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Here we have the MacGregor Tourney PT1 irons from 1959.  These followed the colokroms of the same design which were the first to feature the new “recessed weight”.  This diamond shape muscle pad was blended into the rough forging to sit directly behind the sweet spot.  It also served to raise what they referred to as the “focal point” (Center of Mass) to produce a lower, boring trajectory which was perfect for the game at the time which was, in general, played neared to the ground.

These irons also incorporate the CF4000 ceramic face coatings.  CF4000 technology was developed by the aerospace industry but it was Toney Penna again who was the impetus behind applying it to golf clubs.   The black faces served to frame the ball nicely and were reported to protect the clubs from damage and corrosion.

As with most MacGregor clubs of the time the product code indicates both the shaft flex and grip type.  PT1 represents the Pro-Pel shaft in stiff flex along with the leather two tone grip.  Kaplan’s book describes MacGregor’s description of the Pro-Pel 1 as follows:

“Here’s the Pro-Pel Action shaft for the crisp, smashing play of fine golfers who have strong hand and forearm action.  The No. 1 shaft is light in weight but stiff in action.”

The PT1 is just a simple, straightforward blade that still retains popularity to this day.  Here’s some thoughts I have on the club:

  • Small head with minimal to no offset.
  • Squarish toe with a “raised toe” that was intended to make the clubface look larger than it actually is.
  • Moderately  heavy owing to the extra metal behind the face and the relatively long hosel.  You really can feel the clubhead well.
  • I would characterize the distance that I get from these clubs as slightly longer than average for a vintage iron, slightly shorter than modern
  • Very flat sole so these club dig deep if you attack from a steep angle.  Front edge is quite sharp so you need good control of your lowpoint.
  • The sweetspot is definately biased up and towards the hosel.  It’s a lovely crisp feel and low trajectory when you find it.
  • The topline has some thickness to it but it’s not excessive.  Middle of the road here in terms of classic irons.

I would characterize the PT1′s as being slightly less sought after than the earlier M85′s.  The colokrom version is probably more valuable than this CF4000 version.  A decent set with the original shafts would probably go for about $100 on ebay these days.  The diamond back shape is a MacGregor stalwart that they continued to produce with different variations into the 70′s or even 80′s.    I enjoy owning one of the earlier versions even though I don’t game them as much as the  M85′s.

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Sources:

MacGregor Golf History – Catalogs by Jim Kaplan

Golf Club Identification and Price Guide IV by GolfWorks/Maltby

4 Responses to “Classic Club Profile – MacGregor PT1”

  1. Avatar of Sunset Flush Sunset Flush says:

    I found this image from Penna’s patent on the PT1 look from 1957. Unfortunately the full patent is not in the public domain. Good stuff.

  2. Avatar of Anton Anton says:

    thanx for measuring and posting their weights!

  3. Avatar of Christian Christian says:

    These are a lovely set,
    I have the pleasure of owing 2-DS PT19′s which have an extra half inch of length per club. They are my second regular set of clubs which I game to get into a real vintage groove from time to time. I also have the PT1 woods (1,2,3,4) which are the most pleasurable persimmons I have ever played and favoured by Ballesteros I believe. The video posted by persimmon golf today when it first started of me and Addington Arnie at Colchester CG has me playing this set.

  4. I knew you liked the PT1 woods Christian but didn’t know you had the irons too. They are sweet sticks, challenging as they come but equally rewarding when struck properly. I hope they dig up some English turf this year!

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