Slightly off topic, but I've never understood the love for center lugs. Those long tuning rods just scream "bend me!" I would be constantly scared of any bump bending the rods and having to replace them again.
From what I've heard, Club Dates seem to be a bit fuller, more open in tone. I think the center lug is placed at the "nodal" point of the shell, with most of the shell vibration and resonance happening in the immediate areas of the top/bottom heads. Therefore, the shell has a more natural ability to resonate unimpeded.