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Just got a new bag, so time for a new WITB!


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#1 3 Jack Par

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:33 PM

I just retired my Sun Mountain 3.5 after about 7-8 years -- it was a good bag but years of use were starting to show -- and replaced it with a Jones Utility Stand Bag, and I really like the look of it with my Seamus headcovers, two of which are from Bandon Dunes and the putter cover is my wife's family tartan.  I'm also feeling really happy with all of my gear as I go into the season. I expect to stay with the same driver for the second year in a row for the first time in recent memory. The Epic SZ has been the best combination of ball speed, low spin, and forgiveness I've ever played. The fact that the color scheme matches up with my grips and iron paintfill is coincidental, but nice. There's a chance that I might give a G400 Max a try, because I've seen a couple of buddies who have had really good results with it, at least initially.
I did some 3 wood testing over the winter and I think I'm pretty set on the one that's currently in my bag. I also have another (retail) M2 Tour with a Tour AD GP 7x and an Epic SZ with a Kuro Kage Silver 80TX that I've been messing with, but the 125 MSI Rogue Silver really seems to be the shaft that I get along with best, and there's probably something to be said for having a similar feel for the driver and 3 wood, especially because I use the 3 wood a lot from the tee.
There hasn't  been a lot of other change in my bag over the last year or so.  I previously used a combination of a 5 wood, 23* hybrid, 23* driving iron, and 3 iron in the slots between my 3 wood and 4 iron, but I've been very comfortable with the 18 degree driving iron and SB-1 3 iron. I originally only bought 4-PW when I got my irons, but thanks to Patrick Boyd (formerly of Scratch, now with the new NGW venture making those drool-worthy blades), I was able to get a 3 iron head at the beginning of last year, and that's been in there ever since.
I love my SB-1 irons -- this is beginning of my 4th season with them, and I'm playing them until they wear out. I opened the year in California in my first official handicap round of the year by making my first ace by flying one right into the hole with the 7 iron (on the first par 3 of the round). It took 31 years to get one, but I finally got one to go down! I got fitted into the Modus3 120X shafts by Ari at Scratch, and they fit my tempo really well.  I put that same shaft in my driving iron, and it works really well in that, too.
I'm probably going to end up switching out my current 58* FIT wedge for the backup I have at some point this year.  It's also entering its 4th season, and probably has about 250 rounds on it (I had a dalliance with a TVD-K grind Vokey, but came back to the FIT eventually). I use that wedge for most shots inside 95 yards, though I do use the 53* (which is the one marked 52, it's bent a degree weak) on chips where I have a lot of green to work with. Both wedges have S400 in them, because I got a little better consistency with that shaft than with the Modus wedge shafts (the fact that they were no upcharge was a bonus).
The putter is a recent acquisition -- I pulled the shaft and put in a black PVD one and installed a midsize "Roll Abides" grip that I got a while ago for a previous Byron. I had previously been using a Low Tide Flow, but once I got this Byron, I was reminded about how nice his putters feel, and I prefer the head shape of the DH89.


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Callaway Big Bertha Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX - 44.25"
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX 42.5"
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x 40.5"
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x +1/2"
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400 +1/2"
Byron Morgan DH89, 350g head weight, Carbon steel with Black Ox finish, black PVD shaft, Pure Midsize "The Roll Abides" grip, 34"

Other than the Driving iron and the 53* wedge which have Golf Pride Niion grips, all clubs have green Pure Pro grips.

Edited by 3 Jack Par, 13 April 2018 - 02:36 PM.

Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:55 PM

That putter is gorgeous.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:23 PM

That towel makes the bag. Go Green.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:08 PM

View Postdalton044, on 13 April 2018 - 05:55 PM, said:

That putter is gorgeous.
Yeah, believe it or not, I didnít have it built. I stumbled across it on eBay, and it was almost exactly what I would have ordered if I were to get one from Byron himself. It was new, and apparently one that somebody ordered, but something about it wasnít right. I love it so far.
Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:15 PM

Great looking set-up!


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 08:42 PM

Beautiful setup!  Way to open the season with an Ace... maybe a sign of the season to com :-)
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:21 PM

View Postllamont, on 13 April 2018 - 08:42 PM, said:

Beautiful setup!  Way to open the season with an Ace... maybe a sign of the season to com :-)
I came a foot from jarring another one yesterday!
Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:34 PM

Great Toys!

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 10:54 PM

Really wanting a utility bag, what are your initial thoughts? Do you carry? Push?
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 12:12 AM

View Postfore_life, on 13 April 2018 - 10:54 PM, said:

Really wanting a utility bag, what are your initial thoughts? Do you carry? Push?
Iíve had it for about a day, so itís hard to say too much, but I think itíll be exactly what I want.  It seems very similar in weight to the bag I had previously. The strap system is a little different than what I was familiar with, but once I figured it out, itís very comfortable carrying both single & double strap. The straps are very well cushioned, so it seems like it would be great for carrying. It does ride higher on the back than other carry bags Iíve used, but it is quite comfortable. When I walk, which isnít as often as Iíd like, I use a push cart more often than not, but I do carry sometimes (mostly in tournaments, because Iím self conscious about looking like an old man).
It has comparable storage space to my old bag, and I think I like the layout of this one a little better. The two zippered pockets on the side seem more functional than what my old bag had. Another thing I noticed is that the material on the inside seems like it will make the bag quite water resistant.
The main drawback I can foresee is that the opening really is smaller than a lot of modern bags. I think itíll be okay for me, since I only have 3 headcovers, including the putter, but if someone has a bunch of fairway woods and/or hybrids, I could see it getting really crowded.
From what Iíve seen, though, I think Iíll really like it.

Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:07 AM

Great bag.  Jones and Seamus make quality gear.  Lots of comments on the Modus 120 that people either love or hate them.  What did you come from in your iron shafts and how have you found the Modus so far?  I think that last bit is rhetorical given you're making aces for fun.  Congrats!
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 06:33 AM

Great set up all the way around. Especially like the bag and irons
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 08:20 AM

View Postbeluga99, on 14 April 2018 - 03:07 AM, said:

Great bag.  Jones and Seamus make quality gear.  Lots of comments on the Modus 120 that people either love or hate them.  What did you come from in your iron shafts and how have you found the Modus so far?  I think that last bit is rhetorical given you're making aces for fun.  Congrats!
I played X100 previously. When I was fitted last time, those were in the finals, along with the Modus3 120 and C-Taper. For me, the thing I like about the Modus3 120 is that I can really feel the clubhead throughout the swing, probably because of the soft handle section. They also have a stiff tip, which helps me keep height & spin down. I tried The Modus3 130 previously, and those were a terrible fit for me.with those, I couldnít feel the head at all. The big thing that sold me, though, was the consistency of the flight. As I was settling on them, I hit probably 5 balls in a row where you could basically throw a king sized blanket over them, and the trajectory was virtually identical on each one. I feel like my distance control with these irons is the best Iíve ever had. I miss sometimes, of course, but Iím more confident that I know how far itís going to go if I execute the swing, and I think that leads to better swings a lot of the time.
Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:04 AM

May be time to change your username... doubt you have many 3 jacks with that beauty!

Any experience with the Jones on a pushcart? My Original is a little bit of a disaster.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:47 PM

View PostJab3384, on 14 April 2018 - 10:04 AM, said:

May be time to change your username... doubt you have many 3 jacks with that beauty!

Any experience with the Jones on a pushcart? My Original is a little bit of a disaster.
LOL, if only a new putter fixed everything. I have been working on some changes to my putting, mainly trying to fix an inside takeaway, and trying to stop lifting through impact. On short putts, Iím trying to pick a spot a few inches in front of the ball and rolling it over that, but Iím still not totally comfortable with that. When I pick a spot from behind the ball, I have trouble keeping that spot in view when I get over the ball. And I sometimes lose lose focus on speed when Iím doing that. Iíve seen enough success with the method that I think thereís something to it, and Iím planning to stick with it.

I havenít played a round with it yet, but I put it on my Clic Gear 3.5, and it sits on there nicely. The stand design is great for use with push carts and for ridingóthat was a beef I had with my Sun Mountain bag. The little foot mechanism that triggers the stand made it awkward to put it on a cart, because that got in the way, and Iíd usually need to turn it sideways. The Utility stand mechanism involves part of the base of the bag pivoting, but unless you set it down in a way that you would to trigger the stand, itíll sit straight up. The bag has a solid structure to it, too. I know the classic carry bag kind of collapses if you set it on the base.

Edited by 3 Jack Par, 14 April 2018 - 03:34 PM.

Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 03:05 PM

solid setup 3 jack looks great.
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Posted 14 April 2018 - 10:42 PM

Great looking setup and beautiful irons.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

How much did you pay for the DH89? Did you buy it here?

Beautiful bag man!

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 12:01 PM

View Postlukerguy, on 15 April 2018 - 11:13 AM, said:

How much did you pay for the DH89? Did you buy it here?

Beautiful bag man!
I donít remember exactly, but a shade under what it would if Iíd ordered from Byron

Edited by 3 Jack Par, 15 April 2018 - 12:02 PM.

Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:49 PM

Whats up man! Bag looks great!

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 10:37 PM

View PostSir edward of putternut, on 15 April 2018 - 07:49 PM, said:

Whats up man! Bag looks great!
Thanks! Hopefully we can get out again in June! You guys find a house yet?
Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:53 AM

View Post3 Jack Par, on 14 April 2018 - 08:20 AM, said:

View Postbeluga99, on 14 April 2018 - 03:07 AM, said:

Great bag.  Jones and Seamus make quality gear.  Lots of comments on the Modus 120 that people either love or hate them.  What did you come from in your iron shafts and how have you found the Modus so far?  I think that last bit is rhetorical given you're making aces for fun.  Congrats!
I played X100 previously. When I was fitted last time, those were in the finals, along with the Modus3 120 and C-Taper. For me, the thing I like about the Modus3 120 is that I can really feel the clubhead throughout the swing, probably because of the soft handle section. They also have a stiff tip, which helps me keep height & spin down. I tried The Modus3 130 previously, and those were a terrible fit for me.with those, I couldn't feel the head at all. The big thing that sold me, though, was the consistency of the flight. As I was settling on them, I hit probably 5 balls in a row where you could basically throw a king sized blanket over them, and the trajectory was virtually identical on each one. I feel like my distance control with these irons is the best I've ever had. I miss sometimes, of course, but I'm more confident that I know how far it's going to go if I execute the swing, and I think that leads to better swings a lot of the time.

Thanks for the detailed reply.  I haven't hit the 120 but they have piqued my interest.  Have played x100 and currently play S300.  I may well get one for my 6 iron fo S&G.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:32 AM

That's an intimidating setup! The Scratch irons are super clean!
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Posted 24 April 2018 - 11:45 PM

After a few rounds with the Jones Utility, hereís a quick early review:
-on a cart, itís great. Fits any setup fine, and all the pockets are easily accessible. No issue getting clubs in and out, despite the opening thatís smaller than a lot of bags.
-I also walked 18 today, carrying in mist and rain of varying intensity for about 2/3 of the round. Itís a great carry bag. Straps are comfortable, and it rides nicely on the shoulder & back. The rain hood is nice in that it is actually pretty easy to put on without much of a struggle like Iíve seen with other bags. And everything inside the pockets and the hood stayed dry. With the hood is the first time the smaller opening became an issue. It was a little hard to get clubs back in the bag. I was carrying an extra 3 wood for some testing, which made things more crowded than usual, but it was a bit of a struggle.
That said, When I carry, Iím usually pretty exhausted after the round, but it really wasnít as bad today. Overall, I really like the bag so far.
Callaway BB Epic SubZero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400
Byron Morgan DH89, 34", 350g, Carbon Black Ox, black shaft, Pure Midsize grip
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 05:53 AM

Great set up, and I especially love the irons.

Driver: Ping G400 Tour 65S
4w: TaylorMade V-steel, AD-GT 6X
7w  TaylorMade V-steel, Quadra Fire Express RB 6SX
Driving Iron: Honma TW-U Forged #3, Modus 120S
Irons (4i-PW): Mizuno MP18 PX6.0 @ + 1/2"   
Wedges: Callaway MD2 52* S and 58* (U, S, or T-Grind depending on how I feel)                    
Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #9 or Wilson TPA XVIII

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