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Jondough

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    Photography, writing, performing,
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  1. Legit newb question here: How do I get my bag-info in my signature like I see everyone else has? I tried to "complete my profile," but every time I get past the "who referred you" page (which is page 1, and no one referred me), the screen just reloads and I see "complete your profile" again as an option - but it won't actually let me complete my profile. I assumed it was because I was still in "recruit" status, but now that I'm out of the probational period, I still can't seem to fill that stuff in. Anyway, just thought I'd ask the experts. -Swanson
  2. Matt/Los Angeles, CA 18 (and lowering) Taylormade Sim Max PTX Pro-Icon Combo. -FWIW, These Hogans are just stupidly beautiful, and my only real complaint so far with the TM's (beside getting fit for them RIGHT before lockdown, sigh) is I wanted something that looked...cleaner, and less "techy" - I know, I know, I bought about the MOST techy-looking clubs on the market, but they fit pretty great, lol. That being said, something with a little more "this is what clubs are supposed to look like" would feed my soul a little bit, and I love that they're not SO strongly lofted. Anyway, I know all of this is totally unnecessary, but figured I'd add it anyway. I'm a chatty Kathy, what can I say? -Swanson
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  4. Shiels and Crossfield get a lot of views from me, but I really enjoy Peter Finch's channel, as he's not only a teaching pro, but he's actually trying to qualify for the tour events (specifically, the Open), and so watching his journey through trying to get incrementally better has been really fantastic. He's very good friends with Shiels, as well, so there are often cross-over episodes where they battle each other over 9 or 18 holes and course vlog it. Really entertaining stuff. -Swanson
  5. Nice! I've been dying to get out and play some more courses - I'm guessing it might not be until June at this point, given how nuts everything still is here in LA, but I'll message you sometime.
  6. lol - hell, man, take all the credit you can get! I'm happy to now say "Berg is the DIRECT REASON the new inserts are firmer" and if anyone questions it, they get a light punch to the throat. That's how I roll. (It's not. If you new how tentative I am at confronting people, you'd be laughing hysterically, wiping away the tears, saying "Oh, that Swanson - he just gets it, you know?") -Swanson
  7. Hey all! Just got an email that the new Spark Golf season (who says targeted advertising doesn't work? sheesh - I'm such a sucker) is starting up May 13th - anyone in the Alhambra/Los Angeles/Pasadena area of Cali that's interested in partnering up? Play is Wednesday nights - there are 16 rounds (one each week), and you have to play at least 9 - if you buy the pass, it's $25/night for 9 holes and a cart - info is at https://spark.golf/ Anyway, I was planning on just randomly getting paired up with someone, but then realized (I'm still new around these parts) that - duh - I have access to a great group of avid golfers right here, and maybe one of you is also looking for a regular thing? As I'm not able to fill out my profile yet (maybe because I'm still a "recruit"?), I'm 42, from LA, currently an 18-handicap (though, to be fair, that's not official, but the last 4 or 5 times out I've shot 90 on the nose 3 times, 89 once (huzzah! first time breaking 90 on a "real" course) and 91 the other, so...90, effectively), and looking to play regularly to get that into the mid-to-low 80s. That's it! Hope you guys and gals are keeping safe, sane, and sanitary (I needed another "s", and it kind of makes sense. Leave me alone.). -Swanson
  8. I played Pelham Bay/Split Rock a bunch over the last 18 months, and have to say if it's not immediately following rain (and therefore a bit water-logged), they're beautiful and FUN courses. Cherry Creek Links on Long Island is one of the most beautiful courses (and incredibly challenging rough) I've ever played - caveat - haven't played that many "extraordinary" courses, but man was this one pretty. -Swanson
  9. Man - just finding this now, and what an incredible (all-around) group of testers - guys, your reviews were FANTASTIC. Genuinely helpful, and a true example of why I'm so grateful to have found this site - members who are enthusiastic and informative - my brain probably hurts a little from all that info, but thanks so much. I'm (obviously) new around here, but the Stroke Lab shafts were VERY high on my list of "must check out" when I first came to the site, and I'm so glad you all put in the work and time to produce your reviews. Thanks again - great work. -Swanson
  10. My Eye-2 7 iron (36 degrees of loft) was almost exactly 150, day-in, day-out. These new Sim Max 7s are (lol) 28.5 degrees - so my hitting it (easy) 175 is not a huge surprise - it's effectively my old 5-iron. I'd be surprised if your experience wasn't the same. My biggest issue is that I went (to save some money) 4-PW instead of going to UW - now I think going 5-UW would have been a MUCH better set for me, considering that I can hit the 5 well, and up over 200 yards, which means I really need a hybrid and then I'm into my 5-wood - so the 4-iron is effectively redundant (and a little harder to hit than the hybrid). A gapping session has become very high on my list - but I'm actually next looking at a whole-bag fitting (hoping to work out a gapping session in lieu of getting fit for irons, since I just got fit into these) so that I can get a clear sense on driver/wood shafts and settings, and then also a putter fitting. Sigh. SO much to spend money on, and so little real extra money to go around Good thing no one can go anywhere here (said sarcastically). -Swanson
  11. Love that you have all this data to compare against - this might be a silly question, but what is Skytrak? Is that similar to GCQuad or some of the other tracking software? Is this an at-home thing, or do you go to a center/driving range that gives you access to this data? Really great stuff! Exited to see what you think, especially after seeing TXG's take on the shaft. -Swanson
  12. Super appreciate you taking the time to walk us through this - feels like you're coming from a very similar place as myself prior to getting fitted to my current set (which I managed to do one week before all of Cali was shut down - well done, me). The gains in distance are REAL, but also...not? I mean, my current 7 iron (playing TM Sim Max) is 28.5 degrees - my previous 7 iron (Ping Eye 2 that I got used ages ago) was 36 degrees - that's literally two clubs + difference (Usually hit my previous 5 iron about 175, and easily hitting this new 7-iron 180, minimum). So it's a lot of getting used to new lofts when choosing a club - but with the benefit of them being easier to hit. Curious if you have the same experience - the 710s were slightly out of my price bracket, sadly, as I LOVED the look of them. Good luck, and as a former-East Coaster, be safe and travel someplace warm as soon as you can - no place better to practice your social distancing than on a golf course in Arizona, I'd have to imagine. -Swanson
  13. Congrats! These were JUST out of my price range - ended up with the TM Sim Max, which are my first new (and fitted) irons ever. But the 710s were VERY lusted after in my head Curious to see how you feel they compare to your Rocketbladez, and if the stronger loft is a help/hindrance? I'm finding it both rewarding and VERY confusing to suddenly find myself hitting a 7 iron 25 yards further than I'm used to (coming from VERY old Ping Eye 2's that are almost 8 degrees weaker lofted). Also, obviously we're in a strange time here, so no rush on any of this - I'm trying to figure out how to build some sort of hitting station in my backyard that doesn't ruin everyone's life -Swanson
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