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Everything posted by jaskanski

  1. It all depends what you're trying to match. If you like the idea of ascending weight from long iron to short irons as the Ping AWT offer, then your choices on a graphite equivalent at the same weight and profile are rather limited. If you can find them (?) the Mitsubishi Tensei AV White AM2 would be close, but the cost would be off putting - and perhaps challenge the idea of the cost of getting fitted to what you want again. https://www.mca-golf.com/products/av-white-am2-irons
  2. Isn't this the reason for the hybrid bag? Capable of being cart, push or carry compatible. Eg: Titleist hybrid 14 or Taylormade flex tech hybrid. Clubs in the wrong direction? Take them out and insert into the slot that suits. Putter well could be the exception - not a deal breaker IMO.
  3. The Gunmetal Lin-Q is a shaft designed for fast swingers with a hard transition and move at the ball. Aggressive players looking to control tempo would benefit from a shaft like this with a 70g + weight and stiff tip and mid sections. Price is reasonable in the 200-250 range. Cons - not for smooth swingers with moderate tempo or those looking for higher launch. UST claim a unique fibre technology with added strength at a lower weight - but what manufacturer doesn't these days in their range? Overall feel is firm to stout with a lower torque models - UST have their usual blurb on energy
  4. I saw these prices and thought "are they from the 1970's" lol. No idea how they make any money out of club repair and adjustment services either - but the old adage "you get what you pay for" is probably ringing alarm bells if you think you're getting a quality fitting at those prices. Maybe they have Elves to help or something?
  5. I usually stick with a players type iron for the simple reason of distance control - not to maximise distance. Irons after all are usually for hitting specific yardages. So taking one more club to hit a specific yardage in specific conditions is natural to me. I dabbled with the GI "distance" irons and sure enough they gave a healthy increase in distance, but the disparity between best and worst strikes was ludicrously wide. Occasionally, you even got the odd bizarrely long yardage for no apparent reason (case in point Ping i500 4-iron with "power spec" that went 240 yards on occasions.
  6. I used to know a few of the guys there - not sure if they still work there or not, but a very good bespoke service without forcing you into any particular option. Full trackman assisted analysis and great range of products. Two cracking courses on site too - what more could you ask? Recommended.
  7. I would be making a bee line for Woodhall Spa if you lived in Lincolnshire: https://www.woodhallspagolf.com/custom_fitting
  8. Like I said - it depends on how you load the shaft. The KBS Tour EI curve in red compared to the PX LZ in blue. (KBS Tour V in brown for comparison). It also depends on how Titleist are measuring their shafts - the KBS Tour is famously incrementally stiffer along it's length as the EI curve demonstrates quite nicely with a rather flat linear style curve. If you measure from mid point to the tip, it will be stiffer overall as Titleist suggest. The PX LZ is much stiffer initially in the tip but then dips before flattening out in the middle - it may well be measured at a lower cpm because of
  9. At the risk of chewing on some salty cornflakes - I would say: They are not the same shaft, they are not the same length, they are not the same loft, they are not the same weight distribution, they are not being delivered at the same AoA. It's probably and extreme difference (in your own words) because there is an extreme difference between a driver and a 3W for the factors previously mentioned. You're comparing apples to oranges, so any comparison is not really worth getting your gears ground about.
  10. They are not poles apart in terms of weight and flex, but depending on how you swing and load the shaft the results may be slightly different in launch and spin. The LZ has a stiffer tip section and slightly stiffer butt - the mid sections are very similar. The LZ would give a tad lower launch and spin, but as stated it would depend on how you load and release the shaft. Not sure if I would personally ditch the 3H in favour of the HMB though - the hybrid would probably offer greater forgiveness, probably greater distance and more versatility. The age old advice is try before you buy.
  11. One thing is for certain. In 12 months, it'll be worth half the amount it originally was. So it does pose the question - is it worth the money? Probably not if it doesn't return any value - either in residual cost if you sell or performance to you if decide to keep it. If it performs well, you could save a lot of money with patience and waiting until it's heavily discounted. So is it worth your own time? Equipment only really reveals it's true value when you either wish you had bought it earlier or if you owned it once and wish you still had it.
  12. +1 Back in the day, Tom was like the oracle when it came to club fitting. His findings and principles still hold true today. The proliferation of the LM has certainly assisted in crunching the raw data in ball flight dynamics, but it must be noted that any LM data is historic - in other words, you get to know after you hit a shot. Tom pioneered the fitting of certain club heads and shafts to golfers swing style and tempo. Depending on how you swung your club, how strong the transition was, how early or late you tended to release the club - had a profound effect on which type of
  13. Do people avoid getting fitted? Yes - all the time. Do they have a quantifiable reason not to? No - never. Other than: It's too expensive I don't know where to get fit There's no fitters near where I live I'm too old I'm too young My swing is not repeatable My swing has changed I'm working on my swing first My last set didn't work I don't play enough to justify it I play to a professional standard with OTR clubs or any clubs I choose because I'm special like that
  14. This is a good point. How many "stock or standard" specs are exactly as they claim? It has been well documented about the tolerance levels some clubs are built to at a certain cost. Length, loft, lie, weight - you name it - are all built at some level of tolerance to be mass produced at a reasonable cost to the consumer. Not many, if at all, are what is known as "blueprinted" (do a search) - or assembled to the exact published specs. Some fitters (*ahem - others are available*) can build a set to these tolerance levels on request - or any other specification for that matter - for a
  15. If you mean from the opening question "were you ever fit into a stock offering or standard specs?" That would depend on what brand and what club. Putter? Heck yes - plenty. Other clubs? Not so much.
  16. Anything is possible. There is a tendency however to fit "into" a stock offering (in whatever guise it comes) rather than fitting the club to yourself. There is a distinct difference. Of course, club OEMs will try to get their stock offerings to roughly match the largest target audience possible - and any person picking it up at first will try to adapt to fit into the stock offering. It may not "fit" with any natural physical measurements, it may not "fit" with any swing tendencies or strengths and it may not "fit" with the goal in mind for playability, course conditions or shot sha
  17. Yes - the two screws attached to the head need removing. It might be a case of the screws may have epoxy on them - but if you're heating the head anyway to remove the shaft, you could also apply direct heat to the screws to help them budge. The option to send the SC may be more appealing too...
  18. There are 4 screws at the back that need removing - two attached to the main head for the back weight and two attached to the outer ring. This will leave the main head stripped ready for treatment - the shaft will need to be removed by heating the head gently with a blow torch to break the epoxy bond. Voila - you now have all the component parts ready for refurbishment. Shot blasting works well to remove the old paint from the head and weight. It's worth noting that Scotty Cameron also offer a refurbishment service by return post if you don't feel up to it.
  19. Lessons and practice are knowledge. The beauty is, you can apply that knowledge to any set clubs you ever own in the future. As for fitted clubs, ever wonder how they make lessons and practice easier? Example - it's been said numerous times about the correct set up with grip, stance, ball position, alignment - before you even start your backswing - can have a tremendous influence over the outcome of a shot. Get those fundamentals correct in your set up, and you stand a pretty good chance of hitting a good shot. Question: is it easier to set up a club that is built to your physical stature
  20. This is the lament you will hear from a vast majority of golfers. Unfortunately, they don't realise how wrong they are. Fitting in it's fundamental principle is about making a club suited to your build and swing. The beauty of this principle is that you, the golfer, are not as variable as you think. Once an assessment has been made on your physical measurements and your swing tendencies, a club can be tailored to match these specifics - meaning you are less likely to make errors than if you were to play with clubs that are not matched to these specifics. It's a simple numbers g
  21. The "optimal" launch parameters rely on 3 things: speed, launch angle and spin. Of the 3, speed is the most important in dictating how far a ball will travel. The other two combine to give optimal launch characteristics. That means too much launch and spin will have a negative effect on total distance, just as too little launch and not enough spin will also cost you yards. Speed - you can never get enough for total distance. If you experiment with the Flightscope trajectory optimiser here: https://flightscope.com/products/trajectory-optimizer/ ....you can begin to see how launch
  22. Just about all of the top OEMs offer a custom fitting system to get the right club or clubs in your hands to get the most out of them. When you think about it, the more OEMs can get their equipment to fit the potential end user, the better it makes them look as a brand. Every brand has their reputation at stake if the BS doesn't match with the performance. First comes market coverage. OEMs will always gravitate towards equipment components that fit a wide spectrum of golfers - it's not much use to offer high-end or niche shafts that only fit a small portion of potential customers. Much be
  23. And this is where the penny drops. Club fitting, just like many other businesses are a simple time and materials proposal. You pay for my time and the components I provide. Sure, I could give you the full works from grip to toe on everything that could make a difference to your game - but by the time we had finished around 2 days would have passed and you would be looking at bill that would be more than double the cost of an OTR set. If you want to try out every conceivable shaft and head combination that is available to see what works - that'll be another 180 days +. In the me
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