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  1. 26 points
    Who wants to join me ( @GolfSpy Stroker ) and take a trip to ZipCity? These lucky 9 do! @artful_golfer @mr.hicksta @Reesedw @dhartmann34 @Shankster @tchat07 @BrownBearGolf @TBT @fozcycle Big congrats to these members as we'll be zipping shots back into the hole with the new Cleveland ZipCore wedge. First one to make a hole-in-one with one gets to buy the entire forum a drink of their choice!
  2. 20 points
    Testers Wanted (5) Some will say you can’t effectively combine the characteristics of a distance golf club with the sexiness of a forged players club. Wilson golf says, not only will it do that, but it’ll be a top performer in the newish Player’s Distance iron category. Enter the Wilson D7 Forged iron. Introduced earlier this year, and this week named the Most Wanted Players Distance iron of 2020. How good is it? What makes it better than the 12 other irons it went up against. We are going to let five of you tell the MyGolfSpy community, all about this Most Wanted winner. How To Apply We’re looking for five golfers who are motivated, detail-oriented, and committed to providing a thorough review the Wilson D7 Forged irons and sharing your thoughts and grades on the irons with the forum community. Want to find out if this category iron can help you gain some yards and retain that sweet forged feeling? Testing is open to golfers in the US. Here's how to apply. In a post below list the following: First Name/City State Current Handicap or Average 18 Hole Score Current Iron Model Played We'll be picking the testers next week, so check back and see if you have been selected. Final instruction: DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST WHEN REPLYING!
  3. 20 points
    Well, I finally reached 8,000 posts........I have been a member of this forum for almost 11 years and it has taken me awhile to get to this level. Lately, since retirement, I have slowed on my posts mainly because there is way too much content to stay caught up. I do enjoy reviewed equipment and I do enjoy reading other spies content. This forum is the best on the web for golfers of all ages, no matter what part of the world they are from. I so enjoy being a member and hope to be a contributor for another 8,000 posts.
  4. 20 points
    #MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect SpeedZone Iron Review - edingc, a.k.a. #TeamCalvesLikePhil An all-new carbon fiber topline on the long and mid-irons is the big story headlining Cobra’s 2020 SpeedZone irons. The weight savings from use of carbon fiber allowed Cobra’s engineers to push the head’s center of gravity lower than in previous models. Cobra hooked me up with the conventional length SpeedZone irons (1/2 inch short, 2 degrees flat), 4 iron to gap wedge, with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts and Lamkin Sonar grips. Previously, I played Maltby PTM Forged irons, which although are “game improvement” irons, are a forged head and offer a more traditional appearance than the SpeedZones. Looks - 3.5/5 Stars I’ve read several comments on the Internet that say the worst thing about the SpeedZone design is the carbon fiber topline. I wholeheartedly disagree! Sure, at first glance it sticks out because it’s different from any other iron. After hitting a few shots, however, it blends in and isn’t distracting at all. From the 8 iron down to the gap wedge, Cobra removed the carbon fiber, leaving a pleasing and not-too-thick topline for the precision scoring clubs. Offset is minimal throughout the set and not off putting in the least bit. My biggest complaint concerning the looks of the SpeedZone irons stems from how much the backside is visible at address, especially in the 6 and 7 irons (the 7 iron is pictured above). Ideally, I would prefer those mid-irons to look less like a driving iron and blend more toward the scoring clubs. These are big clubheads; nobody is mistaking these for a player’s iron. The perimeter weighting, sole design, cavity badging and topline are uniquely game improvement. That doesn’t mean they are bad looking clubs, and I applaud Cobra for pushing the envelope. But, you’ll need to look elsewhere if you’re wanting a traditional look in your irons. Sound & Feel - 3.5/5 Stars Well-struck balls offer a very solid sound, both with the carbon fiber long irons and the more traditional short irons. It’s a satisfying thwack, I have no issues with it at all. Coming from a fully forged head, the feel of the SpeedZones is obviously a bit lacking in comparison, but likely similar to other irons in its category. It’s fairly easy to determine where the ball is struck horizontally, but I’ve struggled to know where the strike is vertically on the face. With exception to extremely thin shots, a few grooves high or low all seem to feel the same to me. I was originally fit into stiff flex KBS C-Taper Lites and not x-stiff. Stiff flex was unavailable due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, so we bumped up to x-stiff. They are definitely different animals than the stiff flex, and right now I’m still struggling a bit to adjust to the feel of them. The x-stiffs don’t have the same swift kick at impact I experience with the stiff flex CTLs, and I think that is partially influencing my feel of the head. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars Unlike my woods, I do get creative with iron shots. My desired stock iron shot is a push draw, with my miss being a straight draw or overcooked pull draw/hook. The video above is a slight pull draw. However, I often need to hit a low stinger under tree branches, and I also like to club up some and play softer finesse shots into greens. It’s not often that I’m taking a full cut with an iron. I am impressed at my ability to do all of those things with the SpeedZone irons. By default they want to launch high and stay straight, but by manipulating ball position and/or gripping down, I’ve been able to hit low or more feathery shots when required. (As a quick aside, the reduced taper shape on the Lamkin Sonars has been very helpful with gripping down on the club.) The sole design is unique with the smaller “effective” sole. We have had hot and dry conditions since I received the clubs, but with the way the sole glides through heavy rough I doubt I’d have much trouble in wet conditions. Turf interaction is great, nice small divots without digging much. Obviously, the SpeedZones are loft-jacked (see: my six iron ball speeds above - with a range ball!). They generate a lot of distance as a result, but they provide adequate height and spin to stop the ball, especially in the shorter irons. I would definitely recommend pairing a more “spinny” ball with them to optimize spin as much as possible (I’ve alternated between Snell MTB-X and Srixon Z-Star XV during the challenge). On Course Performance - 4/5 Stars The SpeedZone irons are outstanding at what they are designed to do - get the ball airborne with serious distance, while being extremely forgiving of mishits. On more than one occasion, I’ve hit a completely disgusting shot only to watch the ball end up near my target line and distance. I’ve also had the pleasure or puring a few irons and watching how the ball rockets off of the face. Don’t expect to suck a ball back on the green with these clubs. But, if I strike the ball well (not a groove low), I can expect the ball to fly high enough to land softly and stop within a few feet. I haven’t experienced any major distance inconsistencies, but I have hit a few low-spin fliers from the rough that kept on going and going and going and wouldn’t stop. I don’t think that’s exclusive to these irons, but perhaps is made worse by the naturally lower spin rates of the design. I often hit mid and long irons from the tee at my home course and the forgiveness has helped me be in better positions than with my Maltby PTMs. The amount of distance I retain on mishits is impressive. Extra distance off the tee combined with longer carry distances from my scoring clubs means I hit shorter clubs into greens, which puts less pressure on my swing to be perfect. My scoring hasn’t changed dramatically for better or for worse since putting the SpeedZones into play. However, I am finding my iron striking to be more inconsistent with the SpeedZones in the bag. My hook miss has gotten worse, and I’m struggling with a tendency to pull across the ball from the top a lot more often. This is resulting in a lot of strikes toward the toe of the club. I’m not a fantastic golfer, but as my Arccos baseline showed, iron striking was one of the better parts of my game. I’m not sure if these exaggerations of my existing misses are to be blamed on the irons or something in my swing, but I can say sometimes I feel like I’m working too hard trying to get the x-stiff C-Taper Lites to do what I want. If I take a nice relaxed cut at the ball, I feel like I’m getting desirable results more often. All in all, the SpeedZone irons are producing predictable ball flight and predictable distances when I’m swinging well, and that’s all I can ask of them to do. Miscellaneous - 4/5 Stars These irons are not ones I’d want to buy stock off the rack. I understand distance is king of sales, but the stock specifications for these irons are very upright and very long. I doubt a low-spin, two-piece surlyn/ionomer ball would stop well with these either, and I’m certain that is the type of ball most played by recreational golfers. Play It or Trade It - 3/5 Stars I’m conflicted. On one hand, I love the forgiveness of the SpeedZones, specifically in the long irons. The clubs are rockets! On the other hand, I’ve tested forgiveness so much because I’ve struggled to find the center of the club face. That wasn’t the case during my baseline with my Maltby PTMs. I’ve thought of multiple scenarios for how these irons might stay in the bag: Do I try soft-stepping the shafts once or twice to see if that returns some of the feel I enjoy with the stiff C-Taper Lites? I’ve considered making the 19 degree 4 iron a true driving iron by putting a graphite shaft into it, so this could be done with just a little basement club work. Do I reshaft a test club with a stiff C-Taper Lite, and, if I like the results, bite the bullet and do the rest of the set? Should I play a split set with my Maltby PTMs? The lofts and lengths are setup in a way I could split my set at the 7 iron, and play SpeedZone long irons (5, 6, 7) and Maltby PTM mid-to-short irons (7, 8, 9, PW, GW) without messing up gapping to the wedges. Do I just practice more and try to sort out my issues with the x-stiff C-Taper Lites? When struck well they do feel effortless, but I think the difference in flex or weight may be partially responsible for the issues I’m having with my iron swing. #CobraConnect will take me to the end of my primary golf season, but over the fall and winter I will have some testing to do to answer these questions. Overall Score - 3.5/5 Stars Going strictly by handicap, I’m probably on the lower end of the target range for the SpeedZone irons, but I wouldn’t say only high handicappers should play these irons. The long irons are excellent - easy to launch, forgiving and crazy fast in regards to ball speeds. Short irons have a good look and generally stop the ball when needed. For the price ($799 USD off the rack), I’m not sure there is a better value out there among the major OEMs in the game improvement/super game improvement category. I’m just struggling a bit adjusting to them. Since we still have a lot of time remaining in the challenge, I’m hoping with more practice I can get a good understanding of what I need to do to play my best golf with these irons.
  5. 19 points
    TEAM HAMMER COBRA SPEEDZONE WOODS REVIEW This week we are providing our initial thoughts on the Cobra SpeedZone Woods. As a reminder here is my SpeedZone wood line-up. The Cobra SpeedZone Driver is the first adjustable driver I’ve owned and while I have not got it totally dialed in yet it is 10-yards longer, in its current configuration, than my previous driver. My previous driver avg was 232 yds and with the Cobra I’m at 242 yds. I plan to get time on TrackMan and see which loft, lie, bias configuration is best for my swing and do an A-B comparison with my old driver. I will post those results here at a later date. To date, the Cobra 3 Wood is my favorite club in the set. Not only do I hit it as long as I hit my previous driver, but it is much easier to hit off the deck than my Cleveland HiBore 3 wood. I’ve actually been using it more on shorter par 4’s than the driver because it’s a fairway finder and sometimes it’s better to be in the short stuff than closer to the green in the thick stuff. I haven’t really hit the hybrids that much on course as of yet, but at the range they go long & straight. Straight can sometime be a problem for me as I used my previous hybrids to get out of trouble. I could easily bend them left or right around trees that were blocking the green. The SpeedZones seem to just wanna go straight, regardless of whether I try to cut or draw them. I wonder if the rails are keeping the club head from twisting through the turf? SUMMARY LOOKS: I love the black, red & yellow color scheme on the SpeedZones, the look is “fast” standing still, much like a Ferrari or Lamborghini. The matching head covers and bag really complete the look and make it one sexy bag of sticks. SOUND & FEEL: The sound of the driver is quite different from the familiar “ping” of my Callaway driver. I’d say it’s like a hollow dull thud with the driver and the sound doesn’t change much on off-center hits. The 3 wood has a more traditional sound when struck and the feel when you flush one is magical! MISCELLANEOUS: The adjustable head on the driver & 3 wood moves the logos on the grip & shaft around the club head which is a little distracting. This is not a huge issue and would be less noticeable with a solid color grip. My Lamkin Sonar grips, however, have finger placement marking to help take a consistent grip on the club and they are now at the 2:00 position. PLAY IT OR TRADE IT: I’m already seeing improved distances, which is leading to less and less hybrids and more short irons on approach shots helping my scoring. I’ve recorded 2 birdies in each of my last 2 rounds, on 2 different courses. I can’t tell you how many years it’s been since I accomplished that feat! OVERALL COBRA SPEEDZONE WOODS RANK:
  6. 17 points
    B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge 4 Review - Woods and Hybrid Edition Alright ladies and gentlemen! We’re finally here! This is where the REAL competition begins. Week 2 and out first week of golf challenges. As you know by now we’re tracking GIR and FW on our best round with a bonus for hitting both. The best way to do that? Be straight and Long off the tee for starters. That leads us to the first of our mini reviews. This week we’ll be chatting Woods and Hybrids… so fire away with those burning questions you may have if we don’t touch on them in our write ups. First Impressions I’ve got the Speedzone 10.5 Tour Length in the bag as well as the Speedzone 5 wood and Speedzone 4 Hybrid. I was super excited to get these in as way back before COVID closed all the stores down I had a chance to swing the Speedzone up against the SIM, Mavrik, and other drivers and immediately liked the feel of the Speedzone the best. I wanted to get the Tour Length as my G30 was 44.5 and had some extra head weight in it and I always felt like I could swing free with it. That was the first driver I had been fit for and man does it make a difference. The 5 wood and Hybrid are standard length. Cobra hooked me up solid with a Tensei Pro White 60TX in the driver, a Ventus Blue 8S in the 5 wood, and a KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype in the Hybrid. Each was based on their fitters recommendation as well as results of my fitting at True Spec last fall. The stock head covers are very nice, but like others have mentioned I wish the hybrid stitching matched the others. I solved this "problem" by using my head covers from my old bag and think the combo of the three compliment the Speedzone stand bag very well. Looks – 4 Stars Driver – Cobra completely nailed it. The matte finish and power ridges on the crown really does remind me of a stealth bomber. It screams speed and still looks forgiving to me. The infinity face is stunning looking and protects the crown very well. Not that I’ve hit a single ball off there… no no that never happens. I also love the white and red color scheme and think the stripes this year look better than the F9 did. Fairway – You can basically copy paste from above… with the exception of the infinity face… Now I’m thrilled with what I’ve been seeing from the 5 wood, but if they released one next year with an infinity face… I would need to at least check it out. I think it makes that much of a difference. Hybrid – It looks good to me, but something isn’t quite as nice as the Driver and Fairway. I’m not sure if its just the shape or not, but it looks closed to me and I’m not 100% comfortable with it yet. Also as others have said, I’d love to be able to keep the matte/white color scheme throughout the top of the bag. Sound & Feel - 5 Stars Driver – If it looks like a stealth bomber then hitting one feels something like this: See? Just like the tank! It’s just a powerful but muted and solid sound. I LOVE the feel of the infinity face. It feels solid and explosive out of the center, and gives me immediate but not harsh feedback when I missed the center. Fairway – Solid, Solid, Solid. I’m really enjoying this off the tee with the heavy shaft in it. I think that may be adding to the solid feeling. Not quite as good of a thwack as the driver, but it is very satisfying and very consistent flight. Hybrid – To me this feels very similar to my old Titleist 818 H1. It feels powerful but consistent and not harsh or too springy. Basic Characteristics - 4 Stars Driver – I have this set to +1* and Draw with the heavy weight back. This is the most forgiving setting and helps me square the face a touch. I’ve noticed that I can hit this a bit higher than my old drivers while still having a flight that doesn’t look too skinny and getting some good roll. Generally with the driver I have a straight to fade ball and I’ve had several drives already go out past 280 which is great for me. I’ve also tested out the extreme corners of the infinity face and can happily report ball speed is good on off center hits. I’ve hit a few balls 260+ off of the wrong infinity logo on the face (read: very high, very toe). Fairway – This is set opposite of the driver, -1.5* so playing at 17*. This is also how I had my previous 5 wood set and allows me to work the ball both ways with some level of comfort. It’s hitting all the right windows and while I normally don’t this club wouldn’t stop me from going after a green at 240 yards (but I usually wouldn’t want to bring any additional trouble into play). Hybrid – I like how this performs on good hits, but it feels like I need to make a slice swing, or a real push swing to keep it from moving left. This is something that happens to me with a lot of hybrids, but I still prefer them to long irons because my contact and ball speed is much better. As you can see from my 3 attempted drives with it 2 went hooking left and one was a push to the right. Not ideal at the moment. Down the road I may want to give the Forged Tec Utility a try on a monitor against it, but I expect to get more comfortable with the hybrid as the competition moves on. On Course Performance – 4 Stars So far on course I’ve been seeing my average drive 5 yards further than my M5, which was even further than my G30. And honestly I’m not even really hitting the center all that well yet. I don’t think I can ask any more from the driver at this point other than my swing being better. It’s been great and surprisingly forgiving (with the Tour Length and weight back it has nearly the same MOI as my old G30 from what I can see online). The 5-wood has also been really good. I didn’t think it would be so easy to replace the G30 5-wood, but this Speedzone and Ventus combo flat out performs. I expect my averages will be about the same but I prefer the looks and sound/feel of this over the G30. They Hybrid has had a hook or block tendency for me. I’m still trying to figure it out, but I nearly lost a few balls already with the hybrid off the tee. I’m wondering if a flat setting would have been a useful addition here as my irons are all 2* flat. Miscellaneous – 4 Stars Cobra was awesome and hooked me up with some excellent shafts and the whole Speedzone lineup is fast and surprisingly forgiving. I’m not totally sold on the sensors built into the grips yet. I think I prefer the screw in sensors from a feel standpoint as the end of the Sonar grips can be a little mushy at the end on some of the clubs. Side note: Outside of that minor complaint I am really enjoying the Sonar grips the more I play with them. Play It or Trade It - 4 Stars Is it too early to say that the Speedzone Driver and 5 wood are locks in my bag for the next several years??? I’m not really sure that it is. They are everything I look for in a driver and fairway. Like I mentioned earlier, an infinity face fairway would be awesome and I’d want to check it out, but I’m not really sure that either of these clubs will be beaten from a performance perspective for quite some time. And I love the look, sound, and feel of these clubs. I really think more OEMs should consider offering a stock “tour length” option especially when most have some sort of adjustable weight, so It’s not really adding a lot of SKUs or parts for them. They Hybrid is going to have to earn its spot. I have hit some really good shots that have had very pleasing flights, but I’ve also had a few low running hooks that made me get rid of the G30 hybrids for something I could get a fade bias with (the Titleist 818 H1 with fade weight). The lack of adjustability may be what keeps it out of the bag at the end of this competition, but I may also try a strip or two of lead tape out on the toe to see if I can balance the flight out. Woods and Hybrids Overall Rating - 4 Stars Cobra has hit a home run for me with the Speedzone driver and fairway. They look sound and feel flat out awesome and I feel confident when I have them in my hand. The Hybrid needs a little work right now, but I’m hopeful that more time with it will increase my comfort factor and let the performance shine through.
  7. 16 points
    TEAM HAMMER COBRA SPEEDZONE IRONS REVEIW As a previous Cobra iron user I was really excited to see how the advances in technology would translate to improvements in my distance & game. As a reminder, I selected the traditional SpeedZone irons 5-GW for my set. After years of wrist, elbow & shoulder issues I opted for the Recoil 460 graphite stiff shafts and the Cobra Connect Lamkin Sonar grips. My initial reaction to seeing and holding the irons was first; how light they were compared to my old Cobras and how much larger the sole was on new clubs especially the longer irons. When I received the new irons, I thought a couple of the heads were loose because there was a rattle to them, but it turns out the rattle is due to some of the Cobra Connect grips. Looking at the specs of both irons my old clubs have a swing weight of D1 while the new irons, with the Recoil shafts, are D0. That weight difference really makes the SpeedZones very easy to swing & swing fast. The lower center of gravity provides a very good feel for where the club head is at any point during the swing. Personally, I think this really helps square the face at impact and has led to both longer and higher ball flights. To back up my claims that the SpeedZone irons have improved my game & distance, take a look at this Arccos comparison between my old & new 5, 6 & 7- Irons. ON-COURSE PERFORMANCE: LOOKS: I don’t hate the looks of the irons, but I think Cobra could have done a better job translating the gorgeous color scheme of the woods into them. The red dots on the irons reminds me a bit of the “Speed Injected” nonsense from Taylor Made and I am indifferent about the carbon top line, let alone it only being on some irons & not others. While I know some members felt the wide top line with the graphite insert and the wide soles would both be distracting, I have not found those impediments at address or in their ability to get through the turf. Here is a comparison of the width’s of my old & new 5-irons. As you can see the top lines are not that different, but flipping them over shows how much wider the SpeedZones are compared to my old clubs. SOUND & FEEL: I don’t know that the irons sound different than any other irons I’ve hit, but I love the feel of these heads with the graphite shaft when you flush them. Even when you don’t hit them perfectly the graphite shafts really help with the dreaded elbow shiver. MISCELLANEOUS: Besides the rattle issue mentioned earlier, the Cobra Connect grips are a bit squishy near the butt where the Arccos sensor is enclosed, which may cause you to choke down on the club a bit. But having lost a sensor on my old clubs after just a few rounds, I see the benefit to enclosing it in rubber. PLAY IT OR TRADE IT: The advance in technology from their 1994 irons to their 2020 clubs is night and day. Do I like the new irons and have they helped my game? Absolutely, so much so that I plan to purchase a 4-iron to add to the set after the challenge is over. I was seeking more distance in every aspect of my game & the Cobra irons have delivered that improvement. With my old clubs I was hitting driver/hybrid & sometimes wedge into long par 4's and now I'm hitting driver and 6-7 irons in. It's so much more enjoyable to have a mid-iron into greens than a long iron or hybrid. I played the old Cobra irons for 24-years so this is very likely the last set of irons I’ll ever use. Unless of course I am selected as an iron tester sometime in the future. Hint, hint, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. OVERALL SPEEDZONE IRONS RANK:
  8. 16 points
    What a stunning summer morning. This week the competition is all about FW and GIR so I went to the course with a different mindset than I normally do. I was going to aim for the fat part of the fairway (within reason) and the middle back of the green on approaches. All I have to say is damn... I might have to play that way more often. Or maybe it was just the extra focus knowing that the real games have begun. Here’s a link to my instagram post with some photos and videos of todays action: And onto some key highlights: New/Tied Personal Bests: Score: 75 (+3) Arccos Handicap: 5.8 Birdies: 4 (ties my personal best) Long Drive: 317 yards Fairways Hit - 6/14 (43%) - ties baseline Greens in Reg - 11/18 (61%) vs 8/18 in baseline I’m ecstatic with this start but I’m still wanting to get those Fairway Hit numbers higher for this week’s challenge. I should have one more opportunity to get 18 holes in, but I know my competitors will be giving it their all too! I’ll end this post with a photo of the 17th green, a par 3. The Forged Tec irons have been REALLY solid for me on par 3’s... I’ve been getting a lot of quality birdie looks out of them which is not usual for me. Hopefully more good rounds to come!
  9. 15 points
    FedEx delivered the final piece today!
  10. 15 points
    5,492? Seriously though, nice round. Well-played for the FIR/GIR challenge, too. Enjoy the vacation!
  11. 15 points
    Hey all y’all #venomspitters I remembered how to strike a ball today! 4 iron and 3 wood off the tee was a deadly combination. I’ve never played this conservatively in my life, it was way more stress free than usual. The driver never even left the bag. FIR 9/11 GIR 12/18 Burgers: 6
  12. 15 points
    Absolutely in love with the consistency of the SpeedZone Xtreme:
  13. 14 points
    Here's a picture of me on the course later today...
  14. 14 points
    When other people win shoes Oh, I mean congrats @goaliewales14
  15. 14 points
    My stash of Bridgestone Tour BXS balls has been dwindling so I decided it was time to purchase more balls. For the past few seasons, I have bought balls from Golfballs.com and have been very pleased with both the pricing and printing that they do. I have noticed in recent forums that a lot of people liked the Srixon Z star ball so I decided to give them a shot, plus they had a buy 2 get 1 free with free printing. After going back and forth, I decided on the Srixon Z star XV, placed the order and got the shipment within about five days...and that included the printing. I usually get my old baseball number(00) and a thick arrow. This order I decided to do the baseball number and a small arrow <--00--> as I knew they already have a decent alignment line put on by Srixon. In my researching the Z Stars, I noticed how they have spin skin so I wanted to feel it and look at the new print job. I pulled the first ball out and noticed a blemish with the printing. This is not the quality print job that I have become accustomed to with Golfballs.com, so I checked a few more. I noticed a few more balls with lower quality printing (lines are crooked or gone over a few times and the ink bled). I am now checking all three dozen balls. As I am doing this I notice that I can see seem lines on about eight balls and a few others having what looked like pitting issues, I have never seen this before on any ball that I have ever played. My excitement to try these new golf balls quickly turned into buyers remorse. Why did I switch, I like the BXS. I decided to reach out to both Srixon and Golfballs.com. I first emailed Srixon. I heard back from them within two business days. They asked for pictures so they could inspect my claim of pitting and seam issues. I happily obliged, I sent them two or three pictures of a few of the balls and we sent a few emails back and forth. Long story short, Srixon apologized and said they would send out replacement balls and that they would want the blemished balls back to further inspect them. Srixon told me that the visible seam is no issue as this is due to having the thinnest cover in golf. They assured me that this would not affect performance and for me to keep them. Golfballs.com is basically the same situation, however when I sent them pictures I did not hear anything back from them. I checked my email for a few days but nothing. Fast forward to today. I open my front door to go outside and look down and there is a package from Srixon. I open it up and there is 2 dozen brand new Z Stars XV balls. They got here fast and I was very pleased at how they handled this situation. Honestly, I did not expect anyone to even respond to my initial dissatisfied email. About an hour went by and my dogs started barking as if someone was at my door. I got up to look and sure enough ANOTHER package. This one was from Golfballs.com. This shocked me to say the least, simply because I had not heard from them. I opened this package and BOOM, 3 dozen balls WITH the baseball number and arrows. These looked clean and crisp. I have to say, both companies have done right by me. There were quality control issues that both companies did their best to rectify. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how pleased I am with Golfballs.com and with Srixon. I will continue to buy my golf balls from Golfballs.com and in the two rounds I have used the Srixon I have to say it is a GREAT feeling ball. It does everything I want it to do while giving me a soft feel off the putter. They have hit a homerun with the Z Star XV.
  16. 14 points
    Well it was Christmas in July today. Got home from looking at a college with my daughter and there was a present at my front door! Great packaging for the clubs, better than anything else I have received from other companies in the past. The box is even first class. The slogan on the box reads "Expectations Redefined". Other than the clubs there were also other surprises in the box as well. A hand written note from Jason at Sub 70, a nice hat, and a sticker for my car. Each clubhead was wrapped in plastic and each one had the clubs specks on a label. First impressions: I was expecting a slightly smaller club head in length compared to my game improvement Irons. This was not the case. So one of my concerns turned out not to be one . The offset is less which was expected but isn't much of a concern for me. You can see a side by side comparison below. Craftsmanship was perfect. I did not find any flaws throughout the set. A few swings in the living room and everything felt and looked good. I am working on a loft comparison chart. Game improvement irons are always strong lofted. So I want to be taking everything into consideration during the testing. Everything was starting off on a good note until I unwrapped the last club (Don't worry). Then there was a crack of thunder and then the skies opened up. My planned run over to the driving range came to a halt. At least it gave me time to put this post together. Testing starts on Sunday. I have a golf tournament tomorrow and I think it best to get more familiarity with the new sticks before I put them in play (But I want to so badly). I'm trying to squash the demon on my shoulder telling me to put them in the bag!
  17. 13 points
    I need to rope @Erik-M into this challenge as well: he and I need to go out and play irons only. He'll have the Hogan Icons that he's testing, I'll have my new Sub 70 699 Pros that I'm getting today. Erik would have to challenge @GB13. It'll be Cobra vs. the Direct to Consumer iron challenge!
  18. 13 points
    Going head to head with @GB13 would be fun, but he would wipe the floor with me since he has this weird thing in his golf game called, "talent." If all of the stars aligned, @edingc and I could have an in person match, but I have in-law duties to handle this weekend. I so badly want to tangle with @B.Boston and that New England ego, but I don't have access to a course for ants. While challenging @Headhammer could be fun, I'm worried he may get Lexi to do his work for him again. My handicap is closer to @daviddvm so here goes: @daviddvm
  19. 13 points
    Week 3 Challenges! OK all, time to announce the challenges for the third week of Cobra Connect! For our testers: our focus this week is on the core of the bag: the irons. Our testers will be playing irons-only this week (plus a putter; we're not totally cruel). Best net score with only irons wins the week! For forum members: it's time to really become part of the challenge! You've read the introductions, and you have a sense for which of our competitors' games is most like your own. Think you can take down this year's contestants? Now's your chance. Call out the Cobra tester you want to be competing against (the one most similar to your own handicap/level of play), and you will also complete an irons-only round. Post your scores here in the thread. You get one entry for issuing a challenge and two more if you beat the tester you challenged. From the entries, we'll do a random draw for this week's prize.
  20. 13 points
    Yesterday 15 years ago, I landed in the US armed with my mail order bride certificate, most of my life in two suitcases and ready to marry my best friend...what a ride it's been so far!
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    I just happened to see in my profile that I passed the 5,000 post mark... Having been here ten years, it’s probably a little low, but still a cool milestone! We have a “sticker” for that???
  23. 13 points
    Well, I definitely set a mark this morning that probably won't be equalled or bested in this challenge, unfortunately it had nothing to do with the weekly FIR/GIR Burger competition... I didn't know there was an outing scheduled for this morning until I got to the course, so I had to bust it to get all 18 holes in ahead of them. Very interesting results! I scored OK, and putted pretty well for me. Running between shots, no practice swings, no marking or lining up putts, left my glove on for every shot including putting. Might have to start carrying over some of the putting thoughts - pick a line, pick a speed and go - to a normal-paced round. As far as the FIR/GIR competition goes, I won't be submitting this round. I changed my strategy off of the tee and hit a lot of irons trying to hit more fairways and that failed miserably (and I'll expound on that in more detail in my iron review). Still, remove a ball I hooked out of bounds on No. 3 and I put together a pretty decent scoring round for me. Best shot of the day came on No. 17, and the SpeedZone Xtreme really continues to impress me. Had to punch a 7 iron under a branch to get to the green and did so successfully for an easy two-putt par.
  24. 13 points
    Well, well, well...look what finally arrived. Christmas in July barely happened for me, but it did! Just like Tom's experience, the irons arrived safe and sound, packaged very neatly and secure. I immediately unboxed it all and found the hat, sticker, and personalized letter from Jason. As a folically challenged dude with a big noggin, I appreciate a good hat and this is a quality hat! INITIAL IMPRESSIONS!!!! Upon removing the irons from the grid, I was amazed at their beauty. The lines on these irons are perfect. They were a touch bigger than I expected, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The squared toe, which I absolutely love by the way, helps with the appearance of the overall heel to toe length. I chose to go with because my hope was that it would reduce the appearance of the top line. As you can see in the pics, it's not noticeably thicker than the top line of a Srixon Z745. The sole is a touch wider, but only towards the toe. The heel side is actually a touch narrower. Offset to the naked eye is negligible compared to the Z745 as well. It's there, but I can live with it. Alright, enough of that, the pics can speak for themselves. What's an excited overgrown kid supposed to do when he get's a brand new set of toys? Go play of course, and that's what I did. I'll apologize in advance, but the battery on my phone died while driving to the course. I didn't realize it was nearly dead before leaving and I didn't get any pictures of these beasts in their natural habitat. Anyhow, that's out of the way. I arrived at the course and went through my normal stretching routine and warm-up. After warming up with some partial wedge shots, I took the PW out. First strike, OK, that sounds and feels different. These irons, throughout the set, have more audible noise than what I've been accustomed to with the Srixons. A well struck shot out of the middle on the 745s is a dull thud. Miss the center though and you get a nice crack. With these 699 Pros, there's definitely a more audible sound at contact. It's not bad by any means, but it's there. I can feel the contact a little more with these compared to shots off the middle of the 745s, but it's negligible. The biggest difference is the feel is still there with the 699 Pros. I could still easily tell when I hit it out of the middle or had the toe side miss that I typically see. Speaking of, that shot is not near as punishing as it is with my Srixon's, either the 745s or 965s. Anyhow, sound and feel aside, it didn't bother me in the least as the balls were just flying high and straight. I hit about 10 shots with the PW, 7i, and 5i, then said it's time to hit the course. I'll post the round below, but I'll tell you about the memorable shots with the new sticks. Hole 1...I opened with a snap hook drive that left me behind a pine tree with no way to get to the green in two. I took the 4 iron and hit a low punch that ran up to about 40 yards short, color me impressed. Hole 4 was where I noticed really started to notice some magic with these. It's a dog leg left hole that only requires a layup off the tee. I was left with 179 yards so I pulled the 7i out. Perfect strike, high draw, ball carried right on the number and released maybe 5'. Hole 9 is a dog-leg right par 5 that plays longer than it reads on the tee sheet. I smoked a cut drive down the right side and was left with 210 to center. I pulled the 5i again and what happened next was just amazing. Another perfect strike, high fade, flew slightly longer than center, but landed and only rolled out 6-7'!!!!! What, how does that happen?!?! Needless to say, I missed my eagle putt, but closed the 9 with a stress free birdie for an even 36. I have a parent/child tournament with my daughter tomorrow morning, and these will be in the bag. I'll try to snap some outdoor pics tomorrow, but from my limited time with the Sub 70 699 Pros today, I'm very impressed.
  25. 13 points
    @artful_golfer @mr.hicksta @Reesedw @dhartmann34 @Shankster @tchat07 @BrownBearGolf @TBT @fozcycle Congrats everyone! Once again, a heck of a testing lineup! Guys, let's see if you can keep up with the forum queen, @artful_golfer!
  26. 13 points
    @GB13, @B.Boston, @daviddvm, @Headhammer, @edingc... Alright Gentleman, who has started plotting which courses to play based on which weekly challenge is up?? Or are you all just playing courses you normally would? I played courses that I knew would give me the best chance at meeting the Challenge.. Course with wider firm fairways for driving challenges ect.. Courses with Bigger greens for GIR.. ... You guys are doing a great Job keep it up..
  27. 12 points
    @edingc: might need to call you out on this one. To my advantage: my course is short. To your advantage: I think you're better at this game than I am. To everyone's advantage: as a mod, I'm pretty sure I'm not eligible for prizes
  28. 12 points
  29. 12 points
    Thank you. That's one thing I want to be clear about too - I think they are great clubs and I probably will continue to play the long irons. Is it solely the shafts? Maybe? I'm inconsistent, which I'm sure is the hallmark of someone around my handicap range. I can have really great days/weeks and really bad days/weeks. Am I just in a funk? Might be! I did take these irons to my last lesson two weeks ago and I was swinging very well that day, and very smooth. I liked the results, but I find I swing better and more freely on the range when my coach can immediately correct anything going wrong. But keeping that smoothness in my swing on the course has been difficult - as I alluded to - sometimes it just feels like I'm working too much.
  30. 12 points
    Gave these clubs a full 18 holes today. I am pleased to say that yesterdays club performance was not a fluke. I broke my record of greens in regulation 15, yes 15. I made five birdies and two bogeys. The bogey summary, one was a three putt and the other was due to winding up in a bunker. I tied my lowest round in golf with a 68 today. Pinch me I must be dreaming. I knew I would wind up being 140 yards out on a hole so I did bring a 9 iron from my old set. I hit two balls from 140 yards on one hole. Dropped a ball and hit my old club, then put the same swing on the ball in play with the 699's. In one of the photos below you will see two arrows. The 699 Pro's is the one closer to the pin. It is not taking any time to adjust to these clubs at all. I definitely feel more confident in attacking the pin. The higher trajectory is allowing me to drop the ball much closer to the pin than I was used to. The only thing I am having an issue with is adjusting to the approach wedge. My other sets gap wedge is at 47* and the approach wedge in this set is at 50*. Its interesting that the 46* for me is my 100 yards and in, as well as chipping. With the 699 Pro irons I still hit it 100 yards due to the extra height. The adjustment is in the chipping. I have to fly it further and there is not much roll out as compared to my other club. But here again you can attack the pin more. It might take me a little bit to dial that in. On a positive note my gapping is better because my next wedge in my set is a 56* then a 60* I truly had my reservations about being good enough to play with players irons even though I do have a lower handicap. My low handicap is tied into my chipping and putting. I miss greens but can usually chip and one putt. I feel 100% positive that these have made and will continue to make a difference in my game. As soon as I'm done with this post I will be changing my signature to include these clubs in my bag. They have found a home. Now my curiosity is getting to me. How do the hybrids perform? Hey MGS need a tester on those?
  31. 12 points
    I don't even mess around with "hints". I'll send my wife an email or text that says "This is what I want for my birthday and here is where you can get it". Then I include a link to the exact item I want. No guessing for her and I'm not walking away feeling disappointed.
  32. 12 points
    Was able to get out for 18 this morning at my wife family cottage in Dexter, ME. I felt like @edingc breezing around the course in 2:24 and will be using this round for the FIR/GIR Burger challenge. It’s an improvement on my first 18 this week for sure. I’m including a pic of my scorecard because some of the Arccos holes are incorrect and I sent them an email to update. +4 74 on a short course, but more Importantly 11 FIR and 10 GIR with 7 Burgers for a score of 35. Sorry in advance for cryptic messages this week. I’ll be running to Dunkin’ up here to use their WiFi as cell service lakeside is pretty poor. The view however is quite nice!
  33. 12 points
    Tried to best my FIR/GIR total from Tuesday, but Mother Nature had other ideas this morning: I intended to gut it out, but after slogging through nine very wet holes with a 45 I had to pack it in. Just too much water on the greens to really putt, and I couldn't keep a good grip on the club. So that means for the FIR/GIR competition I will be submitting Tuesday's round, which had eight FIRs, nine GIRs and five FIR/GIR burgers.
  34. 12 points
    MODS IS IT TOO LATE TO CHANGE TEAMS?!?!?!?!? joking. #teamedingc #flashreviewbois
  35. 12 points
    ... I have ben playing quite a few practice rounds as well as regular rounds so I took advantage of the GolfDiscount.com sale of Srixon 6 pack of Z Star balls for $9.99 with free shipping over $99. Ordered 5 dozen Z Star for less than $100. Considering the Z Star was only one of four balls to receive the MGS Ball Test Excellent designation, it is a difficult deal to beat.
  36. 12 points
    I like to think of the parts of my golf game as pieces of the unattainable triangle (typically "quality, speed, price"), but in this case "driver, irons, putter." You can usually only have two! On days I drive the ball well, I probably won't putt well. On days I putt well, I bet I didn't strike my irons well. Etc. That's how you end up like me!
  37. 12 points
    #TeamCobraONE spent a very productive day at the golf course today! #cartpathonly #90%humidity #100degreesfeelsliketemps but worth every drop of sweat
  38. 12 points
    Gavinski91's EXPUTT Review Introduction Well I’m a full week behind the rest of the testers due to a vacation I had already planned with my wife, but I think getting away from the busyness of work and life and spending some time surfing and laying on the beach was the refresh I needed to attack this test with gusto! Since I’m new to the forums I’ll take some time here to introduce myself! My name is Gavin, and I’m from the far northwest of Washington State (literally right on the border). And although I do ski, the nickname predates that! I definitely don’t have the same amount of experience that some of the other testers have (looking at their intros, some of them have been golfing regularly for longer than I’ve been alive!) but I think I have a background that might resonate with quite a few forum members. I first swung a golf club in the late 90s, when my dad had the local golf shop cut down his old wood-headed driver and an old putter to a length that worked for an undersized 8-year-old and took me to the local driving range and mini-golf course. However, it wasn’t until 2016, when I had finished my undergrad and graduate degrees and had a full-time job, that I started getting serious about golf. Between those times my sports focus was mainly on baseball and ice hockey, which allowed me to develop swing mechanics and strength that, although perhaps not entirely traditional, translated well to golf. I could go into detail about my handicap (20.7), swing tempo (high), etc., but to be completely honest I don’t think that information is relevant to a putting test. If we go back to my hockey roots, hitting a driver off the tee or an iron on an approach shot is like a slapshot or wrist shot in a game situation. Putting, however, is more like the fan during the intermission trying to score from center ice into a small slot in a barrier at the goal to win a new car – the mechanics are different, and strength and form don’t matter. The only relevant thing is being able to get the shot on the correct line with sufficient power. When it comes to putting, my biggest strength has always been being able to read the correct line. My process is usually crouching back behind the ball and imagining the full path that the ball will need to take, starting at the cup and working back to where my ball is. This allows me to determine my starting line, and if I can hit that line I can be pretty confident about having a really good chance of holing the putt. The issue for me has always been consistently hitting the starting line for my putt path of choice and having the proper speed on the putt, which for me has been 90% about feel and maybe 10% about stroke/backswing length. I typically average 3.5 three-putts per round (median of 3), and over my last 5 rounds my putts/GIR is a half stroke worse than my putts/hole, so obviously lag putting is a weakness. This is where I think the EXPUTT has the biggest opportunity to help me improve. Other testers have already gone into detail about the packaging and unboxing, so I’ll skip that. I will say that the branding is excellent, with a few smaller touches that are really nice, like having the camera and the shock absorber share some visual elements. Disappointingly, some of the components right out of the box looked and felt cheap. The power adapter in particular looked like it was sourced from the cheapest provider available on AliBaba – the USB port was crooked, the entire unit was bulky and made of low-quality plastic, and nothing about it suggested that it belonged in the same box as a $400 putting simulator. While the manufacturing and QC on the actual unit was significantly better than the power adapter, both the camera unit and the remote felt too light to be a high-quality piece of technology. While I’m aware that consumers wrongly equate heft with quality, and that many electronics manufacturers add internal metal weights to their products (such as headphones) to give the illusion of quality, it’s hard to get past the perception that a product that is very light must be made of thin, low-quality plastics. For comparison, the remote control from my Samsung soundbar weighs twice as much as the remote from the EXPUTT, even though they are the same size and utilize the same battery. Setup of the entire system was very easy for me, although for someone with less tech savvy it may be slightly more difficult, as you may have to navigate your TVs display settings to ensure that the entire display is visible on your screen. The time from when I cut the seal on the box with my pocketknife to my first putt in practice mode was 10 minutes. The menus are all straightforward and easy to navigate, although there are a few features which are named in a way that doesn’t make their purpose obvious. In order to replicate the experience of what I would imagine is most users, I plan to not look at the user manual until the very end of the test. I’ll leave the more in-depth software critique to @cnosil who is experienced in software testing. I will say that the menus are all straightforward and easy to navigate, although there are a few features which are named in a way that doesn’t make their purpose obvious. The main menu definitely gives the unit a dated feel – it looks like something I would’ve expected 10 years ago. The in-game practice mode screen looks much more modern though, and does a good job of including lots of information without being too intrusive in my opinion. I’ve only had a few hours with the unit so far, but I will share a major revelation that I had in my first 30 minutes with it: if you can get your putter face to square up to your target line, it doesn’t matter what path the putter head takes to get there. In the below picture you can see that I took an exaggerated out-to-in path with my club, and tried my best to keep the face square. I managed to sink a 10-foot putt with an 11.5° out-to-in club path, and the resulting numbers show that the direction that your putt travels is 95% determined by the face angle at impact, and only 5% by the club path. As a result, I will be focusing my practice moving forward on squaring up the club face, and not worrying about club path – my early practice has shown me that as long as your face angle is less than 0.5° in either direction from the target line, you’ll sink every putt from 10 feet and in. There will be lots more to come over the next few weeks of testing, so let me know what else you would like to hear from me!
  39. 11 points
    That’s right everyone, the ceremonial conch has been blown as we are moving toward the beginning of football, which means… THE MGS FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE is on. Now, we first need to address the largest elephant in the room, we’re assuming that there is going to be a season that will run. Obviously we’re flying blind because who knows what may be happening with the league, players, and a little virus called COVID-19. All we can tell you is that we’ll make necessary adjustments as needed and required. But who is this we? Well, returning for a second straight season are your tri-commissioners, @GolfSpy STUDque, @Undershooter and yours truly, @Berg Ryman So let’s go over the format for those who are intrigued in joining and maybe weren’t around for last year. We play through the Fantrax website. Our league is structured as a 3 division, 14 team a division league. Each division has its own set of players, so for example there are 3 Christian McCaffery’s, but only one for each division. Think of it as its own league within our larger league. What is the prize for winning this league? Well, should you be able to war your way through this minefield throughout 16 weeks of fantasy action (crosses fingers), you will earn not only a badge for your profile, but also the greatest prize that can be bestowed upon you, The MGS Golden Ticket. This gives you the opportunity to cut the line for one of the testing opportunities afforded to the MGS membership. Now, 4 spots are currently claimed. Each commissioner plays in his own division and I am reserving a spot if he wishes it for our defending champion, @Bardle. If you wish to play know this, ABANDONMENT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED BACK. So how many spots are there going to be? Well, we have discussed as a group and we are willing to expand the league to a maximum of 48 players, if interest demands it. In doing so we will be switching to a 4 division, 12 team structure with potential full cross play between divisions in the schedule. To get yourself one of those important spots, here’s what you need to do. DM one of the commissioners with your information and intent to play. We will e-mail you an invite into the league. I’d ask at this point that you try to DM either myself or @Undershooter as @GolfSpy STUDque is currently enjoying some time away with his family. Admittedly @Undershooter and I will attempt to get you the invite as soon as possible, but we work as well, so please be patient. Also, if we go to a 4th division, we’ll need a 4th commissioner. If you are interested, please leave a note in the thread. Lastly, I’m going to drop this here as well. Last year be brought forth the Circus League, a league rewarding incredible special teams play, including punters, and rewarding awful performances by players. This league is not for a golden ticket, but for fun and was possibly the weirdest best experience you’ll have playing fantasy sports this year. Now, are you ready for some football? Oh, you are… well then, sign-ups are officially OPEN
  40. 11 points
    Well, had to get the oldest a car to help transporting everyone around. He was very excited! Hoping this used 2013 Civic lasts awhile!!!!!
  41. 11 points
    Seems like I have waited forever for this. Cobra's Pars & Stripes special edition. So of course it arrives on the day of a tropical storm in the area. Will that still stop me from giving it a go? Stay tuned.
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    I just happen to have it open to take a quick lunch break from my accounting duties of closing the books for July!
  43. 11 points
    I was able to get out and splash around 18 holes at Bay Forest my home club. Played a very enjoyable round with a fellow handicap association member at the club named Mike. This was the first time we had met and played together. I think we both fed off of each others positive energy and we both had very good rounds considering the soggy conditions. The sun was out for a gorgeous hot day in Houston! I shot the same score as my Thursday round and had the same number of FIR and GIR but fewer Burgers so I will submit Thursdays round for the competition. I hit my driver very straight today but I was popping them up frequently for very little yardage, but got better as the round went on. So many good chances for birdies today but I just could not get one to drop. But I'm pleased with the state of my game. Here is today's round summary:
  44. 11 points
    78 today 41-37@ the home course. The first holes were rough as I was shaking off a toe hook with the driver from my last round. Then everything loosened up on 7 and I played +2 from there on. One birdie and I got my first par of the year on #12. It's 420 yards and the landing zone for a driver is about 20 yards wide with OB right and hazard left. I backed off to a hybrid to land where it's wider and smoked it. I had 160 (course was a rock) and hit 9i ( the last 150 is severely downhill across the creek to the green) and landed front, 2 putts. Take Dead Aim
  45. 11 points
    Honestly playing 9 hole rounds kinda feels like I have a vanity cap when it combines them in the ghin app. I'm currently at a 7.7 because of my past few after work 9s have been decent scores, but it feels like if I had played 18, I probably would've had a chance to have a meltdown and the universe would've balanced itself. That said, I don't think anything has changed with me swing-wise nor have I made any substantial equipment changes. Swing wise I'm just trying to not move off the ball in my takeaway, simple thoughts. The only non-clubho thing I've done that might've had a significant change is playing lighter wedges (or at least they feel lighter overall). I have no idea if the Callaway wedges I was playing before were actually heavier overall, but the s300 shaft and I are not a match. My wedge shaft experiment was surprisingly successful, though I probably shouldn't be surprised because the principle behind it is something that most fitters commonly do -- a little heavier, a little softer. Mentally, I've come to accept that I'm not as bad a putter as I thought, my proximity to hole just sucks. Credit to @THEZIPR23 for that realization. At the same time, I'm not good enough to attack every pin so accepting the "play to the middle and 2-putt" strategy has probably saved me a stroke or two when I don't choke and 3-putt. Doesn't feel like I'm playing better really, just feels like I'm better at avoiding double bogey now. If that makes sense?
  46. 11 points
    So this week is shaping up well, @GB13 is shooting low scores and producing multiple burgers, @B.Boston producing bombs and great numbers, @edingc is turning into an Iron Byron with that driver, @daviddvm sounds like he has the one lengths working for him but i'm still trying to recover from that little tweet @Headhammer dropped on us like...
  47. 11 points
    Played a round with my dad and his friend Walter today. Walter Is 63 and has been playing for a long time. He’s probably the nicest and kindest person I’ve ever met but have never played a round of golf with him before. To give you a picture of him he’s 6’5” drives an old 87 Volvo station wagon he bought new and has 650,000 miles in it (that’s not a typo) he has a pull cart from 1990 that as he said “has 30 rounds a year at 7 miles a round” and as you could guess a very old set of clubs. He didn’t light the course on fire but was an amazing putter. my long winded story got me to the main thing that I was amazed by. He took the yardage that was on the card and while talking paced the yardage. Every time we got to his ball he would say “about X” he was within a yard every single time. It was amazing I couldn’t believe it. anyway just found that interesting and he’s just an overall interesting person.
  48. 11 points
    Some people have great wedge play or superb iron striking, I am good at hitting the asphalt.
  49. 11 points
    Did you opt for different clubs than normal? I know if I was playing a FIR & GIR contest, there are a handful of holes on the two courses I play that I would play different clubs off the tee. That kind of begs the question "why not always do that if the odds of success is better"... because I play Tim Allen golf .
  50. 11 points
    Beautiful day for 18 holes! Got out to one of my favorite spots with my father-in-law and both brother-in-laws. It was hot, windy, dry and fast, but I played very well and may have to use this round for the FIR/GIR challenge! If not for the pesky par 3s on the front, and that stupid thing called putting, I think it could have been a career round, hahahaha. Seriously though, I hit my driver extremely well today and was great again around the green. This was my best effort distance wise, unfortunately it stopped in a divot and I came up just short of the green trying to finesse it out of there. No doubt the SpeedZone Xtreme is a great fit for me. I really focused on one swing thought regarding balance and pressure today, and just need to ramp up the speed a little bit now that I've got my swing path figured out.
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