Unusual setups

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By Lou G

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  1. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    910D2 10.5 driver (D3) 'Ilima 61g regular 913F 13.5 fairway (D3) Diamana M+ 60g R 913H 19, 24, 27 hybrids (D3, D3, A3) Diamana S+ 70g R iWin single length hybrid 38* (marked as 9) with 37.5" TT steel shaft. AP2 6-8 irons Project X Rifle 5.5 RM21 42* (9 iron replacement) SM6 50-08 (bent to 48*) SM7 56-08M MD3 64/8 White Ice putter.

    So who says you need 1-3-5 woods, 4-PW, 52-56-60 and putter?

    The 38 hybrid hits 150 yards. It is handy in some situations where it calls for 6-8 irons. Kind of like LT's "6 wood" thing of the 1970s.

    42* thru 64 are wedgeflex.

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  2. Don O

    Don O
    Madison, WI

    There are even some pros that only carry a 6 iron as their longest iron. Amateur golfers run the gamut. Additional hybrids and fairways can improve the game if long irons are hard to hit or control.
  3. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    I believe Steve Stricker uses a 27H. I've read that a couple LPGA carry 11 woods (including the lanky Hawaiian who did a stint on the PGA).
  4. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    I remember in my caddy days, a couple players who had bags of mostly fairway woods. Highest iron was an 8. My stepmother had the same setup and then later on substituded hybrids (had a Cobra 7/32).

    Me: I'm more comfortable with a 27H and strong 7 iron. The 19H gets the same distance as my 7 wood and is easier to hit off tight lies. I recently changed out my AP2 8 iron for an Apex Plus same shaft and the latter gets 5 more yards, plus it is easier to hit off a bad lie. The AP2 7 iron, on the other hand, gets the same distance as my Apex Plus 6. I get only 5 more yards with the 24H vs the 27.

  5. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Here it is. I put the AP2 8 iron back after some adjustment. I came back to using a 30H in place of a 6 iron. I took out the 24H because it gets the same exact distance as the 27 (I just plain hit the 27H better). The 17F was just added today.
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  6. El bandito

    El bandito
    Fife Bonny Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    It’s a funny old game we play,
    What works for some,
    might not work for others.

    Each to there own,
    Play and enjoy your own game I say. ️‍♂️
  7. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    I've gone more "conventional" except for a mixed bag of irons. The 42* is a 9 iron equivalent with WedgeFlex. Would be nice if Titleist made 64* wedges with the T grind again.
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  8. Certainly up to you to decide what works for you... as you obviously have.

    I wholeheartedly agree about the 64* wedge - I'd be first in the queue if they re-introduced that in Vokey.
    I've got a copper 64* TM in the garage which goes in and out of my bag on a regular basis.
    I can actually control the spin with that so much better than a 60* spin mill.
    JT
  9. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Although I hit a 915F 21 hybrid reasonably well, this morning showed very little difference between it and the 816H1 25 hybrid. I recently acquired a 913F 19 fairway and hit it very straight with stock length and loft and it is very consistent plus I can work it. So since Torrey Pines last year, my bag is full circle. The only difference is using a 32* hybrid instead of a 6 iron. I like both 3 woods in the photo. I've hit the 13.5 over 250 yards on a couple occasions. I have a Bassara 55g regular shaft enroute.
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  10. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    TITLEISTUSER said:

    Certainly up to you to decide what works for you... as you obviously have.

    I wholeheartedly agree about the 64* wedge - I'd be first in the queue if they re-introduced that in Vokey.
    I've got a copper 64* TM in the garage which goes in and out of my bag on a regular basis.
    I can actually control the spin with that so much better than a 60* spin mill.
    JT

    I discovered a 64* wedge in 2006. The combo of 50-58-64 is a proven winner. Did PW-54-58-64 also. For some odd reason a 60 or 62 doesn't do the trick. With a 64 it's easy. You either hit a full swing or half swing. 50 yards square stance full swing. 30 yard full pitch. 15 yard half swing pitch. Choke down to adjust distance. If the greenside bunker has firm sand, 64. If soft, 58-08M. Bending a 62-08M isn't a solution because the bounce would be too high for 64* (I use it off tight lies).
  11. SAVS

    SAVS
    Dorset, UK

    Hold on, I’m just going to get my Pitching Wood!
  12. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    They actually make pitching hybrids. Better watch out for the old geezer that uses a 15 wood (yes, Louisville Golf still makes them).
  13. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Streamlined and optimized. Shot 41 at Riverwalk teeing off with the 3 wood despite two double bogeys and a blocked tee shot on the last hole.
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  14. Back when I was playing junior golf as well as my freshman year of high school golf I used to Play 1,3,5,7,9 woods with 5-pw. 56 & 60. I was constantly laughed at but it doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win. Eventually I started to grow taller and stronger between freshman and sophomore year and managed to fall in love with the longer irons - now I only carry my driver and 15* with a 2-pw. How times change.
  15. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    I remember during my caddie days in 1972 how some of the others would scoff a couple of the older golfers who carried an entire bag of fairway woods. Even on Instagram, some one of those "young hotshots who uses triple x shafts but plays bogey golf" scoffed me and even stated "real men use long irons".... I shut him down quick. Told him I hit a 27 hybrid 170 yards and consistently shoot in the low to mid 80s. My 816H1 25 hybrid goes 180 on a flat surface. I still hit my 8 iron 140. My 32 hybrid hits 160. A reasonable rip with my 19F is 220 yards. I'm almost 62.

    I got schooled by an elderly gentleman 12 years ago. They work smarter and not harder. It isn't the mechanics, it is fewest strokes.
  16. It’s the famous - don’t judge a book by the cover... don’t judge the golfer by what’s in the bag. Whatever allows you to shoot your best is the best bag for you!
  17. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    My stepmother never carried any iron above an 8. Her go to club was a Cobra Baffler 7H. She actually shot in the 90s.

    What is attached to this is my final bag. I found out I fared better with an SM6 46-08 bent to 44* (the full swing distance is about 5 yards less than the RM21 42* that I carried but my pitch shots are more solid with the Vokey). What isn't shown in the photo is that I upgraded the SM5 54-10S to an SM7. Although I can hit a 6 and 7 iron pretty consistent, why bother when I don't miss with a 32H?

    Broke 40 3 times for 9 holes on a standard 6200 yard golf course (last Friday shot a 39). Shot par on 2200 yard par 34 layout a few times. My average score is around 85.

    I always state: "you never know... that old man with a 15 wood will take somebody to school." I actually had a persimmon 10 wood (28.5*) and 34H between 2010-2011. Unfortunately broke the heads.

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  18. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    Lofts 12-16.5-19-21.75-25.75-27-32-38-44-50-54-58-64 with a vintage putter.

    Have a Bullseye putter

    910D2 10.5 driver

    917F2 15 fairway

    915Hd 17.5 hybrid

    816H1 21 ands 25 hybrids

    Hogan CFT Edge 5H with #3 steel shaft

    Apex Plus 7-8 irons

    SM7 46-10F

    SM6 50-08

    SM7 56-08M

    SM7 60-12K

    Cally MD3 64/8
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  19. Lou G

    Lou G
    San Diego, CA

    A little less unusual.
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  20. 19hole

    19hole
    Woburn, MA

    The unusual thing in my bag is that I carry 2 5 irons. A standard CB and a 1° strong AP3.
  21. 917 D2 10.5
    913 3 wood
    816 19
    816 21
    Ap1's 5-pw
    54 & 60
    Scotty Cameron 2018 squareback
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  22. I'm the other way to most, I just can't hit hybrids.

    I caryy 917 driver set to 12 deg, TMB 2 iron, C16 4 to W, 50 deg SM7, 54 Deg SM6 and an old 260.04 wedge. My PW is 43 deg and my W is 47 deg. I find this gives me flexibility for my short game.

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