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MacGregor 904W?


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#1 DM70

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 06:52 AM

I just a small batch of clubs from the son of an old golf pro (working 50-80s) and among them was this refinished MacGregor that I can't find any information about online, nor in Golfworks-book. Any input is appreciated!

It's obviously been refinished at one point, so I'm unsure of how much of what is seen is original.

Sole plate has a quite odd looking MacGregor stamp, the M and G are much taller than normal, and the lettering is quite thin, the latter could be because of extensive sanding though, I'm guessing. The 1 is leaning to one side. The stamping is very faint, but I'm pretty sure it's 904W, it might possibly be S04W.

Face is 1.5" in middle of the insert. Insert might be replaced, three small screws look a bit odd. Grain is very nice under the dark brown/black stain, which is why I'm thinking it's not an 80s club.

Shaft I'm thinking is replaced, because there is a 45" true temper shaft without grip installed (pinned though). I guess the refinish did not quite finish!

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:13 PM

What is the loft? Looks a serious hook fighter.

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:28 PM

I can't measure loft, but comparing to an 80's M85 remake it seems a degree or two stronger.

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 01:22 PM

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It is a store model MacGregor from the late '50s, but had a lot of custom club work done to it.

This is what was once called a "golfing face lift."...for obvious reasons.

The person(s) who did the club work were very good.

This club underwent a pretty serious restoration, which included-   Reshafting, Refinishing, and Replacement of insert. (No, that's not a MacGregor screw pattern..)

The old golf pro really liked the look of this persimmon wood,  but he had a substantial contract with Spalding, because the insert color and screw pattern of this club resemble those Spalding models of the '50s.

One would have to get very close to see this was a MacGregor persimmon head, customized to look like a Spalding.

This was the old golf pros personal Driver. He couldn't be seen with a MacGregor driver, now could he?

Like Sam Snead, under contract with Wilson Golf, but used an Izett Driver...

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:21 PM

Thanks Rex! As usual you are a fountain of knowledge.

I'll definitely cut the shaft down and re-grip, need to try it out!


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 09:45 AM

So, had this club cut down to 43" and regripped, flex measured to regular. Tried it on the course and range today, but could not get it higher than 4-5 meters above ground! I don't flight the ball very high normally, but this was a bit extreme. Even the Muirfield 2 iron went higher today... I hit some shots with my regular gamer (M65 80s remake) just to make it was (not only) my fault, it it flew as lovely as ever.

I'll try to get it measured for loft, but surely it seems be something like 8-9 degrees, perhaps the restoration took off a bit.

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