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  1. My reaction as well as far as the presentation being contradictory. I will be interested to see what type of results the online reviewers get.
  2. After a lot of tinkering, I've gone back to 4 wedges and really have no confusion about which to pull when. My calculus starts with the fact that I want to be able to reliably hit full shots with all of my wedges. Also, I need my highest lofted wedge to have just a bit of heel relief so I can open it a little - I have moved away from the wide open flop shot. Finally, I will bump and run with any iron/wedge in my bag (chipped to tap in range with 6 and 8 iron last round). Hence, my 47 (pw) and 51 (gw) are mostly full shot clubs with a few bump and runs and thus match my set. My 55 (a Vokey F) hits full shots, lower partial wedge shots and does 80% of my sand work. My 60 (a Vokey S) hits full shots, tight sand shots and all delicate shots around the green. In reviewing my wedge play, it became clear that I needed to have different grinds (not radically different) on my 55/56 and 60. This is the best configuration I have ever had for my game.
  3. Not sure of what length you are playing your driver, but you could consider going a little shorter. That is another way of making a driver feel a little easier to swing.
  4. I worked part-time as a clubfitter for almost a decade and left the field concerned that the pace of change and ever rising costs of equipment (like shafts) and clubfitting tools (like Trackman) had outstripped the ability and financial resources of most fitters to keep pace. Annually, I make the 8 hour round trip to a facility I know has the proper equipment and experience to do a good fitting; there are probably two dozen places that offer "fitting" services closer to me but it usually just someone who knows how to turn on the launch monitor and change the heads. Demo days also are most definitely not places to get fit as that is not the goal of that day.
  5. I've been pleased with the Oncore Elixir ball. Does everything pretty well and feels better to me than the Snell MTB-X (which is longer).
  6. Agreed but I look at spin first. The t-200s had, on average, 800-850 more rpms of spin. The landing angle between the two was 2* steeper with the Titleists (47* versus 45* if I remember correctly); of course more spin does increase the landing angle.
  7. I have hit both pretty extensively. The challenge with the player's distance iron category for me has been spin. I am not a particularly high spin player so often by the 7 iron, they simply did not hold greens the way I prefer. The T-200s spun an acceptable amount for me; the new 790s did not. If I were in the market for irons in this class, the T-200s would be at the top of the list.
  8. No, I did not. They did look nice at address as far as game improvement irons go.
  9. I was referring specifically to the Longleaf system. It does include separate tee boxes which is the only way to get the other distances slope rated (at least according to the owner of the one course). In the presentation I saw, the implication of tees being located in the fairway was those players were second-class citizens. My kids definitely thought that when they had to play short tees marked in the fairway. I do not profess to be an expert on this, just relating what the course owner and greenskeeper told me.
  10. Wondering if I will be going through college football withdrawal this season as we gave up our Michigan State season tickets this year. I have not paid attention to any of the preseason talk but never really enjoyed that anyway. Guess I will know come this weekend when I do not even have the game on the radio.
  11. One of three courses we play regularly is considering this system right now. I do think, however, that the promotional materials downplay the cost of additional tees plus the additional maintenance (a lot faster to just mow the area as fairway or rough). That cost is now the stumbling block locally.
  12. I have really liked the performance overall with the MTB-X but it does feel hard off some of my clubs, especially the driver. Been finding myself reaching for the OnCore Elixirs in my bag before the Snells (and I pull both before the few Titleists I have left) as the OnCore feels much softer to me and the performance difference is not enough to affect my scoring. Having grown up in the balata age, I still lean towards softer feeling balls.
  13. I was able to hit the 100s and 200s off of grass this weekend. I can see why Titleist discourages comparisons with their predecessors as the neither performed the same for me as did the AP2s and AP3s. Really enjoyed the turf interaction on the 100s but they did not seem as forgiving as the AP2s. The 200s were higher spinning for me than the AP3s and were pretty impressive overall much a much improved feel. They would be my choice if I were in the market.
  14. Not Popeye but someone who has the TE Forged in the bag and has built a demo TS1 and TS2. Anyway, I am not a particularly high spin player and had better results overall with the TE Forged. Both the TS irons came out a little lower and hotter than I would like. The TS 2 was a hair more forgiving on mishits than the TE and the TS 1 a little less. Both are very nice irons but the TE Forged remain firmly in the bag.
  15. My G25 driver stays in my bag not because I am cheap (well, I am) but because none of the new drivers have outperformed it. Fitter this spring just shook his head after seeing my initial numbers with the G25 and said that will be hard to beat. Forty-five minutes and a bunch of combinations later, he threw in the towel. Part of it is just familiarity I am sure but I just do not think driver tech has improved much in 6 years (at for my swing, which is not particularly high spin).
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