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  1. Currently playing an Epic Speed 7w as a test to replace the original Apex hybrid at 20 degrees. Looking forward to testing this thing at 19 or 21 as a middle ground.
  2. Not a Mavrik owner but obviously by the WITB playing all Callaway equipment at the moment. I’m just not a fan of the in-between year iron cycles that are branded like the driver (XR, Rogue, Mavrik, etc). I’m sure they perform fine and they are cheaper but personally I prefer anything from their Apex or X Forged line. Just better products, naming stays consistent, etc. The others always seemed like they were targeted at someone picking up an entire bag of clubs at Dick’s Sporting Goods
  3. I like the chevron but the clean look as well. This may be what I’m looking for. Recently picked up a 7w at 21 degrees with an 80g x to replace my original Apex 3hy that I was starting to struggle with. I like that I can launch it off the deck on par 5s but it goes too high off the tee and gets blown around in the wind. Thinking this may be nice middle ground. I want a higher flight off the deck than I got with Apex 3hy (20) but without the 7w moon balls. We‘ll see. Curios the playing length at 21.
  4. As another poster said you didn't ask a hypothetical and you've largely already answered your own question. If you have specific shots that require the 5i and you're already not pulling the club and getting yourself in trouble either way then unless you're going to improve that part of your game somehow then yes, replace that club. ZX5 are already pretty forgiving but you could look for an even more forgiving, stronger 5i so that a mishit still carries a number you want (bringing in a long miss when you flush it); learn to take something off the 4hy (maybe with a cut or something) or just go find a 5hy to try.
  5. Yes, it does seem like just paying $3k down on the GC3 and then financing the $4k difference is a smarter option than spending $3k and then still having to pay $70/mo for eternity...
  6. This exactly! Throw in a father who wants to be able to squeeze in 30 minutes to work with his 13YO son taking up the game at home and doesn't have enough space to set up a simulator... $7k is too much for an outdoor net range while $3k + $800/yr seems too pricey a sub. I'm with almost everyone that if the Tier 1 or Tier 2 came with a 3D range I'd be sold. Otherwise, Mevo + seems like the much better option although I was holding out to see if this camera option would work..
  7. Not to mention the additional products that will come out in the 5 years it takes to "break even" if you're buying the gold sub package. To me, to pay for the GC3 you're assuming that a) Foresight isn't going to come out with anything else within 5 years b) you HAVE to have camera and can't use Mevo + and c) no other competitors will introduce a decent product like a ST2, Garmin, etc.
  8. Hit the new T100, T100s and T200 (and the new Apex Pro again). All are fine clubs. I loved the badge look of the T200 when they released but in person I'm not as big of a fan. It feels plastic'y' and while I guess that shouldn't matter it bothered me. Best I could personally do with T200 would be a 4 and 5i (maaaaaybe 6i) to go as a combo of T100 or T100s. T100s is so just I can't get my head around. They look great but are so strong lofted I just don't know how I'd set up my bag. I guess basically it would be 6 - AW (instead of 5-PW for T100) and I'd have to replace my 50/54 wedges for a 52/56. Same with T200 if I tried to carry a full set which I personally just wouldn't do. I LOVE the look of the new T100! But... all things considered the '21 Apex Pro may be the best of both worlds. They're super solid.
  9. Edit: Oops I didn't realize this was not a new thread and that I'd already posted in here mostly the same thing above. --- I'm not at all disappointed and I also like you carry a PM grind 58 degree. However, I didn't get the Jaws Full Toe to replace my 58 degree. I picked up a 54 degree and replaced my MD3 54 degree with it. Now my 54 and 58 "blend" a bit easier if that makes since. So far I'm very pleased with the Full Toe. I got so used to seeing the full face grooves on my 58 that it "looks right" now on my new 54 but yet sits more like a traditional wedge without the funky appearance of the PM Grind. I don't believe the Jaws Full Toe is meant as a replacement for the PM grind. Now it may convert an "on the fence" person on the PM grind who liked the idea but thought it was too out there. However, if you like your PM grind around the greens the Full Toe isn't the same style of club. I've posted this in multiple threads but in my opinion the PM grind is designed to be played with the blade open. It just sets up SOOOO nice with the blade open and it's so good around the greens. I couldn't even imagine playing the PM in a 60+ degree with how easy it is to open up the 58 and hit full flops or those dreaded 3-5 yard pitches where you have no room. The Full Toe isn't the same design so if you like the PM grind for what I described you may be disappointed. There will be a PM grind refresh next year I'd imagine. Or just sharpen the grooves, regrip and keep enjoying the one you have.
  10. I'm having this exact same issue lately. I have a 47 degree blade PW (that I bent one strong to 46) and then go 50, 54 and 58 in specialty wedges (Roger Cleveland designed Callaway Jaws wedges)... but for whatever reason I struggle to hit the yardage number needed with the 50 degree. One of the weakest parts of my game. I occasionally will use the 50 degree around the greens but almost all of my short game is done with the 54 and 58 and sometimes a PW or 9i for a bump and run (skipping the 50). So I really need the 50 to hit a 115-120 number and it just doesn't feel right off the face. Maybe I should look for an approach wedge to match my PW through 8i... Back to the OP... point is the wedge design itself may dictate what you need. If it were me, I'd start with a 52 and be prepared to bend it one degree strong then 56/60. Or if you prefer 54/58 you could probably not carry another wedge and just go from 47 to 54 and be fine (maybe bend the 54 to 53) and open up a slot for a specialty club at the top of your bag.
  11. Gosh those are sweet looking wedges!
  12. So I picked up a 54 degree and have played two rounds with it so far and not disappointed. However, I will add that I didn't get it to replace a PM grind. I still have a PM grind in the 58 that I love around the greens. I honesty was excited to pick up a 54 jaws full toe because I thought it would "blend better" and not be such a gap between my 50 degree wedge and then the 58 PM grind. The thing is the PM grind in my opinion is just designed to be played with the face open. I would never carry a 60 in this wedge because I honestly always play my 58 degree pretty open around the greens. I don't hit much more than 3/4 swing pitch style shots with it from 60-70 yards. Anything more than that I go with the 54 degree but I'm comfortable with partial wedges. In fact I'm more comfortable with partial wedge shots in the higher lofts than I am fuller swings. Haven't tried a lob wedge loft in the new Jaws Full Toe but with the 54 I don't think it's quite as inviting to lay open as the PM grind but on the flip side it's so much more "traditional" looking and pleasing sitting in the natural square position.
  13. So maybe dumb question but recently grabbed an Epic Speed 7w to try as 3hy replacement but it doesn’t work. Too high. Can I make this club adjustable by adding an adjustable loft sleeve to the shaft? Or is that not doable? If so, could I add a LH sleeve so I can bump the loft down 2 degrees?
  14. I'm in the middle of a 7w experiment. After driver I carry a low spin adjustable head model 3w that I have bumped up to 16 degrees (4-wood-ish) loft. From there I was carrying 3hy (20 degrees) and 4hy (23 degrees) and loved that combo for years but lately I was second guessing the 3hy. I had started to get it turning too far left AND wasn't consistently hitting it high enough when I wanted to attack a par 5 in 2 from 220 range when 4w was just a bit too much club. I recently picked up an Epic Speed 7w with an 85 gram X flex Aldila Rogue shaft. It's only been a couple of rounds so far (and no range session) but I must say that right now the results are mixed. I've probably used it for a total of 6 shots thus far (2 from the fairway and 4 from tee boxes) where I had traditionally played the 3hy. In one sense it's mission accomplished in that it's definitely going higher than the 3hy and carrying roughly the same which is what I wanted on equal like strikes. The negative is it's a bit too much of what I was looking for. Off the tee I've hit two or three MOON BALLS that are just not the flight I'm looking for. So high they came up too short and one plugged almost sub-earth on a wet fairway. My disappointment with the Epic Speed line is it isn't adjustable so I'm stuck at 21 degrees. I prefer my Flash Sub Zero 3w head that I can and have adjusted. I wish I could bump it down to 20 degrees and see if that makes any difference. I'll give it a few more rounds and some range sessions to see if I can learn to work with it because I love the idea. But I may also just end up looking at going back to the 3hy maybe in a different head design or maybe a 5w and bumping it up in loft to 19 degrees. I just don't want the club to get too tight with the 4w.
  15. 43YO. 105+ driver. 0.7 index play the Chrome Soft X Triple Track Obviously could play any tour ball and used to bounce around until I decided to just stick with one ball. CSX checks all the boxes for me though. It’s long, firm but not too hard/clicky, spins. I liked the Bridgestone BXS ball a lot. Prefer the feel of ProV1 over the X but prefer the spin and flight of the X (although it’s negligible). Don’t like the AVX ball at all. Too low spin. Also like the TP5x balls.
  16. My driver speed is 105ish. I don't swing fast enough for a 2hy for it to be super useful. Its similar to a driving iron for me (fun to tinker with but not practical). In fact I just bought a 7w with an 80g shaft to test replacing a 3hy (20 degrees). Top end would then be Driver (8 degrees), 3w (16 degrees), 7-wood (21 degrees) OR 3-hybrid (20 degrees), 4-hybrid (23 degrees) then 5-PW
  17. Personally I find it "more difficult" to test all the brands. Back in the day when manufacturers had say one driver and one or two sets of irons sure. But now, everyone makes everything. I mean there are like 4 Titleist and Callaway driver head models this year. I don't have time to test all of this stuff... So I know I like Callaway's stuff for the most part and every 2-4 years I can go to a demo day and update some part of my bag if needed. But I don't feel the need to hit everything from everyone. I'm not 'posing' it's just convenient.
  18. Umm Bob Vokey designs wedges for Titleist and they use his name in the branding.... how would this not count? Same for Cameron.... it's just a Titleist "line" of putters using the designers name. Callaway hired Roger Cleveland and he designs their wedges- which is why some like me that liked the old Cleveland wedge designs like Callaway wedges. It's not outsourced to another company... I guess what I'm saying is every manufacturer has designers that make clubs. It's no different at Titleist or Callaway but Titleist chooses to use their designers names in their branding. If the Ping "Blueprint" irons were named after whomever designed them they wouldn't cease to be Ping irons... I have an all Callaway set. It's easy, convenient, plenty of choices. I could make an all Titleist set pretty easily. Someone could easily do Ping but I just don't like their stuff personally.
  19. If you haven't had them both up close and in-person I'd start there. I'm sure I could have gotten used to the MAX LS head (that was the one I thought I'd want based on marketing) but the Epic Speed was MUCH MUCH MUCH more suitable to MY eye than the Max LS. Sounded better, looks better, better shape, etc. I guess I'm buying into the "playable" spin case Callaway has made with this lineup. I switched from the Flash Sub Zero model where I had a 9 degree head lofted +1 to 10 (or could have played at 9). Now I'm in a Speed 9 degree head lofted down to 8 and still getting enough spin out of it to keep the ball in the air and the more penetrating flight has added some yards to my drives! Get fit!! It matters
  20. I have this exact bag - love it! Curious which Vessel you got to replace. GLWS
  21. Gorgeous putter. If I didn’t already have a Chicago… GLWS
  22. Yes, whether they did it in public or not if I were there legal team I would have immediately looked for ways out of the contract with Bryson. They did the best thing they could by calling him out. Others disagree but I think it was the only way they save face. The thing is… Bryson isn’t a great spokesman for any of his sponsors and his “unfavorability” is growing (to use a political term) They should know internally whether he moves the needle in one length. Granted they’re largely the only game in town from a mass retail standpoint so it doesn’t have to be tons of units because they’d have all the share but they’d know that. They also probably think his quest for distance is a good thing for their driver sales but again they should have that data. If the share isn’t growing I think they’d be better off using that money to seed lots of Korn Ferry or even college players and try to lock up some future guys while keeping Rickie as the flagship tour rep and hope his game comes around.
  23. I also much preferred the look of the Speed at address over the Max LS (same shape as Max I think). Also liked the sound of the Speed better. I switched from the Flash Sub Zero. The slightly more spin head if the Speed compared to the Flash SZ allowed me to take some loft off yet keep the ball in the air to squeeze out a few more yards.
  24. I (and Wunder)would say the TCB is more like the ‘19 Apex Pro Double Dots. I think the ‘21 X Forged is similar to the ‘18. It’s slightly longer blade length than the TCB
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