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The Golf War

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The Golf War“[2] is the third episode of the second season of Gravity Falls and the 23rd episode of the series overall. It premiered on August 11, 2014 on Disney XD.

Official overview

After being belittled by Pacifica one too many times, Mabel challenges her to a miniature golf-off which gets a tad out of control when some local residents offer their help.[2]

Synopsis

The episode begins with Dipper watching TV. Stan comes in and offers him some “Stan-cakes,” which Stan states are like pancakes but probably have some of his hair in them. Dipper says he’ll pass. Mabel then bursts into the room exclaiming her accomplishment of getting an article accepted into the Gravity Falls Gossiper. Her happiness comes to an end when Stan reads out that the article is one that Pacifica Northwest wrote about how “w-necks” are the new look of the season. Mabel sadly walks to the living room table and takes a bitter shot of orange juice. She states that she wants to get something off her mind, and then a commercial for the “Putt Hutt” comes on. Dipper suggests that they all go there, stating that Mabel loves mini-golf. The Pines family and Soos then leave the shack, leaving Waddles in charge.

At the mini-golf place, everybody is having fun. Casual shenanigans take place in random spots while the Pines family are at one of the holes. Dipper, Stan and Soos do terribly while Mabel makes holes-in-one on almost every single hole. Soon, her playing has amassed a crowd of onlookers. Finally, they make it to the last hole where Dipper states that if she gets a hole-in-one here, she will have beat her previous high score. Mabel hits the ball which first enters and then exits the windmill but then misses the hole and comes to rest in a puddle. Disappointed, Stan tries to cheer her up as the crowd of onlookers disperse. As Stan tells her she’s still the best mini-golfer in Gravity Falls, a pinkish-purple golf ball rolls by and lands in the hole. It’s Pacifica’s ball. Walking up she greets each of them with insults: Fat for Soos, Old for Stan, Lame for Dipper, and Braces for Mabel.

Dipper attempts to remind Pacifica that the Northwest family are frauds,[3] but she brushes it off and gets a hole-in-one on the bonus volcano hole. Mabel finally snaps and challenges Pacifica to a golf-off, but closing time forces them to postpone it until midnight.

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At a restaurant, Mabel is ready to give up, until Dipper says that if she beats Pacifica, she could never rag on her again, and also suggests they break into the golf course after dark to practice beforehand. After Dipper says this, Mabel daydreams herself in a store, in which she offends Pacifica as a “beach valley girl stereotype”. Before they go in, Stan gives Mabel a gold trophy sticker for encouragement.

Dipper and Mabel discover the Lilliputtians.

Their practice round does not start out well as each of Mabel’s attempts at the windmill hole fall short. Believing something is off, Dipper takes a closer look at the windmill. After hearing an odd sound, he removes one of the windmill’s panels revealing that inside is actually an intricate hive of chutes and ramps bustling with activity as dozens of miniature creatures with golf ball-shaped heads scurried about. Once the initial shock of being discovered is over, the tiny windmill inhabitants introduce themselves as Lilliputtians.

Franz, the leader of the windmill Lilliputtians, explains that they control the mini-golfer’s balls for this hole of the course. As a matter of fact, each of the course’s holes is monitored by a rival group of Lilliputtians. Right on cue, the Pirate Lilliputtians from the pirate ship hole begin shouting insults at the windmill Lilliputtians. Soon, the French Lilliputtians from the Eiffel Tower hole join in the shouting fray followed by the little knights of the castle hole. The shouting quickly escalates into an all-out brawl as the different mini-golf factions fight amongst themselves.

Mabel stops the Lilliputtian brawl.

Watching the mini-factions in their attempts to combat aggressively, the Pine twins quickly find their antics more amusing than threatening. Trying not to chuckle, Mabel makes them stop fighting, stating that their fighting is actually adorable. Franz tells her that although their fighting may be adorable, the rivalry caused by their inability to determine which of their groups is the superior group is very real. If only, he sadly laments, there was some way to determine which group was the best and end their fighting. At that moment, a French Lilliputtian notices Mabel’s trophy sticker. As they all stare in awe and excitement, one of the tiny knights kneels on one knee and pleads with Mabel to help them end their dispute by awarding the sticker to the group she believes is the best. At first, she is hesitant to get involved but then Dipper suggests that this could actually give them an advantage over Pacifica. He explains that if she tells them that the group that helps her the most to win this contest will get the sticker, then each of the hole’s groups will end up helping her, and not Pacifica, thereby practically guaranteeing Mabel the win. Mabel thinks this looks a lot like cheating but after Dipper convinces her otherwise, she decides to do it.

Pacifica arrives and they begin the competition and with the Lilliputtians help, Mabel is quickly in the lead. After the tiny miners do an exceptionally good job, Mabel confides that she thinks they’re in the lead. Seeing Mabel do this, the tiny Dutchmen, believing she is now favoring the miners, decide that killing Pacifica will would definitly win Mabel’s favor and kidnap her during a break between holes.

Dipper and Mabel are in good spirits when suddenly, the windmill’s spotlights turn on revealing a confused and irate Pacifica, securely tied to the windmill. Franz explains that by killing her, Mabel will win and have to award the trophy sticker to the Dutch Lilliputtians. Not to be outdone, the little pirate people turn on the pirate ship’s floodlights and show that they have captured and tied up Sergei, Pacifica’s mini golf trainer, and unless they are awarded the sticker, they’ll make him walk the plank. Soon each group is shouting that the sticker should be awarded to themselves until Mabel finally shouts, “Enough! Nobody gets the sticker!” Mabel then has an epiphany and realizes that rivalries are senseless and dumb. Declaring they’re all acting like jerks and nobody wins, Mabel rips the trophy sticker off her sweater and eats it. Adding that real winners are those that work with each other, not against each other.

Mabel and Pacifica work together to battle the Lilliputtians.

The Lilliputtians suddenly have an epiphany of their own. They realize that the only way for them to get the trophy sticker now is by working together because only by working together will they have any chance of capturing Mabel, slicing open her stomach and retrieving the trophy sticker. After Mabel saves Pacifica, Mabel and Pacifica work together to fight off the unified Lilliputtians and find a way out of the mini-golf park. Eventually, everyone escapes, except for Sergei.

Mabel being nice to Pacifica.

Finally free from the Lilliputtians, Mabel speed-apologizes to Pacifica for what happened, gives her a sticker (I A-PAW-LOGIZE) as a peace offering and offers to give her a ride home. She declines the ride until the sounds of a pending storm change her mind. While in the car, Pacifica is surprised they’re allowed to eat in the car and reveals she is unfamiliar with sharing (or as she pronounces it, “shaw-ring”) and thinks it is a handover, when Mabel offers her one of her leftover tacos.

When they arrive at her house, Pacifica mutters “thanks for the ride or whatever” and then admits to Mabel that she had fun tonight. She even compliments Soos on his “w-neck.” As Pacifica walks up to her houses gate, Dipper asks Mabel if the feud between her and Pacifica is over. She responds that progress has been made and that, “Pacifica is just an ordinary kid like us.” At that very moment, the gates open up revealing an expansive courtyard and circular driveway complete with fountains, statues, sculpted hedges, and a couple of roaming peacocks behind which looms the huge Northwest mansion. Beneath a colorful canopy of bursting fireworks, a large illuminated sign sits upon the mansion’s roof displaying “Congratulations Pacifica” in large, bright pink letters. This excessive display of wealth prompts Dipper to declare they should have charged her for the taco, to which Mabel wholeheartedly agrees.

The Pines family heads back to the Mystery Shack, unaware that clinging to their license plate is a very tiny, and very angry, Franz. Vowing revenge, the Lilliputtian schemes and threatens until a pothole flings him head first into a sand trap. During the ending credits, the Lilliputtians perform a song and dance number for the captive Sergei.

Credits

  • Written by:
    • Jeff Rowe
    • Alex Hirsch
  • Directed by:
    • Matt Braly
  • Storyboards by:
    • Matt Braly
    • Alonso Ramirez Ramos
  • With the Voice Talents of:
    • Jason Ritter as Dipper Pines
    • Kristen Schaal as Mabel Pines
    • Alex Hirsch as Stan Pines and Soos Ramirez
    • Jackie Buscarino as Pacifica Northwest
    • Frank Caliendo as Sergei
    • Patton Oswalt as Franz
  • Additional Voices:
    • Matt Chapman as French Lilliputtian
    • Gregory Michael Cipes as Craz
    • Jim Cummings as Pirate Lilliputtian
    • Nathan Fillion as Preston Northwest
    • Alex Hirsch as Old Man McGucket
    • John O’Hurley as Knight Lilliputtian
    • Kevin Michael Richardson as Big Henry
    • John Roberts as Xyler
    • Kari Wahlgren as Priscilla Northwest and Polly
  • Casting by:
    • Sara Jane Sherman

Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Character revelations

  • Mabel’s had her braces ever since she was at least nine years old.
  • Mabel and Pacifica are both extremely talented mini-golfers.
    • Mabel has been an excellent mini-golf player ever since childhood and had even won 1st place in a junior competition when she was nine years old.
    • Pacifica claims to be a globally ranked mini-golf player.
  • Pacifica literally doesn’t know what sharing is, nor how to pronounce it. She pronounces it as “shaw-ring.”

Series continuity

  • Dipper is watching a rerun of the Duck-tective episode Stan watched in “TV Shorts 2,” while he is eating cereal.
  • Dipper mentions the Pines family has experienced a stressful last few days, referencing the events of “Scary-oke” and “Into the Bunker.”
  • On a wall near the 18th hole, is graffiti of Robbie’s signature explosion muffin.
  • Mabel and Pacifica continue their rivalry, which was fermented in “Double Dipper.”
  • Dipper mentions the Northwest family being frauds, as revealed in “Irrational Treasure.”
  • Mabel has her Sticktionary, which was first seen in the short “Mabel’s Guide to Stickers.”
  • Stan’s real name, Stanley, is revealed on his licence plate.

Songs featured

  • Minigolf Skillz
  • Singing the Driving Song
  • We Control the Balls

Trivia

  • Viewership: This episode was viewed by 1.3 million viewers on its premiere night.[citation needed]
  • This is the first episode in which animation production is done by Yearim Productions Co., Ltd. Normally Gravity Falls is animated by Rough Draft Studios or Digital eMation.
  • Although Pitt Cola has been seen in almost every episode, this is the first time it is mentioned out loud. This is also the first time the soda is revealed to contain actual peach pits.
  • The duck that tried to eat the Lilliputtians bears a striking resemblance to Duck-tective.
  • This is the first time a gun has been shot on screen.
  • Although the subtitles translate the French Lilliputtian’s speech, “Je ne sais quoi sacrebleu au revoir!” as “I don’t actually speak French,” it actually means “Whatever damn Goodbye!
  • The episode’s name may be a wordplay on the 1990 Gulf War.

Cryptograms

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Key: WHATEVS

  • During the ending credits of this episode, there is a cryptogram that reads “NLMXQWWN IIZ LZFNF.” Once decoded using vigenère cipher, it reads “REMEMBER BIG HENRY.
    • Found on castle wall, right after the golf cart dodges the giant swinging axes, the keyword is: “WHATEVS

End page.

  • The page section revealed at the end of the episode says, “9-12-20 11-23-10 5-12-19-19-8-15-10-17 9-10 4-16-19 17-6-19-19-10/” on the left and on the right says, “21-23-10’4 16-19-12-8 22-3-4 1-9-10-20-19-6 1-16-23-4 16-19’5 5-19-19-10.” After being put through all of the ciphers, it translates to “OLD MAN SLEEPING ON THE GREEN” and “CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER WHAT HE’S SEEN.

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Cobra Baffler XL Irons Review – Performance At A Crazy Low Price

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Cobra Baffler XL Irons Review

Today I’ll be reviewing the Cobra Baffler XL game-improvement iron set, said to deliver “easy distance and consistently higher ball flight” for those seeking maximum forgiveness.

The Baffler XL irons supposedly offer tremendous value for the price. How much truth is there to this statement?

Are they worth the buy? What are their weaknesses? Read on to get all the answers to your questions.

Quick Verdict

Rating: 4.8/5 (Excellent)

Pros

  • relatively inexpensive
  • easy to get up in the air whether from the rough or a tight lie (great for those who tend to hit it low)
  • superb look and feel
  • very solid and consistent distance
  • very good forgiveness

Cons

  • not the longest iron out there
  • trajectory may be too high for some
  • some may find the weight of the iron to be a bit uncomfortable

Classification: Game-Improvement

Best suited for: Golfers on a tighter budget, or high handicaps looking for a higher ball flight and solid forgiveness. The Baffler XL irons can certainly be enjoyed by lower handicaps as well.

Best Places To Buy Online

The Baffler is quite an old model, which makes it more difficult to find online. However, the upside to this is that you can get them for dirt cheap.

You can currently find Baffler XL irons on this eBay page and on this Global Golf page at very low prices. I would definitely recommend eBay in this case.

Want a high-resolution look at the Baffler XL irons? Click on the composite image at the top of the page and navigate the photos on the left-hand side of the screen.

What are the reviews like?

The Baffler XL irons have had a superb reception — for example, they have a 4.5/5 on Amazon, 4.9/5 on Global Golf, and a 4.9/5 (100% recommended) on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website.

They have been praised for their easy-to-hit cool-looking profile, very generous mis-hit forgiveness, reliable distance, and also being easy to get up in the air from a variety of lies. Buyers are amazed at the performance given the relatively low price (sub $300.00 for a 4-GW steel set).

In terms of negatives, some golfers find the weight of the iron to be uncomfortable, and others find the trajectory to be too high for their tastes.

What are the features?

Cobra’s Baffler XL irons are said to provide “easy distance and consistent higher ball flight for the aspiring golfer”. They are intended for golfers who are looking for maximum forgiveness.

Features of the irons include:

  • an oversized face design with a progressive offset that produces a higher and more forgiving trajectory. Note that the offset tends to promote a draw, and since the longer irons have more offset they will be more draw-biased (and thus less workable) than the shorter irons.
  • a wide sole with oversized rails, engineered to deliver smooth turf interaction for more consistent distance from shot to shot.
  • a deep undercut cavity behind an unsupported face which moves weight back (away from the face) — this increases moment of inertia (MOI) and hence increases ball speeds and accuracy across the face.
  • a low center of gravity (CG) that helps get the ball up in the air from any lie.

Stock Info

Similar to the Fly-Z XL irons, the lofts of the Baffler irons are higher than what you might typically find on other irons.

Specifications for the iron and the stock shafts are presented in the tables below.

NameLoftLieLengthSwing Weight (Steel/Graphite) 421°60.5°39.25″D3/D1 524°61.5°38.5″D3/D1 627°62.5°37.75″D3/D1 730.5°63°37.25″D3/D1 834.5°63.5°36.75″D3/D1 939°64°36.25″D3/D1 PW43.5°64.5°36″D3/D1 GW48.5°65°35.75″D4/D2 SW54°65°35.5″D5/D3 ModelFlexWeightKickpointTorqueTip Diameter Baffler XL True Temper SteelS, R110g (S) 105g (R)Mid (S) Low (R)Low (S) Mid (R)0.370 Baffler XL GraphiteS, R, Lite65g (S) 55g (R) 55g (Lite)MidLow (S) Mid (R) Mid (Lite)0.335

How do these irons perform?

Forgiveness

The Baffler XL iron definitely does not disappoint in the forgiveness department. It competes with many of the more expensive irons in its class.

Distance, direction and trajectory are both impressively consistent even on mis-hits. The Baffler XL tends to resist sidespin and thus helps to alleviate hooks and slices.

When it comes to the shorter irons, you should have little to no problem getting less-than-perfect shots to fly high and land soft into the green.

Distance

Golfers who have slower swing speeds and hit it low with a low spin rate will generally have the best distance results with the Baffler XL irons. In these cases, players can potentially realize distance gains of upwards of 10 yards over their previous irons.

Distances are consistent and reliable, thanks in part to the rails on the sole.

The higher MOI translates to very good ball speed retention on off-center hits.

Playability/Trajectory

As mentioned previously, the Baffler XL irons tend to produce high shots (due to the weaker lofts and low CG) with a slight draw — this may not be suitable for everyone, particularly strong swingers with a high spin rate.

You are able to get the ball up in the air quite easily from almost any lie, whether it be in the fairway, rough or bunker.

Workability is limited, as is expected with game-improvement irons.

What about look, sound and feel?

The Look

The Baffler XL irons have a typical game-improvement profile: a moderately wide sole and moderately thick top line, with a cool Cobra-themed rear cavity design. Nothing outlandish or outrageous.

It’s a confidence-inspiring look that I personally love, as do many others I’m certain. Of course, it does come down to your personal tastes.

The Sound & Feel

Overall, the Baffler XL irons have a very solid, stable and balanced feel at address and throughout the swing.

The sole rails of the Baffler XL irons reduce twisting through turf and contribute to a much smoother feel through impact.

Impact feels and sounds are rather soft and muted, more so than many other similar game-improvement irons.

Where should I buy these irons online?

The best place to find new and used Baffler XL iron sets in all sorts of configurations at the lowest prices is eBay.

They can also be purchased on Global Golf, and in the past, 4-GW sets were being sold on the Dick’s Sporting Goods website at a discounted price.

Note that new Baffler XL irons are often sold in a combo set with hybrids.

Conclusion

The Cobra Baffler XL irons are terrific irons that really don’t have any major weaknesses. They are most ideal for higher handicappers looking for more forgiveness and a higher ball flight.

Although they probably don’t perform quite as well as some of the high-end models, you would be hard pressed to find other irons that deliver so brilliantly for such a low price.

Anyone who is looking for a good solid set of irons and doesn’t want to pay for top-of-the-line models should seriously consider these.

You don’t even really need to worry about testing the irons first because they’re so cheap now. Just follow the links in this article.

Ever tried the Baffler XL irons? Have any thoughts or opinions about them? Let me know in the comments below!

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Is a 48-Inch Driver Right For You? | 60S Today

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More than ever, golfers around the world are interested in testing longer-length drivers. If you’re one of these golfers, the biggest question is, “How do I get started?” Because as most serious golfers know, you can’t just switch to a longer shaft and expect better results. Some testing and tweaking will be in order.

TPT Head of Performance Jon Sinclair has been extensively testing longer-length TPT shafts with his Tour players and amateur golfers over the last month. We wanted to share those initial findings with our TPT Authorized Fitters and anyone who is interested in trying a longer-length driver.

#1: Pay Attention To Head Weight

The first thing most golfers will notice when they switch to a longer-length driver shaft — particularly when they try the maximum legal length of 48 inches – is that the driver will feel much heavier.

This is not due to the additional shaft length, as an additional two or three inches of golf shaft doesn’t add a meaningful amount of weight to a golf club. It does dramatically increase the club’s swing weight, however, which is a measure of the balance point of a club and how heavy it “feels” during the swing.

Most golfers who are fit for a TPT shaft perform best with a swing weight of D5 and a length of 45 inches. If we simply add a 48-inch shaft to that same club (an extra 3 inches), we would see the swing weight increase approximately 15 points approaching the F range.

While we want to keep the head weight as heavy as possible to maximize the potential for ball speed – remember that with all other things being equal, heavier club heads will create more ball speed than lighter club heads – we do not want the club head to be so heavy that it causes swing speed to decrease. For this reason, golfers who are testing longer drivers need to have access to lighter head weights and back weights.

#2: MOI Matters

The reason you would think a golfer could swing a longer club faster is that if you get the club head farther away from the center of rotation it should move faster. In theory, this is correct.

What is also correct is that the moment of inertia (MOI) of the club will increase as we increase the length of the club (shown in the graph as A to A1). This is why it’s harder to swing a longer-length driver than a shorter-length driver. Golfers must apply more torque to swing a longer club.

#3 Focus on Ball Speed, Not Swing Speed

In Sinclair’s testing, there has been a point of diminishing return when increasing driver length for most golfers. One example is a golfer who swung a 48-inch driver slower than a 45-inch driver. Both drivers had the same head weight, but the 45-inch driver had a D5 swing weight and the 48-inch driver had an E9 swing weight. This increased the MOI of the 48-inch driver, which is why the player could not swing it as fast as the 45-inch driver. Therefore, the 45-inch driver generated more ball speed. Clearly, for this golfer, the 45-inch shaft makes more sense for distance and dispersion consistency.

In every fitting, we need to focus on identifying the length of driver that allows golfers to produce the most ball speed, and for some golfers, this could actually result in them playing a shorter-length driver.

The hard and fast rule in club fitting is that every additional 1 mph of ball speed is going to create about 2.5 yards of additional carry distance. So, if you’re adding 4 mph of ball speed with a longer-length driver, that can translate to a 10-yard increase in carry distance, which is game-changing for any golfer.

Keep in mind that club head speed and ball speed closely correlate when we’re testing two clubs of the same length and head weight and contact points are the same. But when we’re searching for more distance with longer-length clubs, this correlation can change. A 48-inch driver with a lighter head weight may allow a golfer to increase their swing speed 4-5 mph, but we may also see a decrease of 4-5 mph in ball speed due to the lighter head weight.

To maximize efficiency in fittings, which is an important goal because golfers can only make so many driver swings in one day, what Sinclair recommends is that golfers go up in length 0.5 inches at a time to find the length that offers the most ball speed.

As length is increased, fitters must keep an eye on a golfer’s ability to create center strikes and keep the club head speed up. Keeping this speed up may require that a fitter removes weight from the club head, but as we discussed earlier this has the drawback of removing potential ball speed. The good news is that there is another way.

#4: Back Weighting

In back weighting the shaft with either a heavier grip or a weight installed in the butt of the grip, we are in fact making the club heavier. But the club will actually feel lighter to the golfer because the back weighting lowers the swing weight of the club, thus decreasing its MOI. For this reason, back weighting can allow a golfer to have their cake a eat it, too. They can keep their head weight the same to maximize ball speed while at the same time making the club easier to swing.

Before we start removing weight from the club head or using back weighting, however, we need to find out how much swing weight a player can handle without affecting their overall performance. The object is to get players farther down the fairway without losing their ability to hit fairways. This is the give and take we must always monitor with longer-length clubs.

#5: Yes, Dispersion Will Be Affected

If you’ve ever played golf with someone with a very slow swing speed, you’ll notice that the ball tends to fly relatively straight and not curve that much. This has to do with the physics of impact.

Any time we’re increasing ball speed, we’re also increasing the potential severity of offline shots: not just hooks and slices but pushes and pulls as well. It’s up to every golfer to determine exactly how much of a trade they’re willing to make for the potential to hit longer drives.

The good news is that there are golfers in the world who hit 45.5-inch drivers farther and straighter than 44.5-inch drivers and vice versa. This has to do with their individual preferences and mechanics. What we’ll be learning over the next year or so is if we can help golfers hit 46-, 47-, or even 48-inch drivers almost as straight as shorter drivers.

TPT shafts are known for their tight dispersion, which allows golfers to swing more aggressively. This is what makes it possible for golfers to swing faster with a TPT shaft no matter what length they need.

#6: Pay Attention To Where Head Weight Is Positioned

The last thing to note about head weight is that it may need to be positioned in a different part of the head than what’s typical for a golfer. A longer shaft is going to droop and deflect more than a shorter shaft, which could mean a different CG position to help a golfer square up the face. Thank goodness for adjustable drivers!

#7: Watch Out For Higher Launch And Higher Spin

Longer-length drivers are likely to create a higher launch angle and a higher spin rate. This has to do with several factors. The first reason is that increasing club speed can also increase spin. The second reason is that longer-length shafts play “softer” and can add more dynamic loft, which in turn creates a higher launch and a higher spin rate. Back weighting a shaft can help alleviate some of these issues.

For all of these reasons, golfers testing longer-length drivers with their fitter will likely want to also test lower-lofted heads and different stiffnesses in shafts to maximize their performance. Sinclair has actually seen players perform better with softer shafts in longer drivers, which once again shows the importance of testing different shaft models as the length is adjusted.

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Titleist 913 D2 Driver | 60S Today

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Five stars Mon nouveau driver

jacko1311 30/06/2019

Très très satisfait de ce nouveau driver acheté d’occasion ..Prix impeccable, service rapide, état vraiment superbe!!!!….Deuxième achat sur ce site et très 60stoday.comi..

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Ping Anser | 60S Today

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Five stars Driver anser ping Parfait

Choque 17/06/2018

Driver correspondant à la description, l’outil de reglage neuf avec notice et capuchon fournies. L’emballage et professionnel. Je recommande et je visiterais régulièrement pour renouveler mon matériel.

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Josh Rodarmel, Natalie Gulbis’s Husband, Any Children Together? | 60S Today

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One of the most beautiful players, Natalie Gulbis, is an American professional golfer who plays on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. With an aim to be a professional golf player one day, Natalie began playing golf at the age of four. At the age of seven, Gulbis won her first tournament. Eventually, in 1997, Natalie played her first LPGA Tour event.

The daughter of John Gulbis, and Barbara Gulbis, Natalie is married to Josh Rodarmel since December 2013. Rodarmel is a former quarterback for Yale University. Here, please keep reading to know more about Natalie Gulbis’s husband, Josh Rodarmel, and their relationship.

Relationship Of Natalie Gulbis And Josh Rodarmel

The beautiful and talented Natalie Gulbis took the wedding vows with Josh Rodarmel on 23 December 2013. Gulbis had shared a snapshot of her wedding day on her Twitter and Instagram page. Though there is not much known about the marriage ceremony, seeing Gulbis’s picture seems like the pair wed on a beach in California.

Mr &Mrs. 60stoday.com/vx9gVAba8J

— Natalie Gulbis (@natalie_gulbis) December 24, 2013

The couple was engaged in July of the same year. Although Gulbis and Rodarmel shared their marital status in public, when and how they met is still unknown. Nevertheless, the husband-wife duo is contented with their married life.

Natalie Gulbis’s Children With Josh Rodarmel

It has been almost seven years since Gulbis and Rodarmel officially married. Both of them are very eager to start a family. However, they do not have a child of their own to date.

In an interview with the New York Times in 2016, Natalie disclosed that she had been trying to have a baby. She went through a whole bunch of several ways to try to have children. However, Natalie has not been successful in giving birth to her own child yet.

Some years ago, Natalie had said that if she gets pregnant and has a child, she might decide to retire. On 23 January 2020, Gulbis announced to the public that she would retire right after the 2020 LPGA Tour Season. However, there is no information about her journey toward motherhood. Moreover, if Gulbis and Rodarmel have adopted any kids, it’s entirely away from the media reach.

Natalie Gulbis’s Husband, Josh Rodarmel’s Bio

The handsome spouse of Natalie Gulbis, Josh, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Yale University in 2007. He was a quarterback in the football team of his alma mater. However, he discontinued his career in football and chose a different path after graduating from Yale University.

Natalie Gulbis husband Josh Rodarmel
Natalie Gulbis’ husband, Josh Rodarmel, is an entrepreneur. Image Source: Natalie Gulbis’ Instagram.

The secretive better-half of Gulbis, Josh, is currently a successful entrepreneur. He is the CEO and co-founder of 4*400, a company which is providing consumers goods since 2017. Moreover, Rodarmel is also an Operating Partner in Common Thread Collective.

Before getting engaged in Common Thread Collective, Josh Rodarmel was a board member at Bright Pink. He served in that company until April 2016. Similarly, he was also co-owner of Power Balance, LLC, with his brother Troy Rodarmel and even worked as a President of it for some period.

Currently, Natalie is living a happy life with her loving husband, Josh, in their Newport Beach, California Mansion. Although they have not any child yet, they seem to be planning for it. Let’s hope the adorable husband-wife duo, Natalie and Josh, will soon be blessed with a child.

Josh Rodarmel’s Company Bankruptcy

Aforementioned, Natalie Gulbis’ husband, Josh Rodarmel co-owned Power Balance, LLC with his brother Troy Rodarmel. Back in 2011, their company filed for bankruptcy. They agreed to a settlement of $57 million over a class-action lawsuit claiming the company has misled consumers.

Josh Rodarmel’s company, was re-established a year later under new ownership called Power Balance Technologies, Inc.

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Callaway Mack Daddy 2 Chrome Tour Grind Wedge | 60S Today

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Five stars Au top

Julien76760 12/08/2019

52* callaway choisi dans la catégorie bon et assez bon, aucune attente particulière a première vue, à la réception du club la face est nickel et le Grip comme neuf rien à redire entièrement satisfait!

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Callaway X Hot Pro Iron Review | 60S Today

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For a while, in my opinion, Callaway golf has been a company that has struggled from a bit of an identity crisis. It seemed that they were coming out with numerous offerings every season, trying to have something for everybody, and yet it wasn’t clear what clubs were aimed at what golfer. Between the RAZR, Edge, Diablo, Octane, X, etc. it became hard to track what was what or even what was the newest. This year, Callaway as trimmed it back a bit and has just three new sets of irons. For the better player looking for minimal forgiveness but maximum feedback and workability there are the new X Forged irons. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the company has the new X Hot irons which give higher handicappers a bit more distance and a lot more forgiveness. For the rest of us caught in the middle, there are the new X Hot Pro Irons.

In many ways, the new X Hot Pro irons look to fill a very large middle ground in between the standard X Hot irons and the X Forged. In addition to this, players on both ends of the ability spectrum should see some desirable qualities in the X Hot Pro as lower handicap players looking for a little more help will appreciate them as will a mid handicap player that is making strides to improve their game. They are a set that one could pick up as they start to make serious improvements in their game and continue to play long after they have become a better player. Test Model Details For the purpose of this review, I received the a standard set (3-PW) of the Callaway X-Hot Pro Irons. They came equipped with the Project X 95 shaft in stiff (6.0) flex. This is a shaft that I had not played previously, but one that intrigued me due to the lighter shaft. The clubs also came with the standard Callaway grip, which I used for a while but have since changed to a set of PURE Pro grips.

Specifications

Club Loft Length Lie – – – – 3I 19° 39.00″ 60.0° 4I 21° 38.50″ 60.5° 5I 24° 38.00″ 61.0° 6I 27° 37.50″ 61.5° 7I 31° 37.00″ 62.0° 8I 35.5° 36.50″ 62.5° 9I 40° 36.00″ 63.0° PW 45° 35.50″ 63.5°

Technology and Design In the golf world, there are those companies that lean heavily on tradition while there are those that are much more focused on the next best thing. While there is nothing wrong with those companies that stick to traditional designs, they run the risk of falling behind and having to play catch up while those looking for the latest and greatest can come across as being a bit gimmicky.

There is no doubt in my mind that Callaway is a company that is looking for the next best thing and they are looking to give any player using their equipment an advantage over the rest. With the X Hot Pro irons, there are three big technologies that Callaway hopes will separate thier product from the rest: J Face dynamics, V Grooves, and Feel Management Technology.

If you look closely at the cavity of the club, you’ll notice that it extends up into the area behind where it says “PRO” on the club, forming a “J” with the face of the club. According to Callaway, this new face technology allows for “pro performance with the distance, feel and workability that better players demand.” The feel management technology is hidden in and behind the Callaway and X Hot logos in the cavity of the club. Through the use of special materials, Callaway has been able to fine tune the sound of the club. Considering nearly all of what a player interprets as feel is the sound that the club makes, this leads to a club that has a crisp feel at impact. The V groves are also new to the X Hot line of clubs (they are also on the X Forged and standard X Hot irons) and the company says that they are the most precise grooves they’v used. The claim is that these groves give the player more control letting them easier shape shots and increase accuracy.

Esthetics The X Hot Pro irons fall right in the middle for me from an esthetics point of view. Readers of my previous reviews will know that I am a sucker for clubs that sport a sleek and simple design. However, those type of designs are usually reserved for either blades or those with the slightest of cavities, and these obviously don’t fit that bill. As such, these irons have a little bit more going on with regards to their design, but by no means is that a bad thing. The thing is, when there is so much technology packed into a club there has to be some way to “hide” it and different designs, badges, logos etc. help to do that.

I really think that Callaway has hit the nail on the head with the design of these. While they don’t have the sleek and simple design that I love they take on what I would call an aggressive and edgy look. Looking at these clubs in the bag, they feature sharp lines and angles with a beautiful black and red color scheme. In the cavity of the club you’ll find the Callaway and X Hot logos (which is the same as the standard version of the club) and along the top is the Pro. The X Hot Pros also have a nice blend of shiny chrome along the edges of the club and a satin finish along the top and on the face of the club. Also, looking at Callaway’s three newest sets as a whole, one set flows very nicely into the other as from a visual stand point they have the same lines and angles. This is nice if you are looking to build some sort of combo set as the clubs have a very similar look (although there may be some issues with lofts if you build a blended set).

From an address position nearly all of that aggressive and edgy design disappears and you are left with just a clean look that frames the ball very nicely. I’ve never been a big fan of oversized club heads instead preferring clubs that are slightly smaller with thinner top lines. These do quite well in that regard. While not nearly as small as some clubs aimed at the better player, these do not resemble shovel either. The soles are not over-the-top wide the top lines aren’t thick. My single complaint with the way these clubs look is with the offset of the clubs. Large amounts of offset is another thing I’ve never been a big fan of and I really seem to notice the offset in these, especially in the short irons. With that one exception, these definitely have a look at address worthy of a “Pro” name.

Performance From a performance stand point, there is nothing middle of the road about the X Hot Pros. With the combination of design and technology of these clubs, they allow me to hit every shot that I am capable of hitting.

Starting with the trajectory of the clubs, I find that I hit these with plenty of height to land softly on approach shots but not so much that they balloon on me hitting into a wind. Even though the lofts are increased, especially in the longer irons, they are no harder to hit than an traditionally lofted iron of the same number. Put another way, I’ve always been pretty comfortable hitting 6 iron on down, but have had some issues with 4 and 5 irons (we won’t talk about 3 irons, that’s why I have a hybrid). It’s not that I can’t or don’t hit those clubs well, it’s just not as consistent and my confidence in them is less. With the X Hot Pros, the break is still there… 6 iron I still feel good with, 5 iron a little less, in spite of the X Hot Pro 6 iron having loft (27°) as the 5 iron in my set of MP-64s. A big part of this has to do with the design and technolgy of the club; event though the clubs have stronger lofts they still produce the shot that you would expect. The other part of that, of course, has to do with the length of each club, even though the lofts are a bit stronger, the lengths are pretty standard, so while the 6 iron may have a loft that is closer to a traditional 5 iron, it isn’t as long.

The one area where I did find a bit of an issue is with the distances of each club. My last few sets have included two in the Mizuno MP line, the TaylorMade MCs, and a set of Titleist 695 CBs. All of those featured clubs with more traditional lofts and loft gaps leading me to have about 10 yards of difference between each club. That hasn’t been the case really with the X Hot Pros. With these I find about an extra 8 yards on my 7 iron (usually around 150 with my current set but closer to 160 with these) which is great, but by the time I get down to the pitching wedge, the distance is the same as my current set. This has led to a few issues on the course where I pull a 6 or 7 iron on an approach and come up long and then after figuring that these clubs are a bit longer come up short with a pitching wedge.

That being said, it’s not a huge issue. Every set’s distances are a little bit different, and it just so happens that up to this point I’ve played clubs with fairly similar ones… this set is just different, and after a bit of time with them, it’s something that I got use to. I would suggest that if you wind up with these in the bag you may want to spend a considerable amount of time at a well marked range to see how these clubs compare and to get dialed in.

While that is somewhat of a downside, there is a lot to like as well. One of the biggest things to like with these is the forgiveness that they bring to the table. In the review of my current set of clubs (the Mizuno MP-64s) I wrote about their lack of forgiveness and how shots that missed the center of the club face by more than the tiniest amounts were punished with a considerable loss of distance. That is not the case with these. Obviously poor shots are still going to be punished but the punishment with these is more of a slap on the wrist. You’ll loose a couple of yards but not 10 or 20.

From a feel standpoint, these clubs are good. Good shots feel great and poor shots still feel ok. There is not a ton of vibration, but along with that there isn’t as much feed back either. Also, as my last seven sets of irons have been forged and these are not, I’ve also noticed that they seem to be clicky-er than what I’m used too. It’s not bad, just different. Much of what a player interprets as feel is sound, and these sound different.

Final Thoughts In my opinion, the X Hot Pro irons are the set of clubs that you are never going to regret getting. Maybe you’re not quite as good as you think you are, but if that’s the case, these clubs still have plenty of forgiveness to be playable. Maybe you’ve gotten much more serious about the game than you anticipated and find yourself improving much faster than you thought, but in that case you’re ok too. There is nothing about these clubs that I found that would some how limit you and prevent you from continued progression.

As stated earlier, Callaway has trimmed down their line of irons considerably and the X Hot Pros fill a rather large gap between the standard X Hots and the X Forged. Any time a club is aimed at this wide range of abilities there are going to be some perceived negatives. Better players may not like the idea of the strengthened lofts or possibly the offset while higher handicappers maybe looking for something with wider soles or thicker top lines. These clubs may not be perfect, but they are a really good choice or nearly everybody. If a beginner were to ask me what clubs to get, these would be one of my recommendations, even above the standard X Hot irons as I don’t feel that these are much harder to hit and yet give more room to grow into to. On the flip side, I’d also suggest these to a good player, especially if they seek something with more forgiveness. The only real problem is if you are a club junkie and like to switch equipment a lot, because if that is the case, you may have a really hard time convincing yourself that these don’t fit your needs.