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What ever happened to Scratch Golf?

Dr RangeloveDr Rangelove 1-putt-wonderClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 787
I loved their wedges, irons weren't too shabby either, what ever happened to them?
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  • 8overpar8overpar Advanced Members Posts: 169
    edited February 7
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  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,826 ClubWRX
    BUT....the owners and Don White are back with National Custom Works.



    http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1596140-national-custom-works-official-thread/
  • 8overpar8overpar Advanced Members Posts: 169
    Skaffa77 wrote:


    BUT....the owners and Don White are back with National Custom Works.



    http://www.golfwrx.c...fficial-thread/


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  • TheMoneyShotTheMoneyShot ***FIGJAM/Twirl of Doom*** Advanced Members Posts: 29,876 ✭✭
    Hopefully FairwayFred will chime in as he was the owner of the company.
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    edited February 8
    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very fond memories of all we did there.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
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  • trying2scratchtrying2scratch Advanced Members Posts: 1,051
    Haven't had the pleasure to try the irons, but still have the 8620 wedges in the bag. The grinds, shape, durability and price point were/are truly unmatched in the industry.



    It may be hard to compete with the big boys, but I would strongly suggest you caused them to take a good hard look at there products and adjust there strategies. Maybe a small win? Either way, I'm greatful you took the chance and started a great company. Thanks!



  • tdk8180tdk8180 Advanced Members Posts: 2,392
    edited February 7
    Scratch Golf was cool. They had a nice studio and a great product. One of my friends just gave me a set of their irons to refinish and rebuild for him. They are very nice heads.



    Average golfer doesnt understand custom equipment. Average golfer wont pay a ton of money for clubs.



    Niche product with a limited customer base to start off...thats tough. Very difficult to convince a golfer why they need your product over something else they can buy at 20 different retailers in your area.



    Then you have to convince them the price is worth it...thats tough.



    Scratch had some fair deals on clubs, which is a shame more people didnt know about that.



    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.



    I get a haircut at a salon. I pay 60 bucks. A master stylist cuts my hair to perfection. I dont have any friends that do that. Some dont have the hair to justify it. Some just dont care. Some wont pay it.



    Sad to see a business like Scratch go, but we have National Custom Works now. And we always will have something like this with venture capitalists and trust fund babies who love golf.
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    edited February 7


    Haven't had the pleasure to try the irons, but still have the 8620 wedges in the bag. The grinds, shape, durability and price point were/are truly unmatched in the industry.



    It may be hard to compete with the big boys, but I would strongly suggest you caused them to take a good hard look at there products and adjust there strategies. Maybe a small win? Either way, I'm greatful you took the chance and started a great company. Thanks!




    That's really cool glad to hear your still enjoying your 8620s! For $99 w custom stampings and 6 grinds, those were tough to beat.



    Big win in my book. I'm just a club HO at heart who LOVES golf equipment. I started Scratch literally because nobody made the wedges I wanted to play and I wanted to find a way to get them in my bag. Any way that I personally influenced the equipment industry for the better puts a big smile on my face.



    If anyone has any questions about the history of Scratch or anything like that I'm happy to answer them in this thread if I can.
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • NRJyzrNRJyzr Meet Séamus, Squirrel Control Officer Advanced Members Posts: 6,097 ✭✭


    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very font memories of all we did there.






    I didn't realize you were that young when this all started. If my memory isn't failing, I seem to remember you posting about this on Derrick's forum, prior to it coming to fruition. I'd just assumed you were another 5-10 years older. LOL



    Funny how our biases paint mental images. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff The GOAT Advanced Members Posts: 27,946 ✭✭
    It's crazy how time flies, and i have to remind myself that many new members might not remember Scratch Golf in their heyday. For those that don't, Scratch was THE brand here for quite some time. They had 2-3 standard sets, but you could get the full tour experience and get a completely custom set for something like 2500$ (very reasonable). As a lefty i was pretty jealous haha.....i wanted to order a fully customized set as a wedding present but there was less options for lefties which i understand...The point was, Scratch was the shizniiiiit. I mean you could get different finishes, custom sets....they were sweet



    It was unfortunate becomes it seemed like the challenges started when the company was experiencing it's most expansion and recognition, Hot list awards, LPGA and PGA staffers. I always wondered if that was the cause of the issues. Ari does not need to answer that i am just wondering aloud



    I will say that some members were probably too hard on Scratch at the end (though backlash to popular niche brands is also common online), because at the end of the day i can't imagine a company better exemplifying everything that we are as a site. I wish Scratch was still around
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  • StonewalledStonewalled Advanced Members Posts: 1,500
    edited February 8
    tdk8180 wrote:


    Scratch Golf was cool. They had a nice studio and a great product. One of my friends just gave me a set of their irons to refinish and rebuild for him. They are very nice heads.



    Average golfer doesnt understand custom equipment. Average golfer wont pay a ton of money for clubs.



    Niche product with a limited customer base to start off...thats tough. Very difficult to convince a golfer why they need your product over something else they can buy at 20 different retailers in your area.



    Then you have to convince them the price is worth it...thats tough.



    Scratch had some fair deals on clubs, which is a shame more people didnt know about that.



    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.



    I get a haircut at a salon. I pay 60 bucks. A master stylist cuts my hair to perfection. I dont have any friends that do that. Some dont have the hair to justify it. Some just dont care. Some wont pay it.



    Sad to see a business like Scratch go, but we have National Custom Works now. And we always will have something like this with venture capitalists and trust fund babies who love golf.
    My compliments to your master stylist, your hair in your Avatar photo looks fantastic. I think you under paid. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />





    On a more serious note my first encounter with Scratch golf was after finding a set of EZ1's and AR1's on the wall at Golf Town. I had heard about their wedges but didn't know they made irons. I can remember grabbing a 7 iron of each and heading into the sim. The EZ1's were a better fit for me over the AR1's. These were priced fairly high at the time for any iron on the wall. They were well admired but just didn't sell very well. I can remember the employee's fighting over who got to play the Scratch irons when the boy's were playing for money on the sim after hours. But....These 2 sets collected dust on the walls for 2 years before they discounted them 50% during Boxing Day sale. I can remember hitting the 7 iron again and getting a hole in one with it. The GT employee said he never even knew their was a actual hole on the simulator nevermind anyone getting a hole in one. Well had to buy them after that didn't i. Loved the feel of the EZ1's, fairly forgiving for a forged iron. These were the DS models [digger/slider] with my steep swing Digger Driver's would have been better for me. DW fitted models would have been my ultimate choice but being from Canada, the cost was very prohibited.



    Not sure if supplying golf retailers with clubs was Scratch golfs downfall, but as a budding iron ho from Canada I was sure happy to get my mitts on a set.



    Looks like National custom works has limitless upside. Some sweet irons coming out of that place.
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  • craz-ecraz-e Advanced Members Posts: 3,977
    Loved my scratch irons, gutted I missed out on a set of SB-1's
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  • mothonmothon Members Posts: 56 ✭✭
    I remember not too long ago seeing scratch clubs in the bags of a ton of good players at the local courses, so I went out and bought two 8620 wedges which i still game to this day. I don't see sratch clubs in any bags these days.
  • Pwood28Pwood28 Advanced Members Posts: 321 ✭✭
    I recently picked up a set of EZ-1s and have been blown away. Such easy clubs to hit and probably the best looking large cavity of all time. I was so impressed that I jumped in to ordering a short set with NCW. Currently still keeping my eyes peeled for a set of SB-1s for the collection.
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  • alexdubalexdub Face sends it, path bends it UtahAdvanced Members Posts: 1,055 ✭✭
    edited February 8
    Saw this thread and had to post a picture of my EZ1s. I bought the heads (brand new!) on the BST a few years back on a whim. Never played a forged cavity back before but thought it would be a fun project to play with. Threw in some ctapers and it was love at first 3 iron tee shot. In the words of the philosopher-poet Robert Marley — when it hits, you feel no pain.



    I've always tinkered with my irons and bounced around looking for the right set. Even when I had sets that I loved, there was always something off. You all know the feeling when half the set is perfect, but there are a few clubs that you don't really get along with. I thought that was normal until I snagged these beauties.





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  • dogeatdog2dogeatdog2 Members Posts: 2


    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very fond memories of all we did there.




    Highway 97 - Mile Marker 55......? Sand Hills???? Pretty cool.
  • kmckmc Advanced Members Posts: 162
    Glad to hear the good news! Just purchased 2 new sm7's to replace my 8620's. After 4 rounds, the 8620's are back in the bag. Another winter ho shopping experiment gone awry.
  • Marco ColoMarco Colo Advanced Members Posts: 408
    alexdub wrote:


    Saw this thread and had to post a picture of my EZ1s. I bought the heads (brand new!) on the BST a few years back on a whim. Never played a forged cavity back before but thought it would be a fun project to play with. Threw in some ctapers and it was love at first 3 iron tee shot. In the words of the philosopher-poet Robert Marley — when it hits, you feel no pain.



    I've always tinkered with my irons and bounced around looking for the right set. Even when I had sets that I loved, there was always something off. You all know the feeling when half the set is perfect, but there are a few clubs that you don't really get along with. I thought that was normal until I snagged these beauties.









    Just fell in love with the look of those clubs.



    Can you tell about lofts and feel?



    I could buy only for the look and keep them as back up
  • IvyguyIvyguy Advanced Members Posts: 1,386 ✭✭
    I am a constant follower of NC on Instagram, but I remember there was a picture of black scratch blades with orange skull and crossbones stamped on the back.



    For two years straight, every week i would find the picture and stare at it lol.



    I am currently hoarding cash to approach NC with a 5 iron bag that i want to build.
  • mguhlermguhler Advanced Members Posts: 712 ✭✭


    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very fond memories of all we did there.




    I have my last 8620 DS 47* currently in my bag. Afraid this season will be it's final run. The shape of those wedges fit my eye perfectly. Will be tough to find a comparable replacement.
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  • ode1ode1 Advanced Members Posts: 2,804 ✭✭
    Not much of a "boutique" or JDM guy, but the EZ 1's look fantastic. Have not seen in person, but pics hopefully do them some justice, I bet they look better in person.
  • FredWombleFredWomble Advanced Members Posts: 494 ✭✭
    I still carry 53 and 56 1018 and also have 50 and 60 1018, 56 FIT, PDG and EGG 60. Nothing will top the 56 1018 (I have tinkered with other GW but the 56 has been in my bag the longest of all my current set-up). I ordered my first ever set of clubs "for me" from Scratch also, maybe 15 years ago. They were in the bag a few years, AR-1 with Hogan red and black ferrules. Spoke with Patrick Boyd a couple times on that set. I occasionally look for a backup 1018 56, it's just the perfect wedge for me. The NCW line looks to be a worthy next act that I hope will continue to generate buzz and grow.
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  • Marco ColoMarco Colo Advanced Members Posts: 408
    alexdub wrote:


    Saw this thread and had to post a picture of my EZ1s. I bought the heads (brand new!) on the BST a few years back on a whim. Never played a forged cavity back before but thought it would be a fun project to play with. Threw in some ctapers and it was love at first 3 iron tee shot. In the words of the philosopher-poet Robert Marley — when it hits, you feel no pain.



    I've always tinkered with my irons and bounced around looking for the right set. Even when I had sets that I loved, there was always something off. You all know the feeling when half the set is perfect, but there are a few clubs that you don't really get along with. I thought that was normal until I snagged these beauties.









    I tell you, it will take time, but I can promise that as soon I will find a set of those in good conditions with the same stamping, they will be mine!! I saw a set on the bay but instead of the cool “s” on the back, it has the full “scratch” writing, which is less cool to my eyes.



    Nice to have found something to hunt after DH89 putter.



    Any place other than BST and the bay?
  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,826 ClubWRX
    dogeatdog2 wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very fond memories of all we did there.




    Highway 97 - Mile Marker 55......? Sand Hills???? Pretty cool.




    Nice observation...and you are correct.
  • Skaffa77Skaffa77 No place like the Sand Hills! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,826 ClubWRX
    edited February 8
    Pwood28 wrote:


    I recently picked up a set of EZ-1s and have been blown away. Such easy clubs to hit and probably the best looking large cavity of all time. I was so impressed that I jumped in to ordering a short set with NCW. Currently still keeping my eyes peeled for a set of SB-1s for the collection.




    It's too bad...I had a very pretty set of SB-1s with DGS400 Tour shafts. I then ordered a custom Don White 2 iron. Sadly, I was tempted by the fruit of another...and traded them for a different set of blades...



    (Don't judge me too hard Ari).
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    NRJyzr wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very font memories of all we did there.






    I didn't realize you were that young when this all started. If my memory isn't failing, I seem to remember you posting about this on Derrick's forum, prior to it coming to fruition. I'd just assumed you were another 5-10 years older. LOL



    Funny how our biases paint mental images. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Yeah I was on Derricks forum and pretty much every other relevant forum starting with the Golf Online forum in 1997. Then when WRX started I pretty much just settled in here. I think alot of people thought I was older that I was then. It's different now going to the PGA Show and not being part of the young generation anymore. I turn 40 next month and I almost feel like a grizzled veteran. This year was my 22nd PGA Show in a row.
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    dogeatdog2 wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very fond memories of all we did there.




    Highway 97 - Mile Marker 55......? Sand Hills???? Pretty cool.




    My favorite place in the world......
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • PeanutsDaddyPeanutsDaddy Members Posts: 8,650 ✭✭
    Ivyguy wrote:


    I am a constant follower of NC on Instagram, but I remember there was a picture of black scratch blades with orange skull and crossbones stamped on the back.



    For two years straight, every week i would find the picture and stare at it lol.



    I am currently hoarding cash to approach NC with a 5 iron bag that i want to build.




    I lusted after a set of Scratch irons and couldn’t ‘pull the trigger’. Kicked myself when the shop doors closed. I didn’t make the same mistake with NCW.



    My issue right now is that the heads have been in the hands of Canada Customs for nearly a week. Some man/woman is probably ogleing or fondling them as I type this.



    “Kind sir/madam, can you please release my clubs so I can complete this journey?”
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  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    Ivyguy wrote:


    I am a constant follower of NC on Instagram, but I remember there was a picture of black scratch blades with orange skull and crossbones stamped on the back.



    For two years straight, every week i would find the picture and stare at it lol.



    I am currently hoarding cash to approach NC with a 5 iron bag that i want to build.




    I know exactly what set you are talking about, those were sweet!!
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    Skaffa77 wrote:

    Pwood28 wrote:


    I recently picked up a set of EZ-1s and have been blown away. Such easy clubs to hit and probably the best looking large cavity of all time. I was so impressed that I jumped in to ordering a short set with NCW. Currently still keeping my eyes peeled for a set of SB-1s for the collection.




    It's too bad...I had a very pretty set of SB-1s with DGS400 Tour shafts. I then ordered a custom Don White 2 iron. Sadly, I was tempted by the fruit of another...and traded them for a different set of blades...



    (Don't judge me too hard Ari).




    Haha don't worry I am the LAST person to ever judge anyone for HOing clubs! (even a sick setup like that.... :P)
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • JAMH03JAMH03 Advanced Members Posts: 109 ✭✭
    Where I come from changing the world 3 times is a win.
    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif] Comparisons are odious. [/font]
  • JAMH03JAMH03 Advanced Members Posts: 109 ✭✭

    NRJyzr wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very font memories of all we did there.






    I didn't realize you were that young when this all started. If my memory isn't failing, I seem to remember you posting about this on Derrick's forum, prior to it coming to fruition. I'd just assumed you were another 5-10 years older. LOL



    Funny how our biases paint mental images. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Yeah I was on Derricks forum and pretty much every other relevant forum starting with the Golf Online forum in 1997. Then when WRX started I pretty much just settled in here. I think alot of people thought I was older that I was then. It's different now going to the PGA Show and not being part of the young generation anymore. I turn 40 next month and I almost feel like a grizzled veteran. This year was my 22nd PGA Show in a row.




    #1 The name Fairway Fred "sounds old" even still. And 41 is not old.

    #2 To quote Harvey Pennick If you were on Golfonline you're my friend.

    #3 Am I the only one who remembers that time HP shot 104? At one of the first outings?





    image/einstein.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':beruo:' />
    [font=verdana,geneva,sans-serif] Comparisons are odious. [/font]
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    edited February 10
    JAMH03 wrote:


    NRJyzr wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very font memories of all we did there.






    I didn't realize you were that young when this all started. If my memory isn't failing, I seem to remember you posting about this on Derrick's forum, prior to it coming to fruition. I'd just assumed you were another 5-10 years older. LOL



    Funny how our biases paint mental images. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Yeah I was on Derricks forum and pretty much every other relevant forum starting with the Golf Online forum in 1997. Then when WRX started I pretty much just settled in here. I think alot of people thought I was older that I was then. It's different now going to the PGA Show and not being part of the young generation anymore. I turn 40 next month and I almost feel like a grizzled veteran. This year was my 22nd PGA Show in a row.




    #1 The name Fairway Fred "sounds old" even still. And 41 is not old.

    #2 To quote Harvey Pennick If you were on Golfonline you're my friend.

    #3 Am I the only one who remembers that time HP shot 104? At one of the first outings?





    image/einstein.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':beruo:' />




    I actually created the FairwayFred username in the fall of 1997 when I was in college and wanted to sell some clubs on the Golf Online forum. I've used it for all golf forums ever since. (Golf Equipment Afficianados, Bombsquad, Tour Spec, Golf Opinions, MGS, THP, I'm sure I missed a few....)



    I picked the name for that exact reason. I thought it sounded older and like someone you could trust buying clubs from. Plus at that time I swung really hard and didn't hit enough fairways. Now 22 years later I swing alot slower but hit alot more fairways so I guess I grew into the name....
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • 1puttTUT1puttTUT Lefty with occasional game Advanced Members Posts: 3,316 ✭✭
    A buddy gave me a mint scratch 58° head still in the plastic for my birthday. I'm excited to shaft it up and give it a whirl in the spring.
    Cobra F8 10.5D w/ Hazardous Yellow
    Cobra F8 16* w/ Aldila Blue 2KXVs
    Titleist 915H 18* w/Aldila Rogue 95MSI
    Titleist 913H 21* w/Diamana 92Hy
    Titleist 915H 24* w/Diamana 92Hy
    Cobra forged TEC 6-GW w/ KBS Tour 120s
    Titleist Vokey SM6 54*/58* w/ Nippon Modus3 125s
    TP Mills Trad II roundneck
  • O.D.underparO.D.underpar Advanced Members Posts: 515

    JAMH03 wrote:


    NRJyzr wrote:



    I think the best way to tell the short version of the story is, it is VERY hard to compete with the big boys in the golf equipment industry. I started Scratch with Jeff McCoy at 23 years old with a $10k investment in my garage and we grew it to a multi million dollar company that changed the way companies offer customization to their customers. We did a ton of things amazingly well but made a few mistakes along the way which as a small company without deep pockets you just can't do. In the end the company was taken over by an investor who has done nothing with it that I know of. I'm very proud of my work at Scratch and have very font memories of all we did there.






    I didn't realize you were that young when this all started. If my memory isn't failing, I seem to remember you posting about this on Derrick's forum, prior to it coming to fruition. I'd just assumed you were another 5-10 years older. LOL



    Funny how our biases paint mental images. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Yeah I was on Derricks forum and pretty much every other relevant forum starting with the Golf Online forum in 1997. Then when WRX started I pretty much just settled in here. I think alot of people thought I was older that I was then. It's different now going to the PGA Show and not being part of the young generation anymore. I turn 40 next month and I almost feel like a grizzled veteran. This year was my 22nd PGA Show in a row.




    #1 The name Fairway Fred "sounds old" even still. And 41 is not old.

    #2 To quote Harvey Pennick If you were on Golfonline you're my friend.

    #3 Am I the only one who remembers that time HP shot 104? At one of the first outings?





    image/einstein.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':beruo:' />




    I actually created the FairwayFred username in the fall of 1997 when I was in college and wanted to sell come clubs on the Golf Online forum. I've used it for all golf forums ever since. (Golf Equipment Afficianados, Bombsquad, Tour Spec, Golf Opinions, MGS, THP, I'm sure I missed a few....)



    I picked the name for that exact reason. I thought it sounded older and like someone you could trust buying clubs from. Plus at that time I swung really hard and didn't hit alot of fairways. Now 22 years later I swing alot slower but hit alot more fairways so I guess I grew into the name....




    That’s ok Ari, back then you could hit it anywhere at Katke and still be fine. That won’t work anymore.
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    edited February 9


    That’s ok Ari, back then you could hit it anywhere at Katke and still be fine. That won’t work anymore.




    I'm still sad about what they did to #2. (Now 11?)



    The old green was so much better.
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
  • MudguardMudguard Advanced Members Posts: 1,250
    tdk8180 wrote:




    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.




    I wasn't earning that then, still don't now!

    I had a set.



    40069087593_d3f7a2c21a_b.jpg230320111517
  • vanyavanya Advanced Members Posts: 99
    I had some satin AR1's.

    Best looking clubs I have ever owned.

    I was in a non competetive phase, but they bit the dust as soon as I started to get interested in my scores again ( not the AR1's fault, just my own shot tendencies)

    In the UK they were v rare. Sold them for £150 more than I bought them for.

    Great company.

    Considering some NCW raw, no offset EZ1 style based irons with a good amount of bounce. I like long blade lengths and bounce, but hate offset. Just musing at the moment, but I know the trigger will get pulled eventually.

    I enjoy reading about everything Ari, Patrick et all get up to. Seem like great guys.
  • tdk8180tdk8180 Advanced Members Posts: 2,392
    Mudguard wrote:

    tdk8180 wrote:




    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.




    I wasn't earning that then, still don't now!

    I had a set.



    40069087593_d3f7a2c21a_b.jpg230320111517




    Well...you clearly were NOT on a budget then. Lol. (If you bought them from Scratch golf)



    My friend has 3 sets. He paid 500 a piece for each set. They are nice blades just like those you have.
  • PreppySlapCutPreppySlapCut This is just babytown frolics... Advanced Members Posts: 6,342 ✭✭
    I played 8620s all through college.
    Ping G400 MAX 9* w/ Tour 65 (S)
    Ping G 14.5* & 19.5* w/ Tour 80 (X)
    Ping G30 22* w/ Accra Kuchar Proto 85 (X)
    Ping i210 5-PW w/ Aldila RIP 115 (S)
    Ping Glide 2.0 50*, 55*, 60* w/ Aldila RIP 115 (S)
    Scotty Cameron Toolbox
  • Dr RangeloveDr Rangelove 1-putt-wonder ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 787
    Years ago I went to their shop outside of Salem, Or. and got the most magical 64* with a heel grind that let me slide under the ball and send it vertical. Ever since I wore the grooves off of it my game hasn't been the same. image/sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />
  • JonnyW02JonnyW02 Members Posts: 4
    Gaming AR1 V2 irons with 3 brand spanking new (whole clubs x3 for £140) wedges still in their wrappers I found from a guy in Germany. Won't be leaving the bag any time soon image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />. A guy at my local club Holywood (Northern Ireland) recognised them which was neat. The home course of R McIlroy!
  • Payton1020Payton1020 Advanced Members Posts: 1,954 ✭✭
    edited February 10
    tdk8180 wrote:


    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.



    I get a haircut at a salon. I pay 60 bucks. A master stylist cuts my hair to perfection. I dont have any friends that do that. Some dont have the hair to justify it. Some just dont care. Some wont pay it.






    image/cheesy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':cheesy:' />



    These are the, sort of, posts that give WRX a bad name amongst we commoners.



    The only people that I, personally, know that play or have played Scratch irons are 1, a handicapped asst Pro at a local muni, who's lucky if he makes 30K a year and 2, a former Scratch employee who made no where near 120k a year. Rock and Roll lifestyle eventually catches up to us all in some shape, form or fashion. If I'd have know I was gonna live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.



    And it's hard to f*ck up a high and tight/fade. I have a former stylist who cuts my hair at a local shop that's been open for over 50 yrs and pay $12 with an $8 tip and I've been going there for over 30 yrs, consistently and NEVER got a bad cut. I stand by the old adage that "a fool and his money are soon parted".
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    COBRA Fly Z, Fly Z+, LTD Black & F7+
    ADAMS Super S 15* & 18* Matrix HD Radix SVI
    CLEVELAND Gliderail 588 20.5* Kuro Kage 80IR
    CALLAWAY X HOT 4-PW SS-85, APEX Forged 5-GW Recoil 680 F4

    INNOVEX Type S GDT 50*, 54* Kuro Kage Black 80i
    ODYSSEY Tri-Ball SRT

    OGIO Grom 14 way stand bag
  • PreppySlapCutPreppySlapCut This is just babytown frolics... Advanced Members Posts: 6,342 ✭✭


    Years ago I went to their shop outside of Salem, Or. and got the most magical 64* with a heel grind that let me slide under the ball and send it vertical. Ever since I wore the grooves off of it my game hasn't been the same. image/sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />


    Send it to NCW and have a couple remakes made!
    Ping G400 MAX 9* w/ Tour 65 (S)
    Ping G 14.5* & 19.5* w/ Tour 80 (X)
    Ping G30 22* w/ Accra Kuchar Proto 85 (X)
    Ping i210 5-PW w/ Aldila RIP 115 (S)
    Ping Glide 2.0 50*, 55*, 60* w/ Aldila RIP 115 (S)
    Scotty Cameron Toolbox
  • swizbeatzswizbeatz Advanced Members Posts: 5,579 ✭✭
    I’ve been trying to find something better than my FIT 60 for years with no luck. At this point I have 4-5 of them with the exact same grind, I’m down to 2 with life left in the grooves then I’ll send them all out for a refinish.
    Ping/Epon/Scratch/Bettinardi WITB Link
  • PeanutsDaddyPeanutsDaddy Members Posts: 8,650 ✭✭
    edited February 10
    Saw my first set of Scratch tour dept. irons in the flesh yesterday. They were glorious. Finished with a handsome set of Neopolitan inspired Boyd Blade ferrules.



    A random meeting with a fellow WRX member. Really cool to meet another ‘gear head’.
    Post edited by Unknown User on
    Cobra King F7 9*<br />Wishon 919FD 13* (1* open)<br />Wishon 950HC 18* (1* open)<br />Wishon 775hs 21*, 24*, 27<br />NCW 28*, 33*, 38*, 43*, 48*, 53*<br />Mac Custom Grind 58* (NevadaGolfGuy Special)<br />Betti, Machine, Mannkrafted, Scotty, Tad Moore, Xenon
  • 3 Jack Par3 Jack Par I only answer to "Ace" now Members, ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 6,042 ClubWRX
    I got my SB-1s and 2 wedges the same year Scratch announced they were shutting down, and I’m so glad I did. Best irons I’ve ever had, and I’ll play them until they really start to wear out. I know the tour department stuff was a lot more expensive, but the standard heads were ran around $2k for 4-PW and 2 wedges, which was more than some OEMs, but for the quality, and because they were a local company, and because I play with the same set of irons for years, I was okay spending a little extra, and I’ve never regretted it. I was able to get in touch with Patrick to get a 3 iron head after Scratch shut down. My 4 iron was among my favorite clubs in the bag, and the 3i has proved to be a great addition, as well. This will be my 4th year with these irons, and I expect they’ll be in the bag at least another 5 years.
    Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 8*, Aldila Rogue 125 70TX
    Tour issue TaylorMade M2 Tour, 14.9*, Aldila Rogue 125 80TX
    Srixon Z u45 18* Nippon Modus3 120x or Tour Edge CBX Iron-Wood 17* (Black Pearl) HZRDUS Black 85X or Tour Issue TaylorMade M2 Tour 18*, Fujikura Rombax P95x
    Scratch SB-1 3-PW, Nippon Modus3 120x
    Scratch FIT 53*/58*, DS grind, DG S400, (sometimes) Titleist Vokey SM6 62* M-Grind DG S200
    Byron Morgan B-17, 35", Blue Oil finish or Odyssey Works Tank Cruiser #1 38"
    WITB Link
  • @_the_crook@_the_crook Advanced Members Posts: 563
    last year at the Chicago Golf Show, a friend saw a set of Scratch wedges at some vendors used club display.

    he didn't know what they were and didn't tell me about it until a few days later.

    when he described to logo on the heads I about fell over. forty for the pair. said they were clean and unmarked.

    of course we were there Sunday afternoon.

    I've missed out on some good stuff but those would have been nice finds.
    currently playing:
    Steelhead III - D
    Warbirds, 3+, 4
    Hogan BH-5, 3-PW
    Wilson DynaPowered SW
    Ping Anser
    it works

    when I need a change, there are 12 bags full to choose from .
  • FairwayFredFairwayFred Sponsors Posts: 3,933 ✭✭
    tdk8180 wrote:

    Mudguard wrote:

    tdk8180 wrote:




    I dont think Scratch ever seen an avg golfer on a budget...I have never met a golfer with scratch irons that made less than 120K per yr.




    I wasn't earning that then, still don't now!

    I had a set.



    40069087593_d3f7a2c21a_b.jpg230320111517




    Well...you clearly were NOT on a budget then. Lol. (If you bought them from Scratch golf)



    My friend has 3 sets. He paid 500 a piece for each set. They are nice blades just like those you have.




    Scratch had 2 different lines of clubs you could buy. That pic is a pre-made set that was ground in Japan and sold for $150 a club. We also had the hand made Tour Dept clubs that sold for 2x that or more depending on what you wanted. These were made to spec one at a time ground in the USA by Jeff McCoy or Don White.



    I appreciate reading all the kind words from everyone. Nice to hear about so many people still enjoying their Scratch clubs! I always got really excited when I randomly saw them in peoples bags out in the wild.
    FREE AGENT CLUB HO NO MO!
    Ari Techner
    National Custom Works nationalcustomworks.com
    [email protected]
    IG: @nationalcustom
    Twitter: @WorksNational
    (still a huge club HO)
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