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I'm done with hybrids, after trying to use them for years i finally give up on them, main miss is high toe so aka hook to the rough (no matter what shaft) so i'm looking for a DI to fill the gap between 3w(265) and 4i (215) and i think loft 17/19 should be ok 

 

Search for a while on ebay for options cause i don't have access to a fitting in my area

 

Any good options that don't break the bank? i'm on a budget, want to keep it under 150 and bias to graphite shaft

- UDI 790?

- T-mb? (u500 are way too expensive)

- HMB?

 

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Irons Mizuno mp53 1° weak w/Modus 120x

Driver SS: 113

7i SS: 92 and avg carry 175 

Stock ballflight: high and draw/hook

Type: Sweeper 

 

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Frank

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After my GAPR sells, I'm getting these and putting graphite shafts in them. One will go in the bag, I think.

https://lazrusgolf.com/products/silver-2-3-iron-driving-package-lazrus-golf?variant=39285833105475

 

<edit> just saw they now offer just a lefty 2 so I got it on the way. 🤣

 

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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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Srixon U85 can be had on the bay from reputable sellers for around $200 crispy new in plastic.  I picked up one recently and it came with a recoil in it.  Very happy with it

Callaway Mavrik Max 9* /w Aldila R.I.P. Beta 80

TS2 Fairways  Aldila R.I.P. Alpha 70

Srixon U85 20*  /w UST Mamiya Recoil

JPX 919 HM Pro (4-P)  /w Nippon Modus 105s

RTX4's 50, 56

BETTI QB6

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1 hour ago, PanchiCab said:

I'm done with hybrids, after trying to use them for years i finally give up on them, main miss is high toe so aka hook to the rough (no matter what shaft) so i'm looking for a DI to fill the gap between 3w(265) and 4i (215) and i think loft 17/19 should be ok 

 

Search for a while on ebay for options cause i don't have access to a fitting in my area

 

Any good options that don't break the bank? i'm on a budget, want to keep it under 150 and bias to graphite shaft

- UDI 790?

- T-mb? (u500 are way too expensive)

- HMB?

 

Info if it helps

Irons Mizuno mp53 1° weak w/Modus 120x

Driver SS: 113

7i SS: 92 and avg carry 175 

Stock ballflight: high and draw/hook

Type: Sweeper 

 

Cheers

Frank

I have a 17* 716 Tmb 2 iron with a Project X Catalyst 80 6.0 that is collecting dust ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PM me and I’ll send pics! 
 

If you like the Modus 120X than you may be good with the project X catalyst at 6.0 

 

It has a lot of kick but very smooth. If you have a moderate tempo, then the shaft works very well.

 

I replaced the Tmb with a 18° Adams DHY with a Matrix Deus shaft, because the DHY is more forgiving. I carry them both close to the same distance, but the TMB gets more roll out by far
 

my swing speed is the same as yours… tour average. I’m have a moderate tempo and transition, and I am not “overpowering“ the shaft.
 

i’ve hit some of the longest iron shots I’ve ever hit with this 2 iron, but I was looking for some thing that’s a little more my speed since I don’t play that much anymore.


I only hit it at the range now for fun 

 

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Drivingrangehero said:

I have a 17* 716 Tmb 2 iron with a Project X Catalyst 80 6.0 that is collecting dust ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PM me and I’ll send pics! 
 

If you like the Modus 120X than you may be good with the project X catalyst at 6.0 

 

It has a lot of kick but very smooth. If you have a moderate tempo, then the shaft works very well.

 

I replaced the Tmb with a 18° Adams DHY with a Matrix Deus shaft, because the DHY is more forgiving. I carry them both close to the same distance, but the TMB gets more roll out by far
 

my swing speed is the same as yours… tour average. I’m have a moderate tempo and transition, and I am not “overpowering“ the shaft.
 

i’ve hit some of the longest iron shots I’ve ever hit with this 2 iron, but I was looking for some thing that’s a little more my speed since I don’t play that much anymore.


I only hit it at the range now for fun 

 

 

 

 

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I picked up a Sub 70 699U for $99 earlier this year. Great club, forgiving and long. I’m far from a single handicap and this club is money for me. They also have a pro version.

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Driver- Tour Edge EXS 220

3W- Adam’s Tight Lies

3H- Cobra F8

Utility- Sub 70 699U 21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges - Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54, 58

Putter- Tour Edge HP series #1

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Callaway XR16 driver 10.5, Fujikura Pro 2.0 6-S Stiff
Callaway XR16 3 wood 15, Fujikura Speeder 565 Evolution Stiff
Callaway Apex 21 3 hybrid 19, UST Mamiya Recoil Dart 75 HYB Stiff
Haywood 5-PW KBS C-Taper Lite Stiff

Haywood 48, 52, 56, 60 KBS Tour Stiff
Odyssey O-Works 1 Wide, Black Shaft 

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33 minutes ago, Break68 said:

 

I really want one of these and if the Lazrus works out, I might upgrade to this.

 

I am getting a set of lefty MB's when they come out.

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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Look for an MP-h4 or h5 head only or full club.  I have a MP-h4 3i that I put on an Aldila NVS 85HYB shaft and and is great.  Still launches high and is easy to hit.  Plus I think the MP-H range has 1 and 2 irons....  Should be very affordable.

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Callaway Mavrik 10.5 (set to -1) Aldila Rogue white 60x

Titleist 917f2 16.5 (C1)  Aldila Rogue Silver 70s

Ping G25  20  TFC 189s

Mizuno MP20 mmc  4-P  KBS $ Taper 120

Mizuno T20 raw  52/9, 58/12

Taylormade Spider X navy 34.5"

 

Snell MTB 

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56 minutes ago, Markrip said:

I picked up a Sub 70 699U for $99 earlier this year. Great club, forgiving and long. I’m far from a single handicap and this club is money for me. They also have a pro version.

I'm looking at one, also.  How is it off the fairway?  I have a G400 driving iron and it's great off the tee.  Not so great off the fairway.  

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Sub70 or New Level. As good as anything! 

Driver: Ping G410 LST 9* with Fuji Atmos Black TS 7X playing at 44" 
3 wood: Taylormade RBZ Tour 14.5 with Tensei CK White 70TX
Hybrid: Taylormade Rescue 11 with Aldila RIP 85X
Irons: New Level 902 5-PW with DG X100, New Level NLU-01 21 degree driving iron Fujikura Atmos Black TS 9X Hybrid shaft
Wedges: New Level M type 50-55-60 
Putter: Cobra Nova 40
Ball: Bridgestone BX / Snell MTBX

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3 hours ago, PanchiCab said:

I'm done with hybrids, after trying to use them for years i finally give up on them, main miss is high toe so aka hook to the rough (no matter what shaft) so i'm looking for a DI to fill the gap between 3w(265) and 4i (215) and i think loft 17/19 should be ok 

 

Search for a while on ebay for options cause i don't have access to a fitting in my area

 

Any good options that don't break the bank? i'm on a budget, want to keep it under 150 and bias to graphite shaft

- UDI 790?

- T-mb? (u500 are way too expensive)

- HMB?

 

Info if it helps

Irons Mizuno mp53 1° weak w/Modus 120x

Driver SS: 113

7i SS: 92 and avg carry 175 

Stock ballflight: high and draw/hook

Type: Sweeper 

 

Cheers

Frank

There seems to be different style of clubs that all fall under DI. 
 

Some are higher launching hybrid type like Ping Crossovers, U510, DHY’s, TEE CBX Ironwood…… etc
 

Some are mid launch and less forgiving, more workable than the hybrid style, geared for better ball strikers TMB, HMB, U500, UDI…. Etc! (I think the Haywood falls in this category) 
 

it seems to boil down to what people are looking for, their ball striking ability and speed. 
 

I have the speed to hit the less forgiving, more workable, lower launching DI’s, but I feel my ball striking ability has diminished with little play, injury and arthritis, so I choose to play a more hybrid style that launch higher, and are far from a “players looking” iron. 
 

I hit my TMB around 95ft high, but I can knock it down to a stinger type shot to around 55-60ft high.  I can’t do that with my DHY. I can go as low as 80ft, but fly it around 105-115 ft regularly. On the flip side, if I hit my TMB low on the face (that’s my miss), I lose more distance, and I find the DHY to be more consistent, especially off the deck. There is a trade off. If your an exceptional ball striker then the U500 types are the Bees Knees, but a 6+ handicap, the higher launching options are a better fit IMHO 
 

 

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My favorite is a Maltby FDI 2i, bent to 18 or 17 degrees.  Find a used Nunchuk shaft, hybrid or driver version off Ebay.  Assemble and adjust swing weight to your preference in the D2-D4 range.  Golf Works has the heads and head weights.  I'm only 95-100mph SS and my 18 degree version goes 225 off the tee dead straight 90% of the time.

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I'll add to the Sub70 love, decided to add a driving iron to my bag rotation again this year and based on brief research and price I went with Sub70 699U Pro. It feels awesome and is as good as anything my buddies have in their bags. After hitting my Sub70, many were interested in getting their own. They start at a price you can't beat and have multiple options for upgrading with great customer service! I went with a Ventus Blue hybrid shaft (upcharge) but still paid the same or less as most stock OEM brands. 

Titleist TSI3 8.25* - shaft tbd

Taylormade Sim2 Ti 15* (15.75*) - Ventus Black 7x

Titleist TS3 18* - Fuji Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 8x

Callaway X-Forged CB '21 (4-P) - Project X LZ 6.5

Mizuno T20 Raw 50*, 54*, 58* - S400

Yes! Stephanie Long Putter, 46"

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21 hours ago, PanchiCab said:

i'm looking for a DI to fill the gap between 3w(265) and 4i (215) and i think loft 17/19 should be ok 

 

Under $150? Look for a hollow-headed or cavity-back GI 3i with a graphite shaft. If you want to fine-tune, get one with parallel tip 0.370" hosel. Then, you can plug in any number of hybrid shafts.

 

A local pro built a similar club out of a cavity-back Nike Covert Vs 3i head. It survives as his clearout and fairway finder club through two different sets of newer Srixon Z-series irons.

 

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What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2021, post-MAX changeover)

 

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:  Calla Mavrik MAX 5i-PW

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

Ball: 1. Srixon Q-Star Tour / 2. 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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12 hours ago, circa3182 said:

Another plug for the Sub 70 699U or 699U Pro depending on what fits your eye. If you have any questions reach out to them via phone and they’ll make sure you get plugged in with the right head and shaft. 

 

I wish they did a lefty, it looks great for $100.

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 have similar speeds and ball flights and have tried every utility/hybrid/5wood under the sun, and for me the srixon zx utility has been what i have been looking for. Stock flight is mid but  I can flight it high or low easy. Forgiving enough- its just all around great. Only has one downside, just not as good out of rough as other options but thats a tradeoff ill accept. If you look hard enough you can find a good used one for about 150. 

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On 8/4/2021 at 5:20 PM, LeoLeo99 said:

I'm looking at one, also.  How is it off the fairway?  I have a G400 driving iron and it's great off the tee.  Not so great off the fairway.  

I find it very easy to hit off the fairway. I’m a 16 handicap and really have had no problem off the tee or the fairway. 

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Driver- Tour Edge EXS 220

3W- Adam’s Tight Lies

3H- Cobra F8

Utility- Sub 70 699U 21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges - Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54, 58

Putter- Tour Edge HP series #1

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I agree with @Nixhex524 Played an mp h5 2i a couple of seasons ago and it was so easy to hit and launch.  Feels great too!  Can be had for cheap.  Save money on the head and spin a little more on a really good shaft.

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Titleist  TSi3 9* RDX Smoke Blue 60 6.5

Titleist TS3 15*  RDX Smoke Black 70 6.0

Titleist  TSi2  21*  MCA Diamana S+ ltd Blueboard 70s tipped 1" 

Srixon   Zx5 4i   Modus 120s

Srixon   Zx7 5-PW  Modus 120x

Cleveland  Zipcore   52, 56, 60 Full Toe   Modus 125 Wedge

Toulon JDM San Diego  OR   Cushman  C&C 1.0 Raw Carbon 

Bridgestone Tour B XS

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On 8/4/2021 at 6:26 PM, bryanwmilburn said:

Sub70 or New Level. As good as anything! 

This. I’m going with a New Level. 

Sun Mountain C130-S / Titleist TSi4 7.25* MCA Tensei AV Raw White 75 X / Titleist TSi3 14.25* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 80 TX / New Level NLU-01 18* PX HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX 100 6.5 / New Level 902 Forged 4-PW DG TI X100 / Vokey SM8 50,54,58 DGS200 / Scotty Cameron Special Select Newport 2

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2010 Mizuno MP fli hi.  Loft for loft I haven’t found anything better, and I’ve tried them all. I was impressed with the Titleist u500, but for the money the small yardage gains weren’t worth the money. Maybe 5 yards…. MAYBE. 

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You didn't plan to fail, you failed to plan!

SIM/9*/UST Elements Platinum
M5/15*/Kai'li 70s//M5/19*/Kai'li 70s
Titleist u500 3/Recoil Hybrid Proto 100 f4

SUB 70 649 MB Raw 4-PW/Recoil Proto 110 f4
Mizuno t20 Raw 51*/56*/61*/KBS Tour 120 s
Bastain Milled BM-009 Long Neck Proto
 

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