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  1. My dad prides himself on keeping the same ball in play for as long as possible (even takes pride in continuing to use a scuffed ball for some reason...). Me? Not so much. 

    Assuming I don't lose it, average ball life for me is probably around 6 holes. Some make it longer, but rarely make it through a full round; others only make it 1-2 holes. I inspect the ball on the green and/or between holes, and take out anything that's scuffed or damaged in any way. I do make exceptions for casual/fun rounds, so minor issues stay in play in those situations. Main things that take it out of play:

    Cart Path, Tree, Rock, or similar? ➡️ immediately taken out of play, even if it appears minor. 

    Wedge from the fairway? ➡️ inspect closely - probably 30% of the time the wedge scuffs it enough to make a difference. 

  2. 13 hours ago, ChiefMikeOfficer said:

    Own them (both pants and shorts), don't wear them... Keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but then never actually do it. 

    Have an old picture I'll need to dig up if a buddy wearing his lightweight white golf pants - the way the pockets were cut/lined, 100% looked like he was wearing a thong.

    Found it - not the best look. I'm self conscious about mine looking the same



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  3. Own them (both pants and shorts), don't wear them... Keep telling myself I'm going to do it, but then never actually do it. 

    Have an old picture I'll need to dig up if a buddy wearing his lightweight white golf pants - the way the pockets were cut/lined, 100% looked like he was wearing a thong.

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  4. Basically just repeating recommendations here...but my strategy is to keep a lot of used / slightly damaged balls for this purpose (emphasis on slightly - anything with significant damage is out). When I take them out of play during a round, I put them in a shag bag or tube to use later in some way -- some friends will take damaged "good" balls for their own use, and I keep a tube of the better-condition balls that I leave in the trunk for short game sessions. The tube holds 18 or 20 balls, and helps with collecting the balls from the green. 

    Bonus tip, depending on whether you're open to colored balls (you could also do this with ball number, but I found colors more effective at keeping me honest): bring a mix of colors/designs to the green with you, and change your shot based on the ball. For Snell, you could hit your typical shot with the white, and then hit a high one with the yellow (or low, you pick); for a PIX- or Truvis-style ball (or Vice with all their colors), there are more options, so you could have balls for three different shots (in my tube I have 3 designs, and depending on the design will hit stock/square, open face, and low-checker). This makes the session a bit less robotic and forces you to adapt to different shots you might need on the course. 

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  5. 8 hours ago, Tiftaaft said:

    I have spent some time in PGASS testing out the DF2.1... It is very INTRIGUING.  I reached out to the L.A.B. contact to see where they would suggest testing out the MEZZ 1 Max that was just released as it has a smaller profile than the DF 2.1.  Got a quick response back with a few options (including Club Champion... but I'm not sure I'm ready to invest the $125 for a putter fitting.... yet).   The tester reviews, and discussion from others on the forum Including @ChiefMikeOfficer have made this company very hard to ignore.  

    Review links below for reference:


    I played around with the DF in a PGATSS a while back - loved the performance, hated the look (and there's risk my mallet covers won't fit it - petty concern, but a factor). So, figured I'd try the Mezz instead. A full fitting on one of these might require a new mortgage after factoring in fitting fee, shaft upgrades, who knows what else. 

    If you do know your specs, labgolfoutlet.com could save some money.

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  6. 10 hours ago, azstu324 said:

    So I didn't necessarily "buy" these but I did just recently get them. 

    HUGE thanks to Cobra/Puma. I did own (still do) the predecessor to these. I received them as a gift a while back. Love these shoes! Well after about 6 or so months, the left shoe developed a tear in the heel. Last week I decided to email Cobra just for kicks. I sent them pics of the tear and let them know that I didn't have a receipt due to them being a gift. I also let them know that if they couldn't do anything about it I'd totally understand. 

    Well being as awesome as they are, they sent me the updated shoe and told me to keep the other pair. 

    Safe to say my shoe loyalties definitely lie with Puma. 

    New kicks


    Previous are in the middle. They're practically new except for the tear which I was also able to find an adhesive patch for. 



    Thanks Cobra/Puma!!

    Had a very similar experience with them a couple years ago (based on the pic, probably the same release as the issue you had) -- bought their SoleLace model of this shoe, and while trying to tighten it, the eyelet snapped. They just asked for pictures, and replaced the shoes with the model of my choice (went with the Disc). And...I was kinda able to repair the SoleLace -- heated/molded back together, but I'm guessing it's weaker than the original that snapped.

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  7. 5 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    So who's getting up ( or will still be up at 1:30 am to watch he beginning?)   You guys on the West Coast get to watch around 10:30 pm or so, that's pretty cool.


    I'm almost always in Myrtle Beach for Open week -- typically coincides with Father& Son/Family Golf Week, which I've been doing with my dad since high school. Which means I'm away from the fam, which also means I have full control of my bedtime situation 🤫 so I always throw on the right channel before going to bed and leave the TV on. That way it's on any time I get up throughout the night and when I get up in the morning. Actually get a decent amount of coverage that way. 

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  8. I picked up a Utility Trouper 2.0 earlier this year, I think shortly before the R was released. Overall I think it's great, and agree with just about everything in the review. Slight difference in my setup -- I use side pocket 1 (your ball pocket) for gloves and markers, and put balls+tees in the medium side pocket (easier to reach in and grab one as I head toward the water and need a new ball to drop 😅 ). I might still play around with that configuration though (and might try moving the balls to where you have them). I also agree that there isn't a clear place for tees, so mine are just rattling around with my golf balls.  

    One issue I ran into is is with the stand (looks like the R has the same stand, as I'm guessing all Troupers do). Nearly all bags that I've owned have had a stand that hooks into the legs from the outside-in, so the pressure of extending the legs pushes into the hook; the Trouper does the opposite, hooking in from the inside and relying on a locking washer to take that pressure. Well, somewhere near the 3rd tee in only round #3 carrying the bag, one of washers popped off, making the stand just dangle loose -- could not find it after realizing what happened, and the stand simply did not work the rest of the round (could hook it back in, but it would pop right back out the next time I put it down because there's nothing there to hold it). The stand mechanism is exposed inside the bag too, competing for space with the clubs/grips, which is not ideal but hasn't caused any issues yet (that I know of -- guess it's possible it contributed to this issue). 



    Customer service was great -- they first sent new parts, and after I somehow failed to get the repair to stick, they took the bag back to fix it themselves. Haven't had the issue come up again, but I'm watching it carefully (one of them looks loose, but sturdy so far). They did say that if it continues to be an issue, they'll just replace the bag too, but hopefully it doesn't come to that -- plus if it does happen again, I'm probably just going to put a washer on and then bend the end of it so that it can't pop off quite as easily. 

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  9. I'm a little late to the game on the CT10 sensors, just picking them up this year, but if anyone is interested in the experience so far (or wants to post their own review), I started this thread on the new (still Beta?) Unofficial Reviews section:


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  10. 5 hours ago, GolfSpy_THV said:

    Totally understand and we can adjust the rating categories. What suggestions do you have to adjust them?

    Specifically for the GPS Tracking category (maybe specific to automated trackers and not all GPS devices?), I found myself struggling to differentiate Accuracy vs. On Course Performance, and between Features vs. App/Dashboard. Maybe I'm just misinterpreting the intent of the categories, but these were my debates while writing it:

    Accuracy feels like it's just part of OCP for this type of device, and could be dropped (or combined). Things like did it pick up my shot? With the right club? In the right spot? That's how I interpreted "accuracy", but that all feels like OCP to me. Other "accuracy" assessments felt like they'd fit under OCP or Features (e.g. no way to tell it where the hole actually is --> either poor performance or lack of feature; map accuracy could be kinda separate, but also kinda not). 

    Features vs. App/Dashboard -- again kinda feel the same to me, or one is just part of the other. I guess in my case the Features could be what I have available on the watch pairing with the sensors, which is separate, but I consider all the stats to be in the Features category too (but those are all on the app/dashboard, so...). I could see these being separate for some other systems, but for mine, they felt kinda the same. 

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  11. On 8/2/2021 at 1:35 PM, Bryclops said:

    I had the 18oz Rambler and found it too small, and I didn’t like that you have to remove the cap entirely to use drink. Ended up with a Camelbak Chute Mag, even though it felt more fragile, because of its mechanism for holding the cap. Used the Camelbak for about a year before it took one too many dings and stopped insulating. Really disappointing durability. So I’m back to the Rambler, 26oz this time, and it’s proving to be much tougher. Still annoying not to have a retainer of some kind for the cap, but worth the toughness IMO.

    You might just need to get a different cap, which is kinda unfortunate (would be nice if the bottle just came with a couple styles -- the additional caps are $10-15 each).

    We didn't like the cap that came with the bottle either, so we stocked up on the Chug Magdock caps (bought a couple extras because, somehow, my wife lost a couple rubber seals from the inside of the smaller cap, seeming like they just fell out - I've yet to have that problem, but she also uses her bottle a lot more than I use mine, so 🤷‍♂️).

    Magdock still requires that you take the small cap completely off, but the magnetic holster works pretty well. Straw and Hotshot don't require taking off a piece. 

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  12. 6 hours ago, smohan215 said:

    When adjusting the hosel on a driver to 'draw' what is this actually doing to promote a draw?


    Cobra doesn't seem to provide as much information on the specific setting, but if it's like other brands, it's probably upright lie (which promotes more left spin). The face angle could change throughout the settings too, but their adapter might maintain the same face angle -- they just don't provide the specifics behind it. Callaway specifically calls out their "Draw" setting as a change in Lie without mentioning face (https://www.callawaygolf.com/optifitinstructions/); TaylorMade doesn't call it a Draw setting, instead just calling it what it is ("Upright"), but they do publish the Lie and Face changes for each setting on their adapter, which includes a face change of +/- 4 degrees (old, but adapter settings should be the same: https://www.taylormadegolf.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-TMaG-Library/en_US/v1639300210181/manuals/2020_tuning_manual.pdf). 

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  13. Quick plug for Golf Pride since they were mentioned in this thread -- I bought some counterfeit MCC grips because I wanted the specific color scheme (not knowing they were counterfeit -- I had seen this color scheme before and assumed it was just leftover stock, but it was eBay...). But they didn't pass the sniff test, so I contacted Golf Pride directly with the info I gathered (a color fill issue on one, inconsistent weight from grip to grip outside of GP's usual tolerance). They were very helpful and seemed actually interested in the information to try to track down the counterfeit ring (they confirmed counterfeit with the information + pictures I sent). 

    Callaway...not so much. They give the stock response of "we can't help you determine authenticity of your item", and don't seem interested in that same info if it is a counterfeit. 

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  14. Bought the Garmin club sensors a couple weeks ago because they are compatible with my everyday Garmin watch. Have used Arccos (started on 2018 and went back in 2020-2021, worked reasonably well), Game Golf Pro (didn't work at all), and Shot Scope v2 (worked pretty well but hated the watch). 

    Played nine holes last night and... They're awesome so far. Zero missed shots, easy to add putts, scoring was immediately accurate. 

    I'm guessing I'm going to lose some of the stats from Arccos. I also haven't played around with hole locations or anything. But if it continues to be this easy, I will not be going back. 

  15. 15 hours ago, bens197 said:


    I'm a work from the green back to the tee kind of player so these will definitely get their first look from the putting green.  

    At the absolute worst, they'll be a fantastic putting aid.  What I've read is that some players like the visual they get from short chips and pitches...I'll know soon enough.

    The Q Star Divides are awesome for putting (both practice and legally swapping them in for putting when scrambles allow it). The Z Star doesn't have as much contrast, but it's still helpful. I'm kinda hoping they release another color in the Z.  

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  16. 39 minutes ago, cnosil said:

    Could be a pre odyssey or early odyssey release??  Any Odyssey logo's on the putter?

    That's the thing - the plate looks legit and a similar plate was used on the pre-odyssey logoed models. I just didn't find any references to this full setup (this plate plus H8 neck). It's also possible this was the Japan release or it was slightly customized or something. I'm hoping they just come back with "yes that retailer is legit, don't worry about it" (can't confirm on Callaway's website directly -Japan is not a search option, even though they have known business in Japan). 

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