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Today from the Forums: “WITB – Wives’ Edition”

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Today from the Forums takes us into the bags of the wives of WRXers. WRX member, Yuck, began the discussion and gave us some great insight into the clubs that his wife currently plays:

“My wife is an avid golfer. She started playing about 35 years ago when we were dating. Once the kids were grown, she got better. 5 club championships in the last 10 years at 3 different clubs. She is now in her “early 60’s” and has lost a bit of speed, so she finally replaced a very old set a couple of years ago. She plays men’s senior shafts on all except her three iron, which is a project x 6.0. ( go figure??). She does beat me gross on not so rare occasions. She still shoots upper 70’s on good days.

Here is her WITB for what it’s worth.

  • 915 D2 12 degree redboard 60g ( I talked her into giving up her 10.5 degree 975 D driver a few years back) Her Driver speed is down to the high 70’s these days.
  • Callaway X 3,5,7 woods, Fujikura Banzai 65g A flex
  • Bridgestone Air muscle 3 iron, project X 6.0 ( stolen from my bag a dozen years ago) she calls it her “Tree iron” for hitting low bullets under branches.
  • PXG 25 & 28-degree hybrids KBS TGI 60g graphite. A flex
  • 7-GW PXG 0311 P, Steelfiber 70i. A flex
  • 20-year-old Michela sand wedge. ( she won’t replace this one)
  • Highway 101 number 7 style putter. She is a much better putter than me.”

Yuck asks fellow members if any other WRXers’ wife uses “not so generic clubs” and our members divulge the clubs their partners are using in this “WITB – Wives’ Edition.”

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.

third-times-a-charm: Quite a few of the ladies at the club have neat bags and are quirky about their selection. I’ve seen PXG stuff and even CF16’s (not counting our LPGA members bags) and lots of ‘mens’ clubs with A/L shafts, but the majority is a mix of old SGI stuff and ‘made for women’ stuff from PING and Cleveland from the early 2000s. My wife is one of the most modern and interesting I’ve seen IMO, mostly from my being on here and playing ‘personal clubfitter’ for her.

She has:

  • Mizuno ST190 10.5 Driver / Fujikura Pro XLR8 L Flex Shaft 43″ (We just moved to this from the JPX900 440cc driver, and she gained almost 20 yds)
  • Mizuno JPX900 3-wood / Fujikura Pro XLR8 L Flex Shaft 42″ (She won’t let this go, it’s her ‘magic’ 3 wood)
  • Mizuno JPX900 4H and 5H / Fujikura Pro L Flex Shafts
  • Nike Vapor Speed 6-PW (She cycles the 5i in and out of the bag with her 5h depending on conditions, she used to play both of them, but I made her take one out as to focus on being good with just one of them)
  • Cleveland CBX 52 and 56 Wedges with KBS Tour Wedge shafts (She will be switching these out to the Callaway MD5 JAWS wedges w/ Catalyst 6.0 Mens graphite shafts as soon as I can find a deal on them)
  • PING G Le Oslo Putter
  • Bridgestone E6 Lady balls
  • Nike Sport Lite II bag (she walks 9 holes by herself sometimes)

….and she shot her first 95 again (gross) last weekend after our first kid earlier this year.”

player12: “My wife started playing when she retired at age 48…former college bb coach, can shoot the heck out of free throws/3 pt range; but a sport such as golf was quite foreign initially. She started with my old TM MCG 5-PW and TM woods re shafted for her length and SW. Started at 30hc index..stuck with it (never thought she would). shes now a 14.5 index and moved on to:

  • Callaway Fusion 13.5 45.5 Recoil 450 F2
  • Callaway X2Hot 15 43 Aldila ATX 55 SR flex
  • 3,4,5 Callaway 2018 Big Bertha Hybrids Recoil ES 460 F2 (1* lie up)
  • Callaway 6-AW 2018 Big Bertha Irons Recoil ES 460 F2 (1* Lie up)
  • Callaway Mack 3 54 (bent to 55) and 58 (both 1/2 in long)
  • Odyssey 2-ball Putter (won in a giveaway and won’t part with it)
  • Callaway Supersoft, Bridgestone E6, and she also likes Kirklands

A million shirts, shorts, skirts and pants and more shoes than I can count..and most of all, a whole large box of TPC Players caps.”

ChipNRun: My wife uses Adams Idea – Petite boxed set, which she got fitted for in 2014. She’s only 4-foot-9, so the female player’s rep at Golf Galaxy made three coordination calls with the factory in Ft. Worth regarding the fitting. For one thing, Adams was able to flatten lie slightly on irons, and on long-hosel hybrids too. 

Adams sent her clubs “grips in the box” to GG so the rep could do a final fitting. Good move, she needed another half-inch off each shaft for a good fit. 

Club mix:

  • 12° Driver (she uses 3W off, even hits her 5W longer. She leaves driver at home. I may have to contact Maltby/GolfWorks for cure. Their L-Tech model has a 15° driver with some extra-light shafts).
  • 3-5-7W (45-gram Idea shafts)
  • 5, 6 Hy (50-gram Idea shafts)
  • 7i-SW (50-gram Idea shafts)
  • Adams Yes! C-Groove putter.
  • Callaway Extra Lite 4.0 carry bag | Footjoy golf shoes | Pinnacle Soft golf balls | Assorted gloves.”

wchahn: “Here’s my wife’s set up – she was fit at Club Champion

  • Callaway Rogue Driver 12.5 – Grand Bassara shaft
  • Callaway Rogue 4 wood – Grand Bassara shaft
  • Callaway Rogue hybrids 19, 22 – Fujikura Vista Pro shafts
  • Callaway Rogue Pro 5-GW – Fujikura Vista Pro
  • Vega 54 wedge
  • Cleveland 56 sand wedge
  • PXG Brandon putter

She tried a bunch of super GI irons and hated them but loves her Rogue Pros.”

Entire Thread: “WITB – Wives’ Edition”

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. JP

    Feb 4, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    What is that black and purple Taylormade putter pictured? My wife would love that. How do I get one for her?

  2. Madeline Morgan

    Feb 4, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I recognize that we’re in the minority here but there are a few of us women who read the forum, too, me being one of them. So I’ll speak for myself. Top to bottom my bag, which, by the way, is a very pretty Sun Mountain bag mounted on a Clicgear pushcart, looks like this—Srixon Z765 11 deg driver with Fubuki Z 60g reg shaft, Sonartec SS-07 16 deg 4 wood with Oban Devotion 65g firm shaft, Wilson Fybrid 19.5 deg 5 wood with Oban Devotion 65g firm shaft, Ping I20 23 deg hybrid with Project X Black 75g firm shaft, Mizuno MP-18 SC irons 5-PW with NS Pro 950 GH reg shafts, Miura 1957 Series 51, 55, 59 deg wedges with NS Pro 950GH reg shafts, Ping Anser III putter. I took up the game when I was in my late 50’s and at 70 still play off a 5-ish hcp. And though I wouldn’t call myself a gearhead, exactly, I do take the game seriously and enjoy playing it with high quality equipment.

    • KDP

      Feb 4, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Thats a sweet set up! Im a big fan of the Ping-Mizuno-Miura combo.

      • Madeline Morgan

        Feb 6, 2020 at 7:33 pm

        Thanks. And you’re exactly right about the Mizuno/Miura thing. Both clean, simple, and elegant, both precisely forged, both impeccably finished. And as pure a strike as any clubs made.

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Dustin Johnson WITB 2020

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons

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As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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