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Forum Thread of the Day: “Clubs that have completely blown you away, either for good reasons or bad?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from TXTrapLord who asks WRXers which clubs they had hit that they were blown away by, either for good reasons or bad. Our members give their detailed insight into the clubs that made huge impacts on them in both positive and negative ways.

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.

  • AG12: “TS2 woods for sure. Never played any Titleist woods prior to the TS line and honestly wasn’t even considering them. Went into a PGA SS locally in December of last year and loved the sound, feel and ball flight I was getting from them. Testing the TS woods vs the new offerings this year and nothing beat them for me.”
  • 1Mordrid1: “I will post one to the bad side. After playing Ping G700’s, I could not believe how bad the i500’s were. The G700’s flat out perform and achieve everything a “hollow cavity” iron should. Unfortunately for some, the blade length is just too long, and the sound and feel are not for everyone. The i500 sound was a little better, the feel was better, but the design just makes no sense. A hollow-body iron with a higher CG is negating the whole purpose of a hollow cavity design.”
  • zed: “Epic Flash 3 wood, they nailed it. Evenflow shaft works well with it for me.”
  • Yuck: “S55 irons. Dropped my handicap by more than half in 20 rounds.”
  • TServos: “The only clubs that made me think that the PGA Superstore simulator was maybe accurate are the Ping BluePrint irons. Every swing felt beautiful, and when the simulator showed that I hit a 7 iron 190 yards with a little draw and a 4 iron 220, my first reaction wasn’t ‘yeah, right.’ I’ve played I-25’s for the last 7 years, and I’m looking hard at the Blueprints. But are they really the best iron for a player of my modest skills?

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  1. Gerald Teigrob

    Nov 8, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    For me, switching from Adams clubs to Cobra has been huge! I play two Bio Cell sets and I swear by them! I can play both the stiff and regular steel sets so that’s a bonus! I can also play the Baffler XL 4 and 5 irons which is a bonus! After two years of playing these irons, I feel I have turned the corner on my game! Now I just need some fine-tuning! I would also put in a big plug for the Baffler XL 3 wood! It’s been a game-changer for me! As for wedges, the Z Spin TaylorMade 54 and 60-degree wedges have done wonders for my game!

  2. Pinedawg

    Oct 31, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Good-original Callaway Steelhead. Bad-recent Steelhead.

  3. Alex

    Oct 30, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Loved the chrome soft til they started randomly flying greens by 20 yards with short irons every once in awhile. Love the feel, love the distance, love the feel on and around greens…but I can’t trust them and for that it’s out for good.

  4. Richard Douglas

    Oct 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Wishon Sterling Irons. Put them in the bag 3 years ago and I’ll never go back to traditional irons.

    Bloodline putter. Absolutely changed (for the better) aligning putts.

    Callaway Chrome Soft with Truvis.

    (Hey, all of those are in my bag right now!)

    All-time: Cleveland VAS 792 irons. Straight, straight, straight. Soft for a cast club. Probably one or two clubs shorter than today’s irons, but great back in the day.

    • Chris Prendergast

      Oct 30, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Interesting. I tried sterling 3 years ago and consistently come back to them. Just last week I think they became the permanent gamers. Even the 4i performs perfectly for me.

  5. Alex

    Oct 29, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Bettinardi BB40 half mallet putter felt like a piece of sheet metal hitting a rock and the Taylormade Penta ball from awhile back was so bad in the wind I traded them for used pro V1s. On the good side Ping Rapture driver and an SM5 58 m grind bent to 59 with bounce ground out to 6 that stop and dropped everything and was a bunker machine.

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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

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.

  • Golf64: “Cobra F8 and 9s are still out there, and the new SZ is nice too. I prefer Ping, love the look and feel and easy to get in the air!!”
  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

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