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  1. I used to love flying... Then I had a mishap and feel 14 ft off of a ladder and the jostling my head too as it hit the ground have me a great of flying. Since then, I've taken probably 30 flights, and while the fear hasn't left me, I get better so of the time. I still have to have a window seat and I need to be able to use the flight tracker... But I can actually use the bathroom when I need to and not sweat through my clothes and be constantly be wiping my hands off. I like the takeoff, even though it's more of an adrenaline rush. Landing is fine. During the flight I'm always waiting for that big bump. It's probably not good for my heart! [emoji23] When my wife and I were flying in from Mexico, we had to land in Houston for our connecting flight home. The last 45 minutes of the flight we were all bucked in. We could see a heck of a black wall of storms building and or plane was going to try to make it to the runway first... Well we were being jostled all over the place. Flight attendants were in thier seats. A few glasses and other things fell in the plane. That plane was being man handled by the wind. It was the craziest ride I had ever been on... And when we landed, almost sideways (I thought we were just gonna go right back up into the air and be diverted), the heavens let down on us and were stuck on that runway for almost 30 minutes as it just downpoured and lightninged. Couldn't see much out the window and the storm was intense... But we were alive... And made out through customs just in time to sprint to our connecting flight as they were closing the door. Thankfully, they gave us some water and some lovely seats... By the bathroom at the back of the plane. [emoji38] I hate that my wife falls asleep before the plane takes off and send to wake up with about 30 minutes left so she can pee and be ready to land. While I sweat, worry and watch TV... And sometimes read, if it's a smooth flight. Flying is a hassle, but super convenient overall. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  2. [emoji3590][emoji3590][emoji3590] I just can't get over this little girl[emoji3531][emoji3531][emoji3531] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  3. Wedge Cleveland thread I'm guessing. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  4. First Name/State: Derek, IL Handicap: 3 Current Brand Wedges Played: Scor Your favorite type of wedge shot: I love hitting flop shots, chips and anything inside 100 yards really. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  5. I did! [emoji846] Easy wedge in from there. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  6. I hit an awful shot Sunday(blue dot). High, off the toe. Resulted in a hard hook. Went through a couple trees, over a river, through some more trees, and landed in the fairway of a previous hole. I was quite surprised, and happy to find it where I did (red dot).... because this indian made a horrible swing with the arrow he was using. That being said, the ball still went 215+ yards...when I fully expected it to be only 125 or less yards from the tee... And probably in the water. #CBXLucky Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  7. Agreed. I've hit this into a par 5 twice now. Once from 246 and once from 251. Granted, both were well struck, but that's more than I expected out of it. If the rain stops and ground ever dries up... I'm going to have a gapping problem [emoji38] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  8. This course is just amazing. Great conditions. Fun layout. Hitting at rocks on blind please 3's. Trip planning may have to commence.... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Enjoyed watching the golf channel on the range and chatting with the players this morning. Good stuff! Loved them talking through shots and drills with a few of the guys. Course looks really fun. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  10. Definitely agree on the toe hit being shorter. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  11. No scoring benefits as of yet... But I do like it out of the rough more than the G400 crossover I was using. I think the deep face is really good in that type of lie. It's been a little better than expected in that aspect. I'm surprised by the feel as well. Really really really solid feel. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  12. Ii think the ferrule looks fairly standard. Maybe a little longer. But not too much. And honestly, I don't even notice it at all while looking at the club. As for the rails on the bottom...I haven't seen the Cobra baffler in a while, but from what I remember, the rails were a little more substantial. The 119 honestly don't stick out unless you really get up close and start feeling with your hands. It sits on the ground nicely. I'm sure they help to slide through the rough smoother and give a better strike if you get a little fat with a swing. I think the big thing is that your getting the benefits without having to think about how to use them. Just swing your swing, if that makes sense. Some clubs i think about all the features as you swing. This one I don't. Just let er rip! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  13. Stage 1 up! Rounds have been played. Whatcha got folks? Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  14. Stage 1 Oh Hey There! Hey all, my name is Derek (Dhartmann34). Very happy to be helping review the Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119. I haven’t carried a hybrid in a few years as I always had trouble hitting my previous one left and I never really had a ton of confidence in it. So it’ll be interesting to get one back in the bag and start giving it a go. As for me, I've played high school and college golf and continue to play local competitions.. I am located in the north eastern Illinois, about 10 miles from the Wisconsin border. A lot of my golf is played at a local municipal course which is about 6,200 yards and very tight. If you're going to hit driver/3 wood, you need to be really straight, otherwise you'll find trees, water, and OB. Greens usually run 8-9. My strengths tend to be from 150 yards and in. I struggle off of the tee, although that part of my game has gotten better in the past couple of years which is why my handicap is hovering around 2. I think like most folks, I’m probably using driver more than I should. My 3 wood is primarily used off of the tee on shorter par 4’s and I’m a bit more consistent that my driver, but I wouldn’t say a ton. My crossover has been used a lot off of the tee, but also on long approach shots from the rough. I like the iron like shaped head, which gives me a little more confidence out of the rough. Especially the longer rough as it seems it has done nothing but rain here since the beginning of April. With golf, I REALLY enjoy the challenge of getting better. There's not a ‘ perfect game' and it's fun to know that there's always something to work towards. I enjoy sitting on the range and in the short game areas in the late evening and just working on different things, or trying to better what I currently do. It's heaven for me. It's my calm. And with a 2.5 month old child, it’s even more valuable to me these days. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quick Bag Check My bag setup comes from a fitting with Club Champion and is all the same as when I began 2018. I tend to stick to the same things for a while. I’m not one for always getting something new and shiny. Driver - Ping G400 (SP - 107-110) with Diamana Kai'li 60 X-Flex Fairway - Ping G400 3 Wood with Diamana Kai'li 60 X-Flex Irons - Ping G400 Crossover 3 (19*) (Being Replaced by the Exotics CBX 119 19*) Titleist 718 AP3 (4 - 5) and AP2 (6 - PW) Wedges - Scor 50, 54 and 58 *All irons/wedges with TT Dynamic Gold 120 Tour Issued S400 shafts* Putter - Scotty Cameron ProPlatinum Newport Two Midslant (-3.5* loft) You’ll notice the PING G400 line at the top of my bag. I find the G400 line of the woods to be pretty easy to hit and fairly forgiving. I love the look, sound and feel. Feel is EVERYTHING in my game. If the club doesn’t feel good to me, I might as well trade it because I’ll never be able to hit it well. Yes it’s mental, but it is what it is. I tend to hit the ball fairly high, so a mid launching shaft is what I stick with. As you can see from the pictures of the CBX shaft, I’ve stuck with an X flex to hopefully get that nice mid flight I’m used to. And I have to say, I love the “Assembled in the USA” sticker. I’ll be leaving that on, just because I want to! Now That The CBX 119 Hybrid Is In My Hands First thing I did when I received the club was change the grip. I’m used to playing a Golf Pride MCC Plus 4 Midsize grip so that’s what I went with. The stock grip is less that ideal in my opinion so I’m guessing most folks would end up changing it no matter what. This is pretty standard with any manufacturer these days unfortunately. But it is what it is. First thing I notice is the color. I LOVE the color of the EVENFLOW shaft. Just a thing of beauty to look at. The color of the head is shiny...very shiny. Which concerns me a little bit as I’m used to the matte black color of the G400 line. Looking down at the club, I wonder if the sun will bounce off and blind me during play. With all the rain we’ve been getting, I haven’t really been able to find out yet. But I can definitely say, it could be an issue that some folks may not enjoy….although easily fixed with some tape or pain. Technology wise ((Short Tech Video Explaining Features- CLICK HERE!! ), the CBX 119 hybrid is aiming to have less spin, with a better launch and great stopping power. This is of course useful in many situations on the course. I’d find it especially useful for longer par 3’s, or when I’ve got a longer shot into a par 4. Really not into a ball rolling over the green in that situation. They’ve also put thinner and thicker points on the face which is interesting. This aims to make off center hits more forgiving, which considering most folks are hitting their hybrid in a situation where it’s supposed to be going a decent length and probably not a ton of space to miss, forgiveness will be key. And then the “Speed Ramp” sole which will in my opinion, help the club act more like an iron in terms of interaction with the ground, so chunky shots are a little less likely. Tour Edge also talks about how they made the head a little shorter, but gave it a deeper face. I absolutely LOVE the concept as I have felt past hybrids have had too much width to them….and the deeper face gives me a little vote of confidence that I’ll get down to the ball in the rough and get a good strike. Lots of clubface to hit. Setup looks really good on this club. It feels square in my hands and gives me a little bit of confidence…. probably just because it truly does look so good! So What’s The Goal Here? To give you the best review I can of course....and for you to ask me as many questions as you'd like! But also, I want to see the CBX 119 kick my G400 Crossover out of my bag. I want it to give me a reason to put that sucker in the classifieds or sell it to my dad that has been eyeing it for a long while now. It’s great for me off of the tee, especially when I make a good swing. It’s fairly decent out of the rough and hit or miss off of the fairway. So to beat it out the CBX is going to need to perform well in all of these categories and give me the confidence that when I pull it on a tough shot in the State or County open, I’m going to get the results that I’m expecting. In my mind, that’s a mid trajectory with fairly quick stopping power and consistent distance. I need a club that’ll be in the 225-235 range like my G400 19* Crossover tries to fill…. and most importantly, as I touched on before, I need to have a club that isn’t going to go left on me as my past hybrids have tended to do which is obviously my own doing, but I think there’s something about hybrids that give me the ability to send it left easier. Is it in my head? In my swing? Probably both. But we’ll see what happens with this one! And I’m hoping the sound and feel are acceptable for me. I like a very ‘solid’, firm, but not hard, non-metal pingy feel when I hit a club square….which is why I like the G400 line as they realy fixed that from the G line they had. But I also don’t want that ‘metal’ sound either. You know, that high pitched, annoying one where you pray for the guy to be done with his balls at the range so he’ll go away sound? The CBX Hybrid is going to get a lot of work in. Thankfully I’ve got a range I can hit unlimited balls at and at times have a launch monitor I can hopefully get some numbers off of. We tend to play at least 45 holes each week, 36 on the weekend and 9 during our league on Mondays. So that’ll certainly be a good place to give the club it’s repetitions. It’s usually pretty tough to kick something out of my bag. I don’t like to get rid of clubs as I feel I need some consistency and obviously as I’ve said before, in 95% of the situations, it’s the indian, not the arrow. But with this testing opportunity, it’s a soap opera love triangle going on now! I’ve got 2 love interests that I have the option to keep in my golf life, but only 1 can stay. Will the G400 Crossover maintain it’s stronghold of over 1.5 years? Or will the CBX 119 Hybrid come in and steal my heart? Stay tuned for the next episode of “As the golf bag turns…..”
  15. Passed a big test today that I need for my big move of being my own boss instead of working for someone else. Had 3:45 to take it. Finished it with an hour to go. Waiting for that score to pop up at the end is heart stopping. They should have a defibrillator in the testing center. One more test to go! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  16. Haha... I told them I want a cut if they win [emoji38] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  17. I did not but I taped it. Two people I know are on the show!! I actually sent them the thing to try out. Wishing I would have done it myself! [emoji4] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  18. We're going up with a bunch of friends to a resort just south of the course at the end of July... So I'm sneaking off one day to play. Can't not do it if I'm only 10 minutes away. Beats the almost 6 hour drive it normally is. #BucketList Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  19. A tale of two nines again. Had 4 birdies and 2 bad bogey's today on the front for a 34. Drove a par 4 and left the putt just right of the hole. Aerated greens were bumpy. 5/9 greens. Then the back nine was just poor mental mistake after poor mental mistake. Shot 40 with no birdies and that was a miracle. I could have used Speith's caddie to slap me around! [emoji38] 4/9 greens. 74 for the day. Hope tomorrow is a better story. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  20. From what they said the other day on the broadcast and an article I read, they can't get the greens any faster due to moisture and the lack of wind. Rough could be longer I suppose, but I think at some point there is a line where looking for balls in the rough is nonsensical. I saw videos of guys in their practice rounds losing balls in greenside rough when they literally just tossed it down. Being hard to hit out of and not being able to find a ball 3 yards off of the green is goofy. I think the lack of sun, wind and normal coastal weather is what is really making it play as easy as it is. I think if that wind was at 15-20mph with some sunshine, or at least a lack of mositure, those greens would be dry and like parking lots...with balls bouncing into the long rough and rolling 15+ feet past for down hill putts. But maybe the boycott talk helped sway the usga a bit.... But I don't think they are trying to make it any easier than past years. Either way, I usually like to see the guys shoot par or a few over...so this hasn't been all that exciting so far for me.... But it's golf and great players... So I'll continue to watch. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
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  22. I had the ctl in a set of pings for 3 years and I liked it. It launched at a moderate to high angle for me. Spin was middle range. Feel was just okay. Hitting it in multiple irons, the modus is more mid launching and will give you a little less spin. Feel is good. That being said, I've noticed that they do differ in performance based on the iron head. Best option will be to check your numbers on a launch monitor based on whichever had you are choosing. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. IMO Speith has come across as whiny since he started playing poorly a few seasons back. I used to be a fan, but with his attitude when things aren't going right, I don't care to watch him play. That moment between him and his caddie was him disappointed in the fact that he hit a solid shot and didnt get the result he wanted. But While a caddie is supposed to get that distance right and make sure those distances keep his player of of trouble, it is still up to the player to know his distance and the circumstances. There is an agreement at some point on the shot, distance and target. Unless the caddie made him to against what he originally choose for those two shots, it's on both of them. I'd have rather heard him say "we misjudged twice there" or something similar. But as I said, he's shied away from the blame and fault and just whined for a while now unfortunately. He's still young. Hopefully he learns from it. Might help his game as well..... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. Nothing the USGA could do. No wind and extremely wet first half of the year makes the course fairly indefensible. Usually they can get the moisture out of the greens, but much the same as here in the Midwest, without sun and heat, it ain't happening. Doesn't look like the winds or weather will change much through the weekend either. Winner will be in the -15 range. Which will help the players stop whining and threatening to boycott future opens. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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