PGA Tour pros were treated to a blast from the past at the Northern Trust Open on Wednesday, trying their hands at vintage clubs on the 10th tee at Riviera Country Club.
Rory McIlroy, Jamie Donaldson, Kevin Na, Anirban Lahiri and others took their best shot at hitting Persimmon wood and metal clubs, offering their thoughts on the gear that preceded the toys they use on Tour today.
“Even those 1990s clubs are sort of like antiques in my world,” said World No. 3 McIlroy.
“It felt better than my driver,” said Na. “I grew up with a Persimmon wood. They’re so small, they’re just bigger than a golf ball.”
Stuart Appleby made a good point about the game today, remarking that if those were the clubs they’d use on the tees on the modern Tour, a player would look at them and ask, ‘Are those really what we’re going to hit?’
Donaldson’s swing seemed to take a liking to it, splitting the fairway.
“Soft,” he said of the feel. “Soft like a bar of soap.”
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