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What is the yardage gap between the V-Steel 3 Wood and Srixon 18° 2 Iron?

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Amazing. I do like the sound of the v steel.

 

Taylormade M6, 9.0* head set -1.5*, Nippon Regio B+ shaft, 65 stiff at 45.5"
Cobra FLY Z+ 3 wood, orange, aldila tour blue stiff, 14.5*
Sub 70 939x, 3H(18*), Proforce V2 85 stiff
Sub 70 939x, 4H(21*), Proforce V2 85 stiff
Sub 70 699 Pros, 5-AW, Modus 120 stiff*/
PING glide 2.0, 54* and 58*, SS, Modus 120 stiff (Testing Sub 70 JB 58/12 with Modus 120)
Scotty Select Newport, 73* lie, 1* loft, 34" (Alternate putter Wilson The L)
Bridgestone Tour BX

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Minty V-Steel 5 wood is my new Torrey Pines club

Driver:  (9) Taylormade SIM Graphite Design YS-6X (Tipped 1.5")

3-Wood: (13) Taylormade V-Steel T/S Graphite Design YS-6S

5-Wood: (18) Taylormade V-Steel Graphite Design Purple Ice 85X

Hybrid: (21) Callaway RAZR Tour 3 TTDG X100

Irons: (5-W) PXG 0311T GEN 1 Nippon Super Peening Blue X (Soft stepped x1)
Gap Wedge: (50-12) PXG 0311 Forged GEN 1 TTDG TI S400

Sand Wedge: (54-12 Full) Cleveland RTX Zip Core Nippon Modus 130 S

Lob Wedge: (58-08) Vokey 200 Series 258.08 TTDG Wedge
Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Broomstick 45"

Ball: TP5X, ProV1, Vice Pro +, Snell, et al 

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Well the time has come. I've played a V-Steel 3 wood for 14 years (for the last 11 with a Pro Launch Blue). Today I found my way into a used SIM Max 3 wood with a Tensei White for a price I couldn't pass up. Taylormade lured me in with the "V-Steel" stamped on the sole. It felt really good, but looking forward to getting it out and playing it. Not sure the shaft is the right fit but again the price was too good to pass up.

 

It's somewhat laughable how much bigger the SIM is but honestly doesn't feel that big when you hit it. Also the V sole on the original is much more pronounced and will be curious to see how that does on actual turf and not a mat indoors

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I've been interested in the SIM 3-wood because of the V-Steel stamping as well. Interested to see how it performs

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 9º w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: Callaway Super Hybrid 17º w/ Tensei Orange

Titleist 816 H1 21º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Irons (5-PW): Srixon 765 w/ KBS Tour C-Taper 120

Wedges: 48º Vokey SM6, 54º Vokey SM8 Black, 60º Hand Ground Tour Issue Vokey

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Masterful Tourtype SSS CT A048277

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After liking my V-Steel 5-Wood, I went ahead and sold my M5 Rocket and picked up a V-Steel T/S. It will be interesting to see how this one works out . . . 

 

 

How long until I buy the 7-Wood????

 

Did they make a 9-Wood????

Driver:  (9) Taylormade SIM Graphite Design YS-6X (Tipped 1.5")

3-Wood: (13) Taylormade V-Steel T/S Graphite Design YS-6S

5-Wood: (18) Taylormade V-Steel Graphite Design Purple Ice 85X

Hybrid: (21) Callaway RAZR Tour 3 TTDG X100

Irons: (5-W) PXG 0311T GEN 1 Nippon Super Peening Blue X (Soft stepped x1)
Gap Wedge: (50-12) PXG 0311 Forged GEN 1 TTDG TI S400

Sand Wedge: (54-12 Full) Cleveland RTX Zip Core Nippon Modus 130 S

Lob Wedge: (58-08) Vokey 200 Series 258.08 TTDG Wedge
Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Broomstick 45"

Ball: TP5X, ProV1, Vice Pro +, Snell, et al 

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2 hours ago, MuniPukeLife said:

After liking my V-Steel 5-Wood, I went ahead and sold my M5 Rocket and picked up a V-Steel T/S. It will be interesting to see how this one works out . . . 

 

 

How long until I buy the 7-Wood????

 

Did they make a 9-Wood????

 

Yep.

I've got two, both OG V-steels. Loft is 24*.

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19 hours ago, No_Catchy_Nickname said:

 

Yep.

I've got two, both OG V-steels. Loft is 24*.

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Driver:  (9) Taylormade SIM Graphite Design YS-6X (Tipped 1.5")

3-Wood: (13) Taylormade V-Steel T/S Graphite Design YS-6S

5-Wood: (18) Taylormade V-Steel Graphite Design Purple Ice 85X

Hybrid: (21) Callaway RAZR Tour 3 TTDG X100

Irons: (5-W) PXG 0311T GEN 1 Nippon Super Peening Blue X (Soft stepped x1)
Gap Wedge: (50-12) PXG 0311 Forged GEN 1 TTDG TI S400

Sand Wedge: (54-12 Full) Cleveland RTX Zip Core Nippon Modus 130 S

Lob Wedge: (58-08) Vokey 200 Series 258.08 TTDG Wedge
Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Broomstick 45"

Ball: TP5X, ProV1, Vice Pro +, Snell, et al 

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Just picked up a V-Steel 3 wood off ebay for $30. I have one hole on my home course which I have a gap in the bag. I am hoping this is a low cost experiment for the few times I will hit a 3 wood.

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Ping G400 3W & 5W, 14.5° & 17.5°, Ping Alta CB 3w, Grafalloy Prulaunch 45 5w, both R flex std length, both at small + setting.
Ping G30 4 Hyb, 22°, Alta CB R flex, std length

Cleveland Launcher UHX 5-D Wedge + CBX2 SW, std loft/lie, Dynamic Gold DST 98 steel R flex, std length
Cleveland Smart Sole SW, 58°, Dynamic Gold wedge flex, std length

Odyssey #7, SuperStroke Flatso 2.0, 35"

Sroxin Soft Feel, yellow or ZStarXV white

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Following up from my post about purchasing a V-Steel T/S (the 13 degree one) with a YS-6S, and I honestly haven't had a 3 wood I've hit this well since I've retired my 913F (old trusty that I still have at my Dad's house) from high school. I won't say it goes as far as the M5 rocket, but I actually have no fear pulling the 3 wood out of the bag for the first time in years, after struggling to hit the M2, M4 Tour, M3 HL, and M5 Rocket consistently -- despite all of those aforementioned options being extremely long and good clubs in the right hands in their own right. 

Driver:  (9) Taylormade SIM Graphite Design YS-6X (Tipped 1.5")

3-Wood: (13) Taylormade V-Steel T/S Graphite Design YS-6S

5-Wood: (18) Taylormade V-Steel Graphite Design Purple Ice 85X

Hybrid: (21) Callaway RAZR Tour 3 TTDG X100

Irons: (5-W) PXG 0311T GEN 1 Nippon Super Peening Blue X (Soft stepped x1)
Gap Wedge: (50-12) PXG 0311 Forged GEN 1 TTDG TI S400

Sand Wedge: (54-12 Full) Cleveland RTX Zip Core Nippon Modus 130 S

Lob Wedge: (58-08) Vokey 200 Series 258.08 TTDG Wedge
Putter: Odyssey 2-Ball Ten Broomstick 45"

Ball: TP5X, ProV1, Vice Pro +, Snell, et al 

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I actually have two V-steel 5 woods in my basement. I loved the V-Steels so much I saw one on the Bay for a great price. Snatched it up and when it arrived I went to add it to my collection, only to discover I already had a V-Steel 5 wood, lmao. My 5 wood these days is the G410 but I occasionally take the Taylormade out to beat some balls. 

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11 hours ago, dhappy42 said:

Anyone play V-Steels with the TT Dynamic Gold Lite shafts? 

I have a 5w wood with that shaft but don't like it as much as the TT DG S300 shaft I play in my other V-Steels.

 

Driver: TM R510TP

Fairways: TM V-Steel

Hybrids: Nickent 3DX RC

Irons: Maltby TE Forged

Wedge: Acer XB Satin

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #1

 

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15 hours ago, dhappy42 said:

Anyone play V-Steels with the TT Dynamic Gold Lite shafts? 

 

Had one shafted in my 7w. I switched it to the more traditional weight of the TTDG. If you're asking more about having a steel shaft in it, go for it!

Srixon ZX5 9.5* - GD ADDI 6S
Taylormade M3 HL - MFS5 White Tie 60S -0.75" (42.5")
Taylormade M4 19* - UST Proforce V2h R -0.5" (40.25")

Srixon ZXU 3i - Recoil95S - Softstepped - -1/2" - 2* flat
Srixon ZX5 4-AW - Recoil95S - Softstepped - -1/2" - 2* flat

Cleveland Zipcore Tour Rack 50*/54* mid, 58* low -0.5" - 2* flat 
Slighter Proto 1 #9/Del Mar design - High Toe - Long neck - Deep Milled face - 33", 370gr, lie 71*, loft 4*
Odyssey OWorks 2ball  33.5" - 1* loft - 71* lie

PXG Battle Ready Bat Attack - 34" 4* loft - 71* lie
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Just got my V-steel 7w back with a new shaft. I had a Quadra Fire RB 6SX shaft in it before (see pic), which was good, but a little bit light or soft. If I went after it, I'd hit big high hooks, so I wanted something heavier and a mite stiffer to improve control, even it meant a loss of distance. 

 

Found a secondhand Tensei Orange Pro 70TX in my local golf shop and got that installed. So far, so good. Liked it when I tried it in their hitting bay. Can't wait to take it to the course, but first to the range!

 

Funny to think that both shafts are worth about 4~5 times more than the head.

 

The old shaft:

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I recently bought a trio of V-Steels (3,5,&7) off eBay for $90 shipped and sent them to Continental for a refinish. I then had Continental ship them directly to Chip Usher who installed Ventus Reds in them and swing-weighted them all at D4. As I was driving to the course to give the 3WD a test drive I was thinking I haven't been this excited to hit a "new" club in several years. After warming up with around two dozen balls and my 7-iron I grabbed the 3WD and gave it a go. I'd forgotten how perfect the V-Steel head sits behind the ball. After a few practice swings to get the feel down I gave it about a 3/4 swing and launched a mid-high baby draw that ended up 2 feet from the pin on a practice green 237 yards away. I hit 12 more balls, increasing speed a little at a time and this thing kept producing mid-high baby draws with the last 4 carrying 255 or more and rolling out to 265. The sound and the feel of this thing and the performance brought me back to when I used to bag them in 2005 and made me ask myself why I ever replaced them with anything else.

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Taylormade V-Steel 15*                            Fujikura Ventus Red 8X

Bridgestone J33 AirMuscle 20*               Velyx Rome Wildeye 988X
MIURA CB57 4-7                                       MMT-125TX

MIURA MB-001 8-P                                   MMT-125TX
Chikara V1 Proto 52, 57, 61                       MMT-125TX (8-iron)

Cameron 009 Prototype 34/350 (A010656)

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11 hours ago, No_Catchy_Nickname said:

which was good, but a little bit light or soft. If I went after it, I'd hit big high hooks, so I wanted something heavier and a mite stiffer to improve control, even it meant a loss of distance. 

Similar story for me. As well documented in this thread I found the stock V-Steel shafts garbage. I wanted to try a heaver/stiffer shaft but I didn't want to spend much money. I tried steel. TT DG S300 to be exact. Loved it. Love the weight and fell and at $18 a pop makes them the best bang for the buck as well. Another benefit is when I play with someone new and I see them smirk at the shaft I get a great sense of gratitude when I hit them great.

 

Driver: TM R510TP

Fairways: TM V-Steel

Hybrids: Nickent 3DX RC

Irons: Maltby TE Forged

Wedge: Acer XB Satin

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #1

 

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1 hour ago, azgreg said:

Similar story for me. As well documented in this thread I found the stock V-Steel shafts garbage. I wanted to try a heaver/stiffer shaft but I didn't want to spend much money. I tried steel. TT DG S300 to be exact. Loved it. Love the weight and fell and at $18 a pop makes them the best bang for the buck as well. Another benefit is when I play with someone new and I see them smirk at the shaft I get a great sense of gratitude when I hit them great.

 

 

My 7w came with a steel shaft, but it was an NSPRO 095 stiff, which is not a shaft I get on with at all, so I swapped it for the Quadra Fire RB shaft. 

 

I don't even consider putting steel shafts in my woods or hybrids (actually, my irons have carbon shafts now as well), but when I hit my steel-shafted persimmon woods, something just feels right with the heft and timing. 

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