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GolfSpy Barbajo

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  1. Agree that Mizuno is the big winner -- however... Now instead of their chief competitor being small little Adams, they've got to deal with big ole TM, if TM is smart enough to use Adams technology to make their player's irons better. Could look at it as the same competition with more money and a new name... Again, if TM is smart, the Adams technology, design, R&D, engineering, etc isn't going to go away -- it's just going to change uniforms. Sorta like Peyton going to Denver...
  2. So far, so good with mine (iPhone) -- haven't had to re-enter anything the 5 or 6 times I've opened it up.
  3. Just started using that APP this year -- keep scores going all the way back to last season based on your GHIN number -- makes posting scores easy. Also has a VERY simple course handicap function -- just use a slide bar to set the course slope rating and presto, you get your course handicap. I have the Minnesota edition - get the current issue of Minnesota Golfer magazine via the app, as well as a Twitter feed from the MN Golf Association. Highly recommended! Will post some screen shots as soon as my daughter can teach me how to do that...
  4. Joining Crystal Lake in Lakeville, MN for this year - $975 for all the golf you can walk. Nice track and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Not the longest course around, but is well maintained and 10 minutes from home. Lots of nice courses in my area -- favorite mid-price course is Stonebrooke in Shakopee, MN. Signature 8th hole requires a 230 yard carry over a bay in Lake O'Dowd (we have 10,000 of them, you know!). After you tee-off you drive your carts onto a pontoon boat for a boat ride to the fairway. Kinda gimmicky, but fun nonetheless...
  5. Thoughts from a different industry --- I used to work for a company that decided to take a "multi-channel/multi-brand" approach in both the US and Europe. They owned several companies that sold/marketed essentially the same product (different quality, different features/benefits) to the same customer base. The plan was to offer one brand at a low price (at low margins), a 2nd brand at a mid-level price (mid-margins) and the premium brand at a premium price (premium margins). They did this in the US and it seems obvious now but the powers that be didn't see it coming them -- the low price/low margin brand - armed with more marketing dollars - started syphoning business away from the higher margin brands - the ultimate self-inflicted wound. After 3 years the whole concept was scrapped...the lower margin brand was killed and the mid-level brand was sold off. In Europe, the company owned 11 different brand names all competing with one another. All but 1 were eliminated. What does this all mean? IMO it'll be goodbye Adams in a matter of 2-3 years, with all the technology, strengths, advantages, etc rolled into the TM line, which will be better for it. Can't see a scenario where both lines co-exist as friendly competitors - any a12OS sale (depending on the margin) would be a non-sale of an RBZ set. Whatever they do, they won't sacrifice margin. So I think option 4 ultimately wins out, but option 2 is a possibility. God forbid they make like Callaway with Hogan and turn Adams into a clothing brand! Just my 2 cents...
  6. HI guys -- this has been one fascinating thread - have learned a ton and used the hammer-mallet-frying pan analogy on my wife to explain why I'm dead set on buying a new set of irons. She bought it!!! HIt the Mizzy 53's, 59's and 69's yesterday -- loved 'em all. 53 was easiest to hit, but when flushed, the 69 was out of this world. Not sure I have the game yet to hit them consistently, but we'll see how the spring goes. Also hit the Wilson V2's -- sweet but the setup at the store was a little light for me. They didn't have a set of blades on hand - would have loved to have tried them. They did have a new set of FI-5's on display -- a progressive set. They looked to be from 2005 or so. Anyone know anything about the set?
  7. Anything that helps promote a smooth stroke is a big help!
  8. Seems like the Golf version of Quibids. Got hooked on Quibids for a weekend last year and blogged about it -- click here Now you've given me something else to get addicted to! Will see y'all there....
  9. Hi Foz -- Seriously considering the 53's...working through the process right now. Will also look at the 59's as well as the Wilson's. Gaming a Hogan Apex Plus set right now -- they're old but man do they feel sweet! What tipped the scale for you for the Mizuno's?
  10. Played each of the E series last year -- wound up liking the 6 the best, although I have a dozen 5's I still have to lose. And don't laugh, but two nice "it's-spring-don't-give-a-crap-if-I-lose-em" balls: MacGregor MT's and Tommy Armour 845's and Silver Scotts. Not bad balls at all - Silver Scott is a 3-piece - and dirt cheap. Will check out the Cobra's next chance...
  11. 65 degrees in MN today - first 9 holes of the yr -- didn't hurt myself or anyone around me...

  12. That's great to hear...usually customer service in any business is an oxymoron. But in such a competitive atmosphere it's smart to take such a pro-active, pro-customer approach. Usually you get that kind of service only if you complain long and hard. Good for you and good for Callaway!
  13. Don't know about you guys, but I loves me some history! Visited the USGA Museum last summer -- WOW!
  14. Heading to Colorado Springs and Denver next week on business..will get two rounds in. Tuesday afternoon at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort course in Colorado Springs (click here). Wednesday morning hitting a FUN track in Golden, CO called Fossil Trace (click here). Should be in the 60's both days -- first rounds of the year...can't wait!!! Fossil Trace #16
  15. Southwest Metro -- Shakopee-Prior Lake-Lakeville area. Played at Stonebrooke 2 yrs ago, Heritage Links last year -- looking at Crystal Lake this year. Play the Wilds and Meadows at Mystic Lake once a year -- haven't played Legends yet. Just hearing about some courses opening up...time to crank "Here Comes The Sun" and start whackin' some birdies! Where did you play in Scottsdale? Hope you have a great season!
  16. Some nice sticks -- agree with the others on the looks of those blades. Really sweet! Bagged the 910h 3-wood last fall -- highly recommended!
  17. Hi Sorno - fellow MN golfer here -- where do you play? Looks like some courses are opening up this weekend and next week. It's been a long winter!!
  18. Found them on Golfsmith's website today -- Wilson has some pretty interesting stuff to try for the coming year. Will pick some up, along with the Elite 50's for some early season goff...
  19. What are you looking at for hybrids? I'm in my third season of Callaway FTiz's -- not bad at all and got a smoking deal on RockBottomGolf.com. Getting' the itch to try something new, though... And how do you like the E6? Played them quite a bit last year -- nice ball.
  20. Looking at the Wilson's next week -- what's up with the shaft? How do you like 'em? What made you pick 'em?
  21. [quote name='jmiller065' date='01 March 2012 - 12:08 PM' timestamp='1330625284' post='52750'] +1 on that Also, I see that you listed a few different blade models then talked about W/S FG Tour V2... If you are looking for a blade I highly recommend trying the Wilson FG62s have almost as soft as a feel as the Mizuno Blades, it was pretty hard for me to tell the difference even on slightly off center hits on the Mizuno MP69 vs to W/S FG62. W/S FG Tour V2 is a good players cavity that would give you slightly better forgiveness then the FG62 has to offer. It is pretty hard to find the offset specs on Wilson clubs but here is the FG62 specs that I found online awhile back. [code] club loft lie offset length bounce 3 21 59.5 0.095" 39.25" 4.5 4 24 60.0 0.092" 38.75" 5.0 5 27 61.0 0.089" 38.25" 5.5 6 31 61.5 0.086" 37.75" 6.0 7 35 62.0 0.083" 37.25" 6.5 8 39 63.0 0.080" 36.75" 7.0 9 43 63.5 0.077" 36.25" 7.5 P 47 64.0 0.074" 35.75" 8.0 [/code] Thanks -- will take a gander at the FG 62's. Found that Wilson offers the DG shaft at an up charge, but not the Rifle. Will have to see how the V2's compare to the 62's -- got some time to get the swing grooved a bit. Thanks for the input! BTW -- anyone have any experience with Alpha or Louisville? Still battling with the name brand vs. non-name brand - are they cheap knock-offs or good, sound products? They sure felt nice...
  22. Had my first fitting today - what an experience! Went to Pat Ryan Golf in Plymouth, MN, and was fitted by Tom Cook, Jr (it's a family business). According to their website he's a certified Class A club maker...it sounded impressive. Brought my Hogan Apex Plus irons (ebay, $75) and my Ping G-15's (golf shop, $500) - told him I liked hitting the Hogan's better so he didn't let me hit the Pings. I have a handicap index of 11.5 (up from 9 two years ago -- lost 60 lbs last year and lost my swing along with it!) Hit a lot of different heads with different shafts and he came up with the following recommendations: Std length Lie angle: 61 (7 iron) Loft: 34 Shaft Flex: S-100 Shaft Flex point: High Shaft model/Design: Dynamic Gold or Rifle Head design: Cavity back players Swing weight D-6 Told me the Ping ATW A-400 shaft was standard or borderline senior flex..combined with the mid/low flex point and offset he said it's no surprise I was pulling stuff left and hitting it very, very high. The Hogan's were a much better club for me (Apex 4 shaft) and he can bring them closer to what I need. Will most likely do that and have them as a good 2nd set. He also showed me some options for custom-built sticks (he's a Miura dealer, but they're just not in the budget -- crap!). MDC Tour irons -- either chrome or black - they're a blade and look very nice - cast, not forged. Tom said with the right shaft, etc, I'd be very hard pressed to tell the difference between that and a forged head. Hit it with the DG shaft -- felt great. Louisville Golf Persimmon Blade 304 -- really nice looking cast blade - about $10 more expensive per club than the MDC Alpha C1 Pro Forged -- also really nice looking club, obviously forged, player's cavity back -- a little over $100/club with the Rifle shaft. Also checking out the Wilson FG Tour V2's in two weeks at a Golf Galaxy fitting -- Tom said if I order them to my specs to bring them to him before hitting them just to make sure - says he almost always has to make adjustments to most major name custom-made clubs. Personally, I like hitting the Rifle Shaft the best -- amazing how with the wrong lie, shaft, etc I was hitting pretty consistently off the toe. With the two setups I hit that were properly setup -- the MDC tour blade and the C! Pro Forged -- I was hitting consistently in the sweet spot. Now if I can get back to inside-out instead of outside in, then we'll have something! Biggest advantage to GG would be easy trade in on my Ping's to help bring the cost down. Overall it was a great experience -- Tom was a lot of fun, shared some funny stories and made the whole process a lot of fun. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys gold and wants to feel good about their equipment. And you don't have to be a low-handicapper, either. As I was leaving a father-son duo came in - the dad was getting his 11 year old fitted! And the little **#@ had a nice inside-out swing!
  23. First ever club fitting tomorrow at Pat Ryan Golf in Plymouth, MN. Very excited!

  24. It's going to snow tomorrow - 8" or more...need a golf fix bad! Great forums here and the reviews are the best on the web. Thanks for a great site!
  25. MN winter is getting to me...

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