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  1. Good morning everyone. Up too early for a weekend but I have another loop in a couple hours so early rise it is. Coffee is ready and about to get in the car. Gonna be another great day. @jdparker Post pics of your cook. My parents are in town from OR so I smoked some tomahawk ribeyes and whipped up some chimmichurri sauce. Going to throw a couple Picanha steaks on the smoker tonight. Will share pics of those as well. Hope this gets everyone taste buds fired up this morning!!
    12 points
  2. Good morning Spies, Happy Sunday. Enjoying my cuppa on a rainy morning in Central NY. I’m grateful to be on the other side of COVID with on minor symptoms. Excited Getting to get back to running and golf again. If football is going to be part of your day, I hope your teams play well. Well, except for Cleveland. Go Niners! Wishing all a wonderful day!
    8 points
  3. Good morning Spies on a cool, damp Michigan morning. Currently mid 40's going to low 50's with a steady wind from the northwest, gusting to about 25mph. Tee time is for noon, and currently working on some computer work which needs to be completed by midnight to meet customer timing requirements.Hope that your day is the best it can be, and that some golf or fun activity is part of your plans.
    8 points
  4. Good morning spies! It's a cloudy, cool morning and I'm just enjoying a cup of Joe while relaxing with the animals. I'm planning on getting out with the wife later to grocery shop and see how I'm holding up before having to go back to work tomorrow. I hope y'all have a good Sunday!
    8 points
  5. Good Sunday morning! Up way to early but the little one decided to wake up so she's now in my spot in bed, back asleep and I'm up drinking coffee. Looking forward to smoking a beer can chicken and hopefully hitting the course this afternoon. Enjoy the day!
    8 points
  6. Still morning so I'll squeak this in. Changing my golf habits as fall weather is here. 7am is getting colder, damper, and moving my tee time out I get caught up with carts being allowed out on the course (8am is cart time). Sunday afternoons the course is quite empty. So, I'm making the change to 2:00 tee times. I'll see how that goes for now.
    7 points
  7. Good morning everyone from OC, MD where the rain has moved out but it is about 50* and 20mph winds. We play inland a couple miles so we hope the wind isnt as bad over there for our 12 tee time at War Admiral. Have a great day!
    7 points
  8. Awesome! One of my faves to smoke, that or a spatchcocked whole chicken. Getting up early to feed the animals, and get ready to head out to play. About a 40min drive up north to WinterStone Golf Course. Have only played this course once, back in early June, it seemed nice but it kicked my butt. Looking for some redemption today. 48° outside currently, but should get up to low 50°s, will have to layer up. Got my red rooster rain gloves yesterday so maybe those will come in handy today! Have a great Sunday everyone! ️
    7 points
  9. Just plain cruel.... As I sit here eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! The positive is, that is what I eat before my round of golf.
    6 points
  10. I don't want to get into too much and hijack the thread. And I know you're side as you've stated countless times shafts don't spin. However as they change how someone can swing and then therefore influence the AOA and other properties changing spin characteristics does that not mean in a sense they do effect spin as a by product of their features? Just a thought, not expecting a long indepth response, just my own personal thought that yes they do influence spin. Maybe not directly, but indirectly they do or can. It's likely more semantics and just a general golfers perceived notion.
    6 points
  11. Good morning all from the whitetail woods. Have seen 4 bucks so far, but none in shooting range. One was a potential shooter and the other three were smaller. Here’s to hoping they keep moving and something crosses my path!
    6 points
  12. Good Morning Folks It's been a minute, This football season is kicking the old right into me. I am counting down the days/games left I have to take a break from it. That will be short lived as there is a good chance I'll be voted in as President of our association. Good thing is it's only a year long term and then one as past Prez. Up earlier than I wanted as my daughter had her fall lacrosse "play Day" today. It's her first game situation since ACL injury/tear Sept 22'. I thought it was 8:30 her time which makes it 6:30 my time. I was only off an hour. It's good cuz I have a chance to get some important reading done here on MGS. Hope everyone is doing good, Have a great Sunday. +12
    6 points
  13. Sunday my fellow spies , or as I call it Subday.. A day to do or finish what didn’t get done during the week…. Yesterday’s play away from home was meh…. Playing without the wedges did not overly help or hurt. @jdparker remember that little ones rule. Just practicing for when they expand their empires as adults. Just continue to raise her to be a benevolent ruler. Speaking of rulers, my lady of the land was slightly distraught when I returned to the realm headquarters. Seems the “ Her High Highness “ of the next kingdom over has had another consort bail and seek safety in exile. This one in the foreign land of Nebraska. I told my SHE being, that I was not surprised. That as long as that, lady leader in the next land over held so many intolerable ideas and proclaimed such offensive edicts as Then she will be a ruler without subjects or consort. I am taking the inverse of the tactic of the fleeing consort and retrieving the wedges from solitary confinement. I am going to take my nemesis to the course today and fearlessly use the wedge(s) if and when the need arises. First, I will make sure my throne holder is feeling better about the situation that the poor decision making Big Boss of the next door territory has caused herself… I always try to remember that even in my subjugated state, that life is better, much much better with a ruler/ wife that is calm, secure, and balanced… Balanced is very important. May Sunday…errrr Subday be all you need it to be my spies.
    6 points
  14. @Preeway absolutely! Those ribeyes! Killer meal right there.
    6 points
  15. Went back and took some more photos. Did notice an issue with the t200 finish. Doesn't look like bag chatter to me, but it's as tho it got sun burnt and the skin is peeling.
    6 points
  16. Note: I managed to leave the store unscathed with only a 20$ hit to my wallet for two golf gloves.
    6 points
  17. We had 10 guys covering North America we are down to 4. Part of me wants to move on but I only have a few more years left before retirement. I also get to play a lot of golf so it's a tough decision. Let's just say I'm keeping my eyes open.
    6 points
  18. ... I think it is a little early for that assessment Foz. Keep in mind the Mods have jobs, families and lives and are not directly connected to MyGofSpy Central. And as far as "nobody seems to be concerned about a resolution" it is Sunday and I doubt anyone at Dicks/GG are returning emails or calls. If all remains the same by late tomorrow morning, then we can start complaining. This is perfect for me because I am down to 1 dozen Maxfli Tours and I will pick up the 6 dozen limit if 23MGS15 is fixed by tomorrow.
    5 points
  19. Wife got me the a fantastic 1year anniversary gift. She doesn’t often take interest in my golf addiction but she was definitely picked a nice gift.
    5 points
  20. Good morning MGSpies he says in the last minutes before noon, rainy morning, son ran another PR yesterday in his last NCAA Cross Country meet at Geneseo, and hope everyone has golf in their day today! now lots to catch up on after this lovely morning sleeping in
    5 points
  21. Morning all. Got fogged out again so hit the range. Did lots with my daughter yesterday and preschool pumpkin patch fundraiser today. Have a great day all!
    5 points
  22. @Dead Solid Bogey oh she definitely knows she's the ruler. Youngest in the house and youngest grandchild so she is full of sass. @Preeway here is a before pic. Beercan chicken and my boudin roll I make.
    5 points
  23. Good Morning Everyone!! Hope y'all have a great Sunday and hopeful can play golf today! I can tell you that it wasn't golf yesterday after pruning shrubs on Friday!! Don't do that! Shot 85... ugh! Still a beautiful day; currently 55º headed to 76º. I feel a little better this morning. After golf yesterday we moved patio furniture around to the driveway and our street had a "block party" that involved 3 blocks. Our street is shaped like an "L" and our house is on the outside corner of the dogleg. Since we have no street parking, our driveway is extra long so the food was in our driveway and people spilled out into the street. This was our first gathering of the neighborhood and we had 3 houses that are newbies, so it was also a welcoming. Lots of fun!! Next spring we will have the neighbors at the end of the block bring their guitars and banjos.
    5 points
  24. I wasn't hungry until I looked at your post, there's nothing better than some smoked ribeye. Those look amazing!
    5 points
  25. Went back to the range this evening, to continue working on the driver. Played 15 holes virtually at Pebble Beach prior to running out of balls. The weather this evening was chilly and about 25 degrees cooler than yesterday afternoon’s session. The conditions helped illuminate a point regarding T200 irons that, to this point, I hadn’t considered. With the cooler temps, the slightly off center strikes aren’t painful and the distance loss isn’t as severe as less forgiving options. The 5 and 6 today were spot on. I’m still leaning towards a T150 7 iron, but the T200 5 & 6 have firmly entrenched themselves. On a semi-related note, I have back to the Callaway 4 utility. The T200 4 utility is nice but ultimately what I get out of it is far too similar to the 5 iron.
    5 points
  26. Tom the Golf Nut

    How'd you play?

    Since my trip to TN for work finished up on Thursday, I took the opportunity to go back to my private club for a round Friday morning before heading back to NC. Boy oh boy do I miss that course. The course was in great condition with just a hint of the fairways turning brown and going dormant for winter. The greens were rolling like linoleum. Unfortunately, I didn't find that out until I was on the first green and rolled 10-footer 15 feet past the cup and just off the green. At least it only was a bogey. But I got the speed dialed in after that. The course was empty except for a twosome four holes ahead of me and a single walker three holes behind me. It was one of those welcome home rounds. The course said it missed me and to reward me it gave up a good round that this course holds tight to its chest. I walked off with a 68 and I wish I could have stayed longer to spend more time with my old friend. But I was meeting my daughter in Charlotte for dinner which also helped break up my 5-hour drive home. What a great day.
    5 points
  27. Shapotomous

    How'd you play?

    I got out to play thurs afternoon instead of heading to a project involving drywall mud. It was a good decision! I got in 17 and there was enough light that I could have played the hole I skipped past a family but I forgot to go back. I was 5 over for the 17 holes played and 3 of that was from a triple bogey (cart path bounce = lost ball in hazard). The 10.5* driver continues to be a fairway finder. The irons & wedges were on line although I was coming up a few yards short of the pin but still on the green. Not many reasonable birdie chances but lag putting was decent so there were many tap in pars. This was a tune up round for a weekend golf trip coming up and I feel good about the state of the game!
    5 points
  28. SteddyGolf

    Old but new

    I was once pretty active here. I went through some life transitions and just kind of moved away from social media. Since my last involvement with mygolfspy I’ve retired from the military and moved from Hawaii to South Carolina. I now live on a golf course and play as much as my body will allow. I’m not as good as I once was but I am as good once as I ever was . current set up: Miura MB 502 Irons, Ping G400 Driver, Cobra F7 3 Wood, Mizuno Putter and Wedges.
    4 points
  29. cnosil

    How'd you play?

    Really happy with my round today; probably the best overall ball striking day I have had in a long time. 41/36:77 13 FW, 11 GIR, 33 putts (2 3 putts) Was a chilly, breezy, overcast day where it seemed like every shot was into the wind Double and triple were the blemishes on the front. The double was the result of a really tough green...hit the fairway, approach hit just short of the center of the green and since there is a big hill in the center it rolled back off the front of the green; my pitch hit a little shorter than I needed it to (about 5 feet short of the hole) hit the next ridge and rolled back to about 40 feet; I then three putted. The triple was the result of a topped approach shot that just spiraled downward. the back was 2 bogies and 2 birdies. First bogey was the due to may bad play when the ball is above my feet. Hit the shot fat and landed on deep rough around a bunker didn't get up and down. Second bogey was on the last hole when I missed a 6 foot putt. Hoping I can continue the ball striking for a while.
    4 points
  30. As a Professional Clubfitter with more than 33 years of experience, I can agree to a point regarding the effect of golf shafts on both launch and spin. The numbers will vary fairly widely from golfer to golfer, but the differences among various shaft models relative to each other is almost always a constant. In other words, if shaft A is a “lower spin” shaft compared with shaft B, it is almost always going to provide LOWER (although not necessarily LOW) backspin for all golfers. The golfer’s swing mechanics, ball position, etc. are the primary (dare I say virtually the sole) influences on ball spin, aside from the ball itself. However, a shaft with a very stiff tip and midsection will REDUCE backspin for nearly all golfers. It’s just that golfers who have poor swing mechanics that create more ball spin — especially sidespin (poor swing path, downward angle of attack - a/k/a “hitting down on the ball”, etc.) — will impart more spin, regardless of the shaft that they are using. When fitting such golfers, I find that so-called “low spin” shafts can help reduce excessive spin to a point, but this is by no means the ideal way to deal with such swing flaws. Unless and until the golfer is dedicated to correcting their swing flaws, fitting them with “lower spin” shafts can at least provide a bit of a band-aid approach to dealing with their flaws, but it needs to be clearly communicated to the golfer that this is a far less than ideal approach to their swing issues. BTW, no shaft, regardless of how “low spin” it is, will do a thing to address excessive sidespin caused by hitting the ball with a seriously non-square clubface!
    4 points
  31. ... You may be a little young to remember ribbed grips were pretty much all that were available in the 70's and early 80's. Tour Velvet were about the only grip I can remember that could be ordered round without the rib reminder. Many on tour used them along with low index players that like to manipulate the club head around the green, out of sand or playing a big draw or fade and better control of the club face. Slowly round became the predominant grip style and I had to smile at *NEW* Calibrate and Align grip technology and the description is pretty much the same as when they came out with round grips "now available with ALIGN® Technology to improve clubface awareness and bring more consistency to your game" and "Calibrate, our pronounced reminder strip technology, creates more clubface awareness, accuracy and feel." ... My personal opinion is a rib reminder is a good idea for beginners that are still learning to grip the club correctly while round grips are a better option for players that like to play different shots. Of course feel and personal preference can have a big influence on using one over the other.
    4 points
  32. I finally figured out how to make it work
    4 points
  33. Shafts don’t spin, but they certainly do influence spin, as you have correctly stated. I think that this is what the shaft manufacturers and shaft reviewers mean by “low spin” and “high spin” shafts.
    4 points
  34. I live in Eastern PA (20-25 miles north of Philadelphia and 10 miles from Trenton, NJ), and there is no "golf off-season" for me. My team is playing in the semifinals of the NJ Senior Golf League Championships on Tuesday, and if we win the Finals are on Tuesday, 10/24. The Winter Golf Tour that I play on (24 events in NJ and one in PA) begins on November 2 and goes through early April. I also play in two indoor leagues on simulators from November through March.
    4 points
  35. Definitely core work and flexibility. I preach this to my track athletes as that is their power and engine stability. I have noticed this year that hips and lower back tighten up way too much and alters my swing enough that I end up pulling or pushing shots because of the tightness! I went from a 22 to a 20 (at one time in the 19's) this year and hope to get down to an 18 in 2024!
    4 points
  36. I am going to keep an eye on it. It is weird, but of course has no effect on the performance of the club itself.
    4 points
  37. Date 10/15/2023 Course Name Olivas Links Gross Score 88 Course Handicap 9 Gross Strokes over/under par 16 Net Score to Par 7 Net Score 79 Net Birdies or better 3 Longest Drive 265 So, I think I might have found my new favorite course. About an hour from me, in the coastal town of Ventura, CA, Olivas Links is just about the most beautiful course I've ever played. Fairways like carpet, rolling mounds, a coastal breeze (though apparently it can really whip when the conditions are right), beautiful (and complicated) green complexes - it's stunning. The downside: they had JUST punched the greens, and they were INFURIATING. Lol. I did birdie the second hole, but other than that, it was a "hit and hope" kind of day on the greens (31 putts - 3 3-putts). Couldn't hit my driver on the front nine to save my life, managed to (somehow) knock my Caley 3-iron loose from its epoxy (very annoying), and yet: I can't remember a nicer round of golf. (Breaking 80 aside, of course ) In the interest of wanting to document my golfing adventures, I brought my Real Camera (vs iPhone, that is), and attached are some of my favorites from the day (including a four-shot series where my buddy Billy managed an INSANE escape from absolute prison. Enjoy, and if you like, Let me know, and I'll do this more often. (Every hole had these bespoke yardage signs made from wine barrels. So cool.) (All the tee markers have the Ovilas Links symbol: Adirondak chairs - pretty cool) (Caterpillars just walking all over the course.) (One and only birdie - 2nd hole - hit and hope ) (Jail? What jail!?! Absolutey insane shot out of garbage to put himself in position for an up-and-down par) (Sadly, for yours truly (same hole, ironically), the jail was a legit prison. But it's a cool shot ) (So, not only are there Adirondak chairs as their logo, they have ACTUAL Adirondak chairs on most of the tee boxes in case it gets slow) (Nature! That's why I come up here (If you get this reference, 1000 points to you) (I really can't say enough about this course - the beauty of the natural grasses to the left, the incredible fairways to the right, split by a serpentine cart path. Truly majestic.) (One of my few excellent approach shots on the day - from about 135. I did not, sadly, make the birdie. I blame the punched greens ) (Gratuitous MGS Jones Bag shot ) (Picture perfect: if the green was 40 yards left Sorry, Billy) (That feeling on 17: you're tired, you're happy, you flush a 9-iron (even if it feels a little chunky) and you get to stare as it sails...) (...DIRECTLY into a brutal plugged lie in a bunker 30 yards short of the pin. Lol. Good news: escaped to 20 feet. Bad news: bogey) (View from 18 Tee Box) (Not playing BRILLIANT golf genuinely allowed me to shrug and focus on the beauty of my surroundings. This place is special.) (Billy mashed his drive, slightly right, and had this (280ish) to the green on the 18th. Left it about 10 yards shy - beautiful shot) (Just left of 18 green, this lovely tree - and...what's that in the shade? Just a "friendly" coyote, apparently a local who hangs at the course) (He's ready for his close-up, Mr. DeMille)
    4 points
  38. Shlax

    How'd you play?

    Played at a hidden gem type of course this morning while visiting the in-laws. It is a short (6,000 yds) but very tight layout mainly in the woods. As such, a good game off-the-tee is paramount. My performance with D, 3W and 3H was one of my best of the season. Only a single penalty stroke off the tee and multiple 300+ yds drives. Iron play and wedge play were decent. I can’t really ask for more, but it wasn’t one of my top performance either that’s for sure. Went for 3/4 par 5s in two including a 266 yds 3W approach shot that left me a 20’ eagle putt. Troubles started with my short game. Greens were rock hard and very fast. I had never played such hard and fast greens. 0/4 sand save and 42 PUTTS! I 3-putted 8 times. Before this morning, my worst putting round ever was 38 putts. Ended up shooting 91(+20) with 2 birdies, a quadruple bogey, very few pars and many many many doubles… For some reason, I’m not dejected. It was a freak putting performance and I know that I would likely make 10 less putts replaying it tomorrow. On to the next one!
    4 points
  39. Don't have much of an off season in southeastern VA. I continue to play until if gets to about 40*F. Also MGS most wanted testing typically starts up in December so that helps get me through the winter season.
    3 points
  40. Tom the Golf Nut

    How'd you play?

    Good play continued today. I’ve just been on a roll for some reason. I believe it’s the fall tease. Friday at my old course I shot 68 and today at my home course I shot 69 with 5 birdies and two bogies. I’m not superstitious or anything but all my low rounds this season were with the same pair of golf shoes. Puma Ignite lace ups. I have 4 other pair of golf shoes but there is a pattern to the low scores.
    3 points
  41. I've had my Takomo 301MB irons for a while now, so it's time for an update. I ordered heads only, and outfitted them with Nippon NS Pro 950GH shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips. The clubs start at D2-2.5 and go up to around D5 on the PW (too long ago, I forget exactly). I measured the swingweight using a SwingU digital scale that I accuracy-tested against clubs with known measurements from my local golf Galaxy. The one adjustment I did to compensate for my advanced age was to have the lofts strengthened to match the 101 iron specs. I am more than satisfied with these clubs. They provide a good feel for how pure the strikes are. They aren't the most forgiving clubs, but mishits will still cover a good bit of ground (but not enough so that there's no incentive to swing better). I can also work them either way, all the way down to the wedge. I am seeing a marked difference in my game. I was having trouble breaking 80, to the point that I was wondering if it would ever happen again. These irons, as part of a wholesale rebuild of my set, have allowed me to start scoring in the mid to high 70's again on a regular basis. Yay! These irons are NOT for a player looking for max forgiveness. However, if you want to buy a set of low-cost, high quality better player irons,you should add 301MB's to your list of choices.
    3 points
  42. Sounds like a fun time. I always enjoy trying out different pieces of equipment to see what they do and how they perform.
    3 points
  43. Face it, golf is expensive and based on where you live it can be very expensive. I did a lot of research before I moved where I did. I’m between Pinehurst and Myrtle Beach. The courses near me can’t compete so the best way to get members and people on the course is to keep the rates or membership low. My membership is $110 a month for the first year and $150 a month after that. Includes unlimited play, tennis, and the pool. Carts are $20.00. Walking is free. Financially a no brainer. I play at least 8 rounds a month. As you get closer to the two big areas I mentioned, you are looking at $80 up to $400 or more for one round of golf. I’m not willing to shell out that amount for one round on a regular basis. Once a year on a special trip maybe.
    3 points
  44. I have used them also, and there as much bang for the buck I have found so far. I still try others sometimes though, especially the free ones I am gifted lol.
    3 points
  45. Evidently the northern whitetail have informed some of their southern family branch that @Jnoble89 was out an about.. Been awhile since there has been this many deer moving around on the course IMG_0197.MOV
    3 points
  46. Getting more comfortable hitting wide stance flop shots with the 60 from 20-40 yards on my Florida swing playing Bay Hill, Copperhead and Southern Dunes. Still on the fence as to the overall benefit in strokes gained the club is providing and will need to review shot level data at end of season. But am in a situation where I am finding less need for an additional club at the top of bag. Began using the 56 on some longer sand shots with success after a minor swing tweak that has me consistently getting out of the traps now. This has relegated the 60 to short sided duty only, which may be enough to warrant keeping it in the bag to support my short game which is a weakness relative to other areas based on my skill level.
    3 points
  47. Great Pics! You mentioned one of the irons had a blistered/sunburned appearance. I had the exact same thing happen to one of the Taylormade HD irons I had. I sent pics to them and they sent a replacement. That was the only iron that had that happen to it.
    3 points
  48. We are losing a person from my group and there is some hemming and hawing on getting a replacement. Flat out told a coworker im quitting if we dont. Stretched thin already.
    3 points
  49. This coming off season I’ll be getting back into my plyometric routine as well as a lot of core specific training. The plyos help me so much in flexibility and overall strength, do not feel like I need a ton of weight training to get the speed gains. other than that I’ll be putting up a hitting net underneath the porch for the off season to get some weekly swings in outside of the simulator down the street. Bring on 2024 baby!
    3 points
  50. You got it. Long Island is in my territory. Not to mention my old stomping grounds. You are one of my customers, right?
    3 points

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