these three clubs are in my bag. I’m playing good golf with them in although I’ve also had to add the 3 wood back for use on several short par 4’s. I will have to see what this means for my wedge game as the 56 and 60 have come out in favor of a 58. Time will tell there. Certainly the 7 and 9 woods are in to stay. Beyond a doubt the two replaced hybrids are gone. I thought I was getting more out of them than I was. The data revealed that this was not the case. Play or Trade 17/20 Total Score: 90 Conclusion Thanks again to MGS and Ping for what has been a great testing opportunity. As is often the case with fittings and especially with expert ones I’ve learned a lot more about my game so thank you one more time, Steve, for a fun and informative morning. As you’re reading this it’s important to remember that my driver SS is average LPGA (92-95) and that I’m an older single digit player who does best when not going after the ball too hard. My results and yours may and probably will differ. The point is the fitting worked and my long game gapping has improved as advertised. Regardless of what type of player you are you may be able to shave a few strokes yourself by paying more attention to the long game gapping of your set, those clubs between the longest iron and driver. Between its G410 Fairways, Hybrids and Crossover Irons, Ping has a quality offering for every player type in that part of the set. But also every change that you make at one end of your bag has implications for your entire set. You get fourteen clubs in the bag, each one should be there for a purpose that suits your game and the course conditions that you face. This may lead some players to own 15, 16 or even 17 inter-changeable clubs that get switched out depending upon the time of year or course that is being played that day. Thanks for reading, good luck and lots of fun on the course always!
    2 points
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