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Putting this in now prior to my fitting next week. I have a driver fitting with Ben and his Tour Van at Pumpkin Ridge. Last August I got fit by him into my 0211s which I love ( although I wish I would have at least tried a Srixon). Anyways, I am currently gaming an EF SZ ( with Fuji Pro 63 XS that I have since swapped for either a Tensei pro orange or Fuji pro 2.0 TS 7X) that I was somewhat fit for a few years ago and am looking for something more forgiving ( if the numbers support it).
 

Ben is really focus on the build aspect so I am hopeful to get something a little more in line with what would benefit me the most. I have tinkered with a shorter shaft and love the more solid contact. Ben also rarely fits people is drivers longer than 45”, so I am hopeful to find something to maximize distance and dispersion. Finally, if there is time I may get to also shaft optimize my super hybrid and maybe my sub70 3H  (some good reviews of kbs and MMT have got me thinking). 

My early pick is the Radspeed XB or the PXG 0211 or the Srixon ZX5 but, as @Kenny B can attest to, something might come out of nowhere and surprise me. 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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: :scotty-cameron-1:2021 Phantom X5 35" (Backup: :1332069271_TommyArmour:TAIII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter )

Ball:  :titelist-small: proV1  (back up balls :titleist-small:ProV1 Left Dot, :Snell:MTB-X, :OnCore:Vero X1, :callaway-small:CS X LS)

 

 

 

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51 minutes ago, rbsiedsc said:

Putting this in now prior to my fitting next week. I have a driver fitting with Ben and his Tour Van at Pumpkin Ridge. Last August I got fit by him into my 0211s which I love ( although I wish I would have at least tried a Srixon). Anyways, I am currently gaming an EF SZ ( with Fuji Pro 63 XS that I have since swapped for either a Tensei pro orange or Fuji pro 2.0 TS 7X) that I was somewhat fit for a few years ago and am looking for something more forgiving ( if the numbers support it).
 

Ben is really focus on the build aspect so I am hopeful to get something a little more in line with what would benefit me the most. I have tinkered with a shorter shaft and love the more solid contact. Ben also rarely fits people is drivers longer than 45”, so I am hopeful to find something to maximize distance and dispersion. Finally, if there is time I may get to also shaft optimize my super hybrid and maybe my sub70 3H  (some good reviews of kbs and MMT have got me thinking). 

My early pick is the Radspeed XB or the PXG 0211 or the Srixon ZX5 but, as @Kenny B can attest to, something might come out of nowhere and surprise me. 

Make sure to try whatever you want to try, so you can cleanse your mind of what ifs.

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^ Great point!

Hopefully some new *BOOM* stick stands out above the others ⛳🏌️

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A friend in Yuma had just purchased the PXG and loves it.  I don't recall which shaft he had but I know it was stiff.  I hit it on the range and it was strikingly similar to my PING... cannot for the life of me understand why 😉.  Have fun.

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Using this video as my guide. I won't be blindsided this time around

 

 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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: :scotty-cameron-1:2021 Phantom X5 35" (Backup: :1332069271_TommyArmour:TAIII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter )

Ball:  :titelist-small: proV1  (back up balls :titleist-small:ProV1 Left Dot, :Snell:MTB-X, :OnCore:Vero X1, :callaway-small:CS X LS)

 

 

 

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How was your fitting experience and did you just get fitted for the driver? How about the irons? I noticed their prices are so high like golftec and club champions. Roughly $50 to get fitted for irons and drivers. In your experience, how was it and is it worth paying the $50 fitting or rather go to club champions or golf tec and pay $100+.

 

I used to coach The First Tee of San Francisco

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4 minutes ago, Theslomo said:

How was your fitting experience and did you just get fitted for the driver? How about the irons? I noticed their prices are so high like golftec and club champions. Roughly $50 to get fitted for irons and drivers. In your experience, how was it and is it worth paying the $50 fitting or rather go to club champions or golf tec and pay $100+.

 

$50 for a professional iron or driver fitting is a bargain, if its a qualified fitter. 

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10 minutes ago, Golfspy_CG2 said:

$50 for a professional iron or driver fitting is a bargain, if its a qualified fitter. 

Yeah it is I was totally surprised. They also have the launch monitor apparently. Here is the link for Palo Alto, CA https://clients.uschedule.com/pgatspaloalto/booking

I used to coach The First Tee of San Francisco

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Well to everyone’s excitement here, my fitting was more a tweaking. The fitter did a great job recognizing swing problem and not equipment. He had me tee a little higher and move ball up in the stance. That alone gained me 5 mph in club speed 102 up to 107. He then had me loosen my grip ( also tweaking my weight position and adapter). Started being more consistent. Finally he stuck an alignment stick as a intermediate target and things became much better. Basically I got a high quality lesson from my fitter and know my confidence is booming with all my clubs. Using my 3H and SH I even smoked the alignment stick a couple times. Will have the TrackMan data later. All in all, things were much more powerful and penetrating with all clubs. Based on range flags I was poking my driver 270 on the fly. The SH 240. The 3H 225. The 4i about 205. Can’t wait to get back out now. 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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: :scotty-cameron-1:2021 Phantom X5 35" (Backup: :1332069271_TommyArmour:TAIII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter )

Ball:  :titelist-small: proV1  (back up balls :titleist-small:ProV1 Left Dot, :Snell:MTB-X, :OnCore:Vero X1, :callaway-small:CS X LS)

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Theslomo said:

How was your fitting experience and did you just get fitted for the driver? How about the irons? I noticed their prices are so high like golftec and club champions. Roughly $50 to get fitted for irons and drivers. In your experience, how was it and is it worth paying the $50 fitting or rather go to club champions or golf tec and pay $100+.

 

So this guys rate this s $125. I had got my irons prior from him and was very happy with the experience. Was super impressed with him today as he recognized it was a swing fault and didn’t try to push equipment on me. Instead he help my technique for the better. Well worth the price for having someone with experience with top pros. 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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: :scotty-cameron-1:2021 Phantom X5 35" (Backup: :1332069271_TommyArmour:TAIII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter )

Ball:  :titelist-small: proV1  (back up balls :titleist-small:ProV1 Left Dot, :Snell:MTB-X, :OnCore:Vero X1, :callaway-small:CS X LS)

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, rbsiedsc said:

 

Well to everyone’s excitement here, my fitting was more a tweaking. The fitter did a great job recognizing swing problem and not equipment. He had me tee a little higher and move ball up in the stance. That alone gained me 5 mph in club speed 102 up to 107. He then had me loosen my grip ( also tweaking my weight position and adapter). Started being more consistent. Finally he stuck an alignment stick as a intermediate target and things became much better. Basically I got a high quality lesson from my fitter and know my confidence is booming with all my clubs. Using my 3H and SH I even smoked the alignment stick a couple times. Will have the TrackMan data later. All in all, things were much more powerful and penetrating with all clubs. Based on range flags I was poking my driver 270 on the fly. The SH 240. The 3H 225. The 4i about 205. Can’t wait to get back out now. 

Same for me with teeing the ball higher and moving the teed ball more forward in my stance.

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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”

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On 5/8/2021 at 3:40 PM, rbsiedsc said:

So this guys rate this s $125. I had got my irons prior from him and was very happy with the experience. Was super impressed with him today as he recognized it was a swing fault and didn’t try to push equipment on me. Instead he help my technique for the better. Well worth the price for having someone with experience with top pros. 

When can I sign up!? 

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:Sub70: 699U Pro 3 iron HZRDUS Yellow 6.0

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-PW KBS Tour 120 Stiff Black

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On 5/8/2021 at 7:17 PM, PMookie said:

Same for me with teeing the ball higher and moving the teed ball more forward in my stance.

I've bee doing that as well. My biggest thing is still swinging fast on the tee and not trying to guide the ball.  My first range session with the Rapsodo I was getting godd ball speed despite a slower than normal swing speed.  Hoping to get the speed back and start sending it!

:taylormade-small:  SIM2 8* Diamana S+ Stiff Tipped 1"

:callaway-small:Mavrik 4W - 16.5* Tensi AV Blue Stiff Tipped 1/2"

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19* Hybrid AV Tensi Blue Stiff

:Sub70: 699U Pro 3 iron HZRDUS Yellow 6.0

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-PW KBS Tour 120 Stiff Black

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 48* 54* 58* True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner

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:titelist-small: See the source image Phantom X5- Current Gamer

:taylormade-small: Spider Tour Black on Black on Black

:Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade Putter

Ball: :titelist-small: . Pro V1 

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11 minutes ago, twyatt700 said:

I've bee doing that as well. My biggest thing is still swinging fast on the tee and not trying to guide the ball.  My first range session with the Rapsodo I was getting godd ball speed despite a slower than normal swing speed.  Hoping to get the speed back and start sending it!

better face contact will do that 🙂 

Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

2H: :callaway-small: Super Hybrid with Tensei Orange Pro Hyb 80 Stiff 

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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: :scotty-cameron-1:2021 Phantom X5 35" (Backup: :1332069271_TommyArmour:TAIII #2  Review here: TAIII Impact #2 Putter )

Ball:  :titelist-small: proV1  (back up balls :titleist-small:ProV1 Left Dot, :Snell:MTB-X, :OnCore:Vero X1, :callaway-small:CS X LS)

 

 

 

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