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#1 Eck42

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:35 PM

I was watching the final round of the 1991 PGA Championship and Iam hoping someone can tell me what driver JD was using.  I have done some research and searched this site but cannot find what he was playing, although he did say on the telecast he was playing PING irons.  One article (back in '91) said there was going to be a run on Cobra drivers with titanium shafts as a result of the '91 PGA Championship.  I also read it was a kevlar head(?).  I hope someone can tell me, I would like to find one and add it to my list of drivers for my collection.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:40 PM

He was using a Cobra Ultramid with a red Titanium X shaft. The Ultramid was a composite head.
I do believe a 7 - 7.5 degree. His irons were Eye 2 1 - SW and I think a Pal 2/Pal4 putter.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:45 PM

Wow a reply in record time. Thank you!
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 02:53 AM

Yes, red titanium shaft made by Sandvik.Cobra Ultramid was the name of the driver, I have one with a DGS400.It looks so tiny and short too.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:26 AM

All Adams.  Speedline Classic with the new black blades.  Shaft i think was Axivcore probably red?


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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:18 AM

View Postjoshvoigt, on Apr 28 2009, 07:26 AM, said:

All Adams.  Speedline Classic with the new black blades.  Shaft i think was Axivcore probably red?

WTF?!?

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:23 AM

Cobra Ultramid driver as stated above. It was due to be discontinued by Cobra, owing to poor sales figures,until Daly blazed a trail with it and then, surprise surprise, they were all the rage and every man jack wanted one.

From what I remember, his was a 9 degree head with a Cobra-branded Sandvik Ti shaft. 3 wood was the same model, albeit steel shafted, and he carried a Ping Eye 2+ set of irons. A 1 iron, then 3-LW, again shafted up with Sandvik Ti shafts. Putter was a Sandvik-shafted Ping Pal 2 beryllium, and he was playing a Maxfli HT balata.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:27 AM

The heads of the Ultramids were an aramid material - synthetic fibres that are heat resistant and essentially very similar to a substance that's commonly used in stab-resistant and ballistic vests.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:31 AM

I think his actual driver or at least a replica thereof is in a shadow box in the locker room at Firestone. Just like the above posts state the head looks smaller than most 7 woods today.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:39 AM

View Postthejosh31, on Apr 28 2009, 10:31 AM, said:

I think his actual driver or at least a replica thereof is in a shadow box in the locker room at Firestone. Just like the above posts state the head looks smaller than most 7 woods today.
Just so you know, steel shafts in drivers we out like 10 years ago! Get some graphite.


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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

Here's a rough pic:
http://www.golfwrx.c...194293368-1.jpg

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 12:23 PM

View PostExtreme Firepower, on Apr 28 2009, 11:04 AM, said:

I have a brand new one. Cobra Ultramid Kevlar head, Sandvik Titanium shaft with J Daly PGA 1991 PGA Champion text on the shaft.
Original Cobra pink dot grip. Never hit a ball.

Remembering this is ultra rare collectible driver, the commemorative one I'd be looking for serious offers.

I'll post pics tomorrow. It's impossible to find one with the red paint job still on the shaft. Mines is 10/10.

No original headcover though :)

Anyone remember the golf shop setup display Cobra made for this driver showing the bullet fired at the head of the driver?  That was greatness, would love to see that again.
I remember how strange that driver felt at the time, such a dull feel, like the yonex adx that were popular at that time.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 12:37 PM

View PostSkip1020, on Apr 28 2009, 09:10 AM, said:


Man, I always forget how thin he used to be. Well, maybe thin is the wrong word, but "less rotund".

Back OT, I had one of those drivers - hand me down from my dad, who probably bought it after the PGA win.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:27 PM

Daly had to use this driver 'cause he was always caving in the face of the metal drivers.  He still cracked several of these heads over time.

Course it wasn't the driver that won if for him...it was all those 6-packs during the drive to the tournament the night before and possibly during the rounds!! ;)

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:39 PM

Here's another picture of Daly's driver, this is from the PGA Education Center in Port. St. Lucie, FL. They have a club and/or apparel from every PGA Championship winner which is pretty cool.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 09:54 PM

Just like those horrible MacGregor Response putters.  They couldn't give them away until Jack won the Masters with one.  Same thing happened with the Ultramid drivers.  Couldn't give them away until JD won with it.  Didn't help though as it was still a terrible product.  After all the buy a gamers had one they started showing up in used bins, play it again joints, or driving range free use racks...  By then everyone knew they were nothing more than a novelty and they mercifully died a quick death.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 02:32 AM

This has been on ice for 17 years, enjoy.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:27 AM

Love the word Jumbo on the 165 cc driver head!!! :good:
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 04:01 AM

View Postcmherrbach, on Apr 29 2009, 09:27 AM, said:

Love the word Jumbo on the 165 cc driver head!!! :good:

Yep, they did an older standard version with a  small head... looked like a pin hammer

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 10:58 AM

I wouldn't sell it.

It matches the decor in the living room perfectly.  :)

I actually played one of those drivers for a while as a youngster of about 17/18. A friend jumped on the Daly bandwagon and bought one before realising after about 10 balls that it wasn't for him. I inherited the thing in exchange for a wedge or something and played it for a while. They were decent drivers, and I loved the Sandvik shafts, having played three or four Ti-shafted drivers by that time. I even bagged a borrowed set of Eye 2 berylliums around the same time with browny-hued Sandviks in them for a while for a bit of brown overload. From what I remember, it felt (and looked) like hitting the ball with a bar of very hard soap and the feel was... 'different' to pretty much anyrthing else. No-one knew much about spin rates and lauch angles back then, but my guess would be that the heads were very low spin since only people like me, naturally high spin players, could get anything like a decent flight out of the things, even with a balata ball. Most people who tried it moaned about the feel and the fact that it never got the ball properly airborne.

Cracking to see one in such fine fettle though. Thanks for the pictures - and the memory.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 07:38 PM

I think he used the wilson killer whale

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 08:29 PM

no he signed with wilson after he won the pga,  he was using the cobra ultramid head with the the titanium shaft in it.

mat562 has it right.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:27 PM

He did bag a Killer Whale in his time, but it was the following year; 1992. He was whacking it around Muirfield that year and, if I remember rightly, played his first 36 alongside Gary Wolstenholme. Gary isn't the longest of hitters and on some holes was being outdriven by nigh on 100 yards.

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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:35 PM

View Postmat562, on May 28 2009, 12:27 PM, said:

He did bag a Killer Whale in his time, but it was the following year; 1992. He was whacking it around Muirfield that year and, if I remember rightly, played his first 36 alongside Gary Wolstenholme. Gary isn't the longest of hitters and on some holes was being outdriven by nigh on 100 yards.

The Killer Whale was before the Wilson Invex right? Man was that one ugly driver! Right up there with the Mac-Tec Burro-blahblah and the Cleveland Hi-Score, I mean Hi-Bore drivers.
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:36 PM

cant even imagine using a 165cc driver


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Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:47 PM

After the Murray Mint on a stick of Blackpool Rock that was the Ultramid came the Killer Whale that looked like a pebble that some Wilson engineer had plucked from the bottom of the local stream and used for his inspiration when he got back to the office.

The Invex? Hmm. It looked like some sort of special effects hand grenade-thing from the props store of a Sci Fi series.

The ultimate dodgy Wilson driver (discounting anything with a Fat Shaft in it) was that graphite-faced Killer Whale that had a mercifully short shelf life. If the feel of the Callaway C4 was awful, that one wasn't far behind. Even when they were chucking cash at him like there was no tomorrow to play their stuff, Daly only ever played a couple of rounds with one before, no doubt, chucking it in the nearest bin. Horrid.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 12:31 AM

Remember his Wilson "0" ("Zero") iron?

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 07:57 AM

View Postrobb01, on May 28 2009, 03:36 PM, said:

cant even imagine using a 165cc driver

Or even a 165cc 3 wood for that matter!
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Posted 30 May 2009 - 11:32 AM

View Postajgolfer, on Apr 28 2009, 10:39 AM, said:

View Postthejosh31, on Apr 28 2009, 10:31 AM, said:

I think his actual driver or at least a replica thereof is in a shadow box in the locker room at Firestone. Just like the above posts state the head looks smaller than most 7 woods today.
Just so you know, steel shafts in drivers we out like 10 years ago! Get some graphite.

Terrific input!  Well done!  I guess you are more worried about what's in others' golf bags than the topic on hand!

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