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  1. Hello all! (Apologies for how long this is, but I want to cover as much as I can) As we approach the 2022 testing season it is a good idea for us as a mod staff and community to welcome all the incoming members and guide them in how to best improve everyones chances of becoming a MGS Community tester. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ First please do NOT apply in this thread. It won’t help and any and all signups are done through the individual testing signups throughout the season. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Also a few quick house keeping notes before getting into it. - have questions about the process or anything that may have been left out? Just ask! - As mods we try to be as transparent as we are allowed to be and won’t hide things from the community as we are members just like you! - We hope to have a lot of new opportunities this year and encourage everyone to take a look at these pretty basic steps in order to better your chances. - Don’t want to read through the thread? Check out the FAQ page ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Okay! So a lot of this may be repeat and many of you will already know this, but here we go! You must be a MGS Forum Member in order to be selected. - Sounds pretty straight forward, but I ran some of the numbers and on average 90% of our signups are what I would classify as one off signups with 1 or fewer posts. Then if we look at those with 50 or more posts that number is only 2% of the overall signups. Complete your profile! - This includes a profile picture - this is one of the first things we look for with tester selections. - Although the new Player Profile is not a requirement, it is high encouraged and will not only help us, but you and other members. For you, signups will be quicker as much of the info is pulled from your profile and for members it helps them see how their game relates to their own. Get involved! - I want to state that we actively work to get a well rounded group for all testing selections. This includes attempting to get at least one brand new tester per test as well as include international members as well. - That being said, being active on the forum, creating new content for the community is huge. We want to make sure the OEM and community gets the best possible review (I mean completed, not good as in praise) and having a body of work even if minimal is important. - Only ever involved in sign up testing threads? Not likely going to increase your chances. Just being honest, likely not going to happen. Really want to stand out? - Do a unofficial review! We may have more on this coming soon which will hopefully help our review catalogue, but having unofficial review gives us a insight as to what you are able to do! - Want to make it a more official unofficial review? Send us a PM and we can provide you with the template that is used for all the official reviews. Do you have to be a donor? - No, although being a donor can be used as a tie breaker it is not a necessity to become a tester. Not only that but we cannot see how much anyone has donated. - While we are on this, if you have donated and don’t have the tag send myself (tag) a PM with your transaction number for it to be added. That is the basics to becoming a tester. Pretty simple right? We don’t ask for much, but we do want to see these things in order to make our selections more trustworthy. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now all the other nuances I believe it is important for us (mods) to be transparent about all of this as again we are members like you as I said. So for those that don’t know or want a bit of a sneak peak of what happens behind closed doors… or computer screens let me do a bit of a run down for everyone. Once a test is created everyone signs up and during this process we actively take a look at who has applied and create a short list. We are fortunate to have a wealth of info at our disposal to make this a robust list. Examples? We look at recent activity, been a tester before? We look at your review(s) grades (more on this later), yes donor status, number of posts, number of reactions, location, handedness, and more. As well the mods add in notes for thoughts on each member who has made a short list. We also look at what members have tested in the past. If you tested a set of irons the previous year, chances are we won’t look to do another iron selection for this year. There is no limit to how many members we can have on a short list, it can be 5 or it can be 40. All depends on how everyone feels about the members who have applied. We aim to have the short list completed within 2-3 days after the signup has closed. It is then roughly a week later that we want our 4 or however many testers are required to be selected and then announced before moving onto the next test. In order for us to select someone for testing it needs the go ahead from at least 3 mods. This way no one mod can control or have bias towards certain testers. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ What happens after being selected? - A group PM is made with the selected testers asking if they agree to completed and participate in the review process. We expected good efforts on all reviews and for members to follow the guidelines/templates and instructions from the mods during the process. It is perfectly okay for someone to back out. It happens, life happens and maybe the commitment is too much which again is perfectly okay! In that case we go back to our short list and grab someone else.| - Remember reviews are work and not just winning a prize. - After everyone has agreed to completing the review and participating we move onto the order process for the product (if fittings are required this can take a little longer) the order is placed through the mods and we wait for the product to arrive. - During this time intros are worked on and when the product arrives unboxing/first impression posts are completed. - After everyone has their kit we (mods and testers) discuss a timeframe for when reviews are to be completed (this was a complicated one last year with product wait times…) - Final reviews are posted then as mods we have more work to do as reviews are graded. This is outlined in the templates for testers to see as well as what makes for a 1 out of 5 and 5 out of 5 and everything inbetween. - These grades are REALLY important. As if someone bails on a review, it is good luck getting in on another review. We take pride in these reviews and our selections and being ghosted or having someone take zero effort is really disappointing. - For reference we understand life happens and there can be situations that cause someone to have a review completed late or something come up which make it harder to do the review and are of course lenient. I will send several follow up messages for those that are late in posting or gone mia, but after a few of those I will record it in our overall record that said member has gone mia and should not be considered for further reviews. Review grades are used for future selections. Good review scores better a testers chances at another review in a following year where poor reviews lesson those chances. So as a first time tester it is certainly best to do the work and get in a good review IF you want to better your chances next year. We do our best as a mod team to promote and create engagement within each review thread (last year with the new system was tough we all know), but in the end it is a lot on the testers to put out updates during their review to bring eyes to the thread. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Finally a few general rules of thumb - Testers are generally only selected for one test per season. Exception being a Golf Ball test or lesser valued items. - Brand new testers are often selected for lower valued items, like golf balls. However this is not exclusive. Example I was selected for Ping i210 irons with my first ever review. Again it is a general guideline and a first time tester who has put out good content to the community can of course be selected for a higher valued item. - Testers are generally not selected for the same equipment type year over year. Meaning tested a driver last year? More likely you won’t get a driver test again this season. Again general rule as sometimes it is interesting to see someone test the progress of a product year over year. Apply for what you WANT to test. Of course you can apply for everything and anything, but truly it is best to apply for a product that excites you. It is pretty easy for us to notice the same name applying in testing for every single test even when they are currently testing a product! Most importantly, enjoy the experience, have fun with it and ask questions. Be creative and although there is a template do what you can within those guidelines and make a unique review that will be remembered. Finally follow up is encouraged, whether it be with the mods or in the testing thread it is noticed and very much encouraged as members are often still curious about what is going on. For those that made it ALL the way down here, well done. Seriously. Have more questions just ask away!
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  2. Actually Make that All Great Things-- After almost 4 years of serving as Moderator, Forum Director and Staff Admin. It's unfortunately come time that I need to re prioritize my time commitments. I'm stepping away from my day to day activities/duties of Forum Director and taking on more of advisory role and doing some odds and ends things to help out the moderators and of course @GolfSpy_THV and @GolfSpy MPR as they continue to lead the forum. I've taken on the responsibility of overseeing another course in our portfolio and it's going to require a lot more of my time and attention. As such I won't have the time needed to properly serve as a day to day Staff Admin. You'll still see me around doing some things here and there like running the final two Majors Contests Pools. Posting any newsworthy releases I get from the OEM's and of course just posting my usual club buying and testing adventures. I'm not going away, I promise you that. The staff is in good hands now with THV and MPR and the new additions of @GolfSpy_TCG and @GolfSpy_CS I'll just be watching from the practice squad ready to fill in if needed and available. As I've said, many times over the years, this forum is so great because of the members, you guys made this job easy. We have had to do so little moderating that it allows us to do other cool fun things and not have to worry about what's being posted where. That is so unusual in this day and age of forums. Lastly, I have to give a huge thank you to @GolfSpy Barbajo @hckymeyer and @GolfSpy_X for giving me this opportunity several years ago, and for supporting the Admin staff in everything we do, in more ways than you guys will ever know. Adam is an awesome owner, and Barbs is one the best and most professional dudes I've ever had the chance to "work" with if you call this work! Now, I've got a new update to my driver challenge to post soon, so as Miranda would say "We Out!"
    50 points
  3. As we have headed into the offseason the MGS Mod team has been working hard to look at areas of focus on the site and where to make some adjustments and changes to help improve the site for everyone who visits it. This includes the addition of a new Mod @GolfSpy_BOS who will be joining us. Bryan has been a part of the site for several years now and provided us with some truly great reviews and posts over his time. We are very excited to bring him onto the team moving forward. Everyone please welcome him and I am sure he will do his own introduction post/thread in the near future. Some of these changes have already been determined for the upcoming season. As most of you are aware we had a fair amount of turnover and change over the last year both with staff and the site itself. With this we all had to find our roles and we have had the time to find where everyone is best suited to assist the site. For everyone’s reference here is a quick breakdown of it all. @GolfSpy_THV is our Community Manager. JS has the majority of his work behind the scenes for the site. He also joined the site a few years back and is coming up on his 1 year anniversary as our Community Manager! I’ll leave a link here for his intro post from last season which dives a bit more into his role. @GolfSpy MPR is our Community Director. As the longest term Mod most everyone knows him and what he brings to the site. What some of you may not know is that Michael handles most all of the emails to the forum, which includes members getting locked out of accounts, responding to email complaints and has been our designer for the badges we all ask for and much more. This is all on top of everything he does on the visible side of the site. @GolfSpy_TCG is our Social Director and Community Outreach Mod. Chris as a lot of you are aware brought the AMA to the site as one of the biggest new features to the site this season. Chris will continue on with the AMA’s as well as push us (the forum) forward on other Social Media platforms. Keep an eye out for our twitter account (@mygoflspy forum) and more to become more active! @GolfSpy_CS is one of our Member Testing Directors. Tony has done a ton of work for us behind the scenes to help organize a lot of our work and within this new role he and myself will take on the testing side of the site. We had nearly 30 tests this season and are hoping to ramp that number up for next season. With this there is a lot of communication between OEM, members, testing set up and more. Tony has been vital to keep us organized along with keeping work on schedule and in rhythm for testing as well as working on updates to the new testing site to continue to push this updated feature of our site. @GolfSpy_APH as mentioned above is one of our Member Testing Directors. As stated above Tony and I (Jamie) will be working mainly on the testing side of the site, but will of course continue to be visible and active on the site. @GolfSpy_BOS will be joining myself and Tony as a Testing Director and working with us as we continue to work on the new testing feature and continue to try to improve on this new feature and make it focal point for our site moving forward. Added to all of this we will all continue to be active on the site and handle other more visible site responsibilities such as reported content, monitoring contentious threads and stepping in when/where need be. There are also all sorts of other small things that we will all continue to do including updating badges for members, responding to PM’s, promoting blog content and of course just being members on the site as well. I should also not let it be forgotten that Rob (@Golfspy_CG2) is still part of our team as he is still very active and an important member of our team even as he has taken a step back from full time duties. We have a few exciting features we are working on and hope to have some of them roll out nearing the new year. A few other quick hits before this post is completed is we are still actively engaging with HQ regarding ads and solutions for this continuing issue. We, like you, experience much of the same and like them all as much as all of you. We will also be sending out a survey to everyone on a variety of topics and encourage you to fill it out and provide feedback as we continue our work, the answers in this survey will be important to several decisions we will have moving forward to 2022 and beyond! With that thank you all for taking the time to read this lengthy post and please once again welcome our new member Bryan to the Mod team! Cheers,
    47 points
  4. EDIT: Please check above post for several updates that have been made which have addressed several of the comments and concerns raised later in this thread. Hello all, Over the last few weeks we have been receiving a variety of questions about the new forum testing feature and how it is working as well much more questions regarding its placement and so on. In this post I am going to do my best to guide/answer most of those questions to hopefully clear any confusion up that any member may have. I will also include some screenshots which will hopefully help with getting a good visual of where we are at and how to understand this change a little better. As always changes can be difficult and at times frustrating, however the end result of this change should provide great benefits to the site and assist in new members and guests to more easily able to find the product reviews and simplified ratings they want. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Lets start with where reviews will be- All reviews will be housed in the testing opportunities section. However we will do our part in updating the titles to ensure everyone is aware of where each test stands and at what stage it is in. This will look like the following Stage 1- Testers Wanted: (item tbd) - This will be when the testing item is in the signup stage. There will be a banner up top notifying there is a test available for signup and the rest is pretty self explanatory. Stage 2- Sign Up Closed: (Item TBD) - We will change this within a day or so of when the sign up is closed to help prevent additional posts in the comments section saying pick me pick me! This will stay until we are ready to announce testers. Stage 3: Testers Announced: (Item TBD) - This we already have and is pretty self explanatory, but we will keep this title until we have heard back from all the selected testers and got the information we require. In general this will stay as is until our testers are ready to post their introduction post. Stage 4: Test In-Progress: (Item TBD) - Again this we have already started, but this will determine when a test is underway and will signal for all of us as members to ask our questions, get to know the testers and for the testers to have received their product and start putting it through its paces and given it the thorough review our membership so often provides. Stage 5: Official Review: (Item TBD) - This will be the final title for the test and will be changed once we have the official reviews from the testers. With all of this we will update the titles as frequently as possible and put them in the appropriate box so you can select them (apologies for those who don't use dark or night mode, but my eyes have a really hard time with a white screen so all screenshots are with nightmode and on computer. I can look to do mobile screenshots on request in a follow up post. The red box indicates the status (currently only open and closed options) will have added selections thus being able to only see open, in progress and so on. Here you are also able to search for specific reviews by product name, vendor or equipment type (ie drivers, putters and so on). I hope this makes sense to everyone and will assist in clearing any of the testing opportunities section confusion up. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now the reviews themselves. As some of you may have seen already there are two tabs when you click on the review. One for review and one for comments. At the top when you look at the test you will see a few notable things- avatars of all testers, highlights of star ratings and the initial testing post. I have highlighted the follow, testers, and star ratings which I will come back to in a minute... Just below from that there will be your reviews and comments- If you want to see reviews simply stay on the tab and scroll down. You'll be able to see all reviews right here. This is essentially what the old "placeholder" post was and is where we will see introductions, important updates, unboxing and final reviews for all of our testers. (currently working on like system for reviews as well) The comments section acts as the rest of the thread would normally be and is where we ask you to post any and all questions to the testers and where some smaller updates may be. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Now to back to what I was going to talk about with the highlighted features above. Again before I dive into this I would suggest that if you have questions about why reviews are not showing up in the recent content tab that you check out @GolfSpy MPRthread on setting up a custom stream. This will help all of these tests to show up in your recent content so you don't miss a beat. There are also a few other ways to make sure you are able to keep up with the reviews. I have gone over one feature, but we have two other quick ways to make sure we don't miss any of the new content coming from the tests we want to follow, which most of us know and use already, but still worth mentioning for those who have not used or know about these features. One: Follow the thread! Simple easy and gives you notification on any new post or comment that comes up within the thread. I use this a LOT... it also means I have a good few notifications each morning, however it is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to ensure you are not missing anything you want to see even if you do not set up a new stream. Two: Follow a tester: Again one I use a lot as there are so many good members here and its nice to follow along with the content they post in. This is great because if there is a tester that is similar to you it will enable you to follow along specific to them and again not miss any relevant information within the test as well as any other threads they may post in. Example you follow me and you'll see a lot of Fantasy Golf content haha These are some easy ways to follow along and make sure you are able to keep up with the testing that is relevant to you and take part in the testing as you see fit. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Since this post has gone on just about long enough, again we as a Mod team are doing what we can to make this transition to the new system a little smoother and being a newer Mod team we are hard at work making sure tests are running on time and keeping everyone up to date as best as possible. With backorders and so on it has certainly been a tricky season, but we are excited for all the tests we have running as well as the tests that are coming! We hope that this helps clear some of the confusion up and will continue to work to streamline the testing section to make it easy and accessible for all. Thank you, Mod Team
    36 points
  5. One of my brothers had been dealing with severe depression and anxiety for a few years now, and he had gone to two treatment facilities recently to try and get some help. We thought he was going to turn the corner, but it got to be too much for him, so he took his own life today. Doctors and therapists tried everything, and nothing was working. Meds never got him even-keeled, and anxiety had taken over. Please, look after those who fall into depression and get them help as soon as possible. Growing-up, he was my hero. He leaves behind a special needs daughter and his wife. If you’re the prayerful type, please say a prayer for his soul, and one for his wife and daughter. Sad, sad day….
    34 points
  6. Hello all! We are slowly getting closer to testing season (no I don’t have any inside information …. Right now). With that there has been a lot of work going on in the background to enhance the site and bring some improvements to the site. In this thread I will let you know all what is going on when we are getting close or about to launch any new features, structure and more. Without further delay the first update we are bringing to the membership is actually a older feature which ended up on the cutting room floor, but is bring brought back to life by popular demand. The Community Map! What is this? - The community map is a feature we had years ago and it’s pretty simple. It is a map of the world where you can tag your location and where you are located. Why now? Well the long and the short of it is I was able to get approval to purchase it and again it is a feature that has been asked for time and time again. Another key feature we are working on is Community engagement… I know we hear this all the time, but this is all part of a bigger plan to increase get togethers, events and a phenomenal community not just online, but in person as well. What can we do with it? This is a bit different than the older member map which has been renamed to Community Map. Again you can tag your location (home) so other spies can see who is all living in your area. We are also introducing a secondary function within this single application which is course reviews. It is pretty simple, have a course you want to write a review for? Go into the “create” go down to Community Map Marker and Select Course Review. From there find it on the map, mark it, add in the course name, a brief description and hit submit. It is after this that you are able to write your review on the course (unless it has already been created) and you can grade it out of your 5 stars however you like. We are also incorporating (at a later date) some of the player profile features (if you have it filled out) where when hovering over the player you can see their player profile data. Where is the Map Located? Well you can find the map here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/communitymap/ Or simply go the the “Members” Tab at the top of any page and when the drop down comes you will find “Community Map” This was a very useful tool in the past in getting members together and creating a community that is more than just a forum. The great thing is it is also optional. Don’t want to take part? No requirement for testing or profile completion or any of that. This feature is there for you to use as you wish. Whether it is to check out course reviews, write your own on a course that has a review or doesn’t or seeing what spys are in your area which you may want to get a game in with this feature will allow you to do that. This is only the beginning and we have a lot more in store to bring you in the near(ish) future. Cheers, Jamie
    32 points
  7. Coming Soon - Updated Player Profiles! **Player Profile Update is now Live** Hey everyone! Today I’m excited to announce that you’re going to see some new Player Profile questions going live. We’ve made some updates to existing questions and added some more so that we can better utilize this information for member testing this upcoming season. There are now eight questions around our golfer demographics: AGE: Simple enough, just a drop down with some age ranges. I hope no one here needs assistance determining which group to go into here! SWING SPEED: How fast do you swing your driver? Broken down into 4 ranges. If you’ve never been measured before you can use this as an estimate: 90 MPH or Less – Average drive of less than 230 yards 91-100 MPH – Average drive 230 to 260 yards 101-110 MPH – Average drive of 260 to 285 yards 111+ MPH – Average drive greater than 285 yards HANDICAP: If you have an official one, great! If you have an estimate, great too! This field allows you to enter your handicap as a number with one decimal place. If you try to enter something that is not formatted correctly you will get an error. Examples of acceptable handicaps are: 6.4 26.0 0.7 And for the rare breed of “plus” guys and gals out there +3.2 will work as well. FREQUENCY OF PLAY/PRACTICE: This should include rounds and things like range sessions, lessons, or outdoor/simulator practice. As much as I’d like to call myself a “daily” golfer I don’t think I should include putting practice while on work calls as a real practice session. PLAYER TYPE: How would you characterize your style of play? Casual – Are you casual and out there for the sunshine, fresh air, and experience? Competitive – Are you driven to compete against others, or working to shoot lower scores? Tour – Do you compete on an actual professional level? Weekend Golfer – Are you a weekend warrior somewhere between casual and competitive? BIGGEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS: Where are you strongest and weakest? Broken down into Driving, Approach, Short Game, and Putting like you see on most shot tracking apps out there. FITTED FOR CLUBS: This is a simple yes/no. Are you typically fit for your clubs? Why should you care? Your user profile is going to be leveraged heavily in the testing platform to be able to help everyone group, sort, and identify official member test reviews on these criteria. This will help everyone find the reviews that may be of most interest to them based on similar golfer profiles. Also, I think it will help everyone learn a little bit more about each other and our personal approach to this game we all love. Ok, so how do I update it? Great Question! First, you may be asked to update your info the first time you login after the update is made (I’ll add a post here when it’s live). After that, if you want to make an update here’s how to get there: From the top of any forum page click on your username in the upper right corner of the page and select Profile. This will take you to your main profile page and on the top right of your profile cover photo you will see an Edit Profile button. Click that and a window will show up that has the profile questions there. Two quick videos from iPhone and iPad on how to get to edit: Anything else I need to know? Why actually yes, there is one more thing! Since these profile questions are going to be used with member testing this season you will find that these questions, and maybe even a few additional questions, will still be on the testing applications. Fret not however, as your current profile details will be auto populated in the testing application! Also, any updates to your profile made while filling out a testing application will be pushed to your Player Profile, so the most up to date information will always be saved there. Comments, questions, or concerns? Sound off below and we’ll be here to answer them. We have tested these updates in our test environment, but if you’re running into any issues, please let me know in this thread so we can make any changes needed!
    32 points
  8. I've been talking about it all year... it was my goal for this year!! After yesterday's round of 85 that was probably my worst ball striking round in recent memory, I didn't think it would happen today. I started the front nine pretty well; always a good sign, but so often hopes are dashed. Par, Par, Bogey, Par Par. Then on the par 5 #6, I hit a poor drive but it ended up in the fairway just short of a bunker... Lucky! 2nd shot was a good 3H that put me in a 9i range of a back left pin; hit it pin high right. My birdie putt was 10 feet slightly downhill with 2 foot break, most coming in the last couple of feet. Pars on #7 and #8 On the par 5 #9... good drive; 3H short of the pond, a SW to 6 feet and putt made for my second birdie. Front nine score 36... one under par!!! After a Par, Bogey start on the back nine, I birdied the par 3 #12 with a 15 footer. A good drive and decent 2nd shot on the par 5 #13 left me with a 9i to a back pin over a bunker; almost carried the sand, but fell back in the bunker... up and down sandy Par. Scrambled for a Par on #14, then Bogeyed #15. Pars on #16 and #17. I wasn't keeping score; my wife was. I thought I needed just a bogey to shoot my age. All I needed to do on this par 5 #18... my nemesis hole was hit the middle of the fairway like I have most of the day . Nope!! Hit the middle of the left bunker instead. There really is no shot to advance the ball very far since the hole doglegs left with a large tree at the corner; going through the dogleg is in the bunker that runs all the way to the green on the right and pond beyond that. I decided to hit a 9i to the dogleg... flushed it!!! In the next bunker. 3rd shot... same 9i just to get the ball back in play in the fairway. 4th shot was a PW over the green into the rough. 5th shot on the green and 2-putt for a Double Bogey!! I thought I had missed shooting my age by one shot. BUT... Back nine score 38... 3 over par. 36 + 38 = 74 Oh, By The Way (my doctor doesn't like Oh BTWs; you know, go in to see him for one thing and while I'm there... Oh BTW! ) Along with my 3 birdies, my wife had 2 birdies, and the couple we play with also had a birdie each... 7 birdies!! Vanilla Rum shots for everyone but me; I had 7 shots of Wild Turkey Honey Sting!! Thanks again @fozcycle!! Now I need a new goal for the second half of 2021.
    31 points
  9. As nearly all of you know we have had some changes to the forum this year and it has had its ups and downs, however I am happy with the progress we have made so far... key being so far. First I want to start of by saying I know the changes haven't been accepted by all, but I continue to get PM's and the like about the site and how we can adapt and improve it these messages are important and always taken into consideration. Before going any further I expect conversation in this thread to be productive. I am more then willing to listen to suggestions as well provide feedback as to why things are what they are, however if this just turns into constant complaining then well.... lets just hope it doesn't come to that. We all want to see the site grow and do well so lets keep comments in a productive manner. Also we know about ads... there have been a lot of discussion on it already and we have sent messages out to the powers to be and hopefully at somepoint we will have a permanent fix for that. Headed into the off season we will continue to take a look at everything and how to improve on what has been implemented and what is dated and should be improved on. A few highlighted features that have been added this year are as follows - New testing platform - AMA!! - Thank you @GolfSpy_TCG - User Groups - @tony@CIC with a great suggestion that has been used a fair bit within shotscope and arccos and will likely see growth with more devices coming out. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/forum/91-mgs-user-groups/ Keep in mind the Forum is always evolving, we have had several features come and go and the site continues to grow. A few more things to keep in mind before you comment - You can always PM me privately to discuss a specific topic. Trust me you would not be the first nor the last and again I am happy to discuss a situation or topic that may be on your mind. - The testing section will continue to be worked on. We recognize it isn't perfect and want to continue to improve with it. That being said I know it is signifcantly better then when first launched and based on traffic reviews are getting a lot more attention. - Added to the testing section we will be revising and adapting some of the procedural processes to steam line the reviews on the frontend and backend. This includes some work on the templates for reviews and more. Part of this will be to keep things a bit more consistent across all reviews. Including the new star rating system which is there. - We have had a big change over this year with the mods (myself being new included) and there was a pretty steep learning curve to start off. Added in this with a near record number of tests so far and Covid delays/issues it has been a trying season to say the least. We are very appreciative of all the testers and feel for all those who have had to wait or are still waiting for their equipment to come to test. Okay I think that is all for the moment. I will be trying to respond to as much of these as quickly as possible and watching/reading all the comments, but feel free to tag me in it so I get to notification if its overly important that you feel it needs to be read. Last last point, please please fill out the poll as it helps us get an idea for use within the forum and we may send out a survey later on via email for everyone to fill out, but this is the start for now.
    29 points
  10. Agree with Brian's assessment. Can't tell you how much deliberation we would go through to select testers. The one thing we had to be sure of was would the tester actually follow through and, you know, do the test and write the review. The only tool we had to determine that was forum activity - is the person reasonably active in the forum? As Brian mentioned, did they bother to complete a profile and include a picture? We also knew there were plenty of people whose only posts were to apply for testing opportunities (it's easy to check) - so basically if the only time you ever post is to apply for a testing opportunity, you're chances aren't great. Another way to seriously limit your chances is to whine or complain about not getting selected. Patience is a virtue, and participation counts. So no, you don't need 3,000 posts, but it helps your chances if you participate outside of simply applying for testing opportunities. With all that, we would make mistakes. I can remember a few instances (I'm sure you can, too @hckymeyer, when we selected testers who received the product and were never heard from again. That makes us look bad, so we have to make judgment calls. I can also say with certainty the new moderator team is carrying the torch beautifully, and is absolutely committed to making the process fair and inclusive. Ultimately, this is a community and it's here to serve as a 19th hole for golfers who enjoy talking about all things golf, and many things non-golf. I can remember applying for many testing opportunities in the old days, and not getting chosen. C'est la vie - it didn't damped my enjoyment of the community and my interaction with the people in it. I've gotten to know many of them personally and play golf with them on occasion, and that makes it all worthwhile. And when I did get chosen - to review the Cobra Amp Cell irons (was it that long ago??) - I made sure to do the best job I could. As others have said, "Pay to Play" is utter nonsense. If you want to be selected as a tester, trust is an important element. And the only way mods have of gauging trustworthiness is participation beyond applying to test opportunities. There's no "minimum post" nonsense, but since this isn't a "giveaway", activity does count.
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  11. On the heels of @Golfspy_CG2 stepping down from his excellent moderator duties, we are fortunate to have a well regarded member join our moderator team. This member has been around the MGS forums for some time and is always lending a hand, posting thoughtful and thorough content, and destroyed more than a few dreams of a Golden Ticket with his excellent fantasy teams. Without further ado, I want to introduce @GolfSpy_APH - formerly Apolloshowl Welcome to the team, we're glad to have you!
    29 points
  12. Not a mod, but I'm going to say neither. There are plenty of testers who have less than 200 posts but were chosen because their quality of content stood out. When I was chosen to be a tester, I had not become a donor yet. So that didn't weigh in to the equasion. This poll supposes that there's a "pay to play" model behind the scenes here at MGS.
    28 points
  13. For those who don't know: there are some Forum tests we do that are arranged by the MGS blog. But there are others that are initiated from the Forum staff—and as long as I've been a mod, it has been Rob whose contacts and relationships have opened doors for us to get some amazing gear into your guys' hands for testing. That's not easily replaced. Rob, it's been fun working with you. In the two years I've been a mod, you've probably gone through at least 3 full bag overhauls. May there be many more for you!
    28 points
  14. Been looking for a specific truck all over the Southeast and finally found one close to what I wished for……only 30 miles from home. Say hello to my little friend….the 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
    27 points
  15. As a previous forum director I can tell you the mods have no idea how much you donated. Could be $1, could be $10,000, they have no idea. So the dollar amount makes no difference. There is also no "pay to play" model in place. If you read how testers are chosen it's pretty straight forward. Be active on the forum, be nice, make a profile, get a profile picture. There are so many testing opportunities available throughout a season that a wide range of people will be selected. There will be donors, there will be people with lots of posts, there will also be non-donors, and people with much fewer posts. There most likely will not be people who post only a handful of times a year with the majority of those posts in testing application threads.
    27 points
  16. This is going to be a new bi-weekly golf column focusing on all the major news and stories around professional golf, golf equipment, and the general golf world. Please send your submissions to me as you think of them throughout the weeks and maybe your submission will be featured in the next column! Stock Up: Great Names on Tour After sluggish Double Bogey, Bogey start, the dart ripping (pun-intended) Thai fan favorite, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, drained his Ace. Shortly followed by Scott Gutschewski, one hopping in his Ace. In this case, do you split the bar tab or does it mean everyone gets doubles? Stock Down: The Shark swimming in the North Sea this July Despite not competing in the last 13 years, Greg Norman made some bold statements claiming that he deserves a special exemption by saying "I am past Champion. I love St. Andrews." The R&A swiftly dunked on him by saying “The entry terms and conditions for The Open stipulate that a champion must be aged 60 or under or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt from qualifying,. That remains the case for the 150th Open and we have no plans for any additional exemptions.” Looks like the Shark will have to keep swimming. Stock Up: GET TO THE CHOPPA Tiger stans were notified early Thursday that his private plane had departed Jupiter in route to Tulsa to play a practice round at Southern Hills to test his leg. While media was strictly prohibited on site, an Oklahoma news channel got very creative and flew their traffic helicopter over the practice green to watch Tiger and his beautiful Newport putter. Stock Down: Phil's Coffee for Wellness The golf news was dominated by Tiger, but there was a Phil sighting for the first time in a few months at Rancho Santa Fe, and by the looks of it he's been taking a break from his diet and his coffee for wellness program. Boy, oh boy, Phil is looking THICC nowadays, but he's still ripping HELLACIOUS SEEDS. Stock Up: Counting score like a 30 Handicapper After taking an unplayable and having to punch out, Rickie Fowler flushed a wedge from 134 yards to sink his bogey 5. Wait till the end of the video below for a classic Rickie moment. Stock Down: Reading The PGL (Professional Golf League) sent out a lengthy memo to all PGA Tour Members this week. In case you forgot, the PGL was actually the initial contender to the PGA Tour prior to the Saudi backed LIV Golf backed the Brinks truck up and took all the attention. If you want the TLDR on the memo below, the PGL claims that it can build a league worth $2 Billion and is offering the players a 50% share in the league.
    26 points
  17. After my trip with @Ben_Howell34 to Big Cedar Lodge (I’ll update on his post about how that trip was….it was incredible) I got to play with a buddy at my local club today. I shot a 75 today (my best this year and one off my personal best ever) I had a chip in birdie and then….. a hole in one! Can’t even describe the feeling of seeing the ball drop into the hole off the tee. 149 yd shot, downwind. Pin is on the front. I played a full PW with the slightest fade. Hit 5 ft to the left of the flag, checked up on the side hill and started falling to the right towards the hole. The anticipation was real as I didn’t know if it was tracking or not. I saw it roll into the flag stick, catch the lip of the cup, do a 180 around the flag before falling in. Beautiful weather, incredible day. I’ve had many lows while playing, but this is why I love going out again and again. The chase for perfection and today was pretty dang perfect.
    26 points
  18. I’ve been meaning to do a WITB this year, but by the time I got around to taking pics, some new boxes showed up..and well you know But after a lot of trial and and actually not much error I have arrived at the setup that will take me through the rest of the year. Driver: Titleist TSi1 9.0 Aldila Ascent 40g R FW: Titleist TSi2 16.5 GD IZ6 60 G Hybrid Titleist TSi1 20 & 23 Aldila 80G Iron 2021 Titleist T300 5-P MCA Red 65g R Wedge: Vokey SM8 50.10F 54.12D 58.12D Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2 35” Yep, I know what they say about having an all 1 OEM bag. That you are hurting yourself somewhere if you do. Well that may ultimately be true. But I also feel If you are confident and like what’s in your bag, that is just as Important and possibly more so than any technical difference. So this is what I’m rolling with. One substitution that could be made. I have a U505 coming that could replace the 16.5 Fairway wood.
    26 points
  19. I might catch some pushback here for being a party Kill. But I was talking to one of our young beverage cart drivers today. Shes 22 the nicest and sweetest young woman you can meet. Snd yes she is an attractive blonde. But doesn’t flaunt her looks in the way she dresses or acts. As I usually do I asked her how the group was she worked It was a 128 person fundraiser for a boating club. She kind rolled her eyes and said. It was Ok At first I thought maybe low tips as it’s is a bunch of guys who when they come into the bar are notoriously (frugal). I said, oh poor tippers huh? She said well that was expected. I then asked Did they behave themselves at least. She said it depends on what you mean behave and laughed. By now I was a bit worried I said Nobody put there hands on you or anything did they. She said, well yeah, just a few creepy hugs that they Insisted on and lingered a bit too long. I apologized and said I would speak to the leader of the group. She said, well yeah thats who it was. But don’t worry. I know it comes with the territory. But the comments were getting tiresome and by the end of the day more over the line. One example she gave me was a guy—-in his 70’s or so, holding out a hand of dollar bills and said, you get one of these for each button that comes undone I’m thinking. Really grandpa a whole dollar. What do you think this is Senior Day at the strip Club. She said there were more of those and guys taking pictures as she was getting drinks out of the cart (bending over) I mean really guys. I get it. I certainly don’t mind being waited on by a pretty woman with a nice personality. But never take it beyond just being friendly and classy to her and most of all thanking her for being out there with some drinks. Can’t these #**%^+ realize they probably have granddaughters like her. Shes just trying to do her job make a little money before she goes back to school. I know younger guys in their 20’s can be out of line aswell. But at least they are the same age and the creepiness factor isn’t as high. So just don’t be that guy! Please!
    26 points
  20. It's US Open week, and what a great one this should be. Tiger isn't able to return to the site of his phenomenal 2008 win, but there are storylines aplenty. And it seems Torrey Pines never seems to disappoint. We have our standard tiered pick contests running this week. But just like the winner of the tournament, the prize is unknown. At least for a bit longer. That will only add to the excitement of the week as things unfold! Click the link below to enter and feel free to comment in the thread on how your team is progressing or falling completely apart. The PGA Contests took several turns up to and even during the final round. No lead was safe it seemed...well except for Phils! MGS CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOLF POOL LIKE NO OTHER MGS US OPEN CONTEST -- for the -- 2021 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP HOW IT WORKS Everyone picks a team of 6 golfers. Add your best 4 of 6 golfers scores to form your team score. The best team score wins the pool. Cut golfers (and anyone who doesn’t finish 4 rounds) get 80 for any rounds not completed. Playoff holes do not count. HOW TO JOIN THE POOL Pick your team of golfers here: http://www.easyofficepools.com/join/?p=150280&e=oubo LIVE LEADERBOARD Follow the action live http://www.easyofficepools.com/leaderboard/?p=150280 Open to US Residents Only
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  21. TOURNAMENT RECAP Upper Peninsula Golf Association Junior Tour Event 1: Marquette Country Club I've been looking forward to this event since I saw the UPGA Junior Tour calendar, based not a little on Andy Johnson's (of The Fried Egg) breakdown of the history and architecture of the Marquette Country Club. Side note: the UPGA Junior Tour does things right: $20, free bag of balls for the range, and lunch. Kirke and I arrived an hour or so before his 11:00am tee time. That meant we had to leave about 6:30am, to account not only for the 2.5 hour drive but also the time zone change. On arrival, Kirke went directly to the practice green. He learned quickly that the greens here were a bit faster than home, but definitely more subtle. It took him a bit to adjust, not so much to the side-to-side break, but to the uphill and downhill within a putt. His range session was solid but not spectacular. The first big twist came when we arrived at the first tee: the rules don't permit caddies. I don't think anything I received told me about that, and so I was a little bothered. We hadn't brought along the pullcart my dad modified for Kirke's bag, simply because when I caddie for him, I just carry his bag. Happily, the course had a pullcart they let Kirke borrow. But there was one more issue: apparently, Kirke hasn't learned yet how to use a rangefinder. For most of his rounds, he has a GPS watch strapped to his bag. Again, we didn't bring that because we didn't think he'd use it. So he was back to old school golf: sprinkler heads and eyeballing distances on a course he never played before. Kirke's age group was 8-9 year olds, and while I don't know the ages of the other boys, Kirke was the smallest of them: It also turns out that the other three boys 1) were the entire field that Kirke was playing against and 2) were good friends who regularly play together, often at this course. I never saw the scorecard (that no caddying thing!), but I know the course was setup really short for this group, much shorter than Kirke is used to playing. On the first hole, Kirke hit first and hit a solid drive. Each of the other three guys hit it past him, one (if I remember correctly) with an iron off the tee. After realizing that he couldn't figure out the rangefinder, Kirke just grabbed the club he thought best for his approach; he left it about 20 or so feet shot, but after the other boys hit, Kirke was closest to the pin. This ended up being a theme of the day. It wasn't just that Kirke wedged and putted well, but his approach game is a big part of compensating for not being the longest in his age group off the tee. Unfortunately, after rolling his first putt about three feet past the hole, he missed the comebacker, three-putting the first green. But then he did it again on the second hole. For what it's worth, Kirke doesn't three putt terribly often; opening with two straight three putts is very out of character. At this point, he was about a stroke back in his group. He pulled things together on the next two holes: green in two and two putts. (Somehow, the official scoring has him with a 5 on the 4th hole; we're pretty sure that's a mistake. Each kid kept another boy's scorecard [and no one had to sign scorecards].) The fifth hole began OK: it was about an 85 yard par 3, but the flag was way in the back of the green. Kirke was again closest to the pin, but he was stil at least 40' short. But then he hit this gem of a lag putt: It probably finished 3' from the cup. But what might have been a stress-free par evaporated: lip out, lip out, tap in. Double bogey. Without question, this turned into the moment I was most proud of Kirke. For a brief instant, his hold and shoulders dropped. But he recovered almost instantly and rejoined his new buddies walking to the next hole. The 6th was set as a 115 yard par 4 (again, really short, even for Kirke). He pulled his fairway wood and hit the shot of the day: a gorgeous little draw that caught a slope, scared the hole, and finished about 2.5' behind the cup. I went bonkers. He rolled in the putt for an eagle, erasing the double on the previous hole. He cruised the rest of the round. The seventh is a beautiful tiny par 3. He tugged his tee shot and missed the green, but deftly got up and down for par. On the eighth, he bombed a drive into a greenside bunker. I got to his ball first and saw he was sitting on a downhill lie, but kept to the rules and didn't say anything to him. He tried fighting the slope and caught it heavy, failing to get out of the bunker. But he splashed the next one out nicely and 2 putted for a bogey. A stress free regulation par on the next hole, and he had secured his first tournament win! Obviously, I'm proud of this kid. I'm glad he played good golf. But I'm especially delighted to see him not get down after the 4 putt, but instead bounce back strong. And I was delighted to watch him have fun playing golf with other kids his age (not something he often gets to do here locally). This morning, he and my wife left to head to his Local Qualifier for DCP. I'll report back on that when they return.
    26 points
  22. So the first pieces to my Cobra RADSPEED One Length and unofficial CC5 participant showed up today.
    26 points
  23. Nothing like kicking off Masters week with one of our MGS Major Pool Contests. There still time to do your homework and get you picks in. Just click on the link below to enter the contest. Please enter with your Forum Name, to make it easier to track and communicate with the winner. Can't wait for this and the actual Masters to get rolling. MGS Forum Staff CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN A GOLF POOL LIKE NO OTHER MGS MASTERS POOL -- for the -- 2022 MASTERS TOURNAMENT HOW IT WORKS Everyone picks a team of 6 golfers. Add your best 4 of 6 golfers scores to form your team score. The best team score wins the pool. Cut golfers (and anyone who doesn’t finish 4 rounds) get 80 for any rounds not completed. Playoff holes do not count. To Insure the winner is a member of the fourm, the winer will be annoucned in this thead and contacted via PM to claim prize. HOW TO JOIN THE POOL Pick your team of golfers here: http://www.easyofficepools.com/join/?p=190352&e=jhux LIVE LEADERBOARD Follow the action live http://www.easyofficepools.com/leaderboard/?p=190352 The winner will receive the always popular and never disappoints
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  24. edingc's 2022 Club Champion Full Bag Fitting Experience and Mini Review Since this is a very long (2,000+ word) post with pictures, I’ve added my fitting results and mini review of the Club Champion fitting process right up top: TL;DR (Fitting Results) - Dumina AutoFlex SF505X will be replaced with Fujikura Motore X F1 6X in my Callaway Epic Max LS head. Top four irons, in order, were Ben Hogan PTx Pro, Srixon ZX7, Callaway Apex Pro and TaylorMade P770. FlightScope Mevo+ doesn’t lie and is damn close to Trackman. TL;DR (Club Champion Review) - Do your homework and be open/honest with your fitter. I would not want to go into a Club Champion without a clear purpose, or without an understanding of how they do business. Definitely worth the trip for gearheads. I’d hesitate to recommend a fitting at CC for someone who doesn’t have either a very deep pocketbook or a good foundation of golf club fitting knowledge. I had the opportunity this afternoon to go for a full bag (minus putter) fitting at my local Club Champion location. While I’m mostly satisfied with my bag heading into the 2022 season, I had several reasons for my visit: Chance to look at and hit the full line of 2022 releases. Check out as many graphite iron shafts and driver shafts as possible. Potentially find a more “player’s style” iron that jives with my swing. While I’ve been around the forums for a while, I’m an upper single-digits handicapper as a quick refresher for anyone finding this post. I joined the forums in late 2018 as roughly a 25-30 handicap. Over the past several seasons, I have been working hard to improve my game through lessons and lots of practice and play. I’ve been lucky enough to play more than 75 rounds each season for the past two years. I’m not shy about switching equipment. My dedicated WITB thread in my signature shows the evolution of my bag from the time I joined MGS until now. Between a couple of really awesome testing opportunities and long Michigan winters, I’ve turned every area of my bag over several times in the past three years. Despite Club Champion’s somewhat spotty reputation, there is nowhere else locally with such a broad selection of equipment to try. My fitter, Jake, also previously worked for another local golf shop. He fit me for a putter in 2018 and a driver in 2019, so I had the benefit of some prior experience guiding my choice of fitters. I’ll break this post into two pieces: my fitting experience and a small review on Club Champion. It seems everyone wants to know if they are “worth it” or not. My Fitting Experience I had a 1 PM appointment, so I worked a half day from home, hit a few balls in the garage to get in somewhat of a groove and then hopped in the car for the 20 minute ride to Club Champion. I got to CC about 20 minutes early. Jake was ready for me about 10 minutes early. In retrospect, I should have used this time to stretch and warm-up with my Rypstick like I do on course. Something to remember for next time. There were two goals of today’s fitting in my mind. One, to try the latest and greatest player’s style irons with more “traditional” lofts than my Sub70 699 Pros. Two, to evaluate the Dumina AutoFlex SF505X, which I purchased last season and did an unofficial review of on MGS. I hit the weights hard this offseason and have noticed the AutoFlex being inefficient and spinney when not hit perfectly. Also, while I’ve enjoyed the Sub70 699 Pros, I don’t hit the ball quite high enough or with enough spin. I have been fighting a left miss that can get pretty miserable when I’m not purposely trying to feel a “big fade” swing. We started by baselining my 6 and 8 irons from the 699 Pros. As I have been seeing lately, I struggled with big sweeping hooks, lack of spin and peak heights that ideally should have been 10-20 feet higher. Admittedly, I routinely deal with a bit of anxiety and the first 15-20 swings were probably less than perfect, but the pattern was there. Speed-wise I was seeing about 95 MPH out of my 6 iron. That number stayed pretty consistent throughout my fitting, reaching somewhere around 98 MPH at peak. From there we worked toward trying to improve upon both my left miss and the lack of height and spin. Jake started me with a TaylorMade P770 head as he said they tend to launch the ball quite high despite the lofts. I worked through the P770 for a while, trying an Accra i110 Tour shaft, an LAGP model, KBS TGI 110 and then SteelFiber fc115s in x-stiff. I did start getting into a groove and had better swings as we went, but it wasn’t until Jake pulled out stiff SteelFiber i125s that we found something good to work with. They felt really nice to me, my delivery improved quite a bit and as a result my launch and spin was much better. At that point I felt comfortable telling Jake that I’d like to cycle through different heads with the i125s. I hit several different heads I would consider to be “player’s-ish” and have some quick thoughts: TaylorMade P770 - Sharp looks. Very familiar feeling coming from the 699 Pros. Ball speed was excellent even on mishits. Spin was “playable,” but still a little low. Srixon ZX7 - Incredible feeling irons. Very muted and heavy, you can tell they are definitely solid compared to what I have in the 699s or the P770s. Ball speed was excellent, right up there with all of the “techier” irons. Better spin than the P770s. Mizuno Pro 223 - Another excellent feeling and looking iron. But nothing about the numbers wowed us. PXG 0311T Gen4 - I really wanted to like these but couldn’t get a good swing on the ball. They did not feel particularly good on the mishits. Wilson Staff CB - Beautiful irons. But no better than the ZX7s, and a slightly less satisfying feeling on a flush hit. Callaway Apex Pro - Better feel than the P770 and extremely quick. Again, “playable” but not ideal spin. Ben Hogan PTx Pro - The shocker of them all. Nice blend between a forged-ish feel with some tech. Ball speed was near the top, spin was the most ideal of all of the heads and it was extremely accurate as a result. Only gave up a yard or two carry loft-for-loft against the other heads. I ended up so enamored with the Hogan’s that I hit quite a few balls with them. So much that I didn’t even get a chance to hit the Cobra MIM Tours, but otherwise I covered almost all of what I wanted to hit. My top three irons ended up being Hogan PTx Pro, Srixon ZX7 and Callaway Apex Pro. We then moved on to lie measurement using the lie board, impact location and dynamic lie angle on Trackman. We settled on somewhere around 60 degrees in the 6 iron, which is basically two flat for most manufacturers and one degree flatter from my last fitting. Knowing I would likely purchase new irons at some point soon based on this fitting, I then asked Jake to retrofit me into my Callaway Epic Max LS head. I bought this head last year to pair with the AutoFlex, and I really didn’t want to find a new driver head if possible. Baselining the AutoFlex it became very apparent that my offseason workouts have increased my club head speed. I registered a few swings at 116+ MPH, which is probably 7-9 MPH faster than when I purchased the shaft last spring. As I had assumed, the AutoFlex was a poor match for my current swing. I struggled to get spin under 3,000 RPM even on well struck balls. My “bad” swings resulted in 4,000+ spin and a high weak flight landing at about 250 yards. I told Jake I wanted to start with the Fujikura Ventus line and work from there. We started with the Ventus TR 6X, moved to the Blue 6X and finally made it to the Black 7X. All three showed dramatic improvements in spin rate and distance, but the Black 7X was the best in my opinion. I suggested the Fujikura Motore X F1 and Jake agreed it would likely be a good fit as well. I’m glad we tried it as I immediately reeled off a few 285+ yard carry shots. We tried a few shafts after that, from Accra, LAGP and the new Fujikura Speeder line, but came back to the Motore X F1 and found similar success. Most importantly, my “misses” were now carrying 270+ and closer to the centerline. I already have this one en route from eBay . I was sufficiently tired by this point. I hit my Epic Flash 4 hybrid, Cobra 4 Utility and Callaway Super Hybrid to confirm they all were decent fits for me. They are. No changes needed here for now. We discussed wedge options and agreed something mid-bounce throughout the wedges would be ideal with my delivery and playing conditions. Jake recommended either keeping the i125s throughout the wedges or going with a stiff KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 which comes in the same 125 gram weight. I did hit the Edel wedges which looked nice, but the winner of ugliest but great feeling club goes to the MOD1 iron/wedge: I am browsing for the PTx Pros now, and I probably will go through with a purchase if I can find the right used set. Unfortunately, Ben Hogan will not sell heads only. I’ll be trolling eBay or other used club sites unless I want to pay full retail and pull the shafts. Mini Club Champion Review I had a pre-existing relationship with my fitter, who I fit with before, and he also knows my instructor well. For me, being comfortable with him was a big benefit. I clearly outlined the top priority of my fitting were my irons and then the second priority was driver shaft. Jake stuck to that script well. I also wanted to stay in graphite iron shafts, which limited my options, but also made it easier to find a shaft I really liked from what seems like an infinite selection on the wall. I am not scared of spending money on golf, but I am also frugal. To be honest, I cringed a little when we started with the P770s because of the cost of both new and used sets. I had scoured eBay/2nd Swing/Callaway Pre-Owned over the past few days and found new sets of ZX7s and good condition Apex Pros that were more in my price range. I suspect I would have not gotten to try the Hogan’s by default, but after finding the SteelFibers I literally walked the wall of heads and grabbed everything I wanted to try. I think it is imperative to have a basic understanding of golf equipment before going to Club Champion. I understand their business model, and I feel like I may have been steered towards certain shafts or brands had I not specifically requested things during my fitting. It helps I understand my tendencies and was able to suggest heads and shafts (especially during the driver fitting) that would jive well with my delivery. I happily paid the $325 for the fitting as I know I would not have gotten this experience anywhere else within 30 minutes. I’d be looking at nearly 3 hours in a car to find anything similar. I did nearly purchase the Motore X F1 through Jake, but chose to instead think on it and found an excellent deal online. While I never told Jake outright that I would not be purchasing anything today, he understood what my goals and reasoning for visiting were. He did not seem too surprised when I walked out with nothing more than the fitting. Overall, I am very pleased with my experience and will definitely consider going back to Club Champion the next time I am wanting a quality fitting.
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  25. The tester's grade(s) would be of interest to the tester (me) to have an idea of how well the work submitted is meeting (exceeding?) the minimum standard as a way to understand how well best intentions met the reality of perception of the results. Maybe this on the Member's Profile would be a good way for us to improve the quality of reviews like being a 5 star reviewer is the level to achieve to be counted amongst the best, or something like that. As an educator I understand how feedback for performance is the way to achieve excellence.
    25 points
  26. Now for the probably over-hyped bonus. For a bit of fun I decided to throw some balls onto the CT Scanner. I was hoping that the CT would be able to demonstrate the cover and mantle layers. I didn't scan all 4 boxes as I thought that would be going a bit overboard. I only uploaded a few images, as they were representative. The scanner I used is capable of 0.3mm slices, and reconstructions in any plane but I thought it best to just provide a brief overview. The images are of Box 3 The large imperfection in ball 10 is even more clearly shown. As a technical note, the black round the bright dot is most probably artefact from the high density, and not a "hole" in the outer core. I measured the density of the imperfection, and it is almost certain to be metallic. No balls were harmed during this procedure, and the likelihood of the balls glowing in the dark (despite Marvel comics and @PMookie's beliefs) is negligible
    25 points
  27. I finally did it. For the past 2 years I have been on a the quest to a more consistent golf game and ultimately break 80. I've taken lessons, gotten fit for some club upgrades, practiced more intentionally and played a lot. Today it came together. 79 (!!) 38/41 - 8 FIR - 6 GIR - 29 putts - 12 chips I started off solid with a comfy par then 2 birdies on par 5s. The rest of the day was a little grind, with some great up and downs and solid drives. The best part is that I still felt like there were a few strokes left out there. A lip out par, a skull f*c!?d wedge inside 100 yards that flew the green and resulted in a double, and 2 wipey drives. But overall, it was a good grind and I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish. When me and my wife found out we were pregnant in January of 2021, I doubled down on the commitment to breaking 80 before baby girl comes. Well, 3 weeks before the due date, I did it. What a great game golf is and we are all so fortunate to be able to play. Time to put the final touches on the nursery... and maybe some more short game practice if I finish early.
    25 points
  28. As many of you know I am a huge Envroll putter fan. My ER2 has been customized and in the bag for years. Only recently did I move away from it as I have changed my putting posture and the ER2 at 34” just became too short for me and because the head was already a heavy 370g, extending the putter to 35” was out of the question. When Evnroll announced they had a custom putter program on the way, I knew that I’d be buying a new Evnroll through that program. Months went by since the announcement and nothing came to fruition. I sent Envroll social media messages right after Memorial Day inquiring about the CustomER program, but received no responses. I figured that the pandemic had delayed the program indefinitely so I went and tried a bunch of ERv models and bought an ER1v. Less than a week later they announced the official beginning of the program. I was bummed. I responded to their Instagram post that said I wanted a custom putter but unfortunately just bought an ER1v because I wasn’t getting any information about the program coming soon. Three days later, Evnroll messaged me on Instagram and asked me to email their customer support so they could see what they could do. After a few emails explaining my situation, Alan from Envroll proposed that I ship my putter to them and they would make me a custom putter and only charge me the cost of the custom options and return shipping. I was floored! I immediately got on the site and designed my putter. ER1v with no siteline and custom painfill! Alan even worked to expedite the build and my new putter was shipped to me in less than two weeks of them receiving the one I sent in! Just an amazing customer service experience from a great company and I now have a putter that will stay in the bag for a loooooong time. The putter rolls beautifully and the no site line really fits my eye and aim style.
    25 points
  29. All, After a lengthy process - far too lengthy, and that's on me...regular job has been crushing me lately - we have decided on a new Mod and Content hunter. First, I wanted to thank all of the great applicants we had. There are truly some amazing individuals we have in our membership and reading over the applications was really impressive - the accomplishments, accolades, and skills that are possessed by our membership is what makes MGS such a special place! Second, this was a REALLY hard decisions and ultimately the current Mods and myself had to take a hard look at our current skills and deficiencies and select a candidate that filled in our current gaps. This does not mean the other applicants were not excellent, only that our current gaps required a different skillset that was only filled by two candidates Without further ado, our newest Moderator is ChasingSratch - now @GolfSpy_CS and our Content Hunter is TheChrisGibbs - now @GolfSpy_TCG. Welcome to the team and please post an intro for yourself!
    25 points
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  31. "Well Buddy, you get exactly what you paid for" comes to mind. Now, if he's consistently standing in the middle of the fairways, waiting for the group to make their second shots, I might ask where he got it .
    24 points
  32. I think we should all give a big shout out to our staff of writers. @GolfSpy Barbajo @GolfSpy Dave @Tony Covey MGS @GolfSpyC They all have had an incredible amount of articles to write with not a lot of lead time this week. By the time the OEM's got the product and product info to them, a lot of their time over the holidays was spent writing the First Look pieces we enjoyed yesterday and a lot more to come in the coming weeks. They all have worked years in the industry and developed relationsips with every OEM in order to get the access and true informataion about the industry and prodcuts that so many other memebers of the media dont' take the time to do. As I've always said, it's the best golf editorial staff in the business, and I know and have seen a lot of them. So we should be thankful we have them for another great year of conent coming in 2022! Also a big thanks to the HQ Staff that doesn't get the spotlight but put a ton of work into scheduliing, editing and photogrpahing all the content we read on a daily basis. Thanks to Harry, Miranda, Phillip, Bennett and Emanuel. Then of course there's @GolfSpy_X (Adam) who without him, no of this would be possible without his vision and leadership. Hats off Laadies and Gents!
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  33. ... I love MGS testing and I love Shiels reviews. That said, I do not agree with everything either one of them say or report. It is always the job of the consumer to be informed and then come to their own conclusions, hopefully by a fitting or at least on course testing. I was particularly surprised by the love fest MGS showed Bob Parsons when they "interviewed" him but maybe that is just because I wanted them to put him on the hot seat for his most irritating commercials ever made and they basically kissed his butt. That said if I were a big Parsons fan I may have loved the interview which is my point. We all have bias. ... But to address the defending of TM, it seemed to me they were defending the Stealth technology as a major advancement in club head design and not TM as they never even mentioned their name in the above example, which is exactly what I am looking for from MGS. It is rare for a new technology to change the way clubs are designed, but it certainly happens. Slot in the sole and thin faced irons with a polymer type filling are examples. I think it is fair to assume a company that has the top driver in the market does not completely abandon titanium and introduce something radically different without it being better. As always how much better is the big question. Which is why I appreciate Shiels and MGS's POV as they are probably a harbinger of exactly what all golfers out there may experience. One guy will testify they gain yards and dispersion with their Stealth driver and the next guy will say it is no better than their SIM2 or what ever titanium driver they were playing.
    24 points
  34. Love MGS, but it’s foolish and irresponsible to make a blanket statement that all club fittings should be free I made it through less than half of the podcast before I had to shut it off. Kudos to Ryan for trying to explain his point thoughtfully. I wish I could say the same for the MGS side of things And a big eye roll to the Free Fitting T-shirt tweet sent out. Not a good look
    24 points
  35. I was PM’ing with another member last night and we talked about how we found the forum and our early days here. I checked my profile and we joined about 2 months apart. But what really got my attention was the date was exactly 5 years ago yesterday. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. This site has grown so much in those 5 years and is without a doubt as I’ve said many times, the best golf forum anywhere. I’ve been fortunate to have had several roles here, including leading the site for a period of time. And I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Ive had the opportunity to meet many of you over the years and play a round with several as well. One of the number one things on my still To Do list is to either arrange or help HQ in it’s arranging of a MGS Open one day in the not distant future. So here’s to many more years, many more posts, conversations, rounds of golf, club purchases and most of all sharing my love of this game with everyone here.
    24 points
  36. PERSONAL RECORD!!!! After the first time since early spring that I didn't hit a golf ball in over a week, I really wasn't sure what to expect. But league tonight was as good a reason as any to get out - little did I know what I was in for!! 35 (!!!!! EVEN PAR !!!!!, net -5) FIR: 4/6 GIR: 6/9 Putts: 30 (3 1-putts, 6 2-putts) First hole started innocently enough - although I did 2 putt from a tricky ~50ft uphill then downhill first putt. Second hole is a downhill par 3, pin in the front at 152 yards. I hit a full PW and watched it fade back towards the hole...landed pin high and stuck about 2.5 feet from the pin for an easy bird. The next hole, another par 3, I hit the green and left a 15ft putt right in the jaws for a tap in par. On the 5th hole, I had a bit of a swinger from 13ft for bird - left this one short as well, and the line was probably 50/50 if it would have caught the hole with more speed. Another tap in par. The par 5 6th I hit a bomb of a drive, dead center fairway 316yds out. Left me with 184 to a back pin, with my stance kind of below the ball in a low spot in the fairway. Hit maybe my shot of the day, a towering 7 iron fade that stuck almost exactly pin high and held on to the top tier of a severe green, about 20 feet away. Left the eagle putt about 6 inches short, right on line. Tap in birdie! Par 4 15th is a nemesis hole for me. I leaked my 3 iron right into some trees, and tried to punch a low shot through a wide but short window I had. Hit a tree and got a very lucky break and it bounced right out to the fairway. Hit a tidy little 100yd wedge to about 20 feet, 2 putted for the first bogey of the day. Par 4 16th I hit a really nice 4 iron to the right side of the fairway. Downhill lie and wasn't sure what the wind was doing - on the previous hole it was dead into and this hole is in the same direction. Except the flag was saying it was all right to left, barely any hurt. I wasn't really confident in the shot, and ended up pulling it left of the green to a bunker that actually sits a good 3-4 feet above the green. I was in the back of the bunker with a downhill lie with almost no green to work with, and left the first shot in the bunker. Left a more even stance, and I missed holing it out to save par by about 2 inches. Tap in bogey to get me back to even. At this point, I'm definitely thinking about how I'm even par, but trying really hard not to let it affect my game. Not sure how successful I was My heart was definitely racing much more than it typically does! The 17th is 125 yard par 3, but the wind is always tricky. I thought there was more help than there was, and left it on the front fringe to a back pin. Chipped past the hole for a knee knocking 7 footer...dead center of the cup! On the 18th I snagged my 2 hybrid and let it rip before thinking too much about it - hit a gorgeous fade to the right center of the fairway, leaving me with 105yds to a front pin. I hit an abbreviated SW (typically 115 club), expecting it to get to the 105 number pretty reliably, and somehow launched it 125 yards. Adrenaline much? So I was left with a snaking 60 foot putt that I needed to get down in 2 to stay at even par for the first time ever. Hit the speed great, but left myself 4 or 5 feet to get the par. And let me tell you, that hole had a heck of a catch Soo pumped up!! I've never hit the ball for an entire 9 holes as well as I did tonight. The pulled wedge was really the only not great shot I had, then a couple decent ones and a lot of really good ones. I was rolling my putts on line super well, and lagged it great. I could probably do the woulda coulda shoulda game with some of the putts I left short, but I'm honestly way too pumped to let that sour my night!
    24 points
  37. Siren alert time again! - 37/35 = 72 (E) - 9/15 FIR - 15/18 GIR (1 birdie) - 33 Putts (16 2-putts, 1 1-putt, 1 chip-in) All I told myself this morning on the way to the course was to be mindful and focus. I mentioned after my last round I was mentally out of it, so I was determined to not let that happen again. Irons were fantastic, driver was ok but didn't kill my score and my distance control with the putter was great. I got a little taller with my putting stance and that really helped me regain the touch I lost on Saturday. Came up two rolls short of a birdie on 14 and lipped out my birdie putt from 10 feet on 18. So close to being under par!
    24 points
  38. Thanks for all the warm wishes everyone! Intro I’ll keep this brief. I’m husband, father, tenured college professor, and, of course, a golf fanatic. My kids (son 7, daughter 5 and a half) keep me busy and my wife is my best friend. I’m a very detail-oriented person who loves to set goals, achieve goals, set new goals, repeat. I am honored to be a part of the MGS forum moderator team. When I joined the forum a few years ago, I was immediately cognizant of how this forum was different from all the other golf forums I’d been a part of in the past. I didn’t see nonsensical bickering about swing theory or putting technique. I saw a genuine community focused on a passion for golf. I hope to continue to uphold the values and ideals that make this community great. Thanks again, and I sincerely appreciate and value this place.
    24 points
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