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Well. One month left in the year and new additions / changes to the bag are imminent, for a lot of people I'm sure. This past year started, for me, with Ping Eye 2s with 2 - W in the bag. Lasted 3 months until I snapped a 6 iron about a foot up from the club head. Re-shafted then sold them. Then I went back to Cobra Forged Tour One Lengths and have them now. I'm a fan but I don't like my gappage. 

I haven't been playing much so I'm ditching them for some friendlier Game Improvement sticks. I found a set of Rocketbladez with stock / stiff shafts 85 Gram shafts which I am looking forward to playing. I traditionally play a more compact, less offset head with heavier shaft in all of my irons but, am looking forward to this new change. I've never needed help but, life is getting busier again and welcome the distance assistance with lower lofted irons. So, the big changes for me are as follows:

  •  Lighter shafted irons
  •  Game improvement set of clubs

 

Anyone planning on making any other switches? I like my bag setup other than what I plan to change.

 

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I will likely change out my entire bag other than putter, much like a good portion here will.  If for anything other than 'why not'.

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Titleist TSi2 9* AV Raw Blue 65TX

Titleist TS2 16.5* AV Raw Blue 75TX

Titleist TS3 19* AV Raw Blue 75X

Srixon 745 4-5 945 6-PW PX 6.0

Cleveland RTX4 50/54/58 TI S400

Odyssey Tank Cruiser 35"

 

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Honestly not the biggest fan of switching stuff out just because it's newer but I have a terrible habit of tinkering so hoping to just find something that I like and stick with it even if I have to force myself to do so. Trying to get a Circle T though which would be an awesome addition

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Driver: PING G400 LST 10° w/ Miyazaki C. Kua 59X Tour Issue

3 Wood: Titleist TS2 15° (@ 14.25°, A4 SureFit Setting) w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8-X

Hybrid: PING Anser 17° w/ Graphite Design Tour AD DI 95-X Hybrid

Irons: TaylorMade P760 (4-PW) w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52°-12, 56°-13), Titleist Vokey SM7 Tour Issue (60°-04L) w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Onyx Wedge S400

Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Ardmore 2 "L Neck"

 

Grips: Golf Pride New Decade Multi-Compound Midsize, Winn Dri-Tac X Putter

Ball: Titleist AVX

Bag: Titleist Linksmaster

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My Takomo 101's should be here soon and my Haywood MB's come January. I will be playing the MB's but I will play the Takomos through the winter. That is likely my only major change.

Taylormade M6 D Type driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 and 5 wood 

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Haywood 52/10 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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I'm going to be experimenting with a set of ie1s.  I know they're generations old, but I always liked the look of them over i20/i25 and i200/i210.  They're going to be adjusted to mimic my Eye2s for loft/lie/length/grip, so I'll have a direct comparison...

Drivers Callaway MAVRIK MAX (10.5*)//X460 (10*)

Woods Callaway MAVRIK MAX//GBB Hawk Eye (3/5/7)

Irons PING ie1 (5-UW)//Eye2 PAT PENDING//ISI-S (4-PW)

Wedges PING Eye2 XG (SW/LW)//Eye2 (LW)

Putters PING Anser X//Darby//Piper (variants)

Bags Bag Boy Chiller Hybrid//Datrek Go Lite Hybrid

Cart Clicgear 3.5+

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Going with a shorter shaft in my driver. Only thing planned . 

Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

Driver PXG 0811 X G4 10.5 set to 9.5
3 Wood Adam’s Tight Lie 16 degrees
3-5 Hybrids Epic Flash 17 20 23 degrees 
6-GW PXG 0311 XP G4
52 Degree PXG 0311 wedge 
56 degree PXG 0311 wedge 

Sacks Parenti 39 Putting Instrument 
 

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I think the only thing I'll likely change is to a more forgiving driver.  I've been playing a low-spin driver for the past 5 seasons (2016 M1), but I think I'm going to have a look at a Ping driver.  I rarely find the center of the clubface, so I don't think I'll lose any distance, on average.

 

I think I might add a 4i back into the bag, too.  I was fitted for JPX921 Forged 5-GW this past spring and replaced the 4i slot with a 22 degree hybrid that I just don't get on with.  I'm thinking of adding either a JPX921 HM or HMP 4i in that spot.

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12 hours ago, Stanks said:

Anyone planning on making any other switches?

 

My plan is not to make any changes for the next several years. Unless I find a great deal on something new. 😁

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Sub 70 849 Pro 10.5° (Adjusted to 8.5°) - ProForce V2 Black 6F4 S
Sub 70 949X 4 wood - ProForce V2 Black 7F4 S

Bridgestone Tour B XD-H 2 hybrid - KBS Graphite Tour Prototype 85S
Honma TW-X 3 iron - Vizzard 85S

2015 OnOff Kuro Forged 4-PW - Fujikura Pro Iron 95i Tour S

Nike VR Pro 52°-10° - Fujikura Pro Iron 95i Tour S
Nike VR Pro 56°-14° - Fujikura Pro Iron 95i Tour S
Nike VR Pro 58° DS - Fujikura Pro Iron 95i Tour S
Grips - Number One 50 Pro Series

Scotty Cameron Oil Can Newport (1996) - KBS black CT Tour, Iomic Black Army
MaxFli Tour (Yellow)

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The only thing I'm changing is my ball, honestly. Played the Q-Star Tour all this year, and moving up to the Z-Star XV for the coming year.

 

Can't find a single thing wrong with my clubs. Now my swing...well, that's a completely different story.  

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Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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The 2021 Callaway experiment is over. I am trading in my Mavrik's with stiff graphite shafts for TMAG Sim 2 Max irons with R steel 85 shafts. Will most likely need to switch out a wedge or two to handle gapping (58 for the 56 SW Jaws MD5) and will test drivers to see if the G400 loses its place in my bag. Always on the hunt for a new putter but like prior years will probably just change out the grip on my Yes Tracy II. Oh, I don't have a hybrid anymore and might want to add a new one. I guess the only safe club is my Tour Edge Exotics 17 3/4 wood with Tensei Blue R shaft.

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Knowing me nothing is safe. If I think I can sell something without taking much of a loss, I'll replace it with something (usually from CPO). I want to try a 2-ball putter but I've been putting really well with what I have right now. I won't change something that's working. 

The biggest change I might make though is grips. I've been playing midsize for about the last year but I'm thinking of going back to standard with an extra wrap or 2.

Callaway Mavrik 10.5 Project X Even Flow Riptide 60 6.0

Callaway Mavrik 4W 16.5* Project X Even Flow Riptide 70 6.0

Callaway Super Hybrid 20*  Tensei Pro Orange 80s

Titleist 818H1 23* - Fuji Atmos Black TS 9s

Callaway Mavrik Pro 6- AW TT Elevate  105s

Callaway JAWS MD5 52.10S , 56.12W, 60.12X - TT Dynamic Gold 115

2021 Ping Kushin 4

Srixon Z-Star/Callaway Chrome Soft

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I'm having trouble with arthritic right hip, so no more bag changes until I get it straightened out.

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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My goal is to keep my current bag once I determine the winner between Sim Max with LAGP Tour AXS blue and TSi4 with Ventus Black 6TX.

 

biggest bummer is for next year with tax changes, it takes the fun out of buying clubs to try and sell to try other stuff. I guess if I take a loss it’s fine but it takes the joy of finding a good sale and trying and if not funding other experiments.
 

I am quite enjoying ZX7 irons, Vokey wedges, my TSi fairway and my TMB driving iron. I can’t see anything needing to change and I hope I stick to it haha. 
 

my putter has been awesome. Legacy Powell Prototype with LAGP shaft. 

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Driver: :taylormade-small: Sim Max 9 turned to 7 LAGP Tour AXS Blue 6x 

Fairway: :titelist-small: TSi2 16.5 LAGP Tour AXS Blue 7x                    

Driving Iron: :titelist-small: 716 TMB 2 - X100
Irons: :titelist-small: 2021 T100 4-PW X7

Wedges:  :titelist-small: SM8 50.08, 54.12, 60.08 Tour Issue S400 

Legacy Powell Prototype Putter LAGP TPZ 135

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Looking like time for me to replace a couple wedges, then we'll see what the new drivers are but the thread about the '22 TaylorMade has certainly got my interest. Other than that, who knows, still happy with my irons so I'm sure my wife would be happy if I just keep the upgrades to the wedges and maybe driver.

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The only thing in my bag that could use replacing is my 56° wedge. I've had it for a couple years and it's the workhorse around the green so it may be replaced. Everything else I'm ok with, might get a new putter and a new driver shaft since I have a fitting with Club Champion. Maybe new irons if the numbers work out (budget and performance)

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My 2022 experiment will be to make less than 2 changes. 

 

- I will hit the new TM driver but I love my sim.

- 3w is not settled yet. Putting a ts3 through tests now. If it doesn't work then the stz stays and I may look at stuff that gets released in 2022.

- hybrid is set

- irons are set

- wedges are set

- putter is set

- ball is set

 

Tightening up an issue in my swing that causes consistency issues. Want handicap to end better than my current +1.5. I peaked at +2 last year and then came back a touch at the end of the season. Would love to see +3 get reached next year.

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7 hours ago, TallGuy90 said:

I’m switching to older stuff. I gave Component clubs a chance but they just don’t work for me. They don’t even out perform my box set. 
 

Nike Vapor Fly Irons 

Ping G Driver

Callaway X2 Hot 5W

My Trusty Wilson Tour RX putter


I am doing something similar. Just picked up a set of Titleist 762s, and want to reshaft my Ping Eye2+ 2 iron.  Will look at older drivers and 3W too. 

Callaway Rogue 10.5* Synergy 50
Callaway Rogue 3W Synergy 60
Callaway '18 Apex 3H, 4H Aldila NV 105

Taylormade Rocketbladez Tour “F” Heads 3-PW DG120 S300

Callaway Jaws CC 52*, 58* DGS300
Nike Method Mod 00

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10 hours ago, TallGuy90 said:

I’m switching to older stuff. I gave Component clubs a chance but they just don’t work for me. They don’t even out perform my box set. 
 

Nike Vapor Fly Irons 

Ping G Driver

Callaway X2 Hot 5W

My Trusty Wilson Tour RX putter

I am doing something similar.  I was ho’ing when I stumbled onto a unicorn, of sorts…some Wilson Staff Ci7’s in pristine condition.  They have the TX-105 shafts in them.  I don’t know what it is, but I hit freaking lasers with them.  They are consistently long, as in I can routinely hit a 215 yard 4-iron with them.  And they feel amazing.

So I am going to build my bag around them for this season…picking up an extra wedge for the bottom of the bag.  I look forward to seeing what I can do with them.

p.s.  I am experimenting with a broomstick putter…

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Titleist TS2 w/ HZRDUS Smoke

V-Steel 4W w/ GD Purple Ice 85V3

Cobra Baffler Tec Hybrid w/ Elements

Wilson Staff Ci7’s w/ TT TX-105’s
Vokey SM’s 54 & 58
Cleveland HB Soft Premier 11
...all subject to “adjustment” per WRX societal norms...

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Hopefully will replace entire bag except putter.  Will be doing a full bag fitting at some point.  Driver/FW/Hybrid will depend on fitting results. For irons, I’m leaning towards Honma, Mizuno, Srixon or PXG.  Wedges have always been Cleveland, so don’t envision changing.

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will replace entire bag except putter. i have a idea, i suck at using FW and my driver skills are great some weeks and utterly terrible many weeks. so my idea is to figure out what I’m doing wrong and how i can get a more consistent swing with the longer clubs 

so i bought a driver, 3 wood and a 5 wood epic flash to kind of force me in to practicing with them...

 

i changed my cobra combo sett for a Callaway MB + apex pro combo sett. i have had some problems with my elbows and hands and I’m wondering if its connected to vibrations so in the new irons i have MMT 105tx 

 

i had sm8 wedges sold them and I’m now looking for something to fill that spot.....

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Tripple Diamond *9, Fujikura Motore X F1 6 XStiff

Woods: 3 & 5 Callaway epic Flash 

Irons: Callaway MB21 + Apex Pro 21 combo

Wedges: 

Putter: DF 2.1

Ball: Pro v1 

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