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Monthly Archive for June, 2012

The history of golf is intertwined with the history of the MacGregor Golf Company. Since its inception in the late 19th century, MacGregor maintained a reputation of excellence in club-building that lasted until the end of the persimmon era. Led by the ingenuity of their player-advisors and engineers, the team at MacGregor was responsible for [...]

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Odds and Ends

After Simpson’s win at the US Open last week, the powers that be have committed to making a ruling on the legality of the anchored (belly) putter by the end of the year.  One version I’ve heard bans the belly putter completely.  The other version I’ve heard bans use of anchoring for any strokes make [...]

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Lest we forget, golf has long been a shotmaker’s game.  The era of perfect putting surfaces, solid core distance balls, and 46 inch 460cc clubheads is still in its infancy. The greater annals of golfing history are filled with men and women who distinguished themselves through the quality of their striking, breadth of imagination, and [...]

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Like most of us, I just finished watching a great US Open at Olympic.  This was just what I needed to stop pouting over injury and get excited about golf again.  Cheers to the USGA for restoring the championship’s claim as the toughest test in golf.  It was done with length but not solely with [...]

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As a bay area resident, I can confirm that if there’s one man who embodies golf in San Francisco, it’s Ken Venturi.  Venturi was on the scene at Olympic this week – a place he knows well having become a junior member at the age of 16.  Who better then to walk us through the [...]

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A History of Hogan Irons

There are a few nice composites of Hogan offerings drifting around the web.  I’ve shown one above that covers 1953 – 1999.  A few models are not shown.  I think the clubs are better appreciated with some context so I’ve copied an excerpt from the Maltby Golf Club Identification and Price Guide IV.  At the [...]

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What great news! The USGA has a plan and it looks like they have the confidence to implement it!  Check out these quotes from the article I recently read: “The Rules of Golf Committee and the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association will take whatever step they think necessary to limit the power [...]

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Leather Grips for Classic Golf

The leather grip may be almost as old as golf itself.  The gold standard of  the hickory and persimmon age, leather grips are now endangered but not extinct.  Many classic clubs remain available at modest prices and leather grips are abundant.  Occasionally, discerning golfers may desire to reuse old leather grips or replace spent grips [...]

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