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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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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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In 1929, when he was asked by Bobby Jones to make a duplicate of his famed Jeanie Deans driver, J. Victor East said that Jones “inspected 5,000 pieces of first grade hickory to find four shafts” that were suitable, and of these four, two met the final requirements for his drivers. You might notice that […]

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