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  1. 'Tis A-OK with me. I don't go the OEM route, and I do try to compliment them when I can (I've noticed I have a pattern of leaning towards the "little guy", like W/S, more). I think a big thing for me with Callaway is, their CEO was quoted in Golf magazine about making the game more affordable. Add that with this "innovation" (It's still going to be a good product, but I feel it won't be any better/worse than what's out there now) and the fact that it's still out of most people's price range... it just doesn't sit well with me. Maybe I have made it a little more personal than I need to... but Mr. Fellows shouldn't say one thing and do another. Personally, I think people should speak up more. We seem to think it's OK to sit back and say "You're charging $500 for that? OK...". It doesn't have to be that way. I do have to thank you, though. I've been putting more and more thought into becoming a member of a clubmaking society, moreso than I have in a while. Maybe I should take the proverbial plunge?
  2. And they're doing it without putting themselves out there wherever there's space. That's pretty impressive, as well.
  3. The Japanese market is VERY different than the US market. They're more into "flashy". Not saying that's right or wrong, but it is what it is. That said, I wonder if Titleist would bring these here to the US. In a sort of "keep up or get left behind" sort of thing.
  4. Agreed. As a lefty, it's hard enough to find anything higher than 52* (I know, but I won't buy Vokey's or whatever... been there, done that).
  5. Maybe they just don't like even numbers?
  6. I think it's safe to say you have some apptitude for this here game. . Good show! From my email exchanges with them, the people I talked to at Golftec seemed like smart and friendly people. Sounds like I was at least close to the mark.
  7. 'Cause that's how I roll LOL. Granted, I'm not a professional, and I don't own or are part of a company (I do wish sometimes that I were...) but everything I've done has been on my own. I haven't been able to test every single thing out there, but as a lefty living in the equivalent of golf's Antarctica, I've burnt a LOT of money on stuff to test. Was it worth it? You bet. Was it complete? As far as I'm concerned, no, but it's never ending- and nothing as near as I can tell is set in stone (call me wishy-washy, it doesn't matter to me). I also own nearly every equipment book available (still have to pick up "The Search For The Perfect Driver" and "Dear Frank"). I also have my own personal dealings, working in the automotive industry (no jokes... we're getting better, I think) working with composites, plastics and the need to turn a profit. I've never claimed expertise, just what I know. I can fit a person to a club or clubs, I can (and do) build them from scratch- swingweighted, MOI-matched (the easy way or the hard way), counter-balanced, whatever, but I'm missing one maybe important piece of equipment: a membership into a clubmaker's guild. Do I want one, though? Nope, but again, maybe I will, eventually. I've never felt the need to "belong" to a group- not to mention having to pay an annual fee to be a member in said organization never really appealed to me, as well. I'm also the first person to put my hand in the air and say "I f'ed up" when it's clear I did- I do it here and in the "real world". It happens, and as the old saying goes, "No one's perfect". But will I apologize? Nope. I don't apologize for the way I feel- and I don't expect others to do so, either. I consider MGS a place to learn about golf equipment. Everyone has their own way, but they're never "erroneous". Everyone also has the right to believe what they believe, gathering it through either their own studying, accepting advertisements as fact, or just listening to friends/associates talk about their equipment. Since I'm opening up (by the looks of it, more than I ever have here) one little interesting tidbit: the "66" in my name isn't golf-specific. It's my old football number, and has become a kind of "call signal" for me throughout the years. I don't know why I still use it...
  8. I would further that by saying NO putter is worth more than $150. The Cameron Cra-Z's will probably hate me, but I believe it's true: when you get to a certain price point, you're paying for the name of it and them recouping what they pay the pros to use it (among other things). The "little guys", meanwhile, are almost forced to charge the same amount, or else people will think their stuff is junk. It's like a never ending cycle.
  9. Here's an interesting email from a guy named Martin, with a response from Frank Thomas (former USGA technical director). It's from his e-newsletter that I subscribe to. Enjoy... Hi Frank, I follow your comments every week. my question: are there any advantages of forged irons against cast irons, and is Lee Westwood the first world # 1 to use cast irons? Mit freundlichen Grüßen With best regards --Martin Martin, Thank you (Danke schön) for being a Frankly Friend and I am pleased you are enjoying the weekly articles and putting tips. Having just returned from the UK, where we launched our on-line Certified Putting Instructor course in partnership with the British PGA for PGA for its members, and a short trip to Germany to discuss the program, we feel that we need to become trilingual --i.e. German, American and English. Regarding ‘Cast' vs. ‘Forged' clubs; let me explain that many golfers have become confused between the two by assuming that a cast club is a cavity back iron – designed to help the average golfer – and a forged club is a blade. Some of the best “blades” – non cavity back irons-- are forged but his does not mean that a “blade” can not be made by the casting process. Also, the forging process has become fairly advanced so some cavity back clubs can be forged. The manufacturing process does not dictate what the design should be even though most of the forgiving – cavity back clubs – are castings, which is less expensive than the forgings in most cases. If two clubs were made with the identical design but one was forged and the other was made by the investment casting process their performance would be identical. The material or the process used in irons will make little difference to the performance. It is true that most of the best golfers in the world use blades. However, the difference in performance between a blade and a cavity back is only realized when we miss the sweet spot on impact. Today some of the best players in the world are using cast clubs but the design and performance of these are more like blades than the very forgiving irons that most of us may prefer – until we get out tour card. Martin, I hope this has helped. Lee Westwood is # 1, a very good player and does use Ping cast clubs. I suspect he may be the first World #1 to use cast clubs. Frank I emphasized that part myself, not Mr. Thomas.
  10. According to Tom Wishon, in his "Equipment Myths" book (try reading it sometime, or are you more of an "expert" than him? And if so, why are you here and not in a Tour van or working for an OEM?), it takes 1,400 g*cm2 to actually make a difference in forgiveness. And are you talking about the face MOI (as the USGA does), the hosel MOI, or Callaway's own MOI-measuring method- since, as with every other measurement, no one has the same standards? Not oly that, but if it WERE less than the industry-standard 200g, they'd say so. Cleveland shaved off a whopping 5g and promoted it as having more distance, since it could be swung faster... and they let everyone know it. The Cally heads I've seen (including the FT-5 I own) was/is between 200 and 205.2g... within their tolerance. Yet how was each marketed? The lighter (than Ti) crown and "fusion" technology. Sound familiar?
  11. Get that as close to 1.5 as you can and you'll be right where you need to be. That's the manufacturing process at work... it's impossible to keep a 0 tolerance in ANYTHING manufactured... not even computers are perfect (who operates the computer?). It's also why people should take their stuff to a custom club-builder- because the big OEMs mass-produce millions of product a year, it's impossible to make sure everything is absolutely perfect. Some, like you Wincey, get lucky. Others, not so much... The jury's still out on spining. From my own experience, I don't notice a difference. The shaft flexes in two points in the downswing, so even after all the research I've done on spining, I couldn't tell you how exactly it's supposed to work. There's the spine and one to four (depending on who you ask) "natural bend points". And this doesn't even include FLOing the shaft... I am glad you had a good experience. I live in the Antarctica-equivilant area of golf stores... the closest Golfsmith is not quite 3 hours away, there's no Golftec, Golf Galaxy, GolfWorks, etc., in sight (there's a Dick's about 1.5 hours, but the one time I went there I realized why there aren't many fans of them here at MGS). My local Dunham's has golf stuff, but nowhere to demo them. The local pro shops carry little (if any) lefty stuff... So in short, I'm jealous .
  12. +100, BC. I used to do Karaoke a lot back when I was a bar-hopper... how awesome would that be to be the guy singing with him? You won't see many of the top US golfers doing that.
  13. While we don't know the lead-in, it's pretty clear that it didn't warrent the end result. Durr...
  14. I'm not a Cowboys fan, but I can sympathize... they had a BUSY Monday.
  15. It's only because they want Woods to keep coming back. If WOods is so "mentally tough", the heckling shouldn't bother him. If it does, all they're going to do is up the appearance fee and give the "please! please!" routine. Pretty sad, though, that people can give anyone else the schtick (like Sergio at Bethpage), but Tiger is off-limits? That's not right, in my opinion.
  16. I second the skull and crossbones, but I'd also go with the second diamond and the "Star Trek"-like design.
  17. I wouldn't be surprised if there was fiberglass in the "composite". Since they don't (ever) tell you anything straight-up, no one will ever know.
  18. As opposed to every other club being outsourced to China, as well? If you game only American-made gear, sounds like that'd be the only club in your bag (that's assuming, though unlikely, that your putter was made in the USA).
  19. Composite isn't more forgiving, it's lighter. That's where the benefit comes in. Putting in a composite crown instead of Ti won't make the club more forgiving, it'll lower the head's center of gravity. The head may feel more solid at impact; it may also allow a golfer to insure the head's CG is lower than or equal to the ball's CG, which is what is necessary for best results for the average golfer. The head's still going to weigh ~200g, it's still going to be ~460cc's, it's still going to fit into a 5"x5" box and the face is still not going to be bigger than 2.8". It's forgiveness is already determined by its size and shape... not by the material in the crown. It is VERY doubtful this new composite is any different (possibly cheaper, though...) than what was in the previous iterations of Callaway's FT line. They're built on the same principle, just the "newer, better" stuff is getting hyped: "It's made with help from Lamborghini- that OBVIOUSLY means it's better!". Not likely. Drivers have been forged for quite some time now... unlike with irons/wedges, it's actually CHEAPER to forge the parts of a driver then weld/braze/mechanically lock the pieces together (per multiple sources that I've mentioned to death) compared to casting the pieces. The uninitiated see the word "forged" and start to salivate, because they equate it with "better", but there are NO playability differences for well-struck shots between the processes- if they were, there wouldn't be any Tour pros putting cast cavity-back irons in their bags.
  20. Sounds to me like you're going to have to strip the powder coating off, because it's not in a raw state with it on. With it off, you should then be able to see some change in the finish.
  21. I hit my longest drive of the year Sunday with an X3... 292 yards (thanks to Skycaddie, as well)! It was a 286 yard par 4. I ended up in the rough to the left. I hit a nice touch chip with it and proceeded hack at my birdie putt. Blah. Walked away with par, but it was those "what might have been" moments. I'm still in love with the Pinkie for its overall performance, but the X3 has earned a place right next to it, shoving the TM TP Red to 3rd place. Maybe it was me when I originally tested the X3... I have a tendency to get in my own way. But Sunday the X3 was just ON. All my good shots felt pure; the miss-hits were noticeable, but not overbearing. I put some decent spin on the ball, as well- I ended up saving bogey (yeah, I put myself in poor spots at times off the tee and had to make a recovery shot... I'm getting really good at that, thanks to all the practice) a couple of times with well-placed pitches that seemed to just want to go in. I know what I'm asking for for Christmas- both the Pinkie's and the X3's!
  22. There's a great shot of the CG16 irons in the newest Golf Magazine. It has the number and the loft stampped on it. In the picture, it shows a 7i at 31*. That's the same loft as my 6i. I'm thinking that means the PW is 43* or so. No thanks.
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