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  1. I don't disagree with your post. Here's the challenge, as I see it: I know that in the G700 review, there were several times that I said something like, "I want to save my thoughts here for the Stage 2." The incentive right now is to give some thought, but not to spoil the final review. Changing things the way you suggest (which, again, I think is a great idea) would need to change how some of us think about Stage 2s.
  2. The SuperSpeed thread makes me think that perhaps other training aid reviews would be interesting. Many reviews of these products online, even decent reviews, are merely first impressions, with some initial hunches about whether the reviewer thinks it will work. Rarely do you get a review in which the reviewer committed to using an aid for a few months and reports back with measurable data about whether it made any difference. In the same way (and others have suggested this), reviews of the benefits of lessons would be great. Something from a chain like GolfTec might be interesting.
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    Official MYGOLFSPY Fantasy Football League 2018

    I'm going to guess that the 42 points the Denver defense just put up is going to help my hapless team this week.
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    Pics from the course

    Sometimes, you just have to pause during the round and play in the leaves.
  5. Really good question, and not a terribly easy one to answer. I initially unrolled it on the concrete floor of my garage, and noticed that when someone walked on it, it would move around. This isn't something I would have expected of an 8x10 carpet, but the combination of the thick stiffness of the grass fibers (which when stepped on would want to transfer energy to the backing) and the relatively hard plastic backing meant that it really didn't stay still on the concrete when walked on. On carpet, it has a better chance of laying still. Now, whether it would lay flat depends in part on the carpet underneath. If you unrolled it on a tight carpet, I suspect it would be just awesome. That's more or less what I've got, since mine is laying on top of the felt layer. My guess is that if you're thinking about just a putting strip (something like a 3x10), it should lay well and functionally on any surface. The only issue you'd have to deal with is that if you're standing on the ground next to the grass, you will be almost 3/4" below the grass level, which isn't ideal for putting.
  6. My goal was to find a high quality, mid-price putting surface. There are lots of bargain surfaces, most of which are a kind of heavy felt. And we know there are a variety of higher-end products, like Birdie Ball and Big Moss, but that these often carry a hefty price tag, especially if you build a green of significant size. My green is 6x11, and so a Birdie Ball surface would run me around $300. Scouring the internet, I found this site: https://megagrass.com/collections/golf-courses-and-putting-greens. I exchanged some emails with their customer service, asking questions about the difference between their turf levels. They responded very quickly and helpfully. I also found that they sell their highest end green surface at precut sizes on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BX5KLHN/ The price on Amazon is substantially lower than what they list on their website. PLEASE NOTICE THIS: they are having a sale right now (Oct 18, 2018, 10:00am CDT). Go click that link, click the 10% off coupon, order the 8x10 green for $78! Then come back and finish reading this review. Seriously: go order it now. That's $40 less than what I paid, and I thought I got a good deal. The turf itself is light years better than the cheap felt surface. Here are some pictures to give you a sense of its texture: It is a grass surface, not a mat. It is designed to be used either indoor or out, with proper drainage. As for speed: I noted that my green has an uphill/downhill setup. I used my Putt Out as a budget Stimpmeter. On felt, a putt released from the "18-inches-past-the-hole" point rolled out nearly six feet downhill, and uphill about two feet. That's Augusta-fast. On the MegaGrass surface, it rolled out 30" downhill, and about 15" uphill. This is much closer to the speed of ordinary greens that I suspect most of us play on. I am very, very pleased with the speed. The surface trims well. The straight cuts are very easy with an ordinary utility knife. For the holes, I rough cut them with a utility blade, and then gradually increased the size with a rotary tool. This had the advantage of also melting the grass fibers a bit, to make a cleaner edge of the cup: I've mentioned earlier in this thread that I have some quibbles. The first would be that there was a section of the green that came with about a 24" wrinkle. The other is that there is a line in the green in which I'm guessing the grass is thicker than in other places, almost like one line of grass was doubled in production. These are obviously problems when you're looking for a smooth putting surface. My understanding is that the wrinkles can be fixed by leaving the green out in the sun, but that wasn't a real option for me. Fortunately, because my green is smaller than 8x10, I was able to simply cut off the wrinkled portion. The other line is slowly being worked into submission, through a combination of combing and pressing. All told, guys, I would have a hard time believing that you can get a better surface at this price point, especially at the price you can get them at the time I'm writing. If you've been looking for a practice surface (winter is coming!), I don't think you'll go wrong here. If you've got any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them.
  7. In all honesty, I'm a tremendously incompetent handyman. I'm willing to tackle a project like this chiefly because it is relatively trivial: if I get it wrong, no one gets electrocuted, the plumbing still works, the cars still function. Projects that are actually important get farmed out to people who know what they're doing, like my dad—who is responsible for having built the frame for the green itself
  8. Four of the five holes are cut. I have one more hole in the center, but this time around, I'm making a plug for it. I put it there initially to allow for a clock drill, but there simply isn't room on the green to make it profitable, and having the hole in the middle got in the way of so many other putts. The holes are really close to final. All of them are just a tiny bit smaller than 4.25". Obviously, erring on the small side is best, both because they can be fixed, and if I don't fix them, it's just better practice. Using the rotary tool for finishing the holes is perfect. The blade cuts through just fine, and it's spinning fast enough that it melts some of the edge grass together. The next step is marking the green with the dots I use for practice.
  9. BREAKING NEWS: I need to tell you guys that, for the last month, I've been driving around on Bridgestone tires that were secretly provided to select MGS members. My Stage 1 will be up shortly. In all seriousness, these pop-up reviews have been really cool, and I'll be reading with interest. I'm proud to be part of the kind of forum that a company like Bridgestone would trust to evaluate their pre-release products.
  10. Some of the information about the build is found in one of my first posts here: The basic structure is just 2x4s with a plywood surface. I wanted to do it this way in order to allow the use of real holes. The green is 6"x11", and the support beams run width-wise. Here's a picture of the frame. If you look very closely at the center of the support beams, each us partially cut in the middle, and then reinforced with a wooden bracket. What this allowed us to do is intentionally bow the support beams, so that half the green would be as flat as possible, and the other would be tilted slightly. The other brilliant idea my dad had was to screw lag bolts in under the frame every few feet. This allowed us to make subtle adjustments to how the whole frame sits on the floor. After the frame was built and the plywood screwed down, we put down a layer of those interlocking foam tiles, and then the putting surface (which, as I mentioned, was a kind of mid-range heavy felt). I'm currently putting the new surface on top of all of this.
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    Official Forum Member Review - SuperSpeed Golf

    This is interesting, and I suspect that you're not alone in this. One challenge with any swing change or training aid is keeping the change when the swing focus changes. It's easier to shallow a swing plane, for instance, on a practice swing, and then abandon that motion altogether when you actually have to get a ball on target. I have no doubt the same thing is true with the SuperSpeed system, when trying to make shots on a course. So here's a thought (I wish we had a rep from SuperSpeed in this thread to answer questions): would there be any value in an underweighted club that could hit balls? It would seem that something like this could help on the range with the transition from the target-less full-bore swings of the practice sticks to an actual club. Has anyone done something like this?
  12. Making progress. Taking lots of care to cut the holes as perfect as I can. Should have everything together this week, and I'll get the review done. At this point, I'll say this: this is exactly what I was hoping it would be. I'll mention some quibbles, but I'm pleased with my purchase.
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    Pet Pictures

    A couple of pics of Rohan with a couple of my kids:
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    My son's first hole-in-one: age 5!

    Just to clarify: I so wish I had gotten the shot recorded. The shot posted is from the last time Kirke played the hole. Kicking myself a bit that the camera wasn't rolling this time, but then if it had been, would he have made it? :-)
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    My son's first hole-in-one: age 5!

    I wished I had! The videos are from another time he played the hole, and then his reactions.