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  1. TESTERS ANNOUNCED!

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    Not to make this all personal, but since I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I've got first hand knowledge of just how valuable an indoor putting green can be. Living in a place where the ground can be covered with snow six months of the year has given me lots of time for indoor putting practice. I don't think it's any coincidence, then, that Arccos routinely highlights my putting as the strongest part of my otherwise pretty ordinary skill set.

    Knowing the power of indoor putting practice, it's exciting for me to announced the testers of the BirdieBall PuttUp mats:

    [Moderator note: lots of relatively new members to the forum made the shortlist for this test. Great job, new members!]

    Guys, check your inbox for testing information. The rest of us, let's congratulate the members that were chosen and look forward to seeing their on course putting numbers drop!

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  2. I'm definitely aware of the pain of buying clubs for kids that they outgrow in a year. For Kirke, I've still not found a better quality/value ratio than Diamond Tour's junior clubs (https://www.diamondtour.com/golf-clubs/junior-golf.html). DTG was founded and is run by the same guy who runs Sub 70. The heads are properly sized and weighted for juniors, and if you're handy with epoxy you can custom fit them for your child yourself for much cheaper than virtually anything else out there.

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  3. Duration: 00:38:02

    It's an age old debate: Is it better to invest in new equipment or golf lessons? We tackle this topic and more on today's NPG.

    0:00 - Intro
    1:33 - Cavity back wedges over blades?
    10:59 - Can rain gear really be worth $1000?
    20:35 - New clubs vs swing lessons
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    37:05 - Contest winner announcement

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  4. On 9/10/2020 at 11:59 AM, thegolfgal said:

    Can I get a Veteran and Donor badge please?  I haven't donated yet this year but have in the past...  Will soon, just moved near the 7th teebox at Monticello Country Club!

    Go ahead and shoot a transaction number from one of those previous donations in a DM to one of the mods and we'll get that donor badge applied ASAP.


  5. I used this camera: https://www.amazon.com/YI-Action-Sports-Camera-Control/dp/B01FU6KDEG/ref=sr_1_3?crid=141Z2EGT6OY4F&dchild=1&keywords=yi+action+camera&qid=1600281521&sprefix=yi+action+c%2Caps%2C187&sr=8-3

    To film this course log of Kirke's:

    Because I wasn't playing, I didn't use a tripod or anything, but it seems like it should work fine. The biggest problem was the wind noise. I've read that there are decent wind noise reducers, but I haven't tried them yet.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Tom the Golf Nut said:

    GolfSpy MPR have you been tracking your short misses to where you hit the ball on the club face?  I know if I miss slightly toward the toe I would come up short. It might be as simple as moving closer to the ball in your set up to remove a good portion of the short shots. That is of course if you are hitting toward the toe.  

    I haven't tracked strike location on a shot-by-shot basis, though it's an intriguing idea. I have absolutely experienced what you've described here: toe strikes with the 699 Pros have held their line very well, but also come up short of their target.

    My short shots end up being a combination of things:

    • I still know that I base my club selection on "if I hit this properly." Going a club up on every single approach shot, even if it's a blow to the ego, would almost certainly lift my GIRs.
    • I have no skill in determining whether a shot from the rough will be penalized in distance or fly further than expected because of spin reduction.
    • Occasionally, the issue is that I underestimate the influence of the wind on shots into the wind.
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  7. I haven't played a ton of tracked rounds in the past couple of weeks. Golf league is over here, and so Thursday nights have switched to scrambles. In general, I leave Arccos off for events like that.

    But my play with the 699 Pros continues to be what I hoped. They have not revolutionized my game; I'm not making any outlandish claims for them. In Arccos's revised stats system, I'm treading water handicap-wise, sitting right in the 10–11 range. But my approach game continues to be consistent and predictable, and it has improved with the 699 Pros over the PING G700s, which is something I wouldn't necessarily have predicted at the outset of this test.

    Earlier, I posted my approach game shot distribution with both sets of irons. For a refresher, here were my shots with the PINGs from this season, before switching irons:

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    And here are my current numbers with the 699 Pros, with a few more rounds since my last post:

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    There are some fairly significant differences here from the last time I posted my numbers with the 699s. Last time, I was pleased to see my short misses diminishing enormously (they were down to 37.3%) and my GIRs slightly climbing (to 27.5%). I had more left/right misses with the 699s.

    Now, my left/right misses are both lower than they were with the G700s, but the short misses have soared. Some of this might be attributable to the change in seasons; it's already starting to get colder here (most days have highs in the 50s or 60s), and I haven't adjusted my club choices accordingly. That said, both the old and new Arccos systems say that my approach handicap has trending in the correct direction by a little more than a stroke since switching to the 699s.

    I'm still wanting to settle in to the garage this week to do some SkyTrak head-to-head numbers between the G700s and the 699 Pros. But as far as the on-course numbers go, I don't feel as though I've lost anything over my G700s.

    For those following this review who are in the mid-handicap range with me, who can't relate well to the numbers that @Smellis745 and @Tom the Golf Nut are posting in this thread: I'll go ahead and say that if approach play isn't some radical (negative) outlier in your game, these are absolutely clubs you should consider. Subjectively, I think they check all the boxes for looks and feel. But I don't think that a reasonable mid-capper has any reason to feel intimidated by these irons.

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  8. Duration: 00:29:23

    On this episode we cover Dustin Johnson's lackluster victory celebration, Titleist's newly announced TSI driver line, and our favorite comments from our Most Wanted Speaker test.

    3:54 - Dustin Johnson's lackluster reaction to winning $15 million
    7:18 - Titleist announces the TSI driver series
    15:29 - Best of the worst comments on Most Wanted Speakers
    25:57 - A double dose of Harry's English Phrase of the Week


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  9. 9 minutes ago, Hookalot said:

     

    I’m on an iOS (on iPad) using Safari.

    I can see everyone else’s Tags, but not mine.

    If you're referring to the Donor badge on certain profiles, those aren't added automatically. If you've made a donation, shoot me or one of the other mods a DM with the transaction ID, and we'll get that badge added to your profile right away.

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  10. So I need to write a quick post of another first from Kirke: his first time playing a full 18 round from any set of "normal" tees. My dad is the one who came up with the idea for the round: we'd all play from the gold tees. The adults (my dad, me, and a friend were all playing) were all limited to our 125-yard club from the tee, and then the clubs lower than that for the remainder of the hole. So for me, I could use my PW to tee off, and then had to play the rest of the hole with GW, SW, LW, and putter. This puts us all in the same distance setup as Kirke, and honestly, made for a very fun round of golf.

    The gold tees at our course are not even listed on the scorecard (they've only been added in the last year or so). Did a little Google Maps measuring, and it looks like they play right around 4,600 yards for the full 18. For perspective: the US Kids recommended distance for Kirke (what he normally plays) is 3,000 yards for 18. The gold tees push him from playing the recommended yardage for him (boys age 7) to the recommended yardage for boys around ages 10-11. It's a big, big jump.

    Playing from the golds, then, Kirke put up a solid performance: for his first time playing from adult tees, he broke 100!

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    [An astute friend noticed after I posted this that I messed up the math. Kirke shot a 51 on the front, for a 99 total.]

    His most impressive stretch was on holes 11-12, where he parred those two holes back to back (250 and 265 yards). On the back, he tied my buddy and beat my dad. If he hadn't made a bit of a mess of the ninth hole (ended up in a ditch that he had to drop from), it could have been a few strokes lower easily. I'm guessing that there are more than a handful of folks who play from the gold tees regularly (with their full bags) that Kirke might have beaten.

    I was proud of him: that length is a tough slog for a little guy, with several holes that he's hitting his FW multiple times to cover the distance (I could sympathize with him—I hit GW more times that I'd like to count). It's not something we'll do often (I have no desire to make golf frustrating), but I think it's going to make his "normal" course seem very easy by comparison, and it gives him a benchmark against adults who play this course, which will become more relevant as he continues to get bigger.

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  11. Currently playing a 16.5° FW, but I'm interested in comparing it to something at 15°. I already have a FW-length shaft with a Callaway tip, so I'm looking for an Epic, Rogue, or Flash 15° head.

    Probably not the SZ variants. Cheap, slightly beat up is good, as this is an experiment.


  12. Duration: 00:36:32

    We talk our first Ball Lab release with the 2020 Callaway Chromesoft. Also we delve into virtual ball fittings, the future of umbrellas, and the verbing of golf.

    1:23 - More things we didn't know
    3:47 - Virtual Ball Fittings
    12:01 - Umbrella Buyer's Guide Results
    20:41 - Ball Lab One: The 2020 Callaway Chromesoft
    30:47 - Harry's British Phrase of the Week
    32:08 - Hot Seat: The British Open, or just The Open?


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  13. 3 minutes ago, ncwoz said:

    That kinda touches on something I've had kicking around in my head the last few months, what's the effect of playing one specific course on someones stats? Especially when that course might have certain traits that sway from the "average", ie. smaller greens, smaller fairways, short, severely undulating greens, etc. I've been manually keeping some stats lately and I'm not totally sure if the comparisons I've been using are totally fair relative to the courses I've been playing. I also wonder if Arccos, Shot Scope, or others take course layout like that into account? Anyway, I digress...

    Either way, it's nice to see the distance dispersion tightening up! At least from the appearance of the graph there, it looks like there were a few "bigger" misses left with the G700's than the 699's, do you think there's anything to that you've picked up? Or maybe it's just me trying to find more in the graph than there actually is haha.

    As someone who plays about 99% of my rounds on a single, quirky course, I'm convinced it matters a lot. So not only do we have tiny greens (that's going to skew my putting and approach numbers), but we have a bunch of dogleg holes, several of which are full 90° holes. Consider the 2nd hole, a short par 4:

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    At under 270 yards, this is a tiny hole. But it is heavily forested on every side; cutting the corner isn't a real option (it's sometimes done for fun in scrambles, but you're lofting an iron over tall trees completely blind). So you end up hitting a wedge into the corner (didn't quite catch my PW properly on this swing).

    I have to assume that every single time I play this hole, Arccos marks me down has having lost strokes driving, because I'm (at best) looking for a 130 yard "drive" here.

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  14. 1 hour ago, THEZIPR23 said:

    Haha ok I thought it was intentional. 

    So if that is the case while testing just take your normal yardage and add 1 club and see what the difference is. 

    Raising GIR % is fastest permanent path to lowering handicap. 

    As far as your dispersion pattern, to me it is not that far off. Moving the circle 5 yards longer would make a difference. But in reality only 9 of your 51 approaches fall outside 30 yd circle short. 

    I've noted elsewhere on the forum that my GIRs are suppressed a bit by the tiny greens on our course (they average just over 3,000 sq ft, so about 18x18 in yards). This reality also likely inflates my putting stats a bit, as it's very rare to be faced with a 50' putt on our course.

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  15. 14 hours ago, THEZIPR23 said:

    Your percentage of approaches that go long is admirable. I play a course that 17 of 18 holes long = bogey and I still am at 5% long. 

    The SG over the last 25 is an awesome trend. 

     

    3 minutes ago, golfingbrock said:

    Good to see GIR's go up, but no shots long means you should probably take a little more club to get your shot pattern more centered. Maybe long is dead and short is better, but you should be missing at least some long.  No doubt the Sub70's are great! I feel like I'm getting my 639CB's dialed in now too.

    Yep, @golfingbrock's reply is something I was going to say in reply to @THEZIPR23. My "no long" miss pattern is very common among the high-to-mid handicap crowd, because we all (hand raised) have a tendency to pick clubs based on "if I hit this properly."

    I'm not even here talking about the guy who chooses his clubs based on "that one time when I was downwind of a cyclone on a fairway as baked out as Willie Nelson" distance. But it's very clear that I don't center my dispersion pattern over my target, which would lead to better scores.

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  16. Duration: 00:28:11

    Ping has announced the new G425, but is there room for improvement over their previous models? Also, the return of Adam's Golf (on Twitter), at home launch monitors and Harry's English phrase of the week.

    2:12 - NEW! PING G425 Driver (New & Improved?)
    7:14 - Best ways to score on Par 3's?
    12:14 - Are personal launch monitors worth it?
    21:04 - The return of Adams Golf?
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  17. A quick chart I built today from my previous years' Game Golf data and this year's data from Arccos:

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    Each category records my strokes lost to a scratch golfer by aspect of the game, and the total. In addition, I've got a column for something that should be close to my average score each year.

    Obviously, comparing strokes gained from 2016-2019 against 2020 is dubious, because of the differing stats systems. But in any case, I'm pleased to see obvious, measurable improvement.

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  18. Duration: 00:44:36

    Today, Callaway releases the Big Bertha B-21 driver that aims to cure your slice. They also announced the REVA line of women's clubs. Lastly, is an electric cart revolution just around the corner?

    2:10 - Will the Big Bertha B-21 cure your slice?
    6:05 - Is the FlightPath Tee the most advanced tee on the market?
    13:03 - Can a Ball Retriever save your life?
    19:30 - Are Callaway's REVA clubs the best clubs for women?
    37:28 - HOTSEAT: Will electric carts take over in the U.S.?

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  19. Played a couple 9-hole rounds yesterday: one with Kirke as a practice round for his upcoming tournament, and then a league match with my dad.

    [It's awesome to play a game that transcends generations like this.]

    Made a slight swing adjustment last night which seemed to aid my ball-striking quite a bit. A regular fault of mine is a hard sway into impact, getting out ahead of the ball. Made it a focus yesterday to make a more centered turn both back and through the ball, and saw immediately improvement in how I was striking the ball.

    The first hole (the 10th) asks for an iron over a dogleg on the tee and then a very accurate approach. I hit both shots well, but each slightly offline. My 6-iron off the tee was pushed slightly, leaving a longer approach. My 8-iron into the green was a touch left, but still ended up pin-high from about 155. That's a good start.

    I used my PW from 125 on 11, and once again hit the desired distance, but again slightly pulled.

    My next iron was on the 13th. After driving into the woods, I had to pitch backwards to get back in play: good job on the 5-iron for successfully completing this tasks. From 180, I hit yet another pin-high iron, this time with a 6. It was left again, but I was gaining confidence with my ball-striking with each swing.

    On 14, I probably had my worst iron shot of the day: an 8-iron from 150 that I push-faded weakly into a greenside bunker.

    The next hole was my highlight of the day: we have a short, blind par 3 on our course. From 128, I hit my 9-iron to inches. I believe it's the closest I've even been to a hole in one. Kirke gets the photo credit:

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    My final iron swing of the back came on 17, after driving under some trees. The 5-iron again had a nice punch-out, this time just over 100 yards, trundling up onto the green.

    In my league match, I'll condense the report: I made a total disaster of the easiest hole on the front by pulling a 9-iron into the woods, taking the penalty, and then hitting a 9-iron through the dogleg up to a tree on the far side. Other than that, things went swimmingly 🙂

    The best hole on the front was the final one: a 420 yard, uphill par 4. I hit a big drive (for me), and then hit the 8-iron on a line with the flag. It ended up releasing to the back of the green, leaving a very fast downhill putt that I was happy to get home in two:

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    As I had hoped, after an initial turn the wrong direction in my stats, my approach play numbers are beginning to improve. Over the last few rounds, I'm trending in a decent direction:

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    This remains a work in progress. These are obviously great sticks. All else being equal, I'd much rather have them in bag than the G700s. It is simply a matter of me raising my game to match the irons.

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