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  1. Buoyed by my success with G410 hybrids and the almost universal love for the G425 here and elsewhere I recently bought a set (thankfully used) of the G425s.

     

    Initial range sessions were encouraging, if not showing any measurable improvement over my G410s.

     

    On course, however, they've been basically awful.

     

    In three rounds (all unfortunately competition) I haven't hit a single decent hot with the 19 or 22 and just slightly more with the 26. I'm hooking the crap out of them.

     

    A chap I play with, who has G410s, reckons the G425s set up much more closed.

     

    But I can't see why they are so different apart from being another of Gof's Funny Mysteries.

  2. On 8/11/2021 at 6:41 PM, sfdoddsy said:

    60 years old, and since accepting I am no longer young and changing my set makeup accordingly I have reached my lowest handicap ever.

     

    Driver: Mavrik 10.5 with Hzrdus Smoke.

    4 wood: Cobra F6 Baffler (shorter shaft)

    3 hybrid: Ping G410 Alta S 19* (set to fade)

    4 hybrid: Callaway Epic Flash Ventus 7S 21* (draw)

    5 hybrid: Epic flash 24* (straight)

    6 hybrid: Epic Flash 27* (straight)

    7-PW: Cobra Forged Tec Copper Modus 105S

    GW: Cobra MIM Tour Copper Modus 105S

    SW: CBX 2 54

    LW: CBX FF 58

    Putter: PXG One & Done

    Australia has been in a lockdown for the past few months so I have had nothing else to do other than try out different clubs and setups. I've switched driver to the more forgiving TSi2, and am humming and hawing about the exact model of hybrid in the 5&6 spot, but the overall composition above is still working very well.

     

    I fulfilled my life-long ambition and shot par for the first time a few weeks back. Admittedly it was a bit of a fluke (abnormally good putting and some lucky bounces) and I was so shocked I've played like crap since, but I still think a lot of my late period form is down to being clever with the clubs I use.

  3. On a whim I recently bought a cheap set of Gen4 0311Ts from the PXG eBay store.

     

    I played Gen 1 XPs for a couple of years, and tried out Gen3 0311Ps earlier this year.

     

    It may well be that the 0311Ts are just a bit much for me, but so far I prefer both the look and feel of Gen3.

     

    I'll give them another couple of goes on course and see if that changes.

     

  4. On 10/6/2021 at 7:22 PM, sfdoddsy said:

     

     

    I recently bought a cheap set of Gen4 0311Ts from their eBay store. If they work out I'll replace them with the black version. 

     

     

    Alas, the 0311Ts aren't working out. Still considering a set of 0311Ps at current prices.

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  5. 13 hours ago, St Jimmy said:

    Does anyone have experience with the black finish on PXG irons?

    I know they will wear, but wondering if they'll last a few years and if the exposed metal underneath is bright and polished or will it blend in ok?  

     

    I have a couple of PXG clubs with the black finish (Gen 2 0311x, Gen 1 0311 GW, Sugar Daddy, One & Done putter). They do wear, but in my experience less so than other black finished clubs I have bought recently (Mizuno ES21, Callaway Full Toe wedge, Cleveland Zipcore).

     

    My black shafts show more wear than the clubheads.

     

    I recently bought a cheap set of Gen4 0311Ts from their eBay store. If they work out I'll replace them with the black version. 

     

     

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  6. I started out with the stock Riptide and hit it well.

     

    But got the best results with a Hzrdus Smoke Black and GD VR.

     

    I play them a bit shorter than stock. You can easily buy heavier weights to adjust the swingweight.

  7. Over the years I've often over-estimated my skills and dabbled with player's irons/blades.

     

    It never really ended well. The closest I got was the Adams CMB. I was almost good enough to play them.

     

    However, depending on how you define player's irons, they have become much more friendly.

     

    As an example, I played PXG 0311XFs for a few years. Because they were forgiving.

     

    Then I did a proper fitting . I was a little surprised when the fitter bought out the Gen3 0311Ts. But for me they were as forgiving and more consistent than the XFs.

     

    Feeling bold I also tried the Mizuno MP20s and JPX Forged because Mizuno is for 'players', but the 0311Ts were obviously friendlier. They also felt better.

     

    Give them a try.

  8. 56 minutes ago, MattC555 said:

    I have the stock "made for" Ventus blue in my 3w.  It works fine.  However, I have the Ventus Velecore in my driver.  That shaft is worlds better than whats in my 3w.  They are completely different shafts.  That is not to say modern made for shafts aren't good.  Many of them work quite well. 

     

    I'd say they are definitely different. But not necessarily better.

     

    I tried out the TM Sim2 with a stock Ventus and with a Velocore Ventus. Both 6R.

     

    The Velocore was too low in launch and spin for my swing. The stock Ventus was a noticeably better match. 

     

    On the other hand I have the Velocore HB in my hybrids and get noticeably better results than the stock Ventus I tried.

     

    I think a bunch of people who insist on the Velocore because it is the cool thing might be better off with the TM Ventus. And of course vice versa.

     

    Horses for courses. 

     

     

     

     

  9. I'm becoming a bit of a fan of the Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi. They are direct iron replacements as they have the same length shaft as an iron, ie 1" shorter than most hybrids. Nice feel too.

     

    And only $125 a pop.

  10. There is an interesting chat towards the end of this link about swing consistency for high handicappers.

     

    Basically they say no matter how inconsistent the results, pretty much everyone has a consistent 'swing'.

     

    I agree that simple fitting can help even the highest handicap.

     

    I regularly play with a bunch of guys all off 20+. who would have far more enjoyable rounds were they fitted into drivers (draw biased) irons (SGI) and fairways (drop them) that suit.

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  11. 60 years old, and since accepting I am no longer young and changing my set makeup accordingly I have reached my lowest handicap ever.

     

    Driver: Mavrik 10.5 with Hzrdus Smoke.

    4 wood: Cobra F6 Baffler (shorter shaft)

    3 hybrid: Ping G410 Alta S 19* (set to fade)

    4 hybrid: Callaway Epic Flash Ventus 7S 21* (draw)

    5 hybrid: Epic flash 24* (straight)

    6 hybrid: Epic Flash 27* (straight)

    7-PW: Cobra Forged Tec Copper Modus 105S

    GW: Cobra MIM Tour Copper Modus 105S

    SW: CBX 2 54

    LW: CBX FF 58

    Putter: PXG One & Done

  12. I also recently found I was hitting my utility (on average) not much further than my 5 iron.

     

    I then discovered I wasn't hitting my 5 iron much further (on average) than my strongly lofted 6 iron.

     

    So I went hybrid even though I didn't like hybrids. I used to hook them.

     

    For me, hybrids with adjustable hosels were a game changer.

     

    They go higher and further for me than equivalent irons (I'm getting old and slow) so I now have proper gaps..

     

    Adjustable hybrids tend to be more 'player' for a start so less draw biased. But the ability to open the face and adjust lie is brilliant.

     

    I now have it set up so I have a 16.5 4 wood which I draw, a 19 hybrid which I fade, a 21 hybrid which I draw, a nd a 24 and 27 which I hit straight.

     

    In your case I'd go for a 22ish adjustable hybrid. Ping G425 is the obvious one. I use an Epic Flash, but have also had great results with a TM GAPR Hi.

     

    I also have the Mizuno JPX FliHi's mentioned above and like them a lot, but would like them more if they were adjustable.

     

     

  13. What hybrid did you used to hit well?

     

    Current Ping hybrids, just like their fairways, have shallower heads (in height) and flatter soles than earlier models and other brands to help get the ball in the air.

     

    So, shaft fun aside, I'd look at hybrids with deeper faces.

     

    The Apex comes to mind. As does the TM SIM (not the Max).

     

    Something with that squared off high toe look that was the Adams signature.

     

     

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  14. There are literally hundreds of decent used sets that will perform well for most people. And as this thread continues eventually someone will recommend every single one of them.

     

    Your brother probably doesn't care what he plays. He just wants to take them for granted.

     

    And in my experience the clubs most people who don't care about clubs take for granted are Pings.

     

    Just get him the most recent G series Ping irons inside your budget.

     

    I have no idea what his swing is like, but personally, I wouldn't include anything over a 6 iron. 

     

    I suggest this all the time to my social golfing friends and they ignore me, even though my handicap is 20 less than theirs and my longest iron is a 7.

     

    So Ping G Series 6-PW plus a couple of hybrids (20ish and 24ish).

     

    It is very hard to beat used Adans hybrids for value and quality. I have a soft spot for Adams Pro Golds, but that's just me.

     

    Sorted.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  15. Yep. I've just finished experimenting with the Ventus Blue driver shaft which hasn't worked out.

     

    But I love the Ventus Blue HB in my Epic Flash hybrids.

     

    I haven't tried it in my G410 since the stock Alta works so well, but the Ventus HB is the best hybrid shaft I've tried since the classic Matrix Altus.

     

    Wonky swings aside, I just have complete confidence in it.

  16. Alas, my Ventus experiment is over.

     

    I trialled a Red & Blue 5R, then a Blue 5S, then bought a Blue 6R.

     

    Originally in a Mavrik 10.5, then an Epic Max LS 10.5, then in Sim2 Maxes (10.5 & 9).

     

    I hit some great drives with it, but as a naturally low launch low spin player even with a strongly positive AoA there were just too many knuckle balls. I actually preferred the non-Velocore that came with the Sim2.

     

    The Ventus put up better numbers than my Hzrdus Smoke & Tour AD VR indoor on monitors and on the range, but not on the course.

     

    Fortunately I bought it here used for a good price so no financial penalty, but it just goes to show that different shafts suit different people, and that fitting sometimes doesn't work in the real world.

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