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I knew it would be a problem if I started reading this thread.  I'm strongly considering going back and picking that driver up now.  However, if I do, I'm not going to the guy that tried to put me in a regular flex shaft.  I've got a good friend that runs a golf course and he will sell them to me at his cost, so I'll probably get it cheaper that way. He's supposed to be getting me a price on one and then I'll decide if I want to go ahead and pull the trigger on it.  

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Callaway Epic Subzero with Aldila Rogue Max 75 Stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue Subzero with Project X Evenflow 6.0 75g stiff shaft

Callaway Rogue 3 Hybrid with Aldila Synergy 60 HYB stiff shaft

Callaway Apex irons (4-PW) with True Temper XP 95 stiff shafts

Callaway MD3 wedges (50/54/58)

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Bridgestone Tour B RX

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my Stage 2 is up for those interested........appreciate feedback as well

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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Nice job Judge!

 

Edit: Sorry, let me let you elaborate.

 

Have you gotten the chance to take on hazards and bunkers and greens (oh my!) that you wouldn't normally clear?

 

 

 

 

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Nice Stage 2 Judge, sounds like your seeing some really good results with the Epic. Have you kept take of fairways hit vs your old driver?

 

Are you seeing a significant gain in accuracy?

 

Like you my blow up holes tend to start with a bad drive.

 

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Nice job Judge!

 

Edit: Sorry, let me let you elaborate.

 

Have you gotten the chance to take on hazards and bunkers and greens (oh my!) that you wouldn't normally clear?

 

 

 

 

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Nothing specific there as far as taking on shots.....not many fairway bunkers on my courses.....I have noticed using a shorter iron on occasion than normal

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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Nice Stage 2 Judge, sounds like your seeing some really good results with the Epic. Have you kept take of fairways hit vs your old driver?

 

Are you seeing a significant gain in accuracy?

 

Like you my blow up holes tend to start with a bad drive.

I have my stats from earlier this year and last year, lemme take a peak at 'em tomorrow and see if there is much difference...I kind of doubt it, i think my missed fairways are just better at this point......last weekend, I hit 2 fairways, but 13 greens!!   I was hitting the ball farther, and was just barely off the fairway many times, one time i drove through the fairway and was chipping on a short 4....so, not a fairway hit technically, but great result

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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Well, thanks for the reviews. I made a trade here for the Epic for an M2 that i just couldnt hit. Wow is all I can say. I was fir for it a few weeks earlier at a full bag tour van fitting at PGA superstore so when the trade opportunity showed up I jumped (thanks Zack).

 

I've played it twice and love it. The best thing for me is that its straighter for me. My misses are within 5 yards of the fairway, very playable and much better than previous. Distance is similar but for me distance is secondary.

 

Though i'm 59 next week, i generally hit as long as the 30 somethings, the issue has been wheres it going to end up. I play tournament golf so accuracy is more important than distance since im playing from golds.

 

Ive also tried every new driver this year...actually purchased them and liked several, but the Epic is the most reliably straight.

 

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Nice Stage 2 Judge, sounds like your seeing some really good results with the Epic. Have you kept take of fairways hit vs your old driver?

 

Are you seeing a significant gain in accuracy?

 

Like you my blow up holes tend to start with a bad drive.

was looking at some stats from last year, early this year and more current.....not seeing FW% really changing, but I know my 'accuracy' is up, my missed fairways are much more playable, I am seeing GIR go up, which would be an indicator of that for me

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I really enjoyed your Stage 2 Judge. We have very similar specs. I couldn't read the numbers on your chart as it wouldn't enlarge for me on the app.

 

I'll look at them on the IPad later.

 

Thanks for all time and effort put into the test.

 

 

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:titelist-small: SM7 54.08 F 58.12 K 

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.......I couldn't read the numbers on your chart as it wouldn't enlarge for me on the iPad.......

Judge, From a tech support perspective, I think it's the file format. If you post them as .jpg (instead of .png), zoom should work.

 

 

 

 

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Judge, From a tech support perspective, I think it's the file format. If you post them as .jpg (instead of .png), zoom should work.

 

 

 

 

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apologies, didnt know that...dont remember what format they are

 

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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viewing in the app is def different than a browser...notice my vids dont show in the app, at least for me....suggest when you have the time, jump on a computer and check it all out in a browser

 

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I was able to get on thee IPad and check it outI. Man, we share a lot of the same swing DNA, so I really find your results interesting. It's incredible how much more accurate the Epic is all the while picking up a few more yards.

 

Like you, there is no need for me to spring for a new driver, less than 3 months after picking the Most Wanted Driver by MGS (z565). But that is still a pretty impressive comparison.

 

Thanks again.

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I was able to get on thee IPad and check it outI. Man, we share a lot of the same swing DNA, so I really find your results interesting. It's incredible how much more accurate the Epic is all the while picking up a few more yards.

 

Like you, there is no need for me to spring for a new driver, less than 3 months after picking the Most Wanted Driver by MGS (z565). But that is still a pretty impressive comparison.

 

Thanks again.

it's certainly a great driver, my biggest knock was the $$ on LOP, as you read........is it worth $500 out of pocket, that's the question

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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it's certainly a great driver, my biggest knock was the $$ on LOP, as you read........is it worth $500 out of pocket, that's the question

Just for a little perspective, a buddy of mine just bought a 2017 M2 with a big upgrade for the shaft for $400. That's a spare $100 to spend on anything else.

 

 

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Good posts so far.

 

How do you feel about their online fitting tool?

 

 

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I would trust it as far as I could throw it.

Driver: :taylormade-small: SIM Max 10.5 Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S

3w/5w: :callaway-small: XR16 Fujikura Speeder Evo 565 S

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 4 50.10 | 54.10 | 58.09 Nippon Modus 115 Wedge

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Good posts so far.

 

How do you feel about their online fitting tool?

 

 

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It's a good starting point I suppose but I wouldn't drop 500+ using it

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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It's a good starting point I suppose but I wouldn't drop 500+ using it

I would agree, it can def point you in the right direction......it actually fit me to the shaft I ordered, BUT I still tried it out first

Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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forgot to list this in stage 2, but I currently have the hosel set at +1 loft and neutral, with weight slid most of the way towards draw......it seems to be the setup that's working best for me

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Driver:   :honma: TR20 10.5*

Utility Iron: :cleveland-small: UHX 18*

Hybrid:   :callaway-small: Epic 4h 23* 

Irons:    :mizuno-small: JPX900 Hot Metal 5-GW

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52* 56* 60*

Putter:  :EVNROLL: ER 2.2

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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