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#1 pymmdcp

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 10:45 PM

Scored these sweet Spalding Putters today!!! One is a TPM 2 which I am familiar with and the other is a High Efficiency lll which I know nothing about. Does anybody have any info for me?

I also found this Ping Karsten l SW. The bottom 4 rows of grooves are pretty warn. If anyone wants it to complete a set just PM and I’d be happy to ship it for just the cost to do so. IMG_1531021490.090995.jpg

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#2 LeoLeo99

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 10:50 PM

Back in about 1980, my neighbor friend and I went to buy putters at the golf store.  I bought an Anser and he bought a TPM 2.  That High Efficiency looks like a 8802 clone on the front side  and little heel/toe weighing on the back side.  

Spalding made some nice stuff back in the day along with entry-level stuff.

Edited by LeoLeo99, 07 July 2018 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 05:28 AM

Nice find! My current gamer is a Spalding High Efficiency putter. I like it very much and am also interested in any info on them.
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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:44 AM

Played with a guy yesterday who has that exact Spalding TPM2 putter.  I told him he had a special putter.  He had no idea.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:15 PM

TPM putters are great I have an anser style TPM, and currently searching for a 8802 style. The one above looks like a blacked out Bullseye flange putter.


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#6 pymmdcp

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 06:38 PM

View Posthnryclay, on 08 July 2018 - 06:15 PM, said:

TPM putters are great I have an anser style TPM, and currently searching for a 8802 style. The one above looks like a blacked out Bullseye flange putter.

Funny thing is I prefer the look of the 8802 style but I am stroking the TPM2 much better.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 11:49 AM

View PostLeoLeo99, on 07 July 2018 - 10:50 PM, said:


Spalding made some nice stuff back in the day along with entry-level stuff.

I agree but it was like they made so much entry-level, store-brand stuff that you kind of had to be an equipment expert to know they had good clubs. My brother-in-law had a TPM putter; he was a low single-digit handicapper who absolutely did not care a bit about equipment, just whatever worked and didn't cost much.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 01:46 PM

The old Spalding TPM putters are great!  I especially like the ones that will take a Birchwood Casey cold blue finish.  I think they have a feel that is just as good as the older Scotties and better than the newer ones.

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#9 pymmdcp

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 04:25 PM

Found a TPM lll today. All original. The streak is alive!!!

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:04 PM

Nice, thats my favorite one of the line!


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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:01 PM

TPM = Touring Pro Model or T. P. Mills?  Or both!

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:13 PM

View PostLeoLeo99, on 10 July 2018 - 06:01 PM, said:

TPM = Touring Pro Model or T. P. Mills?  Or both!

Touring Pro Model was early 80’s. TPM was more mid 80’s.

Check out this video of an very old Spaulding Putter.

http://www.pbs.org/w...ter--201603T30/



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#13 rex235

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:25 PM

View Postpymmdcp, on 10 July 2018 - 10:13 PM, said:

View PostLeoLeo99, on 10 July 2018 - 06:01 PM, said:

TPM = Touring Pro Model or T. P. Mills?  Or both!

Touring Pro Model was early 80’s. TPM was more mid 80’s.

Check out this video of an very old Spaulding Putter.

http://www.pbs.org/w...ter--201603T30/

Vijay Singh was on the practice green with a  putting aid in the shape of a golf ball more than a few Presidents Cups back....

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:09 AM

Hmm....never heard of Spaulding.

However, the Spalding putters in the photos look lovely, and bring back some nice memories!

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:57 AM

For those gathering Spalding TPM putters, a chronology of the offerings can be found here.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 05:06 AM

Thanks Fellaheen, this is an interesting and informative link. I have a few of these putters and they have a really nice feel on the ball, I assume this is because of the carbon steel. There is a very good article about these putters on the "clubs of distinction" site with some great images of the different models, here is a link to it.
http://www.clubsofdi...om/tpm/tpm.html

Edited by russad, 12 July 2018 - 05:23 AM.


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#17 pymmdcp

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:50 PM

View PostDcohenour, on 08 July 2018 - 05:28 AM, said:

Nice find! My current gamer is a Spalding High Efficiency putter. I like it very much and am also interested in any info on them.

I like this one a lot. I can’t really find any info on it.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:25 PM

View Postpymmdcp, on 12 July 2018 - 01:50 PM, said:

View PostDcohenour, on 08 July 2018 - 05:28 AM, said:

Nice find! My current gamer is a Spalding High Efficiency putter. I like it very much and am also interested in any info on them.

I like this one a lot. I can’t really find any info on it.
Neither can I. I regripped mine with a Lamkin Oversized grip in green and gold. That made all of the difference for me. So I committed to it and holefully we are in a long term relationship...
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Posted 01 August 2018 - 12:55 PM

I saw one of those at Goodwill the other day. Didn't even think to pick it up.

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 03:55 PM

View PostFellaheen51, on 11 July 2018 - 03:57 AM, said:

For those gathering Spalding TPM putters, a chronology of the offerings can be found here.
Thanks for the information.  I've been accumulating TPM putters for a couple of years.  Now I can put the herd in logical sequence.

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#21 Fellaheen51

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 06:56 PM

A local course was having their annual "garage sale" today.  Never one to let a vintage putter go by, picked up a few to add to the ever burgeoning accumulation of cheap putters.  Spalding TPM Touring Pro Model IV, TPM 14 mallet and a Reuter Achusnet O-Set ML 5 M P Bullseye.  

What was interesting about the IV, it's been stripped of the finish to raw.  Actually kind of like it in this fashion.  Going to clean it up, redo the fill.  The TPM 14 has a Crown Jumbo grip installed that destroys the balance.  A regrip with a basic "Pro Only" should restore the feel back to normal.  Never have seen a #14 mallet before.  The Bullseye is quite beat up, think the metal is aluminum along with the brass.  Original leather grip that's in nice shape (except the end medallion is gone).  May do some "tapping" on it to attempt to mitigate some of the worst dings.

IMG_0546.jpg IMG_0549.jpg

For the TPM enthusiasts, another reference link that has additional and somewhat different information compared to the one posted earlier.  (Without a detailed reading of the two, some of the dates appear different.)

And for anyone contemplating a TPM restore, rediscovered this old thread in the archives.
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