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.
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.