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"half-bag" interesting observation with the 1st round of the season


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Shot my best round - and got to my lowest handicap (low 3s) - the season I played with a 7 club bag. Get's harder to play new courses, but if you're familiar with the track, it's a lot of fun.

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Driver: TaylorMade M3, 10.5*
Fairway: Adams Fast 10, 15*
Utility Iron: Titleist 718 AP3, 19*
5-GW: Titleist 718 AP1, 24*-48*
SW: Ping Glide 2.0 ES, 56*
Putter: Bettinardi iNOVAi 5.0
Ball: Bridgestone B RX
Bag: Ping Mascot

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I played in college with a starter set with a few added clubs.

 

Driver, 3w, 5w, 3, 5, 7, 9, SW and putter. It's taken me years to hit even clubs well, but I learned distance control and that's helped me still.

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Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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Interesting how you went completely top heavy and bottom heavy.  It's like an extreme version of my own.  I'd give the middle clubs a little love though and maybe pull the 3W out for a 7 iron.  Good test!

D1 Adams XTD, NL60TX D2 Titleist TS2, D+72X 5W Titleist 915F, D+80X

3I Srixon Z 545 4I Mizuno MP-H4 6I-PW MP-54, C Taper Lite X

GW Nike VPC, Tour V X 54, 60 Cleveland CBX, DG S300 Cure CX3

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For local par 3 course: 6i-9i, PW and SW, 4H, putter, and driver. (Relax, I use the driver as a handle to balance bag on my back...)

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

 

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:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

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

Ball: 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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15 hours ago, joostin said:

Interesting how you went completely top heavy and bottom heavy.  It's like an extreme version of my own.  I'd give the middle clubs a little love though and maybe pull the 3W out for a 7 iron.  Good test!

@orangeology: Nice half-bag set...
...but "+1" on @joostin's observation, i.e. Where's the "150-170 yard" club? (which IMHO i would need for various Par 3 tee-shots / most 2nd-shots on Par 4's?)

 

On 3/13/2021 at 6:19 AM, orangeology said:

i brought a half-bag out:

a driver, 3W, 18º hybrid, 21º driving iron and 4 wedges: 47, 50, 56, 60, oh and the putter. a bag totally missing 5 - 9 irons.


FYI if interested to go further down the half-set/minimalist rabbit-hole:
Some fun discussions = per the threads linked below.

 

==> https://www.golfwrx.com/584490/long-live-the-half-set/ 
(Love the featured half-set in this article
i.e. mini-driver 13.5*;
4-wood;
26* 5i;
36* 7i;
46* PW; 
56* SW;
Putter.
 

 

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yup, i'd definitely tried a so-called half-set with even/odd numbered irons before, for a sunday twilight run etc—similar to the half-bags suggested above. guess, however the consequence of club-choice contemplating's still there.

 

nice thing about such an unexpected experiment this time was that: top-heavy to bottom heavy "sans-middle/short irons". had thought it was gonna be a banana, completely missing the clubs  for 140-170 yds shots, but it came out that it was actually simpler without contemplation on the course.

 

like someone pointed out, yes i know that course very well, that obviously helped. but again, dealing 140 - 200 yds wider range only with 2 clubs—simply the 18º hybrid from roughs, 21º 4 iron from fairways—was a new fun i found and it worked. 

 

i mean. i still like to play 'proper' golf with a full set indeed. just another way of having fun, heck why not? 

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Callaway Rogue SZ TC 9.0º + House of Forged Tour Black 55 SS 

Callaway Rogue SZ TC 14.7º + Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 6X

Royal Collection 505V BBD Hybrid #2 18º + NS PRO 950FW X

Nike VFP 4 + Accra TourZ M5

Nike VFP 5 + Mocus3 Tour 105 X, VPF 6–PW + Modus3 Tour 120 X  

Scratch 8620 47º + DG S200,  8620 50º, STI 60º + DG TI S400

Edel The "Gold" Brick 1/100

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How about an iron set from Geom?

21º, 29º, 37º, 45º Lofts

 

https://geomgolf.com/collections/irons/products/moe-half-set-forged-players-cavity-irons

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Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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1 hour ago, Geom Golf said:

Hey everyone... here's some pics if you need more info.

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Those look fantastic. 

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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Played my first round with a half bag today basically on accident because I am awaiting new clubs to be delivered and was invited for a quick 9 before work on a relatively short course. I had an old set (like OLD...like from the late 1960s old) of Sam Snead Blue Ridge Blades that were my grandfathers that I had re-gripped a few months ago and grabbed the 5i, 7i and 9i from the set (obviously very traditional lofts from back then so I played them all like they were a club shorter). Wanted an excuse to play them and got it today. Filled out the bag with an old 3wood and 54* and 60* wedges and a putter. So basically my bag played like this:

 

Old 3W: Carry probably 220

Sam Snead 5i: Carries 170ish
Sam Snead 7i: Carries 150ish
Sam Snead 9i: Carries 130ish
Cleveland 54*: Carries 90ish
Ben Hogan 60*: Don't hit this full

1982 Ping Anser 

 

The result? I shot 38 while basically guessing at iron yardages. To be fair, the average par 3/4/5 lengths out there are about 150/370/490 so it's not particularly difficult but man, what a stress free day. No real decisions to be made on yardages. I only listed my score because that is what I typically shoot out there because, in all honesty, I wasn't thinking about my score. I was just trying to hit golf shots with these old blades and hit the ball as straight as possible. This is likely just beginners luck but it really opened my eyes to having a real halfish bag. Having two wedges so close together was more of me rushing to get a bag together so I think I will probably setup more like this:

 

Driver: Carry around 245
20* Hybrid: Carry around 200
Sam Snead 5i
Sam Snead 7i
Sam Snead 9i
Cleveland Reg 588 51* Wedge: Carry around 105

Cleveland Reg 588 57* Wedge: Carry around 75
1982 Ping Anser

 

As some have mentioned, I wouldn't take this set to a new course or a long course but for my local muni or a shorter course that I know well it makes it come alive. 

 

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