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  1. Played 36 yesterday - the. Jubilee in the morning, the New In the afternoon. They’re similar but different,’if that makes sense - line twins with different personalities. From the Jubilee... From the New... Shot a 79 at the New, 84 on Jubilee. We got some rain yesterday to make it feel like a real Scottish adventure. Will be playing both again today. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. We did it! We had to get up at 2AM and hike 20 minutes with bags on the back to get wait in line in the cold, wind and rain for 3 hours, but we made it!! Scratch the Old Course off the bucket list baby!! I’m glad we did it this way instead of winning the ballot, because it makes for a much better story (to be shared later) - but it was everything you’d want it to be. Here are some pix to hold you over... It was an awesome experience - shot an 83 with a triple on the front (damn bunkers!!) - and there was a 78 or 79 to be had. Bogeyed #1, pars on #11 and 18, bogeyed the road hole but nailed the middle of the fairway off the tee after busing one over the hotel - the caddy said it was “text-booook.” Playing Jubilee and New today. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. 12 hours and counting! Bag is set: Driver: Honma 747/Sub 70 639D FW: Srixon F-85 strong 3 Hybrids: Hogan VKTR 17, PXG 22 Irons: Srixon Z-85 combo set Wedges: Cleveland 50 (bent to 49), Hogan Riviera 56/60 Cobra adjustable utility Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab, Bettinardi BB8 Balls: Srixon Z Star XV/Bridgestone Tour B X The drivers are a gamble - just received them this past week and tried them on the range. I think I'm going to like them. Srixon Strong 3-wood flights lower than the Wilson D7, which should help. Stroke Lab putter is the starter with the Bettinardi BB8 a hunch as a bench player, just in case. The Hogan 17 degree hybrid fits the gap between the PXG and the 3 wood nicely, and the Cobra is adjustable, which makes it versatile in case it's extra windy. Now, I just hope the game doesn't take a dump over the Atlantic like last year.
  4. Haha! I! I'm glad to see you pay attention - can't help the toilet pictures. You can take the boy out of plumbing but you can't take the plumber out of the boy. As for the list - I could make a lengthy list of people who have me on the list of people they don't like. I like that ist.
  5. Made a pit stop in St. Andrews last summer - did get to play the New Course and stayed at the Golf Inn (loved the Fish 'n Chips!). Really enjoyed the New Course, and this trip will be a full immersion into St. Andrews, with Kingsbarns a great treat at the end. I'm sure we'll be thinking twice about 36 holes a day by the end of the week, but we'll see how she goes. Let me know if you're in the area - we can hoist a pint...or several.
  6. Getting ready for another installment of the Golf Trip of a Lifetime. My cousin Paul (known here as @3PuttPaul) and I are heading to St. Andrews this weekend, We leave Boston Saturday night and arrive in Edinburgh Sunday morning. We're staying at The New Inn in St. Andrews - it's about a half mile or so from the golf complex. Here's the itinerary: Sunday - June 26: Afternoon golf at an undisclosed location with Gavin Dear and +1 from ShotScope Monday: 12:20 tee time at the Castle Course Tuesday: Early tee time at the New Course, afternoon at Jubilee Wednesday: 11:20 at Jubilee - 2nd tee time to be arranged at other St. Andrews Course Thursday: Open - in case we get on the Old Course via ballot. If we get on another day, we'll reschedule golf to this day. Friday: 10AM at Lundin Links - considered a hidden gem in the area - checked the website, it's right on the ocean, looks awesome! Saturday: 7AM at Kingsbarn - if we're not golfed out, we'll find someplace for an afternoon round. We have some flexibility on Monday-Thursday - with unlimited St. Andrews golf for the first three days of the week. We'll be on the Old Course ballot every day, and since the sun doesn't go down till around 10PM at that time of year, we'll try to cram as much golf in as we can. We chose to trade accommodations for more and better golf - so the New Inn isn't right near the course, but it is near the water and looks to be an interesting place. Pub and restaurant downstairs with modest rooms upstairs. We'll post pictures here and on social media, so hope you can follow along. It's gonna be a hoot! As for weapons for the trip, here's what I'm looking at bringing: Driver: Honma 747/Sub 70 639D/Tour Edge EXS (2 of the 3) FW: Either Wilson D7 or Srixon F-85 strong 3 Hybrids: Callaway Apex 19, PXG 22 Irons: Srixon Z-85 combo set Wedges: Cleveland 50 (bent to 49), Hogan Riviera 56/60 Also bringing Cobra adjustable utility iron (VERY useful in Scotland) Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab and maybe Edel Willamette or Bettinardi Baby Ben, just to keep the Odyssey on its toes. Balls: Srixon Z Star XV/Bridgestone Tour B X The trip was put together by Jack Sallis of Halcyon Travel from England. I met Jack at the PGA Show - we're interested to see how this goes. Maybe, just maybe, we can put together a MyGolfSpy trip next spring/early summer if enough of you would be interested. Lemme know either here or via PM if you are...
  7. My guess is they're in the 130 to 150 million, but that's just a guess based on 2014 #'s of around 125 million. Tim Clarke did tell me they're seeing considerable success this year with the D7 and they've far exceeded what they expected to sell with the Staff Model blades. They've already outsold projections...
  8. Hogan can customize your irons to your specs - swingweight, lie, length, etc. Their shaft options cover a pretty wide range - you would probably be able to see which of their offerings best fits you in a fitting. You can also try a couple of irons, bent to your specs, for two weeks for about $20. It's a little different, but if you're confident in the fitting, it's an option.
  9. Wilson moved from an office complex near OHare to One Prudential Plaza right in downtown Chicago. Got to visit this afternoon to interview Tim Clarke for an upcoming blog piece. The new digs are first class and very new-age corporate. There are a ton of meeting rooms and very few private offices to promote interaction. And there’s a real “sports” vibe to the whole place that was lacking in their former long time office space. That last picture is typical of some of the artwork. It was made out of red golf tees. There was another one that said Game On that was made out of red and white painted whistles. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. Fun stuff! Hard to remember and narrow it down, but here's the first blush in no particular order... 1. Pebble Beach 2. Torrey Pines - South 3. Deacon's Lodge - MN 4. Tehama - CA 5. Harding Park 6. North Berwick 7. Carnoustie 8. St. Andrews - New Course 9. Red Tail - MA 10. Rhode Island CC Notes: Pasatiempo was hard to leave off, it's probably #11; North Berwick may be the most fun golf course I've ever played anywhere; played Carnoustie the week after last year's Open - stands were still up, it was cool; Tehama is Clint Eastwood's course in the mountains overlooking Monterrey - the nicest, coolest and best-conditioned course/club-house/lounge I've ever experienced; Pebble was everything you would have hoped for, including an up-and-down from the front bunker on 18 for a par (20 foot downhill-sidehill) in front of about 50 people; played and loved Wolf Creek, so it's probably #12 - others include TPC Vegas, Stow Acres (MA), PGA National, Orange County National, Lake Nona, The Wilds (MN), Troy Burne (WI), Erin Hills (WI), Sea Pines (SC), Westchester CC (NY). Kingsbarn, St. Andrews Jubilee, St. Andrews Old Course (fingers crossed!) are on tap in a couple of weeks, may be able to play Firestone later this year.
  11. Blog post drops at 9 - some interesting insight from Scott White.
  12. Not sure if this helps -- that's Adam Rehberg of Bridgestone. Video was shot by me in the Bridgestone Tour Van in January - he took the Tiger bin out of a closet - it was sitting next to bins for Kuchar and DeChambeau. I get healthy skepticism, but in this case, Tiger plays the OTR Tour B XS - only difference is the stamping and they're all #1's.
  13. Looks like I lose the ranch! Thanks for chiming in - that head-shaft combo seemed to work well for me. Can't wait to give it a whack or two for real...
  14. Never gamed them but have tried them on several occasions - really, really liked them. Forgiving but still compact and I really dug the black and blue look. Nike got those right. We had a Forum Review all set to go on these just when Nike pulled the plug on golf equipment....
  15. Blog post is live... https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-ben-hogan-ptx-pro-irons/ Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  16. It wasn't easy keeping these under wraps. Saw them when I was in Texas last year. We have a blog post on these going live tomorrow. These are replacing the old PTx - which are about three years old. The differences appear to be very slight, with the aesthetics being the biggest upgrade. You'll be seeing more of this kid of stuff from Hogan as the weeks go by....
  17. We wrote a blog post about that - spoke with both Hireko and Lynx about that specifically. Here's a link: https://mygolfspy.com/behind-the-curtain-just-who-is-designing-your-golf-clubs/ In a nutshell, the Lynx Prowler CB iron - NOT the VT Prowler - is the iron in question. Lynx asserted that it was an open mold/open model from their Chinese manufacturer and anyone could sell it. It was pretty much identical to the DynaCraft Prophet...which Hireko discontinued in 2017. Hireko says it was their own design and mold, and their factory asserts it did not make the Prowler iron for Lynx. As the article suggests, it's a fair bet to say that somehow that design hopped from one factory to another and maybe even another, and THAT factory considered it an open mold and sold it to Lynx. The more we learned about the nature of 2nd tier Chinese manufacturing (meaning factories not directly associated with a leading OEM), the ore plausible this scenario became. In the article, Steve Elford - Lynx CEO - says they chose not to spend the money to create their own mold for the Prowler CB forged, simply because they didn't want to spend the money to make their own unique mold for an iron they knew they weren't going to sell tons of. According to Lynx, the VT irons are their own patent, co-designed by their R&D director Kevin Woolgar and the R&D department of their Chinese manufacturer. It's a hollow-body iron, so there's nothing crazy unique about it, but it's a pretty good stick. As far as I can tell, Lynx features two unique products - the VT irons and the new VT driver with Switch Face. Lynx did dump the Prowler CB forged for 2019 and replaced it with a new iron - I have some pictures and will upload them later. You'll smile when you see them.... The new Black Cat irons - as pointed out earlier in this thread - bear a striking resemblance to the new Sub70 699 irons. I showed them to Jason Hilland of Sub70, and he pointed out that while they do look similar, they are not, in fact, the same. They may even have come from the same factory, but there are enough differences from what he could see in pictures to know. Jason told me - and I have no reason to doubt him - that he owns the mold for his specific irons, but they were co-designed with the factory, which is a very common practice for small brands that simply don't have their own R&D muscle. The small brand comes up with the general idea of what they want - be it a drawing or a set of performance characteristics - and then they work with the engineers at their Chinese supplier to come up with the design. In the case of the 699 irons, Jason says the internal technology - including the polymer filling and internal design - is owned by his factory and they can sell it to anyone - but the specific iron design and the specific mold for the 699 irons belongs to him. He adds there's nothing to stop the supplier - in fact, there's nothing wrong whatsoever with the supplier - providing that internal technology to anyone of its customers that may want it. In this case, yeah, the two irons look pretty similar but technically they are not, in fact, the same. The differences may be minor, but Jason was able to pick them out pretty quickly to the point where he was certain the irons did not come from his mold.
  18. 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.
  19. First round of the season booked - This Saturday morning at Red Tail. Cannot wait!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  20. 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...
  21. Got this from my buddy Brad Pluth - an instructor in Minnesota who has officially been dubbed "The Man Who Saved My Golf Game." Essentially it says to find out what length/tees you should play, simply multiply your 5-iron distance by 36 - figuring it should be two 5-irons to reach a Par 4 and 3 5-irons to teach a Par 5. What do you think?
  22. 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.
  23. Heh heh heh --- all I can say is everything I know about Tinder comes from Sam Robinon....he's the Tinder-King
  24. So about a week ago I decided to check out TrueGolfFit and how the new 2019 drivers might fit me. I put in the appropriate information and was really surprised to see this as my top recommended driver promising an astonishing 14 more yards. I tweeted that out and wound up getting a private message from Sub70 asking me if I wanted to give one a try. Hell yes! So on this week’s trip to Chicago and Iowa I made the detour to Sycamore IL this morning to Sub70 HQ. It’s a nondescript warehouse just outside of downtown (it’s a very small town) that also houses Diamond Tour Golf and Hurricane Golf. The owner of all three, Jason Hilland, met me to let me Demo my TrueGolfFit it felt like a Tinder blind date (with the driver, not with Jason). Anyway, I had just driven 2.5 hours from Dubuque, so it took a while to get loose, and came up with this as my best: Later today, while waiting at the airport to come home, I looked up my ShotScope driving stats for last year... Holy crap - 14 yards on the button. Compared some of the other numbers from TrueGolfFit to reality - Spin was really close - TGF came in around 140 RPM lower, so that’s basically a wash; launch angle was 12 degrees with TGF, and 16 degrees in reality (we did loft up) and balls speeds were close - 139 with TGF, 142 in reality. I expected the driver to perform well for me - but the accuracy floored me. Tells me the math behind TGF is pretty serious. True, this is my best shot of the session, but given there was no real warm up and that I haven’t played any real golf in nearly two months, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume with warmup, practice and consistent play I can duplicate that swing most of the time. By comparison, on Thursday at Tour Edge I was hitting the EXS driver very nicely, maxing out at 255. I’d be happy gaming either one, but I liked the flight and spin of the Sub70. Next on the To Do list is get some numbers with the Wilson Cortex and my old Mizuno JPX 900-which I love - and a Honma I picked up at the PGA Tour SuperStore to see what makes the traveling team. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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