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5 minutes ago, revkev said:

he did it to launch the ball through his desired windows.

I launched one through an undesired window once. 😖

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... Some here might remember that Fred Couples picked up a Ram deep bore 3 wood from Tom Watson's trunk and was just killing it, especially off the tee. He played it for quite awhile before Watson commented he was surprised Freddie was hitting a steel r-flex shaft so well. Freddie thought it was an x-flex and now that he knew it was r-flex* he began spraying it ll over the course. He re-shafted with an x-flex but it was never the same and he decided to go with another 3 wood. So even at the very highest level of play, it is still a mental game. 

* Rumor was the shaft was L-flex but I talked to Deborah Couples about it when she was following Freddie at the Western Open, and she confirmed it was r-flex. 

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Driver:   Cobra Speedzone Xtreme 9* ... Atmos TS Blue 6s
Fw wood: Cobra Speedzone 14.5* ... Atmos TS Blue 7s
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18*  ... HZRDUS Black 6.0 85 hy
Irons:    4-Gw Titleist T100-S ... Kuro Kage 105 Tini s-flex
              4-pw TaylorMade P760 ... Recoil Prototype 95 r-flex
Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7D & SM8M 58* ... Recoil 110s
Putter:  Newport 2.5 at 33"
Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x

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24 minutes ago, chisag said:

... Some here might remember that Fred Couples picked up a Ram deep bore 3 wood from Tom Watson's trunk and was just killing it, especially off the tee. He played it for quite awhile before Watson commented he was surprised Freddie was hitting a steel r-flex shaft so well. Freddie thought it was an x-flex and now that he knew it was r-flex* he began spraying it ll over the course. He re-shafted with an x-flex but it was never the same and he decided to go with another 3 wood. So even at the very highest level of play, it is still a mental game. 

* Rumor was the shaft was L-flex but I talked to Deborah Couples about it when she was following Freddie at the Western Open, and she confirmed it was r-flex. 

That is crazy!  This also ties into some questions I had from this thread (or another recently talking about the Mizuno shaft optimizer).  

How long does it take a person to adjust to a different shaft?  I tried one of those at a show last winter and was told no practice swings, not even a waggle.  But on the first backswing I could already tell the thing felt like a noodle.  I know I can't swing my wife's "A" flex like my S C-Tapers.  So are my optimizer results legit?  The numbers didn't really match how I imagined my swing. Is my imagination bad?  What is my natural swing?  Do I swing my current shafts naturally or have I made adjustments to them? 

I have a "Stiff" Ping Tour shaft in my driver.  I demo'd an X that was working really well.  PGATSS didn't have an X in their Ping cart but the stiff worked best from what they had.  I tried an X at a later date at another shop and it wasn't any better than the S.  Kudos to them for not trying to sell something that wouldn't help.  I did have about 50yds total difference from PGATSS (long) to the other shop (not long).  I think reality lies somewhere in between.

I have soft stepped S C-Tapers in my irons.  No idea if these are a good fit.  Some days I feel like I will take them to the grave with me, others I feel like burying them six feet under so I never have to see them again.

Wedges have Tour V S shafts.  A lighter flexier higher launching shaft in my wedges that TK designed to keep the flight down.  I don't know how much sense that makes.  But it looks like many of you also go with a softer flex in your wedges, so maybe that works just fine.

I think my putter shaft is the right flex at least...


:ping-small: G400 LST 8.5 Ping Tour 65 Stiff

:adams-small: Adams XTD Ti 18 deg 3Hy

:benhogan-small: Ben Hogan PTx 22-46 

:benhogan-small: Ben Hogan TK15 50, 54, 58 deg wedges

:cameron-small: Futura 5.5

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... This is a pretty good video about the Optimizer with the guys from TXG:

https://golf.mizunoeurope.com/blog/the-new-mizuno-shaft-optimizer-3d-how-effective-is-it/

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Driver:   Cobra Speedzone Xtreme 9* ... Atmos TS Blue 6s
Fw wood: Cobra Speedzone 14.5* ... Atmos TS Blue 7s
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18*  ... HZRDUS Black 6.0 85 hy
Irons:    4-Gw Titleist T100-S ... Kuro Kage 105 Tini s-flex
              4-pw TaylorMade P760 ... Recoil Prototype 95 r-flex
Wedges:  SM6 52* F Grind /SM7D & SM8M 58* ... Recoil 110s
Putter:  Newport 2.5 at 33"
Ball:  TaylorMade TP5x

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