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  1. Hi everyone, I would regard myself as a beginner in that I have hit a lot of balls on the range (competently) but have only really played a dozen or so rounds of golf. I wanted to upgrade my extremely basic set of irons and wanted advice between two sets for someone of my level. The choice is between a set of Adam’s XTD clubs (2014, black metal, non-tour) or a set of Callaway Big Bertha (2008, Red coloured heads). Any advice would be Really appreciated please. Thanks
  2. I'm in a real dilemma... I've been fitted by two different fitters and got two different irons results... one (Golf Galaxy) put me in Rogue X w Recoil 460 S-flex, and one (Club Champion) put me in Rogue w graphite R-flex... what's going on here? ....yes, the Champion was more thorough, but the Galaxy fitter seemed very confident in his opinion (well, they both seemed confident). Is Champion just trying to sell me their more expensive shafts? Or... like I say, what? Could it be that I was different on different days of fitting, like less flexible body one day compared to the next or something?Should I wait and get a third opinion, or get a third opinion now, or what? Or let them both know of the conflict and ask for a re-fit? I'm scared to commit one way or another, and I've wasted money on clubs due to bad advice before, so I'm a bit gun shy... Or should I just go with the new higher lofted driver and the hybrids, reg flex, .... and just play my Callaway XR OS irons reg flex steel (stock Speedstep 80) for now and be content, wait a while on the irons, get refit later... and how long to wait? Thoughts?
  3. Callaway Golf today officially announced their new Big Bertha Irons and Big Bertha Hybrids, which are available nationwide on January 18, 2019, and available for pre-order starting November 30th. Both are designed with advanced technologies to deliver long distance and easy launch. Big Bertha Irons Callaway is calling these their easiest to hit distance iron. They feature a new technology called the Suspended Energy Core, which they say is the engine of the Big Bertha Irons. Per Callaway: The Big Bertha Irons also feature the 360 Face Cup which combined with the Suspended Energy Core produce higher ball speeds and longer distance than the Big Bertha OS Irons. A stock set is 4-AW. MSRP will be $1,200 for steel and $1,300 for graphite. Big Bertha Hybrids Callaway's new hybrids will feature their Jailbreak technology with adjustability for the first time in a hybrid with a new OptiFit Hosel system. Per Callaway: The Big Bertha Hybrids are progressively shaped to be both appealing and forgiving, and are packed with high MOI technology. Hybrids are available 3H-8H. MSRP will be $269.99 per club.
  4. So, after near drought conditions in Ireland (which we're just coming out of to the relief of farmers and greens-keepers across the nation) the last few weeks have rendered all courses links-like. In these conditions I decided to really lean into the use of premium balls, to try ensure greens were held, chips checked etc. While doing this, it nearly reinforced my opinion that the 'just below premium' balls seem to suit the way I hit the ball, but damn, those one hop - stop chips with premium balls just ain't the same with 2nd tier or lower. To the point, of all the premium balls, I found the chrome soft (and x too) had an awful tendancy to balloon, or if i felt I turned it over a smidge, it just wanted to keep goin left. I ain't had a chance to check actual spin rates, has anyone found this to be the case? And is there a premium ball anyone finds has less tendency to 'wander'? I find in terms of ticking most boxes, for me, the srixon 333-tour seems to fit my needs/swing. Thoughts?
  5. I’m new to this page. I just need some advice, I have the XR16 driver. I saw the new Cobra F8 and swing it today. I really like it. Has anybody played the Cobra in a round? If so did you like it? Other than the milled face plate, is there really a huge difference? Thanks.
  6. Shirley and I did a quick Friday trip to the St. Louis Golf Expo at St. Charles Convention Center. My brother Sam drove in from Jefferson City and joined us. This year I basically popped in without my usual pre-study of new stuff; just a busy spring overall. Here's what I saw: Rogue Iron Testing Got to try all three versions of the Rogue irons. Here are the head and shaft combos. Note: My impressions are strictly based on feel and eyesight view of launch. None of the hitting stations had launch monitors. Rogue X was iron model used for the GolfTEC swing analysis. The 6i had the KBS Max 90 shaft - rather odd looking with the Rogue sky blue colored label, not a touch of KBS red. The club felt smooth, but the shaft was just too light - I had to almost baby it so as to not overswing. I would like to try it with a heavier shaft. Rogue (standard) felt better. Head has moderate but not glaring offset. The 6i with XP95 stepless felt smooth and lively, similar to the feel of a KBS Tour 90. I got good launch with it, and a lighter stiff was easy to handle. I next tried a 7i with the PX LZ 105 shaft. This felt borderline harsh, although not as robust as the PX 5.0 shafts I had formerly in my X20 Tours. Don't know if the lighter LZ would work better once my swing was in shape. Rogue Pro with felt best. Head had very modest offset, which helps me due to my handsy swing. XP105 stepless felt lively and solid; was really surprised how well a stiff felt. It launched just as high as the Rogue combos. If I got the Pro version, I would need some launch monitor comparisons on possible shafts. I would also like to try these with Recoil shafts. Callaway rep said the tests would tell if I needed Rogue Pro heads throughout, maybe with 4i and 5i softstepped, or I would be better with same shaft flex, but standard Rogue heads for 4i and 5i. TE Hybrid Doesn't Turn Left? Tour Edge rep Dave Jacobs, AKA "Jake", made the Expo again this year. He's trying to convert me to a TE bag, as I sometimes play the XRail FWs (see below). The discussion shifted to @onthehunt526's search for bridge clubs in his annual bag rework. Jake said OTH would really like the CBX hybrid. These were designed with input from the Champion's Tour, and are engineered to tease out left misses (you can play a draw, but the head design reportedly works against unwanted left, a major fear of OTH). These new TE hybrids have taken a page from revived Hogans. CBX heads come in 16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20°, and 22°. Jake also reminded me that CBX FWs were winning distance contests against competitors. And the CBX FWs and hybrids are fixed loft. TE decided that the 25 gram weight of the adjustment cogs was throwing off the clubhead dynamics. At PGA Show 2016, XXIO had announced a move to all non-adjustable woods and drivers, going instead with a set matrix of shafts and heads. TM Twist TaylorMade was in a strange undercover posture. No tent, just bags and test clubs between the Callaway and Ping canopies. I got a look at the M4 driver with the twist face to correct mishits. Holding the head in my hand, I could see the different look of the face. I didn't bother to hit it - the less loft on low left and the extra high toe loft would make my miss patterns even worse. My brother Sam had already been fitted for the M4-D version driver. At the expo, he decided to buy the M2 3W.HL (17°) to replace his historic bubbleshafted TM Burner 3W and 5W. Even second-gen M1 and M2 FWs are getting price cuts now. Hope everyone had a good Groundhog Day. Later!
  7. I recently bought the 2017 model of the Callaway Hyper Dry Lite Stand bag from Amazon UK for less Than GBP 90. Bit of an impulse purchase due to the price as everywhere else it was retailing at GBP 150 and above. It’s due for delivery in the next few days but does anybody on here have experience of using this bag? Can’t seem to find any reviews online anywhere
  8. Hi all. Great to be here and talking to some fellow golfers. I am looking at getting new irons for the 2018 season. For the past year ( last leg of 2016 to present ) I have been taking my golf really seriously. I have dropped from a 15 Handicap to a 6 in the last year. I want to change my irons. I am looking at Mizuno mp 18 MB , Titleist 718 MB , Taylormade P730 and Callaway Apex MB. From a little of my own research I have found Mizuno to be the best "Blade" according to people ( This is based on my own research ). Which out of these will be the better brand? Second question. What are your opinions on forged iron durability. I hit alot of balls 3 - 4 times a week. Its my own personal driving range so I hit my own "range balls". I hit of Kikuyu grass on the range. Will this cause more wear on forged clubs than normal ones ? I currently play Taylormade m2 Tour irons. The course I play has hard fairways. As I am from South Africa this is the norm for a lot of courses in my area. This will be first set of proper players irons. Reason : As I am improving I am starting to wonder if the more forgivable irons are covering weaknesses in my swing. I am pushing for scratch mid next year. Kind Regards Kudu
  9. New Callaway Customs Announced Callaway Golf today announced the launch of their Callaway Customs program. All of these Callaway Customs Options will be available for purchase as well starting today. This is the premier custom shop in the golf industry, and the new line of Callaway Customs includes our GBB Epic Drivers, Mack Daddy Forged Wedges, select golf balls, and great Callaway merchandise. We initially launched Callaway Customs last year for our MD3 Milled Wedges, and are now greatly expanding the program. Drivers GBB Epic or GBB Epic Sub Zero - Pricing: $550 - 8 color options - 2 paintfill zones - Includes Callaway Customs headcover Wedges MD3 Milled and Mack Daddy Forged - Pricing: +$15-$45 over standard wedge price - Stamping options: 3 character stamping (basic), 10 character stamping (advanced), or scatter stamping - Paintfill: 7 different areas, including weight ports Golf Ball Pricing: Dependent on options Chrome Soft, Supersoft, Superhot, Warbird Personalization: - 20 characters, 3 lines - Alignment line and initials - 10 character stamping - 4 colors - Custom numbers: (00-99) Callaway Customs Merchandise Mack Daddy Forged Belt Callaway Customs Hats (Pricing varies)
  10. CALLAWAY GOLF SIGNS GLOBAL GOLF SUPERSTAR MICHELLE WIE One of the most influential players in the game, Wie joins an outstanding list of Young, Proven Winners on Team Callaway CARLSBAD, Calif., - January 25, 2017 – Today Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) announced that it has reached a Staff Pro agreement with LPGA Tour star Michelle Wie. In addition to being one of the most popular players in the sport, and of its greatest phenoms ever, Wie has been one of the most accomplished players on the LPGA since joining the Tour full-time in 2009. A 27-year-old Hawaii native, Wie has been in the spotlight since the age of 10, when she became at the time the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship. At 13, she became the youngest player ever, male or female to win a USGA adult event at the 2003 Women’s Amateur Public Links and the youngest player to ever make an LPGA cut. At 14, she became the youngest female ever to play in a PGA Tour event at the Sony Open, and at 16 she turned professional. Despite being one of the most recognized players in the game already, Michelle chose to attend Stanford University in addition to competing professionally. Since playing full-time on the LPGA Tour, Wie has won 4 times, highlighted by her major victory at the U.S. Women’s open, been among the top-ranked players in the world, and competed on 4 U.S. Solheim Cup teams. She’s also known for being one of the longest hitters on the Tour, and one of its biggest stars both inside the ropes and while engaging her fans through social media. “Joining Callaway feels like a natural partnership,” Wie said. “I believe that they make the best equipment in golf, and that their clubs are really going to help me have a great year. I also admire how they make the game fun and accessible to fans, and make them feel like they are part of the experience. That’s something that’s really important to me.” As a Full Callaway Staffer, Michelle will use Callaway clubs, balls and an Odyssey Putter. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @themichellewie. Wie will add to Callaway’s tremendous group of talented young players, a list that includes Patrick Reed, 2016 Masters Champion Danny Willett, Wes Bryan, Ollie Schniederjans, Ryo Ishikawa, Branden Grace, Thomas Pieters, and Daniel Berger, who officially joined the company as a Tour Staffer this week. For more information on Callaway Golf’s team of professional golfers, including young stars like Michelle Wie, please visit http://www.callawaygolf.com/team-callaway/ Here's to hoping Michelle can: Find a golf swing that lets her express her talent instead of the opposite. Stay healthy.
  11. I wanted to share some interesting info from my Callaway GBB Epic fitting yesterday. Last week I went to a local indoor golf place to get some baseline numbers in a controlled environment with my current Titleist 915 D4 driver 70g X stiff shaft. Below: As you can see my swing speed is about 109 on average, and my ball speed was 158. I didnt expect a ton out of the new GBB driver. I mean there is a current thread going on about the latest and greatest and...is it really worth it? Well, frankly, yeah, I hit the GBB Epic, and ended up getting the most optimal numbers for me out of the GBB Epic Sub Zero. 10.5* loft, 70g X Stiff shaft. Same swing speed, same loft, same shaft weight and similar specs....but my ball speeds were in the 164-165 range, and I picked up about 8-10 yards on average. Its also scary how hot the driver is on miss hits. Today I hit a ball a little towards the toe and still was as far as a normal drive with my Titleist. I played a round yesterday afternoon with my Game Golf and my current Titleist D4 and then today with the GBB Epic Sub Zero demo club set to my specs. I know you cant make a call based on two drives back to back since not everything is equal and who knows if I pured both drives. But this wasnt the only instance. On several holes I hit similar lines and even found my divots from yesterday 8-10 yards further than they were yesterday. Needless to say I am excited for this new weapon. I'm already longer than the average amateur, so gaining that much more distance and going at greens with a shorter club in my hands makes me happy.
  12. Hi all, Been out of the golfing scene for a couple years (wife in grad school means we have no money)... Currently I have old hand me down graphite irons, not sure what brand but they aren't good. I want to upgrade to some newer Callaway/Taylor Made/Cobra or whatever I can get a good deal on while maintaining quality. I'm going to buy used because I do have a budget and I want to replace all of my clubs, so I'm hoping my irons can stay under $250 if possible. Looking on eBay and Craigslist. i found a guy on Craigslist selling his Callaway X20 iron set with a lob and approach for $200 w/ a bag. Without the bag I got him down to $130 for all the clubs. I know these are 8-9 years old (maybe more?) so I'm curious if innovation and updates to clubs are too far beyond these. At the moment, my thought is for $130, it's worth it just to buy them and see how I like them for a few months. If I don't, I should be able to sell and get my money back. Is this a good price? Are the x20's too old at this point? Anyone have opinions on the x20s? I see mixed stuff online, but my assumption is it's Callaway and it'll be light years better than my trash I have now. Mostly I want very forgiving irons that are easy to hit. I'm not exactly a pro :) thanks in advance!
  13. Does anybody have the inside dope on why Callaway would cancel the successful V Series driver and fairway woods line up? The V Series was made light, fast and came fitted with very good Bassara shafts. At D0 swing weight, they were likely aimed at senior golfers with slower swing speeds but then there are a lot of us out there. I love my set of driver, 3, 5 and 7 woods and was just wondering. Thoughts?
  14. Reshafted my Apex CF16s with KBS Tours before the weekend. For my first time reshafting golf clubs, the job went pretty smoothly. Mostly. Learned that being able to put golf clubs together and being able to build a set of clubs are two completely different things. Pulling the heads and prepping everything was pretty straightforward. I bought shaft pulls so I had to clean out the epoxy from the inside of the shafts, too. The ferrules aren't as clean or nice looking as they can be, but honestly I don't care that much. Not looking to sell these anyway. Mixing the epoxy was pretty easy, too. I wasn't sure how much I was going to need so I just mixed a little at a time as I needed. The only part that gave me some trouble was shimming the shafts. The shafts I bought are tapered and CF16s are parallel bore, so I had to shim the tips. I opted to go with fiberglass drywall tape because I read that it is actually better than brass shims, but that was a bit of trial and error in working with the stuff and a whole lot of mess. I also didn't bother with swingweighting and didn't get any tip weights to put it. I don't think it will matter too much anyway, as I have read that KBS shafts are a bit of a pain to swingweight properly because they are counterbalanced. That and I don't own a swingweight scale. I'm increasing the static weight of the clubs by 25g, so that is going to significantly alter the feel anyway. I'll get some lead tape if I need to play around with the feel more. I also hardstepped them once. Once they cured for 24 (actually 36) hours, I twisted them to check the bond and didn't find any issues. Installed some brand new PURE DTX grips on them with the alignment slightly anticlockwise from the clubface so that the club is slightly open at address if I line up my hands with the grip. Swung them around in the yard and they feel great. Never really knew how different heavier shafts would feel until I got that fitting done and I feel the club so much more with these now. Will test them out on the range during the week. Hopefully none of the heads come flying off
  15. I've been thinking about getting a driving iron, I currently play a Nike VRS 21º looking to get a driving iron to replace it. I'm looking for one with some forgiveness and easy to hit. I'm a pretty good ball striker, I saw Cobra drops a new Utility Iron on May 1st but not sure if you'd qualify that as a driving iron though, Let me know what you guys think.
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