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Monthly Archive for January, 2012

Range Balls and Persimmon Woods

There is no doubt in my mind that the biggest challenge facing the burgeoning traditional golf movement is the loss of the wound ball.  Over one hundred years of quality gear is up for grabs in the minimally competitive resale market and most clubs are playable for decades if not longer.  However, the loss of [...]

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In 1953 the PGA released an instructional movie along with Life Magazine called “Keep Em On the Fairway”.  The film features a nice mix of footage where the pros are seen both attending to the common faults of some everyday golfers and demonstrating their techniques on the course.  Included in the film are the giants [...]

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There’s been much rumbling these past few weeks about rules bifurcation (i.e. one set of rules for professionals and high level amateurs, another set of rules for club players and weekend golfers).  The discussion is typically centered around the ball but drivers and long/belly putters are also discussed.  Golf Channel commentator Brandel Chamblee stirred the [...]

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Drewspin recently dug up this Andrew Rice feature in which Rice does a nice job quantifying the relationship between  driving distance and golf ball design.  Four different generations of Titleist balls were evaluated with the a modern driver.  A club pro with a tour caliber swing speed hit six drives with each ball and the [...]

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My search for the perfect vintage wedge ended last weekend at Strong’s Golf in Santa Rosa, California. Hiding in the $10.99 wedge bin was this classic beauty, the Walter Hagen Dual Wedge.  The wedge, along with the putter, is perhaps the most personal of clubs.  Grass type, course style, ball, season, and weather all play [...]

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With PGA tour commissioner Tim Finchem recently getting a four year extension, the internet is ablaze with assessments of Mr. Finchem’s performance during his tenure.  I thought I’d give a couple opposing opinions and then my own.  The sport of golf here in the states is spearheaded by the (American) PGA tour, and the golfers [...]

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On October 5, 1953, Ben Hogan composed a letter indicating his intention to bring a personally designed set of precision gear to the golfing public.  His goals were clear: best performance, best feel when contacting the ball, best visual appeal, perfect overall weight, perfect swing weight, perfect balance throughout the set.  To achieve these goals, he [...]

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Always fun to sneak a peak into the bags of the greatest players.  Below I’ve posted some bags from Masters winners of the mid 1990′s.  The 1990′s were a particularly interesting time because persimmon was phasing out but solid core balls still hadn’t made the impact that they would eventually realize in the 2000′s.  Forged [...]

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Offset and How to Remove It

The majority of classic iron designs have little or no offset relative to modern clubs.  I wanted to investigate what offset was and how if affected performance from an engineering standpoint.  Unfortunately there appears to be no consensus opinion available on the net (an observation I’m sure you’ll find shocking).  Here’s a brief summary of [...]

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Been doing some catching up this week and saw an interesting tidbit from Doug Ferguson of the AP (bolding is mine for emphasis): “Of the 200 hardest holes on the PGA Tour this year, only one was a par 5 – the 14th hole at Pebble Beach was tied for 20th with an average score [...]

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