vandyland Posted August 24, 2021 Share Posted August 24, 2021 So I have two bags currently, as I was awaiting my new irons (Ben Hogan PTxPros, thank you for asking!) I decided I was so done with my current irons that I would, instead, play a half bag with some super old Sam Snead irons. So this bag ended up being a throwback bag which is a bit wacky to be honest: Driver: Nike Sumo 13* Driver Stiff with the OG Nike Diamana Stiff Shaft 4hyb: Pinhawk 20* One Length Hybrid (7 iron length but still carries about 195) 5-7-9 Irons: Wilson Sam Snead Blue Ridge Blades from 1967ish - I would guess the 5 iron carries 170, the 7 iron carries 145, the 9 iron carries 115 SW: 56* bent to 57* Cleveland Tour Action Reg .588 - carries about 80 yds Putter: 1982 Bronze Ping Anser What was amazing about this bag is that I would go out with these clubs that I was guessing at the yardages (they are old so I played them basically a club and a half short, ex. the 5 iron is like a 6.5 iron, really) and still shooting about what I normally would with 14 clubs. Granted, this is at a course that is fairly easy and I know very well. But still! Also, my expectations were lower and really I was just trying to hit a smooth shot. Score was pretty irrelevant because I was always trying to take something off one of these clubs to make them fit the yardage. Really a study in simplifying the game. However, the new big bag is very hard to ignore...but I did have some takeaways from my small bag. I think looking at the setup and picture below, I can easily drop the 5 iron (or 5hyb depending on conditions), 3W and maybe even the gap wedge for most courses. That would take me down to 10 clubs. I don't see any need to add anything to this setup currently so I think at most I would carry 13 clubs. I am posting this WITB to hold myself to the following maxim "No more clubs purchased between now and 2022" . If I think I need help somewhere, it's definitely better to get a lesson. What the small bag taught me is that the game is rather simple if you can hit the ball at the intended target. Driver: Cobra SZ turned to 10.5, cut down to 43.5 inches with weight in the front - Carries 245 3W: Pinhawk 3W cut down to 42 inches - Carries 220 4 and 5 hybrid: Pinhawk One Lengths (20* and 25*) - Carries 195 and 180, respectively 5-PW: Ben Hogan PTxPros GW: Cleveland Reg .588 51* - Carries 110 SW: Cleveland CG10 56* - Carries 85 Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Anser Just to bring this home. I played 9 holes on sunday with the half bag and shot 38. I played 9 holes this morning with the full bag....and shot 38. This morning's 38 felt a bit easier and I didn't make any putts today but still shows this game can be remarkably simple. I'm not quite ready for those 3 club challenges that I see but I will say playing with a smaller set shows you how often it is better to just take one more club and try to smooth it in there. Mainly because with a small set you HAVE to do it. Playing a smaller set also exposes your weaknesses more, especially if you don't have certain shots like: a knockdown 7iron vs a smooth 7 iron vs a hard 7 iron. I definitely didn't have those shots a few months ago and now I am starting to feel like I have them now. Hopefully that "feel" stays with my larger set. 4 Quote Cobra Radspeed XB 9.5* w/ Otto-Phlex ..Callaway Rogue ST Max 18* Hybrid..New Level Gi22 5-7 iron..PTxPro 7-PW..Ping Eye2 Wedge..Ping Glide LW..LAB Golf DF 2.1 Putter Titleist White Box 2023 Prototype Golf balls review -- https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/53743-member-test-titleist-pro-v1pro-v1x-white-box/?do=findComment&comment=870550 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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