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  1. I think you'd really enjoy the Maxfli Tour CG (not the X, though it would give you more spin, it's a little firmer) -- BUT idk how likely you are to find them in Australia. One of the reasons so many (Americans) on the forum like them is you can get em for $30/doz and their performance is basically identical to a Pro V1. But it wouldn't surprise me if the Maxfli and AVX were pretty similarly priced down under.
  2. Not a whole lot I can add that hasn't already been said. The newest AVX is obviously heads and shoulders better than the previous iteration in terms of greenside performance, but still going to be one of the lowest spinning options. The AVX is also a pretty low-flight ball and unless you need that, you're probably better suited for something with a little more height. The Z-Star is definitely going to fly higher, feel a little firmer, and should spin more than the AVX. I suppose my main question is why are you limiting yourself to just these two models? Are you trying to stay with a softer feel? Are there other balls you've experimented with but didn't like? And if so, what about them didn't you like? (and congrats on breaking 80!! just be careful, it can get addicting )
  3. Pretty safe bet all of this is related to spin. Of note, the QST does have the SpinSkin, but that's more about a durability coating they use and just outright marketing. The Divide doesn't it have it listed in the marketing, but I would be shocked if there was significant performance difference between QST and QST-D. Both versions of the QST are going to be among the lowest-spinning urethane balls on the market, comparable to the Tour Response and Callaway Chromesoft (Tony refers to these kinds of balls as "non-Tour urethane.") Less total spin will generally mean a little less distance on driver unless you have the clubhead speed/ball speed to compensate, straighter flight on all clubs, and more distance (both carry and total) for irons and wedges. Z-Star and Z-Star Divide will spin more than QST but a little less than ProV1 on full shots. Z-Star Diamond (not available in Divide yet) is your best bet in the Srixon lineup if you're trying to maximize spin/control, but note that you'll give up a little distance on irons, gain a little off the tee, and will have more L/R curvature on all shots.
  4. GregGarner

    Maxfli Tour

    Sounds like it might be time to update the ball in your signature block!
  5. You can enter daily for the month of November -- https://woobox.com/oamnfe/oy3kdz
  6. soooooo... your answer to OP's question is "no"? (FWIW, I concur. I won't play anything matte, even if it's urethane. But if I were in the market for an ionomer ball, it would probably be the TruFeel, tbh)
  7. Seems reasonable to me that indiscriminately switching between different types of balls and claiming that it doesn't make a difference is akin to arguing that you shouldn't care about Strokes Gained Analytics because fractions of a shot aren't whole shots. Player variability is a feature, not a bug. The goal should be to reduce variability, not throw your hands up and declare that nothing can be done... If you give me a ball that, on my best strikes, performs in a way that benefits me and on mis-hits is not particularly different than others, it would seem to be only upside in that equation. Why wouldn't I play a ball that is net-neutral on my bad shots and net-positive on my good ones?
  8. GregGarner

    Maxfli Tour

    Exact same experience here. I tested Tour and ProV1 while wearing earbuds to try and minimize the influence of sound on feel and the Tour is mayyyyyyybe a touch softer. But agree; if blindfolded? Definitely couldn't tell. The ONLY thing I think I can pick apart between the two is performance in the wind. ProV1 is definitely less affected, but IMHO not double-the-price worth...
  9. Cruising speed around 108-110, top-end around 113-115 (per PRGR)
  10. Almost exactly my journey from this summer. I was totally sold on the standard ProV1 (and Maxfli Tour CG for practice, because its performance is indistinguishable from ProV1 for me) but the XLS absolutely grabbed my attention after 9 holes with it. I was always afraid of the Left Dash because I'd seen others describe it as like playing a cue ball and that it would make your shoulders hurt from the vibration of an off-center shot. I've found I actually really like the feedback it gives me, especially on iron shots. And the height from XLS and Left Dash matters less when it's super firm conditions, but is definitely an advantage over mid-launch balls (like ProV1 and Maxfli Tour CG) when you need to maximize carry off the tee. BUT. Ballnamic wasn't kidding: Left Dash is extremely flier-prone. XLS is a little better with fliers, but I get better greenside performance (overall) from Left Dash. I tried a sleeve of Tour BX's and... meh. I'm ruined. After I burn through my remaining stash of ProV1s and Maxflis, it's gonna be Left Dashes when I can get them in-stock and XLS when I can't.
  11. GregGarner

    CUT Golf

    I got a demo sleeve of the Cut Blue DC from them and in terms of performance, it was great. Drives were long and straight, irons flew high with an appropriate amount of spin, good distance control. But. (and there's always a but) every full swing with an iron or wedge was taking some cover off. I legit thought I was playing balata or something. Brand new, unused ball. Tee shot to the fairway, then 8i to center of the green. Nice white mark in the middle of my iron. Get up there and marked the ball and there was a full-on scuff on the ball. Next hole, new ball (I won't play a scuffed ball), 6i into a par 3. Middle of the green, mark the putt: scuff mark. Third hole, par 5, new ball. Drive was fine, left rough. punch 9i to layup, full PW into the green. No scuff this time! ...worse than that, it was a full on cut on the ball. That was enough for me. Needing 2 dozen new balls to play one round of golf is out of my budget. ProV1x would be cheaper at that rate...
  12. 18-12 favoring the US yes, I think it will be a drumming...
  13. I was just popping in here to see if Middler had posted his thread or not. There was some excellent dialogue in that one. TL;DR - there's no magic sauce to a fitting, it's just physics and biomechanics. But if you don't know your biomechanical tendencies, it can be really helpful. (I used my putter fitting to know what to look for when I shop based on the ways I tend to move my shoulders/arms/hands during a putt.)
  14. I couldn't get to the 'unlock watch' step. It was stuck on the V3 boot screen. For. ev. er. BUT! I was correct and SS support's response was waiting for me this morning. Here's what they tried and, spoiler, it worked perfectly. To revert the firmware on the watch to the original 'golden firmware' please follow the instructions below: 1. Make sure the watch is turned off. If you cannot turn the watch off normally then please hold the top left button down for 15-20 seconds. 2. With the screen off, hold down the bottom left and right buttons. 3. Whilst still holding down those buttons, press the top left button once and then release. A V3 logo should appear on the screen. If this does not appear then start from the beginning. 4. Continue to hold down these two bottom buttons for 40 seconds. This should reset the firmware. 5. After this is done, connect the watch to the mobile app and update the firmware/go through on boarding. It is very important to do this straight after the reset. If this process does not fully work the first time, please try a few more times. This can sometimes take a few tries.
  15. Interested to see if anyone else has the same issue as me. Finished my round this morning, synced to my phone, and then saw that there was a firmware update. Waited until I got home and then ran the firmware update (took about 10 minutes). However, I got a 'firmware update failed' message and now my watch is totally bricked. I can press/hold to turn off, but as soon as I turn it back on, it's just stuck on the V3 boot screen. Power-cycled it several times and tried plugging in to my laptop as well (just to see if it was a recognized peripheral. Spoiler: it wasn't.) Email send to SS support, expecting an answer back by the time I wake up in the morning
  16. Out of curiosity, did you find the Elixr to be identical to the XV? Or the Vero X1? I'm also intrigued by the X2, but I'm afraid it might be too low-spin for me. The X1 is already borderline... Compression-wise, the X2 should be the same or softer than the XV, which is a pretty firm golf ball, so you should be in the clear on that front.
  17. The only time swing speed is really an issue with ball fitting is one of two scenarios: 1) you're a very high swing speed player and playing a very soft ball. For example, someone swinging 120+ is going to over-compress a Callaway Supersoft (or insert any other number of very low compression balls). Any tour-level ball is going to be fine and not at risk of being over-compressed. 2) Low swing speed players may not get the full benefit from a 4-piece ball off their irons. Balls like the 4-piece Z-Star XV in the MGS ball test last year didn't fare quite as well off the 8i compared to 3-piece balls. But every player is different, so don't dismiss a ball immediately just because it's a 4-piece. Titleist says they fit a good number of lower swing speed amateurs into the ProV1x because it gives them a good spin profile.
  18. GregGarner

    Maxfli Tour

    The course my college team played at had a hole like this. Par 5 with a dogleg and a concrete drainage ditch at about 290 off the tee. I could bounce it into that ditch for an extra 15 yards or so, but one of my teammates could carry his 5-wood about 280, stock, so he would muscle it up and periodically (with surprising regularity!) hit it on the fly and have a flip wedge/pitch into the green. We always knew after a qualifying round whether or not he hit the ditch as he basically never made birdie. 3? Nice tee shot. 5? Missed the ditch this time, huh?
  19. Not to mention equipment. I love when guys get frustrated that they can't check their short shots and they're using 3+ year old wedges...
  20. Hey neighbor! I'm out at Falls quite a bit; sure wish they'd get around to fixing the bunkers, but still a fun track!
  21. Review of the X2 is up on Golf Monthly
  22. I'm excited for this demo program; I imagine it'll be more convenient for some compared to programs like Global Golf's, which I have taken advantage of in the past. As for returns, it's not just used clubs that they will balk at. I bought a TM Spider putter and then changed my mind. Returned it STILL IN THE SHRINK-WRAP and it took 3 employees to inspect it and finally decide they would allow me to return it...
  23. Currently gaming both a 3w and a 5w but VERY different clubs for very different reasons. The 5w hits high, soft, floaty shots that will hold even the firmest greens. The 3w hits bullets meant to chase out as far as possible. My club has some holes that take driver out of your hands, so a 3w that I can reliably chase down the fairway about 90% as far as my driver is a money-maker. But there are also plenty of holes with ~220 yard approaches and I need to be able to throw something way up in the air and have it actually stop where it hits. When I play other courses, however, I'll often swap out one of the woods for a 2i, depending on the course needs. All of that being said? I don't think most amateurs need a 3w at all. It's really not more accurate than your driver, the smaller head is harder to hit, and if you're in a scenario where you need fw wood off the deck, the statistical difference between 3w and 5w favors the loft of the 5w, which will impart less side spin, flying straighter, higher, and stopping quicker on the green. And if you get something with an adjustable hosel, hit it as a 5w and if you just neeeeeeed a few more yards, loft it down to ~4w loft. (For example, my Cobra 5w is 18.5 stock and I usually play it at 17.5 but can go down to 17 if needed. 4w is usually ~16.5...)
  24. On the most recent Hack it Out podcast, Greg Chalmers talked about one time he played The Open and for the final round, it was going to be really windy and he thought he wanted a ball that flew lower. So he went into the pro shop and asked for the lowest-flying ball they had. He didn't test it or anything, just took it straight into play. He shot 87.
  25. GregGarner

    Maxfli Tour

    The Tour X is comparable compression to the XV but the XV is lower-spinning. If judging solely on spin, neither of the Maxfli balls are that similar to the XV, but the regular Tour is reasonably comparable to the standard Z-Star.
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