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8 legendary golf clubs you can buy for less than $100

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Having the coolest clubs in your foursome doesn’t always mean you have to spend the most money. Add any of these eight clubs to your bag, and you’ll be the talk of your playing partners.

Prices will vary on these clubs, but if you can’t get them for less than a C-Note, you’re not trying hard enough. Most can be had on eBay for around $25.

The BIGGEST Big Bertha

driver-callaway-the-biggest-big-bertha-loft-8-us-75-4087-MLA125729767_5949-FCallaway’s Big Bertha drivers revolutionized the modern driver because of its oversized (and then oversized Titanium) heads, and this was the BIGGEST of all the Bertha’s — until, of course, the next model came out.

If you just bought a new Big Bertha, maybe this club could work as your version of a MiniDriver?

TaylorMade Burner with the “Bubble shaft”

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The copper-headed TaylorMade Burner metal woods released in the 1990’s had a large outside diameter (or “bubble”) in the butt section of the shaft near the grip, which was said to produce an “engine-like effect” that increased swing speed.

Between the color scheme and unique shaft design, the original Burner is still one of the most memorable club releases in recent memory. Every now and then, a golfer can still be spotted with one of these in the bag — but who can be sure if that’s fondness or frugality.

Titleist PT Fairway Woods

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Titleist’s PT (Pro Trajectory) fairway woods garnered a cult following in the ’90s when superstars such as Davis Love III and Tiger Woods had them in the bag.

They were built for golfers with high swing speeds who want a penetrating trajectory and the ability to work the ball. Although the clubs produced shots that fly only about as far as a modern-day 20-degree hybrid (we recently tested this on Trackman), they will forever be highly praised for their looks, sound and feel by discerning golfers.

If you have one, or decide to buy one, keep the head cover on. This one will catch the slobber of your playing partners.

TaylorMade R7 Quad Driver

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When TaylorMade’s R7 Quad driver came out it 2004, it was one of the first drivers with movable weight technology.

If your opponent has one of these drivers in the bag, run for the hills. It means he’s had the driver for over a decade, has it perfectly adjusted to his ball flight and probably hasn’t missed a fairway in years.

Ping Anser

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The Ping Anser putter revolutionized putter design when it was released in the 1960’s, and the same shape is still used in modern-day models.

Karsten Solheim’s original name for the putter was the “answer,” but his wife Louise insisted he drop the “w” so the name fit on the back of the putter.

A golfer with this putter in the bag has assuredly has made tens of thousands of putts with it. Don’t get into a putting contest with its owner.

Wilson 8802

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Ah yes, the fan favorite — the Wilson 8802. This putter was popularized in 1962 when it was known as Arnold Palmer’s putter, but was renamed the “Wilson 8802” in 1963 when Palmer left Wilson. Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman and Phil Mickelson have all used a version of this putter in competition.

If your opponent has this putter in the bag, and you’re playing for lunch, you could be in for trouble. This flat stick is a feel putter’s magic wand.

TaylorMade V-Steel Fairway Woods

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TaylorMade’s steel-headed V-Steel fairway woods were introduced in 2001, but their owners aren’t quick to trade them in for new technology — and you’ll occasionally see one in the bag of a professional golfer.

Good golfers are notoriously stubborn about changing fairway woods once they find one they like, but V-Steel owners take stubbornness up a notch. Can you blame them? There was something so special about the way these fairway woods went through the turf, and they were plenty long for their day, too.

Ping Eye 2

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One of the most controversial, and legendary clubs in golf history.

Ping Eye 2 irons were first released with square grooves in the 1980’s, and those designs are still sought after by golfers of all levels. The square grooves led to a lawsuit in 1990 between Ping and the USGA, which was settled, meaning all Ping Eye 2 wedges made before April 1, 1990 remain conforming. The USGA has made recent revisions to the groove rules, but the settlement made in 1990 takes precedence.

If there’s one club you’ll want to buy from this list and put in your bag, it’s probably the Ping Eye 2. Ping also has a modern version of the club available for purchase called the Eye2 Gorge.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. VoteOutIncumbents

    Apr 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I just bought the new 8802 100th Wilson anniversary edition putter. Used it for the first time yesterday….LOVE it. I used a blade putter back in the eighties and for some reason switched to the newer technologies, some of which make me feel as though I’m putting with a waffle iron. The 8802 allows one to go back to a swing-gate stroke and requires you to ‘feel’ the putt. It sure feels good in my hands. And it’s a beautiful piece of equipment…looks like it should be in the Museum of Modern Art.

  2. JTW

    Mar 4, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    I still game the bertha and the 8802

  3. JTW

    Mar 4, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I still play the bertha, with prolaunch red and my own movable weight system in the form of precision placement lead tape 🙂 Dang and I still play an 8802 as well. When will I ever get with all this great new technology.

  4. Mike

    Mar 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Still have a few of these. V Steels are still some of the most consistent fairway woods out. The biggest big bertha was in my dads bag for almost 20 years until he snapped the shaft 2 years ago.

  5. Golfraven

    Mar 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    t7 and V-Steel are debatable. Bulls Eye Putters obviously missing here

  6. chris franklin

    Mar 3, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Ping did not win a lawsuit against the USGA,the matter was settled out of court.

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      Mar 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Chris,

      Thank you for the correction. We have verified and edited the story accordingly.

  7. Johnny

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    845s should get honorable mention as well..

  8. Scott

    Mar 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Awesome. However the only reason to be afraid of people playing these dinosaurs is it will be hard for them to get the Velcro on their wallets open once you beat them.

  9. tom stickney

    Mar 3, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Great trip down memory-lane….had ’em ALL! So funny to see the small headed drivers.

    • Charles

      Mar 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Tom, do you know the driving accuracy stats of the 80’s? when every tour player gamed with persimmon drivers? Those guys were way more accurate than the youngsters playing massive head drivers. Does that mean something or is just a coincidence? I still have my MacGregor Eye-O-Matic, that I’d played for almost a decade. Currently, I get fit twice a year, change equipment regularly, and try to play like I used to do 30 years ago!

  10. Josh

    Mar 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Can’t believe the 975D didn’t make the list.

    • bwoody01

      Mar 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Or the 975J!!! I still have one in the closet – best driver clubhead at that time…

      • Adam

        Mar 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm

        Wow, 975J, one of the best drivers I’ve ever owned!!!!

  11. Person

    Mar 3, 2015 at 11:09 am

    How did the Cleveland Launcher Comp and Launcher fairway wood not make it onto this list!?

    • Nick

      Mar 3, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Because the Comp was an easy club to crack. Good luck finding one that hasn’t been cracked by a better golfer. I only had a 105 mph club head speed in college found a way to crack it in about 2 years. That was the best driver I ever owned, but didn’t last long.

  12. Ben

    Mar 3, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Wow, I’ve got 3/8 of these in my collection right now. Eye2 BeCu 3-PW, Anser BeCu, and an original 8802 I am restoring. Shame that the 975D didn’t make the list. Those things are still legit, and make the greatest sound when you really blister one.

  13. Waggleit

    Mar 3, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Does the R510 TP get any love?

  14. Shallowface

    Mar 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Best article I’ve seen on here in a very long time!

  15. Jimmy

    Mar 2, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Should be “8 legendary clubs you can buy for less than $20

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