Last week I was fortunate enough to shoot 79 in Orlando during my trip to the PGA Merchandise Show in a round that won't soon be forgotten. It was one of those days when everything was clicking. Sure, being a former tour player means I have a ton of God given talent, but truth be told I owe a lot of my success to my equipment.
That day I averaged 255 yards off the tee with a Wilson 10.5 degree "Killer Whale" (orcinus orca) 275 cc Oversize Metal with a FireStick 2.8 Graphite shaft (R) that went in the bag just before Men's League last October, but it was my strong play with a set of RAM Advisory irons and Alien 2 Pro Series 1 wedges that proved to be the difference.
After going out in 4 over 40 on the front nine, I bogeyed the 11th and 14th before rebounding with three straight pars on 15, 16 and 17. The highlight of the three hole stretch came on the long 400 yard par 4 16th where I played a nifty back handed 6 iron punchout followed by a ripped 8 iron from 145 yards out to 6 feet. A stress free bogey on 18 sealed the sub 80 round.
Here's a look at my entire bag setup.
Driver: Wilson 'Killer Whale' Oversize Metal (275 cc's) with a Firestick 2.8 Graphite Shaft (regular). 10.5 degree.
3 Wood: Orlimar Trimetal (Aldila 75/MT.335 shaft) 14 degree+. Regular Flex.
7 Wood: The Perfect Club (UST Stabilized Tip Penetrating Trajectory Shaft) Senior Flex. 21 degree.
9 Wood: Nickent GH Plus 'Hyperforged' (ProForce 65 GOLD Speed Rated System X-stiff shaft) 27 degree.
Irons: RAM 'Advisory' Series. (4-PW; Femco Pro Gold Series Shafts)
Wedges: Alien 2 Pro Series 1 (Pat Simmons Design) with an Alien Sport Hydro-Power Shaft - Senior Flex, Alien "Greenside Sniper" 37 degree (shaft unknown), Cougar Golf "x-Cat" double sided chipper with a Cougar Factory shaft and a Super Stroke "FATSO" grip.
Retriever: AJAY 1000 "NeverLost" Prototype (15')
Putter: Snake eyes 'Straight In' Prototype Mallet
Ball: Maxfli Revolution "dual radius"