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I currently use an old Callaway Apex UT driving iron and I am thinking it may be time for an update.  I have been virtually looking at the TM P790, Mizuno HMB, Srixon Z U85 and Titleist U500/510.  Do any of you guys have these and if so, what are your likes and dislikes about them.  I have looked at reviews, and I have hit the HMB irons (just not the 2 iron) and know they feel soft.  All of the shops in my area are closed so I can't hit any.  I would love to see a MGS testing on these since in recent weeks I have seen a lot of people talking about them.  I plan on upgrading and I will hit them before I do so don't worry. 

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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I would love to see a MGS testing on these since in recent weeks I have seen a lot of people talking about them. . 

Here is MGS most wanted testing from last September of last year:

https://mygolfspy.com/2019-most-wanted-utility-iron/

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :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:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   :taylormade-small:TM-180

Testing:   SPGC_logo.jpg

Backups:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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1 hour ago, cnosil said:


Here is MGS most wanted testing from last September of last year:

https://mygolfspy.com/2019-most-wanted-utility-iron/

Thanks for that, have you personally hit any of them?  If so, what did you think?

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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Srixon is great, but it's wide sole is no bueno off the deck for me as a shallow swinger

U500 and P790UDI are probably the most iron like and my two personal favorites

MP20 sits somewhere in-betweeen the Srixon and the other two.

As much as I absolutely love a 2 iron off the tee, it just doesn't make sense for me to carry since I get better versatility out of a hybrid.  With my 818H2, I can hit it off the deck and off the tee and get plenty of launch and a solid angle of descent into the greens .

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Thanks for that, have you personally hit any of them?  If so, what did you think?

I hit them all, I am one of the most wanted testers. What did I think? I hate utility/driving irons; give me a hybrid. They are probably fine off a tee, But just don’t do what I want and require me to change my swing to hit them effectively.

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :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:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   :taylormade-small:TM-180

Testing:   SPGC_logo.jpg

Backups:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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3 hours ago, cnosil said:


I hit them all, I am one of the most wanted testers. What did I think? I hate utility/driving irons; give me a hybrid. They are probably fine off a tee, But just don’t do what I want and require me to change my swing to hit them effectively.

I fully agree and you are talking to a person that used to carry and sometimes still does 1 and 2 irons. I only carry 1 hybrid and that is set to 18 degrees. Tried 2 driving irons and found that yes they are slightly easier to hit of a tee but I found harder to hit off the fairway unless it was sitting up. The only issue I have with my hybrid is it takes allot more work to move the ball.

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Callaway Epic Flash 9 Degree

Callaway Epic Flash 3 wood 15 Degree

Callaway Apex 21 Hybrid 19 Degree

Callaway Steelhead Pro 4-AW Irons

Cleveland 54 Degree Wedge Steel Shaft

Recoil Graphite Shafts in all Callaway

Cobra Vintage Series Stingray 40

Preferred ball - Seed 001

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Hey MGS , In the same position looking at getting a driving Iron. I have a Callaway Warbird  5 wood that I never swing so looking to replace it with a driving Iron any suggestions would be great! Is there a place to get fitted for a driving Iron ?

:callaway-small: XR 16, 9°, Aldila Phenom 70 2.9 X-stiff

:titelist-small: 915F 3 wood, 15° , Aldila Tour Green  75

:callaway-small: Big Bertha Warbird 5 wood,

:titelist-small: 712MB 4-Pw, True Temper Dynamic gold 300s

:vokey-small: SM5 52°, F Grind

:vokey-small: SM5 56°, M Grind

:vokey-small:SM6 60° , S Grind

:cameron-small: Select Newport 2014 , 15 g weight toe/heel , 34 inches , Pistolini - Red  Grip

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On 4/23/2020 at 12:27 PM, cnosil said:


Here is MGS most wanted testing from last September of last year:

https://mygolfspy.com/2019-most-wanted-utility-iron/

Any Idea of when the 2020 Most wanted utility iron will come out ?

:callaway-small: XR 16, 9°, Aldila Phenom 70 2.9 X-stiff

:titelist-small: 915F 3 wood, 15° , Aldila Tour Green  75

:callaway-small: Big Bertha Warbird 5 wood,

:titelist-small: 712MB 4-Pw, True Temper Dynamic gold 300s

:vokey-small: SM5 52°, F Grind

:vokey-small: SM5 56°, M Grind

:vokey-small:SM6 60° , S Grind

:cameron-small: Select Newport 2014 , 15 g weight toe/heel , 34 inches , Pistolini - Red  Grip

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19 minutes ago, Wagerst said:

Any Idea of when the 2020 Most wanted utility iron will come out ?

They are way behind in testing due to the shutdowns.  Utility irons are typically toward the end of the testing cycle.   

Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15*  w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :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:  :titleist-small: 54/12D, 60/8M w/:Accra iWedge 90 Graphite
Putter:   :taylormade-small:TM-180

Testing:   SPGC_logo.jpg

Backups:  :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, :seemore-small: mFGP2, :cameron-small: Futura 5W

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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That make sense, thanks for the update !

 

:callaway-small: XR 16, 9°, Aldila Phenom 70 2.9 X-stiff

:titelist-small: 915F 3 wood, 15° , Aldila Tour Green  75

:callaway-small: Big Bertha Warbird 5 wood,

:titelist-small: 712MB 4-Pw, True Temper Dynamic gold 300s

:vokey-small: SM5 52°, F Grind

:vokey-small: SM5 56°, M Grind

:vokey-small:SM6 60° , S Grind

:cameron-small: Select Newport 2014 , 15 g weight toe/heel , 34 inches , Pistolini - Red  Grip

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I had the MP-18 SC Fli-Hi with a Veylix Rome shaft for a bit. It was perfect for hitting bullets off the tee! I didn’t like a driving iron from anywhere else on the course, so I sold it.

Driver: Ping G430 Max 9*, Ping Tour 70X

Fairway: Ping G425 15*, Ping Tour 70X

Hybrid: Ping G425 22*, Ping Tour 80X

Irons:  Ping i230 4-GW, TT DG X100

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

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

Ball: Titleist 2023 AVX

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18 hours ago, PMookie said:

I had the MP-18 SC Fli-Hi with a Veylix Rome shaft for a bit. It was perfect for hitting bullets off the tee! I didn’t like a driving iron from anywhere else on the course, so I sold it.

I only use mine from the tee too, did you end up getting a 5 wood to replace it.  Now I am thinking maybe 5 wood may be better because I can hit it off the deck as well. 

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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I only use mine from the tee too, did you end up getting a 5 wood to replace it.  Now I am thinking maybe 5 wood may be better because I can hit it off the deck as well. 

No, I just play a hybrid I had instead.


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Driver: Ping G430 Max 9*, Ping Tour 70X

Fairway: Ping G425 15*, Ping Tour 70X

Hybrid: Ping G425 22*, Ping Tour 80X

Irons:  Ping i230 4-GW, TT DG X100

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

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

Ball: Titleist 2023 AVX

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I currently am testing Sub70 699U 3 iron.

Jason is really amazing and from my order the demo arrived in 2 days...

Shaft is a Project X graphite 6.0. Not my favorite shaft and probably the only thing I would change.

the club is so sweet. Has a huge sweet spot and is easy to send in the air. Even misfits lose very little power.

I am testing it on my skytrak and  numbers are what expected. Mid flight easy to lower if need.

low spin and Looooong

kudos to Sub70

:ping-small: G400 9.0 Alta CB 55g stiff

:ping-small: G400 3W Alta CB 65g stiff

:Sub70: Fairway Pro 5W Ust Mamiya V2 black stiff

:Sub70: 839X 4h Kbs TGI80

:Sub70: 639cb 5-PW Kbs TGI80

:Sub70: Forged Wedge  50.7 Kbs TGI80

:callaway-small: MD4 56.8, 60.12

PXG Bat Attack

:Snell: MTB-X

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I play and love the Tour Edge CBX Ironwoods.  They don't look as bulk and offset like most of the Driving irons out there.  I started with the 3 iron for tee shots only, but after hitting a few shots from the fairway I found that it was a better play than my stock 3 iron.  I then went out and bought the 4 iron to replace my stock 4 iron.  They both have the Project X HZD Smoke shaft in them and I couldn't be happier with their performance.  I have had some of my higher handicap friends try them  and they were shocked at how easy they were to hit.  They definitely improved my game.

Hit'em straight and not too often!!!

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I play the Ping G Crossover hybrid iron, picked it up off of second swing for like $70, looked brand new when I received it.  I got this to replace my 4 hybrid and I really like it, I feel like I can control it better then a traditional hybrid. 

:cobra-small: Speedzone Driver Tensei AV Blue or  :ping-small: G400 SFT 10. KBS TD 50 Category 3 shaft 

:cobra-small: King Speedzone Black Yellow Fairway 3 wood Tensei AV Blue 65 

:cobra-small: F9 SpeedBack Black Grey Fairway 5 Wood   :Fuji: ATMOS Tour Spec Blue 7 shaft

:titelist-small: T300 4i-GW - Tensei AV Blue AM2 Regular Flex  or :mizuno-small: JPX 900 Hot Metal 5 - GW Project X Lz 4.5 Regular Flex Graphite 

:ping-small:   Glide 2.0 SS Wedges 54 & 58 

:taylormade-small: TP Red White Ardmore Putter - BGT Stability Tour Black shaft 

:918457628_PrecisionPro:Precision Pro NX7 range finder 

:cobra-small: Ultralight Cart Bag 

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On ‎4‎/‎23‎/‎2020 at 11:50 AM, ballplayer002003 said:

I currently use an old Callaway Apex UT driving iron and I am thinking it may be time for an update.  I have been virtually looking at the TM P790, Mizuno HMB, Srixon Z U85 and Titleist U500/510.  Do any of you guys have these and if so, what are your likes and dislikes about them.  I have looked at reviews, and I have hit the HMB irons (just not the 2 iron) and know they feel soft.  All of the shops in my area are closed so I can't hit any.  I would love to see a MGS testing on these since in recent weeks I have seen a lot of people talking about them.  I plan on upgrading and I will hit them before I do so don't worry. 

The as seen on TV Controller Via 1990's, but in honesty I like the Srixon U85

 :ping-small:G410 LST 7* W/ UST V2 84-gram S-shaft

 :ping-small:G400 Strength 3 wood 12* W/ UST V2 94-gram S-shaft

 :tour-edge: EXS PRO Hybrid 19* & 22* W/ 6.0 SMOKE 80g

:srixon-small: Z585 5-PW MODUS Tour S-105 / May switch out to S400's in the future

 :cleveland-small:CBX FULL FACE 56* & Smart Sole 4 G/W 50*

 :cleveland-small:Cleveland Classic Collection HB 2 Black Pearl putter

:Snell:MTB-X Yellow

:titelist-small: Bag

:Arccos:

 

 

 

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I game a Titleist U-510 3 iron with the hazardous smoke 80 shaft. Love the feel, look, and sound of this club. I have a steep swing/AoA, so hybrids are a no-go for me. The 510 has a wider sole and is more forgiving than the 500, IMO 

 

Driver - Cobra LtDxLS

3 Wood - Ping g410 LST

2iron - Titleist U505

Irons - Ping i59

Wedges - Vokey Sm9

Putter - Mizuno Mcraft IV

 

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... I have a weakness for Driving irons. I have played so many and they all have strengths and weaknesses. I keep going back to my Taylor Made 18* UDi 2 iron with a Kuro Kage 95hy shaft (pulled from a Wilson Utility). I can hit my DI quite a bit farther than any corresponding club in my bag because I love hitting irons and I have a ton of confidence in DI's. 

... I have played Srixon U45, Wilson FG Tour, Exotics CBX Ironwood, Exotics CB Pro Tungsten, Cobra Utility, GAPR Mid and my UDi. I am probably going to pick up the new Exotics Ti Utlity 17* and bend it to 18* because ... well ... I just can't seem to help myself. 

https://www.touredge.com/exs-220-ti-utility

Driver:     :taylormade-small:  Qi10 Max 10.5* ... Graphite Design AD-IZr
Fairway:  :cobra-small: Aerojet 3/5 ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:      430 Hybrid 22*... Steelfiber 780Hy 
                  :taylormade-small:  DHy #4 ... Diamana LTD 65r 
Irons:       :titleist-small:         '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :EVNROLL:  Custom EV 5.1  33" 
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour

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I love driving irons but I love the big fat ones. Currently have two Ping G Crossovers in the bag. I gave consideration to the gapr mid as well but didn't have time to out it through the paces. 

 :wilson_staff_small: :taylormade-small: :callaway-small:                    

PXG 0211 10.5*
Callaway Mavrik 21* 7W
Taylormade RSi1 5 Iron
Taylormade RSi2 6-PW
Taylormade PSI 50*
Callaway Jaws 54* C Grind
Wilson Staff Infinite Southside
Maxfli Tour

 

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On 5/14/2020 at 7:40 PM, chisag said:

... I have a weakness for Driving irons. I have played so many and they all have strengths and weaknesses. I keep going back to my Taylor Made 18* UDi 2 iron with a Kuro Kage 95hy shaft (pulled from a Wilson Utility). I can hit my DI quite a bit farther than any corresponding club in my bag because I love hitting irons and I have a ton of confidence in DI's. 

... I have played Srixon U45, Wilson FG Tour, Exotics CBX Ironwood, Exotics CB Pro Tungsten, Cobra Utility, GAPR Mid and my UDi. I am probably going to pick up the new Exotics Ti Utlity 17* and bend it to 18* because ... well ... I just can't seem to help myself. 

https://www.touredge.com/exs-220-ti-utility

Do you play them from the fairway as well?  I only hit mine off the tee's so I am also thinking about maybe shifting over to a 5 wood to play off the tee's and fairways.  It's tough though right now since nothing is open to try anything. 

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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On 5/17/2020 at 3:58 PM, B.D. Scott said:

I carry a Taylormade 790 2 iron or a Srixon U85 but only when im playing long courses with long pars 3. Srixon U85 are good forgiven clubs. Hope this help Good Luck⛳✊

I have heard good things about both, once stores start opening up again, I will try some out, starting with the Srixon

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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12 minutes ago, ballplayer002003 said:

Do you play them from the fairway as well?  I only hit mine off the tee's so I am also thinking about maybe shifting over to a 5 wood to play off the tee's and fairways.  It's tough though right now since nothing is open to try anything. 

 

... I will hit my driving irons on a windy day or a par 5 second shot with hard fairways, but mostly just off the tee. 

Driver:     :taylormade-small:  Qi10 Max 10.5* ... Graphite Design AD-IZr
Fairway:  :cobra-small: Aerojet 3/5 ... Kai'li Blue 60R
Hybrids:  :ping-small:      430 Hybrid 22*... Steelfiber 780Hy 
                  :taylormade-small:  DHy #4 ... Diamana LTD 65r 
Irons:       :titleist-small:         '23 T200 5-Pw ... Steelfiber i95r
Wedges:  :taylormade-small: Vokey 50*/54*/58* ... Steelfiber i95r
Putter:     :EVNROLL:  Custom EV 5.1  33" 
Ball:           Maxfli     Maxfli Tour

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Just now, chisag said:

 

... I will hit my driving irons on a windy day or a par 5 second shot with hard fairways, but mostly just off the tee. 

Thanks for the input, my course tends to have pretty soft fairways, it's an old course that doesn't drain very well.  I checked out the link too for the tour edge, they look pretty sweet!  To be honest, they never popped up on my radar.  I'll have to look into them

   Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero Hzdrs Smoke x flex 70g

3 Wood:  :titelist-small: 917 w/ Diamana Whiteboard stiff

5 Wood : :callaway-small: Epic Flash 18* Hzdrs Smoke stiff

4 Hybrid: image.png.cf6ab25979c6727ff31e6cc6f719636c.png TSi3 Hzdrs Smoke X flex

     Irons:  :callaway-small: 5-7  Apex forged 19 w/ Modus 120 X

                         9-A Apex Pro 19 w/ Modus 120 X

Wedges:  :callaway-small: MD5 52&56 Jaws Dynamic Gold wedge flex

    Putter: :titelist-small: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5 34"

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I am intrigued by the new Ben Hogan U-Hi. Has anyone hit this iron yet? 

:callaway-small: Mavrik Subzero, 9.5*, VA Nemesys 75, Golfpride MCC Align Midsize

:callaway-small: Mavrik Max Fairway Wood, 15*, Stock shaft, Golfpride MCC Midsize

:titelist-small: Titleist U500 21*, Hzrdus Smoke Stiff, Golfpride MCC Midsize

:benhogan-small: 2020 Ben Hogan Icon Irons 8-PW, Project X LZ, Golfpride MCC Midsize

:benhogan-small: 2020 Ben Hogan PTxPro Irons 4-7, Project X LZ, Golfpride MCC Midsize

:titelist-small: Vokey SM8 50*, 54*, 60*, Stock vokey shaft, Golfpride MCC Midsize

:cameron-small: Scotty Cameron California Mid-Mallet

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