We look at seven pieces of pioneering golf equipment, from the Ping Anser putter to the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball
Below, we look at seven pieces of iconic golf equipment, from the Ping Anser putter to the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball.
These items have either started new trends in the golf industry or spent an extended period of time as category leaders over the last couple of decades.
Without further ado…
Titleist Pro V1 golf balls:
The Titleist Pro V1 golf ball first appeared on the scene at the PGA Tour’s Investys Classic in 2000.
Some 47 players put it in play that week and, in March 2000, it became the best-selling ball in the amateur sphere just three months after its launch into the consumer marketplace.
The Titleist Pro V1x followed in 2003, and, since then, both Pro V1 models have been the most-played on tour and the best-selling golf balls around the world.
The shift from wooden to medal drivers was expedited in 1991 when Callaway Launched the Big Bertha – one of the most iconic drivers in golf’s history.
Its neckless design was the catalyst for oversize driver heads, and even though its 190 cubic centre volume seems miniscule by today’s standards, it was truly revolutionary.
Ping Anser putter:
The Ping Anser putter first appeared in 1967. Okay, that’s not technically ‘the modern generation’, but it still exists today in various guises.
Since then, it’s recorded more than 500 pro victories, making it the most successful putter franchise of all time on the worldwide professional tours.
Cobra Baffler MultiMetal irons:
Cobra’s Baffler MultiMetal irons were one of the first hybrid designs – combining features from long irons and fairway woods to make it easier to get the ball in the air.
Strategic placement of tungsten copper sole weights and a bronze alloy backweight helped move the centre of gravity low and deep to promote a higher ball flight.
It was one of the first utility clubs on the market, helping forge a path for hybrid clubs, which are now utilised by the vast majority of amateur and professional players.
TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad:
The TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad was truly pioneering as it introduced moveable-weight technology into the marketplace for the first time. You only have to glance at today’s driver offering to understand the significance of adjustability (related: 10 of the best drivers for 2015).
The R7 Quad arrived in 2004. It had four variable-weight screws in the crown, allowing golfers to alter ball flight, spin and trajectory.
Mizuno MP irons:
Mizuno has always had a reputation for producing the most aesthetically pleasing irons – most notably the MP series.
TaylorMade RBZ fairway wood
The TaylorMade RBZ fairway wood was the first to offer a coefficient of restitution (face bounciness) of .830 – the maximum allowed.
It was also the first fairway wood to feature a cavity behind the face, helping boost ball speeds and ultimately distance.
It promised players more than 17 additional yards, and duly delivered.