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Sports Illustrated, 50 Years Ago This Week


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I love The Vault on si.com -- every issue ever of Sports Illustrated is preserved there for you to read.  Love me some history, and 50 years ago this week history was made when Texas Western upset Kentucky to win the NCAA Championship.  You can click here to check out the issue.

 

Found some great golf ads in the issue.  Here's one for Hogan's 1966 woods and irons...

 

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Distance and club speed -- in 1966!  Digging' the Speed Slot in the toe of Hogan's woods from back in the day.  Wonder if the new Hogan will bring that back?

 

Cool Wilson ad, too...

 

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Redistributing weight, more mass behind the sweet spot, and the Distance Secret....revolutionary stuff during the Johnson administration.

 

And in the back of the magazine with this nifty little twofer...

 

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The Spading Dot - designed to put the most distance between you and your shot.  Also digging the TrueTemper ad for....rake shafts???

 

Love these old ads - just goes to show, it's always been about distance!

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

Stat Tracker/GPS Watch: :ShotScope:


 
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Bring back the Dot? Hopefully not in it's original form. LOL

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My Sun Mountain bag currently includes:   TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 771CSI 5i - PW and TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png PFC Micro Tour-c 52°, 56°, 60 wedges

                                                                               :755178188_TourEdge: EXS 10.5*, TWGTLogo2.png.06c802075f4d211691d88895b3f34b75.png 929-HS FW4 16.5* 

                                                                                :edel-golf-1: Willimette w/GolfPride Contour

 

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That dot was a piece of crap -

 

These ads are priceless - they are from when I was starting to get into the game and yes it's always been all about the distance.  If anything I think that modern ads talk more about lowering scores than older ads did not less.

Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I'm a fan of the SI Vault too.  I have a permanent bookmark to it on my bookmarks toolbar.  If you take the time to search, you can find some great articles.  Articles on golf instruction, articles on major championships, etc.  I subscribed to SI for many years and often go back to read articles that I remember.  Ken Venturi won Sportsman of the Year (in 1964 I think) and it is a good read.  Also about that time there were two instruction articles by Claude Harmon Sr.  There are some gems on putting too.  Those are just some that I remember.

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The Dot is now the Maxfli........note the dot on the Ball.

 

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Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.pngPXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.pngPXG 0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: Ben Hogan VKTR 3 Hybrid(18*)w/Recoil ES regular shaft

Irons: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Ptx 5-PW w/Recoil 660 Regular graphite shafts w/Lamkin I-line grips…. soon to be Titleist T300

Wedges: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Tkt-15 (49*/53*/57*) w/Recoil 660 Regular shafts 

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

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When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my Mother gave her Father a giftbox of Dunlop golfballs....each was individually wrapped in cellophane with 6 in a hinged box....The cover had pictures of the balls imprinted on it.

 

I still have the box.  I keep golf memorabilia in it.  It reminds me of my Grandfather and the many times we were on the golf course together....(I was the caddy).

 

 

 

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NOTE: The Circled DOT on the Dunlop is the same that is on the modern day Maxfli

 

Driver: image.png.6ba1c8a254ad57aa05e527b74c2e04ba.pngPXG 0211 w/Evenflo Riptide CB Regular shaft

Fairways:  image.png.80321f01fc46450b6f428c7daf7b3471.pngPXG 0211 5W & 7W w/ Evenflo Riptide CB  regular shaft and Tour Edge E521 9W w/Fubuki HD50 regular shaft

Hybrid: Ben Hogan VKTR 3 Hybrid(18*)w/Recoil ES regular shaft

Irons: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Ptx 5-PW w/Recoil 660 Regular graphite shafts w/Lamkin I-line grips…. soon to be Titleist T300

Wedges: image.jpeg.a9bdc584c1101795e6b77ee50f22a398.jpegBen Hogan Tkt-15 (49*/53*/57*) w/Recoil 660 Regular shafts 

Putter: 33”   Evnroll ER2 w/Evnroll Gravity Grip 

Bag: Vice cart bag(Black). 

Ball: Maxfli Tour CG & Titleist Pro V1x.

Using Shot Scope V3 and MG4000 Rangefinder

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The hinged box is quite unique.  Great little story too.

In My Bag

 

Driver TM 9.5 Burner reg shaft.

3 wood TM 15*             "

5 wood TM 18*             "     "

Cobra baffler 3 hybrid

TM 5 hybrid

TM 6 hybrid

TM RSI Irons 6 thru pw

Titleist  Vokey 52* and 56* wedges

 Scotty Cameron Newport 2.6 center shafted putter

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