I don't pay any attention to it. In fact, I never know what type of clubs the other player even has... If you are a serious golfer though, I definitely recommend having a professional do a club fitting and give you a list of recommendations when looking for a new set of irons. I bought a set of Titleist irons about six years ago after an extensive club fitting with a local pro. He took videos and measured angles and really went above and beyond for me, and the result was a solid set of irons ordered just for me with proper offsets and everything. Best money I've spent on my golf game. Another year or so and I will likely be in the market for a new set of irons again, and I will do the same process over again.
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This is another one of those topics where I post my standard reply: How do people have fun playing golf if they continuously are bothered/worried by such trivial things?
How does a player using a Pro-V1 and brand new clubs bother you?
Half the time I don't even pay attention to what other people are using.
This was my wife's mentality when she bought me a set of clubs for my birthday in 2004. The set included Callaway X 14 irons, Cobra woods and driver and an Oddyssey putter. I had only play once before that and told her she could have bought a cheap set from Big 5 or Wallmart.
She knew that my habits from Bowling where the new hot ball came out every year or 6 months I would probably end up doing the same with golf. I did up trading the irons 2 years later for big berthas because I hit them much better and I still use them to this day. I still have the putter, 3 wood and 5 wood.
It doesn't matter what people play with just worry about yourself. You'll be happier in the long run. Whether someone can afford them or not is irrelevant. Like other posters have said you can find some good balls on the course.
I don't understand why it should be an issue what clubs others have to the OP. And in reality, most of the expensive clubs out there are designed to help improve your game anyway.. I say, go for it if you can afford it.
Then spend more money with your local PGA Pro to learn how to use the clubs and improve even further.
Admittedly I'm not the most social golf partner, especially with strangers. If you play with me I won't notice what you have in your bag. I'll ask what ball you're playing not because I care but so there is no confusion. I play Titleist so chances are there are others in the group doing the same. But honestly I don't care what people do as long as the keep the pace. This includes what you wear. I'm there to golf and do my best to play well. As costly and time consuming as it is there isn't time to sit around passing meaningless judgment.
My wife gave me a Titleist 913D2 driver as a gift for Father's day. I would never have bought it for myself, and since I can only hit it 200 to 210 yard carry, I am sure that it looks like more equipment than I should be allowed to have or deserve, based on my skills, I only took up golf this spring in my late 50s, but it hits 10 yards longer easily, than my previous Top Flite driver, it is much lighter, and I have been practicing with it, which has upped my distance and accuracy, as well. I really don't miss the $400 dollars or so that it cost, and I certainly don't scrounge for balls or tees because of it, but if I see a perfectly good tee on the ground, I will use it. When I played with my brother, who has been playing for 20 years, or so, he really liked hitting it and is buying one for himself, so the opportunity to share it was nice too. I guess my point is, why do you care? My reasons for having it are good, I think.
I haven't had it fitted yet, on the theory that once I can hit 95% of my balls consistently accurately with distance, it might be worth the effort. My brother hit every drive where he needed a driver on 18 holes straight and long, but I don't expect to acheive that in my lifetime, since he started in his late thirties. Still don't see the reason why I should be using a heavier driver head, slowing my already not overpowering swing speed even more, because I certainly don't get all of the driver's potential.
I saw a similar thread to this one where someone went on a rant about golfers that use staff bags and how that upset the thread starter because he/she thought that they were not good enough to use them. I really don't understand why the OP cares? It does not have an impact on your golf game so who cares? Since there are no rules that say you have to have a certain handicap to purchase pro v1's or anything like that, this is purely subjective and judgemental. I don't care about anyone else or what they play. I want to get as good as I can so I focus on me and me only. I cannot see where judging other people's equipment will improve your golf game?
First, the OP: People using gear not suited to their skill level doesn't bother me a bit. More ProV1's laying around the course, the better. As a matter of fact I once played behind a twosome that was duffing left and right, and not even looking for their balls. Young guys. I went to where one of the balls was visibly sitting in the rough and picked it up after they had completed the hole and stopped any search for errant shots. They zoomed to the next hole, and I went over and found a custom imprinted Titleist ProV1 with the guy's nickname. It would be the first of FIVE that day. Playing behind him was a joy. I went by his nickname ("Ol Dawg"or "Big Dawg" or something) all day long and we had a hoot tracking his shots.
Now a little OT regarding skill level/equipment: A lot of the better amateurs I play with have outdated irons and lightweight carry bags. They aren't buying a new game by buying irons, they buy new alignment sticks. This doesn't go for some aspiring tour players who are sponsored with staff bags etc. But for the most part the majority of <6 handicappers I've met and played with use older irons, older bags, shoes, etc. All they want is a fresh ball! Now don't get me wrong, if you like your staff bag then more power to you. I have a Titleist cart bag and I am by no means an excellent golfer.
I consider myself a newbie and bought my set of i20s this spring, which I suppose are on the pricier end. There are a few reasons I did it. 1.) I don't expect to buy anymore clubs for the rest of my life, 2.) I wanted equipment that wouldn't make my already poor play even worse, 3.) it made for a convenient reason to give my brother my old clubs to get him playing. I have never tried to rub my gear in anyone's face nor do I care what anyone else uses and I'd actually be a bit surprised if this sort of thing mattered to anyone. I definitely don't use expensive balls either. I started really low with Wilson Ultra balls and recently started experimenting with slightly more expensive ones. I got a box of Top Flite D2 distance and feel balls, and the feel ones I really like. Both of them seem to fly further than the Wilson balls, which in hindsight I think were actually pretty crappy balls. Anyway, I'll probably try a box of Bridgestone e6s next and if I like those I'll make the switch. I really don't see myself going beyond e6s since I'm not nearly good enough.