The MacGregor 693 thread

RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior HackerClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX
There has been posts of GolfWRX member 693s in the past but no thread that is dedicated to this classic model. I hope the members that frequent this board posts their 693s. Here is the 693 driver I am having Dave Wood restore. The picture without sole plate is what he sent to me this morning. Dave said in the email, "Took this photo last week of your 693 with the sole plate removed and thought you might like to see. You own a super rare solid block!" Can't wait to see it completed. Now determining what stain I want applied. I am partial to the Mike Donald M85W stain.



It is my hope that others who love the MacGregor 693 will post this thread so we have a place to come to and admire the beauty. Thanks to all.
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  • turtlekcturtlekc 1995 MN PGA WisconsinClubWRX Posts: 12,779 ClubWRX
    WOW somebody treated that with the care it deserves. I can't wait to see your pictures of the completed club!!!
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  • SteveNZSteveNZ Members Posts: 632 ✭✭
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  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX
    edited Mar 3, 2019 7:23pm #4
    These are the 2, 3 and 4 woods I have to complete the set. The 3 wood I purchased separately from the 1, 2 and 4. The 3 wood has neck numbers and a nice tight horseshoe grain. I'll send these back to Dave Wood to restore next season.



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    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • deejaiddeejaid Members Posts: 480 ✭✭
    Some lovely clubs.
    WITB
    Macgregor M09 driver
    Macgregor M85 Super Eye-O-Matic 3&4 woods
    Cleveland Classic TC15 5-wood
    2006 Ben Hogan Apex 4-E
    Ben Hogan TK15 51* 
    Ben Hogan Special Sand Iron
    Ping bronze Anser
  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Go Green MichiganMembers Posts: 4,410 ✭✭
    Just one 693, a 3 wood. Found it at a thrift store along with 10 other persimmons (M43 2 wood, nice set of Citations, a Joe Powell D, et. al.) a couple of years back. Think I paid $3.00 for it. Had been nicely refinished, reshafted with a TTDG S400. Never hit a golf ball with it, S400 being to much shaft. I do like the head shape and swept back sole plate on 693's. Maybe one day will find a D.



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  • northplatterivernorthplatteriver Members Posts: 228 ✭✭
    This thread was started at the perfect time for me. Just joined the 693 club last week and have put together a set of 693's that will take some work to get looking like they belong together, but I am prepared for the challenge at this point. The 2 is actually in the best condition and is a beautiful club. The 3 and 4 are under a coat of black paint that I will be removing to see what we are actually looking at, but they appear to be nice clubs. The 1 I took a gamble on, but for $30.00 I figured the worst it will be is a learning experience. It has an Adila graphite shaft that I have determined is most likely a .335 tip so should be perfect for a TT Dynamic reshafting. Have to do some work on the back weight also and I do not currently have any way to weigh it so I will have to sort that out. Will be a very fun experience putting these all together I am hoping. I now have my Maltby repair manuals that are fantastic references and already have come in very handy. Will be a long road with this set, but will be a lot of fun also I am thinking.
    WITB
    Hogan 1959 Sunburst Sabers 2-9, Equalizer, Utility Wedge
    MacGregor M75w Woods #1, #3, #4
    1950's MacGregor "Ben Hogan" Parmaker putter


    Additional Clubs\Sets
    MacGregor 1952 M85 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor 1949 Tommy Armour 693 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor M75 Eye-O-Matic 1,2,3,4
    Macgregor 945w #3
    Macgregor 1950 M43 1,3,4
    Macgregor Tommy Armour Pro Model Driver
    Hogan 1959 Speed Slot 300, "Long John" Persimmon, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Persimmon Speed Slot 203 Woods, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Power Thrust 2-9, Equalizer
  • northplatterivernorthplatteriver Members Posts: 228 ✭✭


    This thread was started at the perfect time for me. Just joined the 693 club last week and have put together a set of 693's that will take some work to get looking like they belong together, but I am prepared for the challenge at this point. The 2 is actually in the best condition and is a beautiful club. The 3 and 4 are under a coat of black paint that I will be removing to see what we are actually looking at, but they appear to be nice clubs. The 1 I took a gamble on, but for $30.00 I figured the worst it will be is a learning experience. It has an Adila graphite shaft that I have determined is most likely a .335 tip so should be perfect for a TT Dynamic reshafting. Have to do some work on the back weight also and I do not currently have any way to weigh it so I will have to sort that out. Will be a very fun experience putting these all together I am hoping. I now have my Maltby repair manuals that are fantastic references and already have come in very handy. Will be a long road with this set, but will be a lot of fun also I am thinking.
    This is the goal I hope to attain. I am certain to fall extremely short of the master Dave Woods, but this picture of his 693T restore is my primary motivation for this project... I could look at those two pictures all day, a guy can dream can't he?
    WITB
    Hogan 1959 Sunburst Sabers 2-9, Equalizer, Utility Wedge
    MacGregor M75w Woods #1, #3, #4
    1950's MacGregor "Ben Hogan" Parmaker putter


    Additional Clubs\Sets
    MacGregor 1952 M85 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor 1949 Tommy Armour 693 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor M75 Eye-O-Matic 1,2,3,4
    Macgregor 945w #3
    Macgregor 1950 M43 1,3,4
    Macgregor Tommy Armour Pro Model Driver
    Hogan 1959 Speed Slot 300, "Long John" Persimmon, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Persimmon Speed Slot 203 Woods, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Power Thrust 2-9, Equalizer
  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX



    This thread was started at the perfect time for me. Just joined the 693 club last week and have put together a set of 693's that will take some work to get looking like they belong together, but I am prepared for the challenge at this point. The 2 is actually in the best condition and is a beautiful club. The 3 and 4 are under a coat of black paint that I will be removing to see what we are actually looking at, but they appear to be nice clubs. The 1 I took a gamble on, but for $30.00 I figured the worst it will be is a learning experience. It has an Adila graphite shaft that I have determined is most likely a .335 tip so should be perfect for a TT Dynamic reshafting. Have to do some work on the back weight also and I do not currently have any way to weigh it so I will have to sort that out. Will be a very fun experience putting these all together I am hoping. I now have my Maltby repair manuals that are fantastic references and already have come in very handy. Will be a long road with this set, but will be a lot of fun also I am thinking.
    This is the goal I hope to attain. I am certain to fall extremely short of the master Dave Woods, but this picture of his 693T restore is my primary motivation for this project... I could look at those two pictures all day, a guy can dream can't he?




    Dave Wood is a terrific goal to set. That's the result I want as well so I just went to Dave directly. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • robert hornemanrobert horneman ClubWRX Posts: 1,039 ✭✭
    Never seen an insert like the one on northplattriver 7.ipg post. Either the insert is off center or the screws are off-center. This might be a rare collectible like when a coin is struck off center! Just saying.
  • freddiecfreddiec Members Posts: 4,268 ✭✭
    edited Mar 22, 2019 6:42pm #11

    I had the pleasure of finally after like 12 + years meeting and having a 3 hour dinner w/ RobotDoctor last week. We have talked and texted many times. Great to meet my friend. Will post pics of my 693 later today. Dave Wood is also refinishing mine! It’s also a solid rare head like Robotdocs.

  • freddiecfreddiec Members Posts: 4,268 ✭✭
    edited Mar 22, 2019 6:54pm #12

    Here is my 693T. It’s amazing . Most solid driver I’ve ever hit. Dave Wood is almost done with the refinish.


  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX

    That's such an awesome 693 driver! I absolutely love that the carbon spot is at 12:00. Absolutely incredible horseshoe grain!!!!

    Taylormade M3 (2018 tour head) 9.9 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX

    The pleasure was all mine Fred! We'll have to do it again soon. We need to play a round (or few) together. Know any good courses in the Boston area? ;)

    Taylormade M3 (2018 tour head) 9.9 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX

    @freddiec said:
    Here is my 693T. It’s amazing . Most solid driver I’ve ever hit. Dave Wood is almost done with the refinish.


    That's because this 693 is a solid block! I loved how it turned out!!!

    Taylormade M3 (2018 tour head) 9.9 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX

    Another outstanding restoration by Dave Wood! This is definitely a truly outstanding 693, solid block, and an incredible carbon deposit at the apex of the toe. Doesn't get much better than this one!!!

    Taylormade M3 (2018 tour head) 9.9 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • deejaiddeejaid Members Posts: 480 ✭✭

    @freddiec said:

    Thrilled beyond the moon with Dave Wood’s amazing refinish (total rebuild) of my 693T. It came out better than I imagined. The stampings are really classy. I love the gold Tommy Armour stamp and the burnt umber color we decided to go with in the score lines . Dave Put in new face screws as well as a lock **** in the bore through hole. He was amazed at the large carbon spot on the toe and thought it was awesome.The finish is a semi gloss. Just love it!!

    Beautiful!

    WITB
    Macgregor M09 driver
    Macgregor M85 Super Eye-O-Matic 3&4 woods
    Cleveland Classic TC15 5-wood
    2006 Ben Hogan Apex 4-E
    Ben Hogan TK15 51* 
    Ben Hogan Special Sand Iron
    Ping bronze Anser
  • mocokidmocokid Members Posts: 1,738 ✭✭
  • robert hornemanrobert horneman ClubWRX Posts: 1,039 ✭✭

    Well done Mr. Wood.

  • freddiecfreddiec Members Posts: 4,268 ✭✭

    Couldn’t resist getting the club out in great morning light today , thanks for the comments

  • mubob1977mubob1977 Members Posts: 119 ✭✭
    edited Apr 1, 2019 6:29pm #22

    Is that a matte finish or a semi-gloss?

    My bad — I re-read your post and you already said semi-gloss.

  • freddiecfreddiec Members Posts: 4,268 ✭✭

    It was done in a semi gloss. Dave suggested it to me and I’m glad ! It’s more classical for the classic clubs of that era

  • mubob1977mubob1977 Members Posts: 119 ✭✭

    The semi-gloss definitely looks best, in my humble opinion.

  • RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker ClubWRX Posts: 4,545 ClubWRX

    @mubob1977 said:
    The semi-gloss definitely looks best, in my humble opinion.

    Agreed! I have my 693 coming back sometime this week. Will post pictures when I get it. Both Fred's and my 693 are solid block, which Dave said was ultra rare.

    Taylormade M3 (2018 tour head) 9.9 degree Graphite Design Tour AD DI 6S
    Titleist 906F2 15 degree Fujikura Pro 73 Tour Spec stiff
    Taylormade SLDR 2 Hybrid Graphite Design Tour  AD DI-Hybrid 85 stiff
    Ben Hogan '99 Apex Blades (3-PW) Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Miura 52* GW KBS Tour stiff
    Scratch Golf LW Nippon Modus Tour 120 stiff
    Byron Morgan Epic Day Long Pipe Copper plated
    BestGrips Augusta Microperf grips
  • SwingingkSwingingk ClubWRX Posts: 579 ClubWRX

    Beautiful job on a fantastic specimen. Amazing. Everything looks perfect.

  • northplatterivernorthplatteriver Members Posts: 228 ✭✭

    Spectacular restoration. Has this club been retired, or will it see some action? Also, what color was used on that? Kind of looks like a walnut color vs a mahogany color. Unquestionably to best looking 693 I have seen.

    WITB
    Hogan 1959 Sunburst Sabers 2-9, Equalizer, Utility Wedge
    MacGregor M75w Woods #1, #3, #4
    1950's MacGregor "Ben Hogan" Parmaker putter


    Additional Clubs\Sets
    MacGregor 1952 M85 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor 1949 Tommy Armour 693 1,2,3,4
    MacGregor M75 Eye-O-Matic 1,2,3,4
    Macgregor 945w #3
    Macgregor 1950 M43 1,3,4
    Macgregor Tommy Armour Pro Model Driver
    Hogan 1959 Speed Slot 300, "Long John" Persimmon, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Persimmon Speed Slot 203 Woods, 1,2,3,4
    Hogan 1960 Power Thrust 2-9, Equalizer
  • freddiecfreddiec Members Posts: 4,268 ✭✭
    edited Apr 2, 2019 3:43pm #28

    Northplatteriver,
    I asked Dave Wood about this. Keep in mind Dave customized Norman’s M43 which the Shark used to win the British Open. Below is what Dave told me:
    “Well it's actually a mixture of elements. There's the natural colors in the wood, then the vintage dye that MacGregor applied. I applied scarlet dye for first, then my Greg Norman rose walnut blend.... I applied natural paste grain filler.”

    I’m thrilled !! And it’s not retired yet, will hit it this summer after it totally cures.

  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_JapanMembers Posts: 5,187 ✭✭

    It looks amazing. I bet it feels even better :)

    Driver: Ping G400 Tour 65S
    4w: TaylorMade R9 stock Fujikura Motore X flex
    7w TaylorMade V-steel, Quadra Fire Express RB 6SX
    Hybrid: RomaRo iBrid 23* Attas EZ 85S
    Irons (4i-PW): Wilson fg-62 S300 4/5-PW or MP4 Yoro Modus 125X 5-PW
    Wedges: Callaway MD2 T-grind combination of 52*, 56*, 58*, 60*
    Putter: Mac Jack Nicklaus Muirfield

    Old stuff: Tons of persimmon and older irons. 
  • chivachiva Members Posts: 2,477 ✭✭

    Why am I so incredibly jealous?

    OB and water hazards you flunkies
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