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In the Bag ... Bobby Jones
JIM GORANT
April 08, 2013
Which Jones quote do you like the most? The one about not robbing a bank? The one about playing the course between your ears? Or the one about the difference between regular golf and tournament golf? You know how they go, and they're all gold. Bobby Jones created our concept of competitive golf—the focus, the drive, the ethics, the standard of performance. Along the way he created Augusta National and the Masters too (page 63). His presence at each gave them their exalted position in the game. After all, the lifelong amateur won 13 major championships and the Grand Freaking Slam. And he did it all with equipment that could be as temperamental as the weather in St. Andrews. Jones could endure the inferior gear because he knew this: "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots—but you have to play the ball where it lies." Boom. There's your new favorite.
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April 08, 2013

In The Bag ... Bobby Jones

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Which Jones quote do you like the most? The one about not robbing a bank? The one about playing the course between your ears? Or the one about the difference between regular golf and tournament golf? You know how they go, and they're all gold. Bobby Jones created our concept of competitive golf—the focus, the drive, the ethics, the standard of performance. Along the way he created Augusta National and the Masters too (page 63). His presence at each gave them their exalted position in the game. After all, the lifelong amateur won 13 major championships and the Grand Freaking Slam. And he did it all with equipment that could be as temperamental as the weather in St. Andrews. Jones could endure the inferior gear because he knew this: "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots—but you have to play the ball where it lies." Boom. There's your new favorite.

WOODS

Spalding

Robt. T. Jones Jr. Signature (driver through four-wood)

The red insert in the face is made of Cycolac, a hard plastic. Jones played with so little loft on his woods that average players struggled with them. Spalding eventually issued what it called 1½, 2½ and 3½ woods, each of which had more loft than the originals.

IRONS

Spalding

Robt. T. Jones Jr. Register Tournament Model (two- through nine-iron) Jones became a vice president at Spalding in the early '30s, and his gift to club building was the first set of matched irons. Each head was built so that the sweet spot sat at the center of gravity, a consistency unheard-of in earlier handmade clubs.

BALL

Spalding

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