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I’ll skip the long preamble and cut to the chase. I have a Ping G425Max 10.5 on a Mitsubishi Tensei AV Orange 65S I was fitted for a year ago, before I tore up my knee. This caused me to change to the Moe Norman/Todd Graves Single Plane Swing, mainly because there is no knee stress. but that’s another post. 
 

I knew that this driver was no longer the best fit for me. I could tell that I was spinning the ball too much. The ball was just sort of stalling and falling down. Since it was still in the fairway, and I had all the Ping fairway metals in the bag it was no big deal. Then Taylormade came to our club for fittings. 
 

Full disclosure, my intention for scheduling the fitting was because I wanted to hit my Ping on the FlightScope, but after a couple of months dely for COVID, I was ready to take the plunge if there was a significant performance improvement. There was. 
 

I loved most things about the SIM2 Max. Looks at address, sound, and performance were outstanding. The bottom of the club didn’t excite me too much. However, the Fujikura VENTUS Blue 5S was out of this world. I hit the center of the face time after time with that shaft. Then the Taylormade Rep made a crucial mistake. He said, “You have 3-5 mph ball speed increase with the SIM2 Max because if the hotter face.” 
 

BS. The faces on both clubs are pretty close to the legal limit and no way can that account for the difference. The true difference was G425Max 206 g / SIM2 Max 196 g, Tensei 65S is 69 g and VENTUS Blue 5S is 59 g, the Tensei has a stiff butt section and the VENTUS a stiff butt and tip section and softer in the middle. So overall the Ping setup is 20 g heavier or 7% heavier than the TM. And the VENTUS delivered the club head in the optimal window. 
 

Could I get the same performance out of the PING?
 

While watching various comparisons on line I came across TXG Build A Beast series. So I got a really good deal on the VENTUS Blue 5S and bought a 17 g weight to replace the 26g stock weight. Since the head weight arrived first, I put it in and went to the course. Right away I could see the difference. Before I was getting virtually no roll and now I’m getting a lower flight and a little more roll. I was perhaps 10 yard average further than I was.
 

Then the VENTUS arrived with a LH TM adapter on it, so I stuck it in my M5. I will admit that I was considering buying a SIM2 Max head only after just a few holes. Actually, the shaft didn’t arrive on time and USPS said they delivered it to my house in Mathews NC. Since I live in Texas and have no other house, I was concerned. I pointed this out and immediately my money was returned. Then the next day, my shaft arrived. I contacted the seller and said I got the shaft so I felt I should pay for it. He said , “Okay, pay me $45 to my PayPal account.” So based on that I felt I needed to go ahead with my experiment. I had only spent $58 so go for it. 
 

I had about an hour to kill today, and of course the range was closed for maintenance, so I went on the course.  After I spent a bit dialing the new shaft and weight in, I took 3 brand new TP5X’s and marked my balls 1, 2, 3. The first ball I hit with the VENTUS and the 17g weight. (SIM2 specs) the second I hit with the 17g and Tensei, and the third was with the 25g weight and Tensei. I would go to the shortest ball and shoot the range finder to the other two. 
 

After hitting on 5 holes this way, sadly that pesky job intervened, and I had to leave with my results. The shortest was always the Tensei and 25 g weight. And average of 12 yards ahead of that was the 17g weight Tensei.  The VENTUS and 17g weight averaged 27 more yards and the longest was 33.6 yards. What validated this was that every time they were in the same relative position. VENTUS was by far the longest and the heavier weight always shortest. This has not been my experience with irons. I hit DG S300 120 g shafts the longest. 
 

I didn’t have a SIM2 Max to compare it against but this last weekend with the M5 on the VENTUS. I was about a club less into the greens than normal, but with a 25 mph wind last weekend it was hard to tell. Today however, I was 2 clubs closer to the greens with this set up. 
 

I’ll update this again after playing a tournament this weekend but I think I did build a beast. Or as beastly as a 57 yo with bad knees is going to get. 
 

Have any of you tried anything like this? 

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Driver:      :ping-small:  G425MAX 10.5° -1° Flat on Fujikura VENTUS Blue 5S

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G410 3 wood LST & 5  Wood Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

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I recently tried removing the weight from the back of my G425 Max. I’m a slower swinger and have the stock Alta senior flex shaft. After removing the weight, I was averaging about 20 yards longer off the tee, but was hitting a lot more wild shots, including a huge slice. I have never been a slicer. My right miss has always been a big push. Without the weight, the right miss started right and then curved WAY right like Bubba Watson having fun seeing how far he can curve it. 

I am now thinking I will leave the weight out and slowly add lead tape until I find a happy medium and order the weight that is closest to the weight of the lead tape that works best. 

Light weight equals speed. The trick is controlling it. 

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Ping G400 Max

Cobra King F9 Speedback 3 wood

Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Taylormade M4 5 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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Love this post! I think the real truth in this is that the head only matters to the point of the overall weight and distribution of that weight. All the faces a basically going to produce the same ball speed. So the only other factor has to be the shafts. As my pro told me last week… the heads don’t matter as long as the shaft is right for you. Looks like the lighter Ventus is the answer here. Quick question, are you using the velocore ventus or just the stick option that comes with the Sim2? 

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14 minutes ago, twyatt700 said:

Love this post! I think the real truth in this is that the head only matters to the point of the overall weight and distribution of that weight. All the faces a basically going to produce the same ball speed. So the only other factor has to be the shafts. As my pro told me last week… the heads don’t matter as long as the shaft is right for you. Looks like the lighter Ventus is the answer here. Quick question, are you using the velocore ventus or just the stick option that comes with the Sim2? 

And nearly every fitter will tell you it’s finding the right head first and the shaft is used for fine tuning the launch characteristics. The head is used to get the bal into the right launch and spin window. Then shaft is used to dial those in to optimize carry and total. 

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

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39 minutes ago, twyatt700 said:

Love this post! I think the real truth in this is that the head only matters to the point of the overall weight and distribution of that weight. All the faces a basically going to produce the same ball speed. So the only other factor has to be the shafts. As my pro told me last week… the heads don’t matter as long as the shaft is right for you. Looks like the lighter Ventus is the answer here. Quick question, are you using the velocore ventus or just the stick option that comes with the Sim2? 

On a centered strike you are probably correct that all heads can potentially produce the same ball speeds. However, the other differences with heads would be how they handle miss hits as this is where most people lose ball speed.  Find the head that has max forgiveness for you miss.  Also head weighing and appearance influences how you swing the club and thus influences results.  

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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
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37 minutes ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

And nearly every fitter will tell you it’s finding the right head first and the shaft is used for fine tuning the launch characteristics. The head is used to get the bal into the right launch and spin window. Then shaft is used to dial those in to optimize carry and total. 

 

10 minutes ago, cnosil said:

On a centered strike you are probably correct that all heads can potentially produce the same ball speeds. However, the other differences with heads would be how they handle miss hits as this is where most people lose ball speed.  Find the head that has max forgiveness for you miss.  Also head weighing and appearance influences how you swing the club and thus influences results.  

I'm not saying head doesn't matter, but I think that it doesn't matter as much as we are told it does... as in the latest model isn't going to always be better. I just think you can get more impact with the properly fitted shaft verschanging the head... which is the idea of the original post. 

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:Sub70: 699U Pro 3 iron 

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-PW

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 48* 54* 58*

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

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:Sub70: Sycamore 005 Wide Blade Putter

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15 minutes ago, twyatt700 said:

 

I'm not saying head doesn't matter, but I think that it doesn't matter as much as we are told it does... as in the latest model isn't going to always be better. I just think you can get more impact with the properly fitted shaft verschanging the head... which is the idea of the original post. 

While the latest model may not be better, I think head design has a bigger influence than shaft.  From my experience the wrong head design can not be fixed with a different shaft.  Shaft is definitely important to help deliver the club properly but it won’t make a low spinning head have more spin. 

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Irons:      :honma:TR20V 6-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
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29 minutes ago, twyatt700 said:

 

I'm not saying head doesn't matter, but I think that it doesn't matter as much as we are told it does... as in the latest model isn't going to always be better. I just think you can get more impact with the properly fitted shaft verschanging the head... which is the idea of the original post. 

Which is the opposite of what the majority of fifers do. They all start with the head. If it’s a brand agnostic fitter they will find the right brand and then loft in that brands driver head that gets the ball into the correct launch window. Once that is determined they then use the shafts to fine tune to the fitting. So saying the head doesn’t matter as much as the shaft is contradictory to how the vast majority of fitters do their job. Go to TpI and they will staff you in a head, go to TXG same. You can even watch it on TXG YouTube.

I’ve been fit by the staff from Ping HQ twice and it was head first. Every other Ping, Titleist, Callaway, Cobra and TM fitting I’ve done and watched has been head first. The guy that is the LPGA tour rep used to be the Ping rep here. Head first then shaft and for shaft it was about how the shaft and the overall club felt

 

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Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

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I'll settle this.  The head and the shaft are both important.😎

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Ping G400 Max

Cobra King F9 Speedback 3 wood

Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Taylormade M4 5 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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4 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

I recently tried removing the weight from the back of my G425 Max. I’m a slower swinger and have the stock Alta senior flex shaft. After removing the weight, I was averaging about 20 yards longer off the tee, but was hitting a lot more wild shots, including a huge slice. I have never been a slicer. My right miss has always been a big push. Without the weight, the right miss started right and then curved WAY right like Bubba Watson having fun seeing how far he can curve it. 

I am now thinking I will leave the weight out and slowly add lead tape until I find a happy medium and order the weight that is closest to the weight of the lead tape that works best. 

Light weight equals speed. The trick is controlling it. 

Absolutely 110% correct--- Good example is my M-6. My bud club ho Bear bought it new and gave it to me said it was a POS. Now it had too much shaft in it for him to begin with. I was still recovering from my back injuries and it was too much for me. I ended up doing a trade deal and got an Evenflow Red Regular and put it in. I messed with it for a while and got it set kinda odd on paper for me but it was a bomber for me. As I progressed and was working out with a Skilz trainer and a weighted Medicus club I started swinging hard and hooking the crap out of it. Found out it was too light for me. I added lead tape and that slowed me down. Found out inadvertantly that since I was rehabbing so hard that I actually picked up SS from even my pre accident days. I have had to throttle my swing down some to get my control back but I do have a little extra in the tank when I have to reach out and touch someone. What throws some people off who play with me a lot know I set up for a cut. It throws some of them off when I aim dead right and hit it in the middle. One of my buds remarked the other day that he hoped I hit that sweeper hook if I hit my cut I may kill someone 2 neighborhoods over. I can not do that shot on call with anything other than the driver anything else I make a over the top move and snap it or top it. But yeah in a nutshell weight has a lot to do with it

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44 minutes ago, Hook DeLoft said:

I'll settle this.  The head and the shaft are both important.😎

Correct--- I call it total engineering------ As a rule a great club fitter is brand agnostic in both the head and shaft department---

Driver ---- TM M-6 Evenflow 65 G R flex---- 3 wood TM V-Steel Aldila 65G R Flex--- 7 Wood TM V-Steel Ust Pro Force 65 R flex---  Irons 4 thru PW 1980 Macgregor VIP Hogan Apex #2 shafts-- SW Cleveland 588 56* S-400 Sensicore---- LW Cleveland 588 60* S-400 Sensicore--- Putter Rusty 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe fluted Bulls Eye shaft- Bag My Old School Titleist Mini Staff

 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Hook DeLoft said:

I recently tried removing the weight from the back of my G425 Max. I’m a slower swinger and have the stock Alta senior flex shaft. After removing the weight, I was averaging about 20 yards longer off the tee, but was hitting a lot more wild shots, including a huge slice. I have never been a slicer. My right miss has always been a big push. Without the weight, the right miss started right and then curved WAY right like Bubba Watson having fun seeing how far he can curve it. 

I am now thinking I will leave the weight out and slowly add lead tape until I find a happy medium and order the weight that is closest to the weight of the lead tape that works best. 

Light weight equals speed. The trick is controlling it. 

You can buy 7 different weights for the Ping G425Max.  As you reduce the weight you will lower the MOI, launch, and probably the spin a few hundred RPM’s. There will definitely be a trade in forgiveness and distance, but there has to be the right one for you. When you compare a $14 each for the weight vs a new $500 driver, you can probably pick the right one for you. I chose the 17g because I was wanting to replicate the weight of the SIM2Max. I considered getting a couple of them, but I was more concerned with replication. 

Go to eBay and type weight for Ping G425 and pick one or 2. The 17 g is also the one that is in the LST.

 

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                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

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5 hours ago, twyatt700 said:

Love this post! I think the real truth in this is that the head only matters to the point of the overall weight and distribution of that weight. All the faces a basically going to produce the same ball speed. So the only other factor has to be the shafts. As my pro told me last week… the heads don’t matter as long as the shaft is right for you. Looks like the lighter Ventus is the answer here. Quick question, are you using the velocore ventus or just the stick option that comes with the Sim2? 

I thought about this, but I was hitting the stock VENTUS in the fitting. Veloccore was $380 and the stock with a LH TM adaptor was much cheaper. So I figured the stock was enough to try. And it works great.

The added bonus was when he refunded my money and the shaft showed up the next day. I paid just $45 for it. However, if this had turned out differently, or if IT DOES TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY, I can buy a SIM2 head and adaptor and change it back to a TM shaft.

Besides, I have closer to a $45 swing than a $380 swing.

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                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50°, 54° & 60° on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

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4 hours ago, cnosil said:

While the latest model may not be better, I think head design has a bigger influence than shaft.  From my experience the wrong head design can not be fixed with a different shaft.  Shaft is definitely important to help deliver the club properly but it won’t make a low spinning head have more spin. 

There is no question that they both play a roll. The VENTUS was way better for me than the Tensei and Smoke Yellow that I also had and didn’t mention. The TM in no way has more forgiveness than the PING. All the reviews only knocked the PING for its slower ball speed and heavy weight. The heavier weight was the reason for the slower balls speed and in the TXG Build a Beast, the TM won out but it was also his gamer, verses a driver they cobbled together for the video.

 

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                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50°, 54° & 60° on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

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I believe the moral to this story is that with the proper fitting any modern driver can become more beastly. I just did it myself. I have a garage full of failed experiments, I only post the successes, or perhaps that is singular, success and the jury is still out on that. Would it beat the SIM2? Don’t know, I didn’t buy one. I have some friends with them but they have to have the proper specs. I’ll see this weekend.

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                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50°, 54° & 60° on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

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2 hours ago, RoverRick said:

I thought about this, but I was hitting the stock VENTUS in the fitting. Veloccore was $380 and the stock with a LH TM adaptor was much cheaper. So I figured the stock was enough to try. And it works great.

The added bonus was when he refunded my money and the shaft showed up the next day. I paid just $45 for it. However, if this had turned out differently, or if IT DOES TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY, I can buy a SIM2 head and adaptor and change it back to a TM shaft.

Besides, I have closer to a $45 swing than a $380 swing.

The TM stock Ventus and the velocore are only the same in name. They have completely different profiles and the 70t flag in the velocore isn’t in the TM stock ventus

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

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3 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

The TM stock Ventus and the velocore are only the same in name. They have completely different profiles and the 70t flag in the velocore isn’t in the TM stock ventus

It doesn’t matter. The TM VENTUS was what I was hitting. I also saw the TXG video where they compared them, but the TM VENTUS Blue 5S was the one that fits my swing perfectly. 

 

Driver:      :ping-small:  G425MAX 10.5° -1° Flat on Fujikura VENTUS Blue 5S

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G410 3 wood LST & 5  Wood Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50°, 54° & 60° on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: Studio Style Newport 1.5

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X :taylormade-small: TP5 

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  

Range Finder: :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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9 hours ago, RoverRick said:

It doesn’t matter. The TM VENTUS was what I was hitting. I also saw the TXG video where they compared them, but the TM VENTUS Blue 5S was the one that fits my swing perfectly. 

Wasnt doubting that you the tm ventus was what you were hitting or that it was working out for you. Was just pointing out that they are completely different shafts, especially since you were mentioning the price and what seemed like you may have been contemplating the velocore version. Being two different shafts that could be a very expensive lesson of one bought the velocore thinking it was the same as or would perform the same as the made for version.

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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1 hour ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Wasnt doubting that you the tm ventus was what you were hitting or that it was working out for you. Was just pointing out that they are completely different shafts, especially since you were mentioning the price and what seemed like you may have been contemplating the velocore version. Being two different shafts that could be a very expensive lesson of one bought the velocore thinking it was the same as or would perform the same as the made for version.

Before I spent $380 MSRP for a shaft, I could trade in the Ping and spend $200 more for the SIM or sell the Ping and buy the SIM. It was the relative cheapness of trying this experiment that made it worthwhile. 

 

Driver:      :ping-small:  G425MAX 10.5° -1° Flat on Fujikura VENTUS Blue 5S

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G410 3 wood LST & 5  Wood Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

                     :ping-small:  G425MAX  7 & 9  Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Hybrid:     :ping-small:  G425MAX  6 H Flat on :ping-small: Alta CB 65R

Irons:     :ping-small:  i 500 7-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :vokey-small: SM8 50°, 54° & 60° on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: Studio Style Newport 1.5

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X :taylormade-small: TP5 

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  

Range Finder: :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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cool experiment, thanks.  I did kinda the same thing.  Was demoing the Ping 425 max with the Alta R shaft and hit it very constantly but with a lot of spin and the ball just went nowhere.  Tried a Sim Max 10.5 (last years version) with the stock Velocore Red 5R in it and was just as consistent and twenty or so yards farther down the pike.  By the way, I think the Alta is quite a bit softer than the ventus and that may have accounted for the spin.  Didn't think to change the weight at the back out like you did but hey, I was in my local dicks.    

I got the SIM and then went and chopped an inch off the butt end and added a bit heavier weight to the thing from billy bobs.  end result was about the same distance and even more consistency with it. Im driving the ball better than I have in a long time.   so you know, my good drives are about 250-60 with the occasional BOMB (for me) out to 270-80.

Any way the stock ventus really preforms for me like it did for you and I wonder what if any changes would come about with a velocore version of the shaft.  Course like most all wines, the more you spend the better it will appear to be, too you. 

          

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