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  1. What an opportunity of 3 lifetimes!!! A bunch of us are stuck in Bridgestone e12 limbo and are missing all of these mind blowing opportunities. Won't not apply though. Congrats in advance to the lucky candidates! Stu, chandler, AZ, and 36 rounds per year MGS is my only social media account (true story) 13 hdcp, 112+ mph Maltby DBMs, Cobra F8+ driver, Bridgestone XW1 wedges Desired Cobra Set: standard length, king wedges. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  2. So currently I have 2 shafts that I'm going back and forth between. They both have slightly different profiles and are from roughly the same era.. 2013 ish but also still fairly relevant today with old school shaftoids. The 2 shafts are the Diamana Kai'li 70 X5CT (XS) and the UST Elements Chrome 6f4 tipped to S++. Of these two, the Diamana is my preferred in the feel and performance department. Don't get me wrong, the UST Chrome is a great shaft and I get good results but with my swing, the Diamana just works that much better. Now I know aesthetics shouldn't be a major issue but the Diamana has definitely seen better days and is pretty bag rash'd and scuffed. The UST on the other hand might as well be brand new and looks killer. Now before I introduce the 3rd shaft into the equation, I'll say that I was pretty much ready to retire the Diamana and bring the UST Chrome on full time and not look back. Well I'm a Golfworks (not wrx) guy. While poking around on the Golfworks website, I come across a UST Proforce VTS 7X black (78g) on clearance for $30. After looking at the profile, it appears fairly similar to the Diamana Kai'li. Low torque, low spin, 70+g, low/mid launch. Reviews are limited but from what I've found it looks very promising and possibly a good replacement for the Kai'li. The thing about all 3 shafts is that it looks like they're all still in production after 6+ years so they must all be doing something right. So my big question to y'all who have any input to give is.. How similar to the Diamana Kai'li is the UST VTS? Is it worth taking the bait and buying the UST VTS because it's such a good price, or is it more drastically different than I'm realizing? And ultimately am I just better off sticking to plan A and moving forward with the UST Elements Chrome? I realize that the answer may be that I have to just try it out to know but I'm all about asking around first and if I don't get any feedback then I can go down that road. Thanks as always! Here are some extra details that may help you help me.. Swing Speed: 112 - 114 mph Driver: Cobra F8+ (weight forward) Carry: 270 - 280 Yds Diamana Kai'li: play at 10* with launch angle at 11.5 with spin around 2300 and plays at D0 UST Elements Chrome: Play at 9* with launch angle at 11.5 with spin around 2900 and plays at C8 but is counter balanced and head weight is good. Back swing tempo is moderate and smooth but with a quick with a pretty explosive release.
  3. Actually not a horrible ball. Has a kind of bouncy soft feeling. Not in a bad way. Can get pretty spinny too. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  4. So about 3 weeks ago I had posted pics of the King LTD Black that I purchased. Shortly after I ended up snapping the space port cover and it somehow the threads got locked and just couldn't be unscrewed. I thought that I was cooked and that I'd be using my driving iron for the rest of the year. Well as a last resort I contacted Cobra.. with very few questions asked, I was issued a RA#. I sent in the club on Monday.. and Thursday received this.... #cobrafan4life! the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  5. Stu / Chandler, AZ Cleveland HB #11 Bettinardi... Sounds Italian.. I've always considered Bettinardi to be the Ferrari of putters if there could be such a thing. Beautiful, exotic, high-performance.. and something I can't afford. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  6. It's funny because I started another thread regarding playing a shorter driver and asking if it didn't help certain folks. For the past few years I've always had my driver cut to 44" and then re-weighted to around D3. It just ended up being something that I did a while back that seemed to work.. probably based on something I read on MGS somewhere but now as I'm improving my swing mechanics and increasing swing speed, I'm finding that the shorter driver no longer works for me. I'm finding more and more pulls to about 30 yds left of target. Hence the need to go back to 45.5" ish.. but trying to keep SW in the D2-D3 range. I'm also nearly 6'3" so I think a longer driver probably does suit me better. I've got a shaft that I'm buying from a guy tomorrow for $20. It's an older "real deal" Diamana Kai'li 70 5Xct raw at about 44.7/8". I've got the new club being delivered today with my original shaft so I'm curious to see if Cobra included any extra weights or heavier weights to meet my preferred swing weight. I told them what my plans were so time will tell. If anything I can probably just swap out whatever weights at the PGATSS as they're pretty good about stuff like that. Oh 3:30 can't come quick enough today!!
  7. Out of curiosity, do you know what your swing weight was and if any sole weights were changed from the original? Thx for the feedback! I'm probably looking at a Diamana Kai'li 70g x5ct XS and playing at 45.5" should be getting the club back tomorrow and I don't want to wait any time getting it dialed in. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  8. Playing with a group and a guy's duffed drive landed short of the ladies tee.. another guy said "it's ok, you can keep your pants up.. you don't need to be embarrassed twice"... I nearly messed myself. the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..
  9. I've looked all over MGS and couldn't seem to find anything addressing this topic. So in one of my most recent "what did you buy" posts, I was showing off my King LTD Black driver. Well after about 3 weeks of very enjoyed ownership, the spaceport window thingy ended up snapping off completely leaving the threaded part jammed and unable to be removed. I contacted Cobra, got a return auth # and sent it in.. Well in the same day that they received the driver, they determined that they would just replace it with an F8+!!!!!!!!!!!!! (#Cobraistotallybadass!) Now.. I'm just patiently waiting for the club to come like a kid waiting for Santa.. Except my Santa will be donning a uniform of white, purple, and orange (FedEx). My question to y'all who are familiar with the F8+ head is: have any of you had success with a heavier shaft? I'm considering something around a 78g range. https://www.golfworks.com/ust-mamiya-proforce-vts-shaft-special/p/us0111/ to be more specific. X flex Black. My objective is to attempt to keep swing weight around D3 and length around 45.5" if possible. I've also got my eye on a Diamana diamana kai'li 70 x5ct (I know it's a tad outdated but it's always been a great shaft). I know there are always options of replacing the head weights. My current shaft is a UST Elements Chrome S++ Flex at 44" so slightly lighter than the posted 66g. I believe that Cobra will be sending back swing weighted to D2 so whatever head weight they'll be adding will likely need to be replaced. I know that adding heavier shafts can sometimes cause issues with swing weight so I just wanted to see how easy/difficult it may end up being. I'm always open ears/eyes to hear what folks have done that worked.. or didn't, before taking the plunge on a new venture. Thanks as always!
  10. I've looked all over MGS and couldn't seem to find anything addressing this topic. So in one of my most recent "what did you buy" posts, I was showing off my King LTD Black driver. Well after about 3 weeks of very enjoyed ownership, the spaceport window thingy ended up snapping off completely leaving the threaded part jammed and unable to be removed. I contacted Cobra, got a return auth # and sent it in.. Well in the same day that they received the driver, they determined that they would just replace it with an F8+!!!!!!!!!!!!! (#Cobraistotallybadass!) Now.. I'm just patiently waiting for the club to come like a kid waiting for Santa.. Except my Santa will be donning a uniform of white, purple, and orange (FedEx). My question to y'all who are familiar with the F8+ head is: have any of you had success with a heavier shaft? I'm considering something around a 78g range. https://www.golfworks.com/ust-mamiya-proforce-vts-shaft-special/p/us0111/ to be more specific. X flex Black. My objective is to attempt to keep swing weight around D3 and length around 45.5" if possible. I've also got my eye on a Diamana diamana kai'li 70 x5ct (I know it's a tad outdated but it's always been a great shaft). I know there are always options of replacing the head weights. My current shaft is a UST Elements Chrome S++ Flex at 44" so slightly lighter than the posted 66g. I believe that Cobra will be sending back swing weighted to D2 so whatever head weight they'll be adding will likely need to be replaced. I know that adding heavier shafts can sometimes cause issues with swing weight so I just wanted to see how easy/difficult it may end up being. I'm always open ears/eyes to hear what folks have done that worked.. or didn't, before taking the plunge on a new venture. Thanks as always!
  11. It's funny because it was the Ping G400 that kind of got me re-thinking the shorter driver question to begin with. I'm sure there's a bit more to it than just the shaft length but the G400 LST has by far produced the best all around numbers for me under stock setup conditions. The only other club that was as as successful was the new TM M5.. and guess what.. it was bumped from 45.5 (last year) to 45.75 (this year). I believe that Ping and now TM offer the longest stock driver on the market @ 45 3/4. Good on Ping for the past few years for recognizing that not everybody plays best with a shorter shaft and to offer maximum length from the get-go to allow a fitter to better customize for the consumer. Like you Rev, I'm also a tinkerer but a student. I don't make changes expecting the perfect results. I make them to learn and better understand and if by chance my results end up being just what I needed, then it's a win/win. I'm also not afraid to ask questions and seek advice from those with more experience. Now if only my understanding of the game and equipment could translate to my performance on the course.. I'd have a capital $M attached to my bank account.
  12. Yeah swing weight is definitely something that I've been mindful of whenever shortening a driver. Everything from the shaft weight, to the grip, to the head weight all play factors so it really is important to at least have an idea of what you're doing IF trying to venture down that path on your own. Again, I'm fully aware that working directly with a fitter is the optimal way to go.. but I'm a little crazy in the brain and want to understand this stuff for myself.. even if it means wrecking a club or 2 along the way. Luckily I've got a pretty good relationship with the fitters and techs at PGATSS so they're always happy to help when I've got questions or need some specs on a club before making any adjustments.. Them and the folks at Golfworks have been a big help. Now to sidestep the conversation to talk about consistency or standards among brands.. there isn't any.. When people say "standard".. there really is no standard between major brands.. I would probably classify it more as "general gray area". Cobra F9 specs are 45.25" @ D3 while the F8 came out at 45" and D2. Callaway Epic Flash is 45.5 @ D3 while the Sub Zero is D4. Ping all come out at 45.75" and range from D1 to D4. If that's not enough to make your head spin, all of the irons are built with completely different lofts and lie angles from each other.. even within the brands they can vary considerably. This crazy game!
  13. oh yet another driver review opportunity will be passing me by I'll still throw my name in the hat although I'm in the middle of the Bridgestone E12 ball testing.. Maybe the MGS folks will find it in their hearts to include a ball testing candidate to compare a mid-level ball with a high level driver.. 1. Stu, Chandler, AZ 2. 13 hdcp and 112 mph 3. Cobra King LTD Black 4. Sub Z baby!
  14. Oh how jealous am I???? Congrats to the candidates. Get ready for the ride and experience of a lifetime! MGS testing is one of the funnest golf experiences I've participated in. I really look forward to this review!
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