GoIrish17's WITB *New custom AOP Newport Oil Can added 9/16/17 updated end of first post
I do all of my own club work, been a hobby of mine since I regripped a set of irons about 7 years ago. I've got both of these sets just about where I'd like them- I've never been so happy with a bag as I am with my gamer set. It makes it hard to find chances to play my backup set, which I try to do once every week or two. The only changes I'm even considering are getting the wedge swingweights to flow with the irons better (which is my next project, beginning soon), and then get the Mizuno irons bent to match the lofts of the Srixons. I have the two sets almost identical as far as shaft weights, swing weights, wedge setup/ grinds, etc., I'd like to make it a seamless transition going from one bag to the other, and the uneven iron distances are slightly detrimental to that end.
All of the clubs have +2 wraps under the grips, and some type of corded grip.
Driver: 2016 TaylorMade M2 10.5°, Matrix Speed Rulz Type C Prototype 60x (VLCT Sp graphics)
Easily the longest and most forgiving driver I've ever played. I fought the hype, then I gave it a try. I'm sold. Plays approximately 44.5" long, D2 swingweight. I adjusted the swingweight with cotton balls and an aftermarket replacement weight, so not only did I get the swingweight spot-on where I wanted it, it also helped mute the sound a little.
3 Wood: Srixon f45 15°, Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 stiff (tipped 1/2")
Plays at 42.5". Swingweight right around D2. Love this club, one of my favorites in the bag. Love the looks of this club, the shape is perfect at address IMO. This club can really be a crutch for me if I'm not hitting driver well. The shaft is such a great fit, I've had days that I can't hit a driver but I am not sacrificing much just playing 3 wood off the tee. I have no problem hitting a variety of shots with this, though my miss with it is my nemesis- the pull hook/ double cross when trying to hit a high fade.
Hybrid: Callaway X2Hot Pro 18°, Fujikura Speeder HB 8.8 stiff
My favorite hybrid I've ever hit, bar none. Long & hot, forgiving enough, and great feel & sound. I think this plays around 41", and D2.5 sw.
Hybrid (3 iron replacement/ driving iron): Adams Pro DHy 21°, Fujikura Speeder HB 9.8 stiff
If I've said that there was one club in my bag that I wouldn't replace already, scratch that- I lied. This club is a "over my dead body"-type situation. I have strayed from this club a time or two before, but here I am again. Love it off the tee and off the turf. I'm able to hit every shot I can imagine with this (when properly executed).
Irons: Srixon z545 5-pw, Recoil 110 F5 (soft stepped 2x's)
Love these. Very little offset, compact looking at address, and lots of forgiveness built in. The lofts are strong on these, I really feel like I'm actually playing 4-9 iron with a 24° 5 iron and 44° pw. I've had these in the bag for longer than any other set I've ever had. Prior to these, I was a habitual iron set jumper. No more. I'm actually dreading the day these wear out, I hope there are still sets out there in good condition to replace these with. The shafts in these suit me perfectly, too. I never could have believed I could flight down a shot with a set of irons with a sole like these, but I can. Plus, the benefits from switching to graphite for my bad elbow are immeasurable.
Wedges: 50°, 54°, 58° Vokey raw, KBS 610 125 S+
OK, so I am a self-admitted raw wedge partisan, and a wedge junkie. I really need to find the time to weight these properly to flow better with my irons, I've just been too lazy to do it. The 50° is bent to 48.5° (which is as close as I could bend it to the desired 48°). The 54° is my special club, I bought it as a wedding gift to myself, and hand stamped it myself. Though there are a couple double hits, I think I did an alright job. The shaft is laser etched with our wedding date as well. It is the raw WedgeWorks model, whereas the 50° & 58° are the black finished stripped to raw. I really think I am going to strip the paintfill on the 50° & 58° and paint them in the same black and silver colorway that I have on the 54°. Though, every time I strip the paint, I think to myself how good they look naked with no paintfill at all. These are starting to develop a nice patina, which is kind of hard to capture with my iPhone camera. I love the patina raw wedges get and how each develops at its own pace- it gives them character.
I keep considering SM6's, but honestly I've gotten comfortable with these and don't want to rush to replace until it's necessary. Maybe when SM7's come out these guys will be ready to retire.
Putter: Tad Moore Pro 1S Prototype 34", oil can finish, matte black shaft, blacked out Tad Moore Pure grip
I stumbled upon this on eBay, and was intrigued. I did some research and once I did, I had to buy it. I won't go into all of the details here, but I started a thread to share my find (as well as share some of the other Tad Moore putters the seller had listed on eBay): [url="http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1401050-cool-tad-moore-putters-on-ebay/"]http://www.golfwrx.c...utters-on-ebay/[/url] There is a link in that thread to this article about the origins of this putter (and the others on eBay): [url="http://pluggedingolf.com/a-classic-tad-moore-putter-garage-find/"]http://pluggedingolf...er-garage-find/[/url] It's a cool, and quick read if you're interested in reading more. Spoiler alert!- there are mentions of Tiger Woods in the article. I sent this off to BOS after I got it to have the sight dot put on. Added lead tape to the sole to get the head weight up to around 330g. I'm not gonna gush over this here, but let me just say that I love this putter and I've never putted better than I am with it.
Heres some random items that get put in the bag from time to time:
This is the 54 degree sand wedge that is part of the set, but got moved to second string after I bought myself the wedding present. I still use it sometimes, to save wear and tear on the other one. I really need to make some minor length and swingweight adjustments to this to get it to match my others. I'll probably end up playing it more once I sort out those minor details. The stamping isn't perfect, but I don't mind a couple minor double hits. I like it looking like it was done by hand and not a machine.
I've got two bags of clubs, and I've tried to build the two bags to mimic each other as closely as possible. Obviously, I play a 5wd in the second bag which changes up the gaping a little, but I've tried to keep shaft lengths, shaft weights, swingweight progression, wedge setup, etc. all about the same. Most of the backup bag is somewhat new to me (this is my first season with most of it), and I've only been taking it out once every week or two- and mostly at the same course. So I'm still feeling these out, but starting to really get a good idea of my distances with them and what shots I can hit confidently. Much like my other bag, someday I hope to take the clubs apart and swingweight them the right way to get rid of the lead tape. But, honestly, I probably won't. I kind of like the lead tape.
Driver: Cleveland Classic 290 9°, Matrix Speed Rulz Type C Prototype 60x (VLCT Sp graphics)
Yep, same exact shaft as the M2. Same length, same swingweight. I used some hot melt and cotton balls (through a port I drilled) to adjust the swingweight, which makes this thing sound like a wooden bat when you catch it on the screws. Most pleasing sounding driver I've hit maybe ever. I have had this driver for a couple seasons, and my confidence level with it is high. Every once in awhile, when the M2 is acting up, I bring this guy out. Just to let the M2 know that no one is safe in the gamer bag if they aren't performing.
3 Wood: Aeroburner TP 15° tour issue, Diamana D+ 70 Limited Edition stiff
5 Wood: Aeroburner TP 18° (19.5° actual) tour issue, Matrix 8Q3 Red Tie sg flex (strong flex- in between stiff and x)
I'm really not a big tour issue guy, but the price was right on these and the specs suited my swing and setup. Great clubs, I put some hot melt in the heads, they sounds awesome.
Driving iron/ 4 iron replacement: Mizuno MP Fli-Hi 4i 24°, Diamana D+ 90 HY stiff
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 5-pw, Recoil 110 Prototype F4
I like these irons a lot, but need more time with them. I do want to get these bent closer to the lofts of the Srixons, just for continuity.
Wedges: Callaway X-Forged 48° KBS C-Taper, 54° KBS 610, 58° (MD) KBS Hi-Rev,
Again, swingweight, length, shafts, etc. all match up with my other clubs. Obviously, I custom stamped these to represent my favorite sports teams. I even tried to match the grips to the color scheme. I just need to figure out a way to work a Cavaliers wedge in here. Maybe I need to keep my eye out for a 62-ish degree raw X-Forged?
Putter: Rife Vault Iconic 001 34"
If you made it this far, I hope you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to check my sticks out. I'll be following this thread, if you want to ask questions or chit chat, please post a message. Thanks again!
*New putter 9/16/2017
So, got the putter back from BOS pretty quickly. It showed up Friday afternoon while I was out playing a quick afternoon round. I'm really happy with the finished product. Sent this off to have the sight dot put on the topline, and then I stamped my shamrock into the cavity. Shafted with a matte black putter shaft from putter lounge, just a hair under 34". Black Iomic 65g grip with two extra wraps of tape. I added a 10 gram tip weight to get it close to where I wanted it swingweight-wise, but I purposely wanted to leave it a touch short of my desired D0-D1 area, so I could add lead tape to get to my desired range while also protecting the sole of the putter. I putt much better with a lighter swingweight, my miss is always too firm. So, long story short, about 3 strips of lead tape have this thing almost exactly D0.5. I'm cool with calling this my poor man's 009 until I can afford a real one. This is pretty much as close as I am going to get to my "dream putter", until I can afford to pay someone top dollar to make my dream putter.
Driver: Ping G400 LST 8° | HC Evenflow Black 65
3wd: TaylorMade M4 Tour 15° | Diamana Ahina 70
5wd: TaylorMade Aeroburner TP 18° (T.I. small head 19°)| Matrix 8Q3 Red Tie
Irons: Wilson Staff C300 Forged 4 iron | Recoil 95 / FG Tour V6 raw 5-PW | PX Catalyst 100
Wedges: Vokey SM7 raw 48° F (handground S), 54° M, 58° V | KBS 610
Putters: Byron Morgan DH 89
MannKrafted MA66 ✔
Cameron AOP Oil Can Newport
Tad Moore 1S Prototype