What Equipment Excites You?
By Kickntrue on 1/11/10
January is always a fun time for golf junkies, at least in terms of seeing all of the new equipment coming out. I'm curious to know what you've seen or heard about that excites you for the new year? Beyond specific clubs from specific manufacturers, what type of equipment do you read about most?

My guess is most people care most about drivers followed by putters. Despite the fact they are still the most "new" equipment to the game and may be responsible for saving the most strokes for a mid-handicapper, I almost ignore hybrid technology completely. Am I alone in this?

Anyway- let me know... for a couple reasons. 1) Just for this post, but 2) So I can check some specific stuff out at the PGA Show in Orlando in a couple weeks. If you guys want the dirt on something specific I'll make sure to check it out- and even hit it at the demo day if I can.

Here is a link to a Golf.com article on some new drivers.

Golf.com - New Drivers


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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
I'm looking to get new irons this year, so I'm watching for the new irons and hybrids.
1/11/10
 
Banker85 says:
i just read up on new equipment in general. lame answer i know. Unless i am in the market i really dont do much product research. New drivers are always cool though. My hybrid is the most consistent and reliable club in my bag 100%. (21* Titleist pt 585H)
1/11/10
 
mmontisano says:
i LOVE looking at and demoing new irons. but when it comes to drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, i don't pay attention to much to the heads, but to the shafts, since they make up about 99% of how the club performs.
1/11/10
 
Backquak says:
I really like the free stuff. I would like to try a hybrid, but I like my irons more than I like my woods, so it's hard to try something that seems more like a wood than an iron.
1/11/10
 
Bryan K says:
Incidentally...I'm mostly intrigued by new apparel. My shoes and shirts can always use an upgrade. I'm also intrigued by new gadgets. Stuff I would have never dreamed of when I was a kid include GPS rangefinders and the handy little pinching ball-mark fixer thingie that I learned about from this site. Oh...and the Medicus swing-trainer has been a HUGE help to my game, so any new training aids would also come as welcome news.
1/11/10
 
Bryan K says:
backquak: a hybrid plays just like an iron...it's just shaped like a wood. You hit it just like you'd hit your irons. That said, I've found that people who tend to hit their irons very well also tend to dislike hybrids.
1/11/10
 
Backquak says:
bjohn13, that's what I'm afraid of, I like my irons, but maybe I should replace my 5 wood. I tend to swap between my 5 wood and my 3 iron depending on the conditions.
1/11/10
 
Bryan K says:
Hmm....sounds to me like, if you're using two different clubs for the same distance, you should replace one of them (I'd opt to get rid of the 5w too, since I know I can't hit a wood out of the rough). Your handicap is a lot lower than mine, so I'm assuming that you hit your 3i well. My regular partner hits his low irons very well, too, and I don't think it would be wise for him to take that aspect of his game away. However, he plays with only two wedges and has room in his bag to add at least one more (his handicap is lower than mine, too). I personally don't know what I'd do without four wedges...I'd like to add a fifth.

I see you have a kid in your profile photo...is that you? One of your kids?
1/11/10
 
Matt F says:
I'm not going to ask. You have my email, but the suspense is killing me!!

Matt
1/11/10
 
Backquak says:
bjohn13, The 14 club rule seems like it should be easy to follow, but when they make so many different lofts in wedges, it makes me think I need all of them, when I should leave the lob wedge anywhere but in the bag.
That's my boy, he loves to play, that was his first tourney, the summer before last. I take him to the par 3 and track his stats on oob too. Although we haven't played much since that picture was taken. i try to avoid the camera if I can, too ugly to photograph.
1/12/10
 
TravisMiller says:
I took a 7 or 8 year hiatus from golf and that is when the hybrid technology came out. I am having a hard time accepting it. I have not hit one and I don't plan on it, but I also hit 2 and 3 irons very well.
1/12/10
 
mmontisano says:
why is everyone against a hybrid? i think it's the best thing to hit golf since the sand wedge. i switched out my 5 wood with a 2i hybrid because it was easier to hit and it would go just as far. i mean, seriously, they're amazing clubs.

@TravisMiller - i also took a 7 to 8 year hiatus and in that time drivers went from about 160ccs to 460ccs. it took a LONG time to get used to it, but now you wouldn't be able to pry my G10 from my cold dead hands.
1/12/10
 
Bryan K says:
I'd be lost without my lob wedge. I've had so many rounds where I look like an idiot off the tee but save face by consistantly sticking my lob wedge shots close. In fact, I have to say that the only reason why I average 2 putts per hole is because my first putt is usually from within ten feet.

That said...I love to see kids on the golf course. I play with my 10 year old nephew from time to time. I've found that if they learn to hit while their arms are still short and continue to play as they grow, they can get rid of a lot of frustration once they reach adulthood. Plus, the excitement from my nephew when he drove his first green and subsequently made his first par was priceless. I was trying to keep him on the par three courses, but he played so well on a regulation 18 hole course at the end of the year, I don't think I'll ever be able to get him back on the pitch 'n' putt.
1/12/10
 
Bryan K says:
hackman: the first time I shot my hybrid, I was sold...even after taking a 12 year hiatus from the game.
1/12/10
 
DougE says:
I took a break from golf a few years back. When I came back hybrids had made their way into the game. I was skeptical, but heard great things about them. I never hit a fairway wood off the deck very well back then, so was sure I would have similar results with a hybrid. Boy, was I wrong. The first time I used one I was sold. I felt like I was actually good. I went out and got a 2nd hybrid immediately. After a short time, my confidence level grew so much, that I started hitting my 3 wood just as consistently. I still get giddy when I hit a 3 hybrid, even out of the rough, and it flies 20-30 yards further than I was ever able to hit a 3 iron.
1/13/10
 
billbadaz says:
Just wait for the new Taylormade Burners to come out. The drivers are going to have 50 or 55 gram shafts to increse swing speed and clubhead speed, BUT, they also may not be a traditional head shape, like the R9. Also, the 5 peice golf ball, the Penta, is amazing, and they come out in stores on the 15th of Feb. If you have been lucky enough to find them, good for you. They are expensive on e-bay
1/15/10
 
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