Jimmy Emanuel ex­plains how the leg­endary Peter Thom­son lent his name to Pro­fes­sional Golf Equip­ment and its new range of clubs and balls.

With The Open Cham­pi­onship be­ing played at Royal Birk­dale this month, there is re­flec­tion upon the cham­pi­ons of days gone by at the famed South­port venue.

Amongst Birk­dale’s con­querors only one name ap­pears on more than one oc­ca­sion. Peter Thom­son, Aus­tralia’s great­est ma­jor win­ner, claimed the Claret Jug on Eng­land’s west coast in both 1954 and 1965, book­end­ing his three other Open ti­tles.

It is per­haps fit­ting then, as the Open re­turns to his favourite hunt­ing ground, that a new range of pre­mium golf equip­ment is re­leased bear­ing the name of the now 87-year-old Vic­to­rian.

Af­ter an ex­ten­sive 18-month de­vel­op­ment process – of which Thom­son him­self was con­sulted on and to which he no doubt ap­plied the same rig­or­ous at­ten­tion to de­tail he did to his game, course de­sign and writ­ing ca­reers – Pro­fes­sional Golf Equip­ment re­cently launched the first prod­ucts of its new Peter Thom­son Golf sig­na­ture range. The brand aims to hon­our Thom­son’s leg­endary name by oŒer­ing golfers of all lev­els the op­por­tu­nity to play aŒord­able, high-qual­ity pre­ci­sion golf clubs and equip­ment bear­ing the World Golf Hall of Famer’s name. When the com­pany ap­proached Thom­son to en­quire about him lend­ing his name to the brand, the elo­quent oc­to­ge­nar­ian was his typ­i­cal self-de­pre­ci­at­ing self query­ing, “Why would you want to do that?”

Once briefed on the hopes and plans for the brand, Thom­son agreed and was him­self present at the launch of the first prod­ucts from the pre­mium range at Mel­bourne’s renowned Sand­hurst Club.

The de­but re­leases from the range com­prise two forged iron mod­els and two com­pe­ti­tion golf balls, with ex­ten­sions to the range planned for later re­lease. The TC-01 (RRP: $1,592; 3-iron to pitch­ing wedge) is a cav­ity back sin­gle forged S25C iron de­signed with soft feel and for­give­ness in mind. Fit­ted with Nip­pon NS Pro shafts com­plete with Thom­son’s sig­na­ture, cus­tomised grips and with heads adorned with Thom­son’s au­to­graph and shield, the TC-01 is a playable trib­ute of crafts­man­ship to the only win­ning In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dents Cup cap­tain in his­tory.

Like the cav­ity back TC-01, the TB-01 (RRP: $1,672; 3-iron to pitch­ing wedge with steel shafts) is a sin­gle forged S25C de­sign fit­ted with Nip­pon shafts. The TB-01 is a tra­di­tion­ally styled mus­cle-back blade, sim­i­lar no doubt to what Thom­son would have wielded to such great e„ect dur­ing his hey­day. The tra­di­tional de­sign is blended with mod­ern looks and feel for high per­for­mance and op­ti­mal ball flight. A thin topline and small heel al­low golfers com­plete ball flight con­trol and a clas­sic look at ad­dress pre­ferred by many of the world’s great­est ball strik­ers.

Peter Thom­son Golf iron mod­els are fully cus­tom built and both the TC-01 and TB-01 are avail­able with graphite shafts for an up­charge.

Peter Thom­son golf balls are o„ered in two mod­els with two di„er­ent golfers in mind. The three piece PT2 (RRP: $49 per dozen) is a 55 com­pres­sion, surlyn cov­ered ball aimed at slower swing speed golfers and is de­signed for in­creased dis­tance and green­side con­trol. The PT2 was cre­ated to closely mir­ror the ball Thom­son favoured through­out his ca­reer, which al­lowed him to con­trol his flight, par­tic­u­larly hit­ting it low and un­der the wind on the baked out Bri­tish links.

Suit­able for faster swing speeds the PT3 (RRP: $59 per dozen) is a three piece, PU cov­ered ball that fea­tures an 85 com­pres­sion. The PT3 de­liv­ers im­pres­sive ball flight con­trol and dis­tance com­bined with qual­ity per­for­mance and spin around the green.

The Peter Thom­son Golf line will be ex­panded later in the year and through­out 2018, with driv­ers, fair­ways, hy­brids, wedges and put­ters slated for re­lease, and a range of sig­na­ture bags to com­ple­ment the line to fol­low.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Peter Thom­son Golf range visit, www.pe­terthom­songolf.com

The forged TC-01 cav­ity back The sleek look­ing TB-01 harks back to a tra­di­tional style blade.

Peter Thom­son in ac­tion at Royal Birk­dale be­fore his Open vic­tory there in 1965.

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