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The Infamous Honeymoon Period

As a club junkie, I have experienced it more times than I care to remember.    You put a new driver in the bag and it is like:  Where have you been all my life???!!!!!   For a few days or weeks, it is nothing but life in the short grass, sunshine and blue skies.

But then comes the inevitable lover’s spat (or splat) and before you know it, the club is banished to the basement and another latest and greatest takes its place.  And all that leads us to the interesting blog post by my friend Joe Logan over at  Seems Joe has a new TaylorMade R11 driver and he’s killin’ it. 

Now, I have played golf with Joe and my impression has always been that he’s a pretty good player and a good driver of the golf ball.  But he is not a club ho’, so I’m not sure he is quite prepared for the heartbreak that could soon follow.  Of course, sometimes these relationships actually last, or none of us would have a driver in the bag.  By all accounts, the R11 is a great club and I’m all for getting a good quality club fitting like Joe did.  But if you think I’m making all this up… do a little eBay search for “golf club honeymoon period” and you’ll find numerous examples of golfers who have been burned by driver infidelity enough that they felt compelled to mention it in a review.

Like this one:  After 5 rounds of golf with my Diamana Red M-65 in a W505 Srixon head I feel I can give it an accurate review past the honeymoon period…

And this:   I’m still in the honeymoon period and have not found anything to complain about with this club. All is good. Nothing I dislike about the club, all is positive…

And one more:  Could it be the infamous honeymoon period we know happens when you buy a new club?  It was my turn to find out…

By now you’re probably wondering what’s up with all this negativity?  Well, the doom and gloom ends here because the point of all this is to provide a public service.  For you, the possibilities are endless.  Take a quick inventory and I’m sure you will turn up several golfing friends who have sprung for new drivers this year.  Just like in a good golf swing, the rest is up to your timing.   A little friendly wager just as the honeymoon period is ending will turn your friend into your personal golfing ATM machine– front, back, match, front, back, match, etc.

In fact, if you are reading this, Joe, give me a call and let’s play.   I think I have an opening in about three weeks…

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Ed Abrams anchors mornings on KYW Newsradio, and you can hear his Golf Reports there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. He has also created a new website at, a resource for golfers seeking the best bargains on clubs, apparel and everything golf.


One Comment

  1. Joe Logan says:

    Ed – I am all too familiar with the Honeymoon period of which you speak. I go through clubs like Zsa Zsa Gabor goes through husbands. Love’em and leave’em, although some relationships do last longer than others. I’m hoping my R11 and I are still strolling on the beach at sunset in a couple of years.

    Oh, by the way, the stash of formerly favorite drivers in my basement is nothing compared to the collection of putters that betrayed me.

    1. Ed Abrams says:

      Joe: I never knew you were one of us! As a card carrying club ho’ you’ll know all the signs, but I’m sure this relationship will be the one that works. I still think we should play, though. Just sayin…

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