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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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In our forums, our members have been discussing both boutique brands and major OEMs and why the former “trail the OEMs in drivers and woods”. WRXer ‘gr8 flopshot’, who plays a bag full of boutique clubs bar woods, poses the question and it’s got our members talking in our forum.

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.

  • DaRiz: “Irons, wedges, and putters don’t change much, and for all the technology OEMs try to pack in there, it’s more about how they look and feel. So boutique can fit in nicely here. Drivers/FW, on the other hand, definitely benefit from the millions of dollars in R&D, and it is probably really hard to compete. You can argue that COR is maxed out, but the tiny changes in launch conditions, spin rates, and forgiveness add up.”
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Entire Thread: “Boutique brands vs Major OEMs”

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In our forums, WRXer ‘luvofgolf’ has kicked off a discussion on simulators wanting to know if purchasing one would improve his overall game. Our members discuss their views on simulators with the majority believing they are most beneficial as a supplement to lessons.

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.

  • pgetzen: “Agree with all of the comments regarding lessons. Although I have a Skytrak with a video set up, it’s really a big luxury. I use it basically as a virtual driving range for the days when I want to hit balls, and it might be too cold or raining. So it’s useful to me to keep my swing in sync, but I work on my swing separately.”
  • Higgs66: “Being able to hit balls any time indoors, at home and have fun doing it.. go for it. Will it make you a better golfer, it could but don’t always trust the feedback. There are so many dynamics to the game.. rhythm + tempo = power. They also can double as a home theater.”
  • 2down: “You’d be playing indoors, but you would be playing. I’m not doing that right now. But will it help your game? Yea. Repetition is a good thing. But be careful, I tried one a year ago at a course near me. First swing with the driver I hit the frame they had us in. Kept going but modified my swing to not hit that bar at the top. Screwed me up for a bit. So wow, you’ll get to play, and repetition is good but ensure your space is adequate for your swing.”
  • sfong33: “Agree with most posts here, anything good that works well indoors starts at the Skytrak. As others have stated, even if you were to obtain a simulator improvement will be based mainly on how well you can self diagnose in the absence of lessons. Lessons by themselves are no guarantee either; you have to find an instructor that can diagnose well and can get you to do what he/she wants (assuming they are correct in the initial diagnosis phase).”

Entire Thread: “Is a simulator worth it?”

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
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  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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