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  1. I will quietly mention that I'm playing the TE EXS driver and absolutely love it. Quietly because I don't want any my golfing buddies to buy it. I was previously playing the Callaway Rogue Draw, but the EXS is easier to hit, longer, and gives me equal or better distance. I've tried going back to the Rogue, but it just doesn't deliver like the EXS does. And it's hundreds less than the big OEM'S drivers...
  2. Welcome back. I took off 30 years before I got back into golf and I was terrible when I gave it up. I didn't start again till I turned 67 and I'm 71 now. If you're retiring then you should have lots of practice time. That's what I did... practice, practice, practice. And there's lots of videos to explain how to improve your game unlike before the 90's. I think a good set of game improvement irons will go a long way and there are various online retailers that sell used equipment... 2nd Swing comes to mind. You can probably also find some used equipment at Golf Galaxy and other brick and mortar stores... just ask. The key is to keep your expectations low and just enjoy the ride. Golf is one of those sports that looks so easy, yet can be so complicated. If you were shooting in the 80's before, it shouldn't take you long to get back there as long as you are willing to put in the time. BTW, I took 30 years off because I coached youth soccer for 30 years and didn't have the time to golf. Now I wish I would have kept playing in spite of my poor skills back then.
  3. I think you might get more interest, at least from my perspective, if you compared some of the big boys with the DTC (direct-to-consumer) brands like, Snell, Vice, Oncore, Pearl, Cut, etc. In my own comparisons, I really like the feel of the Oncore Elixir, but found that I lose distance with it compared to the Bridgestone Tour B RX. However, the Snell MTB-Black and Vice Pro are very similar to the RX and quite a bit cheaper. Currently, I'm still playing the RX, but will do more comparisons with the Vice Pro and Snell Black before finalizing my choice as my gamer.
  4. Going to compare the Oncore Elixir, Vice Pro, and Tour B RX tomorrow during my round. Won't be able to test extensively, but I do plan to hit some comparative shots to see how they perform. I've been playing the Vice Pro the last few rounds and really like it, and I've played the Tour B RX for the last year. Thus far, I've only had a change to hit the Elixir indoors and it definitely feels softer than Vice Pro and RX, and I've also noticed that it runs out a little more on putts. How it performs on the course may be a completely different game.
  5. I too switch from the MTB Black to the Vice Pro after playing the Vice Pro for a couple of rounds. Call it a feel thing, but more importantly, I feel like I'm getting more consistent play out of the Vice Pro. Not too firm and not too soft. Really like the feedback off the putter. Also, not quite as clicky as the MTB Black. Both are good balls, but the Vice Pro just seems to fit my game a little better.
  6. Still waiting for my order of the Elixir to be delivered. I could tell if you were happy with the Elixir of not? I played 18 with the Vice Pro and was more than happy with the results. Consistency off the driver was very good and liked the way it performed on approach shots. Putting was extremely good.
  7. I really liked the results of the Oncore Elixir for my particular SS and swing characteristics, so I ordered 3 dozen on April 29th. I got a ship notice on May 1 with tracking info. Checked the tracking info and they don't get delivered until May 9th? I thought that was an unusually long time since their shipping charges (no matter what you order) is $ 8.95. I figured this would be like 2 or 3 day delivery. I decided to give them some feedback today regarding adding the shipping information and perhaps an alternative expedited shipping option, so I email them. I got a reply back within a few minutes and they refunded the shipping cost and said they had some problems with shipping my order out. I'd call that just adequate customer service, because they didn't really address my concern about using Fedex Smartpost or adding an expedited shipping option, even if it costs more. Nevertheless, I'm excited to try the Elixir and will report back when I get them out on the course. Currently, I started playing the Vice Pro and really like the way it plays and feels, especially, off the putter. Distance wise and performance wise it's very close to the Bridgestone Tour B RX and Snell MTB Black. I probably could not tell the difference in a blind test. The difference to me is putting where it seems to roll just a little further with the same effort than the other two.
  8. Well, I tried the Tour B X and it feels a little too firm for me. Played the Vice Pro today and it felt and played very well. Unfortunately, the driver was not working for me, but everything else seemed pretty good.
  9. As did I. At $ 25 a dozen, I couldn't go wrong. Special promotion.
  10. What ball would you play if you were in the 90 mph range with a driver?
  11. I noticed this and, in fact, in my only comparison, it looks like the perfect fit for me... so I ordered some using their promotional $ 25 a dozen price. They arrive on Friday (tomorrow) and I'll be using them on Saturday. I'll let you know how they compare to my current gamer Bridgestone Tour B RX.
  12. If you read the comments... and they are growing daily, there a section in there where Tony explained how they came up with the categories and how the balls were assigned to each.
  13. Wouldn't it be great if any new or updated balls released in the future would be submitted to MGS for this same test methodology so we, as consumers, could evaluate them based on what we currently see in these charts. I know it will never happen, but I know in my case, I will be very skeptical of claims made by ball manufacturers.
  14. I ordered the Elixir after reading the results. It definitely seems to be an outlier and provide better than expected results. One thing I noticed about the Vice Pro is, according to the charts and my experience, it is a great ball for getting in the fairway. I've used Snell Black, Tour B RX, and Vice Pro extensively indoors and can't see any differences except the Snell feels a little better off the putter. The Vice Pro feels better off the irons. Since I need distance, the Elixir may be a good option for me. I'll let you know. I hope they show up for my round on Saturday (3 days from now).
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