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Sub70 949X Hybrid Review


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Hey fellow spies, it has been nearly 9 months since I had time to post any reviews as I have relocated halfway across the US and been busy with relocation and settling in. I did recently purchase Sub70 949X 3 and 4 hybrids with the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 6.0 shafts. These were to replace a set of Callaway XR hybrids that I hit ok since I purchased them but more recently with swing changes was starting to hook more often than not. I was looking at the Taylormade Stealth hybrids because I noticed they have the V-steel soles from my old TM woods. Not sure when they brought that design back though I might just be out of date as I have not bought hybrids in years. I did the research on what causes hybrids to hook (my natural shot is a draw and my normal miss is a overdraw/hook with all clubs from driver down to wedge) and saw that I could possibly benefit from a heavier shaft with more torque. So after some discussion with the owner Jason Hiland, he agreed that the shafts I chose on the order were the right place to start.

Sidebar on Sub70 as a brand. If you have not looked into Sub70 yet, I highly recommend giving them a serious look. I currently game the Sub70 699Pro irons and have no complaints. The best part of buying Sub70 is that you get a quality club at a better price point than the big names. Only downside is you have to trust the process and purchase to test (they do have a testing program but the club selection is limited to what they have in stock at the time) unless you live near their HQ or happen to find some at your local golf shop used shelf. Jason will work with you from the beginning of the process and get you into the best fit for you. I have not had to personally swap anything on my clubs so far so no experience with that but talk to anyone who has dealt with Sub70 before and you will hear the same story over and over. 

Getting back to the club review, I immediately noticed the difference in shaft weights compared to my old Callaway XR hybrids. I have come to realize that heavier shafts give me more control even though I know my swing speed is suffering a bit. I think these are the right shafts for me though because I am still able to get good carry distances and have not noticed any decrease in carry/overall distance with these. The lofts are 1 degree stronger than the Callaway XR's but I don't think that makes a big difference. I liked the design of the heads with the carbon fiber crown. The soles remind me of the Taylormade V-steel soles and I do notice I am able to get through turf easier than with my Callaway XR hybrids. The hook still rears it's ugly head here and there but I am noticing a much straighter ball flight. I feel more confident with these clubs that I will hit a good shot off the turf and get close to the pin. On contact, these feel great off the face and I am now expecting the muted sound of carbon fiber crowns with metal faces as in my TM Sim 2 driver. These sound crisp on good contact but sound is subjective. I am sure there is someone out there who enjoys the thonk sound of the square drivers of the 90s lol. 

In summary, if you are looking for some new hybrids take a look at the Sub70 949X. It is a newer release from Sub70 and they don't release new clubs for the sake of releasing new clubs so you know that they have done the research and testing to make sure there is going to be improvement from previous releases. Their 939's are still a top seller but I was drawn to the 949X because of the carbon fiber crown and the sole shape. Hope this helps somebody looking for new hybrids but not wanting to spend major OEM money especially in this economy!

Driver : :taylormade-small: SIM2 Max 9* MC Kuro Kago Silver 60 Stiff

Woods : :benhogan-small: GS53 3 Wood 14* Mitsubish Tensei Blue 73g Regular

Hybrids: sub70logo.png.3c207e4e90c1eeca7b9a917b5fa4b848.png 949X Project X HZRDUS RDX Black 

Irons : sub70logo.png.3c207e4e90c1eeca7b9a917b5fa4b848.png 699 Pro Black 5-AW 1* flat KBS Tour V 90 Stiff Shafts 

Wedges : File:Kirkland Signature logo.svg - Wikimedia Commons 52, 56, 60 

Putter : :taylormade-small:Spider Red

Bag : datrek-brand_1456761019__86876.original.jpg.7c24f9ae71c7730ce29a828226731487.jpg lightweight cart bag | motocaddy.jpg.258c0b46e60c2804fc6b1f64bca0aef3.jpgDry Series Bag

Ball :  :taylormade-small: TP5 PIX (2019) | Screen-Shot-2017-07-20-at-7_24.05-AM-300x118.png.9f1c4cb1d62511ee40a05bd6d5795f97.png ProV1x (2021)

Rangefinder : 836d5c8b9e44880db86abcd3b735255d.w2480_h836.jpg.bcd4050c642957abbdca7453a6cb0469.jpg ULT-X

Pushcart : motocaddy.jpg.258c0b46e60c2804fc6b1f64bca0aef3.jpgM5 GPS DHC Electric Push Cart

SoCal, USA

Right handed HDCP 16.4

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Good info, thx. And yes - have read lots of positive reviews about their customer service!

WITB of an "aspiring"  😉 play-ah ...
..PXG Gen5 0311XF (PX EvenFlow Riptide CB 50/5.0)
..Callaway Bertha Mini 1.5 (UST ProForce V2-HL 5/F3)
..Cleveland XL Halo Hy-Wood (PX Cypher 40/5.0)
..Callaway Rogue ST Max OS 4H (PX Cypher Black 50/5.0)
..Tour Edge Exotics EXS 7W (Tensei CK Blue 50/R)
..Calaway Big Bertha 5H (Recoil 460 ESX/F3)
..PXG 0211 7i-GW (Mitsubishi MMT 60/A) 
..Cleveland CBX2 54 and CBX 60 (Rotex graphite)
..EvnRoll ER5 (P2 Reflex grip) or MLA Tour XDream (P2 Reflex grip)
..all in a Datrek bag on an MGI Zip Navigator electric cart.

Official Forum Member tester for the Paradym/X driver (2023)
Forum Member tester for the ExPutt Putting Simulator (2020)

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I tried these and their fairway woods at their demo day. They both performed great and I’ll be buying one of each just haven’t decided which will be first since I have one gift card now and another coming in August. 

D- Tour Edge EXS 220

4W- Sub 70 949X

Hybrid- Sub 70 949X

Utility- Sub 70 699 U  21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges- Sub 70 286 50+54, Tour Edge 1 out 58 degree 

Putter- Cleveland Huntington Beach soft # 11

Ball- Titleist Tour Soft

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