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  • 03trdblack03trdblack Wake Forest, NC 2033WRX Points: 274Handicap: 0.7ClubWRX Posts: 2,033
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    On -, @nsxguy said:

    Boyz and girls, I believe the Fusion is now officially relegated to the backup bag. OK, the closet since I don't keep a backup bag. LOL

    Had a really good 2.5 years run with it though. Best driver I ever owned. 'Til now ?

    After much testing of all the new drivers I've settled on the Epic Flash Sub Zero, 10.5 with Hzrdus Yellow 63 gr, 6.0 at 44.75" (had the Black in my Fusion).

    Getting pretty much exactly what the sim was showing me. The sim testing showed the spin rate lower and the carry further (about 10 yards on average). And while we don't get much roll out in SoFla no matter what time of year it appears there seems to be a bit more roll out as well.

    The club overall has a little bit heftier feel to it as well and i think my swing has stabilized a bit. I'd occasionally get into a little trouble with the lighter feeling/swinging Fusion and get out of sync (the Fusion usually saved me though LOL).

    Played with the EFSZ about 6 rounds now. First 4 were excellent, then 1 bad one, and today, another very good one.

    The King is dead. Long live the King !!!

    You'll be back...

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  • platgofplatgof platgof  1900WRX Points: 255Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,900
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    I tried the 44 1/2" driver and it was okay after I made adjustments, but no adjustments needed with the 45" driver. For some reason 45 and 12 gram are money. I was pulling it left with the 44 1/2. That is with a 16 gram weight, maybe 12 would be better, but the 45 is just plain awesome!!

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    Ping GMax 10.5
    Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
    Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
    Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
    TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
    ERC
    Garmin S20

  • ninjabninjab  129WRX Points: 64Members Posts: 129
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    Fusion still in my bag, 9.5 set to +2. 45" 12gm wt with Diamana M+ Red Stiff.

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  • johnnythundersjohnnythunders  1747WRX Points: 158ClubWRX Posts: 1,747
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    Fusion is still in the bag at 10.5 with 14 gram weight playing a 45 but with Venus 5 regular replacing the Fuji evo 661 III Stiff but it is seriously being challenged by the Mizuno st 190 with Fuji evo V 661 Stiff-Regular flex.

    My old cobra encore lasted 3 years in the bag before the fusion replaced it.

    Sooner or later it will be replaced but great club.

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    2019bag Big Bertha Fusion 10.5 Fuji evo 661 Stiff, Mizuno st190 5 atmos red 6 regular,  Epic flash 7 Fujikura xlr8 Regular, Rogue 11 fairway wood with Wishon s2s 85 gram black regular, Epic Flash Hybrid 6,  Mizuno 919 fli hi 6/7 kbs tour 90 regular, 8/9, PW Cobra F-max one length smacwrap 780 regular, Pw/Gw Mizuno  919 forged gold dynamic 95 regular, Mizuno s18 56 wedge gold dynamic regular, Toulon Austin, Ball Bridgestone b rx
  • jeffrey rjeffrey r  2100WRX Points: 175Handicap: 13Members Posts: 2,100
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    On -, @johnnythunders said:

    Sooner or later it will be replaced but great club.

    Lol, I'm not so sure (on the replacing), so I've bought a backup of my set-up. Being on or close to the fairway off the tee this year with the BB Fusion has been big for my scores and enjoyment. It wasn't fun for me, or my playing partners, spraying the ball off the tee. Much more enjoyable being in a good position. And I am not hitting it short--this still gets it out there. There will always be the latest and greatest, and a few yards to grab, but I am probably good staying where I am. YMMV.

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    Callaway Epic Flash Driver 12*, Fujikura Speeder Evolution VI 661 SR
    Callaway GBB Epic 3 Wood and Heavenwood, Accra FX 2.0 - 200F M3
    Callaway 2019 Big Bertha 4 Hybrid, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 65 R
    Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons 5-GW, Aerotech SteelFiber 110 R
    Mizuno S18 SW (55/9) and LW (59/9), DG Wedge
    Scotty Cameron 009-M Putter

  • platgofplatgof platgof  1900WRX Points: 255Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,900
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    My driving today was the best ever with the Fusion 13.5

    On -, @45" and 12 gram weight. I was way out there on some drives, stupid long for me. It made for a very fun day and low scores.
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    Ping GMax 10.5
    Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
    Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
    Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
    TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
    ERC
    Garmin S20

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  • gioguy21gioguy21 NJ 8088WRX Points: 1,340Handicap: +1.6 (1194646)Members Posts: 8,088
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    i fit my buddy for one of these; 9* head with HZRDUS Black 63g 6.5 tipped 1", playing 45.25" with some lead tape added parallel to the face (about 5g worth) . he absolutely pounds the thing and hasn't hit it as straight or long in his life.

    this was hands down the most underrated driver for callaway in a long time.

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    Epic Flash SZ / 9* (set D/S) / Fujikura Pro 2.0 TS 6X tipped 1.50"
    Epic Flash SZ / 3+ (set -1/N) / HZRDUS Smoke Black 75g 6.5 tipped 2"
    Epic CF17 3i / Tensei PW Hybrid 100TX
    Apex MB Chrome / 3-PW / Modus 130 X
    MD4 Chrome / 52, 56, 60 / DG 115 S200 (for now)
    Piretti Tour 801R / 35.5"

  • rstlnerstlne AEIOU and sometimes Y West Coast 224WRX Points: 66Handicap: Beer ClubWRX Posts: 224
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    Shoot. I've been wanting the Srixon Z785 to work for me since testing it out at a demo day back in sept/oct 2018. The Srixon felt great off the face and during the demo day, it seemed like it was very consistent. I bought the driver off the Bay, played it for the last 4-5 months trying to make it work and it's still broken, lol. Hit some great shots when flushed, best distance ever type shots, but that's like 10% of the time maybe at most; I suck, but that's besides the point. I just can't get consistent with it. Today, put the trusty old set up back in the bag, BB Fusion with Paderson VMT shaft, and all those misses and headaches were gone! This setup, for me, just works magic. It maybe 10 yards or so shorter, based on potential, but the feel, and for me, probably the most important aspect of it all, the BB Fusion looks and feels perfect at address for me. I set up how it feels, look down, looks perfect, hit the ball. I had to do a lot of maneveuring with the Srixon (and Cobra f9 test drive) to make it feel and look 'right' at address for me. Guess no more cheating on the Fusion, renew the vows and time to run with it for the next 5 years+.

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  • LONGBALL777LONGBALL777  130WRX Points: 53Handicap: 20Members Posts: 130
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    I can't even imagine switching away from my Fusion, and I'm a club 'ho.

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  • propmanpropman  1813WRX Points: 133Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,813
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    Switched out the stock recoil shaft and replaced it with a evenflow . Hitting more fairways and longer as well, Love the Fusion Heavy.

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  • platgofplatgof platgof  1900WRX Points: 255Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,900
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    This driver is just plain forgiving. I mishit some, but I was mishitting everything, and the driver and woods were great.

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    Ping GMax 10.5
    Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
    Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
    Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
    TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
    ERC
    Garmin S20

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  • sfdoddsysfdoddsy  1325WRX Points: 122Members Posts: 1,325
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    Original poster back again.
    I tried to cheat on my Fusion with a Ping G400, a PXG 0811XF and then a Taylormade M4.
    None of them were any better on the course or on the monitor.
    And none of them sounded, felt or looked as good.
    So I sold them and bought yet another Fusion.
    Best driver since the R7 Superquad.

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    Ping G410 Matrix
    Cobra F6 Baffler
    PXG irons
    PXG & PM Grind wedges
    Edel E3 putter
  • jeffrey rjeffrey r  2100WRX Points: 175Handicap: 13Members Posts: 2,100
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    On -, @sfdoddsy said:

    Original poster back again.
    I tried to cheat on my Fusion with a Ping G400, a PXG 0811XF and then a Taylormade M4.
    None of them were any better on the course or on the monitor.
    And none of them sounded, felt or looked as good.
    So I sold them and bought yet another Fusion.
    Best driver since the R7 Superquad.

    The OP, in the flesh... ;) Glad to see you're still on the Fusion train. It really is still that good. I've hit G400 SFT and Max, M2, M4, plenty of Cobras and the like. Even other Callaways--Rogue, Epic, etc. The Fusion is more forgiving, and has better sound and feel than most. Plus, it simply offers plenty of tweaking, with the shaft options (and loft and draw settings), and the ability to easily change the head-weight to account for shorter shafts, etc. I've picked up a number of different weights off ebay to have around.

    And the Fusion flat-out performs. The only driver that has really put it to the test for me is the G400 Max, which is such a good driver, but still doesn't quite put me in as many fairways as the Fusion, or keep me out of trouble as much as the Fusion. I've said before, that the 13.5* Fusion plays more like a 10.5* from other companies, maybe due to lower spin. And I have back-ups of the 13.5*. But I did recently pick up a 10.5* head to give it a run. Never know.

    Great driver.

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    Callaway Epic Flash Driver 12*, Fujikura Speeder Evolution VI 661 SR
    Callaway GBB Epic 3 Wood and Heavenwood, Accra FX 2.0 - 200F M3
    Callaway 2019 Big Bertha 4 Hybrid, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 65 R
    Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons 5-GW, Aerotech SteelFiber 110 R
    Mizuno S18 SW (55/9) and LW (59/9), DG Wedge
    Scotty Cameron 009-M Putter

  • propmanpropman  1813WRX Points: 133Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,813
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    Well the Heavy Fusion started misbehaving so it's back in the closet (temporarily). Just not hitting it as well as my modified Cobra Fly z.

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  • ewe8523ewe8523  393WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 393
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    Looking at this as a possibility for my dad. What are some shaft recommendations for someone who is 60 years old?

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  • propmanpropman  1813WRX Points: 133Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,813
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    On -, @ewe8523 said:

    Looking at this as a possibility for my dad. What are some shaft recommendations for someone who is 60 years old?

    What is your dad's swing like? I'm north of 60 and did not like the stock Recoil shaft. For me it was too light. I have a quick transition and needed a heavier shaft. Went with a Evenflow shaft I purchased from Callaway preowned.

    If your dad has a smooth swing the recoil might work.

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  • propmanpropman  1813WRX Points: 133Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,813
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    in fact if anyone is looking for the stock 450 f3 shaft, I have one I am willing to sell. Comes complete with the adapter. It's the 44.5 inch version.

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  • LONGBALL777LONGBALL777  130WRX Points: 53Handicap: 20Members Posts: 130
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    I'm 65, have an 85 MPH driver SS, and the Recoil in stiff flex is perfect for me.

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  • URStillAwayURStillAway 79 is ten better than 80  964WRX Points: 119Members Posts: 964
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    On -, @ewe8523 said:

    Looking at this as a possibility for my dad. What are some shaft recommendations for someone who is 60 years old?

    I’m the same age. Swing speed in the high 80’s. Smooth transition. I find the stock Recoil shaft in Reg flex works great.

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    Driver: Callaway BB Fusion 10.5 Reg
    FW's: BB Fusion 5w
    Hybrids: X2 Hot 3&4
    Irons: Ping G410 Reg Graphite 6-SW
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 56
    Handicap 9
    Putter: Zing2 BeCu among others
  • BigBuddhaBigBuddha  3WRX Points: 17Members Posts: 3
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    I have a funky swing and a very heavy (but consistent) draw that seems to be corrected a bit by adjustments but it's been really hit or miss.
    I'm wondering how have other draw-drivers out there been approaching the adjustment procedure?
    If I just keep making slight adjustments at this rate it'll take me the whole year to start getting consistent drives.

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  • makanuimakanui  5WRX Points: 2Handicap: 14Members Posts: 5
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    I recently purchased an Epic Flash and initially it didn't replace my Fusion but as my swing has gotten better the Fusion is now in the back up bag. The Epic Flash is not as forgiving but definitely quite a bit longer. The fusion was one of the best drivers I have ever owned and I'll keep it as a back up as I feel if I ever have issues with hitting the fairway, I can drop it back into the bag with a high degree of confidence that I can hit fairways with it by sacrificing some yardage. A seriously under-rated club and prob the best cost/benefit driver out there.

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  • brownhoundbrownhound  32WRX Points: 46Handicap: 4.1Members Posts: 32
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    I picked up a fusion 9 from callaway preowned and gamed it twice this week. Initial results are promising, launches high with slight draw ( my shot shape) and no propensity to the dreaded low left quacking miss. I am using an over length RIP alpha green eyes stiff playing near 48". I am able to swing this combo pretty consistently . I'm planning to test this evening on skytrak against my current gamer GBB Epic 9 using the same shaft.

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    Driver: BB Fusion 9 aldila beta green eyes
    FW/Hybrid: CB Pro LTD 16.5, Cobra F7 "lexi blue"
    Irons: Adams MB2 4-G Recoil 680 F4/ P-790 780 Recoil / MP-64 modus 105
    Mizuno MP-R12 56/60
    Putter: evnroll tour stroke or spider X or T22 fastback or ??
  • DixieDDixieD  198WRX Points: 81Handicap: 3Members Posts: 198
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    I got one on a whim 2 weeks ago with no intention of really gaming it, was cheap and remembered all the good stuff about it in here. Well M3 is now history, this thing is awesome. Paired it with an Aldila Rogue 60X and love it. Compared to the M3, maybe 5 yards shorter on best v best hits but I'm happy to give that up for how predictable it is, just point and shoot and the M3 was not bad.

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  • brownhoundbrownhound  32WRX Points: 46Handicap: 4.1Members Posts: 32
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    I was able to take some swings with the fusion on the skytrak last night, short on time but the fusion matched the GBB Epic, launched a bit higher with perhaps a few more hundred rpm spin, but all below 3000 and generally in the 2400-2600 rpm range. I did feel like I could go after it without concern for it going off line. I'm pretty old (61) with arthritic thumbs so swing speed is below 100. Last night I was swinging around 95 mph with ball speeds 140-142, launching at 16-18. This matches what I get on good swings with the Epic, but without fear of the low left runner.
    If you're on the fence I would recommend trying the head, I'll be gaming it in remaining tournament rounds this year.

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    Driver: BB Fusion 9 aldila beta green eyes
    FW/Hybrid: CB Pro LTD 16.5, Cobra F7 "lexi blue"
    Irons: Adams MB2 4-G Recoil 680 F4/ P-790 780 Recoil / MP-64 modus 105
    Mizuno MP-R12 56/60
    Putter: evnroll tour stroke or spider X or T22 fastback or ??
  • brownhoundbrownhound  32WRX Points: 46Handicap: 4.1Members Posts: 32
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    One last thought, mine came with the recoil F3 shaft and the genuine fusion headcover in like new condition to my door for $142. The recoil is great shaft for my irons, but I would have to add an extension for it compete with the aldila green eyes stiff.

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    Driver: BB Fusion 9 aldila beta green eyes
    FW/Hybrid: CB Pro LTD 16.5, Cobra F7 "lexi blue"
    Irons: Adams MB2 4-G Recoil 680 F4/ P-790 780 Recoil / MP-64 modus 105
    Mizuno MP-R12 56/60
    Putter: evnroll tour stroke or spider X or T22 fastback or ??
  • puresurfrpuresurfr  2209WRX Points: 200Members Posts: 2,209
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    The Fusion is solidly back in the bag and I tried to knock it out with everything this year
    Titleist TS3 and TS2 ( good drivers )
    Taylormade M5. ( very very nice )
    PXG 0811X and 0811XF, both are Gen2s and I liked these as well, but feel super heavy
    Mizuno ST 190 and 190G, these have high ball speeds but feel really light
    Cobra F9 Avalanche ( this driver looked great on Trackman but I couldn't reproduce the results outdoor)
    Callaway Flash Triple Diamond ( didn't like it at all )
    Ping 410LST ( currently in testing )

    I used Ventus and HZRDUS Green for all my testing and testing involved at least 10 rounds of play and multiple range sessions and trackman sessions.

    • I would still be playing the Fusion if it costs 3X as much as any driver on this list. It really is that good.
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  • jeffrey rjeffrey r  2100WRX Points: 175Handicap: 13Members Posts: 2,100
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    Still loving mine. 13.5* head, 44.5” shaft, 12g weight, -1/D setting. Dabbled with multiple shafts this season because I can’t leave well enough alone, but back with the stock stiff UST recoil and not messing around the rest of this season.

    Like any driver, the BB Fusion is not idiot-proof, but it has great feel, finds a lot of fairways, and helps avoid big trouble on less than stellar swings. Just an amazing driver. Only driver I would seriously consider in its place is the G400 Max.

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    Callaway Epic Flash Driver 12*, Fujikura Speeder Evolution VI 661 SR
    Callaway GBB Epic 3 Wood and Heavenwood, Accra FX 2.0 - 200F M3
    Callaway 2019 Big Bertha 4 Hybrid, KBS Tour Hybrid Prototype 65 R
    Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal Irons 5-GW, Aerotech SteelFiber 110 R
    Mizuno S18 SW (55/9) and LW (59/9), DG Wedge
    Scotty Cameron 009-M Putter

  • platgofplatgof platgof  1900WRX Points: 255Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,900
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    I tried an F8 driver, and no go. The Fusion kicked it squarely in the a.. I give up, I just cannot find a better driver, and the stock shaft is awesome. I was playing with some older gentleman and one of them asked me; what driver is that. I was knocking it out there.

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    Ping GMax 10.5
    Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
    Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
    Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
    TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
    ERC
    Garmin S20

  • ian-500ian-500  1042WRX Points: 276Handicap: 12Members Posts: 1,042
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    Can anyone tell me the stock head weight? What weights can be bought to add weight? I'm interested in trying to get this to D5/D6 at 45". Does the face sit square or open if the 9* is lofted down to 8*? Love the head shape.

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    DR: Taylormade Original One 11.5* + Tensei CK Pro Blue 80tx.
    FW or HY: in the making.
    Epon AF-Tour 5i - PW + OT Tour 120x.
    Epon 208 KGX 53/59 + OT Tour 110x.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
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  • Puttersaurus RexPuttersaurus Rex one swing at a time  794WRX Points: 201Members Posts: 794
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    On -, @ian-500 said:

    Can anyone tell me the stock head weight? What weights can be bought to add weight? I'm interested in trying to get this to D5/D6 at 45". Does the face sit square or open if the 9* is lofted down to 8*? Love the head shape.

    Weights are same as Epic Subzero fairway:

    https://www.billybobsgolf.com/product.php?productid=18319&cat=407&page=1

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