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  1. As the original poster, it's great to see this thread still going after 400+ posts. I'm currently cheating on my Fusion with a G400 max, but the Ping is on a tight leash. :)
  2. I have regular GP midsize on my 58 wedge which is the only one I open up. This wasn't choice, the shop had run out of the Aligns.
  3. For as long as I can remember I've been fighting power hooks/pulls/draws with my irons. My strong grip has been a big part of the problem. Going to less offset has helped some. Ditto midsize grips. But nothing has been as dramatic as installing the newish Golf Pride Align midsize grips, with the red reminder rib. My curve left has almost magically straightened into a push right so I've had to learn to realign myself to aim straight at the pin. The only downside is that I'm having trouble hitting deliberate draws around trees and doglegs. But very impressed with the change.
  4. The first batch of my set (7-GW) just arrived. So far, they seem to do exactly what I hoped. I had them regripped with Golf Pride Align mid-sizes to lessen my draw-inducing strong grip. The combination feels much better than my previous Ping G700s, is much straighter, and as long or longer. I'm very much looking forward to the 6, 5 and 4 driving iron arriving. The one club I'm unsure about is the gap wedge. I may stick to my Cleveland CBX.
  5. Oh stop it. I'll be happy if I can hit my new 4 driving iron well. :)
  6. Adding to my earlier post, I also asked how long the deals will run. The chap said there is no time limit, but it will be stock dependent. He didn’t seem to think they’d running out any time soon. As for me, I was bored the other week and popped into my local used club emporium to do a shootout of their 0311XF and 0311 s against my Ping G700s using their GC2. I was expecting the PXGs to feel better, but to my considerable surprise the 0311XF in particular gave me better numbers in distance, dispersion and consistency than my already very good (and very recently purchased) G700s even with shafts I haven’t been fitted for. The feel and much less offset (I’m a drawer) seem to suit me. So being the impulsive type I nabbed a cheap set of 7-GW with my preferred shaft on eBay for under $600, and then discovered the online deals and have topped them up with a new 6,5 and 4 driving iron. All for cheaper than the 8 clubs they will hopefully replace, and which I can hopefully flip for close to the cost of the PXGs. The real test will be turf interaction on course, but I am quite chuffed. Good things come to those who wait.
  7. Just a heads up for those considering the online deal on the Gen 1 irons. The price has come back down to $175 an iron. I was charged $195, but they refunded me the $20. They aren't listed on the site, but if you phone them you can also get the driving irons for the same price as the regular irons. Bit of a bargain compared to the price of alternative driving irons.
  8. They have considerably less than a Ping G (as does the XF). .135 vs .200 for the 7 iron. For reference this is also less than the Apex CF16.
  9. I also prefer to hit a stock draw with my driver. I have the G400 Max and wouldn't say it is especially draw friendly. Certainly less so than my previous Callaway Fusion, Epic or GBB. I have to make a conscious decision when setting up to draw it.
  10. I posted a lukewarm review earlier in this thread. I’ve done a couple of rounds now, and a session on a launch monitor. And I’ve also switched shafts from the Alta Stiff to the matricx Xcon 6 firm I’ve been using for years. The numbers aren’t that different compared to my Callaway Fusion with the same shaft. The Fusion is a bit lower spinning for me, but both are in the ballpark of the 17/1700 ideal. On well struck shots the Fusion is, if anything, longer. But it feels to me like the G400 is more forgiving of my misses (especially toe hits) and thus more consistently long. It also has a more neutral face angle so I miss left less. On the other hand I miss right more. But I’ll keep it.
  11. In spite of the fact that I don’t really think shafts make a massive difference, I’ll probably try the G400 Max with the shaft I have convinced myself suits me. Should I be swinging as well as usual I’ll probably convince myself some of it is due to Gmax pixie dust. A sensible person would wonder why I’m even bothering to try and replace a very good driver that suits me very well.
  12. I tried out a G400 max on the wekend and am hoping the middling results were because my swing was off. I hit it very well on the range, but then my swing disappeared on course. It didn’t seem to punish my awful drives, but certainly didn”t magically correct them either. I don’t generally see much of a difference between drivers so I’m not sure why I thought it might be otherwise, but once a ho, always a ho. Looks cool though, and the sound was fine.
  13. Has anyone found Hzrdus shafts more fragile than others? I just snapped my third one. That makes one of each colour. None of them have been damaged from a regular swing, and two had incidents off the course. But (aside from a Matrix Altus that splintered after 10 years) I’ve had no issues with any other shafts that I have treated just as cavalierly.
  14. If you have low spin you don't need a high swing speed . You do need high launch. As mentioned above, when you plug the figures into the Flightscope calculator, 17/1700 or thereabouts does maximise distance at any swing speed. A higher launch ekes out a few more yards. Most people don't realise how high a 17* launch actually is. When swinging the driver well I get pretty close to those numbers. Trackman also confirms they are pretty much ideal. It's why I still get reasonable distance as I age, even though my swing speed has plunged. And why I can still almost keep up with quicker, stronger younger hitters. But you need to have the right kind of swing. I have a very smooth (some would say sedate) swing on my good days. I hit up on the ball (4* or so). And I have a natural draw. If any part of my swing is off then launch is too high or low, spin goes up, and distance plummets. Lower backspin also puts a premium on accuracy. That's why pros aim for more spin. They don't need the distance. I think 17/1700 is worth trying for, if your swing suits. It isn't ideal if you are a club ho though. Much as I try to convince myself otherwise, I get pretty much the same numbers from every head and shaft I try. http://www.golfwrx.c...-vs-ltd-vs-gbb/
  15. sfdoddsy

    G700 feel

    I have the G700 and have played great feeling irons in the past (Adams CMB for example). The G700 are by no means that soft, but they also don't punish you for off-center hits. I've been tempted to fill them with foam like PXG/TM 790, but haven't yet. They feel OK, and like the poster above the feeling from the numerous well hit shots overcomes a lot. The ball makes a difference. I use Callaway Supersofts and they feel nicer with those than they do on my occasional excursions into Pro V1s etc.
  16. I'm with the others. The G700 is the most consistent iron I've hit, at least down to the PW.
  17. Yep. Took it out today. I only had a couple of shots with the wedge but I couldn't detect any real difference either positive or negative. I'll try it again on the weekend.
  18. I have 50 & 54 Cleveland RTX CB wedges and a Vokey SM6 58 K grind. I use the 50 & 54 for full shots, and the 54 for pitches. The 58 is my sand club and for fluffy lies around the green. My short game sucks less than it used to so it seems to be working.
  19. They do IF they catch the retailer doing that. No way of knowing what the OP was told, but I'd be surprised if a retailer discounted a new set from either Ping or Titleist; losing your account with them will cost you far more than the additional sales you might make on that club. And you WILL lose your account. And Ping is very good at catching those retailers. I'm not sure why a retailer would be that stupid to discount a brand new release. The retailer was having a Masters sale and offering 10% of everything. I conned them into adding more since I am a regualr. :) But back to the topic in hand. Being the experimental type I removed the plug in the toe of the PW and did some exploration. Firstly, the head is indeed hollow. It is, however, not empty. There is an amount of sticky stuff (hot melt?) in there that can be discovered adhering to things you insert. I assume that is how Ping swingweights them. I resisted the temptation to go straight to squirting flexible low expansion foam into the hole. Instead I have stuffed as much yarn as I could squeeze in. It was a tedious process and I have no idea how much is in there or how much it weighs. I’m going to take them out tomorrow and see if there isany difference in feel, sound or performance. I hope not because I’m not looking forward to repeating the process with the other clubs.
  20. Not for me. I’m the original poster and if I’d stuck to the stock shaft I would have agreed with all the dissing of the Fusion as a high spinner only for high handicappers. It wasn’t until I stuck a Hzrdus Black in and compard it to an Epic that I realised some of the potential of the Fusion.
  21. Lordy these puppies are long. I took my new set out today and flew three Par 3s. The forgiveness means this length is consistent too. I’m not driven crazy by the sound, but would be curious what filling the heads with foam does.
  22. i have the 50 and 56 .....feel the same.....holding out on the 60 so far....rtx-3 still.....we will see.....tying to hold out ...can see myself switching by mid-summer how is the green side action? worried for some reason... thanks I have 46,50,54 &60. I love the 60. How are you finding the 46?
  23. On a drunken whim the other day I bought some Ping G700 irons. Being impatient (and drunk) and since they were on sale I bought them with the stock AWT shaft, stock blue dot lie, and stock grips. After a couple of practice rounds I'm a little concerned. I've hit some great shots with them (albeit not as many as I hit in the simulator). But also more pull hooks (my bad shot) than I'd like. It could be me adjusting to the extra offset. Or the lie being too upright. Or the shaft being a little flexy. But they also feel very light to me. Ping (in Australia) are quoting $40 a club to adjust the swing weight. This seems a tad excessive. So has anyone removed the removable screw and experimented with foam or yarn to change swing weight and/or feel?
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