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Care and Maintenance of Vintage Golf Clubs

By: Tim McMichael The allure of fine vintage golf clubs is irresistible to those who have come to love them. Each club is like a unique work of art and no two are exactly alike. The rich grain of the wood and the simple elegance of designs that have proven themselves over centuries are only […]

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Who Was Tom Stewart?

Stewart Thomas (St. Andrews) Stewart is arguably the most famous hickory cleek-maker in the world. He produced millions of club heads (he only made club heads and not complete clubs) between 1893 and1932. His eye for perfection was legendary. As a result, many of the world’s best players used Stewart irons (Old Tom Morris, Bobby […]

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The Kempshall Putter

Willie Dunn Jr. was one of the finest players of his day. In 1894, he won what was billed as the first Golf Championship of the United States. This victory was not officially recognized by the USGA because the organization was formed after the event took place. Willie finished second in the USGA Open Championship […]

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Industry Standards?

It is surprising that there aren’t “Industry Standards” for golf club specifications. What is the standard length for a driver? What is the standard loft of a 5 iron? Is Company A’s stiff flex shaft the same as Company B’s? What about the torque of comparable graphite shafts? If you start comparing the actual specifications of […]

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Hickory Shaft Finishes

When Old Tom Morris needed to put a finish on a hickory golf shaft he couldn’t run down to the Home Depot to pick up a can of Min Wax stain and polyurethane. The stains and finishes available to early club makers were made from natural resources. A common stain originally used on hickory shafts […]

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The Wilson Whale

We did a lot of work for Wilson Golf in the 1980’s. In addition to making their Pro Line Staff clubs, we were also making up to 800 clubs per day for other Wilson brands. Our primary contact with Wilson was a gentleman named Larry Bobka. He was a plus 2 handicap and handled the […]

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Standard Oil and Standard Irons

Do you ever ask your friend, “what club did you hit?” Do you ever wonder, “How did he hit an 8 iron when you just hit a 7 or even a 6?” Last week, my uncle and President of Louisville Golf, Mike Just, wrote an article about Iron lofts in our blog titled “Do you […]

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Do You Need a Gap Wedge?

Do you carry a Gap Wedge or Attack Wedge in your bag? If you’re a younger golfer you have grown up with this club. But if you’re a senior golfer you never heard of this club until the middle of the 1990’s. Where did this club come from and it a necessary club to add […]

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What do Course Rating and Course Slope Really Mean?

If you have an official USGA handicap you need to be familiar with Course Rating and Course Slope. Every time you turn in a score you are required to record the Course Rating and Slope for the course and set of tees you played. Many golfers are familiar with the terms Course Rating and Slope, but […]

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How Did We Get the Modern Golf Club Set?

In the early days of the game, golf club sets as modern golfers know them today did not exist. A player couldn’t go to a golf shop or sporting goods store and try out the latest golf clubs. They had to go through a difficult process to put together a set of clubs that allowed […]

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