Tom Kite's 1950s MacGregor Armour 693T persimmon driver !
3 years ago I acquired a few of clubs from 2nd Swing that belonged to Tom Kite. I spoke to 2nd Swing and they assured me they came from Tom. I bought his MacGregor 693T and since that time until recently I wondered if he actually gamed it, then I met Tom in my hometown last summer one night while he played in the US Senior Open and I wished I remembered to ask him. About a month ago I thought about contacting his son, which I did. He offered to show my pics to his Dad and about 10 days later he sent me a nice note saying that Tom looked at my pics and confirmed it was his which he played in and around 1984. It was Tom's gamer !!! I had thought that Tom used it at the 1984 Masters which he led with 9 holes to play and his son said that I was right.. Tom also used it at Doral in 84 and won, beating Jack Nicklaus. He probably used it later in the season when he won in Atlanta. I also think , but not sure he used it in parts of 1982 and 83 based on a few pics I have seen. Tom also said seeing the club brought back good memories and he remember repairing the sold plate on the heel side after it somehow got bent up during travel. I also recently read an old article which said that repairing clubs in his work shop which he build with his Dad in his Austin home was a hobby of Tom's. So the refinish that was done on this club was done by the man himself ! Tom has always been a player who intrigued me and one I've admired because he wasn't the longest player, but had a short game that nobody during his era could match. The grain on this club is amazing, I've always been a fan of U or horseshoe grain, this has great straight grain that goes into the face. Dave Wood told me alot of players liked this grain pattern. It made for a very strong block and neck. I've hit this club a few times and its the best I've ever hit. I'm not too surprised by that... It has what seems to be a S300 shaft, 43.5 inches long, a couple of hairs below D0 swing weight, 372 grams overall. It feels amazing
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