i’ve been ABSing since Mid Dec and currently on Mod 4. My swing is nowhere where i want it but i see the path and i like it. this ain’t about my swing anyway, this is about equipment.
When i started abs i ran out and bought a set of cheap blades straight off and have been collecting them ever since.
i started to work on sets and practiced alot with them but when i had a game i stuck with my old srixon cavity backs and a frying pan. I did this mainly because i had my main event of the year in late april (just a member guest, nothing too big) and did not want to shock the system. I did alot of practicing with the old irons, but not so much with persimmon. about mid march, i was just ready to get the main event over so i could go retro full time.
needless to say, it has been nice. granted most of my playing is only on emtpy muni’s or a 3 hole practice course i frequent, but these past fews weeks have
been way more fun playing wise and truly eye opening to what old equipment can do to your pysche. a couple of weeks ago i was out at the 3 hole course
playing 4 or 5 balls which i have always done, and i was just hitting my new/old penna 240 yards into a peach basket. seriously, they were all with
10-12 feet of each other and with a nice power fade (never hit a fade until abs). i’ve played 4-5 balls a round a million times and have never ever done that. done do it with a 7 iron plenty, but not a driver much less one that is supposed to be “unhitable”. a few weeks ago i started putting my '53 mac m85’s in the bag and have just fallen in love with the thick topline and tiny head. if you’ve never looked down at one, it’s nothing you’ve ever seen.
once you get over how small they are they just feel like one big sweetspot. i feel like i’m playing tennis with a wooden racket again and smackin the
same spot on the gut strings. today i was at the first tee course with my 8 year old (actually a pretty decent executive little nine holer) and brought out my
66 hogan percussions with dg shafts that were pulled from modern titleists. they felt like pings compared to the m85’s. shafts were just a little too long and the heads just a little too big…i never thought i would think that a set of mid 60’s blades would feel too clunky, but don’t get me wrong, i still love those hogans-i had fun taking the old rusty shafts out, steel wooling them to death and bending them all around. it’s just eye opening how your perspective can change, and quickly.
i tried to hit one of those white taylor made things at a scramble the other day and whiffed, yes wiffed, not once, but twice. after the laughter
died down i grabbed my penna and smacked a nice little 240 yard cut…