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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It is Greg Bayley at Sydney Golf Academy: http://sydneygolftech.com.au/demo-shafts/
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Easy. PXG 0311s or Cobra Forged Tec Copper. The PXGs feel better. The Copper Forged Tecs look better (IMHO) and are more forgiving.
  12. 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 Ventus in my hybrid and was hoping to reduce spin a tad and tighten dispersion even more with the driver. The Red and I didn’t get on. The Blue R and I did, except I drew it a tad more than I’d like. The 5S was straighter, but I had the occasional leak right, which I hate. I suspect the 6r would be the Goldilocks flex. Spin, launch and distance were great. Dispersion was a smidge better than my current shafts. Overall not quite enough of an improvement to justify the cost herein Australia. I will, however, keep my eyes peeled for a reasonably priced used Blue 6R.
  13. 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
  14. 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 cool clubs in town. I’ve also played blades and forged players irons like Adams CMB and the FTs and 0311s are significantly easier to hit, yet look and feel just as good. There really is no downside for me.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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 as my old set (PXG Gen1s) but assume I will. But whilst I was concentrating on results during my round today, I noticed an interesting thing that I’d kind of brushed aside before. I hit more greens (6) from 170 plus using the hybrids than I did from 170 minus (4) using my irons. And even though I was trying out irons, I looked for reasons not to hit them. I’m in a constant fight with a hook with my irons. I used to hook hybrids too. But now you can find neutral faced hybrids that can be adjusted open and flat. That I hit straight and can even fade (Callaway Epic Flash, Ping G410, Mizuno HiFli). So my logical conclusion is that I should swallow my ego and go all hybrid with something like Cleveland HB Turbos. Thoughts?
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. Cleveland Launcher HB Turbos As GI as you can get. .07 (1.7mm) offset in 7 iron.
  23. I’m lucky enough to have a pretty efficient Trackman friendly driver swing. Due to an upward angle of attack and lowish natural spin I usually get smash factors very close to the 1.50 ‘ideal’. But I unfortunately exhibit the same upward AoA characteristics in my iron swing. Which, I am told, is much less lucky. Hence I am a sweeper. But I recently did a quick TM fitting for driver and 6 iron. Driver was as usual. And the fitter rightly pointed out that I need to hit down more with my irons. The smash with my current set was 1.38, which seemed OK. But with the suggested set it jumped to 1.44. Which seems really high. what is normal?
  24. For over 10 years I’ve been playing the classic Adams Pro Gold hybrids. Shod with the equally classic Matrix Altus. I’ve tried to replace them many times with the latest and greatest, but always gone back. Now that I am nudging 60, and with the lofts of modern irons making modern long irons impossible to hit, I decided it was time to seriously look at replacing my 4 and 5 iron. So I’ve been buying and selling the usual suspects in modern hybrids over the past few months - Ping, TM, Mizuno, Cobra, Callaway & co. Most were longer than the Adams, but none were as consistent in distance and direction. Until eventually I tried the Callaway Epic Flash 21. Firstly with an older Motore 8.8 (excellent), and then with Ventus HB (orgasmic). I’ve not been this impressed with an under-the-radar club since the Callaway Fusion driver. The occasional awful swing aside, I’ve hit every shot I want to hit straight, dead straight. Every shot I’ve wanted to fade has done without me consciously changing the setup. My stock shot is a draw, but I specifically want this club to not go left and it hasn’t. Ever. Best of all, I get both height and spin. I’ve hit a bunch of greens with it from 180-190 out. Which is unusual in itself. But on each the ball has stopped within a couple of feet of the pitchmark. I know there are many lovers of the classic Adams hybrids out there. Give the Epic Flash a try. The face is slightly open and can be adjusted. The sound and feel is great. And (unlike my Pro Golds) it looks good from address. I’m so giddy with excitement I have bought the 18 and 24, and am trying the Ventus Velocore in my driver in case that is the secret sauce.
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