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Video vault: Tommy Armour III trying to hit vintage golf clubs



Tommy Armour III

Tommy Armour III is a 57-year-old two-time PGA Tour winner and damn legend of the game who is still making his bones on the PGA Tour Champions.

Good on Skratch TV for picking TA3 as the guy to film the following video with: a pro hitting museum-worthy clubs. And credit to Neil Sagebiel of Armchair Golfer for digging up this video from last fall.

First up, a Spalding Tournament Model 3-wood. The club is from the 60s, perhaps? “There’s a good chance this…could explode as we hit it,” Armour says as he looks the club over.

tommy armour iii skratchHeck, rather than reading at a transcript of the video, you should be watching one of the truly legendary journeymen of the game.

Sidebar: Was there any doubt in your mind that TA3 still wears nails?

tommy armour iii shoesKeeping the ball constant, there’s no better way to illustrate the improvements in golf technology than an exercise like the above.

It’s a superior illustration to use a near-60-year-old pro than, say, the Gumby-esque center-contact-making Justin Thomas, who could probably still pipe a persimmon 290.


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  1. Someone

    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    what spiked clubhead covers did he have

  2. rex235

    Oct 7, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Would have gladly loaned him one with his Grandfathers name on it….

  3. A

    Oct 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

    It sucks that we bifurcate in golf anyway by letting Pros wear metal spikes. I would love to get to wear metal spike wherever I played. It just isn’t fair.

  4. fla fla fooey

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    should have given him a real solid persimmon driver-well maintained, not that POS. That would have been interesting.

    • Stephen Finley

      Oct 24, 2017 at 12:08 am

      True. Looks like he might be into a light quartering wind — hard to tell exactly — but I’ve seen Tommy hit it, and you can see the mph numbers here. I’d be surprised if he failed to get a decent persimmon out there about 20-25 yards longer than this. He can find the ball with the clubhead, for sure.

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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter



With 140K followers on Twitter and a website as well, No Laying Up have become one of the most popular accounts in the golfing world. However, when the group plugged the second season of their show Tourist Sauce” with a new promo, it provoked a strong response from “the voice of golf,” former Golf Channel and PGA Tour host, writer, and producer, Peter Kessler. (Kessler responded to Green Jacket Auctions, who praised NLU’s work).

Kessler, no stranger to speaking his mind, then spent hours feuding with fellow social media users who defended No Laying Up’s promo. As is often the case in the world of social media, the arguments descended into personal insults, on which Kessler did not hold back.

Consider these tweets representative of dozens more in the same vein.

Although Kessler was firmly in attack mode, he had to be on his guard when @ProV1_iron took aim at his Perfect Club infomercials from back in the day. The spots are largely a humorous relic in the golfing world, but Kessler was having none of the “people in glass houses” analogy.

The responses from Kessler went on and on, and many had been expecting the ex-Golf Channel host cool off after yesterday’s exploits. However, the opposite happened, with Kessler getting right back in the saddle this morning and continuing his tirade against defenders of the show, with Kessler claiming NLU’s promo “is like intro to entertainment in 9th grade and school just started. Surely you’ve seen good movies and tv shows. These aren’t them.”

Despite saying that he has “Gotta run,” Kessler remains locked in a battle of personal insults with other social media users.

What do you make of Peter Kessler’s social media outburst, GolfWRX members?

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Which Air Jordan model should Nike release as a golf shoe next?



According to GolfMagic, Nike’s Air Jordan III golf shoe took off from the foul line and soared right out of stock.

Per the site: “Nike launched this new model back in February… but you’ll do very well to get your hands on either them right now as they have sold out on Nike’s website. However, a Nike spokesperson has since commented saying “more is on the way.”

Grammar aside, this is interesting.

Now, it wasn’t long ago that all golf shoes looked like this.

And with all due respect to the Etonic Dri-Lite of yore, and giving wide berth to the traditionalists in the golf footwear space, the transition to sneaker-style golf shoes is cool, isn’t it? I mean, even if you’re monumentally swagger impaired like myself and could never pull the “Js on the fairways” look off, it’s intriguing, no?

With that in mind, and recognizing the demand for the 3s, I thought it’d be interesting to consider what the next Jordan golf shoe ought to be.

Here are my finalists for the next wide release (yes, I know Nike made Ray Allen custom 11s and MJ has had a few customs). Many of these are new colorways of classic (OG) models. I’ve tried for a range of styles and picks from across the Jordan timeline. Images via the excellent catalogue on the Jordan website.

Air Jordan XXXII

Air Jordan VI

Air Jordan VIII

Air Jordan II (low)

Air Jordan XXX

Let me know what you think, GolfWRX Members!

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…



Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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