Wow how have I not seen this thread before??
I have loved the 1940s and 50s MacGregors since before I was in high school; 2o+ years ago. I have had most of the drivers on my list, but of course there are a few I have yet to come across.
Even though the they are not worth nearly a fraction of what they were worth back in the day, I still cant get enough of them. They are all beautiful, and no two are ever alike, thats for sure. Some have stellar grain, some not so much, some havegrea stamps, neck numbers, some have surprises! (I once pulled a plate of an all original Byron Nelson 259 driver, when I was refinishing it, and written in the cavity were the initials "HT" and the date 9252 (I am assuming it was the date).. Very cool..
Anyway, its actually a very good thing that the prices are way down, as I could have never afforded some of the woods I have owned in 1988 prices!!
Here is my list:1) Toney Penna WW THE HOLY GRAIL!!
(Never seen one in person.. I could stop collecting if I ever found one!!)2) Tommy Armour BJD
-- Never owned one, but have refinished several. HUGE head3)Tourney M09LFF Jumbo~
Have owned several and refinished 7 or 8 of them. My favorite version is the early one with the red fiber insert.4) Hogan Pro Model-
I have 2 of these at the moment, both black. *They originally came in black or rosewood)5) Toney Penna TP Special
- Currently own 2 sets of these, and one other driver.. One driver has had extensive work done to it, the other two are all original and sitting on my rack in the basement...patiently waiting for refinishing (They need it!)
6)Toney Penna 403PT-
The Penna stuff is my favorite. This model is sharp.. 69 style head, sweepback plate, red fiber.. a classic!! I have a nice head down in the workshop.. waiting for a nice original shaft and grip to come along, then I'll redo it7)Tourney M85=
A classic.. should be on everyones list! I am currently refinishing a really nice set for a friend. They were mine, but no longer. Thats okay; I will look for a new set!8)Armour 945.
I have had prob 6 or 7 sets of these at one time or another, and one of those sets was the best AO set I ever had.. Dont have any of them at the moment.. Sold them to buy others.. A true persimmon ho!9) Armour 693-
The most sought after set.. Dont have any at the moment.. I have had so many of them I got a bit bored with them.. No reason to though.. Great sticks, pear shape is just awesome.. Find a deep face model and dont let go (Like I did) 10)Armour 653 Eye O Matic-
There are clubs in my list that are rarer, but short of the WWs which I will prob. never see, this is my favorite set. I just love the wbw insret, the sweepback plate, the driver always seems to be deep. Heres another thing about the 653s.. Every set I have ever owned (that was original that is) had the deepest, best stampings overall on the toe, compared to other woods.. Its uncanny.. I have a 1,3,4,5 set down in the basement which are no exception.. Beautiful clubs! Looking for an AO 2 wood to finish the set. Anyone got one??Here are some honorable mentions:M75 Tourneys
(Love the wrw insert) My first ever classic Mac was an M75 OH 2 woodM65 Tourneys
(The swan neck is great)Any Velocitized woods
(Pure 1950s styling with the Rocket.. SO cool)George Bayers.
. Always Nice and deepM43 woods.
. Just about the same head as Penna 403, Model 65, 945 and 693, just with a butterfly plate. Had a few of these)1967-68 Nicklaus VIP
.. LOVE the crown and toe stampsDemaret Master
woods- The only store line model in my list.. I really like this driver.. I have a nice example downstairs, and it always looks great to me. Red fiber insert, a great block!Hogan 4303
.. Nice woods... Got a set downstairs too. Nice deep face!