Originally Posted by jmcclain19
All good stuff HLM21 - I actually did try a few others.
I tend to have a ever so slight fade to my driver, but it seemed most drivers were so draw bias that it was a huge overcorrection. That's how it seemed to me with the TaylorMade R7 & new FT Callaway drivers. That's why I waited so long to get a new one. I did really like the new MacGregor NV2 MacTech driver. That was really the only consideration I had besides the Cobra driver, but the Cobra in my mind had such a jump that it made all the difference.
The success I had with my Baffler Hybrid sealed the deal in my mind as well, similiar faces and sounds. I'm a big sound guy.
I do like the new Taylor Made hybrids though, just like the one Iowa Red mentioned up above. I looked long and hard the other night at a 5 hybrid, although I decided against it. The ball really jumps off that club. That will probably be next club purchase, and last for a good long while. For the longest stuff TM products just didn't interest me in the slightest, but they have come a long, long way.
I hear ya about being a sound guy, no pun intended. That's the biggest reason I can't stand the Callaway FT3 with it being a composite. It has zero resonance, and sounds like you're hitting an empty coke can. I hit it a ton, and with the neutral face can work it both ways, but I just can't get by the sound, or lack thereof.
You're correct that most drivers on the market do have a draw bias. Some do it with internal weighting in the head, others do it by just having a closed club face. Most club manufacturers that offer a "Tour" model of a specific driver do so b/c most "Tour" models are actually slightly fade biased or just have an open club face at address. It does kinda crack me up with all the different versions of the same driver. Case in point, the Callaway FT3. They offer 6 different versions of the same damn club. Draw, Neutral, Fade in the normal model, and Draw, Neutral and Fade in the Tour model, although for Callaway's Tour model of the FT3, they don't do 1/2 degrees of loft, just full degrees, but I'm sure you get the point.
I have 3 different of the old TaylorMade Rescue Mids, but I don't like the new models at all with the MWT (Moveable Weight Technology). I don't mind the moveable weights on my R7, but I don't need it at all with my hybrids.
If you're going all the way down to a hybrid 5, do you struggle with your long irons? I had a problem with distance control with my 3,4,5 irons, so now I just go with a rescue 2, rescue 4, and then the 5 iron. Works well for me.
Oh I fully agree about the Lob wedge. I dropped my 8 iron, and went to a four wedge system around Christmas, with a 46, 50, 54 & 58, and that 58 gets a lot of use. Dropped several strokes a round alone on wedge play the last few months.
I'm still old school and subscribe to the 3 wedge system. With the lofts you listed, I'd get rid of the 50 and 54, and just use a 52 in their place. This is largely due to the differing bounce angles and the different soles that those respective wedges will have. 46 is pretty strong lofted for a PW by about 2 degrees, and you're kinda on either side of the typical SW loft with the 54 and the 58. I'm guessing you probably use the 58 more out of the sand? Better to have more loft out of the sand anyway. I'm curious, what kinda shots do you play with your 46, 50 and 54?