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Ok - I'll be the first (and probably only one) to respond. I've only hit them at the range thus far, as I've only had them about one week. But boy, do I like them ... alot!

A little background. I recently went to get custom fitted for golf clubs, after playing 5 years with standard, off the rack Callaways (X-20's then the X-22's). I was put into the Mizuno JPX-800's. (Although, it wasn't necessarily the iron itself, but the Mizuno shaft options, that made the iron decision be Mizuno.) Anyway, along with the Mizunos came very high and lofty expectations for remarkable game improvement and shot-making (not LPGA expectations, but close). Well, golf being the mental game that it is, my head got "goofed" up, which in turn, reflected itself in my losing my swing. You know, no confidence breeds no good shots .. around and around in that darn circle I went for a month. So, naturally, I begin to think - it's those irons! It's the arrow , never the indian!!!! (LOL!) So while browsing e-bay, came across the Ping Faith hybrid set for a very good price. Thinking that a heavier feeling club with a wider sole would be just the answer to my swing problems, I bought them, untested. (I know, I know, but what can I say?)

Took the set to the range and hit a large bucket of balls and really liked them. Yes, they're a little heavier than the Callaways and the Mizunos that I've owned, but for me, that was an advantage. I actually feel the weight of the club now, instead of trying to muscle the be-jesus out of every shot. With these clubs, I'm letting the club do the work, instead of trying to help the club. It was easier to find my "swing groove" with these clubs than with the MIzunos.

The hybrids (5H & 6H) are very easy to hit. They're very similar in look to the Adams A70S 6H that I've been hitting for last 2 years (basically, boxy-looking as opposed to the rounded look of the Callaway Heavenwood hybrids I had before).

I haven't actually measured the club distances to my other iron set, so I can't comment on any yardage gain (or loss). I do know that I have confidence in hitting irons again, which is a nice feeling! I hit these straight and there are no more wild right shots like with the MIzunos. (Although, to be honest, my swing speed isn't the fastest, so it's not like I'm looking to gain tons of length - I was just looking to gain a little confidence back, so that when I pulled an iron from the bag, my first thought wasn't "God, I hope I can hit the ball with this thing.")

This set comes standard with the Ping red-dot, which is approximately 2 deg flat (which, according to the custom-fit guy, is what I am). I can't wait to get out on the course on Saturday and actually play a round (or two) with these clubs. Since I haven't actually played a round with them, I only gave them 4 stars. Hopefully, they'll be 5 star plus clubs come Saturday.

Just my two cents' worth.

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