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27 minutes ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

We are locked in a massive cold wave right now: lows at 20° below zero, daytime temps barely getting back to 0°. So while golf is still a long way off, my bag is settled, and I figured it was a good time to snap some pictures for a WITB post. If I'm looking at this correctly, exactly one club remains in my bag from last year's WITB post (though in my defense, only two clubs have changed since the end of last season). Let's start with the big picture:

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In addition to the massive turnover in the bag, the bag itself was replaced for this season. I bought a brand new PING Pioneer cart bag, and she's a beauty!

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Subtle and understated, and with serious Most Wanted credentials. I've not found a thing to complain about so far, and I'm looking forward to getting this setup on the course to evaluate the bag in its proper environment.

The headcover collection is a mixed of Callaway Vintage leather on the 3W, 5W, and hybrid and MyGolfSpy official headcovers on the driver and putter. Again, nothing loud, but I think it's a classy look:

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On to the clubs! We'll start with the top of the bag, with a curious choice for driver: the Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9.0°, with an Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 X-Flex shaft. I've detailed the story of how this club ended up in my bag here. Short version: I am terrible at driving the ball. I found in a fitting that I hit down on the ball, generating unusable amounts of spin. The big boy setup here isn't because I'm a big boy driver of the ball: it's a massive compensation for a bad swing. I've made a lot of changes to my swing this winter, but I'm going to start with this in the bag anyway. We'll see if an adjustment needs to be made here along the way.

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For my 3W, a newcomer to the bag: a Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero with an Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S-Flex. Obviously, there's a lot of overlap with the driver here. When I got the Rogue White in my driver, I really enjoyed it. For my swing, it felt incredibly stable. I've got the weight set heavier in the back of the Mavrik head, because I'm not after the SZ chiefly for spin reduction, but to avoid any left-bias in my 3W. Especially if I use a 3W off the tee, I don't mind if one is loose right, but the snap hook is not OK. I also posted about this club in this thread, as it came from Callaway Pre-Owned with some nasty gouges in the crown that my dad repaired for me.

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Next up in the 5W, my Cobra F6 with a Fujikura Motore 6.3 S-Flex. Here's the club that wasn't replaced since the beginning of last season, and I don't have any complaints with it. In general, this club draws a bit, which is fine; I'll pick this one sometimes as much for the shape of the shot as for the distance. Strengthening it slightly from the 19.5° of loft I set it at last year, for two reasons. First, the Mavrik is a true 3W; last year I had a Taylormade M4 3HL in the bag. Second, having the 5W down at 19.5° created a lot of distance overlap with the Tour Edge CBX 20° hybrid in last year's bag. My gapping setup for the upcoming season should make a bit more sense.

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Speaking of the Tour Edge hybrid: it's getting bumped, and I almost feel bad for it. It's a great hybrid, and I'm not selling it, because I could see it reappearing my setup at some point. It's biggest liability is that is was simply too long, creating too much a gap over my 5 iron and overlapping a lot with my 5W. In the bag this year then is an Adam XTD dHy 21° with an Aldila Green NV Hybrid 105 S-Flex shaft. I've had this Adams head in 24° before and loved it (in fact, if the 5 iron misbehaves this year, that 24° hybrid is first up to replace it).

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As for my irons, I'm delighted to have my @GolfSub70699 Pro irons returning from last year's MGS Forum review. You can pop over to the review thread for my full thoughts, but I absolutely enjoyed having these in the bag for the second half of last season. I've got the Nippon Tour 105 S-Flex shafts in these, and I find nothing to complain about. They look good, they sound good, and they perform for me.

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Continuing the Sub 70 theme, I bought this wedge set from them at the very end of last season from their used club page. These are a very sharp set of black Forged wedges, 50°, 54°, and 58°, with KBS Tour 120 S-Flex shafts. My wedge game was the second best aspect of my play last season according to Arccos, and I have a lot of trust in these clubs. Even though I  ordered them used, Jason offered to make any adjustments I wanted, so these are all bent a degree flat to mitigate the pulled wedge shot that is my more typical miss.

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If wedges were the second best part of my game, my putting is my biggest strength. After years of experimenting and tinkering, I've settled into a head and hosel shape that I know works for me. Mallets are my friends. I like alignment help. I will grip a putter at 34" no matter how long it is, so that's the correct length. And my putting grip is unusual: nearly a prayer grip, but (put your hands in front of you) with my left hand one thumb-knuckle lower than my right. So this winter, I installed SuperStroke's WristLock grip on my Odyssey EXO Stroke Lab Seven Mini S putter (there can't be many putters with a longer name).

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For the past season+, I've been playing the Srixon Z Star XV. It certainly isn't the nicest feeling ball I've ever played, but it's a high-performing ball that I've found at a good discount, so it's my ball:

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As for other accessories: I've got a couple of ball markers I use. I really enjoy the look of the subway token marker I bought from Full Metal Markers. The Sub 70 marker also gets used (depends which I fish out of my ball pocket first), and there's also a magnetic marker on my single-prong Callaway ball mark tool.

For distances, while I have Arccos running to track my shots, I still prefer using my Precision Pro NX9 HD that reviewed for the Forum two years ago. It does its job well. The Grooveit brush was added last year, and in a year in which ball washers disappeared and spitting on clubs could draw ireful stares from playing partners, having a way to spritz water to clean balls and clubs on the course was a major plus. That was a good purchase. And then my glove in the small DynaGrip from MG Golf. They're cheap, they fit me fine, and they do the job. That's enough to for me.

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I don't have a new pushcart picture, but that is unchanged for this year (a Sun Mountain Reflex).

Awesome witb! My question is how many times did ya knock over the srixon tower 😂

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Check out my reviews:

 :ping-small: G710 Irons Official Review

:Fuji: MC Shaft & :EVNROLL: V Series Putter Official Review

WITB:

:ping-small:  Traverse is filled with all this shiny metal and tracked by :Arccos::

:cobra-small: RadSpeed 8* - MotoreX F1 6X I :taylormade-small: SIM 3W - Project X HZRDUS Green 

:taylormade-small: 2019 P790 4-PW - Project X 6.5 LZ I :titelist-small: 48 (SM8), 52, 56, 60 (SM7) - Nippon Modus 125 S 

:EVNROLL: ER2VI :titelist-small: PROV1X #19 

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19 minutes ago, Lacassem said:

Awesome witb! My question is how many times did ya knock over the srixon tower 😂

Full disclosure: I realized after I was getting ready to put up the post that I forgot to take a ball picture. That tower was from my photo archives from the first time I bought Srixon balls, probably in the fall of 2019.

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:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 X
:callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero 15°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 18.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:callaway-small: XR Pro 20°, Project X 75 Black HYB S
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
:edel-golf-1: EAS 4.0 [CURRENT MGS FORUM TEST]
:srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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Great setup!  Very well done pictures and write up!  Hopefully the scores plummet this year!

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:taylormade-small:  9* Sim  Hzrdus Smoke "Yellow" Handcrafted 6.5  (Best borrow I've ever made from a buddy)

:callaway-small:Epic Flash - 14* 3-wood Mitsubishi Tensei Blue X-stiff

:titelist-small: TSI2 19* Hybrid Tensei Blue X-Stiff

:taylormade-small: -P770 4-PW KBS C-Taper 120 S 

:taylormade-small: - 50* , 54* and 58* MG2 Wedges  Dynamic Gold Tour S200

:scotty-cameron-1: - Tour Select Square Back

:taylormade-small: - Taylormade Flextech Bag (Blue and Grey)

:taylormade-small: - TP5 and TP5 Pix 

Bushnell Tour V-4 - Non-Slope edition 🙁

*King of taking (borrowing) all my club ***** friends clubs after they've discarded them after a couple months! 🤣

 

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Very nice! Good luck this year!!!

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Driver: :cobra-small: King F9 Speedback/:callaway-small:Epic Max LS, Xphlexxx Busa 2 Liquid, XX stiff, 45”

Fwy:  :callaway-small: Epic Speed 4w, MMT 80X

Hybrid: :callaway-small: X2 Hot Pro, 20*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 105X

Irons: :honma:TR20 Tour P 4-10, :Nippon: Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

All but putter have Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Calibrate midsize built to oversize +1

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Nice looking setup and great writeup!!!

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:mizuno-small: ST-Z w/ Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 6.0 60g

:callaway-small: FT Optiforce 3W Project X Velocity 6.0 53g

:mizuno-small: JPX 921 HM 4-GW w/ Project X LZ 5.5 115g

:callaway-small: MD4 55/60 W/ DG S200

:odyssey-small: White Hot RX #7

:titelist-small: Pro V1X

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I just hope it warms up so you can actually get those clubs out to a course. 

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

Backups:  :bobby-grace-1: 6330, :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787

 

Member:  MGS Hitsquad since 2017697979773_DSCN2368(Custom).JPG.a1a25f5e430d9eebae93c5d652cbd4b9.JPG

 

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For what it's worth: once I can hit driver again (I can't swing it in my garage due to ceiling height), I hope to be able to tweak my driver settings. Along with the various normal adjustments on the Epic Flash SZ (the OptiFit hosel and the sliding weight in the back), I have a handful of Callaway weights that fit the front weight port to dial in spin. I also have three more shaft options on hand:

  • Project X EvenFlow Blue 6.0 65g
  • Fujikura Speeder 664 Evolution II TS S-Flex
  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 6.5 70g

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My goal is to get my dad to set up his golf net in his garage (that has really high ceilings). That would allow me to bring my SkyTrak there and do my personal fitting with my gamer ball. If that doesn't happen, I'll try to take my SkyTrak to a range.

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:callaway-small: Epic Flash Sub Zero, 9°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 X
:callaway-small: Mavrik Sub Zero 15°, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 70 S
:cobra-small: F6 5-6W, 18.5°, Fujikura Motore 6.3
:callaway-small: XR Pro 20°, Project X 75 Black HYB S
:Sub70: 699 Pro, Modus3 105, 5–PW
:Sub70: Forged Black 50°, 54°, and 58°
:edel-golf-1: EAS 4.0 [CURRENT MGS FORUM TEST]
:srixon-small: Z-Star XV

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Nice setup.  Love that Adams DHY...great club, very versatile.

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Driver:  :honma:TR20 460, Ventus Blue 6 S, 65g Stiff

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

Hybrids:  :callaway-small: Apex Pro 3H, Mitsubishi MMT 80g Stiff

                :taylormade-small: SIM DHY 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

Putter: :EVNROLL:ER7B 

Ball: :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Tested the Honma TR20 460 driver

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2 hours ago, Getoffmylawn said:

Nice setup.  Love that Adams DHY...great club, very versatile.

I'll second that. I have really struggled with my long irons for years but could never get comfortable with the newer hybrids either. Picked up an Adams Pro Mini not too long ago and I am in love. 

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:cobra-small:  SpeedZone 9* (HZDRUS Smoke Black 60g 6.0)

:callaway-small: Epic Flash 3w+ 12.5* (HZDRUS Smoke Black 70g 6.0)

:callaway-small: Epic Flash 5w 17* (HZDRUS Smoke Black 70g 6.0)

:adams-small:  Pro mini 20* (Aldila Tour ATX85H-2.8-S)

:srixon-small: U85 4i 23* (Project X 6.0 Rifle)

:ping-small: I3+ Blades (5-PW)

:callaway-small: JAWS MD5 (52/10S, 56/8C, 60/12W)

:odyssey-small: White Hot XG Rossie

:srixon-small: Z-Star:Snell: MTB-X

:1590477705_SunMountain: C130

 :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro Nx7 Pro Slope

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Great setup.  The Adams DHY was such an interesting club. I wanted to love it, but couldn't get past the sound of it.  Seems to be a club that people either love or hate

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:ping-small: G425 LST 14.5* Tour AD DI 7X

:titelist-small: 818 H2 20* Tour AD DI 85X

:mizuno-small: MP20 HMB 4 - Tour AD 95X

:mizuno-small: JPX 919 Tour 5-PW OBAN CT 115X(-)

:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50F - 54S - 60D

:EVNROLL: ER1v #CustomER

:titelist-small: ProV1

 

 

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