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  1. I haven't really been down with the Diablo line. Its one of the unwritten rules of golf club design... never name a club after its ugliest feature! And the shape of the regular Diablo head is just weird. So, its good to see that Callaway is rethinking their approach. They are probably casting an eye towards Nike with the success of their Str8-fit and Victory Red lines. Talk about another company coming back from the brink. LOL.
  2. Very forgiving on full shots - almost like a hybrid. That is what makes it a viable wedge replacement and different than a chipper.
  3. I originally played the 37* and personally found it to be more limited in its utility. It was the better chipper around the green because the ball comes out lower and rolls almost like a putt. It was money on tight lies. But, in certain situations, that works against you and I liked the option of being able to get more loft on the ball when I needed it. That is why I ended up with the 42* model.
  4. Out of curiosity, did you play the M-Speed or F-Speed model?
  5. The sound bothered me at first but after a while I started to like how it annoyed the crap out of others. Range time was especially fun.
  6. I'm going to be doing some custom paint fill and other stuff on my Rife Abaco. Maybe that can be a weekend project between now and the season starts.
  7. I guess I'm a little surprised but the China market is exploding and the Japan market is imploding. So it makes sense.
  8. Yeah, EXACTLY. Nobody in their right mind (other than a collector) would pay $300 for an old Ping design when they could game a brand new Scotty, Bettinardi, Ping Redwood, or other top line putter for that.
  9. I don't game one anymore but it really was one of the all time great fairway woods. Right up there with the Ping TISI Tec and TEE CB2.
  10. I prefer carbon steel if nothing else because Ping won't adjust the BeCU wedges and I always need upright lie angles. Finding the right "dot" can sometimes be a challenge.
  11. I'm with you. 18 different grinds is a bit much.
  12. I gamed a pair of Porsche sun glasses in the 80's. Good god, I looked like a dork.
  13. I'd love to try Miura but I'm deathly afraid to buy anything from Asia unless its from Tour Spec Golf (due to counterfeits) and most of the time I can't afford the hefty price tags.
  14. I think you would have to practice quite a bit with both putters in order to ensure it wouldn't seriously mess with your stroke. And I'd definitely steer clear of mixing putters with drastically different designs - like toe balanced vs. face balanced.
  15. I wish I had bought the first version you mention when they were still relatively cheap. Now they are going for over $300 on the Bay.
  16. Not sure you could call anyone a "douchebag" and it not be a put-down. But OK...
  17. I pitted the Nike Str8-Fit against the Zero Limit and the only reason the Nike won out was because you can adjust it between a flat and upright lie angle in addition to the face angle (open or closed). I'm 6'4 and being able to adjust the lie angle upright resulted in improved accuracy and more fairways hit. But, the ZL is a REALLY good driver. All the distance of the Cobra L series without the annoying, ear shattering sound.
  18. A lot of drivers have come onto the market since Cobra released the L4V in 2007. In fact, Cobra itself has already released the L5V with adjustable face technology and the Zero Limit. However, sometimes the latest isn't always the greatest and the L4V is still VERY popular with Cobra fans. So.... Last year, I started out the season needing a new driver. I had gamed my Ping G2 for years and thought an update in technology would help my game. My search was been well chronicled including some time spent with the Ping G10 and the new Cleveland Launcher. Both are good in their own right, but unfortunately I couldn't find the correct head/loft/shaft combination to suit my game. I went back to the drawing board and did more research. The L4V was receiving rave reviews from what seemed to be a very loyal message board following. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. Pros L4V stands for Limit 4 Variables and Cobra designed this driver to reach the limits on all four of the USGA defined performance variables: Maximum COR (.830), maximum head dimensions (5" by 5"), maximum volume (460cc), and MOI. The most apparent of these is the size of the head - the L4V seems ginormous at address. This inspires a ton of confidence to bomb away but players who prefer a smallish head probably need to look elsewhere. The other technology clearly visible is the carbon composite crown which in my opinion looks wicked cool and futuristic. Another great thing about the L4V is it includes the best driver head cover I've ever come across. It is made with high quality materials and the magnetic enclosure makes taking the club in and out a quick and painless operation. Sometimes little nuances make a huge difference and Cobra evidently recognizes this. OK, enough with aesthetics you say! How does the driver perform? I've never been a huge fan of composite drivers, but with the L4V Cobra has found the right mix of face and crown materials to optimize performance and enhance feel. After a dozen rounds logged with the L4V in my bag, I can honestly say it is hands down the longest driver I'd ever hit. There are three different models (X, F, and M) - each with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana Red Board shafts with distinct flex and kickpoint combos. My mid to high nineties swing speed put me right between the F and M models, but I eventually opted for the M. The determining factor was the 2-degree closed face, which gave me a predictable high draw ball flight that consistently took the right hand side out of play. As a result, I began hitting more fairways. Cons The only consistent negative comment I've heard about the L4V is the sound it produces at impact. This driver is LOUD. It sounds like a M-80 going off in a coffee can. More than once, I've had groups in front of me in the fairway or on the green turn and look when I tee off. I get a lot of undue attention on the practice tee. It doesn't bother me now and in fact I've come to like it. But, Cobra should package the L4V with ear plugs (for your playing partners). Final Word I'm very particular on drivers. Good drives can set the tone for a round and nothing beats standing in the middle of the fairway while your playing partners poke around for their ball in hazards or in the woods. The Cobra L4V is a terrific driver if you can live with some of its quirky characteristics. I can given how it is benefiting my game and it will likely be a mainstay in my bag for a very long time. Update If you notice, the L4V in my bag has been replaced by the Nike Str8-Fit. I finally decided while distance was spectacular with the L4V, my ball flight was too high and here in the windy Midwest that is an issue. I thought about re-shafting, but I ended up going with a 9 degree in the Nike. Once a club ho, always a club ho.
  19. That's pretty snarky of Taylormade to do that. Wow.
  20. Ball preference is so subjective. The only way to know if a ball will work for your game is to play it. That is true will all equipment but I think for even more so with balls. There are so many variables at work. With that said, I haven't tried the Penta yet. I'm not sure my game justifies the cost.
  21. When I game the Niblick, I pick the club that I know I will use the least for a particular course (usually my 5 wood or one of my wedges). You could also take out the club that it would replace based on how far you hit the Niblick on full shots. Like I said in the review, for me that was my 50 degree gap wedge.
  22. I've heard nothing but good things about Tom's work. That Back Thunder finish looks awesome. Black oxide is a pain (especially with the temperature changes and precipitation here in the Midwest) and the last thing you want is your expensive putter to rust up.
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