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  1. If your 5 iron flies 197, the best hybrid for gapping should be a 5 hybrid in the 4 iron spot. Would expect it to fit in better at the 210 range vs a 4 hybrid. Even at the same lofts, a hybrid for me will travel 10 yards longer due to shaft length and launch.
  2. I come from playing PX Rifles as an indication of what I like, and while I love them, the older I get the stouter they seem! Yet I prefer the ‘feel’ of Project X shafts (and KBS) over Nippon and DG, so wanted to find a PX I can play now. I don’t find much difference in performance between the LZ and IO except the weight for the IO is 10g less in corresponding flexes. Honestly I could play either. They feel just how I like. I do find the IO 6.0 feels about a half-flex softer than the LZ due to the weight, but it probably is really just as stable and the lower weight affects my perception. The IO 5.5 at 105g crosses the line to being too light for me, but that’s just me. It flies great but it’s a little easier to overcook at the lighter weight. LZ 6.0 is my solid fit but I could likely adjust to the 110g IO weight. Question is more whether I’d want to — the LZ 6.0 goes very straight. I tried the LZ in 5.0 and did not like it. In 6.0, it really came alive. Ten grams does make a difference. Both the LZ and IO 6.0 are way friendlier than PX Rifle 6.0. Just gotta get the weight right. OEMs seem to be sliding lower on weights in stock shafts, and fitters are always pushing lighter shafts. Not so sure it leads to better golf. Tempo is everything and my fit is heavier so I’d like to see the LZ stick around as a stock offering. It’s a unique steel shaft in and feels very good.
  3. There’s always a way! That looks pretty good.
  4. Definitely true. I was only pointing out they are constructed entirely different and are at opposite ends of the forgiveness scale (in players iron category). And players like different things, so if you like one, you might not like the other. Of the 5 clubs I tried in the past year that I liked the least, TMB would be one of them. I found it clangy and weird off the face and didn’t care for it at all. If I am playing a hollow head, it would only be the 5 iron. Srixons are excellent except I don’t like the turf interaction with the giant bounce and v-soles, which I don’t really need because my miss is not a heavy miss, it’s a thin miss. Keep in mind, the PF2 is no gimme — it is New Level’s second least-forgiving head (after the PF1) and would be comparable to a Titleist CB head. They are aimed at superior, consistent ball strikers. Yet hit in the middle of the face, it is so pure, like a Bridgestone pocket cavity to me. I don’t play the PF2 for that reason (had a short set and moved them), even though irons are the strength of my game and I strike them pretty consistently. But I don’t play enough to make the PF2 a reliable option. If I am off, it can make for a long day. It is a winner for Tour pro Steven Alker, who is having a great season on the Champions Tour with the PF2. For me the 902 is a better fit. It is compact, perhaps more compact than I’d like in the longer irons. Covers up thin misses very well. And I have never been more accurate with an iron. I consider it one of the best irons ever made, definitely in my personal top 5 all-time. (So good that I have ordered the upcoming 902-OS blind; it is basically the 902 with the hitting area slightly increased, by 10 percent, which sounds perfect.) I buy into Ping’s research that shows compact blade length is more precise for accuracy. I am not comfy with super compact like some players, so I look for as short a blade as I can without it being intimidating.
  5. dmeeksDC

    Sub 70 Clubs

    Looks stealthy. We’ll need a full report on how it feels and flies!
  6. Just one man’s opinion but I’d say you’d be fine in Elevate X if you like Steelfiber 110 stiffs. I typically play stiffs including in Elevate, but I fit regs in the SF 110. The stiffs felt too boardy to me.
  7. Those are totally different animals. The TMB is not really an MB, it is a hollow iron, not a one-piece forged/milled head. And to me, it’s loud. It would compare more to a p790 or Mizuno HMB or a Hot Metal Pro. I hit a TMB and contact all over the face feels about the same. I would not think a player who likes the PF2 would also like the TMB. The PF2 is a real forged iron. Not going to cover up misses as well, and players will definitely feel that, but all of the New Level irons are so pure and consistent. I have been hitting some of the hollow irons and I do not care for the feel at all. There’s really no comparison IMO. The New Levels are forged of 1020 steel. There’s nothing softer.
  8. I’ve got the Tommy Armour III version of their wide blade (TAIII 254) with the sight dot on the top line on the way. Looks really good and no annoying alignment lines. SUB70 including the weight kit with their putters is quite appealing.
  9. The KBS TGI shafts play stiff. If you play stiff shafts, I’d recommend the TGI 90 taper as a starting point unless you like a very stout feel. The parallel lighter versions do not play as stiff as the tapers. I would say it is accurate that a TGI 90 feels about the same stiffness as a 110g C Taper Lite stiff in steel.
  10. The whole lineup is great. I played one round with a set of 921 Hot Metal Pros and I was shocked at the distance. Those things are rocket launchers. A lot of love on WRX for Srixon ZX5 irons, but if you want something similar without the wide v-sole, Mizuno has it.
  11. Whassup?!?! You know, I heard that too, and I still have that Mavrik head and could hit them side by side, but I did not notice any loudness to the Max LS except on strikes way off the toe, not that I ever do that, ahem. I don’t notice huge differences in sound or feel between the Mavrik, Max LS and B21 (if I had a slice problem, the B21 would be my choice, case closed.) They are not exactly alike, but they all feel like Callaway drivers and all 3 sound way better than the Epic Flash. Not close to that sound. I actually delayed trying the Max LS because of posts reporting it sounded not so good, but I have not experienced that at all. The g425 LST — that one is loud. I couldn’t take it. I don’t care if a driver is muted, per se, I just don’t want crashing cymbals at impact. Would be interesting to see how I hit the Mavrik now. I really like the aerodynamic shape and I am swinging the driver much better. (Went to a PGA teaching pro, can’t recommend it enough. Diagnosed my overswing right away and such a small adjustment to correct it.) I also have not abandoned the Mavrik lineup: Am gaming a Mav SZ 5 wood with an 80g Rogue Black and it’s a killer — 3 wood distances The pro I saw is a Callaway staffer, compact, smooth power swing. He switched from Mavrik SZ to Max LS because he found spin only a little higher but forgiveness across the face a step up. To me that is it’s claim to fame — not much distance loss on mishits. I would say guys who love the Mavrik line may want to stick with it. For me the Max LS looks like I want from address, which is half the battle, and cuts spin, which I need to do with my zero to slightly negative A of A. Callaway has a nice choice of drivers now.
  12. Moved on from standard Mavrik to Epic Max LS. Mavrik was solid. I did not consider it a fairway finder, which is all on me. I spent the summer overswinging. The Max LS is an advancement IMO. It is really, really good and I hit it more accurately. Something about its look from address suits me. I was better with it than the Speed. Indeed, if I didn’t fit the Max LS, I’d play the Epic Max. I think every golfer could play one of those two drivers. Bottom line is it is in my opinion more forgiving than the standard Mavrik and goes longer. It is almost like a Ping driver that sounds good. The sliding weight is useful. I put it up against a SIM2 and 425 LST (too loud!) and a Srixon ZX5. All were excellent but I was most consistent and comfortable with the Max LS. I still say the Mavrik Subzero is Callaway’s longest driver to date, but the Max LS is close and superior on forgiveness. They made a more forgiving subzero. The stock MMT shaft is also good, but I tried the 60g and 70g and went heavier. Later went to a Rogue Black (2017, the real deal version) and not looking back.
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