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funkyjudge

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    Besides golf — MUSIC (as a player and listener) .... I play bass guitar and sing in three bands and do some recording sessions.
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  1. There are a multitude of features that make today's irons easier to hit (and easier to hit straight) than irons that were manufactured even ten years ago. Those foam-injected hollow bodies and the increased low-and-back weighting are among those features, and they make even some irons that look an awful lot like blades, or at the least like better-player's irons, more forgiving than some so-called "game improvement" irons of only a decade or so back. If you don't see significant performance improvements with the TM P790 (and even P770), Tour Edge Exotics C721 and E721, and virtually every PXG iron that has ever been made, then there is nothing that I can say to convince you. Believe me, as a clubfitter, I see tremendous improvements in these, and many other, modern irons. Doug
  2. Nice choice! However, you better hit that club on the sweet spot, or you will be severely punished in both feel and distance/accuracy. I know because I have one in 21* loft, and have used it on-and-off since mid-2020.
  3. I am a Professional Clubfitter (I’ve been one for 30+ years) and I do hundreds of clubfitting sessions each year. I can definitely attest to the fact that every aspect of golf equipment design has improved dramatically (maybe even exponentially) over the past couple of decades. Improvements over the last 4 or 5 years are not nearly as dramatic as they were in the preceding decade, but the advent of hollow-bodied or foam-injected iron heads has been a major step forward in the past few years, as has the trend toward lower COGs in most iron designs. One week ago today, I did a full-bag fitting for a very good young (early 30s) golfer who currently plays to a 6 handicap, but was a scratch player in college and his early 20s — the work world and his fairly rapid career progression has eaten heavily into his golf playing and practicing time. He is still playing with forged blade irons that were designed at least 8 to 10 years ago, and besides the fact that the faces are getting “cupped” with grooves really worn-down, they are far from ideal for him and his current limited-practice game. He plays a Titleist driver and hybrids (no fairway wood in his bag, and he really doesn’t need one) that are 3 to 4 years old, but his irons are about twice that old — or more! I recommended that he consider a set of Srixon ZX7 irons, or better yet a mixed set of ZX5 longer irons (at least the 5 and 6 irons with no 4-iron in his set) and ZX7 short irons. I also had him hitting a set of the Tour Edge Exotics C721 foam-injected better-player irons, and he was not only killing them, he hit dead-straight to slight-fade lasers on every shot. I’m guessing that with either of these sets (Srixon or TEE C721s), he could cut his handicap index in half thanks to the more user-friendly designs alone.
  4. No, no, a thousand times NO!!!!! Have you not read the MGS articles and watched their videos regarding refurbished golf balls?
  5. Currently, the number is six: Tour Edge (driver, 4-wood and 6-PW irons) Titleist (3-wood and one Vokey wedge) Sub 70 (two hybrids and 50* wedge) Callaway (7-wood) Cleveland (RTX ZipCore 54* wedge) Odyssey (putter) Soon, it will increase to seven, since I am planning to replace the Tour Edge Exotics driver with a TaylorMade SIM2 driver that I just acquired. If you add up the number of clubs in my summary above, you will come up with 15. That is because I alternate between the Titleist TS2 3-wood and the Tour Edge Exotics 4-wood.
  6. Not counting my putter shaft, there are six different shaft manufacturers represented in the clubs that are in my bag: Fujikura (driver and one of my hybrids), Miyazaki (4-wood), Project X (another hybrid), KBS TGi graphite (irons), Mitsubishi MMT composite (50* wedge) and True Temper steel (54* & 58* wedges). On those occasions when I carry a 5-wood, add another Mitsubishi graphite shaft or an ACCRA graphite shaft.
  7. Sorry, but you are wrong on both counts. Tour Edge Golf spends as much (or more) on design and R&D as the “big guys”. How do I know this? Because I am and have been a Tour Edge fitter/dealer for more than ten years, and I have participated in more than a few of the company’s product development meetings over that time. Just take a look at how many golf club technologies have been introduced by Dave Glod and Tour Edge, and later copied or adopted by the big OEMs. Many of the touring professionals/staff players who play the OEMs’ clubs play what amounts to off-the-shelf clubs (some with upgraded shafts, some with the same stock shafts that you and I can buy from the manufacturer). Bernhard Langer started his successful stint with Tour Edge with a couple of their stock fairways and hybrids and although he now has a custom set of Tour Edge irons in his bag, his initial set were also stock irons that were “tweaked” for him. John Daly still plays an off-the-shelf set of Tour Edge clubs. It’s not just Tour Edge staff players who play the same clubs that are available at retail. When I worked on the various (mostly PGA) tours in the manufacturers’ equipment trailers, there were more tour players who played stock clubs than there were who played anything approaching special custom-made clubs.
  8. I am a Fitter/Dealer for both brands and have extensive experience fitting for and hitting both of those shafts (admittedly NOT in X-flex). You asked a question regarding quality and I can assure you that both shaft models are of very good quality and consistency. The non-pro Tensei shafts don’t use super-premium materials that are used in the Tensei Pro models, thus the somewhat lower price point. However, the non-pro models are still very good shafts (they do have slightly higher torque ratings than the Tensei Pro versions). As for the PX HZRDUS Smoke Black, I do find it to feel rather “boardy”, particularly in the stiffer flexes and heavier weights. It’s a great shaft for stronger golfers with quick tempos and great lag in their downswings, but I would not recommend it for smoother swingers.
  9. I have both the 939X 4 hybrid (21* loft) and 949 Pro 5 hybrid (24* loft) in my bag, and I concur with you. I have not been able to hit a 20 to 22 degree hybrid more than 195-200 yards in more than a dozen years, but I hit that 939X 4 hybrid close to 220 yards on solid strikes. Yesterday, I played in damp 35-45 degree weather when I would have expected to get reduced yardages — and I did with most of my clubs. However, I hit several shots of more than 200 yards with that 4 hybrid, and a few of 185 to 190 yards with the 949 Pro 5 hybrid. On one shot yesterday, I had just over 200 yards to the green, hitting from a slightly uphill lie in the rough, which should have given me reduced yardage. I didn’t want to hit my 19* 5 wood because the lie was rather sketchy and I was afraid of topping or chunking it, so I hit the 939X hybrid, hoping for a short chip shot from just short of the green (15-20 yards, at worst). Instead, I pured the shot, and it carried just past pin-high and bounded off the back of the green into tall fescue. I found the ball, but had to take an unplayable and a lateral drop. One of my playing partners said, “you were in there in three, right”. When I told him that I was in that deep rough/junk over the green in two, he replied “how did you hit it that far from that ugly lie in the rough?” All I said was “4 hybrid “.
  10. Since you are a "Cobra guy", the Cobra King Utility Irons might be a good place to start. Sub 70s 699U is also a pretty good choice, although from my experience it is not quite as forgiving as the Cobra King Utility Iron -- still pretty close, though. I personally like the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Ti Utility Irons, as well as the last three generations of Exotics utility irons that preceded the EXS Ti model [I'm a Tour Edge Fitter/Dealer, so I have tried them all and actually have demos of the last few generations with a variety of shaft in them]. A compromise between modern (e.g. - larger headed, mini-fairway style) hybrids that may suit your needs are some more "iron-like" hybrid clubs. This included a few of the Cobra models, as well as the Tour Edge Exotics hybrids that have "Pro" in their name (EXS Pro, and even better the CBX Pro). The Sub 70 949 Pro hybrid also fits in this category, as do some older Adams "Pro" hybrids (standard pro or Pro Mini) that had more than a bit of a cult following around here (I have several of these clubs in lofts ranging from 17* to 23*). Finally, if you can find a Mizuno Fli-Hi utility iron (NOT the JPX Fli-Hi hybrid/utility), or the newer MP18 Fli-Hi, I found these to be the best utiliy/driving irons that I ever hit. However, you better strike them pure, or you will be punished in feel as well as distance loss. I hope that this helps!
  11. “A Course Called Ireland” …. end of story. IMHO, best golf book ever written.
  12. Counting my putter, I have six golf club brands in my bag: Tour Edge (driver plus 17* hybrid or a 5-wood, and 5-PW irons), Titleist (4-wood), TaylorMade (14* “mini driver”), Sub 70 (21* hybrid), Ben Hogan (Equalizer gap and sand wedges), and Evnroll (putter).
  13. Try a Toyota Avalon ..... lots of room for multiple sets of clubs.
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