Popular Post Berg Ryman Posted October 7, 2022 Popular Post Share Posted October 7, 2022 Hello again, I know you're getting sick of these threads I make too. I promise you, this is going to be the last club fitting experience I go through hopefully for a while. *crosses fingers behind back* So, to catch everyone up to speed with the state of my bag, here's where we currently stand. In early 2021 I went to Club Champion in Victor to get a new putter. This led to the Berg goes on a Putter Quest thread which you can find right here on this very forum. In late 2021 I again went to Club Champion for a wedge fitting and an iron spec review and ended up with 921 HM Pros and Taylormade Hi Toe Raws. The wedges have since been replaced with the current Cleveland set up in the bag now, including a Smart Sole, which will continue to fight for it's spot in the bag in 2023 and you can follow along with that fight right here. Now, as I get ready to merge my accounts into a joint one with my wife, I have saved some behind for the final investment... new woods. For those of you who missed it. I attempted a Titleist Day fitting for the new TSR line. My thoughts on that experience you can find here. Being fair, not sure if was my swing, the fitting equipment, or just some bad mojo, but the numbers were crazy all out of whack. So again, I have contacted my guy at Club Champion to go in for a fitting, the full long game fitting to see what can be built and where I can find improvement. However, before we do that I think it's important we walk through the current top end of the bag. DRIVER: Mizuno ST-180, 10.5 Degrees, Kuro Kage Silver Tini Dual-Core, 60 gram Stiff Flex The first ever review I was to do on this forum was for this driver. It replaced my Nike SQ and has remained in the bag ever since. It was nearly shuffled out in the Dollar Driver Club testing for times, but it's overall consistency... plus the lack of support from DDC meant it was going to be here to stay. However, we are coming up on nearly 5 years since release. Tech is better, woods are faster, and it may be time to retire the blue blur to the great golf bag in the sky. Admittedly, I have never done a totally open driver fitting since my high schools days in 2006, and the amount of tech available now is far far superior. I'm craving more distance with good forgiveness, aka what anyone wants. How do we get there? That's the question. FAIRWAY WOOD: Callway Epic Flash Sub Zero, 15 degrees, Kuro Kage Silver Tini Dual-Core, 60 gram Stiff Flex So let's talk fairway woods. I'll admit, I made mistakes in the past. My first 3 wood I ever loved was an Adams Ovation. It's still in my basement potentially waiting for a return if never necessary. Then, arguably my greatest regret. To get this club in the bag and to better fit what I thought was troublesome gapping, I traded in my Tour Edge CB4 Tour 4 wood. I loved that thing and it was a weapon, but thinking I was going back to a 3 and 5 wood set-up, I let it go. That's not to say I haven't had good memories of the Sub Zero, but it hasn't filled my heart and mind with joy like the CB4 did. Most likely change this Monday is this club and knowing how many of us feel certain ways about our fairway woods, that isn't a surprise. HYBRID: Tour Edge CBX119, 18 degrees, Project X Evenflow Blue, 85 gram Stiff Flex If a club makes it through the fitting on Monday, all signs point to this hybrid being the one. Originally an experiment to fit the gap in the bag between my 4 iron and my 3 wood after my F9 5 wood didn't perform as wished, the CBX119 has become a weapon for me on lengthy par 3's and off the tee on shorter or weird angled par 4's. It's gotten to the point where some guys I play with, given how short our home course is even wonder why I hit driver. Carrying right around 200, with roll into the 215 range, it's a great weapon to have when you're not feeling the best you can. However, the main flaw with it is that it's not as forgiving off the fairway as I wish, and I think that's been true for me with the boxier style hybrid... but time will tell. THOUGHTS GOING IN So here's where I'm at going in on this one. Club brand wise, I honestly do not care what driver I get put into. I know my guy is a Callyway rep from days gone by and good news, I do like the look of Rouge ST wood line. Cobra has a lot of visual appeal for me as well, and that Peacoat color is a stunner to me. TSR will be in contention as may Stealth. I attempted the G425 line but didn't really enjoy it during DDC testing but maybe it's a fix. As far as specs, I know at my speed I need to get launch higher for optimum numbers. My window has always been in the 11 to 12 degree range at mid high 90's speed. Does this mean following @azstu324's lead from his Otto Phlex thread and going lighter in flex? I'm uncertain of that because I'm more of a hitter than a swinger, but lighter is something I'd like to try. I'm also not against going to a 12 degree head. When I was getting fit for the Nike SQ I almost went with a 13* Big Bertha Titanium 454 from Callaway instead because I was literally launching it that low. Over time launch has been better, but I won't say I'm not intrigued by the higher loft. When I went in for gap testing once my irons came I hit a few drivers and John said he could blow that number away. I hope he's right. Fairway woods and hybrid wise is a little bit more confusing. Personally, I have a Tour Edge bias in spots, but I know that I'm willing to give everything a shot. I think a lot of it is going to come down to how much increase we see from driver. My 4 iron is around my 185-190 carry club, getting out to 200 total off the tee when caught clean. It might be a situation where we see how much yardage we have to play with in that space and which two clubs fit that gap best. My honest hope, some form of 4 wood lofted club, and then maybe a utility wood or maybe a 7 wood or heavenwood. It's worth noting that my irons are bent 2 degrees flat, which may have an impact on clubs we attempt on Monday as well, as I don't want things to get hook crazy at times. Shaft wise, I'm pretty open as well. In the past Aldila has been a really good performer for me, and at the cost point it could make a lot of sense to go back home to them. Project X Hzrdus in the Smoke Blue or Smoke Red intrigues... Ventus will likely be a pitch but the sneaky picks for me may be Oban and VA Composites. The Oban Purple seems ideal for me and the more I read about the Vylyn it could fit there as well. I won't be crazy upcharged if possible, but I have built potential exotic shafts into the budget. My goal is to get out under 2K for three clubs, but I know that might not be possible in spots. So I hope everyone follows along for hopefully what might be an eye opening day in Victor on Monday, hopefully we'll all learn a little something about ourselves and in the end, that's all we can hope for. 10 2 Quote In a Hoofer Lite bag ST180, 10.5, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S Epic Flash Sub Zero, 15*, Kuro Kage Silver TINI Dual Core 60-S CBX119 18* Hybrid, Project X Evenflow Blue, 6.0 JPX 921 Hot Metal Pro 4-P, Nippon 950GH Stiff Flex CBX Zipcore 50* (bent to *49) and RTX Zipcore Tour Rack 54* (bent to *55), DG 115 Spinner, Tour Issue Smart Sole 4.0 C, DG 115 Spinner, Tour Issue SIK Golf Flo-C Z-Star XV Divide Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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