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#1 HBspark

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:52 PM

I've got a 10 iron set of hickory Spalding Kro Flites and I'm curious about one of the clubs. The 1-6 irons are what you'd expect. The 8 iron is a jigger. The 19 is a niblick...
The 7 iron is a much larger head than 1-6. The loft doesn't seem that much different than the 6 iron - around 36 deg. The head is FAR thinner than any of the other clubs. Does anyone know the purpose of this club?

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:14 PM

Looks like a Stymie Iron.

Before 1952(date may be off), balls in another player's putting line didn't have to be marked.

The only solution was to chip the ball over the ball stymying you, with a putting stroke-like chip.

Thin bladed irons like yours were used for that purpose.

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Edited by Texsport, 15 May 2018 - 06:46 PM.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:20 PM

View PostTexsport, on 14 May 2018 - 10:14 PM, said:

Looks like a Stymie Iron.

Before 1952(date may be off), putts in another player's line didn't have to be marked.

The only solution was to chip the ball over the ball stymying you, with a putting stroke-like chip.

Thin bladed irons like yours were used for that purpose.

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Thanks. I practice stymie shots in my living room occasionally. I'll try it with that club :)

Edited by HBspark, 14 May 2018 - 10:21 PM.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:47 PM

Stiff wristed stroke-

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:00 PM

This is correct. The special clubs made for this shot varied in loft hut all had a very narrow sole.
If you are going to try playing and shafts a good-straight and stiff be sure to reset the shafts to protect them from breakage. There is info out there but if you need it just email me tad@tadmoore.com


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:24 PM

This shape to me is very consistent with that of a spade mashie.  This is characterized by an oversized head with thin sole.  It's made to fit between the mashie and mashie niblick, and the shape was intended for fluffy lies as the deep face prevents from going under the ball.  This is one of the big drawbacks of manufacturers moving to numbers only on the clubs.  I very much prefer when clubs had names only...iron, mashie, niblick, etc. it's easier to know intent of the maker.

Edited by ebeer, 16 May 2018 - 12:26 PM.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 04:27 PM

And I thought I owned some 'butter knives"   I could shave with that thing
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:30 PM

View PostBIG STU, on 16 May 2018 - 04:27 PM, said:

And I thought I owned some 'butter knives"   I could shave with that thing

Yeah Stu I was thinking the same thing.  The sole on that thing is thinner than the topline on some of the modern irons!


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:41 AM

View Postmajic, on 16 May 2018 - 12:00 PM, said:

This is correct. The special clubs made for this shot varied in loft hut all had a very narrow sole.
If you are going to try playing and shafts a good-straight and stiff be sure to reset the shafts to protect them from breakage. There is info out there but if you need it just email me tad@tadmoore.com

Tad,

Thanks!  I found these clubs (10 Spalding Kro Flites and 3 nice Kroydons) for super cheap and bought them so I could get experience in resetting.  It's been a great experience and the clubs are looking and feeling great.  But more importantly, I gained the knowledge and confidence to reset my Tad Moore Tom Morris Elect spade mashie which developed a slight bit of wiggle.

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:56 AM

View Postebeer, on 16 May 2018 - 12:24 PM, said:

This shape to me is very consistent with that of a spade mashie.  This is characterized by an oversized head with thin sole.  It's made to fit between the mashie and mashie niblick, and the shape was intended for fluffy lies as the deep face prevents from going under the ball.  This is one of the big drawbacks of manufacturers moving to numbers only on the clubs.  I very much prefer when clubs had names only...iron, mashie, niblick, etc. it's easier to know intent of the maker.

I agree!  I'm not a huge fan of these Kro Flites as clubs but they've been fun to work on. The 17 iron is a bit perplexing to me as well.  It has a fairly thick sole, a more rounded shape, and a lot more offset than the rest of the set.

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