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  1. Two things. I use my persimmons at the range and religiously clean all ammo before use and clean the club head. Secondly, I have a large stock of old balls at home and smuggle 10 onto the range for persimmon use.
  2. Add my congratulations to the list, well played. Sorry to be late to the party, only just seen it.
  3. I think so, pretty sure that's a bullet back. The groove gives it away.
  4. I'm with 8802. Bulletbacks for me, with Apollo 25 s shafts are very smooth and positive feeling iron. I've had all the other Dynapowers and they are all great, but that's my favourite. I also have a very nice set of Turfriders which I enjoy. These are the two sets I've kept.
  5. And published at a time of the scandal relating to consistency of golf balls, out-of-round manufacture, off centre cores etc. Never mind inconsistent compressions. It isn't a scientifically reliable critique, more a sort of lightweight 'he said, she said , they said' way to get around 'we aren't committing to any specifications for public use'. Even this piece references 65 to 85 compression, not the 35 compression referred to earlier in this topic.
  6. We should have stuck with the 1.62 golf ball, it made the head look bigger and also the hole in putting. Lol. But seriously, there were always players who were good with long irons and those who were good with woods dependent on swing characteristics I suppose. Strength or suppleness didn't come into it.
  7. Never mind! It's given us golfers with classic sets to shoot the breeze. Hope you got the answers to your question.
  8. According to the PGA Training Manual from 1977, that date being in the heart of our classic era, stock lofts quoted are ; 2 iron 19 degrees (so you are spot on there) and 5 wood 24 degrees. Your 5 wood appears to the victim of loft creep and possibly underpins your entirely logical question. In classic golf the 5 wood is intended to provide loft, stop and control. The 2 iron is more suited to the running game of 50 years ago or standard links conditions today. To answer your question, I have always played my long irons better than my handicap, so if I can find an excuse to put a 2 or 1 iron in the bag I will. The 5 wood also has a place in my bag, although in a typical 4 woods set-up standard until the early 70s , for 5 wood , read 4 wood. Like Catchy I only use 2 wedges, sometimes only one. This gives me a bit of leeway.
  9. Thanks, I should be interested. However,it doesn't 'feel' right. The Titleists of yore seem a lot,lot crisper that the mush of the Duo, Srixon Soft feel or whatever. I'm very comfy using Pro V1, but not the X, the Chrome Soft also works well. Anything with a Urethane cover in fact provided it's not too juiced up.
  10. "Those balatas averaged between 35 and 70 compression depending on manufacturer" I was there. Titleist offered their balatas at 90 or 100 compression. There was a Ladies ball which I think was 80. No-one offered balls at the compression you state. Where do you get your data from? For information, I started playing serious hickory from 1995, winning Scottish and Swedish scratch hickory titles and using a Titleist PTS Wound 90 ball and never broke a club in play.
  11. Entertaining, but factually tosh, and much of the invention defies common sense. The original Jeannie Deans, reshafted by Victor East, and used by Jones in all legs of his Grand Slam is in the R&A museum, not Augusta National. The last leg was at Merion where an insert to repair a wear spot was applied by George Sayers, resident Pro and cousin of the maker of Jeannie, Jack White then of Sunningdale and later Gullane. The replacement of Calamity Jane was occasioned by wear alright, but not by Jones hitting the ball out of the same place lol. Good players with blade putters hit the ball from all parts of the blade intentionally to get intentionally different effects. The wear mark was caused by repeated application of emery cloth to clean the face. Still lolling. btw, I have a replica of Jeannie as it appears in the R&A museum, made by the best person to recreate a masterpiece....the gentleman who made the original, Jack White then at Gullane.
  12. In the discussion about hickory or P&B golfballs I never heard the TP5 getting any airtime. Personally I hate it, now that does feel like a rock with the sound off.
  13. And had lighter build shafts making them more flexible.
  14. You don't actually say yours are hickory shafted and we can't see from the photos.
  15. I use ProV1 and have done since the passing of the Tour Balata. I like it for it's performance around and on the green.....and I have a large stock. That said, I only use it in the summer. I also like the Chrome Soft for the same reasons. I never liked the softer balls, they seemed squishy to me. I shall also be using a stock of Slazenger B51, 1.62 size, with my P&Bs next season to see how they go. Early tests show they haven't degraded with time, unlike me! While I will use Srixon Soft Feels (the green print one) with hickory, I don't get any thrill from it. I used to used Titleist PTS 90 Wound until the later versions only had a vestigial winding and performed like a harsh 2 piece.
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