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  1. Jay, Michigan With 4 kids under 7, not as much as I would like, so most of the time it ends up being the couple minutes I have before a round begins once golf season starts in the mitten state. 3-4 three putts per round Putting is usually the weakest part of any golf simulation experience I have had, so I am interested to see if this experience is as impressive as they advertise it to be. Also, at my office, we have daily betting putting competitions in the winter time, and it would be cool to use this instead of the old cup and hallway floor to hone the putting skills for all of us.
  2. Compared to today’s standards, they aren’t that bad. Compared to the 8-10 year old irons I was previously playing and used to, they are a club or so strong, which messes up the gapping a little between my wedges on the low end and my hybrid/fairway woods on the top end.
  3. I have a set of JPX 919 hot metal pro irons, 4 - GW, kbs c taper light stiff shafts, that have been played for about 15 rounds and hit for 5 range sessions. Still pretty much look new (will post pictures later), but looking to potentially trade for a set of black cobra forged tec irons in similar shape, or a set of 919 forged. The clubs are fine, but the added distance I get compared to my old clubs is a little more than I need. All standards for length, lie, etc. If in the metro Detroit area, would be willing to meet up to make the trade to save on shipping. GONE AND CAN BE LOCKED DOWN!
  4. Jay, MI Caleb, 6 Ray Cook Manta Junior Golf Set Wilson JGI Junior Small Besides aspiring to play golf, his dream when he grows up is to create real life Pokemon. Not sure what type of experiments that will entail yet, but at least the boy knows how to dream!
  5. Bummer that Klay ended up tearing his ACL in the finals. Not only is it going to put his basketballl game behind a bit, but more importantly, his gains on the golf course are going to suffer as well!
  6. Jay - Washington, MI I use the NX7 Pro and was thinking of upgrading to this new model, but I was a little nervous about doing that after the MGS best rangefinder article came out. Would be very interesting to be able to test it first hand to see if I do think the NX7 pro tops the NX9 HD. Picked or not, I'll be finding my way back to this forum to see what the lucky testers think!
  7. Tier 5: Haotong Li Winner Score: -8
  8. I wasn't 100% sure what the proper forum topic discussion this should have ended up in, but this "Tour Talk and Debate" section seemed like a pretty good landing spot. And I figure you forum moderators would move it somewhere else or link it somewhere else if it is in the wrong place. Anyway, I watched the bonus episode of NoPuttsGiven where the guys and Anya discussed Hank Haney, the LPGA, and the game of golf as it relates to women, and I thought it was pretty interesting. Obviously not all arguments, points etc. could be covered in a single episode without the risk of it lasting for about 300 hours and eclipsing the 1 hour max attention span people have these days, but a couple of interesting points were made during the episode that got me thinking about some various things. 1. I think in general, all professional women's sports in the US all suffer from the same issues that women's golf suffers from, which is a lack of exposure, with the exception of maybe tennis. One thing that I find interesting is that women's basketball may be the most well known, but in my opinion the "Rickie Fowler" -type athletes (marketable, relatable, etc.) are actually more well known and have more exposure during their time in college than when they hit the professional ranks. For example, Candace Parker was all over Sportscenter, news articles, etc. when she was dominating at Tennessee, but once she made it to the WNBA, she pretty much became a ghost, even though she was still dominating that league (Rookie of the Year, 2X MVP, Finals MVP, WNBA Champion). I don't think there are any other instances where an athlete moves on to the next level, continues to dominate, but effectively becomes more unknown. Also, this is an another example of how the NCAA takes advantage of college athletes stardom (even more so than for males) but that is another argument for another forum. 2. I think the PGA and LPGA need to do something similar to what the NHL did this past year during All-Star Weekend. I am not a fan of the all-star games, but I did like that four women got the chance to do the demonstration of the competition (at least some exposure), and one actually got to compete in the event as an injury replacement. The one athlete actually had the best time or was just off the best time for the passing skill competition, so she would have finished right at the top of that competition, which is crazy. Was that enough, probably not, but at least it was a way that the women got good exposure. So for the LPGA and PGA, maybe it is a team tournament, like the Zurich Classic, but instead of two PGA members, the teams have to be made of one PGA member and one LPGA member. Or maybe it is something a little more gimmicky, like an all-star game where there are different skill competitions that both tours compete in, similar to that"Big Break" show that used to be on the golf channel, where it can be PGA vs LPGA or something like that. Although the long ball is sexy, I think seeing pros compete on things like bunker shots, bending shots around obstacles, team speed golf, etc. where length doesn't come into play would be interesting and fun to watch and be an easy way for the women to get a little more exposure. Or maybe it is a PGA/LPGA rider cup type thing at the end of each season, who knows. But I do think the Zurich Classic is a prime for a quick place to make an easy and quick adjustment to make something happen. 3. Even though you guys don't take ad dollars from anyone since you are believe in letting the data speak for itself, MyGolfSpy does have a huge level of pull in the golf marketing industry. How do I know that - companies go around throwing the "My Golf Spy Most Wanted Winner" spot in their advertisements now, whether in print or on TV. So even though you guys had the discussion on the episode, and even with Anya in the fold on the team, I think there may be some more that you guys could do to help grow the LPGA game using some of that clout you have gained. For example, there is the Wilson Slam contest that you guys have run for the majors. But what if the contest was done for the LPGA majors instead of the PGA majors? I don't care if it is men's golf or women's golf, if free golf swag is available, I am entering the contest and doing a little research on the various women to try and win (and no, I wouldn't take the Hank Haney approach and pick anyone with the last name "Lee" and then boast and say that was based on facts and research...) Or maybe it is starting a LPGA fantasy golf league. I think Fantasy sports drives a lot of interest in the men's professional sports, and even though golf doesn't have the same following as football or baseball, people do play it. And since you guys are data-nerds (I mean that in a good way), I am sure you could find some more interesting ways to calculate scoring than just lowest score. And maybe that would solve the data number issue mentioned in the podcast - MyGolfSpy could become the new keeper of advanced analytics for women's golf, since it apparently isn't readily available. And last note, maybe you guys should think about changing the forum grouping as well, where you have the PGA tour separated one option and then "all other tours" as the other. Maybe the LPGA should have its own forum instead of getting lost in the catch all, or maybe it just gets thrown in the PGA forum, and the names of the forums are changed to "Professional Tours" and "Minor Tours" or something like that. Either way, grouping the LPGA into catch all purgatory isn't a good look if you want to try and do what you guys can to expand interest into the women's tour. 4. Has MGS ever thought about sponsoring an LPGA pro? Maybe it isn't the same type of endorsement deal as a standard (and I know, the episode talked about women getting screwed on the endorsement side of things because a lot of businesses find them to be a sunk cost dollar burner, so this wouldn't fix that problem), but maybe someone starts to follow said LPGA tour pro because she is wearing a MGS hat or has MGS headcovers on her bag, etc. So maybe it isn't the dollars or something like that you provide, but she gets some free MGS gear, and she gets to come and use your guys data laboratory for training/data analysis, where you guys can run some more advanced analytics for her. So she doesn't necessarily get paid, but she can get some free sway and access to high class tools, which saves her some money on some other things she spends on for her career. Saving money and cutting costs in one area is a lot like making money, that's all I am saying. 4. Building off of #3 and covering the free marketing of tour professionals, maybe all of us in the forums can provide that free marketing that LPGA stars don't have. My social media game is pretty lame, but I am pretty sure there are forum members that have some social media sway powers that could drop a few # or @ on twitter to tag some LPGA players, articles, etc. Or maybe it is the forum that creates some type of LPGA fantasy league that catches on and becomes big, helping promote LPGA golfers. Maybe the MGS forum is the tipping point that the LPGA needs to get to the next level! I could keep going, but I think I have past the point where people are still reading this post and actually engaged, but I would be interested to see what other ideas or thoughts you other forum participants have. And if you haven't watched the bonus episode of No Putts given covering this topic, that would probably be a good place to start.
  9. I just bought a set of the 919 hot metal pros, so I am quite sure my wife would divorce me if another box of clubs showed up at our door (if I was lucky enough to be chosen). Those VT’s look really good though and are tempting, so I am curious to read what the chosen few think of them once they get them. Will be checking back on those reviews later!
  10. Are the JPX900 irons still available? Do you have any pictures you could provide if they are available?
  11. I like the point made here. Shaq couldn't switch out and shoot a different basketball to try and correct his atrocious free throw shooting . Tom Brady can't legally play with flatter or smaller footballs to throw further or more accurately. It would be interesting to see Rory or Tiger or Rickie all have to play a set of clubs that had the exact same flex characteristics, lofts, lengths, and so forth. Since they are all fine tuned athletes, I am sure they would still dominate the sport without a problem, but it would be interesting to see how their strategy and club selection changed to accommodate issues they experienced with the clubs, since they would no longer be tuned exactly to their specific needs. Stricter standardization of equipment may actually be a possible solution to the distance problem instead of trying to roll back golf ball technology, who knows. But I think that would put a lot of the custom component companies out of business, so it would never happen anyway. As far as people saying bifurcation would hurt companies from a marketing standpoint, I doubt it would make any type of difference. People bought Nike golf clubs and golf clubs because of Tiger, but how many people did you see playing the blade irons he was playing? Same with Rickie Fowler - people that love him will still go out and buy Cobra clubs, but I think it is a vast minority that actually goes out and buys the Cobra blade irons that he is bagging. I think people are more loyal to brand name than the actual specific equipment that golfers are using - i.e. "Rory hits the ball far, he plays Taylor Made, so I am going to go buy Taylor Made" more so than "I am going to buy the Taylor Made M3 driver". I also wonder about what effect course design change (longer rough, tighter fairways, more hazards) would have on recreational golfers. Let's say that happened, so suddenly pros rarely play driver anymore off the tee box, they start just using woods and irons. Does the recreational golfer start to do the same, since, lets be honest, the majority of the public tries to emulate what the pros do, especially when you are first learning any type of sport. Kids chuck 3's at a young age in basketball now (which, as a basketball coach, I hate since the majority of the time this messes up their shooting form), and everyone wants to hit the deep bomb like Dustin now, so would people stop using certain clubs and follow what pros do, even though it actually hurts your chance to score better? Does golf become less fun to watch or play because if this - would you want to watch US Open type conditions every single week?
  12. Jay Michigan 13 Adams idea a12 pro, 4-PW, KBS tour stiff flex My heart tells me the i500's - they just look sexy to me - but my brain, my game and Ping's online fitting system says the i210's, so the 210's it is! Best of luck worldwide entrants! Also, this post officially got me from new spy status to spy analyst. Read more in the forums than I post myself, but just getting that boost already makes me a winner.
  13. Great reviews guys. I bought the NX7 pro as a birthday gift to myself this April based on the previous MGS reviews that were done, and I have enjoyed it as much as you guys appear to. Question for you guys though - I have had a couple times where the battery has gotten loose or something, so the power goes out. I have to open the battery area and just reput it in and I am back in business, but freaked me out the first time since I only had the unit for a couple days and suddenly it wasn't working. Maybe I need to be less Indy car driver, more overly cautious grandma when I am driving my cart, but have any of you guys experienced anything like this?
  14. Tier 1: Justin Thomas Tier 2: Tony Finau Tier 3: Daniel Berger Tier 4: Brendan Steele Tier 5: Thorbjorn Oleson Winning Score: -13
  15. Tier 1: Rickie Fowler Tier 2: Matthew Fitzpatrick Tier 3: Zach Johnson Tier 4: Jason Dufner Tier 5: Satoshi Kodaira Tier Breaker: -12
  16. Man, I am a little jealous of all you potential testers! Unfortunately my Google Pixel is going to keep me on the sidelines for this one, but I am really excited to see what the winners have to say about their experience. Best of luck to you all!
  17. Good luck entrerants! I actually just bought myself an Nx7 pro about two months ago and have been thoroughly impressed with it. Interested to read what the testers end up thinking about it.
  18. I am a metro Detroit golfer as well, and there are a lot of good treks to play. Fieldstone in Auburn Hills that was mentioned is a quality course. I never play well there, but it is a solid layout. Also has a nice driving range and putting green for practing on. Katke Cousins is one of the two Oakland University courses. I think you might need to be a member or play with a student to get oneither one though, but I could be wrong. I played it a couple of times with my brother when he was a student there, and every par 3 hole had a basket of nice, short tees sitting on the tee box for you to use if you want. The other course at Oakland is the Sharf, which is also a nice course if you can get on. Has that northern Michigan golf feel without the drive. If you can find a member to take you, it's worth getting on and playing. The Orchards is a nice course. It used to host qualifiers and amateur tournaments so it is pretty challenging. Another course I personally don't play well at, but I still enjoy myself every time. Greystone and Glacier club are also two other courses near the Orchards that are both good courses worth playing. A couple other good ones that are worth checking out - Twin Lakes in Oakland Township (has 27 holes, so can mix and match the 3 sets of 9 holes), Cherry Creek in Shelby Township (best practice facility in the Metro Detroit area in my opinion with multiple putting greens, chipping greens, bunkers, etc for you to use for practice), Stony Creek Metro Park Golf course and Boulder Pointe out in Oxford. And for Northern MI golf trips in the future, Forest Dunes is great - expensive but definitely a hidden gem in Roscommon. The original course is top notch, and they also have the Loop course, which plays in two different directions (clockwise one day, counterclockwise the next). Treetops has run really good deals the last couple years if you go before Memorial Day - you can get two days of unlimited golf and one nights lodging for $150 a person, which is a pretty unbelievable deal for the courses they have.
  19. Are you specifically referring to pace of play for the pros and rangefinders, not the golf community in general? I think it would have minimal impact or may actually slow down the pace of play for the pros if they could use rangefinders on tournament days. As far as I can tell, tour pros and their caddies are generally pretty meticulous and strategic when analyzing the data that they already have available to them from practice rounds, pin sheets, etc. They already factor in wind, course conditions, strategy based on the info they have, so i think giving them the opportunity to have further data to analyze during the round has the potential to slow things down since it possibly just adds a step for them without eliminating anything (i.e. now checking exact distances not just to pins, but to any potential hazard or lay-up location, comparing that to the information previously gathered, then hitting a shot). I know that my livelihood depended on my score and a missed shot here or there could end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars, I would want to analyze all information I had in that moment to avoid that. I think pace of plays for the pros has more to do with over analyzing data then the issues we recreational golfers face when complaining about pace of play (i.e. not playing ready golf, playing from the wrong set of tees, not hitting provisional shots or hunting too long for lost balls, etc). Side note - I do think the green reading app could speed up the pace of play for recreational golfers since it would eliminate the need for people to read putts from multiple angles for 10 minutes, miss by a large margin and then repeat the process. Of course, this assumes the picture and scan process of the app is quick and efficient, otherwise it may be a push. I have no real way of proving this next thought, but I believe that tour pros and caddies also have developed a pretty good sense of distances from the endless hours of golf they have played, so the rangefinder hay have a limited difference to pace of play for them anyway. The only semi-proof I have to support this theory is from the experience I have golfing with my Dad. He doesn't use a rangefinder when he plays, but he generally has a good feel for the distance. We will be on a hole, I will pull out my rangefinder to get a distance and he will say "Its about 130 yards" before I say anything, and it will shoot to be 132 yards or something like that. It almost ends up being a game for him during the round, so at times he will venture out with more specific numbers suck as "It is 183 yards" or "it is 106 but will play like 94" and he is usually within 2-3 yards of what the scope shows at least 80% of the time. And it doesn't matter if we are playing a new course, he just has that innate feel, which he said he developed in all the years that he caddied as a kid from middle school through college and then continued to develop as he has continued to play the game. If he has that type of ability, I would assume the majority of the professional caddies and players would have developed something similar as they mastered their craft. But maybe I am wrong and my dad is some type of distance sensing savant who should use his talents as a pga tour sideshow event.
  20. Jay Michigan Adams idea pro a12 irons, 4 - PW KBS tour stiff shafts 170 yards I was never really a fan of the ping iron looks. Have always read great things about the company, tech in the clubs, etc., but the design aesthetics never really tickled my fancy as they say. But I can definitely get behind this new design!
  21. Tier 1: Rickie Fowler Tier 2: Tommy Fleetwood Tier 3: Tony Finau Tier 4: Matthew Fitzpatrick Tier 5: Chesson Hadley Tie Breaker: -4
  22. Just curious, but about how often does everyone upgrade their equipment? Personally, I change different components at different rates. For example, I upgrade my driver and woods about every 3 years, my wedges every two years, but I don't really change my putter, irons or hybrids ever. I have been playing the same Adams a12 pro irons since 2011, and I played a set of Cleveland TA 4's for years before making a change. I know part of changing equipment is dictated by how many rounds you play since that will dictate wear and tear (I probably play about 20-25 rounds a year), but is wear the main reason most of you upgrade? Or do you upgrade more often to take advantage of advances in technology? Just curious what the community thinks.
  23. Tier 1: Justin Thomas Tier 2: Patrick Reed Tier 3: Zach Johnson Tier 4: Martin Kaymer Tier 5: Rafa Cabrera Bello Winning score: -10 Low amateur: -1
  24. Big contest announced just as golf season in Michigan approaches. I like it! Jay, MIchigan (Go blue!) Adams A12 pro 4-pw (bought based off mygolfspy review from 2011) stiff kbs tour shafts Cleveland Rtx 2.0 54 & 58 degree wedges, stock shaft Callaway copper forged 52 degree wedge, stock shaft Bridgestone precept ECU 21 degree utility club, stock regular flex shaft Callaway hot 17 degree 4 wood, stock project x stiff shaft Nike covert 2.0 tour driver, stock kuro kage stiff shaft, trimmed down 1 inch Callaway Versa #9 putter, 34 in. 3. 13.6 handicap 4. I am searching for consistency in 2018. My golf game is a lot like riding a roller coaster at Cedar Point - lots of ups and downs, an occasional loop and able to provide a little thrill but also an upset stomach. I have times where my driver is working but my irons are off, or my putter is going but I can't find the fairway, so I am hoping to find a way to just be steady in all areas at the same time. Also looking for practice consistency, which should help achieve consistency on the course. Best of luck to everyone!
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