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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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  1. Geoffrey Holland

    Sep 16, 2019 at 6:38 am

    You’re obviously way too young to understand that steel used to be used in driver shafts. Not picking the true temper dynamic gold as an iconic shaft is pretty stupid.

  2. John Dugan

    Sep 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    No Whiteboard on this list?

  3. Markus Eschmann

    Sep 1, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Not going to be a popular comment, but the Old Callaway RCH 96 was amazing for a stock shaft back in the day.

    And I wish I could get my old Harrison Pro 2.5 Titanium back, it’d be amazing in a modern driver head.

  4. Markus Eschmann

    Sep 1, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Probably not going to be a popular opinion, but the stock Callaway RCH 96 was an incredible stock shaft for it’s time.

    And I wish I could get my old Harrison Pro 2.5 Ti back.

  5. tenn_sc

    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    The True Temper Memphis 10 Shaft

  6. Larry Bodle

    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:47 am

    The UST ProForce 65 was launched in 1998. Jose Maria Olazabal won the 1999 Masters with it.
    At that time, the ProForce’s daring color and “Tip Stiff” design was unique and reset the standard for future driver shaft designs.

  7. CHRIS HARP

    Aug 22, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Purple Ice

  8. JimmyRay

    Aug 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    EI70 Tour-S was money…I had that in all my persimmon drivers and fairways. Wait…did I just date myself?

  9. bajaokie

    Aug 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Graphite Design YS-6, YS-6+ should replace the Bi-Matrix.

  10. Tom54

    Aug 21, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I remember the early versions of the first Taylormade Burner had the tour gold shaft. Little did we know back then but you sure needed long head covers because those sure showed the bag rub big time.

    • Dan

      Aug 22, 2019 at 9:02 am

      IF the gold was faded you looked like a “player”

  11. Dan Jones

    Aug 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    How could we not add the Speeder Tour Spec 6.2,7.2,8.2. Low spin and monsters off the tee. Came out in 2009, JT just won with one in his FW last week.

  12. Rey

    Aug 21, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I have the Graphite Design Tour AD DI and have played it since it came out. It had nothing to do with Tiger Woods. I started with a 975D EI70 , moved on to the 975J-VS with YS-6 and played that shaft in 983K , 905T and 905R . That shaft made me a Titleist player for life , it fit their heads perfectly. Also had a GD PM702 in 905R it’s unbelievable. 910, 915,917 all with the Tour AD only because the YS series was that good. Also, the 983K with that shaft is the best driver I have ever owned.

  13. A.G. Crockett

    Aug 21, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    The Prolite is arguably the most successful graphite shaft yet produced, because it was put into almost every Great Big Bertha immediately if you were serious about playing good golf. In those day, for a period of several years, a Saturday morning foursome of serious golfers might likely have ALL had a Ruger titanium GBB with the Prolite shaft; the story at the time was that Tour players got models of the Prolite painted to mimic the Callaway stock shaft. I doubt there has ever been one shaft with such complete market dominance, even if it was only for a few years.

    • bajaokie

      Aug 21, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      True. Tip firmness and stability that was a classic.

  14. Steve L

    Aug 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    AJ Tech! I must’ve installed 11 one summer. Tapering out GBB titanium heads with a diamond coated bit.

  15. BO BO

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Remember the “Lakers” shaft everyone was putting their Titleist driver in the late 90’s? I can’t remember the brand.

  16. Swirley

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    The Hammer X shaft should be on this list. It’s shaped like a sword so it slices thru the air. POW!!!!!!!!!!!!’n

    • Nack Jicklaus

      Aug 21, 2019 at 9:46 pm

      Hammer infomercials were the best!!!! Boom! Pow!!!!

  17. FoxForceFive

    Aug 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    I think it was Calc who first used the Bi-Matrix…

  18. Gunter Eisenberg

    Aug 21, 2019 at 9:20 am

    It’s 975 series, not 900 series with regards to the EI-70 shaft.

    Silly Millennial…will you people ever learn??

    • ARob

      Sep 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      it was a stock shaft in the 983’s, and available in the 905’s as well, that’s why he said 900 series which encompasses any Titleist driver that was in the 900’s (975 included).

  19. Phil W

    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

    This will be controversial but I am going to suggest an OEM shaft – the PING Tour shafts. They have been around a few years and seem to meet the needs of many WRXers based on what I read on this site. I cannot think of another OEM shaft that is as successful…..the challenge is set!!

  20. Darryl Souness

    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Do I get laughed at for saying the Aldila DVS 50X? Big fan of the NV, but I tried one of these in a Adams Insight Pro DFX2400 Boxer and it was amazing, I picked up a few off ebay for not a lot of money and they were great in almost anything.

    Currently using a Diamana Ahina 60S with the flowerband and mirror coat effects in my 2016 M2 and the whole club is so much better than any other 2016 M2 I’ve tried, so I can only imagine its the shaft.

  21. Phil Schnepp

    Aug 21, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Through the years I played all these shafts. EI-70 brings back memories when I was in my early 40’s. I use to hit greens from distances I can only dream of today being in the early 60’s. My personal all time favorite from the past.

  22. Max

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:47 am

    All time? Have to include the Taylormade Bubble, Dynamic Gold and that red Pro Lite.

  23. Jason

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:03 am

    I think the title of the article should have made reference to a specific time or era and then the list is more logical. Most of them belong together within +/- 5 years but the proforce should be replaced by the V2 and the DI should be replaced by the YS and I would change the Matrix to the lime one whatever that was.

    Iconic driver shafts would include some on this list but certainly not the bimatrix. It fits one left-hand golfer. Hard to argue against any of the speeders though and the Pro-95. I liked the ZCOM era graphics the best for the pro95.

    I remember when I first started playing golf I always wanted my shafts to actually say Titleist, or Taylormade, callaway etc on them. I thought that meant they were “better”. LOL. The NV paved the way for me.

  24. Janice Rossi

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I’m surprised Brunswick Precision didn’t make this list.

  25. DP

    Aug 20, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I have a Matrix TP 7HD w TM R1 graphics and a tour serial number. Came from Robert Allenby

  26. Dan

    Aug 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I would add Titanium’s and Pro Lite before Accra and Matrix

  27. joey collard

    Aug 20, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Rombax P95 is a staple in the fairway line

    • jgpl001

      Aug 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Agreed, this was a cracking shaft and should not be forgotten

      Partnered with a 910F in 13.5 deg was unbeatable, long and straight if you were strong enough for the combo and would kill any Epic fairway or M6 fairway today

  28. Richie Hunt

    Aug 20, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    AJ Tech
    Aldila HM-40
    Harrison (one of their early models, can’t remember the name)

  29. Garrett H

    Aug 20, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I run a golf shop in canada. we have 2 of the Matrix Ozik TP7HD selling for $150…

  30. Hunter

    Aug 20, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Gotta add the UST V2 shaft. Those things were money for a stock shaft on the Titleist drivers.

  31. Peter

    Aug 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    How could you not include the TaylorMade Bubble shaft?? 🙂

  32. yerp

    Aug 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    WHERE DA ROMBAX THO , FAM

  33. Brian

    Aug 20, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I was a big Penley Shaft fan.. Platinum, Stealth 80 and the ETA. All amazing low torque shafts with incredible feel.

    • JP

      Aug 20, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      Loved the ETA 75 Tour

    • Kyle Cowherd

      Aug 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      I had the platinum in a 970 3 wood. Still might be my favorite shaft ever.

  34. ShanksALot

    Aug 20, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    The SE80 was in a few pros bags, but leaving out the ProLite 3.5 is travesty. The shaft should have been the stock in the OG Great Big Bertha or Biggest Big Bertha based on how many of that combo I saw.

    And leaving out the YS is a shame. It was the shaft that put Graphite Design on the map.

    SE80… SMDH

    • Dave Bryce

      Aug 20, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      The 3 5 and 4.5 graffaloy’s were excellent shafts! Many players on the Senior Tour in the 90s used the 4.5.

  35. Brian

    Aug 20, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    ALL TIME And no TTs300 or x100???
    But I get where your going- What about the sexy AJTec?

  36. Ted

    Aug 20, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Where is the YS series? That was the only shaft other than the 757 back in the day. Could not buy a titleist driver without it.

  37. Eric

    Aug 20, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I also would add the prolite 3.5. certainly a lot more iconic than the accra or others on this list. Who wrote this anyway?

  38. Ted

    Aug 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I would have certainly added the YS-6 and YS series, as more golfers used those shafts than the EI series and was a staple on tour and in all Titleist drivers.

  39. Scott Gilbert

    Aug 20, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Fuji Pro95 as mentioned above
    Vista Pro 70/80/90
    Fuji 869
    UST V2 86g

    Tried them all in a merry go round of fairway woods, V steels, various titleists (906f2 my favourite), 200 and 300 series Tm’s

    And lastly Prolaunch Red FW was / is also a great option

  40. Haywood

    Aug 20, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Still rock the blue boards in my driver and fairway. And addi in my hybrid

  41. Milo

    Aug 20, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I would love to get my hands on a grafalloy blue

    • Dan

      Aug 20, 2019 at 9:53 pm

      I have one in a Titleist 983E and it’s still as long as anything made today

    • Stephen

      Aug 20, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      I picked one up in a pawn shop attached to an Adams prototype 3 wood for $1. Unfortunately it’s X.

  42. Fergie

    Aug 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Played the EI70 and EI70 II a lot in the early 2000’s.
    Kind of surprised UST Mamiya ProForce V2 is not here . . .

    • Ray

      Sep 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Proforce V2 best ever
      Cant find the tour version(heavier weights) any more
      v2 tour 104 best fairway shaft. Wish they would bring it back

  43. Aubrey Swinson

    Aug 20, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Played literally all of those shafts…surprise! I’m a gear junkie! I particularly loved the EI-70 (3 wood magic!), Fuji Vista Pro 110 (had it in a Ping TiSi driver) and GD YS Series/PurpleICE (TM R540 TP). My only argument with anything on this list is shafts that were missing or at least deserved a mention. The Aldila HM-40, the graphite shaft that started it all back in the late 80’s, TaylorMade FlexTwist graphite shafts of the early/mid 90’s and AJTech graphite of the very late 90’s and early 2000’s….with an honorable mention to the TaylorMade Flextwist Titanium and Sandvik Ti shafts of the mid 90’s. You weren’t swing the club hard unless you had a Ti shaft, they were fragile as hell to cut but they were stiffer than stiff to try to play.

    I love lists like this, lots of nostalgia…and a healthy reminder of how much I have swapped shafts around like a kucklehead.

    • Tim Armington

      Aug 20, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Aldila in-40 was my dad shaft of all time! Had it in a TM head and hit it miles farther than anything else!

    • Dan

      Aug 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm

      I too had every shaft you mentioned. I loved the Ti shaft. Had it in my TM burner 10.5 and 3wood. Loved the EI 70. Had it in my TM spoon ( original graphics ). Never liked the HM-40, AJ Techs or Purple Ice. Thanks for the nostalgia.

  44. Jamie

    Aug 20, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Sandvik Titanium, ProForce V2 and ProLite 3.5 instead of Proforce and Blue, Aldila HM 40, Aldila Rogue Silver (someday).

  45. Ty Webb

    Aug 20, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I agree ProLiite 3.5 has to be on the list way more so than the Blue.

  46. MATTHEW CRADDOCK

    Aug 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Grafalloy Prolite 3.5 doesn’t make the list……I agree with most except the Matrix and Bi-matrix

  47. Duke

    Aug 20, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I’ve played with all of those shafts. Yup WRXER. Lol
    My personal all time favorite and surprisingly not mentioned is the Fuji Pro 95. Imo the best fwy wood shaft ever.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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Today from the Forums: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Today from the Forums shines the spotlight on new LA Golf Shafts featured at this week’s Honda Classic. The new shafts have gone down well with our members, who are excited about what the company has in store for 2020.

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.

  • QuigleyDU: “Nice! The mentioned during the discussion they did here that new stuff was coming. I have heard the TRONO is straight up rebar stout.”
  • AdamStoutjesdyk: “I am so intrigued by the Trono since I saw it on one of TXG’s Videos.”
  • bfizzy: “I like how they are taking their time to bring out new products to retail and consumer-oriented channels. Will be cool to see what they come out with!”

Entire Thread: “New LA Golf Shafts at the 2020 Honda Classic”

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Top 5 modern glued-hosel drivers

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Modern adjustable drivers are a marvel of engineering and something we now take for granted—considering every OEM utilizes some type of adjustable system to assist with fitting and dialing in launch conditions.

However, as every WRXer knows, before we had these tools to our disposal, we had to rely on the good old-fashion glued-in shaft drivers.

These five models are among the best from the recent past.

TaylorMade Burner SuperFast TP

Released in the fall of 2010, the Burner SuperFast TP was the undisputed king of ball speed for a very long time. Many will default to thinking the R510 TP was one of TaylorMade’s best, but for both the average golfer and for tour pros, this 460cc driver offered a lot more forgiveness than the R510 thanks to its size and aerodynamics. For those who had one, it stayed in the bag for a long time if you got the shaft right.

Adams Insight Tech a4 Prototype 9015D

Adams. Really?

It was a question a lot of people asked when these started showing up in golfer’s bags.

The 9015D was the brother to the original Adams 9016D, which was specifically built for the long drive circuit when Adams Golf was the official sponsor. It had a high toe profile and sat open at address—something that was often hard to come by in the glued hosel era of driver design.

One fun thing to consider when looking back at this driver is the protruding mass towards the back of the head to lower the center of gravity—vaguely similar to the TaylorMade SIM’s Inertia Generator and Cobra’s SpeedBack—minus the multi-material construction. Those Adams engineers were onto something!

Titleist 905R

Titleist’s very first 460cc driver was introduced not long after the 400cc 905S and the 905T (made famous by the notorious old-club using Steve Stricker) hit the scene.

The 905R stayed in some player’s bag for an extended period of time, including the bag of Adam Scott, who didn’t switch until the 910 came along. Many golfers referred to the 905R as a big version of the famous 975J, and from address it’s hard to argue.

Callaway FT Tour

One of Callaway’s first “tour” style drivers. The original version of the FT Tour was called the FT-9 Tour Authentic and was Callaway’s attempt to compete with the popular Tour Preferred line from TaylorMade. The price tag was high but so was the performance.

The FT Tour was a workable low spin driver and the grandchild of the FT-5 TH—a tour only driver that offered Callaway’s very first traditional-style hosel and got them away from the S2H2 designs that built the brand in the 90s. At 460cc’s, it still looks small by today’s standards, but if you can find one give it a hit.

Bridgestone J33R 460

The J33R 460 will go down as one of the all-time best drivers of its era. Its popularity even made trying to find one more difficult than it should have been at the time because Bridgestone struggled to find brick and mortar stores to carry their hard goods (beyond golf balls) at a time when big-box was the king of golf retail. The J33R was the third generation of the J33 driver line that included the J33P (375cc) and the original J33R (420cc).

Stuart Appleby famously hit a 426-yard tee shot at the 2006 Mercedes Championships (Tournament of Champions in Hawaii) that nearly went over the green of the par-4 12th hole with the J33P—now imagine the punch of the 460 version!

What do you think of these selections, WRXers? Any drivers you’d add?

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