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At one point in time my entire bag was Titleist and not by design. I’ve since switched up a few items and it got me thinking. Did I subconsciously do it out of loyalty while not being sponsored or was it because it was the the right set up for me. I  am coming to appreciate a more diverse set up. Thoughts? 

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Two years ago I played an all Titleist bag, combo AP1/AP2, 816 hybrids, 917 FW, SM6 wedges and Scotty and ProV ball.     Last year on a challenge I played an all PING bag.  G410 Driver, FW, Hyb

Interesting question. Important to remember that Golf is about style and statement as well! @FrogginBullfish @Nic @Bgreen44   When assembling my current set of clubs, I started out with Titl

I had a full Taylormade bag at one point. Working towards a full PING bag, just need to replace the driver, FW, and Hybrid. And of course a sweet PING Tour Hoofer bag. I believe it is some brand lo

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I've slowly gravitated to TM but by complete accident. I started with the 2 rescue, then the 3W M2, then went for the MG wedges because I wanted a switch from the Vokeys I've played. Added the M5 driver on a good deal from a Callaway driver trade in program, then went to the P790's.

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I was very close to an all Mizuno bag. I love their irons and always have them. Then I tried out a buddy's CLK hybrid and fell in love so I picked up one of those. I was never able to bag a hybrid because they go so far left but these have a flatter lie angle and it helps it go straight and long. Then I got fitted for a new driver and 3 wood. After trying a bunch of different options, the ST190 was the longest, most consistent option for me. I also have a Japanese Only Mizuno putter that I play from time to time. The only thing I didn't have was the wedges. They were solid and I thought about getting them but I like the ones I have too much. I may go back to the Mizuno 3 wood, I just thought I'd try out this Tour Edge but so far I'm not seeing any reason to keep it in the bag.

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Driver: :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 220 9.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60 6.0
3 Wood: :cobra-small: SpeedZone 14.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70 6.0
3 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2017 CLK 19° Fujikura Speeder Evolution HB Stiff
4 Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2020 CLK 22° Mitsubishi Tensei Blue Stiff
Irons: :mizuno-small: JPX 921 Forged 5-9, JPX 921 Tour PW Project X LZ 6.0 Blackout Edition
Wedges: Edison Forged 49°, 53°, 57°
Putter:  L.A.B. Directed Force 2.1 34"
Ball: :Snell: MTB-X

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I had a full Taylormade bag at one point.

Working towards a full PING bag, just need to replace the driver, FW, and Hybrid.

And of course a sweet PING Tour Hoofer bag.

I believe it is some brand loyalty. For the same reason I’ll only buy Apple products, Toyota vehicles, Nike running shoes, Vizio TV’s, etc.

You get used to the quality.

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1 hour ago, Shankster said:

I had a full Taylormade bag at one point.

Working towards a full PING bag, just need to replace the driver, FW, and Hybrid.

And of course a sweet PING Tour Hoofer bag.

I believe it is some brand loyalty. For the same reason I’ll only buy Apple products, Toyota vehicles, Nike running shoes, Vizio TV’s, etc.

You get used to the quality.

I love my Hoofer!

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I too have gravitated towards Taylormade, and my decision was game improvement driven.  I was a Ping guy first... the whole bag.  The TM transformation started with new G. I. irons. A TM 3 wood was the next piece in the bag.  When i caught the bug for a new driver, TM triumphed again... I went shopping for a new driver and flipped head-over-heels for the TM M4. Next was a TM putter.  TM M6 hybrid was last.  Oh, and a TM bag replaced the Ping bag at some point early on too.  The Ping to Taylormade switch definitely snuck up slowly! 

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I have a full bag of Cobras thanks to Cobra Connect 3 but prior to that i never had a full bag of one manufacturer before. I have bought another set of irons for a little experiment but they are Cobras too so maybe some brand loyalty has been born...

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In my :cobra-small: Ultralight Stand Bag:

Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
Woods:   :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3/4 Wood - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
               :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 3 Hybrid - Atmos Blue 7 Reg
Irons:      :cobra-small: King F9 - LH - 4-PW - True Temper XP95 Reg
Wedges: :cobra-small: King Black - LH - 52° 56° 60° -True Temper XP95 Reg
Putter:    :rife-putters-1: Two Bar Hybrid
Ball:        :titelist-small: Pro V1

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I used to play only Cobras 5 years ago. Now I have a combination of Callaway Driver & 5-wood, Cobra 3-wood, Srixon z785 irons, Vokey Wedges & Taylormade Spider Tour putter. For me it's about consistency, feel and what works best for me based on fittings and on-course play. My feelings about brand loyalty have changed over the years.

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Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero 9 Degrees. Graphite Design XC6 S Flex 43.5" Length. Golf Pride CP2 MidSize Wrap.

3-Wood: Cobra F7 @ 16 Degrees / Aldila MSI 95 70g 3.3 Stiff. Golf Pride CP2 MidSize Wrap.

Hybrid: Cobra F7 @ 21.5 Degrees / Fujikura Pro 75H Stiff.

Irons: Srixon z785. Modus NS Pro 120 (Stiff). Golf Pride CP2 MidSize Wrap.

Wedges: Titleist Vokey - SM5 F Grind 50 degree (-1 degree) 12 Degrees of Bounce (-1 degree), SM5 S Grind 54 degree (-1 degree) 10 Degrees of Bounce, SM5 M Grind 58 degree 10 Degrees of Bounce. Golf Pride CP2 MidSize Wrap.

Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour III (Red) 34" Long.

Golf Ball: Srixon Z Star.

Bag: Sun Mountain C130.

 

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Currently sporting a full bag of Callaway because I fell into some deals. Got a great deal on the irons and a coworker hooked me up with 3W & 5W when he was upgrading. I was using Taylormade before these and had no complaints with them. No loyalty to any brand, just coincidence.


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:callaway-small: FT Optiforce 460 10.5*

:callaway-small: FT Optiforce 3W, 5W

:callaway-small: X2 Hot 5-PW

:callaway-small: MD4 52/56/60

:odyssey-small: White Hot RX #7

:taylormade-small: TP5

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Started 2020 with mostly all callaway but then gradually started trying a few other clubs and a couple Cleveland wedges and Sim woods have made it in the bag



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DRIVER -  Sim Max 10.5 lowered to 9.75 Ventus Red 5 S  shaft 

Woods -  Taylormade Sim Ti 3wood - Diamana reg 65

                Taylormade  5 wood-  Ventus 6r 

Rescue/Hybrid -  

IRONS -  Callaway Mavrik 6- PW, AW   KBS 80 R steel 

WEDGES-  Vokey SM 8   50/54/58 

PUTTER-  Odyssey Stroke Lab Bird of Prey. 

BALL-  Pro V1x or Tp5X  -- trying to figure this one out.

Footjoy Tour S golf shoe 

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At one point I was stuck to Callaway. Not too sure why but I guess I was drawn into their marketing. Then the last time I got fitted for irons & driver I hit every single brand. Ended up going with Ping for almost every club in my bag. I have no connection with Ping and I'm not even all that appealed to the brand. I absolutely loved my G30 wood, which made it that much easier to pick the G400 driver. Then I kept coming back to the i200 irons and ended up choosing them over the Mizuno's at the time. 

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Driver: Ping G400 

Woods: Ping G400, G30

Irons: Ping i200

Wedges: Titleist SM6 & SM7

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab One

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For five years I gamed only custom Wishon set consisting of the wedges, irons, hybrid, fairway wood and driver, and a Wishon Putter. 

Regarding brand loyalty, I am very loyal and supportive of custom club making/fitting and Wishon is my top custom brand. Additionally, I am loyal to Ping as I respect their company and product quality. I am currently working on building a Ping custom set for 2020 but it will be mixed model Pings fit to my needs and most likely will only be the irons, few wedges and a fairway wood. I will have some Callaway clubs mixed in (Driver, sw & lw, Odyssey putter). 

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I chalk it up to my OCD about mixed up stuff... which makes absolutely no sense if you saw my fly tying bench most of the year 😁.  

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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I haven’t found a company that makes a full bag of clubs that fit me across the board. I’m hoping to test this with Cobra!!!!!!


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Driver: :honma: TR20 460, :Fuji: Ventus Black 70X

Fwy: :titelist-small: TS3, 15*, Veylix Rome 888 X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, :Fuji: Rombax 8D07HB TM27 X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4/5, Tour V 6-10, Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Vega VW-06 50*/54*/58*, Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: :seemore-small: Platinum M5 HT Mallet, 36"

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I know MGS is pretty staunch in the belief that the optimal bag setup won't be one brand throughout and for the most part I think that's right.

That being said, I think most brands make good enough clubs throughout their range that those who do want to go one brand full bag can still get a really good set.

No matter what way you go, the main thing is enjoying playing golf, right?

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I know MGS is pretty staunch in the belief that the optimal bag setup won't be one brand throughout and for the most part I think that's right.


I don’t think that is necessarily the belief. The opinion is that everyone should be fit. that fitting could be to find the best combination within a single
manufacturer.
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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 Max 9* w/ KBS Tour Driven
Fairway: :titelist-small: TS3 15* set  to 16.5* w/Project X Hzardous Smoke
Hybrids:  :titelist-small: 816H1 19* set at 18* w/KBS Tour Graphite Hybrid Prototype
                :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:  :cleveland-small: 588 54-14, 58-12
Putter:  :odyssey-small: Ten S      Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330,   :EVNROLL: ER2.2,  

 

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My bag is a mixup of what works for me. Ever since I chose to play this awesome game, I have yet to have a full set from one particular brand.

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Driver:   :cobra-small: F9 driver 9* stiff shaft 

FW Wood:   :cobra-small:  F9 wood 14.5* regular shaft

Hybrids:  :nike-small: Vapor Flex  3 hybrid regular shaft 

Irons:  :srixon-small: Z565 - 7 thru PW & ZU85 - 5 thru 6 with Recoil ZT9 F4 shafts                                            

Wedges:   :cleveland-small: RTX4 52*, 56*, 60* 

Putter:  Ben Hogan BHB01 blade

Ball:  :Snell: Black

Bag: 2015 Ogio Chamber Cart Bag & 2018 MyGolfSpy Stand Bag

 

 

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Interesting question. Important to remember that Golf is about style and statement as well! @FrogginBullfish @Nic @Bgreen44

 

When assembling my current set of clubs, I started out with Titleist brand loyalty with some used original AP2s and SM wedges. That quickly moved to Cleveland wedges as I found some used Zipgrooves and a Cleveland TFI 8.0 putter I was fit for. 

I did purposefully buy a Titleist branded bag though to match the irons. Don’t consider myself brand-loyal, but I did think it was nice to match bag with irons. My big need was a 14-way bag, and just happened to find a Titleist one I liked. 
 

Really interested in your thoughts on branding: do you buy something matching your favorite club, or go for a complete-set brand and color scheme?

 

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When I bought my Ping iBlades a couple years ago I started swapping out my wedges slowly to the glide wedges in an effort to get to a full bag of ping.  I got a 56* ES, and a 60*TS and loved them so I later picked up a 52* and was going to start looking into the driver and 3 wood. BUT...then i started to shank my 52* about 50% of the time. Thought I was going crazy since that used to be one of my best clubs. I finally had a friend try it and on his first shot he shanked it too. Ok, something is up with the design of that club (it was a 52* SS Glide 2.0)...Don't know what it was but as soon as I put my old Vokey wedge back it the shanks were gone. I now have an almost brand new wedge that I will be looking to trade in to a Golf Galaxy or PGA Superstore once they all open back up...Long story short, I wanted to go full bag Ping, but after that wedge experience I have decided to forgo that and just put in the back what works best. 

 

 

 

 

Driver: :taylormade-small: M5 9.5* head set to 8* loft 3*open, weights set slightly lower Launch and fade bias
3 wood: :taylormade-small: M1 13.5* Head set open w/ Fade bias weights. 
Irons: :ping-small: I-Blades PW-3i, 2* up standard length.
Wedges: :ping-small:Glide 1.0 TS 60*, :ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 ES, :titelist-small:Vokey 52* 
Putter: :ping-small: Sigma G Kushin .
Ball: Various: :titelist-small: AVX, :bridgestone-small: B X, and currently testing the Vice Pro + Neon just for fun
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Not to be argumentative cause I know you're a tester and know the MGS guys personally but here are the tweets from 2020 and 2019 that reinforce that belief.





I don’t think that is necessarily the belief. The opinion is that everyone should be fit. that fitting could be to find the best combination within a single
manufacturer.


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