Ed Settle, on 21 November 2018 - 05:12 AM, said:
I have thought your bag was exceptionally well thought out. I think it’ll be fun for you to take a look at some new irons in the new year. Can’t wait to see and read about your testing and what you end up with. One thing I know that probably won’t change, is that Putter! Do you think you’ll change golf balls? I know being totally dialed in is important to you. Pure Distance isn’t the main goal. What would it take for you to switch golf balls?
Thanks, Ed. I'm a club ho at heart, but this is the most stable my bag has been for a while. That said, 2019 has the potential to provide some big overhauls. Here's my wishlist:
I'm extremely happy with the GP-6s shaft after trying a number of other options. I've always been an S/X tweener and this falls perfectly in line, so I don't anticipate a shaft change. For the club head, I played the 2017 M2 all season with great success, but I really like the M3 in the couple rounds I've used it this fall. So, M3 is definitely in the bag to start 2019, but I'll test the M2 and M3 against whatever new drivers TaylorMade releases in 2019.
I finally found an M3 T3 late in the year and will be putting that through its paces, but the 3-wood spot is always open for me.
This was my 4th season with RSi TP, but just the second with the MOI matched C-Taper build. I tested different shafts this year (Modus 120 and DGX100) and also spent some time testing out various combos of P730, P750, and P770, but nothing could knock my gamers out of the bag. They're the best irons I've ever played. On paper, the P760 looks like the perfect iron for me because I already play a bit of a combo set and have been trending that direction. It will take something special to knock the RSi TP out of the bag, but I have high hopes for the P760.
Wedges get replaced every year, so something new will be in the bag. I love my current MG Raw 52, but TaylorMade is sold out of them. I've looked at the expanded Hi-Toe line already and find the shape of the 52 appealing, so that will almost certainly end up in the bag. The lob wedge is up in the air at the moment. I'm a fan of the Hi-Toe, but not sold on the ATV grind (which is why I have a custom grind on mine). I'll be giving the 4-way camber sole a shot and may end up customizing the grind to bring the leading edge closer to the turf. More to come here.
As you noted, it's highly unlikely I'll change models. That said, I did switch from my JDay Itsy Bitsy proto to a DJ Itsy Bitsy proto this season because the DJ proto sat slightly different. One thing I've noticed is that I don't putt as well on slower greens with these putters, so I'm considering setting one of them up with a little more loft for use on slower, shaggy greens. That's likely the only change, however.
I love the TP5x, but I'll almost certainly switch to something new in 2019 because I don't like to be tied to old versions of a ball. Even if you stock up, you eventually run out and have to switch. I prefer to make the switch on my own terms. My ideal ball would be something with the same performance characteristics of the TP5x, but with a little better feel around the greens. Let's see what's released in 2019.
TaylorMade M3 9.5, GD Tour AD GP-6s
TaylorMade M3 T3, Mitsubishi Tensei Pro White 70s
TaylorMade UDI 2, KBS C-Taper Lite 115 X
TaylorMade P-770 3, KBS C-Taper S
TaylorMade P-770 4, KBS C-Taper S+
TaylorMade RSi TP 5-PW, KBS C-Taper S+
TaylorMade Milled Grind 52 Raw, DG S400
TaylorMade Hi-Toe 60 (58), DG S400
TaylorMade DJ Itsy Bitsy Proto, 34"
TaylorMade TP5x #12jll62's WITBjll62 on Instagram