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  1. I always wished I would have been able to meet Byron in person. I first learned of him when John Byron putters came out. My love for his designs only grew through what must be close to twenty five years now. We shared many phone calls and emails. Oddly he only wanted to talk about how the waves were in Hawaii and hoped that he'd come back again. I told him I'd always be available for a round of golf but my surfing days were long behind me. Through the years I was fortunate to have him make me several putters. I always told him upon receiving them that they were too pretty to use. He'd laugh and tell me beat them up and send them back for a refinish! His John Byrons and custom Byron Morgan's have always been the gems of my collection. I will truly miss Byron. I was just thinking it's Christmas soon and I need to get him his mac nuts, chocolate and coffee care package. I wish I had gotten around to doing that review on the last putter he made for me so he could see it. A full on custom with twisty neck and sound slot. An amazing putter that rolls incredibly well and what was so special is I told him to just do his thing because nothing I could ask him for would measure up to his mind. My heart hurts at the loss of one of the great putter makers and someone who I felt had become a friend to me. I hope he gets to ride that big wave up there. Aloha Oe Byron. Till me meet one day. Here are some links to two of my Byrons I have written about here on GolfWRX. Custom Byron VVS1 Byron Morgan Designed by Captain Morgan
  2. The want for this newest addition to my collection started years ago after first seeing it in tournament pictures here at GolfWRX. I remember it caused a bit of a stir as everyone attempted to figure out who made it . I remember sending emails, making phone calls etc. attempting to get one for myself. Now, years later, Kevin Burns posted a photo of the prototype he made for Nike. There it was...."my precious". Due the the amount of feedback he got from posting that picture, he decided to make a limited run of 20 putters. Twenty people would be able to work with him and "design" their 1 of 20 version. The 20 of us along with Kevin and his son Brendan got together on a zoom meeting and in chat rooms to figure out how this putter would be made along with the head cover. . Since there were 20 of us, it was decided that the only marking on it that noted the 20 putters was the 20 under the cup of the plumbers neck. That way we all had 1/20 and there wouldn't be a thing about who had #1 or #20 of 20. Paint fill, face millings, stampings, sight lines/dots, sound slot and head weights were all up to the individual buyer. I'm pretty simple and wanted something similar to what I saw years ago. Below is my putter. The last picture is the Nike Prototype Kevin Burns made for Nike. This was one of my most amazing collaborations in making a custom putter I've ever had!
  3. The JAT is carbon steel and will always stick to a magnet. Hard not to get a magnet to stick to it. Try a velcro cover.
  4. I bought four this past couple of weeks. A Nike Michelle Wie Prototype center shaft, Bettinardi Hex Tour SS3, Cobra Agera, Swag Savage Too Center.
  5. Try looking for a PXG Dagger putter. I bought it when it first came out just because it reminded me of the old Bullseye but it was modern weighted at 350 grams.. https://www.golfwrx.com/384372/spotted-new-pxg-putters-with-milled-inserts-and-tpe-technology/
  6. YUP..just got extended another two weeks. Been only open on Oahu for about a month and a half since March. I've now got four new putters, three pairs of shoes and no golf to play!!!! ? Maybe to kill some time I better get to PM'ing new members again. I remember I'd get a few replies back in the day...and when I'd write back they were shocked I wasn't a BOT! HAHAHA! #golfwrxforlife ?
  7. I think when we first started we all were pretty much familiar with each others likes and favorites and heavy participators over at BSG. I remember PM'ing you, @HipCheck @Gxgolfer @Zach Heusser aka KascoPro and @Geo aka Beruo for years prior to Golfwrx starting. When Golfwrx started it was our goal not be be like the place we left. We were all hungry for clubs and club information, basically all club hoes not tied to one brand or feature. We wanted to know about everything in golf because the bottom line was we wanted that club that was magical...for real and not just some talk because someone told you the Y on the hosel made it special! ?
  8. LOL the BSG days. @easyyy that Cleveland driver took us to bigger and better things and fostered an even greater love and friendship between man of us! Who would have thought in those early days when there was like twenty of us and the forum was a chit chat between us and the newest club we hoed how big the place would grow??!! Got to love it and got to love GolfWRX!!!
  9. That's a pure gamer putter you have there. I'd be careful of not using any scotchbrite pad as you will affect the finish. If it's just those small surface spots, just rub it with oil and it should come off. WD-40 or silicone/gun oil (what I use) will clean it and help prevent corrosion. I dry rag and residue that's left on there after cleaning.
  10. I had a Tad Moore Giraffe ages ago and there aren't many people making long neck putters today and you'd be hard pressed to find a quality one from the past either. If you like it that much, I'd go and get it refinished. There are so many reasonably priced places to have it refinished nowadays, I've sent a few out just because they were keepers for the collection and I wanted to freshen them up.
  11. Just had Kyle @bastainmilled do this one for me. Wanted a longneck to match the toe hang on a Squareback CT I had. It came out perfect! Final weight 353grams with the 5 gram weights.
  12. Richard you've been holding out on me! Where's my text with the newest addition???!!! :D I've been looking at their putters for ages and emailing asking questions. You know me though...I've got twelve ideas and the need for no more putters than you need any! I've been really considering their mid slant neck but can't decide which head or finish or stampings! Congratulations and let me know how the new baby is! :drinks:
  13. Found some old pics...there have been way too many additions but gives you an idea of my hoard of blades. :swoon2:
  14. LOL I haven’t “posed” my putters for a photo shoot in ages. I’ll go look for my blade photo later that I have somewhere although I think I’ve added another ten or so since I last took the family pic. Guys like Zach Heusser help feed my addiction and I do the same with his. He’s got an incredible 8802 collection complete with the Arnold Palmers that I’m totally jealous about! Here’s my custom Tess I had made years ago. Everything behind it is putters.
  15. LOL....I love reading these threads over and over as they come up through the years. Probably one of the most popular questions since GolfWRX.com ever started. I like to see what people think are keepers and what people hoard. I'm on the hoarding end of the scale. I've owned a lot of putters through the years. I've hung on to mostly 8802 styles. Currently own way too many customs, retails and tours as well. Probably more than most can fathom the need to own that much but I figure it this way. I'm old, I'm comfortable in life and if putters are my only vice, I'm pretty good with it. ;)
  16. A friend and I were just talking about putter head weights the other day. Today's modern putters are easily twenty to thirty grams heavier than putters made just back in 1995. Even the basic Cameron went up close to thirty grams if you compare a Classic 1 to a current Studio Select 360 gram Newport. Sure you can change the weight in the new one but everyone seems to think a putter needs to be a minimum of 350 grams to be considering even something they need to try today. My friend prefers to use a 330 gram head which is harder to find today in any modern putter. He's been using a Cameron Circle T Squareback 2 for ages and every thing he tries to use today just seems to take the feel out of his hands. I've also been messing around a lot with my putters. As some may know, i have a very large collection to choose from. I was rolling a Custom Byron Morgan German Stainless 8811 putter this past weekend. For those that don't know it's pretty similar looking to a Wilson 8802. Although the head weight gives it a "modern" feel, one of the reason's I've loved the 8802 style putters is they made me feel like I had so much greater control over the head and feel for distances because of their lightweight. I ended up regripping an older 8802 I had and was quite surprised with the results I was getting. I'll probably keep experimenting with it for a few weeks until I get another brainstorm on how to improve my putting. :D
  17. I find Superstrokes some of the easiest grips to install because of their stiffness. You'll hardly have any problems with them twisting on the way down and the stiffness makes aligning theme easy as well. Just make sure you're using a good putter clamp to hold the putter, a lot of lube..whatever brand you usually use and slide it on. As said the biggest problem you may encounter is getting it over the butt as there has been a few I've installed that got a little stuck at the top. Just make sure the top of the shaft is cut straight..not all manufactures cut them straight and make sure there are no burrs to hang up on the inside fo the grip. Making sure the grip tape goes over the butt helps. Try to do it in one motion as well. if you stop half way there's a good chance you'll get stuck.
  18. Kyle just finished a flow neck conversion of a 2018 Squareback for me as well as refinish. This putter had a single bend shaft which went over a neck on the head originally too. Kyle cuts it all off, I think bores it out a bit as well and welds on a new neck. Super guy to work with. Sent pics throughout the process. Also very reasonable prices. He makes his own line of putters as well which also have some great features. He has some interesting necks and also does cryogenic welding. Not positive but one of the first I've seen do that. Really a great guy to message with via instagram. He's very generous in giving out information and working with your ideas.
  19. I love them all. Since I'm of the older generation and Macgregor irons were my first sets, everything from National reminds of me of so many blades I've played in the past, the MT's, Tourneys, Tourney Classics and VIP's, If I was forced to make a choice, I'd go Top Row as they look so much like a set of Tourney's I loved. Plus, there's a number of muscle backs available currently similar to the middle and bottom row., Get the perfect Don White sole grind on there and you'll have club nirvana!
  20. LOL Uncle Zach...give me a few days. :D
  21. Miura KM-007 might be an option for you. http://www.miuragolf.com/series57_putter-km007.asp
  22. The backs are forged at Miura and then outsourced to be welded to the steel face. Then the head is returned to the Miura factory to be finished. Miura doesn't have the technology in Himeji to do the welding of the two pieces. The 9005's are really great for getting distance if that's what you're looking for. The lofts are strong but the design of the club allows the normal trajectory in the short irons and much more added height for me in the long irons. Biggest shortcoming is the set is only to the 5 iron. I've heard they're possibly coming out with a 2,3 and 4 iron. I can't wait for that. Currently have the 5 iron bent to a CB57 3 iron loft in my bag to go with the rest of my CB57 set. It only had to be bent 2 degrees stronger to match. ;)
  23. 370gram version of the KM005.... http://www.golfwrx.com/39709/miura-km-005-putter-review/
  24. I've played all the sets you've mentioned. The 202's are basically an older design from Miura evolved from the CB-201 and Japan version the MG CB1005 and light years behind in technology versus the CB57. You might remember two similar sets to the 202 they made for other companies year ago, the Nike Proto Split Cavity and the ON OFF CB247. The CB57 has a variable weight bar that goes higher in the short irons lowering trajectory and lower in the long irons to heighten the trajectory. The leading edge and trailing edge grind on the sole similar to the MB001 gives great contact on the ball. I have the PP9005, 9003, MB001, CB501 and CB57 but the CB57 is my daily set as it gives the best for me the all around shots that I like. I've also had a set of Nike Vapor Fly Pro's in the past as a friend I play with quite often loved his set so much I had to give them a try. I can see why the 202's didn't quite measure up to the VFP's. The VFP's are a pretty forgiving set with much more technology over the 202 in the head. They were also quite long as the lofts are much stronger because the technology in the head allows that. For a cast head the VFP felt pretty good too compared to other cast heads due the RZN construction. My problem with the VFP is I thought the distances weren't always consistent as I've found with my Miura sets so my experiment lasted about a month with them. You probably won't find similar distance in the CB57 to the VFP if that's what you're looking for. If so, I'd suggest the PP9003 or 9005 for distance. Both very forgiving heads. If you match a shaft to them, you can get a great club. The 9005 would probably be the longest set Miura makes. I do suggest though if you get a chance or can even contact a Miura authorized fitter for a suggestion, the shaft is what makes a Miura even more special. That's why you won't find them selling in a big box store or Golfwrx and Golf Digest Hot List because Miura wants their customers to get professionally fit to give them the best club for their game. I've been fit to all my Miura sets and depending on the head have chosen a shaft that matches the head to fit the style of my game and to make sure the club gets me the best production that I want. Also you might want to check out my review on the CB57.... http://www.golfwrx.com/271461/review-miura-cb57-irons/ If you do a search you can find the rest of my Miura reviews as well. Good luck with your search :drinks:
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