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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: “Current best player without a major?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from buckeye440 who asks fellow members who they believe is the current best player on tour without a major who has competed in at least 20 major championships. For buckeye440, his six choices are “Rickie Fowler 0-38, Matt Kuchar 0-54, Paul Casey 0-61, Hideki Matsuyama 0-27, Marc Leishman 0-31 and Gary Woodland 0-30.” 

Our members reflect on buckeye440’s list, as well as giving their thoughts on who is most likely to break through at some stage.

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.

  • puttfordoux: “I would have to go with Kuchar. His best bet seems to be the Open where he’s played well of late. And #1 in the FedEx Cup this year.”
  • golfandfishing: “It’s Bryson DeChanbeau at the moment. Five wins since 2017 is (I think) the most of anyone on tour without a major.”
  • Hescrience: “Tony Finau. He is too close to the top in virtually every tournament. He hasn’t competed in 20 of them though. Of the people you listed, Rickie. Rickie also hasn’t won many regular tournaments either though.”
  • conrad1953: “I’d go with Rickie. He’s played well in majors; shot some low rounds and had some very high finishes in many. The way he won the Players was unbelievable; he played some astounding golf that Sunday on the back 9 and in the playoff.”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Low handicapper switching to game improvement irons”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from jasonTel3 – a low handicap player who plays blades but who has had his head turned by game improvement irons. According to jasonTel3, every ball was hit straight when testing out a set of Ping G400’s at a simulator, and he’s been asking fellow members for advice on whether he should make the move to GI’s.

Here are a few posts from the thread discussing jasonTel3’s conundrum, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • balls_deep: “My first thought is to say don’t do it.. but then if you’ve hit them, liked them, and the numbers were right, it could be a good option. A friend I play with uses G400 and they have too much offset for my liking. I also don’t like that you can see the cavity on the 4 and 5 iron. Top line is actually very nice for a SGI iron. I just read the Ping Blueprint article on Golf Digest where they were talking about how some players hit small heads better. I definitely fall into that category. That said, I just ordered a set of i210 to try as I had really good luck with the i200 and should never have sold them. Have you tried the newer I series? IMO it’s GI help in a players look with an acceptable sole width. Long story short though – if you felt comfortable and the fit was right, why not try them? If you don’t work the ball a ton, I don’t see any issue with it. High and straight is a good way to go!”
  • hammergolf: “I’ve been playing Ping G25’s for 6 years. Still can’t find anything I like better. I can hit any shot I need to whether it’s my stock draw, fade, high, or low. And when I hit it a little thin, or on the toe, it still lands on the green. My thought is why play golf with a club that will punish you for mishit when you can play one that will help you.”
  • azone: “Everyone has an opinion, and here is mine. If you are/have been a good ball striker with a sound mental game, your mind will keep writing checks your body may not be able to cash as you get older or don’t practice enough. Those “ugly” forgiving irons look beautiful when a miss ends up on the green, and you are putting– not in rough or deep in a short side bunker. Those irons won’t be AS ACCURATE as, say, a blade, BUT if you aren’t as dependable as in the past, your results will be better. I used to keep two sets of blueprinted irons; blades for practice and CB for play. I play with guys that have cashed checks playing…and they don’t care how ugly the iron is.”
  • Jut: “As a decent player (and ball striker) and a sweeper/picker (I could hit off of a green and not take any landscape with me), I’ve found much success with the F9s (which, with the wide sole, are very similar to the G410 irons). In the past 4 years I’ve gone from Mizuno MP-68 to Callaway Apex CF16 to Ping i500 (a brief and bad experience) to the Cobra F9’s. For what it’s worth, the Cobras have been the best of the bunch by far.”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Mark O’Meara’s Scotty Cameron flat-stick. The 62-year-old is teeing it up at the Senior PGA Championship from Oak Hill this week, and his putter has impressed our members, who in particular have praised the clean finish and sole shape of the flat-stick.

Here are what our members are saying about the putter, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • BearQ: “Clean. Love the sole.”
  • Bdmac79: “Looks similar to Tiger’s and Rickie’s with the neck placement. I would guess that he’s had it for a bit.”
  • mBiden2: “So fresh and so clean, clean!”

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