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2nd Swing at 2014 Masters: New Clubs Not Always Better

2nd Swing at 2014 Masters: New Clubs Not Always Better

2nd Swing at 2014 Masters: New Clubs Not Always Better

Kinda, not really, surprised how many older model clubs stay in the bags of top pros, even at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — I am writing this article after spending all day — from sun up until sun down — at the 2014 Masters. As a first-timer at the Masters, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the entire experience. 

I have been to a lot of golf courses and tournaments, but nothing compared to this. Everything was first class all the way at Augusta National Country Club. From how friendly the staff was, to the food service and, of course, the golf course. It was all top-notch. 

The 2014 Masters makes you feel tradition oozing out of every part of the tournament. 

I visited a lot of holes, watched a lot of golf and saw dozens of groups come through. While, I noticed that many of these players were using the latest and greatest new releases from manufacturers, I also noticed that many of the players were using not-so-new clubs. 
 
So, here at the 2014 Masters, player after player came by, and many of them had prior generation clubs in their bags. So let’s get this straight. Here are the best players in the world trying to win a green jacket, and, by the way a lot of money, yet many elected to use older, used clubs?
 
In many cases, the clubs were starting to show there age, but obviously they had a lot of good shots left in them. 
 
Here are just a few of the 2014 Masters players spotted on Thursday using older clubs: 

Tom Watson, the Hall of Fame legend, was using what appeared to be an old Adams Idea Pro Hybrid.

An Adams Idea Pro Hybrid similar to Tom Watson's.

An Adams Idea Pro Hybrid similar to Tom Watson’s.

Kevin Streelman was seen playing a PING G20 Driver.

Kevin Streelman still uses a PING G20 Driver.

Kevin Streelman still uses a PING G20 Driver.

 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson can be seen here discussing why he likes the PING G20 Driver. And why pink.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the young U.S. Amateur champion, also uses a PING G20 Driver.

Young Matthew Fitzpatrick stuck with an older PING G20 Driver at the Masters.

Young Matthew Fitzpatrick stuck with an older PING G20 Driver at the Masters.

And none other than the reigning Masters champion Adam Scott was using a classic Titleist 680 Forged-Blade 3-9 Iron set.

Masters champ Scott used almost an entire Titleist 680 Forged-Blade Iron set at the 2014 Masters.

Masters champ Scott used almost an entire Titleist 680 Forged-Blade Iron set at the 2014 Masters.

While there were countless others out there at the 2014 Masters playing with older model clubs, it begs to ask the question: Is new always better; or is it better to go with what works for you and stick with it?

If an older model of irons is good enough for Scott, chances are some older clubs may be just right for you, too.

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