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I have always questioned Ralph Matlby's Playability Factor system of identifying forgiving game improvement clubs versus those not so forgiving.  During my time teaching golf technology schools back in my Golfsmith days I created an iron that would be "superior" to any that Maltby offered by having a Playability Factor over 1,000.  Ladies and Gentlemen may I introduce you to The Big Ralph.  PFI >1,000   Technically this iron should have been extremely forgiving and easy to hit.  In actuality it was like striking a golf ball with a hockey stick.  The sweet spot was impossible to find and the only way I saw golfers hit is well was teed up well above the turf.  Anyway this is my Maltby story . . . . . . .

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15 minutes ago, StrokerAce said:

maybe I should try again.

suggestions???

You could start with a CB grip like a Superstroke or a CB plug like one of these. They go up to 100g which is pretty substantial. 

My Edel weighs over 600g total but has 60g down the shaft and an 80g grip. Total weight is heavy but swinging weight and efficiency are spot on. Lag putts went from being a weakness to a total strength. 

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   PXG 0311 Gen 5 9°/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Kuro Kage Silver 65X
:cobra-small: F8 6 wood 20* / Fujikura MotoreX F3 6S

:cobra-small: RADSpeed Hybrid 24*
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg TS1 4-GW / FCM Precision 6.5 Rifle
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedge - 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 

MAXFLI  Tour CG

 

 

 

 

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Here is my current set of irons, the ke4 Max 5-8 and the Ts3 9,pw

Then it goes to a honma 48 and some wilson staff wedges. I Used Maltby Max wedges but changed from 52/58 to 54/60 wilson staff wedges. I attached a pic of the ke4 max and maltby max prior to adding ts3 clubs

Also attached is the Hyway 7 wood which is super easy to hit. 

And a Maltby Black Japan Milled putter with unique insert.

I love the ke4max/ts3 mixed set and almost every Maltby item ive tried.

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Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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2 minutes ago, KOG said:

Here is my current set of irons, the ke4 Max 5-8 and the Ts3 9,pw

Then it goes to a honma 48 and some wilson staff wedges. I Used Maltby Max wedges but changed from 52/58 to 54/60 wilson staff wedges. I attached a pic of the ke4 max and maltby max prior to adding ts3 clubs

Also attached is the Hyway 7 wood which is super easy to hit. 

And a Maltby Black Japan Milled putter with unique insert.

I love the ke4max/ts3 mixed set and almost every Maltby item ive tried.

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outstanding looking set, How is the gap from the Max to the TS3 work for you?

 

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Just now, Deepred said:

outstanding looking set, How is the gap from the Max to the TS3 work for you?

 

Thanks. I had the loft on the 9 and pw bent one degree stronger (result is 1 degree less bounce + less offset) and its all good. I love the TS3s so much, Im struggling to keep it a combo. Maybe Ill grab the 8 and gap....No stop it

Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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also noticed your name was deep red... Those are my backup set.... Gems

 

The wide shaft and low and short hosel worked so well. Curious if they plan to bring back the fat shaft since they are in throwback mode with dynapower

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Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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Slowly replacing my PW - 6i Ping G's with Maltby STi2 irons.  I'm putting them on Aldila NV Graphite iron shafts, senior-65.  Started In Jan testing just the 6i.  Then bought 7i and 8i.  I was going to stop with the 9i, but I just can't help myself.  I just got the PW and shaft yesterday.  I'm and older guy with a 13 hcp so still need the forgiveness.  The Maltby's are great.  Actually picked up some additional yardage.  I will definitely be looking at testing a wedge later in the year.  My CBX2's are getting a little worn.

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On 3/18/2023 at 9:36 PM, GolfSpy SAM said:

Every time I hit them yesterday, I kept thinking I'm a fool for not hitting a full set. And fwiw, the Score shafts cut to R+ feel INCREDIBLE. I'm a little bit stunned. 

The Scor shafts are made by True Temper and were previously known as dynalite. They were in lots of clubs stock 2013-2016

Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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Thinking about their Utility / Driving iron  but havent pulled the trigger

 Ping 430 Max H/L 10 Degree Geezer Flex

 Ping 425 7 wood Geezer Flex

Ping 425 5H [Not in bag]

TM DHY 4/5

Titlist 5-Gap T300's Geezer Flex

Wedges Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52 degree and TM Hi Toe 4 56 degree

Putter Scotty Cameron Golo S Center Shafted

Ball Bridgestone BXS , Trying The Maxfli Tour S also

Bag Titlist 15 Cart Bag

 

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I currently play the Maltby SPI2 irons (7 - GW) and LOVE them. I built them myself using Kura Kage R flex shafts and Golf Pride midsize Tour Velvet grips. I like Maltby clubs because I can make only the clubs I want since I carry Ping driver, 3 & 5 wood, and 4,5,&7 hybrids. I also carry a Cleveland sand wedge and Wilson putter. Finally, I play the Srixon Z-Star ball and use Kirkland gloves. 

Maltby makes great clubs and are much cheaper than the OEM brands.

Ping G425 driver

Ping G410 5 wood

Ping G30 4 & 5 & 7 hybrids

Maltby 8 - GW  & Cleveland 52 wedge

Wilson putter 

Srixon Z-star ball

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On 5/12/2023 at 11:40 AM, KOG said:

also noticed your name was deep red... Those are my backup set.... Gems

 

The wide shaft and low and short hosel worked so well. Curious if they plan to bring back the fat shaft since they are in throwback mode with dynapower

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The fat shaft was tech that delivered, but as often happens in golf it didn’t sell as well as it needed to. The Deep Red was developed into the Tour which led to the Pi5 another very underrated club.

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I played my first round with a new set of TE irons with the NV85 shafts. Full shots were very good everything else not so much. I’m thinking I will drop the PW and GW and carry my KE4 Tour* GW. The Tour+ has a DG SL X100 8 iron shaft and I have a lot of confidence in that club.

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21 hours ago, KOG said:

The Scor shafts are made by True Temper and were previously known as dynalite. They were in lots of clubs stock 2013-2016

The Score is similar to the original Dynalite but isn’t as stiff overall and is lighter if I am remembering Jim Y’s comments from years ago correctly. I wish they could have continued the original Score shaft which was stepless and had a mid bend. 

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On 5/12/2023 at 9:45 AM, parrothead59 said:

I have always questioned Ralph Matlby's Playability Factor system of identifying forgiving game improvement clubs versus those not so forgiving.  During my time teaching golf technology schools back in my Golfsmith days I created an iron that would be "superior" to any that Maltby offered by having a Playability Factor over 1,000.  Ladies and Gentlemen may I introduce you to The Big Ralph.  PFI >1,000   Technically this iron should have been extremely forgiving and easy to hit.  In actuality it was like striking a golf ball with a hockey stick.  The sweet spot was impossible to find and the only way I saw golfers hit is well was teed up well above the turf.  Anyway this is my Maltby story . . . . . . .

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Did you have the MOI tested?  This design certainly looks to have nailed a low VCG (vertical center of gravity) and a longer blade length (measured by HCG from centerline of shaft), however, maybe its MOI is low.  

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19 minutes ago, vjcapron said:

Did you have the MOI tested?  This design certainly looks to have nailed a low VCG (vertical center of gravity) and a longer blade length (measured by HCG from centerline of shaft), however, maybe its MOI is low.  

Maybe there is a reason Ralph never designed a club like this🤔

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I have been playing with a Maltby KE4 Tour driver for 3 years--hits great with a solid feel and sound--nothing else can beat it.

Just finished making the Maltby ST-i2 iron set #5-Gap heads.  Made with "soft" 431 stainless steel--so I was able to bend these heads 2 degrees flat without any trouble using my 35 year old Golfworks loft/lie machine.

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7 hours ago, pineneedlespro said:

I have been playing with a Maltby KE4 Tour driver for 3 years--hits great with a solid feel and sound--nothing else can beat it.

Just finished making the Maltby ST-i2 iron set #5-Gap heads.  Made with "soft" 431 stainless steel--so I was able to bend these heads 2 degrees flat without any trouble using my 35 year old Golfworks loft/lie machine.

Love to hear how they play for you.

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On 5/13/2023 at 2:05 PM, Deepred said:

The Score is similar to the original Dynalite but isn’t as stiff overall and is lighter if I am remembering Jim Y’s comments from years ago correctly. I wish they could have continued the original Score shaft which was stepless and had a mid bend. 

I believe those are now the Apollo Stepless. Great shafts for the money. Apollo branched out to create True Temper when it was UK based. I was using the apollos stepless in my ke4 Max set but gave them to my nephew as he picked up golf and paired them with the Dynacraft Prophet MB. Like them in wedges as well. Very similar to my DG s300 I re-installed in my set regarding trajectory/feel but a bit lighter.

Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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On 5/13/2023 at 1:52 PM, Deepred said:

The fat shaft was tech that delivered, but as often happens in golf it didn’t sell as well as it needed to. The Deep Red was developed into the Tour which led to the Pi5 another very underrated club.

The Deep Red II distance had the highest MPF at 942. Thats the highest of all Wilsons. New Dynapowers only scored 498 

Driver Adams Idea with with Ventus Red TR stiff

3 Wood : Honma TR21 Big LB 14* w Fujikura Motore F1 70 Stiff

7 Wood: Great Big Bertha B23 w Adila RIP Gamma 60 stiff

5 Hybrid : Honma TW XP-1 25* w Vizard 65 stiff

Utility Iron: Honma TR21x 5 23* w MMT 85 stiff

6-gw Matlby TS3 w MMT 85 stiff

52* / 58* Vokey SM7 w Nippon Modus 105 Stiff

Putter: Bettinardi BB1 

Sun Mountain C130 Bag

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Build complete! 

These are seriously some of the nicest looking irons my eyes have seen.. and I've seen a LOT! 

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   PXG 0311 Gen 5 9°/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Kuro Kage Silver 65X
:cobra-small: F8 6 wood 20* / Fujikura MotoreX F3 6S

:cobra-small: RADSpeed Hybrid 24*
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg TS1 4-GW / FCM Precision 6.5 Rifle
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedge - 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 

MAXFLI  Tour CG

 

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, KOG said:

I believe those are now the Apollo Stepless. Great shafts for the money. Apollo branched out to create True Temper when it was UK based. I was using the apollos stepless in my ke4 Max set but gave them to my nephew as he picked up golf and paired them with the Dynacraft Prophet MB. Like them in wedges as well. Very similar to my DG s300 I re-installed in my set regarding trajectory/feel but a bit lighter.

Could be the same, the numbers are similar except the Score came with Sensicore. 

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10 minutes ago, FUPA-King said:

Those are gorgeous. Have you been able to hit them yet? If so, how do they compare to the TS1's? 

Just a few swipes in my garage on my hitting mat in a net. I'm going to the PGATSS this afternoon to dial in distances and get a feel for the flight shape and really get a good sense for the overall feeling. Of course nothing will compare to hitting off of grass. It's getting close to 100° here in AZ so outdoor range sessions are winding down. 

So far though these feel primo good! 

I'll definitely report back after hitting 100 or so shots at PGATSS. 

Stay tuned 

 

 

   PXG 0311 Gen 5 9°/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Kuro Kage Silver 65X
:cobra-small: F8 6 wood 20* / Fujikura MotoreX F3 6S

:cobra-small: RADSpeed Hybrid 24*
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg TS1 4-GW / FCM Precision 6.5 Rifle
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedge - 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 

MAXFLI  Tour CG

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, FUPA-King said:

Those are gorgeous. Have you been able to hit them yet? If so, how do they compare to the TS1's? 

Okay so I guess scratch going to the PGA Superstore because they are currently remodeling. I guess the next best thing to do is just go straight to the golf course and play a round of golf 😜

I'm going to play as if I had no idea that the lofts were slightly weaker than the TS-1's and see how we do with yardage and gapping. This should be very interesting 😁

   PXG 0311 Gen 5 9°/ Fujikura MotoreX F1 6X
:cobra-small:  F6 3 Wood 14* / Kuro Kage Silver 65X
:cobra-small: F8 6 wood 20* / Fujikura MotoreX F3 6S

:cobra-small: RADSpeed Hybrid 24*
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg TS1 4-GW / FCM Precision 6.5 Rifle
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411_thumb.jpg  TSW Wedge - 56/12
:edel-golf-1:  EAS 1.0 / Grip master 2.0 

MAXFLI  Tour CG

 

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, azstu324 said:

Okay so I guess scratch going to the PGA Superstore because they are currently remodeling. I guess the next best thing to do is just go straight to the golf course and play a round of golf 😜

I'm going to play as if I had no idea that the lofts were slightly weaker than the TS-1's and see how we do with yardage and gapping. This should be very interesting 😁

Very curious as to how this test goes 😉

Driver - PXG 0811 XF - Gen 5, 9 degrees (+1 setting), Oban Devotion TR 65 04
3/5 Wood - Warrior Golf (don't ask)
Utility - Caley X01 Driving Iron (3 = 18*)
Irons (4-PW) - Caley 01T (4-PW)
Wedges (48, 52, 56, 60) - Indi Wedges FLX 48 / ATK 52, 56, 60
Putter - L.A.B. Directed Force 2.1 - 65*
Ball - Maxfli Tour

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19 hours ago, azstu324 said:

Build complete! 

These are seriously some of the nicest looking irons my eyes have seen.. and I've seen a LOT! 

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Wow those are beautiful. Ugh I need to focus on putting not drool over these irons.

Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
4W:  Maltby KE4 
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50,54,58: Maltby TSW

Putter:  L.A.B. DF2.1 Accra Shaft 2023 Forum Testers - L.A.B. Putters
Ball: Mixed prefer ProV1 or Snell
Handicap: 9.2  -  Best Score: 72 (E) Springdale CC, Canton NC -2022

2020 Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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16 hours ago, azstu324 said:

Okay so I guess scratch going to the PGA Superstore because they are currently remodeling. I guess the next best thing to do is just go straight to the golf course and play a round of golf 😜

I'm going to play as if I had no idea that the lofts were slightly weaker than the TS-1's and see how we do with yardage and gapping. This should be very interesting 😁

So???? How did it go?

Driver:  Ben Hogan GS53
4W:  Maltby KE4 
2i: Maltby KE4 FDI 
4-PW:  Maltby TS-1 - C-Taper 120g 
50,54,58: Maltby TSW

Putter:  L.A.B. DF2.1 Accra Shaft 2023 Forum Testers - L.A.B. Putters
Ball: Mixed prefer ProV1 or Snell
Handicap: 9.2  -  Best Score: 72 (E) Springdale CC, Canton NC -2022

2020 Forum Tester - Ben Hogan GS53 Driver

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