OFF THE TEE
203 RPM (AVG.) LESS SPIN
RESULTING IN LONGER DRIVES.
ball lay 172 yards from the flag prompting
Fyles to indicate a 7-iron. “But I can only
carry 160 to 165 with a six,” the player
protested. “The way your adrenalin’s
pumpin’ Tom ...” There was no need to
say more. Watson hit a glorious 7-iron to
within three feet of the pin.
Now it was Nicklaus’ turn. Calling up
all his formidable power, he dislodged
a huge divot with an 8-iron and got the
ball miraculously on the green, 32 feet
from the flag. As Nicklaus walked after
it, Scottish fans reverentially began
dropping pennies, tu’penny pieces, even
silver coins into the gash in the ground,
as if to bribe the golfing gods to deliver a
On the green, Watson had a premonition Nicklaus would hole the birdie putt.
And he was right. Still, his own nerve
held firm. “I’m ready to win this thing
now,” he said to himself, sizing up his
putt while Nicklaus tried to calm the
gallery. The ball dropped in the right half
of the cup. It was all over. Watson had
carded another 65 to his rival’s 66.
This is thought to have been the only
major championship where Nicklaus
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played to the peak of his ability and it
wasn’t enough. Which must have been
desperately hard to take. Yet within
seconds he was at Watson’s side, saying
in mock anger: “I’m tired of giving it my
best and not having it be good enough.”
To which his conqueror could only mutter
“thanks” by way of reply.
Despite the hurt of that defeat, Nick-
laus has always spoken warmly of Watson,
both as a person and a player. And for
his part, the younger man has invariably
reciprocated, like when he told me: “I’ve
seen some great swingers; far better
swingers than I could ever have hoped to
be, but they didn’t seem to have the tal-
ent to negotiate their way around a golf
course. Nicklaus was the best at it that
I’ve ever seen. By far the best.”
Observing Turnberry’s climactic
scene, I remember thinking about gener-
osity of spirit as a precious part of com-
petitive sport. And how, even if I practised
in front of a mirror for a month, I couldn’t
hope to match the Bear’s obvious sincer-
ity. Here was the personification of true
sporting greatness. And it made the
occasion all the more enriching. l
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rubber core: 80g•cm2
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INCREASING BALL MOI. HIGHER BALL MOI MAINTAINS SPIN AFTER APEX, ADDING
YARDS AND MINIMIZING TRAVEL OFF LINE.
FASTER INITIAL VELOCITY FOR MAXIMUM DISTANCE.
LIGHTER RZN-CORE YIELDS HIGHEST LEVELS OF MOI FOR LONGER,
MORE CONTROLLED SHO TS.
NEW MATERIALS ALLOW MORE PRECISE MANUFACTURING
PROCESSES FOR MORE CONSISTENCY, BALL TO BALL.