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I decided to give the clubs a washing yesterday while I was sitting around trying to figure out a way to bond with them over the long winter months. Therefore since they are shiny I figured why not throw some pictures up for What's In Your Bag. This is one of my favorite sections of the forum, for some reason I love seeing what everyone's gaming.

 

My bag includes:

 

Driver: Nike VR Pro Limited Edition 9.5* w/Diamana 'ahina 65 x-flex

3 Wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13* w/Aldila Rip Sigma 70 x-flex

3 Hybrid: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19* w/Aldila Rip Sigma 80 s-flex

Irons: Titleist AP-2 710 4-PW w/TT Dynamic Gold X-100's: 2* Up +1/2"

Wedges: Vokey Spin Milled 52*, 56*, 60* w/Wedge Flex :angry: : 2* Up +1/2"

Putter: Ping NOME 34" Black Dot

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

Grips: Driver through PW: Pure Pro Midsize, Wedges: Golf Pride Multicompound Midsize

 

To say that MGS has had a lot of influence on my bag in the short amount of time I have been a member on the site would be an understatement!

 

Things that I've bagged from MGS reviews, suggestions, or whatever else include...

Pure Grips, Nike VR Pro Limited Edition driver, CB4 Tour woods, Ping NOME putter.

 

Things I've done to my clubs from cruising around the forums / DIY section...

Paint fill the numbers on my irons, custom stamping on wedges, re-grip using PURE's + air compressor, and stripping my wedges down to their bare bones, witch I love the look of. :wub:

 

Thanks for looking!

 

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Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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MIghty fine lookin' bag!

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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Thanks barbajo! Half the battle of playing good is looking good right?? ;)

 

MIghty fine lookin' bag!

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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Very Nice Sticks. I especially like the VR Pro head cover. Did that come stock with the driver? I guess as a new member I am going to need to do one of these.

It's all about the short game, unless you can't keep it in play!

What's in my Bag:
Driver: Adams Speedline Super LS 10.5 with Excalibur T7+ tour stiff shaft
3 Wood: Adams Speedline Super LS 13 degree with Excalibur TFW Tour stiff shaft
Hybrid: Nickent 6DT 19 degree Aldilla Voodoo NV Stiff shaft
Irons: 4-9 KZG Tour Evolution with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 tour 120 x flex shafts
Wedges:49 degree Dave Pelz wedge with a Nippon N.S. Pro Modus tour 120 x flex shaft. 54,64 Dave Pelz wedges with Rifle spinner shafts 59 Degree Scor wedge with rifle spinner shaft.
Putter: Bentinardi Ben Hogan Big Ben Center shafted 33 inches with best grips custom pistol putter grip.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X, Callaway Hex Chrome +

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Thanks wd!

 

The main reason I even dreamed up buying the Nike VR LE was that I wanted to experiment with a smaller club head. Depending on where you look that one is either 430cc or 440cc, but either way it's smaller.

The reason I wanted to do this was because with the R11s I felt like I was swinging a parachute. The feeling (which is pretty hard to describe) is that the head felt incredibly un-aerodynamic and unstable throughout the swing. If that makes any sense :blink:

I always felt like this made it a struggle to get speed out of the club head and return it to the ball square.

 

The second reason I wanted to buy the Nike VR LE was because I feel like the Aldila RIP Phenom TP in X-stiff was the equivalent of swinging a piece of rebar! This probably had a lot to do with my first feeling of swinging a parachute, but either way it was just too much for me to gain any confidence with this driver.

 

Inevitably someone will ask the smart question "Why did you buy that shaft in the first place," and what happened is that when my R9 Supertri (which I WAS fitted for) cracked straight down the crown, Taylormade was incredibly gracious and replaced it with this club. The shaft in my R9 Supertri was an Aldila RIP (beta?) TP X-stiff, so by all accounts I figured this Phenom would feel the same when they asked me what I wanted for my new driver.

 

Sooo... when I had a chance to buy that driver, the smaller head (4-piece forged, which is a big bonus in the feel department) felt stable, solid, sounded great, and looked confidence inspiring at setup.

And even though the shaft is a "made for" Diamana, the feel is like nothing I've ever had before out of either of my Aldila RIP shafts. The smoother I swing, the better the result with that shaft, which actually ends up increasing my club head speed. Before I was trying to absolutely RIP (sorry, had to :P ) the Aldila because it was too heavy and overpowering for me, which lead to a lot of dispersion.

 

So in the end, I absolutely LOVE this driver. Every good thing I had heard about it is true. I kid you not when I say I'm hitting more fairways then I ever have before. That being said, I am a good 5 yards or so shorter than with the R11s, but that's a small price to pay when the ball is easier to find in the fairway!

 

 

Lovin' the putter JR! :)

 

Very nice setup. I'm curious why the Nike Limited over the R11s? I'm not sure I'll be keeping my own R11s is why I ask.

 

One of these days I need to try out the Tour Edge stuff.

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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Thanks Rickles!

 

The headcover is stock with the driver, and it's definitely really good looking I agree. Only problem is that the thing is a huge pain in the @ss to get on the club because it's so tight. Unfortunately, due to how tight it is the sock has ripped vertically about 3" where it meets the head area. Oh well, guess I'll have to post a DIY headcover sewing instructional when I learn how to do that! :lol:

 

Very Nice Sticks. I especially like the VR Pro head cover. Did that come stock with the driver? I guess as a new member I am going to need to do one of these.

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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Nice Setup......guess you gotta be partial to Red/Black...is that school colors or something?

Driver: PXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft 

Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3-4W(16*) & 5-6W(20*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft 

Hybrid: Cobra F8 3 Hybrid(19*) w/Recoil ES regular shaft 

Irons: Wilson D7 5-PW w/Recoil 460 Regular graphite shafts 

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore(50*/54*/58*) w/True Temper Spinner Wedge steel shaft  

Putter: 33" Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black).  

Pushcart:  Caddytek 3.0 from Costco

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

 

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Thanks Foz!

 

Not school colors, that would be purple and yellow, little harder to come by for golf equipment.

 

Just like the color red, and my OCD happens to get the best of me sometimes wanting everything to match!

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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  • 4 weeks later...

The LE was a sweet driver and I loved the head and was set to buy it(I have a thing for drivers, HaHa).

 

However when I saw the "made for" shaft, well, that totally sux, especially when the driver is a forged 430cc players head. I was so pissed that I called the rep and their corporate. The rep listened, then made some bullsh*t explanation about "fitting" the most golfers.

 

That's fine for a 460cc driver marketed to the masses. No probs.

 

However, the masses could not and would not hit this club.

 

Boy, I loved that head.

 

And I swap out most of my shafts or order em custom anyway.

 

But to charge $350 for a LE players driver and put a "made for" in it?

 

I don't give a sh*t what the excuse, that reaks of arrogance, as in "whatever we make, they will buy."

 

Not this *sshole.

 

Anyway, it's a beautiful driver!

 

Just a thought

 

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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At least they're changing direction with the Covert and offering the real Kuro Kage, but I agree with the LE. It was a really nice driver but the shaft sucks.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The LE was a sweet driver and I loved the head and was set to buy it(I have a thing for drivers, HaHa).

 

However when I saw the "made for" shaft, well, that totally sux, especially when the driver is a forged 430cc players head. I was so pissed that I called the rep and their corporate. The rep listened, then made some bullsh*t explanation about "fitting" the most golfers.

 

That's fine for a 460cc driver marketed to the masses. No probs.

 

However, the masses could not and would not hit this club.

 

Boy, I loved that head.

 

And I swap out most of my shafts or order em custom anyway.

 

But to charge $350 for a LE players driver and put a "made for" in it?

 

I don't give a sh*t what the excuse, that reaks of arrogance, as in "whatever we make, they will buy."

 

Not this *sshole.

 

Anyway, it's a beautiful driver!

 

Just a thought

 

Fairways & Greens 4ever

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I couldn't agree more RP. That made for shaft is pure garbage. As much as I LOVE the feel of that club head, until I can replace the shaft with something that fits my swing better, it's back to the R11s.

 

I was at the range this weekend working on trying to change my swing to come up with a less violent transition (I'm pretty aggressive off the tee) so as not to overpower that wet noodle of a shaft, when I slapped myself and remembered to find equipment to fit me, instead of trying to fit myself to the wrong equipment.

Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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I also agree with the made for shaft, even though I ordered mine with an aftermarket shaft, the idea of a tour style driver with one shaft offering as a stock option is terrible. At least their custom department is really good, but the upcharges border on ridiculous for premium shafts.

Ping G410 Plus Oban Kiyoshi Tour Limited
Ping G410 LST 3 Wood Oban Tour Prototype V430
Titleist U500 3 & 4 Oban Kiyoshi Purple Tour Reserve
Titleist 620 MB 5-9 Oban CT 125
Titleist Vokey 47* Oban CT 125, 51*, 55*, and 59* Shimada Tour Wedge Black
Bettinardi Studio Stock SS28

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At least their custom department is really good, but the upcharges border on ridiculous for premium shafts.

 

In my opinion, TMAG is the worst when it comes to this. It's like $150 upcharge for a Diamana shaft, not too bad but wait, you also have to pay another $100 for the same exact head in order to get the shaft. What's the reasoning behind this?

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  • 3 weeks later...

Latest bag update...

 

Switched out my Vokey Spin Milled wedges for 3 new SM4's.

New wedges are 50*12, 54*11, and 58*09.

Being a taller player (6'2") with a steep swing, I tend to launch the ball really high with a lot of backspin. The new loft/bounce configurations on the SM4's coupled with the CC grooves should have some real positive results.

The idea behind my choices is less digging with higher bounces, more distance with stronger lofts to combat the extra high launches, more penetrating flight with heavier DG S300's vs. wedge flex shafts, and the ability to play more types of partial wedge shots with selected grind options on the 54* and 58*.

Needless to say I'm super excited to get out on the course and practice with the new weapons!

Also had the lies on all of my irons bent back to standard from 2* upright to help with the swing change I've been working on over the winter months. I've studied and tried to ingrain the ideas of a 1 plane swing over the last few months and with that comes more bend at the waist for me. This has made it so that my hands are closer to the ground and the upright lies were causing a lot of heel digging. Checked on a lie board at my fitter, the change made a dramatic difference to bring my contact more towards the center of the club.

I'm planning on playing with the new lies for a number of rounds before deciding whether or not to cut down the extra 1/2" on my irons as well. Trying to minimize the variable changes at this point so early in the season!

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Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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  • 4 months later...

The new WIYB's I've been seeing has inspired me to take some new snaps of my bag after the overhaul it went through this season. So far the new setup has dropped my handicap almost 2 index points. I attribute this first to being fit for a new driver that has me hitting so many more fairways. Also, the new irons with the KBS C-Tapers have dramatically improved my ball striking accuracy and flight. I can't say enough good things about the new additions, but to put it simply, accuracy accuracy accuracy! And the Anser Milled 5 is my favorite putter of all time. Finding a face balanced blade has totally transformed my putting, and getting fit for the putter has probably been the second most influential part of dropping my handicap.

 

 

All grips are standard size +1 wrap.

Swapped the standard Ping grip on the Anser for the Scottsdale standard size grip and the feel is 100x better!

Driver: Ping G25 9.5* w/Tour X-Stiff Ping TFC shaft

3 Wood: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13* w/Aldila Rip 70X

3 Hybrid: Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19* w/Aldila Rip 80S

Irons: Cobra AMP Cell Pro's with X-stiff KBS Tour C-tapers +1/2" and standard loft/lie

Wedges: Vokey SM4 CC Black Nickel 50*, 54*, 58* +1/2" standard loft/lie w/TT DG S300 shafts

Putter: Ping Anser Milled 5 long neck face balanced 35" black dot bent to 5* loft 2* flat

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

 

 

 

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Driver: Ping G25 9.5° TFC Tour X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Red

Fairway Wood: 3w Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 13° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Hybrid: 3h Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour 19° Aldila RIP X-stiff w/New Decade Multicompound Black/Red

Irons: Cobra Amp Cell Pro's 4i-PW KBS C-Taper X-stiff + 1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whiteout/Black

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4's 50°, 54°, 58° DG S300's +1/2" w/New Decade Multicompound Whitout/Black

Putter: Nike Method 001 34" w/SuperStroke Mid-Slim White/Red

Ball: Titleist Pro-V1x

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How are the long irons?

Driver:   :callaway-small: Epic 10.5 set to 9.5 w/ Tour AD-DI 44.5

FW:   :cobra-small: F6 baffler set at 16º

Hybrid:  NONE
Irons:   :taylormade-small:  3i 2014 TP CB  4-PW 2011 TP MC w/ TT S400

Wedges:   :nike-small: 52º :nike-small: 56º  :edel-golf-1: 60 º w/ KBS C-Taper XS Soft-stepped

Putter:   :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne 34 inches Gold dot

 

 

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