I bought mine around 1976 and they had been around at least one year prior...
I have a set of MacGregor Ambassador III by Nicklaus clubs. I think I got them in 1988 or 1989.
Macgregor: VIP by Macgregor blades, Macregor Eye-O-Matik Woods and a Macgregor George Low Wizard putter.
I had a full set of Jack Nichlaus Golden Bear, including woods. They were not Slazenger. They were McGregor. I purchased new in 1985
macgregor vip blades very old clubs
Toney Penna was famous for persimmon drivers, primarily. Back then, clubs were designed, developed, prototyped and handcrafted by the same person and his persimmon woods were very popular on and off the tour. He went on to design lots of very very good clubs, but his company and the clubs that bore his name never really gained much popularity. In the early 90's, Penna Golf wasn't doing to well (the Callaway Big Bertha was kicking everyone's ass). Nicklaus sold his shares of MacGregor and bought out Toney Penna to form Nicklaus Golf. In fact, Nicklaus liked the designs that Penna had at the time so much, that he thought he could save the company simply by putting his name on it. See the "Toney Penna Innovator" and the Nicklaus N1 irons for reference. Value: Penna Innovators from the early 90s or some of his stuff from the 60s and 70s in pristine condition might be worth a couple hundred bucks to the right person.
Wilson Staff. 61 in total. But MacGregor has 59 total.
Jack Nicklaus' brother Bob
Walter Hagen golf clubs are one of the house brands carried by Dick's Sporting Goods. They are actually made by Nicklaus Golf.
Golden Bear golf clubs have a good reputation and are made from titanium, so they won't break or wear. The Master Set of Golden Bear clubs retails for 399 dollars, USD.
1982 or 1983. I purchased my set in 1983 when Jack was using them on tour.
Not really. A good indicator if golf clubs are good or not is if they are used on tour.
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The golden eagle's were made by First Flight, were popular in the 1960's
He lives in Florida. He likes to play the occasional round of golf, but not professionally any more, he has some business interests like clothing, clubs and course design.
The standard wedge has a 46° loft. The "Grass-N-Sand" variant has a 50° loft.
I would imagine, if the clubs have been used and not by Jack, they are probably not worth any U.S. currency, besides sentimental value. At least anyone with any sense would not give money for 30 year old clubs. Technology advances regularly in golf clubs especially the last 10 years. so if somebody really wanted really cheap clubs they could find some at a 1/3 of the age of 1981 clubs for next to nothing. How much is a computer... or a refrigerator... or a TV... or even a car worth from 1981? Exactly. That is not exactly true. Macgregor irons are highly collectable and are quite pricey. If these clubs are new or mint condition they are worth 500.00 or more. Sets of VIP irons from 1967 sell for 1000 new, 500 or more used. Another note. Irons have not changed very much when it comes to forged blades. These irons were some of the finest ever forged, and the finish grinding were performed by masters like Don White. These clubs were responsible for 58 major victories. Hope this helps.
I cannot state the exact years. Slazenger sold the Hogan clubs in UK during the 1960 and 1970's. I own a set from 1973.
They are not as good as they used to be. A lot of tour pros used to play them, but none now. They are a good set for beginners. Additional info from Dave: Ram did make Pro clubs (esp. irons) back in the day. In the 1970's and thru the 90's were Golden Ram Matched series, Golden Ram axials, Golden Ram Tour Grind, FX Forged, Tom Watson wedges and others that are amazingly excellent. I know because I own many of these clubs and am a very low handicapper who is knowledgable in vintage golf clubs (I know, get a life). Thanks. Dave Barnett - Redding California
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They are decent quality clubs, ideal for a beginner or game improver. But they are not really used by low handicap amateurs or professionals. They are ideal for beginners because they are cheap and easy to hit. Correction: Ram did make Pro clubs (esp. irons) back in the day. In the 1970's and thru the 90's were Golden Ram Matched series, Golden Ram axials, Golden Ram Tour Grind, FX Forged, Tom Watson wedges and others that are amazingly excellent. I know because I own many of these clubs and am a very low handicapper who is knowledgable in vintage golf clubs (I know, get a life). Thanks. Dave Barnett - Redding California