Watch Dustin Johnson use Jack Nicklaus' old 1-iron, persimmon driver

By Wayne Staats
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Watch Dustin Johnson use Jack Nicklaus' old 1-iron, persimmon driver

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player had a challenge for Dustin Johnson.

The world No. 1 is known for his long drives — he has the longest recorded drive on the PGA Tour since 2010 at 463 yards. But how would he do using old equipment?

Johnson was happy to test his ability at Bear's Club.

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As Johnson shared on Twitter, he hit Nicklaus' 1-iron and old persimmon driver. The iron shot went 232, while persimmon traveled 290 yards.

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Jack was obviously impressed with the shots, joking about it on Twitter after the drives and calling D.J. a "modern-day player."

"Those were some pretty good hits (Dustin Johnson), 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," Nicklaus tweeted, adding a winking emoji at the end.

The Associated Press' Doug Ferguson those were only the carry distances. The persimmon driver went 318 yards total. Johnson said with a smile that he didn't want to break the driver.

Johnson is getting ready for the Dell Technologies Championship as the FedEx Cup Playoffs continue. Last week, Johnson shot 10-under and tied for 11th at The Northern Trust, which was won by Bryson DeChambeau. Johnson is second behind DeChambeau in the FedEx Cup standings.

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