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  1. The first photos of the real-world versions are out, and I gotta say, they are really impressive:
  2. While any product can malfunction, there is no reason to think that graphite shaft can't handle high swing speeds and repeated impact, even on iron shots taking divots. Bryson DeChambeau swings his driver over 115mph and just played a tournament with graphite shafts in every single club in his bag, driver through putter.
  3. I thought I'd weigh in with some early impressions of my Frontline Elevado slant neck. A quick customer service story to begin: I ordered my putter directly from Cleveland, and used it for a few practice sessions in my basement. During my first round on course, I noticed a small tear in the underside of the grip. It's certainly nothing that would ever affect the performance of the putter, but it's annoying when you've bought something new. I contacted Cleveland support about it, and not only did they send me a new grip, but they also sent a dozen Z Star balls as well. Above and beyond! On feel: these are very, very different from the Satin and SOFT series from Cleveland. I really loved the muted, soft feel of my Satin Elevado, but the Frontline is considerably less soft. But I don't dislike it. It certainly isn't harsh. I've characterized it as true feeling. I'm not in any position to evaluate my Frontline on distance control yet. The rounds I played with it on course so far were either on punched or leaf-covered greens. I won't be able to give an on course assessment until next spring, unfortunately. What I have found so far that is a bit concerning is that, for me, this putter has a strong tendency to pull puts. I've set my PuttOUT putting gate about two feet ahead of the ball as I seek to make a straight 8-footer, and I'm quite consistently hitting the left post. If I switch to another putter (for instance, the Odyssey Stroke Lab 1 or my Evnroll Tour Stroke Trainer), I'm much more consistent at getting the ball rolling through the gate. Ironically, I wonder if the issue isn't in part the grip. I don't have a picture available now, but the oversize grip is a pistol shape. According to MGS research, there seems to be a slight left bias with many golfers with pistol grips: https://mygolfspy.com/study-the-impact-of-pistol-grips-on-putting-performance/ There's a good chance I'm going to swap out the grip that's one there for something without the pistol shape, to see if that changes anything for me.
  4. One other update I forgot to include: I mentioned at one point in this thread my goal of birdieing each hole at my home course one time this season. Here's how I did: Hole 1 | 435 | Par 4: Nope. This is a tough opening hole (rated the second hardest on the course. I almost never have a GIR here, which makes birdie difficult. Hole 2 | 267 | Par 4: Multiple birdies. This hole is a 90° dogleg left with no reasonable way to cut the corner. Normally, it calls for a PW off the tee and a GW on the green. Hole 3 | 170 | Par 3: Nope. Hole 4 | 482 | Par 5: Yes. For a par 5, it's short, which should result in lots of birdie chances. But wayward shots are punished hard on both sides (forest), so it's also easy to make a big number. Hole 5 | 330 | Par 4: Yes. Pretty straightforward, slightly uphill. Probably should have had more than one here, to be honest. Hole 6 | 368 | Par 4: Yes. One that I'm most proud of. Another difficult hole, with OB left and woods right off the tee, with a second shot to a very difficult green. Hole 7 | 200 | Par 3: Yes. This hole is massively downhill, but hitting the green from 200 and making the putt is always immensely satisfying. Hole 8 | 365 | Par 4: Multiple birdies. Pretty straightforward hole. Hole 9 | 419 | Par 4: Nope. Plays far longer than the listed yardage, normally uphill and into the wind. Hole 10 | 315 | Par 4: Yes. A fun dogleg. Hole 11 | 352 | Par 4: Yes. Guess what? Another dogleg. Hole 12 | 300 | Par 4: Nope! I'm stunned a bit embarrassed by this one. This is one of the easiest holes on the course, and I didn't even realize I had gone the whole season without birdieing it. Hole 13 | 367 | Par 4: Yes. Another very difficult hole requiring two very precise shots. Hole 14 | 363 | Par 4: Nope. Hole 15 | 142 | Par 3: Yes. A blind par 3. Hole 16 | 315 | Par 4: My first and only eagle! Unfortunately, my Game Golf battery died so I have no digital record of it. But I hit a nice drive and then holed out from about 65 yards for the big bird. Hole 17 | 287 | Par 4: Multiple birdies. Downhill, often downwind. The easiest hole on the course. Hole 18 | 553 | Par 5: Nope. Back uphill, into the wind. Several GIRs, but a heavily sloping green makes birdie here an accomplishment. So the final tally: 12/18. Meh. I birdied one hole I wouldn't have expected (6), and left several out there that I should have gotten. Looking forward to giving this another try next season.
  5. Kyle Porter of CBS posted on Twitter that (presumably in light of this "beef") a Brooks/Rory Ryder Cup match up would be awesome: But for me, this just highlights the limitation of Brooks from a golf fan perspective. It might be that the Brooks/Rory match would be an epic display of golf. But I have a difficult time picturing Brooks mustering even a portion of the charisma needed to create something as memorable as the Reed/Rory front nine at Hazeltine. It just doesn't seem that Brooks comes close to caring enough to create that kind of energy.
  6. Good question. We certainly don't have an organized practice schedule for him. Undoubtedly, he'll spend time putting in the basement. He'll do some SkyTrak time as well, though he hasn't yet shown any tendency to be a launch monitor junkie. He likes to play golf, and doesn't have a ton of patience for playing golf swing. That's something I'm not looking to change with him. Hoping this off season to be more organized (for both him and me) doing SuperSpeed training. With his set last winter, he'd gotten the green stick near the mid 60s in speed; it would be great to see him crack 70mph with it this winter.
  7. Honestly, I'm insane, but doing this so that I could swing a driver in my garage would take it to another level
  8. Really appreciate you posting these videos, @jlukes. Not only is it fascinating watching your work and progress, but there's hardly been one that you've put up that hasn't given me something to think about in my own swing.
  9. Some very, very preliminary results with the DST here. I set up the SkyTrak on Saturday, did a little warming up, and then hit a half dozen 8 irons, then the same with the DST, and then back to my 8 iron. The lofts don't match up; the G700s are pretty loft-jacked, so the DST is more like my 9 iron. [Note: the G700s are not going to be high-spin irons and from my reading, spin rate off mats tends to be significantly low. Here's an article from TrackMan that says that a 7 can drop nearly 2,000rpm of spin on mat compared to grass.] So far, this all seems like what would be expected. If the DST gets my hands in the right spot, I should see a slightly lower launch and (hopefully) more crisp contact with increased spin. I would have liked to have seen the ball speed increase, but we'll keep an eye on that going forward.
  10. Thanks for the encouragement! Driver clubhead speed likely lingers in the mid to high 90s, I would guess. I have the swing radar, but I've mostly used it with the SuperSpeed sticks. When I was doing SuperSpeed, I had gotten the red stick hitting an average near 110, with the green topping out in the 130s. So I definitely have the speed to be getting 250 regularly off the tee.
  11. 2019 Season: The Year in Review Post It has snowed here. There is likely some golf yet to be played in the next couple of weeks, but this season is drawing to its close, and it's time to look back at my progress this year. Let's start with some big picture numbers: I isolate my July/August numbers, because that tends to be when the weather and my golf game both peak. On the whole, there's a lot of progress in this chart: I gained about a stroke off the tee, almost two strokes in my approach game, and about a half stroke putting. I got about a half stroke worse in my short game. My GIRs went up by over a third. Putting (in raw numbers) has been a pretty constant part of my game. During the peak months, I gained nearly 30 yards off the tee. 221 is still not impressive and I'm still convinced it is far below my potential, but it's a sizable improvement over the previous year. Not on the chart: my scrambling numbers improved incrementally, from 19% to 22% (in July/August). I began this project with a Game Golf handicap of 15.8. As I detailed in some previous posts, I found that GG's course rating information was incorrect for my home course, and remains so. The upshot is that my starting handicap was likely inflated a bit by GG. My current number is 12.8, but a bit of that is entering the last few rounds with the (now too high) course rating. All in all, I'm thinking that the 12.8 is probably pretty accurate, but that I didn't drop a full three strokes from my handicap this season. Nonetheless, I think I made real progress, and the prospect of dropping from 12.8 to something sub-10 next season is not terribly far-fetched. I'm anticipating, then, continuing this thread for Season 2. So where can more work be done? There remains for me a strong correlation between the aspects of the game I practice most and the parts of the game I'm best at (shocker!). I putt regularly on my practice green in my basement. That will continue, and I'll be doing my offseason tradition of pitting my stable of putters against each other for the starting gig in my bag next year. New this year: I'm going to be using my PuttOUT gate for the testing this year, to narrow down which putter I'm most effective with in starting the ball on my intended line. I'm finding that I have a regular tendency to pull putts. Iron play also remains a strength relative to handicap, and it got even better this year. In July/August, Game Golf would put my ball-striking on the level of a 7 handicap. Two plans here. The first is that I just bought a used DST Compressor 8 iron. My hope is that it will continue to sharpen my impact position with my irons. The second is that (for me) I've learned not to practice on my fluffy garage turf. Instead, I stand on the fluffy turf and hit balls off a tight lie turf (the same stuff I used on my putting green). The fluffy turf lets me get away with fat contact far too easily, and I noticed it immediately when I began this season on the squishy, snow-melted course. Practicing on the tighter lie this winter should allow me to come out of the gates better next spring. The short game remains the biggest and most place for improvement. My season-long comp (2018 vs. 2019) is not good here: My dispersion pattern this season was (oddly) more symmetrical, with an almost even spread left and right of the green. But hitting the green 50% of the time from inside 100 yards is just brutal. How is this going to improve? One factor might be that I had to give up my @PrecisionProGolf NX9 HD in mid-August. The main MGS office needed it for a video shoot. I can't prove that this created my problem, but from July 1–August 14, I hit 57% of greens inside 100 yards. From August 15 (when I sent my NX9 away)–September 30, that number plummeted to 39%, with 52%(!) of my shots ending up short of my target. With the rangefinder, I hit 31% of GIR; after I sent it away, the number dropped to 23%. I'm frankly just not good at estimating yardage inside 100 yards. Nearly all my practice is done on my SkyTrak, and I don't have a projector for the SkyTrak; I'm using a TV screen on the side of my setup. That means the I don't visually connect distances to swings in my practice; instead, I'm attaching specific yardage numbers to specific backswing lengths and feels. Not having my rangefinder, then, quite plausibly could have contributed to the decline of my short game down the stretch of the season. (The July 1–August 14 strokes lost number for my short game was 4.61, which is better than my numbers from 2018.) So my improvement plan with my wedges includes, first, using my NX9 consistently within 100 yards next season. Second, I again believe that practice from the tight lie mat will help here: a lot of those 35% of short game shots that come up short are because of fat contact. Third, I'm full-on committing to a three-wedge clock setup this winter. I replaced all of my wedges with more friendly Cleveland wedges this season: the CBX in 50° and the RTX-3 CB in 54° and 60°. I plan to work heavily with SkyTrak this off-season to establish consistent 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full swing distances with each of those clubs. This aspect of my game is so poor right now that any dedicated work is bound to improve my scoring significantly. Off the tee, I got better, but I'm still underachieving. This remains for me the hardest part of my game to practice. There are no ranges near me, and my garage ceiling is not high enough to allow me to practice on the SkyTrak. I'm looking at the possibility of removing a small portion of my garage ceiling (it is just a layer of insulation) and swinging between the rafters, but even that is pretty dodgy. I do intend to take my SkyTrak to my parents' house, where their garage has very high ceilings and would allow me to get a least a couple of driver sessions in. I will also be resuming a fitness plan for the off-season. I'm giving real consideration to jumping in on the Fit For Golf Superspeed plan while the sale is going on. But I also might just do the SuperSpeed training along with regular workouts on my BowFlex-like home gym. It's also my intention, next season, to get my first driver fitting ever. That's always a challenge; I don't have fitters local to me. But I have a few times a year when I have reasons to get to the Twin Cities, and should be able to arrange something like that next season. I've appreciated all of you who have followed along on my journey this year, who added your encouragement and tips along the way. Thank you for that!
  12. Been keeping on eye out for a hybrid to replace my XR Pro with something that might be a bit more friendly on less perfect strikes (keeping with my theme, since testing the G700s, of swapping clubs into my bag that makes golf easier). Happened to get on the classifieds of the other forum in time to snag a 19° Rogue hybrid with an Atmos Tour Spec shaft. Best part: the guy was selling it for $50. I think I made out pretty good here.
  13. Got in on this offer as well with my G700s. I've been a dedicated Game Golf guy for three+ years now, so this will be an interesting test. My biggest concerns going in: I like tagging shots manually. There's no guessing, wondering if it accidentally picked up my practice swing or missed my real shot. I've been doing it for so long that tagging is fully ingrained in my preshot routine. Not tagging is actually awkward for me by now. I don't like having the phone part active during the round. I keep my phone in my pocket already, so that's no issue. But even though I have a GG Live (which pairs with the phone during the round), I don't pair it. I use the GG Live like a GG Classic, uploading my shots when the round is over. When I had it running on the phone during the round, I find myself fiddling with details (penalty shots, putts from off the green, etc.) to make sure the data is right. It becomes a distraction to my game, especially if I can't get everything just how it should be. I'm a dedicated Android guy, and there seem to be recurring issues on that platform. But the price is right for making the comparison!
  14. I certainly don't want to undermine the message of the main blog, but I'd add one qualification (that I think they'd agree with): be your own brand if your primary goal in golf is shooting the lowest score you possibly can. The reality is that golf can be enjoyed in a lot of ways for a lot of reasons. The guy who plays hickories isn't playing golf wrong; his enjoyment of the game comes from a different place. The guy who plays for ego (think the "Ace" character from the YouTube channel Fried Eggs Golf), with XX Stiff shafts, a 6° driver, and the thinnest blades he can find: he probably gets his satisfaction from golf from another place. If you goal (as a TOUR player) is a guarantee a base salary, and some OEM is willing to do that if you'll play 14 clubs, that's a reasonable reason to play 14 of their clubs. But with my qualification, I totally agree: if your chief reason for playing is scoring, being totally brand agnostic is the best approach. If you end up with 14 clubs from the same OEM, great! But being open to putting the 14 clubs that are the very best for you is the best strategy for playing your best golf.
  15. I'm not looking here for the worst part of your game, but the part of your game that needs the most regular maintenance to be at an acceptable level for you. In my case, I'm a terrible driver of the ball. That might be the worst part of my game. But my short game is definitely the most fragile part of my golf. When I get a chance to work on chips and pitches, I can be pretty decent, but absent regular practice, I fall apart quickly. How about you?
  16. The O Works is still available. It's 34", so it would definitely need to be extended. Also, just as a reminder: it's a left-handed putter.
  17. Kirke's shot of the day: a nice smooth wedge from about 45 yards that rattled off the flagstick: He also set a new best nine hole score on the back: a three under 33, with a bogey on the final hole.
  18. With all the golf ball news of the last year, MyGolfSpy sat down with one of the great ball designers in golf history, Dean Snell. Check out the interview here:
  19. As a sucker for (especially cheap) training aids, I've picked up a couple packs of these, and definitely go back to them from time to time. Obviously, other things can do roughly the same job, but these are well made for it. They're a fairly soft rubber, and have the added benefit then of leaving a faint rubber mark (easily rubbed out) on the face of your iron to show where you made contact. Depending on the surface you're hitting from, they do a nice job of highlighting thin contact (obviously) and fat. The latter is where the surface comes in. If you're hitting from a fluffy mat, you'll make what seems like decent contact and launch the Flat Ball up. But hit a tighter mat fat, and you'll come near to bouncing over the Flat Ball entirely.
  20. Rohan, keeping me company on the putting green.
  21. Link: https://ping.com/en-us/arccos-sensor-promo
  22. Performing my role as the early weather warning service to all the rest of you: check out the forecast for the end of next week:
  23. Welcome to the forums, and nice setup! What factors led you to such a (relatively) low-lofted driver?
  24. Members of the MyGolfSpy forums tend to focus on performance and data rather than hype and branding. Perhaps no piece of equipment has demonstrated that more than the ball. MyGolfSpy testing has shown that balls with no Tour presence sometimes perform every bit as well as brands with well-compensated sponsored players. In the 2019 Most Wanted testing, the Maxfli Tour and Tour X golf balls performed very well, being rated as the equal of balls costing far more. Now it's time for a dozen MGS Forum members to test this ball for themselves, to see if this will be the ball for them! Testing the Maxfli Tour will be: @Maltenator @03trdblack @revkev @fozcycle @the_hammer @jddaigneault Testing the Maxfli Tour X will be: @SteddyGolf @DrMJG @golfinnut @gbtrsc @J.B. TexasEx @fixyurdivot Join me in congratulating the chosen testers!
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