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  1. Here are some pix from yesterday... These won the award for the dumbest products at the show. It makes you wonder... Very much liked rolling the Bloodline, the Indy Golf putters are okay, the Saks Parente answer style was very good. MNML stand/Sunday bag - nice little bag that’s light, made for walking with a slot for your phone so you take pix of your swing and a built in charger and speaker. ECCO celebrates 10th anniversary of Fred Couples using their shoe at the Masters. Dropping 3/1 for $159. New Sky Caddie LX5 watch - seriously like the graphics and the touch screen. Great price at $299 with a 3-year subscription included. If you re-up for another three years it’s another &120, which is still less expensive than the Garmin that follows... The RZN ball is back. Nike’s last ball was actually pretty good - and the folks that made it still have the patent so it’s making a comeback. We’ll find out the price today. These caught my eye - a company that makes unique prizes for gold tourneys... Golf Gum? Why the hell not... Now here’s a single rider cart... We’re having a late breakfast now - the off to the last day of the show to tape a new No Putts Given... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  2. Rodney impersonator - he's been coming since 2012. Funny dude....
  3. Do that a lot on the phone - the I and the O with old fingers man...
  4. Things are winding down this morning - Harry and I might head over the show for one last go-round, but Day 3 is always a light day. Day 2 was, however, was a long one, with a lot of ground covered. Harry and Chris attended an ARCCOS breakfast meeting - it appears they finally have the phone-in-the-pocket thing solved with an module that attaches to your belt. As I understand it, you still need to be in relative close proximity to your phone, but it doesn't have to be physically on you. They're also doing some things with their app - I don't have the details but the boys do - that led ARCCOS's founder to declare that within two years, the laser rangefinder will be obsolete. Bold. I had an interesting conversation with Terry Koehler. We were supposed to chat for about 15 minutes, which turned into 45. I'd spoken on the phone with Terry often but had never met him. He's 65, but hasn't lost his passion for the game. He showed me the head of one of his new wedges (no pictures - not yet!), and it's very nice looking and you can notice there's quite a bit of mass on the upper portion of the head to raise the CG significantly - moreso than any other wedge I've seen. Not sure if he'll have his inventory available in time for Most Wanted testing - he's open to it and if his stuff is in, I'm betting he will submit. Also spoke with Scott White from Ben Hogan - you can expect some pretty cool new stuff from Hogan by the end of February, as well as several other product launches over the course of the year. Things are happening in Fort Worth! One of note is Hogan has signed a deal with Club Champion to have its heads there for fitting - and Club Champion will do the build. They're also looking to take the next step an open up qualified fitters around the country. I don't think they're ready for a big network, but the DTC model can only go so far, and they realize that. Still, the crawl-walk-run mindset is a good one for them. Met with ECCO Shoes - they'll be releasing a 10-year commemorative model of the Fred Couples shoe - the one he wore at the 2010 Masters that kind of started the whole ECCO/spikeless craze. It'll be released March 1st and is pretty much an exact replicate of that shoe, at the 2010 price of $159.00. Took a walk through what we call Desperation Row - the section of the show where the booths are cheap and the products are, uhh, questionable, Saw the B-52 tee - robot tested and guaranteed to give you 7 more yards. Also saw the two-finger gloves - there's really no way to describe it other than you can barely call it a glove. Then there was the magnetic tee-ballmarker-divot tool holder that connects to your shoe because, you know, the pocket is just sooooo inconvenient. Made the rounds with some of the lesser-known putter companies and was particularly impressed with Bloodline - the putter that stands up on its own. Not sure if I've ever rolled a better feeling putter. I was fully prepared to not like it, but could easily see putting it in the bag - it was that good. Being able to stand the putter up for alignment isn't a totally crazy idea, and if you think it's going to "slow down the game," I seriously doubt it. You have to line the putt up anyway - this is just a different way of doing it. The shaft is a very, very, VERY light composite - so much so that they ship it with a protective plastic tube that you need to put in your bag to keep it safe. It needs to be light to have the low balance point, but if you want to game one, you're going to have to treat your putter differently. It might be worth it. Saw the new IndiGolf putters - the Allison and the Ramone. They were okay - a little busy looking for my taste, but not bad. The names came from a cool place - Ramone for the Ramones and the Allison for the old Elvis Costello song with the line all putters should hope for - "My aim is true...." Saks Parente has two new putters - an Anser style and a sorta/kinda 8802 looking model - albeit a hell of a lot bigger. The Asner model was legit, and they had three different composite shafts to try and it interesting how you could tell the difference. Pictures to come....
  5. Edel did not attend the show - I think this is the third year in a row they haven’t been here. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. Not sure on the number of booths, but there are a ton and a half. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. Yes - this spring they’ll be coming out with the V3 watch to do shot tracking and GPS. We got to see it but it is under embargo for pictures. I can say it’s maybe a wee smaller in size compared to an Apple Watch - and a bit lighter. Huge leap forward - and it will come in different colors. You can also buy different color straps if you want. They’re also introducing a GPS only watch. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  8. Day 1 is in the books... Started the morning at the annual KBS Breakfast meeting - Kim Braly and the team showed THE new product for 2020 - the TD Tour graphite wood shaft. Kim Hates the R-S-X-XS classification - says it’s pretty meaningless since one company’s R in one model Might be stiffer than someone else’s X. The new shaft is meant for fitters and the aftermarket - no plans to sell it to OEMs at this time. Fitting is primarily based on swing speed - and each Category (there are 5 that KBS does equate to traditional flexes - Kim says that’s what the industry wants) has three different weight options. Saw Bridgestone’s booth - they had a pipe cutter set up to slice open their new balls - the story, along with the new cover - is quality. They have 120’in-process quality checks, and every single ball is visually inspected before it can go to packaging. They’ve been doing this for years but are clearly taking aim at Callaway. Caught up with a few people - young Tony Tuber and T-Squared putters is becoming a thing. He has a “tour” van and has been making the rounds at Florida country clubs leading up to the show. Tony graduates high school this spring and it going to The university of Tennessee in the fall. The business will go on while he’s in college. Met with G-Tech apparel. You know those hand warmers quarterbacks wear in the cold weather? G-Tech put a lithium-battery powered heating element in them - a very cool (pardon the pun) accessory for those early spring and late fall rounds. They have heated hoodies and will be coming out with vests and quarter-zips this fall. They’ve also been named the official hand warmer of the US Ryder Cup team. Also finally got to meet Stephen Riley of PRG - the headcover company - truly a gentleman. Saw some sweet copper-finished MP20 blades - limited edition from Mizuno. They’re only making 500 sets and selling them for $2,020. Rumor is they sold out the first day. Also met Baldovina Mattezino, who says he was the guy who invented the hybrid, spikeless shoe. His Italian company was displaying his latest shoes. Very European, very busy looking. Golf Pride took a handful of media to the Orlando Magic game last night to introduce their new Team Colors MCC line. I matter what you’re favorite team is, they have colors that are close. Did learn that if the MCC line was its own company, it’d be the largest grip company on earth. That’s kind of impressive. Have meeting to go to, it here are some pix for you... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. Asked Sun Mountain about how it affects the course - they said they’ve had zero problems in the last year. The startup is so low torque you really can’t spin the tires on normal turf. When the course is wet it won’t be a whole lot different than carts. The bigger picture - they’re fun as hell. Out one of those bags with speakers on it and It’s goffin’ time, baby!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. Thanks for the insight but you know how busy shows are - you are so busy you dont have time to waste talking to people who aren’t important - let alone plan out a photo shoot. Just kidding - having way too much fun - snapping whatever pix I can so it’s gonna be what it’s gonna be [emoji41][emoji41][emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. Yeah, price is certainly an issue. ECCO, adidas, other higher end shoe companies can do that - significantly tougher for a newbie. The shoes do scream quality and detail though - even the laces have silicone nuns on them so they don’t loosen during the round - hadn’t seen that before. The toe box is nice and wide, but I still found it quite stable and comfortable. From a shoe value standpoint, $250’certainly doesn’t seem out of line, but it’s always a risk with a company you’ve never heard of. It’ll be interesting to see how they perform and hold up Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. Been a busy couple of days gang. Spent Monday at the Tour Edge Media Day at Lake Nona - with presentations by Lamkin, onCore, Finn Scooters, Seed Golf balls, ShotScope and a few others. Got to see the new Tour Edge lineup - and as always it’s quite good, and the EXS220 3-wood is definitely going in the bag. Your faithful MGS team placed second in the Texas Scramble with a 10 under - we lost by one [emoji17][emoji17] Demo Day yesterday was unbelievably cold and windy - but still a good time as always. Most interesting things to me: the new Honma TR20 lineup - both irons are seriously legit and the driver sound and feel was fantastic - I’m also a new found believer in their Vizard shafts. We also took the Wilson 8-iron challenge - they were stung by our ball test and while they said yes, soft is slow, that doesn’t mean soft is short. We hit the new Duo Soft + head to head with ProV1 - Harry hit them both the same distance, Chris gained 4 yards carry and I gained 2. Point made. They did say the whole point wasn’t to show that everyone should play a Duo - for better players it won’t spin enough on the green for them. But as we all know an awful lot of ProV players probably shouldn’t be - and that they won’t be losing Distance with Duo. Chatted with Lynx for quite a while A they definitely fixed the sound and feel of their switch face driver. Last year we only had a few shits with it - and the sound wasn’t quite right. They had hoped to release it last April, but sound issues and R&A/USGA issues got in the way. They fixed both and it felt very very good and seems to perform as well. Lynx also introduced a really fascinating new line of junior clubs called Ai. Watch out for these - they did something truly unique. SQAIRZ golf shoes was intriguing as well. The New Hampshire based company says it’s shoe is made for stability and both Chris and I tried them on. Just standing there you felt more stable and they seemed to keep you grounded during the swing. They felt very comfortable, but the looks might be a bit polarizing. The square toe and overall large,uhhh, footprint made it look an awful lot like a cross-country ski boot. Didn’t bother me much, but it will probably annoy some. Japanese OEMS OnOff, Fourteen and PRGR we’re together on demo day - you want soft forged irons, look no further. And speaking of soft forged irons, the Mizuno MP20 HMB’s are an early contender for bag status. Oh. My. Gawd! Here are some pix. The show opens today - I’ll be attending the KBS breakfast, a couple of presentations on pace of play and visiting as many booths as possible. Tonight will be an Orlando Magic game with Golf Pride. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. Standard D7 is cast and is a game improvement iron. It's still current in the Wilson catalog. I think you're right about categories merging and morphing - some clubs are obvious SGI or GI irons, but others can branch out into several different categories. As mentioned in the blog post, Wilson saw - for them - a huge jump in custom orders for the standard D7 last year -- which was unprecedented for a GI iron - and the shafts and specs ordered, many as combo sets, were going into the bags of better players.
  14. Wilson said one of the things they wanted to improve over the C300 Forged was feel, and the succeeded, mostly. On-center and close to on center hits felt like a forged iron should - the forged face and the urethane filling in the Power Chamber did the job. Real off-center hits (it's January, I'm rusty!) gave you, uhhhh, the feedback to tell you you missed. The ball still went - there was expected drop off in distance, but as much as a player's cavity back, but more than a real GI iron. I'm a huge fan of the $ Taper Lite shaft and the pairing works well with this iron. The stiff weighs 100 grams - and the lightness compliments the club quite nicely to help generate distance. Recommend giving them a try - if you're in the market for player's distance irons these should definitely be on the must-demo list, along with the TaylorMade P790 and the Mizuno Hot Metal. I'm not sure if the Cleveland UHX irons fit into the Game Improvement or Player's Distance categories, but I'd recommend those too.
  15. The lofts are pretty consistent with pretty much everything else in the Player's Distance category. I smacked it around on a launch monitor prior to writing the piece and compared it the TaylorMade P790 - which is virtually the same loft structure. 7-iron to 7-iron the Wilson was maybe a tad longer, but not enough to matter, and another day the results might have been reversed. I did find a bit tighter dispersion with the D7 Forged, but again, it wasn't a huge margin. What that tells me is it's a very solid contender against one of the top irons in the Player's Distance category. I've kind of gotten over the whole loft thing - the club is in the Player's Distance category - it's a new category that's morphed into a thing over the past few years - and is designed for better players who may want to hit the ball a little farther or, in my case, as far as I did 5 years ago before Father Time began his full frontal assault. I'm not sure strengthening the lofts is all that much of a crime. I was getting 7-iron spin in the 5200 range with a descent angle ranging from 45 to 47 degrees, which tells me it'll stop on the green well enough, with distance reaching a high of 169 and an average of about 165. Again, that's about 20 or so shots on the Golf and Ski Warehouse Trackman, but it is what it is. It's about a club and half longer than the 2001 MacGregor's I've been playing, and maybe a half a club longer than the Hogan PTx irons I also used last year.
  16. Sorta yes and sorta no - Wilson's irons offerings are in a bit of a flux for 2020. Blog post on these should be dropping this morning. Doug Thiel, Wilson's Global Marketing Director, said last summer the feeling was that Wilson had too many iron sets (they had six) and that it was time to streamline and reset the offering. I think between the Launch Pad and now the D7 Forged, along with the Staff Model moniker, we're beginning to see that change starting.
  17. With you there - been following this team since 1968 - saw them play at Fenway, BC, Harvard and the old dump that was Schaeffer-Sullivan-Foxboro Stadium. It's been a hell of a ride, and something tells me it's not over. Consider that in Brady's 18 season's as a starter (2008 doesn't count - thank you Bernard Pollard), they won the last game of the season 6 times - meaning 12 times they didn't. Pats haters can rejoice last night's loss, but over? We'll see...
  18. Probably wasn't clear - for Srixon, et al - sponsoring Crossfield is a branding exercise, much in the same way Driver vs Driver was a branding exercise for Wilson. Can't be measured in direct sales as both are part of overall branding initiatives, not direct sales promotions. Different mechanics and structure to be sure, but the intention of both initiatives is brand building.
  19. Yup - branding is just that: getting the name out there. Same thing with Driver vs. Driver and Wilson. That show was NEVER about the driver - it was a branding exercise to get people looking at and talking about Wilson. From that standpoint, the show was a smashing success. This is very cool for Srixon-Cleveland-XXIO. Gotta admit, the XXIO driver surprised me as I didn't think Crossfield was in the target demographic. That said, the Cleveland driver is really, really good. No idea how it will shake out in Most Wanted, but it's a HUGE improvement over the first HB Launcher. It's definitely in the rotation for next year - we'll see about the XXIO.
  20. Hi folks -- looking for a little help, if you have a moment. Working on a look back article on the Tommy Armour 845s irons for the main blog. Did any of you old timers game those back in the day? Have any fond - or not so fond memories you'd like to share? Feel free to PM me with details if you can. Thanks in advance... JMB
  21. Looks like it sits pretty close to the ground - not all that rounded. It's more of a Tour grind.
  22. Blog post is up ... https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-wilson-staff-model-wedges/ Not sure how much you can say about a wedge hitting off a mat at a heated driving range, but here are some initial impressions: - For me, High Toe is a great partial swing, around the green club - doesn't work for me on full shots. - If you can't hit a flop shot with a High Toe, you can't hit a flop shot - this makes it stupid easy. - The ball gets up fast with a flop - the mat is obviously about a tight of a lie as you can get, and the ball got up so quickly it nipped the edge of the roof overhang and clanged around. Other golfers were not impressed. - The higher CG made the thing spin like crazy. When you can hop 'n stop a range ball on ice, you know there's some spin. - Standard wedge is sweet, simple and versatile enough. I only had a 60-degree to try, but it did the job. Wasn't as easy to open up as the High Toe, but plenty versatile. - For me, an ideal setup might be a 50 and a 54 in standard, and maybe a 60 in High Toe for around the green and the sand. If I play the MacGregors (43-degree PW), would go 48, 52, and then a 56 high toe. - The full face grooves take some getting used to visually - it's a weird sight. You will be seeing more full face groove options in the coming weeks.
  23. Yep - it's in my rotation. Like it very much - the sound takes some getting used to, but it falls in the low-low spin category. It came us as a shocker Best Fit in TrueGolfFit - and promised me 14 more yards. When I tested it at Sub70's HQ outside of Chicago and compared to the LM numbers to my ShotScope stats, son of a gun if it wasn't 14 yards on the freaking button. Anyway, if yards per dollar is your decision making matrix, the Sub70 is hard to beat. The stock Project X shaft works well - they do have options available, I believe.
  24. Hmmmm….you got me thinkin, which is always dangerous.
  25. Tuesday, and Mmmmmmmmmm…...
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