Old Golf Ball of the Day #GolfCollecting

The rare “Palmerized” by the Arnold Palmer Company circa mid 1960s.

Arnold Palmer AP Personal

Golf Quote of the Day

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and Arnold Palmerfrustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.

~Arnold Palmer

Logoed Signature Golf Ball of the Day

Deacon’s Lodge, Arnold Palmer designed course. Located on Arnold Palmer Dr in Breezy Point, Minnesota.

Arnold Palmer Deacon's Lodge

Deacon’s Lodge.

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The official grip of The Golf Ball Guy.

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag? #WITB

See what Sergio is playing at the 2016 Northern Trust Open.

Driver:

TaylorMade M1 460 with 9.5゚ loft

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Driver

TaylorMade’s longest driver, the M1 has a multi-material construction featuring an ultra-thin, ultra-light and high-strength carbon composite crown – that unlocks breakthroughs in distance, playability, and feel for all golfers.

Fairway Wood:

TaylorMade M1 3 wood with 15゚ loft and 5 wood with 19゚ loft.

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Fairway 3

TaylorMade’s first Carbon Crown Fairway lowers CG for optimal launch conditions. 30g (two at 15g) of sliding weight allows golfers to personalize trajectory to maximize performance and consistency.

Irons:

TaylorMade PSi Tour (3-PW)

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Irons 1

The PSi Tour irons were created using direct input from TaylorMade’s Tour players. Our design is uncompromising in delivering the specific look, sound, and performance demanded by the best players

Wedges:

TaylorMade Tour Preferred EF Tour Grind (52゚ and 56゚)

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Wedge

Electroformed nickel cobalt grooves provide long lasting spin.

Putter:

TaylorMade Monte Carlo Prototype with a SuperStroke Midnight Pistol GT 1.0 with Counter Core

Putter photos by GolfWRX – Feb 18, 2016

Ball:

TaylorMade Tour Preferred X Golf Balls MyNumber #10

Sergio Garcia What’s In the Bag Ball

TaylorMade’s close connection with Tour professionals is based on respect and trust. We respect their input, and they trust our ability to use it to create the best performing clubs and balls for players of their caliber.

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Golf Quote of the Day

I’ve always felt I should do things 100 percent or not do them. It’s all or nothing. That’s what makes me a good athlete – doing things with all the ‘ganas’ (desire) I can.

-Sergio Garcia

The Old Golf Ball of the Day

Sergio Garcia’s personal logoed tournament use golf ball.

Sergio Garcia S Logo TaylorMade TP-RED LDP #00
Sergio Garcia S Logo TaylorMade TP-RED LDP #00

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The Golden Bear over the Decades

In celebration of Jack Nicklaus’ 76th birthday, we will follow his lustrous career in golf balls. From the early 1960s Mr. Nicklaus’ name and “Golden Bear”, moniker has graced over 1500 different models of golf balls. Here are samples of those golf balls from each decade.

1960s Jack Nicklaus Champion by MacGregor circa 1963

 

1970s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear MacGregor Brunswick

1970s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear MacGregor Brunswick

1980s Jack Nicklaus Goden Bear by MacGregor circa 1983

1980s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear by MacGregor circa 1983

1990s Jack Nicklaus Personal Maxfli HT 392-100

1990s Jack Nicklaus Personal Maxfli HT 392-100

2000s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Dual Ti

2000s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Dual Ti

2010s Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus Black by Nicklaus Golf circa 2014

2010s Jack Nicklaus Nicklaus Black by Nicklaus Golf circa 2014

Happy birthday Jack Nicklaus!

 

-TheGolfBallGuy

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Jordan Spieth’s “Big” Coca-Cola Deal

Just days after the world number 1 golfer Jordan Spieth’s remarkable win at the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, The Coca-Cola ® Coke 2Company announced Spieth as the newest brand ambassador of the brand’s sports marketing promotions. The new multi-year deal is will have Spieth in television advertising, digital, and social media, and more. “Golf fans can expect to see Spieth promote the company’s Dasani brand as well.”

“There is no question Jordan is a generational talent, even as his professional career is just getting started,” said Stuart Kronauge, senior vice president, Brand Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. “As a company, what we Coke 4admire most about Jordan is the way he has embraced being a role model. His actions, values, and character both on and off the course make him an ideal Coca-Cola brand ambassador.” The partnership with Spieth writes the next chapter in Coca-Cola’s deep history with golf, dating back to Bobby Jones. Jones appeared in Coca-Cola advertising in 1947.

The deal is speculated to be between $12 and $15 million over six years, and I’m sure they will get their money’s worth from the world wide phenom.

-TheGolfBallGuy

Old Golf Ball of the Day December 31, 2015

The Ken Venturi Championship golf balls produced by United States Rubber, circa 1960.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (3)

Ken Venturi (May 15, 1931 – May 17, 2013) distinguished amateur golfer, professional golfer, and golf broadcaster. He won 14 tournaments on the PGA Tour including a major, the 1964 U.S. Open. Mr. Venturi was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

While coached by Byron Nelson, Venturi won the California State Amateur Championship in 1951 and 1956. In the 1956 Masters, as an amateur, he finished one shot behind winner Jack Burke, Jr.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (2)

Venturi reached the highpoint of his career, winning the U.S. Open in 1964 at Congressional Country Club.  He nearly collapses from dehydration in the heat and humidity on the 36-hole final day. Venturi was named PGA Player of the Year and awarded Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” that year.

With a total of 15 career wins in a career that lasted a mere 11 years, Venturi retired in 1967 and then spent 35 years as a one of the top color commentator in golf for CBS Sports. He retired from broadcasting in June 2002.

Ken Venturi Championship by U.S. Rubber Circa 1960 (1)

Ken Venturi’s Career Summary

Amateur wins1950 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1951 California State Amateur Championship

1953 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

1956 California State Amateur Championship

1958 San Francisco City Amateur Championship

Professional wins

Aug 18, 1957      St. Paul Open Invitational

Aug 25, 1957      Miller High Life Open

Jan 26, 1958       Thunderbird Invitational

Feb 2, 1958         Phoenix Open Invitational

Mar 2, 1958        Baton Rouge Open Invitational

Aug 4, 1958         Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 5, 1959          Los Angeles Open

Jun 28, 1959       Gleneagles-Chicago Open Invitational

Jan 24, 1960       Bing Crosby National Pro-Am

Aug 28, 1960      Milwaukee Open Invitational

Jun 20, 1964       U.S. Open

Jul 26, 1964         Insurance City Open Invitational

Aug 23, 1964      American Golf Classic

Jan 31, 1966       Lucky International Open

1959 Almaden Open

Old Golf Ball of the Day October 26, 2015

The Doug Ford sold by Sears, circa 1963.

Doug Ford Sears Tournament by Sears circa 1963

Doug Ford was born in West Haven, Connecticut on August 6, 1922. Ford turned professional in 1949 and won the first of his 19 PGA Tour victories  in 1952 at the Jacksonville Open.

PGA Tour wins (19)

  • 1952 Jacksonville Open
  • 1953 Virginia Beach Open
  • 1953 Labatt Open
  • 1953 Miami Open
  • 1954 Greater Greensboro Open
  • 1954 Fort Wayne Open
  • 1955 All American Open
  • 1955 Carling Golf Classic
  • 1955 PGA Championship
  • 1957 Los Angeles Open
  • 1957 Masters Tournament
  • 1957 Western Open
  • 1958 Pensacola Open Invitational
  • 1959 Canadian Open
  • 1960 500 Festival Open Invitation
  • 1961 500 Festival Open Invitation
  • 1962 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
  • 1962 Eastern Open Invitational
  • 1963 Canadian Open

 

Golf Quote of the Day

You don’t hit anything on the backswing, so why rush it?

– Doug Ford