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  2. I want a Sandvik. Being a Swedish JDM fan-boy, I should. Let me know if anyone has a spare one. I’ve owned over 100 Scotty Cameron putters - almost all were special editions/ltd’s/one-offs etc. None on my top 3 and I don’t have a single one left. My favorites were the Studio Design #6, the beached cs NP2 and the Platinum (not pro platinum) 1/8 1996 Coronado. My top 3 putters: -Well, I used a Gold’s Private Stock #2 for 8-9 years. Love it with a heavy Nippon shaft and a standard size Iomic grip on it. Nothing fancy. Just a pure PS#2. Bought another one (or actually 2) that just sit idle. -Now game a Kronos Metronome 360g #05/50. So easy to putt with and it has a lovely feel to it. -The third putter on my list is the Tad Moore prototype long neck copperuski from 1997. Lovely putter.
  3. I currently have 4 so I'll list up my 4 that I have. Benock Blue Dragon II Went for a full fitting experience at Benock Tokyo in June 2017. Naturally, it works well with my stroke. Love the slant neck on this. Been my gamer for the greater part of the last 3 seasons. No plan to change that. Gold's Factory T102 Prototype Bought this slightly used from a member here back about 6 to 7 years ago. What I like about this is that it is one of Sasaya-san's early works and not a lot of them around. A pair of tungsten weights embedded in the face, heel and toe side, makes this traditional blade much more stable than in looks. I see better consistency with this putter than any other blade putters. Must be the improved MOI. Sound slot creates a subtle but noticeable "tink" sound at impact. Face is flat with no milling. Thought about adding milled face .. but I think this one should stay the way it is. Seven VS-R Sandvik Prototype I am told this was made to demonstrate the raw feel of Sandvik steel. Thus, it has no grooves or milling on the face at the moment. It's polished face is very bright and glare on sunny days! :) Plan to get the face milled in the future though the feel of Sandvik is very soft already. I put a Dogatti shaft in this one. The shaft helps wth additional roll. the shape is one the best blade shapes I've known with an extended bumper but with a base shape similar to what's commonly known as "Newport 2" Will need to take this out more. but probably best to use this under cloudy conditions. 🙂 Last but not least, my most recent acquisition. I've been eyeing on this 2016 TaylorMade Ghost Monaco Tour Black Prototype (aka Justin Rose replica) putter ever since they made 10 of these and sold on their Vault site. I was not fortunate enough to get a hold of one when it just came out, so late last year I actually reached out to a couple of wrxers who previously had BST posts. Luckily one of the guys still had one in possession and "unused! " For a 304 Stainless Steel milled putter, it actually feels pretty nice. Quality is not that great but I love the shape. It probably has too much toe angle to match my stroke but who cares.... for now, it stays in a box.
  4. I don't think there are a lot of S15C MBs out on the market. Plenty of S20C and S25C MBs but somehow not much S15C.... My Seven x Shinagawa MBs are S15C but don't know of much other.
  5. Don't like the stamping but love the view from address.
  6. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I agree with keep for longer! ive got a few ive sold , re bought , rejigged re sold and re bought again, the classic example is the 2 ball odyssey , I think ive had about 5 of these and the best one of them I think , is the black one I ve still got that top 3 good heavens ill try , this is much tougher than the drivers................................, Tying to take a top three from these isn't possible sorry, bec to understand fave, does that mean "top " = best looks ,best feel , best performance. best for specific greens..????? even tiger abandoned his SC to go to the NIKE (dump) truck but failed miserably so top .. is so relative. ok to make it easier for me to categorize id have to break it into head shapes . I play every shape imaginable and ive realsied after 35+ yrs of golf I don't have a fav shape. ás can prob be seen by these. TOP L shapes ; yamada razor, kitada custom TOP c shape mallets: benock Enzo, miura TOP ansers: Hiro Matsumoto mz07, gold factory gss 360 custom ,seven 01, TOP centre shaft: ks sugi 163m, TOP freakazoids: axis eagle,2 ball odyssey, 1986 mcgreggr golden bear, ping cushin, TOP feel: seven,golds gss,yamada burning copper GF custom The single best putting iv ever done is with the axis eagle at NSW on the coast in Sydney on a rather 'blustery" Thursday compey with a few more than decent players.. I beat the Longy penants a grade player with some outrageous bombs and didn't miss a 6 footer for 18 holes. I wont ever out do that day. not possible. the next best was 2 yrs ago with the ks sugi CS mallet where I went 68 in a comp and won it or the monthly medal I came second in with the 1986 mcgreggor! the rest pretty much fail in comparrison but that does not mean I play the ones ive done best with historically , in fact ive benched them, the more recent great events have been with the benock easpade which I have a recent tendency to reach for when im actually plaing 'golf"not some other game and where scoring properly is a "thing' , this is getting me so consistantly close , I just automatically reach for it now . my actual faves tho are the mini blades and c-shape mallets, the yamada razor, the kitada custom or the benock Enzo or miura c..... these are the one I love to take on hols and just play all day with practicing with on course. the ansers I tend to go back to just beceaure they are there but I don't really like them they are plain Jane shape to me, the long neck HM 1999 or semi LN mz 07 I LOVE playing and have a special spot in my rotation. ok if I had to keep just 3 and tin the rest as of now... id keep the yamada L.. the benock Enzo. hiro mats mz-07 but id have to be on a rack and stretched to within a mm of being torn apart. caveat.... im a planning to get another easpade made by benock with the small s neck "soon' which I hope will cure all ills!
  7. I was curious about what the spread of ages would be like if a bunch of golfers were to list their top 3 drivers of all time. Along those same lines, I'm even more curious as to what the spread of ages might look like if a bunch of golfers list their top 3 putters of all time. I feel like putter designs stay relevant for longer than other types of clubs, and when a golfer finds a putter they like then they're more likely to keep it for longer as well. So, more than any other type of club I feel like putters are the most likely to have the widest range of ages. Also, there are so many different and unique putter designs I feel like the variety will also be very interesting. This post is to list your top 3 favorite putters of all time. They can be any type of putters: blade, mallet, steel, wooden, etc. Feel free to include a description of why it's your favorite and/or some pics. My top 3 putters: Epon I-33 (2nd Gen) Seven Type-SH (1st run blank sole version) SeeMore - Nashville Studio Series - Tour FGPss Epon I-33 (2nd Gen) - love everything about this putter: the shape, the balance @ 33 1/4", the look of the mirror blank sole, the face milling, the sweet feel of milled S20C, etc. I bought this putter from one of the many great forum members on here and it hasn't left my bag since I got it. Seven Type-SH - this is a great putter. The SM490A material that it's made from has a super unique feel to it, and combined with the super deep face mill pattern it feels very nice. It's solid but not harsh and soft but not mushy. The lines and angles of the head frame the ball very nicely and make it very easy to aim. I'm also a big fan of its shorter heel to toe length, I don't like big putter heads. SeeMore Nashville Studio Tour FGPss - if I could get this putter head to be heavy enough to reach an ideal swing weight at 33" then this would definitely be my ultimate go-to putter. I've always been a big fan of the SeeMore "hide the red dot" concept, I'm not going to claim that it's some revolutionary design feature but I just know that it works very well for me and allows me to be very comfortable over putts of any length. When I use this putter I tend to hit my intended line very consistently. The only issue for me is that it's I think only around a 235-240g head because it's designed to be used at 35", so since I use it at 33" I have a more difficult time controlling distance because the putter head is still a bit too light despite all the lead tape I've applied. I need to add lead into the tip I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Honorable mentions: Piretti Cortino 2 Rev2.0 Yamada Milled Borzov Piretti Cortino 2 Rev2.0 - this is a great putter. It's milled from a very nice feeling 11L17 carbon steel with a moderately deep milled face. It's a hair longer heel to toe than what I typically prefer, but the overall shape is so nice it truly doesn't faze me. I also very much like it's only 1/2-3/4 shaft offset as opposed to a whole shaft offset. Yamada Milled Borzov - this is a very interesting putter design. The shape is different for me because I usually prefer blade style putters since I don't aim mallets well. I really like this though because 1. the carbon steel that Yamada uses to make his putter heads feels phenomenal; 2. the head weight creates perfect balance with a 33" putter; 3. the way the weight is distributed facilitates a very smooth straight back and straight through stroke.
  8. nope the ref is the v2 from me, ( the one I put up above ) or the v3 which is on the first page, this one , cud be the first model but ive not hit that. don't look a bad design tho. Chris I don't think it wud hurt, I think they go more than well and feel pretty decent. have 2 of them and they are both near the forefront of my faves. as I said the v2 is tough to beat distance wise, the v3 is quite versatile. always better to have too many more than not enough
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  10. I know DOCUS has made high quality products for a while, but for whatever reason the aesthetics of their clubs never really appealed to me. This has changed as of the release of the new Limited Edition MB, CB and wedge. These clubs look awesome. Here we have the Haraken Docus Japan Forged Limited Edition series featuring forged MB irons, forged CB irons and forged wedges. Docus Japan Forged MB Iron – Limited Edition – The MB iron is a muscle back made of S15C carbon steel. Contrary to its compact and sharp looks, it pursues both distance and forgiveness at a very high level. By taking off some weight from the top section of the back, it is designed to lower the CG location for easier launch of the ball. These beauties are made In Japan. Docus Japan Forged CB Iron – Limited Edition – The CB iron is a forged cavity back designed for easy distance. It is a mid-size cavity back design made of SS400 forged carbon steel. In spite of the slightly larger head size, the overall profile appears to be sharp thanks to the unique neck shape. Docus Japan Forged Wedge – Limited Edition – The wedge is made of S15C carbon steel and designed to keep the ball on the face a fraction longer, which helps generate excellent spin performance. It directly inherits the shape and design of one of its most popular predecessors, the DOCUS 701 wedge. The semi-straight hosel with minimum offset should allow for very high consistency on approach shots from around the greens. I really really like the looks of all three of these new clubs. I like that they don't use any paintfill, I like that the materials are s15c and SS400 just like my Seven x Shinagawa irons and ST wedges, and I absolutely LOVE the very compact look of the MB. At first glance these look like special clubs.
  11. Is this the V1 Astro driver people have been referencing?
  12. So many great drivers in Japan. Yes SP700 is running scarce, as is DAT55G. But china is making similar materials and stealing the name. i.e DAT55.
  13. I am no expert but I expect a 25+% decrease in U.S GDP and unemployment reaching 12+% in the USA. Q3/Q4 will be interesting for the market. What is happening today @ (23k dow) isn't reality. Consider the inflation around the corner and the low rates. Consider the amount of cash we are printing, handouts, debt A possible wave of defaults is on the way. --- Travel & hospitality stocks are taking a beating. I will place a very stop order when they hit record record lows: DELTA HERTZ NEWEL TRIP ADVISOR --- And how we deal with China is very important.
  14. it was called chujocraft, ithink its been renamed tho. they have a very sharp leading edge , no offset and a big face . pretty nice in hand
  15. White spirits and or gumption works a treat
  16. I don't play a ton of comps anymore... they don't really do them here. so I get to mix and match a heap of clubs every time I go out, I always take 3 putters / 2 drivers 7or 8 irons depending if I have a 3 iron or a driving iron and 3 wedges. of course , I have a "if I play tiger in a game what wud I bring 14 club set" but that never gets played week in out I don't think ive ever put it out actually but I know what it is depending on what course we play of course.. gotta maximize ones advantage! Any way ive been struggling to find a match for the epon aftours, as ive finally taken them back out agn the last cpl of games and ive absolutely killed it with them, problem is I just cant do the SW that goes with them (epon xl45) so im acing it and going a different route. so ..... after a covid induced weekend of cleaning out the closest i found these things... I may have hit them once or twice but they seem to be a perfect match for a bigger set of irons heads like the epons , ive certainly never matched them together or with the callaway tour authentic' s kinda thing but I shud have bec. they certainly don't look out of position as a balance set , ive been using the tourstage scalpels with them and they simply don't go. Good to have break every now and again to see the wood for the trees. I think these have a very similar look to the epons same kind of geometry ,and after I believe they were deigned by mr EPON and s-yard Kobayashi san , so it kinda made perfect sense, bec the other ones in line to be played with the epons are the syard bolds and Yamaha black raw. This kind of wedge look complements the bigger heads perfectly .. keep the scalpels, the tourstage x wedge, prgr tr,honma tw, and the like for the mini blades like the miura sb01s, honma pp737, tourstage marus and the easy playable wedges for the easier heads, as I didn't play a Cavity Backs all last yr its no wonder id forgotten about these wedges for the most part but right now, these, the syards and the yamahas have screamed to the fore of my eye , who knows maybe its time I slid back a notch and took it easier....................., Anyway these are pretty damn nice wedges.
  17. Good mate.....Yes lucky to get a game anywhere ATM. Stay safe mate.
  18. good decent cheap brand are by STM , kind of harder compound but sticky so they feel soft but I don't think they are , ur hands stick and don't move a MM with them but they are pretty thin. got em on a cpl of lob wedges, realy like them on wedges , they can be had for dirt cheap prices.
  19. thought I had a snap of it ill pop onbe up tomorrow and my apologies.. its actually the v2 not 1, it was the first one I got so I jstcaleld it the first version, there is a predeccsor but not hit it.. so I amended my posts to say ( v2) its this one at least.. ill pop photos of my one up
  20. playable.... epon af tour originals if the tc 1000 were chinky then look at the honma tw 717/727 masda mb Yamaha 2013 mb I thnk they came out ?? yururi 2010 kyoei mb
  21. Does anyone have a picture of what the ASTRO Tour V1 looks like?
  22. Kyoei Prototype MBs and KK MB are very playable thanks to the nice sole grinds they have. Makes them very playable.
  23. I know, some of these grips are upwards 20uusd +shipping to usa. I like the Masda . and Iomic sticky oh and the XROZ but Im getting cheap in my old age. Tried it on Iomic Putter and brought it back. Sure hope they don't discorporate.
  24. huhhhhhhhhhh... well I ususally use a hook blade knife and a new grip. this I gotta test out!
  25. Last week
  26. Wow that is impressive, WD40 who woulda thought. We use naphtha at the shop to clean our grips, that also works well.
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