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#1 bph7

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:42 PM

Hey guys,

I am currently gaming a Launch Lab 9.5 with the stock fubuki alpha that hits it waaaay out there but is not as great with the dispersion as I'd like.  I wanna try a new shaft but obviously can't swap em out very easily with this head.  So I'd like to buy a decent adjustable head to be able to try and buy different shafts more easily on my own.  Any suggestions?  One factor is that I'd like a head with a tip that has a lot of shafts readily available here on bst and on ebay.  I have an R11 that I really do not like, so that's obviously not an option.  I'd prefer a square face or slightly open.  I'd probably be willing to spend up to about $200.  Thanks in advance.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:16 AM

You can pick up a fast 12 ls for nothing right now...not a ton of stock shafts, but there should be few to try, plus swapping shafts out with the adams tips are a snap.

Another option might be an older R9 (maybe a supertri). I would imagine that there are more taylor shafts floating around than anything else...You can pick one of those up in the $100 range.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:50 AM

TM is definitely the best with respect to shaft availability and also has the biggest selection of heads available.

Not sure I'd recommend the r9 supertri though, I personally like it but it has a pretty closed face and also generates a lot more backspin than other heads which might skew your testing results.  Not sure about the other r9 options.  If you like open, rbz tour head might be the way to go.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 01:59 PM

Give it another month or so, and there will be some good deals to be had on the 910 series.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:52 PM

buy a cobra amp. solid performer. can probably be had for cheap nowadays


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

How about the TM Superdeep? Isn't that pretty close to the launch lab  when it comes to spin and launch?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:26 PM

View PostTaylorMadeMiura, on 21 November 2012 - 05:28 PM, said:

How about the TM Superdeep? Isn't that pretty close to the launch lab  when it comes to spin and launch?

Is it?  I have heard of this head but really don't know any of the properties of it.  It was an R9 correct?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

Ft 9 tour would be a steal!!! a million shaft options in the I Mix.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:00 PM

I use the R9 460 for demo shafts. A little hotmelt helps the sound just enough, and if nothing else it's a very honest head. Setup at address is not distracting, spin is fairly low, ballspeed is very good on poor contact. The adapters are under $25 now, and that makes it a no-brainer. On your budget you could pick up two, in different lofts.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

I'm a Titleist 910 guy and have had 27 shafts through my door - lots of fun buying & trying.
Titleist and Taylormade will give you the most offerings.

If you are jonesing for an Adams Fast 12 LS -> PM me as I have a MINT 9.5 with real Ahina 60x5ct X-Stiff, cover, wrench kit, AND with 2 additional tips ( cheap! )

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:34 PM

View PostAwalkspoiled, on 21 November 2012 - 08:00 PM, said:

I use the R9 460 for demo shafts. A little hotmelt helps the sound just enough, and if nothing else it's a very honest head. Setup at address is not distracting, spin is fairly low, ballspeed is very good on poor contact. The adapters are under $25 now, and that makes it a no-brainer. On your budget you could pick up two, in different lofts.

Just a quick question:  What do you mean by "adapter"?  Is the tip different than the one that goes in the regular TM r9/r11?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

Taylormade is the best bet, even though you may not like the heads, you can choose from the R9, R11s and RBZ. Adapters can be had for cheap and due to mass demand for Taylormade, there are always shafts popping up on the BST and Ebay.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

910 or R9 460. Tons of premium shafts with tips available in the BST and easy to swap shafts in and out.
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:57 AM

View Postbph7, on 21 November 2012 - 08:34 PM, said:

View PostAwalkspoiled, on 21 November 2012 - 08:00 PM, said:

I use the R9 460 for demo shafts. A little hotmelt helps the sound just enough, and if nothing else it's a very honest head. Setup at address is not distracting, spin is fairly low, ballspeed is very good on poor contact. The adapters are under $25 now, and that makes it a no-brainer. On your budget you could pick up two, in different lofts.

Just a quick question:  What do you mean by "adapter"?  Is the tip different than the one that goes in the regular TM r9/r11?

The adapter (also called a sleeve) is the part glued onto the shaft tip.  It's the same for all TM drivers and FW's.

I'm pretty sure he means that if you find a good deal on a shaft that doesn't already have the TM adapter on it, they are readily available and easy to find for you to install.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

View PostStuart G., on 22 November 2012 - 04:57 AM, said:

View Postbph7, on 21 November 2012 - 08:34 PM, said:

View PostAwalkspoiled, on 21 November 2012 - 08:00 PM, said:

I use the R9 460 for demo shafts. A little hotmelt helps the sound just enough, and if nothing else it's a very honest head. Setup at address is not distracting, spin is fairly low, ballspeed is very good on poor contact. The adapters are under $25 now, and that makes it a no-brainer. On your budget you could pick up two, in different lofts.

Just a quick question:  What do you mean by "adapter"?  Is the tip different than the one that goes in the regular TM r9/r11?

The adapter (also called a sleeve) is the part glued onto the shaft tip.  It's the same for all TM drivers and FW's.

I'm pretty sure he means that if you find a good deal on a shaft that doesn't already have the TM adapter on it, they are readily available and easy to find for you to install.

That's it. The TM R9/ST/SD/R11/RBZ adapters are interchangeable and pretty close to the same weight, so it's easy and inexpensive to carry around a dozen demo shafts for customers to try. For my demos I actually prefer the older R9 adapter because the ferrule is much less expensive if I want to pull and reuse the shaft in another head. With a 9.5 and a 10.5 head I can give nearly any player something to hit which will be pretty close to working well if not optimized. From there it's easy for me and the player to make a very good guess as to what kind of mod would provide true optimization. The fact that these things are inexpensive means I can ship out a few shafts for a player to try for a week or so, which imo is VASTLY more useful than an hour on an LM.

I'd personally prefer to play the 910/912/913 but the extra $20 per adapter would make the whole thing too costly.

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

View Postbph7, on 21 November 2012 - 06:26 PM, said:

View PostTaylorMadeMiura, on 21 November 2012 - 05:28 PM, said:

How about the TM Superdeep? Isn't that pretty close to the launch lab  when it comes to spin and launch?

Is it?  I have heard of this head but really don't know any of the properties of it.  It was an R9 correct?

Think so, it is a R9, and it was THE driver for us WRX bombers back when it was released. Deep face, low launch/spin..




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