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Monthly Archive for November, 2011

I thought it would be a good time to get back to the heart and soul of this site and community – great traditional golf gear.  I don’t have a massive collection but it’s decent and I’ll do my best to take you through my favorite irons sets and persimmons. Let’s start off with the [...]

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Norman von Nida, Kel Nagle, Gary Player, Bill Dunk, Bruce Devlin, Hale Irwin, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Peter Senior, and Robert Allenby. What do all these names have in common?  All were winners of the Australian PGA Championship. The Australian PGA concluded at Coolum this weekend in exciting fashion as Greg Chalmers added his name [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving to all you Americans out there and happy Thursday to everyone else!  I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made on this site and for the great game of golf that I’m fortunate to have sufficient health, time, and means to enjoy.  I’m also thankful that a remarkable amount of swing footage from masters [...]

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**Update 11/29/2011: Federal Judge Susan Illston  issued an Order Denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction at Sharp Park Golf Course.  The plaintiffs, “a collection of non-profit conservation groups” led by the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, had sought an order to halt mowing on Holes 9-18 and to halt winter flood-relief pumping at the [...]

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Whatever your thoughts on the state of modern professional golf, you have to admit it’s been a lot of fun watching the President’s Cup this week.  Royal Melbourne is one of only a few courses that can actually be the story.  This week’s happenings  inspired a bit of research by your humble correspondent on Dr. [...]

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Following a recent traditional golf outing here in California, we swung by the house of classic club repair man and collector Mike Rees. Mike has been collecting for more than 30 years and aside from being a really nice guy this man is truly an encyclopedia of golf club history. The shear volume of the [...]

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Last week another shameful decision by one of golf’s governing bodies (this time the Australian PGA) denied the chance for what could have been a really neat episode of traditional golf on the biggest stage. Rules officials made a preemptive strike on Hickory Golf Champion Perry Somers’ bid to use his hickory golf clubs at [...]

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Most readers on this site agree that a more traditional approach is in the best interest of the game and better connects us to our sport’s rich history. This is most easily viewed from the context of equipment where 460cc wrench adjusted 46” monsters launch the modern, solid core ball to absurd course positions. But [...]

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One great thing about playing with persimmon, blades, and balata is the ability to shape your shots around the course. Pros used to spend time practicing all the shots: high draw, medium draw, low draw, high fade, medium fade low fade, etc. The modern ball has diminished, although not totally eliminated, the ability to work [...]

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This Sunday provided us some beautiful weather in Northern California and a few of us decided to pack up the persimmons and blades to walk 18. I was lucky enough to link up with John Erickson and Dr. Zack Wood. Both these guys can swing a persimmon the way it was meant to be swung. [...]

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