Can your present beat this?

Abe Espinosa, Denny Shute and Al Espinosa
PGA of America Archive
Was this club the inspiration for today's big-headed drivers? Well, probably not.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 25, 2012 | 11:59 p.m.

I know some of you lucky ducks out there found brand-new golf clubs under the tree on Christmas morning, and I'm sure the're awesome. I'm also sure they're not as awesome as this one.

This is the world's largest golf club, as of 1933 -- I ran across it the other day while searching for something else.

The head weighs 100 pounds, is three feet wide and is as perfectly proportioned as a normal-sized driver. The golf ball is 13 inches in diameter. The driver was built for the opening ceremony of the 1933 Pasadena Open Golf Tournament in Pasadena., Calif., and apparently was just one of several huge clubs constructed to use as an arch over the first tee at the Pasadena Muncipal Golf Course.

As for the golfers trying to swing that thing, they are (from left to right) Abe Espinosa, Denny Shute and Al Espinosa, all big-time players at the time. Abe Espinosa was a PGA Club Professional at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago, and made history as the first Hispanic-American to win a significant championship, the 1928 Western Open. His younger brother Al was even more prolific, winning nine times on the early PGA Tour.

And Shute, of course, is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He won three majors in the 1930s – the 1933 British Open at St. Andrews, as well as the 1936 and 1937 PGA Championship, In fact, he was the last man to win two straight PGA Championships until Tiger Woods did so in 1999 and 2000. Shute also played on three Ryder Cup teams, and totaled 16 PGA Tour victories between 1920 and 1939.

And oh by the way, that 1933 Pasadena Open was won by the legendary player, instructor and PGA Professional Paul Runyan.