Used Equipment That's New to Me

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scomac
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Used Equipment That's New to Me

Rather than drag Aimee's hybrid thread off topic, I'll start a new catch-all thread for anyone wanting to talk about some used piece of gear they've picked up.

I just took delivery of a used Callaway Diablo Octane 4W that I won on an eBay auction. I had been looking for something like this since Aimee picked up her 4W a year or so ago. I've never hit one of these so I was taking a flyer, but I figured that I get along so well with the matching driver, I shouldn't have too much trouble with the fairway. Not much risk considering I only paid $35.

I took it out and hit a few balls into the sod field beside our house. Everyone went dead straight! Easy to get up too even from my ample "rough". I'm not sure of the distance, but I hit a few 3 hybrids for comparison and they were 10 yds.+ shorter. I'm going to like this thing!

It's nice when you can pick up a new (to you) club that slots seamlessly into the bag. I had the same good fortune earlier this year when I added a matching 5 hybrid to my 3h and 4h that I already had. If the 4W works as well as I think it will, it won't be long before I'm raiding eBay again, perhaps to add a 56° and 60° wedges to replace the 58° that I'm currently using.

Aimee
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new to you

Agree, sometimes if it's a small investment it's fun to take a chance...and have it work out well. That was my original 5h purchase, never hit it before buying, but it turned out to be a dead solid pin seeking machine.
I think you will find more flexibility going to two wedges, that's the setup I have and I get about 10 yards difference from them on a full swing. I can open the 56 up and hit semi-flops also when I need a little more distance than I'd get from the 60.
Now that Vokey has SM5 out, you can probably find deals on SM4 wedges.

It's not how...it's how many

DON
New but Used Clubs

I have had love affair of sorts with the Cleveland 460 Launcher Comp drivers for about 6 years now. To me, it's about the best driver you can buy. When it came out in 2006 it was rated as the "Hottest" driver in Golf magazines club test issue. I have done a few DEMO Days tests with ALL the newest models from Cleveland and I have yet to find a NEW model that I hit as long or as well as the old 460 COMP. About 2 weeks ago I found a used Launch Comp 15* 3 wood as well as a 18* 5 wood. The 3 wood came with an after market Prolaunch Blue 65 gram S flex shaft so I need to do a FLO alignment test on the club before I take it out for a range session. the 5 Wood has an SST Pured Accura shaft in it, so it should be FLO aligned already, but I'll do a FLO test on it just to be safe. One of the great things about the Launcher Comp drivers and fairway woods is that they are EASY to hit HIGH off the tee or turf. Launch angle is a few degrees higher than what the all metal head clubs give you. After I get some range time in with both of these woods. I'll decide what I what to do with them. Most likely I'll pull the shafts and install new shafts designed just for fairway woods. I prefer 85 gram shafts in my wood for optimum control. And fairway wood shafts tend you promote a litter higher ball flight for max distance and good accuracy. The Prolaunch Blue FW Fairway wood shaft is a perfect example of this. It's around 82 grams and promotes a higher ball flight then the driver shaft of the same make and model.
I actually picked up a second Comp 3 wood that I might convert into a 16.5* 4 wood. I'm thinking of replacing my current 3 and 5 woods with ONE club, a 16.5* 4 wood.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
SkakeEyes driver and fairway wood

Another driver that I really like is the SnakeEyes 600TC driver from Golfsmith. I got one about 12 years ago in 12* loft and really like it. It's a 420 CC head so it's a little more Workable yet still pretty forgiving compared to the 460 CC heads. Same composite crown as the 460 Comp, so I get the same higher launch angle compared to all metal heads. According to the data sheet from Golfsmith, the 10.5* 600TC head will give a launch angle of 12.6* while the 10.0* 600T, (which is the all metal version) give a launch angle of 10.1*. So the 600TC give you right at 2 degrees higher launch then to loft of the head. while the all metal head give you the launch angle of the head.
The reason I'm bring this up is that I recently purchased a 10.5 * 600TC head and a 15* 600TC 3 wood head off E-bay. I plan to remove the original paint from the crown of each head and repaint them in a color OTHER than the plain old Black color that most head come with. This is a great way to go if you have a driver or wood with SKY marks or paint CHIPPING around the edges of the crown. You can SAVE a LOT of money buying a driver is say FAIR condition compared to one in EXCELLENT condition. Usually the only real difference is Paint Chipping on the head, and maybe some scratch marks on the face and sole. Face and sole scratches easily be removed with sand paper and elbow grease in very little time. This is a great way to save money on used clubs and you end up with a club that looks like NEW if not BETTER.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

Scott Rushing
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No new or used gear for me

No new or used gear for me lately. But my girlfriend bought a $20 driver at the beach recently, when we were looking for an offset driver for her. Found one and it' s been really helpful. She's hitting the ball straighter and farther because of that. It's an Adams branded driver and she's been playing better with it.

Other than that, nothing "recent' in the bag...

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scomac
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Later last fall, I managed to

Later last fall, I managed to pick up a Diablo Octane 7W to match the 4W that I picked up in the summer.  I only got the opportunity to take it to the course once.  It's easy to elevate and hit straight, but it does seem a bit short, distance wise to me.  I'm thinking it was pretty much on par with my 4 hybrid rather than my 3h which may not be a bad thing, but more testing will be required before it becomes a fixture in the bag.  I'm a bit disappointed considering how good the 4W is.

Scott Rushing
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Interesting.  Unless you hit

Interesting.  Unless you hit it better than your hybrid, not much reason to have it in the bag. I had a 7w briefly but replaced them with hybrids which seemed to be a little easier to hit out of the rough.    Dad uses a 7w all the time.  

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DON
7 woods

I have a 7 wood in my bag that I have NO plan on ever taking out of use. One thing you need to know about fairway woods is that some makes have more loft than others. While Most 3 woods have 15* of loft, 5 woods can be either 18* or 19* of lost. Same for 7 woods, they are usually either 21* or 23*, depending on how many degrees of loft the company thinks is correct between woods. I also have a 24* 9 wood to go with my 21* 7 wood. The 9 wood give me 205 yards of carry with very little roll out, so it's great for long par 3's where I wnat to ball to land and stop with little or no roll. Pretty much takes the place of a 5 iron but with less roll out.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.