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  • Birthday 07/15/1986

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  1. I got the ZX7 irons and the ZX utility, and both absolutely rip. First irons I've had since 2004 that aren't muscle backs, and they definitely are much longer and more forgiving. Can't wait to get them on the course to shape shots and see how the ball reacts on the green. Great pictures @GolfSpy_APH
  2. So here are some poor quality in hand pictures I took in the pro shop today before leaving work. First, the driver: I've only hit a few shots with it, and of course the tee mark is a little off, but that's a temporary problem. Head over is nicer than the last generation, with white inlays down the side. I got the strong 3, and the crown aesthetics are certainly more pleasing to me than the ZX. The weather was crap today, and this was the first time I was back at the course since the official launch. I'll be honest, all of the gear this year is top notch, there's more to come, too. If anyone has questions or wants other pictures, I've had the technical stuff from Srixon for a while on this year's launches, so ask away.
  3. I should have been ready for that with a club that looks like it was born in a bowling alley, but from a guy that's touched it, trust me. Variable Face Thickness is real...
  4. Our rep came in a couple of weeks ago and these things are absolutely gorgeous. I didn't get a chance to hit one, but it was fun to feel the face from the backside via the exploded clubhead they bring. Lots of carbon, but the navy blue finish gives them a classic look. It's a nice club from Callaway, not crazy about the name, but it's way classier than anything they have released for a long time.
  5. I got mine a few weeks back, and it's honestly awesome. The sound is very loud in an old school titanium way, and it looks better than the last generation. I got the Zx5 LS at 8.5° with an X flex Velocore Ventus Black shaft and it's definitely performing as billed. It's interesting, the weight, while fairly center, actually is slightly to the left of the ball for the right-handed golfer. Ive been fortunate enough to hit many of the big manufacturers' flagship sticks over the last couple of seasons, and I'm honestly blown away by this thing. The fairway woods also look better than the last version of the ZX. I haven't had a chance to get the full report on it yet, but I'm much happier with the less Adams Idea looking crown on this model. I'm happy to play these, no doubt.
  6. Another update: Bill is still destroying this thing and has dumped his senior flex driver and is using the GS53 X flex strictly off of the tee. Very interesting that @goaliewales14 and @AGutierrez7 both saw the spin numbers they did, because this is something I would not have expected from this club. This test is still making me think about equipment differently, because I would never have suggested this set up to a senior player, but the results are really speaking differently in this case. I would totally recommend these fairways to players that need lift and a drop in vs. roll out performance. Thanks to everyone still throwing data out, and thanks again to Hogan for putting out a club I'm still posting about 1 year later.
  7. For me I feel like the AVX has a lower flight than a ProV1, but they honestly have similar stopping power off of the wedge for me. Neither go too far from the ball mark on the greens with mid irons either. Long iron AVX stays lower with more roll, but I hit it straighter. I do like a lower trajectory ball, because my flight is too high anyway, and any help I can get is always good. AVX is, in my opinion, the best low spin premium ball. Chromesoft X LS was not as good a performer as the standard X. I like to play a two ball and put them head to head over 9 holes. I usually find that I prefer 3 piece balls. The AVX is the exception.
  8. Back for another update... I was still using this as almost a 5 wood until recently. I came across a used Mavrik 4 wood and it gaps perfectly with my driver and long irons, so I dropped my Hawkeye 3 wood in favor of that. Meanwhile, getting the chance to test this club and reading the other reviews prompted me to invest in new wedges and irons from Hogan. The wedges, Equalizer 2, I love. I have yet to receive the irons. Anyway, back to the 3 wood. So I love the looks of this club. It feels great, and even though its not the PERFECT club for me, I've been able to overlook it for sheer sex appeal alone. It was the first club I ever unwrapped from the plastic, and it just catches your eye in all the right ways. Enter Bill. Bill is a pretty serious senior golfer at the course I play at. I haven't teed it up with him before, but he plays CFT irons and hybrids and loves them. The second he saw the headcover, it was love at first sight. He wanted to see it, swing it. I told him to hit it. He didn't want to mess it up, and after a while, agreed. He hit it perfectly, right down the center, 220, further than his driver. For the rest of the day he's bragging to his buddies about the X-Stiff shaft he just hammered, but we talked about the forum and how I got the club. He was so excited about ball lab he looked it up on his phone, and it was honestly one of the most fun rounds of golf I've played in a long time. So of course he's asked about Hogan and where to order it, and when we're walking off the 18th green, he tells me he's going to have to save some money to look into one of those. No need. It breaks my heart to say goodbye, but I have never seen an old man so happy in all of my life. I'll give you a performance update on the club when I get a chance. We have a tee time Saturday morning.
  9. The prior comment didn't quote, but see above.
  10. I have never been to Bend, but I do like golf and Dutch Bros. so I will have to keep an ear out. Thanks!
  11. If you want to have fun, don't keep score. If you want to get good, practice until it doesn't feel fun.
  12. UPDATE To my humble followers and donor, @fixyurdivot : The scores have continued to come down, and while I can't credit a single club to that, being 30 yds farther and in the woods less will always inspire more confidence. I've been at it hard since last June trying to get my game down to pass the PAT, part as a personal goal, part as well, maybe let's see where I can go. Three weeks ago I got an offer from a management group to come on as an apprentice, and they're going to help me through the process and I'll be working as an assistant pro until I'm all finished up. Just wanted to thank you all, because this post was WAY more than just a club, it brought some good people into my sphere and I have gotten lots of good advice from so many of you. Beyond all that, MGS has a special place in my heart and love all that you guys are bringing to the game AND THANKS FOR PLAYING YOUR PART IN HELPING A DREAM COME TRUE!!! I'll keep you updated when I finally pass the test. Fingers crossed. Thanks again guys, Evan
  13. So I lost my damn mind, starting a couple of weeks ago. Let me tell the story: Got an email from the frozen over bots at Callaway during the Austin snow storm and saw this awesome old Steelhead Plus 3 wood with an EI-70 shaft in it for 8.47. Now, just because you see one thing, doesn't mean you need to hang out. So, moments later, I see a Rogue Sub Zero, Tensei Blue X stiff shaft, with tool and original headcover for 167. Well bag it up and I'm out the door. Two days later at the local golf shop (why am I there?) I score 3 Ben Hogan Belts, 3 Nike Belts, an Adidas Belt and a PING Sunday bag, all for $60. Crazy, right? Well then at the same time, they let me try this Odyssey 7s EXO, and I hate putters that look like this. I have always played an Anser 2 style since I started the game, but its like this other putter is blessed by God himself. I tried a couple of other 7 style putters and its like I can't miss. Well, that can't just leave your mind and then you start looking into putters like that and you have been blown away by Wilson recently, and...well! A Bucktown style Infinite putter? It really is important to keep them in the game, and oh? 20% off if I provide you with my email? But of course. So now I have a new driver that I ABSOLUTELY CRANK, an old 3 wood that gives me the happy nostalgia, my pants are jacked up to my neck, I am now a Wilson staff player and I have a s*#&load of explaining to do around here...
  14. I just got a pair of the FJ Traditions. Saw they were tested, didn't make the cut. I like them, but they're considerably lower in quality than FJ shoes of old. I got them because I had a pair of other FJ shoes where the sole separated after 3 weeks, regular use, just some morning dew. The Traditions are comfy, easiest classic FJ style shoe I've ever had to break in, but they do feel cheap, rather than a new spin on a classic shoe. I'm honestly considering trying some new brands after this pair. I've just never been into the sneaker style shoes, and footjoy has the market cornered on the classic look shoe, but the last couple pairs I have had just haven't lived up to the shoes I've had of theirs in the past.
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