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I have just switched my brand allegiance for the 3rd time in my golf equipment life. Went from all things Adams (RIP), to all things Callaway and just switched to PING (except putter that’s not going anywhere). Anyone else bounce from one manufacturer to the other? Successes? Regrets?

Driver - PING G400 SFT

Fairway - PING G400 3 wood

Hybrid - PING G400 3 hybrid

Utility - PING G400 Crossover 4

Irons - PING i200 5-U 

Wedges - PING Glide 2.0 SS 54* & 58*

Putter - Bettinardi iNOVAi REV 3.0 Tour Prototype

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Pretty much every time I purchase something new.  I have no allegiance to a brand.

Allegiance? It's don't owe club manufacturers anything. Whatever works for me or attracts my attention.

It's fairly rare when one manufacturer makes the best of everything.  In fact, I can't remember it happening in my lifetime.

My signature says it all... Callaway driver, TM fairway, TEE hybrids, Mizuno irons, Snake Eyes gap wedge, Corey Paul sand wedge, and either Mannkrafted or TP Mills putter.

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Callaway Epic Flash 12.0, 5.5 Evenflow green
Taylormade M2 2017 HL 16.5 w/GD Tour AD DI stiff
TEE e8 22 & 25 hybrids/Recoil 460 F3

Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro's 5-PW/Nippon Modus 105
Snake Eyes 52 gap Rifle 5.0
Corey Paul forged 56 sand Rifle 5.0

TP Mills Sycamore
Spaulding TPM VIII
MannKrafted MA/99

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8 minutes ago, hybrid25 said:

Allegiance? It's don't owe club manufacturers anything. Whatever works for me or attracts my attention.

The only convenience for allegiances would be that clubs can be designed with other clubs in mind to work together. Like hybrids and irons may be designed with the other club in mind.

 

however in general I agree. I’ve got 3 brands in my bag.

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I've been a PING guy for so long that I can't remember the last time I played a non-PING club.  I like the durability of their older clubs, their philosophy of function over form, and the fact that they value their employees so highly.

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--------------------------- modern ---------------------------

Driver PING G10 (12*)

Fairway Woods Callaway Big Bertha Warbird (16*, 20*, 24*)

Irons PING G10 XG (5-9, PW, UW)

Wedges PING Eye2 XG (55*, 60*)

Putter PING Karsten 1959 Anser X (35")

------------------------------ classic ------------------------------

Woods Callaway Great Big Bertha Hawk Eye (10*, 14*, 18*)

Irons PING ISI-S (4-9, PW, SW)

Putter PING Anser X (35")

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No allegiance either, but have slowly shifted to primarily Ping. Glide 2 & 3 Wedges, i500 Irons, Ping G410 hybrids, but I have a Callaway Mavrik Driver & 4 Wood. 

 

Had a huge club makeover over the past year, still trying to get comfortable with the i500s. I've only played a handful of rounds with them after replacing Titleist Ap2 710s I played for nearly 10 years. 

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I tend to buy whatever I like that is reasonably fit for me.  Mismatched everything and I buy on discount or used. I have access to high-end simulators and have been fit many many times, so I know what works.

 

I've never understood brand loyalty.  People seem to forget that they are paying an obscene amount of money for a graphite stick with a piece of metal attached to the end of it with cheap glue designed to hit a rubber ball.  For more than a half-THOUSAND dollars for a single club these days, I'd want to know that it is fit to perfection and my favorite thing in every way. 

 

At the same time--  I think you should buy whatever makes you happy.  This game makes me happy and so do shiny new clubs.

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It’s your bag, and your 14 clubs, but I’m going to play the best 14 I can find... that said, half my bag is still Adams... (irons, hybrids and woods).

 

I’ll always give certain companies a shot, and tend to default to vokey wedges... but I’m open to whatever works best... driver usually comes down to if I can get a shaft I like with no upcharge.

As of 1/24/21

9 Callaway Mavrk Sub Zero with RipX

13 Degree Adams Speedline with Aldila Alpha 

18 Degree Adams A12 with Proforce V2

4 Utility Sub70 699u 22 degree Proforce V2

5 iron Sub70 639 CB with S400

6-GW Adams CMB with Project X 6.0

54, 58 Vokeys

SeeMore milled Tri-Mallet fit and built at SeeMore 

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I have bounced around over the years for balls, but I stay true to one ball for the entire season. 

 

These days I am largely a one brand kind of guy, I don't have the energy to follow everything coming out and try everything out and I tend to believe all the Major OEM make good equipment with enough options to suit most players. So when it is time to upgrade I check out the options from the current brand I have, and If I like the newer model I buy it and move on. But I am also the type that plays irons for 5 or 6 years and woods for 3-5. 

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No allegiances. I'm pure mercenary when it comes to sports gear.  

 

It might be different if I had played at a level where I had received some sort of support from a mfr, but alas, that is not the case for my golf game. I'm the customer, therefore, I'm the boss - the supreme dictator of what goes in my bag. I don't owe a gear manufacturer any sort of allegiance.

 

And I've got a Cleveland headcover on my Ping driver. Hah!

 

(7 brands in my bag right now.)

 

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2 hours ago, 14max said:

I've been a PING guy for so long that I can't remember the last time I played a non-PING club.  I like the durability of their older clubs, their philosophy of function over form, and the fact that they value their employees so highly.

I would have to agree with this assessment of Ping products. 

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>Mavrik Max 12.5* 

>Mavrik 16.5* 4w

>Mavrik Max 4, 5, 6, 7 hybrids

>7--SW Dynacraft Prophet Muscle Blade Irons

>MD5 Jaws 58* W grind LW

>Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide Putter

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Picking up the game in 1993, and being left handed was tough. My starter set blew and the first company I bought from was ping, but all they had in 1994 were those damn zings LH

 

aftwr those I discovered callaway had a much better selection and have been loyal for that reason. So much of the golf industry ignored the lefty in the 1990s

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I’m pretty much a Mizuno iron and Titleist woods loyalist at this point. Have been in Vokey wedges awhile but may go Mizuno there for my next set. More of a comfort thing than necessarily thinking they are any better. I could easily have played any number of specific models not from those manufacturers.

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Titleist 917 D3 9.5* Kiyoshi Black 65-05
Titleist TSi3 15* VA Composite Drago 75-X
Titleist 818 H2 19* Tensei White 100-X
Mizuno MP-69 3-PW PX 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM7 Jet Black 54* S PX 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM7 Jet Black 60* M PX 6.0
Special Select Squareback 2 w/ SuperStroke Pistol 1.0

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Thought I would’ve been a guy who sets up my whole bag with one OEM and have a “matching set”, but once I realized that no company was paying me or giving any discounts, I realized that doesn’t make sense.

 

I’ll go with whatever club offers the best feel, value, and performance. Just picked up Cleveland wedges last week, and tomorrow I’m picking up a Srixon Driving Iron, which will bring me to 4 OEM’s in the bag (TM, Callaway, Srixon, & Cleveland).

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TaylorMade SIM Max D (10.5*) / UST Mamiya Helium 5F4

TaylorMade SIM Max D (16*) / UST Mamiya Helium 5F4 FW

Srixon Z U85 (20*) / UST Mamiya Recoil 95 F4

TaylorMade P770 (4-PW) / Project X Rifle 6.0

Cleveland RTX Zipcore (50-54-58) / Dynamic Gold Spinner

TaylorMade SOTO Tour Preferred (36")

🇨🇦

 

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I built my own irons with Dynacraft heads, but my lob wedge, 4 hybrids, 4 Wood, and Driver are all Callaway. I think the reason I choose Callaway because of Callaway pre-owned where I get my equipment at reduced rates. So it is not really an allegiance due to loyalty, it is because of convenience and price.

>Mavrik Max 12.5* 

>Mavrik 16.5* 4w

>Mavrik Max 4, 5, 6, 7 hybrids

>7--SW Dynacraft Prophet Muscle Blade Irons

>MD5 Jaws 58* W grind LW

>Odyssey Stroke Lab Double Wide Putter

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In 2009 I redid my bag completely as I moved away from heavier, stiff flex shafts.

 

Since then, I have been mix of Callaway and Tour Edge. At various times I have played drivers, fairways, irons and wedges from each.

 

Other visitors have included Cleveland CG14 wedges (about six years), and Cobra FlyZ hybrids (three years).

 

One exception: Since 2007 I have played a Ping putter of some sort, except for an 18-month venture with a vintage Slotline Inertial.

 

Basically, Callaway and Tour Edge really fit my eye well. If one of their clubs has the right head and shaft, it only takes me a few shots to get the basic feel.

What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2020)

 

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

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

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

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

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

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Don’t know about allegiances, but over the years I found Mizuno makes good stuff from running shoes to baseball gloves  to golf clubs.

 

If you can play golf you can play with any stock set from any major oem and most not so major ones.  If you are one of the very rare elite playing at the margins of greatness your choice of equipment may matter some, if only mentally.

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How much did each company pay you for your allegiance?

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Ping G410 Plus 10.5°/Alta CB55 r flex
Maltby KE4 TC 5w/Xcaliber SL FW r flex

Maltby KE4 ST-H 3h/Xcaliber HY r flex
Maltby KE4 ST-H 4h/Xcaliber HY r flex
Maltby KE4 Tour 5h/Xcaliber Rapid Taper r flex
Maltby KE4 Tour+ 6-G/Xcaliber Rapid Taper r flex
Maltby Tricept 54° and 58°/Xcaliber Rapid Taper r flex
Mizuno Bettinardi C06

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I played a lot of Ping stuff for years because they always catered to us lefties. But I've never been stuck on one brand since that would suck the fun out of trying different stuff.

Ping G410  10.5 Project X Evenflow 5.5
Ping Anser 20* Hybrid

Titleist 816H2 23* @ 24*
Srixon ZX5's  5-PW

Ping Glide 3.0  50*
Ping Glide
 54 & 58*ES

Bettinardi Queen B 6

 

 

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- TM to Titleist around 2011. The product wasn't as solid around that time. IMHO. Its rebounded well since the Adidas split. 

- Now, I just play whatever I like as evidenced by the signature. 

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Callaway - Epic Subzero 9* Oban Kiyoshi White 68g 04

TEE - CB Pro Limited 16.5*  Oban Kiyoshi White 74g 04

TEE - CB Pro U 19* Paderson KINETIXX TS Hybrid 80

Miura - Baby Blades 4 - PW KBS Tour Black 120s

Vokey - SM7 52* 56* 60* KBS Tour Black 120s

Ping - PLD Prime Tyne 35"

Grips- Iomic Sticky 2.3 .60

 

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Driver: None, but have owned more Ping drivers over the last 20 years than any other brand

3 wood:  whatever works, I have owned 30 of these in the last 20 years

Other woods:  whatever works

Irons:  Something smallish blade length with consistent spin

Wedges: Cleveland guy, have been since high school.  Callaway since Roger joined has snuck in the bag a few times. Tried others, but no go.

Putter:  Sunset Beach or Mannkrafted.  Sorry, I know others are good, but LaMont is my favorite.

 

I tend to not play anything Titleist, this steams from my younger years when everyone had a 975D and played the 384 balata.  I refused to play what everyone else did, so I was Callaway and Maxfli or Precept balls.  It became worse when I owned SSB in that I would not play Titleist(another long story).  The fact that I have a 3 wood from them in the bag shows you how desperate my search was.

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  • Driver - Ping G410 LST on HZRDOUS Yellow
  • 4 Wood - Company that shall not be named, turned down 1* and open on a UST Mamaiya Black
  • 7 Wood - Callaway Epic Flash turned down 1 on UST Mamiya Black   
  • Hybrid - Ping G400 17*
  • Irons = Sub 70 699 Pro U 4 iron
  • Irons - Srixon ZX7 on X100 AMT White - possibly re-shafting to recoil 110
  • Wedges - Cleveland 50* 588  (Working on the rest) all on UST Recoil 110
  • Putters -  Sunset Beach Ocracoke or Mannkrafted MA/66
  • Ball - Srixon Z Star XV
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No allegiances here, but I have an affinity towards Ping based on years of experience and good customer service with them. They always get the first look.

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Ping G410 Plus driver
Ping G410 3 wood, Cobra F6 Baffler
PXG 0211 1st gen irons 
Mizuno S18 54/12 and Ping Zing Lob wedges
Ping Sigma G Craz-E putter

 

Leopold GX-4i3 rangefinder

 

Penalty Box: Srixon Z565 irons, Evnroll ER7 putter

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