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    Dr Strangelove reacted to ChiefMikeOfficer in What is the most under appreciated brand in golf?   
    Almost mentioned Vice in the ball category -- in 2016, definitely underrated; today, probably still are, but they've at least gotten some recognition over the years (Hot List Silver and Gold, some MGS reports, etc.), and a lot of people are playing them. Underrated or not, they definitely outperform their price. 
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to CFreddie in What is the most under appreciated brand in golf?   
    Agreed completely Jason - Cobra would be my vote for major OEMs.  
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to GolfSpy MPR in What is the most under appreciated brand in golf?   
    Some really good answers already on this thread. I want to echo the nominations for Srixon, Cleveland (I honestly don't get why none of the Cleveland/Srixon guys on Tour use their putters), and Tour Edge (love their FW and hybrids, especially).
    Cobra drivers likely belong on this list.
    I'm going to zag a bit here: I could almost make the case that both PING and Titleist are underrated, just from the perspective that TaylorMade and Callaway are both so flashy that PING and Titleist seem almost staid and pedestrian by comparison. So while it seems weird to say to two of the behemoth OEMs are in any way underrated, I'm willing to be a little weird.
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to Michael.Sandoval33 in What is the most under appreciated brand in golf?   
    In the larger markets, I think Wilson is entirely underrated. Their clubs look fantastic and I like that their brand has always stayed "classic". Beyond that, I think Cleveland as well. Their wedges and putters are great. 
    DTC has got to be Maltby. They are talked about a lot on MGS but other DTC brands seem to dominate a lot of discussions. Could be that Maltby really doesn't do anything to push their brand. The GolfWorks ads talk about "feel" but never any brand. Whereas Takomo and Sub70 have focused on their brands more and taken out ads/sponsored golfers.

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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I have only played with the Distanza one time, but I like it more than the PLB.  It could be the honeymoon period, though.
    My impression:
    - The clubhead feels lighter than with the PLB. Presumably because the Distanza is counterbalanced.
    - The Distanza didnt feel "dead" to me. It did seem less whippy than the PLB
    - No notable distance differences
    - Launches higher than the PLB
    - My dispersion was much tighter.  I didn't hit any way left or way right.
    For reference, I am a smooth swinger.  My driver swing speed is 103 MPH.  I play steel stiff shafts in my irons.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    Got it. Sent PM back.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I've hit a Krank. The fist thing I noticed is that it has a REALLY square face.  I didn't notice any better performance for my crappy 103 MPH swing.  It could be a different story at higher speeds.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I'm selling a Pro Launch Blue 45 A (44.25") with a Ping adapter if anyone is interested. Why? Because I have two of them and also a Distanza.  PM me if interested.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    Thank you!  The Pro Launch Blue 45 has been a good experiment so far.  But why leave good enough alone?
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from cksurfdude in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    What is the "MP"?  Everyone using the acronym... but the actual shaft name is buried somewhere.
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to cnosil in Ping eye 2 steel shaft removal..   
    Older Ping irons and putter shafts are notoriously difficult to remove.   Putters had ball bearings inserted that you need to drill out and irons were pressed into place.  
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to mustanggolf in Comparing DTC irons   
    Maltby has been very good for the past 25 years.  They are over the top good right now with their irons/hybrids/fwy.     Just a great time to get a custom set.
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to azstu324 in Show us your Maltby!!!   
    Just got these in. My dad has been playing the KE4 MAX set that I built him a year ago. He's loved them.. up until he borrowed a few of my TS4's in our last round. He flushed a few really nice shots and was immediately smitten with the feel and ball flight.. and said "how soon can you build me a set of these?"
    Well after some deliberation, we met in the middle and I ordered the TS3's. I've always been curious about these and this was a perfect opportunity to find a set that is a little more forgiving for dad but feeds my curiosity about the TS3's.
    GW is having a clearance on these TT Elevate ETS shafts for $140 4-PW. I put them together and couldn't help myself to hitting a few. This combo is SO good! The shafts are Reg flex but I soft stepped 1 club. Even at my SS these are very stable. Extremely smooth without feeling too loose. 
    What I'm most surprised about is that the profiles really aren't too dissimilar. Top line on the TS3 is a fraction thicker but still very pleasing. Face height and sole width again, marginally larger but still all fit within a player's profile. I could easily game these myself and be completely satisfied. Now I know what all the hubub is about 😜



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    Dr Strangelove reacted to IndyBonzo in Big brands vs DTC irons.... Best choices?   
    I have not yet taken the plunge on an entire kit, but I am testing a 7 iron Maltby TS3 that I had built to my specs by Golfworks.  It arrived quickly, exactly as ordered, and they even called to discuss swing weight with me to ensure I was getting what I wanted before building it out.  After a bad spring fitting, I am on my second iron set this season (Miura CB-57s I acquired from FB MP), and results are mostly positive thus far.  That said, the TS3 is a touch longer and has slightly better dispersion and accuracy than my current gamer CB-57.  I really, really don't want to get a third set of irons this year, so I am giving the CB-57s plenty of time to work out.  But I can say unequivocally that I am extremely impressed by the TS3 iron, and if the CB-57s do not work out for me, I will be ordering the TS3 in a complete set. They are just that good.  Excellent turf interaction and soft feel.  Marvelous.  If they had a big brand name on them I think they would be a prominent bestseller.
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to azstu324 in Comparing DTC irons   
    I think the cat's kind of getting out of the bag on this "theory". I've seen and made comments on this idea throughout other forums and YouTube reviews. There doesn't seem to be any rebuttal from reps at these companies denying otherwise and they are clearly present in the comments. These newer "pop-up" companies definitely seem to be re-stamped factory models but maybe with different finishes and brand names. I'm sure they're decent clubs but they just have no soul IMO. 
    Being the father of the thread, I 2nd @IndyBonzoabout Maltby clubs. It's interesting that they seem to be the lesser-known of the DTC brands because they just won't do any review send outs or consumer testing, but they've been around so much longer. That said, if you dive into their world, you'll find out that their designs are 100% original, and in fact have some very innovative qualities that I wouldn't doubt some of the bigger companies are "borrowing". They also have their own tooling and fabrication process albeit they do come out of China. Many of the irons have milled faces, grooves, and soles AND are full forgings with 1025 steel which is one of the better alloys for forged clubs. What all of this means is they they cut NO corners in making their product, and the stuff is as premium as anything. Another great fact is that their head designers are 100% accessible for Q&A about the club designs and most questions that us club dorks would have. These other companies, I'd be surprised to find a designer even working for the company. Sure they might all have a president or main rep, but who is the actual person responsible for designing each model of club that they are putting out? Also, if you end up buying a set, you don't become a victim of a "Warrior Golf" MLM type marketing barrage of nauseating spam emails. 
    I know I've posted this around the forum but here are a few of models that I've built for myself and other people for reference. As you can see these look like nothing like anything else in the DTC world. 
    The pictures in order are the TS4, the TS3, and KE4 Max. This shows a good progression between super game improvement and players blades.



     
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to Badams69 in Is Club Champion worth it?   
    In my opinion this could be copied and pasted for most every "fitter" out there.  For a variety of reasons.  But mostly the case that most are under experienced, bust mostly  because they are dealing with humans. Humans swinging a golf club have major variations across multitudes of scenarios. The variables that can change how we swing a club are endless and the interactions with clubs the first time they are in someone's hand is about the last thing that is reliable.
    How many times have you or I grabbed a buddies new club and hit it great ..... bought a club similar and the honeymoon phase was superb. THEN, it did what they all do.  thud!
    Fact of the matter based on my own experience is that we adapt to our clubs and adjust to the different feeling of brand new clubs temporarily, and then revert to our defaults. 
    I've been fitted 3 times and each were the worst sets of clubs I've ever owned.  Coincidence?  Don't think so.  Partly I think the whole fitting concept/industry is part money maker and part peer pressure to agree it works best.  It seems perfect and if done correctly it should be. 
    But Club Champion nor any other one trip fitter, has a high probability of actually fitting someone into the "best" clubs.  Now ..... if it were multiple trials across multiple visits combined with on course play in between, the rate of success would rise exponentially. 
    Sorry for the essay here, but I think someone would be just as likely to do well buying various used clubs and finding the parameters that work for them.  Shaft weights, flex material etc.  and not be afraid to buy and sell until you find it.  What little you would lose on the transactions would equal one fitting and might open your eyes to something you'd never have thought of or been shown in a fitting.  
    Alternatively, one could go to PGA SUPERSTORE, GOLF GALAXY and a few others and narrow it down for free. Then find a true boutique fitter. If that is what you want.
    I'll never use one of these chains myself. Unlikely to use another either ..... but if I were to do so, it would be with parameters set ahead of time, compromise of my terms and theirs.  
    Thanks.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from jlconnolly11 in First Iron Purchase - What do you suggest?   
    I tested the Cobra LTDx irons. I hit them very well and really liked them but I did not like the strong lofts. They are VERY strong even by today's standards. At your age and swing speed I think you'll wind up with a huge gap at the bottom of the bag.  That's what concerned me.
    The attached link is a good source to narrow your search and try:
    https://coolclubs.com/cool-clubs-iron-reviews/
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from Geoff93 in Leather Grips? Who has used them   
    I currently have a set of Gripmaster Signatures on one set of irons and the Gripmaster Kidd's on another.  They are fantastic grips.  Firm and tacky.  REAL tacky, such that it puts some people off.  I choose to play without a glove and these enable you to do so.
    Pros:
    Excellent performance in rain and humidity and all other conditions.  Better than anything else I've tried. Really nice on the hands.  You have very good traction without the wear that cords would give, for example.  LONG life. They last forever Cons:
    They are lighter than the typical grip (46g vs. 52g for a Tour Velvet e.g.). So if you are a swing weight nerd, they will make your swing weight go up about 2 points.  Of course, there are folks that say when you use a lighter grip you are "fooling the scale."  I never understood this.  It's not noticeable to me anyways. They are REAL tacky.  The Signatures more so than the kids.  Like when you put your hand on them and apply pressure, you need to peel your fingers off of them afterwards.  Some people don't like this. I have also used Best Grips Microperfs in the past.  Those are nice also.
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to IndyBonzo in Show us your Maltby!!!   
    I made a slight mistake.  I have the TS4 9 iron not PW right now, but I love it.  It is super accurate in dispersion and great with a full or partial swing.  And it is very workable.  I am also going to get a TS4 PW bc I love the 9 so much.  
     
    All that said, the TS1 GW is by far the most accurate and sweet club in my Maltby kit.  There is no way I am replacing that.  Never.  It is pure magic.  So my combo set is going to be TS3 5-8, TS4 9-P, and TS1 G.   All with varying lead tape and such.  Total Frankenstein.  I don’t care.  Excited to get the TS4 PW which I plan to order this week!
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    Dr Strangelove reacted to IndyBonzo in Show us your Maltby!!!   
    I completed my first iron build last night, as I reshafted/regripped the TS3 5, 6, 8 and built the TS4 9 to try.  (The 7 is my tester - built by Golfworks - someday soon I will replace the ferrule to match.)  If I like the TS4 9, I will likely swap out the TS1 PW and GW for TS4, although the TS4 9 will have to be really great to kick them out of the bag.
    Anyway, I am excited to get these out on the course today with the new shafts!


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    Dr Strangelove reacted to Sparkey67 in Show us your Maltby!!!   
    The TS-3's are the best set of irons I have ever owned.


     
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from Vernon in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I have only played with the Distanza one time, but I like it more than the PLB.  It could be the honeymoon period, though.
    My impression:
    - The clubhead feels lighter than with the PLB. Presumably because the Distanza is counterbalanced.
    - The Distanza didnt feel "dead" to me. It did seem less whippy than the PLB
    - No notable distance differences
    - Launches higher than the PLB
    - My dispersion was much tighter.  I didn't hit any way left or way right.
    For reference, I am a smooth swinger.  My driver swing speed is 103 MPH.  I play steel stiff shafts in my irons.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from MuniGolfer in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I've hit a Krank. The fist thing I noticed is that it has a REALLY square face.  I didn't notice any better performance for my crappy 103 MPH swing.  It could be a different story at higher speeds.
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    Dr Strangelove got a reaction from IndyBonzo in Shaft Hack - The Otto Phlex Journey   
    I have only played with the Distanza one time, but I like it more than the PLB.  It could be the honeymoon period, though.
    My impression:
    - The clubhead feels lighter than with the PLB. Presumably because the Distanza is counterbalanced.
    - The Distanza didnt feel "dead" to me. It did seem less whippy than the PLB
    - No notable distance differences
    - Launches higher than the PLB
    - My dispersion was much tighter.  I didn't hit any way left or way right.
    For reference, I am a smooth swinger.  My driver swing speed is 103 MPH.  I play steel stiff shafts in my irons.
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