Playing With Hickorys

Hickorys rule.

Over the years, especially at the Toronto Golf Show, I have encountered hickory shafted golf clubs. Although I have never swung one, they provide a glimpse into the history of golf. I think that before I am done playing, I will try and play a round of golf with hickory shafted golf clubs. But that is a discussion for another day.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to play golf with Bill. He was a single that caught us on the 12th hole and without hesitation, we asked him to join us. After a few moments, we realized that we had played with Bill a month or so ago, but he was sporting different clubs this time.

Hickory Golf Clubs are in a world of their own.

Bill had a set of old hickorys that he had collected over the past year or two. Being a left-hander, Bill said it was very difficult to find hickory shafted clubs to fit his game. It was interesting to watch Bill hit these historical clubs. They responded very similar to today’s technology, but there was something special about the sound and how the ball launched off his club.

Bill did not hit the ball as far as the rest of us, but the ball flight was very similar. Additionally, the quality of steel used was, or at least seemed, to be of better quality. I am pretty sure this was not the case, but I am not convinced looking back.

On other thing that was interesting was that Bill chipped with on hand. He chipped with his left hand only and it was very effective. Bill is only the second person I have ever met that only golfed with one hand when chipping. Not surprisingly, he was very effective, especially out of the sand.

Playing golf with hickory clubs seems to be great fun. I think I will try to give this a try some time, but it will take time to figure out I can rent some. Regardless, I think it would be great fun to partake in the history of golf.

Have you ever played golf with hickory shafted clubs?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Written by Jim Burton from The Grateful Golfer blog.

8 thoughts on “Playing With Hickorys

  1. Jim,

    As you may have noticed, I am way behind on my reading! Busy couple of weeks. I think it would be a cool idea, if you could collect enough clubs, to have an event with hickory shafted clubs only. Even if it was just a scramble or something. It would likely help us appreciate the technology we have now a days, plus it would be fun.

    Chipping with one hand on the other hand…I think I’ll stick to two 🙂



  2. Hi Jim. I had the pleasure of playing with some hickory golf clubs at Kingarrock outside of St Andrews. It was a very enjoyable experience and this fine course was designed for hickories in mind. Highly recommended.

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  3. Glad that you were able take part & getting to know a hickory enthusiast. There are many, many Hickory societys across North America, Europe, and Asia. In fact the US Hickory Open was just last month at Del Monte in Monterey. Multiple countries with 100 golfers participated. The world’s are usually in Carnus tie that Sandy Lyle has won twice. I play Hic’s about 60% of the time & have a great time. Auction sites & replicas are easily attainable for your swing speed. For more information on resources, mentorship, club sets, schedules please Google Society of Hickory Golfers. Next big National tournament is at Mid-Pines first week in November.
    Tom Kennedy

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  4. As a tech guy by trade, the thought of playing with hickory shafts never appealed to me. Never really crossed my mind.

    It’s not that I don’t appreciate the history, but to me the idea of playing with old club technology equates to running my computer on an early version of DOS.

    There just isn’t anything about that idea that appeals to me. But if you ever come down to visit Florida, I think I know where I can get my hands on a few of them and that might make a great equalizer. Lol

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