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  1. Did you know? - The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. So if you need swing help, let us know!
  2. Daily Deal: TaylorMade SLDR Hybrid Flash Sales!! - Ladies Apparel - Used Lefty Hybrids - Mens Shorts, Pants, and Rainwear - Hybrid Floor Samples - Past Deals from this week (if you couldn't pull the trigger, now's your chance!) Click HERE to Shop! Enjoy :-)
  3. Way back in December 2013, just after the odd midwinter release of the Jetspeed but before Christmas, I bought one of these unheralded drivers new on Ebay from a brick and mortar store in Carlsbad for the impossibly low price of $144. This was within two weeks of release and $155 UNDER MSRP. I posted news of my lowball coup on another blog, along with my suspicion that there was either something wrong with the club that the vendor had heard about through his Carlsbad connections or he was simply so jammed with TMag overstock that he was willing to move whatever he could for whatever price he could get. I was laughed off the blog. Many folks, including the blog's owner, told me that ebay prices had no impact on the marketplace and that no one cared about my prognostications. As soon as the snow melted in January, I played the JS and to my delight and surprise I found it was a very nice, forgiving and easy to hit driver. I loved it and its still the second best driver I have tried in 2014. I posted those impressions and still no one cared. I resold it for about the same money I had laid out originally. Three months and the dopiest ad campaign in history later, the product was officially declared dead. Turns out TMag couldn't move the clubs at all and they are being returned for credit in droves. Now I hear rumors that TMag has actually RECALLED them, but I don't think this rumor is true. (Anybody hear anything?) They are evidently being sold in Canadian Costco's for $160 and may soon come to your corner warehouse store. The other thing is, in the past week I've also been getting messages from many people on blogs who are finding my old posts and asking me all about the JetSpeed! WTF? Was I the only one who actually tried them? Nobody cared six months ago. Is the club suddenly getting popular now that you can buy an ARP club still in shrink wrap for under $75? I guess so. Have any of you been tempted to try it now that you can get one free with a deluxe carwash?
  4. The fellows at TaylorMade keepcoming back for more! This time around, they've asked our members to really really Loft Up+. Each of our testers for this round wassent a Media Kit for the 14* SLDR Driver. For this review, I've asked the testers to embrace hittingthe ball high. MGS reviews are about being fair and partial, and expecting a low ball flight is like expecting a steak to taste likelobster. It's not going to happen. Otherwise though, the testers, as always, are free to writewhat they'd like. We'll be looking at driving range performance (i.e. going allout) and on the course performance (real world stuff). BK in TEXAS Unboxing Review Follow Up GolfSpy Dave Unboxing Review Follow Up PlaidJacket Unboxing Review Follow Up SeeRed Unboxing Review Follow Up MmmmmmBuddy Unboxing Review Follow Up SLDR Website
  5. May the force be with you.
  6. Looking for a bag? This one is niiiice.
  7. Many of the bags here are sooooo nice. Here are a couple shots of mine Driver - Adams Super S driver with the stock Matrix S flex shaft Hybrids - 3, 4 TaylorMade RBZ Irons - 5-AW Mizuno JPX-825 Pros Wedges - 54, 58, 62 Maltby Tricept Wedges Putter - TaylorMade Ghost Manta C/S Bag - Mizuno Aerolite Stand Bag Prefered Ball - Bridgestone B330RXS Yellow Shoes - Adidas AdiZero Tour Cart - BagBoy Quad
  8. Costco Canada has Tmag JetSpeed drivers for $159. Not sure what the situation is in the US.
  9. Surprised this hasn't been posted yet, but here's what was in the bag for Martin Kaymer during his win at the US Open. He had two 3-irons, one of them was a little longer and bent to a 2-iron loft. Ball: TaylorMade Lethal Driver: TaylorMade SLDR 460 (Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6 X), 9.5 degrees 3-wood: TaylorMade SLDR, 14 degrees Irons (3): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC; (3-PW): TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Wedges: TaylorMade TP xFT (54, 58 degrees) Putter: Ping Karsten Anser 2
  10. Speed Review TaylorMade SpeedBlade VS. RocketBladez Set Up As most of you know I wasn't always on staff with MyGolfSpy and a year ago today I posted my ‘Member Review Unboxing' of TaylorMade RocketBladez. Well jump ahead a year and one full season with the RocketBladez exclusively in the bag. Over this time I've had the opportunity to learn all of these guys' tricks and capabilities. Are they deep? Yes. Are they consistent? Fairly. Do they want to make me go out and play golf again tomorrow? YES. So seriously what's TM going to be able to do next year? Guess what, its fall of 2013 and TaylorMade have released the next big pocketed thing for 2014; the SpeedBlade. TM's also back with all of last year's marketing mumbo jumbo and it kinda reads pretty much the same… Longer. Higher… Well here read this. So back to the TaylorMade Player Center at University Golf Club I go for a visit with TM fitter Andy Johnson. Oh boy Danny's excited, if I had this much fun over the last season playing RocketBladez what are SpeedBlade's going to do to me? Looks Gone is the chrome & the mustard colored badge and instead TaylorMade has opted for a more neutral gunmetal satin grey and blue branding. TM has managed to reduce the bulk of the iron as well pushing the SpeedBlade much closer to the player's end of game improvement irons. This club will certainly appeal to the high single digit handicaps with its more compact design. Feel/Sound Gone is the horrendous sound in the slotted irons that made me almost jumped out my skin the first time I hit a slotted RocketBlade at a covered range. As a matter of fact I think everyone on the range stopped to look... Anyways I'm sure this is simple a byproduct of changes in design and better technology. Or, is it? Whatever I'm just being facetious; it's gone let's move on. The sound of the SpeedBlades is fairly pleasant in comparison, a lot more muted but still more cast than forged. Feel wise thinner faces, more face flex and the magic pocket goo have reduced any of the harsh cast feel of days gone by. The RocketBlades never really bothered me as you get used to a club over time, but you can instantly tell once we hit warmer temperatures in Vancouver and tour balls come back into play the SpeedBlade will be a far softer feeling iron. Performance OK let's get to it this is a Speed Review. Enough jibba jabba, let's find out if there's any improvements. A month ago before the Player Centre received their SpeedBlade fit cart and the weather was a good 10˚ Celcius warmer (it was like 62 degree F that day for my American friends), I was able to compare the same stock shafts in the RocketBlades and Speedblades. Stock 7 irons Stiff 85g Shafts 90% limited flight balls Distance – SpeedBlades take this one The other numbers here are interesting too. Swing speeds up & ball speed down, but when you combine a lower launch angle and spin rates in the SpeedBlade it results in a flatter more penetrating flight. This was a noticeable improvement and a welcome one. Move on a month later, temperatures have dropped and it's an eerie, foggy, cold Halloween night. Yes Halloween so I'm expecting some ridiculously “Spooky” numbers. Sorry I had to go there… So with the fit cart in I'm now able to match the specs I've been playing for the last year. 7 irons KBS Tour S shafts 90% limited flight balls Now keep in mind it's a cold and foggy night so numbers should be down from last time. Distance – SpeedBlades once again OK so total carry is a saw off, boy those RocketBladez sure ran out. But when it comes to carry distance there's still an improvement. Once again though, the other numbers tell a story. As you can see having a fitted shaft can make a world of difference and these numbers reflect what I've observed with my RocketBladez over the past year. It's exciting to know that with the same custom shafts the SpeedBladez can perform even better. And here are a few other observations of note about SpeedBladez. Distance consistency between shots is closer Dispersion is tighter Flatter but higher ball flight The Wrap SpeedBlades Higher Farther Softer MBP Approves http://taylormadegolf.com/irons/speedblade.html
  11. I went to Golfsmith to use their launch monitor for some numbers on the B330s I'm helping review. So....while I was there I figured I'd check out the SLDR and hit it against my R1. The guy helping me....cannot call him a "fitter"...was real nice but seemed overly interested in keeping the launch angle down....which I thought odd. My R1 numbers look good to my completely untrained eye. It looks like there might be some yards to gain by "lofting up" the SLDR ?? What I did find interesting was that....even set all the way to FADE.....the SLDR went 31 yards further left than the R1.
  12. TaylorMade Performance Lab at Rush Creek Maple Grove, Minnesota Last month, I visited the TaylorMade Performance Lab (TMPL) at the Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. The TMPL at Rush Creek is a fairly new addition to their Golf Academy. Rush Creek is one of the top daily fee courses in the area and provides that “private club for a day” experience. The addition of the TMPL completes the trifecta in the ultimate golf experience: Fantastic golf, exceptional instruction, one of the best fitting centers in the state. For a guy like me, it provides a multitude selfie backdrops. The TMPL at Rush Creek is staffed with an army of one. James Tracy serves in that position as the TMPL Master Fitter. Tracy is employed by TaylorMade Adidas Golf. That's important because his sole focus is on the lab and it's visitors. He doesn't have to field complaints from members, he's not stocking the pro shop, and does not worry about a dead cart battery on the 10th fairway. He's got a Ph. D. in TaylorMade and his only focus is fitting you into their equipment. As Golfspy Ben would say, “That's fresh.” My purpose in visiting the TMPL was focused. I wanted to purchase the SLDR ever since hitting one at Olympia Fields last September. Since I have been playing this game, I have not seen a driver launch that stressed the need to be professionally fit, more than the SLDR. It's a technical head in its design with a low and forward center of gravity. As a result of this CG positioning, the marketing machine in Carlsbad launched a “Loft-Up” campaign. To compensate for the low and forward CG position, TaylorMade believes you'll need to play a driver with more loft than you're used to for ideal launch with maximum distance. Unless you've been living under a divot, this isn't news to you. To demonstrate this, TaylorMade invited several MyGolfSpy members to Carlsbad for a fitting at The Kingdom this January. The guys that made the trip reported their findings to readers. One after another, the message was clear, the SLDR was everything TaylorMade said it was. Long. The difference, this wasn't TaylorMade talking, it was members of a site that look to dismantle media speak & propaganda. As I read about their experience, it seemed as though there wasn't much to dismantle. The SLDR appeared to be perhaps the pinnacle of driver evolution to date. If the Loft-Up event wasn't enough evidence of something different in driver technology, the SLDR came out on top of the MyGolfSpy's Most Wanted Driver of 2014. A site, and it's members, free of sponsorship influence, were compelling. I had to have this driver even if it were half as good as the testing revealed. So I contacted Tracy and said, “I want a SLDR, and need to get fit.” Critics will balk at the idea of a fitting center that only fits for one manufacturer. An assumed bias when you walk in the front door. Having been previously fit at the TMPL at Olympia Fields, I believe the opposite to be true. You're getting a focused, in-depth fitting by an expert that lives and breathes the brand. Of course there is bias. It's a “TaylorMade” facility. However, I would argue that if you're looking to get fit for their equipment, there is not a better place to go for this purpose. Two factors contribute to this conclusion: 1.) The fitter 2.) The technology. I committed the cardinal sin of fitting experiences. I walked into the fitting with a preconceived notions. I wanted to walk away with a SLDR. I already believed it to be the best, and wanted it fine tuned for my flawless, tour-like movement into the ball. I arrived at the TMPL and brought with me the driver I have the most confidence in. It's the most consistent and longest I have owned to date as validated both on course and through a launch monitor. Tracy provided me with a tour of the TMPL facility and explained the MAT-T system, in-depth. The MAT-T utilizes 3-D motion capture through the use of several high speed cameras. The player's image or avatar is digitally rendered onto a computer screen and can be viewed at any angle by the fitter. It's the same technology used in filmmaking and computer design. This combined with TaylorMade's proprietary software provides arguably the best OEM offered fitting technology available. One of my favorite aspects of this system is that your data is forever retained and can be assessed at any TMPL in the future. So as your swing changes through instruction, the fitter can utilize the previous swing for reference. As for me, my hack always looks the same regardless of instruction. I was able to hit my current gamer for reference, and pitted it against the SLDR with varied combinations of loft, face angle, and shafts. In the SLDR 460cc 12 Degree head, I was consistently gaining about ten yards over my current driver. The skeptic in me wondered if that was my subconscious in using the SLDR as opposed to old faithful. Maybe I was just more, “warmed-up” now, and getting an additional ten was not the result of technology at all. That's when Tracy button-hooked me. He said, “Okay, let's try the 430.” The what? Listen here, I am a 12 handicap that plays once a week. Is the Four Thirty the name of the place we could have lunch? Well, that's when the miracle happened. Tracy installed the SLDR 430cc 12 degree onto the Matrix RUL 70 Stiff. With a playing length of 45”, I gripped, took aim, and fell in love. Shot after shot, I averaged 18 yards more than my current driver. But more importantly and surprising to me was the dispersion. I hit this driver into a concentrated circle downrange that was a tighter pattern than every other shot I hit that day. Tracy found the perfect combination of distance and accuracy. I was getting the most out of the swing I am physically able to put on the ball. I was hitting drives averaging in the 280's when typically, they'll find averages in the 260's. In a matter of two hours, he made the most of my ability as a 12. I have to be completely honest, it was difficult to remove the smile from my face. It was the first time in my golf career that I saw distance and dispersion gains that remarkable from a fitting. With an order sheet and an American Express card in hand, I placed an order the following day. The TMPL at Rush Creek provided a fitting experience that, quite honestly, is the most effective I've had to date. This, based purely on the knowledge of the fitter, and results gained from the experience. There are a lot of people critical of TaylorMade and their marketing tactics employed to sell their products. Although a MyGolfSpy Staffer (best looking I might add) TaylorMade did not reach out to me for the purpose of this editorial. I contacted them. They didn't provide me with the promise of a free driver in exchange for an article. I used my own funds to make the purchase of the SLDR. Finally, I didn't have to write this either. I took the time out of my Sunday to report the experience to you the reader, unpaid, unbiased, and unaltered. The fitting and the fitter spoke for themselves with the quantifiable results gained from the experience. This driver, accolades aside, really is a game changer. At 18 gained yards and a ten yard landing pattern, this driver was worth the upgrade for me. The Build TaylorMade SLDR 430 12 Degree (set open to play at 11 degrees) Matrix RUL 70 Stiff Swingweight D2 45" Golf Pride NDMC White/Black built up 1/32 An After Thought As I was finishing up the details of my SLDR order, I naturally walked over to the Tour Preferred irons bag and started hitting 6 irons into the net. Having previously been fit this past September for irons, I had a general idea of the specs I might need for Tour Preferred CB irons. As Tracy was completing my spec sheet and order, we discussed the irons briefly. What I find to be most compelling about the Tour Preferred irons is the slot in their sole. Like previous generations before it, that slot provides a tangible improvement over my previous irons. Specifically, ball contact that is made low and off center on the face. Like most chops, this is my most common miss. The result is a ball flight that flies high, and lands soft. A flight previously atypical for a thinned shot. This combined with the widened sweet spot are again, game changing irons. I might sound like a broken record or a guy that that has played TaylorMade his entire life. I'll be the first to tell you, I haven't. However, it's my opinion they make the best driver and best irons in the game right now and I want them in the bag. Forgive me if I came home and placed an order of Tour Preferred and Tour Issue to supplement the driver... The Second Impulse Build TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons 4-AW .5* Upright 1* weak True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 Standard Length Golf Pride NDMC White/Black built up to 1/32 TMPL Cost Full-Fitting (3 Hours) : $350 Driver, Fairway(s), Hybrid(s), Irons, Wedges, Putter Partial-Fitting (1.5 Hours) : $175 WOODS (Metalwoods) or IRONS (irons, wedge, hybrids) Putter Fitting (1 Hour) : $100 Putter only James Tracy TaylorMade Perfomance Lab Master Fitter 763-255-2505 james.tracy@tmag.com
  13. Prices include shipping and tracking USPS Priority! Shoot me some offers and we can work out a deal. Not really that interested in trades. I have basically new Taylormade SLDR 430 10.5* TP with an upgraded Matrix 7M3 X flex shaft and new Golf Pride Tour Velvet Corded grip with 4 wraps of tape. I literally just took the plastic wrap and hit 10 times so there is ZERO signs of wear. I have the Brand New headcover as well. I got the club straight from taylormade last week. Standard TM driver length. This club is a BEAST and you need to be a man to hit it. I can sell the head only or shaft only or together. Costs $499 retail in stores and online stores. Together $ 420 obo Head only $ 280 obo Shaft only $140 (retail $320 without tip) obo I have a BRAND NEW R1 TP RIP Phenom 60 Stiff shaft that plays 45" in a R1 or SLDR head. Awesome performing shaft. Has the R1 2* TP Tip on it in NEW condition (came in a R1V2 head) TP RIP PHENOM - $65 obo Next up my current gamer- PING G20 9.5* with matching headcover - in great shape. The easiest, most forgiving driver I have ever hit. Recently tried it up agaist the NIKE Covert Tour 2.0 with Speeder shaft and SLDR and it outperformed both. Nice penetrating flight and feels awesome. Has the PING Tour X flex shaft in it. Topline is perfect, crown perfect minus a single surface scrape (see pics), face has very little wear, and bottom also has little wear. Ferrule has a tiny bit of separation that has no effect on club, just want full disclosure. Has a patriot golf pride grip in great shape. $ 140 shipped obo Selling the ultimate HOLY GRAIL 3 wood. The legendary Tour Edge CB2 with the Graphite Design X Quad Extra stiff shaft in it. Standard length and in overall solid shape. Some crown wear as you can see from the pictures and just brush marks on the bottom. Face is in good shape. Comes with matching head cover. $80 Shipped OBO Last up is a sweet COBRA Trusty Rusty Black finish 51* wedge. Awesome performance and versitle with the sole grind. Great and feel and great spin. Only played a few rounds with it and ZERO range time so grooves are like new, and NO dings. Just a touch finish wear and rust coming in. Grip and shaft (Black DG S200) are basically new. I also have the 55* and 61* which I love but i'm going to add a hybrid or 3 iron so getting rid of a wedge. $45 shipped OBO
  14. Big news for TaylorMade and their Project [a] launch along with their push to be a serious player in the golf ball market: Based on last night's equipment counts, for the first time EVER, Titleist is not the #1 ball in play by amateurs. Amateurs is the reason why I put that '*' up there in the headline. As you might expect, Titleist remains the #1 ball (and likely by plenty) in use by the actual professionals on the course, but being able to claim #1 at anything, especially when what you're trying to push is a better ball for amateur players is actually something...maybe not a huge something, but something. You think we'll see any commercials this weekend? Here are the quick stats: Project (a), played by 53% (83 of 156) of the amateur field. Overall, nearly 60% (93/156) of the amateur field played a TaylorMade ball By comparison, last year TaylorMade's golf balls were played by only 20 amateurs. Also...TaylorMade is giving away 10,000 sleeves of the new Project [a] ball. Click here if YOU WANT.
  15. Sweet driver, no adjustability. Just the way I like it.
  16. For all the R1 Lovers!
  17. A rocket as a fairway wood? Yes, please!
  18. *Updated with new pics at bottom Well MBP was on the scene and of course taking many a photo of our adventure. I've gone through and picked out some outtakes from our experience that won't be found in any official write ups. I'm sure the group will have many a story to tell too in here. So without further ado... Found these bums loitering on the putting green upon arrival. L-R Dru, Bones, Mr. Theoo, WDGolf The Kingdom recognizes talent when it's in the building. Champions wall. Ya what it says. It's the room where they put their balls on ya. Hckymeyer, agent represents son! Major bags. Major douchebags. L-R JBones, HckyMeyer, WalkerJames, HIghfade, Mr. THeoo Putting room! Putting room! This is not the closest anyone got to Camilo this week. That's Tmag Scott, he smiled a lot. MGS represent again on the Kingdom's range! The only recognition HighFade got all week... At one point I'd forgotten he was there. Dru. He's good people. Little Theoo signage action. WalkerJames got some forward shaft lean. Teeheehee Tweakin JBones before his next moon shot. 308 up and 308 yards out. No joke it's a freak show. Hckymeyer TV celebrity. Lunch at the crossing. L-R WDGolf, HighFade, JBones, MR. Theoo Driving to LoftUP+ event at Torrey. LoftUP media frenzy. The Japanese media wanted him to lick em.... Seriously. I don't know why... SMH Little inside TM HQ action. Spy pic. The one time Mr. Theoo marked his ball he wanted a pic. L-R Mark (really smart guy from TMag) WalkerJames, HighFade and HckyMeyer More Mark cause he has game. Highfade kept asking for photos from behind for some reason... WalkerJames rolling one i... oh he burned the edge. Bones was a little long. Bonesy likey. Bones was not impressed with the paparazzi ... Not sure why. Oh yes, he was a little long again that's right. Then he a practically jars it. At Torrey Pines I'm always number 1. Last day lunch. L-R Mr. Theoo, WalkerJames, HighFade, HP Guys, Dru, WDGolf, Tmag Tony, HckyMeyer AND EVEN MORE PICS! With Dru! Dru asking the important questions. Theoo, Dru and HckyMeyer Dru putting in the slick green outfit. Found in our schwag bag for use at company store. Pics of the resort. Theoo gettin fit. LoftUP+ Media Event. Tmag lobby.
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