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When shopping for new equipment do you gravitate towards the big boys like TaylorMade, Titleist, Ping, Callaway, etc? Maybe a mid tier brand like Wilson, Cobra, Tour Edge? Or the little guys like newcomer New Level?

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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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Being a lefty, there's slim hope of finding stuff from the little guys. 

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Left Hand orientation

:taylormade-small:SIM 2 D Max with Fujikura Air Speeder Shaft 

Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

:ping-small: Glide 3.0  60* Wedge

:odyssey-small: O Works putter

:CaddyTek: - 4 Wheel 
:footjoy-small: - too many shoes to list and so many to buy

:1590477705_SunMountain: And  BAG Boy

Golf Balls: Snell MTB-X  And Vice Pro Plus 

2020 Official Tester :SuperSpeed: Beginning Driver Speed  - 78

2019 Official Tester :ping-small:  410 Driver

2018 Official Tester :wilson-small: C300

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3 minutes ago, tony@CIC said:

Being a lefty, there's slim hope of finding stuff from the little guys. 

And even then sometimes demo options are limited. I know a few lefties and they complain somewhat frequently 

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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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My bag is almost all Cobra, except for a couple of older Titleist wedges and a Tommy armour putter, Cobra make some good equipment at a little bit lower price than the Big guys, and the prices usually drop quite a bit more on their slightly used or year old models compared to similar clubs from TaylorMade or Callaway.


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I’ve gravitated to Callaway gear mostly BUT for good reasons.
My gear upgrade when I started getting serious began with new irons. I tested quite a few out and based on budget and what I hit best, I ended up with Steelheads (anniversary gift from my wife).
From there was a new bag which I also got from my wife. She had an idea of what I was looking for and felt that it was only appropriate that I’d have a Callaway bag since my newest clubs were the same brand.
Next addition was my new driver which ended up being a TM M2. Kept my Cobra 3/4 w and upgraded the shaft and grip.
I splurged/got a sweet deal on a Rogue hybrid which was my latest addition.
I’m not against trying anything and not solely committed to Callaway. I just have always ended up going that way in the end.

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Driver -  :taylormade-small: M2 D-Type, 9.5 degrees, (Stiff flex) (Golf Pride MCC +4 grip)

3/4W -  :cobra-small: King F6 Black 3-4 Wood (Stiff flex) (Golf Pride MCC +4 grip)

4H -  :callaway-small: Rogue (Stiff flex) (Stock grip) (Golf Pride MCC +4 grip)

4-AW -  :callaway-small: Steelhead XR Irons (Stiff flex) (Golf Pride MCC +4 grips, 7i with Winn Dri-Tac X Grip) 

SW -  :callaway-small: 56* X-Wedge

60* -  :callaway-small: MD4 Wedge

Putter - Odyssey White Hot RX #7

Bag -  :callaway-small: ORG 14 cart bag

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I go for Taylormade, have had nothing but good experiences with the brand. I’ve tried different brands, but I always end up putting my Taylormade stuff back in the bag.

I am willing to try the Wilson blades out, only because of my short time hitting them last year around this time. They are pretty damn buttery, so hopefully the new ones are as good as the FG 100’s. If by chance Taylormade makes the “VR Pro (Tiger irons)” available for general purchase I will own them.... might be wall hangers but I will own them.

Drivers are my nemesis so I’ll try anything that can get me from point A to point B without hitting a low slice from the right trees.

I don’t think my Taylormade SLDR Tour Spoon Wood is going anywhere ever. It’s my Henrik club.

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I guess big buys mainly because that’s all I can easily find in stores. It does kinda suck not having a great good store in town with lots of variety. There are lots of things I’d like to try and even own but Iran hard for me to spend money on a maybe club. 

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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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Whatever clubs I use have to first work and second fit my eye.  I have to like what I am looking down at and I have been known to take slightly less performance for something visually appealing.  I voted for the little guys as the only thing currently in my bag for sure next year is a no longer in production Nike Method Mod 60 putter and some Adams XTD A Tour Irons.




What is in my Bag Boy Revolver

Driver:    PXG Gen2 0811x 10.5* set to small + with a VA Composites Nemesys 55s @ 44.75"

Fairway:  :srixon-small: F85 5 wood with a UST Elements Chrome 7F5 @ 41.5"

Irons: Testing the Titleist T200 irons 4-W2 with Project X LZ 5.5 shaft -1/2" and 1* Up

Wedge: Titleist SM7 56* with Project X LZ 5.0 shaft

Putter:  :scotty-cameron-1: Custom Futura X5 flow neck with a UST Frequency Filtered shaft -1" with a SS wristlock grip

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I ventured off the Major OEM plantation a few years ago when I decided to go with Wishon irons. Prior to that I'd always played what the Big Boys made. And the BB's make good stuff. But they're not the only ones by a long shot. Wishon designs are right up there with the best on the market. The deal with Wishons is that you have to seek them out. They are not in magazines, TV, or on the rack. Only professional club fitters sell and fit them**. I also carry a Wishon 4-wood and a TM SLDR and Edel putter. However, just because Wishon's aren't a BIG brand doesn't mean they are necessarily low cost. My irons were actually more expensive than a major OTR brand but that's due to professional fitting-build and going with SF shafts. The results were well worth it IMO. As for balls and such I play a wide variety of balls such as Titleist, TM, and Callaway for example. I also play Snell, Kirkland, and MG. All all these are top notch tour balls in my book. I use MG gloves too.

** - There are some guys tinkering with home-made clubs that can order and make you a set of Wishons. This isn't what you're after. Vastly different from a professional club fitter. We also have a forum member - professional club fitter-builder. McGolf. You'll see him around from time to time.

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My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

                                                                                :edel-golf-1: Willimette w/GolfPride Contour


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I splurged once on Edel irons. I had a good season and a half with them, but I’ve already improved my accuracy by going to Pings again. The problem I have with the smaller brands is price, and resale value. I sell everything I have in a category when buying new, so I’ve been burnt before having “off brands”.

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Driver: Honma TR 460 8.5*, Aldila RIP Alpha 80 S, 45 1/4"; Ping G425 LST, Fujikura Speeder TR 661 S, 45 1/2"

hybrids: Cobra King Tec 17* and 21*, both with Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105 X

Irons:  Srixon ZX5 4-6, ZX7 7-PW, UST Mamiya Recoil F4, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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I've done both.  

Currently, my bag consists of Wilson Staff at the top end of the bag; Bridgestone irons; and SCOR wedges.  I do have a Callaway sand wedge and Ping putter.

We don’t stop playing the game because we get old; we get old because we stop playing the game.”

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I’ll try everything except Callaway and Taylor Made. It’s nothing more than their clubs just do not suit my eye.

Besides that, put it in my hands and I’ll give it an honest shake. It’s about performance.

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  • Titleist TSI3 LAGolf DJ 65 5
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Mizuno Pro 223 4-P Nippon Modus 3 115X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • L.A.B. MEZZ.1 LAGolf P135 
  • Srixon Z-Star XV Divide

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Mostly play a Callaway bag and have for the last several years.  Although my putter is from one of the smaller companies.  Not against the smaller guys but sometimes being able to find demo sets at a shop limits my interest in the brands.


:callaway-small: Epic Max LS 10.5* GD AD DI 7x

:callaway-small: X2Hot 3 Deep GD AD GT 8x

:callaway-small: Apex UW 17* UST Elements Wind 9f5

:callaway-small: Apex 19 21* Nippon GOST X

:callaway-small: Apex Pro 19 5 - AW Steelfiber 115x

:callaway-small: JAWS 5 54* & 58* Steelfiber 115x

L.A.B. Golf Mezz.1 34"

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I checked Big Boys but I'm using an Evnroll putter which certainly isn't a big brand company so guess it really comes down to what works best and availability for testing.  As mentioned above, small brands many times don't have decent resale value  

SIM2 Max

Ping G410 5 wood

Ping G410 7 & 9 woods 

TM P790 5-6 

Titleist T100S 6-gap 

Vokey SM8  54

Sub70 JB low bounce 58 or SM8 58*

PXG Operator H 

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I really don’t know that I have a preference, that being said I will look to certain companies first for certain gear because I have better opinions like I prefer Callaway wedges over ping and I like my hogan irons. But those were also choices I made from researching and trying things out. Miura makes some nice gear and so does tour edge, I gamed a set of Wilson Staff for a very long time but won’t compete without Bridgestone balls.

So I guess it depends on what works for out of what’s available.

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Right Handed

4.5 handicap

Driver: Nike Vapor Flex with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki ZT60x5ct S-flex shaft and stock grip.

3-Metal: Nike VRS 15 degree with Mitsubishi Rayon tour issue Diamana S73x5ct X-flex shaft and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grip.

Irons: Ben Hogan PTx 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 degrees standard length and lie with KBS Tour-V stiff shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Wedges: Ben Hogan TK15 54, 58 degrees with KBS Tour-V X-flex shafts and GolfPride MCC midsize Black/White grips.

Putter: Nike Method Converge B1|01 with Superstroke Flatso 2.0 grip.

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... I love to promote the little guys as well as the mid tier guys, but I will always play what is best for my game. Currently I have Cobra, Taylor Made and Titleist in my bag. I've played a Bobby Grace putter for many years but I am experimenting with a Scotty Cameron so pretty much big boys at the moment and the only changes I foresee in 2019 are Cobra S9 driver and fairway wood so things probably won't change much. I am taking 5 dozen TP5x to Phoenix with me for the winter but will also play some Snell Black and Cut Blue when the new balls arrive so at least I have some little guy street cred. 

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Driver:     :cobra-small: LTDx 10.5* ... AD-IZ 6SR
Fairway:  :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 15/18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:      :taylormade-small: UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
                 :taylormade-small: DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
Irons:        :cobra-small: 4-Pw MIM Tour ... Steelfiber i95R
Wedges:   :taylormade-small: MG3 50*/MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber i95R
Putter:      :cleveland-small: Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:           :taylormade-small: Maxfli Tour '22/TP5x '21

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