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post #31 of 43
Just bought a TM Burner last week...10.5 Stiff
Great club, long and straight with pretty high ball flight. It replaced my old TM 580 driver and easily 15-20 yards longer on average....that's what a longer shaft and newer technology can do.
I liked the HiBore's too but just didn't like the sound of the ball coming off the clubface just too LOUD for my taste
post #32 of 43
R580XD, standard TM stiff shaft, whatever came with club. I have figured out how to use this club won at outing. Have confidence in it, can line it up, and when playing often, hit consistent light, power, or whatever you want to call it fade to middle of fairway, aiming at left edge of fairway. 270 ish range pretty consistently. I am about a 12-15 handicap, probably more like 10 if I could play more often.

Question for you gear heads: How do you try out different combinations of shaft/clubs? I am poor guy, no country club fitting demos available, and for me hitting in a net at Golf Galaxy or Dick's is useless. I would like to maybe change to something better, or less fadey, but sure don't want to buy a combo that is in fact worse. How to evaluate stuff?
post #33 of 43
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Originally Posted by buz View Post
Question for you gear heads: How do you try out different combinations of shaft/clubs? I am poor guy, no country club fitting demos available, and for me hitting in a net at Golf Galaxy or Dick's is useless. I would like to maybe change to something better, or less fadey, but sure don't want to buy a combo that is in fact worse. How to evaluate stuff?
Go to a pro shop. It doesn't have to be at a CC. It can be at a public course as long as they have a good club fitter. You are correct that it is impossible to determine indoors on a machine. It has to be done on a range so you can see the entire ball flight.

By the way a fade is not a bad thing. It often has more to do with your swing than the shaft.
post #34 of 43
If you really are a 12-15 with a 270 yard drive and half fairway fade DO NOT CHANGE A THING with that club or that swing. Work on your other 13 clubs. You can play to a scratch handicap with those numbers from your driver.
Phil Michelson would have won anther dozen tournaments if he had that shot!
post #35 of 43
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
If you really are a 12-15 with a 270 yard drive and half fairway fade DO NOT CHANGE A THING with that club or that swing. Work on your other 13 clubs. You can play to a scratch handicap with those numbers from your driver.
Phil Michelson would have won anther dozen tournaments if he had that shot!
Very good advice.

We've all heard drive for show.....

There should be a comparable draw for show, fade for dough.
post #36 of 43
Thanks all for the advise. CJB, We just don't have what you describe in the Cleveland area. They are driving ranges without proshops, or not high quality ones in the least. Frustrating.

Also a rant: If the Golf Galaxy's and Dicks' of the world would let you put a deposit down and play various clubs in the real world, on a course or minimum at the range, they would sell a lot more, IMO. This is mostly the manufacuturers fault most likely, as they don't give them demo units to use. So the retailer doesn't want to use their paid for clubs. The club guys are really missing the boat. I will never buy a club I have only hit in a net.

And i do like my predictible fade. I can really play it consistently. However, the times I really make perfect contact and it goes dead straight into the left trap or left rough/trees make me ill. That is because it is always a smoked shot going a million miles if it was aimed down the middle, lol. And this is the only club I fade, not low irons, 3 or 5 wood, although those two are completely different clubs with Cally Memphis 10 steel shafts in them. That is why I am intrigued that some tweak can make my driver straighter. Can't spend big $$$ or worse, a poorer club choice that I own to find out.

Steve, you are 100% correct on the other club thing. I have a wierd game, and barely play once a month, with no practice in between, time and family constraints. On 18 holes I will typically have like 6-8 pars, one birdie, 4-5 bogies, and 4-5 ridicoulous "I forgot how to play golf" holes of double, triple or higher, getting me to around 85-87 on good/hard courses, slopes around 135 ish. The "other" holes also have no pattern. Perfect drive, duff, duff, bad chip, 2 putt, triple. Poor drive behind tree, really nice recovery shot into trap by green, two sand shots to get out, 3 putts. And these holes can occur any time in the round. Par, triple, 3 more pars, bogie, birdy, double double, nice nine holes.

If I played more/practiced, I am sure some of them would go away.

Oh yeah, I can't hit a draw for $100 and am envious of you natural draw players. Never seen a natural draw player who wasn't a seriously good golfer. And I am completely left handed playing rh clubs. What I learned on. Supposedly easier to draw the ball for me, no way. Snap one, I can do that thou! But I never do that on the course, just for fun on range. Don't want to develop that trait!!!
post #37 of 43
Buz,

One alternative is Play it Again Sports (there's one in Canton). Yes it is used gear, but here's the scam. Buy want you want to try, try it, then trade it in for the next club that you want to try. The price for used gear is high compared to what you could get online, but you can either return it quickly for virtually no charge or return it later for a high enough trade in credit to make it cheap to demo this way. Once you find what you like, go buy it new somewhere if you want new. In my area, we've had a few golf specific used gear stores that have a ton of gear to choose from. There may be some in your area.

TGW.com has a 30 day playability guarantee where you can return clubs for full credit. You pay for the shipping so it's about the same deal as a local shop.
post #38 of 43
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Originally Posted by steveturner View Post
Phil Michelson would have won anther dozen tournaments if he had that shot!
That and any sense of course management...which he doesn't. When it comes to CM, he plays to a 15 handicap.
post #39 of 43
I just hit the new Nike SQ Sumo 5900 10.5 over the weekend. I was very impressed with the feel and the control off of the face. This will be on my Christmas list this year. I also liked the Sumo Fairway Woods too.
post #40 of 43
Taylor Made R7 - Quad, 9.5* for me. Best driver I've used, hands down. I'm a 10-11 handicap.
post #41 of 43
Just bought a Ping G10 with stiff UST V 2 High Launch shaft. Like it a lot.
post #42 of 43
I'm a 13 hcp and have played at least 18 holes with many of the latest drivers including Taylor Made, Cleveland, Nike, Mizuno, and Whishon looking to replace my old Ping titanium, which had an aftermarket stiff shaft. Ended up at a Ping demo day and hit some balls in front of a computer screen that gives trajectory, spin rate, distance in the air, and total distance. The G10 immediately felt better than any of the other drivers I had hit, and to my surprise the optimal driver shaft for me was their regular flex. After playing with it now for a while I am fairly certain that it is more forgiving than any of the other drivers I tried and hits consistantly straighter, even when my swing or contact is less than perfect. It is ligter than many of the others, which may make it easier to swing, although previouosly I had always liked heavy headed drivers. I guess the bottom line, as always, is that is just feels better to me, so it inspires confidence. It is not quite as consistantly long as some of the others, but I'll sacrifice some distance for the fairway any day.
post #43 of 43
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Originally Posted by lnester View Post
Taylor Made R7 - Quad, 9.5* for me. Best driver I've used, hands down. I'm a 10-11 handicap.
Me too - r7 quad 425 10.5* with stock REAX 65 shaft, reg flex. Weights std straight outta the box. Longish , incredibly forgiving, sounds & looks good, and you can find 'em cheap. I can't believe it took me 55 yrs to find this club after going thru other TM's, Titleists, Callaways, Clevelands, etc. Resisted because I thought the whole MWT thing was ridiculous but just forget they're there and enjoy the fairway.
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