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In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:56:39 PM »
It takes a lot for me to buy a putter that isn't an 8802 style.  But this one is absolutely special.  These were a 303/304 stainless Damascene metal.  Tad has told me a little about these, like the fact that they would be placed in a strong acid that would etch one metal and leave the other undisturbed to bring out the pattern in the steel. 

This model is a Pro 1 (Anser style) compared to most of the ones that have been for sale that do not have the plumber's neck.  No site dots or lines (Reflog74 will dig it!) on this one.  Per Tad, everything was engraved, rather than stamped.  The shaft is the classic YSC with 3" step patterns for extra soft feel.  Byron uses these shafts as well as Cameron on his 009s.  This is the Anser equivalent of the Wilson "Head Speed" shaft.  Very soft feel.  It's topped off with a Golf Pride Traction Action (Pingman profile) underlisting and Peach Putters leather strap. 

Enjoy the photos.  Once the snow melts, I'll let you know how it feels.  I'll also compare it to the Adams Damascus 8802 I have.

Adams Damascus 8802
Bettinardi 110Cu BB2
Byron DB Captain Morgan Cu 1/4
Cameron 1996/500 Copper Napa
Giannini 1992 handmade 8802
Lajosi Damascus LP-808
Mills 8802 handmade
Scratch McCoy 8802 handmade
Tad Moore Hoffman 8802 Cu
Wilson DB Arnold Palmer
Xenon 8802 copper handmade #388
Yamada Razor Cu

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 12:00:49 AM »
That'll play.  Congrats!

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 12:02:25 AM »
Cool putter, and snow?  I thought you lived in Vegas.

reflog74

Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 12:06:24 AM »
Oh, that is nice!  Love the way Tad used the pattern in the metals as a natural "sightline".

Congrats on the pickup, Brad.   8)

John

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 12:10:04 AM »
That would be a wall hanger on the wall of the most 'anti-wall hanger' man's wall.

Play it with pride, but if not you just have to hang on to such a piece as this... it is a work of art!

Jimbo  8)
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Tour Exotics EXi irons
Tour Exotics 56*/60* Xtreme Spin Black wedges
Tad Moore Pro1, Slighter Portland, Byron Morgan C/S Spud in AlBz, Byron Morgan cc Proto (they rotate)
Xenon Cu 10* currently in the bag

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2013, 05:15:17 AM »
Amazing looking putter, would love to try that out (indoors of course!)
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TM M1 3HL 17° Fuji Pro95 (Stiff)
Adams ProMini 18° Aerotech HLS880 F4
Ping S55 White Dot  4-PW KBS Tour S
SCOR 4161 wedges 49/53/58 KBS Stiff
Tad Moore Hoffman Blade / James Ingles 12g Custom Flow Neck / MannMade MA66 FN

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2013, 09:13:50 AM »
Sweet Putter!

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2013, 02:55:08 PM »
Nice, very nice, you got taste
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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2013, 05:04:49 PM »
I saw that one on ebay - I would've picked it up myself if I had that kind of money! 
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Tad

Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2013, 02:58:29 PM »
These are the most beautiful putters I ever made and I think anyone ever made.  Feel is typical of a two piece head.  In this case the head is very soft stainless and the neck is the harder stronger (so it would not bend).  Some people feel that two pice heads feel better.  The ingots were placed to try to give a look that had some intent for aiming but we had no control.  It was orientated to give max visual look.  If you own one you are a lucky guy.  Tad

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2013, 10:12:03 PM »
Definition of hell: Stuck in a hotel room for 3 weeks with 4 inches of snow on the ground and NEITHER of the putters you have are your preferred 8802 style.  Nothing but Ansers!

Thankfully, I have a DASS Bettinardi BHB5-SS lying around to compare the Damascus Tad to.  The bad news is that the only balls I could find were Slazenger Raw Distance logo balls.  (Hey, we were clearing out an office and that was what was lying around!)

The hotel carpet is stimping around 14-15, so a large gated swing is not advised.  However, the feel of the Damascus Tad is definitely clicky.  It wasn't until I was able to verify the feel against the DASS Bettinardi that I understand why:  The Damascus has a VERY thin face.  The comparison of the cavity thickness of the Betti versus the Tad is obvious.  I'll see if I can provide photos later.

If you are an Anser fan and prefer floating faces ("beached" for those that don't know what a floating face is,) you will love the feel of these Damascus gems.  Definitely a much crisper feel than a thicker face or one made from soft carbon. 

The good news is the auditory feedback is a simple click.  Some of the floating face milled putters and thinner faces often give a different, clunky sound.  The sound of the Tad, while clicky, is extremely clean sounding. 

The other good news is that with 303 and 304 stainless, maintenance should be minimal.  No worry about a colored finish wearing off or rust compared to many of the Damascene metals that have one layer of carbon or rusty metal.
Adams Damascus 8802
Bettinardi 110Cu BB2
Byron DB Captain Morgan Cu 1/4
Cameron 1996/500 Copper Napa
Giannini 1992 handmade 8802
Lajosi Damascus LP-808
Mills 8802 handmade
Scratch McCoy 8802 handmade
Tad Moore Hoffman 8802 Cu
Wilson DB Arnold Palmer
Xenon 8802 copper handmade #388
Yamada Razor Cu

reflog74

Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2013, 11:18:24 PM »
The hallways are great for lag putting!

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John

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2013, 09:42:14 AM »
Had the good fortune of being able to putt with the Tad Moore Pro 1 Damascus yesterday.  Wow!  What great feel.  Hard to believe it was stainless.  Not to mention being very pretty. 

New item for the "bucket list".

Tad, Rick Cooper milling?

John

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2013, 10:03:23 AM »
Yes done by my friend Rick Cooper.  The best !!!!  He knew how to do it.  I hope to be able to do it again someday here in Selma when i make a pro1    Tad

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Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2013, 05:24:43 PM »
Tad, if you make this again, I will have to buy one for my Dad.

JTeke

Re: In hand photos of the Tad Moore Damascus Pro 1
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2018, 06:55:53 PM »
Does anyone know of the whereabouts of this putter currently?
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