Alan Shepard’s Moon Shots Anniversary
Feb. 6, 2014
It was 43 years ago today that Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard hit the real moon shots.
On Feb.6, 1971, Shepard became the fifth person to walk on the moon. During his stroll, Shepard used a make-shift 6-iron to smack a few balls on the lunar surface. The club (a replica is below) is now on display in the USGA museum.
In a 1997 interview with the Carmel Pine Cone, Shepard, then a resident of Pebble Beach, spoke about how he pulled the shots off.
“I had a makeshift collapsible golf club which was a one-handed 6-iron,” Shepard said. “I couldn’t get two hands on the shaft because my space suit was too cumbersome, but I whacked a couple of balls and they went six times as far because of the difference in gravity.”