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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best equipment change for you this year?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Eagle1 Eagle1, who asks fellow GolfWRX members what equipment change made the most difference for their game in 2018. For Eagle 1 Eagle 1, the move that helped the most was putting a Ping G400 Stretch 3-wood in the bag, and there have been plenty of other new additions that have aided our members out on the course this year.

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.

  • Gamble Gamble: “M3 Driver with Tour AD DI 7X.  I am already down 3.1 shots in my handicap and should be able to push down to mid-single digits if I actually warmed up before my rounds and did not start bogey/double/bogey to start my rounds like I have on my last five rounds.”
  • noodle3872: “Coming back to Mizuno irons and wedges after trying PXG 0311’s, TM P730’s and P790’s. All great clubs in their own right, however, Mizuno feel, playability and consistency earn them placement in my bag.”
  • Bye: “Taking an inch off the length of my driving. And buying a Rogue 3 wood, possibly the best I’ve ever had.”
  • beaney: “Putter change for me too. Finally accepted that although I love the look of Scottys, I putt badly with them. The odyssey o works 1w tank, has been a fantastic find!  Looks good, feels nice, suits my stroke and distance control is great.”

Entire Thread: “Best equipment change for you this year?” 

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  1. James

    Dec 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Two things to do to your current stuff that absolutely help.

    1) a REAL PUTTER FITTING on SAM Putt
    lab. Absolutely amazing. I’m 6’2,
    big & 3 back surgeries. Had the
    loft ‘right’ for my stroke & since
    I putt open & stand a little taller
    2° up – like everything else I had
    felt fine. I suffered from liprosy
    for years which ceased to be
    amusing and cost me A LOT of money
    playing mini tour & section pro
    events. Avg 2 a round.

    After a day of training to use the
    SAM system, I went through the
    fitting & the loft was good, I
    didn’t change my set up or stroke
    but the Dave Pelz/NASA print out
    suggested going 3° flat. Never in
    my wildest dreams would I ever even
    have considered anything like that.

    We bent it a total of 5 degrees & I
    rolled 9/10 in immediately from 12′
    on our putter fitting platform.
    No lip outs next dozen rounds.
    Missed some for sure, but zero lip
    outs.

    2) Most graphite driver shafts are
    pretty good compared to the GARDEN
    STAKES painted the company color &
    shoved in – or co-branded (I never
    understood that – “Diamana by
    Titleist – or Nike” whatever – they
    were “Junk” compared to the real
    ones, and the anon ‘TM or Callaway’
    branded shafts were same grade.

    Graphite technology is eons better
    than a decade ago. Our customers
    who get fit and DON’T want to spend
    2-500 more on a super high end
    stick will get the best available
    no extra charge or low cost
    optional ‘upgrade’ and then have it
    SST PURED. Puring WORKS. PING is
    probably our best selling ‘stock’
    driver and most folks have us pull
    & PURE the shaft and are very happy

  2. Patricknorm

    Dec 5, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I replaced my blade Nike Method ( counter balanced) with an EXO 7 works putter. I wanted better alignment and as a result my handicap went down nearly three strokes over about 8 weeks. Talk about strokes gained improvement. It’s the club you use the most , so any improvement is gold.

  3. A. Commoner

    Dec 3, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Kind of weary hearing about ‘junk’ shafts. Maybe the self-imagined elitists could get an invitation to Monday morning’s executive meeting at ___ Golf Equipment Co. and join the discussion on ‘how we can limit our sales by pedaling a trashy product just like our competitors do.’

  4. Ol' Gaffer

    Dec 3, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Went from a 12º driver to a 15.5º PING G2 driver with a 37 inch whippy soft stock shaft. Now I can hit the ball over 200+ yards consistently and straight. A miracle….!!!

    • Ol' Gaffer

      Dec 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm

      oooops… that’s 47 inch long shaft… for smooth effortless power …!!!!

  5. Tom

    Dec 3, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Upgrade your wood shafts, stock offering from OEM’s are low quality. Heads pretty much all the same, warmed over designs marketed as breakthrough…

  6. TigerFan91

    Dec 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I bought a Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 6S shaft, tipped it an inch, and made the final length of my M2 driver 44 3/4″. Made a world of a difference in my driving accuracy.

  7. ogo

    Dec 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Yes.. yes.. yes….. it’s all in the equipment you have in your WITB weapons of golf destruction. Never mind any swing change because your swing is perfect as it is… it must be new equipment that you need to get you under the 90+ hump. Jeeeez….

    • Evan

      Dec 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Sometimes it’s the confidence that comes with different clubs that may improve a golfer’s performance however. You’re right, swing changes are necessary and will have a bigger impact.

      • ogo

        Dec 3, 2018 at 6:47 pm

        Correct… and when the 460cc pineapple big drivers came on the scene golfer confidence shot up and everybody deluded they could conquer the game off the tee. Of course it didn’t happen because the stock graphite shafts were so bad the jumbo drivers flopped about in final release due to face angle disaster. Confidence mounted, performance dived.

  8. Dan

    Dec 3, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Replaced my TM M1 w my old Titleist 904 R w real 757 speeder. Lost about 5yrs and now get to hit from the short grass again

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from manku who opened the forum for a discussion on the best and worst of fashion exhibited at the 2019 Masters. Our members discuss the good, the bad and the ugly on show at last week’s opening major of the year, with some items, such as Adam Scott’s pleated pants, dividing opinion.

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.

  • alecfeltman: ” Adams pants worry me. Go back to the tailored slim version. He was dressing like a king until the masters. Rory looks great. Good fit and style. I’m a fan. I don’t understand the new cotton shirts from Nike. Jason Day on Thursday was odd, Friday he did good. TW – I’m a fan this week. I still don’t get why Patrick Reed is sponsored by Nike? That guy needs to wear some brand like Loudmouth. Koepka loves those crazy hats – I dig it. What is the connection between Nike “Snake Pack” and Augusta? I don’t see it. Can someone explain?”
  • elpadidji: “Went here after I saw Adam Scott, thought he looked super good. Got some Arnold Palmer vibes from him.”
  • hardcalier: “Kind of a bad week for fashion in my opinion. Adam Scott’s pants were super baggy like 3 out of 4 days. Tiger looked like he dusted off his wardrobe from 15 years ago. Fortunately, his game from 15 years ago came with it. Adidas stuff is pretty plain, never looks great but never looks awful either. Jason Day looks a little heavy in plaid. Koepka’s print hats were terrible.”
  • Yanki01: “Adam Scott who usually keeps it simple and clean looked hideous. Same for Jason Day and the yellow pants. Not sure if it was the old school look he was going for, but the AM shoes didn’t flow well. Some classic shoes maybe would have helped with some trimmed pants. Justin Thomas was best dressed and usually always is.”

Entire Thread: “Masters fashion commentary”

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Honma T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons are coming to retail

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When Justin Rose signed with Honma in at the beginning of January, speculation ensued as to which irons the Englishman would play. Quickly, we learned Rose would game T World 747 Rose Proto MB irons — and he took to the clubs quickly, winning the Famers Insurance Open later that month.

So, clearly, the S20C mild steel irons work for Rose, as they’ve been in his bag since that point, but will they work for the general consumer? Up until this point, we’ve been unable to answer that question, as the irons were tour only. With today’s news, however, we now know Rose Proto irons are coming to retail.

According to the company, the irons, which are forged at Honma HQ in Sakata, Japan, are the result of several months of testing and modification in conjunction with Rose.

The world No. 2 had this say: “The idea of having a hand in the collaborative design process for my set of clubs was extremely exciting. Working with the Honma master craftsmen to create an iron that felt and looked great for me was one of the biggest thrills of my career.”

The irons feature varying CG throughout the set to achieve Rose’s preferred trajectories and a combination satin front and mirror back finish, as well as blended muscleback design.

Full specs below.

Rose Proto MB irons will sell for $175 USD per club and will come in a 4-10 iron set configuration. The company will also offer a 3-iron separately.

 

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Spotted: Dustin Johnson with new Fujikura Ventus prototype at the Masters, RBC Heritage

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Beyond the obvious big news of some guy named Mr. Woods winning his fifth green jacket this past weekend, there were some pretty interesting developments with another player that runs on a first name basis or at least initials: DJ switched drivers MID tournament and had a new Fujikura Ventus prototype shaft to go along with his new TaylorMade M6 as he took on Augusta National Saturday and Sunday.

We don’t have all the details yet, but from what we have heard so far this new Prototype Black Ventus is an even lower launching version of the blue Ventus currently available. If history is correct, and we are looking at a line extension, then the colors tell a lot of the story. The Atmos line features both a blue and black version with a final higher-launching red version to round out the series in what Fuji calls their color-coded launch system to make fitting and product recognition just that much easier.

Photos of the “black” prototype via Fujikura.

It’s not unusual for shaft companies like Fujikura to bring out prototype profiles utilizing technologies from their newest lines to try and get them into the bags of more players. Fuji’s newest technology is VeloCore, and we have already seen it adopted at a high rate. Here is some more info from Fujikura to explain the technology

“VeloCore is a multi-material core comprised of ultra-high modulus Pitch 70 Ton Carbon Fiber (about 150% stronger and more stable than T1100g) and 40 Ton bias layers that are the full length of the shaft for incredible stability. VeloCore Technology promotes consistent center-face impact and provides ultimate stability, tightening dispersion and increasing control. The result is a shaft that maximizes the MOI (moment of inertia) and ball speed of your clubhead through the reduction of twist during the swing and at impact, especially on off-center hits.”

This makes sense, considering any contact made beyond an absolutely perfect (almost impossible from a physics standpoint) strike in line with the COG of a driver head traveling at 120 mph will result in twisting at impact — MOI is maximized in driver heads to increase stability along with spin with Ventus and VelocCore, Fujikura thanks to their Enzo system, is better understanding how that relationship works with the shaft to produce new and better products.

Anyway, since we know DJ deviated from his traditional Fujikura Speeder Evolution II Tour Spec driver shaft for his weekend rounds this past weekend, we can expect to see it again this week at the RBC Heritage this week at Hilton Head, and we’ll have our eyes peeled to see where else this shaft pops up on tour.

Johnson teeing off during Wednesday’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am.

 

 

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