CC Chattell and Reshafting Hickory Irons

One of my favorite people came around the other day to have Charlie reshaft a hickory iron using the hickory shaft from another club. This guy buys, collects and sells golf clubs, vintage and new, and has a good eye for what makes money. A complete set of hickory irons is much more valuable than individual clubs.

A set of matching irons, typically six or seven pieces, (they weren't all numbered 100 years ago the way they are now) is hard to find. This collector found such a set but one of the irons had a shaft that didn't match the rest of the clubs. He also found an iron with the right hickory shaft that did match. So he had to find someone to swap the shafts.

This is not a job you can give to your local big box golf store to do. It's not even a job you can give most independent golf retailers to handle because it requires tools and expertise that vanished early in the last century. But you can get that job done here at Klees Golf Shop.

Should Have Taken the Drop

Cactus lined courses are helpful for keeping a golfer in the fairway and respectful of the surrounding environment. This guy had no business doing what he did and he got punished. In spades!

My friend, Bob Spletter, sent me this photo and accompanying text. He knows what it's like playing on desert courses. I'm sure there are equally funny photos of golfers in places they don't belong for reasons that truly defy rational thinking.

This happened on a desert golf course in the upper Scottsdale area.

Trying to hit the shot, [the golfer] fell backwards into the cactus. It took paramedics over 3 hours to pull cactus out before he could go in an ambulance to the hospital.

He should have taken a "drop."

Ping G20 Launch a Success

The after-work "party" we had at the golf shop to launch the new Ping G20 line of woods and irons went well given how short the time frame was for publicizing the event. A combination of signage, email and social media brought in around 10 customers, who were fitted for Ping drivers, irons and hybrids, entered a free raffle for a new Ping putter and got to eat a very nice spread from Calabria Deli.

It looks like almost all of the product made available for the fittings was sold, plus a couple of orders for irons followed later. At a time when everyone seems to be playing less golf the response to Ping's new line is a welcome morale booster for us.

This was the first time Klees Golf Shop hosted such an event and we're planning to repeat this venture with another manufacturer in the next two or three weeks. Stay tuned.

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