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Titleist Junkies - Don't get too excited.

 

Has anyone ever heard of a set of these? Does anyone have any ideas on how someone might acquire a NEW set?

 

I am asking these questions specifically because a player I was paired with this morning claims he had a set that fell off a Tour van many years ago. He was remarking about how good the condition of my 962B's and I explained to him I purchased them before they went End of Life and just started playing with them a few months ago.

 

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I have heard rumours about them having been made for Davis Love III but I have no idea how true that is. Sorry I couldn't help more.

 

Hopefully some of the more enlightened members (those with connections) can tell us what the story really is.

 

I know that I have seen pics of 962's and 962b's that have been buffed and polished to look almost chrome finished - hopefully the guy isn't trying to sell you a set of those!

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Just sold a set on here this month! :drinks:

http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=23492&hl=

 

I bought them off the rack eight years ago and they were a very nice smallish head small cavity back iron.

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I have heard rumours about them having been made for Davis Love III but I have no idea how true that is. Sorry I couldn't help more.

 

Hopefully some of the more enlightened members (those with connections) can tell us what the story really is.

 

I know that I have seen pics of 962's and 962b's that have been buffed and polished to look almost chrome finished - hopefully the guy isn't trying to sell you a set of those!

 

I don't remember if Davis ever player 962's or 962b's, but I remember seeing a picture, in golf digest probably sometime in 1998, of a set of custom forged cavity backs that Titleist made for him. They didn't look like 962 though, they just looked like a basic cavity back iron, maybe similar to the Maxfli Revolution.

 

He also talks breifly in his book " Every Shot I Take" about when he left Tommy Armour to go to Titleist.

He said that the main reason he took the deal was that, Tommy Armour wanted him to move out of the 845 and into the 855. Rather than getting into an even bigger cast iron with more offset he wanted to go to something more traditional. Titleist offered to build him a set of whatever he wanted.

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Forged 962B or Forged 990B did not exist (once saw a set that a friend had roll stamped forged on the edge of the 990B blade---was a scream to watch people hyperventilate over them). Hoffman did have dies for what was to be called the 682 and was to be sold by Cobra. They had a slight shelf weight cavity which gave rise to the rumor that forged 990s existed. Those were the prototype forged cavity back irons Davis Love III played (with the shelf weight cavity removed). He still has that set by the way. Titleist never pulled the trigger on that order so Hoffman had to eat 1000s of raw heads. Titleist did a similar thing with the 681s starting and stopping at least twice and having Hoffman scrap raw heads each time. When they finally decided to get something out of Tiger using them (knew he was leaving by then) they reordered the 681s. By this time due to all the starting and stopping by Titleist, EPA regulations, and other financial reasons Hoffman closed the doors sadly ending probably the best forging house in the world.

 

Any 431 cast stainless iron can be polished but two swings on a mat and the "forged" look is gone.

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Just sold a set on here this month! :drinks:

http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=23492&hl=

 

I bought them off the rack eight years ago and they were a very nice smallish head small cavity back iron.

 

Birdie you sold retail cast version... thread talks of forged...

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