The drivers Nicklaus, Player, and Watson used to kick off the Masters

Honorary Starters Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player.

Jack Nicklaus used a TaylorMade Qi10 LS during the Masters honorary starters ceremony.

Honorary Starters Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Gary Player

There is nothing quite like the Masters honorary starters ceremony featuring former Masters champions and legends of the game. This year Gary Players literally kicked things off, followed by Jack Nicklaus and finally Tom Watson.

Between the three of them, they hold more than a decade’s worth of Masters wins — 11 total — and these are the drivers they used off the first tee.

Jack Nicklaus

With Barbara at his side, Jack teed off with a TaylorMade Qi10 LS and after picking up his tee joyously declared to the large crowd “I hit it”, which had the patrons around the tee erupt into laughter.

TaylorMade Qi10 LS Custom Driver

Qi10 LS delivers a lower spin and lower launch that is engineered to optimize performance for fast swing speed players. With a deep face and a more compact overall head shape, it is the preferred driver for Team TaylorMade Tour athletes including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. NEW INFINITY CARBON CROWN An Infinity Carbon Crown covers 97% of the total crown area, creating a strategic advantage for mass redistribution and enhanced forgiveness. At address, it delivers a sleek and clean view that pairs with subtle alignment cues, setting the stage for confidence and success. REIMAGINED SLIDING WEIGHT DESIGN A new, more efficient moveable weight features an 18g steel sliding weight housed by an innovative track system. The redesigned structure allows the adjustable weight to move farther forward and lower compared to Stealth 2 Plus, resulting in a more forgiving low-spin experience. 
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Gary Player

Gary teed off with PXG’s newest Black Opps driver and then enthusiastically, in what’s become a tradition of his, kicked the air to celebrate the moment.

PXG 0311 Black Ops Custom Driver

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Tom Watson

Even with access to whatever gear he could possibly choose, the third and final ceremonial tee shot hit by Mr. Watson was with a Callaway Epic Sub-Zero from 2019. The Sub-Zero was a precursor to the triple diamond, the more compact and lower-spin model in Callaway’s lineup.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Custom Driver

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Ryan Barath Editor

Ryan Barath is GOLF Magazine and’s senior editor for equipment. He has an extensive club-fitting and -building background with more than 20 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. Before joining the staff, he was the lead content strategist for Tour Experience Golf, in Toronto, Canada.