What a Day!
Let me tell you about my Cobra Tour fitting experience.
But first a little about me. I was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Neutropic Melanoma in June of 2013.
4 major surgeries, chemo, radiation and then Immunotherapy.
Yes, I've made it 5 years!! Beat the odds again I'm a lucky bastxxx.
I'm cancer free again. ����
I started back to golf last fall and let me tell you, it was humbling. As a former 1 or 2 hdcp, struggling to hit the ball over 180yards, it gives you a new appreciation of the game. Slowly my strength and my game has come back and now I'm a healthy 11.2.
On to the fitting.....
My day started at 5:30am and a rush to catch my flight to San Diego. Hopped in an Uber and in 30 min I was at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. Cobra moved there from La Jolla not long ago.
I was told to tell the starter I was there for a fitting and they would shuttle me to the opposite side of the range. But as soon as I walked outside I met Brandon Dickinson my fitter.
Brandon has experience as a player, an instructor and as a fitter. He's recovering from a broken Hamate, so he's playing one handed for now!
Little did I know how thorough this would be.
Once under the tent Brandon has me warmup with the limited flight range balls, ( left to right and into 8-12mph breeze, not my favorite)
saving the real balls for the Trakman. After a few balls Brandon asks me about what I'm playing now.
So I showed him this:
Driver: Ping G400 max
9.0 44.75" sw D9.5 TEE 4 wood
16.5 42.25" sw D0.9
Hybrids: Titleist H1
19.5* C4 40.5" sw D0.9 Titleist H2
23* A1 39.5" sw D3.8
Irons: Titleist VG3 2014
w/ TT Tour Concept R300
24* 5 - 37.5" sw D2.1
27* 6 - 37" sw D1.5
30* 7 - 36.625 sw D2.9
35* 8 - 36.25 sw D3.0
40* 9 - 35.625 sw D3.4
46* Pw- 35.0 sw D0.4
52 - 35.0 sw D4.6
58 - 35.0 sw D6.5
62 - 35.0 sw D6.2
Odyssey Tour 2 ball Flow neck 31" 420g head
80g counter weight
Most of my clubs were picked by trial and error. I tried some indoor fittings before but I seem to gravitate back to what feels and looks good, not necessarily the best results.
Brandon asks me what I'd like to try so I go for the new Forged Tec Black irons.
1st try is the TT AMT white in Reg.
Felt pretty heavy and hard for me to load. 2nd up is AMT Red a bit lighter and a softer tip, so better ball flight. So, immediately Brandon says "your a tweener".
My late release/SS puts me at the high end of regular. With a waive of his magic wand he grabs a Nippon Modus 130 Stiff soft stepped 2x. Can you think of any fitter in the world that has that shaft setup in his arsenal? Anyway, it's just perfect.
The first shot I hit goes straight as an arrow a bit higher with just effortless power.
It can't be that easy right?
So I start talking about graphite shafts and so he sets me up with Recoil 460, 660 and 780. Then we try Steelfiber i95, i110 and a real treat...
the yet to be released new steelfiber fc90cw
A great feeling shaft, more kick than the i95 but smooth. It's flighted so it should be a better fit for more players.
Lots of shots, I was in a pretty good rhythm. Chad stayed to watch my fitting, which was nice but a little intimidating having him watch. But then he says "do you always hit it like that? That's a pretty tight circle you hitting into."
Nice of him to say, probably bs, but I was hitting it pretty good.
The Brandon asks me if I'm open to something different, so I say sure.
He hands me the F8 iron with a Nippon Modus. Long, straight, high and moderate spin shots. One after another.
I put cut swings on it and it would move slightly right, hook swings moved slightly left. I hit knock down shots that went lower, not as low as my normal but lower.
The F8 look is like any GI iron, thicker top line, more offset a bit thicker looking. Not off putting in my book.
I hit ball after ball long and straight. I must have had s*** eating grin on my face because Brandon looks at Chad and says "okay."
Then I look at the shaft label and its a STIFF.
So I ask, "Is this really a stiff?"
Brandon looks at me with a sheepish grin, "Yes"
"Really?" i say. Then he chuckles, "well not exactly... I had a client that had in his head he needed a stiff, so I had the guys make this one up.
Its soft-stepped 2x. Its right in between a reg & a stiff."
Worked for me. I thought it was pretty cool that among all the shafts he had there, he happened to have something that fit me perfect!
"What do you think about One length?" I figured this question was going to come up. Chad had told me that last years One length sales comprised 30% of their business.
30% for a really new concept, Wow!
I'm at the Cobra Tour Van, plenty of balls, great grass range.
Brandon says that they start with the 5 iron to see if your a candidate. As you can see from my Arccos chart above, my 5 and 6 irons are going the same distance. Something is obviously wrong, I might as well try to fix it. So with my new favorite shaft I proceed to hit several good 5 irons. So I ask Brandon "how were those,?" he says, not yet.
The next test is the 9 iron.
When you set it down it looks a bit like an 8 iron because the shaft is longer but the total weight and SW are not heavy. I thought the first few shots I hit went a mile.
So I asked how far those went, "just hit a few more and we'll look"
Lots of high straight shots.
Brandon .. "come over and look now"
High( for me) straight, a good descent angle and medium spin. All good numbers and.....
5 iron 196 yard average
9 iron 147 yard average
Plus the accuracy was excellent
I opted for One length F8 irons
Now some of you are going to piss on my decision. I know, GI irons are not "players". But the point of this Cobra/Arccos experience is opening yourself up to using actually on course playing data to make us better golfers. I'm totally hooked on the technology.
I've tried nearly every blade/cavity back forged club over the last 20 years. (Thank you BST)
Some felt better, some performed better. Like a lot of guys, I don't play as much I used to. If these GI irons really do make the game easier, Why Not?
I would like to shoot lower scores.
I'm going to embrace the tech and see if GI irons (with really good shafts) can help me score better.
I'll be updating this thread every so often, so that everyone can see if this really does work.
Here's the build sheet.
F8+ 8.5d* Nardo Grey PX Even Flow 65 5.5 44.25"
F8 15.5d* Nardo Grey PX Even Flow 65 5.5 42.5"
King Oversize Hybrid 19.5* Recoil ES F3 -1/2"
F8 One length Nippon Modus 130 Stiff soft stepped 2x 5-Pw
King Black Wedges 50*, 54*, 58* and 62* STD lengths
Edited by icemakr, 30 June 2018 - 08:28 PM.