Originally Posted by RFS62
I have all of those, I'll readily admit. But just in my collection.
I switched from persimmon when the first Taylor Made "Original One" came out, back in the day.
It's amazing to look at the old hickory shafted clubs of the 20's and 30's and imagine playing with them today. Especially with the ball techology they had back then.
That would be somewhere around 1980.
Taylor Made has really struggled to find itself during its lifetime, first as a metal driver company, then to almost a 100% wedge only company, and then in the mid to late 90s they dipped their toe in the iron aspect of things. Now, they are back to being one of the leading manufacturers of drivers and irons, and after being on staff with them for almost 2 years, there isn't a big enough amount of coin to make me play 14 of their clubs at one time.
Amazingly enough, some of their best products are more than 5+ years old. The first RAC combo iron set they offered, with cavity back from 3 through 6 iron, and then muscle back in the 7 through PW; their Forged 300 series, which first put them head to head with Titleist and Mizuno in terms of forged irons, and then their best driver before the R7: The Burner with the Bubble Shaft (good luck trying to find that shaft to replace if you end up breaking it).
There is not 1 player on any tour today that could hit a hickory shafted club without watching it shatter to pieces. The evolution of the golf swing has gone from the "sweep swing" which ended with Ben Hogan to the 2 plane, striking down on the ball swing you see most players attempt today.
The game will continue to evolve. Technology and equipment will continue to attempt to level the playing field, but the far superior players will remain just that.
My question is, who will replace Tiger? Has that player even been born yet?
But, to not completely derail the thread, why do hot dogs come in packages of 8, and hot dog buns usually come in packages of 10? To even them out, you'll end up with 40 a piece...