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  1. Boz, you already know I'm in. Unlike some boards (which I won't mention by name), not everyone here shoots in the 70's and bombs 300 yard drives. On MGS, I think you'll find we have a fair number of mid to high handicap players who are fairly pragmatic about their games.
  2. Thanks guys! Mike - I hope you're able to find one to give it a run. A few years ago, I demo'd a bunch of different hybrids before settling on the Baffler. With the Rail H, Cobra has made significant improvements but kept the design close enough to the original to keep current Baffler owners happy. That is not an easy thing to do but they were able to somehow pull it off.
  3. This might be easier.... Build Your Own Putting Green Cheaply
  4. Is Ping not a possibility? They have Westwood but they really don't have a marquee player in the US. And they are west coast based (Arizona).
  5. Cobra Rail H Hybrid Review I've had my Cobra Baffler DWS 4 Hybrid a long time and it is one of the most important clubs in my bag. I use it off the tee on tight par 4's and long par 3's. It has become my go-to approach club from between 180 and 200 yards out. The Baffler is my rescue club to get back into the fairway when I've hit into long rough or into a stand of trees. I've even chipped with it from off the green. I've resisted the urge to replace my old trusty friend because it's like a warm security blanket in all those situations - the golf version of a woobie. But that was before I tried the new Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid. Pros Compared to my old Baffler, the Rail H club head is slightly larger but it has a sleeker appearance at address because the steel face insert is now a carbon black color that effectively blends in with the rest of the crown. It looks more like a small fairway wood versus an over-sized iron. Deciding which is better is purely a matter of opinion and ultimately player preference. The Rail H feels slightly lighter than the DWS and as a result I found myself swinging a little harder (not always a good thing). The feel is very substantial/solid on center contact, but that's not a huge change from previous models. The Fujikura Motore is a very good stock shaft and proved to be smooth and extremely stable. Cobra has decided to go with stronger lofts this time around (22 versus 23 degrees for the 4/H) and the ball flight was lower and about five yards longer. The most significant change other than aesthetics is the new four-way rail sole which according to Cobra "relieves more contact area for improved turf interaction." I found the Baffler Rail H to be considerably more forgiving off the deck and from the rough. I had a tendency to hit the old model a little fat when my swing was off. That has been all but eliminated with the new sole design. Cons My biggest gripe about the DWS model is it's draw bias. I have snap hooked it at times with disastrous results. This new Baffler feels more neutrally weighted, but I still had a much easier time drawing the ball than cutting it. The club head cover is a little loud for my taste, but that is a minor annoyance. Club head covers can be replaced. Final Word The Cobra Baffler Rail H is one of the best and most versatile hybrids in its class. The sole design alone is worth an upgrade for current Baffler owners. I will have a hard time sending this one back. My woobie is scared. It's days may be numbered. The Cobra Baffler Rail H retails for $150 and is available in lofts of 17, 19, 22, 25, 28 degrees. To visit Cobra's website for more information and complete specs, click here. For the full review with pics, click here.
  6. I'm in also. Thanks for the heads up!
  7. So, these are the new conforming grooves, eh? A couple of thoughts: I wonder how the cavity will effect the feel compared to the CG15's. The sole looks a little wider than the CG15. Are these more geared towards game improvement?
  8. Played today at Crystal Woods in Woodstock, IL with my friend Eric (who was supposed to join Matt and I at Chalet, but called into work instead). Righted the ship somewhat with a 86. Didn't putt well, but I hit my driver straight and my irons were very solid today. 10/13 fairways hit and 6 GIR's.
  9. Matt played GREAT. Any other course in this area and it would have been a round in the 70's. Iron play was solid and his putting was ridiculous. It was a sight to see. As for me, I played Chalet at the behest of a friend although it's a course that doesn't suit my eye and quite honestly plays with my head. Many bad rounds there. This round was no different - shot a brutal 101 and uncharacteristically lost my cool and my confidence on the back nine. There was one nugget - nearly Eagled out on the Par 4 5th which is the #1 handicap hole. Pured a hybrid from 205 yards out to about six inches. Best shot of the year so far. This game drives you crazy sometimes.
  10. I lived 17 years in the Phoenix area (89-06) and graduated from Arizona State. I can tell you that very few of the locals play the courses in the afternoon during the summer. That is why you see significant discounts on the greens fees for tee times later in the day. Most courses have very little cover and the heat dehydrates you faster than you can put it back in. You also feel like hell afterward. Just not a fun experience. The good news is all of the courses including the iconic resort tracks are much cheaper in the summer and a few are downright bargains. Book in advance to obtain morning tee times and you will enjoy some of the best desert tracks in the world. And don't forget the sunscreen and reapply after the turn. Phoenix has one of the highest rates of skin cancer on earth.
  11. I made this comment in the post itself, but I will also place it here for discussion purposes... First, I must say - great article as always MGS. I agree with your comment on adjustability being an excellent fitting tool, but unfortunately the OEM's don't market the technology like that. Consumers get it in their head that they will be changing the settings all the time, but in reality most dial them in and then leave it alone. I've gone back to a glued driver and really don't miss the ability to adjust the face. And I would have paid less for my current driver than one of these technological marvels. One thing in your results that confused me was your statement: "We also observed that initial trajectories increased as the club face opened, and decreased as it closed." Closing the face would actually increase the effective loft of a driver, not decrease it. I researched this earlier this season when I found that I was ballooning my Nike Str8-Fit driver after setting the head in the 2 degree closed position.
  12. OK, dumb question... I was watching a player on the range and he was somehow cleaning the face of his irons with his shoe. Our range is sandy and I recently switched to forged irons. I could wipe the face with a towel after every shot but it takes longer to get off the range if i do that. How do you keep your grooves clean while hitting shots on the practice tee?
  13. If it helps, I have an Ogio Atlas but I'm not very happy with it. With the outside pockets, it's so side heavy that it rarely will sit straight in the cart - even when I strap it in tight, which is really annoying. On the positive side, the 14-way top setup is great. No problems with getting clubs in and out. Also, no shortage of pockets to stow stuff. And the bag is very attractive. I get lots of compliments on it.
  14. LOL. Yeah, that's possible, but in my case I'm a 14 more because of inconsistent iron play and putting. Chipping is usually not my issue (probably because of the amount of time I spend on it).
  15. The original question was Bushnell or Leupold. In researching laser range finders, I found that Leupold has less complaints about reliability - particularly versus earlier model Bushnells. But, they are also generally more expensive. I guess you get what you pay for. In terms of GPS versus Laser Range Finders, my update is I'm still in limbo. I have a Skycaddie SG2.5 that is sitting in a drawer more out of protest than anything else. I know I should use it or sell it, but I haven't made up my mind yet. Funds not withstanding, I'd love to go with a Leupold - even an older model. But, I just can't do that right now. Overall, if I look at things realistically, I've been playing without either for a couple of months now and haven't missed it too much. About half of the courses I've played have onboard GPS that I've been able to bum readings off of (even if I'm walking usually somebody in my group is playing cart golf). The other times I've relied on old fashioned sprinkler head yardage, course knowledge or local knowledge. So I'm thinking this is more of a luxury rather than a necessity. I can wait and make a decision later or ask for a Leupold for Christmas in the off-season.
  16. Matt and I have already played and will probably play again this week. Myndcraft, PingManKMB - we have to figure out a way to get you guys in the mix also. Others out there also? A lot of new members have joined since I started this thread...
  17. Hmmm... so many members with exactly 11 posts. And its cracking me up that so many of our March threads are getting resurrected. I'm glad I wasn't half in the bag when I wrote those...

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    2. Putterslut


      I have 11 posts. Are You talkin to me? You talkin to me?

    3. Addicted2Golf


      Hell yeah, I'm talking to you. Get posting!!

    4. Putterslut


      So,,,what did you think of my Robert De Niro?


  18. +1 on the Adams. My wife has played on and off, but when she gets serious again I am going to buy her a new Adams set. They are really strong in the hybrid and fairway categories and most game improvement sets for women are built around those clubs.
  19. I like the drills Pugh - especially for putting. I might borrow some of those. For chipping... well... sometimes we tend to complicate things too much. Here is my chipping drill: 1) Fill shag bag full of balls 2) Empty balls from shag bag onto ground 3) Chip balls into hole until all the balls have been hit 4) Walk onto green to retrieve balls and fill shag bag 5) Move to a new spot and repeat step 1 (MANY times) I recommend this drill to all you high handicappers out there. Spend AT LEAST as much time chipping as you do on the driving range practicing your full swing. It never ceases to amaze me how many weekend golfers can't hit a simple chip. This was a public service announcement. I now return you to your regularly scheduled program.
  20. I have a Rife Abaco mallet putter just laying around that I was going to put up on the Bay. Custom paint fill and everything. PM me if anyone is interested.
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