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  1. Went to the Gateway Chapter PGA merchandise sale at Missouri Athletic Club - West in St. Louis County. This marketplace allows for the regional golf shops and country clubs to have a pre-Thanksgiving clearance. This allows the shops to unload hard and soft goods that haven't moved out during current retail activity. An area the size of a large basketball court was divided up about 2/3 apparel and gadgets and 1/3 golf clubs. Several of the lighter name-brand stand bags were marked down to between $100 and $125. Good deals if you needed them. Change this year: Very little haggling and bargaining on the golf clubs - price on the tag was what it would cost. For irons, lots of new and slightly used Ping G30 iron sets on sale for around $400 to $500. Some Ping G sets also showed up, for slightly more. An assortment of Cobra and slightly used Mizuno irons also available, along with quite a few Titleist AP1 sets. Also some slightly used or new Callaway XR Steelheads - but the vendors wanted $650 or $700... might as well spend an extra $50 to $100 and get a custom fit. The iron tables were more orderly than in the past. Sets put our about a foot apart. The different shop reps has inventory printouts and could tell what else they had in their vans outside the door. Basically sell a couple of sets, bring out a couple more. Among wedges, mainly Vokey SM6 and Cleveland RTX 2.0 mostly with cellophane still on the heads. New SM6 = $99, RTX = $75. Not much in Callaway or other that wasn't used. Curiously, I saw two new Callaway blue-dot Mac Daddy Forged in 50*/10 for $125; I tracked down the shop rep, and he said the 50*/10 versions simply didn't sell - not one! He said more shops are willing to unload new merchandise that nobody wants. Note: Most of the SW, 54* and 56* were low-bounce heads; not many high bouncers available. I picked up a new TM R Series Tour Grind EF Spin Groove LW, a 60/10 with a KBS Wedge shaft for $75. This pretty fills out the backup TaylorMade bag I've assembled the past year. I'm still looking for a decent used TM driver that isn't obscenely expensive. For long clubs, the place had barrels of the original 2016 M1 and M2 drivers, FWs and hybrids. M2 models more plentiful. The prices roughly matched those of the TM online site. Quite a few Ping G30 and G items also. G30 drivers were mainly the LTec version. The apparel zone was a good place to pick up golf shirts from a big-name clubs or hot tournaments for $30 rather than $70. Great deals on shirts and the lighter pulllover shells, and golf hats. Not much of a markdown on rain gear. Side note: Talked to the shop reps, and they reported the profit margin on wedges is low; golfers are replacing them more than in past to get new grooves, so the OEMs expect them to make it up in volume. Profit margin on golf balls reportedly is minimal. As one guy said, "If I sell five boxes of ProV.1s, I make about enough for a Big Mac meal." Always good to talk the the reps, pros and fitters to find out what's afoot in the industry. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Note: Reps report that the Callaway Epic long clubs and the Steelhead-XR FWs are going by the wayside. Coming to a golf shop near you is the replacement line called The Rogue. Reports have been out since October, but this was the first I had heard of it. I can't find any pix yet. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. I thought it might be nice to have wedges with shafts that match those of my irons. My old wedges have shafts slightly lighter than my irons, when heavier is typical, and they are an unpleasant color. I thought I might go through with my idea of playing 4 specialty wedges in addition to my set pitching wedge and closeting a wood. I had golf money burning a hole in my pocket. For these reasons and more I went ahead and ordered a custom set of 4 Mizuno S18 Chrome wedges in 48, 52, 56, 60. Fun! Mizuno has no upcharge on the shafts or grips I wanted so they are actually the cheapest of the newer top end wedges. And they look brilliant. I got the recoil 95 stiff shafts to match my irons set, +1/2", only 1* upright rather than the 2* of my irons to somewhat discourage pulls. Just opened them yesterday. Here's a beautiful clean new head -- soon to be a beautifully dinged and dirty head with character: Looks sweet by the ball. I'm trying the Tour Wrap 2G grips because I like the tackiness and the white. They're great with a glove -- you hardly have to close your hand for it to stick. With a sweaty bare hand they get slippery quick and I like to take my glove off inside about 60 yards, so we'll see how that goes. Unfortunately: One of these things is not like the other. I know I ordered them right. From my confirmation email: https://m.imgur.com/ZTWIJfy But from the spec sheet that came with my wedge: Was I surprised? Not really, except perhaps for the fact that I only got one right handed wedge. Literally ever time I ordered multiple clubs direct from a manufacture some of them have come right handed. (Ok, BOTH times.) Of course every company has been very good about it and rush builds and ships the correct clubs. I guess when the guy is ticking the boxes he is so used to clicking RH that he'll sometimes slip even if the previous 3 clubs from the same order were all LH.
  3. I have a habit of rotating my fairway woods. Once I throw down the bucks for a driver, it stays put for at least 5 years. My irons (MP-14), over 20 years now. My putter changed from a Ping B-60 (20 years) to an Odyssey Marksman (past 10 years). Still have the B-60. My wedge is Cleveland Tour Action 56 deg that I've had for over 30 years. I've killed a rattlesnake with it. The fairway woods are like old girlfriends, you think about them once in a while, but the memory fades. There is always that one that seem to stick in your mind the longest. Mine was a Ping ISI 3- wood with a regular flex steel shaft. So I searched and searched without my wife knowing, and set a date ( 1 week shipping) to get reacquainted with my old friend:) Diablo move over..... Here's a picture. After all these years, I don't look that good either.
  4. After struggling all year with more lofted wedges, I am seriously considering going to a three wedge system. Does anyone still play this system? Here's my problem, my PW is 44°, I'm not going to go directly to some sort of SW (56°). My thought was 44-48-54 (the wedges that match my iron set AW and SW). Currently I play EXi PW (44°) and AW (48°), and the CB Pro S 52°/12°, 56°/14° wedges. Note: I don't need to go out and buy any wedges to replace anything, unless you guys think I need a 50° second wedge in which case, I'd have to buy that.
  5. What's Your favorite club and why?

    Would like to know more about types and brands of clubs? I'm new to the lifestyle and well I can read reviews till I bleed from the eyes but actual users and reasons would be a great help. I personally like my irons (ping eye2's blue dot). I can hit them straight and each club up or down I can get about 10 yards plus or minus. 60-75% I hit them where I pray they go. I know there old as dirt but they hit nice and well just starting I figure I'll upgrade next season. Kinda why I'm looking for input. I have a tour edge bazooka QL 11 degree driver. Still trying to figure that monster out and a Ben Hogan 3 hybrid but have not hit it yet. I also have an older odyssey white hot putter with a fat grip.
  6. After compiting in Scratch tournaments, i was faced with several shots between 200 - 220 yards of carry on approacho shots an even for laying up on par 4/5´s, distances that are not common at my home course so i don´t have a club to hit that shots. I currently hit my 3 wood 230 carry and my 4 iron 190 carry. That´s a big Gap i need to fill. In orther to fill it i will buy an 19° Hybrid (set to 18°), my issue is what club to take out off the bag. This is my current Clubs/Degrees/Carry Distances. Driver 9° 250 3 Wood 15° 230 New Hybrid 18° 210 (Gap filler) 4 Iron 22° 190 5 Iron 25° 180 6 Iron 28° 170 7 Iron 31° 160 8 Iron 35° 150 9 Iron 39° 140 P 43° 130 (chip wedge) W 47° 120 G 51° 110 (pitch wedge) S 56° 95 L 60° 85 (pitch, lob, sand wedge) Note: G and L wedges are in my bag since 2000. The rest were bougth in 2016. So, witch club I take out of the bag ?
  7. I'm a bit partial to these wedges seeing as how @david_wedzik and I named them… (true story), but I wanted to share this news with y'all… PHOENIX (Jan. 18, 2017) – Precision-milled faces with sharper groove edges than any previous PING wedge model dramatically increase spin rates and trajectory control in the new Glide 2.0 wedges, leading to more precise short-game performance from all conditions, PING announced today. “The new Glide 2.0 wedges represent a major breakthrough in performance for a number of reasons, but it’s the new grooves that are most exciting,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “As many golfers are aware, we have a lot of knowledge and experience when it comes to evaluating and designing grooves. We worked closely with our tour staff to improve every aspect of the wedges. The players have been very pleased with the increase in spin rates, overall trajectory control, including lower ball flights, and the consistency of the carry distances. Around the greens, they’re impressed with the turf interaction and how the ball is reacting off the face to give them the precision they need to hit it closer. “They’ve also commented how much they appreciate the refined, compact look. When you set the club down -- whether it’s a full swing or a touch shot around the green -- you’re confident you can play the shot. Plus, the feel and sound are incredible,” Solheim said. “Most of our tour players, including Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen, have already converted to the new wedges. Together with the multiple sole grind options, the new Glide 2.0 wedges offer all golfers a tremendous opportunity to improve their short games.” The Glide 2.0 wedges are available for pre-order today at authorized PING golf shops around the world. An extremely precise wheel-cut milling process developed by PING’s engineering and manufacturing teams enables grooves with a sharper edge radius, which increases interaction with the cover of the ball at impact, creating more friction for improved spin and trajectory control. The grooves in the lower-lofted wedges (46°, 50° & 52°) are milled with a 20° sidewall and a .005” edge radius for optimal full-shot performance. The higher-lofted versions (54°, 56°, 58° & 60°) are milled to a .004” edge radius and a 28° sidewall to impart more spin, especially around the greens. By spacing the precision-milled grooves closer together, PING’s engineers designed the lower- lofted options with one additional groove (compared to the original Glide wedge) to increase spin and control on full shots. The higher-lofted versions feature two more grooves for more spin on chip and pitch shots. In testing, Tour players are seeing spin-rate increases of 1,000-1,500 rpm on partial shots (40 to 70 yards) and gains of more than 500 rpm on full shots when compared to their current wedges. The soft, 431 stainless steel heads are distinguished by a hydropearl chrome finish, which adds a new level of performance by repelling moisture for reduced sole friction. The lead edges and sole grinds have been carefully crafted for exceptional surface interaction and versatility, gliding through the turf and sand to enable creativity and shot making. The patented design has key refinements to the four sole grinds (SS, WS, ES and TS) ensure Glide 2.0 wedges can be fit to a golfer’s divot depth or attack angle and most common turf conditions. SS GRIND (46°/12°, 50°/12°, 52°/12°, 54°/12°, 56°/12°, 58°/10°, 60/10°) An all-purpose mid-bounce sole with heel and trail edge relief to create versatility on touch shots around the green. Ideal for moderate attack angles and divots. Fits most golfers. WS GRIND (56°/14°, 58°/14°, 60/14°) Full-sole design that provides turf security for players with a steep angle of attack. The reduced camber and added width prevent the sole from skipping into the ball. TS GRIND (58°/6°, 60°/6°) A PING WRX-inspired design based on the Tour-proven half-moon grind. The TS grind facilitates shot making and precision from even the most difficult lies. The heel relief allows shots to be executed with an open face to difficult pins or from firm lies without fear of the lead edge sitting too high. ES GRIND (54°/8°, 56°/8°, 58°/8°, 60°/8°) Eye 2-inspired sole design provides the ultimate in bunker performance, resulting from the classic dish profile along with the tapered hosel. A refined lead edge upgrades all-around performance with the iconic ES grind. The Glide 2.0 wedge’s grip and shaft are specifically designed to improve short game performance. The Dyla-wedge grip, which is ¾-inch longer and features a reduced taper, allows golfers to grip down for more versatility and trajectory control. To promote lower launch with enhanced feel, the custom-engineered AWT 2.0 Wedge shaft is optimized in weight (118g), flex and balance. The KBS Tour, Dynamic Gold, N. S. Pro Modus3 105, XP 95, and Project X are also available at no upcharge. Glide 2.0 shaft options - Stock steel shaft: PING AWT 2.0 Wedge - Stock graphite shaft: PING CFS 65/70/80 (Soft R, R, S) - After-market shaft options (no upcharge): Project X 5.0, 6.0; XP 95 (R300, S300), N.S. Pro Modus3 105 (S, X), KBS Tour (R, S, X), Dynamic Gold (S300, X100) - U.S. MSRP: $150 per club w/steel shaft; $175 per club w/graphite shaft
  8. I just saw these in a mail from another golf forum . . Thoughts? Feelings? Predictions on if or when Bryson DeChambeau will put them in the bag?
  9. I did some research on what wedges to have and it doesn't look like I've got the right setup. I have Ping G2 irons so in terms of wedges I have the G2 47* pitching wedge and 50* utility wedge, along with 52* and 64* wedges. This was the setup I got with my hand-me-down clubs when I first started playing a few years back, so I never gave it much thought, but now I'm playing a lot more and improving my game. So I'm hoping to get the most out of my wedge setup. Given the G2 47* PW and 50* UW, do y'all have any recommendations a proper setup? There's a golfsmith nearby so I'm looking into fitting, but I 'd just like a general idea. Thanks in advance!
  10. So I moved to Portland a year ago but didn't get to play at all last winter. Plus last winter was historically dry here, and the courses I got to play last summer were all well drained and well dried out by the time I was playing. I've now gotten to play 9 holes a few times this winter, which leads to a question about wedges. I've been using the same 60˚ for years now, and I've always loved it. Use it for almost all shots under ~80 yards, almost all shots around the green, when I'm playing regularly have it really dialed in (for my handicap), pretty rarely thin it and (literally) almost never hit it fat. I don't know the bounce, but it's definitely (very?) low bounce. This history was all in southern California where conditions tend to be firm. This past weekend I played 9 holes at a wet, soft course. With swings that felt great to me, with good lies in both tight grass and first cut light rough, I chunked most of my wedge shots around the green, and a couple partial swing shots from further out. I was by myself and just playing a practice round, so I was playing multiple balls on many shots. The only way I could not end up taking a big chunk of mud starting before the ball and hitting the ball 25% as far as I wanted was to play a steep chip shot, ball back a bit in the stance, hands forwards, try to hit ball before ground (i.e., try NOT to use the bounce, against what I've trained my short game swing towards). So my question, is this just an outlier, as in the course was SUPER wet and soft and soggy, and in those conditions you just can't use bounce and have to try to hit ball first short game shots, regardless of club setup? Or is this proof of the concept that wedge setup should be determined by predominant conditions, and I should invest in a high bounce 60˚ for all but the driest summer months?
  11. Wedges

    I was wanting some wedges for Christmas this year is I only have a pitching wedge. I think I should get a 56 in a 52 but my grandpa thinks I should get a 50 and 56. What combo should I get?
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