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  1. 107 points
    Please join me in congratulating our nine (9) testers that will be embarking on the journey for more speed: Low SS: @J_L_35 @Jbmullin @tony@CIC Med SS: @MALyons31 @MaxEntropy @Apolloshowl High SS: @jlukes @ChasingScratch @alisarodriguez15 Good luck guys! ________________________________________________________________________________ SuperSpeed Golf helps you increase swing speed using OverSpeed Training, which is exactly what it sounds like it is. Basically, it creates a neurological reset and trains your brain and muscles into believing you can swing the club faster. It makes the body move faster than normal during training to permanently increase the neuromuscular reaction speed of the body. In plain English: swinging a training stick faster than normal causes your brain to remember this faster speed, and even start expecting it. Frankly, the majority of training aids we test aren't worth your money. But, you don't get into the bags of 700+ touring professionals and 100,000s of everyday golfers unless it works. We're pretty confident it will work for you, too. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We're looking for 9! dedicated forum members to test, review, and keep the SuperSpeed Golf Training system throughout the entire 48 week program and post updates every step along the way. Specifically, there will be 3 golfers in 3 different speed brackets. You don't have to be a low SS guy to take advantage of the program and SuperSpeed is ready to prove it. To apply, reply to this thread with the following information: Location and Age Current Driver SS Rate your fitness level: below average / average / above average Affirmation that you will see the entire program through Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  2. 73 points
    Testers Wanted (4) Among all major companies these days marketing claims around drivers are getting out of control. Manufacturers would love for golfers to buy new drivers every year or two, at seemingly increasing prices—it’s what helps pay for those flashy advertising campaigns and big-name tour contracts. As a result, the price of drivers has exploded, and it becomes a vicious circle. Ben Hogan Golf is primarily thought of as an iron company, and rightfully so. But when it set out to design and build the new GS53 Driver, it did so with the serious golfer in mind. They feel they have developed one of the best looking and best performing drivers available. They feel it’s a driver that lives up to the Ben Hogan name and promise. So if you’re a regular reader of this space…you know what’s coming next……….. TESTERS WANTED; we’re going to select four of our trusted forum members to see for themselves—and of course share with the rest of the forum— if the GS53 drivers live up to the Ben Hogan name. The testing is open to all forum members in the US, Canada and UK. At this time the driver is available in Right Hand only. To Be Considered Please Provide the Information Below BUT DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST First Name City/State or Country Driver Swing Speed Handicap We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week
  3. 72 points
    please join me in congratulating our sacrifices...err.... COMPETITORS: @GB13 - Forged Tec - MIM @B.Boston - Forged Tec - MIM @edingc - SPEEDZONE - King Black @Headhammer - SPEEDZONE - MIM @daviddvm - SPEEDZONE ONE - KING ONE (5) Competitors Wanted: #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 That's right, it's time for the largest annual event the MyGolfSpy Forum runs. #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 is ready to knock your socks off as either a competitor or enthusiastic fan. (5) dedicated testers will be outfitted with a full set of Cobra clubs complete with Cobra Connect Arccos sensors to track your progress throughout. The testers will compete in (8) weekly challenges that will test their ability in a wide range of challenges with a season champion crowned at the thrilling completion. In addition to our testers competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, members of the community will be able to compete for PUMA GOLF prizes on their own. It's getting tougher each year to surprise the community but we're going to do our best this year with an increased catalog of Cobra Products on the table: Woods: SPEEDZONE and SPEEDZONE extreme drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids Irons: (3) SPEEDZONE and (2) Forged Tec testers. Available in conventional or One Length 3 Wedge Sets: (3) King Black (conv or OL) and (2) King MIM Go ahead and get started using the official hashtags for this challenge #MGSCOBRA2020 and #COBRACONNECT. In addition to the weekly challenges, testers will also be expected participate heavily on Social Media. This opportunity is open to residents of US and CANADA. To apply, reply to this thread only with the following information: Handicap and Location Social Media Accounts Expected rounds in an 8-week span Current OEMs in your bag Head to https://www.cobragolf.com/ and build your dream bag for this challenge
  4. 53 points
    Congrats to our selected testers! Go here to see the official review: Testers Wanted (2) T100-S and (2) T200 Titleist Irons What better way to get our minds off of all the troubles in the world these days than a good iron testing. Well at MyGolfSpy, we don’t do good, we do MIND BLOWING--You Can Not Be Serious testings!! And that’s what we have here! When Titleist introduced its new T Series irons last fall, it included pretty much everything you’d expect from Titleist, all neatly arranged—T100, T200 and T300. The T100 fit the accomplished amateur and many tour pros, while T200 and T300 were designed for the distance and game improvement segments respectively. Now this spring comes the T100-S, and you can read the excellent First Look by our own Tony Covey here: Titleist launches T100-S. Titleist in the first ever Forum Testing opportunity that I can recall, is going to provide our members a chance to put these beautiful and now longer players irons to the test. But wait there’s more: Titleist doesn’t just dip its toes in the water, it goes off the high dive! It realizes most everyday forum golfers aren’t cut out for such a player’s club. So, it’s widening the testing field to include the T-200 iron as well! That's right two models, two testers each. So read the instructions closely, as not following them exactly could cost you an opportunity to be a tester. How to Apply This is important, so please follow these instructions carefully: 1. If you haven't already, make sure you're a registered MyGolfSpy Forum member 2. Provide us with the information requested below. 3. Be honest on your selection of desired test iron and handicap, it doesn't do anybody any good to have a 36 handicap testing an iron designed for tour players and single digit handicaps. - Your First Name - City/Sate - Your Handicap - Current Iron Model In Play - Desired Model to test- You Must Choose ONE-saying something like "either one" will get you disqualified. Lastly but just as importantly Please do not 'quote' this post when applying.. Per the manufactures request: this review opportunity is open to golfers who resides in the US. We'll be announcing the testers in this thread next week, so make sure to check back.
  5. 50 points
    Testers Wanted (5) 2 - Icon Irons 3 - PTX Pro/Icon Combo Sets If there is any company that should have an iron called Icon, you have to believe that Ben Hogan would be one of the few to justify such a name. Arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time, Hogan was known for his pursuit of perfection both on the course and in the factory. Therefore an iron from his company bearing the name Icon, better be a good one. Well it's obvious to anyone from these pictures, that the Icon irons have already achieved half the battle with looks.The part about performance will be left to the hands of our lucky chosen testers. The Icon irons make no secret that you better have the game to put these in play, as they are ideally suited for the single digit player. But the good folks at Ben Hogan realize not everyone is blessed with pure ball striking skills or lives on the range, so they haven't left out those of us who live in the playable double digits neighborhood. Partnering with the Icon irons in the 8-P, the PTX Pros. in 5-7 offer a bit more play-ability in the mid iron section. Rounding out the low end of this players bag is the option for UiHi Utility iron or the incredible looking VKTR+ hybrid. So the call goes out to those who think they have the game and writing chops to do these irons justice on the course and in the forum. Step up, don't be afraid! HOW TO APPLY This testing is open to any right hand golfer who lives in the US or UK Follow the below instructions and please DO NOT quote this post when applying. Just create a new post First Name/City State or City Country Handicap Current Iron Model Played Which would you like to test Icon or PTX Pro-Icon Combo, You MUST choose ONLY one option. We'll be choosing the testers late next week, so check back to see if you have been chosen. Good Luck!! ______________________________________ Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  6. 39 points
    When it comes to PING many things come to mind, quality, engineering, performance and irons are among the first things most people will think of. And with the release earlier this year of the G410 irons, PING has hit on each one of those characteristics. Following the huge success of the G400 irons, PING has hit a home run with the striking black and red colors of this iron, as well as a being a bit more streamlined in all the right places. PING has achieved the rare feat of providing an iron that has a profile appealing to even the most discerning of golfers, but yet still offering the forgiveness and help that higher handicaps look for. We are looking for three forum members to join staff member Golfspy_Stroker in testing, reviewing and keeping a set of these G410's built to their custom specs. Testing will require a nearly two month commitment of putting the irons in play on the course, at the range and providing ongoing commentary in the forum thorough out the process. As an extra bonus to the irons, the selected testers will have the option to choose Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips equipped with Arccos. The clubs will come with a 99 day free trial to arccos. After that the tester would be responsible for paying for the subscription in order to continue it. It will be a great way to add data to your review. PING has opened this testing to all golfers regardless of country of residence. All you have to do to be eligible for the testing is follow the below instructions. In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name/State or Country of residence Handicap Current irons in Play The carry distance of the your 7 iron That's it. Good luck to everybody We'll be selecting the testers within the next 10 to 14 days, so check back to see if you've been selected! =========================================================================================== YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE.... Please join me in congratulating these members selected from a very large and diverse applicant pool: @ballplayer002003 @GregB135 @Rickp Official announcement here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/33112-testers-wanted-3-ping-g410-irons/?do=findComment&comment=571106
  7. 38 points
    Testers Wanted (4) Ping G710 Irons Nothing like getting the official start of the MyGolfSpy Forum testing season off to a grand start with a set of irons that follow one of the most successful irons in the recent history of PING. When launched in the spring of 2018 the G700 irons caught golfers by surprise. They were different in almost every way from any iron PING had produced. And they performed, boy did they perform. Now, as is typical for PING, two years later they've launched the new version: the G710 irons. The most noticeable visual difference is the stunning stealth black finish. But PING wouldn't be PING if there weren't several technical improvements. Chief among those is sound and feel. But don't take our word for it—that's where you come in. Four MyGolfSpy Testers will be selected to test, review, and keep the G710 irons. Testing will require a commitment of putting the irons in play on the course and at the range and providing ongoing commentary in the forum throughout the process. How To Apply As an extra bonus the selected testers will have the option to choose Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips equipped with Arccos. The clubs will come with a 99 day free trial to Arccos. After that the tester will be responsible for paying for the subscription in order to continue it. It will be a great way to add data to your review. PING has opened this testing to all golfers regardless of country of residence. To apply to be a tester follow the instructions below. In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name / State or Country of residence Handicap Current irons in Play The carry distance of your 7 iron That's it. Good luck to everyone. We'll be selecting the testers within the next 10 to 14 days, so check back to see if you've been selected!
  8. 35 points
    DRUMROLL PLEASE..... Spies - we are very excited for this test. This will be our first test with Honma golf and this driver finished in the top 4 in the 2020 most wanted driver testing. Very happy to let everyone know that these 4 lucky members will be testing the Honma TR20. Testing the 440 model: @golfingbrock @DPattGolf Testing the 460 model: @Getoffmylawn @Judge Smails
  9. 35 points
    Stage 1 … Well, well, well I received my irons a week after THEZIPR23, blackngold_blood and DavePO43, yet am the first to Stage 1. What a bunch of slackers! A quick intro for those that don't already know me. chisag stands for CHIcago Screen Actors Guild. I have been a member of SAG for 42 years. Being an actor meant I was either very busy or had a ton of free time. The free time can work very well with a sport I am passionate about that takes a good 5+ hours to play considering the round and travel. As an actor gets older, roles are not as plentiful and free time is much more the norm than being busy. Obviously great for golf and I can take an entire winter off, which I did in 2019 playing 4 months in Phoenix. 107 out of 117 days playing golf can really fine tune your game. That said, this year due to a herniated disc, rehab and Covid closures, I did not play a single round of golf for 5 months. That is by far the longest break I have ever had from playing. … While the short game is my bread and butter for scoring, iron play is certainly a strength of my game. Loving equipment, I have owned way too many iron sets to mention. I currently play and rotate some Taylor Made P760’s & P790’s, Cobra Forged Tours and some Srixon Z Forged MB’s. Needless to say, the last thing I needed was a new set of irons. But of course I always look and the irons that caught my attention in 2020 were the Titleist T100-S. When MGS offered a set for review, I threw my hat into the ring and was very pleasantly surprised to be picked. Thank you MGS. All of my current irons have strengths and weaknesses but I will concentrate on comparisons with my P760’s, the irons I played most. I love everything about them other than their surprisingly thick top line. One of my biggest questions going forward is will the T100-S mid/long irons be as long and forgiving as my foam filled P760’s. … Right out of the box, the T100-S looked like irons I had a hand in designing. Head size, shape, hosel transition, sole camber and a thin top line is just about perfect to my eye and they immediately jumped to my favorite irons aesthetically. I dated a Playboy Bunny back in the late 70’s for a very short time and know all too well that looks don’t always match up with perfoprmance. So as beautiful to my eye as the T100-S are, they will have to outperform what I am playing now. That is a tall order. … About 15 years ago I spent an entire fall playing only knockdown shots determined to master that shot in Chicago’s winds. Most courses here stop watering around October and the fairways can become rock hard. I am happy to say I now have that shot, but by pounding all my clubs straight down into the hard turf I developed a nasty case off elbow tendonitis. Per my Ortho’s orders (a serious golfer himself) I switched to heavy weight graphite in my irons to reduce the wear and tear on my elbow and my body. I am glad I did and I never went back to steel. My favorites are the Recoil Prototype 95’s and I was extremely interested in the Kuro Kage Tini 105 gm shafts that were available in the T100-S. I ordered them in Stiff Flex and soft stepped once. Specs and description looked really good and my only concern was feel. I found playing some Aerotech Steelfiber 95 shafts, the feel is a little closer to steel than graphite. Great for Pro’s that have been playing steel their entire lives, but I am used to the smoother, slightly dampened feel of Aldila VS Proto’s and Recoil Prototypes. With Tini wire in the tip section for stability, I was hoping they felt more like Recoils than Steelfibers. If not, I would just re-shaft with my Recoil Prototypes but after 3 rounds, the feel is exactly what I look for in a heavyweight graphite iron shaft. Stable, accurate and precise with a slightly dampened feel to absorb unwanted shock. They launch a little higher than I am used to, but adjusting should not be difficult. … Due to the Corona virus I was not able to schedule a fitting for my T100-S but I know my specs and what shafts work for me, so it really wasn’t a concern for me. That said, I would always choose a fitting if possible. Other than 2* upright, soft stepped once and 1/4” long, my specs are standard. With only 3 rounds played, I m still trying to figure out yardages for each iron, something I will have down for Phase 2. I will say as an old school golfer that played a 48* pw for most of my golfing life, I have reluctantly learned to navigate the 6* gap between my 46* pw and 52* sw. But the opportunity to play a 48* wedge that Titeist calls a W2 was a welcome surprise. And instead of a W1 and W2 on the sole, Titleist labels these 2 wedges as P and 48* so no confusion pulling a wedge without reading glasses LOL. A small thing but a nice touch. … While I can and have played MB’s, I see no advantage over a Players CB that gives me everything a MB provides with added forgiveness. Like many low index players, on my good days I can hit anything well, but on my off days and especially days when my back is tight I will use all the forgiveness I can get. I am very interested to see how forgiving the tungsten in the heel and toe of the mid and long irons will be on slight mishits. And would the slightly thinner face of the T100-S compared to the T100 produce a hair more distance. A myth is other than the longest hitters, a little more distance for a better player is not wanted in their irons. But a slight increase in distance is always a plus if that distance is accurate, repeatable and all your gaps are covered. Why would I not want to hit my 4 iron 205 instead of 200? While I have never experienced any fliers from a good lie with my P790’s, they can occasionally be a few yards longer, because with a 5* interval between irons they cover a larger gap than I would ideally prefer. My hope is going back to 4* gaps I will experience more precise yardages and gapping from my T100-S. (bottom left) … And lastly, these are not GI’s or posses any magic that can correct a bad swing. Unlike many GI and certainly SGI irons, you will definitely know if you hit one thin losing distance and your fingers stinging similar to a MB. But the T100 series is the most played iron on the PGA Tour for a reason, and that tells me they can be extremely accurate and repeatable for guys who make their living knowing exactly how far they hit every iron. And make no mistake, the vast majority of players on all tours, PGA /LPGA/Champions want all the forgiveness they can get when it comes with accuraccy, for both direction and distance. So all I am looking for is an iron that: 1. Feels great 2. Looks ideal at address 3. Allows me to be laser accurate with my good swings 4. Gives me a little forgiveness with my bad swings 5. Produces a few more yards … If there are any specific questions about the T100-S irons or Kuro Kage shaft you would like answered, or something you are just curious about, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer as I play and become more familiar with their capabilities. I have not requested to be considered for irons and a MGS review until the T100-S so they clearly have an opportunity to not only make it into my bag, but became my primary irons. I look forward to sharing my progress with all of you.
  10. 34 points
    Official Review Thread: PING G710 Irons It's a special joy for me to announce the reviewers of the PING G710 irons. PING iron tests are always among our most-applied-for, (dare I say) most wanted review opportunities. I had the privilege of getting in on the test of the predecessor to the G710s and have shot the best rounds of my life with my G700s. I am absolutely looking forward to seeing how the sequels perform in the hands of our four forum testers! Without further ado, our reviewers will be: @perseveringgolfer: REVIEW @Berg Ryman: REVIEW @JonMUSC08: REVIEW @Lacassem: REVIEW Join me in congratulating these four and in following their reviews here!
  11. 33 points
    Testers Wanted (4) If you have followed MY Golf Spy at all in the last year you have no doubt read about Honma's effort to gain North America market share in the club business.That's no small task. However, Honma feels the TR20 drivers have what it takes to do that. The TR in TR20 stands for Tour Release and it’s replacing the confusingly named T//World 747 line. Honma is producing two drivers in the TR20 offering: a 440cc and a 460cc. According to Honma, the real TR20 driver story is weight, or, more precisely, it’s where the weight is and where it isn’t. The driver frame is titanium but the body is nearly all carbon fiber. But we are going to provide 4 of our Forum Members a chance to tell us and the rest of the community if they feel Honma has produced a driver to compete in one of the toughest segments to break into and capture any market share. How To Apply Reply Below-DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST and provide us the following information Right Handed Golfers Only First Name/City State: (US & Canada Applicants Only) Desired to Test: 440 or 460 Swing Speed: That's it. We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week, so check back and see if you have been selected. Good Luck
  12. 33 points
    (5) Testers Wanted: Bag Boy Chiller Cart Bag Nearly two of every three courses in the United States are currently open for business. Yes, open is a relative term, but as more golfers start to peg it up outside, there’s always the question of “Should I get a new _____________.” If your answer is “Cart Bag” it might be worth waiting until we release Buyer’s Guide that will give you the complete run-down on all of the latest models. That said, the Bag Boy Chiller Cart bag provides golfers a solution to a relatively common problem – How to keep beverages cold without asking for a bag of ice every time the beverage cart rolls around. Do you remember the excitement when Tommy Callahan first discovered the mini-fridge in his new office? If not, no big deal, but you really should carve out some time to watch Tommy Boy. If you do, that’s the type of enthusiasm Bag Boy is hoping to inspire with its Chiller Cart bag. Now to the important question. Want to test one and let us know what you think? All of MyGolfSpy’s Community Reviews require a serious commitment. You need to be motivated, detail-oriented, and savvy with online forums. Writing a thorough, detailed, and honest review requires a commitment. So, please make sure you read the following instructions carefully and apply in the proper place. Please note this is not a giveaway or a contest. We’re looking for golfers willing to complete a full evaluation and compose a detailed review for our Community Forum. This test is open to members residing in the US. To apply, reply to this thread with the following information: Location Current Bag(s) Things you look for most in a cart bag Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  13. 31 points
    From time to time, MyGolfSpy does brand-association surveys. Titleist is among the brands that fare best in these surveys: they have a reputation of no-nonsense quality and performance. Here's my hunch: if the survey asked to identify a brand with the phrase "Tour Proven," Titleist would win in a landslide. So here in the MyGolfSpy forums, we're delighted to work with Titleist to get four sets of their newest series of irons into the hands of our members for testing and reviews: T100S: chisag thezipr23 T200: blackngold_blood, redeeming his golden ticket from being our 2019 fantasy golf champion in grand fashion! davep043 This was among our highest-demand testing opportunities, and I know we'll all be following along eagerly as these great forum members put their new sets of Titleist irons to the test!
  14. 30 points
    Huge Forum News: We're 10!!!! As we were working on a recent project for the forums, we started poking around in the archives and stumbled on a really cool truth: the forum launched 10 years ago! There are some initial test posts from January and February, but forum kicked off in a big way at the end of February/beginning of March 2010. So we started compiling some of the history of the forum, including talking with some of our longtime forum legends. We pieced the story together and today, it's featured on the MyGolfSpy blog: https://mygolfspy.com/the-mygolfspy-community-forum-celebrates-10-years-of-golf-talk/ In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary Celebration, we've just launched a dedicated Twitter account for the Forum Community: https://twitter.com/ForumMyGolfSpy. If you're a SM user, go give us a follow. And go read the story and keep an eye on the forum in the next few days: we have some celebrating to do, and you're not going to want to miss it!
  15. 29 points
    I hope you guys don't mind me posting this. Most people would do it on Facebook. But I consider each if you friends more so than the 500 some FB says I have My mom passed away this morning in Pensacola, FL. She was 89 and had suffered with dementia the better part of the last 10 years. It had gotten progressively worse the past two years. I last saw her a year ago. At that time It was sadly obvious that She had no clue who I was or any recall of past events. She was put in hospice care at that time. The fact she battled it for another year is a testament to her toughness. She grew up on a small farm in MS with her father passing at a young age and a mom in bad health. At age 15, She pretty much raised her baby sister and took care of the house while still graduating HS before marrying my father a year afterwards. I was 10 and my brother 6 when my parents divorced. She worked full time and raised two sons, without us ever wanting for a thing Or going hungry. Well I never did get that racetrack set for Christmas that I kept asking for I owe every value I have to this day to her. She taught us how to be honest, account for our selves and treat others kindly. She didn't see color in people, she just saw the good in then. .. whee and when she was raised, that is actually damn impressive. I received many of my physical traits from her or her family, she had older twin brothers who were 6'4. During my adult years I visited her as often as I could. But not often enough. Yet she always had a full pan of lasagna, a huge baking dish of Banana Pudding and dozens and dozens of Chocolate Chip cookies. Like I said. We never went hungry. The timing really sucks. Obviously I and my brother and sisters can't travel there now. She made plans a couple years ago to be cremated. So that's what they will do. A family friend down there will hold on to her remais. When everything clears up, my siblings and I will meet in MS for a service and say our goodbyes. This was my last picture with her. Time and illness had taken a toll on her. But she still managed a smile. Rest in peace Mom. I love you.
  16. 28 points
    Too many people are being apathetic towards this. I'm probably one of the most apathetic people you could ever meet, but this is something that I take seriously. Look, the reality is that I have a decent chance to survive if I caught it, but that's not the issue here. The issue is people in my age group, with healthy immune systems, infecting those who are immune-compromised. Unfortunately as a society we don't think about others as much as we should, even our own families. How could you live with yourself if you infected a sick relative, and they didn't make it to recovery? My FIL is currently going through chemo for a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I'm absolutely terrified of getting him sick, and I wish more people were scared to get others sick -- even random strangers.
  17. 27 points
    Very proud of myself today. Shot a 39 playing 9 holes with 3 mates. New personal best by 6 strokes. My long game wasn't bad but my short game was on fire.
  18. 27 points
    Print is dead they say. Sure, maybe it’s on it’s way out, but BLUEPRINTS are definitely not dead. My mantra of aim small, miss small, and my self proclaimed “Modern Traditionalist” attitude came full circle with these clubs... seemingly built for me. A technicians blade. A tool for shaping, carving, flighting, and painting the sky with pin point accuracy. Many of you know that I prefer looking at small compact “traditional” looking clubs. I practice with an old Kroyden 2 Iron!! I have a Callaway mini driver for my “driver”, a Taylormade TS 3 Wood (size of a lot of hybrids), Taylormade JetSpeed 2 Hybrid, the Bridgestone Wedges, and a regular old PING Anser putter. For me that gives me confidence. If I’m starring down at a giant balloon I get nervous. I’ll likely add a recent gen driver soon, I am leaving too much distance in the bag, and I’m looking to ditch the 3 wood for a G410 2 Hybrid.... the 2 iron is a 235+ club for me with a stock swing. I don’t have anything against anyone that plays GI or SGI clubs, my father in law is a heck of a stick with some big old shovels. I feel I will play better with something smaller.... guess we will find out!! Wow.... You have no idea of the logistics we had to plan out for this test. I cannot thank MyGolfSpy and PING enough. They were put out for delivery 2 days early to my new house while I was still in Michigan. I had to send my real estate agent to pick them up so they weren’t stolen or worse (someone else hitting them before me!), she gladly helped out. Extra Starbucks card in the thank you note for her! I went for a fitting after being contacted, I made 10 good swings on the mat, it was the same day I had played Greywalls, my swing was waaaay off. It wasn’t pretty. This was my first official fitting, and after doing it I can’t recommend it enough for anyone getting into the game, or even those of us that were/are stuck in our old ways. We had to use an iBlade head because he didn’t have the BLUEPRINT fitting head in. He recommended one set up but I knew that wouldn’t work when my swing was on, but I noticed something while testing out the Project X LZ shaft that I really liked. The peak height was lower than the KBS Tour X and the TT X100. And I was about 4 yards longer and way closer to center. I went with the 6.0 because I absolutely loved the feel of it, and the results were top notch! Probably could have went with the 6.5’s with my swing speed, but I didn’t notice anything in it. I didn’t think to take a picture of my swing stats, but I remember seeing 3-5° down and neutral to 1° out to in, and in to out on the majority of the swings. I know I was coming in a little steep that day, because I was over compensating for my block... Stock Grips, loft, black lie code, and standard length make up the rest of the clubs. The align grips are midsize and I don’t even notice the alignment aid. ... When I opened the box there were 2-PW, so you guys will get to see some stingers! Either a proper one or one that really stings. Yes... it is a small 2 iron. To be honest the last time I played full time with a blade was many moons ago. My current gamers are the Taylormade RocketBladez Tour, but not for long... I’ve ordered a Glide 56° to complement these irons for the test. (Mini review to come on that) If I like the 56° I will add a 50°... Ok, let’s get into the bread and butter knives. Forged 8620 steel [emoji736] Minimal Offset [emoji736] Narrow Sole [emoji736] THIN Topline [emoji736] Short Blade Length [emoji736] Sure does, smell, look, and feel like a blade... aside from blinding chrome finish. The questions: Do they feel like a forged blade? Can I shape, and flight them? Are they forgiving on mishits? Do I lose any distance over my CB’s? How will the extra bounce work? How low can I go with the 2 iron? (Video to come) Can I play the beat golf I possibly can with these? A few more pics to tide you over: Fire away on questions!!!
  19. 26 points
    In my time at MyGolfSpy (both as a member and a moderator), I think the request I've seen most often is to compare this year's Most Wanted Driver against previous year's winners. Until now, this wasn't something a reader could do by comparing the results pages, because differing years' tests were compiled with different testers and sometimes with tweaks in methodologies. Thus, as strokes gained number from 2019 couldn't be compared straight up to the same number from 2018. UNTIL THIS YEAR! That's a big announcement and it's going to be very interesting to see the outcome.
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    I'd never been fitted for any club in my bag, until yesterday. And I never, ever would have fitted myself into the specs I ended up with. I'm going with the long story version here; skip to the end if you just want to get to the point. Goals My hope this year is to replace my driver, for two reasons. The first is that I am a terrible off the tee (so it's gotta be the club, right?). Those who follow my single-digit-handicap thread know that last season, I was getting about 220 off the tee—and that that number represents about a 25 yard gain on the previous year. The second is that my current driver doesn't fit my current goal in building my bag, which is forgiveness. Ever since my G700 iron test, I've been working to make my club setup as friendly as possible for an average golfer. The Rogue SZ isn't known for being that club. I bought it for two reasons: it showed well in the 2018 Most Wanted testing and it was on sale on Callaway Pre-Owned. Fitting Attempts Initially, I had a fitting scheduled at 2nd Swing in the Twin Cities, to coincide with a trip I was taking there. That was canceled the week the world shut down. When that was canceled, I attempted a bit more formal home fitting. I currently own two Callaway heads: a Rogue Sub Zero, 10.5° a Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD, 9.0° I also have three Callaway-tipped shafts: Project X EvenFlow Blue 65 Fujikura Speeder Evolution II TS 665 Aldila Tour Blue 85 And then I have multiple Callaway weights. Along with my SkyTrak, I figured I might try a whole bunch of combinations to find something that worked. I spent one Saturday hitting a bunch of balls, but it went terribly. One of the reasons I'm bad at driving is that I have no place to practice. My garage ceiling is too low to swing driver. I fear practicing outside, because pop-up drives are not unknown in my game. I absolutely don't want a drive that goes over the net in the neighborhood I live in. After hitting a bunch of drives with various combinations, my average looked something like this: That's pretty pathetic. I hit all over the face. The spin rates were very high; I was seeing shots in the upper 3000s with regularity. SkyTrak measures no head data, but I figured there was a very high likelihood that I'm hitting down on my drives. This explains the spin rates, the pop up drives, and the high launch angles. Given how poorly I was striking the driver, though, my inclination was to move from the Rogue SZ to the Mavrik Max. In every way, it looked like it was designed to help a poor schlub like me hit better drives. I was excited when Callaway announced their new distance-fitting program. My hope was to get a shaft recommendation from them. Given the numbers in my spreadsheet, it looked like my best shaft was the EvenFlow Blue, so I was looking for something similar for the Max. Looking at Callaway's shaft options, I had narrowed my options to about a half-dozen (mostly) mid-spin, mid-launch shafts, including the stock EvenFlow Riptide. After a couple emails back and forth (my local cell tower fritzed out the day of my scheduled call), it was looking likely that I would go with a pretty stock setup. A Local Fitting! Then I got an email from a course about an hour west of me: a Callaway fitting day! I called that day and booked a half-hour slot. The fitting was yesterday. I got to the course and got a couple buckets of balls, so I could warm up and Kirke could keep occupied. [Speaking of, how pretty is this?] I felt pretty good after my warmup swings. I was still waiting for my time slot, so the fitter built me a stock Max with a regular flex EvenFlow Riptide (I think it was the 50g version). And I couldn't find the ball. Small panic sets in. I am not a shaftoid (to use Mark Crossfield's term). I would not be able to tell you what my preferences are in a shaft. But I will say that the stock shaft felt very wobbly to me, and I was struggling mightily to make anything like reasonable contact with the ball. My biggest disappointment in the fitting was that it was being done with a Swing Caddie, rather than a Trackman or GC Quad. It was outdoors, which was a big plus: I can swing freely. But I was hoping to learn some of the numbers, especially the head data, that I don't get from SkyTrak. We began with a few swings from my current driver, and the numbers were worse than they were at home on the SkyTrak (I'm guessing a lot of this was due to the difference between a freer outdoor swing versus the cautious, don't-miss-the-net swing). My spin rate was in the upper 3,000s and my launch angle was around 20. My swing speed was just about where I would have guessed: 96-97. But putting all those together, I was carrying the ball just over 200 yards on the good shots. Not ideal, but pretty consistent with my on-course performance. When we swapped in the Max (he put in a stiff shaft), the spin number went up closer to 4,000, which is what you'd guess going from the SZ to the Max. But that's a totally unplayable spin rate. This became the mission, then: to lower the launch and the spin rate, to maximize the distance of the admittedly very imperfect swing I have right now. While I was fully expecting to go from Rogue SZ to Mavrik Max, the fitter decided to give me the Mavrik SZ. Eventually, he swapped in the 9.0° version of the SZ rather than the 10.5° I'm currently playing. Because of the roll of a driver face, because I'm hitting nearer the top of the driver, I'm increasing the effective loft. By lofting down, I'm counteracting that. I did have one shaft on my shortlist in the low spin category, thinking that it might be useful if the Max increased spin: the Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI. So we tried that, and kept seeing progress. The fitter went back into the tent and built up one more version, and that was the winner. I got my spin down from a high of 4,000 down to 2,700. My carry went from 205ish to over 230, with a launch angle around 15 or 16. I dropped my peak height from over 110 feet to a more reasonable 90 or so. So what was the magic formula in that last driver? Mavrik Sub Zero, 9° head geared down to 8° Heavy weight forward Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70g, in X-flex My jaw dropped when I saw the settings he had given me. I would never, in a million educated guesses, have even begun to think that these specs would work for me. That's a setup for the 115-swing speed crowd, not the middle-of-the-bell-curve hacker like me. But the rationale behind the decisions makes sense in hindsight, and the proof was in the ball flight. The fitter said he felt comfortable trying the X-flex with me because I have a fairly aggressive transition. That was interesting to hear, only because it wasn't something I had a good reference point to evaluate myself. This is a hybrid swing, but I can see the point he was making. I'm definitely not a "pause at the top" kind of guy. So there are plans in the works: I'm hoping to get my hands on this setup sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I'm probably gonna do some tinkering with the clubs I have on hand, seeing what I can do to drop my spin and lower my flight. Also, I am planning to work on my swing. I've got a Plane Mate coming. So there is a question: if I've got this driver so extremely tweaked to deal with such bad impact conditions, what happens if I get better? Here's my hunch: I think the shaft will remain just fine. If I begin to come into the ball with a neutral or even positive AoA, I should be able to loft the head up and move the weight back. So I'm not terribly worried about that. For now, I'm just enjoying the feeling of having my mind blown by the fitting. You guys know that I've never been anti-fitting, but just lacked opportunity. I can definitely add myself to the list of those who are now strong advocates of getting fitted if it's possible at all.
  21. 26 points
    Testers ANNOUNCED! The four forum members who will be testing the new version of the Evnroll ER2 will be: @ncwoz @KurtActual @Tsmithjr9 @Wedgie Full announcement found here. ____________________________ A few years ago before they were a household name Evnroll burst onto the scene with a win in the Most Wanted putting category. Then another win and then a succesful forum testing a couple years ago, and well now they are more of a household name, and still winning awards. So we and the folks at Evnroll thought it was time for another forum testing. And boy is this one a doozy! Without a doubt one of the most popular heads for Evnroll has been the No. 2. Now with it being available in the popular trendy murdered out black, you can only imagine the demand for this beauty. But four trusted members will get to see and hold first hand this newest version of the 2. To enter as potential tester just follow the below instructions. This testing is available to Right Hand golfers who live in the US In a separate post DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST provide the following information. First Name/State Current Putter Used Handicap We'll select the testers next week, so be sure to keep an eye on this thread to find out if you've been selected. Good Luck!!
  22. 25 points
    The Ben Hogan Company started in 1953. It was well known throughout the company that there was nobody that expected perfection more than Mr. Hogan; to say he was iconic is an understatement. Today, I hope you are as excited as me, to watch these gents make Mr. Hogan proud as they test the newest clubs with his name on them. Testing the Icons will be: @Erik-M @downlowkey Testing the combos will be: @joen @deejaid @bens197 @Sluggo42 Hit 'em well gents! Just like Mr. Hogan did, we expect perfection.
  23. 25 points
    Thanks man I never expected my own thread. Man I feel honored. Yep I was just easing into retirement playing gobs of golf and really getting into shape then wham!!!! Yep I had found me an old school course with good folks and funny thing about it is the fact it played well for me whether vintage or more modern equipment. Most of all I guess i was enjoying the ambiance and good folks. Have my own corner of the patio where I sit and smoke my cigar and drink my coffee watching the sun come up over the 9th and 10th holes. It has always been dubbed Stu's corner. Lately during the virus thing I have not been allowed to do that but staff told me to get a cart and sit where I wanted to on the course. I am not allowed to drive anything because of the meds I am on but my wife is going to take me over in the morning because I can sit in my corner again. And seriously at 63 years old I finally got some gray hair and the sense to go along with it and realize this time I can not push it like I used to. So I am exercising caution which is a new thing for me. But thanks again MGS is part of what keeps me going
  24. 25 points
    My Congregation threw a party in honor of the 25th anniversary of my ordination today. It was a blast! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  25. 25 points
    i think this sums it up very well. I still go on WRX,....obvisouly not near the amount I did before joining MGS, but I like to keep track of what the competing sites are doing. Well at least them, I don't so much worry about the third one. WRX does indeed have a large knowledgeable membership. However, the one thing I have witnessed first hand and heard many times, is it's not the most welcoming of sites to newer golfers or members who have a differing opinion. I think that's THE absolute best thing about the membership here, you guys value everyone's opinion, whether it's a scratch golfer or a brand new player who shoots 110. There truly is no class system here. And of course the full honest unbiased opinions on the member reviews is something you don't see much of on the other sites. If something works well, they will say so, if something isn't great, they will say so in a very constructive but yet honest way. I do love how MGS is becoming more well known then perhaps the other two. On a side note, the Wilson Rep just left my shop this morning, I've known him for 15 years, but he somehow didn't know my role with MGS. When I mentioned it, he got very excited saying Wilson LOVES MGS...ha So we spent a bit of time talking about what MGS does. He admitted his a bit of old timer and not real up on SM but says he's going to have to get more involved. That is all said, to say every rep I have spoken to this year has nothing but great things to say about MGS. Well all except for one
  26. 25 points
    Time for a job change! I gave my two-weeks notice last week, and will start my new job on the 22nd. I was covering 8 States for a company and the income wasn’t justifying being away from my family so much, so this new job will have me closer to home, with only a night or two out a week. The other days I’ll be home each evening. I’m very blessed, and SO thankful!!! I am looking forward to this new adventure!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  27. 24 points
    Ok I'm done toying around. Thanks for humoring me. If the main thread is anything like this past hour, we're sure to be in for a great summer. Without further ado.... Each tester is testing the same woods so I'm not going to list the SPEEDZONE woods they're testing but I will list the irons/wedges since those are different by tester please join me in congratulating our sacrifices...err.... COMPETITORS: @GB13 - Forged Tec - MIM @B.Boston - Forged Tec - MIM @edingc - SPEEDZONE - King Black @Headhammer - SPEEDZONE - MIM @daviddvm - SPEEDZONE ONE - KING ONE Let the smack talk begin!
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    Guys, we're going to go ahead a lock this one up right away. Our point isn't to shut down any criticism of MGS. Rather, it's our forum moral code that, in the forum, we don't allow political discussion. There are lots of places to express opinions on these issues, but in the forum, we are pretty much going to "stick to golf."
  29. 24 points
    The MGS community has been so supportive of our daughter, Penny, over the years. We wanted to know that even after missing a full academic year due to illness she graduated, with honors, from High School today. We are very proud!!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  30. 23 points
    To use a line or not to use a line? That is the question. It's not exactly Shakespeare, but when lining up a putt, it's a question I'll bet you've asked your self more than once. Some golfers use tracing devices while others opt for the free-hand Sharpie method. Additionally, on pretty much every tour-level ball, the side stamp doubles as an alignment aid. Some companies (namely Callaway) have taken the conversation a step further with advancements such as Triple-Track Technology. Given all of this as the context within the ball industry, Golfballs.com spawned the idea of Align XL. Simply, it's a custom print option that places a straight line 180° around the ball. The result seems rather basic, but drawing a straight line on a curved surface is a bit more complex than one might think. With that, Golfballs.com developed in-house technology to maintain certain levels of quality control and fast turn-around times on all custom orders. Now, we want you to test it. Golfballs.com will be providing one dozen of any type of ball on their website with the AlignXL personalization. This opportunity is open to golfers residing in the US. To apply, reply to this thread with the following information: Location and HC Current line method Ball choice and personalization ______________________________________ TESTERS ANNOUNCED: Our testers are: @cjeffs12 @fixyurdivot @scooterhd2 @Mtbryant01 @Nolan220 @twyatt700 Full announcement here.
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    TESTERS ANNOUNCED! Tour Edge has made some of the most highly-regarded woods in the industry for a while now, so when they release a special edition club like the EXS Pro line, they should have all our attention. We've got four members who will be the focus of that attention here, as they tell us all about their experiences with the latest from Tour Edge! The testers are: @ncwoz @The 19th Hole @Zen Snake @zrumble [Might be the first time in MGS history we're had two reviewers with Z forum handles.] Congratulate our testers, and stay tuned for their reviews!
  32. 23 points
    FITTING NIRVANA The other day I participated in my first full-bag fitting. TrueSpec golf offered an opportunity that doesn't come around too often - a free (450.00 value!) full bag fitting at the Boston location. I was very much looking forward to this as I had never done a full bag before. 3 years ago I had an iron fitting that wasn't very good. 5 years ago I had a driver fitting that was o-kay. 2 years ago I had a putter fitting that was a disappointment. I've heard a lot of great things about TrueSpec, especially reading about @jlukes experience, and I couldn't wait to see what it was all about. ------------------------------ On behalf of everyone at True Spec Golf, thank you for considering us for your golf equipment needs. We are looking forward to showing you what a custom club fitting can do for your game. We have you scheduled for: COMPLIMENTARY FITTING October 9, 2019 03:30 PM at Boston Your appointment should last 240 minutes. ------------------------------ WHAT !?!??! 240 minutes.... as in 4 hours ?!?! Wooo-boy. I was glad that I was the last appointment of the day. Upon arrival I saw that the location was in an industrial area and located in a warehouse looking building. This made me a little skeptical. But... I had an open mind and was optimistic. Waiting for me outside of the building was Nick and he saw me with my bag and greeted me pleasantly. Right away I let him know that I worked as a forum admin for MyGolfSpy and asked if he'd heard of the site; - "Oh yeah, they did that big ball test this year, right?" Funny...that really REALLY had an impact on the industry. I let him know about how the site is independent and lets the data speak for itself, how we do a lot of equipment testing and that I'm also there to get some information to share with the forum members so I'll be taking some photos. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was just him and I and the space was open, warm, welcoming and large.. I'll let the pics speak for themselves... giant hitting bay, shafts and heads galore... every machine you can imagine. Top notch. He asked me the particulars that you typically are asked when getting a fitting (what am I looking for, what do I currently play, etc.) He then took my 6 iron and measured everything (loft/lie/length) while I warmed up with an 8. A very nice touch: he asked what ball I typically play (BS RX) and we used THAT ball for everything. (Note - they use a GCQuad/Foresight which works very well) Shafts galore He described how they do all of their fittings using a 6 iron because that's the club that most people lose confidence in for some reason. 7 iron is fine but the 6 seems to scare folks. Personally, I am fine hitting my 6 but I liked to hear how they want to get folks comfortable and confident hitting a club they typically aren't confident in. Devices aplenty....(he used the tall black metal machine to bend my wedge and the other stuff was used to measure weight, length and flex) For a full bag they typically start with irons, move on to driver, then woods/hybrids, wedges, putter. I had a unique situation because I had a set of specific irons I wanted to get fit for and he was more than happy to help with that. I hit my 6 to set a baseline and then we compared my 6 to the set I wanted, tried a couple different shafts (I asked him to stick to the stock choices for ordering purposes) and found one that I really liked and performed well for me. We then went to the driver and I won my driver during a member-guest tournament earlier this year and I wasn't properly fit into it so I asked if he could help me with the settings. I took some swings, he looked at the numbers, made a couple of adjustments and my total distance before the change became my carry distance afterwards! Basically I added about 20 yards to my drive with some minor adjustments.... #fittingmatters My kind of drawers! After we got 'my' driver dialed in I let him know I wasn't "married" to it and if there was anything else he had that might be better I'm all for it. I tried a number of different head and shaft combinations that came close but nothing that could knock it outta the bag. He did suggest that I trim an inch off because it is 45.5 inches long! Even tour pros don't play drivers that long. We carried on with 3w and my hybrid and same thing... both were as good as anything else. I recently began to get a bit of a hook with my hybrid and he helped me adjust the settings so that it is more fade biased and I gained about 15 yards as well. I asked about my wedge makeup (50/54/58) and he liked it and especially liked the grind for the area/courses I play (New England). I told him that something about the 50 felt 'off' and he measured it and noticed it was 2 degrees flat. Well then! He quickly put it on the machine, bent it so that it was standard and boom.... I got the extra yards I was missing. He helped to make sure that the gapping in my set was good (of course since I didn't have my irons he could only estimate) and we moved on to the putter. This was in another section of the fitting area and used GCQuad. I had a previous putter fitting using Samlab and there wasn't much difference between the two of them. Mix and match shafts, grips and putter heads.... very cool. I recently purchased the putter and had only had it out for one round. I hit a series of 9 foot putts while he watched behind and the putts were going in and the numbers looked okay but he noticed that the toe was a bit high. He bent the putter a bit, I tried again and voila.... the numbers were spot on. Giving the putter a little makeover... THIS MADE ME VERY HAPPY.... this is where I lose the majority of my strokes and this was my 4th putter this year. Having a properly fit putter is such a great feeling! It was now about 7:30 and the time just seemed to fly by. We're both kind of 'gear heads' so it was easy to pass the time; Nick KNOWS clubs and we had some great conversation. He was easy going, friendly and helpful. All in all it was the best fitting experience I have ever had. The place itself is first class. Clean, organized, professional...everything you could want from a fitting. To top it all off Nick sent me all of my results in multiple pdf documents within 30 minutes after my session and even offered to send me the entire dataset. I was able to ask him a question the next day via email and he responded quickly. There was no pressure to sell me anything and I could tell he truly only cared that I have the best performing clubs in my bag - no matter whether they were new or old. I highly recommend TrueSpec; I've been to Club Champion and some other local "Golf Digest top 100" fitters and they pale in comparison. The one thing I would caution you on - for a full bag you will hit a lot of balls and you'll probably feel it the next day; I didn't feel it at the time but when I woke up the next day I did. Don't get me wrong, the full bag is awesome, and it's great to do it all at once and totally worth it but they do offer other individual fittings. TLDR; TrueSpec is wicked awesome. You should definitely do it. Just for fun.... my results: Irons (6 iron): Driver: Woods: Putter:
  33. 23 points
    Yo gang - The rest of the staff already said everything that needs to be said, but that's never stopped me before Thank you all for making this forum such a great place to call home. Your character, humor and love of the game make all our jobs not only easy but a hell of a lot of fun. I enjoyed my tie as one of the forum directors, and I'll tell you what, the job Rob, STUD, Stroker and MPR are doing is way, WAY beyond anything our group could have ever come up with. You really should see the behind the scenes discussions these guys have - it's truly next level stuff. I've been lucky enough to play with a batch of you guys over the years - @fozcycle, @revkev, @HighFade, @MattF and others (I'm sorry if I've forgotten you - I'm old, it happens) - and I hope to tee it up with more of you in my travels. This place would be nowhere without you, and I"m really proud to be a part of it - even if I don't get on here as much as I used to. On behalf of the folks in the Head Shed in Yorktown, thank you for a fantastic 10 years, and personally, thank you for a great 8 years!
  34. 23 points
    Check it out: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/28411127/introducing-small-group-trying-take-change-golf-equipment-industry
  35. 22 points
    … I always find it amusing when someone says “If drivers were longer and better every year, I would be hitting it 500 yds by now!” Golfers don’t buy new drivers every year, they buy them when they are ready to upgrade. That might be every 10 years, every 5 years and for some, sooner than that. I was so impressed with the performance of my Cobra Speedback F9 last season, I just could not see playing anything else in 2020. Would the new Cobra Speedzone be that much better than my F9 Speedback? Again, I was so pleased with my Speedback F9 I was probably not going to find out. But then Cobra informed me they were releasing a Speedzone Xtreme driver that was forgiving. Xtremely forgiving. Who was I kidding? I was all in. … I do not envy any OEMs that are trying to appease golfers with sound and feel. One players explosive cannon is another players empty tin trash can and a wonderfully dense, muted driver can be dead feeling and sounding to another. For me, it just didn’t get any better than the sound and feel of the F9 which has that dense and muted sound and feel. The Xtreme is a little more modern sounding/feeling but without that explosive high pitched sound. Certainly not loud or tinny, but just the right amount of the modern sound that lets you know you have hit a big drive. I think Cobra nailed the sound and feel with a great compromise and it should appeal to a wide range of players. … The USGA sets limits for CT which measures the amount of spring like effect the club face can legally produce. CT stands for Characteristic Time, a measurement of how fast the ball comes off the face of a club. The springier the club face is, the farther the golf ball can fly and all OEMs basically now have the same CT so it is as close to the limit as possible. Engineering a driver that produces more distance has to be accomplished in other ways. Cobra has done that with speed and identified 6 Speed Zones to optimize driver speed. … The 1st speed zone is the Infinity Milled face and this is Cobra’s 3rd year utilizing a milled face on their driver. This year they have taken this technology another step forward with a fully milled wrap around face. Judging a club by early photo’s is never a good idea but we are all guilty of being excited about a sneak peek at a new offering. I was admittedly leery of the wrap around face coming up onto the crown, because in early photo’s it looked like it might be distracting at address. But to my surprise, it was not a distraction at all and seeing it in person I immediately thought it looks really good and on the course it actually aids in club head alignment. I think we should always judge a club by how it looks next to a ball on the golf course. This fully milled face expands the area for maximum ball speed when missing the center of the face. I would add the milling process makes the face up to 5 times more precise than hand polishing. A nice bonus is you can see where your ball makes face contact on every shot, a feature I find very helpful while playing. You can leave the marks for the entire round to see how you make contact for the day or you can wipe it after every drive. … The 2nd is from the Titanium T-Bar Speed Chasis. A titanium bar that extends from the top of the crown to the rear of the head creating a stronger frame that can stand up to the most powerful swings as well as improving stability. The 3rd comes from using 10% more carbon fiber that wraps around the head adding stiffness to the chasis. This wrap around carbon fiber covers 50% of the body and allows the engineers to utilize 25gms in a more ideal location to improve launch and forgiveness. Speed Zone Weighting is the 4th, utilizing 69gms of mass that is positioned as low as possible promoting a higher launch with lower spin, ideal for a combination of distance and forgiveness. Speedback Aero Shape is number 5. Cobra engineers are always looking to refine aerodynamics and with the Speedzone driver they have streamlined the shape even more and along with the milled perimeter leading edges, airflow is maximized with the potential for increased acceleration. Gone are the Speed Trips and the crown is cleaner and looks awesome at address. The last speed zone comes from the High MOI Design. Weight is strategically positioned around the perimeter creating an amazingly forgiving driver head when missing the center. In fact, My Golf Spy named the Xtreme the most forgiving driver this year and after just a few rounds I found myself in complete agreement. … These 6 speed zone optimizations create a driver that finds the fairway more than any driver I have ever played. Last year I saw a 5-7 yard gain with the Speeback F9 and while I only have a small sample size in 2020, the Xtreme may not add any more distance, but for me at least it is more forgiving which means consistently longer drives on average and more fairways hit. When my back is stiff, my miss tends to be a little toward the toe, not only losing distance but it usually results in a push that moves even further right. With the Xtreme I find the distance loss is minimal and the ball starts less right and does not move further right. I have had several big drives on the right side of the fairway that I thought would be penalized more based on my swing and how contact felt, confirmed when looking at the milled face and seeing the ball mark toward the toe. Those of you that have hit or play the F9 know it is no slouch in the forgiveness category, and this just shows you the Xtreme driver is amazingly forgiving. … The Xtreme produces the highest MOI of any driver Cobra has ever offered. Which as most of you know is a fancy way of saying it is their most forgiving driver. Considering how forgiving the Fly Z is, that is quite an accomplishment. According to Cobra, the Xtreme is ideal for golfers in the 10 - 25 index player, but I think many with a lower index will find the combination of mid to low spin and Xtreme forgiveness just too good to pass up. As a + index player I will be keeping it in my bag because it is the most forgiving driver I have ever played. Forgiveness equals more confidence and confident swings produce more distance and better accuraccy. Offered in 9.5* and 10.5* the Xtreme gives players options to provide the best combination of spin and trajectory for their swing. I also love that it comes in a 12* head, a great option for seniors, ladies, those with slow swing speeds or some that battle too low of a trajectory. And I tip my cap to Cobra again for the MyFly adaptor that works with shafts going all the way back to the Fly Z. Those of us that use high end shafts know the frustration of buying a new driver and finding out that expensive shaft you were fitted into doesn’t work in your new driver. Some of the labeling on the adaptor has changed, but the concept is identical and if your shaft fit your Fly Z, F6, F7, F8 or F9 it will also fit your Speedzone or Xtreme. … Club Fitters know more than a few golfers perform better with a shorter than standard shaft and to my knowledge Cobra is the only OEM to offer their Tour Length option. All things considered, your longest drives are not produced by longer shafts. Your longest drives are produced by hitting the center of the face. And for many players a shorter shaft makes it easier to hit the center consistently. Called Tour Length because players on Tour know this and play shorter drivers than most retail offerings and find their best combination of distance and accuracy is achieved with a shorter shaft. Byshortening the shaft length and adding a heavier weight low and to the rear, the Tour Length increases MOI and is even more forgiving. I have never played a driver any longer than 44.5” and that is exactly what is offered in the Xtreme Tour Length driver. It might be a Special Order as some retail stores do not stock Tour Length so ask your Sales Associate or Club Pro about ordering one. And of course Cobra’s Tour Length can also be ordered directly through Cobra’s website. … The Xtreme is offered in a Gloss Black/Yellow or a Matte Black/White. I think the Matte Black and White head is just stunning. A small matching colored chevron on the crown for alignment is subtle and a classy touch. The Xtreme is offered with premium stock shafts including the UST Helium 4 or 5, a lightweight shaft for distance with great feel and stability. Tensei CK AV Blue, a very popular shaft with coated fibers in the butt end to improve stability and stiffness with lower torque than previous models while maintaining its smooth feel profile. Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow, a counter balanced design allowing for more mass in the club head to increase ball speed and a higher MOI. The Aldila Rogue Silver 110 features a stiff tip for the stronger player producing a mid to low launch with low spin. As a no charge option the Xtreme can also be ordered with two of my favorite shafts from last season as well. The Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 6 is a midweight shaft ideal for medium to faster swing speeds seeking a mid-launch, mid-spin profile in Regular and Stiff flexes and the ATMOS Tour Spec Black 7 with a stouter and heavier profile that is ideal for faster swing speeds seeking low-launch and low-spin in Stiff and X-Stiff. Cobra offers quite a few more ultra premium shafts offered at a reduced cost like the Ventus Blue/Black/Red, Tensei Pro Orange/White and most every Graphite Design AD shaft. … If you are in the market for a new driver this year, I highly recommend the Xtreme. In fact even if you are not in the market, I highly recommend at least demoing the Xtreme if you could use more forgiveness, and really who can't? The Xtreme is priced at $449 compared to most OEM drivers at $499 or higher. That makes the most forgiving and consistently longest driver I have ever played a bargain and something you should really experience yourself. https://www.cobragolf.com/speedzone-xtreme-tour-length-driver
  36. 22 points
    Testers ANNOUNCED! The testers are: @ncwoz @The 19th Hole @Zen Snake @zrumble Full announcement here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/38954-testers-wanted-4-tour-edge-hybrid-exs-pro-hybrid/?do=findComment&comment=644873 ______________________________________________________________________________________ One of the most frequent complaints you hear from better players about hybrids, is that they are "hook machines" no matter what some players just can't keep them from going left-for right handed golfers. While hybrids and their natural tendency to go left is a blessing for most high handicappers, it can be a big turnoff to the better player, and keeps them from putting a higher lofted club in their bag for those long approaches. The compact head and deep face design is the preferred shape for better players and helps with a penetrating flight. To fine tune in your flight, the hybrids come with two adjustable weights a 5g and 20g weight that can be positioned for maxim fade or draw bias depending on your preference. Perhaps one of the most unique things about this line is that it comes in single lofts all the way from 16 to 22 degrees, so you can really choose the ideal loft for the gap you are looking to fill, as most companies offer them in 3 or 4 degree gaps. How To Apply Per the OEM's instructions, this testing is open to Right Handed golfers that reside in the United States In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name / State of Residence Handicap Current Hybrid in Play What is the most important thing to you in a hybrid That's it. Good luck to everyone. We'll be selecting the testers sometime in the next week.
  37. 22 points
    The highlight of my golfing day. (but this is not a golfing story) There's a short 9-hole course on the grounds of a VA Med Center not too far from where I live; I've played there a number of times - it's a fun little course, classic design and definitely has some good golf challenges on it - and I also volunteered there several seasons. The other day my wife I went to play and as we got up towards the first hole and starting area we saw a Black Lab loose near one of the waiting groups.. ..as we got closer I noticed the service vest (and recognized the logo) and also saw the ink on the starters' arms as we showed him our card, so I asked: "Is that your dog?" and almost without waiting for an answer: "Is it OK if I pet her?" (..a lot of you on here know I'm a crazy dog person with two large black dogs of my own) .. ..and of course he said "Yes!", and I said thanks! and mentioned that I'm a regular contributor to the non-profit group that raised and trained this service dog .. and the conversation started flowing from there... John and Onyx. (fyi that's a wooden tee stuck behind his right ear) ..I asked about things like his experience with the vet dogs organization (overwhelmingly positive), how he'd found about it (from a Viet Nam vet), what was the status of service dogs within the VA (still non grata), things like that and he was remarkably open and forthcoming about himself, his troubles and .. naturally .. a lot about Onyx. I won't recount our whole conversation (probably close to 10 minutes!) but I will admit that at one point I almost teared up .. when he described himself before getting Onyx as "a broken human being" (that made me sad) vs. his life now not simply as "better" but as "a whole new life in a whole new way" (that made me happy).. ..He'd spent (apparently a lot of) time in and around Fallujah (and other areas) and .. like too many others .. had problems re-adjusting when he got back home. He became more and more isolated and withdrawn, and had recurring nightmares. It didn't take too long before he felt he couldn't function in society. The VA doctors had him on eleven (ELEVEN!!) medications .. all of which he is now clean from. [Repeat: for this vet, having a service dog has negated the need for all anxiety and depression meds.] ..One of the trained behaviors that Onyx does for him is when a nightmare occurs she.. 1. pulls the covers off of him; 2. pushes the rocker switch for the lights on; then 3. goes to kitchen, pulls a rope to open the fridge, pulls out a bottle of water, shuts the fridge and brings him the water. And if that's not enough, then on top of all that she'll lay down next to him and regulate her breathing so it's slow and steady and so John can use that as an "anchor" to help him calm himself. Absolutely amazing!! ..as we continued to talk John told us a bit about the training he went through at the vet dogs facility to learn to handle and work with Onyx (18 hour days for 2 weeks); and how just having her near and being able to pet and rub her helps relieve his stress - it seems she's also learned to recognize when he's starting to feel tense and she'll push herself up against him. He said caring for the dog has given him purpose and direction (and a lot of fun and happiness - no surprise to me there), and went on to talk about another aspect of this service dog program... ..a part of their puppy raising process is placing a young dog in the care of a prison inmate. Well, after he'd had the dog for about a year and a half he took her to visit that inmate .. who cried when he saw the dog and told John how that experience had transformed him and was a turning point in his life .. he'd started online classes and done some voluntary community service. John said the warden now trusts this prisoner so much he let him take the dog for a walk .. outside the prison gate .. unescorted. All in all this is what I call a huge success story! So... I'm relating all this to help raise awareness of these vets + dogs programs and the multiple benefits they provide, and to ask of anyone who has any interest and also believes it's a good thing to please consider: 1. if you have a few extra $$ making a donation to one of the non-profits providing these services**; or, 2. if you have some extra time see if there's an organization in your area that needs a good volunteer; or, 3. writing to the VA Administration and/or to your federal House Reps and Senators requesting them to urge the VA to .. (a) accept the growing body of research proving the therapeutic benefits of giving vets a service or therapy dog, and (b) to assign service / therapy dogs the appropriate status in their medical care regimen so that doctors can recommend them and so eligible, needy vets can receive one as a benefit. Thanks for reading!! ** Non-Profits providing vets with service dogs: There are many around the country, and there are online resources to research non-profits, but fyi a few that I believe do good work and have contributed to include... - America's Vet Dogs (you may have heard of Sully, former President Bush's companion dog? He went through the AVD training program.) - Warrior Canine Connection (they train vets to raise and train the dogs and then to train the recipient vets how to handle and care for them) - Paws of War - K-9s for Warriors
  38. 22 points
    This is post 3000. What a great forum. While I've only met a handful of you in person, it feels like I know many more of you as if we saw each other regularly. Thanks for putting up with me! .
  39. 22 points
    No need for words. Pretty cool to have these, now all I need is for the rain to stop.
  40. 22 points
    Did a little custom paintfill on my Betti BB8W Love how it came out, can't wait for spring Sent from my SM-G973U using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  41. 22 points
    OK, let's start with the disclaimers: Odyssey's R&D is better than mine. Their machining tolerances are tighter than mine. I probably totally missed the point of Stroke Lab. etc. Listen, I tinker for fun. Could I have just bought a Stroke Lab putter? Absolutely. But I enjoy this kind of thing. Like others on this forum, I've been impressed with the Stroke Lab putters in the limited experiences I've had with them in golf shops. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about them, but they're that kind of putter that when I pick it up and roll a few, it feels great and I seem to make everything. Odyssey's own marketing for Stroke Lab emphasizes the way the shaft distributes weight. This is a contrast from the similar-looking (and very pricey) Stability Shaft, which makes claims about torque and such. This is good news for a tinkerer; I'm not going to be able to replicate a whole different graphite construction, but I can approximate weight location in a shaft. Plus, let's not kid ourselves: one reason for the cool multi-material design is that you notice it when a TOUR player is using a Stroke Lab. TaylorMade has been brilliant about this with their drivers (white heads, then the distinctive M-series crowns); they are immediately recognizable on TV in a way that most Titleist/Srixon/etc. drivers aren't. I could be wrong, and maybe I'm just a wee bit cynical, but I'd guess that this was a factor in the Stroke Lab shaft design. But it also looks cool, and that's a plus. So here's where I started: I found an old putter shaft I had laying around. It was a single bend and I needed a straight shaft, but the tip was uniform even up to the straight section. A little hacksaw and file work, and viola, I had myself a roughly 10" straight steel putter shaft section. Next, I needed the graphite section. I figured I'd go with something that was also a .370 tip, so that meant I needed to order an iron/hybrid shaft. So my choice was this X-Flex Matrix Kujoh from eBay for $20. Now the fun began. My original thought was to slide the steel tip onto the graphite, mark where it stopped, cut about an inch or two below that, prep the tip, and epoxy. But I quickly found that that wasn't going to be ideal. The steel fit very low on that graphite. That was going to result in my cutting a lot from the butt end of the shaft, probably weakening that end, and also making the grip installation problematic (because I'd have to build the tapered part of the shaft up so much). A lesser problem was that the shaft graphics would be in an odd place. I'm keeping them on the underside of the shaft at address, but I still tend to be a stickler for club aesthetics. So I ended up deciding where I wanted the steel to start on the graphite, and then gradually working the graphite there with sandpaper (as evenly around as possible) to create a peg on which to seat the steel. This took a bit of patience and a steady hand, but I eventually was left with a good inch+ on which I could epoxy the parts together. The actual joint turned out well. It's not perfect; you can definitely nitpick with close inspection. But it's cleaner than I probably expected going in; I was already considering something like auto pinstriping tape to hide the seam, but I don't think that will be needed. I built this shaft to go on the putter that I've been playing all season: my Odyssey EXO Indianapolis S. I really come to enjoy this putter, and it's working well for me. In my last 10 rounds, I've averaged 30.6 putts, 3-putting 4% of the time. Again, some might protest: why mess with a good thing? Answer one: I'm probably just not rational. Answer two: my putting (still) could get better. Pulling shafts from the slant necks is really easy: a little heat on the shaft and off she comes! (Another good thing: if this experiment goes south, reinstalling the old shaft with the grip already on it will be a breeze.) So I got my new Frankenshaft on in no time: All that was left was the grip. I'd been intrigued by Evnroll's Gravity Grip for a while now, and was able to pick up a barely used one on eBay. This fit the goals of the project nicely: the genuine Stroke Lab putters are also weighted in the grip end. It also seemed to me that by lightening the shaft, the face-squaring properties of the Gravity Grip should be accentuated. If a putter with a black shaft and grip is called murdered out, my grey shaft and grip are merely assaulted out. So that's my latest experiment. I've rolled it on the basement green, and the early returns have been positive. It should see some time on the course this week, and I'll report back here with my observations.
  42. 22 points
    Thank you to Titleist, MGS, and the Moderators for allowing me the opportunity to review the T100-S irons. My name is Ryan, and I have been playing this beautiful game for the last 25 years. Life has gotten in the way a few years in there but the enchantment of golf always brings me back. Living in California the weather allows me to play year round, in a normal year it is nothing for me to play 4 times or more a week. My home club is about half way home from work, so there are many evening rounds where it is just me out there, chasing a white ball, listening to music and facing a new challenge that this game presents with every shot. Of course this year is entirely different (more on that later). At the age of 43 my handicap has dropped to a level that it has never seen before. I take advantage of my length off the tee and survive with putting. The middle part of the game has always been the weak link, especially iron play. I know that in order to bring my game to the level I want I need to lower my approach handicap 2-3 shots. So let’s talk about Titleist T100-S. While not a players distance iron the T100-S seem to try to close the gap between players distance and a players iron. They are not just strong lofted T100’s either. By moving tungsten and redesigning the sole Titleist created a fully forged iron designed to give players the extra distance they need to shoot lower scores. My current gamers are a blended set of Srixon Z585 (4-5) & Z785 (6-AW). I moved to these in Sept of 2019 from a set of original P790’s. So I should be able to give good feedback on whether Titleist was able to close the distance gap while maintaining the control that I get with the Srixon’s. This is the biggest question I have going into this test. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds, distance and control? All while putting it in a package that is appealing and maintains feel that players expect? Seems like a tall task for sure. As everyone can attest to, this year is anything but normal. Due to Covid-19 we were unable to get fit, out of everyone’s control and luckily for me not a big deal at all. I am comfortable with my specs and there are plenty of stock offerings that I was confident I could fit myself. I do have to hand it to Titleist, I received my clubs extremely fast after they were able to reopen. I imagine that “MGS Tester” as a PO moved us to the top. Nice to have some pull! Nothing too fancy in my specs, but they are a little flatter than my current gamers. It has been close to 10 years since I have played the Project X shaft. My first “fitted” set of clubs and really first set of clubs from any major manufacturer was a set of 2-pw Titleist DCI 962. They were +1 1/2” and 2* upright. (Fitting has come a long way since 1998) I’ll never forget the excitement of walking into the Pro Shop picking up my new clubs and walking out like a complete BA with Titleist clubs and a large bucket of range balls. Walking on air I arrive at the range and proceed to hit every single ball (100 in a row) absolutely perfect, just perfectly on the hosel. Completely dejected and questioning all my life choices I walked back into pro shop got another large bucket absolutely determined to find 1 groove anywhere. Well this bucket went didn’t go much better, about 90 more shanks and I had my first trunk slam moment. Sorry for the trip down memory lane. It is always the first thing I think of when I think of Titleist. I played those irons a long time and continued to have that shaft in the next 4 sets of irons. First look, THEY KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!! My first thought was they achieved they perfect blend of tech and traditional. From address they are a beautiful MB, very thin top line and traditional Titleist shape. In the cavity you have years of technology designed to achieve the results Titleist claims. In the bag they look like a club designed with all the enhancements that you would expect in 2020. One of the things that I am curious about is the turf interaction with the sole Titleist designed. Srixon has the V sole, and it is wonderful. Looking closely at the sole to the T100-S the sole has a similar shape although with appreciable more rounded edges. I play two courses frequently, my home club would be on the softer side, while the other is on the firm side. How does the club play across different course conditions? Looks are one thing, feel is another but to me it all comes down to one thing, performance. Do they find the sweet spot between players distance and players irons? Are they forgiving enough? Do they maintain the control I need? To me these are the questions when evaluating any new club. In the end do the irons perform, I can get past almost anything else. What would you like to see tested? What questions do you have? My club is getting set to open to closer to normal hours next week, which will allow me to get out and really see what these things can do.
  43. 22 points
    This little munchkin joined us 2 days ago! Mom and baby are doing well! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  44. 21 points
    Honmas arrived. More pics in my fitting thread
  45. 21 points
    I’m sorry I’m didn’t post about my fitting and resulting setup sooner, I started to write it at 2 a.m. last night, and it turned into a word salad. That said, my fitting was probably the 3 most rewarding hours I’ve ever spent hitting golf balls. My fitter was extremely knowledgeable and I have complete confidence in his recommendations, which is an extremely important quality in a fitter. I made it clear up front that my number 1 priority was reducing dispersion, and he was very receptive to that. The importance of a fitting cannot be over-stressed, the difference between what I thought I needed, and what I actually needed was quite vast. I’ll break down the fitting process and final results by club type below. If you have any questions for me at all, please ask: Irons: This was my first time seeing the Forged Tecs in person, and I was stunned. These irons are beautiful. @Golfspy_CG2 was not exaggerating about how nice these look. And, not to give too much away, they feel just as good as they look. Anyway, we started with the $Tapers, a shaft which I had predicted would be a good fit. I was very, very wrong. They felt so “dead” to me and made me wildly overswing. We quickly realized that 120g was too heavy for my swing and that 105g-110g was going to be the sweet spot. We tried several shafts in that weight range, and after a few swings with a shaft that I was absolutely stunned to later learn was the Nippon Modus 105, my fitter and I knew we had found the magic combination. Dispersion was amazing, contact was the most consistent we’d seen, and launch and spin was pretty darn perfect. We did have a pretty extended discussion about length, and debated back and forth between standard, and 0.5” long. At the end of the day, standard was by far the most comfortable, and again, produced the most consistent contact. The lie angle was very simple, after a few shots, it was quite clear that standard was going the be the best option there too. It was fascinating, I NEVER expected that I would be fit into a Standard length, standard lie set. For comparison, my (un)educated guess at my current setup has me playing clubs that are 1” too long, and 3° too upright. That is........ not ideal. Final result - Forged Tec 4-PW Standard Length and Lie Nippon Modus 105 Stiff Wedges: After all the iron analysis, we felt very comfortable keeping the same shaft specs especially since the Modus 105 have a softer tip/lower kickpoint for good feel around the greens. The main discussion was focused around gapping after we ultimately decided against the Forged Tec gap wedge. The Forged Tec PW is 44° and I really wanted to keep a 58° as my highest lofted wedge and maintain proper gapping. We ultimately decided to go with a 50° bent 1° strong to 49°, a 54°, and then the 58°. The Versatile grind was an easy call on every wedge, and while we did briefly consider the Widelow 58°, we decided that it would limit some options around the green. Final Result - King MIM 50° (bent to 49°), 54°, and 58° Standard Length and Lie. All with the Versatile Grind. Nippon Modus 105 Stiff Woods: While my iron swing was rather good all day, my ability to hit the woods was at times, questionable. All-in-all, I’m okay with that, I want clubs that provide good dispersion on days that I don’t have my A game. (Or even B- game) After a few swings, we decided that with the goal of dispersion in mind, Tour Length was gonna be the way to go. After figuring out that having the driver set at 10° draw was producing the best numbers, the shaft choice became quite obvious. The HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 was producing crazy good numbers. The fairway wood, which gapping analysis determined to be a 3 wood, followed very much in the footsteps of the driver. Lofted up 1°, with the HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70. Picking out my 13th club was a challenge, we waffled between a 3 iron built more as a driving iron, or a 3 hybrid for more versatility. I don’t usually get along with hybrids, but I felt that I hit this hybrid well enough that the versatility upside was worth the risk of it being a bust. I’m really looking forward to see how it works on the course. Final Result - Tour Length SpeedZone Driver 9° lofted up to 10° in the draw setting. HZRDUS Yellow Smoke 60 Stiff SpeedZone 3W lofted up 1° -0.5” Short HZRDUS Yellow Smoke 70 Stiff SpeedZone 3H Standard length Recoil ESX 480 Stiff
  46. 21 points
    First hole in one ever thanks to my Cobra King F9 Black 50° wedge. 120 yard shot that landed just past the hole and spun back in. You guys are in for a real treat with these Cobra clubs! Whoever gets the first hole in one during the challenge has my complete support!
  47. 21 points
    The second unboxing of the week, and probably last for well....until ? Cobra Forged Tec 5-P KBS Tour 90 R flex Lamkin Z5 Grip
  48. 21 points
    Building my Indoor Putting Green It’s getting colder in Indiana, and I really wanted a way to practice my putting this offseason. I have REALLY struggled this year, primarily on those 4-6 foot putts I SHOULD be making. It’s caused tons of 3 putts and par saves that could have been. Frustrating part is the rest of my game has been pretty solid, so I wanted to do something about it. But enough about my game, you’re here for my step by step instructions on the build. I know these get talked about a lot, and everyone always wants to know how to do it themselves. Well here you GO! If you have some pretty basic tools lying around and are at least a little handy, you can do this no sweat. Let’s get started with the instructions and I’ll summarize my time and costs at the end. I’m also going to provide links to the exact items I purchased to build this green. First, let’s talk about my finished product. It is an 8’ x 4’ raised green.. It has real, regulation sized holes/cups on each end (so you get that satisfying drop and sound, not just a little ½” step down). The surface is a remnant from Big Moss Golf. I can also add some break to the putts by adjusting the levelers (we will get to that). Everything besides the putting surface itself, can be purchased from Amazon and Lowes (or Home Depot, Menards, etc…) Materials: 8’x4’ ½” Particle Board Underlayment Qty 6 8’ 2x4’s Hole Cups Heavy Duty Furniture Levelers Putting Surface/Carpet Wood/Decking Screws 2.5” and 1” Light Duty Spray Adhesive Tools: Drill Drill Bits Miter Saw (something to cut the 2x4’s) Hole Saw 4 ⅛” Rubber Mallet Sand Paper STEP 1: Build the Frame The nice thing about the dimensions I chose, is that it really limits the amount of cutting you have to do (that was on purpose). You will lay out 2 of the 8’ 2x4’s and these will be the long sides (no cutting needed). Then, you are going to cut 5 45” sections out of the remaining 2x4’s. One thing to remember if you haven’t done much wood working, what they CALL a board is often different than what the actual measurements are. A 2x4 is kind of a generic term. They are actually more like 1.5”x3.5”. So if you do the math, that’s how you come up with the cross beems being cut to 45”, which will give you a total width of 48” or 4ft. Please note, please do you own measurements on this first, and if you are not sure, leave them a touch (⅛”) long, you can always cut more off. It really doesn’t need to be PRECISELY 48” wide, if you are off by ⅛” or whatever, it won’t really matter. It is important, that all your cross beams be the exact same length though. Mine came out really close, are the corners all 100% perfectly square, no, but as long as you are close, it’s not that big of a deal. Once you have them all cut, lay all the 2x4’s out on a nice flat surface how they will go. Start by connecting both ends. I used 2.5” wood/deck screws, 2 in each end (drill small pilot holes to make the screws go in easier). It is important that the top surface be completely flush with each other. You can sit something thin under one or the other, to level them up while you are screwing them together. The bottom side does not need to be flush to each other, but make sure the top side is. After you get the ends done, move to the middle and repeat that process, one exactly in the middle, then split each end in the middle again. Once that was done, I sat the particle board on top and walked on it, I noticed a few spots were a little ‘bouncy’, so I decided to put some more braces running through the middle. I can’t tell you the lengths on these, just measure each one and cut them individually. Attach the same way, 2 screws on each end. You should stagger them like my picture, so that you can get the screws in the end. Since I’m a right handed golfer, I staggered them to the side I would be standing on. Make sure none of the cross beams will interfere with where the holes will be. Again, make sure the top side is completely flush, the bottom side doesn’t really matter. Step2: Attach the Particle Board Underlayment This part is pretty simple. Just lay the 8x4 Underlayment on top of your frame. Shift it around til it as square with the frame as you can get it, and attach with some 1” wood screws. I went around the outside and threw 1 in the middle. This holds it in place just fine. Make sure you countersink the screws below the surface, so you don’t have any bumps on the putting surface. Step3: Cut the Holes This and installing the cups are probably the trickiest part of the build. You will need to buy a 4 ⅛” hole saw, it’s kind of pricey and this is probably the only time you’ll ever use it, but it’s necessary. Lay the putting carpet out on the underlayment (make sure it is completely flat, with no bumps). Get it positioned exactly how you want it. Since the holes were pre-cut in my putting surface, this helped quite a bit. Once you have it laid out, you can take the hole saw, carefully set in the hole, and just give it a couple quick turns to get the arbor hole started and some scoring of the actual hole. Now remove the carpet so you don’t damage it and cut the holes. This hole saw cut through the underlayment pretty quickly and it was nice and clean. Lay the carpet back on the surface and make sure the holes line up nicely. The holes are slightly smaller than the cups we are putting in, I will explain that in step 4. Step4: Install the Cups I was trying to think of the best way to secure the cups, without having to drill holes in them. So I decided to attach them just using pressure. This is why we cut a hole that is slightly smaller than the cups we are installing. This part is a little tedious, you are going to sand the inside of the holes, just to the point that the cups will just start to allow you to force them in the holes you cut. You are going to kind of do this by feel, and it will take some time. It’s very important to not remove too much, otherwise the cups will not stay in place and just fall through. You can use a power sander of some sort if you like, but be careful not to sand too much away. I used a coarse piece of sandpaper and did it by hand. Going around the hole with good old man-power. Check frequently to see how you’re doing, as soon as the cup can start being pushed in a little bit with some force, stop sanding. Now take a piece of scrap 2/4, place it on top of the cup, and start tapping it down with a rubber mallet. Tap until flush w/ the hole you cut (the video below should help visualize this process) Step5: Install the Furniture Levelers Why furniture levelers? 2 reasons. The porch I am putting my green on, is not perfectly level, so when I had a putting mat before, I could never have a perfectly straight putt. This allows me to make the surface exactly level, side to side and back to front. ALSO, these levelers are easily adjustable with an allen wrench, so I can add break to my practice putting anytime I want. These are very easy to install. I placed the 4 levelers, about 10” from each end, on the sides. They have a lip underneath, just put them in place and shoot the 4 provided screws in. Easy Peasy. (If you make your green longer than 8ft, you might want to get 2 sets of these, so you can put another 2 in the middle, it may start to bow when you stand on it if you don’t...at my length of 8ft, it did not). Once installed, you can lay a level on top and adjust the feet, til the surface is nice and level. Step6: Install a lip Not necessary, but you’ll probably want a lip, at least behind the holes, so the balls don’t roll off. This you can kind of use your imagination, a piece of molding, small thin piece of wood, I used something I already had laying around. It’s a piece of pvc that is used for window molding. As you can see, it has a lip on each end, so I cut it in ½ and tapped the lip in between the frame and underlayment. You don’t have to do it that way, you can just tack a strip of whatever you like to the edge w/ some small nails. No wrong way to do this, as long as it’s not interfering with the holes. Step7: Install the putting surface This should be pretty easy, you already did it once before cutting the holes. Clean the underlayment off good before doing it, get all the dust and dirt off. Then lay the carpet down, get it good and lined up with the holes and edges. You may have some little bumps from the carpet being rolled up, I recommend letting it sit a couple days to completely flatten out (you can put some weight on it too, start in the middle and move outwards, leave whatever you are using on for a couple hours). Once you have it laying perfectly flat, you can apply some spray adhesive. I used something that is pretty light duty, in case I ever need to take the carpet up and reposition it, I could. The carpet will actually stay in place by itself, it has a rubber backing and doesn’t shift when you walk on it, even without adhesive. But you will want to be able to vacuum it from time to time and you don’t want the vacuum to pull it up. Starting at one end, fold the carpet over in half. Spray a light coat of the adhesive on the underlayment, and then lay the carpet back down. Then repeat the process on the other end. Then I just patted around the edges and holes with my hands. I let it dry about 30 min, then ran the vacuum over the surface and it stayed in place perfectly. CONGRATULATIONS!! YOUR INDOOR PUTTING GREEN IS COMPLETE!!!! Total Build Time: about 3 hours or so, I did it in the evenings over a couple nights, didn’t keep the exact time. Total Cost: (I already owned all the tools needed except the hole saw and had screws on hand as well) A Couple of Notes Build it where you want to use it if you can. It will be heavy and awkward to move You can adjust this build to whatever size you want to make it. The only tricky part may be making sure the underlayment is perfectly flush if you have to use more than 1 piece. My build was pretty easy, because I just made it the size you buy the piece in. So it’s one, solid, continuous piece of wood This is not a commercial for Big Moss, you can use whatever putting surface you want. But I do recommend them highly. Simply go on their contact page and submit a question about buying a remnant. You will most likely be contacted back that day, by the owner Tony. He is a great dude and great to work with. Prices are going to vary from what I bought depending on what he has on hand and what you want Have them cut the holes for you in the putting carpet. This will save you a lot of trouble and it will no doubt be cleaner than you or I can do it. He did it for a VERY small fee. Well worth it and you can tell him exactly where you want the holes. I bought a tarp to cover mine while i’m not using it. The last putting carpet I had, my cats used as a wrestling mat and a place to puke up hairballs With these dimensions, I can comfortably practice up to a 6ft putt and add break to it if I want. If I think of anything else, I will add to this thread. I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy Putting! Links to the products I used Hole Saw - Lowes https://www.lowes.com/pd/LENOX-4-1-8-in-Bi-Metal-Arbored-Hole-Saw/1000680193 Furniture Levelers - Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4BUE1P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Cups - Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071WHDGBN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 2x4’s Lowes https://www.lowes.com/pd/2-x-4-x-8-ft-Whitewood-Stud-Common-1-5-in-x-3-5-in-x-8-ft-Actual/1000074211 Underlayment- Lowes https://www.lowes.com/pd/1-2X48X96-PARTICLEBOARD-UNDERLAYMENT/3010167 Big Moss https://www.bigmoss.com/crm.asp?action=contactus Adhesive - Lowes https://www.lowes.com/pd/LOCTITE-General-Performance-Spray-Adhesive-13-5-fl-oz-Bonding-Clear-Multipurpose-Adhesive/1000403657
  49. 21 points
    I was trying to play fast, but I had to keep taking out this rulebook to make sure I was doing it right and it slowed me down
  50. 21 points
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