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Forum Thread of the Day: “Going back in time equipment-wise?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Jaygolf37 who asked WRXers on their thoughts on going back in time equipment-wise. Jaygolf37 has recently found success after putting his Ping i5 irons back in his bag, and our members share their thoughts and experiences of siding with older equipment.

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.

  • Aviador Naval: “I put a ~2005-2006 original Cleveland Ti Launcher fairway back in the bag for the umpteenth time. Smaller footprint by today’s standards. Only 15 deg club I’ve been able to hit reliably from turf. Currently playing a Mn-Bn Anser I bought in 1989. Like the lighter head weight. Just got some MP20 mid and short irons which are basically a redo of the TN-87s. Changes driven by a mix of functionality (fw), variety (putter), and irrational ho’ing (irons).”
  • cgasucks: “All my gamers are old with my newest clubs made in the early 2010s. I feel that with a good swing fundamental, one can play with any club out there. I think older clubs are better feeling, obviously a lot cheaper, and can still keep up with the present-day clubs out there since golf tech has been stagnant for years.”
  • scotty_2987: “Just put my 910 D2 back in play yesterday and had the best driving day I’ve had in a long time, and I was hitting it just as far as all the newer drivers.”
  • MountainGoat: “Whenever I lose my swing, I go back to a set of Maltby CER701Us that I assembled in 2006. Those are the clubs I was using when I discovered my current swing technique, so those are the ones I inevitably return to when I need to re-discover it.”

Entire Thread: “Going back in time equipment-wise?”

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  1. Rich Douglas

    Nov 28, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Sorry, but if any of my old stuff was better than today’s gear, I’d still be using it.

    Better to think about WHY some of that old gear worked and see if you’re still leveraging those characteristics in your current clubs.

    For example, I really had a good time when I switched to a Callaway Steelhead driver with a 43.5″ shaft. I’m thinking about going to a similar length the next time I get fit for a driver, although it will be with a modern head and shaft.

  2. Gray

    Nov 27, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I play ~2007 Cleveland CG-7 Tour Irons. I work at a course where we have demo days multiple times per year. I’ve never found a set of irons with that combination of forgiveness, butter feeling, thin topline, and excellent sound. The closest thing I’ve been able to find were the Apex MBs, but they’re nowhere near as forgiving.

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Patrick Reed’s irons and playing golf club detective

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As golf writers with a specialty in golf club technology and an understanding of how the industry and supply chains work, it’s usually not overly difficult for us to draw some conclusions as to where particular clubs might come from. The reason being that as far as top-end quality components go, there are only so many places that have the capability to produce them—especially when it comes to creating thin cast/forged titanium woods or forged irons.

When a new club shows up, this puts us in the position of reading between the lines, closely comparing pictures, club designs, and even fonts, in an attempt to connect the dots.

One of the first examples of this in 2019 was Francesco Molinari’s custom Callaway irons—obviously different from the standard Apex MB model. Francesco even divulged some information about their Japanese roots in an interview with Golf.com’s Jonathan Wall “These [Apex MB] forged blades are made, I think, in Japan, so they’re slightly different from the standard muscle back.” I took a deep dive on these in a piece that can be found here. 

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Don’t think for a second it’s only equipment junkies on the outside doing research to learn more about their favorite clubs or trying to track down prototype information—OEMs and equipment manufacturers do it too; they even have teams dedicated to the task.

One of the best examples of this is a group of engineers located in Titleist HQ in Fairhaven Massachusetts. Their primary role is to monitor their supply chain, but the other key part of their role is to keep up to date on what other overseas manufacturers are doing with their balls, including the “white label” balls being sold under various brands—a hot topic that has been discussed many times over. The reason this is key for Titleist/Acushnet is they are both designers and patent holders when it comes to golf ball IP (intellectual property), and Acushnet also owns its manufacturing, something only the largest companies can afford to do.

The “Patrick Reed Signature” Irons

Photo By: Royce Thompson (PGA Tour)

This brings us to Patrick Reed’s new “signature” irons, spotted earlier this week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Patrick has been quiet on the subject beyond a few details including that he’s been working on them for over a year with a small Japanese company, and we would be hearing more at the beginning of January. First reported by PGA Tour’s Andrew Tursky, thanks to some digging on the USGA Conforming List, the irons are Manufactured by Emery JPN Co.

Here’s where the detective work kicks in: I went beyond the USGA’s list and starting searching for Emery JPN Co. online and came back mostly empty-handed until I had an idea. The USGA isn’t the only governing body to have conforming lists so I went to the R&A, and BINGO!

A quick search for Emery resulted in them being the parent company for a number of quality component OEMs including GrindWorks.jp , SAQRA , and Patrick Reed.

Just like with golf balls, phones or computers, smaller companies don’t own their manufacturing and instead rely on creating a design to then be built by a much large facility. With phones, that means Foxconn, with golf balls that means a few large companies in Taiwan and China, and for forged irons, that generally leads to Endo—one of the largest forging companies in the world—they even have they own in house brand, Epon. Considering that GrindWorks irons are known to be forged at Endo, I would be happy to draw a straight line to the Patrick Reed irons also being forged there too.

Until we have further details this is still speculation, but to see what other are saying in the GolfWRX forums check out the discussion here: GolfWRX Forums: Patrick Reed with new Irons

 

 

 

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter. The Texan had the putter made for the 2018 Ryder Cup and didn’t put it into action, but Reed has the flat-stick in the bag this week at the Hero World Challenge, and it’s serving him well as he sits atop the leaderboard at the halfway mark.

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

  • JBull1011: “Awesome looking putter!”
  • Cmiller6868: “My dream putter. This putter gets better looking every time I click on it.”
  • SubaruWRX: “I know it’s picky, but I wish he’d done white paint fill in the middle dot.”

Entire Thread: “Patrick Reed’s custom Scotty Cameron Captain America putter”

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Honma launches new premium Beres line with clubs featuring 24K gold and platinum accents

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Honma Beres Line

Honma has launched its new premium Beres line which includes drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons available in the brand’s 2,3,4 or 5 star grade options – with the 5 star option containing 24K gold and platinum accents.

The four full premium Beres product lines are defined by a star grade ranging from 2-5 stars. According to the company, the grades are differentiated by increasing levels of cosmetic detail, shaft performance and use of precious metals in the clubhead, culminating in a 5 star offering featuring both 24K gold and platinum accents.

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Beres 5 str iron

Speaking on the all-new Beres line, Hiroshi Suwa, Senior Director, Product Development Division, stated

“Only Honma’s most experienced takumi are permitted to work on BERES. These golf clubs represent the soul of our company and are the ultimate artistic expression of our most talented clubmakers.”

The metalwoods of the Beres line feature maximum active speed slot technology that fully activates at lower swing speeds to increase distance. The sole slot of these metalwoods features deep side slot extensions designed to increase distance on off-center hits. A thin, internal, radial-ribbed face in the Beres drivers seeks to offer maximum distance potential off the tee.

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Beres 4 star irons

The maximum active speed slot technology extends to the new Beres irons where three sole slots, two internal and one external, aim to work to increase speed off the face for ultimate distance even at slower swing speeds. A 3D L-Cup face construction pushes weight back in the irons to visible weight pads designed to enhance forgiveness and speed on off-center hits.

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Beres 3 star iron

The new Beres line also contains ARMRQ shafts which have been redesigned to increase distance – having been constructed with multi-axis metal hybrid armor technology visible under the grip for a high smash-factor design

For the 3-5 star grade options, Honma increased the use of special “twist fleuret” M40X composite material inspired by the shape memory characteristics of fencing swords – designed to provide players with extra distance.

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Beres 3 star driver

On the new premium line, Chris McGinley, Vice President of Global Product, said

“The new BERES brings modern, elegant beauty and high-performance technology to a wide range of golfers across all global markets who appreciate fine detail and impeccable craftsmanship in golf clubs.”

The all-new Honma Beres line is available for both men and women and can be purchased now in stores and online with prices ranging from $850 for the 2-star driver to $4,500 for the 5-star offering.

 

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