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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.”

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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    Tour Edge Exotics Tour Proto, in another thread I stated my Rogue has been replaced by it.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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Today from the Forums: “Recommend me a 14th club…”

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

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.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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Today from the Forums: “Best 54/56-degree wedge for a sweeper?”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 54 and 56-degree wedges which are effective on full shots from tight lies. WRXer, 10of14, is a sweeper of the ball and has reached out to fellow members who have been giving their suggestions 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.

  • dhen9: “M grind or ES Glide 2.0.”
  • PowerCobra98: “Callaway MD4 or MD5 with the C Grind.”
  • bsb70x7: “I am a sweeper and a low bounce player. I play Vokey 54 with 10* of bounce (as my highest bounce). You may want to go with 8* of bounce if you use your Lob wedge in the sand.”
  • NYCGolfNut: “I’m the same. M grind Vokey – 8 deg bounce, heel and toe relief. Works great.”

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Today from the Forums: “Searching for a 5-wood”

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Today from the Forums we take a look at 5-woods, with WRXer, RAMDAN, on the hunt for a new addition to his bag. Our members discuss the options on the market and give their take on the best models from their experiences.

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.

  • Golf64: “Cobra F8 and 9s are still out there, and the new SZ is nice too. I prefer Ping, love the look and feel and easy to get in the air!!”
  • KGilma: “I just replaced my F6 baffler with the F9. It is a definite upgrade. I still have the F6 if you’re interested.”
  • bjh1: “Recently got an Epic Flash 5 wood (regular, not sub-zero), and I am loving it! Can’t go wrong sticking with the Callaway.”
  • jah7838: “I agree with those mentioning the Baffler and the other various Cobra offerings. F8+ and F9 Tour are really good clubs. I just got the F9 Tour 3 wood, and it’s really easy to elevate with the right shaft. I still have my Baffler that I’m going to mess around with as my 5 wood. I was using it as my 4 wood for last season, and really liked it, but I found a good deal on a like-new F9 Tour 3 wood that I couldn’t pass up. The issue I’m going to have with the Baffler as my 5 wood is that I’ve had my Adams 19* XTD Super Hybrid that it’s going to have to beat out. I’ve had that club for so long now, and I’m going to have a hard time not keeping that one in the bag. It’s not a knock on the Baffler; it’s just how much I trust the XTD.”
  • AG12: “I just was given a PING G410 5W to try, and I think it’s the easiest FW to elevate and just wants to go straight. I think j the Tour 75 shaft that PING offers is a great shaft as well. Worth a look if you’re in the market.”

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