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  1. The question here really boils down to how shallow is your AoA? I haven't tried these in the MG2 but I have a lot of time in with the various bounces of the MG3. I'm shallow enough with my "stock" swing that I really benefit with the lower bounce option on pretty much every shot. If you're looking for MAXIMUM versatility, the lowest bounce wedge that you can handle will always win at that game.
  2. I don’t have the MB-101’s but I do have baby blade 1 & 2 irons. Fantastic sticks! At some point I’ll probably be forced to relent and go with high lofted woods and/or hybrids but, for now, give me a long iron.
  3. Impressive! I'd be all over this if it weren't for that sight dot. GLWS, I'm sure it won't last long.
  4. My guess would be that the Personals would match the typical early 80’s spec. Even back then lifts were quite a bit stronger than in the mid 50’s. My set of Precisions were pretty close to the final lofts that I settled on (see linked thread) which still makes them nearly a full club weaker than a typical set from the 80’s. If your Equalizer is 48’ that makes it exactly a club stronger than what I settled on (48’ 9-iron). I’d love to know what these measure out at. If my spare Mitchell wasn’t so heavy I’d send it your way just to get the numbers off of these. The internet is either lacking in this area or I just haven’t figured out the ideal search terms.
  5. Very impressive. I have a set of Precisions that I've had refinished and build to playable specs. I put them in the bag from time to time and really enjoy every round with them. Are these going to stay in the box or are you going to get them dirty from time to time?
  6. I’m pretty certain that Fujikura is the #1 driver and wood shaft on tour right now. The Ventus line is their most popular. I swear that I saw a post earlier (Instagram?) that a recent count was something like 15% Ventus and 34% Fujikura. I don’t recall the specifics on those numbers though, could have been a specific field or a wider count.
  7. A few years ago I had a brand new ATMOS snap in half under the grip. It was immediately replaced and a shipping label was provided to send back the broken one. A replacement shaft shouldn't be an issue unless there was obvious damage done to the shaft in the area of the break.
  8. I knew that I recognized that grip! 2 wraps of double sided tape, btw. This is a great shaft. Tipped 1/2” and the finish is a little knocked up from the guy that I bought it from but it’s only cosmetic. Buy with confidence, I installed the TM tip and I’m incredibly anal when installing these. Shaft has been spined as well and like almost every Fuji I’m come across, spined with the graphics straight down (in STD position).
  9. I'm pretty sure that the black was an option for all of the wedges. Have you checked the "custom" option on the website? After hitting both, I decided against the black which is the opposite of how I usually fall. The satin finish is very nice and has a slightly softer feel than the black.
  10. Fantastic catch! This looks nothing like the brand new Ventus Black that I have sitting next to me (just arrived yesterday). The label later in the video doesn't look right either. ETA: I was able to get a better look at the label. I can read the top 2 lines; "Fujikura Components, Ventus Black 6 X" My guess is that the differences are primarily due to an early release version of the shaft???
  11. Came here to say this. I’ve played all of the Hogan options since the TK. The Hogan Equalizer is probably closest to what you’re looking for but personally I liked the Equalizer II TX grind even better. This one had the advantages of the V-Sole with a little more versatility. Other options to check out would be higher bounce wedges with a lot of camber. These will perform similarity but not exactly like a V-Sole. A good example of this would be the higher bounce MG3 wedges but I’m sure there are others (I just have recent hands on experience w/the MG3 side by side with my TX grind Hogans).
  12. Refer to the above thread for my experiences with the MG3. I did try the TW wedges during the fitting and it’s a great grind. I almost wish that the TW wedges were offered in more lofts. That said, the other grind options are pretty similar to the TW grind. In my case, I’m playing the LB in my 58 and I’ve been very happy with it.
  13. Why stop @ a 7-iron? I have 3 sets of baby blades, 2 for the course and 1 for testing/tweaking.
  14. I've been very impressed with them over the limited time that I've spent with them. I've been posting my thoughts on them here.
  15. I SWEAR that I tapped that into the iPhone right. I'm blaming autocorrect for that one!
  16. MG3 master race checking in. MG3s are pretty new. Those of us who actually have them in hand have only had them for a few weeks.
  17. TaylorMade MG3 wedges. Never expected to go for a cast wedge but these flat out perform.
  18. I see what you're saying and I think it's the angle combined with a little lens distortion. When I hold up various heads to my monitor none of the heads look quite right. The driver looks deeper and shorter heel to toe and I know that this is not the case so it has to be angle/distortion messing with us.
  19. I'm on the hunt for one as well. Short of sending unsolicited PMs here and getting lucky, I'm not sure how I'm going to find one!
  20. Driver is the same as retail. I have one of his previously gamed SIM2 heads and the head itself is no different than one that I purchased retail. The front/rear weights have been swapped out on this specific head in an attempt to lower spin a little, the rear weight screw has been replaced with a T25 screw (on the van by Wade, he had these made to replace the T20), and this head has the tour issue "+" stamping to indicate that it has been COR tested (like all Tour heads). I wonder if the weight configuration is the same in this driver as the one that I have? The back of the weight isn't pictured above. Mine has an 8g weight in the back and either a 7.1g or 9.5g weight up front (don't remember off the top of my head exactly which one).
  21. At the moment I'm skipping a 4-iron since I prefer consistent 4' loft gaps throughout the set. My irons consist of 2, 3, 5-9 then into my wedges. Number on the sole doesn't matter, yardage gaps do.
  22. As a long term 48* PW guy I asked Greg specifically about the 46* offering. He said that he preferred 46* because the majority of the Tour guys are playing 46* or 47* PWs and his preference is to ALWAYS bend weak since it will reduce offset and increase bounce which is preferable to increasing offset and decreasing bounce. Offset isn't much but even a little will be an instant negative, especially for Tour players. As for increasing bounce, it's trivial to grind it off if needed but difficult to impossible to add bounce. On another note, my son is finally out of the hospital (it was a LONG few weeks with 2 medical transports, including one by plane). We got home late last week and I was finally able to hit a few shots with these wedges. In true WRX form, but totally contrary to how I normally promote clubs to my bag, I put these right in and played 18. I was a little rusty and after playing in wet conditions, so are my MG3s (see what I did there?). The amount of rust is actually minimal but I can see it starting to form. I've been playing black oxide irons for over a decade so no surprise there. I actually had the opportunity to hit a lot of different wedge shots today. I was hitting my driver really well (G400 is OUT, Sim2 is IN) which set up a number of wedge shots into a number of greens. I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of my day hitting my irons poorly which also set up a number of various shots around the green (I typically hit quite a few greens, not the case today). All comparisons below will be directly with the wedges that I've played the majority of this summer, Ben Hogan Equalizer II TX Grind. Full shots; I went in to the day simply guessing at how far I'd hit these wedges. I didn't hit a single range ball prior to my round today and I switched my wedges from 48/53/58 to 46/50/54/58 so much of my day I was making Bryson-like estimates on how far I'd hit these based on my previous yardages, a little math (3y/degree of loft), and a modest adjustment for fall temperatures. For the most part, I was close enough for a Sunday round in late fall. Just like my time at the fitting, what really came to light with full shots was how easily these wedges went through the turf. I dropped an extra ball here and there to get a few more full shots in and even took a few full swings with my 58 which isn't something that I typically do. Spin was about ideal on full shots with my ball never being more than a couple of feet from the ball mark. Partial shots; This is where a reconfiguration of my lofts is going to pay the most dividends. 46/50/54/58 is a new configuration for me. The last time I played I played a 4-wedge setup it was 48/52/56/60 with varied bounces across the line. In this case I'm playing standard bounce in all but the 58' which is a low bounce. As I mentioned above, I hit a few extra balls here and there so I swapped back and forth between the 58' and 54' for a few different shots and can already see how having this combo will make things a bit easier. I know that we're splitting hairs concerning loft but I've never been comfortable attempting certain shots with less than 54'. For that reason, there was never much of a benefit to the 48/52/56/60 combination for me. Anyway, these partial shots is where I noticed an obvious difference in spin between the MG3s and several of the wedges that I've played before (Hogan Eq II, Eq, TK, Mizuno, Miura, Yururi, etc). TaylorMade is definitely on to something w/the face treatment on the MG3. The raw face is a major benefit in this regard as well since they can be so much more exact on the face during production since they don't have to concern themselves with how a finish will affect groove geometry and potential USGA/R&A compliance. Green-side; Today I only used my 54' & 58' around the greens and due to my aforementioned mediocre iron play I was even able to hit a few shots into elevated greens while short sided. The sole grind on the low bounce 58' was exactly what I've been looking for. I never felt that I needed to "work" the wedge at all. I just tossed a specific area of the sole into the turf depending on the shot I wanted to play and it would glide right on through and pop the ball right out. With previous, higher bounce, options I'd have to be very deliberate about this and if I missed my spot on either the sole or the turf, some of the more delicate shots could result in disaster. It also made some of the touchier, short sided, shots a little more difficult since I'd need more speed to get the sole through the turf as intended. This is no longer a problem with the MG3s due to both the bounce and the relief that is part of this specific grind. Sand; The bunkers were wet and firm today and the one that I was fortunate enough to play out of was unusually shallow where my ball happened to settle due to a great deal of rain over the past few weeks. Once I saw my lie I was actually really looking forward to seeing how my new low bounce 58' would handle the situation. This is typically one of those shots that I alluded to earlier where I'd have to hit my spots perfectly with just the right amount of speed or I'd be in some real trouble. I trusted that the sole would work through the sand just fine and actually hit a really good shot. It's a small sample size and I did put a good swing on it but I was very happy with both the results and how the wedge handled such an unfortunate lie. I don't see a lot of really light / fluffy bunkers but I do wonder how the same wedge would handle that situation. I'm sure that it'll require a little adjustment my current process but I'm sure it won't be anything insurmountable. In summary I can't wait to spend more time with these wedges. Greg nailed the sole design on these and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do with these once I have an opportunity to work with them more. I can see these sticking around my bag for some time to come. I even quashed my concerns about bending these the other night when I checked the specs out on my Mitchell. I made a few minor tweaks and although not as easy to manipulate as my Miuras (what clubs are?) they were nowhere near as difficult to move as a lot of cast clubs can be. I'm hoping to get a few more rounds in before MN weather puts the brakes on things so I'll be sure to report more as things progress.
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