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Reesedw last won the day on August 31 2018

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    91-100 mph
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    Weekend Golfer
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  1. Thanks everyone, this will be good. I have used Lamkin grips for several years, until the recent regrip. The TSR3 cam with a Golf pride CP2 which i like alot so this should be lots of fun.. Thanks again to all the moderators for all the hard work they do making this the best golf forum on the web... Reesedw (Dave)
  2. Introduction: First and Foremost I would like to thank MyGolfSpy and Lamkin Grips for this opportunity. My Name is David Reese (@Reesedw) I am from Monroe, WA, about 20 miles northeast of Seattle. I typically play between 30-50 rounds a yr, I have been Playing almost 30 yrs as a weekend player. Best round is a +6 78. I do not currently carry an official Handicap, I hover around a 16, averaging mid to upper 80's per round. I have been Very thankful and lucky to have been chosen for other testing opportunities in the past, including the Cobra Connect Challenge II. Using Arccos during the challenge, I dropped from playing at a 16 to as low as a 12, with 2 rounds under 80. I play a lot in E. Washington (where the weather is typically better, Less Rain) at Highlander Golf Course in Wenatchee with My beautiful Wife and Grandson @Blakedagolfer. Here They are standing on the 17th hole at Highlander. My testing Plan: I will I be testing using both on-course and range sessions(with Top Tracer Tech). I will be looking for How they feel, Look, Grip, Wear and Tear, and most importantly do they give me confidence to play my best golf. I believe Lamkin to be one of the top Golf grip Brands, I have used their grips previously and felt they were a product of exceptional quality. A grip is not most peoples first thought for club performance, they are the only point of contact a golfer has with the clubs. If you are not confidant in your grip, or they feel off you will not be comfortable and not play your best. About the Grip: Comfort, Feel, and Durability are big selling points for modern grips. I have only Recently started to play with a grip that has less taper, A CP2 on my Driver, I am excited to see if that combined with enhanced feel and texture allows me to play with less tightness and release my true potential. Follow Along as I do my best to provide you a review that will answer the questions whether these grip meet mine and your expectations.. My Apologies: Shortly after being selected for this review, My mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that had metastasized to her hip. She entered Hospice care and was released to be cared for at my house. My wife was amazing and we took care of her until she passed. With that being said I apologize to all of my fellow testers, the moderators (as i have not been able to keep my end of the obligations up), to My Golf Spy, and last but Not least Lamkin as i let them down. I truly an sorry, I do hope you all understand. I was able to get in 5 rounds( 83, 85, 81, 87, and 88) and 1 range session No onto the completion of my review. ***Photos would not load, kept saying server error, will try again.. Initial Impressions: (10/10) I was impressed with the look and feel right out of the box. These grip look amazing and felt super sticky when i took the plastic off. Aesthetics: (10/10) They installed easily and I loved the simple black and white look. The grip pattern felt fantastic. These grips just beg to be swung. I also like that there is no real Alignment lines, the Lamkin printing and the pattern did not distract from the look. The pattern is felt but does not cause a distraction. Fit and Feel: (17/20) My initial observations were correct, these grips feel amazing. The reason I deducted points here are 1) the claim of less taper, I did not feel as though there was less taper. I am guessing that for someone to know if that was true would be to be involved in the design. I simply did not feel it was noticeable enough for that to really be a selling point. and 2) the initial tackiness wore off fairly quickly, after a couple of rounds I did not feel the same level of grip i felt upon installation. The grips still feel great just not the same. On-Course: (18/20) These grips beg to be swung hard, they do give the feel I was looking for. I deducted points simply because these grips turned slick when wet. I was playing and we got a light rain that lasted 15 min. just enough to dampen the grass, not anything major. The grips got slick, I grabbed my towel and wiped them off and that was it. Once i got to the green i laid my wedge on the green and putted out. next hole i pulled the wedge and noticed the grip was slick, again wiped it off and moved on.. The Good, Bad, and In-between: (17/20) As I have said these grips beg to be swung, as someone who is not long off the tee I was able to drive 2 greens in the 280yd range and have 2 drives right at 300 yd ( normally a great drive is around 280) I felt very comfortable swinging with these grips. They feel great when dry, sweat and rain make these grip slick. After playing in a light rain I played in hot humid weather and sweat made the grips slick and extra time to get them dried off enough to swing without the thought of losing the club. I have noticed more tension in my lower (Right hand) forearm, I am guessing this is do to more taper then I had with extra wraps under the lower end.. Play it or trade it: (18/20) I really do like these grips I have really enjoyed the feel and playability of them. I would recommend these grips to anyone who doesn't play in the wet very much. To Me, the tackiness i felt when installing along with the pattern I thought these would be grips that would play well in all conditions, wet is where these grip leave a little bit to be desired. I will play these grips knowing how well they preform in dry conditions but be cautious when it rain. My final thoughts: (90/100) Lamkin makes great golf grips, the Sonar Black's Are no exception. I give these grips a 90/100 based solely on y experience in rain, with sweaty hands, and the fact i do not feel they have less taper than standard grips, or at least not noticeably. If you are looking for a grip that installs a feeling of going for it by all means give these grips a try, just know with moisture around (sweat or Rain) they will get slick. I hope this helps you in your decision when it comes to trying or purchasing these grips.. Thank you and Again I truly am sorry about the delay..
  3. So I filled in and Played a League Round for my Grandsons team at a local 9 hole course. It is 2 man scramble format. It is more of a fun semi competitive league, a lot of beer drinking.. LOL anyhow we as a team struggle on 1st tee we warmed up and waited on the 1st tee almost 30 min. So we double the first hole, I know.. 2nd hole we bogey.. tough start.. then we reel off 4 straight Pars, ON 7 I uncork a monster drive and am 10" off the green on the drive, end up with birdie, and go Par, Bogey to finish 3 over 10 strokes clear of the other team.. had a great time grandson just played golf instead of trying to beat me, we tried to play as a team.. the kid hits it way higher and way farther then I do. and I can still send it.. Thanks Dave
  4. Congrats guys, I will definitely be interested in this test..
  5. Holy crap @Kenny B, I woke up this morning on the WET side of the state to frozen snow in the ground.. I cannot wait for weather in the 70's.. let alone the Upper 70's.. Yes, Please..
  6. Got in a quick 9 with the Grandson yesterday afternoon. when I say quick we finished 9 in 1.5 hours. and we were not rushing. heck he played a 2nd ball on a couple of holes just to work on his Irons.. Weather was Insane, we played Twin Rivers in Fall City, WA at the base of the Snoqualmie Valley. So it was chilly, to start light breeze just enough to make you cold.. Grandson stuck a 9 iron to less than 3 feet on a 149 yd Par 3 and drained the putt, his first birdie on a par 3.. we both struggled with our short game. Our driving was great, I hit a drive that went 240ish and Plugged, He drove it 30+ yds past me . His did not plug so he got a little roll.. but got stuck behind a tree.. it was a great day, Until 17, it started getting windy (super cold as the wind was coming from the mountains) and heavy drizzle.. and on the 18th tee It started raining.. as we get to our balls for 2nd shot it opens up and dumps.. luckily we were on 18 but we froze our butts off the last 2 holes.. I have to say now that I have a few rounds on the Titleist TSR3 I'm loving it. worse thing is a slight fade occasionally.. but if I can plug a drive 240 I'm going to be golden when things warm up and dry out..
  7. I played Sat morning, with SWMBO at Highlander Golf Course in Wenatchee, WA. I had moments I was very happy with, and others not so much.. Windy but fairly nice, low 50's but the sun was out. The Greens are still not perfect, but rolled nicely. I on the other hand could not read a break to save my butt. must have 3 putted 4-5 times.. a couple of chucked chips and 2 lost balls added up to a nice easy 96.. not thrilled but had a lot to be happy with.. SWMBO on the other hand had 3 pars on the front 1 on the back, and shot a very nicely played 103. mind you she has only broken 100 1 time. Her Best round at this course is 102.. She wants to play better but her priority is being out side getting exercise and having fun.. So all in all it was a great day..
  8. Well I played yesterday with My Grandson @Blakedagolfer, It was cool and Damp here in Western Wa.. Started out Terrible. Tee shot on 1 was topped and went 30ft. Screw it I reloaded on the tee and blasted one into the brush on the right, Lost ball.. I finished hole 1 with a nice easy 9.. OMG it's gonna be a long day.. lol.. Parred 2 and 3, damned near drove the green on 3.. Had some struggles, but put together 4-5 pars.. Shot a nice easy 100.. knee started getting uncomfortable, on about 12.. Not bad for just over a month out from Knee surgery. 12 is about where it started raining. so now it is cold and wet.. All in all a good day with the grandson. but not how I wanted to play.. I just could not shift the weight to the left knee, YET. it will; come hopefully soon so I can trust the knee will hold up..
  9. I have two that stick out, the first I played in a golf league when I worked at Boeing. Every year we would go away for our Championship tournament. I was playing well enough to be seeded into the 1st division (lower Handicap Flight). For the Tourney we played 2 different courses, we all throw $20 bucks into the pot for Long drive, KP's, Low Net, and Skins. and those are played by the 2 divisions. So after Day 1 I am sitting in 2nd place, Mind you I am a 15 and some change handicap, but low enough to be in the 1st division. We are Playing Suncadia in Cle Elum, Washington, nice resort course. Day 2 we play based on place like the pro, 1st group out is 2nd division lowest 4 players, 2nd is 1st division lowest 4 players ect. So I am in the last of 5 groups with 3 of us. the 3 of us are within 2 stokes and 6-7 clear of the next guy. I am playing well and keeping tabs on where I stand in our group, still 2nd after 9. On 10 the leader loses his ball trying to dive the green, instead of going back a re-teeing, he picks up , WTF.. that ends his tournament. It comes down to myself and our league Secretary. In the end I win the tournament, and $220 buck in games. My buddy who I rode with was trashed in the clubhouse when i got done, so I had to drive his drunk Butt home after He made me buy drinks.. lol 2nd one Myself and Swmbo, go with another couple (Buddy from story 1 and his GF)on a golf weekend every year. we both play about the same, he'll win by a stroke or two I'll beat him by a stroke or two. So we plan it so it warm and we try to get in two rounds 1 with girls on 1 day and 1 with just us as the girls go shopping, etc.. Day 1 we are playing a nice resort course in Eastern Washington I crap the bed, after an opening round par I end up shooting a 117. I could not have hit water if I had fallen out of a boat. we have a great weekend.. Fast forward 1 month, and family vacation All the guys go play golf to the same course. I end up playing the front in -2, and shoot a 78 total.. best round of my life.. how can i shoot a 117 and turn around and shoot 78 a month later? Gotta love Golf..
  10. Both scenarios are flawed IMO... Here is why, 1) how many players don't carry a handicap? or are willing to admit what their scores are. 2) IF I played from the "recommended tees" in the 1st Scenario @EasyPutter's Post I would be playing from the Gold Tees as I have not been Scoring well, but it would put me into a situation that I am not playing to my abilities, i.e. to short based on my length . In @RickyBobby_PR's post I would be playing possibly to far back, I do not currently carry an official handicap but do know where I am or are pretty close which based might put me into a situation where its just too long for my length.. and 3) We all know "that Guy" the one who will never admit they are not skilled enough or their abilities have slipped to a point where they should be playing up 1 or maybe 2 tees.. i.e. EGO.. In the last scenario perfect example is my FIL.. great guy (makes me golf and drink beer) Has Always Played decent golf (mid to low 90's). So he has always played the White (middle tees, not counting Champ-Black tees) well the last few of years his game has sharply fallen off, mind you he is 85 and since has only played 1-2 round the last couple years.. A long drive for him would be in the 180 yds range, which at a course we play frequently make it hard for him to clear some forced carries. Both SWMBO and I have tried to get him to move up and play off the Front Tees with her to make EVERYTHING playable.. Nope not having it " I'll be fine". So we let him play where he wants to.. I think there should be some ability evaluation For ANYONE, who wants to play from further back than the middle/ Second Tee box. This way if your willing to take the time to show you can or should be playing from other tees Than by all mean knock yourself out.. but if your not than you are stuck with playing front 2 tees. the Courses can allow people with a Ghin card access to other tees based on Handicap, OR if you belong to a club, your club can sign off you to play back for other coueses if warranted. but then we will end up with people playing a 9 hole course and getting Signed off to play the Back tees that have no reason to be back there except They think there cool.. Just my .02$.. Thanks
  11. @cksurfdude, I like this one.. LOL
  12. Very true, I know how Fast the golf gods can slap you back to reality.. Thanks
  13. So back in Oct. i tweaked my left knee jumping out of the back of my Truck. Long story short torn meniscus. was supposed to get surgery mid to end of Dec. well Insurance would not approve it until 12/23. I am pretty sure they drug their feet until I would roll over to the next yrs deductible. But anyways, had surgery on 1/10. One of the tears had a piece floating inside, so the Dr. cleaned up both trears, Cleaned up the cartilage under my Femur, and removed so old scar tissue. All went well, LAst Monday had my post-op follow up and was giving the all clear to resume normal activites, just 2 weeks after surgery.. He did recommend the driving range and to let my knee dictate how much I can do.. So I told the Grandson @Blakedagolfer that we would goto the range as soon as I could.. Time to test out the knee and get in some time with my New TSR3.. the weather was beutiful clear day with a temp of right at 28*, great hahahah.. first few hit with wedge were not pretty, as I was favoring the knee not sure what to expect. Then I just stepped in and hit one without thinking, and WOW the knee felt good.. after that it was game on, LOL. once i worked my way to the driver, I was nervous. the only time I have hit it since getting it was on a bad knee.. I only hit maybe half a bucket ( not wanting to push it) Total. and about 8-10 were with driver. I wish i had picture of the face because all the strikes were center face and only 1 of those would not have hit the dead center with at least a portion of the mark.. it was just slightly high and towards the toe. and OMG that ball just launched, long high and with a slight fade. I could not be happier, considering it was freezing cold and just 2 weeks out of surgery.. Bring on Summer..
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