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#1 ry1808

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 06:43 PM

Hi guys. I've browsed this section of WRX for some years now and I guess it's about time I put up.

So this is my latest setup, pretty happy with most of it. I'll go into detail as we go through the bag.

Nearly 3 years ago I moved to North Carolina from England and have set up home here now. Got to play some pretty cool courses and work on my game for more of the year that would be possible in England. Managed to get down to 0.4 and am probably playing as well as ever.

Here is an overview:

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Lets go through the bag...
  • Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero. 9.0deg set to 8.0deg and neutral face angle. HZRDUS black shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. The Epic is certainly a solid driver and when hit is great. I have a tendency to 'fall off' the driver and loose the ball right (cost me in a play-off last weekend) but on the whole it's the most stable driver I've ever hit.
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  • 3-Wood: Callaway XR Pro TC 16deg. Motore Speeder VC 8.2 X-Flex with IOMIC midsize grip. I guess this is technically a 4-wood but it's a great club. As with the driver an incredibly stable shaft which works best when you try to hit it solid, doesn't respond well to being babied! I've tried other fairway woods (including the Epic Sub Zero) and this just keeps going into the bag. When hit well with a sling draw this just goes long!
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  • Hybrid: Callaway XR Pro TC 20deg. Matrix Altus Tour X-Flex shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. I've never been a big hybrid fan but this works pretty well. I'm quite a long hitter of the ball so this doesn't get as much use and it could in terms of hitting into par 5's etc... It tends to be a club I hit a lot off the tee for accuracy. Potentially looking to replace it / be able to swap out with a driving iron.
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  • Long Irons: Mizuno MP-18 SC 4&5. 1deg strong, 1deg flat. KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. So these irons are the newest addition to my bag. Love them! SO easy to hit, even for long irons. The shaft is the real game changer though, again incredibly stable. I used to hit a baby draw and am now finding myself missing 5 yards right of target as they just fly arrow straight. Maybe not the best feeling shaft in the world but the results talk for themselves.
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  • Mid / Short Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MB 6-9. 1deg strong, 1deg flat. KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. Same as the long irons really, amazing to hit and so stable. The trajectory control is amazing and such a better ball flight, again not hard to hit!
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  • Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy. 47deg (s grind), 50deg (s grind) and 54deg (t grind). KBS Tour-V 110 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. Solid wedges, do a good job but will definitely be replaced ahead of next season. Want to work on my gaping between 9-iron and PW, maybe look at a 46deg wedge from the MB-18 MB set. I'm looking at the Callaway Mack Daddy wedges, I love the feel and the square setup. Also looking for a wedge that I can hit more half shots and work a bit more.
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  • Lob Wedge: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind. 60deg. KBS Tour-V Wedge shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. Great wedge from around the green, makes getting up and down almost unfair. The only draw-back is more full shots and distance control. This one has been in the bag for more than 2 years now, may just end up replacing it with a new wedge with fresh grooves. Does exactly what I need!
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  • Putter: Soctty Cameron Newport 2. 2deg strong, 2deg flat. Super Stroke Flatso 3.0 CounterCore grip. A real love-hate relationship with the putter! It looks great, it feels great but my putting isn't upto standard at the moment. I really need to work on that over the winter.
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And here they all are...

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And a few little extras:
  • Putter Cover: Scotty Cameron 2014 British Open Limited Edition Cover. Pretty cool cover here.
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  • 3-Wood Cover: Stitch Union Flag headcover. Again carrying on the British theme here...
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  • Bag Extras: Scotty Cameron pitch mark repairer, Line Fix 260 ball marker aid, Back PTS Pro Length-Plus tees, Titleist Pro V1x Ball. The 2017 Pro V1x is the first time I've gone to the x, upto now it's been the standard Pro V1 but this x is a lot more my thing.
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And there you go...


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:18 PM

Great bag.  Headcovers are awesome.

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 07:20 PM

Thanks, I love 'em. Looking to potentially upgrade the wood head covers to some custom ones from AM&E (the guys who make the covers for Scotty). Want to get the Yorkshire (the region I grew up in back in England) incorporated:

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 10:02 PM

I like the irons. Hit them the other day and may be picking them up soon. Awesome headcovers too. Wrong side of the pond of course but they look great, are they available on the site?
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:06 PM

Nice setup. I got the MP18s recently, and the PW is pretty nice. More compact than the MP4 PW, so definitely worth a look.

As a fellow Yorkshireman, I also like the White Rose idea.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:02 AM

View Postirsihmen453, on 15 November 2017 - 10:02 PM, said:

I like the irons. Hit them the other day and may be picking them up soon. Awesome headcovers too. Wrong side of the pond of course but they look great, are they available on the site?

They are no longer produced, I got this one off eBay. it's the most 'tactful' Union Flag head cover I've found so far...

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:11 AM

Great bag!  Welcome to NC!
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:17 AM

So managed to find a matching Driver headcover on eBay... The collection grows! Just waiting for the hybrid now.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:24 AM

Great bag set up, solid all round!

Really liking these MP18's the more I see them...
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 04:29 PM

Solid!


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 06:49 PM

View PostJonesy, on 16 November 2017 - 09:24 AM, said:

Great bag set up, solid all round!

Really liking these MP18's the more I see them...

They are fantastic. The crazy thing is how easy they are to hit. I always thought blades would be too difficult. Yeah if you don't hit them perfect you know about it but the results is normally playable.

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Solid!

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:42 AM

beautiful bag!

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 11:48 AM

Great post, love the summary of how you like each club and what it does for you along with any modifications. Best of luck getting to scratch!
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Posted 18 November 2017 - 10:52 PM

Sweet Callaway's, dude!

.... Where ya at in North Carolina? I spent 10 years down there myself! Miss it greatly at times.

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 04:23 PM

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 18 November 2017 - 10:52 PM, said:

Sweet Callaway's, dude!

.... Where ya at in North Carolina? I spent 10 years down there myself! Miss it greatly at times.

We are just south of Winston-Salem. We like it here, just built a house so can't be too bad!

Seriously looking at picking up some of the Callaway Forged wedges, they feel amazing!

Not sure what shaft to get in them, I've been seriously impressed with the C-Tapers, not sure if they are a wedge shaft though. Any thoughts?


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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:03 PM

View Postry1808, on 20 November 2017 - 04:23 PM, said:

View PostRaidersgolf99, on 18 November 2017 - 10:52 PM, said:

Sweet Callaway's, dude!

.... Where ya at in North Carolina? I spent 10 years down there myself! Miss it greatly at times.

We are just south of Winston-Salem. We like it here, just built a house so can't be too bad!

Seriously looking at picking up some of the Callaway Forged wedges, they feel amazing!

Not sure what shaft to get in them, I've been seriously impressed with the C-Tapers, not sure if they are a wedge shaft though. Any thoughts?

Considerable bit North West of where I was. I was in Fayetteville for ten years.

Love the Forged! ... Can't say I have much experience with C-Tapers. Sorry.

Really digging that XR Pro 16 TC!

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:53 PM

View Postry1808, on 15 November 2017 - 06:43 PM, said:

Hi guys. I've browsed this section of WRX for some years now and I guess it's about time I put up.

So this is my latest setup, pretty happy with most of it. I'll go into detail as we go through the bag.

Nearly 3 years ago I moved to North Carolina from England and have set up home here now. Got to play some pretty cool courses and work on my game for more of the year that would be possible in England. Managed to get down to 0.4 and am probably playing as well as ever.

Here is an overview:

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Lets go through the bag...
  • Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero. 9.0deg set to 8.0deg and neutral face angle. HZRDUS black shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. The Epic is certainly a solid driver and when hit is great. I have a tendency to 'fall off' the driver and loose the ball right (cost me in a play-off last weekend) but on the whole it's the most stable driver I've ever hit.
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  • 3-Wood: Callaway XR Pro TC 16deg. Motore Speeder VC 8.2 X-Flex with IOMIC midsize grip. I guess this is technically a 4-wood but it's a great club. As with the driver an incredibly stable shaft which works best when you try to hit it solid, doesn't respond well to being babied! I've tried other fairway woods (including the Epic Sub Zero) and this just keeps going into the bag. When hit well with a sling draw this just goes long!
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  • Hybrid: Callaway XR Pro TC 20deg. Matrix Altus Tour X-Flex shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. I've never been a big hybrid fan but this works pretty well. I'm quite a long hitter of the ball so this doesn't get as much use and it could in terms of hitting into par 5's etc... It tends to be a club I hit a lot off the tee for accuracy. Potentially looking to replace it / be able to swap out with a driving iron.
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  • Long Irons: Mizuno MP-18 SC 4&5. 1deg strong, 1deg flat. KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. So these irons are the newest addition to my bag. Love them! SO easy to hit, even for long irons. The shaft is the real game changer though, again incredibly stable. I used to hit a baby draw and am now finding myself missing 5 yards right of target as they just fly arrow straight. Maybe not the best feeling shaft in the world but the results talk for themselves.
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  • Mid / Short Irons: Mizuno MP-18 MB 6-9. 1deg strong, 1deg flat. KBS Tour C-Taper 120 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. Same as the long irons really, amazing to hit and so stable. The trajectory control is amazing and such a better ball flight, again not hard to hit!
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  • Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy. 47deg (s grind), 50deg (s grind) and 54deg (t grind). KBS Tour-V 110 S shafts with IOMIC midsize grip. Solid wedges, do a good job but will definitely be replaced ahead of next season. Want to work on my gaping between 9-iron and PW, maybe look at a 46deg wedge from the MB-18 MB set. I'm looking at the Callaway Mack Daddy wedges, I love the feel and the square setup. Also looking for a wedge that I can hit more half shots and work a bit more.
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  • Lob Wedge: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind. 60deg. KBS Tour-V Wedge shaft with IOMIC midsize grip. Great wedge from around the green, makes getting up and down almost unfair. The only draw-back is more full shots and distance control. This one has been in the bag for more than 2 years now, may just end up replacing it with a new wedge with fresh grooves. Does exactly what I need!
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  • Putter: Soctty Cameron Newport 2. 2deg strong, 2deg flat. Super Stroke Flatso 3.0 CounterCore grip. A real love-hate relationship with the putter! It looks great, it feels great but my putting isn't upto standard at the moment. I really need to work on that over the winter.
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And here they all are...

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And a few little extras:
  • Putter Cover: Scotty Cameron 2014 British Open Limited Edition Cover. Pretty cool cover here.
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  • 3-Wood Cover: Stitch Union Flag headcover. Again carrying on the British theme here...
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  • Bag Extras: Scotty Cameron pitch mark repairer, Line Fix 260 ball marker aid, Back PTS Pro Length-Plus tees, Titleist Pro V1x Ball. The 2017 Pro V1x is the first time I've gone to the x, upto now it's been the standard Pro V1 but this x is a lot more my thing.
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And there you go...

Nice bag and setup

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 05:04 PM

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Finally got the matching driver headcover! Bit of a re-occurring theme going on here...

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:21 AM

Made a slight addition from the Scotty Facebook page:

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Pretty good condition. Comes complete with 35g weights so it's VERY heavy (15g also included). I can see the heavy weights helping on short putts, it'll be interesting to see what happens on the longer putts. If I get on well with it in the next couple of weeks I may send it off to Scotty to get refurbished and customized a bit...

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:55 PM

Golo #3 Rocks man enjoy it!!!!!!


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 06:29 PM

Nice mix of sticks
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:51 PM

Picked up a couple of new wedges from Callaway Pre-Owned on their Cyber Monday buy one get one free deal.

Will probably get the 54 bent to 55 just to give me a bit more of a controlled gap between my sand and lob wedges.

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Got an MP-18 PW on order, as with the other MP-18's it will have the C-Taper and be 1 degree flat, 1 degree strong. I'll post photos when that gets here in a week or so.

That'll just leave the lob wedge to work on. The PM grind I play is struggling with groove wear and I'm not sure if I should go for another PM grind or go with the forged to match the 50 and 55.

The pro's on the PM grind is the versatility around the green but I struggle a bit with full shots. Not being comfortable hitting 3/4 or 1/2 wedge shots I like a wedge I can hit fuller. Maybe that's something to work on over the winter...

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 09:15 PM

Very nice bag you have there. :-)
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:09 AM

SO I managed to get the MP-18 PW in, haven't got out to play yet, yesterday was the first sub freezing day of the year and I was tied up with other jobs. Typical!!

Anyway I'm going to try and get down to Golf Galaxy and rent out one of the simulators later today and go through some gap fitting work. It'll be interesting to see how all the wedges work and what sort of numbers I get out of them.

Here is the PW:

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Another little addition is this bad boy:

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I have always loved the concept of a 'driving iron' so I'm going to give this one a go. Went 1 degree strong in loft.

As part of my gapping work today I want to compare this to the hybrid and make sure I can swap them out depending upon the course I'm playing.

When I get the gapping numbers back I'll try and get them posted on here.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:14 PM

So I just got back from an hour on the simulator and I've crunched all of the numbers and made some charts to explain the numbers and slight tweaks I need to make (you can tell I'm an engineer...). All data here is carry distance, I'm not interested in roll as it varies so much from course to course.

The first chart shows data from every shot. Total carry is X-axis, offset is Y-axis (a pull / hook is a +ve figure, a push / slice is -ve).

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I then took the average of total carry and average of offset:

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The first thing you can see from this is that the direction I hit the ball shifts as the club gets longer. With my short irons I'm prone to a pull / draw whilst when I get towards the mid irons this has straightened out and the 4-wood / driver ends up in a push. Now I'm a little sceptical of this as the launch monitor I used always says but I'm not sure it is that pronounced. Now it is certainly something I will look for going forward and I do intend to keep more stats on my round and where I miss the shots. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out with 'on-course' data.

The final chart for now is looking at the gapping between clubs:

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This shows the average carry distance for each club. If your gapping is 100% then the blue line should overlap the red line but I doubt many people can do that! The changes I'm going to make are knocking 1 degree off my PW and 0.5 degree off my 7 iron and 6 iron. Hopefully that'll bring things into better alignment and give me better gapping going forward.

I also did some comparison work between the Callaway XR hybrid and the Mizuno Hi-Fli 3 iron but I'll get onto those later.

Edited by ry1808, 11 January 2018 - 12:37 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 04:33 PM

Nice work on the charts.  Did you do that with Golf Galaxy's software or did you take your #s home and plug them into your own?
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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:31 PM

View PostBlakester, on 10 January 2018 - 04:33 PM, said:

Nice work on the charts. Did you do that with Golf Galaxy's software or did you take your #s home and plug them into your own?

I took the raw data off the launch monitor and made these charts in Excel. An unemployed engineer is a dangerous thing...

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:46 PM

One more thing I looked at yesterday was my driver numbers. From the 5 shots I hit this is what I got:

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So the ball speed is up there but for my money the spin numbers  are too high. Then I look at the decent angle and this is too high for my liking. It's not un-common for me to find the ball next to it's pitch mark if the fairways are evenly slightly soft.

The driver is an Epic Sub Zero so should be a low spin driver. I have the HZRDUS black which should be a low launch shaft. Not sure if there is anything out there from an equipment perspective that will help optimize those numbers but I may have a look at that in the next month or so. The club head should be low spin enough.

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:39 PM

I've done a little more digging into my spin numbers with the driver.

Using the Trackman optimisation calculator I've created this table comparing launch angle and spin number at my launch ball speed (around 160mph). Here is the comparison table varying launch angle and swing speed:

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The red square highlights where I am at the moment. In theory I could gain another 10 yards by dropping my spin number by 1000+rpm. I can't see that happening too easily just based on shaft and club head. I think the Epic Sub Zero is a pretty low spinning head and the Project X HZRDUS is again a very low spinning shaft. Even with the new Rogue I can't see me getting those number down much. I guess it's just down to technique (probably get banned for that comment!).

My biggest issue is lack of roll out on heavily watered fairways like I normally play on. Looking at my decent angle number of around 40-45 degrees I can make a driver stop within a yard or so even in the middle of summer. You watch the guys on tour and they get 20+ yards of roll out, I'm lucky if I get 2!

But these numbers do show how much difference a proper fitting can work, all this nonsense that club manufacturers come out with on increasing distance, just get fit properly and you'll be onto a winner.

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 05:50 PM

love the putter.  bag looks great.


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