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I am confident I am in the minority but I liked my 7’s better than my 8’s and I like the new CBX Zipcore better than all of them. 

Driver: Taylormade Stealth 10.5º (Fujikura Ventus Red Stiff)

3 Wood: Taylormade Stealth 15º (Fujikura Ventus Red Stiff)

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H1 19º (Tensei HYB blue 80 Stiff)

Irons: Taylormade Stealth 4-Gap (Fujikura Ventus Blue Graphite Stiff)

Wedges: Cleveland CBX ZipCore 54º (TRUE TEMPER DYNAMIC GOLD 115 SPINNER TOUR ISSUE STEEL), SM8 56 10S (AMT Black Wedge Flex)

Putter: PXG Blackjack

Ball: MaxFli Tour X CG

Fitted for all clubs from irons on up.

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Unofficially Tested: Odyssey One Black (LINK)

Coming Soon: Taylormade Stealth Driver and Irons in the bag as well as an unofficial review.

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I've played SM4, then SM8 and have clearly seen better performance from the 8's. Will give the 9's a tke 9's a test drive, but also thinking of trying out the Mizuno's. Any other that would be worth comparing? 

Driver - Titleist TSi3 9.0  (HRZDUS Smoke 6.5)

3 wood - TaylorMade SIM2 MAX  15 (Ventus Blue 6S)

Hybrid - TaylorMade SIM MAX 19 (Ventus Blue 7S)

Irons - Mizuno JPX 921 Tour 4-GW (DG X100)

Wedges - Titleist Vokey SM8 54D (DG X100) & 58M (DG S400)

Putter - Odyssey WH RX VLine

Ball - Titleist Pro V1

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On 1/7/2022 at 10:07 PM, Billy-Bo-Jim-Bob said:

I've played SM4, then SM8 and have clearly seen better performance from the 8's. Will give the 9's a tke 9's a test drive, but also thinking of trying out the Mizuno's. Any other that would be worth comparing? 

The taylormade MG3s. Take a look at the 2021 wedge testing results 

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:vokey-small: SM8 50,54, and 58deg Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex

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4 hours ago, in4par said:

Many wedges out there better than Vokey...

Better for who? 

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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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The L Grind 58-04, a fixture in the Spin Milled series since its inception, was left out of the SM8 lineup.

I'm curious to see if the SM9s still left it out or not.

I can have an SM6 version completely rebuilt by The Iron Factory, but it will be significantly more expensive than a brand new club.

Still, that may be the only way to get the wedge I need (or at least want).

 

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, BostonSal said:

The L Grind 58-04, a fixture in the Spin Milled series since its inception, was left out of the SM8 lineup.

I'm curious to see if the SM9s still left it out or not.

I can have an SM6 version completely rebuilt by The Iron Factory, but it will be significantly more expensive than a brand new club.

Still, that may be the only way to get the wedge I need (or at least want).

 

 

I think there are maybe 7 people in this hemisphere who have a recurring need for a 4* bounce LW 🙂

 

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  • TaylorMade SIM2 3 wood Fujilkura Ventus Blue 7-X
  • Mizuno HMB MP20 3i Nippon Modus 3 120S
  • Mizuno Pro 223 4-P Nippon Modus 3 115X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5 / Testing Srixon Z-Star XV Divide

Official 1/12 testers for 2022 L.A.B. Golf Putters

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

I think there are maybe 7 people in this hemisphere who have a recurring need for a 4* bounce LW 🙂

 

At the very inception of the concept, circa 1978/79, the original lob wedges were low bounce.  

Later, the highly popular Cleveland 691  58° was advertised at 0 bounce.

The idea was to avoid hitting the belly of the ball which is what happens when the trailing edge hits the ground first at a slow swing speed from just off the green.  If your hands are well ahead of the ball to avoid doing that, you're delofting the club.

I can't imagine a high bounce lob wedge.  That's a sand iron.

 

 

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13 minutes ago, BostonSal said:

At the very inception of the concept, circa 1978/79, the original lob wedges were low bounce.  

Later, the highly popular Cleveland 691  58° was advertised at 0 bounce.

The idea was to avoid hitting the belly of the ball which is what happens when the trailing edge hits the ground first at a slow swing speed from just off the green.  If your hands are well ahead of the ball to avoid doing that, you're delofting the club.

I can't imagine a high bounce lob wedge.  That's a sand iron.

 

 

People should learn better technique and how to use the bounce instead of the extra shaft lean which is where most amateurs destroy their short game because they end up sticking the club into the ground.

1 minute ago, BostonSal said:

Does anybody know when the complete specs for the SM9 line will be available?

The embargo date is sometime next month. Once the embargo is over we will all get to see the specs 

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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46 minutes ago, BostonSal said:

At the very inception of the concept, circa 1978/79, the original lob wedges were low bounce.  

Later, the highly popular Cleveland 691  58° was advertised at 0 bounce.

The idea was to avoid hitting the belly of the ball which is what happens when the trailing edge hits the ground first at a slow swing speed from just off the green.  If your hands are well ahead of the ball to avoid doing that, you're delofting the club.

I can't imagine a high bounce lob wedge.  That's a sand iron.

 

 

Correct.  I am well-versed in history of golf clubs as someone who graduated high school as the GBB, 975D and DCI were all common among golf gear heads.

Re-read what I said from the original post 🙂

 

 

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  • Mizuno Pro 223 4-P Nippon Modus 3 115X
  • Vokey SM8 50, SM9 54 & 60  Nippon Modus 3 120s
  • Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11.5
  • TaylorMade TP5 / Testing Srixon Z-Star XV Divide

Official 1/12 testers for 2022 L.A.B. Golf Putters

Western, NY

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1 hour ago, bens197 said:

Correct.  I am well-versed in history of golf clubs as someone who graduated high school as the GBB, 975D and DCI were all common among golf gear heads.

Re-read what I said from the original post 🙂

 

 

Sorry. Maybe I missed something.

The original post didn't address what I hadn't brought up yet.

The post in response to what I did bring up suggested that very few of us are still  looking for that club---probably true, although I am.

The last post indicated that you were aware of the original lob wedge concept.

No major disconnect so far.

It appears the issue is that the original concept of the lob wedge is no longer viable among most players, with a few folks like myself being the holdouts.  Is that it, or am I missing something?

 

 

 

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On 1/9/2022 at 7:00 AM, in4par said:

Many wedges out there better than Vokey...

https://golfingfocus.com/what-wedges-do-the-pros-use-top-100-pga-tour-player-analysis-2021

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DRIVER - TSI3 10.75* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TR S  

FAIRWAY - TSI2 16.5* - Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.1 S

HYBRID - 816H1 18.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

HYBRID - 818H1 21.0* - Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec S

IRONS - T300 (2019) - 5-W - True Temper AMT Red 107g-95gm R300

WEDGE - VOKEY SM9 - 52.08F, 56.10S - True Temper AMT Red 94gm R300                                         * GolfPride MC+4 Midsize Grips  (all woods/irons/wedges) 

PUTTER - 2020 CAMERON SPECIAL SELECT CUSTOM  - 35" Newport 2                                                    * GolfPride SNSR 104 Grip

GOLF BALL - TITLEIST PROV 1

GOLF BAG - TITLEIST MIDSIZE TOUR BAG BLACK 

GOLF GLOVE - FOOTJOY (StaSof, Hyper Flex, StaCooler, Rain Glove)

SHOES/APPAREL - FOOTJOY 

 

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22 hours ago, BostonSal said:

The L Grind 58-04, a fixture in the Spin Milled series since its inception, was left out of the SM8 lineup.

I'm curious to see if the SM9s still left it out or not.

I can have an SM6 version completely rebuilt by The Iron Factory, but it will be significantly more expensive than a brand new club.

Still, that may be the only way to get the wedge I need (or at least want).

 

 

I wonder if that new A grind that popped up on a Wedgeworks i saw at a local shop might fill this spot?

Driver: :titelist-small: TSi3* 10° HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 60g 6.5 D2**

3 Wood: :titelist-small: TSi2 16.5° Kuro Kage Black 55-S A1**

Hybrids: :titelist-small: TS2 17° HZRDUS Smoke Black 90HY 6.5 A1**

               :titelist-small: TS2 21°  HZRDUS Smoke Black 90HY 6.0 A1**

               :titelist-small: 818 H1* 27° Tensei CK Pro White 90HY-S D1** 

Irons:  :titelist-small: 716 AP2 6-PW TT S300 

Wedges: :titelist-small: SM8 Tour Chrome 50.12°F. Jet Black 54.14°F, 58.08°M Wedge Flex

Putter: :ping-small:  G2i Craz-E 

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In a few months I'll probably move to SM9s and move my SM8s to the practice bag. I like to have a practice set of wedges; and a gamer set. I will probably buy a Vokey gap wedge to compare to the Mizuno gap wedge too. 

Driver:taylormade-small: M1 with Veylix Arcane (new driver for 2022 pending)

5w:taylormade-small: SIM2 MAX

7w:taylormade-small: SIM2 MAX

4i-GW:mizuno-small: JPX921 Forged w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

54º:vokey-small: SM8 S Grind w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

60º:vokey-small: SM9 D Grind w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

Putter:EVNROLL: ER3

Ball:titelist-small: ProV1 (play #45)

Ball mark: Kraken Golf - Revolver

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58 minutes ago, Dog Faced Pony Soldier said:

In a few months I'll probably move to SM9s and move my SM8s to the practice bag. I like to have a practice set of wedges; and a gamer set. I will probably buy a Vokey gap wedge to compare to the Mizuno gap wedge too. 

Have you noticed any issues with swapping between different wedges?

i personally couldn’t use two different types of wedges for practice and play. Irons and drivers no issues but with partial shots I need to know how my wedges will perform and if the designs between practice and gamer are different it’s going to impact on course play 

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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They stopped making the L grind in a 58*, so I have not moved on. I keep checking eBay and if I find a SM6 (which I think was the last model that offered this) I try to buy it as a backup. 

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Fairway: Titleist 917 F3 15*

Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro Boxer Gold 18*

Irons: Titleist 714CB 4-PW

Wedges: Vokey SM5 & SM6 50/54/58

Putter: Odyssey Versa #7 32"

Ball: Srixon Z-Star

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Have you noticed any issues with swapping between different wedges?

i personally couldn’t use two different types of wedges for practice and play. Irons and drivers no issues but with partial shots I need to know how my wedges will perform and if the designs between practice and gamer are different it’s going to impact on course play 

Considering I am using the practice wedges with range balls and a mat… Zero issue. 😆

Driver:taylormade-small: M1 with Veylix Arcane (new driver for 2022 pending)

5w:taylormade-small: SIM2 MAX

7w:taylormade-small: SIM2 MAX

4i-GW:mizuno-small: JPX921 Forged w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

54º:vokey-small: SM8 S Grind w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

60º:vokey-small: SM9 D Grind w/ Nippon Modus Tour 105 S

Putter:EVNROLL: ER3

Ball:titelist-small: ProV1 (play #45)

Ball mark: Kraken Golf - Revolver

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