Is One Brand OCD a Thing?
So through my 30 years of this game, I've always felt this preference of having as much of my bag match as possible. It was really just a preference as although I could feel a slight disappointment that say my woods and irons weren't from one manufacturer, it didn't stop me from buying what worked. The only way my preference manifested concretely was that I wouldn't buy say, a Callaway bag, unless I had Callaway woods and irons. I also felt slightly disturbed by my playing partner's bag as he had a Ping brand bag while using TaylorMade irons and Callaway woods (I played with that guy all through college). Again, I was aware of this preference for a long time but it didn't really stop my equipment purchases and it wasn't something I couldn't just ignore.
This year though, it somehow has magnified and I'm literally feeling off-put when I look at my bag and its mismatch of brands. When I look at the bag, I can't overcome the thought that it looks terrible because they don't match.
It's come to a head now as, on vacation, I rented a Callaway set and was super pleased with it. At which point I had this icky, "hair stand on the back of my head" moment when I pulled out the Titleist balls at the first tee. That was the final straw as I play Titleist balls regularly, almost exclusively for 15 years. It was such a bother that I bought a sleeve of Callaway balls to stop the thoughts in the back of my head.
I've seen quite a few "single manufacturer" threads so I know people think about going with a single brand but maybe that's just a preference. I wonder if anyone else has the strong negative reaction that I feel is growing rapidly in my head. I'm also wondering if it's cheaper to buy a new bag or go to a shrink...
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