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Brian Parkinson

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  • Swing Speed
    91-100 mph
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    Short Game
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    Driver/Off the Tee

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  1. Still so disappointed MSG only tested urethane balls. Anywho, I just bought a couple of dozen of the E12 Contact to try. Feels like such a miss that they didn't include some popular mid-grade balls to compare against the urethane. Seems like a lot of what MSG is about is getting the right data regardless of stereotype.
  2. Is MSG going to test the non-urethane balls? Just as the tour response/tour speed fits certain golfers better than the TP5/ProV, I wonder if there are non-urethane balls that fit certain golfers better. I like the Supersoft (but the matte cover is awful to putt with) , the Tour Soft, used to like the Duo (but too many of them cracked on me).
  3. Thanks Dave - 100% the point I was making. Maybe I give golfers too much cerebral credit, but the whole would I rather be 30yrds out vs 100yrds dilemma, I wouldn't have seen a a dilemma at all. But when you factor in the am I what % more likely to find rough, tree, hazard, etc. then it becomes more of an analysis. It definitely seemed like an incomplete at best to just plain bad article without trying to factor in the rest of the story.
  4. I just saw an article that talked about myth busting on laying up verses going for it. The article seemed to make the point you should always try to get as close as possible to the green vs laying up to a comfortable distance - but ignored hazards as part of their analysis. Hmmmm - that only seems like the biggest reason anyone would ever lay up. Every par 5 I have ever laid up on has a penalty area or narrowing of trees that is effectively as hazard. It would be interesting to find out what percentage of the time you need to be successful in challenging a hazard before it pays off. For instance, a drive on a par 5 over a ditch that has to carry 230 and OB right. Reward – 2nd shot in the 250yd range at a green protected by sand. Verses a hybrid lay-upi n the 300 yard range – fairway wood for second shot to the 100 yard range. How many extra birdies does the drive to 250 get you verses the extra OB/water penalty. Or for a par 5 with a 2nd shot though a narrow gap of trees from 125-75 yards of the green. Is it better to lay up with a safer iron at the 125, or pull fairway wood which is typically more errant and get stuck in the trees and have to chip out. That would be a cool analysis. Is there such an analysis? I know the application would depend greatly on the individual golfer and his success rate carrying 230/hitting fairway through a small gap of trees etc, but I wonder if there are rules of thumb for certain success rates?
  5. Back in the day, I thought it was fun, and learned a ton making my own clubs. This was probably the late 90's/early 00's, and there were several high quality component companies such as Dynacraft, Golfsmith, Maltby, Wishon, and even Hireko made some good Acer products. Obviously some of those have gone under, and others purchased by other less quality/more clone-ish clubs. But it would seem with the explosion in the price of clubs in the last few years that this niche would become attractive again. Are there some good companies out there that I haven't heard of? To me, the ultimate fitting experience is designing your own clubs, just not sure I still have the time...
  6. I recently picked up some of the Sketcher Torque Pro's after reading the most wanted spiked shoe category. One of the main reason's I went with them was their score on the comfort/elements/traction rankings. I typically play every morning at 6, and in our beautiful Idaho summers, the course is always very wet with dew/watering, and mowed grass sticks to your feet. I've noticed that I'm literally skating/sliding around vs. my old Puma Ignites or Footjoy Contour Flexes. I've thought about replacing them with the New Balance they rated very highly as they did very well in the elements and comfort, but not as well in traction. Based on what I've experienced with the sketchers, the traction really couldn't be that much worse... Does anyone have shoes they recommend that check the comfort/element/traction boxes? thx!
  7. I built a nice room onto my house with an impact screen, putting surface floor, skytrak. I went with the real feel gorilla mat. I got the 3 x5 one without the thick rubber base, which makes it more portable to grab my net and head to the office and hit balls at lunch, but it can scoot a tiny bit while swinging, and I wish i had got the 5x5 so that i didn't have to adjust the placement of the skytrak when i move from hitting a driver or iron. There was, and is, so little information on impact screens, hitting mats, nets, and putting surfaces. It has been fun to see MGS start to cover some of that stuff this year.
  8. Has MGS ever done a most wanted on hitting surfaces? Seems like they've done most wanted on some pretty peripheral stuff, but to me that's one of the most critical parts of practice. Does anyone have enough experience with them to say one they might recommend?
  9. Brian parkinson rexburg idaho i currently use a bag boy quad xl. I walk 6 rounds per week. I would be interested to see if the cart could keep up with me as I play fast. 1:00 per nine or so. Thanks for your consideration
  10. Brian, Rexburg Idaho iPhone 11 Primarily Indoors. Todays temp, 5*. Have access to Mevo +, and Skytrak for comparison purposes. I have both an impact screen and a hitting net.
  11. Brian, Rexburg Idaho I have used multiple hitting nets - I don't know if we're allowed to comment on which brands, so I guess you can edit if necessary. When I was a newbie I got suckered by the 100% guarantee on the GoSports net. After 3 replacements and a hole in my garage wall, I gave up. I have switched to the Ruckets Hack net, and have had better results. My current set up is a PolySpacer Impact screen from Spectrum Golf. I set up the hitting bay exactly following recommendations (my contractor installed) but was shocked when after hitting just 15 clean balls into the net i was seeing massive scuffs and wear. Currently waiting for a new impact screen from AllSportSystems. Indoor practice and improvement thru analysis is a passion of mine and I would love to write a review for you on SPG-7 net. The amount of time and effort I have put into trying to come up with a quality golf room is overwhelming, and the most frustrating issue is the lack of reliable information available. I currently use a Skytrak Launch Monitor and have ordered the PGRG launch monitor as well (more for use as a radar speed sensor with the overspeed training...)
  12. How To Apply In a post below-DO Not Quote This Post-Provide the following information: Brian, Rexburg, Idaho Right Handed First Choice 18* - Driving Iron - UiHi KBS Tour 90 Regula Back-up Choice - 18* Hybrid – VKTR+ Recoil ES 75 F3 Regular Handicap 18.0 Do you currently play a Long Iron or Hybrid - Current Hybrids - 18*/22* Cobra F8, but still in the bag, 22* Snake Eyes.
  13. In a post below provide the following information: Brian, Rexburg, ID, Cobra F8 18.0 Handicap Swing Speed: 95-100 Which Driver Would You Like to Review TSi2 Thanks for your consideration
  14. To Apply please provide the following information: Brian - Rexburg, Idaho Handicap 18 Titleist Vokey 54* S grind, 58* K grind Back in the day, I made a Dynacraft raw finish 54* that I let rust for feel. At one point I played the RTX 2 and loved the Cleveland feel, so I'd love to try these. Thanks for your consideration!
  15. Brian - Rexburg, Idaho How do you keep your putting sharp through the winter? I built an addition on my house with a 23'x13' room that with 4 cups placed in the surface - a country club artificial turf with a 4' 2" drop for putts with break. For the muni course in my area, i would guess the stimp of the room is about 1 too fast. Current/Past Experience with putting mats - I have used the typical 8' 3 hole mats, and my above mentioned room with the artificial turf. Go to www.birdieball.com and tell us which speed green you'd want to test. When I built my room, I was tempted to use the birdie ball surface for the entire room, but where is was a foam product I was nervous about the longevity of the product. I'd be very much interested in trying the slow speed, which should approximate my muni course 9-10 stimp perfectly. Thanks! Brian
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