Finalist's WITB: 4/5/2013 Damascus Byron, Scratch TD
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Byron Morgan | Don White | Jeff McCoy | Wally UihleinApril 5 2013 Update: Byron 612 XD back side. Check out the new Coyote stamp based on the coyote that lives across the street from Byron's shop, and watches over putter orders. http://byronputters.com/updates/ New head covers too!
March 19 2013 Update: Byron 612 XD in hand. Damascus neck, rolled top line...
March 13 2013 Update: Byron putter taking shape. Pics on page 4.
November 30 2012 Update: Travis Mathew Jones Bag (pic on page 3). The first impression the moment I had all my gear in the bag and picked it up was, "Holly 5hit this is light!" AND I mean it is a VERY light set up. I can't wait to walk with this bag. After a few seconds and trying the bag in different ways the next big observation is how well it is balanced. You can wear this bag any way you desire and your clubs don't slide out. It's as if the bag has a gyroscope in it. So I'd say those are the two HUGE feature to the bag, but I do miss having legs and more pockets, but the trade off for walking with such a light weight set up is well worth it.
October 8 2012 Update: New Hybrid and three wood in the bag. Adams 9031DF tour head with Matrix Radix 9T-hy shaft, 18° and a standard Titleist 910F 15 with Ahina.
July 19 2012 Update: Wedges have arrived! Absolutely **** sticks. The finish (blue oxide) looks amazing, but will not last. Eventually I'll have wedges that are just raw looking which is what I originally wanted, but I couldn't pass on this finish after seeing this finish on PGA 2012 Show pics. For this set I replaced the traditional set SB-1 PW with a 48° for some design options. The 48° wedge has a taller face than the Sb-1 PW, so flight may come down a little and I also had more sole grind options. Both the 48° and 53° have DOG grinds. When testing this grind it really showed me how much a grind can change the feel and performance of a club. Much better than my previous PDG grind that no longer fits my swing. Divots are more even and the turf is easier to get through. No more sticking and then popping out. The 60° is my trusted PWE grind which has heel relief that can help to open up the face in sand, toe relief that can help to open up the face on grass, there's a small channel running down the middle that can grab a little dirt and add bounce when getting too deep and the overall bounce is 13°, but it really plays like it has less bounce with all the grinding. While all my irons have the same square toe design I choose to have the wedges blend. The 48° is a square toe, the 60° is the standard Scratch TD shape and the 53° toe shape fits between the two shapes. I didn't want to change the 60°, so this keeps things flowing nicely and gives me a little visual cue as to what I have in my hands. I can look down, check out the toe shape and know which wedge I have. Also, I choose to have Jeff McCoy grind the wedges (Don White made the irons) since he worked on my first set and I really wanted the PWE 60° to be the same head grind. Check out the cool little Mc stamp on the neck. NS Pro SPB shafts with Z-Cords.
July 8 Update: Scratch Tour Department irons have arrived! A review is almost pointless because I designed these to work perfectly with a lot of help from Scratch and other members. I took all my favorite features and swing needs and Scratch built these.
Square toes as I learned over the last year are not all the same. Some are pointy, some are fat, some are slanted, some are round then square, you get the idea. There are so many versions of square toes it's hard to decide where to start. The set that "set" me off last summer was Pure745's original TDs. His had a very square toe look, but the corner radius was not sharp. I kept thinking it looked like a modern interpretation of a classic square toe look. I loved that the top corner was not pointy and sharp looking like a lot of old school blades or even my Titleist 735s. A lot of guys like the irons to transition, but these are basically as square as can be throughout. The wedges, which are coming in a few weeks, will transition to more of a standard TD 60°, but all of the irons are the same square shape.
As you can see in the pics they really give the illusion of looking a lot more compact than they really are. They frame the ball perfectly. The lines don't distort the address view like tricky, fat, rounded designs found all over today and my eyes can pick up the angles quickly for the desired alignment. Notice in the address pics how the toe edge sort of helps alignment while the rounder toe found on my old SB-1s doesn't give that visual cue.
Sharp Crotch: One of Don White's signature styles is sharper edges. I quickly noticed this in person when I saw Pure's last summer and while talking to Patrick of Scratch. I loved how the crotch area has a sharpness to it that continues into the top line not found on other irons. It really makes it look hand crafted since casting could never create those lines. It sort of reminds me of the raw CNC versions of my Byron putters - Chiseled from a block of metal.
Sole grinds: My old SB-1 set was the sweeper slider grinds, and worked well back when I skulled shots and barely touched the grass, but fast forward 4 years and 6 strokes and my miss is fatter. If you hit a fat shot with S/S grinds the feeling is almost scary. The S/S digs and then sticks in the ground for a second and then pops out. That second where it sticks feels like you could do some damage to your wrists. I really don't like attacking my old set, so these new bounces are really game improving. Over the six months I took to design these Patrick sent me several different irons to demo. I took them out on the course and range and really noticed how much better the turf interaction was with more bounce. NO STICKING! Shots felt vastly better. The sole grinds are really Scratch's big idea, and what shines about ordering a set, so I decided to let the soles be the story - no sole stamps of any kind. As you can see the numbers are out off the sole on the toe area and the DW stamping is on the neck.
9 iron on the left and 3 iron on the right. The irons transition from more bounce to lesser bounce with the leading edge grind.
Other details: The lofts are stamped in white on the back of the head. Shafts are Nippon NS Pro Super Peening Blue X flex. They feel a lot like Dynamic Gold S300s, but a hair stiffer - not much though. Half inch over with Golf Pride Z grips. 1° upright. D4 sw.
July 2 Update: Check out the patina on the copper ...
June 18 Update: Byron 612 solid copper. 1 of 25. Specs: 35", 340 grams, Iomic grip, and rolled topline. I love the rolled topline. It really makes the address view look more finished probably because it's just not what I'm use to seeing, and the way light doesn't hit beveled corners found in the standard flat top line. The feel is slightly stiffer than my mixed metals 612 with more feedback. It's like gaming a sound slot without actually having one. Even though copper is very soft the density is heavier, so the cavity has to be milled out more to keep the initial weight down. This makes for a thinner face and the stiffer feel than my other 612s. Going back and forth between this copper head and the mixed metals really gives you an idea of how soft the carbon head is. Almost like it's silenced.
June 5 Update: Here are my iron heads going out for satin chrome finish. Before I saw the RF prototypes I wanted a clean sole with the stamps on the toe. One of the major reason to buy Scratch products is for the custom work on the soles -- the area of the iron that is all performance. I noticed when testing various Scratch grinds how different grinds felt while moving through the turf, so I really wanted the sole grinds to shine. I wanted the angles and crafting to be the star of the show, so I requested the typical sole stamps be moved to different areas. The DW stamp is on the neck and the numbers on the toe. The problem is the toe has some curve, so the stamping would not be an easy job, but Scratch pulled it off perfectly. I also wanted the loft stamped on there somewhere mostly for fun. When someone asks what I just hit on a par three I can look down and give them a loft... Let them figure out their own distances on their overly strong clubs. /tomato.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':tomato:' />
May 17 Update: Scratch in process pics are in from Patrick!! It looks like the irons have been adjusted, square toes have been shaped and the soles' leading edges ground. Aesthetic stuff like welding over the numbers and stamps will be done later.
I LOVE the toe shape! They are based on Pure745's first TD set that I saw first hand last year. I was blown away by how the irons frame the ball at address and could not stop thinking about that feature. The toe side is very flat with a rounder type transition on the top and bottom as you can see in the pics.
Jeff McCoy is grinding the three wedges which will transition from a square toe to the standard TD look in the 60°.
:yahoo:Don White's work in process:
- German steel neck
- Carbon steel head
- High polished Blue Oil on both portions. Carbon steel turns more of an even dark blue while stainless has a bigger variation.
- 345 grams
- GripMaster Stitchback (changing to an Iomic)
- 3/4 shaft offset
In the sun the head looks more black with hints of blue, but as you can see the blue really pops when the clouds rolled in.
Clouds making the neck colors really pop:
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