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  1. On 10/11/2019 at 8:12 AM, MattF said:

    Well, my game can travel.

    Yesterday I had the honour and pleasure of teeing it up with @GolfSpy Barbajo at Firestone Country Club. 

    Yes, the hat came out, along with the skull shirt!

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    We played the West course...the South was having a charity scramble and it looked like the North was getting maintenance done, but both of those courses are L O N G, so the West, using the hybrid tees ran around 6100 yards and was a good length for us.

    I ended up shooting an 88 with 2 penalties, so it could have been lower. The greens weren't as fast as I thought they'd be when we teed off, but started to get quicker on the back 9 with the sun out. The fairways were great and the rough was OK to thick on different holes. But, can you believe we were still fixing other peoples ball marks on the greens...c'mon people, you're at YOUR club, fix the damn ball marks.

    Overall, it was a fantastic day and I thank John for his friendship and hospitality.

    Can't remember what hole this was.

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    Hole 16. Hit it to about 6-8' with a 6 iron.

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    This is the second hole. Tried going over the bunker but sliced to somewhere in between the two bunkers on the right...ball lost in plain sight.

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    Had a blast Matt! Always good to tee it up with you. 

    Played the South on Friday - it's a bear of a course and it had a sizable portion of my ass for a snack.  Did lip out a par putt for bogey on The Monster, #16. We played it at about 630 yards - it's a great golf hole (I'll post some pix later). We played the Member tees at about 6500 yards, which is a bit over my limit these days, but it was a hell of a lot of fun.  The greens on the South are pretty small, with lots of false fronts and subtle - and not so subtle - breaks. 

    The West was a lot of fun to play. Some say of the three courses at Firestone, it's the weakest, but one guy Thursday night said it well - the West has two major problems: the South and the North courses. If it was all by itself it would be considered a hell of a course. 

     

     

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  2. 5 hours ago, Scooter316 said:

    The course I am working at is doing engraved bottles of vodka for the Men’s League winning team and I though this was pretty cool. Bonus points if you’ve got pictures!

    Now THAT is a very cool prize!  

     


  3. Most of the tournaments I play in are charity events, usually sponsored by the Oil Heat Service Managers, the PHCC or other industry group, although I have played in straight charity outings, such as for the Boys and Girls Clubs, etc. The industry events are to raise money for scholarship funds or other worthy causes, and they're a hell of a good time - never really worried much about what they gave out, as that's not the reason I played in  the first place.  

    Last one I played in, the Oil Man's Invitational, was a blast - included a scramble, on-course contests, a big raffle and a steak dinner. Sponsors donated the prizes and funded the dinner, so a large portion of the intake went to the designated charities - which seems common with a lot of these tournaments. I won't paint with too wide of a brush, as it's always wise to only comment on what you know as opposed to what you think you know, but pretty much every tourney I've ever played in had sponsors pick up the tab for giveaways, prizes and meals, and the entry fee went to covering use of the facility with the balance going to the charity. 

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  4. Have rolled each model and I gotta say, they're interesting feeling putters. The extreme forward CG definitely feels different. 

    I'm not a blade guy, but I did sink 5 of my first 6 eight to ten footers with the 4.0 on the practice green. During the round, however, my issues with blades came back and I had trouble lining it up consistently. The Cero - with the rounded backside - was my favorite, although I do prefer a mid-mallet.  As advertised, distance control is exceptional, it's just a matter of finding a head shape that you can square up consistently.

     None of the shapes do it for me personally - if they come out with a Cleveland #2 in this tech, tho, I am all over it!

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  5. Lynx literally is a mom and pop organization, with Steve and Stephanie reviving the brand in Europe and the UK several years ago, and ultimately getting control of the brand globally (except for Korea/Japan) after Dick's bought out GolfSmith. They made a bit of a splash at the PGA Show with their Switch Face Driver, but from what we hear it's still not ready for Prime Time. We can give them credit for innovative thinking, but whether the concept is doable and whether it's actually any good remains to be seen. 

    Another interesting note that for a relatively small company, their booth at the last two PGA shows seems outsized compared to influence and sales in North America. I know they've been struggling to find a way to get to market here, and it appears the Direct-To-Consumer approach - a la Hogan and Sub70 - is the avenue they've chosen, and it's probably the best one for them. There's really no room in retail for another small brand. 


  6. 14 hours ago, Jmikecpa said:

    Nuun amino tabs in a bottle of water is my preference. If I don’t have those then I use Mio Sport.


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    Ditto on the Nuun - that stuff is a lifesaver!


  7. Hi Best....

    I reached out to Hogan on  your behalf. From what they've told me they're been scrambling due to an overwhelming demand for the new PTx PRO irons (backordered!) and were down one customer service rep. They've been adding staff to meet demand and need over the past few weeks. Let me know via PM if you need any help.

     

     

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  8. Hey John, I'm living vicariously through this post.. nearly daily. I'm in the Prowler VT test group. This is where I come to calm my anxiety as we're patiently waiting for bits and pieces of info from Lynx and to find out when our clubs are on their way.

    You wouldn't happen to have any further comments or updates would you?

    the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
     


    I really enjoy hitting these irons. You’ll find they’re not the most forgiving club in the planet, for them again they’re a kinda-sorta blade. You’ll hear it if you mishit - it’s that metallic clank sound I mentioned - and distance loss with an off center hit is noticeable (and harsh when there’s a pond in front of the green 🤯🤯).

    Hit em pure though, and you’ll like them a lot.

    Not sure I’d say they’re crazy long - but I will say the long irons are among the easiest to hit of the sets I’ve tried. The 4 and 5 irons are GI Level easy to get airborne.

    They’re in my 2019 rotation - I usually screw around with irons and then sometime by mid-July settle on a set to play for the rest of the season.

    Enjoy them - they’re a fun iron to hit!


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  9. we have a group of 8 headed to Ireland and Scotland next month.  How was the weather for you and any information you think is valuable to someone that has never been nor golfed in that area?


    Keep your eyes on the MyGolfSpy blog in the next two weeks.


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  10. 41 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    That was so cool!!   thanks for posting it.

    What course was that, that was the very first golf shot flyover, you know the one that seemed like it was a par 17...ha   Man that looked tough.  

    Some of those view were spectacular, #2020MGSScotlandAdventure!

    Thatt was #6 on the Castle Course - smacked it 3 bills on that one!

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  11. 56 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

    that's awesome!  

    did you get in a pot bunker?  how hard was it to get out?

    did you find the 'gorse' (sp?) and is it impossible to find a ball in there?

    look like the courses were in fantastic shape...did you have a favorite?

    Pot bunkers? Several - got out okay (cousin had a few issues), but the ones in the fairway really impede your progress.

    Gorse - nasty shit - if you're in, fuggehdaboudit....you're done. I lost one on the Jubilee course. It was nasty. 

    Favorites? Hard to say anything was grander than the Old Course - it was a treat. Kingsbarns and Castle were magnificent - although the greens at the Castle were kind of silly. For a hidden gem, Lundin Links was awesome -- and inexpensive by comparison. 

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  12. 32 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

    Crap, I just wrote a big long email and it got lost. Lucky for you I’ll paraphrase. Do buy into the Matlby head rating system?

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    Wilson always seems really low even the D7s are considered “conventional”. I gamed the Ci7 irons for awhile and thought they were the most accurate irons I have ever owned. Problem was I couldn’t hit anything past the 8. Do you think these provide more foreignness than prior models?


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    Don't really know much about how Maltby comes up with their ratings, but it all seems reasonable. Like our Most Wanted rankings, it serves as a good starting point when gathering info when searching for new irons. 

    As far as the C300 Forged go, the most similar iron I can think of is the Srixon Z-585. In terms of forgiveness they're very similar, and in terms of overall head size and sole width, they're damn near identical. 

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  13. 2 minutes ago, Wedgie said:

    Thanks for sharing. I did read the article and if I recall Wilson said the gunmetal finish will wear over time. Do you know if they will have more of a chrome look to them after wear? Also you were rocking the D7s for awhile. Which of these two sets do you prefer? I really enjoy my Launchers but could use more accuracy from 7-GW and these may be the ticket if gapping would work.


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    Right now I'd say I prefer the C300 Forged - only have a couple of round in with the D7's early in the year when the game was still off, so I can't give them a fair evaluation. But if you made me choose I'd go C300 Forged. I'd think a D7/C300 Forged combo set might be interesting, or even a C300 Forged/V6 combo set. 

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  14. Hope you guys had the chance to read yesterday's blog on Wilson's new C300 Forged Gun Metal irons. The C300 Forged irons are in their second year, and Wilson - following industry trends - is jazzing them up a bit with a limited edition finish. 

    It's an interesting look - not midnight black like some of the others - and indoor pix make the irons look very different from outdoor pix, but to my eye anyway, they look great. 

    And to show how a different shaft can make a difference - I tried a set last year with Nippon Modus 120's and could never really get the feel, too harsh and could never really get comfy with them. Maybe it's age, but the stock KBS Tour 105's worked much better right out of the shoot - from the first PW on the practice range right through to my last GW approach on 18, I really enjoyed hitting these. Ball flight is still higher than I'd like, and distance was really not a ton different from my Srixon/C Taper combo, but much easier to hit and at almost 59 years old, I did feel better coming down 18. Does 20 grams per club make that much difference?

    The MGS Players Distance Most Wanted comes out Monday - and the C300 Forged is in the mix. They finished 4th overall last year (not the longest, but accuracy was top notch) and it'll be interesting to see how the same iron fares in its 2nd year. Based on one round - which really isn't enough to fully judge but what the hell - I can see these staying in the bag for a while - at least until I get bored. 

    Enjoy the pix and fire away with questions...

     

     

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  15. Big fan of Skechers, but the new revelation has been Inesis - the shoes named best value in this year's Spikeless Buyers Guide. They are, without a doubt, the most comfortable golf shoe I've ever worn - the  Skechers are a strong, but very clear, 2nd. Waterproof, stupid comfy and I think they're only $79.  Worn them for about a dozen+ rounds in all kinds of weather - so far, so very, very good...

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  16. 7 minutes ago, perseveringgolfer said:

    @GolfSpy Barbajo The St Rule trophy was just played over the NEW and OLD course. Thought it might interest you to see this as it's just gone up.

     

    Awesome video -- Jen Saxton from ShotScope was in the field - she fired a -5 in her second round at the New Course and a -2 in her third round, but still finished back in the pack. She's one of the best golfers I've ever played with....

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  17. 1 hour ago, ballplayer002003 said:

    Same, I would rather skimp on the room to increase the golfing experience.  If you spend tons of time in your room then you are doing it wrong.  I am there to golf.

    For the next trip I'm thinking of staying in the North Berwick area and focusing on the East Lothian courses - with a day trip to St. Andrews if we can secure tee times. Our guy Jack said the accommodations are much less expensive down that way and the courses -- North Berwick, Gullane and if we say our prayers and do good deeds - Muirfield - are amazing. 


  18. Tried the Tour V for the first time this year in a set of Lynx prowler VT's -- I like it a lot. It's fairly light (compared to C-Tapers or DG's) with a stiff tip for lower launch and reasonably low spin (not as low as the  C Taper, but not bad). 

    I'm a fan...

    Had Tour 90's in the stock set of Wilson D7 irons i demoed. Light, but launched REALLY high, as in Saturn 5 high - too high for me, but they did make the D7's very long. If you need help getting the ball up and generating spin, it's a great shaft. If you want a little less spin and want to keep the ball down, the Tour V is a better choice. They're very different shafts. 

     

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  19. 13 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

     

    One question, you stayed at the New Inn, how did that work out?

    It was fine -- very simple rooms over a pub. We looked at it like we had a full service bar and breakfast counter in our basement. It was an easy walk to restaurants, and about a 20 minute hike to the Old Course - 30 if you walked along the shore by the old cathedral and castle. 

    It was very bare bones -- full bed and twin bed with a full bath. Desk with a hot water pot and instant coffee - plenty of room. Only thing missing was a mini-fridge for snacks or bottled water.  The pub downstairs was fine - not terribly busy though, but fine. Heidi, the owner, made breakfast to order for us every day, and if we gave her enough notice she'd prepare a bagged breakfast for us if we were leaving early, as we did Saturday to play Kingsbarns. 

    We could have stayed in a  nicer hotel - even had an option to stay at the Rusack right along the 18th fairway, but opted for less expensive lodging in order to get in more golf and say within budget.

    Saturday night she had the European Soccer championship game on, with complimentary food laid out. Again, wasn't overly busy but it was a nice time. I played soccer in high school and can appreciate the talent of the best players in the world, but when you don't care who wins it's extremely boring to watch. 

    Enjoyed interacting with Heidi's regulars -- she seemed to know everyone.

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  20. 1 hour ago, ballplayer002003 said:

    Did you go through a company to set up your golf or did you do this all on your own?  If you went through a company, can you tell us about it?

    Another good question - we set the trip up through a British company called Halcyon Golf Travel (link here).

     

    The owner and founder is a 23 year old Jack Sallis - a go-getter if ever there was one. I met Jack at the PGA Show in January. His company is about a year old and Jack has worked hard to make contacts in the golf world and thrives on putting together high end, bespoke travel experiences throughout the UK. Ours was bespoke, I guess, but we chose  not to go the high end route -- preferring to sacrifice high end accommodations and other experiences for more and better golf. 

    Jack did not book the Old Course for us - by the time we booked the trip (mid-March) all the allotted tee times were long gone...so we did it the hold fashioned way -- showing up at the starter's pavilion early, waiting and hoping. But Jack did a great job putting the trip together and spent the first two days of the trip with us to get us settled and acclimated to Scotland - he even played with us at the Castle Course (he's a SERIOUS stick, even though I did outdrive him on one hole - not bad for someone 35 years older than him!!). 

    There are lots of good travel companies that can book a trip like this -- GolfBreaks is one, but there are tons. I personally like working with small outfits like Halcyon, and I like that Jack is so young and doing the work to make a name for himself and his company. That kind of initiative is worthy of respect, IMO. He's earned my business, that's for sure. 

    Already talking about a trip next year for my 60th - anyone up for it???

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