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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. It's not gained from the longest, latest, hottest-of-the-face model. It's gained from whichever club fits best for you.


    And that's my gripe with the RAZR driver - shaft is too long. Maybe for a better player it's a different prospect, but not for me.

  2. 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 would look down upon it with delight, I would treasure it and nurture it and so help the dog if it even so much as thought about raising its leg against it.


    For a putter it isn't a matter of price or a matter of how it performs versus other models. It's about how it stirs your loins. More than a club.

  3. 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.



  4. 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!

  5. 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 the lie/length being right. To get this for Titleist AP1s would have added serious cost to the purchase. Having the existing set modified would have been silly expense also. However - I fully intend as I progress as a player to look out for a set of AP2s or if it gets to that stage - MBs or something from their Z line...


    Putter wise Scottys have grabbed me by the balls. I have a Studio Design No. 5, I would sleep with this if my wife hadn't put the foot down and banned golf equipment from the bedroom... I also have an Odyssey White Ice No. 2 and I'll play with both - depending on how I feel really... I've also which is a bit of a prized possession an Achusnet Bulls Eye putter and this is good fun to use.


    Am currently looking at a 910 fairway... I have a Titleist pencil bag, umbrella, wear their gloves, winter mitts, play their balls...


    So much about Titleist appeals to me. There is something about Titleist that comes across as superior or classy without being in-yo-face!!! The stylish players on tour use Titleist - Watney, Adam Scott, Rory, Ricky Fowler...


    Mizuno also appeals to me and you'll never hear a bad word about their products.


    Think Taylormade or Callaway with adverts in every golfing magazine you read, or Nike... Ping would appeal to me but the K15 irons are bulldog-butt-ugly and for some reason I have never warmed to the G15s even though anytime I have tried them I've hit them well...


    In my bag or in my surplus collection you'll find Taylormade, Mizuno, Nike, Titliest, Ping, Odyssey, Cleveland, Benross, MD. Hard to be brand-loyal and I see no reason for being so. But rather than select other for this reason, I've gone with Titleist as it genuinely would be my fave brand.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 it suggests that the hot lists etc are all wrong - any player would benefit (score-wise) from the right clubs in their hands.

  8. 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

  9. 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 will of the entire rest of the field actually hitting shots!

  10. 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 fade - and am able to then replicate this with the Mizunos - albeit not as much control doing this with the much more forgiving club.


    I was discussing this with the guy in the pro-shop from whom I purchased the Mizunos. He fully agreed with the notion and suggested that when he was in his teens using blades and messing about on the course - trying to hit crazy draws and fades etc made him a much better player.


    My view seems to be that for the golfer who wants to continue improving and plays the game without worrying too much about the score on their card - blades or thinner clubs are the way to go. If however you're after forgiveness and it's all about the number on the card - then go forgiving.

  11. 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've now ditched both however in favour of Mizuno's JPX-800 driver. Not adjustable but I hit it really well time after time so cannot complain.


    Were I to buy one of TM's new big dogs, it would be the R11 purely for it's adjustability. But that said there are plenty of other adjustable drivers out there and I am still not convinced I wouldnt be laughed out of the place if I pulled a white driver out of my bag on the first tee (think a watered down, small scale, 16th at Phoenix Waste Management...)

  12. 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...)


  13. 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)

  14. 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 the new equipment though... plus all gear is fairly similar and tweaked to suit the particular pro's game now the name stamped on the stuff doesnt matter so much

  15. 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 few seconds to dub such.


    Every golfer shows frustration in some way - for some it's simply looking bewildered at the ball and then remaking the swing (think Phil), for others it's marching to the next tee box without saying a word to anyone (think Rory), some hit their club off the turf, let out a few expletives, kick the ground etc... Sadly no-one seems to on the current tour take the Happy Gilmore approach - the game's the worse for it if you ask me!


    Tiger's trouble is the way he has positioned himself as a corporate machine. Public don't get the access to him that other players allow - eg Rory - I would see quite often sitting in the stands when he's home at the rugby, I've seen him at the cinema and in restaurants. I would never dream of bothering him when he's on his down-time but certainly kids will say something to him and the odd adult will wish him well, and he takes it all with a pleasant smile and always gives an answer. McDowell, Westwood, Poulter and many others from Europe seem to be the same. Not sure about Americans, if they allow this sort of access or if they remain more distant from fans.


    Tiger however seems to be totally cut-off and keeps himself away from all of this. Which probably adds to the cameras that follow him. Also being the player he was/is will add to the focus. He therefore should be going beyond what other players do in setting an example; sometimes he comes across as being the worst of them!

  16. That's fair (of course, if memory serves, Mickelson won a major last year as well), but if I was given a couple hundred grand to bet in match between the two, with the course to pulled out of a hat...


    I'd put the money on Mickelson. Every time.

    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 able to, I'd make that bet with you and take your money!

  17. 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 that if anyone is able to turn things around, he's your man. And what's more, who genuinely doesn't want to see it - simply because he is such a nice fella!?


    The trouble he'll find, and the trouble Tiger will find if/when he finds his mojo, is that while they have stagnated, the rest of the world caught up. There are now guys who don't give a rat's ass about Tiger's aura and reputation. Stick him on the last group out at Augusta vs Rory McIlroy, tied for the lead. You think Rory will bottle it the way so many have in the past? GMAC at the close of last season certainly didn't. Kaymer. Bubba. Fowler. Dustin. Another 10-20 guys who have all started to win when Tiger's been missing out.


    Padraig and Tiger don't just need to get back to where they were. They need to get beyond that and start beating guys who now know how to win, how to close out, and who have the self-belief to do so.


    PH - I'd love to see him back. Tiger - mixed feelings - kinda think it's funny how badly he sucks now compared to his benchmark. Of the 2 - TW is the one most likely to win another few majors though

  18. 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 the past several Irish Amateur titles. He has now put the JPX-800 Pros into his bag. He is happy enough to have a bit of forgiveness (or a lot of forgiveness). The distance is immense on these and he believes there isn't much difference in workability between these and a much less forgiving club. Owning the shop I guess he can stick pretty much whatever he fancies into his bag, and can test extensively for whatever he likes. Being a very good amateur golfer I would also guess that blades or much less forgiving clubs would also be considered by him. That he has opted for these says a lot about the club...

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