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#361 stixman

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 03:20 AM

Bad luck on the Welsh!

I'm playing the SW Region BGCS at Burnham and Berrow on Tuesday and Wednesday at Royal North Devon although the team is oversubscribed. I shall get a game on the County Card system either there or at Saunton.
In May Janet and I are playing Inverallochy and Duff House Royal, Banff, with the Northern Scottish Region.
Early August I shall be at Bro Balsta, near Stockholm for the Swedish Hickory Masterskapet.

That should leave room for ad hoc hickory, here , there and everywhere else!

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

How did you get on down the west country Chris ?



Having missed out on Wales, i dived in to book my slot at the Swedish event in Stockholm, and apparently I am the first international player to sign up so far!

We've not been to Sweden before, so looking forward to that.

So I am now looking at playing in the following hickory events this year:

2-3 Aug    Swedish Hickory Championship (Bro Balsta)
27-29 Aug    World Hickory Masters (Royal North Devon)
12 Sep     Revival Golf at Goodwood
19-21 Sep    Dutch Hickory Open
2-3 Oct    English Hickory Championship (Rye)
6-8 Oct    World Hickory Open (Panmure)


And maybe a couple of others if I can fit them in around the necessities of working life ...

Anyone else doing anything compettive this year with the hickory sticks ?


I have picked up a couple of nice clubs recently so will post some pics shortly - one is an un-named Stewart club bought from Phil Gibbs, 40 degrees, 37.5" lofter/jigger head style - super club from 125 yards - and also a new putter, a Gibson Eskit with danga wood shaft - similar to a Benny putter but with no grip (square shaped shaft with score lines in the wood for "grip" - really cool !)

Edited by Blade Junkie, 03 April 2014 - 10:15 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:03 AM

It was a good trip! Westward Ho had slightly more growth on the fairways and greens. Burnham and Berrow's greens had no growth, were wet, aerated and ironed with a stimp of about 12,.....yee-hah! Run up shots were unpredictable and you needed young nerves on tight, wet fairways to hit pin- high pitches. Also as hickory players, we got no stroke allowance against the regular players, so I was happy to get a 6th placing and an unloved retro fitted putter from the Ralph Livingstone III collection and subsequent auction.

I have had a variety of Eskits but not the one without the leather grip. I had one which was stamped up with the Pro and North Berwick which was a bit cheeky of Gibson, selling his Benny copies in Sayers backyard!
Also, for info. I have a Stewart jigger which is also un-named, hope this helps. FYI it is never out of my regular hickory bag, the most versatile club I have!
See you in Bro Balsta, near Stockholm for another great hickory event!
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Posted 13 April 2014 - 09:05 PM

I picked up a couple of hickory drivers from Tad - 44".  Now, I always suffer from the short-hitter syndrome, but with my old 60-year-old smooth swing, I can really get the ball out there with these babies.  They're long and flexible.

The big question: do I dare put one of these in play in a tournament?

(Of course I will, I'm silly.  Also, I am reminded that Walter Travis experimented with long shaft lengths in an attempt to keep up with the younger guys off the tee.  I read that in The Old Man. )
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