NEW GOLF CLUB EQUIP­MENT VER­SUS OLDER ONES

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Iam a 5 hand­i­cap work­ing in the Royal Port Al­fred GC pro shop. I have been play­ing for 30+ years.

started with a short­ened Ho­gan 8-iron at age 5 and got my first set of cus­tom-fit­ted clubs at 17. They were Ping Eye2s ( right) which I still have to­day. Few clubs feel as good in my hands. I cur­rently play with Mizuno MP30 irons and Call­away FT5 driver. The Mizunos hit the ball fur­ther and I can work the ball more, but I pre­fer my Pings when my game gets a bit “in the woods.”

My opin­ion about clubs th­ese days, be­ing an avid reader of Golf Di­gest, espe- cially your Hot List, is how frus­trat­ing it is to see the amount of prod­uct be­ing launched year after year. Some com­pa­nies are bring­ing out three or four new driv­ers an­nu­ally, and irons are be­com­ing too nu­mer­ous to men­tion, all promis­ing more dis­tance and ac­cu­racy.

In the 1990s golf equip­ment was less com­pli­cated. Com­pa­nies brought out a new driver ev­ery few years; same with irons and put­ters. I am all for new tech­nol­ogy and the pro­gres­sion of the sport, but over­do­ing the range all for the almighty dol­lar, and to the detri­ment of the player? I re­cently played with my Pings and shot a crisp 71. My Eye2s will re­main with me for a long time. If only the guys at Ping could make a trib­ute set of new ones for me.

Tim de Wet, Port Al­fred

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