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Robert L.

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  1. Here's a shot of my Ginty which I refinished myself back in the mid 90s. I had to use a bit of electrical tape in order to keep the whipping from unraveling, but other than that I still game this club. Still the best club around for getting out of the rough IMO. If I was playing in the US Open the Ginty would definitely be in my bag! It's one of the three woods I keep in my vintage bag.
  2. Played 9 holes at Hillcrest Country Club in Leicester, MA this morning, and I was real lucky to shoot a 49. The course was so waterlogged with all the rain we've had lately that it was casual water everywhere. They wouldn't let us play holes 3 and 4 because of all the water on the fairway, so we had to play 1 and 2 twice. My son and I drove the ball well, since they were teed up and the tee box was generally dry. However the fairways were in poor condition, so we had a lot of fat shots and our legs were covered in mud and water! On top of that it was hot and very humid, which drained our energ
  3. Not so much one tip with me but two. One thing that has really helped me is Percy Boomer's tip to swing in a barrel. This keeps me from swaying which was one of my biggest faults. I top the ball and hit wormburners a lot less. The second isn't so much a tip as it is a concept. It's Ben Hogan's idea of a pane of glass with a hole in it for my head extending from the ball and resting on my shoulders. As Hogan says in Five Lessons swinging below the plane is not too injurious, but breaking the glass can only lead to trouble.
  4. Back in the late 1990s I was playing on my local 9-hole course, Bay Path Golf Club in East Brookfield, MA, which is now a farm. The first hole is a straightaway par 4 of 320 yards. I stepped up to the tee, swung, and drove the green! I nailed the ball flush, and I was astonished that I reached the green! My ball wound up about 25 feet from the hole, which I proceeded to four-putt for bogey. I've never hit a ball that far before or since. Now if I hit it 230 yards then it's a long drive for me.
  5. My favorite is Rick Shiels. He knows his stuff, he's very upbeat, and he's very entertaining. He also has a cool British accent, what with the poo-tah and the boon-kah! I also like Kirk Junge since I'm trying to learn the Setup For Impact single plane swing.
  6. Welcome to GolfWRX! I'm guessing that the blades being heavier are smoothing out your swing, and forcing you to hit the sweet spot on the blades. I'm having the same thing happening to me with my Haig Ultra blades. I hit them better than my old Golfsmith cavity backs.
  7. In case anyone wants to date their Haigs what I did was go to the Ironfinder website and compare the pictures for the year with the Haigs I had. https://www.ironfinder.com/Individual-Irons/hagen/
  8. Today I got the strangest feeling. I was at Dick's Sporting Goods and checking out what they had for clubs. Every time I held a club and tried to waggle it I got this feeling that these clubs felt unnatural to me, for lack of a better way to describe the feeling. The driver heads felt stupid large, the irons felt stiff, the wedges felt like they would never work, and the putters had grips that were way too big. Now I'm sure these clubs would probably work fine on the course, but I'm still looking forward to playing my vintage clubs. Anyone else feel like this?
  9. In my vintage set I'm playing a set of Haig Ultras made in 1963. For me they are the very pinnacle of irons. If you have a smooth swing and can hit them on the sweet spot then you will be richly rewarded. However, off-center strikes will be punished, like all other quality blade irons. I lucked out and got these at a yard sale back in the early 90s for about $20 for a set of 3-PW.
  10. WOW! Those irons are gorgeous! They must feel so smooth when hitting a ball!
  11. 1. I agree. Driving the ball straight with some distance makes playing a hole a lot easier. Army Golf is tough to play! 2. As far as club fitting goes I can see where is has some benefit for some players. Me, I'm 5'9" tall, I've always played a regular flex and length shaft, and my grips are standard sized. I can walk into any golf store and hit anything they sell, provided the club's specs are for the average player. My old Golfsmith irons have True Temper Dynamic R-flex shafts, and my even older Haig Ultras also have R-flex shafts. I've never been fitted, and I don't think I'll need to
  12. Words of wisdom. Sometimes we tend to take our golf far too seriously. We're never going to be touring pros, so relax, hit some crappy shots, make the one great shot you'll make love to that night, and enjoy the time out in the fresh air and sunshine.
  13. One of my favorites is On Learning Golf by Percy Boomer. It gives great insights on teaching methods in the first half of the 20th Century. A bit of a tough read, but lots of good tips on the game of golf.
  14. Ok, here goes! My Hogan driver which I refinished back in the late 1990s. It has a Grafalloy ProLite shaft. Hogan driver from face-on. My Hogan 4-wood which is my fairway wood. Steel shaft, it's in very good shape. My Ginty, which was the first club I refinished back in 1995. Great club for getting out of thick rough. If I was in the US Open then this club would definitely be in my bag. Here's the irons I'm gaming. Haig Ultra blades from 1963, 3 to PW. They hit the ball very well, provided you hit the ball on the sweet spot.
  15. My Sandy Andy wedge just came in today, and it's in great shape. There's a little bit of rust on the sole, which is to be expected considering its age, and the shaft is in great shape. The grip is a leather grip and is also in great shape, but it will need a cleaning with saddle soap and some leather conditioner. I compared it to my modern 56° sand wedge, and the Sandy Andy is also 56°. My vintage golf set is now complete.
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