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I’m genuinely curious to see what you guys learned the game with. My first set was a Callaway Little Bertha 5 club set. I loved those clubs and always appreciated that my dad went out of his way to start me with something really nice at the time. 72A0031F-B5B1-4623-9E23-28FDBE8F290C.jpeg.aa3711b44e4e564deca4d52e3b98c6f6.jpeg

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My first "real" driver was a Top Flite Intimidator with a titanium face which I found when I was around 14 years old.  Someone had snapped it in half and thrown it up against a fence at the local cour

Mine was similar to this. Hogan Speedslot persimmon. Had the 2 and 4 wood as well. My grandpa insisted I start playing golf at 15 and he gave me these. 

The first driver I had with a proper set of golf clubs was a MacGregor Dx Power Pyramid driver. Had the full matching set:   But my my first REAL driver was the OG Callaway Big Bertha t

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Still gaming my first driver. I've cheated on it a few times but keep going back to it. Worn grip, epoxy rattle, and all. Just goes straight for me. 

 

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Callaway Mini 1.5 14*

Cobra F6 Baffler 17.5*

Callaway Apex 20* AD DI 85s

Cleveland UHX 5 utility 23*

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38 minutes ago, mogc60 said:

Mine was similar to this. Hogan Speedslot persimmon. Had the 2 and 4 wood as well. My grandpa insisted I start playing golf at 15 and he gave me these. 

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Those had to have been fun. I’d love to play a round with persimmon and balata 

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4 minutes ago, mackepa said:

Those had to have been fun. I’d love to play a round with persimmon and balata 

It was a different game that’s for sure 

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12 minutes ago, mogc60 said:

It was a different game that’s for sure 

I remember playing balata balls occasionally as a kid when I’d find them around the muni course I played as a kid. I didn’t really know what I was hitting but I remember liking them so much more than the “hard balls” I’d find. 

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6 minutes ago, electroleum said:

The first driver I had with a proper set of golf clubs was a MacGregor Dx Power Pyramid driver. Had the full matching set:

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But my my first REAL driver was the OG Callaway Big Bertha that my dad bought me. Man I loved that club...crazy to think that the average fairway wood is bigger now days:

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That MacGregor looks mean. 

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4 minutes ago, mackepa said:

That MacGregor looks mean. 

It was a pretty cool set of clubs to have as a kid. They all had this cool-looking pyramid of dots on the clubface. I wonder how those affected ball spin vs traditional grooves...and I can only imagine that these would be non-conforming based on current rules...lol.

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My first real driver was a Taylor Made 360... bought it right after the 500 series came out... let a friend try it at the range and it immediately got a sky mark... 

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 9º w/ Diamana DF 60 TX

3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: Callaway Super Hybrid 17º w/ Tensei Orange

Titleist 816 H1 21º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Irons (5-PW): Srixon 765 w/ KBS Tour C-Taper 120

Wedges: 48º Vokey SM6, 54º Vokey SM8 Black, 60º Hand Ground Tour Issue Vokey

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport Masterful Tourtype SSS CT A048277

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It was this one with a Memphis "10" shaft and stock grip...

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Driver PING G400 Max // K15 (10.5*)

Fairway Wood Callaway Steelhead XR // GBB Hawk Eye (18*)

Irons PING G400 (5-7)/i200 (8-UW) // ISI-S (4-SW)

Wedges PING Glide 2.0 Stealth ES (56*/60*) // Eye2 XG (60*)

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Bag Datrek DG Lite II // Superlite

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A steel shafted 7.5d 975d.  for $400 on Ebay in 2000.  I know that its loft way was to low for me but I just started out at the time and didn't know any better about driver lofts.

 

I still have it in my basement.

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10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft (Stiff flex)
Titleist 990 (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold in S300
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts (Regular Flex)
2011 Adams Tom Watson signature wedges in 52 and 56 degrees with stock steel shafts (Player's Grind)
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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17 minutes ago, cgasucks said:

A steel shafted 7.5d 975d.  for $400 on Ebay in 2000.  I know that loft way was to low for me but I just started out at the time and didn't know any better about driver lofts.

 

I still have it in my basement.

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Great feel when you hit it on the screws! 

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My first driver was a Powerbilt Grand Slam. I got the full set, even came with the bag for $100 about 6 years ago. 

 

Hilarious considering how much I spend on clubs these days.

 

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Taylormade SIM2 Max 9* // Autoflex SF405

Callaway Epic Max 3w // HZRDUS Smoke

Ping G410 19, 22, 25 // Accra FX 2.0

Srixon ZX5 6-AW // Fujikura Pro 75

Cleveland CBX2 54*// Fujikura Pro 75

Cleveland CBX Full Face 58*// Fujikura Pro 75

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I had an old hand me down set as a middle schooler.  First a set of old wooden woods, then a set of metals.

 

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My first club in high school as a burgeoning player the Pittsburgh Persimmon, and swiftly into a gold shafted Taylor Made, with the dimples that I covered with lead tape.  Then into a Big Bertha as a Junior that stayed with me until the Great Big Bertha came out while in College.  We were fitted for those by a Callaway rep and Mizuno irons (you had an option of Cleveland, Titleist and maybe one other).  I continued to play my Maxfli VHL's throughout most of my college golfing career, only putting the Mizuno's in the bag as a Junior in the spring season.  We only played 4 or 5 events in the fall back then.

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  • 4 Wood - Company that shall not be named, turned down 1* and open on a UST Mamaiya Black
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  • Irons - Srixon ZX4 4 iron on Recoil 110
  • Irons - Srixon ZX5 5 iron on Recoil 110
  • Irons - Srixon ZX7 (6-PW) on Recoil 110
  • Wedges - Cleveland 50* mid Zipcore, Callaway MD5 54*, Cleveland Zipcore 60* Mid all on Recoil 110
  • Putters -  Sunset Beach Ocracoke or Mannkrafted MA/66 (Testing Odyssey V Line Tank @ 39" with split hands)
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First true driver I had came in a Sears department store set my dad bought for my brother and me back around 1964. Common "beginner" set of era had driver, 3W, irons 3-5-7-9 and a putter.

 

Sorry I can't show it to you.  Lost track of the Sears sticks after I got some used Wilson Staff woods and TopFlite Synchro-Dyne irons.

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What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2020)

 

Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges*:  Calla MD3: 48°, 54°... MD4: 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

For details see:  Pending (need protocol to embed file list).

     * MD4 54°/10 S-Grind being tested as possible SW to replace MD3 54°/12 W-Grind.

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From my father's old set.  Steel shaft.  Not my favorite. 

 

First purchased driver:

 

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Loved it. 

 

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First driver I ever bought for myself with a Powerplay 3000 with a Topflight something or other shaft from a no nothing golf shop.  Was a TM 320 knock off, but have fond memories of it.  I know I was wild with it, but of course when you're young you can easily forget those shots and only remember driving it up to the front of the green on par 4s...  Likely on the 3rd or 4th ball on an empty course...

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Titleist TS2 16.5* EFW T1100 75 S

Titleist TS3 19* EFW T1100 80 S

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Cleveland RTX Zipcore 50M/54M/58L TI S400

Odyssey Tank V-Line 35"

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First Driver I played with were the old Spaulding Executive woods back in high school. 

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Driver:  Titleist TSi2 9* Tensei AV White 65 S

3 Wood: Titleist TSi2 13.5* (14.5*) Tensei AV White 75 S

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 21* Tensei AV White H 90 S

Irons: Titleist T-100 AMT Tour White S300 4-P

Wedges: Vokey SM8 50/08f SM4 54/8, 60/10

Putter: TM Spider X Single Bend 33"

Ball: Pro V1

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My first driver was a Dunlop Airfoil, a 230cc or so steel driver that was part of the boxed starter set.  Then went to a Goldwin AVDP XL driver.  Milled aluminum clubhead with a nickel clubface.  

 

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First driver I could hit well was a KZG Maraging Power driver.  It had a Composite Dynamics HP/M Tour shaft with an unmarked flex that seemed somewhat heavier than most, and I loved it.  Had an adhesive label under the grip, turned out to be over 100g, LOL.

 

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The Ever Changing Bag!  A lot of mixing and matching
Driver: TM Original One 11.5* (tuned down), Aldila RIP Alpha 80 X -or- King LTD, NV ProtoPype 80 X, 43.5" 

3w: Cobra King LTD, Aldila RIP Beta 90 X
Hybrid:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour 2h, NV105 S

Irons grab bag:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4; 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S
Wedges:  Dynacraft Dual Millled 52*, SteelFiber i125 S -or- Scratch 8620 DD 53*, SteelFiber i125 S; PM Grind 19 58*
Putter:  Snake Eyes Viper Tour Sv1, 34" -or- Cleveland Huntington Beach #1, 34.5" -or- Rife Bimini, 34"
Balls: Wilson Staff Duo Professional or TaylorMade TP5

GripMaster Roo or Kidd leather grips

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My first real driver was a new 2007 Taylormade Burner 460. 

 

I've thought about buying an old one on eBay recently for giggles to see how much difference I see in distance vs current drivers.

Sim 2 Max 10.5 @ 8.5 Kuro Kage Silver 60S

Tour Edge Exotics C721 13.5 Ventus Red 6S

Cleveland UHX Utility 18 Recoil 95S

PXG 0211 DC 5-GW Elevate 95S

Mack Daddy PM 19 C Grind 54-14 58-12 64-10 KBS Hi Rev 2.0 115

Scotty Cameron Special Select Del Mar 34 20 gram weights SS Pistol GT Tour 25 gram core

Chrome Soft X LS w/ Triple Track

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