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

gentlesgentles Members Posts: 1,867 ✭✭
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?
Taylormade 2016 M2 10.5 Aldila Tour Blue 75x
Taylormade 2016 M2 DF 3hl Aldila Tour Blue 85x
Callaway Apex 20* Aldila Tour Blue 85x
Taylormade RSI UDI 4i DG AMT x100
Taylormade P770 5-P DG AMT x100
Ping Glide 51,55, 59 DG S400
Ping Anser Milled 5

On the bench/testing: G400 LST, Callaway 3deep, Cobra LTD 3-4, Callaway Apex 23*, UDI 2 and 3 irons, Ping Glide 53, PM Grind 64
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  • juststevejuststeve Members Posts: 4,744 ✭✭
    Titleist AP 2s, the whole series.



    Steve
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,186 ✭✭
    edited Oct 23, 2018 #3
    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.
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • gentlesgentles Members Posts: 1,867 ✭✭
    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!
    Taylormade 2016 M2 10.5 Aldila Tour Blue 75x
    Taylormade 2016 M2 DF 3hl Aldila Tour Blue 85x
    Callaway Apex 20* Aldila Tour Blue 85x
    Taylormade RSI UDI 4i DG AMT x100
    Taylormade P770 5-P DG AMT x100
    Ping Glide 51,55, 59 DG S400
    Ping Anser Milled 5

    On the bench/testing: G400 LST, Callaway 3deep, Cobra LTD 3-4, Callaway Apex 23*, UDI 2 and 3 irons, Ping Glide 53, PM Grind 64
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members Posts: 2,186 ✭✭
    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....
    10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
    Titleist DCI 990 Irons (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold shafts in S300
    Taylormade ATV 54 deg & 58 deg wedges with stock KBS shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Ping Anser 2 Stainless Steel Putter
  • B-wallB-wall Members Posts: 63 ✭✭
    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.
  • ZigzogZigzog Members Posts: 170 ✭✭
    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=':)' />
    [font=trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif]Taylormade M3 Driver 9.5 - Graphite Design AD Di - 6S
    Callaway Epic SZ 3 Wood - Graphite Design AD Di - 7S

    PXG - 19 - 0317 X Hybrid - Fujikura 72 S

    Wilson V6 - 4 - GW - DG - S300 AMT

    Callaway Mack Daddy 4 - 56 and 60

    Edel E2 [/font]
  • duffer987duffer987 Don't feed the Choo. Canadian in CaliforniaMembers Posts: 9,015 ✭✭
    edited Oct 23, 2018 #8
    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
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,352 ✭✭
    The Cleveland Hi-Bore 2 wood. Unobtanium. If you can find one, buy it.
    Cobra Max 10.5*
    Cobra Baffler T Rail 19*
    Cobra Baffler 5h
    Maltby Tricept F1 6-GW
    Callaway Sure Out 56*
    Odyssey V-Line
  • MychMych Members Posts: 1,814 ✭✭
    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.
    "Of all the hazards, fear is the worst" - Sam Snead
    Main bag: Cobra Fly-Z 10.5*~ F6 Baffler 4-5w ~ Mizuno JPX Fli-Hi 3H ~ King Utility ~ King Forged One 4-P ~ King 50-V, 56-V wedges ~ Nike MC-02W
    6 club minimalist: Cobra King Utility ~ Forged One 5/7/9 ~ Cleveland 588 Diadic 53* wedge ~ Nike MC-02W ~ Silo Club Carrier
  • sdandreasdandrea Steve Members Posts: 2,352 ✭✭
    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!
    Cobra Max 10.5*
    Cobra Baffler T Rail 19*
    Cobra Baffler 5h
    Maltby Tricept F1 6-GW
    Callaway Sure Out 56*
    Odyssey V-Line
  • BearQBearQ Break 2 Rebuild Members Posts: 3,387 ✭✭
    V steel
    Cobra LTD Pro - Matrix Type C Prototype 70X
    TM M2 Tour 3W/3HL - Black Tie 80M4-X
    P790 UDI #2  or  TP UDI #3 - Black Tie HM4 105X   
    Srixon Z945 (4-P) - Nippon SPB X
    Cobra MB (50*)  Nike VR Forged (56DS)  Cleveland RTX2 raw (60.08W)
    Spider Tour Black 

    Swap:
    XR 3Deep - Tour AD TP 8X  | Rogue SZ 3+ - Diamana B 80X  | Bridgestone XD-H #2 - Speeder TS 9.8X 





  • ChristopherMcDonaldChristopherMcDonald Members Posts: 2,396 ✭✭
    BearQ wrote:


    V steel




    beat me by a minute.



    Honorary mention to the 2007 Taylormade Burner Driver
    King LTD Rogue 95 MSI
    2007 Burner 3 Wood Aldila Serrano 75
    2007 Burner 5 Wood Aldila Serrano 75
    Taylormade Jetspeed Hybrid True Temper Project X 6.0
    Adams XTD Tour 5-GW True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 AMT
    Scratch Tour Issue 1018 56* True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 AMT
    Scratch Tour Issue 1018 60* True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 AMT
    Custom Cameron & Crown 5MB
    Wilson Staff Duo
  • bodhi555bodhi555 Members Posts: 739 ✭✭
    Nike VR Pro Blades

    Callaway Legacy Black
    The Blue Thunder: Nike Vapor Fly - 9.5 degree - Speeder Evolution 757X
    The Stenson: Nike Vapor Fly 3W - Mitsubishi JvlnFX 74 X-Flex
    The Walking Stick: Titleist 818 H2 19 degree - Aldila Rogue Max 85X
    The Blades: Nike VR Pro 4i - PW - DG S400 TI Shaft
    The Rusties: Nike Engage 50, 54 Square Sole, 58 Toe Sweep
    The Putter: Nike "The Oven" Method 003
    Balls: Nike RZN Tour Black/Platinum, Bridgestone Tour B XS, Titleist AVX
    Bag: Sun Mountain Four Five

    Also in Rotation:

    Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly 2 iron - KBS C-Taper 120S
    Wedge: Nike Engage 58 Dual Sole
    Putters: Yonex Super A.D.X Tour Forged / Scotty Cameron Newport Oil Can / Scotty Cameron California Del Mar
  • duffer987duffer987 Don't feed the Choo. Canadian in CaliforniaMembers Posts: 9,015 ✭✭
    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...



  • BookerBooker Members Posts: 732 ✭✭
    282 superquad , r11s v3 390cc,aeroburner deep face fairway,are a few unicorns Ive played.
  • 03trdblack03trdblack ClubWRX Posts: 1,847 ClubWRX
    edited Oct 23, 2018 #17
    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.
  • DaRizDaRiz SoCalMembers Posts: 1,517 ✭✭
    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)
    TS3 8.5* Kiyoshi Purple 75
    TS2 16.5* Kiyoshi Purple 75
    913H 19* ADHY85
    4-6 MP-H4 s300 7-PW MP-4 s300
    SM5 50.12F 54.14F SM7 60.12D
    #7 MXM
  •  SwooshLT SwooshLT Members Posts: 7,043 ✭✭
    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
  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers Posts: 28,368 ✭✭
    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
    Ping G400 Max 9 w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Epic Subzero 14* w/Matrix Black Tie 80
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20 w/Diamana D+ 95
    Callaway 2016 Apex Pro 4-PW w/S300
    Callaway MD Forged 52,56 w/S300
    Callaway MD 2.0 60 PM grind w/s300
    SGC Northwood Center Shaft 400g
  • Nard_SNard_S Members Posts: 3,207 ✭✭
    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.
  • MadGolfer76MadGolfer76 Admiration is the state furthest from understanding. Members Posts: 19,891 ✭✭
    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...
    Titleist 915 D4 10.5
    Callaway BBA 816 16
    Mizuno CLK 19, 22
    Mizuno JPX 900HM 5-Lw
    PING Sigma G Tyne
    Srixon Z-Star
    WITB
  • WHFWHF Members Posts: 205 ✭✭
    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.
  • iteachgolfiteachgolf Members Posts: 16,715 ✭✭
    edited Oct 23, 2018 #24
    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

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    Retail

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  • Kingcat990Kingcat990 European Tailored Golf Socks Members Posts: 3,813 ✭✭
    edited Oct 23, 2018 #25
    MacGregor JP edition. Epitome of square toe irons. (Not 15 years). Regardless, unicorn set of irons



    Baby Blade 1 iron
    Wyoming Cowboys
  • Railroading13Railroading13 NebraskaMembers Posts: 619 ✭✭
    PM grind? I know its a Ping rip off slightly, but it has really helped my short game
    WITB

    Cobra King LTD 9.5 Fujikura Pro 73 X
    Cobra Bio Cell 14.5 Diamana D+ 80 X
    Cobra Bio Cell+ 18.5 Diamana Ahina 80X
    Mizuno MP18 Fli Hi 4-5 KBS Tour 130X
    Mizuno MP18 SC 6-PW KBS Tour 130X
    Mizuno S18 GW 52.9
    Mizuno T5 SW 56.14
    Callaway PM Grind 60.10
    Odyssey O Works 7s W/ Superstroke 50G counterweight
  • Zach HeusserZach Heusser Marshals Posts: 5,151 mod
    Taylormade 510 tp. And 300 Muira forged irons
    Teaching out of Crystal Springs Golf Course<br /><br />Golf Digest Best Teachers In California 2005-2018<br /><br />Golf Digest Best Young Teachers In America 2007-2012<br /><br />Head Men's Golf Coach Notre Dame de Namur University <br /><br />My WITB<br /><br /><br /><br />http://www.golfwrx.c...-man-cave-pics/<br />@Zheusser on twitter
  • Payton1020Payton1020 Members Posts: 2,012 ✭✭
    Golfsmith P2 irons.



    I want/need another set.
    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
  • ObieTrice5ObieTrice5 Members Posts: 545 ✭✭
  • SetTheBarrHighSetTheBarrHigh DallasClubWRX Posts: 3,920 ClubWRX
    The Titleist 503i was a unicorn in my eyes, I remember looking at Peter Uilhein’s setup when he was an amateur and drooling.
    Instagram @SetTheBarrHigh

    What's In The Bag

    Ping G410 Plus 9°
    Titleist TS2 16.5°
    Mizuno CLK 19°
    Mizuno JPX 919 Forged 4-P
    Mizuno T7 52°, Titleist SM7 58°
    Titleist Studio Stainless Mid Sur
  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Members Posts: 25,851 ✭✭
    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



    TM Tour M6 11.2 * KK Tini XTS 70X
    TM Tour 17 M1 14.5* Graphite Design ADDI 8x
    TM Tour M5 19.8 * Aldila Synergy Blue 70TX  
    Titleist Tour Proto MB 3-pw Modus 130X
    Ping Glide Forged   54 60 S400
    Cameron GSS 009 1.5 tungsten sole weights, sound slot
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