Jump to content
Testers Wanted! Shot Scope V5 ×

JohnnyO3478

Member
  • Posts

    66
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Curtis Atkinson in Best electric push cart?   
    The Stewart Active Terraine Control is what sold me on the Vertx.  Having used it for 2 rounds - I am impressed with how it deals with hills.  The down hill control is particularly impressive. 
  2. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from knotthead17 in Can't Recommend Stewart Q Follow   
    I found your thread after I'd already placed an order for a Stewart Vertx (sheduled for delivery today).  Agree the remote looks more bulky than it should be.  I'd already imagined that I'd be removing the battery for charging after each round - prior to folding the unit up, so that one doesn't bother me.  And I almost never have my phone out during a round - so no holder doesn't affect me.  Agree with you on a battery indicator.  Stewart's been in business for a long time and this is not their first product.
    Supposedly the first generation had a very weak upper handle that was prone to breaking.  Stewart USA assured me that issue has been addressed and the units are now made with a stronger material.
    All that said - the Active Terrain Control of the Vertx was too strong of a lure for me to resist.
    Things I am concerned about:
    My bag loaded bag weighs 26 lbs.  Reading the manual ahead of arrival - indicates they designed the cart for optimal operation with a bag that weighs 31 lbs (probably traction and battery life sweet spot).
    I hate the lack of some kind of storage pouch (Like you see on the BagBoy carts) or net (like you see on a Clicgear cart).  I use the net on my clicgear 4.0 to keep my rangefinder a little closer and i toss my glove and headcovers in there when they are not being used.  
    Will see soon enough, I suppose.
  3. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from William P in Can't Recommend Stewart Q Follow   
    I found your thread after I'd already placed an order for a Stewart Vertx (sheduled for delivery today).  Agree the remote looks more bulky than it should be.  I'd already imagined that I'd be removing the battery for charging after each round - prior to folding the unit up, so that one doesn't bother me.  And I almost never have my phone out during a round - so no holder doesn't affect me.  Agree with you on a battery indicator.  Stewart's been in business for a long time and this is not their first product.
    Supposedly the first generation had a very weak upper handle that was prone to breaking.  Stewart USA assured me that issue has been addressed and the units are now made with a stronger material.
    All that said - the Active Terrain Control of the Vertx was too strong of a lure for me to resist.
    Things I am concerned about:
    My bag loaded bag weighs 26 lbs.  Reading the manual ahead of arrival - indicates they designed the cart for optimal operation with a bag that weighs 31 lbs (probably traction and battery life sweet spot).
    I hate the lack of some kind of storage pouch (Like you see on the BagBoy carts) or net (like you see on a Clicgear cart).  I use the net on my clicgear 4.0 to keep my rangefinder a little closer and i toss my glove and headcovers in there when they are not being used.  
    Will see soon enough, I suppose.
  4. Like
    JohnnyO3478 reacted to 2puttbogey in Forum Member Reviews: Callaway Whitebox Testing   
    Final Review Callaway Chrome Tour & Tour X
    by 2puttbogey
     
    Before I start the review just a quick little bio summary since it’s buried in an earlier post. I’m a 49 year old male. A 10 handicap, and  live in Hawaii. 
     
    First Impression 
    9 / 10
    Both balls have the look of premium quality. Because it’s white box testing there was nothing to differentiate them in the box. There were no blemishes or seams to be seen, and all the printing was perfect. 
    Each ball has the triple track, but there’s no way to know if they are on the balance point of the ball. I would like to have had a check go to run on them to see, but unfortunately I don’t, hopefully one of the other reviewers does and was able to run it on them. 

    I will be expecting the X to be a better fit for me in the testing as it is supposed to be the higher launching, firmer balls with more spin.
    Aesthetics 
    8 / 10
    The only issue I had with them is that it’s a new/updated product, and the branding looks exactly like the Chrome Soft. The only way to tell the ball you’re using is the small print underneath the Callaway logo.
    As expected I did a drop test on the cement, and the X was the firmer sounding ball. Neither ball was very “clicky”. Both balls have a soft feel to the touch, and a bit of a tacky feeling.
    The Numbers 
    18 / 20
    I gave this a consistent score with what I was seeing with the balls throughout the testing. I’m not much of a data guy, although I do have a Mevo I use to check carry yardage occasionally. I will let those in the testing pool with better launch monitors post the numbers. I was more concerned with on course performance.
    On Course Performance 
    18 /20
    Off the Tee Both versions of the ball were great off the tee. The X has a firmer feel and makes a louder sound. The biggest was in the trajectory. The X was higher launching than the Tour.  SmoothSwing-PLNPGC3M2.mov    
    That was the Tour

    SmoothSwing-5SB9DWBD2.mov That was the X
    Both balls performed as expected with the X being a little longer for be due to the higher launch that gave me added carry.
    Approach  The difference in launch was also apparent off the short irons and wedges .  Both balls spun well, I seen more from the X.
    This is the release from on the Tour.
    This is the backspin on the X.
    Probably due to the trajectory, and more expected spin I saw more stopping power from the X.
    Ball Flight As I have already touched upon I found the X to launch, and peak higher. This is consistent through out the bag for me. This is what I expected. This is also consistent with what I see from the X versions from other manufacturers, and lean towards those models. Playing in Hawaii I get to play in the wind, and although the X was higher in flight there was no ballooning, although hitting into the wind the Tour did get slightly more distance.
     
    Around the Green  Here  I felt the balls were indistinguishable. Both had a soft feel to them, and neither seemed to spin more than the other. I got the same control I need from both balls.  Putting  Again the balls were indistinguishable. Both felt soft, but not like a marshmallow. There was enough firmness to be able to control the distance. The triple track is helpful to be sure you’re lined up correctly, and the putter face is square.
    The Good/Bad and In Between 
    19/20
    With this being a ball test there’s not a lot to add as in between. I will use this to mention the durability. Unfortunately I only had one ball survive 18 holes , and it held up great.
    I did have one hit the cart path and it scuffed as one would expect, not really a manufacturer issue there. On the other hand I did have one scuff from an approach with a wedge, but of course I didn’t take a photo right away and proceeded to lose the ball soon after so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
    Play it or Trade it
    15/20
    This is where the cost becomes the issue. With the balls being $55 a dozen they are in the top tier of cost per dozen. This is the only thing that would keep me from playing it. Do they preform well? Absolutely! Are they so good that I need to play them for basically $5 a ball? No! If I were playing a ball in that price tier already would I switch to it? Probably not. The cost is not exclusive to Callaway, and probably has to put them in this range to not look like a cheap option when it’s obvious they want some of the ProV market share. I will say that using Tour over soft was a good choice. 
     
    Conclusion
     The Chrome Tour line is right on par with the other manufacturers premium tour line of balls. Both versions preform as expected and marketed. With premium looks and feel the Chrome Tours will be looking to dig into the ProV market. With the constant all around performance that just may have a chance.
    Final Score 87/100
  5. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from GolfSpy_APH in 2023 Mizuno S23 Wedge Launch   
    I am replacing my 0311 Forged wedges and the new set is going to have to blend with my new Forged Tec X 5-GW irons.  I did a wedge specific fitting a week or two ago and weeded out MG4, SM9 and Glide 4.0. The T24 was the surpise (to the fitter - not me) star of the show.  They did not have any S23 demos - so they got on the phone with Mizuno and ordered a pair.  Should be here Monday - and I will put the T24 and S23s head to head both on Trackman indoors and in real grass/sand outside.  54D and 58C.
  6. Like
    JohnnyO3478 reacted to chisag in Cobra Forged TEC and TEC-X   
    The hottest category for golf clubs in 2022 has to be Distance Irons and especially Players Distance Irons. Cobra is addressing both categories with their new Forged Tec and Forged Tec X irons. There has never been more choices when it comes to irons so let’s take a look at these two offerings from Cobra and see which one or maybe a combination of both, is a fit for your game.
     

     
     
    The size of an iron head is pretty difficult to get juuuuust perfect for everyone as some prefer slightly smaller, some slightly larger, some a thin top line and others a more confidence inspiring thicker top line. I think Cobra has addressed this brilliantly with a slightly smaller head and thinner top line in the Forged Tec and slightly larger head with a little thicker top line in the Forged Tec X. Of course some like a little of both with a little more substance and forgiveness in their long irons and those players may find a Forged Tec and Tec X long iron combo might be worth looking into.

    One thing that makes the Forged Tec unique when it comes to a hollow head Players Iron is a true 5 step forging process. Two rough forgings and three precision forgings using a soft 1025 carbon steel body, the FT’s are the softest feeling hollow headed, foam filled irons I have hit. In fact if I did not know they were hollow the first time I hit them, I would probably have thought they were a solid carbon steel CB head. That is saying something. The forged PWRSHELL face is constructed of a Maraging Steel that is thinner, lighter and with more flex it results in a slight speed increase over the previous version. The X model is constructed with 431 steel and utilizes ST-118 in it’s forged PWRSHELL face and while it is not as dense and soft feeling as the Forged Tec, the X still produces a very nice feel. The other big difference between these two irons is the FT has 20 gms of tungsten place low in the head and the X has 60gms of tungsten placed even lower. The difference produces a little higher ball flight and more forgiveness in the X model. My first shot with the Forged Tec X was 199yds to a par 5 with a front pin. For reference my MIM 4 iron is my 195 yd club and the FT-X 4 iron ended up on the back fringe. Longer? Check.
     
     

     
     
    I think Cobra’s Jessi Stone, Design Engineer Irons, sums up what we all look for in an iron: Performance, Feel, Shape and Cosmetics. Jessi went on to say “We realized in the Players Distance category there wasn’t really an iron that delivered that true better players shaping and feel”. Taking visual cues from Rickie Fowlers irons Coba incorporated a thinner top line desired by better players and reduced the offset for a cleaner look at address. One of the major differences from the last version, and any other competing iron I am aware of, the Forged Tecs utilize a thinner softer foam in the longer irons for distance and feel while the shorter irons use a heavier polymer material for a better sound, feel and accuracy utilizing the best of both worlds. 

    I always find technology interesting but playability and forgiveness is where the FT and FT-X irons really got my attention. What most are looking for in a Players Distance and Distance iron is a little more distance without being silly long because that can create gaps in yardage. I find the FT’s a few yards longer than the MIM irons I have been playing, while the FT-X adds a few more yards compared to the FT’s. Did I mention these are forgiving? Shots hit a little off center do not have that melt in the face feel but still feel pretty darned good and produce shots that only loose a little in distance and direction. Many players prefer an iron that gives them that kind of feedback while still producing a good shot. More severe mishits suffer more but still produce reasonably playable shots, especially the FT-X that I would easily put in the Game Improvement category. And as mentioned earlier those looking for additional forgiveness in their long irons might be interested in a combo set of FT short/mid irons and FT-X long irons.
     

     
    Lofts are about average for a Players Distance Iron with a 45* pw decreasing by 5* through the short irons and the 4.5*, 3.5*, 3* and finally 2* between the 5 and 4 irons. from the 6 to the 4 iron. With a 44* pitching wedge some may want to order the 49* gap wedge unless they already play a wedge in that slot. The irons come stock with KBS $-Taper Lite steel shafts in the Tec and KBS Tour Lite in the Tec X. You can also order either set with the excellent KBS TGi graphite shafts for a $100 up charge. Considering the TGi’s retail for $65 each that is a $355 savings. Recoil 95's are also available at the same price. As usual with Cobra, you can custom order the Forged Tec and Tec X irons with a myriad of available custom steel and graphite shafts.
     

     
     
    The Forged Tec’s and the additional distance with more forgiveness than my normal irons are just a joy to play. Originally I was a little worried about not creating enough spin, something I have experienced with other Players Distance irons but I had no problem holding the hard fast desert greens in Phoenix. I also played the FT-X 4 iron and found it very forging and long, a recipe for success from the fairway and off the tee it as close to a Driving Iron as I have played. Cobra has done an amazing job with these two irons and high, mid and low index player looking for a Players Distance or a Distance Iron that provides a little more forgiveness while also giving you consistent distance and trajectory, should put the Forged Tec and Forged Tec-X  at the top of their must demo list. More info and pictures of both irons are available on the Cobra website:

    https://www.cobragolf.com/forged-tec-irons

    https://www.cobragolf.com/forged-tec-x-irons
  7. Like
    JohnnyO3478 reacted to chisag in MGS Maxfli Tour Discount Offer   
    ... I hear players say this from time to time and I certainly don't doubt your personal experience, but the 35yd wedge test produced 5673 with the ProV1 and 5600 with the Maxfli Tour. 73 rpms of spin is virtually identical and I have never noticed any difference between the two around the green for my game. One of the reasons I like paying $25-30 less per dozen for the same performance from tee to green. 

     
  8. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from GaDawg in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  9. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from JumpMan56 in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I can't remember the last connection issue I've had. My unit was from the pre-order.  Still get missed shots from time to time.
  10. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Golfspy_CG2 in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  11. Hmmm
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from anotherburntsteak in 2024 TP5/TP5X   
    I putted with the new 2025 TP5x last night.  It felt crazy soft off the putter face.  Seemed to roll well.  
  12. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from barney_bogey in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  13. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from sirchunksalot in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  14. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Miboy62 in 2024 TP5/TP5X   
    I putted with the new 2025 TP5x last night.  It felt crazy soft off the putter face.  Seemed to roll well.  
  15. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Beakbryce in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  16. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from xOldBenKenobiX in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  17. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Josh Parker in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  18. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from BallsLeon in Rapsodo MLM2Pro - 2023 Forum Review   
    I spent some time in the garage the other night checking the gap for all my wedges.  The unit showed me that there was not much between my GW and SW - while the other gaps were just where I like them.  
    I took my wedges in to my club fitter to have them checked and adjusted - and sure enough the loft on the SW had changed since I had them checked early this year.  I had him set all the gaps to 5 degrees and will re-check them on the Rapsodo tonight.  
  19. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from GregGarner in New (2023?) Maxfli Tour golf balls   
    Been beating the new yellow Tour around in the garage simulator for about a month now. Including about a billion wedge shots.
     
    There's no doubt that the new yellow is more durable than the old yellow, and probably even the new white.
     
    And compared to the durability (IMO) premium ball benchmark, the new yellow Pro V1 - the Tour is more than holding its own. I'd say the Titleist feels noticeably rougher when rolling it around in my hand. 
     
    As for performance white v yellow - I can't tell a bit of difference. 





  20. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from chisag in New (2023?) Maxfli Tour golf balls   
    Been beating the new yellow Tour around in the garage simulator for about a month now. Including about a billion wedge shots.
     
    There's no doubt that the new yellow is more durable than the old yellow, and probably even the new white.
     
    And compared to the durability (IMO) premium ball benchmark, the new yellow Pro V1 - the Tour is more than holding its own. I'd say the Titleist feels noticeably rougher when rolling it around in my hand. 
     
    As for performance white v yellow - I can't tell a bit of difference. 





  21. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Josh Parker in Confession Corner - Admit Your Golf Equipment Biases   
    Interesting.  It's completely understandable why folks on a budget would gravitate towards the 0211s - that's a solid value choice. However, my buddy was pretty adamant that very few golfers would benefit from the 0311XP models over the 0311Ps. He said that people think they are more forgiving than the 0311P - but they are not - and the promote a bad delivery of the club face.  Seems a shame that the PXG players in your area do not take advantage of the custom fit opportunities. 
     
    Anyway - for fun I just configured some iron sets - 5-PW - all with MMT shafts 
    0311P - $1,319.94 ($1,139.94 for vets and 1st responders) - shipped in 10 days
    P790 - $1,286.94 - shipped 1/17/24
    Zx5 - $1,328.69 - 3 week lead time (on the shaft)
     
    Club Champion posted a neat video the other day that had these three models (plus Paradym, T350 and JPX HMP) in a head to head.  Worth checking out.
     
    2 of the three above were on my short list the last time I bought clubs.
  22. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from RoyN in Confession Corner - Admit Your Golf Equipment Biases   
    Interesting.  It's completely understandable why folks on a budget would gravitate towards the 0211s - that's a solid value choice. However, my buddy was pretty adamant that very few golfers would benefit from the 0311XP models over the 0311Ps. He said that people think they are more forgiving than the 0311P - but they are not - and the promote a bad delivery of the club face.  Seems a shame that the PXG players in your area do not take advantage of the custom fit opportunities. 
     
    Anyway - for fun I just configured some iron sets - 5-PW - all with MMT shafts 
    0311P - $1,319.94 ($1,139.94 for vets and 1st responders) - shipped in 10 days
    P790 - $1,286.94 - shipped 1/17/24
    Zx5 - $1,328.69 - 3 week lead time (on the shaft)
     
    Club Champion posted a neat video the other day that had these three models (plus Paradym, T350 and JPX HMP) in a head to head.  Worth checking out.
     
    2 of the three above were on my short list the last time I bought clubs.
  23. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Fred Mitchell in MyGolfSpy 2023 Golf Ball Test!!!   
    I got 58+ holes out of it before I lost it in the water on 16 this afternoon. Despite the abuse I subjected it to - it looked great and usable right up to the point when it dribbled into the hazzard ....
     
    I beat the crap outta that ball ....
     
    ... I think the rain affected my judgment today ....
  24. Fire
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from Ro. in MyGolfSpy 2023 Golf Ball Test!!!   
    Starting to think this ball deserves its own thread. Not this make/model. This particular ball. 
    I played it for another 11 holes tonight, hit another tree and another cart path, thought I lost it twice. It still looks like almost new. 
    I went through dozens of the old model yellow Tours - and they seemed to lose paint if you looked at them sideways ....
    It supposed to rain tomorrow, so I'll be in the garage, bashing the new model. Will see how it holds up in there.



  25. Like
    JohnnyO3478 got a reaction from tdc1 in MyGolfSpy 2023 Golf Ball Test!!!   
    I got 58+ holes out of it before I lost it in the water on 16 this afternoon. Despite the abuse I subjected it to - it looked great and usable right up to the point when it dribbled into the hazzard ....
     
    I beat the crap outta that ball ....
     
    ... I think the rain affected my judgment today ....
×
×
  • Create New...