MGS Snell â€œGet Sumâ€ Ball Review
Well hello fellow MGS'ers. I'm Karl. What's up? Thanks for trusting me with a review. I know I glean valuable info from MGS- especially the reviews, so I hope I measure up and don't disappoint!
To give a little background on me, I'm a 10-15 Handicap (low of 10.0, current 14.8). I'm one of the guys that the USGA has decided to shut out of their handicapping system as most of my rounds are as a single. Oh well. Luckily, I was able to play my review rounds as one, so I could hit the same shot with multiple ballsâ€¦ well, as close to the same shot as my current swing allows!
The biggest strength of my game is putting/short game. When I worked for a startup club manufacturer in business school, I'd end up giving impromptu putting lessons during demo days because I saw people's response to the product was directly proportional to how they rolled â€˜em. And believe me, I saw a lot of lost soulsâ€¦ As I've had playing partners ask for lessons after a round (not all my rounds are as a single), I give some putting lessons on a sporadic basis. I'm much more established as a baseball/softball coach/hitting instructor as I'm a former Div-1 player, so teaching isn't a foreign thing to meâ€¦
My secondary strength would be my short game. With an iron game like mine (usually) I'm usually chipping for birdie (or par) more often than I should be! The major weaknesses in my game right now are my irons. I've had some physical issues in my legs which tends to not allow me to â€œget after itâ€ with my golf swing (and as a result I tend to hang back). The upside is that I became a master of hitting a 5 or 7 iron with a knockdown swing from 150 out instead of letting it fly with a 9-iron. Even as I'm getting healthier, my ball striking isn't as crisp as it was.
Having lived on the East Coast for the majority of my life and beginning golf years, I tend to have a very high ball flight. It was to the point that I was flying my 3-iron almost as high as my 7-iron. (Note to selfâ€¦ never read a Golf Digest â€œhow to hit your ironsâ€ article againâ€¦) So, my current miss is short and to the right (I play right handed)â€¦. Yes, a flare to the right. It's not as bad with the driver, but it does rear its ugly head occasionallyâ€¦ typically on a dogleg left! I'm self-taught, as I've never had a golf lesson. Other than some guy at a beat up driving range showing me an interlock grip when I was 16.
I'm the guy with a couple of medium sized plastic containers full of balls. So, sometimes I'll use three different (or more) types of balls during a round because I'll just tee up what I grab out of my pocket 1st. I don't spray it that much; I used literally two balls in my last golf league (8 weeks long) so I don't lose them oftenâ€¦ wellâ€¦ not too often! When I'm playing for â€œrealâ€, i.e. a tournament, with important clients, trying to shoot a score, I'm a Pro-V1x guy. I like the slightly harder ball with less spin off the driver. My driver swing speed was last measured at 110mph, but that was at a golf show in the middle of winter with no warmup. So right now I'd say 95-120 depending on how I'm feelingâ€¦ and yes, I realize that's a huge range.
I've been golfing for 15 seasons now, with a couple of those years being of the 4 to 5 rounds a year category. It's helped that I've lived in California for 3 of those years, and even spent a fall in Switzerland (have never replicated that number of rounds in the same time since)â€¦.! I really came to golf after my high level team sports career started to fade. That and I needed to play semi decent to be able to be included in the occasional outing for work. I love sports and when I'm learning something I immerse myself in it. In golf's case, I really haven't left the immersion stage! Being an engineer and a tinker/maker before it became â€œhipâ€, as well as a design junkie, I'm a gear head. I can appreciate what a Scotty Cameron did and has done, and can at least cut through some of the marketing by some big brands (a minor in Engineering Physics will do that). More importantly, I know what I like, know what I don't, but can still appreciate it.
My bag might defy my gear head label, as it consists of a:
Â· Driver: 9* Tricept PFT by Maltby, UST Mamiya VTS Proforce 7x
Â· 3-Wood:15* VX Turbine by CER, UST Mamiya VTS Proforce 7x
Â· Hybrid: 21* Sweet Spot Golf 3-Hybrid, Grafalloy Prolaunch Red
Â· Irons: Snake Eyes 685x Forged, 3-PW, KBS Tour Shafts
Â· Sand Wedge: Cleveland RTX 588 54*, True Temper Dynamic Gold
Â· Lob Wedge: Cleveland RTX 588 v2.0 60*, True Temper Dynamic Gold
Â· Putter: Piretti Cortino Tour Black, 36â€
This set I assembled to be my â€œtravelâ€ set, you know the set that if the airline bangs around or loses, I wouldn't be too broken up about it. Well, I haven't gotten my â€œgoodâ€ set yet, so for the past 3 years or so it's been my only set! I did spring for decent shafts, which if I'm not swinging optimally may not be a help to my scoring average! Oh well. And yes, I bought the pieces from Golfsmith and assembled them myself. It's going to interesting to see when I get fit for my â€œgood setâ€ (yes, I've been eying the AP-2 716'sâ€¦) to see if my lie angles and stuff are right!
I've played all over North America and Europe; I guess the result of having lived in 11 places since 2007. I'm currently spending time between San Francisco and the NYC/Boston corridor along the Connecticut shoreline, so I'm able to play seaside courses on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans! Not too shabbyâ€¦
Finally, when it comes to the balls themselves, and Snell in particular I didn't really know much of anything about them. It did make me take note that they are a New England company from the literal back yard of Titleist. While I'm a Titleist â€œguyâ€ I've used balls from big guys like Taylor Made (The Lethal ball was the best wind ball I've ever used), as well as smaller guys like Dixon and 3UP. And yes, I can probably find a couple of rocksâ€¦erâ€¦ Top Flights in my collection tooâ€¦ So, I'm doing this sight unseen as I've never seen a Snell ball before. So it should be interesting!
Take care, thanks for reading, and I look forward to posting Stage Two!