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  1. I got my link late in the golf season and had been playing with long pants and pullovers. Since I knew the link used a "microphone" I had it clipped on my right pocket. Even in the few warm rounds I have played I got used to it being on that pocket and have continued with it. In high wind this past weekend I had a few erroneous shots show up and luckily since I check after every hole I was able to clean it up. It might have fixed itself, but I didn't wait around to see if it did. All in all the link has been great. Yes mine is running connecting to an iPhone.
  2. Essentially what every company is doing with all of the foam filled irons. Injecting/squirting/pushing a substance (foam/rubber/spheres/whatever) into a head (injection molding)should not be confused with this new process of metal injection molding. This is completely new in the golf club industry. However MiM is actually metal powder mixed with something and then injected into a "form". Once it solidifies then the head is heated and voila you have a club head. Yes, there is then polishing and milling the grooves and what not. However in constructing heads you now have Forging/casting/milling/Metal Injection Molding as different ways to form the metal itself into a shape. Depending upon the consistency of the metal powder you could probably find a way to use this mixture for 3d printing as well. Which I bet is right around the corner. Cobra claims better grain structure for it's softness. The metal itself that is used or the mixture of metals has way more influence on the feel than grain structure. Does grain structure matter? Of course it does, and it matters in some metals more than others, but that mixed with the head shape and metal gives you an overall softness with the metals chosen being the biggest component of feeling soft. If you mill a putter with the grain flowing from heel to toe rather than front to back it changes the feel of the putter with stainless to make it feel harder in the heel to toe grain configuration. This was an issue with the EVNROLL ER5 when they first made it with heel to toe grain and then the two pockets for weight caused a higher pitch and a sense of a harder feel. They have changed this in the later millings.
  3. There are no absolute rules in golf fitting other than that there are no rules. As @chisagsaid I have seen guys with 118 MPH swings hit a R, S, and X flex roughly the same. All shafts had similar weight and profile. I have seen 88 MPH guys hit an X flex driver shaft the best. As he said these are exceptions. I cannot hit a long (heel to toe) or square toed iron head very well. No matter if it is MB, players, GI, or SGI. Long heel to toe means I hit it further on the toe. This is just a fact for ME. I also have a fairly steep swing with lowish launch and super high spin. The P790 type heads and their ilk work very well for me. VERY well. I have a buddy that hits the ball roughly the same distance as I do and the P790's are absolute trash for him, he launches the ball super high and without a ton of spin. I have seen him fly greens early in the morning with dew on the ground that lowered his spin even more and he was hurting. He went back to a more traditional iron to get his spin back. I went through the horrid of playing MP-14's and that players played MB irons and hacks played any kind of cavity. I finally moved on from that and play whatever works, it is much sexier to collect money after a round than look good and give money out. Now my goal with irons is to get in a launch, spin and dispersion window. I stopped caring how my clubs look or how far they go versus my playing partners. I like repeatable windows, and good gaps between my clubs.
  4. I am very well versed in Casting and forging and how it works and the different hardness in metals from a previous life. However I know little to nothing other than a blurb I read on the internet and the blurb Cobra has on their website(which may or may not be true) about MiM. So I am guessing some way shape or form Cobra is using some metal mixture in the process that somehow makes it softer, or maybe the process does in some way I am not aware of. Like I said I know little to nothing about Metal Injection Molding. I know bending them was easier than almost anything else. Three main things effect feel. Metal used(forging vs. casting does nothing to feel for 99.9% of humans), design of the clubhead, and components used. If you were to take two 8620 metal heads designed exactly the same and one was forged and once was cast(relatively easy metal to do both) and the heads had the same weight, and same shaft and grip. No one would be able to tell the difference. Can you cast 1020 or 1025? Yes you can, but in general I do not believe a manufacturer has cast that metal in a club head that I can remember. I will see if I can dig up the test, but there was an 8620 test done with PGA tour players and they could not tell the difference in the two heads of cast vs forged. The forged feels softer misnomer that runs around the internet is strictly from the metal used, most club heads are cast with some kind of stainless, and while there have been major gains in new stainless that is softer and can be forged more easily (DT-4 for example) it is still harder than 1020 or 1025(which is what most companies forge, or some semblance of a similar carbon steel). Carbon steel in inherently softer than stainless. Could you make a forged 1025 head feel harder than a cast 8620 head? Yep, with the design of the club heads. Could you make a 1025 forged feel harder than a 431 stainless cast head? Harder to do, but I believe it is possible.
  5. I will say the MiM wedges are extremely soft. Other than a set of Bridgeston J40 CB's the MiM wedges were the easiest clubs I ever put my bending bar on in my Mitchell machine. Based on the little I have heard it is the same manufacturing process for the irons as it is for the wedges. Will they use the same metal blend in the irons that they used in the wedges is the big question. If they do, they could have a serious contender for softest feeling iron out IMHO depending upon how the actual design affects vibration. They feel super soft when hitting them as well. I would still be playing them, but I prefer the V Sole from the Cleveland wedges for my swing and turf, which in the end is more important for me.
  6. This is a good list, based on my last test. With one caveat. The P790 is more forgiving than the P770, not a ton more forgiving, but more forgiving none the less. Another caveat, the P790 is not for everyone. If you are in a good spin window with standard irons, or on the low end the P790 are much lower spin than the P770. I also found the new Cobra Forged TEC on the same level with the P770's and for me they were in about the same window, spin and launch.
  7. I am team Bryson, for a different reason. I have a ten year bet with a buddy of mine. He has John Rahm. I won't go into all of the ins and outs or money, but here are a few from highest points to lowest points Major Wins WGC/Players/Playoffs/other big events (based on number of players in top 50 in OWGR playing) Wins PGA Tour Wins Top 5 majors EPGA Tour Wins Top 5 WGC/Players/Playoffs/other big events (based on number of players in top 50 in OWGR playing) Top 10 majors KF Tour Wins Top 10 WGC/PGA We have points for weeks as Number 1 in OWGR Points based on Money (from pro events) Ryder Cup teams qualified Ryder Cup team - Picked == I am currently behind in the points, but only by a few. Rahm's week at number 1 gave him some extra points that has stopped me from catching him even with the top 5 at the PGA. The Memorial win and Bryson missed cut was brutal. Rahm almost back-doored a top 10 at the PGA and that would've hurt. It's funny we added all of this info in, and it is pretty much whoever is leading in career earnings. It was close through 2017, I was leading through 2018, Bryson had a huge year. In 2019 Rahm had a good year, Bryson just OK and he took the lead. I have made up some ground this year with how well Bryson has placed so far.
  8. Golferplus1

    Balata ball

    Wow bringing back some memories. Maxfli HT, Top Flite Z balatas, next we'll hear about the Tour Editions or the Precept EV Extra Spin. The Maxfli HT was a proper wound balata ball. However I may completely off in my thinking, but neither the Z balata, Tour Edition or the EV extra spin were wound balata balls were they? I mean I know golf courses that had Z balatas as their range ball in the early/mid 90's. I never saw a course with the HT or Titleist TB as a range ball. I do remember the Tour Edition spun more than any of them with a wedge, the Z balata was a ball that spun pretty decently, but wasn't as soft as the Maxfli or Titleist.
  9. I am down to try just about any golf balls always looking for something as good or better for a better price. Here in Atlanta when the leaves start falling you lose too many to the piles of leaves, yes I know hit it better. I have tried every name under the sun, I played Bridgestone exclusively for many years before moving to Atlanta. Once here and my supply dried up I started looking. I played Srixon, Snell, Vice, Cut, CSoft, TM, Volvik, and a few others I cannot remember. Of the DTC brands I found the Snell to be far and away the most consistent performer. Ball to ball, dozen to dozen. I know many players that the Vice fits, none of their balls fit me as well as Snell. There was also some weird yardages I got while testing and using a putter swing I found quite a few balls out of round, or that wouldn't roll perfectly straight. Not in that the cover wasn't round, but that something inside the ball was sitting at a weird angle, or density was too high or something that the ball would not roll straight. To be clear, you can find this with every golf ball. No manufacturers tolerances are so tight that every golf ball is perfect, but the numbers that I found them in Vice was much higher than Srixon, Snell, Bridgestone, or TM.
  10. Golferplus1

    AVX vs PRO V1

    I won't purchase Titleist products on pure principle(long story) but I had a buddy that bought a couple of dozen of the AVX in 2018. One of the rounds we played I noticed him over many more greens or a good bit past pin high than he was normally. Finally he was frustrated and on our 16th hole where I had hit a good 8 iron (I play Srixon Zstar or XV depending upon firmness of the greens) he threw a AVX down to me and asked me to take a swing. Of course I thinned the crap out of it, so he threw down another and I hit it as close as I can to the exact swing I had put on the first swing I made with the Srixon. It came off the club higher, but then planed out more quickly. It carried about 7 yards past my Srixon and didn't stop nearly as well. On the 17th he asked me to hit one again, this time with a 7 iron( I am a high spin, somewhat medium-low trajectory player) and that 7 iron flew about 8 yards past my Srixon and rolled out 15 feet when it landed. He said that his issue was the ball carried too far and since he is not a high spin player even his PW and GW were releasing, and with the low spin he noticed an even bigger problem hitting iron shots from the rough. He took the last dozen he had back for a refund and went back to the Srixon. I did not chip with them, but on the couple of strikes with the irons the ball felt not hard or soft, but they are not built for me. YMMV
  11. I owned a small boutique putter company and fit numerous golfers from amateurs to a few pros. Toe hang is the most mis-understood spec in putters. First off toe hang can help or hurt you, I think everyone understands that. However, how it helps or how it hurts is different for every person. If you are missing right more toe hang could hurt you or it could help you. How to be a good putter. 1. Read the greens properly 2. Aim your putter properly 3. Return the club to your target line 4. Hit it the desired speed to take the break you see ---- See it's very simple. The last three people I helped had the same issue. The were missing too many putts left, their AIM was pretty good(used lasers and a mirror to determine) yet all three hit some good putts, but their putts were 50% left of center, 35% center and 15% right of center. Each one of these folks responded to toe hang differently. One guy went into a putter with almost 6 o'clock toe hang. His shots went to 20% left of center, 70% center and 10% still right of center. Another went into a putter with about a 4:30 toe hang and was similar. The last we are still working on. We are having trouble finding a putter he can align properly on short and long putts and make a good stroke with. What he aligns well his stroke cannot return the face back properly often enough to suit me. Everyone responds to putter shape and how the shaft is attached in a different way as far as aligning as well. No it is not just about eye dominance, but that can definitely play a factor. As I have gotten older I can no longer aim a putter with a plumber's neck hosel correctly anymore. I have tried and tried as the old "anser" style is the most pleasing for me to look down on, but the first thing after learning to read greens properly is to aim your putter on that line. === Want to learn to read greens properly? Grab a stimpmeter or a similar type of v groove device. Find a putt, put a tee in the ground, vary the angle of the stimp to get the ball to finish 1' past the hole or however far past you think your proper speed should be. Once you have that, find the start line at that angle to make the putt go into the center of the hole. You can use that across a putting green to get better at reading putts with proper speed and re-training your brain. Chances are you have learned how to read based on your improper stroke and have to retrain yourself for a putter you can aim correctly and return to position correctly more often than not.
  12. There was a Cobra 45% Code from early March until Labor Day. In that time I know of 6 different ones that were active and then deactivated. As it got closer to Labor Day the codes got passed around more and more quickly and they were deactivated more and more quickly. It started with RickeF2020 to BrysonD2020, then they started really getting in the weeds with them. I purchased two MIM wedges, 2 pairs of shoes, grips, 3 speedzone irons and a Driver for my dad. I have friends that purchased multiple drivers, wedges, iron sets, fairway woods,, it was ridiculous.
  13. I try to replace my irons multiple times a year. It often does not succeed. I have mainly played the J36CB, J40CB, then Srioxn 765 still today. I have tried M3 irons, P790, Hotmetal Pro, King Forged Tours, Cally Apex, and some others I am sure I am forgetting.
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