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As a result of the worldwide Covid19 pandemic this year many people had a disruption in their lives.  My life was upended in a number of ways too.  The highlight of the year though for me and many others was that the sport of golf provided a welcome respite.  There is no doubt that I played and practiced more this year than any other prior year.

Having more time to dedicate to the game of golf and also more time at home allowed me to do several things that contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the game and for my performance to improve.   Ultimately resulting in reaching my goals for the year which were to reduce my handicap below 5, break par and break 70.  All of which were achieved.

It has been said that you can’t buy a new swing or golf game, yet there are lots of people making equipment purchases seeking to do just that.

Looking back over the past year and forward to the next I was reviewing all of the things that I did that made a contribution.  There were also numerous golf related purchases this past year and that got me thinking about what was the single best golf related purchase that did make the biggest contribution to my game?

Many of the purchases were guided by MyGolfSpy’s reviews.

Here is a list of some of my golf related purchases this year:

Putt-Out putting trainer & practice mirror with gates

Big Moss Putting Matt

Breakthrough Golf Technologies Stability Tour Shaft

Blast Golf swing analyzer

Superstroke Traxion Midsize Tour grips

Superstroke Traxion Tour 3.0 putter grip

Superstroke Counter balance putter grip weights

Corey Paul 52, 56 & 60 Wedge heads

Tour Edge XCG7 7wood & 28 degree Hybrid with Fujikura Fuel Stiff shaft

Fujikura Fuel Red stiff shaft for my Tour Edge EX 10 4 wood

Titleist 818 H1 25 degree hybrid with Mitsubishi Tensei Red shaft

New Titleist Cart 15 bag

Dave Pelz’s books - The Putting Bible & The Short Game Bible

Arccos Caddie Sensors & Link

Orange Whip Swing Trainer and Lightspeed

Check Go Pro ball spinner

Dave Pelz O-ball mask, elevated string line, putter impact tape 

8 dozen Bridgestone recovered Tour BRX golf balls to practice chipping & putting with the ball I game.

The Original Shag Bag

Grip replacement and club building supplies from Golfworks and BB&F.

Galway Bay rain pants and jacket.

Antigua performance polo shirts

Titleist golf caps 

Footjoy rain gloves

Footjoy rain vest

Ecco Biom 3 spikeless golf shoes

Footjoy professional spikeless golf shoes

Stretchy belts for golfing

Wilson Staff Tour gloves

Wilson Staff winter gloves

Stitch golf bag & accessories for a set of Corey Paul forged prototype irons

Martini Tees

Golf lessons from my local Teaching Professional

 

I’m sure I’ve missed some.

 

So what made the biggest difference in my opinion?

The Arccos Caddie grip sensors and App provided me with knowledge about my game that guided most everything else.  The club gapping information and statistics pointed me to the equipment changes to consider and the areas of my game that I needed to focus on.  That information led me to the Dave Pelz’s books which gave me more knowledge and understanding of what to do and how to do it to get better.  Most of the purchases followed after that.

The best part of the Arccos Caddie grip sensor purchase was that I got them for free as a result of their promotion with Ping for those who had bought qualifying Ping clubs recently. 

The reason I hadn’t bought the Arccos system prior to that was that I wasn’t convinced that they worked, was unsure if they were convenient to use, and I thought they were expensive.

If I knew how much of an impact they would have had on my game I would have gladly paid for them.

 

What purchase did you make in 2020 that made the biggest difference in your game? 

 

The most recent purchase I’ve made, and based on my immediate results, my prediction for 2021 is that the one that I think will make the biggest difference in the coming year is the Orange Whip Trainer and the Lightspeed trainer bought as their Distance Duo package.

What is your prediction for next year?

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Ping G410 LST 10.5

Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 6-48

Corey Paul Functional Art 52, 56 & 60

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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Tie for the Putt Out which has helped with my confidence  on shorter putts. And Callaway Mavrik Max 5w. Am able to hit a green 200 yards out with confidence now

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G400 10.5 

M2 3HL

Titleist 818 3 and 4 hybrid 

Ping G15 5-gap

Vokey SM7 54 degrees 

Vokey SM6 58 degrees 

Bobby Grace Shiloh putter

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Driver lessons! Wished I had taken more.

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges::callaway-logo-1: PM Grind 54* & 58*

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

:Arccos:

HCP:18

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Would have to be my current driver.  Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero along with the Ventus Velocore Blue 6X shaft.  I turned my driving into a weapon this year with the help of this club.  Looking forward to 2021 and a full year with this club as I didn't get it until around July.  

Also, big find was Rhoback clothing brand.  Shirts and especially quarter zips are a great and soft fabric that fit me extremely well.  

Bettinardi Inovai 6.0 with Stability shaft has given my putting a bit of a boost, but nothing major thus far.  

Still plenty of work to do.

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Driver:  image.png.3c6db1120d888f669e07d4a8f890b3f1.pngMavrik Sub Zero 9* (Set to 10) Ventus Blue 6X

2 Hybrid: :titelist-small: TSI3 Hybrid Tensei Blue 80 X

4 Iron - Srixon ZX 23* Recoil F5                                                     Testing: :titelist-small: T200 4 Iron Graphite Design Tour AD IZ X Hybrid Shaft

Irons 5-PW: :mizuno-small: MP 18 SC Dynamic Gold AMT X                   Testing: :titelist-small: T100-S 5 - GW KBS Tour 130 X

Gap/Sand Wedge:  :titelist-small: Vokey SM6 49*  SM8 54* 

Lob Wedge:  image.png.3c6db1120d888f669e07d4a8f890b3f1.pngJaws 5 Wedge 58* DG Tour Issue Stiff

Putter:   :scotty-small: Phantom 5.5 34"      Pro Platinum Newport 2 35"      Taylormade Tour Black Spider 34"

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Single best golf related purchase would be my golf lessons.  I could buy all the equipment in the world,  but it would not have helped my wedge game.  

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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, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

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

 

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First would be getting lessons from Tyler McGhie. First-ever pro that LISTENED when I said I have back issues...

Next would be the Honma purchases: driver and irons. I shot more rounds in the 70s this year than any year before, and these clubs have something to do with that (lessons mentioned only started two months ago).

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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Generally I’d recommend lessons for almost anyone.

I mentioned this in another thread but the most value added golf buy I made in 2020 was my (MGS recommended) Precision Pro NX7 Pro rangefinder. After telling others my Garmin GPS was just as good, I admit I was wrong. Depends on the course, but my GPS was off by 10-20 yards sometimes, and no not due to pin placement. Some of the course mapping files must be wrong. Once I started sighting approach shots with the rangefinder, it shaved at least 3-4 strokes per round off my scoring average. I was missing some shots having the wrong club when my GPS was wrong, no more. And FWIW many of my golf buddies have Bushnells at twice the price and when we sight alongside each other on par 3’s, I get the same yardage just as fast as they do. Why spend 2X?

The least value added buy in 2020 was a Club Champion driver fitting. Not to say they can’t be extremely valuable, but those who say a paid fitting is always value added for all players under all circumstances are simply wrong. I’ve detailed where my fitting failed elsewhere, no desire to rehash. I am using my OEM driver shaft again, my $450 CC shaft is in the closet (ouch).

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  • Mizuno CLK 3H 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10, S18 60.06
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  • Maxfli Tour Snell MTB-Black
  • Ping Pioneer - MGI Zip Navigator AT
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7 minutes ago, Middler said:

Generally I’d recommend lessons for almost anyone.

I mentioned this in another thread but the most value added golf buy I made in 2020 was my (MGS recommended) Precision Pro NX7 Pro rangefinder. After telling others my Garmin GPS was just as good, I admit I was wrong. Depends on the course, but my GPS was off by 10-20 yards sometimes, and no not due to pin placement. Some of the course mapping files must be wrong. Once I started siting approach shots with the rangefinder, it shaved at least 3-4 strokes per round off my scoring average. I was missing some shots having the wrong club when my GPS was wrong, no more. And FWIW many of my golf buddies have Bushnells at twice the price and when we sight alongside each other on par 3’s, I get the same yardage just as fast as they do. Why spend 2X?

The least value added buy in 2020 was a Club Champion driver fitting. Not to say they can’t be extremely valuable, but those who say a paid fitting is always value added for all players under all circumstances are simply wrong. I’ve detailed where my fitting failed elsewhere, no desire to rehash. I am using my OEM driver shaft again, my $450 CC shaft is in the closet (ouch).

Sell that $450 CC shaft!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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@Hoyoymac, your 2020 golf purchases are more than I have made in the past 20 years 🙂.  That is quite a list!  My best purchase for this year was the used V2 I got from a fellow spy. In second place would be my G400 5w.

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

 

 

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Easily my Sub 70 699 irons. Have increased my accuracy and shot dispersion and made golf so much easier and fun. Additionally my scores have lowered as well. Closed second was the range finder I bought from costco helping me dial in my accuracy. Not a purchase, but the best golf item was my review of the GS53 Hogan Driver; It is my favorite club to hit in the bag!

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In my bag:

Driver:  :Hogan: Ben Hogan GS53 10.5* Stiff Mitsubishi tensei blue Stiff

3 Wood: :Sub70: 939 x 15 deg. UST Proforce Black V2 7F4 stiff

Hybrid:  :Sub70: 939x Hybrid UST 680 recoil shaft stiff

Irons: :Sub70: 699 irons 4-PW  KBS tour 90 v Stiff 

52 Deg:cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

56 deg: :cleveland-small: Reg 588 tour action

60 Deg: :cleveland-small: 588 RTX 2.0

Putter:bettinardi-small: Studio Stock #3 (Winn 1.32 Pro x grip)

Rangefinder: :CaddyTek: Caddytek V2

 

Check out my MyGolfSpy 2020 Forum Official Tester: Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

 

 

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I bought a set of Mizuno 919 tour irons. Not a ton of time on them but love the feel. 

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DRIVER: Cobra F9 10.5  Tensei AV Blue 65g

3W- Callway XR PRO 16 stiff

5W- Alpha- Mitsubishi Diamana  Redboard w/band

Irons- Mizuno JPX 919 Tours with S KBS Tour shafts

Hyrbid- TM 4h mid-rescue

Vokey- Vokey SM5 51 degrees,  SM7 Wedges 54 and 58 1/2 half 3 degrees upright

Putter- Taylor Made Rossa Monza Mini Spider

Ball-ProV1 and AVX

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I would say my planemate and Monte’s  videos. Close second are my 0211s as I haven’t had as much confidence in a set of clubs than those

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS with RDX Blue 70g S 

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: TAII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter 

Ball: :Snell:MTB-X and :OnCore: vero X1 (may dabble in :titelist-small: proV1 at some point)

 

 

 

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Besides lessons, my best value purchase was a brand new Evnroll ER2 for $110.

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Follow my golf journey to break into the 80s

Current tester for the Titleist TSi Driver

Spring 2020 MGS Tester for the Fujikura Motore X Shaft

Updated 4/27/2021
Driver:titelist-small: TSi 2 - Graphite Design AD-XC 6S
Hybrids:taylormade-small: SIM Max 3H, 4H - Matrix Ozik 85S
Irons:srixon-small: ZX5 5 - PW - Accra 95 icwt S
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX 2 54, CBX Full Face 58 - Nippon Modus 105 Wedge
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Two Ball Ten S Tour Lines - 31"
 

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9 hours ago, Middler said:

Generally I’d recommend lessons for almost anyone.

I mentioned this in another thread but the most value added golf buy I made in 2020 was my (MGS recommended) Precision Pro NX7 Pro rangefinder. After telling others my Garmin GPS was just as good, I admit I was wrong. Depends on the course, but my GPS was off by 10-20 yards sometimes, and no not due to pin placement. Some of the course mapping files must be wrong. Once I started sighting approach shots with the rangefinder, it shaved at least 3-4 strokes per round off my scoring average. I was missing some shots having the wrong club when my GPS was wrong, no more. And FWIW many of my golf buddies have Bushnells at twice the price and when we sight alongside each other on par 3’s, I get the same yardage just as fast as they do. Why spend 2X?

The least value added buy in 2020 was a Club Champion driver fitting. Not to say they can’t be extremely valuable, but those who say a paid fitting is always value added for all players under all circumstances are simply wrong. I’ve detailed where my fitting failed elsewhere, no desire to rehash. I am using my OEM driver shaft again, my $450 CC shaft is in the closet (ouch).

That driver shaft that's in the closet would be all caps for me - OUCH.  And I'd have it listed on the bay, to recoup some of that $ (also I'd never have to see it again).

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I'm decidedly brand agnostic -- but a bit less so with my recent change from a PING driver

:titelist-small: - TSi2 10.5 Driver - Tensei AV Raw Blue 55 R

:titelist-small: - TS2 4W - Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 RS TS2 7W - Alta CB 65 R

:cobra-small:- Baffler 23* - Aldila NV-HL 65 R

th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg - Original Series 0211 - 5-PW - MMT 80 S

:cleveland-small: - CBX2 50 / 54 / 58 - Rotex

image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png - Directed Force 2.1 (Nickel) - KBS Tour - Press No. II 3*

:Snell:- MTB  Black

datrek-brand_1456761019__86876.original.jpg.7c24f9ae71c7730ce29a828226731487.jpg - DG Lite II cart bag attached via Top-Lok to image.png.77fe07cbfea697deca64bd4a4263a151.png - Quad XL and Tracked by :ShotScope: - V3

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I've bought quite a few things in 2020, but nothing like you, @Hoyoymac. I picked up new Vokey SM7 wedges, Cobra F9 3 and 5 wood, a PuttOut trainer, alignment sticks, a Planemate, and a rangefinder. 

I think as far as beneficial to my game it would be the F9's. They filled a gap missing at the top of my bag and are more repeatable for me than my previous TaylorMade Burner Superfast 2.0 3 wood. 

As far as the most fun, I would say that the $18 I spent on the Wilson Staff Fluid Feel irons is pound for pound the winner. Pair that with the Spaulding wood I picked up from @deejaidand I've had a blast. I can't score too well with them, but the conversations one had here have been the highlight of my year. 

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Was all over the bay this year selling stuff to afford new or newer (club ho was an avocation this year for sure).  Loved the look of the new nickel finish on the L.A.B. Golf DF2.1 so swapped out my previous 2.1 and B.2 for that.  Also got fitted for my 0211's (a first for me), and got into shafts that I never would have ordered if I hadn't been fitted (made some good $ on a set of  Cobra F-Max Superlite irons to help me out on getting the PXGs -- along with their great price reduction). Upgraded to CBX2 version of wedges, from the prior gen CBX.  And moved from Rogue FW to Titleist TS2 4W & 7W.  Now that I've actually put all that down in one place, I guess there were only a couple things that held their place in the bag, and that would be the G400 Max driver, and the oldest club in the bag, which I still hit the straightest - an older Cobra Baffler 23* hybrid.

Wishing all my fellow spies a happy new year !

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I'm decidedly brand agnostic -- but a bit less so with my recent change from a PING driver

:titelist-small: - TSi2 10.5 Driver - Tensei AV Raw Blue 55 R

:titelist-small: - TS2 4W - Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6 RS TS2 7W - Alta CB 65 R

:cobra-small:- Baffler 23* - Aldila NV-HL 65 R

th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg - Original Series 0211 - 5-PW - MMT 80 S

:cleveland-small: - CBX2 50 / 54 / 58 - Rotex

image.png.49fcc172a1ed0010d930fbe1c5dc8b79.png - Directed Force 2.1 (Nickel) - KBS Tour - Press No. II 3*

:Snell:- MTB  Black

datrek-brand_1456761019__86876.original.jpg.7c24f9ae71c7730ce29a828226731487.jpg - DG Lite II cart bag attached via Top-Lok to image.png.77fe07cbfea697deca64bd4a4263a151.png - Quad XL and Tracked by :ShotScope: - V3

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#1. More lessons.

2. PXG 0211s

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Callaway Epic Speed 4W and Epic Max 7W (both Project X Cypher)
..Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H (both Recoil ZTR)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX-2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
...Edel EAS 4.0 (stock shaft, zero offset hosel, round grip)
..all in a Datrek bag on an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

Forum Member tester for the ExPutt Putting Simulator (2020)

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