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    Rtracymog reacted to McGolf in How To Regrip A Golf Club   
    Taking a newbie through the ins and outs of gripping. 
     
    If you guys want some help in the area just let me know
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from Beakbryce in Planned 2030 Golf Ball Rollback   
    I feel like there are plenty of other things to do instead of rolling the ball back. Soften the fairways, grow the rough, narrow the fairways, use tighter doglegs with more trees, etc. The recreational golfer doesn't hit it far enough anyway. I don't think that companies will be happy with bifurcation either. That means more molds, more tech, more research at different levels and that will cost them more money.  This could end up like the wedge thing where everyone freaked out about the groove rollback and now they spin as much or more than ever. I'll play the waiting game, but I will probably stock up for a while as 2030 approaches.
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from fixyurdivot in Planned 2030 Golf Ball Rollback   
    I feel like there are plenty of other things to do instead of rolling the ball back. Soften the fairways, grow the rough, narrow the fairways, use tighter doglegs with more trees, etc. The recreational golfer doesn't hit it far enough anyway. I don't think that companies will be happy with bifurcation either. That means more molds, more tech, more research at different levels and that will cost them more money.  This could end up like the wedge thing where everyone freaked out about the groove rollback and now they spin as much or more than ever. I'll play the waiting game, but I will probably stock up for a while as 2030 approaches.
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    Rtracymog reacted to PMookie in The Edison Challenge featuring Edison 2.0 Wedges   
    Chipping and pitching yips Champ of 2022 at your service! Yep, the bane of my golf existence these days!!! I have NO idea how they developed, when exactly, or why, but here I am, the CHAMP!
     
    I’ve been golfing for over 40 years, my Dad was a HS golf coach and my favorite days were riding around on the cart during practice being able to drop balls here-and-there. When he took me to play early-on we went to Pat’s Par 3 so I could learn the game from appropriate distances, and only when I became strong enough did he move me to full-size course play. I still remember the day he told me I was ready for my first REAL round! Today that par 3 course is the famous Miles Of Golf in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I still love to go-by there whenever I get back home!
    Born-and-raised in SE Michigan, first year of college at Kalamazoo College to play hoops, then off to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see! I played golf in HS, did play in the Ann Arbor Jr Open one summer, so I liked to play competitively. I absolutely fell in love with Mountain golf in NC. We played an inexpensive course once the snow melted as the course was part of the ski slopes during the winter. Yeah, to this day I prefer mountain golf to any other! I had my first hole-in-one on that course in a tournament (my second hole in one came years later at Fazio Foothills #9 hole at Barton Creek in Austin, TX).
     
    I live in NE Louisiana and play as much as I can. A recent divorce set me back a bit, but the course and range is still where I love to go to get peace-of-mind, be active, and be outside. I play most rounds with a former student and player who was on the HS golf team where I coached. I won my flight of the Monroe Open 8 years ago, but have only played in scrambles since. I play a semi-private course and it’s a good test albeit very flat due to the topography here in the Mississippi Delta. I’m a father of 3, dating again, and looking forward to the future!!!
    I’m excited about this test because I’ve been through a lot of different types and brands of wedges over the years. Most recently I have been playing Edel SMS, and for those who know me on here over the past 10 plus years, y’all know I’ve been an Edel “fan boy” getting to know the guys there very well. As my opening few sentences let you know I need as much forgiveness as I can get right now with my wedges. I’ve REALLY been enjoying my i230 U wedge and have built some confidence with it, so adding a couple more for which I have the same feeling would be great. Shot-wise around the green I’m a bump-and-run guy, it’s old school, what my Dad taught me in the 70s, I hardly ever play a flop, so if I can use the 8 iron and run the ball to the hole I’m going to! I hit the ball VERY high due to overly active hands and arms, so I’m interested to see how much lower my ball flight goes with the Edison 2.0. What would I need to see to bag these babies? Similar distances, increased GIR, lower ball flight, and similar spin. If I can be more “accurate” and hit it lower, I’ll be a happy man.
    My bag is all Ping until wedges and putter:
    Ping G430 Max driver, LST 3w, and 4 hybrid, i230 irons 4-UW, 50/54/58 Edel SMS wedges, and Edel EAS 1.0 putter.
    I’m looking forward to this opportunity, and I’m very thankful to both Edison and MGS for including me! Have a blessed day!!! Here we go!!!!

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    FINAL REVIEW!
    First Impressions 8/10
    I was very impressed by the Edison 2.0 wedges immediately upon taking them out of the box, even the shipping was nicely done especially with the inclusion of the hat! I liked the look of the wedges, the colors, the matte finish, the weight, etc. The only think I didn’t care for was the two-tone finish on the face just because I’d been playing a “single finish” face for years. I liked the dual sole wedge and was familiar with Koehler sole from Scor wedges, and the similar sole on Srixon irons I’d played for years.
    Aesthetics: 8/10 with the deduction being for the dual color face
    Feel-wise I really liked the Edison 2.0 on full shots. There was something about the combination of the face and shaft that on well-struck shots it had this “powerful” feel to it! It was addicting! One night at the range I was absolutely flushing everything so I had this feel coming as feedback over and over again. I was hitting to a green/flag and it wasn’t like the balls were going significantly farther than ones hit with my Edel wedges, but it sure felt like they were going 20-30 yards further! When I chipped and pitched I did not get the same feel at all. I actually didn’t enjoy the feel very much around the green and I’m not sure if I could narrow it down to one specific aspect of the clubface. I think I can chalk-up the issue with feel on chipping due to hitting balls further out toward the toe and the head being tilted toe down, but it’s just a guess. Full shots: loved the feel. Short shots: didn’t love the feel.
    Feel: 7/10

    The Numbers 2/10
    Ok, here’s where we get down to brass tax. I purposely held off showing my Trackman numbers until the review for a reason feeling it would give away too much of my review if I posted them a few weeks back, so here goes. To start with, the whole purpose of doing a review for MGS is to put the manufacturer claims to the test and see if they hold-up for average Joe’s, weekend golfers, so what I was testing were the claims that these would be more forgiving, fly lower, and spin more. Ok, what did I see? Whether it be on the range, on the course, and especially on Trackman, for ME, not a single one of these claims held-up. I didn’t hit more greens than with my Edels on-course from the same distances. Balls did not fly any lower than my Edels in any situation, and my Edels spun more which was seen both on-course, and on Trackman. There’s even a picture I posted showing how balls were backing-up whether I hit them with my Edels or with the Edison 2.0 but the Edels backed-up FEET further! The minute I got these unwrapped and got to the course  I was SO ready to see lower ball flight from ball one! Ball one.. Ball 20, ball 100, none went lower than my Edel SMS! Shocked. I had numerous Edison users tell me it really noticeable so I thought something might be wrong, but the balls off the Edisons never went any lower than my current gamers in any situation. So, here are the numbers from TrackMan: first launch and peak height. Edel 54 launch was 29.1 with peak height of 94. Edison 53 launched also at 29.1 and had a peak height of 102, so 8 feet HIGHER! Edel 58 launched at 30.8 and hit a peak height of 91, and the Edison 57 took off at 30.2 and flew up around 90, so no real difference. SPIN: Edel 54 spun at 10936, Edison 53 was 10312 (624 less), Edel 58’s spin was 11668, and Edison 57 was 11375 (293 less). In summary, with the numbers I saw really the only category that Edison won would be distance, but the shafts were also ½” longer than my gamers.

    On-Course 10/20
    I’ve pretty much already addressed everything I saw on-course when I posted and added pictures, and addressed it above in the previous categories. I will say I thought that on-course full shots was where I would see these shine just because of that powerful feeling I got with these on flushed shots at the range, and with Edison’s claims of more forgiveness. I thought for SURE I’d hit more greens, miss “closer”, see a difference from my Edels, but I just didn’t. Add to the fact that the grinds just didn’t work for me around the greens where I struggle most and these just weren’t for me on-course at all.
    Good, Bad, In-Between 10/20
    The good for me were the looks and powerful feel of the wedges. The bad was that these didn’t perform up to any of the claims made by Edison. The in-between comes down to this… These were not fitted to me at all and, to be honest, I really didn’t think these could beat my Edels for this reason alone. The shafts were too soft from a flex and tip standpoint (KBS Tour S vs my Nippon Modus 130 X), they were also too long at an extra 1/2” over my Edels making it that much harder to hit the sweet spot on full shots and even worse when it was time to grip down and chip around the greens. The Edel fitting is pretty extensive, at least the one I did, and we tried a TON of different shafts and not just brands. We tried various stiffnesses, lengths, weights, etc., we really zeroed-in my wedges for me and my swing. There was just no way the Edisons could compete with that. I would LOVE to have a true fitting with the Edisons, and THEN have them go head-to-head to make it a true test.
    Play it or Trade it 10/20
    After getting this far in the review I think it’s safe to say you all know my answer here… Trade them. They will not be going into my bag, and I probably won’t spend the money on getting Nippon shafts and having them built similarly to the Edels because just the grinds alone don’t work for me. I want to be clear that these are QUALITY clubs! They just aren’t for ME… I don’t want anyone to think I’m bashing Edison in any way, shape or form because I’m not. If one looks up the Edison threads, and looks at the other reviews here they will see much different results, so don’t just read my review and make assumptions. Edison has a free trial program so it’s always best to take advantage of those specials and see how they do for you!
    Overall Score 55/100
    I sincerely thank Edison Golf and MGS for giving me the opportunity to participate in this review, my first of wedges on MGS. I really appreciate being included!
     
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    Rtracymog reacted to McGolf in Rubber weight type thing   
    If it has the rubber feel is it probably the tungsten tip weight which runs about 10 grams with out any epoxy. 
     
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    Rtracymog reacted to cnosil in Rubber weight type thing   
    It s a tip weight which is used to add weight to the head side of the club.  when building a club it is used instead if lead tape on the clubhead
    https://www.thediygolfer.com/blog/how-to-tip-weight-a-golf-club
     
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    Rtracymog reacted to GolfSpy SAM in 2023 My Golf Spy Ryder Cup Contest Sponsored by Vokey Wedges and Titleist   
    Yeah, baby!!!! It's on!
    What Player Will Have the Most Points:  Scottie Sheffler
    What Player Will secure the Clinching Point on Sunday: Xander Shauffele (Souflee? Shikaka? White Devil?)


     
    Thanks to Titleist and @Golfspy_CG2 for setting this up!  
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    Rtracymog reacted to McGolf in 690MB KBS $ Taper Build - Swing Weight   
    dont sweat the swing weight. Depending of the OEM the older head may actually be heavier than the newer models. 
    Titliest imo  does not seem to be in the category but Ive been wrong only a 1000 other times, just ask mrs mcgolf.
    Yes swing weight can be impacted by the heavier grip. But not so much it will throw you off. 
     
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    Rtracymog reacted to GregB135 in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    After two on-course practice sessions with the irons I got out for another regular round yesterday. This was a 'get ready' outing with the guys I'll be playing in the league team cup with next weekend. So it was set up as a 2-man best ball, with 12 players, handicaps applied. For the 12-man field, handicaps ranged from 3 to 16. After some minor shuffling of players for late drop/adds my partner wound up being one of my B-flight buddies, so for the day I was getting 15 strokes on my 13.1 index, and my partner 14 strokes on his 11.8. 
    On the range, I got some compliments and questions regarding the new irons. Talked about how Titleist has changed their mindset about blending sets, and made the topline/setup look similar all the way through the lineup. I also admitted that I wasn't quite all the way familiar with the irons, so I wasn't sure about what I was going to get. Getting ready on the range, I told myself to try not to get bogged down with too many swing thoughts, so most of the day I kept it to a feel though of: 'turn my chest through the ball on the plane of the shaft at setup'.
    And I went out and did this: (some of you may have already seen this result in the Virtual Championship Tour weekly leader board)

    I don't know if it was that simple swing thought, finally having a good feel for these clubs, or a combination of both, but I had my best round of the year on what is typiclly a really tough course. Tampa Palms has narrow, tree lined fairways, and typically fast greens. Also, if you get too far off the intended line of play, there are hazards and trees that will force you to play either a recovery shot or a high risk play. Of note, the app only had the blue or white tees as options. The course setup  includes a Blue/White split tee my partner and I played at 6200 yards with a 70.1 / 130 rating and slope. With the strokes, that was a net 62 on my own ball. My partner played well on a few of my bogey holes and we wound up carding net 56 for the partnership. Yes, that won.
    This was my best round of the year by a long way, and by 7 strokes the best 'league' round I posted for the season. The stats were 11/14 FIR, 10/18 GIR and 30 putts. The triple bogey 8 on the 16th hole was an in-between yardage shot to a semi-island green, that was just a yard short on carry and wound up hitting the support pilings and in the hazard. 
    Otherwise, it was amazing to see what a difference it made to be playing these irons from the fairways. It took me a few holes to get there, but once I had the feel together, I got on a really good roll.
    Ball flight was high and straight with the irons. I had my share of mis-hits, but the penalty on those was really minor. I thought I had left one 4H tee shot high and fadey, but it seemed like it only cost me one club's worth of distance on the approach. Two of the par 3s were playing at 170-175 yards, which for me is the 5-iron, and not my favorite club or yardage in the past. The first of those was the ninth hole, where I got a rediculously lucky break. I hit a high fade that was well off the green, but hit the edge of the cart path and ricocheted straight left onto the green leaving me a 5 foot birdie putt. The important part there isn't the lucky bounce, but the fact the mis-hit still carried to green level.
    The second 5-iron par 3 proved Titleist means what they say with regard to the sole design and turf interaction. I came through that ball a little heavy, and right off the club I said "that was fat, it'll have to go some". That shot still carried easily on to the green. 
    There might have been some light wind factoring into it, but finally hitting these irons solid, it looks like I'll have to adjust my target yardages up about 5 yards or 1/2 a club. (That might also mean a return visit to Joe the fitter to order a gap wedge). Ball flight is nice and high, and on these well kept greens I was getting hit and stop with the short irons, and about 1-2 yards of roll out from the longer irons. It could be the improved forgiveness factor of the new T200 but these seem ever so slightly less 'workable' than their original release predecessors. That said, with the level of confidence I gained through this round, I was able to pull of the dreaded (for me anyway) intentional fade with the hybrid. 
    I'll be back out on the course this week a time or two for sure to practice before our 2-day Team Cup at the Hammock Beach resort next weekend.
    Cheers all
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Those look sweet!
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    Rtracymog reacted to Torden Golf in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Latest build for myself. Miura MC-502 (4-PW) irons and Vokey SM9 wedges. KBS Tour Custom Black 120 Stiff shafts, Golf Price MCC Plus4 grips. Finished off with some very nice BB&F Co ferrules. First simulator session with the tonight so crossing my fingers they're awesome!

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    Rtracymog reacted to McGolf in Club Fittings   
    Indoor and outdoor fittings will always be a pro / con discussion.
    folks that like outdoors as RB posted is I want to see ball flight, or I can hit off only grass. etc.
    folks that like to be indoors like environmental controlled conditions and data. 
    Ive done both or should I say I have conducted both and a hybrid of both hitting indoors to an outdoor setting.
    In every case a golfer needs to take the good with the bad. for instance, hitting off grass, The typical response is I can only hit off grass as that is more realistic. Granted. So am I fitting you to hit out of divots at this particular temp, wind condition, turf etc or do we to complete fitting through the year?  See where this can go. 
    Hitting off mats. Depending on the matt type the golfer can be given false positives  which does not help the golfer. Its a great selling tool and but deceiving and not a good business practice.  There are mats that can come very close to mimicking grass with hitting fat, the way the ball comes off the face etc. 
    This could go on and on, the bottom line is the process the fitter uses to determine best clubs for your game and goals and whether or not you are comfortable performing the fitting in that environment
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from GregB135 in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    Happy with my current set up, so I didn’t sign up for this one, but from everything that I’ve heard, the testers are in for a treat! Congrats Testers!
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from GolfSpy SAM in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    Happy with my current set up, so I didn’t sign up for this one, but from everything that I’ve heard, the testers are in for a treat! Congrats Testers!
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from Rick Bouchard in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    Happy with my current set up, so I didn’t sign up for this one, but from everything that I’ve heard, the testers are in for a treat! Congrats Testers!
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from sirchunksalot in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    Happy with my current set up, so I didn’t sign up for this one, but from everything that I’ve heard, the testers are in for a treat! Congrats Testers!
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from ole gray in Titleist T Series Irons - 2023 Forum Review   
    Happy with my current set up, so I didn’t sign up for this one, but from everything that I’ve heard, the testers are in for a treat! Congrats Testers!
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    Rtracymog reacted to Torden Golf in What Have You Built Recently?   
    I have a 42” belt so guess it turns just that little bit slower, and therefore easier to not burn the ferrule.
    But, yes, I do also have an arm on the machine (Golf Mechanix shaft cutter and ferrule machine) that you can rest the club in. Only modification is that I put some felt in the guides as I found it left marks on steel shafts.
    Technique wise:
    1) You need to keep the ferrule turnng at all times. I use the club head as a leaver to rotate the club at a constant rotation.
    2) I press in a little bit more firmly at the beginning to get the ferrule down flush to the size of the hosel.
    3) Finally I’ll back the ferrule off so that it’s just ever so slightly touching the belt and rotate the club a little quicker. This will usually make the ferrule quite a bit smoother, like a finer sandpaper sort of thing.
    4) Finally use acetone up and down the ferrule, 90º opposed to the way the belt would have been running. This will give the ferrule that high-gloss finish. I use a soft cloth and get it wet and then brush it against the ferrule, with basically no pressure at all. Like you’re lightly dusting it.
    You need to let them set for a few seconds for the plastic to re-harden. In the final club cleanup phase I’ll use another soft cloth and rotate the ferrule in it again.
    After all that they look significantly better than any ferrule I’ve seen on an OEM finished product.
    Hope that helps.
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    Rtracymog reacted to wanabe in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Torden Golf -- I'm pretty impressed with how nice the ferrules look on your set.  I make clubs and struggle to finsih the ferrules, so much so, that I leave them unfinished much of the time.  I use a 32" in belt sander with a linen belt but is takes the ferrule down way too fast, so I just leave them unturned.  A 42" inch belt sander is said to be better for this job but is hard to find, except for Maltby Golf Works, and even then they are expensive as heck for a hobbiest.  Oh well, I just wanted to say how impressed I was with your job.
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    Rtracymog reacted to ctg44 in What Have You Built Recently?   
    My shaft extractor from GolfWorks just arrived, so even though it's 100+ in the garage, looks like I'll be starting on the rebuild of my wife's irons this week.  She's currently in a set of 2016 (or 2017?) Cobra ForgedTecs that used to be mine that I installed (badly) on Recoil 95 F3 shafts.  She hits them great most of the time, but a couple of them were very poorly built and need to be redone, and 1-2 of them twisted and cured before I noticed, so they do not play consistently from club to club (gapping / shot shape / etc.).  She's also a HUGE Captain America fan and I got her the Steve Rogers ferrules from BB&F to put on them, so they should look cool too (at least to her, which all that matters).
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from McGolf in We got selected by Golf Digest !   
    I watch the youtube channel all the time and learn a lot! No surprise here! Congrats @McGolf to you and Robin!
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    Rtracymog got a reaction from IndyBonzo in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Just finished my first "real" build. I had done a couple of quick reshafts and installed adapters, but this was my first go at a full set.
    I fit my buddy for some Cobra T-rails at a couple of degrees up and a half inch long. He wanted to keep the purchase less than $500, so I went to work. I found some previous generation T-rails at Mike's Golf Outlet for $375 (6-PW). They looked to be in good shape and my buddy agreed so we pulled the trigger. On a good note, the club heads came quickly and the hosels were pretty clean. However, I wasn't super impressed with their service. I had sent a couple of emails and made a note in the purchase asking for a lie angle measurement. I never heard back on either front. Also, when they were shipped, they simply put the loose heads in an upside down box inside of another! No bubble wrap or protection for the heads. Needless to say I was less than impressed.
    I ordered ferrules, grips and shafts from Diamond Tour and I couldn't have been happier! Grips and shafts all weighed within 1-2 grams of stated weight. Everything was safely packaged and arrived quickly. Tried to keep with the black and blue theme of the heads with matching 1" ferrules and Grafalloy supercharged shafts. The Lamkin grips don't match (I would have done CP2 wraps), but for $4 for a midsize grip, it was too good to pass up. Total here was $121.
    Now to the build, the PW came in a bit light, so I knew I needed to add a tip weight and that gave me a pretty consistent swingweight to the others.
    Goal Specs:
    All irons at C8 (Was never going to happen because the shafts are 15g heavier than the ones he tried in the Cobras which had the ultralights and we went 1/2" long) Everything was swingweighted at D3 before epoxy.
    PW 36.5"    9i 37"   8i 37.5"   7 iron 38"  6 iron 38.5" (Decided to stick with 1/2" increments despite Cobra only having 1/4" between the 9i and PW)
    Weighed all the shafts and grips and cut to length. I wanted to glue the heads prior to gripping to help the air escape and make sure that everything was seated. 
    The biggest issue on these clubs for me were the ferrules. I ended up ruining 3 of them because they fit too tight on the shaft and got stuck before I could really use the heads to push them on. I found that taking a bit of sandpaper to rough up the inside of the ferrules made a big difference. However, once I got the ferrules on and the head glued, it seemed that the ferrules sat just a bit too high and I couldn't get them back level to some of the hosels. You can see in the pictures what I'm talking about. Also, I wiped the ferrules multiple times and used tape to prevent the ferrule from creeping and I still had glue residue leak through on some. Then I started to use a felt belt on the ferrules and completely marred the one on the PW. I tried to be super light after that. Well I couldn't get enough heat (worried about black finish) and I don't have a shaft puller, so I had to take it to the shop to get the head removed and started over. I used the felt belt, acetone at 90 degrees to the felt belt markings and then I tried a buffer wheel with some polish and the wheel wouldn't turn on my grinder, so I just did a few quick spins with paper towel and the acetone.
    Final Specs PW D6 36.5"   9i D5 37"   8i D5 37 5/8"  7i D4  38"  6i D4  38 5/8"
    Give me some tips and feedback! 
    How can I stop the ferrules from coming up? Did I just use too much epoxy and that's why it leaked? Do the swingweights make sense after every the measurements were done before the epoxy? Is a turning arm worth it?
     








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    Rtracymog got a reaction from MattF in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Just finished my first "real" build. I had done a couple of quick reshafts and installed adapters, but this was my first go at a full set.
    I fit my buddy for some Cobra T-rails at a couple of degrees up and a half inch long. He wanted to keep the purchase less than $500, so I went to work. I found some previous generation T-rails at Mike's Golf Outlet for $375 (6-PW). They looked to be in good shape and my buddy agreed so we pulled the trigger. On a good note, the club heads came quickly and the hosels were pretty clean. However, I wasn't super impressed with their service. I had sent a couple of emails and made a note in the purchase asking for a lie angle measurement. I never heard back on either front. Also, when they were shipped, they simply put the loose heads in an upside down box inside of another! No bubble wrap or protection for the heads. Needless to say I was less than impressed.
    I ordered ferrules, grips and shafts from Diamond Tour and I couldn't have been happier! Grips and shafts all weighed within 1-2 grams of stated weight. Everything was safely packaged and arrived quickly. Tried to keep with the black and blue theme of the heads with matching 1" ferrules and Grafalloy supercharged shafts. The Lamkin grips don't match (I would have done CP2 wraps), but for $4 for a midsize grip, it was too good to pass up. Total here was $121.
    Now to the build, the PW came in a bit light, so I knew I needed to add a tip weight and that gave me a pretty consistent swingweight to the others.
    Goal Specs:
    All irons at C8 (Was never going to happen because the shafts are 15g heavier than the ones he tried in the Cobras which had the ultralights and we went 1/2" long) Everything was swingweighted at D3 before epoxy.
    PW 36.5"    9i 37"   8i 37.5"   7 iron 38"  6 iron 38.5" (Decided to stick with 1/2" increments despite Cobra only having 1/4" between the 9i and PW)
    Weighed all the shafts and grips and cut to length. I wanted to glue the heads prior to gripping to help the air escape and make sure that everything was seated. 
    The biggest issue on these clubs for me were the ferrules. I ended up ruining 3 of them because they fit too tight on the shaft and got stuck before I could really use the heads to push them on. I found that taking a bit of sandpaper to rough up the inside of the ferrules made a big difference. However, once I got the ferrules on and the head glued, it seemed that the ferrules sat just a bit too high and I couldn't get them back level to some of the hosels. You can see in the pictures what I'm talking about. Also, I wiped the ferrules multiple times and used tape to prevent the ferrule from creeping and I still had glue residue leak through on some. Then I started to use a felt belt on the ferrules and completely marred the one on the PW. I tried to be super light after that. Well I couldn't get enough heat (worried about black finish) and I don't have a shaft puller, so I had to take it to the shop to get the head removed and started over. I used the felt belt, acetone at 90 degrees to the felt belt markings and then I tried a buffer wheel with some polish and the wheel wouldn't turn on my grinder, so I just did a few quick spins with paper towel and the acetone.
    Final Specs PW D6 36.5"   9i D5 37"   8i D5 37 5/8"  7i D4  38"  6i D4  38 5/8"
    Give me some tips and feedback! 
    How can I stop the ferrules from coming up? Did I just use too much epoxy and that's why it leaked? Do the swingweights make sense after every the measurements were done before the epoxy? Is a turning arm worth it?
     








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    Rtracymog got a reaction from cksurfdude in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Just finished my first "real" build. I had done a couple of quick reshafts and installed adapters, but this was my first go at a full set.
    I fit my buddy for some Cobra T-rails at a couple of degrees up and a half inch long. He wanted to keep the purchase less than $500, so I went to work. I found some previous generation T-rails at Mike's Golf Outlet for $375 (6-PW). They looked to be in good shape and my buddy agreed so we pulled the trigger. On a good note, the club heads came quickly and the hosels were pretty clean. However, I wasn't super impressed with their service. I had sent a couple of emails and made a note in the purchase asking for a lie angle measurement. I never heard back on either front. Also, when they were shipped, they simply put the loose heads in an upside down box inside of another! No bubble wrap or protection for the heads. Needless to say I was less than impressed.
    I ordered ferrules, grips and shafts from Diamond Tour and I couldn't have been happier! Grips and shafts all weighed within 1-2 grams of stated weight. Everything was safely packaged and arrived quickly. Tried to keep with the black and blue theme of the heads with matching 1" ferrules and Grafalloy supercharged shafts. The Lamkin grips don't match (I would have done CP2 wraps), but for $4 for a midsize grip, it was too good to pass up. Total here was $121.
    Now to the build, the PW came in a bit light, so I knew I needed to add a tip weight and that gave me a pretty consistent swingweight to the others.
    Goal Specs:
    All irons at C8 (Was never going to happen because the shafts are 15g heavier than the ones he tried in the Cobras which had the ultralights and we went 1/2" long) Everything was swingweighted at D3 before epoxy.
    PW 36.5"    9i 37"   8i 37.5"   7 iron 38"  6 iron 38.5" (Decided to stick with 1/2" increments despite Cobra only having 1/4" between the 9i and PW)
    Weighed all the shafts and grips and cut to length. I wanted to glue the heads prior to gripping to help the air escape and make sure that everything was seated. 
    The biggest issue on these clubs for me were the ferrules. I ended up ruining 3 of them because they fit too tight on the shaft and got stuck before I could really use the heads to push them on. I found that taking a bit of sandpaper to rough up the inside of the ferrules made a big difference. However, once I got the ferrules on and the head glued, it seemed that the ferrules sat just a bit too high and I couldn't get them back level to some of the hosels. You can see in the pictures what I'm talking about. Also, I wiped the ferrules multiple times and used tape to prevent the ferrule from creeping and I still had glue residue leak through on some. Then I started to use a felt belt on the ferrules and completely marred the one on the PW. I tried to be super light after that. Well I couldn't get enough heat (worried about black finish) and I don't have a shaft puller, so I had to take it to the shop to get the head removed and started over. I used the felt belt, acetone at 90 degrees to the felt belt markings and then I tried a buffer wheel with some polish and the wheel wouldn't turn on my grinder, so I just did a few quick spins with paper towel and the acetone.
    Final Specs PW D6 36.5"   9i D5 37"   8i D5 37 5/8"  7i D4  38"  6i D4  38 5/8"
    Give me some tips and feedback! 
    How can I stop the ferrules from coming up? Did I just use too much epoxy and that's why it leaked? Do the swingweights make sense after every the measurements were done before the epoxy? Is a turning arm worth it?
     








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    Rtracymog got a reaction from GolfSpy_APH in What Have You Built Recently?   
    Just finished my first "real" build. I had done a couple of quick reshafts and installed adapters, but this was my first go at a full set.
    I fit my buddy for some Cobra T-rails at a couple of degrees up and a half inch long. He wanted to keep the purchase less than $500, so I went to work. I found some previous generation T-rails at Mike's Golf Outlet for $375 (6-PW). They looked to be in good shape and my buddy agreed so we pulled the trigger. On a good note, the club heads came quickly and the hosels were pretty clean. However, I wasn't super impressed with their service. I had sent a couple of emails and made a note in the purchase asking for a lie angle measurement. I never heard back on either front. Also, when they were shipped, they simply put the loose heads in an upside down box inside of another! No bubble wrap or protection for the heads. Needless to say I was less than impressed.
    I ordered ferrules, grips and shafts from Diamond Tour and I couldn't have been happier! Grips and shafts all weighed within 1-2 grams of stated weight. Everything was safely packaged and arrived quickly. Tried to keep with the black and blue theme of the heads with matching 1" ferrules and Grafalloy supercharged shafts. The Lamkin grips don't match (I would have done CP2 wraps), but for $4 for a midsize grip, it was too good to pass up. Total here was $121.
    Now to the build, the PW came in a bit light, so I knew I needed to add a tip weight and that gave me a pretty consistent swingweight to the others.
    Goal Specs:
    All irons at C8 (Was never going to happen because the shafts are 15g heavier than the ones he tried in the Cobras which had the ultralights and we went 1/2" long) Everything was swingweighted at D3 before epoxy.
    PW 36.5"    9i 37"   8i 37.5"   7 iron 38"  6 iron 38.5" (Decided to stick with 1/2" increments despite Cobra only having 1/4" between the 9i and PW)
    Weighed all the shafts and grips and cut to length. I wanted to glue the heads prior to gripping to help the air escape and make sure that everything was seated. 
    The biggest issue on these clubs for me were the ferrules. I ended up ruining 3 of them because they fit too tight on the shaft and got stuck before I could really use the heads to push them on. I found that taking a bit of sandpaper to rough up the inside of the ferrules made a big difference. However, once I got the ferrules on and the head glued, it seemed that the ferrules sat just a bit too high and I couldn't get them back level to some of the hosels. You can see in the pictures what I'm talking about. Also, I wiped the ferrules multiple times and used tape to prevent the ferrule from creeping and I still had glue residue leak through on some. Then I started to use a felt belt on the ferrules and completely marred the one on the PW. I tried to be super light after that. Well I couldn't get enough heat (worried about black finish) and I don't have a shaft puller, so I had to take it to the shop to get the head removed and started over. I used the felt belt, acetone at 90 degrees to the felt belt markings and then I tried a buffer wheel with some polish and the wheel wouldn't turn on my grinder, so I just did a few quick spins with paper towel and the acetone.
    Final Specs PW D6 36.5"   9i D5 37"   8i D5 37 5/8"  7i D4  38"  6i D4  38 5/8"
    Give me some tips and feedback! 
    How can I stop the ferrules from coming up? Did I just use too much epoxy and that's why it leaked? Do the swingweights make sense after every the measurements were done before the epoxy? Is a turning arm worth it?
     








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