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#1081 Woodridge

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 04:44 PM

New Steurer and Jacoby bag arrived today not long after 16" of snow. It's a perfect bag for my hickory set up.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 09:44 PM

Congrats on your purchase.  I really like the new cub divider, nice improvement.  Sure is a pretty bag - can't think a better option to hold those Gibsons.
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Posted 04 February 2015 - 11:02 PM

Thanks!
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 07:51 AM

Nice bag Woodridge.

I nearly bought one of those S&Js last year, but then took a shine to a full leather bag that Bob Georgiade had listed on eBay instead. There is no manufacturer name except for a Polo Ralph Lauren logo on the ball pocket. Pretty much all my golf attire is PRL, so hence the appeal to have a matching bag  (I sound like my wife now lol). Paid $350, which is a lot for me for a golf bag, but probably considerably less than it would have cost new, plus it is REALLY nice !!! Xmas present to myself last year ...

Here it is:

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The top has a single divider strap like yours. I keep my woods, putter and longest irons (Driving Mashie, Mashie Iron, Jigger) in the top section.

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Edited by Blade Junkie, 06 February 2015 - 08:36 AM.

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Geo Duncan Driver, Brassie
W.Jeffery Bulldog; Tom Stewart irons:
Driving Mashie, Mashie Iron, Jigger
Mashie, Lofter, Spade Mashie, M.Niblick
Niblick, Nicoll Howitzer, Eskit putter

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:20 AM

Nice bag Geoff - is the lofter in your bag an old
smooth face one?


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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:40 AM

View PostBella Woods, on 06 February 2015 - 08:20 AM, said:

Nice bag Geoff - is the lofter in your bag an old
smooth face one?

I call it a "Lofter", but in reality it is an un-named club, and could equally be referred to as a Jigger or a Low Face Mashie I guess ... 37.5", D2, 40 degrees .. go to club for 125 yards - flight similar to a Jigger, high-launching, all carry, just shorter distance as more lofted.

It is lined face, with the usual Jigger-type wide sole.


<EDIT: the club face is actually quite a bit shorter than a Jigger. More like a mashie length head, so I guess Low Face Mashie is probably what it is, but I like "Lofter" :)

Probably my favourite club - and one I bought from Phil Gibbs a year ago at the AZ Tournament. It is stamped G.Low Short Hills NJ Baltusrol, so has some good pedigree! >

Edited by Blade Junkie, 06 February 2015 - 08:46 AM.

'Tis the hickory season ...
Geo Duncan Driver, Brassie
W.Jeffery Bulldog; Tom Stewart irons:
Driving Mashie, Mashie Iron, Jigger
Mashie, Lofter, Spade Mashie, M.Niblick
Niblick, Nicoll Howitzer, Eskit putter

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 08:46 AM

Hey Geoff what is the putter. Nice bag. I think it like the one sold by Peter Millar were an attempt by them to cater to their high end customer with a nice bag

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 09:20 AM

Very nice Polo bag Geoff!
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Posted 06 February 2015 - 09:30 AM

Good spot on the putter Tad.  All wood head with a full length brass sole plate and similar shape to a Mills Ray Model aluminium putter. Shaft goes to square at the grip end, similar to a Benny, but squared under the grip only. Very nice to putt with ... my current favourite anyway!

There are no stampings on the head, but the shaft has a W.L.Ritchie Special stamp, so I guess it is one of his, and hence good pedigree (he started as assistant to James Braid at Walton Heath, before taking Pro jobs at Worplesden and Addington).


Here's a photo montage of it :

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'Tis the hickory season ...
Geo Duncan Driver, Brassie
W.Jeffery Bulldog; Tom Stewart irons:
Driving Mashie, Mashie Iron, Jigger
Mashie, Lofter, Spade Mashie, M.Niblick
Niblick, Nicoll Howitzer, Eskit putter

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 12:56 PM

Great looking stuff Jeff!

I'm getting ready to restore a beauty brassie for play.  When I come across a crack like this I've been using Gorilla glue because it expands so well filling the gap entirely, and seems to be very strong.  I have high hopes for this club to find a place in my bag, so are there any other recommended adhesive/bonders you prefer?  I've tried straight epoxy, but I'm not confident it gets into tight places as well as the Gorilla glue.  Maybe a two part wood specific epoxy putty?  Or am I best off with my Gorilla choice?

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 03:29 AM

I take the shaft out of those with splits, it's easily done. Then replace/reseat it with a load of epoxy down the hosel and bind the neck up tight. This forces the epoxy from inside the joint to the outside, not the other way around. IMO your way is not a long term indestructible solution, the way I have described is bombproof.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 10:03 AM

Agree with Stix on repair. Geoff the putter is slick. I like it. You know i am a Gibson guy so i think it could have been crafted by them. They did like to make wood putters (Cara Mia) as well as shafts with square grip area.
Whoever made it they did a nice job.

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 11:04 AM

This new putter i am making has become popular and is a copy of a very rare putter. Hickory golf is about to get started this month ImageUploadedByGolfWRX Mobile1423929874.086964.jpg as the players start to travel to hickory events

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 12:09 PM

Even in the UK things are stirring in the undergrowth.
First up is the Welsh Hickory Championship at the end of March at Aberdovey on the weather side of the snowcapped Welsh mountains. Aberdovey, favorite of iconic golf  writer Bernard Darwin, provides a stern test for hickory golfers, more so this early in the season. A large contingent of Swedish players makes it's presence felt here, so I've got to get the gear out and start practice.
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Posted 17 February 2015 - 07:26 PM

My valentine's present arrived today:

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Nice work, Tad! This is one gorgeous club. All I need now is some spring weather. I can't wait!

I also joined the Society of Hickory Golfers and posted my first two rounds. To paraphrase Woody Allen, I'm normally pretty suspicious of any organization that will allow someone of my ilk to join but in this case I think I'm in pretty good company.

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 08:13 PM

Kevin:

Nice looking hickory golf club you have there.

Congrats on joining the SOHG - you will enjoy
the organization - good group of people.

Hope to see you at some tournaments this year.

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 09:33 PM

Geoff, That Polo bag is so sweet.  I wonder how many they made like that?  Must be a very rare bag I'd imagine.  

Holden, thats one classy looking golf club.   I bet its gonna be great to play that. Good luck.

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 02:59 AM

View PostBella Woods, on 17 February 2015 - 08:13 PM, said:

Kevin:

Nice looking hickory golf club you have there.

Congrats on joining the SOHG - you will enjoy
the organization - good group of people.

Hope to see you at some tournaments this year.

Kevin,

The SoHG took a couple of questionable characters like Wally and me, so you'll fit right in. It's a great group of folks. Hope to see you maybe at the Open in Dayton.
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Posted 18 February 2015 - 08:41 AM

View PostBella Woods, on 17 February 2015 - 08:13 PM, said:

Kevin:

Nice looking hickory golf club you have there.

Congrats on joining the SOHG - you will enjoy
the organization - good group of people.

Hope to see you at some tournaments this year.

View PostKirasdad, on 18 February 2015 - 02:59 AM, said:

Kevin,

The SoHG took a couple of questionable characters like Wally and me, so you'll fit right in. It's a great group of folks. Hope to see you maybe at the Open in Dayton.

I'm still aiming for Tad's Southern Four Ball right now but some other things have to happen first. I don't know anything about Dayton -- will have to look that one up. I'd really like to do Mid Pines, too, but we'll see...
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Posted 18 February 2015 - 10:39 AM

Beautiful club Kevin. Tad does amazing work. Is that a Brassie or a Driver?

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 11:24 AM

I hope you enjoy your new club. I enjoyed making it for you. Our hickory shafts are I feel the best.

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Posted 18 February 2015 - 09:04 PM

View PostWoodridge, on 18 February 2015 - 10:39 AM, said:

Beautiful club Kevin. Tad does amazing work. Is that a Brassie or a Driver?

It's a driver. About 10.5 degrees, 43 1/4", 406 grams, D0 swingweight. And the pictures don't do it justice. I took it to the office today to show the guys at work. It was like that day at junior high gym class where one kid shows up with a Playboy magazine and all the other boys crowd around and stare wide eyed and open mouthed, lol.
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Posted 19 February 2015 - 05:19 AM

View PostHoldenCornfield, on 18 February 2015 - 09:04 PM, said:

View PostWoodridge, on 18 February 2015 - 10:39 AM, said:

Beautiful club Kevin. Tad does amazing work. Is that a Brassie or a Driver?

It's a driver. About 10.5 degrees, 43 1/4", 406 grams, D0 swingweight. And the pictures don't do it justice. I took it to the office today to show the guys at work. It was like that day at junior high gym class where one kid shows up with a Playboy magazine and all the other boys crowd around and stare wide eyed and open mouthed, lol.


I had a similar experience the first time I played with my Tad Moore hickory set ... the irons are nice but the woods almost elicit a religious experience when viewed for the first time ... even for non-golfers !
'Tis the hickory season ...
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W.Jeffery Bulldog; Tom Stewart irons:
Driving Mashie, Mashie Iron, Jigger
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Niblick, Nicoll Howitzer, Eskit putter

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Posted 19 February 2015 - 08:51 AM

Haha thanks for the compliment

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:09 AM

View PostHoldenCornfield, on 17 February 2015 - 07:26 PM, said:

My valentine's present arrived today:

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Nice work, Tad! This is one gorgeous club. All I need now is some spring weather. I can't wait!

I also joined the Society of Hickory Golfers and posted my first two rounds. To paraphrase Woody Allen, I'm normally pretty suspicious of any organization that will allow someone of my ilk to join but in this case I think I'm in pretty good company.

I've resisted poking into this thread for fear of what I may find (discover).  That's a amazingly beautiful club you have there HC, a work of art. Naturally, this required visiting Tad's website to check things out. Oh my!!  Right there on the screen were all these stunning golf clubs. Bad move on my part. Now I'm getting these notions of maybe I to could play hickory shafted golf clubs.  Maybe begin assembling a short bag of clubs. I'm not even sure of the difference between a mashie and a niblick.  A whole new learning curve.  (Edit Note:  Might as well start by spelling niblick correct).

My golf buds kind of snicker when I play the persimmons.  One can only imagine the reactions if I showed up with hickory.  Must say, I find the concept intriguing. Thanks to everyone for posting these marvelous pictures............I guess.

Edit Note:  Got the putter handled. Otey Crissman that I picked up for $2 and refurbed. One down, six to go.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 05:50 PM

I will be more then happy to assemble a cool short set for you. By the way that Otey had a piece of walnut wood on the back. I can fix it as OteyIII the original maker works for me.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 07:22 PM

Thx Tad.  Thought there was something missing on the back based on the brass rivet that's still there. I will send you an email via your website to facilitate a repair.  May as well get this putter back to its original form.

Been working my way thru all 37 pages of this thread taking notes, learning, trying to pickup a bit of the terminology.  Trying to figure out just what a mashie niblick is 😊.  

As for the short set, would like to dip my toe in the waters first.  Maybe acquire a club or two to try.  Checking on the SOHG site (MI section) for possible opportunities for swinging a club. Unfortunately, the "mentor" listed is on the other side of the state. Would love to attend a "swap meet" (if they have that sort of thing) to look around and ask some questions.

You create beautiful golf clubs sir.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:13 PM

View PostFellaheen51, on 26 February 2015 - 11:09 AM, said:

View PostHoldenCornfield, on 17 February 2015 - 07:26 PM, said:

My valentine's present arrived today:

Attachment IMAG0133.jpg

Attachment IMAG0135.jpg

Nice work, Tad! This is one gorgeous club. All I need now is some spring weather. I can't wait!

I also joined the Society of Hickory Golfers and posted my first two rounds. To paraphrase Woody Allen, I'm normally pretty suspicious of any organization that will allow someone of my ilk to join but in this case I think I'm in pretty good company.



My golf buds kind of snicker when I play the persimmons.  One can only imagine the reactions if I showed up with hickory.  Must say, I find the concept intriguing. Thanks to everyone for posting these marvelous pictures............I guess.

Edit Note:  Got the putter handled. Otey Crissman that I picked up for $2 and refurbed. One down, six to go.

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You will find, as I have, that you will get far fewer "snickers" playing hickory than classic. When I play hickory, outside an SoHG event, or a SoCal Hickory get together, the reactions I get are almost universally along the lines of "wow" or "neat", "can I see one" "can you really hit these?" I always oblige the last comment by throwing down a ball and knocking a mashie (one of the easiest hickories to hit) down the fairway 150 yards. "OMG, look at that!" They think I'm Bobby Jones or something. On the other hand when I play classics, the reaction is typically, "why are you playing those old things?". Like I am some sort of kook. It's fascinating.

I think I know the reason for this, but wondering if the other hickory veterans on here have the same experience as me.
Set For Some Seasons/hickory version
J. Black 13 degree Spoon/T. Vaughn spoon
Forgan mid iron/Trueline Special mashie
WE Webb mashie nib/Alex Ross mashie nib.
Bonnie B lofted niblick
Brass flanged no name putter




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