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These are my recently purchased Dynacraft irons from Hireko, @tourpure. I had been wanting to move to a hollow-bodied iron, and getting these in 5-PW for about $300 was just too good to pass up. A few weeks in now, and I absolutely swear by them. Insanely good for the money. 

 

On a side note, I really geek out over some of the equipment you can find from various DTC brands now. I think there's a lot of stuff out there that rivals the offerings from the more heralded manufacturers, but there just isn't the marketing behind it to make it as visible to the masses.

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A bag off the beaten path:

 

Driver: Turner H7 at 12 degrees, 43.5"

3W: Adams Speedline F11 (purchased used)

3UI: Adams Pro DHy

4UI: Turner 239

Irons: (5-PW): Dynacraft Prophet Muscle Blades

Wedges: (52, 56, 60): Ram Pro Spin

Putter: old Nitro putter with a DIY Blackburn Rovers paintjob

In the bullpen:  3H: System Golf Icon Plus (purchased used), Driver: TaylorMade R9 460 10.5 (purchased used)

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My whole bag is currently Haywood, but I've played Byrdie irons and really enjoyed them. I also have some Toura blades that are pretty incredible. 

Haywood 1 with Hzrdus Black RDX 70

Haywood 3W

Haywood 18* driving iron

Haywood MB irons 3-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Haywood 52/10 and 56/12 wedges

Haywood mid mallet putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips 

 

"You're not good enough to get mad at your bad shots!" - Bill Murray

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4 hours ago, RoverTiger said:

These are my recently purchased Dynacraft irons from Hireko, @tourpure. I had been wanting to move to a hollow-bodied iron, and getting these in 5-PW for about $300 was just too good to pass up. A few weeks in now, and I absolutely swear by them. Insanely good for the money. 

 

On a side note, I really geek out over some of the equipment you can find from various DTC brands now. I think there's a lot of stuff out there that rivals the offerings from the more heralded manufacturers, but there just isn't the marketing behind it to make it as visible to the masses.

I picked up the driving iron head for $16 on a whim. Shape may not suit a purist but the feel off the face and forgiveness is pretty impressive. I believe it has a forged face. Easy to elevate and well balanced. Wish I had gone with a lower loft but the 21* is a great 3 iron replacement.

 

To the op's question.....I'm a big fan of jdm gear. I'd put my yamaha tour models against any modern players cavity. And my PRGR driver has been super consistent. Not sure how the nabla face compares to the latest driver tech but the dispersion has been really good.

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Artisans. Lucky enough to live close to the shop and lucky enough to be able to afford them... 

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it
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"The only thing a golfer needs is more daylight." ~ Ben Hogan

Woods:    Callaway Rogue ST Max 10.5* (D,-1) - VA Composites Slay 65 Four | Callaway Rogue ST Max 15* 3W - Aldila Rogue White 130MSI 70S | Callaway Rogue ST Max 20* HeavenWood - Aldila Rogue White 130MSI 70S

Irons:      Artisan FC 4-P - Nippon Modus3 Tour 105 Stiff | Mizuno MX-20 4-P DG300S (when I am not getting along with the Artisans)

Wedges:  Artisan 50*, 54*, 58* - DG300S

Putter:     Artisan 0920 long plumbers neck - 360g, 34.25", 3* loft, 66.5* lie | Artisan 0220 long plumbers neck - 360g, 34.25", 3* loft, 66.5* lie

Ball:         Titleist Pro V1 | Bridgestone Tour B X

 

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4 hours ago, naj959 said:

I picked up the driving iron head for $16 on a whim. Shape may not suit a purist but the feel off the face and forgiveness is pretty impressive. I believe it has a forged face. Easy to elevate and well balanced. Wish I had gone with a lower loft but the 21* is a great 3 iron replacement.

 

To the op's question.....I'm a big fan of jdm gear. I'd put my yamaha tour models against any modern players cavity. And my PRGR driver has been super consistent. Not sure how the nabla face compares to the latest driver tech but the dispersion has been really good.

Which Yamaha irons do you have?

Ping G430 Max 10K Driver, TaylorMade Aeroburner 3W, Cobra F6 Baffler 
Callaway 2015 XR 4, 5 hybrids

Titleist 716 AP1 6-GW irons

Cleveland CBX4 52, Smart Sole 4.0 58 wedges
Axis1 Rose putter

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2015 OnOff forged Kuro, one of the best forged CB's ever made.

Also play Honma TW747 fairways, and a Piretti putter.

And almost forgot about my Fourteen RM-4 wedges.

I've never seen any of these in the bag of anyone I've ever played with.

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Srixon ZX5 LS MK II 9.5° - Attas 11 70S
Honma TW747 3HL (16.5°) - Tour AD-IZ 7S

Honma TW747 7 wood - Attas 5 GoGo 7S

Honma TW-X 3 iron - Vizzard 85S (alternates with LW)

4-PW 2015 OnOff Forged Kuro - AMT Tour White X100 SSx2

50°-08 - Fourteen RM-4 - AMT X100
56°-10 - Fourteen RM-4 H grind - AMT X100
64°-10 - Callaway Jaws Full Toe Black - Dynamic Gold Spinner (alternates with 3 iron)

Piretti Cottonwood II, 375g - KBS GPS, P2 Aware Tour

Grips - Star Sidewinder 360

Maxfli Tour Yellow

Vessel Player III - Iridium

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I have maltby irons now, I had Ben Hogan PtxPros (DTC then and now) before and dabbled with New Level. I also have a LAB putter (swear by that) and have had Pinhawk (Valuegolf) hybrids and fairway woods and all have been good value for the money. It will still take some convincing that the Drivers from DTC companies are up to snuff but everything, in my opinion, has closed or eliminated the tech gap with major OEMs. 

 

Oh, and I even play a Maxfli Tour X ball. The only major OEM stuff I have is Mizuno at the top of the bag (Driver, Hybrid, Driving Iron). 

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Mizuno STZ 230 9.5* - LIN-Q Red (S)

Mizuno STZ 230 Hybrid 21* - LIN-Q Blue (S)
Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi 21.5* - Project X U-Steel 6.0

Maltby TS1-IM 5-GW 1*flat  - FST 125 (S) -- auditioning Fujikura Axiom 125X

Ben Hogan Equalizer II 54* 1*flat - KBS Tour 120S

Ben Hogan Carnoustie 60* 1*flat  - KBS Tour 120S

L.A.B. Golf DF 2.1

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Maltby irons here for me too, also have a Maltby mallet putter than has seen time in the bag.  I also like the look of their fairways and wedges, but haven't tried them on the course. 

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TaylorMade Qi10 9.0 Tensei AV Limited Black 65 S 

TaylorMade Qi10 Tour 3 and 5 wood, Tensei AV Limited Blue 75

Matlby TS3 4-5, Matlby TS4 6-GW, Recoil Dart V 105 F4

RTX Zipcore  Tour Rack 54, 60

Spider Tour S CB 38 inches

Srixon-Z Star XV

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Definitely my Fourteen TB7 Irons 4-PW. Hade them rebuilt to my spec with my shafts by a local builder and couldn't be happier. Got them for about 40% off during the Thanksgiving sale and post-build they probably cost me right around $1300. Same as any "stock" forged iron available in the US. Extremely soft, Beautiful, Consistent, and they're Japanese. Love em. Have only been tempted by the new TM "Proto" irons currently floating around, but we'll see if they outperform these guys.

 

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Driver: Titleist Tsr3 8° (A1/C) - Fujikura Ventus TR Black 6 Stiff (69g) - MCC Black - 45.25"

3 Wood: Titleist Tsr3 15° (A1/C) - Fujikura Ventus TR Red 7 Stiff (77g) - MCC Black - 43.25"

3 Hybrid: Titleist Tsr3 19° (A1/C) - Nippon ModusHybrid G.O.S.T Stiff (91g) - MCC Black - 40.50"

Irons: Fourteen TB7 4-PW (22°-44°) - (BB&F Co) - Nippon Modus3 115 Stiff (119g) - MCC Black - STD

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 Raw (49/54/59) - (BB&F Co) - Nippon Modus3 115 Wedge (122g) - MCC Black - STD

Putter: PING Anser 30 'Proto' (Carbon/Patina/360g/2.5°/70°) - PLD Composite Shaft - Golf Pride 'Tour Tradition' - 34.5"

Soon: Mack-Made 'Jewel Skinny' Tri-Sole (Carbon/Torched/Twisty-Longneck) BGT Tour One - Golf Pride 'Tour Tradition' - 34.5"

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I am a huge New Level guy.  Their 623 CB's were great and the new 480's are awesome with the weight port.  

The new wedges are sneaky good although I don't have the FF ones.  

I also have a LAB putter which I can't imagine I ever leave.  

 

I have tried others but New Level work's best for me.  

 

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, etodd said:

Definitely my Fourteen TB7 Irons 4-PW. Hade them rebuilt to my spec with my shafts by a local builder and couldn't be happier. Got them for about 40% off during the Thanksgiving sale and post-build they probably cost me right around $1300. Same as any "stock" forged iron available in the US. Extremely soft, Beautiful, Consistent, and they're Japanese. Love em. Have only been tempted by the new TM "Proto" irons currently floating around, but we'll see if they outperform these guys.

 

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I really want to pull the trigger on a set of fourteens but do not have anywhere local to hit them. Tempted to do a combo set between TB5 in 4/5 and TB7. 

Rotate the following:

Titliest TSR2 10* (@A1) Ventus TR Blue 6TX

Titliest TSR2 16.5* (@A1) Fuji Speeder 8.3TS X

Titliest TSR2 21* (@A1) Fuji Atmos Blue 8X

Titliest 818H2 21* (@B3) Fuji Atmos Black 9X

Srixon ZXU 18*, ZX5 3-4, ZX7 5-PW

C-taper 125 S+ PVD Black, BBFCO "Black Ice Ice Ferrule", Pure DTX Purple Std +4 wraps

Cleveland RTX6 Raw 50*Mid Ctaper 130X, 54* Full S400 Onyx, 58* Low S400 Onyx

Mizzy MCraft VI 36.5" SS Pistol 1.0

Titliest PV1

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5 minutes ago, GolfGuy1717 said:

I am a huge New Level guy.  Their 623 CB's were great and the new 480's are awesome with the weight port.  

The new wedges are sneaky good although I don't have the FF ones.  

I also have a LAB putter which I can't imagine I ever leave.  

 

I have tried others but New Level work's best for me.  

 

 

 

 

I picked up a tri-weight 60* on closeout for $75 and love it so much that I've been considering a combo Set of the 623CB/MB to replace my Snakeyes 600b/c combo set.  With the 623s on closeout, they seem to be a really good deal right now.

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7 minutes ago, Primo1868 said:

I really want to pull the trigger on a set of fourteens but do not have anywhere local to hit them. Tempted to do a combo set between TB5 in 4/5 and TB7. 

They are awesome. I went in super blind and came out with a victory. I really don't think the 4i/5i are that hard to hit, and i'm not the worlds best ball striker, but I also do love long irons. I got the whole set bent 2 weak so the 4i is 22 and the PW is 44, which is still crazy strong. I love the offset - there's essentially none. But could be a little intimidating for some people. I've see good reviews on the TB5's as well, but I just didn't love how thick the soles were. The size of the heads on the TB7 is also not that small compared to something like a Mizuno 241/243. They're very nice. Smaller-ish heads, thinner soles, little to no offset, nice top-lines, and modern lofts without a ton of tungsten/speed pockets. Can't get much better for me.

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Driver: Titleist Tsr3 8° (A1/C) - Fujikura Ventus TR Black 6 Stiff (69g) - MCC Black - 45.25"

3 Wood: Titleist Tsr3 15° (A1/C) - Fujikura Ventus TR Red 7 Stiff (77g) - MCC Black - 43.25"

3 Hybrid: Titleist Tsr3 19° (A1/C) - Nippon ModusHybrid G.O.S.T Stiff (91g) - MCC Black - 40.50"

Irons: Fourteen TB7 4-PW (22°-44°) - (BB&F Co) - Nippon Modus3 115 Stiff (119g) - MCC Black - STD

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 Raw (49/54/59) - (BB&F Co) - Nippon Modus3 115 Wedge (122g) - MCC Black - STD

Putter: PING Anser 30 'Proto' (Carbon/Patina/360g/2.5°/70°) - PLD Composite Shaft - Golf Pride 'Tour Tradition' - 34.5"

Soon: Mack-Made 'Jewel Skinny' Tri-Sole (Carbon/Torched/Twisty-Longneck) BGT Tour One - Golf Pride 'Tour Tradition' - 34.5"

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I fit and build Wishon primarily. The DTC model is a race to the bottom of the price scale, then get purchased  - initially starting with open models from various Asian foundries, their logistics and supply status can be all over the place. But outside of the Wall Street controlled brands (new driver model every 9-12 months) there are excellent products available - The aforementioned Wishon brand is my wheelhouse - something for every level of golfer, but Maltby, Hierko, and Swing Science do an excellent job too. The specialty shops like Bettinardi, National Custom, Artisan, Avian, Edel, Xcaliber shafts, Edison wedges and Evenroll putters are good as well.  One thing I like to do is to follow the designers - who is the designer and can I talk to them about how and why this club head /shaft was designed. 

Club Fitter/Builder (Wishon)

719MW  11* Red R Shaft - 919THI 11* Black S 65 shaft 
EQ1-NX 3, 927HS 5, 7 woods Red R-Flex
797HS 4 & 5 Red R Shaft 
585's, EQ1-NX, 550 combo, 575's, 565's various shafts
20+ wedges!

Wishon Cavity Black CB4 putter

Willy, Bridgy, Srixy Balls

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I’ve been very happy with everything I have purchased from Sub 70.

Driver- Tour Edge EXS 220

4W- Sub 70 949X

4H- Sub 70 949X

Utility- Sub 70 699U 21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 749 5-PW

Wedges - Sub 70 286 50+54 degree

                 Tour Edge 1 out 58 degree

Putter- Cleveland Huntington Beach #11

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Another New Level vote for me. Currently have a set of 408 TC/DB combo and their new lineup of wedges I need to build. Their quality control and customer service is top notch. I’m trying to do everything I can to move over to DTC and support these brands. Driver and woods are where I have trouble switching tho. For now I’ll stick with irons and wedges for DTC. 

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I have almost a full bag of JDM equipment, albeit most from Callaway and Taylormade.  I will say that my Diawa OnOff 7 wood will be pried from my cold dead hands.  It's amazing!

Taylormade  M Gloire Driver JDM 11.5*  - Speeder Evolution SR

Taylormade  M Gloire Fairway JDM 15* - Speeder Evolution SR

Daiwa ONOFF ARMS AKA Fairway JDM 21* - Daiwa MP-520F SR

Callaway  Epic Flash 11 Wood 25* - PX Evenflow S

Taylormade  Gloire U4(20*) & U5(23*) Utility Irons JDM - NIppon 950GH S

Callaway  Epic Max Fast Forged JDM 7-AW - Nippon 950GH Neo S

Callaway  Epic Max Star JDM GW 48* - Nippon 950GH Neo S

Callaway  Epic Forged Star JDM SW 55* - Nippon 950GH S

Royal Collection East Coast Miami JDM Putter 

 

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A lot of really good recommendations on here. There are deals to be found on a lot of things. I personally like the more bang for your buck oem's like Cleveland, Tour Edge, Wilson. There are a lot of good wedges out there too. I've got a 60° from Lazrus, which is pretty good for average swing speed players.

 

I've heard great things about sub70, which has very good products throughout the bag. I will admit I'm a little skeptical about the top end, but it seems like the gap has decreased. 

 

When it comes to irons, particularly blades and cb's, there isn't much tech, but a lot of brands are now coming out with the hollow bodied goo filled irons that perform very well. 

 

 

D-Taylormade SIM MAX D Diamana PD 50r

3w- Honma TW-XP1 

17° Adams XTD Ti super hybrid

4h-5h- Tour Edge Exotics ex9

6-AW- Cleveland Launcher XL Nippon Zelos 7

56°- Cleveland CBX Zipcore

60°- Lazrus

P- Odyssey eleven tour lined stroke lab shaft

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I play Honma irons, TEE fairways, Seemore putters and Cleveland wedges.  I haven't found anything better in these categories for me.  Gotta stick with Cobra drivers though!

Driver LTDX-LS - UST VTS Red 5s

Three Wood - TEE XCG4 - GD HD 6x

Seven Wood - TEE XCG6 - UST VTS Red 7sx

4-G - Honma TR20P - Nippon NEO 950s

52,56 - Cleveland 588 Forged - Modus 125 Wedge

Putter - 2ball 10 Tour Lined Stroke Lab

Grips - GP MCC Midsize, SS Tour 2.0

Ball - Vice Pro Neon Green

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