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1 hour ago, B.Boston said:


Nice start! Sounds like a tough course for this challenge but it sure looks nice!

If you get out again will it be there? Will you move back and see if it works better or try the same tees again?


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That course was great, but if I can get out again, there's actually a course a bit farther away that I'd rather do.  I play all of my outings there and I don't typically get in trouble taking driver off the tee like that.  

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I so badly want to play this challenge this week. I just don't see how I'll have the time in my schedule to make it happen.

When I saw the challenge drop, I immediately thought of the strategy suggested by @GolfSpy STUDque and playing the forward tees. For the par 4's and 5's it gets me into wedge range quickly, and the par 3's, I could play those by planning to get on in two wedge shots.

If it's gonna happen, I'll be challenging @edingc I'm hoping the challenge from his own peanut gallery will be the motivation needed to get him posting better scores.

Mods, I'll make sure to let you know if this officially is a thing before Sunday morning so you're not twiddling your thumbs waiting on results.

 

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20 hours ago, GolfSpy STUDque said:

Now that you've got a decent round under your belt, I think we'd all like to see you give it a go (if you play again this week). Can you break 65 from up there?

Like @yungkory, I'm capable of posting an 85 (let's be realistic, a 90) from whatever tees I play.

I did Google Earth the front tees and I will give it a shot. By moving forward it makes several par 4s driveable, makes all of the par threes reachable with gap wedge, and might make at least one of the par 5s reachable in two depending on the accuracy of the drive. 

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Cobra updated its KING MIM wedge with a matte QPQ finish for 2020, providing what it calls a “tour preferred” look. MIM, which stands for Metal Injection Molding, enables Cobra to produce their softest feel and excellent consistency from wedge-to-wedge on the production line.
Originally selected to test the older KING Black wedges, Cobra upgraded my selections to the KING MIM Black, with no complaints from me, of course! 
I ordered 54 and 58 degree wedges, three degrees flat, in Cobra’s “versatile” grind with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts to match my SpeedZone irons. 
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, the 54 degree wedge arrived last week and I’ve only played one round with it in the bag. As such, my experience with the 58 degree KING MIM Black wedge is largely the basis for this review.
Looks - 5/5 Stars
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Gorgeous! There is not much more to say about the looks of the MIM Black wedges. They are not-too-big and not-too-small, the black finish is superb and the white and yellow accents scream “Cobra” without being obnoxious. The combination of the matte, stepless C-Taper Lite shaft and the head is [emoji91].
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The matte black finish has been durable so far, and wears to a lighter gray color. I don’t have any long-term concerns about it at this point, although I’m a fan of a worn look on wedges anyway.
Sound & Feel - 4/5 Stars
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[/url] These wedges have a nice solid feel. I’m not sure if I’d classify them as the softest feeling club I’ve ever hit, but, they are softer than any of the cast specialty wedges I have played over the past few years.
My best description of the sound is a click, not a thwack. No issues with that whatsoever.
Basic Characteristics - 5/5 Stars
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I’m glad I went with the versatile grind. The grind has proven to live up to its name. I have had no issues rolling the face open (Cobra's signature scalloped back helps keep the leading edge low) and hitting high, soft pitches/flops from varying lies.
The leading edge is slightly rounded/blunted, which I prefer because it feels “chunk proof,” especially around the green when chipping. I’ve had issues with sharper leading edges digging/grabbing on soggy fringe in the past, but I have had no issues with these wedges. 
The versatile grind feels like the perfect amount of bounce for any shot I’ve had to hit so far - bunker, fairway, rough, fringe. Love, love, love it.
On Course Performance - 5/5 Stars
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I’ve hit numerous impressive shots with the KING MIM Black wedges on course. Being able to effectively use the 58 degree wedge in the 50-105 yard range has been really helpful to my short game.
A good example of this happened a few weeks ago when I played a local links style course. I had several opportunities around the green to chip, flop and pitch, and the 58 performed wonderfully.
After my tee shot on No. 6, I had about 105 yards to a back pin placed on the top tier of the green. This hole is short, but you cannot be on the wrong tier of the green if you want to have any chance to make your putt. 
I felt like I could dial up the 58 and hit a hard, low shot that would one-hop and stop on the tier. And I hit the shot I imagined perfectly, leaving me with a reasonable chance at birdie.
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This is one of many good shots I’ve hit with these wedges. As a result, my chipping and sand game have improved since my baseline rounds.
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Miscellaneous - 4.5/5 Stars
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I have two small issues with the wedges and both are easy fixes.
The Cobra custom shop stuck the wrong KBS label on the shaft of the 58 degree wedge (regular C-Taper X label and not the C-Taper Lite X label). Based on the weight and feel the shaft is the same as what is in my irons and 54 wedge. This is not a big deal as I can request the correct label from KBS directly.
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Personally, I struggle with face alignment with black wedges. I would prefer for the bottom groove to be painted white like the SpeedZone irons, and now that I’ve completed this review I will make that change. This is entirely my preference.
Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars
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To be honest, I never previously paid much attention to my wedges and how they fit into my game. A travesty, in retrospect, as wedges are used so often during a round of golf. 
I feel like my short game has improved significantly since putting the Cobra KING MIM Black wedges in the bag. I have loads of confidence with the 58 degree around the green and with full and partial swings, something I didn’t have previously with my most lofted wedge.
I may make one small change. After spending time on the range and looking at FlightScope Mevo numbers, the distance between my gap wedge and the 54 degree wedge is a little wide. I think bending the 54 to 53 degrees would help to close that without negative effect.
There is no doubt these wedges will be staying in the bag until they are worn out.
Overall Score - 4.5/5 Stars
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Cobra wedges may not have the reputation of some other OEMs, but wow, the KING MIM Black wedges are fantastic! They are thoroughly impressive.
The combination of a seemingly durable and attractive QPQ black finish and outstanding performance makes them a huge winner and must try in my opinion.

Great write up! Well done!


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I officially have my tee time booked for 8:10 in the morning, which is good because we have a chance of rain later in the afternoon. It does mean that I'll be waking up at 6 on a day off, but that's better than normal. Gotta be well rested to take on the Beast of the East. 

I'll be taking Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 3,4,5 hybrid, and 56 and 60 wedges. I'm hurting on the short end of the bag and hopefully I'll be able to leave shorter shots into the green. I'm going to look over the scorecard later and decide on tees. 

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I officially have my tee time booked for 8:10 in the morning, which is good because we have a chance of rain later in the afternoon. It does mean that I'll be waking up at 6 on a day off, but that's better than normal. Gotta be well rested to take on the Beast of the East. 

I'll be taking Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 3,4,5 hybrid, and 56 and 60 wedges. I'm hurting on the short end of the bag and hopefully I'll be able to leave shorter shots into the green. I'm going to look over the scorecard later and decide on tees. 

DAMNNNNN coming with an arsenal of 9 clubs! Good luck! How far is the course from home.

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I officially have my tee time booked for 8:10 in the morning, which is good because we have a chance of rain later in the afternoon. It does mean that I'll be waking up at 6 on a day off, but that's better than normal. Gotta be well rested to take on the Beast of the East. 
I'll be taking Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 3,4,5 hybrid, and 56 and 60 wedges. I'm hurting on the short end of the bag and hopefully I'll be able to leave shorter shots into the green. I'm going to look over the scorecard later and decide on tees. 

I’ll be off a few tee times ahead of you at 6:30 tomorrow and 6:21 Friday.

Golf is one of the few things I don’t mind waking up early for. [emoji23]

Good luck out there!


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DAMNNNNN coming with an arsenal of 9 clubs! Good luck! How far is the course from home.

The hybrids have been sitting around for several months and I'm hoping they can work for some of the iffy yardages. It's going to be a fun test of creativity, without a doubt. The course I play is about 10 minutes from the house, I'm pretty fortunate in that regard. 

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2 minutes ago, B.Boston said:


I’ll be off a few tee times ahead of you at 6:30 tomorrow and 6:21 Friday.

Golf is one of the few things I don’t mind waking up early for. emoji23.png

Good luck out there!


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Best of luck to you, too! Seems like you've got a lot of people gunning to keep another championship away from Titletown. 

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Best of luck to you, too! Seems like you've got a lot of people gunning to keep another championship away from Titletown. 

It’s all good. I hope you all shoot well too. I like the pressure! [emoji16]
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9 minutes ago, B.Boston said:


I’ll be off a few tee times ahead of you at 6:30 tomorrow and 6:21 Friday

Jealous, it's too dark now in the morning to tee off that early anymore.

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Jealous, it's too dark now in the morning to tee off that early anymore.

Well see Friday. It’s getting close to that time for me too.
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Tomorrow is looking like the day to get out, only a 40% chance of rain in the morning. Should start on the back 9 around 7::30 and fly until I make the turn and get stuck behind league play.

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Well see Friday. It’s getting close to that time for me too.

Last week was 6:05 first tee time was plenty of light but we are getting very quickly to that 6:30 earliest tee time for sure. Heat is still intense though, so much for the storms this week SMH

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Tomorrow is looking like the day to get out, only a 40% chance of rain in the morning. Should start on the back 9 around 7::30 and fly until I make the turn and get stuck behind league play.

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#MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect KING MIM Black Wedge Review - edingc, a.k.a. #TeamCalvesLikePhil

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Cobra updated its KING MIM wedge with a matte QPQ finish for 2020, providing what it calls a “tour preferred” look. MIM, which stands for Metal Injection Molding, enables Cobra to produce their softest feel and excellent consistency from wedge-to-wedge on the production line.

Originally selected to test the older KING Black wedges, Cobra upgraded my selections to the KING MIM Black, with no complaints from me, of course! 

I ordered 54 and 58 degree wedges, three degrees flat, in Cobra’s “versatile” grind with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts to match my SpeedZone irons. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, the 54 degree wedge arrived last week and I’ve only played one round with it in the bag. As such, my experience with the 58 degree KING MIM Black wedge is largely the basis for this review.

Looks - 5/5 Stars
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Gorgeous! There is not much more to say about the looks of the MIM Black wedges. They are not-too-big and not-too-small, the black finish is superb and the white and yellow accents scream “Cobra” without being obnoxious. The combination of the matte, stepless C-Taper Lite shaft and the head is 🔥.

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The matte black finish has been durable so far, and wears to a lighter gray color. I don’t have any long-term concerns about it at this point, although I’m a fan of a worn look on wedges anyway.

Sound & Feel - 4/5 Stars
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These wedges have a nice solid feel. I’m not sure if I’d classify them as the softest feeling club I’ve ever hit, but, they are softer than any of the cast specialty wedges I have played over the past few years.

My best description of the sound is a click, not a thwack. No issues with that whatsoever.

Basic Characteristics - 5/5 Stars
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I’m glad I went with the versatile grind. The grind has proven to live up to its name. I have had no issues rolling the face open (Cobra's signature scalloped back helps keep the leading edge low) and hitting high, soft pitches/flops from varying lies.

The leading edge is slightly rounded/blunted, which I prefer because it feels “chunk proof,” especially around the green when chipping. I’ve had issues with sharper leading edges digging/grabbing on soggy fringe in the past, but I have had no issues with these wedges. 

The versatile grind feels like the perfect amount of bounce for any shot I’ve had to hit so far - bunker, fairway, rough, fringe. Love, love, love it.

On Course Performance - 5/5 Stars
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I’ve hit numerous impressive shots with the KING MIM Black wedges on course. Being able to effectively use the 58 degree wedge in the 50-105 yard range has been really helpful to my short game.

A good example of this happened a few weeks ago when I played a local links style course. I had several opportunities around the green to chip, flop and pitch, and the 58 performed wonderfully.

After my tee shot on No. 6, I had about 105 yards to a back pin placed on the top tier of the green. This hole is short, but you cannot be on the wrong tier of the green if you want to have any chance to make your putt. 

I felt like I could dial up the 58 and hit a hard, low shot that would one-hop and stop on the tier. And I hit the shot I imagined perfectly, leaving me with a reasonable chance at birdie.

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This is one of many good shots I’ve hit with these wedges. As a result, my chipping and sand game have improved since my baseline rounds.

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Miscellaneous - 4.5/5 Stars
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I have two small issues with the wedges and both are easy fixes.

The Cobra custom shop stuck the wrong KBS label on the shaft of the 58 degree wedge (regular C-Taper X label and not the C-Taper Lite X label). Based on the weight and feel the shaft is the same as what is in my irons and 54 wedge. This is not a big deal as I can request the correct label from KBS directly.

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Personally, I struggle with face alignment with black wedges. I would prefer for the bottom groove to be painted white like the SpeedZone irons, and now that I’ve completed this review I will make that change. This is entirely my preference.

Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars
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To be honest, I never previously paid much attention to my wedges and how they fit into my game. A travesty, in retrospect, as wedges are used so often during a round of golf. 

I feel like my short game has improved significantly since putting the Cobra KING MIM Black wedges in the bag. I have loads of confidence with the 58 degree around the green and with full and partial swings, something I didn’t have previously with my most lofted wedge.

I may make one small change. After spending time on the range and looking at FlightScope Mevo numbers, the distance between my gap wedge and the 54 degree wedge is a little wide. I think bending the 54 to 53 degrees would help to close that without negative effect.

There is no doubt these wedges will be staying in the bag until they are worn out.

Overall Score - 4.5/5 Stars
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Cobra wedges may not have the reputation of some other OEMs, but wow, the KING MIM Black wedges are fantastic! They are thoroughly impressive.

The combination of a seemingly durable and attractive QPQ black finish and outstanding performance makes them a huge winner and must try in my opinion.

Great stuff Cody!!

It's interesting how quickly the wear is showing on these wedges, with the King wedges it took a few months to show and now they have that subtle grey color on the face.

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Driver:    :cobra-small: King F9 9° - LH - Atmos Blue TS 6 Stiff
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5 minutes ago, Headhammer said:

Tomorrow is looking like the day to get out, only a 40% chance of rain in the morning. Should start on the back 9 around 7::30 and fly until I make the turn and get stuck behind league play.

WIMB.

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That's a good looking bag! 

3 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Last week was 6:05 first tee time was plenty of light but we are getting very quickly to that 6:30 earliest tee time for sure. Heat is still intense though, so much for the storms this week SMH

Yeah, I'm not looking forward to the heat. It's looking like we might get some rain here in a bit, so the humidity should be miserable. Plus, no roll out and softer turf should ratchet up the difficulty for me. 

It's weird, but the way this year has gone I have hardly noticed how the days are getting shorter. Guess that comes from being inside a windowless building most days. 

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2 hours ago, edingc said:

#MGSCobra2020 #CobraConnect KING MIM Black Wedge Review - edingc, a.k.a. #TeamCalvesLikePhil

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Cobra updated its KING MIM wedge with a matte QPQ finish for 2020, providing what it calls a “tour preferred” look. MIM, which stands for Metal Injection Molding, enables Cobra to produce their softest feel and excellent consistency from wedge-to-wedge on the production line.

Originally selected to test the older KING Black wedges, Cobra upgraded my selections to the KING MIM Black, with no complaints from me, of course! 

I ordered 54 and 58 degree wedges, three degrees flat, in Cobra’s “versatile” grind with KBS C-Taper Lite x-stiff shafts to match my SpeedZone irons. 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 supply chain issues, the 54 degree wedge arrived last week and I’ve only played one round with it in the bag. As such, my experience with the 58 degree KING MIM Black wedge is largely the basis for this review.

Looks - 5/5 Stars
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Gorgeous! There is not much more to say about the looks of the MIM Black wedges. They are not-too-big and not-too-small, the black finish is superb and the white and yellow accents scream “Cobra” without being obnoxious. The combination of the matte, stepless C-Taper Lite shaft and the head is 🔥.

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The matte black finish has been durable so far, and wears to a lighter gray color. I don’t have any long-term concerns about it at this point, although I’m a fan of a worn look on wedges anyway.

Sound & Feel - 4/5 Stars
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These wedges have a nice solid feel. I’m not sure if I’d classify them as the softest feeling club I’ve ever hit, but, they are softer than any of the cast specialty wedges I have played over the past few years.

My best description of the sound is a click, not a thwack. No issues with that whatsoever.

Basic Characteristics - 5/5 Stars
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I’m glad I went with the versatile grind. The grind has proven to live up to its name. I have had no issues rolling the face open (Cobra's signature scalloped back helps keep the leading edge low) and hitting high, soft pitches/flops from varying lies.

The leading edge is slightly rounded/blunted, which I prefer because it feels “chunk proof,” especially around the green when chipping. I’ve had issues with sharper leading edges digging/grabbing on soggy fringe in the past, but I have had no issues with these wedges. 

The versatile grind feels like the perfect amount of bounce for any shot I’ve had to hit so far - bunker, fairway, rough, fringe. Love, love, love it.

On Course Performance - 5/5 Stars
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I’ve hit numerous impressive shots with the KING MIM Black wedges on course. Being able to effectively use the 58 degree wedge in the 50-105 yard range has been really helpful to my short game.

A good example of this happened a few weeks ago when I played a local links style course. I had several opportunities around the green to chip, flop and pitch, and the 58 performed wonderfully.

After my tee shot on No. 6, I had about 105 yards to a back pin placed on the top tier of the green. This hole is short, but you cannot be on the wrong tier of the green if you want to have any chance to make your putt. 

I felt like I could dial up the 58 and hit a hard, low shot that would one-hop and stop on the tier. And I hit the shot I imagined perfectly, leaving me with a reasonable chance at birdie.

meadows.jpg.cb49a40db8b5201877f469e56545c20b.jpg

This is one of many good shots I’ve hit with these wedges. As a result, my chipping and sand game have improved since my baseline rounds.

1031478333_baselinewedges.thumb.gif.67d51e9aa53e8b93a4ee52c21b97f7c3.gif

Miscellaneous - 4.5/5 Stars
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I have two small issues with the wedges and both are easy fixes.

The Cobra custom shop stuck the wrong KBS label on the shaft of the 58 degree wedge (regular C-Taper X label and not the C-Taper Lite X label). Based on the weight and feel the shaft is the same as what is in my irons and 54 wedge. This is not a big deal as I can request the correct label from KBS directly.

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Personally, I struggle with face alignment with black wedges. I would prefer for the bottom groove to be painted white like the SpeedZone irons, and now that I’ve completed this review I will make that change. This is entirely my preference.

Play It or Trade It - 5/5 Stars
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To be honest, I never previously paid much attention to my wedges and how they fit into my game. A travesty, in retrospect, as wedges are used so often during a round of golf. 

I feel like my short game has improved significantly since putting the Cobra KING MIM Black wedges in the bag. I have loads of confidence with the 58 degree around the green and with full and partial swings, something I didn’t have previously with my most lofted wedge.

I may make one small change. After spending time on the range and looking at FlightScope Mevo numbers, the distance between my gap wedge and the 54 degree wedge is a little wide. I think bending the 54 to 53 degrees would help to close that without negative effect.

There is no doubt these wedges will be staying in the bag until they are worn out.

Overall Score - 4.5/5 Stars
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Cobra wedges may not have the reputation of some other OEMs, but wow, the KING MIM Black wedges are fantastic! They are thoroughly impressive.

The combination of a seemingly durable and attractive QPQ black finish and outstanding performance makes them a huge winner and must try in my opinion.

Those wedges are top notch and just by looks alone seem like they will compete with the top dogs like vokey and RTX, also from what I have seen play (operator or club make me lean more towards club for the guy I have been out with lol). My question is did you use that sand picture as your first one because you have been in the sand so often 🤪 JK JK as usual awesome write up.

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28 minutes ago, jddaigneault said:

Daring approach without a putter! I like it!

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Well, if I can learn to hit the hybrid from 150 out and stop it on the green and I can damn sure use it to make a 15' putt!😎

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Driver: :cobra-small: Speed Zone 9* HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Shaft

3 Wood: :cobra-small: King Speedzone 13.5* HZRDUS Smoke Black Shaft

2 & 3 Hybrids: :cobra-small: Speedzone Recoil 480 ESX Shaft

Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5-GW Recoil 460 ESX Shafts

Wedges: :cobra-small: MIM 54* Versatile/60* Widelow

Putter: :odyssey-small: Dual Force Rossi II

Ball: Whatever I find in the woods

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