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    Epon AF 202 3 HT wood (PRICE TO CLEAR)

    202 HT for me was a game changer in that it really gave me confidence to hit 3W off the deck. Anyone struggling to hit 3W off the turf should give this a try. It is very easy to hit despite its compact size. GLWS
  2. I picked up a couple of TW-U Forged, #4 and #5 recently and was trying them out with the stock Vizard IB95 Stiff shafts. Though they felt wonderful and the club is overall very forgiving and a joy to hit, I wasn't quite getting the distances I was used to seeing with normal 4 & 5 Irons. With my 4 iron I usually get 180 or so carry which will take me to about 190 yards overall , 5 iron is abut 170 carry and 180 yards overall. That was with my 24 and 27 deg Shinagawa MB irons. With the same loft on these Honmas TW-U and provided that they have maraging steel faces, I would have thought I'd at least get like 10 more yards out of them easily... but that wasn't the case. I'm guessing that the Vizard shafts are just a bit too light and spinny for me. It goes super high and doesn't carry much and it doesn't roll much either. It's an iron so I am not looking for uber long distances but I do want them to go the right distance. So.. I am now re-shafting them with the Modus 125S that I had in my Shinagawa MB 4 &5 ... In the past, I have had experience where Modus 125 just went further for me compared to other lighter iron shafts. Lower flight and likely lower spin too. We shall see.
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    Honma TW-U forged stock shafts....

    OK TW-U #4 is carrying 180 now , Good!! but 5 iron is still only going 160 carry.... It is waaaay more easier to hit than the Shinagawa blades is the same loft so I guess that'll do. The club now feels a bit better with the steel shafts compared to the Vizard shafts too which was a bonus that I was not expecting. In the bag they go!! Okay!! my two sets are all set for the season! bring out the sun!!
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    After trying some of the recent model drivers at the local golf shop, I decided to give the Mizuno ST190G a try. Had my first range session this afternoon. The club came with an ATMOS Tourspec Black 7S . But since the club weighed a hefty 334g, I decided to go ahead and reshaft it with the same ATMOS in 5TX that I was planning to use. The head and adapter together weighed about 207g. Pretty heavy. So even with a 45” length, I was able to achieve a D4 swing weight. At the range, first thing I noticed was a rather loud sound at impact. Same SP700 face as my Grandista but what a difference!! This sound and feel is actually similar to the Srixon Z785 that I had for a couple of months late last year. The look at address resembles that of a Callaway Rogue. Nice shape but slightly elongated from face to back. Don’t mind the shape at all. The exposed carbon weaving looks nice! Performance wise, I was getting around 270 yards regularly which is really good for me. Played around with the weight position and stuff but standard loft with forward weight seemed to work best. Forgiveness wise, I think it is as forgiving as my Ping G20. Overall, aside from the sound and feel (using range balls) I think I can totally game this driver. Will use it this weekend. I have a couple of other drivers coming soon , a Mizuno GX and an Epon 155iZ . Will put the ST190G against these two using similar shafts when they arrive. They are both supposed to be low spinning heads so it should be a really good comparison.
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    Well the match made in heaven did not last long!! I think 50g shafts are a bit too light for this head. Going back to a 60g Stiff. I think TP6 S would be a good match.
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    Tried the Speeder TR in the ST190G head and it is a match made in heaven!! Initially thought the Speeder TR was a bit boardy when I had it in a 200g head ... but in the 207g ST190G head, I can totally feel the head and loading. Interestingly it now feels quite similar to the Diamond Speeder. Never thought I'd be a Fujikura guy but they are working for me.
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    Epon AF-155iZ US Spec head only / Mizuno GX 9.5

    The head comes with one shaft sleeve (adapter). I'll also include a ferrule that is the right size. πŸ™‚
  8. Looking to sell these quickly as I have decided to just go with the Mizuno ST190 that I am having great luck with. These additional drvers are distracting to me when I really need to focus and play more instead of experimenting!! So I decided to move these along with great loss on my part! : ( First up: Epon AF-155IZ US Spec limited edition ( Only 250 produced ) head with shaft sleeve (shaft adapter). Limited Edition head cover + Epon Wrench & user manual included 9 deg / 200g / 1.0 deg open face Condition is 9/10 faint brush marks on the sole if you look very closely. $400 OBO + shipping Next: Mizuno GX Driver 9.5 driver / Diamana W 60 S + Head cover Condition is 9/10 some faint marks on the sole from normal use. Original MFUSION shaft included. $250 OBO + shipping
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    Just got back from the range. Oh boy this Epon is a tough one. It's forgiving as the AF-153 but I think its super low spin! Have not seen balls drop like this since the original Epon Zero.... Speeder TR is too low spin for this head. Will need to think of a different combo. Was not expecting this at all!! πŸ™‚
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    I received the Epon 155IZ today and re-shafted it with a Speeder TR . The matte black crown looks really nice together with the matte black paint of the Speeder TR shaft! We'll see how she performs!
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    Second range session of the day. Got on Top Tracer to hit both the ST190G / ATMOS TS Blk 5TX and GX / MFUSION D-49 S So I was right about the GX. I still could not go all out with this shaft but still reached 270 to 275 yards a fairly easy swing. Seriously thinking about trying a low launch shaft to see what the numbers will look like. The other highlight of this range session came from my other driver. ST190G makes quite the pingy sound especially with range balls. Aside from the sound I am starting to like it a lot. Most of all the distance I am getting. Boy... this thing is a monster! I don't even know if these Top Tracer thingy are even accurate but even if it's not, it made me pretty happy tonight. Normal shots were reaching 275 to 280 and then around the 10th shot.... 302 yards..... wow!! first 300+ on the top tracer. A few shots more... 308 yards ..... a few more shots... then it came ... 312 yards!! Holy smokes!! starting to look like numbers from a Rick Shiels video!! πŸ™‚ and these are from pretty badly worn range rocks too... Dang, bring me some real ProV1X balls!! Sorry to brag... but pretty darn good for a 51 yr old guy! I'm gonna sleep well tonight!
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    I've tried the previous 460 Strong Luck. It was pretty good. New one looks nicer with that Batmobile like fin. Baldo know how to produce good drivers.
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    My Mizuno GX driver arrived today and I just came back from a quick range session. The stock MFUSION S flex shaft is too light and flexy for me. But when I slowed down my swing, the ball just wanted to go straight. For a 9.5 it does go higher with this shaft combo. Shape at address looks pretty classy but it is shallow and flat. Reminds me of the 2016 Titleist VG3 driver which was a good driver too. Gobs of forgiveness as far as I can tell. Sweet spot is huge. Sound and feel were very pleasing. Way better than the ST190G. But perhaps not as muted as the MP Driver Type 2. It had a nice pop without any high pitched tinny sound. BTW this head also uses SP700 face. For the moment, I have to say that the head has very good potential. A low launch / low spin shaft could turn this driver into a monster. The ball flight did not look spinny even with this stock shaft and I was consistently hitting high draws that did not ballon on me. Just a nice boring trajectory. Next I will try the Epon AF-155iZ and decide to keep that or the GX. ST190G has earned a place in the bag at this point I think.
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    Grandista RS-D

    Great choice!!! For me this has been the best JDM driver to date. I've experimented 5 to 6 different shafts and settled on the current Diamond Speeder. Such a great combo! Hope you can find one soon!
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    Some fine Driver heads

    I sent you a PM regarding shipping costs.
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    Some fine Driver heads

    Title says it all. Parting with these fine heads to go try other stuff. (don't worry I still have my Grandista!! ). Prices here are lowest I can do. So please don't ask for a "discount" Hosels are cleaned out and ready to be shafted!! 1. Epon AF-153 9.5deg 200g head only + original head cover 8/10 condition. Some scuffs on sole from normal use. $250 $200 PP net + Shipping 2. Yamaha Inpres V203 Tourmodel 9 deg 203g head only + original head cover 7/10 condition. Scuffs on sole ... some minimal hairline scratches on crown. SOLD 3. Mizuno MP Craft 2014 9.5 deg 202g head only + non-standard head cover 7/10 condition. Scuffs on sole ... some minimal hairline scratches on crown. SOLD
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    Some fine Driver heads

    Yes International no problem as long as you can cover the actual shipping cost.
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    Some fine Driver heads

    Wow no takers for the 153? I’m moving it to the auction site...
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    Mizuno GX and Epon 155IZ will be ones I will be testing after this ST190. Jbeam heads, sure I'll try anything .. but in the past I so much wanted to love the BM435 (like 5 times) , but it never loved me back!! 😞 The newer PRGR offerings like the RS-E, RS-RED and Tune 05 look very interesting. The only thing missing from the RS and RSF were just a tiny bit more friendliness so added forgiveness should be welcomed by most. Honma TW747 460 is no doubt a monster of a driver and so is the 455 if you are a better player/striker. Previous Honma TW owners should take notice of the 747 as they are a huge improvement in multiple vectors of the product. What I am really hoping for from Grandista would be a 460cc version of the RS-D. Current version at 445cc is forgiving already but with a 460cc head I think it would boost even more confidence at address. I think the fundamental design approach is spot on so they just need to figure out how to make the head bigger without making it look clunky. Easily said than done, I understand!! πŸ™‚
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    Some fine Driver heads

    No not yet. Probably another week or so.
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    Mizuno ST190G impression.

    You mean the Mizuno Pros? I think they look stunning. For the moment, Mizuno Pros can only be purchased through Mizuno fitters in Japan. Hopefully that will change! Right now I am wanting to know what kind of distances I can achieve with lower spinning heads and I am putting feel and sound on the side for the tine being. Even with that, I want to stick to a Japanese brand. Thus Mizuno. The GX and AF-155IZ, I am really not sure what to expect ... but CG dimensions suggest a lower spin performance.
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    Some fine Driver heads

    Yammy and Mizzy are sold. Epon lowered
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    A Good Saturday!!

    Played 18 with fellow TSGers Cuistot and Dr. Shankenstein in great weather here in the Seattle area. The course , Willows Run in Redmond, WA was actually in great shape with pretty fast and firm greens which really gave us a good challenge around and on the greens. A lot of chit chatting JDM equipment and trying each others' clubs!! so much fun! We're gonna try and get out to Chambers Bay this season hopefully in May or so.... anyone want to join us? πŸ™‚ After I got home the driver heads I picked up recently from the Bay had arrived. An older Yammy V203 Tourmodel 9deg and Mizzy MP Craft '14. I have experience with both heads in the past but just wanted something to play around with extra shafts sitting in my office. So I shafted the Yammy V203 with a Miyazaki Kaula Mizore 6X and the Mizzy MP Craft '14 with a Miyazaki Kula Kori 6S. The weather was so nice I had to go hit more balls! 2013 Yamaha V203 9 deg / Miyazaki Kaula Mizore 6X 2014 Mizuno MP Craft 9.5 deg / Miyazaki Kaula Kori 6S Grandista RS-D 9 deg / Diamond Speeder 5X Epon AF-153 9.5 deg / Diamana W 60S Ping G20 9.5 deg / Fujikura ATMOS Tourspec Black 5TX So the longest drive came from the oldest driver of the bunch. The G20! Wow! this thing doesn't know how to quit! 294 yards is the longest ever I recorded on the Top Tracer thingy .... I normally hover around 260 and occasionally 270. Second longest came from the Yamaha ... I am guessing the smaller 430 cc is helping with the swing speed. This head also rewards you with the sweetest feel off the face. 3rd longest was the Grandista .. this combo with the Diamond Speeder is very consistently long. SP700 goodness at impact. Close 4th and 5th goes to the Mizuno and the Epon... they were about the same. Perhaps the softer flex of the shaft is increasing the spin a bit. I know that these two heads are not low spin to begin with. They have more spin for more workability and control. So I wasn't expecting much in terms of distance. Sure enough, I was most consistent with these two drivers. I have another driver on the way ... Mizuno GX driver... Based on my research, the GX may be one of the lowest spinning heads from the JDM Mizuno lineup . Mizuno's USDM models like the JPX and ST have been low spin all along. The ST190 I tried earlier this week was really impressive. GX vs G20 which one will win? Actually, there is one more driver I really want to try this season and it's the Epon AF-155iZ (US Spec). A bit pricey but I'm gonna try to get one soon. Fun stuff!
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    A Good Saturday!!

    I think forgiveness plays a big part in how far you can hit a driver. When you are more comfortable over the ball you tend to have a better swing -> which lead you to better strikes -> middle of the face -> longer drives. During the range session, the Yammy came in second at I think around 288 yards or so .. but the likely hood that I'd be able to repeat that with a 430cc head is probably pretty low. I think maximum forgiveness combined with very low spin is what I am after. ( like everyone else I guess πŸ™‚ )
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    A Good Saturday!!

    Rick Shiels did a Ping 5 yr comparo last year and while G400 LST was longest, G20 was the next longest by a close margin and left the G25, G30 and G drivers in the dust!! they did something right in the G20. G20 was the lowest spinning of the bunch in that video.
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