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What is the biggest surprise you added to your bag in 2021?


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Shafts I previously knew little about: Project X Catalyst 6.0 graphite iron shafts. It really is a constant weight, low torque, Project X profile you can hit all day and it won’t leave you hurting. With so much attention on Recoil, Steelfiber and the new MMTs, True Temper gets overlooked in this category.  

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PING G425 Crossover 2-iron.  I was a walking scorer at the Puerto Rico Open and saw Brandon Hagy hitting this club on several holes and absolutely launching it.  All the caddies gathered around to take a peek.  Fortunately it's been working amazingly for me as well!  Super solid off the tee and hittable off the turf as well.

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Rogue White 130 MSI 60X

Mizuno 15* 3w Ventus Blue 70X

Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro 19* 3 Hybrid HZRDUS Smoke Black 80X

PING G425 Crossover 4i Tour 85S

PING i210 5-GW DG120 S

Cleveland RTX Zipcore 54*

Cleveland RTX Full Face 58*

Edel EAS 4.0

 

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I had a pretty standard set of sand and lob wedges for years.  56* and 62* degree models, usually Callaway.  The 62* never got used because it is frankly difficult to execute for this 15 hcp.  I went with something more forgiving and within my skill range so got a Ping Glide 3.0 wide-sole 54* for chipping and a Glide 3.0 Eye2 for sand shots. They both get used all the time and work great for my skill level.

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10.5* Ping G425 MAX

15* Callaway Big Bertha B21

18* Callaway Big Bertha B21

21* Callaway Big Bertha B21 hybrid

5~U Ping G710

54* Ping Glide 3.0 WS

58* Ping Glide 3.0 EYE2

Scotty Fastback 2

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Gotta say that the 2021 Apex Pro 3 hybrid with a Ventus Black 10, has been the most surprising.  I have ever had a hybrid that is this consistent, it’s surpassed my old 818 h2 in every way, and I never thought I would find anything better than that.

Taylormade SIM2 9* Ventus Velocore Black 7X
Taylormade SIM2 15* Ventus Velocore Blue 8X

Callaway Apex Pro 20* Ventus Velocore Black 10TX
Titleist 718 AP2 4-PW DG X100
Vokey SM8 50.08F & 55.11D DG X100
Taylormade Hi-Toe 60 DG S400
Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5
Taylormade TP5x
 
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Epic Max 5 wood is a beast, long and straight. Also the Ping 410 5 hybrid is a solid "get the job done" club. I have a lot of confidence with both. My F9 7 wood is fighting for it's life not to be replaced by the Epic Max 7 wood. 

Ping G Max 10.5

TM Sim Max 5 & 7 wd  

Ping G410 4, 5, & 6 hy

Ping G 710 6-pw 

Ping Glide 50* 

MD5 54* 10ss

Toulon Columbus 

 

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I’m still waiting to find out. Possibly our course will open in the next 10 days which would be one of the earliest in 100 years.

Callaway Epic Speed M10 Smoke
Taylor Made SIM 3W Titanium Diamana Limited
Taylor Made SIM 5W Titanium Diamana Limited
Taylor Made GAPR HI KBS 4,5,
HONMA TW747P 6-11 Vizard 85g
Cleveland 56* Smoke RTX Zipcore DG Spinner
Lajosi 808 Damascus, Callaway S2H2 Tuttle
Seed 01, Maxfli Tour

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So far my biggest surprise has been the fact I keep adding to my bag. I REALLY think I am done and feel really good about it.

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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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I've only purchased one club this year, an Adams speedline plus 5 hybrid, but I've only played one round. It seems to perform well enough. Right now I'm seriously considering getting myself a new (actually new, not new to me) driver and getting custom fitted.

Right now he problem is I'm at the weird point of my budget will only allow me to get maybe 3 clubs, but if I wait a month or so, I could increase the available clubs. However he club ho urge is strong.

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I would have to say my KING COBRA TOUR MIM irons. Long irons are as easy to hit as my 8 iron. I had PING G710's before and I find these to be just as forgiving and there has not been a better feeling forged iron out there that feels any better to me than my MIM's. These irons should be on everyone list to try when looking for a new set. 

Cobra RADSPEED XB PTC Limited Edition 10.5* with Speeder EVO VII 569

TaylorMade Max 3W with Blue Ventus Fujikura

Callaway Epic Max 5W with hzrdus Smoke iM10 5.5

Srixon ZX5 4-PW UST Recoil Smacwrap F3 760/F3

Cleveland RTX Fullface Zipcore 52*/58* Dynamic Gold Spinner

Lajosi LP-421 35" with Black shaft and Winn grip

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Picked up a Ping g410 4h that I finally had a chance to hit last week.  Soooooo easy to hit and just as long as my fairway wood.  It made such an impression that I immediately bought a 5h off ebay to go with it.

Ping g425 Max 12/Tensei orange 55
Ping g410 4h & 5h hybrids/Tensei blue

Callaway 2016 Apex 6-P/Elevate 95

Ping Glide 3.0 54 & 58 

TP Mills Sycamore/Spaulding TPM VIII/Bellum Winmore 787 Tie-Fighter/TP Mills Nellie

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10 hours ago, jmo15 said:

Getting fitted for wedges has helped my scoring tremendously. Before this all I had was a PW and SW. I now have a 52, 56,a and 60 degree wedge and has allowed me to hit shots out of any lie I come across from 110 on in.

How much has your scoring dropped?

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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 TC 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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Ping G425 3 and 4 hybrids. Have never had any luck hitting Ping hybrids but once I had a club pro help me with my ball placement and address, theses things are automatic and maybe the easiest clubs I’ve ever hit consistently straight...

Titleist TSI2 Driver
Ping G425 3 Wood
Ping G425 3 & 4 Hybrids
Titleist T200 5-GW
Titleist Vokey SM7 54 and 58 Degree Wedges
Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2
Titleist ProV1

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My biggest surprise of 2021 is that after testing a bunch of drivers over the winter the winner was an R510TP. It beat out: G10, G15, G25, G30, G, GBB Epic (both regular and subzero), F8+, M3, 910D3, 905S. Straightest and best dispersion of the bunch, I'm cool with giving up ten yards to hit the fairway more.

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2021 was a year of big moves for me, and I don't change that often just for the sake of changing.  I not only moved physically to a new state, but basically every club in the bag (and now even the bag itself) is different, and all for the best - so far...

 

Start of 2021:

Dr - Mizuno GT180 w/Project X Evenflow White

3W - Mizuno GT180 w/Project X Evenflow White

Di - Taylormade TP UDI 1 iron w/KBS CTaper Lite

4i-pw - Taylormade P770 (OG) w/TT AMT White

50*/54*/58* - Vokey SM7 w/TT S400W

Putter - Odyssey Oworks 7s Tank w/KBS CTaper 2i shaft

Bag - Sun Mountain C-130 cart

 

As of now in 2021:

Dr - Ping G410 Plus w/Project X Evenflow White

3W - Mizuno GT180 w/MRC Tensei White 

Di - New Level NLU-01 18* w/KBS Tour Hybrid Proto

4i-pw - New Level 902 w/KBS Tour V

48*/52* - Cleveland CBX2 w/ KBS Tour V Wedge

58* - Vokey SM7 w/TT S400W

Putter - Cameron Special Select Fastback 1.5 w/KBS CTaper 2i shaft

Bag - Ping Hoofer Tour stand

 

Haven't actually received the Hoofer Tour bag and jury still out on 3W and 58*, we'll see what transpires between now and 2022, but everything else not going anywhere for a while.

WITB:
Mizuno GT/ST-180 Dr w/ EvenFlow White 6.0 75
Mizuno GT-180 3wd w/ Tensei CK White 75
TM UDI 1, 3 w/ KBS C-Taper Lite S
TM P770 4-PW w/ TT Tour Concept Satin
TM Milled Grind 52* LB and 58* SB
Odyssey O-Works 7S Tank

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Radspeed driver is my biggest surprise. I’ve loved several Cobra drivers but honestly it wasn’t on my radar. Hit a few on a simulator and my numbers came to life. Demoed it a few rounds and just fell in love with it. 

COBRA RADSPEED 9.0 HZRDUS RDX BLUE 6.0                                        SRIXON ZX 13.5 MIYAZAKI MIZORE 70X                                               WILSON M5 TOUR 17* ALDILA ROGUE STIFF.                                           TITLEIST U510 3 ALDILA PHENOM 100 stiff.                                       SRIXON Z FORGED 4-PW CATALYST 100 6.5                                         SRIXON ZX7 A WEDGE 50* CATALYST 100 6.0                                        CALLAWAY JAWS FULL 54* MMT 125 Stiff.                                        CALLAWAY JAWS FULL 58* MMT 125 Stiff.                                         NATIONAL CUSTOM NICOLL BLADE SNELL MTB-X

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Couple of items that surprised me.  First off is an autoflex shaft.  after some tinkering got it dialed in.    Real surprises are Ping G410 7 and 9 woods.  These things are so easy to hit straight, high and they land really soft.  Always thought I was a hybrid guy but these have changed my mind.  

SIM2 Autoflex 505
Epic 15*
Sub70 3 hybrid
Sub70 5 hybrid 

Apex 21  5-gap 
54* SM8
Sub70 JB low bounce 58* or SM8 58*
PXG Operator H

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