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Posted 11 September 2017 - 05:09 AM
Epic SZ 3+ - HZRDUS T800-65
Epic 3H - Recoil
Epic 4H - Recoil
Mizuno JPX 900F - Modus3 Tour125
Mizuno T7 - 50-54-58 - Modus3 Tour125
Custom O Works Tank V-Line-s
Posted 11 September 2017 - 07:01 AM
My $ is on the Oban!
The Oban Tour Limited performed the worst of the bunch for me. Not quite how I remembered it feeling or playing before, but it just didn't feel right. All play 45"-45.25", are all untipped, and all 70g+ X flex weight class. The Oban seemed to spin and ballon out, and drop about 15 yards short of everything else. Just felt off to me.
So I basically pulled the Oban out of the race at this point. I had seen enough of what they could do. The Raijin and the TP 7x were performing similarly enough that it was going to be a preference call that this point.
So Continued to work these 2 to pick them apart. One really started to shine at this point. What I noticed was, the TP and the Raijin seemed to be launching in a similar window for me, which was perfect for what I am trying to acheive. But the Raijin surprisingly was spinning more. The TP was just hitting absolute bullets that were about 5 yards longer carry, but I was getting close to 15 yards total distance longer because it just kept rolling forward. The Raijin IMO feels better, but would see it go down range, then start to tail up at the end, and almost hit and die on the spot. TP would penetrate down range the entire time, hit and just bound forward. Our Range is kind of elevated tee (not really elevated, but enough to see where your ball hits and finishes with flags all the way out, and OB stakes down the left side of the chute, so it's really easy to get your distances figured out here.
Because I prefer the feel of the Raijin, I am going to start tipping it a little bit and see if I can knock some of the spin down.
I really thought there was no way the Raijin was getting knocked out, but I was really blown away by the TP in initial testing. Played a quick 9 last night with my dad and put the TP in play. Swing was off and we were just out screwing around, basically had the course to ourselves, so hit multiple shots off the tee, and approaches. I hit 8 or 9 really good shots with this driver. My favorite hole to practice tee shots on our course is number 8. It's a dog leg left, but there are so many ways to play it. Trees that kick out into the fairway at around 250 yards, so you can go left and cut it back over the dog leg, or aim middle and draw it around. Really just a fun tee shot. Up hill the whole way. I piped the middle of the fairway 4 out of 5 times all with different swings and different flights. 1 I just wiped and hit a weak slice trying to cut it over. But am really impressed.
Going to go out and check out the performance of the Raijin as is on the course, If I am not happy, I am going to try tipping it and keep working on it. If worst comes to worst, I have a driver that I could bag easily with the TP 7x. More to come............
Posted 21 September 2017 - 10:11 AM
Flirted with the AD TP 7x, but ended up going back to the Raijin. Just so consistent. It allows me to swing away without the fear of the big miss. I am confident in what I am getting. The spin is a touch higher for me based on flight, but I am getting more carry on good strikes, and over all longer total distance. It just fits. Will continue testing in the coming weeks and days left in the season. Just found out my VA SLAY is on the way so will throw this into the mix as well.
Grabbed some Vega wedges VW 02 in 52, 56, and 60. I couldn't get the lofts to work so I ended up ditching them for some VW 08 50 54 58 and the results have been really good so far. The 58* has become one of the best clubs in my bag. Still trying to figure out whether the 50 and 54 are good for me. I really liked the VW 02 grind, but the 52 just created too large of a gap between my PW. May keep the RTX 3 in those spots for now. I currently am playing the Vega's though.
Picked up 2 new putters and they are both gorgeous. Got a Byron 615 and Piretti Matera 2 365g (not the Rev 2.0, the smaller Matera 2). It's the blackout version plumbers neck and as sexy as the byron is, I seem to not be able to miss with the Matera. It's 34" (I am 6'5 so never considered a 34") but for some reason, it forces me to stand closer to the putter, bend more and my stroke just seems so stable. I still have the Oddysey 7s, but for the moment, I think the piretti is in the bag.
I will try to find some time to get some pics up of the new additions.
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