NEW GOLF CLUB EQUIPMENT VERSUS OLDER ONES
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