Davis Love III was still using a khaki driver in 1997?! – Golf WRX
The metal speaker revolution was happening quickly in the early to mid-1990s, but Davis Love III was determined to stick with its Cleveland Classic Oil Hardened RC85 khaki speaker. He was not oblivious to emerging technology, however. He knew exactly what he was doing and why.
“The Cleveland has been in my bag since 1985,” Love III wrote in his 1997 book, “Every Shot I Take.” “It was given to me by a good friend, Bob Spence. I often experiment with metal drivers; I find – for me, and not necessarily for you – that they go slightly longer than my wooden driver, but they don’t give me any shape. I find it harder to shape my records from the metal side, which is important to me. … I also like the sound my ball makes when it comes out of my driver’s khaki insert.
“I’m not technophobic,” he added. “My fairway ‘woods’ have metal heads…but when it comes to my old wood driver, I guess the only thing I can really say is that I love golf more with, and I think I play better with… golf is somehow more enjoyable for me when played with a wooden driver.
Although his book came out in 1997, Love III replaced his khaki driver with a titanium Titleist 975D driver the same year.
It was the end of an era.
In Love III’s 12 years of racing with the khaki driver, however, he had four victories in 1992, including the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open – now known as the Wyndham Championship.
Love III, who will lead Team USA in the 2022 Presidents Cup next month at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, is competing at the 2022 Wyndham Championship in nearby Greensboro. To celebrate, we took a look through the archives to see which clubs Love III used for his 1992 victory for an article on PGATOUR.com. We discovered he used a Cleveland Classic khaki driver, in addition to a nostalgic gear setup.
In our latest Two Guys Talking Golf podcast episode, gear enthusiast and co-host Brian Knudson and I (GolfWRX Tour Reporter Andrew Tursky) discuss Love III’s late move to a metal driver and why he may have stuck with a conductive persimmon wood for so long.
Check out the full podcast below in the SoundCloud integration, or listen on Apple Music here. For more information on Love III’s 1992 setup versus his 2022 WITB, click here.