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  1. The rough can be pretty thick and tangly on the courses here, so if you hit a long iron just a touch fat it's going nowhere. The JPX 850 Forged long irons (4 and 5) have a slightly wider sole and larger face to help get through the rough a bit better and help a little on mishits (high or toe side). The PM Grind wedge is better out of the bunker and the rough around greens for me than any wedge I've used, so it's stayed in the bag for quite a while. I don't see it going anywhere until its replaced with a new model PM grind wedge. As for the MP-H5 2-iron, the head and shaft combo gives me the best results of any driving iron I've every used. It just works. So, pretty much the reasons for the mix are all down to the experimenting and going where the results lead (backed by data from game golf).
  2. A WITB from Far North Queensland (FNQ). A mixed bag of old and new, traditional and high tech. Driver - Cobra F9 with HZRDUS Smoke 6.0 (tipped 3/4") set to 9°. The 14gm weight in the back of the head and a 10gm weight is in the front. I like a heavier swing weight. Fairway - Cobra F9 3-4 wood with HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 set to 15.5°. 4gm Tungsten weight added to sole near leading edge to add swing weight and reduce spin. 2 Iron - Mizuno MP-H5 with DG X100 shaft. Used for really tight fairways or really long par 3's. 3 Hybrid - Ping G30 19° hybrid with stock stiff soft. I use this one for 210-215 yard shots out of the rough and bad lies, or where I need it to stop quick. The softer shaft helps get extra height. 4-5 Iron - Mizuno JPX 850 Forged with DG X100 shaft. 6-PW - Mizuno MP-64 irons with KBS Tour FLT 130 (X-flex) shafts. Sand Wedge - Mizuno T7 56° wedge with DG S300 shaft. Lob Wedge - Callaway PM Grind 58° (bent to 59°) at 1° flat with stock KBS shaft. Putter - Evnroll ER7CS in 33" Golf Ball - I've been using the Srixon Z-Star, but currently testing the Snell MTB-X. I'm currently considering replacing my irons with either Callaway X-Forged 18 irons or a combo set of Mizuno MP-18 irons (SC in PW-6 and MMC in 5-4) as they are now 5 years old. I may also add a 50° T7 gap wedge and drop the Ping hybrid out of the bag.
  3. Tier 1 - Brooks Koepka Tier 2 - Francesco Molinari Tier 3 - Lee Westwood Tier 4 - Charley Hoffman Tier 5 - Tony Finau Winning Score: -8
  4. 1. Dustin Johnson 2. Bryson Dechambeau 3. Tony Finau 4. Si Woo Kim 5. Aaron Wise Winning Score: -4
  5. Well, I'm not eligible since this is only open to forum members in the US and Canada, and I'm in Australia. But, since I paid my own hard earned money for a set of Cleveland Launcher CBX irons not that long ago, I thought I would give my own review. Firstly, let me say that I have only been playing golf for about five years, but Cleveland quickly became a favourite and the first set of irons I bought were Cleveland 588 MT Irons. My first wedges were Cleveland 588's as well. Those MT's were great irons, particularly for a new golfer. The long irons were really something special with the MT's (probably why you still see the 588 MT 3 and 4-irons in some tour pros bags). After a couple of years of playing the MT's, my game had improved quite a lot and I was finding my ball flight with the MT's was higher than I wanted, and decided that I would start experimenting with irons. Fast forward to today, and in the past two years I have owned and played with Cobra One Length (forged and King F7), Ping G, Mizuno JPX EZ Forged, Ping i20, Mizuno JPX 900 Tour, and MP-5 irons. I have also demoed a large number of current irons on the market. After all of that testing, trial and error, I have found that the Cleveland Launcher CBX irons are among the best and certainly the best value of any clubs. Looks - The CBX irons look quite good (like the offspring of the 588 irons and RTX 3 wedges), with a brushed metal finish, inoffensive badging, and an offset that is reasonable and much more calmed down or disguised than the Ping G series irons or many other "game improvement" irons. This makes them more pleasing to the eye at address with the shorter clubs giving the appearance of minimal offset and the longer clubs having just enough to provide confidence that you will get the ball up in the air without any problems. The RTX-style grooves and milled face also give the irons a great look at address and the addition of the loft on the sole offers a similar look to the RTX-3 wedges, and the inclusion of the loft can be helpful in determining your club gaps. Feel - The CBX irons also have a great feel that is much better than most cast irons. They have a much more pleasing feel and sound than the Ping G irons, and are quite similar to the Ping G400 in that regard. Like the G400 and many other "GI" irons, it isn't quite as easy to tell where you've struck the face as it is with a "players" iron like the MP-5, but you can still tell the difference between a centre hit and a mishit. Performance - I have found that I am consistently half a club (5-6 yards) longer with these irons than other equivalent "GI" irons with the same lofts. The flight just seems stronger, but it is not because the spin rates are dropping dramatically as I'm still getting spin rates in the 6,000-6,500 area with the 7-iron. I've simply found I'm striking middle very consistently with these irons, which may be because they just seem to fit my swing very well. I've found the V-sole works very well in many different turf conditions and the bounce seems ideal for each iron, not digging too much or deflecting too much and catching the ball thin. I have also been able to control trajectory well with these irons (they default to higher ball flight, a positive for many golfers) and I can fade or draw the ball slightly if needed. I can't move them nearly as much as a players iron, but that is a positive thing for many golfers - these irons simply have a inherent desire to go relatively straight. As far as "forgiveness" goes, I'm not a big believer in that with irons, but I do think the sole design does help prevent the severity of some mishits and strikes out of the toe area are perhaps not punished quite as badly as they are with a blade (10-15% difference maybe). Value - These CBX irons may be the best value in golf right now. I think they are as good or better than any other "GI" irons on the market and they cost much less (at least here in Australia). Cleveland offer a selection of custom fit shaft options beyond the standard spec and I ordered mine with Nippon Modus 3 125 shafts and Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grips for no upcharge. I could purchase two sets of the CBX irons for the price of one set of Ping G400s or equivalent irons. I would recommend these irons to pretty much anyone, from a beginner all the way down to low-to-mid handicapper. I feel they cannot be beaten by any iron at anywhere close to the price. I still have my Mizuno MP-5 irons, and I do love to practice and play with them on my own time. But, if I'm playing a round that matters, and I want my best score, I am using my Cleveland CBX irons every time. Whoever among you are the lucky ones chosen for this test, I think you will really be pleasantly surprised by these irons. I know I have been.
  6. First name: Brad Location: Melbourne, Australia ​Do you use performance tracking? Yes, currently using GameGolf Live Do you use a GPS watch? No, but have used a Voice Caddie VC 200 for the last couple of years. Which ones? None, but I've considered getting an Apple watch to use on course with GameGolf; and, would certainly love to try the Shot Scope GPS watch because it is a fully integrated system that could replace GameGolf and my Voice Caddie while also providing me much more useful on course information (and no tagging!).
  7. Thanks again for the opportunity to get the chance to test new equipment. Brad in Melbourne, Australia Cleveland CBX irons with Modus 3 120 shafts in stiff flex 14 C300 Forged, please
  8. Brad from Melbourne, Australia 13.9 handicap, 105mph swing speed Callaway 815 Alpha DBD is my current driver I would like to review the Ping G400 LST driver in 8.5° and Tour 65 stiff shaft.
  9. Tier 1: Bubba Watson Tier 2: Alex Noren Tier 3: Tony Finau Tier 4: Bryson DeChambeau Tier 5: Bernd Wiesberger Winning score -10 LOW am score +4
  10. 1. Brad - Melbourne, Australia (formerly of Knoxville, TN) 2. Handicap: 18 3. Dream Bag: Driver: Launcher HB 9* (with 3W shaft) FW: Launcher HB 3W 15* (with 5W shaft) Hybrids: Launcher HB 3h (19*) Irons: Launcher CBX 4-PW Wedges: RTX-3 CB 52*, 56* and 60* (V-MG grinds) Putter: TFI 2135 8.0 CB O/S grip 33” Ball: Srixon Q-Star Tour
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