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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 

Just when I thought I was all set and ready to check out a few higher-end clubs, now my dear hubby has decided he wants to enter the game (that's excellent in the long run, but sucks financially up front!!!!). 

 

Because of his new interest, it looks like I have to be even more creative with my new set.  So, I've peeked into GigaGolf: GX922 (Callaway X-22 clone), GXz driver (10.5* loft), and GX2 3 Hybrid. Regular flex graphite shafts -0.25" (I must have grown since college!), -1* lie, with Lamkin Perma-wraps (I am used to grasping a bulgy tennis wrap - the regular smooth ones feel too straight to me). I figure since they are shorter shafts, they loose some of the flex with length, so a R flex cut down will fall somewhere between a S and R. 

 

Alternatively, there is the TRX series, which may be considered more "game improvement" than the GX series???? (TRX=GI vs. GX=SGI)?

 

The more I look at it, the TRX (Burner clones, with graphite shafts) might be the more lasting route - not quite as "beginner" as the GX922s - and sound like they could allow me to shape later on in my game development.

 

I've heard some very positive things about GigaGolf's playability (perhaps not so much for reliability) and would be willing to give it a try, even if they last only one season. For the price, I can tell if graphite is really for me or not without much worry. Plus, I'm not a status person - my game should speak for itself (good or bad), not the brand stamped on the hosel.

 

Yes, I seem pretty hung up on graphite. The main reason is for vibration transfer - my hands ache after a round, and that's one reason I didn't stick around the game before (as well as lack of time). One very kind member made a very good suggestion about lightweight steel shafts. Do these feel any less "buzzy" than standard steels, perhaps a compromise between graphite and steel?

 

So, bottom line is this: anyone have any experience with GigaGolf, particularly the TRX or GX series?

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post #2 of 33

I've never played giga golf but I have played several other clone manufacturers that are kinda similar. I played some Square Two's and some wedges from a shameless company called TourGolfClubs who make clubs that if you saw em from 15 feet youd think they were a major brand... shameless clones.

 

Anyway the clubs played just fine. The only things I noticed after now switching to more mainline clubs is that the clones don't have as much loft and are much harder to stop on greens. They were for me about 2 full irons shorter then my new clubs and the driver was about 30 yards shorter. So I can tell you with decent clubs my scores have come down a little bit however that doesn't mean clones are not playable I just now find myself using 7,8 and 9 irons for my approach shots when with my old set I was using 5s and 6s more.

 

They also wear a bit quicker which is not to say they become unplayable but they lose that nice new look pretty quick. My driver had a few dings and dents when I retired it but it was still getting me out there 250 when I hit it real good and my irons were showing signs of rust. These clubs were however really old when i got rid of em. My clubs lasted probably 20-30 rounds of golf and could have gone at least half that more so they should easily last one season plus gigagolf offers a one year full warranty on parts and labor as well as 30 day playability guarantee so your probably covered

 

Also Ive played steel shafts on my Irons forever and the only time I feel discomfort from them is when I hit it really fat. Go swing some newer and not stiff clubs and see how it feels I kinda just think you either got far to stiff irons or maybe gripped to hard as that can really make your hands and wrists sore.

 

In any case good luck!

post #3 of 33

I bought the GX922 irons last year.  They are great clubs, I've never had any reliability or quality issues and my clubs smacked a lot of balls last year.  I'm still using the 4 and 5 iron in my bag, but the others have moved on to smacked around by my uncle so they are still performing admirably today.

 

I like them so much I've bought a wedge, and a putter from GigaGolf this spring and they are in my bag as we speak.

 

GigaGolf has a few new lines they have debuted this year, and they showed a new design on Facebook earlier this week of a new line of Hybrid/irons called Reva.

post #4 of 33

My buddy has a full set from Giga golf, driver to putter, and has had them for 2 or 3 years.  He plays once a week minimum, and he still loves them.  We just played last Saturday, and they still look and perform great.  He's anal like me and cleans them after every round.  :)  I don't think you can go wrong with them.    

post #5 of 33
I bought an entire set of clubs from putter to 3 wood (sans driver) from GigaGolf in April. I went with the TRX V.ll irons with the firm featherflight shafts and so far they've performed admirably. The TRX 3 hybrid and and my SP3 putter are great clubs too. I've played all sorts of brand name clubs in the past (Taylormade, Callaway, Cleveland, etc.) and my Gigagolf clubs are right there with them in terms of quality. Also, the TRX V.11 irons are plenty forgiving - so I don't think you'd need to go for the super game improvement irons. The workability is decent - but nothing like I could with my old forged blades.
post #6 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback! 

 

I've ordered the following:

TRX V.11 irons 5-9 - mostly due to their indicated lofts (the V11's have a slightly different loft angle than the TRX Ions or MRs).

TRX Hybrid 3 & 4 - just to try a hybrid out.

Hybrids and irons have Lamkin Perma-wraps. I like the feel of a wrap and think the smooth grips are just too 'flat'. UST HDX-80 graphite shafts in A flex (but after being cut down to my size, they will inherently stiffen up to a A-R). Last bucket was back at 120yds with the 6i.

 

Also going to try their mod 14 putter.  Winn Medalist grip.

 

I already have wedges that I like and I'm going to keep. I'm also going to hack a while longer with my Orlimar driver. Not a bad feel to it, but I want to first stop making divots that resemble the work of a backhoe before I buy a GOOD keeper. I'm honestly afraid I'll crack it open one of these days. (but wait... aw shucks, that's an excuse to buy yet another driver, isn't it???) ;)

 

If anything else, I'm just going to be pleased to try out the feel of graphite. I'm not looking to these as Miracle Sticks, but even mediocre clubs with appropriate flex, lie and length should be a huge improvement over ill-fitting hand-me-downs. Bill, GigaGolf's fitter/service person, was very great to work with over the phone. I received my order confirmation, production and shipment emails, and delivery is scheduled for Monday.

 

Now I have to update my bag - it is old, cracked pleather, and an embarrassment. Definitely will be a cart bag - I'd rather reserve my energy for my swing rather than a long walk.  And finally, I treated myself to a new glove today - FJ StaCooler.

post #7 of 33
Nicely done! I'm glad you were able to find a set of clubs that will work for you. We look forward to hearing how well they work.
post #8 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks, shindig!

 

I actually just ordered an Ogio Vixen bag for under $95 on Amazon (new, shipped).  Simple, light cart bag. I checked them out at our local Golf Headquarters this afternoon, and they were pretty nice, but about $50-60 more to buy locally. A huge upgrade for me!  lol!  If GolfHQ would have come down even a little (it is a 2009 model!), then I would have actually preferred to keep my business local.

post #9 of 33
Nice choice Squirrel. Assuming the shafts are a good match, I think you're really going to like your new irons. They've added a ton of consistency back to my game. It's nice to be actually firing at pins again instead of just hoping to catch a part of the green. :) Let us know how you're hitting them once they arrive.
post #10 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thanks... can't wait for the clubs to get here!  My bag beat them, and it should jump off a brown truck any minute now.

 

I'll definitely let you know how they play.

post #11 of 33
Thread Starter 

Clubs arrived the other day, and between tornadoes and car issues, I finally got out today to hit a bit.  First off, they appear to be really well made.  Grips are right (putter straight), and there are no signs of sloppy craftsmanship here whatsoever.  The irons play very nicely.  I am quite pleased with their responsiveness. I can really "feel" the ball, but it isn't an uncomfortable feel.  I have a lot more control, and can really see the flight's response to my changes in input. Yardage was where I should be, at about 150 yards with a 6 iron, but I really struggled with the hybrid. I just cannot believe how much more consistently "on center" I am striking the ball (looking at strike marks on club head) and how straight the flight paths are! Now THIS is a properly fit set - lie, length and flex. What a difference! I am glad I got the Lamkin Perma-wraps - they are comfortable and help me recall grip position by feeling the notches, which will be an excellent tool to help develop consistency.

 

Now, my experience with the hybrid is another story.  My 3H was going about the same distance as the 6i and lacked the control I had with the iron today.  Now I'm not saying I had much control with my old 3 iron before, but the hybrid has a completely different feel that I'm not sure I actually like. I guess I can say it lacks the "punch" and smoothness I expected with that much club mass. At the end of the range session, I could feel myself getting lax with my swing, and I really lost all control with the hybrid.  I will try again tomorrow. 

 

I had a blast with my new putter on the green, though!  It was the first time I tried a mallet-style, and I really did quite well with it. It didn't take long at all to get accustomed to it. The Winn grip is excellent - very supple and tacky, but not too gushy.

 

Sorry I don't have any big-brand comparisons to make for you, but at least over my old set, the GigaGolf TRXv11 is a vast improvement. Overall, I am happy with my purchase, and see these irons lasting a good while. Actually, I like them so much that I'm willing to trade my favored wedges in on a GigaGolf set.

post #12 of 33
I'm happy to hear that you're happy with the new set. I hope your golf goes as well as this seems to have gone. Stick around and keep up with us.
post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by LostSquirrel View Post

I've heard some very positive things about GigaGolf's playability (perhaps not so much for reliability)


Just wondering what you mean by "reliability"... Do you mean reliability in the club? Or reliability in the company? I ask because I have some Gigagolfs. They've performed nicely, but I guess I'm still waiting for one of the heads to fly off. a3_biggrin.gif I still can't believe I took the risk on clone clubs. Tell you what though... if they last, I'm never buying brand-name again. Economic times are tough, and it's hard to find good used clubs.

 

post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by LostSquirrel View Post

Clubs arrived the other day, and between tornadoes and car issues, I finally got out today to hit a bit.  First off, they appear to be really well made.  Grips are right (putter straight), and there are no signs of sloppy craftsmanship here whatsoever.  The irons play very nicely.  I am quite pleased with their responsiveness. I can really "feel" the ball, but it isn't an uncomfortable feel.  I have a lot more control, and can really see the flight's response to my changes in input. Yardage was where I should be, at about 150 yards with a 6 iron, but I really struggled with the hybrid. I just cannot believe how much more consistently "on center" I am striking the ball (looking at strike marks on club head) and how straight the flight paths are! Now THIS is a properly fit set - lie, length and flex. What a difference! I am glad I got the Lamkin Perma-wraps - they are comfortable and help me recall grip position by feeling the notches, which will be an excellent tool to help develop consistency.

 

Now, my experience with the hybrid is another story.  My 3H was going about the same distance as the 6i and lacked the control I had with the iron today.  Now I'm not saying I had much control with my old 3 iron before, but the hybrid has a completely different feel that I'm not sure I actually like. I guess I can say it lacks the "punch" and smoothness I expected with that much club mass. At the end of the range session, I could feel myself getting lax with my swing, and I really lost all control with the hybrid.  I will try again tomorrow. 

 

I had a blast with my new putter on the green, though!  It was the first time I tried a mallet-style, and I really did quite well with it. It didn't take long at all to get accustomed to it. The Winn grip is excellent - very supple and tacky, but not too gushy.

 

Sorry I don't have any big-brand comparisons to make for you, but at least over my old set, the GigaGolf TRXv11 is a vast improvement. Overall, I am happy with my purchase, and see these irons lasting a good while. Actually, I like them so much that I'm willing to trade my favored wedges in on a GigaGolf set.


I thnk I'm going to order these. Any chance of you posting some pics of the faces, backs, sole and topline view? I'm debating on these and the GX922. May just order both.
post #15 of 33

While I think my GX922's are great, I would go with TRX V11.  They are a new model updated this spring, while the GX922's are several years old, newer must be better and all that.

 

Also with the debut of several All-new and ALL ORIGINAL designs using their very own R&D I don't know it calling GigaGolf a clone club maker is an accurate statement anymore...

post #16 of 33

I'd like to see some pics too close up of the real clubs.

 

Thinking of ordering a TRX V11 3 iron.

 

I have the worst time hitting hybrids.  I feel 80% confident with my 4i and about 40% with my 3 hybrid.  Figure for the $20-30 per club that giga charges it might be worth the risk to see if i can hit a 3i.

 

 

post #17 of 33
Thread Starter 

@Angera: Reliability in clubs, and so far, they have proven to dash any sense of worry. I absolutely don't think of these as cheap items as my original concern.

 

The earliest I can get some pics posted will be tomorrow, but nonetheless I'm glad to share.

 

I greatly debated the GX922 or the TRXv11, but I'm glad I went with the this particular TRX series, as the loft of the GX922 and even the earlier TRX's are greater. Of all my swing problems, suprisingly I certainly don't have loft issues.

post #18 of 33
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Originally Posted by LostSquirrel View Post

@Angera: Reliability in clubs, and so far, they have proven to dash any sense of worry. I absolutely don't think of these as cheap items as my original concern.

 

The earliest I can get some pics posted will be tomorrow, but nonetheless I'm glad to share.

 

I greatly debated the GX922 or the TRXv11, but I'm glad I went with the this particular TRX series, as the loft of the GX922 and even the earlier TRX's are greater. Of all my swing problems, suprisingly I certainly don't have loft issues.


Looking forward to the pictures. I just ordered a set of the TRX v.11 4-GW/ TT FF S +.25" & 1* up.

Now if it would ever quit raining and the courses would dry up I may be able to try them when they get here.

Thanks much for this thread.
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