My Golf Bag

What’s In My Bag

My Golf Bag

What’s In My Bag

It struck me the other day that I haven’t discussed, in any type of detail, what clubs and balls I carry in my bag other than comparing the performance of my irons in my reviews of the PTx and Ft. Worth 15 irons from Ben Hogan.

I always like finding out what the pros carry, which happens after they win tournaments and in “Golf” magazine in each issue. So, here’s the list:

  • Driver: Taylormade R9 10.5 degrees – UST Mamiya Axiv Core PROFORCE Tour Green 65 S-Flex Shaft
  • 3-Wood: Taylormade R9 15 degrees – UST PROFORCE V2 X-Flex Shaft
  • 5-Wood: Taylormade R9 19 degrees – UST Mamiya Axiv Core PROFORCE Tour Green 75 S-Flex Shaft
  • 4-Hybrid: Callaway X Hot 23 degrees – Project X 6.5 Shaft
  • 5 iron – PW: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion – True Temper Dynamic Gold X-100 (x-stiff) shafts
  • Gap Wedge: Callaway Big Bertha Fusion 52 degrees – Rifle Precision 6.0 Wedge Flex
  • Sand Wedge: Cleveland 588 Tour Action 56 degrees – True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge Flex
  • Lob Wedge: Callaway X-Series JAWS 60 degrees – True Temper Wedge Flex
  • Putter: Nike Method Model 005 Mallet
  • Ball: Titleist Pro v1 or Pro v1x

I’ve had my Callaway Fusion irons in my bag the longest out of my current equipment, which I purchased in 2007 I believe.  Before these, I played the original oversized titanium Big Berthas. I got pretty good with them and really enjoyed playing with them for about 10 years, give or take. The reason I switched, besides “shiny object syndrome”, is that the better I got, the less I liked looking at oversized heads. I saw my Fusions as a natural progression from a max game improvement iron to a game improvement iron and I Really trusted Callaway irons. It took a bit of tweaking to get the shafts correct. This set came with longer than normal shafts and they were also a regular flex, which is just not good for my swing. I got fitted with the True Temper x-100’s and have never looked back.

The Driver, 3-wood, and 5-wood were purchased in about 2010 and I’m pretty happy with them. I got the sand wedge in 2009 or so, the lob wedge in about 2012, and the gap wedge about the same time. The putter was also purchased around 2010. It’s a bit of a blur.

I’m always open to newer and better clubs, but it’s hard to justify sometimes when the game isn’t all that stellar from lack of play. That, and I think these clubs remain awesome and can deliver any shot I need during a round.

Callaway X Series JAWS

Cleveland 588

Nike Method

Titleist Pro v 1

Callaway X-Hot

Taylormade R9

Big Bertha Fusion

Here’s a video where I go through the whole bag!

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Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons- First Test Drive

27* & 35* Ben Hogan Ft. Worth Irons on rack at Houston Nationsl
My Callaways and Ben Hogan ft. Worth demos

I hit my favorite driving range yesterday to give my Ben Hogan Ft. Worth demo irons a try. The irons in question are the 27* and 35*. I think this equates to an 8 or 7 iron, and a 5 iron. I also brought out my current wedge, 7 iron, 8 iron, and 5 iron. I wanted to get a feel for the difference in feel and performance by doing as close to a apples to apples comparison as possible

I warmed up with about 10 wedge shots and hit those pretty solid. I know, I know, you’re supposed to hit wedges solid. But that’s how I warm up, and I’m no stranger to hitting fat wedges to start out. I then moved on to my 8 iron and hit about 20 balls or so. I was catching them pretty solid, but I ended up hooking most of my shots. The right to left crosswind didn’t help matters.

Next, it was time for the 35*- which I figured is comparable to my 8. My hooking intensified. Now I know this is me hooking the ball. Forged clubs aren’t supposed to cover up your mistakes. They did feel really solid, and the slightly smaller clubhead didn’t throw me off from a visual standpoint.  You just have to know you can’t be as sloppy with your swing when using this caliber of club.

I eventually hit a few less hooky shots, but never really buttered it. I went straight to the 27*, or 5 iron equivalent, without hitting my 5 iron. The truth is, I was almost finished with my bucket, and I didn’t feel like getting another one. I did take the extra precaution of teeing the ball up to make sure I got solid contact. The club felt fine, and I hit quite a few solid shots. My severe hooks turned into slight over-draws- but would have been playable on the course. Within a couple shots, I stopped using a tee and started hitting off of the deck. A little to my surprise, I continued hitting solid shots, if slightly over drawn. I even hit one or two fades, which is not an easy task for me.

I’m going to chalk up my success with the 5 iron to being thoroughly warm and learning from my earlier sloppy swings.

All in all, not a bad first outing with these players clubs.

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