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  1. Softer shafts on drivers were popular in golfs earlier days, the fashion seemed to come and go over the years. The Scottish Ben Sayers brand produced some large headed clubs called Deadnoughts and the first ones, in addition to their oversized clubheads, also had very whippy shafts. An edition of The American Golfer magazine from 1909 quoted a golfer describing a dreadnought driver as "a lump of wood attached to three and a half feet of seaweed". Yours sounds like an extreme example of this but I've not heard of it before, are you able to trace the patent number? Hopefully somebody in the US will have more information than I do.
  2. In the UK white grips come up on vintage clubs every now and then, usually by Avon. A couple of examples below. On a 1960s driver. And I also have a set of George Nicoll Henry Cotton irons from the late 1950s with an equally degraded set of white grips but I can't find a picture of those. Whether or not they were the original grips fitted to the clubs or a replacement set I'm not sure but if a replacement they were certainly done a long time ago! Advert from 1961.
  3. This table appeared on WRX a few years ago, unfortunately it doesn't include Power-Bilt but the rule of thumb appears to be 21 or 22 degrees. I believe that the table relates to clubs from the 1970s. (RAM seemed to set the bar high, going to tenths of a degree!)
  4. This True Line "Bob Harrison" putter in the traditional GEM style. After an internet trawl, I believe that Bob Harrison was PGA club Pro at Clovernook C.C. Cincinnati from 1971-2007, unless someone here can tell me otherwise?
  5. You'll sometimes find a flex designation on the rocket band. Below is a page from a 1956 UK club catalogue for True Temper Rocket shafts, I'd guess that the same applied to the US. Here is a shaft band from a ladies Spalding Top-Flite Synchro Dyned wedge with the "L" showing.
  6. Top work @cold_war_era_golfer, it's great to see a newcomer to the game recognising the pleasure in using old gear. Keep at it and keep learning, there's so much more to gain from golf when you're playing old clubs! I've gone about two and a halt years now of only using vintage clubs, playing club matches, club competitions, local course opens and general play with them. Most of the people who notice/comment on the clubs are genuinely interested and have stories of the clubs they used or even still have in the attic somewhere. But probably over half the people I have a round with don't comment or even notice! I've not had anybody say anything nasty. Typically I'll change my whole set once a week, woods, irons and putter. That makes it hard to stay consistent but by measuring the lofts of the irons I'm playing and writing these down on a piece of card to put in my scorecard holder I know quite accurately how far a club will go before I've even hit it. Putters I'll spend a few minutes on the practice green and after that will have a reasonable feel for where the sweet spot is and how the ball will roll. Over the 2.5 years my handicap went up from 12.2 to 17.5, partly due to changing to classic clubs but more to do with a complete loss of confidence in my ability to hit the ball and a couple of illnesses. This year, however, I found some form and have dropped to an index of 12.1 so things are looking up.
  7. Talking of Stix, there used to be a brand in the UK who used that name, owned by the Kilbryde Golf Manufacturing Co. They had a few ranges but most were like the early Ping Karsten irons. Below are the CF 17.4, the SM 77 and the SM 80. And below is their offering from the low profile boom, they also did a blade but I've not been able to find a picture of that one.
  8. Here in the UK and things were slightly different in that as far as I know there wasn't a "Pro-Line" as such, there were better clubs and budget clubs. But I agree with you when it comes to "named" clubs, here in the UK these generally start out as top of the line when the star golfer signs with the club maker but then slip down the pecking order with subsequent models as the golfer's fame declines. Dunlop Peter Thomson irons would be a good example of this, top quality for the "Mark 1" but gradually dipping to a budget club as the design progressed over the years. I have a soft spot for the "Store-Line" clubs, and I'm a bad enough golfer for it to make little or no difference to my score whether I'm playing Pro-Line or Store-Line. The very fact that they're disregarded by most makes them more interesting to me. As great as they are, I get bored seeing pictures of the same old Pro-Line clubs. When a Store-Line set appears my attention is caught and they can be much rarer due to the fact that nobody saved them. On that note, here's a couple of "Store-Line" equivalent sets from the UK: Harold Bird "Thunderbird" circa 1960. McGhie "Tiger Tee" 1970s From period magazines, I think that these were the cheapest clubs in the UK at the time.
  9. I've got a set of Slazenger Seve Ballesteros blades aimed at the mid to high handicap golfer that have quite a bit of offset, I'll be posting a video of them very soon on YouTube under Classic Golf Clubs. They're a UK set though which might be a problem for you depending on where you're based. https://www.youtube.com/c/ClassicGolfClubs/videos
  10. Why not start a new thread; "Middle aged guys only. How far do you hit the ball?"
  11. I measured my Slazenger Plus Internationals from around 1972 as follows for 3 to SW, the PW and SW are weak but the others are fairly typical. 22.5 27 30.5 34.5 38.5 44 47 53.5 58
  12. Different every week. Today was: Laminated Uniroyal Arnold Palmer - 1, 3 & 4 woods JH Onions Cookshank VII - 3 to SW (SW is 52 deg so see below) Slazenger Gary Player SW (56 deg) Spalding Cash-In putter. Star of the day was the Cash-In, I single putted the first 6 greens and had 12 putts total on the front nine.
  13. Nice find Jesper. You're correct in that the Seve 276 is a lower quality club compare to the Plus International. There were a few Seve endorsed models and the best of those were the SB-01, SB-02 and Supremo. The TPM-Supremo, although not having Seve's name, was of similar quality. The Seve 276 came out not long after 1984. The Slazenger Plus was initially a top-line club but over the years they slid down the Slazenger pecking order, the International that you have came out around 1972 and was one of the best, this video discusses them.
  14. Played in a P&B competition at Flempton GC, Suffolk, England yesterday. Very enjoyable day and a decent turn out of about 28 golfers. I pushed it back to a set of 1930s coated shaft clubs, which I'm partly laying the blame on for my dismal score of 98! Laurie Auchterlonie Driver, Brassie and Spoon, very whippy shaft on the driver. Ben Sayers "Parex" 1 to 8 irons (no sand iron in this set!), these are some of the least forgiving clubs I've hit, unless you're on the circle in the middle of the face the distance drop off is huge. I was rarely on the circle. Donaldson "Pinfinder" putter, it and I didn't gel on the day! Great fun though and can't wait for next year.
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