For anyone wondering whether persimmon equipment would make a huge difference for a long bomber like World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, the verdict is in: He still crushes it.
While practicing at the exclusive Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., DJ was asked by Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to hit a couple of Nicklaus’s old persimmon clubs: the driver and 1-iron.
The result? DJ still pounded them, hitting the driver 290 yards and the 1-iron 232 yards — a big drop from DJ’s current driving distance average of 314 yards (ranked 6th on Tour), but impressive nonetheless.
You can watch DJ’s sweet persimmon swings in the video below.
— Dustin Johnson Golf School (@DJGolfSchool) August 29, 2018
Persimmon went 290 and iron went 232.
— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) August 29, 2018
Nicklaus was impressed with the numbers, too.
Those were pretty good hits @DJohnsonPGA for seeing the persimmon driver and 1-iron for the first time. I don’t imagine the 1-iron was that much different for you, because it’s like a driving iron. But 290 with a wood driver is pretty impressive….. for a “modern-day” player. ? https://t.co/2dVl9eKYQx
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) August 29, 2018