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  1. Introducing the MGS x TheGrint Virtual Tour! Many of you are familiar with TheGrint - a great golf app that let’s you get a valid handicap, track your score and Pro like stats, use a best in class GPS rangefinder, Scorecard Photo Service and much more. MGS has teamed up with TheGrint to bring you an exciting new feature - a season long virtual tour running from April - September with multiple contests along the way! The plan is to have one contest each month PLUS a contest in the week leading up to the remaining majors. All you have to do to participate in the 9 contest is tag the event, log a round using the app, and you're automatically entered for that months contest. How To Enter Create or Log-in to your Grint account - don't worry, it's all free to use Navigate to the "Spring Invitational" - our first stop on the tour - BEFORE your qualifying round *Note: Qualifying round is considered 18-holes You can play at any course - one entry per event Here's the catch: you won't know the winning metric until the contest closes! That's right, we might pick the scorecard with the most 5's, or highest GIR, or lowest Putts. One thing we can say for sure is that it will NOT be the lowest round for each event! There will be prizes each month for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners We are also going to have a season long contest, so make sure to get a qualifying round in each event! How to navigate to the correct Event In APP: On Desktop/Laptop: Now that you are all setup in TheGrint, let's take a look at our first event. THE SPRING INVITATIONAL Details: Qualifying rounds for the event must be entered between April 13th - May 3rd The contest metric and winners will be announced on May 4th Select the Spring Invitational before your round begins Play at ANY course and enter your score That's it! Prizes: 1st Prize - We're going big to get started... That's right - Driver Time! But not just any driver. 1st prize is a driver of YOUR choice with shaft, loft, grip, bells, and whistle options up to a $600 Value! 2nd Prize is Two (2) Dozen Titleist PRO V1/x Balls + 1yr Premium TheGrint Membership 3rd Prize is a One (1) year Premium TheGrint membership --- We're really excited about this series and the contest for the season. Let us know any questions you have and can't wait to see the leaderboard! ******** WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to our three randomly selected winner! 1st Place: @XMasterXDrewX 2nd Place: Justin K 3rd Place: @IPlayLikeAStormTrooper - Perfect timing as you won on May 4th! We'll contact the winners directly to get the prizes setup accordingly. We'll have another contest for May announced VERY SOON!
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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!"
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  3. For those of you who have been active members here the past couple years, I'm sure you've come to know our Staff/Moderation team of Myself and @STUDque as Co Directors mainly tasked with keeping things running, and hopefully we have done that. @StrokerAce and @GolfSpy MPR came on board two years ago and have been a tremendous asset in doing so many things behind the scenes you can't imagine. From sorting through sometimes 3,000 Testing Applications to answering countless angry emails ranging from the US only requirements to "Why didn't I get picked" types. As a wise man meaning @GolfSpy Barbajo once told me, Forum Moderators are not designed to be forever jobs. They are generally something we do that allows us to combine our hobby with work and maybe have some fun times along the way, and sooner or later we move on. That said, there will be some changes of the staff going into 2021. I think a big Thank You and show of appreciation for Enrique and Jason are in order for their time served on staff here. They have both been instrumental in so many parts of the forum. I truly have enjoyed working along side them. And I hope they both stay involved in the forum. Michael and I will be remaining on staff and there will be an addition announced at some point soon, I'm sure. I look forward to making 2021 on the Forum another great year of interacting with everyone and continuing to make it the best Golf Forum in the business!
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  4. Testers Announced (4) When the pandemic hit last year, lots of things changed in golf. Courses were closed for a while, then they reopened with restrictions. One of those restrictions involved cart use. Either courses prohibited two people--not from the same household--from sharing a golf cart, or people just felt more comfortable not sitting a foot from a total stranger for the better part of four to five hours. So many golfers took to foot, as in walking for their rounds. The result created a demand like never seen before in push carts, with many companies selling out of them by May. Another area that had huge success was the electric push carts segment. After all, given the choice would you rather: A: Carry a 25-pound bag for all five miles B: Push that 25-pound bag for all five miles C: Just, you know, walk for all five miles Ask about anyone, and nearly all reasonably non-maniacal types would pick C. That's where MOTOCADDY and it's M5 & M7 series comes in. According to staff writer, John Barba, "using the remote-control Motocaddy M7 is like having R2D2 as your caddie." But we want to know what our readers think. We are looking for current walkers/push cart users, who are open to trying an electric push cart. We are looking for both men and women testers, that reside in the US. We want you to test/review and keep the MOTOCADDY and let our membership know what you think. Testers These 4 Members Will be Testing the MotoCaddy Congrats! @ole gray @Tpoole22 @golfish! @BIG STU
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  5. Hey Guys, As @Golfspy_CG2 mentioned in his earlier post regarding some changes in the moderation team, I wanted to formally introduce myself as the new Community Manager for the site - formerly Tarheelvolvo, now know as GolfSpy_THV. What is a Community Manager and how does it differ from a Moderator? Great question! The role will include a bit more behind the scenes work focusing on creating new features and enhancements to the site for all to enjoy - think of it as a business owner creating requirements for development and then managing that process through to implementation. I will also be part of the moderator team assisting them with daily site maintenance, approvals, handling requests, etc... Think of it this way - if you have a question about your account, a post, or another members, speak with the moderator team; if you have a request or idea about a new site functionality or enhancement that we can all benefit from, come speak to me Who the heck are you? I've been a member for almost two years and have participated in multiple tests and have hopefully contributed some good content that others have enjoyed or found helpful. My day job, though, is more digital/development focused. I currently work for a large e-tailer managing their North American websites and handle all sorts of frontend development work (new products, banners, pricing, new pages, etc...) as well as some backend enhancements. I've been in the IT/Digital/Dev world for over 15years now and want to bring my knowledge and experience to improve the user experience for all forum members! Why now? My understanding is that as MyGolfSpy has grown, and continues to grow, Adam and the other staffers have had less and less time to focus on the forum and great community we have fostered here. So that's why the role was created! Adam would like someone to focus making enhancements and keep moving the community forward and making it the best golf forum on the web! Other thoughts... I love this community and it has been a great source of inspiration, motivation, introspection, and thoughtful commentary. I have made friends through the site, seen the support we all have for each other, and some days spend more time with you all than my own family, haha! Point being, I am dedicated to working with all members, listening to your feedback, and making this a great place for years to come. Send me any other questions you might have and let's get 2021 off to a great start! -THV p.s. stay tuned later this month for our first announcement of improvements to the site
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  6. 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
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  7. Background After I took a few months off of MGS due to some work and life things that needed my attention, I finally got some time to log back on and post a long overdue review. After posting, I found myself curious as to how I was selected and the likelihood of being selected again, especially since my product was so niche and did not receive many interactions. So I took the challenge upon myself to do a not so scientific study of how reviewers are selected and compare it to the post (https://forum.mygolfspy.com/faq/testing/how-are-equipment-testers-chosen-r11/) by the Mods on how testers are selected. While there are no bombshells, I think we Spys understand the value of data in telling our story. So, I did my best at pulling all data from the past 18 months of reviews Methods First off, I am no data scientist. From DJ to Bryson, I’m somewhere in the middle. I mainly do very basic data analysis in my role through excel. I know, I know, SQL is much more efficient and I’ll get around to learning it. For this study, I focused on 18 months of product reviews. I chose this timeframe to get some data points outside of the pandemic. I started going through the review pages and noticed it was not as organized as I thought, so I chose to do only 18 months of reviews that were already on the “Past Opportunities” page in the dropdown menu. Like I said, I believe that there may have been a few more reviews that have not been archived to this page, but I don’t think it was significant. I then did the manual labor of data entry and collection. I clicked on each individual “TESTERS ANNOUNCED” within the time frame, recorded the following data points - date of review published - product - rough product MSRP - MGS username - If the User has a Donor badge on their profile - Content count - Total reputation - Month and year MGS account was created - City and State Once all of this information was input into the spreadsheet, I then added a note if they had multiple reviews and I also created an additional metric to measure the quality of the posts. All analysis comes from these data points. Limitations Overall, the main limitation is that this dataset was manually curated, so there could be a mistake, but any mistake would be minor. I have checked that there is not an additional 0 added somewhere but there could be +/- 5 units off when it comes to reputation due to fat fingers on a keyboard. Additionally, the MSRP was calculated off a quick Google search. I get that there could be sales, or the price was actually $25 higher at the time of testing. Finally, the content created, and total reputation numbers are not accurate to the time the member was selected. There is no way for me to go back and see this information, but I proceeded with collecting this because for the most part, I believe that most people’s posts grow linearly. So, the quality of posts metric should not be too far off. I will address that in bigger reviews (Cobraconnect), this ratio can get skewed. Enough with the small talk, let’s take a look at the data. Data: Let’s take a look at the data! By the numbers- - 48 total products - 202 unique testers - ~$119,625 total costs of products tested As I said in the introduction, I will be using the MGS selection criteria as a framework of analysis. Picture – I did not go through and collect this data. This is also the easiest of all of them. Put something up there! I’ve seen pictures of the people (I assume), cartoons, their children, memes, etc. Just put something up. (Inclusive, but probably true) Prove review chops - 71 (35%) of people had more than 1 review. If you get chosen, even for the smallest thing, a pushcart distance tracker, a dozen balls, etc. take it seriously and write a good review. This means good pictures, concise statements that clearly articulate your opinion on a product, timely submissions, and good follow ups. A good first review will go a long way to getting your second review and the data clearly backs this up. Additionally, one anecdotal note, it was very common for there to be a progression of items to review, starting with a smaller item and then growing to more expensive items. (True) Start posting – Please remember that this category is not perfect because I was not able to pull the post and reputation numbers at the time the testers were selected. I am assuming that people post at a linear rate. I looked at three areas for this section. Number of posts, Total reputation, and third metric that I created, Quality of post score. I wanted to look at how many interactions per post the reviewer gets. This metric speaks to higher quality of posts for the forum. Total number of posts Total reputation Quality of Post Score* Range 5 - 14,307 3 - 26,497 0.09 - 5.8 Mean 1,412 2866 1.92 Median 513 824 1.85 Because of such a large range with bunching happening at the higher end of each category, I would suggest forum members look at the Median. The best chance for you to be chosen is to have over 500 posts with over 800 total reputation which comes out to 1.85 interactions per post. Like I said earlier, there were a number of members chosen with less than this number but most under 500 posts were in the 100-200 range. I think the biggest takeaway, is to post frequently and create posts that others want to engage in. I think an average user can get to 200+ posts in 2-3 months. There might be an issue that leads to inequity when it comes to being chosen. As I started reviewing some of the posts and interactions, if you are chosen for a more high-profile test, your posts and interactions will increase at a higher rate than other members. This easily leads to a boost in your profile making it easier to be selected. I don’t think there is a way around smoothing out this distinct increase, but it is something that I hope mods take notice of. (True) Become an MGS Donor This category comes with major limitations. The only public piece of data that I was able to collect was if the member included the MGS Donor badge in their profile. From this information I found 59.9% of testers had a donor badge in their profile. I suspect that this number may be closer to 70-80% but these members have not reached out to get the donor badge added. (Inconclusive but probably true) Overall, MGS is clear about how testers are selected. For the most part their criteria is clear and the data shows that they follow the criteria for selection. Common misconceptions I wanted to add a section that debunked some of the common misconceptions that I had when I first joined the forum. - I have to be a member for a long time before I get anything (FALSE) o Over the past 18 months, members who were selected had profiles created from March 2010 – November 2020. 42 testers (21%) joined in 2020. If you’re new and are contributing to the forum, you have a decent chance of being selected. - Once I get one review, I won’t ever get another (FALSE) o 71 (35%) members had more than 1 review in 18 months. I suspect if I go back even further, they had other reviews too. As I said in the above section, if you get chosen and do a good review, you actually put yourself at an advantage to be selected again. o No reviewer had more than 3 reviews in the past 18 months. It appears that this is the limit, it looks to be extremely rare for a member to have more than 1 review every 6 months. - I have to be good at golf to be selected for a review (FALSE) o This idea is very much false, MGS wants members of all skill levels to be involved in testing. In order to prove this, I pulled the handicaps listed on members’ profiles. This is a limitation because it is member provided information that is most likely not updated regularly. Regardless, here is what I found. Range – (33 - +5) Mean – 10.09 Median – 9.2 o If anything, having an accurate handicap is beneficial to being selected because, it appears that MGS wants to have a broad range of testers for each product, specifically balls and clubs. Conclusion For the most part, MGS sticks to what they say when it comes to choosing testers but it appears that there is some non-measurables that they use when it comes to selecting first time testers. It does not appear that there is a formula or that it is completely random. There seems to be a human element which makes it hard to say exactly why specific members were chosen over others from the outside looking in. Shoutout to @Brian A, @jlukes, @B.Boston, @txgolfjunkie, @gavinski91, @Mtbryant01, @daviddvm for having been selected to review over $3,000 worth of equipment! These individuals were ones who had been selected for this year or last year's Cobraconnect challenge. So each of them had at least one product review in addition to cobra connect in the past 18 months. TL;DR - Overall, post quality content frequently, if you are given a chance to test an item, take it seriously, and keep posting. If you’re new and you stay involved, your time will come. Okay, I’m tired. Let me know you’re thoughts!
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  8. 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….
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  9. Hey guys I just got a message from one of our own, our Mod Golfspy_CG2. He asked me to to share that he’s in the hospital with COVID and pneumonia. He’s responding to treatment and hopes to be home in about 3 days. I’ve got him in my prayers and I’m sure he’s appreciate thoughts and prayers from all of us. Stay safe guys, we aren’t quite done with this yet. In the home stretch for sure but it’s not the time to let up yet. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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  10. This thread will serve as the announcement thread for the 2021 CC5 participants. Feel free to congratulate the participants and ask them any questions you would like about the plans for the event. I'm sure once they recover from fainting they will be happy to share their thoughts and enthusiasm for the challenge. Many more details will come out on the challenge in the coming days, but for now let's focus on congratulating the following spies. And on a serious note, please we are requesting to keep this thread free of memes and gifs. Just plain congratulations means much more to everyone involved. So lets meet #TeamYags and #TeamChad Team Yags: @Brian A Testing RADSPEED Variable Irons @LeftyMatt89 Testing RADSPEED One Length Irons @jlukes Testing KING TOUR MIM Irons Team Chad: @txgolfjunkie Testing RADSPEED Variable Irons @gavinski91 Testing RADSPEED Variable Irons @Mtbryant01 Testing KING TOUR MIM Irons That's our field, what I'm sure will be the best Cobra Connect Challenge yet, remember it's going to involve a team component and each team will be representing one of Cobra's very own in Mike Yagley VP of Innovation and AI and Chad DeHart Manager Product & Innovation
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  11. 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.
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  12. INTRODUCTION AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS Greetings fellow Spies! Golfish reporting in for another great testing opportunity provided oh so graciously by Motocaddy and MGS! Quick intro about me. As my MGS handle and picture implies, I am an avid golfer and fisherman. Yes that is me holding a casting rod on a golf course trying to fish my 6iron and my buddy's sandwedge out of a tree. Long story but DM if you want to know more! The GRINT says I played 89 rounds last year which is about right. I do play at least once a week and sometimes 2-3 times if the boss is on vacation! I am currently a 16.7 handicap index that has been trending down lately! My personal best round is 84 on a course measuring 6743 yards from the white tees with a slope and rating of 72.5/133. I currently live in Southern California and have been playing golf seriously for about 4 years. Before then I was a range rat for about 2 years ingraining bad habits into my swing! I chose to use pictures of Marines "humping" (hiking for you civilians) up a hill because that was me back in early 2000's. I served as an 0311 (yes PXG names their clubs after Marine Corps MOS designations because Bob Parsons was a Marine in the Vietnam era) which is your basic infantryman/grunt during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I did a lot of humping up and down hills and was the leanest, meanest fighting machine you'd ever seen! Now as an engineering manager married with two kids, I am quite a bit larger, and slower, and maybe not as mean! But I keep telling myself I need to get back to that time where I was in the best shape of my life. So I try to walk the course whenever I can which is usually any season other than summer here in SoCal. Everyone thinks it is a nice comfortable 70 degrees here all year long. That may be the case in the beach counties but cross the mountains into the Inland Empire and it is desert so it gets pretty hot in the summer. I applied for this Motocaddy test because I wanted to see if having an electric trolley (as they are called in Europe) would allow me to walk during the summer rounds here. As my home course is in a city called Chino Hills, it is quite hilly. The other course I play often is called Mountain Meadows because it is carved at the base of a mountain so there are some elevation changes there as well. This is actually not my first time using an electric push cart as I was in Germany a few years ago on a business trip and managed to get a round together with someone from the vendor I was visiting. He let me borrow his wife's Motocaddy (can't remember the model) as he told me that most everyone in Europe walks and does not ride in a cart. Imagine my surprise when I check my emails and get a notification that I had been selected to test the Motocaddy! As @GolfSpy MPR mentioned we were given the option to test either the M5GPS or the M7 remote. The main difference between the two is that the M5 has an integrated GPS for course info and has a full color display that shows things like yardages and hazard info. The M7 does not have this but has a remote control for operation. After a good ol knife fight, I was selected for the M5 GPS unit. UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS The box is very sturdy and I was a bit concerned when I picked it up from the Fedex office as I saw some damage on one of the panels. Thankfully it did not transfer to the unit and unit came well packaged and well thought out so nothing would jostle and get damaged in transit. The unit comes mostly assembled, with just the battery, wheels, and bag straps not attached. What I was not expecting was the included glass screen protector for the GPS screen. Motocaddy definitely went and got a manufacturer to design and make this custom for this screen as the fit is perfect. Little things like this are what tells the customer that a company appreciates them and is thinking about customer satisfaction. Our phones which for some border on the same cost as a Motocaddy unit don't bother to come with a screen protector! Take some lessons here Apple and Samsung! I install my own screen protectors on my phones so installing this one was the same process. Looks like there is a SIM card for the GPS which is preinstalled in the unit. No idea where it would go anyway but again nice touch not having the customer have to install something that is vital for the function of this product. Some random pictures of the instruction manual, the battery box, etc. The battery connector is proprietary and you will need to use their charger. Charging took about 4 hours for the indicator to go from red to green. Battery is fairly compact but dense. The case is well designed so that it sits in the battery compartment during use and is easy to lift out for charging etc. The instructions recommend disconnecting the battery when not in use to as there is no on/off button. Once out of the box, folding and unfolding is a breeze. 2 latches control the opening and closing of the unit and the front wheel folds in automatically. Attaching the wheels is also easy as each wheel has a small release button you press and push the wheel on to the axle. The wheel system is designed well as there are two notches on the axle for the wheel to lock into. One notch is for battery operation which allows the motor to drive the wheels. The second notch is for freewheel mode if you don't want to use the motor and it allows the wheels to freewheel on what I believe are it's own bearings. Smart design and as an engineer things like this excite me! The accessory station also comes pre-attached and Motocaddy has been gracious enough to send us the full accessory kit which includes a drink holder, umbrella holder, device cradle, and score card holder. This has not yet arrived as I believe we have been told they will be shipped mid April. Perhaps the accessory kit will have what I am looking for but compared to my manual push cart, there is no actual storage on the cart. ON COURSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS I have 2 rounds in (first one was the day I got it lol) and I have to say at first I was not sure if having an electric push cart was going to make a big difference. I am relatively young, in my mid 30's and not totally out of shape. However, after the first round using this, I can't quantitively measure the difference (maybe it is time for a whoop band?) but for sure I was much more energetic at the end of the round than when I used my manual push Sun Mountain Reflex cart. This course is relatively flat with little elevation change (Bryson could probably drive his ball from one end of the course to the other and see the ball flight mostly the entire time!) so the battery usage was minimal. My second round which I played this morning was on a much hillier course. Even with the use of an electric push cart, I was much more exhausted after the round (though that could be attributed to me getting the second dose of COVID vaccine yesterday) and the battery meter looked more depleted. (forgot to take a picture of the screen after to show the battery meter but will remember for future rounds). Controlling the cart is fairly simple, there is a large button in the middle of the handle bars for motor on and off. The button has a dial around it for controlling speed. You can change speeds while the cart is in motion and the response is fairly fast. You can also change speeds while the cart is stopped so that when you turn on the motor it will accelerate to that setting. I did notice though that sometimes the speed dial would not register a speed change and I had to try a few times. Might be I am trying to turn the dial too quickly. Finding my course on the unit was simple as the screen is touch screen and you choose "Play Golf" from the home screen and it searches for GPS data. It will then display courses closest to your location and you choose the course and go. I had no trouble finding the course for both of my rounds. The screen is pretty bright and easy to read in direct sunlight. The screen can be a touch sensitive as during my round I would notice I had pressed the screen accidentally and advanced a hole or went into a setting menu. Most of the menus are intuitive though and you can find your way back to the home screen easy. I did accidentally end my round somehow today between the 5th green and 6th tee box but I was able to find the course quickly before teeing off. You can use the M5 to track your score but it is not saved anywhere. I use my phone to enter my scores on Grint anyway so I am looking forward to the accessory kit. For now I use my Desert Fox phone holder strapped to the push cart. One thing I had to get used to is the lack of onboard storage. My Sun Mountain Reflex has 2 storage bins that I use to hold extra tees and my range finder as well as a 2 ball holder. Not a big deal as the whole point of having a push cart is that you have your bag right there with you and you don't have to walk over to your cart. Plus maybe the accessory kit will have some onboard storage options. Worst case I will use the drink holder as a ball holder as I know my giant water bottle wont fit in it for sure. Comparing distances with my shotscope V3 and a range finder, I noticed the distances on the Motocaddy GPS were consistently longer on the first round. The hazard info was closer to my Shotscope numbers. The M5 has the ability to connect to wifi to update firmware and course mappings. I updated the course info for my home courses yesterday and I did notice that the distances were pretty spot on for my round today. Forgot to take pictures of distances today but I tried to rely on the M5 GPS for distances to greens for my approach shots and I was hitting the greens like a champ today. Even had one rip back 10 feet to within 6 inches from the hole! Not that the push cart had anything to do with that but definitely had the right distances! Here are some videos of the cart running along in the parking lot and on the course. I also tested the DHC (downhill control) function which keeps the cart at the same speed when going downhill. The ADC (automatic distance control) function is pretty cool too. Allowed you to set a distance from 5-60 yards and the cart will go that distance then stop. Handy for making the cart go and wait for you at the next hole. Just make sure there are no obstacles or hazards in the way as the cart only goes in a straight line and will not stop until it reaches the preset distance! I can neither confirm nor deny that I may or may not have taken out a footgolf flag today... The cart handles bumpy terrain fairly well though I would recommend holding on to the handles if it gets really bumpy or you are travelling across an incline that is perpendicular to the direction of travel as the cart may topple over. (almost had an accident on one hill but was holding on the handle bars so it didnt go over). 20210406_142650.mp4 20210406_143525.mp4 20210408_085148.mp4 Overall excited to be a part of this test and walk more rounds than previous summers. It is just starting to get heated up here in SoCal so I will also be tracking my weight over the course of the test to see how much walking 1-2 rounds a week contributes to my fitness. Again thanks MGS and Motocaddy for this awesome opportunity and looking forward to talking with Roger, the CEO of Motocaddy USA next week as he has asked for a quick zoom call to go over the features and some starting tips as well as to answer any questions we may have. Also there is another surprise to come but you have to stay tuned for details on that! Not sure if any other company has shown this much dedication to a product test in the past but it shows how much they actually want to hear our honest opinions and ensure the testing goes smoothly.
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  13. Since the builder of my house didn't take into consideration the length of a real car and the design of the staircase down to the garage, I was left with one bay being unusable for anything bigger than a Jeep or VW bug. Brainstorm... what a great place to put together a golf practice room that can be used year round. I have one more addition coming to cover the floor carpeting hanging from the ceiling on the right side. This protects the garage windows in the other bay from an unexpected hosel rocket! I was going to build a wall but the carpet was available from putting a Pergo floor in my daughters room. Originally I was going to get one of those golf wall murals but they were around $300 to $400 for the size I wanted. Plus I would have to build a wall between the two car bays. Then I had a brain storm after a few days of scouring the internet.... I ordered a photography back drop with a fairway and green image for $18.00 (See last photo.) It will be here in about a month. Eight feet tall by six feet wide. It's meant to stand on to take photo's so it will be just fine to just hang in front of the carpet. DIY Down Under Board & DIY Speed Stick DIY Ball Racks, White board for stats DIY Chipping board Seating and Refreshment Fridge & A DIY Ball dispenser. Backdrop on order.
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  14. This one won’t be popular or anything…
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  15. After six years of playing, I got my first hole in one yesterday! Pretty crazy feeling to see the ball drop from the tee box. It was a slight downhill par 3 from 150 yards, got it done with a 9 iron! I should just retire now. [emoji23]
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  16. I had a special announcement planned for my 10,000th post. But of course, i saw a topic earlier and fired off a reply before I thought about it. Then i hit a slight delay on the announcement details. So while the special announcement will still come, it’ll have to wait a couple days. But I think everyone will find it worth the wait. In the meantime, thanks to all the members who made this such a welcoming place when i first joined and who have continued to follow along and chide me on my club adventures It’s been an honor to serve on staff for the past three years. And you all make it a pleasure to do so.
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  17. Hitting a bunch of personal forum milestones all at once. I first joined the MGS Forum March 1, 2016, so I'm quickly approaching 5 years as a member. Like many, I'm pretty sure I initially joined for a "contest" (not realizing that review opportunities aren't contests). After lurking for almost a year and a half, my first "real" post was about my basement putting green. It's exactly the sort of thing this Forum exists for: I had a cool golf thing to talk about and needed to find a community of people who'd actually care. That post was incredibly well-received and encouraged me to get more involved in the Forum. That involvement obviously ended up with my being added as one of the Forum moderators in December 2018 (has it been that long already?). It's been nice to be able to give back a bit to the Forum, to keep it growing while maintaining the sense of community that makes this site special. Ever since the days (before the existence of The Leaderboard) when @STUDque would post compilations of the most liked content and members, I've been a bit obsessive about my like:post ratio. For me, it was an indicator of wanting to add quality to the Forum with my posts. Being a mod has given that a boost: announcing new review opportunities and new testers is always good for a dozen or so free likes . But credit where it's due: although I've just surpassed having a 4.0 like:post ratio, @edingc has passed me by, currently holding a 4.25 ratio (which is currently the highest of anyone with 4,000+ reactions).
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  18. 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.
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  19. 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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  20. 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 ApolloShow! Welcome to the team, we're glad to have you!
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  21. Who would ever think that someone would say best value and PXG in the same sentence.
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  22. Got home last night. Feeling better but still low oxygen levels but they have me on home oxygen for that. So im on the slow road back. From what i’ve heard, those that are hospitalized, it may take several weeks to get close to normal. Thanks for all the well wishes and encouragement. It really did make a difference! And @jlukes you cracked me up with that comment!
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  23. Appreciate the kind thoughts and praise guys. Undeserved, as I just worked to help steer the ship. Kudos go out to @STUDque. He did so much work behind the scenes it's hard to even comprehend. He kept the forum running like a well-oiled machine and when things went off-kilter he spent his own personal free time to get it back up and running. I wish you all knew how much work he did to keep things operational as well as both bring exciting tests and challenges to the members and manage them at the same time. Thank you doesn't seem enough having been on the inside looking out. He left things in a very good place and I will sincerely miss working with him. As you can tell I haven't gone anywhere (even started a new thread under my previous nom-de-plume today!) but I might not be as active as I once was. Thanks to all of you; you all were a great group of members to work for; the forum is yours and we simply worked for you to help make it great. You guys are what make it the place it is and your respect for each other shines through. Best of luck to @GolfSpy MPR and @Golfspy_CG2... I'm hoping they won't need it. On to the next adventure!
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  24. 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.
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  25. Thanks Rev and everyone for all the prayers, support and encouragement. JB is right, i’m ready to kick Covid to the dump! @hckymeyer had the most appropriate tweet to me last night. That i will handle covid with no issues. But how many clubs will be ordered while im here. Start the over/unders ha Update: i was sick all Christmas weekend, had a fever and coughing. On Monday i started getting short of breath and had a telemedicine call with my Dr. he sent me to the ER. They tested me for COVID and pneumonia and admitted me. Since Tuesday am. I have felt overall very good. All vital signs are normal. The oxygen level is still low. But im on a 5 day drug for that. Once it stabilizes i can be released. But im getting great care from everyone here. Hardest part is my fiance/wife at home who cant see me. But i call her regularly and she is glad to hear im doing well. I just echo RevKev’s above. Please take this seriously. There are some patients here near me who aren't as well as i am. We haven't beaten this yet!! But we will, if everyone does their parts!
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  26. Thank you to Rob for doing the AMA. The response was spot on what I was hoping to learn from him! He spoiled us with 30 minutes of great content. Rob joins us from the great state of Maryland where he is the Tournament Sales Director for a 36-hole Troon Golf Course. For those of you who have been around for a few years also know Rob as one of our esteemed Forum Directors for our very own MyGolfSpy Forum previously (still Golfspy_CG2). A couple important highlights from his career: Rob is the reason we have a lot of the cool stuff to test on our forum as he is our point of contact with many of the major OEMs on the forum (so please give him a warm welcome to the AMA)! He’s worked as the Sales Director at the Compass Pointe Golf Courses 6 years. Rob is heavily involved in the club fitting process and can speak to anything golf outing, sales and course management in general. Before beginning his career in golf, he worked at Hilton Hotels for 26 years in sales and as a General Manager. In the winter, Rob is a college basketball reporter for a local Baltimore radio station, so you could say he’s somewhat of an ‘insider’ in more than just golf. Please give him a warm welcome to the Ask Me Anything!
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  27. 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.
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  28. 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!
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  29. When the Tommy Armour Impact No. 3 won the Most Wanted Mallet title in 2018, we all took notice. When it did it again in 2019, we knew this putter was special. Since then, the Impact No. 3 has generated a bit of a cult-like following. For 2021, the Tommy Armour Impact line includes revised No. 1 and No. 3 models and a new No. 2 wide. With that, we'd like to get some feedback from MyGolfSpy readers. The Following Members will be testing these putters @xOldBenKenobiX @knightsofnii @PeterHenric @golfingbrock @DrMJG @rbsiedsc
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  30. PERSONAL BEST ALERT! - 36/39 = 75 (+3) - 6/15 FIR - 11/18 GIR (2 birdies) - 30 Putts (12 2-putts, 6 1-putts) Cold, dreary morning and the course was pretty empty. I really took my time deciding on shots and it paid off! I actually didn't hit very many good shots from the tee today (bad case of the hooks with driver and Super Hybrid), but I hit my irons very well, chipped OK and putted excellently. And, down the stretch, my driver perked up for me. Played the front nine at even par for the first time ever, highlighted by a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 5. I was +2 coming to No. 16 (probably the second hardest hole on the course) and blasted a beautiful drive that led to a par. I very nearly hooked my tee shot on No. 17 out of bounds left, making a mess of the hole with a double bogey to get to +4 heading to No. 18 tee. (My previous best was +4 during Cobra Connect last summer.) Most of the pressure was off after the double bogey. I uncorked the longest drive I've ever hit on No. 18, 280 yards uphill, leaving 95 to the flag. Lined up a 58 wedge, landed a few yards short of the flag and ended up with my best approach all day. Knocked in the birdie putt for a new personal best. Feels amazing to put a great round together this early in the season. Lots of offseason work paying off!
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  31. Steve, New York, +4, extra stiff shafts, driver swing is 130mph I love golf and I’m a good golfer. I think I’d be a good testor. Oh wait, wrong place to post? A little part of me smiles when I see it’s Cobra Connect season. This ones not for me but I love everything about it. Good luck to all!!!
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  32. What a great way to start the season, thanks again to the folks at MOTOCADDY for providing this fantastic opportunity to get the 2021 testing season...rolling So with that said, join me in congratulating these four members who will be strolling the fairways with a MOTOCADDY M7 @ole gray @Tpoole22 @golfish! @BIG STU Congratulations gentleman, you'll be receiving a PM from one of us today or tomorrow with further info. We'll let you know about the ordering process and everything else you'll need to know, so no need to do anything on your end.
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  33. +4 75 (40/35) 6/13 FiR 8/18 GiR 28 putts First ace today! #17, 121y PW that dunked into the cup. Best part was the group in front was part of our group, and waved us on since we were playing greenies. Heard it hit the stick from the tee box, and every one on the green yelled back that it went in. Super exciting, honestly never thought it would happen. Somehow managed to par the 18th after to finish the round.
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  34. As I suspect most of you noticed, we've had some technical difficulties in the past day or so. The Forum regulars have been forced to do something else with the Forum down. So... You know the MyGolfSpy Forum is down when: you suddenly realize that this was a Presidential election year. you end up on another golf website and get mocked for asking about anything other than rebar shafts. something random happens, and instead of telling you Forum, you talk to your wife.
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  35. 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!
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  36. Michael spoiled us by answering all the questions asked by the Forum. He broke out his questions by sections including his time as a Forum Moderator, following his son, Kirke, and he caps things off with his answers to your questions about being a pastor! ___________________________________________________ For this week’s AMA, we decided to look inward to our most tenured Moderator on the MyGolfSpy Forum, Michael Riley. Michael joins us from Wakefield, MI where he is a Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church. A few highlights of his time here Moderating the forum: He’s an 11.5 handicap with a MUCH better swing than most 11.5s. Don’t believe me? Check out his Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mpatrickriley/) His garage golf setup is extremely desirable, and he’s tested virtually every type of training device you can think of If you’ve ever gotten locked out of your account, it’s most likely Michael who helped you back in. His patience is outstanding I wouldn’t be surprised to see his son on tour one day. If you’re not following “A Thread About Kirke” already, you’re wasting your own time Not Pictured: His Beard
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  37. 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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  38. 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.
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  39. So the first pieces to my Cobra RADSPEED One Length and unofficial CC5 participant showed up today.
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  40. First off wanted to thank everyone on this site. This is my 3,000th post. Not everything is golf related and I have really enjoyed coming to MGS and utilizing it similar to other social medias that I have gotten rid of. It is nice to come to this site every day and BS'ing back and forth with everyone. So thank you, cant wait to see was 2021 brings on the site. Background Now off to my fitting. Little background prior to my first fitting at TrueSpec in 2019 I had never been fitted and bought off the shelf. Prior to the fitting I had won a TS2 in a tournament and am still swinging that today, have swapped shafts around trying to figure out what feels good and what could play well for me. I have also struggled with a steep negative attack angle and a high spin (typically above 3500). Few of the shafts I have gone through: -Orignal HZRDUS smoke 6.0 that came stock -HZRDUS Green 6.5 -Currently HZRDUS Blue TX Arrival at PGASS When I got to PGASS this morning my fitter was Patrick Hohman. Nice guy, pretty knowledgeable and we discussed what I knew about my swing which included the AOA (which going in today I had no idea if any of my swing adjustments have effected that) and my very high spin. Right away he said the TX is to much for me (we discussed my current swing speed, typical flight path etc.) I told him I didnt expect to get over 110SS today being the winter and I really have not swung anything besides my 2 simulator trips in the past 2+ months. With COVID I am not working out and just focusing on staying flexible. We also discussed that I have no brand BIAS and that I wanted to swing everything and anything. My swing overall for today felt pretty damn good. Was not overly fast which I was not expecting to be, contact once I got to the final 2 drivers was extremely consistent (have contact on those which was very pleasing) so I am very confident that whatever my choice is will work great for me peak season when I am usually consistent and stroking. Here was the final lineup of everything I swung (PING G425, SIM2, TSI3, Callway EPIC, Cobra RAD Speed, TSI2 and lastly my gamer) I told him I did not want to know what he was putting in for shafts just what the head was which kept my head clear I think. I do not know what was in each until I got down to the 2 that number wise and feel wise were the best. Here was the final look at the end of the day with over 150 swings (removed the mix and match shafts at the end)...Scary to see the wide dispersion but here it is Swinging First 3 clubs I swung were automatically knocked out. Didn't feel great for me and really didn't like anything about them but the G425 look. Also the numbers were just a no with 0 consistency. -G425, Epic and SIM2 were knocked out right away. We tried multiple shafts and I just did not enjoy them. This left me to the TSI3, TSI2 and RAD Speed The Rad Speed was awesome. Just like last years speedzone. I love the feel, look at address with the matte top and the infinity face. It was great and by all accounts extremely consistent. Had a few off the fairway with dead pulls which is normal for me. I kept my typical baby fade with low spin and great ball speed for what I was swinging at today. The setup was 9* loft set to 8* with a 44.5" MotoreX F1 6X Can we just talk about that spin average!? Next up was the TSI3 and the TSI2. The TSI2 was still too spinney for me and didn't really keep it under 3k so that was a wash. I have swung the TSI3 mutliple times and I love the look and feel. My contact was better (more center where the Cobra a few got high but that's nickel and diming), also a slightly higher spin. This setup was an 8* with the 44.5" HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.5. After we got these dialed in and figured out what was working. We swapped multiple different Tensei, ventus and ACCRA shafts in and out (mostly because I just wanted to swing and wanted to go through everything). But nothing really compared to these 2 setups...whether it was feel or numbers these were the 2 clear winners in both aspects. Decision Time Well I feel like I cannot go wrong with either setup. I still really enjoy the feel of the RDX Blue but with that spin I am not going to get anywhere, I do wish I thought to put my shaft in the TSI3 and see what happened but I forgot but from my discussions with Patrick that probably wouldn't be the case. Cost wise going with the Cobra is probably the right move. I also prefer the look of the cobra at address. So I am leaning towards cobra, I liked both shafts, I did not have a preference and since both are stock shafts in their respective clubs will not matter to me. Both setups will be good as I increase speed in the next few months as the snow melts as well. The experience was great and the data was very reassuring on what I have been working on. More to come as I sell and buy! Again wanted to thank everyone on the site as this is such a great place to come and discuss with everyone!
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  41. Thanks to you all for all the prayers and positive thoughts. They have obviously been heard and are working. Truly appreciate each one of this great community.
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  42. 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
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  43. 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.
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  44. 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!
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  46. The idea for a 24/7 indoor practice facility stemmed from me not finding any time to play while I lived in Chicago. I was out there for graduate school at Northwestern and ended up as the golf operations manager at a small community golf course called Canal Shores. Fast forward a couple of years later, and I just wasn't playing or practicing anymore because of time. Then I started to think, "How cool would be if there was an indoor facility I could go to at midnight?" So when my family moved back to Utah last fall, low and behold The Links Club was born. Open 24/7 to my members, it has been a wild ride and a lot of learning on the way, but overall I've enjoyed it.
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  47. My dad passed away this morning. Yesterday morning he had a heart attack. At the hospital the doc said he had congestive heart failure, fluid on lungs, low BP, low oxygen level, and kidneys failing. It was somewhat unexpected, but he has had problems for several years that got worse during COVID. He had a stroke in 2014 at age 83, but during COVID, his assisted living facility was shutdown and we couldn't visit. He was basically shut up in his apartment for 9 months; body and mind deteriorated. He fell on Christmas morning, cracked his pelvis and two bones in his neck; spent 3 months in rehab. We moved him 300 miles to a care facility here in Richland WA on March 19 so he was close to us. At age 90 he has had a very full and happy life. An Army veteran of the Korean War, dad went back to college and graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Horticulture in 1962, three years before I graduated from H.S. He worked in hazelnut research until he retired from the USDA in 1987 and raised cows on his farm. He and my mom, who passed away in 2017, traveled around the west in their RV having fun with the many friends they had met over the years. He was a great dad and a great person, and I enjoyed my time with him as his son.
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  48. First off this is my 5000 post here on MGS. Being part of this forum has been such an absolute blast! So many great members, friends really, and so much very helpful advice. I now know and have played with a handful of you and sure hope I get the chance to add many more of you to that list. So I've been saving this post/thread for this occasion. About 3 weeks ago, I played a round with a father and son (Luke) who was celebrating his 14th B-day. Neither played that well, and Luke was clearly a bit nervous. His Dad had decided that they would play a best ball format up to the green as he was concerned about slowing play. The course was pretty full, but not overly so and I encouraged them to take their time and not be too concerned about pace. Things were moving along well enough until the par 3 hole #4 where groups started stacking up. The group waiting on the tee gave the group on the green an earful about picking up pace. I looked ahead and did note the group on #5 had just finished teeing off - but no big gap. The group on the green also had a younger player that was not striking the ball well. The guy who gave them grief started going off about people coming out here that have no business playing courses like this. "Courses like this"? Dude, what? It's a nice public course, better than average perhaps but nothing crazy hard, excessively long, and arguably one whose layout is well suited for errant shots. I could immediately see Luke seize up. He didn't even want to hit from the tee fearing the group now waiting behind us was going to get upset. I walked back to them and said; we have a young new player here and might be a wee bit slow. Are you guys OK with that or would you like to play through. I also explained what the Dip$h** ahead of us just did and that the kid (celebrating his B-day btw) is now nervous as hell. They said no issue at all. You guys take your time and they all wished Luke a Happy B-day. They also rooted from behind and at subsequent tee boxes. Luke and Dad had a blast and at #18 his Dad thanked me for helping. Never forget our own beginnings and struggles with this game. A unintended outburst may very well change the course of a future player continuing with the game. I walked off to my car hoping Luke would.
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  49. I don't have the decades-long chase that some of you have. I've only been playing regularly for about 8 years now. What I do have is an 8-year-old who constantly reminds me that he has an ace, and that he got his when he was 5. So that's my burden.
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  50. It's taken 9 years but I now present to you my 5,000th post. It's slow compared to some of the have a chats here, but I got there. Hopefully I can get the next 5,000 before 2029. Thanks to all of you for making this, as far as I'm concerned, the BEST golf forum on the interwebs.
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