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  1. As always amazing service from Leupold. I picked up the GX-3i 2 last week. Based on personal experience with the amazing customer service from Leupold on a few rifle scopes I own this was a no brainer. . Leupold won me over years (15) back when I fell off the side of a 20 foot cliff...(thank god for thick snow in Montana) Needless to say it messed up the scope, Leupold replaced it no questions asked and I told them what happen and it was all my fault. I think over the years I have now bought over 5-6K in products from them because that one time service. Also because I have NEVER had a problem with their products that was not my fault. Just amazing service and will always buy their product.
  2. [quote name='SwingLikeElk' timestamp='1393960907' post='8796919'] What's Elin up to these days? [/quote] Hahaha this one made me laugh. I will say you had better hope the lottery is up n value because she did get a NICE size settlement. (100mm)
  3. I think it could be a lot of people like to test. I admit and agree I am MORE than guilty of it! it is fun but I gave up trying and spending that much money and never finding the "match". I now get fitted on a TRACKMAN only. I like to actually hit balls and see the ball fly. I like to see the ball actually fly 280 with a baby draw and look back and see the machine match it. Then you know your on the right track. What really matters it what happens outside on the course so why not hit outside so you can actually see what is happening? I will note and have started to do this in driver shaft testing.....hit the BALL you play. ([i]I use shag bag balls from last year, I rotate out every year and hit the old ones)[/i] I learned this with two local pros I play with (one who qualified for 3 PGA championships...!). They noted that when they get fit "IT IS ALL IN"..as they call it. They will test with the ball they play with when it comes to Drivers and woods. It is only the true way to know they say. I watched one put $250+ worth of PRO V1x down a range...! [i]** He did pick up all of them he could find... and he gets them half of what we pay![/i] If you do not test with the ball you play then it seems odd to me with a driver for sure. Maybe not so much with irons. Look at the magazine test. Some of the balls spin off a driver a difference of 800-1100 rpm. When everyone is shooting for 2800 +/- rpm the ball could make a 30-40% difference in spin. At the big box it seems most go to and I know it is convenient ( I go there to test stuff ) but I do not recall ever seeing a PRO V1 with marks on the balls they use. Most are distance balls.
  4. I just did this test two weeks ago. I hit the Apex and Apex pros, MP 64's and 714 AP2's. I like the pros but in the end I went the AP2's. Distance was almost dead on with Pros and AP2's. Best feel of course was the 64's... sure sweet but also 6-10 yards shorter. Did not like the regular APEX so put them to the side. The pros had a muted feel to me.. still nice but muted. Maybe I am the only one that feels that way? AP2's click (sound) at impact but the feel is smooth and does not come off as clickish (surprised me honestly based on the sound). Based on the difference in feel and yardage pretty much the same I went AP2's. I do not think you can go wrong with Apex pros and I do like the matte finish.
  5. [quote name='chaffeeba25' timestamp='1393876371' post='8788948'] I am looking for some driver advice from some the knowledgeable posters from this site. I am looking at upgrading from my Titleist 910 D3 (ahina-S) 44.25" to the new Callaway Big Bertha Alpha. I went to my big box retailer over the weekend to compare the two against each other on the launch monitor. I play to a 2 hdcp with a average SS of 103 mph and know some of the basic measurables but cant decipher the data. Below are some of the averages between the two. I tested the Alpha X-Flex, standard length, standard set up, 9 deg loft, Gravity core set up for lower spin. Titleist 910 D3 Callaway Alpha Ahina-S 44.25" Fubuki-X 45.5" Ball Speed 147.7 148.8 Launch Ang. 12.6 11.1 Side Spin 339 365 Back Spin 2678 2641 Total Spin 2702 2672 Decent Ang. 40 38 Carry 255 256 Offline 13.84 4.77 Peak Height 36.51 32.53 I am comfortable playing shorter length drivers but am afraid of cutting down an X-stiff. Unfortunately they did not have the 60gram Stiff Fubuki to compare. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. [/quote] Timely post.... Your specs and mine are almost identical. Same driver and shaft. Swing speed 102-105. My handicap is 5.1 currently so you must have way better short game . I finally picked up new irons after 5 years (I15's now 714 AP2's) So had the "itch" to see if a new driver should go in the bag. I have only had the driver for about a year honestly and love it. The 910 fit better than 913 on Trackman so bought it instead and save $70 from dealer. This last weekend working in the new irons I was still "Itching" So I had to scratch that itch. I was able to test mine current setup Vs BB Alpha / SLDR 430 / BIO Cell + and of course the 913 again. I did not gain anything but maybe 5+/- yards with one driver. On the Alpha and SLDR they had to crank the loft up around 11 +/- as I do not generate enough spin with those heada and it would fall out of the sky. Sweeping swing not descending it what the fitter noted causing the low spin. Yardage was only 1-2 yards difference once adjusted and both about equal offline. Maybe a bit better with the Alpha... but not the SLDR. The BIO Cell + was the best honestly and really surprised me. Cobra has done a great job with that driver. It felt good and I actually gained around 5 yards over mine once set up. Down side I like my driver open a bit and you can not do that with adjustments on the Cobra...odd by the way they do not offer it. [i]If Cobra makes an new fit system that allows to open up the driver I think it would sell twice as well as it does now.[/i] The 913 well that was the same song, same partner, same dance. The 910 is 3-4 yards longer and sometimes more. In the end I am keeping the 910. What I did learn, I am going back and testing the new shafts. I believe distance is there with the new ones. The fitter tossed a couple at me and I did get some minor improvements but we did not have time to [b]really[/b] test them out. I do believe if you swing 110+ the new heads are awesome to help spin rate, if your a mortal (LOL) then I would say keep it and test new shafts. The adaptor is the same for both so you can see if any of the new shafts gains you yardage. STILL VERY HAPPY THOUGH as I went ahead and bought a LEUPOLD GX-3i 2 Rangefinder today Sure was as much as a new driver but I hope it will help shave a stroke or two off. Maybe it will help get me down to a 2 handicap. Good luck.
  6. Been a while since my last post. Family, work and squeezing in some golf does not afford me much time on the forum. That said I am in the mood for new irons. I play to around a 6-7 Hdcp right now. I carry a 7 Iron about 175ish at seal level. (Colorado around 190ish... love the 10% :nyam:) Below is a list I have come up with so far that I like. I have hit them all but not played them on the course yet. As the title says I am more of a sweeper or very shallow divot player. Let me know your thoughts on each. Titleist AP2 712 (Like the control I seemed to have with them. They seemed potentially shorter than the others) Titleist AP2 714 (not out yet but based on changes wondering. I can wait a couple of months on the order time) Mizuno MP64s (Love the clubs feel but wondering how much I will have to practice to stay sharp with them. Distance was about the same as current clubs) Ping I-20s (I hit the CFS X flex with cushion and was amazed at the soft feel...granted it was muted feel. Seemed long, almost like a hot spot or something.) All shafts (Minus Ping...well maybe) would be KBS Tour Stiff + shafts. Appreciate any input from people have tried these. Bw Ps: Cost is not an issue as I won a few little tourneys and have around $1000 merchandise funds to spend
  7. [quote name='texcrom' timestamp='1342364142' post='5279184'] For those of you who have asked, No Trades please. Also, internet has been down in my area and will not be back up until this evening (thank you, AT&T). I apologize for the inconvenience. I am at Starbucks responding to messages. Thanks. [/quote] No problem, sent you a PM on how you wanted payment on the 910
  8. [quote name='patrickw25' timestamp='1316653854' post='3581169'] I play a 61x in my R11. I like it quite a lot. Feels pretty similar to a Whiteboard 63x. Smooth, nice big kick, but with fairly low launch and low spin. I'm not sure you'll find another low launch/low spin shaft that feels as good as this one. [/quote] I agree with Patrick. I just used one in a R11 driver for about 4-5 rounds, it was 61x. It was cut down to 45". It is a local Pro-friend who let me use it while getting over an injury. It is a very very nice shaft. I was thinking of getting one for my driver. It loads very well and,pretty hard to get it to snap left. Feels very good in the hands. Now worth the money...depends. I have a fubuki 63x in my driver and I like it as much if not more. My Nike and the R11 had the same distance and accuracy so can not complain. The Fubuki to me just felt more better at impact. Granted that could be the different heads too (TM Vs Nike). I would say its a excellent shaft but unless you were fitted for it, not sure I would just buy it. It surprising what you end up with when getting fitted right, I was not a fan of the MITS- Blue Board but it turned out to be the exact fit I needed for my 3 wood in 80 grams. Who knew....
  9. Started gaming the MS BLACK ROUND about 3 weeks ago. Very nice driver. I am still not sure about the sound, but it is as long as anything else I have played. Very low spin and straight. For what I paid (137.50 to the house) how can you not try it out.
  10. [/quote] Only because Chuck Norris never golfed. He could roundhouse kick a ball farther than Tiger could ever hit one. [/quote] HAHAHAHA Nice pulled out the Chuck Norris... Hey 300+ yard drives exist for all people.. come to Colorado in about a month!!! You get 10-15% distance gain for the altitude AND in October the ground is FIRM and FAST so the ball runs forever
  11. I have hit all 3 outdoors. The MP59's are the ones I would go with. They have a different feel, but if you get the right angle of attack they are as soft feeling as any other MIzzo. I have had people tell me my back up set (I15's) feel VERY clicky, but I only felt that in the beggining then I figured out the angle need for the club and the feel is as soft as my MB1 blades. <--- TOOK a long time to figure it out, but did gain 5-8 yards too. Will more then likely get a combo set of MP59's and MP69's over the winter. EDIT: Also got to hit the MP63's at Common Grounds (Aurora Co.) over the weekend with a playing partner. Very nice iron might want to look at those too.
  12. I did the same thing years back, switched over to a blade (MB1's) and loved the feel. I was hitting 2-3 times a week and playing 1-2 times a week. THEN winter came to Colorado and I felt like I had to start all over again. The first month was a work in progress. I really hated it the secon spring as all the fun courses / tourneys where early that I liked and I was playing like poop. I will say the best rounds I played where with them and the WORST rounds also. It is a true love hate relationship... Just a thought, why not get a combo set? I am thinking about it with the same irons but long irons would be the MP59's. Get the long irons in the new MP59 and the middle/short irons in the MP68's? I hit the MP59's and I have to be honest, if the wife was not with me at the time they would have been ordered. Nice thing with Mizzo's you can bend them to have all the lofts matched for equal distance spacing as you like. as noted above though, GET FIT WITH THE RIGHT SHAFT no matter what you buy.
  13. So what is the best place to buy Fubuki or Fujikura shafts online? I think it will be between those to brands...
  14. [quote name='jabrch' timestamp='1315235822' post='3542908'] The Talamonti X Stiff might be a good fit. It's not expensive at all. But Im not sure how much a shaft can be "anti-left". [b]If your face is closed or your path or hands come that way[/b], you are going to go left - shaft or not... I get what you are asking for - but I have a hard time imagining a shaft making enough a difference on R/L. Have you considered opening the face on your driver a degree or two? [/quote] Good point above on the hands. The lefts I have are only when I step on it. Loading the stock shaft I can feel it releasing. Tthe ball flight starts outs right (10-15 yards) of the target, then goes out about 200 yards or so, then starts coming left and I would say about 30-40 yards..! It still goes about 250 or so but then it RUNS out like 30 yards!!! If I "slow" the tempo of my swing a bit it will go dead straight or the 10 yard fade, which what I prefer. Could it be just the torque of the stock shaft? I looked at my old shafts and they range from 2.9 - 3.8 torque range and the stock shaft has [b]6.9[/b]? Could that be the real issue? I really do like the ball flight it is very pentetrating. Heck maybe I should just buy a real Fubuki shaft with torque around 3.0ish and low launch and see?? Look for a pull as noted previous??
  15. So how is this shaft? [url="http://www.golfsmith.com/products/4991W/UST_Mamiya/Proforce_AXIVCore_Tour_Green_60_Wood_Shaft#BVRRWidgetID"]http://www.golfsmith.com/products/4991W/UST_Mamiya/Proforce_AXIVCore_Tour_Green_60_Wood_Shaft#BVRRWidgetID[/url] Never played with a UST and I think I can get one for a good price...
  16. I have the ProLaunch RED in a Driver now and I have not been a fan of it. I will look around at the White Board, is the F1 any good?
  17. [quote name='phizzy30' timestamp='1315186843' post='3542015'] . I had a TP6HD and it took a lot of work to get that sucker to even draw but that shaft seems to be out of your price range. [/quote] That Matrix shaft is $500-1000 looking online.... Ok so I noted "cheap" but I was thinking $100-200 range. this Machspeed driver was only to finish out the year and mess around with honestly. I am waiting for the R11 to drop and will pick up just the head over the winter. Then spend $250-500 on the right shaft for next seasons tourneys.. Sorry I should have clarified my price point.
  18. [quote name='phizzy30' timestamp='1315186843' post='3542015'] Anything that is extremely stiff in the tip, mid and butt section are pretty much anti-left and launch low. I had a TP6HD and it took a lot of work to get that sucker to even draw but that shaft seems to be out of your price range. I don't think your swing speed is 108 if you're carrying it 280. My average carry with driver is 285+ and my swing speed is 120 when I swing hard. Your probably closer to 115. I consider the whiteboard, matrix HD line and the ahina anti-left. [/quote] I was almost dead on with a Sold swing at 108 on the trackman, not pushing it really hard. As I noted living in Colorado helps as the ball will carry at least 20 yards more in the air. I will look up the shafts you mentioned. Based on reviews from the forums the Harrison Saga looks interesting.
  19. Baseline stats:I swing between 105-108 with my driver. I have always had a late release/lag in my swing, now and then when I stand on it if snaps, not bad hoenstly but it is not controled. I am trying to find a 60-65 gram X flex shaft that is considered anti-left. Current shaft is a Fubuki "X" flex in that is in a Mach Speed Black (Round) I can get this shaft to carry about 270-280 and roll out about 20-30 yards so pretty happy other then the occasional lefties. *Have to love Colorado AIR... I am not looking to speed $300 for a shaft as the driver new only cost me $150. It is a really good driver if you can get past the sound on impact... :good: it is frozen rope when hit on the screws.!! EDIT: Just looked up the specs for the Stock Fubki shaft. Very light (54 Grams) where I am used to 63-65 and the torque is 6.9...!!! No wonder it feels flippy at times I step on it.
  20. Hmmm alot of views but no one has tried this? Guess that answers my question
  21. I have played both and I have the I15's in the bag now. They were just better overall and one thing for sure PING's hold up well..! I would agree that they may not be the longest, but not the shortest. but they are very tight on pattern. Even toe/heel shots stay well online. Once you get them dailed to you and catch it right they feel as soft as most clubs. Again on the distance they are not the longest club made, but if your in the sweet pot they are good on length. I use 1/2" over 2 up with ZZ65 shafts as far a setup.
  22. I have some driver shafts lying around that I would like to try in my Nike MSB driver. Getting the Str8-fit tip is not easy, seems the BAY is the only place. I found this website tonight and the only thing they sell is the Str8-fit adapter. A google search on the company and the only thing that comes up is the email address, and it is listed to a GolfWRX member. So wondering if any WRX members have tried it. http://fairwaygolfsg...--P1993707.aspx
  23. Nice never heard of that place.. I guess I need to spend less time on the course and more on the forums
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