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I'm just thinking about it because Cleveland Golf today announced some introductions, its Women's HB irons and a new putter. And because the economy of the last couple of years has put the brakes on golf equipment innovations for women. And because a couple of years ago when I went searching for women's irons at a demo day, the MacGregor rep said, "You don't need women's clubs," and put an 8-iron in my hands that struck the ball so pure I was sold.
Last week in Savannah, Georgia, I had to rent clubs. So sold was I by the MacGregor rep, I asked for men's clubs. Now, I do not have a fast swing speed, I am quite sure. But I am tall and I am strong. And I shot 93 with the men's rental set of Callaways, on a tough course where I had no local knowledge. (My current index is 20.) In fact the woman I was paired with asked to try "my" driver -- and was quite enamored.
Which got me thinking...are "women's" clubs merely inferior versions of "men's" clubs? Or is there really a logical way to tell a woman's 7-iron from a man's 7-iron?
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