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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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Golf Gum: Could this chewing gum really lower your scores?



If Jordan Spieth’s gum chewing at the British Open inspired you to chomp a stick on course yourself, you might as well chew gum specifically designed for the golfer, right? Such is the thinking of Denver-based Apollo Gum Company with its Golf Gum.

The spearmint-flavored gum contains B-vitamins and 80 mg of natural caffeine to boost a golfer’s energy and focus on course…and lower his/her scores.

Seriously. Lower scores. Golf Gum makes some bold claims

“According to a 2016 study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, “A moderate dose of caffeine consumed before and during a round of golf improves golf-specific measures of performance and reduces fatigue.” A 2015 Auburn University study found similar results, shaving, on average, two strokes off of collegiate golf scores. “Chewing gum was [also] associated with enhanced productivity and reduced cognitive errors,” according to the NCBI.

Troy Widgery, CEO and founder of Apollo Gum Company, claims the company is “creating the future of energy.”

“Golf Gum’s liquid core delivery system rapidly releases the full benefits of specially-sourced natural caffeine and B-vitamins. Although the taste lasts for hours, you don’t have to chew it for more than a few minutes to experience the results of a pure, compact formula that provides smooth energy.”

Golf Gum hits shelves on December 12, 2017, and can be purchased online at Local Colorado pro shops and select retailers will also carry the product, with nationwide expansion slated for early 2018.

What do you think, GolfWRXers, are you buying the claim? Have you ever sipped a coffee on course to beneficial effect? Chugged an energy drink? Are you going to give the score-lowering gum a try?

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Bob Parsons, Paige Spiranac’s new video blog: “Why are PXG clubs so expensive?”



Golf’s favorite disruptive, ultra–premium golf brand is serving up a heaping portion of PXG brand red meat to its core consumers and detractors alike with the inaugural edition of “The PXG Files.”

In the new video series, PXG’s outspoken founder, Bob Parsons, clad in camo PXG headwear, sits next to Paige Spiranac, described as “social media sensation and PXG Ambassador,” to ostensibly answer “the many online questions and comments PXG receives about club technology, performance and price, along with some personal questions.”

As episode one is titled, “Why are PXG Clubs so Expensive?” the company is keen to address the question/comment they get more than any other.

Anyway, to see how Parsons, who speaks with nothing short of the enthusiasm of Randy Savage cutting a promo, answers that question and others, as well as what Spiranac has to say, check out the video below. And cheers on the production values!

Let us know what you think of the tandem of Bob & Paige, GolfWRX members.

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PGA Tour suspends Mark Hensby for violation of Anti-Doping Policy (but that doesn’t mean he doped)



Mark Hensby joins the group of Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel, and Scott Stallings as the only players (we know of) to violate the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy.

The winner of the 2004 John Deere Classic didn’t return a positive test, however; he didn’t submit a sample.

“The PGA Tour announced today (Monday) that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year,” a statement from the PGA Tour said.

The 46-year-old, currently ranked No. 1,623 in the world, will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

Hensby teed it up just twice on the PGA Tour in 2016-2017, failing to make a cut. He played 14 times on the Tour last year, where he made the cut five times.

Let’s not assume guilt quite yet. Before you suspect the Australian of injecting HGH, consider the following: Hensby last teed it up on the PGA Tour at the Sanderson Farms Championship in October. He withdrew after an opening-round 78, later tweeting that he’d “called it a day.”

As Hensby is banned for a year, it follows that the date of the failure to submit a sample was the 26th of October–second round of the Sanderson Farms, thus he may not even have been on site. And given his insinuations on Twitter at the time, he may be done playing professional golf.

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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