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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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"...?
  5. 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"!
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Putter Tested: Bionik 207 Nano Mallet Belly Putter A while back I started tinkering with putting golf clubs together for myself and some friends. So far I've done a few wedges for friends, and a fairway wood (which I may do a review for later) & some irons for myself. On top of that, I've been intrigued with the idea of acquiring a belly putter to try out. I like my current Clevelend Classic BRZ #2, but all of the hoopla surrounding the potential rule changes piqued my interest. When one buddy needed a replacement pitching wedge put together and another wanted his irons regripped I figured, “since I have to order the parts for them, why not throw in a belly putter head, shaft, and grip and let them help me pay for it?” After putting it together and getting a few rounds in I think it might be the best value I've ever gotten building a club. From Hireko: This unique wide mallet design with two weighted rods located in the undercarriage creates a higher center of gravity to coincide with the ball's equator for more consistent roll. The very broad design from face-to-back helps stabilize putts, resulting into fewer strokes on the green. The milled aluminum insert provides a more solid feel with today's ultra-soft urethane covered golf balls. This face-balanced putter model also features a bold alignment line against a contrasting white body for easy alignment. Slightly lighter head weight for a mallet design preferred for those who putt on faster greens. Hand: RH Loft: 3° Lie: 72° Weight: 400 g Blade Length: 96 mm Sole Width: 92 mm Std Clublength: 43 in Hosel ID: 0.370" After trying other models at a local golf shop, I decided to build it to 43” using an Apollo 43” Stepless Steel Putter Shaft. My favorite grip I tried was the Winn 21-inch Red/Black Putter Grip, so I threw that one on it. Ball Used: TaylorMade Penta Feel = SOOOOOOFFFFFFTTTT It's hard to figure out how much credit goes to the specific putter head and how much goes to the Winn grip, but this is by far the softest putter I've ever rolled. Now, whether or not you like a soft or crisp feel will determine how much you prefer this putter. For me there is enough feel “feedback” to work with, but for some it may not be enough. I'd have to try out different grips to see if that makes a difference, but I don't plan on it; I like it just the way it is. Looks = Above Average The putter head reminds me of a cross between a TaylorMade Ghost mallet and a Rife Two-Bar head. As you can see in the picks, you don't see the bars running the length of the head at address but you can feel the added stability they add to the stroke. You can see them from the bottom and back of the putter. The stamping, paintfill, and insert are all nicely done (I may tinker with the colors, just not sure what yet). However, there are a few cosmetic issues that may bother some people, so I knocked the rating down a few marks. The white paint isn't flawless like you may see on higher end putters. There is also an issue with the stability bars and the holes they sit in. In my putter head there isn't a perfect alignment between the bar and the hole; you can tell at closer inspection that the slight gap between them isn't perfectly centered. I don't know if this is an issue with all of the heads that are produced. That said, I don't think this affects the playability at all – purely cosmetic. If you need your putter to be immaculate in appearance, then these little things may turn you off. For me, these issues don't outweigh everything else the putter has going for it. Set-up & Alignment = Easy At address, the two outside alignment bars frame the golf ball nicely and help ensure the proper setup. I prefer to line the logo of the ball up with my intended line, so I am a fan of the dots and use them to line my face exactly how I want it. Once again, this always comes down to personal preference but I think the putter design helps make is easy to use. Performance = Great So far I've been able to get a few practice sessions and 2 rounds in with the putter. Through some luck, I have two very different round experiences with it. One round was played on my “home” course with greens I'm very comfortable with. The greens are pretty straight forward and I've seen just about any putt you could have on them. The other round was at a much more difficult course with fast, multi-tiered greens that I've only played on a few times. In both cases my putting was as good or better with this putter than my usual gamer. As most people have mentioned in numerous places, the belly putter makes it easier to roll the putt on your intended line but can be more difficult in distance control. My performance mirrored this in that I had great success on putts less than 10 feet, which can usually be an issue with my conventional putter. I did have distance control issues on a few putts on the more difficult greens. But I do feel that with more practice and rounds under my belt I can dial that in. Value = Fantastic This isn't a usual category in the putter reviews but I thought it had to be addressed. When I was testing and pricing different putters at the local golf shop, most of the models I tried were in the $100-$200 range. Between the head, shaft, and grip – through the MyGolfSpy GolfDiscount.com deal – the putter only cost me around $30. Luckily my two buddies provided the shipping funds for their pieces of equipment, but even with S&H charges the cost only gets up to ~$40. If you can't build your own, I'm sure Hireko could put one together for $40-$50 depending on the grip & shaft options. There isn't currently an option on their website to have them build the belly version, but one would guess a call to them could get the job done. In any case, a quality putter at this price is a steal! Overall: I'm really glad I pulled the trigger on building this putter. So far the results on the course have been great and I think they can only get better. I would highly recommend giving this putter a try if you're looking to test/game a belly putter at a great price. I'll try to keep everyone up to date on my progress with it or if I notice anything that may influence the review as time goes on. Even though a ban may be on the horizon from the USGA, theoretically it wouldn't take effect until 2016. That gives me 3+ years to enjoy this bad boy. And even then, I may tell them to stick it up their nose and keep it in the bag anyway!
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