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  1. First name: Brian City, state: Wilmington Delaware Push Cart Usage: I use a Caddytek push cart 100% of the time at the home club and play weekly in season. I think I would be a good tester. First I am in the market for both a new bag and a new pushcart and would consider an electronic push cart. Second, I can test this on our two and a half courses over rolling terrain. Third, the majority of our members use push carts and showing off the Motocaddy would be good. And finally, I will write a solid review. Thanks for consideration.
  2. I just went through this journey and found it a bit difficult to test all of the irons I wanted to try. I work with a fitter that closed their bays for casual testing due to Covid. So I went for an iron fitting and tried a total of eight heads. Spent a couple of hours between two sessions. I am a 14 handicapper that had eight year old irons. Since my last fitting my swing and my age has changed. Anyway, I am not a consistent iron striker so I looked to the game improvement category and even into the super game improvement and players distance. One of the biggest changes to iron technology in recent years is the hollow body iron. I suggest that you try some of these out. What did I try and what did I select? Tried: P790, P790 TI, Srixon 585, Titliest T400, Honma T World X, Mizuno HM 921, Miura IC-601, Epon AF-706, and Titliest CNCPT. I went with the Epon AF-706. They simply had the best numbers with distance, height, spin, and etc. Plus they are a 2 piece forged club and have good feel for a hollow body iron. I can really tell (feel and sound) when I hit it in the large sweet spot. They are jacked loft clubs so my six irons is really a five iron. The heads may be important but so is the correct shaft. We tried 5 or 6 shafts eventually settling on the Fujikura Pro Senior. Had the highest speed with this shaft. Find a good fitter, try out the clubs and shafts, and let the numbers help you to decide.
  3. Symbiotic relationship. Find a good pro who understands your game through a few lessons and have them make equipment recommendations. Best case is they can fit you for the correct clubs or can recommend a good fitter. Did this years ago and went from a high handicapper to a mid handicapper.
  4. Back in January I had a proper driving fitting and tested a number of models. I was replacing an old Cobra AMP driver so not too comparable. The best according to the numbers was the Cobra Speedzone Extreme. We chose the UST Helium F3 shaft. I was able to go onto Trackman at my club before the lockdown and I just pulled up a session report. Average distance of 213, avg. club head speed of 85, and spin averaged 2381. Off to the course and I have been playing as our courses were never closed, just our indoor facility. I use Shot Scope to track all of my data. So my feel is backed up by real data. The club for me is a long fairway finder that masks the bad shots. This year my P average distance is 224. P average takes out the really bad shots. But what is interesting with this club is that my really bad still go a decent distance. Sometimes I have a bad hit off the toe or heel and it still goes long. Accuracy, before Speedzone was 45% fairway and about the same % left vs. right. This year the average fairway hit is 52%, 32% left and 15% right. My mishit is a pull. Seems I have significantly reduced the slice with this club. Just seems to go straight. Also, I have already hit two shots that beat my prior distance record. Hit 264 yards and 262. When you hit it on the sweet spot it goes long and straight. As far as the sound of the club it is a little louder than some of the others tested. But the sound gives good feedback so you can tell the quality of the shot. Hope that helps.
  5. To answer the question directly I was struggling last year with longer putts. Way too many three putts. Took a quick half hour lesson and he identified the problem within a couple of minutes and he gave me a drill to fix. Much better today. But I have only had two putter lessons in over 25 years. But this part of the game represents a large percentage of your score. Think about all of the lesson types available; driver, 3 wood, hybrid, irons, putter, sand, chipping, pitching. I bet the vast majority, maybe 95%, are in the full swing area including the driver and irons. This year, while we were still indoors, I took two full swing lessons; driver and irons. Made improvements in each that are showing up on the course. And because we are on Trackman I was able to practice and understand the key numbers I was trying to achieve. As soon as we are able to take lessons again and our short game area opens up, I am going to take a couple more lessons. First a sand lesson as I seem to be struggling a bit. And then chipping. I am making too many club selection mistakes and not ending up with a one put chance.
  6. My club has three walkable courses and I do not remember the last time I took a cart playing at home. We are fortunate the courses were all designed pre-60s so there is no housing and distance between green and tees are reasonable. When I do play away, I frequently take a cart since I often find myself playing housing development or resort courses. It is embarrassing, but I have to remember how to work the cart and always ask the starter for their cart rules. Appreciate that there is a social aspect to two person carts but they are such a waste of time when the players hit different distances on drives. Like when I play with my son and he hits it a 300 yards to my 220. Also, I never truly appreciate the rise and fall of the course or the slope as much when I take a cart.
  7. Thanks for asking. We are just fine although a bit bored in my house. 2 college kids home and taking their courses online. Wife goes to an office that is virtually empty. I usually work from home except when I travel for work. Our golf courses are still open so I can still play. The 19th hole is closed so we often go over someones house instead, often taking to go food from the club.
  8. 2nd swing is an excellent choice for a fitting. Had a fitting for my driver, 3 wood, and hybrids earlier this year and I have been very happy with the results. And the price was right, basically free since the fee is applied against the purchase. Appreciate that they are only in limited markets. My son had a driver fitting at Club Champion and it was a great experience but ended up being very expensive since he got an exotic shaft.
  9. Let me explain a little further. I picked up the Golf.com magazine and saw the IC 601 irons and since I am searching for new irons they peaked my interest. But then I started to investigate and looked for articles and reviews on the club and found very few. I started to question why they were included in the club test 2020, especially since they were launched in 2018. After all my impression is that unless you are a major advertiser, it is hard to break through in these tests. Remember, they do not include the data so a bit hard to decipher. But I also had in the back of my mind that if a smaller company is included, then maybe the product is first rate. Then I found out about GOLF.com and the ownership of Miura being the same company 8am. To dig a little deeper, this iron is the first non forged product from Miura. Miura apparently had/has a stellar reputation. Back in 2017, the distribution rights for the US and key international markets were acquired by 8am. They may only own distribution rights but they have major influence on the products that are produced. After all 8am likely wants to expand the brand from a company that very few can play to one that offers a broader portfolio. So they started to offer a product for the the game improvement market, the IC 601. So let me be clear. The reputation of the original owners may be stellar but now we have another party involved. Things can change. I wanted to make sure that the original poster was aware of this relationship since he found the club in golf.com. This iron could be stellar and the only way to check it out is to find an authorized dealer. I think I will also try this club during my search.
  10. Please be aware that Miura and Golf.com are owned by the same company; 8am golf company. They got called out when another fitter on the fitter hot list complained that 8am golf co. also owns the #1 fitter True Spec Golf. Golf.com failed to disclose these relationships. I have never played Miura, just be aware.
  11. I recently went through a driver, 3 wood, and hybrid (3 and 4) fitting at Second Swing. The fitter knows my pro and had a recommendation on how to improve performance. Shortly after the purchase I took a driver lesson. Our club recently added a number of Trackman simulators. The fitting and lesson complemented each other, my pro gave me a few things to look for on Trackman, and I am pleased. I have gotten the clubs outside and it is a big improvement; longer and more fairways. Mostly it is the clubs, a little of me. Anyway, I also need new irons. I have the Cobra Amp irons from about 8 years ago. Took another lesson with the Pro on Trackman and he has me trying to come from the inside a bit more. But I need more practice. Originally I was thinking about an iron fitting in April but I may want to wait a while. I have tried the Srixon Z585 and the Mizuno Hot Metal and liked both. But here is the rub. If I understand correctly they will both launch new clubs in August/September of this year. Maybe they will add a hollow body iron to those lines which is all the rage. I am a 13.6 handicap and play mostly for fun. Our club is also opening a new range and short game facility so practice will be a little easier. What would you do? Should I wait until late summer for new irons in order to improve ball striking and see the new clubs from Srixon and Mizuno?
  12. I think we should consider what practice means. Does practice means going to the range or short game area and spending a couple of hours every week? Or can practice be ingraining a new swing move or a drill with a club in the backyard for a half hour or so. If you are up front with the pro and let them know the practice limitations they may be able to suggest some simple drills.
  13. If I understand properly, you posted a review on the Linksoul website and they did not want to post your negative review. Call me skeptical but I never trust reviews on the product's own website. Just checked a golf club manufacturer and all reviews are five stars with nothing but glowing comments. No product can be that good. FYI, I own a number of their items and did have a problem once and it was resolved with a new quarter zip being sent.
  14. Look for a guarantee that if you are not satisfied you can return the clubs. Or at least find out if they will allow a free follow on fitting to make adjustments.
  15. These irons were my first set and I loved them. Was a 20 capper back then before I switched to another club but I have fond memories. Loved them so much they are still in my basement!
  16. Now may be the time to try them out. Black Friday sale on their web site and everything is 50% off.
  17. It is that time of year again in the northeast, the cold weather has begun. But unfortunately I could only find one of my Footjoy WinterSof golf gloves so I need to buy a new winter glove. Considering all gloves before I make the purchase and would love your suggestions. I also noticed that Footjoy came out with a new StaSof for Winter and was curious if anyone has tried it yet.
  18. I know we focus on golf here but one of the best aspects to the Travel Away program is the complimentary dining. Take advantage of this and visit the dining/city clubs. Have not had a bad meal yet at any of the ClubCorp facilities, and I have visited 14 of them.
  19. I have been a happy member for almost two years now. I travel a lot for work and vacation so I have had the opportunity to play a lot of nice tracks and enjoy a number of complimentary meals along the way. This year alone I have played Las Colinas in Dallas, Alamance CC (Donald Ross course) in Burlington NC, Firestone CC (North and South), the Ridge Club on the Cape, Engineers CC on Long Island, and Norbeck CC (Alfred Tull course) outside of Washington DC in Maryland. I may have one round left in me as I will probably travel to Arizona. A comment to Barbajo. The Ridge Club is very nice, treat yourself to a caddie or forecaddie the first time you play. Not my favorite track as I felt some of the holes did not fit the land or there was too much mounding. But a fun round. I do spend some time up in Boston but have not played Ipswich. Would like to hear your thoughts on it as I do need to play it next time I am up. Ledgemont (Alfred Tull course) in Seekonk is a very fine course and I have played that twice. If you like the classic courses like Ledgemont, try Norbeck CC outside of Maryland. Same architect and the back nine is simply awesome. Please note that we have two Tull courses at my home club (not Clubcorp) so I am a bit biased. One important point to make to newer Travel Away members; play the affiliated courses that you desire as soon as you can as they may leave the network. Last year I wanted to play Omni Bedford Springs and as I was making the tee time they left the network. They seem to come and go. Engineers was may favorite course this year and they are affiliated. If you like the classic courses they way I do, get out there to Engineers, one of the best.
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