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#1 hypergolf

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:13 PM

With the ridiculous rise in cost of golf equipments in major brands such as Callaway, Taylormade, Ping, Titleist etc, I am trying to find alternative brands that are more cost effective yet performs equally well to the big brands.

Which would you recommend for woods, irons, wedges, putters and golf balls?


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#2 BYK

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:15 PM

Same companies you list, just not the current lines
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:56 PM

What BYK said above, plus the following quickly come to mind:

Tour Edge
Maltby
Wilson Staff

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:58 PM

Try Cobra or Wilson. Or just buy used.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:00 PM

+1 the above comments, would add Srixon. Great value on 745/765 if you look around (e.g. solid condition 745s right now on BST for under $300).


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:19 PM

I’ve always played Titleist, but just picked up a Cobra F8 3 wood. They’re def a company that has my attention. Srixon and Mizuno are good options as well.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:20 PM

Go used. Most of my stuff was purchased near new about a year old and probably paid 1/2 to 2/3 of new price depending on the club. Also been able to find near new current generation for about 25% off.

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:22 PM

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PING G400 Max 9*, Adidla Rogue Max 75x
Callaway 815 Alpha 3W and 5W Speeder 665 stiff
Srixon U65 4, Modus 105s
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:35 PM

Maltby, Wishon, KZG.  They make great stuff mind you but their resale value is crappy so you'll find great deals of those makes of clubs used.
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:17 PM

Woods: Cobra, Tour Edge (second hand)

Irons: Cobra, Wilson, Ben Hogan


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:30 PM

Cobra and Mizuno
Cobra Fly Z+ (9)
Titleist 915 3+ (13.5)
Callaway XR 5W (19)
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:44 PM

Maltby....and get savvy with your persuit of designs from the past.  Some will even call stuff from 2016 "old school"...and you know what that does to the asking price :lol:

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:49 PM

Quiet week in wrx land...just glued up a 4 wood tee 16.5 with a pro launch platinum shaft and its a winner in the fairways yesterday.Just picked up SM6 58/10S and added a tip weight so its D6 .Fresh polishup and its good for 6 months!
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 12:48 AM

Cobra Wilson.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:27 AM

View Postwkndhack, on 13 January 2019 - 08:58 PM, said:

Try Cobra or Wilson. Or just buy used.
This is what I would choose also.


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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:52 AM

Maltby or 2017/2018 new mainstream OE stuff that's on sale.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:33 AM

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 05:34 AM

View PostRogerinNewZealand, on 13 January 2019 - 11:49 PM, said:

Quiet week in wrx land...just glued up a 4 wood tee 16.5 with a pro launch platinum shaft and its a winner in the fairways yesterday.Just picked up SM6 58/10S and added a tip weight so its D6 .Fresh polishup and its good for 6 months!
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Absolutely.  The Grafalloy PL Platinum is a great shaft.  Especially for fairways.  Near perfect mid-flight trajectory, smooth feel.   But they're getting harder to come by in tip sizes other than .350".  The OG PL Blue is good as well, and seems to be more readily available in .335".  Big fan of these older PL shafts, an outstanding value.  Buy a couple (NOS) periodically off the Bay.

As long as we're talking fairways and cost effectiveness, hard to beat V-Steel's and PL shafts.  Recently added a 4-wood that is waiting to be glued up with a Platinum.  Completing my set of V-Steels, 3 - 9.  GOAT fairway?  They work for me.  

The Maltby TS-1's and 2's are high quality, contemporary hollow bodied (foam filled) iron clubheads. Compare them to OEM.  Check out the on-going TS-2 thread elsewhere.  Moving to the TS-1's for next season.  SGI head without all the negatives that typically accompany irons of that design (i.e. massive soles, thickish top lines).  They actually look rather blade'ish.  Shafted up with Grafalloy PL Red Axis graphites that were acquired for $11 per shaft.  And yes, the heads were purchased slightly used, thereby saving some coinage.  

Club costs have become absurd.  And I simply refuse to pay the going price for new clubs.  So much value to be found with selective shopping on good used equipment.  $500+ drivers, $1200+ irons sets are ridiculous.  There's a plethora of good quality equipment out there if one knows what they're looking for and exercises prudent shopping.  I will never, ever buy new OEM clubs again.  Consideration of any golf implements is now about determining how much quality can I achieve at the lowest possible cost.  As in cheap.  

With the usual caveat.  If paying lots of money for gear floats your boat, have at it.  It's your dime.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:48 AM

Another vote for Cobra and Wilson brands

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:55 AM

Another vote for get anything ur heart desires on eBay or BST from a reputable buyer and still have money left for lessons.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:56 AM

Cleveland is worth a look if considering new.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:16 AM

Ben Hogan irons are comparatively less expensive to other forged irons out there ($735 for seven sticks whereas you're looking at $1150 fro seven from bigger brands). Wilson, as mentioned above, also has a better deal ($875 for seven clubs).

Used is a great way to go...before I started working in a golf shop part-time and summers, I bought EVERYTHING used. If I didn't work in a golf shop, I'd still be buying used. You can a great set of used irons if you know what you're looking for and are interested in haggling...most golf shops treat used clubs like used cars...yes, they have $X in the clubs and they want to make a certain percentage in profit, but they're typically marked up higher than they should be. Do your homework, use PGA value guide to get an idea what they may have paid for them, and don't be a Richard to the salesperson :)

For balls...Vice is killer. I used to be a Pro V1x guy to the core, but I played the Pro Plus from Vice all last year and loved it. Played well with it, saw no performance drawbacks from Pro V1x. At about $25 a dozen for a urethane performance ball (when you buy 5 dozen), it's tough to beat.

If you're a Costco member, you can go the Kirkland Signature ball route (it's $24 per double dozen for the 3 piece...online and only 2 double-dzns per account). I think the heat coming of K-sigs has started to cool down, though.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:22 AM

View Postcgasucks, on 13 January 2019 - 10:35 PM, said:

Maltby, Wishon, KZG.  They make great stuff mind you but their resale value is crappy so you'll find great deals of those makes of clubs used.

I alternate between used KZG Forged ZO blades and used KZG Forged II irons. The quality is excellent, and the combined cost was less than your average new driver.

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:30 AM

DYNACRAFT Prophet Muscle blades.

Hollow design, superb looks and finish

Performance is outstanding and at under £49 a club, custom fit, it must be worth a look

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:33 AM

Ping and Srixon are among our cheaper priced brands. ;)

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 10:02 AM

View PostHouska, on 14 January 2019 - 06:48 AM, said:

Another vote for Cobra and Wilson brands

Another vote for these two extremely underrated..
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 11:38 AM

For a new, custom fit irons and wedges built to spec:  Maltby.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:45 PM

Cobra

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:38 PM

For new I'd vote Cleveland.  I've got the HB Launcher driver and my wife has the CBX irons, both of which we're very happy with.  I've also had good luck watching Global Golf's website for LH clubs.  Just recently I picked up an "Excellent" Cobra F8 3w fr $130, which turned out to be mint/never been hit.  Also watch for the end of cycle sales...i.e., Ping G400 woods and hybrids dropped in price quite a bit and IMO they were/are worth their original price.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:35 PM

I forgot to add that I want them custom fitted so buying used would not work unless they are to my specs or I can bring them to a club fitter after purchasing an older item.

So far I am getting Tour Edge, Maltby, Wilson Staff, Srixon, Mizuno, Cobra, Cleveland most frequently.

Which of these would give best custom fitting experience?


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