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Hit post accidently... i play all this cause I'm constantly trying to improve my game. As a perfectionist, its tough not to be great but thats the grandeur of golf...individual competition against my greatest competitot...me. I like Cobra stuff lately so that what im doing currently

 

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I'm like this topic... When I was looking to purchase my latest set of irons I decided first to seek out a top notch fitter. I also wanted to "try" something different. What different meant to me was

I was selected to review them, built to my specs and they have performed. So that's why they are in my bag....Cobra F6     Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

WOW, Where do i start? First off , I'm cheap. I never buy the latest, greatest whatever they are pitching that day. I have used a launch monitor when testing new clubs but primarily I use it  to get r

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My wife and​ I married and within two years had three wonderful children, so golf went on the back burner while I aided my wife in taming the wild brood. Although my clubs before that consisted of a rusty set of irons, and a Wilson wood driver. The putter, something from a putt putt course.

When the children were older we got them into The First Tee. They liked it and so I thought, golf time.😃. Yeah, not so fast dad. Social life is more important.

Flash forward to four years ago. My children decide golf would be fun to play, so dad let's go play.

Finally!

I've tried three different iron sets and have found the Nike Covert to work for me. Driver, still a work in progress, wedges upswing, and putter a Scotty Cameron knock off. Getting ready for retirement. Still many years off🙄

 

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:cobra-small:             F7+ w/Fujikura Pro XLR8 Graphite Shaft

MALTBY.png.a2a7b0f0659df827f6200a68ab77f34c.png            STi   Irons 5-SW   KURO KAGE  70IR Flex-R  Lamkin Grips

 :cobra-small:             King F6 Hybrid Matrix Red Tie HQ4 Graphite Shaft

MALTBY.png.a2a7b0f0659df827f6200a68ab77f34c.png           Forged FGT  60* wedge KURO KAGE 70R SS cross Comfort grip

:odyssey-small:           O-Putter 1W

                        

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Love this thread!

 

Driver (TM SLDR) - based on reviews; bought it last year for $100 used.

 

3W (TM SLDR) - bought new based on trying a number of different models at golftown. Was on sale.

 

Hybrids - both I bought used on the cheap; did that to take a shot on hybrids in general since I wasn't sure if I would ultimately play them

 

Irons (Wilson X31) - I was thinking of buying new irons and wanted to try forged blades. Tried my Grandad's old set and hit them so well there was no point switching to anything else

 

Wedges - bought my 50* MD2 used on the cheap just to try it out.

56* Vokey SM5 bought new based on reputation.

60* Tour Edge bought used online just cause I like Tour Edge, it was cheap and in good shape.

 

Putter - I'm probably going to buy an Evnroll this week based on reputation and numerous trials at Golftown.

 

In general I lean toward used stuff just so I can try different brands and models and see what works for me. Once I know what I want I have no issues buying new.

 

 

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Irons - I like forged blades, and flat lies, so bendable MacGregor PRO M model fits the bill - and still comply with USGA groove rules.

 

Wedges - use designs and shafts that deliver the types of shots I hit with each wedge. 46* - full and 1/2 punch shots/ 50* - full, 1/2 punch, and chips/ 56* - sand and pitches and lobs from rough/ 62* - pitches and lobs from good lies. (50*,56*,62* all same length - as does Jose Maria Olazabal)

 

Woods - keep up with technology to maintain distances and preferred trajectories. Driver 47" with counterbalanced grip and super stable shaft. Fairways - reliability and high trajectories.

 

Shafts - test a lot and use what works best in every club.

 

Putter - prefer heavier models - counterweighted after extensive testing.

 

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Callaway SubZero 10.5*/Mitsubishi Tensei Orange V2 Proto 60TX

Titleist 915 3-wood/Mitsubishi Fubuki K 80X

Titleist 915 5-wood/Mitsubishi Fubuki K 80X

Titleist 915 21* Hybrid/Aldila Tour Blue 105X (Matt Jones club)

MacGregor PRO M 5-PW/Aldila RIP Tour S

Edel 50*/KBS 610 S

Scratch JMO Don White 56*/DG X-100

Cobra Tour Trusty Rusty 62*/DG S-200

Bettinardi Studio Stock #16

 

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Driver  woods and hybrid: Because they are red. They are Cobra Bio Cell and I love red. I don't actually believe they go further or are any straighter than my former starter set from 2000

 

I Play Adams XTD irons, and they are fine, but I have compared them to a set of old NorthWesterns and i hit them exactly the same. 

 

My Putter is an Odyssey metal X #2, I like the way it looks like a classic putter. I believe putting is completely comfort level, so I doubt i would ever change putters again unless i develop some kind of crazy bad stroke or something, it took me forever to replace my 5 buck kmart putter from 1999 because there was nothing wrong with it either.

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I have been playing Mizuno irons for 10+ years, its true what they say #nothingfellslikeamizuno.   :D   That being said, if I found something that looked as good and felt as good I would give it a shot.  As far as other clubs, I have been through many brands.  If it looks good and feels good, I will put it in my bag.  Back when I had a Callaway driver my dad got himself a Taylormade R11s.  We went out and played a round, I hit his driver a few times and liked it.  The next week I had a new one in my bag, haven't found anything to replace it yet.  Have hit some of the newer Taylormade's since then, except for the M1 or M2, so far none have topped it.  Would really like to hit one of the new Taylormade's and Epic to see how they rate.  As far a putters go, I have decided the best type of putter for me is a mallet.  The putter also has to set up well, have seen many putters that when I place them behind the ball they just dont look right to me.  Maybe its my eyes going  :D

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:taylormade-small: SLDR 10.5 Oban HB

:taylormade-small: R11s Rip Phenom

:Hogan: Ft. Worth Black Irons

:cleveland-small: 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54

:cleveland-small: CG10 58

:odyssey-small: Sabertooth

 

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About 4 years ago I was gaming Cleveland 588 MT irons and came across Srixon, who was sort of entering the US in a bigger way.  The moment I hit that first ball I was sold and put the 545s in my bag.  After that I tinkered a bit with 745 and 945 irons and eventually put together a blended set that I absolutely loved.  I have tried out a couple different brands over the last year - Cobra and Ping - and just recently I put the Srixon Z 765 irons in my bag.  I cannot find anything else out there that I love more than these irons.  Paired them up with Modus3 Tour 105 shafts and these legitimately may be the best irons I have ever played in my entire life.

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A 765/965 combo set would sure be nice! Those caught my eye for sure, but for now I will remain Mizzy loyal!

Unfortunately, the 965s are right handed only so I'm actually opting for all 765 irons this go around.

 

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What's In This Lefty's Bag?

Driver: :cobra-small: F8 9.5° Project X Even Flow Blue 65g shaft 

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 3W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Fairway Woods: :cobra-small: F8 5W Project X Even Flow Blue 75g shaft

Hybrid: :titelist-small: 816H2 19°

Irons: :mizuno-small: MP-20 SEL Project X 5.5 shafts 5-PW

           :mizuno-small: MP-20 HMB Project X 5.5 shaft 4 Iron

Wedge: :cleveland-small: Tour Satin RTX 4 Wedges in 52° and 56° 2 Dot

Putter: :nevercompromise-small: Gray Matter TDP 2.2 32.75"

Bag: :1590477705_SunMountain: Three 5

Ball:  :srixon-small: Z*Star

RangeFinder:918457628_PrecisionPro: NX7 Pro

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Feel and price for me! I've taken clubs out of my bag in the past, that have been performing better on launch monitors etc but just don't like the way the sit by the ball, look, and feel. I understand people can go about selection the opposite way and only go by numbers from dry ball data, however I want to feel super confident in hitting different shots in different situations.

 

 

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Unfortunately kind of an impulse buy. Had Mizunos which I loved but my son-in-law who is also left handed also liked them. He was pretty used to getting all his golf equipment free (thru me) which is cool. Also had the early Titleist AP1 with stiff steel shafts and could not hit them anymore.

Anyway went to golf shop made a buy and have not been happy (Ping).

Will be getting something different by Christmas.

 

 

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Rick

 

 

Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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A year or 2 back I was working at a local club for the day and noticed there was a Nike rep there doing a demo. I was drawn to the look of the Vapor Pro Combos. Hit them, and I was thinking about them for the entire 1-2 years whenever I saw golf highlights on Sportscenter or something. When I came back to the game, I saw that Nike stuff could be had for cheap now that they were out of the game. Ended up finding the irons barely used for $450. Couldn't turn them down, and couldn't be happier!

 

The rest of the stuff I chose either by reading reviews and then hitting them for myself, or I fit into it best.

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Driver: :taylormade-small: SIM Max 10.5 Fujikura Motore X F3 5S

3w/5w: :titelist-small: TSi2 Tensei AV Raw Blue 75S

4h: :mizuno-small: CLK 22* Hybrid Tensei CK Pro Blue 80HY S

Irons 5-PW: :mizuno-small: JPX 919 Forged Nippon Modus 3 Tour 105 S

Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Tour Rack 50, 54, 58 Modus 3 115 Wedge

Putter: L.A.B. DF 2.1, 34.5", BGT Stability Tour, 71* lie angle, Press II 3* Grip

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X

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I was given a hand-me-down set when I first started, years and years ago. I used those for a little while until I was able to invest in my current Burners. They've treated me well throughout all my time playing. Now that I have a better job, I've been very slowly upgrading clubs here and there.

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Driver: Ping G 9.5*

Fairway: TaylorMade AeroBurner

Hybrid: Adams Blue

Irons: TaylorMade Burner 2.0

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF

Putter: Odyssey O-Works #1

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Im half feel based half performance based.

Driver: I want something that is going to go as straight and as far as possible. Pretty simple. Do prefer smaller head sizes like 440cc. But I'll take straight over length anytime.

Fairwaywoods: what ever I can hit high and land soft off the deck. Very rarely will I have to hit a 3 wood at the courses I play.

Irons: Im all about feel when it comes to irons, I want something that is as thin and sleek of a profile you can get that lets you know when you miss it. I want to be punished when I miss hit. Keeps my swing in check. I like being able to swing an iron and know that what I put into it is what Im going to get out of it. I like being able to feel the club through the turf.

Wedges: very similar to the way I feel about irons. I normally pick my wedges off 3 swings to get certain distances. I want to be able have a 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 swing that puts the ball at a certain yardage. I fit my wedges based on those swings. Bounce also matter. Most of my wedges have high bounce, tend to get steep plus course conditions are normally soft where I live. The more the bonce the better.

Putter: Love mallet putters with a long alignment line that are facebalanced. Helps me role my line end over end. Putter is probably the hardest club for me to find.

 

 

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It's all about performance. It's all about feel. It's all about confidence.

Melt that together and you hav your clubs..

 

Go to your local fitter and hit them all- I used to know all the guys names at my goldsmith before they closed.

 

All brands top of the line clubs are good- but which "feel" good to you?

Get on the monitor and see what goes best. Hit lots of different clubs and you'll start to get a feel of what works for you.

 

Some highly rated clubs will feel like garbage, and some junkets will surprise you.

But typically, highly rated clubs are highly rated for a reason

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:callaway-small: MavriK Sub Zero 9* on EvenFlow RipTide 6.0 50g

:cobra-small: Speedzone 3-wood on Tensi blue S

:cobra-small: F8 5/6 wood on Aldila NxT GEN MLT R

:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (best clubs ever)

:benhogan-small: Equalizer 50°, 54°, 60° wedges on Recoil 780 f4

 :EVNROLL: ER3 34”

:titelist-small: ProV1x

:callaway-small: .Org 14 cart bag

Adidas Tour 360 shoes

 

 

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I would love the opportunity to try 'non retail' clubs. I've hit a few at a great fitter in Euless, TX, just haven't had the funds available to spring for the fitting and clubs.

 

I'm excited for the day my entire bag is truly custom fit from driver through wedge, as opposed to the closest approximation found piecemeal.

Who is your fitter in Euless, Justin?

 

I live in northeast Tarrant county

My :1590477705_SunMountain: C-130 cart bag currently includes;

Driver: :srixon-small: z565 10.5*, Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 S-Flex
Fairways:  :callaway-small: X-Hot 15* & 18*, Project X PXv R-Flex
Irons: :benhogan-small:Apex Plus, 4-PW, Apex S4-Flex
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CG10; 50*, 54*, 58*, Dynamic Gold W-flex 

Putter: :odyssey-small: White Hot Pro Blade #2
Grips: Golf Pride MCC-Plus 4 & Lamkin UTx
Ball: Kirkland Signature 3-Piece 

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Because they're cheap...

 

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That's honest enough.

 

 

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Rick

 

 

Left Hand, 

Driver; Titleist TSi2, Kuro Kage 50 gr R2

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead, Hazardous Vista Pro R2

Irons; Ping G710 6-GW, Recoil 460 R2

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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It's all about performance. It's all about feel. It's all about confidence.

Melt that together and you hav your clubs..

 

Go to your local fitter and hit them all- I used to know all the guys names at my goldsmith before they closed.

 

All brands top of the line clubs are good- but which "feel" good to you?

Get on the monitor and see what goes best. Hit lots of different clubs and you'll start to get a feel of what works for you.

 

Some highly rated clubs will feel like garbage, and some junkets will surprise you.

But typically, highly rated clubs are highly rated for a reason

Great summary!!

 

I'd also spent some time at a Golfsmith before they'd closed.

 

But that key word really is: CONFIDENCE

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WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..Callaway Epic Speed 4W (Project X Cypher)
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 7W (Tensei CK Blue)
..Callaway Super Hybrid 23 (PX Catalyst) and Big Bertha 19 5H (Recoil ZTR)
..PXG 0211 6i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 and CBX 60 (both Rotex graphite)
..Evnroll ER5 (33", 385g, P2 Reflex Tour)
..all in a Datrek bag on a Bag Boy Quad XL push an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

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