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  • BNich0622BNich0622 Members  4245WRX Points: 51Posts: 4,245 Titanium Tees
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    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.
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    G400 9* Motore Speeder 7.2 TS
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    G400 17* Fuji Fuel 80s
    iBlade 3-9 Nippon Modus 3 105x
    Glide 2.0 STEALTH 46*, 52* 58*
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  • J13J13 Dad golf MarylandMembers  16493WRX Points: 1,538Handicap: +1.6Posts: 16,493 Titanium Tees
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    BNich0622 wrote:
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    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.<br />
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    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.
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    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3161WRX Points: 800Handicap: 6Posts: 3,161 Titanium Tees
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    J13 wrote:
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    BNich0622 wrote:
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    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.<br />
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    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.<br />
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    Everything I've seen has said January... but who knows with these things.
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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Members  622WRX Points: 60Handicap: 0.0Posts: 622 Golden Tee
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    J13 wrote:
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    BNich0622 wrote:
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    I want one of these bad boys so bad. Want a **** looking driver. One of the cleanest I have seen in quite some time.<br />
    <br />
    <br />
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    I agree. Flat out clean. I heard the release date is early next year but not positive.<br />
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    Everything I've seen has said January... but who knows with these things.<br />
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    Bridgestone press release says January 2012 for the 430, most everything else is already available.
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    Taylormade M3 460 9.5*, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60x
    Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15* and 18*, Aldila Voodoo SNV8
    Ping i210 4-PW, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 105s
    Ping Glide 2.0 50SS, 54WS, 58ES, DG S400 TI onyx
    Scotty Cameron GoLo 3

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  • GooseHookGooseHook Keep it Fraiche Members  12070WRX Points: 539Posts: 12,070 Titanium Tees
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    dsparob wrote:
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    If anyone is worried about the project x shaft being higher torque, take a look on the custom shaft options on the Bridgestone website. They have a bunch of great options that are in stock with no upcharge.<br />
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    Thanks for the write up J13, very well done. After cracking one composite head, and hearing many stories like mine, I am leaning towards going back to all metal. I love a good deep face and have been looking at the Cobra S3 very closely, but this driver just looks phenomenal. I just hope like most that I'll have an opportunity to try it, as Bridgestone isn't well represented in my neck of the woods.<br />
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    Wow, the sheer number of no-upcharge shafts is incredible. Here's the link for anyone who wants to take a look:<br />
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    http://www.bridgestonegolf.com/product/clubs/custom-wood-options
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    SIM Max 9.0°, Atmos Black 7x
    Flash SZ 17°, VTS Silver 8x
    Mizuno MP Fli Hi 21°, Recoil 110

    X Forged '18  5-P, PX 6.5
    SM7 50F, 54S, 58M

    Piretti OG Potenza 
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  • ram01002ram01002 Members  1958WRX Points: 158Posts: 1,958 Platinum Tees
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    Impressive free shaft options . . . earth to Callaway . . .
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  • dsparobdsparob fairways and greens pard... Members  622WRX Points: 60Handicap: 0.0Posts: 622 Golden Tee
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    You can even get a Tour Velvet Full Cord no upcharge as well, which is right up my alley!!! Bridgestone is looking more and more like it's going to be taking up the majority of my bag. Wedges look great, irons look great, smaller headed, deep faced driver...great shaft options for drivers and irons, good on ya Bridgestone, get your product out a little bit more and this could be a big year!!!
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    Taylormade M3 460 9.5*, Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 60x
    Tour Edge Exotics CB2 15* and 18*, Aldila Voodoo SNV8
    Ping i210 4-PW, Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 105s
    Ping Glide 2.0 50SS, 54WS, 58ES, DG S400 TI onyx
    Scotty Cameron GoLo 3

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  • MyherobobhopeMyherobobhope hey there, blimpy boy. Flying through the sky so fancy free. Members  3161WRX Points: 800Handicap: 6Posts: 3,161 Titanium Tees
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    Just got word back from a friendly Bridgestone customer service rep (Amy)... club is out 1/1/2012.
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    As of 6/5/20
    9.5 Cobra LTD Pro with Aldila Silver 110 X
    13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha X
    18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce X
    6-PW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0
    5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400
    4 iron / utility Sub 70 699 with Proforce 85 gram X
    50, 54, 60 Vokeys
    Tank Counter Balance #7
    Driver and Putter are set for now. Wedges are safe for time being.

  • J13J13 Dad golf MarylandMembers  16493WRX Points: 1,538Handicap: +1.6Posts: 16,493 Titanium Tees
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    The custom shaft list is darn impressive, never looked at it before. Well done Bstone. Like I stated before they just need to get in all of the darn SHOPS!!!!<img src='http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/shout.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':shout:' /> People need to know these clubs exist. I would launch a club fitting program very similar to the ball fitting. DO IT BSTONE you'll sell tons of these babies
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    Driver     -     Cobra SZ Xtreme 9* w/ Tensei Orange 70TX
    3W         -     Cobra SZ Big Tour 3 / Shaft testing right now
    Utility     -     Callaway Xforged UT 21* & 24* / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • HISPLHISPL Members  3075WRX Points: 68Posts: 3,075 Titanium Tees
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    Can't wait to get mine! I ordered one with the Tour AD DI 6S tipped an inch. <br />
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    Sounds like I'll have an awesome combo!
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  • puttitinputtitin Cote d'Azur , FRANCEMembers  1391WRX Points: 113Handicap: 12.8Posts: 1,391 Platinum Tees
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    tampay wrote:
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    abewley wrote:
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    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?<br />
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    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.<br />
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    Would you say the 445 cc looks more like the J38 460 cc driver? I know it has a relatively shallow face ,but I would'nt know if it is more or less stretched back .By the way I love my J38 with the stock Motore shaft!
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    Driver : WISHON 919 THI + XXIO 9
    Woods :  TM M2 3W + 5W
    Hybrids : XXIO 9 - 21° + 25°
    Irons : JPX-800-HD + PING RAPTURE V2 (Wishon 771 CSI for sale)
    Wedges : CLEVELAND CBX 50-11 + 56-12
    Putter : ODYSSEY WHITE HOT  RX  #2
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    HISPL wrote:
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    Can't wait to get mine! I ordered one with the Tour AD DI 6S tipped an inch. <br />
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    Sounds like I'll have an awesome combo!<br />
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    That is gonna be a sweet combo
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    Driver     -     Cobra SZ Xtreme 9* w/ Tensei Orange 70TX
    3W         -     Cobra SZ Big Tour 3 / Shaft testing right now
    Utility     -     Callaway Xforged UT 21* & 24* / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • tampaytampay Members  381WRX Points: 0Posts: 381
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    puttitin wrote:
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    tampay wrote:
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    abewley wrote:
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    does the 445 cc head share the same face size? just bigger body?<br />
    <br />
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    The 445 cc has a bigger, shallower face. It's stretched back and lower to the ground in general for higher launch and forgiveness. 445 is geared for the mid/high - low handicap. While I'd call the 430 a low handicap / good strikers driver.<br />
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    Would you say the 445 cc looks more like the J38 460 cc driver? I know it has a relatively shallow face ,but I would'nt know if it is more or less stretched back .By the way I love my J38 with the stock Motore shaft!<br />
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    They are very similar in appearance. The face is basically the same.<br />
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    The 430 is a different animal. Smaller all around with a deeper face.
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  • LONG&STR8 LONG&STR8 Members  2282WRX Points: 0Posts: 2,282
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    From address it reminds me of the J33R 420. With my J36 PCs firmly in the bag this driver and the latest wedges could very well have me all Bridgestone in the very near future. Wish the tour issue PX shafts were available though.
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  • kuyaarielkuyaariel Banned  1005WRX Points: 0Posts: 1,005 BST Banned
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    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.
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  • J13J13 Dad golf MarylandMembers  16493WRX Points: 1,538Handicap: +1.6Posts: 16,493 Titanium Tees
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    kuyaariel wrote:
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    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.<br />
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    Only 1 way to find out. Test it out at a demo day. I personally hate indoor cages for testing clubs.
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    Driver     -     Cobra SZ Xtreme 9* w/ Tensei Orange 70TX
    3W         -     Cobra SZ Big Tour 3 / Shaft testing right now
    Utility     -     Callaway Xforged UT 21* & 24* / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • tampaytampay Members  381WRX Points: 0Posts: 381
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    J13 wrote:
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    kuyaariel wrote:
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    I have the j38 driver in the bag. Can't see how the j40 can be that much better.<br />
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    Only 1 way to find out. Test it out at a demo day. I personally hate indoor cages for testing clubs.<br />
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    I wish Bridgestone would get these things in the stores. We don't have the option around here to demo them sadly. I'd love to test the 430 against the new limited nike. I still might have to buy the 430 tho. It looks so good !
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  • vwgolfervwgolfer Members  1970WRX Points: 110Posts: 1,970 Platinum Tees
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    Good stuff. By next week my bag will be all J40. I have been hitting BS from j33 to J36 to J38. The only club I did not like was the j36 hybrid. J33 hybrid still in my bag. I have tried different brands through the last few years and always come back to my Bridgestone clubs. Now I don't waste my time and effort and money anymore. I may be missing out on other good clubs but for my game Bridgestone equals or excels all other clubs easily available to me. This driver looks freaking awesome.<br />
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    But the j40 line seems to be the best yet from Bridgestone.
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  • J13J13 Dad golf MarylandMembers  16493WRX Points: 1,538Handicap: +1.6Posts: 16,493 Titanium Tees
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    vwgolfer wrote:
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    Good stuff. By next week my bag will be all J40. I have been hitting BS from j33 to J36 to J38. The only club I did not like was the j36 hybrid. J33 hybrid still in my bag. I have tried different brands through the last few years and always come back to my Bridgestone clubs. Now I don't waste my time and effort and money anymore. I may be missing out on other good clubs but for my game Bridgestone equals or excels all other clubs easily available to me. This driver looks freaking awesome.<br />
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    But the j40 line seems to be the best yet from Bridgestone.<br />
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    Agree. I just bought a set of J40 PC's as I actually liked them better then the CB's. I was surprised as I usually like smaller type irons like blades ect...
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    Driver     -     Cobra SZ Xtreme 9* w/ Tensei Orange 70TX
    3W         -     Cobra SZ Big Tour 3 / Shaft testing right now
    Utility     -     Callaway Xforged UT 21* & 24* / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • scratchswingerscratchswinger Members  16484WRX Points: 360Posts: 16,484 Titanium Tees
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    Has anyone tried the 3 wood?
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    For my game the J33 460 is the best driver ever. Deep face, low spin, somewhat forgiving. Any idea how these j40 options stack up vs j33460?<br />
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    Ping G410 LST w/Fuji 6.3X TS
    Ping FW 410 LST w/8.2X TS
    Titleist 816 H2 Hb 19* w/Fuji 8.8X TS
    4i-PW Ping iBlade w/steelfiber 110x
    50SS w/steelfiber 110x & 54SS Stealth Glide 2.0 - 60 Glide Forged w/Paderson Wedge Stiff
    Ping PLD3 w/counterbalanced PP60
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  • speeder757speeder757 Members  1192WRX Points: 168Posts: 1,192 Platinum Tees
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    I have seen the 445 in the stores...... <br />
    Is it only the 430 that isn't out till January?
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    Has anyone tried the new j40 3 woods? Any feedback?
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  • swanry30swanry30 Lights Out ClubWRX  4532WRX Points: 146Posts: 4,532 Titanium Tees
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    I would love to hear an update! Has it overtaken the r11?
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    TaylorMade | M5 14* | Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro Orange 90TX
    TaylorMade | P790 UDI 17* | Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Pro White 100TX
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    Just another company that doesnt like to make LH clubs.....
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    swanry30 wrote:
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    I would love to hear an update! Has it overtaken the r11?<br />
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    okay I'll give a little update for ya. The R11 is still the go to. Reason being is I need to add weight to the head of the 430 still. I popped in the project X 7a3 at 44.5" and it's just not heavy enough. I need to add hotmelt or a brass plug in the shaft but haven't had time to do the work. Kids and the holidays have made things tough and haven't played a ton in the last few weeks due to another factor, weather (rain, cold). I should be able to get this done in the next week so hopefully I can get out and take her for another spin and do a head to head with the R11. I already know who wins in the workability department <img src='http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />
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    Driver     -     Cobra SZ Xtreme 9* w/ Tensei Orange 70TX
    3W         -     Cobra SZ Big Tour 3 / Shaft testing right now
    Utility     -     Callaway Xforged UT 21* & 24* / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Irons      -      Honma 737V / Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Wedges -      Callaway MD5 50S, 54S, MD4 60C
    Putter    -      Odyssey Versa 6
    Ball        -      Srixon Zstar XV

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  • HISPLHISPL Members  3075WRX Points: 68Posts: 3,075 Titanium Tees
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    I've got the 3 wood... Awesome is the best way to describe it!
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  • tampaytampay Members  381WRX Points: 0Posts: 381
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    The 3 wood is quite big and has a shallow face. Great from the fairway but I'd prefer a deeper face for off the tee.
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  • silverdollarsilverdollar Members  171WRX Points: 0Posts: 171
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    What stores are u guys seeing the already released 445cc model. Also which model would u compare it to the speedline classic, launch and spin wise for those few who have hit both. I have a 10.5 classic and think a 8.5 430 would be the ticket.
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  • rightleftyrightlefty Just trying to be helpful Members  705WRX Points: 88Posts: 705 Golden Tee
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    jdubbs wrote:
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    Just another company that doesnt like to make LH clubs.....<br />
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    Its not right that companys discriminate against left handed people like that. I dont see how they get away with it.<br />
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    I wish the righties would boycott these companys, and give us some support ! Fortunetly for me I can play either left of right handed so I can use these clubs. However I will only buy from companys that dont make left handed clubs when I can get them very very cheap, like used demos or close outs. And I will not use the headcovers, I switch to headcovers from a company that makes both left and right handed clubs.
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