Obviously you missed my point, hello, I didn't say anything about score! Beat him by 5. Point was his level equipment keeping up with 30 some levels higher. At my level, I believe that I know how to optimize my equipment, and I wasn't upset about my drive distance, just surprised that he could obtain a longer drive. That being said, again, why work at getting better equipment?
Umm, I have to ask: what's the difference between him buying more distance through apparel and you buying more distance through a club?
By the way, the obvious advantage to buying the distance with the club is that it's a one-time expense of credits rather than an ongoing one. And you can still buy the apparel if you would like to enhance it, yes?