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Jack Nicklaus has worn the same Rolex for 50 years

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“It doesn’t just tell time, it tells history,” etc. Insert footage of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tiger Woods, and other greats of the game rolling over some of their career highlights. Dramatic music swells. Trophies are raised. So goes many a Rolex commercial.

Jack Nicklaus has officially endorsed Rolex since 1995, but he has had a relationship with the company since the late 1960s. How many hundreds of Rolexes, then, do you think the Golden Bear owns?

One. Not one hundred. One Rolex. Incredible, right?

Nicklaus sat down for an interview with Hodinkee.com. The 18-time major winner says he’s worn the same Rolex Day-Date reference 1803 in yellow gold, every day since he got it in 1967.

And how he got it (with an assist from Gary Player) is an entertaining story. Check out Jack’s interview with Hodinkee founder, Benjamin Clymer, for an answer to that question and to hear Mr. Nicklaus’ fascinating story of his beloved timepiece.

If you suspected there’s an overlap between golf equipment enthusiasts and watch aficionados, you’d be right. Check out this thread started in response to the Hodinkee piece for some excellent commentary and a few shots of WRXers Rolexes.

Here’s another photo of Nicklaus’ Day-Date, courtesy of Hodinkee.

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  1. LYNDON MACLEOD

    Mar 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    The only Rolex Jack has ever worn has at least 3 faces. Gold, White and Black. Only one Rolex. Has he golfed with Donald Trump? He’s only had one mistress.

  2. peter collins

    Oct 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Did we need to know this…. Shank

  3. Rich

    Oct 14, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Slow news day in the golfing world huh.

  4. JOEL GOODMAN

    Oct 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I HAVE BEEN WEARING A STAINLESS STEEL ROLEX EXPLORER 2 SINCE 1967, AND I PAID FOR IT.

  5. Andrew

    Oct 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    To the poor peons: This is called “money insuranance”. Very common for world travelers who understand what money is.

  6. John Rogers

    Oct 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    How old is his underwear.

  7. robin

    Oct 13, 2017 at 11:34 am

    You can really screw up a antique watch wearing it while you golf.

  8. Acemandrake

    Oct 13, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Can we please get an article about Jack’s oldest sweater?

    The world anxiously awaits.

  9. Terry (TMAC)

    Oct 12, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    If you’re only going to own 1 Rolex, that’s a nice one to have.

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Bryson DeChambeau’s coach, Mike Schy, explains why his student was spraying water on golf balls

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Plenty of folks freaked out about Bryson DeChambeau misting golf balls with a spray bottle to simulate morning dew ahead of the Tour Championship.

“Peak Bryson!” was the widespread refrain regarding the driving cap aficionado’s on-range antics. The strangest on-range occurrence since Padraig Harrington’s pre-shot maneuvers! For DeChambeau’s coach since his junior days, however, the behavior was emblematic of the young maestro’s mindset.

Mike Schy, appearing on our Two Guys Talkin’ Golf podcast, said,

“Everyone was making fun of him spraying his golf ball, trying to figure out how the water would hydroplane on the ball…blah, blah, blah. The reality is, that’s how his mind functions. “Wait a minute: So if my ball has water on it from dew in the morning…” For him, if he doesn’t know or he’s not sure, he will go insane and possibly implode…for him, understanding barometric pressure, understanding a five mile per hour wind coming from 11 o’clock with my 7-iron is going to affect it three yards…all it is is to help him understand that it’s a 175 or 174 shot. That’s all it is. But if he has any doubt…doubt now creates problems in execution, so that’s all it is.”

Schy then went on to poke a bit of fun at his pupil, saying that once DeChambeau realizes dew could be of a different consistency than water from a spray bottle, or that dew at different locations may have different consistencies, he’ll be keen to test those variables as well.

And here’s a bonus morsel: Schy talking about DeChambeau’s original interest in single length clubs and the initial set composition.

“He said, ‘Why do I have to have variable length clubs?’ And I said, ‘Well, that’s an easy question to ask and a difficult one to answer.”…we did some research, and we discovered Bobby Jones played one length when he won his Grand Slam…So basically what I did is I took a set of Nike forged cavity backs and I destroyed them. We made them all 284-gram heads heads. We put Dynamic Gold 6-iron shafts in all of them. We had to take 40 grams of weight out of the sand wedge. We had to add 50 grams of lead tape to the 4-iron.”

For more with the Madera, Calif. based coach, be sure to give a listen to the full TG2 podcast.

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Kyle Thompson films man taking his dumped Staff bags, then finds them listed on Craigslist

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Earlier in the week, PGA Tour professional Kyle Thompson put three old Srixon golf bags (that he has since stressed “were in bad shape”) out with the garbage.

What the 39-year-old wasn’t expecting, however, was for someone to come by and snag the items from his trash. That’s precisely what happened however, and Thompson managed to capture the incident, which he then uploaded to his Instagram account (second slide):

The bag burglar displayed some smooth moves as he tiptoed his way across Thompson’s driveway before snagging the items and hopping back into his truck and driving off for a clean getaway.

Thompson then turned investigator, found the items listed on Craigslist, which the seller, who he christened “Cowboy,” had priced at $175.

If that wasn’t enough, the clubs were also spotted on eBay where the items were unashamedly listed as a “Kyle Thompson model,” and the seller, who was clearly struggling to move the bags, had dropped his asking price down to $100.

As for Thompson, he appeared to find the entire episode amusing, even praising his man “Cowboy” for his ingenuity.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today: 9/20/18

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Aiken Golf Club, looks like y’all are good to go. All bag room and cart barn photos are 100% WRX approved.

Some puttorial handiwork from Bradley Putters, here. Acrylic + wood = nastiness.

A post that will only resonate with golfers of a certain age…

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When golf balls were golf balls….

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Do lambs travel in a herd? (Technically correct, according to Google)

Lovely Lincoln ball makers, indeed. Nice work here from CNC Creations.

The expected singular ferrule work from Boyd Blade & Ferrule. Very nice.

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1958

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Lovely Red Bird & Avian wand.

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Heat-stained, Stamped & Fitted. ??

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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