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Do you tend to lean towards one brand of equipment because it feels good or do you spread the love to all brands?   In the past, I bagged a hodgepodge of equipment however this year Callaway has a majority lock.  Besides my putter (Betternadi) and my wedges (Cleveland CBX) I'm flying the flag of Callaway.  

Callaway  Epic Flash 10.5 Driver
Callaway MAVRIK MAX 3 - wood
Callaway Big Bertha 2019  4 & 5 hybrid 
Callaway  Max 6 - PW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 50 & 54 Degree Wedge
Cleveland CBX Full-Face Wedge 58 degree
Evnroll 
 ER2 Putter
 

 

 



 

 

 

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I have never been brand loyal. I typically buy most of my clubs used so I end up with whatever is available and works best. As a result my bag has always been mixed. I may favor brands but any brand could end up anywhere.

Now that I test clubs pretty regularly I realize that almost every golf brand puts out great equipment. Some may fit me a little better than another but I could potentially game anything. Cost now becomes a prime decision point and I may start venturing down the looks and feel aspect as well.

So in the end, I am neither a brand loyalist nor a brand hater.

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :titelist-small: 915H  21*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
               :titelist-small: 915H 24*  w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

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Nope though currently most of my bag is Titleist. I go with what works. I think that there is so little difference between the major OEMs that i could play anything I was fitted to.

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Yea I like all the stuff that works for my game however I love the steelhead irons and hybrids. I normally hate fairway woods and recently picked up the X16 4 - wood and I instantly fell head over hills with it.  So far the X16 Driver is bad to the bone so I guess I'm a homeboy until something proves em wrong. 

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Callaway  Epic Flash 10.5 Driver
Callaway MAVRIK MAX 3 - wood
Callaway Big Bertha 2019  4 & 5 hybrid 
Callaway  Max 6 - PW Irons
Cleveland CBX 2 50 & 54 Degree Wedge
Cleveland CBX Full-Face Wedge 58 degree
Evnroll 
 ER2 Putter
 

 

 



 

 

 

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Mixed bag here.....until someone starts paying me endorsement dollars, i'll use what works 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:  :mizuno-small:M Craft Type V

Ball:   :bridgestone-small: Tour BXS

 

 

 

 

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I'm currently a Wishon man as far as my irons go. I decided a few years ago to break out of the golf magazine - golf shop brands mold and give a small off the radar brand a shot. Are my clubs better than the Big Boys? No. But they're certainly equivalent in both quality and technology. Like most clubs I believe.... regardless of brand it all boils down to the fitting. And... are your clubs built correctly. Two different things. Fitting & assembly. Both critical IMO.

I also bag and old 2014 Tmag SLDR, Edel Willamette putter, Wishon 4w, and an old TM Burner 2.0 4i.

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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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When I got fitted for irons last Spring I tried to do the impossible: with the help of the fitter I never looked at the sole or back before I tried a club. I was trying, as much as possible, to not know the brand before hitting it. This wasn't fully successful, as some heads you just know are "Brand X", but I was trying to eliminate my brand biases as much as possible. I ended up with TM M3, but the Cobra F8 was a very close second. Going in I was pretty sure that if I stuck with my preconceptions I'd end up with Mizuno (which is what was replaced) or Srixon. I hit those well, just not AS well.

I'm going in for a driver soon. I don't think I can do the same thing, because I can identify almost all of the candidates from the top.

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I’m partial to Taylormade. Was open to trying new things... and did, but it’s like switching phone brands, or car brands. Or your favorite shoes, can’t help myself.

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1 hour ago, ole gray said:

Besides my putter (Betternadi) and my wedges (Cleveland CBX) I'm flying the flag of Callaway.  

What did I miss, OG?!?! I thought the Launcher HB's were the best thing since sliced bread for you?

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Driver:  :callaway-small:Epic Speed 9* (set -1) Mitsubishi MMT 70X
3W: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 15* Recoil 460ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-AW:  :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
SW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 54*
LW: :cleveland-small: Zipcore Black Satin 58*
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Marxman
Bag: BigMax Dri Active Lite
Ball: :taylormade-small: TP5x Pix
Pushcart: BigMax iQ+

2021 Test - Callaway Epic Speed

 

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I wouldn't say brand loyal.  Oh wait ... look at my signature!  HA! 

I have yet to find a brand better for my game than Titleist, Vokey or Scotty Cameron.  And it's not that I haven't tried others.  You should see the corner of the Nut Cave ... all brands from Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway & even Ping in there.  I just haven't found a better looking or performing club out there for my game than what Titleist makes.  Show me one that's different & of course I'll play it.  But I find that highly unlikely.  

So yes ... I'm a bit loyal to Titleist! 

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WITB:  Do I like Titleist or what? 

 

Driver:     TSi2 9* Project X HZRDUS RDX Smoke C3 setting

Fairways   HZRDUS Smoke 13.5* & 19* C3 setting

Driving Iron:   U500 17* Fujikura Blue Ventus HB Velocore 

Irons   T300 4 & 5 iron, T200 6 - W Project X 6.0 1* up

Wedges   SM7 48*, 52*, 56*

Putter    Newport 2

Ball   2020 ProV1

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I wouldn't say I'm loyal to PING, but I'm definitely partial. I'll still play what works best, but I do tend to lean toward PING. 

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Wilson Staff C300 9.0* Fujikura Pro 58 stiff

Callaway Rogue 3W Mitsubishi Diamana D+ LTD 80 stiff

Mizuno MP-18 MMC FLI-HI 2 iron UST Mamiya Recoil 95 stiff

Ping I200's 4-W Aerotech Steelfiber I110 CW stiff

Ping Glide 52* and 58* stiff

Bettinardi Studio Stock #38 Armlock

 

 

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Titleist and PING always had my eye. I was a Titleist staff member over a dozen years ago and appreciated how they took care of their PGA members.

Fast forward to today and I’m open to really try anything. There are so many great manufacturers making quality gear. All we have to do is reference the MGS testing to see that any segment at any time could be a front runner.


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  • TaylorMade SIM2 8* Mitsubishi Tensei 1K White 60X
  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Ben Hogan PTx Combo Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Vokey SM8 50 Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • TaylorMade MG2 TW 56 & 60 Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5

 

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I avoid Taylor Made and Callaway and I'm not quite sure why.  Maybe because I work for a bit of a fighter brand in my industry I tend to like the little guy.  Other than those two I play about anything.  

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Driver - XXIO X Driver 9.5

:cleveland-small: - Launcher Turbo 2 hybrid

:cobra-small: - F9 One Length 3-L

:EVNROLL: - ER 1.2

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Loyalty is not always rewarded, so I never care what’s in my bag. I have 6 different brands in my bag right now and I don’t care to even think about it.


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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +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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Currently have Taylor Made woods, Callaway irons and wedges, Callaway putter, and Snell ball in a Ping bag.  Normally use Titleist Vokey wedges and my putter can vary between Scotty, Nike, TaylorMade, and Odyssey....so, not really brand specific

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Driver: :ping-small: G400 Max 9 degree set to +1, Aldila Extreme Green 55 gram R shaft 

Fairway: :taylormade-small: M4 3W (16.5*) 5W (21*) 7W (24*) -- stock R shafts.

Irons: :callaway-small: Apex CF19 6-9, PW, AW KBSTour Graphite  70g shafts R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52,56, 60 degree wedges

Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab 7S

Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

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24 minutes ago, MaxEntropy said:

What did I miss, OG?!?! I thought the Launcher HB's were the best thing since sliced bread for you?

Yes ole gray, we want answers!

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Wedgie

 

Driver - XXIO X Driver 9.5

:cleveland-small: - Launcher Turbo 2 hybrid

:cobra-small: - F9 One Length 3-L

:EVNROLL: - ER 1.2

Top Flite Gamer

Play Right

 

 

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47 minutes ago, GB13 said:

I wouldn't say I'm loyal to PING, but I'm definitely partial. I'll still play what works best, but I do tend to lean toward PING. 

Same here. I moved away from PING irons back in 2010, but recently switched back to PING irons in 2016. And I purchased my first PING Driver in 2017 as well.

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  • In my :mizuno-small: BR-D4 6-way
  • :cobra-small: King F9 set to 9*, Tour length Hzrdus Smoke Black 6.0 S-flex, with GolfPride MCC +4 mid-size
  • image.png.27e1496834233542c5d124bf8b9e3352.png3W - 13*, UST Mamiya 65 Gold S-flex, with GolfPride Tour Wrap 2G
  • :taylormade-small: SIM UDI 2-iron - 18*, Mitsubishi Diamana Thump 100 X-flex, with GolfPride MCC Align
  • :srixon-small: ZX5 4-5 & ZX7 6-PW, :Nippon: Modus3 120 Tour S-flex, +1/2", with GolfPride Tour Wrap 2G
  • :titelist-small: :vokey-small: - SM8 Tour Chrome, 50.08F - 54.10S - 58.12D, DG Wedge Flex, with GolfPride Tour Wrap 2G
  • :EVNROLL: Custom Fit 35" ER6 Red at 68 degree lie angle and 4 degrees of loft
  • :Snell: MTB-X            :918457628_PrecisionPro: NX7 Pro Slope             Tracked by :Arccos:         #WPS 🐗
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Er...what can I possibly say here..?😳 Without doubt, based solely on my screen handle alone, y'all know where I land. Prior to joining the crowd here at MGS, I was sold on PING for a number of reasons;

  • Engineering
  • Customer service
  • The fact that Karsten first created the most copied putter ever designed-The Anser
  • The Putter Vault and the supreme success it represents
  • The fact that while most components are all manufactured somewhere in the Far East, they still maintain in-house assembly and quality control at their plants here in the US & in the UK
  • Yes, my OCD works against me here...It just would be weird to me to have something other than PING clubs in a PING bag, though I am more open to that thought every day honestly...just not too open to it...😜

I also read several articles about PING including these which put both PING & MGS on my radar forever...

https://mygolfspy.com/missionping-uncovering-the-truth/

https://mygolfspy.com/missionping-uncovering-the-truth-day-2/

Though I am a PING Guy pretty much 100%, you'll never find me bad-mouthing other OEM's or messing with folks who do not select PING stuff. Not my style. Just because they happen to be my choice doesn't mean it has to be everybody's. Too bad certain religions and political parties seem to think otherwise...Enough of that...

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In my       :ping-small: DLX Cart Bag:
Driver
:    :ping-small: G410 SFT, set to 9.5*, Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange 60, stiff (MGS Official 2019 Tester)
3W:          :ping-small: G-Series SF TEC, set to 16*, Aldila Tour Blue ATX, 65g, stiff
5W:          :ping-small: G400 SFT, set to 19*, Aldila Tour Blue ATX, 65g, stiff
7W:         :ping-small: G410 SFT, set to 22*. Alta CB 65 Red, stiff

Irons:       :ping-small: GMax, Green Dot, 5-PW, Project X Graphite Blue 6.0, 80-90g , stiff
Wedges: :ping-small: Glide 2.0 Stealth, 50* SS, 54* ES & 60*/8 Forged MGS Special from the Wedge Wizard, Green Dot, Alta CB graphite, 84g, stiff
Putter:     :ping-small: Vault 2.0 B60 Copper, 33", black dot w/GP SNSR grip (PING Sigma 2 Fetch under "see-trials")
Ball:       :Snell: MTB BLACK (MGS Official 2018 Tester for the :Snell: MTB RED)
Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  Classics Tour w/Black Widow Softspikes

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I try to remain golf agnostic and go with whatever gives me the best results after a fitting. Currently rocking clubs from Callaway, Ping, PXG, Titleist, and Evnroll. Played a Srixon ball for most of last year.


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Driver: :cobra-small: RADSPEED 10.5°, Project X Even Flow RIPTIDE 60 6.5
Fairway Wood:  :cobra-small: RADSPEED, Fujikura Motore 70 X
3 Hybrid: :cobra-small:F9, LA Golf Tour AXS Red 85 X
4 Hybrid: :cobra-small:F9, LA Golf Tour AXS Red 85 X
5-PW: :mizuno-small: JPX 919 Forged, KBS Tour STiff
Wedges: :cobra-small: KING Black 50°, 54°, 58°, True Temper Dynamic Gold Black S200
Putter: :odyssey-small: Stroke Lab Black 7

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