7 September 2016 (Pasadena, CA) So before I drop the details on what’s in my bag, we have to mention that Tiger announced (today) his return to golf this 2016 season. He is scheduled to compete in the Safeway Open (Oct. 10-13), the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) and Hero World Challenge (Dec. 1-4). Welcome back Eldrick! Apologies for the premature Adios Tiger blog. And a big thanks to the Golf Channel for running with this story in apocalyptic proportions.
After a 12 year hiatus from the game I picked up my dad’s old Tommy Armour irons, an old Ping offset driver and a two fairway woods that had no company name on them and hit the driving range near Loyola Marymount University (Westchester Golf Course). I was hitting my first bucket back (fairly respectfully I must say) when I noticed our university’s golf coach hitting in the stall next to me. I struck up a conversation when he looked into my bag and noticed the old clubs. His recommendation was, if I was going to seriously return to the game, I needed to invest in equipment that featured all the new technology available (I was essentially playing with hickory!). Now, I had never owned a set of new clubs or for that matter, a relatively new set of clubs so this was a brave new world for me. I had always played with my uncle’s clubs who handed them down to my dad who then proceeded to hand them down to me. What is listed below is my first set of new clubs (especially the irons). I have tinkered with several drivers and fairway woods/hybrids. This is what I am playing with today.
Driver Taylor Made RBZ at 10.5 degrees re-shafted with a Grafalloy Pro Launch Blue to add weight to an overly light standard club; 3 wood: Taylor Made Burner; 4 hybrid: King Cobra Baffler; 6 hybrid: Callaway Big Bertha; SW, PW, 5-9 irons: Callaway X-20s; approach wedge: Callaway X-22, LW: Cleveland 60 degree Zip Grooves, putter: Odyssey heal shafted Versa Works: golf balls: Titleist Velocity or NXT Tour depending on the course; range finder: Bushnell Tour v. 3; and headcovers: Driver, 3 wood and hybrids, Crail Golfing Society 1786 (Crail, Scotland); putter: Royal Aberdeen 1780 (Aberdeen, Scotland).
These (fairly) new clubs all purchased brand spanking new represent my commitment to the game since my return almost a decade a go. No longer would I play with old hand-me-downs or mismanaged/maintained courses. New clubs and refined courses would mark my return to golf. Next step…club fitting and new equipment. Who says you can never return (to a new and upgraded) home?