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  1. 4 points
    word of advice - it's a long season....think long and hard about dropping someone just because they aren't playing in an event that week. don't rob Peter to pay Paul...
  2. 4 points
    Just to summarize the audio from Paul Wood (of PING) that I linked to above, PING found in their testing that: Putters with face tech objectively helped people stop the ball closer to the hole, but that Putters without face tech made people feel like they had better distance control, and that that confidence produced measurably good results. At the risk of a bit of oversimplification, it ended up something like this: putters with face tech reduced three-putts, while putters without face tech increased one-putts. He concludes by saying that the magic would be found (presumably, PING is working on this) with some that has the feel of no-tech but the objective benefits of tech.
  3. 4 points
    Looks like all the marketing "guff" just dropped this morning in conjunction with the start of the PGA Merchandise show.........so much for blind testing
  4. 4 points
    Okay, true story. When I moved south 9 years ago, I moved into a new development in a golf community. My neighbors and I all moved in within days of each other. Naturally the guys all wanted to talk about their golf games when we first met. I told my next door neighbor “My game is all over the place. I can shoot an 82 on a course, go back there the next day and shoot 92”... Well after playing together for a month or two, him and his wife presented me with a tee shirt they had made for me. It had a cartoon like golfer on the front with “Mr. 82” above him. i thanked them, but asked why they had that particular design made. He smiled, and reminded me of what I’d said about my game. “I’ve seen plenty of 92’s, but I’m still waiting for a 82...” he said. They moved back to West Virginia a few years ago, but we stay in touch. Every time I do shoot an 82 or better (not that it happens a lot, lol) I think of him, and how he’ always calls me Mr. 82.
  5. 3 points
    Looks like everyone can go get their own "protos" on February 14th
  6. 3 points
    We played Indian Palms CC in Indio today with a single from Canada; great guy!! I have never played with a Canadian that I didn't enjoy playing with. Never played this course before. Sorry, no pics. Not very scenic; holes meander through houses and condos; 3 nines, one was built in 1947. It was an interesting course, but you could tell that they have taken some cost-cutting measures. The overseed didn't take that well; the fairways were very thin with still some dormant bermuda. Ball goes nowhere if even just a little fat. If the fairways were in better shape, I'd play it again; the greens were OK. Shot 84. Nothing special, but putted better than I have all week. Typical hole was the par 5 #18... Driver to left center of fairway; pond in front of the green, so I calculate my layup yardage near the 100 yard marker... a 9i. Chunked the 9i; then hit my 5H to middle of green and 2 putt for par. Why do I do this to myself?
  7. 3 points
    I am committed. Today was brutal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 2 points
    I started out, yesterday, simply hitting these balls on an indoor putting surface. Different sound and feel than the e12 I usually play. And, that is all I wanted to do. I will start with my short game and chipping, a major need to take my game up to another level. I have usually good technique in terms of the swing, though I often have runners on the green. I can hit a fairly lovely looking "Phil lob" that will not fully bite. So my plan is for the following: 1: Chipping and short game. With a top tracker. 2. Drives, starting with some indoor top tracker work to set some aspects in my mind. The next time at this range, I will check irons and hybrids. 3. 2--4 full rounds (18 holes) wit notes and some video. Then, I will rinse and repeat with an eye to show much I have adjusted to the ball and if those adjustments indicate a change of ball for me. If you have specific questions, suggestions, and/or criticisms, drop me a note. I am in particular interested in those that come from older golfers.
  9. 2 points
    Even a two ball trial pack would be good. Iirc they did that with the e series ball but don’t remember if they did with the tour release, hopefully they do that here as I’m the same way and don’t want to have to buy a dozen of each
  10. 2 points
    Have never liked a Callaway ball and won’t be giving the new ones a go. Titleist and Bridgestone have full control over their ball making. Titleist always gets first crack at being my ball. Bridgestone b330 line was great and the tour line has been so so for me. TP5 has been a better performer as well for me. Its nice to see Callaway putting money into fixing their issues after the ball study and the #finditcutit but overall. Its also interesting they have increased the compression in the previous csx triple track but passed it off as the same as the csx and now they are increasing compression either using the compression of triple track or more. I’m not a fan of their gear so I’ll be passing on anything they put out.
  11. 2 points
    With 54 holes in, it's still very early in the evaluation, but I did hit a handful of choke down lob wedge shots from < 80 yards, and got some unwanted backspin on them. As in, I hit them onto the front of the green, and the ball spun back into the fairway. I was playing a provisional on one par 3 towards the end of the day today, from the drop zone, and had about 75 yards into the pin, and hit my lob wedge into what I thought was a good shot on the green, and watched the ball spin back off of the front of the green, down into the ravine never to be seen again. But honestly, beyond these lob wedge shots, where I know I am producing serious backspin with my 58 degree Vokey wedge the rest of the overall shots all look the same to me, both in distance and launch angle, etc. I'd say the cost is the differentiator between the Srixon Z Star and this ball, but I can typically find the Srixon for $29.99 or less, and this Bridgestone ball apparently retails for $29.99. I'm gonna keep playing them and keep testing them, and we'll see where we are in a few weeks. Side note on conditions. Yesterday's round was played in overcast skies around 60 degrees with a healthy 20 mph wind and it had rained prior to the round, so it was a bit wet. Today's round was a brisk 45 degrees with sunshine, and that same 20 mph wind. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I played a round of golf without a 20+ mph wind blowing on me constantly. I'm so used to wind at this point that I won't know what to do if I ever get a calm day for golf again. I'll be shaping shots, expecting the wind to take it and there will be no wind to take it and screw me up.
  12. 2 points
    Didn't play even close to my normal standards today, but somewhere around the 12th or 13th hole I finally "found it". Anyway, after tugging my tee shot left on 15 I decided to play the hero shot (not like my day was going to get much worse). So, standing 200 yards away under a tree left of the cart path and needing to punch something super low underneath a low branch roughly 20 yards in front of me, I opted for a stinger 3-wood. I wanted the ball to start low and rise because not far beyond the branch I needed to go under, there was a mound I needed to go over. Instinctively, I gripped down, placed the ball in toward the back of my stance and hit down. THWACK! The ball took off like a rocket exactly as hoped and peeled right avoiding the left bunker and finishing just a couple paces off the front of the green. I used the putter from there to get within 2' and finished for par.
  13. 2 points
    Uh oh.... “I like my putter. I like my putter... I like my putter...” right?
  14. 1 point
    Assuming I have the right shaft flex *, and a fully qualified fitter - how likely would a significant improvement in side to side dispersion be for a driver fitting? I average 60% fairways/light rough, 20% left, 20% right - probably 1-2 per round so far left or right to be a desperate recovery shot or lost. Unfortunately I hit all over the face and believe my inconsistency is all in my unrepeatable swing (inconsistent turn over), and not due to my driver - but I’m asking. I may sign up for a driver fitting at True Spec, but I don’t care at all about improving distance or distance dispersion **. If it won’t improve my side to side, I’m not interested. * I realize there’s more to shafts than flex. e.g. weight, kickpoint, swing weight ** I did the TrueGolfFit quiz and I already average the distance projection it gave me.
  15. 1 point
    For months now there has been talk of the upcoming G710 irons an update to the ultra successful G710 irons released in 2017. One of the best looking game improvement irons on the market, how could PING improve on them. Well read and SEE below for yourself. PING introduces G710 distance iron with Arccos Caddie Smart Grips PHOENIX (January 20, 2020): In the new G710 irons, PING engineers deliver golfers more distance and forgiveness in a sleek, dark finish, PING President John K. Solheim announced today. The new irons are available for custom fitting and pre-order at authorized PING golf shops around the world beginning today. “The G710 iron is our longest, most forgiving iron to date. It’s engineered for golfers who want to maximize both distance and forgiveness,” Solheim said. “In designing it, we also advanced other important attributes such as consistency, sound and feel without sacrificing performance. The hydropearl stealth chrome finish gives it a very sleek and attractive look. It’s a beautiful, high-performance design that will have broad appeal for golfers who want to hit the ball longer and straighter. Solheim also announced the new G710 irons come standard with Arccos Caddie Smart Grips and a free trial of the Arccos Caddie app. “I personally started using Arccos more than a year ago and have seen significant improvement across my entire game,” he said. “It helps me during a round with club selection, and I really enjoy analyzing all the data after the round to uncover areas to help me play better. The Arccos Caddie app is a tremendous shot-tracking tool to help golfers lower their scores and have more fun on the course.” Precision Machined, Maraging Steel Face One of the strongest aerospace-grade alloys in the world, maraging steel provides strength and flexibility for launching shots higher and farther. High durability coupled with a machined variable-thickness face make an ideal pairing for distance. “We’ve continued to employ maraging steel in several products where maximizing face flexing is a performance priority,” said Solheim. “Our engineers have optimized the bending of the G710 face to increase ball speeds for more distance and higher trajectories, producing shots that land softer and hold the green. It’s a distance iron that delivers consistent distance, a very rare combination for an iron of this type.” 5% Higher MOI High-density tungsten toe and heel weights optimally positioned in the 17-4 stainless body increase the MOI by 5% compared to the G700, producing exceptional forgiveness for more distance and accuracy, especially for mid-to-high handicaps and slower swing speeds. “Forgiveness continues to be at the top of our list when it comes to iron design,” Solheim said. “In a hollow-body design, our goal is to balance a variety of attributes to help golfers hit the ball significantly farther while hitting more greens. The G710 iron’s extremely high MOI is a result of strategically positioning weight on the toe and inside the hosel to make it our most forgiving iron. We’ve also greatly enhanced the feel and sound through extensive modal analysis, which helped us eliminate certain undesirable frequencies.” Hydropearl Stealth Chrome Finish A hydropearl chrome finish with black PVD coating provides hydrophobicity to repel water and improve performance through the turf and in wet conditions. The two-stage coating process ensures durability and the darker finish creates the perception of a smaller, more compact head. Alta Distanza Black 40 Graphite Shaft The proprietary PING shaft is a no-upcharge option in the G710 iron and offers the lightest weight and max trajectory height available in a PING iron shaft. A more active tip in the 43-gram shaft delivers higher trajectories and best matches golfers with slower swing speeds. Arccos Caddie Smart Grip &amp; Arccos Caddie app The Arccos Caddie Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet Smart Grip is standard on every G710 iron in one of three sizes (Aqua -1/64&quot;, White Std., Gold +1/32&quot;). Each iron is custom built with an embedded sensor in the grip to automatically record and analyze every shot taken during a round when paired with the Arccos Caddie app. Golfers receive a 90-day free trial of the app (then $99.99 annual subscription) and eight additional screw-in sensors at no charge after the purchase of six or more G710 irons. Fulfillment of the additional free sensors comes directly from PING and requires users to first download the Arccos Caddie app. G710 Iron Specifications: Multi-material design: Hollow-body 17-4 stainless steel head, plasma-welded maraging steel face, machined face and grooves, tungsten toe and hosel weights Finish: Hydropearl Stealth Available 4-9, PW, UW, SW in 10 color codes (lie angle). Black is standard. Standard grips: Arccos Caddie Smart Grip/Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in three sizes (Aqua - 1/64&quot;, White Std., Gold +1/32&quot;) Optional grips: Golf Pride 360 Tour Velvet in six sizes (Blue -1/16&quot;, Red -1/32&quot;, Aqua -1/64&quot;, White Std., Gold +1/32&quot;, Orange +1/16&quot;) Shaft options: Stock steel shaft -- PING AWT 2.0 (R, S, X); Stock graphite shafts -- Alta CB Red (counter-balanced) powered by AWT (SR, R, X), Alta Distanza Black 40, UST Recoil 760 ES SMACWRAP (A), UST Recoil 780 ES SMACWRAP (R, S) Aftermarket steel shaft options (no upcharge): True Temper Dynamic Gold (S300, X100), Dynamic Gold 105 (R300, S300), Dynamic Gold 120 (S300, X100) Project X LZ (5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5), True Temper XP95 (R, S,), Nippon NS Pro Modus 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X) U.S. MSRP: $175 per iron w/steel shaft; $190 per iron w/graphite shaft.
  16. 1 point
    As a bit of background: I went for a fitting after I was selected as a 410 Official Tester. Unfortunately I couldn't get into the fitter beforehand so I used the Ping online tool and I did use Truegolffit as well to order the right shaft. I ended up ordering the 410 with the SR flex which supposedly was correct for my SS using both sources. As mentioned above, at the fitting (even though I had a brand new 410) we tried lots of head and shaft combinations. What ended up working best for me relative to consistent dispersion and distance was a CB R flex cut down 1/2" at a total cost of $75. I guess I'm saying that the proof is in the data and you may not necessarily need a really $$$$ shaft.
  17. 1 point
    These offer a different look and feel from the SIGMA line, mainly with a firmer face. Read the Press Release below for the full details and differences in each model PHOENIX (January 20, 2020) – Employing high-pressure aluminum casting for the first time in the manufacturing of its putters, PING introduced the Heppler putters today, an eye-catching, nine-model family of blades and multi-material mid-mallets and mallets differentiated by solid- face technology and extremely high inertia properties. The custom-fit putters are available for pre-order at authorized PING golf shops around the world beginning today. “With the Heppler series, we’re providing golfers a firmer-feeling putter in highly forgiving models to ensure a choice that fits their stroke and eye,” said John K. Solheim, PING President. “We’ve chosen a very precise manufacturing process that’s significantly advanced our ability to create high-MOI mid-mallets and mallets by combining aerospace-grade aluminum with steel. The contrasting copper and black finish provides alignment cues and a visually appealing, premium look that’s attracting a lot of interest on tour.” “Fitting continues to be an important part of our putter technology as well,” Solheim said. “We’ve made improvements to the feel of our adjustable-length shaft technology, and the new putters are available to fit every stroke type so golfers can find a putter to match their stance and stroke.” Solid-Face Technology A firmer feel and sound is the result of the machined, flat face. The face material – either aluminum or steel – varies by model, depending on the placement of the materials, which is strategically positioned to maximize forgiveness and optimize the center of gravity. Extensive testing revealed the auditory feedback of the flat metal face had a positive effect on the player’s confidence by providing a distinct impact experience without compromising performance. “We saw a high percentage of testers improve their ‘Strokes Gained’ results with a Heppler model, indicating that many golfers prefer the firmer sound and feel of a solid-face design,” said Solheim. “We see the new putters as an appealing alternative to our Sigma 2 series, which offers a softer feel and sound through its dual-durometer insert and TR face technology. Our primary goal is to provide golfers a custom-fit putter with their desired feel and sound while delivering the performance and consistency they need to hole more putts.” Pressure-Cast Aluminum; Multi-material Designs PING engineers combined a lightweight aluminum with steel through strategic shaping and weight placement to produce extremely high MOI designs. The aluminum casting process creates precise detail and exceptional quality in the mid-mallets and mallets. The new Tomcat 14 has the highest MOI in the line and features a 14-dot alignment aid inspired by the lights on an airport runway. “The advantage of pressure casting is we can achieve highly precise design details while allowing our engineers much greater freedom to position weight where it benefits the putter’s performance the most,” said Solheim. “As a result, we improved the performance of existing models and developed two entirely new designs. Golfers will also find a variety of alignment features to help ensure accuracy and match their preferred look.” Black Chrome, Adjustable-Length Shaft Advancements to the adjustable-length shaft technology introduced in the Sigma 2 family produce a firmer feel with less flexing. Finished in an eye-catching black chrome, the adjustable- length shaft is lightweight, easy to use and sleekly concealed beneath the grip, allowing golfers to customize length between 32" and 36" to fit their stroke and posture. The process is quick and intuitive through the use of an adjustment tool that inserts into the top of the grip. One full turn causes approximately a 1/4 " adjustment up or down, and the grip remains perfectly aligned during the adjustment process. “We’ve taken a very complex technical challenge and simplified it for the benefit of golfers,” said Solheim. “It allows you to experiment with various lengths and ultimately fit yourself. You simply adjust it until you’re comfortable, ideally with your eyes directly over the ball or slightly inside the line. The performance improvements with a putter fit to the proper length are significant. We strongly encourage golfers to take advantage of this innovative feature.” PING Pistol Grip Options Four PING grip designs allow golfers to find their optimal fit and feel. The PP59 is the standard grip, inspired by the popular PP58. The PP60 is midsize and lightweight, designed to fit the contours of the hands with flats on the top and sides. Slightly heavier, the PP61 has an exaggerated pistol shape. The PP62, while still lightweight, has a larger, more rounded shape to promote quieter hands. Name Pays Tribute to Longtime Employee The new putter family is named in honor of Rick Heppler, a longtime PING employee who began his career with the company as a teenager in 1966. The son of a General Electric co- worker of PING Founder Karsten Solheim, Rick was hired by Karsten to help John A. Solheim build putters in the family garage. Rick eventually held several management positions at Karsten Manufacturing Corporation before passing away in a motorcycle accident in 2013. “Rick was part of the PING family for almost 50 years,” said John. “He was a dear friend who contributed greatly to our success in all that he did. Naming this putter series after him is a tribute to his dedication to our company and its employees.” Heppler Models and Specifications Anser 2 Bearing the same heel-toe weighting that helped make the original Anser 2 so popular, the Heppler version also shares the original’s angled heel ballast. The all-steel Heppler Anser 2 stands apart with color blocking that creates its own eye-pleasing alignment assistance. Putter Type: Blade Material: Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36 "range Head Weight: 350g Stroke Type: Slight Arc Lie Angle: 20° ±4° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $245 ZB3 A larger section of the cavity was carved out and the heel-toe ballasts are larger than those in the ZB 2 to achieve a high MOI in this strong-arc blade. The alignment dot is a product of our research showing this cue makes aiming easier for strong-arc players. Putter Type: Blade Material: Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range Head Weight: 355g Stroke Type: Strong Arc Lie Angle: 20° ±4° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $245 Piper C Players who prefer center-shafted putters will find the Piper C gives them a performance edge. Relative to other center-shafted models, the CG is lower, and MOI is higher because of steel heel and toe weights integrated with the aluminum body. Putter Type: Mid-mallet Material: Aluminum/Steel face Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32"; to 36" range Head Weight: 365g Stroke Type: Straight Lie Angle: 20° ±4° Loft: 3° ±1° U.S. MSRP: $245 Tyne 3 At address, the ratio of aluminum to steel appears to be 50/50; in fact, steel accounts for 2/3 of the weight, created by a thick back flange, resulting in a lower, much deeper CG and a higher MOI. Putter Type: Mallet Material: Aluminum face/Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32"; to 36" range Head Weight: 360g Stroke Type: Slight Arc Lie Angle: 20° ±4° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $270 Fetch To elevate MOI over the Sigma 2 Fetch, which has steel bordering the center cutout, designers used aluminum, then steel in the heel-toe ballasting for increasing forgiveness. The color contrasting helps golfers focus on the alignment lines, causing the holed-out section to fade and not be the primary focus. Putter Type: Mallet Material: Aluminum/Steel face Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range Head Weight: 365g Stroke Type: Straight Lie Angle: 20° ±2° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $270 Ketsch Its sole is steel, which also wraps the perimeter, a big reason this ½ steel, ½ aluminum Ketsch nearly doubles the MOI of the PING Vault 2.0 Ketsch. Like all the Heppler mallets, it effectively utilizes multi-material construction, and is the only putter in the family with three alignment lines, which frame the ball. Putter Type: Mallet Material: Aluminum face/Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range Head Weight: 370g Stroke Type: Slight Arc or Straight Lie Angle: 20° ±2° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $270 Floki The strong-arc mallet is enjoying popularity, and the Floki expands a player’s fitting options while boasting the second-highest MOI in the Heppler line, owing to its 2/3 steel, 1/3 aluminum construction. Significant steel around the perimeter prevents twisting and its copper color contrasted against the black aluminum is designed to inspire confidence. Putter Type: Mallet Material: Aluminum face/Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36" range Head Weight: 365g Stroke Type: Strong Arc Lie Angle: 20° ±4° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $270 Tomcat 14 Airport runway lights inspired the alignment dots in the highest-MOI model in the Heppler family. The dots get closer together front to back to simulate motion, help with eye tracking, and frame the ball. The back ballasts are cored out and steel filled in this ½ steel, ½ aluminum putter. Putter Type: Mallet Material: Aluminum face/Steel Adjustable-Length Black Chrome Shaft: 32" to 36"; range Head Weight: 370g Stroke Type: Slight Arc or Straight Lie Angle: 20° ±2° Loft: 3° ±3° U.S. MSRP: $270 Piper Armlock A mid-mallet is the predominant putter style among armlock players for its desirable head shape, and this Piper relies on the same low-CG, high-MOI, heel-toe weighted Piper C head. The difference is a double-bend shaft (std. length 41 ½”) and it attaches heel-side as opposed to the center, a 21-inch grip, and standard loft is 6°. Putter Type: Mid-Mallet Material: Aluminum/Steel face Standard length: 41.5” (Non-adjustable. Custom lengths available) Head Weight: 355g Stroke Type: Slight Arc or Straight Lie Angle: 20° ±2° Standard Loft: 6° (custom lofts available) U.S. MSRP: $270 Visit Ping.com to see all models
  18. 1 point
    I was fit for my driver, but it was a free fitting at a PGA Superstore. I didn’t hit any driver (Callaway, Ping, Wilson, Titleist IIRC) significantly better or worse that day - not the fitters fault. I hate hitting indoors. The fitter recommended a stock driver and shaft. I took that to mean the fitter thought my problems were my swing, not the equipment - so an expensive custom shaft was a waste of money. Was I fitted? And again, I don’t care about anything but side to side dispersion.
  19. 1 point
    Sure now we do this - had we done it for FFB I'd have made the playoffs. I truly like this format for golf given that it is how tournaments work. Good luck everyone - can't wait to get it started.
  20. 1 point
    If your current driver was not fit it is highly likely that you will see improvement. There was a great blog article on this topic a year or so ago.
  21. 1 point
    I did some Trackman verification in doing the new ball test, I saw a 2.5 mph increase over the 6th gen Srixon Z Star. With the additional spin it gave to keep the ball in the air a bit longer, I picked up an average of 17 yards carry distance. Weather has kept me off the course for real world validation, but I'm excited to see what happens.
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  23. 1 point
    Technically you are correct. We do play this week. We also match up with everyone else every week as well. It was voted in that everyone plays everyone else each week. It takes the luck of the draw with the schedule out of things.
  24. 1 point
    Happy Birthday! Thank you Jack for being Jack!!
  25. 1 point
    Thank you!! Considering I think it is you and me head to head this week. I appreciate the assist.
  26. 1 point
    In my recent iron fitting I also looked at what to have in the bag between driver and 4 iron. Going with just my Exotics EX-9 Long set at 15* as it hits the gap below driver just right. There’s really no need to have anything between the Z585 4 iron and the Exotics, so this is the set-up starting 2020. I’m going with the Flash SZ set at 9*, up from 8*, because my spin on Trackman was showing to be 1700-1900, and that’s too low. I’m going to see if setting it at 9* keeps my launch ok, and spin just over 2000. Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 9*, Graphite Design AD-IZ 70 X, 45.25” Tour Edge Exotics EX-9 Long 13* set at 15*, Xphlexxx Agera 70X, 43.5” Srixon Z585 4/5, Nippon Modus 120X, +1”, std lie/loft Srixon Z785 6-PW, Nippon Modus 120X, +1”, std lie/loft Vega VC-06 50/54/58, True Temper DG X100, +1”, 1* flat SeeMore M5 HT, 36.5” Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  27. 1 point
    Strokes Gained, Slighter, and Byron Morgan are all excellent choices.
  28. 1 point
    New haircut.... same ol' GSwag
  29. 1 point
    I’ll stop for: lightning, hail, exceptionally slow play (who won’t let you through) and people behind me who have no idea about course etiquette (constantly hit into you, drive their carts on the side of the green, etc.). Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  30. 1 point
    It is relevant for all clubs, not just a driver. if it just how angles work the farther you go down the line, the farther you are off center. Mark Broadie's work isn't relevant to that discussion. Yes, when comparing 2 equivalent players the one that hits the ball longer will generally score better than the player that is shorter. It does not mean that if you hit the ball 2 yards longer you will save strokes. While shorter more lofted clubs reduce sidespin, a 1 degree open or closed face will still go farther offline the farther you hit it given that the path and face angle are equal. Lets look at putting as a comparison. Hit a straight putt with a 1* open face, you would still hit the cup on a a 5 footer but completely miss the cup on an 8 footer. How hard you hit the ball doesn't change this fact. when looking at moving the ball left to right or right to left, the amount of curve is based on how open or closed the face is to the path. I never said that anyone needed to change anything only that if you increase your swing speed and nothing else changes, you will be more offcenter that you were previously.
  31. 1 point
    To answer the OP question........ NONE! for the first time in a decades I am 'almost' content with my bag from a playing perspective. Caveat is if something very sexy or more consistent came along it would be rude not to try it
  32. 1 point
    It really depends upon your game - 15 yards through the bag is about the top end of ideal gaping - you'd probably prefer 10-12. But again it depends on the player. I've noted in several threads that a review of my numbers from the first half of last season plus a long game fitting as a part of a MGS test caused me to altar my bag. I jettison the wedge for every yardage idea because I discovered I wasn't really using the middle two wedges that often and I was not effective when them when I was. I took out a wedge and added a 3 wood. As the courses have started to dry out I could actually jettison the 3 wood or the 5 wood (I hit them about the same distance) and play with 13 clubs. We had a fun contest as a part of the Cobra connect challenge last year where we had to use four clubs plus putter and our partner did the same - I was a guest for that contest. From what I saw most of us shot about the same scores we normally would. To be honest I hand picked the course and tees that I played so that it "fit" my club selections - I would not want to play every round with just those five clubs (counting putter) but it was fun to play a few - I had a gap between 7 wood and 8 iron to fill - that's 45 yards - I would say you could easily play with 10-12 clubs and be fine if you are a moderate swing speed player or a faster swing speed player who alters his lofts to even the gaps to around 15 through the bag. The faster your swing speed the greater the need for more clubs in the bag.
  33. 1 point
    I should report this here - I'm certain that using the radar again forced me to swing much faster. I had not experienced any sort of pain from my first couple of weeks of workouts when I didn't use the monitor. I did a workout on Saturday and certainly am feeling it still today. I'm glad I'm just doing a Tuesday afternoon, Saturday morning cycle this time around. I'm also not intending to do any more than 3 swings of any one drill. I had lots of little nagging aches and pains when I followed the program full bore last year. I'm trying to a avoid that this time around while notching the speed back up. I'm also adding in some workouts to help strengthen my legs and core.
  34. 1 point
    Played one hole. 40’, windy and outright nasty. We’ve played B4 in this Temp but the wind was deciding factor. Bogie’s the hole..... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  35. 1 point
    We spent a week at the RV resort in Borrego Springs a few years ago. The Rams Hill course is the only course worth playing there. Other than golf or ATV riding, there's not a lot to do in BS. We're going to be in Indio next January ... you guys going there again next year? We can have our own thread
  36. 1 point
    Gnarly windy today, struggled to a 79, but was hitting a lot of good shots. Dropped a big curving downhill putt for a birds on 18- so I’m thrilled with the round and can’t wait till the next one haha this game...
  37. 1 point
    Funny you should say that...that is exactly the same "turf I'm using. Sent from my SM-N975U using Tapatalk
  38. 1 point
    Looks very similar to the 8x11 putting green I built in the fall. What are you going to use for the putting surface? After much research I ended up going with Toyota camry trunk carpet
  39. 1 point
    Ohhhh when did you move to the Grand Strand area of South Carolina? Sounds like around here
  40. 1 point
    20 years in the US Navy today. Grateful!
  41. 1 point
    Alright, so I literally just got in the door from doing some testing on Trackman. I went by Haas Family Golf in Greenville, SC and spent some time with Daniel Clemmons, their in house master fitter. If any of you in the upstate SC area are looking for a fitter and/or lessons, give this guy a call. Very knowledgeable and super nice as well. Anyhow, results are below comparing my 6th gen Srixon ZStar vs the proto Bridgestone Tour B XS. CHS / Ball Speed / Smash / Launch / Spin / Carry Driver Z Star - 112.7 / 165.6 / 1.47 / 8.3 / 1909 / 263.2 yds B XS - 113.5 / 168.1 / 1.48 / 8.4 / 2917 / 280.2 yds 7 iron Z Star - 91.2 / 118.6 / 1.30 / 18.3 / 6966 / 166 yds B XS - 91.3 / 120 / 1.32 / 17.5 / 6725 / 170.1 yds GW - Note: was trying to hit my 100 yard approach, not full swing. I started getting a little flippy with the B XS in this comparison due to fatigue, which you’ll see with the numbers. Z Star - 81.9 / 79.9 / .98 / 27.1 / 10383 / 97.5 yds B XS - 82.9 / 78.3 / .95 / 29.2 / 10579 / 94.7 yds I realize 2900 rpm spin with a driver is a bit higher than ideal, but I’ve always had a negative angle of attack with my driver as you’ll notice with my lower launch angles. Today I averaged -2.6 degrees. But I picked up almost 3 mph in ball speed and 17 yards of carry. That’s including one that was low on the face and only carried 270. The other drives were all between 283.6-284.5. If I take the one low out, the avg jumps 20 yards. The feel off the driver is a touch firmer than the Z Star, but was negligible with the 7i and GW. Needless to say, I’m itching to get on the course with this revelation today. If nothing else, this has shown why ball fitting may be just as important as club fitting. Initial impressions: wow!
  42. 1 point
    ... The thing about Demo Day is the plethora of head and shaft combinations is usually much more extensive than what you might find at your shop. I always find it fun to hit stuff I probably would not have access to locally, like say a Tensei Pro Orange or new Graphite Design shaft in several different driver heads. Or the new graphite irons shafts that sell for $75 or more. You get the idea, it really can be like a kid in a candy store if you like hitting different and/or unusual offerings. But they also have several putting greens with most all the putter OEMs there with putters to try and very few lines so you will probably really enjoy that!
  43. 1 point
    You’re looking at it wrong. Instead of saying “ I don’t have to play in this weather”, you say, “I get to play in this weather.”
  44. 1 point
    It’s nice to know, especially when you’re buying clubs, but I don’t track otherwise. I know what my swing speeds were in my prime, and what they are now for driver and middle irons (6 or 7) since I bought new clubs in 2018. And I agree with fixurdivot, I do better when I don’t swing for maximum clubhead speed, it only makes dispersion worse and doesn’t increase average distance (more off center hits) for me. I’d rather hit 67% of fairways than miss 67% just for that one perfect drive. I get enough practice on recovery shots missing 33%...
  45. 1 point
    I went back and looked at the post I left. I think it’s safe to say I owe @GSwag an apology. The best excuse I can give him is that sometimes the written word doesn’t always come off the way it was intended. A couple of well placed emojis or lols could’ve helped. That said, he did come off a bit, let’s say, edgy? But whatever, I shouldn’t have said anything. Either way I hope he sees this, and I think it’s pretty cool he has a friend like you to vouch for him.
  46. 1 point
    ... I think the paint is chipping on your Get Off My Lawn sign again. ... Custom putters have never been about performance and I agree with you that a good putter can use just about anything and a bad putter won't putt any better with a custom putter, if spec'ed correctly. The only difference I find is roll technology inserts help on typical muni's because they put a better roll on a ball either sitting in a slight depression or help overcome irregularities in the green. On smooth and fast surfaces roll technology is irrelevant. But what custom putters do offer is a unique look and often a great feel. Some are willing to pay for that and others are not.
  47. 1 point
    I tried WRX with a similar experience - wasn’t worth it to me. However there is plenty enough good information there that I will visit the site at least once a week. It’s a different sort of relevance IMO. I’m happy it’s there - always important to have differing sources of information. Like Chisag I truly appreciate that we will share our differing opinions here and rarely shout them or attempt to cram them down people’s throat. You often learn the most from dissenting opinions. At least I do. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  48. 1 point
    There is a massive bias on the third site that will step in on component threads or smaller shaft company threads. and just blow up the thread... because there really is no way for them to make money via those companies. There are quite a few influencers that steer threads as well. With MGS there just simply is no corporate bias anywhere that I have seen. Its member driven input on gear. As it should be. Yes GolfWRX is not newbie friendly and reminds me of certain auto forums that have the same vibe and hard core attitude. Just different topics. What's being done with MGS is truly unique. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  49. 1 point
    I use a Scotty future 5.5m center shafted and really like it. Easy to allign.
  50. 1 point
    So I'll add two new twists to the mix. 1) CC guy responded to my email and changed everything except irons to stock shafts based on my "balk" at the price. Haven't really dug into it yet - but clearly he was able to "get close" with stock shafts (his words). 2) More interestingly - I had bought my son (30 year old) a Ping G400 for Xmas. Told him we would go back to PGATour Superstore and have him try the LST, SFT, etc so that he got the one he really hit the best. We did that this morning - and he ended up with a G400Max (yes, I'm a pushover dad who paid the $100 for his present "upgrade"). But the most interesting part is that I hit the G400Max with their stock shaft and the dispersion and distance were equal to and for 3 swings better in distance than the Titleist TS2 + $400 shaft. I also tested 3 of the 4 options for stock shafts on the TS2 and the PGATour Superstore guy (and the data) said the G400Max was a better option for me. My conclusion is that the approach described by Steddygolf and others is likely the way I'll go. Having read the thread about Fitting/Lessons vs Off the Rack, I can confidently say that I'm that "very motivated guy" in terms of improving my game. The club we've joined has incredible practice facilities and they are literally a 5 min drive from my house so I have no excuses not to improve. I'll take all the data from the fitting - be thankful for what I've learned there, and here from you fine folks - and piece together a set that should work great for at least the next couple of years as I work hard on my game, with lessons and lots of practice being key for me. That - and I'll send my current clubs back to the Smithsonian so they stop calling.... Thanks again for the thoughts and guidance.
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