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WRX Custom Putter Showcase: Pick the Winner!

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You have just stumbled into putter heaven, a land where no one cares about making putts. There’s only one thing that truly matters here: how awesome looking is the club?

We sent out a challenge to some of the industry’s top boutique putter makers and told them to dream big. No rules, just design the coolest custom putter anyone has ever seen before. Easy enough, right?

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So we’re putting the vote to you, the reader, to decide which company churned out the best design. To help you out, we’ll provide the project name, the designer, the technology and what went into designing each putter. Of course, there are also a ton of of photos.

Make sure to vote — the poll is at the bottom of this page — and leave your thoughts about each putter in the comment section at the end of this story. Enjoy your experience in a land where three-putts don’t matter and looking good reigns supreme.

Machine Golf

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Project Name: Delta Proto-1
Custom Designer: David Billings

“You can change the toe hang by up to 15 degrees,” Billings said. “That’s the first time that’s been offered on a putter.”

Tech Info: This putter remains true to its name; it’s a MACHINE. It has all the bells, whistles and gadgets you’d expect from something with such a name. The Delta Proto-1 offers three interchangeable grips (two leather, one aluminum), six weights and two back flanges, which like the head and neck are made from flame-torched Stainless Steel Damascus with a Damascus Titanium logo medallion and has Delta Mod Adjusters that can be stacked to adjust the balance/toe hang.

Wait, did I just say that one of the grips was made from aluminum? Yes, one of the grips, called a Hog, is made from 6061 Aerospace Aluminum Alloy that offers a unique, round grip feel and helps with counterbalancing.

The putter also has a “skeletonized” neck and hosel, which come in the form of spine-like cut outs, and one of the back flanges has “bongo” cuts that look like bongo (or zebra) stripes. The finish on the putter was also produced with a torching process that makes this prototype feel right at home in the jungle.

Do golf courses actually allow this putter near their premises? Just add a “dab of epoxy” and this baby is USGA conforming, Billings says.

Kingston Putters

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Project Name: The Chive
Custom Designer: Kyle Sears

“We wanted to showcase that we can do anything to a putter,” Sears said. “Any random logo or saying, we can do.”

Tech Info: The Chive and WRX unite at last. “Keep Calm and Chive On” is The Chive’s calling card, and you’ve undoubtedly seen someone on the street or in a bar with a Chive T-shirt or sweatshirt. Surely there’s some GolfWRXers who are also part of Chive Nation?

And it’s for charity. A certain percentage of profits from each “Keep Calm and Chive On” putter will go to ChiveCharities.

The putter was milled from a solid block of soft carbon steel, but this is different from Kingston’s other designs in that there’s no nickel or satin finish. Sears, the custom designer from Kingston, decided to leave the putter with a raw look, which will produce a nostalgic, patina rust over time. Since it’s raw with no finish, remnants from the milling process are left all over the club head: a crude but flattering look.

This a one-off, but knowing Chive Nation and GolfWRX, the demand will be high.

Byron Golf Design

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Project Name: Roll Abides
Custom Designer: Byron Morgan

“I’ve never seen anything that looks like this putter in my life,” Morgan said.

Tech Info: We haven’t either. The Roll Abides was handmade by Byron Morgan himself. For this custom design, he used carbon steel in the back and aluminum in the front to make the back part of the putter two-third’s heavier than the front.

The cut out behind the putters’ face allowed Morgan to eliminate weight near the face, without a see-through cut seen from other putters on the market. He described the club head’s profile as more conventional looking than other oversized mallet putters, with more technology to produce a higher MOI. The weight proportions give the putter maximum forgiveness.

With a “Tight Tuna Mill” on the face, the face-milling has high points that grab the golf ball, which gets the ball rolling quicker on the ground.

Surfing was a large part of Morgan’s childhood, which inspired the look of the custom headcover design. The woman’s silhouette is called, “Sally the Surfer,” who was named after his wife, Sally.

SeeMore Putter Company

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Project Name: Tour Limited Private Reserve “Diving Board” Prototype
Custom Designer: Andre Shmoldas, VP of Design

“This putter is something new to the world that no one has ever seen before,” said Jim Grundberg, CEO of the SeeMore Putting Co. “You won’t see it in stock anytime soon. It’s a one-off, a tour limited.”

Tech info: SeeMore recently secured the patent for the “diving board,” as the company calls it. Of course, someone already has the patent for the one that sits near the deep end of your local pool, and both are currently non-USGA conforming.

SeeMore’s putter does conform, however, if you take off the detachable aluminum diving board. When it’s attached, it serves the same purpose as the company’s conforming Rifle Scope Technology (RST), which helps golfers make a perfect, arcing stroke time after time, but makes the technology available for putter designs with traditional offset.

The one-off stainless steel putter was heat-treated and torched to achieve its honey-like finish, and its Argyle face design, which was created using the company’s diamond cut milling process, giving it a Scottish vibe.

There’s only 25 of these putters in existence, and each has a different finish to make every one of them truly one of a kind.

Time to vote

Which putter is your favorite?

  • Machine: Delta Proto-1 (50%, 1,274 Votes)
  • SeeMore: Diving Board (21%, 523 Votes)
  • Byron Morgan: The Roll Abides (15%, 375 Votes)
  • Kingston: Keep Calm and Chive On (14%, 370 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,542

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See what GolfWRX members are saying about these putters as well as dozens of additional photos in our forum.

Note: Each of these putters will be returned to their designers. We would have (really) loved to hold onto them, but it would be wrong to keep them from their rightful owners. 

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  1. Doug Sevier

    Aug 31, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I love the Kingston KCCO putter. Would love to see how it feels, and would definitely bag it!

  2. David Smith

    Aug 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I feel like I just threw up in my mouth… these are hideous!

  3. Stan

    Aug 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I’m a huge Morgan fan but the Machine is hands down the winner in my humble opinion. The mod selection is incredible even if it’s not my preferred shape. I drool nightly over their Damascus M9 putter minus the $4000 price tag. If any rich, childless couples are looking to adopt a 38 year old son your prayers have been answered.

  4. John

    Aug 30, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    None of the above!!!

  5. Sean

    Aug 29, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    The Delta Proto-1 is a really beautiful putter.

  6. j.a.

    Aug 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    No matter than my favourite head style is the Kingston, in this post my attention went immediately to the Machine and the Byron.

    The Machine blew me away. That’s an incredible design, truly a custom putter that can be customised at any time. Dave Billings is thinking out of the box with this piece that looks out of this galaxy. It would be super interesting to try it and find out how it performs. Not sure about those stripes though, I’d prefer a simpler finish.

    The Byron is elegant, unique an minimalistic up to the extent that it doesn’t say it’s a Byron. I like the idea of using two materials with the heavier at the back as it increases the MOI. I guess that putts come “automatically” with this design.

  7. No one method

    Aug 29, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Isn’t the contest about being creative? Doing something new that the maker doesn’t normally do?

    Byron wins hands down. A completly HAND made all new model with all the modern day bells and whistles in an easy package.
    Two nice Anser heads and another pretty steam punked machined machine with a million parts.

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Hi No one method, as I’ve posted below, I hope you can see I didn’t just focus on the head with this entry, although the head does contain brand new technologies nobody had seen when we submitted it, including the alloy morph spacer (allowing you to change the shape and depth of the head), and the Delta Mods in the hosel (allowing you to change the loft, lie and toe hang / face flow). The shaft and grip technologies are also totally new – first seen in public here. I hope you’ll see the creativity and ingenuity in these systems and innovations. I do love the Byron too – it reminds me somewhat of my old HOG 1004 with the architecture being very similar but the lines more square.

  8. Drew

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I am a Scotty Cameron collector and that Machine putter is fantastic. I love it when something with lots of modern features and interchangeable parts comes together so beautifully. I think a lot of people, especially golfers, don’t try newer equipment because it looks odd or too different and with looks and feel being so important in golf it IS something that matters. Great work and that is definitely something I would LOVE to give a roll.

    Second place to me goes to the Kingston. I am partial to the more traditional looking putters and even I get burnt out on seeing the same Anser style putters and looks. But when you pull it off this beautifully and make a great statement about the level of craftsmanship, people will notice. GREAT work, love the decision to keep it raw and let the milling shine, its beautiful, why cover it up with a finish? Great work.

    The See More is really well done too. It isn’t as striking to me but the removable diving board it cool. I was so glad when I read it was removable. I would definitely give it a roll.

    The Byron is the most ambitious and I think it looks pretty cool. It just seems to be slightly off? I thought that maybe a few small changes would make it more appealing. Knowing his craftsmanship I am sure it would roll it beautifully and I love the theme, but a few more touches and changes would be great.

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks Drew! Really appreciate it especially coming from a Scotty collector. Just wish he and some of the other makers had joined us in this fun project. Maybe next one!

  9. J.Jimenez

    Aug 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Let be truly honest here:

    If originality is what this contest is about, Byron

    If we are looking for the best PING Anser based design, MACHINE .

    Winner, Byron

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks J. Respect your vote and opinion. I hope the new technologies in the neck, spacer and grip and shaft do qualify as being original – at least that’s what we tried to accomplish with this entry. I love all the other entries and could have voted for any of them too.

  10. Ed Robertson

    Aug 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Machine is stunning. WOW! And, after putting with their putters for over a year now, nothing compares in feel and craftsmanship. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Smitty

    Aug 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Have to ask cuz it stands out to me, is that a steelfiber in the machine??

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Hi Smitty, yes, good eyes! That’s a Steelfiber proprietary putter flex shaft made for us by Aerotech. With a few modifications at the butt-end done in our in-house machine shop. 🙂

  12. slide13

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    That Machine putter is sweet, really nice! I love Byron putters, play with a DH89 and wouldn’t trade it for anything, but the one above is just not my style and not as cool as the Machine. Hard to not vote Byron because I love his work, but with those 4 putters above, the Machine is where it’s at!

  13. Merty Huckle

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I feel like I’ve seen all the putters before except the idea Byron created. We have a Machine that looks like a Machine, and two Ping Ansers.

    Something new was the idea, right?

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Hi Merty, I hope you may have noticed the new Delta Mod Adjusters, the new Alloy Morph Spacer, and the new Delta Adjustable and Interchangeable grip and shaft technologies? All of these are brand new!

  14. Bob Halvorsen

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Their is a putter maker from Melbourne,Australia..Mr. Kari Lajosi..his putters blow all these makers away.

    • j.a.

      Aug 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Oh yes! You are so right. Kari Lajosi deserved a spot here.

  15. West

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    That dog on the Machine is pretty awesome!

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Thanks West – that’s our former family dog and mascot Birdie – she shagged balls for me when I was prototyping the very first HOG putter 20 years ago so she had to go into our logo. We engrave her on all heads now made in house in our machine shop here in Plano Texas (we moved from Dallas eight years ago). Birdie is now in doggie Heaven keeping everyone there happy and in stitches. Hopefully we are honoring her memory well.

  16. blink3665

    Aug 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    They are all fantastic putters. My vote goes to the Machine. The finish and look of that thing is gorgeous!

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Blink, so glad you like the finish on the Stainless Damascus – I actually used three different techniques – working to make the flanges match the head and hosel, but also tie in the colors from the Aerotech steelfiber shaft and the Aluminum HOG Grip.

  17. Zmangolf

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    The Byron is the must see putter here..As usual..Byron is the winner!!!

  18. TR1PTIK

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    The Machine Delta Proto-1 is definitely the most impressive of the bunch, but the Kingston and SeeMore putters have a great look as well. I especially like the fact that the “diving board” on the SeeMore is detachable so you have something to practice with, but a nice clean looking putter to game. The Roll Abides mallet putter by Byron just doesn’t do anything for me.

  19. Chad

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    That Machine putter is insane.

  20. Albert Sewill

    Aug 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    BestGrips Silver Carbon Fiber Pistol Putter Grip with the Machine Delta-1 Proto. What what!

    • Dave Billings

      Aug 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

      @Albert Sewill, thanks for the awesome grip! Very proud to show it off with our new Delta interchangeable and adjustable grip and shaft technology!

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Wunder: I’ve hit THESE new drivers this year…and this is what I think

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During this lockdown, I have done quite a few “Friday Q & A’s” on my IG, and one of the questions I get asked constantly is “have you hit this?” That, and “whaddya think?”

So, in the spirit of organizing my brain, it seemed like the right time to share what new drivers I have actually hit this year…and this is what I think.

Now, it needs to be said that there is a lot of new gear out there, but, to be honest, I’ve only actually hit a select few enough to actually build an opinion. “Enough” in this case is at least 20 balls. Some of these sticks I tested during our pre-launch preview with the OEMs, at the PGA show, a friend has one, or I actually have it in the bag.

Here we go.

TaylorMade SIM

Setup tested: SIM 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: The best way to describe how SIM looks behind the ball is “comfortable.” TaylorMade has always made drivers that just look correct. The lines are clean, the shape inspires playability, and I dig the paint job. They hit a home run with this one for sure.

FEEL: Best sound out there in my opinion. Heavy, dense, and if you get one dead-nuts center, it lets you know. The feel at contact is just as TaylorMade drivers have always done, center strikes feel like Thor’s hammer and mishits don’t kill your good vibes.

VS THE M5: I get asked this a lot. I loved the M5. Still do. To be honest the two drivers data wise were legit apples to apples. The only difference is my stock shot with M5 was a low spin straight ball and with SIM its a slight draw with a touch more spin and slightly lower launch. I prefer that.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the TaylorMade SIM is the cool kid in high school for 2020. Last year it was F9 followed closely by M5. TM knocked it outta the park on this one.

TaylorMade SIM Max

Setup tested: Sim Max 9 @8.25 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Kuro Kage XTS 70TX

LOOKS: It has a bit more of a longer face at address, which makes the head appear shallow which inspires a bit more confidence to turn it over. That’s the main thing I noticed with MAX. Other than that its a tried and true TM shape.

FEEL: Like its sibling, it has a nice solid hit audibly at the impact. So, overall its apples to apples with SIM. However, due to the front weight missing on the MAX, the actual strike doesn’t feel AS meaty as SIM. Not a negative necessarily just something I noticed.

VS M6: Both of these sticks I launched a bit too high versus the weighted versions. That’s why they never got any serious consideration to actually put in play.

OVERALL: As a high launch, more forgiving option, it’s an ace.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Setup tested: Sub Zero 9 w/ Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei Blue AV 65TX

LOOKS: To my eyes, the newer versions of the Callaway drivers have looked a bit more compact than its competition. To me, this always looked “low spin” for whatever reason. The Mavrik has the same shape which is good.

FEEL: They really fixed the sound. The Epic Flash sounded like a pop can to me, and the Mavrik Sub Zero sounds like a sledgehammer. The good thing here is the sound now matches up with what the hit feels like. I think the Mavrik is the best feeling driver Callaway has made since Epic.

VS EPIC FLASH SZ: To me, a complete improvement on all fronts. Sound, feel, and performance for me were all substantially better. Now I must say that the Epic Flash Sub Zero was a great driver, I always got great numbers out of it, but the sound took me out of it. I’m sure there isn’t that much difference audibly between the two, but in this game, even something minor can represent so much. Sound to me is huge.

OVERALL: In all honestly, I haven’t given a Callaway driver a real hard look to actually put in the bag since Epic. The sound got louder wit Rogue and Epic Flash. The Mavrik SZ  however is a fantastic driver and will def get some more testing out of me.

Cobra SpeedZone

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: The F9 was a winner on all fronts. The only critique I had was optically it looked like the driver was a little too fade biased. The SZ with its milled in top line gives it softer look at address and for me, softer lines mean more workability, just what my eyes tell me.

FEEL: As with F9 and the earlier mentioned SIM, the Speed Zone sounds EXACTLY how a driver should sound. It has a very heavy hit audibly and that’s across the face. I love the sound of this driver.

VS F9: Apples to apples, it’s the same. Beyond the optics, it feels, sounds, and performs like the F9. Not a bad thing though, the F9 was the driver of 2019 in my opinion.

OVERALL: Nothing wrong with repeating an already awesome driver. SpeedZone will stand up to anything out there. If I’m being fair, I think F9 elevated things in 2019, and this year the competition caught up to it. Changes nothing about how good this driver is.

Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme

Setup tested: Cobra Speed Zone Xtreme 9 @8.5 w/ Fujikura Ventus Black 7X

LOOKS: Like the other drivers in this higher MOI category, it looks a little longer heel to toe.

FEEL: No different than the SpeedZone, sounds great, the impact is solid across the face, and even thin shots feel solid.

OVERALL: The Xtreme is the sleeper hit of 2020 and I’ve heard the fitters love this thing. It’s by far the easiest to hit and overall good time of any driver on this list. Is it longer? No. But is it Xtremely (no pun) playable and competitive? Hard yes. It’s a blast.

PXG Proto

Setup tested: PXG Proto 9 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 6 TX

LOOKS: Slick. Like all PXG gear, the look is there. The matte crown and elegant lines make it very pleasing optically. I also appreciate that although it’s designed to look high tech. The lines inspire playability, and who doesn’t love a driver that looks like a stealth bomber?

FEEL: I only hit about 20 balls with the PXG Proto in the short time I had with it, but, wow, did this thing surprise me. The sound oddly enough is a bit higher-pitched than the others on the list but for whatever reason, it’s not a distraction. It actually adds to the experience of the hit. I typically detest that, but this sound matched up with the solid hit I was getting. I’m not sure if this is the final version since its a limited tour proto but what is happening is definitely interesting.

VS GEN2: It’s just better. Feels better, sounds great, more playable across the face. The Gen2 did one thing better than everyone else, it destroyed spin. The problem I had was control. The PXG Proto is still low spin but with the new 4 weight system (no intel on the tech yet) seems to add quality launch to the low spin profile and puts the player in a situation where very few to any sacrifices are made.

OVERALL: I was a fan of Gen2. No doubt. But it never flat out beat M5, F9, or SIM. The Proto has elevated PXG’s driver game. I don’t think its a matter of whether or not the driver stands up with the irons, I believe PXG is on the right track to having a driver that eliminates any “yeah, but…” to the conversation. That’s a huge leap since Gen1. These guys are trending hard.

I hope this was helpful.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the final version of Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts. The look of the ultra-stiff shafts, which originated from Bryson wanting a “graphite shaft that was stiffer than the Dynamic Gold X7″, has impressed our members who have been praising the final version and sharing their thoughts on the concept.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • QuigleyDU: “Awesome.”
  • My2dogs: “Really coming out with some great new stuff.”
  • HateTheHighDraw: “MMT 125TX are absolute fire, but these must be much stiffer.”
  • Robkingasu: “Sweet!”

Entire Thread: “Bryson DeChambeau’s LA Golf ‘Texas Rebar’ wedge shafts”

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Should I move to heavier iron shafts? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the strategy of moving to heavier shafts in irons. WRXer ‘Z1ggy16’ has been making swing changes lately, and the transition has been most challenging for his iron play. ‘Ziggy16’ says:

“Been making some swing changes lately, most notably working to really shallow my club into the downswing. I’m finding that I’m doing this well with my heavy wedge shafts and driver, but I’m struggling a bit in my irons. My strike pattern with my wedges is pretty good, but the irons are a bit all over. Driver is 80g raw, wedges are 132g raw, irons 120g raw. I don’t think I want to go any stiffer, but is there a chance I’ve “outgrown” this weight and need to move to something a bit heavier to help keep these feels going through my set? No idea what swing speed is at this point, but my 7i is normally a smooth/comfortable 175-180 for me.

I really like the feel of my Accra Tour Z Xtreme 475 and my S400’s in the GW-LW. I’m kind of leaning maybe soft stepping modus 120TX or X100’s.. Heck maybe even S200 straight in? Normally I’d just get a fitting, but with Rona still going around, I’m not than keen on it. 2020 is the year of the self fit for me. FWIW, I used modus 120TX 2xSS in my GW & SW last year and that was pretty good feeling. Perhaps a touch too soft… they seemed to really whip/bend hard when hitting from the rough on full swings.”

Our members discuss whether they feel a switch to heavier shafts in the irons will have the desired impact.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Pepperturbo: “You’re not alone. Regardless of age, some of us swing better with heavier shafts. I went from 70g driver and 85g 3wd graphite shafts to 58g Ventus shaft in driver and 70g Ventus shaft in 4wd. In irons went from 130g X to 120g 6.0 PX steel shafts which lasted about fifteen years. Then last year made another downward weight change to Steelfiber (steel & graphite) 110g Stiff shafts, lightest I have ever played. Keep in mind as you transition, changing shaft weight is not the only answer. Increasing swing weight can make up for shaft weight. Though I really like them in 6-3i, not thrilled in SW-7i, so just ordered heavier Steelfiber i125g shafts for my PW-7i blades.”
  • Jeff58: “As someone who has gone through and continues to work on what sounds like a similar situation, your ideal iron shafts will likely change. Where they change to isn’t possible to predict with any degree of accuracy. Don’t change your current irons without knowing. It’s frustrating, expensive, and you won’t have any clubs while they’re being changed out. Instead, get a single club from dealsandsteals or similar and experiment with that. Also, the only relevant experience is outdoors under your actual turf conditions. Indoor and mat use can be grossly different.”
  • Red4282: “Just depends on your tempo and load and preferences tbh. My numbers are about identical to yours; I play 77g in the driver and 125 in the irons. I don’t think I could go lighter than 125.”
  • gvogel: “I have a set of hickory clubs. Of course, hickory shafts are darn heavy, maybe 150 grams or so. I probably hit straighter shots with the irons, and particularly hit better shots with the niblick (wedge). Driver and fairway woods, not so much. That might be a stupid insertion into an intelligent thread, but heavier goes straighter, lighter goes longer. You can go heavier, and it helps in transition, but don’t go too stiff.”

Entire Thread: “Should I switch to heavier iron shafts?”

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