By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
Fifty years have passed since Jack Nicklaus won his first Masters title in 1963 at the ripe age of 23 using a set of back-weighted MacGregor Tourney irons with wrap grips.
Equipment has certainly changed in the last half century, but one thing that's remained the same with regards to Nicklaus' clubs is the back-weighted, wrap grip that goes on everyone one of his clubs.
When Nicklaus teed it up later at the Masters Par-3 Contest, he did so with a special wrap version of Boccieri Golf's Secret Grip that founder Stephen Boccieri designed specifically for the six-time Masters winner.
Nicklaus started endorsing Boccieri's Secret Grip — a back weight grip with that weighs 92 grams and includes a 17 gram tungsten weight in the butt of the grip — earlier this this year.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nicklaus' first Masters win, Boccieri built an exclusive wrap model to match the version Nicklaus played during his career.
While Nicklaus will be the the first to try out the wrap model, there's a chance it could go into production in the coming months and be offered as a consumer option down the line.
Nicklaus will also be using a prototype putter version of the Secret Grip during the Par-3 Contest. The grip is the same model Ernie Els used two weeks ago to back weight his conventional-length Odyssey Black Series i #1 putter at the at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand.