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    I could be wrong, but I think they got the term from the old FGI forum way back in the early 2000's. I remember people building SMT and Bang Thrivers. I remember guys taking the SMT Nemesis (370cc or 405cc) and getting 12, 13, or higher lofted heads and building them as Thrivers. Bang had some larger headed 3 woods as well that a few guys did the same with. The idea was simple. Get a larger driver sized head, increase the loft, shorten the shaft and have a guaranteed fairway finder for tight holes.
  2. What equipment is made in the USA? My search started with shoes... so far, I'm not finding much. Allen Edmonds and Jack Grace. But I'm also interested to know what other equipment is made in the USA? While we are at it... what equipment is made in the UK or other European Countries?
  3. Seems like this was a great event... especially for the first year and all the crazy logistics. I'm sure they learned lots and will make improvements moving forward.
  4. Looks like a great idea for places that don't have a Top Golf. From my checking, a Top Golf investment is $15 to $50 million. This could be an option for a significantly lower investment. The ability to have it outdoors on the grass area is really nice as well. I could see these popping up in smaller markets as a more affordable option.
  5. So, just to sum the scoring up as we sit as of this post... The average score for the E12 Speed was 59. The range was 47 to 68. To basically be within 20 points total is fairly impressive and speaks to all 5 testers seeing similar results. As of this post, we only have 3 of 5 scores for the E12 Soft. The current average rating is 83 but the range is a much larger 66 to 97. It will be interesting to see where the final 2 scores come in and if we have a standard deviation greater than 3 or 6 sigma.
  6. $15,000 is the minimum requirement to go to court. They will ask for way more than that when the time comes. This will head to mediation before going before a judge to see if an agreement can be worked out. If not, it will head to court and go from there.
  7. I playing in a flighted tournament once. Basically, you went out and shot a score on day 1. Then, they flighted the event based on your day 1 score. On day 2, if you improved by 9 or more strokes, you were bumped up a flight. Guy in my group on day 2 is 14 shots better than day 1 going into the last hole. He proceeds to purposely tank the hole so he isn't bumped up... I think he 8 or 9 putted and bragged about it. Cheaters will always find a way to cheat... no matter what you do to try and stop them. On another note... I once played an event and shot 36 on the front. Some of my best golf ever... then proceeded to come home in 50. I hit several giant slice drives, chunks, tops, etc. It was ugly. Still finished 2nd in my flight with an 86. Several guys in the group wanted to say I was a cheater but my playing partners stuck up for me because they could absolutely tell I hadn't done it on purpose.
  8. I agree. How many other sports do you practice with equipment that is not the same as what you play with?
  9. While I'd still like to see an MGS version done with all the excellent data... there are a couple of range ball tests out there that seem decent enough. They all basically come up with the same conclusion... don't use range balls to judge distance or for a proper club fitting. They are simply good enough to allow you to work on swings and impact. https://www.golfdigest.com/story/gd-tested-range-balls https://blog.trackmangolf.com/the-difference-in-range-ball-distances/ https://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/features/equipment-features/2018/may/tested-range-ball-vs-premium-ball/
  10. Maybe everyone on the site could snag 4 or 5 range balls from their local range and send them in. Then MGS tests them all for an average of performance? That would account for the vast difference in range ball quality across the board. Sure it's a lotta balls... but that's what you need to be the best... right?
  11. First... there is nothing wrong with cargo shorts unless you have tube socks pulled up to your knees. Don't do that. As for shirts (I'm a big guy as well), I came across Joe's USA and really like their stuff. You can find just about any color you want there. https://www.joesusa.com/polos-knits/ They sell Joe's branded and also Port Authority items. Hard to beat their prices and the quality seems really good IMO. While I personally wouldn't wear tan shirts with tan shorts, you do whatever you want. Even though I'm bigger, I still like to wear bright shirts. Again, you wear what you like and whatever is comfortable.
  12. 1. The Ocean Course Kiawah Island 2. Kinderlou Forest 3. Quarry Golf Course, San Antonio 4. We Ko Pa 5. Tour 18 (Houston) 6. The King and The Bear 7. Orange County National (Panther Lake) 8. World Woods 9. Shepard's Crook 10. Ballantrae Golf Club That may not be a perfect order but it's close. I have several courses that could be in my top 10 that were not mentioned.
  13. Overall I really enjoyed reading the test and seeing the results. Only thing I would have liked to see was an additional set of data for 95 MPH.
  14. I'll see your Hayseed Dixie and raise you Rock Sugar...
  15. The 15 minute love scene between Tony Stark and Captain America was a bit much...
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