Mikey Town's WITB - New Wedges

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  • Beastmode BrokerBeastmode Broker Canadian AF Members Posts: 6,329 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    already commented, but it deserves another

    I love this WITB

    good pics make a thread much more interesting



    my wife is an amateur photographer and i try to steal her camera when I can to play around with

    again, love love love this WITB and the pics - well done
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Thanks enis750... very much appreciated!
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  • billalburgerbillalburger Members Posts: 191 ✭✭✭
    Where did you buy that 4 iron? I am looking for the same model. Having a hard time finding just the single 4 iron. Thanks.
  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭


    Where did you buy that 4 iron? I am looking for the same model. Having a hard time finding just the single 4 iron. Thanks.




    From the good ol' GolfWRX BST.



    If you can't find one, I'd suggest making a post in the "Wanted to Buy" section. Someone may have just what you are looking for.
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  • Hokie2k5Hokie2k5 Members Posts: 1,195 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    That is perhaps the sickest Byron I've ever seen, sweet setup.
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  • pr1mo990pr1mo990 Let's Go PENS Members Posts: 1,091 ✭✭
    edited Jan 20, 2014 #37
    I think it's safe to say you have some of the best quality pics of your WITB out of everyone. You, Pure745 and Strattons's are as good as it gets. Great job.
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Thanks for the kind words, pr1mo990.



    Putting me in the same conversation with those two puts me in VERY select company. I really do appreciate it.



    I really do enjoy making these (and quite a few other) photos. I'm just glad that you guys like them as much as I do.
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Updated with photos of the new DH89!
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  • Prof3ssorProf3ssor Hit it, find it, hit it again! Members Posts: 962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Beautiful looking bag and great work with the photos. The 7D is great camera.
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  • Pure745Pure745 CPC #15 Members Posts: 11,487 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Holy image/censored2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored2:' /> !!!! It came out amazing!! Byron is the man! Great decisions on everything, shape, alignment, stamping, it all looks so good. image/drinks.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':drinks:' />
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  • Beastmode BrokerBeastmode Broker Canadian AF Members Posts: 6,329 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    both your Byrons are freaking incredible man, wow

    great work
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  • pr123pr123 Members Posts: 440
    How do you like the steel fiber in the h4? And on a somewhat unrelated note, do you have any issues hitting the h4s off the deck. May seem like a silly question but I love my 21* of a tee but the turf interaction leaves something to be desired
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    edited Jan 28, 2014 #44
    Pure745 wrote:


    Holy image/censored2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored2:' /> !!!! It came out amazing!! Byron is the man! Great decisions on everything, shape, alignment, stamping, it all looks so good. image/drinks.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':drinks:' />




    Thanks Tai... and thanks for the last minute input on design before I put in the order. I tried to think of everything to stay away from the dots in the cavity, but it really was the right way to go.



    Byron ended up using different sizes for these dots, too. The large and middle-sized dots are bigger than in the design on my 612. I wasn't expecting that and I really like how it turned out.


    enis750 wrote:


    both your Byrons are freaking incredible man, wow

    great work




    Thanks enis... much appreciated!


    pr123 wrote:


    How do you like the steel fiber in the h4? And on a somewhat unrelated note, do you have any issues hitting the h4s off the deck. May seem like a silly question but I love my 21* of a tee but the turf interaction leaves something to be desired




    I am LOVING the SteelFibers in the H4s. Great launch, easy to control and they are smooth, smooth, smooth.



    As for hitting them off the deck, I don't have any problems... I'm a sweeper, though, so turf interaction doesn't come into play much with my long irons. I mainly went with this combo because my miss is thin and I wanted long irons that would allow me to get away with that now and again. These fit the bill and are doing the job wonderfully. My scoring average on longer par-3s (over 180 yards) has improved dramatically.
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  • bigeasybigeasy Bigeasy Members Posts: 1,175 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    nice bag and clubs, best photos ever!
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  • WVPWVP Members Posts: 2,897 ✭✭
    Nice setup and great pics. You can tell you have good taste and went for top performance in every category.



    How do you like those FW's?
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    WVP wrote:


    Nice setup and great pics. You can tell you have good taste and went for top performance in every category.



    How do you like those FW's?




    The FWs are fantastic. They look great, launch easily, fly nice and high, hold greens and they are HOT!!!
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  • KorndogKorndog Members Posts: 83 ✭✭
    Awesome stuff!!! One of the coolest WITBs I've seen! Hit 'em straight.
  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Well... the woods now have an evening appointment with my club fitter/builder two days from now.



    Here is what's on the "to do" list:



    5 Wood

    I picked it up on the BST and put it straight in the bag without any adjustments. It's been good, but it's going in for the "piece of mind" adjustments (i.e. CPM and spine align shaft, swing weight match, new grip, etc...). It just needs a bit of love that it hasn't been given yet.



    3 Wood

    The Fubuki Tour 73 Stiff feels just a bit loose. I have the X-Stiff version of this shaft in the 5 Wood and really like the added stability. That said, I do like the ball flight I'm getting out of the 3 Wood with the Stiff shaft, so I'm a bit leery of changing that. To try to find a happy compromise, the current Stiff will be tipped an inch. From what my fitter/builder said, the shaft already CPMs close to the Stiff+ range, so the tipping should give me the extra stability that I'm looking for, while retaining many of the launch and ball flight characteristics that I like.



    Driver

    Lately, I've had the desire to flatten my ball flight a bit. I usually play on fairways that are pretty firm, so I'd like to take advantage of that. It would be nice to more easily hit drives through the wind, as well. I recently went through a full SLDR fitting to see if I could accomplish this with a new club... to no avail. The SLDR was good, but I was getting better ball speed numbers, and better dispersion, out of my Amp Cell Pro. After I was re-sold on my current head, I look to the shaft. I called my fitter/builder and he said that he had just the thing for me. The Kuro Kage is coming out, and the big stick is getting a new engine. Enter: Fubuki Alpha 63 X. I'm really looking forward to seeing what changes this shaft will make to my ball flight. Profile wise, it should fit the bill... we shall see.



    I'll update with impressions after I can get a couple range sessions under my belt with the new additions and changes.





    Cheers,



    Mike
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    Tour Edge Exotics Fairways
    Bridgestone Irons
    Vokey Wedges
    Byron Morgan Putter(s)
    WITB Link
  • timbo08timbo08 Members Posts: 2,132 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
  • Pure716Pure716 Members Posts: 427 ✭✭✭✭
    Mikey, just wondering how that finish is holding up. I thought you mentioned that over time it may change slightly?
  • Santiago GolfSantiago Golf I Strive to make you Better Members Posts: 5,035 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    FsuBulldog wrote:


    Mikey, just wondering how that finish is holding up. I thought you mentioned that over time it may change slightly?




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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    FsuBulldog wrote:


    Mikey, just wondering how that finish is holding up. I thought you mentioned that over time it may change slightly?




    The finish is holding up very nicely. I'm getting a few reddish hues popping up here and there (almost in a patina-like fashion) and it's looking really cool, but the blues and purples don't seem to be going anywhere.



    I am VERY happy with the 89 and it is firmly in the bag.
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Mikey Town wrote:


    Well... the woods now have an evening appointment with my club fitter/builder two days from now.



    Here is what's on the "to do" list:



    5 Wood

    I picked it up on the BST and put it straight in the bag without any adjustments. It's been good, but it's going in for the "piece of mind" adjustments (i.e. CPM and spine align shaft, swing weight match, new grip, etc...). It just needs a bit of love that it hasn't been given yet.



    3 Wood

    The Fubuki Tour 73 Stiff feels just a bit loose. I have the X-Stiff version of this shaft in the 5 Wood and really like the added stability. That said, I do like the ball flight I'm getting out of the 3 Wood with the Stiff shaft, so I'm a bit leery of changing that. To try to find a happy compromise, the current Stiff will be tipped an inch. From what my fitter/builder said, the shaft already CPMs close to the Stiff+ range, so the tipping should give me the extra stability that I'm looking for, while retaining many of the launch and ball flight characteristics that I like.



    Driver

    Lately, I've had the desire to flatten my ball flight a bit. I usually play on fairways that are pretty firm, so I'd like to take advantage of that. It would be nice to more easily hit drives through the wind, as well. I recently went through a full SLDR fitting to see if I could accomplish this with a new club... to no avail. The SLDR was good, but I was getting better ball speed numbers, and better dispersion, out of my Amp Cell Pro. After I was re-sold on my current head, I look to the shaft. I called my fitter/builder and he said that he had just the thing for me. The Kuro Kage is coming out, and the big stick is getting a new engine. Enter: Fubuki Alpha 63 X. I'm really looking forward to seeing what changes this shaft will make to my ball flight. Profile wise, it should fit the bill... we shall see.



    I'll update with impressions after I can get a couple range sessions under my belt with the new additions and changes.





    Cheers,



    Mike




    Just a quick follow up from the above post...



    The 5 Wood is point-and-shoot, for the most part. I'm very happy with how this club turned out.



    We decided not to tip the 3 Wood. After putting the new shaft in the Driver, and getting fresh CPM readings on all 3 clubs, the 3 Wood shaft turned out to be a perfect flex as it was, as it fit in the progression from 5 Wood to Driver very nicely.



    The Driver... Fubuki Alpha 63 X... Ummmmmmmmmmm... WOW! Now I know what a shaft is supposed to feel like.



    I have demo'd many a shaft in my day, most of which tend to disappear when I start to swing the club... I don't know what it is. I just don't feel the shaft. I can feel the club as a whole. I can feel the club head. When it comes to the shaft, the only time I've been able to feel one was when it felt bad (too light, too heavy, too whippy, too stiff, etc...). The one exception to this was the first time I demo'd the Motore F1. It felt smooth. I could feel it load. I felt it working for me. I just felt "right."



    After some quality range time and a few rounds with the Fubuki Alpha, I can say that this shaft feels more "right" than I ever imagined a shaft could feel. I get all the sensations that the Motore F1 gave me, only it's better... in every way. Plus, it's giving me the ball flight that I was looking for. Very similar launch, maybe a bit lower, and a ball flight that flattens out, goes forward and gives me a bit more run-out than I was getting before.



    This shaft is definitely a winner for me and I'm glad I made the change. I'll be updating the WITB with the new driver shaft and a new shaft photo soon.





    Cheers,



    Mike
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  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 9,056 ClubWRX
    Wow mike not sure how I missed your WITB. Some fine stuff you have there. I can also appreciate the pics.



    Wait, why steelfibers in just the 2-4irons?
  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    kekoa wrote:


    Wow mike not sure how I missed your WITB. Some fine stuff you have there. I can also appreciate the pics.



    Wait, why steelfibers in just the 2-4irons?




    When I went to my club fitter/builder I told him that I really wanted to have long irons that catered to my miss (thin). After all, good shots will be good, regardless of what club you hit them with.



    I told him that I wanted two long irons that would fly 195 and 210, I wanted them to launch the ball easily, I wanted them to have a high ball flight and I wanted them to forgive my thin miss as much as possible.



    We ended up settling on the H4s because it's a very forgiving, hot, high launching head that was giving me better control than other hybrid options. Plus, the low offset made it so that there wasn't a huge adjustment between those and the 69s. We went with the steelfibers to again, aid in launch... when compared to the KBS Tour, not only were they giving me more height, they also felt easier to load which made me feel like I didn't have to work as hard to get my desired ball flight. The extra height wasn't something that I needed (or wanted) in my short and mid irons, so the KBS Tours stayed in the 69s.



    Strangely enough, I ended up with a 4 iron and a 2 iron (with some tweaked lofts) to fill the yardage gaps I wanted to fill. The bag looks funny, going from 2, to 4, to 6 iron, with nothing in between, but I don't care as long as they go the distance I want them to.



    In the end, the long iron experiment turned out to be a very good thing... and it taught me a valuable lesson. Never again will I have someone build a set of clubs for me. A "set" is far too general. From now on, I will have someone build me a bag full of individual clubs, that all have performance characteristics maximized for the purpose that each particular club serves. Sure, you will end up with sub-sets of clubs that are very similar (i.e. wedges, short irons, mid irons, long irons, fairway woods, etc...), but I don't see myself playing anything other than a combo set ever again.



    I know there are some that prefer their 3 iron to have a similar head design as their 9 iron... but that person isn't me. I just don't have a chance to play and/or practice enough to strike those butter knife long irons consistently.
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    Byron Morgan Putter(s)
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  • frybotfrybot Members Posts: 94 ✭✭✭
    Great WITB. Pics and presentation as good as it gets.



    Funny, I was looking through your set-up and wondered about the 2, 4, 6 iron progression then read the rest of the thread and got the answer to my questions in your last post. I've thought about doing something similar myself to achieve a 3 wood/ 3 wedge set-up. Good on you for finding what works for you and putting together.
  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    Update - 4/7/14



    I shipped the MP-69s and MP-H4s to The Iron Factory this weekend. They will be refinished in their "Tour Chrome Satin." Before boxing up the H4s, I took the stickers out of the cavities and requested that they be refinished just like any other forged Mizuno cavity (think MP-64).



    I'm really looking forward to seeing how these turn out. When I bought the irons from the BST they had about a dozen rounds on them. Recently, I've been getting the itch for new clubs, but I like these way too much. The happy compromise was to go with a refinish... same great irons... and now I'll get to have them as brand new, with a nice brushed chrome finish.



    I'll update with photos as soon as they get back from their makeover.
    TaylorMade Driver
    Tour Edge Exotics Fairways
    Bridgestone Irons
    Vokey Wedges
    Byron Morgan Putter(s)
    WITB Link
  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 9,056 ClubWRX
    Mikey Town wrote:


    Update - 4/7/14



    I shipped the MP-69s and MP-H4s to The Iron Factory this weekend. They will be refinished in their "Tour Chrome Satin." Before boxing up the H4s, I took the stickers out of the cavities and requested that they be refinished just like any other forged Mizuno cavity (think MP-64).



    I'm really looking forward to seeing how these turn out. When I bought the irons from the BST they had about a dozen rounds on them. Recently, I've been getting the itch for new clubs, but I like these way too much. The happy compromise was to go with a refinish... same great irons... and now I'll get to have them as brand new, with a nice brushed chrome finish.



    I'll update with photos as soon as they get back from their makeover.




    congrats mike. i'm looking forward to seeing the finished product as well.
  • pr123pr123 Members Posts: 440
    Sounds sweet. Looking to build my own H4 2i with Steelfiber after thinking about your set up
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  • Mikey TownMikey Town Members Posts: 2,475 ✭✭
    edited Apr 9, 2014 #61
    pr123 wrote:


    Sounds sweet. Looking to build my own H4 2i with Steelfiber after thinking about your set up




    You won't regret it!
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