I started with a 5, then a 4, then an 8, then 4 speys, then a 5 (daughter #1), then a 4 (daughter #2), then a 5, THEN finally a 697 (and since, another 6 and 2 7s). I love them all but I could make do with much less. The 697 (or 691) would make the cut. Enough already, sorry for the rant. If someone comes to you and says they really wanted a 9'6", we could talk. They each have advantages.