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  1. Even though it says that the 18th is the day of release, I acquired the Tour Response Stripe last week, which in this day where their releases all seem to be late. I expect that these will be on time and maybe early for a change.  My early look at the TR is very positive and responsive. I have found the latest TP5s somewhat disappointing to me. Their problem is that while perfectly struck shots are as good and maybe better than most real tour balls, slight mishits especially with the driver spin excessively and lose more distance than other balls. The TP5 X is a little better than the non X but that doesn't seem to be an issue with the new Tour Response but I admit the testing is early for that ball. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:


    No it's most likely oneof the shaft companies, llike Fujikura.   The use all the OEM heads int their booths to demo their shafts.    Kind of tough to demo a shaft without a head 🙂

    As a longtime visitor of the show, it's one of the little secrets, instead of waiting an hour in the TM booth to demo the new line, just go to Fuji, or UST or Graphite Design, they all have them!

    LOL!!  Chi!  We must have been typing the same thing at the same time

    You know what they say about great minds 🙂


    FYI, Fujikura wasn't at the show either along with  all of the Big OEMs. They were debuting new product in a new release Launch.  Not sure what high end shaft companies were there. I didn't go this year myself.



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  3. 2 hours ago, hartrick11 said:

    For San Deigo, more affordable options in the city would be Balboa or Coronado; older school tracks with views/character. RB Inn and Encinitas Ranch are solid tracks outside the city proper in the $100 range, and Encinitas has ocean views if that is of interest. Further south maybe Singing Hills or Steele Canyon would fit a similar bill as RB Inn golf-wise, but I haven't played there in quite a while.

    Nice tracks under $200 (at least I think they are under $200 still 😬 but haven't looked up the latest rates) - not sure how much driving you are looking to do as the distance from downtown on this list varies quite a bit, but IMO the list would be Torrey North, La Costa, Maderas, Barona Creek, Rams Hill 

    Over $200 public access tracks: Torrey South & Aviara

    If I was budgeting for <$150/round & willing to drive I would put together a 4 day trip like this:

    1. Coronado - course is nice if not spectacular but the views are 10/10, super easy to get to if you are staying in/around downtown

    2. Torrey North - should be A+ condition in Feb; course layout isn't as interesting or nostalgic as South but for >$100 less you get the same views and a still awesome course that pros play on yearly (for one round lol)

    3. Barona (play after 11am for big discount) - most underrated course in San Diego IMO. I would play this over the better known Maderas every day, but some disagree. Most would agree that if you aren't afraid of a 90 min drive, Rams Hill would be better than both and would give you a Palm Springs feel w/ mountains/valley in the background 

    4. La Costa Legends - Tour stop from the 90s, cool layout, should be really good condition and a great resort. If planning on a 36 hole day you could do 18 on Legends and 18 on Champions for less than trying to play Torrey North and South back to back (though budget-permitting I would argue that playing Torrey South over La Costa Champions would be better value even at $150 more)


    Played La Costa in March, absolutely HORRIBLE condition. Champions course shows years of neglect. A $10 muni in a 3rd world country will be in better shape. The Legends was closed and torn up either for re surfacing or re-modeling. The staff secretly mentioned that there is no money being spent on the Champions course and yet they were charging about $100. We were warned by others but we had prepaid. Disaster!

  4. The softest iron heads I have ever hit (and I go back to the forgings of the 60's that I played as a kid even a set from the 50's acquired for fun)  is the Maxfli Revolution and the last version of the Austraiian blades made in the late 90's which were cast from Nickel (I don't know the full on composite of the medals such as how much Nickel there was. They had a patented process that went to TaylorMade when they sold. TM never took advantage of it. I have both versions with steel shafts  (one set with Precisions prior to Project X and the other had Dynalites) still today and I pull them out once in a while just to compare. Amazing they usually fell softer than today's stuff with graphite shafts. Really butter! They could still easily be played today. 


  5. Testers Wanted (5)


    There’s something about RAW wedges that elicits a mixed bag of reactions from golfers. Some swear it gives them more spin—that’s a topic for another day—some say they prefer the look of shiny chrome, tour satin or jet-black finish. Remember the days of one choice? 

    At one time the options were so few, many took to the home version of RAW by soaking wedges in Coke and other methods to get them to rust. The last few years have seen many OEM’s offer a RAW version of their wedges. With Cleveland Golf having successfully launched the new RTX Zip Core wedges in the summer, it now is offering the wedge in the popular RAW or it is officially called Tour Rack finish.

    So, we’re going to let you tell us if raw is better.   


    Testers Wanted

    We are looking for FIVE dedicated golfers who will  receive two wedges in the loft they choose to provide an in depth 4 to 6-week commitment to testing the Tour Rack Zip Core wedges.  Testing is open to  Right Hand golfers who reside in the US. 

    To Apply please provide the following information:

    First Name/City State  -  MCoz

    Handicap  -     + 0.5

    Current Model Wedges Played -   Cleveland RX4 SW , TaylorMade Hi Toe 60* (Tour head, raw face)

    What Appeals to You About a Raw Wedge  - The possibility of a little more grip and spin 

    We'll be choosing the testers next week, so check back to see if you have been selected.


  6. On 9/10/2020 at 7:55 AM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    Testers Wanted (4)

    Feel, while very subjective, is an important aspect of golf clubs for most golfers. Soft for one player is mushy for someone else, while firm to some can be considered harsh to others. 

    For those firmly in the firm camp (yes, that was intentional), the PING Heppler may be for you. Offered in the same models as the flagship Sigma line, Heppler is a machined solid flat face that provides a firmer impact feel and sound.  All this comes in a stunning black and copper finish that provide effective alignment cues.  


    Want to be a Tester

    We’re looking for four golfers who are motivated, detail-oriented, and committed to providing a thorough review of the PING Heppler putters and sharing your thoughts and grades with the forum community.  

    Testing is open to golfers in the US, Canada and UK.

    Reply to this thread with the following information (do not quote this post):

    • First Name/City State/Country
    • Current Putter in Use
    • Check out all the models (see them here), and tell us which one interests you and why?

    Wondering which PING putter best fits your game? Try PING's online fitting tool!

    We'll be choosing the testers sometime next week, so check back and see if you've been chosen. Good Luck!

    M.Coz Napa, California, USA

    Current: Bobby Grace Night and Day Tour Center shafted 35" with a Stability shaft

    Primarily prefer a non-offset putter. I use a straight stroke. My interests are in this in Mallet style. Obviously the Piper C fits. Does the Fetch model not have an offset? The picture seems to look that way. 

  7. 22 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

    There’s some irony when contemplating the market for watches in 2020.

    Specifically, it’s a situation where the original purpose of the item is no longer a defining selling point.

    Remember when the primary, if not the only, purpose of a watch was to keep time? Me neither.

    It’s a reasonable assumption that time is anything but of the essence; golfers are far more interested in all of the golf-related stuff that this piece of wearable technology does.

    The SkyCaddie LX5 GPS watch is built around the architecture of the SX500which was named the “Best Handheld GPS” in MyGolfSpy’s annual Most Wanted testing.

    It offers an abundance of bundled golf technology, and did I mention it also tells time. Ain’t that something?



    This review opportunity is open to members residing in the United States. If you'd like to be considered, please reply to this thread with the following information:

    1. Name and Location
    2. Have you ever used a GPS device or watch? Which one(s)?
    3. Current method of determining yardage


    M.Coz, Napa CA

    I have used 18 Birdies , never tried a watch

    Mostly a range finder occasionally a program GPS on my phone or tablet 

  8. MCoz

    Napa Valley CA

    +1 Hdcp

    TaylorMade P760s

    T-100 S

    I am a senior player who has been involved with Golf equipment testing for 25 years in various forms. I have been playing for 60 years through College and competition. I have seen some distance losses. Thus I have been less likely to play the longer tees. Moderate swing speed with quicker tempo has had me going to lighter weight shafts (95 to 105 gram) in stiff flex with high to mid flex point.  



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