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  1. Not at all ... once you put together a bag that works, I wouldn't change it unless a club breaks or the grooves are gone. I've gone back to using steel shafts in all of my clubs, except my driver, which uses a heavier fairway shaft instead of the common lighter shafts ... and all of my clubs have heaps of lead tape on the tops, backs, and hosels in order for me to dial them in just right.
  2. My original post appears to have been deleted so I don't have to correct it. Myself, I went to mid-sized grips so that I could then add more lead tape to the heads to increase my static weight. I might reverse that next year. I've used both the tour locks and lead plugs for the butt of the club. I like that I can move the tour locks down the shaft to finese the feel.
  3. My 58 (medium bounce) goes about 80 yards when I make an easy full swing. If I open it a bit (making it a 60 degree) it will go about 70 yards. Around the green I use it about 50% of the time in combination with my 54 (high bounce).
  4. I've tried MOI and swingweight ... for myself, swingweight works better and the results are more consistent; though in theory MOI should have worked better.
  5. I've played blades, MB, CB, and G series type of irons. Was able to play low rounds with all of them. The G series type of iron were deadly straight and always went the same distance. In fact, that is why I moved away from them ... they couldn't be finessed, but boy where they precise. They also had the older grooves and so I couldn't use them in competition. My current irons happen to work the best for me. If I'm a bit fat they cut through the turf like a hot blade. Toe shots go dead straight with little loss of yardage if I hit the ball cleanly. Plus, I can finesse them to my heart's content.
  6. I have three SM5s: 50/12 (F grind), 54/14 (F grind), and 58/8 (M grind) ... my 54 is when there is lots of soft sand, as well as, soft or fluffly lies - whereas my 58 is for less sand (or when the conditions of the bunker are iffy) and hardpan conditions.
  7. 54, 2 hybrids - G10 21 and 24 degree with steel shafts. Never could get one not to hook with graphite shafts. I could put my 4 iron in play, but these hybrids go so straight and are more conistent with yardages.
  8. 10.4 - G10 hybrids (steel shafts) for 3,4 and MP-32s for 5-9 ... I cannot see me changing my bag going forward unless my clubs are stolen or break beyond repair.
  9. Quite a bit a trial and error, but a lot depends on whether you like to manufacture shots around the green or just hit the ball square. If you open and close the face then grind will be very important. Most courses I play have lots of baked fairways, as well as very soft conditions, so I have my 54 for the soft, fluffy lies and my 58 for the tighter lies and firm conditions. I use my 50 for a lot of chips as most greens require me to fly the ball a bit before letting it roll.
  10. I'll be playing my 32s until they just do not work ... which will likely be long after I'm not able to play golf. Go try out various options, you'll find one just as good or better. My favorite set of irons that I regret not buying was Nike's VR Pro blades - best I ever felt - and they were on sale at the time.
  11. I was looking for hybrids with a metal shaft and ended up with some G10's. I find both (21 and 24 degrees) easy to hit and control, with no tenancy to hook. The ball launches high, but seems to be unaffected by the wind.
  12. I believe a lot depends on one's gapping more so than any general concepts of proper loft gapping. Last season I pulled my PW (47) and put in a (50) to better match my 54/58. I played all season like this and although there is a gap now between my 9i and 50, it never came into play during my rounds. I now find myself less often in-between yardages with my 9i (43) / 50 / 54 versus my 9i (43), PW (47) and 54.
  13. My best drives are when I setup to "feel" like I'm hitting down on the ball … when I set up to feel like I am hitting even slightly up on the ball - I have no control of it, and I cannot align at all. Applies to all of my clubs.
  14. I picked up three Ping G10's with the standard metal shafts (about 105 grams) … the 21 and 24 degree versions play no different than my irons when played at the factory lengths. As straight or curved as I desire - but do they land high and soft. The 18 degree version though is too long at the standard length and unfortunately needs to be cut to the same length as my 21 degree (if I do not want to hit left all day), thus why I play my 5 wood instead.
  15. Absolutely nothing wrong at all! I have MP-32s from 2004 (legal for the 2010 rules). They were mint when I picked them up 10 years ago; and although I've tried quite a few other irons, these ones remain in the bag. I only pulled the PW last year for a Vokey wedge in order to match my other wedges.
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