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  1. Put these into play today in a typical breezy Hawaii afternoon and they held up to the wind. I have gamed the Z-Star in the past (the regular one) and found that out would just spin up in the wind and all distance lost. Not the case for me with the Keopka ball. With the 3-for-2 deal these are about $30/doz which makes them even more attractive to me. I normally play V1x and found this ball to be able to do the things I need most, with green side spin being the most important. Not quite as long as when I played the Tour B X before switching back to my gamer V1x, but I'll give up a little extra yardage to be able to hit the shots around the greens that I need to, because I am often having to scramble these days (not playing weekly like I used to before my son was born). Looks wise, I don't know what it is, but Srixon balls always look larger to me than other OEMs. Also the printing on the ball makes it look cheap, don't know what's up with that. Cover held up great after 18 holes, but I didn't have a chance to test it against trees or the cart path. Even just after one round I can tell that I could game this ball, excited to test it some more though.
    3 points
  2. This driver is an absolute weapon for me. A little premature having only 3 rounds with it so far, but since I'm not playing more than once, MAYBE twice a month, I figure I should write this before the next driver comes out. Gonna be honest here and say that I was pretty happy with my TSi3 prior to this, and switched because of two admittedly silly reasons: The looks. FINALLY, a matte black driver from Callaway Callaway drivers are always the longest for me personally (on Arccos) Since this is a beta forum I'm not gonna post pictures and stuff like I would a normal review. Google it, mine looks exactly like all of the others. I gave it a 4/5 for looks only because the gold doesn't really do it for me. Reminds me of the Epic Star (I think that's what it was called) that they released a couple drivers ago, except in matte finish. The matte finish though? Man, it is sexy *chefs kiss* The titanium frame that makes up the head gives it a more metal sound than I was expecting -- since the crown is made of the "Triaxial Carbon." It's not Sumo or Ping metal sounding, but if "baseball bat" is the other side of the spectrum, it leans way more on the metal side. Forgiveness on mishits north and south of the middle have been pretty good, pretty much what you expect from every other driver face at this point. Hit low, it's gonna launch low and spin more, and the opposite when you go above the face equator. Low misses seem to get out there a decent ways still, so maybe the Tungsten in the back is working? Honestly short of hitting the ball for you, I'm not sure the driver could do anything to be more forgiving. Heel strikes seem to do what you would expect, go a little right. When I've hit it out of the toe, it has gotten a little snap hooky on me, but that's me and not anything the club is doing. When I get it closer to where you're meant to hit the ball, man this thing sends it. I don't really see the whole "flatter" ball flight that the LS is supposed to have vs the normal one, it still gets plenty of height -- which by the way is not unwelcomed as I'm not really a high ball hitter. I could probably game the regular version, but I picked the LS because it has more similar of a shape to TSi3. I have no on-course data to back it up, but it definitely feels longer than TSi3 was. Need to play some of my "home" courses to really know if I'm hitting it beyond where I normally do. I believe it's supposed to have a more right bias than the standard version? My less successful swings are usually very left to right path-wise, so I welcome a right-bias driver (I'm right-handed) to help me combat those times where I turn it over too much. Mostly though, this thing seems to just want to go straight for me with very little left or right movement. It does what I want it to do on the course, hit mutha effin BOMBS brah! Honestly, I had a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth from Callaway after reading about some QC issues. I think it was Xander's driver that was tested and had an illegal COR in The Open a few years back? I don't know what that bothered me so much, apparently it's pretty common. Maybe because of all of the issues with the Chromesoft in prior years? IDK, seemed like a pretty lame thing for an OEM, especially one of the biggest ones, to be producing subpar products and selling them at premium prices. Maybe this driver is juiced and that's why I'm slapping it so far? I think I'm over it now though, and honestly it was probably silly/childish of me, I don't know. This driver is sick though, go buy one.
    2 points
  3. Update 7/3/22: in the On Course Performance section, I mentioned the noticably poor performance of the driver sensor. Well, I decided to check into the battery situation, and it was completely dead (to the point that I was questioning whether I was using my battery tester correctly). I then checked all of them just to be sure - 8 of the 14 sensors' batteries were shot. All of the batteries were after-market stamped with a "19", which I assume is the year they were installed (even though I bought direct from Garmin in 2022), so I'm guessing it was a slow drain. Changing the batteries was a breeze - standard lithium 2032 3v batteries, sensors easily opened using the divot tool that came with them. Now, how that translates to performance? We'll see - have yet to put them in play since swapping them out. Starting Out / The Journey to CT10: I've used quite a few different tracking devices in the past -- started in 2018 w/Arccos (decent experience), then in 2019 shifted to Shot Scope v2 (liked it, loved that it synced with a watch, but hated the physical watch), swapped over to the highly anticipated Game Golf Pro (hated it, simply didn't work), then went back to Arccos when I picked up a Link. I really wanted one that would sync with my watch, not requiring a switch before the round. I had eyed up the CT10 for a while, but I was wearing a Garmin Fenix watch, and even though it had golf features, it was not compatible with CT10. Then, I bought a compatible watch! Splurged on the Marq Golfer, in part because it's an upgrade from the Fenix, but also because it came with a set of sensors-- win-win! Except...it only came with 3 sensors (didn't read close enough), so I stuck with Arccos for the full 2021 season. Finally pulled the trigger on CT10 this year, and have the full set on my bag. I've put them in play 11 times -- 5 full rounds and the rest 9-holers. Looks/Feel Still looks a bit bulky for the butt of the grip, but the white looks kinda slick compared to other brands (maybe would look great with a GP Whiteout grip, but I haven't switched over to those yet). They are comparable in size to the Arccos and Game Golf Pro sensors, but do feel light. No real concerns here, but I would prefer something smaller. Setup Easy, but not as smooth as I expected. It took a bit for the watch to recognize a few of the sensors (maybe foreshadowing on-course performance?), but after a couple flips of the club, they all paired just fine. SSv2 was far easier considering they're kinda pre-paired and labeled with which club it should be; Garmin was smoother than Arccos (which uses a camera). Don't remember how GG paired. I was also a little disappointed with the club selection for pairing -- seems to be a preset list of clubs, which is sufficient for my current bag setup, but doesn't give much flexibility for comparisons (e.g. can't pair a second driver and call it a driver, need to claim it's a different club). Accuracy Trying to keep this separate from Features and On-Course Performance... since it syncs with the Garmin Watch that's preloaded with courses, and it all hooks up to Garmin Golf, course maps and shot tracking locations are trusted and accurate. However, pin placement is not as easy with this as some of the other devices, so putting accuracy feels pretty far off (honestly, I haven't figured out how to tell it where the hole is located...). Features Would probably be happier with this had I not used Arccos before...but the stats with Garmin just don't compare (might still be uncovering some features, but they aren't nearly as easy to find as Arccos). There are some cool graphics that show shot dispersion, but they don't dig in much, at least not that I've found. As noted in the previous section, hole locations are likely just default/center and not reflective of actual locations, which I believe throws off both chipping and putting stats. Hole-by-hole view: Some of the shot dispersion graphics: The marketing touts some Strokes Gained analysis, but this is the only thing I've found with that: And then the distance stats per club -- it's kinda nice (kinda) that when you pull the club from the bag, the club+distance shot on the watch face, buuut are they accurate? Arccos had multiple measures per club, throwing out some shots to make sure it's "typical", and giving ranges; Garmin gives just an average and max, but they don't feel that accurate. Maybe I just need to take more reps with certain clubs, but here's what it looks like: Now...that looks reasonable, but the 5-6 gap is huge, and not realistic (with the current irons, the 6 is 15+ yds longer than this). It gets worse as I go further down the bag -- 7-iron is 157 / 159, but then 8-iron jumps to 168 / 195. The gaps can be explained by a variety of things -- 7 iron used for punches more often, maybe they throw out the outliers like Arccos and this is just what they're left with, maybe wind isn't factored in, etc. What's odd is that the Performance statistics don't show any 7-iron approach shots, and I know that's simply not the case...didn't notice this until now, but it's possible that's knock on On-Course Performance. I haven't had to deal with this yet, and hopefully won't need to for at least another year, but one very attractive thing about these sensors over some of the others is that they batteries are easily replaceable by the user -- other brands need replacement sensors (and, anecdotally, Arccos started charging their legacy users the Caddie fees once they replaced a certain number of sensors, which feels sketchy). On-Course Performance (er...maybe 3.5?) My first round I would've said this is a 5 -- didn't miss a single shot, outperformed all of the other gadgets I've tried for automated tracking. But eventually reality set in, and while pulling together info/screenshots for this review, I almost docked it another star. What's really nice is that the watch gives distances, syncs to the phone, etc. When you pull the club, you can actually tell whether the specific club syncs for the shot, if you're paying attention -- it will show the club and that club's expected distance on the watch screen (but there have been times that I either missed it, or it didn't happen). Questionable whether that is legal for tournaments -- technically it's no different than writing distances on paper and looking at it (legal), but it toes the line of outside information (e.g. a club suggestion would not be allowed, but not 100% sure on the raw distance number). When I look at the watch/round settings, I think it did say tournament mode is active, so TBD on whether I can actually use tracking in a tournament. Now, certain shots have been missed -- more often on tee shots. One cause is very explainable, albeit annoying: you must confirm your score on a hole before the sensors will start tracking the next hole. So, if you forget to click confirm, then go hit your tee shot, the shot will not track (or sometimes will track on the previous hole). The other cause, not so much -- maybe the batteries are just bad in the Driver sensor? Seems like too much of a trend, and maybe I need to look into an actual fix. Either way, this system is missing far fewer shots than the other systems that I've tried, so that's a big plus. Other shots, which I just found while writing this up, are only partially tracked. The watch itself (without sensors) does some level of tracking for you when it senses a swing -- I noticed this last year when I wasn't using the sensors -- it would sometimes have the counter at the top for distance from previous swing. So...the 7-iron comments above, it's very possible that I hit some 7-irons that were caught by the watch but not by the sensor, so it doesn't know which club I used. In the hole screenshot above, that's actually true with the 205 yard shot -- I did not add that manually, but it also didn't track a club, it just tracked the shot. That's really going to throw off the stats. For missed shots, adding is easy, mostly -- if you notice it missed before you leave the location, you can add it directly on the watch and tell it that you just hit a shot that you want to track; if you don't notice, adding on the Garmin Golf app is straightforward. Big flaw, though -- your putts-on-the-green are set in stone at the end of the round, so you better review those before completing the round on the watch (putts from off the green are editable just like other shots). App / Web Dashboard I like the Garmin Golf app. It's nice that all of the tracking embeds within it, especially considering it's an app I used before I owned the sensors. Yes, there are flaws, but I mostly counted those against the Features score (a few of these categories definitely blend together...). Hole pictures / layouts / information are all great within the app. Misc (no score, just random) It will last 36! I didn't have confidence in the battery life of the other tracking systems, with only Arccos Link coming close to a 36-hole battery life, but because this is controlled by my watch, I know that it will last for multi-round days. My most recent Th-Fr rounds, I started with a full charge Wednesday night, played 18 Thursday, then 18 Friday, and still didn't need to recharge my watch overnight (it needed a charge before the next round, but probably would have lasted until ~Sunday on that charge). Play It! I'm sticking with it. My two top priorities are the hole-by-hole tracking details (as shown in the first picture above) and the integration with my everyday watch -- both of those are great with this system. Next is my long club stats, which this does an OK job with -- I think I have a good enough feel with my irons/wedges to know when to hit what (especially when playing wind and/or flighting shots), but it's cool to see distances on driver (bragging rights) and going-for-the-green clubs (4i and up) so that I know what's realistic. The bigger flaws with this system are in areas that I see as lower priority, but you might be different -- if you want a full-blown stat-tracking and/or "caddie" system, go with Arccos, or maybe Shot Scope v3.
    2 points
  4. For a comparison standpoint, this is the first "new" driver I have ever purchased. My reference for comparison is an old Wilson and a Nitro driver, neither one in this league of clubs. Looks: I love the way this driver looks! The colors, the carbon fiber, and the overall shape are very pleasing to my eye. The look at address is fantastic! The C logo alignment mark is nice, different than just a dot or a straight line down the crown of the head. This is a large 460 cc driver with an elongated tail appearance, thus the XB nomenclature (Xtreme Back). The infinity milled face gives this driver a bit of a distinctive look. The Motore X F3 shaft on mine has a matching overall black theme. It is a regular flex graphite shaft, other options are available. The color coordinated head cover offers plenty of protection and a secure fit on the driver, it is a bit of a task to remove it. Tuning: The weight in the driver head is set low and rearward for better forgiveness. The weight can be adjusted via the optional weight kit and tool. The weight kit I received had 8, 10, 12, and 14 gram weights along with a tool for securing the weight in the driver head. These are in addition to the 6-gram weight that came in the driver. Cobra says the idea is to balance the weight front to rear, instead of just throwing the biggest weight in the back and letting it rip. Trying different weights, I could see a difference, mainly in the launch angle and overall trajectory. The club is adjustable ±1.5 with the included adjustment tool. Sound: This is a subjective rating. I like the sound this driver makes. It is not a deafening ping, but it is a midrange, sharp sound. It is louder than some clubs, but far from the loudest I have heard. If you want a club that will make everyone turn and look every time you tee off at the range, this probably is not the club you want. This club seems really forgiving, as even a mishit sounds nearly like a good strike. Recording below: messages_0.mpeg (1) (1).mp4 Feel: The Cobra Connect grip (Lamkin Crossline) feels a lot like a Golf Pride Tour Velvet grip to me. It is a comfortable, normal size grip; other options are available. This is a comfortable club to swing, even on mishits, it sounds and feels almost like a good hit. That is not to say this club is so dampened that you cannot distinguish mishits, but that the infinity face does a great job of making mishits seem like pure hits. I love way the Motore X F3 shaft performed. Forgiveness & Performance: As I have mentioned throughout this review, this club is made for forgiveness, and it is one of the main reasons for my purchase. The elongation of the club head allows for lower spin and higher launch. The forgiveness of the club may come at the cost of some distance compared to the XD version of this club, which is heel weighted instead of rear weighted. Compared to the other drivers I have hit, this outperforms them all easily. I do get more distance, on average at least 10 yards. I have no shot scope of trackman data to offer for distance, speeds, etc. Accuracy: Since I am still a novice golfer, I cannot say this is the most accurate club in the world. I can say this puts the ball a lot closer to where I wanted it to go than my older clubs. I seem to hit more consistent shots, again probably due to the forgiveness Cobra built into this club. On Course Performance: I have only played 9 holes with the Cobra RADSPEED XB, but it was one of the best scores for me so far! I think knowing I have a little bit of room for not-so-perfect hits that will still find the fairway has given me more confidence at the tee box, and confidence is a lot of this game. Misc.: The inclusion of adjustment tool and headcover were a nice addition. Play it or Trade it: I am 100% keeping this driver!
    2 points
  5. As background, I started playing golf when I retired about 10 years ago .I ended up being an ‘Official Tester’ for Ping’s 410 SFT (Senior Flex Alta Shaft) . Up until the 410, a slice was a typical aspect of my tee shot. A combination of a couple of lessons, lots of practice and the 410, the slice was cured (most of the time). However, I was always disappointed in the distance. Getting older didn’t improve that picture I’m 75 . Last year I went through a fitting at Club Champion in Brandon, Florida. With my 410 in hand as a basis, I went through several heads (except for Radspeed) and numerous shafts. The Sim 2 Max D with the Oban Devotion shaft was a clear winner. If you believe their data I was consistently getting 15 yd improvement with similar dispersion to the 410. The price tag was about $900. Ouch! Did I mention, I’m retired. I continued to game the 410 until I spotted this LH Sim 2 Max D at Global Golf a couple of weeks ago for just over $300. It did have a Air Speeder A Flex shaft which is High Launch, High Spin. Both my instructor and Fitter recommended Mid Launch, Mid Spin shafts. So at some point (maybe) I’ll be changing the shaft to an Evenflow Riptide. Sound: 410 – 8 Sim 2 – 5 I love the sound of the 410 when you hit it ‘on the screws’. At the same time if I had a heel shot I could hear that difference as well – I didn’t need to look at the ball flight. Maybe I just haven’t played the Sim 2 enough or gotten use to the sound, but I prefer the sound of the 410. Look/Aesthetics 410 – 5 Sim 2 - 10 The Sim 2 looks more refined and modern. Think old black sedan vs. new white corvette. Matched with the Air Speeder shaft and the CPX grip it’s color coordinated (if that matters to you). Performance 410 – 5 Sim 2 – 10 Holy smokes – I’m definitely getting longer distance of the tee. On this hole #5 my typical tee shot with the 410 is about 175-180. The past two days I’ve been banging away at about 195 yds – with no extra Wheaties for breakfast. And then yesterday I hit a whopping 209 on our Par 5 #10. And no there wasn't any wind to help the ball. This club and maybe even the AirSpeeder shaft are definitely staying in the bag. Will not ever consider trading this club. August 2022 Update: I'm still loving this driver and continuing to get the original distance gains. I've also found out that like the 410, when you hit the ball on the heal the sound is a bit clunky. I intrigued by the MGS review of the Stealth - I still wish it had the same distinctive color combo as the SIM2. Everyone comments on the distinctive look.
    2 points
  6. Looks: The 2022 OnCore ELIXR ball has been redesigned for this season. The alignment aide <---ELIXR---> changed slightly from the original version. This one sports a slight thinner line, without any dashes in it. I always thought the graphics OnCore is a bit large for the ball, but it's not a deal-breaker for me. The cover is slightly firmer than the previous model and now sports a 350 dimple pattern, compared to the previous 318 pattern. Sound & Feel: I really liked the feel off the club, it had a soft, yet solid feel to it -- it felt absolutely great coming off the putter. The website states the ball compression is mid-80's. For comparison, the ProV1 was tested at 87 compression. The sound makes a nice click, again soft - yet solid. On Course Performance: This ball spins pretty well, which you'd expect from a 3-piece urethane ball. I found it to one-hop and stop on approach shots, but it was pretty difficult to get it to spin back, like I can often do with a ProV1 on a well struck ball. Ironically enough, that's one of the main reasons I don't play a ProV1 ball, as I typically hit short of the pin and don't want it to back up. So for me, this ball suits my game just fine. I ran numbers on my simulator, comparing the ProV1 and the OnCore ELIXR. BALL LAUNCH BACK SIDE SIDE OFFLINE CARRY ROLL TOTAL FLIGHT DSCNT HEIGHT CLUB PTI ELIXR '22 MPH DEG RPM RPM DEG YD YD YD YD SEC DEG YD MPH SCORE AVG 113 20.1 5157 -5 -2 -8 170 15 185 6.1 44 29 83 1.36 PROV1 AVG 115 19.6 6174 197 -2 -4 168 13 181 6.1 45 30 84 1.36 The above data was comparing the current ProV1 against the 2022 OnCore ELIXR. I used a 7-iron and deducted any bad shots, only keeping shots that were within 10 yards of my target that I set at 180 yards. This is my swing, not a professional - data for your swing will vary based upon your own swing characteristics. As you can see from the above numbers, the standout figures are the ProV1 had a higher ball speed and a ~1,000 RPM's of more spin than the ELIXR. The roll-out was slightly longer for the ELIXR, which ends up accounting for the extra yardage. Launch angle was also slightly higher for the ELIXR. Miscellaneous: I did have one issue, right out of the box with my first sleeve. A little quality control defect that left a small burr on the ball. I haven't gone through all my boxes yet, but found it a little concerning. Hope this is the exception and not the norm. Game Bag or Shag Bag: The OnCore ELIXR can be purchased for $29.99 directly from www.oncoregolf.com. They routinely run sales, much like the Buy-2, Get 1 Free promotion currently running, which makes buying this 3-piece Urethane golf ball a steal. Or, they have a couple of different 'club levels' that can add to your discounts. As a retired Air Force member, they offer a 20% discount for military veterans. The 2022 ELIXR balls are currently only available in white, but their Customer Service told me there are Lime Green and Yellow version coming soon. For me, I love the Lime Green balls as they show up great this time of year and even better in the fall/winter months when the grass goes dormant. Is this a Game Bag or Shag Bag? Pretty simple for me, it's a Game Bag for sure. The combination of price and performance is very hard to beat. My go-to ball is another Direct-to-Consumer ball, the Snell MTB-X, but due to supply limitations that prohibit you ordering in bulk (taking advantage of the price breaks), I've been looking for alternatives. Assuming the quality control issue was a fluke, I'll be ordering more of these! Really looking forward to the MyGolfSpy Ball Test for the 2022 ELIXR to validate my findings and assessment. -- Peejer 56 year old golfer, 9.7 handicap
    1 point
  7. OK. There are already so many useful threads and links here on MGS to find out just how useful the Shot Scope V3 GPS Watch with Trackers is. Bottom line as far as usefulness and functionality, all of that has been covered ad nauseum and based on the overwhelming majority of reviews, thoughts, and insights of the system, you can rest assured you will more than likely like the usage on the course and the post round information and feedback your can get. This unofficial MGS review falls more under the heading of aesthetics of the pieces that are included with your purchase. Looks and Feel: The look of the watch to me falls under the heading of hipster design for 1980's electronics. Nothing wrong with it, per se, it could just use a bit of a future forward design, biggest change I would make would be to get rid of the buttons and add a touch screen. Would raise the cost, but would also make it more inline with today's intuitive designs. Also, there is a ton of dead space on the face that with a little more cost could be fixed and provide more readability on the face. And moving the Shot Scope logo the side of the watch bezel would also be a nice touch. The trackers also feel solid and not like the little bottle caps they resemble. Setup: A piece of cake, synching with phone was easy. Installing trackers on clubs was a no brainer. Accuracy: It keeps good time. Accuracy on the course is really good and has been discussed elsewhere in other threads and reviews. Features: For this I am looking solely at the watch. It is a watch with a GPS that is only used during rounds. So many other things could be added for everyday use. Look to the fitness trackers out there for examples. Call ID, notifications, daily step tracking, ... the list goes on. Even just adding the Call ID, would make this so much more usable. The golf features rock, everyday usage, not so much. On Course Performance: Works really well on the course, see other reviews for further details as this has been talked about many times over. App/Web Dashboard: Ditto. Miscellaneous: "Attention to detail," was something I learned in bootcamp and has stuck with me almost as much as "Adapt, improvise, and overcome." This is where I find my most niggling things about the entire system that just make me say, "Hmmmm!" The watch band, at least in my case is just off by about a half click for the lock snap to hold it in place. If I put it a half click short I get the part of the band between the snap and the clasp bulging out like in the first picture below. If I put it in the next tightest snap hole, then the clasp is no loger providing support and actually hangs loose doing nothing like in the second picture below. The trackers have a screw in post that attaches them to the end of the club and for flat ended grips this is a tight fit. But if the grip has a rounded end the tracker sits up from the end of the club and messes with the profile not to mention causes me to work that it will get hung on something and snap off. The trackers could have a lip on the bottom that has an hollow inset that would allow it to sit flat on both rounded and flat grips. Play It or Trade It: None of the issues above are ones that prevent me from getting the use out of the system that I need. They do however, keep it from being a perfect system that works both as a golf GPS and an everyday watch. I will definitely be keeping it on my wrist during rounds and using it for analysis to help improve my game. I might even go so far as to make sure my next grips have flat ends just to keep the look clean. Definitely worth the minor annoyances.
    1 point
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