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  1. Assuming this is for inside, and not a permanent installation - Take a hard look at BirdieBall. I’m currently using their PuttUp, and involved in the review of that; but they make all sorts of sizes. And before you say “I don’t need a hole, that’s what the PuttOut is for”... you can use both.  I had (still have in my closet) the PuttOut mat, but I thought it was slow, and I literally wore a groove down the center. So beware of carpet like things. I’m really impressed w the quality of the BirdieBall turf. They don’t have all the lines and markings that some like Wellputt or PuttOut do - and I see that value. But I’ve got other training aids to help me on alignment.  I like the turf. It’s thick enough you can lay on top of carpet - assuming is like a firm Berber and not shag - I laid a piece of plywood down in the room with shag as it’s just too soft. You can chip onto it. It doesn’t get a groove. It’s got good speed - in fact for most of their products you can pick from three speeds. 

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  2. Love the video - made me laugh (probably shows my age...)


    Question about the mirror - I have their first iteration. I wasn’t keen on their path aids (which it looks like they are skipping on this narrower one) but what always got stuck in my mind was the the notch the ball sits in... to me it seemed like in kept the ball from really starting off line...  could have just been a me thing, but I quit using it altogether and went back to my Pelz trainer w the marbles. I’m curious what you experience w the notch. 

    Also (dumb question) I don’t see the difference between the trainer version one and this new version... how is it really different? I mean the “micro target” doesn’t have a hole... but the ball still has to stick there.  What am I missing?

    Enjoy your addiction. 

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  3. On of the things I really liked about the ProPutt System was the ability to build to what you wanted and customize it.   They were patient.  I did a lot of emailing back and forth with Brian at ProPutt asking questions - can I do this, how does this work, what would you recommend for that.  It all looks simple enough now - but I'm a planner and don't want surprises. 

    This was my concept drawing1778516559_Mydesign.jpg.e43410a0b9cf7bab2a7c10e8a0e97d69.jpg



    This was their engineers design with all the base pieces2015779318_ScreenShot2021-03-22at10_18_20AM.png.ce1d0716ec3c47710db76485533093b5.png

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  4. Your own range... every golfers dream - but most of us don't have the land, so we settle for hitting nets and monitors...  I share the desire to practice at home - and am starting to chronicle it here: 


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  5. Settling on what hitting mat to get was the most research intensive part of my search.  What can I take full shots off of, won't bounce the club through the ball, have some realistic feel, and save my joints.  I'd looked at Fiberbuilt, the Country Club Elite, and Rain or Shine's house brand. The key selling points for me ultimately was the ability to customize the whole project - put the hitting turf where I wanted it in the green.

    I've got a series of pictures here of just exactly what the True Strike mat looks outside and in...

    The hitting piece comes as a pretty hefty self contained piece. I've kept it indoors over the winter as they recommend so the gel packs don't freeze.   This pad is 14 inches by 35 inches.  It has clips all around it to keep the turf held down over the top of the gel and the frame. 


    Here you can see the top removed (you can see the end clips that insert into the base, not pictures are some clips that fasten along the side.  You can see the gel in the middle and a mat that extends over a very firm foam that makes up the rest of the base. 


    Here I flipped up the gel pack out of its position. 


    I'm pushing pretty firmly here.  It has give, but its not overly spongy.  Something I was actually concerned about with the Fiberbuilt - that it would be too easy to glide through it. 


    The modular base pieces are all roughly 2 foot by 2 foot squares.  To fit True Strike in, they custom cut a hole into two of the base pieces.


    A better look at the base piece - you can see how they interlock.


    And the underside view 


    This circular piece here is the chipping pad base.  It is four corner pieces fastened together.  You can see the holes where the putting cups would be placed, and they provided inserts to cover/fill them with you you can stand on it.  You can see to the side I have all the other pieces stacked up.


    Hopefully everything dries out this week, and we can pack the pea gravel next weekend. 


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  6. This is the first in a series of posts on what I hope will be my ultimate back yard set up.  I'll walk you through the process, mistakes I've made, what I've learned and experienced as we do this.

    Last summer I was on the hunt for an artificial turf putting green I could put in my back yard AND a hitting mat, preferably all in the same unit.  Something big enough I can set a net on (Sporina as you'll see later) and also a Mevo+ at the other end.   I want to have a number of different putts - including some long ones, and I want some fairway and rough to practice pitch shots and chipping.  That's all I want...

    After a lot of research, pricing comparisons, emails and phone calls evaluating several different competitors I found everything I wanted with the ProPutt System.  They took their "Green Monster" model, and in addition to the four cups/holes in the corners made just one middle cup/hole specifically positioned where I can use the Mevo+ for putting, and then cut space in the base to insert a TrueStrike hitting mat/insert.  Also added their two turf chipping pad which I'll set off off the edge to use for my pitches and chips. 

    I spent too much time hem-hawing arounds trying to get everything just so - and by the time I placed my order in October, they were up to a six week backlog, and a wait on the True Strike mat.  So by the time it finally arrived, well, the golf season in Iowa was over and my neighbor who was going to help me build the base system with pea gravel and tamp it all down convinced me to wait until spring to construct it.  

    IMG_6566.JPG.6ab1af927abcc940b7e05e5ced6859ed.JPGIMG_6568.JPG.a241c6e0318890647c80a79e7033982f.JPGI had no idea how big/bulky the stuff I ordered was going to be.  I had to make sure was home for UPS Freight to do a drop shipment at the edge of my driveway.  The driver was nice enough to let me use his pallet jack to haul everything to my back porch where it would sit for the winter.




    The one thing that did get put to use this fall/winter has been the turf for the chipping pad.  It is about four feet in diameter.  So I rolled it up, and hauled it to the hotel I work out of all winter long to practice chipping onto a BirdieBall Mat (see other official review of that).  I have to say, I've been very impressed with the quality and realistic feel of this mat.  The chipping mat is 4 feet in diameter, and the "rough" is supposed to be 1.75 inches high.  Enough you can push most of a ball into it. 




    One of the things I think is particularly impressive is that it is not just the blades of grass, but it also has this cork screw like "thatch" in the rough as well.  It absolutely grabs the club when you chip out of the rough.  I've hit plenty of fat shots out of there this winter.  The fairway portion of the chipping pad is exactly what you'd expect.  

    It all has some give to it.  I'll get a better picture to post of just exactly how think it all is.  It is basically two different pieces of turf sticked together and sealed on the bottom. 

    Ive made a few full swings off the fairway portion, but haven't tried a full swing yet out of the rough.  Looking forward to giving some pitches a try.






    I expected some loose blade of grass, and sure enough I've had some.  I'm always finding a blade of grass somewhere in the hotel. I lost almost all of these the first weekend, since then its just the occasional single blade, but they still show up. 


    Next up - the TrueStrike hitting mat and base panels. 

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  7. 27 minutes ago, JJK2333 said:

    Nice!   Has PD started their 3rd 18 hole course yet?

    No, and I don’t know there are plans to do so... however, there is another completely private club being built right next door by Gil Hanse by the name of CapRock Ranch. You can see a few holes from the 13-15 of the Dunes course at the Prairie Club. The PClub apparently sold them some of their land. 

  8. 1 hour ago, JJK2333 said:

    Thanks....   Gonna hit some Monday afternoon finally.... I see you are from Sioux City?   Know anything or when the Landmark GC is set to open at all?   Been reading some about it and played another one of the developers new courses last fall Sweetens Cove...

    I wish I did... it’s a 15-20 minute drive from my house.  I’m really looking forward to it.  Never been to Sweetens but it’s on the to do list.  I can’t wait to see what Landmand is like.  Been following the developments on Twitter.  Lot of great golf in Nebraska. Also belong to the Prairie Club - a four hour sojourn once a month in season for a weekend. 

  9. 13 hours ago, JJK2333 said:

    Curious where you got fit or did you get fit?    

    That is the drawback - most places you go like Golf Galaxy or an Austads look at you like you’ve grown a third eye... As I said, I worked off the fitting I did w my old Pings for the length of my 8 iron, and the lie (I’m a little flat). I knew that was the standard length I wanted.  I ordered them thru my club pro, and he recommended we not tinker with that in the ordering, and then when they arrive just go to the range and hit them all off a lie board, and mark the balls. (Not going down that rabbit hole...) and we’d bend them If we needed to.  I definitely had to have my Forged TEC Blacks bent.  So that worked well enough for me. The biggest trick is if you ever want to tinker with shafts. You need to get on the phone w the shaft company and talk thru where/how they need to be cut and trimmed and exactly what to order.  I’d love to find a place like a club champion and a fitter w some experience in single length.

  10. For a light weight, water proof bag - I’d highly recommend the Titleist Players 4 StaDry stand bag. It’d be great for an over seas trip, and if you are using a caddy I’m sure they’ll appreciate it. 

    But I have to admit, last spring I was really drooling over those Seamus Golf “fescue project” bags.  But they are pretty pricey.  

    I also fell for the Flag Bag golf bag - https://flagbaggolfco.com  I think those look just awesome, and are clearly caddie friendly.  But, there is some serious coin involved.  So you might want to save your cash on a new bag, collect the flags from your trip and then have one made after you return home to commemorate the experience and bring back good memories every time you tee it up. 

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  11. I went to one length a few seasons ago, will never go back.  Finally gave away the old set of Pings I was holding on to “just in case”...  I started out with the Cobra F9s, and last season found a used set of Cobra Forged TEC Black that I really really love. 

    I did something a little different - I had them all made to MY 8 iron length.  That is/was my favorite club at the time and my 150 yarder. When I was previously fit for clubs I was always told I’m half an inch short of standard (a couple previous sets of pings) so I stuck with that.  Wedges thru hybrid. 

    I have to admit, the first time I got into a bunker w a “long” sand wedge it felt awkward. But soon was completely normal. I have never been a high trajectory hitter, so having shorter irons that fly a little higher has been a good thing for me.  I have good gaps w my 60, 56, GW PW etc. don’t be afraid to try those. 

    I really love the “shorter” hybrid. Finally feel like I know how to hit one, and it’s a favorite - have two in the bag. 

    I have good gaps until I get to the 5/6 and then gap well again w the hybrids. This year I’m going to try and out some graphite shafts in the 5&6 to see if I can’t get them spread out a bit. 

    Again, it’s worked well for me, I wish I’d gotten experimental earlier. My handicap and scoring have been the best they’ve ever been since I made the switch.  Give them a try!

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  12. Christopher

    Sioux City, Iowa

    I walked 80 of my 100 rounds in 2020, about the same in 2019 as well.

    I use the Bag Boy Quad (the four wheels are supposed to be better on hilly courses, and I play a couple very hilly courses). Here is the kicker that will either disqualify me, or allow me to give you some interesting insights... I have the Alphard eWheels V1 attached to the cart for the last two seasons. 


    I’m interested in comparing - how easy/hard does it tip or get stuck on hills, does it stay straight on side hills, does it maintain speed over 18 holes or slow down, can it really go 36, distance fr cart to remote or does it shut down, responsiveness, how much space it takes up in the trunk/portability, time to recharge etc.  I’d love to compare.  While I love my eWheels, I’m also using bungee cords to hold up the wheelies, I have to help it on hills, and it has limited speed, especially on the back nine - but has also been a back saver. 

    Good luck to all!  Anything to get more walkers out there. 

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  13. For shirts it is Peter Millar - the Crown Crafted line which is more of a slim/tailored fit - (I'd prefer something without wings under my arms) - but love their Summer Comfort as well - nothing even comes close. 

    For shorts it is Adidas Ultimate 365 - great for hot humid weather.

  14. The 14 way divider - a must for those who have OCD so bad we call it CDO because that is the correct alphabetical order.  

    I had an old Titleist bag w a 14 way divider, and really miss that. When i wore out the straps I went for the lightest bag I could find - that divider is worth 1.5 to 2 lbs - at least those bags always are two to three pounds heavier.  Now that I’ve quit carrying and moved to a push cart it may be time to look at a 14 way divider again. If I could find just the divider I’d add it to my existing bag, but that’s not really an option. 


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  15. Have you checked out the Acu-Strike?  Similar concept- see where the sole impacted with the ground.  Though I have to say, your sequins are much more obvious and clear.  This is more like old time velour that stands up or lays flat. You brush it back flat with the sole of your club after a shot.  They make two version, one with an inch of foam underneath (so you need a stance pad) and one super thin that you peg to the ground with some long tees.  The paint marks to indicate ball position definitely wear over time.  They do make it clear however that you can, should and I do, hit a ball off of it.  

    Yeah, I caught this one fat - for demonstration purposes of course...




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  16. On 8/20/2020 at 3:03 PM, joen said:

    Update. These have been my COVID golf shoes. I have put a lot of miles on them this summer as I have walked much more than I have taken a cart. They have held up nicely. I still have avoided wearing them on days when it might rain.  These are a solid pair of shoes. 

    You mentioned above they take an orthotic insert easily.... can I ask if you are an over pronator?

    My podiatrist put me in ASICS years ago because I over pronate and wear some custom orthotics -  but I have never tried their golf shoes before, and have always been on the look out for a shoe for over pronation. Just curious. 

    I’d really like to try the ASICS Gel Ace released this year, but haven’t found a single review...

  17. Back in 08 I was checking boxes off a list, so played it as part of my "Florida Swing".  Traveling alone I met my playing companions, a family of three who had travelled from overseas to play.  Five minutes later the caddie master came out to inform me that I'd be playing as a single, but they'd be sending me out ahead with a a caddie gratis.  DSC02726.JPG.e7070e761ca887d9ef46c0b684c400c0.JPGAfter I got over being offended, I decided to make the most of it and it turned out to be a great round, just me and the caddie.  To keep me from moving too fast and running into the foursome ahead, he walked me all over each hole giving me a history lesson of who played from between these trees, or off this pine straw, or what Pete Dye did here... kept me in a good state of mind.  It was a good "check the box" course, but I don't think I'd drop that coin again for a replay - I'd head over and play something like StreamSong instead.  


    I thought the "club house" was one of the most obnoxious things I'd ever seen.DSC02728.JPG.509a4f7f180b28a7d71ce9420d87c6d5.JPG

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  18. 18 hours ago, Rtracymog said:

    Nice find here! I would have expected it to sit lower in the net for chipping though.

    Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

    The nice thing is you can pretty much set it how you want.  You can set it lower, and it lays flatter, just by attaching the straps at lower points. 

    I like to have mine pretty high and take pitch shots from ten to fifteen paces away.  

    what they don’t show you in the video is the shots that don’t land in the exact middle fall through and roll back to the front of the net. 

    I purchased it this fall and really liked it. Unfortunately with snow on the ground it’s folded up in the garage waiting for spring. 

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