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Duration: 00:49:19

2020 is looking to be a big year in testing at MyGolfSpy with every major brand participating.

1:22 - New Media vs. Old Media and the recent Twitter tussle
13:45 - The 2020 Most Wanted Driver test and the list of brands participating
19:08 - 9 new drivers appear on the USGA nonconforming list, all from Callaway
26:18 - Some of our favorite products from 2019
34:16 - A $250 Putter shaft named the Stability Tour
46:58 - Predictions for the Most Wanted Driver in 2020

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:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 X
:callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero 15°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 18.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:callaway-small: XR Pro 20°, Project X 75 Black HYB S
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
:edel-golf-1: EAS 4.0 [CURRENT MGS FORUM TEST]
:srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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Every major brand participating.

That is a big freakin deal.


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  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

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Are any of these podcast things available in segmented print online. I'd personally prefer to read. Not a podcast guy but some of the segments sound interesting.

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My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

                                                                                :edel-golf-1: Willimette w/GolfPride Contour

 

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Are any of these podcast things available in segmented print online. I'd personally prefer to read. Not a podcast guy but some of the segments sound interesting.

Thanks for bringing it up. I'm not a podcast guy either. Wish everyone would provide an option of read or listen.


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:ping-small: G410 SFT driver 

Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter
:918457628_PrecisionPro:NX9-HD

:CaddyTek: - 4 Wheel 
:footjoy-small: - too many shoes to list and so many to buy

:1590477705_SunMountain: And  BAG Boy

Golf Balls: Snell MTB-X 

2020 Official Tester :SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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4 hours ago, bens197 said:

Every major brand participating.

That is a big freakin deal.
 

And I am looking forward to hitting each and every one of those drivers.   Plus I get to try the new Bridgestone ball and there were a lot of putters lined up waiting for us to test as well.  

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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1 hour ago, PlaidJacket said:

Are any of these podcast things available in segmented print online. I'd personally prefer to read. Not a podcast guy but some of the segments sound interesting.

The problem is that these things aren't really scripted, so there's nothing written in advance to make this easy.  You can go to http://downsub.com, copy in the YouTube link, and download a text file with the auto-generated closed captions.  I'll warn you, auto-generated CCs are not awesome.  

I gotta be honest - the MGS boys make it easy to listen by posting their stuff on SoundCloud.  Just click on the link above and it will start playing.  No apps, no subscriptions, no nothing.

 

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What's in the bag:
Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Wood (16*) - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Hybrid (19*) - :taylormade-small: RBZ
4i - PW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
GW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
Ball -  :taylormade-small: TP5X Pix
Instagram - @hardcorelooper
Twitter - @meovino
Facebook - mike.eovino

 

 

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When I hear major brand, does that include Hogan and Sub 70? Sorry if that was covered. I don’t really do the podcast thing either.


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:wilson_staff_small:  Cortex w/MGS Motore X F1 7X tipped 1"

:wilson_staff_small: F5 17 degree hybrid w/Rogue Black 85X

:wilson_staff_small:C300 Forged 3-5 w/C-Taper 130X

:wilson_staff_small: FG Tour V6 5-6 w/C-Taper 130X

:wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Blade 7-PW w/C-Taper 130X

:cleveland-small: RTX4 52, 56, 60 w/S400 Tour Issue

:EVNROLL: ER7

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8 hours ago, Rtracymog said:

When I hear major brand, does that include Hogan and Sub 70? Sorry if that was covered. I don’t really do the podcast thing either.


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Yuppers….

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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On 12/22/2019 at 1:28 AM, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

Yuppers….

Can't decide if you're calling him an American version of 'Yuppies' or saying yes!

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:cobra-small: King SZ Xtreme 7.5*, Accra FX100 M3 44" 2g weight + 10g Heel Tape
:cobra-small: King Big Tour 3-Wood 12.5*, Accra FX100 M3 42.5"
:cobra-small: F9+ 17.5*, Accra FX100 M3 40.5"/ :cobra-small: Utility Iron 2 @ 17.5* 39.25:
:cobra-small: King F8 OL 4-7, KBS Tour 90 Regular 36"
:cobra-small: King F8 OL 8-PW, KBS Tour 105 Regular 36"
:cobra-small: King F8 OL GW-LW KBS 610 Wedge Regular 36"

Lajosi-White2.jpg Custom DD201WB Armlock (450g, 8*, 72* Upright, 40"), BGT Stability Shaft
 :bridgestone-small: 2021 e12 Contact

 

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To make it easy for you all these are the brands included in alphabetic order: (List of brands at 15:28)

  • Ben Hogan
  • Callaway
  • Cleveland
  • Cobra
  • Honma
  • Lynx
  • Mizuno
  • Ping
  • PXG
  • Srixon
  • Sub 70
  • Taylormade
  • Titleist
  • Tour Edge
  • Tommy Armour
  • Wilson
  • XXIO
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Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
3W:  Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 2
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50º: Maltby TSW

56º:  Cleveland RTX-2 
60º: Maltby Tour Grind MG
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot RX 2-ball

Ball: Snell MTB X
Other: Arccos (first year lets see how it goes)
Handicap: 5.9  -  Best Score: 73 (1 over) Bryan Park - Players Course, Greensboro NC -2020

2020 MGS Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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3 hours ago, pozzit said:

To make it easy for you all these are the brands included in alphabetic order: (List of brands at 15:28)

  • Ben Hogan
  • Callaway
  • Cleveland
  • Cobra
  • Honma
  • Lynx
  • Mizuno
  • Ping
  • PXG
  • Srixon
  • Sub 70
  • Taylormade
  • Titleist
  • Tour Edge
  • Tommy Armour
  • Wilson
  • XXIO

Not sure if they were just listing drivers,  but there are more OEMs in most wanted testing than what you have listed.  Such as New Level,  Bettinardi, Edel, and Fourteen. 

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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Not sure if they were just listing drivers,  but there are more OEMs in most wanted testing than what you have listed.  Such as New Level,  Bettinardi, Edel, and Fourteen. 
These are the brands that that are participating in the 2020 most wanted Driver test.

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Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
3W:  Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead 2
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50º: Maltby TSW

56º:  Cleveland RTX-2 
60º: Maltby Tour Grind MG
Putter:  Odyssey White Hot RX 2-ball

Ball: Snell MTB X
Other: Arccos (first year lets see how it goes)
Handicap: 5.9  -  Best Score: 73 (1 over) Bryan Park - Players Course, Greensboro NC -2020

2020 MGS Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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I will be honest, I am hoping for a sleeper come from behind win on the most wanted driver list. Maybe Cobra or Mizuno. 

Driver: SIM 9 Motore X F1 7X tipped 1 inch

Utility Iron: Cobra King Utility irons 18 degree Aldila rogue 90 X

Irons: Cobra King forged CB 4-PW KBS $ Taper 130 X

Wedges: Cleveland 49,52.58.64

Putter: Kronos Release.

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     Forgive me if I am wrong ( which my wife says is often), but wasn't the rebound frozen a few years back?

To my way of thinking (if correct) your best option would be a shaft fitting, yes?

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On 12/20/2019 at 6:21 PM, tony@CIC said:


Thanks for bringing it up. I'm not a podcast guy either. Wish everyone would provide an option of read or listen.
 

 

... I'm with you and Plaid. I don't listen to podcasts and wish they would provide a transcript after it has been out awhile. 

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Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                 TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 Vokey SM8 58* ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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15 minutes ago, GolfSpy Stroker said:

Just FWIW - these are also on Youtube if you'd rather not do a podcast.

That's the way I listen at work.

https://www.youtube.com/user/mygolfspy/videos

 

... Thanks, but the point is some of us like to read not watch or listen. 

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Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                 TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 Vokey SM8 58* ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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     Forgive me if I am wrong ( which my wife says is often), but wasn't the rebound frozen a few years back?
To my way of thinking (if correct) your best option would be a shaft fitting, yes?

Yes, Max COR was established several years ago. The problem is that no driver to date has that same COR across the entire face. So miss hits won’t transfer the most energy to the ball. Additionally, club dynamics impact other variables, like spin and launch angle, that influence distance and dispersion.

That said shaft fittings are important to help the player sync everything up and help the player consistently deliver the head into the ball. This is needed because of variable like head total weight, weight distribution, and to some extents the look of the head.

I can tell that you every head will perform differently when you actually swing them. This applies to all clubs for driver through putter.

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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1 hour ago, chisag said:

 

... I'm with you and Plaid. I don't listen to podcasts and wish they would provide a transcript after it has been out awhile. 

Written transcripts are very common today. Virtually all investor calls today - quarterly earnings call are all documented. Not sure if this is a cost issue for MGS or access to the right source. 

Left Hand orientation

:ping-small: G410 SFT driver 

Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter
:918457628_PrecisionPro:NX9-HD

:CaddyTek: - 4 Wheel 
:footjoy-small: - too many shoes to list and so many to buy

:1590477705_SunMountain: And  BAG Boy

Golf Balls: Snell MTB-X 

2020 Official Tester :SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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24 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

Written transcripts are very common today. Virtually all investor calls today - quarterly earnings call are all documented. Not sure if this is a cost issue for MGS or access to the right source. 

Unfortunately we have as much insight into it as you do.

You can send your request along to the team: https://mygolfspy.com/contact/

If we hear anything we'll be sure to follow up!

I got something to say then I'm gonna say it. 

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