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  1. Went through a Callaway iron fitting in June. Shafts compared were: Recoil DART 75 F3 (72 grams) and F4 (78 grams) in Apex Catalyst 65 5.5 (R-flex) in 75 grams Recoil DART a stock offering in Apex DCB, and Catalyst a stock offering in Mavrik MAX. In head-to-head, the MAX just felt smoother than the DCB, and gave tighter range dispersion. As a final check, I had fitter put a DART 75 F4 (stiff) into the MAX and the DCB. The F4 felt really stiff, and I tended to pull it, possibly trying to compensate. Basic idea: for graphite shafts, you just have to try them out and take notes on what you find. For example, graphites in the 70-something range feel more solid to me than most of the 85-gram steel shafts.
  2. Reality check... "Right around the corner" means SM9s will be released sometime soon (whatever that means). Will the availability be enough for you to get what you want? If SM8 feels good and seems to work, buy it before some else does. If you're a Vokey guy, you can learn to blend the SM8 into its brother wedges.
  3. Here are the specifications on my wedges. All are Callaway: MD3 48°/10 S-grind | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gram MD3 54°/12 W-grind | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gram MD4 54°/10 S-grind | DG Tour Issue.115 Wedge flex MD4 58°/8 C-grind | DG Tour Issue.115 Wedge flex MD-PM 60°/10 U-grind | KBS Tour V Wedge flex The three bolded in blue are currently in my bag. In 54°, the S-grind replaced the W due to most courses in my area going to heavy sand; the W hung up too much. Next, the 58° replaced the 60°, which was hard to control on all but greenside shots. My irons, shown below, are TE Exotics CB Pro Tungstens, which have a 38° 8i and a 42° 9i. Gapping is 48-54-58. The 48° replaces both the 46° PW from my old iron set, and the 50° GW from my old Cleveland wedges. I also include my 9i in my wedge matrix for half and 3/4 swings to cover a couple of yardage gaps. When new graphite shafted irons arrive, I likely will reshaft these in Recoil 80 or Recoil 95 shafts.
  4. You might contact Titleist on this. Some iron models are risky to bend, both for metal type or clubhead structure.
  5. Recoil 95 would be a start. Note that this shaft is AMT-type: longer iron shafts are slightly lighter than shorter iron shafts. The Ping Alta CB functions the same.
  6. ChipNRun

    The 14th Club

    Consider going with a 4W + 7W (I'm in my 11th season with this mix). Most golfers find the 4W is more reliable - and sometimes flies just as far - as a 3W. The 7W may butt into the 4i for distance, but where the 4i flies low, the 7W flies high and can blast the ball out of medium rough with gusto, and land softer. Several tour pros use a 7W instead of a driving iron. And... if the 4i is a bit hard to handle, you might consider softstepping the shaft to smooth the feel, or maybe going to a graphite Recoil 95.
  7. The tuning port common to Ping irons is designed to give loft-and-lie machines a firm grip on the head without marring it.
  8. I played from 1994 to 2008 with a set of component irons, which included P, S and L wedges. During my 2008 full-bag switchout, I noticed that Players irons models, and lot of the Game Improvement irons, stopped at PW. The implied cachet was that if you play irons this good, you deserve specialty wedges. Today, many "better player" sets now offer a GW/AW. A couple of years back I went to the Thanksgiving clearance sale for the Gateway PGA chapter (St. Louis). I talked to an assistant pro from an upscale club on how specialty wedge sales were going. He said SWs and LWs were great... but they only carried one or two GWs because most players just used those with their iron sets. Quite a few players use the iron set PW and AW because they hit full shots with them. Then, they get specialty grinds on SW and LW because they only hit partials with them.
  9. Depends in part on where you live. Tour Edge has its greatest concentration in the Midwest. Not all specialty golf retailers carry the line. Lots of independent shops picked up TE from word-of-mouth. TE now has several sponsor pros on the Champions Tour, breaking a long tradition of "not paying people to play our clubs." I saw several Tour Edge bags at the Ascension Charity Classic last week in St. Louis. I walked nine holes watching Petrovic, and later Waldorf. Tour Edge pros Waldorf, McCarron, Langer, Lehman, Petrovic and Day. Located in Batavia, IL, Tour Edge was founded by club pro David Glod. Besides running Tour Edge, Glod also served for several years on the Web.com Tour's management team. For years, TE relied on the Bazooka line of durable clubs for everyday golfers. From the start, TE has offered a lifetime guarantee on its clubs. In the early 2000s, TE launched the Exotics line of competition-grade clubs, and became popular for innovative fairway wood and hybrid designs such as the cup-face head. More current product innovation and promotion since Glod stepped away from his Web.com position. (now Korn Ferry Tour) Today, TE offers these lines: Exotics. Competition-grade clubs for scratch to mid-HDCP golfers. Offers custom fittings and an increased variety of stock shafts, plus additional upgrade shafts. Circa 2015, TE started arranging tour pro sponsorships. Hot Launch. A line of medium-grade clubs with custom fitting available. Focuses on GI and SGI offerings. Some variety in stock shafts. Bazooka. These are mainly entry level boxed sets - durable but not fancy.
  10. It depends. From 1975 to 1982 I played with Sounder fairway woods, a 3W and 4W. The heads were very small, but on solid hits really launched the ball. Sounder was a boutique company from Florida, and was known for having a locking pin to hold shaft and head together rather then just relying on epoxy and the support of the hosel wraps. More mainline companies, however, had fairway wood heads that were about the same size as modern fairways. (I have my old MacGregor 3W and 4W from late 1970ss in a replica era bag.) And, don't think the hybrids magically appeared circa 2005. Go back to the 1890s and the Bulldog (left). This tiny headed club - the face width of two golf balls - was a superb tool for extricating your ball from shaggy lies. It had a short shaft, and loft was about 25 degrees.
  11. It ends up being a trade-off. You apparently face a lot of crowned greens - fall off on all sides. Easier recovery shots, but sometimes it's more difficult to hold the greens. The greens I face - with rising slope if you are wide or short - are more "zero-one" as the computer guys say. If you spin it deep, the upslope will feed you back at least to the fringe. But if it flies long, you're trying to hit a downhill shot without doing a face-plant on your follow-through. Smash, good comments by you. Good luck on those birdie putts!
  12. Golfers who play mainly square-face wedge shots often do well with wedges of the iron set. And, some set wedges fly better than others for given golfers.
  13. Smash, just wanted to make sure we're on same page. As shown above, I was referring to "upslope" an terrain angle that leaves you with downhill lie behind green. If a hole has a crowned green, then you likely would have the uphill shot you're talking about. The TV announcers often remark that golfer has a greenside shot from first cut of rough, and with cushioning can either slide a wedge underneath, or play chip-and-run with lower lofted club.
  14. Few true hazards, but lots of headaches. Many greenskeepers seem to be fans of the Robin Hood character, Friar Tuck. Tuck's haircut was called a Tonsure, shaving the top but leaving side hair shaggy. Similarly many greenskeepers surround greens with a ring of shaggy grass, often a foot off the fringe. If you go long you can end up in 4-inch deep stuff... landing short lets you chip off the fairway grass. Not all greens keepers do this. Many have a first-cut or shaved area just off the green, and have shaggier rough farther to the sides. Second point: quite a few public course greens have an upslope behind the green, in part to prevent long shots from disappearing. The tradeoff: You end up with a 45-degree angle downhill shot out of 4-inch-deep rough. Fun, fun! If the green also drains from back to front, Fun-Fun-Fun!
  15. A golf pro I once worked with had this overall advice: Get clubs for the swing you have today, not the swing you hope to have next year. I have driver CHS between 85-90 MPH depending on how loose my hip is on a given day. Since I turned 60, rough fittings put me generally with GI heads and sub-100 gram shafts. I'm now making my move to graphite shafts. I got fitted for Mav MAX irons, if they ever arrive. Reason for GI heads: SGI heads just hang the ball up too high in the short irons and wedges. This problem is aggravated by frequent pairing of SGI heads with high-launch shafts.
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