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Old 10-08-2011, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Show us your vintage clubs!

Dennis was kind enough to send these to me more than a year ago, right afterward my life turned upside down. I'm working again and getting my life back to normal, so I'm hoping to get started on the restoration soon. They're still in North Carolina, and I'm in Dallas, but I'm going to go get my stuff soon. I need to get a place first, with a garage, but then I'm going to get back to working on clubs. It's a lot of fun.

One note on these clubs, I did some research and these are a mid range priced set of clubs from the early 30s. They aren't worth much today so the plan is a complete restoration, if they had been worth more I'd say just clean them well and put them away (if they were worth very much they'd go back to Dennis after the resto).


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They were given to me years ago by a friend. They were his grandfather's clubs and my buddy didn't play. Having seen a few antique clubs mounted as wall art at my house, he thought I might like to have them. I just never got around to restoring them the way I thought I might.

I'll get out the better camera, (and the better cameraman), to get some better pics later.







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Old 10-08-2011, 10:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Iíve recently been bitten by the golf bug, and have started finding myself hitching a ride with the wife to her favorite Second Hand stores to look for interesting old clubs.

The brass putter has been in my garage for years waiting for me to rediscover it, the Palmer putter came with a set of Ping Eye2ís I recently bought. But the wedge and the wood were bought at a thrift store.

Iíve always liked this MacGregor Nicklaus putter, but I absolutely Ďloveí this Palmer blade. Iím not experienced enough to provide a proper review of it, but it provides excellent feedback and feel of the ball when struck versus some of the modern putters Iíve demoed.

I thought the Stan Thompson ďGintyĒ was interesting because it reminds me of a modern hybrid. Iíve read that Thompson was inspired by seeing a boats keel slicing through the water, and if you look at some the modern hybrids, youíll see a similar double grooved base.

Iíve never heard of the brand ďNovadyneĒ, but with 61* loft and clean grooves, Iíve been practicing lobs with it and may have it regripped and put in my bag. The design reminds me of a Vokey.

Iíd be interested to hear from any golf club historians out there that might have some knowledge about any of these clubs.





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Old 10-08-2011, 10:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 10-18-2011, 12:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I picked up a couple of older Ping putters the other day at a yard sale. Iím not sure if you would consider them vintage though. Oneís a keeper, the other is for sale. I think I read that the Ping Zing line came out in the early 90ís so that qualifies as vintage in my book. However, it has lead tape weighting the head that makes it rather clunky and unforgiving in my hands. I think Iím more of a touch putter, and I really like this Ping Anser 4 putter. Itís in my bag.

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Old 11-05-2011, 09:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've never seen a Zing with the plumber's neck. The Zing I used to have had a neck like the Anser 4.

I have 2 different models of the Anser 4. One is new, from the i series and with the plastic face insert, it has no feel at all. I loved the look so much that when a friend told me I might like one of the old ones with the steel head more, I went looking for one. It took 2 months to find one and win it, but it's the best $25 investment I've made in my game. I cleaned up the shaft, replaced the grip and it's in my bag now, identical to the Anser 4 above.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hey, great; someone responded to this thread.

I think we could have an entire post dedicated to just putters. Iím an enthusiastic middle-aged beginner, so my impressions donít hold much weight, but putting seems to be such a personal experience that it may be better broached by a psychologist.

But here are my impressions anyway; I really like this Anser 4, it has the weight I consider medium compared to the very heavy head of the Zing 5 shown and a sensitive impact point. I thought the Zing had no real purpose in my world until I putted on wet grass and wished I had that weight to get the ball going.

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I'm a bit of a lurker in this thread not much to post really and other then saying nice clubs guys there is not much more to say.
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Not long after joining this forum and at the height of my new-found golf hysteria, I suggested this post to Admin only to find that Cajun had already come up with the idea. Before joining this forum, I had been posting for years to a classic and vintage bicycle forum. Believe it or not, there is a great deal of interest in the world for old steel bicycles. I really enjoyed reading about the history of those old bikes, and thought there might be a similar interest in old golf clubs.

I could see quite quickly that there was not much input to the thread so I invited a gentleman in my area that has collected literally thousands of old clubs thinking that he might enjoy sharing his historical knowledge. He obviously was not interested because he never responded to my email.

Oh well! I tried.
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Vintage Clubs Please Help I.D.

Hey these are the clubs I need to be identified. I am new and recently did an intro these belonged to an older family member. Does anyone know the maker or year?
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Old 04-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Nice!

This is a great thread, just to look at and enjoy the great history of golf! Nice clubs guys!
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