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When I started golfing not too long ago, every bag I saw was the same equipment thru out the bag, Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Cobra, Wilson, etc.etc.
But now everyone seems to have a mix bag, either one Brand of woods, with another brand of Iron, to Wedges and Hybrids.

SO I have a couple of question;  

  1. Does having standard brand name equipment in the  whole bag matters? 
  2. With a mix bag of equipment do you feel lack of consistency going from ie. TaylorMade Irons, to Titleist Wedges, to Callaway drivers.etc.?

 

Driver:  TourEdge Exotic Pro 9.5 with  NIPPO N.S. Regio Formula MB+ 65 Stiff
3 -Wood: Cobra King SZ with Tensei AV Blue Stiff
4-Hybrid: Cobra King F9 Hybrid
Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC - 5-PW , w/SteelFiber i125
WedgesCleveland RTX 4 RAW - 52 ,56, 60
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven S, 34in
BallsTaylorMade Tour Response, TaylorMade TPx  & Snell MTB-X-
GPS:  :skycaddie: LX5 Watch

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When I started golfing not too long ago, every bag I saw was the same equipment thru out the bag, Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Cobra, Wilson, etc.etc.

But now everyone seems to have a mix bag, either one Brand of woods, with another brand of Iron, to Wedges and Hybrids.

SO I have a couple of question;  

  1. Does having standard brand name equipment in the  whole bag matters? 
  2. With a mix bag of equipment do you feel lack of consistency going from ie. TaylorMade Irons, to Titleist Wedges, to Callaway drivers.etc.?
 

People play mixed bags because they like the specific club or because those particular models work best for them.

 

Clubs are intended to help you achieve specific results; put the club in the bag that enables you to do that.

 

No, there isn’t anything special about clubs that requires a transition.

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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:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter:  :seemore-small: mFGP2

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1. No it does not. Some people chose to do it because they are huge fans of the brand . Others do it because manufacturers tend to make hybrids and woods blend into their ironsets now and it helps with gapping. 

I also think there is a little tour influence in the sense a few years ago it seemed like a lot fewer players played with mixed bags than they do now

2. From a consistency stand point, I do like my woods to feel similar to an extent, however if I get better performance from using clubs from different manufacturers why bog myself down using just 1?

  I think more people are taking a performance based approach than ever especially with the amount of data we have access to so it makes sense people would now pick clubs with the best numbers. Additionally some manufacturers really stand out in different parts of the game, and that was really true several years ago. Now everyone has started to make long drivers, high launching hybrids, forgiving and/or precise irons, and solid wedges. People have more choice than ever so why limit yourself?

Especially if none of them are sending you checks for using their gear.

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Callaway epic flash sz 5 wood 17 degree tensi AV blue X

Mizuno CLK 19 degree tensi av blue X

Callaway x forged 16 4-pw Project x 6.0 +.75

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6 minutes ago, cnosil said:

People play mixed bags because they like the specific club or because those particular models work best for them.

 

Clubs are intended to help you achieve specific results; put the club in the bag that enables you to do that.

 

No, there isn’t anything special about clubs that requires a transition.

I agree that you put the clubs in your bag that best performed for you.

I think the trend of having one type of brand in your bag and has change in the last 3-4 years, where now it doesn't matter as long as it works. There doesn't seem to be no more loyal to only one brand. I think fitting has add it to this since, places like Club Champion give you all of the different options to optimized YOUR game and they will put different irons, woods etc.

As far as transition, what I was getting at with that, each brand has a particular feel and if you are expecting to get that feel and get a different one, is that a big deal (you get use to it of course) You know is a big difference feel going from a Mizuno to a Titleist.

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Driver:  TourEdge Exotic Pro 9.5 with  NIPPO N.S. Regio Formula MB+ 65 Stiff
3 -Wood: Cobra King SZ with Tensei AV Blue Stiff
4-Hybrid: Cobra King F9 Hybrid
Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MMC - 5-PW , w/SteelFiber i125
WedgesCleveland RTX 4 RAW - 52 ,56, 60
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven S, 34in
BallsTaylorMade Tour Response, TaylorMade TPx  & Snell MTB-X-
GPS:  :skycaddie: LX5 Watch

TESTING: NIPPO N.S. Regio Formula MB+ 65 Stiff.

 

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2 minutes ago, MrBandit said:

I agree that you put the clubs in your bag that best performed for you.

I think the trend of having one type of brand in your bag and has change in the last 3-4 years, where now it doesn't matter as long as it works. There doesn't seem to be no more loyal to only one brand. I think fitting has add it to this since, places like Club Champion give you all of the different options to optimized YOUR game and they will put different irons, woods etc.

As far as transition, what I was getting at with that, each brand has a particular feel and if you are expecting to get that feel and get a different one, is that a big deal (you get use to it of course) You know is a big difference feel going from a Mizuno to a Titleist.

True, but the mizuno buttery feel you get with their irons isn't necessarily what I want in my wedges, nor would I necessarily get that same feel in the woods. I think part of it is I am willing to overlook a different feel if the results of using another brands clubs are much better. Also, performance wise sometimes the brand you want doesn't make a club in the shape or with the tech you want.

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Taylormade sim2 9 degree ventus black 7x ( velecore) 44.5

Callaway epic flash sz 5 wood 17 degree tensi AV blue X

Mizuno CLK 19 degree tensi av blue X

Callaway x forged 16 4-pw Project x 6.0 +.75

Vokey SM7 black 50/54/58 Project x 6.0 flighted +.5 length 

Scotty cameron newport 2.6 34 length

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It probably never mattered, but that’s how most people shopped for clubs.


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post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg KE4 TC 16° 4 wood w/Kuro Kage Black 60g shaft

:srixon-small: Z355 22° 7 wood w/Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft
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:tour-edge: HL E521 25° 5 hybrid w/Fubuki HD55 shaft

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Doesn't matter now....didn't matter then.  Probably just more noticeable now due to the heavier emphasis on club fittings and marketing.

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Fairway: :taylormade-small: M4 3W (16.5*) 5W (21*) 7W (24*) -- stock R shafts.

Irons: :callaway-small: Apex CF19 6-9, PW, AW KBSTour Graphite  70g shafts R

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX2 52,56, 60 degree wedges

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IMO no it does not. Rather it matters that each club in your bag fits you and can be used for a certain purpose(s).

Side story: I am guilty of brand loyalty to some extent but play mixed sets. Now I am a club junkie and have a fun little side project where I am attempting to build

my favorite OEM brand (Ping) full set in a bag (driver to  lw, putter) but with different models. So all Pings but different model irons for example (I210 pw, I500 6-9, glide 3.0 sw/lw, etc).

So far I have lw to 6 iron. Next club is hybrid. But this a backup set and something I wanted to try.

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Doesn’t matter. If someone did a full bag fitting for one brand they would be just fine. 
 

What matter is you play what makes you happy and makes you want to play golf or practice

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Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

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Absolutely doesn't matter.

At the end of the day if you're a fanboy for a particular brand and it makes you happy to have one OEM for all of your sticks, go for it, but don't do it because you're convinced one company has just figured it out and is better than all the others.  No way, and "better" is subjective anyway...what's better for one might not be better for another.  Get fit and play what fits your eye, has you confident over the ball, and works best for you. 

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FW:  :tour-edge: CBX 119 3w, 15,  Project X Evenflow Blue 65g Stiff

Hybrids: :taylormade-small: SIM DHY 3 & 4H, Diamana Limited Hybrid 75g Stiff

Iron: :mizuno-small:JPX 919 Forged 5-GW, Aerotech Steelfiber i95 Stiff

Wedges: :vokey-small:SM8 54 S Grind, 60 M Grind

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As many have already said it doesn't really matter. A lot of same brand set ups have to do with preferable to a brand and in some cases the fitters preference to a brand. One of the big terms used by MGS is be your own brand. The really holds true in a good fit process where it's unlikely you would get fit into a single brand top to bottom.

That being said depending on where you are in your golfing career and budget sometimes buying a good boxed set (TM and Cobra have had good ones in the past) then slowly upgrading different areas can be a great way to get started. 

For me personally there are certain brands I prefer over others, yet I still carry clubs from a variety because they are what work and are best for me. In the end if it works and I like it I don't really care which company it came from.

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Irons:     :ping-small: i210 5-U w/ Nippon Modus 105 stiff (2018 Tester)

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21 minutes ago, Apolloshowl said:

For me personally there are certain brands I prefer over others, yet I still carry clubs from a variety because they are what work and are best for me. In the end if it works and I like it I don't really care which company it came from.

If anything for me I have no real brand loyalties, just a few "hell no's" that I won't play.  Primarily, TM.  They never fit the eye, and it's hard for me not to resent some of the marketing shenanigans they seem to be more guilty of than most. 

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4 hours ago, MrBandit said:

When I started golfing not too long ago, every bag I saw was the same equipment thru out the bag, Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Cobra, Wilson, etc.etc.
But now everyone seems to have a mix bag, either one Brand of woods, with another brand of Iron, to Wedges and Hybrids.

SO I have a couple of question;  

  1. Does having standard brand name equipment in the  whole bag matters? 
  2. With a mix bag of equipment do you feel lack of consistency going from ie. TaylorMade Irons, to Titleist Wedges, to Callaway drivers.etc.?

 

1. It doesn't matter at all, use what works for your game and your swing type.

2. With a mixed bag i'm more consistent, every club in my bag is a club I hit well. I have Callaway, Adams, Cleveland and mizuno's they are all clubs that I know preform well for me and the biggest thing is confidence. When I pull out my wedges I know they are going to do what I want them to do. Not because of a brand but because I have confidence in hitting them.  

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The only time I ever saw one brand throughout the bag was caddying at the country club. I think it was pretty standard awhile ago that club pros had more direct relationships with manufacturers and reps. They were expected to be part of the sales team and push the product. My club was a Callaway club, and if you didn't like Callaway you had Ping.

I have all Titleist other than hybrid and putter. But if something else came along that verifiably gave me better stats I'd switch.

I was fit into the driver over Callaway & Taylormade.

The 3 wood was the best price on ebay.

The irons gave the best stats on the monitor at GG over Mizuno & Ping.

The wedges offer the best grinds for my style of play, which is odd. I have a steep attack so I should play high bounce, but I play the lowest I can buy, which is 4* in my 58.


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38 minutes ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

think it was pretty standard awhile ago that club pros had more direct relationships with manufacturers and reps.

It’s still pretty common for teaching pros and head pros to have staff deals. It’s probably rare to find one that doesn’t. I can’t think of a pro ive gone to for lessons or saw working at a course that didn’t have a staff deal. Heck my old fitter had one and the current has been offered one several times

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Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

Ball: Titleist Prov1

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I've never had a bag with all the same brand.  Came close once with MacGregor in 2004.  If I had known about the MacGregor Bobby Grace putter, I would have.  I even had a MacGregor Staff bag.

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I've never had a bag with all the same brand.  Came close once with MacGregor in 2004.  If I had known about the MacGregor Bobby Grace putter, I would have.  I even had a MacGregor Staff bag.
I miss Macgregor. I gamed my V-Foil driver until 2015. My first irons were Nicklaus Muirfield 20th Anny, I still have them too.

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4 hours ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

I miss Macgregor. I gamed my V-Foil driver until 2015. My first irons were Nicklaus Muirfield 20th Anny, I still have them too.

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Yes, I still have my V-Foil driver, 3W, hybrids, and irons.  My irons were the V-Foil VIP 1025M muscle backs.  I still use the 7i for practice, but had to change out the shafts since I couldn't hit stiffs anymore.

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It seems like most people I know have mixed bags, woods different than irons at least. That said two of the better players in our league bought full sets of Mavrik’s this year (during a promo where they got 150% trade-in on their old sets). I’ve had different brand woods from irons for 40 years.

  • Callaway Rogue 10.5° & 3W
  • Mizuno CLK 3H 19°, JPX900 Forged 4-GW, S18 56.10, S18 60.06
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Overall, agree with the prevailing theme, it's never mattered with respect to one's game.

Personally, I've only operated with one brand related point (never Titleist), generally picking and choosing what worked without regard for the company name stamped on the club.

That said, I will occasionally play an all Ram bag, top to bottom, except for the golf ball.  It's not much of a departure, since I frequently play Ram Tour Grind irons anyway, as well as at least one Ram wedge, and have been playing a heel shafted blade putter most of the season; easy to swap in the TW Custom or Wizard 600 with little adjustment.  Add a couple persimmons and off we go.  😉

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3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; TBD iron set, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
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Putter:  Mizuno TPM-2, 34"
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