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  1. Weird round today. Parred the first 6 holes and the last 6 holes, but I guess I decided to nap the middle 6 holes where I was +7... 79. I don't get it.
    8 points
  2. Finished bogey double bogey to shoot 3 over 75. I think the heat just melted my brain. The toughest holes on my home track are 17 & 18, and I just came off the rails. 9/14 Firs 12/18 Girs 5/6 up and down 4 3 putts
    8 points
  3. Fair to have your opinion. However couldn't be further from the truth. Unfortunately if you haven't taken the time to read the thread or look at the several testimonials from the years and years of testers I am really at a loss as to what to tell you or say. In the end the forum is a great place and getting involved can provide any member with so much information and value to those who choose to read it get engaged. If that's not you then okay, however given the wealth of information in this thread on how testers are chosen all your answers are there. Hopefully you are able to have a more positive view on the forum, but if your post is truly how you feel it will be awfully difficult to change your mind.
    7 points
  4. Shot a 78 yesterday with 3 double bogeys, I just don’t get it. Still happy to break 80, only the 5th time in 2022 in about 50 rounds, but mystified with 3 brain dead holes…no clue why.
    7 points
  5. Shot a 45/46:91 today. No birdies…..but very good up & downs today. Out of 43 players, we only had one birdie held and it paid $188! It went to a ne2 player that a most hit his drive 8n the water on the par 3 #7. Then, he chipped in for the bird! I am telling you, that will get you back again.
    7 points
  6. Been screwing around with golf ball carving. Got a long way to go. Looking for comments. The insides are original. I believe the white center is a BOMB ball (might be wrong), the pink center is inside a Callaway Warbird with a yellow "V" ... don't know exactly cuz I traded it for more balls to cut up. And last one is an AVX I made for our Pro "Rocket" to put on his desk ... he provided the personalized ball.
    6 points
  7. Hit the range today to work on a pre shot routine. I've never had a consistent one and want something to help with the jitters I've had over the ball the last year or so. It's always felt like I spend way too much time over the ball. Now it's two waggles feeling the face being square in the takeaway and three taps and go. Still need to work on the last part, cause sometimes it's four or five taps. It was another good day, I'm starting to get in a better groove with my irons, I think I only shanked three. Two with the 52 and once with the seven. It's getting there. I was making good contact just slightly toward the heel, but for three shots I was consistent. I still need work on fairway woods as I'm hanging back a little and topping them. It's a weight shift thing and I know it's got a lot to do with my left ankle being weak from surgeries and getting sore after being back at work after a week off. Driver was ok, I didn't hit a lot of shots with it because I was focused on irons and I tend to lose a lot of tees. At nearly $10 a pack, they're like gold. Overall, I'm feeling good about how my ball striking is trending.
    6 points
  8. Sooooo do MGS HQ folks ever reply to the questions???
    6 points
  9. Shot a great 74 yesterday. Took the 50 and 54 out of the bag and put the 52 in and didn’t miss a beat. Had two penalty strokes, off the tee. One from a pull hook and one from a bomb that landed in the idle of the fairway and bounces so hard because of the lack of rain and bounced through the fairway and into a hazard. Putting was special. Had 4 birdies but could have had more. Birdied the 10th and then here are the scores and putt distances I made on the next four holes: 11- 1 inch, Par 12- 1 foot, Par 13- 3 inches, Par 14- 8 inches, Par Had looks a birdie all day today an my putter was so good, but man it could have been a personal best day. Excited to get the ChipR in play
    6 points
  10. Was at a wedding last night and a friend and he reminded me his uncle builds clubs. Talked to his uncle while there and we set up a day this week to build my clubs and I’m excited to learn from someone who has been building clubs for years. I’ll have clubs ready for round this week and I’m excited to see how the new Sub70s work for me and the new nippon shafts work
    6 points
  11. I drove north yesterday to meet a few friends and played at Honey Brook for the first time. A nice layout in good shape in Lancaster county farm country and the pace of play was pretty good for a Sat morning. Instead of Amen Corner, they have Amish Corner - really that is what they call it! Not long at 6300 from the tips but 4 of the 5 the par 3's ranged from 190 to 230 and two par 5's were 560 plus so it didn't seem too short. Its mostly equal travel time for each of us and we will definitely play it again. The changes I have been working on with the putting are showing improvement. The old Anser is staying in the bag. I did adjust from cross handed on longer putts to conventional after about 7 holes as I could not get the feel for speed on those longer putts. Staring at my aim spot rather than the ball worked well for hitting my line all day.
    6 points
  12. New headcover for my TS2 3 wood. Keeping it simple.
    6 points
  13. Thank you! It's starting to get there and I'm really happy to see the progress. 100% agree. I have been dwelling in a bad place over the ball and having that focus on the routine helps calm the mind. I saw you shot another 91, congratulations on that! Thanks for the advice Sam! I'll try that the next time I'm on the range, even if I have to drag a couple of mats together. With the heat we've been having it's usually not too crowded and I can probably get away with that. The grass part of the range has been non existent since the new owner has taken over.
    5 points
  14. While Sam said it very well, I’ll be more blunt. Did you read the first post of this thread? I’m betting the answer is No and here is why 9 posts a year and No profile picture!!! Complete your profile with a picture and get engaged and you have a very high chance of getting chosen to test but keep doing what your doing and you are gonna be very upset and disappointed. The mods are very open about how testers are selected and had you took the time to read the first post you would know that. @Onesavant This guy gets it!! ☝☝☝☝
    5 points
  15. No range time before a round for me. Stretching in the parking lot, maybe a few rolls on the practice green, and a few practice swings to get a feel on the first tee. There are definitely days that I wish I could send a few down range first.
    5 points
  16. ... The MGS website and this MGS forum are basically two completely separate entities. And as a young 69 yr old, this forum is filled with golfers of all ages but certainly plenty of seniors and "completely ignore the senior golf playing population" could not be further from the truth. Plenty of seniors, including myself, have done testing with no interference from the OEM that in every case I have seen want honest reviews from real golfers so sham and scam is 100% baseless.
    5 points
  17. I had a special round today. No bogies and two birdies for a 69. What made it really special were two things. The first is, I parred hole #2. Its just a bear of a hole. 200 yards to the dog leg. Then you are left with anywhere from 160 yards to 200 up a large hill playing 3 clubs longer. Its also guarded by two large bunkers and the green slopes from back to front. The second was, somehow I got between the guy mowing the greens and the guy rolling the greens. The guy mowing leaves the flag out for the guy rolling. So for 4 holes I had no flag to shoot for. I aimed for green center and hoped for the best. Of course not one flag was near the center. But I parred them all. This just shows that flag hunting isn't always the best choice when the flag is tucked in tight locations. My second putts were all less than a foot. Now for the dreaded yard work!
    5 points
  18. Nope. We just go and play. Usually takes a couple of holes to get loose and find a swing. Could we score better if we stopped at the range first? Probably. Do I really care? No. That said... I used to warm up before a round, back when golf was way more important/serious to me than it is now. I was a much better player 10 years ago. Not so much these days. I don't really care... I just play because I love the game. Maybe I'll find the fire some day to get back to the player I was, but I doubt it...lol.
    5 points
  19. ... I am always surprised by those that don't use native plants. There is obviously a reason nature chooses certain trees/plants/flowers for certain areas and just mind boggling when people move and want some of the plants from home.
    5 points
  20. 5 points
  21. Thanks, there were a few names I recognized in the running.
    4 points
  22. ... I must have impeccable taste when it comes to golf equipment. It seems every time I visit any golf site to look at specs, or new clubs or anything really ... I get a message from them 10 minutes after my visit that warns me: Your recently viewed items are selling fast
    4 points
  23. I agree with EasyPutter. I have A LOT of work to do
    4 points
  24. Congrats Rick! I probably have your mailing address someone from testings. But if you don’t mind PM’ing it to me. I’ll get it to HQ right away. Small consolation I finished first in the MGS Staff tier and a Tie for 19th overall! Thanks to everyone who participated in these. They are fun to put on. Thanks to Titleist and HQ for supporting them this year with great prizes!
    4 points
  25. I wish your poll had more options. I love to hit a few before a round if I have time, but I’m not doing any 40 min warmup like I’m on the Tour. (Which Tour? You pick…) I like to hit maybe 10 wedges, six or so eight irons and 2-3 Drivers. If I can’t figure it out after that, find the beverage cart. I typically spend more time chipping and putting. I’m going to miss greens for sure. Short game is where the money is made. Ask Cam Smith.
    4 points
  26. I almost always get to the course a half-hour before tee time, and warm up on the range. I'm not really working on anything specific, just trying to get the joints and muscles adjusted to motion. It helps that I'm at a club with unlimited range balls, I can hit as many or as few as I like.
    4 points
  27. I have a very consistent 35-40 minute warmup routine: Lag putting: ladder drill 20/30/40/50 feet for distance control Short putting: ladder drill from 2/4/6 feet, sometimes add gate drill if I've been fighting that range Chipping and pitching with 50 / 54/ 58 wedges Wedges on the range until contact is crisp and consistent (usually 20-30 balls) A few irons (odds or evens) - usually 10-15 balls A few hybrid / fairway wood shots - usually 10-15 balls 3w & driver off of tees until I feel good about today's shot shape and contact (usually 10-15 balls) Last swing is a great shot with the club I will hit from the first tee So, I probably spend 15-20 minutes at the short game area, and then hit around 50 balls on the range. I usually feel nice and warm, and positive about my contact going to the first tee.
    4 points
  28. I can easily name 1/2 dozen Senior Testers.
    4 points
  29. Another pretty good round for me today. I can definitely get use to this!! 44/47 for another 91. Putting hurt me today with 1 three putt and 36 total putts. Wasn’t getting into too much trouble off the tee and short irons were playing really well for the most part. Doubles on 17 & 18 were frustrating but that’s golf.
    4 points
  30. I would prefer to hit a few balls but usually due to time constraints I go right to the first tee or roll a few putts if I do have time.
    4 points
  31. I use the cart as an aid to do some back and hip stretching before I swing so that the body is loose for my swings. Pre round range time for me is used to get as swing warmup and to see what my ball flight is for the day. Am I having a tendency to hook, pull, fade, block shots. Practice green is to get a feel for what the course will be like. Not always 100% match but I have an idea before I get to the first tee then adjust along the way to the green speeds
    4 points
  32. You never know some driver and even ball combinations work well for someone---- I am pretty impressed with the Maxfli Tours myself. I have found and played a couple. The only reason I do not pull the trigger on them is because I have so many various Srixon balls I have won.
    4 points
  33. Yeah, I had just completed a reply to someone... hit Submit Reply and that was it. When I could get back in, I had forgotten who I was replying to and what the topic was. Still not sure if it made it or it went into the twilight zone.
    4 points
  34. That’s exactly how I felt too, “Boring round”. It wasn’t really boring just not very eventful. When I realized my score at the end I was definitely caught off guard.
    4 points
  35. I used to hit a small/medium bucket before every round, but I noticed some good players who don’t and I stopped - partly due to nagging injuries. I do chip, putt (my #1 priority) and loosen up with an Orange Whip before I play, but no driving range warmup any more. To be honest, it hasn’t made any difference in my scoring, I keep stats. No right or wrong, just wondering what the split is between the options. I’m only on the driving range now when I am working on something specific, not to warm up anymore.
    3 points
  36. I had a chance to play Riverside and Highlands GC's in Pocatello, ID yesterday afternoon and this morning on my return trip from AZ. What a pair of fantastic, old style, parkland courses that are beautifully maintained and great tests. I walked both and they served well at stretching out my legs from the long drive. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend playing these courses. The single I played with at Riverside was doing the blue/white combo. I didn't even look at the yardage before signing up for that... 6495 yards . I managed a 41/44. To be honest, I was starting to feel a bit gassed from holes 14 on in, and forgot to grab another water at the turn. Standing up from marking my ball on #18, I started feeling dizzy. I had thought about playing a second time, but no way... walking anyway. That is too much length for me anymore - too many holes just out of reach with a solid drive and second shot. This early morning, I played Highlands and went solo. I chose the white tee and even this was on the long side at 6372. I played a Z-Star vs. a PV1. The PV1 started with B2B birdies; though one was the ugly version that involved a gutted iron that left me an 8' putt. I had two other birdies though the round and was (unbeknownst to me at the time) playing cam phasers in synch golf . Okay, not that good, but good for me . The PV1 finished with a 37/39 and the Z-Star a 40/42. I had a handful of mid iron shots that were all over the flag like white on rice. I also rolled some great putts that helped make up for the handful of holes that were just out of reach in regulation. All-in-all, a solid ball striking and level of play considering my last round was with @GrumpyGolfat Timberstone a couple weeks ago. Riverside GC Highlands GC
    3 points
  37. Good pointers, joined the forum but never participated other than applying for the signups. I guess it's fair that it's not totally randomized, hopefully i get to test a product out sometime soon!
    3 points
  38. They definitely were close. Wise let me down today but definitely glad a regular won again. Been a long time since I followed these into Sunday lol
    3 points
  39. Congrats @Rickpfrom just down the road. I’m glad you got to “bring home the bacon”!
    3 points
  40. I almost always warm up, starting with a wedge, 7 iron, 5 wood and finally driver. Note I hit the most shots with a wedge and the fewest shots with the driver. Also one of our holes to on the way from the range to the pro shop. If no one is on the hole I'll sneak on the green and hit a few putts.
    3 points
  41. Doesn’t matter what the clubs are called or what the lofts are. All that matters is you can hit shots and yardages you want
    3 points
  42. To paraphrase Roy Scheider from Jaws.... I think they need a bigger Kubota
    3 points
  43. I'm digging these! Nice work.
    3 points
  44. Yeah. And look at His bench. Be bad two guys right there that could go low tomorrow as well. In essence he’s got a pickem pool version of A power play. 6 vs 4. Bring it home Rick. That would name it a 2-2 for the Florida Boys kn the last 2 pools. although I’m only 4 points behind so maybe I shouldn’t be rooting for you
    3 points
  45. 3 points
  46. I think they need a little more weight in that. how does pruning work with those palms?
    3 points
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