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The first golf ball I ever hit took place in my late 30s. I started with a box set from Wally World. I was at the range one day when a sales person convinced me I needed an upgrade so I bought my first set of “real” clubs. I used those Mizuno Pro IIs until every iron was worn to rust. Fast forward 18 years and three sets of Mizuno irons (MP 37s which were stolen, MP52s and now MP5s). I'm sitting on the couch one day perousing EBay for stuff I didn't need when I came across a listing for a set of 18 year old as advertised almost new Mizuno T-Zoid Pro II irons. The pics looked good so I bid a wooping $50 and damned if I didn't win. I fully expected them to arrive in a condition much different than advertised. Boy was I wrong. I don't know the full history of the irons but I received 2-P wedge in almost new condition. I regripped them then put them into the rotation. What a great iron? The feel is simply amazing and they slide through the turf like butter. First sign of bag chatter I pulled them out of the bag, boxed them and gave them a place of honor in my golf gear closet. I really am a golf geek!

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$50? Awesome score! Sometimes it's cool to have a set you really like even if you no longer plan on playing them. I have a set of Macgregor CB-92 heads in the garage that maybe I'll reshaft one day, but if not, I still love those heads.

 

And just last night I put a pretty low offer on a set of Ping ISI beryllium copper irons and damned if I didn't wake up this morning to an offer accepted email.

 

 

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I golf with a guy that players these, they sure don't look this good.

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I own two sets of them and they aren't going anywhere.  There was a Asian seller on eBay with a "New Old Stock" set that he wants $ 1,700 bucks for and I can't get him to lower his price.

 

               One of the sets I own  I bought new from a Mizuno employee in GA and they came off the Tour Van. They have "Power Blade" on the blade that indicates they are JDM and they are a Satin finish. The other set I picked up on Craig's List for $ 75 bucks in very good condition.  

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Wow! Those are pretty. I am really jealous.

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They are my favorite of all time. The thin sole really works well for me. I've always struggled with anything that can get caught in the turf and these things cut thru the grass like butter. I play MP5s now which are a great club as well. Still they just don't feel like my old Pro IIs.

 

After posting the original topic I got the bug to experiment. I headed out to a local track with the oldest clubs I could find in my garage:

 

Ping Eye 2 1 wood laminate

Ping Eye 2 4 wood laminate

Mizuno Pro II irons

Cleveland beat to hell wedges

Ping copper putter from the mid 80s

Sleeve of Titleist Professional 90

 

I shot a 76 on a course I normally get around in 78 to 82. Although the Laminate Woods didn't carry very far they did roll out a fair distance. Typically I was hitting 5,6,7 into the greens. Needless to say once the Pro IIs joined the party I was golden. My 25 year old putter felt awesome with its leather grip. Oh Scotty we might have to part ways.

 

The reality is today I was throwing dimes. I wish I could say this proves technology hasn't progressed as much as we would all like to think. I believe today's throwback Tuesday was more of an anomally than a condemnation on today's advanced equipment. However, it does kind of prove the Indian is much more important than the Arrow. So next time you get the urge to drop $400 on a new driver I recommend you grab an old persimmon (not really) and head down to see you local golf pro for a few lessons.

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I own two sets of them and they aren't going anywhere. There was a Asian seller on eBay with a "New Old Stock" set that he wants $ 1,700 bucks for and I can't get him to lower his price.

 

One of the sets I own I bought new from a Mizuno employee in GA and they came off the Tour Van. They have "Power Blade" on the blade that indicates they are JDM and they are a Satin finish. The other set I picked up on Craig's List for $ 75 bucks in very good condition.

I might end up selling them. I've really started collecting way to many golf clubs. I have way more than the average joe should need ;)

 

 

 

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They are my favorite of all time. The thin sole really works well for me. I've always struggled with anything that can get caught in the turf and these things cut thru the grass like butter. I play MP5s now which are a great club as well. Still they just don't feel like my old Pro IIs.

 

After posting the original topic I got the bug to experiment. I headed out to a local track with the oldest clubs I could find in my garage:

 

Ping Eye 2 1 wood laminate

Ping Eye 2 4 wood laminate

Mizuno Pro II irons

Cleveland beat to hell wedges

Ping copper putter from the mid 80s

Sleeve of Titleist Professional 90

 

I shot a 76 on a course I normally get around in 78 to 82. Although the Laminate Woods didn't carry very far they did roll out a fair distance. Typically I was hitting 5,6,7 into the greens. Needless to say once the Pro IIs joined the party I was golden. My 25 year old putter felt awesome with its leather grip. Oh Scotty we might have to part ways.

 

The reality is today I was throwing dimes. I wish I could say this proves technology hasn't progressed as much as we would all like to think. I believe today's throwback Tuesday was more of an anomally than a condemnation on today's advanced equipment. However, it does kind of prove the Indian is much more important than the Arrow. So next time you get the urge to drop $400 on a new driver I recommend you grab an old persimmon (not really) and head down to see you local golf pro for a few lessons.

 

 

I'm almost at the point of buying a persimmon driver. I had been playing my Cleveland Classic Custom XL for the last three years, which looks smaller than 460cc due to being a deep face driver, and now recently bought a TaylorMade M1. I'm definitely hitting the M1 further but at my home course I don't really need to hit it further.

 

What I need is the “experience” you know? The feeling of hitting a wood wood is much more satisfying than hitting a giant driver.

 

I just don't know how much longer I can take the club tech assault forced upon us by the OEMs.

 

Swing. Hit. Walk. Repeat. It doesn't need to be as complicated as equipment manufacturers make it out to be.

 

 

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What the... those look factory fresh. Nice score!

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What the... those look factory fresh. Nice score!

Yeah it was pretty amazing. The first set I wore the grooves to the point of being smooth. I found those on eBay and was feeling a little nostalgic. I really didn't need them and have only played with them a couple times.

 

 

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I'm almost at the point of buying a persimmon driver. I had been playing my Cleveland Classic Custom XL for the last three years, which looks smaller than 460cc due to being a deep face driver, and now recently bought a TaylorMade M1. I'm definitely hitting the M1 further but at my home course I don't really need to hit it further.

 

What I need is the “experience” you know? The feeling of hitting a wood wood is much more satisfying than hitting a giant driver.

 

I just don't know how much longer I can take the club tech assault forced upon us by the OEMs.

 

Swing. Hit. Walk. Repeat. It doesn't need to be as complicated as equipment manufacturers make it out to be.

 

 

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Modern drivers are much more forgiving and definitely longer. I do enjoy hitting the Ping Laminate for the reasons you stated. It is a great club to practice with because it forces you to maintain your tempo. you have to middle it to get over 200 yards.

 

 

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