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29 minutes ago, JohnSmalls said:

I normally don’t get along with SGI/GI set wedges and I don’t know what it is about this D7 gap wedge and why it continues to perform so well, but I am liking it more and more. It has given me more looks at birdie this past month than I have had in the past 2 years 

I agree. The Gap wedge is my favorite in the set and the one I use the most often. It has dropped my handicap 2 strokes since these clubs arrived.

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I’ll third the motion on the gap wedge! Inside 100 it’s been very accurate. It also has replaced my 56 degree wedge on some shots around green.


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18 hours ago, JohnSmalls said:

Testers, what has been your favorite shot with your D7s so far?

Honestly, teeing off with the 4i and cranking it 235yds+ fairly consistently has been favorite shot 🙂 Outside of that, I had a great shot that put me 5ft to pin from 135yds out with the GW!

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22 hours ago, JohnSmalls said:

Testers, what has been your favorite shot with your D7s so far?

I don't have a single favorite shot I've made, but I do have a favorite shot I make with these clubs. It's a short lob shot with the Gap wedge. I now feel confident when getting ready for it (over a bunker, hill or nothing significant) because it's become pretty consistent.

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4th week review update - I realize it's past week 4, but after my week 3 update I had almost a 3 week layoff. So to me this has been week 4.

Not much to report. I played one full round where I felt completely out of whack - rhythm, distance, direction, putting, you name it. I'll count that as time well spent to knock the jet lag rust off. I didn't even keep score. I also put in two practice sessions working on getting a feel back for my short game. @downlowkey was a huge guidance in helping me feel confident again with chipping, pitching and flop shots. I like my D7 gap and pitching wedge so much I just didn't anticipate that I could go backwards in using them.

I'm now optimistic about a round tomorrow. I plan to make it easy on myself, enjoy the course (lots of good rain today, yea!) and let the Wilson D7's do their thing.

Weather permitting, I'm committed to putting in a lot of time these last two testing weeks to bring the D7's back around.  Cheers.

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Like @artful_golfer, I wanted to give a weekly update too. I played front 9 last Friday as well and had a special guest! 

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Round went pretty well and shot a 40 after a great chip-in for birdie to end the round! I found myself using the 4i to tee off a lot since it was consistently 235yds+, as I mentioned in an earlier post. Best shot was a 247yd bomber with my 4i that I got all of and felt it in the club with the Reakt tech giving pretty good feedback in my hands.

Besides the 4i, I only used the 7i, PW and GW, which I thought was odd for me, but the extra length is providing some new challenges while I am still adjusting. Wedge play has been way up too, which is great considering how well the PW and GW have performed for me! Really liking these clubs overall, although I might leave the 6,8,9 at home, haha.

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Testers, now that you've had a good few weeks with these clubs, is there anything that you find disappointing about them?

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4 hours ago, Nunfa0 said:

Testers, now that you've had a good few weeks with these clubs, is there anything that you find disappointing about them?

Honestly, the biggest issue I am having with the newer clubs, and I think this is a problem with all newer iron sets, is the gapping. As I mentioned in my last post, I really only use a 4, 5, 7, PW, GW from the set. Realize manufacturers need to make sure the newest model "goes farther" and "flies straighter," but that creates a new conundrum for the average golfer. In fact, I read this article last night and found myself nodding along quite frequently: https://golfweek.com/2019/09/24/new-irons-can-create-a-tricky-gapping-problem/

It created a void sub 135yds for me that I had to fill with additional wedges. Now, I don't mind hitting my 4i 235yds+ every time, but it does require an adjustment period where I have to test and learn each iron's capabilities, weaknesses, and distances on a course, not just the range. 

With that said, the clubs have performed well for me and I have greatly enjoyed testing them out. The only other issue I can think of is that I have started to put a little too much of a draw on my shots with the perimeter weighting correcting my swing. Again, this is more about my swing than the club, but it is an adjustment period that needs to be taken into consideration if someone were to purchase these irons. Certainly not something that can't be overcome, but good feedback for prospective buyers all the same. 

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5 hours ago, Nunfa0 said:

Testers, now that you've had a good few weeks with these clubs, is there anything that you find disappointing about them?

I love questions like this!

I tried to go into this with very low expectations so that any disappointments would be legitimate concerns.  With that I am still struggling to hit the long irons with a bone stock swing.  I can hit nice low draws with them, I can fade them pretty well and have hit nice cut down punches a little too well (distance).  But my standard full swing has been worse than inconsistent.  I firmly believe I have the club speed for these to work but they just aren't working on full swings.  I think it is a mix of a swing problem (85%) and the DG AMT being the wrong shaft for the long irons (15%). 

The other disappointment is the loft gapping.  When selected for this test, I spent a lot of time looking at club specs trying to assess distance differences and comparisons to my weaker lofted Vapor Pro Combos.  The Vapors have a pretty steady 4* loft structure in my set with the exception of the 4-5 iron (3* difference), and depending on how I was swinging the club that day, I had a great idea of what club I needed to pull---no second thoughts.  The D7s...not so much.  The schizophrenic loft gap through the set is an issue that I will detail further in stage 2. 

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On 9/23/2019 at 5:52 PM, JohnSmalls said:

Testers, what has been your favorite shot with your D7s so far?

I have spoken about the GW being a favorite club, but there are 2 shots that are in contention for favorite. 

#1- I drove into trouble before hitting a blind 7 iron with a fade to get around a tree into the green on the par 4 #11 at Spring Lake to save a very lucky GIR.

#2- Hit a nice fade off of the tee to set up for about 155 to a slightly uphill pin on the toughest hole on our course.  The 8 iron left me pin high and set me up for a legitimate birdie look for my first time ever on this hole.  I got the line right and left the downhill putt short, but walked away with an easy par.  I can count on one hand the number of pars I have had on this hole and none of them were easy.  This is one shining spot where easy distance with these clubs has been a game improvement. 

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16 hours ago, Nunfa0 said:

Testers, now that you've had a good few weeks with these clubs, is there anything that you find disappointing about them?

Though I mostly like these clubs I do have two disappointments.

#1 - I'm disappointed that the ladies set doesn't offer a 4 iron like the men's. Doesn't make sense, seems like women need it more than men. It leaves a big gap that I fill with my old TaylorMade 4 iron which I happen to love.

#2 - I still have trouble with distance consistency with the longer irons #6 and #5. If I hit the sweet spot they will fly surprising farther than expected. And then a hit that feels solid but obviously isn't can fall quite short. Getting the expected distance doesn't happen often enough.

@Tarheelvolvo thanks for the link to the article about gaps. I found myself nodding in agreement also.

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On 9/24/2019 at 3:15 PM, artful_golfer said:

I don't have a single favorite shot I've made, but I do have a favorite shot I make with these clubs. It's a short lob shot with the Gap wedge. I now feel confident when getting ready for it (over a bunker, hill or nothing significant) because it's become pretty consistent.

Well I didn't have a single favorite shot with the D7s until today. I used my pitching wedge about 70 yards out and needed to skim the edge of a bunker. I could see the flag but not the area of the green where the hole was behind the bunker. I saw my ball bounce on the edge of the bunker and thought it made it onto the green but would be going too fast to stay there. I searched in the tall grass on the other side of the green for a long time but never found my ball. Walking back across the green to search on the front side, I looked down in the cup and there was my ball! I had a birdie on a par 5! Wish I could have watched it.

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How's the paintfill & wear in the cavity for everyone so far? Any issues? 

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2 hours ago, russtopherb said:

How's the paintfill & wear in the cavity for everyone so far? Any issues? 

I just looked at all of them. No wear at all. But after five years my Ping Serene club cavities also don't show wear. Even from an angle you can see how much wider the soles on my Pings are.

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I also checked the holes on the soles, which to me are not holes at all because they are filled with a hard polymer. I expected to see at least a little wear here but all of those are fine and don't show any wear. There is a slight indention for each hole so the polymer probably doesn't receive the same ground contact abuse as the surrounding metal parts of the sole.

As expected the highly polished soles have accumulated lots of scuffs. This photo is of the 7 iron which has been one of the least used in the set. But still shows I have been using these!

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5 minutes ago, artful_golfer said:

I just looked at all of them. No wear at all. But after five years my Ping Serene club cavities also don't show wear. Even from an angle you can see how much wider the soles on my Pings are.

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I also checked the holes on the soles, which to me are not holes at all because they are filled with a hard polymer. I expected to see at least a little wear here but all of those are fine and don't show any wear. There is a slight indention for each hole so the polymer probably doesn't receive the same ground contact abuse as the surrounding metal parts of the sole.

As expected the highly polished soles have accumulated lots of scuffs. This photo is of the 7 iron which has been one of the least used in the set. But still shows I have been using these!

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Same! Mine look great to far. Even the chrome finish on the sole looks great after all my rounds and a lot of range time with artificial hitting mats, which we all know can "green" a club pretty quick.

 

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On 9/2/2019 at 7:57 PM, artful_golfer said:

I have never been able to figure out a consistently successful bump & run. So I try soft lob shots that don't roll much or usually use my putter when close, even off the green. Honestly, because of the past, I haven't put in a good effort to try bump & runs with these irons. This is a nudge that I should and promise to try it. Maybe I'll surprise myself and have a new shot I can use!

Looking forward to your input on the bump and run with these irons

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9 minutes ago, ole gray said:

Looking forward to your input on the bump and run with these irons as these irons are very intriguing and pumped for your stage two's coming up!

 

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16 hours ago, ole gray said:

Looking forward to your input on the bump and run with these irons as these irons are very intriguing and pumped for your stage two's coming up!

 

7 hours ago, JohnSmalls said:

Stay tuned 👀 

I agree. We're almost to the end. And I'll try to get a video of my new bump and run shot!

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