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Some of us have been playing golf for some time - In fact when I started playing in the mid-60's it was a mixture of a friend's clubs that he got when his Dad was teaching at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Some of them had hickory shafts. My first set was Paul Harney Kroydon's and I used them from the time I was 14 until I was a junior in college - I quit playing baseball that summer (major league dreams dashed because I couldn't even start on my DIII college team - of course I had a DIII All American ahead of me and he even had a up of coffee in the bigs later in life but that's another story). That's when I got my favorite driver ever a PGA Tommy Armor persimmon - it was beautiful - I used that driver until I wore it out about 10 years later. After that I had a quest to find its replacement - Ping Eye 2 (yech), one my pro custome built for me (I was long with it but not so straight), Tmag Original One and Burner (see above - I actually drove with the Tour spoon most of the time from '88 until '95). Then came my second favorite driver the Titleist 975D - my Tiger driver - loved that thing - long accurate slinging draws that were perfect for that Indiana clay soil and went no where when I moved to hilly, wet Wisconsin. Since then I don't think I've had a driver for more than a season and a half - In fact I'm on Driver number 9 since 2001 and that doesn't count reshafts of drivers.

 

So to recap my favorite driver ever is that Tommy Armor with the Titleist 907D a close second - I'm wondering if the R11s might just make it to number 3 and deserve a mention - number 3 Right now is Probably the Mizuno 700 that I could sling with a draw and get a little roll out of down here in Florida. But really there is no driver I've loved other than those first two.

 

How about you? What are some of your favorite drivers and why?

Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,56,60

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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Mine was a Powerbilt......but not the Citation that I got in my mid 20's........My favorite cost me only $20. It was the first new golf club I ever bought (and there have been way too many to count since then)...It was a Powerbilt, but it was a Laminated Hard Rock Maple Driver with a deep face. I could simply blast my drives and they almost always stayed in the fairway.

Driver: Tour Edge Exotics EXS w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft BACKUP DRIVER: Cobra F8 w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft  Fairways:  Cobra King F8 3W(14.5*) & 5W(18.5*) w/Mitsubishi ck Blue regular shaft Hybrids: Tour Edge CBX 119 4H(22*)  with Project X Evenflo regular shaft Irons: Wilson Staff D7 5 - PW w/Recoil 460 regular shafts Wedges: Wilson D7 GW(50*) & SW(54*) w/Recoil 460 regular shafts; Cleveland RTX Zipcore(58*) w/True Temper Spinner Wedge steel shaft  Putter: 33" Slotline SSi 693 mid mallet Bag: Cobra Ultralite Cart Bag(Peacoat Blue).

 

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Callaway Big Bertha Warbird, AWESOME club for it's time.

 

Cleveland HiBore, another good one.

 

TaylorMade R9 SuperDeep. Still gaming this one, the TM R11s I won here and got super duper custom fit for has not been able to send it to the bench!

Ping I20 8.5* - Aldila NV 65g S
Adams XTD Super Hybrid 15* - Stock Fubuki S
Adams DHY 21* - Stock Matrix Ozik White Tie S
Mizuno MP58 4-8 Irons - Fujikura MCI 100 S
SCOR 42,46,50,54,58* - SCOR/KBS Genius S
STX Robert Ingman Envision TR 35", Iomic grip

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I love my current driver. Cobra Amp Cell. Not the longest, but man is it straight. I'm not one to work the ball much, but if I need to, I can make it turn any direction I want. Awesome club. Tried R-11, Titleist, Ping, Callaway, and others. None were as consistent as this one.

 

#2 is my old original Callaway Big Bertha. Again, not the longest driver (but it was at the time), but it did what I told it to do.

There is no spoon.

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Callaway Diablo 15°
Callaway Diablo 18°
Callaway Steelhead XR Pro 4-W
Mizuno TP-4 50, 54, 58
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Favorite of old was the original Big Bertha Warbird. It was revolutionary for it's time and I loved that thing. I also have very fond memories of an old Arnold Palmer driver. It was a cheap Dunham's driver and I don't even know what the specs were, but I hit the crap out of it for a 13/14yr old kid.

 

Recently I've been playing the R11s and it's been the most consistent club in the bag, it helps that I was actually fit for it and it has the correct shaft for me.

Driver: :callaway-logo-1: Epic SZ w/ VA Composites Raijin 65 04

3w: :taylormade-small:'16 M2 hl w/ Diamana D+ 82

5w: :cleveland-small: Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Yellow

Hybrid: :cleveland-small: 22 deg. Launcher HB w/ HZRDUS Black

Irons: :ping-small: 5i-UW G700 w/ X100 soft stepped once

Wedges: :cleveland-small: 54 & 58 CBX w/ Nippon Modus 3 125

Putter: :odyssey-small: Red 7s

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Yep...loving my current driver....

Titleist 913 D3 (RIP Alpha Shaft).

Goes far enough, workable enough, and feels great!

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In my bag, JULY 2020
:titelist-small: TS2 Driver Hzrdous Smoke Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:titelist-small: TS2 Hybrids  Mitsubishi Tensei Shaft (Stiff Flex)
:mizuno-small:  MP-59 5-PW; KBS Tour (Regular Flex)
 :callaway-small: PM Grind Wedges
:bettinardi-1:  Putter

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I have actually had only a few drivers and most of them I have liked. My personal favorite was the very first Titleist Titanium 975D. It s the first Golf Club I ever bought myself with Graduation Money and at that time it was a huge technological leap forward. I used that thing for years. I actually was nostalgically looking at them on Ebay last night and was considering buying one just to see how it stacks up to the modern heads with the new ball. Then in Grad School I got a Taylor Made r510 TP with a Speeder. I used that club until two years ago when I got a Nickent 4DX Tour 9 degree with a Aldilla NV. Then Last year I put an Excalibur T6+ plus in it. That Driver is Really good too. That is 1,2,3 for me in order. Once I get one I like I keep it a long time usually.

It's all about the short game, unless you can't keep it in play!

What's in my Bag:
Driver: Adams Speedline Super LS 10.5 with Excalibur T7+ tour stiff shaft
3 Wood: Adams Speedline Super LS 13 degree with Excalibur TFW Tour stiff shaft
Hybrid: Nickent 6DT 19 degree Aldilla Voodoo NV Stiff shaft
Irons: 4-9 KZG Tour Evolution with Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 tour 120 x flex shafts
Wedges:49 degree Dave Pelz wedge with a Nippon N.S. Pro Modus tour 120 x flex shaft. 54,64 Dave Pelz wedges with Rifle spinner shafts 59 Degree Scor wedge with rifle spinner shaft.
Putter: Bentinardi Ben Hogan Big Ben Center shafted 33 inches with best grips custom pistol putter grip.

Ball: Titleist Pro V1X, Callaway Hex Chrome +

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I have four drivers right now, and play the R9 Super Deep and the R11 mostly. I have to say I really like them, I also like the Razr Fit and the 909D3, however, my favorite driver ever was the Titleist 905R. I continually upgraded that shaft and last year I had a GD ADDI in it and it was still keeping up with the newer drivers and I simply scored better with it.

 

My neighbor had been after me to sell him that driver for over a year, yeah he could have picked one up cheap on eBay, but he want that one. I put a shaft in it that I thought he could hit and sold it to him about 6 months ago. I decided that I could never truly commit to my other drivers as long as I kept going back to that one, so I let it go. He unleashed it last Saturday and hit it farther than I ever did so at least it has a good home.

 

Driver:      :mizuno-small:  ST190G on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Fairway:   :mizuno-small:  ST190TS 15° on Fujikura ATMOS Black

Hybrids     :mizuno-small:  CLK 22 & 25 (set to 20° & 23°) on Fujikura SPEEDER

Irons:     :mizuno-small:  MP5 5-P on True Temper Dynamic Gold

Wedges: :mizuno-small: MP-T5 52*, 56* & 60* on True Temper Dynamic Gold Wedge

Putter:    :cameron-small: 2018 Select Newport 2

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1X

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:

Range Finder: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Adams Redline Rpm 460 or my current driver Cobra LV4 love my R11 but I know the cobra so well I just feel the most confident with it.

MY BAG-

Driver- Taylormade SLDR 12* (Speeder 7.2vc tour spec S)

3 Wood- Taylormade R11(bimatrix prototype S)

3 Hybrid- Ping I20(stock S)

Irons-Taylormade Tour Perferred MC ( C Taper S)

Wedges- 50, 54, and 58 SCOR4161( KBS)

Putter-Taylormade Ghost Corza.

 

All Left Handed!

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How could I forget the TM 09 Burner TP?!

Ping I20 8.5* - Aldila NV 65g S
Adams XTD Super Hybrid 15* - Stock Fubuki S
Adams DHY 21* - Stock Matrix Ozik White Tie S
Mizuno MP58 4-8 Irons - Fujikura MCI 100 S
SCOR 42,46,50,54,58* - SCOR/KBS Genius S
STX Robert Ingman Envision TR 35", Iomic grip

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Toss Up.........

 

Nike Covert or the Adams Speedline 9064LS

Driver:   :taylormade-small: M3 Tensei CK Pro Blue
3-Metal:: :callaway-small: GBB EPIC, FujiKura Pro Green

5-Metal:  :cobra-small: F-7, FujiKura Pro

Irons:   :mizuno-small: MP-18 SC, KBS Tour 120

Wedges:  :cleveland-small:   RTX-3  52 - 56 - 60
Putter:  EVN-Roll ER-5

Ball :  :bridgestone-small: Tour B XS

Range Finder:  Busnnell Tour-X,  Garmin S20 

 

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Adams 9015d w/ Matrix F7M2 LTD in candy gold, R11 DOT w/ Matrix Ozik HD7 in candy lime, and TMag Superfast 2.0 v2 LCG w/ ProjectX PXv for me. TMag R11 TP w/ Talamonti PD70 is right there with them(its the straightest and most controllable driver ever for me).

In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade M2 (2017) w/ Project X T1100 HZRDUS Handcrafted 65x 
Strong 3 wood: Taylormade M1 15* w/ ProjectX T1100 HZRDUS handcrafted 75x
3 Hybrid: Adams PRO 18* w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4 Hybrid: Adams PRO 20* (bent to 21*) w/ KBS Tour Hybrid S flex tipped 1/2"
4-AW: TaylorMade P770 w/ Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx S400

SW: 56* Scratch Tour Dept(CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
LW: 60* Scratch Tour Department (CC grooves) w/ Dynamic Gold Spinner
XW: 64* Cally XForged Vintage w/ DG X100 8 iron tiger stepped
Putter: Nike Method Prototype 006 at 34"

Have a ton of back-ups in all categories, but there are always 14 clubs in the bag that differ depending on the course and set-up. Bomb and gouge. Yes, I'm a club gigolo.

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My current driver: Mizuno JPX-800 10.5. Long, straight, forgiving.

Whats in my Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag?

Woods: Tommy Armour Atomic 10.5* and Cobra Speedzone 3H

Irons: Cobra Pro CB 5, 7 and 9-irons

Wedge: Cobra King 54*

Putter: Titleist Bullseye

Ball: Maxfli Tour X

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Yep...loving my current driver....

Titleist 913 D3 (RIP Alpha Shaft).

Goes far enough, workable enough, and feels great!

 

 

I use the same club only with the Phenom shaft. I have the RIP Alpha and I'm going to give it a shot soon.

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Adams Fast 12LS stock Fubuki alpha :D

Nike Machspeed Round with Aldila NV wasn't bad either...

:cobra-small: SpeedZone 9* w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 60 S
:callaway-small: X2 Hot 3 Deep 14.5* w/ Aldila Tour Green 75 S
:taylormade-small: JetSpeed 5W 19* w/ Matrix Velox T 69 S OR :adams-small: Super LS 3H 19* w/ Kuro Kage Black 80 S
:mizuno-small: JPX919 Forged 4-PW w/ Modus3 105 S
:titelist-small: Vokey SM7 50/08F, 54/14F & 58/08M w/ Modus3 115 Wedge
:EVNROLL: ER1 34" w/ SuperStroke Fatso 2.0
MfleKCg.jpg Pro / 9dZCgaF.jpgH2NO Lite Cart Bag / :Clicgear: 3.0 / :918457628_PrecisionPro: NX7 Pro LRF

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Still have fond memories of my MacGregor Tourney from 1984 -- played that driver until the mid 90's, when I bought a King Cobra. Nothing like the thwack sound of hitting a well made persimmon right on the sweet spot! And as Foz said in the post about his grandson, there's something about being in your 20's and being full of testosterone.

 

Remember one Saturday morning round -- teeing off around 8 AM despite turning in around 3 AM after a night out. My buddy and I were nursing the mother of all hangovers and it was all we could do to stand still over the ball. As I recall (and memory may be faulty here), we both piped it a long ways down the middle of the fairway....

 

Great club!

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  Sub 70 639D - 9.5; :cleveland-small: Launcher HB Turbo; :mizuno-small: ST 190 
FW Wood: :tour-edge: Tour Edge EXS 220 - 15*; :mizuno-small: ST 180 14*
Hybrids:  PXG 0311 22
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*;  Lynx VT Stinger - 16*
Irons::wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged; :benhogan-small:PTx Pro, :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; :wilson_staff_small: Progressives (circa 1993)

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: CBX -2, :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60; :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model
Putter:   :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8,  :benhogan-small:Baby Ben

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X (2020); :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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I'm not even sure which Power Bilt that Foz was talking about but I hit the Citation - a buddy of mine had one and I also hit that Macgregor. Wilson was the king of clubs when I started playing but didn't dominate the wood market quite the way it did the iron market.

 

I was actually a ram tour grind man - that was my first set of quality irons - loved Tom Watson, figured he and I were about the same size and build so why not.

 

Those irons were so sweet but I could hit the Ping Eye 2's that replaced them so much better - those babies stayed in my bag from Connecticut to Indiana to Wisconsin - I still have them and generally play a round or two with them each year just for kicks. I've had them for nearly 30 years.

 

I edited my original post because the driver was the titleist 975 D - I don't know where I got that ridiculous 907 number from - hard to imagine that there are fairway woods that have heads as big as the original big berthas.

Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,56,60

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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Sadly I don't own it, but my favorite driver to date has been a i20 with Tour AD DI 6s shaft that was closed 1 degree with the Ping clock adapter, chopped to 44" and had the swing weight for the whole package adjusted to D2.

 

I cranked the fishstick out of that driver. Unfortunately the owner wasn't willing to see since he rocked it as well and so far, it's been too expensive to put together from parts on my own. With the price drop on the i20 line though, we'll see what we can do now.

I laught at your claims to fight a zombie apocalypse when most of you can't stand up to a Spider

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I am currently in love with my RBZ w/ Aldila Rip'd NV but I still keep a Ping Karsten 1 maple with the steel shaft for when things get a little wonky. Feels like I've had that thing forever but just refuse to let it go. Same thing with my original TM burner with the bubble shaft.

In Nick's Ogio Edge Stand Bag
Driver: Taylormade Rocketballz 9.5* Aldila Rip'd NV Stiff
Fairway: Tour Edge CB4 15* Rip Gamma Stiff
Hybrid: Adams Idea Pro A12 18* KBS Tour X
Irons: Mizuno MP-53 3-PW DG X100
Wedges: Mizuno MP R-12 52* & 56* DG Spinner
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Spider Si 38"

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