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Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:48 am
by 84425
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Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:18 pm
by Addington Arnie
Nice one Jurren,

Do you have one yourself? I think Two has one, mine is in the air crossing the atlantic at the moment (looks slightly shallower face than the one in the advert) and I have a tip off that another forum member may have cornered the market in limited edition Masters versions 8-)

Be fun to see how they play.

Cheers, Arnie

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:19 am
by 84425
Hi Graham,

Unfortunately i do not (yet) own a WB. But I'm in the process of buying two of them, so it won't be long :D

I took the two ads from an ebay auction from last week. Dave Wood was selling a WB driver he had made for Jackie Burke. I asked him if he had any more pictures/stories and he added the picture below to the auction. The picture shows the driver he made for Bernhard Langer as a gift for his '93 Masters victory. Langer played a WB driver during that tournament. As Mr Langer is a religious man, Dave Wood chose to give the driver a religious theme and painted and engraved the Last Supper on the skirt of the driver. Later it turned out that Langer was the last to win a Major using a persimmon driver and the gift made for Langer to congratulate him on his win also happened to be the last persimmon driver Dave Wood ever built.

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Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:49 am
by Addington Arnie
Wow that Langer "last supper" driver is something else Jurren! Almost matches my "Dave Ballester" set for story value lol! Isn't that one of the joys of persimmons, the individuality and persionality of each club tied in with the stories and the history? At the highest level it is an art form. I think the Wood Bros Texan made originally for Jackie Burke was snaffled by our friend FreddieC last night and I believe that Dave Wood gave him some further detail on the way that Langer liked his driver set up. I'll ask Fred if he is comfortable with sharing that info.

Cheers, Arnie

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:14 am
by 84425
Oh really, did Fred buy that driver?

Jackie Burke thought the driver sat to square and had another driver made with a bit more loft and 1* closed. According to Mr Wood the driver Fred now bought is close to the specs for Langers WB driver.

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:18 am
by aiguille
Check out the crucifix....craftsmanship from a bygone era.

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:22 am
by Addington Arnie
84425 wrote:Oh really, did Fred buy that driver?

Jackie Burke thought the driver sat to square and had another driver made with a bit more loft and 1* closed. According to Mr Wood the driver Fred now bought is close to the specs for Langers WB driver.


I think so - spend enough time on ebay and you get to recognise account names - I really should get out more! I have dropped him a line to confirm.

Cheers, Arnie

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:05 am
by Addington Arnie
Yes it was Fred - good for him!

Here is an extract of his email exchange with Dave Wood:

Your observations are correct. Most of the retail Texan heads were based on an altered turning master, who's DNA, was tied to the MacGregor Nelson model 69 that was used in the M85. As a raw turning form, the apex of its height on the face profile, would be slightly over 1 3/4". The crown height began at 2". But these dimensions are in the turning masters raw form. I think most Texan face depths would measure between 1 5/8 to slightly under 1 3/4" in finished form, due to top-line edges and stain line optics. (sole radius and leading edge cambering affected this visually as well)

WB Driving Instruments were hand crafted and sculpted from solid blocks, Overall they look the same, but upon critical inspection... each had is own uniqueness and character. Many variables in club-making to achieve the finished specifications and harmonized optical results.

Langers head did not appear overly deep, because he wanted his top-line softly rolled under. The stain line would encroach on the face. Bernhard also liked for the face-line to appear very square at address, so the toe stain-line would continue to the edge of the face profile. If you took that same head and brought the stain-line downward, it would look closed to his eye. Another detail was that he wanted the club bored to 56.5 degrees, which was upright for the time, but he wanted it to appear flat at address. To do this the crown was lowered and blended just a little more than a standard model. Very subtle things. He was a perfectionist and a technician and always a challenge to work with.


Interesting fun stuff!

Cheers, Arnie

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:12 am
by lagpressure
Those Wood Brothers are true works of art and craftsmenship. It's shocking most of the people who play this game have turned their backs on the look, feel and playability of persimmon.

Re: Wood Brothers

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:08 pm
by freddiec
Jurren,
The Jackie Burke driver according to Dave Wood is virtually a "twin" of Bernard Langers driver. It was made from the same turning. Its very nice. I've hit it a few times last week. I wouldnt say its my ultimate set up. I do like one that sits about a degree closed myself with a tiny bit more face progression, but I do love it.

I spoke to Dave Wood last week after I received it. Dave as you know is a super Gentleman, its been a pleasure getting to know him a bit. He's one of the nicest guys I've ever had the opportunity to get to know. He's also a very talented Artist and is busy with a lot of that work. I must say today I'm very fortunate to own 2 more Texans today. He was willing to sell me 2 that he was (barely) willing to part with. I say this because I know he loves his clubs. I'm calling this my last hurah. I think I'm done buying for a while. I've got some good ones and these 2 new ones, one in particular which I did manage to hit today is really something special one of a kind. Dave hand made this one (natural stain 9 deg.) for Ben Crenshaw as his back up. His primary was a M85 which Dave also customized for Ben. This blonde 9 degree was built to Ben's spec and he did play a few times with it in competition. The 10 degree was used by Jeff Sluman. Not sure what shaft is in there Slu, because there is no band. The 9 deg natural (BC) originally had a Hogan 5 shaft, but when Ben gave it back to Dave a S300 was put in and it was displayed at Wood Bros. in Texas. Like most Texans they have great grain pattern.