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  1. I've been a TaylorMade irons player since the TaylorMade Bubble Burner Oversize model. I bought my first set in 2000. They were new to me (originally released in 1996), first set of graphite irons and 'quality' golf clubs I ever owned. They replaced my starter set, which I'd had for over 15 years - Spalding Executive's. After the Bubble Burners, I bought the TM RAC LT's, then R7 CGB's, Burner 2.0's, then the SLDR's. Of those, the Burner 2.0's were the longest club's I'd ever owned - though I did my best scoring with the SLDR's. I had it in my head, I'd move to the PSi's, or maybe the M1/M2 series. I'd tried them, meh...nothing that seemed overly impressive. While at a golf show, I tried the Ping G series irons. They felt great, I was convinced I was going to buy a set. While on travel, staying in Yorktown, VA, I stopped by a local golf shop and tried them on a launch monitor. The numbers weren't as impressive I hoped. So then I tried the M2's, kind of the same range of numbers. Also, nothing that made me scream for a new set. The guy at the shop asked me to hit the Mizuno JPX-900's. First shot...wow! Great feel, ball seemed to jump off the club. Let's run the numbers....spin rates are down on long irons, distance was up..what the heck was going on?!? He mentioned to me that based upon my swing, he put in the Project X LZ (5.5) shafts. Was that making that big a difference? Apparently .... yes. I continued to hit them, switching back to the M2 & G series, just to be sure it wasn't because I was just 'warmed up' now. Nope...the Mizuno's are clearly the better club FOR ME. I emphasize this, because everyone's swing is different, but for me - I've found my clubs. Now, they're pricey...it's hard to find a deal on them. Prices are pretty much set - but I got what I was looking for, 5 - GW in the Project X LZ shafts. My custom fitting told me I'm 1/4" longer and 2* upright - first time I've modified my irons off standard, I'm really looking forward to the new clubs - albeit apprehensive about hitting something other than standard settings. Guess we'll see if it's accurate! To be honest, I've been a die-hard TaylorMade guy for more than 15 years. I still believe they make the best drivers in the business. But, it's hard to imagine me bagging anything except TM's, yet here I am. I've played the Mizuno wedges (MP T-11, T4 and T5's for years), but never really thought I'd switch. Blind loyalty...yep, that WAS me. I'm on travel to VA again this week, but my wife told me my new clubs from Mizuno arrived on Thursday. I get back home to Florida on Saturday - I'll be at the range and playing my first round with them on Sunday. I'll keep you posted... -- P.J.
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