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The Aspidistra in the Hall

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Never mind! It's given us golfers with classic sets to shoot the breeze. Hope you got the answers to your question.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. "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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. And had lighter build shafts making them more flexible.
  11. You don't actually say yours are hickory shafted and we can't see from the photos.
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks for that. I was under the mistaken impression that WHS meant exactly that and was a foreign imposition on us 'poor 'ole Brits'.
  14. The World Handicap System arrived in the UK last season and has been an unmitigated disaster. Of course you won't hear that from the Central Politburo controlling England Golf. Our Clubs fortunately have gibbed at going the full monty with WHS and only require us to submit competitive cards and cards outside competition if previously registered in the Pro Shop. Casual rounds as reported in this thread aren't recorded for handicap.
  15. Hardcore hickory enthusiasts would not see past the Standard Golf Company's alloy BSD series from 1903, the originals I mean, not the remake fake gewgaws favoured by modern classic wannabe hickory bashers. HYN.
  16. Gentlemen, and any non-specific others, I say this not to be heroic or some sort of role model for the aged. I picked golf as my sport. I play it, not because it is easy, but because it is difficult. And in doing so, I may learn about myself and others. As I anticipated aging I never expected to have an 'opt-out' clause, an easier option with game improvement clubs. I expected to age and have declining powers. I still accept the challenge and I shall continue to play ('play' , because it's a game, and all that 'game' implies). The handicap system takes care of my aging process. My golf bag takes care of my declining physical powers....this year 12 clubs in the bag, on a good day 14. Next year I may be down to 8 or 9....or 3 or 4. It isn't given to me to know, it is given to me to sustain a direction, and with the help of true golfers I can grace the fairways for a few years yet. God bless all true golfers and I wish you all health and power to enjoy however you play the game in the coming year.
  17. I'm late '70s and will be carried out on my shield. I stretch and keep the length of swing good. On the range last week quite satisfactory, Wilson 1969 fluid feels + persimmon, no concessions. And I still carry a 12 club bag.....
  18. The only way you dent a brass bullseye with a golf ball is you bash it from off the green. With the greatest of respect, you need to get your approach shots to 10 feet or less to do justice to your lovely brass bullseyes. That way you don't dent 'em. .
  19. It's possible your veteran Pro hasn't used West System Epoxy, a nice runny 2 part epoxy designed to penetrate wood fibres and used extensively in boat building. I've rebuilt the 'impossible' in hickory heads and they are still going.
  20. I play regularly with persimmon and hickory driver but I'm not skilled enough to recommend anything. That said I play both clubs with an elevated tee and plan an arc which bottoms a couple of inches before the ball. I must hit it on the up because if I move the ball back, or rather move my stance forward, then I do tend to go under it a bit and risk getting a sky mark. Teeing the way I do I might sky one a season. I get good useful height and a flat trajectory. I'm 76 and cranky, not reliable as a golfing role model.
  21. I bought a big tournament Spalding bag with Mark Roe's name. There were tees inside from tournament where he had played well, good luck charms perhaps. I kept them together in a plastic envelope and stored them where I found them. Never know when they might help my game.
  22. Spot on, Fooz. 9 iron was the putter and also available was a 'Howitzer' sand wedge. And 78 was a cracking score, Wentworth West Course was also known as 'The Burma Road', and around that time they held the Canada Cup and had special Canada Cup tees. Resident Professional = Tom Haliburton ?
  23. Most definitely, yes, particularly the early ones. They are so soft that you have to be careful not to abuse them.
  24. JP =Joe Phillips, Wilson iconic member of staff in a number of critical roles. Worth googling.
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