Originally Posted by sportsnut
I think the sponsorships are more of an issue than the constant marketing of "new, latest and greatest far flinging equipment, if the pros are playing special shafts, balls, clubs that do not resemble what we as amatuers can buy and play ...
This is a myth. For the most part, the clubs the pros play are all available to us. Yes, some use "prototypes" that may not yet, or ever, be available, but you can see that a guy like Nick Watney, for example (last year), is playing AP2's. The exact same ones we can buy if we want. http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-equipment/whats-in-my-bag
I agree, though, that they can be a bit deceptive. They know that people want to "be like the pros" but they also want to sell their latest stuff. I noticed this weekend during the myriad of showings of last years TOC that Steve Stricker was playing with a 910D driver based on the big bright shiny head cover. However, if you paid close attention after the head cover came off, his driver wasn't adjustable ... which means it wasn't a 910, it was probably a 2 year old 909 (or older) model. Well, Titleist certainly doesn't want to advertise that a 2 or 4 year old driver is the preference of somebody who has whatever he wants at his disposal, because that would hurt marketing. We're not going to tell you he's playing a 910, because that would be a lie, but we're going to try and hide the fact that he's not.
Same thing happened when the 913 came out too ... some starting playing with it but ALL started using the headcover.