Author: Ned Howard – Retired PGA Teaching Professional
List Of Spalding Irons by Year
Spalding Irons by Year Table:
|Year Released||Spalding Iron Model|
|2002||Top Flite Oversize|
|2000||Top-Flite XL 2000|
|1998||Executive EZX Oversize|
Top-Flite Tour Oversize
Top-Flite Tour Pro Grind
|1997||Executive OSi Oversize|
Top Flite Magna
Top-Flite Tour Ti
Your Impact Ti Oversize
|1996||Executive x EZ Oversize|
Top-Flite Tour (nbr on face)
|1994||Elite Tour Balancing System|
Top-Flite Tour (no nbr face)
Top-Flite Tour Midsize
|1991||Top-Flite Plus Professional|
Tour Edition (red line)
|1989||Tour Edition (bird over ball)|
|1988||Tour Edition (cavity back)|
|1984||Centurion Custom Cast|
|1978||Top-Flite Pro Forged|
|1974||Top Flite Dynertal|
|1971||Elite MV2 Stainless|
|1969||Elite MV2 Stainless Bird Over Ball|
|1968||Executive MV2 Bird Over Ball|
|1966||Elite Professional Stainless|
Executive Focal Powered
|1964||Executive Focal Powered|
|1963||Top Flite Professional|
|1962||Top Flite Executive Synchro-Dyned|
|1960||Top Flite Elite Professional|
Gene Littler Master Model Synchro-Dyned
Gene Littler synchro-dyned
|1953||Top Flite Synchro-Dyned|
|1931||Kro Flite RTJ|
Spalding Golf Clubs History
Spalding has one of the most storied histories in sports, and a major impact on golf. Especially in America. Starting in the early 1900s, Spalding started making golf balls before manufacturing clubs.
In 1910 Spalding started making fairway clubs made of aluminum, and heavier lead face putters. They also specialized in unique clubs like the Cran Creek. It was a low loft club used for poor lies and putting.
In the 1920s, Spalding started making irons and innovated an assembly line style forging process that was much cheaper, faster, and more precise than the ole hammer and anvil.
Spalding got so inventive with their clubmaking, they had golf bags around America sporting 20-30 clubs. In an effort to keep golf a game of skill, the USGA implemented the 14 club rule that we see today.
Spalding took off with sales and production with Bobby Jones joining the team. The greatest golfer at the time plays Spalding? Well then so did everyone else. Over two million Bobby Jones sets were sold in America.
From the 1950s to the 1990s Spalding was in the bag for many major victories, and was played on municipal courses across the country. During that time, Spalding ownership changed hands a half dozen times, and saw the same fate as MacGregor Irons.
With new “sexy” companies like Titleist, Callaway, and TaylorMade, and golfers like Tiger and Phil, the new aged golfer wasn’t interested in playing their “grandpas golf clubs.” Sales declined into the 2000s, and Spalding made their last club in 2002.
The Top Flite name lives on, however, thanks to the purchase of its namesake via Callaway in the early 2000s. Top Flite is now synonymous with “bargain” or “cheap” instead of being the club of choice for the greatest golfers on tour. Yet again, the same fate as MacGregor had.
Does Spalding Still Make Golf Clubs?
Spalding no longer makes golf clubs, and hasn’t for some time now. However, the name of their popular brand “Top Flite” was sold to Callaway, and is used for discount clubs and balls.
When Did Spalding Stop Making Golf Clubs?
Spalding stopped making clubs in 2002. Insurmountable debt, uncertain management, and stiff competition forced Spalding to stop production.
2 thoughts on “Spalding Irons By Year”
When was ladies Tee-Flite clubs released
I can’t find an exact year, but it looks like there were two versions. The old school blades to me look like they are probably from the 1970’s based on the shape. The cavity back version seems like it’s a 1990’s release. Hope that helps.