Old School Oakley Frogskins

Good news: The greatest glasses that Oakley ever produced are now available at East Dane.

For years, Oakley made all sorts of sport glasses, but broke into the mainstream with these wayfarer-type glasses for guys that weren’t on a sports field, or Brian Bosworth.  There are four Frogskins styles available…I’m really digging on the top two: black with the purple lenses, or clear with the ‘blaze’ lenses.  It won’t be hard to talk Mrs. RCS into the bottom left: clear with the green lenses.

What do you think?  Which is your favorite?

Troy - June 14, 2016 - 1:40 PM

Love them. I still have a pair of neon yellow frames with purple lens that my parents bought for me at a BMX store in St. Pete, FL around 1987.

Head’s Up: Sid Mashburn Warehouse Sale is This Weekend

Team – the good folks at Sid Mashburn & Ann Mashburn are having a warehouse sale this weekend.  The sale will be at 1100 Howell Mill Road on Friday from 9-6, and Saturday from 10-4.  According to Mashburn HQ: “there will be some great Ann Mashburn pieces, and select Sid items (so get there early!).”

This is a HUGE opportunity to get some great Mashburn goods at rock bottom prices.  I did a couple posts about the last one:

First: A recap of the sale itself

Second: All the stuff I got for Mrs. RCS and myself

Some inside baseball: be sure to get there EARLY.  And by ‘early’, I mean it wouldn’t be a bad idea to be in line no later than 8:00AM on Friday, and 8:30-9 on Saturday.  Get a cup of coffee and a good attitude.  You are about to crush it.

W - June 13, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Just to confirm this Sale will be at Crafted and not at the Mashburn store?

Thanks for the headsup!

Vacation Time

Team,

Tomorrow morning, the Mrs. and I are heading South for a week.  Time for some rest, relaxation, sunburns, and hangovers.  I might post, I might not.  There will probably be some action on RCS’s Instagram, if you are into that sort of thing.

Y’all hold down the fort for us while we’re gone.

-JRS

Vintage Porsches: Raise the Roof (Rack)

I have a strange obsession with vintage Porches.  There is a timeless ‘cool’ about them that sits well with me.  Maybe it’s because you don’t need to be wearing an Italian suit while driving… The vintage Porches have a unique appeal.  They aren’t for everyone, but that’s the point.

A nice feature that I really like are the roof racks.  They give them a certain panache that says: “I’m the coolest guy on the road, and I’m about to pull into Home Depot”.  Works for me.

Here’s a visual feast:

jay - June 9, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Badass. I want one but I the people at my office would probably think I’m an asshole. Assuming they don’t already…

Ryan - June 9, 2016 - 10:10 AM

I love the roof racks as well! I’m actually in the market for a birth year 1977 targa. Prices keep going hope. Hoping to find a fixer upper

Steven Bremer - June 10, 2016 - 7:59 AM

JRS, thank you for sharing the 911 love. I have wanted one since I was a little boy and while the fire still burns I decided to scratch the sports car itch with something a bit different.

If you want to get in to a vintage P car but don’t want to spend a ton of money may I suggest the 912?

Damn Good Dog: Bretagne, the last of the 9/11 Search Dogs, Dies at 16

Today is a sad day.  Bretagne, the last surviving search and rescue dog that participated in the 9/11 rescue and recovery, crossed the rainbow bridge.  She was 16 years old, and lived a full live, not only tirelessly working at the World Trade Center on 9/11, but also during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ivan, and many other disasters.  She was part of Texas Task Force One, and was with her handler Denise Corliss.

According to Ms. Corliss:

Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) had been experiencing kidney failure and had not eaten for three days.  “She was really anxious last night, and she just wanted to be with me,” Ms. Corliss said. “So I laid down with her, right next to her. When she could feel me, she could settle down and go to sleep. I slept with her like that all night.”

She will be laid to rest in the Houston area.

She was given a fitting tribute by her fellow officers:

 

She’s already a star, having been featured in ‘Dog’s Best Day’ from Bark Dog in New York City:

 

All dogs go to heaven, but she is at the front of the line.  Hug your four-legged family members a little tighter tonight, folks.

Images: Google Images

Ben - June 8, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Thanks for the great post. RIP Bretagne

A Tale of Two Scotty Camerons

To all of you that say Scotty Cameron putters are NOT worth it, I completely agree with you.  To all of you that say Scotty Cameron putters are the best putters ever, I agree with you, too.

Image: Golf Channel

Chapter 1: The Acquisitions

I have two Scotty Cameron putters, and I love them both.  I came to own them in very different ways.

The first Scotty Cameron I ever owned is a 2004 Studio Design 2.5 in the Black Pearl finish.  It has a curved neck which is a little weird, but whatever.  How I found this is a funny story.  As most of you long-time readers know, I’m a big Goodwill guy.  Back in 2011, I stopped in a random Goodwill on a whim, and was nosing around in the housewares section.  Sometimes you come across some cedar shoe trees, some Tervis Tumblers, or something extremely random.  It’s always worth a sweep.

Anyway, something in the sporting goods section caught my eye.  I saw the top of this:

I thought to myself: ‘wow, a Scotty Cameron putter cover…’.  Not something you see everyday, and quite frankly, very out of place at a Goodwill.  I went over to examine the merchandise, and this is what was inside:

Needless to say, I was elated.  A Scotty Cameron Studio Design 2.5 putter in really good shape!  What a find, and at a Goodwill!  There was no doubt that this was coming home with me, but I was worried about the price…

 

No, that’s not $393, which is what a new Scotty Cameron is going for these days (we’ll get into that later), but $3.93.  Under $4.  FOR A SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTER.  No brainer.  I putted with this for years, and really loved it.  I liked how the weight felt, reducing my deceleration, and really helping me with my distance control.  This putter stayed in my bag until I caught up with one of my oldest and closest friends and fraternity brother…

We graduate from college, get jobs, go to grad school, get married, buy houses, have kids, etc, but the friendship with fraternity brothers, especially those that were part of your crew/housemates/bail-bondsmen, never dilutes.  I got a random text from one of those brothers, and he wanted to get together and hit the links.  He had recently had his second kid, and needed to get out.  Obviously, I was happy to oblige.

A little back story: we played intramural golf together at our university representing our Fraternity, and we were actually pretty good.  I think we won the championship one year, and came in second another.  Wes and I were the ones that planned the golf outing at our fraternity’s beach formal every year (which usually turned into exactly what you think), we went to the Masters together, and the BellSouth/AT&T Classic.  We have a pretty serious golfing history together.

I met him out at a local club, and by the time we were off the driving range, it was like it was 1998.  We were back to our old selves, and his stress level was back at an acceptable clip.  After our second or third hole, I noticed he was using a really nice Odyssey putter.  Obviously he was putting like crap, but that wasn’t the point.  Back in the day, he had putted (like crap) with a really nice Cameron.  I asked him about it…

“What ever happened to that Cameron putter?’

‘You want it?  It’s in my basement.  There’s a new bourbon I want to try. Get me a bottle, come by with your wife for a visit, and it’s yours’.

One bottle of Angel’s Envy, and my Cameron collection doubled:

Total investment for two Scotty Cameron putters: $50 + $3.93 = $53.93.

This bourbon-traded second Scotty Cameron that I added to my arsenal is a 1999 Teryllium Newport Two; the one with the insert.  I always admired it.  The grip was very deteriorated, and there was no head cover, but I didn’t care.  I put this dancing Cameron grip on and picked up the head cover from Sea Island.  I replaced the Studio Design putter that was in my bag with this one, and have been using it ever since.  Even though it’s 19 years old, I absolutely love this putter, and have no plans to replace it any time soon.

Chapter 2: The Rebirth(s)

As with any big investment ($600 retail for those two putters for you, or $53.93 for me), I want to make sure they are usable for a long time.  The rust on both actually concerns me, but it’s not so bad that the putters are ruined.  I’ve done a ton of research, and have decided to send the Studio Design putter off to BOS Golf for a refinishing.  They get good reviews on the GolfWRX message boards, and I know a couple folks who have used them in the past with good results.

I am planning on doing what they call the ‘Satin Black Oxide Finish’,  which according to the description: ‘The satin black oxide option is in between shiny and matte in terms of glare.’  Perfect.  I don’t want shiny, and I don’t want matte.

As for the paint fill, I want ALL white.  I’m going for the tuxedo look.  It currently has the red and mustard yellow paint, which I’m not really a big fan of.  The listed price for this is $75, but I may get it stamped, which will add a couple more bucks.

If all goes well with the Studio Design, I’ll send in the Teryllium Newport Two.  I may go with the same ‘Satin Black Oxide Finish’ or up it to the ‘Shiny Black Oxide Finish’, which will give it a little more shine, like it’s original finish.  Again, all white paint fill.  Maybe a stamp.

The biggest thing I’m concerned about with the Teryllium putter is all the dings.  It’s pretty beat up (see above), so it would be great if they could clean it up.  My ‘I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night’ opinion is that the dings are nothing a fine file and sandpaper couldn’t handle.  I don’t want it to be perfect, but it would be nice to have the top line cleaned up a little.  According to what I’ve read, they do take care of the dings, but I’ll verify before sending.  The listed price for the Shiny Black is $70, but I’m sure it’ll come out a to be a little more.

Obviously, as I wax on about these babies, you can tell I’m pretty excited.  I’m ready to have both of these restored and back in the arsenal.  To me, putters aren’t disposable (like wedges).  They become a part of your golf story… and hopefully never find a home at the bottom of a lake.  These two putters each have a good story.  How I came to own them, how they’ve helped my confidence in putting, in turn lowering my handicap, and now giving them new life.  It’s all ball bearings and value proposition.

Chapter 3: What is going on at Scotty Cameron?

Given all of the above, I have to touch on this.  Have you seen the recent Scotty Cameron putters?  They all look like they came from The Jetsons, and they retail for $379(!).  Looking at this from all angles, I can’t see any reason to spend this type of money on a putter.  I am a HUGE fan of capitalism, and 100% believe that price should be what the market will bear, but that is so far beyond what I would be comfortable paying for a new putter. Golf is expensive enough.

How can you overcome this retail gugerkont ?  Find one second hand and send it in for a refinishing if needed.  I am much more comfortable finding one at a second hand store or on Ebay for $150-$200, then spending another $100 on refinishing, a new grip, and a new headcover.  Not to mention that you get to pick the putter you want, and can stay away from the new line.  Unless you are into that sort of thing.

This is the Scotty Cameron line since 2011:

There is ONE putter in the above collection that I would consider: the 2011 California.  Clean lines, no bulb-looking eyes, and not overly logo’ed.  The rest of these look like some sort of torture device or an illuminated traffic signal used at the airport.  They scream new money, new golfer, eager to impress. I’m a traditionalist, and wouldn’t be caught dead with one of those in my bag, simply from an aesthetics perspective.  It would throw off my chi.

Keep in mind that Jordan Spieth, the number one putter in the world, uses an old Scotty Cameron.  He’s been using it since he was 15 years old.

Image: WSJ

Image: WSJ

I get the impression that Spieth is the type of dude who doesn’t do ‘flashy’.  And his chi seems to be in sync.

Not that they are listening, but I sure wish Scotty Cameron would include some sort of traditional blade putter each year.  It works, most folks use them, and I’m sure they would sell.  Their argument would be ‘why would we make a putter that someone would keep for more than a couple years?  We want them to buy a new $379 putter every year!’.  Such is life.  I try.

~~~~~

The next battle in the golf war is to take on the current golf attire situation on tour and at your local golf shop.  We are going to dig in.  Deep.  I’ll leave you with this:

Image: CNN

You’ve been warned.

Will - June 6, 2016 - 9:45 AM

What a cool story. Good luck with your refinishing projects. Scotty does them too, he can refurbish them to their original conditions, granted it will probably set you back $400 instead of the price tag you’re currently looking at. Last year I got a custom DH-89 from Byron Morgan and have been happier than I’ve ever been, I own 4 Scotty’s as well as other putters. Off of the putter talk I think you should check out http://www.seamusgolf.com for your next headcover/s, they are seriously awesome, I have two Harris Tweed covers and they really stand out. I don’t have one yet, but the next bag I get I’m going to get a bag from http://www.themackenziewalker.com, both of these accessories will really go a long way to get that classic look that we both like.

jay - June 6, 2016 - 9:58 AM

LOL. That’s exactly what I said. The 2011 California and maybe the 2011 Special Release. These designs make me think the same thing I thought when the Pontiac Aztec came out, “How much do these guys get paid to do…this???” Terrible ideas.

Trip - June 6, 2016 - 11:25 AM

I really couldn’t care less about golf, but I enjoyed this read.

TCB - June 6, 2016 - 11:29 AM

I have been adding to my putter collection. So far I have two Ping putters, one has a similar look to the Scotty Cameron’s. The other the 2012 limited release. But it has the classic look to it. Not flashy. One was my dads, one my granddad. Granddad also gave me one he won in an outing. Its nice but not a huge brand, I use it to change it up when I’m rusty. Love your attitude towards putters, definitely special, and completely agree that they cost way too much. I guess you can argue that a Barbour or Dubarry boots cost the same.. The putter will last forever with them with less care.

2016 RCS Father’s Day Gift Guide

So all of you know, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th.  Don’t forget your old man.  You and I both know that he isn’t going to give you any hints, much less a list for a Father’s Day gift.  Lucky for you, I’m here to help.

The common denominator for all Father’s Day gifts should be this: something they wouldn’t buy for themselves.  The idea is to give him something that he wants, but he just doesn’t know it yet.  These gifts will turn out to be the most appreciated, and will end up getting the most use.  Remember, time is the best gift you can give your dad.  So in addition to something material (below), pair it with tickets to a ballgame (preferably a minor league game),  a round of golf, or a fishing trip out on the lake.  Good old fashioned father-son time is hard to beat.

Back to the task at hand:

From top left:

1. Randolph Engineering Concord Sunglasses:  Your dad deserves a great pair of sunglasses.  Aviators are about as cool as it gets, so hook him up if he doesn’t have a pair.  If he does, get him some Wayfarers.
2. Tilley Airflow Hat:  Hell, I’m getting on board with the Tilley Airflow hats.  They are incredible…and will see tons of use at the beach this summer.  Get your dad one and watch it become his favorite as well.
3. Jackson Cannon Bar Knife:  You know, for cutting limes.  It’s almost G&T o’clock.
4. Wild Turkey Master’s Keep 17 Bourbon:  There aren’t many bourbons I’d spend this much money on, but it’s getting rave reviews.  Your old man would appreciate it…and the bottle will look good on his bar.
5. Orvis drirelease Zip-Neck Long Sleeve Casting Shirt:  I gave one of these shirts to my dad last year, and he loves it.  He wears it all the time – walking the dog, hanging out on the back deck, and fishing on the St. John river.  I’m spreading the wealth to you readers.
6. Ratio Clothing Greenport Madras Shirt:  There is something about an awesome madras shirt that works.  It has to be long sleeve (with the sleeves rolled up), and lightly pressed.  Your dad will figure that out as soon as he has a chance to wear this bad boy.
7. Smathers & Branson Bourbon Belt:  A bourbon belt for a bourbon drinker.  Your dad could pull this off.  You know it.
8. Titleist Pro V1x Golf Balls:  The best golf balls are ones you receive as a gift…especially Pro V1x’s.  It doesn’t hurt your wallet as bad when you send one deep into the woods, just your soul.
9. SOG Toothlock Knife:  Nothing like having a vicious pocket knife handy for menial household tasks.  This knife sends a message…and scares the kids.  Check and check.
10. iGrill2 Bluetooth Thermometer:  Since your dad just figured out how to use an iPhone with some veracity, why not get him a meat thermometer that has a app?  Test not only his technical skills, but his meat smoking skills as well.
11. Filson Packer Wallet:  His first response will be ‘I already have a wallet’.  Then he’ll notice that his current, beat up model is in serious need of an upgrade.  See, you win again…
12. Adidas Original Adelitte Sandels:  Dads are creatures of habit.  My dad has been wearing Adelittes for years, and they start to show some wear after a few years.  Replace them with a fresh set and he’ll be high-stepping again.
13. Yeti Hopper 20 Cooler:  These coolers are great, and the 20 is PERFECT for the golf cart.  Not that your dad is going to pound a beer a hole, but this gives him the opportunity to keep them cold for a week or so.
14. Genuine Alligator Cigar Case from Tampa Fuego:  For the dad that kicked some serious ass this year.  How great would it be to walk his cigars around in this case?  He’ll be the envy of all his cohorts…

What am I missing?  What’s on the docket for your dad on Father’s Day?

Bob - June 6, 2016 - 10:23 AM

I went a more personalized route – i got my father a cap with his father’s WW2 ship name and number on it. http://www.militarygifts.com/oldsalt.aspx should look great on the links or the sailboat!