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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Why Adam Scott believes driving is no longer a skill on tour”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from KrazyTrain18 who created a discussion dedicated to Adam Scott’s comments that the art of driving will disappear unless officials build “smarter golf courses.”

Scott was speaking to the AAP following his third round at the BMW Championship where he stated

“They haven’t figured out yet that long means nothing to us; you can’t build it long enough. I’m not (surprised to see low scores at Medinah); if a golf course is soft we are just going to tear it apart.   I’m not challenging (PGA Tour officials and course designers) to build longer golf courses; I’m challenging them to build smarter golf courses. If you require us to shape tee shots to get it in play we’re going to struggle.

“(Now) we just play straight, everything is straight. While there is an option to go over trees and over bunkers, it is just relentless. The driver is the most forgiving club in the bag now; it’s just swing as hard as you can and get it down there far. It’s not a skilful part of the game anymore and it’s really unfair for some guys who are great drivers of the golf ball. I don’t think their talents are showing up as much as they should.”

Here are what some our members have been saying in our forum concerning Scott’s comments, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • JaNelson38: “Been saying it here for a long time – shorter courses with more angles and hazards to make landing areas less accessible and poor shots penalized.”
  • imakaveli: “Thanks Adam Scott for telling the truth they don’t want to accept. Apart for some rare exceptions course we see every week are dull and lead to boring tournaments.”
  • dlygrisse: “Roll back COR. Huge mistake by USGA, the long hitters picked up 50 yards, the short hitter maybe 1/2 that.  Make the ball spin more off the driver. If the ball spun off the driver like it did with balata it would reduce the high flat bombs and make them work the ball and reduce carry and rollout. You used to have to make a decision with the ball. Do I pick a ball with spin, or distance? Now you get both. Playing a soft cover ball should add 1000 rpms to the driver.”
  • el_b00t: “Rollback drivers, everyone plays the same ball, and let the rough grow in certain areas to penalize the long hitters that are off-target. I believe they touched on this in the Trap Draw podcast ‘commissioner for a day’.”

Entire Thread: “Why Adam Scott believes driving is no longer a skill on tour”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ghoul31 who created a thread dedicated to finding the ideal golf ball for players with slower swing speeds. Our members have their say on what is the ball most suited to slower swing speeds, with a variety of models receiving a mention.

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.

  • Hogan9: “My SS is 80 to 85. I play the Titleist AVX. Many people on these forums tell it’s wrong for me. I’ve tried several brands and types over the last year ( Pro-V-1 and 1X, Cally Supersoft and Chrome Soft, TM TP5X, Wilson Duo Soft and the Snell MTB. The AVX gives me the best overall performance for my game. I’ve had to slightly adjust to how it reacts on chips and pitches, but the extra distance off the tee is well worth it. “
  • North Butte: “Maybe 90mph driver swing on a good day. Driver 205-ish hit 6-iron from 150. Pro V1x but I have played AVX, B330, TP5 with pretty much similar results to my favorite V1x. Also played the Chrome Soft for a while but it seemed to fly a little low and sometimes have trouble holding greens (or maybe I just didn’t give it a long enough chance to know for sure).”
  • Hat Trick: “Pro V1X – Spin and higher launch keeps it in the air longer, but at the same time that spin holds the greens – SS 96-98 mph.”
  • Kmac: “My SS is right around 95-100, and I find the QST to the perfect for my game. I will also play the AVX or Chrome Soft Truvis. But for the money, nothing beats the QST.”

Entire Thread: “Best ball for players with slower swing speeds?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Single length irons stunting development?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from rbark11 who has sparked an interesting debate over single length irons in our forums. Rbark11 has been playing single length irons for the past seven months, and he is concerned that he may have issues changing back to regular length irons. Our members give their take on the matter, as well as discussing single length irons in general.

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.

  • mcs4: “No, it will not. Both my father and I are currently playing Cobra One Length irons after decades of playing variable length irons. It took both of us maybe a few rounds to feel comfortable with the switch. This weekend I played a round with my old irons, and it was different but not a big deal. My opinion is that there are pros and cons with each approach, but I don’t think picking one will make any particular negative impact on your ability to later switch to the other.”
  • Quadra: “I’ve played both. Right now I am back to VL clubs ( Wishon 560 irons). Find VL gives me more shot-making options. With uneven lies, especially with the ball above or below foot level, the shot seems easier with a more upright or flatter lie, rather than trying to manipulate a shot from clubs with only a single length/lie. VL = more shot possibilities.”
  • Aucaveman: “I played Cobra ftbo for a year. Shot my best scores ever. Our club switched to Mizuno exclusively, so I had my first real fitting. I switched to the 919 forged and had to sell the Cobras to fund the mizunos. Really wished I hadn’t. I really liked the Cobras. The shafts in the Mizuno’s are better suited for me but had I put the same shafts in the Cobras; I’d prob been better off. At some point, I’ll prob do it and go back to one lengths. I was perusing eBay yesterday actually.”
  • Brandons68: “I think that the consistency you gain from SL irons is pretty great. I have not played them personally, but have talked to several people that have, and they really like the feel of the irons and the fact that they swing every iron the same because they are all the same length.”

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