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We often ask our self, if we will be gaining anything about going from our current fairly recent driver to the newest latest models out there.   But let's turn the tables on that, have you ever gone from a newer release club of any sort  to an older model.

 

I know Rick Shiels has the new driver vs 5 year old driver video out that has been talked about a bit. 

 

But this morning, during a conversation with MDGolfHacker I told him about my two midnight Ebay purchases with much enthusiasm.  I was met with a cold bucket of water right in the face!!  He was silent for a while then said, "Why would you go backwards in technology.  You have the "latest" newest technology in in Titleist's 917 driver that is brand new.  Why would you want a G30 that is what 4 years old," I told him, I think it's more like two years turns out it's--actually not quite 3.5 yet...so we'll split the difference--hey, it's my thread so I can make up the guidelines.

 

But back on track, we had a conversation about my 917 driver that is about 14 months old, and told him what I had seen and heard about the G30, and also the JPX850.   You know what a rabbit hole Youtube is, you go on looking for one thing, and end up looking at half a dozen others. So I should feel fortunate, I only walked away with two.    But after watching several reviews of both drivers, I came away very intrigued.  And to be fair, I also had on course experience with a friends G30 last week that was pretty amazing, which started this whole, well let's look at this well, maybe the driver of two or three years ago is pretty good.   

 

So what about anyone else, is there a cluub of any sort, driver, irons, wedges or putter that you have gone backwards on to an older model.  If so, why and how did it work out?

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Great thread!

 

 

Does a constant 2-3 year lag in technology count?

 

 

My personal opinion is that the technology leaps vary from club to club (2016 M2 > 2017 M2) and it really depends on your tastes.

 

Newer does not always equal better. I don't knock you for getting a driver that's a few years old, I just knock you for getting 2 🤪

 

 

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I don't know about "Backwards" but I am still gaming my Wilson "Sandy Andy" Sand wedge.   My club was "procured" from my father's bag- and is circa early 1960's.  I believe the "Alien" wedge from the 1990's and several other similar wedges with huge bounce flanges have been on the market for some time, but none match the comfort and security I feel when getting out of greenside bunkers with my trusty Sandy Andy...

 

I love the performance and rarely ever leave a ball in the sand.  With such a big bounce, I can also use it for short chips over trouble with a reasonable expectation of the ball sitting down before rolling off "Donald Ross" type greens.

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Great thread!

 

 

Does a constant 2-3 year lag in technology count?

 

 

My personal opinion is that the technology leaps vary from club to club (2016 M2 > 2017 M2) and it really depends on your tastes.

 

Newer does not always equal better. I don't knock you for getting a driver that's a few years old, I just knock you for getting 2

 

 

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As most reasonable people would...ha   

 

As I mentioned to MDGH, I got them both for such a good deal, that if either one or neither work out, it'll be easy to put them back up for sale and recoup most of the money.  Which is a benefit I hadn't really thought of before of buying clubs that are 2 to 3 years old, they've already taken the big depreciation hit, so you won't be taking as huge of loss of say buying a 2017 driver and then selling or trading it 6 months later.  

 

MDGH can tell you as he's known me for over 15 years, I go through very hot and cold streaks.  I may buy a few drivers and couple sets of irons all within a few months.  Then I'll go maybe a year without buying anything.  Well a year is a cold spell for me at least..ha

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I don't know about "Backwards" but I am still gaming my Wilson "Sandy Andy" Sand wedge.   My club was "procured" from my father's bag- and is circa early 1960's.  I believe the "Alien" wedge from the 1990's and several other similar wedges with huge bounce flanges have been on the market for some time, but none match the comfort and security I feel when getting out of greenside bunkers with my trusty Sandy Andy...

 

I love the performance and rarely ever leave a ball in the sand.  With such a big bounce, I can also use it for short chips over trouble with a reasonable expectation of the ball sitting down before rolling off "Donald Ross" type greens.

So you've played that all along, or did you have a newer wedge more recently and then switched to that.   I once had a Cleveland  588 DSG wedge that was custom built for me by the Cleveland Tour Van while I waited, the right length, weight and bounce grip all tailored to me.   It was the best feeling wedge Ive ever had.  I used it until the grooves and grip were literally worn out (probably 9 years) and hated to give it up. 

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Cold water? Lol.. Just saying save your money for the new drivers offering an extra 20 yards! The PGA show in January is right around the corner!

 

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We often ask our self, if we will be gaining anything about going from our current fairly recent driver to the newest latest models out there.   But let's turn the tables on that, have you ever gone from a newer release club of any sort  to an older model.

 

I know Rick Shiels has the new driver vs 5 year old driver video out that has been talked about a bit. 

 

But this morning, during a conversation with MDGolfHacker I told him about my two midnight Ebay purchases with much enthusiasm.  I was met with a cold bucket of water right in the face!!  He was silent for a while then said, "Why would you go backwards in technology.  You have the "latest" newest technology in in Titleist's 917 driver that is brand new.  Why would you want a G30 that is what 4 years old," I told him, I think it's more like two years turns out it's--actually not quite 3.5 yet...so we'll split the difference--hey, it's my thread so I can make up the guidelines.

 

But back on track, we had a conversation about my 917 driver that is about 14 months old, and told him what I had seen and heard about the G30, and also the JPX850.   You know what a rabbit hole Youtube is, you go on looking for one thing, and end up looking at half a dozen others. So I should feel fortunate, I only walked away with two.    But after watching several reviews of both drivers, I came away very intrigued.  And to be fair, I also had on course experience with a friends G30 last week that was pretty amazing, which started this whole, well let's look at this well, maybe the driver of two or three years ago is pretty good.   

 

So what about anyone else, is there a cluub of any sort, driver, irons, wedges or putter that you have gone backwards on to an older model.  If so, why and how did it work out?

 

And, BTW, I am still gaming my Callaway Razr Fit Extreme driver from 2014.  I got that while visiting Monterey for a conference and being paired with a guy who had one and let me try it.  Best feeling driver I have owned since my old Fusion FT3.  Can feel the ball and get wonderful feedback, even on off-center hits.  I tested the new Ping G400 which launched the ball higher, but just did not have the feel or feedback, and at $500, not for me!!!

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... I go through very hot and cold streaks. I may buy a few drivers and couple sets of irons all within a few months. Then I'll go maybe a year without buying anything. Well a year is a cold spell for me at least..ha

I'm still waiting for that cold streak 😂🤣😂

 

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And, BTW, I am still gaming my Callaway Razr Fit Extreme driver from 2014. I got that while visiting Monterey for a conference and being paired with a guy who had one and let me try it. Best feeling driver I have owned since my old Fusion FT3. Can feel the ball and get wonderful feedback, even on off-center hits. I tested the new Ping G400 which launched the ball higher, but just did not have the feel or feedback, and at $500, not for me!!!

I had that driver but I was talked into a 7M3 Black tie shaft which was way beyond too stiff for my measly swing speed, lol. Loved the head but hated the shaft. Gave the shaft to my BIL, but never really found a shaft that would go with the head.

 

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I haven't, mainly because I have done my research as to how newer technology could help my game.  If a club that is 2 or 3 years old performs better than what I am currently gaming, then I would look into why.  Is the shaft different?  Is the spin profile of the head different?  It really would tell me that my current club doesn't fit me correctly, and I firmly believe that newer tech, when fit correctly, will almost always out perform older tech.  

 

I think this especially holds true for metal woods when compared to irons.  Heck, I had a friend just go through an iron fitting at club champion, only to come out of the fitting WITHOUT getting new irons.  His original Callaway Apex irons he go years ago still performed the best for him.  I think that tells you a lot about 1) the quality of those irons and 2) just how little irons in that category have changed in the last few years.

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Thinking about this topic, I've picked up older tech putters and maybe a year old new wedge, but in general I get the latest that's out there. Figure my game can use all the latest tech out there. The only exception was when I picked up a set of Tommy Armour Forged blades. They were several years old but brand new in a wrapper.

 

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It's not really an apples to apples comparison. Ping and Titleist have differing COG theories. Perhaps Ping's choice is better for your swing (it is for mine).

 

Also it could be that a given year's technological advance doesn't represent a gain for all players.

 

Long term there is likely to be small advances but generally speaking a player will find that his swing gravitates to certain driver brands because of their general premises.

 

Interesting thread BTW -

 

 

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It's not really an apples to apples comparison. Ping and Titleist have differing COG theories. Perhaps Ping's choice is better for your swing (it is for mine).

 

Also it could be that a given year's technological advance doesn't represent a gain for all players.

 

Long term there is likely to be small advances but generally speaking a player will find that his swing gravitates to certain driver brands because of their general premises.

 

Interesting thread BTW -

 

 

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Good point, and I touched on that with MDGH in our conversation.   There were some critics/reviewers out there that said, Titlesit with the 917 was just "catching up" to what others had been offering already.  Thinking also of the other purchase the JPX850 with the track technology, it kind of does the same thing the Titleist weight cogs do.   move the weight forward and back as well as heel or toe.  

 

As to your point about certain brands fitting a players swing.  I can see that, I felt that way about TaylorMade for years, with the Burner, then the R9 but then they lost me at the R15 and I haven' been back.  Although I am very interested in the M4 from what I hear. 

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I haven't, mainly because I have done my research as to how newer technology could help my game.  If a club that is 2 or 3 years old performs better than what I am currently gaming, then I would look into why.  Is the shaft different?  Is the spin profile of the head different?  It really would tell me that my current club doesn't fit me correctly, and I firmly believe that newer tech, when fit correctly, will almost always out perform older tech.  

 

I think this especially holds true for metal woods when compared to irons.  Heck, I had a friend just go through an iron fitting at club champion, only to come out of the fitting WITHOUT getting new irons.  His original Callaway Apex irons he go years ago still performed the best for him.  I think that tells you a lot about 1) the quality of those irons and 2) just how little irons in that category have changed in the last few years.

Don't bring logic and common sense into my irrational thread.  :huh:

 

But seriously it's a good point.  As to looking back and asking why if that does indeed turn out to be the case.  

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Good point, and I touched on that with MDGH in our conversation.   There were some critics/reviewers out there that said, Titlesit with the 917 was just "catching up" to what others had been offering already.  Thinking also of the other purchase the JPX850 with the track technology, it kind of does the same thing the Titleist weight cogs do.   move the weight forward and back as well as heel or toe.  

 

As to your point about certain brands fitting a players swing.  I can see that, I felt that way about TaylorMade for years, with the Burner, then the R9 but then they lost me at the R15 and I haven' been back.  Although I am very interested in the M4 from what I hear. 

 

SLDR and R15 were extremely low spin (low and forward weight) so it is not surprised that you hated those clubs as you did not have the swing speed for them.  Now the aeroburner, 2016 and 2017 M2 would be a much better fit - and I am sure the M4 will follow down that road as well

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SLDR and R15 were extremely low spin (low and forward weight) so it is not surprised that you hated those clubs as you did not have the swing speed for them.  Now the aeroburner, 2016 and 2017 M2 would be a much better fit - and I am sure the M4 will follow down that road as well

Well at the time (of the R15) I had a bit more of swing speed than I do now, not tour level but mid to upper 90's as opposed to right around 90 now.    But I did try the Aeroburner and just never loved it for some reason.   I hit a M2 (2016) at a couple demo days and did "ok" but my most common driver miss tends to be low on the heel, and we all know that is where the M2 performed worst of just bout any driver it compared to.  By that time, i believe I had moved onto the Wilson D300 and Bridgestone J815 and stuck with those for a while.  

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it was the week you were on vacation..ha

Hahaha that's too much. I hit an older driver better than the new stuff when I first started playing a few years ago. Now I won't go older mainly because I will be fit for everything for now on. Harder to get fit for something older.

 

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So you've played that all along, or did you have a newer wedge more recently and then switched to that.   I once had a Cleveland  588 DSG wedge that was custom built for me by the Cleveland Tour Van while I waited, the right length, weight and bounce grip all tailored to me.   It was the best feeling wedge Ive ever had.  I used it until the grooves and grip were literally worn out (probably 9 years) and hated to give it up. 

 

I've had it in my bag since -well, since I nicked it from my father.   I have tried (on occasion) other wedges, but have never felt anything anywhere in comparison to what it does.  I have not had a wedge fitting- perhaps that is something that I should consider... esp since I am considering testing the Cleveland RTX's based on the upcoming MGS Live thread out in CA...

 

Come to think of it, I have not had a full bag fitting since my Riley Repeater clubs in Monterey, CA in the early 1990's.  I moved from them to Tommy Armor 845's, then to Hogan Apex Edge Pros, all for the feel.  Lost some distance and feel when I was away from playing, so moved to the TM Burner 2.0, bought a used set of Hogan Ft Worth's on a whim - loved them but they are way beyond my consistency (or lack thereof) and now back to the Titleist AP2 714's... 

 

Suffice to say I am somewhat behind the technology edge, but not so far out of the forefront to be obsolete.  Like STUD said, I am economic (read frugal) when it comes to purchasing new golf stuff.  Like most cars, they lose value as soon as they are used once, so...   I would rather save my pennies for golf trips to wonderful, far off (or nearby) destinations!

 

BTW, my the grooves are completely gone from my Sandy Andy.  I would love it if  I could get it re-finished and re-grooved, but I think that might cost a pretty penny...

 

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