Think technology doesn't play a bigger part in the game than it used to? When Johnny Miller won the 1973 U.S. Open by shooting a record-setting 63 in the final round (page 31), he did it using a mishmash of long-outdated sticks. "It was the oldest set of clubs [in relation] to the year it was played on Tour in the history of golf," Miller says. For the 40th anniversary of his magical round, Johnny takes us through his bag, noting the vintage of each club as he goes.
MacGregor Tommy Armour
915T (two- through seven- iron) (1945); MacGregor Tourney Custom (eight-iron through PW) (1972)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic steel, stiff flex
"I cut the irons and reground the bottoms and the top. You didn't have much club left, so they had to have a lot of lead tape to bring them up [to proper swing-weight numbers]. An extra wrap on the right hand made the grip not so V-shaped."
"In '73, I switched to the Tourney ball that Jack was using. It was a heck of a ball. It was so hard [101 compression] that it wouldn't spin and back up quite as much as the softer balata balls. When I switched, my scoring definitely improved."