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  1. Gusset

    Matte finish

    One of the MGS ball test summaries noted that when wet, a matte ball has "significantly" lower spin (or similar wording), but the overall test report didn't provide numbers, so I don't know what "significant" means. I've also seen a post by a MGS member with a launch monitor that shared methodology and numbers from his own testing of wet/dry glossy/matte balls...I didn't see great problems with his test process, and his results consistently had the opposite trend. So I don't know what to think. I use matte because I like the reduced glare at address.
  2. Wish my contact points were consistently like that...looks great to me. Not much chance of hitting fat.
  3. I'm in the Vancouver area. I'm not sure what to tell you about grass being hard to grow, that's not a generalization I'd make (though where I am, in the hills to the east, I've got more clay than I'd like). Last summer was a little on the brutal side, though. I can't speak to Green Meadows or Royal Oaks, the two main private courses I'm aware of...I haven't played them since high school in the 80s when I was on the golf team. There are a number of public courses in the immediate area to investigate. Generally what you might expect for a $40-60 green fee. Everyone will have their own thoughts, here are some of mine. Camas Meadows is probably the most upscale and well kept public course in SW Washington. Not much margin for error off the tee. I like the layout. It's uncommon- stretched out and meandering through the local woodlands and neighborhood...not a lot of side-by-side fairways. Most tees are a 2-3 minute walk from the previous green. Only drawback there comes when I'm walking and my playing partners are riding. Heron Lakes, just over the river in North Portland, has 36 holes. Being close to where the rivers meet, drainage isn't the best, so not my #1 option for winter golf. Good courses, tons of bunkers. I play most of my rounds at Tri Mountain in Ridgefield. Wind usually picks up in the afternoons. They keep it in pretty good shape...only complaint I have is with the bunkers (in need of a sand refresh/replenishment). Lewis River Golf Course, about a 30-45 minute away in Woodland, is probably my second most played course, largely because it's so peaceful and quiet. Front nine has a few holes that are a bit on the short side. #12 is the longest hole I've ever played, 620/647 from white/blue. This course recently came under new ownership, and yesterday the starter told me he's hearing mixed messages about the future. I'll let others speak to what's over the river in Portland and further south...some really nice courses there. If you don't mind a 5 hour drive, you can also keep going south and head for Bandon. I hope this overly long post is at least a little bit helpful.
  4. When I started playing semi-consistently again about a year ago, I got a set of Tommy Armour 845s Silver Scots off ebay. I hit a lot of shots into a net, apparently too much for 30+ year old clubs starting to rust, and I broke the 3-iron shaft at the hosel about 8 months after getting them. I could make do without a 3-iron, but the 4-iron broke last week, and that's a bit more gap than I want to deal with. As much as I like the 845s, I've decided to move to something a little newer rather than replacing individual clubs (my 845s set is one of the very early ones with a 1-degree weaker loft than most of the production run had, and might be difficult to match). I know the prevailing wisdom is to buy new and get fitted, but realistically that can't happen. It's a "newer" used set, or stay where I am. Now to the question. I really like the Adams A3 19 degree hybrid I got last summer, and it's got me coming around to the prospect of a combined hybrid/iron set. After some digging, I'm leaning toward the Adams A7. Reports were that the hybrids are excellent, and the set's 5-iron does a good job of bridging the distance gap between the hybrids and irons, which was a concern I had based on my own hybrid experience. Buying based solely on what I've researched and read from others, without having actually hit them, doesn't really bother me. I've done that sort of thing with golf clubs (eg my 845s set), musical instruments, vehicles, etc., and it's a low $$$ risk I'm OK with. I'd likely continue to bag my 845s PW, W3, and W4. Has anyone here hit both TA 845s and A7 irons, and can give me a bit of a comparison? I lack experience with many different clubs, so I don't know how forgiving my TAs actually are, whether they're considered a GI set or something else, or how they compare to what came along as club design advanced.
  5. Golf is fun, it gets me outside continuously for a few hours, the camaraderie is good (on those few occasions where I'm able to play with someone I know), and the moments where I make something good happen (a good drive, approach shot, putt, up/down, etc.) are really enjoyable. But what drives me is that I see it as a challenge to be conquered, from a score standpoint. I'll never be "good", but "better than I used to be" is a reasonable goal to be pursued.
  6. I read an article that had much of his comments, and after "learning" what was there to glean, it's clear to me that there are a lot of factors I'm not up on. It sounds like the sort of thing that would probably make decent sense if I were immersed in it. I have to give the benefit of the doubt that he's not just interested in lining his own pockets. Whether he's a greedy jerk or whether he is speaking out for more than just his own interests, when Phil talks, he's heard more than a lot of golfers. If it's actually a thing worth standing up and talking about, would anyone listen to someone who hasn't been successful? If barely-keeping-my-card tour player Fred Furdledurk said the same thing, would anyone take note, or would there just be a flood of comments like, "Hey, loser, if you want more money, be a better golfer"?
  7. Go through ebay...many reasons as stated, not to mention integrity- it's a violation of the policy you agreed to when you listed the item.
  8. I got a similar warning on Firefox.
  9. I totally missed that. Wiping the egg off my face now. Also- indeed, yes, the world of YT advice and instruction is definitely a quagmire that has to be thoughtfully navigated. I can attest.
  10. I suppose I was just pushing back a bit against the initial responses in this thread (advising against watching YT golf instruction). Over-reaction on my part, my apologies.
  11. I've never taken lessons, and for my own reasons, I have no imminent plans to. Maybe I don't belong on this forum. I learned my basic golf swing from the DIYer's YouTube predecessor known as a book (Jack's "Golf My Way"). Since picking up the game last year after over a decade away, my iPhone's video camera has helped me identify some (lifelong?) swing flaws, and a few poignant YT vids have helped me where they are concerned. Add in a few non-swing related vids and podcast episodes, and I've finally manage to improve from the mid-high 90s down into the 80s on occasion (never broken 90 before September). Clearly there's crap YT content to beware of, and clearly I'm not intending to brag about anything, especially surrounded by so many better players, but hopefully that improvement continues in 2022. As far as this vid is concerned, it seems disjointed and difficult to follow after the initial moments. On the positive side, though, his side-by-side comparison of the two swings that get into plane from different positions at the top (~6:20) was educational to me, showing a couple of examples of how a player can take a full backswing in different ways and bring it on plane in the downswing. I won't be applying any of that myself, but I still found it interesting.
  12. Glad to hear things are progressing, and that your accident wasn't worse. My situation can't compare, but I'm in PT these days for "run of the mill" rotator cuff syndrome, so I feel for you. I'll be praying.
  13. Might be a tough question, given that by the time someone knows a good answer, the shoes may no longer be available. Like in my case. I bought a pair of Callaway Del Mars last year. My experience is that they are waterproof and comfortable for a full round. I've played in soggy, spongy NW course conditions, as well as outright rain for most of a round, including some downpours (though I've never exceeded about a 2-inch deep puddle). On 3 back-to-back days of golf last month, wearing them for ~8 hours/day, my feet didn't complain any more than if I'd been wearing my Skechers. Looking on the Golf Galaxy web site just now, my Del Mars look fairly similar to the Solana variants. For whatever it's worth! EDIT: I see Del Mars on Amazon now...
  14. Might not be exactly the same thing, but is the concept of a "hybrid driver" a similar variant of your thinking? After spending my first eight months back in the game consistently missing off the tee with both driver and 3-wood, I decided to leave the driver swing for the future and focus on my iron/hybrid swing. After watching a Rick Shiels review that didn't condemn it as a gimmick, I picked up a used 15-degree Teton HxD in September. Might have been the best golf related decision I made all year. A bad swing is still a bad swing, but in general I now have a realistic second shot on most holes. I really, really like it. Now they have a 12 degree version. One January round played at 40-45 degrees isn't enough to really know, but it seems similar in terms of control. Might not be a huge leap in carry (shaft length is the same), but I did note better roll out. Just one data point. I haven't heard anything from anyone else who has tried a Teton, a Thomas AT 705, or any of the other hybrid drivers.
  15. 2021: started playing semi-consistently, 2x/month, after 10-12 years away. Bought a net to hit into. After seeing my swing on video for the first time, and semi-slow motion at that (thank you iPhone), identified a couple of things that were likely causing problems for decades and (hopefully) improved them. Broke 90 for the first time, twice. Clubs: using old Tommy Armour 845s. Found a club to use off the tee that I can keep in play much more (Teton hybrid driver, I suppose some will laugh, that's OK). Found a putter I like (Axis1 Umbra), changed to claw grip. Rotator cuff injury. Playing with a brace since October, can't swing at 100%, inconsistent. In PT. Joined MGS. Went on my first golf vacation, to Bandon Dunes. 2022 goals: Rotator cuff recovery, so I can play without a brace. Get GIR up around 30% (currently around 22%) Short game: average <34 putts/round. Get handicap down to 10-15 range. Play a round with one or more of y'all. Re-visit Bandon Dunes at season's end, shoot in the 80s at least once.
  16. (full disclosure: I know that none of what I'm about to say is news to most of the folks here, and I wasn't surprised by what I experienced, either, having read up and watched any number of videos about this place...but this was my first time playing this sort of golf, so please indulge me. . ) Just arrived home a couple of days ago. Wow, what an amazing time! I played about like I expected: some good shots and holes, some that I'm anxious to play again, and some outright whiffs. Overall scores I won't be bragging about. But the truth is that the beautiful courses, amazing views, the experience of playing links golf, and the overall vibe here couldn't be overshadowed by some poor shots and scores. I really liked having to approach things differently than on my usual inland courses. It's such a different game. I expected that, though I could not really internalize it until experiencing it. The tight fairways really magnify contact issues on both the approach and short game, and wearing a shoulder brace to limit my backswing and follow through the whole time didn't help (right rotator cuff issue). Plus the courses are just tough- so many blind tee shots, undulated fairways and greens, the wind, etc. But while my approach and short games weren't always up to the challenge, at least my tee shot game on most of the par 4 & 5 holes was pretty reliable...I think I only put two balls into the gorse, and hit just one fairway bunker the whole trip, so I'm calling that a win. On a lot of approach shots and chips, though, when I managed to correctly select a club that would get the distance I was targeting (the brace made distance regulation difficult), I simply couldn't hold the green. Then there was Pacific Dunes #17, when we had a one-hole monsoon roll in just as we walked up to the tee. Went from calm to pouring rain and 30+mph wind left to right and slightly in our faces, about 190 to the pin. Couldn't play under the wind there, so we all ended up attempting 50-yard wind-slices. Great fun! A few highlights: Bandon Dunes #15: Par 3, ~140 yards dead into the wind, bunker of death right of the green and ocean to the left. I managed to bounce a low 3/4 4-iron off the hill running down the left side of the "fairway" and run it up on the green. Pacific Dunes #13: Par 4, #2 handicap hole, dead into a 30mph wind, so too long for me to reach in regulation. Good tee shot, if a little short. On the second shot I managed to keep a 3-hybrid low, to within 40 yards in front and maybe 15-20 feet below the green. 8-iron bump/run under the wind to within 20', two putt for bogey. Sounds weird to say this about a bogey, but this might have been the most satisfying hole I played throughout the whole trip. Pacific Dunes #14: short par 3. I hit my tee shot fat. It went maybe 60 yards and ended up on the "cart" path. Dropped next to the path, tried for a chip to land on the front of the green. I pulled it off and leveraged a bit of luck on top of that- landed up front and released toward the hole, stopped 2' short for an "easy" par. Sheep Ranch #18: short par 5. I had a string of bad shots going when I stepped up to the tee. I turned things around with a good tee shot. For the second shot, the pin placement and bunkers scared me, so I laid up with a 6 iron. Ended up about 55 from the pin, slightly off the fairway in the right rough. The ball was on a lie that's pretty similar to what I'm used to playing, and I have a 50 yard shot in my repertoire with my 52-degree wedge. I executed it well. The ball still rolled out to 20 feet past the pin, but the 2-putt par was a nice finish to the round. I got a real kick out of putting from 30 yards off the green at times. Tough greens! I managed to sink a number 8-15 footers, but I also had a lot of 3-putts as well. I somehow avoided having any putts roll off a ridge and end up 20 yards off the green, though my playing partners did on a couple of occasions. It's an opinion that will probably change with future visits, because there are sooooo many beautiful holes and views to be had here, but my favorite holes might have been Sheep Ranch #6 (pic below, my brother teeing off), and Bandon Dunes #16 (pic below, me on the tee), just based on the view...turns out I'm a sucker for a hole that follows the coastline/cliff. I can't wait to go back and do it again.
  17. Gusset

    Matte vs Gloss

    I've seen a number of folks reference the MGS matte wet spin statement. I would be very interested in seeing the data. Watching the youtube clip, Tony does seem quite adamant, and that counts for something. However, between my not knowing what "significantly" means when the blog summary says "...matte finish balls are affected more significantly by moisture", and the test described in this thread ( https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/38535-data-re-tony-coveys-matte-balls-claim/ ), I don't feel as though I can fully understand the phenomenon. The test in the thread I referenced, as I read it, was not intended to challenge anything, but rather to attempt to put some rough numbers to things. While it was presumably not performed in as rigorous and controlled of a lab setting (I don't know what the standard deviations were, groove condition, etc.), it suggests the exact opposite trend, and does so strongly enough that it's hard to categorically dismiss as a test anomaly. In either case, though, at my playing level and with my inconsistencies, I'm not sure how much it matters. Generally speaking, when the grass/ball and club are wet, it usually means the air is heavier, which has its own effects on a shot (hard to factor in with a studio test). Until recently, a change in backspin and rollout weren't on my list of concerns. Great...one more thing to worry about!!! Anyway, it doesn't seem likely that I'll ever get to see a summary of the MGS data on this, but it would be cool to see one. Full disclosure: after spending my entire golfing life playing mostly balls found on the course, and recently deciding to give consistency a try, I've been using matte red Volvik New Vivids exclusively of late. I chose this ball mainly because I really like the in-air visibility. They're a smidge harder to see against green grass, but, "I lost it..." are three words I haven't said in some time while tracking a shot.
  18. I'm meeting with my brother for 3 rounds between Christmas and New Year's. Sheep Ranch on Wednesday, Bandon Dunes on Thursday, and Pacific Dunes on Friday. This is the capper to my first year back playing consistently in over a decade, and it will be the first time I've ever taken a purpose-planned golf vacation. It will also be my first time on a links course. I'm about a 5 hour drive from the resort, my brother is about 3. He's done winter trips to Bandon a number of times when the greens fees have bottomed out, and from the stories he's told me it definitely sounds like it'll be fun to join him. Pretty excited. Hopefully at least one round will be dry weather, but even if not, it's still worth doing. Only slightly dark cloud is that my right rotator cuff has been hurt since September, but I've still played a few rounds since then. I recently was finally able to get into physical therapy, and the therapist "gave me permission" to go. My usual shots typically get up in the air more than most players, so keeping the ball down is probably going to be more difficult than I'd like, but I'm confident I'll have a great time anyway. I'm even excited about going to a driving range where the balls are stacked in a pyramid. It's the little things.
  19. Went out last Friday in the rain to play Three Rivers in Kelso with my visiting brother. We pretty much had the course to ourselves. Light to heavy rain non-stop until somewhere around the 15th. Temperature was around 60 degrees, so it was "only" wet, as opposed to cold and wet. Shot 98. I suppose the conditions maybe played a role, but I'm not comfortable blaming the rampant slicing into trouble off the tee and a few thin and fat iron shots on the weather. On the bright side, my newly bagged Axis1 Umbra, along with a switch to a claw-style grip, felt really nice this first time out. Good direction control. Pretty good distance control, too, but frankly, slow/wet greens aren't a good test for that. Even so, though, my only 3-putt on the day was from ~40 feet on #17. First course impressions for this putter were good. We'll see how it holds up when I go out again this coming Saturday (should be dry). All things considered, despite the slicing and near constant rain, we had a great time. We knew it would be wet, so it just sorta became part of the experience.
  20. New to the forum, may as well jump in. TLDR: New putter to play with! I saw an Axis1 commercial on YouTube earlier this year, and I've been wanting to try one ever since (newly diving back into golf, had never heard of them before). Doing some digging, I see that there are a lot of golfers out there that view Axis1 putters as over-priced, ugly gimmicks. I see it differently, though, and find a lot of appeal to the design. It makes sense, and IMHO the weird look is fine...there's often great beauty in the space where form follows function. Might have something to do with my being a mechanical engineer. At any rate, I didn't have the golf budget for a new one. I figured I'd wait through the winter to save up the golf allowance pennies, and if the Axis1 itch was still there, get a brand new one of their lower priced models. Meanwhile, I've been on the lookout on eBay. Happily, a used Umbra model recently came up that fit the budget, and it arrived two days ago. I'll get it on the golf course in two days (likely in the rain). In the meantime, I've been giving it a workout on 3-7 footers in my living room. The feel and distance control are a pretty big switch, mainly because my current putter has a soft face insert and this Umbra doesn't. The living room putts are leaving a good impression. I can take a lighter grip, which is taking some getting used to, but I think will be better in the long run. Looking down on it at address, I like what I see. Knowing why it looks like it does actually seems to promote confidence in my little brain, so the hosel hasn't bothered me at all thus far. We'll see if that holds once I've got it on a real green. I'm also curious to see how I do with it on distance control for longer putts. So now I'm looking forward to Friday's round just a bit more than I normally would.
  21. Hi everyone, Victor here. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score? Started playing regularly around '84 (HS golf team). Mostly shot mid-high 90s. Stopped 10 years ago, then restarted this year. After seeing my swing via phone vid, I've managed to make my way down to a 17. What do you love about golf? So many answers! The anticipation of watching a well struck ball in the air on the way toward the target. The feeling of draining a 6-10 foot putt (longer is great, also...however if I manage a 10 footer, I still tell myself it was as much skill as luck). Fresh air. Camaraderie. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? Just decided I wanted to join a forum. Seen posts in internet searches for product reviews. Where are you from? What is your home course? Vancouver, WA area. I try to play a variety of courses, but Tri-Mountain is where I play most. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? Can't really answer...nothing to compare to! What do you do for a living? Mechanical engineer. How’d you pick your user name? Nickname picked up on the job. My role was to analyze and modify welded frame designs, and often all we could do to strengthen a potential weak spot was add a gusset.
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