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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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WRX Spotlight Review: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

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Product: TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3

Pitch: The TaylorMade M5 fairway Rocket 3 is a stronger-lofted version of the standard TaylorMade M5 3-wood. The Rocket is 14 degrees. The standard M5 is 15.

Our take on the TaylorMade M5 Rocket 3

“WOW, you really hit that 3-wood like a rocket!”

” Not like a rocket… an actual Rocket!”

The beloved 3-wood. A favorite club of both average golfers and pros alike, a club that many will hold onto well after what some might consider their “best before” date. But with new options and improved technology, these old faithfuls are getting the boot quicker for a lot of reasons including the ability to better dial in a fit and help minimizing misses.

Since making a club faster off the middle is becoming more and more difficult thanks to the limits set forth but the USGA, OEMs are changing the way we think about clubs and putting a greater focus on decreasing dispersion and optimizing misses. TaylorMade is doing this with TwistFace, which was originally introduced in drivers a generation ago, and has now been included in the M5 and M6 fairway woods.

I got to spend some time with the knowledgeable crew at TaylorMade Canada in their new indoor facility just north of Toronto (lets call it Kingdom North) In that time, we went through a driver fitting, and then to the new M5 fairway woods to try and replace one of my oldest faithfuls: a 14-degree SLDR Tour Spoon. To say I have a unique ability to elevate a fairway wood is something that even my fitter was a little surprised by. My numbers with my cranked down to 12 degree (measured) fairway off the deck were good but could be improved. I can hit it both ways (as much as a 6-handicap can actually claim that) but my trusted go-to shot is a slight fade with some heel bias contact because of my swing. I am willing to sacrifice some distance but usually hit it where I want.

What I saw at the end of the fitting was a club that produced longer shots along with a tighter dispersion without having to make or to try and make any changes to my swing. The final fit was a 14-degree “Rocket” M5 fairway set to 12 degrees. It beat out my SLDR by a total of nine yards, which is an increase of just over a total of three percent, including an additional six yards of carry.

To say I was honestly surprised would be an understatement. The SLDR TS is a club that the first time I hit it I went WHOA! Low spin, workable, looks exactly how I want that club to look (small and compact). You can see from the numbers below when it works it works.

Why does TwistFace work?

Let’s explain and get a little deep in the technology weeds for a second. Bulge and roll is not a new concept. In fact, it would be a lie to claim that all OEMs haven’t done something similar to this is the past or played with these two variables to help golfers hit better shots. Fact: Every OEM optimizes the bulge and roll on their clubs to increase speed and maximize performance. Tom Wishon actually had a line of woods at one point that went the other way had VERY limited roll from the top tine to the sole. With this design, more loft on the bottom of the head helped players who miss low or need help elevating the ball off the deck increase launch and spin. It worked. Cobra also has what it calls E9 technology to tweak bulge and roll to help maximize the speed and forgiveness of their woods. It also works.

What makes TaylorMade’s TwistFace different is that it is the most aggressive iteration of this bulge and roll tweaking yet, and by introducing it into the fairway woods and hybrids, it’s proving to be a winner — even for this now-proven wrong skeptic.

At the end of the day, the M5 Ti “Rocket” was a measurable improvement over my previous 3-wood. Now it would be disingenuous to say “if you aren’t using TwistFace in your fairway woods you’re not maximized,” but if you are someone that struggles with fairway wood dispersion and looking to find some extra distance for taking on par-5s, taking a look at the new M5 and M6 fairway woods as part of your next fitting should be very high on your list.

 

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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.”

Entire Thread: “Low handicap going to game improvement irons”

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WRX Spotlight: Stitch headcovers

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Product: Stitch headcovers

Pitch: From Stitch: “Your game should match your style. At Stitch, we aim to merchandise our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is it in it, but also match your style and personality. We want to make it easy for you to have a unique and color-coordinated golf bag. We have designed unique products that have defined color schemes so that choosing which items to put in your bag becomes easier. We aim to provide you with various looks, mixing and matching our head covers to give you confidence that the purchase you make for your bag will take you to the course in style. Let us help you dress your game.”

Our Take On Stitch Headcovers

Stitch is a relatively new company – founded in 2012. The company initially only created premium headcovers but has grown into so much more, with all sorts of golfing accessories now on offer on their site StitchGolf.com. Their bags, in particular, are now some of the most popular amongst golfers, with the quality and uniqueness provided leading multiple Tour players to sport them in tournament play.

That sign of quality in the bags bodes well for what the company was founded on – their headcovers. Stitch provides both leather and knit headcovers in a variety of designs that do as good a job as any in covering the needs of all golfers.

Stitch describes the companies Monte Carlo headcover as being their “classic, timeless design”, and for those looking for that vintage style to add to their set up then they can’t go wrong with this headcover. A mainstay in the likes of multiple tour winner Paul Casey’s bag, the Monte Carlo headcover, as with all of the companies leather covers, is hand-crafted from 100% leather and is both water and stain resistant. The cover comes in four color codes: Black, White, Navy and Red, and at $68 is the most affordable of all their leather headcovers.

Other options in the leather department range from their intricately designed Camo cover which comes in a multiple color design, as well as Stitch’s tribute to “The King”, through their Arnold Palmer headcover.

The AP cover comes in a minimalist black with white stripes for a classic feel, but it also comes in a white color code decorated with red, white and yellow stripes which, for myself at least, looks even more alluring. Part of an exclusive collection, the only issue with the AP cover is that only those located in the U.S. are currently eligible to get their hands on one. But for those in the states, the company is now offering a set of three AP leather covers for $128 instead of $298 should you use the code APLEATHERS on their site.

From their Tour Racer, USA, Shamrock and Bonesman editions, Stitch provides a great choice when it comes to their leather covers, and as previously mentioned, all are hand-crafted from 100% leather, water and stain resistant and will assure an excellent fit on your clubs.

Stitch also provides knit headcovers which contain not only excellent designs but also the same quality which has gone into their leather covers. All of the companies knit covers are made from Techno Wool, which is 100% acrylic and designed in order for your clubs to stay entirely dry. Another feature of the knit covers from Stitch is their smart fit design which ensures all of the covers retain their shape over a long period, as well as providing for a cover that will reliably stay on your club.

The knit covers from Stitch cost $68 ($72 for the limited AP cover), and there are currently seven different designs available to choose from over at StitchGolf.com. The leather covers are, unsurprisingly, a little pricier, but still very affordable, ranging from $68-$98. The covers deliver in both style and performance, and for a relatively new company, it speaks volumes that the likes of Jim Furyk, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and many more tour pros are now sporting the company’s creations.

 

 

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