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  1. I'm the oldest and shortest hitter in any group I play with. I got fed up to the point where I thought about quitting the game. I simply announced, and continue to announce when playing with anyone for the first time that I play a forward tee. I then select whatever is closest to (without going over, sort of like "The Price Is Right") 5500 yards. No one has ever objected, no one has ever called me names in a serious way. When/if I get ribbed I simply say, "you're more than welcome to join me, come on up." On some courses that have black/white/yellow/red I'll be using the yellow tees. On a three tee box course I'm happily at the forward tee. Once I accepted "who I am" as a golfer the game became fun again. Except for those damned three putts...
    23 points
  2. When I pulled-in I wasn’t sure I was at the right location because the front of the building is so unassuming and there’s no huge “PING” signage anywhere!!! So when I parked, and started walking to the front, I wasn’t exactly sure I was in the right place. I was relieved to finally see the Ping name behind the receptionist as I came through the front door. There’s no grand foyer, no statues or trophies, just a small waiting room and a front desk receptionist. Unassuming Ping, just as I should’ve expected! I signed-in, signed the NDA, and then started the tour of the facility, guided by Brian Botha, and Julyen Cass. Good gracious. Impressive. Again, simple and unassuming, but when folks say Ping is an “engineering company, not a marketing company”, it’s legit. Most all of the machines in the place were designed by Ping engineers. The way that club components go from the “warehouse” at one end, through one of 7 production lines, and finish at shipping on the far end is unreal. Bar codes, “birth certificate” guiding ALL of the steps in the process of building clubs. So cool to watch it all go from one end to the other. A couple notes here, folks only work at their station for 3 hours at-a-time before rotating to another station. The plastic pieces that go into the construction of the clubs and bags are made ON-CAMPUS by Ping! That little dampener that goes into the back of the i230 now? Yep, saw it made, and touched it as it came out of the machine! The little tiny plastic cover that goes over the tip of the club before going into the head? Yep. Made at Ping HQ. The plastic top and base to the Hoofer? Yep, those too! Unreal. Anyway, I watched sets of clubs be built, got to see bags made, watched the plastics production, even got to see the milling in-process for putters. So. Stinking. Cool. All along the way I was taught the history of Ping, of Karsten and his beginnings at GE and his development of rabbit ears for tvs, how he made putters on the side at the start, his wife’s contribution to it all, and how it became Ping of today! Cool tidbit… “Karsten would not be happy with the appearance of our clubs now. He wanted them as ugly as possible to show the engineering, the thought that went into them!” Remember how Ping irons never had ferrules until recently? Karsten didn’t want them because HE knew how to construct a machine to get the shaft into the hosel perfectly without the need for ferrules! He did it to show others it COULD be done. He’d be upset that Ping uses ferrules now! Ha! So, I got to see it all. 50 acres, many buildings, and many employees I met who’d been there 20+ years, one over FORTY years! I drank the Ping Kool Aid… A lot of it! So impressive. Where did we finish the tour? Yep, the VAULT! Un. REAL! I saw the very first gold plated putter, saw any putter I wanted to see from any player that had won, and I even got to hit a putt inside the Vault with the gold plated Ping One putter, Karsten’s first, the one that made the “ping” noise that gave the company their name. I asked to see Tiger’s putter from the Ams, Jack’s stuff, Seve’s, Hovland’s, Freddie’s, etc. Too many to choose from. I even saw the “kids” putter that a pro won with as well! Unreal to stand in there, look around, AND to hit a putt!!!! So cool. Brian Botha, and Julyen Cass were GREAT hosts! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them, and felt like family due to their attention and personalities. Great guys!!! After my tour I ran down the street to grab a bite to eat (Double-double meal and shake from In-N-Out) and then came back to start my fitting process that started at 1pm. Pat Abshire was my fitter for the day and I was taken into the special fitting lounge/locker area. Pretty cool because this is where their whole PGA/LPGA/LIV staff come to use a locker, grab a snack and a drink, AND gloves and hats! Yep. Boxes of gloves, and all kinds of hats separated by fitted/adjustable/color in cubbies. I put my valuable in a locker (wooden like a country club), grabbed a Ping glove, and headed to the Putter Lab. I had heard about the Putter Lab… The granite “table”, the cameras, etc. Here I was, 45’ long elevated putting surface made from 2 pieces of granite, that was made level to 1/1000th of an inch. It weighed over 17 tons, and sits atop a support that goes 5 feet into the ground so that the level-“ness” of the table isn’t affected by OUTSIDE TRAFFIC ON THE STREET OVER TIME! Seriously! (Pat on the left. Taken from a video online) Pat took my static measurements, explained the Ping fitting app, the cradle, etc. I was then told about the various putters from which I could choose, and then we talked a bit about head-shape influence from my time in Eden fittings. I started with the 2022 Prime Tyne 4 at 36” and I chose based solely on looks per his direction. What did I want to see at address. I then got on the “table” (so cool) and placed a ball directly under a laser that was overhead, placing the laser dot on the center of the top of the ball. I then stroked 5 putts to a putting disk 15’ away. Quick note, the table “stimp” runs at 12-13, pretty dang fast for a public course golfer here!!!! Sheesh! Once my 5th putt was finished we looked at the readings from the app that were displayed on a screen, and then looked at the pics that were taken from down-the-line, face-on, and of the putter head IMMEDIATELY as it passed through the laser. The Tyne was not for me… I miss putts to the right, and the Tyne did that as well due to not enough toe-hang, so I went to pick a second putter. This time I chose the PLD Milled Anser! Black head, no markings, ooooooooooooo so pretty! We saw from the pics that 36” was the perfect length as my eyes were directly over the ball, so we stayed at that length. Fiver more putts, evaluate. Yep, this was the putter. My “putting handicap” moved from 0.8, to +1.8 by just changing to the Anser, keeping the same length. So cool. I was in-love with the putter from the first moment it hit the ball. The feel, sound, distance, and I was dead-center of the putting disk 4/5 times (one bad stroke). Fitting result: PLD Anser Milled matte black, 36”, std loft and lie (3* loft, 20*/70* lie), black graphite shaft, PP58 black midsize blackout grip. (Hovland in the SAME SPOT) Now, out to the range to start the full-swing portion. The one thing I’ll say here at the beginning is we didn’t waste time. I didn’t hit 200 balls! I was working with “stock options” for the most part anyway, so we took 4-5 swings and made changes or moved-on! I was SO worried I’d be exhausted and not have enough juice for the whole bag, but I had plenty because Pat has been doing this for 25+ years and is SO efficient and experienced. Also, outside of the newly announced i230, I was not allowed to hit any of the G430 stuff. Even though there were two Pros right next to me fitting for them, I couldn’t grab them, look at them up-close, nor hit them, so just G425 stuff. The only bummer of the day… Irons first. Pat asked me right away, “What do you see yourself in? I525, i59, i230…?” I said 230. He handed me i525 to start and off we went. After about 8 shots he handed me i59. 525 were too long, spin too low, but otherwise pretty good. I59 were pretty good too, but a few misses, and spin too high, larger dispersion circle. After about 8 shots I’m in the i230. Loved the look right away, and Pat asked this about EVERY club I hit. Again, you need to like what you’re seeing at address, one can’t overcome that so it HAS to look good. Two swings in the feel and ball flight had me. He moved me to a KBS Tour 125 (?) x flex shaft and it felt pretty good. We had been hitting DG x100 in everything up to this point. I asked for the x100 back in these and it was what I really liked, also used-to over the years. He talked about how I was needing Green color code, but was going to go Blue and make a couple tweaks to get me where I needed to be. Blue head put on the x100 and we were there except for a little too much launch… Easy fix: power spec. So many think power spec is JUST for more distance. Here, Pat was using it for me to bring down my launch numbers a tad. Distance wasn’t going to be a ton longer, so it wasn’t a concern. I talked about fear of needing 5 wedges and he took that fear away. Specs: i230 power spec, +1’, 4-UW, Blue color code, DGx100, midsize grip +2 wraps. D6 swing weight. Driver. We started with LST and the stock Rogue shaft in X, but I told him after hitting it all over the place, but LONG, I have the same head at home and just can’t control it. Left once, right another. I explain to him my gamer is my Honma at 45”, heavy head, 80 stiff RIP Alpha shaft. Short and heavy. I asked could I hit the Max head if he thought we could get the spin in a decent window. Sure. Grabbed the Max head and put it on the Rogue. Good, but not great. Just felt too LONG in my hands and through the swing. Numbers were decent. He then switches to the Ping Tour 75 X shaft at 45.25”. Oooo. REALLY close, just need to bring launch and spin down a tad. So, what did he do? What was his adjustment to the head or shaft, or both????……………………………………………….. He takes the club, goes and makes a change and hands it to me. Bingo. Hosel change? Nope. Shaft change? Nope. All he did was add a strip of lead tape to the sole near the face to simulate 5g of hot melt inside, near the face. Reduced launch, reduced spin. Bam. Note to you all, and myself for future reference! Lead tape/goo can be the slight change you need! Driver done. G425 Max, Ping Tour 75X 45.25”, 5g hot melt toward the face, and same midsize grip +2. D5+ swing weight. Fairway and hybrid. Gapping came-up now and we looked at their proprietary program for it. He entered my driver and 7 iron numbers and the program kicked-out the carry and total yardages for each club to give us where we needed to be with fairway and hybrid numbers. So we were looking for a SPECIFIC carry and total number from these next 2 clubs and we’d make adjustments to achieve those numbers. Huh… Not just distance? Not just dispersion? Nope, hit a gap!!! First time ever in a fitting, and HOW REFRESHING! We talked here about how I play the Cobra King Tec hybrids in my fairway spot (17* turned down to 16), and hybrid spot. I told him that the LST I had with the Rogue shaft just didn’t work for me, and I’d been hooking all fairway woods especially the LST, and these Cobra heads were the first in years to go dead straight. He took what he learned from driver and applied it to fairway and hybrid: shorter and heavier. Honestly, I think I may have hit 15 total balls to get these two fitted because of the gapping focus. LST and hybrid both with Ping Tour 75/85 X shafts and adjustments made on loft to get us right where they needed to be. And guess what was added to the sole? Yep. Same lead tape. Five grams of goo was going in both the fairway and hybrid. Fairway wood is the 3 turned-down 1, 75X shaft, and the hybrid was the 19* turned-UP 1.5* 85X shaft, both -1/2” in length, same grips. Both D3 swing weight. (My gapping chart) Lastly, wedges. We only hit the Glide 4 and this was based-on the fact that I wanted forgiveness. We talked about lofts of my three wedges, what shaft was in them, what brand, etc. He handed me a 54* Green color code. I hit ONE shot. Nope. I turned to Pat, “This is toe-up. Can’t stand the look, no way I can hit it.” LOOKS FIRST. Don’t play what doesn’t look right!!! He asked about my wedge lofts and I explained how I play them flatter than my irons. He smiled. He plays his the same way and understood what I was seeing with the Green color code. Goes and get me Black. Bingo. Now, the issue with the wedge fitting was they didn’t have X100 shafts for wedges, which seemed odd especially after seeing a warehouse full of shafts, but it was what it was. He was going to put me in x100 anyway, we just needed to get the lie angles and lofts figured out. Again, I hit MAYBE ten balls total. He knew what to do, so we went over to the practice green and traps that were between us and the HQ building. We talked about my chipping yips and he watched me chip some. He shared with me about the grinds he’d suggest based-on playing conditions where I play, and what I face with the shaved areas around our greens. After chipping to three holes I hit bunker shots to three holes, the last just barely over the lip. He told me how to use each wedge for each of the shots, and showed me how to get close to that pin that was RIGHT THERE! Wedge fitting: 54* Glide 4 bent to 53*, Black color code, standard sole, 12* of bounce, X100 +1”, D9 swing weight, same grips. 58* Glide 4 was same color, shaft, length, 10* bounce, E0 swing weight. After that, we went back to the range to do my Ballnamic fitting. The program used a mix of my actual ball data, and then selections based-on my answers to questions. Some of the questions were confusing as to what they really meant and how they’d affect the results, but I went with it. In the end, it said my Z Star was only met 81% of my needs, but the best ball was the new AVX at 95%, and the B RX right after it… Yeah, not liking either of those so I ended-up paying for Ballnamic when I got home and entered my info. Z Star was still so low, with CSX and MTB-X being tops for me. We’ll see. We went back inside to get my things out of the locker and Pat says to me, “Go ahead and grab a couple of hats! My treat.” YES! One white/red, white/navy fitted Tour cam each, L/XL snagged! I’d have grabbed a box of gloves too, but he handed me just one of those, which was great! Got my stuff, he walked me to the front, we shook hands and I thanked him for his time, expertise, and guidance and I headed back to the hotel. I’ll tell y’all this: I was THOROUGHLY impressed by EVERYTHING. I am a Ping “homer” now, I drank a LOT of the Kool Aid. The tour guides, the employees all along the tour, the history, the fitting, etc, it was all fantastic and I can’t recommend it highly enough if you get a chance! An amazing day, and I’m so thankful to have been sponsored to go. Really, really cool, and I’ll never forget it!
    22 points
  3. Sigh. Seems like I've been doing this a lot this year, but I again apologize for falling off the radar with MGS. I love this community and take pride in being a part of it, and "pulling my weight" from a participation standpoint. Suffice it to say, a lot going on lately. First, my daughter appears to be fine. No open-heart surgery will be necessary...she's going to have a prescription for a bit and some diet recommendations, but overall no real long term impacts. Second, many of you know my 34 year old sister passed away this summer. Long story short, there is a tremendous history of cancer in my family...all four of my grandparents, my father at age 60, three aunts, and now my sister. As my sister was being treated, she had genetic testing performed and they discovered a gene mutation that was a likely culprit for her cancer, and my Dad's. Her medical team advised my Mom, brother and I to get screened accordingly, so I've been waiting 3 weeks for the result of a genetic screening for that particular gene mutation, and 83 others...basically the full panel. The verdict came in yesterday...mutation free! It was a weird feeling waiting to hear if I might be doomed, or could expect a long "normal" life. And, how would I respond to the news if I was positive...go uber healthy to do everything to fight it off, or "you only live once" and enjoy my limited time. Sorry...heavy stuff for a golf thread. Hopefully it offers some kind of explanation for my inconsistent participation of late. Hope to remedy that and then some going forward.
    18 points
  4. 1. A defensive back at any level that thought they were guilty of pass interference 2. Sergio missing a putt that wasn't the greens fault 3. Golfspy CG2 not buying a club on sale... or a club not on sale 4. Anyone, ever changing their mind about LIV 5. Big Stu playing a full set of Tour Edge hybrids with lightweight senior shafts 6. Rick and friends swearing off bacon 7. Sirchunksalot crashing his remote cart 8. Dlow206 satisfied with the shaft he is playing 9. New forum member filling out a contest entry correctly and ... 10. Bens making a bad golf swing
    17 points
  5. Harry is sadly leaving MGS for a senior position with Wilson. A cool opportunity for him and wish him the best. Harry describes and tells about his new position in the first couple minutes of the video. Hopefully this means we see some cool new great products from them and he is able to help them gain some traction.
    16 points
  6. In the middle of a charity scramble in Baton Rouge. 129 from the fairway. The eagle has landed!
    16 points
  7. So when I clicked on this thread, it took me to posts of October 18th. Wow, I knew it had been a while since I had anything to post. So here you go. These were on order for a bit, but just arived. Hopefully will get them out for our Turkey Shoot Scramble on Friday. Temps supposed to be mid 50's but raining. Got them with SteelFiber I80 shafts. Had a chance to hit a few 6 irons on the range today, and the shaft did exactly what they do in my Gen 5, just start online and hold it very well. Such a tight dispersion. Better than any shaft I can recall hitting. As for the irons, tough to tell much hitting into a 10 mph wind in mid 30's temp, but they felt great, except for the first couple that I hit while getting warmed up. But pretty consistent high fade, just what I'm looking for.
    15 points
  8. Absolutely cursed round today. Couldn't for the life of me string good shots together. Either a poor tee shot and decent second, or absolutely smash one and yank my approach left. Also had a couple of drives that ended up way worse than they should've -- smoke one down the middle and end up with a downhill, ball below feet lie kind of day. Making excuses, as that's what happens sometimes, but today just felt extra rude. Like dunking one from 80y, only for it to rocket to the left into the greenside bunker. You can see where the ball entered the cup: On the bright side, I got to test the new ProVs, and I kinda prefer the regular V1 where I normally play the X. Excited to test them more.
    15 points
  9. Let's Have a little fun for Thanksgiving Week!! Rules are similar to your local club Turkey Shoot: Reach out to other members to make a 2 person team and post that team in this thread. Each of you will play a round between Saturday Nov. 18th and Friday Nov. 27th Post each of your hole by hole scores showing which holes you may or may not get strokes based on your course handicap (pics of your scorecard works great) Be sure to indicate what each team member's course handicap - for net best ball calculation purposes. If you feel up to calculating your best ball score and posting it as well... go for it... or I can help with that calculation with all the information above. You can build more than one team but in fairness to all, each team's rounds should be unique to that team (For example, if I team up with one member, I post my Monday round for that team score. To be eligible for an additional team entry, I would need to play a separate round to post with my other teammate) You can use the round or rounds posted in the Weekly Virtual Championship Tour thread as your round or rounds for the team event It might take a little while to compile the results after Friday, and I will probably be in and out of consciousness after my Thanksgiving Feast, but I will try to have the final leaderboard tallied by Saturday the 26th (after I play Saturday morning of course ). I'm sure there will be questions... but wanted to get this out in front of everyone in advance to give you all time to start talking with your prospective teammates. Feel free to use this thread and the "@" feature or DM to reach out to the other members, or if you are looking for a partner...post it here! Good luck Teams and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!
    14 points
  10. Room is done inside; I have heat and A/C!! Still waiting on gutters for the eaves outside. Now I can start "furnishing" it inside... The room is 12' 6" wide x 24' long x 9' 4" high. Using HD foam interlocking gym tiles on the floor; supposed to be here today...sometime!! "grass" turf over the tiles is yet to be decided, but I will also have a putting area. I ordered the Sim golf enclosure kit from Carl's Place on Thursday and it arrived by FedEX freight today!! Amazing... coming from Wisconsin! Now I have something to do on these cold non-golf days!!
    14 points
  11. I've got a lot going on also with " hopefully" my move. The buyers of my current home are nickle and dimeing me to death. Take off money for a new front roof, fix any weathered boards, Fix the old termite damage in the crawlspace after you fully treat the house for termites since there was old damage. I just finished the weekend putting in an additional layer of main beams and a few cross beams. Six 2×8's and three 2x10's. Also added in four additional support posts. Do you know how hard it is to add new beams along side existing beams in a crawl space. With your entire house bearing weight on those existing beams. Not to mention all the electrical lines and heat pump lines your trying to get around. I am getting too old for that kind of work but my son learned a lot helping me. Not to mention saving a few thousand dollars if someone else did the work. Because I needed this on top of trying to pack up everything. I'm a sore puppy right now. But on a positive note. The house in NC is going smoothly.
    14 points
  12. First game in a week due to my back blowing out- I played with an easy swing today and shot stoopid good. it just totally reinforced Ernie els whole career…
    14 points
  13. I got a chance to play Sunday morning for possibly one of the last times at my course before the move. The greens were similar to putting on glass. Holy slick stuff Batman! That was so much fun. After I finished playing a hole, I would purposely put the ball in a tough position on the green just to see if I could make the putt or even come close. The round in general went well with one birdie and two bogies for a 72. I saw two people on the course. I'll miss that for sure as well as the views from the course and my house. Here is a photo taken from my driveway.
    14 points
  14. Played nine holes today as a practice round. I was basically hitting two shots from the same spot and seeing how low I could go. It was a cool 48 degrees with gusty winds and thought this would be a fun way to get out and play without any of the mental stress that usually accompanies me to the course and start building more positive thoughts into my game. Anyhow, I ended up carding a +6 42 which involved 3 pars and 6 bogeys. My driver was good with the exception of 2 holes, one of which I popped one up and the second was a massive pull him into the weeds. I hit two good shots with my 3 wood, but the one I was most proud of I hit on the par 5 3rd through tree branches that landed just short of the green. I hit my irons well again today with only a couple of shanks but I knew that if I hit a bad one, I had another chance to make it up. Wedges were good, I didn't hit a lot of greens and I was able to hit a couple within 4 feet. My putting was solid and I had a forty footer just lip out on 7 that would have saved par. I'll be doing this again, it was the most stress free round once had in a long time and I just had a good time being out there.
    13 points
  15. First and foremost, take care of family. We'll be here once your life settles and you can participate in the forum on a regular basis. I'm happy to hear your daughter is not going to need surgery and that you are free of the mutation that has plagued your family. I've not been as active recently, either. There's been a lot going on at home and my focus has been here. Like you, I hate not being as active but I know it'll calm down and I'll be back to talking about this game we all enjoy soon.
    13 points
  16. Today, the top 20 point winners in our MGA for 2022 competed in a Last Man Standing tournament. Note that this isn't the 20 "best" golfers, but the 20 highest point earnings based on play during the year with MGA Thursday games. Groups of 5 competed against one another in the following format: Holes 1-6 were cumulative scores (net). At the end of 6 holes, the person with the highest net score was eliminated. In each subsequent hole, highest score gets eliminated until one person wins on hole 9 (in each of the 4 groups). In cases of ties, a putt off was used to determine who would progress. After all four groups were done (2 groups played 1-9 and 2 groups played 10-18), the winners of each group would go to hole #7 for a 3 hole playoff with the lowest net score being the winner. I was in group 2. As the lowest handicap player in that group, I had to give 3 of the 4 players one stroke on hole #2. I shot 1 over for the first six holes (lowest of the 5). On hole 7, I bogeyed, but tied another player and beat one who hit his tee shot OB (par 3). On hole #8, I make par and the other 2 bogey the hole and have a putt off. Hole #9, I win with a par. I advance to the finals. The finals are hole 7 (par 3), hole 8 (par 5), and hole 9 (par 4). I will get a stroke from the lower handicap player and it falls on #9. I par all 3 holes and win by 2 shots gross (3 net) over the next best score (and last year's winner). I am the last man standing for 2022. Take care of yourself!
    13 points
  17. Not the ending for the season that I wanted but still pretty good. 41/44 85. Front 9 should have been better but I took a 7 on the 9th hole.
    13 points
  18. Today was my last day off and it was nice enough to head out and play a round. Walked River Heights today. Right when I checked in, a pair of foursomes we're teeing off on one so I went to the back. Jumped ahead of another single that was warming up, so I started on 12. Played the last seven holes, then the front five, before I ran into those foursomes again. They only played nine, but it was just shy of three hours for them. But anyway...I played great! Started strong, going +3 over my first seven holes. Faded in the middle (+10 over the next six) before finishing really well with a +1 over the last five. No 3 putts and eight pars despite only one GIR. 9/14 FIR. Really early on I tried to rein myself in by gripping down on a lot of shots. It helped a lot. Also stopped trying to be cute near the green and used my PW or 7 a lot more often and put the ball really close on several occasions. Shot (+14) 86, one of my best rounds ever. I have every intention to get out whenever the weather allows but I'm really half debating about shutting it down and ending on a high note.
    13 points
  19. Tested the 388 against the Pro V1 on Trackman this morning and there really isn't that much of a difference between the two balls as expected. The only criteria that I had for shot selection was if the dispersion circles were similar after hit about 10+ shots with each. No swings are gonna be exactly the same shot to shot but if the dispersion and delivery is pretty close with misses included than I think it's a fair representation of the performance of the ball. The only difference that I could see was the 388 was longer than the Pro V1. This is mostly due to on average a lower spin rate. Trackman italicizes numbers if they are not 100% accurate and this is a lot of times applies to spin rates. While its not 100% accurate it is still within about +/- 300pm's of backspin (if its more than that please feel free to correct me) which will make up some of this difference in gap. So according to the data lets assume the italicized numbers were consistently 300rpm's less than that spin rate is pretty damn close to the RCT ball which given the standard deviations they overlap nicely. The PW and 7i there is virtually no difference other than my swing influencing these numbers. The peak heights for the PW might be a huge difference at first but again the spin rate was higher and more accurate on the RCT as well as i hit a few low ones with the 388 to knock that average down.
    13 points
  20. Shot the best round of my life so far today. I shot a 76, so close to achieving one of my goals for the year of breaking 75. My swing is feeling amazing, my pro had me feeling a caddy drag to start my takeaway, and it is really working wonders. I am trying to play a fade, and it’s not quite a fade, but it’s keeping it very straight or a slight draw. The ball striking has never been better, I am loving my irons! I have also made a huge equipment change, I’ve change to the Z Star, the Pro V1x was too much spin on my irons, and the Chrome Soft X LS caused to many fliers and I struggle around the greens with the LS. The Z Star give me the right amount of spin but plenty of control around the greens. I have been getting up and down a lot more. I have also stopped keeping track of my round on the grint app during play, and only using my score card. This way I am not seeing my score as I go, and only focusing on my shots. 6 of my last 7 rounds have been 80 or better, so I am loving where my game is trending. SCORE: 76 FIR: 7/14 GIR: 11/18 PUTTS: 32
    13 points
  21. It came today. Smaller than my ping. Might need to organize my bag better as I may have less space.
    13 points
  22. Best round of the year…….Shot 37/39:76 on a course where I only got 8 strokes! My Handicap index is 15.4 and today the Course Handicap is 8. Had Two Birdies, a par 5 & par 4, 50% Up & Downs, 10 GIR for 56%, FIR 9/14 for 69% and 32 Putts. Shots Gained were +6.46 versus 15 Handicaps. I finished tied for 1st with +11 Points My ball by choice today were the Titleist Trufeel. I discovered I had a doze n so put the m in play. BTW, I gamed my new 0XG 0811 XF 12* with Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft. Hitting the drives as straight as a clothes line!
    13 points
  23. As many of you are aware we have been hit by some spam bots recently that has made life as a mod awfully busy and not in the way we are use to or like! However we have added a few more features to hopefully beef up our spam protection. We hope that this does not affect your user experience and that it simply aids in cleaning up the nonsense that has been happening the last little while. However if you have issues or something seems to not be functioning properly for you please send any of us a PM and we can look into it further. We hope that these final additions will clean it up and we won't have this reoccuring issue anymore. Thanks again for your patience and understanding Mod Team
    13 points
  24. Absolute . Swing is still a mess. It came and went on the front and never showed up on the back, absolutely frustrating. +27. Was chilly but absolutely beautful day, I need some serious work though over the next few months.
    13 points
  25. Played 9 holes this evening. Continuing to test and be amazed by the "Otto-Phlex" shaft install. First two drives were over 270, set up for a Vokey approach on both... 4 feet and 6 feet.. made both putts. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep that pace going, and gave a few back on the remining 7. Ended with a +1, 37. I hope to complete the 2nd nine tomorrow evening and post the full 18 score in the Week 5 MGS Forum Tourney (feel free to cross post your scores here)
    13 points
  26. I wouldn’t dare do that. Whenever I’m going to a resort Course with caddies. I always take my lightweight carry bag. I saw a Mr. Big Shot type pull up in a huge Escalade at whistling straights. He had a Staff Bsg and all the irons still had the plastic on them. The bag drop attendant starting switching then to a carry bag and Mr Big Shot said. Hey I just bought that bag yesterday. The bag drop guy said. Sir. Show me your PGA Card and we’ll be happy to leave the clubs in it. Otherwise they are going in this bag.
    12 points
  27. Got my garage cleaned up and organized Saturday so that I can start hitting in there soon. Of course I ended up taking a few swings to "make sure everything still works." That turned into a bucket's worth quickly... Since I was just messing around, I grabbed my Sub70 699 Pro 6 iron. I was having all sorts of issues with my ball flight and I couldn't elevate the ball at all (something like 65 feet peak height). I was so frustrated I ran inside and grabbed my Hogan PTx Pro gamer 6 iron and immediately started hitting beautiful shots with a much higher apex. Crazy to think how much better of a fit the Hogans are for me... Anyway, I really didn't swing all that well overall, which is not surprising as it was my first indoor session of the fall. My last shot was probably my best (below). Couple points of emphasis that I'll be looking at this offseason: Club speed/ball speed. I would love to see this be around 100-102 MPH club and 134-136 MPH ball by end of the offseason. This was a very old Nike One Platinum I found on course, I'm thinking I may see a little better efficiency with a new Titleist Pro1x RCT as this was a clean, centered strike. Club path/face-to-path. I'm ecstatic to see these numbers be a lot more neutral than they used to be. It was not all that uncommon to see something like +6 in-to-out path with -4 closed clubface in the not so distant past.
    12 points
  28. A tale of two completely different days. Friday was written up on page 1177 that constituted the second best round I have played. Saturday was the pendulum swinging in the opposite direction with a triple digit score not seen in years. First time I have played Sheridan Park Golf Course in Tonawanda, NY and pleasantly surprised by how picturesque and well developed it was. Once the private course of a company in Tonawanda in the Industrial age of the area, It is parkland set in the middle of a Buffalo, NY suburban Town bordered by neighborhoods, an arterial highway, industry, and a superhighway. All of which is on the periphery and doesn't intrude on the play. One road cuts through the course that has multiple cross walks that are well defined. Managed to skip my 3rd shot across the pond by the 1st green but the pond's edge was not sloped to enable doing such a trick shot to roll up onto the green. That's me walking past that pond with little hope of finding the ball. Photos from Friday's tropical storm remnants resulting flooding looked problematic on Friday but Saturday all water levels were back down to normal and only evidence of flooding was the shoreline features where leaf debris and sticks were found at the edge of where water had once been, and high and "dry" on Saturday. This hole is in the 16th and in a corner of the course by a superhighway overpass abutment. I have seen this green there for decades driving past wondering about it, and now I know. Wind was a factor as was heat management with temp falling from the noonish tee time high of 46 as we approached evening. Threat of rain from game start became an umbrella up good idea by the 3rd last hole. There is no reason to allow bag and clubs, especially electronics to get wet though there was not enough rain to warrant the DrizzleStik to protect the top of the golf bag. The lights were originally for my bike and the Buffalo Slow Roll events that go half the year on various routes through the city every Monday night from May through October, COVID happened and PGA HOPE sessions were still on so the lights moved from bike to Clicgear cart because of low light heading back to parking lot to enhance safety. They've never been taken off so were ready for what really was finishing the last hole in darkness. This last group photo was taken in conditions my phone would have taken a black underexposed picture. Some blur is proof of how well we held still for it to render the image. Final numbers came out 53/58 111 - Net 86 +14 Lost 8 balls, found 5 and with a sleeve of 3 gifted, ended with as many as I started with. Unfortunately lost all 3 gifted OnCore VeroX1s Snow in the area today and on the course played yesterday. Come on late autumn warmup!
    12 points
  29. Thank you. It was great format. I've never played anything like it before, but it was really a fun way to play. They did flight the groups, so there weren't a lot of strokes being given out and players played from their normal tees that they play during regular play. In my first group, we had one guy playing the forward tee and the rest on the same tee. In the playoff, the low handicap player played one tee further back (he's 11 years my junior) and one playing the forward tees. Just a great format. I guess you could play with a larger group, but 20 seemed to be the right number.
    12 points
  30. Not often I get to play golf in November. Weather turns tonight but today was 70 and beautiful, just a little windy. Texted the owner of my course (which closed last month) and he said to come out and play. So my brother-in-law and I had the entire course to ourselves. No flags or cups, putting just to holes in the ground. That lead to some long first putts when I didn't quite make it to the center of the green. Greens were rolling pretty well, fairways and roughs were pretty thick since they really haven't mowed much. Still, shot an 83 with four doubles in the less than ideal conditions. To go a full month without playing, practicing a bit but not as often, and still manage that, I'm over the moon. Swing felt really good today. My driver behaved for most of the round, my irons were pretty solid. I just cost myself strokes on the green (a four-putt and two three-putts) and on 18 I overdrew my tee ball OB onto the driving range. Six strokes that I could clean up easily. Second tee shot was mashed up the hill with a little wind help, a pitch was hit flush but just off the back of the green, and I ended up hitting a beautiful little chip to 3 feet to tap-in for double. Really was a nice set of swings to finish off my year.
    12 points
  31. My G400 Max crossed the rainbow bridge after a few thousand shots, a couple grips, a cut down, and a few hosel adapters due to slipping. It probably slipped again which led to failure. A new shaft and grip was only $90 but I figured it was money better spent on a new driver. Here's Cru Jones... eh, maybe it's Bart Taylor since it's yellow. I've wanted a RAD speed since I first saw it. Though most reviews stated it being negligibly better than even the F9, and that the LTDx was way better. I put it up head to head with the LTDx. Ball speed and spin were very similar. But, I had a lot of trouble finding the face with the LTD, and the RADspeed just kept crushing the ball. Both were light years ahead of my backup driver Fly-Z+. Went from 220ish average to about 250avg, with 3 shots hitting 281. 149mph ballspeed max but consistently over 140 vs low 130s with the old driver. Went with the R flex Fujikura Motore X 6-R. I had them regrip with my favorite Golf Pride Tour Velvet +4 Mid. The tech put the wrong grip on, then switched it out quickly. So it's on its 3rd grip before ever leaving the store!!
    12 points
  32. Tied my low 9 hole round again yesterday evening with another 49. We have been blessed with some fantastic weather in Wisconsin this fall, so my oldest and I have been out a lot (by our standards). After really struggling Saturday, shots were much more consistent yesterday. Good tee shots put me in position to putt for par on nearly every hole, save for an errant tee shot on a par 3 that led to a triple bogey . Highlight of the round was chipping in birdie on 17 (we played the back 9) after hitting my 8 iron longer than I ever have in my life on the approach. Thinned my 56 on 18 after a great drive set me up in the middle of the fairway and had to try and throw a wedge high with short green to work with. Green slopes back to front so while I landed it where I wanted, aerated and firm greens eliminated almost all stopping power and it ran to the bottom of the green. Double bogey there put me at 49, so had a very realistic shot to beat that score with some better shots throughout the round. We are getting out for one more 9 hole round today before calling it a season on 2022!
    12 points
  33. I shot one of those 85’s today when nothing really stood out, good or bad. Some pretty good shots, and a few not so good ones mixed in. I’m not posting about my round though, I’m here to talk about the one my friend Dave had while playing in my 4some. He’s an 8 cap who had one of those rounds we all dream about. He rode an incredibly hot putter, and a great iron game to shoot a 3 under par 69! It was super cool to watch, and really exciting when he rolled in a 15 foot birdie putt on 18 to break 70. It was like playing behind a pitcher throwing a no hitter going into the 9th inning. We all knew where he stood on that last tee box, but nobody said a word. We didn’t even want to look at him. When the birdie putt went in, we all went nuts congratulating him.
    12 points
  34. Bacon Boyz Friday, nice morning and that was all that was nice. I was ALL over the place. Had maybe 3-4 shots I could call decent. Pretty sure it’s Tempo issue so have some work to do.
    12 points
  35. Merry Christmas to me, from my wife (well, her aunties who always insist on buying me a present...twist my arm, why don't ya). Full bag fitting (sans putter) at True Spec Beverly Hills (fancy shmancy), scheduled for January 6 - 50% off ($187.50) with code "BFCM50", in case you want to get in on the action. They're also doing +15% on any gift cards, so for $165 (or so), you end up with a full bag fitting normally $375. Killer deal. Anyway - it's more for the experience than anything else, as I've never been fully fitted, and it'll be exciting to have that kind of day in a place like this. I'll try my best to document as best as I can - this has been a dream for a while now, to get the whole experience, so hopefully I'm in good form that day.
    11 points
  36. ... I am the opposite. I hate changing putters. Once I become comfortable with a putter there is a balance and feel to it and different putters are ... well ... different. I started with an 8802 I played for many, many years, then went to a similar style Bobby Grace 6630 heel shafted putter with perimeter weighting and a face insert. Moving to Phoenix and grainy Bermuda I switched to a Cleveland Huntington 11S mallet. 3 putters in 38 years and I am so comfortable with my Cleveland I couldn't imagine playing another.
    11 points
  37. Its really common that a home viewer will have substantially greater expertise and a more appropriate viewing angle than an actual trained rules expert standing a few feet from the player.
    11 points
  38. This is a topic I feel passionately about. I was listening the to the "No Putts Given" podcast with Lou Stagner (data analyst at Arccos among other titles) and at the 31:00 mark he mentions a very simple formula for what courses to play: Your 5 iron carry * 33 or 34 is the total course distance. I love this idea. Mostly because I bet many people (mainly men) are playing courses longer than that. For me, I carry a 5 iron about 180 yds. So that is 180 * 33 = 5940 yds. I carry a driver 260 yds. I have no problem playing sub 6,000 yds. It is more fun and, guess what, I still don't shoot below par very often. I would say if the majority of your golfing group is breaking 80 from the whites then they should stay there. If not, what are they afraid of? They might make more birdies? They might have more fun? The average second shot distance for a middle of the pack PGA tour player (distance-wise) is 140 yds on a par 4. That's probably a PW or soft 9 iron. If that is how we challenge a TOUR PRO then why should weekly golfers be subjecting themselves to stiffer test than that? Pride?
    11 points
  39. Been about 3 weeks since a full round now, and sitting here reading all kinds of the injury posts has really crept into my head. My last drs appointment got cancelled due to a freak power outage as I was signing in, so I still have no answers, nor a new appointment as they promised to call back to reschedule, but of course they haven’t yet… terrible patient relations with staff there, looking for a new urologist but what a pain these days for anything medical. im beginning to feel like I might not get to play for a few months and it’s really freaking me out as I finally feel proficient at this game, and then bam, the rug gets pulled out from under my feet by a medical situation. I’m thinking I suddenly understand how you guys that get shut down by winter feel now. and also, just getting an amazing new driver that’s longer and super forgiving, but that I can’t swing must be like finally getting a 1970 hemi cuda, but not being allowed to drive it due to a broken leg or something. it just ain’t my day…
    11 points
  40. Played Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Monday & Tuesday struggled with everything in the bag except Divot Tool. Wednesday everything was pretty good shot a 4 over 40. PXG driver finally showed up to the party and Mizuno JXP 923 were right on. Friday 48* and windy, swell. Started play well but Boyz got hungry after 5 holes so that was that. Guys taking about knee injuries. Had knee replacement 5 months ago and it is awesome except it gets “cold” around 50*. I’m told it’s the Titanium and will go away after a year. My shoulder has ss screws and it doesn’t bother me at all.
    11 points
  41. I appreciate the kind words. I’m looking into a way to continue to help those that want reviews, advice. I decided for now im not going to delete my account so if/when I have more time i will be back or at least will let people know how to contact for advice.
    11 points
  42. Back went out again, but I’ve concluded it’s my kidney cyst- long story- but anyways- it fired off on the 9th tee to where I had to actually pick up and go home- extremely painful- makes me mad because I was -1 and had just hit back to back 275 yd drives with the TSr… now I’m back on the couch taking heavy duty Tylenol… gotta be tough to get old….
    11 points
  43. The stars aligned yesterday. My current home is under contract and we put an offer on a house south of Pinehurst and it was accepted. Signed the contract a few minutes ago. Room for simulator, ✔ Room for putting green or mini putting course, ✔ Close to a Country Club, ✔ Not have to maintain 6 acres like I do now, ✔ Nice house, ✔ Bonus.... Water hazard, ✔ built in pool Now I ask myself?........why am I sitting on the couch on the forum instead of starting to pack?
    11 points
  44. Played another round on Saturday with a friend, and we also we grouped with another single to make a threesome on a sunny, and 60 degree day at the end of October. I didn't keep score, wanted to use this as a potential last round practice round and hit as many shots with the clubs I have been hitting well throughout this past season. I did use driver on most holes which required it, and only missed 1 fairway, although my iron shots on the par 3's all seemed to be draws that went left of the green. Ironic thing is an iron from the fairway usually went straight. A lot of leaves fell this past week, as it has been colder and rainy, but temperatures are supposed to hover around mid 60's for the next week, so we did make another tee time for next Saturday which more than likely will be the last time golfing this year, at least in Michigan.
    11 points
  45. Played on Wednesday with my wife and her brother from Seattle; only 9 holes because it was 45º with a 25mph wind. Birdied the 1st hole; shot 39 (+2). Poor drives; great up and downs! Played the back nine today; much nicer!! Sunny and 67º with no wind! Shot a Personal Best 33 (-2) with birdies on the par 5 #13 and par 4 #14, which is a risk/reward hole... drove the green; missed my 40 foot eagle try. Hit 7 of 9 GIR and the driver was really nice today; wish the putter was... missed 4 other makable birdie putts. Woulda, shoulda, coulda!!
    11 points
  46. We had 49 players today. Shot a 42/43:85 today with no birdies. FIR 9/14 64% GIR 5/18 28% with 35 putts and an Up & Down of 27%. Here’s a pic of my bag today:
    11 points
  47. Played the individual match play today. For the first 10 holes, I was either 1 up or even. My opponent got me 1 down by the 12th hole, which I promptly got back to even on the next hole. Even on the next hole, then he put his ball in the pond on the par 3 and I stuck mine about 8 feet to the left of the pin. He pitches up from the drop area and misses his putt and concedes my birdie putt to put me one up again. On the next hole, his second shot goes wide right into a hazard area, but we couldn't find the ball. I'm 2 up with 2 to play at this point. The next hole is an easy par 4, but my drive is poorly struck and I hit it to the right into hard pan and beneath a tree. My opponent is dead center in the fairway with a wedge in his hand. I'm staring at a poor lie, overhanging limbs to an elevated green with a bunker in play and 105 yards to the pin. I hit the shot of the day (and one of the best I can recall) when I punch a 9 iron below the limbs, clear the trap and it catches the green with spin. Ball comes to rest 4 or 5 feet off the green on decent grass with a downhill green running away from me. I opt to putt and hit a really nice shot that's close enough for my opponent to concede my par putt. He has a 7 foot uphill putt. In my mind, I had already figured we were going to the last hole, but his putt burns the right side and I win the match 2 up. On the down side, my team lost big time. Chili, baked potato, and fixings after the round supplied by the MGA. Beer supplied by one of my team mates. Life is good! Got home and there was a package from MGS Headquarters in my mailbox. 2 dozen Titelist 348 Proto balls in white boxes for testing!
    11 points
  48. Man, been a while since I've been back on this forum. After a really long year at my old employer, with zero golf during that time, I made a move this summer and am finally making my way back to the game. It honestly feels so good to have it back in my life. Hasn't been a good summer score-wise, but what do you expect. I live in NYC and didn't play for a year. At the end of the day, the past two months since i changed roles i've played some amazing courses and am just happy to be along for the ride. Couple of pics from my round at Liberty National - boss took me a few weeks ago. It's definitely unapologetically modern, but still beautiful. Cheers.
    11 points
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