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Aldila has introduced some very very good names for their shafts. The Green Lizard prototype was introduced in 2003 and was eventually named the NV, as in "Envy." The shaft is still used to this day and is still very very popular on tour. It's metallic flashy green made it look like money on TV.

I think, perhaps, Aldila upstaged it however with it's name for the VS Proto, or the original name "By You." It was a great name for a shaft. "Where's your drive?"... "I hit it By You." JB Holmed I think was one of the earliest users of this shaft and boy did he kill the ball. Nothing like one of the longest hitters on tour using your product and winning with it.

Then the DVS, or Devious. A higher launch mid spin shaft.

The VooDoo featured S-Core or "Score" technology with a S-shaped spiral of added material down the middle of the shaft for stability. It was sure the help you "score" better.

Today they have the "Hottest Shafts In Golf" with their aptly named pepper shafts. The Serrano, Habanero, and Wasabi.

The RIP shaft is and acronym for the process, Reverse Interlaminary Positioning, but fits in nicely with the saying "Grip it and RIP it!" And currently the "RIP'd" line up of older profiles featuring R.I.P. technology. Get RIP'd!

I have to give Aldila at least an honorable mention. I think the VS Proto "By You" should be in the top 10 or 15 though.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9° w/ PX HZRDUS Gen4 Black 75 6.0

TaylorMade SIM ROCKET 14.5° w/ PX Handcrafted EvenFlow Black 75 6.5

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max Rescue 3-19° w/ PX RDX Smoke 90 6.5

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max Rescue 4-22° w/ PX RDX Smoke 90 6.5

Srixon ZU85 5 26° w/ PX RDX Smoke 100 6.5

Srixon ZX7 6-PW w/ Nippon Modus Tour125 X

Cleveland 588 RTX 52° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
Srixon WG-706 56° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
Scotty Cameron SSS Circle T Newport Beach w/ UST Frequency Filter

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Also, maybe an honorable mention for Scotty Cameron's "My Girl" putters.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS 9° w/ PX HZRDUS Gen4 Black 75 6.0

TaylorMade SIM ROCKET 14.5° w/ PX Handcrafted EvenFlow Black 75 6.5

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max Rescue 3-19° w/ PX RDX Smoke 90 6.5

TaylorMade SIM 2 Max Rescue 4-22° w/ PX RDX Smoke 90 6.5

Srixon ZU85 5 26° w/ PX RDX Smoke 100 6.5

Srixon ZX7 6-PW w/ Nippon Modus Tour125 X

Cleveland 588 RTX 52° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
Srixon WG-706 56° w/ Nippon Modus Prototype C10 S
Scotty Cameron SSS Circle T Newport Beach w/ UST Frequency Filter

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I think Big Bertha was a huge turning point. The Alien wedge was memorable. The one that really sticks out in my mind is when a buddy borrowed his father's Air Hammer. It had holes drilled in the face around the sweet spot and in the back of the head. It made a whistling noise as it passed through the air.

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Callaway X Hot Pro 15* w/ Matrix Code 8x
Nike VR Pro LE 19* 5W w/ Kuro Kage 80x
Mizuno MP H4 4-PW w/ True Temper DG X100
Mizuno MP-R12 50*,54*,60* w/ DG X100
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Laguna 2

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I remember a driver by Slotline that was called BIG MO as it had some kind of face insert, during that time it was a decent driver

 

Driver: Cobra  50th Anniversary Edition Aerojet 10.5 w/Graphite Design Tour AD IZ4 

3W: Callaway  Paradym X 3w/ Graphite Design Tour AD CQ5  

5/7W: Callaway Paradym X / Project X Hzrdus Gen 4 silver 5.5

Irons:  Titleist T-350 w/Aerotech i80r

Wedges:  Cleveland RTX 6 ZipCore 48* and 54* w/Aerotech i95r

Putter:  ENVROLL E2 34" with Stability Fire shaft  w/ Oversize Black PURE grip (rotate) ODESSEY EYE TRAX 2-BALL w/BGT Stability Carbon 33" 2 Thumb OG Lite 31 black grip

 

 

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"I think, perhaps, Aldila upstaged it however with it's name for the VS Proto, or the original name "By You." It was a great name for a shaft. "Where's your drive?"... "I hit it By You." JB Holmed I think was one of the earliest users of this shaft and boy did he kill the ball. Nothing like one of the longest hitters on tour using your product and winning with it."

Also, remember that the VS Proto is blue. "Blew by you" (or "Blue Bayou" to reference the song...)

The folks at Aldila must have a lot of fun with the names and sometimes the colors as well. NV - "green with envy".
NVS (envious), DVS (devious), though I don't know what the colors of these referenced.

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Man no one remembers the "big head" driver from head golf's venture into golf equipment

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For classical reasons, the 588 is a name that'll live on forever. And like most sequels, the new version is just not as good. But for comedy purposes, Rocketballz just because.

Dr. Sim2 8° w/ RDX blue 60 6.5

3 Wood. Sim2 15° and 19° w/ Diamana 70x

Ui. Callaway x forged ut 21° w/ dg120 x100

4 to GW. Mizuno Pro 223 w/ dg120 x100

SW and Lw. 54° and 58° Milled grind raw w/ dg s200

Putter. Odyssey OG 1ws, 33 inches

Ball. Taylormade TP5x

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Cooper's 15 year rule does nothing for me (I learned to play in the sixties), where I grew up with Bullseye Anser, Eye-O-Matic, Staff, Austrailian Blade, Sandy Andy, R90, Special, Apex, Director, Personal (JNP), TP (Tonney Penna), Dynamic, Taci-Mac, Tour Balata, Lacoste, and Munsingware sansabelt.

Big Bertha was a milestone, I'll give props to Burner, TP (Tour Prefered), Caliente, Pro V1, Speeder, Blueboard, 588, MP-14, Sabertooth, etc, but most everything produced in the last fifteen yerars is well, marketing driven with a one to two year shelf life, not long enough to create a legacy with most golfers.

Titleist TS3 9.5* Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 Limited White X
Titleist TS2 15* Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 Limited White X 
Titleist TS2 21* Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 Limited White X 

Titleist 718 CB 4-P DGS300
Titleist Vokey raw SM6, 50-8F, 56-12F, SM7 60-08M S300
Cameron Select Newport 2 with SS Flatso 1.0
Pro V1X

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How bout the "BANG O' MATIC"
Played with a guy in college that used to play one...Every time he crushed one he would yell BANG
We told him it was cute that he had his moms name on his driver
Still ridiculous to this day

Taylormade M5 Tour 9* AD-VR 6
Callaway Steelhead XR 16* Ahina 60X
Tour Edge EXS220 18* Ventus
Adams MB2 RAW 5-PW Smoke KBS Tour 120
MD4 Raw 50/58/62 
Piretti Cortino 2

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[quote name='markheardjr' timestamp='1329861321' post='4344311']
Aldila has introduced some very very good names for their shafts. The Green Lizard prototype was introduced in 2003 and was eventually named the NV, as in "Envy." The shaft is still used to this day and is still very very popular on tour. It's metallic flashy green made it look like money on TV.

I think, perhaps, Aldila upstaged it however with it's name for the VS Proto, or the original name "By You." It was a great name for a shaft. "Where's your drive?"... "I hit it By You." JB Holmed I think was one of the earliest users of this shaft and boy did he kill the ball. Nothing like one of the longest hitters on tour using your product and winning with it.

Then the DVS, or Devious. A higher launch mid spin shaft.

The VooDoo featured S-Core or "Score" technology with a S-shaped spiral of added material down the middle of the shaft for stability. It was sure the help you "score" better.

Today they have the "Hottest Shafts In Golf" with their aptly named pepper shafts. The Serrano, Habanero, andW Wasabi.

The RIP shaft is and acronym for the process, Reverse Interlaminary Positioning, but fits in nicely with the saying "Grip it and RIP it!" And currently the "RIP'd" line up of older profiles featuring R.I.P. technology. Get RIP'd!

I have to give Aldila at least an honorable mention. I think the VS Proto "By You" should be in the top 10 or 15 though.
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Don't forget the nvs or envious (sp?.)

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Haig Ultras were the best irons to have back in the late 60's, also Wilson Staff, There used to be a lot more clubs named after Tour players also,
I had Nicklaus irons (Macgregor), Bob Goalby woods (spalding), Arnold palmer putter(Wilson). My second set of woods were Billy Caspers (Wilson).
North Western also used to be another big name in clubs. The Zebra putter had a lot of tour wins. The Golden Ram golf ball, Wilson Pro staff ball, Spalding Blue Dot.

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Power Pod, Goldwin, Hammer, The Hog, Fernquest & Johnson, Langert, Prince, Seiko, Daiwa, Crukshank, Kasco Super Hyten, Browning, Prince, Pittsburg Persimmon ™.., One piece graphite driver (shaft and head)--forgot the name)



Ugliest of all time Cleveland VAS and Ping Zing (which had a habit of breaking graphite shafts as well as steel)

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[b]1. MacGregor "The Greatest Name in Golf" Tommy Armour Silver Scot.[/b] MacGregor really was the greatest name in golf. Perhaps golf's most comprehensive "tour equipment" expert in the history of the game was tour player and major winner David Graham. He was the essence of MacGregor tour equipment. The first "T" stamp, tour-designated club that I know of is the immortal MacGregor Tommy Armour 693T set of persimmon woods. When Tom Watson's set of Rams were suddenly measured as non-conforming in the 1980's, he borrowed Roger Maltbie's Macgregor 25 year-old 1950's Silver Scots from out of the trunk of his car. And fired a 68 in the PGA Championship at Pebble Beach.

[b]2. Hogan Apex.[/b] The personal attention of the great man himself. Threw out a factory full of equipment he deemed to be of insufficient quality. For as long as the company reamined independent, the quality was peerless.

[b]3. Titleist (Acushnet) Bullseye.[/b] It is likely, that with the usage of Bullseyes by Corey Pavin and Mark Mcnulty, no single club design in the modern history of golf will have had such a long life of championship competition usage. There is probably nothing close.

[b]4. Ping Anser.[/b] The inspiration for all modern putters. The signature project of Karsten Solheim's life.

[b]5. Ping Eye 2[/b]. The club that gave us the lawsuit that gave us 30 years of USGA cowardice. I don't blame Karsten so much. His lawyer, Leonard DeCof, was a *****. And the USGA did not distinguish itself. A remarkable clubhead design.

[b]6. Cleveland Classics.[/b] Just maybe the best golf club designer of our time, Roger Cleveland. The next boutique club after Toney Penna, and the one that lasted.

[b]7. Toney Penna.[/b] A superb player, and even better club designer. (Who among today's great tour players is a club designer equal to the great Toney Penna?) Nicklaus Golf later took over the Penna factory in West Palm Beach.

[b]8. Titleist Scotty Cameron.[/b] The gold standard of 21st century boutique golf club marketing.

[b]9. Titelist Bob Vokey. [/b]The Scotty Cameron of wedges.

[b]10. Callaway Big Bertha.[/b] Ely Callaway had no idea what he was doing, but he was relentlessly successful. The Big Bertha was an amazing, influential, powerful sales hit. Has there ever been just one product that built such a major golf equipment company?

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