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#1 NCGolfDude

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 08:43 AM

Of the Spalding / TP Mills Putters, which are the hardest to find?  Which ones are your favorites for feel?
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:22 PM

My favourite is the no.7 from the first numbered series (the best traditional 8802 style blade I've ever used) followed by the no.6 from the second numbered series (pics below).

The hardest one to find is definitely the no.11 from the first numbered series. I've never seen one except in an old advertisment photo.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:35 PM

That's such a sweet collection noodles!   :hi:

To the OP, my personal favorite is the TPM2 (70's carbon steel. Didn't care at all for the 80's stainless steel models.

Edited by golfbum9, 19 April 2011 - 11:29 AM.


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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:40 PM

I agree Golfbum, the carbon models remain to this day some of the sweetest feeling putters ever made. Incredible feel, especially for such an inexpensive line.

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 07:43 PM

View Postoldmannoodles, on 18 January 2011 - 07:40 PM, said:

I agree Golfbum, the carbon models remain to this day some of the sweetest feeling putters ever made. Incredible feel, especially for such an inexpensive line.

Yup couldn't agree more.


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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:01 PM

View Postoldmannoodles, on 18 January 2011 - 07:22 PM, said:

My favourite is the no.7 from the first numbered series (the best traditional 8802 style blade I've ever used) followed by the no.6 from the second numbered series (pics below).

The hardest one to find is definitely the no.11 from the first numbered series. I've never seen one except in an old advertisment photo.

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Man- very, very cool.  So 6 and 7 are your favorites--- Neither of these are the Rom Numeral models?  Both, the numbered series- hmm- so both of those are the Carbon Steel putters?
If so, I better pick those up.  Thanks for your advice and help Noodles.  Greatly appreciated.



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Posted 18 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

View Postgolfbum9, on 18 January 2011 - 07:35 PM, said:

That's such a sweet collection noodles!   :hi:

To the OP, my personal favorite is the TPM2 (70's carbon steel) which is still firmly in the bag. Nothing beats it and believe me... I've tried more times than I care to admit  :D

Didn't care at all for the 80's stainless steel models.


Thanks Man- that's awesome and really helpful.  I have the 1 and 3, but was curious about some of the others. Since I will begin looking for a number 2 (that's number 2 and not II right?), how will I know if it's from the 70's line of Carbon Steel putters?
Thanks again- Drew



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Posted 18 January 2011 - 11:07 PM

Bit of pot luck actually as different runs of the same series used different combinations of metals. Generally though, I've found that most models from the earlier series (roman numeral, 1st numbered series) contain more of the softer carbon models.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 11:25 AM

You can easily tell once you putt them side by side  :D
In all seriousness, if I recall correctly there were different finishes on the stainless models, black or grey having different colors than white for the sight dot/lines. These also weren't smooth like the carbon versions, instead appearing bead blasted(?). There was also the versions that had an unfinished face with the face target and TPM/model# painted in black.
Lastly, the Gold series were brass, but those are obvious ;)

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 12:44 AM

View Postgolfbum9, on 19 January 2011 - 11:25 AM, said:

You can easily tell once you putt them side by side  :D
In all seriousness, if I recall correctly there were different finishes on the stainless models, black or grey having different colors than white for the sight dot/lines. These also weren't smooth like the carbon versions, instead appearing bead blasted(?). There was also the versions that had an unfinished face with the face target and TPM/model# painted in black.
Lastly, the Gold series were brass, but those are obvious ;)

yeah- not a fan of the brass, gold series...anyway- thanks for the help and input...


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Posted 21 January 2011 - 01:23 AM

I have found that sticking a magnet to them gives you an idea on the metal. The earlier versions a magnet sticks very hard, the Tour series a magnet does not seem to hold as well. Which to me mans the earlier ones had much more dense carbon metals, making them softer .

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 07:33 AM

While certainly not the rarest, my favorite is the roman numeral III model.   It sets up nice and has great feel with its pencil thin shaft.  I would put it in the bag for a while if the grip wasn't shot.  I had it re-gripped about ten + years ago by a shop that still had a few of the original rubber grips stashed away.  Unfortunately, that stash is now long gone.  Any ideas for a suitable grip?  If I remember correctly the butt end of these shafts were somewhat undersized.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:26 AM

View Postteevons, on 21 January 2011 - 01:23 AM, said:

I have found that sticking a magnet to them gives you an idea on the metal. The earlier versions a magnet sticks very hard, the Tour series a magnet does not seem to hold as well. Which to me mans the earlier ones had much more dense carbon metals, making them softer .

wow- great solution- thanks!

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:28 AM

View Posteagle9, on 21 January 2011 - 07:33 AM, said:

While certainly not the rarest, my favorite is the roman numeral III model.   It sets up nice and has great feel with its pencil thin shaft.  I would put it in the bag for a while if the grip wasn't shot.  I had it re-gripped about ten + years ago by a shop that still had a few of the original rubber grips stashed away.  Unfortunately, that stash is now long gone.  Any ideas for a suitable grip?  If I remember correctly the butt end of these shafts were somewhat undersized.


what's the difference between the Roman Numeral Series # III and the Numbered series #3?  I know the 3 is a later version, but what's the scoop?
Just curious.  thanks



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Posted 21 January 2011 - 11:20 AM

View Posteagle9, on 21 January 2011 - 07:33 AM, said:

While certainly not the rarest, my favorite is the roman numeral III model.   It sets up nice and has great feel with its pencil thin shaft.  I would put it in the bag for a while if the grip wasn't shot.  I had it re-gripped about ten + years ago by a shop that still had a few of the original rubber grips stashed away.  Unfortunately, that stash is now long gone.  Any ideas for a suitable grip?  If I remember correctly the butt end of these shafts were somewhat undersized.

Put a Crossline putter grip on mine :good: .


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Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:53 PM

What's the value of a spalding tpm 9? It has a large face target if that helps, feels super soft compared to my Cleveland classics.
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:47 PM

I've got a Roman numeral #1 that's pretty cool.  It's got a bit of rust/ browning on it but still putts nice
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Posted 19 April 2011 - 02:56 PM

I've always liked the IV.
A classic little blade with great feel.
While it looks beat up, I prefer "broken in", like an old baseball glove. New putters just don't have that feel.

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:34 PM

My favorite has always been the milled ones that have a serial registration number on it & labeled computer milled.  Only 2 head styles that I know of.  The model that look like the #6 above was milled in carbon steel & copper (or similar).

Not sure how rare they are but I've had a few that all of my friends wanted and sometimes bought from me.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 05:04 AM

I guess it a matter of opinion with materials as I am currently gaming the TPM #10 in Stainless and it's also left handed. I have found that carbon steel is too soft for me and prefer a harder more harsh feel of the stainless.  I have sanded and bufffed the black paint off the head and added a boat load of lead tape as these models are very under weight to today's standards especially if you are playing at 33 inches. They only made two versions left handed the #10 and i believe the #12 and I haven't seen many out there for sale. I was lucky to find this one about 10 years ago especially in stainless steel.


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Posted 23 April 2011 - 09:20 AM

I use a TPM2 and love it best feeling putter ever! I flamed it and quenched it in oil and it looks amazing, also love the zero offset. So soft, I dont even pick up any other kind of putters to try them out anymore nothing else compares.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 02:39 PM

I like the 7 and Tour 16.  But my favorite is still the handmades.  My 8802 handmade is one of my favoriates.
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Posted 06 August 2011 - 01:12 PM

View Postpatty_13, on 18 April 2011 - 09:53 PM, said:

What's the value of a spalding tpm 9? It has a large face target if that helps, feels super soft compared to my Cleveland classics.


I have just picked up a 9 for $3 at Salvation Army. This putter is soooo incredibly soft, it feels amazing.

Is this the one that is supposedly the best feeling (as stated by some of the first posts above)?

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Any idea?

I saw one of these sanded and buffed and it looked amazing. Looked just like the Mizuno version when it has the black all taken off. I really love the way this thing feels. Still have the original grip on it as well.

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 01:52 PM

I gamed the TPM 3 for a time and it was simplistic and pure.  The Workshop II is still the softest putter I have ever used, by a long shot.
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Posted 03 March 2012 - 01:23 AM

View Postgolfbum9, on 19 January 2011 - 11:25 AM, said:

There was also the versions that had an unfinished face with the face target and TPM/model# painted in black.

Were the versions with the unfinished face and face target and TPM/model# painted in black carbon steel or stainless?

Attached is a photo.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 10:36 PM

Not sure but I believe that one is Stainless. The carbon models had the face painted as well if I recall.

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:02 AM

the early touring pro model no 5 is the fav of mine. its like a scotty jat or del mar
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