In the 1996 movie “Tin Cup”, Roy McAvoy wins $ 400 after beating a guy with a pink ball and a baseball bat on the tee, a fairway shovel, a hoe in bunkers and a blow with the butt. ‘a rake, billiards- style.
Dewey Boone, the macho guy McAvoy beats, tells Tin Cup and his caddy, Romeo, “Get off my golf course,” as he slaps the $ 400 across Romeo’s chest.
It was not exactly like this Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta when Patrick Cantlay won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, with $ 15 million. Still, many of its clubs are old by PGA Tour standards and can only be found in the discount bin at your local golf outlet.
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Titleist TS3 Driver (David Dusek / Golfweek)
DRIVER: Titleist TS3 (10.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60X shaft This club is not too old, but it is not Titleist’s new rider either. The TS3 and its sister, the TS2, were first made available to the pros at US Open 2018 in Shinnecock. Seventeen players bagged one that week, including Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and Jimmy Walker. The TS stands for Titleist Speed, and the TS2 and TS3 were the first drivers released by the company as part of the new family, with the TS4 and TS1 come later. Each driver features all-titanium construction, an adjustable hosel, and aero shape, but the TS3 also received a rear movable weight cartridge called the SureFit CG. It allows golfers and installers to create a draw or fade bias. TS pilots were replaced by TSi drivers in September 2020, but yesYou can still get a new TS3 driver online for $ 349 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Patrick Cantlay at the Memorial Tournament (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)
RUNWAY TIMBER: Titleist 915F (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70X shaft Some pros keep a fairway wood for a few years, but by Tour standards it’s a relic. The first Titleist 915F fairway woods began appearing on the PGA Tour in June 2014 and were released to retail in September. Back then, the feature that raised some eyebrows was the Active Recoil Channel (ARC). The ARC was a slot cut into the sole of the club behind the leading edge that was designed to allow the lower end of the strike zone to flex more effectively on impact. This allowed for increased ball speed on fine shots and reduced spin for lower flight and more ball speed. The ARC was coated with a polymer to keep water and debris out and improve interaction with the turf, and this is a feature that is still engineered into Titleist fairway woods today. The 915F wasn’t the first club to feature a slot in the sole, but it was Titleist’s first fairway wood to include the design, so golfers took notice. The 915F was replaced by the 917 fairway woods in September 2016, but Golf week found several used clubs on eBay, like this one, for between $ 75 and $ 125.
Titleist 816H2 hybrid (Titleist)
HYBRID: Titleist 816H2 (21 degree), with Fujikura ATMOS Black 9X rod Another elder here. Titleist made the first 816H1 and 816H2 hybrids available to the pros in the summer of 2015, and Jordan Spieth packed one at this season’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. It was released on September 22, 2015, and represented a philosophical shift for Titleist. Prior to the 816 series, Titleist bundled hybrids with woods and released new models when new drivers and fairway woods were released. From the 816H2 and H3, hybrids started releasing new irons because, according to the brand, the time to gear up for a hybrid is when buying irons. The 816 hybrids hit the market alongside the 716 irons. The 816H2 produced around 150-300 RPM less spin than the 816H1 and was designed for golfers who like iron-type hybrids. They were replaced by the 818 hybrids in July 2017, but Golf week found used clubs available on eBay, like this one, for between $ 75 and $ 100.
Titleist 718 AP2 Irons (David Dusek / Golfweek)
IRONS: Titleist 718 AP2 (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 rods As a rule of thumb, pros should replace their irons at least once a year as they wear out the grooves on their most used clubs, and Titleist has restocked Cantlay with 718 AP2 irons for a few years. The company started sowing them in Quicken Loans National in 2017. In total there were six irons in the 718 family, but for elite golfers this was the 718 MB, 718 CB, the 718 AP2 and the 718 T-MB which attracted the most attention. The 718 AP2 would be the last Titleist AP2 model released and was designed for top players who wanted compact blade length, a fine topline and minimal offset. Internal tungsten weights gave the irons increased forgiveness and stability. The 718 AP2 was replaced by the first generation T100 irons, which Titleist started sowing on the PGA Tour in US Open 2019 at Pebble Beach. Golf week found several sets of used 718 AP2 irons available on eBay between $ 500 and $ 750.
Titleist Vokey Design SM7 wedge (David Dusek / Golfweek)
CORNERS: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46, 52 degrees), SM8 (56 degree bent 57, 60 degree bent 61), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 rods It was a happy Halloween for the players of the 2017 Shiners Hospitals for Children opening in Las Vegas because that was the week Titleist released the first Vokey Design SM7 wedges. The grooves and centers of gravity of the SM7 cleats vary with the loft, with the pitch and spacers getting iron-style grooves that are deep and narrow, as well as lower centers of gravity. Sand wedges and lob wedges have wider, shallower grooves to remove debris and water from the face, and higher centers of gravity help golfers fly down and place more mass behind the ball on open-faced shots. The SM7 was replaced by Vokey Design SM8 in November 2019, but you can still buy them for $ 99 each at Carl’s golf course.
Patrick Cantlay watches his putt on the ninth green in the second round of the Championship Tour. (Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports)
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Ghost X 5 prototype Cantlay played for years with a weighted Newport blade in Scotty Cameron’s heel and toe, but this summer switched to a Phantom X 5. His specific putter is a prototype, according to Titleist, as he asked Cameron to add an alignment line up. The Phantom X 5 is made from 303 stainless steel and has heel and toe extensions. However, Cameron replaced much of the bottom of the head with aluminum, a lighter material, and then added a pair of weights in the heel and toe areas. This pushed more of the total head weight toward the perimeter, making the Phantom X 5 more stable on off-center hits. The Phantom X 5 is available for $ 429.99 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.