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  1. Any info on MB's and CB's? I really like the look of these vs. the first gen of the T series. I played CB's for many years but the 620 CB's just didn't do it for me. I've been holding out for an updated version with high hopes here. I haven't seen any info on any potential MB / CB update in this cycle yet, apologies if I missed it. Does anyone have any idea or heard any rumors?
  2. I would say the COR max situation is definitely true, for a very specific scientific approach to a repeatable testing pattern, as well as usage by Tour guys that are really really good. As far as increasing ball speed for me, take a look at the face of my driver and where I hit it. I've been as low as a +3, and I'm currently a 1.6, and my consistency and strike patterns definitely reflect that (all over the place). I don't know if it's a combination of spin, launch angle, etc. that also feeds into overall ball speed, but this guy has definitely not maxed out COR. Each manufacturer makes subtle changes from model to model and year to year. This one, for whatever reason seems to have made a positive impact to the manner in which I make contact. Forgiveness wise, it's still like 430cc's or whatever, it's not THAT much different. 430cc's is still a large, forgiving head. My first "real" driver was a Titleist PT with a DGS300 steel shaft at 43.5", 430cc's vs 460cc's for me, honestly just isn't that different. The big thing that impressed me beyond the low spin was how consistently straight I hit that TSi4. Back to back across maybe 35-40 balls going to my TSi3 and then TSi4 and back, just swapping the shaft, the apex, spin rate and offline variance was tremendously better with the TSi4, for me. Everyone else's mileage may vary, but that thing really seems to agree with me. From the limited interaction with it, I personally gained control vs. losing it, on top of the other benefits.
  3. Like I said, I'm not as good as I used to be, so for all I know that was just one or two swings with that attack angle. Nobody is accusing me of being Mr. Consistency with as little as I play these days. The one thing that was consistent for me was a significant reduction in spin rate with the TSi4 vs. the TSi3. The numbers you posted there are likely done with either machines or golfers that are way more consistent than I am. I definitely saw a reduction many order of magnitude more than the difference the MGS numbers you shared above. Again, everyone else's results may vary from mine. I have not ordered the TSi4 yet, I had a 3 day event this past weekend so I was focused on that vs. figuring out what driver to use. Now that Monday has come, you can see where I'm spending my time, haha. I am definitely going to order the TSi4, I'm just struggling with the fact that I just bought the TSi3 2 months ago. It's only money I guess, you gotta pay to play. That's what I'm trying to tell myself anyway. A quick look at the numbers from my FlightScope Mevo over the past month or so shows me mostly in the 2,400 to 2,600 RPM range with the TSi3. There's the odd outlier of 1,900 and 3,000 (Mr. Consistency strikes again!) but that's the general area. I am still shocked at the massive reduction in spin that I saw with that TSi4 head.
  4. FWIW, I hit the TSi4 on Thursday next to my TSi3. I picked up a full 5MPH ball speed from the TS3 to TSi3, same shaft, just a head change. Ultimately I went to a different shaft for my TSi3. I did the same comparison TSi3 to TSi4, same shaft, just a head change. Basically identical ball speed, spin rate literally about 700RPM lower. I'm not a typical WRX golfer that hits it 390 on the fly with a +8.2 index. I was a decent player a long time ago, don't play much now, my index is up to 1.9 now and I don't get after it as much as I used to. From memory here so bear with me, approximately 155MPH ball speed with both heads (plus or minus a MPH or two), 2500-2600 RPM with the TSI3 8 degree head at B2 (3/4 degree upright), carry in the 255-260 range, About 1700'ish RPM with the TSi4 head, 8 degree set to D4 (8.75 degrees of loft, standard lie), carry in the 260-265 range. I don't remember what the total distance numbers were as it's just an algorithm for rollout that I don't put a ton of trust into as each course, fairway, weather condition is different. The fitter commented on the attack angle as at one point it was like +7 or something? At any rate, his comment was "I didn't even know that was possible" which may be why I have needed to go down to the lower lofted driver over the years. Bottom line, for me, same ball speed, way lower RPM, and the loft with the lower spin had to go up higher to get the carry right, but wow was it a penetrating flight that looked like it just carried forever. Obviously it doesn't, but it was visually more of a flatter sustained trajectory vs. ballooning, and according to the Trackman numbers, it carried as far or slightly farther, with way less spin. For me, the leading edge looked very straight, and not a bulge / rounded face shape like the TSi3. Honestly I didn't like the looks at first, but that spin rate changed my mind on that really quickly. The leading edge view from above didn't look at all like the pics I have seen online. Your results and opinions may vary.
  5. 1. Nearest fitting location - Vans Golf Shop - Gilbert, AZ 2. City and State - Gilbert, AZ 3. Handicap - +0.1 4. Current Driver Setup? - Titleist TS3 / Graphite Design Tour AD MT6X 5. Where you fit for your current driver? - No 6. What TSi head do you want to test? - TSi3 7. Do you agree to participate in an ongoing testing thread, posting reviews and photos? Yes
  6. The more I think about this, I'd have to assume the course has changed a LOT since then. As I recall, they looked like old wooden pole power lines that you'd see on a farm. Couldn't have been 20-30 feet off the ground at the time. That satellite view makes it look like proper, modern metal tower supported power lines. Might be so high nowadays that you'd never look twice at them. I haven't been around Willow Lakes in quite some time. On a separate note, thanks for reminding me that I'm old, haha.
  7. Holy cow I got it right from memory that long ago! Willow Lakes. I just looked up a screenshot and counted the holes, it was #8 and I circled the power line and drew an arrow from the tee. Ridiculous memory I have!!!
  8. Reading threads here and a memory came up out of nowhere. Probably 20 years ago now, playing a course in Bellevue, NE with some friends. There are power lines that run through the golf course, and a couple of areas where they are low enough where theoretically they could be hit. We saw on the scorecard there was a local rule that if you hit the power lines, you replay the shot without penalty. Someone commented how impossible that must be. We get to about the 7th or 8th hole and one of our guys hits his driver and it clips the bottom of the power line about 50 yards in front of the tee. I say the bottom because the ball takes off, clips the power line, dips down in ball flight about 10 yards and then continues it's upward trajectory. Kind of an "S" shaped ball flight if you viewed it from the side. It was AMAZING, the sounds, the flight, just comical. So after we finish commenting on how crazy that was, my man tees it up again, and as God as my witness, he did it again. Clipped the bottom of the power line, same downward and then upward trajectory, same sound, everything. To this day, the most amazing back to back shot sequence I've ever witnessed. How about you?!
  9. > @tgg27 said: > I saw these today and thought they looked really good in person. I fought the urge to hit them since I figured if I did, I probably would have bought them. These and the MBs are the best of the new lineup. Did the short irons look as "heavy / overweight" in person as they do in the pictures?
  10. > > Because they look like ......... > > I hate to say it but I agree. I'm a Titleist guy through and through and carry 14 of them every day. My 714CB's are toast and I've been dying for the new ones. But I just can't even with these. I've got a session scheduled for Saturday and I think I'm going to get fit for the 718CB's before they disappear. I really don't want to go down that road but I just can't get over how overweight these look (I don't mean actual weight, I'm trying to be politically correct and not call them fatso's...).
  11. It was a single engine plane pulling a huge Geico banner circling the golf course all week. I have no idea how they get away with that. The mics pick up that noise and almost accentuate it. Completely ruined the viewing experience for me, I'm guessing I'm not the only one. Very similar experience to the vuvuzela's in South Africa for the World Cup a few years ago. I was hoping they would isolate the noise to filter out the plane like they did with those annoying things. I think BBC did that, clearly us Murican's don't possess that technology.
  12. Gary Woodland played Dismal River in Nebraska, just a hair over 7,000 yards, first time he saw it. 59.
  13. I don't know how this movie keeps getting left out. If you haven't seen Dead Solid Perfect, you have a mission. If Caddyshack is a 10 (and it is), Dead Solid Perfect is 9.9. [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FqZy-to7c"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FqZy-to7c[/url]
  14. You wanted opinions, so here's mine. I tried this working a full time job. Busted my hump, leaving every day at lunch to practice, stopping at the club every night on the way home from work to practice, 2-4 times a week before work to practice. Played both Saturday and Sunday and then practice, for 4 years. This isn't about your "natural" ability, this is about being absorbed in it nearly full time. Everyone you will play against on the mini tours has more time to devote to it than you do. Leaving the range at 7:30 to head to work while the guys who are trying to beat you are setting up on the first tee for a skins game followed by 3 more hours of practice will show you just how far behind you are. Hogan once said (paraphrasing) - "every day you take off from practice is another day longer until you are good". Take that down to the microscopic level, every hour those guys get in ahead of you is 1/5th of a shot, 1/10th of a shot, a full shot, saved during a round, across a tournament, across a season, it adds up. If you cannot devote every daylight hour to this, then just don't. It will put a strain on your job and your home life, no matter how supportive those around you are. It's just human nature to start to feel like you love golf more than them. There's a lot of money out there, and consequently a LOT of talented guys chasing it full time. I'm sure you were a hell of a player and can definitely be a hell of a player again, not taking anything from you. Just a guy talking from experience, there are literally thousands of guys with 2x, 3x, 4x more time available to devote to this. You tee it up in a tournament but start thinking about that big meeting with the CEO, your boss, etc. on Monday and it affects you. If you're going to work, it's at night in a job that requires little thinking and where your shift can be replaced by the first guy to answer the phone to work your hours. Anything more and your priorities are out of order and you don't stand a chance. I'm really not saying any of this to be super negative, you posted the question on a public forum, just trying to give you a dose of reality here. I've been through it, I have the blisters, the bank account and the divorce to show for it. Full time commitment or don't start. Feel free to PM me with any questions you may have. I'm happy to share my experiences with you. With all that said, you are more than welcome to prove me wrong, in fact I'd love for you to do that. It's a subject near and dear to my heart, and I will forever root for the guy who's sacrificing literally every moment of his life to make it work to chase his dream. Best of luck to you with whatever you decide.
  15. I'm a +2, been playing for over 20 years, I've holed one in my life, about 2 years after I started playing. It was late in the evening as the sun was setting and a buddy of mine and I were hitting bunker shots, closest to for $1, holed my 3rd one and did a victory lap around the entire (inside) of the bunker. Took me 10 minutes to rake it all. Never in any actual round of golf, no hole in ones either. Lots of chip ins and hole outs from the fairway. It happens for some people, not for others. Don't feel bad, someday when I'm 90 I'm going to have 12 hole in ones and 37 hole outs from greenside bunkers in one year. I can't wait.
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