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Forum Thread of the Day: “Anybody currently bagging an obscure, ancient club?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from nosedive42 who asks fellow members whether they have an obscure, ancient club that has found its way into their bag. For nosedive42, that club is the Adams RPM Low Profile 5 Wood with the Prolaunch Blue 75S shaft, and our members have been letting each other know what older clubs have made re-appearances in their bag recently.

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.

  • b.helts: “Every time I have trouble with a 3-wood I grab my trusty Taylormade 200 Tour 13* with a YS-7. She and I have seen good times and bad, but she rarely lets me down.”
  • dpb5031: “I recently put my old Cobra Trusty Rusty 53 (bent to 54) degree back in play. Pretty sure I got it in the mid/late 90s. I moved to FL from NJ, and this wedge gets it done for me. The “Tri-Bounce” sole is awesome for a variety of lies.”
  • KRW59: “Ben Hogan Beryllium 52° and 56° Special Wedges, that I rescued/liberated from one of the rental sets in our clubhouse….replaced them with a couple old Ping Eye 2 wedges that I had laying around…. they compliment my ’99 Apex nicely.”
  • mjbfyb: “When my putting stroke goes down the drain, I pull out my Hogan Junior blade putter from the ’70s. You have no choice but to put a good stroke on it with that thing. It’s also one of the best feeling putters I’ve ever used.”
  • pup142: “When I need a spark in my game I put the Lynx Blackcat Irons back in my bag. Great old irons.”

Entire Thread: “Anybody currently bagging an obscure, ancient club?”

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  1. Donn Rutkoff

    May 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Hogan Sure Out Sandwedge 58 degree I think. Could be 30 or older. An Adams Idea Hybrid 3 on th Grafalloy Pro Launch Platinum. Im gessing it at least 15 yrs old and probably 10s of thousands sold. I also have a complete set 2 – 9 of George Nicoll “Monogram” irons I hit a few balls on the range every now and then. Pinned hosel, on TT shafts, unfrtntly Stiff and I play reglr. If anybody knows anything about this Monogram model let me know. They say rustless, and say hand made, instead of saying hand forged. I also use a a Stan Thompson Ginty 2 BeCu sand wedge for use near the green but I use the Hogan when in the sand. Another item on the range occasionall are some Nicklaus McGrgr xp 70 iron on aluminum shafts. But not used yet on a round. I would like to see a course set up a “Persimmon and blades only” event. ANd we would play from the reds, not whites.

  2. solly5

    May 6, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Ben Hogan Special SI, Ben Hogan Special 60, and Ben Hogan Utility wedge from my first set of clubs (bought used)which based on my research are 1959 models. (I play the whole set of 1959s every August 13 in honor of Mr. Hogan’s birthday.)

  3. Geoffrey Holland

    May 5, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Anyone who says they are bagging or gaming a golf club should be shot and peed on.

  4. Cox

    May 5, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I still carry a Big Bertha Steelhead 7 wood with original pro launch graphite 65 gram shaft. Bought it 30 years ago new. Has never left my bag. Never will

    • Geoffrey Holland

      May 5, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      considering that the original Steelhead was released 20 years ago it’s quite amazing that you bought yours 30 years ago.

  5. Tom

    May 5, 2019 at 6:11 am

    1991 Ram Tom Watson Spin Groove wedges made of and marked Cobalt. Made that one year only, indestructible nearly, lofts 53, 55, and 58 degrees. I no longer play them but did for years. Amazing clubs, large following in the UK, hard to find, I still have them

  6. joro

    May 4, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Ping PAL Leftie from the Dark ages with a leather grip. The original along with the ANSER to be the Father of all cloned putters today, and still a great Putter.

  7. Chris G

    May 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Ping Karsten lil’B 38″ has been my gamer since I was 16 years old (28) Center shafted with a notch right at the end. Heavy, but balanced.

  8. John

    May 4, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Original 8802 to get the stroke back to basics.

  9. Steven

    May 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Just what is pictured. A Ben Hogan beryllium special si. Unfortunately I loaned it to a friend and may not get it back. I also have a 55 but not playing it right now.

  10. David feld

    May 4, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Ben Hogan Apex ii, black cameo 1 iron

  11. Brandon

    May 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Odyssey black spin 61* wedge. Never coming out of the bag.

    • BigErn

      May 4, 2019 at 11:30 pm

      Thats my go to club for tooling around in the yard. I swear i can pick that thing clean off the pavement with how sharp the leading edge is on it. It feels great too

  12. Distance Compression Dude

    May 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Mizuno Grad 2 iron. Hahahahaha!

  13. Mower

    May 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I love me some Beryllium!

  14. C

    May 3, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Bring out ur square grooved clubs I’ll penalise you 2 strokes every hole ya cheat

  15. Mark

    May 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    When the Odyssey misbehaves, an old Achusnet Bullseye Flange putter with a leather wrap grip… but only stays in the bag for one or two rounds.

  16. bobbyg

    May 3, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Macgregor Sam Snead 307 putter.

    • Geoffrey Holland

      May 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

      I think you meant Wilson.

      • Bobbyg

        May 5, 2019 at 10:45 pm

        No. It’s a Mac Gregor 307 brass headed putter. Straight flanged that my father gave me when I was 16. He paid 2 bucks for it.

      • BobbyG

        May 6, 2019 at 1:42 pm

        Macgregor 307 straight flange putter. It has a small brass head. Check it out on Ebay and Google. My father bought it for me for $2 when I was 16. It was at a garage sale in a bag of Sam Snead irons.

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say on the covers at the link below.

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

Entire Thread: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Justin Thomas’ winning WITB: 2019 BMW Championship

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Driver: Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana BF 60TX

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3-wood: Titleist TS3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80TX

5-wood: Titleist 915Fd (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2 Tour Spec X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-iron), Titleist 718 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52, 56 degrees), Vokey Design SM6 (60 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Photo via Vokey Wedge Rep Aaron Dill

Putter: Scotty Cameron X5

Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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