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Classical Wood Restoration Process



Hidden Gems

I’ve recently had the privilege of restoring a classical set of MacGregor Tourney woods for Thomas Adams of suburban Chicago. During the summer of 1950; Tom saved his money to buy the complete set of woods and irons from the Pro at Elmhurst Country Club where, as a teenager he worked in the golf shop, caddied and often played the game from dawn-to-dusk.

Over the years and through the decades, he practiced and played a lot of golf with the set. Then, in the late 1970's, the woods were sent out to be professionally repaired and refinished.

When they returned from the workshop, the club heads featured a new look, but had changed substantially to a more Wilson-esque fashion with bright red inserts and a jet-black opaque finish.

The thick, glossy coating completely filled in the woods original stamped markings. Also, the scoring lines across the faces and inserts were much wider with erratic alignment and depth.


Tom wasn’t sure of the model number for the set, but felt certain the woods had always been black and their original stampings were paint filled in red when he purchased them. Unless a special make-up (SMU), this color scheme in the 1950 Tourney line would indicate a M33 model. However, the sets original True Temper "C" shafts would point to the M43.

Mr. Adams hoped for the woods to be restored to their original appearance as he planned to give the set to his teenage grandson to keep as an heirloom and to potentially play with.


Restoring each club face was the most complex part
of the project requiring multiple detailed procedures

When performing this work, it is best not strip the club head early.  The old finish will serve as a sealant and protect the wood from epoxy overflow penetrating into the wood surrounding the top of the new inlay; thus providing for consistent dye penetration of the area later.  The old coating will also function as a visual gage for maintaining original contours and soft transitions around the top-line and face perimeter. 

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