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Old 12-10-2012, 07:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So what's in your bag and why?

Mine has seen a number of changes this year, and in some respects shows what custom fit can and can't get right. And it's not always the fitter's fault.

I've gone down the road of custom fit for quite a number of years. What started out as swing speed measurement to ensure I had the right shaft flex has long since moved onto launch angle, spin rate, ball speed, kick point & dispersion along with the swing speed.

Perhaps its better for me to start with what I had in the bag at the beginning of the year and why. A Titliest 910D2 with a stiff shaft. It had replaced a Ping G15 Reg shaft that worked well but I'd been sold on the hype and I, foolishly, bought the 910 of Ebay. The distance, when hit well, was a revelation but on occasion it could land in the next county off to the right. The 3 wood was Ping, as was the #2 hybrid and a very old, get out of jail, Taylormade #4 hybrid.

The irons were Ping S57's, including the Ping Tour S wedges. They'd replaced Callaway Xtour forged late in 2011 and a Vokey gap wedge. The Tour S wedges were the first to go, being replaced with new Vokeys.

The spring saw the visit of the Taylormade truck, and a fitting session for TM Mc/MB irons, RBZ driver, 3 wood and hybrid(s).

The session itself didn't go well with me feeling like I'd taken the wrong swing down there, and in truth at this point I should have walked away. I was forcing the swing, and the swing speed was at the top end for me - more like what it was 10yrs ago. It comes to all of us and its better if we acknowledge that old father time is pulling on our coat tails.

So let's fast forward to the tail end of the season. After getting more and more frustrated I booked a session on the practice ground, and it's a huge practice ground, with one of our Assistants and the Flightscope. We took all my gear down there along with various drivers, irons and shafts to try on both.

The session confirmed that the spring session had been a disaster, and with my experience I was stupid to leave it so long. Defintely a Doh! moment.

First change in the bag, after the wedges, was a Ping i15 driver with a very good (reg) shaft. From 3 or 4 FIR we were back up to 9 or 10, and more importantly the ones that miss are barely off the edge.

Next came the irons. The TM's are gone and have been replaced with the new Titliest 712cb's, but again I've gone for a custom fit shaft. It's the Nippon NS 1150gh stiff. The weight in the shaft is at both the grip and tip ends and in truth its more like halfway between stiff and regular. Early results, especially with the long irons, is very good.

The Taylormade RBZ 3 wood, stiff shaft, stays in the bag along with the RBZ #4 hybrid. Both give a decent straight hit with an excellent dispersion.

The Odyssey putter, see sig, has been with me for a number of years and will be there a lot longer.

So what's in your bag, what made you choose it and have you got a wish list?
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm sticking with my current set for a while. Granted they are, by today's standards, old technology, I'm considered old even though I don't act my age. I'm going to just re-grip the set, it is time, throw away that lousy putter, the ping GI5, which the original owner named EL Diablo, put in the original blade putter. The club are great its just me. Now, I tried the new A12os driver got a higher loft yet was light in the swing giving a faster swing speed. Those are in my future that just might be in spring of the year 20xx.
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I've tried a million and one things in the past few years, but I didn't hit anything as well as I hit the Ping G series clubs. From the standpoint of woprking the ball, the i series was good, but with my game on inactive status until certain medical issues are fixed, I think the G series is going to stay put.

I previously sold my G15 set to my regular playing partner. I picked up a set of G10 irons dirt cheap and honestly, they feel a bit softer to me than the G15. I still use the i15 driver, 3 wqood and hybrids.
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Since we are discussing what's in the bag, is a chipping wedge and illegal club? Not sure why It popped in my brain cell. maybe its my lack of fresh air here in the cold zone.
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If you mean one of those clubs that's about 7 iron loft and used around the green for chip and run shots, no, they aren't illegal. As long as you keep to the 14 club limit, you should be fine.

I've always wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a full shot with one of those things.
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Since we are discussing what's in the bag, is a chipping wedge and illegal club? Not sure why It popped in my brain cell. maybe its my lack of fresh air here in the cold zone.
A chipping club is legal as long as it conforms to the rules. The reason that chippers are sometimes questioned is because some are made to be used both left and right handed. The only club which is allowed to have 2 striking faces is the putter. A chipper with 2 faces is a breach of Rule 4-1a.
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Thank you Rick: I did look in that section. the only thing I found was Broken damaged, modified now I'm not sure if I really understood what I read.

Reread 4-1a which lead me to appendix II, in brief a club must have one face with the exception of the putter
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I've known some two faced people. Does that mean they aren't allowed to play golf? PLEASE say "YES" Rick...
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I've known some two faced people. Does that mean they aren't allowed to play golf? PLEASE say "YES" Rick...
Depends on which face they bring to the golf course.

To answer Hobbit's question, what's in my bag is in my sig, and the setup is because it's what works for me. No lob wedge, and a dedicated 54 degree SW for bunkers, but otherwise it's a fairly standard bag. It won't be changing, simply because I don't get to play golf enough any more for it to matter. About all that will happen is I'll get them regripped each year when I go back to Colorado for a summer vacation.
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there I've said it; "YES! Rick"
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