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  1. Last week was Fall Break here in Tennessee so we took the kids to the beach in South Carolina. That meant dad snuck out a few times to get in some rounds of golf. I was fighting a hook but managed to get the clubface open a few times and hit a few bombs. Pretty solid for sea level on a course that had rain for like a week straight before I played. There was also some roaming dinosaurs and my favorite playing partner joined me for 9 holes one day. I still can't say enough amazing things about the Epic Max LS.
  2. Bummer your season is ending. I'm actually looking forward to some Fall golf as its probably my favorite season to play golf in (except for leaves hiding my ball...). I've got couple tournaments on the calendar in October and a week long Fall Break where I should get several rounds in. I'm still so pleased with the Epic Max LS, I've gotten so confident in the ball flight it recreates and where my aim lines are with it. Its become a weapon in the bag again instead of a question mark. I foresee it staying in the bag a long time...
  3. US Practice Pairings were out yesterday and looks like to me Stricker knows what he's doing. Finau, Brooks, Berger, English DJ, Morikawa, Xander, Cantlay Spieth, JT, Bryson, Scheffler I can see obvious pairings like JT/Spieth, Xander/Cantlay, Bryson/Scheffler. That first practice group you could pretty much swap and switch as needed. My concern for the US was who to pair with Bryson but looks like that has been decided. Now I'm curious who will play with DJ and if Morikawa is really a good fit for DJ? Again I feel like we have the best players but are somehow not going to get the job done...
  4. I just got back this week from a weekend away at Grove Park Inn. Thought I'd give a brief review of the course, conditions and some interesting holes at The Golf Course at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The course is a par 70, 6055 yards from the tips, Donald Ross design. I played 18 holes with my wife and another couple played the first 9 holes with us. Since they were beginners, I played the front 9 holes from the white tees and the back 9 from the tips since its barely over 6k yards. The course was on the higher end of what I normally pay to play (around $150) but when on vacation with the wife I usually splurge a bit. The clubhouse was very dated with visible exterior repairs needed but it gave an "old school" feeling that was kind of enjoyable. The practice area was just a small green behind the #9 green and one range mat with a net to warm up with. It was crowded when we arrived but when I went to roll a few putts I had the entire area to myself. I could tell from the practice green the course was going to be in exceptional shape and the first several holes didn't disappoint. Since it was a short and tight course with not much warm up I hit an iron off the first tee and managed to find the fairway. I actually hit the ball pretty well the entire round, hitting 56% greens and 46% fairways (which are good numbers for me). I enjoyed how Donald Ross used the rolling hills landscape to place his tee boxes and greens. Even holes that seemed flatter would have elevation changes in the fairway or give you interesting lies to navigate. I would say the course was on the "tighter" end of courses I've played, even holes that ran beside other holes had landing areas that could get you into trouble, of course the tightness is a product of the short length. What I enjoyed most about the course was the large greens and tough pin locations. I consider myself a much improved putter but 34 putts and 2 three putts were tough to stomach. A couple holes had some sharp break right at the hole, both of those 2 three putts were short 3'-4' misses that broke outside the hole. While that's kind of frustrating it's also a lot of fun to test your skills on those short putts, and it wasn't every hole just one or two scattered here and there. Overall, it was a fun experience, great course even though on the shorter, tighter end. If you're visiting Grove Park I strongly recommend getting in a round.
  5. I know isn't it? It was literally called the "Billy Horschel rule" by some when they pushed the selections back to after the Tour Championship... I think I've changed my mind. If Brooks can't go and Reed isn't fully healthy (which he isn't) Lets bring in a ticked off Billy Ho!
  6. This past weekend I played The Golf Course at Grove Park Inn. My wife and I were on a little get away for our anniversary and we both got a round in at the Donald Ross designed course. I will have to say it was probably my best driving day of the year, 46% fairways hit, several 300+ bombs and way too many putts... The Epic Max LS continues to impress...
  7. Billy Ho sure seems fired up to be the 13th man if Koepka can't go. https://golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/09/12/billy-horschel-wins-european-tour-bmw-championship-after-ryder-cup-snub/
  8. Maybe. I get it, he can be cancerous with his comments and actions. But with the format he can only effect one other person, his partner and I feel like him and Bryson would be an awesome pairing. Plus he has that electric quality that drives the euros mad and gets under their skin. I love Webb too but his record isn't stellar and he's not been playing that well and possibly still nursing a minor injury. If Brooks is hurt, and that's a big if because I feel like he's a tough competitor, I'd almost rather see Na than Webb if its not Reed.
  9. 100% agree. Reed is electric in the Ryder Cup but he's not 100% healthy. While I like to have experience going into the RC. We've only won two in twenty years so I'm almost looking at the lack of experience as a pro. Lets get some new hungry guys out there and dominate.
  10. You can't fault Stricker for any of the picks, besides Reed they were the next guys all on points. Reed's health is an issue and Webb hasn't been playing great. Kisner and Na were longshots to make the team, neither are coming in hot enough to out rank the guys who've been top 12 for the two seasons. My concern is who are the pairings. Spieth/JT is a given. I wish we had Reed to pair with Bryson, I feel like they would make a good pair. Most of the guys have similar games. Xander/Colin I think would make a steady pair that would ball strike the euros to death. If Brooks is really hurt Reed has to be the replacement, if Brooks is healthy then it says a lot about him wanting to be there and I like our chances.
  11. Since my decision has been made with the Epic Max LS, I decided to try and dial in my aim line and start line with the driver. I noticed my last round that when I try to start my ball a few degrees right of target it draws less and ends up where my body is aligned. (At least with my current swing) I started trying on my skytrak to aim my body straight with my target but start my golf ball 3-7° right of my target line and let it draw back to where my body is aimed. It seemed to work really well, in twenty shots my avg off line was 3 yards. Seems like a good place to start working on dialing the Driver in. Also the bombs just keep coming...
  12. I struggled with the driver for years, literally years until I did two things: Get custom fit for a driver and take lessons from a very knowledgeable pro. Afterwards, I realized that the driver is the biggest club in the bag and if you have the proper room to hit the best weapon you can have for distance. I also realized that shorter clubs dispersion almost always mirrors your drivers. So you’re not gaining anything unless you have significantly narrower fairways. There is nothing more frustrating than clubbing down and blowing the 3w into the same OB or hazard your driver would have gone in. I’ve done a little research on decade golf and Scott Fawcett. Really good course management stuff and I believe his rule of thumb is driver every hole that you have 65 yards between hazards. Seems like solid advice to me.
  13. It’s pretty easy set up. You pick 6 golfers each week based on a 50k salary cap. There is a point system and most points wins. I play every week and spend a few dollars but I’m not a big gambler so I enjoy more the competition than anything. I’ll try and set up a league this week and post a link. Free to anyone to join and do Weekly contests.
  14. With the new PGA tour season coming up I was curious if there would be any interest in playing a DraftKings Fantasy League. I play DraftKings DFS weekly, mostly just for fun, and I wanted to see if any spies would be interested in doing a free league next season. It looks pretty easy to create a league and set up weekly contests. If I remember correctly you do have to put $5 in a DraftKings account to begin (but if you're not into sports betting no one says you have to spend it). If anyone is interested or already plays DK and wants to join just let me know and I'll start a league and post a link here.
  15. I had a G400 LST and the G410 Plus, and G410 LST and all were very similar in length. The G410 models might have been a touch longer but I had much better control with the G400.
  16. Posted my final review as well. Feel free to follow up with questions.
  17. While I have tested the ball speed, carry and distance at length, I have not sat down and compared accuracy. So last night on the Skytrak, I hit 12 shots with each driver, 3 shots and then alternated. I wanted to compare how far offline each driver was and standard deviation of each shot. It makes sense to me that even if one driver hits further left or right than "center" if its shot pattern is narrower then it would be easier to recreate that shot and keep the pattern in play. A few notes from the session. I eliminated anything I considered a "big" mishit, something with less than 160 ball speed. So the G410 had a better offline accuracy but the Epic LS had almost half the standard deviation. That should mean the balls should land closer to that -29 yards left than the -22 yards left like the G410. The four furthest balls hit offline were with the G410. Both clubs hit two shots within 6 yards of center. I'm really getting some good numbers coming in here near the end of this test.
  18. Got to play Friday, practice Saturday and played a US Kids golf par 3 scramble with my 6 year old today. (This was our 40’ birdie make on #1 faces!) Friday, I was again fighting a hook. I played with both the G410 and Epic Max LS. Both were struggling to be honest. Saturday in prep for the Sunday round I practiced some in the garage. Since it was a par 3 tournament I only hit 9 shots with the driver… and they were Epic… best range session with the Epic I’ve had, 9 really really good shots.
  19. When I played the charity scramble this weekend I left the Ping G410 in my golf closet. Last night I brought him out when I was practicing... needless to say he wasn't a fan of being locked in the closet...
  20. That’s what I was thinking. I assumed the center of gravity of the club is at some point behind the sweet spot Callaway put on the face. It just looks very different than where the actually center of the face would be. Kinda fascinating. Yesterday I actually got some golf in on the course. My wife and another couple played in a golf tournament. I hit some solid balls but fought a hook most of the day. It’s all good though as I’ll get it straightened out in no time.
  21. Spent some time today with the Epic Max LS on my Skytrak, and had some excellent results! I’m super pleased with the results so far but I wanted to address something that’s been bugging me just a bit. Now I mentioned in my initial thoughts that I wasn’t a fan of the alignment chevron. Now normally that kinda thing isn’t a big deal or something I fully anticipate adjusting too. But today I couldn’t shake the feeling that the Chevron is just a little off center, or what I perceive as the center of the club face. I took a couple close up shots to describe what I’m talking about. Now maybe I’m crazy but I get the feeling looking down at the club that the center of the face is slightly toward the heel of the club. I think it probably has to do with how far the top of the toe is from the chevron. It just looks drastically further than chevron to heel. I’m wondering if this has to do with the A.I constructed face or if it’s completely a perception problem. Just look at the dots surrounding the center. They are drastically closer to the bottom heel than top toe. I’m curious the engineering behind that or if other testers or Epic owners feel the same way. It obviously doesn’t affect performance as the above shots were Bombs for me.
  22. Spent some time with just the Epic LS yesterday and it preformed very well… The toe hit was particularly interesting. I assumed it would carry in the 240-250 range and hook left of target. I probably caught more of the sweet spot than I thought or perhaps the speed frame does a little of what it claims too. If anyone wants me to test anything specific this next week please let me know. I’ve done a lot of ball speed, launch, back spin comparisons and think I’m going to focus on shot dispersion next but I’m open to all suggestions.
  23. Haha. The “Honey-Do” list does take a hit for sure. I do spend most of my Skytrak time after the kids go down and before bed so it’s not usually a time when I’m busy getting stuff done around the house. I’ll say since the purchase I’ve never felt that feeing of “rust” when I do get time on the course.
  24. I would strongly suggest a Skytrak or any Launch Monitor to anyone serious about getting better with limited time on the course, especially with kids. I probably get 400 extra swings in a week I didn’t get before the Skytrak. Best golf purchase probably I’ve had.
  25. I’ve got a 6 and 1 year old (born same day 5 years apart). I have a wonderful golf encouraging wife (from Augusta). Golf during the first year after a kid is always hard, lots to do, take care of and usually a lack of sleep. Since the 6 year old was 3 I’ve been taking him with me every chance I get. It’s something we can always do together and I can get some swings in. The best thing for my game has been the purchase of a Skytrak year and half ago. It’s 4 times a week at least when I’m in the garage hitting balls after they’ve gone to bed. I also plan tournaments with my friends as it’s easier to get something on the calendar far in advance. The best thing is play when you can, practice when you can, and bring them with you when you can.
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