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Scott Rushing
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Well I guess I have some new gear to play with...

So I recently switched back to my prior set of clubs, Wilson Ci9's, putting the Cobra Amp Cell's to rest for the winter.  Now the Amp Cells weren't bad but I wasn't hitting well (my swing mostly) so I figured the more forgiving irons would help during the winter.  And based on a couple rounds of golf, I liked what I had seen.  i hit a number of nice iron shots, long and mid-iron shots, on to greens with results like I would like to have more consistently.    Well...for a while I've been wanting to get my hands on a set of the next line of the Ci9's, the Ci11's, but last year those were up above $500 so I never bit.  I have been watching Globalgolf but they have had absolutely 0 sets of these show up since I started watching.   I recently looked at a couple sets on Ebay and emailed a guy after one set didn't sell..twice.  I made him an offer he didn't respond too, just $5 less than he relisted them on Ebay this last time.   Anyway, yesterday I saw another seller selling a set of the irons I wanted and they just started their bidding at like $20.  yes, $20.   So I put it in my watchlist and today was a little surprised to see the price only up to $85.  So knowing I would be busy tonight, I put in a max bid of $120, expecting to get an email that I was outbid.   But I was surprised to get the email saying I had won the bidding at my $120 price.   To me, for clubs less than 2 years old, that's a steal.  Now it'll be interesting to see what condition they are in as the description said they were only a single-owner clubs and used for one season.  But he could have played them a lot, who knows.  Anyway, for $120 I can probably get most of my money out of them if I resale them if I don't like them.

So they should arrive sometime next week if the weather doesn't get in the way...lots of snow up north.  But I'll let you know what I find when they arrive. 

scomac
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Nice pick up Scott!  I hope

Nice pick up Scott!  I hope that you are well pleased with your new purchase.

I've been mining the vintage listings of late on eBay as I am working on putting together a vintage bag built around the first set of irons I ever owned.  It has been a fun project.  Price could be anything and condition is equally variable, but I've been surprised what you can get for $10 or $15.  As you mentioned, patience is the key.

I'm actually quite looking forward to playing these old clubs.  There has been a some time and effort spent on getting them in playing condition, but i think it's going to be very interesting to compare 30 year old kit to current gear.  There's definitely going to be more forgiveness in the new stuff, but I wonder just how much worse I will play or score for that matter, using vintage clubs?

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clubs arrived today and

clubs arrived today and overall, I'm pretty pleased.  Just normal wear and tear but no real dings or anything.  So for $120 it was a good deal.  May get to swing them this weekend, going to be nice out!

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DON
new toys are fun

Sounds like you did okay on that auction. Be sure to hit some balls with your new toys and let us know what you think of them. Bood luck with them.

Don

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So I like the 3W, the new

So I like the 3W, the new Cleveland 588 3W.  Used it about a dozen times of the 3 rounds at the beach.  Only mishit it once or twice.  Most of the time it was a nice 5 yard draw, carrying about 230 and rolling out to 240-250.  Contact feels solid when hit anywhere on the club face....sort of a dull solid 'thud' feel.   So thus far it seems like a good purchase

 

Now I need to think about wedges.  I have a gap of about 20 yards within my Gap wedge (52 degree that goes about 110-117) and my PW which goes (135-140).  I found myself in that 120 yard range a lot this weekend and I didn't have a solid shot on it.  I could either try and nuke the GW, which didn't work, or try to baby the PW, which I need to practice.  I carry 4 wedges but I'm planning to go through the lofts on my wedges and see what I can figure out as far as getting something in that range. 

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Scott, what's the loft and

Scott, what's the loft and shaft length on your current PW and GW?  With the lofts getting ever stronger on modern PW it is more frequent to require a second GW to fill the gaps a la AP1's which have a 44° PW  and a 48° W2 to blend in with typical wedge sets.  

Depending upon the number of wedges you want to carry and whether you have an available spot in the bag, it may require rejigging the wedges from 52/56/60 to48/54/60. 

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Well that's part of the issue

Well that's part of the issue, the current Wilson's have a 44 dgree PW and the old GW was 48degree where my current one is 52.   Right now I'm thinking about going a little stronger on the newer wedges with a GW of 50, the SW maybe 54 and a lob wedge at 58.    I may tweak that a bit to your suggestion of 48/54/60, still deciding whether I want 4 degrees between the wedges or 6.  it's not a huge difference, maybe 5-7 yards in each.   So I'm still thinking.

Did some reading today on bounce again, trying to think about the courses I play and what bounce is best for my typical conditions.  Think I'll get the GW as a low bounce, maybe 8degree.  Then go about 10 on the SW and then the question becomes what to do on the LW.  My current one is a low bounce, 8 or less (old wedge and it's not stamped), but I can see a reason to have both a low and a high bounce lob wedge.    I tend to use my current 64 around the green for short chips where I need the ball to stop and not run out.  So off the fringe that low bounce works well.  And sometimes I use it in the bunkers when I have a very short bunker shot.  So I'm not sure what I'll do with that one just yet...

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Well, I went by GG today and

Well, I went by GG today and they actually had the 2 wedges I wanted in the lofts I wanted so I pulled the trigger.  First time I remember having my scoring clubs all of the same brand and essentially model.  I bought a 50 degree and a 54 degree wedge, and realized I already have the Titleist 58 degree to round out the trio so I'm all set. I just wish GG would not exclude everything in the store in their coupons restrictions.  I don't know exactly what I could use there "Spend $250 save $50" coupons on except for non-major branded last year clubs.  They exclude pretty much all electronics too. 

Anyway, have a lesson tomorrow, probably will hit the range Thursday and then Friday will probably hit the course if the weather holds up.  I guess I'll see how far I hit the new wedges then.

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scomac
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Good choice Scott!  If you

Good choice Scott!  If you find you still have a bit too much gap between the PW and the 50°, you can always get the 50 bent a degree or two stronger.

I agree with respect to the restrictions that some of these large retailers put on coupons and cash-backs.  More often than not it seems to only apply to clearance stuff or in house brands.