Is it true that you “borrowed” several of Jack Nicklaus’s balata golf balls (brand name not mentioned, but better known for woods and irons) during his prime from his bag without his knowledge for USGA testing, and found them wildly inconsistent?
I don’t know where you found out about my “borrowing” balls from Jack Nicklaus’ bag without his knowledge. This is how rumors get started and one can infer from it that I did something surreptitiously, which I am sure you did not imply and know it is not my style 🙂
Unfortunately, my style is being completely up-front which has frequently landed me in trouble.
I consider Jack to be a friend and someone I have admired for many years and YES, I did get three sleeves of golf balls from Jack in 1977 to test and make sure they were the same as those submitted for conformance testing, but I asked him for these and he removed them from his bag and gave them to me.
These balls conformed with the specifications, however, the balls were wildly inconsistent from an accuracy point of view and some were at least 15 yards off line. I was not permitted to discuss this with Jack until about 23 years later.
I sincerely believe based on our testing of thousands of balls that Jack Nicklaus would have won at least two or three more majors had he played with a different ball in the 1970’s.
Jon, you can find out more about this from my book Just Hit It with a foreword by Jack.
The topic for this week’s forum is: Do you think that any golfer will beat Jack’s major record?
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