I never worried about what equipment the pros played. Some was, and some wasn't available to us amateurs. (See below)
I would never agree that there should be a different set of rules for the pros, and the amateurs. I like the fact our games are different under the same set of rules. Only rule change I'd like to would be a 15 club limit.
Several years ago, I found a golf ball in my back yard. The only markings on it was just the Nike "Swoosh" emblem. I played it, and it was a damn fine ball. Better distance, and control on the green. Just couldn't find it in stores. Turned out it was a prototype, and not available to the public. Go figure....
Shot a 90 with a quad. Hit the ball really well. Finally getting my release and follow through figured out. One lesson down and 9 to go and I already have improved and figured a few things out. Looking forward to more