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  1. A disclaimer - I love a good gilet. Most of the time I wear a base layer, some mid-warm stuff + a gilet. It keeps you warm, it's a great top layer, it restricts movement less than a jacket, and you can still put your waterproofs over it. November - March I tend to wear them 9/10 times while playing so I thought I'll share my thoughts as to what and why. I've had quite a few from Nike, through UA to Ralph Lauren and Boss. First one I was using A LOT was a Galvin Green Insula. It was basically a comfortable fleece. But it was getting soaked within seconds when it was even a little drizzly so I thought 'Hey, I'll upgrade". So last year after again one too many beers I've bought more golf clothes. One of the items was Oscar Jacobson Caleb Vest RRP £110, but can be bought for £65 online in the UK. It's a great. Padded, windproof, water-repellant gilet. Now that the Interface-1 Galvin Green stuff came out, I thought I'll compare the 2. As their top-of-the range product it retails at £189.95. First thought - pockets. I got a little used to no pockets last year while wearing their Bruce jacket. The Logan has 1 chest pocket. It's good enough to keep a scorecard, pencil and a packet of cigarettes for me. So it kind of works. It's true to it's size guide - which is really good as I buy most stuff online and hate dealing with returns. It's a little ticker than the OJ but doesn't add any weight or bulk. Which I like. And it wicks the sweat away great. The top of the gilet makes a difference. GGs collar when zipped up is more comfortable to wear. And when carrying your bag, the strap doesn't slide down your shoulder. Which for me makes it alone worth the money, as the 'sliding shoulder' even when carrying the bag down the street annoys me to no end. https://www.instagram.com/p/Beux8CThCLr Bottom line - they're both warm and comfortable. I like the style of GG a little more with the multi-material combos. GG is better in a few places I mentioned, the OJ zip also catches the fabric underneath A LOT. For me the price difference is justifiable as I will use it a lot. If you're an avid golfer I can recommend it without a doubt. 5/5 from me.
  2. OFFICIAL PING i200 IRON REVIEW Shankster - Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 Dang3rtown - Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 Mdumble21 - Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 Opsimpson - Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 Golfspy Bones - Stage 1 - Stage 2 - Stage 3 Visit Pings website HERE Visit Pings Facebook HERE Visit Pings Twitter HERE Visit Pings Instagram HERE
  3. OFFICIAL DST COMPRESSOR REVIEW Could this be the best training aid ever? Follow along with our members reviews to get the answer. 03trdblack Stage One Stage Two Stage Three MGoBlue100 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Golfer Ken Stage One Stage Two Stage Three THEDOUGIEDOUG Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Let us know what you think! Visit DST Golfs website HERE Like DST Golf on Facebook HERE Follow DST Golf on Twitter HERE
  4. OFFICIAL VICE PRO SOFT REVIEW 85-95 MPH SS Fozcycle justsay937 Kkaw1988 thegolfgal Manjagolf cjwiegmann 95-105 MPH SS golferKen Bigtazz Golf Tsauer Golfbymagic
  5. OFFICIAL FORUM MEMBER REVIEW - KBS $ TAPER SHAFTS Here's our lineup of testers... Hackabilly Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 BigHappyVA Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Kegger Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 VolGolfer Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
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  7. Welcome to my first ever review thread. I apologize for it being it light on pictures, but I hope the content will inspire, educate, inform, and make you think a little bit. The real reason there aren't many picture is because I have no internet at my house and I'm posting this by staying late at work, perhaps pictures may follow when I get a chance. Me, The Golfer Male, Age 28, 5'11", a few extra pounds as my OK Cupid profile would say. I played golf in high school as was one of the better players in Central New York. Two time first team, one time second team all-league. Attempted to walk-on at D3 Oswego State, missed cut because my game left me and my brain was too weak to handle the pressure. Currently play once a week, practice a bit, won a club championship. Handicap back under single digits, but still a ways to go before I get back to where I was in High School, but I hope to get back to sub 5. Why Single Length? To me, I've always enjoyed hitting long irons, but like most I lacked the consistency to continually bag them. I attempted to go the hybrid route with my last iron set and found success, but they never really were my cup of tea. Too far going left on mishits (a common refrain). The single length set allowed me to add back my longer irons, while keeping consistency through the rest of the set. Plus, as someone who really embracing science the physics behind the idea made sense to me and gave me something I wanted to try. Lastly, I had never bought a set of major OEM irons, and when I heard Cobra was coming with this, I knew this was my chance. Trusting The Process First, I must state that without my working at Dick's Sporting Goods, this likely wasn't going to happen. When we got the demos of the F7 line, I was in there whenever I had a spare moment hitting the One Lenghts, getting comfortable with the idea of them. I took to the shorter irons and wedges very quickly, but the long irons were a touch tougher. Also, through working in the industry you are sometimes given the advantage to buy products at factory director pricing, and that was what happened here with Cobra. As a poor law school graduate it's a great way to get good stuff on the cheap. After hitting the irons for nearly 3 months I was ready to go forward. Self Taught Fitting Again, the advantage for working for a big box store, you learn how to do standard fittings. That was all I needed for this I was coming from a set of Nickent 6DX combos, not a bad set of irons, but I bought them off the rack after my original purchase fell through due to lack of stock. First, the irons needed to be +1 upright. Second was finding the right shaft. I had thought between the KBS Tours and the TT XP line. I wanted a good feeling shaft and the numbers on both these were close. However, the launch angle of the KBS Tour R+ combined with the slightly higher weight led to that being the choice. The other issue was at the high end of the bag on gapping. The 5 in the set is 23*, the 6 is 26*. With the steel shafts there were carrying too close and finishing too close to validate having them both. So, I did as any mad scientist would. I bent the 5 iron one degree strong, and put a graphite shaft in it to get more speed. It's more my 4.5 iron, but it works. Top it off with the sweet Ace Crossline Blue grips and we had a winner. Playing Under Pressure So, now to the meat of the issue, how did these bad boys perform? The answer would be like I expected. Now, I know no club is a cure all for any swing flaw or lack of practice, but there is little doubt that these clubs have aided my game. I've played 6 tournament rounds this season, my average score has been just over 79 and that's with minimum practice time and really only playing like once a week. The consistency of having to swing only one swing is something that I think would benefit most golfers. My weird 4.5 iron has been a great club for me off the tee. I use it on long par 3's and to lay up on short par fours and I get around 185-200 out of it, exactly the numbers I'm looking for. I will say though, it hasn't been great as a non driving iron. Luckily I don't have shots that I need to cover that distance at most courses because I'm long enough off the tee, but that's one of the few weaknesses. The biggest surprise has been my wedge play. Full swing wedges are an absolute joy to play. It's almost like point and click with these things. That was the part of this I was not expecting. I've been able to open them up and play lengthy flop shots, hit good half and three quarter pitches, and full swings are fantastic as well. It has been such a revelation that I am removing my standard length 60* wedge this upcoming season for a One length wedge. Chipping with them is no problem and controlling ball flight is the same. The other irons all perform as well, but as they are close enough to their regular lengths with only slight variation, I was expecting that to be honest. Across the board I would say that I'm around maybe a quarter to a half club longer through the bag, perhaps from achieving more optimum flight and better spin rates, or just because of my swing being more consistent. I've always been a good short iron player, but adding that consistency to my wedge game and seeing some better results from the long irons has really improved my game to the point where I've knocked two shotts off my handicap with limited play and practice this year. As time goes on I'm certain that I will be getting even better results as I continue to play and get more accustomed to these clubs. Final Thoughts In the end, I believe that the single length iron trend is more than a gimmick. Yes, I understand that they will not be for everyone, but what set of clubs is? I would say for someone looking for... say it with me... more consistency in your swing, they are a great choice, but you need to commit to the idea. This is not the way golf clubs were designed before and they are a fundamental shift, but if you can get on board and get comfortable with them, they can been an absolute boon to your game.
  8. Dave's Take: Cigar Product Review Compendium Follow the links below to the various cigar accessories that I have reviewed. Feel free to ask any questions about the products in this thread, or in the original product threads. Xikar VX-2 V-Cut Cutter Xikar Tactical Triple Torch Lighter Xikar XFlame Electronic Cigar Lighter Palio Triple Torch Lighter and Cutter Xikar HP4 Quad Jet Lighter Xikar Turrin Single Torch Lighter Xikar XO Double Guillotine Cutter Xikar Travel Humidor Xikar 19th Hole Gift Set The Cigar Minder Clip Bettinardi Milled Cigar Tray Mantello Catador Torch Lighter Alaska Bear Antique Copper Cigar Cutter Stay tuned for more great cigar products, and if you find something worthy of taking a look at, shoot me a PM. -Dave
  9. Hi all, Question on anyone's experience with Edel Torque Balance putters. With some history... Putting has been an issue for me over the last few seasons, I keep stats, and lose about 2.5 stokes gained on the green. Putting lessons and putters have been common, along with a decent amount of drills and practice. It's made a big difference, but I still have frustrating days!! While clutching at straws on you tube, I saw an edel putter fitting that looked comprehensive and well thought through. So after a lot more research I gave it a go. Fitting done, counter banance on grip, 21g heel weight. Single white dot alignment, E-3 arrived. So far so good, but a test I always do on new putters, 1. Check the grip is fitted straight (OEMs miss this so often!!) 2. Find the sweet spot - age old method of tapping the putter head with a pencil to find the location which doesn't twist. Then confirming with some actual putts with some video. What I found was a sweetspot about 12mm heel side of the alignment aid and centre of head. While this isn't really a surprise, given the toe milling and weight in the heel, I was a bit disappointed that this wasn't allowed for in the design. It's the only putter of this style I've tested, so I'm not sure if it's common in other stroke balance/Torque balanced designs? I contacted Edel, but had no reply. I've since removed the heel weight to try and move the CoG back and it's been pretty successful. It's made the putter more forgiving on toe misses ( which were very common with such a heel biased CoG). Has anybody else had issues like this? Particularly with other brands of toe up? Any ideas if the counter Balance in the grip may also effect the sweetspot (given its a dynamic system I'm sure the centre of percussion is somehow effected!?) Any thought on other solutions to move the CoG back to centre?
  10. Got custom fit for these wedges at my local club champion and I love them best wedges I ever played easy to create spin and love the soft feeling of them best wedge out there in my opinion
  11. OFFICIAL COBRA KING F6 TECFLO IRON REVIEW These snakes won't bite.........lets put some venom back in your iron game.......your ball won't slither into the woods with these irons. Enough snake puns? Ok, lets get to the review. Fozcycle Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Joey East Coast Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Ashton Plumley Stage One Stage Two Stage Three dnj7911 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Let us know what you think! Visit Cobras website HERE Like Cobra on Facebook HERE Follow Cobra on Twitter HERE
  12. OFFICIAL BEN HOGAN GOLF PTx IRON REVIEW It's been a busy year for the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, and the centerpiece of their 2016 lineup is the new PTx Iron. Hogan touts these as a "player's game improvement iron," with the philosophy that a game improvement irons should, in fact, help you improve your game and not just forgive you swing sins. Our team of testers is hard at work testing these babies out, and are tasked with finding out if the performance matches the hype. Go get 'em, men! hckymeyer Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Mr_Theoo Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Undershooter30 Stage One Stage Two Stage Three EthanSterlingPrice Stage One Stage Two Stage Three numberonecoog Stage One Stage Two Stage Three 3puttpaul Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Let us know what you think! Visit Ben Hogan Golfs website HERE Like Ben Hogan Golf on Facebook HERE Follow Ben Hogan Golf on Twitter HERE
  13. Hello Everyone, I know this product has been in market for a while now, but it is new to me (and maybe to you) so I thought I would give you a quick run down of my experience so far. A bit about me. I have a love hate relationship with putting as I am sure many of you do. I love to spend time rolling putts on the practice green and carpet putt at home using a swing analyzer with a mirror as well. But all the practice doesn't seem to translate into the results I am looking for on the course. So, every time I get in a bit of a slump, I never fire the putter, but I fire the grip. I have used Superstroke 1.0, 2.0, Flatso 1.0, Flatso 2.0, and even the square grip. So this time, I decided to fire Superstroke all together and look for something new. That brought me to the Golf Pride Tour SNSR. I won't go through the specs etc but you can check out some member reviews here. I landed on the Tour SNSR Straight 104cc for my Metal-X Milled 1. The 104cc felt a little bigger than a Superstroke 1.0 and not quite as big as a 2.0 but with the same non tapered design. What I liked about it: Weight: it's 90g which is about the same weight as many of the Superstroke Countercore grips as I like a putter with a bit of heft to it. Feel: It has a soft, tacky texture which along with the shape just feels right. Here's what I loved about it though: The FEEDBACK: After using this grip, I started to wonder what the point of having a great milled putter designed to give feedback and feel if I am going to install a grip that all but mutes it at impact? The feel with this grip is fantastic. I really know when I have struck the ball well and when I haven't The results: I played two rounds with this grip and averaged two putts less than with my last grip which was the Flatso 2.0 countercore. One round I made a few clutch putts to save par and make birdie. The other, I went through a 6 hole stretch where my first putt misses were all lip-outs. The only thing I wish Golfpride would look into is the colour options. They all include neon green in the butt end and in the graphics and I am not a huge fan of the primary blue and red either. I would love a boring black and white option. But if this is the only fault I can find, I think I have found my grip...for now If you are looking to make a change in your putting set-up, give the Tour SNSR a look.
  14. DST GOLF REVIEW AND 5 QUESTIONS The DST is the latest in a long line of training clubs on the market today, its focus is to get the player into what they feel is the ideal impact position. I know you've heard this story before, so I went right to the source; DST’s Founder & CEO, Bertie Cordle to hear it from the man himself why the Compressor is such a great product. The feedback I got from Bertie really shows the passion and enthusiasm of a man who truly believes in what he's doing. As well as our 5 Questions segment I spent many months using the DST Compressor myself and you’ll find my thoughts on it as well at the end of all this. 5 QUESTIONS Where did the idea for the DST Compressor Wedge come from? I suppose the idea was developed as a result of my lifelong love affair with golf and an enquiring mind. I used to play professional golf until I suffered an illness which forced me to give up my playing career. I undertook what ended up being a three year study into the bio-mechanics of ball striking and began researching the best ball strikers in history. I became fascinated with what they were doing differently to hit the ball so solidly the whole time. I studied four people – Moe Norman, a Canadian guy who was not very well known who sadly developed autistic like behaviour after being struck by a car aged 5. He was golf’s “Rainman”, groups of tour pro’s used to stop their own practice routines just to watch “Pipeline Moe” hit balls, he was so accurate he had 17 holes-in-one and shot 59 three times in his career. Lee Trevino was another, he’s considered to be one of the best ball strikers of the modern era while Ben Hogan and George Knudson completed the group. I read all their books and analysed their swings which were all different, but the common denominator was their impact positions! I then studied, The Golfing Machine by Homer Kelley, which was published in 1969. It was pretty heavy going but, reading between the lines of what he did and didn’t say, there were two profound points. One was that, "the secret of golf is sustaining the line of compression". So I thought I’d better understand what that was and use it as a starting point. The second thing was that, "in a swinging motion, your lead shoulder is the centre of the club head arc". If these two things are fundamental to the golf swing, I recognised that I needed to work backwards from what’s critical. I worked out that the over-riding goal in the swing is to control the club face until after the ball has been struck. If you can do that, you can hit the ball consistently well. On the basis of that information, I felt that if I could create a golf club that could physically force players to control of the club face until after impact then their entire game would improve. Then I saw a picture of Ben Hogan in his book, Five Lessons the modern fundamentals of golf. The front page illustration was drawn by a man called Anthony Ravielli showing Hogan at impact and in order to demonstrate that the shaft was moving quickly Ravielli drew the shaft multiple times. Importantly his hands were leading the club face through the ball at impact. I was staring at this image one day and wondered what would happen if the grip stayed where it was and I connected it to where the last club head was…….. the shaft would be curved!!! That was the lightbulb moment. I thought if I could prove that a shaft develops this curvature when it’s under its maximum load during impact and I can make a club that replicates that shape, then I’ve cracked it. Furthermore, my research shows that if a golfer starts from a position that closely resembles the optimal impact position, it reduces the number of complicated movements that the player has to undertake in the golf swing and also they can develop muscle memory to return to the same hand position through impact. This is what the best ball strikers in history did and continue to do. To quote Jack Nicklaus, Golf My Way “Remember that in your address position you are attempting to mirror your impact position." I proved that a golf shaft does develop this curvature when under its maximum load during impact by capturing footage on a Phantom Camera which takes 10,000 frames per second. I then developed a machine which produces curved golf shafts. It took seven prototypes but the machine was finished last summer and the DST Compressor was born. The curved shaft when coupled with the Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM) which is a line that runs at an angle down the front of the hosel forces a player to Locate Train and Perfect the optimal impact position and control the club face until after the ball has been struck. The concept works at address by aligning the HPAM with the leading groove on the club face, which are both painted white, this pushes your hands into a more forward position. where your lead arm and the club shaft are aligned with the lead shoulder. You start from this position and re-obtain it when you hit the ball – it’s that easy. It reflects the findings of how a large percentage of the best ball strikers in history became so consistent. What makes the DST unique as a training aid? How is it different from the Tour Striker, for example? The DST Compressor is unique because the scientifically curved shaft is designed to keep the club swinging on the inclined plane up to and through impact. The shaft is curved to replicate what happens to a regular straight steel shaft under maximum load at impact. The curved shaft will allow the player to better lean the shaft forward and keep their arms swinging left and on plane through impact. By doing so, the player will be squaring the club face up with their body and arm turn and not by using their hands; using your hands can lead to inconsistent strikes and a wide variety of shots. By squaring the club face up with a body/arm turn, the player will consistently hit straighter shots and have a much tighter dispersion pattern. The DST Compressor is different from the Tour Striker because the DST Compressor club not only helps a player with leaning the shaft forward at impact (like the Tour Striker), but it also helps a player learn how to properly pivot with their arms and body through impact. The Tour Striker does nothing for helping a golfer learn the proper pivot through impact. The Tour Striker club can be “cheated,” but the curved shaft of the DST Compressor club does not allow this to happen. The curved shaft will exaggerate the error in the swing, so the player will be guaranteed to know after each shot whether they made the proper swing or not. The DST Compressor also helps a golfer set up the exact same way every time at address by way of the Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM). Most golfers struggle with setting up the same way every time, so the HPAM is a huge advantage for golfers, as they will now have no excuse for not setting up the same way each time. By setting up the same way every time, the golfer can create a pattern with their swing, something that cannot be established if you do not set up the same way each time. The Tour Striker does not help with alignment. One of the major benefits of the DST Compressor in contrast to the Tour Striker, where the only feedback is provided by ball flight, is that with the DST Compressor you do not even have to hit balls to learn the proper move, you can simply make practice swing to realize the proper feel and achieve the benefits. The training club looks like it exaggerates the hands forward; when I go back to my normal clubs will this affect my setup or swing? We would prefer that you set up in the forward shaft lean position because we think that this will make your swing less complicated and give you a better chance to make an efficient and mechanically correct swing. That being said, you do not have to set up in that position, just realize that if you set up with the club coming out of the middle of your body, you will have to make additional moves in your swing to get to the forward shaft lean position, thus making your swing more complicated and harder to repeat. If you practice in the forward shaft lean position and then go back to your normal set up, you will still reap the benefit of practicing with the DST club, as you will have learned how to properly pivot your body and arms through impact, making you keep your arms on plane better through impact, allowing for you to hit more consistent straight shots. You have 4 different clubs -- two wedges and two 8 irons -- what’s the purpose of the 2 clubs in each category? What is DST ultimately trying to accomplish? The two models are the Compressor model (curved shaft) and the CR-10 model (straight shaft). The Compressor model is designed to teach the golfer to sustain the line of compression through impact (forward shaft lean) and to properly pivot the arms and body on plane through impact. The CR-10 model is a transition club that has the same Hand Position Alignment Marker on the hosel and the amended sole design as the Compressor model. This club is good for a player that has been using the Compressor club for a while and wants to transition back to his normal playing clubs. The CR-10 can also be used as a transition club for a golfer that may struggle with the curved shaft of the Compressor at first, by allowing the player to slowly work into the Compressor club by practicing with the straight shaft of the CR-10 and the HPAM. What type of golfer will benefit the most from DST? How will they benefit? The DST Clubs are designed to help all golfers. The geometry of the Optimal impact Position remains the same regardless whether you’re hitting a chip, pitch or full shot, or even whether you’re hitting a wedge or a driver. The only variable is the ball position. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a tour pro or a weekend player (you have the same anatomy and therefore the same laws of physics, pivots and levers apply). The only difference is that tour pros use the DST Compressor to get a sense of confirmation of feelings and sensations. It helps them feel how to pivot through impact whilst the weekend player tends to use the DST Compressor as a learning tool and to understand physically what they are trying to achieve. In short the pros already strike the ball pretty well and use it as a way to validate their swing whereas the average golfer tends to learn what position they need to be in to strike the ball properly. At this time, we have over 50 PGA and LPGA players practicing with the DST Compressor clubs and we have sold numerous clubs to the amateur public. Good impact position does not discriminate between talent levels. The impact position does not change whether you are a professional or a casual weekend golfer and whether you are hitting a full shot or a chip shot, the proper impact position does not change. Whether you have a solid impact position or you need to get one, the DST Compressor clubs will help you maintain or achieve your golfing goals. The DST Compressor helps a golfer to set up to the ball in such a way that it simplifies the swing, it does this by pre-setting the players hands into a position that they want to closely replicate through impact. So it strips out a lot of unnecessary movements. To be specific the DST Compressor helps the player align the main lever, (shaft and lead arm) with the centre of the club head arc (lead shoulder). This pre-sets the hands into a position that they want to closely replicate at impact by addressing the ball with forward shaft lean. This makes the take away a simple one piece moment. It also means that the player doesn’t have to get rid of a negative lag angle created by the lead wrist which is formed in a conventional address position. When the shaft points to the centre of the player body (their belt buckle) The DST Compressor forces a golfer to undertake and feel the two most critical aspects in the swing. The first is to have a flat lead wrist through impact and experience a lag impact, the second is to have a straight-line plane line through impact. It achieves this because the shaft is curved and the tip end of the shaft wants to follow the path of least resistance which is the axis of the shaft under the grip, which points to a position which is 12cm ahead of the club face. I’ve used this club extensively -- I’ve hit a ton of shanks, a ton of very short, very straight popups, and eventually some longer, very straight, very high shots. What do these different ball flights tell me about my swing? What’s the desired ball flight with the DST and how to I achieve it? For players that do not have a consistent and proper impact position, there will be a transition time where they may not hit shots perfect at first because they are not use to being in the forward shaft lean position and squaring the club face up at impact with their body/arm turn. This different feel will at first cause some strange shots, but they will soon see more solid and consistent shots as they continually lean the shaft forward and pivot through impact properly. The best way to start using the DST club is to start with some half or three quarter shots, where the player concentrates on keeping the hands ahead of the club head through impact and swinging the arms left after impact. If while doing this drill the golfer sees that they are hitting shots that pop up and go straight, they should focus on making the Hand Position Alignment Marker (HPAM) point towards the bridge of your nose at address and impact. If the shot is too high, then the HPAM is actually pointing towards your trailing shoulder, which means that you are early releasing the golf club. The proper ball flight with the DST Compressor clubs is either dead straight or the slightest of draws. The more you preset the forward shaft lean at address, the more you would tend to see a bit of a draw. You can achieve this proper ball flight by continuing to practice with the DST Compressor clubs so that you will consistently keep the shaft leaning forward and your arms on plane at and through impact. What kind of feedback have you had? In the short space of time since our launch at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in late January we have more than 50 pros from the PGA, LPGA, European and Champions Tours, including 8 Major winners, and a group of top coaches using DST clubs in their practice and teaching routines. At the PGA Merchandise Show itself two magazines were fulsome in their praise for DST Clubs, Golf Week featured us in an article entitled “Show Stoppers" and Golf Digest, featured us in their Top 12 Editors Picks from out of 1,100 exhibitors. Lastly the PGA of America featured us in their Best Gadget Video, we were the only training club in this piece. Recently the PGAs of Europe requested that the DST Golf clubs be submitted for evaluation by their "Training and Education Committee”. After a two month process and having the clubs tested by the top coaches and Master Professionals from multiple PGAs across Europe, DST Golf is the first training club to be “Approved by the PGAs of Europe” You may have also seen that in his warm up session prior to the final round of the World Golf Championship at Doral in Florida, Henrik Stenson gave a live televised interview on the Golf Channel from the range demonstrating the DST Compressor. It was his first start of the 2015 season and he went on to finish Tied 4th. A feat he accomplished yet again a week later at the Valspar Championship and most recently he finished 2nd at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, due mainly to his superior ball striking. Several other players, including a former world number one, practise with them and it’s no exaggeration to say more than 40 members of the PGA Tour are using them; as well as more than 20 of the game’s leading instructors. MBP'S REVIEW Frankly I didn't know where to start... A review about some curved training club? It's solid feeling, like, you can tell when you pick it up it's well made. It's obvious someone took the time to think out a really quality feeling product with a good grip and club head that wouldn't look out of place in your bag. There's no arguing that with its premium looks or feel, you would expect it to be good or to simply just work. So how to start a review? Well, thankfully the cat didn't think it was important for me to be sleeping at 3am, leaving me time to be alone with my thoughts and then, it hit me... People know I get to try a lot of products. They're always asking why they should get something, our not, and with the DST I find myself telling the same story. Picture it: we're sitting on a patio after a round and someone starts talking about how they've got swing flaw X or they're constantly swing flaw Y'ing. "You need to try the DST training club," I chime in. That curved thing you were warming up with? Does it actually work? "All I know is when my swing is off I hit half a bucket and I'm back on track" Why? "Well, because you can't lift up" So? "So, it's designed to get your hands forward creating an ideal impact position, I end up dipping, sliding and flipping the club and boom, shank it" Ok but how does it work? I've tried tour striker. Isn't it the same? "It just seems to work for all the issues I've been trying to iron out since I started lessons last year. I was standing up on my backswing, a huge slide and a tenancy to flip" And how does this help? "You just can't do all those things and hit the DST. If your hands aren't forward you'll skull the damn thing. Its got a big old sole bounce that gets in the way. So when I'm at the range I focus closer on my swing points thanks to the DST. Maybe its purely a visual reminder of seeing what it looks like with your hands so far out there, the shaft bend and the face squared up." So what do you do then with it? "I start hitting balls and focus on that one piece takeaway and stopping at what I think is three quarter backswing. I make sure I don't lift up, turn and keep my head still so I'm not swaying off the ball." Ok so how does the club help? Couldn't you just do that with any club? "Well, now I've set a solid backswing, but from here I can't slide, or flip, or dip, or cast. You get the picture. At the top all I'm focusing on now is getting those hands out in front (for me it's getting that right shoulder straight under chin) and I have to turn, and not slide, 'cause I don't like the ball going dead right off the hosel." Ok and then? "Then I hear that beautiful click at impact and I'm hitting these wonderful 80 yard wedges all over that red flag. Or to the white one out at 140 since I've upgraded to the 8. Smaller head too so I feel like a superstar" (visualize my big grin) "Like I say, I don't know if it's purely the visual aspect or 'reminder' but I set up knowing I need to achieve those things or it's not happening. You can't argue with the results. So does it work? I say yes. Should you buy one? I can't argue against it." I then whip out an instagram of me and the DST after a little winter layoff and completely out of my groove. Back to my old habits so to speak and the DST exposes all my flaws. They then laugh and the conversation usually ends with "You're ball striking was great, that's not how you were hitting them today" For more information visit http://www.dstgolf.com/
  15. Hey all, it is nice to see comments and likes when a member posts an equipment review. I was just wondering how effective they are. Has anyone actually made a purchase based upon the product reviews posted on My Golf Spy? Kindly post your thoughts here......Let us know what you purchased and what it was in the review that helped you make that decision.
  16. I need an honest review on the standard True Temper Dynamic Gold stock shaft that come came in my AP1 712 and the KBS shafts. I was looking at the new Taylormade RSI's and they had you Standard Dynamic Gold Shaft however the Gent at Golfsmith said I should look at the RSI 2 which have the "upgraded" KBS shaft in them. The cost is about $200.00 more with the KBS. Is there that big of a difference on these shafts? Will you really see an impact on your game? Look forward to your thoughts?
  17. TESTERS WANTED - APPLY NOW In case you haven't heard Ben Hogan Golf is back in a big way. We are looking for 6 MyGolfSpy Forum members to test the new Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 Wedges. The Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges are forged from 1025 Carbon Steel and "incorporate a number of industry-first technologies to give more golfers a level of precision never before seen in the game". Are they worth the hype? You let us know. As usual, we're looking for readers who can put the irons through their paces and be willing to write coherently about your experience and provide good quality photographs. To apply you must visit the Ben Hogan Golf website and go through their HoganFit online fitting system - http://www.benhogangolf.com/HoganFit. Once that has been completed, you will need to provide the following in this thread. Your HoganFit results, via a screenshot or written out, and tell us a little about your HoganFit experience Your handicap What the Hogan name means to you This testing is open to those located in the Continental US. If selected you will receive a full set of Ft. Worth 15 irons and TK 15 wedges to test. GOOD LUCK
  18. So I have had a lot of really good golf related things happening in my life lately. This got me thinking about everything that has happened and what brought me there. In the last year I was selected to be a contestant on season 1 of a local golf reality show called Hack to Jack. If you are not aware I recommend you check us out (via all social media sites and YouTube) because I promise you will be hearing about us VERY soon. https://www.facebook.com/HackToJack The people I have met and the relationship I have built since the show started continue to grow and I have got to say it feels great! My passion and drive for golf is so strong and important to me that I just can't imagine life without it. What is the one experience that you have had that just keeps you coming back for more and that drives you to be a better person and golfer?
  19. The Tsunami of 2014 golf gear has begun, and first to hit the shores is the new Wilson Staff Nexus stand bag. Released only a few days ago, on first sight I knew that was my new bag. There was no argument over colour choice for me. I'm 27, wear yellow Adizero tour shoes, and occasionally the matching yellow polo shirt so you can see that my only option was the white with orange highlights. The red or blue were just not going to light my fire like the white, and it looks even better in person than in the pictures. The stand bag market has 3 distinct sectors, the very cheap and featureless at one end or the very expensive but great at the other. Yet by far the most important sector for the majority of golfers is the middle ground, and this is exactly where the new Wilson Nexus bag is aimed. From arrival into the golfing market the Nexus is seated (or should that be stands) perfectly positioned, the price point is not out of reach of anyone yet the feature list is anything but sparse. But can it really be THE bag to have in 2014. Let's find out... Style The Nexus comes in 4 different colours, blue with red and dark blue highlights, red with white and black highlights, black with gold and dark blue highlights and White with orange and black highlights. On reviewing the colour options I think Wilson have got the range well covered. I have opted for the white, this comes with orange and black highlights which I think really give this bag some attitude and presence. This appeals to me because it's not as in your face as other bags, take Cobra/Pumas bright orange bags, and hats, and head covers......and trousers and ....... well everything, for me it was just too much. But Wilson have managed to get the balance just right with their loudest version of the bag. The blue and red options are still bright but the highlights are not as high compared to the orange. I really think these colours will appeal to a lot of golfers who want a new bag, but don't want it to be overly 'loud'. The black bag is the choice for the player who likes to keep thing on the down low. This clever approach to colour schemes taken by Wilson has provided one product with colour options to satisfy all ends of the golfing spectrum. This hints at why Wilson thinks this is the bag of 2014...... and I will explain why. If Wilson was just trying to maintain its current market share it could easily have recycled an old design, changed the colours, moved the logo and put it out to market. It would have been the quickest and cheapest option. But they didn't, they designed a whole new bag, and picked colours and styles which can appeal to all golfers. Unlike other brands who target specific groups with specific products and colour schemes, Wilson has targeted all golfers with one product, with a range of acceptable colours. So Wilson must think its product is good enough for scrutiny by all golfers. Features Some bag designers have been guilty of focusing too much on the colour scheme/design which remove useful features or by adding too many useless features and compromising the design and usefulness of the bag. The Nexus again sits beautifully in the middle. The first feature is the unique aluminium exo-frame skeleton. This is a lightweight (4.8 pounds) yet very stable design where the bag top, stand, base and backbone is all connected as one. This allows the golf bag and its features to grow around it with greater ease than other bags as there is less frame to get in the way of the bags features. The exo-frame is a key feature which claims to make the bag very stable and it does just that. The base is always fully in contact with the ground because the bag pivots from the front ensuring that all but a hurricane will keep this bag standing while out on the course. This is an ingenious design and one which I'm sure will be copied going forward. A great video, but very short video from Wilson will explain better than I can, just watch the base closley -> http://youtu.be/3w4_OmZn6IY The legs can be locked in place with a velcro strap when mounting on a trolley or cart which helps with the versatility of this bag. There are 2 moulded handles one on the top of the bag and the other on the side. Both are comfortable to use and yet feel like a quality design feature and not an afterthought. Pockets in a golf bag are king, some people play light and carry little, and some like to be prepared for any eventuality. Now stand bags can never carry as much as a cart bag, well they can however they would be so big and heavy you would need a cart to move it. The Nexus is a lightweight bag and as such has compromised with the pockets but not a big compromise. It has one large pocket for clothing which is adequate in size, 3 smaller pockets for other items are also present (one of which is fully waterproof), and a ball pocket which can comfortably hold circa 20 golf balls. There is the obligatory insulated drinks holder, and first as far as I am aware on a stand bag a laser range finder pocket. There is a standard five way divider at the top with two full length dividers to the base which help to keep the clubs shafts and grips in the right place. The four point double strap harness works well and is very comfortable. When the bag is on your back it complimented well by the padding on the back of the bag, and the padding on the pivot point on the harness. Other features include the umbrella holder which has three loops which may not sound important but to me it is. For the past 2 years I have had a bag which only had a loop at the top and bottom of the bag, and every time I have an umbrella in, it would fall out of the bottom loop when carrying and hit me in the back of the legs while walking. But with Nexus having an additional loop in the middle this is solved and I will no longer need to curse at my umbrella ever again. (So an important message to all, never but a carry bag with just two umbrella loops!) The bag also has a large towel ring and has a velcro glove patch. The latter of which I have never seen anyone use, and I'm sure is just put on because 99% of other manufactures do, yet only 1% of people have ever used it. The other feature I'm very impressed with is the rain hood and will explain why later. Design and Quality It's the little features which make this bag so good. To me it's the difference between Apple and the rest of the world's products, indulge me for a moment. With Apple and its products every small aspect has been designed, redesigned and improved till its perfect, the attention to detail is unrivalled. It's why they are where they are and their products are liked across the globe. Their laptops are beautiful to look at, extremely functional and manufactured with precision using only the best materials. Form and function are married perfectly in beautiful design. It's the little touches which make a quality product into a world class product, and while I'm not saying Wilson is or will ever be the Apple of the golf world, they have shown in the Nexus similarities. There are aspects of the design which one first inspection could be missed, but actually are very important indeed. The placement of the pockets is good, all are easy to access and logical to organise all your belongings. The stand is design so that the base is always in full contact with the ground making it very stable, this again will not be noticed by the majority of people but its stability will certainly be noticed when out on the course, even if people don't realise why. But for me is one piece of design which shows me this is not just any photocopy bag with a different shade of lipstick on. Now before you all think I'm mad it's the rain hood. The rain hood has two features which have impressed me. The first is the double zip configuration. My old bag only had the standard single zip which went from top to the bottom, it worked but I have now seen the light. The Nexus has a double zip combination which means when it's raining and in use it keep the clubs dry, and when a club is required you can open the bag in the correct end. If you want you driver you unzip it from the top, the rest of the clubs stay dry, if you want a wedge, you unzip if from the bottom and every other club stays dry. It's so simple and effective, but it's brilliant. The second aspect of the hood it its integration onto the bag. For some bags this is an afterthought. It simply clips onto the top of the bag and gets in the way of the towel ring, or a carrying handle. With the nexus it's been designed to go under the handle so that you can still pick it up when the hood is on. Taking this to the next step Wilson has added velcro to this part of the hood so it fastens under the handle connections to the rest of the hood, so it's secured in place. It's only a little touch but it's a big tick in my book because of the attention to detail. The rangefinder pocket is useful also, as it has been one of my niggles previously when I have has it in a pouch hanging off the towel hook. I can just put in the pocket and know it's secure and easily grab it when I want it without having to unfasten the pouch every time. Lightweight bags can often suffer from a lack of quality due to the requirement of lightness. From my initial thoughts its appears to be inspections of the bag the it's very well finished. The important touches are there, the handles feel tactile and comfortable, not plastic and cheap. The zip pulls on the pockets are rope/string yet have a rubber/plastic grab point which was not a necessity but a nice quality touch. The material the bag is made of appears to be relatively waterproof and feels well manufactured and the aluminium frame is strong and adds to the quality of the product. The longevity of the product and its materials can only be reported on in a few months' time, but on first impressions I am not worried about any aspect of this bags construction or materials. On the course On the course this bag is great, comfortable, light and with padding in the right places on the contact points of the straps and bag. The biggest compliment I can pay it is that I didn't notice it was a new bag. It felt right at home immediately from the walk to the first tee all the way round the course. My playing partners all commented very positively on the bag both in the looks and features. The green eyed monster was out in force with numerous challenges offered to attempt to win my new bag from me. Every time I took the tee with my driver someone would want a longest drive competition with the winner receiving MY Nexus bag. My similar aged playing partner loved the white and orange, and was must upset because we play together so often that he couldn't get the same colour bag. The two older.....no wait, more ‘experienced in life' playing partners both really liked the bag but wanted a quieter colour scheme, the black been their choice of colour. Overall it was very very well received, but another brighter colour combination with the white maybe required for the younger market to allow for more diversity/individuality. Summary I know to some Wilson Staff is a has-been, a past Grand Master who has always attempted to please everybody and never offend. In recent times Wilson has been put out to pasture and enjoy its years plodding in the golf world and just getting by. For years Wilson has been not able to keep pace with the like of TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway with its tour staff, products and marketing been refrained to say the least. I think Wilson always attempted to please everybody and never standout. There is however a change afoot. This is a company who needed to relight a fire in a new golfing generation and they are now experienced and clever enough to know that a paint job is not the answer. With the Nexus they spent money and time looking at every aspect and asking 'how can it be better'. In doing so they have created a great new stand bag which excels in all departments. This bag I believe is the catalyst to a new Wilson Staff. The brand is improving again and its success can be seen with their range of golf balls. I play a ProV1 throughout summer and in competitions, but over the winter season, it's a Wilson DX3. Now I am no way claiming that a DX3 is a ProV1 killer but it's a good golf ball. It's perfect for when it's cold, damp and there are autumnal leaves covering the course just waiting for a ball to roll and hide underneath, or when balls can plug and never be found. I'm certainly not going to want to lose ProV1's at £40 a box, but the DX3 is a great cost alternative which gives me something about 80% of a Pro V1 at 40% of the cost. It's the same with this bag; they have set their minds to something and delivered, at the right price point, with the right features for a modern golfer. It just needs that fire to burn brighter, add another brighter paint job so there is an even mix of classic and loud colours to choose from and stand back and watch what happens. Wilson has the knowledge and experience to succeed again. For me success is not becoming the 1# golf company. That battle between Taylormade vs Nike vs Callaway is not their fight. But 1# players Golf Company is. Wilson Staff vs Titlest vs Ping vs Mizuno. That's their battle ground and if they continue in the same way with their other products as they have with the golf balls and now the Nexus bag, then I know I think will be winning that war in the next 10 years. So can it really be THE bag to have in 2014, only time will tell but I know where I have put my money and I'm feeling very confident. It would take something extraordinary to take the crown from Wilson in 2014.
  20. I think there must be an industry conspiracy when it comes to testing golf balls. There is a machine that hits the ball consistently every time. They can change the club head speed, etc. So if that is the case, why cant just line up every golf ball and report how far it goes. I have a slow club head speed so I am looking for a ball that goes longer, and these reviews get so complicated that I know that I can't believe them
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