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  1. Not surprising that Ping is out of the G400 LST given that the G410 line replaced it 10 months ago (even though the G410 LST was released later) and the likelihood that they probably produced less of the LST vs the other two versions. It is better for Ping to cut production earlier rather than stock up in case of warranty replacement because A) less older inventory to potentially get stuck with and B) most people are fine with receiving a newer version as a replacement anyways. Worst case scenario for the OP is to sell the G410 LST if he doesn't like it and buy a used/NOS G400 LST (and likely have a little $ left over). Size difference between the two LST versions is negligible: 400 LST = 445cc vs 410 LST = 450cc
  2. storm319

    ClearGolf Shaft

    I think you may be referring to Pearl golf and their Pure Pro X which is no longer on their site since the cut pic showed up on social media comparing it to the KSig (aka Nassau Quattro). These Clear balls show 318 and 336 dimple patterns which would point to the Foremost factory in Taiwan. These are likely the same as what Vice sells.
  3. With ionomer covered balls, anyone would be hard pressed to perceive any difference between colors. Cast thermoset urethane balls on the other hand are a different story as the actual urethane formulation is different.
  4. It won’t be in Rickie’s bag unless it shows up on the USGA conforming list next Monday.
  5. In reference to Douglas DuFaux, most of his patents are not golf related and the ones that are refer to the hollow metal core design which Oncore no longer produces. Oncore’s balls are produced in Taiwan by Foremost who produces balls for a few big OEMs in addition to several DTCs. The 318 dimple pattern and basic construction is the same that was used on the 10 or so DTCs that were party to the Acushnet lawsuit a few years ago (all produced by Foremost). Does any of this make their ball inferior? Not at all, but it definitely raises questions on how involved they really are in the R&D and manufacturing processes (and if the answer is not very much that is fine as long as they are transparent). Also, not picking on Oncore, there are many DTCs in the same boat (even Snell with the MTB Red given the fact that it was a molded TPU cover which is strange given Dean’s history with cast thermoset urethane and the 336 dimple pattern which was actually Nike’s).
  6. I have been a member of WRX for nearly 10 years and just recently joined the MGS forum. I will say from a forum perspective, WRX is still king of the hill even with the wildly unpopular migration to Vanilla and also provides the best coverage of the PGA Merchandise Show IMHO. However, from an original content standpoint, MGS is on an entirely different level. The key there really comes down to the investment in facilities, testing equipment, data presentation software, video equipment/editing that WRX does not seem too interested in making. On the perception of the rise in negativity over there, I think that has to do with A) the increase in membership size over the years (more people, more problems) and B) the increase in negativity over the past few years on internet/social media in general. If/when the MGS forum reaches the size of WRX, it will likely experience similar problems. The one thing that really can't stand is when a small number of bad seeds end up berating a valuable sponsor, OEM rep, or industry expert over something stupid that ends up scaring them off permanently as that only ends up hurting the community. Ultimately both have their strengths and weaknesses so I will continue to contribute to/learn from both for the foreseeable future.
  7. First of all, you are taking a YouTube video of a single human playing 3 holes side by side as fact? Distance differences are more quality of strike than anything. I would not expect to see a big difference in distance for anyone other than extremely fast swing speeds. Next, on his first hole, he hits a mid iron from thick rough into the green and both balls landed less than a foot a part. The ProV1 held the green vs TruFeel rolling off the green and into the rough leaving him short sided with a difficult chip vs a putt. For the average golfer, that difference could mean 1-2 strokes. If if you watch other videos of similar tests, you find similar full shot spin rates but still struggled with runout on shorter shots with the ionomer covered balls (RS compared both Chromesoft balls vs the Supersoft a while ago and saw very similar full wedge spin rates on GCQuad but noticeably longer rollout on the course). There will be some human tests showing little difference and some showing a huge difference but there are way too many variables at play to definitively say that this 2-piece ball performs the same as a multilayer urethane ball. Ultimately, play what works best for your game. If you are hitting a high percentage of GIR and play courses with relatively soft greens, you are probably fine with a 2-piece ionomer ball. However, if you miss a lot of greens and play on firm/fast greens, you may appreciate the urethane cover greenside. Lastly, people need to stop using cost as a prohibitive excuse for not playing a multilayer urethane ball. Relative to the past, there are options at very reasonable prices as well as opportunities to stock up on good deals to the point where there is no excuse any longer (I got 5 dozen Srixon ZStars for $7 / dozen at Walmart earlier this year, you just need to keep your eyes peeled).
  8. What Titleist ball is priced lower than a common DTC equivalent? Make sure you are comparing apples to apples because obviously something like the 2-piece ionomer TruFeel will be cheaper than a multilayer urethane ball like the Snell MTB-X (in this case the Snell Get Sum would be a better comparison which is priced lower than the TruFeel). Also you end up paying the higher MSRP if you order direct from Titleist’s site vs buying from a retailer which just doesn’t make sense given the retail availability of Titleist products (with exception to their recent limited releases).
  9. storm319

    Srixon Sale

    Golf Galaxy online has a $10 off QStar Tour. With the current clearance price, it ends up being $9.98 per dozen (reflects when you view in cart). https://www.golfgalaxy.com/p/srixon-2018-q-star-tour-2-golf-balls-18srxu2018qstrtr2gbl/18srxu2018qstrtr2gbl
  10. Already a big thread on this: https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/17365-the-one-and-only-kirkland-signature-ball-thread/
  11. No, it is still an ionomer cover and no amount of basting will make it perform like urethane. BTW, the ZStar is my favorite ball.
  12. OP, Generally the difference in spin around the greens between a urethane covered multilayer ball vs a 2-piece ionomer covered ball will be far greater than the difference between the two off the tee. The only time I recommend 2-piece ionomer balls over multilayer urethane is when a golfers swing speed/launch are extremely low or if they lose a lot of balls and cannot personally tell the difference. Your slice is a swing flaw that no ball will be able to correct. There is an abundance of swing instruction resources on the various forums and youtube that will be far more helpful to fixing this problem than a ball change ever will. Next comes price. Used ball re-sellers like LostGolfBalls are contracting with divers to pull balls out of ponds at courses all over the country. Now if you are buying a fairly recent model, it likely wasn’t in the pond for very long and will likely be fine. Also with exception to the ProV1, they are often providing a mix of multiple generations of balls from companies that reuse names (ex B330, ZStar), so you may end up with some balls that are significantly older than the others. Many of these re-sellers also refurbish/refinish balls which means they strip the paint from the urethane cover and repaint/stamp before selling. Stay away from these mainly because you never know what you are going to get under that cover. Ultimately there are often good deals on prior generation models or lower cost alternatives where it is often not much of a savings to go with used water balls over new. When it comes to choosing between similarly constructed balls, specs and tests can help narrow down choices, but nothing can replace personal testing on the course. Below are a couple of recent tests that may help narrow a few choices down: https://mygolfspy.com/most-wanted-golf-ball/ https://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/features/equipment-features/2019/september/robot-tested-which-golf-bal-suits-my-game/
  13. I think you are referring to the 2-piece ionomer covered QStar vs the OP referencing the 3-piece urethane covered QStar Tour.
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