Hey all, my name is Mike and I'm new to the forum, but not at all new to consuming MyGolfSpy content or the game of golf. I'm 52 and still hanging onto a single digit handicap (barely). I've been playing since my mid-teens and have loved the game since the first swing. I've dedicated a lot of time to playing and understanding the game, which led me to my interest in golf equipment itself. So much so that back in 2003 I wrote to Golf Magazine, who then IMO had the best and most comprehensive club testing series available to regular people, as written by regular people, to ask how to become a tester. After numerous written "interviews" and 3 in-person "mini-tests", I was eventually welcomed into what was a very special brotherhood of a select few true equipment junkies. Through that program my knowledge and understanding of equipment grew, and my curiosity and desire to continue learning lives on. It is that desire to continue my education and knowledge base that led me to MyGolfSpy. I have been a fan since the early days and though I've watched and read countless hours of content, never joined the forums. Not sure why. Finally decided to get more involved, mainly because I have more time these days, and, why the heck not? Should have done so long ago.
Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all and it wouldn't suck to find some good folks in the DMV to get a round or two in with.
Would love to be considered as a club tester here as I truly enjoy the process and helping others, and love learning about new equipment, but if that never happens, so be it. I also need to upgrade half my bag so having an opportunity to test drive some new bling would be an additional bonus! Either way, I'm glad to be a part of this community.
In keeping with tradition, a little about me:
How long have you been playing golf? 37 years What’s your handicap or normal score? 9 hcp
What do you love about golf? - What's not to love about golf? The personal challenge, good competition and most of all, the camaraderie.
What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? I'm here because I have a full appreciation for what MyGolfSpy does, and how it does it. I do not know a spy but look forward to getting to know some members.
Where are you from? What is your home course? I'm in Maryland, originally from N.J. I can't say I have a "home" course at the moment. I've been a member at a few courses over the decades, but prefer to be a free agent so I can wander and play wherever I want, whenever I want. I live near Lake Presidential so I play there more often as it's a convenient drive from home.
What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? For the most part, the DMV has a plethora of quality public courses to play, and an occasional round and Congressional doesn't suck (see pic in signature - I'm the fat dude), however getting in a round in under 5 hours can be a challenge, to say the least. I prefer to play super early to get out before the hackers, err, "less experienced" crowd buggers up the course.
What do you do for a living? I'm a senior director of ops for a high-end residential remodeling company.
How’d you pick your user name? It's a play on my last name. Get to know me and I'll explain!