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If money were no object and you wanted to make the best irons money could buy, would they look something like Parsons Xtreme Golf’s 0311 irons?

[quote_box_center]”I was spending $250,000 a year on golf equipment [before starting PXG],” company founder Bob Parsons told. “I was buying every club and shaft on the market.”[/quote_box_center]

Parsons, an entrepreneur and founder of web-domain registrar GoDaddy.com, has a net worth valued at $2.1 billion, according to Forbes. So with deep pockets and a seemingly deeper obsession with the game of golf, he decided to start his own equipment company. I mean, wouldn’t you?

Here’s how it happened. In 2013, Parsons hired former Ping engineers Mike Nicolette and Brad Schweigert. He told them he wanted to make the best irons in golf, without regards for cost or deadlines. Parsons demanded of them what most golfers dream about: a sexy set of irons that look like blades, but have the forgiveness of a cavity backs. And they should feel like butter and fly farther than anything else on the market.

[quote_box_center]”Anything else, Bob?” asked Nicolette, a former PGA Tour winner.[/quote_box_center]

Parsons reply: “What are you still doing here?”

So the engineering duo — which led the design of Ping G-Series drivers, Ping S55 irons and other cult classics during the past 13-14 years — got to work. The results? They built iron heads using a process never seen before in iron design.

The Secret Sauce

After waiting out one-year, non-compete clauses from Ping, Schweigert and Nicolette began their quest to create the best irons they possibly could. During the process, the duo stumbled on a way to produce a softer feel, quieter sound and more distance. They injected thermoplastic elastomer, or TPE, into a hollow-bodied iron.

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PXG’s signature tungsten screws are positioned around the perimeter to boost MOI, thus forgiveness.

To satisfy the lofty performance demands, Schweigert said he knew the irons would need a hollow-body construction, which would in-turn sacrifice feel. So the irons needed a filler — a material that would provide cushion in the void of the hollow iron.

[quote_center]”We tried rat glue, silicon, foam, anything we could think of,” Nicolette said. [/quote_center]

How about injection molding?

[quote_center]”Oh my goodness, we have something here,” Nicolette said.[/quote_center]

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The injection-molded TPE gave the irons the feel Schweigert and Nicolette sought, but also provided a few other benefits. They found through testing that the TPE material would compress at impact, but only a certain amount — not past the point of deformation. That paved the way for hotter, thinner faces.

[quote_center]”We tested the irons at 165 mph of ball speed, and there was no structural damage,” Schweigert said.[/quote_center]

The weight savings were then spread around the club’s perimeter to improve forgiveness in the form of tungsten screws, for which PXG clubs are recognized.

[quote_center]”We actually looked at using platinum screws, but Bob told us not to get too ridiculous,” Nicolette said.[/quote_center]

So it was decided. The irons would be constructed with the injection molded TPE, with Tungsten screws around the perimeter.

Here’s how they’re built.

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First, the body of each PXG 0311 iron is forged from S25C soft carbon steel. The internal cavity is CNC milled to save weight, and then a high-strength, incredibly thin HT1770 maraging steel face insert — about the thickness of a credit card — is plasma-welded to the forged bodies.

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Then, the secret sauce is added. TPE material gets injected through ports in the back cavity of the golf club, which are later filled with screws. With the injection molded TPE figured out, Nicolette and Schweigert hope to keep experimenting, continuing to make PXG’s irons the best in the game.

[quote_box_center]”We’re just at the tip of the ice berg with this [TPE] technology,” Schweigert said. “Over the next 20 years, it will be exciting to see where it goes — improve the core, optimizing deflection and can maybe go even thinner [on the face].”[/quote_box_center]

But for now, they recognize the current products as the best possible offerings on the market. And their cost reflects that position.

[quote_box_center]”These are for the high roller,” Parsons said. “The guy or gal who sits in first class, and wants a better car to enjoy the ride.”[/quote_box_center]

Starting at $300 per club head, PXG 0311 irons and wedges are some of the most expensive irons currently available. If you’re interested in making the purchase, make sure to get the clubs fit to your swing — no sense in dropping thousands on clubs that you can’t play.

Find PXG equipment retailers and fitters here.

Of course, the iron shapes have remnants of Ping’s i25 head shapes and designs — fingerprints of Nicolette and Schweigert. But the process of building the irons remains unique to PXG.

The 0311 wedges, as opposed to the irons, are one-piece forged clubs made from S25C soft carbon steel that don’t use the TPE injection-molding process.

[quote_center]”Wedges need to appeal to golfers’ eye, and they were just too bulky-looking with the TPE,” Nicolette said. [/quote_center]

They do, however, boast perimeter forgiveness thanks to the signature tungsten weights. Also, a tapered sole grind helps move weight away from the heel, and helps lower the leading edge on open-faced shots — something better players prefer.

Parsons PXG 0311 Wedges has a pattern etched in the face between the grooves

PXG 0311 wedges have a pattern etched in the face between the grooves to improve precision and spin.

The grooves of the wedges are shallow and wide on the wedges, rather than thin and deep, to increase spin on shots from about 50 yards and in. As Parsons says, most wedge shots are hit within 50 yards of the pin, so that’s where performance is most critical.

What’s in a name?

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You may have noticed that the irons and wedges share the 0311 name, which is an ode to the U.S. armed forces. As a young man who struggled to graduate high school, Parsons joined the Marine Corps, a move that he says changed his life for the better.

Parsons was a rifleman, and served a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was wounded in duty. He later received the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart. As such, he honors the military on all of his clubs, and the number “0311” refers to the Military Occupancy Specialty code for “rifleman” in the Marine Corps.

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Steel: KBS Tour-90, KBS Tour, KBS Tour-V, KBS C-Taper, Nippon 95, Nippon Modus 120, Nippon Modus 130

Graphite: Fujikura Pro, Aerotech Steel Fiber, Accra I Series

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Cal

    Feb 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I thought the shaft is the most important part of the club.If you don’t have the right shaft what good is the club head.Younshould spend more money on the shaft then you will get the best results out of your club.

  2. Greg

    Dec 20, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Funny that people think they are ugly but when you look at the top line, they look like most forged irons. I’m in the process of getting fitted and looking to hit the 0311XF because i’m looking for the forgiveness that most forged clubs do not give. I have recently used the Ping Gmax and they gave me everything I was looking for, forgiveness, ball speed, distance and height but it has a big top line which I didn’t like. I’ve used the Titleist AP2’S 712 and 714’s in the last 4 years before the Gmax and I am a plus 1 handicap , 60 years old and looking for a forgiving club that looks like the forged clubs I used to use. For me i’m not looking for a full set, just the 5-pw so the overall price is fairly reasonable . I have TM M2 driver and 3 metal and my wedges are Cleveland RTX-3’s

  3. someguy

    Dec 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    It’s funny the negative comments on here about business decisions and how clubs actually are made; and I bet 100% of these guys have no idea about club manufacturing, process or business. Hmmm, who has 2 Billion in assets and who is on here making negative comments about things they have no idea about?

    If you want to comment, write constructive criticism and do a little compare and contrast. Please, stop wasting everybody’s time.

    If you could read and comprehend you will deduce that the reason the clubs are expensive is the type of material and process used as Andy stated above.
    Do a little research. Here are a few links to help when you do comment. Gsssh!
    https://practical-golf.com/parsons-xtreme-pxg-irons-review-a-club-unlike-any-other/
    http://fortune.com/2016/03/20/godaddy-founder-golf-clubs/
    http://www.golfdigest.com/story/titleist-to-explore-super-high-end-with-new-driver-irons
    http://www.pgatour.com/equipmentreport/2015/08/05/golf-equipment-parsons-xtreme-golf-0311-irons-wedges-design.html
    http://golfweek.com/2016/07/12/equipment-tbx-deep-dive-zach-johnson-bag/

  4. Richard Seepaul

    Aug 24, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Maraging Steel face attached to Forged Iron body is not a new idea, been done before by Japanese Club makers. Callaway has had a couple generations of Irons like this ,most recently the Apex series.
    No mention of what range of the little Tungsten Weights are available.
    One of the potential benefits of all the little weights is being able to tweak the clubs MOI (measured in Kg per cm squared) to create a set of Irons with the same Club MOI across the set. One MOI for Wedges, One for Irons, One for woods / Hybrids.
    Drivers are all constrained by .830 COR so the only potential benefit here is getting a driver with a specific Club MOI that suits you.

  5. SHughes

    Jun 24, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Friend of mine just bought a set, fitted, but he has a problem hitting greens from par three’s, par 4’s in regulation. He’s having a hard time with them. He also bought the driver and I out drive him with my old and trusty D-2 Titleist, with a stiff blue-board shaft and more accuracy. He’s not impressed with the driver, although it felt ok to me. My D-2 is a bit heavier though. The Irons do have a good feel and I had no problem sticking them on the greens, but my M-P 32 Mizuno Irons feel somewhat better to me and also have no problem hitting greens and holding. I tend to think these irons are not quite as forgiving as was thought by my friend. He’s not real excited about them yet, but has no problem announcing what he paid for each club. I believe it’ll be about three more weekends reaching into his wallet to pay out his golfing bet’s, that these 300.00 dollar set of irons will be resting in his garage along with his new driver and 3 wood and he’ll go back to his Pings. Kind of funny how a person can think a 300.00 dollar iron is the magic of golf. My suggestion would be to go hit some Irons and get fitted. There are many great Irons out there for less than these and will give, if not better, almost the same results. Myself, I like the feel of my Mizuno M-P 32’s is the best better iron for we golfers who can’t afford 300.00 bucks a club. Also, I have no problem working the ball with the M-P 32’s. I don’t know……….I just feel these PXG Irons aren’t really worth the 300.00 dollar a club bill. Another Iron I really like and they run at about 1200.00 dollars for the set, are the new Taylormade Forged PSI Irons. These are nice feeling irons and great distance. Well, that’s my 2 cents worth. Have a good one.

  6. Fredo

    Jun 22, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Wow, so many negative waves. Do yourself a favor and hit them. My initial reaction was these clubs are phenomenal, they feel great and the trackman results backed me up. PXG irons flat out kicks ass, end of story!

  7. Joe

    May 27, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    I wish I could afford a set. I like that he went with a new concept if the pro’s playing them can have some wins we may see some new products at a reasonable price for we poorer golfers.

    Excellent article.

  8. DB

    Apr 16, 2016 at 2:10 am

    You guys are ridiculous! I can’t afford a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita (look it up), but that doesn’t mean I think its ugly or a gimmick or any of the other crap you guys are spewing here about these clubs. Nearly every other high-end item out there at least gets the respect it deserves for being what it is, a high-end version of a particular product… except golfers, being the snobbish bunch that they are, have to poo-poo on something they could never afford. Just admit that your wife would divorce you if you spent that much money on a set of clubs and then we’ll all move on.

    • Dale Doback

      Nov 30, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Well put Sir. I got to demo a set of PXG irons and woods. While my M2 driver and fairway out performed the the PXG woods, the irons are a different ball game. They have a blade look, a muscle back feel, and distance iron performance. They are fantastic and probably the best iron on the market.

  9. Who cares

    Jan 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Can’t wait for the knock-off.

    • stephenf

      Apr 14, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Actually a good point. This could be a notably easy effect to reproduce at a lower cost, especially when cosmetics are no concern at all.

  10. Eric

    Aug 20, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Wow…
    Hit the whole set the driver feels solid but too lite for my taste fairway woods And hybrids feel the same, they do resemble Pings ( No surprise ) .
    The irons though could be one of the best feeling I’ve ever Hit. I play Mizuno TN87 with Project X 6.0’s. they feel about the same. But for the average player the PXG irons are so forgiving. They seem to go straight, a little hard to work. But straight is good right? Wow there long too, the lofts are strong 3 degrees to my old standerd irons, but they do fly high. Overall Great irons…
    I’d pull the trigger if they were a little more reasonable … But they are Great !

    • David

      Sep 28, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Less golf and more english writing classes.

      • Lanny

        Jul 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm

        LOL! I was thinking the same thing.

        I love the cosmetics of the clubs and I am planning on getting around to hitting them.

        I think the message that is being lost here is that the irons look like a players iron and deliver more forgiveness(GI). I may be in the minority here, but I don’t have the time to improve.

        My ‘great’ golfing days sailed long ago. I do everything I can to just hit it straight and hack it around the course these days….

  11. dcorun

    Jul 24, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Maybe if his company does get off the ground, he’ll think about designing a set for the average guy. He must think only the top 1% play golf. Hello, Mitt.

    • KK

      Aug 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Exactly. Bentley will never design a $25k car and they never should.

  12. Henry

    Jul 21, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Filling a club cavity with TPE seems like the equivalent to juicing up a baseball Bat. This is nothing new, except it is illegal in baseball. Sure the next step would be to make a thinner face, so you can get more reaction out of the TPE. I guess…but why? At some point it come down to the golfer’s skill set. I am personally happy that baseball restricts this, as it would be boring watching everyone hit home runs.

    • stephenf

      Apr 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Would be a good point, if there weren’t already very strictly defined rules for how a club can be made, how much deflection and ball speed can result, etc. Bat manufacturers do the same kind of thing for bats used in MLB — they design them right up to the last thousandth of a percentage point of whatever standards are within the rules.

  13. Scooter McGavin

    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hollow blade with injected elastomer. Reminds me of the Nickent Arc Blades from some 7 years ago.

  14. BustyMagoo

    Jul 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Nice marketing rehabilitation for Bob’s reputation by mentioning the war stories. {rolls eyes}. None-the-less, the irons and tech look very interesting. Should have called the irons ‘The Billionaires Club’.

    • Rich

      Jul 21, 2015 at 6:35 am

      These have nothing on some of the stuff on Tour Spec Golf. Have a look at some of the 5 star graphite shaft Honma irons at $25,000 US for a set. It’s not an original design (looks pretty much like all pings that are out now) and isn’t even that expensive really. Not as unique as he thinks I’d say.

  15. Leon

    Jul 18, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Well, good luck with Mr. Parsons, who spends 250K to support the golf equipment business. I think every sales person will love you forever. Meanwhile, I am sure if he spend $250 for a high quality lesson, he would probably drop a few shots just after walking out of the door. So, pretty much the 250K story is just a marketing gimmick.

  16. Hibcam

    Jul 18, 2015 at 12:57 am

    There is a set of mine on the BST right now! They are amazing irons, I just don’t want to ding them up

  17. KK

    Jul 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Maybe he gets everything custom fit with Japanese boron shafts, custom stamping, custom paint, custom finish, custom leather grips from a single cow he personally chooses, individual tour issue certification and gives killer deals on the BST?

  18. Steven

    Jul 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    1. I don’t see how someone could spend $250k on golf equipment a year.
    2. I think that they are ugly.
    3. They are intended for people in Parson’s tax bracket. Since I will never be in that group I will wait for the technology to trickle down to other manufacturers, hopefully without the ridiculous price and excess of screws.

  19. Steven

    Jul 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I think that they are ugly. I would have to be in his tax bracket to justify the cost of these. Since that will never happen, I will just have to wait for the technology to trickle down into other brands, minus the plethora of screws I hope.

  20. Sherwin

    Jul 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    To everyone who said just hit them, that’s great. They may be the greatest iron ever created but they are $300 per club. Sorry, I don’t believe any performance increase is worth nearly a $200 increase in price per club from another companies product.

    Personally, they look OK from the playing position. But I don’t think they are as sexy as Mr. Parsons thinks they are when view from a golf bag.

    I would must rather have the new Mizuno MP-5 and MP-25 clubs that were just introduced. And they are probably $115 to $130 per club. Not cheap, but attainable on my budget.

    But to be fair from the comments from Mr. Parsons, I am not his target audience. His target audience are individuals in his tax bracket. Hopefully, the clubs sell OK, so the technology can flow down to the mass.

    Let them eat cake! 🙂

  21. MHendon

    Jul 17, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I kind of like them but they are way out of my budget.

  22. Steve

    Jul 17, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    He was buying 250k of equipment a year? Is that possible?

    • Steven

      Jul 17, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      I thought the same thing. If he bought one of everything it still wouldn’t add up to $250k. He must have bought everything in large quantities.

      • Charlie

        Jul 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

        Bob gives away clubs to clients or potential clients all of the time. He gives unique and obscure putters that each cost $2k-$5k as gifts. I have heard that he has even been know to give away his entire set of clubs to someone if they like them. Pretty easy for him to spend $250k when he drops about $40k or $50k every few months on putters for gifts.

  23. joseph

    Jul 17, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    i live in phoenix and had the privelege to hit these irons for a full round. everything they say is true about them. i carry a .5 index currently and have the means to purchase a set. after playing them i went and got fit at their shop at scottsdale national. john the fitter was fantastic. they are incredibly easy irons to hit. they fly very straight. my previous gamers were s55’s with CFS x shafts in them. great irons, The PXG are that much better. i was most impressed by their consistency. even mishits were better than my s55’s. personally i like the appearance of the screws but beauty is in the eye. the head shapes were perfect. They are the most point and shoot irons if i have ever seen or hit. the feel is perfect. what i really dont get is all the hate, most of the people hating havent even hit them and or even seen them. if you are looking for more consistency, easier to hit and elevate, players irons that fly a mile and stop on a dime these are them. in comparison testing agasint my s55’s here the scenario that played out on every hole at golf club of estrella. hole 7 par 3 195 from the tips. i hit my 5 iron right at the flag landed approx 5 feet short just left of flag rolled out 10 feet past the hole. took my friends 6 iron with a KBS 120 tour in it (i got fit into 130 x tours) and hit the same shot that landed where my 5 iron stopped. it than proceeded to check immediately. the 2 shots went the exact same distance just one rolled there and the other flew there and stopped. same scenario with every iron i hit from them. so to all the haters stop hating and go hit them.

    • Steve

      Jul 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Your awesome and so interesting

    • Will

      Jul 17, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Aren’t the 6 iron PXG loft & length almost identical to the S55 5 iron?

      • Seabass

        Jul 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        Yes Exactly the same! PXG 6-iron is 27 degrees and S55 5-iron is 27 degrees.. Sorry Joseph, you aren’t hitting it any further! PXG jacked up lofts so you think you are hitting it further…

        • Jayski2000

          Jul 18, 2015 at 1:07 am

          Personally I could care less about loft. What intrigues me is what he said about ball action into green. Distance is not nearly as important as ability to stop on green. I don’t care what club I’m hitting into the green so long as I get decent action upon landing. A little expensive but if they are as forgiving and receptive into greens as Joe says I just may have to give them a try

  24. retiredRichard

    Jul 17, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Put them on ebay-paypal credit, 6 months no interest-$50 a month!! What?!?! That’s just for 1 HEAD? Sorry, just another senior moment. Crap! Oh, well. I probably couldn’t get the screws in the holes anyway. BUT I WANT THEM!!

  25. John

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Does anyone know why the bottom groove is filled in white? Ping clubs have the same thing. I’ve always wondered what the purpose is.

    • batman

      Jul 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      It is an alignment aid so that it is easier to see that the face is square.

  26. Roy Perry

    Jul 17, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I think they’re kind of sexy personally. Being the equipment whore that I am, I’d I had the funds, they’d be in my bag. That and the fact that I’m a retired Marine infantryman makes me want them more!! Kudos for him following his passion and not following the mainstream to make the best product on the market. Now I’d I could just find the $300.00 outer club head :).

    • stephenf

      Apr 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

      There _is_ a certain appeal to the idea of functionality with no concern over looks or expense — you can end up loving the looks anyway, _because_ of the functionality. Doesn’t surprise me a Marine would get that. 😉

  27. Jim

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Sorry but the story line doesn’t make these things look any better. They are the ugliest irons I’ve ever seen. And the cost is ridiculous too. Can’t see this company lasting too long as no one will be buying them. Hope this guy has very deep pockets.

  28. Marty

    Jul 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Finally there’s an iron that makes my Miura’s seem affordable.

    • bob lawls

      Jul 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

      I like how you threw “my” in there. Just to let everybody know you have them.

      • Marty

        Jul 18, 2015 at 5:46 pm

        Bob, don’t be jealous.

        • Who cares

          Jan 30, 2016 at 7:49 pm

          OK. Finally there’s an iron that makes Marty’s Miura’s seem affordable. Feel better.

          • I deeply care

            Jul 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

            Congratulations Marty; with plugs like that, I hope you are on the board of directors over there!

  29. Andy

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    I’m thinking that the price is so high for two reasons. The first is that there seems to be more steps in producing (casting, machining, injection molding, and then assembly) and materials (carbon steel, TPE, and screws) in these clubs than others. The second is that they probably jack up the price to help give the clubs a more prestigious look.

  30. Justin

    Jul 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I’m intrigued….

  31. Jang Hyung-sun

    Jul 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I don’t care how these perform…my playing partners would be laughing so hard after I pull this iron that I wouldn’t be able to focus on my shot!

    • ron

      Jul 17, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      …until you kick their tail, then the laughing stops. If they perform for you, why not? They’re look different for sure, but I don’t think they look all that bad. Remember ages ago when Nike came out with the Volt color and everyone one said “Hale Nah”… oh wait that was only a few months ago.

      • joro

        Jul 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm

        Ron, you are right, NIKE was very quick and called every kind of bad club in the Book, but it wasn’t long before they had Tiger, then Rory, and a staff of great players. This my man is what sells clubs, not the color or looks, but who plays them.

        Who does Bob have, Ryan Moore ? A nice guy and good player who has played clubs over the years made by Independents who are gone, eaten by Engulf and Devour. Fact is a no matter how good a club is according to the maker or designer, it won’t sell by itself and good ole Bob will find that out soon.

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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2020

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Joaquin Niemann - WITB January 2020

Driver: Ping G410 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7 X (45.25″, tipped 1″)

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3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 X (tipped 1″, 43″)

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI Hybrid 95 X (40.25″, D2)

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.0 (-1/4″, D1)

Wedges: Ping Glide 3.0 (46-12 degrees), Ping Glide Forged (52, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

Putter: Ping Prototype PLD Anser (Black finish)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize Full Cord

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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Shaft fitting: Is it worth it? – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing shaft fitting and whether it makes a substantial difference or not. WRXer ‘2ndCut16’ recently snagged a set of heavily discounted T100 irons on eBay and asks members:

“My question is, is it worth going to get a shaft fitting? They currently have DG S300, which was what was in my 714AP2 ( I was not fit for these either), but I’m curious how much the shaft may make a difference? I’m sorry if this has been covered before, I’m just recently was bit by the equipment bug and am trying to learn all that I can.

Given that I saved a good junk of the cost of the clubs, I’d be willing to spend a little to get the right shaft, if it is actually going to make a difference, I just wanted to check here before I spent the $100 for the shaft fitting.”

And our members have been having their say in our forums.

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.

  • nhaun2: “I definitely think it’s worth it with the way the technology has progressed the last 5-10 years. $100 seems kinda steep, but I feel like most places will credit that back or at least a portion of it if you make a purchase through them.”
  • Ri_Redneck: “Never worry about paying for something that is worth the price to YOU! If your goal is to be the best golfer you can be, then your priorities are far different from the average weekend golfer. Fitting is typically expensive, but the information you get can be well worth the cost. As ChipNRun mentioned. Most of us have a swing that probably won’t change much over the next few years. Knowing what shaft characteristics fit you allows you to oftentimes choose a set of ideal clubs right off the rack! Knowledge of your equipment will help you make the most of your equipment buying dollars and avoid falling prey to the marketing that is so prevalent today.”
  • thesamewise: “1 million percent worth it. The right shaft will complement your game and can accentuate your strengths and mask some of your flaws a little. I got the right shafts in my irons, and I just can’t believe how much they help.”
  • Ruleschamp: “Not gonna make that much of a material difference in terms of performance but if you want them to feel the way you like the club to feel then go for the fitting and just enjoy the fun.”
  • GLF4EVR: “Piece of mind may be worth it just so you do not have that little thought in the back of your mind about it. I have done my own tinkering for many years now. I have never had any lessons, and all the club building I have done was thru this site. Had the chance to see a professional fitter last year. Spent over 2 hours going over every club in the bag & was charged only $65. Only recommendations were what kind of graphite shafts to put in my irons if I want to switch & to play with the bounce on my 58 wedge. To me, that was the most worthwhile $65 I have spent on golf in a long time. To find out I was correct in all my work & the way I had gone about; it was just about priceless for me. It is kind of strange to not have that little voice in the back of my head anymore with any questions about my equipment & the fine-tuning I have done. My only thing I would say is to make sure the fitter knows what they are doing.”

Entire Thread: “Shaft fitting: Is it worth it?”

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Chicago Cubs player Ian Happ auctioning off his 1/1 Bettinardi putter with proceeds going to Covid-19 relief

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Chicago Cubs Centerfielder Ian Happ is auctioning off his PROTO IH8 Bettinardi with all proceeds from the sale going to Covid-19 relief efforts for Cradles to Crayons.

The putter, which is open for bids until June 8, is a custom Bettinardi Queen B 8 Slant Neck milled to 365 grams from Double Aged Stainless Steel.

 

A 1/1 used by Happ on the course, the flat-stick features the MLB star’s chosen logos, including the Bettinardi ‘Hive’ logo in the pocket, IH8 Proto on the sole, and also his father’s initials KH. 

 

The putter comes with a unique team-only issued 2016 World Series Cubs Championship headcover, signed by Ian Happ on the W side and a Lamkin Deep Etched Grip.

 

Specs: 

  • Model: Bettinardi Queen B 8 Slant Neck
  • Dexterity: Right-Handed
  • Weight: 365g
  • Length: 35 inches
  • Face Milling: F.I.T. Face (Feel Impact Technology)
  • Finish: Black Chrome

You can bid on the putter here, with the current leading bid as of June 3 currently at $450.

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