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1 hour ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

I just bought a set of Ben Hogan Apex Blades 3i-9i, plus the equalizer wedge with the Apex 4 shafts plus the 3,4,and 5 woods

I would SO be gaming those this weekend if I found them!!

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2 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

I am so excited that I haven't even had the chance to take pictures yet...

I just bought a set of Ben Hogan Apex Blades 3i-9i, plus the equalizer wedge with the Apex 4 shafts plus the 3,4,and 5 woods along with an ogio bag and a bunch of other random clubs and a chainsaw for $32

The guy said these were his first clubs he bought in the 80s and that he was never really able to hit them and they show it... they are in beautiful condition.

Great find, that's a lot of good stuff at a bargain! I can't wait to see some photos, those old Hogan clubs are so good looking. 

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12 minutes ago, EasyPutter said:

Best $1.58 ever spent at AMVETS used golf club emporium.  Ginty 29* Trouble Club designed by Stan Thompson in San Diego mid 1970s and patented the boathull shaped sole influenced by watching powerboats cleaving the waves, he thought a club with such a shape would flow better through tall grass in the rough, and right he was!  If the ball looks in any way difficult to hit with iron I pull out Ginty and get 100+ yards out of the strike.

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Google it, there's some good reading there.

The Ginty is a CLASSIC.   I have a wooden version that was passed down to me.  I swear the only club that got more use in my Grandpa's bag was the putter!  He would use it off the tee, out of the rocks, off the fairway, chipping around the green... but I never saw him putt with it.  Probably never occurred to him 🤣

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4 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

I am so excited that I haven't even had the chance to take pictures yet...

I just bought a set of Ben Hogan Apex Blades 3i-9i, plus the equalizer wedge with the Apex 4 shafts plus the 3,4,and 5 woods along with an ogio bag and a bunch of other random clubs and a chainsaw for $32

The guy said these were his first clubs he bought in the 80s and that he was never really able to hit them and they show it... they are in beautiful condition.

 

2 hours ago, Golfspy_TCB said:

I would SO be gaming those this weekend if I found them!!

 

2 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

Great find, that's a lot of good stuff at a bargain! I can't wait to see some photos, those old Hogan clubs are so good looking. 

Gratuitous photo dump, they need some tlc for sure but I think they look in very good condition. From a quick search, they appear to be the original 1972 model Apex (The irons at least). 

The only person that I know for knowledge of old irons is @BIG STU, Are you able to confirm Stu?

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3 Wood - 2020 1ef73718.png Tight Lies 16* - Aldila Synergy Red 50-S Shaft

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3 Iron - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT SL S300 Shaft

4-9 Irons - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT X-100 Shafts (6i has mismatched Project X 6.0 shaft)

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3 hours ago, sirchunksalot said:

I took a quick look on ironfinder.com and it looks like they are the original 1972 model. 

https://www.ironfinder.com/Individual-Irons/hogan/apex_(on_back)-72.htm

Those irons look phenomenal and with a little cleaning, they'll look spectacular. The faces look pristine! 

Thank you @sirchunksalot

How would you recommend I clean them? I have read about bar keepers friend and steel wool but honestly there is no rust on them so I am not sure if that is needed. I think I also read about Windex but was a little skeptical of it.

It mostly looks like water stains, no pitting just chatter. 

Also, is there a way to try to save the original grips? They are pretty slick and I would hate to have to remove them but I also really want to put them in play lol

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Driver - default_taylormade-small.jpg R9 Superdeep TP 10.5* - Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana 65g XStiff Shaft

3 Wood - 2020 1ef73718.png Tight Lies 16* - Aldila Synergy Red 50-S Shaft

2 Hybrid - 1ef73718.png Idea Pro - Aldila VS Proto+ 'By You' 80-S Shaft

3 Iron - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT SL S300 Shaft

4-9 Irons - default_taylormade-small.jpg R7TP DGTT X-100 Shafts (6i has mismatched Project X 6.0 shaft)

Sand Wedge - Adams GT XTreme 2 SW

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11 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

 

 

Gratuitous photo dump, they need some tlc for sure but I think they look in very good condition. From a quick search, they appear to be the original 1972 model Apex (The irons at least). 

The only person that I know for knowledge of old irons is @BIG STU, Are you able to confirm Stu?

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I am not really a Hogan expert but they indeed appear to be 71/72 models. Woods would be the same era. Good sticks and those Apex shafts are first class

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7 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

Thank you @sirchunksalot

How would you recommend I clean them? I have read about bar keepers friend and steel wool but honestly there is no rust on them so I am not sure if that is needed. I think I also read about Windex but was a little skeptical of it.

It mostly looks like water stains, no pitting just chatter. 

Also, is there a way to try to save the original grips? They are pretty slick and I would hate to have to remove them but I also really want to put them in play lol

I have never used Windex but have used Bar Keepers friend and a scotchbrite pad or 0000 steel wool. I also use a product called Totally Awesome you can get at Dollar General. That product was reasonabally cheap but I have not bought any for a while because I had 6 gallons left over from doing the outside of my home.

On the grips try some course sand paper then a good washing in Dawn dish soap. If that does not do and you want to hit with out committing to a grip change wrap the grips in the athletic gauze and try that. Personally I am not into the properly restored wall hanging thing I attempt to play my stuff. I also do air install on my grips so I switch grips back and forth and that saves a lot of money over time

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9 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

Thank you @sirchunksalot

How would you recommend I clean them? I have read about bar keepers friend and steel wool but honestly there is no rust on them so I am not sure if that is needed. I think I also read about Windex but was a little skeptical of it.

It mostly looks like water stains, no pitting just chatter. 

Also, is there a way to try to save the original grips? They are pretty slick and I would hate to have to remove them but I also really want to put them in play lol

You have a great vintage set there!!!   🤩

Bar Keepers Friend for the irons, hot water and cleanser with a scrub brush for the grips.  Although I think you'll need some luck that the grips haven't got too hard to be recovered.  It is fantastic that the shafts aren't showing rust down by the ferrule.

The woods wouldn't be too difficult to restore if you want to get a nice even black finish.  If you don't care about the color and just want to protect the bare wood you could dip them and the re-whip the neck.

I agree with Stu...those Apex shafts were da bomb back in the day.  As far as I know Hogan wouldn't sell just the shafts.  I knew guys that bought a set of Apex irons just to get the shafts to put in other heads.

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11 hours ago, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

Thank you @sirchunksalot

How would you recommend I clean them? I have read about bar keepers friend and steel wool but honestly there is no rust on them so I am not sure if that is needed. I think I also read about Windex but was a little skeptical of it.

It mostly looks like water stains, no pitting just chatter. 

Also, is there a way to try to save the original grips? They are pretty slick and I would hate to have to remove them but I also really want to put them in play lol

You're welcome!

I agree with @BIG STU, I would try Bar Keepers friend and 0000 steel wool. I would just make sure you get the BKF that comes premixed in the squeeze bottle and gently rub with the grain of the steel. You'll also want to use a soft cloth after it dries for a couple of minutes to buff it off. 

I've also heard white vinegar will work. They say you spray it on and let it set for around 5 minutes then clean it off. I've never tried this and don't have a club to experiment on. 

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1 hour ago, sirchunksalot said:

You're welcome!

I agree with @BIG STU, I would try Bar Keepers friend and 0000 steel wool. I would just make sure you get the BKF that comes premixed in the squeeze bottle and gently rub with the grain of the steel. You'll also want to use a soft cloth after it dries for a couple of minutes to buff it off. 

I've also heard white vinegar will work. They say you spray it on and let it set for around 5 minutes then clean it off. I've never tried this and don't have a club to experiment on. 

On real rusty clubs I have my own mix---- Real Coca Cola with white vinegar-- Depending on how rusty they are. I let them soak maybe 12 hrs or so pull them out and hit with a green scotchbrite pad rinse off with either PB Blaster or WD 40 and then dry and check. If it needs more then it goes back into soak for whatever time. I brought a set of raw Mack Daddy wedges back from the dead that way. It took like 48 hours and 3 of my cycles but they turned out fine

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3 hours ago, Shapotomous said:

You have a great vintage set there!!!   🤩

Bar Keepers Friend for the irons, hot water and cleanser with a scrub brush for the grips.  Although I think you'll need some luck that the grips haven't got too hard to be recovered.  It is fantastic that the shafts aren't showing rust down by the ferrule.

The woods wouldn't be too difficult to restore if you want to get a nice even black finish.  If you don't care about the color and just want to protect the bare wood you could dip them and the re-whip the neck.

I agree with Stu...those Apex shafts were da bomb back in the day.  As far as I know Hogan wouldn't sell just the shafts.  I knew guys that bought a set of Apex irons just to get the shafts to put in other heads.

That last part is true. My old man did not like Ben Hogan for some reason but never said why. So he never sold Hogan Clubs. Now in our area Macgregor and Spalding clubs with Apex shafts were the Holy Grail. My old man was ordering shafts from a pro friend of his in eastern NC who was a Hogan dealer and having a club shop he knew do the retrofits. Now his opinion was that he did not understand anyone messing up a perfectly good Macgregor club with an inferior shaft. Now the Hogan dealers all got a letter from Mr Hogan himself prohibiting Hogan dealers buying and installing Hogan Shafts in non Hogan clubs. He threatened to pull their franchise. My old mans bud mailed him a copy of the letter and the old man got a chuckle out of it. It did not deter anyone. My old mans friend got cold feet so the guys ordered full sets of irons for the shafts and had a local shop do the conversions. The guy who owned the shop was named Harold Dale and he closed up around the late 90s and passed away. I do not know what ever happended to the shop. I do imagine it was a Hoganista dream no telling how many sets of un hit Hogan irons from all years the heads were there.

I started back doing some MacHogan conversions some time ago and have 2 sets for me done up. I laugh and I am laughing now imagining my old man rolling in his grave at the fact I am doing Mac Hogan conversions

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On 9/16/2022 at 6:20 PM, MyWifesSwingCoach said:

Also, is there a way to try to save the original grips? They are pretty slick and I would hate to have to remove them but I also really want to put them in play lol

I've never tried this before, but it's a work-around from a former Canadian tour pro.  Can't imagine it would be harmful and would try it personally if needed.    Hard time linking directly to site so here's the message. 

 

There are products on the market but I don't bother. Simply, rehydration is restoring lost moisture from natural materials. My method is to do a series of soaks in luke warm water and VERY mild detergent…this removes old oils and damaging salts. (dish soap…not dishwasher detergent).(1) Over the course of 10 days or so put the clubs upside down in a bucket of warm mix and allow to soak for 1/2 hr. Be sure to open the top hole on the grip with a tee or something.(2) Next I soak to rinse in warm water for another 1/2 hr. (3) I will then put the clubs(again upside down) in a corner somewhere and allow to dry for the next 12 to 18 hrs. again be sure that the top hole in the grip is open to allow any water that got in the shaft to drain out.  THIS IS CRITICAL! (4) Repeat for the next week or so and they will absorb most of the lost moisture.  Best with rubber and cords…I don’t do leather wraps this way…to much shrinkage.

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20 minutes ago, MacTourney said:

I've never tried this before, but it's a work-around from a former Canadian tour pro.  Can't imagine it would be harmful and would try it personally if needed.    Hard time linking directly to site so here's the message. 

 

There are products on the market but I don't bother. Simply, rehydration is restoring lost moisture from natural materials. My method is to do a series of soaks in luke warm water and VERY mild detergent…this removes old oils and damaging salts. (dish soap…not dishwasher detergent).(1) Over the course of 10 days or so put the clubs upside down in a bucket of warm mix and allow to soak for 1/2 hr. Be sure to open the top hole on the grip with a tee or something.(2) Next I soak to rinse in warm water for another 1/2 hr. (3) I will then put the clubs(again upside down) in a corner somewhere and allow to dry for the next 12 to 18 hrs. again be sure that the top hole in the grip is open to allow any water that got in the shaft to drain out.  THIS IS CRITICAL! (4) Repeat for the next week or so and they will absorb most of the lost moisture.  Best with rubber and cords…I don’t do leather wraps this way…to much shrinkage.

Thanks Mac, I have a set of full cords on my old Mizuno MP68's that need this treatment... I'll give it a try.

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My wife just picked up a set of used Callaway junior clubs in like new shape with a bag. My 6 year old daughter was so excited! I bring my two oldest with me often, and now she has her own clubs.

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