Cleveland Classic Driver – a rant
Cleveland Classic Driver: As you may already know, Cleveland has just come out with a new “Cleveland Classic Driver, packaging all of today’s modern technology into an old-school, persimmon wood look. By all accounts (eg. Fresh Golf Review’s writeup) the club performs quite well, so far be it from me to poke fun at anyone who puts the Classic in their bag. But I do have to ask – who is going to put this club in their bag?!?!?
Believe it or not, I do think blades can be good looking. I do not, however, think they stand on any higher ground than a cavity back club. The only time my brain is even reminded of the “great traditional look” concept is when I see the clubtester comments on a Hot List or when I slice a drive into a BINGO tournament. If I was in the clubmaking business, I’d tell my designers to climb out of their attics and start preparing for an even sharper decline in loyalty to the traditional look. If the golf shoe and apparel industries are any indication, it’s happening as we speak.