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#1 paparoy43

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:23 AM

While poking around in my shop, I found a partial set of irons that I forgot I had.

They are Macgregor VIP Curtis Strange irons. I say partial set because I remember when I bought them ther was no 6 iron. Beautiful forgings.

Here's the difference, they have engraved towards the toe "41/50 P". I thought that could mean proof set, but not for sure.

When I bought them they were played. Not overplayed, but struck as though the user knew the golf swing.

Anyone know much about these? My biggest question is would Don White have ground these?



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

MacGregor made a set of irons like this to commemorate Strange's 2 consecutive U.S. Open wins in 1988 and 89. He used a set of MacGregor irons similar to the Jack Nicklaus Muirfields of the day. The story I heard was Curtis wanted to play MacGregor irons but didn't want clubs with somebody else's name on them. So Don White made up some heads that were a modification of the VI P design for Curtis.

Don't know what the 41/50 p stamp is about though. I'm pretty sure MacGregor made many more than 50 commemorative sets. I believe the number was 1000.

Incidentally, in late 1988 a friend of mine hooked me up with a friend of his at MacGrgor who got me a set of VIP irons made with heads that had been made up for Curtis but never used. The absolutely dumbest thing related to golf equipment I've ever done was letting those clubs go.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:55 AM

I do know about the 1000 sets made. They were very collectible and I see there is a set in BST.

That 41/50 P thing has me curious. I own several sets of older VIP's and the grind on these is different.

Great feeling and heavy head.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

View Postpaparoy43, on 22 December 2012 - 11:55 AM, said:

I do know about the 1000 sets made. They were very collectible and I see there is a set in BST.

That 41/50 P thing has me curious. I own several sets of older VIP's and the grind on these is different.

Great feeling and heavy head.
You might contact Don White at Scratch Golf??

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:24 PM

Never thought of that.

That would be a great place to start and possibly end.

Edited by paparoy43, 22 December 2012 - 01:24 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

View Postpaparoy43, on 22 December 2012 - 01:24 PM, said:

Never thought of that.

That would be a great place to start and possibly end.

Yes, the grind on the Curtis Strange VIP's was noticeably different from the older VIPs. Let us know if you get any info from Don White.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

Will do, thanks guys.




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