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  1. Haven't hit it on any monitors.....my statement is purely based on feel and sight. It definitely feels hard and clicky to me. Dispersion is definitely not as tight for me and my swing, as I'm usually seeing more curve off Driver and 3Wood. Distances have been between +/- 5 yards of my AVX.
  2. I would definitely take a look at the Steelfiber shafts. Plenty of stability and feel is awesome.
  3. Makes sense to me........I'm one of the white box testers selected here and was fitted for the Tour BX. I don't like it at all. Feels very hard and clicky and is very spinny off the driver!
  4. This is obviously a reaction to the "Direct to Consumer" ball market and it's proof the impact is real and painful. What makes no sense to me is why they waited so long to respond and why they went through all this trouble. To me.....it would have been simple. Sell their "real" balls for $10-15 cheaper per box. Don't know their markup....but would be shocked if it's not huge. Personally, I think they waited too long to respond and most of the customers they've lost will not come back for a ball named "Union Green"!! Lastly, who in the hell named this?
  5. Dale/Florida Tensei CK Series 60, Flex S 109 Better Dispersion and little less spin Don’t have regular launch monitor access, but can access via TPC Performance Center
  6. Great looking setup. Just put the Z785's in my bag as well. Great irons!!
  7. dalejbrass

    Your ball?

    Like most of you....I've tried about every ball out there...either because I bought some or found them on my course (lots of old rich guys playing premium balls). Put the Snell Black in play about a year ago and really enjoyed it....great ball for the money.....AND....I hate paying $50 for a box of balls!!! However, I prefer buying products made in the good ole USofA when I can.........so, back in October of 2019 purchased a box of the Titleist AVX balls (close to Snell price point). Absolutely love it and it's really helped my game. I'm a high ball, high spin player, so this ball really helped bring the ball flight down a bit and I've had no issues stopping it on the greens. Unless the new Bridgestone outperforms it....I don't see myself switching anytime soon (fyi - I'm one of the selected testers of the Bridgestone prototype balls).
  8. Put the AVX (first gen) into play a few months ago.......absolutely love it. I haven't had any issues getting it to stop on greens with any iron. Also enjoy the lower, penetrating ball flight over the Pro V1 and other premium balls. Can't wait to try the new one out. Longer and softer is always a good thing!
  9. I like the way the left the club face stainless and rest of club is black. I’ve always loved the black look....but, they look like crap after a few rounds. This might be their answer to that problem!! Good looking club.
  10. Sold these locally.
  11. Bridgestone Tour BX Prototype First Impressions Sorry fellas - I did this a bit backasswards....but, here's Stage 1 - First Impressions Hello everyone and thank you Bridgestone and MyGolfSpy for selecting me to test the new Tour BX golf balls. Really loved the look and feel of this ball right out of the box. It's hard to explain, but it just looks and feels good and expensive! I was born and raised in Tulsa, OK and moved to NE Florida in August of 2017. I live and play golf in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, just a short drive from TPC Sawgrass. I turn 50 years old this July and will finally be eligible for the Champions Tour (just kidding…but, can qualify for some of the old man tourneys at my local club). Picked up my first golf clubs (garage sale Ping knockoffs) at 19 years old and instantly fell in love with the game. Can’t really put a finger on why I instantly fell in love with the game, as I was the only member of my family who plays. I’ve always been drawn to a challenge, so I guess that’s it….because who really conquers this crazy game called golf? Well….Tiger and Jack!?! Maybe. After 22 years being self employed, I’m finally at a stage of life where I get to play a couple times per week and practice a lot. Took a few years off golf dealing with and ultimately healing from a complete replacement of my right hip. Prior to the surgery, I was playing to a 7 handicap. Post surgery and 3 years later, I started my 2019 season as a 13 handicap. My current handicap is 5.8 on a tight private golf course in the middle of a marsh. Finding fairways and greens is at a premium here! My strengths are short game and iron play. As my golfing buddies would say, “he chips and putts like a scratch golfer”. On those rare days when the golf gods are smiling down upon me and tempo is right, I can play really good golf. Don’t know why, but I’ve always hit all my clubs fairly long and high (7 iron averages 173 yards). I need a golf ball with a penetrating flight, low spin, that is responsive and feels good. Most of my misses occur off my Driver and gap wedges, where I have the tendency to get the club stuck behind me a bit, which results in a block or pushed ball that flies very straight but right of my target line. If this ball can carry as long or longer than my current gamer (Titleist AVX), spins low off the driver and finds more fairways, it will definitely find it’s way into my bag!
  12. Good morning fellas, If you're reading this....you know this "test" got off to a late start. Had a chance to get out for a bit last weekend to perform some of my own "non-scientific" test comparisons. First, my prototype ball was stated by Bridgestones VFIT technology (see link below). FYI - had a couple buddies submit videos and their results, like mine, were pretty spot on and impressive. regardless outcome of the prototype ball. So......what do you guys want to know about this ball? What type of shots do you want to see? Is there a certain ball you'd like to see this compared to? I'll do my best! Video fitting: VFit https://www.bridgestonegolf.com/en-us/find-my-ball/video-get-fit I've tested and played several balls over the past few years. Such as, Snell Black, Titleist Pro V1X, TM TP5, Callaway and am currently gaming the new Titleist AVX (which I love). Initial impressions were very good with this ball. As stated by other testers, it feels "tackier" than other balls I've handled. No visible blemishes whatsoever and markings were perfect. I spent an hour or so testing the ball on the chipping green and putting green. All comparisons were made against my current ball, Titleist AVX. I did play 9 holes with the Tour BX against the AVS (more on this in my final review). Had an unusually windy day for NE Florida. First few drives with the Tour BX indicated that it is a very "spinney" ball, which is NOT a good thing for me, as I typically launch ball on the higher end of the spectrum and never had a problem stopping balls on greens. The Titleist AVS was a few yards longer on most driver holes...but, not by much. Test Clubs: Chip Shots: (tight bermuda lies) Ball felt very good coming off of my 54 Jaws wedge. Soft, yet powerful and in control. Personally, I don't like hard or clicky feeling balls (Srixon, Snell MTB X). I noticed very quickly that the Tour BX spun and stopped quicker than my Titleist AVX balls. Still on the fence as to whether or not this is a good thing!?! I typically like to hit pitches that run out about the same distance it flies. Chipping Videos: (2nd video - made 3 out of 6 chips) Putting: (Made 4 out of 6 putts @ 20') Putting.....well, short of putting with a Pinnacle distance vs ProV1....what's there to test? Seriously? The putter is not traveling fast enough or compressing the ball enough to truly prefer one ball over the next. For me, I want a ball that provides the sound I'm looking for, that will start on my line and not "launch" off my putter head like a rocket. With that said, the Tour BX felt very good. Softer feel and very responsive.
  13. Hello Fellas, Purchased this driver a few months ago during a demo day at my club. Always loved Ping drivers and this one was flying exceptionally well for me that day! Anyway, I’ve gone back to my “fitted” M6 driver for better dispersion. Been thinking about sticking a Ventus shaft in this and keeping it...but, reality is I’m smashing my M6 right now....so, seeing if anyone else wants this. If anyone has a blue Ventus 6 or 7s with Ping adaptor for sell....let me know. I could easily be convinced to keep this. 9 degree head with Alta CB stiff shaft. Shaft is 1/2” shorter than stock. I’ll do $325 shipped to your door. Gamed it approximately 6 rounds and a few range sessions. Other than face wear.....the rest of the club is perfect. Head cover is new and never gamed.
  14. dalejbrass

    Sold

    Selling a pair of Scratch Wedges, 56 & 60. Both have Project X 5.5 Shafts. Lots of spin left in these incredible wedges. Both have my nickname “Choppy” stamped and 1 has my initials. Take $100 for both shipped to your door.
  15. I can speak to this Driver. Been gaming a M6 for little over a year with Tensei shaft. Was at my fitter last week for a wedge fitting. He had the Sim Max on his desk. Long story short....It's been in my bag mated to a "real" Ventus Blue Shaft (not the stock shaft) and I've hit it quite a bit. First, don't care what the bottom looks like....because I can't see it at address. Second, the new color scheme is sick and I really like it. Can't say it's a LOT better than the M6 or that it'll make anyone longer off the tee....what I can say is that it has a different feel and sound when hit and I'm getting more carry over the M6. Haven't done significant testing driver vs driver because course has been really wet and haven't had the time. I can say....if your in the market for a new driver....you should test drive it. It appears to be the real deal. Lastly, if you're one of those guys that just likes the "new" stuff and can afford it...knock yourself out and buy it. Don't think there'll be any buyers remorse on this one. This one will more than likely remain in my bag. Anyone in the market for a nice M6?
  16. My home track is not a “long” course, but is very tight with lots of water and waste areas.....I have a TM M6 3W that I love. It’s arguably my favorite club in the bag. Hit it off the tee about 75% of the time. I’m usually a tee or two back from my playing partners and I out drive my group 95% of the time.
  17. Pug - just now seeing this. Sorry to hear your surgery didn't go well man. Post or Anterior? My "big miss" was that I didn't do enough research prior to the surgery and picking a surgeon who does "Anterior". Lots of trauma on the muscles Post. Anyway, hope you get better soon. Do you have a stretching program? Stretching helped me tremendously. I did a session with Golfstretch in Scottsdale while visiting family.......they have several great stretch/strengthening programs specifically designed for hip replacement folks.
  18. I’m excited to be part of my first MGS test! I’ll do my best!
  19. Bridgestone Tour BX – Official MGS Forum Review by dalejbrass Hello everyone and thank you Bridgestone and MyGolfSpy for selecting me to test the new Tour BX golf balls. I was born and raised in Tulsa, OK and moved to NE Florida in August of 2017. I live and play golf in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, just a short drive from TPC Sawgrass. I turn 50 years old this July and will finally be eligible for the Champions Tour (just kidding…but, can qualify for some of the old man tourneys at my local club). Picked up my first golf clubs (garage sale Ping knockoffs) at 19 years old and instantly fell in love with the game. Can’t really put a finger on why it was love at first swing, as I was the only member of my family who played. I’ve always been drawn to a challenge, so I guess that’s it…. because who really conquers this crazy game called golf? After 22 years being self-employed, I’m finally at a stage of life where I get to play quite a bit and practice a lot (My house is a short walk from the driving range). Took a few years off golf dealing with and ultimately healing from a complete replacement of my right hip. Prior to the surgery, I was playing to a 7 handicap at my old club, The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, OK. Post-surgery and 3 years later, I started my 2019 season as a 13 handicap. My current handicap is 5.8 on a tight private golf course in the middle of a marsh. Finding fairways and greens is at a premium here! In other words, my game is much better than it was prior to the surgery. My strengths are short game and iron play. As my golfing buddies would say, “he chips and putts like a scratch golfer”. On those rare days when the golf gods are smiling down upon me and tempo is right, I can play really good golf. My carry distance is above average, hit the ball relatively high and I generate lots of spin throughout the bag (7 iron averages 175 yards of carry). I need a golf ball with a penetrating flight, low spin, that is responsive and feels good. I do not like balls that feel hard and sound clicky off the club face. I can duck hook a driver or lay the sod over an approach shot just like the rest of you knuckleheads. But my weaknesses typically reveal themselves off my Driver and gap wedges. I have the tendency to slide a touch with my driver, which causes me to get a little too far in-to-out on the downswing (unfortunate reality of my new hip), which can cause the club to get stuck behind me a bit, which results in a block or pushed ball that flies very straight but right of my target line or a snap hook. I can get steep with my wedges, which also results in misses to the right (working hard on this and seeing good results). I’ve gamed several balls over the past few years: Titleist ProV1, TP5, Bridgestone, Snell Black, Vice. My current ball is the Titleist AVX. I was drawn to this ball based on its characteristics to fly lower with less spin. When my game tights up and log a few rounds in the 70’s, my tendencies are more stringent with ball purchases. I’ve also been intrigued with and tried several of the “direct-to-consumer” brands out there i.e. Snell and Vice. Even though money is not always my priority, I’m relatively frugal with purchases and can’t stand paying $50 for a box of balls when there’s good balls out there for ½ the money, hence, the Snell MTB Black. I'll often buy several dozens of balls when they go on sale. If the new Bridgestone or any other ball can carry as long or longer than my current gamer (Titleist AVX), spins low off the driver and finds more fairways, it will find its way into my bag! My gaming and review tools: Driver – Taylormade SIM MAX 9* w/Hazardous Smoke Stiff Shaft 75 gram Fairways – TM SIM Titanium 3w 15* w/Diamana 75gram stiff shaft Fairways – TM SIM Titanium 5w w/Diamana 75gram stiff shaft Irons – Srixon Z785 4 thru A w/ 120 gram Nippon Modus stiff shafts Wedges – Callaway Jaws 54* and 58* w/Steelfiber i95 stiff shafts Putter(s) – TM TP Collection Ardmore 2 & Evnroll ER5 Looks & Durability (15 out of 15 points) I’ve always liked the big, bold “B” on the Bridgestone balls and the new balls are no different. I wouldn’t classify myself as a minimalist by any stretch, but I prefer a less “busy” ball. I usually use a line tool and draw a blue line on the ball, therefore, the extra real estate on these balls is a good thing. I can’t speak towards Bridgestone’s packaging for the 2020 balls, as these came in white sleeves. I just hope they and every other ball manufacturer would do a better job of indicating the differences between ball characteristics between offerings on the packaging. In other words, if your driver swing speed is 109 mph DON’T buy this ball. Speaking of ball fitting, this would be my first negative regarding the Tour B X and the VFIT ball fitting tool. VFIT gauged my swing speed at 107 mph, which is pretty accurate, as I was averaging 109 mph with my driver during my driver fitting at The Performance Center at Sawgrass. The VFIT software recommend the Tour BX ball. Unfortunately for me, I’m at the upper limits of a stiff shaft and lower end of an extra stiff shaft. I believe the Tour BX is designed more for swing speeds in excess of 110 mph. At my current swing speed, the ball feels hard and is “louder” than other balls I’ve played. I do need to mention that most of my ball testing was done with my M6 driver with 65gram Tensei shaft. About three quarters through my testing, my M6 broke and was replaced with the new SIM Max with a 75gram Hazardous Smoke shaft. I’m sure it’s the heavier shaft and difference between heads, but the Tour BX does not feel or sound nearly as hard and loud as it did with the M6. Just wrapped up my last “testing” round with the new driver today and must say that I liked the ball more than other round I’ve played since receiving the balls. I was also seeing significant increases in distance with the Tour BX vs my Titleist AVX. The BX ball was 23 yards and 20 yards longer off the driver on a couple holes and 2 to 5 yards longer on the others. After multiple practice sessions and rounds the durability seems to be as good or better than any other “premium” ball on the market. Until or unless you hit a tree or cart path, the BX should last as long as you want to play it! Sound & Feel (8 out of 15 points) Upon opening my first sleeve and handling the ball, I was impressed and intrigued by the feel of the cover. It feels sticky and rubberish. The dimple design has changed vs prior versions. As previously mentioned, I’m not a fan of the sound of this ball off all clubs in my bag. It’s a hard ball designed for high swing speeds. The sound and feel off the clubs is a big turn off for me. Albeit, it did perform well with my new driver and fairway woods. On-Course Performance (30 out of 40 points) Again, the sound and feel of the Tour BX was not nearly as harsh off my new driver (SIM Max) today as it has been prior rounds with my M6. However, I’m still not a fan of how hard and loud the ball is on all clubs. There’s definitely a noticeable “click” sound off the putter with the Tour BX, but not enough to be irritating or cause me not to like the ball. I didn’t have any issues chipping and pitching the Tour BX. I was able to hit a wide variety of shots around the green with this ball. Even though it’s hard and low spinning, I didn’t have any issues stopping the ball. Played 9 holes with the Tour BX against my Titleist AVX today. Below is the break down, hole by hole. Note, I played the approach shots from the same location in an attempt to get side-by-side comparisons: distance, ball flight, and spin. 3134 Yards #1 330 Par 4 #2 355 Par 4 #3 171 Par 3 #4 375 Par 4 #5 392 Par 4 #6 480 Par 5 #7 145 Par 3 #8 495 Par 5 #9 402 Par 4 AVX 4 3 3 4 4 5 3 5 4 FIR Y Y N/A L 8 yrds Y R 5 yrds N/A Y Y GIR N Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Putts 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 Tour BX 4 4 2 6 4 5 3 5 4 FIR Y Y N/A L 5 Y R 10 N/A N Y GIR Y N Y N Y N Y Y Y Putts 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 Note: The ball referenced in the next video isn’t correct. My ball mark was left and further up the green from the one identified in the video. Ball released approximately 15 ft vs the 30 or so in the video. Here's a clip from a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I don't have footage of the Drive. Miscellaneous (5 out of 10 points) I feel bad only allotting 5 out of the 10 points in this section. But, live and die by the sword right? If Bridgestone is going to fit and recommend a ball, it should be the correct ball. As cool as the VFIT technology is, there’s no substitute for an actual ball fitting. I’d highly recommend hitting each ball before purchasing. Most private and semi-private clubs have club and ball fittings throughout the year. Game Bag or Shag Bag? (12 out of 20 points) Even though I was seeing added distances off the driver today, this ball will not replace my current gamer. I just can’t get over how hard it feels and how loud it is throughout the bag. If you’re a big ole boy and swing like an ape, this might be your ball. I wouldn’t recommend this ball for anyone with Driver swing speed under 105 mph. I did purchase a sleeve of Tour BXS balls and played it against the Tour BX on my last 2 holes on the front nine today. I am very interested in the BXS and will definitely give it a chance to get in the bag. Conclusion I’m a Bridgestone fan. I like their tires, I’ve liked multiple balls (prior versions) and I love that their balls are manufactured in the good ole USA!! I also love that my favorite golfer, Tiger Woods, plays a Bridgestone Ball. However, I won’t buy and play a ball based solely on these things alone. My golf balls must be affordable, and they must perform. I’m also impressed with their technology, VFIT. The directions were easy to follow, video was easy to upload and the results were returned within 24 hours. However, the Tour BX will not be replacing my gamer. It’s just not the right ball for me. Sound and feel are a BIG part of my decision. Final Score: 70
  20. LOL. Thank you sir. Yeah....sounds like a lot. Truth is....I’m just now getting back to where I once was at a 6 handicap. I had hip replacement surgery 8/16....so, didn’t play much golf for about a 3 year period. Fast forward several years and I now live on the 18th green of a country club and have my own cart.....which equates to lots of practice time. The weight loss and the strength gain has equated to better move through the ball and my ball striking is pretty crisp right now.
  21. I'm gonna try to keep this short. First....I've never been grossly over weight or obese. I'll be turning 50 in July 2020. On Thanksgiving morning of 2018, I hauled my ass to the gym and have done it 4-5 times per week all year. In just over a week from now, will be 1 year since "I" decided to change. This is the key point....I didn't decide to go on a diet....I didn't decide to try a new wonder pill.....I drug my butt out of bed and went to the gym. It was hard at first......but, started seeing results just inside of 60 days. Started at 212 lbs. Today, I weighed in at 192.4 lbs and down 2" in waist size. I have lost lots of fat and am up in muscle. My strength and flexibility is WAY better and I'm sleeping like a baby again. I haven't changed my diet all that much really.....just making better decisions. Staying away from bread as often as I can (But I friggin love bread). I honestly can't remember the last time I felt this good....would have to go back to my late 20's for sure. Coincidentally, my golf game is as good as it's been in a long time. Handicap has been trending down for several months. Started 2019 as a 12...as of today, I'm at 6.6. I attribute a lot of this to my weight loss and increase in flexibility. Lastly, I'd like to add that this has happened by lifting weights, not walking on a treadmill. I hate cardio and typically use a bike or elliptical 10-15 minutes (rigorous) a couple times per month. I get plenty heart rate elevation lifting. Good luck to any and all who make an attempt improving your health!! It's a mindset....convince yourself your going to make a lifestyle change....not go on a diet!
  22. Played in a Wednesday night scramble all summer (points system) and made the top 10 play off. Highest score is eliminated until 1 man left standing....much more pressure than I anticipated!! Hole: 1 - Short Par 4 - Iron off the Tee, GIR, 2 putt par - on to the next tee 2 - Shortish Par 4 - Driving iron off the tee and pull hook it left OB (my big miss, but haven't hit it in MONTHS).. Re-tee with same club hitting 3, stripe it down the middle, green from there, 1 putt for bodey - on to the next tee 3 - Par 3 (176ish) - stripe a 7 iron right at pin, lip out birdie putt, take par and move on to the next tee 4 - Par 4 - dogleg right - Hit 3W (normally my weapon and very reliable). Guess I stood up on it slightly....hit it about 3 feet off the ground, over water hazard and embedded in the bank (lost ball). Drop hitting 3 again. Hit a PW within 18", make putt and move onto next tee 5-7 - played well and remained in the race 8 - Par 5. I'm in the final 2. Played a lot with my opponent and beat him very regularly....I hit a huge slice OB to the right and am eliminated in 2nd place. Moral of the story.....I was playing like crap, but somehow managed to grind it out and make the final pair! This game is HARD!!
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