What clubs in the last 15 years qualify as "unicorns"?

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The word gets thrown around a lot in the BST, seemingly reserved for clubs that were unexpectedly good or popular, and have remained popular beyond the standard cycle. Having a 50+ page thread on here seems to be a pre-requisite too!



Just for fun, two questions
  1. When someone says unicorn, what do you think it should mean?
  2. What are your favourite unicorns?


I'll start - UDI 1 iron, Adams BTY Fairway wood, R510 TP driver?
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Mizuno ST190 9.5 Aldila Tour Blue 75x
Mizuno ST190 TS 15* Aldila Tour Blue 85x
2019 Apex 3h DG 105 X100
Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* DG AMT X100
Taylormade P770 5-P DG AMT x100
Vokey SM7 50-F 54-M 58-D DG S200
Ping Anser 5 Milled / Ping Sigma Tyne H
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  • juststevejuststeve Members  5184WRX Points: 546Posts: 5,184 Titanium Tees
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    Titleist AP 2s, the whole series.



    Steve
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  • cgasuckscgasucks Members  2556WRX Points: 439Posts: 2,556 Titanium Tees
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    gentles wrote:


    The word gets thrown around a lot in the BST, seemingly reserved for clubs that were unexpectedly good or popular, and have remained popular beyond the standard cycle. Having a 50+ page thread on here seems to be a pre-requisite too!



    Just for fun, two questions
    1. When someone says unicorn, what do you think it should mean?
    2. What are your favourite unicorns?


    I'll start - UDI 1 iron, Adams BTY Fairway wood, R510 TP driver?




    Since 2005, the only club I can think of that is still revered to this day is the 905R. Don't get me wrong, I love the R510TP (in fact I have one myself) but that was made in 2003 (I think), not 2005 (you said last 15 years, not last 17).



    To me, a unicorn is a club that is quite talked about, but rarely seen like a R500 DF or a Titeist 970 FW or a Superquad 282.
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    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
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  • gentlesgentles Members  2080WRX Points: 230Posts: 2,080 Platinum Tees
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    cgasucks wrote:

    gentles wrote:


    The word gets thrown around a lot in the BST, seemingly reserved for clubs that were unexpectedly good or popular, and have remained popular beyond the standard cycle. Having a 50+ page thread on here seems to be a pre-requisite too!



    Just for fun, two questions
    1. When someone says unicorn, what do you think it should mean?
    2. What are your favourite unicorns?


    I'll start - UDI 1 iron, Adams BTY Fairway wood, R510 TP driver?




    Since 2005, the only club I can think of that is still revered to this day is the 905R. Don't get me wrong, I love the R510TP (in fact I have one myself) but that was made in 2003 (I think), not 2005 (you said last 15 years, not last 17).




    Though i'll admit I didn't check the numbers before posting, 2003 is 15 years ago by my maths? Regardless, 905r is a great suggestion!
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    Mizuno ST190 TS 15* Aldila Tour Blue 85x
    2019 Apex 3h DG 105 X100
    Callaway X Utility Prototype 24* DG AMT X100
    Taylormade P770 5-P DG AMT x100
    Vokey SM7 50-F 54-M 58-D DG S200
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  • cgasuckscgasucks Members  2556WRX Points: 439Posts: 2,556 Titanium Tees
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    gentles wrote:

    cgasucks wrote:

    gentles wrote:


    The word gets thrown around a lot in the BST, seemingly reserved for clubs that were unexpectedly good or popular, and have remained popular beyond the standard cycle. Having a 50+ page thread on here seems to be a pre-requisite too!



    Just for fun, two questions
    1. When someone says unicorn, what do you think it should mean?
    2. What are your favourite unicorns?


    I'll start - UDI 1 iron, Adams BTY Fairway wood, R510 TP driver?




    Since 2005, the only club I can think of that is still revered to this day is the 905R. Don't get me wrong, I love the R510TP (in fact I have one myself) but that was made in 2003 (I think), not 2005 (you said last 15 years, not last 17).




    Though i'll admit I didn't check the numbers before posting, 2003 is 15 years ago by my maths? Regardless, 905r is a great suggestion!






    You're right...my bad....
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    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
    Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter
  • B-wallB-wall Members  67WRX Points: 56Handicap: 9Posts: 67 Bunkers
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    Adams CMBs, had a cult following, many still claim them to be the best set of irons ever made (including myself), yet you never find them in play on the course. A rare sighting is that CMB unicorn.
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    Second for the CMB;s - I have a set, but they have been very very very well used - the chrome has come off in quite a few places! image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • duffer987duffer987 Meh... eh Canadian in CaliforniaMembers  9904WRX Points: 1,142Handicap: ~8Posts: 9,904 Titanium Tees
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    1. I don't think a unicorn needs to be super rare, but certainly something you may only see in bag or two here or there and not something as common as the AP2 line, as an example nothing against the AP2s, big fan of the 714s myself.

    Also something that people are by and large in agreement with. Consensus might be the most unicorny requirement on here actually. Like on Top Gear, where they only agree they all like about 3 or 4 cars.



    2. Ping S55s
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members  2656WRX Points: 523Handicap: 11Posts: 2,656 Titanium Tees
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    The Cleveland Hi-Bore 2 wood. Unobtanium. If you can find one, buy it.
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  • MychMych Members  2211WRX Points: 411Posts: 2,211 Platinum Tees
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    sdandrea wrote:


    The Cleveland Hi-Bore 2 wood. Unobtanium. If you can find one, buy it.




    Ditto... I have 2 I'm considering selling, but I know once they're gone I'll never get my hands on one again.
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  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members  2656WRX Points: 523Handicap: 11Posts: 2,656 Titanium Tees
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    Mych wrote:

    sdandrea wrote:


    The Cleveland Hi-Bore 2 wood. Unobtanium. If you can find one, buy it.




    Ditto... I have 2 I'm considering selling, but I know once they're gone I'll never get my hands on one again.




    DIBS!
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    • Tommy Armor Atomic 10.5*
    • Adams Speedline 5w
    • Callaway BB 7h
    • Snake Eyes 600C 8- SW*
    • Odyssey VLine
  • BearQBearQ Members  3667WRX Points: 855Posts: 3,667 Titanium Tees
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    V steel
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  • ChristopherMcDonaldChristopherMcDonald Members  2478WRX Points: 141Posts: 2,478 Platinum Tees
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    BearQ wrote:


    V steel




    beat me by a minute.



    Honorary mention to the 2007 Taylormade Burner Driver
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    Taylormade '07 Burner 3 Wood Miyazaki B.Asha
    Taylormade '07 Burner 5 Wood Miyazaki B.Asha
    Taylormade '07 Burner 7 Wood Matrix Ozik 6Q3
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    Scratch Tour Issue 1018 56* True Temper Dynamic Gold
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  • duffer987duffer987 Meh... eh Canadian in CaliforniaMembers  9904WRX Points: 1,142Handicap: ~8Posts: 9,904 Titanium Tees
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    bodhi555 wrote:


    Nike VR Pro Blades

    Callaway Legacy Black


    Ya I could agree with the Stensons.

    When I stumbled upon a set in the used rack at my local golf store I was all...



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    282 superquad , r11s v3 390cc,aeroburner deep face fairway,are a few unicorns Ive played.
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  • 03trdblack03trdblack Wake Forest, NCClubWRX  2141WRX Points: 341Handicap: 1.5Posts: 2,141 ClubWRX
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    From a technology perspective, the Cobra King LTD. Although it ultimately didn't work best for me, nothing has been made before or since that has such a low center of gravity as well as a high MOI.



    A few drivers have been able to get the COG down to the neutral axis but none have had anywhere near the forgiveness level the Cobra achieved.



    For Cobra it was kind of a "how do we improve from here? " club.
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  • DaRizDaRiz SoCalMembers  1586WRX Points: 159Handicap: 5.9Posts: 1,586 Platinum Tees
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    I have two definitions:



    Something that combines two characteristics that are almost impossible to see together ie low spin and high MOI (King LTD driver)



    Something that remains great, even while release after release after release tries to get you to replace it (G25 fairways)
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    TS3 8.5* Kiyoshi Purple 75
    BBA 816 16* Rogue Silver 70
    913H 19* Atmos Blue 85
    HMB (4-5) MP-4 (6-P) s300
    SM7 50.12F 54.14F 60.12D
    #7 MXM No 3 Jacks
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    Not a clubhead but for me the C-taper shaft provided some freakishly long iron shots....not suppose to be but high launch very low spin and just flew! Hard on the elbows though
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29712WRX Points: 2,660Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,712 Titanium Tees
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    Adams BTY fairways were the GOAT .



    The Adams tour only version of the A3 (square driver) was one of the only open faced square drivers ever and was pretty revered



    To be a unicorn it has to be fairly rare and unique.



    The Titleist 907D4 might be another
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    Cobra F9 FW w/ Matrix Black Tie 80
    Ping G400 Crossover 20 w/KBS Tour Proto Hybrid
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    Taylormade R 510 DF: Most have moved on but affection abounds for this driver.



    Titleist 681 T stamp: perhaps the most collectible and desired MB of last 20 years and commands lots of money.
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  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 MaineMembers  20334WRX Points: 903Posts: 20,334 Titanium Tees
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    Here are WRX, Unicorns are ALWAYS rare stock, hence the name. They aren't qualities, but rather actual clubs or equipment. Most of them have to do with Robopti, before the grand split.



    Some examples are the HiBore 2 wood, and the Aldila Cinnamon. Not sure why people are suggesting items that are commercially available...
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  • WHFWHF Members  209WRX Points: 52Posts: 209 Fairways
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    Legacy Black, especially a new set now is a unicorn for sure. I would say the hardest set of irons to find these days would be Epon Copper 302s. Best looking irons I've ever seen.
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  • iteachgolfiteachgolf Members  17194WRX Points: 1,422Posts: 17,194 Titanium Tees
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    910h(d). The rare prototype for the 913hd. Much smaller and more forward COG with same graphics as retail model. Lofts are even numbers rather than odd numbers.



    Proto

    unqCGJb.jpg



    Retail

    hibrido-titleist-910h-bassara-60-regular-21-00jonas-D_NQ_NP_941096-MLA26688884547_012018-F.jpg
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  • Kingcat990Kingcat990 European Tailored Golf Socks Members  4035WRX Points: 337Posts: 4,035 Titanium Tees
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    MacGregor JP edition. Epitome of square toe irons. (Not 15 years). Regardless, unicorn set of irons



    Baby Blade 1 iron
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    PM grind? I know its a Ping rip off slightly, but it has really helped my short game
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    Taylormade 510 tp. And 300 Muira forged irons
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    Golfsmith P2 irons.



    I want/need another set.
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    COBRA Fly Z, Fly Z+, LTD Black
    ADAMS Super S 15* & 18* Matrix HD Radix SVI
    WILSON STAFF 20° Fybrid RS UST Mamiya VTS
    GOLFSMITH P2 4-PW, GW, SW, LW True Temper Formula 1 stepless


    ODYSSEY Tri-Ball SRT

    OGIO Grom 14 way stand bag
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    Nike Splits
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    The Titleist 503i was a unicorn in my eyes, I remember looking at Peter Uilhein’s setup when he was an amateur and drooling.
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    Titleist 907D4

    Titleist 915D5

    Any tour issue titleist blade without the model number designation. ( example tigers 1st titleist set , not the T irons ).

    Vokey hand ground wedges

    13 degree TM Vsteel paint break heads

    Oven dot and 2 dot TW vapor speed Driver

    V10 stamped Nike VR blade

    H And L stamped callaway razr MB irons

    Callaway MB1 irons

    Miura Small blade 1 iron head.

    Titleist AP2 2 iron head

    Big D serial. Numbered callaway rogue Driver ( draw bias)

    7 tungsten plug Adams mb2 irons



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