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If you're willing to pay and be patient I'd go PING or Titleist...Mizuno was also up there when I worked the industry 6 years ago.

TM '17 M1 440 9.5° Diamana Tensei White 70TX
TM '17 M1 15° Rombax P95x
TM '17 M1 18° Accra Tour Zx 4100
Callaway Apex '19 20° Hybrid HZRDUS Black 105x
Callaway RAZR X Forged 5-6, MB 7-PW KBS C-Taper 130 X
SM7 Jet Black 52F, TVD 56K, SM6 Jet Black 60K DG Black Onyx S400
Odyssey O-Works Black Jailbird Mini S Flat Cat Tak Svelte

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Best custom build has two parts, the fitting and the club assembly at the factory.

First the fitter and golfer need to be on the same page. How skilled is the fitter? If the fitter is just pushing one product, or the golfer is hardheaded and won't listen to suggestions, the fitting may fizzle.

Then, the custom order goes to the factory. Were the specs clearly written? (had specs mix-up with Nike once). At the factory did a mainline worker or a part-timer do the assembly?

I've heard sad stories about most of the OEMs at one time or another. Rarely, a shaft batch will be flawed and a couple days of production may have to be reworked. A guy I met who ran a custom club shop in New Orleans said he has cleaned up after component flaws by OEMs.

Reality check: A pro and fitter at a St. Louis area public course always checks factory custom-build clubs before turning them over to his golfers. He says that in most iron sets, regardless of manufacturer, one or two clubs are enough out of spec the needs to tweak them before releasing them to customer.

Basically, it comes down to transparency and good customer service. It something is wrong and the manufacturer gracefully "makes it right," they're a quality outfit.

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What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2021, post-MAX changeover)

 

Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, set 9.5°; weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Calla Mavrik MAX 5i-PW

Wedges*:  Calla MD3: 48°... MD4: 54°, 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) + Evnroll Gravity Grip

Ball: 1. Srixon Q-Star Tour / 2. Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

For details see:  Pending (need protocol to embed file list).

     * MD4 54°/10 S-Grind replaced MD3 54°/12 W-Grind.

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Srixon, Ping, Mizuno, Titleist are usually pretty good. I know they get a bad rap here at times but Callaway has alwasy been solid when I have spot-checked them. Your best specs are going to be your boutique brands, like New Level, Epon, Haywood, Miura, etc. They don't have enough product going out (yet) where they are sloppy, but they also make sure all the specs are bang on. This is one of the benefits of buying through a place like Club Champion or a local fitter vs. a nig box store as the specs will always be double checked before hand off.

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Taylormade SIM 9* - Aldila Rogue Silver

Cobra SpeedZone Tour Big 3 wood - Veylix Arcane

Callaway Rogue SZ 5 wood - Diamana Thump 85

PXG 0211DC 5-P - Elevate Tour

Titleist SM8 50, 54, 58 - Accra 123i

Bettinardi Prototype/Scotty Cameron T22 Newport

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In my personal experience, Titleist, PXG, and Mizuno have been pretty solid spec wise, maybe in a set of irons being a degree off in loft/lie once or twice. I've found Callaway a little worse, having maybe half of the clubs off spec in some way. Not a huge deal, as I always have a club builder double check and correct specs before putting clubs into play.

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[b]Driver[/b]: [color=#0000ff]TM SIM 9*, Fuji Ventus Black 6X[/color]
[b]Fairway Wood: [color=#0000ff]TM SIM 14*, Fuji Ventus Blue 7X[/color]
[b]Hybrid[/b]: [color=#0000ff]TM SIM Max 19*, Tensei Pro White 90S[/color]
[b]4-9 iron[/b]: [color=#0000ff]Miura CB57, KBS C-Taper Lite X[/color] 
[b]PW, GW[/b]: [color=#0000ff]Titleist SM8, KBS C-Taper Lite X[/color]
[b]Sand, Lob[/b]: [color=#0000ff]Titleist SM8, Dynamic Gold 120 S400 Tour Issue[/color]
[b]Putter[/b]: [color=#0000ff]Toulon Las Vegas, Stroke Lab[/color] 
[b]Ball[/b]: [color=#0000ff]Titleist ProV1, Titleist AVX

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Ping is probably the best OEM when it comes to hitting certain swingweights and whatnot. Ping irons also have quite a bit of bounce. If price isn't an option I'd hit up national custom, they'll hand shape or ground irons and then send them to will peoples to be built.

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Ping G410 LST 9 hzrdus hulk 75 6.5tx

Ping G410 LST 14.5 atmos black 8tx

Ping G 17.5 fujikura rombax p95x

Ping iBlade kbs tour v 120x

Ping glide 3.0 SS 54 tour issue s400

Ping glide 3.0 TS 60 tour issue s400

Ping Anser TR1966

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Stitch SL2 white

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That is why we offer a 'Hand Pick' service. Because of the +/- tolerances at manufacture, we will measure each head that we pick if requested for loft, lie and weight. Each head is certified as being checked before shipping. We have a large number of clubmakers who take advantage of this service. Tom always offered it and we continue to do so.

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