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  1. Finally got the change to play 18 today - bagged the VT Prowler irons for the first time (I think it may be the first time a new Lynx iron has ever actually hit the turf in New England, but that's just conjecture). Some impressions:

    - They definitely have a distinctive sound/feel that will take some getting used to - it's a metallic clink with anything other than a dead center strike.

    - Like any iron, the further on the toe you hit it, the more distance you lose. I've played irons that are more forgiving with that type of strike, but these are first-wife level forgiving on a toe hit - the ball goes nowhere.

    - Nail it, and these things fly - had a handful of the kind of swings that make you want to play more golf, and was more than pleased with the distance, flight and spin. 

    - 4 and 5 irons are exceptionally easy to launch - the combination of the low CG due to the hollow body and the relatively light weight/stiff tip of the KBS Tour V led to some good results - better than hybrids (I think I hate hybrids - that is all)

    - Damn near holed a PW from 130 or so (this was after hitting one off the toe and into the drink!) - since it was on 18 and the last hole of the day, I left feeling happier than if the shot in the drink was the lasting memory. 

    Verdict - I'll play them again. I enjoy the novelty of playing them and they're fine irons. Are they up there with the Srixon's I've been gaming? Don't think so, but for the price (if we can ever get them here) they're not a bad option and they look seriously badass. 

    Playing again Sunday - thinking of taking the Wilson D7's out for a spin - put some KBS C-Tapers in them, so we'll see...

     

    And not for nothing, played the front 9 with the Tour Edge EXS driver and the back 9 with the Wilson Cortex. I liked both drivers, but I liked the Cortex a little more, but I think I like my old Mizuno JPX 900 better than both. 

     

     


  2. On 3/29/2019 at 8:57 PM, Shankster said:

    So those blades... I asked them a while back if they were conforming because I couldn’t find them on the USGA site. Any idea John?

    Hadn't heard that they weren't comforting - don't see why they wouldn't be.They may not have bothered to submit, but I'm just guessing...

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  3. 6 hours ago, Rtracymog said:

    Never heard of the PX Silver shaft before. Is that a made for?


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    I'd bet the ranch against a made-for -- Sub70 isn't big enough to do a made-for.  My guess is it's an older model - I had a PING i20 3-wood that, as best I can recall, had a similar shaft. In any event, it's a high kick-point, lower launching and spinning shaft. It seemed to work well enough in conjunction with the head. 

    Funny thing - the driver I demoed was actually Jason's gamer. He told me when he saw my TFG results that he and I probably had a very similar swing DNA. Turned out to be correct - quick transition, 97-100 mph swing speed, fighting high launch and spin. 

    It still amazes me that by asking 3 simple questions, TrueGolfFit is able to find your golf clone from its test pool and match you up with a driver that will fit you well. That Data stuff is real. 

    And I'm impressed with what Sub70 is trying to do -- premium equipment and direct-to-consumer pricing. Jason has the setup to make it work. He has 20 years worth of connections with Chinese manufacturing, and he collaborates with their R&D people on designs. While they're not AI-level innovation nor cutting edge technology of the future, the stuff is pretty good, especially for the price. 

    The driver is $249 - fully adjustable with moveable weights,  titanium construction with a variable thickness face. If yards-per-dollar is your decision-making matrix, it would be hard to beat this one.

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  4. 14 hours ago, Kenny B said:

    NICE!!  

    Since you know what a Tinder blind date is like, could you please elaborate?  😎

    Heh heh heh  --- all I can say is everything I know about Tinder comes from Sam Robinon....he's the Tinder-King

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  5. On 3/3/2019 at 7:42 PM, Wedgie said:

    I made it to the show with about 2 hours to go. Unfortunately I was a little late to meet any other guys in attendance. With the limited time we didn’t get much love at most of the booths we visited. I get it, people are tired from a long few days at the show. Maybe it was because I was there with my 14 year old twins, who knows.

    We made our way to the manufacturers booths where you could hit all the new stuff. Well you could hit stuff if you could get some help that is. That all changed when we got to the Wilson booth. We were greeted by who I assume is the local rep with a warm “hello, how can I help you”?

    My son is growing like a weed so I had some questions about men’s clubs, kids, ladies, basically what should he get. The booth was somewhat busy but he took the time to take some rough measurements and when the hitting bays cleared he had him hit the new D7 irons.

    Once the rep dialed in the D7s he dialed in a driver for him. I grew up with Wilson clubs and because of the service we received at the Wilson booth my son will be growing up on Wilson clubs and I couldn’t be happier.

    He gave my boy a Wilson baseball hat and you would have thought my shy boy just received a Mookie Betts autograph. Props to the awesome Wilson rep that helped us today. I can’t wait to get these ordered when I return from a couple weeks of travel. Wilson rep....you made our visit to the show a great experience....thank you!


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    That'd be John Fagan - he's a really good guy.


  6. On 3/18/2019 at 6:14 PM, romeopapazulu said:

    Well@Golfspy Barbajo, did you get to fondle these putters? What were your thoughts?
    Sounds like these won't be in the demo program for the near future.
    I was really hoping for some face tech in these. It's hard to tell, but it looks like a constant mill across the face.

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    I did see the new putters while I was there, but honored their embargo. They really looked nice - didn't get to roll them at all, but I'm sure they'll sell a few. Saw some other interesting stuff as well, but you'll just have to wait....😎

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  7. On 3/22/2019 at 11:37 PM, B.Boston said:

     


    I’ll check that out! It felt real nice on the ping they had it on.

    I actually have no clue what the swingweight is now. I’m not sure it would be relevant anyway to be honest. Now I feel the weight between my hands, its smooth and stable. But I can still feel the club head in the stroke too. With the total weight being so drastically different you probably would just be able to compare its swingweight to another putter with a large counter balance weight in it. Going between my old set up and new with the weight feels like the old ‘apples to oranges’ comparison.

    If you haven’t tried a putter with the counter weight in it give it a try you might love it! Or maybe you’ll hate it and call me crazy. Haha


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    Steve Colletta is one of the best around - he's a really good guy and, as you can attest, really knows his stuff. Glad the fitting worked well for you, and I'm impressed with Spargo for not trying to sell you something new just because. Sure sounds like they did right by you.

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  8. Hit 60 degrees in New Hampshire yesterday - got to hit outside for the first time in forever, even if it was off mats. 

    Still enjoying the VT's - am able to hit the high or low - still with a nice draw. Distance is hard to judge with relatively cold and beat-to-hell range balls (Sagamore has the moteliest collection of range balls I've seen), but I liked the flight and if I had to guess I'd say distance is acceptable to good. As long as it's consistent and not stupid short, we're good.

    Been particularly impressed with how easy the long irons are to hit. The set Lynx sent me includes a 4-iron, which isn't part of their standard set, and it launches beautifully and easily. I'm trying out the Wilson D7's at the same time and I had no problem hitting the Lynx 4-iron as consistently as I was hitting the D7 5-iron (longest iron in my set). 

    Did notice something hitting outdoors that I didn't notice in the enclosed portion of the range - when you hit the VT's toward the toe there's an unusual metallic "clink" sound. It was weird the first time I heard it, but it is noticeable. I didn't find it off-putting because the results were still really good, but I would imagine some might find it annoying. I haven't hit the PING G700's, but I've heard from people who have the sound bothers them - I'm guessing that might be the fate of a hollow-body iron. Hit is square and the sound - and as a result the feel - is a little different from a true forged iron (only the face of the VT is forged) - but not one I mind all that much.  The D7, on the other hand, feels very nice when you hit it square and a tad harsh when you don't, but it doesn't have the metallic clink. 

    Still no word on US availability or pricing, but Lynx promises that all will be revealed in May. For what it's worth, they've changed their Twitter handle from LynxGolfUK to LynxGolfGlobal, but we'll see what happens. 

    I read somewhere - I think it was Twitter - refer to Lynx as a mom-and-pop outfit - and from the context it was not meant as a compliment. Truth is, Lynx is a mom-and-pop outfit, quite literally. It's a small time operation run by a husband and wife team, with all the limitations inherent with said operation. I'm guessing most of their lineup is made up of open models - although they say the VT and the new Switch Face Prowler driver are their own patented designs, but again, what does all that really mean?

    So far, I can say the VT irons are definitely in the running for the starting lineup this year - along with a progressive Srixon set and - oddly enough - the D7's. And maybe the Bridgestones. And maybe my 1993 Hogan Edge's. And maybe the MacGregor VIP's. 

    I think I have a problem....

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  9. You're not far from a bunch of different courses - Newport is only about a 1/2 from Providence/Cranston/Warwick - Cranston CC isn't bad - they have an interesting island green. Triggs in Providence is a nifty Donald Ross design. A little further into Mass you have some other options - Swansea CC, New England CC in Bellingham and a few others - depends on how far you want to drive. 

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  10. 4 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

    Have you tried Spargo?  They're in Cranston and just reshafted @GolfSpy Barbajo D7 irons.  They might be able to reshaft your launchers.

    +1 on Spargo's - they're in Warwick in the basement of Mulligan's Island. The shop itself is very modest but they have a first rate enclosed fitting facility - you hit out to the range rather than hitting into a screen, which helps a ton. Talk with Steve Colletta, tell him I sent you - he's one of the best. 

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  11. What’s an “open model”?


    Open model,open mold - means the design is open to anyone who wants it. Chinese manufacturers have designs that are either o longer covered by patents or that are of their own design and shared - basically anyone can sell it, or modify it in conjunction with their own people, and sell it.

    Basically, you and I can go into the club business tomorrow and sell open models with our name and logo.

    Small companies like Lynx and - I presume Sub70 - will make use of open models to fill out their line rather than investing $30k in developing their own mold for a particular club they don’t think they’ll sell a ton of. The challenge is with the way manufacturing is over there, a mold one company think is theirs may wind up being an open model at a completely different factory. We had a blog on it last year - I’ll dig out the link for you


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  12. 17 hours ago, Sluggo42 said:

    Do the VT’s have a foam/poly fill?

    the black cats in satin look remarkably similar the the sub70 699’s...

    VT's are hollow body construction - no fill.  

    The Black Cat has a polymer fill - and does resemble the Sub70, as well as the PING G700, which is hollow but similar in appearance, and the TaylorMade P790, which has the much-ballyhooed Speed Foam, and the PXG whatever it is, which led to a series of lawsuits between TM and PXG. 

    Can't speak for Jason and Sub70 (met him once - he's a really good guy), but Lynx contracts with a gent named Kevin Woolgar to handle its club design. Kevin spends most of his time in China working with foundries over there. Some of Lynx's stuff is open model, some of it Kevin co-designs with China's R&D people - mostly adapting/improving/altering their in-house designs. From what they've told me, the VT is a patented model for Lynx (sure, it looks like others, but it's a golf club - it's gonna look like a golf club), and the new Switch Face driver is also a Lynx patent.  Not sure if the Black Cat is an open model or if it's based on an open model with some Kevin-specific alteration. Based on some of the pricing I've seen bandied about (don't believe they've finalized it yet), I'd lean towards the former. 

     

    Which begs the question - if an open model performs well, has the shaft you want and is priced right, does it matter if it's an open model or not? Would you buy it and feel confident in it?

    That's a question that might lead to another thread...


  13. 20 hours ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

    Will do!

    Never played RICC... that's private; how'd you get on so many times?

    Played Wachusett 2 years ago.  Fun course and great elevation changes but it can get really windy there!
     

    Buddy is a member there - so got to play it at least 8 to 10 times over the years - once right after the CVS Classic. The stands were still up.  The last 4 holes are on the ocean - really fun. 

    Another time got to play with Brad Adamonis - he played on the PGA Tour and made a playoff out of nowhere a few years ago some tourney in the Midwest - he got a ton of TV time. We had a match and he gave me a ton of strokes -- I took two bucks off him. 

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  14. Met Brad at the PGA Show in January - young guy (at my age, most people are young), but as you said, he's truly passionate about his craft. An artist who found his passion with putters. 


  15. First range session with the Prowler VT irons - I could definitely see these in the bag this year. 

    Admittedly plenty of winter time rust, but despite their blade-ishness, the VT's are pretty easy to launch and, if you're able, to hit high or low on demand (I pulled it off about 70% of the time -- or maybe 65). I can't fade or draw on demand reliably - so "working" the ball remains a theoretical part of my game, but nearly all my well struck shots were a nice, tightly little draw. The long irons (set is 4-PW) were easy to launch high or low, and seemed to have some nice distance to them (it's winter, Sagamore Golf Center has seriously beat up range balls) - at least impact felt good, like the ball would be going somewhere if it was spring or summer and balls weren't cold.

    The VT's are a hollow-body iron - the face is forged and the head is hollow cast. The knock on clubs like this is a harsh sound/feel (Ping G700, for example), but with the cold and the crappy range balls it's really hard to tell, other than for today anyway the sound and feel was well within what  you'd consider acceptable. 

    I kind of like the KBS Tour V shaft, too -- for today anyway. Lower flight and lower spin than the KBS Tour - and a little lighter than the C Taper. Seemed to work well for today on the range in the winter in New Hampshire hitting crappy range balls off a well worn mat. 

     

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  16. 58 minutes ago, MadDad said:

    How does everyone view prices in New England?  Everyone's bank accounts and situations differ so I'd be interested in hearing from regional folks about their take on cost and quality in the area.

    GOOD VALUE I typically think that anything in the $60-80 range (weekend/ riding) that is well-kept and in good condition is a good value.

    CHEAP:  Anything lower than that you kind of should be expecting slightly less in the conditions department, but if you go into it with the right expectations, those tracks can certainly serve their purpose.

    NICE BUT PRICEY: $80-100 is getting up there for sure and gives me pause. One, because the gap in quality and experience vs.the GOOD VALUE stuff isn't that wide. Two, because that's the point where my wife starts to second guess everything I do. 

    EXPENSIVE: $100-135 is tough to justify for similar reasons stated above, unless it's a charity tournament or something similar where proceeds are going somewhere, you're getting a meal and a raffle etc. I wouldn't necessarily classify courses in this range as "Bucket List" types, but maybe "Must Play" if you're from the area.

    The courses in that range are typically, and should absolutely be, of noticeable difference to the GOOD VALUE stuff when it comes to experience, service, and condition. Sort of the "you get what you pay for" mentality. But again, the cost-value is harder to swallow here.

    COST PROHIBITIVE: North of $135 just becomes cost prohibitive for one round of golf. These would be more of the "bucket-list type of course who should offer and even better experience the EXPENSIVE bunch. These are places you'd love to play but if you'll likely never get to all them.

    Really only ever doable for tournaments/ charities again, and Vacations/ Special Occasions. These are the cream of the crop places that take so much convincing and negotiating with my wife that they become cost prohibitive.

    Would love to hear your thoughts?

    I tend to play a lot of my golf during the week - either here or when I'm traveling for work. First year back in NH my go-to course was  Breakfast Hill in Greenland NH. I'd put it in the Good Value/Cheap category - can usually walk it for under $40 on weekday, under $50 on weekends. 

    Haven't played Stow Acres on the weekend since the 80's, but even back then I remember it being the Bataan Death March of golf - 5 hour minimum at least. Weekdays it's much better and not terribly expensive.

     

    The really expensive courses - $100 or above - those are special occasion/1 or 2 times a year events for me. Have thought about joining a private club, but can't seem to pull the trigger. I do get to travel a lot for work, and the wife doesn't mind if I bring by sticks along, so I get to play in other parts of the world which satisfies the itch for new and different. 

     

    And.....coming up the end of May will be another trip to Scotland - one full week at St. Andrews!

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  17. 1 minute ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

    Definitely will keep that in mind.  I typically take a day during the week of to play so I don't run into weekend traffic.

    It's on all of the best lists and has been for a long time.  Thanks for the tip!

    Let know when you go - I'm always up for a trip to Red Tail and Shaker. And Stow. 

    Ever play Rhode Island Country Club? Got to play there several times -- typical Donald Ross course -- the more you play it, the more you get it. Fun track...

    How about Wachusett?

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