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  1. Pick a Winner! It's that time of the year again. Get the brackets in and you have a chance to win fabulous prizes. What prize? Well how about three dozen personalized Srixon balls? You pick the model, and you personalize them to your heart's desire. Put your name on them, or make a statement. It's up to you. All you need to do to win is pick more wins than the rest of us Follow this Link: http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2018/en/group?groupID=2509705 Password: mygolfspy Good Luck!
  2. Still have my white SLDR in the garage bag, but the G400 keeps making the to the course bag. Such a beast. Only real threat may be the G400 MAX... But I'll be damned if I'm getting rid of that SLDR. I've even got four different shafts for it when it needs a fancy new outfit.
  3. Wife had it. Still comes back a bit here and there. Epley maneuver was helpful to get the crystals back into the right part of the ears for her. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epley_maneuver Pretty damn scary, but it does seem to go away...
  4. It's not just plating, it's whole different metals and a new scheme for construction but I agree that $500 for a 2Ball seems crazy. Much of the cost came in time expenditures. The top and bottom sections took about 6 hours to mill each. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  5. Dude, Those are Sweet! So I totally dude-ed myself when I looked at the press release email about the new Scotty Cameron Select line. Truth be told, I kind of ignore most things Cameron these days since they really aren't that interested in working with us here at mygolfspy. I always look though. I'm just rarely that impressed with what has been coming from them as of late. That's feeling has now changed. I am super interested in the new Select line. Obviously, I've not had a chance to roll them yet, but the photos are showing some of the best looking Cameron putters in years. Clean AF. That's how I'd describe these. Some Cameron creations have the tendency to get a little over the top in terms of aesthetics. These are subtle. They look amazing, and I dare say, they look like expensive putters. They are expensive, of course. $399.99 bucks. Let's take a little lesson in Laguna. This is one of my favorite heads, and I think that the Laguna was actually the last Cameron putter that I purchased. I loved that putter, but was not a fan of the HUGE CAMERON NAME ALL OVER THE BUMPERS. It was more obnoxious than a 80's rapper's nameplate ring. This new Laguna is all smooth and clean, and it looks amazing. Seriously, the aesthetics on these are so good. Even the dots and sole engravings are more subtle. So good. If you, like me, hated the whole red hot crossed bun alignment scheme on their mallets, rejoice! That's gone too. Now your Fastback or Squareback has a simple sight line. So much better looking at address. Maybe you liked the red cross, but it was a tacky deal breaker for me. These look so much better. Cameron has also tweaked the face design system to improve feel, and altered the sole geometry to help promote a flatter/squarer profile at address. Curious to see how this feels when rolling the putters. And I guess that's the big difference. I want to roll these putters, and for the past few releases, I have not. I could easily see myself buying the Newport 2.5 or the Laguna. Maybe even the Squareback. If that Squareback had a flow neck, it would be a no brainer. Wow, that would be sweet. Anyway, check these out. Am i way off base with my gushing? Has the rounded top line clouded my judgement? It just looks so good to me. Maybe it's just the photos, but I'm thinking that this could be the nicest Scotty Cameron release in quite a while. Maybe I should get a First of 500 Newport 2.5. Time to check PayPal. --------- Titleist Introduces Next Generation of Scotty Cameron Select Putters New Models Include Four-Way Balanced Sole Design, Increased Vibration Dampening Technology with Refined Contours and Setups FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (Jan. 23, 2018) – The next generation of Scotty Cameron Select putters – introducing new four-way sole balancing technology – continues the evolution of a line engineered for performance, milled to precision and designed with elegance. Available in golf shops worldwide beginning March 30, the 2018 Select line advances Titleist Master Putter Maker Scotty Cameron's proven multi-material construction methodology of combining face inlays of either 303 stainless steel or 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum with stainless steel bodies for superior balance, weight distribution, sound and feel. The new Select line features seven tour-validated modern blade and mid-mallet models. The new Select Laguna joins Scotty's classic Select Newport, Newport 2 and Newport 2.5 blade styles, while the popular Fastback and Squareback names return in updated mid-mallet offerings. Rounding out the line is the heel-shafted mid-mallet Select Newport 3. Precise refinements made to the sight, sound and sole components of each Select model deliver key performance benefits: • SIGHT: Contours and sight cues were refined to enhance alignment opportunities and instill confidence. Scotty focused on thinning topline appearances by giving each a slightly rounder radius. Plumbing neck dimensions, edges and angles have been squared up for a cleaner look from address. • SOUND: Improved sound and feel are the result of up to 30 percent more vibration dampening material connecting face inlays with putter bodies. The connecting screws are slightly larger to account for the increased material and the surface compression necessary to produce the softer sound, while preserving the feedback demanded by the best players in the world to aid in distance control and diagnosing mishits. • SOLE: For the first time ever, Scotty has introduced a four-way balanced sole design for a faster setup and easier alignment at address. The balance point of each 2018 Select putter's sole has been shifted forward to account for the weight of the shaft and grip and their impact related to how the putter sits at address. This results in a putter that sits perfectly square at address to promote easier alignment on virtually any lie. QUOTING SCOTTY CAMERON: “Everything I've learned from refining and redesigning Newport-style putters over the last two decades has gone into this 2018 Select line,” Scotty Cameron said. “I always strive to raise the bar by incorporating new materials, milling and manufacturing techniques. I'm at the point with the Select line of putters that now I'm hyper-focused on the finest details. Tour players pick up on things most people don't but those details can make a big difference in how a putter performs. We've reengineered the sole to account for the shaft and grip weight by actually moving metal in minute increments to help the putter align perfectly. I call it four-way sole balancing because we've balanced the putter from face to cavity, and from heel to toe.” 2018 SELECT MODELS & TECHNOLOGY: The 2018 Select line employs three unique setups – incorporating Scotty's innovative face inlays that wrap around the sole and disappear from the player's view at address – to complement each putter shape and size: • New 2018 Select Newport, Newport 2, Newport 2.5 and Laguna models are modern heel-and-toe weighted blades designed to support flowing strokes in several player preferred setups. Each model features a sole-to-topline 303 stainless steel inlay that is precision mid-milled and hand-buffed to a brilliant, metallic finish, then bonded to the stainless steel body using up to 30 percent more high-tech vibration dampening material than previous models. This fusion of materials provides golfers with ultra-responsive feel and feedback at impact. • New 2018 Select Newport 3 is a heel-shafted mid-mallet, based on the classic Newport head shape, designed with a flow neck (with ¾” offset) for the player who needs additional toe flow in his stroke. Multi-material technology – featuring a precision milled, lightweight 6061 aircraft grade aluminum face inlay fused to the precision-milled 303 stainless steel body – distributes weight for higher MOI performance. A left-handed Newport 3 was also added to the line for 2018. • New 2018 Select Fastback and Squareback mid-mallets combine 6061 aircraft grade aluminum inlays with Scotty's wrap-around face-sole technology. The face-sole component is a single piece of lightweight aluminum that wraps down and around to create the midsection of the sole. This construction concentrates weight on the perimeter to produce higher MOI and stability for “straight back/straight through” strokes. The lightweight aluminum face-sole is fine tuned for sound and feel through increased vibration dampening material attached to the stainless steel core. Both new models have been refined with a milled sightline in the flange in lieu of the pop-through feature. SELECT WEIGHTING & ACCESSORIES: New Select putters feature advanced stability weighting with two, customizable stainless steel heel-toe weights, stepless steel shafts and supple Black & Silver Matador Mid-size grips developed to offer the comfort of a larger grip while maintaining responsiveness and feel. REFINED AESTHETICS: Scotty gave the Select line's raw stainless steel finish a unique bead blast for a radiant yet glare resistant appearance. Smaller double-milled “cherry dots” on the heel and sole – inspired by Scotty's familiar three bright translucent red dot theme – with simplified, engraved typography represents this modern, refined line. AVAILABILITY: Select putters will be available on March 30 worldwide through Titleist authorized golf shops. 1st of 500 models will be available on March 23. MAP $399. ON THE WEB: www.scottycameron.com/2018-select 2018 SELECT ON YOUTUBE: • Introducing 2018 Scotty Cameron Select: https://youtu.be/otuhq6FP8yI • Select Performance & Technology | Sight: https://youtu.be/C4kzNuXWk1U • Select Performance & Technology | Sound: https://youtu.be/mfCGXTVprhQ • Select Performance & Technology | Sole: https://youtu.be/eRXQm-LlItg 497809.pdf
  6. Like the 8 a bunch. Hopefully we see these in hand soon
  7. Got to see one of these in person. Pretty amazing the thought and detail in this putter. Not totally sure that I like the balls being black rather than white, but it's pretty spectacular
  8. I see your point. Visually, I'd like to see a leather Best Grips grip on these. I do love how the PP62 feels. Maybe solid color ones would look better. Blackout PP60 would be cool.
  9. Grips are a bit flashy compared to the putters. Could be on purpose to get some brand recognition on TV. They feel so good though...
  10. Take a closer look at the new Vault 2.0 putters from PING. Milled good looks and tech for playing better. Yes please! https://mygolfspy.com/first-look-ping-vault-2-0-putters/
  11. Check the club pro blog today. Funny follow up to this. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. Custom putter lovers should check out this new model from Byron Morgan, The B17. Byron describes the options as "Mostly hand made, any shape, any neck, left or right hand." Lots of custom options available. You can contact Byron through his website at: http://byronputters.com Enjoy the photos and check out Byron's site for more cool putters.
  13. Basically, it was a contest for the most posts in the month of March, 2010. There were a few of us who went for it full bore. I may be the only one of that initial group still around. Maybe Nic (MmBuddy). Prizes were spectacular. Full bags of gear from multiple manufacturers. I was the overall winner, but it took basically 24/7 forum attention. I remember the keyboard rage in thinking that "I agree" posts should not count toward the total.
  14. "Plus a massive contest to keep it from being a ghost town on launch day, actually launch month. That contest was insane." Now that was a good time. Posting and making threads while my son had a birthday party in the park. What year was that? How long ago? Hey kids, get off my damn lawn!
  15. Nice find! I'm playing Chrome Soft Truvis almost exclusively these days. This will help me to chew up some of the other garage ball stock.
  16. I'm in. I'll avoid shirtless posts, but I assume bottomless are still ok.
  17. Maybe you missed this part that Brian said earlier. This is different if you are golfing with your regular buddies that you play with all the time. They are your friends and you should know how they will take it. This advice applies to everyone else though. If it's a random pair up, or a casual friend you don't play with often, don't offer advice. That does not seem like a "blunt mandate" to me. Brian's responses have been quite nuanced actually. Offering suggestions to interested friends is one thing. If you offer unsolicited advice to anyone though, you are probably adding a new distracting swing thought to the beginner, or seasoned golfer, and potentially distracting them for the rest of the round. During a round, focus on your own game. In my experience, there is no worse random partner than the one that feels obligated to help me with my swing. I know my swing has issues, but I don't need to hear a stranger's interpretation of it, especially if he or she is not a trained teaching pro. One does not become a doctor just because he/she had the flu once. If one really wants to help a beginner, that's great. Take him or her to the range after. Maybe just casually mention that the course has a great teacher that you have benefited from after taking lessons. Remember too that a true beginner is likely nervous about playing on the actual course. He or she has hit the range a few times, but has little experience on the course. The last thing that he or she likely needs is a person telling them that they are swinging wrong. If you can't help but be helpful, maybe focus on playing etiquette, but leave the swing alone, unless specifically asked, or if they open with something like "Man, I just don't know what I'm doing wrong."
  18. Went to a zoo the other day and the only animal they had was one dog. It was a Shih Tzu
  19. UE BLAST: A BOOM with a Bonus https://www.ultimateears.com/en-us/wireless-speakers/blast.html Ultimate Ears for Ultimate Bluetooth Audio Time and time again, I have been impressed with Ultimate Ears speakers. Those of you who have followed along with the speaker reviews, or checked out my audio addendum thread, know that my love and respect for the tune delivery of UE speakers is based upon not one or two models, but SIX MODELS. From the ROLL to the WONDERBOOM, these speakers are the gold standard portable audio units for me, by quite a large margin. Today, we add a seventh model to the review set, the UE BLAST. With the BLAST, Ultimate Ears brings their superior audio delivery to the world of smart speakers. Not only are we looking at a speaker that will pair with your phone through Bluetooth, but also one that has the potential to do so much more through the power of Amazon's Alexa wireless connectivity. Audio First For me, the most important thing to address first is sound quality. I really don't care what else a speaker can do if lousy sound quality makes me not want to listen to it. I am happy to say, and not a bit surprised, that the UE BLAST has UE BOOM audio prowess. This speaker delivers the same rich, 360° sound that the UE BOOM and MEGABOOM speakers are known for producing. Bass is deep, perhaps not trunk-rattling, but like the other UE speakers, the BLAST delivers more bass than one would expect from a small speaker. You can see from the family photo that the BLAST is not quite the same size as the BOOM. My guess is that UE needed just a little more room to house the Alexa-enabling hardware. Regardless, we are still looking at cup-holder portability. The BLAST will have an easy ride along in your golf cart, or in the drink holder on your pushcart. The on-unit controls are just like those found on the other UE speakers. You control volume with the larger + and – buttons, with power and pairing controlled by the buttons on the top. The BLAST charges with the included USB cable and outlet adapter. Additionally, keeping with the BOOM design, the BLAST is equipped with a carabiner-friendly D-Ring on its base. That D-Ring allows you to attach the BLAST to just about anything, but it also can be removed to enable a new way to charge the speaker. UE Power-Up The UE Power-Up system is new to the UE BLAST (and MEGABLAST) line. Once you swap out the original D-Ring for the one included in the Power-Up package, you can now charge the BLAST by setting it on the Power-Up base. This will allow the UE BLAST to become a more permanent digital appliance, though it can be moved off of the base easily enough. This does ensure that the BLAST will always be charged and available, and charging no longer requires flipping open the charging port and attaching the cable. Plus, it's pretty hard to forget to charge the speaker if you have a charging base to put it away on. All in all, the BLAST audio is just like BOOM audio, and for me, that's a really good thing. The only real negative sound-wise with the UE BLAST is that it cannot pair with the other UE speakers in the PartyUp section of the UE BOOM app. Sadly, the BLAST must party solo. Hopefully this is something that can be fixed with a software/firmware update down the road, allowing the BLAST to join the party too. Getting to the Point: The BLAST is SMART If all we had to look at was the audio of the BLAST, I can see where one would wonder about why UE would release the BLAST when we already have the BOOM. To put it simply, the UE BLAST is smarter than the BOOM. Smart speakers are really starting to take hold in the marketplace. I think that Apple's iPhone Siri function is likely responsible for introducing consumers to the concept of voice control. Now, two of the tech biggies, Google and Amazon, are pushing the voice-control envelope, ideally pushing it right into your living room. The UE BLAST gets its “smarts” through Amazon, thus making your new digital assistant Alexa just a spoken “Alexa” away. When it comes to voice command, I'm kind of old school. I don't use Siri much, and I definitely did not have a smart speaker in the house before the BLAST arrived. As such, I went into the whole smart speaker thing bright-eyed and blank-slated. As a long-time Amazon Prime user, I was most excited about using the BLAST to access Prime Music without the necessity of a cell phone intermediate. “Alexa play...” was the first command issued to the BLAST, and then the music began to play. If you use Amazon Music, the Alexa interaction is very seamless. IHeartRadio and Tunein are also supported over wifi, but the real killer app is Amazon Music. They even hook you up with three months of Amazon Unlimited when you sign-in with the BLAST app. Yes, you will need to download an app on your phone to get everything connected and the BLAST running, but after that, BLAST can fly solo. You can use the voice control to play specific songs, artists, and Amazon Music Stations (my favorite). Communication is easy, and Alexa does a pretty good job of understanding you, though when I ask for The Smiths, she always sends me to Sam Smith. What's wrong with The Smiths, Alexa? You can also adjust volume, skip songs, repeat songs, play, and pause all just by asking Alexa to do so. It's actually more convenient than I expected, especially when doing something that is occupying your hands, like typing. As for what else Alexa can do for me, that I'm still exploring, and I think that it's expanding as well. Here is a LINK to the Alexa part of Amazon. If you scroll to the bottom, you can see more of the things that you can do with Alexa, from ordering an Uber, to controlling the lights and thermostat in your house (add on products required). As I mentioned before, I'm new to smart speaker land, and I don't know exactly what Alexa's job description will ultimately look like. I think that it will take some time to move from a phone-based wireless interface to the voice-based one from Alexa. It is cool though to see the technology, and capabilities develop. Check that link above. You really can do a lot of stuff with Alexa! BLAST vs. BOOM vs. Amazon “Other” The MSRP on the UE BLAST is $229.99, coming in at $30 over the BOOM 2's MSRP and more than that when you check the BOOM 2 prices on Amazon and Best Buy. Alexa hardware can be had for as low as $30 for an Echo Dot. So is the BLAST worth it? That's really up to you and what you want to use it for. If you have neither speaker, nor Alexa hardware, the BLAST is right there price-wise. Remember too that the speaker will work just like the other UE speakers too. That's a huge plus if you don't have one yet. If you are on the fence about the whole smart speaker thing, maybe saving the money to just get a BOOM 2 is the way to go. If you just want to chat with Alexa and hear music through her tiny speaker, go with the cheap Amazon device. Anyway, the UE BLAST is a solid marriage of the UE high-quality audio and Amazon Alexa's smart-speaker platform. I'm curious to see if the whole smart-speaker thing really becomes an integral part of our daily lives or not. If not, you'll still be left with a great speaker. Specifications: UE BLAST Smart Speaker 360 SOUND · Maximum Sound Level: 90 dBC · Frequency Range: 90Hz - 20kHz · Drivers: Two 35mm active drivers and two 81mm x 39mm passive radiators. HANDS-FREE VOICE CONTROL · Amazon Alexa built-in for hands-free voice on Wi-Fi, both at home or on-the-go. BLAST / MEGABLAST is a standalone Alexa enabled device and does not require an Echo or Dot. FAR-FIELD VOICE RECOGNITION · Multiple microphones with beam forming technology and noise cancellation enable a smooth far field voice recognition and control experience. POWER · Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery for up to 12 hours of battery life.* COMPATIBILITY · Requires a Wi-Fi router with 802.11 a,b,g, or n for first time setup. Audio Playback supported for Bluetooth® devices with advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP). WIRELESS CAPABILITIES · Dual-band Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 and 5 GHz) networks · Bluetooth - Pair up to 8 Bluetooth® enabled source devices. · Wi-Fi range: 100m / 330ft · Bluetooth range: 45m / 150ft SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS · Wi-Fi network and a compatible Android or iOS mobile device required. Minimum OS requirements are iOS 10.2 or Android 5.0. Certain skills and services may require subscription or other fees. When tethering to a mobile device hotspot, standard data rates may apply. WATERPROOF · IP67 waterproof and dustproof. BLAST can be immersed in liquid up to 1m for up to 30 minutes.
  20. Have a great trip. The HQ is pretty cool. I loved the wall of history and Dan liked the photo studio.
  21. OK, you got me Mark. Just saw your signature. Well played I suppose... Do you even have a 14 year old kid? If you are here to try and promote your blog, just say so and don't try and be sneaky about it. Also, if your blog has the "BestGolfCartReviews" then WTF do you need to ask questions and why are you trolling my old cart reviews?
  22. I've been using my Clicgear 3.5+ for years now. Favorite cart out there and would work for a junior golfer. Folds small, and is super easy to maneuver. High quality that will last multiple years.
  23. That was the big advantage over the X3's. Losing that wire was a huge benefit.
  24. Not as big as you think. Click the link to the Jaybird site and you can see some in-ear shots. One is attached below. I can post my ears later if that will help...
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