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  1. I'm a year late on the, but great write-up on the experience. It highlights some things that will be very helpful for people making a decision. Comparing to my experience, I think it also shows variance in quality of fitter at the same location. The Smash Factor comments are interesting, and I wouldn't trust anyone that picks smash over literally everything else. My CC fitter focused on that too, which might point to how they are trained, but there was one key difference - his strategy was "if smash factor is below this number, we're moving on". That led us to 3 shafts, and we used dispe
  2. Hopefully clear from my other posts here, but I'm 50/50 on CC. Do some research and go in with some ideas of shafts that you'd like to try/compare (some fitters gravitate toward the brand that has worked for them in other fittings), and keep referencing your past results and knowledge of stats/process (better chance of getting the right fit rather than "oh this works") For driver specifically, I'm happy with what I was fit into, but I am not 100% confident that I have the best shaft for me. At the same time, finding that better shaft might take a ton of work and might not be worth the eff
  3. It definitely does happen with direct-from-mfr clubs, it just might not be as frequent. I've had adapters come loose and epoxy rattles on those types of clubs too. This is 100% a guess (not sure if anyone even tries to keep stats), but it makes sense in my head: I'd expect the least issues in off-the-rack because of how many nearly-identical builds they do; next most in custom-ordered clubs from the manufacturer (similar build process but custom steps might lead to error), and the most in any club that's fully hand-built (whether that's a fitter like CC, expert club builder, etc.). It ma
  4. Mike / Madison WI 110mph Callaway Epic Flash SZ Accra TZ6 75, M5 flex Currently use the 120 (S flex); have used the 130 as well.
  5. Won some golf.com cash on Chirp recently, used it to get this guy pretty cheap. If I can learn how to putt this year, I might actually put it in play, otherwise it'll just be another basement putting green toy. Also from Chirp, I'll have a Miura wedge coming soon - right now it's only letting me pick satin chrome, but I'm trying to negotiate the new black finish before confirming specs and getting it built (tbh I'm not optimistic about that - the whole process from winning to getting the prize has had some issues for both me and a buddy that won a few weeks earlier). I'll post pics when it g
  6. When I read your first sentence, I thought you were going to go negative and I was ready to defend it... But I totally agree. I used it for a handful of rounds last year and thought it was great. I tended to score better when using the left dash over some of the other balls I've been cycling through. I also might be slightly biased because I got my first <unofficial> albatross with this ball (scramble, both my shots - can't give the ball the credit for actually going in, but also can't say that it wasn't a factor).
  7. Is there a way to make this a pinned post (or whatever it's called) like the Admins do on things like Testers Wanted posts? Now that we're splitting into two chats, that would make the full list easier to find.
  8. I'm still winless, but don't enter nearly as many as some of you all do (e.g. I avoid the overseas contests). I went hard at that Dormie/Gilson contest the other day to the point that I couldn't post more comments from my laptop (not quite pulling an Elson and getting my account frozen, but just had to go to the phone and slow it down a bit) -- hopefully that one works out, but I'm not holding my breath. Do you know which one you got? The turf-looking one was both ridiculous and awesome at the same time.
  9. Surprising that they are selling them for the direct, single-dozen prices (well, with a $0.02 rollback ). I would've expected Walmart to mark it down to at least the 3-dozen discount.
  10. T800 was in my mind but didn't go back and look at it until your comment - I forgot how closely that resembled the T1100 I saw those notes on the HC and stock being the same specs - the "inferior" and "Project X claims" comments were were more directed at CC's narrative and perception, not actual results. I don't know for sure, but I doubt CC actually carried the less expensive version. Also, I never looked deeply into whether there were tests to compare the two directly, but there are various comments out there about potential differences - e.g. theories were that Handcrafted were mor
  11. This may be where you got a bad (or misleading) fitter -- they should have a bunch of the options offered from the manufacturer, if not the exact stock shaft. But I once had a fitter (I think my first CC fitter) tell me something like "if you're picking from their catalog and not paying an upgrade fee, then you're probably not getting an upgrade" -- I don't really agree with that because "upgrade" could just mean "better fit for you", which is definitely possible within the free options, but that statement could imply that they don't carry a bunch of the "free upgrade" options either. I also k
  12. Were you actually buying full clubs or looking to get a new shaft in your existing clubhead? Irons or woods? Depending on the situation, your fitter might have sucked, or might have been telling (mostly) the truth. For stock: If you were there to compare the 2-3 stock offerings for a specific driver or wood, Club Champion is not the place to get that done -they most likely will not carry those shafts (in my experience, GolfTEC will likely have this option, as will retail fittings). Keep in mind that there can be a difference between a stock shaft and an after-market version of the same sh
  13. Rare achievement: I have all 8 guys in the field this week. My top 4 are beating my top 8 straight up Maybe next year we should consider bonus points for having the last place guy on your roster?
  14. You offered me that exact trade, and I drafted up a counter that was straight up Finau for Rory but then thought about it more and backed it out.
  15. I can relate to all of these points -- I'm confident I overpaid for the irons that I bought through them, but it wasn't because their starting prices are steep, it was the add-ons (my price experience is in my posts from last year on this thread). They may have cheaper options available but tend to push toward the more expensive option (even if roughly equivalent) -- that's not saying they push to the most expensive shaft that they have (mine could have been much more expensive), just that they'll try to sell you on full after-market build, which is likely the biggest price tag. Plus their fit
  16. I'm hanging on tight to Finau again this year (Casey too - I think one of them will take a major this year, or they'll at least be good for a top 5 or two). Depending on what they offer up, anyone that offers me a trade for him is either getting a decline or a counter that simply drops him out of the trade no matter how imbalanced that makes it
  17. Just curious, is that the only lined/valuables pocket, or are there multiples? My current bag has two lined pockets - one zipped and the other using magnets and specifically designed for a rangefinder (easy access but also protective). My rangefinder has definitely gotten wet with this design, but in fair weather it's a nice feature. I like the top design - I switched back to a 14-way last year, and have my complaints with it, but prefer it to the 4-5 way dividers that I've used. This one looks like a good balance between those styles.
  18. Went on a bit of a buying spree around the Masters last year. The much-delayed Dormie cover was delivered last week and I finally made a run to the office to pick it up, so here's the new April bag setup (with one too many putters). Now just need to find some new toys to slip into the covers Driver: Asher x Dormie Fairway (but also a driver cover): Dude Where's My Par (made by Pins & Aces) Mallet: Blue Birdie Golf Blade/Towel: Gibbons Handmade / Players Towel (via American Flatsticks) Alignment Sticks: Bubba Whips (had them for a while, they just happen to
  19. If you're actually looking for the source details, @MGoBlue100 is your guy. I was just relating the original post's Intercept wine comment to Woodson's older label.
  20. As someone who blew too much money to try a shaft that worked "on paper" but ultimately didn't stand up to my gamer, I can confirm that this is a great way to score a deal as a buyer. I picked it up new in early 2019, have tried selling on 3-4 different forums (including eBay), and I can't even get half of what I paid for it. It worked well enough, so just keeping it as a backup / occasional change of pace instead of dipping way lower. In the past, I have picked up a couple $400-$500 shafts for the $125-$150 range on the secondary market. Just do whatever you can to watch for counterfeit
  21. I'll probably post this in the "what have you bought lately" thread too, but I picked up a few new hoodies this winter that are definitely making it into my spring public/muni rotation and likely in the mix for lounging post-round at resorts (but I'd still hesitate using it on course at higher-end public or wearing it at all at a private club). Lululemon - back in the day, when I saw they offered men's clothing, I swore I'd never buy it. But a few of the younger guys in our golf crew swear by it, so I took a shot at a Lululemon x TrendyGolf hoodie. It. Is. Awesome. So I picked up another
  22. I had this drop on my calendar and somehow missed the notification. I did pick up the Michaelangelo mallet a few weeks back, which is the one that makes the most sense for me, but this blade is one of the coolest covers I've seen in a while.
  23. Ouch, sorry to hear that. I've mostly given up on eBay at this point - there are a few sellers I still trust, but I've seen quite a few sketchy looking high-end golf products, and got burned by a set of counterfeit grips last year. eBay claims to care but doesn't seem to make it a high priority to fight the counterfeit golf biz (to be fair, they need to balance this across all industries, and some of the golf stuff is relatively low priced). I'll still search eBay for older / out of production stuff, but for my gamers and recent releases, I now stick with direct manufacturers and trusted
  24. Too many [emoji15] apparently I'm dreaming of playing more than real life allows. But I do like to keep a mix of comfort, waterproof, and stylish, which leads to... New Balance is my new go-to brand. Super comfortable and they fit me well. 3 spiked, 2 spikeless. G/Fore: 2 knit spikeless with 1 more on the way... Adidas: 1 spikeless True x Linksoul: 2x, but wearing them casually rather than on the golf course (feel so old saying that, but they're solid). DAWGS: 1. Count it. Recently donated 5 pairs - mostly FJ, Adidas. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using MyGolfSpy mobile app
  25. Don't knock the Crocs [emoji23] they used to make golf shoes, and I think they had a tour contract or two. I've played local short courses in Crocs just for the hell of it, and still have a (ridiculous) pair of Dawgs that I picked up for around $10 and still break out once in a while - very similar to Crocs but specifically for golf. Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using MyGolfSpy mobile app
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