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  1. I was in Palm Springs back in January but didn't get to play golf. I feel the same way about my Frontline experience. Distance control is off. I had lots of 3-putts with it from distances I had no business 3-putting from. As you said though, how do we determine if it is us or the putter?
  2. But doesn’t gravity affect the putt right off the bat if there is some slope to it? Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  3. The thing for me with these types of training aids is you have to really fine a perfectly straight putt right? I mean if there is some break to it and you think it’s straight, it might cause one to push/pull thinking it’s a straight putt. Maybe people are more aware than that. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  4. Spies! My review of the Cleveland Frontline Elevado Slant Neck is now up! Click link here to read it. Hope you enjoy and thanks again MGS for allowing me this opportunity. Ask us any questions you have and we'll be happy to answer them.
  5. I had my final round of golf testing the Frontline Elevado yesterday. Will be posting my final review sometime next week! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  6. Even pros struggle with front pin locations. We rarely hit the ball perfectly pure and to what we believe is our distance with each club. What your shot pattern shows is a nice little spread. Move the center of that spread up a few yards and now you aren’t missing so many greens short. [emoji1363] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  7. Hey man, I’ve enjoyed reading your thread. I’ve been working with Ed for the past month and he’s the real deal. I’ve gone out and shot +4, +3, and even on a nine hole round with very stress free golf using his strategy. My question for you is if you are hitting the green in one stroke, just not in regulation, what is it about the tee shot that is causing the GIR attempt to not be there on the second or third (for par 5s) strokes? OB or hazard/penalty areas? Even two putting for bogey will probably be more reliable and stress free than scrambling for the majority of the holes. I’m currently a 3.5 handicap and I don’t get up and down much more than 40% right now when I miss the green. Best of luck with your golf goals! MGS is a great forum. I’ve been on others where people don’t want to actually help people, they just like to argue. Not here. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  8. Played 27 holes today. 33 putts on the first 18 (+2 74) and 16 putts on the second nine holes (even par). Again, there is nothing wrong with this putter whatsoever. If you get the line and speed correct, you’ll make putts. I just prefer my Ping better with the feel and grip. Full write up coming soon. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  9. Of course. I’m not saying anything like that. I’m simply saying it’s probably not a good thing for the overall evaluation if I don’t want to put it in play for the round. Misreads are never the putter’s fault, but the user’s. I’ve never said the putter is a bad putter, or that it made me misread a putt. It’s just (in my evaluation) not the most amazing ground breaking thing ever. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  10. Playing today. Let’s see how she rolls! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  11. The last round I had with the Elevado was fine. 76 with 4 birdies, but only one putt made over 9ft (a 14ft birdie on #18 thank you very much lol). I had lots of putts that I played just outside the left or right edge that missed there, I just over read the break. Is it bad that I don’t want to game the Elevado next time I play? Probably not a good sign huh? It’s not that it’s a bad putter. It’s certainly not. But I’m finding how much I really like the look and feel of my gamer. Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
  12. ChasingScratch MyGolfSpy Feature I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with golf. Growing up in a low-income family, I played the “free sports” and was perfectly content with them. Basketball and track were my favorites. My father owned his own custodial company and I cleaned carpets, floors, and toilets at the school I went to after practice was over. It was just part of it. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that one of my best friends told me (yes told me) that we were going to play on the golf team. “We don’t play golf” was my response. He said, “Dude, they get out of school all day on Monday to play tournaments!” I was intrigued. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge Tiger fan (who wasn’t enthralled every time he holed a clutch putt or hit a hero shot) during high school. Golf was just never on my radar. It wasn't something that my dad got me in to. We just didn't have the time or money for it. Most weekends were spend doing extra jobs or cleaning banks and other office buildings. Being the perfectionist that I am, I fell in love with the game. Even though I was using a set of Spalding blade irons and persimmon woods (my dad had a set from the 70s that he used maybe a few times before he had kids), I couldn’t get enough of the pursuit of the feeling of the ‘pure’ shot. One of my best friend’s fathers (a Black male) heard that I was playing and offered to take me out and show me the ropes. He taught me what an “open stance” was, and to play for bogey (rather than par) starting out. That more achievable goal of bogey helped my perfectionist and athletic mindset to not get frustrated early on. He also gave me one of wisest and most insightful pieces of advice that I still live by to this day. It was the first time I played with him and I had just had a really bad streak of holes. I was looking at the scorecard and getting down on myself. He asked why I was down. I said, "I'm not playing well. The scorecard says good is par, and par is 3, 4, or 5. I haven't had anything less than a 6." He responded with, ""Tony, how are you going to let a piece of paper determine success in your life? You've got to decide for yourself what success means to you. Starting out it might be bogey, and later on it might be par, but don't ever let someone else tell you what success means to you." I shared that story at his funeral and people told me how much it impacted them. By senior year I was shooting in the 80s and even contributed a score once or twice in the team tournaments. Fast forward to college and I was fortunate to be able to work at the campus course and play and practice all I wanted for free. I got down to a low 70s golfer pretty consistently. As I entered graduate school, I had to decide upon a Masters thesis to research. I reflected back upon both my youth (my friend’s dad teaching me the game) and my own heritage (my mother is Mexican-American), and it was apparent to me that not many people of color were present on the course, either as golfers or pro shop workers. I can remember only Black male golfer that was a member at the course I worked at (we did have a large South Korean golfer community though). I decided to investigate if there was any merit to the stereotype of golf being a “rich old White man’s sport.” The game had given me so much, it seemed crazy that everyone wasn't enjoying all it had to offer. Come to find out, though my Masters thesis and others' research conducted on the topic of social identity and sport, I did find that golf is considered a “White” sport. It seemed as though the Tiger era did not have as much of an impact as we might have thought on bringing in a more diverse golfing population to the links. For my PhD, and among other studies I did examining the experiences of Black golfers pursuing professional golf careers, I studied a grassroots golf program funded by and run for women of color. It was a fascinating experience. I learned so much about how minorities feel about the game and the barriers to entry and inclusion that many do not even consider. I got involved with MGS through one of their open calls for member testing. I was lucky to be chosen to review the Srixon Z-Star balls earlier this year and am currently reviewing the Cleveland Frontline Elevado Slant Neck putter. I really appreciate the focus on data-driven reviews (both the member forum and official business-side). Given my research background, it is something that I truly admire. No marketing hype, no BS, just the facts. I hope to continue on with the forum and I even applied for the Staff Writer position that MGS posted almost a month ago (wink wink). In sum, the game of golf has given me so much and I just want everyone to at least give it a chance. I am a better husband, father, and overall human being when I get to play at least a few times a month. Golf is my escape from the grind of everyday life. It allows me to stay competitive as I get older, and gives me a never-ending chase (hence the username). I've met so many wonderful people while on the course and I look forward to many more years of chasing this silly little ball around the greens. Cheers and happy golfing to all. I know this was well over 200 words, but it is hard for a writer to tell of his/her experience without some elaboration. Tony aka ChasingScratch
  13. Shot a stress-free 76 that could have easily been an even par round. I made bone-headed mistake (my father-in-law tried several times to talk me out of the shot lol) that cost me at least one stroke, didn’t account for the wind on a few shots, had two chips for birdie that finished 1” away from the hole, and had 4 putts on the lip. Literally had my strategy for each hole and just swung freely. It was very simple. Looking forward to the next round! Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy
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