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Could be a wedge, driver, new golf tee, divot tool, bag itself, etc.

 

I'll start it off, tried a 4 pack of the Kirkland golf gloves and they are really good for the $$. Not the thinnest, but a very nice cabretta that feels good. I also grabbed one of the golf towels with the built in magnet, highly recommend as well.

 

Hopefully soon I'll be updating with how fantastic my upcoming ZX5/7 combo set it, but this should do for now.

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Driver: Cobra SZ Xtreme 9° HZRDUS Green 6.5
Fairway: G410 LST EF Black 6.5 Handcrafted 75 & G410 5 Wood EF Black 6.5 Handcrafted 85
Irons: Mizuno JPX 919T 4-PW PX 6.5
Wedges: Mizuno T20 50/55/60 S400
Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Copper

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Better health. Have been battling knee and ankle issues the past three seasons that's greatly impacted my swing and game. At this point (knock wood) the heath is looking better and that's the "surpris

I have two:   1) A 9-wood (Ping G425 cranked down to 22.0 degrees). This will rotate with my 4 iron depending on course and conditions. Goes same distance as 4i but stops on a dime.  

The Sonartec hybrid listed below.  I hit 4/4 greens with it on Tuesday.  It cost me a princely $15.

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My pair of Lazrus wedges are a nice surprise. Not sure if it's because my old wedges were old or if the new ones are just that good. But I am very happy and it was $110 for both the 52/8 and 56/12.

 

I could say the KZG combo I made up, too. But everyone who has hit either of them said they were amazing, so kinda not except for the price I paid.

 

Overall very happy with my bag right now (except I would like a new bag 🤣)

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

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade M4 19* Hybrid 

Taylormade GAPR Mid 21* Hybrid

KZG Forged 2-M cavity back 4-6 

KZG Forged Blade 7-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Tour "Percision" [sic] Milled TP-M5 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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1. The Srixon ZX4 4iron I added as a driving iron/long iron replacement.  

 

I ordered on a whim based on how good the ZX7's I had were treating me.  My current course I hit it 7 times off of the tee at my current club because of the doglegs.  I have played missed one fairway in the last three rounds that it has been in the bag and that was from an absolutely horrible swing.  Poor swings are still hitting the fairway.

 

2. Callaway Epic Max LS.  Ordered with the U-try from globalgolf on a whim. (25 bucks to try a club with free shipping is pretty nice if you ask me)

 

I have been trying to replace my Ping G400 Max for years.  The G40 LST got in my bag for a little while, but was a little to unruly sometimes.  I tried EVERY driver up until this years releases and nothing could get in there.  I even tried the 425's from this year.  The MAX LS, is almost as forgiving as the G400 MAX and is much lower spinning.  These are all my results, and YMMV.

  • Driver - Epic Max LS
  • 4 Wood - Company that shall not be named, turned down 1* and open on a UST Mamaiya Black
  • 7 Wood - Company that shall not be named, turned down 1* and open on a UST Mamaiya Black
  • Hybrid - Ping G400 17*
  • Irons = Srixon ZX4 4 iron on Recoil 110
  • Irons = Srixon ZX5 5 iron on Recoil 110
  • Irons - Srixon ZX7 (6-PW) on Recoil 110
  • Wedges - Cleveland 50* mid Zipcore, MD5 54*, 60* Mid Zipcore all on Recoil 110
  • Putters -  Sunset Beach Ocracoke or Mannkrafted MA/66
  • Ball - TP5 or Srixon Z Star 
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Mizuno RB Tour X golf ball. Love a premium ball, hate paying $45+ for a dozen. Bought these on recommendation and they've been very good. Amazon has them at a discount if you buy 5 dozen which I have now done to stock up for the season. 

 

I tried both the Tour and Tour X. Tour X feels much better throughout the bag for me. Felt like I got great driver performance with the Tour but it fell off with everything else. Tour X is all around the best for me. 

 

If you're playing Vice, Snell, etc in that price range, seriously give these a try. 

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I'm hoping that the TSi3 that I picked up over the winter will be the biggest surprise.  I've only taken it to the range once so far (heading out today for 2nd spin) and it performed great in a crazy cross wind and felt so much better than the G410+ that was my workhorse for last season.

 

Another will be if I keep a Titleist ball in the bag for any extended period of time after being a longtime TM ball player.  TM balls have been my main ball since the Penta days with the occasional Srixon XV's when you can get them for 50% off on GT and Sportchek sales in the spring.  Was gifted a couple dzn 1X's so will be given a chance.

Titleist TSi3 10* w/ Hzrdus Black RDX 60 6.5

Titleist TS2 16.5* w/ Fuji Pro 2.0 7X

Titleist TS3 19* w/ Tensei Raw AV Blue X

Titleist 620 CB/MB 4-PW w/ Modus 120X

Cleveland RTX Zipcore 51/55/59 w/ TI S400s 

Odyssey Strokelab 2-Ball 33"

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Groove it club brush... I had been terrible

about cleaning my clubs and this is an awesome tool that helps me keep things fresh.

 

built in water sprayer, huge head, strong bristles that don’t damage the club and an awesome magnet that quickly detaches and reattaches to the bag.

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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

Sub70 286 54

Sub70 JB Low Bounce 58

SeeMore milled Tri-Mallet fit and built at SeeMore 

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EZ

 

LAB Directed Force 2.1 (yep, that thing!)

 

Technically purchased in 2020, but this will be my first season gamed.  I never been more excited for an upcoming season than this one.  April 6th can’t come soon enough.

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Driver G410 LST 10.5* Ventus Velocore Blue 6x
Fairway G410 3-wood Ventus Velocore Blue 7S

Irons Ping i210’s ON THE WAY 💪🏼

Wedges Glide 3.0’s ON THE WAY 💪🏼

Putter L.A.B. 2.1

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My Srixon ZX7 driver and ZX fairway. I was happy with my Sim and old reliable biocell 3 wood. But on a total whim I ordered both and they are great clubs. Couldn’t be happier. The fairway is a rocket and my dispersion with the driver is better than the Sim. 

SRIXON ZX5 9.5 MIYAZAKI MIZORE 60X.                                              SRIXON ZX 13.5 MIYAZAKI MIZORE 70X                                               SRIXON H85 16 MATRIX BLACKTIE 95 SRIXON Z FORGED 4-PW CATALYST 100 6.5                                   CLEVELAND RTX4 50* CATALYST 100 6.0                                        CLEVELAND RTX4 54* CATALYST 100 6.0                                         CLEVELAND RTX4 58* CATALYST 100 6.0.                                             SEEMORE mFGP20 PLATINUM 38” SNELL MTB-X

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2 minutes ago, Cliffy2020 said:

EZ

 

LAB Directed Force 2.1 (yep, that thing!)

 

Technically purchased in 2020, but this will be my first season gamed.  I never been more excited for an upcoming season than this one.  April 6th can’t come soon enough.

The custom long or standard length? I was looking at those... but that price.

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Edel Putter - Did a fitting and bought a putter.  Was missing many short putts (due to aiming mostly).  this new putter really tightened things up and helped my putting confidence.  I am saving just over 2 strokes per round based on my putt count averages.

 

Ping G425Max fairway woods - big surprise for me, never hit a Ping club before.  Very forgiving, great ballspeeds.

 

Titleist Prov1x - always tried to find something 'as good as' - finally took the plunge and started playing the exclusively.  They do everything very well.

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Driver (9.0) - Cobra F9 Aldila Rogue Silver 70 S, 44.5"
Wood (14.5) - Ping G425 MAX Alta CB 65 Slate S

Wood (17.5) - Ping G425 MAX Alta CB 65 Slate S
Driving Iron (20) - Srixon U65 Project X 5.5
Irons (5-6) - Srixon Z565 Project X 5.5
Irons (7-P) - Srixon Z765 Project X 5.5
Wedges - Vokey SM-7 Jet Black / 50.08 F / 54.08 M / 58.08 M DG S300
Putter - Edel E-1
Ball - Titleist Prov1x
ZGrip Midsized Grips

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Definitely my 7 wood. I've always been a 2 iron/utility iron guy because it's great off the tee. But being in Southern California, I dont need to be hitting stingers all the time. The 7 wood is just soooo easy to hit and really versatile. New favorite club for sure!

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Ping G425 Max 9.5* w/ Tour AD HD 6x

Titleist TSi3 4 Wood w/ Ventus Red 7x 

Titleist TSi2 7 Wood w/ Ventus Red 9x 

PXG 0311x Gen2 3 Iron w/ Tour AD DI 85x

4-PW Callaway X Forged CB w/ KBS $ Taper 

50* Callaway Jaws Raw

56* Miura K Grind 2.0

62* Miura HB / Taylormade MG Hi Toe 

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 / Taylormade MyTP Juno

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Never saw it coming.........  Callaway Apex TCB irons.

CALLAWAY Customs (Black w/Silver) "The FREAK" Mavrik Sub Zero Driver, 9*, Accra TZ6/M5 72g X
CALLAWAY Mavrik Sub Zero 3 Wood, 15*, Accra TZ6/M5 80g X
CALLAWAY Super Hybrid, 18*, NS Pro Modus Hybrid GOST 102g X
TAYLORMADE SIM2 RESCUE, 22*, Diamana Thump 105g X
TAYLORMADE P790 - 4, 5, 6, PX IO 6.5
CALLAWAY APEX 21 TOUR CB, 4 - GW, PX IO/LS 6.5

CALLAWAY APEX 21 MB, 7 - GW, PX LS 6.5

CALLAWAY JAWS Forged Wedges, Chrome, 55/11C; 60/10C; PX LS 6.5

VOKEY SM8 "BIRDIE BOB" CUSTOM BRUSHED STEEL, 52/9F, DG TI x100; 58/8M, DG TI s400 ONYX 
TOULON GARAGE Austin Custom Rose Gold

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2 minutes ago, BirdieBob said:

Never saw it coming.........  Callaway Apex TCB irons.

i have a set on order as well! can't wait to try them out!

Ping G425 Max 9.5* w/ Tour AD HD 6x

Titleist TSi3 4 Wood w/ Ventus Red 7x 

Titleist TSi2 7 Wood w/ Ventus Red 9x 

PXG 0311x Gen2 3 Iron w/ Tour AD DI 85x

4-PW Callaway X Forged CB w/ KBS $ Taper 

50* Callaway Jaws Raw

56* Miura K Grind 2.0

62* Miura HB / Taylormade MG Hi Toe 

Scotty Cameron Phantom X 11 / Taylormade MyTP Juno

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@pollock21Those Kirkland gloves are great!  I have a few dozen of them because of how cheap they are and how good they are for the price.  I will still buy a 4 pack every so often when I'm at Costco just to make sure I don't run out.  

 

My surprises for this year are the following:

 

-M3 3HL with an Aldila Tour Green 75 stiff flex.  I've had a hard time over the years finding a good fairway off the tee, and something that I can hit off the deck.  So far, this has been very good for me.

-  Callaway X Forged Utility 21* with a VTS 104g hybrid shaft.  I tossed the shaft in there for fun, and I'm surprised with how easy it is to hit off the deck.  For some reason, that combo is easier to hit than the 24* I have with a Modus 125s shaft in it.  I'm getting to the point to where I'm going to bend that 21* to 23* and use it instead of the 24* I've been using.  

-A random clicgear accessory is on this list as well.  I got the stand bag accessory recently, and my stand bag doesn't move on the cart anymore.  It's very convenient.  

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Driver: 10.5* SIM2 set 1 click lower- shaft TBD 

Fairway:  M3 3HL with Diamana Whiteboard 80s

Hybrids: 19* Adams 19* Proforce V2 85f4
Irons: 3 X Forged Utility (Proforce VTS 104s); 4 iron X Forged Utility, 5-PW Ben Hoga PTx Pro:  All shafted with Modus 125s
Wedges: Cleveland Zipcore Wedges (All Raw with Modus 125 Wedge shafts) 48* bent to 49*, 52* Mid bent to 53*, 56* Mid bent to 58*. 

Putter: White Hot OG 7s or Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish

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Going back to super low bounce on my lob wedge. My short game was garbage and I tried every single bounce and grind out there and was always same crap. I always thought I had the yips for the past 5yrs but it definitely helped. Ironically my first wedge was a Wilson Harmonized Low Bounce also that I got from a sales bin at a sports store 30yrs ago and was forced to learn my short game from it. I had to do everything with only wedge, kinda crazy nowadays.

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Titleist TSi4 8 Fuji 661 II X

Titleist TS2 13.5 Diamana BF 70 X

Titleist 818 H2 19 Fuji Atmos Blue 8X

Mizuno MP-4 3-PW S300 

Vokey SM8 52.08F/SM7 58.04L

Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 

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Hogan Apex blades ('99).

 

Only thing in my bag that was hands-off this year was my set of irons, AP2s that I was going to have re-shafted with C-Tapers. Before pulling the trigger on the order, I logged onto E-Bay to see if I could find a deal on the shafts, but first searched Hogan Irons for a dose of vintage iron porn (I have a set of Apex Grinds I break out occasionally and love the look).  Sure enough, top of page was a buy-it-now Apex MB with C-Taper 120's for cheap.   I was logged into E-Bay for less than 2 minutes before making a bag-changing purchase without a second's thought. 

 

20+ years ago I almost bit on the 99 Apex as my first iron purchase, but coming out of hand-me-down Titleist Tour Model blades with too-stout x100s I decided to should try something more forgiving. Bought the AP2's a couple of years ago intending to swap shafts immediately, but kept putting off the inconvenience + cost. Somehow I stumbled on "the one that got away" + the upgrade I was too soft to go through with within a couple of keyboard clicks, all for under $200.

 

Delivered Tuesday.  An after-work 9 was delightful and followed by a playing-hooky 18 Wednesday that met increasingly heightened expectations.  They're in the bag for the season opener with my reg. foursome, for sure.

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I had a Mizuno Bettinard BC4 that I had taken apart for a trip to BOS to get refinished.

I put it back together on a whim a few weeks ago and instantly reminded how much I loved it.

 It may still go to BOS, but for now it has beat out all my other putters.

 

Ping G400 10.5 (9.5*) HZRDUS Yellow 75 5.5 
Callaway Rogue 17* 4wd Atmos Blue TS 70  
Ping G410 19*, 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
Cobra Forged Tec 6-GW SteelFiber i95cw R  
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 54/14
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 58/12

This Week's Putter: Mizuno Bettinardi BC 4 34"/ 343g
TM Tour Response/ ProV1/ FG Tour

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I also forgot to mention earlier, but the Seemore Copper FGP mallet is showing a lot of promise. I've always been fitted into center shaft putters but never found one I really liked. Bought mine off the BST here for a solid deal and man I'm rolling it well. No skips and hops off the face, great feel, and i'm hitting my lines. So far haven't holed more putts with it, but that's due to read and not the stroke. All you can ask for is hitting your intended line with good speed and this putter has been spot on for me.

 

Never saw myself with a seemore, figured when I finally bit on a CS it would be a scotty phantom.

Driver: Cobra SZ Xtreme 9° HZRDUS Green 6.5
Fairway: G410 LST EF Black 6.5 Handcrafted 75 & G410 5 Wood EF Black 6.5 Handcrafted 85
Irons: Mizuno JPX 919T 4-PW PX 6.5
Wedges: Mizuno T20 50/55/60 S400
Putter: Taylormade Spider Tour Copper

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