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690.CB bent 2* strong - whats the impact?


matt33

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Hi,

 

I recently had a fitter re-shaft my 690's with 5.5 rifles, adjust lengths to 1/2" long and also regrip.

 

Very nice guy, also quite knowledgeable, but gave me back the clubs telling me he also bent them all 2* strong (was shocked by this at the time).

 

My first reaction was that he had created a bigger than 4* gap between my PW and gap wedge (my clubs from lob down to 5i all had exactly 4* between them), but am wondering what other effect it may have had?

 

I would think the bounce angle is quite specifically designed the way it is for a reason?

 

Also... depending on the advice re this topic, can these forged heads be bent back or does that weaken them?

 

Thanks

Matt

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Impact...possibly a lower ball flight and a possible increase in yards. Yes, the bounce angle will change. Any reason the nice club maker did this without asking you or giving you an explanation? Being forged, there should be no problem bending them back to stock.

 

Either which way, I had a set of 690.cb's with Project X 6.5's +.5" and they were all bent 2* stonger too. I found no problems with the clubs and probably one of my favorite sets of Titleist irons in years.

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I agree that I wouldn't want my sticks bent without requesting it, in any situation where I'm lengthening an iron by 1/2 an inch or more, I would bend them two down. Two is right at the limit of where you start to see a little offset, but think about it this way. You're taking your 8 iron and making it 7 iron length and you're picking up 3 swingweight points. You might end up seeing the ball flight that looks almost like a nine iron from a seven iron length club. Not at all what most players want. Last year I went to NS Pros in my TA-3s, tour heads that were D-5 with X-100 but still a little low in SW with the Nippons. I took them 1/2" over and bent them down two, and it worked out just fine. When you bend them down, you take a corresponding amount of bounce off, but most people won't notice that unless they're a huge divot taker.

And you can bend them back no problem if they don't suit you that way.

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