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So I know that Bridgestone is not the hot brand that everybody's after but I've found their stuff very intriguing since doing the 2018 wedge test.

 

Short story long, I've got a possible chance to get my hands on some lightly used TourStage Z101s.

 

Reading some very aged reviews, as these clubs are probably a good 8-10 yrs old, it seems that these may be some "Holy Grail" clubs. Apparently TourStage was revered as a top-class Japanese forging group.

 

If anybody happens to have any further info to share about these clubs or TourStage please feel free to share.

 

Thanks!!

 

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

 

 

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I’ve known a few sticks that played them. They share the same formula as some other “holy grail” types - compact with a tungsten load behind the sweet spot. Adams MB2 and CMB are a similar tungsten loaded players design that I personally love. But I can’t speak to the marshmallow forging status on the TourStage Z101.

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... Z101's are one of the iron sets I really regret selling. At the time, they were the Holy Grail for many reasons including forging, feel, look at address, head size and playability. But compared to modern irons they are now just another set of really good irons. But if the price is right and you like the look, they could be a great set to pick up. 

Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
               TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 TaylorMade MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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... Z101's are one of the iron sets I really regret selling. At the time, they were the Holy Grail for many reasons including forging, feel, look at address, head size and playability. But compared to modern irons they are now just another set of really good irons. But if the price is right and you like the look, they could be a great set to pick up. 
Well the price is $free.99.. sort of. I'm trying to work a trade for another item that I have no financial "interest" in that received and won't be using. if that makes any sense.

I'm really looking for an older set of smaller and more bladed players clubs.. kind of like having a modern sports car for daily use but keeping an 80's 911 in the garage for some nostalgic kicks from time to time.

I'm also considering some Bridgestone j36 blades or something from the Mizzy lineup circa 2010.

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

:mizuno-small: STZ 9.5* / Fujikura MotoreX F3  
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Fujikura MotoreX F1 
:cobra-small:  King Utility Iron 18.5°/ Kuro Kage Black 

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TS-1 3 - P / TT DG 105 (S+) 
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedges - 50/6 + 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 
:taylormade-small: TP5x

 

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

Well the price is $free.99.. sort of. I'm trying to work a trade for another item that I have no financial "interest" in that received and won't be using. if that makes any sense.

I'm really looking for an older set of smaller and more bladed players clubs.. kind of like having a modern sports car for daily use but keeping an 80's 911 in the garage for some nostalgic kicks from time to time.

 

... Then I think the Z101's fit that description. I loved mine and made the mistake of selling them for some Tour Stage MR23 US Spec irons that had a reputation for being even better than the Z101's with a slightly smaller head and even better feel. Bought them sight unseen (other than pictures) from Japan. But they had an extreme amount of camber and I actually preferred the Z101's. Interestingly the MR23's sold for $1200 and at that time which was insanely expensive and I just could not justify playing irons I didn't love that were over $1k and sold them for a slight profit. I tried to find another mint set of Z101's but I never did. Most definitely in the top 5  of irons I have played. 

Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
               TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 TaylorMade MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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... Then I think the Z101's fit that description. I loved mine and made the mistake of selling them for some Tour Stage MR23 US Spec irons that had a reputation for being even better than the Z101's with a slightly smaller head and even better feel. Bought them sight unseen (other than pictures) from Japan. But they had an extreme amount of camber and I actually preferred the Z101's. Interestingly the MR23's sold for $1200 and at that time which was insanely expensive and I just could not justify playing irons I didn't love that were over $1k and sold them for a slight profit. I tried to find another mint set of Z101's but I never did. Most definitely in the top 5  of irons I have played. 
Excellent info and very encouraging. I'll be meeting with my contact here in a week or so. Hopefully it all works out.

Thanks for the input

the more I practice, the luckier I seem to get..

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:mizuno-small: STZ 9.5* / Fujikura MotoreX F3  
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Fujikura MotoreX F1 
:cobra-small:  King Utility Iron 18.5°/ Kuro Kage Black 

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TS-1 3 - P / TT DG 105 (S+) 
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedges - 50/6 + 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 
:taylormade-small: TP5x

 

 

 

 

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Hey @Chisag

While I have your attention, and to change brands for a second, any experience with Mizuno MP-54's? I've also got a possible change to land a set of these. They seem to possibly fit in that aforementioned category.

Thanks again for your help! 

:mizuno-small: STZ 9.5* / Fujikura MotoreX F3  
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Fujikura MotoreX F1 
:cobra-small:  King Utility Iron 18.5°/ Kuro Kage Black 

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TS-1 3 - P / TT DG 105 (S+) 
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedges - 50/6 + 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 
:taylormade-small: TP5x

 

 

 

 

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... A friend of mine is still playing MP54's and he absolutely loves them. I would put them in the modern pocket cavity category though, not a classic old school forging like the Z101's. 

Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade UDi 18* ... Even Flow Black 85R
               TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 TaylorMade MG3 58* LB ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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  • 1 year later...

still play my z101,s when i get bored with my ping g.s....the z101s are just soooo sweet to look at..i am sure i play better shots if i look at them before the shot.

i too have had many sets but the z.s hold my heart

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  • 2 weeks later...

The Z101 irons look good.  The J33s are the ones I would like to try.

Ping G410 LST 10.5

Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 6-48

Corey Paul Functional Art 52, 56 & 60

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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