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  1. Keith - AZ - 1.8 Driver: Srixon Z 765 9.5 - Miyazaki Kusala Black 72x Fairway: Srixon F Z65 3 Wood 15* - Miyazaki Kusala Black 83x Hybrid: Srixon H Z65 in 19* - Oban x-stiff shaft Irons: Srixon Z765 - 4-7 Iron - DG X-100 Irons: Srixon Z965 8 - PW Iron - DG-X100 Wedges: Cleveland RTX 3.0 - 52 (2 Dot), 56 (3 dot), 60 (1 dot) Raw Tour Grind Putter: TFI 2135 - 6.5 - 34" Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV Tour Yellow
  2. This is part one of my review for the Tacki-Mac grips. I will be installing on my 6-iron (my go to club for practice) at first as I had recently installed new grips on all 13 of my clubs. As background I have Golf Pride Tour Velvet Round standard size on all of my clubs - so these are my baseline. I have in the past tried the Golf Pride Multi Compound grips and Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord grips. From the Tacki-Mac web site it appears that these are the Itomic grips - model 1090. Available colors include; black, blue, red and white Looks As you can see in the picture these are white grips with black caps. While my preference is for a black grip, these grips look nice. My big concern will be how much dirt will show on the white over time. Will need to update on that. The black cap looks nice to my eye. Feel I do like a very tacky grip and these certainly fit that bill. I will update more on feel and performance when I have installed and had some range time. Update after using for 3 weeks: After giving these grips a good try for 3 weeks on the course and range I would rate the feel as very similar to the Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips that I currently use. The Tacki-Macs have a nice firm feel which I like for feedback. While they are tacky they do have a slightly plastic feel. It is hard for me to describe but the Golf Pride Tour Velvets I'm used to have the rubber feel to them. I think the best way to describe difference is in the texture of the grip. The rubber texture is a little rougher, while the Tacki-Macs are a little smoother. Performance Coming in Part II. Update after using for 3 weeks: Here in Arizona we are in the Monsoon season which means the humidity is up and it is hard to keep your hands dry, especially when practicing on the range. I had to make sure to wipe the Tacki-Macs grips down to make sure that they didn't have excess moisture on them. The good news here is that when I did wipe them off, they had that nice tacky feel again. These grips performed very well for me during practice and play. Again the firmness and feel is similar to the Golf Pride Tour Velvets that I currently game. Shot feedback through the grip was very good. They were comfortable in my hands. I could use my normal grip pressure through out the swing without worrying that the club would slip. Conclusion Overall I would give these grips a solid 8 out of 10 rating. I like the tackiness of the grip and they feel just as tacky after 3 weeks of use. They are on the firm side which I like for shot feedback. I would put the firmness right on par with the Golf Pride Tour Velvets. If pressed I would say they are a hair firmer which is not a bad thing for me. The big difference from a standard rubber grip for me was the texture. Every so often I would get a slightly smooth plastic feel. This came from moisture in my hands or from a wet towel. I would have to make sure to wipe down the grips with a dry towel to get rid of this slightly slick feel. Being in Arizona I haven't played in rain for a while, so I can't judge wet weather performance. The white grips did like to pick up dirt and black smudges from my other grips in the bag. They did clean up very well with warm soap water. I posted a picture of the grips at their dirtiest, but didn't bother posting an after picture as they cleaned right up. Over time they may develop a slightly grayer shade of white, but it is hard for me to tell after 3 weeks. I guess that I'm either a traditionalist or lazy, but if purchasing I would go for the black grip. With the wipe grip I was cleaning my grips more often as they looked dirty. I guess this could viewed as a good thing as I might be doing my self a disservice by not cleaning my black grips as often as I should.
  3. I'm looking forward to it. I think that Cobra is a great brand/company that had a hard time in the shadow of Titleist. I've always felt that Cobra wasn't allowed to perform too well as they might outshine Titleist.
  4. 2 different set of clubs. Given that I'm a Mizuno fan my bias would be that direction. However I've come to realize that shaft fitting is perhaps the most important part to focus on when getting new clubs. Be sure that you try out a number of different shaft offerings to find one that really suits your tempo and shaft loading characteristics!
  5. I don't have the experience with the 757 to compare feel. As far as performance you might want to check out this chart that Titleist put together for their 909 driver. http://www.titleist.com/images/products/pdfs/909_shaft_chart.pdf The RIP is not on there - but there are a number of different shaft options listed.
  6. 909F3 is a great option as well. I agree that Titleist makes some really great clubs. The sound and feel on their metal woods is just about perfect. Even with that my 909F3 is currently the back up 3 wood as I gave the TEE CB3 a try. CB3 is my current gamer as it is longer, forgiving and still workable. Doesn't have the same sound and feel but the results are just outstanding. Titanium does make a big difference over steel and I think that eventually most players metal woods will go to titanium just like drivers did.
  7. Purchased, tried it, sold it. I really wanted to like it but I just couldn't get it to work for me on the course. When I demo'd the club I was hitting it well...and the demo was outdoors on grass tees. Not sure what changed for me...but after 3 rounds I had to replace it. Tour Edge CB3 is a real canon and the 3 wood that I ended up with. Make sure you give the CB3 a try if you are looking to compare.
  8. I think that the blame needs to fall with the USGA. This move to new grooves has been mishandled from the start. Manufacturers are put in a tough position (especially in a down economy) and amateur competitors are left trying to figure out which clubs to use for which tournaments. I skipped US Open qualifying this year because even if I made it out of local qualifying I would have had to find and replace all 3 wedges I use for the next qualifier. $450 additional cost not to mention the fact that no retailer I have found carry conforming Mizuno wedges. And why can I use non-conforming wedges for the local qualifier? Makes not sense. How many people can walk into a golf store today and buy a conforming Ping wedge? Or Mizuno? I've seen a FEW Titleist wedges but that is about it.
  9. The retailer that I frequent uses the optimizer when fitting other companies clubs. Must be something to it...then again it could just be another sales tool.
  10. IMO Adams is bringing out some great looking equipment in the player's segment of the market. I haven't made the move to their irons yet, but I have pulled the trigger on the 9031 hybrid and the new super black hybrid.
  11. If you want feel then I would make sure that you put some Mizunos on your list to try. MP-68 is the current blade and you could do a combo set with the MP-52. I doubt that this will give you additional distance. Pure distance upgrades you could look at the TM R9 TP. Lofts, shaft lengths and face technology are all there to enhance distance.
  12. I've been a fan of Mizuno for many years so I'm a little biased. I have tried a number of different irons (extended on course play) yet keep coming back to Mizuno. I don't think that you can go wrong with the MP-62s.
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