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About RLL33

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    Los Angeles

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    RIA / writer
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  • Brand of Choice
    Seven / A-Grind / Benock
  • What's in the Bag?
    Epon AF153 Hazrdus / A-Grind CMB2 DI Crazy STP / Miura HB3 18 ProjX / Seven MCB 5-AW Modus3 105 / A-Grind 56 / Cally forged copper 64 / Seven Benock Pantaleone

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    Epon AF-153

    Agree on the 153 being the most consistent driver. Found its way into my bag via the BST one day and it turned out to be the all-time fairway finder for me. Before I hurt my back, I was still throwing the JBeam Black in when I was feeling confident and like bombing them out there. But the 153 kept coming back. Fairways and greens... gotta start with fairways... Oddly, I tried a couple other Epon's, including the newer 155, but it wasn't quite as nice feeling, and the sound wasn't as absolutely sweet. They did something special with the 153.
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    Have tried MANY, loved only a few. Both the original A-Grind and the CMB have stayed in my bag. Wonderful feel, BIG distance. Other than those, the original Callaway Proto with the screw in the bottom -- which still influences the design of most models that come out -- was the best for me to get the ball up off the turf.
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    My 2019 Golf Resolutions

    Thank you, Victor. Best to you in the new year, too.
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    Taylor Made drivers

    "Speed Injected Twist Face!" (you can't make this sh*t up...)
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    My 2019 Golf Resolutions

    Thanks, nobs, best to you in the new year!
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    My 2019 Golf Resolutions

    I just want to get back on the course. A herniated disc has kept me away since summer...
  7. Happy New Year to you, too, B. And to all TSG'ers still here.
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    Wedge lofts and use cases...

    Agree with B, with the caveat that it's all totally personal in addition to what the green and surrounds are telling you. I'd add that anyone who has touch and feel for the short game would almost always benefit from going with the gut after analyzing all of the above, especially if there is any question left after looking everything over. My general rule of thumb: p-wedge for when I want the ball to roll like a putt (especially on a large green), a-wedge for when I want it to roll like a putt after a slight check on the first bounce, s-wedge de-lofted for when I want a bounce-bounce-stop, s-wedge slide it under for when I want to finesse any spin, and l-wedge for a higher traj that needs to stick near where it hits the first time whether we're talking a 3-ft short sider or a 30-ft up to split level green. In addition, p-wedge (or 8-iron) for any kind of bump and run, depending on whether it's collar or rough you're bumping off of. Just IMO after a lifetime of short game practice, play, and love...
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    Still love the original Miura HB3. Like you, Nobs, I almost never hit a 3-wd anymore. Off the deck, I'll either go for for the Miura hybrid or my 2-iron. I keep the Ryoma 2-wd in the bag, but use it only off the tee.
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    Oh, and P.S., I should add that since I'm a 64* freak, I still have never found anything better than the (old) Cally forged copper.
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    Another great write up, Nobs. I always used Miura wedges and still have most of them, could never sell even the worn out ones, so I'm with you on your love for those. Tried most of the wedges you mention, with the exception of the Modart. I learned the short game first, and still practice it more than anything else in my game. I SLEEP with wedges...! And then the A-Grind showed up. I haven't looked back since.It gives me the scalpel-like control on short chips and pitches that the Miuras used to, but it also feels better on longer approach shots, more controlled even when adding swing speed. And out of sand, it's just hot knife time. I've had them refinished in burning copper, but even raw, I love them. Just curious if you've ever tried them... I should also say that when I got the set of the Seven MCB irons, it's the first time I've ever incorporated a set's wedges into my bag. Both the Pitch and Approach wedges in this set are scary easy to control in all different circumstances. If Chris ever offers a sand or lob MCB, I'd definitely give those a go, too. Still the only set of irons that has stopped me cold from even thinking about anything else...
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    My SP700 Tee box heros!

    Great review, Nobs! I really appreciate this kind of article -- I've missed them. So wanted to really say THANK YOU!
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    Hi, Stew, I'll take this.
  14. Top notch set! (And I, too, am glad you meant "just for this season...")