What's the oldest piece of equipment in your bag?March 15, 2017 The Scoop
Do you have any pieces of equipment in your bag you basically refuse to update? The NCG team discuss their gear relics...
Alex Perry: Watching Adam Hadwin’s victory at the Valspar Championship on Sunday evening got me thinking – what a bloody good beard that man has.
It also got me thinking about equipment. Hadwin is playing with a four-year-old putter. In this day and age where some brands are updating their gear every six months, that’s essentially ancient.
What year was the Ping G25 range launched? 2013? I’ve got that through my whole bag. I don’t get why people tinker with their gear if they find something that works.
So what’s the oldest piece of kit in your bag? Anything you basically refuse to update?
Mark Townsend: I have a four-year-old Yes! putter. It’s been an ever-present, other than a short period of time in a cupboard last year.
AP: Dare I ask?
MT: I was advised by Danny Willett’s putting coach that it was offline. Cue a period of 45 putts a round with something that quickly went to the retailer in the sky.
James Broadhurst: Last year I started using my old Howson putter, which I bought when I was 14, in the hope that it was my putter and not my technique causing me to three-putt almost every green. It’s now back in the garage.
James Savage: I’ve got a year-old SeeMore putter. It’s a good putter. I reckon if we added up the years of all the putters in our bags it would be much higher than for drivers.
AP: Oh absolutely. If I’m struggling on the greens I go back to an old Ping Zing which I bought when I was in school in nineteen ninety something or other it doesn’t really matter.
Steve Carroll: Well, mine is four days so I’m going to bring the average down a bit…
AP: You’ve got a new putter, Steve? You should have said.
JS: It’s two days younger than his driver.
SC: I can barely walk past a pro shop without my wallet falling open.
AP: We know.
SC: That said, I do have a couple of Titleist Vokey wedges about to enter their third season of action. Clearly, I want to – and am going to – replace them.
JS: Titleist say you should replace your wedges every 75 rounds. So I’d say your current set is about two and half years past its use-by date.
SC: Crikey. I’ll be changing my wedges every couple of months…
JS: Speaking of which, I’ve got a set of Vokey SM6s which have just come to the end of their lifespan. Mainly due to the fact I have to play at least two chip shots per hole.
SC: You have to find the centre of the club face to wear out the grooves, James…
JS: They’ve also got my initials on them.
Jamie Millar: Does that 75 rounds rule reset if you buy them second hand?
AP: I don’t think anyone is going to buy them, unless their initials are JS…
JS: Apart from my putter, the oldest piece of kit in my bag is three weeks old.
AP: Wait. The guy who literally gets paid to write about the latest golf equipment doesn’t have anything old in his bag? Well I, for one, am shocked.
JS: Pretty sure I spotted some persimmon woods in your bag when we last played.
Dan Murphy: How many of you lot have ever hit a persimmon wood?
SC: I had an old Dunlop 2-wood that was my favourite club in the world. I cried when I cracked the face of it.
AP: You cried?
SC: I was 12. Unfortunately I’m old enough to have spent a number of years toting a bit of firewood around with me.
JS: My father-in-law has some Gary Player Slazenger woods which I took to the range once.
Ball flight and spin rates were more optimal than with new metal woods.
DM: “Metal woods”. What a strange piece of terminology that is when you think about it.
MT: Just this morning in my mum’s garage I found a Hogan Apex driver from 1986 that is smaller than a present-day 7-wood. I couldn’t hit it then and definitely wouldn’t be able to now. The 5-wood is like a glockenspiel hammer.
I also uncovered some irons which I would quite fancy taking out. I got quite emotional seeing them again.
DM: You forget that in those days that the driver was a club only wielded by the most skilful and strong players, and some high handicappers could play an entire round without really ever getting the ball off the ground.
MT: I don’t forget. I’ve thought about it every day for the past 30 years.
Tom Irwin: The oldest thing in my bag is a fully decomposed banana.
JS: Bit of an oxymoron.
AP: You don’t need “oxy” there…
JS: If it had decomposed it wouldn’t be there anymore. A decomposing banana would be the correct terminology.
AP: Golf chat AND an English lesson. Good.
Craig Middleton: The oldest piece of equipment in my bag is probably the SM5 wedges.
The oldest thing in my golf bag is a Nature Valley bar from 2011. Safe to say I will not be eating that.
AP: So you’ve either got the same bag you had in 2011, or you’ve transferred said Nature Valley bar from bag to bag…
JM: It could be his lucky charm?
CM: Well I found it in my old golf bag. My current golf bag the oldest thing that’s in there is a two-month-old orange.
AP: So we’re strictly on food chat now?
Jake Rhodes: I have Callaway X2 Hot driver from 2013, Ping S57 irons from 2009, Ping Tour wedges from 2008, and an Odyssey White Hot Tour putter from 2008.
MT: And there speaks the most sane golfer in the office
AP: As we’re back on golf – a serious question, if I may. A common response when questioning someone’s lack of desire to take up golf is the cost of equipment. Is the trend for manufacturers to essentially make their latest gear out of date within six months problematic?
SC: No, because anyone with any sense – and I’m not saying I have any – buys the out-of-date equipment that’s just as good…
JB: I think the cost of equipment can be off putting for people looking to take up the sport, but high membership fees at clubs is a bigger issue.
AP: Well I think that’s a whole new discussion for another week…
MT: Can we go back to talking about bananas?
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