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  1. Alright, time to compose some thoughts in this space.

     

    I have taken the T1100 out for a range session as well as played a round with it on the course (plus warm-up).

     

    Initial impressions of the shaft were posted earlier in the thread.  It's absolutely stunning to look at in person.  The first range day, I was on the range by myself for most of the session and the second half of the session, a couple of guys that came to hit balls walked up.  One asked if I was hitting a steel shaft in a driver, that's how stunning the chrome paint is on this model. It's just nice to look at.  

     

    With that out of the way, let's talk about performance.  The first day range session, I spent 15-20 balls getting the head adjusted after warming up.  It ended up coming out that I cranked it one marking open from standard on the 9.5 2017 M2 (I could not get one of the new all aluminum adapters because no one had them so I used a 2 degree adapter from last year with the plastic ferrule).  This wasn't for launch conditions, per se, just to have the driver sit how I like it at address, slightly open.  I then alternated shots, 3 balls at a time from my 2016 M1 440.  The one thing I noticed, head for head, was that the new M2 was a little louder (not pertaining to this review, but worth mentioning none the less).

     

    I hit them side by side and the 9.5 with the HZRDUS launched at the same height as my 8.5 M1 440.  I don't hit the ball really high (I tried to get to 17/1700 a few years ago and just couldn't get there).  My average launch usually is around 12-13 degrees.  Going up in loft with this shaft, I was able to replicate the same launch conditions as before.  I don't have a TrackMan of FlightScope and my local course doesn't have one either.  I generally don't do launch monitor stuff until after I adjust it on the range then play it on the course and decide whether it's reliable or not before I worry with renting time on a monitor.  If it's not going to make the bag, I'm not spending the money.  Sorry, just how I do things.

     

    I can say that this combo performed well on the range.  I really want to try the shaft in the new M1 as I loved that head when demo'ing it.  That said, I think my M1 has some spider cracks on the crown (as I mentioned before) and I want to send it in for evaluation and see what TM does.  I bought it new and the retailer I purchased from will send it in for me.

     

    The shaft worked very well for me.  It's stiff, but not overly boardy to me.  It has the distinct feel I like when my aggressive transition kicks in and has the almost bullwhip feel right at impact when it unloads, which is another feel I really like.  I swung it normal and then swung out of my shoes and the shaft handled both with ease.  I don't know that I have enough in the tank to ever worry about overloading the shaft and throwing something at it that it can't handle.  This one does feel a little stiffer than the HZRDUS Black Handcrafted I've been playing, but that's a good thing. I can draw it and hit a fade, but it's not as much curvature as before which is also a good hing for me as I tend to overcook those shots a little at times.  The shaft really seemed to just want to go straight though.  I played 18 the next day (Saturday) and hit some REALLY good drives.  On one hole (#4 at the home course), I carried it right around where I normally finish up off the tee.  I ended up with a little side hill partial wedge shot in which I really managed to booger up.  I didn't hit my irons particularly well at all that day and I couldn't scramble if you gave me a frying pan and half a dozen eggs.  But the one thing I did manage to do well was get off the tee.  I murdered the driver on nearly every hole I hit it on.  Several in spots I normally play from or slightly inside of them.  The feel of the shaft was exceptional all day and the distance was spot on and I was just about able to point and shoot all day with it.  Had I been able to do anything other than get off the tee, I could've possibly scored pretty decently.  I did manage to kill a drive on #18 (dogleg par 5) and had a 56* left in.  Stuffed the approach to about 4 feet and 2 putted for birdie (one of those days, and I've never eagled that hole since it was converted to a par 5.  Only one on the course I've never eagled). 

     

    Overall, if I were to recommend the shaft to someone, it'd be someone that likes a little stiffer feel and that appreciates really feeling the shaft load and unload.  It does play slightly stiffer than the previous HZRDUS, but it's not overly harsh while doing so.  I think the shaft will get a lot of traction with the public for those that are inclined to spend the coin on it.

     

    How does this compare to the Hzrdus Yellow and Red in terms of launch and spin?  Do you need to bee at a certain swing speed to play this one?  It seems folks like the yellow and you can find some reviews out there.  There isn't much I've found on the Red.  I know the Black is going to likely launch too low for me. 

  2. Do we know where the center of gravity is located on the standard EPIC model and its MOI? I've seen claims the SZ may be in the 5,000 MOI area with the weight back. Wondering when we might seem some MGS numbers on these. I've been seeing quite a few reports of increased ball speed with these two clubs...

  3. Jamie Dugger

    Missouri

    Handicap: 12

     

    I have been a long time "flipper" of the club and early extender.  Why I feel I would make a great choice as a tester is that I also have experience with the Tour Striker products.  I had an original Tour Striker and also have the 2014 Pitching Wedge and 7 iron version.   When the DST Compressor is mentioned, folks want to know how it compares to the Tour Striker clubs.  As an owner of three of the Tour Strikers, I believe I would be in a great position to directly compare the products.

  4. I'm curious where this year's Fairway Wood test is... last year done in May - this year July's coming around & nothing???

     

    Anyone know anything?

     

     

    Thanks.

    I've emailed staff a couple different times if they are doing one in 2016 but have yet to get a response. I value their reviews/testing more than any others out there and would especially like to see numbers on the LTD and F6 fairway woods...

  5. The CR-10 does not have a face similar to the TS. It has a straight shaft instead of a curved shaft. It does still have the line up aids that get your hands ahead of the ball. The impression I get is that you use it after you've used the regular curved DST.

    That's the website says.  I am just wondering if there is really any advantage to using it instead of just a regular straight shafted club?  In other words, is it just an attempt to get more money or is there truly a benefit to using it instead of any regular shafted club already in your bag?

  6. Here's why the Tour Striker is more difficult. I can't post a pic at this time but go look at the head/face of the club then go look at a DST. With the TS there is roughly only about 1/2 of a normal club face from which to strike a ball. I have the 7i TS. Now look at the face of a DST. Again in my case I own the 8i model. It has a full club face. With the TS if you don't force a pronounced forward shaft lean you'll strike the ball with the lower portion of the club face which is rounded and you'll worm burn it. With the DST however, you have a full normal club face just like your regular club. The only difference being the curved shaft. The DST is easy to hit. The Tour Striker is not. For me anyway.

     

     

    I'll try to take a look at this later.  If you have time to post a pic sometime, I would like to see the comparison.  Why do you think there are Tour players using the DST and you don't hear of anyone using the Tour Striker? 

  7. The tour use of the DST is the main reason I am looking at it more seriously than the TS. It looks like there would be a difference between the wedge and the 8-iron. There is more curve in the wedge shaft relative to its length. More shank prone?

     

    Most folks seem to have the wedge (at least based on MGS photos and folks on this forum). I was initially going to go with the 8-iron, but have been rethinking it since the wedge would be good for chipping practice too.

     

    Did not know that more people here have the wedge. I would have figured the opposite. Yeah what accounts for the Tour Use for the DST especially when you have a poster in this thread saying it is much easier to hit than the Tour Striker? Are you aware of many opting for the CR-10 clubs too?
  8. Mulliganman here's my take on both clubs.

    I've had a Tour Striker 7i for several years. I've used it off and on during this time. For me personally It's a much harder club to master. My DST is an 8i model. It's a piece of cake to hit. I've heard some say they shank the DST. I never have. I can hit clean pure shots with the DST over and over all day. Not so much with the Tour Striker. With the TS if you don't get a good shaft lean into the ball it ain't going nowhere. No so with the DST. I will say this.... after using the TS for a while on the practice tee and then switching to my normal club I feel more of a difference/improvement. I like the DST because it's easy but I might by a small margin give the Tour Striker a slight edge because your either deliver the club to the ball with proper hip rotation and forward shaft lean or you skull it.... or worm burn it. I can miss hit the DST and still pull of decent shots. But not with the TS.

    You should still consider buying a DST if you're interested. It's a good training aid and I think you'd like it.

    Thanks for weighing in on the two. I have been confused because the official review on this site suggested the DST forces a proper pivot that the Tour Striker doesn't. So that's kind of why I am trying to see if the DST really brings something to the table the TS doesn't because I have invested a decent chunk of change in the 2014 TS 8 iron and PW. It is interesting that you said you have a much easier time with the DST. Another thing I've been wondering about is why are there so many Tour players using the DST and not the Tour Striker?

     

    Yes, I hit my fair share of worm burners and skulls. I have used the clubs exclusively during range sessions. I always find it amusing at looks I get sometimes like man does this guy suck....

  9. So can anyone speak to whether there is any merit to the DST CR-10 clubs?  My second question is whether this really is an improvement to the Tour Striker.  I already have the Tour Striker 8 iron and wedge and know this is an area I need to work one.  I have interest in the compressor but really want to know if it is an improvement or not before shelling out any more money.  

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