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  1. Speaking purely of the head, there is no logical reason why anyone would find a 3 wood easier to hit than a 460cc driver. The reason we have 460cc drivers is that they are more empirically forgiving. No smaller head will be as easy to hit. When you add a shaft, however, things get trickier. Modern drivers have longer and lighter shafts that are harder to control and square up. I'd try a driver with the same loft, same length shaft, and same weight as your 3 wood. As an analogy, I can't hit a 3 wood. But since moving to the Cobra Baffler with a shorter, heavier shaft (like hybrid) I have no problems. I
  2. Just got my set, purchased via the PXG ebay store. The condition surprised me. They were listed as Very Good but look like they have never been hit. But was also surprised at how petite they look next to my 0311XF/0311 blended set. Much more of a player look. The confidence I have looking down at my Xfs turns to nervousness looking down at the 0211s. Like comparing Ping iBlades to i25s. Less pleasant, and less of a surprise given earlier posts is how light they feel. Mine have the Mitsubishi shaft. I don't know the actual swingweight (I'll have it checked) but they feel much lighter than my 0311 short irons with C Taper light and my long irons with the KBS 80g which were built to D2. I'll give them a try, but am not feeling hugely confident.
  3. I'm also curious to see the COG data, but it is interesting how different swings change perception. I'm gaming the SIM at the moment and I've not hit a more consistently draw friendly driver that isn't advertised as draw-biased (ie PING SFT/M6D). That's why I switched to it from the F9. I'd prefer it to be more forgiving, but my bad miss when swinging hard was a push/fade right. Not with the SIM. One way miss only.
  4. The OP appears to be giving an exact description of PXG irons. All look and feel great. The standard models and XF are very GI. I've owned many of the sets mentioned earlier and while some are as or more forgiving than the PXGs (G700, Steelhead) and others feel as good (Mizuno MP), none combine forgiveness and feelgoodness. I'm not sure where BFE is, but if it is in the US then they are also quite cheap. Last time I check, PXG were selling 0211s for $95 per club. They also have an eBay store selling mint sets for amazingly low prices.
  5. I was fitted to the Cobra F9 a while back and when I hit it well I get results that match the theoretical maximum for my swing and swingspeed. However, it isn't quite as forgiving as some previous drivers I have owned and less brilliant swings area tad lacking. So I'm pondering the SZ Extreme. My natural shot is a draw, but my miss is a push right. So I have my F9 set to D1 as I'd like a one way miss. I've read that the SZ Extreme sits open, but I'm wondering if it plays that way.
  6. I don't really have the swing speed for DIs either. But I hit them much more consistently than hybrids. Except for the occasional shank, I'm enjoying the TM GAPR Mid.
  7. Pay no attention. I’m just venting over post-round beers. I’ve been a member here for a long time. And played even longer. I’m lucky that as I grow older my handicap has been growing smaller. I can’t hit anywhere near as far, but I am way straighter. A few years back I broke 80 for the first time. That was my lifetime golf goal. Then I had the occasional mid 70 if everything went just right. Today everything went slightly better than just right. I hit almost every fairway, and then almost every green. I made almost every putt. I lipped out one five foot putt. I finished 1 over. I’d love to build the drama by saying the lipout was on the 18th with everything on the line, but it was the fifth. I did miss a 12 footer for birdie on the last though. :) I’m sorely disappointed to have missed out achieving something I expect to never achieve again. Due to an errant blade of grass. Or gravity. And yet remarkably sanguine. Golf, eh?
  8. I hit hybrids badly. I hit the one length even worse.
  9. I recently bought the O-Works Black 2 Ball Fang and a Strokelab V-Line S (amongst others) to compare and much preferred the V-line. I find the 2 balls distracting. The V-line is currently my gamer.
  10. I'm the original poster and very pleased to see how this thread has grown. But after flirting with a bunch of other drivers and always going back to the Fusion, I seem to have found a combo which has benched it. I had a proper fitting at the tip joint in my town, and was fitted into the Cobra F9 and an Accra i42 shaft. I've done a few rounds and launch monitor sessions and the results and numbers seem to indicate a slight but real improvement, mainly in consistency rather than extra yardage. But I'll be keeping the Fusion just in case. :)
  11. Just an update on my update. I took the Cobra/Accra down to my local golf store for an extended shootout on a GC2 versus my old Callaway Fusion gamer, which I should never have dumped. The numbers don't quite match the Trackman (higher ball speed and spin) and I was swinging very well, but the Cobra/Accra combo was slightly longer and noticeably and measurably more consistent. The shot shape was my preferred slight draw, and front to back and side were much tighter. So I take my skepticism fully back.
  12. Well, I'm mystified. I tried it on the course one more time since my last post and the ball flew straight right, but almost felt like it was off the toe rather than the hosel. Then, when it was raining the other day, I took it and my old driving iron (PXG 0311x) and the hybrid I hate (Ping G400) to the indoor launch monitor down the road. You know what comes next. In spite of not making any allowance for length by gripping down, I didn't hit a single shot (out of dozens) off the hosel or toe. A few thin or hooky, but that's just me. Off the deck it was noticeably more consistent than either the PXG or Ping, and off the tee it was vastly more consistent. Slight draw, between 190-200. So I'm giving it another go on course. Fingers crossed. :)
  13. Just a follow up. I ended up buying the recommended F9, initially with the stock Helium shaft. Good drives were about the same as good drives with my G410, which was about the same as my Fusion etc etc. But a bunch more than I'd like leaked right instead of my usual slight draw. So I added the recommended shaft (Accra i42). I'm not normally a massive shaft believer since my numbers (on Trackman) are fairly consistent whatever I hit. But in terms of dispersion the i42 certainly seems to suit me better than the Helium. A few misses left but none right, which is fine with me as I prefer a one way miss. Distance feels like it is a bit more consistent, if not necessarily longer on well-struck shots. Height is up. Driving is normally my strength, but I only missed two fairways today (first two holes) so that is better than average. Since I also had an unusually good putting and short iron round I shot my lowest score for quite a while. :)
  14. I recently picked up a GAPR Mid 4 (21*) for a very good price. I'm normally a reasonably good driving iron player and have had good results with Ping Crossovers (except for the sound) and my current PXG 0311x (flight a little low). Whilst I have hit a couple of great shots with the GAPR Mid, all too often I am either shanking it straight right, or hitting off the toe straight right. Anyone else have similar results? I'm wondering if the extra length of GAPRs is the issue. It is 1" longer than my PXG of equivalent loft, and about the same as my Ping 19* hybrid. I'm trying to decide whether to cut it down, or just sell the damn thing. The one time I was brave enough to use it today it went straight right and cost me a double bogey which cost me my lowest ever score.
  15. +1. In years of trying to find the perfect hybrid I haven't found one that goes consistently longer without losing what makes it a hybrid. If you want something that does go longer, and yet is just as easy to hit, save a bunch of money and get a Cobra F6 Baffler. It has the shaft length of a hybrid and the head of a 4-5 wood. I hate hybrids and can't hit fairway woods. but I can hit the F6 baffler. Best club Cobra has ever made. Do a search for the rave thread here.
  16. A few years back, I took advantage of a special offer from Australia's premier club outfit and had a driver fitting. Now that I am old and decrepit my swing is increasingly sluggish, but it is (apparently) very efficient. Their recommendation was to keep my then current driver (Callaway GBB), but change shafts. And they had numbers to back it up. Of course, being a Golfwrx ho, I did nothing of the sort. Cut to a dozen or so drivers later. The same place is currently having a similar special offer, so I went back in today and had another fitting. My current driver is a Ping G410. This time the recommendation was that the G410 is too low spin and I needed to get launch and spin up. The winner was a lofted up Cobra F9 and a very light Accra shaft. Once again, they had numbers to back it up. However, when I went back to my fitting from 2016, it became fairly obvious that (for me anyway) there has been zero improvement from three years of driver technological breakthroughs. I suspect I'm probably better off with a lighter shaft than I think, but the 2020 F9/Accra is no different than the 2016 GBB/Oban HB. Ball speed, smash factor, launch, spin, carry and dispersion are basically identical. My conclusion is that driver improvement is marginal at least for me. Which is not such a bad thing I guess. Aside from the occasional hook, I was swinging quite well today. Here's the figures.
  17. Assuming you were fitted at the same place I was (see my post above) they are attempting to take advantage. I was fitted into a Cobra F9 driver which is currently $449 AUD from most dealers, including stock shaft. Their quote was $670 for the head plus $225. As for the overall results, if a hybrid is outperforming four fitted drivers I would buy nothing until the lessons bear fruit. Your swing will change so much the fitting is pointless. If you went back tomorrow, I'd be willing to bet the results would be completely different. If you want to try a driver in the meantime, get a cheap popular used model like a Taylormade M2, Ping G30 or Callaway GBB. Don't spend over $200. $1200 worth of lessons will be far more useful for you than $1200 of M5, or $600 of M6 hybrid. Frankly, for them to suggest otherwise is (IMHO) very unprofessional.
  18. Original poster back again. I tried to cheat on my Fusion with a Ping G400, a PXG 0811XF and then a Taylormade M4. None of them were any better on the course or on the monitor. And none of them sounded, felt or looked as good. So I sold them and bought yet another Fusion. Best driver since the R7 Superquad.
  19. I did a Sharpie lie test for the whole set a while back and the evil 8 iron was the same as the others. I have them all a bit flat, with mid-size Align grips, to try and stop my previous pull/hook miss and it has worked. Bad swings aside, I no longer fear the left side of the course. Unfortunately, due to advancing years and an increasingly slothful swing I can no longer hit driver wedge/9 iron at my home course. Now the 8 iron is my 150ish club so it is kind of hard to aboid it. I’ll have it checked and maybe try it a few degrees upright. Failing that, I’m considering a ritual burning or having my 9 iron bent slightly strong and my 7 slightly weak.
  20. I play a blended set of PXG irons (0311 and 0311XF). And generally love them. I hit the GW, PW and 9 iron mostly dead straight. They fill me with confidence. I hit the 7 iron, 6 iron, 5 iron, and 4 iron less well, but also mostly straight or with a draw (my natural shot). The 8 iron, however, invariably goes right and often fades too. The lie is the same (I think) for all of them. Does anyone else have one club in a set that is just evil? Should I adjust the lie on the 8 iron to be more upright to make it go less right? The evil 8 iron cost me 4 shots today, and it is getting annoying.
  21. I went back to my old Callaway Fusion. Much better sound and feel.
  22. You chose wisely You mean I rechose wisely. :) The driver arrived today and I took it to the range and to a launch monitor. Suffice it to say it has knocked the G400 Max and the PXG XF out for tomorrow's round.
  23. Like everyone else I love the TXG videos, but I can't really see how Matt's swing relates to anyone except Matt. Obviously his head speed is beyond most, but his AOA, swing path, spin etc etc are also unique to him. It's nice to know that he hit the F9 a long way, and that tweaking the shaft made him more consistent, but I fail to see how that is applicable to anyone else. In reality his speed and funky swing are far less useful than their other testers.
  24. I’m the thread starter and have to confess to straying. I abandoned my Fusion for a G400 Max, then a PXG XF. My driving has got worse. So I spied a Fusion with my preferred shaft (Matrix Xcon6) on CPO for $100. Had to hit buy.
  25. Depends on your swing speed and ball striking. Judging by your numbers your driver swing speed is a tad higher than mine, so you hit everything a bit further down to the 4 iron. When you reach your irons this changes. I hit my 4 iron further than you, and all the clubs below. The gaps increase the further down you go. For example a full 54 is my 100 -110 club. Irons (when swinging well) are a strength of my game. Hybrids and woods less so.
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