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Was thinking about this in the shower (shower thoughts) 

What do you guys think were the best clubs of all time driver, woods, irons, wedges, putters whatever.

What were the best clubs you never wished you sold? Curious of your thoughts and opinions and I couldn't find anything related when I searched all the threads.

For me I would have to say one of the best selling golf clubs of all time. The 845s were in production for 13 years and still have one heck of a following. The 845s had great success on the PGA tour. Since so many Tommy Armour 845s Silver Scott irons were sold, you can find them used really cheap. The real prize is the slightly bigger 845s Titanium face version with steel shafts, as most were sold with graphite. These were the first hand me down clubs from my father and the clubs I learned how to play on hitting balls around the yard. I grew up on a farm with lots of land to wack balls into the trees.

Driver: :callaway-small: Rogue Sub Zero 9* stiff

Wood: :adams-small: Tight Lies TI 3 wood stiff

Hybrid: :callaway-small: XR 3 19 deg stiff

Irons: :mizuno-small:  JPX 900 Tour std loft/lie

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 52,56,60

Putter: :odyssey-small: #7 Red

Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star

12.9 Handicap

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For me: the original metal Golfsmith heads for driver/3w/5w. Long and straight for me from 1986-1994!

Irons: Ping Zing 2. Again, long and straight

Driver: Ping G430 Max 9*, Ping Tour 70X

Fairway: Ping G425 15*, Ping Tour 70X

Hybrid: Ping G425 22*, Ping Tour 80X

Irons:  Ping i230 4-GW, TT DG X100

Wedges: :edel-golf-1: SMS 50D/54V/58D:Nippon:Modus 130 stiff, +1”

Putter:  :edel-golf-1: EAS 1.0

Ball: Titleist 2023 AVX

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The set I had in play were the original Wilson Fat shafts for my irons. They were heavy and I hit the ball a mile with them and straight. The hype was all about eliminating  club twist with the fat shafts. I had the TaylorMade Burner Bubble Shafts for my woods.  I dont know how I hit anything with those small heads. Ahh the memories.  But I also agree with the status of the 845' s as being the most wanted back in the day.

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:cobra-small: 3 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex

:cobra-small: 5 wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 7 Wood, Aerojet Max UST Helium Nanocore R Flex 

:cobra-small: 5 Hybrid King Tec MMT R Flex

:cobra-small: Irons, Tour UST Recoil 95 R Flex (6 - Gap)

:cobra-small: Wedges, Snakebite KBS Hi- Rev2.0 54* & 60*

:cobra-small: Agera 35"

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For me it was a Ping Eye 2 coppers for the irons. Wilson Staff blades (late 70's) were close second. Regarding woods, Persimmon Wilson Staff's or  Hogans both 70's models followed by original 90's model Callaway Big Bertha War Bird steels. Wedges would be Wilson Staff Jerry Pates and/or my current Wishon PCF's. All time putters I guess would be 8802 Wilson Staff and Ping B60 or B61 coppers.  

 

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Shouldn’t it be what we are playing now? If not, why aren’t we playing them?

But for me it was a set of Dynacraft Pro Cavity irons circa 2003. I built them when I had just started club building and they were the easiest to play irons ever. Very little offset but the perfect sole width and grind.

Unfortunately vanity got me as I was playing “no name” clubs and my buddy bought a sweet new set of Mizuno MX-23’s, so I followed with my own set. Never played near as well with the Mizuno’s as the Dynacraft’s.


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WITB:

Stan Thompson “Reactionizer” persimmon woods 1-4

Spalding Tour Edition 3-PW

Spalding Top-Flite E.V.A. Sand Club

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

 

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3 hours ago, aerospace_ray said:

For me it was a Ping Eye 2 coppers for the irons. Wilson Staff blades (late 70's) were close second. Regarding woods, Persimmon Wilson Staff's or  Hogans both 70's models followed by original 90's model Callaway Big Bertha War Bird steels. Wedges would be Wilson Staff Jerry Pates and/or my current Wishon PCF's. All time putters I guess would be 8802 Wilson Staff and Ping B60 or B61 coppers.  

 

Agree 100% with PING Coppers, for scratch players Hogan Apex.

Woods Citation Persimmon

Putter PING Anser2   

 DRIVER: default_cobra-small.jpg.125f3712aad21ad9f7ca2c672e34a299.jpg  Cobra F-8 set at 10.5,  Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 60 (R) 44 1/2 "

3 & 5 WOOD: default_callaway-small.jpg.a58e7c6760b71a9eb95d385ecc5d2200.jpg Callaway XR-16, Fujikura Speeder Evolution 565 Red (R) 

IRONS 5-SW: default_ping-small.jpg.b7606a25498d65282474c96f18d2debd.jpg PING G-700, 2 upright, std loft  Alta CB (R) + 1/2"

HYBRID 3-4:  default_ping-small.jpg.b7606a25498d65282474c96f18d2debd.jpg PING G-410, 1 upright,  Alta CB 70 Red (R) + 1/2"

PUTTER: Byron Experimental GSS

 

 

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When I think best clubs of all-time, I think of clubs that were the best performers of their era and are still sought after today.

Macgregor M693, M43, M85 Woods

In their day, the most sought after woods by the games best players. 1950’s era Macgregor persimmon woods were still in the bags of pro’s like Norman and Nicklaus well into the 1980’s.


Ping Eye 2 Irons

The irons that really changed everything. There were cavity backs before the Eye 2, like Ping’s own Karsten irons but the Ping Eye 2 was a complete game changing iron that ushered in the end of the forged blade irons that were little changed from the 50’s thru 80’s.


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WITB:

Stan Thompson “Reactionizer” persimmon woods 1-4

Spalding Tour Edition 3-PW

Spalding Top-Flite E.V.A. Sand Club

Rife Legend Z Putter

 

 

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Another vote for the Ping Eye 2 here. The overall design, concept, playability and performance was (and still is) pretty much faultless. The sand wedge alone deserves a mention as  one the best all round bunker clubs - it just works. Granted, the look, the offset and the sole bounce (in some cases negative bounce on the longer irons) isn't to everyone's taste, but it's hard to dispute that any other iron had such an impact on the world golf scene from their debut to the present day. Tommy Armour 845's would be a close second maybe, with blade fans going for Mizuno MP33's and yours truly would wouldn't part with his Titleist 690MB's for anything. 

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On 7/10/2020 at 8:13 PM, aerospace_ray said:

For me it was a Ping Eye 2 coppers for the irons.

+1 on the PE2's. Karsten Solheim designed the mousetrap that everyone sought to emulate. 

:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver 

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:srixon-small:  ZX5 Irons 4-AW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:EVNROLL: ER5v Putter  (Evnroll ER5v Official Review)

:odyssey-small: AI-One Milled Seven T CH (Currently Under Product Test)

 

 

 

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I'm going to throw a vote in for Golden Ram Tour Grinds.

Yes, I admit to a bias.  😊

For putters, can there really be anything other than either the 8802 or the Anser?

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Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 11*, Aldila NV75 X, 43.5" -or- SpeedZone, HZRDUS Black 75 6.5, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42" -or- Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34"; Ping Scottsdale TR Craz-E, 35"; Cleveland Huntington Beach 1, 35"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, Bridgestone Tour B-RXS, Callaway Chrome Soft

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They haven’t been made yet, or what will manufacturers sell us all next year?

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  • Titleist TSR2 16.5º HZRDUS Red 60 CB 6.0 & TSR2 21º HZRDUS Black 4G 70 6.0 w Lamkin UTx Midsize
  • Mizuno JPX923 HMP 4-GW, T22 54.12WS, T22 58.04DC w Lamkin ST+2 Hybrid Midsize
  • Evnroll EV5.3
  • Maxfli Tour & ProV1
  • Ping Pioneer - MGI Zip Navigator AT
  • Payntr X 002 LE, Ecco Biom C4, FJ DryJoys
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The original Big Bertha Driver was a game changer.

  • :taylormade-small: Sim 2 Driver Fujikura Ventus Blue 6R shaft
  • :taylormade-small:Sim 2 5 wood Fujikura Ventus Blue 5R shaft
  •  th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0311 Gen 5 Seven Wood Project X Cypher 50 5.5 shaft set to flat with weights set to fade.
  • :titelist-small: H818 Hybrid 25 degrees Tensei ck Series 60 HY regular flex shafts at C4 setting (flat for lefties)
  • :titelist-small: 718 AP1 irons 6-gap Tensei ck Series AMC IR regular flex bent two degrees flat
  • :vokey-small: SM 7 Wedge 58 degrees M grind with 8 bounce Steel shafts wedge flex bent 2 degrees flat
  • :ping-small: Glide 3 52.12 and 56.14 with  Alta CB Red Regular Flex shaft bent 2 degrees flat
  • Go back and forth between :cameron-small: Select Newport 2 putter 34 inch length and :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne putter 33 inch length
  • Bridgestone B X.
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I think the Callaway Big Bertha irons from the late 90's were some of best irons made (in the GI category). They looked a little different as they were trying to maximize the physical properties to make irons forgiving and are still one of the most forgiving/playable sets of irons ever made. I still see them played from time to time. The only thing that would change if they reproduced them today is probably the sole design a little (which they did changed in the early 2000's). I also feel like the Perfect Club deserves a shout out for the TV sales category. That club was well made, easy to hit, and forgiving. I suppose proliferation of hybrids caused the club's demise. 

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Another vote for Ping Eye 2.  The + was my favorite iteration.

:ping-small:G410 plus driver,:taylormade-small:Aeroburner 3W, :cobra-small:F6 Baffler 
:callaway-small:XR 4, 5 hybrids
:titleist-small:2021 T300 6 - GW, SW irons
:callaway-small: Mack Daddy CB 58/12 wedge
:odyssey-small: Tour Lined 2-Ball Ten Stroke Lab putter

Alternates: Titleist 716 AP1 irons, Titleist TSi2 driver

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Well the Ping Eye 2 is pretty much a no brainer.

 

Woods?

 

Taylor Made Original One was kind of a game changer like those, I’d say.

 

 

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Taylor Made Stealth 2 10.5 Diamana S plus 60  Aldila  R flex   - 42.25 inches 

SMT 4 wood bassara R flex, four wood head, 3 wood shaft

Ping G410 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Srixon ZX5 MK II  5-GW - UST recoil Dart 65 R flex

India 52,56 (60 pending)  UST recoil 75's R flex  

Evon roll ER 5 32 inches

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I have a few:

Taylormade RAC TP CB/MB combos

Titliest 975F 

Adams CMB's

Cobra King F9 - Fuji Ventus Blue 6X

Taylormade M3 - 15*: Graphite Design Tour AD TP 6X

Cobra F9 Speedback: Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 6X

TM P760's 4-PW - Modus 120X

50* Vokey X100

53* and 58* Vokey SM8 X100

L.A.B. Putters 2.1 Directed Force

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I have three- all of which I still own.

Topflite Tour Irons - these were a special edition as they are forged. They were a limited run specially to supply Payne Stewart.  Not sure how many sets were made. My set was a prize at a  tournament we won back in the 90's.

Wilson Staff Tour 100 Blades.

Original Big Bertha Warbird Driver.

Callaway Epic Flash 9 Degree

Callaway Epic Flash 3 wood 15 Degree

Callaway Apex 21 Hybrid 19 Degree

Callaway Steelhead Pro 4-AW Irons

Cleveland 54 Degree Wedge Steel Shaft

Recoil Graphite Shafts in all Callaway

Cobra Vintage Series Stingray 40

Preferred ball - Seed 001

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The best of my time playing golf is the Taylormade Supersteel irons with the red S-90 Bubble Graphite shaft - specifically the 9 iron. 

This gets the nod because it is the club I hit a hole-in-one with. So, it's the best club of all time for me. 

Second, is my Taylormade SLDR S 19* 5 wood with the 65g Fuji Kira Speeder stiff shaft. This club landed me 4 feet from the pin leading to my second eagle, and first on a par 5. 

I switched out my irons but the 5w is still in the bag. 

The irons are on loan to a buddy. 

 

Golf is simple - people are complicated.

5w Taylormade SLDR S 19* - 220yd, Ping G2 5-U - 190-105, Maltby M+ 54* & MG 60* - 95-75, Evnroll ER8, Titleist 816 H1 4h 21*, Maltby 4 Hybrid Iron 24* - 210-200, Callaway XR16 8* - 235 carry

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On 7/25/2020 at 10:06 PM, HAC said:

The original Big Bertha Driver was a game changer.

Adding to my answer, to me the most innovative clubs of all time were:

Ping Anser Putter - heel and toe weighted putter

Ping Eye 2 Irons - perimeter weighting

TaylorMade's original rescue clubs - hybrids were brand new

Big Bertha Driver - first oversized driver

XXIO clubs - really light clubs for women and seniors

This is a bit different answer that what were the best clubs of all time.  But these clubs to me moved the ball forward and moved us in a large way to where clubs are today.  I am sure I am missing some very innovative clubs and am interested in the thoughts of others.  Unfortunately, I have never owned any of these.

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  • :taylormade-small: Sim 2 Driver Fujikura Ventus Blue 6R shaft
  • :taylormade-small:Sim 2 5 wood Fujikura Ventus Blue 5R shaft
  •  th.jpg.d6e2abdaeb04f007fd259c979f389de6.jpg  0311 Gen 5 Seven Wood Project X Cypher 50 5.5 shaft set to flat with weights set to fade.
  • :titelist-small: H818 Hybrid 25 degrees Tensei ck Series 60 HY regular flex shafts at C4 setting (flat for lefties)
  • :titelist-small: 718 AP1 irons 6-gap Tensei ck Series AMC IR regular flex bent two degrees flat
  • :vokey-small: SM 7 Wedge 58 degrees M grind with 8 bounce Steel shafts wedge flex bent 2 degrees flat
  • :ping-small: Glide 3 52.12 and 56.14 with  Alta CB Red Regular Flex shaft bent 2 degrees flat
  • Go back and forth between :cameron-small: Select Newport 2 putter 34 inch length and :ping-small: Sigma G Tyne putter 33 inch length
  • Bridgestone B X.
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Loaded question, but want to put a slight twist. What of the newer clubs that have been coming out could become in the best club ever category?

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Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)

 

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There are no best clubs per se. Best clubs are those assembled and harmonized for each golfer by a provessional,knowledgeable and experienced clubfitter/clubmaker.
However, I can say that the best driver head I ever played is the Wishon Golf 919 THI, which was created  more than 1O years ago and which not any other surpasses.

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For me my first set of blades - Wilson FG49 - 1 iron through to a Sand Wedge.

Driver - Titleist 975D 8.5° Grafalloy Stiff.  Get this - this driver was available for purchase from 1998 to 2001!  You look at a every driver produced since by Titleist or any other company and you will not see anywhere near that longevity.

Woods - Titleist in the same range/generation.

Wedges - Cleveland RTG rustys - 56° (bent to 55°) and 60°.  I later replaced my Wilson PW and SW with Clevelands because I wore them out.

Putter - Ping Anser.

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Growing up in Kentucky, my first set were Powerbilts. They were very popular in the 50’s & 60’s. Then there were the Nicklaus Muirfields by MacGregor. They had a feel like no other. As for woods, again Powerbilt Citation persimmons.

 

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.png0311 XF 10.5* w/Project X Cypher 40 gram Senior shaft or 0811 XF 12* w/Evenflo Riptide CB Senior shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.png0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: None in bag at the moment

IronsTitleist T300 5-PW w/Fubuki MV Senior graphite shafts w/Golf Pride Tour

Wedges: Titleist T300 48* GW w/Fubuki MV Senior shaft and Edison forged 53* and 57* wedges with KB PGI Senior shafts(80 grm).

Putter: 33” Evnroll ER6R or  ER2 or Bellum Winmore Model 707,   or Nike Method Core Drone  w/Evnroll Gravity Grip

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black/Lime). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG, Titleist Pro V1x or Titleist TruFeel

Using Shot Scope X5 and Pinned Rangefinder

 

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I don't know if they are "the best', but to me, the most memorable clubs that come to mind (including those that I have played) are:

PING EYE 2 Irons  (easy to see I am not the only one who believes so)

Tony Penna Persimmon Driver;  Taylor Made "Pittsburgh Persimmon" Driver

Callaway Steelhead Fairway woods

Cleveland Wedges;  A Lynx Sand wedge

PING ANSER Putter

Carried in an all leather Burton bag

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I have to agree with those saying Ping Eye2 for irons.

Ping Anser putter with the heel/toe weighting.

Callaway led the innovation in Drivers and Super Game Improvement irons.

Taylor Made was the first to make hybrids - rescue clubs - popular.

 

Titleist TSR1 Driver @ 10.5

Titleist TSR1 FW @ 16.5

Titleist TSR1 HB @ 19

Titleist TSR1 HB @ 24

Titleist T300: 6-U

Titleist SM9: 52, 56, 60

Cleveland 2 Smart Square Putter

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One more vote for the original (square grooves and all) Ping Eye 2's.  They were my first serious new club purchase after I started my post college career.  

My wife says I'm a bit of a hoarder, especially as it relates to golf clubs.  So I can't really say which one I regret selling as I still have most of my special clubs I've owned.   I still have my original Ping Eye2's, one iron through lob wedge (including the beryllium copper sand wedge), my original Callaway Big Bertha driver (which looks almost like a fairway wood in size) and too many putters to list.  I've given away several sets of irons, drivers and putters in the past (because I ran out of storage space), but I tend to hold on to those that were special.  

From a putter perspective, history is littered with inventors who believed they had a better mouse trap.  Obviously, the Ping Anser is likely the answer.  How about Callaway's two ball putter?  It bought looking and being a little different to the masses.  Yeah, based on my hoarding comment above, I think I have two or three of them in my shed (different lengths, center shafted, etc.).  

As far as @GolfSpy_APH's tweak to this thread, what new clubs could become the best ever down the road?  For me, the "best" definition has to include clubs that created somewhat of a disruption in the way industry thought about club design and materials.  A current club that might fit that mold would be Taylor Made's Stealth driver.  Though we had Golfsmith and Golfworks in the past, one could argue that the growth in direct to consumer clubs (too many great ones to mention...Sub70 and others) could be considered somewhat of a disruption in the classic golf club business model and worthy of consideration as well.

How about from a best ball perspective?  One can't argue too much with the Pro V1.  

Ping G430 Max driver 10.5 degrees with an Alta Quick45 gram senior shaft
Callaway Epic 3 wood, Project X Evenflow Green 45 gram senior shaft  
Callaway GBB Epic Heavenwood, with a Mitsubishi Diamana 50 gram senior shaft
Ping G 20.5 degree 7 wood, with a stock Alta 65 gram senior shaft
Ping G 26 degree hybrid, stock Alta 65 gram senior shaft
Callaway Paradym X irons, 7-AW with Aldila Ascent Blue 50 graphite shafts
Edison wedges:  50, 55 and 60 degree, KBS Tour Graphite A flex shafts
Putters:  L.A.B. Direct Force 2.1 putter, 34.5" long, 67 degrees lie
 
2022 MGS Tester:  Shot Scope Pro XL+ with H4  
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My favorite clubs of all time were;

Irons:  hands down, Hogan Apex 50s

Woods: Bang Golf Mellow Yellow, driver,  3 wood and 5 wood all with yellow Harrison 2.2 shafts. Used to always joke the first time anyone saw them that they had been a school bus in another life but they'd all stop laughing when you blew 25 yards past them. 

Putter: original Ram Zebra made so famous by Raymond Floyd and Nick Price.

 

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  • TM Stealth 9* 
  • TM SIM 3 wood
  • TM P790 4-PW
  • Cleveland RTG 580 52*, 56*, 60*
  • TM Spider GT
  • Titleist ProV1X

 

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 For me the best club of all time is the Acushnet Bullseye putter. Although I have newer ones, I still go back to it on a regular basis. The one I got rid of that I wish I still had is an Odyssey White Hot center shafted #2.  It is similar to the Bullseye, so maybe I should pay more attention instead of changing.

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