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My self imposed exile from club purchasing and swapping is now 2 months strong. Last year got out of hand (10 drivers, 4 fairways, 5 hybrids, countless shafts...). Now don't get me wrong, I'm a smart buyer and made some great purchases. When it was all said and done, I had more value in the bag and cash on hand than when it started. However, the feeling I was left with I imagine compares with an addict after a binge, dejection. I made the hard decision to get fitted and am happy with the results so far. So happy, that I can say I'm more comfortable with the current driver (fitted for it) than anything I have ever gamed. 

 

Now that the ho ways are out of the system (you can break a habit in 63 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes and 57 seconds, can't you?), I am seeing some issues with my hybrid and fairway. I won't breakdown and purchase immediately, but the two clubs are not great fits for my game. My 3 wood yields some truly awful results and my hybrid exists in this weird stage where it is too short to find a green on a 5 par and too long to use on long 3 par's. This has me contemplating the retirement of a 3 wood and a reshuffling of the top end of the bag. 

 

Clubs currently on my radar:

 

16* and 18-20* hybrids, especially the Callaway XR Pro Hybrids (love that LZ shaft)

 

Why? I've crunched the numbers and am giving up a lot of strokes on 5 pars. Not the super long ones, where I have to lay up to a comfortable distance and get up and down from 80-100, the ones that I am sitting 220 - 240 out on that have huge greens just begging to give up Eagles. There are 5 pars where lay ups work and there are 5 pars with loose morals that can help you score quick and turn a round around. Hybrid tech has really come a long way since the Snake Eyes Quick Strike became my go to club in the late 90's. Sure, they are still great get out of trouble clubs, but now they're also beasts in the low loft versions with the length of a wood and accuracy of an iron.

 

So what clubs are currently on your radar and why?

<p><strong>D:</strong>    :ping-small:   9* G400 Max w/Xcalibur TSL</p><p> </p><p><strong>F: </strong>  :callaway-small: 14* XR Pro 16 w/Hzrdous Red</p><p><strong>I:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: SLS-01 4-SW w/Paderson SL</p><p><strong>W:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: DGR 59 w/Dynamic Gold SL</p><p><strong>P:</strong> Artisan 0318 or Edel TB</p><p> 

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Ordered the Combo set with DG Pro's.  Srixon told my pro, 3-4 weeks ????

As Crash Davis sorta once said, "Don't think, Meat. Just swing..."

Boy - you're really trying to resurrect my inner club ho, aren't you?   Well, the Wilson lineup is definitely on my radar -- V4 irons are awesome, and I've really liked hitting the D200 driver, hybr

I'm thinking of selling my XCG7 and getting the beta one instead. I'm looking at replacing my wedges and putter also. Wedges, well, everyone seems to like Scor. I'm not 100% sold on them. I actually tried the nack daddy 2 the other day and was impressed. For my putter, I want the softest, milled putter and I find without paying the Scotty Cameron boutique prices. I'm not looking at the big names either, will consider anything resonably priced with an excellent milling, anser style for sure and 340-350g head. 

DRIVER:                  :mizuno-small:  ST190, 10.5*, Fujikura  Atmos Black Tour Spec 65g, Stiff flex, Golf Pride CP2 Wrap, midsize

HYBRIDS:    :adams-small:    Pro  2 hybrid 16*, Aldila Tour Red 75g, Stiff, Superstroke TX1 Midsize grip 

                        :mizuno-small:           JPX 850 hybrid 19*, UST Proforce V2 85g, Stiff, Superstroke TX1 Midsize grip                                  

IRONS:            :cobra-small:    King Forged Tour 4i-pw, KBS FLT, shafts, stiff,  Superstroke TX1 Midsize grips

WEDGES:        rsz_scor-golf-logo.png        50, 55, 60 degree wedges with Genius 12 stiff flex,   Superstroke TX1 Midsize grips

PUTTER:       :odyssey-small:    O-Works Marksman 33.5", Superstroke 1.0 Flatso grip w/ 50g counter core

BALL:          :bridgestone-small: Tour B X                                                     
                  
BAG:          :Ogio:              Cirrus Golf Bag 
 
Shoes:              Skechers                  Hexgo Control  Shoes

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I filled the gap that I had, by reshafting my Nickent 7dt 17* and cutting it to actual 2i length.  I also closed the gap a little by going to graphite iron shafts and picking up 4-5 mph of ball speed with all my irons.  I already purchased a Ping Ketsch, which is absolute money.....smoothest rolling putter I've ever hit.  I'm really happy with everything in my bag, but I feel like I may be leaving a little distance and accuracy on the table with the 430 SLDR.  So, the below drivers are on my hit list.

 

Nike Vapor Pro and Flex

Titleist 915. I didn't have good results with the Titleist 915 10.5* with Rogue shaft, but I saw a 7.5* with Diamana White 73X at the store the other day that was almost begging for me to hit it.

Cobra Fly-Z +

Callaway XR

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Boy - you're really trying to resurrect my inner club ho, aren't you?

 

Well, the Wilson lineup is definitely on my radar -- V4 irons are awesome, and I've really liked hitting the D200 driver, hybrid and especially FW wood during demos.

 

Really want to find out more about the Hogan offering -- just a sweet feeling iron.  Bridgestone and Srixon irons are also on the radar.

 

And the Cally Alpha DBD is high on my list, too -- have LOVED hitting it at GolfSmith. 

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

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It's two putters for me; the Ping Cadence Tomcat (heavy) and the Wilson Infinite Southside.

 

I very much like centre shafted putters and these two look the business to me, finding a shop that stocks both to have a side by side trial may prove tricky though.

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Rest in peace long sticks - I'll remember you

 

TM Burner Superfast 2.0 TP Regular

TM RBZ Stage 2 Fairway 14.5 stiff

Adams Blue Hybrid No. 3 stiff

Adams Super xtdHybrid 21.5 Stiff

 

Ping G30 4 and 5 Iron - Regular CFS Shaft

Ping i25 6 - PW Regular CFS Shaft

TM Y Groove Gap Wedge

Cleveland CG10 Sand Wedge

 

PingTR Piper Putter, adjustable shaft, SuperStroke Fatso

 

Titleist StaDry Cart Bag

 

Motocaddy S3 Pro Trolley

 

Foot Joy City, Adidas Boost Boa and Adidas Superstar shoes

 

Pro V1x in the summer, Titleist Velocity in the winter.

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Boy - you're really trying to resurrect my inner club ho, aren't you?

 

Well, the Wilson lineup is definitely on my radar -- V4 irons are awesome, and I've really liked hitting the D200 driver, hybrid and especially FW wood during demos.

 

Really want to find out more about the Hogan offering -- just a sweet feeling iron.  Bridgestone and Srixon irons are also on the radar.

 

And the Cally Alpha DBD is high on my list, too -- have LOVED hitting it at GolfSmith. 

 

Almost bought a DBD. It finished in a close second (very close) to my gamer. Huge improvement over the '14 Alpha. 

<p><strong>D:</strong>    :ping-small:   9* G400 Max w/Xcalibur TSL</p><p> </p><p><strong>F: </strong>  :callaway-small: 14* XR Pro 16 w/Hzrdous Red</p><p><strong>I:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: SLS-01 4-SW w/Paderson SL</p><p><strong>W:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: DGR 59 w/Dynamic Gold SL</p><p><strong>P:</strong> Artisan 0318 or Edel TB</p><p> 

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Almost bought a DBD. It finished in a close second (very close) to my gamer. Huge improvement over the '14 Alpha. 

 

Agreed - like night and day for me. Original Alpha didn't do a whole heck of a lot for me - but I'm liking everything about this one.  At least indoors....

 

And for the price - don't ignore the D-200. The stock shaft is way to light but with the right one it can do some damage.  

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

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Iron shaft swap-out is the big thing for me. Wasn't real pleased with my iron play to end the season. Felt like I was fighting the shafts. Aerotechs are in order for two sets, and may try some Recoil protos. That will be the biggest change in equip for me for a long time. 

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Agreed - like night and day for me. Original Alpha didn't do a whole heck of a lot for me - but I'm liking everything about this one. At least indoors....

 

And for the price - don't ignore the D-200. The stock shaft is way to light but with the right one it can do some damage.

I'm too young to see wilson has a legit equipment company. It will be a long time for my perception to change.

<p><strong>D:</strong>    :ping-small:   9* G400 Max w/Xcalibur TSL</p><p> </p><p><strong>F: </strong>  :callaway-small: 14* XR Pro 16 w/Hzrdous Red</p><p><strong>I:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: SLS-01 4-SW w/Paderson SL</p><p><strong>W:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: DGR 59 w/Dynamic Gold SL</p><p><strong>P:</strong> Artisan 0318 or Edel TB</p><p> 

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I'm too young to see wilson has a legit equipment company. It will be a long time for my perception to change.

 

As Crash Davis sorta once said, "Don't think, Meat. Just swing..."

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What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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It's two putters for me; the Ping Cadence Tomcat (heavy) and the Wilson Infinite Southside.

 

I very much like centre shafted putters and these two look the business to me, finding a shop that stocks both to have a side by side trial may prove tricky though.

 

Wilson South Side was a top choice for some of us during our testing in Portugal. Bettinardi, Scotty and Wilson - that's my top 3. Only negative about Wilson is that they always try their best to make their putters look cheap. Too many lines on the South Side, Use something to get rid of some of them. 

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I don't have any real club wants on the horizon, however, I am looking to replace the MP-68's, I don't have a lot of money to do so, so I am looking at used, I would really like to stay with mizuno, however, their lack of love for lefties in the JPX 800, and JPX825. in a pro model, have me looking elsewhere, a friend plays the TM rocketbladez tour and loves them, I can get those for a good price in LH. I don't know enough about other brands to know whether or not their tour or pro models are any good, since I cant go to the store and see any of these in LH models.

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Prob for me it'll be a straight swap of wedges and then possibly looking at replacing my driver or 3 wood. 

 

Just bought a 4 irons so that should hold me off.

 Driver:   :callaway-small:  Epic Flash 12 Degree

Wood: :callaway-small:  GBB 3 Wood
Hybrid: :callaway-small: Razr 4 hybriid stiff stock shaft.
Irons: :callaway-small: X2 Hot 4 iron (pro version) 5 iron - Gap Wedge (non pro version).  KBS 120g Shaft stiff cut 1/2  inch bent 1°upright
Wedges: :vokey-small: 52° 56° and 60°.
All grips are Golf pride grips midsized
Putter (lefty):  Odyssey Metal-X #8 34", stock shaft bent 2° Superstroke grip
Golf Balls:   :titelist-small: 2018-9 Pro-V1x and Prov1s
Shoes:  :footjoy-small:  Dryjoy tours

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I am looking at new irons. My MP 68s have had a lot of use!!! Thinking about the Mizuno JPX 850 forged and also looking at Nike's new Vapor line. 

Upgraded 3W to the new 915 Fd and also changing my hybrid to the 915 Hd. 

Driver: Titleist TSi3 9.0*/Mitsubishi Tensei Raw White 75 x stiff
Fairway: Titleist TSi2 13.5*/Mitsubishi Tensei Raw White 85 x stiff
Hybrid/ Driving Iron: Titleist TS3 19*/ Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 100 x stiff
Hybrid/ Driving Iron: Titleist U510 Project X Hzrdus Smoke 90 x stiff
Irons: Titleist  T200 5-PW Nippon Modus Pro 120 Stiff
Wedges: Vokey SM8 48*F/ TT DG s200
Wedges: Vokey SM8 54*D/ TT DG s200
Wedges: Vokey SM8 58*D/ TT DG s200
Putter: Scotty Cameron Monterey 35"
Ball: Titleist Pro Pro V1

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For those looking at wedges, don't overlook Cobra. They beat the Scor wedges out of my bag, mainly due to forgiveness and aggressive sole design for the thick Bermuda rough.

 

I'd love to hit the Ben Hogan irons, but that doesn't seem likely to happen in the near future...especially since I'm a lefty.

 

Nothing on the driver front as there really hasn't been any sort of innovation for 2015. I'll probably swing a G30 LS Tec on some hyped launch monitor, see the added 7 yards over my TE XGC7, seriously ponder an over priced exotic shaft only to walk away realizing 7 yards for $500+ ain't worth it.

 

I'd like to find a 2/3 iron hybrid/thick sole iron for off the tee and fairway. The Adams DHY is failing miserably after being deadly at Top Golf.

 

....and I'm sure I'll buy some putters that I don't need...like right now as I wait impatiently for my B60 to finish up at LabWorx.

  • :taylormade-small: SIM 10.5* w/ Kyoshi Black 65X tipped 1/2" 
  • :cobra-small: F7+ 3W 14.5* w/ Hzrdus Black 75 6.5
  • :srixon-small: ZX Utility 18* w/ Project X 6.5
  • :callaway-small: X Forged 21* w/ Dynamic Gold X100
  • :mizuno-small: 921 SEL 5-PW w/ Dynamic Gold X100
  • :ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth 50*, 54* & 58* w/ AWT 2.0 
  • Toulon Vegas H7 w/ SS Flatso 2.0r
  • '20 :bridgestone-small: Tour B X
  • I'm left-handed so I don't go broke buying all new clubs every week. 
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I'm looking for a couple of clubs to help the top end of the bag. May go the 3w 5w route if the hybrid doesn't workout. May even do it anyway to have options. I'd like to get a 3 iron, the RSI TP is the one I'm looking at since it will match my MCs pretty well. Other than that I'm pretty much set.

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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Think I'm finally happy with my bag! New driver, hybrid, and putter this year. Hope the Paderson driver shaft works out for me. Just have to get get everything dialed in.

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Driver: :adams-small: XTD Ti 9* Matrix Ozik Red Tie s flex                        

Fairway: :cobra-small: AMP 15* Aldila RIP s flex               

Hybrid:  :cleveland-small: 588 Custom 20.5* Matrix Ozik Altus

Irons: :taylormade-small:  2014 Tour Preferred MC 4-pw w/ KBS Tour s flex +1"  

Wedges:  :scatch-golf-1: 8620 50*DD w/ KBS Rev, 54* and 58* DD w/ KBS C-Taper  

Putter: :bridgestone-small:  TD-01 True Balance 34"

 

 

 

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For those looking at wedges, don't overlook Cobra. They beat the Scor wedges out of my bag, mainly due to forgiveness and aggressive sole design for the thick Bermuda rough.

 

I'd love to hit the Ben Hogan irons, but that doesn't seem likely to happen in the near future...especially since I'm a lefty.

 

Nothing on the driver front as there really hasn't been any sort of innovation for 2015. I'll probably swing a G30 LS Tec on some hyped launch monitor, see the added 7 yards over my TE XGC7, seriously ponder an over priced exotic shaft only to walk away realizing 7 yards for $500+ ain't worth it.

 

I'd like to find a 2/3 iron hybrid/thick sole iron for off the tee and fairway. The Adams DHY is failing miserably after being deadly at Top Golf.

 

....and I'm sure I'll buy some putters that I don't need...like right now as I wait impatiently for my B60 to finish up at LabWorx.

Didn't know it was possible to hit a driver better than you hit the XGC7.

<p><strong>D:</strong>    :ping-small:   9* G400 Max w/Xcalibur TSL</p><p> </p><p><strong>F: </strong>  :callaway-small: 14* XR Pro 16 w/Hzrdous Red</p><p><strong>I:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: SLS-01 4-SW w/Paderson SL</p><p><strong>W:</strong>   :edel-golf-1: DGR 59 w/Dynamic Gold SL</p><p><strong>P:</strong> Artisan 0318 or Edel TB</p><p> 

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I tend to look for clubs on the downslope of their product cycle = cheaper than at launch :D. Believe it or not, a Jetspeed hybrid (close out?) I hit a couple of times impressed. I must be getting old lol.

Others tend to be old classics that just can't be passed up - A Becu Ping Anser 2 currently heads that list.

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Wilson South Side was a top choice for some of us during our testing in Portugal. Bettinardi, Scotty and Wilson - that's my top 3. Only negative about Wilson is that they always try their best to make their putters look cheap. Too many lines on the South Side, Use something to get rid of some of them.

 

Thing is Furu, they are cheap aren't they? £69 I think, so about $99 (probably a bit less in euros).

 

If you've got one hanging around and the lines are annoying you, happy to remove it from your sight!

 

Seriously though, how good is it that a relatively cheap putter can hold its own, looking forward to seeing how it fairs in the 2015 putter test.

 

I might also have said I wanted a Ketsch again, but every time i do Ping discontinue it.

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Rest in peace long sticks - I'll remember you

 

TM Burner Superfast 2.0 TP Regular

TM RBZ Stage 2 Fairway 14.5 stiff

Adams Blue Hybrid No. 3 stiff

Adams Super xtdHybrid 21.5 Stiff

 

Ping G30 4 and 5 Iron - Regular CFS Shaft

Ping i25 6 - PW Regular CFS Shaft

TM Y Groove Gap Wedge

Cleveland CG10 Sand Wedge

 

PingTR Piper Putter, adjustable shaft, SuperStroke Fatso

 

Titleist StaDry Cart Bag

 

Motocaddy S3 Pro Trolley

 

Foot Joy City, Adidas Boost Boa and Adidas Superstar shoes

 

Pro V1x in the summer, Titleist Velocity in the winter.

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