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PGA Championship 2015 viewing guide: Coverage schedule and how to watch live online from Whistling Straits

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There are just four more days of major championship golf left this year, which is awful news. But at the start of the week, we have an amazing set of circumstances amplifying the hype for the 2015 PGA Championship.

Jordan Spieth is going for the American Slam, the world No. 1 ranking, and perhaps the “greatest season ever.” Rory McIlroy makes a sooner-than-expected return from a nasty ankle injury to defend his title and protect his No. 1 status. The PGA paired them together for the first two rounds! Whistling Straits may not have the history or the cachet of other venues, but it may be the prettiest August setting for golf in the United States. The players love it and it will be wonderful for TV. There’s so much here to be excited about for these last four rounds. Maybe an improved and competitive Tiger would be the only thing that could make this week, as it looks at the start, any better.

It should be the perfect cap to a great majors season and the broadcast beneficiaries will be CBS and TNT. CBS is the only network in the game with the rights to multiple majors. ESPN enjoys a subcontract for the first two rounds of the Masters and has just one year left on their rights deal carrying all of the British Open. But no network other than CBS, the primary TV partner of the PGA Tour, has the weekend at multiple majors.

The Masters is obviously their marquee golf property. It’s the best and most highly-rated tournament of the year. But the month of August is probably CBS’ most loaded stretch on their entire golf calendar. There was last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, they’re only WGC property, and that had 48 of the top 50 players in the world. Then there’s the final major of the season, which wraps up before football completely overwhelms sports. And they also have the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs later this month. It’s not quite the “Season of Nantz” sequence that includes March Madness and the Masters, but this August of golf leading into NFL kickoff does mean we get an extra-excitable Jim Nantz. Here he is on the eve of the PGA doing an interview – feel the enthusiasm!

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Splitting the duties with CBS this week will be TNT, which has the first two rounds and the early coverage on the weekend. This is one week of the year that TNT ventures into men’s pro golf. They do some work with the PGA at the Grand Slam of Golf, but that’s not an official event and a silly season game with just four players. So this is the week you get Ernie Johnson, usually confined to making fun of Charles Barkley’s golf swing, up in the booth and on the course. Many of the CBS announcers and analysts will also work large chunks of the broadcast in the first two rounds.

The coverage of the first two rounds on TNT actually starts fairly late compared to the U.S. Open and British Open. Both FOX and ESPN come on the air for the morning wave of tee times at those two majors, but TNT will not go live until 2 p.m. ET. The Masters maintains their own antiquated traditions of limiting the coverage and exposure of their event, so it’s hard or even useless to compare any TV schedule to that ridiculously frustrating practice at Augusta.

While there won’t be TV coverage early on Thursday and Friday, there will be a marquee groups stream up and running on 60stoday.com and on their mobile app. On Thursday, that will follow Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer, and Keegan Bradley and the assumption is that Friday morning’s stream will follow the headline tee time of the entire tournament – Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Zach Johnson. Tiger tees off at 9:15 a.m. ET on Thursday, while the Spieth-Rory duo goes at 9:05 a.m. on Friday.

In addition to the morning marquee group streams. 60stoday.com will also offer a stream dedicated to Whistling Straits’ four par-3s – some of the course’s more challenging and scenic holes. There’s also a simulcast stream of all the TV coverage on both 60stoday.com and at 60stoday.com when they join the party on the weekend. So while the TV coverage is less than the preceding two majors, there’s still a handful of stream offerings and you will be able to watch the biggest names throughout all four days.

Here are all your media options for the week at Whistling Straits:

Thursday’s first round coverage

Television

2 to 8 p.m. – TNT

Online streams

9 a.m to 8 p.m. – Marquee groups on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 8 p.m. – Par 3 stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 8 p.m. – TV simulcast stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

Radio

Noon to 7 p.m. – PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Friday’s second round coverage

Television

2 to 8 p.m. – TNT

Online streams

9 a.m to 8 p.m. – Marquee groups on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 8 p.m. – Par 3 stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 8 p.m. – TV simulcast stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

Radio

Noon to 8 p.m. – PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Saturday’s third round coverage

Television

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – TNT

2 to 7 p.m. – CBS

Online streams

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Par 3 stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Marquee groups on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – TV simulcast stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 7 p.m. – CBS simulcast on 60stoday.com

Radio

Noon to 7 p.m. – PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Sunday’s final round coverage

Television

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – TNT

2 to 7 p.m. – CBS

Online streams

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Par 3 stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Marquee groups on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

11 to 7 p.m. – TV simulcast stream on 60stoday.com and on mobile via PGA Championship app

2 to 7 p.m. – CBS simulcast on 60stoday.com

Radio

Noon to 7 p.m. – PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

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Prazza Golf Ball Finder | 60S Today

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Prazza Golf Ball Finder

The Prazza Golf Ball Finder handset locates a connected Prazza golf ball within seconds, in the deepest rough or thickest forest. It will change the way you play golf, and will make every round more enjoyable.

The Prazza Golf Ball Finder will help you lower your scores by eliminating penalty shots due to lost balls. It will also help you save money, imagine playing several rounds of golf with the same golf ball?

Click Here to see a demonstration of the Prazza Golf Ball Finder in use.

What is Prazza? The Prazza Golf Ball Finder handset locates a connected Prazza golf ball within seconds, in the deepest rough or thickest forest. It will change the way you play golf and will make every round more enjoyable.

Performance The Prazza handset has an effective range of up to 100 metres. You’ll hit the ball with more confidence because you’ll know you can find it again.

How Does it Work? Each Prazza Golf Ball Finder comes with a set of high-performance, micro-chipped Prazza golf balls. Each Prazza ball emits a unique radio signal: simply pair your Prazza ball to your Prazza handset before your round starts, and your handset will locate your ball every time. On a search, the handset screen shows you where to walk, and guides you to your ball using graphics and sound.

Prazza Saves Time Golfers spend over 30 minutes per round looking for their ball. Factor in provisionals, re-loads, and the dreaded walk back to the tee’, and small wonder a round of golf can take over five hours. Imagine being able to let fly, and walk straight to your ball with confidence wherever it ends up. Golf simply becomes faster with Prazza. It saves shots

Golfers worldwide lose, on average, 500 million golf balls every year. How much money will YOU save if you play with a ball which can’t be lost (besides lakes and out of bounds)?

Included with The Prazza Golf Ball Finder: Prazza Tracker – The Prazza Tracker handset is about the same size as a modern smart phone Prazza Golf Balls – Two high perfomance micro-chipped Prazza golf balls are included with each set USB Cable- Fully charged batteries in your Prazza Tracker handset by connecting to your computer. Charge will last for up to 8 hours Quick Start Guide – The Quick Start guide gets you up and running within minutes. Click Here to download the complete Instruction Manual.

Prazza Golf Ball Finder Diagram

Frequently Asked Questions Questions Answers Why does the world need a golf ball finder ? With ball-finding technology, the game of golf speeds up worldwide. Also, beginners can venture onto the fairways with more confidence. How does the Prazza system work ? The Prazza golf ball contains an active RFID chip, which transmits a unique radio signal once per second, once activated. Before you tee off, you pair your Prazza Tracker handset with your Prazza golf ball. Thereafter, the handset will find the ball within 100m, depending on the local environment and weather conditions. Why hasn’t there been a golf ball finder which works before ?

Prazza is the first company in the world to include Active RFID technology in the golf ball, which creates a practical solution to lost golf balls within a huge 100m+ range, depending on the local environment and weather conditions. Previous golf ball finders have only worked over a very short range, and have therefore not been widely used.

Can I play Prazza in a competition (like a monthly medal) ?

Prazza cannot currently be used in competitions which are used to adjust handicaps. However it can be played in all forms of casual or friendly golf, and in any Society or Company golf day where the organisers agree to its use. How good are the Prazza golf balls ?

Prazza golf balls are high-performance distance golf balls with excellent spin control. Can I buy the Prazza balls with different distance / spin characteristics ?

At present Prazza is available in one version – Distance. Please watch this website for announcements regarding future versions. Who are the people behind Prazza ?

The Prazza Group was established in 2008, to develop a range of Prazza golfing telematics products. The management team has previous expertise in the field of tracking & tracing commercial vehicles. The Prazza RFID Golf Ball Finder is the company’s first product in a range of golf telematic systems. What do I do before I start my round ?

All that you need to do is ‘pair’ your ball with your handset.

1. Switch on your Prazza Tracker handset 2. Activate the Prazza ball by bouncing it once on a hard surface 3. Press the button on the handset, and hold the ball within 10cm 4. The unit will beep when it has paired with the ball – this only takes a few seconds. 5. Tee off!

What happens next ?

Your Prazza Tracker handset will take you straight to your ball – just follow the arrow. As you approach your ball, the screen display will change, the unit will beep / vibrate with increasing frequency as you approach your ball After I have hit the ball, how long do I have to find it ?

Your Prazza ball transmits a signal for 30 minutes after it is struck. How accurate is the Prazza Tracker handset ?

The Prazza handset will get you to within 0.5m / 2 feet of your Prazza golf ball. How many Prazza balls can you find with one Prazza Tracker handset ?

The current model enables you to pair a single Prazza ball per handset. If more than one person in a group has a Prazza, does performance suffer ?

No, each Prazza handset works on a unique frequency, so individual handset performance is not impaired by proximity to other Prazza handsets. Under what circumstances can the Prazza Tracker handset not find a paired Prazza ball ?

1. If the ball is submerged in more than 8” of water; 2. If the Prazza ball is more than 100m away from the handset. Does Prazza work in all weather ?

Yes. Can the Prazza handset find Prazza balls in water ?

Up to a depth of 8”, yes. Can the Prazza handset find Prazza balls in snow ?

Up to a depth of 8”, yes. What is the battery life in the rechargeable Prazza Tracker handset ?

On average, at least three rounds of golf per recharge, although we recommend a full recharge after each round. As a power-saving measure, the handset switches itself off if it has not been used for 5 minutes. What is the battery life in the micro-chip in the Prazza ball ?

The micro-chip battery will last for at least 120 + 18-hole rounds of golf. What technology is in the Prazza golf balls and Prazza Tracker handset ?

Active Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). Can I turn off the sound of the beeper in the Prazza Tracker handset?

Yes, you can use the handset in Vibration Mode by pressing the Mute button. Sound Mode can be toggled On / Off by pressing the Mute button. NB: the unit does not vibrate in Sound Mode, and makes no sound in Vibration Mode.

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Mizuno JPX 825 Série de fers | 60S Today

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Five stars Jamais déçu avec Golf Bidder !

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40 Golf Tattoos For Men – Manly Golfer Designs | 60S Today

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Much like with spirits and beer, choosing a wine subscription is a brilliant way to build knowledge, save money, and get access to bottles from places and winemakers you might not otherwise be exposed to. There are a lot of great wine subscription services out there for you to get involved in, many with different price levels, information available, purchasing commitments, and general style.

The following article will outline 10 of the best wine subscription services for you to consider, and what makes them stand out. Towards the end of the story, you’ll find a few simple points of advice you could use to help make an informed decision on the best new wine service for you.

1. Winc Wine Club

Winc Wine Club

A great wine service for those new to curating wine choices, the Winc Wine Club experience starts with a handful of simple non-wine questions designed to help identify what you’ll find attractive. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an introductory offer, then three bottles from $39 per month (plus shipping). You can also add extra bottles per month, purchase different options (extra bottles, specials) at flexible price points, and adjust your plans as life changes.

Win Wine Club’s main feature is that it grows and evolves as you gain knowledge and share information about the wines you try. Sure, the brand sells you bottles, but it helps you grow a solid base in which to make better choices for your palate as you learn to be a wine expert.

2. The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club

The California Wine Club is one of the longest-running and most popular wine subscription services in the U.S., creating opportunities for smaller, artisanal wineries in the key areas of Napa Valley, the Central Coast, Sonoma County, and even the Pacific Northwest.

There is a range of different clubs that are ideal for every type of wine drinker, from the new entrant looking to get a foothold in the knowledge of the Napa Valley, to the experienced wine enthusiast with a love for hard to find bottles from the independent winemaker. With a bevy of options starting from $41.95 per wine shipment, use of tasting notes and other learning, and a focus on smaller producers, the California Wine Club is an enjoyable, affordable wine club.

3. The Sip

The Sip Wine Subscription

If Champagne and sparkling wine are more of your thing, then The Sip lets you get bubbly. From $55 per shipment, you’ll get two to three mini bottles of hard-to-get or quality wine delivered to you, as well as offerings from lead French Champagne Houses.

After receiving regular mini sparkling wine shipments, you’ll also earn credit to spend on the full bottle varieties from the wine selection you like the most. The Sip is a black-owned, female-led business, so supporting diversity and inclusion to get sparkling French wine sent directly to you is a great way to go about your bottles!

4. Wine Awesomeness

Wine Awesomeness Wine Subscription

Wine Awesomeness is a service that looks to bring you wines from all over the world, providing value in a post-pandemic world where you can’t just carry a bottle you found while traveling. Their criteria is “delicious wine with stories and experiences worth discovering.”

Wine Awesomeness subscriptions offer three bottles sent twice monthly ($80), or six all at once ($100), and they have a lot of cool value adds, including access to the “digital cellar,” which provides information and tasting notes on the wines and their makers.

Deliveries are available as all red or all white mix with the occasional mystery bottle. This is a cool monthly wine subscription if you love to travel, like international wine, and possess a palate for adventure.

5. Wine of the Month Club

Wine of the Month Club

The Wine of the Month Club has been operating since 1972. It’s unlikely the digital world of wine delivery would be here in this form without their trailblazing. Wine of the Month Club offers 12 different affordable wine club memberships in two, six, or 12 bottle amounts.

There’s a variety in styles and types, from your favorite Californian pinot noir to Bordeaux red wine, and different wine pricing that goes right up to fine wine expressions. The lead-in Classic Series 2 pack starts at $38 per wine shipment and goes up to the Case Club 12 bottle delivery which starts from around $185.

6. Primal Wine

Primal Wine Subscription

Primal Wine is the subscription option to take if you are a vegan wine lover or like to focus on drinking natural wine. As the site explains, “Natural wine is a type of wine made in small batches from hand-harvested organic or biodynamic grapes with minimal intervention in the cellar. Natural wine is made with native yeasts as well as being bottled unfined and unfiltered. No or minimal sulfites are added.”

Most natural wines are vegan friendly, provided they don’t use animal-based fining agents. Primal Wine sources and curates a range of natural wine varieties from around the world that you can learn about on the site, as they are also available by the bottle. Wine Club pricing starts at 3 bottles at $85 per shipment, with six and 12 bottle options as well.

7. Bright Cellars Wine Club

Bright Cellars Wine Club

Bright Cellars Wine Club is another subscription service that asks you to take a palate test before matching you with their wine service based on their algorithm (the guys that started the company were MIT Grads). Bright Cellars scores each wine by comparing 18 attributes to the preferences in your response and matching you with them.

After you’ve been matched (Wine Tinder!), new wine suiting your profile will be shipped to you every month for around $80. Bright Cellars also offers a Delight guarantee. If you’re matched with a bottle you don’t love you can make contact with a company sommelier and organize the right free replacement bottle for your next shipment.

8. Gold Medal Wine Club

Gold Medal Wine Club

Gold Medal Wine Club has been in action for more than 28 years. Their experience shows with six different tailored subscription types on offer.

Whether you are new to wine, wanting boutique wines and independent labels, looking for a specialized wine region in the U.S. or internationally, exclusive wine types (hello, pinot noir), or want the very best bottles of fine wine from the cellar, there is a subscription box bound to excite everyone.

Your shipments can be made monthly, every other month, or quarterly. Subscriptions start with the popular Gold Medal Club (from $40.95) and go through to the top shelf Diamond Club (from $188).

9. Splash Wine Subscription

Splash Wine Subscription

Splash Wines Club is a great service if you wish to have options offering monthly, every other month, or quarterly shipments. They also have tiered pricing and the opportunity to build your own wine preference or have them do it for you.

The cheapest Splash Wine option starts at six bottles from $59 with a whole lot of customization options available depending on your knowledge, needs, and rarity of the expressions, such as their vineyard and cellar collections. Splash also offers the ability to access offbeat options from the usual wines along with some that are more instantly recognizable.

10. Vinebox Quarterly Wine Club

Vinebox Quarterly Wine Club

Vinebox is a sampler pack subscription, where for $79 per quarter you receive nine quality wine samples from around the world. Each sample equates to one glass of wine.

By being a part of the subscription you earn full-sized bottle credits that you can put towards purchasing the wine preference you like the most from your samples. Vinebox is suited to subscribers with a sound knowledge base on different wines, or those looking to find interesting and tasty international wine options they may not be exposed to otherwise.

Advice for Choosing the Right Wine Subscription Box

  • Choosing the perfect monthly wine subscription means doing research, and understanding what you are looking to get from the service, whether it’s cheap wine, premium wine bottles, or variety in choices
  • Some general advice you may find useful includes: Why do I want a wine subscription service? Am I looking for simplicity, value, premium offerings, specific types of wine, or cool stuff made by an independent winemaker?
  • Choose a service that matches your knowledge level, but also gives you a chance to learn and develop your interest in wine. Even the seasoned wine lover can always learn more. You may even become a sommelier yourself!
  • Do your research. Never just choose the first option, compare and contrast similar services to get a better understanding of value?
  • Familiarize yourself with the inclusions. You might get a few bottles of wine every month, but what else do you get that is valuable?
  • Check the fine print. Is shipping included? Are there satisfaction guarantees? Do I get discounts on memberships and advance options on specific bottles?
  • Have fun! It’s not just a liquor store delivery, it’s a club with more benefits than just bottles to put in your wine rack or cellar.
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Cobra Fly Z Driver: The Only Review You Need To Read [2021 Edition]

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Last Update: September, 2021. The Cobra Fly Z is no longer available for sale. It’s now been replaced with the Cobra King F8 Driver, which we recommend if you’re looking for an alternative to the Cobra Fly Z.

Cobra Fly Z Driver Review

“Even though the Fly Z is not the latest driver from Cobra, it is well balanced, with a deep center of gravity that will lead to prime shots. The current price tag for this driver is well below what the newest drivers are priced at – yet the Cobra Fly Z has nothing to envy to these models”.

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I have been a huge fan of the Cobra golf clubs, ever since their introduction of the AMP cell, back in 2012.

The AMP cell was a revolutionary driver, being the first to introduce adjustable loft angles to the market.

Arguably, Cobra is responsible for how adjustable hosels have truly become the standard of today’s drivers.

Since then, many of Cobra’s new releases always offer something new to the equipment scene, especially their drivers.

Although quality wise, there are arguably many other manufacturers on par, or better compared to Cobra, Cobra has always been in front in terms of innovation.

Cobra drivers, however, are not only about innovation. They certainly got the good looks, amassing a lot of followers for it’s modern, eye-catching colors alone.

Their performance is consistent, with a proper balance between forgiveness and distance.

Sound and feel-wise, they are definitely up there among the best, with the penetrating flight to ensure the adrenaline rush for every well-struck shots.

Today, we are going to focus our discussion on the Cobra Fly Z and its variants, the Fly Z+ and Fly-Z XL.

They are certainly not Cobra’s newest drivers, succeeded by the Cobra King F6, the premium King LTD, and the recently released King F7.

However, the Fly-Z series remains one of the most popular driver selection today, and this has its reasons.

The first thing you would notice with all Cobra drivers is, of course, the look.

Cobra is known to have the motto we are the cool stuff that works, and the Fly-Z series perfectly represented that mission.

The Fly-Z is certainly a good balance between coolness and performance.

Without further ado, let us review and discuss the qualities that made the Fly-Z so popular.

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OVERALL PROS OF FLY Z SERIES

  • Distance: All three of the Fly-Z variants produce at least average distance compared to the competition. The Fly Z+ offers the longest distance.
  • Forgiveness and Accuracy: The Fly-Z XL provides the most forgiveness, with the Fly Z+ being more designed towards better players.
  • Feel and Sound: Very bright and resonant on impact, typical of Cobra drivers.
  • Look: Using a Cobra club is simply a fashion statement.

OVERALL CONS OF FLY Z SERIES

  • Spin: Too much spin, typical of drivers with an emphasis on forgiveness. The Fly Z+, however, provides less spin intended for better players.
  • Clubhead size: Although the clubhead size is one of the key advantages of the Fly-Z, some golfers might find the clubhead too big and can feel it during their swings.

Cobra Men’s Fly Z Driver: The Best Driver For Distance

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Alternatives: Fly Z Series VS Others: How Does It Compare?

In this section, we will discuss how the Fly-Z will fare when compared to other brands. We have chosen three drivers available today, which is comparable to the Fly-Z in many aspects.

Without further ado, let us start with the first one.

Cobra Fly-Z VS TaylorMade R15

The name TaylorMade needs no introduction, especially when we are talking about drivers.

They are brave enough to use the tagline #1 Driver in Golf in their website not without its reasons. TaylorMade’s R series driver is simply put, a living legend and the R15 is their latest entry to the R series.

While there are newer TaylorMade drivers available today, namely the M1 and M2, the R15 was released at roughly the same time as the Fly-Z, and was often compared to each other back when they were released.

One thing to keep in mind is that the R15 is designed more for better players, and only players with swing speeds above 100mph will truly benefit from the R15.

However, the R15 will naturally provide significantly more distance, even compared to the Fly-Z+, provided you got enough swing speed.

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Here is how the R15 will compare to the Fly-Z series.

Pros of the R15 vs the Fly Z Series

  • Distance: Simply put, the R15 is one of the longest drivers available today. Even the Fly-Z+ with the extra distance wouldn’t be able to catch the R15 in the hands of the same player.
  • Feel:Very few drivers available on the market can compare to the great feel of the R15. The Fly-Z provides a more raw and bright response, while the R15 offers a more subtle and classic approach.
  • Playability: The R15 provides a naturally mid-high trajectory with an extremely low spin, perfect for distance. It also features a movable weight system very similar to the Fly-Z+, but it involves two weights instead of just one. As the result, you can have more adjustability and personalization on the R15.

Cons of the R15 vs the Fly Z Series

  • Looks: The R15 is often regarded as the ugliest model ever made by TaylorMade. In our opinion, the Fly-Z is better looking.
  • Forgiveness: Looking at the club heads alone, we can see that the face of the R15 is more compact, which will translate to smaller sweet spot. The R15 is not a game-improvement driver, so forgiveness is not its emphasis.

Our Verdict: Fly Z VS R15

If you have the swing speed to get the most from the R15 and is looking for more distance, the R15 is a better pick than the Fly-Z+, which is also a better player driver.

Compared to the standard Fly-Z, and even more to the XL model, the R15 is simply designed for a different audience.

Players with single digit handicap should definitely look between R15 and the Fly-Z+. If you want more distance, pick the R15. You want more consistency and playability, pick the Fly-Z+.

If you’re interested in learning more about the TaylorMade R15, we’ve reviewed this driver extensively in a separate article. Check it out here:

Check out dedicated review for the TaylorMade R15 Driver

Cobra Fly-Z VS Callaway XR 16

Callaway is another big name that needs no introduction, and the XR 16 is one of their most popular entries to the game-improvement driver market.

It is relatively new compared to the Fly-Z, so we can expect a better technology, and of course, a higher price tag.

The clubhead is designed by a Boeing aerodynamic specialist, and Callaway is proud to introduce the XR 16 as their most aerodynamic head. It is significantly lighter to the Fly-Z, so we can expect faster swing from the XR-16.

Forgiveness-wise, it took a similar approach to the Fly-Z (we did mention that Cobra is always a trendsetter), moving the CG back and low, while allowing a bigger sweet spot by making the face deeper.

It also utilizes a loft angle adapter system similar to the MyFly8, so in many ways, the XR 16 is very similar to the Fly-Z.

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How then will they compare in performances? Here are our takes.

Pros of the XR 16 vs the Fly Z Series

  • Distance: Although it utilizes a lot of technologies and design approaches similar to the Fly-Z, there is one clear difference: the aerodynamic. It is surprisingly effective in increasing its maximum distance, and as the result, the XR-16 performs better distance-wise.
  • Feel: A firm grip with perfect weighting, one of the most responsive clubs in the market today. It’s hard to compete with the XR-16 in terms of feel.

Cons of the XR 16 vs the Fly Z Series

  • Looks: Although it boasts a nice, matte finish, the tribal-inspired graphics might be too much for some. Seems too busy.
  • Spin: The XR 16 could cause too much spin, especially for players with higher swing speeds. As the result, it could be hard to penetrate windy situations, as well as causing tight draws and fades.
  • Cost: Being a relatively new driver, the XR 16 will cost you more.

Our Verdict: Fly Z VS XR 16

It is a driver very similar to the Fly-Z (hence a very small pros section). In many ways, it performs similarly to the Fly-Z. It does provide more distance significantly, due to its newer aerodynamic technology.

If you can spare more bucks, and if the looks suited your preference, the XR 16 is unquestionably a better choice.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Callaway XR 16, we’ve reviewed this driver extensively in a separate article. Check it out here:

Callaway XR 16 Golf Driver

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Key Features of Cobra’s Fly Z Driver Series

The Fly-Z, Fly Z+, and Fly-Z XL are all three different drivers on their own, with some of their differences have been discussed above. However, there are some similarities they shared with each other, which formed their key values, they are:

Unique Feature 1: Speed Channel Face

Speed Channel Face

This is one of the major improvement over its predecessor, the Bio Cell. The Fly-Z features a Speed Channel along the outer rim of the face, which will flex during ball impact.

As a result, it will generate a little extra ball speed, which will be especially helpful during off-center hits. The extra ball speed will allow easier elevation, and in turn, extra distance.

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In combination with Cobra’s Forged E9 Zone Face with its specially designed sweet spot, the speed channel increased the club’s forgiveness to another level.

With the Cobra Amp Cell and Bio Cell already regarded as some of the most forgiving drivers around, even the smallest improvement in forgiveness will say a lot.

In this case, the speed channel is a major improvement.

Unique Feature 2: Crown Zone Weighting Technology

Crown Weighting Tech

Research and development in the center of gravity (CG) placement are the current technology trend in golf club equipment for the last half decade or so.

Each major manufacturer has their own takes and approaches to CG placement, and the Crown Zone Weighting Technology is Cobra’s answer to the challenge.

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This technology moves the crown weight to the low and back position, which will provide more forgiveness and higher flight trajectory, in the sacrifice of more spin.

While more spin certainly is not for everyone, the Fly Z+ tackled that issue with its own technology (more on that later).

Unique Feature 3: Forged E9 Zone Face

Forged E9 Zone Face

The Forged E9 is what made the Cobra Amp Cell so popular back when it was introduced, and it is revamped and updated in the Fly-Z series.

In its essence, the Forged E9 Zone Face is Cobra’s way to make a bigger sweet spot and Moment of Inertia (MOI), by removing the weight from the face, maintaining the overall MOI right across the face from left to right and top to bottom.

As a result, the face is significantly taller and wider, and it dramatically increases forgiveness on off-center hits. You will find your mishits still gaining satisfying distance, if not awe inspiring.

Unique Feature 4: MyFly8 System Adjustable Loft

My Fly8 Adjustable Loft

The MyFly8 technology was first introduced with the Cobra Bio Cell and has gained significant popularity ever since. MyFly8 allows 8 different adjustable loft angle settings that can be adjusted on the fly, hence the name.

The Cobra Amp Cell was revolutionary back in its days with the first adjustable hosel ever, but the MyFly8 system perfected it. With the MyFly8, your driver can be set at 9, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 or 12 degrees in a very quick manner. There are also three different draw-bias settings at 9.5D, 10.5D, and 11.5D.

Unique Feature 5: SmartPad Technology

SmartPad Technology

The SmartPad technology further complemented the MyFly8 technology. Even during all the eight different settings, the SmartPad on the sole will adjust the face angle, so it will remain square to the ball at all times.

This feature tackles the issue of many golfers when it would take time (and practice) to adjust their swing and habit when changing a loft angle. Another feature introduced on the Bio Cell and is retained on the Fly-Z due to its popularity.

Key Differences Between The 3 Models (Fly Z, Fly Z+ and Fly XL)

We have discussed the key traits shared across the three models, and now we will discuss the key differences.

To summarize it simply, the Fly-Z + is designed for less spin and intended for players with higher swing speeds above 100 mph. The Fly-Z XL are intended for maximum forgiveness, allowing higher flight even on the worst off-center hits, and the Fly-Z stands in the middle.

Here are the key differences in technology:

Key Difference 1: Offset Design for the Fly-Z XL

The Fly-Z XL features an offset design, placing the club face slightly behind the hosel of the club. An old technology developed in the late 1970s, this design is perfected on the Fly-Z XL, making it one of the very limited options for offset drivers available today.

The offset design will allow players who tend to slice the ball to hit the ball straighter.

Basically, it provides an extra split second to hit the ball, allowing players to keep it square through impact.

We will discuss more about the Fly-Z XL and its features further below.

Key Difference 2: Adjustable weight setting, different material, smaller club head for the Fly Z+

The Fly-Z+ is Cobra’s first effort in the adjustable weight technology, which is really popular on newer drivers today.

This technology allows you to manipulate the CG position of the driver, with the forward position reduces spin and allows lower, more penetrating flight.

The Fly-Z + also features a different, multi-material construction which will further decrease spin while maintaining enough forgiveness, and features slightly smaller clubhead at 455cc, compared to the 460cc found on the Fly-Z and the Fly-Z XL.

The Fly Z+ will produce more satisfying distance and feedback for better players. We will also discuss the Fly Z+ in a greater detail further below.

First, let us have an in-depth discussion about the Cobra Fly-Z Driver.

Detailed Review: Cobra Fly Z Driver

The standard Cobra Fly Z driver is mainly aimed at players with 5 to 25 handicap, which is a fairly broad range.

Players of all swing speed level looking for consistency in distance with plenty of forgiveness will definitely benefit from this club. The highlight of this model is the fixed, low and back CG positioning, which will produce a natural mid-high launch angle even on the worst off-center hits.

Without further ado, here are how the Cobra Fly Z Driver perform on all the different aspects:

Distance: the key is consistency

The Cobra Fly Z driver is definitely not the longest driver available in the market, even back then when it was first released, but it’s satisfyingly above average, compared to other game-improvement drivers.

The key here is consistency. You won’t lose a lot of distance on your mis-hits, and during well-struck shots, it could compete even with the longer, performance-oriented drivers.

The overall design and profile of the standard Cobra Fly Z driver will produce a sufficient flight trajectory during off-center hits while maintaining a mid-high flight on a square impact.

In our opinion, the Cobra Fly Z driver achieved a rare balance of forgiveness and distance color, which is saying alot, considering it is a mission sought by so many golf equipment manufacturers even today.

Super-forgiving and accurate

Back when the Cobra Fly Z driver was first released, Cobra proudly announced that it was their most forgiving driver ever. Considering the success of its predecessors, the Cobra Amp Cell and Bio Cell drivers, that is a big statement to say.

There are, generally, only two big technological improvements from the Bio Cell regarding forgiveness, the new Speed Channel on the face and the fixed weight on the back of the sole.

Would those two make a significant improvement from the already excellent Bio Cell?

The answer is yes. The Speed Channel alone will increase the club’s MOI by 10 to 15 percent, by increasing the face flex and redistribute the mass more evenly.

On the other hand, the manipulation of a CG placement has been scientifically proven to alter a club’s performance in significant ways.

In the Cobra Fly Z driver’s case, the low-back CG position will increase flight trajectory and MOI, while maintaining a low enough spin to promote more distance.

Built on the solid foundation of the Cobra Bio Cell, we agree that the Cobra Fly Z driver is definitely one of the most forgiving drivers available, not only when it was first released, but also today.

The sweet spot is really big, and the consistency on off-center hits are amazing. It is simply really hard to miss with the Fly-Z.

How does the Cobra Fly Z driver feel?

Cobra drivers are always famous for that loud crack on impact, which produces a pleasant and responsive feedback for the player, and the Cobra Fly Z driver certainly lives up to that big fame.

During impact, the response is always resonant and loud, regardless of where you catch it.

The clubhead is heavy enough to give you feedback of the club’s position during the swing, which is important for a lot of golfers.

The highlight, however, is its stability. The Cobra Fly Z driver is amazingly stable and consistent through the ball.

It is also nice to see a proper 45.5-inch shaft, the Matrix VLCT SP in the Fly-Z. Many manufacturers fit longer shafts in their game-improvement drivers nowadays, which in our opinion, reduce the overall feel and playability.

Very firm, but with much spin

The standard Fly-Z model provides a natural, mid to high launch. Easier elevation would mean a lot for many players, especially those with 5 to 25 handicap range, of which the driver is intended for.

Tight draws and fades are common with this driver, which might or might not be a good thing, depending on your play style and preference.

The spin produced might be a little too much for players with three-digits swing speed. For that issue, there’s the Fly-Z+ model (more on that below).

The combination of the MyFly8 system and the SmartPad allows fast adjustment of your loft angle, which is nice compared to other brands where you would need to unscrew the shaft first.

The SmartPad, which will auto-adjust the sole with each MyFly8 change, will keep the face to appear square across all loft angle settings. Firm, with a proper weight of the clubhead.

It’s heavy enough for you to feel your swing, but not too heavy to disrupt your balance.

Does the Cobra Fly Z look good on the golf course?

There are simply a lot of golfers who use Cobra clubs because of their looks alone. Arguably, one of the manufacturers who modernized the club looks, using a Cobra club is always a fashion statement.

Available in a wide variety of colors of black, white, blue, orange, green and red to suit your taste, with their own matching grips. For the women’s model, the colors available are raspberry, silver, and ultramarine.

They all look pretty good. For us, there’s never a question of whether Cobra drivers will look good, but whether they will also work as intended.

However, the tall and deep face might not be suitable for everyone, as it might feel too bulky. For that issue, again, there is the Fly-Z+ model.

How does the Fly Z Driver sound?

Another common, and perfectly valid reason to pick up a Cobra club is the signature, crashing sound, and it is good to know that for the Cobra Fly-Z Driver, the loud cracking sound is prominent without being annoyingly loud.

The loud crack can also act as a feedback for your swing, bright and resonant.You can definitely tell whether your hit is well-struck or off, although there won’t be any significant difference in performance, thanks to its great forgiveness rating.

In my personal taste, it is definitely one of the better-sounding drivers out there.

Overall Performance of the Cobra Fly-Z Driver

The Fly-Z, honestly, is placed in a weird spot, in our opinion.

Distance-wise, there are a lot of longer drivers available, even back then when the Fly-Z was first released. On the other hand, while we agreed that the Fly-Z is the most forgiving driver from Cobra, at least before the release of the King F6 and F7, there are certainly a lot more forgiving options out there.

What then, made the Fly-Z so special? It is the balance and well-rounded qualities.

The true reason of using a Cobra driver, for many golfers, is the sound and the fashion statement, and it might be good to know that you can get a good looking driver with a good balance on all fronts with the Cobra Fly Z Driver.

This driver truly represents the Cobra motto We are the cool thing that works, yes Cobra, we agree with you on this one.

Cobra Fly-Z Driver in the Driving Range

Aesthetically speaking, the Cobra Fly-Z is a sure head turner on the driving range. Its stunning looks will certainly boost your confidence, but as we have said above, would it also work?

The highlight for the Fly-Z, in the driving range, is its natural mid-high flight trajectory.

Even if you are not a high ball flight type, your first shot with the Fly-Z will surprise you. Even on the lowest loft, the trajectory will still be above average, thanks to its SmartPad technology.

Would the Cobra Fly-Z Driver work in the driving range then? Definitely!

Even on your worst mis-hit, you will still gain an acceptable distance. On a well-struck shot, you can keep up with even the longest, better player-oriented drivers on the market.

Again, the key value is its balance and consistency. What you get is the club that not only looks good, sound good, and forgiving, but can net you satisfying air-time and distance.

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Our verdict? A good looking driver that works well-rounded, period.

Detailed Review: Cobra Fly Z+ Driver

We have discussed briefly about the key differences of the Fly Z+ compared to the Fly-Z above. Now, let us dig a little bit deeper about the differences, and how it will contribute to its performance.

Key Differences of the Cobra Fly Z+ Driver with the Fly Z and Fly XL

Key Difference 1: Multi-Material Construction

While the Fly-Z and the Fly-Z XL feature an all-titanium clubhead, the Fly Z+ features carbon fiber sole and crown to further alter the center of gravity placement.

This feature is intended to lower the spin, which admittedly might be too much on the Fly-Z, much more on the Fly-Z XL.

However, it sacrifices the signature sound of Cobra drivers, slightly muting the sound due to the carbon fiber material, especially when the adjustable weight is moved up front.

Cobra Fly Z+ Driver

Key Difference 2: FlipZone Adjustable Weight System

The highlight of the Fly-Z+ is the movable weight system, featuring a 15-gram sole weight that can be loosened and moved towards the front, center, or back.

The back position will roughly create the same characteristics found on the Fly-Z, while the further forward the weight is, the less spin you will generate, in the sacrifice of forgiveness.

Moving the weight forward will produce a significantly lower and more penetrating flight, which in turn will translate to more distance. However, to truly benefit from this feature, you will need a high swing speed of above 100 mph.

Key Difference 3: Clubhead Size

The Fly Z+ features a slightly smaller clubhead at 455cc, compared to the 460cc found on the Fly-Z and Fly-Z XL.

There are generally two benefits of having a smaller clubhead: workability and looks.

A lot of golfers will prefer the more composed, smaller look of the Fly Z+.

The larger a clubhead, the more mass there is around the shaft axis, which will increase the difficulty to square at impact. The 455cc clubhead size will also produce less spin, which is generally preferable for more distance.

Key Difference 4: Shaft Type and Model

The stock shaft featured by the Fly Z+ also differs from that of the Fly-Z, albeit coming from the same manufacturer.

The Fly-Z+ features the ST version of the Matrix VLCT/VELOX shaft, allowing lower spin and low launch.

Cobra Fly Z+ Shaft

Being the most premium of the Fly-Z series, Cobra also offers free shaft upgrade for the Fly Z+, and you can choose between the Aldila Tour Blue 75, Aldila Tour Green 65, or Matrix White Tie. We wouldn’t call it an upgrade, but rather, they can cater to different needs.

The Aldila Tour Green is very similar to the stock VLCT ST, with a low launch and low spin characteristics. However, the Aldila Tour Green offers more kick point and slightly lower torque,

The Aldila Tour Blue is slightly heavier at 75g, compared to the 65g of the VLCT ST, while providing a mid launch and low spin. If you are looking for a heavier shaft and desire a slightly higher flight, this one is for you.

The Matrix White Tie is, on the other hand, slightly lighter at 55g, and offers high launch with low spin.

Main Differences in Performance

We have learned about all the differences in technology and design compared to the Fly-Z. However, how will it translate to your game? Here are the key differences in performance:

Longer Distance

Both the Fly-Z and the Fly-Z+ are not the longest drivers around, even back when they were first released. Rather, their design is focused on the balance between performance and forgiveness.

The Fly-Z+ does offer a slightly better average distance compared to the Fly-Z, due to its lower spin and more penetrating flight. The lower flight trajectory might seem boring, but it will help with achieving more distance.

Too much spin will allow air pressure to come behind the ball, dropping the ball faster to the ground that it should. Especially with the movable weight set to the front, the Fly-Z+ will produce 300 RPM less spin, allowing longer distance.

Adjustability and Playability

The movable weight system allows some form of adjustability, mainly to alter your desired spin rate. As a general rule of thumb, the higher your swing speed is, the higher the generated spin will be.

The back position of the movable weight will produce roughly a similar effect with the Fly-Z model. For a lower swing speed players, it will produce a low enough spin rate, but that will not be the case with players with over 100 mph swing speed.

As the result, the adjustable weight system will benefit better players more. If you are looking for more spin, for example, to produce an intended draw, you can easily move the weight further back for more spin.

Forgiveness, Sound & Look

With the smaller head size, we can expect the Fly-Z+ to be less forgiving than the Fly-Z.

Intended for better players, however, the Fly-Z+ is fairly consistent as long as you have enough swing speed, even on mis-hits.

We have also mentioned that the sound on the Fly-Z+ is slightly muted and dull, due to its carbon fiber material on the crown. This might be a problem for those looking for the signature Cobra crash sounds.

The smaller head provides a more balanced, classic feel to the overall look. In this area, we felt that the Fly-Z+ is superior, albeit slightly.

Main Benefits

To summarize, the main benefits of the Fly-Z+ compared to the other two models are the lower spin, which in turn produce more distance, especially for better players with high swing speeds.

The shaft upgrade options also bring a nice touch, allowing you to customize the driver further to your exact needs. In the looks department, the Fly-Z+ is slightly better looking compared to the other two.

Should You Pick The Fly-Z+ Over The Other Two?

The price difference between the Fly-Z+ and Fly-Z is not as significant today, compared to when the two was just released a couple of years back.

Back then, we wouldn’t suggest purchasing the Fly-Z+ if you don’t have the swing speed of over 100 mph, simply because you won’t experience the benefit of the driver.

With the current price tag, you might want to consider the Fly-Z+ for more versatility if you are striving towards the lower handicap.

You can use the back-weight setting for more forgiveness, and use the front setting for your swing practice. This can also mean you won’t need to change club as you improved your game.

Players looking for more workability and shot-shaping will also benefit from the smaller clubhead, which can be easily adjusted for more spin if necessary.

If you do have the swing speed of above 100 mph, however, you will truly benefit from this club, with its rare balance of forgiveness, distance, and performance.

Bottom Line

We have discussed how we felt the standard Fly-Z is placed in a weird, well-rounded spot, which is a rarity in the world of golf equipment nowadays.

The Fly-Z+ is intended as a better player version of the Fly-Z, designated for players with 0 to 10 handicap. We felt that the Fly-Z+ is placed in a unique place compared to the competition.

Forgiveness wise, the Fly-Z+ is unique in a way, because it’s a better player driver instead of a game-improvement one.

As a better player driver, it is definitely one of the most forgiving available in the market, with a 455cc head compared to 430cc found on most better player drivers. The sweet spot is simply big enough for you to hit consistently, but not too big to sacrifice workability, control, and looks (the bulkiness).

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While the standard Fly-Z is a jack-of-all-trades in its game-improvement competition, the Fly-Z+ also achieved that sort of balance in its own league.

Some players might regard Fly-Z+ as a boring driver. It lacks the high, awe-inspiring flight of the standard Fly-Z. It also lacks the signature, crashing Cobra sound. However, we could argue that consistency is, in a way, boring, and that is precisely what the Fly-Z+ is about: consistency without sacrifice in any aspect.

In the looks department, however, we felt that the Fly-Z+ is the best-looking out there. The smaller head and the carbon fiber lining simply made the crown more classic-looking and composed. While some people might dislike the tall and deep face of the standard Fly-Z and the XL version, we believe that won’t be the case with the Fly-Z+.

One thing you might also like about the Fly-Z+ is the adjustability. Not only the movable-weight settings but the option to customize your shaft depending on your preference, which is a nice added bonus.

To summarize, the Fly Z+ is the most premium option in the Fly Z Driver Series, and certainly, has its nice extras. Players with three-digits swing speeds will definitely love the extra distance and workability from the Fly-Z+.

Cobra Fly Z XL Driver

While the standard Cobra Fly Z is a game-improvement driver, and the Fly Z+ is the better player version, the Fly Z XL is designed to be the max game-improvement version of the series.

The key highlight of the Cobra Fly Z XL version is its slice-correction feature and its added draw bias.

Here are the key differences between the Fly Z XL compared to the other two:

Key Differences

Key Difference 1: Offset Design

The main highlight of the Cobra Fly Z XL is the offset face design. Offset clubface is not a new technology, has been introduced in the late 70s and early 80s as a way to correct slices.

In its main principle, offset is when the clubface is positioned further back from the hosel or neck. As a result, you will have an extra split second in your swing to square your shots.

Seemingly a minuscule addition, this design has been proven effective to correct slices. That extra split second counts, and along the way, you can improve your swing habits to correct the slices by itself.

Another added benefit of the offset design is that it is a natural flight booster. The offset design will further move the center of gravity backward, which in turn, will increase flight trajectory, spin, and moment of inertia.

As a result, you will find the flight of the Fly Z XL a little higher compared to the Fly Z, with slightly more spin rate.

In combination with all the amazing forgiveness technology of the standard Fly Z, you will find the most forgiving version of the three in the XL.

Shaft

We have discussed that the offset design will increase flight trajectory. However, too high of a flight will also be undesirable in a driver, because it will translate to the loss of horizontal distance.

Cobra’s answer is to replace the stock shaft of the Fly Z XL with a lighter Matrix Fly Z XL, specially designed for the Fly Z XL with less kick point compared to the Matrix VLCT/VELOX SP found in the standard Fly Z.

It is also roughly 5 grams lighter compared to the VLCT SP, which will certainly cater to higher handicap players striving to improve their swing. It is slightly longer at 45.75-inch, compared to the 45.5-inch found on the standard XL. The .25-inch difference is mainly to cater to the offset design.

Exclusion of The MyFly8 and SmartPad

The Fly Z XL, unfortunately, use a different technology to adjust its loft angle. Although at first, Cobra’s decision to exclude the MyFly8 on the Fly Z XL might seem questionable, it will make more sense once we understood more about the offset design and its effects.

The Fly Z XL’s offset design, as per Cobra’s own testing will produce up to 17.5 yards of draw bias, which is a lot. Even with the standard Fly-Z adjusted to its MyFly8’s draw bias setting, the XL still produce 10.5 yards additional draw bias.

With that reason alone, having the draw bias setting on the Fly Z XL will be simply unnecessary, and in fact, can confuse players with too much draw. With that regards, there are only three loft angle settings available on the Fly Z XL: 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees, which is in our opinion, proper.

Another thing about the MyFly8 and the offset design is that the offset design will naturally produce more spin and higher flight trajectory. A 1-degree change in loft angle will roughly increase the flight trajectory further by 0.7 degrees while increasing spin by approximately 350 RPM.

Simply put, having too many loft angle settings will further complicate the flight trajectory and spin problem, which will, in turn, decrease your gained distance.

The exclusion of the MyFly8 and the SmartPad, in our opinion, is a bold and correct move by Cobra, to make the Fly Z XL a simpler driver with less problem with spin rate and flight.

Main Benefits Of The Cobra Fly Z XL Driver

There are generally two benefits of the Fly Z XL compared to the other two models:

Simplicity

The Fly Z XL is simpler than the standard Fly Z and the Fly Z+. There’s a simpler setting to adjust the loft angle, there is no adjustable weight system, and there are no other gimmicks which might be too complicated for beginners.

Slice-correction and even more forgiveness

The offset design may seem like a minuscule addition over the standard Fly Z model, but in truth, it improves a lot of things regarding its forgiveness.

Obviously, the offset design will act as a slice-correction device, but it will also further increase the MOI and allow easier pick up for high ball flight.

Should You Pick The Fly Z XL Over The Other Two?

If you are looking to improve your slice habits, definitely! The offset design, in addition with the superb forgiveness provided by the Fly Z technology, will certainly cater to players with a higher handicap of say, 10 to 25.

While the standard Fly Z is designed for balance, and the Fly Z+ achieved that balance for better, lower-handicap players, the Fly Z XL broke that balance in a good way.

The Fly Z XL is simply put, the most forgiving of the three, and that is saying a lot, considering the standard Fly-Z itself is already regarded as one of the most forgiving drivers in the market.

The harsh truth about the golf equipment is, with more forgiveness, there is always more sacrifice in performance and control.

However, what’s really great about the XL is, even with that extra forgiveness, the sacrifice in both performance and workability over the standard Fly Z model is very small.

Cobra did a great job by replacing the shaft and tweaking the loft angle adjustments, which will counterbalance all the negatives about the offset design.

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If you are looking for the maximum forgiveness with a satisfying distance and performance, the XL version is for you.

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ULTIMATE REVIEW! – PING G20 Irons | 60S Today

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If you’re in the market for your first set of new irons, or perhaps are looking for a set that will help move your handicap down from the 20s and into the teens, then the PING G20 is absolutely one MyGolfSpy thinks you need to be looking at.

PING G20 Irons

(Written By: GolfSpy T) Maybe I’m overstepping here, but when you’re talking about Game Improvement, short of two beers at the turn, PING is probably the first thing that should come to mind. The company basically pioneered not only custom fitting, but the idea that the average weekend hacker could be custom fit too. And while PING has, and continues to design and engineer golf clubs with the better player in mind (S-series, and Anser Forged), it is in the game-improvement, and super game-improvement space where PING has made the biggest impact.

With each and every season PING continues to evolve its lineup, and while there’s hardly a product revolution from one year to the next, evolutionary improvement is all but a given. The G20’s are the evolution of the extremely popular G15. While the G20’s aren’t the most forgiving club in the current PING lineup (that distinction belongs to the K15), they could comfortably take on any other manufacturers super game-improvement irons and more than hold there own.

While good accuracy is all but a given with PING irons, we were plenty excited to put the entire set through our updated review process and see how successful our 6 testers would be hitting long, middle, and short irons to a target. That information and data can all be found below, but first, there’s some things PING might want you to know.

Tell Us What You Think!

  • Are you a PING loyalist and why?
  • Do you prefer performance before looks or vice versa?
  • When you here the name PING what comes to mind?

The Marketing Angle

Look…you know the drill. When it comes to the G-series, whether it’s the G2’s, or the new G20’s, it’s all about forgiveness, control, and well…GAME IMPROVEMENT. The fundamentals remain largely unchanged. The perimeter-weighted heads are over-sized, toplines thick, soles wide, no…very wide, and there is plenty of offset. The face is thin (increased ball speed, and is backed by a CTP (custom tuning port) to enhance feel. Again…it’s textbook stuff for just about any GI iron, until we start talking about the shaft.

Rather than go with one of the more common 3rd party shafts often found in game-improvement irons (Nippon 1050, DynamicGold XP, etc.) PING decided to engineer their own iron shaft for the G20 series. PING wanted complete control over the performance of their new irons, and so the CFS (Control, Feel, Stability) shaft was born.

Unlike their proprietary Z-Z65 on which the CFS is based, the CFS is available in multiple flexes. It plays a bit softer than the Z-Z65 (although we’re confident in saying it plays true to flex), and offers more feel.

Over the last couple of years of testing, we’ve developed a good idea of what shafts fit which of our testers well. Being entirely new to the CFS I did have some concerns that it wouldn’t prove to be much more than a watered down version of some of the lighter weight shafts we’ve tested with. In some cases those lighter shafts have caused ballooning issues for our higher swing speed testers. We didn’t notice any of that with the CFS shafts, although when the ideal fit for our testers was between flexes, we elected to use the stiffer (and heavier) shaft.

How We Tested

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Radius-Based Scoring

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Material Composition: 17-4 Stainless Steel (Cast)

For testing purposes our sets consisted of 4-UW (gap wedge) with stock PING CFS shafts (R,S,X). The stock grip is PING’s own ID8, which if I’m being perfectly honest, I’m not a huge fan of.

PERFORMANCE SCORING

Short Iron Performance

With short irons in hand, our testers missed the target by an average of just outside 23 feet. When the least accurate tester is removed from the equation, the remaining testers were slightly less than 3 feet closer to the pin on average.

Looking at distance and accuracy independently for a moment we find some fairly compelling results. With regard to distance alone, half of our testers averaged within 1 yard of the target distance. This suggest that either our testers DID NOT mis-hit the G20’s very often, or that the clubs do an excellent job of mitigating distance loss on balls that are less than perfectly struck.

Where left to right is concerned, only a single tester missed by an average of more than 20 feet. As a group, or testers missed the target line by less than 14 feet on average.

Short Iron Performance Score: 90.12

Middle Iron Performance

Our short iron tests showed that our testers missed the target by an average of 34.69 feet. When we remove our least accurate tester from the equation, we find an adjusted average miss of 31.09 feet. Interestingly, the tester who missed by the largest margin with a middle iron, is not the same tester who missed by the largest margin with a short iron.

Not surprisingly, distance control proved to be more of an issue at middle iron distance. While our lowest handicap golfer still managed to relatively close to pin high (an average of 3.3 feet short of the target distance), the others didn’t perform quite as well, with some testers posting averages of 15 feet short of the target distance.

As a group, with the middle irons, our testers missed the center line by an average of 21.6 feet. When the poorest performer is removed from the equation, our most accurate testers missed the center line by 17.88 feet; an increase of almost 4 feet when compared to the PING G20 short irons.

Middle Iron Performance Score: 88.50

Long Iron Performance

As we get a few more of these new iron reviews under our belt, our expectation is that long iron performance will likely prove to be the biggest differentiation between the clubs we test.

Armed with 4 irons, our testers missed the target by an average of 50.5 feet. When we remove our least accurate performer (65.11 feet), the group average improves to 47.57 feet. Not the least bit surprising is that once again, our lowest handicap golfer posted the best numbers; missing by an average of 34.78 feet. Excluding our least accurate tester, the remaining testers averaged between 48 and 54 feet from the target. While that’s a long way from birdie distance, par is a reasonable expectation.

Worth noting is that while most of our testers, from a scoring perspective, were very consistent (within 3 percentage points) as they moved from short, to middle, to long irons, one of our two lowest handicap golfers struggled a bit with the long irons, leading to a 5 point decline in his score when compared to middle irons. Conversely, one of our highest handicap golfers, actually improved from the middle iron to the long iron. It’s not unusual for high handicap golfers to simply go cold, and that may have been what happened.

Long Iron Performance Score: 85.61

Overall Performance

Nearly every tester experienced at least one near perfect contact swing that resulted in the ball sailing 10-15 yards farther than most of the balls they hit. While these shots were often among the least accurate (and were dropped from the scoring), almost without fail, the subsequent shot would fall well short of the target as our testers tended to back off their next swing a bit. Having an extra-hot spot on the face isn’t a bad thing, but it does cause some occasional distance control problems.

The overall performance suggests that the PING G20’s offer an interesting option in the Game Improvement space. Quite honestly, the numbers could have actually been better, but there’s a small detail we discovered in testing that doesn’t translate well in the numbers. While PING would no doubt tell you that the PING G20’s feature a large sweet spot, and offer consistent distance across the face, what we discovered is a large sweet spot that surrounds a very hot, “sweeter spot”.

MGS OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE: 88.11

The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the the PING G20 Irons. You can click on each of 3 tabs (PING G20 – Short Irons, PING G20 – Mid Irons, PING G20 – Long Irons) you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range, and the raw data (averages) for each of our testers. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and proximity to the pin.

SUBJECTIVE SCORING

Looks

When it comes to PING and the aesthetics of golf club design, where their game improvements are concerned anyway, cosmetics definitely do take a back seat to engineering. The bottom line is the G20 heads are big and bulky. The soles are wide (testers called them shovels), and the topline’s are thick. For many, PING’s GI designs are black and white; either you really like them, or you really don’t.

While only a single tester told us he absolutely loves the looks, the remaining testers told us they thought they didn’t look too bad for a game-improvement club. It’s all relative I suppose, and for my money, the G20’s are actually a step up from previous G-series designs.

MGS Looks Score: 80.63

Sound & Feel

You may recall from our previous review of PING’s K15 irons that our testers found them lacking in feel. That’s not to say that they felt bad, but rather that feel was incredibly consistent. Perfectly struck balls felt almost identical to poorly struck balls. For some that’s brilliant. Others view the lack of feedback as a huge negative.

With the G20’s (comparatively speaking) there’s a bit more differentiation between the good and bad (and you really, really know it when you catch one on the “sweeter spot”. That said, nobody is going to confuse the Ping G20’s with a player’s cavity back, or blade, but that’s sort of the point. For guys looking for Game-Improvement irons, feel and feedback don’t even register when compared to things like performance and consistency. So while we can’t say the G20’s offer outstanding feel, we think they’re just fine for what they are.

MGS Feel Score: 83.31

Perceived Forgiveness

You might assume that our testers would find the Ping G20 to be an exceptionally forgiving club, after all, that’s what it’s designed to be. While about half of those surveyed felt they were just that (rating them a 9), others were less enthused (ratings of 7 and 8). My take is that the Ping G20 irons don’t offer the same degree of absolute forgiveness as the K15’s. The thing is, while the G20’s don’t look like anything a low-mid handicap golfer would want any part of, the trade-off is they offer a bit more feedback, and certainly a hint of workability, while still minimizing the damage done by less than ideal contact.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 88.69

Likelihood of Purchase

There are clubs that register profoundly with our testers, and some that outright miss. When it comes to purchasing, the PING G20’s fall somewhere in the middle. While our senior tester (who currently plays PING G5s), absolutely loves the PING G20, most are less fond of them. Realistically this will always be an issue with the majority of game-improvement clubs we test as they simply don’t have the same type of appeal as clubs targeted at middle and lower handicap golfers.

Still, as game-improvement irons go, the PING G20 is one I happen to like a lot, and while I probably won’t drop them in my bag, there are certainly days I think that I’d be wise to do just that.

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 77.94

We’ve had a few PING clubs in for review, and quite honestly, not a single one has been a runaway hit on our subjective surveys. Still, the Ping G20 irons fared a bit better than some, and I suspect that when we start looking at PING clubs designed for middle to low handicap golfers, these numbers will come up considerably.

TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE: 81.97

CONCLUSION

With this review being the first since we revised our iron scoring system it’s difficult to say exactly how the PING G20 iron review will stacks up. We have two other Game Improvement sets currently in testing and I suspect the G20’s will more than hold their own against the competition.

While they’re not an iron that’s going to appeal to everyone, the PING G20 is very adept at what it’s designed to do; it goes straight (mostly), distance loss on mis-hits is less than severe, and it’s extremely easy to get the ball in the air with the long irons (we observed very few misses where our testers failed to put some air under the ball).

If you’re in the market for your first set of new irons, or perhaps are looking for a set that will help move your handicap down from the 20s and into the teens, then the PING G20 is absolutely one MyGolfSpy thinks you need to be looking at.

MGS TOTAL SCORE: 87.49

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Taylor Made M1 Fairway | 60S Today

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Five stars Easy to hit long

jjjjj222 26/07/2020

Great service from golfbidder again. Club was in better condition than described. Nice and easy to hit off the tee and fairway. Good to look at too. Just missing the wrench to make adjustments!

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black sun red sand tier 9 | 60S Today

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The Secret World mission information Mission type Story Story mission (not repeatable) Starting zone The Scorched Desertmore How to start Starts automatically after reaching The Scorched Desert.

Primary quest chain for the Egypt area. Once the Solomon Island story arc (Dawning of an Endless Night) is completed, a faction mission begins. For the Templars it is Sign of the Times. For Dragon, Total Eclipse. Illuminati get Questions and Answers. Once this is completed, the faction representative will direct the player to “Travel through Agartha to The Scorched Desert”. Once there, Black Sun, Red Sand begins automatically

The second of three choices to serve or deny the “voices” spoken of by the light and dark angels at the beginning of the game. Kneel or stand in defiance. The first was in Dawning of an Endless Night, and the final is in Mortal Sins. Whichever stance Secret Worlders represent with two or three choices, is the final one.

After Black Sun, Red Sand, a faction mission begins automatically, to introduce Transylvania. The Templars’ transition quest is Virgula Divina and the Dragon’s is End Game; the Illuminati have Mainframe.

Steps[]

  1. Meet the Council of Venice delegation in al-Merayah.
  1. Search al-Merayah and its outskirts for the cultists’ hideout.
  1. Infiltrate the Atenist gathering.
  1. Find a route into the inner sanctum.
  1. Enter the inner sanctum.
  1. Follow the suited man.
  2. Find the suited man’s destination.
    • You only get this step if you get too close to the suited man and he starts to run. The end location is the same. You can just follow one of the main roads inside al-Merayah and you will find the location.
  1. Reach the Marya camp.
  2. Defend the Marya camp.
  3. Survey the battle site.
  1. Investigate the Oxford archaeologists’ digsite.
  2. Locate the door marked with the symbol of Aten.
  3. Examine the note.
  4. Continue Singh’s reasearch to open the door.
    • Note: Several people working on this step can make a mess for each other. You should find a way to cooperate, either by taking turns or grouping.
  1. Find the last statue, Anubis.
  1. Operate the statue of Anubis.
  2. Enter the sealed chamber.
  3. Recover the tablet.
    • Not clickable before the Ancient Tomb Guardian is defeated.
  4. Bring the tablet to Singh and de la Roche.
  1. Find the entrance in the north.
  2. Enter the City of the Sun God.

Intermission reward of:

  • 4170 Pax Romana, 2 Sequin of the Valley of the Sun God.
  • QL8 Piercing glyph.
    • Recover the Aspect of Houy.
    • Recover the Aspect of Nefertari the Younger.
    • Recover the Asepct of Moutnefert.
    • Recover the Aspect of Moutemouia.
    • Recover the Aspect of Nefertari.
    • Recover the Aspect of Thutmose.
  1. Recover the Aspect of Hemitneter.
  2. Search for the men in grey armor.
  1. Search the Orochi databanks for information.
  2. Recover the Aspect of Hemitneter.
    • Inside the tent marked as a grey rectangle on the map
  1. Bring the song to the Black Pyramid.
  2. Sing the Song of the Sentinels at the pyramid’s entrance.
    • Right click the Song of the Sentinels in your inventory.
  3. Enter the pyramid.
  1. Enter the Antechamber.
  2. Fight your way into the heart of the pyramid.
    • You will get three waves of mobs coming at you. If you stand close to the entrance you will get slightly more time to prepare for the next wave.
  3. Keep moving deeper into the pyramid.
  4. Confront the Black Pharaoh, Akhenaten.
    • At around 3 % health he should start to cast one last AOE, but should be stopped by all seven sentinel statues channelling. If this is not happening then something bugged that particular fight. If you try again it might work properly the next time.
  1. Cross the ice floes.
  2. Kneel before the effigy, or confront it.
    • Click the altar to kneel.
    • Attack the Watcher to confront.

Rewards[]

  • 1670 Pax Romana, 2 Sequin of the Valley of the Sun God.
  • QL9 Ardent glyph.

Video Guide[]

★_The_Secret_World_★_-_Black_Sun,_Red_Sand_-_Tier_1_to_3_-_Aten_Temple_(Solo_Instance)

★ The Secret World ★ – Black Sun, Red Sand – Tier 1 to 3 – Aten Temple (Solo Instance)

Black Sun, Red Sand

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ULTIMATE REVIEW! – Nike VR_S Driver | 60S Today

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Nike VRS Driver Review

The combination of more distance and obscene accuracy offered by the VR_S had our senior tester more excited than he’s been since Viagra hit the market. You might not know it but this is the driver review you’ve been waiting to read all year…trust me!

Nike VR_S Driver

(Written By: @GolfSpy T) Can we talk about me for a minute? I don’t know how you answered that question, but regardless, we ARE going to talk about me for a minute. Spending a day at the annual PGA Show demo day sounds like a golfer’s dream. And I suppose in a lot of respects it is…unless you’re me. With all the picture talking and talking to people I need to do, there’s barely any time to actually hit any of the 10’s of thousands of clubs that are on hand. At the 2011 show I hit one club…that’s right, one. At this year’s show I set more time aside for fun. I hit 3. The club at the top of my list, and the one I hit first was the Nike VR_S driver…and that was before I had even heard of a Speed Trial.

So why would a Nike driver be at the top of my list? I don’t have a rational explanation (what’s rational about golf), but Nike drivers just seem to perform well for me. Really, really well. I bagged the first Victory Red STR8-Fit for nearly a season (a lifetime for me), and only put it away because I didn’t exactly love the sound/feel aspect of things. I hit last year’s VR Pro lights out, but didn’t love it (again…golf…not rational). But…I’ve had the VR Limited in the bag since last fall (and love the feel). So yeah, given my personal history with Nike drivers, I was anxious to see what the guys at the Oven had cooked up for me this time around.

So back to demo day…Despite not bothering to get lose, I piped my first swing right down the center of my target line. And then, with GolfSpy X watching, I did it again, and again, and again. Not wanting to spoil a good run, I put the VR_S back in the bag and walked away. I’d seen enough. Of course, as most of you know, what we think we see, and what the numbers say actually happened are often two completely different things. So in the interest of not getting to caught up in my own perceptions, I decided to leave the VR_S alone until our demo clubs arrived. Maybe I hit it well, but even if I did, there’s not a chance that 4 others guys would have the same experience, is there?

Hmmm…maybe there is.

The Marketing Angle

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so in the interest of saving several hundred of them, here’s the simple version of what you need to know:

Moving on…

How We Tested

The 5 golfers (Tim is still unavailable due to injury) for whom we collected detailed performance data were asked to hit a series of shots on our 3Track Equipped simulators from aboutGolf. As usual, testing was done at Tark’s Indoor Golf, a state of the art indoor golf facility located in Saratoga Springs, NY. Detailed data for each and every shot for which we collected data is viewable just below the performance section of this review.. This data serves as the foundation for our final performance score. Our testers were also asked to rate the Nike VR_S Driver and provide feedback in our subjective categories (looks, sound & feel, perceived perceived forgiveness, and LOP (likelihood of purchase)). This information is used as the foundation for our total subjective score. Testing was done using 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, and 11.5° drivers in , A (Senior), Regular, Stiff, and X-Stiff flexes. All drivers were outfitted with the stock Fubuki K shaft (and yes…it’s most definitely the “Made For” kind).

PERFORMANCE SCORING

Like the the last several driver tests we’ve conducted, tests of the VR_S were conducted under our updated testing protocols. Full details of our testing and scoring procedures can be found here. The short version is that scores are calculated based on a point system. Points are determined per shot using a formula of distance minus accuracy. Based on previous test results, we’ve assigned each of our six testers a theoretical maximum point value. The percentage of that maximum theoretical score that is achieved by each individual tester represents the individual score for the Nike VR_S Driver. The total performance score is determined by the average score for our testers.

Distance & Launch

How we got there wasn’t necessarily pretty. We saw some lower than standard launch numbers, and couple of drives that produced more roll then we usually see, but when all the data was crunched the numbers that matter (total distance & accuracy) were stellar.

Our testers averaged 257.44 yards of total distance (244.80 carry). When we yank our soft hitting senior tester out of the equation, the overall average distance number jumps to 269.88. As I’ll explain below, these numbers are likely slightly inflated due to Tim’s absence, but even if he had participated and posted numbers in the ballpark of his averages with previous drivers, the overall results would still be excellent.

Looking specifically at launch angles we see that our testers as a group averaged 10.43 degrees, which is a bit lower than we’d like. There are some mitigating factors in play (I hit a stiffer shaft, and lower lofted head to help control spin, and Nick hit low bullets – long, but low – all day), but I wouldn’t read too much into it.

Take the lowest launching golfer out of the equation, and averages creep up to 11.26 degrees. Interestingly, other than myself, our testes used the same loft as they normally would play, and yet not a single tester managed to get above 12 degrees. It’s not a significant point, but it does suggest that if you can control your spin, you might want to look into a higher lofted VR_S than you might otherwise play.

Accuracy & Spin

Distance is nice…and it’s certainly what sells clubs, but I can promise you that in the grand reality of golf, accuracy is infinitely more important. With that in mind, I can’t underestimate the significance of a group average of 11.84 yards offline. The guys were absolutely dialed in. Most of our testers hit at least 2 other drivers on the same day, and nearly to a man, the Nike VR_S Driver was the most accurate of the lot.

11.84 yards is well beyond impressive, but when we drop our least accurate tester, group averages improve to 10.45. Now I hate to try and explain away a great result, but just so everyone fully comprehends how we got to the lowest number we’ve seen to date (best the last driver we tested…the guys are on a roll), here’s what happened.

First, two of our testers were slightly more accurate than their historic averages. Above and beyond that, I cut my average yards offline (the best number I’ve posted since the first VR STR8-Fit, I believe) basically in half. Most significantly, our senior tester posted a ridiculous number. Because he’s the shortest hitter in the group, his drives tend not to stray quite as far off the center line anyway (which is why these old bastards always take my money – turns out short in the fairway is better than long into the tree line), but his 6.7 yards offline average would be solid with an 8-iron. With a driver it’s other-worldly. Needless to say, the combination of more distance and obscene accuracy offered by the Nike VR_S Driver had our senior tester more excited than he’s been since Viagra hit the market. I feel a little uncomfortable.

With regard to spin, our testers averaged 3029.66 RPM of backspin. Our senior tester led the way (which is what we want), while our highest handicap tester actually produced less than ideal spin (1992.20 RPM). For my part, I kept my numbers in check for a change (2666.60) which suggests that the swing changes I’m working on, coupled with a stiffer shaft (and likely the lower lofted club as well), are starting to pan out.

Side spin numbers were exceptional almost across the board. The group averaged 463.26 RPM, but that includes our senior tester who consistently played the fade he’s known for. Drop him out of the equation and the group improves to a staggering 286.73 RPM. Yeah…the Nike VR_S Driver is a spin killer that flies almost dead straight, which certainly explains why our testers blanked the middle of the fairway with their test shots.

Overall Performance

All cards on the table, yeah, it’s reasonable to assume that like some of the other clubs we’ve tested recently, Tim’s injury and consequential absence from our last few tests has probably bumped scores up slightly. That said, it would be foolish to look past some of the best distance scores, and THE best accuracy scores we’ve ever seen just because one guy had a sore elbow. We’ve had an absolute banner crop of drivers in so far in 2012, and there’s a case to be made that the Nike VR_S Driver might just be the absolute best of the bunch. It certainly should be on your must-try list.

MGS OVERALL PERFORMANCE SCORE: 93.06

The Interactive Data

The charts below show the individual and group averages (black dotted line) for each shot our golfers took during our test of the the Nike VR_S Driver. If you click on the “VR_S – Test Range tab, you can see where each shot came to rest on our virtual driving range. Hovering over any point will give you all the details of that particular shot. You can use the filters on the right-hand side to show and hide individual golfer based on handicap and clubhead speed. Clicking on the ” VR_S – Raw Data” tab will show you the individual numbers and group averages for our testers.

SUBJECTIVE SCORING

We’ve got a bit of a history here with Nike clubs, and more specifically Nike drivers. With the exception of last fall’s VR Limited Driver (my gamer as of this writing), Nike drivers, despite consistently excellent performance numbers, have been absolutely brutalized by our testers on our subjective rating scale. Interestingly, while “Looks” scores have steadily increased with each release, Sound and Feel, and LOP scores have remained consistently low. Is the VR_S the first adjustable Nike driver (the VR Limited features a traditional (non-adjustable, glued) hosel), to break through our tester’s wall of hostility? Let’s find out.

Looks

It’s almost amusing how quickly golf companies have transitioned away from radical geometries, like square and triangular drivers, back to subtle variations of the tried and true, and arguably timeless pear-shaped design. While the VR_S remains slightly roundish, and perhaps slightly elongated, its more conventionally shaped than any previous STR8-Fit enabled driver. At address there’s very little not to like…at least where the shape is concerned.

If there’s one thing that consistently irks me it’s when I have to talk about ridiculous things like “Crown Graphics”. In most circumstances it’s usually in reference to an alignment aid. With the VR_S, however; Nike seems to have taken a page out of TaylorMade’s book, and has gone about the business of trying to spruce things up a bit [Shaking my head violently].

Though they are certainly muted, and only visible when light hits them a certain way, Nike decided to include some bizarre crown decoration. I’m not completely sure what they were getting at, but it has an almost tribal appearance; as if the design would feel right at home on Mike Tyson’s face [still shaking my head].

While they chose not to mark the crown with any sort of alignment aid (+1), the did add the Nike swoosh to the rear of the crown.

Finally, as with previous incarnations of Nike woods, rather than use a traditional black paint (either flat, or glossy), Nike once again went with what I’ve taken to calling charcoal glitter. It doesn’t bother me, though some have told me the don’t care for it at all.

As with the VR Limited, the face features what I call Nike’s infinity graphic, which has replaced the gear graphic found in previous generations. Overall the face is very similar to the Limited across the board. Score lines are more pronounced, and “NexCOR” is printed high on the toe (or as I like to call it, my sweet spot).

The sole graphics are much more muted than I’ve come to expect from Nike. The traditional red of the VR Series has been replaced by a much darker maroon, and has been reduced to an accent color. While no Nike design would be complete without the Swoosh. While the package is perhaps not as sophisticated as some of the other designs we’ve seen, by Nike graphic standards, the VR has been toned down quite a bit.

Most significant is the absence of Nike’s Compression channel. The technology has been replaced by the NexCOR face (my guess is the inclusion of both would have pushed them behind COR limits). Performance not withstanding, it feels a bit like I’ve lost an old friend.

The mostly silver and black color scheme is a near perfect match for Nike’s Fubuki K, which (you guessed it) is also silver and black. If nothing else, Nike has created a near perfect driver for Oakland Raider fans.

While I did have a single tester tell me he absolutely loved it, he’s admittedly the guy who loves nearly everything else. Most everyone else, really, really likes the looks, which was more than enough to keep the score at an A-level.

MGS Looks Score: 92.45

Sound & Feel

This is normally the part of the driver review where I tell you that it’s really a shame that the Nike driver is too loud, and too aluminum batty (yes, that’s a real adjective) for our testers tastes. Oddly enough, it didn’t happen this time. Surprisingly (not because I don’t agree, but because well…our guys never like the sound and feel of Nike drivers) there weren’t any complaints. If anything, we actually heard what could be described as accolades.

“I was surprised by the feel of this club. I enjoyed swinging it” – Lou Y.

“Nice, sweet sound” – Mark C.

“Good feel, but the shaft seemed slightly light” – Nick B. (there’s one in every crowd)

Nick’s point about the shaft is worth discussing. Like so many others, Nike has moved to a light (not quite ultra-light) shaft as the stock offering on the VR_S. For some it will actually produces increased distance. For others lighter can mean harder to control (particularly if you have a faster tempo and a quick transition).

I’m generally one of those lighter is bad guys. Me and lighter go together like hot cocoa and sugar peas, but I must say that Nike’s Fubuki K is more controllable than most. I say that with the admission that to help offset the impact of the lighter shaft, I tested with a lower lofted head (8.5°) and stiffer shaft (X-flex) than I might otherwise use (although I am coming around to thinking that an X-Flex is probably going to be a better fit in general for me anyway).

MGS Sound & Feel Score: 93.53

Perceived Forgiveness

Let me preface this by saying I truly appreciate the guys who come out and test for us. We pay them nothing and still have the audacity to ask them to take time out of their lives to hit golf balls for us. We couldn’t do this without them, but…

What a bunch of oblivious, possibly mentally challenged, [f-bombing] numb-nuts these clowns are. Seriously. We’re talking about a group of guys who put on up distances numbers as good as nearly anything else, and who has a group missed the target line by an average of 11.84 yards (and that includes our least accurate tester). Everybody was less than 18 yards offline. Basically these numbers are unheard of, and yet a couple of these guys (who shall remain nameless) actually had the audacity to circle a 7 on their sheets.

Long and straight always = 7? This is what happens when you serve beer at your testing facility. I’m cutting these jackasses off.

Tester Perceived Forgiveness Score: 83.85

Likelihood of Purchase

Don’t let the forgiveness scores fool you. While our testers are clearly are incapable of recognizing forgiveness in a driver, the apparently know a good one when they’re swinging it. When I see that the lowest LOP score is an 8, it’s clear to me the manufacturer (Nike, in case you’re just waking up) has pretty much nailed it. The more people they can get to try this club, the more golfers are going to walk away pleasantly surprised (and often with a VR_S in the bag).

Tester Likelihood of Purchase: 95.68

Adjustability (Not Scored)

While it might be unkind, it’s certainly fair to say that pound for pound, Nike’s previous implementation of STR8-Fit technology was probably the most unwieldy on the market. No doubt 32 different positions sounds like a hell of an idea, but in practice dialing in a precise alignment required making minute adjustment to find a shaft alignment position that was next to impossible to isolate.

Sure, I love that the old wrench beeped when everything was as tight as it should be (lot’s of fun on the teebox), but a slip of the hand, and it wasn’t just easy to damage the ferrule, it was a relatively common occurrence. And all of that is before we start talking about the extra bulk that came with the hosel design.

While the individual adjustment details aren’t quite as easy to comprehend as some of the other systems out there, use of L and R rather than a degree designation does make it relatively simple to grok on a higher level. Need the ball to go right, set it somewhere on the R side. For Left…well you get it.

Unlike a couple of the other adjustable systems, the VR_S doesn’t have any movable/adjustable weights. Like every other system out there now, adjustments are managed through a screw on the sole of the driver.

Perhaps the biggest improvement is the scaling down of the hosel area. As I said, previous STR8-Fit designs were bulky. The latest incarnation isn’t significantly larger than a traditional, glued hosel.

Overall, the system isn’t perfect (it’s arguably still the most complex on the market), but it’s a huge improvement over the previous system

TOTAL SUBJECTIVE SCORE: 92.29

CONCLUSION

We are on an absolutely astounding run of fantastic drivers. Well, two in a row anyway, and we’ve got a 3rd in the pipeline that looks like it’s probably going to join the top handful of drivers we’ve ever reviewed, but you can make an argument that the Nike VR_S Driver is the best of the bunch. I definitely have concerns about how well the light shaft would stand the test of time with my swing (though 2 for 2 in testing so far is a fairly good rate), but that only speaks to what we’ve been saying at MyGolfSpy from day 1. Go Get Fitted! Off the rack is for chumps.

Of course, off the rack performance for the Nike VR_S Driver is stellar. The numbers speak for themselves

MGS TOTAL SCORE: 93.06

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Ultiworld Disc Golf | 60S Today

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Delta’s abrupt closure has left customers towing a big bag of regret

January 30, 2020 by Alejandro Alfonso in News with 0 comments
Photo: Delta Cart

Delta Disc Golf carts debuted in 2015 to positive reviews and grabbed attention when it was seen towed next to pros on tour. World champion Ricky Wysocki put his name behind the product and the cart was hailed for its construction, functionality, and durability.

But, it now seems the company is out of business and has left customers towing a big bag of regret.

Attempts to reach Delta Disc Golf owner and operator Bryan Sterk were unsuccessful. The company website is offline with the message, “We’ll be back soon.” The phone number for the company is not accepting calls. Sterk did not respond to direct attempts to contact him on Facebook.

Customers who pre-ordered carts have apparently not been able to contact Sterk or communicate with anyone at the company. Delta Disc Golf is being accused of not filling orders and stealing from customers.

“They took my order and closed shop!!! WTF!!,” read one review on the Delta Disc Golf Facebook page.

“Return calls/emails…be HONEST AND COMMUNICATE!!!!,” wrote another.

Discraft Tour Team player, Alex Geisinger, is listed on the Delta Disc Golf Facebook page as a team member. Geisinger told Ultiworld Disc Golf he is no longer involved with the company. “It kinda just fizzled out when the storefront closed,” Geisinger said. “I think it was fall of 2018 when the store closed in Roseville.”

The company’s address — 2950 Rice Street, Little Canada, Minn. — is still listed on the Facebook page. Reviews dated before 2018 on the page are mostly positive. The most recent reviews are negative and accuse the company of fraud. “The cart was sick, super solid and compact. In my opinion, I’m surprised Zuca outlasted Delta based on quality and not much of a price difference,” Geisinger said. “Long story short, Brian built a phenomenal product but wasn’t the best business operator. The thing about Delta is everyone that actually got one was extremely happy with the product; it’s just the people that didn’t get it in a timely fashion that are salty about the company. They are in the right and Brian shouldn’t have been taking so many orders when he knew he couldn’t keep up with demand with his small operation.”

“No hard feelings against Brian I just really don’t know what happened,” said Geisinger.

Delta was apparently still taking payment for orders in April of 2019, even though Sterk had already closed the storefront. Julie Derscheid ordered two carts in April 2019 but received nothing from Delta and has had to dispute the charge on her credit card, she said.

“I ordered two carts on April 1, 2019, for about $1,115 with an expectation of having them in four to six weeks per the Delta site. On May 9, I asked for a status and was told two weeks, an obvious lie. On June 16, they issued me a $300 refund due to their lie. After that they stopped responding to my emails,” Derscheid said.

Jerry Breitbach, another customer, told UWDG about a similar experience. Breitbach saw a Delta cart a friend had on the course. He decided to get one for himself. He still doesn’t have one.

“I saw one of the Delta 10 carts a friend had. I looked up the site, eventually called the company and talked to Brian about the cart. It was pre-order so I wanted to know about what my time frame would be to get one. It was supposed to be a 45 day period,” Breitbach said.

“I ordered on April 9 (2019). Waited 45 days, emailed the company. He said there was a delay in the nylon parts. Waited about another month and emailed again. No response. Called them, talked to Brian and he said still a delay. This went on for about six months. At one point no response, no emails, then the website went offline. No more contact. I called my Visa card company,” he said.

Anger from the disc golf community with Delta’s business practices is prompting another cart company owner to offer discounts to Delta customers. Joe Robinson, owner of RidgeRoller Carts, is offering Delta customers $50 off one of his carts.

“With the recent news of Delta disc golf going out of business and screwing over its DG (disc golf) customers ? I’m going to offer $50 off the R3Roller with a picture of your invoice from Delta,” Robinson wrote on a post to the Official Disc Golf Cart RidgeRoller CARTel page “That’s all I’m going to say about the situation ?

For his part, Wysocki has quietly stepped away from his sponsorship and is now toting a custom Ridge Roller rig.

UWDG has been unable to verify a total number of orders affected by Delta’s closure, but almost every week another account of failed delivery seems to appear.

Maybe Sterk and Delta will reorganize and restart production, as the company has gone silent for periods in the past. But as it stands now, the outlook is not so good.