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What’s your favorite golf club of all time? Golfers like you ring

By on September 28, 2021 0

A lot of golfers wanted to be like Tiger Woods and smash Titleist’s PT15 fairway wood.

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It all started with a text from a friend: “Do you remember this club? I felt invincible with it in my hands when I was in school. The club in question? Cleveland’s Pilot Launcher – an oversized titanium giant (at the time) that really made you feel like you couldn’t miss. The technology has improved dramatically since the pilot’s release over two decades ago, but for some reason we still can’t let go of those clubs that were instrumental in our introduction to the game or helped us get started. land a career round.

Nostalgia is a powerful drug.

The text made me remember my favorite club growing up (Titleist’s 975D rider with a UST ProForce Gold shaft) and wonder if anyone else felt the same about my beloved rider . I asked the question on Twitter and received a mountain of superb responses. (It’s heartwarming to know that there are other golf freaks out there who feel the same way I do about classic equipment.)

After spending the last few hours going through the tweets, I found my top 10 favorite replies.

1. Club memories

Of course, this is not a specific club, but there is something special about the tools that connect us with those who have helped us introduce the game to us. In this particular case, it is a 7 iron. who helped Mike perfect his swing growing up under his father’s tutelage. It should come as no surprise that he remains his favorite club.

KC also posted a photo of a Ram Fastback fairway wood that was passed down from his father. The club now resides in a shadow box on its wall. It just shows that every club has a story. Some are just better than others.

2. Nike SasQuatch Sumo2

“I can hear it,” one commentator said. Another called it “the only correct answer”. Heck, a former GOLF colleague wrote an opus on the damn thing! It might be the most polarizing club on the list (and arguably the loudest), but there’s something about the Swoosh’s square-headed pilot that puts a smile on your face – and put on a pair of earplugs. ear at the same time.

3. Callaway Big Bertha Steelhead Plus

Our very own Luke Kerr-Dineen chose a club that remains elusive to you: the Big Bertha Steelhead Plus Fairway Wood from Callaway. “Some of the best shots of my life have come out of nowhere with this club,” noted one member. “The [fairway woods] were rocket launchers, ”said another. Indeed, Big Bertha Steelhead gained a reputation as one of the longest fairways when it was released. The Steelhead line was so good that in fact Tour pro Jamie Donaldson always carries a Steelhead III – the fairway before Steelhead Plus – in the bag.

4. Ping TiSi

“I have never done so much gardening in my life to save for this driver!” said one respondent. It is safe to say that he was the one to take care of the housework to earn enough work to buy the driver. Over 20 years after its introduction, I still remember a former high school golf teammate showing up to the course with the driver after his introduction. You would have thought he had won the lottery based on our reactions.

5. TaylorMade Burner

If a copper paint job and a Burner Bubble tree don’t make you smile, I don’t know what will. This pilot was a certified classic.

6. Titleist PT

Fairway wood was synonymous with Tiger Woods and his Masters demolition in 1997. Literally every golfer on the planet wanted to hit fairway wood missiles like Woods, but as Eric pointed out, few could afford it. to do. The compact steel fairway remains a must for most gearboxes. Long live the PT15.

7. The Adams Lies

“I will never forget the disappointment I felt when I didn’t shoot my 195 ball with a ‘tight lie’,” said Eric. You were not the only one! The Adams classic was a game-changer for the fairway market. Barney Adams knew what he was doing when he presented the creation upside down.

8. Cobra Baffler

The rails were a revolutionary design at the time. Rickie Fowler reintroduced them to the general public years later when he used a prototype version of the fairway with Baffler rails at the Masters.

9. Tommy Armor 845 Scottish Silver

The 845s remain a cult classic for golfers of all ages. The perimeter weighted design offered an unprecedented level of stability and forgiveness in a more traditional package.

10. Ben Hogan Apex Plus

To be fair, almost any Hogan irons could have done the trick. Apex Plus is a valid option.

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Jonathan Wall

Jonathan Wall is the editor of GOLF Magazine and for equipment. Before joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering the equipment of the PGA Tour.