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This week we carry on our feature with one of our seniors. Fresh from his October Stableford victory with 37 points, we will be diving into Terry Crawley's bag.
Driver - Callaway FTiq / 9 degrees / Project X A-Flex 60g
Driver - Callaway FTiq /13 degrees / HT Bassara Flex
3-wood - Cobra Baffler / 16 degree / Tour AD regular flex 60g
5-wood - Callaway ERC / 19 degree / System 50 Firm flex 50g
7-wood - Callaway ERC / 21 degree / System 50 Firm flex 50g
Rescue - Cobra / 22 degere / Tour AD regular flex 65g
Irons - Callaway X16 / 6-9 iron / System 85 Firm 85g
Wedges - Callaway X22 / PW & SW (45&56) / Steel shaft wedge flex; American Open / 60 degree / Steel shaft
Putter - Odyssey 2 Ball Blade / Black finish
What stands out in this bag is that Terry has the right idea for his club set up, but probably hasn't taken any or the correct advice on the best way to go about it. Two drivers! Well if it's good enough for Phil Mickelson, why not? Terry has told me he has two drivers because he can be a bit erratic with the lower lofted driver and is steadier with the 13 degree and he knows it will go higher which on some of the holes he feels is important. My thought here would be to leave out the 9 degree. Firstly, if Terry knows he is more consistent with the 13 degree then stick with that. By removing the other driver it will also free up a club for another addition for somewhere else in the set.
I like that Terry has a run of fairway woods and a rescue in his bag. Perhaps if he removed the driver he could also add a 5h rescue as he doesn't currently have a 5-iron and so it would fill the gap nicely. One thing that stands out is the different shaft flex in all his clubs. The only shaft I would say is correct is the A flex in one of his drivers!
Terry would definitely benefit from lighter more flexible shafts in all of his golf clubs! Why is this? Flex of the shaft can impact on: trajectory, direction, feel and distance. Most of Terry's clubs are too heavy and stiff. If a shaft is too stiff, generally the ball won't go as far, the ball will launch lower and will have a tendency to go right. If he had more flex and lighter shafts, his distance would increase due the increase in clubhead speed and the spin rate would also increase which would flight the ball better. He would also be able the 'feel' the clubhead better due to the weight of the club now being in the head rather than the shaft.
Something to think about - Are your shafts the correct flex for you?
The wedges are really spaced apart so if we did ditch the 9 degree driver and didn't go with the 5 rescue a gap wedge of 50 degree would fit right in here. I do like how Terry has gone away from the long irons by swapping them for woods and rescues which are easier to hit.
Terry uses an electric trolley which really does take the strain off your round of golf. If you haven't used one before you can hire one from the shop for £8.50 a round. If you do decide to purchase one from the hire and would like me to order one I will take the rental off the cost of the trolley. Motocaddys start from just £299.99 and can be here in a couple of days. They are a great trolley and the backup service (if needed) is fantastic.
Just for a giggle, I went through the pockets and found a whole load stuff. Some made sense: PING waterproof suit, winter mitts, 3-in-1 club cleaner and some snacks (all available from the shop). There also some strange items in there! Make of them what you will. A brush, Terry! Are you sure?
Anyway, thank you Terry for letting me look through your bag and hopefully you found it informative. Who's next? If you can't get into see me but would like to feature, please send me an email with a picture of your clubs and a breakdown of your set and I will cast my eye over it and you can feature in 'What's in the Bag'.