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benlowery

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About benlowery

  • Birthday 09/15/1976

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    Wilton, NY, USA
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  1. benlowery

    benlowery

  2. Ben New York / USA ​Yup, I use perf tracking No, no GPS watch MyRoundPro for perf tracking Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  3. Ben / New York Hogan TK 49 / 53 / 57 / 61 Strengths: distance control, Weakness: short bunker shots Handicap: 7.6
  4. Performance The first thing I noticed with this grip on was how tight my distance dispersion got on medium length putts. I have a tendency to flip at the ball a bit through impact when I think my stroke isn't quite long enough and therefore tend to blow the occasional putt way past the hole. With the Forward, that seemed to quiet down, likely thanks to the large size of the grip. I was consistently rolling the ball, with less of that late flippy hit. It really helped cut down on three putts for me too. The other big difference I found was on short putts. Compared to putting with the Pistolero, my initial start line was much more consistent. I attribute some of this to the different grip the Forward encourages, as I alluded to in stage 1. My hands are closer together vertically, and my shoulder alignment ends up being much better as a result. First round out, I canned a slippery 15' left-to-right eagle putt that really needed the right speed. Everything was right around the hole and I didn't have any of the bomb-goes-off-in-your-hands type putts I usually do. I'm really quite happy with it. Score: 40/40 Looks / Wear I like that it's a black grip, with little in the way of logo and in your face graphics, but I tend to like simple lines and a plainer look in my clubs. The herringbone pattern is sharp and wore well while I've had the grip. The shape looks a little funny, but I got over it. Score: 18/20 Feel The grip has a great feel. It's tacky, but not sticky, and the herringbone pattern encourages a light grip. I really dig the triangular shape and the overall flow of the grip. Especially cross-handed, it just seems to put my hands in the right place and help me get aligned. Score: 18/20 Likelihood of Purchase If it was just sitting on a shelf, I'm not sure I'd try it without having felt it on a club. But after using it, I'd definitely buy it and may pick up another to put on my backup. 19/20
  5. Howdy, I'm a 8 handicap, been playing golf for about 25 years. I've used a variety of putters over the years, starting with a Bullseye and I'm now using a Bettinardi Kuchar, non-armlock. I generally use either a Superstroke Ultra Slim 1.0 or a Cameron Pistolero on the Bettinardi, so the Forward grip was quite a departure. I installed the grip by blowing it on with an air compressor. This proved pretty difficult, partially because the fit is so tight and paritally because the grip is so large that it doesn't fit in the grip fitting I have (from Pure Grips). I solved that problem by cutting the fitting in half so I could get it around the grip. The grip has a great soft, tacky feel with the micro ribs in the surface. I really like the triangular shape of the grip. It makes it easy to pick up and know where the face is pointing, something I never liked about the more circular SuperStrokes. The shape isn't consistent all the way down the grip, so you can't really grip down on it much. Your putter better fit for length before installing this grip. Because of the large size of the grip, it requires very little grip pressure to hold. I have smaller hands (about the same as Jack Nicklaus, according to the printout in Golf My Way, just about the only thing we have in common) and grip feels good, maybe a touch too big? But time will tell. One interesting thing with the size is that it forces my hands underneath the grip, kinda Corey Pavin style. I found this helped my alignment, as I have a tendency to get to on top of the putter and head left. The bigger grip brought me more "under" the putter, which helped. The size also seems to take the hands out of the stroke entirely, which should be a good thing. I'm usually a slight arc style putter, but with the Forward on, I'm getting closer to a pure straight back and through motion. It'll be interesting to see how it affects things on the course.
  6. SuperStroke Flatso 1.0 and a Scotty Cameron Pistolero. Blown on, so I switch based on feel.
  7. Handicap: 6 Hogan has always meant "the best". I've played Hogan irons as long as I've been playing golf, and I still play a set of 1999 Apex Plus irons. I started on the Edge, moved on to Apex blades in 97, then on to the Apex Plus in 2000. I've been playing them since. I've tried a number of other irons over the years, but never really found anything I liked more than my Hogans. I'm really happy to finally see a manufacturer who is standing up to the number racket that has been going on for the past couple decades. Lower lofts and longer shafts, just so I can hit a six further and further, is just silly. It's great to see someone finally embrace what irons are really for, hitting the ball a specific distance, repeatedly. I think Mr. Hogan would be proud.
  8. I got a set of the green (medium firmness) grips a couple weeks back, and I thought I'd share. I got the kit with the installer plus the set of grips. Shipping was on time and easy, came straight from Arizona. No install instructions are included with the grips, but with the videos on the web and the overall simplicity of the process, not a big deal. I had to run out to my local hardware store and pick up a fitting to connect the gun to my air compressor. I think the gas to get there and back cost more than the part. Anyway, stripped my old grips (.580 round on a .600 butt) and all the tape from my set of clubs, set the compressor to 70psi and went to work. Install is really really ridiculously easy. Did the whole set in about 15 minutes, then decided I liked the grips with the logo down (they're round, so orientation doesn't really matter), so I reoriented the entire set in another 10 minutes. I'd never blown grips on before, and being able to fiddle with logo placement and orientation was ... amazing. I spent five years as a teenager doing regrips for a couple local golf shops, and have to say, this is amazingly better. No mess, no fuss, reorientation is easy, can pull them back off and add tape if you want. It's great. The grips themselves are, happily, equally excellent. The rubber reminds me a lot of my old favorite grip, the old Royal perf wrap, which has mostly gone the way of the dodo. The rubber feels wonderful. They're tacky, but not squishy like a Winn, and I couldn't be happier with them. I had been using GP MultiDecade's and like these a fair bit better. No idea how they'll hold up just yet, but so far so good. No issues with them moving around on the shaft at all. They're definitely a quality grip (and should be for the price). I'll try to remember to post a follow-up once I've had 'em on the clubs for a while. Thumbs up. Great product guys.
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