Big name players take on Hickory Club challenge

Scotland is of course known as the Home of Golf, so the European Tour decided to test the talents of some of the world’s best golfers ahead of last week’s Scottish Open.

The challenge? Players were given a selection of 19th-century hickory golf clubs and gutty balls, a ball that was fashioned from the sap of the tropical Gutta tree.

Needless to say neither pieces of equipment perform anything like the high-tech gear we use today.

Click the video above to see how the likes of Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Padraig Harrington and many other perform on the par-3 12th at the Gullane Golf Club.

According to reports this week, Patrick Reed was so impressed wiht the clubs that he bought himself a set.

“I’ve never hit hickory clubs before or an old golf ball like that,” Reed said. “I hit it really solid and it came of the face absolutely perfectly.”

“I’ve always thought about trying to use some old equipment and just mess around with it in the house.”

“It’s also a great training tool because you can’t swing them too hard or violently or the ball is going to go sideways.”