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  1. Isn’t the driver height difference wild?! TBH, I’m blown away by it. I honestly thought it was a marketing ploy with some slight difference, but that is absolutely not the case with the 348 & 388. Really enjoying this test/review and it has really helped me change my thought process on what golf ball works for me.
  2. A bit late, but my round from yesterday at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club … Gross: 94 Course Hdcp: 18 Net: 76 Score to Par: (70) +6 Net Birdies: 6 Did not record longest drive for this round
  3. It was 187 to the pin with a 2 club wind directly into one’s face.
  4. Was able to get out today and squeeze in somewhat of a quick 9 with the 388 and I’ve gotta say, I reeeally like this ball. It was incredibly blustery today out at the Muni and I def felt like the ball behaved really well in the wind. My game has been confident as of late, but at the same time, my comfort level with the 388 is high as well. 2 holes that stand out to me were both of the par 3s, with both into a strong two club wind. The first one involved the 4h, which for me, generally flies rather high and is prone to ballooning at times … not so here. Pulled it slightly left, but was left impressed with the ball flight. The second par 3 required the 3h, and I did have the benefit of playing from a slightly elevated tee, so it was a 3qtr punch and follow thru and the ball flight was phenomenal. Low and piercing, onto the the middle of the green and rolled off the back edge. Wanted to get another 9 in for my game was feeling it today … but alas, had to get home to wrap up work items.
  5. This is really good stuff! Well done. For me, the biggest difference has been ball flight/height off the tee with a driver and greenside behavior/performance.
  6. Great stuff this week, y’all! I’ve gotta say, this has been motivating for me … my handicap has dropped to 15.7 now.
  7. Made it out to the Muni yesterday and spent a good hour at their short game area. The Muni really has a fantastic short game area with 3 separate greens to hit into with different lies, mounds, and bunkers to hit from ... along with slopes, back-stops and pin placements to attack. For this part of my review, I was surprised by how much I could see/tell/feel the difference between the 348 & 388 prototypes in and around the short game area. I'm sure some of you may be rolling your eyes and thinking no way, but if you're a feel player and were to focus on hitting 3 consecutive balls of one type with a wedge, then switch to the other, it really is noticeable. From the tee during yesterday's round, I could absolutely see the difference in ball flight ... distance, I'd say the 348 might've been further, but it something I'm going to test against a launch monitor. But I'm already beginning to believe the real difference between the 348 & 388 is greenside performance and preference. To me, the 348 absolutely felt firmer off the club face when chipping around the green and I wouldn't say the ball was hot ... but it certainly felt as though the ball was jumping off the face faster. Even with the 59* wedge at 5* of bounce, when I opened up the face for flop shots, I genuinely felt that the 348s had a higher apex than the 388s. To me, it really was that discernible. With the ball more towards the front part of my stance for chips and run outs, the 348s def had a bit more rollout to them than the 388s. Was one better than the other, not at all ... but it would certainly help to know and understand how one's ball rolls out on the green. With the 348s, I found myself having to land the ball a bit further from the hole to compensate for its rollout, whereas the 388s were a bit more familiar to me and I was able to get the ball closer to the hole.
  8. My goal at the moment is to consistently get more scores in the 80s and to simply just avoid big numbers that blow up my round. At the end of the day, I’d reeeally like to get it back down to 12 by year end and back into single digits again at some point next year.
  9. Thankful I was able to get an early morning 18 in today ... played the 348 proto on the front 9 and the 388 proto throughout the back 9. My main focus during today's round was my tee game and how the golf balls performed from a distance and flight perspective. It is my guess, and from that of others, that the red numbered 348 proto is the ProV1x ... for it did fly noticeably higher than the Maxfli Tours, which I used just a day prior. Even my playing partner noticed the difference in ball flight from one day into the next. My tee shot of the day with the 348's would be on hole #2 where I hit a drive into a slight headwind, along with a somewhat soggy fairway and little roll out, for 261 yards. The ball had a towering and penetrating flight that just felt like it went on forever and was easily my prettiest drive of the day. I will add that the 348s certainly felt a bit more firmer than that of the Maxlfi Tours from yesterday, and it was especially noticeable when putting. To me, there was a more audible and tactile click once the ball met the face of the putter, and for me, that's a negative. My putting preference is a bit of a softer/quieter feel off the putter's face ... not mushy and soft, but just a soft click as opposed to the firmer clack with the 348s while putting. The back 9 saw the 388 protos come into the play, and for me, there was slightly a bit more familiarity with the lower ball flight and softer sound/feel off the putter's face that I've come to know with the ProV1s. My drive of the day came off #13 with a 269 yard drive, that to my eyes, was just right ... not too high and wasn't too much of a piercing flight. My scoring on the back 9 was much better, coming in with a 40 ... compared to that of my 47 out for the front 9. Goes without saying that both the 348 & 388 were incredibly durable, with no lost balls (thankfully) during today's round. The way I strike the ball with my wedges tends to leave slight scuff marks ... I went through 3 Maxflis yesterday for the cover would cut or pinch in ... not too much of an issue with either of the prototypes. More to come ...
  10. The greens are slowly growing into their own and holding approach shots better after the renovation 2+ years ago. But yes, they are insanely tricky and one does not want to be long/over any of the greens … for they mostly slope from back to front and they’re quick.
  11. Was able to get out for 18 today, but I was coming into the course hot and wasn’t able to get any range time in … so straight to the first tee it was. Opted to pass on testing either of the balls on the front … partly a good decision, for I lost two balls on the 2nd hole. Gave it consideration on the back 9, but didn’t … and wish I had. Played a really good back 9 and was really hitting the ball great from tee to green. They’ll get a significant short game testing tmrw and hopefully a sim data session on Thursday evening.
  12. The Muni of Charleston Gross: 88 Course Hdcp of 17 Net: 71 for a -1 for 18 Net Birdies: 7 Longest Drive: 276 Every facet of my game is slooowly coming together as of late. But frustrated for I came into the course hot and ran to the first tee … ended up having 4 three putts, with two of them costing me pars. Feel like it’s been forever to have a 50% GIR and hoping this round pushes my hdcp down to 15.
  13. I’ll be out on the course for 9 early tmrw morning and hopefully 18 depending on pace of play. The first 9 will be the ProV1x and if I have time for the back 9, I’ll play the ProV1.
  14. Bummer, man … even if their profiles are slightly similar to that of previous clubs, new irons do take a bit of an adjustment to get used to.
  15. Yessir … they’re very smooth indeed. Didn’t mention this before, but since my initial post, I did send my irons back to Sub70 and had them switch out the Tour Lites from S to X … and love em even more. Once I found a groove and confidence with new irons over time, I did find the S just a hair too light. Spoke w/ Sub70 and they suggested the X flex at 110g, just 5g heavier. Was nervous to move up to an X flex shaft, but they assured me it’s still the same blend and profile, just a tinge stiffer and heavier.
  16. Annnnnd … to the victor belong the spoils???
  17. Fellow Testers … if price was never of a concern, which golf ball would be in play for you year-round? Not to be a homer due to the company being tested, but for me it would be the ProV1s … with the Chrome Soft LS being a surprisingly close 2nd at the moment. There may or may not be a Garmin Approach R10 in mail soon, but I’ll be very curious to see how the new Titleists compare to the CS LS with the driver off the tee.
  18. Ha! I witnessed my former mentor and head pro, Mike Durst, get an ace at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee. I just remember it being such a surreal moment to see it in person … and it was his first as well. That’s the first and only time I’ve seen an ace thus far. First time post on this thread, and I like the term ‘graduated from this thread’ … but get this, my ace at Toddy Brook during the summer of ‘21, I DID NOT see it drop into the hole! I have no idea if the ball screamed into the hole, died into the hole, 360 wrapped itself into the hole, hit the flag stick mid bounce and into the hole, rode a high bank and broke into the hole, or if some fox squirrel inadvertently kicked it into the hole.
  19. Well, you see, he was nice enough to think that all of us MGS Forum members are in that teeny-tiny percentile of golfers with 5 hdcps or less … NOOOT!!! And are they on the way out???! If so, that’s great news!
  20. What’s going on fellow Spies?! Excited to be given this opportunity to test out Titleist’s newest and latest iteration of their ProV1 golf balls … and of course, a huge thank you to Jamie @GolfSpy_APH for selecting me to be a part of this test/review. A quick background on me; I’ve been in the finance industry for the past 17 years, and really in the last 4 years, has the work/life balance aspect of my job been a blessing to our family. It has allowed me to squeeze in more practice sessions at the range and on the course … all while finding myself obsessing over data, reviews, articles, lessons, pointers, launch monitors, golf equipment … and all in an obsessive attempt to get better. Prior to working in finance, I was in the golf industry for quite some time just after college. Took the PAT and went thru the PGM program for a short window, before deciding I was getting burned out and was ready for a career change. With that said, there was a time in my life where I was significantly better than where I am today, LOL … and I’ll constantly get complimented on my swing from new playing partners or as the ringer in the group, only to see the shock on their faces when I have a bad hole. Hahaha One of these days I’ll be able to attend a Regional MGS meet-up and some of you will see what I’m talking about. Biggest strength in my game is wedge, short game and putting … I’m very much a feel player, especially when I’m on or around the green and like to play a ball that feels predictable to me. And while it hasn’t been as of late, it is my tee/driver game that is generally my weakest. And as for the golf ball I generally play the most, is the Vice Pro … did buy 2 dzn Callaway Chrome Soft LS recently and have found myself liking them quite a bit. Did go thru 2 dzn of TP5s earlier in the summer and found them to have too much spin to my liking. I’d say my somewhat of a high ball hitter with some of a slight fade to straight shot with all my clubs. Ranking in order of what I’m looking for in a golf ball … 1. Feel (have noticed I tend to favor golf balls in the 88 to 100 compression range) 2. Ability to behave well in the wind 3. Distance 4. Greenside spin 5. Value/cost
  21. Played in our first 11v11 ️ game of the season with no subs (full 90 mins) this past Wednesday night and my goodness did my body take a beating … woke up this morning to still a rather sore lower body. Managed a 43 out to a 49 in, 92 … while going +11 over the final 6 holes. Haven’t posted in some time for my on course game (and confidence) has been in a rut. Both Father Time and just mental brain farts got to me over the final few holes. Still happy nonetheless with an 88 and 92 over my past two rounds.
  22. Had a chance to play Dye’s River Course in Blacksburg and what a beautiful course it is. Cannot recommend it enough. Had a wide range of tee box options to play from, with tee shots into the fairways that are I feel are fair to all skill levels … but from 150yds and in, you have to be skilled. It certainly sucks to have four 3-putts during the round , but I absolutely would play it again.
  23. What’s going on fellow Spies?! Excited to be given this opportunity to test out Titleist’s newest and latest iteration of their ProV1 golf balls … and of course, a huge thank you to Jamie @GolfSpy_APH for selecting me to be a part of this test/review. A quick background on me; I’ve been in the finance industry for the past 17 years, and really in the last 4 years, has the work/life balance aspect of my job been a blessing to our family. It has allowed me to squeeze in more practice sessions at the range and on the course … all while finding myself obsessing over data, reviews, articles, lessons, pointers, launch monitors, golf equipment … and all in an obsessive attempt to get better. Prior to working in finance, I was in the golf industry for quite some time just after college. Took the PAT and went thru the PGM program for a short window, before deciding I was getting burned out and was ready for a career change. With that said, there was a time in my life where I was significantly better than where I am today, LOL … and I’ll constantly get complimented on my swing from new playing partners or as the ringer in the group, only to see the shock on their faces when I have a bad hole. Hahaha One of these days I’ll be able to attend a Regional MGS meet-up and some of you will see what I’m talking about. Biggest strength in my game is wedge, short game and putting … I’m very much a feel player, especially when I’m on or around the green and like to play a ball that feels predictable to me. And while it hasn’t been as of late, it is my tee/driver game that is generally my weakest. And as for the golf ball I generally play the most, is the Vice Pro … did buy 2 dzn Callaway Chrome Soft LS recently and have found myself liking them quite a bit. Did go thru 2 dzn of TP5s earlier in the summer and found them to have too much spin to my liking. I’d say my somewhat of a high ball hitter with some of a slight fade to straight shot with all my clubs. Ranking in order of what I’m looking for in a golf ball … 1. Feel (have noticed I tend to favor golf balls in the 88 to 100 compression range) 2. Ability to behave well in the wind 3. Distance 4. Greenside spin 5. Value/cost
  24. Had a chance to check a stadium/campus visit off my list with a trip to Lane Stadium at VT … seeing ‘Enter the Sandman’ in person was worth it. Albeit both Miami and VT are categorically awful at football this year and the game reflected that … but a great trip nonetheless. Plus, the local VT fans were all very hospitable. Welcoming us to VT, if I was enjoying my visit and if any VT fans had given me a hard time. Classy group of fans.
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