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List of old brands and models you've played
With all the talk by analysts and the golf press describing the transformation of the game due to the latest technology in golf balls, I thought it would be interesting to hear about all the "old" brands and models WRX'ers have played in their golfing past.

At the risk of dating myself, here is a sampling of some of the old models and brands I've played over the years:

Acushnet:
Finalist
Acushnet
Titleist ( Just plain Titleist, no "Tour" or "Wound 90" ...Just plain Titleist)

Spalding:
DOT
Execitive

Royal:
Royal ( the first ball I remember with a hexagonal dimple pattern)

Faultless:
Falutless ( the first solid, cut proof ball)

Dunlop:
Dunlop 65
Blue Max

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Yikes.

 

I started playing in early '86 and I remember the days of tipping out the balls and half (or more) of them were grotty old 1.62" jobs that the dog had found in the gorse. A lot with cuts in them. Or teethmarks. Try perfecting your long iron ballflight with those. :cheesy: Never mind seaming those first-generation Pro V1s; try lining up a slice in the cover.

 

Penfold Commando, Dunlop 65, Dunlop Blue Max, and those old Titleists that you mentioned that just said 'Titleist' on them.

 

Something solid and rock hard was an absolute luxury back then. Fortunately there were always lots of Top Flite XLs and Titleist surlyns that the members lost (and the dog found) to bump up the decent-balls-percentage over time. The only time I saw a Titleist 384 in that characteristic red box was in the pro shop or at Christmas.

 

In those days, Titleist Balatas (and the revered Low Trajectory versions) and Spalding Tour Editions were like manna from heaven and ended up being saved for the practice green...

 

Happy days. Aside from the balls, I also used to end up using grips until they were perished and had a 'thumb slot' worn into the side of them since I was a teenager and new grips were an unaffordable luxury.

Old Nike woods with blue shafts, Titleist 712Us and a bagful of 681s, two rusty old Vokeys, an Eye 2 L wedge and an Anser 2

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I remember everyball that has been mentioned and played most if not all of them.

 

 

I remember when we used to play club specials in cold weather because we were told they would go farther. They were softer and felt better but a Golf or Golf Digest article later proved that 100 compression balls go farther in all weather with all swing speeds

 

Now I have no idea but was the original Titelist ball the K2 my first memory of it the ball cost $1.25 I ask the man who ran the pro shop the difference between those and the same ball in x outs he said about sixty cents.

 

PGA Victor Comtometer (later Tommy Armour Golf ) bought the patent for the K2 from Titelist when Titelist developed a new ball and they could not duplicate the quality control

 

Great great post

 

Ken

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Dunlop Blue Dot (circa 1960s)

Father, Wannabe Golfer, Observer of Peeps


Ping G400 Max 9/TPT Red 17 ● SIM TI 3,5 or TEE EXS 220 3, 5 wd/GD AD F 65, SIM Max 4H/Accra FX 2.0 200 or TEE EXS 220 4HY/GD AD HY 65 ● Mizuno MP-20 HMB 5-PW Accra ICWT95 ● Mizuno MP T20 50, 54, 59/Nippon Pro Modus 3 Wedge 115/125 ● Swag Savage Too/Bett Inovai 6.0

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I started playing in 1970...

 

The most unusual ball I remember was the Polara Accuracy...

 

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Product Description:

 

The self-correcting ball that REDUCES hooks and slices by more than 50%!

  • Enjoy your round with golf filled smiles!
  • 2 - Piece Construction
  • Standard dimples around the equator help it play with the distance of regular balls
  • Shallow dimples at the poles help it give your hooks and slices happy landings in the fairway and greens

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How about some love for the 1st ball my Dad would let me play...Ram 3D! Finally worked my way up to Golden Rams and MacGregor Tourney's. This was in late 60's.


Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei AV Blue Stiff
Titleist 915F 15* (set 16.5*)Diamana Blue 70 Regular
Titleist 904F 19* YS6 Stiff
Titleist Hybrid (816) 23* 
Titleist AP1 718 5-GW1 Tensei Graphite Stiff
Vokey 52.08 SM6, 56.14 SM6
Scotty Cameron Newport Select 2019 35”
Titleist Hybrid 14 Bag
Titleist Pro V1


Classic Bag
MacGregor MT Tourney 1967 WM2T 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Persimmon w/ Aluminum Insert
MacGregor MT Tourney 1971 Split Sole irons 2-Sand Iron
Newport Classic or Ping Anser 1969 85020 or MacGregor Armour IMG or TPM 1
Daiwa Black Leather Bag
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Podo, bought them at the Walgreen drug store, back in the day. Sold in 3-ball sleeves for .67 cents including tax. :cheesy: These seemed to be kind of pricey now.

 

 

 

 

GB41 ? Po-Do USA 1940s

Description

Three mint unused balls in a sleeve. Sold exclusively by Walgreen Drug Stores. Rare.

Price

$50 - SOLD

All Callaway all long..long gone..  ;-)
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Golden Ram 100 compression balls in the early 80s were my favorite distance ball. they came in a black box with a gold picture of a Ram's horns on the cover. It used to be that red numbers were 90 compression and black numbers were 100 compression. Now when I am not playing well, I usually play OPs. which stand for "other peoples" -ones I find.

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I started playing in 1964 at 5 years old. My Dad played with Acushnet Club Specials and I would get his hand me downs. I'll never forget the first Titleist I bought in '67 or '68; my mom dropped me off at the club and gave me a $1.50 for the day's lunch and snacks. I went to the pro shop and plopped 1.25 on the counter and asked for a Red and Black Titleist (90 compression). On the first tee I hit it into the right woods and searched for it for about an hour until the pro came by and asked what I was doing. I told him I wasn't going to go without lunch and just hit that Titleist 1 time! He laughed, wished me luck and rode off in his cart. Before long I found the ball, finished my 9 holes, and when I got back to the clubhouse the pro called me over to the counter and gave me a sleeve of Titleists, telling me he admired my perserverance. I treasured those balls as if they were the Holy Grail. For a month, I just kept them on my dresser and looked at them at night. Weird what you remember, huh?

 

Some other balls I remember fondly were the:

First Flight Greenmaster

Dunlop Blue Max

Faultless Lee Trevino

Arnold Palmer Charger

Spalding Dot

Royal

British Size Slazenger

 

But, after my game progressed, I was loyal to Titleist through HS, College and professional years because of that experience earlier spoken of. At least until this year, and I fell in love with the Srixon Z-URS.

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Titliest professional - best ball i've ever played. Titliest please bring this ball back. I don't care if it's 20 yards shorter, the liquid centre's were the best.

Maxfli HT - Nice soft balata ball.

Maxfli Revolution - fantastic soft ball

Slazenger

Titliest Tour Balata (i think that's what it was called) - these got smiley faces on them if you bladed it... =)

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