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  1. I had a Sim Max (10.5) last year which gave me very good numbers albeit not quite as good as a Mavrik, and recently tried out a Sim2 Max 10.5.


    For me, it was completely different. And in a good way.


    There was more forgiveness, but launch and spin were way higher so distance was down a lot.


    I was also missing right with it, which I hate.


    In the interests of science I swapped it for a 9* Sim2 Max lofted up to close the face.


    Better, but still not as good (for me) as the OG.



  2. Where possible I always pick adjustable over fixed.


    At the moment, my driver, 4 wood, 3 hybrid, 4 hybrid, 5 hybrid and 6 hybrid are all adjustable.


    I don't adjust for loft, but rather for shot shape. I'm a natural drawer.


    My driver and 4 wood are set to standard so I draw them. My 3 hybrid is set 3* flat so I can fade it. My 4 hybrid is set upright so I draw it. My 5 and 6 are set open so I can hit them straight or with a slight fade.

  3. I recently switched from PXG 0311XF (Gen 1) to Cobra Forged Tec (copper).


    It was purely for aesthetics and I wasn't really expecting any real improvement, although I wouldn't have accepted any drop off either.


    At first I got what expected. I hit the Cobras about as well (or as badly) as I hit the PXGs.


    Then I regripped the Cobras with the same mid-sized Golf Pride Align grips I used with the PXGs.


    Over the next couple of weeks I had my lowest round ever (72), a bunch of others in the mid 70s and my handicap dropped two shots to 7, which is also my lowest ever.


    I'm at the age (60) where most of my long-time playing partners see their handicap go up, so I was pretty happy.


    I'm going through the inevitable patch of poor ball-striking at the moment so the Cobras are by no means magic. In fact I cheated on them today with a set of PXG Gen3s with very good results.


    But, coincidence or not, there is no denying that my time with the Cobras coincided with my lowest score.


    Mind you, now I think about it, I was off 12 when I switched to the PXGs a couple of years ago and dropped 4 shots in my time with them.



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  4. After years of disliking hybrids so much that the only one I (reluctantly) carried was an ancient Adams Pro Gold, I've recently had to admit now I'm hitting 60 I can no longer do justice to my long irons.


    I still hit my 4,5 and 6 OK and sometimes great, but they average about the same distance. But they go too low, spin too low and I'm always at risk of hooking them.


    Likewise I don't hit fairway woods consistently enough to trust them.


    So I've been trying out a bunch of hybrids of different makes and lofts.


    I started with a 19, added a 21, tried a 22, then a 24, then a 23, 25, and 26.


    Quirks of different models aside, I hit them all straighter and higher than my irons.


    It would have nice to discover before I bought my fancy new irons, but such as life.


    I'm in several minds about gapping, however.


    Mostly I have a Cobra F6 Baffler (basically a hybrid due to the shorter shaft) set to 17.5. I draw it. It's 220ish.


    Then I have a Ping G410 19 set to max flat. I tend to fade it. It's 200ish.


    Then I have a Callaway Epic Flash 21 with a slightly long shaft. I draw it. It's 195ish.


    Then I have an Epic Flash 24 which is basically straight and 185ish and an Epic Flash 27 which is straight and 170ish.


    My (30*) 7 iron is 155ish.


    I've been enjoying a TS2 25 which is 180ish.


    These gaps feel a little tight to me, plus I would kind of like to have room for a low running hook-friendly club for when I go left with the driver.


    So I've done the Golfwrx thing and bought 22 and 26 G410s which are on their way. I should probably mention that in even truer Golfwrx spirit I also have a 19* SIm Max, 22 and 25 GAPR His and 23 and 26 Mizuno Fli-His. 


    This would give me 19, 22 and 26. Although I'm concerned about the gap from my 7 iron and where a 5 iron would normally go.


    So how do other multi-hybrid users structure things?








  5. Just following up an earlier comment.


    For years I hated hybrids but after some proper gap testing recently bit the bullet and replaced first the driving iron, then the 4 iron, then the 5 iron with very positive results.


    A while back I also acquired a Mizuno JPX FliHi 6 hybrid, but never really tried it.


    In my city comp golf has just been suspended due to Covid, so today I thought what the heck and played a social round with the 6 hybrid replacing the 6 iron (26*) that is usually my 170ish club.


    Due to pin placements on par 3s and rather ordinary driving I had 6 approach shots from that distance today.


    All of them landed on the green.


    I don't for a minute think that I will suddenly have a 100% success rate from 170 instead of the 42% Arrcos says I currently have. But even the less than brilliant strikes were rewarded whereas my 6 iron would have smacked them severely.


    My ego is still muttering at me, but I must confess that I am taking a long hard look at my 7 iron.

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  6. I had a Mavrik, loved it, and then switched to an Epic Max LS.


    I'm switching back.


    The Mavrik sounds and feels better, goes straighter and is at least as long.


    I think it is Callaway best driver in years.


    I hate the colour, so I bought a Callaway Customs one from CPO.

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  7. For reasons that escape me since I hit it so well, I've been trying out replacements for my Mavrik 10.5 in recent weeks.


    My usual process on such occasions is to buy a used candidate, try it on the range, on a LM and on course and then flip it for about what I paid if it doesn't work out.


    I bought a PXG Proto + and found it less forgiving, worse sounding, higher spinning and thus shorter with worse dispersion. Sold it.


    I bought a Max LS 10.5 and found it less forgiving, too low launching and with worse sound and feel. Dispersion was worse. Sold it.


    I bought a SIm2 Max 10.5 and found it about the same forgiveness, equivalent in sound and feel but much higher launch and spin and thus notably shorter. Dispersion was slightly better. Sold it, but have a 9 on the way.


    I tried a Ping G425 but hated the sound and feel too much to use it. Spin was higher. Distance shorter.


    Inspired by the online raves (and the very good used price from 2nd Swing) a few days ago I bought a Mizuno ST-Z 9.5 and found it about the same forgiveness, slightly worse sound and feel, and similar launch and spin when lofted up. Distance is slightly down. Dispersion with the stock Riptide is slightly worse.


    But it has enough potential I'm trying it again tomorrow with the same shafts I use in the Mavrik (AD VR/Ventus Blue). I also bought an ST-X 12 which I plan to loft down.


    So (for me) the new Mizunos are at least as good as the latest releases from the usual suspects at half the price for a like new club. They don't work as well as the Mavrik, but may do when tweaked.


    There is something slightly less than premium about the finish that I can't quite put my finger on. It is objectively just as well built, but for some reason doesn't seem it.



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  8. I played the OG SIM Max last year for a while, and am currently trying out the the SIM2 Max.


    It does seem more forgiving, which is good.


    But it also seems to launch way higher and spin way more. It seems to be about 20 yards shorter. WHich is not good.


    In its defence the shaft probably isn't right, but I am less than in love.

  9. 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 strong or weak seems to defeat the purpose of the Align and why I think they are so good.


    if your grip is Aligned and you still go left or right you know there are problems elsewhere in your swing.


    Plus you can’t have a strong grip and a neutral face (except by contorting).


  10. 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* launch and 1700 spin. Spin that low can be hard to handle. Maximum distance needs 15* launch and 2200 spin.


    If your launch is high enough and the G425 is indeed lower spin it should go further than the G410. 

    But without going on a LM, you don’t know what the spin is, or what the launch is, or what your ball speed is.







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  11. 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.


  12. 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 inconsistent with the smooth 3/4 swings. But the harder I try to hit it the better it responds.


    I should note that this is all relative since I have a smooth tempo at the best of times and these days my fastest ball speed barely nudges 140.


    But to get the launch and shape I’m after I do feel like I have the give the 6 a clout. I haven’t decided whether this is good or bad. It is certainly fun swinging hard and seeing the ball go dead straight.

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  13. 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 clubs that average 170 (my 6 iron), 180 (my 5 hybrid), 190 (my 4 hybrid) and 200 (my 3 hybrid) and 215 (my 4 wood).


    As a result, even though at age 60 I am probably 30 yards shorter than I used to be in my ‘prime’  my handicap is lower than it has ever been.



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  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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