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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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Posted 16 April 2014 - 03:52 PM

gvogel:

I say put them into play!

A couple of pictures of my new Geo Duncan Akros Driver/Brassie I picked up from Tad over
the winter. Its going to be played in his tournament next week in Alabama.

Tad Moore Geo Duncan Akros Driver.jpg

Tad Moore Geo Duncan Akros Driver (2).jpg

Tad Moore Geo Duncan Akros Driver (3).jpg

Can't wait to hit it..........


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Posted 17 April 2014 - 09:03 AM

Very nice Bella - what is the spec ? 12 degrees and 43" ? Swingweight ? Would be interested in hearing how it goes in comparison to your other hickory tee weapon of choice !


Here's some originals along the George Duncan theme. This is the second set I picked up last year. They were so nice that i couldn't resist!


Gibson Akros 01.jpg

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Gibson Akros 03.jpg

Gibson Akros 04.jpg


George Duncan won the first Open Championship after World War I, in 1920, despite shooting 80 in each of his first two rounds! In 1922, he lost out by one shot to Hagen, but did become only the 3rd player to shoot a sub-70 round in the Open.
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Posted 17 April 2014 - 06:23 PM

Those are nice Blade.  They play well.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 04:57 AM

Sweet clubs, BJ, especially the George Duncans. But shouldn't they have the multicoloured insert thingy? lol.
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Posted 18 April 2014 - 08:28 AM

Geoff:

Beautiful set of woods and irons you have there. Have you played them? The
irons look very solid.

My Driver/Brassie is 43 1/4" length, 13 degree loft, D-5 swingweight and the
shaft is 290 (a bit above regular stiff flex for hickories) on the frequency
scale.

The multicolored insert thingy stixman refers to is laminated red fiber with
a white fiber slip - Tad only made a few of these special drivers.

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

Stix since the Duncan clubs by Gibson were made over such a long period of time I have had them with no insert to many types of insert that Gibson offered.  They were nice clubs.  Tad


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Posted 18 April 2014 - 12:21 PM

Right up to the end in the 1950s(?), well into the steel shafted era anyway. Tad, do your catalogues indicate when Gibson inserts became commonplace. It would be interesting because many think inserts were a later innovation, not true, of course!
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