I 2nd Nate on this also GordyMoe, I think you might have maybe misdialed? I just got off the phone with them about returning the set of woods I was testing out. Give it another shot.
Thanks to longdrivenate's experience on the phone with them I knew what to expect in getting the RMA. I fully intended to wait it out for the full refund as I had no intention of keeping them (for which I'll explain below), and got the "split the difference" offer which I said no to. I actually had the RMA # written down and he had one final offer. He said they'd be writing them off at $40/ea. since they were not considered new anymore and would I take that price (3 @ $120), I said make it $100 and refund the balance and I'll do it for the sake of not going the the hassle of boxing and shipping. Done deal, and for what they are, I'm happy. My oldest is taking a Golf Class so they can fill his bag.
So back in September I started the fitting process and had a new set of irons and middle fairway woods (7w and 11w) made. The plan with my fitter is to fit me for a Driver and 4w after the 1st of the year, letting the bank account recover from the above purchase, so having a 3/5/9 in the bag doesn't really do much for me. So, the ad come across email and decided to bite, sure I'll upgrade my 2010 Callaway FTi for free LOL, and it'll be fun to test clubs. I did a 3w, 5w, and 9w for my test group (since I had the 7w). The only thing I did wrong was order Standard Grips, instead of Mid-Size. They are small, but that's an easy fix.
I planned to play 2-3 rounds of golf outside of driving range time, but a freak snowstorm 2 days after I got these, a drowning in the pond at a Golf Resort that shut down the course the weekend I was there (sad story), and our Governor shutting our state down for two weeks over Thanksgiving, totally blew my 45 day test period. It's 2020, what more can I say. So, 95% of testing was done at the driving range, 3-4 days (lunch hours from work), and only 1 round of golf. Didn't get the distance I was getting on the range, but I wasn't hitting range rocks and the fairways aren't as hard. I used a Taylormade TP5 for the round.
Driver (Reg Shaft / 44.5") - (PROS) Feels good overall, head looks good, no adjustments for weighting or on hosel. It performed exactly as I expected against a 10 year old driver. I was getting about 215-225 yards total with the Callaway, where I'd carry 225-240 with the Patriot driver and roll out another 25-30 yards. Nice, this will work well for now. Hit pretty straight, nice forgiveness. I'm not one that shapes shots yet, so not trying anything fancy, just keep it in the green stuff, and down the middle. Like I mentioned above, I "ordered" the wrong grips, so for giggles and grins, I bought a Jumbomax grip. Holy Hell, what a difference. Talk about grip it and rip it, unknown if it's added any real distance, but doesn't feel like I'm going to loose the club now. Anyway, this is staying in my bag until I get back with my fitter and complete the process I mentioned above.
(CONS) - Those shafts...ugh, Orange and Cream. Really? Who thought that was an attractive color scheme?!?
3+ Wood (Reg Shaft / 43.5") - (PROS) Well, what can I say? Its a 3w, either you can hit it or you can't. I'm at the "can't" stage right now. The few shots that I did hit well went straight gave me decent roll outs to 220-230 range. Grips might be playing a part in this being too small, will upgrade those in the future and work on my technique and see if things improve. Will play with at the range, but most likely won't get a ride in the bag.
(CONS) - Those shafts, did I mention the color?
5 Wood (Reg Shaft / 42.5") - (PROS) Very easy club to hit after a few swings. Everything was straight and would get 200 plus yards on roll out. I get this distance with my 7 wood that was fit for me, due to much better quality materials so the 5w will go in my son's bag.
(CONS) - Did I mention the col....yeah, I think so.
9 Wood (Reg Shaft / 40.5") - (PROS) Again an easy club to hit, very forgiving and straight. Getting average distance and nice height on the shot, rolling out 180-195. Again, my 11w covers this gap, so it'll go in my son's bag.
(CONS) - Yeah, I think you know.
OVERALL THOUGHTS - For a Mid to High handicapper that is looking to upgrade the woods, I think this might be a good inexpensive option to upgrade to current tech, along with a "free" Driver. If I hadn't just upgraded my entire golf bag, I'd happily play these for a couple years or until I was ready for the next level. YMMV
Thanks for reading and stay in the short stuff.