Most pro guys hit more putts than iron shots so clearly the putter is the club that should get the credit The point I was making is that those clubs (hell any club) has just about zero do to with winning a major. Jack won because he was Jack not because he picked one brand over another.
If a club for some reason isn't built to max a players ability then he'll end up hitting, pitching, and chipping more than putting. A player doesn't 2 putt a par five unless he hits long iron on-in-two. Players who cant hit the long iron on hit hybrids..and one particular company makes the best long iron replacing hybrids in the game...adams..i dont even hit Adams hybrids but they are a reason players are able to green in two and not need to struggle with an long iron. So unless you have a putter that can hit multiple distances and multiple shots in the bag than the putter ISN'T that important...i know i could get away with using my 19* hybrid as a putter as long as i got used to it. Which leads into.....
Putting is a natural thing..or at least should be. And jack is a perfect example of that. Looks at jacks overall common putting stance posture and hands and compare it to today's golfers. hunched over slightly open head sitting almost behind the ball. Thats natural...but that's a different discussion.
Lastly, Wilson paid players to use their equipment. I think ram may have also paid Watson when they made his wedges or putter. MacGregor didnt pay staff players. Not one. So why would jack nicklaus, a man who could've probably gone to Wilson or ram or any company of the time and get paid money to do so, play a companys for free? The biggest thing was cause hes jack. He did it to win. He had the passion. But if MacGregor even made hickory stick shafts with clubs the size of a dime he couldn't have won. Thats saying alot for MacGregor. Jack stuck with MacGregor for a reason.
he knew how to golf. He probably knew what stuff was worth using too.