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ctg44

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    ctg44 got a reaction from cksurfdude in BOA vs. LACES   
    I have had 2 pairs of shoes with the Boas, one Adidas and one Puma.  Both of the shoes failed when the eyelets through which the Boa cables run tore out.  Granted, I have the stupidest feet ever, so it's already hard to get properly fitting shoes of any kind, much less golf shoes.  I have smaller than teenage girl heels, wider than normal forefoot, and oh, my left is a 13.75+ and my right is about a 13.25.  13s in pretty much everything are too short and tight in the toe box area, and 14s are like wearing hiking boots that are put on over tennis shoes.  Thus, I am stuck wearing the ONE brand of golf shoes that so far can fit me AT ALL...Sqairz in a size 13M.  I can't say it's the shoes, but since switching back to them full time in March, my handicap has dropped like a rock and I haven't had a round over 83 in months.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from Bubba1985 in PXG Driver Challenge   
    My son, my wife, and I all did the Gen 6 test offer. My son (Ventus 7X VeloCore / Epic Max LS set to 8.5*) beat the Gen 6 handily with his gamer and got the $100 gift card no problem a few weeks later.  I was 50/50 and while my driver was a little longer on average, the PXG landed more consistently in the fairway.  My wife ended up finding that a Gen 5 was better for her than a Gen 6, and we were able to combine a military discount and get one under $200 for her.

    As for the testing overall, I was able to hit as many shots with my driver as needed until I was comfortable and felt "warmed up" and ready to have them start recording my test shots.  From there, they gave me 10-15 swings, and took the best ones out of that group and compared them to the best swings once they went through and found the best Gen 6 combo they had for me (Ventus Black 6X and the 9* Gen 6 set at 8*).  Like I said, I was still a little longer w/ my old Epic Flash Tour Certified driver, but due to lower spin and better launch angles, I was able to keep the PXG in the fairway a little better.  It wasn't enough for me to consider spending that much money, because my misses w/ the Epic Flash aren't generally bad enough to worry about unless I actually STOP getting spin...then I'm in trouble as a nasty straight left ball that can bring OB into play like Wyndham Clark was fighting last week at the Players will be my miss...still not worth $700 for a new driver though.
    We might go give the new PXGs a try for a shot at $200 though.  I have mine pretty dialed in (w/ a little Tungsten tape) and my swing speed is up to 110, so I might be able to beat that Black Ops Challenge...I certainly haven't been convinced to by an AiSmoke, Qi10, or anything else 2024 has brought out yet...or 2023 for that matter since I did the Paradym, Stealth 2, and TSR fittings too.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from JAYER38 in PXG Driver Challenge   
    My son, my wife, and I all did the Gen 6 test offer. My son (Ventus 7X VeloCore / Epic Max LS set to 8.5*) beat the Gen 6 handily with his gamer and got the $100 gift card no problem a few weeks later.  I was 50/50 and while my driver was a little longer on average, the PXG landed more consistently in the fairway.  My wife ended up finding that a Gen 5 was better for her than a Gen 6, and we were able to combine a military discount and get one under $200 for her.

    As for the testing overall, I was able to hit as many shots with my driver as needed until I was comfortable and felt "warmed up" and ready to have them start recording my test shots.  From there, they gave me 10-15 swings, and took the best ones out of that group and compared them to the best swings once they went through and found the best Gen 6 combo they had for me (Ventus Black 6X and the 9* Gen 6 set at 8*).  Like I said, I was still a little longer w/ my old Epic Flash Tour Certified driver, but due to lower spin and better launch angles, I was able to keep the PXG in the fairway a little better.  It wasn't enough for me to consider spending that much money, because my misses w/ the Epic Flash aren't generally bad enough to worry about unless I actually STOP getting spin...then I'm in trouble as a nasty straight left ball that can bring OB into play like Wyndham Clark was fighting last week at the Players will be my miss...still not worth $700 for a new driver though.
    We might go give the new PXGs a try for a shot at $200 though.  I have mine pretty dialed in (w/ a little Tungsten tape) and my swing speed is up to 110, so I might be able to beat that Black Ops Challenge...I certainly haven't been convinced to by an AiSmoke, Qi10, or anything else 2024 has brought out yet...or 2023 for that matter since I did the Paradym, Stealth 2, and TSR fittings too.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from ScramblinMan in BOA vs. LACES   
    I have had 2 pairs of shoes with the Boas, one Adidas and one Puma.  Both of the shoes failed when the eyelets through which the Boa cables run tore out.  Granted, I have the stupidest feet ever, so it's already hard to get properly fitting shoes of any kind, much less golf shoes.  I have smaller than teenage girl heels, wider than normal forefoot, and oh, my left is a 13.75+ and my right is about a 13.25.  13s in pretty much everything are too short and tight in the toe box area, and 14s are like wearing hiking boots that are put on over tennis shoes.  Thus, I am stuck wearing the ONE brand of golf shoes that so far can fit me AT ALL...Sqairz in a size 13M.  I can't say it's the shoes, but since switching back to them full time in March, my handicap has dropped like a rock and I haven't had a round over 83 in months.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from StrokerAce in Push Cart Suggestion for Titleist Players 4+ Bag   
    My bag is a Titleist Player 4+ Stand Bag that sits down in the Nitron's "Top Lok" system so well I don't even need to use the top straps if I don't mind them being a little in the way.  I don't know if it was intentionally designed that way by Titleist or Bag Boy, but it does work really well.  The cart itself is a huge upgrade for me, and even at full price, it would have been worth it to me.  If you can find one used or at a cheaper price on eBay, I'd snag the Nitron or Nitron LTD in a heartbeat.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from StrokerAce in Push Cart Suggestion for Titleist Players 4+ Bag   
    I've played a few rounds now with the Bag Boy (Nitron LTD) and it's so much better than the Big Max 360 that it would be worth double what I paid for the Big Max, so getting it brand new for just $75 more all-in (shipped with 2-year warranty add-on) was a steal in my book.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from TJ Hall in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Well, after officiating 2 hockey games and doing a Titleist wedge fitting Friday and walking 18 holes Saturday morning, I had a great driver fitting (outdoors, so no broken driver heads!) with the local Callaway rep. I hit most of the lower lofted head combos and most of the heavy / low-launch and low-spin shafts he had. All told, between my round, the wedge fitting, and the driver fitting, I had probably hit 600 shots in the preceeding 18 hours, and my normal tired left snap hook miss never showed up with the final combo:

    - AiSmoke Max - 9.0 set to 8.0 / Neutral

    - Ventus TR Black 7X

    That's an $800ish combo with tax, so it's not in the budget right now...

    However, this is the first driver that's been even close giving me hope there's a shot at eventually replacing the Epic Flash at some point in the future.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from HikingMike in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Well, after officiating 2 hockey games and doing a Titleist wedge fitting Friday and walking 18 holes Saturday morning, I had a great driver fitting (outdoors, so no broken driver heads!) with the local Callaway rep. I hit most of the lower lofted head combos and most of the heavy / low-launch and low-spin shafts he had. All told, between my round, the wedge fitting, and the driver fitting, I had probably hit 600 shots in the preceeding 18 hours, and my normal tired left snap hook miss never showed up with the final combo:

    - AiSmoke Max - 9.0 set to 8.0 / Neutral

    - Ventus TR Black 7X

    That's an $800ish combo with tax, so it's not in the budget right now...

    However, this is the first driver that's been even close giving me hope there's a shot at eventually replacing the Epic Flash at some point in the future.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from William P in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Well, after officiating 2 hockey games and doing a Titleist wedge fitting Friday and walking 18 holes Saturday morning, I had a great driver fitting (outdoors, so no broken driver heads!) with the local Callaway rep. I hit most of the lower lofted head combos and most of the heavy / low-launch and low-spin shafts he had. All told, between my round, the wedge fitting, and the driver fitting, I had probably hit 600 shots in the preceeding 18 hours, and my normal tired left snap hook miss never showed up with the final combo:

    - AiSmoke Max - 9.0 set to 8.0 / Neutral

    - Ventus TR Black 7X

    That's an $800ish combo with tax, so it's not in the budget right now...

    However, this is the first driver that's been even close giving me hope there's a shot at eventually replacing the Epic Flash at some point in the future.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from William P in Does 1 degree of loft make a big difference in wedges?   
    I found that my distance gapping was VERY sensitive to shaft differences, so I basically must have the same shafts in my wedges as are in my irons. I use the Nippon 1150gh (stiff) in all of my clubs) and my wedges (Vokey 50 / 56-->55 / 60) are all them built using a 9 iron shaft because A) I could not get a wedge shaft in that exact shaft, and B) I did not want a "wedge flex" shaft.

    What I am currently fighting is deciding whether to keep the Mizuno Pro 223 PW or I should have ignored my fitter and kept the Vokey 46 degree wedge I had. Yeah, it's been a year and I am still indecisive. I think a lot boils down to the fact that the PW is the one club in the Pro 223 that sets up w/ any significant offset, and the Vokey has very little, especially in the SM9.

    I say all this because sticking w/ the Mizuno PW was the biggest reason for my gapping decision at 50 / 55 / 60 in the first place, rather than what I went into my fitting thinking I wanted, which was 48 / 54--> 53 / 58. Because I was looking to add a 3 iron at the top of the bag due to how short I'd been hitting my old irons, I was looking to get to 3 wedges instead of 4, but the Mizuno 223s let me get to 215+ yards w/ the 4 iron, so I didn't need the 3 iron option anymore. Thus, the top of your bag might affect your gapping at the bottom of your bag too, because it did for me.

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    ctg44 got a reaction from HikingMike in Driver shaft length thoughts???   
    I added a heavier sliding weight to my Epic Flash Tour Certified driver (19 gram instead of stock 15 gram).  Considering adding some hot melt as I am still getting too much elevation even with the 8.5* head turned down to 7.5* and the shaft is a 70 gram TX shaft tipped another 1".  However, it's WAY more stable and almost as long as it was before I cut the shaft 1", so it's already a huge win for me going shorter.  Still normally getting over 110 swing speed as an almost 50 year old.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from HikingMike in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Another note, I try again to find an Epic Flash replacement next Friday with the Ai Smoke fitting and the following week with the Qi10 fitting at Golf Galaxy. I figured that I don't really want them bugging me much anyway during the fitting, so for an initial tryout of the new clubs, the free hour on the Trackman when it's 19 degrees outside makes not having a fitter 100% dedicated to me is not a big deal.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from HikingMike in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    I did the free Golf Galaxy Cobra DarkSpeed fitting last night. In short, I was a lot more likely to buy the overpriced ($300...currently under $200 on CPO with a decent X stiff shaft) used Paradym Triple Diamond 5 Wood with a crappy HZRDUS shaft in it that I was hitting 230-240 than I was the $500 driver going maybe a little farther but rarely in the fairway.

    Of note, I tried every head and shaft combo he offered and made sure he knew I was open to replacing my almost 6 year old Callaway Epic Flash Tour Certified (8.5* set to 7.5* with a tipped Tensei White 70G TX shaft) because I am fairly certain the day is coming where the face fails.

    Fortunately, that's not today, because it is still giving me 108-111 clubhead speed and 157-160 ballspeed. The best I could do with any of the Cobra options was the LS with a Lin-Q shaft (not really a fan...overpriced junk in my opinion), and that was 104 clubhead and 152 ballspeed...and those were almost all left of center or dangerously far left (as is approaching OB left). Now, had their fitting cart had a Tensei White AV 70G TX or similar shaft, the Cobra might have had a chance to beat the Callaway....might...
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    ctg44 reacted to StrokerAce in Push Cart Suggestion for Titleist Players 4+ Bag   
    That's awesome! I don't know why they don't make more carts compatible with the legs of stand bags. 
    Glad you found something that works.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from StrokerAce in Push Cart Suggestion for Titleist Players 4+ Bag   
    Just as an update for anyone watching this thread, after I did the free Cobra fitting at the local Golf Galaxy on Friday, I tested the Players' 4 Carbon bag (same size / stand configuration as the Players' 4+) with the Bag Boy Nitron cart and a few others.  I found that if you used the stand strap to secure the legs on the bag, and slid the legs in over the top of the "Top Lok" back holder system, the stand of the Titleist bag fits in there so well you don't even need to strap it in (although I obviously would). 

    The store was closing by that time, and I was coming back again a couple of times over the next 2 weeks for more fittings, so I figured I'd try the carts out again.  Well, I found a new Nitron LTD (w/ the stars and stripes wrap in black and white) on eBay for under $220 shipped for free...so yeah, even with tax, it was under $240 and that was too good to pass up.  
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    ctg44 got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    I posted this in the "What Have You Bought Lately?" thread, but I'm loving the MMT 125TX buildout I just did with my Mizuno Pro 223s.  I hit some great iron shots yesterday, including a 6 iron from 190 yards that landed w/in 1' of its ball mark from deep rough...and fought the wind to stay within 10' of my start line right at the pin.  Of course, I uncharacteristically missed the birdie putt (seriously, putting is normally my strongest area of gameplay).  I think my 4 and 5 iron need some tweaking as they're a bit harder to control the fade spin right now, but I can also send those high and far when I get them just right.  Hit a couple of 220 yard 4 irons on the range before my son and I went out for a quick 9 holes after work yesterday.
     
     
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    ctg44 got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    If your woods have adjustable weights, you should experiment with lead tape to find out how much more weight you need to add. I bought Billy Bob's heaviest weight (19g) for the Callaway Epic Flash, and that plus 3/4" off my driver shaft (Tensei Whte 70 TX already tipped 1") has helped my nasty left pull turn into a fairly consistent and controlled fade.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Here are the newly built clubs. Grips are all finished now and will be ready for my wife to use them tomorrow.

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    ctg44 got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    I built the clubs last night.  I'll try to get some pictures today.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    My shaft extractor from GolfWorks just arrived, so even though it's 100+ in the garage, looks like I'll be starting on the rebuild of my wife's irons this week.  She's currently in a set of 2016 (or 2017?) Cobra ForgedTecs that used to be mine that I installed (badly) on Recoil 95 F3 shafts.  She hits them great most of the time, but a couple of them were very poorly built and need to be redone, and 1-2 of them twisted and cured before I noticed, so they do not play consistently from club to club (gapping / shot shape / etc.).  She's also a HUGE Captain America fan and I got her the Steve Rogers ferrules from BB&F to put on them, so they should look cool too (at least to her, which all that matters).
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    ctg44 got a reaction from Michael.Sandoval33 in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    I did the free Golf Galaxy Cobra DarkSpeed fitting last night. In short, I was a lot more likely to buy the overpriced ($300...currently under $200 on CPO with a decent X stiff shaft) used Paradym Triple Diamond 5 Wood with a crappy HZRDUS shaft in it that I was hitting 230-240 than I was the $500 driver going maybe a little farther but rarely in the fairway.

    Of note, I tried every head and shaft combo he offered and made sure he knew I was open to replacing my almost 6 year old Callaway Epic Flash Tour Certified (8.5* set to 7.5* with a tipped Tensei White 70G TX shaft) because I am fairly certain the day is coming where the face fails.

    Fortunately, that's not today, because it is still giving me 108-111 clubhead speed and 157-160 ballspeed. The best I could do with any of the Cobra options was the LS with a Lin-Q shaft (not really a fan...overpriced junk in my opinion), and that was 104 clubhead and 152 ballspeed...and those were almost all left of center or dangerously far left (as is approaching OB left). Now, had their fitting cart had a Tensei White AV 70G TX or similar shaft, the Cobra might have had a chance to beat the Callaway....might...
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    ctg44 got a reaction from Shrek74 in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    I did the free Golf Galaxy Cobra DarkSpeed fitting last night. In short, I was a lot more likely to buy the overpriced ($300...currently under $200 on CPO with a decent X stiff shaft) used Paradym Triple Diamond 5 Wood with a crappy HZRDUS shaft in it that I was hitting 230-240 than I was the $500 driver going maybe a little farther but rarely in the fairway.

    Of note, I tried every head and shaft combo he offered and made sure he knew I was open to replacing my almost 6 year old Callaway Epic Flash Tour Certified (8.5* set to 7.5* with a tipped Tensei White 70G TX shaft) because I am fairly certain the day is coming where the face fails.

    Fortunately, that's not today, because it is still giving me 108-111 clubhead speed and 157-160 ballspeed. The best I could do with any of the Cobra options was the LS with a Lin-Q shaft (not really a fan...overpriced junk in my opinion), and that was 104 clubhead and 152 ballspeed...and those were almost all left of center or dangerously far left (as is approaching OB left). Now, had their fitting cart had a Tensei White AV 70G TX or similar shaft, the Cobra might have had a chance to beat the Callaway....might...
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    ctg44 reacted to Indy_Oz in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Like @ctg44, I had a Golf Galaxy free Cobra Darkspeed fitting yesterday. The Cobra models were up against my Callaway Rogue ST Max LS 9* with Ventus TR Blue 6X shaft. The guy that did the fitting was good and absolutely not pushy. I told him up front I was also booked in next weekend for the Taylormade and Callaway driver release fittings, so that helped keep the sales pressure off. I would need a real standout performance from a driver for me to give any consideration to an upgrade... they're a LOT of cash to splash out, particularly when you've already replaced your entire bag in the last 18 months (some clubs more than once, ha ha). What I'm really looking for is for a consistent baby draw or fade (prefer fade) and come close to eliminating my 2-way miss. If I can get better dispersion without losing much/ any distance, I might dust off the wallet. But it would need to be GOOD.
    I tested the Cobra Darkspeed LS and X drivers in 9* settings and initially with the same model Ventus TR Blue 6X shaft I play to give a good comparison. I tried a couple of other shaft combinations with the LS (Ventus Blue 7X and Black 6X, and a Tensei AV Raw Orange 65 Tour/XS), but came back to the Ventus TR Blue 6X as it felt better and gave me the best launch and control on the day. As and when I'm ready to pull the trigger on a new driver, I'll go to a fitter near me that has a large range of stock and premium shafts and do a proper shaft fitting alongside head to get the right combo.
    I rotated which club I hit between the three through the session and was definitely tiring towards the end. I tweaked my lower back the day before the test, so I wasn't quite at 100% but felt fine for the majority of the session.
    I found both Cobra heads to have a more open face at address than my Rogue and I was fading almost all my drives with them, compared to a straight-to-draw bias with the Rogue. Neither was notably different in dispersion compared to the Rogue. The Cobras are good looking clubs (to me) at address. I really liked them and wanted them to work well.
    The X had a very slight edge in grouping dispersion, but I was consistently ~1.5mph slower on average swing speed and it felt like I needed to swing harder to get the same speeds as the other two. Swing speed was almost identical between the LS and my Rogue LS (109.4mph vs 109.7mph average). I found the Cobra LS to have very slightly higher spin numbers than my Rogue, which i liked to see. The X was just too high spinning for me. My bad miss with the Rogue is a low spinning pull that really dives left (I'm working on getting rid of a 2-way miss, unfortunately, ha ha- but the pull is the worst of the misses). My spin averages were 2997rpm(X) vs 2464rpm(LS) vs 2135rpm(Rogue LS). The X has two weights, front and back center- best combo for me was 12g at the front, 3g at the back (other way round the spin shot up over 3krpm). The LS has three adjustable weights- 2x3g, 1x12g. The setup that suited me the best (by a long way) was with the 12g weight in the front heel position. That gave me the best control and distribution. We also tried the LS moved to 10* loft to close the face a little, but I didn't like the numbers that resulted in.
    TL/DR: The Darkspeeds are great looking drivers and the LS was the best fit for me out of them, with slightly better spin numbers than my Rogue ST Max LS. But carry was no better than my Rogue and dispersion/ control wasn't sufficiently improved over the Rogue for me to give any consideration to updating my bag.
    I'm looking forward to trying the Taylormade QI10 and Callaway AI Smoke drivers next weekend. I also hope to try out the Ping G430s at some point.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from Wheelieb in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Another note, I try again to find an Epic Flash replacement next Friday with the Ai Smoke fitting and the following week with the Qi10 fitting at Golf Galaxy. I figured that I don't really want them bugging me much anyway during the fitting, so for an initial tryout of the new clubs, the free hour on the Trackman when it's 19 degrees outside makes not having a fitter 100% dedicated to me is not a big deal.
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    ctg44 got a reaction from TJ Hall in 2024 New Drivers - What Is Your Favorite?   
    Another note, I try again to find an Epic Flash replacement next Friday with the Ai Smoke fitting and the following week with the Qi10 fitting at Golf Galaxy. I figured that I don't really want them bugging me much anyway during the fitting, so for an initial tryout of the new clubs, the free hour on the Trackman when it's 19 degrees outside makes not having a fitter 100% dedicated to me is not a big deal.
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