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  1. That is a new finish that is similar to a Black Oxide except it is a really nice distinct blue color instead of Black. For now we are calling it Blue Oxide. I personally really like it.
  2. We have prototypes of 2 different head styles of our new production putters in our booth at the show. There are pics of both above. The center shafted mallet with the blue finish and the Anserish putter with the plumbers neck and the black finish. They are both prototypes and will have slight changes made before the production run but are very close to what we will have available. They are 100% milled from a block of steel in the USA and should be released in April. "The Living Legend" if you are at the show you should try to come back by tomorrow and see them before the end of the show.
  3. Great review! FYI that is not the FAW grind it is the TNC grind which is the standard DS grind for the 53* (and 56*) loft. The EGG is the standard DS grind for the 58* and 60*.
  4. Great review! Glad that you like the wedge. FYI guys we do not use grip solvent when installing the grips. They are put on with an air compressor with no solvent. For more info on the process goto Pure Grips website.
  5. Don did design the MacGregor PMB and virtually every other forged MacGregor iron that was made during his time there.
  6. Tim, These specific heads are 1018 carbon steel forgings coming from the same Japanese foundry as our 1018 wedges and other irons. We are also working with a foundry in the USA on forging us pretty much the same raw flatback blank heads out of 1018 carbon steel but doing it here in the USA instead of Japan.
  7. We will be able to do pretty much anything with these. Here is a pic of one of the raw flatback blank heads that was used for this set.
  8. Scratch Golf wants to congratulate Scratch Staff Professional Cristie Kerr on her record breaking performance at the LPGA Championship this week. It was one of the most dominant performances in the history of Major Championship golf. Her 19 under par finish, which tied the lowest score in relation to par ever shot in an LPGA Major, was good for a 12 shot win and the largest margin of victory in the long history of the LPGA Championship. Her incredible performance also vaulted her to the #1 spot in the Rolex World Rankings. She is the first player born in the USA to hold this distinction and the first to win the LPGA Championship since Juli Inkster in 2000. Her 4 rounds in the 60's of 68-66-69-66 left her with a total of 269. Cristie sports our logo on the front of her bag and uses 3 handmade Scratch Tour Custom Department wedges. She has been using Scratch wedges since 2008 and became an official Scratch Staff Professional late in 2009. We could not be more proud to be affiliated with her and to have our clubs in her bag. This win was Cristie's second Major Championship, 14th LPGA Tour win and her second win in the last three weeks. Thank you Cristie for Scratch Golf's first Major Championship victory and congratulations on officially being the best player in the world! Congratulations Scratch Staff Professional Cristie Kerr! Cristie Kerr on Scratch Website LPGA Championship Leaderboard
  9. These are ground from a raw forged blank that starts out nothing like the final product. The muscle is hand shaped by Don White. The raw head has no muscle. He can make an endless number of different muscles and even cavity backs from these raw blank heads. The only issue is how long it takes for these to be made. They are literally 200+ grams heavy instead of 30+ grams heavy like our normal raw iron heads. Normally Don can raw grind about 8 clubs in a day. These could take him up to a week.
  10. I just received the written test results from our independent tester through email. We sent in for testing a 50* Scratch wedge, a 58* Scratch wedge, one of the Tour Spec wedges that we made for Chris (that he claimed to know for a fact was made from S25C steel)and a Mizuno MP Wedge. All 3 of the Scratch made clubs including the Tour Spec wedge came back at 15% carbon which as I posted above is consistent with American 1018 Carbon Steel. 50* Scratch Wedge: 58* Scratch Wedge: Scratch made Tour Spec Wedge: Mizuno MP Wedge:
  11. When we started Scratch Golf in 2003 and no longer had an American foundry as an option, we tested a bunch of heads with a bunch of different players in an attempt to find the best feeling and most consistent forgings that we could to make our clubs out of. The overwhelming majority of players that helped us in our testing liked once specific head the best. The supplier that we got that head from told us that it was made from 1018 Carbon Steel. Every subsequent order form that we have sent in for heads has said 1018 Carbon Steel on it. I got confirmation from our supplier that the steel that the use for our clubs comes from a Japanese steel mill and is a proprietary mix of steel that most closely resembles American 1018 Carbon Steel. It is the same steel they have used for other OEMs in the past when they have requested clubs from 1018 carbon steel. Despite pretty much all golf clubs being made in Asia, out of steel that uses an Asian classification system, it is standard practice in the golf industry to use an American name for the steel like 10_ _ instead of S_ _ C. Along with getting confirmation from our supplier, we sent 2 clubs in for independent testing to get results on their metal composition. I got a call today with the results and will have a written copy tomorrow that I will post on here. Both clubs that I sent in tested to have 15% carbon content. This is consistent with the range of carbon in the properties of American 1018 Carbon Steel. 1018 Carbon Steel Properties As I mentioned above it is standard practice in the golf industry to use Asian steel and refer to it in marketing and elsewhere by an American steel name. A perfect example of this is Mizuno as Chris also sent in one of their clubs and so did I. They use the name "1025E Select Carbon Steel" in their marketing for their forged clubs. The club that Chris sent in of theirs tested out to 22% carbon and the one I sent in tested out to 23% carbon. This is within the range for US 1025 Carbon Steel similar to ours being within the range for 1018 carbon steel. 1025 Carbon Steel Properties At Scratch Golf we have always prided ourselves on integrity and honesty as well as customer service. We take our time to try to do things the right way and always go out of our way to make our customers happy. Our door is always open to people and I am always available to answer any questions that anyone has. We rely on our suppliers overseas to provide us with the quality product that we ask for and I am satisfied from the results that we got back from the independent testing that they are doing just that.
  12. I have been at Doral all week and have not been online. I will state again that 100% of what Chris from TSG/GTI is saying is not true. I stated that before earlier in the thread and also posted one of our order forms that specifically states that our clubs are made from 1018CS. I also received confirmation from our supplier that the steel used in our clubs does come from Japan and that they use a proprietary blend of steel for us that has pretty much the identical metal composition as American 1018CS. They have used this exact steel blend in the past for Wilson and Spalding when they requested the use of 1018CS. This is no different than Mizuno who uses Japanese steel that is some form of S25C but uses the term "1025E Pure Select" carbon steel. The golf industry uses the American classification name for steel as a standard even though nobody produces their clubs in the USA anymore. Everybody uses an Asian steel of some kind but refers to it by the American "10" series carbon steel name with the same carbon content and almost identical metal makeup. I have no idea why Chris has decided to tell lies about us as well as Miura and no idea why he insists that Mr. Ishihara is dead when he is very much alive. This is not an isolated incident with Chris however, I know of MANY people that have had similar issues with him. If you dont believe me ask MyGolfSpy or Dave Whitlam from Gauge Design Golf.
  13. Here is the spec sheet that was sent to me by Mr. Ishihara (who is still, still alive btw) tonight that details the material and specs of our raw clubs. This order was for U groove mid weight (we also get heavier and sometimes lighter raw heads in) raw wedge heads to be ground by Don White or Jeff McCoy in our Tour Custom Department. IshiScratchRawWedgeSpecs.pdf
  14. They are Ecco Street Premiere shoes and are available for retail sale.
  15. He does not sell Scratch or Miura but Bridgestone/TourStage is one of his main brands.
  16. That entire writeup is completely untrue. We used to work with Chris from Tour Spec Golf but stopped after he told me over and over again that he only cared about making sales and how much money he was making from a product and kept trying to get me to give him better margins so he "could" promote us more. He says what he thinks will help him sell the products that he is selling and has told me that specifically more than once. We pay extra for our forgings that are made from 1018 carbon steel compared to what we would pay for 1025 or something harder. We even have higher minimums because we use an extra forging step. We use 1018 carbon steel because in our testing most players preferred the feel of it compared to the other metals that we tested. This specifically has helped us land Tour players Ryan Moore and Cristie Kerr who both cite feel as the main reason they play our clubs. I have been to the foundry in Japan many times and watched the whole process. The only Scratch clubs that are made in China are our 8620 wedges which are cast from 8620 "carbon" steel.
  17. We are working on them. Realistically it might be Summer before they are available. We are working on a bunch of putters for Tour players and we have a huge order from an overseas distributor that we have to fill first.
  18. Ryan is working with a brand new Scratch hand made Jeff McCoy putter but did not get it in time to game it at the WM Phoenix Open. We delivered it Tuesday night and he did not want to put it in play after only one practice day. It should be in play in Florida the next tournament he plays in. This putter is something that was completely designed by Ryan. He likes flat sharper edges and boxier shapes. This new putter has the same bumper shape as his last putter but the overall shape of the putter is much boxier and more square. The toe edge of the putter is dead straight at a 90* angle. The topline is completely flat and the edges are all sharper. Ryan feels that this really helps him with alignment, having all the lines sharply either parallel or perpendicular to the face and target line. Here are a couple pics:
  19. Nic! Good to hear from you! Things could not be better here in TN! You know I miss AL just as much!!!! Send my regards please....... lol
  20. Jeff just finished up a completely hand made (no CNC) putter for LPGA player and Scratch Staffer Paige Mackenzie. Paige was at our shop in Chattanooga early in the week working on her new clubs for the year and had this putter made for her. It is EXACTLY what she requested and is similar to the putter she used in college when she was #1 ranked Am in the world. Again this putter is 100% hand made there was no CNC work on it at all. Finish is Raw and it will rust as she uses it.
  21. We have actually found that we can help most mid and high handicappers as much as the better players that we work with. The key is fitting towards your tendencies which makes it so you can make a normal confident swing without having to manipulate the club. Your best bet might be to try one of our 8620 or 1018 retail wedges which are available in 6 grinds instead of the 20 grinds we offer through the Tour Custom Department. Based on your choice of the FAW grind I would fit you into the SS grinds in our retail line so you should try a 60SS. The 8620s are cast from 8620 carbon steel like a Vokey or Cleveland and have a milled face and grooves. These sell for $99. The 1018s are forged from 1018 carbon steel like our Tour Custom wedges and hand ground to one of our 6 grinds. If you really want to try a Tour Custom Department wedge you can get in contact with me or one of our other fitting professionals and we can go through all the fitting questions with you.
  22. Driver - 8.5* Adams Speedline 9032LS w Graphite Design Quattro Tech 65 X 3 Wood - 14.5* Adams Speedline Ti w Aldila RIP 70 X Hybrid - 17* Adams A7 Peanut w Aldila RIP X 20* Scratch Tour Custom Satin EZ-1 DS grind w TT Dynamic Gold Lite Sensicore X100 25* Scratch Tour Custom Satin EZ-1 DS grind w TT Dynamic Gold Lite Sensicore X100 5-PW Scratch Retail Satin 2010 SB-1 DS grind w TT Dynamic Gold Lite Sensicore X100 54* Scratch Tour Custom Antique DOG grind w TT Dynamic Gold Lite Sensicore X100 60* Scratch Tour Custom Antique SPN grind w TT Dynamic Gold Lite Sensicore X100 Ping JAS W-Ti Anser Callaway HX Tour i(s)
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