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  1. Morning all. Today is a great day! I received my first prize from the 2023 MyGolfSpy PGA Championship Pool Sponsored by TSR Woods. A Driver TSR2! That a great prize! Enormous thanks to all the people of MGS and especially to @@Golfspy_CG2 for making all of this happen. Of course, thanks to the people of for offering such great prizes! Gonna do the try out tomorrow and start the unofficial review.
    19 points
  2. Good Morning Spies, Nice warm Central Florida morning, 79 degrees. No golf this morning. Coffee maker stopped working this morning. Wife yells "Oh No", I jump out of my chair run into the kitchen, she looks at me, the coffee maker died, I need coffee. LOL. So I broke out my mom's old 4 cup Espresso pot, worked like a charm. Looking forward to starting a new part-time job today as a Ranger at local Country Club. Should be a fun job! Nice Espresso to perk me up to start the day, LOL. Have a Great Day Everyone!
    16 points
  3. Morning everyone. No golf today, unless watching the Scottish Open counts. Just going to enjoy my coffee and relax. Hope everyone has a great Friday!
    16 points
  4. Happy Friday to you! Old poochie very seriously surveying his territory this a.m. .. just in case any of those pesky squirrels or rascally rabbits show their face and need to be chased away! Yep a little rain here last night; kinda looks like it may be clearing but .. also kinda looks a little threatening, too, for later in the day. Oh well the weather always does what -it- wants (not what we puny mortal humans want). So maybe, or maybe not, some outdoor golf time for me later... Hope you have a great day!
    16 points
  5. GM & Happy Friday! 7:02 Tee Time with the Bacon Boyz. Hope rain holds off to later in the day. Couldn’t work in the yard yesterday everything too wet so washed up the cart instead B4 more storms came thru. Everyone have a great day, stay cool & dry!
    15 points
  6. Good morning! Gotta get work started early as I need to knock off a little early for a late afternoon tee time. Have a great a Saturday eve! Edit: forgot to note that my new to me (pre-owned) Sub 70 699U and braided belt are supposed to arrive today. that they arrive before my round.
    15 points
  7. It’s morning, or almost somewhere. Just wanted to stop in and say howdy. I am retiring from golf for the foreseeable future. Having some pretty bad arthritis going on in my thumbs, makes gripping a club pretty painful, not to mention being deployed 6+ months a year. Makes no time for golf. Hope everyone finds the fairway for me. I’ll swing by from time to time, but if you don’t hear from me again I’m doing ok… took up hiking again. Cheers. Alan
    15 points
  8. Good morning and happy Friday Spies, Dog walked, BIG cup of coffee downed and ready to tackle the lawn. Which is 1.5 hours behind the mower and around 4 miles walked according to my Apple Watch. I have a 4:40 tee time in my church golf league. Wishing all a great day.
    14 points
  9. Good morning Spies! Workout and coffee finished, and headed into work. No golf today but I hope to get some in this weekend. Working through the iron building process for my first time, and encountered a conundrum. I won’t bore you here as I posted it in the equipment forum. But I bring it up just to say how much I appreciate this forum sending me down that very interesting path, which I never would have tried without learning so much here. Thank you MGS. And somewhat randomly, but importantly IMO, thanks to @EasyPutter for all you do for other vets through PGA Hope. I enjoy reading your updates. I wish you all a super Friday!
    14 points
  10. Good morning Spies! TGIF! Played 9 last night after my eye exam. This was pretty interesting because they ended up dilating my eyes . Definitely made things tricky, like reading greens and reading my scorecard lol. That being said I managed to play decent (for me). Wife’s birthday weekend so golf is taking a back seat till Monday. On Monday I’ll have my first session with GolfTec. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
    14 points
  11. Good morning Spies on this no commute work from home Friday for me. A little late in this topic, but I spent time in the Community Call post watching the video of yesterday's call first. Hoping to finish real world work and then make my 2:00PM tee time as the weather here for the weekend doesn't look the best for outdoor activities. To those who may have missed the call, the video posted with Sam Hahn and the MGS team is well worth watching. Make your day the best it can be, no matter what is in your plans.
    14 points
  12. Happy Friday, spies! After today, my 11 straight days of no work begins ! At it early for the second of 16 days of employee HRA screening so will be another busy morning but wanted to jump on to wish everyone a great day! I am FINALLY going to be able to get in my mini golf round for the Cobra challenge this afternoon/evening, too, and then my 18 holes of irons only either Saturday or Sunday early morning. Can't wait!
    14 points
  13. Good morning MGSpies on an it's finally Friday in WNY looking at the posts this morning of umbrellas and golf in rain brings a joyful feeling like @ParFore74x it is peaceful times amidst the maelstrom and @berkeleybob I see your rig as camouflaged for blending in Men In Black style Hot coffee getting this last no-commute day started and a 4:20 tee time awaits with forecast that will not require my own rain gear, but it is what it is hope your day has golf in it too.
    14 points
  14. Happy Friday spies!! Tried beating the rain yesterday but it caught me on 13 and forced me to stop and wait 10 minutes for a clearing. Finished 13 & 14 before the skies opened up and it rained pretty good for 30 minutes or so. I had found a hiding place at that point and was able to wait it out. It was actually quite soothing. Have a great day spies!
    14 points
  15. Morn all! It’s nice and sunny—and we’re making our way back home. Our vacation is still for another couple weeks, so hopefully more golf is on the horizon. On another note, when I look at my golf rig in the rain, I swear it looks like I’d be headed for a funeral.
    14 points
  16. Good morning and happy Friday everyone! It's a fairly nice morning here 75 with just a bit of humidity. My coffee is going down well and I'm looking forward to getting through the day. I hope y'all have a great day and a good start to the beginning of the weekend!
    14 points
  17. Grandsons spent the night. It’s a pool day today once the elm tree is shading the water. To paraphrase the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, NO Golf for me. Have fun all. Hit ‘em where you can find em.
    13 points
  18. Good Morning All, welcome back Friday! You’ve been gone too long. If you’re playing today, go low. If you’re not playing today, there is always tomorrow. Have a great Friday!
    13 points
  19. Morning Spies! Packing up for a bachelor party. Should be fun weekend!
    13 points
  20. Hey Mr Shankster - too bad about the thumbs... I can sympathize - after a left arm and hand injury followed by too many years of hunched over at a desk typing on a keyboard my left thumb, and both wrists, could be in better shape... I'd asked a pro about it and he said I was a "down loader" and should change up my grip a bit, like KennyB did, to help reduce the stress on it during the swing. Has helped a bit. Anyway .. enjoy your time when you can with wife and kids and other fun outdoor activities!!
    12 points
  21. ParFore74x

    How'd you play?

    Decided to try out the “irons only” challenge that the testers in the Cobra Challenge are doing this week. I played the local muni that I play the most and moved up one set of tees, from yellow (6299 yds) to white (6042 yds) because the par 5 doglegs would have been unreachable for the most part. On the par 3s and 4s, the difference is less than 10 yds but on the 5s it’s 15-40 yds difference depending on the hole. I took my 4 iron and used it on all 14 holes to tee off. I don’t normally carry this club because I could not hit it well. Turns out that I cannot hit it to save my life off of the deck but, off the tee is a different story. It was fairly straight and consistently longer than I expected. The biggest thing that I noticed was that my thinking and course management seemed more relaxed. Shorter irons on the par 3s, longer irons for the second shot on 4s and 5s as well as third shot on 5s. Ball striking was the best that it’s been all year so I was stoked about that. Final score was 42/46, 88 which included a couple of triples and a double. The 7 pars and 6 GIRs helped to keep things under control. My favorite hole was definitely the par 5 9th that was playing around 440 yds and uphill 50 feet. My tee shot had good distance but was a bit right and made my second shot blocked by trees. I attempted to go over them but a poorly struck 9 iron went bouncing along the ground to a clearing in the rough that left me 124yds and uphill around 10 feet to the green. The not-so-great shots from both my 4 iron and 9 iron were negated by the beautiful arch of a ball flight as my PW sent my ball to the green and just stopped. Set me up perfect for a 2 putt par. Overall I have to admit that playing irons only was enjoyable, I really liked the change in thought process.
    12 points
  22. Good morning Alan, As involved as I am with PGA HOPE I know the Pros are trained in adaptive golf techniques for Veterans with physical limitations and I have seen them in action and the creativity they demonstrate never fails to astound me. My contribution to the groundswell (or would that be ocean swell) of support from our fellow Spies would be to change course and look for those who have seen these problems before for their area of expertise and if nobody has looked at it before, poke the VA lion and see how they wake up to the challenge of playing golf with hands that don't grip as well. If they can do things for Vets with no arm, hands, legs or feet to golf, I am sure they have something up their sleeves that will get you back on the course. (see what I did there?) Looking forward to many more years of your contributions here in our MGS world, Derek
    11 points
  23. BallsLeon

    How'd you play?

    Last night I played 9 at the same course (Falcon Valley) that I played Sunday. My hope was to build on that first outing and make some improvements, but that didn't quite work out as expected haha. Had my yearly vision checkup beforehand, and they decided my eyes needed to be dilated for the exam . So that made things pretty interesting, definitely relied more on feel . While I did not intend to participate in the "irons only" challenge, after the 3rd bad swing with my 5 wood I stuck to teeing off with my 6 iron for the rest of the round. Hit all the fairways after that. My GIR% remained the same as the previous round, but I had 4 more putts for a total of 20 (up from 16). Ended up shooting 53 (up from previous 52). Also, on hole 4 I had the best chip shot I've had yet! I wish it had been for par or birdie, but it was still awesome. My approach shot went long past the green, and rolled up a slope in the rough. I took my sand wedge, and just tried to chip it out into the middle of the green. It dropped and just got on the perfect line to the hole. Didn't get any pictures in the moment, but mocked it up on maps:
    10 points
  24. Good Friday morning! I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.
    10 points
  25. @JerryB I agree with @Tom the Golf Nut and @chisag about how difficult these challenges are for those of us that don't have the games that the better players do. It's also tough mentally knowing that there's a lot of people following along and having that feeling we're not living up to their expectations. In a review like this, I think it's important to be open and honest, struggles are part of the game and being open about them enriches the review for the readers. You've done an amazing job with the review and from my personal opinion, it's been wonderful to get to know you better. I can say the same with our fellow competitors, this is a good group of golfers and getting to know you on a more personal level has been great. Sam, I'm glad you are ok after your existence with the heat yesterday and called it quits before overdoing it. Those temps your dealing with are no joke.
    10 points
  26. When my handicap was bit higher than it is now and just starting to get serious, I got paired up randomly with another single one afternoon. He was scratch or pretty darn close. After the first couple holes, I noticed that when I was shooting the pin, he never asked for the yardage, but he hit every green. So I casually asked him what the secret was. I'm paraphrasing, but his response was along the lines of " I never get myself in trouble aiming for the center of the green, I know that I can lag it close to the hole more often than not, so I aim for the center." I know this standard stuff and he wasn't the first one I had heard that from, but in the moment, it felt like a revelation. So I adopted his approach and made myself a decent lag putter. Over time, in part that approach has allowed me to get down to single digits. So, it's simple, but it works.
    10 points
  27. JerryB

    How'd you play?

    Played the back half of my irons only challenge walking the back nine at River Heights today. Rained a lot yesterday and was still looking iffy this morning so Owen decided to pass. Started out rather comical as I thinned my 7 iron off the tee and it rode the cart path to just short of the green. Chip and a two putt for a bogey. On eleven I mis-hit my eight iron off the tee but it managed to skip across the pond and make it to the other side. Then I took my GW and caught the end of the toe, skittering further to the right. Wound up with a triple. On twelve I hit a decent 7 iron, then a GW that wound up in the fringe off the green. Two putts from there for a par. Thirteen saw a 7, then an 8, then I chunked my GW leaving me short of the green. Hit one of my better chips with my PW to tap in for bogey. Got doubles on the next four holes on my way to 18, where the wheels really fell off. Some really poor contact and also overshot the green twice on my way to a really ugly quintuple bogey to finish. Getting into my head a lot lately. Went (+18) 54.
    10 points
  28. GolfSpy TCB

    Is Golf Addictive

    What other activity can make you feel so disappointed, dejected, depressed, frustrated, angry, and completely disheveled that you never want to do it again... until the moment you finish... when you are planning the next opportunity to do it all over again. Yeah. That is addiction.
    10 points
  29. Still morning for a few minutes so good morning everyone. Looking forward to a good Friday, Boss just said we should take some time this afternoon, and then we are taking our two older kids to the movies. Should be a blast. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
    9 points
  30. Good morning spies! Late start to the morning for me. Sitting here watching Let's Make a Deal with my grandma. The good news is I got a lot of grad school done yesterday. I am finishing up today with the rest of my grad school for this week and may work into next week. No golf for me today, but I plan on getting out and working on my game tomorrow. I have been in a bit of a slump with my swing lately, so I am hoping to get out tomorrow and gain some confidence back. If anything, I can go work on my short game and sharpen up on a few things. I'm in a best-shot tournament this weekend, so I need to get out and get my confidence back! For all of you that get to play today, play well! Have a fantastic Friday!
    9 points
  31. My wife tells me I should've been a meteorologist* .. it's pouring here now... * and make a million dollars a year for being -wrong- most of the time
    9 points
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    8 points
  33. ... This is a golf forum where members have 2 or more and sometimes many more sets of irons. I have multiple sets but only 2 I actually play. My gamers and a set of Z Forged MB's I pull out 3 or 4 times a year because they are fun and always confirm I should be playing something a little more forgiving. But I doubt many switch between two sets and have better results. ... I have always believed consistency is the key to playing well. In your case I see two options. 1. If you truly love your 921 Tour short irons, you can combo with some Mizuno mid/long irons and make the break anywhere you think works best for you. 2. Buy another set of more forgiving irons that better suit your play. Golf isn't a game of how good are your best shots but how bad are your worst shots. The formula is simple, play the most forgiving irons you can effectively play. For a 3 index those are most likely Players Irons but I have played with scratch or even plus index golfers that use GI's. Most modern Players Irons are basically combo sets built into their design with more weight low producing higher flying long irons and higher weighting producing lower flying short irons so old fashioned combo sets are not usually necessary. Using Rickie Fowler as an example, he has played MB's for as long as I can remember and he switched to King Tour Players Irons this year and is scoring better (winning a few weeks ago). He is using 4-pw and would be an ideal candidate for a mixed set of MB short irons or at least a MB pw but evidently found the Players short irons give him all the control he wants/needs.
    8 points
  34. ... A unique experience for me. I went to the PGA Show every year and reviewed what I thought were the best clubs in every category. Obviously they were glowing reviews because I picked the best driver/fw wood/hybrid/irons/wedges/putters for my swing. So posting a negative review is new for me but as you stated and we all know, MGS reviews are just regular golfers that get a chance to play and review an entire spectrum of clubs. The chances of getting a full bag of clubs (including the bag) from any OEM and being in love with all of them is pretty low. ... One of the things I love about MGS reviews is the Trade or Keep part of the review. Because the truth is nobody makes a bad club these days and much of it comes down to personal preference. I don't care for a longer length from front to rear on my driver. It looks unwieldy and distracting to me eye. But someone else may absolutely love a larger looking head because it gives them added confidence. And I do not like a loud or explosive metallic sound with my driver, preferring a dense and muted sound. Conversely many young players find a dense and muted driver face feels "dead" to them. So the same driver producing very similar performance for 2 different players can be in ones bag and out of the others based primarily on simple personal preference. ... Just so much to learn and enjoy from any regular ole MGS members review.
    8 points
  35. Breaking News here for the Cobra Challenge Just saw this picture of CFreddie's latest golf accessory so he can complete the upcoming last challenge in a similar fashion to what he managed to do in those already completed.
    8 points
  36. Thanks again to Titleist for their awesome support during the Majors this year! Have fun everyone and choose wisely! +3 for the Cut 82 for the highest score
    8 points
  37. Good Morning everyone! Up early again, but slow start for a Friday. Coffee and biscotti down and starting my exercises. Packages are starting to arrive from my Amazon Prime Days purchases... going to be expensive!! Nothing golf related, although I also ordered new Pure Grips that came yesterday. No golf today; still resting up my sore wrist. Hoping for a couple of good rounds this weekend. Keep cool everyone; going to be a hot one!!!
    8 points
  38. This is how I feel about the process, too. Watching someone who is way better than me hit GI irons or a "max" version of a driver head does me little good. I don't strike the ball that consistently, so I'm not going to get that consistent of numbers with the clubs. As a higher handicap, I feel like I can provide a good, real world review of how the irons I am testing (Aerojet) perform on good strikes, slight toe/heel misses, and just plain old bad strikes. I have had to remind myself a couple times that the expectation is not to hit every club perfect, but just to play and review them to how they fit my game.
    8 points
  39. Isn’t that the purpose of having more than one?!
    8 points
  40. Krowland

    How'd you play?

    Got a round in yesterday afternoon, very hot and windy conditions. After the first 9 I was sitting at a 44, not great but not the worst. Back 9, I had figured out my driver giving me some better scoring opportunities... however as much as i'd love that to be the plan, and to stick to the plan, I went with plan B. That plan is me under or overhitting and missing greens. However, it gave me a chance to really work my wedges. I just recently bought new wedges so i was actually quite excited to play those shots. I wasn't frustrated, mad, or let emotions of my mishits get to me at all. Just looked at it as an opportunity. Finished that back 9 at 41. Total on the day 85. I'm usually somewhere in the high 70's-mid 80's, so with the conditions I was content with my round. There is always something to take away from each round. Its the one great shot, its the easily avoidable mistakes, its the one long putt, the hole you played last time terribly but this time made a birdie on, there is always something. When the game stops being fun, it's time for me to stop playing. I don't see that happening anytime soon so until then i'll take it one shot at a time. There's always and always will be, the next shot! Good luck out there, stay positive, and may the rounds be low! Cheers ️
    7 points
  41. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1f79mMkUFck0iEttV5Cz3mCo676ScaeoN/view?usp=drivesdk Here is the link to the call. I'll post it up top as well, but wanted to get this out asap.
    7 points
  42. the one putter to rule them all...
    7 points
  43. Sorry to hear about the arthritis Alan. I know the pain! I went through a period a few months ago with pain in my left thumb; hurt during the swing when my right hand put pressure on it. I changed my grip a little to compensate, and the pain has mostly subsided… to be replaced by pain in other locations. Glad you are doing OK otherwise, and please stay in touch. Let us know when the sandwich shop opens.
    7 points
  44. @JerryB Sam is spot on. All the challenges are hard. Both physically and mentally. All you can do is your best. There are no expectations. Remember you are a higher handicap, on top of this you have all new clubs to get used to. Then they limit what clubs you can use for a challenge. It’s just plain hard. But at the same time you learn so much. I walk away with options on the course that I never thought about before. I’ll also be frank and say, I don’t think I would sign up for this again. Well at least not in the summer. It is taxing on the mind and body. On a positive note the finish line is in sight. We are all winners and we provided the entire forum with entertainment, equipmemt reviews, and the opportunity for them to get involved with challenges. In two weeks your going to look at your shiny new clubs sitting in the corner, think back on the entire challenge and smile. Some day Owen will be sitting in your shoes going through one of these and then you will really smile (or laugh at him).
    7 points
  45. ... I was determined to beat my last score as I hate being in a tie. I hit a great 4 iron and a nice 8 iron to 10 feet and I see ... verticut aerated greens. I managed to stick one about 2 feet on the 4th hole and made a birdie, but several putts in the 7-10 ft range just had no chance hopping around like the Easter Bunny. Added a bogie on the 7th and the rest pars so it wasn't gonna happen today. I decided to get ready for the next challenge but after 2 holes on the back 9 I was standing on the tee and felt a little dizzy and flushed. Sat back down in the cart in the shade and it went away but I was not taking any chances and called it a day after 11 holes. Never enjoyed cooling seats in my car so much. I think 111* is my new limit because the 113* temperature today got the best of me.
    7 points
  46. sirchunksalot

    How'd you play?

    In a practice round for the irons only challenge, I had about the same luck. I was pressing hard to score well and completely fell apart. I was coming out of my golf shoes trying to get more distance and my ability to hit the ball was terrible. Also, I could not putt. I had 5 3 putts and 22 overall. It was a very bad day that had me beating myself up. I went in without any kind of mental preparation and it showed. I couldn't tell you how many times I looked at the course scorecard and Google Earth leading up to my round Wednesday. I broke down the holes and how far each shot would have to travel to reach the green in three shots on par 4's and four shots on par 5's. In other words, my par for any given hole was bogey. I'm still amazed how relaxed my mind was throughout the round and it showed. Granted, I moved up a set of tees from where I usually play, but the goal was to be able to compete with better golfers. It worked out well, I shot a 98 and I'm feeling better about my game than I have in ages.
    6 points
  47. Great prize!! Enjoy that driver!!
    6 points
  48. ... If it is as easy as unscrewing a weight and screwing it back in, why not? As Ben said ya never know til you try. That said I would first move the 12gm weight to the rear with the 3gm weight in the heel. The more weight in the rear, the more forgiving the head is twisting less on slight mishits while providing a little more height and spin for control. I actually put a 16gm weight in the rear since my driver is 1/2" shorter for more control. ... The second part of the equation is the fairway wood weights are smaller than the driver weights. They can fit in your driver but you'll get dirt and grass surrounding it and of course the driver weight will not fit in the 7 wood. But I like your thinking!
    6 points
  49. Sorry to hear about the continued issues with being able to golf Glad to hear you're staying active, though. Don't be a stranger my man!
    6 points
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