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  1. I guess it's another case of finding what works for you. The best driver I ever owned was the G400 Max. I sold it last year and got a Cobra Speedzone. Hated it. i decided to go to the G410. I tried a standard and LST both with the Tensei Orange and it was wilder than a preacher's daughter. I went to the stock Alta shaft and it is nearly as good as my G400 Max was. I got fit for a TSI 2 at my club that outperformed my Tensei G410. But 5 bills was just too much for me to spend. The G410 Plus with the Alta is performing as well as the TSi 2 did.
  2. The stock shaft is highly underrated.
  3. I changed my wedge set as well. I previously played a 50/54/58. With the 44* wedge, I went to 48/52/56 CBX2...(will probably add the 60* at some point). The 48* is a joy to hit full shots with. The 52 and 56 get the bulk of work inside 100 yards.
  4. My one nitpick about the ZX5s is the loft issue. The PW is too strong. Had to redo my wedges
  5. It feels a bit like they've been through this. There was a period where Cleveland was going to be their US focused brand and Srixon was their Asian market brand. But Cleveland's US rep had dropped by then. And the cast SGI/GI market was just too crowded for Cleveland to get noticed with some good, but not great irons. (A long fall for a company that made the iconic (TA5s and TA7s). They feel like they are fighting for an identity. Their woods/irons are competitive on price point, but just don't get the buzz for more golfers to give them a shot. The concept of the CBX2 wedges is go
  6. 2020 was bad for me regarding equipment spending. Stuck at home, playing more golf, not spending money on other stuff led to me replacing every single club in my bag. I even sold and bought my old driver on here (then sold it again) and sold and bought the same 5-wood. Famous last words, but the plan is to keep the bag intact all year. The only club I may change is my 60*. But I don't very often, so I've had a hard time justifying a CBX2 to match my other wedges.
  7. Those were absolutely fantastic irons. I had a set with Rifle 5.5s (before they were bought by TT) and they were SO smooth. I never liked another MIzuno iron as much as those. Recently the Srixon 565s were a good comp. I have the ZX5s now. But if I'm being honest, they don't feel as buttery as the 565s.
  8. Hard headed. It literally took a month for this to click. I've always been a 'hips driven golf swing' with the hands along for the ride. I've played some decent golf, but not as consistent and it felt like I wasn't in control. I started combining the two. Same good pivot elements, but also feel like I'm bringing the club back with my right forearm and letting the arms provide the power along with the pivot on the downswing. The result has felt a LOT more consistent and in control.
  9. I got a demo ZX5 through the $30 Srixon demo program. I REALLY wanted to love it, but it just wasn't a good fit for me. Feel/sound isn't normally a top criteria for me, but the driver just felt 'clangy'. I had a two way miss with it and didn't hit it anywhere as close to as good as my PING over two range sessions. I think the EvenFlow Riptide may not be the best fit for me. I'll give it a few more range sessions, but right now it looks like it'll be going back. I love the demo program though. Being able to hit a club multiple times outside suits me better than hitting it into
  10. It feels like a golden era of equipment. Most companies make REALLY good stuff.
  11. My 52* Black CBX2 (Black Betty) and a dead hand wedge shot is my go to for anything 25-80 yards.
  12. You'll definitely want to regrip them. I wouldn't overthink it as a new player with a set you're just learning on. The two biggest things will be to make sure you get the right size and the right material for your part of the country. Grip sizes are standard, midsize (bigger) and jumbo (biggest). (You can add wraps for custom sizes, but that's not something you need to worry about until you figure out what works for you.) A general rule of thumb is you want to your fingers to lightly touch when you hold the grip. (I played for over 20 years with grips that were too small and always strug
  13. As nearly everyone has said, wedges are very personal. It also depends on the strength of your short game. Personally I think a lot of golfers with average short games can really benefit from a CBX2 wedge. They provide a lot of the playability of blade style wedges, but are designed to be very friendly to use.
  14. Early in the pandemic, many of the courses here in Texas stayed open but required everyone to walk. We all loved it. And waxed philosophically about how this was how golf was meant to be played. And that we were playing better golf. And questioned why we were riding all the time. The spring turned into summer and when it was 95+ degrees and humid, we quickly remembered why we rode. Thankfully by that time the restrictions had eased up to allow us to ride. I don't mind walking on a nice day. But when summer hits, no thanks.
  15. My worst play through story was when I was in my mid 20s or so. I picked up the game right after college. I was playing as a single at twilight when 8 women from the local college golf team were about to go out. They were all around the tee box and said to go ahead and play through since I was a single and it was fairly open in front of them. Then one of them said 'but if you better hit a good tee shot!' And of course I top a ball about 80 yards....and do the walk of shame while being heckled.
  16. Golf fitting is a waste of time for most players. The quality of fitters varies, with few quality ones out there. And then they are trying to fit amateurs with swings that vary from swing to swing, day to day. It's like trying to get a suit fitted for somebody who may gain/lose 20 lbs each week or get taller/shorter. A simple fitting for length, club head and shaft would do for most golfers.
  17. I have always been a 'hands along for the ride' guy..... But think i may have it backwards. What say you?
  18. Count me as another one who's lukewarm to the whole fitting process. I think there is some value in drivers. There are a lot of adjustments that can be made and different shafts, weights, lengths can help somebody maximize their game. But iron fitting seems 90% length and shaft fit for most golfers. Fitting irons off a mat seems worthless as you don't play golf off a mat. I do think the Mizuno shaft optimizer is a good tool to find out what shaft works for a swing. But once you know the shafts that are a good fit for you, I think most golfers can self fit. T
  19. I use a midsize grip, so I generally expect to regrip 90% of the new or used clubs I buy. So it doesn't make a bit of difference in my purchase decision.
  20. 2 if I used the same rule....
  21. I was a PING guy for years until I got on the Srixon bandwagon. They are fantstastic. PINGS are great too, but just like Srixons. The ZX5s have a thicker sole than the 565s. But it doesn't matter with the v-sole. I play in Texas where this time of year is nothing but thin dormant Bermuda and they have been just fine.
  22. I used to be a demo day junkie (met a fellow WRXer at one over a decade ago and we've been good friends and played countless rounds since.). Golden Bear (now the Highlands) used to hold a big one each spring with just about every OEM out there. It was a good chance to try everything across the board. The downside is the quality of rep makes a huge difference. Some are really knowledgeable and are great at helping you find a fit. Others are just there to get a check. I had a bad taste in my mouth about one OEM for years solely because of the salty product rep they had who alway
  23. Because we hope next season will be better than the last.....and we get excited that new club is going to be better than our old one.
  24. Our Cobra day was scheduled right at at the beginning of the pandemic. I'd got myself so excited about it that I ordered it without hitting it. Always a big mistake. I got the tour length Extreme with the same Tensei Blue shaft I'd liked in another club. It was super short, sounded/felt odd, just didn't like anything about it. I'd already sold my G400 Max...and spent most of 2021 lost in the driver wilderness....churned a lot of drivers before coming back to a 410 Plus with an Alta shaft.
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