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Driver:

 

The driver Has always been my love/hate club.  As a kid the Great Big Bertha was brand new, and half the size of our current selection.  I made the golf team in high school without having any woods in the bag, I used a PING Zing 1 iron… only to be cut 2 weeks later.

 

When I made my comeback to golf in 2013/14 Jason Day was on top of the world, so doing what a lot of consumers do, I went full Taylormade from top to bottom.  That driver was the R1, and I absolutely loved it. A few years into its tenure in my bag, the strap on the cart came loose while I was going up a hill and my bag fell off, which of course broke the shaft and severely dented the R1.

 

I believe right after that I was picked up for the i200 test. So me being a everything must match guy, I bought a PING G driver.  I absolutely smoked this thing.  I have no idea why I ever got rid of it. I didn’t replace it with anything for quite some time, I went 2/3’s of a season with just a 3 wood.  Then tried the Mini Bertha 1.5 before purchasing my PXG 0811.

 

The PXG has been an “ok” driver.  I’ve finally gotten used to it and can hit some bombs with it but the miss is huge, and punishing.  That’s all me. But I’m blaming it on Bob.

 

I have not been fitted for a driver ever, so hopefully I can see some gains in both the distance and dispersion departments.

 

As I mentioned, I am open to all brands except Callaway and PXG… unless of course I go Rogue…. But that is doubtful.

 

Right now I am averaging around 270-280 with some real bombs occasionally.

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Woods/Hybrids:

 

Another underused slot in my bag.  I use my 3 wood maybe once a round, and it usually is a mistake when I do.  The 2 hybrid has been my go to fairway finding and distance wise it’s 240+, so having the 3 wood which can be great but more than likely punishing in the bag doesn’t seem logical.

 

My pre fitting thoughts for this is possibly a 2 and 3 Mizuno CLK, at 14° and 18°, but we shall see what Mr. Fitter dude has to say.

 

Not trying to brag or anything but I’ve not run across a time when I needed to hit 3 wood into a green.  If I did have that shot I would probably lay up anyways to save a huge number.


Currently have a TM SLDR 3 wood, and TM Jetspeed 2 hybrid in play.  Stock shafts.

 

Never fitted for these either.

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Irons:

 

My bread and butter… I love hitting irons, always have.  There is nothing better than a flushed 3 iron. I’ve been through a few sets.  Had some old Wilson blades as a kid, some old PING’s, Pal Joey’s, Titleist DCI OS, Titleist 990, Taylormade RBZ Tours, PING i200 (thanks MGS), PING Blueprints (Huge thanks MGS), and currently gaming the T100s (traded the blueprints for them to another MGS member).

 

I have been “fitted” for these but it wasn’t the best. My game was not good either time. So I am curious to see if the T100s can be bettered.  They are some of the best irons I’ve ever used, and they look great.  Tall task ahead for whichever brand.

 

I refuse to hit anything other than a players type iron.  Huge bulky clubs scare the crap out of me.  

 

This section also includes the driving iron.  Can’t wait.

 

Again, no Callaway or PXG.

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Wedges:

 

A part of my game that I used to rely heavily on, in fact I used to miss greens on purpose so I could pull off a Seve-Esq shot.  Today, I am much smarter than that, and a really good putter, so the wedges have the mop up duty when I hit a poor iron shot, or one of those elusive lay ups.

 

I don’t find my way to the bunker very often, again this part of my game is fading because of lack of practice at it.  The new course I’ll be playing is riddled with bunkers, so I imagine this part of my game will be relied on again.

 

Wedges I have had in play.

 

Taylormade Tour Preferred,  Cobra KING, Bridgestone Tour B’s (thanks MGS), PING Glides, Vokey Sm6 54° & 58°, Vokey SM8 48°, a Cleveland Zip Core 48° (Thanks MGS). Oh and a Hi-Toe 56° TM wedge.  Maybe a few others

 

Out of all of these wedges, I probably liked the BStones the best.  They were so buttery, and really opened up my creative side for wedges.  I did like the shape of the TM TP’s the best though, with the Cobra’s in a close 2nd.  I must be an outlier, but I find Vokey’s to be oddly shaped, so while not out of the running for a spot in the bag, they will be down the list.

 

Really hoping the Mizuno T22 wins this spot, but I’m open to all brands except Callaway, Cleveland, and PXG here.  Cleveland because the are just too bulky for my taste.

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Good luck, and looking forward to the review! Where are you getting fitted? Any preview based on the back and forth in the build a bag thread on what you're hoping to end up being fit to? I saw you mention both the one-length forged tech and the JPX Tours. I feel really silly for not having looked into Cobra more seriously before my fitting. I'm not to the point where I can handle the Forged Tech but I did end up fitting into the LTDx irons. I fully expected to end up with Taylormade, Callaway or JPX and the Cobra's were far and away my favorite.

If I can be so bold, make sure you check out the Cobra LTDx and LTDx LS since you seem to be most open on the driver. I spent the weekend in a YouTube hole watching reviews of the LTDx line (as I await the arrival of my LTDx MAX) and the reviews of those with swing speeds in your neighborhood was overwhelmingly positive. Plus, as a righty you'd be able to pick from their limited edition alternate paint jobs if specific aesthetics are your thing. @chisag picked up the black edition over in the CHA thread and it looks clean.

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Driver:    Top Flite Tour Titanium 10.5°

Wood:     :nike-small: Nike VR S Covert Fairway Wood 3 Wood 3W 15° Mitsubishi  Kuro Kage Black 60 Graphite Regular

Hybrid:     :taylormade-small: Burner Superfast Rescue 4 21°

Irons:      :callaway-small: X-20 Irons (3-SW)

Putter:   :odyssey-small: White Hot Pro

Balls:      MaxFli SoftFli Matte White and Red

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3 hours ago, mynerds said:

Good luck, and looking forward to the review! Where are you getting fitted? Any preview based on the back and forth in the build a bag thread on what you're hoping to end up being fit to? I saw you mention both the one-length forged tech and the JPX Tours. I feel really silly for not having looked into Cobra more seriously before my fitting. I'm not to the point where I can handle the Forged Tech but I did end up fitting into the LTDx irons. I fully expected to end up with Taylormade, Callaway or JPX and the Cobra's were far and away my favorite.

If I can be so bold, make sure you check out the Cobra LTDx and LTDx LS since you seem to be most open on the driver. I spent the weekend in a YouTube hole watching reviews of the LTDx line (as I await the arrival of my LTDx MAX) and the reviews of those with swing speeds in your neighborhood was overwhelmingly positive. Plus, as a righty you'd be able to pick from their limited edition alternate paint jobs if specific aesthetics are your thing. @chisag picked up the black edition over in the CHA thread and it looks clean.

I am going to Knighthawk golf center, they have all of the brands except Wilson I believe.

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Updated the back story on all of those sections.  I will add the dat in the main post when I get it.  

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2 minutes ago, Shankster said:

Updated the back story on all of those sections.  I will add the dat in the main post when I get it.  

No putter upgrade?????   That’s disappointing and I’m out with no putter change 😂.   Actually can’t wait to hear about you experience; always educational reading about everyone’s fittings as it help you better understand the process and increase the odds that you get a good fit.  

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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        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 5-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter: Auditions ongoing 

Backups:  :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787, :seemore-small: mFGP2, logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

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

 

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3 hours ago, mynerds said:

Good luck, and looking forward to the review! Where are you getting fitted? Any preview based on the back and forth in the build a bag thread on what you're hoping to end up being fit to? I saw you mention both the one-length forged tech and the JPX Tours. I feel really silly for not having looked into Cobra more seriously before my fitting. I'm not to the point where I can handle the Forged Tech but I did end up fitting into the LTDx irons. I fully expected to end up with Taylormade, Callaway or JPX and the Cobra's were far and away my favorite.

If I can be so bold, make sure you check out the Cobra LTDx and LTDx LS since you seem to be most open on the driver. I spent the weekend in a YouTube hole watching reviews of the LTDx line (as I await the arrival of my LTDx MAX) and the reviews of those with swing speeds in your neighborhood was overwhelmingly positive. Plus, as a righty you'd be able to pick from their limited edition alternate paint jobs if specific aesthetics are your thing. @chisag picked up the black edition over in the CHA thread and it looks clean.

Also, I have always liked Cobra’s drivers.  So they will be on the list for sure.  I am fairly open on all of the clubs, but I can’t do GI irons.  So irons wise I’m looking at:

Titleist: T100, T100s, CB, MB

Taylormade: CB, MB, and maybe the 770…

PING: i59

Cobra: CB, Tour, MB, maybe 1 length but they might be too chunky…

Mizuno: JPX Tour, 221, and maybe 223

Callaway: IF they have the TCB I will try them, but I don’t know… something about this brand is a major turn off for me.

1 minute ago, cnosil said:

No putter upgrade?????   That’s disappointing and I’m out with no putter change 😂.   Actually can’t wait to hear about you experience; always educational reading about everyone’s fittings as it help you better understand the process and increase the odds that you get a good fit.  

The Anser and the B.2 are in a heated battle at the moment.

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18 minutes ago, Shankster said:

 

The Anser and the B.2 are in a heated battle at the moment.

Forgot you were doing the LAB test.   

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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        
Irons:      :honma:TR20V 5-11 w/Vizard TR20-85 Graphite
Wedge:  :callaway-small: 54-10S   :cleveland-small: 588  58-12
Putter: Auditions ongoing 

Backups:  :taylormade-small:TM-180, :odyssey-small: Milled Collection RSX 2, Bellum Winmore 787, :seemore-small: mFGP2, logo-horizontal-black.svg Directed Force 2.1

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

 

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Forgot you were doing the LAB test.   

If I have time, I may check out putters.  But it is the lowest on my priority list.

I don’t know what is going to happen.  Can a fitting really improve on what I am currently seeing?  I hope so, because if I can dial my clubs in even further…. It will be a really fun game.

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The fitting center has both indoors and outdoor hitting areas.  And if I am reading correctly they use trackman.  Hopefully we can get on some real grass because I hate hitting off mats.

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I guess I missed it, but why not Callaway ?

I would expect the Rogue to be in the top 3. My Mavrik is the bees knees

looking forward to seeing what all works best for you, have fun!

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:callaway-small: MavriK Sub Zero 9* on EvenFlow RipTide 6.0 50g

:cobra-small: Speedzone 3-wood on Tensi blue S

:cobra-small: F8 5/6 wood on Aldila NxT GEN MLT R

:taylormade-small: P770 / P790 combo set on Ventus R-6 shafts 5-AW

:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (second best clubs ever)

:benhogan-small: Equalizer 50°, 54°, 60° wedges on Recoil 780 f4

:edel-golf-1: E.A.S. #4   (“Fang” or “Adele”)
 

:titelist-small: ProV1x

:callaway-small: .Org 14 cart bag

Adidas Tour 360 shoes

 

 

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1 minute ago, Sluggo42 said:

I guess I missed it, but why not Callaway ?

I would expect the Rogue to be in the top 3. My Mavrik is the bees knees

looking forward to seeing what all works best for you, have fun!

Haha.  You asked… you’ll get my honest answer.

When I worked at the golf course as a kid, all of the giant A-Holes had Callaway clubs. Put a bad taste in my mouth back then, and I’ve carried that sentiment with me ever since.

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😂 Now that’s what they call ”holding a grudge” to the extreme. So then the Rogue will really have to stand out for a true consideration…

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:callaway-small: MavriK Sub Zero 9* on EvenFlow RipTide 6.0 50g

:cobra-small: Speedzone 3-wood on Tensi blue S

:cobra-small: F8 5/6 wood on Aldila NxT GEN MLT R

:taylormade-small: P770 / P790 combo set on Ventus R-6 shafts 5-AW

:Hogan: Combo iron set -8,9,per Icon 5,6,7 PtxPro 4-UiHi on Recoil 780 ES f4 Stiff shafts (second best clubs ever)

:benhogan-small: Equalizer 50°, 54°, 60° wedges on Recoil 780 f4

:edel-golf-1: E.A.S. #4   (“Fang” or “Adele”)
 

:titelist-small: ProV1x

:callaway-small: .Org 14 cart bag

Adidas Tour 360 shoes

 

 

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Just now, Sluggo42 said:

😂 Now that’s what they call ”holding a grudge” to the extreme. So then the Rogue will really have to stand out for a true consideration…

I have tried Callaway clubs a few times.  They make a great product.  We’ll see, it is unlikely, but anything is possible I suppose. I mean if the Rogue is going 10-15 yards longer and straighter… I might let the grudge go just this once.  But I’m getting rid of the head cover immediately.

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My biggest question mark is what shafts I’ll get fit into.  I have C-Tapers in the irons now, and they go as high as anything I’ve ever hit.  Guess we will see what is in store for me.  I have a feeling it will be something I’ve never tried.

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And… I just got done reading the specs of the RF irons… .68 offset from 4-PW… my man.  Too bad I probably don’t have quite the game for those baby blades.

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