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    The transit of my mercurial mojo is inexorably linked to expeditious golfing, surfing tanker wakes, rummaging through thrift stores and commiserating over mutual discontent of the aforementioned.
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  1. My grip felt natural from the start. But the putter fitting at CC centered around maintaining my typical setup, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear the other guys on the team experienced a different (possibly ongoing) adjustment period.
  2. Last week, I got in one full loop and several hours on the putting green with the Armlock. My round was of the super social variety and I subsequently never wrapped my head around scoring that day - result: 33 putts. That’s _a ton_ compared to my average and I didn’t make anything of significant length. But again, I really wasn’t in the mindset to grind. And I also didn’t wiff any short ones. Stage 2 for our Bettinardi SS38 Armlock review team is slated to drop on Memorial Day. That gives us one more week (cold & wet in my case) to do any specific testing you guys would like. So please reach out ASAP in the official review thread if you have any suggestions or requests.
  3. I probably should have posted in this thread, but a potentially interesting observation re: the Maxfli Tour lineup: CG/MOI -vs- Cover Seam
  4. While acquiring a dozen Tmag Rory PGA promotion forms last week at DSG, I decided to check out the Maxfli Tour ball offering for myself. I could go on at length about various aesthetic observations but I would like to focus on one in particular as it relates to aerodynamics. My understanding of the percentage of mass compromised by different components of golf ball construction suggests that the foundation of any efforts to determine CG/MOI focus on the core material (and mantle depending on the number of components). The Maxfli Tour lineup utilizes a cast cover (read: dual hemispheres connected by a seam at their shared equator). Upon inspection of several dozen balls, it became clear there is zero correlation between CG alignment and cover seam alignment. It may very well be that manufacturing processes employed to determine and hold the orientation of core/mantle CG prior to cover assembly are not possible... or at least not cost effective. But the 318 dimple pattern on this lineup leaves one of the most significant seam equators (read: dimple free space), I’ve seen on a modern ball. My subsequent questions: Could you potentially be better off aligning the cover seam to your target on tee shots and alternately aligning based on CG/MOI for putts? Would this ball be significantly better if the CG alignment matched the cover seam? For further reference - a pic of the closest orientation between CG markings and cover seam (digitally marked) that I observed from a batch of 5 dozen balls.
  5. Pelican cases are incredible products but weight is a major variable in golf travel case design. I imagine any Pelican case big enough to hold a fully loaded golf bag would be really tough to heft around when traveling and you’re also likely to get popped for overweight baggage.
  6. Perhaps I’m speaking more to force of friction (FOF) than “tackiness”, but my personal experience has been that softer grips provide less. It initially seemed counterintuitive, but upon further reflection the physics made more sense. With a firmer material the force applied through your hands is more efficiently transferred as FOF. Applying the same grip pressure to a softer material means that potential FOF will be lost in the material compression. In a static position, the feeling of your fingers “sinking” into the grip gives the false impression of a more assured grasp, but it’s not the reality at impact. The aforementioned may not be a huge problem under ideal conditions but when situational circumstances (ie - humidity, precipitation, perspiration) begin to decrease friction, you may (by comparison) find yourself squeezing the life out of a softer grip to maintain the same control. Material soft enough to compress with your hands also presents a minor torsional deformity (twisting) variable within the physics of an impact formula. I’d be very surprised if more than a handful of pros employed “soft” grips last week at Bethpage.
  7. Affirmative - it’s only about 15 miles North of my hood. I’m interested, let’s try to set something up.
  8. I watched BK’s warmup on the range and he was fighting something. Claude Harmon III was making hand motions and walking up to the line a lot more often than a coach would when a player is striping it. I think today may be more interesting down the stretch than initially anticipated.
  9. I think sequencing/timing may currently be the main culprit inhibiting your backswing torso/shoulder rotation. I like to see the hips lead the transition on the downswing but your lower body begins to move toward the target when your arms are still only chest high in their backswing. I’m not necessarily suggesting you change anything (I like your action), but if you insist on getting that club to parallel, sequencing is probably all you’re lacking. Specifically, delaying your lower body rotation toward the target until your shoulders/arms are closer to the top of your backswing. Edit: but almost all amateurs could benefit from greater flexibility that allows increased rotational angle between hips and shoulders (read: greater angle = more speed). It also helps to maintain posture throughout the swing (another thing we could all do better).
  10. You already nailed the purpose - kid’s got a loop in his stroke. Most people would be surprised how a simple setup change can neutralize an otherwise problematic natural tendency - in all areas of the game.
  11. Not the camera angle - it’s intentional
  12. Anytime muchacho. Practicing without a ball was a suggestion directed toward others wanting to add this shot to their toolbox - you obviously have the action down cold. Yeah, for this shot to result in draw spin, the face will be closed (relative to path) at impact.
  13. Something I noted from the face-on perspective is the almost imperceptible difference between your positions at setup and impact. It looks soooo quiet - truly marvelous. The only change is a slight lateral lead with the knees and your hands have rolled over to close the face a touch (from what I’ve seen down-the-line you actually setup with the face right of target). The other thing I noticed is the amount of shoulder rotation you employ (in both directions). The result is tons of width and shallow action. Your arms stay right in front of your chest throughout the motion. For the Spies trying to replicate @Shankster‘s splashy spinning pitch I think shoulder rotation, quiet hands and speed will be the keys to success. Long swing + short distance = high tariff (ability/feel). And I would subsequently suggest that it’s the kind of motion you can initially improve upon quicker (and do less property damage), practicing without a ball. Although you make it look easy... it is decidedly not an easy shot selection.
  14. My whole squad made the cut (1, T-2, 19, T-47, T-47)!!! This is truly unprecedented for me... and the Universe will most likely take cruel notice of this prairie-dogging post.
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