I have to admit to being a bit of a pedant too - I reckon I could pass my 1-yr old 69's off as new...
I agree with DCB - some people just have no respect for their gear! I understand people who say "tools not jewels", however some people take it to an extreme!
The Tools not Jewels argument doesn't hold water. As an apprentice I had it drummed into me the need fro looking after your tools. Now, 35 years later, I've still go all my original tools in useable condition.
I've got an almost 20year old set of Tommy Armour irons in the garage that are still better than most of the clubs I saw yesterday. How you can mash the face of a cast club to the extent that the grooves are barely discernible is beyond me.
As to the woods, how can you sky the ball with a modern driver, the face is so deep you need to be taking a divot with the driver to get the ball to hit the topline or crown. Looking at the sole of some of the woods, you'd thing they had been used on gravel all their days, scratched and gouged.
Nope, I'll be a pedant and look after my clubs thank you very much.