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8 hours ago, Landof10KGolf said:

@Tyler86 You've got a lot of good courses west of the Metro. Chaska Town will be everyone's favorite, but its pricey. Same with Rush Creek. If you're looking for high quality courses, but not as expensive, Deer Run in Victoria, Pioneer Creek in Maple Plain, and Wild Marsh out in Buffalo are all great options. If you're willing to go south a bit, The Wilds is another fantastic option. 

Give me a follow on Instagram @Landof10KGolf and you'll see pictures from many of those courses to judge for yourself. 

Hahaha, yeah. I was asking where abouts in MN you reside.

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Guess I should FPA a bit better.

I'm also in Maple Grove.  🙂

 

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Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 11*, Aldila NV75 X, 43.5" -or- SpeedZone, HZRDUS Black 75 6.5, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42" -or- Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34"; Ping Scottsdale TR Craz-E, 35"; Cleveland Huntington Beach 1, 35"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, Bridgestone Tour B-RXS, Callaway Chrome Soft

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On 9/15/2021 at 8:15 AM, JerryB said:

That is the exact reason that I started playing earlier this year.  Welcome to the forums.  Best way to learn to play properly is to get lessons.  It'll save you a bunch of headaches.

That being said, I haven't had a lesson yet.  My learning so far has been through YouTube videos and trial and error.  I've spent time at the range.  After the outing I knew at work golfed so I asked a few people if they wanted to golf with me.  There are two people I work with in particular that are pretty good, so I actually offered to pay for a round in exchange for tips and advice while we played.

That's awesome. Thanks for the welcome.
I ended up playing 2 rounds now on my own, after some time at the range. I was so nervous to go out on my own, but I got paired up with a group and it was a blast

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On 9/15/2021 at 12:46 PM, chisag said:

 

... I would highly recommend starting with a lesson to understand the basics before bad habits get a foothold. Many that first start golf look at it logically and golf just isn't logical. It is common sense to think the face of the club should stay square to the ball and the target line instead of rotating open. This can put almost everything in a bad position in your backswing and again, allow bad habits. Hitting down to make the ball go up is just counter intuitive. 

... So even if you are not interested in series of lessons, getting started with at least one lesson is always a very good idea. 

Thanks for the advice. There are so many options for lessons, any suggestions? There are the indoor places like GolfTec, or Club Champion; there is PGA superstore, and there are some golf courses near me that offer classes. But I feel like everyone is trying to sell me equipment, not teach me.

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7 minutes ago, montesdanny said:

Thanks for the advice. There are so many options for lessons, any suggestions? There are the indoor places like GolfTec, or Club Champion; there is PGA superstore, and there are some golf courses near me that offer classes. But I feel like everyone is trying to sell me equipment, not teach me.

 

... I moved from Chicago a year ago but I would suggest never taking indoor lessons unless I had worked with an instructor outdoors first. Some teach from a warm shed and hit balls into a range. Actually seeing your ball flight is a very valuable training aid. I would try finding instructors on YELP and see what pops up. For an absolute beginner talking a group class isn't a bad idea to learn the basics but beyond that I would highly suggest individual instruction. Good luck! 

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Driver:     :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 10.5* ... AD-IZ 6SR
Fairway:  :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 15/18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Hybrids:    :taylormade-small: RBZ Tour Hybrid 21.5* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
Utility:      :taylormade-small: UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R hy
Irons:        :cobra-small: 4-9 MIM Tour ... Steelfiber i95R
Wedges:   :taylormade-small: MG3 46*/50*/58* LB ... Steelfiber i95R
Putter:      :bobby-grace-1: 6330 LTD Edition ...  33.5"
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour '23

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Hello! Glad to be here. A little bit about me....

 

How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

I have been playing golf for 39 years. Started when I was 8 and was hooked. HCP is around a 4 index and my average this year is around 78.

 

What do you love about golf?

I appreciate the challenges it presents, the architecture of the classic designs as well as my time spent on the course while playing. Nothing better than pulling off the shot you envision and hitting it right on the button.

 

What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

I'm here after reading some of the great reviews on Maltby equipment. I like to tinker and there are some great threads here. Plus, the demeanor here seems to be more polite than the other blog that I frequent.

 

Where are you from? What is your home course?

I'm from Milwaukee. Grew up playing the county courses, but have been a member at Meadowbrook CC in Racine for a couple of years.

 

What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

Best thing about golf here is the amount of courses that you have access to, as well as the quality of the courses. Worst thing is obviously the shortened season.

 

What do you do for a living?

I'm a software developer.

 

How’d you pick your user name?

Just wanted something a bit different. Angular is a popular framework for building single page web applications and something that I have been developing in for around 4 years.

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Hello everyone, Just found MGS in the last month (I wish I had found it a few years ago haha).

How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

I have been playing on and off for over 20 years. Started as a little kid with my parents. Got out of it during college and at the start of my work career, playing with a few friends on the big summer holidays. Over the last couple years I have gotten a little more serious about playing (playing 15-20 rounds a year, most being just 9 holes).

 

What do you love about golf?

I love the ability to get outside (great when Covid hit) and enjoy some company of friends. The fact that people of all skill levels can get together and have a fun round.

 

What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

I found the podcast on YouTube and loved all of the data presented. So I had to checkout the website to see it in ore detail. I am an engineer in my profession, so being able to look at all the data and use that data to make informed decisions (about how to change my golf game) was perfect. 

No I do not know any other spies.

 

Where are you from? What is your home course?

Metro Detroit area now, but grew up in northeast Michigan. In Detroit I don't really have a "home course right now", but up north there is a little 9-hole course that is right around the corner I play pretty often. 

 

What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

Best would be, there are plenty of affordable courses nearby. Worst would be the 4-6 months of cold and snow that makes it impossible to play (although now there area  few places that have simulators, and I also got the wife to approve building a sim when we buy a new house).

 

What do you do for a living?

I am an engine calibrator for an automotive company.

 

How’d you pick your user name?

I honestly do not know. It has just been one of the few usernames I have used for years haha.

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Driver: Cobra Speedzone Extreme

3W: Cobra Speedzone

3h: Callaway Apex21

4-pw irons: Taylormade Rocketbladez

Wedge (s): 50 degree Taylormade MG3, 54 degree Taylormade MG2

Putter: Odyssey Chrismon 660

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Hello there, decided to take the plunge and hopefully talk a little golf.   I live in Kenosha, WI and have a membership to the county courses here.  That allows me access to 3 eighteen hole tracks and a 9 holer.  I generally like to get out when the sun comes up and try to get in at least 60 rounds a year.    I'm 45 and have been playing for almost 40 of those years.  Been a walker for most of my days, but last year really took a toll on me and considering getting a pass with a cart this year and just walking occasionally.   I try to take a bucket list trip once a year.   This past year I played both Sand Valley courses the same day in the spring which was a pretty cool experience and also made it to Streamsong in FL for a round.    I am kind of a nerd for gear although I have finally cobbled a set together that I really like.  I am partial to Mizuno irons, Vokey wedges and Scotty putters.   Looking forward to hearing about other courses that people recommend, gear they are playing and maybe even meeting up for a round sometime if nearby. 

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Callaway XHot 14.5 loft

Taylor Made SIM 3 Hybrid 19 loft

Callaway Apex 21 4 hybrid 21 loft

Callaway Super Hybrid (5) 24 loft

Mizuno MP-25 5-PW

Vokey SM6 52, 56, 

Scotty Cameron California Coronado

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4 hours ago, T-Bone said:

Hello there, decided to take the plunge and hopefully talk a little golf.   I live in Kenosha, WI and have a membership to the county courses here.  That allows me access to 3 eighteen hole tracks and a 9 holer.  I generally like to get out when the sun comes up and try to get in at least 60 rounds a year.    I'm 45 and have been playing for almost 40 of those years.  Been a walker for most of my days, but last year really took a toll on me and considering getting a pass with a cart this year and just walking occasionally.   I try to take a bucket list trip once a year.   This past year I played both Sand Valley courses the same day in the spring which was a pretty cool experience and also made it to Streamsong in FL for a round.    I am kind of a nerd for gear although I have finally cobbled a set together that I really like.  I am partial to Mizuno irons, Vokey wedges and Scotty putters.   Looking forward to hearing about other courses that people recommend, gear they are playing and maybe even meeting up for a round sometime if nearby. 

Love Brighton Dale Links! Hard to find a tougher 9 than the Red Pines. I know most are partial to the White Birch layout, but I think I prefer the Blue Spruce. Either way, you can't go wrong!

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It's been an enjoyable place to play over the years.  Usually play Blue on Saturday and White on Sunday.  Don't think I got out to the Red nine at all this year.   Made it over to Pets a handful of times which is kind of fun for a change of pace.  The greens out there are a bit ridiculous.    They had some kind of disease on the fairways two seasons ago and they made great strides this year getting those back.  Greens are always in pretty good shape other than fixing 3-4 ball marks on every green but that goes for almost every public course unfortunately.   For the price it is really tough to beat.  Usually done golfing by around 9am which is also tough to beat, and that is walking.  My guess is if I use a cart next year I'll be able to shave another 30 minutes off.  ha ha

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Callaway XHot 14.5 loft

Taylor Made SIM 3 Hybrid 19 loft

Callaway Apex 21 4 hybrid 21 loft

Callaway Super Hybrid (5) 24 loft

Mizuno MP-25 5-PW

Vokey SM6 52, 56, 

Scotty Cameron California Coronado

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  1. How long have you been playing golf? - 2 years regularly 

  2. What’s your handicap or normal score? 13

  3. What do you love about golf? stopped playing baseball needed a new love. I enjoy spending time with kids on the course and spending time with/and drinking beers with my dad and the boys.  

  4. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies? read alot of reviews, watched reviews, listen to podcasts about equipment testing to other topics

  5. Where are you from? What is your home course? live in Northfield MN, from south of Mankato  MN 

  6. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region? amount of course options/ offseason 

  7. What do you do for a living? sports Marketing/PD 

  8. How’d you pick your user name? college name and number. 

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921 Forged KBS $130s

T-22 Wedges

Rouge Max LS

Odyssey Ten 2-Ball lined 

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  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?
    I've owned golf clubs for around 14 years, but it would be charitable to say that I've been inconsistent in playing during that time. I used to brag that I hit an 80 the first time I ever golfed, but then would point out that it was on a 9-hole par 3. Can't say I know my handicap or normal score at this point!

  2. What do you love about golf?
    It doesn't destroy my knees like ice hockey goalie, and there seems to be an expectation for me to be terrible at the game anyways. Also, I love putting.

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?
    I was looking for some clubs to replace my cheap set from PlayItAgainSports circa 2016 and realized I have no business purchasing anything in the blind. I'm also a data fiend, so I'd love to document and share my progress as (hopefully) I play the game more regularly and buy new shiny toys.

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?
    Born and raised in Vegas, currently in the western suburbs of Chicago. No home course, unless top golf counts.

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?
    Best: When the weather permits, its great to get out in any of the many courses. Worst: Its winter for 6 months of the year.

  6. What do you do for a living?
    Cybersecurity for healthcare.

  7. How’d you pick your user name?
    Anagram of my name.
     

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Wood:     :cobra-small: LTDx Max 3W 15.5°, MCG C6 Red 50 R

Hybrid:     :titleist-small: TS2 4H 23°; 5H 25°, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 60 Graphite Regular

Irons:       :callaway-small: X-20 Irons (5-PW)

Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 54.11 (56°), :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 60.10; :Fuji: Vista PRO 60i R

Putter:      :odyssey-small: White Hot Pro 1 / :odyssey-small: 2-Ball Ten Armlock

Bag:         :taylormade-small: Supreme Cart Bag 2022

Balls:      MaxFli Tour

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  1. Golfing for about 28 years now, handicap is around a 12 (trying to golf more to bring it back down).  

  2. Love the constant challenge and the traveling to different states and courses. 

  3. Just interested in chatting about golf and getting opinions on gear and equipment. 

  4. From Michigan originally (East side) and now live in Grand Rapids. Play Kaufman probably the most.  

  5. Worst thing about golf in Michigan is the long winters. 

  6. Attorney. 

  7. Univ of Michigan alum. 

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:callaway-small: Rogue ST Max 10* (Tensei Blue 65 - R)

:titelist-small: TSi2 16.5 (Tensei Blue 65- R)

:callaway-small: Steelhead 7W (M-10)

:mizuno-small: JPX 800 Pro (4-PW, DGXP S300)

:mizuno-small: MP-T (51/6, 55/13, 58/10)

:bettinardi-small: Queen B #6

:taylormade-small: TP5x

Waiting on new sticks ....

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  1. How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?
    I've been playing for over 30 years now. I don't keep an official handicap, but I can score anywhere from 75 to 95 depending on the course.

  2. What do you love about golf?
    I am a golf fanatic, so pretty much everything.

  3. What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?
    I have been reading the MyGolfSpy most wanted reviews for years. I don't know how I haven't joined the forum until now.

  4. Where are you from? What is your home course?
    I live in Salem IL. I play most of my golf at Colonial Golf Course in Sandoval IL.

  5. What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?
    Best: We have a fairly decent golfing season here. I can usually play from March till early November. Worst: I live in a rural area, so you have to travel to get to most golf courses.

  6. What do you do for a living?
    Manufacturing Engineering Tech.

  7. How’d you pick your user name?
    I use to play a 9 hole par 36 course. I have used this name since I first signed up for ebay in 1999.

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme @ 9*
Fairway: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5 Wood @ 17*
Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2020 CLK 4 & 5 Hybrid @ 22* & 25*
Hybrid: :PXG:Gen2 317X 6 Hybrid @ 28*

Irons: :srixon-small: ZX4 7-AW
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX Zipcore 54* & 58* 
Chipper: :cleveland-small: Smart Sole 4.0
Putter: 
lablogo1.png.d19b07551407a451f2efdc1371e0d2f4.png Golf DF 2.1
Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star Tour Yellow

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Hello everyone.  My name is Bob and I'm a golfer... 

I live in the Milwaukee metro area and have been playing the game (when the game isn't playing me) for 50+ years.

It's nice to be here.

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PXG 0211  12*  Paderson Kinetixx A flex

PXG 0211 5 and 7 Woods  Paderson Kinetixx A Flex

PXG 0211 5 and 5 Hybrids  MMT A Flex

Cobra 7 Hybrid  A Flex

PXG 8,9,PW,GW Vista Pro A Flex

Cleveland CBX 54/12

Edel EAS 4 with BGT Stability Tour Shaft

 

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Greetings from Northern Illinois!

Sitting in my office watching it snow (I seriously hate northern Illinois) at the end of March really jonesing to get out on the course, figured I'd drop in and introduce myself.

How long have you been playing golf? What’s your handicap or normal score?

     Been playing golf for 25 years, but only really getting back into it in the last 3.  Played in High School, and got a round in once or twice a month while in college, but then had a kid and didn't get on the course for the better part of 15 years.  Also had a job in the service industry that was less than conducive to playing golf.  Top it off by adding that we moved and I didn't have any friends in the area that played, so finally getting back into it.  Currently an 8.7 handicap.  Hoping to get to a 5 this year. 

What do you love about golf?

     I love golf because it is one of the few games out there that it truly is you against yourself and the course.  It really is what you make of it.  You don't have to be the best athlete in order to shoot good scores.  And you really do get out of it what you are willing to put in.  There is something for everyone.  

What brings you to MyGolfSpy? Do you already know any other Spies?

     I just love seeing and hearing other people's thoughts and ideas on golf equipment.  Not just the paid advertisements you see all over tv, but real and unbiased opinions.  Granted, everyone has a different opinion, so sorting through and finding what works and what doesn't is tons of fun.  

Where are you from? What is your home course?

     Originally from Albuquerque, NM, but have lived in the Chicagoland area for 16 years now.  I really don't have a home course, and tend to play all over the place.  I think I play St. Andrews in West Chicago most often, but Schaumburg GC and Maple Medows are nice.  Did have a weekly tee time at Cog Hill back in the day, but haven't played there in years.  Just enjoy getting out and playing as much as possible.

What are the best and worst things about golf in your region?

   I don't really know about best except there are a ton of really nice courses.  The worst is not being able to play for 4-5 months out of the year.  That is something I really miss about the southwest and being able to play basically year round.

What do you do for a living?

     I sell frozen potatoes.  That's where the name T8r Todd comes from.  Its the best job in the world

How’d you pick your user name?

     I sell frozen potatoes.  Primarily French fries, but all varieties.  

 

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Driver: :cobra-small: RADSpeed 9*, Hzardus Smoke Yellow Handcrafted, GolfPride MCC+4

3 Wood: :taylormade-small: Sim Rocket 3 13.5*, Ventus Blue, GolfPride MCC+4 

Hybrids: :cobra-small:  SpeedZone 18*, Ventus Blue, GolfPride MCC+4

Irons:  :wilson-small: Staff C300 Forged 4-GW, KBS Tour 105, GolfPride MCC+4 

Wedges: :vokey-small:  SM7 Black 54* 10M, 58* 08S

Putter:logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

Backup::ping-small: Sigma 2 Stealth Arna

Ball:  Vice Pro Plus

 

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@T8r ToddHello from way down I-88 fellow Chicagolander. I agree that the past two weeks of cold AF or rainy AF is growing old, and we get the rain all next week too. I am ready for second winter to be over.

I grew up in Vegas so similar background of desert life coming to northern Illinois. The weather may be better back west (you don't have to shovel heat) but the people are much better out here and being able to see grass/trees/foliage sure is nice!

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Driver:     :cobra-small: LTDx Max 10.5°, MCG C6 Red 50 R

Wood:     :cobra-small: LTDx Max 3W 15.5°, MCG C6 Red 50 R

Hybrid:     :titleist-small: TS2 4H 23°; 5H 25°, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Black 60 Graphite Regular

Irons:       :callaway-small: X-20 Irons (5-PW)

Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 54.11 (56°), :taylormade-small: Milled Grind 3 - 60.10; :Fuji: Vista PRO 60i R

Putter:      :odyssey-small: White Hot Pro 1 / :odyssey-small: 2-Ball Ten Armlock

Bag:         :taylormade-small: Supreme Cart Bag 2022

Balls:      MaxFli Tour

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@mynerdsHow far down 88?  I

Driver: :cobra-small: RADSpeed 9*, Hzardus Smoke Yellow Handcrafted, GolfPride MCC+4

3 Wood: :taylormade-small: Sim Rocket 3 13.5*, Ventus Blue, GolfPride MCC+4 

Hybrids: :cobra-small:  SpeedZone 18*, Ventus Blue, GolfPride MCC+4

Irons:  :wilson-small: Staff C300 Forged 4-GW, KBS Tour 105, GolfPride MCC+4 

Wedges: :vokey-small:  SM7 Black 54* 10M, 58* 08S

Putter:logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

Backup::ping-small: Sigma 2 Stealth Arna

Ball:  Vice Pro Plus

 

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I'm out by NIU if y'all ever want to keep going west on 88!

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PXG 0211 3 wood and Tour Edge Bazooka 7 wood

Titleist 21° hybrid

Cobra AMP 5-PW

Titleist Vokey SM7 50° 54°  and SM8 60° wedges

Ray Cook Silver Ray IV putter

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