PGA TOUR players hit vintage clubs at Northern Trust Open

As part of the 90th year anniversary of the Northern Trust Open, Rory McIlroy, Kevin Na, Charley Hoffman, and Anirban Lahiri hit a variety of vintage clubs from the 1920’s, 50’s and 90’s to commemorate the occasion. .

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42 Replies to “PGA TOUR players hit vintage clubs at Northern Trust Open”

  1. The pga should have a tournament where they use vintage clubs

  2. RetroCaptain says:

    My entire set is older than those.
    I learned on totl rental Taylormade or Titleist titaniums. Boom but I couldn't keep from introducing a big slice.
    Then I bought at a yard sale an ancient bag and cart with Spalding Star Flite woods.
    Tiny heads but i dropped the slice entirely. Dead ahead pretty much every shot but lost about 4 length.
    I bought a real antique Gary Player Tournament driver and (steel)56⁰ wedge. All briar with brass weighting.
    Its tough to play, no forgiveness if you aren't dead centred. Just a conversation piece now.
    Bought a (don't know what year but old) Ping Eye 2, aluminum weighted.
    Boom im keeping up with the boys using the modern drivers if i pull it out.
    I have played 18 holes different courses with these antiques and other players are impressed with the accuracy.
    I think they know its adding difficulty using them & i like the extra challenge.

  3. Katie Patton says:

    I have a 5 and a 7 wood in the 1990s style.

  4. Reed R says:

    I’m in my 40s, and my first clubs were wooden woods ($22 set with irons at a garage sale). My putter had the number 10, on it, so we called it a 10 iron. Thanks, Mom and Dad. I’ve been playing ever since.

  5. Imagine if the guys who used these back then such as Harry Vardon, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson used modern clubs. They’d shoot 30 under every tournament I bet.

  6. VP Test says:

    We can improve our average games by giving a chance to Golf Kinetics, trust me, I'm already getting better and better every time I train with it

  7. Wade Patton says:

    It's what I grew up playing. When the Big Bertha came out it was disgusting looking to some of us. I thought it looked like a football on a stick. And no way was I paying the crazy money for such faddish equipment. I did love my Taylormade Pittsburgh Persimmon though. Wood always felt a bit mushy after I starting hitting the TM. Then there were titanium shafts!

  8. Would be nice to see a modern version of this

  9. Rod Salka says:

    I used to wack balls with my grandfather's wooden clubs.. loved the feel of the impact.. make a woods tournament in pinehurst

  10. ray seva says:

    I played a lot growing up…but stopped playing in the late 1990s after getting married/having kids/job moves & promotions, etc.,. A couple of weeks ago while cleaning out our closet I found my old Big Bertha driver–the original one. I showed it to a younger friend of mine…and compared it to HIS modern driver. That sucker was HUGE–making my Bertha look like a 5-iron!

  11. bill burt says:

    High technology has radically changed The Game. By my playing & enjoying this evolution for over 50 years, I still “feel” the difference.
    My current, thick-topline, chunky irons make my miss-hits less punishing. Yet you NEVER get that magical feel of a well-struck (blade) 7 iron. 😎

  12. So that’s where the saying, “you hit that one on the screws” came from 😂

  13. rmkw4291 says:

    The sound old drivers/woods make on contact with a ball is lovely.

  14. chubeviewer says:

    Buy a cheap set of vintage metal woods and blades. You won't regret how much they improve your focus and game.

  15. Dave Bowrin says:

    My grandfather had Haydens Golf Shop in Greensburg Pa. When I was 16 years old and I still have my original Driver,3wood and 5 wood he made to fit me.

  16. Quattro 4 says:

    Needed a nike sumo.

  17. Edwin Dude says:

    Rory is as natural hitting anything. Breathing takes more thought to him than golf does.

  18. id like to see them hit a persimmon head with a nice, modern shaft

  19. EatCheese says:

    Clubs don’t make much of a difference. Give them the old balls. Then see how far they hit it.

  20. Baseball players have to use wood. So should touring pros.

  21. Wish I still had my persimmon woods very forgiving

  22. The Inroad says:

    Thanks for showing the results and yardages.

  23. BDeer says:

    The golfers who played in the era of wooden drivers and old blade irons were sooo much more talented that the golfers of today with all the "forgiveness" new clubs bring. Hell they had to be.


  25. I think all this proves is just how good the players of old really were.

  26. huggy7844 says:

    Would be awsome to see a tournament that only allowed vintage clubs for that weekend.

  27. Tommy Reifel says:

    Charlie Hoffman is Shooter McGavin

  28. dstrong11 says:

    My 70s #1 wood is no joke way more accurate and better driving the ball than my Callaway 10.5s! It stays in my bag for when I want to take things seriously!

  29. All kids today should learn with these clubs.I played wood clubs and Wilson staff blades in the 80's and averaged almost 280 off the tee.Pretty good for balata balls and wood driver.Also hit my 8 iron 165

  30. Joseph Gallo says:

    Would love to see one of the stops on the PGA Tour require the players to use vintage clubs

  31. JOB1925 says:

    Soft like a bar of soap

  32. Someone needs to hold a throwback tourney with the clubs and balls from the 60s and see what the scores are

  33. I was tying to be a pro in the late 80's and I used these clubs.I averaged 280 off the tee with my wooed driver and steel shaft.Also a balata ball.My irons were wilson staffs.I wish they made pros today use clubs from the 80's They don't need these big heads takes the skill out of the game

  34. Matt Aamold says:

    Now have them play a round with those clubs.

  35. Jeff Wilson says:

    how much are the wooden clubs worth

  36. FFassassin71 says:

    Those old persimmon drivers are way easier to hit than modern drivers IMO. At the very least you can go all out with them and not worry about snapping the shaft if you ground it

  37. I still use old clubs including my grandpa's wooden 7wood. Its one of my favorite clubs. Amazing how well you can play when you force yourself to focus on making good contact and not expect the clubs to do all the work for you

  38. ubb4me says:

    A lot of skill has been lost to technology.

  39. johnnystir says:

    I wanted to hear the old wood sound not some canned background music.

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