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Forum Thread of the Day: “Best looking driver of all time?”



Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from JD3 who has asked WRXers for their opinion on what is the best looking driver of all time. Plenty of our members have gotten involved in the discussion, with a multitude of models getting plenty of praise for their appearance.

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.

  • Philomathesq: “Maybe it is recency bias, but I love the look of the PXG 0811 Gen 2 drivers. I love the smooth look, matte finish, and understated “X” on the crown.”
  • miket_81: “From the top is really all I care about. It’s hard to get much better that the matte black Cobra LTD Black. The only thing I think might have rivaled it is when I painted a R11 Dot JD Blitz Black. It was a thing of beauty. Not sure why I ever sold it.”
  • chinaski: “Nothing comes even remotely close to persimmon. But for modern drivers, Titleist is usually best looking.”
  • Ghostwedge: “The modern classic… looking down at turbulators and dragon fly tech. The unsurpassed PING G 400.”
  • evoviiiyou: “The latest black Mizzy 190 series has to be up there…I love mine, and the look can only be improved when they launch the matte black version.”

Entire Thread: “Best looking driver of all time?”

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  1. Mad-Mex

    Aug 5, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    You serious ?!?!?! The HAMMER 500 Z DRIVER hands down !!!

  2. Jack Wullkotte

    Aug 4, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I agree with Chinaski. Persimmon drivers were the best looking drivers of all time, if they were made by Jack Wullkotte. 🙂

  3. Jack Nash

    Aug 4, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Cleveland Classic Persimmon. Interesting that few if any old style persimmons are on anyone’s lists. Guess they couldn’t hit’em, so they didn’t like’em. But I guess when you look down and see the size of a 3 wood head it’s hard to fathom that it’s a driver.

  4. Hiwattage

    Aug 3, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Taylormade R1 Black . Nice graphics .

  5. Tom54

    Aug 3, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    For those that remember persimmon, the Mcgregor 945 was a beauty. As far as metal woods, the original Titleist 975D was hard to beat

  6. Dr Tee

    Aug 3, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    For sure it is a tie between the Mizuno 201 ST 190 and the Titleist TS series. Both share the same classic pear shape. For the record, the old Taylor Made Super Quad runs a close 2nd–pear shape, deep face.

  7. Tom54

    Aug 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    For those that remember persimmon the Mcgregor 945 was a beauty and for metal woods the first Titleist 975 was hard to beat

  8. steve

    Aug 3, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Chinaski….I could not have said it better myself. I was thinking the exact same thing!

  9. s

    Aug 3, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    2017 M1 460. Love the asymmetrical look on the bottom and the beautiful proportion and angle alignment of the shiny black and white for the crown.

  10. British Open Winn'a

    Aug 1, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    The Persimmon Cleveland Classic TC15 get’s my vote! I had the 3w and 5w as well! Pure craftsmanship!

  11. Ball Striker

    Aug 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Cleveland Classic TC15 Persimmon… especially the blonde version that I had! When Tom Lehman broke out the blondie version at the
    1994 Tour Championship at The Olympic Club, I just about lost my mind! I have that driver, I have that driver, I have…….so cool to see
    him cut a soft fade off the 1st tee.

  12. Brandon Wooley

    Aug 1, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    The desert camo Cobra F8 has to be one of the coolest looking drivers ever made.

    • Ron Krumm

      Aug 3, 2019 at 8:51 pm

      The Titleist 917 or 1 most of you have never seen, The Honma 737 440 is as close the look of old persimmon as their is on the market.

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Whats in the Bag

Dustin Johnson WITB 2020



Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons



As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”



Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

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.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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