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7 hours ago, GB13 said:

Pfft, it wouldn’t be a CCC thread if someone didn’t rag on my age. It’s been a hell of a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!

58* wedge, then surprisingly the 3W. The flop shots I can hit with the 58° are absolutely amazing. Not to mention it is just automatically within 10-15 feet from 80 yards. The 3W because of the Baffler rails. I finally found one I can hit off the deck, and it’s nice.

This is interesting, I’ll need to post a photo of mine, but I’m seeing significantly more wear on my 54*. I’m not sure if it is due to the soil here being mostly clay, or what.

It must be from your superior swing speed! But yeah I’d love to see a photo or two.  I’d say I played in pretty varied conditions some courses were soft and some were firm.  But we don’t have a ton of that clay up here.

I was expecting significant wear on the sole from the rocky soil we have but I’m very impressed with the durability of the finish there.  I think these will look good in the bag until their useful life is over, which is something I could not say about an older Tour Trusty Black finish I had seen in @Lacassem’s bag.

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19 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

It must be from your superior swing speed! But yeah I’d love to see a photo or two.  I’d say I played in pretty varied conditions some courses were soft and some were firm.  But we don’t have a ton of that clay up here.

I was expecting significant wear on the sole from the rocky soil we have but I’m very impressed with the durability of the finish there.  I think these will look good in the bag until their useful life is over, which is something I could not say about an older Tour Trusty Black finish I had seen in @Lacassem’s bag.

That trusty rusty was just that, trust and rusty....I still got that sucker to spin with no grooves though!

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29 minutes ago, B.Boston said:

Speaking of elbow pain... how are you holding up?  Think you’ll play some more this year or are you on the IR until the spring?

Okay. The pain and throbbing just doing nothing has subsided, but still there when I grab, push/pull or swing. I've got 2 more weeks of PT then I go back to the orthopedic surgeon for revaluation. Praying for no surgery & just continued rehab.

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54 minutes ago, edingc said:

This is probably the hardest post I’ll write of the entire challenge, if only because it signals the end of a wonderful three-plus months that made an otherwise crappy, COVID-laden summer really special.

First, again, I need to thank Cobra, Puma, Arccos and MyGolfSpy for putting on this excellent competition. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of work! I hope we not only lived up to, but exceeded your expectations.

A big shout out goes out to my competitors, @B.Boston, @daviddvm, @GB13 and @Headhammer, for playing some amazing golf during our weekly challenges and making this a very humbling experience for my golf game! I also can’t forget to thank @ncwoz for joining me during the alternate shot challenge. Hopefully we’ll grab another round together sometime soon.

And finally, thanks to @GolfSpy STUDque for organizing and running this entire show. The amount of work he has done behind the scenes during this challenge has been amazing.

With those aside, let’s take a look at my performance. First, my Arccos handicaps from the 15 baseline rounds:

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And my overall handicaps after playing 26 rounds with the Cobra clubs in the bag:

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I didn’t see the drastic improvement in Arccos handicaps that some of my fellow competitors did. What happened? 

During my 15 baseline rounds, I shot 80 or less seven times, establishing pretty lofty Arccos handicaps based on my historical golf game. During my 26 competition rounds, I broke 80 only once and routinely lived between 83-87. 

My estimated WHS handicap was around 11 when I applied for #CC4, and it crept to about 13 before I got hot at the beginning of July. During the baseline period it dropped under nine. As of this writing, it’s back to 11.

I’m pretty sure that is what statisticians would call “regression to the mean.”

Was my inability to continue playing sub-80 golf the clubs’ fault? No, not at all. While I may have struggled initially with the irons, I’m now starting to get more comfortable with every single Cobra club in my bag. I think my results boil down to a few things:

  1. I continued my monthly lessons with my coach throughout the challenge. I made a lot of good progress during my June lesson and it led to my improvement immediately thereafter during my baseline rounds. During my July lesson, we tried to change a feel on my downswing. I over-corrected and really struggled for a few weeks with woeful balI striking.
  2. I tweaked my left knee walking the course sometime in early August. I’ve been dealing with on-and-off pain since, depending on how much I walk in a day. The pain has made walking the course and playing difficult, and I also assume it led to some of the compensations I was making in my swing.
  3. I neglected my putter! I rarely practiced putting this year, and as my Arccos numbers show, I really struggled these last few weeks. I recorded a total of 25 three-putts in the six competition rounds I played in September. That is an astronomically silly number and a great way to ruin otherwise pretty good rounds!

I am very happy with the improvement in the chipping and sand handicaps. The Cobra KING MIM Black wedges are an excellent fit for my short game and allow me to hit any shot I can imagine. My confidence around the green and from the sand is at an all-time high.

With all that being said, I did record a number of personal bests during the challenge:

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Some particular highlights from the challenge I’m proud of:

  • Recorded a personal best 76 during the 14-club challenge week, beating my previous lowest score by two strokes.
  • Had two drives over 300 yards total with the Cobra SpeedZone Xtreme, and raised my Arccos “smart distance” to 265 yards with the driver. (Go back and read my Epic Flash review - this is a huge improvement from last season.)
  • Played from the 6,800 yard tees at a pretty difficult course and played even par golf for over half the holes (I won’t mention how the other half went... 🤣).
  • Notched an eagle on No. 9 at my home course, going driver, 7 iron, and finishing with a tricky downhill chip-in using the 54 degree wedge.
  • Played more than 60 rounds of golf during the 2020 season. Over 50 of those rounds were 18 holes, and 46 of them occurred after I was chosen to be a participant in #CC4. A big thank you to my wonderful wife who was all about me getting in my rounds for the challenge.

I was the bottom in many of the weekly challenges. Setting such a low baseline handicap didn’t help my chances, nor did the course rating/slope of my home track, but I want to point out how well each of my competitors played. I thought I put up pretty good scores during every week except the irons-only challenge, but I just got blown out! Even recording a personal best 76 during the 14-club challenge was only good for third place that week. I would have needed to shoot under gross par on multiple weeks to have finished in first place. The level of talent in this year’s group was unreal, and I’m so proud to have been a part of it.

Each of the weekly challenges were a ton of fun; they really made me work on improving my game. Playing a course with only woods/wedges or irons really forces you to hit shots you normally wouldn’t. And playing the forward tees can really change a course as well (thanks, @GolfSpy STUDque, for that suggestion). I’m definitely a more well-rounded player coming out of this challenge.

What’s next for me? Our season here in Michigan is rapidly winding down, and that’s probably for the best with the condition of my knee. My hope is that some additional rest will have me healed up completely quickly, so I can get back to grinding trying to improve for next year. As of right now I plan to keep the Cobra clubs in the bag, although I may replace the 4 iron with another SpeedZone hybrid.

Oh, and I think a putting lesson and maybe a fitting is in order 😀.

Thanks again, everyone. It’s been a blast having the forum participation throughout this summer.

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Well done, the improvement during this past few weeks have been phenomenal 

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10 minutes ago, yungkory said:

I'll be interested to see where your arccos handicaps go from here, now that you can play "normal" golf and not have to play challenge rounds. I think it's hard to really guage the performance based on rounds with some pretty strict rules, from an overall handicap perspective at least.

I'm sad I didn't get to participate in any of the challenges, hopefully next year we can go back to some 9-hole events for those who #play9 often? My city closing back down for covid didn't help, but maybe covid21 will be nicer to us next year.

Good job this year everyone, except that Boston guy I'm 99% sure he cheated #cuethesuckboat (I'm a sore loser)

We need someone to check his golf balls and cell phone video.  There's evidence somewhere.

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3 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

We need someone to check his golf balls and cell phone video.  There's evidence somewhere.

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1 minute ago, B.Boston said:


Should I submit my balls to Tony for #finditcutit verification?


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Please go to the doctor for that.

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19 hours ago, Lacassem said:

My last question for the competitors (can add to your sum up too) what is the 1 club you wouldn’t give up. If you had to give them all back but 1 group whether it was just automatic or just out performed previous club? (driver, woods, hybrids, irons or wedges).

the gambler in me wants to guess:

@edingc wedges?

@daviddvm the OL?

@GB13 tough one I’m guessing driver or irons ? Only because you seemed to be launching the driver throughout

@B.Boston wedges or wood?

@Headhammer woods?

Just my guesses from initial reviews

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 B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge – Competition Wrap Up Edition

Well, that’s a wrap!  It’s hard to believe that this #cobraconnect journey started way back on June 5th when [mention=73629]GolfSpy STUDque[/mention] decided he had enough of the memes and gifs and FINALLY announced the competitors for this years challenge.

It’s been said before and it can’t be said enough a massive thank you to Enrique for organizing this, Cobra Golf for making it possible, and My Golf Spy for being the best golf forum available.  The amount of work Enrique and our contacts with Cobra did behind this scenes to keep this as smooth as possible in a strange year was nothing short of extraordinary.  Thank you!

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To my fellow competitors [mention=84579]edingc[/mention], [mention=86024]daviddvm[/mention], [mention=74341]Headhammer[/mention], and the kid [mention=81594]GB13[/mention], thank you all for your dedication during this challenge.  I know we all want to win and gave out best efforts each and every week.  It’s a tight race and it looks like #Teamhammer is still in the hunt!  There were lots of great shots made by everyone and some near hole-in-ones!  

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One thing that should be perfectly clear to those following this thread is how high quality the cobra equipment is.  It seems there were very few switching pains from our old equipment.  I know my loft-jacking concerns were eliminated almost immediately as I hit these Forged Tec irons easily higher then my old AP2s.  Kudos to Cobra and our fitters for doing great work getting me matched up with high performance clubs.

A special shout out to the Godfather of my middle child, golfing buddy, and all around stand-up guy [mention=85612]Lacassem[/mention] for some great shooting during the Alternate shot challenge and for partnering up with me all summer.  I’m glad you got some awesome Puma gear out of this for your efforts!

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I am so grateful to have been selected and able to participate this year.  In many ways, if it were not for the COVID-19 Pandemic allowing me to work from home for the foreseeable future I never would have been able to commit to so many rounds of golf (well not without really owing my wife).  I was able to play many rounds in the morning and not chew up too much family time on weekends.  After 32 rounds (21 with the cobra clubs), and 1,746 shots later and Here are my ending Arccos handicaps:

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I had several personal bests during the competition and a lot more birdies than I can remember.  I think in many ways the weekly challenges forced me to really think about my game and I had to focus more knowing that you all would see the results of my efforts.  This is just a quick table to show the Arccos bests versus what I had reached in the baseline period.  Two of the bests we’re really ties, so I did not include them in my final numbers.

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On top of these bests I had a number of really good shots that I’ll take away with me.  Just last weekend at Point Sebago Golf Course I hit this 7-iron that nearly went in!  It’s probably the closest I’ve come to a hole-in-one as the ball landed to the left of the flag went past the hole and came back settling to the right of the flag for the easy tap in.  My approach shots with the Cobra clubs have been settling pin high more often.

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*That is my uncle’s Crown bottle

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One of my goals going into this event was to hit more GIR and I am happy to report that I did improve my GIR by 13.9%!  I credit this to both the forgiveness of the Forged Tec irons and a change in my approach that looked toward the back half of the fat part of the green far more often than the flag.

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I also wanted to tighten up my dispersion off the tee and can report that I went from 20 yards of average dispersion to 16 yards.  I credit a lot of this to the Speedzone 5-wood which was over 75% on FIR!  There really is something to the Ventus shaft.  I’ll be trying that out in my driver as well to see if we can get that up from the 47.7% FIR I currently have.

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Lastly I just wanted to once again say thank you to Cobra golf and My Golf Spy for making this possible.  I hope that this event carries on in the future.  It was so much fun and the challenges were a great exercise in course and expectation management.  I learned quite a bit about my game a long the way and hope to continue my push to a lower single digit handicap.

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4 hours ago, yungkory said:

I'll be interested to see where your arccos handicaps go from here, now that you can play "normal" golf and not have to play challenge rounds. I think it's hard to really guage the performance based on rounds with some pretty strict rules, from an overall handicap perspective at least.

I'm sad I didn't get to participate in any of the challenges, hopefully next year we can go back to some 9-hole events for those who #play9 often? My city closing back down for covid didn't help, but maybe covid21 will be nicer to us next year.

Good job this year everyone, except that Boston guy I'm 99% sure he cheated #cuethesuckboat (I'm a sore loser)

Funny you mention performance outside of challenges. I played in a work scramble today and my putting was the best it's been in at least a month, and I played a pretty good round overall. I'm terrible under pressure, I think. 😭

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1 hour ago, B.Boston said:

 B.Boston’s #CobraConnect Challenge – Competition Wrap Up Edition

Well, that’s a wrap!  It’s hard to believe that this #cobraconnect journey started way back on June 5th when @GolfSpy STUDque decided he had enough of the memes and gifs and FINALLY announced the competitors for this years challenge.

It’s been said before and it can’t be said enough a massive thank you to Enrique for organizing this, Cobra Golf for making it possible, and My Golf Spy for being the best golf forum available.  The amount of work Enrique and our contacts with Cobra did behind this scenes to keep this as smooth as possible in a strange year was nothing short of extraordinary.  Thank you!

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To my fellow competitors @edingc, @daviddvm, @Headhammer, and the kid @GB13, thank you all for your dedication during this challenge.  I know we all want to win and gave out best efforts each and every week.  It’s a tight race and it looks like #Teamhammer is still in the hunt!  There were lots of great shots made by everyone and some near hole-in-ones!  

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One thing that should be perfectly clear to those following this thread is how high quality the cobra equipment is.  It seems there were very few switching pains from our old equipment.  I know my loft-jacking concerns were eliminated almost immediately as I hit these Forged Tec irons easily higher then my old AP2s.  Kudos to Cobra and our fitters for doing great work getting me matched up with high performance clubs.

A special shout out to the Godfather of my middle child, golfing buddy, and all around stand-up guy @Lacassem for some great shooting during the Alternate shot challenge and for partnering up with me all summer.  I’m glad you got some awesome Puma gear out of this for your efforts!

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I am so grateful to have been selected and able to participate this year.  In many ways, if it were not for the COVID-19 Pandemic allowing me to work from home for the foreseeable future I never would have been able to commit to so many rounds of golf (well not without really owning my wife).  I was able to play many rounds in the morning and not chew up too much family time on weekends.  After 32 rounds (21 with the cobra clubs), and 1,746 shots later and Here are my ending Arccos handicaps:

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I had several personal bests during the competition and a lot more birdies than I can remember.  I think in many ways the weekly challenges forced me to really think about my game and I had to focus more knowing that you all would see the results of my efforts.  This is just a quick table to show the Arccos bests versus what I had reached in the baseline period.  Two of the bests we’re really ties, so I did not include them in my final numbers.

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On top of these bests I had a number of really good shots that I’ll take away with me.  Just last weekend at Point Sebago Golf Course I hit this 7-iron that nearly went in!  It’s probably the closest I’ve come to a hole-in-one as the ball landed to the left of the flag went past the hole and came back settling to the right of the flag for the easy tap in.  My approach shots with the Cobra clubs have been settling pin high more often.

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*That is my uncle’s Crown bottle

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One of my goals going into this event was to hit more GIR and I am happy to report that I did improve my GIR by 13.9%!  I credit this to both the forgiveness of the Forged Tec irons and a change in my approach that looked toward the back half of the fat part of the green far more often than the flag.

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I also wanted to tighten up my dispersion off the tee and can report that I went from 20 yards of average dispersion to 16 yards.  I credit a lot of this to the Speedzone 5-wood which was over 75% on FIR!  There really is something to the Ventus shaft.  I’ll be trying that out in my driver as well to see if we can get that up from the 47.7% FIR I currently have.

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Lastly I just wanted to once again say thank you to Cobra golf and My Golf Spy for making this possible.  I hope that this event carries on in the future.  It was so much fun and the challenges were a great exercise in course and expectation management.  I learned quite a bit about my game a long the way and hope to continue my push to a lower single digit handicap.

#cuetheduckboats

Fantastic wrap up Bryan. 

Thank you for the hard work and dedication to the challenge. 

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2 hours ago, edingc said:

Funny you mention performance outside of challenges. I played in a work scramble today and my putting was the best it's been in at least a month, and I played a pretty good round overall. I'm terrible under pressure, I think. 😭

You and me both!

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9 hours ago, yungkory said:

I'll be interested to see where your arccos handicaps go from here, now that you can play "normal" golf and not have to play challenge rounds. I think it's hard to really guage the performance based on rounds with some pretty strict rules, from an overall handicap perspective at least.

I'm sad I didn't get to participate in any of the challenges, hopefully next year we can go back to some 9-hole events for those who #play9 often? My city closing back down for covid didn't help, but maybe covid21 will be nicer to us next year.

Good job this year everyone, except that Boston guy I'm 99% sure he cheated #cuethesuckboat (I'm a sore loser)

Wow the trash talk doesn't end does it??? Nice

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