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I played in a 4-man today and hit a Prowler VT 7-iron 158 yds to 7 feet. Left the birdie putt 2 feet short but won the closet to the pin. I’m not sure we made a putt over 8 feet all day but still managed a respectable 6 under. The more I play with these irons the more I like them.


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Good Stage 1's so far fellas! The condition of those boxes had me cringing though... yikes!

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Good Stage 1's so far fellas! The condition of those boxes had me cringing though... yikes!
Thanks Russ. You weren't the only one who cringed when seeing the condition of the box. My wife actually called me right after they were delivered saying that the box was in really bad shape. Luckily steel shafts are pretty resilient.

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1 hour ago, blackngold_blood said:

...but still managed a respectable 6 under. The more I play with these irons the more I like them.

A what???   Jesus, nice going!!   😁😁

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This was a shot from left rough with a 6i.  🙂

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And here you can see my typical toeward bias.  

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Even if it's a 4man scramble, -6 is really good!!

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Even if it's a 4man scramble, -6 is really good!!

Yeah we played alright. I ended up leaving before all the teams were done but I believe -8 won it. I managed to leave 2 birdie putts short by a total of 4” but with the group I played with I was happy with the outcome. If you would have offered me -3 or -4 before we started, I would have taken it and ran.

I will say the Prowler VT’s performance wasn’t lacking in any way whatsoever.


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Posted (edited)

Stage 1 complete!
Oh you wanna click me....   

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Great start all on this very intriguing project.  Hey azstu, why weren’t your grips installed?  

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I wanted to update a few things I realize I left out of the stage 1 ( I will edit it to reflect this as well):

Typical Driver SS: 100-105

Iron/shaft specs:

  • KBS Stiff shafts
  • 1* upright
  • +.25"

Some initial thoughts after showing these to people at my club, including the pro:

  • The first thing my club pro mentioned was "wow these are the most upright irons I've ever seen!" I need to get the lie checked out, to see how close they are to the 1* upright I ordered.
  • Most people I show them to really like how they look! Like really like them a LOT. I'm getting more compliments on clubs than I ever have before. Which is weird to me because:
  • Other than the black finish, and the nice shape - I think these clubs look cheap and pretty ugly. I am not a fan of the bedazzled silver inlay, and the lime green "eye" looking thing. (I don't care if I think a club is ugly, if I play well with them, I'm just fine with anything!).

I shot my best two rounds with these last week, an 81 followed by an 80 - so there may be something to these things!

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My Stage 1 is up !

 

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On 7/26/2019 at 9:16 AM, azstu324 said:

The individual heads were shrink-wrapped in plastic so there didn't really appear to be any issues with shipping wear. 

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Shrink wrapped plastic?

Recently as last week, Lynx Golf was still claiming to be “the first global golf brand to remove single use plastics”.

I noticed the Prowler VTs @blackngold_blood received also arrived shrink wrapped.

I just tried to check the company website for any updates on their supply chain packaging policy but unsurprisingly it wouldn’t load.

Anyway, I realize this is a Lynx equipment review thread so I’ll try to stay on topic. I noticed your set was shipped with uninstalled grips - what’s the story there?

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Shrink wrapped plastic?
Recently as last week, Lynx Golf was still claiming to be “the first global golf brand to remove single use plastics”.
I noticed the Prowler VTs [mention=55774]blackngold_blood[/mention] received also arrived shrink wrapped.
I just tried to check the company website for any updates on their supply chain packaging policy but unsurprisingly it wouldn’t load.
Anyway, I realize this is a Lynx equipment review thread so I’ll try to stay on topic. I noticed your set was shipped with uninstalled grips - what’s the story there?
The heads definitely came with a wrap on them. However the grips did not. I have never bought a new set of irons but the wrapping was the exact same as what came on a new driver I ordered last year.

Interesting to be sure. I had never heard the Lynx Global statement about single use plastic before.

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2 hours ago, JimNantzsToast said:

I wanted to update a few things I realize I left out of the stage 1 ( I will edit it to reflect this as well):

Typical Driver SS: 100-105

Iron/shaft specs:

  • KBS Stiff shafts
  • 1* upright
  • +.25"

Some initial thoughts after showing these to people at my club, including the pro:

  • The first thing my club pro mentioned was "wow these are the most upright irons I've ever seen!" I need to get the lie checked out, to see how close they are to the 1* upright I ordered.
  • Most people I show them to really like how they look! Like really like them a LOT. I'm getting more compliments on clubs than I ever have before. Which is weird to me because:
  • Other than the black finish, and the nice shape - I think these clubs look cheap and pretty ugly. I am not a fan of the bedazzled silver inlay, and the lime green "eye" looking thing. (I don't care if I think a club is ugly, if I play well with them, I'm just fine with anything!).

I shot my best two rounds with these last week, an 81 followed by an 80 - so there may be something to these things!

I noticed, looking down the barrel of the 5i, it's chunky and shovel looking.  The thick topline is fully pronounced at that loft angle and the offset looks almost angular.  Then I swing and ball go boom boom so I forgot to mention it 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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So I've gotten a couple questions about why my grips were sent uninstalled. That was all per my request. I started out by actually requesting my very specific grip install instructions. Rob (Golfspy_CG2) being the outstanding moderator and good guy that he is quickly reminded me that my crazy was starting to show (my wife does this often) so I just requested them to be sent separate and I had my guy at PGATSS set them up for me at no charge. 

My request goes something like this: 1 full base wrap. 1 wrap 2/3 up from the bottom. 1 wrap 1/3 up. 1 final full wrap over the top. 

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1 hour ago, azstu324 said:

So I've gotten a couple questions about why my grips were sent uninstalled. That was all per my request. I started out by actually requesting my very specific grip install instructions. Rob (Golfspy_CG2) being the outstanding moderator and good guy that he is quickly reminded me that my crazy was starting to show (my wife does this often) so I just requested them to be sent separate and I had my guy at PGATSS set them up for me at no charge. 

My request goes something like this: 1 full base wrap. 1 wrap 2/3 up from the bottom. 1 wrap 1/3 up. 1 final full wrap over the top. 

Glad to see your full on crazy is still in good form. 

And ok how yes.   Your comment in Stage 1 about me verifying you hit a high ball. ...most definitely true. 

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On 7/26/2019 at 11:08 AM, daviddvm said:

LYNX BLACK CAT IRONS Stage 1

     Hello, my name is David.  I live with my wife and daughter in Houston, TX. I am a veterinarian and accustomed to working with cats, so it is an honor to have been chosen as a tester of the Lynx Black Cat Irons. 

     Growing up in Oklahoma, my Dad gave me a set of Walter Hagen Blades, persimmon woods, and a Gary Player Black Knight Putter.  In junior high, I started playing with neighborhood friends. We had no idea what we were doing, but we had fun.  (Our favorite part of a round of golf was a root beer float at the turn.)  During college, I worked summers on a golf course so I could play.  Starting out as a veterinarian, it was difficult for me to find time to play golf.  For the last 10 years, I have not had to work as much which has allowed me to play weekly games of golf.  I have become more passionate about the game.  Last summer, our family was fortunate enough to visit the Monterey Peninsula.  I played both Pebble Beach and Spyglass.  (I was in heaven but did not have enough money to stay!)   

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     Currently my handicap is 15, but my Arccos Caddie after playing 16 rounds list my handicap as 13.  I had a swing evaluation last winter at GolfTech.  Watching the video allowed me to understand the improper mechanics in my swing as well as many proper mechanics.  I have been working very hard to correct the improper mechanics.  My ball flight has always been a fade to a slice.  Implementing the teachings of Danny Maude and Clay Ballard (TopSpeedGolf) my ball flight currently is much straighter.  Occasionally, I hit a slight draw, but my main miss is generally to the right.  My tempo is smooth with a more effortless swing.  I typically hit a 7 iron 150 yds.

 

     The first set of irons that I was fitted for was a set of Ping i3 Blades with Cushin Z Z65 shaft plus 0.5” and a 1* upright.  My current clubs are Titleist 716 AP1 with KuroKage stiff graphite shafts plus 0.5” and a 1* upright. 

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     The specs I gave for my order of the Lynx Black Cat Irons were plus 0.5” and 1* upright, but I intentionally went with a regular graphite shaft to keep the weight of the overall club as light as possible.  One of the things that I learned from my experience of winning the D7 Wilson Driver in the SpyStaffSlam 2019 Masters was that this shaft and driver combination was lighter than my current driver (so I have changed to a lighter shaft on my TS2 Driver).  Lighter is more beneficial with a slow tempo swing that I am trying to encourage.  I ordered oversized grips because I have large hands.

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The Black Cat irons ($650 in steel, $720 in graphite) are a hollow design that use a variable thickness face to improve ball speed consistency from on-center to off-center hits. Each head is filled with a polymer to support a thin face of just 2.0 millimeters. The standard set is six clubs, 5-iron through pitching wedge.

In order to compare the new clubs to my current player improvement clubs, I plan on using the new clubs every time I play/practice until the evaluation is over.  I will be evaluating their forgiveness, length, and accuracy to see if they get to stay in my bag. 

Through Arccos Caddie tracking and tour analytics, I will see if my play/statics with my irons are improving with the new clubs.

As a former AP1 player.  I look forward to your thoughts on the Black Cats. 

Nice experience at Pebble.  I'm not envious in the least. 😎

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These cats get a little testy when not fed at exactly 4pm.  I teed off at 4:20, and had a ton of trouble today.  A few good shots peppered in but mostly shanked toed bladed fat shots 🤣🤣🤣 No fault of the clubs.  

I did make a par 5 in 2... then 3 putted 😞 🤣🤣

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