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  1. TourStage, which of course is Bridgestone. Top forgings with the softest feel of all. Mizuno are always solid. Miura are beautifully finished but overpriced.
  2. Thanks for the link Dave. Interesting stuff. I also have 2 Sonartec 5 woods and 2 hb-001 hybrids. I wouldn't part with any of them.
  3. That 3 wood looks just like my Sonartec SS 3.5. I thought sonartec (when they were still a going concern) were an American company.
  4. Eye 2's are a very forgiving iron and still stand up well in the game improvement arena. There are higher tech GI irons now but the tradjectory and ability to control the ball is not as good as with the eye 2's. The standard shafts on eye 2's were very stiff, Karsten beleived that this was important for accuracy, but it also gives them a more penetrating flight than most GI irons which generally have lighter and softer stock shafts. One of the main differences to modern GI irons is that the eye2's were swingweighted very light. About c8 or so. modern irons are in the d0-d2 range so you would definately feel the difference there. All in all eye 2's are still great performers but there is so much choice now one cannot help being curious. I have played a set of Be-Cu plusses with ZZ lite shafts among many others. Unless you want to play a ping set with less offset I think modern ping irons would have a similar feel.
  5. I have hit these and they feel ok but launch a little high for a "player" cb. Top line was a little thick for my taste, but quite acceptable. They do look very pretty, but performance wise they were not anything too special. Although a direct comparison is perhaps not totally applicable i would rate the mizuno mx 300's a better all round forgiving players cb.
  6. The main trouble being you would run the risk of extreme nausea to find out if they performed well or not.
  7. Corey Pavin actually designed them. What was he thinking!!
  8. The 905R has a muted sound, more solid rather than the "tin can" sound you get with some of the newer sticks. I like that; and you don't need earplugs. As for the feel off the face, it definately lets you know when you've got one out of the middle. It is not as forgiving as some drivers but the tradeoff is out of the sweet spot it it a bomber. Longest driver I have hit. (although the shaft I have in it has a fair bit to do with that) It is more of a "better player" driver and it's past poularity is mostly amoung that group. However it is quite playable for most players and was made to launch a bit higher than the S or the T.
  9. Titleist 905R. Recently put an aftermarket Aldila Voodoo SVS6 in it. Still an awesome driver and longer than ever.
  10. IMO GI irons are not a good way to go for the mid to lower handicapper. Companies like Callaway will tell you that max forgivness and strong lofts are the panacea for every players game. I belive that is a con. Unless you cannot hit an iron somewhere near the middle regularly, or make any sort of repeatable swing, GI and super GI will do nothing to improve your game. They give insufficent feedback and only hit one shot shape (high). The marketing hype will suggest that you need to get the lastest breakthrough in design but in reailty iron performance has not changed a great deal in 10 years. Quality forged "players" sets of 5 and 10 years ago are better made and have superior feel and performance to a lot of the lastest Chinese mass-produced rubbish. Sure the new irons are longer but that is because loft wise a pw is the same as an older 9 iron! Shaft choice of course is an individual thing and every player has his own shaft profile needs; but shafts like dynamic golds have stood the test of time and 20 years later S300's are still the shaft of choice for many better players. Although the policy that you should play the softest shaft you can control has merit, a shaft like an S300 will give many players very good control without any significant loss of distance. Each to his own is obviously the best way to go but the marketing hype surrounding modern GI irons should be taken with a pinch of salt.
  11. Definately Maxfli A10 Tours. They are a nickel/chrome finish and very, very soft. In fact softer feeling than most forged irons I have used.
  12. This is the 5 iron of my TourStage X Blades. I love the look of blades at address and this certainly suits my eye.
  13. I have always been a big fan of Wilson Staff and have quite a few sets including '85 fluid feels, Fg17, FG51's. They are all excellent forgings but I wonder if these new forgings stand up to the quality of the past.The more recent FG59's and Fi5's I have seem ok too. Where are these F Tours forged? I got a set of Pi7's and of course they are cast in China, but I wasn't that happy with them. They played ok but the finish deteriorated very quickly. After 5 rounds the faces were quite marked and I play on a good quality, well turfed course. The design looks ok with this new model but do they have the tight grain structure in the forging that is the hallmark of all the top quality Japanese forgings these days?
  14. This is an age old topic on golf forums and there is no simple answer. I am a forged blade lover and have played many different brands but in the end they don't vary that much. However there are many types of cb's from "player" cb's that set up and play like blades right through to super GI. I am of the opinion that blades are a better option for the good player but you have to be prepared to put the range time into your swing. If you stray too much from the sweet spot you will be punished. It is true that modern blades have been made more forgiving but they are still blades. If you are a casual player who dosen't practice, or is not particularly motivated to improve I would recommend to stay away from blades. But I wouldn't go into GI irons necessarily. Irons with oversized heads and massive offset are not good for most players I believe. I also am not a fan at all of very thick toplines and wide soles. There are plenty of middle of the road cb's which provide forgivness but at the same time give good feedback as to the accuracy of the strike which is essential if you wish to improve ballstiking. In the end it is personal choice but I would never disuade any player from at least experimenting with blades if they wish to try. As has been mentioned using them in practice can be beneficial. There can be a lot of snobbery and egotism with regards to a players choice to use blades. I prefer them in large part because of the asthetics. I love the clean sharp lines at set-up with the thin topline; and the feel of a sweetly struck shot with a forged muscleback is superior I believe. Probably the best of both worlds is the combo set. Accuracy in the scoring irons and a litle forgivness in the long irons is the best way to go.
  15. I have used Clevelands, Vokeys and Taylormade and thought they were all pretty good with Taylormade probably performing the best for me. However in the last few months I have been using Eidolon wedges. they are definately the best I have used. Their spin and versatility are second to none, and although cast, feel soft and solid. They are a fringe manufacturer but I think word is getting around with equipment junkies. I hope they get the market recognition they deserve.
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