Best value in golf? – GolfWRX

Here in the North, Metro Detroit, golf season is short. Like, way too short for us hardcore golfers. The weather this time of year will determine whether you stay home and watch football or brave the cold run. As the dust faded in 2022, I had a few requests to go through my bag and talk about the clubs I play for. Listen to my Club Junkie podcast below or on any podcast platform To hear the full details about each club, simply search GolfWRX Radio.

driver: Titleist TSR2 10.0 * (ALLFIT group standard)

Aperture: Fujikura Wind TR red 6x

I got Titleist TSR2 about a month ago and found it really consistent. The TSR2’s added stability and tolerance really showed up on the course and I’ve hit more trails since receiving it. The upgraded ATI425 titanium face maintains ball speed when (a lot) I miss the center of the face, which keeps my drives on track more than they should be. The Fujikura Ventus TR Red adds a slightly higher firing range than the Project X HZRDUS Black Gen 4 but I feel more control over the TR’s reinforced handle section. Overall, TSR2 keeps me playing more often and gives me more opportunities to hit the greens in regulation.

Second place: TaylorMade Stealth Plus 10.5 * / Fujikura Ventus TR Red 6x

Fairway: Titleist TSR2 15* (Group D1)

Aperture: Project X HZRDUS Black Gen 4 70g 6.0.0 Update

I’ve been on the hunt for all three woods for two years now after retiring my trusted Callaway XR16. The Titleist’s TSR2 has been the three toughest, hardest wood I’ve played this year in my game. My experimenter set the TSR2 in D1 (-75*loft) for a slightly longer distance and flatter ride off the tee, but I was still able to lift the club off the grass without any problem. This club still uses 90% of the time off the tee, but it’s nice to have some confidence in the fact that I can hit it 5 long if needed. This hasn’t reached the “magical” state yet but it is working its way!

Second place: Callaway Rogue ST LS 15 * (Set -1 / N) / Fujikura Ventus TR Red 7x

Fairway: PXG 0311 XF Gen5 7w (22*1 set and flatbed)

Aperture: Nippon Regio Formula MB + 75x

Like I’ve said several times this year, I haven’t played 7 wood since I was a kid! I was very impressed with this 0311 XF and how easy it is to reach and how high it is. I’m not a player who hits a high ball and anything at the top end of the bag is really hard to get to in the green. I’ve played a lot of hybrids and they were fine, but the Seven Woods were much better. The XF kicks in super fast, but still hits the yardage I need, and stalls with more control in the green. I lose a bit of a tee compared to the Hybrid but overall the Wood Seven was a nice surprise.

Second place: Cobra King Tech 19 * (Standard Set) / Fujikura Ventus HB Blue 8x

Iron Benefit: Tour Edge C722 Ti-Utility 4 (22 *)

Aperture: KBS PGI 90 Cruel

I’ll admit I need a little more firepower at the top end of my iron set. I am not a tall hitter and the added ball speed of the titanium face on the Tour Edge Ti-Utility. This multi-piece iron combines a titanium face and a steel body and helps me beat it just a few feet away from a regular iron. I normally use this off a tee, but the Tour Edge is easier on the grass than the Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi for me. I think Ti-Utility’s shorter blade length gives it this advantage and I like the look from the title a bit more. Very little offset and you only see a small amount of back ‘muscle’. The Ti-Utility provides a nice, silent “tone” on impact and the face carries plenty of ball speed on off-center hits. KBS’ PGI is their top iron firing shaft choice and delivers a smooth feel with a tight dispersion.

Second place: Mizuno Pro Fli-Hi 4 (21.5 *) / fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec Stiff

irons: PXG 0311 T Gen5 (5-7), PXG 0317 ST (8-P)

Aperture: Real temperature rise 95 solid

The PXG 0311 T is the perfect “cheater” iron for me. It looks compact, has a thin top line and is less offset but is packed with technology. It’s very stable and long on misfires, allowing me to keep hitting the front of the green without the perfect swing. At the bottom of the case are the blades of the 0317 ST but they go too far when you hit the center! I love the solid noise you get from the 0317 ST when you hit them well and the distance control in the greens is great. The tighter look is great on short irons and the milled faces seem to catch a lot of outward spin. Both irons have good bounce and pit resistance in the softest Michigan conditions.

Second place: TaylorMade P770 (5-P) / KBS Tour Lite X-Stiff

wedge gap: Titleist Vokey SM8 Raw (50.12F)

Aperture: Nippon Modus 125 wedge

This is really a close race but the SM8 just has a bit more bounce and digs less on the soft trails here. I also like that you can really just put the soles in the grass on the chips and pitch around the green without worrying. I’ve had this SM8 since 2021 but I replace it with other options frequently so that the grooves and face are in perfect condition. The sole has also given me more confidence with full shots, giving me a wider yardage where I use it. Rotation is high and very predictable from fairway or falls into the rough. The feel is smooth and responsive, letting you know immediately where you hit it on your face. The Nippon Modus 125 wedge shaft is very consistent and gives me a flatter ride compared to some of the other wedge shafts.

Second place: TaylorMade Grinding 3 52 * / Nippon Modus 125 wedge

sand wedge: Taylor Made 3 Mill (56*12SB)

Aperture: Breakthrough golf technology ZNE 130

I’ve had this wedge since its introduction but have only used it a few times. This year I’ve given her more love and I’ve been really impressed with the ability to play with her. The full sole has a lot of bounce when I go over the top and downhill with my swing, but it still allows me to open the face with the front edge only with a small amount of lift. A rough face provides plenty of spin from all the lies, even when wet and the feel is very soft when you hit it hard. Bunkers are not a problem with this wedge as the sole provides plenty of buoyancy for even light, fine sand. I rarely swing fully with the sand wedge, but I’ve become more comfortable taking larger swings and hitting them to tighter pin locations. The new ZNE shaft from BGT is a new addition and so far I really like the tight dispersion it was giving me.

Second place: Titleist Vokey SM9 54.12D / True Temper Dynamic Gold S200

wedge lube: Titleist Vokey WedgeWorks T Grind 60 *

Aperture: Real Pure Dynamic Gold S200

This is really a tie. I switched between Vokey T Grind and Hi-Toe 3 depending on the conditions I would be playing that day. I recently found out that I can get a short iron and other wedges, but I plug my lobe wedge a little shallower. The T milling machine is quite versatile, allowing you to really play with the angle of the face to hit every shot. You have to be a little more precise because there is a little tolerance if you get a little fat. TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 fits into the bag when conditions are softer or not tight. Full face grooves and a raised toe design make the wedge easy to hit, you can get rid of a lot of nasty twists. You never have to worry about the club slipping under the ball and shooting anywhere, these long grooves maintain some spin and control of the shot.

Second place: TaylorMade Hi-Toe 3 60* (13*HB) / KBS Hi-Rev 2.0115

hang around: Bettinardi BB8 Wide

Aperture: Fujikura MC 115

This again is a very close race, but the Bettinardi has been just a comfortable flat stick since it started using the 2021 model. In 2022, the Bettinardi changed the way it milled the face and gave the BB8 Wide a softer feel and a more muted sound. They also shortened the blade length, giving it a more symmetrical look while maintaining a wide lip line and long site line. The larger blade gives me more tolerance when I hit it on the toe, which makes the ball better online than some traditional blades. The Fujikura MC 115 Firm racket shaft softens the feel a bit while adding stability and consistency to the racket. I added the Super Stroke Pistol GT 1.0 grip late in the year and it really helped prevent my right hand from affecting the stroke. The LAB Golf Mezz.1 Max putter is also really strong and the Lie Angle Balanced design can really help a lot of golfers make more strokes. The Max’s head doesn’t stand out from the larger racket, and unless you’re putting it next to the Mezz.1 it’s hard to notice the size difference. The feel is a little softer but the Max’s firmer, more forgiving head really stands out.

Second place: LAB Mezz.1 Max Custom / Accra Graphite

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