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Forum Thread of the Day: “Most iconic/best cult following driver of all time?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Pert1862 who asks fellow members for their view on which driver is the most iconic and has the best cult following of all time. Our members delve into the driver’s they feel deserve the top spot in this category, with the Cobra L4V proving a popular choice.

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.

  • jrshields3: “Adams 9015D was THE cult following driver when I first joined this group. I had 3 with different shaft combos, still have one that I occasionally take out to the range.”
  • pert1862: ” Cobra L4V driver. A legend that can be had for 50 bucks on eBay! My kinda club. I bet she still holds her own with the modern drivers.”
  • Big A HG: “Has to be the Cobra L4V by GolfWRX standards. I rarely saw them in the wild, but I actually gamed two L4V’s because of the thread and finally got kicked out of the bag last year for me.”
  • Krosch3: ” Superquad for me. It still is in my bag to this day. Have tried others, the Ping g400 LST was most recent. My accuracy with the R7 is unmatched and distance wise I can’t see myself getting much longer than I already get out of it.”

Entire Thread: “Most iconic/best cult following driver of all time?”

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  1. Timmy

    May 17, 2019 at 9:06 am

    R7 Superquad. Wish I still had mine. Been scouring ebay for one in good shape recently.

  2. Aztec

    May 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Orlimar HIP 420 Ti.

  3. Mike Brincko

    May 5, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Tour Edge Exotics Tour Proto, in another thread I stated my Rogue has been replaced by it. IMHO a much better driver for me at least, still a rocket launcher.

  4. Brando

    May 5, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Lot of Good choices in the comments. I am 39 so my first good driver was the original King Corba 9 degree deep face. Thing was a rocket with a unique sweet spot and Greg Norman and Tiger Used it. The Big Bertha war bird was awesome as well. 975d 905r 983e all very good. Yes Taylor Made 510tp First of the 757 Fujikura shafts and 580xd very good. I can’t seem to kick my 430 sldr with a 757 out of the bag . Tried 10 of the newer drivers can’t find one I like better. Maybe this year I will find something.

    • Scratchscorer

      May 13, 2019 at 9:39 pm

      I have an SLDR with the TP shaft and I cannot imagine replacing it with anything else. Might even purchase a backup of the same model and shaft combo.

  5. Paul Latina

    May 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    975D. Best driver I ever hit and hit my longest drives ever with it. I had the EI70 x stiff shaft in it as well. Just beautiful and felt so good, maneuverable which ever way you wanted to go.

  6. Jim Rockford

    May 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Original titanium Great Big Bertha. That driver was the biggest single leap forward I think we will ever see. Maybe the first TM metal wood surpasses but that was just before my time to be able to make comment. Surely the GBB since the early 80’s though. And I hit the GBB with the terrible stock shaft. I can imagine that driver with a modern shaft likely being borderline game-able.

  7. Greg

    May 5, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Anybody ever tested these against the current group? Particularly curious how the Adams 9015 stacks up on spin,forgiveness ect…

  8. Mike

    May 4, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I see more guys still using a TaylorMade Burner 2007 driver than any other.

  9. Christian Larsson

    May 4, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    R510TP easily

    • TerryTMAC

      May 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      Of ALL time?
      I’m going old school. Callaway Big Bertha – War Bird.
      Best driver name too.

  10. XLS CULT

    May 4, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I’m going Cleveland Hi Bore XLS as well. Set up perfect, sounded nice, hit it nice distances and was a SERIOUS fairway finder. Why has Cleveland not made an adjustable version. I know people who still bag this driver…. nothing better.

    • Scratchscorer

      May 13, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      Agree with everything except the sound. That thing sounded atrocious lmao.

  11. Greg Ellis

    May 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Come on guy. Us old folks played persimmon. 1969 persimmon adapted with a very early adila graphite shaft and a “gamma fire” glass insert.

  12. Dan Walker

    May 4, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Nike Vapor Pro the blue and black version

    • Max R

      May 10, 2019 at 11:46 am

      “Supposedly” the best Nike driver ever built was the SQ2.

    • Timmy

      May 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Never owned one but tried and was very good. I had both red coverts. But the blue was just too fugly for 99% of buyers. RIP Nike golf equip.

  13. Chris G

    May 4, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Titleist 905S!

  14. John Agnew

    May 4, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Taylormade 580 XD …legal version…too easy to hit high and deep.

  15. Jim

    May 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    2016 Taylormade M2 will go down as the best driver ever made

  16. 15th Club

    May 4, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    There actually is a rather clear answer that none of you are in thinking about.

    Toward the end of the persimmon driver era, top players and collectors were madly buying up prime specimens of the MacGregor tour drivers from the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. The king was the Tommy Armour 693T, designed by Toney Penna. They sold, if you could find one, for upwards of a thousand dollars. A $1500 driver in 1977 would be more than $6000 in today’s dollars. The market was so frenzied that gold magazines were doing stories about it which only drove prices higher.

    • 15th Club

      May 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Sorry “golf” magazines not “gold”. But still the greatest bubble market in the history of golf equipment.

      • Pelling

        May 4, 2019 at 9:49 pm

        I played Toney Penna persimmon (driver, 3 wood, 4 wood, 5 wood) throughout the 1980’s-1990’s. Have them still, but haven’t hit in about 20 years. Don’t recall paying that much, but Penna’s were the best!!

    • Jim

      May 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      You’re absolutely correct. Sad thing is that most of today’s golfers are 20-30 something and don’t know any history at all, only current “events”.

      • Nack Jicklaus

        May 19, 2019 at 8:05 am

        Enlighten us all on the details of mashies and niblicks then. Tell us about teeing up gutta percha on a mound of sand. What is the best hickory shaft? Everyone knows their own time period best, including you.

  17. chad bilkins

    May 4, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Superquad is money. I bought a new head on ebay and stuck an oban kyoshi white shaft in there. Destroyed the rogue on the launch monitor last year

  18. bob carroll

    May 4, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    PING G2

    • JC

      Jun 7, 2019 at 11:08 pm

      Finally, someone else sees the light! I game one currently, can’t find anything that can beat it, most underrated driver of the mid-2000s IMO.

  19. Regis

    May 4, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    R7 limited. Box set came with 3 shafts. Low Medium and high flight. All good shafts. Took adjustability to the max. Way before it’s time

  20. Walt

    May 4, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    My favorite was the Taylormade with a bubble shaft. I still have it and although I don’t currently use it I am constantly tempted to bring it back into play

  21. Fred schubert

    May 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Powerbilt citition

  22. MarioB

    May 4, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Looks like no one knows the meaning of iconic. Or we would get interesting answers like McGregor super eye o magic, Powerbilt Citation, Woods Bros All American, Taylormade Burner, Callaway Big Bertha, Titleist 975D etc…

  23. Bryan

    May 4, 2019 at 9:07 am

    The 460 Cleveland Launchers were super popular back in the college days.

  24. Richard Douglas

    May 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Almost all of the comments are about drivers that are iterations of what changed it all. I suggest going back to these three that, in order and together, changed drivers forever:

    1. Taylormade Pittsburgh Persimmon. The club that popularized metal drivers.
    2. Callaway Big Bertha. The club that started oversize metal drivers.
    3. Callaway Great Big Bertha. The club that popularized titanium.

    Everything else comes from the genesis created by these three clubs. Every development since is an incremental change, but those clubs are the foundation.

    • Harry H Adam

      May 4, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Spot on.

    • Dan mead

      May 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      This is the answer. Probably need to consider ping eye 2 driver which was really the first oversize driver in its time. Big bertha and great big bertha where ahead of their time and the change from getting a new driver was real back then. These days the next model does next to nothing

      • Chris

        May 4, 2019 at 7:52 pm

        Nailed it. I remember when the BB, Great BB (and then Biggest BB) came out thinking, “holy crap, how much bigger can they possibly go?” They definitely changed the game.

        Of the more “recent” (I.e 460cc era) drivers, I loved the Bridgestone J33r. Such a clean, simple look and solid feel off the club face.

    • Scott

      May 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm

      Yes. My thoughts exactly

    • Richard Chon

      May 5, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Shoot. I didn’t even play golf when I was younger, but I remember how exicted my hockey teammates were about the GBB.

  25. jgpl001

    May 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    905R all day long
    983K out of the dead middle was a serious driver too

  26. Brian

    May 3, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I do have a soft spot for the L4V. Back in those days I had just started spending time on the forum and I definitely got caught up in the hype (which was very real, by the way). Threw a Protopype in it and everything. If we’re being honest though, going back a tad further, the Titleist 975D is the standard by which all other “cult classics” are measured.

  27. Dennis Sweeney

    May 3, 2019 at 8:00 am

    07 Burner TP, still have one and still use it quite often.

  28. Dave S

    May 3, 2019 at 12:54 am

    905R, see a lot on the board. The R 460 head that went straight. Titleist put enough spin in there to fix what TM and Cally couldn’t.

  29. The dude

    May 2, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    TM Superfast TP….if we are being honest (for good players)

  30. Brandon

    May 2, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Cobra LTD pro, Cleveland Hibore XLS.

  31. JP

    May 2, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    905R should be at the top of that list.
    Of course the Big Bertha should be hailed for its greatness and trailblazing ways, but it didn’t have the following the 905R did.

  32. Nack Jicklaus

    May 2, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    The only golf club name that I have EVER heard non-golfers know of or talk about is the Big Bertha. I would say that somewhat indicates the reach and status of that club during its time and way after.

  33. S

    May 2, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    SLDR, of course! The best driver ever made, and what started it all

  34. Tim Dennis

    May 2, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    905R and 910D3, M2 would be there with a little more consistent hit. Just too erratic for the weekend golfer. 905R was long and straight.

  35. Mike Rohmann

    May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    R7 SuperQuad especially the 282 version. Slightly different hosel I think. I have one that is almost brand new.

    • Adam

      May 2, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      back in highschool when I was on the golf team the superquads were badass

  36. Alec

    May 2, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Cobra LTD is probably themost recent Cult Driver

  37. Alex

    May 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    905r and R7 superquad hands down. Epic and M2 will be in this thread in 5 years.

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Puma launches new X Collection that Rickie Fowler will debut at this week’s Open Championship

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Puma Golf has launched its new X Collection which is inspired in part by the celebration of Rickie Fowler’s 10-year partnership with the company. Fowler will debut the collection this week at the 148th Open Championship in Royal Portrush.

The collection features traditional fabrics and patterns of the British Isles, incorporating houndstooth detailing and a navy, green and white color palette that pays homage to the region where golf was born.

“Rickie’s style has evolved over the years, starting various fashionable trends in on course wear by blending influences from streetwear and modern fashion. Today, his style reflects both a maturation in his game and personal confidence, and the X Collection was designed to reflect that transition in an elegant way.” – Grant Knudson, Head of Product Creation, Puma.

Puma X Collection

Causeway Jacket – $140

Featuring an antiqued zipper, button closure, hand pockets and a traditional houndstooth pattern, the Causeway Jacket is both water and wind-resistant and comes in a peacoat colorway.

Antrim Pant – $110

The Antrim Pant features a polyester-wool blend fabric and subtle houndstooth pattern, while the waistband contains a hook and bar closure. The pant is designed to wear both on and off the course and is available in a peacoat colorway.

Donegal Polo – $85

Designed with a longer four-button placket and a front chest pocket that features a discoverable houndstooth accent pattern on the inside that matches the interior of the neck. The Donegal is available in bright white, Irish green and peacoat colorways.

Skerries Polo – $85

Containing a deconstructed houndstooth pattern throughout the body of the shirt, the Skerries utilizes a premium, moisture-wicking, technical fabric with a rib-knit collar, and is available in bright white, Irish green and peacoat hues.

Dunluce ¼ Zip Pullover – $120

Featuring a premium pima cotton cashmere blend fabric, the Dunluce contains an antiqued zipper, a contrast green tipping on the collar, ribbed cuffs and comes in peacoat-Irish green or quiet shade-Irish green.

P 110 X Cap – $30

The P 110 X Cap features a raised leather P logo to complement the moisture-wicking sweatband and slight curve brim and is available in both peacoat and white shade bodies each with a brown leather P detailing.

IGNITE PROADAPT X Shoes – $220

Containing all of the benefits included in the brand’s original IGNITE PROADAPT shoes, the X version comes in a peacoat body with Irish green and bright white colors.

All of Puma’s X Collection is available now to purchase at Pumagolf.com as well as select retailers.

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WRX Spotted: Mizuno MP-20 irons, T20 wedge on USGA Conforming list

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Thanks to WRX Member mrmikeac, we have some photos that confirm the new Mizuno line will, in fact, be the MP20, along with a new T-Series wedge: the T20.

We don’t have details from Mizuno yet beyond the pictures from the USGA’s site, but there appear to be four different models of irons including an SEL (something, something, lefty?) set which is good news for you southpaws.

There has been lots of discussion so far in the forums, along with a speculation piece written by or own Ryan Barath (One Post Many Questions – New Mizuno Speculation).

The models are

MP20 (Blade) 

MP20 MMC (Multi-Material Cavity)

MP20 HMB

Speculated to be Hot Metal Blade thanks to the Chromoloy on the hosel, there are two versions on the USGA list, which could also mean a blended set with solid forged irons in the shorter clubs.

MP20 SEL

T20 wedge

We’re going to have to wait until confirmation from Mizuno to get all the details but join in the discussion in the GolfWRX forums.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “New set of irons on a budget of $500-$700?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from GarhawlR who is on the hunt for a new set of irons and is looking for suggestions on how to get the best bang for his buck with a budget of between $500 and $700. Our members disclose their advice for how to go about filling your bag if you’re on a budget.

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.

  • rgk5: “Pre-owned Srixon 585 or Wilson Staff W6 will fit the budget. Maltby irons are okay but will have virtually no resale value down the road.”
  • PushDrawFlush: “$500-700 is plenty to find new-to-me forged irons. I’d keep an eye out for some Srixon z745/765 if you want something similar to your MP25s but a little chunkier/more forgiving.”
  • T.B: “Sub 70 and hogans. Maltby makes great clubs. You have a lot of options at that price range. Take your time, and you’ll find something you really want.”
  • revenant: “You should be able to do this without much trouble. My MP-4s (3-PW) were $280 from global golf with minimal face wear (good grooves and no rust/wear spots).”

Entire Thread: “New set of irons on a budget of $500-$700”

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