My Updated WITB - October 2017
Above is my updated WITB posting. For the first time in a long time, I am excited about ALL of the clubs in my bag.
The 2017 M1 driver paired with the Aldila Rogue 60X has been a big improvement. I switched from the 8.5 460 head to the 9.5 440 head. By going to the smaller head, I was able to increase loft without increasing spin. I had gotten in some bad habit by playing such low loft. Gradually, I will be able to work my way out of those habits by increasing the loft just a bit.
The SLDR fairway and hybrid have been in and out of my bag for a few years now. When you have something that works, stick with it! The latest and greatest is always the greatest for you. The fairway wood is probably the hardest club in the bag to become comfortable with, so be careful when making changes to it.
Titleist's 718 AP3 irons recently came out and I put them in play as soon as possible. I was able to pick up 5 to 7 yards per club but maintained desirable launch angle and spin rates even though the lofts are stronger. I did stay with the Project X Loading Zone shaft in 6.0 flex. This is great shaft for someone who needs lower spin but still wants to feel the shaft 'work.'
Because of the stronger lofts on my irons, I had to adjust my wedges as well. The new Tilteist SM6 wedges look absolutely beautiful. I went with them in 48*, 54*, and 60* to maintain equal gapping through the bottom of the bag.
Scotty Cameron's Futura 5S fits my stroke by being a center shafted model. I especially like the grip that came with it. The texture and size have helped me reduce grip pressure - key for controlling distance when rolling your rock!
Last, but certainly not least, is the ProV1 X golf ball. This ball has larger dimples than the ProV1 that help it stay in the air and travel a bit farther off the tee. Although it feels firmer, the ProV1X actually spins MORE than the ProV1.
I encourage you to examine your own equipment. If you have a club or clubs you are uncomfortable with, cut them loose! You only get 14 of them so use them wisely. Also, the fall is the perfect time to make changes. Most of the big events are behind us and you can get a head start getting used to new stuff - as oppsoed to making changes in the spring.