Timeless classics, there are some old faithful drivers that will just never be sold. No matter what, they’ll stay in that spare bag in the garage. They hold some of your best memories and you know that they can step up into the golf bag at a time of need (or when you snap your newest one). These are some of the best drivers from days gone by.
TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad
Price today: $60-$80 approx.
TaylorMade’s first venture into a 460 CC, four-port movable weight technology driver. This pioneer driver had four weight ports, and featured a unique black finish that made it the beloved of many golfers. The upgrade from 420 CC of the R7 Quad to the 460 CC of the R7 SuperQuad also made a huge difference in the distance and consistency of this driver.
Released in 2007, the SuperQuad was well ahead of its time, and much of that 2007 technology is still used today. MyGolfSpy recently did a comparison between the 2016 M1 and the 2007 SuperQuad. They found that, as expected, the M1 was on average 10-15 yards longer than the SuperQuad. However, the SuperQuad was much more consistent off the tee and produced a tighter dispersion than its newer counterpart.
Titleist 905 R/T/S
Price today: $40-$65 approx.
Late 2005 saw the arrival of the Titleist 905 driver series. The 905R, 905T, and 905S each featured a different head shape to fit the needs of different golfers. Each had a classic looking head, with fantastic stock shafts (AD YS6, Proforce V2, Aldila NV) and the ability to send the ball LONG.
The differences between each were enough to fit the heads to the different needs of golfers. The 905S featured a deep face, with a slightly smaller front-to-back profile. This gave the head the most workability and became known as ‘the players club’. The 905T came with a larger front-to-back profile for longer distance and more forgiveness off the tee, whereas the 905R boasted a combination of the S and T features. Whichever driver you had in the bag, you knew you had a simple and effective club that would get your round going.
Callaway Hawkeye VFT
Price today: $20-$40 approx.
The old boy of the group, dating back to October of 2000. The Callaway Hawkeye VFT driver pushed the boundaries of what was technologically possible of drivers in the year 2000. Callaway had to jump through so many of the USGA and R&A hoops, before releasing this innovative driver to the market.
The VFT stood for Variable Face Thickness. In simple terms, the face was constructed to give maximum distance and forgiveness on off-center hits. It worked: the VFT racked up a number of tour wins before its initial release and went on to be the hot club on the market for the years 2000-2001. Many of you will know the distances the VFT could achieve, and I’m sure a lot of you have some ‘par-4 in one’ stories to tell.
Price today: $40-$75 approx.
Here it is, Westwood’s weapon of choice even as late as 2014. That’s right, in 2014 Lee Westwood swapped back to his trusty Ping G10 driver for a couple of weeks. Up until 2012, Westwood was using the Ping G10 as his first-choice driver
week-in week-out. That’s saying something, when a Ping staff player rejects the companies four latest models for his trusty old stick.
The reason Westwood stuck to the 2007-release G10 driver is because it was awesome. The 460 CC head gave length, consistency, and confidence to those that played it. With its signature Ping TFC shaft, it was easy to use and relatively cheap when released. AND, who can forget the crescent-shaped alignment design on the top?
King Cobra SZ
Price today: $20-$30 approx.
Loudest driver ever. If your friend had this driver, and you were out on the course on a Saturday afternoon, you knew which hole they were playing. The King Cobra drivers of the early 2000s were notoriously loud and outrageously long. Cobra’s biggest claim with the SZ drivers was the new nine hot spots on the face. The manufacturers essentially said that the club had nine sweet spots. Hence the SZ (sweet zone), as opposed to the SS (sweet spot) of previous models.
These drivers came to the market in 2004. And, who can forget those awesome adverts with David Feherty … “nice ball” *keep walking*.
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