A NEW GEAR PLAYER WITH A FAMILIAR NAME
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 oering golfers of all levels the opportunity to play aordable, 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 eect 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 oered in two models with two dierent 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.