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  1. Please join me in congratulating our five testers: US: DPattGolf PMookie poprockncoke UK: Jon Brittain CAN: TravisClarke (5) TESTERS WANTED!!! Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Black Irons In the words of Peter Wolf - don't touch the knobs 'cause I think we're gonna have some fun with this one.... ​This year marks the 65th anniversary of the Ben Hogan Company. The brand has has plenty of ups and more than its share of downs, but it's still with us and as a brand, it still maters. With three new product launches this year, Hogan has firmly reestablished itself as a brand to be reckoned with, and we have a unique opportunity for 5 lucky forum members to test, review and keep a set of the sexy, new Ft. Worth 15 Black irons. TESTERS WANTED: The Ft. Worth Black, with its rugged Diamond Black Metal finish, is most definitely a player's iron. It's a 1025 forged blade, and Hogan says it gives the better player the feel, accuracy and consistency his or her game demands. We're looking for 5 of you to test the Fort Worth Blacks and let the MyGolfSpy Community what you think! This review opportunity is open to any golfer in the US, Canada or the UK. Sorry lefties - this one is for your right-handed brethren only. HOW TO APPLY: We take our Forum Member Testing quite seriously here at MyGolfSpy, and it's imperative you apply in the right place - which is right here in the Forum and NOT back in the blog. To be eligible, please tell us - in this thread - the following: First name and home state/province Age and handicap Your current iron set/makeup Thanks for applying! We'll be announcing the testers in this thread next week, so make sure to check back to see if you've been selected. Good luck!
  2. After Miguel Jimenez and Padraig Harrington, Mike Taylor may very well be the Most Interesting Man in Golf...the dude will never run out of stories to tell. Awesome wedges!
  3. Update -- you'll see the new wedges this Friday! Nice evolution from RTX-3 - similar DNA but with enough updates - and one big new addition - to make them pretty compelling....
  4. Congrats Rob! Two years here can sometimes feel like celebrating a 730 day toothache (I kid, I kid!), but the forum is a better place with you in it. Bringing on you, Stud and Brian as moderators/directors is one of the best things we've ever done. Thanks for being part of the family.
  5. New Cleveland wedges in the next week or two - Srixon woods and irons late August/Early September... Worth the wait - seriously....
  6. Just got back from Srixon - they showed us the new irons, wedges and metal woods. Can't show any pictures or share much in the way of details, but it's fair to say Srixon/Cleveland nailed it. We'll have a slew of stories and videos coming - you won't be disappointed [emoji41][emoji41][emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. Just sent you a PM Robin - glad you're back And healthy!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  8. Good questions stroker..I'll do the best I can. Did you hit a "career long drive" on the baked out fairways where the ball just ran and ran? Nope - nothing like that. I was hitting the ball so poorly until the back 9 on Tuesday that career longs were out of the question. We played Carnoustie in the rain, so there wasn't much rolling there. With the wind at St. Andrews New Course had some nice results, but into the wind it was harsh. I actually hit driver to the Par 3 17th, which was playing 211 yards into a 25 mph wind - came up a wee short.... How many times and from how far away did you putt in the fairway? Did this quite often - probably the farthest out was about 10-15 yards or so. Most of the time is was less than 5 yards. I did have an uphill-skirt the lip of the bunker and downhill to the pin putt from off the green - kinda like the one Spieth hit at the Open. I hit mine a little - well a lot - too hard and had another putt from off the green coming back. On the plus side, it just missed the pin on the way by.... How helpful was the caddie? Could you play the course well without one or is it that important to have someone with experience out there telling you where to aim, etc.? We didn't have caddies at Carnoustie - but Gavin had been a member there and Keiran was the assistant pro, so they were able to tell us where to hit it and what to do. Hired a caddie at North Berwick and on the New Course - both were incredibly helpful there - in a lot of cases you'd have no clue where the pin was, which way the fairway went or what evil lurked along the way. They were invaluable and in the case of Chris at the New Course, he was good company as well as I played as a single. 45 to 50 pounds was the standard rate, plus tip - usually around 20 to 30 pounds, depending. How different is true links golf compared to some of the links-style courses stateside? Do you need to consider a bunch of different factors (wind, where ball will land, how much it will roll, etc) when playing there? We didn't have much wind at Longniddry - which was a mix of parkland and links. It was windy as hell at Prestonfield, but it was a parkland course similar to what we play here. North Berwick was true links, and the bounces were arbitrary - a shot that looked great would hit a mound and bounce into the rough, or leave you with a weird sidehill like. On the plus side, shots that would get you into a world of trouble here would wind up being playable, so it kind of balanced out - that's how I was able to eek out an ESC-aided 87 at Carnoustie (I'm hanging onto that!) while hitting the ball like crap. Started to get the hang of the pitch and run on the last day -- Chris helped me with an easy half swing with a quiet lower body ("a wee 7-iron," he called it) - keep the ball low and let it roll. Pulled off a couple, but hit a couple a bit too high - he said keep it a few feet off the ground and let it run....it does, when you hit it right. How much did the wind/weather/elements play a factor? First day not at all. Second round was windy - but at a parkland course it wasn't much different from playing in the wind here. North Berwick was a little drizzly, but not bad at all - the rain gear came off by the end of the front 9, and the wind was playable. Wind wasn't bad at Carnoustie, but it rained pretty steadily - had the umbrellas out for the middle part of the round, and broke out the rain gloves. The wind wasn't terrible, but enough to matter. The rain played a role in my worst shot of the trip - teeing off on 11 after saving a nice par on 10 - rain really started to pick up so I rushed the tee shot and duck hooked it into a bunker on another fairway - actually saved a DB out of it, but it made Gavin go "Oh, dear..." Was very windy at St. Andrews - the final 6 holes were very tough into the wind. I had a nice run of pars going before the wind started becoming a problem...made use of my Cobra utility iron on a couple of occasions... I've heard that very few - if any - golf carts are used. Did you see any or use any? You heard correctly - very few carts there. Longniddry had a few for its older members, didn't see any at Prestonfield or North Berwick. I believe you can get one at Carnoustie and St. Andrews, but only if you have a certified disability - and even then a caddie has to drive. We walked every day -- carried my clubs at Longniddry, Presonfield and Carnoustie and had a caddie the other two rounds. There were an awful lot of push carts and quite a few electric push carts. Played with two guys that had them -- one was in his 20's, the other in his mid-40's. I want one! I'm also seeing the benefit of an ultra-light weight Sunday bag for walkable courses. Want one of those too...
  9. We did have the sticky toffee pudding on our last night in St. Andrews -- it's a thing there, and you're right - it's VERY VERY good. As for Haggis, whenever I'd ask someone what's in it, they went "uhhhhh...." So that was that.... ;-)
  10. And one more thing -- apparently driving ranges are not a thing at Scottish golf courses. St. Andrews had a range you could use at it's Golf Academy, and each stall was equipped with a Trackman that you could use for free. But like to hit a small bucket to get grooved before teeing off? Ain't gonna happen....
  11. Greetings from some 40,000 feet over the Atlantic! We're about halfway home and I wanted to share some parting thoughts with you about the trip... 1. First and foremost - a huge thank you to Gavin, David, Scott, Michael and Jen from Shot Scope for being outstanding golf partners! I can't tell you how much fun I had playing with these guys over 3 days - each one of them is a playah (Gavin played Walker Cup and played professionally on the European Tour, Michael is a +handicap and won his club championship 3 years running, Scott is a former pro and a scratch golfer, and Jen played in college and is one of the steadiest golfers I've ever seen! David is a recovering 4 handicap - living proof that the better you are at business, the more your handicap drifts up a bit!) 2. Gavin had the misfortune of teaming up with me in our 3 matches - We went 1-1-1, although I should probably say Gavin went 1-1-1 and I kept us from going 3-0. Seriously, 3 missed putts at Carnoustie (2 lipouts, one left a wee short) would have turned a halved match into a laugher. Gavin was nice about it, but I'm pretty sure he wanted to go upside my head with a 7-iron on more than one occasion. 3. It's never a good sign when your partner says "Oh Dear" after you hit your tee shot. 4. We played with the assistant pro at Carnoustie on Monday - Keiran (I can't remember his last name) is an old friend of Gavin's (they wen to college in Florida together). I don't know if you've ever played golf with two professionals, but my God is was fun watching them go at it. 5. One set of tees at Carnoustie and at the Old Course (from what I could see) and the New Course. We didn't play from the tourney tees at Carnoustie, but we did play from the tips - I'm pretty sure I broke 90 (IF you invote the ESC!!!!!) 6. It seems just about every town has a golf course (or two) in Scotland -- plenty of hidden gems the tourists never really see or play, but they're really solid courses. Some are above solid. 7. That said, they're running into a bit of a supply-demand problem. A lot of courses and not as many players taking memberships, so some courses are having issues with having enough $$ to perform necessary maintenance and improvements. 8. Membership at these courses is, for the most part, very reasonable. Longniddry, for example, charges about 600 pounds for a membership, which is about $1,000, for all the golf you can play. It's a nice little seaside course - no par 5's so it's only a par 68, but it's plenty challenging. 9. A visit to St. Andrews is a must - even if you get get on a golf course. It's a beautiful town right on the ocean, with plenty of activity. The St. Andrews golf complex is incredible, with 6 courses right on the property, and a 7th course about a 5 minute drive south of the city. 10. Tried to get on the Old Course as a walk-on -- woke up at 4:30 and walked down the course to wait in line. I was #21! The guy who was first in line slept there - he showed up around 10:30/11 the night before, but he got to play! 11. Walking around the first tee and 18th green is downright magical. The combo fairway gives new meaning to the term "tight lie," to the point where it seems like the whole thing was carpeted. Got my picture on the Swilican Bridge, and got to check out the Road Hole green and bunker. How the hell anyone can hold that green on the fly is beyond me. 12. Did get to play the New Course - went out alone with my caddie Chris - and we finished up in about 3 hours (lots of groups let us play through). It doesn't get the press of the Old Course, but at less than 1/2 the price, it's still a great golf course. Lots of memorable holes and when the wind is blowing like it was yesterday, bogey on the 6 inbound holes is a good score. 13. I did not shoot a good score - 2 pars, 2 bogeys, 2 doubles.... 14. They have a three-day unlimited golf pass at St. Andrews - all the golf you can play at any of the courses that aren't the Old Course for around 200 pounds. You could easily play 36 a day and turn it into a bargain. 15. St. Andrews is a 90 minute train/bus ride from Edinburgh - the train ride is very scenic and the public transit system as a whole was pretty convenient. Apparently they were having some issues in other parts of the country, but our train trips were flawless. We used Uber a lot to get around Edinburgh and to and from the airport, and our apartment location made getting around very easy. 16. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment through VRBO - it was awesome. Great location, very modern, clean and comfortable. We were there for almost a week, and living in an apartment was a lot more comfortable than being stuck in a hotel room. We had a full kitchen, laundry facilities, a TV with a DVD player (and a nice selection of DVD's) and all the other comforts of home. 17. When it came to sheer fun, it's hard to beat North Berwick. It's a 1/2 hour train ride from Edinburgh (5 minute walk from the station to the course), and is right on the ocean. Loved every round I played in Scotland, but for shear fun, it's hard to beat North Berwick. 18. Very much want to go back and do it again. Wondering if a MyGolfSpy Community Trip to Scotland would be of interest? Thanks again for letting me share the trip with you guys. My wife says I was acting like a 9 year old on Christmas morning during the entire trip - which is an improvement because she says I usually act like a 9 year old anyway....
  12. So the Old Course didn't happen - I was #21 in line and the tee sheet was pretty full. Only a handful of the guys ahead of me got on. I did get the money shot tho... Did walk down the 18th and onto the Road Hole early in the AM - was struck by how tight and lush the fairways are - just gorgeous. And holding the green on the Road Hole looks borderline impossible. Wound up playing the New Course - not as famous or as manicured but a pretty decent course. Very windy - around 25 mph throughout much of the afternoon , making the final 7 or 8 holes returning to the club house into the teeth of the gale. Like most of my rounds - the first 5 or 6 holes were fine - but a triple and a few doubles spoiled the round. My caddie Chris was awesome and proved to be a big help - although some of my putts had a bit too much power to them. Finished up around 4 or so (quick round!) and met the wife and her sisters for a little shopping and dinner. We're waiting on the bus to take us the train, which takes us back to Edinburgh. We leave for home early tomorrow!! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  13. In line, we'll see.... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  14. So you guys figured it out... Yep - a rainy wet Scottish round at Carnoustie! What an awesome day - still haven't put a good round together but considering playing the back tees (not the Open tees, but plenty long), I'm happier than hell with an 87. It rained - not horribly but we got wet enough. It was a tough golf course, but a real treat to play, especially with the stands and signage from the Open still up. Also, it was real easy to drop some $$ at the Pro Shop [emoji41][emoji41][emoji41] And not for nothing, I thought this was an odd name for a bathroom fixture at a golf course... And here's a preview for tomorrow... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  15. And all that said, I think I've found maybe the best use for Shot Scope, if you're not into complete game and shot analysis -- it's a great way to preserve memories of a round! Maybe that would make for a great marketing scheme - "Making memories one shot at a time..."
  16. The caddie helped tremendously -- he got in there and showed me the stance and told me to "bash it as hard as ye can...it'll roll right up the club face and pop out." Can't stress enough how much fun this day was, how much fun the course was and how great the company was. It's always dicey getting paired up with a bunch of singles, but it was an awesome day. John and James were both excellent guys - John hadn't played much this year but you could tell he had a game - and a Powacaddy electric push cart, which was awesome and, as our blog article stated, are fairly common over here. Lots of golfers own them and most golf shops rent them. I swear John found at least one bunker per hole but hit some great shots to get out. James had a nice, fluid swing that was sweet to watch, and he was the first guy I'd ever played with who used a long putter. He was pretty good with it. Another thing I've noticed golfing with Scots - they know the rules, and they are very good natured about their ribbing - which makes the game more fun. My two rounds with the Shot Scope team were match play - no money involved, just bragging rights and a few laughs along the way. The Mystery Round is today - not sure where it is but I figure it has to be one of two places. In case it's not the first place, I've booked a hotel room a 5 minute walk from the clubhouse for tonight so I can get up in time to get in line tomorrow. More pictures to come!
  17. Day 3 - the ladies and I took the train from Edinburgh to North Berwick - they shopped, I got a taste for true seaside links golf. What a great experience and an incredibly fun course! Had a great front, uhhh, 8. The wheels came off on the back 10 - saved a few pars, barely missed a few par saves and the we came to the 15th. “I think ye tugged it a wee left” my caddy said. A wee left indeed... Had a 7 Iron to the green from the beach. It didn't work, but I had to try...[emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Par 3 16 was a 200 yd blind shot. “Whatever ye do, you dun wanna be in the front left bunker laddie...” said my caddy. Which is exactly where I went. With this lie... You could have stood on my shoulders and still not seen the pin, but the caddy taught me how to hit the shot: kneel on the front lip, close the club face and hit it as hard as I possibly could. Sunuvagun if it didn't pop up and out - barely, but out. Wound up shooting an 82 - which wasn't horrible considering how badly I played on the back. Was able to prevent doubles with the putter, but didn't hit all that many good shots - lots of grinding. Had a great time with my playing partners - met up with two other singles - John from Scotland and James from Washington DC. Our caddies - John and Arron - were first rate, very knowledgeable and lots of fun. If John did any eye-rolling at my execution - he kept it well hidden. If you got to Scotland- definitely put North Berwick on your list. Good is good, you have full use of the locker room and the course is a blast. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  18. As the saying goes, taste like chicken [emoji41][emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  19. Wound up bringing just the Srixons -- but I'm hitting them for crap, if that's any consolation. Pure as could be last weekend - this weekend is a completely different story. Brought the Mizzy and Nike drivers - Nike might make it's debut tomorrow. Was wild with the MIzzy today (hence the double bogeys!). Might swap the Cally wedge for the Bettinardi, too...we'll see. Maybe I should have brought the MacGregors, Stu - it might have been just the right karma.
  20. Some other sites from Edinburgh... A hot Turkish shave... Scott's Tower - entrance to Old Town... Didn't buy the kilt, but did find a place where they rent them... This Jaguar set up for off-riding was parked outside our apartment. Seriously want to take it for a spin... Apparently duck eggs are a thing in Scotland - made a couple for breakfast... Something tells me I don't want to eat here... More to come... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  21. So, we've been in Scotland for 3 days (me, the Mrs and her 2 sisters) and we're having a hell of a time. Two rounds of golf in, hosted by Gavin Dear of Shot Scope. I left both my A and my B games stateside, so the scores have gone down like Butch and Sundance in a hail of Mexican army bullets - but we had a serious blast. Round 1 was Friday at Longniddry - a 98 year old mixed links/parkland course with amazing views of the Firth of Forth. Played with Gavin, Michael and Scott from Shot Scope. Michael is a member at Longniddry and won the club championship 3 straight years before losing in the semi's this year. Gavin and I won the match - we'll, mostly Gavin - I helped a little. Today we played at Prestonfield in Edinburgh. Fun Parkland Course with 6 or 7 420 to 460 yard par 4's. Brought my C- game today - it was ugly but I did nail my first birdie of the trip - a tap in on the par 5 6th. Promptly followed that up with 4 straight DB's 🤯🤯 Tomorrow is North Berwick - a 30 minute train ride from our apartment. Weather is looking pretty dicey so I'm not sure if it's going to happen. Monday is a mystery round - Gavin won't tell me where, but he says it'll be worth it. Just hope my game improves in time... Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  22. Did stop at a scenic overlook on the drive - just north of Gutenberg, Iowa. Our world may be a little insane, but it sure is pretty,,, Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  23. Well that was unexpected - thank you for the kind wishes. It's been a long day - woke up in a Motel 6 in Dubuque after moving my kid from Minneapolis. He's going back to school - playing lacrosse for Clarke University. Then drove 4.5 hrs back to Minneapolis - couldn't move my flight up so played 18 at my old haunt, Shot a 77 and caught the 8:30 to Boston - landed around midnight and will catch the 1 am bus back to Exeter. I'd say it was a full day [emoji41][emoji41] Oh, and the wife and I - and her two sisters - leave for a week in Scotland Wednesday night. Me and the three sisters - what could go wrong? Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  24. (4) TESTERS Announced Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 Wedges When we look back on the 2018 crop of wedges, we can say one thing for certain: it was a very good year. We've seen some pretty interesting wedge releases this year, from the Hogan Equalizer to the PING Glide Forged, it seems virtually everyone has given your short game something to lust after. Bridgestone's Tour B XW-1 has been around since January, and at just $99, it joins Hogan as a forged wedge bargain. TESTERS Announced: Does the Tour B XW-1 (and ain't that a mouthful!) deserve a spot in this year's wedge conversation? We're looking for 4 of you to help us find out. We need four of you to test, review and keep a 3-wedge set of satin-finish Bridgestone Tour B XW-1 wedges. This review opportunity is for right-handed golfers only (sorry lefties) and, as per OEM guidelines, open to US golfers only (sorry rest of the planet). HOW TO APPLY: In this thread, please tell us the following: Your first name/home state Your current wedges (OEM/lofts) Your desired set/lofts Congratulations to the following members who will be testing these great looking wedges AZStu324 Shankster bardle BenS Stay tuned for a PM from me with more details.
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