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Golfers are going CRAZY over Costco’s new Kirkland Signature golf balls

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Costco, the home of wholesale, is a wonderful place where you can buy a 12-pack of steaks, a year’s supply of ketchup, two pounds of cheese balls, refurnish your house and re-up your wardrobe… all in one trip. Now, you can also pick up two dozen, four-piece urethane golf balls for $30 at certain local Costco warehouses, or online.

The golf balls are branded with the Kirkland Signature name, which is Costco’s in-house brand that makes all sorts of things: alcohol, food, house supplies and much more. Costco says the Kirkland brand must be equal to or better than the national brands, and must offer a savings to Costco members. The $15-per-dozen Kirkland Signature golf balls are USGA conforming, and are produced by Nassau Golf Co. Ltd of South Korea.

Sounds good, but what are real golfers saying about the Kirkland Signature golf balls?

GolfWRX members, who are some of the most knowledgable golfers in the world, have not hesitated to weigh in on the Kirkland-branded balls, filling up a 31-page forum thread (and counting).

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“Same driving distance, and flight pattern (as the b330rx),” Forum member Two_Putt said about the Kirkland Signature Balls. “I can’t check the ball on the green but I did notice that it didn’t run out as far. Overall in my opinion a great value and my new ball of choice.”

As you may know, another popular manufacturer making four-piece urethane golf balls is Titleist with its Pro V1x, which sell for about $48 per dozen. A few forum members took it upon themselves to test the “KSigs” against the Pro V1(x)’s. Some of their reports below.

Coreyhr: “Here’s my hot take on the Kirkland. I normally game a Pro V1x and that’s what I was comparing against on my Skytrak. The feel off the driver in my opinion is better than the ProV, seriously the best feeling ball off the driver I’ve ever hit. The irons however left a lot to be desired for me. They felt clicky off of long and mid irons compared to the ProV. I don’t quite understand why one feels so good but the other not so much. I hit enough shots that strike shouldn’t be the culprit. The Kirkland was 2-3 yards longer for me during a 6 iron comparison due to lower spin than a ProV. Launch and peak height were virtually identical. Launch with a driver however was actually about 2 degrees lower with the Kirkland interestingly enough. I won’t be putting the Kirkland in the bag during tournament play, but absolutely will use it for those afternoon rounds after work. This thing is a serious threat to the big boys in the market.”

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“Lots of comparisons to the pro v1/v1x’s. There more similar to the project a’s in looks(almost identical), feel(tad firmer), and spin after playing them imo. When you put the $15 a dozen perspectives into consideration there isn’t any negatives that can really be justified I guess. Hopefully the price doesn’t jump $10 by spring but even then it would still be a great deal.”

tw_focus: “…Overall it’s a nice ball, BUT I think I will stick to ProV1s. I don’t spend a whole lot of money on golf balls (4x boxes of ProV1s during sale time have lasted me the season), the major cost / investment is my time. I don’t want to play with anything less than the best, and I think the Kirkland balls are slightly worse (though I admit a much better value).”

suprfli6: “Played 18 with one yesterday and it actually felt firmer off the driver than my usual Pro V1, but similar distances and spin with every type of shot I played. It was cooler than I’m used to so maybe that contributed to the feel difference. Too soon to tell for sure but personally it seemed to perform like a typical urethane tour ball so considering the price I’m optimistic.”

gripandrip: “Not like this will be a surprise, but I think I am a convert as well. Played two rounds this weekend, one on a links course in 25mph winds (on the shore of Lake Erie) and the other under normal conditions. No noticeable loss of distance, decent flight through the wind, acceptable spin on and around the greens. I am typically a Pro V1 player. Do these balls feel as good off my club as a Pro V in all instances? No. But close enough that I will probably change, for a while at least. However, I won’t be buying large quantities. If I bought 50 dozen balls, they would probably have to be cleaned out of my basement after I die. That’s a lot of balls.”

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MarkCPA: “…Overall, I’m very impressed given the price of the ball. I saw no material differences in the K-Sig performance-wise vs. any other premium ball I’ve got good experience with including the TM TPX and the ProV1X. It has very good greenside control and is plenty long. I already placed an order for four dozen. I don’t see how anyone who wants a tour caliber ball but hates dropping $45+ on a dozen balls wouldn’t give the K-Sig a try.”

RSinSG: “…As I wrote earlier, I play ProV1x that I get for $20/dz from Golfballsdirect.com and to be honest I like the KSig’s as much if not a little better. I’m not saying they are a better ball than the ProV1 – only that I like them. If you’re on the fence try them. $15 a dz is a crazy good deal. I just ordered 3 more boxes before the free shipping ends.”

And remember, as per Costco’s policy, if you don’t like the product, you can always take it back for a full refund.

“I saw a lady return a jar of peanuts to Costco minus the jar,” forum member FiveSixAce said. “A gallon zip lock bag full of peanuts. They took it back.”

Tough to tell if he’s joking or not.

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  1. Frank Cruz

    Jan 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    This ball will hit the industry between the eyes and really hurt most everyone in the ball business. Titleist balls like NXT, Velocity, DT could be dust now, PRO V will definitely suffer as only the few loyalists wanting the label on their ball will pay the price. All the balls from Bridgestone, Srixon and others will face serious trouble (many millions) if the ball were to comeback. I don’t expect to see that Kirkland ball ever again! The collective industry will stop it, they may buy the plant that makes these and close it down, they may call it a test pilot or Beta run that could not be sustained…. blah blah.

  2. Gary

    Nov 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Bought Kirkland 4 piece about 3 weeks ago and have played 4 rounds. I am 65 yr young retiree with a 9 hdcp. Ball is great distance wise with fantastic spin on greens. I have have played Snell and Vice both great balls but higher price than Kirkland. They do scuff a little easier. On a fixed income I look for great buys for the $$ and this ball is. Another great ball if you can find them is a Wilson Staff Zip(24 for $20) this 2 piece spins better than than duos I had been using since they came out. Glen Kirk is a fantastic 8yr old single malt for $19.95, make it a habit to find great value

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  4. Mad-Mex

    Nov 5, 2016 at 12:16 am

    I am willing to bet if you held a blind test here and told all the elitist who have posted here to try this ball, unbranded and were told it was the 2017 Pro-V1 platinum prototype, they would be acting like teen girls at a Justin Bieber concert, giggling and screaming about how wonderful it is.

  5. Kevin A

    Nov 4, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Someone these posts remind me of why some of my friends won’t play golf. Because some golfers are elitist buttholes.

    Who cares what ball you play. Why rip another’s choice?

    These are the guys who buy escorts and end up in tax fraud cases.

  6. mitch

    Nov 2, 2016 at 9:05 am

    ughhhh! I get my Costco membership yesterday , and they are sold out online and in my Costco store!

  7. nick

    Nov 1, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    the reviews on the costco website are phenomenal. people dont blow smoke on reviews for the fun of it… these balls got nearly 5 star reviews by everyone. this isnt a gimmick or advertisement. not sure why people feel the need to trash this article. clearly it has people interested. im definitely gaming these this weekend. thanks Costco and GolfWRX for the heads up!

    all manufacturers make a legit 4/5 piece ball. just like all manufacturers make legit clubs. most pro’s play different setups from their clubs to their ball. most all golf equipment is created equal; different people winning every week on tour with different sponsors… Costco just changed the game here and these balls are only going to get better and evolve.

  8. WLBR

    Nov 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Americans, I urge you to buy American-made golf balls, certain models of Bridgestone, Titleist, Callaway, etc. Please buy American. Show these companies you value keeping their manufacturing jobs in the states.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      I’ll buy what fits me best. Manufacturing jobs aren’t some magical thing. They’re just jobs.

      “Made in the USA” failed in the Reagan era. No need to MAGA.

    • Dan

      Nov 12, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Also Taylormade tour and Project A are American made…..

    • Uncle Sam

      Dec 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

      oh please…..a bit too late for that now….

  9. Trumpthekunt

    Oct 31, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Geez how much did golfwrx/ TMZ get paid to run this article….. Golfers going mad for Costco ball….. Sure they are….. Best run down and get yourself some….. This website has just gone straight down the pan…

    • Mad-Mex

      Oct 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      With a name like that and the way your write, your what?!?! 15/ 16? Grow up!!!

  10. Uncle Buck

    Oct 30, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    My apologies, I’m pretentious and concerned about how I’m perceived on the golf course. I wouldn’t be caught alive with any golf products from Costco, Gemco, Target, Thrifty, CVS, Sears, Penny’s, FedCo, YourCo, or my local grocery for that matter. Kirkland will remain on all of my finer camping needs and H2o bottles. I’d rather lose the extra $15 and roll out the ProV’s, thank you very much. Save your alleged dollars and tell me all about how much you’re saving on the other umpteen vices in your life.

    • Furious Styles

      Oct 30, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      9.5/10

    • Travis

      Oct 31, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Extra $15 for Pro Vs… Try more like $30 a dozen more for the Pro Vs. At $15 a dozen Id probably use them for most of my practice rounds and club events and save a few dozen Pro Vs for when it actually mattered.

    • PCR

      Nov 1, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Geez… When is it going to get into people’s skulls that the Kirkland balls at $15 per DOZEN. PER DOZEN, folks.

      That’s:

      $1.25 per ball or,

      $3.75 per sleeve or,

      $15.00 PER DOZEN or,

      $29.99 per TWO (2) DOZEN (24 balls).

  11. ultimate hacker

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    these advertisements on this webpage are out of control extremely annoying.

  12. pepperwhiteknight

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Great article. I use recycled prov1x Academy sells $10-20 a dozen. Never heard of these balls but I am going to give them a try.

  13. Jurrrayyyyy

    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    So this isn’t the right place to post a review but I picked up 5-doz Vice drive balls last week for around $50 (or ~ $10/doz) and I really liked them. Tee to green they were about the same as my V1x, good feel, spin, and distance off the driver and irons.. They were a little bit of a let down on the putting green, (very hot off the putter face) but after a few holes I got used to them. They aren’t a urethane ball, I think they are 2-piece Surlyn, but definitely worth considering if you want a budget ball. Much softer feel than the other Surlyn balls I’ve played like the e6. And like all Suryln balls they seem pretty indestructible – I’ve played 2 rounds now with the same ball and it doesn’t have a scuff.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Vice quality leaves a lot to be desired. My shipment contained patterns that weren’t symmetric.

  14. Freddie 4x4

    Oct 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I was planning to load up a pallet of these today. Am I supposed to feel self-conscious about that?

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  16. Guia

    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    There are any number of very good golf balls that are around $30 a dozen, which I think is reasonable. Price is not really a major concern to me I can easily afford the $50 a dozen for Titleist but have found that they really don’t perform (for me) any better than the balls that are $30 a doz.

    I have gone to the less expensive Taylor Made, Wilson, Bridgestone, or the colored Korean Balls (the name escapes me now).

    More to the point, I have no interest in the Kirkland. The result of diminishing return applies at both ends of the spectrum.

    • Trackcoach13

      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Except these 4-piece urethane balls are $15 a dozen. Pretty scary that so many folks cannot comprehend something so simple.

      • Tom

        Oct 29, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        BAZINGA!

      • Guia

        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:13 pm

        So, they are a 4 piece ball. What is your point?

        • Trackcoach13

          Oct 29, 2016 at 6:05 pm

          It is $15 per dozen and not $30 as you mentioned. There is a huge difference between $15 and $47 per dozen for similar construction and performance. A number of folks here have made comments that at $30 it is not worth the savings. However, it is $30 for two dozen.

          • Guia

            Oct 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm

            That is sound reasoning.

            • GuiaRETARDALERT

              Oct 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

              “That is sound reasoning.” – Looks like somone actually has to spell it out for you eh?

  17. Jamie

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I would love to step up to the tee and have the guy with the ProV1’s and PXG irons ask what ball i’m playing and say “Costco Black Dot” and then proceed to take his money.

  18. Dylan

    Oct 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    37 people don’t mind paying $50 for 12 golf balls that perform about the same as a Pro V1, unless you’re a tour pro…doubt you guys could tell the difference if you played both balls without brands on them.

    • Justin

      Oct 29, 2016 at 10:08 am

      I’d be curious, as well. We can say that for almost any product made, though. The looks are different, to avoid infringement, but when it comes to performance, who can tell a difference?

      Blind tests would be best. It’s incredibly hard to do, especially with club heads, and people will always find flaws in the methodology (shaft wraps altering performance, for example).

      At the end of the day, though, Brand Loyalty is a thing, and it always will be. We gotta make ourselves happy, and if it takes a $50/doz ball or a $30/2 doz ball to do that, it is what it is.

  19. Ronald Montesano

    Oct 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I want to know what links course exists on the shores of Lake Erie!?!?

    • Greg Gaynor

      Oct 28, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Probably Maumee Bay State Park on Ohio Rt.2 between Toledo and Port Clinton. It’s an Arthur Hills layout that’s about 25 years old.

  20. Greg chambers

    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I will wait for the site that does real testing to publish their results.

  21. Deadeye

    Oct 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I will buy some soon!

  22. alfriday

    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I give this “article” a shank.

    The writer does nothing to advance the discussion on the ball. The article is nothing but two paragraphs of introduction, two paragraphs of transition and a number of quotes from a long forum thread on the ball.

    This reads like an essay a high school student would put together an hour before class when the student forgot to do the assignment the night before. Write a couple of paragraphs, copy and paste liberally from Wikipedia and hope for a passing grade.

    • Mat

      Nov 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      That’s because either this article is an ad placement, or it’s an “article” with no research and a very lazy writer. It would be awfully nice if the article had anything on it more than “it’s a 4-piece”. It sounds as if it plays like a rock, but there’s no comparison with any other ball made by the SK firm…

  23. B. Parsons

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:43 am

    How can people not read? $30 for TWO dozen is a steal even if they perform half as good as everyone is saying! And there are way too many people speaking highly of this ball to doubt it is a very playable ball.

    • Tom

      Oct 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      for various reasons, some players/commenters are harder to convince than others.

  24. Ron

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:37 am

    $15 a dozen, and you know there is a small profit margin in that…so have you figured out why ProV1’s are $48 a dozen..besides every time you buy a dozen you are paying for at least one more dozen for the the pros on the driving range….this Kirkland will not be on any pro driving range, note it is made in Korea (a Korean company owns Titlist golf balls if you did not already know) This is not the first good Urethane ball at a good price point MG golf has had a good one (C-4) for years.

    • Jonny B

      Oct 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Love the Tour C4’s from MG Golf. Been playing this season and just as good as other tour urethane balls.

  25. moneypowerrespect

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:21 am

    good deal for the hacker – I have the opposite problem, I try to find excuses to get rid of balls. A single ball could last many rounds. If it scuffs up I toss them to my friends. Don’t need to save money when you only use a box or 2 a year.

    • LookAtTheHeroAbove

      Oct 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Congrats you’re a real hero. A little bit insecure are we? Jacked up truck? Mustang/Camaro/Challenger in a bright obnoxious color? European luxury vehicle that post all over social media? Cheesy high-priced designer clothes with logos all over so everyone know what you’re wearing? Will tell everyone that you make a ton of money without them even asking? McMansion that is decorated completely awful? I would guess at least one of these applies to you.

      • Jamie

        Oct 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

        Hilarious! i was thinking the same thing.

      • moneypowerrespect

        Oct 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        hahaha, that was good, you are correct sir, my psychiatrist has mentioned that I’m insecure, but that’s ok, the people who leach off of me give me all the affirmation I need.

      • PCR

        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

        “Yeti” sticker on the rear window of the SUV?

      • Leave A Comment

        Oct 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

        Threads like this one is what makes the United States of America such a great country. Thanks to each and every one of you.

  26. D.J.T.

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Dimples look like they have a “hint” hexagonal shape to them. Callaway much? Anybody agree?

  27. PCR

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:21 am

    SHANK. LOL!!!

  28. Cornholio Golf

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    On the site they are listed for $30.00. No thanks. I’LL rather spend a bit more for a better ball.

    At $15.00, sure, $30.00? A shank all the way.

  29. G P

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    No kidding about the “shanks”! $30 for 24 four-piece urethane balls, and 9 CLOWNS are giving it a “shank”? I guess some folks have money to burn!

  30. Sloop

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I bet you get a free can of soup when you buy these.

  31. Golfbuddy

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I need to pick up double dozen or two next time I’m in the States. Not yet available in Canada, unfortunately.

  32. Trackcoach13

    Oct 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Why did some people vote this article as a shank? A shank? Really?

    • erlybrd

      Oct 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Because for lots of folks here, brands they so admire and donate their money to are the only things that hold them together; so that they can escape the reality of their level of play.
      Bushes are full of ProVs and other top level performance balls.

      • Mad-Mex

        Oct 29, 2016 at 3:33 am

        WOW!! You came off the top rope and the ones you aimed it at are to ignorant to reply!! Great post!!

        Standing ovation with “golf clap”!!!

    • Tom

      Oct 29, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      It’s mind boggling! Virtually MIND boggling. $1.25 for a 4 /pc. ball or $4.00 for a 4/pc. ball. This information is scaring some posters back into a relapse event. The mere fact that something of same quality as a higher priced product can be produced and sold for less than what is currently being offered is MIND BOGGLING!

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Anirban Lahiri WITB 2020

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  • WITB accurate as of January 2020

Driver (two models): Titleist TS3 (9.5 degrees, D4 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 M.S.I. 60 TX

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3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees, DS OptiFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX

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5-wood: Ping G410 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

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Hybrid: PXG 0317 X (22 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX

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Irons: Srixon Z 785 (4), Srixon Z 945 (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7  (50-12M)
*We were unable to photograph Lahiri’s other wedges

Putter: Toulon Design Austin Stroke Lab

Putter: OnOff Prototype

 

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A Deep Dive: The equipment timeline of David Duval, 1993-2001

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Like Tiger, David Toms, and Fred Couples there are certain players that I have been obsessed with for years. If you go to my Instagram, you can see it in plain sight. When it comes to DD it was more than the what, it was the why, the how that sparked my curiosity. Let’s face it, in 2000 with the Mossimo gear, Oakley shades, jacked-up physique, and on Titleist staff, was there ever a cooler looking player?

No. There wasn’t or isn’t.

That’s where my interest in Larry Bobka came about. I saw David and Larry walking the fairways of Sahalee at the ’98 PGA Championship.

At the time, I was already knee-deep in David Duval fandom but that experience took me over the top. Bobka had a handful of clubs in his hands and would pass DD a 970 3-wood, Duval would give it a rip and the two would discuss while walking down the fairway. Of all my time watching live golf, I have never been so awestruck.

This is an homage to David’s equipment during his prime/healthy years on the PGA Tour. From his early days with Mizuno, into the Titleist days, and finally Nike.

1993-1995 Mizuno

*This was an interesting time for Duval from an equipment standpoint. The pattern of mixing sets to put together his bag began and it was the time he transitioned from persimmon (Wood Bros driver) into metal woods. It was also the beginning of his long relationship with Scotty Cameron, a relationship that still stands today.

What was in the bag

Driver: TaylorMade Tour Burner 8.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100 (*he also played with the Bubble XHKP Prototype)

3-wood

King Cobra @14 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

TaylorMade Tour Issue Spoon @13  w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Irons

1993: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1994: (1) Ping Eye2, (3-PW) Mizuno Pro TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

1995: (2,3) Mizuno TC-29, (4-PW) Mizuno TN-87 with Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Mizuno Pro (53, 58) with Dynamic Gold X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport (35 inches, 71 lie, 4 degrees of loft)

Ball: Titleist Tour Balata 100

Glove: Mizuno Pro

1996-2000 Titleist

The beginning of the Titleist years started off quietly. There wasn’t any new product launched and David wasn’t quite the star he would become 12-18 months later. However, it gave Titleist the opportunity to get to know DD and his overall preferences, which aren’t dramatic but certainly unique. He didn’t win in 1996 but did qualify for the Presidents Cup Team and finished that event off at 4-0. So the buzz was going in the right direction and his peers certainly took notice.

It was 1997 that things took off on all fronts and it was the year that Titleist made David Duval the face of the DCI brand and with that decision spawned the greatest cast players cavity ever: the 962B—and also equipped David Duval to go on a 3-year run that was surpassed by only Tiger Woods.

Hence the deep dive article I wrote up earlier this month

What was in the bag

Driver

1996

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

1997

TaylorMade Bubble Tour 8.5 w/ Bubble XHKP Prototype

King Cobra Deep Face 9 w/ Dynamic Gold X100

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ Dynamic Gold X100, True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ Fujikura Prototype X

1998

Callaway Warbird Great Big Bertha 6.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

1999: Titleist 975D 6.5 (no line heavier head weight) @ 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

2000: Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

3-wood

1996

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1997 

King Cobra @14 w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

1998

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X


Callaway Steelhead 3+ @13 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Titleist 970 (Dark Grey Head) @13 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (only tested this one)

1999

Callaway S2H2 (1 Dot) @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

Cobra Gravity Back 14.5T w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Irons

1996

(2-PW) Titleist DD Blank Prototype w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

(2-PW) Titleist DCI Black “B” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (w/sensicore)

*This prototype set was a blank set of the DCI Black “B” but with sole modifications. 

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000: (2,3) Titleist DCI Black (4-PW) Titleist DCI 962B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

*David liked the original prototype version of DG Sensicore X100 that had weight removed from the center of shaft to create better feel and a slightly higher trajectory

24 Feb 2000: David Duval watches the ball after hitting it during the World Match-Play Championships at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California. Mandatory Credit: Harry How /Allsport

Wedges

1996: (52 @53, 58) Mizuno Pro, (56 @57) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1997: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG, (58) Titleist Bobka Grind, (57 @58) Cobra Trusty Rusty w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1998: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTGw/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

1999: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 RTG w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

2000: (53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER

1996: Scotty Cameron Classic Newport 1 35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft, Scotty Cameron Long Slant Neck Laguna Custom (double welded neck)

1997: Odyssey Dual Force Rossie 2, Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

1998, 1999, 2000: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

2001: Nike Golf and The Open Championship

The relationship with Titleist Golf ended quickly and when David showed up to Kapalua with a non-Titleist stand bag the rumor mill went nuts. The story (although super speculative) was that David opted out in the middle of a $4.5 million per year deal with Acushnet, a lawsuit followed, but Davids’s stance was that he had a marquee player clause that allowed him to walk if he wasn’t “marquee” aka highest-paid.

Apparently he had a point, Acushnet had recently inked big deals with Davis Love and Phil Mickelson leading someone on the outside to do the math. However, I’m not an attorney, wasn’t there, and have no clue what the legality of any of it was. Point is, he walked and landed at Nike with a new head-to-toe contract. 

 

DRIVER:

Titleist 975D 7.5 (no line heavier head weight) w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Titleist 975E Prototype 8.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X

Nike Titanium w/ True Temper EI-70 II Tour X (pictured below)

Nike Titanium Prototype 7.5 w/ True Temper EI70 Tour X (featured image)

3 WOOD:

Callaway Steelhead Plus 4+ @15 w/ RCH 90 Pro Series Strong

Nike Prototype @14 degrees w/ True Temper EI-70 Tour X

Sonartec/Excedo (SS-03 head) Driving Cavity @14 w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 90X

IRONS:

(2-PW) Titleist 990B w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

(2-PW) Nike Prototype “DD” Grind MB w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 (with sensicore)

(2) Titleist DCI Black w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold X100  (with sensicore)

 

WEDGES: 

(53) Cobra “Trusty Rusty”, (57 @58) Cleveland 588 “Gun Metal” w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

(53,58) Nike DD Grind w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Newport “Beached”  35 Inches, 71 Lie, 4 Degrees of Loft w/ PingMan “Blacked Out” Grip

SPEC TALK

Over the years the one constant was David’s iron and wedge specs. As a shut-faced player he has always favored traditional lofts in his irons. However, a cool thing to note is his lie angles remained constant 59.5 (2-4), 60 (5-9). The running theory here was being a shallow (low hands) and shut faced player, keeping the lie angles at a constant (flatter) lie angle allowed him to feel like his angle of attack could remain the same for each iron. It’s just a feeling but that’s what he did. If the “why of it” is true, it looks like he was doing Bryson things before Bryson did.

David Duval Iron/Wedge Specs

Loft/Lie/Length/SW

  • 2-17/59.5/40.25/D5
  • 3-20.5/59.5/39 1/6/D4
  • 4-24/59.5/38 9/16/D4
  • 5-27/60/38 1/16/D4
  • 6-30.5/60/ 37 9/16/D4
  • 7-35/60/37 1/16/D4
  • 8-39/60/36 9/16/D4
  • 9-43/60/36 5/16/D4
  • P-47/61/36/ 1/16/D5
  • GW-53/62/35 5/8/D4
  • LW-58/62/35 9/16/D6

Whew…since this prolific run, David transitioned into some interesting projects with smaller companies like Scratch, B.I.G Golf (AKA Bio-engineered in Germany), back to the mainstream with Nike, and most currently Cobra Golf.

I hope you all enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me, Duval is not only fascinating from a career standpoint but digging into the equipment of DD has been quite the experience.

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“Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?” – GolfWRXers have their say

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In our forums, our members have been discussing irons and how to hit your numbers consistently. WRXer ‘Hubb1e’, who is a 15 handicap, is having issues and says:

“I recently upgraded from 20 year old Taylor Made 360 irons to a set of custom-built Callaway Apex 19 Forged irons. Old irons were traditional cavity back. New irons are categorized as players distance irons. Both have the same fit.

My new 3 iron will go 230 yards or 130 yards and not even make it far enough to reach the fairway. My new 7 iron will typically go 160 yards but will often will fly 175 yards or drop out of the air at 120 yards. I can’t control the distances of my new irons, and I spent a fortune custom fitting them to my swing. Why is this happening? This was never an issue with my old irons. A bad hit would go 10-20% shorter, but I never had balls fly over the green or completely fall out of the air. What is going on with my new equipment?”

Our members offer up their solutions in our forum.

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.

  • ThreeBoxers: “Strike quality is your answer. Tech or no tech, irons will not have 50-yard distance discrepancies. Not super familiar with the Apex irons, but they’re pretty forgiving no? You might lose 10 yards on toe or heel strikes but 40, 50? You’re probably hitting it heavy. If they have a beveled edge, it may mask the feeling of hitting it fat a bit, but not the result. My Mizunos have a pretty aggressive front edge grind which helps a ton on heavy shots. It’s the difference between landing 15 yards short and 50 yards short. +1 on using foot spray to check impact.”
  • extrastiff: “It also would not hurt to check your swing speed. Even strike being terrible that’s a large discrepancy. Maybe your last build had a weight that helped you get consistent swing speed.”
  • WristySwing: “I would say inconsistent strike is the biggest issue. Now that can mean a couple of things. It could mean you, as in the person swinging, are not hitting the ball properly because of inconsistent delivery. The other option is the fit is bad, and it is causing you to be extremely inconsistent because you cannot feel the head. It might be a little bit of column A and column B. However, I would lean more towards column A in this scenario because even a horrifically misfit set someone could get used to it eventually and not have 100 yards of discrepancy in carry shot to shot. I’ve seen people who are playing 50g ladies flex irons with fat wide soles who are very shallow and swing a 6i 92mph still not have 100 yards of carry flux with their sets. If your miss is toe-side 9/10x that is because you are coming too far from the inside. When you get too stuck on the inside you typically stall and throw your arms at it. When you break your wrists (flip)/throw your arms at it you get a very inconsistent low point average that often manifests in extremely fat or thin strikes….typically fat since your squat and rotate is out of sync with your release. As others have said, get some impact tape/foot powder spray and see where you are actually making contact. Then if you can get on a video lesson and see what the issue is. As of right now, we can all only assume what is going on. If your low point control is good, you don’t get stuck, and you are hitting it in the middle of the head — then fit comes into question.”
  • larryd3: “I”d be on the phone to my fitter and setting up a time to go back in and see what’s going on with the irons. You shouldn’t be getting those types of results with a properly fit set of irons. When I got my fitting earlier this year at TrueSpec, the fitter, after watching me hit a bunch with my current irons, focused on increasing the spin on my irons, not on distance but on consistency. So far, they seem to be working well when I put a decent swing on them.”
  • fastnhappy: “One possibility that wouldn’t necessarily show up indoors is sole design and turf interaction. You may have a real problem with the newer clubs because of a sole design that doesn’t work for your swing. That’s hard to tell when hitting inside off a mat. If so, you’d see major distance inconsistency because of strike. The feedback I’ve seen on the players distance irons is exactly what you’re describing… difficult to control distance.”

Entire Thread: “Why can’t I hit my new irons to a consistent distance?”

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