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    • I've used the same Sun Mountain Three 5 bag for the last 7 years now and I can definitely recommend it. It's certainly been durable, since my only issue in that entire time is last summer the rubber carry handle started to disintegrate so I don't use it anymore (leaves black all over my hands if I do). I could get it fixed for free by sending it in to Sun Mountain, but it's not a big deal to me really.  It's light enough to carry with no problems, but big enough to fit whatever you need. I usually carry with it my rain jacket (inside the large pocket), an umbrella (on the side in the umbrella loops), about half a dozen golf balls, three or four gloves, a copy of the rules, some jerky or other snacks, athletic tape, tees and ball marks and pitch repair tools (in a little pouch), yardage books, sharpies, various medications I need to have with me, and whatever other miscellaneous junk I've collected along the way. I don't generally pack that light, but I always have what I need if I need or want it (and I'm young for now, so it'll only do me good to carry around a little more weight so long as its not attached to my belly).
    • Every time I get fitted I get fitted for the best combination of clubhead and shaft for me, and what I'm looking for is generally the tightest dispersion pattern without sacrificing a ton of distance (5-10 yards is ok if the dispersion is significantly better). It's just worked out nicely so far that every time I've been fitted the KBS Tour X-flex shafts have been the best performer for me.  Since that is the case I've kept the same set of shafts through 3 sets of irons now. Ordered them originally to install in my s55 irons, then installed them in some 716MB's that I was testing head to head with MP4's, and then I stuck them in the new set of MP4 heads that I ordered when I determined the MP4's worked better for me than the 716MB's. The two performed about the same as each other and so it really came down to personal preference and comfort. That said, I would switch to a different shaft if I could find one that made an improvement on the launch monitor for me.
    • I used to carry hybrids, but stopped once I got a new set of irons that made it easier to hit my long irons (the PING s55 irons, believe it or not, were WAY easier to hit than the old Eye 2's I had for a long time). The reason I stopped using hybrids was pretty simple: I found it easier to hit a long iron high than it was to hit a hybrid low. Hybrids spin a lot and it made it a challenge to keep them low in the wind, but I didn't and still don't have many issues getting a long iron up in the air.  Most golfers, however, are better suited by a hybrid than a long iron. They have more issues getting a long iron up in the air than keeping a hybrid low to the ground, simply because of their swing speed and the forgiveness that hybrids provide on mishits. Most golfers also don't have to worry too much about the wind howling on the plains of Eastern Colorado up to 30 mph, so that was another factor for me to take into account (I play in the wind pretty frequently).
    • Day 2
      Played 9 holes this afternoon. Tried to keep things simple and deliberate. Goals are to grade my attempts honestly.  Backswing: Slow Pace (Grade: "C+"), trying to keep the right hip against the chair when I turn (Grade "C", guessing a bit here)

      Downswing: Medium Pace (Grade: "D"), downswing was super quick. It lead to a lot of thin shots and a few topped shots. I think I was dipping back and flipping (guessing, but history says yes). Also hit a handful of great shots.  Pitching (Grade D), a bit scared to give pitch shots some speed. Ended up with some very weak results. 
    • You probably won't notice much difference in forgiveness, but you might notice some difference in feel or how the club looks and performs for you.  No idea why, but every time I have ever demoed the Titleist AP2 I hit it like trash. It's a shame because I used to think they were attractive clubs (how I hit them has soured me to their looks, admittedly), but I would hit them literally 10 yards shorter on every club in the bag compared even to blades, with similar dispersion as anything else.  I personally would stick with the Mizuno's since they look and will feel better, but if you're in the market for something new to you you could always try out the MP5's. I found them to be very easy to hit, on par with the MP59, while having the attractive look of a MB (though the topline is fatter than a normal MB).
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