Wood Golf Clubs
Vintage Wooden Hickory Shaft Golf Clubs
Dating the Age of Vintage or Antique Wood Golf Clubs
Names and Features That Help Determine The Age of Antique Hickory Golf Clubs
What Age Characteristics To Look For On The Woods
The wooden heads of these old classics are generally considerably smaller in comparison to todayís club heads, and they include an old look and feel. On the club heads you may find a stamp with the name of the club maker or a golf professionalís name and the golf course he was associated with, though not all clubs have these markings.
You may at times also see names stamped on the shaft, just below the grip. These stamps are generally either the professionalís name or the customerís name for whom the club was made or fitted to. A lot of the clubs you'll find are built for the professional who sometimes fit them for the adjusted the shaft flex and length appropriate to a specific golfer.
Most wooden golf club heads are made from persimmon wood which was considered the highest-quality golf club heads for those clubs referred to as "woods". Persimmon woods are still made, but in far lower numbers than in past.
The wood shafts are made of hickory for it's strong and yet elastic flex and feel, and they are generally tapered to be a smaller diameter at the head and larger at the grip. The handle end of the shafts are larger so that you could apply one layer of friction tape and a user desired leather grip to create a standard grip for use by most golfer. The grips are usually real leather strips, cut and wrapped around the handle end of the club. These grips are held on with two sided friction tape, tacks and waxed linen thread that is used to transition to the wood, just as on the irons.
What Age Characteristics To Look For On The Irons
On the irons you will notice that the iron heads are made of forged steel, with an old look and feel. Like the woods, the iron heads may be stamped with the name of the maker or the professionalís name and the golf course he was associated with. The iron heads will also be stamped with one of the old colorful names that are common for old antique like Cleek, Mid-Iron, Jigger, Mashie, Niblick Spade, Baffing Spoon, etc. Plus, club heads made prior to the 1920's were made with lower quality steel and will look more discolored or even rusty
What Age Characteristics To Look For On The Putter
Putters are mostly found with a blade style head. They are usually made of forged steel and have a great feel when struck properly in the sweet spot. Sometimes these old putters will feel a little light in weight and have up to 10 degrees of loft since in the old days greens were often slower speed or had longer grass that putters were milled to compensate for.
5 Steps to Determine How Old Antique Golf Clubs are:
A simple list of antique wood
golf club descriptions can help a lot with identification. With
all the antique and reproduction clubs on the market, it is generally
not very easy to precisely distinguish an antique golf club from one
that is merely a vintage or reproduction. There are several hints though
that can help collectors date these antique weapons of grass destruction
with relative accuracy. In turn, this can ultimately help in determining
a golf clubs value at the same time.
Like with most antiques the patina is a big part of the value, and most of the time the best way to preserve the value for antique hickory wood golf club collectors, is to do nothing.
At times an old golf clubs value can be dramatically harmed by polishing,
refinishing, or shaft repair that can compromise it's original integrity.
Never perform any restoration or modification on any antique golf club
until you have had a chance to check with a reputable antique dealer,
particularly one familiar with golf collectibles that can help you understand
what will enhance the clubs value vs. what will compromise the clubs
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