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  1. I used to game an old Wilson staff 2 iron between my Titleist 690mb 3 iron and pt13 3-wood. I'd love to see Wilson return to prominence.
  2. I don't get the idea that long iron blades are hard to hit. If you're generally hitting the ball on the sweet spot, it shouldn't matter what the design is. I love my long irons because they're so easy to work and shape. Easily some of my favorite clubs to hit. The question should really be about optimization though, and that's where I see the use for more forgiving clubs in general. Doesn't mean blades are hard to hit, just a different perspective and goal.
  3. I played mccs in the 2000s, but dropped them for lamkin crossline cord because the lower part would just turn rock hard and slick after a few rounds. Have they improved?
  4. The Saudis love a good gamble. Don't assume they aren't just trying to go all in and make the PGA tour blink.
  5. COR measures the time a ball spends on the club face. The theory being that more time = more energy transfer. There's a common disconnect in these conversations though - while COR and smash factor are related and trend positively, they aren't the same. We've seen tremendous leaps in ball speed in the last 20 years. We've also seen tremendous leaps in optimization to launch conditions. COR and cc'd are both just parts of those equations. BTW, not targeting you. Just an easy entry point here.
  6. Titleist 917f2 15* w/ aldila rogue x stiff Recently (2 months ago) returned from a 12ish year hiatus from golf and copped this from eBay for $50. This thing is an absolute cannon. I've been seeing low 190 ball speed from my tsi4 the last couple weeks, and the 917 is upper 170s all day long. My only gripe is spin off the tee. From the fairway, it's incredible but I really don't need it for that role - here in the Austin area I haven't run into any par 5s that are over 600 and necessitate a 3 wood approach. For now it's been used after a junk ball off the tee on a lon
  7. This is a forum. I'm not going to ask everyone who tipped their shaft why they did it. I've seen enough people tip shafts to know most do it blindly. I was one. I used to tip 80 gram x flex shafts 1.5-2x in 7.5 degree heads because I was swinging 125ish couldn't keep the spin below 3k. I'm in an 8* Tsi4 turned to 7* w/ the proto 2 65tx untipped. Getting 15-18* launch w/ 1500-2200 spin and 186-192 ball. Only way to optimize those numbers is to spend a spend a few hundred in a fitting with likely another couple hundred in a few shaft. Most people won't do that. Most people tha
  8. You keep missing my point. Let's try it a different way because I think we agree. Generally tipping isn't needed, but for specific cases it can improve optimization. My claim is those specific cases are more rare than how commonly we see people tipping shafts - and most people who top their shafts do so without the proper context to determine if it'd be beneficial.
  9. My opinion is that most people don't spend a few hundred extra on a driver to get fit. Their swings are also too inconsistent to make optimization effective. They tip their shafts because they always have because they read somewhere a tour pro with a similar swing speed as theirs did. Or maybe they got fit 13 years ago and assume all shafts are the same. My point is it doesn't really matter if you tip or don't. Tipping a shaft like this about optimization, and unless you're doing that on a launch monitor you're just as likely to be right with it untipped.
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