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  1. 36 points
    How's that for a click-bait tile? But it's true. My MGS Anniversary and story. Four years ago this week, I was browsing my Twitter timeline, when I saw a Tweet thread by MyGolfSpy and it got pretty heated. It wasn't your typical forged vs cast debate---shameless plug for this weeks NPG episode. It was deeper than that. While I can't recall exactly what everyone was so worked up about, they were definitely piling on MGS for a story or take it had put out. Like most times when we witness a car crash, we slow down to take a look...we know we shouldn't and we probably say we don't, but we all know we do. Anyway, I digress, I logged onto the site to see what all the fuss was about. As I said, I honestly don't recall the topic, but what I found was a very well written story with tons of inside information that I had not seen the likes of from the current forum I was on, even though it had contacts with all the companies as well, they had never written a true piece of journalism like this. So I was hooked, I read several past articles, and not once did I find anything that I thought was false, untrue or inflammatory as the twitter trolls were calling it. Again all I found were great articles, by Tony Covey, John Barba, Dave Wolfe and Chris Nickel And four years later, they are all still pumping out the best golf writing in the business. Then I found my way to the forum, and what I found really hit home. A very welcoming and friendly place. It seemed to be led by guys like @revkev @hckymeyer ( who was the Forum Director along with @GolfSpy Barbajo ) @fozcycle @Kenny B@Jmikecpa@chisag @jlukes @DawgDaddy and of course @BIG STU Each one of these members and the others set a tone, I had never seen on a discussion board before, and I was part of the two other big ones as well. It was a friendly, non confrontational tone. I felt welcomed and at home right from the start. In all honestly the forum wasn't near as big those four short years ago, and content was not as plentiful as it is now. True story, I told someone just this week, that I could log on and read all new posts and threads in less than 30 minutes or an hour. And that's not a testament to my speed reading skills...ha Over the next few months, I started noticing some names from the other forums coming on board, some I had interacted with for several years such as @ole gray @cnosil and @PMookie and a few I 'recruited" Going back to the lack of new threads. During those early months, I would often go back and find a thread from a year or several years ago and comment on it just to stoke new conversation. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't In a ironic twist, @GolfSpy STUDque who joined about a year later, kind of did the same thing, but in a more weekly time theme of for #ThowBackThursday, and had fun reading the responses to old threads that some didn't notice the original date on. I was fortunate that in December 2017, the site posted an opening for a couple Moderators. I applied like I'm sure many of you did. After a several stage application and virtual interview process, I and Studque got the email, to start picking out our @Golfspy_names I was stoked! Then just a year later came the opportunity to be Forum Director, again Studque and I both got to split the duties of running the forum. The opportunity to really have a direct hand in the things the forum does from Forum Testing. contests and other cool content is something we both enjoy and are appreciative of. We had to bring on a moderator to help us and we sorted through dozen and dozens of applications. It was impossible to choose just one, and we had a true half dozen finalist that all would have been great. But @GolfSpy Stroker and @GolfSpy MPR stood out and I can honestly say, the forum would't be doing nearly as well and have so many cool things going on without these two. Most of you have no idea the amount of time and effort they put in behind the scenes to keep things functioning and running well here. Thanks guys, I'm truly lucky to get to work with three talented and dedicated guys as you all are. So I promise this isn't a "phase 1" of a long drawn out post...ha It's already long enough. I'll just end by saying this place has been my internet home for the past four years, and I've enjoyed every single moment of it. In away everyone that contributes here whether it's 20 posts a year or 3,000 posts a year....looking at you @Shankster is like another family to me. And I truly appreciate you all!
  2. 26 points
    See this? This, friends, is the best equipment award in golf. They don't hand these out for buying full-page ads. Most Wanted is earned, not bought. And these irons are Most Wanted. Anyone interested in seeing how the numbers in the MyGolfSpy HQ translate to real golfers on the course? [It looks like over 1,800 of you were interested in doing just that!] So which forum members will get these in hand to let us know what their real-world performance is like? @MattF @revkev @HardcoreLooper @Thin2win @greggarner Let's congratulate our testers and stay tuned for their updates!
  3. 20 points
    Well I wasn't here to watch it play out, but Week 3 sure seemed like an interesting one. Hope you guys enjoyed the challenge. Here's how our testers' CCNet scores finished up: @B.Boston - 71 @daviddvm - 68 @edingc - 79.1 @GB13 - 71.3 @Headhammer - 73.4 It was a tightly contested week. Although I know our competitors could do better, they're collectively SPANKING you challengers. Step your game up! I'm not going to finalize the members challenge yet because I want to give @HeathS16 @toehold57 and @yungkory a chance to give me the data I need. You guys have until 6pm EST tomorrow or else you're counted out of this drawing. Updating the chart for weeks 2 and 3. @B.Boston is leading the way with stellar consistency while @daviddvm moves his way up thanks to the win leaving @Headhammer and @GB13 locked for third. @edingc we know you've got the social game, but it's time to start living up to that handicap! Week 4 - Woods and Wedges a.k.a Bash it like Bryson Competitors: Our competitors will be playing only woods and wedges this week and will be scored by the CCNet formula. This will give our guys a chance to try the outer edges of the bag they so badly missed last week. Time to feel what it's like to be Bryson out there bludgeoning golf courses. As usual, the competitors will decide which tees they play to maximize their chance of success. Let's get it on! Fans: I know you guys can do better, so let's see it. To enter this week's drawing, challenge a competitor at the Bryson Bash style. Beat them, and gain 2 additional entries (total possible of 3). This week's drawing will be for a pair of Puma Golf Shoes. One Caveat, you must challenge a different competitor than you challenged last week. Key Definitions: Woods: Any Driver, FW, Hy Wedges: Higher loft than standard PW
  4. 20 points
    Allow me to introduce the newest Riley: Christiana Hope! Born this morning around 4:45. Mother and baby are well. She is our fifth child, so we're starting to shop for larger vehicles now. No word yet on whether she prefers forged or cast irons, mallet or blade putters, or whether she roots for Bryson or Brooks. I'll keep y'all posted when she starts indicating her positions.
  5. 20 points
    Official Forged Tec Irons Review - GB13 Player’s distance is one of the fastest growing irons categories. The Forged Tec are Cobra’s first serious offering to compete with clubs like the P790 and I500. How do they compare? Let’s find out!! I was lucky enough to receive a Forged Tec set in 4-PW with Stiff KBS $Taper Lites. I was originally fit into Modus3 105s, however these were unavailable at the time and Cobra advised me that these were the next closest shaft option. Previously, I gamed PING I200 irons which are more player’s irons as opposed to player’s distance. I was looking for more forgiveness without compromising workability. Looks - 5/5 Stars These irons are drop dead gorgeous. They maintain a classic look, with not too much offset, and a reasonably thin top line. The matte and chrome color play is simply perfect. For a company known to be a bit flashy these will absolutely appeal to any traditionalist. There isn’t a whole lot to say here, which is a testament to the classic appearance of these clubs. Sound and Feel - 3/5 Stars Solid strikes offer a pretty good thwack, and feel pretty much like a player’s distance iron. Minor mishits sound and feel pretty good as well, but major toe shots sound and feel terrible. Even though the Forged Tec faces are forged (obviously), I still prefer the sound and feel of my cast PINGs. Don’t get me wrong, these are still quite satisfying, they just don’t offer the same crunch my PINGs did. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars I usually need a lot of creativity to recover from my tee shots, so having an iron that is workable is very important to me. The Forged Tec irons certainly are workable left and right, however it takes some effort. For the most part, these things was to fly straight, and it’ll take something significant to stop them from doing that. That said, I’ve not had any trouble hitting the shots I need to. My biggest complaint about the Forged Tec so far is the inability to take a decent divot. I know @B.Boston has referenced this as helping fat shots, however I feel my fat shots are almost just as bad, and I’m unsure if my good swings are actually good. I like seeing a decent sized divot, especially with the scoring irons, and the lack of divots keeps making me question if the strike was descending or not. Hopefully I’ll get used to this, because the results have been pretty good. On-Course Performace - 5/5 Stars Performance wise, these have been outstanding. They are forgiving, easy to hit, workable, and pretty darn long. Well struck shots stop on a dime, and while you shouldn’t expect muscleback spin rates, and 7 iron seems to get about 6000RPM of backspin, which is very respectable for a player’s distance iron. I do recall some complaints of “hotspots” with other players distance irons like the P790, and I’m happy to report, that I haven’t found them. And trust me, I’ve tested every square millimeter of the club face. My scoring seems to have gotten more consistently low since changing to the Forged Tec. I’ve posted my lowest round of the season, and my irons only round was quite spectacular. These are long off the tee, and precise with approaches. I couldn’t be happier with the on course results. Play it or Trade it - 5/5 Stars I miss the sound and feel of my PINGs, I really do, but I couldn’t justify putting them back into play with the way the Forged Tec have performed. I would like to see some divots start flying, but overall the performance has just been amazing, so they’re in the bag! Overall - 5/5 Stars Overall, these irons perform wonderfully. If you’re in the market for players distance irons, or even just players irons, you’d be remiss to not try these. I’m looking forward to putting more time in with my new sticks as the challenge progresses, and hopefully they can keep dropping my approach handicap further. (Spoiler )
  6. 18 points
    Here's @Erik-M's and my entry to the iron's only challenge. Note, for the record, that @Kirke beat both of us, but in our defense, he was playing with his full bag (and 3,000 fewer yards): My takeaways: This was my first round with my new Sub 70 irons: talking about diving right in to an iron test! Love the irons so far; more about that over in the Sub 70 review thread. Our course is short: 6,030 from the back tees. Honestly, I didn't miss my longer clubs. My last 18 hole round that I played, I shot an 82. Yesterday, with just irons, I also shot an 82. Apparently, I wasted money buying other clubs. I missed my wedges far more than I missed my driver and woods. Most of our greens are crowned. I'm used to tossing soft high shots back up on the greens when I miss; having to play it low, at the mercy of the ground, was an entirely different game. Arccos liked it: it estimated my chipping game at a scratch level. The chip-in from 47 yards on the 15th hole undoubtedly factored in heavily there. My putting was fine except for a stupid 4-putt from 9' on the 18th (we played the back nine first). I was below the hole, left the first putt about a foot and a half short. Casually went for the tap in, which horseshoed out back down the slope to 4-5', and I missed that one. It's the sorta putt I might have given myself in a casual round, but because I knew I was playing @edingc, wanted to count everything. But that one hurt. I used my 4h 14 times, my PW 19(!) times, and putted 28 times. 61/82 shots were taken with those three clubs!
  7. 17 points
    First off let me start with WOW...Irons only was both frustrating, fun and of course challenging. Paired up with 3 folks, Graham, John and his son...John (will get into my total round thoughts on How'd you play) all very nice, different styles and skills but all had the same dumb founded look when I rolled up with this: (Note wedges were only in here so I could toss some around the green and greenside bunkers as I am swapping over from my CBX2's to the SM7's) First few holes they probably thought in their head "this jamoke has no idea what hes doing" and they were right I got eaten up not realizing that I should probably game plan the hole and not be left with 80-100 yard PW shots... It wasn't until one of the guys (Graham) said "just relax man if we were that good we would be out in San Francisco right now" on hole 4...The round completely turned around there. I also found this sucker on hole 6 and proceeded to get my full Ricky on: Long story short I had a fantastic day shooting 79 and my handicap on this course is a 9 (also helped that my putting was on fire) which is A) my best score for this course ever and B) My lowest round this year
  8. 17 points
    For the actual round, though, you need to remember the high stakes challenges you've received, and please tense up accordingly.
  9. 16 points
    #MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect KING MIM Black Wedge Review - edingc, a.k.a. #TeamCalvesLikePhil Cobra updated its KING MIM wedge with a matte QPQ finish for 2020, providing what it calls a “tour preferred” look. MIM, which stands for Metal Injection Molding, enables Cobra to produce their softest feel and excellent consistency from wedge-to-wedge on the production line. Originally selected to test the older KING Black wedges, Cobra upgraded my selections to the KING MIM Black, with no complaints from me, of course! I ordered 54 and 58 degree wedges, three degrees flat, in Cobra’s “versatile” grind with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts to match my SpeedZone irons. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, the 54 degree wedge arrived last week and I’ve only played one round with it in the bag. As such, my experience with the 58 degree KING MIM Black wedge is largely the basis for this review. Looks - 5/5 Stars Gorgeous! There is not much more to say about the looks of the MIM Black wedges. They are not-too-big and not-too-small, the black finish is superb and the white and yellow accents scream “Cobra” without being obnoxious. The combination of the matte, stepless C-Taper Lite shaft and the head is . The matte black finish has been durable so far, and wears to a lighter gray color. I don’t have any long-term concerns about it at this point, although I’m a fan of a worn look on wedges anyway. Sound & Feel - 4/5 Stars These wedges have a nice solid feel. I’m not sure if I’d classify them as the softest feeling club I’ve ever hit, but, they are softer than any of the cast specialty wedges I have played over the past few years. My best description of the sound is a click, not a thwack. No issues with that whatsoever. Basic Characteristics - 5/5 Stars I’m glad I went with the versatile grind. The grind has proven to live up to its name. I have had no issues rolling the face open (Cobra's signature scalloped back helps keep the leading edge low) and hitting high, soft pitches/flops from varying lies. The leading edge is slightly rounded/blunted, which I prefer because it feels “chunk proof,” especially around the green when chipping. I’ve had issues with sharper leading edges digging/grabbing on soggy fringe in the past, but I have had no issues with these wedges. The versatile grind feels like the perfect amount of bounce for any shot I’ve had to hit so far - bunker, fairway, rough, fringe. Love, love, love it. On Course Performance - 5/5 Stars I’ve hit numerous impressive shots with the KING MIM Black wedges on course. Being able to effectively use the 58 degree wedge in the 50-105 yard range has been really helpful to my short game. A good example of this happened a few weeks ago when I played a local links style course. I had several opportunities around the green to chip, flop and pitch, and the 58 performed wonderfully. After my tee shot on No. 6, I had about 105 yards to a back pin placed on the top tier of the green. This hole is short, but you cannot be on the wrong tier of the green if you want to have any chance to make your putt. I felt like I could dial up the 58 and hit a hard, low shot that would one-hop and stop on the tier. And I hit the shot I imagined perfectly, leaving me with a reasonable chance at birdie. This is one of many good shots I’ve hit with these wedges. As a result, my chipping and sand game have improved since my baseline rounds. Miscellaneous - 4.5/5 Stars I have two small issues with the wedges and both are easy fixes. The Cobra custom shop stuck the wrong KBS label on the shaft of the 58 degree wedge (regular C-Taper X label and not the C-Taper Lite X label). Based on the weight and feel the shaft is the same as what is in my irons and 54 wedge. This is not a big deal as I can request the correct label from KBS directly. Personally, I struggle with face alignment with black wedges. I would prefer for the bottom groove to be painted white like the SpeedZone irons, and now that I’ve completed this review I will make that change. This is entirely my preference. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars To be honest, I never previously paid much attention to my wedges and how they fit into my game. A travesty, in retrospect, as wedges are used so often during a round of golf. I feel like my short game has improved significantly since putting the Cobra KING MIM Black wedges in the bag. I have loads of confidence with the 58 degree around the green and with full and partial swings, something I didn’t have previously with my most lofted wedge. I may make one small change. After spending time on the range and looking at FlightScope Mevo numbers, the distance between my gap wedge and the 54 degree wedge is a little wide. I think bending the 54 to 53 degrees would help to close that without negative effect. There is no doubt these wedges will be staying in the bag until they are worn out. Overall Score - 4.5/5 Stars Cobra wedges may not have the reputation of some other OEMs, but wow, the KING MIM Black wedges are fantastic! They are thoroughly impressive. The combination of a seemingly durable and attractive QPQ black finish and outstanding performance makes them a huge winner and must try in my opinion.
  10. 15 points
    I'll lead with the scorecard as the front nine was the best I've ever recorded (1-over 37). Back nine obviously wasn't ideal, but given the challenge I'm very ecstatic about the score. Best round with the SpeedZone stuff in the bag so far! This is a fantastic weekly challenge! Irons only was good, if a little frustrating with the lack of lofted wedges, but only having longer clubs and wedges makes for quite the conundrum on several holes. Lots of thinking and lots of good opportunities to score for me since I drove the ball well today. I may have been a bit lucky - we got a heavy rainstorm last night and the course was soaked. (Above is the bunker, err... casual water hazard, on No. 2). This meant no roll with the driver, but on the beneficial side of things, it meant I could run a lot of balls along the ground with my 17 degree hybrid and get them to stop. I hit and parred both par 3s on the front with choked-up and lightly hit 2 hybrid off the tee, and was able to hit a few greens with the hybrid later in the round also. Hit a lot of quality drives and, wow, did I miss my wedges last week! Combined with some pretty good putting and this was probably the best round I've played all year here. I made three mistakes that cost me four shots: Pulled my drive left OB in the trees on No. 14. This hurt because I had just birdied No. 13 for the first time this year and, in my fit of confidence, opted to pull driver when I should have pulled hybrid. After hitting my second drive into the left rough on No. 14, I pulled my gap wedge when I really needed about 165-170 yards for a usable layup. Complete loss of brain function. While I hit a really nice gap wedge, it only went 130 yards and left me no choice but to hit a hybrid from 160 over water. I gave it my best effort but ended up about 20 yards past the green in some nasty rough, where I had to chip back onto the green and two-putt to escape with a triple bogey. On No. 16 I pushed my drive just right, but knew it should be OK from the tee box. I looked, and looked and looked for the ball but could not find it for minutes. Frustrated, I was just about to head back to the tee box when I saw the ball just hiding in a patch of thick grass next to a tree. For whatever reason, I thought trying to hit the 2 hybrid with no ability to take a back swing was a good idea, and I open-faced it into a pine tree about 15 yards in front of me. Thankfully, I was able to get it back out to the fairway with my next shot, but I should have just hit a wedge to the middle of the fairway in the first place. I also had back-to-back three putts on No. 11 and No. 12 that didn't feel good. Blemishes on an otherwise fantastic day with the Spider. Birdied No. 1 also after hitting my drive just into the left rough and sticking my 58 degree wedge to almost tap-in range. Lots of personal bests in Arccos for this one!
  11. 14 points
    My long waited "package" arrived today from Cobra. Hmmm wonder what it could be? I couldn't open it fast enough to make sure they were all there and not damaged in transit Yep all there and so gorgeous. These are too nice to take to the course. Maybe I'll just put them on a special club organizer in the garage Btw you may have read a thread about a month ago on my trip to the fitter. These beauties beat out Ping, Callaway, Titleist + others for both distance and dispersion. The only close second were the D-7's. The specs are 1* weaker, 1* flat, and Recoil shafts. I also ordered them with MCC Plus 4 midsize and of course they came with Arccos sensors. Guess I'll have to invest in Link. I did run out to the range today to hit a few balls and boy are they nice and smooth. The graphite on the top line is a nice touch and adds to the look of these irons. The real test will be tomorrow night's men's league match play. Sent from my iPad using MyGolfSpy
  12. 14 points
    Not sure if this qualifies as happy since it is certainly anxiety-inducing.... but we put an offer in on a house and it was recently accepted. Now we are scrambling to prep our house for photos, open house, etc. We are moving 3.2 miles - from the suburbs into town. Shortest move ever.... but that doesn't make it any easier; absolutely despise moving.
  13. 14 points
    B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge 4 Review – Forged Tec Irons Edition Already onto week 3 of the competition and our second weekly review! This week’s challenge is all about iron play so its fitting that this week’s review is on the Forged Tec Irons! I am including my thoughts on all of the Forged Tec irons including the GW even though I won’t be using that during the Irons Only rounds. I was chosen to compete this year with the Forged Tec irons. I was originally fit into the Nippon Modus 120X shafts but they were unavailable at the time of build, as were the C-Taper Lite X I could have gone with (Cody got the last set of those it seems!) so mine were built with the ProjectX LZ 6.5 shafts. I had at least hit those before in Mark’s P790’s and liked the way they felt. I built my set trying to maintain tighter gaps as I play a 5-wood as my longest club outside of the driver. That meant going 5-GW in these Forged Tec irons, along with 3 MIM Black wedges, a Speedzone 4-Hybrid, and the aforementioned Speedzone 5-wood. Looks – 4/5 Stars The Forged Tec irons look sharp. Largely finished in a smooth Satin they lean Modern and Technologically Advanced versus a more traditional Chrome finish. There is a nice polished detail along the perimeter of the back of the iron to give the finish a little depth. At first I thought this polished area would be to help blend and shrink the top line, but I don’t think it really comes into play at all. Speaking of the top line, I would say these are on the thin side of moderate. Same goes to the offset. Overall They have a bit more than my old AP2’s in both departments. Down at address they look powerful and forgiving. I can’t comment on the 4 iron since I don’t have one, but that back of the 5 iron is not visible past the top line when I address the ball. So far the finish is holing up very well, with some wear on the dark gray finish of the face, but minimal wear and scratching otherwise, which surprised me. I would prefer these in a more traditional chrome finish as I think over several seasons that would hold up better, but these are so well finished I almost don’t care. I will say the bladed profile of the hollow body design looks awesome in the bag and is better than even the players cavity of the AP2. Something about those clean lines just looks flat out awesome. 8 Iron and 5 Iron Comparison: Sound & Feel - 5/5 Stars The Cobra Forged Tec sound and feel solid. On the higher pitched side due to the hollow nature of the clubs, But solid. Pure struck shots give a satisfying thud and I haven’t had a shot yet that I couldn’t tell you where I struck it. Whatever it is they used to make these hollow irons feel as solid as they do is working wonders. I’ve hit a few off the toe that I should would feel a lot worse than they did. I wasn’t so sure on these right away as they’re a big change in weight from my old AP2s but I quickly grew to really enjoy the sound, feel, and feedback I was getting. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars These have been playing great for me. I was fit at my usual specs of -1/2 and 2 flat. I knew I was moving up in weight on the shaft, and felt that was due anyway with the evolution of my swing. I will not complain about that as all with the on-course performance I am seeing from the Cobra KING Forged Tec Irons. I’ll just comment here that on top of the added shaft weight, it seems the heads themselves are heavier than what I had before. Now my old set was MOI matched which leads to lower swing weight and total weight at the long end of the bag, but even comparing my 8 iron with Mark’s P790 in the same shaft, both with Arccos (his a screw in sensor) mine was 7-8 grams heavier. The sole width is a little greater than the AP2’s I was using and it also appears that these have more bounce. I am finding that I have greater feel for where the club head is and turf interaction has been stellar. On Course Performance – 5/5 Stars I am loving these irons on course. At the start of the competition I was worried that the jacked lofts and stiffer shafts were going to lead to my hitting the ball low on my already lower trajectory. Particularly in the long irons. Boy was I wrong. These appear to be hitting all of the windows I’d expect (maybe even a touch higher flight than my AP2s) and as an added benefit my flight tends to be a slight draw vs a slight fade. I like this because it’s always been easier for me to work the ball left to right than right to left, so If my ‘neutral swing’ can be a little more draw biased to start I’ll take it. I’m not going to jump into going 7 vs 7 of my old clubs since the lofts are different. I’ll say these are flying where I would expect them too for the loft, but in a higher window than I was expecting. I also want to add and that I have not experienced any “hot” shots that fly significantly further than expected. If I’ve overshot a green so far with them it’s because I took too much club or didn’t account for the wind or slope appropriately. I’ve nearly had a hole-in-one on a bad strike and have had a significant increase in birdie looks on par 3s. I can recall 5 or 6 shots with these irons (including a towering 8 iron that moved back 10-15 inches from the pitch mark) that have been pin high. A quick look at my scoring from the baseline period and my performance to-date shows it all. More Birdies, Less Bogey or worse. It’s hard to argue with that! Miscellaneous – 4/5 Stars I’m going to dock one point here because the grip on the PW is about 30 degrees out of alignment, and I wish they had used a more traditional chrome finish on the sole and face. But those are just my preferences really. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars Play it 110%. These are some seriously good irons if you are in the market you owe yourself to give them a swing. Even if I look into the Modus 120X after the competition it will be in these heads. And if the performance holds as it has been its going to be difficult for me to justify a change. I’ll be looking at the data and feel of the two side by side before making a decision there. But I may have stumbled into something that fits really well for me with the PX LZ 6.5 shafts KING Forged Tec Irons Overall Rating - 4/5 Stars TL;DR? Want to know if the Cobra KING Forged Tec Irons are the real deal? · Drop Dead Sexy blade profile with consistent distance and forgiveness built into the design? · Solid sound and feel that is sublime when on center and lets you know where your misses are without hurting your feeling about it? · More Birdies, Less Bogies? · Staying in the Bag? · #cuetheduckboats
  14. 14 points
    Wow. Just wow. Had the 3rd tee time off the box today at Pebble Beach. With expectations at an all time high, I was completely blown away by Pebble Beach. All you golf architecture junkies can complain about the small greens or the quirkiness of the inland holes, but there is not a better walk in golf than holes 4-11 of Pebble Beach. While not my best round, I shot an 85 with a triple and 2 doubles. We tee off tomorrow at 6:30 am again and I’ll look to exact my revenge to shoot a lower score. See below for some of the stunning photos. Let me know if anyone wants a full resolution for a zoom background to make your coworkers jealous. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. 13 points
    Here is my entry: I moved up 1 set of tees so the same course I played last week at 6400 was around 6250 today. Slope of 67.7/105 My handicap is 9.1 This challenge was especially difficult for me because I had to trust the worst club in my bag: My driver. Much to my surprise I had one of the best days with the big stick this season. Averaged over 260 off the tee with a long of 327! I did leave myself some tough shots a couple of times but overall today was a day where there were some birdie chances that I just flat out missed. I am going to take that as a positive even though I am a bit disappointed with the score of 80. I should shoot better from tees that are a bit closer but I am just happy I kept the ball on the course because that is NOT my MO. I am not super confident that this will hold up @B.Boston I kind of have a feeling you might go pretty low this week but I have no opportunity to better this score so good luck and play well! PS I also had a pretty awesome caddy with me
  16. 13 points
    Called in some reinforcement for the final few weeks of the challenge: (Truthfully, these are warranty replacements. But Puma still makes a nice looking shoe!)
  17. 13 points
    OK here we go with the Irons only member challenges. The late entries tipped the scores allowing our fans to steal a tie from the jaws of defeat settling on a 5-5 score: @edingc was challenged the most with 4 times and only managed 1 win out of those. @daviddvm paid the smackdown on both the competitors and challengers with a 2-0 mark. @B.Boston 1-1 in his challenges. @GB13 wasn't picked on nearly as much as expected but won his only battle. Finally @Headhammer was challenged once and lost that battle. Should also give kudos to @Lacassem for shooting the low fan round this week. On to next week! Looking forward to the Bryson Bashing results. And here we go with this week's wheel spin. If you won your match, your weight is 3. If not, the weight is 1: Congrats on your new Puma gear! Send me an IM and I'll get your order details.
  18. 13 points
    My wife, independent of my influence, has decided that our first vacation after the pandemic is over (who knows when this will be), is to Toronto. She wants to see Niagara Falls. I didn't tell her about the part about me going to TXG for a fitting...
  19. 13 points
    I'm an unrepentant putter buyer. Over the years, I've been able to fit myself into a style of putter that works well for me, but I can't ever see myself settling on a single putter for the rest of my life. I just find putters too interesting. This year has been a very, very solid putting season for me. (I've gone on a dive into my putting stats starting with this post.) Last winter, I bought an Odyssey Stroke Lab R-Ball Slant Neck. I'm definitely a mallet guy, and with a pull being my most problematic miss, a bit of toe hang helps slow the rotation of the face. I also love the R-Ball alignment setup: not only does it help me set up on the proper line, but I use it during the stroke as well. Often, my image during my stroke is to imagine the rear ball passing through the "gate" of the alignment lines. That encourages the "held off" feel I want when I'm putting (I don't release the head). So why would I buy another putter? [insert maniacal laughter, because let's admit it, we're all a bit nuts here] I have one objection to this putter: the sound is awful. High-pitching tingy noises annoy me in golf clubs. I know this is a nice putter, but that sound feels cheap to me. I can deal with it, but I certainly don't prefer it. So the question: can I get the benefits of the R-Ball without the obnoxious noise? My go to putter last year was an Odyssey EXO Indianapolis Slant. We had some good times together, especially after I built a DIY Stroke Lab shaft for it with a Gravity Grip. It's a nice putter. Might see the course again sometime. The only thing it lacks is the alignment features of the R-Ball. But what about this? This is the EXO Seven Mini Slant. I've had a Seven before and loved it; it's a head shape I already know I get along with. The Seven Mini, though, has that bar across the back. Anyone else seeing that the void space in the putter head creates an effect very similar to the R-Ball? I thought so too. So now it was time to find a deal. The logical starting place was Callaway Pre-owned. Having learned a lesson before, I not only checked CPO's own website, but also their listings on eBay and Amazon. Turns out that right now, the Amazon listing was the cheapest, at $133. That's OK, but we can probably beat that, right? So I scoured eBay for other sellers (nada). I bounced around to the various discount retailers (RBG, Dallas, Global, Hurricane). Nothing so far. Then I hit 2nd Swing. BOOM! Their highest condition rating (9.5; mint) was going for $115. Adding tax, free shipping, we're up in the low $120s. One more step: search for coupon codes. I found a $20 off $100 code that worked. Final price: $100.69 shipped. [I'm so glad this forum exists. Where else can you tell a story like this and find anyone who cares?]
  20. 13 points
    Pretty much sums up my performance so far...
  21. 13 points
    This feels biased against the west coast! I just got home and cleaned up after filling in for @yungkory against @B.Boston! I came in as a reliever, and let’s just say this... Here’s the scorecard. Here’s the bag. HC 13.1 Played the whites, 70.5/124. I think that works out to a net 70, though I could be wrong. Credit where credit is due...I spend a lot of time with these two lovelies!
  22. 13 points
    Alright @daviddvm you got me! It was definitely a mistake playing a new course for this challenge. I was struggling on the greens. The ball went where I wanted it to go, but my reads were just off. I'm also going to never take my SW and LW for granted as I short sided myself multiple times leaving me to basically flop a PW. Luckily, no sand!!! My overall strategy was to take whatever I could off the tee to have a full 9i or PW into the green (130-145 yards). There were a few times I got in trouble and had to finesse a PW from 100 yards. Overall, the weather was perfect and this was a great challenge!!! I shot 86 being a 14 handicap. Course rating/slope = 67.9/120
  23. 13 points
    I had just picked up a set of D7’s and had them fit earlier this week. So for me this will be G30 v. D7 v. D7 forged. Just came from the range where I wore the 150 (153,from where I was) flag out with 7 iron. I’m anxious to have something with a smaller profile than those G30’s to look at. I’m also stoked about my testing team. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. 13 points
    So I guess none of you will be leaning on your SZ drivers from now on?
  25. 13 points
    My first iron only round was probably the most stress free round of golf I've ever played. I was not worried about where my driver might leave me on my second shot. On some of the longer holes I got to bypass the forced carries which really made me swing my 5-iron like it was a lay-up shot and I was dead center of the fairway. It really makes me wonder why I need 13 clubs when my score wasn't much worse with 7 and the round was more relaxing?
  26. 13 points
    So just quietly, I have completed a round that I'm pretty happy with. 82 on a par 73 for a net 72
  27. 13 points
    My setup for tomorrow’s round #TeamCobraONE Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  28. 12 points
    Fell getting out of bed last night (a combination of a few drinks and a dog where she should not have been). Hit my head hard on the end table. I got up and went to work but really had a nasty headache by noon. It was then that I realized that I had a nasty knot on my temple. Went to the walk in clinic, they sent me to the ER for a CT scan. Nothing serious but the doctor believes that I have a concussion. My wife told me that I was definitely knocked out. So a couple of days of bed rest for me. I’m on some pretty good meds - at least my head and neck have stopped hurting Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  29. 12 points
    Got out to the Range yesterday. Did a little Chipping and hit some Full shots.. Here it is compared the the Cobra King Black wedge both are in 58* Mid Bounce/Versatile.. It Seems to be slightly longer than the Cobra, whether that is do to the Arccos in the butt of the grip I'm not sure.. It Looks So great behind the ball Just instill confidence.. Here is the Strike pattern after 25 balls on the Range. A little high and towards the toe. the one thing i did notice was weight, the Cleveland had the feel of more weight at the club head than the Cobra. Strikes Felt Solid, and the ball flight was slightly higher, Can't wait to see how that looks once I get on the course. Chipping, I noticed i was more consistent on dispersion, for about 20 yrds i had 3 of 4 within 3 ft of each other with the Cobra the dispersion was about 10 ft. from the same distance.. While Chipping I did notice a little more clicky sound off the Cleveland, not really off putting Just noticable.. More to come Stay tuned..
  30. 12 points
    Spent all of lunch break beating balls with the woods and wedges. Ready to go!
  31. 12 points
    RU seeing the same pattern I'm seeing? Also, if you ever want to know which line at checkout will be the slowest, or which slot machine will eat your coinage the fastest... Apparently my "maximus rotation" strategy is flawed . But this week could be the week. #TeamCalvesLikePhil finds that 6th gear and out runs the field. Come on Edin... time for your best Collin Morikawa impression .
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    It seems like an appropriate time of year for this... I’m taking the kid to school! @GB13, let’s do this!
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    No. Based on the definitions, your set is fine. No to this as well. The breakup is only for guys that can’t play a continuous 18. For example, play the front on Tuesday and the back on Friday. That counts. PREFERABLY you’re just submitting an 18 hole round. Play as many as you want, just submit the best. PS if you guys aren’t sure which score on which course slope/rating is best for the CCNet, just shoot it my way and I’ll run it through the formula for you. Sorry. Some things get missed in the shuffle of vacations. HEY EVERYONE, I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT: HAMMER WON WEEK 2 - FIR/GIR BURGERS
  34. 12 points
    I was up early this morning for a round at a new-to-me course. After spending the last number of weeks grooving my swing to rock-hard fairways and very dry conditions, I arrived to a very wet, soft course and was in lots of trouble early on in the round. My ball-striking was up-and-down: lots of chunks, topped balls, and pulled shots, but every now and then an absolute gem of a shot. The inconsistency meant that I couldn't string together multiple good shots, and ended the day with only one GIR. I didn't miss my driver much though, in large part because my hybrid, when I was connecting, was going for miles. This tee shot on the 16th was the best-of-the-best (note that I typically drive the ball 250 yards). I also unloaded a few shots with my long irons, like this 5 iron (usually a 180-yard club for me, but it was in the wet rough and I really went after it). Unfortunately those shots were few and far between, and I got myself into trouble far too often, ending the round with 7 penalty strokes. Ended up with 103 strokes, for a net 84. (20.8 handicap, 68.6/120 rating/slope) So @edingc it's your lucky day, with the way my day went your score was pretty much safe from the time I hit the first green!
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    Less photos to share this morning from Pebble. Put the phone up and tried to focus on hitting some good shots. Played really well and finished with an 81. Could’ve played the Par 5s better today, but was too aggressive because let’s be honest this will probably be the last time I get to play Pebble so why not. Had a nice chip in on the par 3 12th from the right side of the green. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  36. 12 points
    Took the day off today, but only had enough time with other plans to get in a quick nine holes this morning. On the way out the door, I decided it was time to do a forum mashup, combining this week's iron only challenge with the Hard Rock Challenge put on by @JohnSmalls. I played the back nine at my course with a Nitro Ultimate Distance rock. And I played OK! Putter was ice cold for the first five holes, totaling 13 putts (ouch...), before I got it together and had only five putts over the last four holes, including a 24 foot breaker on No. 18 for birdie to close out the round. Nice quick "practice" round for hopefully two more cracks at besting Tuesday's 84 with the irons only.
  37. 12 points
    Here are some photos from yesterday at pasatiempo and this afternoon at Spanish Bay. I’ll be posting all my updates in the ‘How’d you play’ spychat thread. Look out for tomorrow where I’ll post updates from Pebble Beach and Spyglass. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  38. 12 points
    Had an absolutely spectacular afternoon at Spanish Bay today. From tee to green, I had a close to record round, but on the greens I couldn’t make a putt for my life (that dang poa grass). I finished the day with a 75, hitting 13/18 greens and 10/14 fairways. Have a 6:50 tee time at Pebble Beach tomorrow followed by an afternoon round at Spyglass Hill. See below for photos from today at Spanish Bay. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  39. 12 points
    Thank you to Wilson and thank you to MGS. It's an honor to be a part of this group. Legends, and legends in the making. So many questions to answer. Will the D7's unseat the F8's? Will I get below a 6.0 again? Will I go graphite or steel? Will my daughter try to swipe these out of my bag? Will I get another big-box fitting? Stay tuned...
  40. 12 points
    Wow that was a lot of work today!!!!!!! Hot and muggy , scorching 95 plus with little breeze and 85% humidity Thank goodness for a few clouds to cast a little shade. I did not have my best swing today but my putter was pretty damn good for me. Based on my results I'm kind of like others on doing the irons only...why do we have so many clubs? Played with the same ball all day ( I rarely do that), learned to hit my hybrid (20 shots), Pw (16 shots), and putter (31 putts). Here is your target y'all! I'm a 12 handicap at Bay Forest slope/course 71.0/130 6274 yards on the white tees.
  41. 12 points
    The one nice thing about an irons only challenge is that it has given me the chance to really practice with the irons and the hybrid. I was not in love with either for the first few weeks, but I'm happy to say they are coming around after a really great range session today. With both, but the irons especially, I just need to relax and take smoother swings and they are pretty darn good after that. I'm starting to get a good feel for what I need to do in order to get the results I was seeing in my last lesson two weeks ago. It's been a pretty substantial change in the way I feel my ground/foot pressure move throughout my swing, and it's taken me a while to get used to. To top it off, I was getting the club face too open on the back swing and that wasn't helping things any. Still, the takeaway for me is that with the x-stiff C-Taper Lites, I need to take the smoothest, tension-free swing that I can to get them really responding.
  42. 12 points
    Now wait a damn minute! You're playing at altitude which gives you a 12% advantage in distance, so I'm gonna need 9 strokes! We have moved up one tee box so as not to annoy the other golfers trying to get in under 5-hours.
  43. 12 points
    SpeedZoneONE Irons I am the only competitor in #MGSCOBRA2020 #COBRACONNECT4 competition to choose ONE length Hybrid, Irons, and Wedges #TeamCobraONE. I am using the SpeedZoneONE irons 5-SW. I have been eager to try the ONE length clubs since joining MGS and following the COBRACONNECT Challenges in previous years. The concept (has been around a long time) brought to the forefront by Bryson Dechambeau in recent years just makes a lot of sense to me. The transition to the ONE length SpeedZone irons has been a smooth event. The illustration below highlights the simplification of the golf swing using one length clubs. I have been using game improvement irons since purchasing a set of Ping I3 3-PW irons in 2000. I then purchased a set of Titleist 716 AP1 5-PW irons in 2016. I tested the new Lynx Black Cat 5-PW irons in 2019. To date the SpeedZone irons are the easiest to hit and most forgiving that I have used. They are exceptionally long and high launching clubs. LOOKS 3.5 Stars SOUND and FEEL 4 Stars Nice solid thunk and soft feel when struck solid then the ball races upward and long as it drops softly at its target. BASIC CHARACTERISTICS 3.5 Stars Very much a game improvement iron. ON COURSE 5 Stars I have never played any iron so easy to swing and hit with distance and accuracy. Miscellaneous 5 Stars The combination of game improvement iron and ONE length technology makes these clubs GAME CHANGERS. PLAY IT TRADE IT 5 Stars These irons will be in my bag until I find a better one length iron for my game. OVERALL 4.5 Stars For me it really all comes down to playability. These clubs instill confidence into every swing I take. More players should be playing ONE length clubs! It's that simple. #TeamCobraONE
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  45. 11 points
    B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge 4 Review – MIM Black Wedge Edition As we head into week 4 of #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 we get our Woods & Wedges back and it’s time for the irons to take a rest. That also means it is time for another review and this week it will be the second W of the W&W Challenge – The Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges! Right around the same time as the #CCC4 challengers were announced Cobra announced the new MIM Black wedges and some new grind options as well. At first, I was bummed that the grind options were not available in the Chrome MIM but it appeared they were once we ordered so I asked for a 52.12 Classic, 56.10 Versatile, and 60.04 Wide Low Wedges. Cobra ended up sending me those wedged but in the new MIM Black! Now I have always played a different finish wedge (copper, gold, Slate Blue, etc) so the MIM black do suit my eye, but I was worried about durability. Speaking of suiting my eye, let’s get into the ratings! Looks – 5/5 Stars Much like the Forged Tec Irons the MIM Black Wedges look sharp. Fonts and logos match and blend well with the Forged Tec even with the Black finish they look like a cohesive set. Down at address it would be difficult for me to tell you which was the MIM and which was my Vokey’s SM7, which is a huge compliment to Cobra. These wedges look classic while also offering some effective grind options and technological innovation. In the bag these wedges are drool worthy. My only concern is with the finish. I’m just not sure it will be durable enough to stay looking good long enough, which is why I originally wanted the Chrome finished MIM wedges. Sound & Feel - 5/5 Stars The Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges sound and feel incredible. I have enjoyed them from basically the first hit on the course. Coming from SM7s I’ll say these feel a touch softer, and a touch deeper in sound (to my ear anyway). I’m not sure how much greater of a compliment I can give them outside of saying they’re easily as good as the SM7’s for me. Full shots are solid, but I think I enjoy the touch shots even more with these wedges. One thing I hate with a delicate chip, pitch, or flop around the green is a wedge that feels hot or springy. It is one of the reasons I had switched to a three-specialty wedge setup this year as I did not really enjoy the AP2 GW around the green. These wedges feel solid and soft and the ball comes off the face so nicely with spin and control. With the three grinds I can pick a wedge based on the lie and feel confident that I can knock it close. Basic Characteristics - 4/5 Stars The Cobra KING MIM Black wedges were immediately comfortable in my hands. I would normally have been fit to my usual -1/2 and 2* flat but we decided to go -3/4 here since I’m playing both the Forged Tec GW and a 52* which would have been the same length. Not that it would have made much of a difference either way since the length change is only ¼ of an inch by that point anyway, but I am sold on the feel when these are in my hand, and it might just help me dig down a little less. I was fit into the Nippon Modus Wedge 125 but had to swap to the KBS Wedge .610 as a second option. Both shafts have performed well for me in fittings, but it’s a little awkward from a total weight perspective as my irons are 125g shafts and these are 120g. The Forged Tec GW is the heaviest club in the bag for me; All three wedges are lighter. It hasn’t been a problem on the course, but it is noticeable in my hands. On Course Performance – 5/5 Stars As of the beginning of this week I have used the 52, 56, and 60 degree wedge 18, 11, and 18 times respectively. I immediately saw good results from the MIM Black wedges as they have been doing everything I’ve expected. My Chipping and Sand handicap are down from the baseline period, and I’ve had many more easy tap-ins than I can remember. Previously I was using my LW more as it was high bounce and comfortable (SM7 D Grind) but this Low bounce (4*) but wide sole has been used a little more carefully. I’ve still used it a lot, but the 52* is becoming a favorite club in my bag. I enjoy using it on approach shots from 115 all the way down to 70 or 80 yards. And the 56 has felt nice as well. Because of this I rarely take a full swing with the 60 and it shows in my yardages. But I also have put most of those tight to the cup! Miscellaneous – 3/5 Stars Here’s the only negative thing I can say about the MIM Black wedges. I could have put this in the Looks section, but I think it’s really a separate topic when it comes to the durability of the finish. The photos here are of my 60* wedge after my first bunker shot with it in this video: Hardly anything unusual about it and the finish was worn right off where I contacted the ball. Surprisingly the sole has held up well, but I can see these faces getting beat up quickly. Oddly enough when the club is at address the wear spot is less noticeable. Here’s a quick video showing what I mean: Either way, as much as I love the contract of dark finishes on wedges, I’d prefer something more durable. Then again, maybe it serves as a gentle reminder that wedges should be replaced more often than other clubs. Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars These seem like they have staying power in my bag. Like the irons, I may consider a shaft update to the Modus Wedge 125 since they’re affordable and will give me a little weight back, but these are really good wedges that feel awesome, especially around the green. KING MIM Black Wedge Overall Rating - 4/5 Stars TL;DR? Want to know if the Cobra KING MIM Black Wedges are the real deal? · Classic wedge shape that rivals the aesthetics of the #1 wedge on tour? · Soft, solid sound and feel that allows stress free chipping and pitching to the hole? · Usable grinds to allow different shot making options? · Staying in the Bag? · #cuetheduckboats
  46. 11 points
    And to clarify, I "loved" your post not because I'm delighting in your struggles, but because I'm genuinely sympathizing. That's the first time I've played "old guy golf," playing the ball low on the ground over and over. I'm not planning to do that again anytime soon.
  47. 11 points
    Anyone else try astrophotography? I took some nice star pics up at lake in Maine. Thought you guys might enjoy them. a 20 minute exposure: a 15 minute exposure at a lower ISO: a 15 second exposure at a higher ISO: and this one at the tail end of sunset with the Big Dipper visible. Also 15 seconds but a much lower ISO
  48. 11 points
    The weather cooperated today. Played 18 after work. I did not play my home course so I wouldn't know where to land my tee shots like you would on a course you played hundreds of times. Seems like its going to be a long honeymoon. I was able to shoot a 72 today. I purposely put myself in situations where I would have different irons into the greens. I would hit a 3 wood or 5 wood off the tee on a few holes so it would leave me a longer iron shot into the greens. I even had a punch out or two. I used the 7 iron on my punch outs with no issues. I used the approach wedge on my chips and pitches. I got that dialed in well. Had two lip outs for tap in pars. The course was rather wet so it was a little sloppy and I came up short a few times, but the chips left one putts. The fairways were like the rough on my course so I would say the irons play well out of the rough LOL. All iron shots are still going dead straight and the feel coming off the face is good with positive feed back. I had one miss toward the toe and felt it. Still straight but just short of the green. There was one par 4 over water with the approach shot requiring an uphill shot into the green. You can't be long, left, or right of the green. I had 160 to the green which would be my 7 iron. I hit the 6 iron due to the uphill and hit it dead straight and put it up on the green leaving a 5 foot putt. I could never hit the six iron in my old set. I think that club came from the army ( left, right , left, right, left) I am really enjoying the confidence the 699 Pro's are giving me. I'm thinking about getting a Sub 70 hybrid to go with this set. If there is anything you guys can think of that you want me try with these irons let me know.
  49. 11 points
    After stepping off a 5 hour flight from ATL to SFO, we immediately went to the first tee of Pasatiempo. Minimal stretching and no warm up led to a rough start, and then the wind started to pick up. By the time we arrived to the picturesque par 3, 3rd hole, wind was blowing 25-30 mph directly into our face. From then on, it was a grind for our group. Thick marine layer air and strong winds made the 6500 yard track feel like a 7400 yard us open layout. All in all, I tapped in a bogey putt on the 18th to shoot an 86. Beautiful course with diabolical greens and majestic bunkering that I wish Augusta National would go back to. Playing Spanish Bay today and I’ll do a better job of being an on course photographer. 3rd hole - Par 3, 221 yards 9th hole - Par 5, 518 yards Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  50. 11 points
    Was that 248 Hybrid downhill with a 30 mph gust behind you onto hard pan? That's quite a poke!
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