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Everything posted by downlowkey

  1. Welcome Adam - nice setup top to bottom! Now go give those beautiful wrenches a bath! Also... re: other MGS Hogan gamers - check out the 2020 Official Member Review: Ben Hogan Icon & PTX Pro/Icon Combo Irons and feel free to share a glimpse of your own Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Co. experience.
  2. Thanks pards. I have really enjoyed my experience with the amended set so far. It’s super light and that’s a plus for my hinky back, but it’s also had an impact on my overall expectations, shot selection process and target related decisions. It’s weird, I’m not expecting to score well but at the same time eager to see what sort of goofy shot selections I’ll face. The limited club options don’t necessarily force me to work it both ways, but when you have entirely too much club in your hands, turning a chippy knockdown fade 7-iron into a flippy pull is an absolute disaster. So the pote
  3. It’s been a little over 3 weeks since I have been able to hit the ICONs. My back is slowly getting better but it’s still a tenuous situation. Anyway, the weather this afternoon was too cherry to resist so I lugged the half set out for 9 holes: 5-7-9 ICON; 3 wood; GW/SW & putter. 6/7 Fwy; 8/9 GIR (-2) with bookend birdies and no blemishes. Didn’t go hard at a single shot and made it look easy... except for all the gingerly stooping to pick up the Sunday bag, put a peg in the ground, mark my ball, etc. My back feels crummy so I’ll probably shut it down for another couple weeks
  4. Squeezed an Axis1 Rose into a recent trade. I’ve been hoping to get my hands on one of these putters for awhile. This one is absolutely mint but a little too long for me at 35 inches. Looking forward to getting it dialed in for a proper bout with the current Bobby Grace NYC Tour gamer. Has anyone else rolled anything from Axis1 Golf?
  5. Zombie Thread Alert I ordered 15 ft of black heat shrink tubing for a few putter refurbishing projects on the work bench. Just did an initial test run on my Bobby Grace NYC Tour. Blacking out the Lamkin Crossline graphics was an easy decision after seeing the shaft done. What do you guys think of the murdered out look? *shoutout to @hckymeyer for starting this DIY thread wayyyy back.
  6. Really fun day at Torrey Pines (North) with my brothers. Although the sky was rather hazy with marine layer plus fire smoke. And the conditions were atypically lackluster. I agree - the Undertow corner was an absolute beast. 5 over thru the first 4 (with a par on 3), but managed to play the last 14 holes (-2) for a grind house 75. Missed a bunch of birdie looks inside 15 feet - the Pacific has a certain gravity around here. Averted major disaster on 11 when my tee ball came up just short in the ravine, blasted out onto the front collar and canned a 3
  7. Got in a full loop with the half set this afternoon. Top-to-bottom: Cobra S9-1 Pro 3-wood; Ben Hogan ICON 5/7/9 irons; Cleveland 588 49*/56*; Bobby Grace NYC Tour. 12/14 Fwy; 16/18 GIR; 32 Putts (-2) The breakdown on the other 38 shots: Hit the ICON 5-iron (7) times today... (8) counting my second shot on the opening Par-5 that directly smacked the high tension transmission line crossing the fairway and nearly landed at my feet. But I only hit one chippy 7-iron into the breeze from 150. (5) 9-irons all solid and inside 2 feet from 155 on the 18th. (12) 3-woods, all tee balls. (11) we
  8. Who says Sunday bags are only for Sundays? Forgot the range was closing early for a clean pick. Only had (6) clubs in the practice bag - Cobra S9-1 Pro D driver; Ben Hogan ICON 5/7 iron; Cleveland 588 49/56 wedges and Bobby Grace NYC Tour. Finished 5 holes before the skies opened up. Hit every fairway/green and had an absolute blast scooting around with the half set. Takeaway - the ICONs are so easy to manipulate and the circa ‘11 Cobra disco stick is still a beast.
  9. Official Ben Hogan Icon Review bumparoo I could talk about these clubs all day so please fire away with any questions that were not covered in the official review.
  10. Hmmm... Adams? Never heard of them. But if I did have a basement bag full of their best prototypes, I would probably hang onto them 4eva.
  11. Ice cold Yuengling is one of my favorite sessions - the embodiment of 'oldie but a goodie'
  12. In a word - buttery. Without knowing your game, "not the best ball striker" sounds like the combo set might be a better look. The area on the face of the ICON 4-iron that I would describe as 'sweet spot' is uncomfortably small. And in my experience, the other areas on the face are not particularly useful.
  13. I think you would thoroughly enjoy carving it up with these wrenches, pards. The misses (speaking from very regular firsthand experience) hurt. But there is something special about successfully navigating the punishing correlation between input and result that blades uniquely present. I’m sure you experienced it plenty with those tiny Ping BPs, as has @sirchunksalot alluded to the same in his vintage Wilson experiments. Are you punished for your mistakes? Yes. Do you learn from it? Hopefully. Did you earn the result? Unquestionably. Would you like to operate within that reality? Well... t
  14. I’ve been surprised by the notice these ICONs have received at the range - from nonchalant peeks strolling past the bag, to the more direct “Those sound so quiet - what are they?”
  15. Surveillance Report: Subtle Shot Spectrum *full volume for full ‘forged effect’ Some ideas explored in the official ICON review dropping next week... Tradition -or- Progress; Creativity -or- Predictability; Exhilarating -or- Sensible? “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you might find. You get what you need.” - The Rolling Stones
  16. It wouldn’t be accurate to say my V3 unit is working correctly since the firmware update. However, the addition of the prior tag screen indicator has definitely improved my experience. It’s still missing a ton of tags that should automatically register through normal play, but after hitting the shot I can verify whether it was recognized. When it misses an auto tag, I place the butt of the club directly against the wrist unit and it registers instantly. I know ShotScope HQ doesn’t officially endorse that procedure but it works like a charm for me. Still pretty disappointed overall with di
  17. I feel like it may be Paul Casey’s turn to bag a big one (64 is my favorite number and it’s his 64th major championship). I’m also hoping HV3 makes a run at it today.
  18. That sounds awful, man. I’m so sorry. A hinky back can turn your whole world upside down. I hope you’re not in terrible pain and that it’s not a serious injury.
  19. Took the ICONs to Indian Peaks this afternoon. Only the second time on the road with the Hogans and they did not disappoint. (12/14) Fwy, (17) GIR, 32 Putts (-2) Flagged it all day with the ICONs. My only missed green was a 9-iron that ended up on the fringe 20 feet from the hole. Hit every club in the bag. Really solid ball striking day and didn’t make a thing over 5 feet. The only bummer of the round was my push cart creeping off while I was filling the water bottle, rolling into a hole, tipping over on the cart path and dinging up the back of the 9 iron a bit. I almost
  20. We are still a couple weeks away from dropping our overall official reviews, but after ~1500 range balls and 135 holes, certain aspects of these ICONs are already crystal clear. They are beautifully refined. I haven’t yet mustered the words to do them justice in the looks and feel department. All indications point to V-Sole having a tangible impact. I’m doing my level best to wear the DBM finish off these faces. This 9-iron has seen hundreds of balls (face cleaned after every swing). The KBS Tour V steel experiment has been interesting and in some ways pos
  21. I’m not entirely sure - searching the style code on the box brings up the Enliven Golf Lens product page on the Tifosi Optics site. I’ve generally had problems mixing golf and polarized lenses (even pricey options). The packaging mentions a “glare guard” lens coating. Maybe that’s the problem? I just slipped them on to do a primary view distortion test and there is definitely some minor image movement. Looking forward to hearing impressions from you both.
  22. Congrats @fozcycle! If we ever start a MyGolfSpy HOF, your name will be at the top of my ballot. Keep those quality posts coming!
  23. I'll be interested to hear your impressions, pards. I picked up a pair of the Tifosi Seek FC from the Pro Shop yesterday morning, headed straight to the first tee and proceeded to chunk every approach shot on the first 4 holes. Took them off and hit everything fine afterward. Planning a controlled test at the range this evening to determine if the issue was genuine lens refraction distortion _or_ just a really strange start to my round.
  24. My abysmal experience with the V3 has continued the past week - missing the majority of approach shots entirely and incorrectly tagging/locating a lot of tee shots. Don’t even get me started on the short game mess. It’s basically functioning as a G3 unit (not ideal when you’re trying to collect solid Ben Hogan ICON stats for an official MGS review). Opened a support ticket a few days ago and they got back to me this morning. My support rep agreed that this unit is missing an unreasonable amount of shots. Apparently they are rolling out a firmware update in 2-3 weeks that hopefully improve
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