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  1. OFFICIAL MyGolfSpy Reader Review: Motocaddy We know 2020 has been a bit of a hot mess. But there are several silver linings, one of which is that by and large more people are playing more rounds of golf more often. That reality ultimately yields a positive impact on other factions of the industry. As golfers are forced to reexamine how to best (or most safely) access courses, it appears that golfers are happy to explore options other than 2-person carts or walking/pushing. With that, we gave three readers the opportunity to get out on the course with several electronic pushcart models from Motocaddy to give them a test drive. Here are their thoughts: Motocaddy M1 The M1 is the billed as the “simplest to use compact trolley in the world.” Key features include: compact folding system, 28V waterproof Lithium battery, USB charging port, 9 speed settings, EASILOCK compatibility, anti-glare LCD screen with speed indicator and battery meter, and 24-month warranty. PROs In general, a much better overall experience than a pushcart. Easier overall use, clearly more convenient – less work, felt more like walking with a “caddy” CONs Would occasionally pull left or right on steeper hills This user felt the “4” setting was a little slow, but the “5” was too fast. Maybe have ½ increments Would like to see some included storage – similar to what is typically included on class-leading pushcarts Because it’s electric, there’s opportunity for more onboard USB/other plugs M5 GPS The Motocaddy M5 is basically the M1 trolly with the addition of on-board GPS. Unsurprisingly, the feedback on the M5 mirror that of the M1, though there are several key differences. The native GPS system wasn’t as accurate as other class-leading options – so if Motocaddy is going to embed this feature, it could make more sense to partner with a company like Arccos, SkyGolf, etc. It would have been nice to have a 4th wheel for better stability during incline/declines. M7 Remote The Motocaddy M7 Remote is likely the model many of you envision when you think about the potential benefits of an electric cart/trolley. It’s the most expensive option, but it also includes plenty of bells and whistles, most of which center around the remote functionality. Anything remote-controlled should come with a “sounds like a great idea” disclaimer. The upside is significant and something most consumers can wrap their heads around pretty quickly. But not a whole lot needs to go haywire to create a super frustrating experience. Connectivity, responsiveness, ease-of-use, range, “butt-dialing” are all make-it-or-break-it criteria for a remote-controlled system. Testers universally agreed that the M7 Remote was entirely reliable and passed most every test. Most importantly, the remote provided a truly hands-free experience which one tester described as “exactly what I was hoping for.” The additional rear wheel noticeably increase stability as well. But, it wasn’t perfect. Though Motocaddy does include front-wheel adjustments, there was still too much pulling on both flat ground and inclines and the USB port isn’t as accessible as some testers would like. OTHER OBSERVATIONS/FEEDBACK: Electric push carts – or trolleys – have long been the norm in Europe, particularly in/around the UK. But the US market is slightly different as evidenced by our testers’ wishlist…. Testers liked: The overall weight (thought it might be too heavy) and compact size made it easy to store or transport to/from the course Ease of use even without the battery (should the unfortunate situation arise where the battery runs out…) Easy to set up and get ready to operate Putting everything aside, electric is far superior to standard push carts. Tester requests: Seamless iPhone/Android integration (something along the lines of Apply CarPlay) An option for an electric cart with a remote for under $1000 – As we seen the potential of single-rider carts other less traditional options, cost is always going to be a concern. There’s probably a sweet spot and based on this limited sample, the general consensus is that $1500 feels a little steep. Courses to allow golfers the option to rent an electric cart for a nominal fee (something a bit less than the traditional $18-$25 cart fee) Most testers would have all gone for the remote model. However, the M5 with GPS was convenient but needed to be more accurate at capturing accurate yardages. If that was achieved some golfers could have been swayed towards the M5 if it was a lower price than the remote. ETC: We’re also hearing that several established companies *might* have electronic push cart versions in development. This is important simply because it validates the sense that there is sufficient demand (and therefore opportunity) in North America for this type of product. As always, what do you think? Would you use an electric push cart if given the option?
  2. Thanks to the most active, passionate and engaged forum in the business! We've narrowed it down to 4-6 final designs which will be announced shortly. Here's what happens next: 1) Each finalist will receive a one-off copy of that individual design. 2) A final winning design will be decided via voting on social media, etc. Stay tuned!!!
  3. Hopefully, you don't have to dig too deep to find the basic, albeit, targeted message in this one. Green, orange and a bunch of lucky 4-leaf clovers aren't enough to make me a good putter, but it's not a bad start.
  4. Me too! Just got some colored pencils out and can't wait to see what I come up with!
  5. Great ideas so far! Keep them coming! For those asking questions around who owns submitted designs, here's what we're going to do: ** For this contest specifically, the winner will receive 5 (five) copies of their headcover and a portion of the proceeds from the limited sale dedicated to the charity of his/her choice. ** Moving forward, should PRG wish to use any of the submitted designs, PRG will contract with that individual and provide consideration (e.g. royalty payment, on-off payment) for further use of said design. Basically, if you win the contest, you receive 5 copies of your design and get to direct a portion of the proceeds to a charity of your choice. If PRG wants to use your design beyond that, you will be fairly compensated. If your design doesn't win and PRG wants to use it in any capacity, you will be compensated for that.
  6. Great work here Barba! TrueGolfFit flat out works. I tried entering a couple of different parameters and it kept coming back to 2-3 models, which are absolutely in the top tier for me. I could happily game any of three, so we're going to go with whichever one has the tightest dispersion.
  7. Here's the skinny on Veylix's ROME 888 - The ROME collection includes the 688 (66 gr.), 888 (84gr) and 988 (hybrid - 90 gr) shaft models in a 5-axis design which leverages both 40T and 80T carbon prepreg. The 40T runs the length of the shaft and 80T is used strategically in the midsection to firm it up a bit and promote a cut-bias. In my experience, the ROME line is very sensitive to tipping and flex. In that way, it's like a good cut of meat - you don't want to over-do it. Generally, I fit well into a stock X-flex in most premium shaft lines, but with Veylix, I always go a flex down and then tip .5" extra. I also generally (try) to play a cut, so with the ROME series already being cut bias, I can't afford to allow it to get too stiff. One thought around shaft fitting is to play the softest shaft possible, while maintaining a tight dispersion. Sometimes the challenge is a "softer" shaft can quickly increase unwanted spin, and killing distance. No such issue here. Because the ROME series is already fairly low spinning natively, there's plenty of room to play around a bit without worrying about the stated flex. By going with a slightly lighter/softer starting point (78 gr. and stiff) I could get the spin where I wanted it in my 3 wood. But there's a word of caution here too. These things aren't cheap - ($250-$300 depending on color/finish) and as with any shaft, make sure you take time to be properly fit. Any shaft which isn't fit to your swing, tempo, athleticism, etc. is at worst a total waste of money and at best playing darts blindfolded. For me, the 888 offers pretty much everything I need/want in a fairway shaft. Because each shaft is individually weighted and measured for CPM (flex), it's possible to order and get exactly what you want/need. Part of what I appreciate about Veylix is that it puts a lot of the information on each shaft right in front of you. Cruise the website and each shaft lists the majority of pertinent specs, which is more than I can say for most shaft OEMs. J.C. Beeson is Veylix's CEO/Lead Designer. It's likely not a name you know well, but if there was a high-end shaft you played by Matrix that's at least 4-5 years old (think tphde and prior), it's his design. Any questions, feel free to ask!
  8. Feels like ball fitting is starting to get better. Because of how balls are engineered, the majority are going to be long-ish off the tee. I can't stand ball fittings where you more or less hit several different balls into a net with your driver. I know this was Bridgestone's deal when they were working toward the "#1 ball fitter in golf" moniker, but it never made sense to me to fit a ball based on one out of fourteen clubs. My hunch is this was the one place it felt it could gain on Titleist. Now, Titleist seems to be taking a different approach. I understand individual fittings can only be so thorough in any type of commercial setting, but at least with this approach you get to hit real balls off real turf with multiple clubs. If they'd use a Foresight launch monitor, you could get even more accurate data.
  9. If the USGA et al did decide to roll the ball back it could be a colossal SNAFU. As already stated, there are myriad factors which contribute to how far the current ball travels, not the least of which is how courses are typically set up. Then, there's the whole bifurcation dialogue to navigate. If there's a canon of golf tradition, the "one set of rules" might be entry #1 or #2. If there was a rollback for any select group (good luck drawing that line) it would absolutely contradict what the ruling bodies have said all along. This is an issue requiring some serious navigational skills and based on previous situations, I not sure the USGA is equipped to handle it.
  10. I do know the owners of KZG made a decent amount off Orlimar, but I don't believe it's in production any longer.
  11. 1. AGE: 39 2. SWING SPEED: 110 3. HANDICAP: 0 4. ROUNDS PER YEAR: 50-60 5. CURRENT DRIVER: Ping G400 6. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN FIT FOR A DRIVER IN THE PAST YEAR: Y or N -0 YES 7. AVERAGE DRIVER DISTANCE: 260 carry at sea level 1. AGE: 2. SWING SPEED: 3. HANDICAP: 4. ROUNDS PER YEAR: 5. CURRENT DRIVER: 6. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN FIT FOR A DRIVER IN THE PAST YEAR: Y or N 7. AVERAGE DRIVER DISTANCE:
  12. Pretty organic when you get something you don't ask for just b/c someone thought it was the right thing to do - That speaks to our community - and it speaks well.
  13. The proliferation of mental midgets over there never ceases to amaze me. Rather, it's further confirmation of how uphill the battle can be when you're entirely dedicated to performance. Humans will always have preferences which are colored by non-performance attributes (brand preference, aesthetics, vanity, etc) - That's not the point. The point is when you have a single metric and a single focus, you hold those other factors constant. Some can handle this type of analysis and approach - and clearly others cannot.
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