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  1. I saw the release from The Masters Tournament committee regarding 2022 Tuesday ticket holders. I was indeed the holder of the tickets and will reapply only for the Tuesday rounds. It looks like me and my group are headed back in 2023.
  2. Your 2017 Monday practice round was unfortunate. I hope this year is much, much better. I was at the 2015 Monday practice round and it was a glorious day. Hoping for the same kind of day a week from tomorrow! Have a terrific day as well!!!
  3. Hoping for good weather on Tuesday, April 5th!
  4. My persimmon collection in my office staff bag as of today.
  5. No, Dave doesn't have any apprentices. There are some who have followed Dave's tutorial he put on his website and a couple who have become good at restoration. That said, there is only one Dave Wood and that is who I choose to restore my woods. Here are a few of the latest he's done for me in the past year, first the condition of the driver as I sent them to Dave and the restorations. 1952 M85TW driver (pre-production run model), M43 and 693 drivers. The 693 sole plate was replaced with one in better condition. While the screws lined up perfectly, the shaft cut out didn't. Dave added some metal solder to bridge it. He simply has mad man skills!!!
  6. I am fortunate to have come to know Byron and even more fortunate to become friends with him. I was fortunate to become friends with the owner and some of the moderators of another golf website (now shut down by the owner). Because of these friendships I was fortunate in being invited to several golf outings from the late 2000s to mid 2010s. I was fortunate to be able to attend one in the Cleveland, OH area June of 2014 where Byron was also in attendance. To meet him was a pleasure as we had communicated a little in the past. His wife, Sally, went to high school a little south of where I did in Colorado and I apparently still harbor some ill feelings with her high school from a baseball district playoff game from back in 1982. That said, Byron got a kick out of that story when we first talked. Moving to the golf outing, we discussed putters and what I liked in a putter. That is where I made my first putter order, a custom GSS DH89 with long pipe flow neck. I was in Huntington Beach area on business either the following week or week after that and stopped by Byron's shop. He measured me for the DH89 build. He told me he had a carbon Epic Day putter and I ordered that one as well. I gamed that Epic Day putter from September 2014 when I received it until last summer when I put the DH89 in my bag where it remains today. I have ordered a couple more putters and picked up a handful more. The only Byron Morgan putters I own today are the DH89 and Epic Day. Those two will not leave my collection while I am breathing. The last time we spoke on the phone was during the 2021 Masters. Those who knew Byron personally knows that any phone conversation more than 5 or 10 minutes is rather long for Byron. Our last conversation lasted over an hour, more like and hour and fifteen minutes. We talked about another passion of his, persimmon woods and our love for classic MacGregor persimmon. We had exchanged pictures of our collections and I had just received a couple of restored drivers back from Dave Wood. We talked about the design of those woods, those who played them, how we played them and the classic beauty of persimmon woods. He was like a kid in a candy store. I will miss our conversations but most of all I will miss him. I will miss taking him to his favorite Taqueria in Huntington Beach or the prospect of finding a decent Fish Taco in Georgia. Byron was "Salt of the Earth" and such a genuinely honest person. The world lost one of it's better people when Byron passed away. RIP my friend.
  7. This putter is a replica of the George Low Wizard 600 he used. Nicklaus never used a MacGregor replica in tournament play.
  8. My M3 does have twist face. I agree with you in that there can be some interesting ball flight when the ball is struck high toe. I don't really practice too much with persimmon too much as I really don't have a practice wood. Then again, I do have a M43T that was sourced for the sole plate that I could use. The toe of this M43T was filled in with epoxy as quite a bit of wood was removed. It has great grain and is a shame someone who shouldn't have hit persimmon ruined this one. It is a decent driver and would prove to be a decent practice club. In fact that is a great idea. The 300 Mini has proven to be a terrific driver (when a driver's length shaft is installed).
  9. The Epic Day has been relegated to a backup putter at this point. I put in my Byron Morgan DH89 putter I ordered a month before the Epic Day. I gamed the DH89 a couple months ago for the first time since the Epic Day arrived in September 2014. I made a couple putts over 30 feet, a couple more over 15 feet and didn't miss one from 3 feet during that first round. The DH89 has been so good I can't take it out. Well, taking it out for a spa session back with Byron Morgan for some minor tweaking.
  10. And there it is, the right reason to collect! Good for you Chuck!!!
  11. With the original 43.75" shaft this will be a bit shorter than a driver. With a 44.5" to 45" shaft the distance comparison is closer. I have an 11.5° Mini turned down one setting lower (10.8°) with the Fujikura Ventus Blue (non-Velocore) 5S made for TM shaft at 44.5" and it is nearly as long as my M3 440 9° (at 9.9°). The data from the trackman when I demoed the 300 Mini 11.5° with a driver length made for TM Fujikura Ventus Blue 5S 45" the data showed me hitting the 300 Mini a few yards farther than the M3. The 300 Mini allows me a little better ability to work the ball. Some believe the 300 Mini is a novelty but I think when comparing it with 460cc drivers with the same type shaft (in terms of length) the 300 Mini is comparable. While the sweet spot is a bit smaller a good, repeating, swing will have strikes more in the center anyway to render the larger sweet spot moot. To me this club is not a fairway wood replacement but a 440cc/460cc driver replacement. The head is large enough not to look too small. Then again I started playing with laminated woods and shortly played persimmon drivers which were around 185cc-190cc.
  12. Jack Nicklaus used a George Low Sportsman Wizard 600 putter for much of his career to win 15 of 18 majors.
  13. Add to the Ping list off the top of my head: Tom Watson Payne Stewart Lee Trevino Mark Calcavecchia Fred Couples Ray Floyd John Daly Greg Norman Tony Jacklin Ernie Els Paul Azinger Ian Baker Finch Curtis Strange Jeff Sluman Sandy Lyle Davis Love III Lee Janzen Steve Elkington Bob Tway Fuzzy Zoeller Jeff Maggert Chris DiMarco Kirk Triplett Hunter Mahan Ryan Moore Nancy Lopez Juli Inkster Karrie Webb Lorena Ochoa Christie Kerr Dottie Mochrie Betsy King Jan Stephenson Grace Park
  14. I have put in my Byron Morgan DH89 in the bag the past 5 rounds or so and have putted extremely well with it. I am making some long putts with it and burning the edge of the hole of a lot of putts. It looks like the DH89 is in the bag for the time being.
  15. Count me in the group that doesn't care for thick top lines and wide soles. While some irons are rather thin, my preference is the "standard" top line as exhibited by the irons in the following picture. The irons are both Ben Hogan 6 irons. To the left is the 1999 Ben Hogan Apex blade and to the right is the 2020 Ben Hogan Icon blade. Both have the right amount of top line thickness I prefer.
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