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Everything posted by Peaksy68

  1. I get to play this week after my states lockdown for regional areas finishes. Hopefully we can remain healthy and the rest of the state can reopen and get back to more normal life soon. @Firebird, hope you’re getting out on course this weekend too.
  2. @GolfSpy_APH @GolfSpy_THV Just posted another comment in the Sub70 driver thread. Last comment I could see was by Bens197, which was the last one when I commented on Saturday. After posting a comment, I could see about 10-15 new comments after Bens (not including my comment from Saturday. Now for the weird bit. When I went back to check Bens full name, his was the last visible comment again. I commented again and took a screenshot while in the thread and after leaving and going back into it to demonstrate. After comment After going back into thread
  3. I posted a comment yesterday and it hasn't shown up. It was around 10am Aus Eastern Time if that helps
  4. Like @sirchunksalot I vote none of the above. Love the Brewster's Millions reference I joined nearly 5 1/2 years ago, and was fortunate to have been selected for a putter review when I had around 30 posts, and hadn't made any donations. My post rate is about 300/yr. I have probably applied for 5 or 6 reviews a year (probably less) All up I have done 3 reviews, which could probably be described as small (training device), medium (putter) and large (iron set). All of these entailed significant time and effort, but were certainly worth it. I'd like to think my work has benefited other golfers. In that time there have only been a handful (that I can recall) of testers not complete their reviews, one of which was in my first review. That's a pretty good strike rate for hundreds of testing opportunities, so obviously the "formula" for choosing reviewers works pretty well.
  5. To put my technical hat on, MRI wouldn't be much use, as it basically demonstrates water, which hopefully modern balls don't have much of.
  6. Did the images out of hours when no patients booked while on my break. It's at the site I manage and my manager has no problem with it. We're currently in lockdown, and our bookings are down as a result. Fortunately our area is doing ok at the moment. I found it almost therapeutic after dealing with the daily stress of dealing with pandemic response, especially making sure we have adequate supplies of PPE to keep my staff safe and healthy.
  7. No helium in CT’s, that’s MRI. CT is really just fancy x-ray. The impact of helium shortages on MRI could be catastrophic somewhere down the road.
  8. Now you've ruined it for me. I was hoping people would think I was incredibly committed to golf ball QA, not just going stir crazy. At this rate 4 dozen balls may well see out my playing career
  9. Now for the probably over-hyped bonus. For a bit of fun I decided to throw some balls onto the CT Scanner. I was hoping that the CT would be able to demonstrate the cover and mantle layers. I didn't scan all 4 boxes as I thought that would be going a bit overboard. I only uploaded a few images, as they were representative. The scanner I used is capable of 0.3mm slices, and reconstructions in any plane but I thought it best to just provide a brief overview. The images are of Box 3 The large imperfection in ball 10 is even more clearly shown. As a technical note, the black round the bright dot is most probably artefact from the high density, and not a "hole" in the outer core. I measured the density of the imperfection, and it is almost certain to be metallic. No balls were harmed during this procedure, and the likelihood of the balls glowing in the dark (despite Marvel comics and @PMookie's beliefs) is negligible
  10. My recent purchase of 4 dozen Srixon Z Star XV's arrived yesterday, so it was time to get to work (actually get to playing around with my balls at work) I started by x-raying each box. I only performed 1 view of each ball, a dozen at a time. I left the balls in their sleeves and boxes but removed the lid from the box. I tried to obtain sharp but not noisy images, so used a scatter reduction grid to tidy things up a bit. The density difference and thin layers made it impossible to visualise the skin from the mantle layer, but the combined outer 2 layers and the inner core are easily visualised. The normal radiographic rule is 2 views perpendicular to each other, which I only applied to one sleeve. My rationale was that significantly non centred cores would likely be apparent on a single view, and small high density imperfections probably aren't very likely to cause problems when playing. I did do a second view of one sleeve to determine (and demonstrate) if the high density imperfection was in the inner core or the outer core. I have marked box 1 balls 4 and 10, and box 4 ball 6 to keep them separate. I will play a couple of practice holes with them to see if I can determine any difference in playing characteristics.
  11. Probably my main issue is that the “Like/Retweet to test” is absolutely not true. When you click on the link it doesn’t take you to the forum, but to the article on the main site. Then “apply now” which takes you to the testing forum, not the main forum. Other than revenue, I can’t see it driving forum growth if people don’t even see the forum. Seeing as @GolfSpy_X started My Golf Spy to combat inaccuracies in golf industry claims, perhaps @GolfSpy_THV or someone from the blog site could explain why the SM posts are worded this way when it clearly isn’t accurate.
  12. I’m a bit concerned that the ads for testing opportunities that MGS run on Facebook and Twitter are misleading and creating more work for moderators. The make it seem like testing opportunities are a competition to win something. See the screen cap below for a Facebook example Perhaps some clarity from head office would be useful. Is a desire to increase site traffic driving these ads? I’m concerned that the misleading nature of these ads goes directly against the Truth mantra of MGS
  13. Doesn’t really work that way. I might need to get @Kenny B to explain some radiation physics to you
  14. Just ordered 4 dozen Srixon Z Star XV’s. I’m changing from the standard Z Star after reading through the MGS ball test. Took advantage of a voucher offer and got them for USD140 with a pack of tees to get me over the minimum. Planning on X-Raying them prior to use to see if I can find any with obvious concentricity problems.
  15. Smoked some ribs, also smoked some bacon while I had the smoker fired up. Served with some cheesy cauliflower. The following demonstrates how good the ribs came out. They were my best effort so far.
  16. It’s strange that I can get one of these bags within a week in Australia but they can’t get the same bag to the challenge guys. Also, Cobra website still says 12-15 days prior to shipping for custom orders. I would have thought Cobra might have prioritised the Cobra Connect Challenge orders as it would have to be a pretty cheap marketing opportunity, especially their marketing budget is taken as a whole. It’s not as if they weren’t aware it was happening, 2 of their senior staff are involved directly. I’m assuming those guys won’t be using whatever grips and shafts Cobra had available.
  17. @Brian Aand @Mtbryant01, were you told of the long delay when you ordered? Nearly 3 months is getting crazy. No bags yet seems very strange.I wonder if Cobra are expecting everyone to carry a loose pile of clubs around with them. Unfortunately Cobra seem to be giving themselves a black eye.
  18. I know that there are serious issues with supply, but to not be able to provide any of your top 4 is appalling. To substitute something with a different sizing is perhaps even worse. I would have thought they should have been able to offer a standard grip, even if it was an upcharge (that they really should cover) I’d be very interested if they are substituting shafts and grips for normal customers. Were the grips you had installed built in Arccos grips?
  19. After my moderate success making a fairway headcover, I decided to have a go at a putter cover, despite my lack of sewing skills. It was certainly a lot trickier than the fairway cover, with a lot of things to figure out before I started. I’m reasonably happy with the result, it’s a bit ratty in one spot but it works and looks good in the bag, especially alongside the fairway cover. I’m contemplating making more fairway covers, I’ve got enough materials for about 20 All up they’ve cost me less than AUD20 and a bit of time.
  20. This newest glitch is bizarre. How can it be different for every review thread. Also concerned we’re going to burn out the moderator team if they have to continue to work their way through massive numbers of applicants who according to the “How Testers Are Chosen” thread are no chance of being selected. Obviously lots more work behind the scenes, as the time between applications closing and announcement has grown significantly with the new system. Hopefully all these teething issues can be sorted so the mods can have time to engage with the forum
  21. I was going to say the same thing, but 4 months isn’t that much of a difference. There’d only be a few who aren’t newbies to you. Congrats and thanks for all the great work you’ve done around the place @Golfspy_CG2
  22. Messy round on Saturday. Probably not too bad after a couple of weeks of lockdown and blustery 15mph wind that seemed to be blowing in multiple directions at the same time. 14 over playing off 7. Drove it ok, had a few misses left with an unexpected draw, and only one miss right. Irons were a very missed bag. Putted ok, but had a couple of 3 putts after leaving myself downhill putts on very slick greens. Bunker play was a absolute highlight, from 5 green side bunkers got up and down 3 times and missed a 3 footer. Best was off the downslope to a pin 3 yards from the lip. Played it to 2 feet and made the putt.
  23. My second hand Titleist TS2 7 wood didn’t come with a headcover. I’ve been looking for one since I got it. Nothing I’ve found that I like suited my budget, so I decided to make my own. It’s very basic, but should do the job. The outer fabric is upholstery material, and it’s lined with fleece. I thought the “Lego” like pattern was a good fit with my game, building blocks are all there, but falls apart without much pressure This was actually my second attempt, first one was okay, but a bit rough. I’m contemplating making a new putter cover, but that may be beyond my skill level. Pretty sure I’m a better golfer than seamstress.
  24. Vaccine is free for 60+ here, not sure of the cost for under 60.
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