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This video series breaks down why certain clubs maintain such a cult following, and what made them so popular to begin with.

The first club in this series is the Bridgestone J33R – a driver from 2005 that was both hard to find and extremely sought after. In this video, equipment expert Ryan Barath breaks down some of the design attributes that still makes this a great club today.

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  1. steve

    May 25, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    My game (3 hdcp) may be an exception to the rule. But, I would be willing to bet that most players would shoot a comparable score using clubs they gamed 10+ years ago versus clubs they bought just last year. I’ve tried new equipment through the years but always come back to my TM R7TP irons and Burner driver and 3 wood. Something to be said for familiarity.

    • ken

      May 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm

      I have a 20 deg loft Callaway hybrid in my bag that took place of my 3 iron.
      I absolutely can smoke this thing.
      I use it in par 5’s when I’m in the “go zone”…I’m a middle hdcp player . Low to mid 80s.
      I paid a whopping 20 bucks for the thing.
      I play amateur tournament golf. I routinely score better than guys with much newer and more pricey equipment.

  2. Patrick

    May 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Would love to see something on the original Orlimar Trimetal fairway woods. Easy to hit, very hot off the face. Still using mine!

  3. unknown ahlgren

    May 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Loved the sound. The soft metallic “wheck” at impact was so much better than the cowbell contest of those days.

  4. Kent Herndon

    May 24, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    As I watched this I realized I had several older drivers in by golf club collection. One was the Adams prototype (915) with Long Drivers of American logo attached and one was the Bridgestone J33R. Loved both these clubs. Took the Adams out today and it was almost as good as my Ping 410 Plus. Amazing. Thanks for a great video.

  5. Dan

    May 24, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I saw one in goodwill last summer for $9.99. Should’ve picked it up

    • Joe

      May 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Dude…you should have grabbed that (obviously).

  6. S

    May 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Sonartec rip off. That’s where they go that idea for the sliver

    • Joe

      May 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm

      You’re probably right. My SS03 3 wood is still my main 3 wood. Absolute howitzer.

  7. john ballas

    May 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    hi ryan great information can you talk about the cleveland 460 launcher

  8. C.B.

    May 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Used my J33R 460 for 8 years. I still have it.

  9. Tom Drew

    May 23, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Great series! Would love to see more

  10. Jose

    May 23, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Looking forward to more of these vids

  11. Kirby

    May 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    What do you think of the Taylor Made 360R’s?

  12. TheTroll

    May 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Ryan, glad you’re enjoying the J33 driver I traded in late last year at FGO. Always liked that driver though peak height was an issue.

  13. 2putttom

    May 23, 2019 at 11:10 am

    well now I’ve learned something new.

  14. Jim Shields

    May 23, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Good piece.

    Overall, I agree. I still use my TaylorMade 540 driver that I bought many years ago.

    I have taken to Golf Galaxy every 2 years and eventually do a “bake off” against the current top rated drivers. I came close last year to replacing it with the Calloway, but the guy I was working with at the store noted that the newer clubs were about an inch longer than my 540. I added an extension to the shaft and I’m back in business.

    I just cannot justify the expense for 10-15 yards. I don’t need it.

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