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  1. PayPal only, CONUS only, no trades. Stock driver length and tipping from factory. Asking 210 shipped.
  2. Trust me, this has been a LONG time in coming. Seen many luminary members of this community slip away and always decided to press on, but the cameI's back has taken its last straw. I know all about the Ignore User function, thing is when you use it often enough you start to wonder why you're bothering in the first place. I appreciate your kind words and wish you the best, though. So how about it, @pga43, can a member who's maintained good standing and contributed heavily to the forum for a decade have that courtesy granted? No hard feelings, it's just long past time to be done. Really appreciated your hustle to bring the Tour pictures to us year after year. If I'm asking too much, so be it. Cheers!
  3. I know, but I’d request that content posted be wiped as well.
  4. I’d like my account deleted to the Max extent possible. Don’t need the annoyance of trying to impart good sense to forum hacks and keyboard flexers. How can we make this happen in an expeditious manner?
  5. I know Deschambeau has been pushing them to think outside the box in designing a ball suited to him, but from what I understand his requests were pretty outlandish.
  6. Best not to draw conclusions from separate tests conducted with a bunch of time in between. They’ve said they plan to test them back to back same day which should provide a better picture of what’s on offer.
  7. I tested it only briefly because that's all the time needed to see the "Hidden Technology" for what it is. This is pretty much what I expected. I'm not the one who paid $800 dollars for a shaft with about as much stability as the pasta my kids ate for dinner and yet I am the one who's nuts? OK... The only thing worse than coming to the realization that you've been sold a bill of goods is never actually coming to that realization when it happens because that pretty much guarantees that it will happen again. 15 years ago I got sucked into the whole BSG racket and the snake oil that "BigHitter" Todd was selling. I even ardently defended BSG when others would rightly point out what a fraudulent charlatan he was and how badly his business was robbing people. I had classic Stockholm Syndrome, but did eventually see the light and there's plenty of parallels between that and this whole AutoFlex thing. Market new/mysterious/niche product, make it available in bright colors, make a bunch of dubious claims about the technology and performance, charge a premium for it all etc. etc. It's the same business model, same shaky ethics, same neon colored fairy dust, and same true believers financing it. It's your game and your money so as the Stranger in The Big Lebowski says, "OK Dude, have it your way."
  8. I tested it...briefly, and my impressions of it are pretty much identical to what Russ found. This thing is a complete scam. If you buy one of these, you're paying through the nose for what amounts to Po the Panda's Secret Ingredient Soup. Remember what the secret ingredient was? NOTHING! When people ask me about AutoFlex, my response is pretty much this: "Never has a shaft that costs so much felt so cheap. Why would you pay someone $800 for a shaft and then have them tell you to change your perfectly functional golf swing to make that $800 shaft remotely usable? You pay the shaft company to engineer a product that gets out of the way and lets you play your best golf with the swing you have, not the other way around. If you want to experiment with that concept, here's a RCH 45 A flex shaft from our Bertha 21 driver and if you love it you can pick one up for at least $700 dollars less than that pink Korean Snake Oil garbage."
  9. Based on what I saw today, the XLS may be Callaway’s best ball to date. You might say that's a pretty low bar, but the current CSX in the black box was a massive step in the right direction. If you’ve been playing TP5X or Left Dash V1X, you need to give this ball a chance. XLS has all the performance attributes of those with perhaps a bit less click to its feel.
  10. I finally heard back from Project X on Instagram about the iM10. They said it has much in common from an EI curve standpoint with the T800 that was in the original Epic woods. Other comparison they gave was a slightly more active tipped HZRDUS Red.
  11. Expect availability around Masters time, along with the TCB iron and Trip Diamond driver.
  12. Two other courses of action that I'd be much more comfortable recommending: 1. Stick with Pro Orange in your FW but go to more of a 3HL or 4 wood type of loft and then loft it down to get the face angle you like seeing in the FW you already have. 2. If you'd rather go the shaft change route, try something like Tensei Pro White which is may give you what you want while maintaining a fee more similar to Pro Orange.
  13. Not saying conclusively that RDX Blue wouldn't give you what you're looking for in 3 wood, but it's so different from Pro Orange that I'd be very reluctant to say "yeah you need to run out right now and try it." What loft on your 3 wood?
  14. I've been able to play one round with it, and while I was far from my sharpest the ball did show its quality when I was able to get out of its way. Not gonna oversell it here, but will say it's well worth giving an opportunity to be your ball of choice for this coming season. I saw enough from it to say it's quite likely that I'll be switching to it, but of course others may experience it differently. Mr. Finley is right that most of the Callaway staff play the X ball that can be found in your pro shop in the black box. They are, however, playing on greens with firmness and speed that the vast majority of us rarely, if ever, see which makes the higher iron and wedge spin on offer in that ball so important. The XLS ball offers players the ability to in essence shorten the golf course without sacrificing spin rates sufficient to score their best on the greens conditions us mere mortals typically see.
  15. OK, that helps. Do you struggle with shafts that feel more active or "kicky"?
  16. Two VERY different shaft profiles. Pro Orange is quite soft in the handle but very stiff in the mid and tip while the RDX blue is stiffer in the handle while being quite soft in the mid but goes back to stiff in the tip. There are of course exceptions to every trend, but I would guess that in a fairway wood the RDX Blue might be more what you're looking for. What shafts have you got on well with in driver and fairway wood in the past?
  17. The Trip Diamond heads have been so popular because they give the players using them the neutral/fade bias they need without the knuckleball that they don't. There's also differences in their shaping that tend to make them appealing, but that's not really what we're talking about here. "Silly low" spin isn't wanted by high level players (and SHOULDN'T be wanted by players of any level that want a driver that's going to allow them to score their best) for a multitude of reasons. 1. Top level players' strike patterns are tight enough and they swing fast enough that they don't need spin rates around 2000 and below to hit the ball far enough. Their strikes rarely stray very far from the more optimal regions of the driver face, and they all bring their own gas in the club head speed department. The added distance from knuckleball-ish spin simply isn't needed. 2. Keeping spin in a more manageable window makes for a much more predictable and playable trajectory. Player X can aim up the left third of the fairway and let his fade rip knowing it's not going to fall excessively to the right. If you take 4-500 RPM of backspin away from that player, now all of a sudden that reliable little fade starts to move more than they want. They start having to make compensations to accommodate the club, and that's bad practice for a player of any level never mind the best in the world. There are of course rare exceptions to this, Colin Morikawa being the one that comes to mind first. While above Tour average, his club head speed is rather modest when compared to many of the current best of the best. His AoA with driver is +5, his spin rate dwells just above 2000, but he can function that way because the consistency of his delivery and strike quality is freakishly good even compared to his freakishly good peers. 3. At the speeds top level players swing it and the distances they drive it, they're looking for all the help they can find to ideally keep their ball in the fairway but at the very least keep the ball in play. Keeping spin on the golf ball helps them do that, but that's not what drivers designed to win the "TrackMan Olympics" provide them. 4. "Silly Low" driver spin is a barrel of laughs when you're on the range with TrackMan trying to see what sort of ludicrous spin rates and distances you can produce, but it rapidly loses its comedic value when your money game is on the line and you need to get a drive in play. Given the choice between a knuckleballing bomb into the gunch or a shorter and higher spinning drive that's likely to give me a greater chance to shoot a score, I know which one I'm choosing. Nobody cares how far you bombed it when you're next shot is classified as a recovery...and you're forking over money at the 19th hole while you're playing buddies are giving you the needle about your driving. As an aside, remember TaylorMade's "Everybody Launch it at 17* and 1700 RPM to hit it 17 more yards tO sCoRe SeVeNtEeN sTrOkEs LoWeR" PR campaign? I've only ever seen one player who can produce those launch conditions, and he's a regular playing partner of mine. He's in his early 60's, has never taken a lesson but still manages to play around scratch with a most unorthodox but effective home-grown swing. You can't understand how comical the 17* 1700 drive looks until you see my guy hit one in real life. Your first thought will likely be "that's absurd, I could never play my best golf hitting drives that look like that," and you'd be exactly right.
  18. Instead of thinking about differences in spin from one OEM's driver model to the next (which are subtle to the point of being inconsequential for most players anyway), the better way to think of them from a fitting perspective is differences in their directional bias. For example, in last year's Callaway line the Max was the most draw biased, the standard Mavrik had a more subtle draw bias, while the SZ was the most neutral/fade biased. That paradigm holds true for every major OEM's line to one degree or another.
  19. That's quite possible. I've inquired everywhere I can think of for an EI curve on both the Mid and Low and have gotten nowhere.
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