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

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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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Peter Kessler lashed out at anyone and everyone on Twitter

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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?

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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…

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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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