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Tom D.

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  • Birthday 04/06/1958

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  1. Got down to Santa Barbara to see the in-laws and out-laws the last couple of days, and was able to get out and play the back nine at SB Muni this morning with my nephew. Cool and a bit blustery to start, but it was great fun getting out. A little soggy here and there, as it rained much of the day yesterday. Didn't play all that well with my secondary set of clubs that I keep down there, particularly the putter which is my original from when I first took up the game in the late 80's (Slot-Line that I have cut down and weighted up). Sure made me miss my L.A.B. DF 2.1.
  2. Played a par 3 short course 9 early this morning, before I had to pick up my daughter from the airport. We are supposed to get rain the rest of the week, so this was my opportunity as I'm off today. It was rather brisk (39*), but as you can see from the pic, the sun was out and the breeze was very light (made REALLY good use of my electric hand warmer). Missed a couple greens, but managed to chip those close and one putt. Didn't ever get a birdie putt to drop, as I think I had four a foot or less and another three under 2 feet, so even par on the day.
  3. Great advice given so far. Technology doesn't change all that much in drivers every year (despite what the latest marketing push would have you believe), so a five year old driver will not be dramatically shorter or dramatically less forgiving than the brand new models. For instance, the G400 Max was pushing the limits of MOI when it came out (I believe it was ~2018), so the incremental changes to get ever-closer to that limit will NOT make a world of difference as far as forgiveness. Finding fairways is MUCH more important than an extra few yards!
  4. I'll put in another vote for MTB to be added.
  5. A bit late to this party, but haven't gotten on the forum for awhile. Been using heads up since I discovered L.A.B. Golf putters a little over 2 years ago. The high MOI of the DF 2.1 makes hitting to the toe or heel side a moot point as far as the ball getting to the hole. Their tech to eliminate torque helps me get the ball rolling on my intended line, then it is only a matter of whether I've read the line correctly. Heads up gives me SO MUCH better distance control !
  6. Probably semantics, but I don't think the tags fall asleep - I think the band needs to sense them by the movement of the practice swing/stroke. I think the band "wakes up" to the tags' presence. Unless I'm confused on the technology involved, in which case I'll appreciate some further edjumucation
  7. Wanted to add in the comments section, that the replacement unit has not had any issues with the GPS freezing, so I now have a fully functional unit in hand.
  8. I was just over at Dick's Sporting Goods this evening, and they have the Gamers on sale, 2 for $40 that is good through 10/2.
  9. What model of the fp insoles did you get?
  10. Was the first off the tee on the back side this morning (not the first one there, but the guy motioned for me to go ahead as he was still warming up), so the dashingly good looking trio of me, myself, and I strode up and hit it down the middle. He was then right behind me the whole round until 18, where he must have fallen off the horse. Pushed my drive on the 11th a bit to the right, with a sparse maple between me and the flag, I did some inadvertent arborist work and ended up short. But the attached pic will let you know that the ensuing chip was $$$, for a one-putt par. Stroked it pretty well overall, and was on every par 3 in regulation, but scared it on the way by each time, and never did convert anything for a birdie (oh well)... And my new SL2 replacement from Voice Caddie never had the GPS freeze, so that's good news !
  11. Thanks for the clarification, Clayton !
  12. Donated before I was selected as a tester (Voice Caddie SL2). Once I was selected I wanted to do a really good job on the review. So I was pissed when I had two vehicles go kaput on me near the end of the testing window, and I had to spend a big chunk of time getting back on the road, instead of concentrating on the review, as intended. Got it done, and think it turned out OK, and learned a bunch while doing it, so really grateful for being selected.
  13. That is probably the way you ought to go. L.A.B. is one of the few doing broomsticks.
  14. Well, if you're going to let vanity stand in the way of writing a lower number at the end of the scorecard, I can't help you.
  15. I know you started by saying you wanted the B.2 blade, so that leads me to assume you can't get past the look of the DF 2.1? I've had both, and sold my B.2 on the bay and actually made a few bucks due to good timing. The forgiveness of the higher MOI mallet won the day for me (as I could give a a$$ what it looks like if it is getting more balls to the bottom of the cup in the least amount of strokes). Most folks find the L.A.B. putters to do a great job of starting the ball on line, but that is by no means universal. I get the best distance control by actually looking at the flag (or other aim point if there is break to the putt) and letting my brain figure out how to hit it to get it there. I liken it to playing corn hole, you look at the target, not at the bag when you make the toss. The forgiveness of the DF 2.1 to either toe or heel strikes makes it virtually a non-issue if I miss the exact center of the face. For me, the tech WORKS, as I have never putted better. And now you have my 2 cents worth. P.S. do the remote video fitting they offer (as you can't beat the price of FREE). That way you'll know your specs, and can head off to the bay and find one that matches (unless you are very far off the norm, then it might take a while). As long as you keep the headcover on it when not in use, you'll be able to sell it for what you bought it for, to either put towards the purchase of a new one (if you feel the need), or move on in your search, with your wallet unscathed. That's probably 3 cents worth at this point...
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