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Northwestern Chi Chi Irons have a look, kind of cool


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 08:05 PM

Now that I am downloading pics from my phone this is easy.. No need to comment although would not mind more info.  Put them on ebay today, not something I collect.  Enjoy

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 09:18 PM

Pretty iron deetsal.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:03 PM

Forged ?

Face length looks a bit longer than the others in the same period.

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:36 PM

I think they are forged. Nice feel.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:07 AM

Sharp! First set of clubs I ever hit was from a garage sale...Northwestern Chi Chi models. Not that model though.

I like the Northwestern's with the "Thunderbird" on them too.  My first metal wood was a Northwestern Thunderbird with a power-kick shaft (think upside down bubble shaft).  I could cream that thing.  Would love to find another one for nostalgia sake.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:14 AM

My first clubs were a Northwestern Chi Chi Rodriguez 5 piece junior set that Canadian Tire used to sell here in Canada in the late 70ís. I had a lefty set and my brother had a right hand set.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:40 AM

Although many Northwestern clubs were considered poor quality, these irons look to be quite decent. Thousands of "Chi Chi" starter sets were cranked out back in the day. Most were cheap zinc plated pot metal irons and composite plastic woods. I think you have some diamonds in the rough here though.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:20 PM

I think I put them up on eBay for $90.  They are really nice. There has to be some Chi Chi fans left out there.  I have a few other irons somewhere. From what I remember they were okay but not like these. I wish I could keep all these clubs but I’m sitting on around 100 sets of classic, vintage, and wood shaft clubs.  I am going to sell off anything not Wilson then anything not stainless. Love stainless my dad had a pipe and fitting threading factory. We did only stainless so it’s in my blood. I also love the was they polish up.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:57 PM

I’ve a set of Spalding Chi Chi Rodriguez irons here somewhere, I’ll see if I can dig up a pic...

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Found it..

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 03:56 PM

Do those Spalding Chi Chi have leather grips, stiff shafts?? They look like real player heads, Not cheap store model


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:19 PM

 teevons, on 08 January 2018 - 03:56 PM, said:

Do those Spalding Chi Chi have leather grips, stiff shafts?? They look like real player heads, Not cheap store model

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:32 PM

i have a Chi Chi grind, MacGregor SW.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:14 PM

 fluffy265, on 08 January 2018 - 12:57 PM, said:

I’ve a set of Spalding Chi Chi Rodriguez irons here somewhere, I’ll see if I can dig up a pic...

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:17 PM

Grips, but I think you were asking the guy with the STAINLESS!!! I love STAINLESS.

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:46 PM

 deetsal, on 08 January 2018 - 06:14 PM, said:

 fluffy265, on 08 January 2018 - 12:57 PM, said:

I’ve a set of Spalding Chi Chi Rodriguez irons here somewhere, I’ll see if I can dig up a pic...

J


Found it..

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Sweet, I am a stainless guy... want to trade? no no what am I saying need to get rid of clubs......ahhhhhhhhhhh

You're welcome to them, only problem is I’m on the other side of world!
I picked these up some time ago, thinking that they would be an easy clean up. I’ve had too many other projects on the go and have never got near them. They’ve been sitting in the shed with all the other jobs I forget about...

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:17 AM

 Texsport, on 08 January 2018 - 05:32 PM, said:

i have a Chi Chi grind, MacGregor SW.

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Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodriguez is mentioned prominently in the 1996 Sports Illustrated article on Don White, when White was with MacGregor..

Somebody posted that link somewhere...

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 02:48 AM

Believe this is the article you're referring to.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:06 AM

The "Chi Chi" SW was a retail offering by MacGregor - possibly for 1 season.

Ghi Chi, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player were considered the best bunker players in the 60s and 70s.

The club has minimal stampings - MacGregor  S on the sole, and a script Chi Chi on the back.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:45 PM

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Both Nicklaus and Chi-Chi were using Don White ground irons at the '91 US Senior Open at Oakland Hills, and their 18 hole playoff, which Jack won.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:37 AM

 Bigarch, on 08 January 2018 - 12:07 AM, said:

Sharp! First set of clubs I ever hit was from a garage sale...Northwestern Chi Chi models. Not that model though.

I like the Northwestern's with the "Thunderbird" on them too.  My first metal wood was a Northwestern Thunderbird with a power-kick shaft (think upside down bubble shaft).  I could cream that thing.  Would love to find another one for nostalgia sake.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:44 AM

 Texsport, on 09 January 2018 - 09:06 AM, said:

The "Chi Chi" SW was a retail offering by MacGregor - possibly for 1 season.

Ghi Chi, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player were considered the best bunker players in the 60s and 70s.

The club has minimal stampings - MacGregor  S on the sole, and a script Chi Chi on the back.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:55 AM

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One of the Northwestern iron sets we coveted were the Thunderbird model Stainless Steel irons used by PGA Tour Player Bruce Crampton from Australia.
Supposedly, there were both RH and LH iron models, but like you, I never saw a Northwestern Thunderbird iron set other than those shown in those few ads for Northwestern clubs. Crampton was a TaylorMade staffer on the Senior (Champions) Tour.

Am sure some Wrxers have at least one Thunderbird set...

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:13 AM

 BIG STU, on 13 January 2018 - 01:37 AM, said:

 Bigarch, on 08 January 2018 - 12:07 AM, said:

Sharp! First set of clubs I ever hit was from a garage sale...Northwestern Chi Chi models. Not that model though.

I like the Northwestern's with the "Thunderbird" on them too.  My first metal wood was a Northwestern Thunderbird with a power-kick shaft (think upside down bubble shaft).  I could cream that thing.  Would love to find another one for nostalgia sake.
Those Northwestern Thunderbird irons are as scarce as hens teeth. In all my years I have seen only one set. I did like the looks of the back of them. My old man I guess you could call him a Northwestern dealer we had all the catalogs and an account but I can never recall him selling a single Northwestern piece. I think the only reason he got involved with them to begin with was because he ordered some cheap putters for rentals for the par 3 course and some of those cheap hard plastic drivers for the driving range. That one set of Thunderbirds I saw one of the traveling pros/hustlers coming up from Florida to up north had a set.

No Shizzle???  There was a set of Northwestern Thunderbirds (don't recall if full or partial) that sat at a local thrift all fall.  Kept seeing them there as I stopped by for a browse.  They caught my eye because of the distinctive look to the backs, a thunderbird.  But paid them no mind because they were Northwestern's.  Maybe I should have bought them?
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:09 AM

 Fellaheen51, on 13 January 2018 - 07:13 AM, said:

 BIG STU, on 13 January 2018 - 01:37 AM, said:

 Bigarch, on 08 January 2018 - 12:07 AM, said:

Sharp! First set of clubs I ever hit was from a garage sale...Northwestern Chi Chi models. Not that model though.

I like the Northwestern's with the "Thunderbird" on them too.  My first metal wood was a Northwestern Thunderbird with a power-kick shaft (think upside down bubble shaft).  I could cream that thing.  Would love to find another one for nostalgia sake.
Those Northwestern Thunderbird irons are as scarce as hens teeth. In all my years I have seen only one set. I did like the looks of the back of them. My old man I guess you could call him a Northwestern dealer we had all the catalogs and an account but I can never recall him selling a single Northwestern piece. I think the only reason he got involved with them to begin with was because he ordered some cheap putters for rentals for the par 3 course and some of those cheap hard plastic drivers for the driving range. That one set of Thunderbirds I saw one of the traveling pros/hustlers coming up from Florida to up north had a set.

No Shizzle???  There was a set of Northwestern Thunderbirds (don't recall if full or partial) that sat at a local thrift all fall.  Kept seeing them there as I stopped by for a browse.  They caught my eye because of the distinctive look to the backs, a thunderbird.  But paid them no mind because they were Northwestern's.  Maybe I should have bought them?

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

 rex235, on 13 January 2018 - 02:55 AM, said:

Stu-

One of the Northwestern iron sets we coveted were the Thunderbird model Stainless Steel irons used by PGA Tour Player Bruce Crampton from Australia.
Supposedly, there were both RH and LH iron models, but like you, I never saw a Northwestern Thunderbird iron set other than those shown in those few ads for Northwestern clubs. Crampton was a TaylorMade staffer on the Senior (Champions) Tour.

Am sure some Wrxers have at least one Thunderbird set...

Rex, my dad had a left handed set of those Thunderbirds.  Not only did they have a bird on the back of the club, they had a smaller one on the face as well.  I think that feature may be non-conforming today, silly as that may seem.

He wanted a set of the Lynx CR over the hosel irons, but when they didn't come in 6 months after ordering he opted to buy the Thunderbirds instead.

He played them regularly from 1974 through 1978, and then sporadically thereafter.  Quality wise they were as good as anything else available at that time, despite Northwestern's reputation as a producer of lower level product.  Cast stainless blades with sharp-edged flattish soles, typical of most of the clubs of that day.  

I regret that he traded them at a Play It Again Sports store in the early 1990s.  I haven't seen another set, right or left handed, since.

A couple of years ago, I got him a left handed Lynx CR 6 iron that I found in one of the thrifts, just so he got to see what he missed.  

Northwestern made a lot of good quality equipment for a long time.  Their focus was on the lower level product, but MacGregor, Wilson and Spalding sold plenty of that stuff too.  They all offered plastic headed woods in the lower lines.  Wilson Astrolon and Resolon.  Spalding Persimmonite.  MacGregor made one with a Marty Fleckman signature that was one of the ugliest golf clubs I've ever seen.

Eventually Northwestern abandoned all efforts at pro line product, and when they started selling irons made of die cast zinc it really started to go downhill for them.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:09 PM

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:51 PM

 Shallowface, on 13 January 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

 rex235, on 13 January 2018 - 02:55 AM, said:

Stu-

One of the Northwestern iron sets we coveted were the Thunderbird model Stainless Steel irons used by PGA Tour Player Bruce Crampton from Australia.
Supposedly, there were both RH and LH iron models, but like you, I never saw a Northwestern Thunderbird iron set other than those shown in those few ads for Northwestern clubs. Crampton was a TaylorMade staffer on the Senior (Champions) Tour.

Am sure some Wrxers have at least one Thunderbird set...

Rex, my dad had a left handed set of those Thunderbirds.  Not only did they have a bird on the back of the club, they had a smaller one on the face as well.  I think that feature may be non-conforming today, silly as that may seem.

He wanted a set of the Lynx CR over the hosel irons, but when they didn't come in 6 months after ordering he opted to buy the Thunderbirds instead.

He played them regularly from 1974 through 1978, and then sporadically thereafter.  Quality wise they were as good as anything else available at that time, despite Northwestern's reputation as a producer of lower level product.  Cast stainless blades with sharp-edged flattish soles, typical of most of the clubs of that day.  

I regret that he traded them at a Play It Again Sports store in the early 1990s.  I haven't seen another set, right or left handed, since.

A couple of years ago, I got him a left handed Lynx CR 6 iron that I found in one of the thrifts, just so he got to see what he missed.  

Northwestern made a lot of good quality equipment for a long time.  Their focus was on the lower level product, but MacGregor, Wilson and Spalding sold plenty of that stuff too.  They all offered plastic headed woods in the lower lines.  Wilson Astrolon and Resolon.  Spalding Persimmonite.  MacGregor made one with a Marty Fleckman signature that was one of the ugliest golf clubs I've ever seen.

Eventually Northwestern abandoned all efforts at pro line product, and when they started selling irons made of die cast zinc it really started to go downhill for them.
I actually had a Northwestern blade 3 iron that came off the individual rack in our shop. Lord only knows where we got it from. I do remember it had one of those TT S-400 shafts with the diamond shaped flutes on it. That thing was a rocket in fact I pulled my Mac 3 iron out of my set and played it for a while. One day I hit a shot with it and it felt funny and went tinnnnggg. The head split in two pieces. I found out then it was cast and crappy cast at that. I did save the shaft and put it in my Mac 3 iron but it did not hit the same. Some things can not be explained
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:51 PM

 BIG STU, on 13 January 2018 - 01:44 AM, said:

 Texsport, on 09 January 2018 - 09:06 AM, said:

The "Chi Chi" SW was a retail offering by MacGregor - possibly for 1 season.

Ghi Chi, Lee Trevino, and Gary Player were considered the best bunker players in the 60s and 70s.

The club has minimal stampings - MacGregor  S on the sole, and a script Chi Chi on the back.

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A lot of people do not know this but Gary Player was a Northwestern Staffer for a while--- In fact a course here called Blackmoor is a Gary Player design and they have one of his old Northwestern bags. It use to be on display but the last time I checked they said it was put away because it had became "old and decrepit" I did offer to try to restore it have not heard anything back though
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#29 teevons

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:08 PM

How about a set of Northwestern Thunderbird Tour Ground 3-PW, most are un-hit, Cord grips
Black Hump shafts
Pm me if interested

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:37 PM

Sweet Thunderbirds!!!


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