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The regrettable purchase


Well-Known Member
May 23, 2005
I was driving the ball well. Driving and putting were the strong parts of my game two months ago. And because I recently came into the position of being able to spend some mad money, I went and purchased me a brand spankin' new driver.

My old and reliable Steelhead III was keeping me in the fairway (or close to it)and my distance was anywhere from 250-275 yards. But not being satsfied I figured that the newest (and therefore most expensive) driver could only help me. So I went and plunked down $400 on a new R7 which tested nice on the range but went to hell once I got it on a course. The 46" shaft really jacked me up as did the weighting system: Am I making a crappy swing or do I have the weights adjusted improperly? So I took it back and traded it in for a King Cobra 454 and had the shaft replaced and cut down to 44". At first it was dynamite.

I was getting 280-300 yards when I made a good swing. But now I can't hit that damn thing to save my life. So this weekend I grudgingly took it out of the bag and put my old Steelhead III back in. Voila! Back to about 270 yards average but splitting the fairway and shooting a lower score.

Why? Why? Why? Why am I such moron? Why did I fall for the hype to begin with? I know better than this and now I have a hunk of expensive titanium that I no longer care to use.

The moral of the story is this: Even if you have an old persimmon driver that was made during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration and it works for you, then stick with the thing. Save your money for greens fees and Superbowl parties.


The golfer fka ST Champ
Aug 31, 2004
PURE BLASPHEMY!!!!! A guy could be kicked right off the forum for talkin crap like that. :p


Shark skin shoes
Staff member
Aug 30, 2004
Canada Canada
Perhaps you need a second opinion. PM me and i'll send you my address and let you know if it really is the R7 or not... :D



Used club guru
Mar 29, 2005
Thats not nice, that way of thinking will put me out of business:D

If you can't try a club before you buy it you are taking a gamble. If your best friend joe swears by his new 600cc driver with 22 removable weights doesn't mean you can get it off the tee box.


Well-Known Member
Aug 27, 2004
Lamma said:
Why? Why? Why? Why am I such moron?

You're not. You're a lamma.
Behhhhh! Behhhhh!

BTW, you need time to adjust to the driver.... at least a whole season :)


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May 23, 2005
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Matty said:
Always try before you buy.

I did though. That's the thing. I crushed balls to the end of the end of the range before I bought it. I tried it in regular and stiff flex and with the weights moved around in 4 different configurations. The "More Draw" adjustment seemed to work best but within a couple of days I just went spastic with the thing. If it wasn't a boomerang ball an Aborigine would envy, then it was a hook that just may have hit me in the right buttcheek if I didn't watch out.

The Cobra tested fine on the range. Better than any of Callaway's new whoppers. So I bought it and had a Dynaflex S shaft with a low trajectory put on it and damn if it didn't work great. But for whatever reason I can't hit the thing consistently.

In all actuality, I think I'll eventually learn how to hit the Cobra, but it's going to take more time than I thought it would after experiencing initial success.


Used club guru
Mar 29, 2005
I work with the mfg and know they only put so many good hits in the high dollar clubs so you will have to buy more.:D
When you get a new clubs it is cool and you have loads of confidence in it. As you play you will have a few bad shots, now you are not quite so confident in it and reality sets in.
The key is to get thru this bump in the road and realize you are going to hit bad shots, tiger hits bad shots, try not to hit 2 bad shots on the same hole and you will be a very good player.
The cobra will work great, maybe cut it to 44 1/2" to give you a little more control.


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Aug 24, 2005
A friend of mine was hitting pretty consistently at about 280 yards with his woods, he then bought a big boy driver (Taylor Made I believe). Now, he's duck hooking and very inconsistent. If it ain't broken...........


ST Homeland Security
Aug 30, 2004
So, it would be improper for me to mention here that even after more than a month, the new R580XD is still the cat's meow? And, during this weekend's tourney, I hit (4) drives over 300 yards and won the longest drive?

Cause if so, if this is the wrong time and place, i won't...

(Keep yer chin up and hit the range with the new driver. It'll work out and you'll find that confidence with it.)


I love Hooters
Jul 25, 2005
Augusta, GA
United States United States
bdcrowe said:
And, during this weekend's tourney, I hit (4) drives over 300 yards and won the longest drive?

Being a newbie, I have never seen a local long drive contest, but they are having one in a couple of weeks at the range I go to.

What is the typical winning drive? Does accuracy count as much as distance?

My best drives are only about 250-270, but they are usually straight, now that I switched to the Hogan C-S3.

Golf Monkey

Well-Known Member
Jun 9, 2005
I'm in the same position EDS, I bought a Cleveland Launcher 3 wood - I got it half price when I bought the Launcher Comp - and I can't hit the dang thing straight ....I've a slice David Duval would be proud of!

I used to have an old Callaway Warbird that I could hit straight blind folded, but the Launcher.... the only reason it hasn't went up on Ebay is that I hate admitting defeat.

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