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John Daly’s iconic 1991 PGA Championship driver is up for auction. Check out the specs!



We all remember the free-swinging, mulleted, ninth-alternate John Daly barnstorming his way to victory at the 1991 PGA Championship, and Long John’s bomb-launching driver remains an important part of the Crooked Stick lore.

Now, you can own the big stick JD vanquished Crooked Stick with. That’s right, Green Jacket Auctions has Daly’s 44 ½ inch Cobra driver up for auction. Daly originally gave the club to Pete Dye, Crooked Stick’s architect, and it has spent most of its life living at the PGA’s Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The additional wear is due to the fact that one of Dye’s employees played the driver for a while (why!?).

Regarding the specs of the iconic driver, Ben Schomin, Cobra’s Head of Tour Operations, told us

“The driver head itself was made out of a hard plastic polycarbonate and was kevlar reinforced. That’s why it takes on that unique color. It had a Cobra-branded titanium shaft made by a company called Sandvik. The shaft was called the TI shaft. It was a popular driver/fairway shaft in the 90s.”

Dick Liesz, the then-VP of Technical Services for Cobra, told Green Jacket Auctions

“The head material is called “Lauramid” and was invented in Germany. It not only offered high wear resistance, an inch thick piece of it would stop a .357 magnum bullet at point blank range. My right hand guy and I took a head to the curb and poured concentrated muriatic acid on it — nothing happened to the head, but the cement curb got eaten away.”

“Daly at the time had a 142 mph clubhead speed and he cracked every metal wood driver head that he tried. His agent came to us and asked if we could fit him with something that he could play with. The head only has 6.5 degrees of loft… It was an extra firm titanium shaft powder coated translucent red.”

Interestingly, in a thread devoted to Daly’s driver eight years ago, GolfWRX member Extreme Firepower showed off this replica of the tournament-winning driver.

At the time of this writing: two days, 10 hours left. The current bid: $4,176, if you’re considering placing a bid of your own, here’s a link to the auction.


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  1. ML

    Dec 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    142 mph with 44 1/2 inch shaft? Im not sure I buy that…

  2. Steve Lewis

    Dec 8, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Wow. I had that driver and the matching FWs (all steel shafted I recall) in my bag for several years back then and they were a huge step forward from anything else available at the time.

  3. jim

    Dec 7, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Wonder what the ‘whipping’ around the driver neck and shaft does for the club!
    Just imagine if young Daly had one of the current driver designs with flex faces, adjustable weighting, jumbo heads, LW exotic graphite shafts, great graphics.
    400+ yards ….???!!!!!!

  4. Jack

    Dec 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    One of Dye’s employees played it for a while? Wtf! That would explain all of the idiot marks on the crown I guess…

    • Davewn

      Dec 8, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Maybe that idiot marked crown is Dye’s revenge for Daly’s dismantling of Crooked Stick back in the day.

  5. chris b

    Dec 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    i would check the auth of this item……manager at john daly’s golf course in myrtle beach ..wicked stick…said the real one was in his display at the golf course there…..i would have it checked

  6. CB

    Dec 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    So, what are the Specs? CPM? COR? Weight of head? Swingweight? Grip and size? Shank if you don’t provide those.

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2 golfers are among the 10 most famous athletes in the world, according to ESPN



ESPN released its third-annual “World Fame 100” earlier this week. There are two golfers inside the top 10 on that list: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

ESPN concocts a secret ranking stew that’s one part Google trend score, one part endorsement money, and one part social media impact.

The 42-year-old Woods comes in at No. 6 on the list. His estimated $45 million in endorsement money is well above the list average of $12.6 million. Likewise, his search score of 88 is more than double the list average of 35. Woods’ social following, however, at 6.3 million, is below the list average of 10.6 million.

Mickelson, 47, is 10th on the list. He earns an estimated $50 million in endorsements annually (more than Woods, according to ESPN’s research). His search score is a mere three, however, well below the list average of 35, and he has no presence on social media.

Other golfers on the list: Rory McIlroy (15), Jordan Spieth (16), Justin Rose (69), Sergio Garcia (73), Rickie Fowler (87). Michelle Wie (97) is the lone LPGA Tour member.

Rankings like these are always good debate fodder, and when they’re the product of panels and consensus, there’s plenty of disagreement to be had. However, as this ranking is (theoretically, at least) objective, and built from ESPN’s algorithm, there’s no real debating players’ relative positions.

Critics could only take issue with the algorithm itself. And as we only understand the calculations in their broadest strokes, there’s not a ton to say except, maybe, asking: Is internet fame the same as real-world fame?

Anyway, the world of golf has to be pleased to have Woods and Mickelson inside the top 10, and perhaps even more pleased (from a “future of the game” standpoint) to see Spieth and McIlroy inside the top 20.

See the full ranking here.

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Barstool Sports founder shot a 66 (of sorts) at Shinnecock, our Swing Analysis



Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports’ founder, just brought upcoming U.S. Open venue Shinnecock to its knees…kind of.

How did El Pres wind up teeing it up in Southampton? Portnoy wrote about the genesis of the challenge in a characteristic blog post.

“So Riggs and I got in a huge debate a couple weeks ago on Barstool Radio. The question at hand was whether I could win the US Open with unlimited mulligans. For me the answer was a no brainer. Of course I would. That’s not even me bragging. That’s just me knowing what I’m capable of and knowing what unlimited mulligans actually means. I’d 100% birdie every par 3 and then par everything else. That’s -4 a day. Riggs projects the winner at Shinnecock this year will shoot -4 for the entire tournament. The ENTIRE TOURNAMENT. That means I’ll win by roughly 12 strokes. Easy peasy”

“Well apparently the good folks at the USGA caught wind of our argument and have generously offered to let me play Shinnecock on Monday with unlimited mulligans…When I said I’d win with unlimited mulligans I assumed that for the first 2 rounds I’d play from dawn to dusk to achieve my perfect score of -4 per day.”

Was this an insane expectation or something easily achievable? First of all, what do you think Portnoy’s handicap is? 20-25?

Here’s his action

Our Tom Stickney had these remarks after watching the video.

“His shoulders open and tail needs to be stuck out more. Portnoy gets the club rotated a touch too much to the inside and it gets laid off on the way back. An over-the-top transition and a faulty pivot causes the fire-and-fall-back finish.”

Having seen his swing, knowing he had a wheelbarrow’s worth of golf balls and a crew of mulligan retrievers, how do you think El Pres did?

Surely, Barstool will produce video of the round beyond the few cell phone videos on Twitter and Instagram. And if you’d like to see those fragments, check out Portnoy’s Twitter, the Barstool Instagram, and well, the myriad of Barstool-related accounts.

But here’s the bottom line: With an innumerable amount of mulligans, the Barstool founder managed to shoot 66.

Even say he averaged 10 mulligans per shot, shooting four under with, what we’ll label as an “extremely average” swing is impressive. .

Maybe it’s a feat of endurance, determination, and strategy more than it is a great golfing performance, but Portnoy’s performance in Southampton was more than a mere publicity stunt.

And even though we might stereotype the Stoolies as members of the “mashed potatoes” crowd, it’s tough to say the exposure and interaction is bad for the USGA and the U.S. Open.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Interested? Impressed? Don’t care.

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Bryson DeChambeau went full Golf Scientist in professing his love for “The Golfing Machine”



Published more than 30 years ago, Homer Kelley’s “The Golfing Machine” remains a golf swing bible for some, far too esoteric for others, and a weapon of mass destruction for others still.

Bryson DeChambeau, as we know, is firmly in camp No. 1. The former SMU physics major was always a fertile ground for Kelley’s scientific, geometric prose.’s resident equipment writer, Jonathan Wall, spotted this DeChambeauian gem from a recent press conference in which some unidentified scribe served the Golf Scientist a heaping portion of red meat…or should we say, cake.

May he never change! While we at GolfWRX have been down with DeChambeau since the days of his single length Edel irons, even if you aren’t a fan, how can you not find the man entertaining?

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