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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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Evnroll ER1TS.  Rollin them real well.  The confidence is high. 

 

Aldila Rogue White 70TX in the 💎💎💎.  It’s so smooth.

 

Callaway Supersoft ball.  They just go straight for me from top to bottom. 
 

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Sim 10.5° set @ 8.5° - ALDILA RIP PHENOM NASTY LONG 60TX.

GBB 15° set at 13° - ACCRA TOUR Z RPG 472 M5+.

TS2 17° set @ 16 - ALDILA RIP ALPHA 85X.

Srixon U85 18° - STEELFIBER FC 90X.

Mizuno JPX900 Forged 4-G - DG X100.

SM7 54° & 58° - WEDGE FLEX.

 

Evnroll ER1TS 

 

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1) Driver w/ Ventus Black shaft

2) 7 wood

3) Pending - possibly a Phantom X 5.5 (have always played an Anser2/Newport 2-style putter)

Driver: 10* Titleist TSi3 w/Ventus Black 6

4-Wood: 16.5* Titleist TSi2 w/Ventus Blue 8

7-Wood: 21* Titleist TSi2 w/Ventus Blue 8

Irons (3/4-P): Titleist T100 w/KBS Tour

Wedges (50*, 54*, 60*): Vokey SM8 w/KBS Tour

Putter: Scotty Cameron 

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Ping G400 Max Fuji Ventus Red 6x

Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 73x 

Cally Apex '16 3h 20* KK Silver 80x

Cally Apex '16 4h 23* KK Silver 80x

Srixon ZX7 5i  AD DI di 95x 

Srixon ZX7 6 - PW Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120s
Vokey SM2 50*, SM2 TVD M 56* & 60*, SM2 64.07

Scotty GoLo 7
 

 

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It has been a hit and miss for me to find a great 5W but few weeks ago I found the perfect mate to my Exotics XCG5 3W. I got in a very good shape an Exotics XCG6 5W that is incredible. 
 

TEE is not that popular in Australia, not easy to find and the few shops that sell them don’t carry 5W, so my finding was perfect for my game.

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Srixon ZX7 Irons

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Driver: Titleist TS3 - Tensi AV Blue 65x

3 Wood:  Titleist TS3 - Fuji Atmos Red 70x

Hybrid:  Titleist TSI2 - HZDRUS Smoke RDX 80s

Hybrid: Titleist TSI2 - HZDRUS Smoke RDX 90s

Irons:  Srixon ZX7 5-PW  - Modus 3 105 S (HS+1)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX Zipcore

Putter: Scotty Special Select Newport

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On 3/27/2021 at 10:08 PM, OsnolaKinnard said:

The biggest surprise to me is just how much better the Titleist Pro V1 is compared to LITERALLY anything else.

 

It is not even close.

+1  Was playing the TP5x for the past 4 years.  Went out to Las Vegas to play in practice rounds and a tournament on hard and fast greens.  Was really shocked at how much better the Pro v1 is off the scoring irons.....needless to say, I'm back to the Pro V1x......it was eye opening how much better that ball is.

 

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M5 Tour 10.5*- Fuji Pro Tour Spec X
2017 M1 3W- Fuji Speeder Tour X
3-5 TM P7MC  KBS Tour 130 XS

6-9 TM P7MB KBS Tour 130 XS
52* & 58* SM8 
Black Lab BL-1 365G

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I'm currently awaiting the arrival of the Bettinardi in my sig after a SAM putter fitting.  Learned so, so much about my putting stroke and how ill-fitting my previous putter was.  Can't WAIT to roll the new one! 

TaylorMade SIM 9.0* Project X HZRDUS Black 6.5
TaylorMade M4 15* Aldila X-Torsion Copper 70x
TaylorMade M4 Rescue 19* Fujikura Atmos 83s

Mizuno MP-18 MMC 4-PW Project X LZ 5.5

Mizuno T7 52-08 | 56-10 Dynamic Gold Wedge

Titleist Vokey SM7 60-12D Dynamic Gold Wedge
Bettinardi Studio Stock 7 34" 
TaylorMade TP5x

Vessel Player III Stand

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I have two:

1. Ping G425 7 wood (7 wood head, 5 wood shaft length). My 200 yard club. Easy to get in the air, tight dispersion, impressive length.

2. Gamer Arizonan putter. A small batch boutique putter maker in the UK. Incredible balance, clean lines, solid feel, rare site dot.

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Driver: Ping G425 Max 12 deg w/MR Tensei Orange R
Woods: Ping G425 5w & 7w w/MR Tensei Orange R
Hybrid: PXG 25 w/MR Tensei Red R
Irons: Ping i200 5-U w/Project X 5.5 LZ
Wedges: Ping Eye 2 Gorge S w/DG Spinner/Cleveland 588 60 Tour Issue w/DG S400
Putter: Gamer Arizonan 
Ball: Titleist ProV1x 

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Was shocked when my new irons arrived with REGULAR shafts. I haven't had regular shafts since the 70's. Come to think of it, that was more than 40 years ago... maybe I was overdue. 😉 

 

But there they are, DG 105R shafts in the new 0211's that I was fit for. Played my first round with them sunday and my normal post round neck and shoulder soreness was absent. I also didn't notice a significant difference in feel, trajectory and distance was very good. I did notice though, that I can hit a fade with irons now, which is a shot I have struggled with forever.

 

The second surprise is that the new PXG 0811X Proto has a Hazardous Smoke Yellow Stiff shaft. I would not have believed it would take my "old faithful" out of the bag, but it is long and the PXG 3* flat setting really eliminates the fear of the dreaded hook and produces a beautiful baby fade. I'm looking forward to having the chance to hit this on the range and on the course. I love the feel, sound and watching the flight I am producing with this club.  

PXG  9* 0811 X  Hazardous Smoke Yellow 60g Stiff

Wishon 929HS 3w  Wishon Black 65g Stiff

Wishon 775HS  3 hybrid  Wishon Black Hybrid Stiff

4-G  PXG 0211  DG 105 Regular

Ping Glide 3.0  54*  Z-115 Wedge shaft

PXG 0311  60*  TT Elevate 95 Stiff

PING Anser 3 Goose Neck Putter   

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Three surprises - one I have and the second is coming together by the end of the week and the last still has me puzzled:

  1. TM Spider EX - spent ~2 hours at the PGA SS and tried everything.  If the Odyssey Two Ten had a white hot face like the OG's I probably wouldn't have bought this putter.  Of course I go home, rip off the grip, add a 3" extension then regrip and add some lead tape before taking it out.  Been averaging around 31 putts/round and really happy with my first serious love affair with a face balanced putter (after playing an Anser/Newport style for the past 30 years).
  2. Titleist 917 F2 16.5* w/ Tour AD DI 7x - I play a AD DI 6x in my TSi3 and found a great deal on a 7x shaft and an old 917 F2 head.  Hoping it will fill a gap in my bag for a soft landing ball that will cover 235-250 yards (my 15* TS2 goes about 265-275 and isn't too great for going for par 5's in two shots).
  3. '21 ProV1, V1X, TP5x - tried all these balls and like them all for different reasons.  But one constent between them all...they all have improved in cross-winds and hold lines much better than older models.
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1) PXG Proto 5 wood with a Diamana S+ Limited Gen 2. Giving my 2hybrid a serious run for the spot in the bag as of late. 
 

2) Snell MTB X and Black golf balls. Love them both. Definitely a little more carry with the X off the tee but approach and putter like the Black a touch better. Will probably settle with the Black for 21 after I use up the rest of my X stash. 

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3 hours ago, njlam said:

2. Gamer Arizonan putter. A small batch boutique putter maker in the UK. Incredible balance, clean lines, solid feel, rare site dot.

Great putter, love mine. Even at 335g it's still a touch heavy for me so I ordered a Son of a GOAT too.

Ping G410 Plus 10.5° - Speeder EVO V 6S

Ping G410 17.5° - Atmos TS Red 7S

Srixon Z 785 3-6 - PX LZ 6.0

Srixon Z-Forged 7-PW - PX LZ 6.0

Cleveland RTX 4 50° Mid, 54° Mid, 60° Low - S400 TI

Gamer Putters Son of a GOAT - 326g, 34"

Bridgestone Tour B X

 

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On 3/29/2021 at 9:30 AM, jyamat said:

+1  Was playing the TP5x for the past 4 years.  Went out to Las Vegas to play in practice rounds and a tournament on hard and fast greens.  Was really shocked at how much better the Pro v1 is off the scoring irons.....needless to say, I'm back to the Pro V1x......it was eye opening how much better that ball is.

 

There is a reason every other company says "just as good as" or uses the Pro V1 as the bench mark for performance. 

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9 hours ago, Yoshifan151 said:

Great putter, love mine. Even at 335g it's still a touch heavy for me so I ordered a Son of a GOAT too.

I have the Arizonan in 335 and 350 and they are both good.

 

Also have an original GOAT at 326. Very special putters.

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Driver: Ping G425 Max 12 deg w/MR Tensei Orange R
Woods: Ping G425 5w & 7w w/MR Tensei Orange R
Hybrid: PXG 25 w/MR Tensei Red R
Irons: Ping i200 5-U w/Project X 5.5 LZ
Wedges: Ping Eye 2 Gorge S w/DG Spinner/Cleveland 588 60 Tour Issue w/DG S400
Putter: Gamer Arizonan 
Ball: Titleist ProV1x 

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