The club that changed golf forever: how golf became a different game

JIM SIMONS STOOD ON THE 18TH TEE AT PEBBLE BEACH ONE SUNDAY afternoon in 1982, and although he couldn’t have known it at the time, he faced a choice between the past and the future. Leading the Crosby by two, more than four years removed from his last victory and desperate to find the fairway, he ignored tradition and reached for the club that would redirect the course of golfhistory. It was a metal wood, still largely a curiosity in golf. “No fire is going to catch in his bag,” CBS television analyst Ken Venturi said on the air.

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