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Hi GolfWRX, long time lurker, and I've finally decided to start getting more active on the forum. I figured since entering the WITB contest to be featured on the homepage, I might as well make a post

Now that is a proper looking 4 iron!

Cobra  Speedzone 9* Fujikura Motore Speeder vc 6.2

Titleist TS3 15* Diamana S+ ltd Blueboard 70s tipped 1" 

or

Cobra  Speedzone Big Tour  Hzrdus Yellow 6.5 70--testing...

Titleist U500 2i Fujikura Motore Speeder Tour Spec 9.8 hb

Callaway  18 X Forged UT 4i  Accra iCWT 105

Mizuno  JPX 921 Tour  5-PW  Accra i Series Steel 125 soft stepped

Vokey Raw SM8 50F, 54S, 58S  Nippon Modus 125 wedge

Mizuno M Craft Type 1 Satin  Stability Tour Shaft, Golf Pride Pro Only Green*

Bridgestone Tour B XS

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Damn those irons + wedges are so sweet looking! I've been wanting to try Kyoei wedges for a while now, they are pretty pricey at retail, but the blanks on TSG seemed too good to be true, I am seriously considering grabbing a set for experimentation

Can you share any more info on the story of the grind/finish process? Curious what input you gave the builder.. just some loft/lie specs, or did you have a vision in your mind of offset, topline, bounce, etc..

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G400 14.5* Tour 75
Apex 18* Kuro Kage 80
HMB (4-5) MP-4 (6-P) s300
SM7 50f/54f/60d 
#7 MXM No 3 Jacks
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Sure thing! No more photos but I basically started off of my previous wedges. I used vokeys in 54 & 58 and I had a lot of success with those so I just stuck with what I knew in lie and bounce. As far as shape went, I left it to the builder to decide for the most part. I had a couple atypical asks: thinner topline on both wedges and a straight edge on the 52*, as I could use it for full shots. Bounce/lie/loft were simply adjusted to my specs.

As much as I love the clubs, the wedges are definitely not exactly what I asked for. There's a decent bit of offset for a wedge, and the shape is inconsistent on the hosel. Reason being, is that these clubs just have a lot more "bulk" than initially expected. I worked with a pretty skilled person locally and he noted was that there was a surprising amount of club still to be ground down. This made the wedges way harder to work with in terms of getting things to the right spot. He quoted a much lower price thinking it would be a relatively quick job, but realistically, it took far longer and far more effort than he imagined. All I'd consider is checking in with whomever you're planning to work with, and chat it through with them!

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I like the setup.  I loved the way the Kyoei blades felt when I had an opportunity to try them years ago.  But seriously,  you need to wash your balls bro.  😉

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TM SIM MAX 9* w/Ventus Black 7x

TM SIM 15* w/Ventus Blue 8x

TM Tour Issue Deep Face Ghost Proto 2 HB  w/Thump 105x

Vega VDC-01 4i w/Recoil Proto 125 F5

New Level 623-M 5-PW w/MMT 125 TX

54* Miura HB w/KBS 610 S+, 58* Miura w/KBS Tour Black

Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1

 

 

 

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Wish those irons came in lefty

Driver: Taylormade M2 ('17) 10.5* ; Accura MV85x PINK 1 of 1

3 wood: Taylormade Aeroburner TP 15*; Diamana Blueboard 72X

4 wood: PXG Gen2 16* (set 17.5); Hzardus Red 80x

Hybrid: PXG Gen1 19* (set 20.5): Hzardus Handcrafted Black 100x

Irons: I have set up NIKE Vapor Pro Combos, PXGs, Mizuno MP59s, and Titleist 716 

Wedges: Scratch 50 (bent to 47*), 53* (bent to 51*), 58* (bent to 57*)

                Maltby 60* bent to 63*; with a custom grind 

Putter: YES! Tracy Tour 36 inches Super Stroke GP Tour

 

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On 12/25/2020 at 2:14 AM, cjrobertson said:

If you don't mind me asking, how much did the custom blades cost? I'd love to do something like this but its hard to start. 

Unfortunately I can't give you a solid number. This was a first for the builder, so the actual cost was probably lower than expected cost of someone experienced willing to do this. I can say the heads are from tourspec, and are only $350 right now. As far as shafts, those are just some used ones I bought for cheap. It'll really depend on your builder, which I would recommend be local. Sorry I can't offer more information! 

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13 hours ago, nicklaminator said:

Unfortunately I can't give you a solid number. This was a first for the builder, so the actual cost was probably lower than expected cost of someone experienced willing to do this. I can say the heads are from tourspec, and are only $350 right now. As far as shafts, those are just some used ones I bought for cheap. It'll really depend on your builder, which I would recommend be local. Sorry I can't offer more information! 

No worries. Thanks for the info!

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