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  1. On 3/13/2021 at 10:56 AM, ArtM said:

    i was so psyched when I bought them, then, the absolutely the worst shoes ever for me.  3 holes and both feet blistered.  I finished my round shoeless!

    This was the advice Harry gave me (if you haven't returned your already!):


  2. 5 hours ago, Kenny B said:

    I don't have those shoes, but have you tried Kentwool socks?


    "Kentwool socks are worn by dozens of PGA and LPGA Tour professionals, who trust Kentwool socks to perform over a long and grueling season. 
    Kentwool socks are the only socks that carry a Blister-Free Guarantee. And like all of Kentwool's products, they are manufactured in the U.S.A."

    I only wear Kentwool socks... all year long, for the last 6 years.  

    Interesting. I haven't heard of these before. They're a bit pricey but maybe worth a shot...

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  3. Hey all - I recently got a pair of these as a birthday gift (https://www.adidas.com/us/tour360-xt-sl-2.0-spikeless-golf-shoes/EG4871.html). They're gorgeous shoes and with the boost footbed are really comfortable except for one MAJOR issue.

    I've worn them for a few rounds (45 holes total) and each time they've given me terrible blisters on my heels (both feet). I walk, so a blister here or there isn't unexpected nor the end of the world, but after 6 or 7 holes these are basically unwearable.

    Anyone else have any experience with this? 

  4. On 11/16/2020 at 10:36 AM, RickyBobby_PR said:

    The black is the same as the blue but has a slightly stiffer tip. 

    there’s nothing wrong with using same shaft in driver and fairway. Could be same weight or could be lighter.

    what works better for in the driver will vary by person. I’ve had same weight and flex in both clubs and had no issues. PX also said you could use the same and recommended a 10g weight difference 

    I got fitted into EvenFlow White on both Driver and 3W (and love both) but interestingly my driver is 10g heavier (85) than my 3W (75). Seems like this is the opposite of conventional wisdom/normal recommendations so I thought it was interesting.

    I guess it puts some wonky swingweights at the top of my bag 🤷‍♂️

  5. I've switched to this ball as a result of the study Tony did and I have no plans to switch back. I had bounced around playing ProV1s, ProV1xs, BXs and BXSs - I have a high swing speed (109-115) and am generally a high spin player so I know I need to be in a firmer ball, but value control on my short irons and wedges. So it's been a balancing act of trying to find the right fit for me game.

    The -ProV1x is the perfect fit for my game. With the spinny/high launch balls I would spin back 9 Irons and less up to 20 feet or more (pending green undulations obviously). With low launch/low spin balls I'd have trouble controlling distance and getting balls to react how I'd like them to.

    With the higher launch of the Left Dash I don't need as much spin to control my approaches into the green. Instead of spinning everything back I've gotten to more of a one hop & stop or one hop & spin back a few feet which is ideal (for me anyway). Anyway - really thrilled to be able to put this ball into play and I don't see any changes coming on that front. To that end - anyone want a fresh box of Bridgetone BXS (non-Tiger) balls?! 🤣

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  6. On 11/17/2020 at 12:50 PM, Shank Aaron said:

    Ok, here goes the G425 first take review. I will post up the TSi2 review later.


    I want to start off by making it clear that my experience as of right now with either of these is on a GC Quad, and I made it a point not to record any data. My goal in that was to make sure my first swings with these two drivers would be strictly about feel, aesthetics, sound, and an overall first impression. I will be playing both drivers for a full 18 this weekend, and will have another sim session to record data after that. So, here goes.



    15 handicap

    110-115 mph swing speed

    2020 Avg driver distance (total via Arccos sensors)- 287 yards

    *NOTE*- prior to starting the testing I had already went through my full bag warm up routine, and hit about 15 drives with my Mavrik gamer. 


    The Club-

    Ping G410 LST 10.5* neutral weight, neutral adapter settings- Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black stiff 70 playing to 44.75" 

    Ball- New, out of the sleeve Pro V1X's


    Ping G425

    Just at address I personally love the looks. Muted and subdued matte black really appeals to me in its simplicity. The first few practice swings made me notice the weight of the head. It's just heavy enough that you notice it on the release, but just light enough that I dont feel it as a chore to swing it. It's a really nice feeling club swinging at air. Time to make it rain. I spent the first 10 swings just getting used to the club and getting solid contact, roughly 75% of my usual swing. The sound is close to the same sound I got from other 400 series drivers, but the G425 is just a tad pingy. Not in a bad way, mind you. The sound is the usual muted twack you're used to from the G410, but theres just the slight hint of a soft ringing at the end. Now, up to this point everything I've written out is basically the same points of view you would expect from the 400 series drivers. Here is where the G425, at least in my opinion, takes a very hard left at the fork. 


    The feel off the face is unreal. All of you know what I'm talking about with your irons. When you hit the ball so sqaurely off the face that it feels like time has stopped, the ball melted, and you know you did it perfectly. My problem with previous 400 series drivers was that as good as they felt, and as forgiving as they were, I couldn't hit them as far as I could other drivers. I dont really trust distance readings from simulators, but if any of those numbers that popped up are true, this driver will be in every distance conversation in 2021. What impressed me the most were the feel of the mishits. Heel, toe, low, none of those strikes "felt" punishing in my hands and the balls still had nominal impact points on the sim screen. Like a guard dog begging to get off the leash and protect his turf, it just felt like it wanted to hit the ball as far as my ability would allow it. I really hope this will translate to the course and open air. If this driver gives me the proven forgiveness of a Ping AND gives me the distance I want? TAKE MY MONEY! 


    I will get to work writing the TSi2 review later today. Apparently, they don't pay me to sit here and write club reviews. I've had my job backwards this entire time..... 

    Out of curiosity - why do you play ProV1X? I have a very different swing but very similar metrics to you (~112 head speed, I used to average 3700 RPM). I switched to a TS4 (I think a TSi4 seems like it might be ideal for you AND me) and that cut about 900 RPM off my drives. I also switched to the ProV1x Left Dash (-ProV1X) which has cut another couple hundred RPM off. The Left Dash gives me the high ball flight I like but spin more akin to an AVX (less than a traditional ProV1) and that's been really huge for me.

    You might also notice a big difference in approach shots. I used to spin back wedges and even like a 9I 15 feet or so, not it's more like a one hop and stop or shorter spin back which is massive.

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  7. I love this one club fitting question. I mentioned this to Harry on Twitter, but I ended up asking to hit 7 (Demo) for many sets (I think I hit 4 brands, 8 models) and then 9 AND 5 off the wall (taped up) for the top 4 models to build my set. I ended up going with a split set P760s and P790s, and wouldn't have landed on that without hitting the 9 as well as the 7 and 5. The other option was T100 & T200 for what it's worth.

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  8. On 10/14/2020 at 5:54 PM, idontnoh said:

    Just bought a TS4 and was browsing when I saw this thread. The Evenflow White is amazing and I can't wait to find some time to take my TS4 onto the course. 

    It's working out ok for me (ignore the crappy PW - I had a really fluffy lie in the first cut)!


  9. 1. Jeff from Louisville, KY

    2. During the winter I really don't practice putting. If it warms up enough I'll go to the green at a local course but I don't have any carpet in my house and don't have any training/practice mats.

    3. When I was a kid I used to spend hours putting on my dad's old (1990s) putting mat with the faux green grass and plastic ramp. Other than that, I've got none.

    4. I would like the medium speed, if selected.


    I'd love to be selected for this one - I have been perusing the birdieball site for months now and am intrigued by their proprietary surface. Thanks for the consideration!




  10. 10 hours ago, silver & black said:

    If it is a scuff mark, I use tooth paste. If it is scratched through, it will need painted.

    Yeah, it's a scratch for sure. I've seen some folks have said car touch up paint or even nail polish. Not sure what to do 😟

  11. Hey all - I was battling the driver yips a week or two ago and it resulted in many frustrating range sessions. On one swing a dirty ball and crappy swing resulted in some damage. Not worried about the face scratches but would love to fix the paint issue. Any ideas/recommendations?


  12. 25 minutes ago, Getoffmylawn said:

    I don't necessarily disagree with everyone's posts, but the TourStriker Smart Ball doesn't get enough credit.  Relatively cheap, highly portable, and fantastic for developing an in sync swing...really helps you to learn to swing with your big muscles and control the club face with pivot versus hands and arms.

    Building on this - I wish one of the coaches I've worked with in the past had the PlaneMate. I bought one myself and it's been a massive change in my swing path. Since many amateurs have issues with coming over the top and getting the club into the slot on the downswing, the PlaneMate would likely get a lot of use.


    Also, the video protocols from Martin Chuck and David Woods that go with it are a great example of how to simplify technical concepts into something any golfer can understand.

  13. I just ordered a new Driver & 3W with the White.  The combination of the TS4 and the EF White @ 85 grams was incredible - knocked 1000 RPM off my current setup. Only needed a 6.0 since the shaft is heavier and the tip stiffer than most. Specs below (but driver will actually be 0.5" short):



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  14. On 5/29/2020 at 3:10 PM, juspoole said:

    Yeah I’m right with you guys, swing wise. Congrats on the weight loss. Would love to drop 15-20 lbs.
    Going to work hard on swing path in the coming weeks. Any drills you’ve had success with or mental thoughts?

    Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

    Get a PlaneMate from Tourstriker. You HAVE TO go through the protocols. It feels silly to hit little 10-20 yard shots for the first few days but after a week or two your swing will be better than ever.

    It's helped me with swing plane more than I ever thought possible.

    PS - I have a similar swing and issue to you (~110 mph) and went with TS4 w/ Evenflow white. My spin came down over 1000 RPM with the TS4. Good luck with your new driver!

  15. 2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

    So the distance gains came from several factors. Improved ball speed and launch characteristics especially spin. That’s a good improvement 

    Killing spin was a huge part of it, probably the majority of the gains. I do think that I was getting better ball speed and flights on off-center hits. When I caught it really good, the TS4 was maybe ~6% better than my current driver. When I mishit it, it was maybe ~15% better (from spin reduction and better ball speed on off-center hits).


    2 hours ago, juspoole said:

    Certainly understand.  I usually go with pre owned to save a few bucks myself.  I had the TS3 for a while and it was fair, but always seemed to line up a bit closed to my eye.  Hitting the MavRik SZ better than I have anything ever so far.  Part of that is the Ventus shaft as well to be fair.

    Best of luck with the TS4!

    The Evenflow White shaft was a huge part of it, I think. I hit it with a bunch of shafts and the Evenflow felt incredible and the ball came off like a rocket every time. I wouldn't have even consider buying it with the HZRDUS or Diamana shafts I hit it with. It's amazing how the right shaft/head combination can make such a massive difference.

  16. 17 minutes ago, juspoole said:

    Those are pretty good numbers, but for me I'd still want to know if the club was truly best suited to my game.  

    Since you had a 910 still in the bag, it seems like you are stronger than most at putting aside the shiny object.  I think if you are confident in the TS4 - go for it.  However, it seems like you are questioning it a bit.  If you tackle those answers now with a fitting, you won't be looking back a year from now and still thinking what if......

    So I ended up going and hitting a few other drivers (not a fitting, but hit them all with the low spin, low launch shafts to match the EvenFlow White in the TS4). I absolutely hated the feel of the Cobra (it felt... clanky?!). The Ping G410 LST was ok, dispersion was good but it wasn't as long and it didn't have the same "buttery" feel as the TS4. The only one that made me thing about it was the ST200G. I liked that driver a lot, and the adjustability made it interesting. I had comparable distance on that one to the TS4 and a little worse dispersion. I suspect that one could be a viable option for me, but the TS4 was $150 cheaper.

    The only drivers I didn't hit that I was curious about was the SIM and the Mavrik Sub Zero. That said, I'm not wure the weighting of the SIM heads make a ton of sense for my swing and the Mavrik Sub Zero would be $150 more than the TS4. So all in all, I feel pretty good about moving forward at this point. Getting comparable/better numbers for $349 instead of $499 makes it a much easier decision for me.

  17. 15 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

    What was your ball speed and angle of attack with the two drivers?

    Angle of attack was consistently in the -1° to +2° range. I averaged 0.4° with the 910D3 and 1.2° with the TS4.

    Ball speed was 155.7 with 910D3, 160.4 with TS4 (club speed was 109.5 with 910D3, 109.0 with TS4).

  18. Ok, here were the final results:

    910D3: 251 Carry, 267 Total, 3378 RPM, 155.7 mph

    TS4: 278 Carry, 302 Total, 2390 RPM, 160.4 mph

    Overall I gained 35 yards of total distance and 27 yards of carry with the TS4. In terms of dispersion, they were comparable in terms of horizontal distribution, but the TS4 was more consistent in terms of length. All my TS4 swings were between 288 and 314 total yardage. My 910D3 ranged from 257 to 296 total yardage (carry dispersion was similar but the TS4 was rolling out further because of the less spin and better landing angle).



    I also learned that I was hitting 3 clubs the same distance. My 4I, 816H2 Hybrid, and 3-Wood all carry ~225 yards. The 3-Wood rolls out to 245, the hybrid to 235, and the 4I to 233.

    So I also hit a TS3 @ 13.5° as more of a driving 3W. That carried 243 and rolled out to 264 (basically the same as my current driver) so I'm probably going to look at that as a safer option off the tee and for long Par 5s. Then I'll need to decide which of the other three clubs gets pulled, but there's a distinct chance I end up with two "3 Woods" in the bag.

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  19. 7 hours ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

    That is good news, but it actually happened about a month ago.  

    The good news out of all of this is that the price for all of Titleist's TS drivers came down $100 and I just noticed this week 🙏


    Honestly, not sure how I missed that 🤦.

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  20. 1 hour ago, cnosil said:

    Did you hit your driver on their launch monitor? Comparisons need to be made head to head. Launch monitors are great tools but unless you know exactly how they are setup you really can’t compare clubs.

    Yep, I agree. That's why I'm going back for a direct comparison! For what it's worth, the visual backed up the data. With my driver I was landing it short of the last green at the range (~275) and with the TS4 I was landing it on and over that same green.

    All of this is why I wanted to schedule and do a proper fitting. The original swings were really just enough to make me fully commit to a proper fitting and buying a new driver (if the numbers bore out what I felt/experienced on those swings).

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