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  1. I know nothing about the Epic but I currently have 818 H1 heads in 21, 23, 25, 27 and am keeping my eye out for back-ups as folks off load them at good price. I only put two in the bag at a time. In a perfect world, they would be the exact same shape, feel, playing characteristics in a 10-15% smaller size. The TS2/3 series hybrids generate a skosh more speed (~1-2 mph) but it comes at expense of feel, a bigger sole, and in the higher lofts the face looks a bit ‘off’ (ie, loft seems exaggerated and gives impression shot will be a moon ball). BL: 818 H1/H2 best hybrid I’ve ever played.
  2. I check in on the relative short knockers such as Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson, etc as I’m on the short knocker side for the tees I normally choose. Only mildly interested in the specific equipment specs. More interested in the set make-up. In the same vein, I wish they showed more LPGA and senior bags.
  3. I prefer lighter putters as well. I received a 34.5” Newport 2.5 with 35g weights - D9. I can barely bench press the [email protected] thing. Ordered some 30g weights from the Bay. They made little difference. I have some 5g, 10g, and 15g Inbound. In meantime, I removed the 35g weights and actually like the feel with no weights installed. Suspect I’ll end up with the 5g or 10g installed.
  4. Short answer = yes. The chemical/metal savvy guys can explain but basically the process used to apply the black finish produces a very slight film that is not removed via simple acid and steel wool. It yields a slightly different look and feel. You can get the DitY version there on the back and sole with sufficient sanding and polishing but doing it to the face would be counter productive to actual performance. I have some true raw SM7 (46 and 50) I picked up used in Excellent condition. The difference in feel is very minor but it is real. Despite above, I actually prefer the DitY meth
  5. 175cc is the 13.5/15 deg size (and may be the 16.5 as well). The 18 deg is noticeably smaller and the 21 deg smaller still. I find the 21 deg model to be the most visually appealing of the TS2 heads.
  6. I’ve lived in Japan a couple of times for nearly five years total. The number of sightings on an actual golf course of the following is zero: Miura, Royal Collection, Epon, Yuryuri, Legacy Black, Vokey Forged. If you want to use what the people that actually live in the Japanese Domestic Market use, get some off the rack Mizunos or standard cast Vokey. Haven’t been back since the Cleveland/Srixon marriage. Perhaps RTX is getting some love now...
  7. Wild Wild West was a bit before my time but I remember the three things you listed. My father is a WWII aviation buff. Baa Baa Black Sheep was the only television show for which popcorn was popped and there was more or less a ‘family viewing’. Same gripe every week - too much acting and not enough flying. Always wondered why Mr. Conrad didn’t become a larger figure in entertainment - especially in the real man era which was in his prime.
  8. A word of caution to anybody ordering a fractional size. Specify the weights or give a target swing weight. Ordered mine at 34.5” and forgot to specify D4. Came with the 35g weights and weighs in at D9. Feels like @$$. Will contact Titleist tomorrow about swapping. Idiot...
  9. If I go 7w as expected, I’ll use a 77g Tensei Blue as opposed to the stock 67g and play it 1/2” or 3/4” less than standard.
  10. Yes. Have seen the typical flight right around 205-210 with apex around 95 feet and descent around 44-45 degrees. My consistency is still a touch better with the hybrid which I suspect is as much about familiarity as anything else. Flight with hybrid is lower and flatter and in the 195-200 range.
  11. I am similar to you - hit ball reasonably well for a guy with a day job but moderate speed limits options at lower loft. I will likely go with a 7w this year. I’ve had a couple demo sessions with a 7w vs a 21 deg hyb on a Trackman. My best results come from choking up on the 21 deg 7w by about 3/4 of an inch. I think of it as a ‘high launch’ hybrid. Yields about 5-7 more yds carry with much better flight - launch, spin, apex, descent. If one more session yields similar results I’m going to pull trigger on a TS2 7w at 40.75” with a slightly heavier shaft.
  12. Can’t comment on the delta from 2014 but I have a NP 2.5 inbound. Had to order as I fit best into 34.5”. The branding is not my taste and I wish they came with no sight line but I love the overall look of the head, it sets up nicely behind the ball, the balance works perfectly for my swing, and it feels great at impact. I’m in no way a Scotty fan boy but this iteration is as close to ideal as I’ve been able to find for my taste
  13. The risk with this theory is you have no guarantee how it will turn out. Custom SC putters are over priced - period. Until this iteration I wouldn’t do it but the NP2.5 is as close to perfect as I can get. Wish it didn’t have a sight line, the weights, and those awful cherry buttons but the feel and balance are perfect for my swing. I ordered a custom putter from one of the usual craftsman that has already been listed in this thread. It was a shape that was very popular for this individual at a SLIGHTLY reduced but basically normal weight. Order process was below average but adequate.
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