PGA Tour players hit vintage clubs to mark history at Northern Trust

Vintage clubs at Northern Trust Open
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Players like Rory McIlroy, Stuart Appleby, Anirban Lahiri, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Donaldson took a few whacks with some classic old clubs at Riviera.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 5:54 p.m.
 
The PGA Tour event now known as the Northern Trust Open is marking its 90th anniversary this year and, to celebrate the occasion, a handful of players stopped by the range to hit some vintage golf clubs from various eras.
 
Being the old man of the PGA.com staff, I used persimmon woods when I first started out, and to this day I believe they feel better your hand than any metal club could ever feel. I've also hit a few hickory clubs over the years, and to this day I believe they feel … well, interesting.
 
So anyway, it was fun to see the reactions of players like Rory McIlroy, Stuart Appleby, Anirban Lahiri, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Donaldson as they took a few whacks with these classic old clubs. The rapid advances in technology over the past couple of decades means that, as McIlroy said, even the clubs from the 1990s are like antiques to him.
 
 
It's too bad the video crew didn't have access to ShotTracker or a Trackman so we could get a definitive view of how far – or short – the balls were flying off these classic sticks. But you could get a pretty good idea based on the players' faces as they watched the balls in flight.
 
For the record, the tournament – created as the Los Angeles Open – was first played in 1926. The total purse that year was $10,000 – at the time the largest prize in golf – and the inaugural champion was "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper. No doubt even the oldest of the clubs being swung today would have felt pretty good to him.
 
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