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  1. Grafalloy Prolaunch Red Original. Pure stability in motion and a nice tip stiff profile makes for ideal numbers for me on the trajectory I like to play for links golf. The only thing that comes close is HZADUS Smoke RDX Black which is also on my current rotation depending on head/loft in play.
  2. I think the generic flared tip was 0.382" but Acushnet made quite a few different Bullseye models with subtle differences (at least 20) so depending on what is stamped on the putter, it could be an odd size. But 0.382" flared tip is a good bet.
  3. Oh boy. If there's one question that gets asked more times about a shaft than any other, then this is right up there. As previously mentioned, it's weight sorted to a greater tolerance than the "regular" Dynamic Gold shaft - +/- 0.5g is the usual tolerance, but it's also important to discern the reason behind it. Back in the day when True Temper developed the original veneral "Dynamic" shaft, it instantly made a positive impact with players both on the pro circuit and the amateur ranks. When it was noticed that some inconsistencies could be perceived on mass produced sets of shafts, True Temper further devolped the shaft by weight sorting them to a higher tolerance - at the time about +/- 2g for each flex category. This weight sorting was where the term "Dynamic Gold" came from - it was the basic same production batch of shafts but sorted to give better weight tolerance between each shaft and hence give better consistency - remembering in discrete sets of irons with taper tip .355" it's a constant weight shaft and in constant length parallel tip .370" blanks it has the same starting weight (until you trim it). Fast forward to the modern era when taper tip became the preferred norm for club manufacturers (for ease of assembly tolerances and labour techiniques to trim to length) it was noticed on the advanced ranks of precision club building that the DG shaft could be further refined by weight sorting it even finer to the +/- 0.5g that custom built SETS could benefit from. That's right - SETS. The whole point of building (and more accurately blueprinting) sets of irons to a high tolerance is to ensure the flex progression between each descending length iron remains as constant as possible. It's pretty pointless to have just 1 Tour Issue iron shaft in a set (eg a wedge?) because it won't be matched to anything else in terms of flex. For Dynamic Gold weight = flex in pure and simple terms. If it's heavier than it's next counterpart shaft, the flex will be stiffer - eg a 130g shaft will be stiffer than a 129g shaft - even from the same flex category of S300. At 134g it becomes S400 - stiffer still. So when a set is built to a tight tolerance in terms of every component that goes to make it - head, shaft, grip - even the ferrule, the glue or whatever - it's flex can be guaranteed to be more consistent for each given shaft. Hence the reason why Tour Issue shafts were (at least originally) sold only in matched tolerance sets. Each shaft in the set of 8 were weight matched to be within 0.5g of each other. Ironically, it didn't mean different Tour Issue sets were matched the within 0.5g of any other set - only individual matched sets were guaranteed to be on spec - so if you're using one shaft from one matched set batch and using another from a different batch, watch out because it won't be on the same tolerance simply because TT don't have the resources (or the stock for that matter) to weight sort every single shaft they produce. It only weight sort shafts into sets of 8 from a broader spectrum of +/- 2g shafts! Still with me? Here's the final piece of truth - if you build a set of without paying attention to the same level of tolerance than the Tour Issue can provide (ie 0.5g) then you've probably wasted your money because in order to get the best out of a weight matched set, you also need to weight match everything you're using (remember the heads, grips, glue etc) to take advantage of the flex consistency on offer. Blueprinting is the concept to build to this level of accuracy and will provide a great set of irons. Don't even start talking about spine aligning to get frequencies to match because that's a whole different can o' worms and the stories of the "Tour Issue screen lables are only applied after shafts have been spine aligned" are equal bunk. But we like to play what the pros play right?
  4. Yet another case of too little too late. For those with shorter memories, it wasn't that long ago when the average driver length was 42" and the average shaft weight was 100g+ and the average driver size was sub 370cc. Just like any other sport where strict guidelines where pushed to their logical extremes in their search for a competitive edge, shafts gained length and dropped in weight, with head sizes maxing out at 460cc once the RB's cottoned on to the dramatic shift in efficiency. Had the RB's enough foresight to see how the pro game changed with these rapid advances in tech, then restrictions could have been put in place a lot sooner to control distance and negate the need to make courses ridiculously long for the average golfer. Combine that tech with subtle changes in ball construction, course agrimony that encourages superior roll out and the golfers themselves who are no slouches either and you have a recipe for disaster for the vast majority of amateur golfers who struggle to make any advance in handicap index. Long story short - why stop at 46"? get it down to 45" or less and restore a bit of sanity.
  5. The Multi-Step Lite basically came in two "tweener" flexes of A/L and R/S for parallel tip heads. It's a low flex point shaft which means high launch and spin and is generally not really regarded as a stronger players shaft for these properties. Tip trimming would be maxed out to suit a wedge I would think to get it somewhere near "stiff" but nowhwere near Dynamic Gold in terms of flex or bend profile. Of course, just because there's a label saying "Multi-Step Lite" doesn't necessarily make it so - butt code should be something like TTSU-001-1C if it is.
  6. That's a Fonseca. The paper comes off before you smoke it!
  7. Actually, scrap that idea. The Titleist AVX has been more consistent across the board of late. The Bridgestone has it's attributes, but the AVX simply beats it - hands down. Not what I expected, but it goes some way to show why Titleist dominates the ball market by some margin. Worth paying the extra bucks? There's a totally different discussion...
  8. Today's smoke is a Joya De Nicaragua 'TLT' - or Tripa Larga de Torcedor. A 'torcedor' is a person skilled in making cigars by hand and 'tripa larga' means long filler tobocco. Construction and burn are both excellent and taste is mellow and nutty. A good value cigar without any pretentions to be anything other than a well made smoke to be enjoyed at your leisure - about an hour of it anyway.
  9. Well - here's where I'm at: Let's say for the sake of arguement that TM have a really sloppy QC and have a failure rate of 1 set in 100. (TM sell a lot of sets and unsurprisingly - they don't, of course, but bear with me). If one set fails at a statistic of 100/1 followed by another at 100/1 and then a third at 100/1 - all to the same guy in succession - that gives a probability of 1000000/1. In other words, highly unlikely. On the other hand, if you play golf long enough you get to see and hear of plenty of weird things that happen for no reasonable explanation and these tend to go down as anecdotal folklore. Golf balls hitting birds in flight? Happens all the time. Consecutive holes in one? Been done on several occasions. The more I talk to golfers over the years, the more stories I hear and the more the yarns they tell, the more they seem like fishermans stories of bizarre twists of fate and/or luck. The likeness to the old story of a fisherman reeling in a fish, which got eaten in the process by a bigger fish - and then in turn eaten by a shark - are remarkable. The point is - it's not impossible, nor is it completely implausible. But if you've been around long enough to know what you know - you can make you own mind up. I think it's fair to say that enough time has been given to reasons why ferrules creep and the remedial actions to take - and other sound advice.
  10. I seriously doubt that the same issue from one OEM - in this case TM - across 3 different product lines (M2, M4 and SIM2) would all suffer the same failure. Unless they're clone knock offs of course. I hate to call BS - but....
  11. The odd birdie or two seems to be a luxury item lately...
  12. Meh - I'll just carry on using the Bridgestone Tour B RXS.
  13. Found it... https://mygolfspy.com/2021-golf-ball-survey-results/
  14. Yes - but you can tell the diiference in firmness between one ball and another right? Isn't that 'feel'?
  15. Personally, I'd like to see a breakdown of what percentage of factors goes into purchasing a golf ball. Most likely it's (from high to low): 1. Branding 2. Price point 3. Performance (?) 4. Feel For my money, it should be the reverse order. What say you folks?
  16. What I'm saying is that there are plenty of 'premium' golf balls out there that don't get a second look from me because they don't feel right off the putter. Once it fails this basic go/no go test - why bother evaluating it any further? Most touring pros will tell you the same thing - if it feels OK then it's a good start. Most high index players could certainly benefit from a better feeling ball around the greens that are far from premium priced but feel just as good. If you like to putt with a rock just because you think it can eek out a few extra yards from your duffed tee shot, then knock yourself out. For the majority of players (who as we've established are around the the index as per your graphic) too much emphasis is placed on distance which is only achieveable (compared to another ball regardless of dimples or construction) if it is struck precisely enough to be worth counting as 'significant'. That would be less than justifiable to be worth considering as a factor in selecting a golf ball. But a simple 'putt' test? Worth every penny of whatever price point you choose. Sound resonable?
  17. On the other hand, the golf ball is the only piece of equipment you use for every shot - making it a pretty important factor. If you are looking at variables however, then nothing is more variable than human input - even really good ball strikers will likely never repeat a shot with the same level of accuracy as another. If you're looking at noticeable performance differences, you'd better be certain that the weakest link in the chain isn't the person swinging the club. And no ball in the world is going to help with a lack of ability - but it can make the differene in the way you perceive how it feels - even with a simple 3ft putt. But alas, 3ft putts are not a big selling point of most golf balls.
  18. Summer is here so it can only mean...blades are back! Mizuno holds onto No.1 spot, Titleist woods win, Cleveland wedges are solid, Ping putter edges SC out. Driver - Titleist 915D3 10.5 Grafalloy Prolaunch Red S 3 wood- Titleist 915F 15 Grafalloy Prollaunch Red S 5 wood - Titleist 910F cranked to 20.5 Diamana Blue S Irons - Mizuno JPX900 Tour 4-PW S300 Wedges - Cleveland RTX3 50V-MG, 54V-LG & 58V-LG S200 Putter - Ping Jas Anser Wti wrx ...for now anyway...:D
  19. JLP Petit Caballero - very nice Cuban on a budget.
  20. If they're already installed in iron heads (?) the chanes are you don't need any tip trim if they're built to flex. PX were originally sold in discrete sets that didn't need any tip trim (even in .370" parallel) as they are a constant weight shaft. Butt codes should read thus: Project X - Parallel 6850 41.5-37 Project X 5.0 - Parallel 6868 41.5-37 Project X 5.5 - Parallel 6860 41.5-37 Project X 6.0 - Parallel 6878 41.5-37 Project X 6.5 - Parallel 6888 41.5-37 Project X 7.0 - Parallel
  21. AVX ticks that box - if you get a chance, give a try.
  22. After much deliberation (and almost a lifetime of Titleist use) I've put my faith in the Bridgestone Tour B RXS for this year (as a minimum). It ticks a lot of boxes and now that I don't get any leveraged deals on Titleist balls either, it makes an even easier choice at the price point. An outstanding ball by anyones standards.
  23. If the shaft prep is anything like the adapter, then the whole thing is pretty much toast. Words fail me.
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