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  1. I sidelined my MP 20 HMB’s for a set of MP-37’s from 2004. The difference in ball speed is negligible when comparing loft to loft. I don’t get punished as much on strikes low on the face with the HMB’s, but I like the turf interaction and look of the MP-37’s better. I would be hard pressed to see much of a change as far as score goes between the two sets. I think there could be a benefit for someone using SGI’s over blades if you are 20+ handicapper and not finding the center of the face, but if you are a single digit handicap, I think the difference may be between the ears, which is real, I’m not mocking it. Confidence can lower scores ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. I did that from 1999-2007 with iron. I’d get a new set every new release (Mizuno blades) they’d get a bunch of bag chatter, then I’d get a new set. Once I bought the MP 67’s I said I’m taking better care of these beauties, bought iron covers, cleaned after every strike and washed them with soap and water after each range session. Ive since sold them and bought a mint set of MP 37’s. If I walk, I don’t use iron covers, but if I ride, I do……… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯……. and cue the iron cover hate…3.2.1
  3. Callaway Apex hybrid is very similar. Some of the same engineers from Adams ended up over at Callaway.
  4. The Maltby HY-WAY may be something worth checking out if you are looking in that category. .335 wood shafts and adjustable weights which could help dial in playing lengths https://www.golfworks.com/maltby-ke4-tc-hyway-utility-woods/p/ma0331/
  5. I seek out good shape MP-R or MP-T from 2006’ ish and have 3 in my bag currently 52 (bent to 51*) a day 56 and 60* (bent to 61*) I also have a 58* (bent to 57*)
  6. Gamer Bag Driver 18* 5 wood 21* DHY 4-PW 24*-47* GW, SW, LW Back up Bag Driver 16.5* 4 wood or (16* fairway wood) 20* Hybrid or (19* fairway wood) 23* Hybrid 5-PW 25*-46* GW, SW, LW I feel that I’m straight enough off the tee that I don’t need something to chase a driver, and I’m long enough to to get away with a 5 wood as my lay up position club. I’m sure some courses are set up to carry a 3 wood for me, but I haven’t played any that a 5 wood couldn’t fill that slot just as well. I just picked up a 18* TEE EXS PRO 5 wood that I play at 41.75” and I find it to be great off the turf and tee. When I test a fairway wood, I’d say 90% is off the turf and I only hit a handful off the tee. I mainly try to flight it up and down, then shape it as well. Once I find one that does those things well, I try to see how far I can carry it, or roll it out there, but that is far less important than shaping and flighting to me. I find most people use the 3 wood as a fairway finder to chase the driver and that’s the only time it comes out of the bag (that was me pre Howard DIY Driver tune up) Now, with the mini drivers, I see less 3 woods around. When I was a bit loose off the tee I carried a 13.5* fairway wood, but I found that I was about the same with percentage of fairways hit per round using it instead of a driver. Now that I hit the fairway with the driver much more often, I find I no longer need a 3 wood.
  7. I had a set of 716 T-MB’s and I thought they felt terrible on full swings at start, but oddly found them to feel great with knockdown punch shots….. I started to consciously hit it a bit higher on the face with some steeper digging type swings, and they felt better after that. I never had a problem off the tee, but the turf interaction didn’t work for my swing. I am convinced the sweet spot on those clubs are a groove higher than almost anything I’ve hit before. I started to hit them well, but figured they took more of an effort then the blades I played for 20 years before them. They seem to work better if you de-loft the club at impact and have major shaft lean, at least that was my experience with them YMMV! .
  8. I don’t shy away from any manufacturers completely, but I will most likely never play Ping Irons. Something about the look, feel, and turf interaction just never worked well for me. I hit the i59 a few weeks back and not impressed. I love their drivers and play one currently. The only major OEM I have never owned is Taylormade. Not that I didn’t like some of their offerings, I just happened to like their competitors better at that particular time. I almost bought a set of TM RAC TP, but they lost out to Mizuno MP-67’s. I hadn’t played a Callaway club from the original Big Bertha Driver 94’ all the way till the Callaway Apex hybrid in 2016, so I never rule out a brand or label.
  9. I still have the 23* 9031 hybrid in the bag…. It’s the only club I have other than driver, and putter in both my gamer and back up bag
  10. At one point I had the same shafts as I had in my Irons (Modus 105s hs/x1) but I have the OG HZRDUS Black 6.0 85g in them now. The reason for going with the DHY over the Hybrid was gapping. I was gapping off a 19* fairway wood at the time, now it’s and 18* TEE EXS PRO. There wasn’t much separation with the 20* Hybrid as there was with the 21* DHY. If I were to go with my 16* fairway wood, and the 20* Adams hybrid, I would drop my 19* fairway wood….. it may find its way back in my bag. I carried the 19* fairway wood because it worked better on certain holes at my home course for going over trees and cutting a corner on #2 and #18, plus the distance worked well for some lay ups off the tee, but I’m moving to Florida shortly so it may find its way back in the bag ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
  11. How do you find the Tacki-Mac quality of grips. I like the Royal STS Cord or the old GP Tour Velvet cord, but I have seen some Tacki- Mac Tour Select Cord for a fair price
  12. I listed it on e bay a few days ago. They have an 18 degree head only I noticed, that might be a good fit for you. I bought a 16* and then two 18, 20, and 23’s when they were selling heads only for $35 minus shipping, but I have sold the 18’s and one of the 20’s and one of the 23’s since I have been able to dial in some fairway woods. My 20 isn’t in the bag any more, but that could change, and my 23* is my 4 iron replacement in my back up bag of Mizuno HMB’s with an OG HZRDUS BLACK 6.0 ……. I love it. I can’t see it ever leaving that bag. They are truly an iron replacement, they fly a little higher than an iron but not much. The 9031 is something along the line of driving iron flight, but hybrid forgiveness (keep in mind they are players hybrids, so they are not nearly as forgiving as say a Callaway Mavrik or SIM Max) with that being said, the 9031 Proto is the most iron like hybrid I have ever hit. I had the 20* 9031 in my bag when I had a set of Titleist TMB’s and it replaced my 2+3 iron. At the time I had a Modus 105 steel shaft in it. since I have a 15* and 18* fairway woods in my gamer bag, and a 16* and 19* fairway woods in by back up bag, I don’t feel the need for the 16,18, or 20* 9031 hybrids. I carry a 21* Adams DHY in my gamer bag as a 3 iron replacement, then I go 4-PW with Mizuno MP 37’s
  13. They pop up on ebay now and again. An 18* may be best if that’s what you are hitting now, depending on gapping at the top. There are a few driving irons that are in between a hybrid and a driving iron like the Ping Crossover, Adams DHY, Taylormade DHY, Titleist U510…. Etc if I didn’t find some magic in some fairway woods, I’d probably still be carrying my 18* Adams DHY or my 16* Adams 9031…….. they both were great off the tee. I had the 18* DHY in the bag more often because I had better dispersion with it, but both were very similar in length off the tee, plus my DHY was better for punching out of the woods if you see a banged up white Adams Super 9031 (there are many, and I hate white clubs) you could always take it to your local auto body shop for paint. I had this done for a friend with some hideous orange Cobra club of his that he wanted flat black, and it turned out great!
  14. The lowest launching and most iron like hybrid in flight I have found is the Adams Super 9031 Proto. It’s almost like a super forgiving Driving Iron. It kicked a few out of my bag that were supposed to be more “iron like” or “low spin” . It kicked out my 16* Tour Edge CBX 119 and my 18* Callaway Apex (2016) I found the Adams 9031 to be better at flighting and shaping the ball over the TEE CBX119, and the Callaway just launched too high for my liking. Ive since replaced my 16* Adams Super 9031 Proto with a 18* 5 wood, but I do carry a 23* Super 9031 proto in my back up set as a 4 iron replacement
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