I had been using a set of '90 Hogan Apex blades which hit very nicely when you get them right. Just switched to a nice set of Miuras though and the difference is huge....
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I had been playing with a set of Ping Eye 2 clubs from 1987. I just recently switched to Ping i3+'s. I'm very glad I switched, but really miss the Eye 2 sand wedge and 2-iron. I still bring one of them sometimes. That 2-iron is a laser beam off the tee. It has a perfect ball flight and goes exactly where you aim it. Overall I like my i3+'s better though. The Eye 2's were lofted higher, but I still get more distance with the i3+'s at the equivalent lofted club.
A friend of mine is taking up the game, and I have been looking around for some irons for him for very little money.
I found these in a junk shop this weekend, and bought them for him. I managed to get them for what seemed like a fairly incredible price of $30 (with an old, beat-up Austad's putter of (I guess) 1970s vintage thrown in, too).
They are Tommy Armour Silver Scot 855s (3 iron - SW). A bit of internet research tells me that the yellow dot was allocated to sets with offset; and these are likely from 1996 or 1997 (or thereabouts).
Anyway, I couldn't resist taking the 5 iron and 7 iron with me to the range on Sunday afternoon. Fantastic clubs!
To be honest, I came very close indeed to giving my friend the Tour Edge Exotics XCG3s I'm currently gaming and hanging on to these Silver Scots for myself; but in the end I gave him the Silver Scots. Hopefully they will be of use to a beginner, once he's had a couple of lessons from the local pro and the chance to hit the range and the practice ground.
Yeah I use two older sets, a set of Wilson staff progressive blades from about 92, great clubs...... but am currently suffering a little bit of a shoulder tear problem so have gone back to my spalding executive xe's (hollowbacks) about 87 vintage.
The best thing about the spalding's is they are basically a set of what we would call today hybrids, still my favorite clubs.
recently for the beginning of the year i put my first set of wedges from a few years ago back in the bag.
Ram 55* BeCu Tom Watson Scoring System Wedge
and Ram 60* Stainless Steel (14* Rake") Tom Watson Scoring System Wedge
I had Macgregor VIP forged wedges, but mistakenly bought them with uniflex shafts. thats an easy fix but how they have felt and hit has sortve spoiled them. they dont look as good at address.
I decided to put them both back in the bag because i could control flight very well. and with the "60* SW" ive holed out 3 or 4 times from a variety of lies and distances from as close as 12 yards to 35 and up to 70 yards out. my boss who played collegiately and my golf shop pro both said, "why take them out"
it was a good question. they are now back in the bag.
the 55 is great for 20-30 yard pitch shots as well as chip shots around the green. both clubs have had great shots...but when it comes to the more vital shot when using a wedge, they fail. Going for the pin. yesterday i hit my 60 from about 55 yards and landed on the back half of the green. it bounced released up a slight slope and into a bunker...no spin at all to even hold it on the fringe. i shot another with the 60. same result.
i tried the same shot again with my 55* since i had time (i was sitting a hole behind league play) and was advised to maybe "practice" while out.
the 55 landed front of the green 3 yards from the hole and released onto the back of the fringe. it was incredibly frustrating. realizing if i wouldve hit the 55 to the front fringe the slight slope wouldve held it up...and kept it barely off the green.. certain shots these wedges impress me. or the more unlikely...myself haha
they feel great, but no spin whatsoever and ive even considered re-cutting the grooves
i have alot of research to do and find something that may be able to possibly replace these
I don't usually buy anything new - love buying 2 or 3 year old name brand clubs used for about 20% of what they retailed for. I'm playing a 2009 driver in dead mint condition with upgraded shaft - paid $15 for it at Golfsmith. Love blasting it past my buddy with his new R1 ...
PS - I had no idea so many played older irons ... always seemed to me with todays ultra forgiving cavity backed irons, playing older ones would be a disadvantage. I guess that holds until you get into the blade class - they probably haven't changed nearly as much over the years ... would also seem that fresh grooves in irons is overrated.