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Thursday
Mar212013

GMac Receives A Gift From The King

Nice catch by reader Charlie in today' s Golf World Preview where E. Michael Johnson explains what happened when Arnold Palmer let Graeme McDowell hit one of his old 1-irons on the Bay Hill range.

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That's awesome. He'll have that enclosed in a glass display box by the end of the week. What a cool feeling that must be. Damn I should have practice more and studied less.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
Let's see if it makes the 14 on Thursday.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Chris, no doubt Arnie has 5 or 6 identical 1-irons back in the garage and probably 175-200 1-irons overall...it won't be missed ;)
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
C'mon G-Mac...put it in the starting lineup. Last guy to win w/ an "Ace" in the bag was Joey Sindelar at Quail Hollow some years ago...go for it. It's just golf!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Sure, you'd rather have Jack's 1-iron, but still a nice move by Arnie and, judging from all we know about Graeme so far, a well-deserved gift.

If Arnie is gonna continue passing along old artifacts, I call dibs on his first Cessna Citation.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
Yeah, no doubt it won't be missed by Arnie, but it was a nice gesture to a good guy who Arnie knew would probably really appreciate it. Arnold Palmer gives me a 1 iron...glass display case by the end of the week!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
Agreed Chris.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
The following was before I got ill:

I have a Cleveland TA3 with a DG X100 which I faithfully put in the bag for Lions Muny in downtown Austin. I tee off with it on several hole, depending on the wind, and it can be good for a 120-150 yard ''chip outs''--

--- but the shot of the century was from 175, from the 14th fairway (I was playing the 12th, a short par 5) I took a few practice swings, and then, with a small forward press, hit it under the canopy of a couple of flowering crepe myrtles about 20 yards in front of me, and then over a pond,about 120 feet wide from the angle I crossed it, where the creek, dammed up, fronts the green, then in to the upslope of the green, and onto the green where it came to a slow rolling stop some 40 feet from the pin...!! from 175, !!under low branch full flowering large crepe myrtles, !! over another 40 yards, !! then over a pond, then up on the green where it actually STOPPED!

And all from a bare dirt hard pan lie- typical Texas rough!

Arnie would have wanted to mount my Cleveland in a glass case!!!!

That club is in my hands right now, perhaps accounting for my better typing than usual.

Thank you for listening. Tough to be on the sidelines.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
''I have a Cleveland TA3 with a DG X100---~*~*~*ONE IRON*~**~*~ sorry, man and it was such a good story.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs, you are anywhere but on the sidelines, even if you can't play right now.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
A local bar when it opened offered free pitchers of beer for anyone donating a decoration for the walls, I think Arnie just wants to get comped at Gmacs Pub.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
The story doesnt say how after the 2nd shot, the head was rusted off and went flying down the range. So after he got the head back, dodging tour Pro chips, he comes crawling back military style, says here you go Mr. Palmer and Arnie told him he could keep it.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStreaky Putter
Still have a Mizuno 1 iron that I used to cream on a simulator, but was a disaster outside. Holds up two tomato plants beautifully though.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
@ digsouth: thank you regardless of typo. great memory. great shot!
03.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
Still have a Staff 1-iron and occassionally pick it up and I swear it looks like it would be impossible to hit. Hard to believe I actually used to use it off the tee.....often.
03.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Arnie gives me a 1 iron, it goes in the bag.
They ought to have one tournament per year in which they give all the players circa 1970 equipment.
03.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark in the Dark
mark in the dark--''shanker's paradise''
03.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Sorry for late reply...but nice one Digs. One irons are still very "educational" for some golfers and I have the 1-iron from my 1991 Titleist Tour Models w/ X200's....yup those were some stout irons, but they are a big reason why I developed into a semi-decent player in my early 20's (sophomore to senior year). I got a box of 1-PW plus 3 additional wedges, all with frequency matched shafts. Gifted to me from my eventual golf guru/yogi/friend.

To this day I have not set eyes on prettier looking mid-short irons. The 6 was my all time favorite, but I bent/re-bent em so many times that the hosels cracked sometime in late 1997.

Oh well...Mizunos have been ordered. Can't wait for some new accuracy tools! Going with a tad lighter weight...just a teeny bit lighter on the swingweight. Seems to get me 2-3 more mph on the radar thingy.
03.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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