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  1. Eagle Springs is not something worth driving a long distance for, but it is absolutely a fun 9 holes of golf. Several greens with very fun slopes, including #1 and #4 (and I believe it is the par 3 7th?). The volcano green on #2 is obviously the claim to fame, and it is a fun and challenging hole to play. I would certainly recommend it as a worthwhile stop!
  2. Looking for, ideally, heads only in 4-P of the NL 902s or PING i210/200s. If you only have a shafted set, please let me know, as I still may be interested. Please include price shipped to 53207, thanks! Ryan
  3. Just picked up a set of Nippon Modus 125s (a shaft that I really enjoyed previously, but have recently been playing PX LZs and wanted to switch back) and am looking for a set of heads to toss on them, but I am very torn on which direction to go. In the meantime, my old faithful Adams MB2s are in the bag.... Looking for a little more long iron forgiveness and launch compared to the J40s without going too clunky and wide-soled, and these 3 (New Level 902, Hogan PTx Pro/Icon combos, and i210) seem to be the finalists. First off, should I expect any significant differences between the J40s and
  4. Are they standard loft or one of the power/retro spec sets?
  5. How did the pricing through Club Champion work out? Basically pay the same price as on Hogan's website, plus the MSRP of the shafts, plus build cost? I'm assuming it would basically be the same as with other brands, but wasn't positive given that it's basically one of very few places to be able to hit their clubs before purchase.
  6. If you feel that the Apex 19 are a compact head...stick with the Apex 19. If you care about the absolute distance that a numbered iron is carrying, and don't ignore that completely and instead focus on descent angle, spin, launch angle, dispersion, etc...stick with the Apex 19. If you fit into the Apex 19 over the Apex Pros...stick with the Apex 19. If you want to buy a set of irons because of looks...get Mizuno MP20 MBs ?
  7. Just get some Pro Dots and have them stripped! But don't try to do it with the standard Apex Pro heads...the cup face will not strip properly.
  8. You won’t be disappointed! That’s really about the perfect one day Bandon routine, and you will leave wishing you could just stay and play those two courses again...and then realize that there are three more full courses, plus an all world par 3. You will be back...?
  9. I guess that's not too surprising. I would absolutely expect they spin less and launch higher than a comparable Icon. Wonder if they would bend just the PTX Pros a degree weak?
  10. For those of you that went with the combo set, what other recent irons would you compare the PTx Pro long irons to in terms of performance (forgiveness, spin rate, etc)? I’ve seen plenty of photos and understand that the top line is a little thicker, but am interested in a set and trying to decide between a combo or straight Icons, but the extra forgiveness in the long irons sounds tempting and would likely allow me to play them thru the 4 iron (currently playing Adams MB2s with a new level 4995 HB in the 4 iron slot).
  11. Just preference? Because they allow them for disability...at least that’s my understanding.
  12. I have no real reason to be considering a new set of irons, but these Hogan PTx Pro's, now that there is a combo set available with the Icons in the scoring irons, have certainly caught my eye. I've read plenty of reviews and believe I have an idea, but wanted to see what current or recent models these would compare to in terms of ballflight, forgiveness, etc. I have certainly read plenty about the appearance, feel, etc., so I'm moreso looking for performance comparisons.
  13. Oh, and it would also be a less than ideal place to go for a group who's primary reason to go on a golf trip is cruise around on carts and get sloshed. If that's you, it also might be the wrong place (but it also might open your eyes to what a real golf trip could be!).
  14. The only thing I could anticipate being the reason that one would choose not to go to Bandon (aside from time and money) would be being an extremely fair weather golfer who knows that bad weather will ruin their day (and, if that is you, props for recognizing it...shame, still). Either that, or a desperate need to score well in order to have fun and enjoy a trip, without realizing that the courses at Bandon, aside from the miserably bad weather days (which are still a blast to play golf in), are extremely scoreable without feeling "easy." I've only been there twice, and watching the US Am on
  15. Have you been up to sand valley? They’re more tame than many of those, as well as Bandon greens on several of their courses, and I can think of a couple out on Pine Hills that are more severe. I thought the greens at Lac la Belle were what will undoubtedly become their greatest feature!
  16. Not that I'm saying the other options are necessarily bad choices, but with my backyard mat and net setup, I chose a cheaper tripod. Versatile in terms of what surface you want to stand it on (including any backyard setup), and you can quickly and easily adjust height, and microadjust camera angle. Works wonderfully for video capture. And any new iPhone should do, they all have the ability to capture decent slow-mo. Plus, no need to buy a second or third stick just to hold the thing up...and you can much more rapidly change from face-on to down the line view (just pick up the thing and mov
  17. 25g of lead tape? That sounds quite abnormal. What type of swingweight scale are you using? Does it typically provide accurate or consistent results for you? Holding the club, does it feel like D2? Or does it feel like a sledgehammer? Is the length actually 45.5"?
  18. I'm in! Would love to compare this setup (which is basically identical) to my current PING G410 Plus!
  19. Too bad they wasted it on a pool and tennis courts
  20. I don't blame you for your take at all. I've played there a handful of times before on significant online "hot deals," but each time it just kinda reaffirms my thoughts on the place and was the reason that I was never very surprised to hear that it was having such financial difficulty. For me, golf is enjoyed when walking, and that is absolutely not happening at the Bull. My friend who played there long ago in a high school tournament said that they were shuttling them between an obscene number of the holes, which is not surprising given the routing and how far most tee boxes are from the p
  21. Still pretty heavy in the grow in phase, or at least it was 3 weeks ago when I played there. It's going to be a tremendous course with some fantastic green complexes, but I certainly wouldn't expect much in terms of conditioning when you go, fair warning, especially on the greens. Was still a fun round though, nonetheless, so I'm absolutely not saying to avoid it.
  22. The problem with a question like this will always be personal preference, and thats the beauty of Bandon. Honestly, as I play the courses more (sadly was last there in February before Sheep Ranch opened), my rankings and feelings have also evolved. If you plan on going back, I'd probably skip SR and give it at least another year to mature. As for the others, I'll try to summarize my thoughts very briefly for someone who hasn't played there before, in descending order of preference. Keep in mind, no answer is truly wrong, as they're all spectacular for various reasons. Pacific Dunes: obvio
  23. "Links style" is a wildly overused term, but if i were to ever use it I would define a place like Sand Valley as "links style," given the turf conditions and architecture of the course. Washington County would, at least in my book, most certainly not be in that category. It is, however, a fun course to play on some rolling farmland. It is easily my second most frequently played course, behind only Brown Deer, which usually wins out due to proximity for me (20 minutes vs 45). I think you would enjoy playing either course quite a bit. I'd give the nod to Brown Deer, but Washington County ma
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