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Gear Dive: Legendary club builder Larry Bobka speaks on Tiger’s old Titleist irons



Legendary club builder Larry Bobka joins us in the first episode of our new podcast called “Gear Dive,” hosted by Johnny Wunder, GolfWRX’s Director of Original Content. Gear Dive is a deep look into the world of golf equipment, and Wunder will be interviewing the craftsman, the reps and the players behind the tools that make up the bags of the best golfers in the world.

Bobka, our first guest, is a former Tour rep and club builder involved in some of the most important clubs of the past 25 years. From his days at Wilson Golf working with legends such as Payne Stewart, Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer, he transitioned into the Golden Age of Titleist/Acushnet building clubs for Tiger Woods, Davis Love, David Duval and Brad Faxon. He currently runs Argolf where he builds and fits handmade putters for Tour players and amateurs alike. He’s one of the Godfather’s of modern golf equipment.

Skip to 45:30 for the discussion about Tiger’s Titleist irons.

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  1. Bert Sugar

    Apr 27, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    This interviewer is, let’s be nice and say poor

  2. len

    May 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    It’s sooooo important to gearheads to know Tiger’s WITB… and to offer a juvenile opinion or twitter-brained blurt or give us your feeeeelings … 😛

  3. bogeypro

    May 9, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    ugh…. podcast…. sad face

  4. peter collins

    Apr 27, 2018 at 6:40 am

    podcast bye

    • Casey

      May 1, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      See ya. Take your 6 hpur pace of play with you

  5. Brett Weir

    Apr 26, 2018 at 10:33 am

    The interview with Bobka starts at 12 minutes 46 seconds.

  6. charles peed

    Apr 26, 2018 at 10:24 am

    way too much bs/tease at start. glad to know interviewe knowsrso much gratuitous info (david toms had a putter,etc). never made it to the interiew. whoops guy came on while I was typing.guy didn’t too well in college. met gene sarazen, & so on.

  7. Jim

    Apr 26, 2018 at 3:32 am

    I MUCH prefer reading – Podcasts are fine for those times when you’re stuck in a car in heavy traffic, or a long road trip, but since I’m usually surfing the old web at my desktop, I prefer reading. If you must do Podcasts, please also print a script.

  8. Lance

    Apr 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Would love to READ the article Both formats please

  9. Joe Perez

    Apr 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Nice. I like listening to these while standing at the beach, looking at the waves.

  10. Doug lamb

    Apr 25, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Tired of being teased with an interesting story. Only to end up being a podcast!!

  11. tom missler

    Apr 25, 2018 at 11:51 am

    very interesting club builder. most interested in what he had to say about the players and other personalities he’s worked with over his career.

  12. Shanks Happen

    Apr 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I also would love a transcript of the podcasts. And yes, if it means they are available a week after, that is cool too.

  13. rex235

    Apr 25, 2018 at 2:03 am

    Larry Bobka answered my questions to him almost a year ago. Took almost 13 minutes to hear him?

    “Uno Nuno?”

    Wait a minute…

    John Daly didn’t use a Wilson Whale Driver at the ’91 PGA, he used a Cobra Ultramid model.
    Daly also had PING irons, and a PING putter at Crooked Stick.

    Payne Stewart used a Wilson Laminated Whale Driver first at the ’89 PGA, and didn’t like that Wilson gave Daly such a large contract, so he left. (Bobka corrected him.)

    • Jim

      Apr 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      JD was caving in virtually every Ti or steel driver then. The Cobra was a solid composite head. You’re also right on rest of post.

  14. Tommy

    Apr 25, 2018 at 1:03 am

    I like to multi task….podcasts are of no use for this. Please include transcripts. I, like many, skip these stories completely.

  15. mlb

    Apr 24, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    I agree transcript would be helpful.

  16. Harp007

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Awesome interview with Larry Bobka. I’ve known LB for over 20 years and his knowledge and recall are amazing. Great podcast and insights.

    • Larry Bobka

      Apr 25, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Harp..

    • Jim

      Apr 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm

      I don’t have time for ‘podcasts’. I don’t do ‘pod’ anything…

      Would much appreaciate the transcript

  17. Mike Rohmann

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Larry !! I was lucky enough to play some golf with Mr. Bobka in San Diego. We had some good duels in Team play and he was always a gentlemen and great golfer. I heard he’s moved on to bigger things after Titleist and I hope Larry that you are doing really well. I know the guys out at Vista Valley CC would love to see him back.

    • Larry Bobka

      Apr 25, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Mike. Thanks for the kind words. I always enjoyed our battles and beers afterwards. I’m in Jupiter, FL working for Argolf Putters. I miss VVCC and Saturday Team play. Take care, my friend..Larry

      • Kendall Thomas

        Apr 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm

        Larry, great interview! I heard you quoted Tiger saying an old guy gave him a set of Hogan Apex irons. 4 years, everyone believed he was playing a set of Mizuno irons. What company did you say the prototypes blades were?

  18. Diesel

    Apr 24, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Glad he finally put the “Miura” iron conspiracy to bed.

    • Birdswing Golfer

      Apr 25, 2018 at 3:34 am

      I never understood the Miura conspiracy Tiger played Ping then Mizuno?

      surely if there was any truth in the clone irons they would of been Mizunos!

  19. Dan

    Apr 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Great info but 30m is plenty

  20. Jamie

    Apr 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Cliffs Notes please. The babble at the beginning was useless and my time is valuable.

    • Dan

      Apr 25, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Yet you have times to criticize and post. Haha Love it!

  21. Tom

    Apr 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    The interviewer needs to shut up!!!!!! Just ask the simple question and let the guest talk – we don’t want to hear you. For example, “What was it like to work with Tiger… (stop here) blah, blah, blah, blah”. Just end it. Or, “Talk about David Duval… (STOP!!) blah, blah, Duval history lesson, blah”

  22. Brett Weir

    Apr 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    There you have it…Tiger’s Titleist irons in his heyday were forged by Endo…straight from the horse’s mouth.

  23. golfguru

    Apr 24, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Wonderful interview. Keep up the great work and looking forward to the next one.

  24. ogo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Custom club propaganda for the neurotic who don’t have a golf swing but want to have a custom WITB set of weapons to give them false confidence. Custom clubs are total hokum… believe it..

  25. e

    Apr 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

    oh man this podcast stuff again… how about a transcript for those of us who don’t want to spend over an hour listening to something we could read in 10 mins?

    • golfguru

      Apr 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Start typing one up for us…..

    • Brian

      Apr 24, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Agree. I have no interest in listening to podcasts.

    • Thomas A

      Apr 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Ditto. I’m at my computer at work, not driving in my car. I need to get this stuff on the downlow.

    • Mike

      May 15, 2018 at 11:55 pm


  26. ProjectX

    Apr 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Who would win in a fight…Bobka or the Hurricane?

  27. J Zilla

    Apr 24, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Another Bobka?

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