kaaayelll, on 11 January 2018 - 10:48 PM, said:
Bigmean, on 11 January 2018 - 10:34 AM, said:
My answer is get nothing. Nothing there moves you enough, you getting something to get and I promise whatever you grab from that pile of options will be traded in by you in a year.
Don't buy something until you can't stop thinking about it and no others.
Just my .02
C has had his fair share of JDM, of this I know. So much JDM - especially the small, obscure guys - is grind modifications to standard heads by Kyoei and a couple others. There just aren't that many foundries or that many brands paying for their own forging dies.
The only thing I'm still tempted to add is a Boyd set, yet having completed a few more sessions matching up a bunch of clubs to the Baby Blades, I'm even more wary that I could possibly like anything as much. I've now sold my Crazy MB (without ever hitting them - I know what Kyoei feels like) and may move my United SBB1T. The Macgregor PMB didn't move me like I'd hoped (was a front-runner design for a Boyd set), so they'll go too. Then I'll be down to Masda and Cobra King Ltd to keep the BB honest. If the market wasn't so dismal, I might even move those.
What an incredible shame if indeed the BB exit the market forever.
I have sort of reached a phase where my passionate lust for irons has dulled. Maybe because I'm not playing well enough to enjoy their benefit, and maybe because as K suggested, I have had my share of JDM irons/quality blades... I started to recount them all but my inner accountant shouted 'don't pull the curtain back!' so I stopped in the nick of time. But I say 'phase' because I have always had a lust for beautiful iron, and I am betting this phase will pass. I can already hear that little whimper, see that sideways glance at all the eye candy that pops up. But for now, I am content with my setup as it is, which is nice.
I keep thinking my game is about to bust loose. I had a period like this about 18 months ago... I stayed on the edge, on the edge, on the edge, then finally the dam burst (to mix a bunch of metaphors because I am lazy) and the index plummeted. I think I am about to do the same. My swing feels so close to being solid. Back in gym, getting better range of motion, etc. But then again, this is golf. I've spent decades thinking I was on the edge of a breakthrough.
Playing tomorrow with a wrx'er (shutsteepstuck who's a good player and a good guy) and another good stick/good guy (I am introducing them -- can't believe he's not a wrx guy but he's not - but he's the type. If he discovered the site, he'd end up for sure with a LM in his garage.) up at rustic canyon north of LA. Supposed to be in the mid 70's after a good rain earlier this week - pristine golf conditions. (Sorry, you guys in the midst of winter...) These guys are both better than me, and great to spend a day on the links with. I get excited for special golf days. Wash my clubs, clean my shoes... Gonna take some tylenol for when the back gets tight - we all walk and this is not a real hilly course, but it's long with a few holes with distance between green and next tee. Gil Hanse design, out past to the point it doesn't feel so urban. It's not a real 'manicured' course, and feels like the land around it...scrub, cactus, sand. Greens are big but have false fronts and tiers. Fun fun course.
That's the thing. Get on a fun course, with guys you enjoy, and there's just that same eagerness and optimism I've had since I was a kid. That's amazing to me... after 50+ yrs of playing golf, I still feel 'it' to play like I always did. I really hope we all play well. It feels like such a celebration afterwards when everyone plays well. The three of us are all reasonably self-absorbed (as golfers tend to be!) so it'd be 3 monologues at the 19th hole. And I am just as guilty as the others. Which is hilarious.