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  1. Grip fully seated Alignment marks parallel Grip logo aligned to the leading edge of the club Interestingly, I'm seeing more & more people turning the logo over so it is not visible. I believe I saw Rahm with his Golf Pride label turned upside down at The Open.
  2. I know SuperStroke has probably been the best at marketing counter balance weighing for putters, but Tour Lock has a much wider assortment to help balance any club. Link below. https://www.tourlockgolf.com
  3. For the 14.95% of Spys that are giving away their balls I am happy to send you my address!
  4. Somehow I've gotten on a number of panels to participate in golf surveys by manufacturers and third party market research firms. I've found the process quite interesting because there seems to be a common set of themes that are appearing as I do the 3rd or 4th survey from the hosting company. First, they all offer a chance to win a golf themed prize for completing the survey, of which I've never won one, if you have let me know. Next the surveys seem to fall into 3 distinct buckets. 1. Blatant Advertising- This is the survey that exposes you to 1-2 of the companies products via ads and then asks your opinion of what the ad communicates to you, is the message believable and are you now interested in the product. This is really just a tactic to get you to look at an ad for a product that makes all the same promises as every other product on the market. However, under the guise of a survey gets you stop and look at an ad you would normally flip past in a magazine or scroll past online. I'm gonna leave out products here, but the company rhymes with Mixon. 2. Collecting Demographic Data- This survey simply asks you about your personal information age, race, income, HCP, dollars spent on golf, etc. These are not surveysIMHO, but rather just data collection. The last 2 surveys form SuperSroke have been this type with a 20% coupon the carrot if you complete the survey. I won't. 3. Actual Market Research- This is the survey that truly wants to know what you think and you can actually see your feedback being used in the next iteration of the survey. The Datatech(sp) surveys that ask about # of rounds played. where, how long does it take, etc are well done. I did one from Cleveland Golf the other day that I thought was probably one of the first true surveys that really wanted my opinion and had plans to use the data in a constructive fashion. Rather than telling me that their club was the longest, straightest, etc it actually asked the question "What do we need to do to our clubs to get them into your bag?" That was the most refreshing question I have ever been asked in golf or any other survey. They didn't try to tell me why I should buy their product, they actually asked what I want from them. More companies should take this route in their market research as it builds credibility. So do you participate in golf surveys? If so, which type do you prefer or are you seeing different types of surveys than I am? DISCUSS!
  5. I love music. I've spent more on stereo equipment & music than the GDP of some third world nations. But the golf course, to me, is the last place to find peace & quiet. After a long hectic week of work there is nothing more peaceful than walking up a fairway to a green with the sun on your face, the wind blowing through the tree tops and the bird singing. I just don't want to hear someone's music, cell phone ringing or talking on your phone. Sorry, call me a "get off my lawn guy" if you want, I'm okay with that.
  6. They have some stretch to them, but you'd have to ask a fat man about the squatting part.
  7. No QC issues. Unless you jump into the Irish Sea, you will remain dry for a links trip.
  8. Great question, would also like to know. I see them online all the time, but honestly I've never seen them on any clubs.
  9. Older players?! Why you millennial sone beech! IMHO, there are not a lot of stylish rain suits out there, so for this older player I found it quite slick. Maybe you should have got the black one. The fit obviously played a big role in how reviewers rated the suit. It really fit me well and more importantly moved well during my swing which is the reason I rated it so highly there. Also, I did not seem to sweat like others in the suit and I am quite the sweater, nor did I have any QC issues. Lastly, I was also surprised by the amount of emphasis put on the hood, or lack there of, and wonder what role reviewer bias came into play here. In our outline for the review process the "Does the rain suit have a hood?" comment somehow stood out more prominently to me than other review criteria and it was one of the first things I looked for when I got the suit. Granted it would be nice to have a hood, but in reality I would feel too constricted to freely swing with a hood and I only deducted 2 points for not having one. Plus, us "Older Players" are not afraid of a little rain on our ball caps! Good reviews all around! As a reader take the good & the bad from each and make up your own mind.
  10. I find that having a putting speed that closely resembles your actual playing conditions is really critical to effective practice. The greens at my course are pretty similar the speeds of my Big Moss green, but I played a course with a friend last week where the greens were much, much slower. I found myself tying to pound the ball just to get it near the hole. When I got back on my greens I was blowing it by the hole. I believe tour links has shallow drop in cups you can buy if go the 2x4 base route.
  11. Prior to the testing it rained non-stop here, but since then we had one day of tornado warnings and a few overnight showers, but dry as a bone during the day. I really want another rainy range day and round before I finish up part deux.
  12. Had hoped to get out and play last weekend in the rain, but the tornado warnings nixed that idea. I wore the jacket shopping yesterday running in and out the stores in the pouring rain. I was dry and quite comfortable in the jacket & a T-shirt both indoors & out. Planning to get out tomorrow afternoon in full gear, temp forecasted for mid-high 70's.
  13. Playing partner: How am I supposed to putt with rain running down my back. Me: Listen till the end!
  14. Great idea! I just got a 48" ruler at Harbor Freight for $3.20 using my 20% super coupon.
  15. I would not disagree with you on this point. While I like the comfort of the vest it is a little baggy and the fit could be improved or at least add a drawstring like the jacket has around the waist. After wearing it for a while, I probably could wear the small size versus the medium I received for a better fit.
  16. The vest has a light fiber fill nylon front and a spandex blend back. It's very comfortable to wear alone or under the jacket, but it does not have the same waterproof properties as the jacket & pants. My blood is pretty thin since I moved to the south so I'd say I might be good down to the low 50's if I wore it along with some heat gear beneath it. For you hardier folk maybe mid 40's.
  17. STAGE 2 Introduction: Again, let me say how honored I was to be selected by My Golf Spy and Galway Bay for the opportunity to test this premium rain suit! I put the Galway Bay rain gear through both wet & dry testing. I spent 2 wet & 1 dry day on the range and played 27 holes in the rain & 9 during a 60* degree dry day. I also spent an entire day wearing the pants around my home doing everyday activities and chores and wore the jacket while running errands on one rainy day. In a cruel twist of fate we had the wettest year on record prior to me receiving the rain suit and since that time we have been in a drought, go figure! Looks: (10 our of 10 points) The black suit with the blue accents is just dead sharp looking and everything I want from a style perspective. The suit is well branded, but you don’t feel like a NASCAR driver. The color-coordinated vest adds a nice warm base layer under the jacket and looks good with the pants when you shed the jacket. Paired one day with a black hat, black rain gloves & black golf shoes my wife said, “Who are you? Golfing Johnny Cash!” The jacket looks great paired with jeans. I wore it while out running errands in the rain one morning. The lightweight material was great when going from outside into stores. With a traditional raincoat it’s just too hot & noisy to wear inside so I end up taking it off, but the Galway jacket was light, quiet & comfortable wearing it indoors. The black pants look great by themselves with a golf shirt & belt. In fact, most people would never recognize these are rain paints due to the material & finished look. FEATURES: (9 out of 10) The suit is incredibly lightweight which makes wearing it all day very comfortable and when it gets wet it does not pick up much additional weight. One downside to the lightweight materials is that having a lot of items in the jacket pockets really weighs the jacket down pulling it below your waist. With balls, tees & a divot tool in the left pocket & my phone in the right pocket the bottom of the jacket started to sag & get obstructive when standing over the ball. My guess is this probably is an issue with any light rain suit, but you may want to consider spreading items out to the pants and leaving your phone in your golf bag or car. I would like to see an internal pocket higher up on the chest as that may allow for storage while alleviating the pocket sag I experienced. Also, with the suit being so light, it does not add much weight when stored in your golf bag, so you can keep it there all the time. The zippers were water tight and easy to open with their pulls even with my rain gloves on. The Velcro sleeve adjustments can be easily adjusted to keep the water from running down your arms. FIT: (8 out of 10) The online sizing guide was very helpful in getting the correct sizes. The suit is incredibly comfortable in rain or shine. I wore the pants both with shorts underneath and without and I did not find any issues with comfort or performance one-way or the other. When doing any physical activities I tend to like more form fitting than baggy clothing, think Under Armor versus a Champion T-Shirt. When clothing gets wet it starts to hang off you and for me I find it aggravating. Knowing that, I probably could have gone down one size in the vest because it has a lot of elastic and probably gone with pants that were 1” over my current waist size rather than 2” I selected. If the vest had a drawstring at the waist that may have given me the fit I was seeking. This is probably a personal preference so if you are a shirt tucked-in guy consider my preferred measurements, if you are an un-tucked guy the sizing chart will give you a comfortable fit. Pulling the pants on over golf shoes was a bit of a challenge and getting them off over the shoes was also a bit laborious. I wear a size 10 in golf shoes so your mileage may vary here based on your shoe size. I think ankle zippers would be nice upgrade for these pants. I do like the raised rubber “Galway Bay” lettering around the inside of the pants waistband. The rubber keeps the pants up, really helpful when they get wet. Durability (10 Out of 10) While I have not owned the suit long enough to totally judge durability, there were no frays, rips, or tears or impaired functionality at the end of testing. The zippers that I found tight when I first got the suit loosened up nicely over time. I jammed the suit in a side pocket of my golf bag and when I pulled it out there were not a lot of wrinkles and it was ready to wear. On Course Performance (29 out of 30) On course the suit performed very well as I stayed dry. I did sweat quite a bit in the suit during range sessions, but no one complained about me smelling foul after our rounds! During my rounds of golf I didn’t notice that I was sweating any more than normal. I was able to swing freely with the full suit on and the soft material limits the noise you get when moving in a raincoat. Galway Bay nailed the collar design on the jacket. It’s tall in the back preventing rain from running down your back yet low in the front so you stay dry, but don’t feel constricted. If you have a heavy beard, like I do, you will appreciate the collar not rubbing against your neck on every swing. Bent over while putting the rain quietly hits the fabric & the water just rolled off my back and didn’t make me feel uncomfortable or distracted. Miscellaneous (9 out of 10) The rain suit has a lot of nice features, but as mentioned I would love to see an internal jacket pocket in the chest area. The addition of a zip-in hood would have been a nice feature for super heavy storms and ankle zippers would make for faster on/off for the pants. Play in Rain or Shop Again? (19 Out of 20) Is the $485 asking price worth it? I think the answer is “It Depends.” If you bag on your tee times when it rains or if you live in a desert climate or only play a handful of rounds a year it would be tough to stomach the cost. Additionally, knowing you can get a rain suite for $299 from the major golf accessory companies has to be taken into consideration. But if you are an all weather golfer who demands top performance from your golf equipment, play in rain or shine, snow or monsoon, then the Galway Bay gear is absolutely worth it. Especially when you compare the features and performance of the Galway Bay suit to the top of the line Foot Joy and Galvin Green rain suits that retail for twice the price. Being able to stay dry for 18 holes allows you to focus on your game & not the elements, which is what the Galway Bay rain suit did for me. With this rain suit now stored permanently in my golf bag I just lightened the load of my bag considerably by ditching my umbrella. Galway Bay Rain Suit Pros: Keeps you dry on the wettest of days Lightweight, breathable limits sweating Stylish looking Well fitted Excellent & responsive customer service Cons: Price Would like an interior jacket pocket high up in the chest area No hood No ankle zippers, can be challenging to get on & off over golf shoes TOTAL SCORE: 94 out of 100
  18. Introduction: First of all let me say how excited I am for the opportunity to review the Galway Bay rain gear! A little about me, I’m in my early 50’s, but didn’t pick up the game until after college and over the last 25 years have played resort, country club and muni golf all over the country. I currently reside in the southeast & play to an 18 HCP. Shoulder and elbow injuries suffered over the last few years have limited my ability to get out consistently. Healthy for the first time in many years, I’m really looking forward to this golf season and getting my index back down. While golf is my main hobby I also enjoy motorcycling and bikers have a saying “If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride!” It’s the same with golfing in the southeast, where we have daily pop-up showers that turn into torrential down pours during the summer-so if you don’t golf in the rain, you don’t golf! I’ve always wanted a coordinated rain suit, but never invested in one, instead keeping a pair of nylon pants from an old tracksuit in my bag and paired it with a pullover windbreaker. Suit Selection & Sizing: I had my wife take all the measurements suggested by Galway Bay on their fitting chart, for reference I’m 5’10”, 175 lbs. Selecting the unlined pants was pretty easy I just took my pants size and added 2” to the waist so they would easily slide over golf slacks and used my true inseam size. The jacket was a little tricky, as I have a very wide back which bumps my chest measurement from medium to a large, but I have narrow shoulders and a thin waist. Their literature suggested jump up one size if unsure on the jacket so I selected the large lined jacket. I liked the look of the all black suit with aqua blue accents so I sent my selection and sizes to the company. Galway Bay responded to my e-mail immediately and I had my rain gear the very next day! It help’s to live approximately 2 hours from the company! The original review was supposed to be for unlined pants & a lined jacket. Unfortunately, they don’t have a lined jacket so I was ecstatic when Galway Bay sent me a base layer vest as well! They sent me a medium vest informing me that they run a little large. So far customer service is exceeding expectations!!! First Impressions: The packaging is first rate with a box inside a box holding my hand selected rain jacket! The box has nice branding with the Galway Bay logo with the tag line “Never Quit” I’m hard to fit and rarely do all the clothes I buy online ever work out, but the custom sizing chart appears to be quite accurate. I’m glad I went one size larger on the jacket, as swinging a club with it on proved the medium would have been too restrictive. The pants fit well, both in the waist & inseam, and were easy to pull on & off over my jeans and with a belt they can be worn sans pants. The vest also fits well and is very comfortable. The material for the jacket & pants is lightweight & comfortable yet appears very rugged. The zippers all have pulls so if you are wearing rain gloves you can easily get into the pockets. That being said, the zippers were quite tight to pull open, not sure if that’s a function of the weatherproofing or just new zippers that will take a while to loosen up. The vest uses totally different materials and is more of a base layer than rain gear. It has two interior pockets, which are great for storing your phone & wallet. I would have actually liked to see an interior pocket or two on the jacket for warmer days when the vest is not an option. Galway Bay claims their rain suites are 100% waterproof and 100% breathable fabrics that won’t leave you sweaty & stinky like other rain gear. They also claim their jackets and pants are tailored to be as comfortable to wear in the rain as they are in the sunshine. Looking forward to putting those claims to the test over the next few rounds and practice sessions. I can honestly say I have never before wished for rain on days I’ve had a tee time, until NOW! Stay tuned!
  19. I've read a number of different accounts of this story and it seems that there are 2 sides to it and truth probably lies somewhere in between. * Kuch says deal was $3k for the week, which caddy does not dispute. * Kuch says he offered to pay $1,000 bonus up front, caddy claims bonus, based on finish, was an unspecified amount * $15K appears to be offered to caddy after dispute becomes public IMHO, its between Kuch & the caddy. That being said, it were me I would have offered him $40-50k if I had won.
  20. 1. First name/home state or province- Dave, Georgia 2. Current rain gear- An old windbreaker & pants from an old track suit 3. Worst rain you've ever played in- Once played at Cacapon State Park in WV in the longest, hardest down pour I've ever been exposed to. My buddy and I were the only two people on course and putted through raging rivers on the greens. We actually stopped for lunch before going back out to finish the back 9, which infuriated the staff that they had to hang around just for my buddy & me.
  21. I don't know. I saw someone asked ScottGolf, the independent club maker on tour, his thoughts and he said he hasn't seen anyone using them yet, so he couldn't comment. I also saw Club Champion boasting a 54% improvement in putting with the shaft on Twitter. I asked them what metric was used for that claim and they said "owner feedback". Not exactly hard science!
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