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  1. 1. So who has won the early hype war for you? IE, if you got a free driver delivered in the mail tomorrow, which one would you want it to be(and which shaft? please say autoflex)

    • Taylormade Sim2 series
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    • Titleist Tsi series
      17
    • Callaway Epic series
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    • Ping 425 series
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    • Srixon z series
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    • Wilson D9
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    • Cobra RADspeed series
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    • Mizuno ST series
      3
    • PXG 3rd Gen series
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    • Other (ie Tour Edge, Ben Hogan, Maltby, Sub 70... )
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So who has won the early hype war for you? IE, if you got a free driver delivered in the mail tomorrow, which one would you want it to be(and which shaft? please say autoflex)

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :callaway-small:  Mac Daddy Forged 52° , 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

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Yup. Everyone has gotten caught up in the low launch/low spin hype but for most golfers they need the opposite of something in between. Many don’t realize spin is their friend to help get and keep the

I think I am in on the TSI3/Autoflex. I'll take all the hype please. 

For whatever reason the last few years I've lost all back spin. My prior gamer was only getting me 1200rpm on average. This got my spin up to 2300 with a 14 degree launch and 145mph ball speed. Carrie

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Many of the reviews Ivd seen, people are loving the new Srixon. I fondled it a few weeks ago and watched a few people hit it and they are loving it. I didnt hit it as Im nursing a bad wrist. 

Lots of peeps waiting on the RAD, but reviews dont show any significant difference from the Extreme. 

For me, Im shopping for an F9 or an Extreme when the price suits me. 

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DRIVER: Cobra F9 10.5  Tensei AV Blue 65g

3W- Callway XR PRO 16 stiff

5W- Alpha- Mitsubishi Diamana  Redboard w/band

Irons- Mizuno JPX 919 Tours with S KBS Tour shafts

Hyrbid- TM 4h mid-rescue

Vokey- Vokey SM5 51 degrees,  SM7 Wedges 54 and 58 1/2 half 3 degrees upright

Putter- Taylor Made Rossa Monza Mini Spider

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Tsi it has been leading the tour in drivers played and as far as I’ve seen non contracted tour usage to include paul Casey winning this past week with it. Also Mike from TXG and Bryangolf both have it as the best so far.

 

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Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

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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Rad speed a the way for me with the rdx blue stock offering is likely money in the bag. I just wish I had a need for a new driver 😄😝

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Driver: :callaway-small: Epic Flash SZ with Tensei Orange Pro S (1" tipped) at 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff (shaft may be swapped at some point) 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff UPRT setting 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: :taylormade-small: Corza Ghost 35" ( Benched :odyssey-small: Toulon Las Vegas Stroke Lab  34") Soon to be testing TAIII Impact #2 Putter

Ball: :Snell:MTB-X

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I think I am in on the TSI3/Autoflex. I'll take all the hype please. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :callaway-small:  Mac Daddy Forged 52° , 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

Cart: image.png.5aa5e9b8c0d6e08a2b12be76a06a07ca.pngOnewheel XR+

 

 

 

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41 minutes ago, rbsiedsc said:

Rad speed a the way for me with the rdx blue stock offering is likely money in the bag. I just wish I had a need for a new driver 😄😝

Liking the rad as well for sure and yes lets not allow the need for a new driver inhibit our club ho tendencies 

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:cobra-small: Cobra Speedzone Extreme 9° Mitshubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: '07 Burner 15° Reax 50 Stiff Flex

:titelist-small: 816 H1 18° Fujikura Speeder HB 8.8 Stiff Flex

:titelist-small: 816 H1 21° Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 70 Stiff Flex

:ping-small:  I500 5 - UW Red Dot Dynamic Gold S300

:Hogan: Equalizer 52° (at 54°)/ 56° (at 58°) KBS Tour V 110 Stiff Flex

:cleveland-small:  Cleveland SOFT 11S Super Stroke Mid-Slim 2.0

:ping-small: Hoofer Bag

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Just tested the G425MAX and SFT against my G410P, but with an upgraded shaft. I'm 99% sure it's the shaft. I'll try the Srixon this weekend.

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: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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Never been a Taylor Made guy, but the new SIM has me piqued my interest.

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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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After my initial trial of most of the new drivers, Srixon and Ping would be at the top, with Rad having a chance since I didn’t get to test it. It would be tough to pick between the ZX5 and LST, but my brain still says the 425 Max would be a contender just from a dispersion stand point.

Straight hype? Ping

Srixon is REALLLLLLLLLY good! 

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: 

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:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

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50 minutes ago, PMookie said:

After my initial trial of most of the new drivers, Srixon and Ping would be at the top, with Rad having a chance since I didn’t get to test it. It would be tough to pick between the ZX5 and LST, but my brain still says the 425 Max would be a contender just from a dispersion stand point.

Straight hype? Ping

Srixon is REALLLLLLLLLY good! 

What was it about the Srixon you found really good?  It wasn't my area of focus for the demo day this Saturday, but since I'm there and it's a long drive, what the heck 🙂.  My latest fittings have clearly showed me that shafts are every bit as important as which head... arguably much more.  I'm going over to the local pro shop today and test the G425MAX and SFT with PING's shaft options.  $375 for the KBS Tour I tested is more than I want to spend.   I'm hoping one of these stand out... whose playing them and what are your swing type and speed?

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: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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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

What was it about the Srixon you found really good?  It wasn't my area of focus for the demo day this Saturday, but since I'm there and it's a long drive, what the heck 🙂.  My latest fittings have clearly showed me that shafts are every bit as important as which head... arguably much more.  I'm going over to the local pro shop today and test the G425MAX and SFT with PING's shaft options.  $375 for the KBS Tour I tested is more than I want to spend.   I'm hoping one of these stand out... whose playing them and what are your swing type and speed?

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I tried both the Rogue White and Tensei Orange in a 10.5* G425 Max at a recent launch monitor session. I load the shaft hard/quick transition and have a considerable amount of lag in my swing. Club speed around 115mph. Neutral AoA. High launch, high spin player. I couldn't figure out the Aldila Rogue White. It didn't fit my swing. It might fit a swing that has a little more arm action/smooth transition to it (think Adam Scott or lefty Matt on TXG). I was hitting low, hard draws with it all day. Even hit some with other shafts and came back to it. Not a lively shaft. Very firm in feel. It was a disappointment but then again, I've never fit well with the Rogue lineup. The only Aldila I can swing is the Tour Green. Now, I love the feel of the Tensei shafts. I can feel it load and it has a nice pop to it through impact...in other words, it fits MY swing. Orange launched a bit too high for my liking (~13.5-14.5* with ~2300rpm) compared to the Rogue White (~9-11* with ~1900rpm spin). Now, they didn't have the Tour 65 in X flex so I couldn't compare but according to the Ping customer service, the Tour sits inbetween the Rogue White and Tensei Orange. Take it for what you will. 

I honestly think a Tensei White in a G425 LST would be the one for me but I would need to pony up some dough at a Club Champion style fitting and I really need to fund a new set of wedges. Decisions, decisions. 

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  • :ping-small: G425 LST 3W 14.5* w/ Ping Tour 75X
  • :srixon-small: ZX Utility 18* w/ Project X 6.5
  • :callaway-small: X Forged 21* w/ Tour Issue Dynamic Gold S400
  • :taylormade-small: 2020 P770 5-PW w/ Tour Issue Dynamic Gold X100
  • :ping-small: Glide 3.0 54* & 58* w/ Dynamic Gold S400
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1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

What was it about the Srixon you found really good?  It wasn't my area of focus for the demo day this Saturday, but since I'm there and it's a long drive, what the heck 🙂.  My latest fittings have clearly showed me that shafts are every bit as important as which head... arguably much more.  I'm going over to the local pro shop today and test the G425MAX and SFT with PING's shaft options.  $375 for the KBS Tour I tested is more than I want to spend.   I'm hoping one of these stand out... whose playing them and what are your swing type and speed?

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Top 2 numbers at the end comparing all drivers I hit. Distance, spin, dispersion, feel, looks, sound, EVERYTHING!

1 hour ago, fixyurdivot said:

What was it about the Srixon you found really good?  It wasn't my area of focus for the demo day this Saturday, but since I'm there and it's a long drive, what the heck 🙂.  My latest fittings have clearly showed me that shafts are every bit as important as which head... arguably much more.  I'm going over to the local pro shop today and test the G425MAX and SFT with PING's shaft options.  $375 for the KBS Tour I tested is more than I want to spend.   I'm hoping one of these stand out... whose playing them and what are your swing type and speed?

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy: 

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:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

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1 hour ago, txgolfjunkie said:

I tried both the Rogue White and Tensei Orange in a 10.5* G425 Max at a recent launch monitor session. I load the shaft hard/quick transition and have a considerable amount of lag in my swing. Club speed around 115mph. Neutral AoA. High launch, high spin player. I couldn't figure out the Aldila Rogue White. It didn't fit my swing. It might fit a swing that has a little more arm action/smooth transition to it (think Adam Scott or lefty Matt on TXG). I was hitting low, hard draws with it all day. Even hit some with other shafts and came back to it. Not a lively shaft. Very firm in feel. It was a disappointment but then again, I've never fit well with the Rogue lineup. The only Aldila I can swing is the Tour Green. Now, I love the feel of the Tensei shafts. I can feel it load and it has a nice pop to it through impact...in other words, it fits MY swing. Orange launched a bit too high for my liking (~13.5-14.5* with ~2300rpm) compared to the Rogue White (~9-11* with ~1900rpm spin). Now, they didn't have the Tour 65 in X flex so I couldn't compare but according to the Ping customer service, the Tour sits inbetween the Rogue White and Tensei Orange. Take it for what you will. 

I honestly think a Tensei White in a G425 LST would be the one for me but I would need to pony up some dough at a Club Champion style fitting and I really need to fund a new set of wedges. Decisions, decisions. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :callaway-small:  Mac Daddy Forged 52° , 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

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I have been demoing all the new drivers in the Trackman 4 simulator so I can a little better replicate how the driver might play on the course.  While I can get better numbers just hitting balls, none of the new ones show a Strokes Gained advantage over my old one once I take them out on the "course".  I'm pretty happy I decided to go this route as just from the standard hit balls down the range testing I would have purchased a new driver.  This route saves both money and disappointment.

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Well, I went in for a fitting today. Hit all the contenders, and the taylormade Sim 2Max with 12 Degrees of loft was the winner for me. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :callaway-small:  Mac Daddy Forged 52° , 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

Cart: image.png.5aa5e9b8c0d6e08a2b12be76a06a07ca.pngOnewheel XR+

 

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Thin2win said:

Well, I went in for a fitting today. Hit all the contenders, and the taylormade Sim 2Max with 12 Degrees of loft was the winner for me. 

That’s a lotta loft!

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Driver: :callaway-small: Epic Flash SZ with Tensei Orange Pro S (1" tipped) at 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff (shaft may be swapped at some point) 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F3 hybrid soft stepped XStiff UPRT setting 

4-AW: th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0211  with KBS Tour Stiff 2.5* up 1/4" long Unofficial Review

Wedges     :cleveland-small: Zipcore Tour Rack 54/full and 58/mid (review here)  (Backup 54*,60*: :ping-small:  S Tour KBS Tour Stiff 3* up)

Putter: :taylormade-small: Corza Ghost 35" ( Benched :odyssey-small: Toulon Las Vegas Stroke Lab  34") Soon to be testing TAIII Impact #2 Putter

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1 hour ago, rbsiedsc said:

That’s a lotta loft!

 For whatever reason the last few years I've lost all back spin. My prior gamer was only getting me 1200rpm on average. This got my spin up to 2300 with a 14 degree launch and 145mph ball speed. Carries a bit further now, but the biggest change is so much straighter. 

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 12° - Accra TZ6 M4

FW Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 17.5° - Fujikura Pro

Utility:    :cobra-small: King Forged 20.5° Utility - Catalyst X

Irons:   image.png.cbfb2d938ea45d82004d9bdeb23cf643.pngD7 Forged GW-5i - Recoils

Wedges:   :callaway-small:  Mac Daddy Forged 52° , 56°

Putter:   :taylormade-small: MySpider X

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8 hours ago, rbsiedsc said:

That’s a lotta loft!

A guy I know from a different forum is a high swing speed golfer but because of how he delivers the club 12* works for him to get the proper launch and overall optimal ball flight characteristics 

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Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

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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22 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

A guy I know from a different forum is a high swing speed golfer but because of how he delivers the club 12* works for him to get the proper launch and overall optimal ball flight characteristics 

I think I just saw a Callaway staffer on Golf WRX is playing and Epic Speed at 12.4 currently on tour. Roll with whatever works for you, and why a good fitting can help so much.

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:cobra-small: Cobra Speedzone Extreme 9° Mitshubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 Stiff Flex

:taylormade-small: '07 Burner 15° Reax 50 Stiff Flex

:titelist-small: 816 H1 18° Fujikura Speeder HB 8.8 Stiff Flex

:titelist-small: 816 H1 21° Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Blue 70 Stiff Flex

:ping-small:  I500 5 - UW Red Dot Dynamic Gold S300

:Hogan: Equalizer 52° (at 54°)/ 56° (at 58°) KBS Tour V 110 Stiff Flex

:cleveland-small:  Cleveland SOFT 11S Super Stroke Mid-Slim 2.0

:ping-small: Hoofer Bag

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12 minutes ago, ejgaudette said:

I think I just saw a Callaway staffer on Golf WRX is playing and Epic Speed at 12.4 currently on tour. Roll with whatever works for you, and why a good fitting can help so much.

Yup. Everyone has gotten caught up in the low launch/low spin hype but for most golfers they need the opposite of something in between. Many don’t realize spin is their friend to help get and keep the ball in the air as well as help rescue the effects of mishits.

But with anything there’s a point where too much or not enough becomes a negative. Too much spin ball floats and drops out of the sky. Too little and it will knuckle and not go anywhere

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Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

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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