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  1. This is going to be a new bi-weekly golf column focusing on all the major news and stories around professional golf, golf equipment, and the general golf world. Please send your submissions to me as you think of them throughout the weeks and maybe your submission will be featured in the next column! Stock Up: Great Names on Tour After sluggish Double Bogey, Bogey start, the dart ripping (pun-intended) Thai fan favorite, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, drained his Ace. Shortly followed by Scott Gutschewski, one hopping in his Ace. In this case, do you split the bar tab or does it mean everyone gets doubles? Stock Down: The Shark swimming in the North Sea this July Despite not competing in the last 13 years, Greg Norman made some bold statements claiming that he deserves a special exemption by saying "I am past Champion. I love St. Andrews." The R&A swiftly dunked on him by saying “The entry terms and conditions for The Open stipulate that a champion must be aged 60 or under or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt from qualifying,. That remains the case for the 150th Open and we have no plans for any additional exemptions.” Looks like the Shark will have to keep swimming. Stock Up: GET TO THE CHOPPA Tiger stans were notified early Thursday that his private plane had departed Jupiter in route to Tulsa to play a practice round at Southern Hills to test his leg. While media was strictly prohibited on site, an Oklahoma news channel got very creative and flew their traffic helicopter over the practice green to watch Tiger and his beautiful Newport putter. Stock Down: Phil's Coffee for Wellness The golf news was dominated by Tiger, but there was a Phil sighting for the first time in a few months at Rancho Santa Fe, and by the looks of it he's been taking a break from his diet and his coffee for wellness program. Boy, oh boy, Phil is looking THICC nowadays, but he's still ripping HELLACIOUS SEEDS. Stock Up: Counting score like a 30 Handicapper After taking an unplayable and having to punch out, Rickie Fowler flushed a wedge from 134 yards to sink his bogey 5. Wait till the end of the video below for a classic Rickie moment. Stock Down: Reading The PGL (Professional Golf League) sent out a lengthy memo to all PGA Tour Members this week. In case you forgot, the PGL was actually the initial contender to the PGA Tour prior to the Saudi backed LIV Golf backed the Brinks truck up and took all the attention. If you want the TLDR on the memo below, the PGL claims that it can build a league worth $2 Billion and is offering the players a 50% share in the league.
    26 points
  2. After my trip with @Ben_Howell34 to Big Cedar Lodge (I’ll update on his post about how that trip was….it was incredible) I got to play with a buddy at my local club today. I shot a 75 today (my best this year and one off my personal best ever) I had a chip in birdie and then….. a hole in one! Can’t even describe the feeling of seeing the ball drop into the hole off the tee. 149 yd shot, downwind. Pin is on the front. I played a full PW with the slightest fade. Hit 5 ft to the left of the flag, checked up on the side hill and started falling to the right towards the hole. The anticipation was real as I didn’t know if it was tracking or not. I saw it roll into the flag stick, catch the lip of the cup, do a 180 around the flag before falling in. Beautiful weather, incredible day. I’ve had many lows while playing, but this is why I love going out again and again. The chase for perfection and today was pretty dang perfect.
    26 points
  3. "Well Buddy, you get exactly what you paid for" comes to mind. Now, if he's consistently standing in the middle of the fairways, waiting for the group to make their second shots, I might ask where he got it .
    24 points
  4. I left work early today to get the windshield replaced on my car, so I decided it was a perfect day to get out and play nine. The weather was wonderful, 85 degrees and a slight wind. I did have to set up an umbrella on Johnny 5 to keep from roasting. I'm not going to say I shot well or bad, it's my first round in two months due to a loss of confidence in my game. I treated today as practice and just getting back into the rhythm of the game. My round started out rough, I had to play a different course than normal and there's no practice area. I lost three balls on the first three holds and hit a fourth OB that I found. Those first holes I started out +3, +3, and +8. That third hole was brutal, three lost balls didn't help much. At least it was pretty out. After that, I settled into a rhythm and had a run of double, double, and three bogeys. One of the highlights of my round was being 2 feet over the green on the first par five and hitting the green in regulation on the second, although I 3 putted the second one from 39 feet. In fairness, it was an uphill breaker I aimed 6 feet to the right of and just didn't hit it hard enough. Driver was horrible most of the day, but I hit my irons better than I have in a long time. The putter was really good most of the round except for a couple of 3 putts on tricky greens. On the 9th I hit my best shot of the day from 47 yards out, left of the flag into the slope and it rolled down to 11 feet. Unfortunately, it left a downhill left to right breaker I ran 13 feet past the hole. Overall, I shot a 60 with 20 putts which normally would be a little discouraging but with the way I hit my irons I'm feeling pretty good.
    21 points
  5. Haven't post for a while but want to share. After playing the game from the age of 13, at the age of 61 I hit my first hole in one yesterday. Playing a tie at my Home course West Lothian Golf Club https://www.westlothiangc.com/course/. 18th, right in front of the club house, 135yds par 3 down hill with wind behind. A sweet hit Approach Wedge over the protecting bunker. Pitched about 2 feet from the hole and gently rolled into the hole. Got applause from the clubhouse and the Senior League team were on the 1st tee so they all congratulated me which added to the occasion More than made up for losing the tie 3&2. What made it sweeter is that I've been having problems with my irons and had the shanks up until a little work on the range on Wednesday.
    20 points
  6. It’s fairly common knowledge here about “The Corner” in my office that houses 3-5 golf bags and sets at any given time. Well after shooting 101 today. I’m trading them all in for these Just kidding….or am I Parties in Robs office!
    20 points
  7. Played in a scramble at my course today with @MDGolfHacker We shot a decent 66, that was straight up, not mulligan aided or string or any of those things. I hit the ball horribly off the tee, definitely my worst day with the stealth, but honestly it was just the swing never felt right today. But it was nice weather and I wasn't in the office and we helped a good cause. Funds went to the USO!
    20 points
  8. Titleist and Vokey CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A VERY UNIQUE AND SPECIAL CONTEST MY GOLF SPY'S 2022 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST SPONSORED BY TITLEIST AND VOKEY WEDGES -- for the -- 2022 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZES!!! First Place: The first Place winner will receive a set of 3 Vokey SM9 Wedges-Your choice of loft, grind and finish. Custom Stamping will be allowed as well. (Note time frame of delivery may vary depending on the exact makeup of wedges/customization. Runner Up: A Vokey Prize pack consisting of various Vokey items. Please read the 2 Rules Below, there are only two, but if they are not followed completely, your entry will be disqualified. 1) You MUST be a registered member of the Forum to win 2) Your entry MUST be your FORUM USER NAME!!! Entries will close at 6:00 AM May 19, 2022 If either of those two rules are not followed your entry will be disqualified. HOW IT WORKS Everyone picks a team of 6 golfers. Add your best 4 of 6 golfers scores to form your team score. The best team score wins the pool. Cut golfers (and anyone who doesn’t finish 4 rounds) get 80 for any rounds not completed. Playoff holes do not count. HOW TO JOIN THE POOL Pick your team of golfers here: http://www.easyofficepools.com/join/?p=202319&e=xjpn LIVE LEADERBOARD Follow the action live http://www.easyofficepools.com/leaderboard/?p=202319
    18 points
  9. Played a scramble today for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This is a 2-day event in Rochester which draws hundreds of players. It's often just a death march but the cause is phenomenal. I was lost off the tee and hit some decent irons. Made up for it with my short game today which included a hole out from 30 yards for eagle and knocked in a few putts over 10 feet. The good news was, My final two long irons were solid...a good omen headed into the next round. We shot 59 and for the first time since I've ever played, we won the event. Didn't think we could pull it off after 4 straight pars to start (which included a missed birdie from 3') but 2 eagles were good enough.
    18 points
  10. Unremarkable 43 over nine holes yesterday morning but finally got on the right track again for this morning's 18: - 38/40 = 78 (+6) - 8/15 FIR - 8/18 GIR (3 birdies) - 29 Putts (12 2-putts, 7 1-putts) Finally figured out how to get rid of the hooks that have been plaguing my early season. Driver was very good for most of the round. I had two bad double bogies on the back nine, but managed to stuff a wedge to two feet on 17 for my third (and very rare for the hole) birdie. Just need to clean up the big numbers and something around even par should be in the future.
    18 points
  11. Doorbell just rang as I was packing my bag for the 4 day Buddy Trip which starts tomorrow. Answered the door And a small box was waiting for me. Thanks MGS for your fast delivery.
    18 points
  12. I am so happy now I could cry. I’ve struggled with my right hand taking over on the downswing and I get far too steep. There have been so many ideas in my head that I’ve conjured up trying to translate into a certain feel. Today, it translated. I told myself to start feeling the back of my right hand pointing to the ground as soon as possible to prevent that takeover. It made more sense than thinking about what my left hand and wrist do through the downswing. Combine that with good tempo and it was so pure. Solid drivers and some super feel good 5 irons. FullSizeRender.MOV IMG_7730.MOV
    18 points
  13. What a crazy day. Hitting my drive in the fairway is a strength for me. This morning not so much. First hole I topped a drive maybe it went 40 or 50 yards. But then I smoked a 3 wood to the fringe. Chip and a 1 putt for par. Next hole pull one to the left rough. Hybrid on to the green and two putt for par. Then par on a par 3. Next hole topped driver again. 3 wood to the fringe,chip and 1 putt for par. Smacked myself and told myself to get it together. Rehersed my driver swing and realized I had the flying elbow for some reason. Then step up on a par 5, did a full practice swing for feel. Stepped in and fired a perfect shot. So long and straight that I was left with a 160 yards to an uphill green. I hit a great 7 iron to within 3 feet. Made my first eagle of the season. Followed up with a birdie on the next hole which is another par 5. Just weird with the driver for a bit, although I though I wasn't playing well I was still scoring well. At the end of the round I tallied up two bogies, two birdies and an eagle for my first round in the 60's this season for a 69 (35 on the front, 34 on the back) I had to recount, I didn't believe it. No lost balls but found two ProV1's Then scurried home to make breakfast for Mothers day. We all ate then I mowed the front and side lawns (3 acres). Painted the fence at the driveway entrance (9 sections front and back). I'm pooped. Just put on the golf. I don't know if I'll make to the end without falling asleep.
    18 points
  14. Played one of my favorite joints in PHX. The Raven. I was a fill in for my buddy's men's league. Played really well on the front 9 and shot 39. But I completely $#!T the bed on the back with a devastating 47. The heat today just destroyed me at about hole 10 Picked up this dope murdered out cap Beautiful course And finally.. this is no joke. This actually happened. Luckily the hole ran downhill but not until about 300 yds so I still had to get there. 354 yds!
    17 points
  15. We're heading back north in another week so had to make a last stop at the Sarasota PGA Superstore since it's only 30 min away. Wife immediately went to the discount rack for clothes - I on the other hand was looking for a 3 wood. An even though lefty stuff is scarce, I found what I was looking for. LTDx with a Smoke iM10 shaft. Wonder how they knew it was on my wish list. However, I did keep going back and forth between it and the Radspeed 3 Wood with a Tensi shaft, but my wife encouraged me to spend the extra $$ for the LTDx. I love shopping with her. As an added +, it came with a lamkin grip instead of the std ARRCOS grip so I can immediately install a Shotscope sensor and not wait til I install my MCC+4.
    17 points
  16. Today it's not about how I played, its about where I'm going to play on June 14th. Southern Hills CC baby. Bring it on. I'll be watching the PGA Championship next weekend taking notes.
    17 points
  17. Absolute perfect day. Started cool in the 50s but sun came out around hole 9 and warmed up. Was gorgeous. Tale of 9’s for me. 44/37. I was discussing with Bryan after the round that I remember just 3 years ago 44 was a goal and was happy with that, now I felt like I struggled. Love this game. I had 4 doubles on the front (3 of which had penalties of the tee), 4 pars and a bird on 9. From there I went 6 pars a bird and 2 bogeys. Was a great back. I had two way misses going on the front and awful wedge play. Yet again putting saved my @$$ multiple times. I hunkered down on 9 and worked through it, was nice to be able to do that. couple highlights:
    17 points
  18. Well it's hardly Beethoven's 9th but May marks the 10th anniversary of my time as a member of the MGS forum community. Many of the folks who were here when I started are gone but some remain, looking at you Foz and a few others. I spent a little time as the number one all time poster but also could see that I would be passed up by others and have been. Still nearly 15K posts are a lot. I can't recall all of the tests that I've been a part of but those have been fun though perhaps not for the moderators who have had to deal with my technical ineptness. Lots of people here who are my virtual friends, lots of nice conversations both private and public, I've made some real friends here as well as we have a nice group of MGSer's in the Tampa Bay area. I think my favorite thread that I started was the one about what club you would grab out of your bag to stop a home intruder - it was well before there was any sort of thread hall of fames but it had lots of traction and was tons of fun. Thanks Adam, T (who was very active in the forum when I first started) and BarbaJo for providing a nice place to hang out with other golfers. On a personal note this May is going to be a huge month for me. My Administrative Assistant left a couple of weeks ago, breaking my heart, she will always be a friend but I understand that she wanted to live out in the country and work from home - that doesn't fit in a Church/School setting that is in an urban area. So we are actually getting a professional church worker to fill that role, whose name is, wait of it..... May. But May doesn't come until June which we are having tons of fun with throughout the Day School and Congregational communities. Also work has begun on the house remodel. Taking a Florida home built in 1970 and making it handicap accessible with an eye towards the future is a trip. So my life is in turmoil to such an extent that I couldn't find a single pair of golf shoes (I own 5) last Sunday until I said I will need to buy another one when I get to the course and my Sketchers magically appeared. Fairways and greens forever!
    17 points
  19. My irons were a small fraction of what I spent on her today. My wife’s birthday also happens to be on Monday and me and Louis Vuitton are on a first name basis again this year
    17 points
  20. Took a half day to play a local muni and beat the rain that is supposed to last until mid-day Saturday. Shot a penalty free 37/40 for 77 on a wet course. I had a birdie on the almost drivable #17, I was basically chipping. And the shot of the day was an eagle on the short par-5 5th. After almost hitting my drive into the woods, I hit a 4-iron to inches. Worst stretch was 4 bogeys to open the back 9, including 2 3-putts. Putter is trash to start the year, but everything else is going good. I figured out the my new PXG driver a little more yesterday, tweaked my setup. I'm still spraying the ball a bit, but nothing unplayable with it, and my only mishit was a tee shot I wasn't committed on.
    17 points
  21. I hope Rickie gets back to form soon - pro golf is a much better product (from a fan engagement and entertainment standpoint) when he's out there!
    17 points
  22. I'm honestly a little taken back with the response... however I'll bite. For starters we don't want random sampling. We want member reviews which provide their experience with whatever the product is. We aim to spread most products around a variety of handicaps, ages, new and old members and more. It is by no means random that someone is selected. We as a mod team hand pick every single member that is selected for a test. That is no secret. Random sampling provides us with questionable results and a higher potential for no review to be completed at all. Giving the OEM no feedback. Even though it can still happen with our selection process it is much less likely. Members who are selected must first agree to the terms of accepting the product with the condition of providing a full review for the community. If they are not able to do so then we move to another person. Something a lot of members may not realize is we have several that sign up and when selected something in life happens and they have to back out. When we are told this ahead of time we remember that. In a good way. It is great when someone recognizes what these tests mean to the community. It is not a contest to be won, it is an obligation and commitment to the community to provide a in depth thorough review that will help others with potential future purchases or decisions. Someone who bails is also equally remembered, but in the opposite manner. Of course feel free to feel how you do and critique our system or the way we select our members, but we truly do have some great reviews posted on this site by our every day members that just enjoy being able to give back to the community by putting their all into a review. Random sampling is for contests, not member testing. We will leave the random sampling to instagram, twitter and other SM platforms who draw names from a hat to give away products. This is not a give away and not the way we do things here.
    17 points
  23. Right handed! Actually I shot 38,38 76 - 2 bogeys, a double, 15 pars. I had several nice looks for birdie but missed them all. Made a could of really good par putts though. A three putt and chunked chip away from a very good round. The best thing was that it made me realize that I still have sone good golf left in my.
    17 points
  24. I've been golfing so much lately that I haven't had time to post! In the last week and a half I've had 2 league nights and a work scramble, in addition to the two rounds I'll share more about: my brother-in-law and I got to play The Bluffs course at Arcadia Bluffs in Northern Michigan two weekends ago, and this past weekend I played in my first "competitive" round ever, a best ball 18 hole tournament at Thornapple Pointe in West Michigan. I'll talk about Arcadia in this post, and say more about the Thornapple round in a different post. For those who haven't heard of it, The Bluffs is an absolutely amazing course. It's basically right on the water of Lake Michigan, with some really interesting holes and some incredible views. Here's a few of my favorites: View from the par 5 third tee-box: View from the par 5 fifth tee-box: From the par 4 twelfth: From the par 3 thirteenth: Every hole is a unique challenge, with dune grass challenging wayward drives, varying elevation and deep bunkers to consider on approach shots, and firm fast greens with plenty of runoff. Being right on the lake, it's hard to imagine the wind is ever calm. For us, it was around 15-20mph most of the day, which certainly added to the degree of difficulty. I ended up shooting 87, even though I was striking the ball really really well. I had a personal best strokes gained day off the tee, +6.5! But I really struggled with my shorter approach shots and chips around the green. It was a really big adjustment playing a lot more rollout than I'm used to, as well as having to deal with a lot of bumps and runoffs around the green complexes. The course does lend itself to a decent amount of driver holes, and if you can stay in the fairway they ran out for days. After a hot dog at the turn, we had a down-wind and down-hill par 4, which ended up going a very long way: I hit it well, but honestly thought it must have hit a rock or the cart path or something to get that far down. However, the next hole was also playing down-hill and down-wind, and this one we could see bounding down the fairway so no funny business with a lucky bounce: Just don't mind the rest of that hole, it was a bit of a mess haha. All in all, it was an awesome day at an amazing course. Even though I lost some shots on & around the greens, we knew it was going to be a challenge so we weren't too worried about trying to go low. Just enjoyed the golf, the weather, and the views! If anyone is planning a Northern Michigan golf trip coming up, this is an absolute must play!
    16 points
  25. Finally got my first round of the year in! 9 holes with my son and brother. We all had a good time too. Told myself I was going to relax and enjoy it as there’s been a lot of business and stress the past few weeks between work and trying move. Focused on having good tempo and took an extra club into a lot of greens…. Very satisfied with the results! I didn’t putt particularly well, which didn’t lead to any 3-putts, but I missed 1 or two I think I could have had with a good stroke. Despite shooting a 1 under 32 (one birdie, 8 pars) the day belonged to Jackson. He had a blast and was excited to get back out there. He also “beat” my brother by 1 stroke, but I think Jackson might have forgotten a swing or two. No really long drives, but two were 260 on the nose and another 253. All were night high flights, and the last few were gentle draws. Nothing to complain about there. The last drive was 234, I tried to hit a little cut into a short par 4 and just went a bit too far right in the rough, but was at the front of the green. Jackson had the best drive of the day… 134ish yards! C9576E95-7998-4B76-A4B1-31A9FEB8C846.MOV Hopefully will be posting here a lot more now that we’ve broken the seal, but man did it feel good to get out and play a round!
    16 points
  26. I wasn't going to post my birthday round today; it's really not worth reading... but here it is anyway. Rain quit just before wen teed off. My wife and I played with another couple that we play with frequently. The problem was that in front of us was our Men's Club member-guest followed by a small corporate tournament... bad day to play!! When we got to the #3 tee, we were the 5th group on this 350y par 4; group on the green, group in the fairway, and two other groups waiting on the tee in front of us. Aargh!! When it was our turn to tee off, we had been on the course for an hour and played two holes!!! I was ready to quit, but my wife and friends said "What else are we going to do?"... I said "Go to the bar!" I was overruled. The pace picked top a little when we got to the par 5 #5, but we still had to wait on every shot... the entire round! It was still golf, and we were outside in warm sunny weather with friends, but... dang!!! Couldn't get into any kind of rhythm. I had 12 bogeys and 6 pars for an 84... bogeyed the first 7 holes, but at least I kept doubles off the scorecard.
    16 points
  27. I received these yesterday and hit the range with them today. They will get their first real test tomorrow morning.
    16 points
  28. Silly game we play. Friend of mine is in town from Florida, so between my normal rounds, two rounds with him and one additional round (hey, I already had the day off!), I've played 90 holes in about 48 hours. Tuesday was another rough day with hooks dominating all of my swings. Shot 90 at home and 85 at another course with my friend. Both not great scores. Yesterday morning I realized my grip had gotten too strong and that was the cause of the hooks. Posted an 80 (79 ESC) at home, highlighted by reaching the 500+ yard par 5 in two going driver hybrid and two-putting for birdie. Remove one bad triple bogey and that round would have been great. In the afternoon I played a tougher track with my friend and just had one of those rounds where things went my way. My driver was not good (recurring theme so far this season), but my putting and short game were on fire. I ended up with a 77 (!) for the best round I've ever had there. This morning I had a lot of ups and downs on my way to an 86 at home. Driver is killing me right now and just leaving me with too many recovery shots. Putter was good, not as good as yesterday, but I could not buy a putt inside of five feet it seemed. Lots of lip outs from very close range. If I could get the driver sorted and my 50-100 yard game on track I'd be scoring so much better. Putting and short game have been great so far this year, much better than in past. But way too many punch outs off the tee and too many wedges ending up long off the greens.
    16 points
  29. Okay, but that is how the product evaluators are chosen. MGS forum testing isn’t about validating the OEM opinion, it is about someone taking time to create a series of tests, assess a product, write up their opinion on how that product performs for them, and to highlight the good and bad aspects of the product. It really isn’t random sampling. you are correct. Not sure why you think the evaluation will be biased but you are entitled to your opinion; I am guessing you believe that people will falsely post positive reviews as you think that is what is expected once selected, if that is your thought, it is a false assumption as there have been negative reviews of products. Posts, forum engagement, photos are a small indication if the person will follow through with the commitment they are signing up for but isn’t a guarantee as there are still people that take the product, provide no feedback, and are never heard from again. Random would never work as I would guess 90+% of the people that signup to evaluate a product just want the product and would not provide the review. the methodology selected seems to be working and in the majority of the cases, people follow through with well thought out reviews. The people that post on this forum do so as a form of conversation and with that people post their thoughts which could be right or wrong just like any other conversation that happens in the world. I post my thoughts, opinions, and what I have experienced and try to caveat those opinions as just that my opinions as what I have seen may not apply to everyone. For fact based information I try to provide a source so that people can see where i got that information from. Maybe I am wrong on things and would personally like to hear from more knowledgeable people to explain what is wrong and help me learn more. While you consider if pointless to get into those conversations, that is really what the forum is all about; engagement and education.
    16 points
  30. Made some great progress on my fence on Saturday thanks to the help of a bunch of friends. With 8 guys we put together 450' of fence on mine and my neighbor's properties in 3 1/2 hours. Just have to do some finish work yet (post caps, top boards) and put in the black hogwire panel fence across the yard at the transition point to keep the dog in.
    16 points
  31. Back at my course today playing with my wife and the couple we played with in the tournament. It rained all day yesterday so they didn't mow anything; then they let the irrigation sprinklers run all night!!! Today was sunny and they managed to mow the greens, but the fairways were long and wet; not much roll. I moved up to the senior tees because I was tired and sore. Shot +6/-1 for a round of 77. Par the first two holes; #2 after a shank over to a grassy mound above a bunker, then my 60º to a foot. I managed to triple the par 4 #3 after chunking my second shot into the water, then getting a bad bounce by the green into a bunker. I followed that up with a 3-putt bogey on the par 3 #4 hole. I started to get loosened up; I made a birdie on the par 4 #7 hole with a long putt. I started the back nine with birdies on the par #10 and #11... remember the 2020 Birdie Challenge?? #7 and #10 were the two holes I failed to birdie all year, and I birdie them both in the same round today!! I missed a couple of short birdie putts but I think I made about 100 feet of putts today; all the birdies and several long par saves. I could see the line and that's where the ball went. Doesn't happen often, but fun when it does!! EDIT: babies on the course!!
    16 points
  32. okish = some really good shots + some really not so good ones Started off with a solid tee shot that ended up +15 yards longer than expected .. ie. just past the scary fairway bunker and not the expected short of it. Then ... I was struggling to hit it solidly and in the right direction... Third hole things started progressing and got a nice tee shirt off plus a solid second which carried the hoped for distance but pulled it left - which was to become a bit of a recurring theme... Also had a few right pushes .. just to be fair and to make sure I'm not favoring one side over the other Highlights -- ..a *very* firm and fast fairway rollout aided *CORRECTION: 254 (NOT 303; edit changes in ShotScope didn't save the first time thru...) yd drive! Oh- changed shafts and trying out an Evenflow Blue; really nice but not sure the 65g/5.5 is right for me. Will keep testing. Hit the green on next shot and 2 putted for a very satisfying par! ...next hole short Par 3 hit the green, ball rolled past the hole, made the putt .. birdie! ...putting, after the first hole, was pretty good - was hitting the right distance on the first putts a lot and sunk most of the second putts (2 x 3 putts, though). Lowlights -- lost 3 (THREE!) balls in 9 holes .. guess I was making up for _not_ having lost a ball in any previous round at this course, this season. ...and those left misses mentioned earlier - been working on those the past few lessons but clearly more work + practice to do!
    16 points
  33. Very out of the blue diagnosis for my cousin almost 2 weeks ago. He ended up passing out and at the hospital they found a brain tumor. 26 out of the blue. Had surgery a week ago and is doing really well (had a friend a few years back same thing and didn't have much mobility for about a month). My cousin is walking around, eating, drinking no issues as of yet which is awesome. Hes a local superintendent will be out of work for a little bit but hes taking advantage of the time he has to take away. Avid golfer and is really hoping he can get to the course a few times before he has to go back (summer is a wash for him). Got to go visit him yesterday with my brother. Watched the Celtics was a good time.
    15 points
  34. Just bought a MacBook Pro. I know it probably doesn’t belong on a golf forum, but I’m excited to get this bad boy going. Besides, I’m going to fill it up with DECADE yardage books and MGS review material anyway, so it’s kinda golf-related!
    15 points
  35. Wow, the more things change, the more they stay the same Feels like deja vu all over again and I'm getting PTSD from picking testers a couple years ago just from reading all this. My only advice is saying please don't sweat it to our current mods. You guys are doing a fantastic job and there will always be posters who just don't get the MGS vibe and goals of the forum. Keep up the great work!
    15 points
  36. We got another break in the weather so I played Beaverhead GC (Dillon) the first time this season. Wow, they have really got the place in great shape - which is saying something because it's been well maintained over the 6 years we've been here. The courses are greening up fast. When we came through on the way home from AZ 3 weeks ago, it was 100% brown. After snowing and raining for the last several days, the day high of 61F felt nice. I paired up with a fellow from Dillon for the front nine and played solo (2 ball) on the back. 41/45/39. After the round I had the Grilled Rueben sandwich special that came with mushroom soup... Oh My was it ever good!! Hole #5 Par 4 Hole # 6 Par 3
    15 points
  37. Finally was able to get out at home for nine yesterday morning: - 39 (+3) - 3/8 FIR - 4/9 GIR (1 birdie) - 16 Putts (7 2-putts, 2 1-putts) Wet, windy and cold with tee balls plugging in the fairway in a few spots. It's been so wet they haven't been able to mow much, so some of the fairways were closer to rough length. Pretty solid round overall. Driver was not great or long but I kept it in play and with a little luck didn't really hurt my approaches to greens. Couple of really bad shots including a snap-hooked Super Hybrid from the tee and one of the chunkiest irons I've ever hit from the fairway that led to bogey on 17. Hit a great 58 wedge to three feet for a hero-style birdie from the wrong hole after the snap hook, and had I not lipped out a three-footer to save par on the par 5 I was looking at a very, very solid round scoring. I was supposed to play 18 this morning but we got an inch of rain last night and the course is closed again after being open for only two days. Might be another 3-4 days before it can open again, and even more rain is in the forecast. So far not a great spring for golf.
    15 points
  38. Lol Bobby, I was gunna post up on my new irons, and started ready the comments and had to double check to see if I was in the right catagory… anyways, got my new p770/p790 combo set. Oh, and cool new iron covers. Lots of pics and thoughts in the shiny metal section.
    15 points
  39. Well, I managed to sneak in my first round of 2022 at Madison Meadows today. It's been over two weeks since we got back from AZ, cold and snowing. But today was partly sunny with a high of 48F and moderate winds 8-12 mph. Blue jeans, thermal underwear, and pullovers was the attire. There were patches of snow from the storm last week, but overall no problem. I did have to lift several balls out of snow and fortunately missed flying into any of the large deep drifts as I'd have not likely found the ball. Not another person on the course, so I played 2 ball... to include a new one that was not among those tested at the MGS Lab. Holy heck does the game patina return quick. I definitely felt rusty and it was a mixed bag of flush hits and clunkers. I ended up with a 42/44 and a 40/45. I needed @DaveP043 for a ruling on this one . There were a few approach areas that had seen lots of deer, antelope, and elk this winter... natures fertilizer. My best hole of the day was #12 par 3 at 164, uphill, into the wind. I had it playing at 177. I hit my 5i and got both balls on the green. I missed the short putt, but made the long one... go figure . Fan Mountain is the peak above the pin. The photo dosen't do a very good job showing it but its rock face catches snow in a manner that resembles a pleated fan. I always loved this courses flag logo... wouldn't surprise me in the least if one went missing someday . Trying to keep myself in top form for the PNW Spy Meet-up in late June .
    15 points
  40. Atrociously. First round for a few weeks after being unwell. Found some video of my swing from yesterday, pretty much sums up my day. Nearly missed the ball several times, probably the round I needed to have
    14 points
  41. You must be talking about me! I can' think of a more egotistical photo than my own, holding up my CC4 championship plaque doing my best Ricky Bobby impersonation. A photo means someone took enough time to set one up, which we've seen correlated to someone sticking around and posting and being involved more often. It also adds a bit of personality and helps me remember some folks. For many, this forum replaces other social media fronts and serves as a community of golf fans who like to talk about things (not always golf related) with some friends we've made here. We've received a lot of feedback from OEMs that they like the way our testing is structured. It leads to thoughtful engaging conversations with our membership and provides OEMs with a different kind of feedback. They already have surveys and magazine ratings, this is different. Quite frankly, the MGS Forum is different, and that's why I love it here, enough that I decided to apply to become a Moderator and help give back to a great community how I can.
    14 points
  42. Finally got on the course for the first time in 2022, played 18 with some buddies in our music organization's scholarship scramble. I was pretty bad, but with only 3 range sessions so far I wasn't expecting too much. We used 2 of my drives and a fairway wood shot, and I sunk 2 putts which was nice. My irons were just terrible, like not even good contact never mind semi-good shots. Frustrating because the range the other day was pretty good and today wasn't. But hey - start of the season, so nowhere to go from here but up.
    14 points
  43. A couple additions to the family. First, a Vokey SM7 58° (seems like I have every other loft so why not?) predesigned by Sick Sticks, then added a Paderson shaft and BB&F ferrule. Then, reposting this one now that I decided it's authentic enough (the company that sold me the head has a lot of people vouching for it on WRX and they now sponsor Lydia Ko) and it's fully built -- thanks to @dlow206 for getting me the shaft, and added a slick Sweet Rollz grip to match the color scheme.
    14 points
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