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  1. Thanks dude! Canon dslr! I actually just got a flash so future pics should be even better
  2. Thanks dude! I have mine set up right next to all of the new baby stuff in our living room. I might put ruts in the birdieball I'm going to be using it so much! Already have one round in the books with the ER2 in the bag and I'm itching to share my feedback with everyone.
  3. My Stage 1 Review is up and can be found RIGHT HERE!
  4. Consolidating some of my long-term thoughts here 4/24 So for the past 2+ weeks I have been on paternity leave, and that means I have spent a ton of time putting on my Birdie Ball putting green while my little buddy hangs out on the floor next to me doing tummy time. I have been putting with all of the putters in my stable and each time I putt with something different I yearn for the ER2. For me, the ER2 has the perfect mix of feel, balance, and weight. On anything under 10 feet I really does feel like it swings itself - it is hard to hit a putt offline, you almost have to intentionally try to. The feel is absolutely addicting. The variable depth, parabolic grooves are something else. I do not own another putter that can replicate the feel of the ER2 - and that is across Scotty Camerons, Odysseys, and Pings. I really hope that Evnroll ends up in more stores, because I think if more people rolled these, that would get hooked almost immediately. 5/1 As for how the putter is holding up after almost 2 dozen rounds and thousands of putts hit both indoor and outdoor, it still looks almost brand new. I baby my putters, so when I bring them to the green when I am chipping, they stay in the headcover. When they are in the bag, they always have a headcover on.
  5. jlukes's Stage 2 Review When I first got the private message about being selected to test an Evnroll putter, I was a bit confused. The message from the MGS staff asked for my name, email address and my phone number; no mention of what model I would be testing and any specific specs that I might require. What we learned soon after was that this was intentional, because Guerin Rife himself would be calling each one of us to give us an over the phone putter fitting! When Mr. Rife called me, I was floored. He started by introducing himself, giving a background on his company, and then going into the technology behind the Evnroll line of putters. He then asked me what type of putter I traditionally enjoy using. I told him that I usually am an Anser-head guy, but lately I have been looking for something that gives me a traditional look, but offers a little more MOI/stability. He immediately recommended the ER2 as being the head type for me. He then asked me what length I usually preferred, and I said that I like my putters around 34 inches, so he said that would work, and he would go with the 370g head. He also mentioned that the putter would have a 30g weight in the butt of the shaft for counterbalancing. We then got into loft and lie and this is where I was really impressed. I mentioned that I tended to gravitate to the Ping Karsten Anser 2 I had, more so than the the Scotty Newport I have because the Ping allowed me to hands a little lower and keep my eyes inside the ball. Mr. Rife then mentioned that Scotty believes in more upright putters, which is why his putters are typically stock 73*, while the Pings are 70-71*. He recommended that I go with a lie angle of 71*, at it would allow me to keep my eye inside the ball and my hands a little lower, all while keeping the sole of the putter flat across the ground (keeping the toe out of the air). He then asked me if I forward pressed and which eye was dominant for me. I replied by telling him that I am right-eye dominant, and that I do not forward press. He said that because of those two things, that I likely have my hands slightly behind the ball (which would add loft to the putter), and therefore I should have about 1* of loft on my putter - and 1* we went with. Lastly, he asked me about the grip. He mentioned that the stock grip was an Evnroll-branded Winn 1.18X, but there was also a normal-sized grip available. I told him that the Winn grip was my favorite putter grip, so it was a no brainer to go with it here. What is nice about the counterbalancing of the putter is that it is built into the shaft, so a golf could change the grip without worrying about disturbing the counterbalancing weight. When the putter arrived mere days after speaking with Guerin Rife, I could not wait to put it to work. The weather in the Northeast is hit or miss this time of year, but I have 15 ft BirdieBall putting green in my living room that was made for putter testing! Over the last month I have hit over 100 putts a day (some days more than 500) while testing the my Evnroll ER2 and results have been great. I also got a few rounds of golf in with the putter in the bag, and while the greens aren't in the most optimal condition this time of year, I was still able to gather some thoughts from those rounds. Performance The first thing I noticed was how -- solid - the putter felt; not referring to the feeling of hitting the ball with it, but the actual feel of the putter in the hand. I have traditionally gamed putters in the 345g to 355g range with no counterbalancing, so the ER2 being 370g with a 30g counterbalance lended itself to a different feel throughout the putting stroke. The weighting of the putter felt spot on, as it seemed to almost swing itself, especially on the shorter putts. The additional weight also forced me to activate the larger muscles in my arms rather than the smaller twitch muscles - this led to less wrist breaking throughout my stroke and just a more consistent stroke overall. I didn't feel like I needed to guide the putter through the ball like I did with some lighter putters - the head just flowed through the zone. When I began hitting putts with it, the first thing I noticed was the ball seemed to be rolling really well. I know, it sounds crazy, but I just felt like the ER2 was putting a better roll on the ball than my Scotty. But this is MyGolfSpy - I can't just say something like that in my review and have nothing to back it up. Luckily my Nexus 6P shoots in 240 Frames Per Second and allowed me to see if what I was feeling was actually happening. Sure enough, it was. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNsq-f3iL84 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGUsPYw3aY0 It was only a 12 foot putt, so I wasn't even making that big of a stroke, but the footage shows the ER2 launching through the air less than the Scotty and rolling almost immediately, while the Scotty spends more time in the air and bounces a slight bit before actually beginning to roll. These results would only be more obvious on longer putts requiring a more powerful stroke. The reason for the better roll of the ER2 is two-fold. One is because of the fitting. Less loft on the putter face means lower launch. Now I couldn't measure what the effective loft of each putter face was (meaning how much loft I was applying with my hands in addition to the natural loft of the face), but I am almost certain, based on the video, that the ER2 is less (ER2 is 1* of loft vs 3* on the Scotty). The other reason for the better roll from the ER2 is the grooves. The Scotty has a simply light milling pattern on the face, which does nothing but aid sound/feel of the putter, while the parabolic grooves on the ER2 help with distance control, accuracy, AND promoting a forward roll. On the course, the more consistent roll I was getting was definitely helping with my distance control. Even though the winter greens were a little shaggy and bumpy, I did notice that I didn't have any odd “jumpers” where the ball took forever to start rolling. For the most part, the ball started rolling extremely fast and any bumping or bouncing came from the sub-optimal conditions and not from the strike. Unfortunately I am not a robot, so being able to test the claims regarding the precise distance control of strikes on the toe vs center vs heel was simply not possible. What I can comment on is the feel on different strikes and what I did notice was a consistent feel across the face of the putter. On a lot a putters, much like with a iron or driver, you can feel when you hit the center of the club face and you know that that ball is going to go further than when you don't hit the center. That feeling of having a “hotspot” in the middle of the putter just simply isn't there with the ER2 and that is a good thing. The wider grooves in the center of the face mean less surface area for contact, which results in slightly lower ball speeds, and then the grooves get progressively closer together as you get away from the center, increasing surface area for contact. This varying surface area is what allows center strikes to have similar speed and travel similar distances at strikes that come off closer to the heel or toe. Again, I am not a robot, so I cannot put exact numbers to prove this, but I saw (and felt) the results for myself. Even when purposely lining the ball off the heel or the toe, I did not see results that differed from when I lined the ball up in the center of the face. With my Scotty, strikes near the heel and the toe provided much different sounds, while center strikes felt great and more “hot” coming off the face. I would guess that if I was able to duplicate stroke speed, I would see faster ball-speeds coming off the center of my Scotty and slower speeds coming off the heel/toe, while I would see more consistent ball speeds across the face of the ER2. On the course, the shorter putts felt great and natural. The alignment aid is easy to line up and the putter flows through the zone nicely. On longer putts, it definitely took some getting used to. I have never game a putter of this weight, or that was counterbalanced, and the lag putting provided me with the biggest learning curve. Thankfully, after my first round with it I was able to spend some time on the prace green where I was able to hit about 100 putts from 30-50 feet and get a much better feel for how to stroke the longer putts with the ER2. Once I got the stroke dialed in, it became natural and there was no further adjustments needed. In terms of performance, the putter exceeded my expectations in terms of how the technology delivered, but the weighting may not be for everyone. Performance Score: 55 (out of 60) Looks & Durability The Evnroll ER2 just looks and feels like a premium putter. The head is a grey satin with white alignment line on the flange. The red Evnroll logo on the face is very clean looking, as is the EVNROLL in the back cavity of the putter. The sole of the putter is polished and features red, white, and gold paintfil. The lines of the putter are very inviting and creates a nice flow throughout the putter. The headcover is magnetic (NOT VELCRO!) and fits snugly over the ER2. The headcover definitely screams “premium” as well, as it is nearly entirely leather. The headcover also features a nice little extra - a magnetic ballmarker holder, as well as an Evnroll “Get Even” ball marker. The Evnroll-branded Winn grip is a great touch as well, as it really ties the entire putter together. You can tell that the headcover and grips were not simply afterthoughts for Mr. Rife. I have hit hit well over 5,000 putts with the ER2 indoors, and about 250 putts outdoors (rounds and putting green) and have yet to find the slightest blemish on the putter. I tend to baby all of my putters (as any respectable golfer should), so I did not expect any chips or dings on the putter, and so far so good. The headcover has held up well too, with no odd creasing or discoloration. Looks & Durability: 25 (out of 25) LIkelihood of Purchase As I mentioned in some of my previous thoughts, the Evnroll ER2 looks and feels like a premium putter, and it is definitely priced as one as well. At $329, the ER2 is definitely priced right around other premium brands/models such as the Scotty Cameron Golo. Are there other putters on the market that are cheaper? Absolutely. There are some fantastic putters on the market around $100 and $200. In fact, you can get a Ping Ketsch putter with TR grooves for around $200. Does that mean the ER2 isn't worth $329. That is hard to nail down. The big difference between the Evnroll line and other putters (even ones with TR grooves), is the parabolic grooves. The TR grooves help promote consistent ball speeds, while the parabolic grooves on the Evnroll putters do that, as well as promote more accurate putters (which has been confirmed via robot testing - watch the videos on youtube and see it for yourself). That being said - is that increase in accuracy worth another $100? Again, hard for me to tell how others to spend their money, but for me, it would be hard to justify spending $300 on a putter that DIDN'T have technology that made me a better putter. LoP Score: 11 (out of 15) Total Score: 91 (out of 100) The ER2 will be staying in the bag for the 2017 as I don't see any reason to bag anything else. It looks great, feels great, puts a great roll on the ball, and while I may not be able to measure the exact benefits of all the technology, I know how the technology works and that it is helping my putting. I look forward to providing updates throughout the 2017 season on the performance I am seeing. I encourage all readers to ask me as many questions as possible and I will do my best to answer them!
  6. My name is Joe and I am from Central Jersey. I have been playing golf for about 20 years (since I was 12) and I am about a 4.5 handicap at the moment. I started hitting balls when I was much younger - my grandfather cut down an old 9 iron and 5 wood and gave them to me so I could hit balls in my backyard. I remember my first 9 holes being when I was about 11 years old - I shot 63 with my dad. I starting playing in County tournaments when I was about 13 years old and played varsity golf in High School. My first job when I was at the local driving range/mini golf, and all through High School I worked at golf course taking care of the carts, running bags, and eventually became the starter. I have always enjoyed being around the game of golf in any capacity and I have found that it is truly a game for life. When it comes to my golf game, I would say I have quite a few strengths. I am a long hitter (Carry my driver > 265 yards), I have a good wedge game, and I am a fairly decent putter. Time is my enemy when it comes to golf; not being able to practice and play as much as I'd like (more than once a week or so) prevents me from being consistent. I have rounds where I am pounding it off the tee, but I can't hit a GIR, and then I have rounds where I am a little wonky off the tee, but my short game saves me. Everything finally came together for me last month when I shot a personal best of -1 71, beating my previous best of +2 74. I enjoy playing golf year round, even in the cold so long as it is not windy. I have a 12 foot birdie ball green set up where I putt on almost daily and with my first baby due in just a few weeks, I know that I will be using my putting green a ton this winter. I am the type of golfer that can be extremely competitive, but I also love fun, no-pressure rounds with my buddies. A lof of the guys I golf with are not as good as me, but I do not care in the least. I enjoy playing with all skill levels and I have no problem giving advice and helping someone with their game if asked (and only if asked). I enjoy walking the course as much as possible and nothing frustrates me more than long rounds. I see no reason why an average round should take over 4 hours, no matter what the golfers' skill levels are. As for my gear, here is what I am using: Bag: Sun Mountain 3.5LS - I was lucky to have tested this bag for MGS and it is everything I would want in a carry bag. It is light, comfortable, yet still has ample room for all of my clubs and any accessories or clothing I might store. Driver: TaylorMade M1 (10.5, Fujikura Pro 60) - I was fit into this driver at my local range right around launch and it has been a love affair ever since. I am hitting the longest, straightest drives I have ever hit in my life. Fairway/Hybrid: TaylorMade M2 15* FW/TaylorMade M2 19* H - I had demoed these clubs several times and was in love (especially with the fairway wood). I got lucky to play in a fantastic outing where I was able to come away with both of these clubs! The fairway wood is the longest, easiest launching fairway wood I have ever hit. I used to play a 4W (16.5 to 17.5 degrees of loft) simply because it was easier to hit off the fairway. With the M2, I was able to drop down to 15* and still have no problem elevating the ball off the deck. Irons: Srixon 545 (4-PW, DG SL S300) - Simply put: My pride and joy. I have been gaming them for two years now and they are absolutely everything I would ever want in irons. They look amazing, they are forgiving, they give me good distance, and they feel fantastic. I got fit into the shafts this summer and it only made these irons better for my game. These will stay in my bag until the grooves are gone. Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (49, 54, 60) - I had been kicking around a few different wedge brands but finally settled on the SM6's. They feel fantastic, they are versatile around the greens, and most importantly they give me fantastic distance gaps and control into the greens from anything under 125 yards out. My current putter rotates more than I would like - mainly because I just haven't found the one. In the last year I have gamed the following: TaylorMade Spider Limited Scotty Cameron Newport (2011) Ping Karsten Anser 2 TR Odyssey Metal X Milled #9 Generally I have stuck with smaller heads, but the Spider Limited was a putter I won in an outing and I was extreme intrigued by the higher MOI concept of it. I did enjoy some success, but I ultimately decided that I liked a more traditional look and the putter simply did not fit my game. Anser style putters have always been a staple in my bag - classic shape and really no bells and whistles. My Scotty was a wedding gift from my wife, while the PING was a purchase made after loving the roll my buddy's putter put on the ball. The Odyssey #9 has always been an attractive shape to me, so I enjoy taking the MXM out on the course every once in awhile, even though it may not give me the most consistent results. I guess you can say I have just been looking for “the one” for the past few years. I would love to find that putter that stays in the bag through thick and thin. When it comes to deciding on a putter, the first thing that the putter has to do is be aesthetically pleasing to my eye. I enjoy playing golf partly because I enjoy playing certain clubs. If I cannot enjoy looking down at my putter, then I am not going to enjoy my round and the putter won't stay in the bag long. Another thing I look for in a putter is distance control. If I pick up a putter and can gain a feel for it relatively quickly, then that is a huge plus. Everyone knows that distance control is the single most important characteristic of putting, so a putter has to check that box in order to make it into my back. Lastly, a putter has to feel good off the face. Some say it is sound, some say it is feel, but whatever it is, you know it when you strike the ball. The ball comes off nice and starts rolling almost immediately. In terms of my putting, it was never really consistent until two years ago when, at the advice of a friend, I picked up Dave Stockton's Unconscious Putting. This book really helped me simplify my putting stroke and take the mechanics out of my short game. Now I find my line and simply focus on rolling the ball on the line. I always like to pinpoint the spot on the hole where I want the ball to enter and visualize the ball going in the cup. I do not make any practice swings while next to the ball, only from behind the ball while facing my target, and once I address the ball I think about my line and put a nice roll on the ball. I would say I average about 30 putts per round and I very rarely 3 putt. If I three putt twice in a round, that is a lot for me. When I do three putt, it is generally because I misread a long first putt that put me outside of 6 feet for my second putt. Part of the reason my putts per round is that low is because I when I miss a GIR, it isn't by much, so I am often putting from the fringe or have a chip/pitch that gets me close enough for a 1-putt. I am great at scrambling, and when I score well, it is because I am getting up and down around the greens. Now that you got to know me, it is time to get a sneak peak at the putter I will be reviewing. As part of the process, we were all fit (via telephone) by Mr. Guerin Rife himself. You will have to wait until Stage 2 to hear more about that, but I was fit into the ER2 putter. It arrived just 3 days after I spoke with Mr. Rife and I have been putting it through the paces ever since.
  7. On Friday I bought 6 dozen Bridgestone B330S. Then yesterday it comes out Tiger is playing them now. Coincidence? I think not!
  8. It's gonna be close. M2 10.5 launched so high it's cost me distance. Willpga is selling brand new heads for $199
  9. Got a steal of a deal on a new TM M2 9.5 head. The 10.5 M2 launched and spun a bit too much compared to the M1 for me. Looking forward to seeing what the 9.5 head does.
  10. If you don't need any new clubs then overhaul your wardrobe. Shies, pants, shirts, outerwear
  11. Foz - you have used the Speed Stik? Did you see the 10-20 yard gains?
  12. Oh and there's really nothing better than fall golf
  13. New personal best and first time ever breaking par! Previous personal best +2 74. Was even standing on the 18th tee and piped a drive GPSed at 320 yards (slightly downhill and downwind). Had 197 left and striped a 5 iron to 8 feet. Lipped out the Eagle putt and Tapped in for Birdie.
  14. Closer to the z star rather than the z star xv in terms of firmness?
  15. From their web site: Introducing the Kirkland Signature Four-Piece Urethane Cover Golf Ball, featuring professional quality ball performance! This four-piece, tour quality ball is encased in a urethane cover, providing a very soft feel, so you won't have to trade distance for "feel" anymore. The quality construction provides a controlled iron spin, consistent ball flight, excellent green-side control and lasting durability. Kirkland Signature's speed boosting outer core is engineered to maximize the impact energy transfer for all high and low swing players! If they have any in the store next time I'm there I'm picking some up for the winter!
  16. Good stuff Kenny! If money wasn't an issue playing lessons would be the only lessons I ever sprung for. Working on my game in actual round conditions would be so much better for me than working on the range.
  17. I'm thinking about going back to my #9 style putter. I have a natural arc stroke and it just really seems to fit me. I'm enjoying the Spider Limited, but something about it just doesn't jive 100% with me
  18. What exactly does a "hosel transition that looks like it is made for Asian players" mean?
  19. Tripled the 3rd hole due to an OB the shot and then doubled the 4th. Then on two par 5s I had lost drives and made 4 for 6s on them. Finished with a +10 82. Played so solid except for 3 tee shots and one bad approach shot
  20. Had a ton of conference calls today so I worked from home and did a lot of putting on my birdieball green. Really focused on a shorter backstroke and accelerating through the putter rather than feeling like I'm steering the club through the ball
  21. DST 8 iron is the only thing I've ever used without an instructor that has helped my game
  22. Today I spent about an hour in my back yard hitting birdieballs with my sand wedge and pitching wedge. Really focused on developing a better preshot routine - more time looking at the target and visualizing the shot and less time looking down at the ball. Felt like this routine allowed me to make more consistent swings that weren't focused on mechanics and instead focused on results.
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