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  1. JonasVenture

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  2. I was one of the lucky winners of the Adams Speedline Tech Driver giveaway back in the fall. I've played a few rounds with it and have been alternating between it and my R11. I went to the range last month to do a comparison session and about half way through I hit one a little to close to the hosel. The shaft snapped about an inch away from the adapter, and the head went flying down the range! I trotted out to pick up the head, which seems to be okay; needless to say the comparison was over. I got a hold of Adams and they recommended taking it to a local authorized retailer to set up a return for repair. However, I'm a little worried that the cost to repair may be more than I want to spend. I have experience installing adapters into driver shaft (i.e. my R11), but I've never removed one before. Does anyone have any experience with removing the Adams adapter? I've seen some threads on boards talking about other adapters, but I didn't know if there were any major differences in removal.
  3. Good for you! I wish I could have a range session like that. I always have terrible range sessions; I'm not sure why I even go. I went on Tuesday and couldn't hit anything other than my PW. On top of that, my whole purpose was to work on driver and compare between the R11 (current gamer), the Cleveland Launcher 2009 (previous gamer), and the Adams Speedline Tech that I won in a drawing here. About half way through the testing I hit one too close to the hosel on the Adams and snapped the shaft just above the adapter!
  4. Have you ever thought about reviewing some "lower" cost shafts, i.e. one's that are less than $100 (or even lower)? I love seeing Matt's reviews of the latest from Diamana, Fujikura, Matrix, Miyazaki, etc., but as soon as I see the price tag on some of them I usually stop reading. I'd love to spend $200-$300 on a driver shaft, but it just isn't going to happen. However, I have considered some of the lesser known, lower cost brands (Acer, True Ace, SK Fiber, etc.) from Hireko & other sites as options for me. It would be nice to see a few of them reviewed to compare to the higher-end shafts. I'm not sure how the review process and selection works, but I can't imagine I'm the only one out there on a budget!
  5. Currently at 14.5 (winter months brought it down a bit) Playing: R-11 3-wood with stock Fujikura Blur 70, stiff Home-built Acer XDS React "Machete" (18 degree, 7-wood length) with a Fujikura Fit-On E360, regular When it comes to fairways & hybrids it's always been hit or miss for me. So the review would be "hit or miss-IER"...?
  6. Ice, exactly! I made this point in another thread: if anyone can use it, by definition there is no advantage. I think I'm converting to side-saddle out of spite; then we'll see what really looks like a "golf swing"!
  7. A few months ago at my "home" course at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico a buddy and I decided to play early one Friday morning. On the 5th hole one of the groundskeepers mentioned that someone spotted a baby rattlesnake on the green. They are a pretty usual occurrence on the base so we didn't think much of it. Fast forward to the par 5 7th hole. My second shot clipped a tree branch but stayed around the right side of the fairway, about 100 yards out. I start walking with my push cart along the edge of the fairway in the shade of a few trees looking for where my ball ended up. Mid-stride, I feel something brush my right ankle. Probably a fallen branch. About a half-second later I hear this loud "Ssssssssssss"... I had just kicked a rattlesnake in the head. I booked it up the fairway a good 40 yards as fast as I could, pushing the cart like a madman! My buddy was on the other side of the fairway and slowly came up. "Rattlesnake?" "Yep!" "That's no baby!" Luckily the hole is close to the crew's equipment shed. We flagged down another groundskeeper and he kept an eye on it until the environmental guys could grab it and release it out in the middle if nowhere. My heartbeat was around a mile a minute, but I still made par! The craziest thing is that since I was pushing the cart in front of me there was no way I avoided running him over...
  8. My problem with this from the beginning was that the reasons for the anchoring ban were all extremely weak. There is no advantage to be gained because the rules allowed for ANYONE to do it; hence there can be no competitive advantage. They claim that it's unnatural and not true to what the golf stroke is all about, but they'll still allow the goofy hand-holding-the-shaft-to-the-forearm grip!?! Really!?! Oh well. I'll still use mine until the rule takes effect. I may still use it afterwards. If I'm not allowed to keep an official handicap or play in official tournaments so be it.
  9. The only gift I gave this year was this summer to my dad. I regripped his entire set for his birthday/Father's Day. No one else in the family is much of a golfer, so nothing for Xmas. However, I will be "giving" myself a Dynacraft Avatar Evolution 3-Hybrid clubhead, an Apollo Shadow Steel wood shaft (driver experiment!), and a few Golf Pride New Decade MCC grips. And those are just my pre-Xmas gifts!
  10. If cost were no object probably some version of the Bridgestone 330 series. I'd like to go through a ball fitting but I haven't seen one in our area recently. I've been playing the original Penta for a long time now. I've tested a few others but keep going back to it. I only have two sleeves left and I can't find them online anymore so I have to make a change soon. I haven't tried the TP3 or TP5 yet, but they'll likely be in the hunt.
  11. Congrats gentlemen! I'm jealous!!! I'll be contemplating an upgrade from the Burner 2.0s in the next year or so, and your excellent reviews will be most helpful.
  12. Thanks manbearpig! One of my all-time favorite Adult Swim shows.... Thanks R.P! Hireko also has an Acer i-Sight Belly Putter Santa Rosa that I thought about checking out, but it was about $15 more. And, in my testing of other models, preferred the mallet style a little more. Maybe down the road I'll put together the Acer and see how it stacks up to the Bionik.
  13. Yeah, I've had mixed results with all of the previous putters I've owned. My Cleveland Classic BRZ has held up quite well, but I did have a Rife 2-bar mallet before that and the black finish started to wear on it fairly quickly. It'll be interesting to see how this one holds up over time. I'll be sure to update if I see anything. Even though I don't want the finish to wear, it may give me an excuse to re-finish a putter for the first time!
  14. I have built a few (PW-8) of the Dynacraft Prophet Forged Irons from Hireko and I have mixed feelings about them. On one hand, since they are more of a player's CB, the accuracy and feel of them are top notch. You get great feedback on mishits and when you do hit one pure you can really tell; its such a great feeling. The biggest problem for me is a personal one. I don't get out an practice enough on my swing. I'm not a "range rat" and I just can't get into hitting balls. I prefer to get out and play rounds and work on little things here and there during my solo rounds. Because of that I haven't gotten the 8 & 9 working for me well enough to replace my Burner 2.0 versions. I alternate between the PWs since I do like them both. I was planning on putting together a whole set one iron at a time, but I think I'm going to hold off for a while to see if I can put the time & effort in to improve my swing enough to warrant playing the more challenging irons.
  15. Irons: TaylorMade Burner 2.0 Irons, stock steel shafts, regular flex Handicap: 13.1 Age: 30 Right Handed Iron Specs: Standard length, my Burners are 1 degree flat (but since there is no real standard for lie angle and the Burners are more upright than most irons I'd go with standard lies) I think that Adams and Mizuno make the best irons in golf. My least favorite irons are Pings and Clevelands, although both have some newer models that intrigue me. For the photo and review requirement, I'll point you to the one I just finished for the Bionik 207 Nano Mallet Belly Putter
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