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#1 bazinoz

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:35 PM

Hi all.

I'm about to receive this little gem, a Yamada Musashi. My first Yamada putter. It probably requires a little TLC when I get it, but think it might turn out to be a beauty.

Interested to hear any information and opinions about these putters.The only threads I can find seem a few years old. Do they still make them? The Yamada website mentioned in earlier threads seems to be no longer operating. From everything I've read they seem to be excellent quality and have great feel. Here's hoping.

This Musashi is apparently the same/similar to their 85029 putter. Anyone out there own one and can tell me what they think?
My quest will now be on to find a Yamada Razor. I collect 8802 styles, and that one looks a beauty.

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#2 Rob McHugh

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:39 PM

Beautiful putter mate! Yamada putters are awesome :-)

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 06:50 PM

View PostRob McHugh, on 05 October 2018 - 06:39 PM, said:

Beautiful putter mate! Yamada putters are awesome :-)

Rob

Wow, that was quick Rob :)

Thanks for chiming in. I value your opinion, they must be good.
I take it you've probably got 15 of them :)

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 07:24 PM

Crane putter make by Japan. It's rarely
That's golf club!  

Check on EBay.

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 08:07 PM

View PostOpinder, on 05 October 2018 - 07:24 PM, said:

Crane putter make by Japan. It's rarely
That's golf club!  

Check on EBay.

Yeah, checked eBay. But not seen one of these Musashi's for sale (or a 85029).

If you see one, send me a link please.


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 11:05 PM

I own 2 Yamadas, one custom & one machine milled (Oldman model).  I believe he retired and doesn’t hand mill anymore.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:50 AM

Got my hands on it now.

Overall it's in excellent shape with virtually no dings or scuffs. Face top and sole are great. Paint fill needs re-doing.

But there is quite a bit of corrosion in the corners of the cavity. The major detracting point.

What's the best way of getting that removed? Coke bath? WD40 and steel wool?
Or would it be best to send somewhere good for a refurb?

And, open to suggestions of the best grip to put on it. Should I go original Yamada grip? Or would it be fine with a Golf Pride, or Iomic etc.
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 03:21 AM

I would match the grip to the stroke type more than anything. As Scotty Cameron says, oversized grips work well for "robotic SBST" but not for "flowing arc stroke". Right here: https://www.scottyca...-for-your-game/

It looks toe balanced, I would stick with original for a couple thousand putts then assess. I would definitely stick with standard size first, whatever your fave feeling one is, and evolve from there. Good club makers match the grips well, even if it's not an expensive grip I would trust in their choice at first until you've spent some time with it. My two cents. Lovely club, fully jealous. :D

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 07:22 AM

View PostGimmieHendrix, on 09 October 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

I would match the grip to the stroke type more than anything. As Scotty Cameron says, oversized grips work well for "robotic SBST" but not for "flowing arc stroke". Right here: https://www.scottyca...-for-your-game/

It looks toe balanced, I would stick with original for a couple thousand putts then assess. I would definitely stick with standard size first, whatever your fave feeling one is, and evolve from there. Good club makers match the grips well, even if it's not an expensive grip I would trust in their choice at first until you've spent some time with it. My two cents. Lovely club, fully jealous. :D

Yes, thanks GH, I'll be putting a standard grip on it. Just wondering on whether to keep with a Yamada Grip, or a 3rd party decent grip.

I'm still after ways to remove the corrosion in the cavity. Anyone? What's the best method? Pretty hard to get right in the corners.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:54 AM

View Postbazinoz, on 09 October 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

View PostGimmieHendrix, on 09 October 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

I would match the grip to the stroke type more than anything. As Scotty Cameron says, oversized grips work well for "robotic SBST" but not for "flowing arc stroke". Right here: https://www.scottyca...-for-your-game/

It looks toe balanced, I would stick with original for a couple thousand putts then assess. I would definitely stick with standard size first, whatever your fave feeling one is, and evolve from there. Good club makers match the grips well, even if it's not an expensive grip I would trust in their choice at first until you've spent some time with it. My two cents. Lovely club, fully jealous. :D

Yes, thanks GH, I'll be putting a standard grip on it. Just wondering on whether to keep with a Yamada Grip, or a 3rd party decent grip.

I'm still after ways to remove the corrosion in the cavity. Anyone? What's the best method? Pretty hard to get right in the corners.

Dremel with a buffer attachment Is where I would start

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 10:56 AM

View Postbazinoz, on 09 October 2018 - 07:22 AM, said:

View PostGimmieHendrix, on 09 October 2018 - 03:21 AM, said:

I would match the grip to the stroke type more than anything. As Scotty Cameron says, oversized grips work well for "robotic SBST" but not for "flowing arc stroke". Right here: https://www.scottyca...-for-your-game/

It looks toe balanced, I would stick with original for a couple thousand putts then assess. I would definitely stick with standard size first, whatever your fave feeling one is, and evolve from there. Good club makers match the grips well, even if it's not an expensive grip I would trust in their choice at first until you've spent some time with it. My two cents. Lovely club, fully jealous. :D

Yes, thanks GH, I'll be putting a standard grip on it. Just wondering on whether to keep with a Yamada Grip, or a 3rd party decent grip.

I'm still after ways to remove the corrosion in the cavity. Anyone? What's the best method? Pretty hard to get right in the corners.

Everything else u risk messing with the paint and/or finish. Steel wool doesnt touch putter unless I'm refinishing
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#12 GimmieHendrix

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 11:11 AM

I would definitely hit the original Yamada grip first. No question. Might be perfect. I'm a big fan of leaving perfection be.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 09:41 PM

Before I bought my putter from a shop in Fukuoka, I was speaking with John and I think Mr. Yamada is making putters again but in a more limited fashion I believe.

Here's what John told me...(I was looking for something like the 85029)

"The price for the handmade models is $575 plus about $12 shipping to US and $75 international. They can take about 4 or 5 months to receive. The last order was longer but he promises he can make them a bit faster now. You have the choice of the burning copper or smoke finish, both are beautiful. Includes a leather yamada grip and headcover."

Pictures of models are here: https://www.facebook...48972735129908/

John's email is jhm@clubmaker-online.com

I was originally going to change the grip of the putter but after using it for a bit now, I'm pretty used to the stock Yamada putter fwiw

If you do find a good solution to removing the pitting please share =). I'm too scared to mess with the burning copper finish.

Edited by lhahn, 12 October 2018 - 09:41 PM.

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:00 PM

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I was originally going to change the grip of the putter but after using it for a bit now, I'm pretty used to the stock Yamada putter fwiw

I love this. This is where it's at. Yamada would never present you with a club he felt needed immediate regripping. If you believe in the Japanese "maker" experience then surely part of that is honoring his choice at least initially and trying to see his wisdom in it. I love this post. :)

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$12 shipping to US and $75 international.

We need to hip these guys to Canada. Windsor, Ontario is 10 minutes south of Detroit, Michigan. $63 difference? :D

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 05:48 PM

View Postlhahn, on 12 October 2018 - 09:41 PM, said:



Pictures of models are here: https://www.facebook...48972735129908/

John's email is jhm@clubmaker-online.com


If you do find a good solution to removing the pitting please share =). I'm too scared to mess with the burning copper finish.


Thanks for the info and facebook link mate.

I have had a little go at removing the pitting.
I gave it a bath in coke for a day. It cleaned up a little.
But best result was with CLR and a scrub with a toothbrush.

Most of the corrosion pitting is now gone although the finish in the corners of the cavity is obviously not the same now. I hadn't realised exactly how beautiful and fine the original finish is even in the cavity. Some superb milling.

I have also had a try at re-doing the paint fill. Same orange/white colours at the moment to see what it looks like.

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