Posted 19 April 2018 - 12:39 AM
I'll post new pics this week for sure. Sorry for the delay on that.
I've gone back to my M1 7.5 head and gone back to 70 grams in the driver. I was hitting the ball with about 3mph better ball speed with the lighter shaft, but just wasn't controlling it on the course the way I wanted. A 5 birdie 73 with a double and 4 bogies, and numerous tee shots I didn't like the location of convinced me that I needed to get back to what I'm most comfortable with. The round could easily have been 69-70 without much work, but I killed myself off the tee, which is generally a great strength of my game, and made scoring difficult. No more of that. Back to the Taylormade head and the 70 gram driver shaft. I give up 8-10 yards, but scoring is much easier when the driver is going where you want it to. I'm also hitting it longer than I have with any other 70 gram shaft ever before with Synergy Black, so while I'm shorter than the with the 60 grammer, I've still gained some yardage from last season just based on the lower spin of the Black.
Hitting everything under the Sun allows me to make a very informed decision on what to put in play, and although the Callaway drivers really offer top level ball speeds, I hook them constantly. A more neutral biased 440cc Sub Zero and it would go right in the bag. The sad thing is they MAKE this golf club, they just choose not to give the public access to it. The Ping drivers offer tremendous forgiveness, but I over spin them. Titleist lacks ball speed, and spins too much. Believe it or not, the Mizuno GT180 was the best feeling and right there at the top of the ball speed ladder, but the whole one loft thing is just a killer for me. Make this in 7.5 or 8 degree TRUE loft, independent of face angle, and I might just be playing it. F8+ is also very good. A full carbon head would be nicer looking, or maybe black fading into carbon. It just looks a little too much like an M3 carbon copy to my eye, and for better or worse, that affects my confidence with it. Very nice club though, and competitive with the big boys. If any OEM's read this, please, for the love of God, stop with this one loft nonsense. Not everyone hovers the driver at address and manipulates the face square. If you are going to insist on doing this, allow the consumer to order drivers with a measured and exact face loft, independent of face angle.
I also solidified that the P790 irons make this game pretty easy with anything resembling a decent swing. My wedges have been set for quite some time, although I do change out fresh heads a couple times a year, and the putter won't be going anywhere anytime soon. My UDI set up is cash money, and the 2016 M2 deep face 3 wood is the best I've ever hit, so for the 3rd straight season, that won't be changing either.
As for fairway woods, my advice to everyone who reads this, go pick up a 2016 M2 3 wood of some loft and designation, be it deep face or shallow face, and just play it. With the right shaft set up, you won't find a better feeling, or higher ball speed 3 wood. Nothing out there is better, and we hit EVERYTHING. Also, no new wedge spins more or is better than anything 5-6-7 years old. Just make sure the grind works for you and go play them. Obviously switch the head of at LEAST your most used wedge, and the one you hit out of the sand each season. For a good player, 5-6 feet of extra release from worn grooves is the difference between making birdie and making par.