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  1. On 8/18/2019 at 1:06 PM, chisag said:


    ... I have always loved the Z Star. The XV should be a better ball for me but like you, I found them too hard and clicky. It checks all your boxes. Thankfully I tried the 2019 XV and it is much softer feeling than previous versions. So I took advantage of the Golfdiscount Srixon XV sale of 6 balls for $9.99 so $19.98 a dozen. (Thanks to GS-CG2 for the heads up) Free shipping in the US for orders over $99 so I picked up 10 dozen for $199. Not sure what the shipping is to you but it might be worth a look:


    Shout you for finding this deal. Just got 12 Srixon Zstar balls and 6 Zstar xv to try. I am wondering which ones will perform better for me as I have an avg ss of about 120mph for the driver. I really want to like the zstar due to greenside spin is greater than xv but I dont want to give up 10 yards in doing so. Anyways, extremely excited to give these balls a try.

  2. 2 minutes ago, Maltenator said:

    Yes, Yes I did LOL. He was horrible. He acted like we are all pros. He tried to play me and my fried for $20 a hole to start out with, then I teed up on the first hole, and he said who do you think you are to get to tee off or something along those lines. He wanted us to put our names in a hat and draw for tee position. Then on his 2nd shot my friend dared to cough on a practice swing of his and he lost his sh*t. He was at his cart as I pulled up to the green. I got out and chipped my shot, and he ran over yelling at me at the top of his lungs that he was further out and it was his shot, and I don't respect the rules of golf yada yada yada. I said ready golf b*tch keep the pace moving. Me and my buddy picked up our balls and drove to the 2nd hole without him...

    Amazing story WOW! That's so funny, like all of that is insane. I love that you guys just skipped the hole without him😂

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  3. 9 minutes ago, Maltenator said:

    I'm not a fan of Golf now, and all their bloated fees. Also, I was paired up with the owner once before he sold, and he was a complete A**hole, and I refused to use the App after that. I will look into Supreme Golf. Thanks again @bmaru99

    LOL, the guy was that bad? I find that so cool/funny you teed up with him. By chance, did you use Golfnow to book that tee time? That would be ironic.

    As for Supreme golf, I first heard about it through the podcast Foreplay by Barstool Sports and it has worked very well for me. Keep me posted.

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  4. Clubs: Irons, putter, Driver, wedges, UDI all the same (+14)

    Bag: New bag purchased in middle of season (-1)

    Ball: Usually Prov1x, if I run out I use what i have left (+1)

    Distance device: Bushnell tour v4 purchase mid season (-1) shoutout @THEZIPR23

    Glove: same Titleist as normal (+1)

    Shoes: Added a new pair of Speith 2 shoes (-1)

    Total: 17/20

    All in all, not a terrible score. Kept things fairly consistent throughout the season. Had I calculated this year I would have had probable 5 points as I go new everything lol.

    Another shoutout to @GolfSpy STUDque for the format😂


  5. Played two days ago and forgot to update the forum. I usually only have time for 9 as I play after work but anyways, here it goes. Drove the ball decent just need to minimize my misses as per usual. Iron play was decent, I blocked a shot or two but aside from that, striking everything solid. Wedge play was fairly decent. I really struggle with putting as this was the main struggle of my round. I should not have 2 3 putts in a 9 hole round. That and my big misses are what leads to a score exponentially higher than what it should be. I hope to break par once more this year as I know I can do it, I just need to put my game together and play my misses.

    Score: 40 (+4)

    FIR: 3/7 or 43% which is extremely average for me

    GIR: 5/9 or 55%

    Up and down to save par: 2/4 or 50%

    Putts: 18 with 2, 3 putts.

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  6. 15 minutes ago, jacustomgolf said:

    Where do we start?  That was a lot of fun this week at the Illinois Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonebridge CC in Aurora, IL.  The golf course design is very well done as most of the tee shots look narrower than they actually are.  I did not have the opportunity to play a practice round this week, but thanks to google earth I had a good idea what to expect.  Most of the fairways were 35+ yards wide with another 10-15 before any real trouble unless there was water on the hole.  




    My first round I started on the 10th tee.  I hit a poor wedge into this green but was able to get up and down.  That gave me a nice boost and I started the day with 4 nice pars.  We got to our first par 5 of the day and that lead to my first birdie.  -1 throught 5.  The next hole I was unable to make par from a divot in the rough and back to even.  My 7th hole (16th on the course) is a great designed hole.  335 unreachable with how wet it was.  I hit a good tee shot and even better wedge and got back to -1.  Two more pars and I finish the front side at -1.  We head to the 10th hole (1st) another par 5.  Toady its a 3 shot hole, a good tee shot and wedge lead to another birdie, -2 through 10.  The next hole a solid 3 wood and wedge and another birdie, -3 through 11. This is when the rain started.  We had a two hour delay at this point.  We come back out and I make couple of pars on 12 & 13, and we are rolling again.  We get to our 14th hole (5th on the course).  A solid par 4 with water all the way left.  The green has a huge ridge running away from you and the pin was below that ridge.  I hit a solid 4 wood to 104.  Hit that wedge to a foot and we are -4 through 14.   We can see that more rain is on the way and we are hoping for lighting at this point.  Two more pars and I am -4 through 16 and 2nd place alone at this point.  The 17th hole is a good par 3 with a tricky green.  I hit into the wrong spot and rolled into the rough.  A chip to 4' and a lip out lead to a poor bogey.  Still have a good round going.  The rain is picking up at this point.  My umbrella broke in between holes and now my goal is to just keep my grips dry.  We get to our final hole and I hit a very poor tee shot (worst of the week).  I then punch out and try to lay up to make par the hard way.  My lay up squirted right and into the rough.  Never saw it bounce but never thought we wouldn't find it.  After looking for 3 minutes (it goes fast) and its a lost ball.  From there I hit the correct lay up and then onto the green and 2 putts for an 8 and an even par round of 72.  I can't properly put into words my emotions at this point.  Because of the earlier delay we have to go right out for our 2nd round.  




    I was able to gather my thought for a i and made an opening par.  The next 3 holes I hit good tee shots.  Missed one green and had two 3 putts and I am 3 over through 4.  Six holes earlier I was -4.  I was able to make a birdie on the 5th hole (I birdied this hole every round).  One more bogey and birdie and we finish the front nine at +2.  Onto the back 9.  I hit a good tee shot on 10 that ended up in a divot.  A poor shot from there and I am now +3.  I par 11 and 12.  My 2nd worst drive of the event on 13 lead to another bogey.  +4.  I was able to bounce back on 14 with a birdie but gave it  back on 17.  I made par on the 18th hole to finish the day at +4.  

    I was very disappointed with my score.  I hit the ball much better than my +4 score for 36 holes.  I made the cut (top 35) by 2 shots and had a very good chance of a top 20 finish with a good 3rd round.  The top 20 are exempt to the 2020 event.  So that was my goal going into the final round.  




    The final round starts very well.  A good tee shot, nice lay up and a wedge to 8'.  I just missed that putt but had a stress free opening par.  The 2nd hole much like the first.  A good tee shot and wedge to 10'.  Again just missed the putt but stress free par.  The 3rd hole I pushed my iron and made a poor bogey after a very poor chip shot.  +1 for the round.  A par on #4 and we are off to my favorite hole.  A good 4 wood off the tee and a wedge to 10' and I finally make a putt.  Back to even through 5.  The 6th hole is a 440 yard par 4.  I hit a good tee shot and a solid 8 iron to the center of the green.  2 poor putts later and I make bogey.  I hate three putting.  The 7th hole longest par 4 on the course (470 yards).  I hit another good tee shot.  I have 188 yards into the wind.  A solid 6 iron to the center of the green and I was please.  But again 3 putts later another bogey.  +2 after 7 and only missing one green.  I am hitting the ball well and just need to keep doing that.  The 8th hole is playing a lot shorter, a par 3 at 135 yards.  I hit a very good PW to 8' and finally make that putt to get back to +1.  Onto the 9th hole. I hit a good tee shot, good lay up to 71 yards and a wedge to 5'.  Two birdies in a row and an even par front nine.  I am please as I know I am hitting the ball well.  I start the back nine with 2 solid pars and we head to the par 3 12th hole.  Playing 175 yards into the wind over water.  I caught my 7 iron a hair fat and the wind ate it up into the water.  I know this is the club if I even thin it.  I re-tee and hit it to 6'.  I lip that putt out and make double +2 after 12 holes.  I can still finish well.  A solid par on 13 and we are off to the par 5 14th hole.  Its playing into the wind and I hit a great tee shot.  I have 237 yards to the flag slightly up hill to a green guarded in front by a bunker.  I hit what I felt was a perfect cut 4 wood.  I could see the wind hit it just as I thought.  The ball hit a yard above the bunker and kicked back into it just under the lip.  One more foot forward and I have an eagle putt.  I did not have a good lie in the bunker.  I tried to blast it out and the ball jumped up into the face and rolled back into my foot prints.  A 2nd shot out rolled over the green and from there I was able to get up and down.  A very poor bogey after 2 solid shots.  I know I have 3 solid chances at birdie coming in if i hit the ball well.  A good par on 15 & 16 and we head to the par 3 17th.  205 into the wind.  I hit a 4 iron.  Hit it very well and have 8' for birdie.  It just slides by on the right and we are headed to 18 at +3.  I know at this point in need an eagle to have a chance at top 20.  Turns out that even would not be enough.  The 18th hole was playing down wind.  A 537 yard par 5 with water all the way right.  I hit a perfect tee shot and have 224 yards to the flag.  I hit a cut 4 iron to the front edge and have 25' for eagle.  I hit my chip right by the right edge and have a tap in to finish my round at +2.  I was happy to finish strong, but disappointed in my total score (+6) 222. 

    I ended up at T-22 in a very solid field.  There were past USGA champions in the field, if you look at some of the names this was truly a very good field.  It would have been very nice to finish top 20, but it gives me something to work for next year.  






    My stats are very telling.  I need to learn how to putt. 

    FIR - 73.8% (I will say the fairways were very generous). But if you missed you had trouble making par

    GIR - 72.2% (when you hit this many greens you will have lots of birdie chances.  Man did I ever)

    Ave putts per round - 31.3 (this is about 3 putts too many per round).

    PPGIR - 1.79 emoji36.png Almost 2 putts per GIR.  This must change if i want to compete.  Just shows how important putting is.  

    Total Birdies - 12 (4 per round) that is not a bad average

    Total Pars - 27 (exactly half the holes)

    Total Bogeys - 13 (5 from 3 putts)

    Total worse than Bogey - 2 ( 1 double, 1 triple)

    My take away is you have to eliminate your big mistake and putt better.  It is simple to say if you do not 3 putt that's 5 strokes, but it is more than that.  It is making more putts in the 8' - 15' range.  I missed a lot of putt's there.  

    This was my final big event for 2019.  It is hard to believe that the season is over.  I do have a fun event with my wife on Sunday that we look forward to each year.  I have some time to reflect on the 2019 season and I will come back next week and write up my thoughts on how the season went.  I already have plans to get back into the gym after labor day and try to come back in 2020 lighter, stronger and faster as I plan to use my super speed sticks all winter long.   

    I want to thank MGS and the members here that have taken the time to follow along and read this all year long.  I look forward to doing it again next year.  Thank you. 



    Overall, a great tournament and show's you will learn from what you did wrong and continue to improve. The weather also was not in your favor but congratulations on finishing and still being there to compete and not back down after a couple bad holes. Good for you!

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  7. 10 hours ago, ODogs Driver said:

    Hit some balls with a split grip. Put your right hand  3 or 4 inches below your left hand in a 10 finger modified baseball grip. This makes you have to release the club through impact.your chicken wing swing cant happen with this drill or your right elbow will break some ribs lol

    Wow I am sad I just saw this. I'll give it a try and report back to you!

  8. 15 hours ago, Shankster said:


    How’d you make out?


    Went to the range last night after work. I hit a bunch of iron shots and ultimately, decided on keeping everything the same for now. I figured out my club face was rarely square at impact but rather closed to the target a lot of the times. I was watching videos of DJ hitting a golf ball and he doesn't point at the target and almost seems like he does the same thing. Going to try and get out to the range more in the coming weeks and hopefully diagnose my problems and really see what is best for me. Like I said, right now my swing was performing well with a controlled baby draw and i was hitting the ball very accurately aside from a couple blocks lol.

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  9. 9 minutes ago, Shankster said:


    One of the main reasons I am doing the 1 plane thing. I liked to play a fade, but for whatever reason I can’t control it anymore and it goes RIGHT!

    Not saying you should do the one plane thing, but so far it is like drinking a magic potion that transformed me into this mythical creature that only hits the ball straight, or slightly falls off either direction.


    I am going to go to the range soon and try out some new things. Might even tr the one plane and see how that works for me.

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  10. 21 minutes ago, bens197 said:

    This doesn't necessarily mean you're doing something wrong.  For the heck of it, why not send a picture of your grip as well...Some players rely on a stronger grip and are forced to keep the club face square through impact.  Some of the best ball strikers to play the game had ridiculously strong grips; Azinger, Duval, DJ to name a few.  It's a product of their body sequence and rotation and it works.  Hopefully you can get some good advice from the folks around here.  

    I'll send everything later on tonight. Appreciate it guys!

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  11. 13 minutes ago, jlukes said:

    without seeing your swing it's hard to know what the issue.  Holding the club face off is normal a reaction intended to compensate for something else.  Right now, your brain knows you have to hold the club off in order to get some sort of good shot.  The key is to figure out why your brain is telling you to do that.  Your lower body and torso can be out of sync. You can be over rotating.  It could be a number of things causing you to subconsciously hold the club off. 

    Appreciate the reply! I'll send videos later today and post them in here.

  12. Hey guys, so I just realized that when I swing, I NEVER release the club head or aim at my target. I have developed this swing where everything is good until impact and basically after I strike the ball I hold off the club face to almost try and force a straight ball flight and it is leading to a bunch of inconsistencies in shots hit. Please inform me if you have any tips, pointers or even drills you think will help me learn how to release this club and my target.

  13. 6 hours ago, Kenny B said:

    My wife and I were in Seattle this past weekend.  Yesterday we played 9 holes with her brother on his course south of downtown.  Here's a view down #.  Seattle skyline in the distance, and if you look closely up in the sky, you can see a jet landing at SeaTac airport.  They fly over at 90 sec intervals; drove me crazy!!


    I started off triple, double, bogey, par.  Horrible, but I got better each hole I played, so there was that.  Didn't get much better; didn't even keep score.

    Today we played at Mt. Si GC just off I-90 east of Seattle on our way home.  We played with a bunch of friends that we see about once a year.  We had 3 groups; two groups of guys and one group of ladies.  So, of the 8 guys I was the third youngest at 72; five guys were between 75 and 79.  Myself and the two younger guys played the White tees at 6100y; the others played the Gold tees at 5475y, which was also where the ladies played.  The game was the two best scores per hole from the ladies group vs. the two worst scores per hole from each group of guys.  The ladies won!!!

    I shot 80 with only one birdie and 2 doubles.
    9 fairways
    6 GIR
    29 putts

    I've played this course once before about 7 years ago.

    That is what they call, hitting for a cycle in baseball. It's a shame it isn't a good thing in golf. 🤣

    Regarless, that course is looking clean

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  14. Great time for a teaching moment though. You never know,next time he sees this happening, he might say something and so on. This is how safety and proper etiquette can exponentially grow in the golfer economy. Now if only you could have a teaching moment for those ball marks😲

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  15. 4 minutes ago, russtopherb said:

    Trying to get my wife to consider it. She's got nerve damage in her back, a frozen shoulder, and heads in for surgery on her wrist next Wednesday. My brother's been using it for his back for a year with great success. I've been following your posts about your experiences with it as well.


  16. Playing for the first time in a week tonight after work. I'll let you guys know how it is, hoping to finish 9 holes in 2 hours or less. I will be disappointed if it takes any longer.


    Keep the forum updated

  17. 2 minutes ago, chemclub said:

    This comment gets at a potential flaw in the business. Just how often is someone going to want a mixer pack? i'm just asking.

    Serious golfers buy new balls. Once a serious golfer finds a ball they like, is the market really big enough for the few who want to keep experimenting? 

    @edingc is not even willing to drop $25-30 on a dozen Z-Star XV to try them out. This isn't a knock against edingc. It's more a comment on how small the market might be for sampler packs.

    Extremely fair point, but there are constantly new golf balls coming out which may broaden the likely hood of people wanting to do something like this. There are also a bunch of cheaper DTC golf balls coming out onto the market. I believe the golf ball market is growing exponentially thanks o many studies and a ton of thanks to mygolfspy for all of their discoveries.

  18. 28 minutes ago, edingc said:

    I bet this could be done here on the forums if someone were enterprising enough to organize a thread (and if the mods approved). I'm sure we all have enough new balls laying around to send a sleeve to someone in return for another sleeve of something else we'd like to try.

    For example, I have a ton of MTB-X currently, but would love to try the Z-Star XVs. But I like the MTB-X enough that I'm not going to buy a dozen of the XVs just to try them.

    That way the cost is minimized to shipping only, which shouldn't be too much more than the cost of a single sleeve of premium balls at a pro shop.

    EDIT: Should be roughly $5 to ship a single sleeve of balls in a padded mailer USPS first class.

    Amazing idea! That's exactly what I was thinking. It would be very helpful to those who do not want to buy a full pack of balls just to try them out.

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