The MacGregor 693 thread

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RobotDoctorRobotDoctor Senior Hacker 4810WRX Points: 753ClubWRX Posts: 4,810 ClubWRX
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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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  • KevCarterKevCarter Wisconsin 12924WRX Points: 466ClubWRX Posts: 12,924 ClubWRX
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    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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    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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  • deejaiddeejaid  785WRX Points: 674Members Posts: 785 Golden Tee
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    Some lovely clubs.
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    The bag...
    Late 1950’s Stan Thompson Reactionizer Woods 1-4
    Early 1980’s Palmer “The Deacon” irons 3-PW (Hoganized with Apex 4 shafts)
    1958 Wilson Triple Duty wedge
    Ping Day putter
  • Fellaheen51Fellaheen51 Michigan 4664WRX Points: 2,172Members Posts: 4,664 Titanium Tees
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    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  235WRX Points: 53Members Posts: 235 Fairways
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    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.
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    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
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  • northplatterivernorthplatteriver  235WRX Points: 53Members Posts: 235 Fairways
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    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?
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    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  4810WRX Points: 753ClubWRX Posts: 4,810 ClubWRX
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    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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  • robert hornemanrobert horneman  1069WRX Points: 105ClubWRX Posts: 1,069 Platinum Tees
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    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.
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  • freddiecfreddiec  4282WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 4,282 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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  • freddiecfreddiec  4282WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 4,282 Titanium Tees
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    Here is my 693T. It’s amazing . Most solid driver I’ve ever hit. Dave Wood is almost done with the refinish.


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

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    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? ;)

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    On -, @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!!!

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    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!!!

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    On -, @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!

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    The bag...
    Late 1950’s Stan Thompson Reactionizer Woods 1-4
    Early 1980’s Palmer “The Deacon” irons 3-PW (Hoganized with Apex 4 shafts)
    1958 Wilson Triple Duty wedge
    Ping Day putter
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    WOW : )

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    Well done Mr. Wood.

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  • freddiecfreddiec  4282WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 4,282 Titanium Tees
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    Couldn’t resist getting the club out in great morning light today , thanks for the comments

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  • mubob1977mubob1977  131WRX Points: 81Handicap: 3Members Posts: 131 Fairways
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    Is that a matte finish or a semi-gloss?

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

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  • freddiecfreddiec  4282WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 4,282 Titanium Tees
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    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

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

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    On -, @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.

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  • SwingingkSwingingk  660WRX Points: 191ClubWRX Posts: 660 ClubWRX
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    Beautiful job on a fantastic specimen. Amazing. Everything looks perfect.

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  • northplatterivernorthplatteriver  235WRX Points: 53Members Posts: 235 Fairways
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    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.

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    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
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  • freddiecfreddiec  4282WRX Points: 192Members Posts: 4,282 Titanium Tees
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    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.

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  • No_Catchy_NicknameNo_Catchy_Nickname Kyushu,_Japan 5980WRX Points: 1,155Handicap: meMembers Posts: 5,980 Titanium Tees
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    It looks amazing. I bet it feels even better :)

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    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): Mizuno MP4 Attas 115X 4-PW (+0.5")
    Wedges: Cleveland RTX4 Forged 52* and 58*, DGS400 (both at 35.5")
    Putter: Mac Jack Nicklaus Muirfield/Taylormade TPA XVIII/Wilson 8802

    Old stuff: Tons of persimmon and older irons. 
  • ALIFALIF Arizona 2753WRX Points: 317Members Posts: 2,753 Titanium Tees
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    Why am I so incredibly jealous?

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