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Vintage Wooden Hickory Shaft Golf Clubs
Old Vintage / Antique Hickory Shaft Wooden Golf Clubs
As collectors of vintage golf equipment, those of us who are fascinated with wooden shaft golf clubs share a passion for these classics not only as vintage equipment, but also as art work and decor. After all, some of these hand crafted relics can be candy to the eye.
Whether you are a beginner or experienced antique hickory wood golf club collector, your fascination will only grow as you stumble upon unique woods and irons of a bygone era.
The antique and vintage wood golf club collectors guide to Hickory shaft wood golf clubs and collectables.
Early golf clubs were made entirely of wood. Not only was this material easy to shape, but it was also soft enough not to damage the stuffed leather golf balls that were used until the mid-1800s. With the introduction of the hard rubber gutta-percha golf ball in 1848, golfers no longer had to worry about damaging the ball and began using clubs with iron heads.
Until the early 1900s, all golf clubs had wooden shafts whether they
had iron heads or wooden heads. The first steel-shafted golf clubs were
made in the United States in the 1920s. It was about this time that
some club makers started using the current numbering system to identify
different clubs, rather than the old colorful names.
Antique Wood Golf Club Names Were Quite Colorful In The Past
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Modern woods and irons as well as the putter had some quite exotic names in the past. Below you will see a chart that shows the club names that were replaced with the modern numbered clubs that are the common format today.
Putter; > Blank
Wedge; > Niblick, Baffing Spoon
Irons. Original Name
No.6; > Spade Mashie
Wood Golf Club Valuation
For value purposes, hunting for antique hickory shaft golf clubs
can include an effort to establish the wood
golf clubs age as well as its identity.
Wood golf club descriptions help
to Identify and validate that you do in fact possess an authentic
antique golf club. Establishing the identity of a golf club can include
a history for the specific club itself. Was the club used by a famous
celebrity or golfer or, was it used at a famous tournament or on a historic
golf course. Better yet, is it a rare highly collectable brand, or a
specifically unique club? All these factors help when your looking to
buy antique wood golf clubs.
Fortunately, there are several hints that can help a lot with this
process. Dating an antique golf club with relative accuracy to determine
it's value can be done through an old
golf club appraisal system.
Playing The Game With Hickory Golf Clubs
Hickory clubs can often be heavier than other clubs so get use to
your club by holding on to it loosely and waggle the head to get a feel
for the club weight, then take a practice swing as you feel the club
head weight through the full swing motion.
Hitting the Woods: You should tee the ball a little lower than with a modern driver. Hickory shaft woods are usually more lofted like fairway woods between 12-20 degrees. These wooden golf club heads will naturally hit the ball lower than today’s drivers. These hickory shaft clubs will torque or twist more than modern club shafts, so keeping your swing as smooth as possible will help hit more accurately. You can hit the woods from a good lie in the fairway or short rough.
Hitting the Mid-Iron: This is the least lofted iron in the
bag, usually around 25 degrees. Kind of like a 2 or 3 iron, so it can
be the hardest club to hit for some players. Others find that it is
a great club that hits well and goes straighter than a wood off the
tee. All in all, you’ll have to try it to see how you do...
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