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sfdoddsy

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  1. If it were tomorrow, I'd probably go with the 5S. I think there is more potential in the 6R, but it is taking some getting used to.
  2. Your clock is upside down. The Align is at the bottom so Neutral is 6pm. 5PM will give you a stronger grip. 7 PM a weaker one. I’m a massive fan of Align grips. Especially with irons. I used to have a really strong grip which lead to hooks and pulls. The Align grips remind me of where the grip should be. But I can still over ride the rib simply by rotating the grip so the line is not where it should be. It feels slightly uncomfortable when I do this, but of course it supposed to. Rotating the rib so it is permanently stron
  3. I’d suggest getting on a launch monitor. I’m the same age with about the same swing speed on a good day. I’ve certainly lost 20-30 yards from what I fondly remember as my prime 25 years ago. As compensation I am much straiter. But I haven’t lost any distance since I first tried to optimise my swing on a launch monitor 6-7 years ago. I still pointlessly try new heads and shafts, but I know the numbers I need in terms of launch and spin for my swing (4% up AOA). So I test every new buy against them. For me, maximum carry needs 17* launc
  4. I had very good results with the Taylormade GAPR Mid in the situations the OP describes. The problem I had is that for some reason I had occasional shanks with it that destroyed my confidence. I don’t have the same issue with other DIs (or long irons) I’ve tried. If I weren’t scared to hit it it would still be in my bag. I also liked the original Ping Crossover. But hated the sound and feel.
  5. I don’t have the G425, but do have the G410s. I’m a died in the wool shaft ho and have Ventus HB shafts in my other hybrids. But for reasons too hard to explain I have a G425 Alta CB stiff 4 hybrid shaft in my G410 3 hybrid. In combination with the flat hosel setting it does exactly what I want. The Alta is free. Try it.
  6. Further to my post above about 5R vs 5S vs 6R vs Red/Blue. I found a used Blue 6R on the Classifieds here a couple of weeks back and have now had a few rounds and a LM session with it. For me, the various 5s were pretty similar to each other and to other similar weight shafts I’ve tried such as the AD VR. The 6 feels very different. Same shot shape (draw) with slightly tighter dispersion. But notably lower launch and spin. The lighter shafts worked best with my smooth fairway finder swing (130ish ball speed). The 6 has been inconsiste
  7. I have S-Taper stiff in my irons. In my hybrids I have an 85S in the 5, a 75S in the 4, and a 70S in the 3.
  8. I’d suggest those considering this do what I did. I did a couple of sessions at one of those driving ranges with a launch monitors in the bays (Toptracer in my case) to work out how long I actually hit my long irons. And how consistently. What I discovered (annoyingly) was that whilst I hit well-struck 4 & 5 irons considerably further than my 6 iron, when including less well-struck shots they averaged (off the deck) pretty much the same. Replacing them with correctly lofted hybrids has made a considerable distance in consistency. I now have c
  9. Yep, this is why adjustable heads are even more useful for fairways and hybrids than drivers. if you want a ‘6 wood’ lofted fairway (ie 19.5) you can loft up a 5 wood and have it play with a slightly closed face. Which is good for those who miss right. Or you can loft down a 7 wood which opens the face. Good for those who miss left. My big beef with fairways around this loft is that shafts are too long. But that’s another can of worms.
  10. It is Greg Bayley at Sydney Golf Academy: http://sydneygolftech.com.au/demo-shafts/
  11. I was never a hybrid fan until I shortened the shafts. I now play a 3 hybrid with a 4 hybrid shaft, 4 with a 5, 5 with a 6. Another cheap option are the Mizuno JPX HiFli hybrids, which come with the same length shafts as the equivalent iron.
  12. It is pretty easy to work this out. Go back over your best rounds (putting aside).. Were they the result of being in the fairway? Or from being longer but in the rough? For me, a bad drive is more penal than a bad iron. At worst a mishit iron will be left (I hook) but close to the green. Always a chance of up and down. At worst a mishit driver will be OB, in water, in tree or somewhere horrible. I suspect forgiveness is over-rated overall, but I'd much rather have it from my driver.
  13. Easy. PXG 0311s or Cobra Forged Tec Copper. The PXGs feel better. The Copper Forged Tecs look better (IMHO) and are more forgiving.
  14. I just discovered that a fitter here in Sydney (Australia) does a Try Before You Buy scheme where you pay $30 to use a shaft for a week. So I have now tried out the Red and Blue 5r and the Blue 5S on the range, on a momitor and on course. I normally alternate between a Smoke 5.5 and Tour VR 5S. I’m naturally low spin with a strong AOA and the usual ball flight is a draw. Driver is normally the strongest part of my game. At 60 I’m not as long as I was, but much straighter. I expect to hit or be just off every fairway at my home course. I love the V
  15. IMHO, the advantage of the Super Hybrid is the shorter shaft compared to fairway woods. The same reason so many here still love the Cobra F6 baffler. The disadvantage is that the smaller head launches lower and is less forgiving than a fairway head. I'd do the fitting, but ask to try a Callaway fairway head with your current Super Hybrid shaft. Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJKfa5HGeoQ
  16. I have also recently switched to Forged Tecs, in my case from PXG 0311s. I did it simply because I liked the look of the copper. The FTs and PXGs are obviously very similar in the sense they are hollow players distance irons. they perform pretty much the same on course too. But, as suggested by the OP, both are just as forgiving and just as long as GI and SGI irons I’ve had in the past G700, G400, Steelhead etc etc. But they look and feel much better. And, importantly for me, have less offset. So there is no penalty going with the coo
  17. This is a perennial question, and as usual there are a couple of active threads floating about. I'll give the same response I usually give. The GI clubs with the least amount of offset are whatever the current model of the Cleveland Launcher hybrid irons set is. This was true of the classic Altitudes and is true of the current HB Turbos. The 7 iron offset is .07 inches (or 1.7mm). No other GI set (or even Player's set) comes close.
  18. In the case of the Cobras I was just fitted to, I took the fitters advice and they were ordered at 3 degrees up. He did the usual lie board test. My PXGs were fitted 2 degrees flat to counter my draw, based on Trackman dynamic fitting. I’ve done the Sharpie lie test with the PXGs and, strike differences aside, the line was quite vertical. I haven’t done it with the Cobras. But after a couple of range sessions hitting club for club side by side it was pretty obvious that with my current swing 3 degrees upright wasn’t wise.
  19. This is the dilemma if I go this way. Hiccups with the new irons aside, 9 iron down is what I normally consider strength. So 140 yards. But I’m not thinking pure hybrids, rather hybrid style irons. I’ll probably have to suck it and see. I have a cheap set of the Cleveland Launchers in my eBay cart. Given I’ve just paid double their price for the dubious benefit of the Forged Tecs, the potential cost if it doesn’t work isn’t that great
  20. I have indeed been fit for lie angle. I’m a bit of fitting slut in fact and went to both of the top fitters in my town recently. Their recommendations were different from each other in a micro sense but not macro. Similar kinds of irons (players distance). One suggested upright, the other flat. One suggested light graphite and had numbers to prove it. The other suggested heavy steel and had numbers to prove it. Neither considered real life turf interaction.
  21. I’m almost 60. When I was younger I hit my irons long, if not especially straight. Always with a power draw. I have a positive AOA with driver (good) and with irons (bad). I hated hybrids. I hovered around a 13 handicap. As I aged, I reluctantly added a 3 hybrid, then a 4 hybrid. Then a 5. But I also hit my remaining irons straighter because I lacked the athleticism to hit them harder. My handicap dropped to single figures. I recently upgraded my irons to Cobra Forged Tec 6-GW. I’m not yet hitting them as well a
  22. I've had the Gen 1s for years and bought a set of Gen 3s. For some reason I hit the Gen 1s better and ended up flipping the Gen 3s. I've been fitted since and the Gen 3s were recommended, but not enough to make me want to switch again.
  23. How stiff are people finding the Ventus plays to flex. These days I top out at 95, smooth swing, upward AOA. 5R, 5S or 6R?
  24. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbos As GI as you can get. .07 (1.7mm) offset in 7 iron.
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