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  1. Good morning, Spies, Big cuppa this A.M.. Awoke to a notice that the Paradym X GW I ordered is scheduled to arrive today. I will be more convinced of its arrival when UPS switches the status to "Out for Delivery". I am now in the single digits in terms of hours until retirement. So, there is that.
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  2. Good morning everyone. What can be better than waking up to this and being surrounded by golf courses.
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  3. Good morning everyone! Glad it's finally Friday, had an evening round of golf scheduled but was told we had a last minute opening for baseball practice so I'll be coaching the boys up tonight and golfing tomorrow! Also, over 12,000 signups for the L.A.B. testing is insane! Gotta make the mods feel good when there's that much interest in their tests!
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  4. Good morning and happy friday everyone! Slow start for me as I have a terrible pain in my neck. Can't hardly turn it side to side. Got some icy hot on it now and drinking some coffee but definitely slowed me down some. Hoping to be a bit more mobile as I have plenty of work to do outside, and I have a Tee time scheduled for first thing sunday that I do not want to cancel!! Have a fantastic day every one!
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  5. Good Morning Spies!! Cloudy & "cool" morning in Central Florida, 68 degrees. Nice 2.5 mile walk this morning before work. Looking forward to range this evening, if rain holds off and a/c guy gets here before 6pm! Have to test the new OnCore Vero X1 balls - chipping & putting!! Congrats @MattWillGolf on your retirement!! All the Best! Have a Great Day Everyone!!
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  6. TGIF to all the weekday working golfers!! Missed some golf time myself this week but gonna try to get a little putting practice and some light range time in today before the rain moves in here, too.
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  7. Good morning Spies! As @sirchunksalot, still on a high from my Cobra fitting yesterday! Really loved the pick from MY birds (i.e. Falcons...not Iggles ), and hoping we go after DL in the early 2nd. Happy Friday everyone!!!
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  8. Goooood morning fellow spies! I am one day closer to my Cobra fitting and am stoked after hearing about how well @sirchunksalot & @CFreddie's fits went yesterday. 2 pm Saturday cannot come fast enough! SWMBO has a work conference all day tomorrow, so my parents will be watching the boys so that I can head out for my fitting. Birthday party with family Sunday for my oldest. We went bowling last night and had a great time. Here's a video snippet of him getting a strike (to this point he had not gotten one, and was in tears at one point, so this was a BIG deal). Hope everyone has a great Friday. Bring on the weekend! IMG_2790.MOV
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  9. I must say, I do Iook forward to these. But this one is among my favorites.
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  10. Good morning from a clear sky and not so cold WNY with hot coffee in the mug, just trying to recover from trying to breathe in milk and cereal (does that classify as an eating problem ) and hope everyone's challenges are easily overcome as they day goes on. Jason looking forward to seeing those videos of your fitting experience. Rain threatening later but won't be your thunderstorms Rick. 4pm tee time and if golf is possible I will be playing a wet ball without it going into a water hazard. hope golf is a part of your day!
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  11. Good morning and happy Friday everyone! It's back to the real world for me today. After a fun day off yesterday, its back to work. Jamie, I hope your day has improved and the ice is starting to get back to where it needs to be. I'm sitting here at work enjoying my coffee and riding the high of the fitting yesterday. I'm going to go home later, grab my wife's phone, and send myself the videos she took so I can watch them. I hope y'all have a good day!
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  12. Top of the pot spies . Temps are on the rise here in AZ after what was a much cooler than normal winter. It's forecasted to be 101F on Sunday. The common "but it's a dry heat" retort from Arizonian's is mostly true. I've been over to our practice areas in the midday and late afternoons with temps in the high 90's and it's not bad at all - especially if there is a light breeze. It is kind of weird going out around 2100, to let River do his business, and have temps 80F... often our daytime highs back in MT. We'll, after 3 PT sessions on my back, it's only marginally better. Generally feels fine but reaggravated after swinging the long sticks . The PT doesn't think repeating what we've been doing is the right path, so he's referred me to a back/spine specialist - one's who's well known but hard to get into see. I opted to stop by the office (instead of just calling) to get the paperwork. After giving the lady my best sad puppy dog eyes, she said they had a cancellation next Friday for the 0700 slot . Have a great Friday all.
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  13. Kenny B

    The Good Morning Thread

    Good Morning! I've finished my coffee and exercises, and now getting ready to warm up in my hitting bay for today's charity golf tournament at 1pm. My wife and I are playing with another couple and the weather is absolutely perfect!! High this afternoon will be 86º and very little wind. I spent yesterday afternoon on the course's putting green getting used to big L2R and R2L breaking putts that we don't have at our course... challenging!! However, the right line and the right speed, the ball will go in the hole (courtesy of Rich Lerner of The Golf Channel)
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  14. Good morning and happy Friday. Raining today, I hope it clears out for the weekend so we can play some golf. I hope everyone have a great weekend.
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  15. Thanks! I've been working since I was 14. I must admit it, it does feel weird. I'm excited though. I am looking for to my frustration coming not from work but from golf. Congrats on your upcoming retirement.
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  16. Heard the anchor on Sportscenter this morning talking about the prekend.... gotta say, that was a new one on me. (I'm an old fart now, lol) Anyway - not quite the weekend, but almost... happy prekend everyone!!
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  17. Good Friday morning, fellow Spies!
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  18. Good morning spies! It's a beautiful day today and best of all, a Friday! Supposed to be nice and warm with little wind. Hoping to get out and play after work. Going into today with a good attitude and eagerness to get to the weekend. I hope y'all have a great Friday!
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  19. GM & Happy Friday!! Quick coffee and bite to eat. Have a 7am Tee Time at a Exec that you need Big Boy pants, long and lot of water. Rain threatened around 9am so need to get home B4 thunderstorms start. Have a great day everyone!!
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  20. Well what was supposed to be a easier morning has turned into a large fiasco. Was going to come into work, get a bit done. Go for 18 holes, come back to spend some time with the family before doing more work in our year end event. Instead, came into work (it has been raining all morning and decided to cancel my tee time) only to find out that my ice is melting... more failures on the system meaning now i have a full day ahead of me to try and get the ice back in time for the games this evening. Ugh... not sure there is enough coffee in the curling hall to cure this nonsense. Oh to answer any questions no, I did not do this on purpose to get out of my last two days of work and yes I cannot wait for this season to be over! haha Hope everyone else is having a far more stress free morning!
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  21. Good Morning, pretty stoked for a tee time I've got this afternoon at 2:10pm. I'm doing the OnCore Vero X2 ball test for MGS and this is going to be my first round trying them out since they got in! I'm playing with my brother at The Ridge at Castle Pines in Castle Pines, CO and it's projected to be a little chilly... I won't use distance on this round as a huge factor in review since I know it's going to be colder than most rounds I've played so far this year with my V1x and TP5x, but nonetheless I'm excited to get out there!
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  22. Heck yeah, nice shot! I started bowling when I was just big enough to hold a ball. My dad bowled professionally when I was a kid and we used to always take him to the Atlanta airport and I remember picking him up and he'd have trophies bigger than me sometimes. I ended up being recruited to colleges for bowling and golf, chose bowling at Georgia Southern, then after being ranked in the top 10 freshman in the country, I tore a ligament in my ring finger that to this day won't properly heal. I still love the sport and love seeing others enjoy it, thanks for that awesome video!
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  23. If today is your last day of work before retirement.....congratulations. I am a little over 3 months from my retirement date and it is super exciting. We work most of our adult lives, thinking about retirement, and then the finish line is in sight. Enjoy your day and enjoy the rest of your life with everyday being a Saturday!
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  24. I see it all around me. I'm not usually one to pat my own back, but I'm proud of how I coach these kids. I'm a super laidback person that loves kids. I can't grasp how anyone can treat kids the way they do as coaches. I'm as competitive as they come but I started coaching my nephew at 3 years old and he just turned 9. I've coached baseball, basketball, and football. Every year the draft sheet is full of requests to be with me or one other guy because we emphasize fun, improving, and the important things. We turn out to be pretty dang good too because there's no pressure to perform. It's unreal how much pressure some of these younger kids get put on them from coaches and parents. I also coach a travel baseball team over the summer and it's even worse then. I grew up watching my dad coach me and my sister in sports and to this day grown adults that he coached will come running over to shake his hand or hug him because of the impact he made and that's exactly how I want to be.
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  25. I'm sorry to hear you're still dealing with the injury, that is pretty awesome that you were recruited for both sports! He has loved to bowl since he was really little. He actually makes little miniature bowling alleys at our house and has empty soda bottles stuffed with paper towel as his "bowling pins." If the high school had a bowling team, I am pretty sure he'd be all in haha. I'm glad you enjoyed the video!
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  26. Very nice! The final countdown to....... ... is on .. so, almost happy retirement!!
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  27. Good Morning--- Up at 4 AM as SOP for me---- On my 3rd cup of coffee--- It is raining so our Men's Group play for today cancelled. It is supposed to clear out later so I may do some short game practice. Since we are not playing per say I do not know if we are eating in or going to either the Waffle House or my Friend's Pancake house. Will know in a hour or so when my wife gets up. One thing about retirement is with the weather we have no specific plans.
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  28. Cobra 50th Anniversary Member Special – Official MGS Forum Review by Jnoble89 Hello all! For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Jason, better known as Jnoble89, and I am thrilled to be participating in the #Cobra50thAnniversary challenge. I am 33 years old, and reside in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin in Reedsburg, with my wife of 8+ years and our two boys, ages 6 and 3. This area of the state is home to some beautiful golf courses, and I proudly call the Reedsburg Country Club home. I do not carry an official handicap yet (working on it), but typically score in the low 100s on 18 holes. If you’d like to follow along with me on that journey, check out my thread here! I have been playing golf for about 11 years now, but until this season it was very sporadic and probably no more than 15 rounds per year max. I have already played nearly half of that total this year since our season started in April (perks of a full membership at the country club). I am currently a high handicapper, but working hard at lowering that number. My biggest strength lies in my putting and short game approach (8 iron and down), and I am most inconsistent off the tee and on longer irons/fairway wood shots. But enough about me, let’s get into what you guys really want to hear about, which is what I’ll be looking for this equipment to do in this challenge and what I am hoping to gain from the test. What I am looking for out of the Aerojet lineup is: 1. Will my dispersion and consistency with ball striking improve? 2. What will the ball speed gains/distance gains look like (especially with the irons)? 3. If I can get more consistent on woods and long irons, will it help bring my handicap down to be closer to what my short game is? (IMO, I outplay my current handicap on short game) 4. Will a 5w/7w work better for me than my current 3w setup? If these clubs accomplish those things, they will be sticking around for a long while in my bag. I have zero experience with Cobra golf clubs, so I am really excited to try a brand I’ve never hit before. I will be doing most of my testing through range and on course play, but am also going to try to get on a simulator to do side by side numbers testing against my current bag. I don’t have a personal set up, but will be talking to our head pro to see if anyone at the club has something they’d allow me to use. I am looking forward to competing and having you guys follow along. This one is for all my fellow lefties on the forum! #LeftyGang THE FITTING I had my fitting today with Steve Olson, who is a Cobra rep in Wisconsin. Coincidentally, he is also a Lieutenant for the Fond Du Lac PD, and works with my cousin there. Small world! We met at 2pm and I got a loose with my 56° and 7i, and was striking the ball respectably well. We jumped right in after about 15 balls and Steve handed me my first club, which was a 7i. Right away I could tell it was standard length (I play +1), so was kind of confused but went with it. Expectedly couldn’t hit it to save my life and was wondering what the heck I got myself into. After maybe 3 swings, Steve hands me another one and says “ok, now let’s go with this.” First swing was LASERED to a roughly 160 carry into the wind. Immediately after impact I let out a “WOW” of amazement, and Steve said with some gusto “welcome to COBRA!” He then told me he had me hit one that would have been “off the shelf” and one fitted to me so I could feel the difference as to why fittings are so impactful. I hit a few more but the first set up was literal money. Aerojet 6-GW, +1” and 3° UP, KBS $-taper steel lite. Irons done. Moved to driver next and all he had in LH was the standard Aerojet & Aerojet LS. I knew I was not a candidate for the LS model, so we left that in the briefcase. Started with the Kai'li Blue 60 and I hit a great shot on the first swing, but the shaft was more active than I like (it felt really whippy, which to me feels unstable). I play a Tensei AV Raw White in my current driver, so he switched me to the Kai'Li White 60, and I much preferred that feel. Had some solid strikes but was inconsistent on impact, lost a lot on a fade to slice miss. I did hit a handful of solid shots, which most looked to carry anywhere from 240-250. He recommended Aerojet Max 10.5° D setting, Kai’Li White 60g. The last drive I hit of the day (and my last swing of the day after the fit) was a 250+ carry baby fade. If I can find that this summer, watch out. Driver locked in. Next we moved to fairway woods, and again I was limited to a 3W as it was the only LH option. Set up with the same Kai’Li White shaft, the first two off the tee were drilled. Penetrating ball flight, 220-230 carry. I hit some more for the fun of it, and he recommended a 7W as well for off the deck as I really struggle with a 3W off the deck. I asked for his opinion between the 3W and 5W, and his recommendation was to bag the 3 for days where the driver is just not working so I have something I can still get solid distance out of off the tee. I will be using the 3 almost exclusively on the tee box, which actually works out for my home course as the there are 3 holes for sure that I already don't pull driver on. Fairways done. I wasn’t able to hit any hybrids as he didn’t have LH options, but got to look at the RH heads and we decided on the King Tec 3H, stock shaft. He LOVES this club and thinks I’ll be able to tune it to my swing with the moveable weights. We ended the fitting with the Snakebite wedges. He had a 56 and 60 on hand in LH, so I hit both and holy cow was I impressed. Wedges are my favorite clubs to hit and even though I’m a high handicap, I can work them pretty well. Distance control was EXCELLENT and I was able to throw the 60 waaaaay up in the air. Honestly might be looking forward to these clubs the most. 52/56/60 Snakebite Black, KBS Hi-Rev Stiff, +1” 3° UP. After we finished we just had some fun hitting shots with the clubs. The entire fit was done in 2 hours, and Steve was honestly awesome at getting me into the correct shafts almost immediately. It was such a cool experience working with someone in the Cobra family. Got to ask him lots of questions about the tech in the clubs and he was great at explaining how it’ll help my game. Two golf geeks in paradise. Data was collected on a Mevo, but I honestly never even looked at the numbers. He saw what he wanted in the numbers and I trust him completely. He also told me he vacations a lot at a tourist destination very close to where I live, so we are going to try to set up at least one round together this summer. This was my first real fitting, and I cannot stress enough how impactful it is no matter your skill level. If you have never done an iron fitting, DON’T HESITATE! Now the waiting game begins, cannot wait to get these sticks! #LeftyGang Unboxing & First Impressions I'll be kicking off my unboxing and first impressions segment with the Ultralight Cart bag. I went with the Antique Bronze/Black colorway, and it looks even better in person than it did online (S/O to my oldest son, who helped me pick the color!). The actual unboxing itself was exciting purely in the sense that it was the first unboxing of the challenge. I posted a short video preview of my unboxing, which you can find on Page 25 of the thread. Outside of that excitement, there were no thrills or frills to the packaging. Standard shipping box containing the cart bag. The golf bag was inside a plastic bag which I appreciated, to keep it as clean as possible during transit. Getting into the specifics of the bag, what stood out to me immediately was the absence of a dedicated putter well. There is an oversized slot in the 14 way top for the putter, but no well. This was something I had to have when I purchased my Org 14, but I have found at times it is challenging to get the club in and out with the oversized grip. I will be curious to see the difference the Cobra bag brings. There are also three full length dividers instead of individual dividers, but again, I have had challenges at times getting clubs in and out with the individual full length dividers in the Org 14. I have a feeling it'll be smoother pulling clubs with the Ultralight. There are also no shortage of storage options on the Ultralight, which I LOVE. One thing I really like is the centralized cooler pocket. It is GIGANTIC. We have our own personal golf cart, and it's not set up where I can get a cooler on it practically, so this pocket will come in handy for sure. There is a magnetic rangefinder pocket, lined valuables pocket, two smaller pockets I'll use for tees and ball markers, and then a large pocket at the bottom of the bag where I'll keep golf balls. Two large pockets on each side, and one of them has a mesh slot that I will plan to store extra golf gloves in, which will keep them organized instead of floating around in that large pocket. There are also two smaller pockets on each side. I'm already quite confident this bag will be replacing my Callaway ORG 14 based on the presumed functionality, but time will tell as I get it on the course. I did put my current clubs in the bag for a photo to see how it looks loaded. Definitely ready to get it stocked with the Cobra clubs! Great start to the unboxing process, and I will update this section again when more arrive! Some photos of the new sticks and I will add more as we go! Cobra Woods Challenge - Reviews // Aerojet Max Driver (Updated 8/4/23) Looks/Sound/Feel - 4.5/5 When compared to my Titleist TSi3, the Aerojet Max is louder. That being said, it’s not an obnoxious sound. When struck well, it inspires confidence that you mashed a bomb. Feel is very good, even on slight mishits. The face has also felt stable when I miss out on the toe. It is longer from front to back than the players shape of my TSi, but it’s not significant and still looks really good. I do prefer the traditional pear shape of my TSi, so half a point is lost for me there. On Course Performance 5/5 The AJ Max driver and I got off to a rocky start, but after having it in play consistently, it has overtaken the TSi3. I am consistently getting better strikes, and while the top end distance may not be quite as long as TSi, I am still getting balls out over 250 pretty consistently. I have had long drives of 277, 267, 265, and my Arccos average distance is 256. I am loving this club currently. Play It or Trade It 5/5 Early on, the AJ Max did not outpace my TSi3. I can report that as of yesterday (8/3/23), it has taken the top spot in my bag and will be staying there for this season and beyond. The forgiveness plus still really solid distance outweighs the max distance potential of the TSi3, as mishits are much more punishing with that club. Really happy with how AJM is performing. Aerojet Max Driver Overall 14.5/15 This is a very good driver with good no upcharge shaft options. If I could do it again, I’d order the Tensei White AV Raw shaft that I play in my TSi3. Kai’Li white is VERY similar, but the Tensei shaft fits my swing so well. It is a confidence inspiring club that looks great at address, feels really good on slight mishits and provides solid distance on those misses. I will continue to play this driver against my TSi3 and see if it can change my mind. Aerojet Max Fairway Woods Looks/Sound/Feel - 5/5 The 3 & 7 woods are home run clubs for me. They look fantastic at address and honestly do not look intimidating to hit. Sound is crisp and they feel great out of the center of the face. I tend to miss out to the toe and feedback on those misses is noticeable, which I think is a good thing. Compared to my Sim2 Max 3W, MUCH easier to hit and solid strikes feel better. On Course Performance 5/5 In every round I’ve played since getting these clubs, I’ve had a “wow” moment. First time out on Father’s Day and first on course shot with it, I landed and rolled off a Par 5 green from 235 out with the 3 wood. On that same hole with 7 wood a week later, I hit a beautiful, high draw from 212 out that got knocked down by wind and landed just short of the green. I’m inconsistent with fairway woods, but hit these better than any I’ve owned. Play It or Trade It 5/5 100% play it. Look at address combined with the shots I’ve been able to produce have had these clubs as a lock in my bag. I’ve never felt confident pulling a 3 wood off the deck, but that has changed since getting the AJ Max woods. I don’t hit them great every time, but I’m not scared to try it when I have a chance to reach a par 5 in two. Aerojet Max Fairway Woods Overall 15/15 I’ve been nothing short of ecstatic with the performance of these clubs. They work just as well off the deck as they do off the tee for shorter par 4s, and I would recommend anyone in the market for new fairway woods to try these out. I can’t wait to keep getting more comfortable with them and maybe experiment with moving weights and loft settings. King Tec 3 Hybrid (Updated 7/27/23) Looks/Sound/Feel - 4/5 Cobra did a great job with the looks of this club. The matte black crown and subtle carbon fiber are fantastic. I don’t love the look of hybrids, and do not like the head shape as much as my current gamer. Sound is a solid crack and when finding the center of the face the feel is crisp. However, feel drops off quickly when I miss towards the toe. My current gamer, Burner Superfast 2.0, edges it slightly in the feel department and looks for my eye, so docking a point. On Course Performance 5/5 I honestly have not had many opportunities to hit full shots yet with this club. First time I hit it, though, it was a rocket and seemed to come off the face smoking hot. In my first woods and wedges round, I used it to punch out of some trees after an errant drive on a par 5 and hit a nice punch draw that got me to striking distance of the green. After a bit of a rough stretch with the King Tec, I seem to have started to find a bit more comfort, especially off the tee. Hit two tee shots 220+ this week and if that keeps rolling, I'll be very pleased. Also had some luck off the turf with it recently, so scoring is improving to a 5 from a 4 (7/27/23). Play It or Trade It 5/5 I do plan to play this club for a couple reasons. #1, my Burner Superfast 2.0 is 18°, this one has an adjustable loft sleeve so I can loft it up and realistically play two hybrids. #2, it’s a club I want to love and am going to try and tinker with it a bit by moving the weights to see if it’ll help me produce a more consistent flight. King Tec Hybrid Overall 14/15 I think this is a club that will perform very well for those that like the look of hybrids. It has pop and the ball comes off the face hot. I do not love the look of a typical hybrid, as my Burner Superfast 2.0 is longer and looks almost like a mini fairway wood. I’m going to keep it in play this year and see if I can get better with it. I’m not sure the shaft is great for my swing, but this was a club I did not get to hit at my fitting so it was the stock option. Putter - King 3D Supernova (Updated 7/31/23) Look/Sound/Feel - 4/5 This is my first venture out of the mallet putter lane, and I really like the look of the 3D Supernova. Size wise, it is nearly identical to my Spider Tour Platinum in both width and length. The Supernova is a single bend hosel vs. the double bend on my Spider, so that will take some adjusting. Sound is a little higher pitched “click” and off the face, the Supernova is firmer than my Spider. Taylormade’s Pure Roll insert is really nice, and at this point I do prefer the softer feel. I did leave a couple putts a bit shorter than I should have, and that I am chalking up to getting used to the feel of a new putter. The head also feels lighter, but overall club weight feels the same as the KBS putter shaft is heavier than the shaft in my current gamer. On Course Performance - 4/5 Remember how I just said I currently prefer the feel of my Spider? Well, that feel, at least on early results, does not outweigh the performance of the SIK face insert on the Supernova. I had a bad heel miss with a putt in my first round with the Supernova, and the ball started and held the line and dropped middle cup for a par from roughly 5’. I can say, with certainty, that putt would have missed right with the Spider. For my first time out, I was able to lag putt to within 4’ on all two putts. Putting is the strongest part of my game, and there’s a chance the Supernova improves it more. What’s interesting is that when on the Perfect Practice mat, the Spider handles the Nova. On course, I haven’t seen a massive difference in the two. Play It or Trade It - 3.5/5 The King 3D Supernova is trending into the trade it category at the moment. My strokes gained has gone in the wrong direction since putting it into play. While it is hard to say it is definitively the putter, I am used to that being one of the strongest parts of my game. I'm going to use it throughout this week (writing as of 7/31/23) and see what I can do with it. I should have a good feel of if it'll be staying on the sidelines afterwards. Overall - 11.5/15 I really do like this putter. Feel is good, it rolls the ball well, and it looks great at address. I just have not found consistency with it yet or seen an immediate improvement over my Spider Tour Platinum. Putting is the most feel based club in the bag for me (probably for most), and with the success I've had with the spider, this was a tough spot to win. Cobra Aerojet Irons Review Looks/Sound/Feel - 5/5 The Aerojet irons look great to my eye at address. For a GI iron, the top line isn’t overly thick, and you cannot see any of the back of the iron when setting up to the ball. Feel on well struck shots is crisp, and produces a nice “thwack” sound. You can also feel when you don’t strike the ball well on mishits, which I think is good for feedback. I think sometimes GI irons are TOO forgiving on feel, so I appreciate this aspect. On Course Performance 5/5 I have been thoroughly impressed with the performance of the Aerojet irons. Well struck shots are missiles with great ball flight, and compared to my TaylorMade RSi 1s, they are longer by about 10-15 yards on well struck shots across the board. Forgiveness has been really good, too. Distance loss is anywhere from 10-20 yards depending on how bad I miss, but the ball still goes straight towards my intended target. As a player who still struggles to consistently hit irons above an 8, this has been great for my game. Spin to hold greens has been much better than I expected as well, and they blow the RSi 1s out of the water here which surprised me as they are stronger lofted. Play It or Trade It 5/5 Not much to be said here, these are a 100% play for me and have been from day 1. Irons were next in my bag for an upgrade and I am thoroughly enjoying playing these clubs. Aerojet Irons Overall 15/15 I will be fully transparent in saying I was hesitant to test the Aerojet irons as my preference was the Tec X. The thought that kept creeping into the back of my mind was that the irons with the same name as the driver line that year were “lesser” irons. I am happy to say that I was proven wrong and have loved these irons. They are packed with technology and great for high handicap golfers working on improving their game. I am proof of this as during the challenge my handicap has already lowered from 26.1 to 22.6. These will have a spot in my bag for quite awhile. Cobra Snakebite Black Wedges Review 52°/8, 56°/10, 60°/10 Looks/Sound/Feel - 5/5 The SB Black wedges look incredible at address. The black club head contrasts the ball and frames it exceptionally well. Feel is very solid and good strikes deliver crisp contact and a muted sound. Paired with the KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 Black PVD shafts, these are the best looking clubs in my bag, hands down. On Course Performance 3/5 On course performance has been really good 50 yards and in. Spin and control is great, and the 60° has changed my game drastically getting out of bunkers. However, I have had a hard time getting the distance I feel like I should be getting out of these clubs, which is costing me strokes I don’t feel I should lose. I have been short multiple times with the 56°, for example, from 80 yards. That is a distance I had no problem reaching with my previous 56° wedge. I have been taking very deep divots (I typically just “bruise” the ground), so it’s taking some adjusting. I feel as though I’m striking too far behind the ball. I think this will improve once I get more acclimated to the clubs, but I am docking two points for this aspect and how it’s hindered my approach from 75-100 yards. *This may be edited if I get it resolved before the end of the challenge* Play It or Trade It 5/5 These are a no-brainer play for me. I have never owned a true wedge set, and so far I am really enjoying these clubs. I am confident I’ll get the distance issue resolved. The 60° has been a revelation out of bunkers, and the first shot I ever hit with it was getting up and over a towering pine after missing the green on a Par 3. I was sold at that moment. Snakebite Black Wedges Overall 13/15 Overall, I love these wedges. They put a ton of spin on the ball, which allows me to take a more aggressive approach to pins if I am in range. They will stop on a dime and I can get them to spin back as well. They look great at address, and the black finish is so far holding up very well. If I can get the distance issue worked out, these are a solid 15/15 and I will update my review to reflect that. I cannot speak to how they compare to a Vokey or other wedge as I’ve never owned or played one, but they have definitely won a spot in my bag. Cobra Ultralight Pro Cart Bag Review Looks/Sound/Feel - 5/5 I went with the Antique Bronze/Black colorway of this bag and it looks even better in person than it did online. Material is high quality and has been extremely durable. No wear marks from cart straps and honestly just a very well put together and thought out bag. On Course Performance 5/5 The #1 issue I had with my previous bag (Callaway Org 14) was that my grips were constantly getting hung up in the individual dividers. Difficult to get out, difficult to put in. The putter well, which I thought I HAD to have, was even worse. I have had exactly zero issues with the UL Pro in this regard and have not missed the putter well one bit. Pockets are laid out well, cooler pocket is massive, rangefinder pocket is magnetic, I could go on and on. It lacks a Velcro patch for my glove which I thought I would miss but I haven’t to this point. Play It or Trade It 5/5 Nothing to elaborate on here. Already sold my Cally Org 14 to a friend and the UL Pro is firmly in the play it category. Cobra killed it with this bag. Ultralight Pro Cart Bag Overall 15/15 Overall I am loving the UL Pro. If they added a Velcro patch to it, I believe they have an actual perfect golf bag on their hands. It’s lightweight, well thought out, tons of storage, and clubs go in and out easily. For the money (currently on sale for $174.99), you CANNOT beat this bag. If you’re in the market to upgrade, save yourself the time and research and go buy this thing right now. Cobra Full Bag Score: 98/105 (Updated 8/4/23) #LeftyGang
    8 points
  29. Thanks guys! It was exactly what I was hoping for in a fitting and a good time learning more about my game. My whole philosophy for today was to let the fitter do his thing and trust I was getting the best fit possible. I forgot to mention wedges, they didn't have any there so he recommended a 54 and 58 with the KBS HiRev shafts. Now if the clubs would just arrive... Oh wait, I just entered my specs on the excel sheet. Until then I can fall back on the great memories from today.
    8 points
  30. Isn't it unreal how many truly awful people coach youth sports? I had some crap ones, too. Almost quit baseball before high school because of a coach, but then the varsity coach talked me into playing after the season had started my freshman year. 4 years later I was a three year letter winner and all-conference pitcher and headed to play college ball. My varsity baseball coach still to this day is one of the most impactful and influential people for me that I have been around.
    7 points
  31. I love it! My hallway was always a lane for me as a kid too, I had 2 liter bottles and a ball that I used like crazy, haha. It wasn't a school sport here, I just had to compete locally and then got my name and scores to a recruiting agency and let them do the work. When my favorite school was interested I jumped at the opportunity.
    7 points
  32. That’s awesome! Can’t think of a better retirement gift to myself than new clubs.
    7 points
  33. I am currently rocking a OG Random Golf Club x Jones carry bag. I love the simplicity of the carry/sunday bag. what about everyone else?
    6 points
  34. Yes, one million times over YES. I coached high school basketball here in Reedsburg for 5 years when we moved here as the varsity assistant and my number one priority was always relationship building first and foremost. When the kids like you, you make it fun and you show them you care by getting to know them, you are way more successful than if you’re just hard nosed and cruel. You laugh with them, sweat with them, cry with them, all the emotions. You could be the smartest guy in the room but they won’t give two craps if you treat them poorly. I often found with my high school guys, I was able to be critical and self admittedly harsh when needed, but it was always taken in a way by the players that they knew it was what they needed. That was uncommon for me as well. I’ve got kids still to this day that I’ll make plans with every summer now that they are in college to golf, get lunch, be a job reference, etc. I love coaching and can’t wait to get back into it when my kids get into organized sports.
    6 points
  35. Man we finally got above 20 here in Penticton, was actually able to have coffee out on the deck this morning after a little chi-gong. Robin's in the yard, chickadees in the trees, and I can't see my breath anymore! Now that it's 10:45, I'm afraid I'm gonna sweat at the range later hahahaj
    6 points
  36. Anybody else excited for more details to start coming out? I'm ready for teams, challenges, pictures of new clubs. This is going slower than the countdown!
    6 points
  37. If he's like me, he'll play baseball until the first coach who likes to channel his aggression from a decade of being emasculated by his wife into a fungo bat starts ripping 1 hoppers at his face. That combined with the push ups in goose crap, uh that's a no from me dog. Turns out my friends who played organized golf were hanging out in the woods after school every day. Now we're talking.
    6 points
  38. Thats what my buddy did. He got fitted for new Callaways upon retirement. I was fortunate to be selected to test the Paradaym X irons which I'm still pinching myself about.
    6 points
  39. I like that! Might have to start referring to her as TGLC. Most of the time on here we call the wives SWMBO, She Who Must Be Obeyed.
    6 points
  40. Hey everyone, Tom the Golf Nut here ready to participate in the test of all tests. I am excited beyond belief to have been selected. I am pretty much a self-taught golfer and have been playing for over thirty years. I am “The Nut” for a reason. I live by the theme of the movie “Field of Dreams” If you build it they will come. In my case, “If you build it my game will come around”. I build most things at home. I’m the son of a carpenter and I was a machinist in my early days. I am on my third golf green (one at each house I lived in), simulators, Chip O boards, Down Under Board, speed training clubs and anything else possible to help my game. As you can tell I like making things as a challenge. Using all this helped me figure things out and helped me to get better. My biggest improvements in my game came from installing my simulator in conjunction with a MEVO several years ago. I got to see my swing path and ball flight info. I do get to play a decent amount of golf. Once or twice a week at my club, playing with customers, as well as golf outings for charities. I am able to play year-round in my area of the country. (Bonus!!! I’m now 40 minutes from Pinehurst) I'm fortunate to have a very understanding family. My wife and young adult children that are still living at home put up with my obsession. My GHIN handicap is at 0.6 but it is two years old. I have to go and sign up again. In 2021 I was chasing scratch, in 2022 I decided to have fun and not pressure myself. Not that my game deteriorated that much. But I just didn’t post as many scores, sometimes didn’t even keep score. I didn’t sweat over a bad shot, and let the GHIN expire. But, new course, new mind set, new goals for this year. With this opportunity I will do my best to crush the other team! My swing tempo is smooth with an average driver swing speed just under 100 mph. My recent move to North Carolina is showing me how altitude and air density can make a difference in my game. Courses are generally very different here than my hilly and mountainous courses in Northeast TN. Here it is flatter but requires more placement shots, much softer fairways and approach areas (No bounce and roll out here) Lots of dog legs, streams, and waste areas that come into play. My average ball flight is straight with a middle flight trajectory. I am hoping to increase my iron trajectory a little bit more. My strengths are driving the ball in the fairway, chipping, pitching and putting. I have been playing Sub 70 699 Pro irons and a Titleist TSI 1 Driver. Well, until now that is! So, what do I want to accomplish during this testing? This is the first time I will be testing everything in the bag. Including the bag! Will this equipment stand up to my current bag set-up? I will probably keep the same type of configuration in my bag unless my fitter suggests something different. 1) Woods: Driver, 3W, 5W, 7W. Are they as accurate? Are they longer? 2) 5 hybrid: I always had problems with hybrids until I put the Sub 70 in the bag. Will the Cobra hybrid do as well? 3) Irons: I only carry 6 iron through the Gap wedge as set irons. This will be interesting. I’m not getting any younger and I’m seriously considering going to graphite shafts. Currently playing stiff steel based on my last iron fitting in 2020. Will these irons perform for me and will they help my approach shots to help shave a few strokes. 4) Wedges: Who doesn’t like fresh grooves? I’m leaning to a versatile sole grind to allow me to open up the club face without raising the sole off the ground. It will be necessary due to the different lofts that I’m used to. This is to get my gapping correct. My 56* will now be a 54*. I’m still on the fence about going with a 58* or a 60*. 5) Putter: I have played the Odyssey Marksman Fang putter since it came out in 2016. I am not one to change putters so this will be interesting. 6) The golf bag: I’m picky on bags it must have a 14-way top with full length dividers and plenty of pockets. Based on the choices we have I selected the cart bag as either I’m walking with the bag on the Motocaddy or on a driving cart. This bag has a 14-way top but it only has three full length dividers. Will the clubs get hung up with each other? Time will tell. Can’t wait to get this party started. Unboxing My first shipment arrived. I made a short video of the unboxing. Kids don't try this at home! First impressions on the bag: I like the looks and layout of the pockets so far. I’ll know more when the clubs are in it and it’s loaded with my other normal stuff. I have two comments so far. 1. I wish they would put an accessory ring on both sides of the bag. I hate having my club brush on the same side as the towel. 2. I prefer 14-way top so that part is good. However, they are not full-length dividers for each spot. There are three full length dividers. I will see how that works out during testing with mid-size grips. My clubs have arrived. My package arrived. I was so excited to go play and then..................... I grabbed an iron to give a few swings in the simulator bay and noticed I wasn't anywhere near the mat. Quickly ran over to the packing list that had the build specs and it turns out they used all the correct components, but the shafts were 1/2" shorter than what I ordered. Then I went and actually measured and sure enough they send a standard length instead of +1/2". Return to sender! Hold that thought, hot off the press. Golfspy Bos already heard back, and Cobra is rebuilding my set once they get it back. Turnaround time was fantastic. Woods Review, Aerojet Max Driver, Looks, Sound, Feel 4.5 / 5 I love the look of the woods with that carbon fiber grain look to it. It has an ever so slightly longer head than I’m used to. But after a few rounds it wasn’t even noticed. The club also has a pleasant sound to it. Not tinny or loud and not dull or muted. I didn’t have an issue with the sound at all. Regarding feel this club just felt heavy to me. The head felt heavy on the end of the shaft. I notice it more on the first few hoes and then I’m used to it. Compared to my TSI 1 it is definitely head heavy. On course performance 5 / 5 The Driver had to be adjusted to the draw setting on the connector. I did not have to move any weights around on the head itself. These minor changes gave me a straight ball flight. But I have only had it for two weeks so there is an adjustment period. I do find that I have a higher ball flight. More than the ½ degree between the Titleist 10*and the Cobra’s 10.5 would produce. This is a good thing though. A little more height means a little more distance. The driver never got me in trouble. But for a head that is supposed to be draw bias, I did not see that. Play it or Trade it 4 / 5 Tough to answer. I haven’t had the clubs long enough to give an informed decision. I need to get my TSI1 and the Aerojet side by side on the range and get data off my Mevo. But saying this shows I am not completely sold. It performed very well though. Total 13.5 out of 15 Aerojet Max 3 wood, 5 wood, and 7 wood. Looks, Sound, Feel 5 / 5 I’m writing about these together because they are all fairway woods and behave with similar characteristics. The look of the fairway woods is a seamless transition from the driver. The look, feel and sound are similar. The shape is a bit more rounded than the driver. On Course Performance 4.5 / 5 The higher ball flight is a welcome change. The only change I made was to the 3 wood. I first moved the shaft in the adapter to the draw bias setting. Still faded then I moved the weights to more draw bias and moved the shaft back to standard. This straightened this out. I had a TaylorMade SLDR 3 and 5 woods in the bag for years and the 3 wood was the high launch version. The Aerojet 3 wood is easier to hit and launches higher. The surprise out of the bunch was the 5 and 7 wood. Although I had a Cobra 7 wood (F6) in the bag this one is sneaky long with a higher ball flight. The five wood is a rocket ship. So much that I might not need a 3 wood. Play it or trade it 4.5 / 5 The 5 and 7 wood are staying in the bag. I’m not sure on the 3 wood. If I determine that I need a 3 wood it will stay. It’s not the club it just because I hit the 5 wood that much better and my course layout doesn’t require a 3 wood. But I did hit it better than my SLDR. Total 14 out of 15 King Tec 5 hybrid. Looks, Sound, Feel, 5 / 5 This club looks good behind the ball and instills confidence. This club has a dull black finish which reduces glare. The sound is very pleasing. It is interesting when you hit the ball in the sweet spot. You just don’t feel it like some other hybrids I’ve had. On Course Performance 5 / 5 Zero complaints on this one. It has a great ball flight and is also sneaky long. I almost got in trouble a few times compared to my other 5 hybrid. The distance gain is a good 15 yards. I didn’t even have to adjust any of the three weight ports. If you do use it off the tee, I suggest a natural color or plastic tee somewhat flush to the grass. The dull black finish is hard to get a white tee mark off. Play it or trade it 5 / 5 This one is a keeper for sure. All shots were straight and true. Even ½ and ¾ swings were straight without any weight adjustments. I did try the Aerojet during my fitting, but it was not a good fit. Total 15 out of 15 Putter Review: Putter, Agera Black Looks, Sound, Feel 4 /5 I am a mallet style fan and prefer a face balanced putter. I chose the Black version. The photo's showed this as black on the web site. Upon arrival I found the bottom and sides were black, but the top was a brushed metal which gives off a little more glare than I would prefer. The sound is pleasing not tinny, clicky or having a dull thud. The feel of the club is just right. Easy to stroke the putter and with great roll. Not to heavy and not to light. I think they nailed this design for me. My other minor complaint is the alignment line. They are using some sort of reflective brushed metal line instead of a white, red or some type of painted line. It works but it is just something I am not used to. I'm really not sure what the 3D printing is about as it is all under the hood if you know what I mean. You can see it protruding on the sides and out the back. Futuristic looking perhaps. But it is protected by the brushed metal top. I do find myself being extra careful with the putter. You know when you're on the practice green and you reach out with the back of the putter to pull the next ball toward you! When I do, it sounds like I'm going to break the 3D printed frame. So, I did it one time and one time only. I always put the cover back on before it goes in the bag. Side note I wish they used a magnetic cover closure instead of the Velcro. I'm used to putting the cover on top of my irons when I go to the green and the magnet (from my other putter) would attract right to the irons. Can't lose one that way if your cart partner decides to drive off and you're walking up to the green. I just have to remember to toss it in the basket instead. Performance, 5/5 What a surprise. I knew it was going to have a tough time replacing my Odyssey Marksman Fang. I was wrong. This was my first Cobra Putter. The club was supposed to come with a SuperStroke Tour 2.0 Traxion grip but came with a 1.0. I’m used to a 3.0 but going down to a 1.0, I feel like I don’t know what to do with all my fingers. But it is working very well. I’ll go to a 2.0 and I have already ordered one. I have found this putter to be very accurate. It has been easy to lag long putts within a foot or less and hole out longer putts than what I'm used to with my Odyssey. The lag putts are even burning the edges of the cups. Play it or trade it, 5/5 If you couldn't tell by my Performance rating, I'll tell you now. This is a keeper for me, and it is staying in the bag. My greens are slower due to being Bent Grass in the south. So, they do have to keep it longer to prevent hot spots and burn out. I haven't tried this putter on Bermuda yet, but I'll let you know how it goes when I get the opportunity. Total 14/15 King Tour Irons Looks, Sound, Feel 5/5 I didn’t have reservations about tour irons once I got to try them at my fitting. I was playing a player's distance iron and the lofts are similar except as you get toward the PW and Gap, but the iron head profile is slightly smaller on the Cobra’s. The look and design are very appealing. My biggest problem was with the grips. Absolutely hated them, and I felt like I had no control over the club. Once I replaced them with my preferred grip all was good. I did switch over to graphite shafts in the irons and the performance is actually better with a higher ball flight. The overall feel is fantastic as the ball rockets off the club face in its intended direction. The top line is thinner than what I’m used to. At first glance it is intimidating but once you hit them it’s gone from your mind. The sole is a little narrower allowing good turf interaction on tighter fairways. The club features an undercut cavity which you can’t even see and is filled with a TPU insert to dampen vibration and to give you a pleasing sound and feel. It works! On Course Performance 5/5 With the head seeming lighter, paired with the graphite shafts it seems effortless to swing these irons and get good distance and height. I did hit a few out toward the toe to see what the results would yield. There was minimal distance loss and virtually no change in direction. You did feel that you hit toward the toe. So, you do get good feedback. Hitting toward the heel, well that was another story. With the head being smaller my two attempts at hitting toward the heel resulted in the dreaded hosel rocket, dead right. Performance was better than I thought I would get going into Tour Irons. I re-gripped the irons and headed right to the course for the irons only challenge and managed one under on the front and one under on the back. Other than one range session with the original grips, that was the first time I had the irons out on the course with the proper grips. I’m thinking it can only get better. Play it or trade it 5/5 These are staying in the bag. Moving to graphite shafts and having a tour head just feels and looks right. I think Cobra hit it out of the park with the King Tour Irons. It is recommended for a 7 and under handicap and I think it could even be a little higher if you are on the fence about trying them. For size reference, below in the following order: Wilson D200 game improvement irons, Sub 70 699 Pro players distance irons, and Cobra King Tour irons. Snakebite Wedges: Looks, Sound, Feel, 4/5 I chose the 54 and 60 degrees with the versatile grind. I like the looks, the sound is a bit clicky, but the clubs perform well. The 54* has a normal groove pattern but the 60* is the full-face grooves. It just looks strange at address, but it performs. I haven’t mastered the feel yet on the 54* but if I play by the numbers they are performing. What I mean is I know how far I hit them with full, ¾ and ½ swings. So, I laser the pin and pick the swing for the distance. Normally I’m a feel wedge player. On course performance 4.5/5 The course conditions have not allowed me to use the 60* except for once or twice during the time I’ve had it. So, I’m reserving judgement. The 54* did everything I asked of it and helped me to shoot a personal best. The club put enough spin on the ball that it just sat where it landed, and I could attack the pin more. Stopping and proximity to the pin were outstanding. During the no irons challenge I had an extremely low amount of one putts. Of the few times I was able to hit the 60* the ball would skyrocket up and stop on a dime. Sometimes spin back a bit. I never could spin the ball back in the past. The grooves are so sharp that there would be pieces of white from the ball in the grooves. Typically, I only use the 60 in nicer lies, but this will perform in tighter lies with the versatile grind I chose. Play it or trade it 4.5/5 For now, they are staying in the bag. I need more feel time if that makes any sense. I can say they have played well but I just need a little more time with them to adjust. Total 14/15 Bag, Cobra Ultralight Cart Looks 5/5 Great layout. Rangefinder pocket with a magnetic closure is the bomb. Ginormus cooler pocket that works well. Easily hold two large Gatorade bottles and a few PBJ’s. Cobra's intent is to achieve ultra-light weight for a cart bag. So, looking for a separate putter well and a slightly larger diameter and individual full-length dividers would only add weight. On course performance 4/5 I like the strap pass through system. This allows full access to the zippered pockets. All pockets are easily accessible and the zippers are easy to use. The layout is such that everything is where you need it. The negatives are minor. I would have liked full length dividers for each clubs section. Grips do get tangled so you are lifting clubs to get things settled. A second accessory ring on the other side of the bag would separate the towels from the club brush. A Velcro patch would be good to hang your glove on to dry out during your round. The pencil pocket is too deep. Courses have short pencils and once you put it in it goes down too far to get it back out. Like I said this is being picky and the bag is one of the best designs I have used, and I have a few 14-way bags. Play it or trade it 5/5 Definitely keeping it in play. I can make some minor modifications to eliminate a few of the nit-picky items. Total 14/15
    6 points
  41. Shankster

    Random Thread

    P790 UDI… my new best friend. I did not know San Diego was so dang windy. Shot a smooth 73 in the Sea and Air course two days ago. +2 it really helps when you have a 2 iron that is laser straight and 3 wood long. see you guys later.
    6 points
  42. ... After so many years playing "normal" grooves on my LW, I haven't warmed up to full face grooves. They just look so different. That said, seeing them on the Black Snakebite 58* they were hardly noticeable so a win-win! Looking forward to seeing if they make a difference.
    6 points
  43. That’s it. Time for the ban hammer. Even I got on for a hot minute!
    6 points
  44. JerryB

    What bag do you use?

    I've got a Nike Air Hybrid stand bag that I got for Father's Day a couple years ago. I really like the backpack carry straps. I like that it has nice storage space but that often leads to me carrying too much. I like your carry bag. I really have to get me something like that.
    6 points
  45. tommyb1683

    Random Thread

    The previous owners had the pool filled in and it had real grass on it when we moved in. I was tired on getting the lawn mower and weed whacker on it so I decided to make it a putting green. I have some underlayment work to do still but I am overall pleased with how it came out. I want to add a few cups to it but once i cut them in that's it the cup is there unless I buy more fake grass. Any thoughts or suggestions?
    6 points
  46. I am not that analytical lol. I hit ball it go bang is my philosophy @GolfSpy_BOS @Golfspy_TCB are way more geeky than I, I say that in the nicest way.
    5 points
  47. With regard to that 9i, my understanding of the algorithm with the V3 was that a shot had to travel at least 5 yards. Could that have changed with the X5? Also, in regard to the 6i, I believe the algorithm was that two shots with the same club had to be at least 45 seconds apart. Was that a factor in your case?
    5 points
  48. I use a Vessel Lux XV cart bag 95% of the time. Had them put my college golf team's logo on the ball pocket and I love it. This picture has some older clubs from two years ago when I got the bag but it's the only picture I have of it.
    5 points
  49. Introduction Hello fellow Spies - my name is Chris Frederick! Wow, what a month it's been - I randomly stumbled on this place in March and found this incredible community. First off, I want to give a MASSIVE thanks to the Mod community and Cobra Golf for this opportunity, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next couple months! It means a ton to be selected as a new member - so my advice to everyone else that may stumble across this place - GET INVOLVED! Let’s start from the beginning - I was born, raised, and remain in Atlanta, GA with my wonderful wife of 8 years and my two amazing children. Growing up, I never really took golf seriously (averaging MAYBE 1 round / year) and usually gamed an old set from my dad. That was until COVID, when I became OBSESSED and tried to play as much as possible. Today, you’ll usually find me on a multitude of courses around the city (public golf in Atlanta kinda stinks, but that’s another story), or planning my next golf trip (last trip - Bandon, next up - North Carolina). After working on my game the last couple years (currently a 12 handicap), I finally took the plunge on getting fitted, specifically with my irons. Overall, I’d say the strength of my game is 100 yards or less - specifically with the putter. My biggest opportunities are with my woods, especially with my driver, which is inconsistent at best. I’ve broken 80 once, but my scores usually hover in the mid / high 80s. My confidence & mental side of the game have really hurt my scores recently (I refuse to hit certain clubs in my bag), which is why I’m so excited for this opportunity to test a full set of fitted Cobra clubs. High level, I hope to lower my handicap quite a bit and reach single digits by the end of year (am I crazy? Probably…) Throughout the length of the test, I plan to use my current setup as a direct comparison to the new Cobra line (please check out my WITB here for my current setup). In the end, my goal is to put this new bag through the ringer, and really understand how these new clubs stack up. What excites me most about this opportunity, is that I’ve NEVER hit a Cobra club - it hasn’t been on my radar and have never given them a fair shake (well, until today)! The Fitting My fitter choice was a local Golf Galaxy, which came with a bit of trepidation at first. I had many other options to choose from (Club Champion, TrueSpec, Golftec), but Golf Galaxy was the only fitter in my area to carry the full Cobra selection. This would allow me to try the exact options I’d be able to order, including shaft, grip, and length / lie / loft configurations across the bag. If you’ve never been to a fitting, it’s very important to do your research on head / shaft / grip options and ask yourself some questions about your game: How far do I (really) hit each club? How consistent am I with each club? What conditions do I play most and how do I plan to utilize each club in my bag? What options are available from your fitter? What’s stock vs upcharge? For wedges, which clubs am I using for full swings vs partial? Am I playing a lot of sand shots? Tight lies? Both? For shafts, how could the composition of the shaft affect my swing / flight (spin / launch / kick-point / feel)? Upon meeting my fitter, we chatted a little bit about my game, specifically on some of the questions above. As I mentioned above, my strengths are short game / putting, and biggest deficiencies come from driver & woods (more on that below), so I came in with an open mind regarding bag composition. And after a short warm-up, we were ready to go… Driver: First up, the driver - the (usual) bane of my golf game. I’ve never really been a great driver of the ball, specifically around accuracy / consistency. Given this feedback, the fitter went straight to the Aerojet Max, which is considered the most “forgiving” driver in Cobra’s current line. This is done through the use of two weights - one at the 12g at the back and one 3g at the heel, which is supposed to promote a draw on a standard swing. However, since my traditional shot shape is a draw, we flipped the weights to help fine tune my shot just a bit (it went from a strong draw to a nice, little baby draw - success!). Moving on to shafts, I asked the fitter to pull all stock Cobra options, which are plentiful and (should) address all possible swing types. Given my average swing speed of ~100, we started out with the Kai’li options from Mitsubishi (Blue 60 and White 60), and we quickly narrowed that down to the White 60 (less spin -> more distance). We then tried out the Hzrdus options - Black and Smoke Blue RDX, both of which felt completely different (more firm / crisp). While I was getting the most distance from the Black, it was also the most inconsistent and felt almost uncontrollable at times. This led me to the Smoke Blue, which gave me incredible distance gains (15-20 yards over my current driver), while giving me much better dispersion. Case closed (check mark) Fairway Woods / Hybrids: To me, this was the hardest decision in my bag given the multitude of options - do I lean longer fairway woods, or do I put more hybrids in my bag? For my game, I’ve generally turned away from the stronger fairway woods, given their difficulty to hit (especially off turf), but I was really interested to try out the Aerojet options. Given my driver choice (Max), we decided to focus on that same model and started on the 3 & 5 wood options with the Smoke Blue 70 shaft (10g heavier than driver shaft). After a couple shots, it became apparent that both clubs were relatively close in distance & dispersion, so we decided to split the difference and set the 3 wood up 1.5°, effectively making it a 4 wood. Before moving onto hybrids, I asked the fitter to try out a 7 wood, which I’ve heard great things about. Within a couple shots, it became clear that this would have a permanent place in my bag - the ball flew off the face and came to rest with ease, which should be a great option for my game going forward. To round out my longer clubs, I decided to go with the King Tec 5H, which should fill in a small gap in my bag between 7W & 5I. In addition, I’ve always been a fan of hybrids, given their versatility on the course. The fitter didn’t have many shaft options, but after hitting the KBS PGI in 85g, I knew this was the perfect fit for the King Tec. Irons: Moving on to irons, this was the only part of my bag that was predetermined - based on the groupings determined by the MGS Mods, I could choose between the Forged Tec & Forged Tec X. Between the two, I was leaning towards the FT, given the slightly smaller profile - I find the “looks” of an iron really important and prefer the less bulky models when addressing the ball. Using my existing iron setup as a baseline (Callaway Apex with Nippon Pro Modus 105 in R flex), the fitter started throwing out a couple different shaft combinations (weight, stiffness, profile) with the FT head. All-in-all, the clear winner was a lighter shaft - KBS Tour Lite, but in a stiffer profile (lighter but stiffer? Sure?). And in a direct comparison with my current setup, the FT / Tour Lite combination gave me an additional 10 yards and much tighter dispersion - sign me up, I’m a fan! Wedges: Given my wood / hybrid / iron composition to this point, I decided to make my wedge options relatively simple, rounding out my bag with Snakebites in 54° and 58°. Unfortunately, these were the only clubs Golf Galaxy didn’t carry, but we were able to try out similar wedge / bounce combinations to determine which options would work for me. Interestingly, Cobra “hides” the bounce (you can see them in the spec details), opting for grind “types” instead - Classic (full shot), Versatile (medium bounce, made for a variety of shots around green), & Wide-Low (lowest bounce, especially sand). Since I typically only use my Gap wedge for full shots, going with the versatile grind in 54° and wide-low in 58° was a pretty easy decision. Putter: We completed our fitting on the putting green, which was the easiest part of the whole day. Historically, putting is the strongest part of my game, and I’ve always preferred mallets. However, given this opportunity to build a bag from scratch, I decided to give a blade a chance. After hitting a couple different options from the “Vintage” line (traditional look, but Sik face), I tried out the 3D printed Grandsport. Candidly, this thing looks “interesting” to say the least, but felt the best, so I figured I would eventually get over the looks (I hope?). The (Great) Unboxing Bag: While I still wait out the rest of my boxes, I wanted to do a brief write-up of my bag choice - the Cobra Ultralight Pro+ Stand Bag in Navy Blazer / Ski Patrol (aka Red, White, and Blue). Overall, this is an incredible bag: from the overall build quality, to the number of pockets, and "heft" (albeit, a very light heft), I'm very pleased with this product. A couple highlights: - I REALLY love the magnetized rangefinder pocket - this is a great touch and prefer this over my current case - The cooler pocket is MASSIVE, and love that they included this (who doesn't love a couple adult beverages on the course?) - Its small, but the bright white legs really pop and bring the whole bag together Looking forward to putting in my brand new matching sticks - crossing fingers the boxes arrive soon enough! The (Great) Unboxing - PART TWO(?!?) As announced in the main thread... Looks like Cobra & FedEx were able to come through and get my clubs a day earlier (sorry @JerryB, @Tom the Golf Nut, and @Jnoble89...too soon?), so I wanted to give a quick update on unboxing / first impressions. Enjoy! The entire set arrived in two different boxes - one holding all the irons & wedges, with the larger box containing woods / hybrid / putter. Everything was pretty tightly packed and well contained, with each club in its own plastic sleeve and plenty of paper surrounding the clubs to better protect them during the shipping process. Well done Cobra! Very First Impressions (aka two VERY short range sessions) I was able to get away to my local range for a couple short sessions on the new clubs, with some quick takeaways: - Irons: Based on some initial TopTracer readings, I'm seeing minimal distance gains (~5 yards with my 7 iron) but a noticeable improvement in dispersion (~10 yard decrease in min / max "offline" shots). I'm confident I'll be able to squeak out a bit more distance while further reducing dispersion with a couple more range sessions. - Wedges: These may take the most time to get used to - I wasn't able to spend any time in the short game area so I'll reserve judgement on these until I'm able to focus some good time on that area. One note, I'm planning to bend my 56° down to a 54/55, since thats how I typically gap my wedges. - Woods / Hybrid: One word - effortless. While my woods have traditionally been the weakest part of my game, I'm very excited to be fitted in the longer clubs. I wasn't able to get much hard data here unfortunately, but some anecdotal evidence suggests my driver alone could be a godsend - a number of drives hit the back net of the range, which I've never accomplished before. Feel overall has improved with the Hzrdus shafts in the Driver / 3W / 7W - well hit shots feel incredibly crisp & smooth without any loss of control. - Putter: The blade could take a bit of time to get used to, but I'm a huge fan of the SIK face - I attempted to hit putts off different "levels" of the face and the ball still rolled extremely well & pure. More to come here... All-in-all, I'm very impressed and looking forward to hitting some courses in the coming weeks to start putting these through the ringer. One final note, I signed up for an Arccos trial - since its free for 45 days, I could at least get some good data on these new clubs to see how they stack up. Ok, time to drool... Cobra Challenge Week 1 - Woods & Wedges (aka Let the Big Dog Eat?) Nothing like diving straight into the deep end - woods have traditionally been the weakest part of my game, so I was a bit concerned about starting a new bag on the long clubs. Good news, those concerns were quickly diminished after the first couple sessions on the range (and reinforced with 2 rounds this past week)... Driver - Aerojet Max Specs - 10.5° loft, standard length, Project X Hzrdus RDX Smoke Blue (60g), & GP Tour Velvet Plus 4 grips Look / Sound / Feel - 4.5/5 First off, the looks of this driver inspires a ton of confidence at address. As many of the other testers have commented, I really love the use of matte elements on the crown of these clubs - in comparison to my gamer (Callaway Epic Max), it's a lot less “busy”. I’m not a big “sound” critic, but on solid to well-struck hits, this driver straddles the road between muted & booming (which is a good thing). As far as feel, this thing absolutely rockets on good drives - it's almost effortless and feels very “crisp” - during my fitting, this was a distinct feeling between the Hzrdus RDX & other stock shafts I tried out. On Course Performance - 4.5/5 This is where the AJ has really stood out - both from a distance & dispersion perspective. On the distance front, drives with the AJ are ~10-20 yards more than the Epic Max. Even better, my accuracy is starting to come around with a couple rounds - in my first round, I only hit 5/14 fairways, but I doubled that (10/14) in my last round. If there is any knock against this driver, mishits are still mishits, so it's not “perfect” (but plenty darn close). Play It or Trade It - 5/5 This driver has firmly found its place in my bag - it's excelling in every department in comparison to my current gamer. Overall - 14/15 There is so much to like about this driver - from the confidence inspiring look at address to the recent on-course performance, I feel like my game is already set to improve just on driver alone. That was until I met the fairway woods… Fairway Woods - Aerojet Max 3W & 7W Specs - standard lofts (15.5° and 21.5°), standard length, Project X Hzrdus RDX Smoke Blue (70g), & GP Tour Velvet Plus 4 grips Look / Sound / Feel - 4.5/5 As with the driver, the look, sound, and feel are all winners on the fairway woods. I really feel the combination of these heads with RDX Blue shafts are a clear winner (at least in comparison to my old Titleist 3W). On Course Performance - 5/5 While trying to temper my expectations a bit, given I’ve never gamed a 7W, these two clubs have already risen to the top of my bag as clear favorites. First off, the 3W is an absolute rocket off the tee (where I’ve typically hit it), besting my current gamer by >20 yards. Even more important, one of the weakest parts of my game has drastically improved with properly fitted fairway woods (who would have thought?). And on the 7W, I get excited just thinking about the next shot I’ll hit with it - it's truly effortless to launch high and stick soft, and has become my 2nd shot club on par 5s. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Given these clubs are replacing my old gamer and an empty spot in my bag, these are FIRMLY in the bag. Overall - 14.5/15 Is it bad that I’m already excited about hitting these clubs again? I’ve never been more confident about keeping clubs as these two before - great job Cobra! Hybrid - King Tec 5H Specs - standard lofts (24°), standard length, KBS PGI Shaft (95g), & GP Tour Velvet Plus 4 grips Look / Sound / Feel - 4/5 The King Tec is very unassuming - all black crown and typical hybrid look at address. I’ve noticed this club feels very crisp on most / all shots, even ½ (or less) shots - definitely something I wasn’t expecting when trying to manipulate the club around the course. One of the best parts of this club is the adjustability - from the three weights on the bottom to the collar, the user definitely has a lot of options, which adds to the versatility of this club. On Course Performance - 5/5 Hybrids have always been a conundrum to me - where do they fit in the bag? With this, I think I’ve found the answer, and it lies within its versatility on the course. From punch shots under low branches to chips right off the green that need to cover a long distance to the flag, this hybrid is incredibly easy to work. If I had to find a “knock” against it, I’m not sure it fits any real gap near the top of my bag - my 5I to 7W gap is relatively close, so I’m not sure I’ll play a lot of full swing shots with this. Play It or Trade It - 4/5 My gamer (Callaway Epic Super Hybrid) has a super large draw bias, which has me leaning to the King Tec just based on that alone - it's VERY easy to hit straight & long. But as mentioned above, it doesn’t really fit a necessary gap in my bag currently. Regardless, I plan on keeping this just due to its versatility on the course. Overall - 13/15 It was hard to find any faults here with the King Tec - would definitely recommend to anyone looking to utilize a hybrid (or two) in their bag. Putter - King 3D Printed Grandsport-35 Look / Sound / Feel - 3/5 I’ve always played a mallet, but I wanted to try something new for this challenge. My current gamer is a Scotty Phantom X 5.5, which fits my “slight arc” stroke a bit better than face balanced (or straight back), so while the shape was a departure, the GS was designed for a similar arcing stroke. While this is definitely a “chunkier” blade, it was still a bit challenging to get used to visually. As you can see from the comparison, the all black look is pretty stark difference from the Phantom’s silver & black. However, I’m a big fan of the SiK face - putts feel very crisp and roll true, even if I unintentionally (or intentionally) mis-hit it. And while some of the other testers preferred a larger grip, I really enjoy the feel of the skinny SuperStroke pistol grip. All-in-all, good showing here for the Grandsport. On Course Performance - 3/5 As discussed above, the “learning curve” for me to go from mallet to blade has been a bit challenging, so overall putting performance has struggled. This is especially true in putts within 5’, where its been hard to get really comfortable over the ball. However, one bright spot has been lag putting - my hypothesis is the SiK face helps “correct” errant mishits (which are more likely when you are trying to muscle putts), resulting in some very good long putts. Maybe with time, this could be a much better overall performer. Play It or Trade It - 1/5 Which leads to the most important question - does this stay in the bag? And while it does have some very positive qualities (sound & feel, lag putting), I don’t think its enough to overtake my gamer…yet. However, I definitely won’t be trading it - the Grandsport has earned a place “on-deck”, and could be called up again in the future. Overall - 7/15 Full disclosure - this putter didn’t have much of a shot to replace my Scotty, but I came away impressed. And if I chose a mallet to start (e.g. the flow neck Supernova), the decision to switch could have been a lot more challenging. Regardless, great work all-around Cobra! Irons - Forged Tec (5I - PW) Look / Sound / Feel - 4/5 Upon initial inspection, the Forged Tec looks very similar to my current gamers (Callaway Apex 21s) - I’d call it a small-medium topline (which I prefer), but doesn’t carry a lot of “heft” (again, which I prefer). All-in-all, I thought Cobra did a great job cramming a lot of tech into a (relatively) small package, and there is plenty of forgiveness while not sacrificing profile / look. In a comparison to the Callaway, you can see the extra "hump" on the back of the Apex 5I, not huge, but not as visually appealing as the FT (at least in my eyes). Sound & feel is pretty spot on - a noticeable click on a well-struck hit, which I would expect from a hollow body iron. I think the unsung hero here is the shaft, the KBS Tour Lite in stiff, which I feel fits this iron / feel profile very well. On longer iron shots, these feel effortless even when I’m maxing out distance and never felt like I had to “muscle” these clubs to get extra distance (unlike my gamers, which definitely needed a bit more finesse to perform well). One (small) knock, you get pretty instantaneous feedback on bad shots and I’d call these a BIT less forgiving than the Apex’s (not a bad thing, I just need to hit better shots ). One additional shout-out, the Golf Pride Tour Velvet +4s probably aren’t for everyone, but I LOVE the feel of the thicker bottom grip with these irons - I was a bit worried about reducing feedback (with a slightly larger grip), but I’m definitely a fan of having a bit more heft lower in the shaft. On Course Performance - 4/5 As with my putter, these clubs needed a bit of a learning curve to get used to - these probably didn’t fully click until my second round with irons-only. Once I was able to dial in the ideal swing / tempo, the ball would fly off the face with a small draw (which is my normal shot shape). Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of data points on my gamers (my local range has TopTracer, but is currently closed), but in a past comparison of 7Is, the Forged Tec averaged about ~5 yards longer (151 vs 146) - I’d guess that gap is a bit larger now that I’ve gotten a bit more accustomed to the iron / shaft profile of the FTs. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 As I mentioned in my latest round review, the FTs took the lead and have won a permanent spot in the bag - the combination of iron profile, club feedback, and shaft profile contributed to a top notch package. Overall - 13/15 As with the woods, Cobra has built an incredible club - I’d categorize the FT as a middle of the road iron (perfect for my current handicap), bridging the gap between a true players iron and game improvement. As its been mentioned multiple times, huge thanks the MGS staff for exposing these clubs to a player like me - I’ve never considered Cobras in the past, but I’m now a converted fan of the brand & clubs. Wedges - Snakebite 48° / 56° / 60° Look / Sound / Feel - 3/5 Lets get this out of the way, the sand & lob wedges were a bit challenging to get used to - I don’t mind the full face of grooves, but at address, these looked a bit foreign to me (more on that below). While I think this could inspire confidence in some players, this just feels huge in comparison to my current gamer wedges (Callaway Jaws Raw), and to me, the look of a wedge is VERY important to me (vs a wood / long iron). Sound & feel is the typical click you’d hear from a well made & well struck wedge, so absolutely no complaints here. All-in-all, I came away impressed with these wedges, but will have to deduct a couple points for the look at address. One additional call-out - given some supply chain shortages, Cobra shipped me a 56° and 60°, which isn’t my “typical” setup (I carry a 50° / 54° / 58°) - not a huge deal, but something to note. On Course Performance - 4/5 Getting past the looks, these things are definitely a performer, but almost too well…let me explain below. On a couple shots that stood out, I vividly remember how quickly these wedges stopped a ball on the green - these things are truly a spin machine. However, my bread and butter wedge shot is more bump than flop, which works well with my jaws setup but quite the opposite with the Snakebites. In many instances, the ball would leap off the face, hit the green, and stop within a couple feet - very impressive, but quite a difference from my current wedge process. Play It or Trade It - 3/5 This one is TOUGH - I really enjoyed playing with the SBs, but I struggled with the performance “challenges” documented above. I’d categorize this as still “in-process” and plan to experiment with these wedges a bit more before making a final decision (including bending these wedges a bit down to match my 54 / 58 setup). Overall - 10/15 Great job Cobra - these are definitely top performer wedges and would confidently recommend these to a friend (assuming they prefer the looks of the full face grooves). Will close this section as officially “undecided” on if these become my gamers or not. Stay tuned… Bag - Ultralight+ Stand Bag Look / Sound / Feel - 4/5 I currently use a Titleist Players 3 stand bag, and I feel Cobra knocked it out of the park in comparison to my “gamer”. I chose the “Navy Blazer / Ski Patrol” color way, which is a fancier name for “red, white, & blue”, which I loved seeing in person (I’ve already gotten a ton of compliments on the course). The Ultralight covers all of the expected bases - easy to organize, big storage pockets, and a breeze to carry around the course. One (slight) knock - this bag is a bit “heftier” that my Titleist (5 lbs vs 3.7 lbs), which makes sense given the additional storage space (hello cooler & magnetic rangefinder pocket). On Course Performance - 5/5 This gets the job done well - I walk a good amount and this has been a great bag to carry. Easy to get on and off and everything is within reach when on my back. No complaints / knocks here. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 This is an easy decision - this has firmly taken over as my “gamer” bag, and forced the Titleist bag to the on-deck circle (although I might just use it as my short course bag going forward). Overall - 14/15 Thoroughly impressed with the quality of this product - as with the other items I’ve reviewed, I’ve come away a huge fan of Cobra. Thank you again to the MGS staff for this incredible competition!
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  50. Today was fitting day, so Mrs.Chunks and I headed north to pay a visit to Fairways and Greens Golf Center in Knoxville to see what the day had in store for us. I walked in and was greeted by my fitter, David Sumilas who immediately perked up and asked if I was the forum member getting fitted for a full bag of Cobra clubs. I had mentioned in the fitting notes I was getting fitted for one brand and was looking at no upcharge shafts. We immediately hit it off and I spent some time talking about the forum and what an amazing opportunity this was. David had me start off warming up in a net and after I got a few shots in took me into the fitting room to pick out options. He opened up the Cobra drawer and I took the opportunity to look at all the head options that are available. All I can say is that Cobra makes some good looking irons. We discussed the pros and cons of the two heads I was chosen for and he made the decision to go with the Forged Tec X. He picked out some shafts and we headed to the outside range to hit some balls on the Trackman. I was ecstatic to see the rain that was forecast held off and that I got to hit off grass. We started out hitting 7 iron with the KBS Tour Lite Steel in regular flex. I hit a few shots and he recommend we go with graphite. The first shaft he chose was the UST 460 EST. I hit it fairly good, gaining a little bit of ball speed and a better peak height. In all honesty, the shaft felt good but not great. We moved on to the KBS TGI 75 and that's where the magic happened. I got the peak height, decent angle, and distance he was looking for. Done. Hybrids were next and he set me up in the KBS PGI 75 regular and once he guided me to a better ball position, we were done. He suggested a 4 hybrid in the King Tec and a 5 in the Aerojet. He did set up the hybrid in the one length setup and let me hit a few. It was weird, but once I got the ball position right I hit a couple of decent shots. Fairway woods were more of the same, I needed a better ball position as the ball was too far forward in my stance. I hit some stinkers, I'm talking off the back of the hosel bad. Once he got me straightened out, we went with the Kai'li Blue 60 regular in 3 and 5 woods. One other note as I'm sitting here looking at the fitting sheet, all the 12 gram weights are recommends in the heel. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. David had me hit my driver and immediately discarded the Aerojet LS. I hit one of the shots with my driver 210, rolling out to 235, with 1077 rpm of spin. We tried the Aerojet with decent results, but much higher spin. I peeked at the Trackman after one shot and saw over 5300 rpm. I wish I would have taken some photos of the Trackman, but was focused on the task at hand of listening to my fitter and letting him make the important decisions. We finally hit the sweet spot with the Aerojet Max with the Kai'li Blue 60 in regular flex. I was threatening the center of the face more often and the numbers looked good to him. I can't properly describe how much fun I had today and how good of a fitter David was. He helped me find the right ball position and was extremely encouraging throughout the fitting. I appreciated his expertise and ability to make me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. I highly recommend him to anyone who can make it to Knoxville for a fitting.
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