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  1. I appreciate all of the comments above stemming from my previous post. I would note two things that no one commented on. I also did not choose the Most Wanted Driver from 2017. I tested Ping, Cobra and Calloway as well as the M1. At the time I expected to get the best results from the Ping driver, but such was not the case. As I have commented elsewhere, MGS testing has informed every decision I have made about what is in the bag (including the bag itself), but I have not defaulted to blindly purchasing the Most Wanted anything. This means the bulk of the comments above conform with my own practice. That said, I think the question remains valid. How much has actual performance changed year over year? Bearing in mind the changing dynamic of the test group, a head to head comparison with previous Most Wanted winners would still provide a valid club to club comparison in the current context of the test group. I think the results would make some very interesting reading for all of us Spies. This would also be of real value to the player wondering if there is genuine improvement worth investing in, and delivering value to the player is what MGS is all about. To everybody who responded, my genuine thanks for the input. You have validated my own support for human testing, which MGS has done amply, as well as my approach when considering new equipment.
  2. So for comparison sale, consider this: I bought a TM M2 driver when they were introduced in 2017. I have replaced the shaft and adjusted the length to my swing speed and stature. When tested by MGS in the Most Wanted Driver review it was not the number one club. I got it because I needed the forgiveness. The test reported total distance as 249.6, ball speed as 140.9 and accuracy as 18.4 yards. This last metric is now given as square yards, so I cannot relate it specifically to a square yard dispersion area. This year’s most wanted driver, Callaway’s Epic Flash had a total distance of only 240.6 yards and a ball speed of 135.92. That’s 9 yards less distance and 5 mph less ball speed 2 year’s later, and the comparison is not even the best in 2017 against what is the best in 2019. Sure the testers or their ability might have changed, but how are you going to know if buying the new club with poorer apparent metrics is superior if you don’t test head to head? This is the case for TMan-81’s suggestion.
  3. You might also check out The Complete Guide to Fasting by Dr Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore. It covers a wide range of fasting modalities and stresses the need to fit fasting around your life, and not to fit your life around fasting. I committed to a fairly rigorous 36 hour fasting schedule three times a week. I start after dinner on Sunday night, fast Tuesday through to breakfast on Wednesday. Repeat fasting through Thursday to breakfast Friday than again starting Friday after dinner. I started that regimen 21 Sept. On 14 October my doctor took me off my diabetes medication. This is just a test to see if I can keep my blood glucose under 5.9. I will assess again in 5 weeks to determine if a longer fast in the 4 to 5 day range is required to break through insulin resistance or if my current regime has done it. If so, I will reduce the fasting duration to 24 hours two or three times a week and adjust as required. I was Type 2 Diabetic for at least the last 7 years. Chalk one up for intermittent fasting.
  4. You’re off to a great start. You will find there can be many different paths to get to where you want to be. Intermittent fasting, for example, is not for everyone, and there are numerous variations on that theme. I think that it’s important that you have made a start. Processed carbs (as opposed to those naturally occurring in whole foods) and added sugars are my personal bug bear, but we each have our own. Like anyone who became badly de-conditioned will tell you, the hardest thing about working out is getting through the gym door! The same applies to cleaning up our diet. Starting is the hard part. Good luck.
  5. The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss The Diabetes Code. The Complete Guide to Fasting.(with Jimmy Moore). The lead or sole author of each title is Dr. Jason Fung, M.D. He studied biochemistry at the University of Toronto where he also completed medical school and his residency in internal medicine. After residency he studied nephrology (kidney disease) at the University of California, L.A. Mostly at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre and West Los Angeles VA Medical Centers (then known as theVA Wadsworth). Sufficient qualifications for me to carefully consider the opinions of this specialist. BTW, each book is replete with references to the numerous studies on these subjects, many of which were contradictory. Explanations regarding how contradictions occur are provided. For anyone looking for a thoughtful and in-depth professional opinion on these topics this is reading that I, as a layman, am happy to recommend.
  6. At 5’4” (used to be 5’6”-growing old is life’s greatest adventure) I can relate. I weighed 225 and was just about to turn 60 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I went on a carb reduced diet (the Mediterranean diet- high veg, healthy dietary fats-olive oil, nuts,avocados, fatty fish, less red meat) and lost 80 pounds in 10 months. That all started 7 years ago and I have kept the weight off. I did it and as long as you have the will to try, so can you. As you will know from other posts in this thread, weight loss will not occur in a straight line. You will have set backs for a myriad of reasons. Just persevere through the set backs. There is no shortage of bad advice out there, particularly on the net. Only accept scientifically tested, evidence based advice. I strongly recommend The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung, a kidney specialist, as a great starting point to decode obesity and how to address it without getting trapped in the yo-yo diet cycle. If you are trying to sort out Type 2 diabetes and would like to explore the possibility of preventing and even reversing the disease, than the companion book The Diabetes Code is essential reading IMO. I am about to try to finally kick this disease 7 years after I was diagnosed. It will take about 4 months to see if I can (a) stick with the program and (b) in the immortal words of John Lee Hooker, Quit It ‘fore It Quits You. Good luck on your journey.
  7. My Nexus gets more use on the range then the course, especially when we are restricted to using the cart path only. If I am already shlepping 2 or 3 clubs out to the ball I don’t want to be carrying the Nexus as well. It also may require more than one shot to get the distance thanks in part to my slight handshake when holding it combined with the slightly wobbly optics. This is where the Garmin Approach G30 comes into play. When conditions are more favourable I use the Nexus more, and it always comes out on the range where the Garmin is useless. There can be quite a discrepancy in distance between the two devices. It would be very interesting to compare the two range finders against each other.
  8. Brian Dartmouth NS Precision Pro Nexus and Garmin Approach G30.
  9. Very interested in seeing the results. Given the enthusiasm these aids were introduced with - “addictive” comes to mind. I have every expectation that a new aid is in my future. I might even have to invest (gear ho code for splurge) in the full kit once the reviews are in.
  10. 237 calories in just over 12 minutes. You’re a beast Mr Theoo. Well done!
  11. I am a latent heterosexual. It’s an age thing.
  12. Brian NS, Canada 43 Yes, several.
  13. Thanks for the feedback Mr_Theoo. I have been considering it and have no doubt that I would also love it. But I think it has more features than I would use so there is a question of value for money, keeping in mind a couple of hundred saved is a shaft or few rounds found. Of course my problem is that I am already an Apple fanboy. Bought the first one in 1988. The operating system was 1.2.6. The available monitors were crt that only provided black and white pictures. Yeah, that old. Plus I always try to buy quality. I have seldom regretted it. Thanks again.
  14. Revkev, it sounds like you are right where you want to be. I am impressed with your blood pressure and heart rate. I’m 120/70. I have not checked my resting heart rate upon waking in the morning for several years. It was at 52 (I was doing a lot of running at the time) so I doubt if it would be anywhere even close now. If I think of it I will have to give that another look. My old heart rate monitor just gave up the ghost so I am shopping for a new monitor. Toying with getting the Fitbit Versa. Anyone want to wade in on what they are using? I am interested in hearing about what you think of your own gear.
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