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Long Iron Pete

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  1. Extra shaft length: my problem with TaylorMade Burner Superfast (last yrs model) was that it was too inconsistent for me. This came down (I believe) to the length of the shaft. I've since changed/traded this for a fairly forgiving Mizuno JPX-800 driver that is about an inch shorter. This (non-adjustable, dark head head with white shaft/grip) is easy to hit and is as long I've found as the Burner. Perhaps the distance comparison comes down to hitting the thing better and more consistently. Nevertheless - in an amateur golfer's world - distance comes from hitting the club properly.
  2. I saw in a magazine that UA are launching a base layer range (short and long sleeves) that will help to counter back pain. I suffer from a bad lower back as a result of playing too much rugby. Has anyone seen these or tried them out, and if so are they a worthy investment?
  3. Price is one thing and it is a valid complaint. However for a putter (probably moreso than any other club in the bag) it's a pride thing. It's a 'how much do you desire this short stick' thing. I have 2 putters that I rotate - Odyssey White Ice #1; Scotty Studio Design #5. Both perform well for me and provided I warm-up on the putting green I notice no effect on my game by switching. I desire however - in fact you could say that I would do a lot of bad things to get one - a brand new, Scotty California with that honey-coated finished in Del Mar. That would never leave my bag. I w
  4. I've heard that if someone takes a regular length shaft and then adds an extension plug to lengthen the club, this will reduce the stiffness of that shaft? Could someone in the know advise about this please? Specifically for irons if possible. Thanks
  5. Love the look of that Protype. I suspect if I were to post UK release dates you lads would get confused... what month is the 15th month of the year?
  6. Amazed that a tour player uses the AP2 irons. I can understand the logic behind it, and it is a great club - loads of forgiveness and enough workability... but, still, you're a pro!!! Good to see ol' Nick using Muiras! Brings a bit of balance to the world!
  7. I'm not especially brand loyal, but chose Titleist. Were I torn between two clubs of similar performance and price, Titleist would win out for me. I've gone (irons wise) from MD > Taylormade Burner Plus > Titleist AP1 > Mizuno JPX-800 Of these the AP1s as a club are definitely my favourite. Trouble was I wasn't properly fit when I purchased the AP1s, and when I got offered a free fitting and found out that I needed a longer club with a few degrees upright, I was able to get the new Mizuno irons at no extra charge for Project X shafts, multi-compound Golf Pride grips, and th
  8. $349.99 - compared to what price for the standard S3? (not from the states, £££ proper money!)
  9. Interesting to see the driver lofts - 8.5 and 10.5 at the Cadillac, all the way up to an 11.5 in PR...
  10. I have 3 bags. Ping 4 Under for carrying. Some Nike 14 divider for a trolley Titleist pencil bag for 9 holes in the summer/driving range - throw a few clubs in and head out... Ping 4 under is awesome. Mine is mostly red with some white and black trim. Previously had a taylormade stand bag. legs didnt last very long, was heavy, strap system was poor. Ping straps will take a bit of getting used to, but the winner for me.
  11. meh... yes and no... if you're a 5 handicapper with equipment that is vintage, how would you score with new, hot-off-the-face, little-bit-of-forgiveness-thrown-in, Titleist 710 MBs with a shaft that is entirely fitted and right for you? golf is more than shooting a score, and the satisfaction of defying your peers and playing well with such equipment probably outwieghs any satisfaction you'd get in shaving a few strokes with new gear. the obvious pride in your clubs suggests this. i think it proves that not everyone needs the latest equipment to enjoy their golf. I dont see how
  12. Amazes me the number of players who are contracted to big manufacturers who use an Adams hybrid. EG Sabbatini is entirely an Adidas/Taylormade guy - right down to the shirt on his back and the shoes on his feet; yet he uses an Adams hybrid Ricky Fowler I think also uses one and he's Titleist thru and thru... All credit to Adams I guess for finding their niche and doing so well in it
  13. WGC this week - going out according to world ranking. so in one group - Luke Donald Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. In another group - TW, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell Can we expect more of what the Match Play threw up for TV coverage - ie the Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson show - and very little of Martin Kaymer (current in-form best golfer on the planet), Luke who won the matchplay, and Westwood who held #1 ranking for about 3 months? Throw in the US Open Champion into their 3 ball and I'm guessing you'll see more of these 3 walking the fairways after their balls, than you wi
  14. Update: I'm definitely seeing worth in practicing with the blades. They aren't even close to be long clubs - a good 9 iron will just clear 100 yards while my JPX-800 9 iron will easily give me 120 yards. They are however early 80s clubs... While not long though I'm finding that I am able to hit these extremely accurately and to the same distance every time, apart from the odd poor connection. When I then play with the Mizunos, I am making a really good contact and am hitting the ball straight at the pin. Using the blades I'm also learning how to draw the ball and control a f
  15. Which do TM claim is longer? R11 has all of the adjustability, but they seem to pitch the Burner Superfast 2.0 as our lightest longest etc driver ever, which equals more distance... I think Luke Donald is using Burner 2.0... Kaymer still using a version of the R9 as far as Im aware personally - i've played with the Burner Superfast 2010 model. It went a long way but I found it too inconsistent - not a good enough golfer I guess but the longer shaft for me made it tough to control... I far preferred the R9 460 I previously had as I was a lot more consistent, albeit not as long. I'v
  16. Cobra did a one-off ZL for Ian Poulter and then did a limited run of 500 units. They sold pretty quickly. This I guess is more of a mass-market release. MD, who share a manufacturing facility with Taylormade, are also going to be releasing a white driver. TM cannot patent the shade of white used and MD will be in the exact shade of paint that the R11 uses! MD version retails at £129.99 - compared to £329 for R11 (pounds sterling...) http://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/Golf/News/searchresults/January-2011/MD-look-to-the-future-with-white-driver--/
  17. I've just bought Mizuno JPX-800 irons and driver. Very forgiving, oodles of distance and enough workability. I'd recommend proper fitting regardless of what you go for. If money were no object and I was playing off around 10-12 I'd be looking to put together a bag made up from something from the following choices: Driver: TM R11 / i15 / Callaway Lambo-Octane-new composite material / Titleist 910 D2 Fairwy woods: Titleist 910F / R11 / TM Burner / Callaway RAZR Irons: Mizuno JPX-800 Pro / Callaway Razr X / Titlesit AP2 / Nike combo set (3 different club heads across set)
  18. Read some of it here: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/golf/new-sponsorship-deal-firing-graeme-mcdowell-up-rich-list-15043209.html he has his own website - think it's graememcdowell.com (but google him and it will come up), and there's an In My Bag section there... did i mention he's not changed putter - still using the one that won the ryder cup...
  19. The switch was announced a few months ago. He is playing srixon equipment with cleveland wedges - srixon zt-x irons, srixon ball, srixon driver... he is however sticking with the odyssey putter that won the ryder cup! his contract with callaway was up and srixon (who lost jim furyk) must have made an offer that callaway couldnt match or didnt feel was worth matching. change down to money (a lot - $3m per year) I was a bit skeptical when i read the news as he went from callaway equipment in the season of his life, to a change. he went out and shot a 62 in his first tournament with
  20. Saw that incident live and remember thinking at the time "he's not happy with that!" Bit petulant of Lee but for him this is very much a one-off. I also don't think he scuffed/marked the green (although kicking a ball like that could have easily done so). Tiger shows his frustrations a lot on the course - whether it's letting the club go at the top of his follow through (a habit which Anthony Kim has now adopted), slamming a club into the turf (including a driver into the tee box), or the constant swearing (which has led to broadcasters delaying so-called "live" feed of Tiger by a f
  21. Exactly. In the same way that Ireland have just won The Ashes! (this may be lost on most of you gents...)
  22. I wouldnt put a penny on Mickelson in match play!!! Not after Fowler handed him his ass! I guess that's not fair. Mickelson is a great shot maker. He'll be remembered long after he's gone for the flop shot, the banana shot on 13th at Augusta, etc etc... But - he's only got a great rescue game because he is so wayward with his long game. Gimme a US Open set-up, or any British links golf, and I would be backing GMAC any day of the week vs Phil. U and i live thousands of miles apart geographically. A wager on who of the two will fare better this season isnt feasible. However were we a
  23. His biggest issue is all the tinkering with his game. I read a thing about him a month or 2 back (immediately before he was going well in Middle East before his DQ). Described what he called a couple of simple changes, well it read like a book. Grip, set-up, back-swing, follow-through, you name it every part of his swing was tweaked slightly. Why he didn't stick with what won him 3 majors I will never know. But listen, he is one of the hardest working guys in the pro game. He is driven and committed. He has a hell of a lot of talent. And he's a really nice guy. Which makes me believe
  24. Went for a Mizuno fitting last night and came away with a set of JPX-800 (4-PW). Project X 5.5, 1" long and 2 degrees upright. I also tried out the JPX-800 Pro. The fitter who is formerly off scratch handicap and is now still very low owns the store; however being the decent guy he is talked me out of the Pro and instead then I opted for the standard 800s. His reasoning was as follows: my level of golf, extra bit of forgiveness wasn't to be sneered at, and I'd save myself £100 sterling (or not give him an extra £100...) However, he is a very accomplished golfer. He has won in t
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