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    tbirds16 got a reaction from CudaKota66 in Shot Scope vs Arccos   
    That is exactly what was happened to me. I would go to the next hole and realize the shots didn't register on the right hole. I was getting to the point where I was not having fun playing and more time adding shots that were missed. I returned them and got my money back.
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    tbirds16 reacted to HAC in Just tried Ping's Ballnamic and my results   
    You get to do it five times and I have now done four of them making tweaks to my answers.  In all four tries, the most recommended ball was the Bridgestone Tour B X (about a 96% match).  Surprised me as I am 67 and certainly don't have a swing speed like Bryson DeChambeau.  But, MGS recommended this ball as a balanced ball for mid swing speed people and the B XS as a balanced ball for slow swing speed players (it was my third recommendation in most the ways I did it (around a 92.4% fit).  
    The balls I regularly play - a MaxFli Tour (2001) was 91% fit but the Pro V1 was only an 85% fit!  Interesting.  In one run, the Pro V1x Left Dash was the third recommendation at 93%.
    When I asked it to include some more value priced balls, it recommended the Wilson Triad (91.2% match) and a Srixon Q Star Tour (90.3%) match.  In this run, the MaxFli Tour was only an 89.7% match. Even taking price into account, the Bridgestone B X was #1, but in this case (I assume it was downgraded on price) it was only a 91.7% match.  
    So, I guess next stop is to try some Bridgestone B X golf balls.  
    Anyone else do this?  How have you liked the recommended balls?
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from GolfSpy_APH in What Is Your Main Golf Goal For Every Round?   
    Main goals are to play smart (course management) and have fun. I'm paying to do this. I may get frustrated if it doesn't go as planned. I just try and remember the good shots.
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from silver & black in Used Golf Balls…Thumbs up or down?   
    I use LostGolfBalls.com and GolfBallsDirect.com. I normally get the 5A Pro V1's. I got 4 dozen at Christmas from GolfBallsDirect.com for about $23 a dozen. I've never had an issue of playability and losing one in the woods or water is not as painful. I've also tried Bridgestone Tour B RX and at much cheaper prices gives me the opportunity to try new brands. I had an issue once with LostGolfBalls.com order. The balls didn't seem to be the 5A that I paid for. I contacted customer service and they sent me replacements of the ones that were not what they should have been.
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from EasyPutter in Used Golf Balls…Thumbs up or down?   
    I use LostGolfBalls.com and GolfBallsDirect.com. I normally get the 5A Pro V1's. I got 4 dozen at Christmas from GolfBallsDirect.com for about $23 a dozen. I've never had an issue of playability and losing one in the woods or water is not as painful. I've also tried Bridgestone Tour B RX and at much cheaper prices gives me the opportunity to try new brands. I had an issue once with LostGolfBalls.com order. The balls didn't seem to be the 5A that I paid for. I contacted customer service and they sent me replacements of the ones that were not what they should have been.
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from fixyurdivot in Used Golf Balls…Thumbs up or down?   
    I use LostGolfBalls.com and GolfBallsDirect.com. I normally get the 5A Pro V1's. I got 4 dozen at Christmas from GolfBallsDirect.com for about $23 a dozen. I've never had an issue of playability and losing one in the woods or water is not as painful. I've also tried Bridgestone Tour B RX and at much cheaper prices gives me the opportunity to try new brands. I had an issue once with LostGolfBalls.com order. The balls didn't seem to be the 5A that I paid for. I contacted customer service and they sent me replacements of the ones that were not what they should have been.
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from LebanonOz in Used Golf Balls…Thumbs up or down?   
    I use LostGolfBalls.com and GolfBallsDirect.com. I normally get the 5A Pro V1's. I got 4 dozen at Christmas from GolfBallsDirect.com for about $23 a dozen. I've never had an issue of playability and losing one in the woods or water is not as painful. I've also tried Bridgestone Tour B RX and at much cheaper prices gives me the opportunity to try new brands. I had an issue once with LostGolfBalls.com order. The balls didn't seem to be the 5A that I paid for. I contacted customer service and they sent me replacements of the ones that were not what they should have been.
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    tbirds16 got a reaction from tony@CIC in Favorite Golf Shirt   
    I like Callaway. They feel great and with no swing restrictions. They wick sweat and keep me cool. I like that they do not fade from the sun. I can find deals on them from many of the online golf stores and direct from Callaway.
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    tbirds16 reacted to GolfSpy TCB in AVX or Z Star   
    Adding to the previous comments... Welcome to the Forum and Congratulations on breaking 80!!
    I have been playing the AVX balls recently (as a gift from my kids 🙂 ) and it has been performing well for me too.  I also really like the Maxfli Tour CG and they have slightly different profiles between them... so it is less easy to switch back and forth... I tend to play one or the other so I have a good feel on what the ball will do related to spin mostly.  One thing I have noticed, and really like about the AVX - due to the lower spin... that is also evident on full shots... low spin reduces side spin as well... so my drives and full iron shots are a little straighter on shots hit with side spin.  That could be a plus or minus depending on your game and how you control full shot spin, but something I wanted to mention. 
    I tried the Z Star, the XV and the Diamond, and they are all really good balls... different profiles with each of course.   Of the three, my fav is the Z Star for my swing, but the Maxfli performs almost identically to that at a better price point.
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    tbirds16 reacted to GregGarner in AVX or Z Star   
    Not a whole lot I can add that hasn't already been said. The newest AVX is obviously heads and shoulders better than the previous iteration in terms of greenside performance, but still going to be one of the lowest spinning options. The AVX is also a pretty low-flight ball and unless you need that, you're probably better suited for something with a little more height. The Z-Star is definitely going to fly higher, feel a little firmer, and should spin more than the AVX.
    I suppose my main question is why are you limiting yourself to just these two models? Are you trying to stay with a softer feel? Are there other balls you've experimented with but didn't like? And if so, what about them didn't you like?
    (and congrats on breaking 80!! just be careful, it can get addicting 🙂 )
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    tbirds16 reacted to null in Fall/Winter Golf Pants!!   
    The key, especially on the upper body, is layers.  So many times I am teeing off when it is 40 degrees and it's in the upper 50's by the time I hit the turn.  Need to be prepared to shed some layers to stay comfortable
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    tbirds16 reacted to null in Fall/Winter Golf Pants!!   
    I am a big fan of the Under Armour ColdGear golf pants.  I have two pairs (black and grey) and they are my go to pants once the daily highs get below 50 degrees.  They are warm on their own, but also cut a bit looser to allow for a layer underneath for those really cold days.  They do really will with water and wind.  
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    tbirds16 reacted to Pouetvl11 in Club fitting   
    It could, would it be the best fitting out there, probably not, will it be better than off the rack stuff? without a doubt.
    Both companies have only have a few driver out there with a few shaft. If you can rush it and be stable when you hit, it could be very fast honestly. Ping have G425 max, LS and SFT, if you are straight, LS and max will be chosen, if you spin too much the max they will give you the LS. As for shaft, Alta for high launch, tensei orange for mid launch, rogue white if you prefer heavier shaft.. ping tour for low launch, that's pretty much how it went for a friend of mine when he tried it... It took around 15 min or so to be dialed in for the driver, the fitter took the last 45 min to sell him a full set of irons! He went out with new irons and not the driver...
    Irons can be fast too, if you pretty much know which one you want then it's pretty much finding the right shaft with them. Again for ping, 
    Game improvement iron are the G425, I525 are the player distance irons and the I59 are the blade...
    ping have most standard shaft out there that can fit pretty much every kind of players...
    High launch, modus pro 105, TT elevate ,dynamic gold 105,
    mid launch is the ping awt 2.0, dynamic gold 120, kbs tour
    low launch is the dynamic gold
    Of course that's baseline, not everyone react the same way to a different shaft but those information will be used by the fitter to dial you in quickly.
    if you hit steady, will be fast, if you have a lots of mishit or hit all over the place, the guy might struggle a little more
    as for callaway they offer pretty much the same line up with different name and shaft but can't really help you out with the new line up from this year since I didn't really look into them cause they have yellow on them...(rogue Lineup) the apex are supposed to be VERY good irons if you are in the player's distance category
    If you are in the game improvement category I would strongly advise you to spend some time with ping as they tend to be more forgiving... the Driver is a beast to not lose ball (why it finished first in the forgivness department at MGS), their irons are ranked among the most forgiving out there.
    if you are in the player's distance Iron, I would for sure give a try to those apex from callaway, as for their driver, they are always good, you wouldnt go wrong with one of those...
    P.S. I pretty much all have G425 in my bag
    Selling point for my irons are that they could adjust the lie back at ping for 2 years, you just pay shipping cost... they also have a good resale value.
    Was 2 upright after 15 years not playing golf, now im back into standard lie.
    This year I tried for 3 hours all the driver out there... Longest one for me was the TSi3 from titleist, but I still took the Ping g425 max because of forgiveness. ( my miss with the ping are 15 yard from the center line normally as my miss with the titleist was a 30 yard slice) The ping LS was a little too low spin for me and was actually losing distance on 1/3rd of the shot with it. Cobra was actually surprisingly good, Callaway was ok, nothing good, nothing bad, the taylormade stealth was the longest one when I could actually hit it correctly which didnt happend very often.
     
     
     
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    tbirds16 reacted to Thin2win in MGS Sourced Ball Fitting - you decide   
    I've decided to put to GC3 to some ball fitting. I used the MGS 2021 ball test as a starting point, then went to the local golf shop and bought sleeves of a number of the ones I was interested in. And since this is a slow time of year for golf, I decided to drag out this process as long as I can. 
    So, my plan for this is to hit ~ 20 shots with each ball for each: 100y wedge, 7i, and Driver. 
    I'm going to only do 3 balls at time so that the information is easier to parse. I'll do the wedge shots for the first 3 balls, then post the data, followed by the 7i and driver. I'll likely only do 1 set per day. After 3(or so days) and you all can see the data sets for 3 clubs for the 3 balls, I'll let you all pick "the winner". 
    "the winner" will stay in and I'll redo the whole test with 2 other contenders. 
    And to remove biases, I'm not going to tell you all which ball is which. I'll just give you the list of balls I'm testing right now. That way, if you want to guess at which is which you can. 
    Bridgestone BX, Bridgestone BXS, Callaway Chrome Soft X, Callaway Chrome soft X LS, Vice Pro, Taylormade TP5X, Maxfli Tour, Srixon Z-Star and maybe a ProV1. 
    So, that is the plan. 
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    tbirds16 reacted to hallcomm in GolfTEC vs. True Spec   
    Late to this thread, but here goes. I have not been to GolfTec. I have been fitted by Club Champion (St. Louis) and True Spec (Chicago). I liked the experience at Tru Spec better. Felt like the fitter listened to me more. It wasn't about gaining distance for me but about tightening dispersion on my irons. True Spec worked on getting higher ball flight on the front end and back end of my shots.  True Spec put me in carbon shafts and Club Champion, which fixated on gaining distance even though I said that was not my objective, put me in steel shafts for irons. That said, I lime both sets of irons. Would recommend True Spec.
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    tbirds16 reacted to 3putter in James Sieckmann’s “Your short game solution”   
    Personally I have had the most success using Danny Maude's chipping technique.
     
     
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    tbirds16 reacted to MattF in Tee Height Test Discussion Thread   
    My fitter and I messed around with that a bit last month when I did a driver fitting. I got the best results having the ball teed up a lot higher than I normally do. The AoA was a lot better, dispersion improved as well as distance. Taking that into account, I ordered some slightly higher tees for this year.
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    tbirds16 reacted to knightsofnii in The annual donor raffle!   
    I donate but didn't know about the yearly raffle.  I thought it was just a bunch of marketing hoopla until I got notification I had won a full iron set.  !??!?!!  Now you know I tune in. 😉 
     
     
     
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    tbirds16 reacted to dlow206 in Equipment Surprises?   
    I am surprised that my new Srixon ZX5s with Nippon Modus 120s actually launch higher (better trajectory) for me than my Mavrik Max with Nippon 950 Neos. Hit a high, drop on a dime 7 iron yesterday on a par 3, 12 feet from the pin. Even more surprising, i made the birdie putt 😂
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    tbirds16 reacted to NatesGolf in Steadfast Golf Driver Shaft?   
    I just recently had a client bring in an R-Flex SteadFast driver shaft. He is a 6 handicaper with a nice moderate swing tempo. He didn't like the very high launch angle the shaft was rendering with his Maverik 10.5* Driver, but thought the nice high launch would work well on his Mavrik 4W. I measured the shaft by putting one of my Epic driver heads on it, and set the weight in the head to 200g (club length was close to 45", 44.875"). The freq measured in at 205 CPM, WAY too flexible for this guy. He did confirm that it took a little adjustment on his part to hit it, but he said he hit it pretty straight, just way too high (now we know why, VERY tip flexible). So the plan was to put this on his 4W (the 4W weighed in at 215g a pretty std 4W head weight), but after removing the grip, tape, and shaft adapter the raw shaft weight was about 47g. I was concerned about the light weight and flexibility for a FW metal, and also concerned after reading that they don't recommend tip trimming the shaft. I then measured the tip diameter to see how much of a parallel tip I was dealing with, and got kind of a shocker. The tip diameter for the 1st 3.5" of the tip section measured in a .310" - .314". A far cry from .335". The tip didn't reach .335" until about 5.75" into the shaft. Now we know why the shaft adapters are falling off. The reason is not bad epoxy it's the small tip diameter. I also discovered that this shaft is in no way shape or form "spineless" (360* pure). It wobbled all over the place with the driver head on it, until I rotated the shaft to a pure point, where I marked it for later.
    So then I reached out to the manufacturer, and their response was very quick. They reaffirmed that they didn't recommend tip trimming and putting it on the 4W, but they never answered my question as to why, or if doing so would be detrimental to the shaft. The initial response was to simply trade it in for the heavier 3W or 5W shaft, and that the FW shaft would render a lower launch angle. Um, but the higher launch angle was the reason my customer wanted it on the 4W in the first place right? In any case I was then directed to the owner, and asked him very specific questions about if we could tip trim the driver shaft to make it work on the 4W, and would doing so be detrimental to the shaft. I also asked about the bend profile of the 3W shaft, and what the relative launch angle difference might be between the 3W and driver shaft.
    The owner simply responded with a short reply about how tip trimming the driver shaft would change the balance and feel, and the response to the launch angle difference was, "well it is hard to know for sure, because golfers with different abilities have different swings". So much for their marketing paragraph about thousands of hours of launch data testing, and that there is no difference between a robot and golfers of any ability. Anyway, I realize that they really don't know me from Adam, and that they are probably flooded with questions from allot of people, but it would have been nice to get a more specific and technical answer.
    So my customer (who is also quite technical), decided to simply try the tip trim, and to put it in the 4W. After trimming it 1.25" and having a finished club length of 42.75", we ended up with a freq of 220 CPM and a swing weight of D1. I will say this however, carbon fiber does have some advantages, because it is incredibly strong! So strong in fact that my 14" chop saw had trouble cutting the tip, and the butt. It almost stopped, and I had to cut it gingerly in small steps. We will see how the 4W experiment goes, but after hitting a few shots in the cage it seemed to launch quite nicely for him.
    My conclusion is, while initially not being that impressed with the quality of the shaft, or the answers from the company, the carbon fiber idea does have allot of potential. SteadFast is in the early stages of proving out the concept in a golf shaft. They are making some strides forward, but are still in a discovery stage. They have a few things to iron out, but I think they are on a good track to offer something unique and innovative. The shaft is incredibly strong, and will probably never ever break (you might break a chop saw before breaking a shaft). I think that once they iron out some of the shaft tolerances, flexibility, and graphic issues, that they will have a pretty good product. For now though, you're going to have to use allot of glass beads in your epoxy to keep it on a club, but I would keep an eye on them.
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