Would appreciate the views of the traditional brigade on the best way to go for a new playing set I am hoping to put together.
Always played blades and persimmon but normally newish versions (Louisville woods / Maruman irons).
I am keen to go truely vintage and embrase the tradional clubs of the 50’s - 70’s. (I already have a set of playing hickories so not that far back before anyone suggests it!!)
Am thinking along the lines of early hogans/Aussie blades/FG17’s etc for the irons and a couple of Macregor woods from the 60’s / 70’s heyday of blocks.
Would be interested to hear thoughts on recommended set ups from your previous experiences.
What thoughts are then on keeping the clubs as original as possible or replacing shafts etc?
My advice for irons would be to pay special attention to the shafts when you are browsing for purchases. There are lots of great looking vintage irons with shafts that won’t work for you because they’re aluminum or not stiff enough. It’s so much easier and cheaper to find a vintage set in the right flex, adjust lies and add tape and change grips if needed… $50 - $150 bucks. But if you get a great set with the wrong flex you will need to buy new shafts, pay for labor to replace, then pay for grips and lie adjustments…you might be closer to $300 bucks and it will take a lot longer.
Good advice from LipOut on the shaft front. At the end of the day there is no substitute for a little experimentation to find exactly what you like. Luckily old clubs are pretty cheap on ebay so buying and selling on is not too difficult. Though some of us find the buying part easier than the selling see picture!
I think the consensus is you won’t go too far wrong with any Wilson Dynapower iron from the late 50’s to early 70’s (1959 and 1962 Turfriders are my favourites) or many of the Hogan blades through to the 80’s. Plenty of good MacGregor blades as well of course. But thats just the start and you u can see all sorts of wondrous purchases made by forum users in this thread:
Lags collection would also be a good starting point - see http://www.flickr.com/photos/27786708@N02/2802670484/ or you very welcome to beg, borrow, steel from my ever growing haul. Mrs Arnie would thank you!
Similar with persimmons I guess you would get lots of votes for early 50’s Macs (M85’s etc), Toney Pennas, Harry Bussons and so on. I have lots of these if you want to take a look, have a hit to find out what you like.
I have played vintage clubs with both modern and vintage steel shafts. Nothing to be scared of either way as long as you are prudent re: condition, sometimes a little luck involved as well
are those all your sets now? And those classic tour bags? wow…
Wow Arnie, I thought you would have more than that.
Off the top of my head in my loft I have
3 sets of John Letters European Tour Blades
3 sets of Macs - 1955 Colorkroms, Black Scotts, MTs
3 sets Hogans - 70’s & 80’'s versions of Directors & PCs
Some Johnny Palmers look like they could be from the 40s? very pretty
And about a dozen or Persimmons all with the shafts pulled out, waiting for the winter.
You have got to love ebay.
Thanks for the advise guys… sent you a pm Arnie… great looking collection you have going!!
The ebay hunt is on… shame for us UK based guys that so much of the good vintage gear is stateside
Hmmm just added mine up - worse than I thought, running out of places to hide them!
Hogan Apex 1973 with Legend 5 shafts
Hogan PCs from the mid 80’s
Hogan Apex “Redlines” from 1988 I think
MacGregor Tourney M85s from the 50’s
MacGregor Tommy Armour Silver Scotts from the 50’s
MacGregor MT Split Soles
MacGregor MT Tourney M85 1980’s reissue
Macgregor Tourney Customs from 1980’s
MacGregor MT Colokroms 1980’s reissue
MacGregor Jack Nicklaus Muirfield 20th Anniversary
MacGregor Jack Nicklaus Muirfield with S400s
Wilson Dynapower 1959 x 3 (2 sets with S300s and 1 set with original shafts)
Wilson Dynapower 1962 Turfriders x 2
Wilson Dynapower 1965
Wilson Dynapower 1969 Bulletbacks
Wilson Dynapower 1974
Wilson Dynapower Custom Grind - mid 70’s with X100s
Taika Joe Maria Canizares blades
Chesterfield/PGF Kel Nagles from early 60’s
Slazenger Supremo Blades - similar to Seve Blades and very under rated I think
Top Flite Blades with S500s in
Golden Ram from the 80’s
Think I need to do some selling though there are plenty that I havn’t hit yet…
Well that’s pissed on my chips!
What a listing. Certainly very impressive!
You didn’t even cover your persimmon collection yet. I am guessing that is an upcoming attraction?
That’s only 5 foursomes going off the first tee in the next vintage gear event…
Let’s see, with a $100 entry fee, deduct green fees, and a cod and chips lunch, that still leaves you $1000 profit, which pays for most of the gear in one shot…but of course, not the van to move the gear around… but that’s coming soon!
I think that’s the pitch to the Mrs… to keep the collection moving forward!
Interesting Arnie that you ONLY have 3 sets of Hogans. Is that cause the Hogans often go for a lot more than the others? I managed to get most of my now rubbish collection for about £30 - £45 (some as little as a tenner), but paid about £180 for my first set of Directors.
I think I missed one set of Hogans out as I was recently given a set of 35th Anniversary Hogans (Apex 4) that were originally made for the Japanese market I believe. They were given to me by a good older player at my club who knew about my fetish for persimmon and blades. He said they were gathering dust in his closet and he would rather someone who appreciated them had them. I tried to persuade him to take them out for one last round but he was convinced that he wouldn’t be able to hit them any more. He is a good player who can still shoot par on occasion in his 60’s so I have no doubt that he would have been able to make them sing…shame really…
The Apex Redlines have apex 3 shafts in and I think were a £30 ebay pick up or similar. The 73 Apex and the PCs came over from the US and cost quite a bit more. I would really like to have a set of Bounce Sole +1s with Apex 4 shafts but they don’t come up much over here. Richie3Jack swears by the PC5’s and the Powerthrusts always look fun so both would also be on my long list.
Did you say Bounce Soles?
check these out!
and the grooves? they look like they have played about 10 rounds!
Very nice Bent…are they for sale
you are a funny man!!! But IF IF IF
I ever think about selling them, you will be the first to know…
those are nice looking irons indeed - when googling them i found this place who sells single irons (pretty cheap imo.). They dont seem to have a complete set with the same shaft but maybe you find something you like:
ironfinder.com/Individual-Ir … s_1-68.htm
Are the Nicklaus Muirfields for sale?