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  1. 107 points
    Please join me in congratulating our nine (9) testers that will be embarking on the journey for more speed: Low SS: @J_L_35 @Jbmullin @tony@CIC Med SS: @MALyons31 @MaxEntropy @Apolloshowl High SS: @jlukes @ChasingScratch @alisarodriguez15 Good luck guys! ________________________________________________________________________________ SuperSpeed Golf helps you increase swing speed using OverSpeed Training, which is exactly what it sounds like it is. Basically, it creates a neurological reset and trains your brain and muscles into believing you can swing the club faster. It makes the body move faster than normal during training to permanently increase the neuromuscular reaction speed of the body. In plain English: swinging a training stick faster than normal causes your brain to remember this faster speed, and even start expecting it. Frankly, the majority of training aids we test aren't worth your money. But, you don't get into the bags of 700+ touring professionals and 100,000s of everyday golfers unless it works. We're pretty confident it will work for you, too. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We're looking for 9! dedicated forum members to test, review, and keep the SuperSpeed Golf Training system throughout the entire 48 week program and post updates every step along the way. Specifically, there will be 3 golfers in 3 different speed brackets. You don't have to be a low SS guy to take advantage of the program and SuperSpeed is ready to prove it. To apply, reply to this thread with the following information: Location and Age Current Driver SS Rate your fitness level: below average / average / above average Affirmation that you will see the entire program through Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  2. 73 points
    Testers Wanted (4) Among all major companies these days marketing claims around drivers are getting out of control. Manufacturers would love for golfers to buy new drivers every year or two, at seemingly increasing prices—it’s what helps pay for those flashy advertising campaigns and big-name tour contracts. As a result, the price of drivers has exploded, and it becomes a vicious circle. Ben Hogan Golf is primarily thought of as an iron company, and rightfully so. But when it set out to design and build the new GS53 Driver, it did so with the serious golfer in mind. They feel they have developed one of the best looking and best performing drivers available. They feel it’s a driver that lives up to the Ben Hogan name and promise. So if you’re a regular reader of this space…you know what’s coming next……….. TESTERS WANTED; we’re going to select four of our trusted forum members to see for themselves—and of course share with the rest of the forum— if the GS53 drivers live up to the Ben Hogan name. The testing is open to all forum members in the US, Canada and UK. At this time the driver is available in Right Hand only. To Be Considered Please Provide the Information Below BUT DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST First Name City/State or Country Driver Swing Speed Handicap We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week
  3. 72 points
    please join me in congratulating our sacrifices...err.... COMPETITORS: @GB13 - Forged Tec - MIM @B.Boston - Forged Tec - MIM @edingc - SPEEDZONE - King Black @Headhammer - SPEEDZONE - MIM @daviddvm - SPEEDZONE ONE - KING ONE (5) Competitors Wanted: #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 That's right, it's time for the largest annual event the MyGolfSpy Forum runs. #COBRACONNECT Challenge 4 is ready to knock your socks off as either a competitor or enthusiastic fan. (5) dedicated testers will be outfitted with a full set of Cobra clubs complete with Cobra Connect Arccos sensors to track your progress throughout. The testers will compete in (8) weekly challenges that will test their ability in a wide range of challenges with a season champion crowned at the thrilling completion. In addition to our testers competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, members of the community will be able to compete for PUMA GOLF prizes on their own. It's getting tougher each year to surprise the community but we're going to do our best this year with an increased catalog of Cobra Products on the table: Woods: SPEEDZONE and SPEEDZONE extreme drivers, fairway woods, and hybrids Irons: (3) SPEEDZONE and (2) Forged Tec testers. Available in conventional or One Length 3 Wedge Sets: (3) King Black (conv or OL) and (2) King MIM Go ahead and get started using the official hashtags for this challenge #MGSCOBRA2020 and #COBRACONNECT. In addition to the weekly challenges, testers will also be expected participate heavily on Social Media. This opportunity is open to residents of US and CANADA. To apply, reply to this thread only with the following information: Handicap and Location Social Media Accounts Expected rounds in an 8-week span Current OEMs in your bag Head to https://www.cobragolf.com/ and build your dream bag for this challenge
  4. 53 points
    Congrats to our selected testers! Go here to see the official review: Testers Wanted (2) T100-S and (2) T200 Titleist Irons What better way to get our minds off of all the troubles in the world these days than a good iron testing. Well at MyGolfSpy, we don’t do good, we do MIND BLOWING--You Can Not Be Serious testings!! And that’s what we have here! When Titleist introduced its new T Series irons last fall, it included pretty much everything you’d expect from Titleist, all neatly arranged—T100, T200 and T300. The T100 fit the accomplished amateur and many tour pros, while T200 and T300 were designed for the distance and game improvement segments respectively. Now this spring comes the T100-S, and you can read the excellent First Look by our own Tony Covey here: Titleist launches T100-S. Titleist in the first ever Forum Testing opportunity that I can recall, is going to provide our members a chance to put these beautiful and now longer players irons to the test. But wait there’s more: Titleist doesn’t just dip its toes in the water, it goes off the high dive! It realizes most everyday forum golfers aren’t cut out for such a player’s club. So, it’s widening the testing field to include the T-200 iron as well! That's right two models, two testers each. So read the instructions closely, as not following them exactly could cost you an opportunity to be a tester. How to Apply This is important, so please follow these instructions carefully: 1. If you haven't already, make sure you're a registered MyGolfSpy Forum member 2. Provide us with the information requested below. 3. Be honest on your selection of desired test iron and handicap, it doesn't do anybody any good to have a 36 handicap testing an iron designed for tour players and single digit handicaps. - Your First Name - City/Sate - Your Handicap - Current Iron Model In Play - Desired Model to test- You Must Choose ONE-saying something like "either one" will get you disqualified. Lastly but just as importantly Please do not 'quote' this post when applying.. Per the manufactures request: this review opportunity is open to golfers who resides in the US. We'll be announcing the testers in this thread next week, so make sure to check back.
  5. 50 points
    Testers Wanted (5) 2 - Icon Irons 3 - PTX Pro/Icon Combo Sets If there is any company that should have an iron called Icon, you have to believe that Ben Hogan would be one of the few to justify such a name. Arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time, Hogan was known for his pursuit of perfection both on the course and in the factory. Therefore an iron from his company bearing the name Icon, better be a good one. Well it's obvious to anyone from these pictures, that the Icon irons have already achieved half the battle with looks.The part about performance will be left to the hands of our lucky chosen testers. The Icon irons make no secret that you better have the game to put these in play, as they are ideally suited for the single digit player. But the good folks at Ben Hogan realize not everyone is blessed with pure ball striking skills or lives on the range, so they haven't left out those of us who live in the playable double digits neighborhood. Partnering with the Icon irons in the 8-P, the PTX Pros. in 5-7 offer a bit more play-ability in the mid iron section. Rounding out the low end of this players bag is the option for UiHi Utility iron or the incredible looking VKTR+ hybrid. So the call goes out to those who think they have the game and writing chops to do these irons justice on the course and in the forum. Step up, don't be afraid! HOW TO APPLY This testing is open to any right hand golfer who lives in the US or UK Follow the below instructions and please DO NOT quote this post when applying. Just create a new post First Name/City State or City Country Handicap Current Iron Model Played Which would you like to test Icon or PTX Pro-Icon Combo, You MUST choose ONLY one option. We'll be choosing the testers late next week, so check back to see if you have been chosen. Good Luck!! ______________________________________ Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  6. 42 points
    Stage 2 is now posted below after Stage 1 Stage 1 … Well, well, well I received my irons a week after THEZIPR23, blackngold_blood and DavePO43, yet am the first to Stage 1. What a bunch of slackers! A quick intro for those that don't already know me. chisag stands for CHIcago Screen Actors Guild. I have been a member of SAG for 42 years. Being an actor meant I was either very busy or had a ton of free time. The free time can work very well with a sport I am passionate about that takes a good 5+ hours to play considering the round and travel. As an actor gets older, roles are not as plentiful and free time is much more the norm than being busy. Obviously great for golf and I can take an entire winter off, which I did in 2019 playing 4 months in Phoenix. 107 out of 117 days playing golf can really fine tune your game. That said, this year due to a herniated disc, rehab and Covid closures, I did not play a single round of golf for 5 months. That is by far the longest break I have ever had from playing. … While the short game is my bread and butter for scoring, iron play is certainly a strength of my game. Loving equipment, I have owned way too many iron sets to mention. I currently play and rotate some Taylor Made P760’s & P790’s, Cobra Forged Tours and some Srixon Z Forged MB’s. Needless to say, the last thing I needed was a new set of irons. But of course I always look and the irons that caught my attention in 2020 were the Titleist T100-S. When MGS offered a set for review, I threw my hat into the ring and was very pleasantly surprised to be picked. Thank you MGS. All of my current irons have strengths and weaknesses but I will concentrate on comparisons with my P760’s, the irons I played most. I love everything about them other than their surprisingly thick top line. One of my biggest questions going forward is will the T100-S mid/long irons be as long and forgiving as my foam filled P760’s. … Right out of the box, the T100-S looked like irons I had a hand in designing. Head size, shape, hosel transition, sole camber and a thin top line is just about perfect to my eye and they immediately jumped to my favorite irons aesthetically. I dated a Playboy Bunny back in the late 70’s for a very short time and know all too well that looks don’t always match up with perfoprmance. So as beautiful to my eye as the T100-S are, they will have to outperform what I am playing now. That is a tall order. … About 15 years ago I spent an entire fall playing only knockdown shots determined to master that shot in Chicago’s winds. Most courses here stop watering around October and the fairways can become rock hard. I am happy to say I now have that shot, but by pounding all my clubs straight down into the hard turf I developed a nasty case off elbow tendonitis. Per my Ortho’s orders (a serious golfer himself) I switched to heavy weight graphite in my irons to reduce the wear and tear on my elbow and my body. I am glad I did and I never went back to steel. My favorites are the Recoil Prototype 95’s and I was extremely interested in the Kuro Kage Tini 105 gm shafts that were available in the T100-S. I ordered them in Stiff Flex and soft stepped once. Specs and description looked really good and my only concern was feel. I found playing some Aerotech Steelfiber 95 shafts, the feel is a little closer to steel than graphite. Great for Pro’s that have been playing steel their entire lives, but I am used to the smoother, slightly dampened feel of Aldila VS Proto’s and Recoil Prototypes. With Tini wire in the tip section for stability, I was hoping they felt more like Recoils than Steelfibers. If not, I would just re-shaft with my Recoil Prototypes but after 3 rounds, the feel is exactly what I look for in a heavyweight graphite iron shaft. Stable, accurate and precise with a slightly dampened feel to absorb unwanted shock. They launch a little higher than I am used to, but adjusting should not be difficult. … Due to the Corona virus I was not able to schedule a fitting for my T100-S but I know my specs and what shafts work for me, so it really wasn’t a concern for me. That said, I would always choose a fitting if possible. Other than 2* upright, soft stepped once and 1/4” long, my specs are standard. With only 3 rounds played, I m still trying to figure out yardages for each iron, something I will have down for Phase 2. I will say as an old school golfer that played a 48* pw for most of my golfing life, I have reluctantly learned to navigate the 6* gap between my 46* pw and 52* sw. But the opportunity to play a 48* wedge that Titeist calls a W2 was a welcome surprise. And instead of a W1 and W2 on the sole, Titleist labels these 2 wedges as P and 48* so no confusion pulling a wedge without reading glasses LOL. A small thing but a nice touch. … While I can and have played MB’s, I see no advantage over a Players CB that gives me everything a MB provides with added forgiveness. Like many low index players, on my good days I can hit anything well, but on my off days and especially days when my back is tight I will use all the forgiveness I can get. I am very interested to see how forgiving the tungsten in the heel and toe of the mid and long irons will be on slight mishits. And would the slightly thinner face of the T100-S compared to the T100 produce a hair more distance. A myth is other than the longest hitters, a little more distance for a better player is not wanted in their irons. But a slight increase in distance is always a plus if that distance is accurate, repeatable and all your gaps are covered. Why would I not want to hit my 4 iron 205 instead of 200? While I have never experienced any fliers from a good lie with my P790’s, they can occasionally be a few yards longer, because with a 5* interval between irons they cover a larger gap than I would ideally prefer. My hope is going back to 4* gaps I will experience more precise yardages and gapping from my T100-S. (bottom left) … And lastly, these are not GI’s or posses any magic that can correct a bad swing. Unlike many GI and certainly SGI irons, you will definitely know if you hit one thin losing distance and your fingers stinging similar to a MB. But the T100 series is the most played iron on the PGA Tour for a reason, and that tells me they can be extremely accurate and repeatable for guys who make their living knowing exactly how far they hit every iron. And make no mistake, the vast majority of players on all tours, PGA /LPGA/Champions want all the forgiveness they can get when it comes with accuraccy, for both direction and distance. So all I am looking for is an iron that: 1. Feels great 2. Looks ideal at address 3. Allows me to be laser accurate with my good swings 4. Gives me a little forgiveness with my bad swings 5. Produces a few more yards … If there are any specific questions about the T100-S irons or Kuro Kage shaft you would like answered, or something you are just curious about, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer as I play and become more familiar with their capabilities. I have not requested to be considered for irons and a MGS review until the T100-S so they clearly have an opportunity to not only make it into my bag, but became my primary irons. I look forward to sharing my progress with all of you. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Stage 2 To quote The Grateful Dead when it comes to finding the perfect irons “What a long strange trip it’s been”. I loved my P790’s until a winter in Phoenix where hard fast desert greens demanded more spin to hold approach shots. So I picked up a set of P760’s hoping they would be a suitable replacement and I ended up liking them even better. So I was not in the market for new irons but like most of us, my trips down the aisle of any golf store always included a peek at new irons. But the only irons that drew me in like the Sirens in Oh Brother Where Art Thou were the Titleist T100. (I promise that was the last song reference). So when Titleist offered the T100-S irons to My Golf Spy members for testing, I was aaaall in. Looks While I love the shape and size of my P760’s, their too thick for a players iron top line was always a distraction for me. I think the transition from short iron to mid iron is crucial and Titleist really nailed it with the T100-S irons. The short irons and the mid/long irons need a solid transition with the 8 iron, and the T100-S do exactly that with an iron shape that isn’t a short iron or isn’t a mid iron, but a little of both. The size and shape of the heads as well as the beautiful thin top line look like I had a say in their design. An irons hosel transition should be something we don’t even need to talk about because it should blend seamlessly into the head and never even be noticed. The T100-S get it just right and the offset is also perfect. Just enough without too much, again harder to accomplish than many think. My only complaint, and I am really nit picking now, is the short irons have a slightly higher heel than I prefer. I appreciate a subtle yet technically advanced cavity as much as the next player. The T100-S are subtle enough to appeal to a more traditional player like myself, but have enough visual tech to appeal to younger players that have grown up in the bling era. The no upcharge Kuro Kage Tini 105 gm graphite shafts are an excellent match for the T100-S. I read where a golf psychologist said a two tone shaft creates an illusion that the shaft is shorter and therefore seems easier to hit. I think she was on to something. The light silver top of the Kuro Kage shafts extend for about 40% of the length and then transition into dark silver that looks like steel. I really love the look but of course Titleist offers quite a few no uncharge steel shafts as well. Score 9 Sound & Feel Titleist forgings have a crisper sound/feel compared to some other OEM forgings and it is one of their trademarks. I appreciate that feel, but when you flush them absolutely dead center they feel like absolutely nothing at all. Hogan once said he hit one, maybe two perfect shots in 18 holes of play, and the T100-S let you know exactly when you accomplish that feat. Slightly off and you get that really nice, crisp Titleist feel that lets you know you hit it really well, just not perfectly. The one area the T100-S can feel and sound pretty bad is high on the face, something that has happened to me when my ball is in deep rough above or below my feet and I am not quite sure where the ground is. Score 9 Practice Performance After 2 back surgeries I can play golf almost every day as long as I walk and keep moving. I have not been to the range in about 20 years because standing in one spot and swinging over and over again would take a toll on my back. But I like to play practice rounds late in the day. I can hit several different shots from the tee and fairway and actually find it more beneficial than hitting range balls. I don’t think I am over stating the capabilities of the T100-S irons by saying they can do anything you have the skill to execute. High-low, left-right, draw-fade. But very quickly I learned they don’t mask bad shots. There is a reason the T-100 series went into Tour players bags faster than any other iron Titleist has produced. They are very precise irons. With my P760’s and even more so my P790s, hitting 3/4 shots tended to fly a little farther or shorter than I would like. A slightly faster swing might produce a few extra yards. Certainly not the 20yd “fliers” some claim but when facing a 110 yd 3/4 pw to a pin in the back of the green an extra 4 yards can mean the difference between par and birdie. Score – 18 On-Course Performance After a few weeks of getting to know my T100-S irons, I played 5 rounds in a row under par, something I have never done before. That took “potential” out of the equation and I was able to shoot my age for the very first time. I was comfortable hitting these irons very quickly, sooner than any irons I have played and the number of iron sets is probably close to 50. That said, they are a completely different iron for me when it comes to loft and I am still trying to calibrate their distance in all conditions. We have had the windiest spring/summer I can remember in the Chicago suburbs so playing a “stock iron” shot has been pretty rare. The pitching wedge is 44* and I have never played a pw with a loft that strong. But my set also includes a 48* “wedge” that just has a 48 on the sole. The pitching wedge has a P and then 44 underneath. Printing 44 on the sole is one of the few errors Titleist made with these irons as a simple P would be much cleaner. After playing a 46* pw and a 52* sw for years I was used to manipulating swings to cover that 6* gap. It did not take me long to appreciate hitting shots with my wedges and the 4* gap with my 48* meant less swing calculations. I use it much more than my old 46* or my 52* sw and has become a go-to scoring club for me. The surprisingly forgiving 4 iron is one my favorite irons to hit. And while I am on the subject of forgiving, the high density tungsten in the heel and toe of the 7-4 irons make the T100-S pretty darned forgiving of shots hit a little on the toe side, which is my typical miss. Thin shots suffer more than heel/toe misses and as I said earlier, shots hit high on the face are pretty penal. The T100-S is not a Game Improvement iron so they do not mask mistakes. On my good ball striking days I still miss the center a little and the T100-S really shine when near the center, rewarding a slight mishit with a shot similar to a perfectly struck shot, just without that melt into the face feel. So I guess what I am trying to say is the misses with good contact are pretty good, while bigger misses would be better served with something more forgiving like the T200. I usually take a very shallow divot or just brush the turf after contact. But when I have taken a healthy divot the T100-S are excellent slicing through the ground, carving out a uniform and easily replaceable divot. This means a sharper leading edge that will not be much help with shots hit a little fat, although that kind of help is probably not an issue for most players contemplating T100-S irons. Now, the negative. I still am not quite sure how far I hit all of them because the lofts are so different than what I have normally played and I just have not had an opportunity to play them on many windless 70-90* days, so stock irons shots have been rare. And as much as I love the 48 and the 4 iron, I have had to remove a club from my bag to make room for both of them. I like to play a 3 wood, hybrid and a Driving Iron. The hybrid I use from the rough or when I need max carry and the DI I use from the tee or a 2nd shot into the wind. So I have to decide by course type/weather forecast if I want the hybrid or DI in my bag on any given day. Score - 28 Miscellaneous I have had more questions from players I have been paired up with than any other irons I have played, several playing earlier versions like AP2’s and AP1’s, along with a few questions about the Kuro Kage shafts. The one thing that is a constant is “Those just look soooo good” kinda comment. I almost had my first HIO with my T100-S. Score 9 Play it or Trade it The P760 mid and long irons are a bit longer than the T100-S for me and that is the only reason I hesitate to call the T100-S clear winners. I will do some head to head testing this fall. But for now the T100-S irons will stay in my bag. As I stated earlier, I was not looking at any irons other than the T100 series and if you put my feet to the fire I just might have preferred the T100 with weaker lofts so I could keep both my hybrid and DI in the bag. Yet I love the addition of a 4th wedge and it has improved my short iron play. Admittedly I am being a little greedy. Points – 18 Conclusion The T100-S irons are exactly what you think they are. Stronger lofted Players Irons that are an absolute joy to play but do not travel silly distances or cover up egregious miss hits. I think they provide the kind of look and performance you expect from a MB, with the added forgiveness you want in a Players Iron. With their thin top line and slightly smaller profile, they are perfect for MB players looking for something a little more forgiving. They can execute any shot you have the skill to play and enough forgiveness to help when you miss them a little. If you are a marginal ball striker, the T100-S are probably not for you. But the better player that hits the center and has command of trajectory and partial shots will absolutely love these irons. Considering new Forged Irons are selling for $1200-1400 it is difficult for me to say if the T100-S are worth the cost. But if you’re in the market for a Players Distance Iron or would like to transition from MB’s while keeping the look at address, I think the T100-S should be at the very top of your demo list. 5 rounds in a row under par is a record for me so there is no doubt they have improved my scores and I can certainly see why so many Pro’s have put the T100 series in their bags. Thanks again to Titleist and My Golf Spy as well as all of you that have followed this thread! Final Score – 91
  7. 38 points
    Testers Wanted (4) Ping G710 Irons Nothing like getting the official start of the MyGolfSpy Forum testing season off to a grand start with a set of irons that follow one of the most successful irons in the recent history of PING. When launched in the spring of 2018 the G700 irons caught golfers by surprise. They were different in almost every way from any iron PING had produced. And they performed, boy did they perform. Now, as is typical for PING, two years later they've launched the new version: the G710 irons. The most noticeable visual difference is the stunning stealth black finish. But PING wouldn't be PING if there weren't several technical improvements. Chief among those is sound and feel. But don't take our word for it—that's where you come in. Four MyGolfSpy Testers will be selected to test, review, and keep the G710 irons. Testing will require a commitment of putting the irons in play on the course and at the range and providing ongoing commentary in the forum throughout the process. How To Apply As an extra bonus the selected testers will have the option to choose Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips equipped with Arccos. The clubs will come with a 99 day free trial to Arccos. After that the tester will be responsible for paying for the subscription in order to continue it. It will be a great way to add data to your review. PING has opened this testing to all golfers regardless of country of residence. To apply to be a tester follow the instructions below. In a post in this thread please provide the following information...AND DO NOT QUOTE this post when replying! First Name / State or Country of residence Handicap Current irons in Play The carry distance of your 7 iron That's it. Good luck to everyone. We'll be selecting the testers within the next 10 to 14 days, so check back to see if you've been selected!
  8. 36 points
    How's that for a click-bait tile? But it's true. My MGS Anniversary and story. Four years ago this week, I was browsing my Twitter timeline, when I saw a Tweet thread by MyGolfSpy and it got pretty heated. It wasn't your typical forged vs cast debate---shameless plug for this weeks NPG episode. It was deeper than that. While I can't recall exactly what everyone was so worked up about, they were definitely piling on MGS for a story or take it had put out. Like most times when we witness a car crash, we slow down to take a look...we know we shouldn't and we probably say we don't, but we all know we do. Anyway, I digress, I logged onto the site to see what all the fuss was about. As I said, I honestly don't recall the topic, but what I found was a very well written story with tons of inside information that I had not seen the likes of from the current forum I was on, even though it had contacts with all the companies as well, they had never written a true piece of journalism like this. So I was hooked, I read several past articles, and not once did I find anything that I thought was false, untrue or inflammatory as the twitter trolls were calling it. Again all I found were great articles, by Tony Covey, John Barba, Dave Wolfe and Chris Nickel And four years later, they are all still pumping out the best golf writing in the business. Then I found my way to the forum, and what I found really hit home. A very welcoming and friendly place. It seemed to be led by guys like @revkev @hckymeyer ( who was the Forum Director along with @GolfSpy Barbajo ) @fozcycle @Kenny B@Jmikecpa@chisag @jlukes @DawgDaddy and of course @BIG STU Each one of these members and the others set a tone, I had never seen on a discussion board before, and I was part of the two other big ones as well. It was a friendly, non confrontational tone. I felt welcomed and at home right from the start. In all honestly the forum wasn't near as big those four short years ago, and content was not as plentiful as it is now. True story, I told someone just this week, that I could log on and read all new posts and threads in less than 30 minutes or an hour. And that's not a testament to my speed reading skills...ha Over the next few months, I started noticing some names from the other forums coming on board, some I had interacted with for several years such as @ole gray @cnosil and @PMookie and a few I 'recruited" Going back to the lack of new threads. During those early months, I would often go back and find a thread from a year or several years ago and comment on it just to stoke new conversation. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't In a ironic twist, @GolfSpy STUDque who joined about a year later, kind of did the same thing, but in a more weekly time theme of for #ThowBackThursday, and had fun reading the responses to old threads that some didn't notice the original date on. I was fortunate that in December 2017, the site posted an opening for a couple Moderators. I applied like I'm sure many of you did. After a several stage application and virtual interview process, I and Studque got the email, to start picking out our @Golfspy_names I was stoked! Then just a year later came the opportunity to be Forum Director, again Studque and I both got to split the duties of running the forum. The opportunity to really have a direct hand in the things the forum does from Forum Testing. contests and other cool content is something we both enjoy and are appreciative of. We had to bring on a moderator to help us and we sorted through dozen and dozens of applications. It was impossible to choose just one, and we had a true half dozen finalist that all would have been great. But @GolfSpy Stroker and @GolfSpy MPR stood out and I can honestly say, the forum would't be doing nearly as well and have so many cool things going on without these two. Most of you have no idea the amount of time and effort they put in behind the scenes to keep things functioning and running well here. Thanks guys, I'm truly lucky to get to work with three talented and dedicated guys as you all are. So I promise this isn't a "phase 1" of a long drawn out post...ha It's already long enough. I'll just end by saying this place has been my internet home for the past four years, and I've enjoyed every single moment of it. In away everyone that contributes here whether it's 20 posts a year or 3,000 posts a year....looking at you @Shankster is like another family to me. And I truly appreciate you all!
  9. 36 points
    DRUMROLL PLEASE..... Spies - we are very excited for this test. This will be our first test with Honma golf and this driver finished in the top 4 in the 2020 most wanted driver testing. Very happy to let everyone know that these 4 lucky members will be testing the Honma TR20. Testing the 440 model: @golfingbrock @DPattGolf Testing the 460 model: @Getoffmylawn @Judge Smails
  10. 34 points
    Official Review Thread: PING G710 Irons It's a special joy for me to announce the reviewers of the PING G710 irons. PING iron tests are always among our most-applied-for, (dare I say) most wanted review opportunities. I had the privilege of getting in on the test of the predecessor to the G710s and have shot the best rounds of my life with my G700s. I am absolutely looking forward to seeing how the sequels perform in the hands of our four forum testers! Without further ado, our reviewers will be: @perseveringgolfer: REVIEW @Berg Ryman: REVIEW @JonMUSC08: REVIEW @Lacassem: Final Review Join me in congratulating these four and in following their reviews here!
  11. 33 points
    Testers Wanted (4) If you have followed MY Golf Spy at all in the last year you have no doubt read about Honma's effort to gain North America market share in the club business.That's no small task. However, Honma feels the TR20 drivers have what it takes to do that. The TR in TR20 stands for Tour Release and it’s replacing the confusingly named T//World 747 line. Honma is producing two drivers in the TR20 offering: a 440cc and a 460cc. According to Honma, the real TR20 driver story is weight, or, more precisely, it’s where the weight is and where it isn’t. The driver frame is titanium but the body is nearly all carbon fiber. But we are going to provide 4 of our Forum Members a chance to tell us and the rest of the community if they feel Honma has produced a driver to compete in one of the toughest segments to break into and capture any market share. How To Apply Reply Below-DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST and provide us the following information Right Handed Golfers Only First Name/City State: (US & Canada Applicants Only) Desired to Test: 440 or 460 Swing Speed: That's it. We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week, so check back and see if you have been selected. Good Luck
  12. 33 points
    (5) Testers Wanted: Bag Boy Chiller Cart Bag Nearly two of every three courses in the United States are currently open for business. Yes, open is a relative term, but as more golfers start to peg it up outside, there’s always the question of “Should I get a new _____________.” If your answer is “Cart Bag” it might be worth waiting until we release Buyer’s Guide that will give you the complete run-down on all of the latest models. That said, the Bag Boy Chiller Cart bag provides golfers a solution to a relatively common problem – How to keep beverages cold without asking for a bag of ice every time the beverage cart rolls around. Do you remember the excitement when Tommy Callahan first discovered the mini-fridge in his new office? If not, no big deal, but you really should carve out some time to watch Tommy Boy. If you do, that’s the type of enthusiasm Bag Boy is hoping to inspire with its Chiller Cart bag. Now to the important question. Want to test one and let us know what you think? All of MyGolfSpy’s Community Reviews require a serious commitment. You need to be motivated, detail-oriented, and savvy with online forums. Writing a thorough, detailed, and honest review requires a commitment. So, please make sure you read the following instructions carefully and apply in the proper place. Please note this is not a giveaway or a contest. We’re looking for golfers willing to complete a full evaluation and compose a detailed review for our Community Forum. This test is open to members residing in the US. To apply, reply to this thread with the following information: Location Current Bag(s) Things you look for most in a cart bag Note: if you are unable to post in the thread and are wondering why, please read through the FAQ first: HERE
  13. 32 points
    From time to time, MyGolfSpy does brand-association surveys. Titleist is among the brands that fare best in these surveys: they have a reputation of no-nonsense quality and performance. Here's my hunch: if the survey asked to identify a brand with the phrase "Tour Proven," Titleist would win in a landslide. So here in the MyGolfSpy forums, we're delighted to work with Titleist to get four sets of their newest series of irons into the hands of our members for testing and reviews: T100S: chisag thezipr23 T200: blackngold_blood, redeeming his golden ticket from being our 2019 fantasy golf champion in grand fashion! davep043 This was among our highest-demand testing opportunities, and I know we'll all be following along eagerly as these great forum members put their new sets of Titleist irons to the test!
  14. 32 points
    And now, the time has come. Dare I say, this challenge has been the best one yet. It's feedback from the competitors and fans like this that have really driven the challenge to another level. Thanks to our 5 test subjects and the hundreds of regular followers in the thread. This has been a great season and we thank you for coming along for the ride. Overall Stats: @B.Boston not only steered the ship into the harbor, he did a power slide into his space with style by wrapping up the overall category running away. This was truly a dominating performance by someone who took his game to the absolute next level. Who wouldn't want to cut their handicap in half? He didn't just improve one area of his game to bring down the HC either, this is across-the-board improvement. Very impressive! It's also very fun to look at the group's improvement as everyone experienced gains in multiple aspects of their games. You're each going to be formidable opponents in your next tournament. One of the keys to this challenge's success is total buy in and our guys really delivered with a staggering 95.5 rounds amongst them. There's no such thing as protecting the handicap in this group. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Which brings us to our final standings and podium prizes: We can #cuetheduckboats for @B.Boston and his fan base. For the grand prize, he'll be bringing home a custom Cobra License Plate Trophy PLUS 1 polo, 1 pair of pants or shorts, 1 hat, 1 pair of shoes. @daviddvm produced our best ONE length showing to date with a strong second place and even spent a little bit of time in the lead of our challenge. For his prize, he'll be sporting a PUMA Golf cap, polo and pair of shoes Although he had to withdraw from the competitive piece of the challenge early, @Headhammer managed to do enough throughout his competitive weeks to get himself onto the podium still. It's interesting to think about what would've happened had he not injured his elbow. He can impress his physical therapist with his new PUMA Golf cap and Polo I would be remiss if I didn't also acknowledge @GB13 and @edingc for their gallant efforts and detailed reviews throughout the process. I hope you guys enjoyed the challenge as much as the fans enjoyed heckling you! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - And our last prize of the day....the member of the thread. This one isn't always an easy choice but for CCC4, the decision was clear. We chose someone that participated day in day out, asked tons of questions, spammed the memes, and competed in each weekly challenge. You know him, you love him, (you may be slightly annoyed by him); this year's winner is: @xOldBenKenobiX Congrats! Shoot me a PM to claim your grand prize of a Cobra SPEEDZONE Driver and Arccos for the full set. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - THE END. HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.
  15. 32 points
    Testers Announced! Reviewing the Sub 70 699 Pro irons will be: @Smellis745 @Tom the Golf Nut @GolfSpy MPR Reviews coming soon! _______________________________ A product with solid value never goes out of style. Couple that with exceptional customer service, and it's an attractive package for golfers who aren't necessarily looking to take out a second mortgage to purchase some golf equipment. That's the basic premise of Jason Hiland's company, Sub 70, that leverages a factory-direct model to keep help keep costs low. What about performance? Well, in 2019, the Sub 70 699 iron model finished sixth in the Players Distance category of Most Wanted testing. That might not sound like much until you consider it finished ahead of Callaway, PING and Titleist. That’s an accolade worthy of some refrigerator space. For 2020, the 699 Pro iron features a thinner topline, less offset, and a black, Tour PVD finish. This opportunity is open to right-handed golfers residing in the United States. If interested, reply to this thread with the following information: Handicap and Location Current Irons and 8-iron distance What do you know about Sub70?
  16. 30 points
    TIME FOR AN ANNOUNCEMENT! Man oh man are these guys going to have some fun! This thing is so cool it won a MyGolfSpy 59 Award. Join me in congratulating the following 4 members who will be testing the ExPutt putting simulator: @cnosil @PMookie @cksurfdude @gavinski91
  17. 30 points
    Before I get any further into this introduction, I first want to say a big THANK YOU to Cobra/Puma/Arccos and MyGolfSpy. Not only is this one of the biggest and best testing opportunities on the MGS Forums, it is probably the best on any golf website out there! I am very honored to have been given the chance to compete this year. My name is Cody, and I live in the great state of Michigan! I was fortunate enough last year to be a tester for the Callaway Epic Flash here on the MGS Forums. If you want to know more about my background, how I got into golf, etc., feel free to check out my introduction post on that thread: It makes the most sense to talk about what is different from that original introduction these days. Well, for starters, I’m one year older and (maybe?) wiser. My dog is too, but she’s still cute! As far as golf-related changes go, I’ve been busy since the Epic Flash review. I played the most golf of my life last year, carding 52 nine-and-18-hole rounds, and hit thousands of range balls. Although I don’t maintain an official handicap because I play mostly by myself, my estimated handicap dropped to somewhere around 10-11 last fall, and I broke 80 for the first time in my life in August 2019. I started preparation for this year less than a month after the season ended. I purchased a squat rack for my basement on Black Friday and worked through a full Fit for Golf offseason program in addition to lifting heavy with the main compound lifts. While I’m no Bryson, I estimate I added about 8-10 pounds of muscle over the offseason. I also continued my work with my DIY SuperSpeed sticks and recently added a Tour Striker PlaneMate and the SuperSpeed-C club to my collection of golf gadgets. I started lessons in November 2019 with my current instructor and made an effort to hit range balls at least a few times each month throughout the winter to ward off rust. I am lucky to work within minutes of a championship-caliber course and one of the top-rated instructors in Michigan. I had not previously taken lessons, and they have been very helpful in improving my game. I’ve been detailing the progress in my game since last fall over here in this thread: And, here’s a decent swing video from over the winter with my Cobra KING F8 4 hybrid: Current Setup Driver: Callaway Epic Flash, HZRDUS Yellow 6.0, Black Star Sidewinder, 44.5” Length 3 Wood: Mizuno GT 180, MRC Tensei White Stiff, Stock Mizuno/Golf Pride Tour Velvet 19° Driving Iron: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro Tungsten, UST Mayima Recoil 670 F4, Tour Edge/Lamkin R.E.L. 22° Hybrid: Cobra KING F8, AeroTech SteelFiber i95 Stiff, Black Star Sidewinder 5-GW: Maltby PTM Chrome, 1° Flat, KBS C-Taper Lite 110 Stiff, Red Star Sidewinder 54°, 60°: Maltby M-Series+, KBS 610 Stiff (54°), KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 Regular (60°), Lamkin Crossline Putter: TaylorMade Spider X Navy, 33", Golf Pride Tour Only Red Star Ball: Snell MTB-X Optic Yellow / Srixon Z-Star XV Tour Yellow Bag: Personalized 2020 Sun Mountain Sync Shot Tracker: ShotScope v2 Most of this bag has been built or modified by myself. I’ve swapped shafts in the 54 degree wedge, chopped the driver down an inch, and the F8 hybrid and Maltby PTMs were built in my basement over the winter. Other additions to the bag since last season come courtesy of @chisag (driving iron) and @yungkory (putter). My Game It is important to mention I play my golf almost exclusively at one course. The course is a short drive from my house, affordable, reasonably well-maintained and the owner is very flexible with my membership. Constructed in the 1960s, it is not long by today’s standards. I play from the back tees, which play somewhere between 6,100 and 6,200 yards and are rated 69.4/114. There are some easy and some challenging holes, and the narrow fairways (many are around 30 yards wide and bordered by trees) place a premium on accuracy off the tee. The large, push up-style greens have years of subtle undulations that can make putting an adventure as well. Lessons have been paying off, and as I write this part of my introduction at the conclusion of my baseline rounds, my unofficial handicap has dropped to 9.7. I’ve shot 80 or less eight times in 2020 already after only doing that three times last year. My Arccos baseline consists of 15 rounds from June and July and is an excellent representation of my game. I strike my irons reasonably well, and I can usually hit or get very close to a green from 150-and-in and two-putt for par or bogey. Driving and chipping tend to be my weakest spots, though my chipping has started to improve slightly recently following a technique change. My lowest scores usually happen when I don’t cost myself strokes with the big stick or around the green. From 150 yards out, I’m most likely pulling my Maltby PTM 8-iron (36 degrees loft). I rarely try to step on irons, although I could dial up a 9-iron (40 degrees loft) to that distance if necessary. My driving is erratic. I can go from barely hitting 230 yards one round to 280 yards the next. It’s the biggest work-in-progress of my game. Cobra Setup Driver: Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme (9°), 44.5", Aldila Rogue Silver 60 (110 MSI) Stiff, Lamkin Sonar Connect 3W: Cobra SpeedZone (15°), -3/4" SHORT, Aldila Rogue Silver 70 (110 MSI) Stiff, Lamkin Sonar Connect 17° Hybrid: Cobra SpeedZone, -1/2" SHORT, UST Recoil 480 ESX F4, Lamkin Sonar Connect 4-GW: Cobra SpeedZone, 2° Flat, -1/2" SHORT, KBS C-Taper Lite 115 X-Stiff, Lamkin Sonar Connect 54°, 58°: Cobra MIM Black, 3° Flat, -1/2" SHORT (54°), -1/4" SHORT (58°), KBS C-Taper Lite 115 X-Stiff, Lamkin Sonar Connect Bag: Cobra/Vessel SpeedZone Stand Bag Obviously, COVID-19 has affected global supply chains dramatically. Cobra has gone above and beyond in getting our clubs to us quickly and with most of our requested options. So, To Recap... Pretty sure I've checked all of the boxes here, so don't forget to vote for @edingc this week and join the winning team of #MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect! Gratuitous photo and GIF usage. Cute dog and/or child picture. Calves! Want to be a winner? Join #TeamCalvesLikePhil right here on the forums, and follow me @edingc on Twitter and Instagram, over the next eight weeks as I climb my way to the top of this competition.
  18. 30 points
    Huge Forum News: We're 10!!!! As we were working on a recent project for the forums, we started poking around in the archives and stumbled on a really cool truth: the forum launched 10 years ago! There are some initial test posts from January and February, but forum kicked off in a big way at the end of February/beginning of March 2010. So we started compiling some of the history of the forum, including talking with some of our longtime forum legends. We pieced the story together and today, it's featured on the MyGolfSpy blog: https://mygolfspy.com/the-mygolfspy-community-forum-celebrates-10-years-of-golf-talk/ In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary Celebration, we've just launched a dedicated Twitter account for the Forum Community: https://twitter.com/ForumMyGolfSpy. If you're a SM user, go give us a follow. And go read the story and keep an eye on the forum in the next few days: we have some celebrating to do, and you're not going to want to miss it!
  19. 29 points
    I hope you guys don't mind me posting this. Most people would do it on Facebook. But I consider each if you friends more so than the 500 some FB says I have My mom passed away this morning in Pensacola, FL. She was 89 and had suffered with dementia the better part of the last 10 years. It had gotten progressively worse the past two years. I last saw her a year ago. At that time It was sadly obvious that She had no clue who I was or any recall of past events. She was put in hospice care at that time. The fact she battled it for another year is a testament to her toughness. She grew up on a small farm in MS with her father passing at a young age and a mom in bad health. At age 15, She pretty much raised her baby sister and took care of the house while still graduating HS before marrying my father a year afterwards. I was 10 and my brother 6 when my parents divorced. She worked full time and raised two sons, without us ever wanting for a thing Or going hungry. Well I never did get that racetrack set for Christmas that I kept asking for I owe every value I have to this day to her. She taught us how to be honest, account for our selves and treat others kindly. She didn't see color in people, she just saw the good in then. .. whee and when she was raised, that is actually damn impressive. I received many of my physical traits from her or her family, she had older twin brothers who were 6'4. During my adult years I visited her as often as I could. But not often enough. Yet she always had a full pan of lasagna, a huge baking dish of Banana Pudding and dozens and dozens of Chocolate Chip cookies. Like I said. We never went hungry. The timing really sucks. Obviously I and my brother and sisters can't travel there now. She made plans a couple years ago to be cremated. So that's what they will do. A family friend down there will hold on to her remais. When everything clears up, my siblings and I will meet in MS for a service and say our goodbyes. This was my last picture with her. Time and illness had taken a toll on her. But she still managed a smile. Rest in peace Mom. I love you.
  20. 28 points
    Too many people are being apathetic towards this. I'm probably one of the most apathetic people you could ever meet, but this is something that I take seriously. Look, the reality is that I have a decent chance to survive if I caught it, but that's not the issue here. The issue is people in my age group, with healthy immune systems, infecting those who are immune-compromised. Unfortunately as a society we don't think about others as much as we should, even our own families. How could you live with yourself if you infected a sick relative, and they didn't make it to recovery? My FIL is currently going through chemo for a stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I'm absolutely terrified of getting him sick, and I wish more people were scared to get others sick -- even random strangers.
  21. 27 points
    In my time at MyGolfSpy (both as a member and a moderator), I think the request I've seen most often is to compare this year's Most Wanted Driver against previous year's winners. Until now, this wasn't something a reader could do by comparing the results pages, because differing years' tests were compiled with different testers and sometimes with tweaks in methodologies. Thus, as strokes gained number from 2019 couldn't be compared straight up to the same number from 2018. UNTIL THIS YEAR! That's a big announcement and it's going to be very interesting to see the outcome.
  22. 27 points
    See this? This, friends, is the best equipment award in golf. They don't hand these out for buying full-page ads. Most Wanted is earned, not bought. And these irons are Most Wanted. Anyone interested in seeing how the numbers in the MyGolfSpy HQ translate to real golfers on the course? [It looks like over 1,800 of you were interested in doing just that!] So which forum members will get these in hand to let us know what their real-world performance is like? @MattF @revkev @HardcoreLooper @Thin2win @greggarner Let's congratulate our testers and stay tuned for their updates!
  23. 27 points
    Let me kick things off here. First, I'm really excited about this test for reasons over and above the cool feeling of getting new clubs. Jason Hiland, the founder of @GolfSub70, has been part of my golfing life nearly since I really got sucked into the game 8 or so years ago. I've always been in the "not rich guy playing a rich guys' sport" end of things, and so I was delighted to find one of Jason's earlier companies, Diamond Tour Golf. They make a variety of clone clubs, and I've built multiple sets from them for a fraction of the cost of the big OEMs. Diamond Tour not only sucked me deeper into playing golf, but into the joys of tinkering and club work. And they still provide what might be the best bargain in junior golf: I basically build Kirke a custom set of their junior clubs each year. So for me, testing Sub 70 is like coming back to an old friend, even though Sub 70 is a relatively new company. For me, they start with a leg up: I know firsthand that Jason is capable of putting out quality components that don't have the same costs as the big OEMs. _______________________ Some about me stuff: I've written a lot of this in other threads here, so I'll keep this short. I'm a perfectly mediocre golfer. Driver swing speed in the mid-to-upper 90s. Handicap (as of this morning) around 11. I make lots of bogeys, a few pars, and that summarizes most of my rounds. As of now, my short game and putting have continued to get better and better; that is now the strength of my game. The biggest weakness is driving. In between is my approach play. I tend to hit my irons well, but on my home course, that's not enough: the greens are exceedingly tiny, and so increasing my GIRs has been a struggle for me. _______________________ Why I'm interested in this test: my PING G700s and I have had a nice run. But a few months ago, I listened to a podcast with one of PING's engineers, and he was talking about the effects of blade length on player consistency. Check out an excerpt from that here: Fascinating, no? Considering that those are my irons he's holding as examples of the biggest irons, I really wanted to see if I might see some improvements in my game going back to a smaller iron. But...who wants to give up the distance gains of an iron like the G700s? Enter the players-distance category iron! In this category, we have irons like some of the PXG flagships, the PING i500s, and the TaylorMade P790. Generally compact heads, most often hollow and then filled with some substance to make them sound less offensive. These seemed right in the sweet spot of what I would desire most. Except the price: yikes! Not even counting PXG doing PXG things, the price of this kind of manufacturing is almost certainly higher than a standard iron. So the idea of Sub 70, a company that I already have a soft spot for, putting out an iron in the class of irons that I'm interested in: yep, count me in. So what do I want to see with this test? How much distance drop-off is there going from an SGI iron like the G700 to the 699 Pro? Is there a compensating increase in control, both laterally and in consistent distance? I'm at the higher end of the recommended handicap for these irons: are they too much for me? And bottom line: are these going to help me with my long-running quest to break into a single-figure handicap?
  24. 27 points
    Some of golfers' favorite words: "It's in the hole!" "Split the fairway!" "You're dancing!" "It's dry." (OK, that last one isn't the best news, but if you're in those circumstances....) Let's add another to this list: "Pin high!" Who doesn't love the feeling of knowing the distance you've got, knowing you've got just the club for that distance, and hitting it exactly that far? We've got TEN forum members who are going to see if the SkyCaddie LX5 GPS watch is going to be the best tool for them to hear "Pin high" just a little more often! @AGutierrez7 @ballplayer002003 @JoshAndersonGolf @Josh Ross @knightsofnii @mikeanthony @MDGolfHacker @MrBandit @palvord @TCUFrog Let's send some congratulations to our members and stay tuned for their reviews!
  25. 27 points
    Very proud of myself today. Shot a 39 playing 9 holes with 3 mates. New personal best by 6 strokes. My long game wasn't bad but my short game was on fire.
  26. 27 points
    I’m Dave Hains, my friends call me “Hammer” and you know me here as HeadHammer or as I have recently been monikered - The Quiet Assassin. I’ve always been a fan of everything COBRA. As a young boy I was an honorary member of the COBRA Kai -Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy! My favorite TV show in the 80’s was COBRA, starring the very underrated actor Michael Dudikoff. My favorite movie role has always been Stallone’s portrayal of Lt. Marion “COBRA” Cobretti, who could ever forget the classic line “You’re da disease and I am da cure!” And, unlike the other posers in this competition, I have always been a fan of COBRA Golf, having owned & exclusively used their King Cobra irons for the last 24 years! So, when I entered this contest on a whim, I was ecstatic to be selected to participate in the 2020 Cobra Connect Challenge! I’ve been golfing on and off for the last 30 years, playing a lot in my younger years, not as much in my older years, in fact I’ve played over 250 different golf courses around the world. Unfortunately, as I’ve gotten older, my distance off the tee has suffered, and while I’ve moved up from the Blues to the Whites, I’m not quite ready to move to the old guy tees. The loss of distance has been the predominant factor in my elevated handicap. Which is why I’m counting on the improved technology of the COBRA SpeedZone woods & irons to improve my distance, FIR, GIR and my scores. What will I have in my bag for this challenge? A well rounded armamentarium of COBRA clubs that set me up perfectly in the predetermined competitions. Why should you vote for me in this challenge? Besides the fact that the new technology COBRA has bestowed upon me with the SpeedZone has already shown improvement in distance, 10-15 yards per club, as a high handicapper I have an advantage going into a number of the competitions. If you don’t think a high handicapper can win this thing, I’d like to provide the court with Exhibit: A, the winner of the COBRA Connect 2 Challenge - @FOZCYCLE. Coincidently, Foz started around the same HCP as me (17.9) and with new COBRA equipment brought it down to a 12! Finally, if new technology and a high handicap are not enough to get your vote for Team Hammer, well then, you should get on board because we have the coolest damn name and logo! #TEAMHAMMER. P STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE HARD............NO MERCY!
  27. 27 points
    Sure, this meme was used already in this thread, and I'm not the only one who wanted to use it... But you know what... Hello Fellow Spies and welcome to my #COBRACONNECT CHALLENGE 4 Intro! First, I’d like to take a moment to recognize and thank our moderators for selecting me to take part in the competition this year. So, thank you Jason, Michael, Rob, and an huge thank you to Enrique for also being our point of contact with Cobra and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible with the COVID-19 situation being what it is. Being a part of this competition is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am truly honored to have been selected nominated as tribute. I won't let you down! I’m going to keep this as short and sweet as possible because we’ve already been through over 1200 posts of trash talking, juvenile and questionable meme and gif usage, and other shenanigans. But it’s now time to walk the walk. So, who am I? Well, my name is Bryan and I’m a nearly 33-year-old father of 3 who loves this game of golf for all its beauty and challenges. There’s nothing better than a pure struck shot that goes exactly where you visualized it, and nothing worse than knowing it’s all your fault when you can’t hit a ball that isn’t moving off the ground towards your intended target. I started playing golf as a 7-year-old and learned to play the game from my dad at a now closed 9 hole executive course. I started taking the game more seriously towards the end of high school and in college and now its grown to be my absolute favorite sport or activity to do with my free time. Here is an obligatory photo of myself with an awesome bag full of Cobra goodness followed by a clip of my swing: And of course as promised long ago in this thread a picture of my kiddo's as well (I think they're pretty damn cute, not sure how that happened - God bless my wife). So, where does that bring us? Oh yes! After 12 rounds on Arccos here are my baselines: My overall going into this is a nice even 10. Try to remember that in the event there is more math questions involved for you guys this year. The strength of my game is putting. I would say that my chipping feels undervalued here, as I have had many chips this year that resulted in short one-putts. Through the baseline period I have only 2 three-putts so I’m happy that I did not need to change out my putter for this competition. Everything else shows room for improvement. Driving has been OK at through the baseline period. I was using a new driver to me for the season and struggled early finding the center and while I have a lot of misses both left and right, I feel that was more a function of starting line and aiming left or right depending on the hole. I tend to not have a lot of curvature on my shots, but a few high right slicers happened too. I’m expecting to see that 20 yards average dispersion tighten up. Approach shots show a lot (39%) of my shots coming up short of the green. Needless to say, I’ll be doing my best to change that. Although there are a few holes where I play that going long is death and almost 100% of the time results in a three putt or worse. Chipping had its ups and downs to begin the season while I shook of some rust. I will occasionally chunk a shot or thin one long. Pay no attention to the little red dot below. Sand shots vary from bunker to bunker, but I don’t have a lot of shots to start the year. I can usually get myself onto the green to try to save the hole. Hopefully that trend continues! I’ve been hovering around an 8 handicap for the past few years and hope that with these new sticks and the motivation of knowing you all will be seeing my stats of the summer will help me get down lower into the single digits. Speaking of new sticks… Here are the high-tech surgical tools I’ll be using to dismantle my competition this summer. Driver: Speedzone 10.5 - Tensei Pro White 60TX - Set to +1* Draw Fairway: Speedzone 5-wood - Ventus Blue 8S - Set to -1.5* Hybrid: Speedzone 4-Hybrid - KBS Proto 85S Irons: KING Forged Tec 5-GW - PX LZ 6.5 Wedges: KING MIM Black 52.12 Classic, 56.10 Versatile, 60.04 Widelow - KBS 610 Wedge So now comes the fun part. If you’d like to vote for me and join Team B.Boston, please use my team hashtag #cuetheduckboats! Why #cuetheduckboats? Well, here in Boston we expect greatness out of our sports teams and revel in the opportunity to #cuetheduckboats for a parade after each of our team’s championships. This year our normal sports are being delayed, condensed, modified, or outright cancelled but I’m going to do my best to bring another championship parade to Beantowne! Be sure to follow along with on these social media accounts: Twitter: @BryanPluta Instagram: @pluta.bryan Facebook: I'm guessing you can figure out how to find me there by name at this point, but the Instagram posts probably have you covered. While the trash talk was fun, its now over. Time to get to work!
  28. 27 points
    Thanks man I never expected my own thread. Man I feel honored. Yep I was just easing into retirement playing gobs of golf and really getting into shape then wham!!!! Yep I had found me an old school course with good folks and funny thing about it is the fact it played well for me whether vintage or more modern equipment. Most of all I guess i was enjoying the ambiance and good folks. Have my own corner of the patio where I sit and smoke my cigar and drink my coffee watching the sun come up over the 9th and 10th holes. It has always been dubbed Stu's corner. Lately during the virus thing I have not been allowed to do that but staff told me to get a cart and sit where I wanted to on the course. I am not allowed to drive anything because of the meds I am on but my wife is going to take me over in the morning because I can sit in my corner again. And seriously at 63 years old I finally got some gray hair and the sense to go along with it and realize this time I can not push it like I used to. So I am exercising caution which is a new thing for me. But thanks again MGS is part of what keeps me going
  29. 26 points
    The Ben Hogan Company started in 1953. It was well known throughout the company that there was nobody that expected perfection more than Mr. Hogan; to say he was iconic is an understatement. Today, I hope you are as excited as me, to watch these gents make Mr. Hogan proud as they test the newest clubs with his name on them. Testing the Icons will be: @Erik-M @downlowkey Testing the combos will be: @joen @deejaid @bens197 @Sluggo42 Hit 'em well gents! Just like Mr. Hogan did, we expect perfection.
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    TESTERS WANTED (9) Zip-a Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-e-Dee-ay. My, oh what a wonderful day. Plenty of Zip Core wedges headed our way. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-e-dee-ay! Please excuse the obvious song parody from such a classic movie. But that’s exactly how you may feel if you are selected as one of the nine testers for Cleveland Golf’s new Zip Core wedges. These wedges have a lot of technology going on besides the two extra grooves Cleveland has placed on the face. So yes, you will get more spin, but also more consistency. Testers Wanted We are looking for TEN dedicated golfers who will provide an in depth 4 to 6-week commitment to testing a Zip Core wedge in the loft of your choice. Testing is open to golfers who reside in the US. How to Apply In a post below, please provide the following information. First name/City State Current Wedge Played Loft You would Choose That's it, we'll be choosing the testers late next week, so check back to see if you have been selected!
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    Who wants to join me ( @GolfSpy Stroker ) and take a trip to ZipCity? These lucky 9 do! @artful_golfer @mr.hicksta @Reesedw @dhartmann34 @Shankster @tchat07 @BrownBearGolf @TBT @fozcycle Big congrats to these members as we'll be zipping shots back into the hole with the new Cleveland ZipCore wedge. First one to make a hole-in-one with one gets to buy the entire forum a drink of their choice!
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    I'd never been fitted for any club in my bag, until yesterday. And I never, ever would have fitted myself into the specs I ended up with. I'm going with the long story version here; skip to the end if you just want to get to the point. Goals My hope this year is to replace my driver, for two reasons. The first is that I am a terrible off the tee (so it's gotta be the club, right?). Those who follow my single-digit-handicap thread know that last season, I was getting about 220 off the tee—and that that number represents about a 25 yard gain on the previous year. The second is that my current driver doesn't fit my current goal in building my bag, which is forgiveness. Ever since my G700 iron test, I've been working to make my club setup as friendly as possible for an average golfer. The Rogue SZ isn't known for being that club. I bought it for two reasons: it showed well in the 2018 Most Wanted testing and it was on sale on Callaway Pre-Owned. Fitting Attempts Initially, I had a fitting scheduled at 2nd Swing in the Twin Cities, to coincide with a trip I was taking there. That was canceled the week the world shut down. When that was canceled, I attempted a bit more formal home fitting. I currently own two Callaway heads: a Rogue Sub Zero, 10.5° a Big Bertha Alpha 816 DBD, 9.0° I also have three Callaway-tipped shafts: Project X EvenFlow Blue 65 Fujikura Speeder Evolution II TS 665 Aldila Tour Blue 85 And then I have multiple Callaway weights. Along with my SkyTrak, I figured I might try a whole bunch of combinations to find something that worked. I spent one Saturday hitting a bunch of balls, but it went terribly. One of the reasons I'm bad at driving is that I have no place to practice. My garage ceiling is too low to swing driver. I fear practicing outside, because pop-up drives are not unknown in my game. I absolutely don't want a drive that goes over the net in the neighborhood I live in. After hitting a bunch of drives with various combinations, my average looked something like this: That's pretty pathetic. I hit all over the face. The spin rates were very high; I was seeing shots in the upper 3000s with regularity. SkyTrak measures no head data, but I figured there was a very high likelihood that I'm hitting down on my drives. This explains the spin rates, the pop up drives, and the high launch angles. Given how poorly I was striking the driver, though, my inclination was to move from the Rogue SZ to the Mavrik Max. In every way, it looked like it was designed to help a poor schlub like me hit better drives. I was excited when Callaway announced their new distance-fitting program. My hope was to get a shaft recommendation from them. Given the numbers in my spreadsheet, it looked like my best shaft was the EvenFlow Blue, so I was looking for something similar for the Max. Looking at Callaway's shaft options, I had narrowed my options to about a half-dozen (mostly) mid-spin, mid-launch shafts, including the stock EvenFlow Riptide. After a couple emails back and forth (my local cell tower fritzed out the day of my scheduled call), it was looking likely that I would go with a pretty stock setup. A Local Fitting! Then I got an email from a course about an hour west of me: a Callaway fitting day! I called that day and booked a half-hour slot. The fitting was yesterday. I got to the course and got a couple buckets of balls, so I could warm up and Kirke could keep occupied. [Speaking of, how pretty is this?] I felt pretty good after my warmup swings. I was still waiting for my time slot, so the fitter built me a stock Max with a regular flex EvenFlow Riptide (I think it was the 50g version). And I couldn't find the ball. Small panic sets in. I am not a shaftoid (to use Mark Crossfield's term). I would not be able to tell you what my preferences are in a shaft. But I will say that the stock shaft felt very wobbly to me, and I was struggling mightily to make anything like reasonable contact with the ball. My biggest disappointment in the fitting was that it was being done with a Swing Caddie, rather than a Trackman or GC Quad. It was outdoors, which was a big plus: I can swing freely. But I was hoping to learn some of the numbers, especially the head data, that I don't get from SkyTrak. We began with a few swings from my current driver, and the numbers were worse than they were at home on the SkyTrak (I'm guessing a lot of this was due to the difference between a freer outdoor swing versus the cautious, don't-miss-the-net swing). My spin rate was in the upper 3,000s and my launch angle was around 20. My swing speed was just about where I would have guessed: 96-97. But putting all those together, I was carrying the ball just over 200 yards on the good shots. Not ideal, but pretty consistent with my on-course performance. When we swapped in the Max (he put in a stiff shaft), the spin number went up closer to 4,000, which is what you'd guess going from the SZ to the Max. But that's a totally unplayable spin rate. This became the mission, then: to lower the launch and the spin rate, to maximize the distance of the admittedly very imperfect swing I have right now. While I was fully expecting to go from Rogue SZ to Mavrik Max, the fitter decided to give me the Mavrik SZ. Eventually, he swapped in the 9.0° version of the SZ rather than the 10.5° I'm currently playing. Because of the roll of a driver face, because I'm hitting nearer the top of the driver, I'm increasing the effective loft. By lofting down, I'm counteracting that. I did have one shaft on my shortlist in the low spin category, thinking that it might be useful if the Max increased spin: the Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI. So we tried that, and kept seeing progress. The fitter went back into the tent and built up one more version, and that was the winner. I got my spin down from a high of 4,000 down to 2,700. My carry went from 205ish to over 230, with a launch angle around 15 or 16. I dropped my peak height from over 110 feet to a more reasonable 90 or so. So what was the magic formula in that last driver? Mavrik Sub Zero, 9° head geared down to 8° Heavy weight forward Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70g, in X-flex My jaw dropped when I saw the settings he had given me. I would never, in a million educated guesses, have even begun to think that these specs would work for me. That's a setup for the 115-swing speed crowd, not the middle-of-the-bell-curve hacker like me. But the rationale behind the decisions makes sense in hindsight, and the proof was in the ball flight. The fitter said he felt comfortable trying the X-flex with me because I have a fairly aggressive transition. That was interesting to hear, only because it wasn't something I had a good reference point to evaluate myself. This is a hybrid swing, but I can see the point he was making. I'm definitely not a "pause at the top" kind of guy. So there are plans in the works: I'm hoping to get my hands on this setup sooner rather than later. In the meantime, I'm probably gonna do some tinkering with the clubs I have on hand, seeing what I can do to drop my spin and lower my flight. Also, I am planning to work on my swing. I've got a Plane Mate coming. So there is a question: if I've got this driver so extremely tweaked to deal with such bad impact conditions, what happens if I get better? Here's my hunch: I think the shaft will remain just fine. If I begin to come into the ball with a neutral or even positive AoA, I should be able to loft the head up and move the weight back. So I'm not terribly worried about that. For now, I'm just enjoying the feeling of having my mind blown by the fitting. You guys know that I've never been anti-fitting, but just lacked opportunity. I can definitely add myself to the list of those who are now strong advocates of getting fitted if it's possible at all.
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    Stage 2 Posted Below Thank you to Titleist, MGS, and the Moderators for allowing me the opportunity to review the T100-S irons. My name is Ryan, and I have been playing this beautiful game for the last 25 years. Life has gotten in the way a few years in there but the enchantment of golf always brings me back. Living in California the weather allows me to play year round, in a normal year it is nothing for me to play 4 times or more a week. My home club is about half way home from work, so there are many evening rounds where it is just me out there, chasing a white ball, listening to music and facing a new challenge that this game presents with every shot. Of course this year is entirely different (more on that later). At the age of 43 my handicap has dropped to a level that it has never seen before. I take advantage of my length off the tee and survive with putting. The middle part of the game has always been the weak link, especially iron play. I know that in order to bring my game to the level I want I need to lower my approach handicap 2-3 shots. So let’s talk about Titleist T100-S. While not a players distance iron the T100-S seem to try to close the gap between players distance and a players iron. They are not just strong lofted T100’s either. By moving tungsten and redesigning the sole Titleist created a fully forged iron designed to give players the extra distance they need to shoot lower scores. My current gamers are a blended set of Srixon Z585 (4-5) & Z785 (6-AW). I moved to these in Sept of 2019 from a set of original P790’s. So I should be able to give good feedback on whether Titleist was able to close the distance gap while maintaining the control that I get with the Srixon’s. This is the biggest question I have going into this test. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds, distance and control? All while putting it in a package that is appealing and maintains feel that players expect? Seems like a tall task for sure. As everyone can attest to, this year is anything but normal. Due to Covid-19 we were unable to get fit, out of everyone’s control and luckily for me not a big deal at all. I am comfortable with my specs and there are plenty of stock offerings that I was confident I could fit myself. I do have to hand it to Titleist, I received my clubs extremely fast after they were able to reopen. I imagine that “MGS Tester” as a PO moved us to the top. Nice to have some pull! Nothing too fancy in my specs, but they are a little flatter than my current gamers. It has been close to 10 years since I have played the Project X shaft. My first “fitted” set of clubs and really first set of clubs from any major manufacturer was a set of 2-pw Titleist DCI 962. They were +1 1/2” and 2* upright. (Fitting has come a long way since 1998) I’ll never forget the excitement of walking into the Pro Shop picking up my new clubs and walking out like a complete BA with Titleist clubs and a large bucket of range balls. Walking on air I arrive at the range and proceed to hit every single ball (100 in a row) absolutely perfect, just perfectly on the hosel. Completely dejected and questioning all my life choices I walked back into pro shop got another large bucket absolutely determined to find 1 groove anywhere. Well this bucket went didn’t go much better, about 90 more shanks and I had my first trunk slam moment. Sorry for the trip down memory lane. It is always the first thing I think of when I think of Titleist. I played those irons a long time and continued to have that shaft in the next 4 sets of irons. First look, THEY KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!! My first thought was they achieved they perfect blend of tech and traditional. From address they are a beautiful MB, very thin top line and traditional Titleist shape. In the cavity you have years of technology designed to achieve the results Titleist claims. In the bag they look like a club designed with all the enhancements that you would expect in 2020. One of the things that I am curious about is the turf interaction with the sole Titleist designed. Srixon has the V sole, and it is wonderful. Looking closely at the sole to the T100-S the sole has a similar shape although with appreciable more rounded edges. I play two courses frequently, my home club would be on the softer side, while the other is on the firm side. How does the club play across different course conditions? Looks are one thing, feel is another but to me it all comes down to one thing, performance. Do they find the sweet spot between players distance and players irons? Are they forgiving enough? Do they maintain the control I need? To me these are the questions when evaluating any new club. In the end do the irons perform, I can get past almost anything else. What would you like to see tested? What questions do you have? My club is getting set to open to closer to normal hours next week, which will allow me to get out and really see what these things can do. Stage 2!! For those that didn't see it in the thread, here is trailer video, probably best part of review. Now on to stage 2. Stage 2 It really is enjoyable to be a tester for MGS, it is work no doubt, however it is work that I love. Nights on the Skytrack, evenings on the course all alone trying different shots, tournament rounds and analysis, collecting information and deciphering it. I approached this test different than before. When the test was announced I was hesitant to apply. I was unquestionably playing the best golf of my life and was worried about interrupting that. But I am a member of a golf forum, so well yeah, the hesitation didn’t last long. Rather than breaking down each club vs my current gamers (Srixon Z585/Z785), when the T100-S arrived I threw them in the bag and let the results speak for themselves. I played 16 rounds in total, which included 4 tournament rounds, as well as my normal sessions on Skytrack. It wasn’t until after those 16 rounds that I started to make individual comparisons. I wanted to see how they affected the whole body of my game first. It is a luxury to be able to do that for sure, but one that I felt would give me the truth to the answer “Did I play my best”? Looks (10 out of 10) Titleist hit a grand slam. In the bag they look fabulous. A modern look that gives the impression of being on the cutting edge of technology. At address they look completely different, in the best possible way. A traditional blade look. Thin top line, little offset, just one of the best looking clubs from the top. They truly look like a cavity back iron and blade melded together. A complete package that in my opinion is the best looking iron that I have seen in recent years, maybe ever. When looking at the set as a whole you can really see the transition from long iron to the wedges, but the 8 iron is the transition iron. I hope the picture captures it enough but when comparing the 8 to the 7 you can see the change starting. More rounding, higher toe, exactly what you would expect as you move to the scoring clubs. Sound & Feel (7 out of 10) Feel is one of the most subjective and divisive words in all of golf. A lot of factors and so many individual quirks comprise it. For myself it is farther down the list than most. However if I was at a fitting and the fitter handed my a T100-S I would have hit 3 shots handed the club back to the fitter with an emphatic no and moved on. Fortunately that wasn’t the case. After 2 rounds I thought there was something wrong with them, I didn’t hit a single shot that felt good. Harsh and clanky come to mind. However after and little bit of work on the range I was able to locate the sweet spot. And what a sweet spot it is, just pure forged glory. If you ask me it is a little higher and on the toe than what I thought it would be. We all know feel doesn’t equal reality so in all likelihood it is dead center of the club. They do not feel or sound good when you miss though. When missing the center they remind me of hitting a Hogan Apex 1 iron, they don’t vibrate up to your ears like a 1 iron does but you know you missed it. Basic Characteristics (18 out of 20) This is where it starts to get foggy for me and the T100-S. Repeatable distance, controllable trajectory and the ability to hit partial shots are big keys to what I look for in irons. I play my irons based off maxed distance for a good swing. My PW flies 139 if I flush it, depending on conditions I adjust from there but it I know that 139 is max. The T100-s, for the most part they are very precise, not accurate, precise. However when in testing on the course I did hit a PW farther in the air than a 9 iron on the previous swing from the same yardage. To me that cannot happen, in my experience bad things happen when you are long. And one of the worst feelings is looking up at a pure iron shot, right on the flag only to see it continue flying over the green. These instances happened throughout the bag during the last 2 months. I am not convinced it is the head, but rather I have a strong suspicion it is the shaft. It seems that the combo of T100-S and Project X altered my delivery of the club. I was getting less spin, a lower launch and more side spin. All things of which lead me to lose some control over the golf ball. Hence, why I said precise and not accurate, they did it every time in a very repeatable fashion. The bucket on Skytrack that I was hitting my PW into was just magnificent, Hogan would have nodded in appreciation. A 10 yard by 11 yard circle, folks it doesn’t get better than that for myself. Even the 7 iron, while a larger circle, was smaller than my z785. Very precise, but as you can see not very accurate. 51 feet left of target on 7 and 39 feet left on PW. It was the same on the course, as I will get to. As far as the forgiveness side of the equation, they are about what you would expect except for one caveat. Because the feel is harsh to me on off center hits, there were times when I wouldn’t even follow the shot thinking that I missed it so bad it had no chance, only to look up and see it sitting on the green. They are forgiving, or about what you expect from this category of irons. I would even say that for repeatable distance across the face they are some of the best I have ever put my hands on. Now the sweet spot is small, so don’t expect to be all over the club face with impact, but in the vicinity and you will get the distance you are looking for. On Course Performance (15 out of 30) This is where the disappointment starts. I say that because everything about these clubs I like or may even love (the looks). The scorecard however is the great equalizer, 16 rounds with T100-S completed with an average score of 77.6. Even if I drop out the 4 highest rounds during that time it only drops to 75.8. For comparison my previous 16 rounds were an average of 72.5. That is not the direction I was looking to be heading. A shot or two would have been acceptable and something i could have lived with. But 5 shots is just not cutting it. I was never able to get the accuracy I needed. Shots were continually missing left, and while that is my miss, it didn’t matter what swing i put on these, they were going left. Being as though they were consistently going in the same place, i would have liked to think that changing my aim point would rectify it and it did on a smaller scale. But it was just too tough in practice to hit to a flag on the right and aim 30 feet right of it. Their one shining moment came in my City Championship. I think in the two days I only missed 4 greens with the T100-S in my hand. But overall they were just not accurate enough for me to keep in my bag. I have played 5 rounds since taking the T100-S out and my average is 74.2. It is unfortunate that the shaft, head and my game just didn’t match up. Miscellaneous (10 out of 10) As everyone knows 2020 has been a year, it was the same week or within a couple of days that the testers were announced that Titleist shut down operations due to Covid. We knew that it was going to be a different process because of this. Once Titleist opened up they moved MGS near if not to the front of the line. We received our clubs much faster than i expected. It was an unexpected move that resonates from a relationship perspective. Play it or trade it (10 out of 20) I have thought About it a hundred different ways. Do I reshaft them? Do I go through a fitting? Do I do nothing and just chalk it up as one of the many clubs on the market that just doesn’t work for me? Do I continue to try to find a shot shape I can control with them? Of those the only answer I have is as built they will not be in my bag. They can serve as a very nice set of backup clubs. But they are just not right for me to have in the bag. Conclusion Titleist made a great iron, incredible looking with the characteristics that you would expect, a players club from a players company. They just didn’t work for me. The shaft head combo was just not one that I could get the results from. If you are looking in this category of irons, do yourself a favor and hit the T100-S. I do believe that they are a great club. Final Score 70 out of 100
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    i think this sums it up very well. I still go on WRX,....obvisouly not near the amount I did before joining MGS, but I like to keep track of what the competing sites are doing. Well at least them, I don't so much worry about the third one. WRX does indeed have a large knowledgeable membership. However, the one thing I have witnessed first hand and heard many times, is it's not the most welcoming of sites to newer golfers or members who have a differing opinion. I think that's THE absolute best thing about the membership here, you guys value everyone's opinion, whether it's a scratch golfer or a brand new player who shoots 110. There truly is no class system here. And of course the full honest unbiased opinions on the member reviews is something you don't see much of on the other sites. If something works well, they will say so, if something isn't great, they will say so in a very constructive but yet honest way. I do love how MGS is becoming more well known then perhaps the other two. On a side note, the Wilson Rep just left my shop this morning, I've known him for 15 years, but he somehow didn't know my role with MGS. When I mentioned it, he got very excited saying Wilson LOVES MGS...ha So we spent a bit of time talking about what MGS does. He admitted his a bit of old timer and not real up on SM but says he's going to have to get more involved. That is all said, to say every rep I have spoken to this year has nothing but great things to say about MGS. Well all except for one
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    There are a few threads detailing individuals paths to getting better. Some want to break into the 80s, some want to be single digit, some are trying to achieve scratch golf, I am trying to get to the low single digits. I thought it might be a good idea to report on my progress and what I am doing to play better golf; hopefully someone finds it interesting; if not it will just be my own blog that I can use as a reference. About me: I have been playing golf on and off since I was in my early teens but stopped and started many times since then. Finally started to play regularly in the 90s which happened to be roughly where I was scoring. Took a bunch of lessons and worked my handicap down to a 4 in roughly the 05-10 timeframe and shot a personal best 70 and have about a dozen rounds of 71/72. Over the last 5/6 years my game has been going the wrong direction and scores that were typically mid 70s are now low to mid 80s. My short game was a big mess and after a lesson last year it has started to get better but still needs some improvement. I play with a regular group weekly and play in my companies golf league. My recent golf league results are what really set this journey forward. We play 9 holes in league play and my last three rounds have been +15, +14 and +9 and I know I can play better golf. As a result, I reached out to my instructor and said I wanted to get better at the game. How I think: For those reading these posts, this is probably an important thing to understand. I really like to understand the details and learn as much as I can about a subject. I did this with putting; I found a coach that helped me understand how the putting stroke works and how my decisions impact the stroke. I learn the mechanics but move toward the feel side of the scale when actually playing. Now, my goal is to learn more about the golf swing and strategy to playing better Initial Goals: Get my scoring average to 75 Break 70 Improve course strategy Improve approach game (struggle with pull hooks, toe shots, and fat shots) Improve short game (still isn't where I want it to be) Improve distance wedges Improve iron distance control (in between distances) Initial assessment: I went for an initial swing assessment on the 20th. The assessment we did is based on Mike Adams swing dynamics. I learned about Mike Adams last year on an episode of the Golf Channels Swing Expedition with Chris Como. Essentially you go through a series of tests and based on the results of those tests it determines how you should swing. This assessment includes what your swing pivots around, grip (strong/weak, over, under, side), swing plane, stance width, etc. For the way I process things, it was ideal. Based on this assessment, I am a front post, side-on grip and release, launch.spin golfer. Once this was determined, we went through a series of drills to help work on ingraining the feels and to work on ground impact location. Early results: Since the assessment, I have played 2 rounds and done a couple of most wanted testing sessions. The approach seems to be working; I have been making more centered contact, less fat shots, and narrowed shot dispersion. It is interesting that my short game has shown significant improvement over the last two weeks as well. Last two rounds have been 79 and 80 and the swing changes seem to be a step in the right direction. Future plans: Obviously I will continue to work on the practice drills. Since iron testing is getting under way at MGS, I will be hitting lots of iron shots a couple of times a week. From a lesson perspective, it looks like I will be doing one in-person lesson a month and a couple of online lessons per month to answer questions, check on drills, and develop course strategy.
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    Well, YouTube's processing time was faster than estimated... I'll post some more pictures soon, too!
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    Testers Wanted (4) Is it possible for practice to be fun? Is it possible for a training to make you want to spend extended time “practicing”? Can an affordable putting simulator offer you realistic feedback on your golf game? We mean affordable as in cheaper than some of the current drivers on the market now. Got you're attention yet? Well Read on for a very rare opportunity! ExPutt is an at home indoor putting simulator that offers golfers the ability to practice on a high-quality simulator that until now could only be found in a professional setting. Does it do all the things mentioned earlier? We are going to let four of you tell the MyGolfSpy community. More Pics and Video Here How to Apply In a post below in this thread--DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST--provide the following information. This testing is open to US Residents Only Name/City State How Often do you Practice Putting and How Long? How many 3 putts do you average per round? What interests you most about Exputt from what you have seen or read? We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week, so check back and see if you've been selected!
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    Introduction Hello, my name is David Kleck, and I am a practicing veterinarian in Houston, Tx. I am a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University. I started playing golf in Jr. High School primarily during the summer, only when not playing baseball or basketball. My dad gave me a Walter Hagen club set consisting of persimmon woods, blade irons, and a Gary Player Black Knight putter. I did not play very often because of the workload of school and my career. I played with those until the year 2000 when I was fit for a set of Ping i3 oversize green dot blades, and I still have those. In 2007, my wife and I moved to Houston where my wife grew up, and we have a lot of family in the area. I was able to reduce my work schedule and play golf weekly for the first time in my life. It was not until joining here at MGS that I have really started to understand my faults and proper correction of what I was doing wrong in many aspects of golf from swing mechanics to equipment and accessories. My handicap has steadily decreased from 19 to 12.2. I won our Club Championship (second flight net) this past November and broke 80 for the first time in my life with a round of 77 in January. As a member here at MGS, I have done an unofficial review of the Wilson D7 Driver and the Wilson professional golf balls that I won during the MGS Masters SpyStaffSlam. I was an official tester of Lynx Black Cat Irons and recently a tester of Bridgestone Tour B Prototype balls. I am very honored to have been chosen for the biggest competition of the year, and I want to thank MGS, Cobra, and Arccos for this opportunity. And they're off Early in my veterinarian career I worked primarily on horses, especially racehorses. I owned my own horse breeding farm, only 4 miles from the racetrack. I liken this competition to a series of horse races. Each horse comes in with a pedigree and a form from previous races, and it will be your job to pick the winning horse! In horse racing, many of the most important races are handicap races. This means the horses with the best form will carry the most weight during the race to even out the field. In our competition, I feel the lower handicaps will be caring more burden to improve their form. I am the only ONE Length competitor in this field which gives me a distinct advantage, because I am changing more than just the name of the clubs that I am playing. ONE length simplifies an exceedingly difficult and complicated game. Listen to the science and data! Bet on the horse that has simplified the race. #TeamCobraONE Okay that's the concept and I've played one round with the clubs and I'm brimming with confidence! I'm saying would you like an easy button? My old Titleist setup compared to my new Cobra SpeedZoneONE setup Now look at my 70 rounds base line with arccos over the last 16 months. I can't wait to get started in actual competition on the course #COBRACONNECT4 #MGSCOBRA2020 If you want to be there down the stretch #TeamCobraONE Oh by the way the horse on the outside will be #TeamCobraONE
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    Guys, we're going to go ahead a lock this one up right away. Our point isn't to shut down any criticism of MGS. Rather, it's our forum moral code that, in the forum, we don't allow political discussion. There are lots of places to express opinions on these issues, but in the forum, we are pretty much going to "stick to golf."
  40. 25 points
    Stage 2 post below stage 1 Stage 1 First off I really want to thank MyGolfSpy and Titleist for the opportunity to do this review. For a more complete bio you can find it here. https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/32612-2019-official-forum-member-review-lynx-black-cat-and-prowler-vt-irons/?tab=comments#comment-560524 If you prefer the short version here goes. My name is Mark Kramer and I live in North Central Iowa. I work as a HVAC Technician and as you can imagine this is the busy season for me. Not only are people finally starting the A/C's for the year but the weather has become perfect for golf. On top of that my daughter turns 18 on Monday and will officially have a graduation ceremony on Father's Day. I have been married to my beautiful wife and best friend for 5 years now. I love everything associated with golf from club building to playing to club ho'ing. To say I was excited and anxious to receive the T200's would be an understatement. I took off work the day there were delivered and this was my waiting spot! First impressions are as important in golf as they are in dating. Right when I opened the box from Titleist I knew I was dealing with a company that cares about how their clubs are packaged. I have received clubs from other manufactures that had very little packing to keep clubs from banging around on each other. From all of the pictures online to the reviews, these T200's have everything I look for in an iron cosmetically. Thinnish topline, nice sole width, not too long heel to toe, and just enough offset to help with my right miss without being off putting. For this review we were originally going to be fitted at a Titleist Thursday in our area, obviously with the Covid-19 pandemic we weren't sure when Titleist would resume so we decided to either get fitted locally or if we knew our specs we could go that route. I called the closest golf store to me that does fittings and they informed me that they were never sent their fitting irons from Titleist. It seemed off to me and I will gladly discuss with anyone wanting more details via Personal Messages. I will just say this, I don't believe this is to be considered a knock on Titleist. I have played a fair amount of different equipment over the years and have a fairly decent idea of what works for my swing so I decided to go that route. My specs that I ordered were T200's 4-W2(GW) with Project X LZ 5.5 shafts, GP MCC black/black standard grips, -1/2" length, 1* upright, and logos up(I'm weird that way!) When I received the irons everything was spot on except the logos of the shafts were down. Not a huge issue and probably my fault for not specifying. When it comes to reviewing and playing an iron set, my main focus is and always will be consistent distance. I want to know that if I put 2 similar swings on a club that the ball will travel the desired distance. I am a big believer in not caring/worrying whether my 7-iron goes 165 or 155 as long as I can count on it going that specific distance. I do have a couple iron only rounds planned as a little side competition with [mention=55883]Berg Ryman[/mention] to add a nice twist to the review process. If there is anything specific anybody wants to see or have tested please let us know. Again a huge thank you to MyGolfSPy and Titleist for this opportunity! Stage 2 Review I can't start this review without first thanking MyGolfSpy and Titleist for the opportunity to review the T200's. I would also like to thank my fellow reviewers for allowing me to tag along. While I know I used my Golden Ticket to be involved, I still like to think I had a legit shot at joining these 3 MGS Hall of Famers without it! For this final stage of reviewing, my primary focus was on the course. I did hit the range a couple of times but that was more to find my swing again. For those that weren't following along, I had a couple rounds where I couldn't hit any club in my bag including the putter! Luckily it didn't take long to find it, and I managed to have some of my best rounds ever with these in the bag. Looks: 8 out of 10 This category was an easy one to grade. The T200's are just about the perfect overall shape for me. If I was able to create my own iron, they would share a bunch of qualities with the T200's. If I am nitpicking, I would shorten the heel to toe size slightly, use a satin finish to reduce glare, and have no cavity. The finish of the T200's are a mirror chrome that looks sweet until you get into bright sunlight. -1pt The cavity was another small inconvenience for me due to being an early morning dew sweeper. Grass and water would collect in the cavity and would be hard to get out every now and then. -1pt The heel to toe size is strictly a personal preference and by no means a turn off. I would say the T200's are a happy middle ground between true players mb and a super game improvement iron. Sound & Feel 6 out of 10 This category was the hardest for me to decide on. When you hit the T200's on the sweet spot the ball melts off the face and flies high and fast. As you move away from the sweet spot, the feel becomes harsher and the sound gets extremely clicky. This is a nice thing to have to know that you missed the center but for me, I would prefer that feeling with a more severe miss as oppose to a slight one. I did miss a few to both extremes of the face and my hands and elbows hated me! Basic Characteristics 16 out of 20 The T200's are very strong lofted with a 43* PW so raw distance was never an issue. I did have issues with consistent distances though, more on that later. Accuracy and control were exactly where I'd expect an iron like this to be from a side to side aspect. While the T200's wanted to fly high and straight, a draw or fade were not a problem with the correct swing. I played a few rounds in slightly windy to blow you over windy and knockdown shots with the T200's were more of a struggle to execute. Don't get me wrong, they are absolutely doable, they just took more work for me to pull off. On Course Performance 24 out of 30 Alright folks if you have managed to read through my blabbering to this point, thank you. This is the meat and potatoes of MGS reviews in my opinion. The on course performance is what I always like reading as that is where the clubs really have to shine. For those that have followed along as we put these clubs through their paces, you know that I commented more than once on the out of nowhere fliers that the T200's produced. I am talking 20-30 yards too far from what felt and looked like a normal strike. Consistent distance is the most important aspect of an iron for me. The courses I play do not have many playable areas behind the greens. On more than one occasion I had to take a penalty due to the ball flying the extra 20-30. For this reason alone I subtracted 12pts from the score. Now if your paying attention, your probably saying "But Mark, 24 out of 30 is only 6 points!" Well you would be correct, however as I have said in this thread as well as the "How did you play" thread, I have had a career year score wise and the T200's have been in the bag for almost all of them I believe. There was a couple rounds where they weren't really needed due to my driving but there were there none the less! LOL For that reason, I added 6 points back because let's face it, this game is about playing your best as often as possible. Miscellaneous 10 out of 10 I will use this category to praise MyGolfSpy and Titleist for making this review happen during the pandemic we have been facing. With everything that has been going on, getting us equipment junkies some clubs was fairly low on the importance scale. The fact that Titleist got these to us as quickly as they did was awesome and I can't thank them enough. Play it or Trade it 15 out of 20 This was another difficult one for me to score as I have played really well with these in the bag. This distance consistency thing is huge for me which is the reason for the score. These are staying in the bag for now, even with a trade it overall score. The heads are awesome and I can't help but think a shaft change may unlock the final consistency I am looking for. Conclusion If you decided to just skip to this part as I tend to ramble, no hard feelings. The T200's are almost the perfect club for me. Looks, Raw Distance, and playability are all in the upper echelon for irons in this category. Unfortunately for my grading process the inconsistent distances are the most important which leads to the lower score. I will have no problem amending my negatives if the shaft change does what I am hoping. Total Score 79 out of 100
  41. 25 points
    My Congregation threw a party in honor of the 25th anniversary of my ordination today. It was a blast! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  42. 24 points
    So, as many of you saw over in the “What Have You Bought Lately” thread, I went to a thrift store and found an older set of blades. I was originally going to just get a single iron to play with from time to time, but then found a complete set. My weapons of choice? A set of Wilson Staff Fluid Feel irons 2-PW. Why would I do this? I’m a huge golf YouTube fan and one of the channels I enjoy is Stacked Golf. It’s a husband and wife team who go around thrift stores and flea markets and hunt old clubs. Also, there’s a lot of debate over traditional lofts vs loft jacking. I thought this might be a fun little experiment to see if a golfer like me could play an older set and still score well. This is in no way a scientific experiment, I just want to have fun and share my experiences with all of you. Plus, I thought it’d be nice to restore an old set to its former beauty. Right now I’m cleaning them up and really loving how they look. They started out a bit rusty, but a little Bar Keepers Friend, some steel wool, and a little elbow grease has them looking good. I haven’t had a chance to hit them since my driving range took some damage in a tornado back around Easter. I have gotten them out and hit foam balls a few times, but that’s just not the same as the real thing. It’s probably the worst idea ever, but I’m planning on taking them to the course soon just to see how I can make them perform. I’m planning on alternating rounds between my current gamers and these. Speaking of which, I’m currently playing with a set that is the polar opposite of these butter knives: Tommy Armour Atomics. These are super jacked, with large heads, and loads of forgiveness. This is going to be a long process, but I plan on having fun with it. Hopefully I’ll at least be able to advance the ball toward the hole with the Wilson's.
  43. 24 points
    OK EVERYONE Time to announce our Group Halloween Costume Winner.... This challenge was a fun one to get to know the full compliment of Cobra ambassadors. You guys definitely embraced the halloween aspect of this challenge....some of those pictures were downright scary. @Peaksy68's rendition of Lexi improving her lie may not be our winner, but, my God, was it memorable. Yeesh. First, let's do some honorable mentions: @Nunfa0 and his rendition of the whole crew was particularly fun and well-edited: @MaxEntropy got some bonus points from Cobra for actually having the man himself in the picture. Very nice dedication (even though it was from last year): @jddaigneault and his commitment to the entire outfit and a story to accompany. Can't wear that orange without someone on the course calling you out for looking like Rickie: But, the winner was actually unanimous. With big LOLs and an extremely accurate depiction, our winner of the Puma shoes this week is going to be........ @knightsofnii with his uber-accurate rendition of Duffnering: Congrats on your win this week. Send me a PM with your shoe size and shipping address to get them sent along!
  44. 24 points
    The good news is most of my friends have picked up golf in recent years and care enough to play regularly and practice and try to improve. We are even planning out first buddies getaway golf trip. However my friends differ from me in that they don't have the same manic obsession over golf that I do. I tried showing off my new driver to them and they didn't get it. Which brings me to you guys. I've been reading forever and joined the boards like a month ago. I was steered in the right direction for lessons then and now i'm back to show off my first What in the Bag. 16.9 handicap so my bag is built around forgiveness and limiting the big mistakes. I love the new Speedzone Xtreme Pars and Stripes that I just started gaming based on 2 rounds played and how it looks. WITB: Driver: Speedzone Xtreme 10.5° Ventus Blue 6 Stiff 3 Wood: XR 15° Project X LZ 50 Stiff 3 Hybrid: Steelhead XR16 19° Project X SD Stiff Irons: King F9 Speedback KBS Tour 90 Stiff Wedges: CBX 52°, 56° ,60° Dynamic Golf 115 Putter: White Smoke Big Fontana 35" Ball: Z-star
  45. 24 points
    Testers Announced! So which forum members will get these in hand to let us know what their real-world performance is like? @MattF @revkev @HardcoreLooper @Thin2win @greggarner Full announcement here: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/39861-testers-wanted-5-wilson-d7-forged-irons/?do=findComment&comment=668749 ________________________________________________________________ Testers Wanted (5) Some will say you can’t effectively combine the characteristics of a distance golf club with the sexiness of a forged players club. Wilson golf says, not only will it do that, but it’ll be a top performer in the newish Player’s Distance iron category. Enter the Wilson D7 Forged iron. Introduced earlier this year, and this week named the Most Wanted Players Distance iron of 2020. How good is it? What makes it better than the 12 other irons it went up against. We are going to let five of you tell the MyGolfSpy community, all about this Most Wanted winner. How To Apply We’re looking for five golfers who are motivated, detail-oriented, and committed to providing a thorough review the Wilson D7 Forged irons and sharing your thoughts and grades on the irons with the forum community. Want to find out if this category iron can help you gain some yards and retain that sweet forged feeling? Testing is open to golfers in the US. Here's how to apply. In a post below list the following: First Name/City State Current Handicap or Average 18 Hole Score Current Iron Model Played We'll be picking the testers next week, so check back and see if you have been selected. Final instruction: DO NOT QUOTE THIS POST WHEN REPLYING!
  46. 24 points
  47. 24 points
    Official CCC4 Intro First and foremost, I feel it’s necessary to express my sincere gratitude to MyGolfSpy and Cobra for giving me the opportunity to be part of the most prestigious event MGS has to offer. I’m thrilled to be here and, I plan not only to win, but, I will also make 110% sure that every single forum member has more fun than they thought possible during this challenge. Now, I’ll keep the personal details pretty brief because, let’s be honest, you’re here to see super sexy golf club pics. My name is Grayson, I’m 17 years old, and I currently reside in Minnesota. I was introduced to golf by my Mom about 12 years ago, and I’ve been playing (addicted) ever since. Everyone who has been following along so far, knows that I’m the undisputed trash talk champion. Combining my trash talk prowess with the fact that this challenge is generously sponsored by COBRA, our official team hashtag is... #TEAMVENOMSPITTER Do you have a venomous comeback to any verbal joust? Are you a fan of wonderful wordplay? Do you just want to be on the winning team? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re a #VENOMSPITTER! MY GAME Currently my pre-Cobra setup includes a Wilson Staff C300 Driver (TrueGolfFit), Callaway Rogue 3 wood (not fitted), Mizuno Fli-Hi 2 iron (not fitted), Ping I200s (“self“ fitted), and Ping Glide 52° and 58° (not fitted). As you can tell, I’m playing with a very unfit, mixed bag. I’m definitely not “married” to any of my current clubs, although I might be “engaged” to my 2 iron. So far, I’ve really enjoyed the in depth stats Arccos provides, and it’s been very accurate in picking up my shots. I do recall that there have been complaints in other threads about it missing putts, but as long as you monitor it throughout your round, it shouldn’t be a big deal. My swing has a fairly smooth tempo (in my own mind), and averages about 108 mph with my “fairway finder” swing. It usually produces medium height shots and a pretty ugly two-way miss. (Disclaimer: My spine may or may not be made of rubber. And even if it is, it’s *probably* not cheating!) MY BASELINE As some of you may remember, I had posed the question of perception VS reality in relation to our golf game. (Full Post here) As far as my driving goes, I’m apparently a much better driver than I give myself credit for. It’s been a bit wet here recently, so I haven’t gotten a ton of roll on the fairways. Most of these balls are all carry. Okay, so my approach game is where it gets really interesting. According to Arccos, I suck at any iron shot and long pitches. I’m pretty shocked by this, but my theory is, while I do hit enough greens, my proximity is poor enough that I don’t have enough make-able birdie putts, which really kills my ability to score low. Chipping and Putting were both pretty much what I expected, there isn’t a whole lot to go over here, so I won’t bore you anymore. THE CHALLENGERS Once again this year, Cobra is selling with speed. Hell, it’s the second year in a row that “speed” is in the name of most of their lineup. If their marketing is legit, I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t have multiple condors before the challenge is over. Okay, maybe not, but I still am expecting some BOMBS! (Spoiler Alert: There already have been some bombs!) Now, Cobra doesn’t just promise speed, they also promise precise and forgiving irons and wedges. They market the Forged Tec as delivering playable distance, and precision with forgiveness. Seeing the state of my approach game, I have REALLY high expectations for these irons. Not to mention they’re beautiful! (If you want to read about my fitting and setup in more detail, I posted a full write-up here!) Personally, I think this is the best looking driver on the market, especially in the matte white color. I could keep telling you how beautiful it is... or I could just show you! It’s finally time for some pictures!!! Aesthetically, the fairway wood and hybrid are some of the best out there, although, the hybrid sets up a little closed to me, so we’ll keep an eye on that. It’s tough to find anything bad to say about these irons. I have such high hopes for these, I really need the extra forgiveness. These are very beautiful wedges, from the slick chrome finish, to the precise milling. We’ve already discussed in detail, how great the Cobra/Vessel bag is, but I feel I need to reiterate just how lovely it is. It is the nicest, most well thought out, highest quality stand bag that I’ve ever seen. Everything from the embroidery, to the extremely comfortable backpack straps has been perfectly executed. If you’re still here after all those beautiful club pics, give yourself a pat on the back. To wrap up, I have 3 main goals for the Cobras. 1. More Speed, Less dispersion. Doesn’t that sound like the magic formula to lower scores? Well, seeing as this is my first set of properly fitted clubs, I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. 2. I want the transition from player’s irons to player’s distance irons to be smooth. Sure, I’ll take extra distance, however, what I really want is more forgiving and accurate clubs that don’t sacrifice much playability. Cobra promises that with the Forged Tec, and I’m super excited to see if they pulled it off. 3. I’ll say it, Cobra wedges have been overlooked for years. I want them to live up to the quality of the rest of their line of clubs. I’m talking great feel, great versatility around the greens, good spin rates, and consistency on full shots. The MIMs are beautiful, now they just need to perform beautifully. Now, onwards to victory!!!!
  48. 24 points
    Ok I'm done toying around. Thanks for humoring me. If the main thread is anything like this past hour, we're sure to be in for a great summer. Without further ado.... Each tester is testing the same woods so I'm not going to list the SPEEDZONE woods they're testing but I will list the irons/wedges since those are different by tester please join me in congratulating our sacrifices...err.... COMPETITORS: @GB13 - Forged Tec - MIM @B.Boston - Forged Tec - MIM @edingc - SPEEDZONE - King Black @Headhammer - SPEEDZONE - MIM @daviddvm - SPEEDZONE ONE - KING ONE Let the smack talk begin!
  49. 24 points
    The MGS community has been so supportive of our daughter, Penny, over the years. We wanted to know that even after missing a full academic year due to illness she graduated, with honors, from High School today. We are very proud!!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  50. 23 points
    Check it out: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/28411127/introducing-small-group-trying-take-change-golf-equipment-industry
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