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Forum Thread of the Day: “What clubs in the last 15 years qualify as ‘unicorns’?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from gentles, who asks fellow GolfWRX members for their favorite “unicorn” clubs. Now, the term unicorn is a little subjective in the golfing world, but on our forums at least, the term is generally used to describe a rare and quality club that despite new releases, stands the test of time.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • SetTheBarrHigh: “The Titleist 503i was a unicorn in my eyes, I remember looking at Peter Uilhein’s setup when he was an amateur and drooling.”
  • leomessi10: “Unicorns I’ve had over the years. Taylormade 300 Tour (8 deg and 9.5 deg), Taylormade X-300 FCI (Miura forged),  I’d call my TN-87s unicorns. I’ve only ever saw two sets and I’ve owned both. I sold one set years ago and bought another a few years ago. They seem to only exist on golf boards. They aren’t super rare but the 16 M2 8.5 is harder to find and really really good.”
  • Mych: “The Hibore 2W is a unique combination of shaft length, head weighting, loft, drop-crown, and head size. Now, go find one and see how easy they are to get a hold of. You may find one. You’d be hard pressed to find two. For a while I had an ebay search saved for them and I saw one come up for sale every 6-8 months, usually pretty close to their original retail price.”
  • nichho: “My nomination for unicorn status are the JDM Taylormade R9 Forged irons…..stunning. I know they exist because I’ve seen photographs of them, just like I’ve seen photographs of unicorns and I once saw a set for sale on ebay, they were tatty and expensive. However I’ve never seen a set in the flesh, just like a unicorn.”

Entire Thread: “What clubs in the last 15 years qualify as unicorns?”

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  1. Distance Compression Dude

    Nov 7, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I hit my Vokey SM7 lob wedge further than my PXG driver.

  2. stan

    Nov 7, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Ping G2 400cc 15.5º loft and fitted with a whippy Ping Tec100D “Soft Regular” 47″ graphite shaft. Was originally marketed as a “lady’s” club but perfect for my ~87 mph clubhead speed. 200-210 yard carry straight and narrow because of the higher face loft. A perfect 6’4″ “seniors” club! Last driver I will ever own.

  3. Tom Higgins

    Nov 6, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Ping Eye 2, wedges and irons.

    • Herb Collins

      Nov 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Ping Zing 2 wedges and irons….. hot and straight and far !!!!!!!

      • ogo

        Nov 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        … and you can’t “work” the ball with the Zing2’s because of extreme cavity weight concentrations. I own a Zing2 one iron with which I practice before I practice with my driver. If you can’t hit a one iron you can’t hit a driver.

  4. Brad

    Nov 6, 2018 at 6:56 am

    My nominations for top “unicorn” clubs are the Ping Rapture 13° 3-wood. The Rapture is an absolute bomber from both the tee and the fairway for those with enough swing speed. I’ve hit my longest drive ever with one (at 297 yards) and my longest shot from the fairway (at 274 yards). This is the only club I’ve never seen equaled or bested in clubs made before or after its release. I’ve considered buying a “spare” one on more than one occasion “just in case”, but since they are still pretty expensive even on the second-hand market I haven’t done it just yet.

    • Herb Collins

      Nov 6, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      You can’t determine 297 and 274 yard shots by eyeballing. What are you trying to pull off?

      • Brad

        Nov 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        They make this neat little gadget these days called a GPS. Some of them are even linked to these other little gadgets on your clubs that also connect to these things called smart phones. They do the “eyeballing” for you. You should look into it, they are pretty neat.

        • Herb Collins

          Nov 7, 2018 at 2:17 pm

          Even a GPS unit can’t determine distances so accurately because they only give you a distance range. They are not spot on.

          • Curt

            Nov 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm

            Also these things on the course called yardage markers.

    • stan

      Nov 7, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Great club for driver replacement if you have a higher clubhead speed swing, and only 219cc! Here is a glowing review:
      https://pluggedingolf.com/ping-rapture-fairway-wood-review/

  5. ND Hickman

    Nov 6, 2018 at 3:35 am

    Callaway XHot 3Deep 13 degree’s. easily the best club I’ve ever had off the tee or fairway.

    • Herb Collins

      Nov 6, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      …. and you prolly don’t carry a driver because your yardage goes down with the driver like most golfers.

      • Brad

        Nov 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm

        …and you prolly are a pain in the rear to everyone you’re around.

        • Herb Collins

          Nov 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

          …. up your’s too, I see…. lol … (_*_)

      • ND Hickman

        Nov 7, 2018 at 8:35 am

        I’m fairly decent off the tee. I’m no bomber but I usually have a good yardage from a decent position in the fairway after using driver. I just find the 3Deep doesn’t cost me much yardage and gives me more off of the fairway when needed. Not quite sure why you felt the need to make such a snide comment but you do you mate.

        • Herb Collins

          Nov 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

          Okay, mate…. but this may apply more to the gearhead geeks who must buy a new driver every year to rescue their pathetic attempts to hit a driver. 95% of all “golfers” worldwide shouldn’t carry a lower lofted driver…. even “down under”… 😉

  6. Bobthegolferguy

    Nov 5, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    R500 driver. Not the 510, 540, 580, or the xd’s but just the R500. It looked like a prototype R510tp but smaller. Saw one in a bag about 15 years ago at my club with a EI70 tour x and it was fantastic.

  7. Troy L Rambo

    Nov 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Taylormade 300 forged Lehman grinds

    • ogo

      Nov 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      The TM 300R was marketed as a “tour” driver…. only 300 cc’s.

  8. geohogan

    Nov 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Adams, CMB are not only, works of art to look at, but perform.

    Maybe the last great iron clubs from Adams Golf.

  9. rex235

    Nov 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Gianni-

    There were a few of my posts which started referencing “Unicorn” clubs in Golfwrx a few years ago.

    The definititon of a Unicorn club wasn’t ever what stood the test of time- Wilson Dynapower SW?

    It was to call attention to a club which NEVER EXISTED- specifically these LH models-

    A LH 1954 MacGregor Toney Penna WW Special Driver. LH LFFs? Yes. LH 693s? Yes again.

    LH Maxfli Tour Limited/Australian Blade Forged irons. Designer Tad Moore says none were made, so-

    LH Mizuno MP-14 and MP-29 irons. Great copies of the Original Ben Hogan Precision iron.

    Yes,there are LH Mizuno TN-87 and MP-4 irons. These fit your definition

    LH 1999 Ben Hogan forged irons. designed by Jeff Sheets. Limited Edition- Blade on blade design.

    2014 LH Wilson Staff FG Tour 100 Forged irons-
    For a club that was supposed to be celebrating Wilson’s Centennial in Golf, they sure forgot a long history of making LH iron models, specifically the Dynapower “Fluid Feel” irons.

    Go ahead- Please let me know if you find any of these LH “unicorn” models.

  10. TigerFan91

    Nov 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    My 1996 Mizuno Grad 2 iron. That little sweetheart has made its way back into my bag as a driving iron. Of course, I reshafted it with a graphite shaft and added a little lead tape to the back…but still. That thing is a monster. I hit it (almost) as far as my 3 wood.

    • allan

      Nov 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      You and most other golfers suffer from “distance compression” in the long clubs from driver to 5w and even into the hybrids. Your distances are virtually identical for all these clubs because you cannot control long shafted clubs and flatter swing planes. It’s a fact.

      • TigerFan91

        Nov 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

        Astounding how you you can analyze that without even seeing my swing. You must be some sort of golfing god.

        • EvanM

          Nov 5, 2018 at 10:37 pm

          You learn something new every day. A 3wood goes longer than a 2 iron…

          • allan

            Nov 7, 2018 at 2:23 pm

            No… “almost” as far as his 3 wood. That in itself indicates “distance compression” in the long shafted clubs. I too suffer from compression so I only carry a large headed 3 wood, a 7 wood, a 6 hybrid and then 6 iron to LW. No fantasy golf here!!!

        • You'reStillAway

          Nov 5, 2018 at 10:49 pm

          Butch Harmon over here has never seen you swing…

          • MikeK

            Nov 5, 2018 at 11:03 pm

            Man Allan, I gotta get me one of those crystal balls you have to know everyone’s swing without seeing it live….must have set you back a couple hundred bucks

            • allan

              Nov 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm

              I got two (2) crystal balls …. but none to spare….. 😛

      • No 3 Putts

        Nov 5, 2018 at 9:26 pm

        Distance compression. Hahahaha! Funny how you can tell without seeing the guy hit a single shot.

        A 2 iron is supposed to go a little shy of a 3 wood just as he described. It’s a fact.

      • Replianator

        Nov 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm

        Uhhh uh, oh no girl, you did not…

      • Sir Walks-A-Lot

        Nov 5, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Jeez. All the guy is saying is that he likes his 2 iron.
        You go ahead and insult him insinuating that he can’t hit his longer clubs properly.

        Besides, I’m willing to bet that his 3 wood and his 2 iron are never in his bag at the same time. One is probably for regular tracks and the other for links style and windy courses.

      • Allan

        Nov 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm

        I stand by my observation… 😛

        • MikeK

          Nov 6, 2018 at 12:27 am

          Easy now Brandel Chamblee, it’s ok to be wrong sometimes ????

        • Brad

          Nov 6, 2018 at 6:47 am

          I’ms sure that you also stand by while other people help look for your ball…that you are constantly losing.

        • Allan

          Nov 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm

          WOW!!!!!! I musta hit a nerve, a gearhead nerve on this fine forum exposing the gearheads with their fancy-pancy clubs who can’t hit their driver longer than their 5w…. lol

  11. paul koehorst

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I’ll go with the first Taylor Made, Monza Spider. It was just such a great (but ugly, or even butt-ugly) club but it was fantastic on short putts. Fixed my yips. I’ll also add the Taylor Made RBZ 3-wood. So much longer than anything else at the time…in my experience.

    • allan

      Nov 7, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      So you abandoned your driver due to “distance compression” too? Don’t waste money on a Rube Goldberg driver with moveable weights and named “Speed” and stick with your 3-wood… more accurate too.

  12. ThomasW

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    My mp33’s and mp32’s mizuno irons never get old.

  13. JordanH

    Nov 5, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Cleveland CG1 black pearl and CG2 irons. Both gorgeous and insanely amazing feel, playability, and looks.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the best iron sets for senior players. WRXer ’emdjunk’ is on the hunt for a new set of clubs for his father and says:

“I am trying to find a new set of irons for my father. He’s about 5’6 and can drive the ball around 200 yards. He has some issues getting his irons up in the air and most of his shots land short. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for him?

I’d like him to be able to get his irons back up in the air and add some distance. Does anyone have experience with any hybrid iron sets? Are these good for seniors with slower swing speeds? Also, we don’t have access to any club fitters where we live. Is it possible to get fitted online these days?”

And our members have been putting forward their suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • C6 Snowboarder: “I am a super Senior also – I have found Recoil Graphite shafts for irons do very well.. I put a 65 gr shaft in my 6 and 5 iron – they are now the best they have ever been. I put 80 Gr shafts in the 7 iron, and 95 gr in the 8,9 and PW. For hybrids or fairway – I have found thru lots of experimenting – the Chrome Elements shaft in Epic Flash Fairways do great – especially the Heaven Wood – WOW – what a club for old farts. Driver – the Ck Tensei Blue is doing well for me as well as the ProLaunch Platinum – both great shafts for Old guys.”
  • txgolfer45: “I retooled my entire bag last year from Driver down to wedges. Callaway Epic Flash Driver with 55-gram graphite shaft, Callaway Epic Flash 3, 5 and sometimes 7 fwy with 65-gram graphite shaft shafts, Callaway Big Bertha 4H and 5H with 70-gram graphite shafts and 6 – U wedge with Recoil 65 graphite shafts. I have no problem getting proper ball flight with that set up and have regained yardage as well.”
  • slolane: “I am 67 years old 5ft 7in with two artificial hips, so the swing speed has slowed down a lot. A couple of weeks ago I went to a fitting and hit a lot of the new offerings. I told the fitter I was looking for irons that would work now and 5 years down the road. I ended up getting Ping G710 irons they were very high and forgiving I got them with the senior graphite shafts. Have only been on the course a couple times but so far everything I was looking for. Lots of youtube reviews on the 710s good luck to you and your father.”
  • sean2: “I am a senior, and with stronger lofts, the first iron in my bag is a 7. The 5 and 6 irons in many of today’s set make up are like the old 3 and 4 irons in loft (I have seen more than a few seniors struggle to get those 5 and 6-irons airborne). I haven’t had much luck with hybrids, so I have three fairway woods: 25º, 21º, and a 17º. They go nice and high and land softly. If you get him a set with the stronger lofts, you might want to replace some of the irons at the high end of the bag with hybrids and/or fairway woods.”
  • mootrail: “Take a look at my Bridgestone JGR Forged Hybrid Irons and the current successor, the TOUR B JGR HF1 Irons. The look is unique, and the wide flange design gets the ball up high and long with a hot and forgiving face. The wide sole works surprisingly well in all conditions, including hardpan. The stock steel Zelos 8 shafts in mine are a big reason they launch so easy. Although in an S flex, they have a very soft bend profile that gets the ball up fast without feeling unstable. I’d recommended the lightweight Nippon steels over graphite like the excellent Recoils in my current irons if you’re looking for some extra speed and height.”

Entire Thread: “Best iron sets for a senior”

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