Best club in your bag

oldschoolrockeroldschoolrocker Members Posts: 5,094 ✭✭
Over the years most of us have bought, sold, thrifted, gifted and just out right found hundreds, if not thousands, when you include the “hoards “ that a few of our members have come across. My question is “What is the one club that made its way into your bag and stayed due to it’s outstanding service?”

Mine is this Wilson Dual wedge. Gotta be the heaviest swing weight I’ve ever played, no idea what it actually measures, but, feels around E0-1 to me. Great club that inspires confidence every time it’s pulled for duty.

Do you have one, and if so, how ‘bout sharing a photo.
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  • DcohenourDcohenour Members Posts: 600 ✭✭
    This:
    OGA #1972-2018
  • 1ironcharlie1ironcharlie Posts: 102 ✭✭
    edited Jul 14, 2018 #3
    It has to be either my 1958 Wilson staff dynapower sand wedge, or my T945 MacGregor super eye o matic 1 wood. Both picked up at the arc for less than $2 each. The sand wedge has the sole stampings **** near worn off, and I think all the Wilson wedges from this era have steam shovel swing weights, mine is an E-0 as well. But lordy, it's automatic. Great feel and distance control, and out of the sand it's a monster. The Mac my girlfriend found and I refinished, its a c-8 at 44 1/4 in, stiff shaft, and it's.... Perfect. Love to see the shocked faces when I pull it out, followed by incredulous gaping when I hit it past my partners 460cc noisemakers. High power fade and suddenly I'm jack Nicklaus, ready to pull my 1 iron and go for a par 5 in two image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • dbuck47dbuck47 Posts: 566
    I don't have a picture handy, but it would be my Wilson Original 600 Geo Low putter. Supposedly a close copy of the one Nicklaus used for most of his majors. Mine was made in 1980, still has the original leather grip which is no longer conforming. Were it not for this, it would still be in my regular bag most of the time.
    Drivers: Titleist 915D2 9.5* Aldila Rogue 60-3.8-S
    Titleist TS2 Tensei AV55 S flex
    Fairway: Callaway Rogue 15* Proj X Evenflow Blue 6.0
    Hybrid: Titleist 818H1 21*
    Irons: Titleist 718AP1 5-GW2
    Wedges: Vokey SM6 , 56-10S, 60-08M
    Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 35"
    Ball: Titleist AVX
  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Allez Allez Allez Allez Minnesota, USAMembers Posts: 6,191 ✭✭
    edited Aug 2, 2018 #5
    dbuck47 wrote:


    I don't have a picture handy, but it would be my Wilson Original 600 Geo Low putter. Supposedly a close copy of the one Nicklaus used for most of his majors. Mine was made in 1980, still has the original leather grip which is no longer conforming. Were it not for this, it would still be in my regular bag most of the time.




    Not the Sportsman's Geo Low? image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />



    Is this close?

    All-Original-RH-Wilson-Golf-ORIGINAL-600-FORGED.jpg
    The Ever Changing Bag!

    Driver: Cobra King LTD, ProtoPype 80x or RIP 80x, 43.5" -or- SuperDeep 9.5*, ProtoPype 80x or NV85x, 43.5"
    3w: Cobra King LTD, Motore F1 85 X, 42.5"
    1 iron: Maxfli Revolution, DGS400
    2-PW, Golden Ram Tour Grind, Dynamic S
    SW: Ram Tour Grind Feel Matched 58*, DGS
    Putter: Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34.5", PP58 midsize grip
    (Cleveland Huntington Beach #1 35" -or- Mizuno TPM-2, 35" as backups)
    Balls: in no particular order... Wilson Staff FG Tour, Duo Urethane, or 50 Elite, Srixon ZStar/ZStar XV, Snell MTB Black... will trot out Maxfli HT-100 or Elite 90 from time to time
    Shoes by True Linkswear
  • wkuo3wkuo3 RELEASE Members Posts: 3,800 ✭✭
    It changed many times over the decades and getting shorter each time.



    Soon, it'll be the putter, I'm certain.
  • baloobaloo A Person Members Posts: 1,079 ✭✭
    I wish I could say I had one. I like all my clubs fine but don't feel I'm automatic with any of them.
    Driver, 3W, 4W - Macgregor Custom Tourney
    2-10 - 1954 Spalding Synchro Dyned
    SW - Wilson Staff
    Putter - Bullseye
    Ball - Pro Plus

    YT Channel - https://www.youtube....PlayVintageGolf
  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Members Posts: 11,635 ✭✭
    My sm2 vokey set in sig



    Longest service until she broke was a ping TiSi tec 5w. Speeder 952 shaft f10 hosel. Must of bagged for 10 years. Crazy long
    Ping G400 LST 11* Mitsu TI BB Matte 53x
    Callaway GBB 3w 14* Mitsu Blueboard 63x
    Ping G400 5w 17* Fubuki Tour 73x
    Callaway V-series Hwood Fuji TS 8.2s
    Callaway Apex 4h 23* Fujikura 904HBs
    Ping Rapture 5-PW Aldila NV MLTi Pro105x
    Ping iWedge 50* Aldila NV 105x
    Ping Glide SS 53* & ES 59* Wrx SF125s
    Piretti Matera Elite (torched)
  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members Posts: 935 ✭✭
    easily the Orlimar clone 23* 7W. (knock on wood) I've never mishit the darn club. It just goes. TT Lite R flex shaft and an oversize wrap grip. What a club!
    Callaway Hyper X 9* what's the point?

    Taylormade (original) RBZ 15* 3W

    Cleveland Launcher 3W 15*

    Synchron Vespa 19* hybrid

    Orlimar 23* 7W

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    Orlimar putter
  • Ironmaster OdditiesIronmaster Oddities Members Posts: 1,409 ✭✭
    Right Now it would have to be a #2 HD pencil with an eraser.

    uncle bob
  • TimVTimV Members Posts: 1,484 ✭✭
    The 2 iron in every set I play that has one!
    All Forged, all the time.
    The Sets that see regular playing time...
    67 Spalding Top-Flite Professional, Cleveland Classic Persimmon Driver, 3 & 4 Spalding Top-Flite Persimmon Woods, TPM Putter.
    71 Wilson Staff Button Backs, Wilson System 3000 Persimmon Driver, 3 & 5 Woods, Wilson Sam Snead Pay-Off Putter.
    95 Snake Eyes S&W Forged, Snake Eyes 600T Driver, Viper MS 18* & 21* Woods, 252 & 258 Vokeys, Golfsmith Zero Friction Putter.
    2015 Wilson Staff FG Tour F5, TaylorMade Superfast Driver, 16.5* Fairway, & 21* Hybrid, Harmonized SW & LW, Tour Edge Feel2 Putter.
  • I_HATE_SNOWI_HATE_SNOW Members Posts: 3,234 ✭✭
    edited Aug 7, 2018 #12
    XR 3 hybrid. Rarely miss with it and it is long. Has me wanting to change the 3 wood, that I never use, for a 2 hybrid.
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,329 ✭✭
    The eraser on my pencil......
    Cobra Max 10.5*
    The Perfect Club 21*
    Cobra Baffler 5h
    PING Eye 2 6-SW
    Scotty Fastback
  • gloucesteroldspotgloucesteroldspot Members Posts: 45
    Assuming you mean favourite club to use, I would say it's my George Johnson 'Rustless Mashie Niblick' - an outstanding chipping club around the green as well as a reliable pitching club from 125 yards and in. Given a half-decent lie I only have to look at the target and make a confident swing, and the ball mysteriously appears within a few feet of the hole. I am often tempted to bag it with my Mizunos and modern frying pan driver on competition days, but don't want to run the risk of getting DQ'd for using a (potentially) non-conforming club.
  • Blade JunkieBlade Junkie ClubWRX Posts: 2,210 ClubWRX
    "Modern" set I'd struggle to choose between a Taylormade V-Steel 4-wood and Ram Zebra Z7 putter (a mid 90s version of the Zebra). Both are permanent fixtures in an ever changing bag.



    P&B, would have to nominate my Paul Gibson Hand Made persimmon 6-wood ... just a great club off the deck for 175-190 and for long par 3s.



    In the hickory bag, I have a few hardy survivors from my first ever bag of hickory originals back in 2012 ... a Bulldog (fairway wood) by W.Jeffery of Saunton GC, a dot-faced Tom Stewart Mashie by W.Hallam, Ormskirk, and a dot-faced Stewart Spade Mashie by JC Smith & Sons of Monifieth. Until yesterday, there was a 4th club, but sadly my lofted driver, which was a second option off the tee if the lower-lofted one was mis-behaving, and which was also a club I could hit very well off the deck, died a sudden death on the 5th tee last night. It's now on paperweight duty ... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
    "Don't play too much golf ... two rounds a day are plenty"

    Harry Vardon (1870-1937)
  • stixmanstixman Hew to the line. Let the divots fall where they may. 1926 Golf I Members Posts: 1,828 ✭✭


    "Modern" set I'd struggle to choose between a Taylormade V-Steel 4-wood and Ram Zebra Z7 putter (a mid 90s version of the Zebra). Both are permanent fixtures in an ever changing bag.



    P&B, would have to nominate my Paul Gibson Hand Made persimmon 6-wood ... just a great club off the deck for 175-190 and for long par 3s.



    In the hickory bag, I have a few hardy survivors from my first ever bag of hickory originals back in 2012 ... a Bulldog (fairway wood) by W.Jeffery of Saunton GC, a dot-faced Tom Stewart Mashie by W.Hallam, Ormskirk, and a dot-faced Stewart Spade Mashie by JC Smith & Sons of Monifieth. Until yesterday, there was a 4th club, but sadly my lofted driver, which was a second option off the tee if the lower-lofted one was mis-behaving, and which was also a club I could hit very well off the deck, died a sudden death on the 5th tee last night. It's now on paperweight duty ...




    These misfortunes can be fixed by someone who knows how. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
    Vintage various.
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,329 ✭✭
    edited Sep 28, 2018 #17
    Cobra Max Offset driver. Straightest club evah! I cut it to 44" and gained a few yards.
    Cobra Max 10.5*
    The Perfect Club 21*
    Cobra Baffler 5h
    PING Eye 2 6-SW
    Scotty Fastback
  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members Posts: 935 ✭✭
    sdandrea wrote:


    Cobra Max Offset driver. Straightest club evah! I cut it to 44" and gained a few yards.
    did you add weight to the head after cutting? Just curious.
    Callaway Hyper X 9* what's the point?

    Taylormade (original) RBZ 15* 3W

    Cleveland Launcher 3W 15*

    Synchron Vespa 19* hybrid

    Orlimar 23* 7W

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    Orlimar putter
  • PepperturboPepperturbo Midwest and SouthwestMembers Posts: 15,391 ✭✭
    My best club has always been LW at 36" length and E0 SW followed closely by 2 iron. image/beach.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':beach:' />
    • Titleist TS2 9.5, Fujikura Fuel Tour Spec 60 "S"
    • Titleist 917D2 15*, Blueboard 83 x5ct,"S"
    • Titleist 716T-MB 17* 2 iron, Tour AD Utility, "S"
    • Titleist 716CB 3i-PW, C-Taper Tour
    • SM6 F-52*, C-Taper Tour
    • SM6 M-58*, DG-S200
    • SC California Monterey
    • ProV1


  • I_HATE_SNOWI_HATE_SNOW Members Posts: 3,234 ✭✭
    Last golf trip of the year, 5 rounds in 5 days. King cobra Utility Iron was the best in the bag.
  • Chris122Chris122 Banned Posts: 611 ✭✭
    Tad Moore TM-5 putter with Danny Edwards grip.



    It makes the impossible seem routine.
  • scruffynickscruffynick Members Posts: 1,468 ✭✭
    My driver, without doubt. Its getting on now but it mainly goes straight... Too scared to change it
  • BuzzkillBuzzkill Marshals Posts: 6,697 mod
    Woods and putter - can't shank either!
  • baloobaloo A Person Members Posts: 1,079 ✭✭


    My driver, without doubt. Its getting on now but it mainly goes straight... Too scared to change it




    What's the driver?
    Driver, 3W, 4W - Macgregor Custom Tourney
    2-10 - 1954 Spalding Synchro Dyned
    SW - Wilson Staff
    Putter - Bullseye
    Ball - Pro Plus

    YT Channel - https://www.youtube....PlayVintageGolf
  • scruffynickscruffynick Members Posts: 1,468 ✭✭
    baloo wrote:



    My driver, without doubt. Its getting on now but it mainly goes straight... Too scared to change it




    What's the driver?


    Srixon WR.. cut down 3/4 " with a regular shaft. I stole it off my dad years ago, but a very good servant
  • deetsaldeetsal deetsal Posts: 1,380 ✭✭
    Started carrying SLDR Mini driver 12 degrees in stiff. Also carry SLDR Mini driver 16 degree in a regular flex as my 3 wood . Much more consistent and only lose 20 yards of so. Also added a 64 wedge that for two rounds has been great around the green. So that's three clubs image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • sos7sos7 Posts: 105 ✭✭
    Wilson v4 utility
  • Chris122Chris122 Banned Posts: 611 ✭✭
    This is the kiss of death page....



    Following day TM-5 lost all distance perception....2' short or 2' long.



    So I'm not going to say how the old Ping Anser came to the rescue....



    Did I just say that....?
  • deejaiddeejaid Members Posts: 462 ✭✭
    edited Oct 13, 2018 #29
    The best club in my bag is easily my 1950’s H&B Mars 70 putter. I bought it at a yard sale for $5 when I was living in LA in 2004. I soon as I rolled it I knew it was the one.



    I remember playing the Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland with my buddy and we got paired up with a couple of guys that definitely had money. On the 1st green one of the guys commented on my putter, saying something along the lines of “how the **** can you putt with that thing” as he pulled out his spaceship sized mallet. I missed my 8-footer which probably made the guy laugh, but on the second green I sunk a 40 foot putt and then putted lights out the rest of the round. That was so **** gratifying to wield a 60 year old club and putt much better than the rich guy with his $300 putter.



    I played it up until 2008 when I put away my clubs for 6 years to focus on work, a new house, and having kids.



    When I got back to the game in 2014, I needed new clubs as I had sold my Becu Eye 2’s, so I bought some Maltby forged cavity back irons and a new putter as I bought into the idea that a new putter could help my game a bit with the new tech. Well I went through Anser style, Mallet style, boutique, High MOI, etc., and my putting was just awful.



    Finally, I just put the old faithful back in my bag and my putting was back on point. My first round with it back in the bag I had a streak of 5 one putts in a row. I don’t know if I’ve ever done that before.



    So, it’s now back in the bag for good. I don’t know what’s gonna come close to kicking it out at this point.



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    WITB
    Macgregor M09 driver
    Macgregor M85 Super Eye-O-Matic 3&4 woods
    1958 Wilson Dyna-Powered irons 2-PW
    1961 Wilson Sandy Andy
    Ping CU5 putter 
  • HoldenCornfieldHoldenCornfield I cut myself shaving... Members Posts: 1,114 ✭✭
    This is an interesting thread and I've been ruminating on it in my head for a week or two. I guess if you made me choose one I'd go with my MacGregor MT2W aluminum insert driver...but if you didn't make me then I would not choose anything to stay in my bag permanently.



    I think sometimes I get a performance boost (short term only, for sure) from changing out clubs. Especially so with the putter but also from iron sets and woods.



    Does anybody else feel this way? Anybody have a theory on why this might be so? Maybe its just a mental refresher. Or maybe I'm just mental. Or I get bored easily. But it always has seemed to me that the longer I played with the same putter the more its performance suffered. Then I switch to putter B and get an immediate boost...but after several rounds with the new putter, eh not so much. So then I switch to putter C and go through the same pattern. Eventually I cycle back to putter A and find that the magic has returned!...briefly.



    I think there's something about changing things out that is stimulating to the brain somehow, possibly causing a new or improved focus. Maybe its a different visual look at address, or different kinesthetic feel of the grip, or different club length or heft. I don't really know, its just a theory.



    My neighbor with whom I play most of my golf is completely the opposite. He never changes his clubs. Especially his putter. And I know that, until he lost it recently, he'd been playing with the same sand wedge for 20 years. I could never do that. And I could never settle on a Bag For All Seasons.



    We'd been playing together for two years when I showed up several weeks ago with a set he'd never seen, my '62 Hogan Power Thrusts. I promptly shot a 74 with them, right out of the gate, my best score in years and about 8 shots better than my norm. I also was employing a long putter that I had not touched in at least 5 years. Both the irons and the putter were nearly perfect.



    His line to me was, "You better keep those in the bag." My reaction was along the lines of, "Meh, I'll ride this pony while its frisky. Then I'll find something else."



    Yeah, I'm probably mental.
    And if you play persimmon, you're my friend
  • gloucesteroldspotgloucesteroldspot Members Posts: 45


    This is an interesting thread and I've been ruminating on it in my head for a week or two. I guess if you made me choose one I'd go with my MacGregor MT2W aluminum insert driver...but if you didn't make me then I would not choose anything to stay in my bag permanently.



    I think sometimes I get a performance boost (short term only, for sure) from changing out clubs. Especially so with the putter but also from iron sets and woods.



    Does anybody else feel this way? Anybody have a theory on why this might be so? Maybe its just a mental refresher. Or maybe I'm just mental. Or I get bored easily. But it always has seemed to me that the longer I played with the same putter the more its performance suffered. Then I switch to putter B and get an immediate boost...but after several rounds with the new putter, eh not so much. So then I switch to putter C and go through the same pattern. Eventually I cycle back to putter A and find that the magic has returned!...briefly.



    I think there's something about changing things out that is stimulating to the brain somehow, possibly causing a new or improved focus. Maybe its a different visual look at address, or different kinesthetic feel of the grip, or different club length or heft. I don't really know, its just a theory.



    My neighbor with whom I play most of my golf is completely the opposite. He never changes his clubs. Especially his putter. And I know that, until he lost it recently, he'd been playing with the same sand wedge for 20 years. I could never do that. And I could never settle on a Bag For All Seasons.



    We'd been playing together for two years when I showed up several weeks ago with a set he'd never seen, my '62 Hogan Power Thrusts. I promptly shot a 74 with them, right out of the gate, my best score in years and about 8 shots better than my norm. I also was employing a long putter that I had not touched in at least 5 years. Both the irons and the putter were nearly perfect.



    His line to me was, "You better keep those in the bag." My reaction was along the lines of, "Meh, I'll ride this pony while its frisky. Then I'll find something else."



    Yeah, I'm probably mental.




    I don't think you're mental at all. I am convinced that changing clubs gives your game a boost. For me, I'll play whatever set feels right on the day. I'll admit it's partly aesthetic and mood-dependant, but I think there's also some advantage in changing the feel by switching them around, which results in a cumulative improvement over time. Many times when I've been struggling with a particular fault - in my case it's usually contact, catching it fat/thin - I have swapped to a different set of irons and fixed it. Sometimes the new set brings in a fault of its own, which in turn is fixed by another set - and so on until you arrive back where you started, only without the original fault. By process of iteration does improvement become manifest.



    It seems particularly effective with putters, for me at any rate. The feel of a putter is more important than its mechanical qualities. I'm an inspired putter, by which I mean I can stand over some putts and just know I'll make them - even quite difficult ones - whereas others cunningly disguise the correct path and won't reveal themselves no matter how hard I look. As a result I am not a mechanical putter who sets up the same and performs an identical stroke every time; some times I putt off the right toe, others I'll put the ball forward with an open stance and push it towards the hole. I even deliberately slice/hook putts to hold the ball up against slopes. I get particularly nervous over putts of less than five feet and often see breaks that don't exist, probably because I'm looking straight down at the ball and the hole rather than sideways towards it. I am contemplating wearing my reading glasses in future to impair my vision on short putts as it might prevent me seeing the tiniest inconsistencies in the green's surface and over-compensating for them. I have terrific depth perception at ranges beyond about two feet and can see a thousandth of an inch difference in two pieces of fishing line, but anything inside twelve inches is, these days, a blur. If I can impair my vision sufficiently to render the ball and the hole just visible on the ground in front of me, but make anything smaller indistinguishable, it might allow me to just knock the ball towards the hole without over-thinking it.



    And you thought you were mad?
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