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  1. Agree with Brian's assessment. Can't tell you how much deliberation we would go through to select testers. The one thing we had to be sure of was would the tester actually follow through and, you know, do the test and write the review. The only tool we had to determine that was forum activity - is the person reasonably active in the forum? As Brian mentioned, did they bother to complete a profile and include a picture? We also knew there were plenty of people whose only posts were to apply for testing opportunities (it's easy to check) - so basically if the only time you ever post is to apply for a testing opportunity, you're chances aren't great. Another way to seriously limit your chances is to whine or complain about not getting selected. Patience is a virtue, and participation counts. So no, you don't need 3,000 posts, but it helps your chances if you participate outside of simply applying for testing opportunities. With all that, we would make mistakes. I can remember a few instances (I'm sure you can, too @hckymeyer, when we selected testers who received the product and were never heard from again. That makes us look bad, so we have to make judgment calls. I can also say with certainty the new moderator team is carrying the torch beautifully, and is absolutely committed to making the process fair and inclusive. Ultimately, this is a community and it's here to serve as a 19th hole for golfers who enjoy talking about all things golf, and many things non-golf. I can remember applying for many testing opportunities in the old days, and not getting chosen. C'est la vie - it didn't damped my enjoyment of the community and my interaction with the people in it. I've gotten to know many of them personally and play golf with them on occasion, and that makes it all worthwhile. And when I did get chosen - to review the Cobra Amp Cell irons (was it that long ago??) - I made sure to do the best job I could. As others have said, "Pay to Play" is utter nonsense. If you want to be selected as a tester, trust is an important element. And the only way mods have of gauging trustworthiness is participation beyond applying to test opportunities. There's no "minimum post" nonsense, but since this isn't a "giveaway", activity does count.
    29 points
  2. Not a mod, but I'm going to say neither. There are plenty of testers who have less than 200 posts but were chosen because their quality of content stood out. When I was chosen to be a tester, I had not become a donor yet. So that didn't weigh in to the equasion. This poll supposes that there's a "pay to play" model behind the scenes here at MGS.
    28 points
  3. As a previous forum director I can tell you the mods have no idea how much you donated. Could be $1, could be $10,000, they have no idea. So the dollar amount makes no difference. There is also no "pay to play" model in place. If you read how testers are chosen it's pretty straight forward. Be active on the forum, be nice, make a profile, get a profile picture. There are so many testing opportunities available throughout a season that a wide range of people will be selected. There will be donors, there will be people with lots of posts, there will also be non-donors, and people with much fewer posts. There most likely will not be people who post only a handful of times a year with the majority of those posts in testing application threads.
    27 points
  4. Now for the probably over-hyped bonus. For a bit of fun I decided to throw some balls onto the CT Scanner. I was hoping that the CT would be able to demonstrate the cover and mantle layers. I didn't scan all 4 boxes as I thought that would be going a bit overboard. I only uploaded a few images, as they were representative. The scanner I used is capable of 0.3mm slices, and reconstructions in any plane but I thought it best to just provide a brief overview. The images are of Box 3 The large imperfection in ball 10 is even more clearly shown. As a technical note, the black round the bright dot is most probably artefact from the high density, and not a "hole" in the outer core. I measured the density of the imperfection, and it is almost certain to be metallic. No balls were harmed during this procedure, and the likelihood of the balls glowing in the dark (despite Marvel comics and @PMookie's beliefs) is negligible
    25 points
  5. you can donate the $3000 to me. i don’t think it’ll improve your chances, but i’ll sure like you a whole lot more
    22 points
  6. I wanted to post an update on my mother-in-law. Her MRSA infection is finally under control after being on antibiotics for what seems like forever. They are hoping she can leave the hospital before too long and will probably be heading to a rehab facility after that. She's been down for bit and after having part of a pinkie toe amputated, she's going to have to have help walking again. We were hoping to be able to bring her to the house, but realized she still needs professional help. After my wife talked to a couple of places about rehab and their Covid protocols, I think we've settled on one. They don't allow visitors and that'll be tough on the wife and sister-in-law, but we want to take every precaution we can to keep her safe as she's got compromised immunity.
    21 points
  7. The Ryder Cup rarely needs anything else to generate any excitement. Well except for maybe a Taylormade and MGS Ryder Cup Contest!! And not just any ordinary club, but add a TaylorMade SIM2 Max USA Edition driver to the mix as the Prize, and you have a really special Ryder Cup and contest. That's right one of the hottest drivers of the year, but in the Red White and Blue USA Edition that will be the discussion of your foursome. Here you go, very similar to the Majors Pools we did this year, you'll pick the winning team, and a player from each tier. Players get points for winning or halving in team and singles play. Points are given for choosing the correct winning team also. See Rules for scoring. So choose wisely, as this will be the last shot for Glory in 2021 and a chance to Rep the USA with an driver the rest of the year. Must be a registered member of the MyGolfSpy Forum and US Residents. Driver comes stock with no customization, to limited availability. MyGolfSpy CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOLF POOL LIKE NO OTHER 2021 MY GOLF SPY RYDER CUP POOL -- for the -- 2021 RYDER CUP HOW IT WORKS Everyone picks a team of Golfers. Each golfer earns points for winning or halving their match. For team matches, Win=2pts, Tie=1pt. For singles matches, Win=4pts, Tie=2pts. Pick the winning team USA or Europe for 8 points (no points for 14-14 tie). Add all points to form your team score. Most points wins the pool. Tiebreaker: pick the final score. HOW TO JOIN THE POOL Pick your team of golfers here: http://www.easyofficepools.com/join/?p=164687&e=kccl LIVE LEADERBOARD Follow the action live http://www.easyofficepools.com/leaderboard/?p=164687
    20 points
  8. My recent purchase of 4 dozen Srixon Z Star XV's arrived yesterday, so it was time to get to work (actually get to playing around with my balls at work) I started by x-raying each box. I only performed 1 view of each ball, a dozen at a time. I left the balls in their sleeves and boxes but removed the lid from the box. I tried to obtain sharp but not noisy images, so used a scatter reduction grid to tidy things up a bit. The density difference and thin layers made it impossible to visualise the skin from the mantle layer, but the combined outer 2 layers and the inner core are easily visualised. The normal radiographic rule is 2 views perpendicular to each other, which I only applied to one sleeve. My rationale was that significantly non centred cores would likely be apparent on a single view, and small high density imperfections probably aren't very likely to cause problems when playing. I did do a second view of one sleeve to determine (and demonstrate) if the high density imperfection was in the inner core or the outer core. I have marked box 1 balls 4 and 10, and box 4 ball 6 to keep them separate. I will play a couple of practice holes with them to see if I can determine any difference in playing characteristics.
    20 points
  9. I'll second (or third) what some of the previous mods mentioned: I don't think any of us have ever had any knowledge whatsoever of how much anyone has donated. All of that information is kept on the blog end; the forum mods and admins do not have access to it. We add the "Donor" badge to those who ask for it; we generally ask for people send us their donation ID before adding the badge, but not the amount of the donation. We actually address this question directly in the FAQ page. In general, we look at donor status after we have looked at members who have checked all the other boxes. Depending on the test, we're looking for 1) international testers and 2) lefties (these tend to get bumped to the front of the line on any test that is open to them, because we know that they're restricted from a lot of tests). Sometimes we're looking to cover certain handicap ranges or equipment comps (e.g., a GPS device where the OEM wants a comparison with someone who uses a laser). Only after going through all the other criteria do we typically consider donor status as a tiebreaker.
    20 points
  10. I’ve been meaning to do a WITB this year, but by the time I got around to taking pics, some new boxes showed up..and well you know But after a lot of trial and and actually not much error I have arrived at the setup that will take me through the rest of the year. Driver: Titleist TSi1 9.0 Aldila Ascent 40g R FW: Titleist TSi2 16.5 GD IZ6 60 G Hybrid Titleist TSi1 20 & 23 Aldila 80G Iron 2021 Titleist T300 5-P MCA Red 65g R Wedge: Vokey SM8 50.10F 54.12D 58.12D Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 35” Yep, I know what they say about having an all 1 OEM bag. That you are hurting yourself somewhere if you do. Well that may ultimately be true. But I also feel If you are confident and like what’s in your bag, that is just as Important and possibly more so than any technical difference. So this is what I’m rolling with. One substitution that could be made. I have a U505 coming that could replace the 16.5 Fairway wood.
    19 points
  11. Breaking News!! Shot a personal best for 9 holes today with a 38! And it began with a 1 shot penalty on my drive on the very first hole. But recoverd with a nice chip snd putt for bogey. 3 bogeys and 1 birdie. It was during a 27 hole match. The other nines were scramble and Alternate Shot. As a team we shot 37-35-42 =114 which placed us 4th out of 32 teams. Not bad for a 17 (me) and 9 (my partner) handicaps. We got in a couple bad spots off the tee on a couple holes of the Alternate Shot. And couldn’t make any putts that counted during the scramble. I was beyond thrilled with the way I hit the T300s all day actually. Highlight shot was during the better ball round. I was in a fairway bunker 155 out. Hit it cleanly and carried a front greenside bunker. Ended up about 20 feet and had an easy 2 putt Next most pressured shot was on 9 as I knew a vey good score was within reach. Had 141 uphill into a slight breeze with trouble up front I hit a 5 again as I didn’t want to be short. Hit it flush and was off the back of the green by about 3 yards Hit s nice down hill chip to 3 feet and made the knee knocker for 38! Love these irons!
    19 points
  12. Got word today my sister lost her battle with brain cancer at 38.
    19 points
  13. I post a lot. I don’t think it has any bearing either way on how they choose testers. I also don’t use social media like Facebook, and limited on Twitter, and Instagram. Just join the group and be part of the team. There is more to this place than the testing opportunities. I’m sure most of my posts are in the random/got problems and the where in the Sam heck did my swing go threads. If you take a read around the forums you’ll see some WITB’s, hole in ones, terrible rounds, people meeting up for a round. Just a great all around online “clubhouse” that offers some amazing opportunities to test clubs.
    19 points
  14. Nothing in life is free, and after 4+ years of being here I've enjoyed the testing opportunities as well as the content enough that I do donate regularly. I decided that being selected to test over $1300 worth of gear in 3 years justified 10% back to the site. I do hope you all choose to donate; this site has bills to pay and the content is worth paying for.
    19 points
  15. My son, Charlie, was born last Thursday! He came about 3 weeks early. Things got a little dicey during the C section but my wife and son are both doing fantastic. Getting less than a few hours of sleep each night and I couldn’t be happier!!
    18 points
  16. Just got home from work and found out my mother-in-law has Covid from being in the hospital. They were getting ready to move her from the hospital to a rehab center and tested her and she came up positive. It's terrifying because she's had a MRSA infection and is immuno-compromised on a good day. Now both my wife and sister-in-law are going to have to be tested because they've been visiting her and if they come back positive, it'll be my turn. My wife is scared to death right now and is just worried about how scared her mom is. My wife is super empathetic and it's killing her right now.
    18 points
  17. Shot my best round ever today, a 1 under par 71 (previous best was a 72). 5 birdies on the round but I was never better than 1 under as I seemed to follow all the birdies with bogeys.
    18 points
  18. This. I don't think I've ever shared this on the forum, so I'm going to share it now. I first time I got the email that I had been chosen for a review there was happiness then the sheer, utter terror set in. I started thinking about the people who might make a decision based on my thoughts to spend their hard earned money. My hands literally started shaking as I was reading about my selection. Honestly, I read the reviews and base any decision about what to buy on them. I know there are a lot of resources out there, but getting a varied group of golfers opinions means more to me than any professionals when it comes to buying something.
    18 points
  19. OK, final results ... My wife won 2&1 and is the 2021 Columbia Point GC Ladies Match Play Champion. First time she has won any competitive event. Her opponent was a big hitter, but my wife beat her with a much better short game. She has worked very hard on chipping and especially putting all year... taught her everything I know!! That took all of 5 minutes!! Her dad would be very proud; he was a club champion at 3 country clubs in the Spokane/CdA area back in the 50's and 60's.
    18 points
  20. Played at Palmetto Dunes, George Fazio course. Was in great shape and course was basically empty from Labor Day crowd leaving. Didn’t play my best but still managed an 85, which in my opinion shows improvement. They had punched the greens about 1.5 weeks ago so they played much slower than they looked which was difficult. Driving and fairway woods were off but was able to save some shots with lower irons/wedges which is relatively new for me, so I’m happy. I’ve never felt so good with a 56* in my hand so I’m thrilled with that. Just have to get a little more consistent in every aspect and I can get in the 70s on occasion! Has been nice not touching 90 last few rounds!
    17 points
  21. i feel like i'm hogging this thread lately, which really sucks, but i wanted to give you all an update. the police found my cars yesterday abandoned in a parking lot with about 200 other stolen vehicles, about 30 minutes from my house. according to the cops, they both seem to be drivable, but i won't know the extent of any damage until i'm able to go pick them up. the cherry on top of this s*** sundae is that i have to pay to get my own cars out of the tow yards. so, for anyone keeping score at home: i spent $700 to change out all the locks at my house (house keys were in one of the cars), dodge is charging me $300 to replace my key fob, and the tow fees are gonna be about $800. so all in, i'm looking at almost $2000 TO RECOVER MY OWN GODDAMN CARS i'm also working with my camera guy to try and recover footage from my DVR to hopefully get an ID on the people who took the cars.
    17 points
  22. I got out today and played nine holes and my wife tagged along for the fun of driving the cart around for me. It was more of the same for my golf game, but at least the company was great. I shot 58 and since Arccos only picked up the drive on the first hole, the only other stat I kept was putts and I had 20. I had 7 2 putts and 2 3 putts. Started out bad on the first hole by hitting a toey duck hook, topping a fairway wood, blistering a fairway wood into a tree, topping another fairway wood, hitting a nice six iron pin high off the green, chipping up and 3 putted for a 9. I bogeyed the second, but the wheels had just come off and I couldn't recover. Having two 9's and 3 7's on the scorecard didn't do much to help with scoring. It wasn't all bad, when I was able to incorporate a few swings with the change I'm working on, it was nice! I can recall a 6 iron on the par 3 8th hole that was so good, and ended up pin high right and a nice 9 iron on the last hole as a couple of examples. My wedge game was on today, too. I hit a flighted 52 on the 4th that hit the green and just stopped. I also hit a 56 degree on the 8th hole where I had a tight pin and downhill slope to about 8 feet. Changes take time and taking them to the course seem to take longer, but I'm happy to see the potential is there.
    17 points
  23. Haven't been playing or posting much lately, but the few rounds I did get to sneak in weren't worth posting anyways. Today was much better tho and had a putt for 79 that I missed on 18. Driver was so so much better, only 1 penalty stroke today after 3-4 per round the last few times on the course. 30 putts helped a lot too!
    17 points
  24. I traveled an hour to play with RevKev today. We played at Seminole Lake, a very flat course with a lot of doglegs. We played the white tees at 5908 yds as compared to my home course where I play 5300 yds. The extra 600 yards off caused me to use a lot of fairway woods. I shot a 45/43:88 with a birdie on the 443 yard Par 5 #14. (Driver/3W/9 iron/Putter). My 3rd shot with the 9 iron landed on the green and rolled out to hit the pin, leaving me with a 3 foot birdie. FIR 8/14 57% GIR 5/18 28% Putts 34 Up & Downs 23% The weather was overcast and much cooler than normal. The wind on the back nine was obscene!
    17 points
  25. Mentioned this in a. Earlier post of a few things I bought this week. This was the first one to arrive. Going to give the blade style a try again. Two putting sessions with it today went very well. Hopefully my league doesn’t get rained out tomorrow. I’ll put it in play.
    16 points
  26. Hi everyone, I’m a long time stalker but finally got the courage to post. Welcome to the adventures of me “Yellow Ball” I travel around the world hoping to play a round, a hole, or at least a shot or two with my fellow spies. I normally appear to everyone as an average white guy with different logos on my coveralls from all my sponsors. You might not always know I’m around but I am. So I figured it’s about time to share some of my experiences over the past few years with members from the forum. Hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more adventures I’m always on the go. My very first trip was to the North East and I got to tee off with @Chip Strokes So prior to my trip I decided to work out to prepare. So I started pumping some iron to get myself ready for his distance off the tee. Well I’m ready. Here I am on the first tee preparing for impact. Ok. I was not as prepared as I thought I was. I’m calling it quits. Breaker, Breaker I need a MEDIC! I sent a sub in for me but did stick around to see him get an eagle on hole #10. After my recovery I scheduled some time with @edingc . I did come better prepared this time. After an adventurous tee shot I found myself in some shade. Seems like @edingc really doesn’t enjoy the bright sun in the middle of the fairway. He enjoys playing from the shade of the trees off the tee. As a matter of fact we did this on numerous holes. Here is one of those poop shots off the tee. Dam dropped my axe! Maybe I should have chosen another second round partner. I’m getting pretty beat up here. But low and behold I’m back in play. Nice recovery….. Looks like you have experience getting out of the trees! You got a decent iron game. Come on let’s scramble for par here. Get me close. I’ll do the rest. Check back soon, I have lots of adventures already completed.
    16 points
  27. My old Monday walking group of old guys (78 and 81 years old) decided to walk 9 holes today; first time since last February. The course was closed Monday and Tuesday; they plugged everything!! Have to be aggressive on putts or the ball will wander all over the place. I shot +3 for a 40 with a double and a birdie on the par 5 #9... almost an eagle!! My 3rd shot from 135y hit the flagstick and stopped 3 feet past. My ball closest to the pin in the photo:
    16 points
  28. ... After taking several days off with heat warnings and temps 110+ after taking over a week off with a sprained toe I had a long talk with my old golf instructor (me) and we came to the conclusion I needed to fire my new coach (me). While the idea of a more back friendly swing made perfect sense my old instructor (me) reminded me I was 68 and needed to "swing my swing". My new instructor (me) wanted a more body oriented swing with the arms coming along for the ride. But my ex teacher (me) reminded me my swing was like throwing a football or a baseball and the body already played a supporting role but my feel and skill is rooted in a throwing motion. ... So I had the difficult conversation with my new teacher (me) and let him know I was going back to my old instructor (me). To be honest I was surprised at how well he (me) took it! I found out he (me) is a huge fan of my old instructor (me) and while he (me) understood the reason for the change after talking with a PT specialist (not me) he (me) thought I should, and this comes from one of his (my) old favorite movies staring Robby Benson in One On One and his dad told him "Dance with the one that brung ya" and it was hard to find any fault in his (Henry Steel's dad) logic. ... So under the watchful eyes of my old instructor (me) I played today and it felt like slipping into a pair of old comfortable shoes (my cliche') and was able to hit the kind of shots I enjoy without thinking, going right at some flags and driving the ball better than I have in quite awhile. Ended up even par with 2 bogies and 2 birdies but I (we) feel better golf is right around the corner. At least that is what my long time golf coach (me) told me so I am going to trust him (me).
    16 points
  29. I’m not having a particularly stellar round at the moment, but man is Prospector Golf Course beautiful! This is the view from the 10th tee. Made par here after a 269-yard 3 wood off the tee - we’ll see if I can keep it going after a rough front 9 and see how many more holes I can get in before I run out of sunlight.
    16 points
  30. Our course hosted the annual Southern Oregon Golf Championship (match play event). I didn't play this year, so I caddied for my friend. He was in the Championship flight (Seniors Division), but lost his first match and dropped to the 1st flight. We went on to defeat our opponents (who also lost their first match) and today won the final match 2 up after 18. It was a really tough fight between 2 good players. I think between them, they had 9 birdies on the 18 holes. He got the crystal and I got a free lunch. I work cheaply
    16 points
  31. Last couple of rounds at Plantation Palms has not been good, but Labor Day weekend came at a good time. Our family gathers at Suwannee River Rendezvous for a weekend of tubing and eating. Golf will return on Tuesday.
    16 points
  32. Shot 91 Which isn't too much off my handicap. BUTTT......... Ok, you hear this on TV a lot but I truly experienced it today. I hit the ball really well, I just couldn't score. I mean really well. 11/14 fairways. 5 Greens (which isn't great, but probably had another 3 or 4 that were quality shots in but just missed. So the kink in the armor. Today was 39 putts, and if you know anything about my game, that is just unfathomable. I literally didn't make anything outside of 3 feet. I can't recall one 1 putt, and at one point had three 3 putts in a row, and final stab to the heart, missed a 18 incher. I hope to chalk it up to just being one of those days. I can't recall when I've had such a confident day on the tee, I just knew on each tee it was going to be in the fairway. 1 of the 3 I missed, is a complete absolute mystery. It was a dog leg right around a pond. I played a hybrid off the tee as position is more important than length, only need to be about 160 to 180 off the tee. I hit a nice high fade right down the middle everyone says great shot!! Only we get out there and nobody can find the ball. I mean it's nowhere. My cart partner who hit 3 wood, and we thought his ball was another 30 yards up, was barely in the right fairway, so we can only figure I must have hit the embankment of that fairway/rough and bounced down into the pond. But no idea how it wouldn't have carried it, even though it was into a stiff breeze. The other two misses were completely fine, maybe in the rough by 2 to 3 yards. It was my 2nd round with the T300 and I absolutely love them so far. Saturday is a 2 man 27 hole (9 holes scramble/9 holes Four Ball/9 holes alternate shot. So I'm looking forward to that and will be spending tim on the putting green tomorrow for sure.
    16 points
  33. Played at Pacific Dunes yesterday and it was amazing. Had never played a links style course before and it was very different than any style course I have played before. Had an up and down round, but played ok overall. Didn't fully keep score, was trying to focus more on enjoying the course. Made par on both 10 and 11 which are back to back par 3s. Never played on a course before where distance is 130 but you need to play it like 180 because of the wind. Was hitting irons well on the front 9, not so great after 11 though. Wasn't hitting driver well on the front 9, but driver was hot on the back 9. Think I was initially trying to guide the ball too much, but then went with the swing the driver hard approach and was piping them down the middle of the fairway.
    16 points
  34. Another 84 today, but played better than yesterday. Driver wasn't the best, but iron shots were crisper (thank you PlaneMate) and putting was almost back to normal. Now if I could forget the QUAD I had on the par 3 #15... Here was a fun shot... The divot was pointed at the condo on the other side of the pond on the left (not the apartments in the pic), and it was half a ball deep. The green is across the pond in the direction of those tall trees. It's a chip out for me.
    16 points
  35. 76 From the whites Looked stupid next to one of our playing partners 64 from th tips. Hey he’s in the second stage of Korn Ferry Q school.
    16 points
  36. 40/37: 77 2 birdies, 3 bogeys, 2 doubles 7 FW, 8 Greens, 31 putts. Overall happy with my round today. Shot shape was a draw today which is not something I am used to with the driver. The shape also resulted in some big sweeping hooks with the hybrids as they normally have a slight draw. Putting was really good and I had lots of confidence when rolling the ball. Been working on putting and increased the tempo a bit which has helped get the ball to the hole. I also started using the markings on the ball to help with alignment. Also played in my companies golf league end of year tournament yesterday. Tournament is handicapped and I was in the A flight with a 3 handicap. Shot 83. I haven't seen the final standings but wasn't near the top. Did get $25 for closest to the hole. Overall wasn't really horrible as it lined up with how I have been playing. Rough was pretty deep and combine that with iron struggles and missed greens and it wasn't a day that set itself up for scoring.
    16 points
  37. I have fewer than 500 posts and I have donated a very modest amount, yet I was chosen as a tester. Of course, I do have great legs
    16 points
  38. Like @sirchunksalot I vote none of the above. Love the Brewster's Millions reference I joined nearly 5 1/2 years ago, and was fortunate to have been selected for a putter review when I had around 30 posts, and hadn't made any donations. My post rate is about 300/yr. I have probably applied for 5 or 6 reviews a year (probably less) All up I have done 3 reviews, which could probably be described as small (training device), medium (putter) and large (iron set). All of these entailed significant time and effort, but were certainly worth it. I'd like to think my work has benefited other golfers. In that time there have only been a handful (that I can recall) of testers not complete their reviews, one of which was in my first review. That's a pretty good strike rate for hundreds of testing opportunities, so obviously the "formula" for choosing reviewers works pretty well.
    16 points
  39. I'm going to chime in here and agree with what others have said and I think the main criteria is to be invested in the community here. I've said many times before, I joined because of the opportunity to test equipment and found a place to talk about this game and life in general with a great group of folks. That's worth more than any testing opportunity, imho. I'd encourage you to stick around and become involved, this is a great place to hang out.
    16 points
  40. I got mine yesterday. I got out for a few holes today and posted a couple bag pics. I’ll post more detailed pics tomorrow. Looks wise? Definitely Titleist best looking GI iron yet. Didn’t love the first iteration of T300. The 718 AP1 was pretty good looking but this blows it away in my mind. Slightly smaller profile all the way around. But still gives you enough confidence looking at it. Tough to make any true judgments on distance based on a short run today. But they are certainly not shorter than anything I’ve played recently. Nice high ball flight. I have the MCA Orange shaft and it is a nice lightweight 60g’s I think, I can’t recall exactly. I hit about a half dozen balls to one par 3 that was playing 143. I hit 6 iron. A couple were 5 yards or so short. 2 were almost pin high to the right. Then I hit a 5 iron about 5 yards past. I went to hit PW from 100 on another hole. My normal distance most of those csme up 5-10 yards short. But they were into a pretty good breeze and I think the high flight got to them on those. So first impressions are very favorable.
    16 points
  41. Best round in some time 36-38 74. Hit 12 greens, saved a great bogey on 17 when I thought double was coming. Really wanted to break 75. I actually had a legitimate 246 yard drive. Given how wet, hot and humid it was that was all carry, too.
    15 points
  42. Shot a personal best this morning! Broke 100 for the first time with a 95. I'd "broken 100" twice before but one was a round where we weren't counting penalties and the other was a par 66 course. Couldn't sleep well last night and I finally just decided to get up early this morning and hit the local course, River Heights. Son didn't want to wake up and come with me so I went out solo for just my second solo round. The first time I did that it was an adventure because I can't track a ball too well and my striking was so erratic that sometimes I had no clue which direction the ball went. This time was a different story because of the adjustments I'd been making recently to my grip. Still have troubles tracking ball flight sometimes but today I at least had an idea of where the ball was supposed to be. Hole one has always been a bit of a nemesis hole for me. In the roughly fifteen rounds I've played there this year, I've only hit the fairway once; otherwise they've been a couple of dribbling mis-hits or I would slice them HARD right. This time, while it still tailed off to the right, it went further than ever before and wound up just off the fairway. I bogeyed the par four which (sadly) is two shots better than I'd ever gotten before. Overall, my tee shots were really good for me. I got par on three of the four par threes and birdied the par four 12th. Overall I had four doubles, a triple and one quad. Longer clubs were great, putting was really good, it was my wedges that let me down. By "let me down" I mean it went like usual but the rest of my game was so much better than usual, ha! Man, I'm really feeling good after this round! This past week things have been coming together and its really feeling like a breakthrough. We're doing a charity scramble this weekend and I'm really getting excited about it.
    15 points
  43. Best round ever, 92. Shot a 42 on the front 9 and then proceeded to melt down on the back half of the back 9. But still a great round overall, no OB, no penalties, played the entire round with one ball.
    15 points
  44. So I got a call from the pro shop, which runs our league, and the Barefoot Cup competition I told you about yesterday. They told me that it was my choice whether to play or not, but not to worry about taking the spot of another player if I wasn’t able to play, or finish because of my back issues. Apparently it’s a hard cut of the 40 top money winners., rather than add another in the case of a withdrawal they would go with 39, 38 and so on. #41 had no chance of getting in. I gave it a try, but just didn’t get it done. I wasn’t 100% but a lot of the mistakes I made had nothing to do with my back, or not playing for two weeks. My short game wasn’t good, and my short irons were pretty bad. It’s funny, the driver was the club I thought I would struggle with, but I hit it great. Go figure. Anyway, I shot a 91 () net 78 which didn’t sniff the top 10 in either gross or net, so I’ve been eliminated from the next two weeks of net stroke play. The good news is I’m typing this 3 hours after my round ended, and my back feels pretty good. I’ll take that as a nice consolation.
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  45. Today was my oldest’s first day of High School. I was a nervous wreck all day. She came home and said it’s going to be a piece of cake… thank goodness. Now I just have to buy her some pepper spray…
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  46. Ah man, my wife is tired of hearing about it this weekend but i had an AMAZING back 9! ...We dont need to talk about the front 9 much. Played Yeamans Hall in Charleston, SC, par 70 ( 35/35). Shot a rough 47 on the front (let s skip that part) and then turned around and shot a +2 37 on the back!! Best 9 holes i've ever shot. Closed it out in. style with a 12ft birdie putt on the par 5 18th hole too.
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  47. After having a lesson yesterday morning, I inevitably played a little too much "golf swing" and not enough golf this morning but still walked away happy. Playing with a new driver swing I hooked one OB left on No. 3 and then for the second time in a week lost a ball in the rough just off the fairway on No. 11, both leading to triples. Left myself some gigantic first putts not accounting for how straight I started hitting my irons and led to a number of three-putts. - 43/41 = 84 / 83 ESC (+12) - 7/15 FIR - 10/18 GIR (2 birdies) - 30 Putts (3 3-putts, 12 2-putts, 3 1-putts) Big takeaway is that by the end of the round I really started hitting the ball well throughout the bag after getting a little squirrelly midway through. The new driver swing (much more rounded and flatter after my lesson) was money. I picked up a bunch of distance and accuracy - recording five drives of more than 295 yards and a new personal best 320-yarder on No. 18 with a bit of wind help.
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  48. Got a quick round in this AM with @Lacassem and our oldest boys…. Did not get off to a good start as I slept through my alarms and got up with about 0 minutes before I needed to leave the house. Got up, threw on clothes, loaded the car and grabbed my coffee and some granola bars on the way to the car… got to the course at 7:16 for a 7:21 tee time…. Yikes! I was stiff throughout the round and hit no really good tee shots, but my approach and putting was good today. Somehow I snuck out a +2 but it didn’t feel like it. I was off the toe all day and two of those fairways were gross looking hooky balls that just so happened to start far enough right. Second shots were generally OK though… just a weird day. Putting was solid. 5 one-putts and 4 two-putts. Don’t feel like I really left anything out there that I should have made, and I cleaned up to the center of the cup for most of the second putts. The important thing is that the boys had fun, despite getting a little tired at the end. We didn’t plan on them wearing team colors…. But it happened anyway! Haha We got to spend a lot of time putting and chipping after too on the practice green. It was fun to play some putting games and work on my chipping which I needed.
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  49. Played Highland Park Golf Course with a friend this afternoon. Had not played there in 3.5 years or so, and I usually don’t play there as the course is over 100 years old which means it is short. 5800 from the tips. Par 70 (5 par 3s 3 par 5s). Shot 80 which was a little disappointing given the length (or lack thereof), but I can see my ball striking is really improving from my two lessons. Still only hit 7/18 greens but a lot of that had to do with an off day driving. Rained right up until tee time so I did not warm up one bit, which tends to hurt my driving. I only had 2-3 what I would consider bad iron/wedge shots all day. Hit 6/13 fairways. Even though the course is not my favorite it does have a charm to it and some great views. Here are a couple of pictures:
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  50. Although I don't really have anything new to add I do feel the need to chime in and echo what most everyone has been saying. The true answer is neither. Again we cannot see donation amounts or the frequency in which you donate. The only thing we can see is your donor tag and that is put there by us IF you request it and give your transaction number. Of course it should go without saying that it is nice when donors apply and are selected for test as it shows some sort of commitment or investment in the site, however being a active, productive member who contributes is worth just as much. You can look back at a variety of test this season where new members have been selected. As for post count, sure it can play a part and have a bit of a factor, but the quality of the content is way more important. I've said this countless times on the site, make a thread for a WITB tell us your story and why these clubs are in your bag or why you have that bag. Update it and show us your new gear (photos always are nice to see) I have mine from 2017 and it shows all the changes year over year and driver after driver and I believe is a huge reason of why I was originally selected for testing in the first place. Also if someone is brand new and wants to show they have what it takes doing a unofficial review is a great way to start and of course almost more importantly provides good information for our membership. To sum up quality of quantity is a good way to look at post counts not just getting a big number. Often the OEM will have certain things they want to see as well that help or aid with the selection process. Example being Duca Del Cosma shoes where they had 4 types of shoes and wanted 2 men and 2 women. We don't have a ton of women on the site, so it was limited and we took the shot on someone who had never posted before, BUT had taken the time to complete a full profile and she has been awesome! There was more for 1 type of shoe then another so the pool was limited a bit, but we were really happy with picking a vet along with 3 newbies and our vet had never tested shoes before so a cool new opportunity for him. Of course being selected for a test once doesn't guarantee a spot for testing every season either. In general (very broadly) a member who hasn't tested anything will often sign up for any and all opportunities, but after they find out the work required to put forth a good review generally become more selective. This is something I think hasn't been mentioned in the above posts, but testing something you're not really interested in will show and make the whole experience a lot more difficult. Along with profile, being generally active, selecting opportunities you are excited for will help you give a better review and can potentially lead to further opportunities. Don't forget demographic can play a part as well. Testing opps late in the season for someone who lives in a shortened golfing season area could be a tougher pick to justify than a member who lives where golfing is year round and will have the opportunity to complete a review in a timely fashion. As the site grows along with its membership we will continually look to get more people involved for testing. Of course it is nice to have some trusted members who have good reps do testing, but that isn't what this site is all about. We want to include new members and have them experience testing and reviewing products and I believe this is something we have done a good job of to date. Finally I will add as a international and lefty myself I feel for all of us and know it can be hard to see the amount of US only tests, however it has been said and I will repeat it again. Often that is instruction on the OEMs side and when we do get international tests we do our best to select at least one. We hope to be able to bring more international opportunities for next season and I know I am working on this on my end here in Europe, but MGS/Forum is committed to bring as many great review opportunities year in and year out and even though August is just about over we still have several opportunities coming your way! Ok this novel has gone on long enough... hope that helps clear some stuff up and gives enough insight along with all the other posts above.
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