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Wonder which clubs were gorund breaking and trendsetting during their reselase. I know its common to see movebale weights on the driver, adjustable driver lofts, cavity backed irons , bold bright colours etc Which OEM first launched these?

 

As for fails that never caught on I assume were Nike Square driver lol 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modern era all of the "first" adjustable ones.    The Taylormade R7 was probably in like 60-70% of golf bags at one point around here. It was a monster. That was the first move-able weight d

My answer to questions like this is always the same - the original Big Bertha.    I played in junior tournaments and all 4 years of high school as well as untold rounds with my dad and his b

I would say the Ping Eye 2 irons...I think they changed the iron market more than any other club.

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The first Ping cavity putter was kinda a big deal.

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TaylorMade SIM 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue 70g 6.5 (USA Edition)
TaylorMade SIM Max 3H 19*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 85X
Taylormade P770 4-PW, PX LS 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

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Off the top of my head, Taylormade made the first hybrid which was called the rescue club.  It didn't catch on at first until other OEM popularized it which persists till this day.

 

I do remember Callaway was the first that put Carbon Fibre in its driver with their C4 in the early 2000s.  It was a huge dud at first but years later they got it right with their Fusion driver and now other OEMs incorporate it in their drivers, especially TM.

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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

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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2 minutes ago, tannyhoban said:

If you're going that route TA 845s are right there with them.

Except they were basically a copy of the Pings....much like the Scotty Cameron Newport...they were not original designs.

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  • Woods - Callaway Epic 15* Hzurdus 6.0 /  Callaway Epic 18* (19*) Hzurdus 5.5
  • Hybrids - Titliest 818 H1 21* Tensei Red R / Titliest 818 H1 25*(24*) Tensei Red R
  • Irons - Mizuno 919 HM Pro 5-PW UST Recoil 780 F3
  • Wedges - Ping Glide 3.0 50* AWT /  Callaway PM Grind 54* KBS HiSpin 115
  • Putter - Odyssey O-Works 7 34.5” ... Golf Pride SNSR Contour Pro
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7 minutes ago, tbccgolfer said:

I would say the Ping Eye 2 irons...I think they changed the iron market more than any other club.

Yeah.  I've a lot of clones from other OEMs tried to copy that model back then.  Their wedges still have an influence till this day, like the Taylormade Hi-Toe and Callaway's PM Grind are based on their SW & LW.  

 

Even Ping reissued their wedges some years ago.  

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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

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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13 minutes ago, cgasucks said:

Off the top of my head, Taylormade made the first hybrid which was called the rescue club.  It didn't catch on at first until other OEM popularized it which persists till this day.

 

I do remember Callaway was the first that put Carbon Fibre in its driver with their C4 in the early 2000s.  It was a huge dud at first but years later they got it right with their Fusion driver and now other OEMs incorporate it in their drivers, especially TM.

How about the first Metal woods...the Taylormade Originals!!

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  • Hybrids - Titliest 818 H1 21* Tensei Red R / Titliest 818 H1 25*(24*) Tensei Red R
  • Irons - Mizuno 919 HM Pro 5-PW UST Recoil 780 F3
  • Wedges - Ping Glide 3.0 50* AWT /  Callaway PM Grind 54* KBS HiSpin 115
  • Putter - Odyssey O-Works 7 34.5” ... Golf Pride SNSR Contour Pro
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9 minutes ago, jjgott said:

Taylormade gave up on the JetSpeed line about 30 minutes after the release.  Whatever happened to the Speed Police lol?

 

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14 minutes ago, tbccgolfer said:

How about the first Metal woods...the Taylormade Originals!!

True that..

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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

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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38 minutes ago, zeke013 said:

There is literally no polymer in those.  

 

ETA - Although I do see the first polymer filled golf club patent was filed by Flagler.  And the Nike VR Forged Pro beat PXG to market.  Who knows. 

There's polymer in the sole slot.  It was a big reason TM purchased Adams to avoid IP lawsuit.

Added pic of Adams floating face construction from WRX review in May '14. Definitely before PXG.

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11 minutes ago, tannyhoban said:

So many things in golf equipment are iterative.

 

 

Yes but the very first perimeter weighted iron is a sea change and a new idea, not iterative. The TA existed because of the eye 2 innovation, otherwise prob wouldn’t have even existed. 


obviously the components head, shaft, grip are one thing but when the design takes it to a different level with either design or material it’s different. 

 

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Tad Moore with milled,carbon steel putter, Tour Edge with combo brazing of dissimilar materials with a titanium cup face in Exotics  cb1, Cleveland with successful incorporation of titanium and carbon fiber in Launcher Comp (led to founding of a certain forum😃)

Titleist 910d3 9.5* (d4 surefit) Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2s
Tour Edge Exotics cbx 16.5* Aldila RIP beta 80s 

Titleist 818h1 19* (a2 surefit) Fujikura Motore TS hb 8.8
Titleist 962b 3-pw s400
Vokey sm8 raw S 54* s400
Vokey sm8 raw M 60* s400
Ping Zing2 BeCu

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Ping Answer, one of my younger friends said to me about a year ago, have you seen the new Ping putters, they look just like Scotty Cameron’s. Bless.

 

Cleveland  VAS irons - I have no words

 

The Maxfli Tad-more Yipstick - maybe the worst named club of all time.

Taylormade M3 9.5 (adjusted to 11) - Aldila Rogue Silver 60X
Callaway Rogue 3 Wood - Aldila Rogue Silver 70X

Testing - Titleist 818H2 (19) & 816H2 (20) Aldila Rogue Silver & Black X
Titleist 716CB 3-9 - X100
Vokey SM7 46.10, 50.08, 54M, 59M - S400
Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport 2.5
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