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I'm definitely going to need new shoes next season. 

The current rotation is looking pretty scruffy.

I generally buy the exact same model in three colors

and then wear them for a few seasons until they all wear out at once.

And yes, I'm still pissed about the steel spike ban.

That's a grudge that I'll take to my grave.

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So I went ahead and nabbed an oldy but a goody putter grip for my SIK. It is bigger, but slightly lighter than the stock which should make the head feel a touch heavier. We're going with a SS Legacy 2.0. A playing partner had one on his Odyssey 7 CH and I like the way that putter swung as a plumber neck mallet. Delivery set for early next week.

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New shaft for my 5 wood. I'm pretty certain it'll be a Tensi CK Blue 70g. Waiting til we arrive in Florida so we don't have delivery issues. 

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I also found an iron deal that might be too good to be true for me... gonna really think on that one though

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Thinking about my T300 set that got delayed again

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I find myself repeatedly going back to Sub70's website and checking out the 639 CBs...

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1 hour ago, Hobert said:

I find myself repeatedly going back to Sub70's website and checking out the 639 CBs...

I'm just caught myself looking at the TAIII Forged Irons😇

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I'm in a weird in between when it comes to equipment. I'm comfortable with everything in my bag. I might start looking for a 3wood next year. 

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I'm thinking about Wilson, but not to buy anything,

Wilson is the current brand that I'd be putting on suicide alert.

Mizuno and Wilson are full line sporting goods manufacturers,  much as MacGregor and Spalding used to be.

This is clearly NOT the current trend in golf marketing.

Mizuno seems to be hanging in there well, but Wilson's footprint is miniscule compared to how massive it was five or six decades ago.

That being said, Lynx and Ram showed us how the "golf-only" brands can fold as well.

Still, my guess is that Wilson Golf is not long for this world, and if that happens, another big hunk of golf history would be gone as well.

 

TaylorMade 307cc___13.5°  / Mitsubishi MiDi Proto

Titleist PT___17, 20, 23º  /  Titleist proprietary MG207

Mizuno Fli Hi II__18° driving iron  / Mizuno proprietary Exsar Blue

Titleist T100___5-9  / Mitsubishi Kuro Cage TiNi 85

Titleist Spin Milled___50-08, 56-08, 62-07  /  Aldila NV105

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1 hour ago, BostonSal said:

I'm thinking about Wilson, but not to buy anything,

Wilson is the current brand that I'd be putting on suicide alert.

Mizuno and Wilson are full line sporting goods manufacturers,  much as MacGregor and Spalding used to be.

This is clearly NOT the current trend in golf marketing.

Mizuno seems to be hanging in there well, but Wilson's footprint is miniscule compared to how massive it was five or six decades ago.

That being said, Lynx and Ram showed us how the "golf-only" brands can fold as well.

Still, my guess is that Wilson Golf is not long for this world, and if that happens, another big hunk of golf history would be gone as well.

Interesting take Sal - they've been in a steady holding pattern for a while now. The golf division isn't losing money and it is growing. Problem is Wilson's share is so small that they could grow 10% annually and it wouldn't change their position very much. 

As one part of the Wilson Sporting Good umbrella, I don't see Wilson Golf going away - again, it's a plus to the bottom line (albeit a small one) - but it won't return to its former glory. The competition is too good and the Big 5 spend a buttload of money reminding all of us that they're the Big 5. The status quo doesn't want to change, and the Big 5 marketing and product machines are too good. 

If you think about it, each of the Big 5 made their way into being the Big 5 with some kind of must-have product. Callaway burst onto the scene with the Big Bertha. For TaylorMade it was the Pittsburgh Persimmon, the Bubble shafts and their first oversized drivers. PING it was putters and then investment cast irons - particularly the PING Eye 2. Cobra has the King oversized irons and Titleist has always had the ball. 

Add to that their marketing machines - they've trained us to believe that if you want a long driver, you look to Callaway or TaylorMade. If you want forgiveness and playability, you go to PING; if you want innovation and creativity you look at Cobra and if you're a better player or if you want the best ball you go to Titleist. Mizuno and PXG - and to a lesser extent Srixon - have carved out nice niches for themselves, but they aren't on equal footing.  Wilson is one of the challenger brands, and it really doesn't have a niche other than really good forged irons.  But Srixon, Mizuno and PXG also have really good forged irons. 

Not sure if you've seen the big kerfuffle on Twitter over Wilson. Apparently someone in charge of Wilson's website listed their Staff Model CB irons at $142 for the set. $142, of course, is the per iron price. Apparently there was a sizable amount of people who jumped on it -- the number I've heard is about 8,000, although I have my doubts. There's no way any reasonable person would expect Wilson to honor that - they explained it was a mistake and promised to refund everyone who thought they were going to get a full set. Sloppy, sloppy mistake, but a mistake nonetheless. 

Some of the Twitter responses insisted that Wilson should honor the mistake and get more of their clubs in people's bags, and that it would be a big PR win and they would gain market share. That shows a remarkable lack of business understanding - market share is useless if you lose money. I had this conversation with Wilson president Tim Clarke once - market share at the expense of margin is a fool's errand and is a sure fire way to lose a lot of money really quickly. You can't cut the price and make it up in volume - the math just doesn't work  -- especially when people expect you to sell them a $1000 set of irons for $142. That's just foolish. 

One thing you can't ding Wilson on is its products. The Staff model blades are outstanding, and the Staff Model CB irons are better than that. The D9 irons are pretty good, but so were the D7 irons -- not sure there's a ton of upgrade between the two, but both are solid GI irons.  The D7 Forged irons are also excellent, and past winners of MGS Player's Distance Most Wanted. Where they stumbled is with the D9 metal woods. The D7 lineup was sneaky good, especially the driver - excellent value and an excellent no-frills driver. Not as big of a fan of the D9 lineup. Not bad, mind you, but give me a choice and I'd take the D7 every time. 

And every time I pick up an Infinite putter, it's hard to believe they're only $99. The Buckingham may very well be the best value in golf. 

Very much looking forward to the D9 forged, which should come out this winter. Wilson's making use of AI in its R&D process and as we saw with Cleveland/Srixon, it takes a few iterations to really understand how it works and how to make the best use of it. (And not for nothing, do NOT sleep on the Launcher XL irons and metal woods - they are VERY good). 

Anyway, enough rambling. Could Wilson pull the plug on its golf operations? It's always possible, but as long as they stay in the black I can't see it. Amer Sports new ownership group wants to grow, particularly in Asia, and golf could be an area where that could happen. Tim Clarke says there's no reason why Wilson Golf couldn't be a $200-$250 million worldwide enterprise (Right now, they're probably around $125-130 million) 

I think Clarke has an operation that's right-sized (meaning it's not bloated or top-heavy), and he's been in charge since 2007, so there's tremendous continuity. Do they market well? Not particularly, but as savvy golf consumers we look beyond the marketing, don't we????

 

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55 minutes ago, GolfSpy Barbajo said:

I think Clarke has an operation that's right-sized (meaning it's not bloated or top-heavy), and he's been in charge since 2007, so there's tremendous continuity. Do they market well? Not particularly, but as savvy golf consumers we look beyond the marketing, don't we????

 

I, for one, wish Wilson the best.  MacGregor and Spalding, who both made good kit, 

 couldn't hang in there, but I'd really hate

to see the entire BIG THREE from days of yore  all be gone.

 

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Rare afternoon round today, but something interesting has come up. 

A set of very lightly used Ping woods are on consignment in the pro shop.

You never see a matching set of four woods anymore, so I find these to be quite interesting.

Ping G425 in 12 {D}, 16, 19, and 22°.

Alta CB 65 Red stock proprietary shafts.

The interesting part is that they're almost brand new, priced at way below new [although still expensive], and they're all quite useable in my game.

I can easily see the four of them with a driving iron, 5-GW, a 58, and a putter making a very playable set.

 

Anybody have any comments on the Ping G425?

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, BostonSal said:

Rare afternoon round today, but something interesting has come up. 

A set of very lightly used Ping woods are on consignment in the pro shop.

You never see a matching set of four woods anymore, so I find these to be quite interesting.

Ping G425 in 12 {D}, 16, 19, and 22°.

Alta CB 65 Red stock proprietary shafts.

The interesting part is that they're almost brand new, priced at way below new [although still expensive], and they're all quite useable in my game.

I can easily see the four of them with a driving iron, 5-GW, a 58, and a putter making a very playable set.

 

Anybody have any comments on the Ping G425?

 

 

Since the g400 series, Ping woods have been great clubs.   There was an MGS review last year (maybe prior year) of the Ping woods and crossovers.   You can look up the review and get the opinions of the reviewers. 

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Trying to figure out what I should put in the bag for my 14th club?  I had a 3 hybrid, driving iron and 3 wood in the past.  I definitely find that I am hitting shorter clubs primarily so wondering if I could rework my wedge gapping so i have a full swing more often.  Currently have PW - 44 - GW 49 - SW - 54 and LW -58.

Yardages as follows:

PW - 133 - 150

GW - 114 - 132

SW - 99 - 113

LW 80 - 98

79 and less dependent on situation for SW or LW. 

Maybe going something more to PW 44 - GW - 48, GW - 52, SW - 56 - LW 60

Just not quite sure honestly. I know my yardages fairly well and don't mind taking a little off my shots as needed.  However, I previously did not carry a 58* and was happy that I added that to my bag once I really learned the yardarge.

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Trying to figure out what I should put in the bag for my 14th club?  I had a 3 hybrid, driving iron and 3 wood in the past.  I definitely find that I am hitting shorter clubs primarily so wondering if I could rework my wedge gapping so i have a full swing more often.  Currently have PW - 44 - GW 49 - SW - 54 and LW -58.

Yardages as follows:

PW - 131 - 150

GW - 111 - 130

SW - 96 - 110

LW 80 - 95

79 and less dependent on situation for SW or LW. 

Maybe going something more to PW 44 - GW - 48, GW - 52, SW - 56 - LW 60

Just not quite sure honestly. I know my yardages fairly well and don't mind taking a little off my shots as needed.  However, I previously did not carry a 58* and was happy that I added that to my bag once I really learned the yardarge.

Based on a relative strong PW at 44º, I can't see how you would gap your wedges any tighter, or why you'd need to.

You seem OK where you are.   If you had, say, a 46º PW, you could even go 46, 52, and 58º to make room for another long club, but you don't need one of those. 

64º flop wedge, maybe?   44, 48, 52, 56, and 60 takes the 58 that you like out of your bag for no apparent reason.

 

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36 minutes ago, juspoole said:

Trying to figure out what I should put in the bag for my 14th club?  I had a 3 hybrid, driving iron and 3 wood in the past.  I definitely find that I am hitting shorter clubs primarily so wondering if I could rework my wedge gapping so i have a full swing more often.  Currently have PW - 44 - GW 49 - SW - 54 and LW -58.

Yardages as follows:

PW - 133 - 150

GW - 114 - 132

SW - 99 - 113

LW 80 - 98

79 and less dependent on situation for SW or LW. 

Maybe going something more to PW 44 - GW - 48, GW - 52, SW - 56 - LW 60

Just not quite sure honestly. I know my yardages fairly well and don't mind taking a little off my shots as needed.  However, I previously did not carry a 58* and was happy that I added that to my bag once I really learned the yardarge.

It sounds like you have those gaps filled well and another wedge might not help really. How is the top end of your bag. I have been thinking about this more since watching some Mark Crossfield videos. He has only the three wedges 47 PW, 52 and 58 and added a club up to so the top of his bag overlaps a bit more since those are the harder yardages to hit. I have been thinking of adding a new 3, maybe a longer one, and then say a 5 wood which would be the same loft as my 3H but longer shaft and should be a bit longer. Then go down from there, and go with the 3 wedges since I really only use three of them. Maybe something like that could work for you too?

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42 minutes ago, juspoole said:

Trying to figure out what I should put in the bag for my 14th club?  I had a 3 hybrid, driving iron and 3 wood in the past.  I definitely find that I am hitting shorter clubs primarily so wondering if I could rework my wedge gapping so i have a full swing more often.  Currently have PW - 44 - GW 49 - SW - 54 and LW -58.

Yardages as follows:

PW - 133 - 150

GW - 114 - 132

SW - 99 - 113

LW 80 - 98

79 and less dependent on situation for SW or LW. 

Maybe going something more to PW 44 - GW - 48, GW - 52, SW - 56 - LW 60

Just not quite sure honestly. I know my yardages fairly well and don't mind taking a little off my shots as needed.  However, I previously did not carry a 58* and was happy that I added that to my bag once I really learned the yardarge.

Assuming the range of yardages is based on partial to full swings.

Changing to wedges that are 1-2* different from what you have aren’t going to change distances significantly. All things being equal 1* is 2-3 yards of distance. 
 

If you want to full swing mode then leave yourself distances into the green for full swings. Many will say swinging a sw or lw with full swings isn’t wise. 

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1 hour ago, BostonSal said:

64º flop wedge, maybe?   44, 48, 52, 56, and 60 takes the 58 that you like out of your bag for no apparent reason.

Possibly - although I can't see myself using it that often.  I've never been the best at judging distance on a flop shot.  I do like the 54 and 58 I have, but I'm sure I would like the new wedges just as much once I dialed in the distance.  My drawback is that it's taken a lot of golf and practice to know my distances as well as I do.  Do I want to jeopardize that? 

1 hour ago, ejgaudette said:

ow is the top end of your bag.

It's lacking for sure - I go from Driver straight to 2 hybrid.  Mainly because I find that a 3 wood isn't all that much more accurate than driver off the tee so I don't hit it except on the rare occasion that I have 265+ left into a par 5 that I am going for.  I can hit the 2 hybrid about 235 - 250 if needed.  If conditions are normal and dry, I am able to get to most par 5's with the combo of driver - 2 hybrid.

1 hour ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

If you want to full swing mode then leave yourself distances into the green for full swings. Many will say swinging a sw or lw with full swings isn’t wise.

That's surprising to hear - i feel that if I have a full swing with a wedge, I'm more accurate with distance control and maybe even with dispersion than a partial distance.  I am able to control trajectory and spin fairly well so it has not been a problem.  

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6 minutes ago, juspoole said:

Possibly - although I can't see myself using it that often.  I've never been the best at judging distance on a flop shot.  I do like the 54 and 58 I have, but I'm sure I would like the new wedges just as much once I dialed in the distance.  My drawback is that it's taken a lot of golf and practice to know my distances as well as I do.  Do I want to jeopardize that? 

It's lacking for sure - I go from Driver straight to 2 hybrid.  Mainly because I find that a 3 wood isn't all that much more accurate than driver off the tee so I don't hit it except on the rare occasion that I have 265+ left into a par 5 that I am going for.  I can hit the 2 hybrid about 235 - 250 if needed.  If conditions are normal and dry, I am able to get to most par 5's with the combo of driver - 2 hybrid.

That's surprising to hear - i feel that if I have a full swing with a wedge, I'm more accurate with distance control and maybe even with dispersion than a partial distance.  I am able to control trajectory and spin fairly well so it has not been a problem.  

Most amateurs swing their wedges to hard and go 100% on them and that’s just trouble for most. A full swing at less than 100% is better for distance and spin control

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Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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Some clever obfuscation is definitely required.

My afternoon round was cancelled, but I had to go back and look at those almost brand new Pings. 

I mentioned a few posts ago that a set of Ping G425s in 12, 16, 19, and 22º were on consignment in the pro shop, and as my round washed out, I decided to see if I could hit some balls with them.

No point worrying about the driver.  I'm going to hit any full size driver foul pole to foul pole--I always have since the dawn of the huge ones that have to be teed so high--and thus I'm only going to play it on a few wide open holes anyway.  The clubs are being sold as a set, at least for now, so springing more than a little for the driver comes with the deal.  Plus it's a pretty set to be breaking up.

My big concern was the 16.  For several years, now, I've made 18º more or less my bottom limit on fairway woods.  I'll tolerate hitting line drives with my driving iron, but I've got to gat a fairway wood--any fairway wood--up in the air.  Among my odd old clubs is a 17º Orlimar TriMetal that I was able to hit fairly well back when I bagged it. 

16, to be honest, sounded strong to me, but from the deck, I got it up and flying just fine. With the range balls and stock Alta shaft that I wouldn't be changing.   Ping did an awesome job.  This thing could add a few  yards to my "Hail Mary" shot range.  

So it looks like a go. I haven't had a matched "set" of woods in decades, and these are really nice.

But I mentioned obfuscation.  We're trying to contrive a way to get the payment on my food and beverage bill.  That's one bill that I handle and my wife doesn't see.  We figure it out and it's a go.  I'll just need Tour Wrap 2Gs because the stock grips feel abrasive.  

 

 

 

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TaylorMade 307cc___13.5°  / Mitsubishi MiDi Proto

Titleist PT___17, 20, 23º  /  Titleist proprietary MG207

Mizuno Fli Hi II__18° driving iron  / Mizuno proprietary Exsar Blue

Titleist T100___5-9  / Mitsubishi Kuro Cage TiNi 85

Titleist Spin Milled___50-08, 56-08, 62-07  /  Aldila NV105

Tad Moore Chicopee___putter

Titleist Pro V1x___ball

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