Back in the last century, when I started playing golf, everybody started with forged blades, for the simple reason that there wasn't anything else. There was no cavity back, no perimeter weighting, and no club fitting ( horrors!) You played with the clubs your old man did't play anymore, or whatever you could scrounge at the local golf course from the junk bins. I think very kid in my family started with an old set of Spalding Top Flight blades.. Also the balls were all wound balata or surlyn, The solid Top Flight ball would come later. i scrounged from my Dad's shag bag. Serious players all had a shag bag back then.. so it was Titleists. Spalding Dot and Maxfli.. Given those handicaps, it's amazing that some of us learned to hit the ball and actually become pretty good players.
I've decided to try a different shaft in my 915 driver. it's currently got a Diamana Redboard 50 R, and i am going to reolace it with a Graphite Design YS6 R. yeah, I know i" replacing a $300 shaft with a $60 shaft but the Diamana is a high launch shaft and the YS is a mid launch shaft. The hop is to get a little more boring trajectory and a little less spin, so maybe a little more runout if the damn fairways ever dry up. I've hit the YS shafts fro over 10 years, and currently have them in my 3 &4 wood, and have really been pounding the 3 wood lately. The replacement shaft will be pulled from a Titleist 905 T that I don't hit any more. It's already cut to length and has a new Lamkin grip on it. just waiting on my shaft puller from GolfWorks. I'll let y'all know how it works out.
PS. I already have 2 adaptors that i got online from a Wal mart site. They really were shipped form Ebay or Amazon. So if this shaft doesn't wok ou, I'll still have the Diamana to fall back on.
Lately plain ol' aspirin works the best for me. I took a couple of ADvil at the course the other and had the worst stomach ache I've had in a long while. No amount of beer could kill that stomach ache.