Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by John Fritz1
PGA Tour-Played Golf Equipment
Some of the coolest days here at 2nd Swing are when we get to work with rare, PGA Tour-used golf equipment. I’ve been on board less than a year and have seen us sell Tom Kite’s wedges and putters, Fred Couples’ drivers, the bag Martin Kaymer used to win the PGA Championship, and much more pass in and out of our doors. Some guys don’t like to change their clubs’ setup around too much, while others, like Kite, go after them with sole grinds and lead tape until the clubs are barely recognizable.
Many of these clubs are donated to us through our partnership with The 1st Tee, a youth development organization whose goal is to positively impact young people through the game of golf. PGA Tour players send us their old stuff, and we clean it up real nice and auction it, with all the proceeds going to The 1st Tee. Industry reps give Tour professionals a ridiculous amount of product in the hopes they’ll use it in a tournament, so players often have a lot of stuff to donate.
One of our most recent donations was a large number of high-end, lightly used FootJoy shoes. The PGA player who donated them has already won a tournament on Tour in 2012, and we’re telling the winner of each auction who that player is!
In addition to having that rare quality of actual Tour use, many of these lightly used shoes are models that FootJoy has discontinued after closing itsBrockton,Mass., production facility. The Classics Tour and Classics Dry Premiere shoes were staples on the high end of FootJoy’s lineup for years; a quick scan of message boards shows how much love golfers had for them.
Replacing the FootJoy Classics, the new FJ Icon golf shoes feature some of the same construction techniques and premium materials. If you’re in the market for golf shoes and you’re a men’s size 8.5 medium, you have a chance to help an awesome golf charity, land a pair of cool and rare shoes and get a great bargain, too!