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  1. This is helping with some of my skepticism already - I saw only 5 shafts with no flex options, and immediately thought it wasn't enough. But, if they can build things like + options on those shafts (and maybe other tweaks), it expands the offering a bit. I guess I'll find out in a couple days...
  2. Fitting scheduled! Making a day trip out to Iowa to visit @GolfSpy_BNG on Tuesday afternoon, since he now has all the equipment for it. It'll be a long day, but hopefully we get some good results!
  3. Thanks to both Terra Forza and MGS for giving me this opportunity! I’ve been golfing in some way pretty much my whole life – starting with plastic clubs and mini golf early, then par 3 courses, evening rounds with dad, and then went “competitive” (not, like, competitive-competitive, but High School, D3, and various local tournaments). I’m currently right around my best handicap ever – the 8-of-20 calculation helps that a bit, because my rounds are wildly inconsistent. I’m excited for this test, because it’s focused on one my favorite things: driver fittings (and outcomes). The driver is my favorite club to tweak over time (putter is close second, but I’m regularly changing something with the driver) -- there’s always this feeling that it could be at least a little bit better. I generally switch out the driver every ~2 years, but will often use the same shaft with multiple driver heads (assuming it performs well on first trial). I’m intrigued by the concept – it’s using data that I have not seen used in fittings before (at least not in my own). My past fittings have varied from just looking at lines on the launch monitor, to using some wearable sensors while swinging a special driver to track body/club motion, but nothing with the feet. So, one of the main things I want to get out of this test is how confident the fitting makes me in the outcome. I can compare/contrast to somewhat recent driver fittings at: Golf Galaxy, GOLFTEC (prior to their execs saying they’ll step up the fitting game), Club Champion, and a TaylorMade Player Development Center (using Gears). Then, in terms of the actual shaft test, I’m planning to put it up against multiple shafts from those fittings (an Accra from CC, a Mitsubishi from TM PDC, and a Graphite Design that I got with my most recent driver just to try, because I was fit into something somewhat similar for my “hybrid”-build long irons). To be up front with it, my main skepticism is that it seems the goal is to fit into the best Terra Forza shaft, of which there are only 5 (and I have a guess at which one I should pick) -- I'm actually curious if the concept could extend beyond the Terra Forza line of shafts.
  4. Every 4-6 holes for regular play, maybe less depending on what happens to it. Cart path or tree? Gone immediately. Full wedge? Need to take a closer look -- usually they can last a couple solid wedge shots, but depends on the ball; if I blade that wedge, it's gone. Basically anything that scuffs the ball or marks it might make me toss it. Some of my friends rib me for how small of a scuff does it for me (and even pick the ball up and use it themselves), but I also have way too many new balls stashed in the basement, so I don't worry about it too much. I know that's basically the opposite of a lot of people -- some people (like my dad) pride themselves on keeping a ball going as long as possible; others love the rush of finding a top of the line golf ball and don't care about the small marks. So, any time I retire one, I either keep it for the shag bag (greenside/yard practice), or toss it into a visible place so someone else can pick it up. I do the same with found balls -- if I don't know the history, I just leave it for someone else (but normally in a spot they can find it, not back where I found it).
  5. Turns out I'm a sucker for Limited Edition stuff... Did not need more of any of these items, but, added these to the collection anyway.
  6. Eh, maybe I was wrong - I just ran some searches, and there's not much on eBay for either of those brands, at least not for mallets (I've seen some come through their Facebook BST groups in that price range, but I thought there was a lot more on eBay). The headcover market is wild. Most of the headcover-focused brands will be a bit higher than that price -- some of them worth it, some not (some are really good quality; others it's just chasing limited editions that might fall apart if used all year). If looking 50/under, and not wanting something that has a club brand on it, best best are probably places like Etsy (can be some surprisingly good stuff on there), eBay, or directly brands that you can find at big box stores and/or are popular directly in pro shops like CMC, PRG, etc. (or shop directly at Golf Galaxy/PGATSS or a pro shop / course's website). Even the specialty brands that were in the $40-50 range a couple years ago seem to be up in the $65-75 range now, with many pushing $100+.
  7. What kind of design/theme are you looking for, and what price range? I have a way too large collection that's brand agnostic, so based on that might be able to make some decent recommendations. A couple reasonable-priced options with a solid range of wild to classic designs: I'd recommend checking eBay or Mullie for older designs from Patrick Gibbons / American Flatsticks -- good quality with some really cool designs, and the market is way down on those brands (used to be a high after-market price tag, and tons of people kept them in new condition for resale, but they're offloading them in the $50-60 range now, sometimes less). Same with Hole9Design (now Rocket) - if you're into Pop Culture / 90s references, they could be a good option (quality not as high, but still good, probably more in the $30-40 range outside of their TMNT designs). Dormie is also great quality with quite a few "in stock" designs (might be made to order, depending on design) and also allows a custom option, but they're in the $100-$150 range for stock.
  8. If you're swinging 116-119mph, the stock X may not be the right play, and they probably should have had you try some others (just curious, which shaft is it?). It could also just be a weight thing - around the time of my last driver fitting, I was around 112mph, and none of the stock options worked, but the top shaft in my fitting was just a heavier version of one of those (9g made a ton of difference). That's basically in line with one of the comments above - didn't need to pay more, but did need to custom order. Yes, get fit. Do research ahead of time and be ready to talk the talk (and push back on upselling). If considering CC, there's a big chain on here with varied experiences -- my experience with them was one positive fitting, and another just OK fitting, but neither were bad by any means (that said, I don't plan to go back...); others share both positive and negative experiences, and I think it comes down to expectations going in and your specific fitter. Expect it to be expensive -- some claim they shoot for the highest price shafts, but I didn't experience that in either fitting (they did try to upsell some things, but I was nowhere close to the top priced shafts).
  9. Have a love/hate relationship with this format. Hate it because of how many MCs I've had (and those have some severe punishment); love it because the alternative "money" format has me at $73k right now but I'm tied with someone that has $1.3 million
  10. Oh, that's not all of them...this is just the putters that I would consider using for practice or putting in the bag for any given round (minus Happy -- that's just for show, and doesn't seem like it's actually built to strike a ball. Yes I have tried). The putters missing are: a Guerin Tour Spec blade to match the mallet (5th from left - blade is in my office for use with the Perfect Practice), a Golf Gods...umm...phallic putter (only game in joke rounds or as a group punishment for things like not getting it past the forward tees, felt like I should keep it out of the picture), and a handful of Scotties that my dad gifted to me last year (he thinks they're "valuable" and collected them over time, but they're all pretty well used -- technically could include them with the gamers because of condition, but I'm kinda anti-Scotty on the course). Might be missing a few others too. That's why I said this probably won't be the last putter purchase. I'm eyeing up a DF3, but want to try it and actually get fit for length/lie/loft before pulling the trigger. We have one local shop that is listed as a L.A.B. fitter, but still need to go explore to make sure they have all the right tools for the fitting (definitely trust them with TaylorMade, but L.A.B. seems very specialized for their shop, so we'll see).
  11. Because a club ho does not discriminate. Nah, it's somewhere buried in older posts in this thread, but we found out the youngest (just turned 3) is a lefty, so I decided to pick up a partial set to learn alongside him - so far have a Driver, 7i, 2 wedges, and a putter. Basically going RH/natural for typical practice/play, but when I go to the range with him, I'm bringing the LH sticks. Secondary, more spiteful reason -- have a buddy that's LH that just bought a lifetime membership at a local course, and he claims he's going to beat me this year because of it...so my new goal is to beat him LH vs. LH
  12. Sure is - one of the original 1000. My brother found it a few years ago and got it for my birthday - still need to pick a good spot to put it on display.
  13. Hi, my name is Mike, and I'm a club ho. It's been only two days since my last club delivery... and then this one showed up like 3 weeks early. Did I need a new putter? No. Did I even try it before buying it? Also no. Is it going to be my last putter purchase this year? (Probably) No. Ok, so which putter are you getting rid of now that you have this new one? It doesn't work that way... Got the AI-One Cruiser Jailbird. For no reason at all, other than...I want one. Resisted the temptation to buy those special release versions after Rickie and Wyndham called so much attention to them, but caved on the AI-One. And it's niiice - only hit a few putts on the BirdieBall so far, but early signs point to it being in this year's rotation. That brings the lineup to:
  14. I did the same with GOLFTEC initially -- bought the 10+practice bundle, pushing close to a grand, only to find our location was almost always booked when I was available (I think I used the practice one time because of that). I did end up getting through all of the lessons, but only after the coach let me extend beyond the expiration date. Since then I've never bought anything more than a 5-pack of lessons -- they seem to hate selling in packs that small and don't apply the discounts, but it's hard for me to justify anything more than that.
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